Rants, Raves & Really?!?
A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers:
REALLY?!?: Kevin Brown, CEO of Piedmont Healthcare, gave a speech last week saying one-third of Georgians have left the state for health care reasons. Not a statistic we should be happy about, but with all the new medical facilities coming here, Coweta County is doing its part.
RAVE: And a big thank-you to all the volunteers who took part in the annual Sweep the Hooch cleanup. Crews paddled and walked along 3.3 miles of the Chattahoochee River picking up trash. Because of high flood waters, the volunteers weren’t able to collect as much garbage, but their efforts are appreciated anyway.
REALLY?!?: As of now, the Powers’ Festival Labor Day weekend festival won’t be held this year. Part of the reason given was the arts and crafts fair would now have to get an expensive special-use permit because of passage of a special events ordinance. The organizers say they are considering future festivals hosted by another individual or organization.
RAVE: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center held its second annual Celebrate Life program, which honors CTC’s five-year cancer survivors. We are fortunate to have such a facility in our community.
RAVE: Coweta’s Dancing Stars raised more than $81,000 – a new record – during the annual charity event for Community Welcome House. Thanks to the 11 couples who danced their hearts out and to all those who made donations to help out the women and children’s shelter.
REALLY?!?: Thanks to extra state funding, classified employees of the Coweta County School System got raises, the first in many years. Those employees include bus drivers, secretaries and teacher assistants. In addition, the money made it possible to restore one paid teacher day.
RANT: Bradley Hartsell, a reporter with The Newnan Times-Herald, and his girlfriend, Hannah Latimer, were severely injured in a wreck. Both are slowly improving and we want to thank everyone for their concerns, prayers and well-wishes.
RAVE: Newnan Police Officer Van Meadows was honored with a Golden Shield Honors award for making 32 DUI arrests last year. The honor was given by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.
REALLY?!?: Fundraising for the University of West Georgia’s new Newnan campus is under way with the first event held recently. This will be one of the city’s crown jewels, and we hope everyone will consider helping out with what will be an incredible educational complex.
RANT: Tuition is going up for Georgia students at all 31 state colleges and universities. The biggest hit is $372 more per semester for Georgia Tech undergraduates. Most other schools will see an increase of about 2.5 percent.