Economic improvement tops list of 2013 stories

by Ellen Corker

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University System Board of Regents in January agrees to buy the old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street for new satellite University of West Georgia campus.

Positive economic signs for Coweta County, with several development projects completed, under way or announced, topped the list of local news events in 2013.

As Cowetans welcome the new year, the Times-Herald news staff has gathered a sampling of front page headlines over the past year, included in a special section in today's edition.

Coweta is the fastest-growing county in the west Georgia region, it was noted at the annual Economic Forecast Breakfast held in October at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.

A major area of activity has involved post-secondary education, with the opening of the new Coweta campus of West Georgia Technical College and the start of construction to transform the old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street for use as the University of West Georgia Newnan center.

Participants gathered in September to celebrate with a ribbon- cutting ceremony at the new WGTC campus off Turkey Creek Road. The new campus started classes in August.

Also in September, it was learned a health care group was eying the former Piedmont Newnan Hospital campus on Hospital Road for use as a psychiatric care facility. That news and the fact that Cancer Treatment Centers of America is looking a major expansion over next two years at its Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan were reported to the Coweta County Development Authority in September.

Among other project completions, the Newnan Centre city meeting facility officially opened in June adjacent to the Coweta County School System's Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Walkways and a pavilion connect the two facilities, located off Lower Fayetteville Road. A developer is conducting a feasibility study on building a hotel next to the new meeting facility.

Groundbreaking also was held for a new public safety complex for Newnan, at a site on Jefferson Street.

Celebrated was the opening of Coweta County's new Brown's Mill Battlefield Park. A grand opening July 27 marked 13 years of effort to develop the public park on the site of a Civil War battlefield south of Newnan.

And to help move Coweta's traffic, plans are in the works for new roundabouts on Lower Fayetteville at the Newnan Centre, at the Five Points area of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and East Newnan Road, and on Greison Trail for the extension of McIntosh Parkway into downtown Newnan.

For a month-by-month look at happenings and milestones in Coweta in 2013, see today's special Year in Review section starting on page 1B of the print edition of the Newnan Times-Herald.



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