Friday, April 24, 2009

West Central Technical College President to Speak at Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Forum on the Role of Post -Secondary Education

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce will feature Dr. Skip Sullivan of West Central Technical College at its Economic Engagement Series Early Bird Forum Tuesday, April 28, at 7:30 a.m. April's Early Bird Forum sponsor is Pattillo and will be emceed by Caryn Broome. The
Forum cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers and includes breakfast.

Dr. Sullivan has over twenty years of prior business and industry experience and has been the President of West Central Technical College for six years. Dr. Sullivan's passions include developing programs that emphasize the importance of access to education for all, improving the educational opportunities for students in the College district, and highlighting the value of assisting students to get their GED.

The Early Bird Forum is a monthly Chamber networking event that provides information about key economic drivers in our community and the roles they play in helping keep Coweta's economy strong. Reservations are required; contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or

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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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Annual Spring Taste of Newnan April 16

Main Street Newnan will host the Annual Spring Taste of Newnan on Thursday, April 16 from 5-8:30pm. This event gives people an opportunity to sample specialties of the best restaurants and caterers in the area.

Approximately 60 vendors will be set up around the Historic Courthouse Square. North Court, South Court and West Washington will be closed off to allow for vendor booths and walking space.

“Taste of Newnan gets bigger and better every year and has become a tradition for many families,” said Linda Kee, Director of Business Development.

New this year, The Braves Around Town, a mobile fan experience for the Atlanta Braves, will be setting up a speed pitch booth and a Braves t-ball booth in the Kidz Corner.

“Having The Braves Around Town Street Team come to Taste of Newnan is going to be so much fun for kids of all ages! It’s just one more great reason to come out with the family and enjoy a night in Downtown Newnan!” said Main Street Coordinator Ashley Chalker.

Live entertainment will be provided on the square. 92.5 The Bear will be hosting Southern Pride on South Court Square and J93 will be hosting A True Story on North Court Square.

“We have been looking forward to this event since the Fall Taste of Newnan! It truly is so much fun!” said Chalker.

Those planning to attend can purchase their tokens now. R.S. Mann Jewelers, Musicology, Bank of Coweta, 34 Madison, Brothers Ltd., The Wellness Center of Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Costume Shop, Scott’s Bookstore, Hit the Trail, Smart Solutions, Morgan Jewelers and Full Circle Toys and Collectibles will be pre-selling tokens until the day of the event.

“Our sponsors and Main Street members make these family oriented events possible in downtown. A special thanks goes to our sponsors The Preserve at Greison Trail, Food Lion, Newnan Utilities and Coweta EMC,” said Chalker.

All Main Street Newnan events are free and open to the public. For more information about Main Street Newnan or how to become a member of the organization visit, call 770-253-8283 or email at
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Rite Aid to Close Newnan, GA, Distribution Center in September 2009

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced today that it is closing its distribution center in Newnan, Georgia. Closing is expected to be in late September.

The 297 associates employed at the facility and local and state officials are being notified today of the closing pursuant to the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. All associates will receive severance and outplacement services.

Rite Aid acquired the Newnan facility in June 2007 with its purchase of approximately 1,800 Brooks Eckerd stores and six distribution centers. The company said at the time of the acquisition that once all of the Brooks Eckerd stores were integrated into Rite Aid, it would look for opportunities to consolidate the distribution activities of its 14 distribution centers. The decision to close the Newnan facility is also part of Rite Aid’s initiative to improve operational efficiency throughout the company.

The 194 stores served by the Newnan distribution center will be served by other Rite Aid distribution centers.

“We have an excellent and dedicated workforce at the distribution center in Newnan, and they did an outstanding job during the integration of the Brooks Eckerd drugstore chain into Rite Aid,” said Wilson A. Lester, Jr., Rite Aid Senior Vice President, Supply Chain. “This closing has no reflection on them or the quality of their work, and we will do everything we can to assist them with finding new positions.”

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Special ‘Artist of the Month Display’ at Newnan City Hall for April for GA Cities Week April 20-25

The ‘Artist of the month’ at City Hall helps kick off Georgia Cities Week for the month of April. There are seven artists being featured for the month of April. All the artwork being displayed this month celebrates the City of Newnan.

Cities across Georgia will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week, sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to showcase and celebrate cities and the many services they provide. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 500 member cities.

“Downtown Beauty” by Ellie Farrington
Ellie traveled from Maine to Georgia to be introduced to painting in oils through Tom Powers and the Newnan-Coweta Recreation Department. Perhaps best known for her paintings of flowers and ocean scenes, this painting is a departure from those themes. “Downtown Beauty” depicts the Court Square during a show sponsored by the Newnan-Coweta Art Association when antique cars were also on display.

“Goldens on the Square” by Dana Johnson
A native Texan, Dana digs into her roots of ranchers, teachers, artists, churchgoers and misfits. She paints on-site when possible, capturing the feel of the moment. Her goal is to depict scenes which elicit an emotional response. “Paint outside, everyday!” is her motto. She takes advantage of every day of good weather. Painting on the Square in Newnan, she saw the light reflected on Goldens in a way that intrigued her.

“The Carnegie Library” by Jenny Jones
Jenny is a native of Newnan and a Newnan High School graduate. Working from her own travel photography, she paints landscapes with a lot of color. She also paints the ocean and buildings. She especially loves to paint lighthouses. She went to the library often as a child and has vivid memories of those times. She even remembers the details of the interior. Painting is very relaxing for her and when asked if she is attending art class, her response is “Try and stop me!”

“The Stately Ole Tree at the Newnan Senior Citizen Center” by Lee Long
A native of Carroll County, Lee has been painting almost thirty years. While winning awards, both cash and ribbons, she has continued to serve in leadership positions in several arts related associations. This stately old tree which stood in front of the Senior Citizen Center intrigued her because she imagined the history it had witnessed.

“New Faces and Familiar Places” by Linda “Rusty” Sharp Framed Print
Another Texan, Rusty, has a mostly Louisiana background. The whimsical nature of this painting also reflects her take on life. It is a mixed media of graphite, watercolor and pen and ink that tickles the memory of those familiar with downtown Newnan. Her prints are available framed and unframed.

“Water Tower from Old Coweta Fairground” by Rebecca Wayne
Rebecca closely observes the things around her and artistically presents them from her own viewpoint. She challenges herself with a variety of styles and mediums. She is originally from Ohio and has a degree in Earth Science Education. Her keen eye for detail is reflected in her artwork. The water tower was observed on the day that the tornado heavily damaged Atlanta. The view is from south to north.

“Remembered Sweet Spot” by Jean Westbrook
Growing up in Newnan, Jean left after graduating high school, but returned twenty-five years later. She started art classes at “the old art house” and found it a great place for friendship, good food and new ideas for painting. Most of the artists she met are still her friends and painting buddies. Precious memories of this place always make her smile.
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