Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers:

RAVE: The Coweta County Drug Court held its fourth annual 5K race, with close to 75 people registered. The program is part of a requirement for participants in the drug court to commit to community service projects. Money from the event goes to support medical services for drug court members, as well as the Coweta Samaritan Clinic.

RAVE: Twenty-four year-old Richard Blake Willeby’s alleged life of crime has come to a stop. He’s been charged with burglarizing more than 10 homes in Coweta, Fayette and Spalding counties. He even had some stolen jewelry on him when he was arrested. That was smart.

REALLY?!?: The Newnan Times-Herald printed its last newspaper on May 18, ending a 148-year-old tradition. The Opelika-Auburn News takes over printing our newspaper today.

RANT: The East Coweta High School Lady Indians and the Northgate High School Lady Vikings both lost in the semifinal rounds for the state soccer championship in their respective divisions. East Coweta was up against the top-ranked and undefeated Grayson Lady Rams, while Northgate lost to powerhouse McIntosh. Northgate won the state championship last year. We can only say: “Valiant effort, ladies.” We are proud of what all you accomplished.

RAVE!!!!!: Authorities have arrested one teen-ager and more arrests are expected in a string of car break-ins in the Newnan Pines and nearby communities north of Newnan. One 17-year-old was arrested and charged with 43 counts of entering autos and seven counts of burglary. Other juveniles are being picked up and face similar charges for the break-ins, which occurred over several months.

RAVE: Thanks to an expected tax digest increase, the Coweta County Board of Education voted to restore the remaining calendar days for teachers, making their work calendar and pay for 190 days.

REALLY?!?: Authorities arrested a former employee of Buffalo Rock for stealing around $17,000 worth of Pepsi from his employer. Bradford Sorrell Hill, 44, is alleged to have stolen the products and then turned around and sold them to businesses at discounted prices. He’d then pocket the proceeds.

RAVE/REALLY?!?: More than 1,500 graduates are expected to throw their caps in the air as all three Coweta County high schools hold graduation ceremonies this week. Wow, that’s a lot of students. On behalf of all of us here at The Newnan Times-Herald, congratulations.

RAVE?/RANT?: We are shooting for the RAVE, but it involves Grantville, so place your bets carefully. After much debate and back and forth, killing it, restoring it, the city’s new splash park is set to open Saturday. Let’s hold our breath and hope for a successful “splash.”



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