Rants & Raves

A look at last week’s highs and lows:

RAVE: And congrats to Dale Sizemore, Earlene Scott and John N. White, this year’s recipients of the Richard Brooks Visionary Awards. The ceremony honors those who have made significant contributions to the arts in Coweta County. We are all better for their devotion to their craft and desire to help others.

HALF RANT: Grantville City Council met and, for the who knows how many times, talked yet again about the proposed skate park. Back and forth on motion this and motion that and finally, we think, the city manager is authorized to hire an engineering firm to move forward. Can’t wait for this to open in 2021.

REALLY? So, Grantville Mayor Jim Sells took it upon himself to paint the side of the historic freight depot to make it look like what it did as the King’s County Cafe in an episode of the “The Walking Dead.” We applaud his intent, to help drive tourists to see site locations for one of the more popular shows on television. But there’s this old city ordinance and historic designation issue. No one is above the rules, despite best intentions. And after a little banter back and forth, council almost, we think, hugged and kissed and made a motion to have the whole matter go before the historical preservation committee. So all this should be wrapped up within three years.

RAVE: Larry Repass, a retired Salvation Army officer, went down to Moore, Oklahoma, to help those devastated by a deadly tornado. Hats off to all those who contributed supplies to the Newnan Police Department for relief efforts there as well.

RAVE: Two long-time city officials were recently honored by the Georgia Municipal Association. Former Newnan City Manager Dick Bolin was inducted into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame. And Newnan Mayor Keith Brady was elected first vice president of the association during its recent meeting.

RANT: Three men were arrested and one was shot after trying to break into a Coweta County residence. Maybe this should be a RAVE for the homeowner, but if people are going to try and break into someone else’s home, be prepared. The federal government has not taken away our guns — yet.

RAVE: Coweta County public schools outperformed the state of Georgia overall on all grades and subjects on the Criterion Reference Competency Test. Here’s an apple for all the teachers who made it possible.

RANT/RAVE: Theron Gay — who worked for Coweta County for 40 years, 20 as county administrator — is retiring. Residents here owe much to Mr. Gay, and we thank him for his dedication and hard work over four decades for our citizens. You will be missed, hence the RANT.

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