Rants, Raves & Really?!?!

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

REALLY?!? Grantville Mayor Jim Sells announced he wasn’t going to seek re-election. Now he is. Sells said he didn’t see any qualified candidates and therefore is running again for the purpose of “sharing my vision for a better, stronger and united Grantville.”

RAVE: For stupid criminals who get what they deserve. Ricci Lamont Dennard, 34, escaped on foot during a traffic stop. He was a suspected drug dealer and authorities found a half-pound of cocaine and three-and-a-quarter pounds of marijuana Dennard allegedly dropped during the pursuit. Dennard ended up knocking on the door of a residence, asking for help because he was being chased. Turns out the house belonged to an off-duty Newnan police officer. Dennard got caught after another brief chase. Justice served.

RAVE: Construction will start in September on a new entrance/roundabout for the Newnan Centre. If you’ve ever tried to get out of that complex after an event, you know how long it can take. This will bring much needed traffic relief.

RANT: Grantville City Council had a meeting. Or didn’t. Or almost didn’t. Council members wanted to amend the agenda to add some items. The mayor refused. Another council member then made a motion to forget about the meeting and just go home if other items couldn’t be added. Just another routine meeting in Grantville. The fact it’s routine is beyond sad, especially for the residents of Grantville, who aren’t being served.

RANT: Note to criminals. You can’t bring drugs across the guardline going into the Coweta County Jail. If you do, you will get arrested. Deputies always warn suspects to turn over drugs before they cross the guardrail, but many won’t learn. One woman was arrested for trying to give marijuana to an inmate during visiting hours. Another man, already in custody, was busted for having 170 hits of suspected LSD - in his shoe.

REALLY?!? We’ll start off by saying this involves Grantville and elected officials and department heads, so you already know where this is going. Do we sound like a broken record? Mayor Jim Sells suspended Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Huffstickler for one week without pay. Apparently it was because Huffstickler missed a meeting. Problem is Huffstickler never got the email. Even a city IT employee said the email system was messed up and she didn’t get the email. Doesn’t matter, apparently. And no, we are not making this up.

RAVE: We have a new principal. Betty Robinson was named as the new head of Canongate Elementary School. She was assistant principal there since 2005, when she first joined the county’s school system. Congratulations.

RAVE: East Coweta and Northgate high schools were recognized as two of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” according to a Washington Post index of top secondary schools. The two schools were among the top 10 percent of 22,000 schools surveyed nationwide. Awesome job, folks.

RAVE: Let’s hear it - again - for the city of Newnan and its finance department. For the 25th straight year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded Newnan its distinguished budget presentation award. The award is given to recognize the “highest principles of governmental budgeting.”

REALLY?!? For all you Chattahoochee River junkies: The “Chattahoochee River User’s Guide” was just published by Joe Cook. The book lays out detailed information about the river, from its headwaters in north Georgia all the way to the dam at Lake Seminole. Go check it out.

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