Rants & Raves

A look back at the week’s highs and lows:

RAVE: After nearly two decades, Tom Little retired as Coweta County’s public buildings chief. He started as a one-man operation and left with 24 employees. Thanks for your years of service.

RANT: Dallas Edward Smith, 39, likes to squeeze kittens until they choke to death. He also likes to attack women and tried to rape one recently. Fortunately, Coweta County sheriff’s deputies were able to stop him. Hope you enjoyed that double hit with the stun gun and stay in jail a long time.

RAVE: Friday is Summer Wined Up, the fifth annual wine event hosted by Main Street Newnan. Twenty-one downtown merchants have signed up for the progressive wine tasting. So get a ticket, visit the stores and sample some wine in beautiful downtown Newnan.

RAVE: Kudos to the American Medical Response personnel who operate the county’s ambulance and emergency medical technician services.They recently donated their time and trained more than 200 local residents in chest compression-only CPR. 

RANT: Time for the woodshed. A couple of teens broke into 16 vehicles in two subdivisions, stealing everything but the steering wheel. They also grabbed two handguns and an assault rifle, but thankfully sheriff investigators were able to track those down. Lesson - lock your car. 

RAVE: The University of West Georgia-Newnan held an acquisition celebration to thank the untold number of people and governmental entities involved in getting the old Newnan Hospital converted to a new UWG campus. It’s a huge boost for our community and we also say thank you to all those involved.

RAVE: Newnan-based Cardinal Gates donated Window Warden guards, which limit how far a window can be opened, to a couple whose toddler fell through a second-story window. Company officials installed the locks and also left others for neighbors. That’s what we call a community-minded business.

RANT/RAVE: Who designed the Five Points intersection? Who can even figure it out now? But cheers to Coweta County transportation planners for holding an open house to look at alternatives. It seemed the majority favored a roundabout. We could have a double-roundabout and it would still be easier.

RAVE: The Newnan Centre grand opening is set for June 20. Finally, finally, finally, after much delay, a top-notch, multi-use facility will be ready for business. 

RANT: Bicycling deaths rose 28 percent in Georgia in 2012. That’s a statistic no one wants to see. Everyone - bicyclists and motorists - need to stay on their toes. Drivers - slow down and pass with caution. Bikers - share the road, too.

RANT: Yet another identity theft ring, but the good news is these guys were captured. It’s becoming a bigger and bigger problem and people need to check their accounts regularly. 

RAVE: Foreclosures continue their downward trend. The latest numbers show Coweta County back to levels not seen since the 2008 housing market crash.

RAVE: And a pitch to Shemiah Sanchez, an East Coweta High School shortstop who is playing for the Puerto Rico Junior National Team this summer. And what are your summer plans?




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