Rants and Raves

RAVE: To all the public safety employees, friends and concerned citizens who joined the search for a missing 58-year-old. It’s times like these we all know the community will pull together.

RAVE: To the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office for another big drug bust on Interstate 85. Authorities nabbed 2 pounds of high-grade marijuana and another half-pound of cocaine.

RANT: Dear Interstate 85: You are becoming the new I-95 drug route. If you don’t care about your reputation, at least think about all the smaller roads that connect to you.

RAVE: Justin and Cati Rhodes and twin boys Cole and Tripp were the March of Dimes Ambassadors for the recent Coweta County March For Babies. It’s an incredibly worthwhile organization. Since 1970, the organization’s walk has raised more than $2.6 billion to benefit babies.

RAVE: The Coweta County public school system beat the state average in all school levels in the new College and Career Ready Performance Index. Elementary schools averaged 85.2 percent to the state average of 83.4; middle schools averaged 86.3 percent to the state’s 81.4 average; and the high schools averaged 82.2 percent to the state’s 72.6.

RAVE: Thanks to quick action on the part of the sheriff’s office and Newnan Police Department, three home invasion suspects were captured within a couple of hours of breaking into a residence. Way to go.

RANT/RAVE: Long-time Community Welcome House director Linda Kirkpatrick has resigned for the program she developed over the last 10 years. Rave for her hard work and dedication; Rant for losing her.

RAVE: Coweta County firefighter Frank Jones was recently recognized by the county for his heroic action in pulling a woman from a burning house. Jones was on his way to work when he noticed the fire and broke down the front door.

RANT: Well over 100 residents have had their ATM account stolen, resulting in the loss of more than $150,000 to date. It’s becoming more and more of a problem and we wish these jerks would get a real job instead of funding themselves through others hard-earned cash.

RAVE: Coweta County is the definition of Southern hospitality. Kudos to Dany Beck and Ryan Brooks of Beck Janitorial Services for helping a stranded bicyclist from Denmark who was touring the country. They got him back on the road and gave him the help he needed, along with a meal or two.

RAVE: To everyone who participated in the Stamp Out Hunger campaign sponsored by the National Letter Carriers Association. It is the country’s largest one-day food drive and is in its 21st year.

RAVE: To the more than 450 residents who responded to our recent readership survey. We learned a lot and will be implementing the best suggestions.




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