Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

REALLY?!?: The ever-changing July Fourth Parade is changing again. At first there were not going to be any motorized vehicles. Now there will be. The time is moved from the afternoon to the morning. And to top it off, the parade route has been vastly shortened. We will see how this works out.

RANT: A driver was killed and another man seriously injured in a two-car accident on Fischer Road. Both drivers were entrapped, and Michael Allen Naber, 55, was found dead when emergency personnel arrived.

RANT: Yet another round of shootings, this time near Hill and Hatcher streets. A man and woman were arrested in what appears to be a drive-by shooting. The homeowner also returned fire, but fortunately no one was hit.

REALLY?!?: A man from England was arrested with help from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and charged with sexual exploitation of a child. Steven Slater, 46, is alleged to have sent a local 15-year-old nude photos. This was the first arrest made by the sheriff’s office of a suspect from another country involving sexual exploitation over the Internet.

RAVE: Grantville’s splash park is officially open. So far, it’s been a big success, with more than 200 average daily visitors. We’d suggest city council use it for meetings to ensure cooler heads will prevail.

REALLY?!?: The Xpress Bus system, which offers commuters several rides into Atlanta and back, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority is also considering adding more park-and-ride lots in Coweta, a move that will only help ease congestion.

RAVE: The city of Newnan recently was awarded a $1.75 million grant to complete the McIntosh Parkway project. That road system will connect Ashley Park with downtown Newnan and help relieve congestion on Lower Fayetteville Road and Bullsboro Drive. Work on the new parkway is expected to begin in 2015 and finish in mid-2017.

RAVE: Grantville’s police officers made some serious drug busts recently. The drug interdiction unit stopped one car and seized about $50,000 in cash. In another stop, officers found more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

RAVE: Coweta County is considering opening a satellite tag office in eastern Coweta County. The Georgia Department of Driver’s Services is interested in co-locating there as well. Considering how long lines are at the current locations, this is one of those “why didn’t we think of this before?” situations.

RANT: Zachary Harrison, one of four Newnan High School seniors involved in a serious wreck, has passed away from his injuries. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.



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