Thursday, May 21, 2009

The City of Newnan Begins Its Mosquito Control Program In June

The Public Works Department will begin its mosquito management program in June and continue through September, fogging Tuesdays and Fridays from 7pm to 10pm, weather conditions permitting. We use a truck mounted ULV (ultra low volume) aerosol fogger for spraying a synthetic pyrethroid product (a synthetic version of a natural insecticide produced by chrysanthemum flowers) to help control adult mosquito populations within the City. At this time, the Public Works Department does not have a program for larval monitoring or surveillance, nor does the Department use any larval control products.

We will accommodate special requests, including requests for not spraying near particular residences.

Residents and property owners can help abate existing mosquito breeding sources by clearing property of any potential breeding sites and preventing them from recurring. Here are some suggestions for what you can do help eliminate potential breeding grounds and increase your enjoyment of the outdoors:

Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, bottles or any water-holding containers
Fill in or drain low places in your yard
Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash to help drainage
Cover trash containers to keep water out
Repair leaky outside pipes and faucets
Empty plastic wading pools regularly and store them indoors when not in use
Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps
Change the water in bird baths and tray for plant pots at least once a week
Keep your grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed

Together we can eliminate potential breeding grounds and increase our enjoyment of the outdoors.

Because of ideal weather conditions, the mosquito population this spring and summer are predicted to be a bumper crop.

Mosquitoes are an all-too familiar summer nuisance, but much worse, they can carry West Nile virus or Eastern Equestrian Encephalitis for humans and heartworms for pets. West Nile virus can result in serious illness and sometimes death. The virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses and other mammals and is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has bitten an infected bird.

If you have any questions, comments or requests, please call the Public Works Department at 770-253-1823 or email Michael Klahr; Public Works Director at
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Home with a Blaze of Glory

The anxious hours are over for Blaze. Blaze found his way home in Coweta County early this morning. Chock full of ticks and extremely skinny, Blaze's walkabout has resulted in a great homecoming. Thanks to all our concerned readers who were on the lookout for this guy.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

City of Newnan Police and Fire Complete Special Incident Response Training

Some of the city of Newnan’s Police and Fire personnel were able to complete Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB) training at the Energetic Research and Testing Center in Socorro, New Mexico. The police staff who attended was Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs and Detective Danny McDonald. The Newnan Fire Marshall Ricky Ayers and Captain John Byrom and was also able to attend.

The four hour performance level IRTB course provides basic information on explosive and incendiary devices that could be used as terrorist weapons. Classroom topics include:

Understanding the terrorist threat
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
Safety issues
Departmental or agency policies to ensure compliance with local requirements
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provided all the funding for the public safety personnel to attend. It was no cost to the city for the travel and training opportunity.

“One of the most important aspects of this training is recognizing First Responders, local police officers and firefighters, may be able to detect unusual activity or devices, before solid intelligence is developed by State or Federal agencies, concerning an imminent bomb attack. In reviewing case studies of previous terrorist bombings, the terrorists' methods of identifying targets, recruiting associates, obtaining funds and materials and training for their attacks were discussed. This training gives the First Responder a basis for developing intelligence in their local areas, to prevent such attacks, said City of Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs.

EMRTC provides world class training in explosives, firearms and explosive site safety in association with The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The U.S. State Department and other Federal and State agencies. Our course instructors are recognized worldwide as top explosives and WMD experts. EMRTC's facilities include a 40-square-mile field laboratory that includes over 30 separate test sites, gun ranges and research laboratories to use for training field exercises. The Center is a division of New Mexico Tech. For more information please log onto
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Help Blaze Get Home, He's Lost and Scared

A black Lab mix has been missing since April 26. He was last seen near a body of water (pond/lake) in Coweta County, Georgia on May 1, 2009.

Blaze is very gentle but timid and may not come when called.

Reward offered for assistance in getting him back home. Please call 770-328-2511 with information.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Scogin Remembered by County

Coweta County employees and commissioners gathered with the family of Jimmy Scogin to remember Scogin in a ceremony on April 6, 2009.

James Hugh "Jimmy" Scogin was a Coweta County Public Works employee for more than 18 years, helping build many roads and buildings across the county. He was a certified corrections officer, a firearms instructor and a heavy equipment foreman. Jimmy was gravely injured in April of 2007 while supervising a crew working on a road to the Central Library. He died two months later from his injuries. He is the only known Coweta County employee to be killed in the line of duty in almost 90 years.

The Coweta County Commission voted to name the Coweta Couty Prison in honor and memory of Jimmy's efforts in establishing the range, his skill with a firearm, his role in training other corrections officers and his contributions to our county.

The permanent home of the firing range is uncertain now. It needs expanding and it is almost certain to be impacted by the widening of the Highway 34 bypass. Because of this uncertainty, a plaque mounted on a boulder was dedicated in a temporary home at the Coweta County Prison in memory of Scogin. (The boulder is one that was removed by Scogin during the building of the Hunter Recreation Complex.) When the new Firing Range is complete, the plaque will be moved there.