Friday, October 23, 2009

Trade in Your Old Purse, Help Community Welcome House and Save, too

Dillards in Ashley Park, Newnan, GA is having an event that benefits Community Welcome House. It begins October 27th and ends November 1st. Bring in an old hand bag/purse and receive a discount on your purchase of a new purse. Community Welcome House benefits as they receive the traded in hand bags.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chamber’s Early Board Forum Featuring Economic Health and Regional Healthcare

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce will feature Economic Health and Regional Healthcare: Trends in Health Care and the Impact on the Local Economy, at its upcoming Economic Engagement Series Early Bird Forum on Tuesday, October 27, at 7:30 a.m. at the Central Educational Center. The Forum cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members and includes breakfast.

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 and the deadline is Monday, October 26 by 12 Noon; contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or

About the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce
With more than 600 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.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Newnan High School Celebrates Local Veterans

An invitation to local veterans:

The History and Social Studies Department at Newnan High School want to take this opportunity to invite you to our biannual Veteran’s Day held this term on December 11. We hold this event at the end of each school term in order for the students to “put a face” with the events that they have been learning about over the last part of term. Your participation in our school is one of the biggest and most anticipated events of each term. We appreciate the time and effort that you will undertake to help us teach these young people. Thank you!

We will meet at the National Guard Armory across the street on Armory Road between 8:00-8:30AM. When you come in there will some students to greet you, sign you in and help you find a place at a table. There will also be students in the parking area to help you carry anything in. Coffee will be available and breakfast will be served starting around 8:15. The first group of students will come in at about 8:50. They will come and visit at your table and talk to you about your service. If you have any items and/or pictures that you would like to share with the students, please feel free to do so. The first two groups of students will wrap up at about 11:40 and then lunch will come from Quizno’s. We will have 2 groups of students after lunch as well and will close the day at approximately 3:00PM. We would love to have you spend all day with us, but if you can only come during part of the day that is perfectly fine. We would appreciate any time that you can spare for our students.

Also, our second fundraising event will be held on October 26 at the old Sprayberry’s BBQ on 29. Sprayberry’s will donate a part of the profits to our veteran programs if you eat there between 5:00-9:00PM. You can eat in or carry out, just mention that you are supporting Newnan High School history. Thank you to those of you that supported us at Chikfil A on that rainy day in September! If possible, we would appreciate your support with these fundraisers- they are easy for us- we just need to get people out to eat!

Lastly, Newnan High School is still working with the local Historical Society to promote the Society’s Veteran Donation Program. We have saved several things over the last few months that we will be using in class. If you have things from your service that you are not sure what to do with, please contact Mr. Henderson or myself. If any of your friends or neighbors are in this situation, please let them know what we are doing. We do not want these items to land in the trash!

If you have any friends that are veteran’s and might be interested in participating in any of these things, please let me know their name and phone number and I will be glad to contact them. Also, if you use email regularly, please email me at the address listed below so that I can add you to our Veterans’ Day contact list. We would like to get as many of you as possible on our email list to save on the expense of mailings.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call on me. I appreciate it!

Steve Quesinberry
Chairman: History and Social Studies Department
Newnan High School

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month And Breast Cancer and Alzheimer Awareness

October is a month of awareness for important issues that we as individuals may face at some time in our life. Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Domestic Violence all very important and critical topics. Unemployment and home foreclosures are in the media every day.

This brings a strain on the public assistance available to address all issues. The individuals who are unemployed need the basic essentials to daily living, a room to sleep in, food, and clothing. They also need a leg up not a hand out.

Our community is blessed to have so many options and resources that can bring the leg up for these unfortunate individuals to connect with. Along with the food pantry, we have Shiloh Missions, Bridging the Gap, Salvation Army, Goodwill, and many churches that have programs and food pantries that are helping meet these essential needs. Shiloh Missions has implemented a data base that can be used to monitor who is receiving assistance and how often. They have a resource data base that can help direct those who want help to overcome the issues they are currently facing.

And… snugly tucked away in our beautiful city of homes is a secret. This secret is so hidden we only become aware of it when something terrible happens. Domestic violence thrives in our community. Community Welcome House statistics prove it. In December 2008, 474 calls were documented; 153 women and children were admitted to our program with 65 being children. Through September 2009, we have documented 372 calls, admitting 121, with 49 being children.

We are making a difference we know it. Our purpose is to end domestic violence one family at a time. Have we seen success, yes. Social change is difficult. Understanding why the victim stays is impossible for most. Victims who have lived with violence are emotionally connected to the abuser.

Children living and witnessing the abuse are taught to keep the secrets and soon believe it is normal. How do you change what they understand as normal? Think of Jamestown? Have you read “Helter Skelter”? A person learns what they live, life in prison? Is this normal? Think about it.

Fortunately for Coweta County we have a program that redefines normal in the life of a person who is a victim of domestic violence. Time is important when a victim decides to leave. Can this community make a difference? Community Welcome House believes it can. We hope you will help us end the violence by supporting our efforts during October and throughout the year.

