Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

RAVE: Gander Mountain, the hunting and outdoor retailer, will be opening a 51,000-square-foot store off Newnan Crossing Bypass. Thanks to all the local folks who helped make this happen.

RANT: A woman wearing a baseball cap robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on Bullsboro. A $5,000 reward is offered, and the unknown female is a suspect in previous area robberies. 

RAVE: Legendary Coach Bill Curry proved he is a class act. Speaking to local school system administrators, he first expressed his condolences to the family of Zachary Harrison, the Newnan High senior who died from injuries received in an accident the day before graduation.

REALLY?!?: The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is purchasing 100 body cameras for its officers. While the technology is promising in terms of stopping and jailing criminals, it also creates hour after hour of inadvertent surveillance of law-abiding people going about their daily lives.

RAVE: Rocky Hill neighborhood residents are coming together. A fish fry was held this past weekend for the upcoming Rocky Hill Reunion and included a “Stop the Violence” booth.

RAVE: Cam Bedrosian, following in the footsteps of his father, Steve Bedrosian, pitches a scoreless inning for the Los Angeles Angels.

REALLY?!?: Student information – apparently thrown away by a teacher – wound up on the side of the road when a trash bag fell off a truck and papers scattered along a Smokey Road ditch.

RANT: Tray Matthews’ bright star was abruptly dimmed when he was dismissed from the Georgia Bulldog football team just before spring practice.

RAVE: Construction on Newnan’s new public safety complex is progressing rapidly. Scott Gordon, the principal in charge of construction, led city officials and employees on a tour last week.

RAVE: County employees who spoke up for retirement benefits for longtime county workers deserve a pat on the back. The county commissioners face an always difficult job of balancing the budget, but the proposal to cut retiree benefits deserves a second look.

REALLY?!?: Although the Coweta County Commissioners voted against the idea, members of the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority have voted themselves a $500 monthly pay. The water commissioners will be the only authority members in the county to receive financial remuneration for their service.

RAVE: Vacation Bible School is under way across Coweta County. Thanks to the volunteers at area churches who make this summer tradition possible.

RAVE: A special thank-you goes to those who were part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, which took place 70 years ago on June 6, 1944. At least one veteran of that historic action, 94-year-old Bradley Burkhalter, lives in Coweta County.

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