Friday, September 26, 2008

Walk to Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease on October 4th in Peachtree City

Consider yourself blessed if you can read this article. If you were a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease, you probably couldn’t. If you were a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient, you probably wouldn’t have time. Nearly 200,000 Georgians suffer with this dreaded disease. And nearly 350,000 others are affected by it through their roles as family caregivers.

The purpose of the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, is to lighten the burden of care giving through personalized support, education and training, as well as contributions to research for the prevention, cure and treatment of the disease.

Saturday, October 4th is your opportunity to aid in fighting this disease by participating in the Southern Crescent Memory Walk in Peachtree City. Participants come from six adjacent counties: Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, South Fulton and Spalding. Last year nearly $220,000 was raised to combat this disabling disease. Since the Walk’s beginnings in 2000, nearly $1,300,000 has been raised! The Co-Chairs for the Walk are Iola Snow and Fred Brown.

Registration for the 5K (3.2 miles) walk along the city’s cart paths is from 8:00 – 9:30 AM in the parking lot of the Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater. Come as a member of a team, family group, neighbors, friends, or by yourself….just come and make a donation. Over 1000 people participate. Dogs are welcomed, too. A free continental breakfast is available upon your arrival. Face painting and balloons sculptures will be provided by the Clowns of New Hope Baptist Church. Music is provided by the Peachtree Jazz Edition.

A balloon release with a personalized tag attached is scheduled just before the walkers depart. But first, you must “warm up” with the assistance of World Gym trainers. Runners depart at 9:15 AM while walkers leave at 9:30 AM. Watering stations are located along the walking route. Golf carts are stationed at various locations to transport you back to the parking lot if the need arises.

Upon your return, enjoy a free hot dog or hamburger lunch courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City. Visit several of the sponsor tables to see what they have to offer. And don’t forget to stick around for some spectacular prize drawings. Make it a family function by joining in on the fun and please make a meaningful donation to help those in need.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Barber Joins Chamber as Membership Director

Lesley Barber has joined the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce as Membership Director, a newly created position. In this role, Barber will be responsible for meeting with businesses throughout Coweta County, promoting the Chamber's services, and enrolling new Chamber
members. She will also help determine the business community's expectations of and desires for the Chamber and use that information to support ongoing updates and changes in the Chamber's programs and services to deliver maximum value for its members.

Barber was most recently a Real Estate Consultant with Parks and Mottola, Inc., in Newnan. An Illinois native, Barber moved to the Atlanta area in 1999. She has extensive experience in marketing and business development.

"We are delighted to have Lesley join our team," said Candace LaForge, Chamber president. "Her experience and her go-getter spirit will be a great addition to our committed staff, and we anticipate that she will make great strides in spreading the benefits of the Chamber to more businesses throughout Coweta County."

"This position really is a perfect fit for my skills and interests," said Barber. "I'm passionate about the role of the Chamber in our community and the instrumental role it plays in increasing economic prosperity."

In addition to her work, Barber also volunteers as a fundraiser and Host Committee chairman for the Atlanta-based Kool Kidz Foundation, which helps to create camps for special-needs children. She and her husband, Shawn, have a three-year-old son, John Austin, and live in Newnan.

To learn more go to the Chamber's website:, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270, email at

About the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce

With more than 650 members throughout Coweta County, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing economic prosperity for all Coweta's citizens. As the county's largest business organization, the Chamber works to provide business leadership to foster an economic and cultural climate favorable to all business, in order to create a higher quality of life for all residents.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Chamber Encourages Local Governments, Authorities Participation

As a means of creating a county-wide dialog, The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce has sent hundreds of cards and letters to local governments and authorities, encouraging their participation in Coweta’s first-ever economic summit, Wednesday, October 22, 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon, at the Coweta County Centre for Performing Arts, Lower Fayetteville Rd., Newnan.

Policom Corporation, a Florida-based independent economic research firm, will present its findings after spending the last several months collecting data and analyzing the state of Coweta County’s economy. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

According to Chamber President Phil Aaron, “It’s been more than ten years since we took an in-depth look at Coweta’s economy. I believe everyone will agree that much has changed in our community since then. The information Policom presents will not only be a valuable tool for local business owners, but also for elected and appointed officials as they plan for our future.” He adds, “We are very fortunate and appreciative that our local utility companies recognized the need for this informational dialog, and have all come together to share the full cost of the study.”