Linda Kirkpatrick
Executive Director

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Plan to Attend the 2009 BigExpo October 22

Coweta County's biggest and most influential business exposition will take place Thursday, October 22, 2009 at the Summit Family YMCA. Doors open for business-to-business networking from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., and to the general public from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cost for general
admission is $5.00. This annual Trade Show, which is presented by Delta Community Credit Union, offers a competitive shopping experience and features the newest products and services in Coweta and the Metro Atlanta Business Market.

With more than 100 exhibitors and almost 2,000 attendees, this event sells out and is a great opportunity to expose businesses and citizens to thousands of potential clients, network with peers, and generate quality business leads. Many of the area's largest employers will be joining
exhibitors for a special 'Think Coweta First' business-to-business networking session. Also, Access Coweta will host an exhibitors' lounge.

"In the face of a slower economy, BigExpo really focuses on the great companies that are here in Coweta and what we can do to support them," said Reta Origer, sales manager with the Country Inn and Suites, owner of Marketing Sense, and Chamber chairperson for the event.

"BigExpo is a great place to learn about other businesses and generate new leads for your own business," Origer added.

For the second year, Delta Community Credit Union is the Title Sponsor of BigExpo 2009, and Summit Family YMCA serves for the third consecutive year as the facilities sponsor. Other corporate sponsors include: Benton House, Canongate Golf Clubs, Cardiovascular Consultants of Georgia, Coweta-Fayette EMC, Media Production Group, Newnan Utilities, NuLink, Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Relyco, SouthTowne Motors,Toyota of Newnan and United Bank. Media
sponsors are Comcast Spotlight and 92.5 The Bear.

About the Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce

With more than 600 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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Monday, October 12, 2009

The Carnegie Introduces the Honor Book System

The Carnegie invites the public to participate in the honor book system. The honor books are donated for the purpose of trading and sharing reading experiences with others.

Honor book criteria:

  • You loved the book (no dumping of titles no one would want to read, space doesn’t allow for that)
  • Books need to be in excellent condition
  • Hardback or paperback
  • Fiction or non-fiction
  • Adult, young adult or children’s books

Drop off donations and fill out a comment sheet at front desk.

Choose a book, take it with you and, upon completion, return it to the Carnegie with your comments in the space provided for the next person to enjoy. All books are one way donations and become part of the honor book system

“We are excited to introduce the honor book system to the Carnegie,” said Amy Mapel, Carnegie Media Coordinator. “I think it will enhance the reading opportunities for the Carnegie patron.”

About the Carnegie
Carnegie is one of the most historically significant structures in downtown Newnan and was built in 1904. The building served as a library until 1987 when a new facility was constructed on Hospital Road. With its iconic lighted sign that states the ‘City of Homes’ on top of the building, citizens recognize the Carnegie when they drive through historic downtown.

The Carnegie was funded by the city of Newnan’s General Fund and partly by 2007 Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The Carnegie’s cost to be renovated was over $1.5 million dollars to the city. For more information on the Carnegie, please visit or email

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Coweta County Fair Closed Tonight

Due to current and expected weather conditions, the Coweta County Fair will not open tonight. Coweta County, the Kiwanis Club and Belle City Amusements announced just after noon today that they would not open the fairgrounds for the scheduled Monday evening events. At this time, plans are to resume the regular schedule on Tuesday.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Courthouse Committee Seeks Memories and Photos

Work on the historic Coweta County Courthouse continues with the completion date still targeted for early summer of 2010. The Courthouse Citizens Advisory Committee has begun discussions on opening festivities and is asking for the community’s assistance.

The festivities surrounding the opening of the courthouse are not determined yet but the committee has one project that they’d like to get started. The committee is soliciting individual memories and photos of the courthouse to be used in some type of historical record. The Courthouse represents many things to many citizens and the committee would like to record that and save it for future generations.

“This courthouse is the citizens building. It’s been the heart of Coweta County for over 100 years and we know there are many people with fond memories of the building and the square,” said Patricia Palmer, Director of Public Affairs for Coweta County. “I’ve had friends, family and complete strangers tell me stories about things they remember at the square and how the courthouse was the backdrop for family memories. That’s what we want to hear about.”

Memories can be personal, told to you by a friend or family member OR memories of major county events and how the courthouse was a part of that time in history. “If your granddaddy told you about playing checkers on the square, or you loved the Christmas lights that used to be draped from the high points on the dome or if you always rested on the courthouse steps when trick or treating with the downtown merchants, we’d like to hear about it and, hopefully, get a photo of it as well.”

The committee has not finalized exactly how the memories and photos will be used but the plan is to gather them in some type of document or printed piece that will also trace the history of the courthouse and the work done in the recent rehabilitation. Images and memories can be submitted via e-mail to or sent to Patricia Palmer, Coweta County, 22 East Broad Street, Newnan, GA 30263. The following release must be included for your memories and photos to be used. The information is posted on the county website as well.

I hereby give permission for images and/or information/stories about the historic Coweta County Courthouse that I have submitted to be used for historic purposes. I understand that this submitted information and/or images may be used in print, video, web and other electronic data and waive any rights of ownership or compensation.

Subject in photo and approximate date taken, if applicable:
Phone number:

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