Coweta County

Coweta lures bottled water company, adding 40 jobs

Shutterstock photo of bottled water.

California-based Niagara Bottling LLC, the nation’s largest private label bottled water supplier, will open a new 450,000 sq. ft. facility in late 2014 and create 40 initial jobs in Coweta County.

The new facility represents a $52 million investment located in the Shenandoah Industrial Park. Expected to be completed later this year, the Niagara facility will package and distribute private label bottled water for its customers as well as the Niagara label, according to Coweta County Development Authority President Greg Wright. Read More»

Soprano coming home for show

Courtenay Budd. Photo/Special.

If you grew up in Newnan during the 80s, you may remember an aspiring young visual artist named Becky Budd. A lot has changed since then.

“What I did back then was mostly drawing,” said Budd, who now performs by the name Courtenay. Budd will headline the April 26 concert, “Friends of Wadsworth Concert -- The Legacy Continues,” sponsored by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission.

Budd said it’s always good to come back to the town where it all started for her (and for mentor Charles Wadsworth). Read More»

Freddie Lamar Carr, 70, of Sharpsburg

Freddie Lamar Carr, 70, of Sharpsburg, Ga. passed away March 14, 2014.

Born on October 25, 1943 to Frances and Johnnie Carr, he grew up on a farm in LaGrange, Ga. and continued to remain active at the farm his entire adult life. He graduated from Georgia State University. He retired from IBM after 30+ years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Mountville, Ga.; and a member of the Delta Hunting Club in South Georgia. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, tennis, and farming. Read More»

AT&T donates $60K to Coweta drop-out prevention program

From left, front row, are Superintendent Steve Barker, Coweta CIS Chairman Dennis McEntire, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs Rich Johnson, Coweta CIS board member Mary Ann Bell and Coweta CIS Vice Chair Lisa Smith; back row, from left, are Coweta CIS board members Donna Brooks, Gerald Kemp, Rhodes Shell, Beverly Yeager, Jac Counts, Lisa McDonald, Carole Ann Fields, Garnet Reynolds, Vince Bass and Matt Brass. Photo/Special.

A large donation by AT&T will provide support for site coordinators working with the Coweta Communities In Schools (CIS) program.

The $60,000 donation was presented by AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs Rich Johnson to the Coweta County Board of Education at its March 11 meeting. CIS is the nation’s leading drop-out prevention program. Read More»

Senoia expands downtown with rezoning vote

A small, but significant, expansion is coming to Senoia’s downtown shopping district. The City Council on March 17 approved a request to rezone a .3-acre residential lot on Barnes Street to General Commercial (GC) to accommodate the construction of a retail building which will house three small shops. Read More»

Coweta nursery to be reborn as a contractor yard

A proposal to rezone five acres on Ga. Highway 16 East near the Orchard Hills Golf Club to Light Industrial (LM) was approved March 18 by the Coweta County Commission. The former Andy’s Nursery property will be converted to a contractor yard by applicant Chad Caldwell. Read More»

Ga. Chamber chief: Education a top concern for future Ga. business

Georgia is benefitting from new policies and assets such as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark told the Peachtree City Rotary Club Thursday. Photo/John Munford.

In terms of attracting major employers and convincing local companies to expand, Georgia has started to pull ahead of others in the southeast, Georgia Chamber of Commerce President Chris Clark told the Peachtree City Rotary Club Thursday.

In the last 15 months, Georgia has had about 1,200 corporate locations or expansions, including the Pinewood Atlanta Studios project that is nearing completion in Fayetteville, said Clark, who is a Peachtree City resident and former CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority. Read More»

Boarders hatch plan for Coweta skatepark

Coweta County resident Steven Porrello at the March 3 meeting of the Coweta County Commission said he and others want to be involved in establishing an outdoor skateboard park somewhere in the county. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Working constructively to implement a business vision is better than sitting home and playing video games. That was the message March 3 from 22-year-old Steven Porrello as he asked the Coweta County Commission for guidance on how a group of skateboarders might work to establish an outdoor skateboard park in Coweta.

A Coweta resident, Porrello during public comments at the conclusion of the meeting told commissioners he was interested in having an outdoor skateboard park established in the county. Read More»

Anderson named ‘Citizen of the Year’

Anderson named ‘Citizen of the Year’

The Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club on March 3 presented its inaugural “Citizen of the Year Award” to Backpack Buddies founder April Anderson (R). “April works tirelessly in the Coweta community to provide backpacks on the weekends for students who are less fortunate. Read More»

Broadway hit opens in Newnan

Betty Mitchell and Bert Lyons as Mattie Fae and Charlie Aiken. Photo/Special.

Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County,” portrays a family attempting to support each other in a crisis. The play opened this past week at the Newnan Community Theatre Company and runs through this coming weekend.

Three sisters and their significant others come home to be with their mother when their father disappears. They soon learn that he has committed suicide. Read More»