Rants & Raves

A weekly look back at the highs and lows of the past week:

Rave: To members of Coweta County 911 who helped out local resident Beth Voltz. Her daughter was lost and stranded in Mexico, but 911 communication officers were able to get her daughter to a safe location after reaching authorities down there.

Rant: To Earlene Scott, who had the audacity to close her bookstore after 36 years. Now what are we supposed to do to get those special books?

Rave: To Earlene Scott for running Scott’s Bookstore for 36 years. Every Coweta County writer got their start with a book-signing at her corner building. Her knowledge was beyond compare. She will be sorely missed.

Rant: To all the domestic abusers out there. Get a life, and don’t take your inadequacies out on someone weaker than you. One recent victim of your manhood already is facing nearly $500,000 in medical bills.

Rave: To organizers of End It Coweta, which raised more than $17,000 during a recent event highlighting the issue of human trafficking. Double Rave to all the Coweta teenagers who helped organize everything.

Rave: To our own Tonya Whitlock of Newnan, who was recently named as vice president of student affairs for West Georgia Technical College.

Rave: Yhong Zhu, a 17-year-old student at East Coweta High School, just got a perfect 2400 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test. That’s about all we can say.

Rave: If you meet him, just say “sir.” Newnan boxer James Lavin won the Word Masters title recently at the Ringside Masters Championship in Kansas.

Rave: To Newnan city officials and staff for hosting the “Heart and Soul” bus tour sponsored by the Georgia Cities Foundation that visited Newnan. Now other cities know what a great place we have and what they need to accomplish to get to our level. 

Rave: To the Coweta County Fire Department adding nine excellent new recruits to help protect the citizens of Coweta.

Rant: To Coweta County’s nepotism rule. We are losing strong candidates because of this rule. We train them up and then lose them to surrounding counties. Time to revisit this.

Major Rant: To the horrendous yellowish mist polluting our nasal passages and covering everything into a volcanic ash of epic proportions. Time to leave.

Double Rave: Nicole Hernane was brutally beaten by her boyfriend with two baseball bats, according to authorities, who did not think she would live. She has refused to give up, despite the potential loss of one eye, two shattered arms and a wrist, and metal plates in her head. She continues to speak to the media about domestic violence and hopes to help others get out of similar situations.

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