Rants, Raves and Really?!?

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

RAVE: To Hank Berkowitz, who was named this year’s Coweta County Veteran of the Year. Berkowitz heads up the are Toys for Tots program, as well as helping veterans get their promised benefits.

RANT/RAVE: Long time former County Commissioner Leroy Johnson passed after blessing us for 97 years. He spent 38 years - and four months as he always pointed out - serving the people of our county. We mourn his passing, we honor his life.

RAVE: Time to get a growler. ACE Beer Growlers’s license was approved by Newnan City Council. The store will sell craft beer and malt beverages and be located downtown.

REALLY!?!: This won’t happen again for, literally, tens of thousands of years, but Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah - the Jewish Festival of Lights, fall on the same day this year. An incredible opportunity to celebrate a major religious and national holiday. Who says the two can’t mix?

RAVE: Thanks to hard work by investigators with the sheriff’s office, a woman was sentenced to prison for multiple counts of identity fraud. Wyndi Wilkes was found sleeping in her car earlier this year and had a garbage bag filled with the mail of 48 different county residents. And a big RANT for someone, yet again, trying to steal personal financial information.

RAVE: Two public school bus drivers - Jill Jackson and Pam Perry - were honored for outstanding actions and commitment to school children. Jackson refused to allow an unknown man pick up a student and Perry performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking student. Thanks for taking care of our kids.

RAVE: Smokey Road Middle School was just named a “Reward School,” an honor reserved for those with the highest performance or biggest academic gains. They were the only eligible school in the county to win the award. Take your bows.

REALLY!?!: Your parents always told you not to pick up hitchhikers. Unfortunately, one female driver didn’t follow that directive and picked a gentleman up. After being stopped for speeding, turns out said gentlemen was basically carrying a small pharmacy of illegal drugs on him. He’s in jail, she got off with a warning. Parents really do know what’s best.

RANT: A driver was unfortunately killed after losing control of his pickup truck on Old Corinth Road. The truck left the roadway, overturned and the driver was partially ejected. No others were involved.

REALLY?!? Hugh Maddux, former owner of a dental practice in Newnan, was convicted for drug distribution in a federal court. He was charged with writing illegal prescriptions.

RAVE: Dedications abound in Coweta. A horse that was part of downtown’s “Horsey Affair” was dedicated to Denice Roberts, a longtime rider at the Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning. Roberts, who had cerebral palsy, was killed by burglars. And Lights for Linda Luminaries is again offering their luminarias for Christmas time. This year, the group will dedicate the luminarias to Madeline McTier, a 17-year-old cheerleader at East Coweta High School who passed away in September from complications of a brain tumor. Finally, The Heritage School unveiled its memorials for Tyler Henson, a football player who died in a single-vehicle car wreck. Let’s remember them all.



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