Rants, Raves & Really?!?
A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers:
REALLY?!? Mitchell McTier, the brother of Madeline McTier, was airlifted to a Colorado hospital after being involved in a horrible skiing accident. His sister, Madeline, a cheerleader at East Coweta High School, passed away in September after a long battle with brain cancer. Family say Mitchell is slowly improving after being in an induced coma from the crash, which resulted in several broken bones and a basilar skull fracture. Our hearts and prayers are with the family.
RANT: Criss Langston, 28, of Franklin, was charged with felony murder involving the shooting of Michael Anthony Starnes, 48, in nearby Troup County. Langston surrendered to the Heard County Sheriff’s Office after the shooting.
RAVE: Northgate High School’s Marching Vikings band got to march in the St. Patrick’s Day 2014 parade in New York City. Despite the record-low temperatures at the parade, the Marching Vikings had a blast and represented our county. Congrats, band members.
RAVE: And yet another successful Spring Art Walk in downtown Newnan. It’s part of the opening of spring and highlights some of the top artists in our area. More than 30 different locations participated, featuring more than 40 artists. If you missed it, make sure you mark the dates for the fall art festival.
RAVE: The General Assembly is done for the year and members have headed home. For some reason, we seem to feel better when the legislators are out of session.
RAVE: U.S. Marshals and Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a fugitive who had escaped from the LaGrange Transitional Center. Patrick Jamal “Pancake” Jones, 20, was discovered hiding in the attic of his mother’s home. Who would have thought he’d be hiding there of all places? Duh.
RAVE: And a tip of the hat to the county fire department’s HAZMAT team. If you missed the story last week, go back and check it out. This team deals with all the nasty chemicals. In the last few days alone, they’ve gone out on two suspicious white powder calls and an overturned propane truck.
RANT: The latest statewide domestic violence study shows a somewhat dismal improvement. In 2012, Georgia ranked 10th. We’re now ranked 12th. It’s still an embarrassment. There were 128 people killed in our state in 2012, another 116 in 2013 because of domestic violence.