The 2008 Coweta Economic Summit is sponsored by AT&T, Atlanta Gas light, Coweta-Fayette EMC, Georgia Power Company, and Newnan Utilities. For information, contact the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce at 770-253-2270.
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Larry Callahan, President & CEO of Pattillo Featured Speaker at Chamber’s Early Bird Forum

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce will feature Larry Callahan, President & CEO, Pattillo, at its upcoming Prosperity Happens Here Series Early Bird Forum on Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 a.m. at the Central Educational Center. Pattillo is the largest private industrial developer in the Southeastern United States and developer of the 755-acre Coweta Industrial Park. Pattillo also received one of the Chamber’s Prosperity Awards earlier in the year. The Bank of Coweta is the Forum sponsor. Admittance to the Forum is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers and includes breakfast. There is a networking time from 7 – 7:45am and the program is from 7:45-9am.

The Early Bird Forum is a monthly Chamber event that provides networking opportunities and eye-opening information from business leaders throughout Coweta County. To RSVP, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or The deadline to make a reservation is Friday, September 18 5pm.
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Coweta County: Library Board Called Meeting

The Coweta County Library Board will have a called meeting on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm at the A. Mitchell Powell, Jr. Library, 25 Hospital Road, Newnan, GA 30263. The purpose of the meeting is for review and discussion of the Coweta County administrative staff recommended FY 2009 Consolidated Library System Budget.

Coweta County Commission Calls Budget Meeting

The Coweta County Commission has called a meeting on September 23, 2008 at 5:00 pm to adopt the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year Budget. The meeting will be in the Commission Chambers at 37 Perry Street.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Two Events for Community Welcome House in October

Coweta Veterans are hosting a golf tournament to benefit Community Welcome House Sunday October 19th at Orchard Hills.

Community Welcome House is hosting a 1-Mile Walk on Saturday October 18th beginning at 4:00pm near the Silhouettes at Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan.

Community Welcome House brings hope and courage to those individuals who are victims of domestic violence; children who live in an environment of violence are victims. Info: 404-625-2711, or

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Newnan Fall Art Walk on September 12

The Fall Art Walk in Newnan has been set for Friday September 12 from 4 PM thru 8 PM. Join the merchants of Main Street for a fall evening of art and excitement. Stroll the streets and enjoy a walking gallery show. Visit each downtown store to view the works of different professional artist. .

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Life is Rosy for Rosie

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Since the beginning of the year, Georgia Heartland Humane Society has placed 125 abandoned animals in permanent loving homes. All pets are special to the volunteers of Georgia Heartland Humane Society; but special needs animals underscore what GHHS is all about. Committed to end the suffering of companion animals, GHHS helps needy animals who may not survive without their help.

Rosie is just one of those special-pets, abandoned by someone special, saved by special people and finally adopted by very special people. No one knows Rosie’s history. But GHHS volunteers agree that the person who tied Rosie to the dock of the Newnan Petsmart wanted Rosie to have a good life, one they could not provide.

GHHS volunteers were setting up for their regularly scheduled adoptions at the Newnan Petsmart when they heard Rosie’s muffled whimpers. Activities stopped as volunteers strained to catch the faint cries.

Christine looked at Barbara, a look which said, “Something is wrong.” They dropped what they were doing and walked toward the storage room. The cries became more distinct. Barbara rushed to the heavy door leading to the loading dock. The door stuck. They both pushed and nearly flew out as the door gave way, crashing loudly against the adjacent wall.

Rosie lay almost directly at their feet, but she didn’t move. At first, they thought she was injured. But as they moved into her sight, Rosie jumped up, gratefully and happily acknowledging their presence. Barb knelt before her. As Rosie licked her face, Barb whispered, “She’s deaf.” Then they saw the sign which had blown off the loading dock. The owner who loved her left a note which read: “I’m homeless and I’m deaf. Please help me.”

GHHS relies on foster homes to care for rescued animals until they are adopted. Foster homes are few and generally at capacity. Such was the case the day Rosie was found. All foster homes were filled. Barb and Christine, both leaders in GHHS, knew there was no room for Rosie. Nevertheless, the trio exuded confidence as they returned to the adoption center, Rosie between them. It was a time of joy. It was a scene of triumph. Rosie was rescued!

