Coweta County

Coweta early voting ends May 16

The opportunity for Coweta County voters to take advantage of early voting is about to come to an end. May 12 through May 16 will mark the last time voters can weigh-in on candidates featured in the three contested races in the May 20 primary.

Superintendent of Elections Jane Scoggins said as of Thursday afternoon 553 Coweta voters had cast their ballots.

The only contested races will be found in three non-partisan seats on the Coweta County Board of Education. Read More»

Assisted living plan approved for Thomas Crossroads

A proposal to rezone nearly 19 acres behind the Publix shopping center and Tractor Supply store at Thomas Crossroads from RC (rural conservation) and C-6c (to minor shopping center) for use as an assisted living complex received unanimous approval April 22 by the Coweta County Commission. Read More»

Coweta tops west Ga. in job, housing growth

The Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia (UWG) has published its annual West Georgia Regional Update which shows Coweta County leading the six-county region in a number of areas such as job growth and housing starts.

Coweta County is one of six counties in the west Georgia region profiled in the UWG report. The remaining counties include Douglas, Carroll, Paulding, Polk and Haralson. Read More»

Patel named Coweta teacher of the year

Ruth Hill Elementary School 5th grade teacher Ami Patel on May 1 was named the 2014 Coweta County Teacher of the Year by Coweta school board member Harry Mullins, at left. Patel was chosen from among three finalists and 31 fellow school Teachers of the Year for the honor. The 31 TOTYs were honored by school board members and the Newnan Pilot Club at the May 1 program. Photo/Special.

Ruth Hill Elementary School 5th grade teacher Ami Patel was chosen from among Coweta County’s 31 Teacher of the Year winners and three finalists as the 2014 Coweta County Teacher of the Year. The award ceremony was held May 1 at the school system’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Patel was introduced by Ruth Hill Principal Aaron Corley, who described Patel as an extraordinary teacher for her “ability to see students not just for who they are, but for who they can become.” He said that he would be “proud to have (Patel) as my own child’s teacher.” Read More»

AAA:Georgia traveling to increase

The majority of Georgia residents (81 percent) plan to kick start the summer travel season by taking at least one leisure trip of 50 miles or more requiring overnight accommodations during the next three months. This reflects a 2 percentage point increase from 2013, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey on summer travel plans. Read More»

Legislature lays rules for state response to water emergencies

Georgia’s waterways received vital added protection with the passage of House Bill 549 into law on April 15.

According to the Georgia Water Coalition, HB 549 requires Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division to maintain an emergency response program that includes appropriate and timely response to emergencies that threaten the state’s waters and public health as well as proper public notification in such emergencies. Another key component of the bill is training and coordination between state and local emergency personnel. Read More»

Savor the flavor at dinner under the trees in Senoia

Savor the flavor at dinner under the trees in Senoia

The Senoia Optimist Club always knows how to put on an event. Three hundred diners attended the 5th Annual Taste of Senoia held under the trees April 27 at the Veranda Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Univ. of West Georgia breaks fundraising mark with $6.7M

In 2013, the University of West Georgia raised a record $6.7 million through the generous support of alumni, faculty, staff, private foundations, the business community and friends of the university. UWG receives this record-breaking amount as it looks toward a comprehensive campaign, the first in its history. Read More»

Seminar Saturday focuses on freedoms

“Restoring Our Promise” is a day-long seminar comprised of many voices, coming from different points of view and discussing different subject matters. Yet there is a common theme-protecting our freedoms. Noted constitutional attorney John Eidsmoe will be the key note speaker at the May 10 event, which is scheduled to run from noon to 8 p.m. at Crossroads Church located at 2564 Ga. Highway 154 in Newnan. To either register to attend in-person or to watch the live-streaming video, please visit www.RestoringOurPromise.com. Read More»

Locals recover from minor storm damage

The storm that blew through Fayette and Coweta counties early Wednesday morning took out one of the greenhouses at the nonprofit 180-degree Farm near Sharpsburg. Friends of the farm wasted no time Thursday morning helping to pick up the pieces. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A storm moving through Fayette County and east Coweta County in the early morning hours of April 30 brought trees and power lines to the ground but resulted in no reported injuries.

Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones said the damage came as a storm system moved through the area early Wednesday morning between 3-5 a.m. packing winds of up to 55 miles per hour. Read More»

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