Smashing bricks, Univ. of West Ga. starts renovation for Newnan campus

Stakeholders involved with bringing the new University of West Georgia-Newnan Center to the site of the old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street took a swing at “building breaking” Sept. 9 as part of the ceremonies that will lead to the new campus opening in January 2015. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street in Newnan is about to get a new look for the 21st century. Rather than a customary groundbreaking, a “building breaking” ceremony was held Sept. 9 to announce the beginning of the project that will transform the old hospital into the University of West Georgia-Newnan Center that will open in January 2015. Read More»

High school football roundup

Sandy Creek 54, East Coweta 35: The Patriots (2-0-1) exploded for a 28-0 first-quarter lead in their road game against the Indians, who never got closer than 13 points after that. It was Sandy Creek’s second straight game with 50 or more points against a AAAAAA opponent. With their regular-season unbeaten streak now at 42 games, the Patriots have an off week before hosting Fayette County Sept. 27. Read More»

Whitewater topples Fayette County

The Whitewater Wildcats overcame seven turnovers to hand the visiting Fayette County Tigers a 35-13 defeat Friday night.

Whitewater started the majority of its possessions in Fayette County territory, and the Tigers struggled often to move the ball playing without injured quarterback Daveion Nash.

Colton Clemons got the Wildcats on the scoreboard with a 20-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, and Christian Wafford scored from 10 yards out in the middle of the second quarter. Read More»

West Ga. to begin hospital rebirth as educational site

Rendering of the new University of West Georgia campus in Newman. Graphic/Special.

Groundbreaking ceremony slated for Monday at Newnan site

Monday morning will mark the continued expansion of educational opportunities in Newnan and Coweta County with the groundbreaking of the new University of West Georgia campus on Jackson Street.

The campus will be located on the property of the old Newnan Hospital located at 80 Jackson Street near downtown. The $21 million construction project is expected to produce an annual economic impact of $1.4-3.4 million. Read More»

East Coweta in running for best STEM school

East Coweta High School has been named one of six finalists for best Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) high schools in Georgia by the Technology Association of Georgia. Pictured in an East Coweta classroom lab are students Cassie Bure, front, and Hyein Kim. Photo/Special.

East Coweta High School and the Coweta STEM Consortium have been named as finalists in the statewide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition sponsored by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). Winners in the award categories will be announced later this month. Read More»

Landmark 37, Wilkinson County 18

The War Eagles broke open a 7-6 game and took a 28-12 lead at halftime. Quarterback Stockton McGuire ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns, one of them a 50-yard run, and threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Sam Dobbs. William Higbie scored on a 21-yard run and Darius Smith on a 5-yard run. Landmark hosts Mt. Paran next Friday.

McIntosh 21, Alexander 7

The Chiefs traveled to Douglas County and won behind quarterback Andrew Johnson, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. McIntosh plays at Ola next Friday.

Whitewater 32, Mundy's Mill 0

Christian Wafford scored twice in the Wildcats’ first win of the year. Ryan May, Jay Ashley and Luke Allen each added a touchdown. Whitewater hosts Fayette County next Friday.

Sandy Creek 55, Newnan 28

The Patriots exploded to a 42-21 halftime lead and cruised to victory at home. Eric Swinney ran for three touchdowns and his backfield mate Delvin Weems ran for two. Cole Garvin threw touchdown passes to Demarre Kitt and Korey Banks, and the defense provided a score when Trent Sellers intercepted a tipped pass and returned it for a touchdown. Sandy Creek plays at East Coweta next Friday.

Starr's Mill 28, Fayette County 26

Patrick Mullins scores on a third-quarter run for the Starr's Mill Panthers in their win over the Fayette County Tigers.

After suffering lopsided losses in their season openers, the Starr’s Mill Panthers and Fayette County Tigers played a tight game that went down to the final minute, with the host Panthers winning 28-26.

In the opening minutes it looked as though Starr’s Mill might run away and hide. The Panthers needed only four plays to get on the scoreboard, as Seth White scored on a 10-yard run less than two minutes after the opening kickoff. White caught two passes from Kyle Moseley totaling more than 50 yards to set up that score. Read More»