Cell phones appeared out of pockets and purses. Volunteers began calling potential foster homes, previous foster parents, and known animal-lovers, anyone who could and would meet their foster home criteria. An hour later, a volunteer’s shout signaled victory: I’ve found a home for Rosie….at least for awhile.”

Cheers rang out. Rosie didn’t hear a thing, but noting the excitement of her new friends, she wagged her tail until her entire body wiggled with delight. Relieved laughter rose from the group of volunteers. This was one of those days when everyone would go home feeling good about humanity.

Her foster parents, known by GHHS to be good, loving people, arrived at the end of the day. Leash in hand, Debbie and Larry stooped to meet their new ward. Instinctively, they knew to gently touch her flank to get her attention. Rosie turned to face them. And so started a love affair.

Larry and Debbie had Rosie one week. As all foster parents do, they committed to bringing Rosie each Saturday for possible adoption. When they arrived, volunteers read their faces and knew something was up. They weren’t dropping Rosie off to be adopted. They had come to adopt her. In one week, they had become a family. Lucky Rosie had found a home.

In a note to GHHS, Debbie wrote “Last weekend we purchased several toys that we thought Rosie would like, but when we offered them to her she didn't seem interested in anything. The next day she began tossing the toys, playing fetch, and generally having a ball with all of the toys. She constantly surprises us with how smart she is. Rosie seems very happy here with us (and the cats). She is quite entertaining at times and is better than TV. If you touch the leash, Rosie is ready to go for a ride."

Debbie and Larry see beyond the Rosie’s limitations. And although their commitment deserves praise, they are quick to reject it. If praise is to be given, they shower it on Rosie, who brings a new dimension to their lives.

GHHS is a non-profit, all volunteer organization which rescues abandoned and abused pets. They do not own a facility. Rescued pets live in foster homes until they are adopted. While the animals are cared for in the foster home, they have an opportunity to recover from any cruelty they have experienced while developing proper house manners. Most important, they learn to trust again. Foster parents learn the animal’s individual personality and habits, which enables GHHS volunteers to help the potential adopters choose a pet which will best fit into their family. The public is invited to visit these rescued pets at the Newnan Petsmart on Bullsboro Drive every Saturday between the hours of 10:30 am and 4:30 pm. Photos of the pets may be seen at their website

Although donations are always welcome, GHHS is most in need of loving foster homes. All medical care, food, and supplies are provided by GHHS. The foster family agrees to treat the pet as a member of their family and to bring the pet to Saturday adoptions. If you would like to foster a pet, please call GHHS at (770) 830-2820.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Special Olympics Georgia Coach Receives Jim Mora Coach Award

CC Note: Among those receiving Distinguished Service Awards were Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year: Demetrius Griffin of Coweta County, Outstanding Grassroots Support from a Business on a Local or Area Level: Buffalo Rock of Coweta County; and Outstanding Organization: CEC Health Science Class of Coweta County. Kudos guys!

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jim Mora's Count on Me Family Foundation recently recognized Special Olympics Georgia's (SOGA) Outstanding Coach of 2008 at the organization's annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet.

The award, given to Rockdale County coach Pam Smith, is named in honor of Seattle Seahawks Coach and former Falcons coach Jim Mora.

"The Jim Mora Count on Me Family Foundation has been a fan of Special Olympics athletes for years. Special Olympics Georgia appreciates the overwhelming belief, support and enthusiasm given by the foundation to the organization. Because of the current and past recognition given to SOGA by the foundation, we have been enabled to make Georgians aware of the services that we provide year-round to children and adults with intellectual disabilities," said SOGA CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats.

The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation was created to support children's organizations through monetary grants primarily in three target areas: children from low socio-economic backgrounds, mentally and physically challenged, and children at-risk. Coach Mora and his wife Shannon have been long-time supporters of Special Olympics Georgia. They quickly embraced the organization as their signature charity when they arrived to Atlanta in 2003, and have been very supportive since. Over the years, the foundation has donated more than $300,000 to Special Olympics Georgia.

Coach Smith received a letter of recognition from the former Atlanta Falcons coach and special pro sports memorabilia.