Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

RAVE: Coweta County high schools’ average SAT score for 2013 was 23 points higher than the average score in the state. Way to go, students and teachers. The ranking put Coweta in the top 12 percent in the state. Let’s break that 10 percent barrier next year.

REALLY!?! So a county school bus driver makes out with a 17-year-old in the bus. Problem is the buses are equipped with video tapes (which the drivers know about) and, why yes, it was all caught on video. Thanks to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office for investigating and arresting the bus driver. This had all the makings for one of those horrid “reality” X-rated Internet sites.

RAVE: To all the participants in the annual Lewis Grizzard and Catfish Memorial Bike Ride for Literacy. The ride benefits the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, which works to provide age-appropriate books for children from birth to 5. If you didn’t get involved this year, do so next year. You get some exercise and help kids learn to read. Both noble causes.

RAVE: To all participants and veterans who participated in the Coweta Muster this past week. The Muster’s focus this year was on honoring and remembering veterans of the Korean War, often called “The Forgotten War.”

RANT: What is it about bank robbers? We nearly had a Bonnie and Clyde episode earlier at the downtown BB&T branch. Thankfully, despite shots being fired, no one was injured and two suspects were quickly captured. The third fugitive, caught soon after, was just sentenced to life in prison without parole. Seems he’s been convicted of this kind of thing before. When will they learn?

RAVE: Main Street Newnan’s Fall Taste of Newnan was another culinary success. Everyone appreciates all the vendors who participate, the citizens who come to enjoy it, and the Main Street members and employees who put it on. Another reason we love downtown.

RAVE: Volunteers completed the Flat Rock Trail this past weekend at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. If you haven’t been out to Coweta’s premier state park, you’re missing a beautiful place.

REALLY!?! We know some people who’ve hit more than their fair share of deer. With a car that is. And we know others who’ve never even seen one. If you are freaking out about hitting one, there’s a 1 in 140 chance you will. With a higher deer population, Georgians face a higher likelihood of hitting Bambi or her kin than the national average.

RANT: Play a pickup game of hoops. Enjoy the fresh air outside. Get shot in a drive-by shooting. Wait, what? Yep, turns out a man was shot in the abdomen and ended up being air flighted to Atlanta.

RAVE: Someone finally cleaned up the former Dodge dealership property on Hwy. 34 East. It was beginning to be quite the eyesore, so thank you.

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