Newnan's July 4th parade canceled

by CELIA SHORTT

alt

A Newnan Police officer and a Newnan city worker try to unclog drains on Dodson Street and were turning around vehicles Wednesday. Water was some 3 feet deep on the street. 


The rain and inclement weather hitting Newnan and the north Georgia area has made it necessary for city officials to cancel the Newnan Independence Day parade.

“Due to the strong likelihood of inclement weather, resulting in safety concerns for parade entries, attendees, volunteers, and staff, the City of Newnan’s Fourth of July Parade has been canceled,” said city Business Development Director Hasco W. Craver IV on Wednesday. “The parade will not be rescheduled for a later date,” he said.

Craver said the city urges all community members to attend the Rotary Club of Newnan’s annual fireworks display, which has been rescheduled for July 13, at Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium. The fireworks event will begin at 6 p.m. The community celebration is a free event.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Coweta County and much of north Georgia through Friday morning, with rainfall of as much as 4-6 inches likely, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

The forecast shows a 100 percent chance of heavy rain today, and a 90 percent chance of heavy rain tonight.

Approximately 4.5 inches of rain fell in Newnan on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Rotary Club officials made the decision to postpone the fireworks show.

“It’s a safety issue, 100 percent,” said Walt Thompson, Newnan Rotary president. 

Thompson also said that the Rotary Club had to consider that the football field at Drake Stadium couldn’t be used if it rained. Volunteer workers would have to fight the rain all day, and it would make setup difficult since most of it would be done Thursday morning. 

On July 13, attendees may arrive at the stadium at Newnan High School on LaGrange Street starting at 6 p.m.

This year’s fireworks extravaganza will be the 28th annual Independence Day celebration at Drake Stadium. The annual event is sponsored by the Newnan Rotary Club, Coweta County, the City of Newnan, Coweta County Schools and Coweta businesses, as a gift to the community.




More Local

GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

ATLANTA (AP) — After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete ... Read More


10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAELI DEFENSE SOURCE: ONE SOLDI ... Read More


Senoia wall could be up for years

Seven households in Senoia may be behind a wall for years to come. Monday night, representatives from Stalwart Films and Raleigh Studios re ... Read More


Work begins on Hood Road

Hood Road was being closed beginning Monday, July 21, for culvert replacement, according to Coweta County officials. Public notification sig ... Read More


Paper's Phone System Down

We are experiencing problems with our phone system at this time and are unable to make or receive calls. We hope to have this resolved by th ... Read More

Ga. national parks see 7 million visitors in 2013

ATLANTA (AP) — National Park Service officials say more than 7 million people visited Georgia parks in 2013 and had an economic benefi ... Read More