Coweta County

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»

Planning for UWG 'freshman sendoff'

Planning for UWG 'freshman sendoff'

Several University of West Georgia alumni from Coweta County are a part of the newly formed Coweta UWG Alumni Council that has been busy planning a Coweta Freshman Send-Off Party to be held at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Aug. 19. Council members at a recent meeting include, from left, Gerald Kemp, Jim Eason, Frank Pritchett (UWG Alumni Relations), Tray Baggarly, Carol Glover, Cathy Wright (UWG Newnan director), Debra Fambro, Anita Carter, Rebecca Smith and Theron Gay. Photo/Special.

Senoia nabs identity thief

Senoia police investigators responding to an incident involving debit card information stolen from a Senoia victim arrested a Stone Mountain man who admitted using stolen information from multiple victims to open debit and credit card accounts.

Kwame Gordon, 34, was charged on June 17 with one count of identity theft, said Senoia Inv. Jason Ercole, adding that additional charges and arrests are expected. Read More»

Coweta BoE examines budget with no millage increase

The Coweta County Board of Education voted to tentatively approve a FY 2015 operational budget of at the June 11 meeting. The budget maintains the school system’s 180-day school year, eliminates the three-day reduction in work calendar for school employees and provides step raises for employees. Pictured are Superintendent Steve Barker (L) and Board Chairman Winston Dowdell. Photo/Special.

The Coweta County Board of Education is expected to adopt the $173 million operations budget for the 2014-2015 school year at the June 24 meeting. Included in the budget are 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 the current budget. The school system expects revenues totaling $193.8 million, of which $20.8 million will make up the fund equity. Read More»

Backpack Buddies provide a helpful hand this summer

Zariyah Maynard plays with bubbles while participating in the Summer F.U.N. program at Seavy Street Park in Senoia/ Photo/Bonnie Hester.

By Bonnie Hester
Intern for The Citizen

The nonprofit organization Backpack Buddies has kicked off the third year of its summer program, “Summer F.U.N. Coweta,” which provides at-risk children in Senoia with meals and recreation during the summer months.

The program, which takes place at the Freeman Sasser Building at Seavy Street Park every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, began on June 2 and will continue through the last week of July. Read More»

Senoia fugitive nabbed in multi-county effort

Shutterstock photo of police emergency lights at dusk.

It required the efforts of law enforcement agencies in counties around metro Atlanta, but in the end Senoia resident Bill Owens, Jr. ended up in custody on June 18.

Currently housed in the Fayette County Jail, the highly mobile Owens, 36, faces a litany of charges from Fayette and numerous surrounding counties. Read More»

Kids take over Newnan Theatre this summer

Newnan Theatre Company is offering three exciting youth productions this summer: Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach,” and a much newer play, “Avenue Q,” by Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez, and Jeff Marx.

By Joan Doggrell
Special to The Citizen

The Taming of the Shrew: June 26 – June 29 Read More»

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