Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

REALLY?!? A white powdery substance was found inside an envelope at a business on Highway 34 East. Authorities later determined it was non-poisonous, but several people were decontaminated as a precaution.

RANT: Two residents, one a former council member, were ejected from the Grantville City Council meeting for violating the new “decorum” ordinance. We don’t even know where to go with this one.

RANT: Here’s why you shouldn’t steal — even if it’s just mail. Meet Shawntay Simmons, 26, and Michael Harvey, 32. The two were arrested after a high-speed chase across county lines. Among the charges are fleeing/attempting to elude officers, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, identify fraud and on and on.

REALLY?!? The Coweta County Board of Education purchased a 53-acre tract on Shaw Road for a potential middle school. The $872,500 price is covered by the county’s one-cent, education-earmarked Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax used for land acquisition.

RANT: Let’s stop this before we get copycats. More suspicious powder was found at another Highway 34 business. This time it was in a trash can, but authorities said they don’t believe it is toxic.

RAVE: Dr. Joe Harless, a longtime Newnan educator and businessman, had a new certification process for charter career academies named after him. Dr. Harless, who died in 2012, was a prime mover in creating the Coweta School System’s Central Education Center, the state’s first career academy.

RAVE: Coweta County has a new mobile food pantry thanks to Hill Family Legacy Resource Center, which received a grant to purchase a refrigerated truck. The food truck makes stops at various churches and includes meats, milk, bread, fruits, vegetables and more.

REALLY?!? The Coweta Starship Store won an appeal of a citation charging it with violating the county’s obscenity ordinance. The ordinance prohibits the sale of sexual devices unless they are used for “bona fide medical, scientific, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purposes.” Just remember, it’s all in the name of science.

RAVE: An incredibly heartwarming story of faith, hope and endurance about the Estes family and husband/father Rob’s battle against a brain tumor. The family has created Can’t Never Could Inc., a non-profit created by the Estes to help those facing adversity and personal battles.

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