Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

REALLY? At least one middle school student tested positive for TB. Of the nearly 300 tested at Smokey Road Middle School, 27 were shown to have tested positive to exposure to TB.

RAVE: Friends and the Grantville community held a fundraiser for the Alvarado family, whose three children and a cousin were seriously hurt in a recent car accident. One victim was put into a forced coma and spent two months in the hospital.

RANT: Another motorist died from injuries sustained in a weekend car accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Michael Noles, 27.

RAVE: West Georgia Technical College and the University of West Georgia signed an agreement allowing WGTC students who complete the Associate of Science Degree in criminal justice to transfer to UWG’s program.

RAVE: To the organizers of the annual Live Oak Music Fest, held out at Powers Pavilion. The day-long concert was a fundraiser for the Capt. Nicholas Schade Whitlock Foundation, which funds a scholarship for a student at Newnan High School. Capt. Whitlock died Feb. 18, 2012, in a plane crash while serving his country.

RANT/RAVE: Victims and survivors of domestic violence held a vigil last week as the first event for the newly formed Coweta County Domestic Violence Task Force. RAVE to the organizers, but RANT that we need such an organization.

MAJOR RAVE: The U.S. House has passed a key bill providing funding for deepening of the Savannah Harbor. The Senate passed its own bill earlier, and the two chambers are expected to agree on a final bill. That’s major news for businesses in the area who rely on the port, which needs to be deepened to handle bigger ships.

RAVE: Newnan’s own Medal of Honor recipient — Col. Joe M. Jackson — will be honored at the University of Georgia’s Homecoming game on Nov. 9. At this time, it’s appropriate to thank all of those who have served in our armed forces.

RAVE: A new organization, Family Patterns Matter, started up last week. The organization, along with a teen youth board, will focus on bullying affecting middle and high school students. Once again, local activists see a problem and get to work fixing it.

RAVE: And big KUDOS to Trinity Christian’s girls volleyball team, which just cemented its third state championship in the GISA Class AAA league. Way to go!



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