Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

RANT: The Computer Advantage Apple Specialist store in Ashley Park was broken into after thieves smashed through security glass and grabbed thousands of dollars of Apple equipment. Not only does the store lose valuable merchandise, but employees lose out on bonuses for selling the equipment. And right before Christmas. The kicker is, as soon as the thieves register the items, they can be tracked. No one ever said criminals are smart.

RAVE: Santa came. He delivered. And helping him out were hundreds and hundreds of local residents, giving of their time and money to ensure Santa — in whatever form — didn’t miss anyone. To all those who brightened someone else’s Christmas, it is indeed better to give than to receive.

RAVE: And a kudo to State Rep. Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, who on the issue of children having to be removed from their families, says it needs to be dealt with locally. We agree. It’s important Coweta County takes care of Coweta’s problems and not turn the matter completely over to the state.

RANT: Our county lost a great educator with the passing of Thomas Abner Glanton. He was responsible for molding the lives of two generations of Grantville citizens, as both a teacher and principal. And a RAVE and a dusting of the chalk erasers in his memory.

RAVE: The General Assembly is expected to take up the HOPE Grant for technical schools in the upcoming session. The House bill would restore full tuition coverage for those students. In 2011, the state cut back benefits on the Hope Scholarship, resulting in a massive decrease in enrollment for technical schools. Let’s hope it gets restored.

REALLY?!? The body of a 24-year-old man, missing since early December, was discovered in the woods on Christmas Eve. Austin Daniel Howard was found not far from where he was last seen, at a restaurant on Bullsboro Drive. Authorities do not suspect foul play, but are waiting final autopsy results.

RANT: For the second time this month, a pizza delivery person was robbed. This time the suspect, who robbed the delivery person at knifepoint, also took the victim’s car and drove off a short distance before abandoning it. Seriously, how much do you think these delivery people actually carry?

RAVE: The Newnan Times-Herald’s inaugural Christmas donation drive — Fill the Stocking — ended with more than 100 people giving and raising $6,298 for Toys for Tots, Bridging the Gap and the Salvation Army. Thanks to everyone who participated.

RANT: A man pulled unconscious from his blazing home has died. John Gortner was airflighted to Grady Hospital, where he later succumbed to smoke inhalation at the hospital’s Burn Unit.

RAVE: Funding for expanding the Savannah port was included in a recent bill approved by the U.S. Senate. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope the bill gets signed as has been promised. But it is Washington after all.



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