Rants & Raves

A look back at the week’s highs and lows:

RANT: To the Alabama woman who was so kind to take the mail from nearly 50 people and open it. We all hate dealing with piles of mail, especially when they are important things like bank statements, credit card and other financial information. We did say she was from Alabama, didn’t we?

RAVE: For 20 years the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office has offered its three-day Mantracker training exercise. This year more than 600 law enforcement officers took part in the program. Thanks to the CCSO for all the hard work in putting this together so our officers will be better trained.

RAVE: To the 36 volunteers who pulled 726 pounds of trash from the Chattahoochee River along the Coweta County border. It’s people like you who keep our waterways clear. We appreciate your hard work.

RANT: And while we’re on the subject of The Hooch, a big shout-out to all those who use the river as their personal dumping ground. We can only hope you get snarled in your own trash someday. There are these things called “landfills” - try them sometime.

RAVE: To borrow the old cliche, Michael Fouts has big shoes to fill after being named Coweta County’s new administrator. Fortunately, you had a great mentor in Theron Gay and we wish you the best.

RAVE: And a standing ovation from all of Coweta County (stand, please) to Theron Gay. Thank you for your service to our county.

RAVE: One we all wish we did not have to give. To the Newnan-Coweta Airport board, friends, well-wishers and members of the Whitlock family who attended the dedication of Whitlock Field at Newnan-Coweta Airport. Captain Nicholas S. Schade Whitlock died while serving his country in February of last year.

RANT: To yet another domestic violence incident. This time a husband shoved an ink pen into his wife’s ear. This occurred after church. Learn to count to 10 and then multiply that by several factors before proving your manhood again. Better yet, just walk away and pick on someone your own size.

RAVE: Sometimes you will win an argument. But against these two University of West Georgia students, you will never win. Damiyr Davis and Miquel Feliciano just placed second in the Cross-Examination Debate Association Nationals.

RAVE: To the Newnan Theatre Company and its production of “Driving Miss Daisy.” We are fortunate to have such a fine artistic group here.

RAVE: Keeping with the artistic flair, a big thank you to all the instructors, dancers, volunteers and supporters for Coweta’s Dancing with the Stars in support of the Community Welcome House. It’s a great night for a great cause and everyone who attended has gone on and on. Unfortunately, we don’t have two left feet, but rather three.

RAVE: Even more with the arts - Patrice Newell and East Coweta High School were honored with the Best Art Department Award from the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition. Congrats, we have problems with stick figures.

MEGA RAVE: To the teachers of the Coweta County School System and those whom they have honored. The three nominees for Teacher of the Year are: Donna Hightower, resource teacher at Thomas Crossroads Elementary; Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, music teacher at Central Educational Center; and Randy Robbins, 11th grade literature teacher at East Coweta High School. Congrats to Schenbeck for winning this year. We all remember our favorite teachers and salute each of you on behalf of our children.

RAVE: To Charles Wadsworth, who just held his last concert here. All we can say is, thank you.

AWESOME RAVE: To the volunteers and participants participating in the Relay for Life. The annual event raises more money for the American Cancer Society than anything else. It’s a chance to honor those who have died of cancer, but, more importantly, people are fighting back.

DEATH RANT: Dear cancer: We hope you catch a horrible disease like yourself and die a slow and painful death. We will beat you. Sincerely, Coweta County.

TRIBUTE RAVE: Danny “Boomer” Bishop, 66, of Newnan. Nov. 30, 1946, to April 22, 2013. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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