Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at the week's highs, lows and whatevers:

RANT: There are certain rules one must follow for Earth to remain on its axis. One of those, and one which even Mother Nature must obey, is there shall be no rain on July 4. We had no parade, the fireworks show was postponed. Someone missed the memo. Someone's getting a pink slip.

RAVE: Dr. Kyle Marrero started his new job as president of the University of West Georgia. We wish him well at the Carrollton-based campus, and look forward to his visit here when the Newnan branch opens at the old Newnan Hospital.

RAVE: To the runners and friends who turned out for the Soles for Cole 5K Race held recently at Ashley Park. Cole Croteau, 15, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and the fundraiser was started by his best friend to help the family out and find a cure for the disease. Kids these days.

RAVE: And kudos to Annie Swords, a student and golfer at The Heritage School, for qualifying for the U.S. Junior Girls Championship. To the kids still on the couch - get outside, the rain's over. Just think what you can accomplish.

REALLY? We assume the more enlightened of us have heard of pot brownies. But pot butter? A Coweta County man got busted for making some, even though investigators had never seen it before. To add insult to injury, the suspect originally called authorities to report a burglary. We're going out on a limb and guessing the pot butter was to put on the pot brownies.

RANT: Can we not go a week with yet another man beating up his wife - and in front of children, no less? Mark Eric Smith, 35, left the house after telling authorities he ran because he heard the kids, ages 5 and 6, yelling at him to not kill his mother. You are no man.

RAVE: Just because you ride a motorcycle, that doesn't make you a drug gang member. Our salute to the Straight Spokes Motorcycle Club, a group of riding enthusiasts who focus on family and charities instead of the bottle and drugs.

RAVE: To the volunteers and members of the New Leaf Community Garden. The group is working to provide fresh and naturally-grown food to fight obesity and help poor people with fresh produce.

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