Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

REALLY?!? A couple of Grantville City Council members say there isn’t a drug problem in their fair city. Yet council voted to OK drug testing for new hires. What are we missing here?

RAVE: The inaugural Live Oak Music Fest kicked off to honor Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock Foundation, which helps fund a scholarship for a Newnan High School student. There were a lot of great groups performing to support the fund, created after Whitlock was killed while serving his country.

RAVE: Latest economic news shows Coweta is the fastest-growing county in the region. Most of the growth is in the service sector, which includes not just those fast-food jobs, but the higher paid medical field as well.

RANT: Yet another driving behind the wheel — intoxicated — with an 11-year-old child in the car. Yashica Kenyette Johnson, 34, was driving more than 100 mph and weaving along the roadside before finally being stopped. She’s been charged with DUI, endangering a child and a host of other penalties. Kill yourself, but leave the kids out of it.

RANT: Another couple tried the old “let’s outrun the cops” routine. Chalk it up to another failure. Scott Posey Renfroe, 30, and Bethany Nicole Rex, 30, got slammed with multiple counts, including obstruction of an officer, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, and more. Were drugs found in the vehicle? That would be a yes.

RAVE: Newnan Councilwoman Cynthia Jenkins has proposed turning the old Howard Warner School into a community center to serve that area. They are still in the “talking stages,” but if anything is going to be done with the facility, this seems the logical choice.

RANT: Let’s drag race. Let’s do it on the busiest street in Newnan. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Richard Alan Spohn, 25, and Sean Patrick Hughes, 46, were clocked at 127 mph cruising down Bullsboro. We can’t wait to see the insurance adjustment after those tickets go through.

RAVE: Coweta’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts was able to secure a rare monotype by Francoise Gilot, the namesake of the Centre’s Gallery. The Centre’s Patrons purchased the piece from Gilot, who earlier purchased the piece from an estate.

RAVE/RANT: Downtown Newnan lost a Christian bookstore, which only made it a couple of months. However, new restaurants are coming in, including Rednexican, an ACE Growlers — the city’s first craft beer speciality store — and the relocation of The Cellar and opening of Meat ‘N Greet, which will focus on barbecue and craft burgers.

RAVE: We’ve had “The Walking Dead,” now it appears Hunger Games 3 will be filming in locations near downtown Newnan. Move over, Hollywood.

RANT: The Northgate High School girl’s softball team came oh so close, losing out for the state championship in the finals. Congrats on a great year — get them next season.



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