Coweta County

Lost and forlorn

Okay, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I’m directionally challenged. I could get lost in an elevator or go the wrong way on an escalator.

No matter what age you may be, the experience of being lost is the same for everyone: complete and utter hopelessness.

I should know. I found myself lost last weekend, and an old familiar wave of dread washed over me and almost knocked me down.

But how I found myself lost in the middle of a crowd of over a thousand strangers, out of breath, and weeping…well, that’s the end of this story. Here’s the beginning: Read More»

Faulty outlet cause of fire

Fire officials said nearly 70 percent of the home was destroyed in Monday's fire. Photo/Bethan Adams.

A short circuit in a bedroom outlet resulted in a Nov. 17 fire at former city council member Bobbie Blandburg’s home at 323 Bridge Street in Senoia.

Fire crews worked for more than four hours to extinguish the blaze that damaged 70 percent of the home but resulted in no injuries.

Coweta Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Jeff Denney said the fire occurred at approximately 10:22 a.m. and was caused by an electrical outlet in a bedroom that shorted-out. Read More»

Festive 'tea party' helps out youth organization

Volunteers dressed as characters in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" film adaptation. The volunteers milled around with the event attendees during the night while the movie played on a screen in the front of the room. The Queen of Hearts thundered "Let their heads roll!" occasionally, and the other characters passed around a mic, saying certain lines at the same time their characters in the movie did. Photo/Bethan Adams.

All kinds of guests came through the keyhole shaped door at The Mad Hatter Tea Party Nov. 15, dressed in stripes, flashing bow-ties, popping colors and whimsical hats.

Family Patterns Matter, a youth-based development organization, hosted the event, which featured volunteers dressed as characters from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Family Patterns Matter CEO and President Linda Kirkpatrick came up with the idea for the event and the organization’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB), consisting of teens and preteens in and around Fayette and Coweta counties, spread the word. Read More»

East Coweta Middle gets 'Breakout' award

East Coweta Middle School was named a 2014 “Distinguished Breakout School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. During the school’s recognition by the Coweta County school board on Nov. 11 are, from left, East Coweta Middle School teacher Mitch Bailey, Assistant Principal George Wilkerson, Assistant Principal Yovandra Matthews-Curtis, Principal Schwanda Jackson, teachers Leslie Bryant, Erin Hicks and Blaire Boothe and Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker. Photo/Submitted.

East Coweta Middle School has been named one of only three schools in Georgia to receive the designation as a 2014 “Distinguished Breakout School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP).

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the Breakout School distinction, bestowed on only five Georgia schools this year, is the highest honor presented by the GASSP organization. The award recognizes Georgia middle schools that are high achieving or show dramatic increases in student achievement. Read More»

Exploring the solar system

From left, Alexandria McClements, Karis Myers, Wesley Weldon, Hudson Earley, Jakson Mayer. Photo/Submitted

Students of Legacy Preparatory Academy (LPA) in Sharpsburg spent the month of October creating models of the solar system.

They presented their creations to teachers and fellow students Oct. 30.

Students in first through fifth grades learned the names and characteristics of all eight planets in the solar system. LPA also went to Fernbank to look inside the Planetarium and learn more about man’s first trips into space exploration.

Christmas with choir

The Griffin Choral Arts. They present “Follow That Star” Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Photo/Submitted

Griffin Choral Arts Presents “Follow That Star.”

“Follow That Star” will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Griffin First Baptist Church, located at 106 W. Taylor St. Read More»

Gift of a meal

Meals on Wheels of Coweta, a not-for-profit organization that helps older adults who depend on home delivered meals, is accepting donations for elderly adults this holiday season.

The donations will go to inviduals who will receive a festive Christmas gift certificate that shows they are cared for.

Donations are tax deductible so you will receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes. Read More»

Swags for sale


Santa’s elves disguised as Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) and 4-H Club members are busily creating holiday greenery for the annual Wreath Sale in their workshop, which looks suspiciously like the Agriculture Building at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.

The products of their labor are fresh, natural wreaths and swags, handmade and guaranteed to bring the smell of Christmas into your home. Read More»

‘Prelude to a Kiss’ at NTC

Elizabeth Sandlin and Christian Pollack rehearsing for “Prelude to a Kiss.” Photo/Submitted

“Prelude to a Kiss,” a 1988 play by Craig Lucas, tells the story of a young bride and groom that experience a supernatural event at their wedding. As a result, they are forced to contemplate the true meaning of “soul mate.” Immediately after Peter and Rita exchange wedding vows, an unknown elderly man asks to kiss the bride. As he does, Rita’s soul and the old man’s magically exchange bodies.

Peter leaves the wedding with a woman he believes to be Rita, but during their honeymoon, he comes to realize that Rita’s body is no longer inhabited by Rita’s soul. Read More»

Palmetto man is arrested in convenience store robbery

Sean Staples.

A Palmetto man has been charged with the Nov. 9 armed robbery of a convenience store on U.S. Highway 29 in north Coweta County.

Sean Thomas Staples, 33, was arrested Nov. 13 and charged with armed robbery, according to Sgt. Jason Fetner of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Fetner said the armed robbery occurred during the evening hours at the Mini Mart on Hwy. 29 in north Coweta County.

Staples entered the building, briefly cased the store and departed. He returned approximately 20 minutes later, Fetner said. Staples then produced a handgun and robbed the cashier, Fetner added. Read More»