Coweta County

Choral auditions start this month

The Masterworks Chorale in concert with accompanist David Kinrade and artistic director Kathy Bizarth. Photo/Special.

By Joan Doggrell
Special to The Citizen

If you enjoy choral singing and want to sing even better, a golden opportunity awaits you.

Kathy Bizarth, artistic director for Coweta County’s distinguished Masterworks Chorale, is holding auditions for new singers through the month of July. For an appointment at your convenience, call her at 770-846-8278 or reach her by email at kbizarth@numail.org. Read More»

Local unemployment rates spike for May

When it comes to unemployment rates, Fayette and Coweta counties saw a reversal of fortunes in May. Fayette’s rate increased seven-tenths of a point to 6.8 percent while Coweta jumped eight-tenths of a point to 7 percent.

Fayette’s jobless rate in April was 6.1 percent, but that number had climbed to 6.8 percent in May, according to the Ga. Dept. of Labor. Fayette has a workforce of 53,096, with 3,617 people out of work in May.

Fayette’s unemployment rate in May 2013 was 7.3 percent. Read More»

Amateur radio operators hold field day in Senoia

Amateur radio operators hold field day in Senoia

Members of the Fayette County Amateur Radio Club met June 28 at the stone lodge at Marimac Lakes Park in Senoia for the American Radio Relay League’s Annual Field Day event where “ham” operators talk with their counterparts across North America. Among those present for the 24-hour event were, from left, Fayetteville resident Robert Burton, Peachtree City resident Steve Yothment, Senoia resident Bill Lackey and Brooks resident Jim Burchfield. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Coweta deputies discover 'basement full of pot'

A raid on a home in east Coweta County by local and federal law enforcement agents revealed approximately 350 marijuana plants being grown in what Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager described as a sophisticated growing operation.

The raid last week by local and federal law enforcement occurred at 72 Meadows Drive, off Ga. Highway 16 south of Senoia.

Yeager said Coweta deputies worked with federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents in the bust.

“The basement was full of pot being grown,” Yeager said. “We worked with federal agents and seized more than 350 plants.” Read More»

Coweta OK's road abandonment for Fischer Crossing retail expansion

The July 1 vote by the Coweta County Commission to abandon a portion of Wynn’s Pond Road in east Coweta paves the way for the development of the large Fischer Crossing retail development on the northeast quadrant of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34.

The measure called for a median cut on Ga. Highway 54 at Wynn’s Pond Road and the installation of a gated cul-de-sac on the west side of the roadway near the retail area for use by residents of the Featherston Fishing Club and emergency vehicles. Read More»

Coweta BoE adopts $173M budget

The Coweta County Board of Education on June 25 adopted a $173 million operations budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget includes the restoration of a full work-year calendar for all employees and employee step increases.

The FY 2015 budget represents a $5 million increase over last year’s budget. The school system expects revenues totaling $193.8 million, of which $20.8 million will make up the fund equity. Read More»

12,000 expected in Senoia for music festival

A scene from last year's festival. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Looking for a wealth of music, food and entertainment this weekend? Look no further than the Senoia Social in downtown Senoia. The day long event begins Saturday at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 a.m.

The main focus of the day-long social will be live performances by artists such as The Stellas with special guests Lennon and Maisy, John Driskell Hopkins and Brighter Side, Humming House, Paris Luna, Reuben’s Bell, Best Brothers Band and Jayron Weaver. Read More»

Holy rollers

Seated (L-R) are: Rayna Dickerson, Newnan; Aiden Northrup, Senoia; Lila and Jocelyn McGee, Peachtree City; Rebecca and Chris Northrup, Senoia; Tori Epps, Senoia; Ruth Dickinson, Sharpsburg; and Angela Northrup, Senoia. Standing (L-R) are: Joy and Seth McGee, Peachtree City; Robert Lowrie, Sharpsburg;  Jackie Epps, Senoia; Mackenzie Bond-McGee, Newnan; Isaac and Peyton Epps, Senoia; and David and Isaac Dickinson, Sharpsburg. Photo/Special.

A number of youth and sponsors from Christ the King Church, Sharpsburg, enjoyed a night of roller skating and laser tag at the Starlight Skating Rink in Newnan recently. Seated (L-R) are: Rayna Dickerson, Newnan; Aiden Northrup, Senoia; Lila and Jocelyn McGee, Peachtree City; Rebecca and Chris Northrup, Senoia; Tori Epps, Senoia; Ruth Dickinson, Sharpsburg; and Angela Northrup, Senoia. Standing (L-R) are: Joy and Seth McGee, Peachtree City; Robert Lowrie, Sharpsburg; Jackie Epps, Senoia; Mackenzie Bond-McGee, Newnan; Isaac and Peyton Epps, Senoia; and David and Isaac Dickinson, Sharpsburg. Read More»

Riverfest makes a splash in downtown Newnan

Who would have thought that a tug-of-war featuring participants in canoes would ever happen in downtown Newnan? But that is what happened June 25 when 400 participants in the Paddle Georgia 2014 trip down the Chattahoochee River spent time off the river and were honored at the RiverFest event on the courthouse square. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Downtown Newnan was awash Wednesday evening with a water-themed event that included a tug-of-war contest between canoes in a 60-foot by 20-foot pool. “Riverfest” was a way for Newnan to provide the 400-strong 2014 Paddle Georgia group traveling 110 miles of the Chattahoochee River a place to step out of the river and enjoy the city.

Paddle Georgia 2014 is a project of the Georgia River Network. This year’s river trip by canoe and kayak included 400 people who began the journey in Buford on June 21 and ended in Franklin some 110 miles to the south on June 27. Read More»

Newnan mayor elected to lead Ga. Municipal Association

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady on June 23 was elected president of the Ga. Municipal Association. Photo/Special.

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 23. He is the first official from Newnan to serve as president of GMA, which was created in 1933. Read More»

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