Rants, Raves & Really?!?
A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers:
RAVE: Let’s give a big shoutout to the more than 800 runners, walkers and volunteers who participated in the 12th Annual Run for Angels 5K/10K road race and 1K fun run to benefit the local Angel’s House children’s shelter despite the weather.
RAVE: Kids and parents are happy, teachers maybe not so much. The Coweta County School System said students will not have to make up the days lost to icy roads. School employees, however, will have to make up those four days plus two others from earlier in the year.
RANT: Nothing like a little meth among friends. Two men and a woman were arrested and charged with possession of meth with intent. One suspect was captured after trying to hide in the basement, another got caught running out the door — and straight into sheriff’s deputies. Nice try.
REALLY?!? What better way to get back at your ex-wife than shooting her house? Jamie Lamar Croft, 35, was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and aggravated assault after shooting at the defenseless residence on two separate occasions. Video cameras caught Croft in the act — so smile, you got arrested.
RAVE: And one is down. The dilapidated Travel Inn on U.S. 29 South is going to be demolished to make room for improvements on highway work. Now, if we can just get some needed road projects near the Newnan House Motel.
REALLY?!? Propane fuel prices are going through the roof. One resident noted her monthly bill has gone from $100 to nearly $400. Producers blame a colder-than-normal winter and a late harvest.
RANT: And another candidate for Mother of the Year. Rebecca Lynn Shelton, 39, was discovered passed out in her vehicle in a parking lot on Bullsboro Drive. Two children, aged 13 and 6, were also in the car. The 13-year-old was able to commandeer the vehicle and safely stop it after going through two intersections. Authorities later found a bottle with Xanax pills in it, but the name on the bottle was not hers.
RAVE: Congrats to Frank Barron for being named the 2014 Coweta County Citizen of the Year. And a tip of the hat to the other nominees — Earlene Strickland Scott, Candace Boothby, Alison Wallace, Walter Thompson and Ruby E. Hines.
RAVE: To all our veterans and for hosting a recent roundtable about the need for a behavioral hospital in Newnan. The state recently denied a Certificate of Need, but the roundtable highlighted problems some veterans have with getting necessary help. Maybe this will help change the state’s mind.
RAVE: And a goodbye to Coweta County Fire Marshal and Assistant Chief Jimmy Gantt, who is retiring after 30 years with the Coweta County Fire Department. He was recently named Fire Inspector of the Year by the Georgia Fire Inspectors Association. Thank you for your service.