Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

RAVE: Demolition work is proceeding on the University of West Georgia Newnan Center project. One building in the back was taken down and officials say everything is on track for the campus to open on time.

REMEMBER: There’s an online survey on the future of downtown Newnan still available. City officials are hoping a lot more people will give their input on the Newnan Livable Centers Initiative. About 180 people have taken it, but many are not in the downtown area. If you want to have a say, take the survey.

RAVE: Grantville City Council approved a bid for the town’s planned skate park. If you’ve been following this saga, it’s about time.

REALLY!?! Grantville Mayor Jim Sells actually said the following: “I’m going to agree with Ms. (councilwoman Selma) Coty” during the skate park debate. Yes, that was the sound of someone trying to divide by zero, the whole cats and dogs thing. And with Coty leaving council, you’ll probably never hear those words uttered again.

RANT: “Immediate action” is needed to increase staff at the Coweta County Department of Family and Children’s Services. That’s according to a recent audit by the state’s Office of the Child Advocate. Seriously? Let’s get on the move and get people hired. One of the key functions of state government is to help those who can’t help themselves - this is a prime example.

RAVE: Coweta’s Transit System was named the winner in the Georgia Transit Association’s Performance Award. That award recognizes a system that has demonstrated improvement in system performance (hence the award’s name.) Way to go.

RAVE: The Coweta County Animal Shelter is running a half-priced adoption sale for the county’s homeless animals. It could be great present for kids, but just remember they are animals, not toys to be stuffed in the closet after a while.

RAVE: The first checks from The Newnan Times-Herald’s Fill the Stocking campaign were handed out. To date, more than $4,000 has been donated by Cowetans to help Toys for Tots, Bridging the Gap and the Salvation Army. Thanks to all who have given to make Christmas better for those in need.

RANT: Tanner Health System, which is based in Carroll County, is opposing a proposed behavioral hospital to be located here in Newnan at the old Piedmont Newnan Hospital location. Tanner has provided this service in the past, and we thank them. But those in the know here say we need our own facility. Surely this has nothing to do with money?



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