Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

REALLY?!?: Stop us if you’ve heard this line before – “Grantville City Council met and …” This time council took everyone by surprise, voting to fire City Manager Johnny Williams. Even crazier is that the vote was unanimous, which only happens about every full moon with that group. Williams said he was “totally blindsided.” Mayor Jim Sells said council will be “looking for someone who’s more engaged in our vision for Grantville’s future. Who knows what’s going on.

RAVE: Newnan is a candidate for even faster Internet speeds as AT&T is considering us for the company’s new U-verse with GigaPower service. If approved, residents and businesses could see broadband speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. If you’re not up on broadband speak, that’s really, really, really fast.

RAVE: If the first performance was any indication, the “Friends of Wadsworth” concert series is going to be a continued success. Courtenay Budd has taken over as host for the series named after Charles Wadsworth, who has retired from touring. What an incredible opportunity our city has with this program and the international talent it brings.

RAVE/RANT: Victims of a fatal fire that took the lives of a mother and four young girls one year ago were remembered last week. Firefighters were honored by family members for their efforts. Killed in one of the deadliest fires in history were Alonna “Lola” McCrary, 29, her daughters Eriel McCrary, 5, and Nikkiah White, 2, and their sisters, MaKinzie Florence, 1, and Messi’ah White, 3. A horrible tragedy but yet an opportunity for family, friends and first responders to honor those who died.

REALLY?!?: More than 100 people were indicted by the latest Coweta County grand jury. There were some serious indictments, including child molestation, rape, homicide by motor vehicle, and assault and battery. Thanks to the grand jury, citizens all, for their dedication to this endeavor.

RAVE: Yet another successful gathering at the 16th Annual Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon held last week at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. Nearly 400 members of public safety got a chance for a great meal and desserts. Thanks to all who volunteered to make it a success, and thanks to all the honorees for what you do.

RAVE: And a congratulations to Stephen G. “Steve” Daniel, who was named as the next president of West Georgia Technical College by the state board. Daniel currently is provost for Southern Crescent Technical College.

RAVE: And another big congratulations to Ami Patel, a fifth-grade teacher at Ruth Hill Elementary School who was named the Coweta County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the year. We are fortunate to have such incredible teachers in our school system. As Patel said, “It is very humbling to know I work in a school system with so many good teachers. I’m just one of many who do what I do.”

REALLY?!?: For all you beer lovers out there, Abide Brewing Company is hoping to open a microbrewery by the end of the year. “We want to bring good beer, good cheer and good jobs to Newnan,” said co-founder Matt Kapusta. Absolutely.



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