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Senior Living Advice: Number of Husband Caregivers growing

| News / Events | June 6, 2017

By Beth Dow, Home Helpers of GA & AL

Not only is Sunday, June 18 Father’s Day, but it is also Husband Caregiver Day.

In 2009 men accounted for 34 percent of the 65 million family caregivers. By 2012 that number had risen to 45 percent.

One reason for the increase is that in people over 65 years of age, Alzheimer’s is more prevalent in women than in men.  In people over 65, 3.9 million women have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s compared to 1.8 million men in the same age group.   Add to that – of people who are 65 or older – 20 percent will live until age 90, while 1 in 2 will develop Alzheimer’s after age 85.  With these statistics, the number of baby boomer husbands being caregivers will only grow.  

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Deal Finder: Low-cost summer activities for kids around Coweta

| News / Events | June 6, 2017

By LaTina Emerson, The Shopper Deals

The Coweta County School System is officially on summer break, and local kids will have plenty of free time during the next few months to relax, have fun and enjoy days with no tests and homework.

For parents searching for budget-friendly ways to entertain their kids this summer, these deals offered at local theaters, skating rinks, bowling alleys and more are great ways to save on summer fun.

Regal Entertainment Group’s 2017 Summer Movie Express
Kids can enjoy $1 movies all summer through Regal Entertainment Group’s 2017 Summer Movie Express. Starting June 6, family-friendly films will be screened at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. In Newnan, come to Regal Georgian Stadium 14 at 232 Newnan Crossing Bypass.

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John Michael Montgomery to headline Black Tie & Boots

| News / Events | June 6, 2017

WGTC’s 16th Annual Fundraising event set for July 29

From Special Reports

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation has announced that John Michael Montgomery will headline its 16th anniversary Black Tie & Boots concert at the WGTC Murphy Campus in Waco on Saturday, July 29.

John Michael Montgomery

Montgomery joins the long and star-studded list of country music performers who have graced the Murphy Campus stage, including Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Wynonna & the Big Noise and last year’s performer Kellie Pickler.

Singer of popular love songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That,” Montgomery was born in Danville, Ky., to parents who imparted a lifelong love of music.

“Where most people have chairs and sofas in their living rooms, we had amplifiers and drum kits,” Montgomery said. “The family band played on weekends throughout the area, and my brother Eddie and I eagerly soaked up everything about it.”

The event includes a buffet dinner starting at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Guests are treated to valet parking, a professional photographer and a walk on the red carpet. This year’s attire is the event’s traditional “black-tie optional.” And, of course, boots.

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CCF accepting applications for Community Service Team

| News / Events | June 5, 2017

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 30

From Special Reports

In the fall of 2015, the Coweta Community Foundation launched its first Community Service Team for local freshmen and sophomores. Members of the team met monthly to study local nonprofits and learn more about how they operate, and at the end of the year, they chose to give a grant to the Community Welcome House.

Building on its successful first year, the group added even more members for the 2016-2017 school year, and they recently awarded their second grant, this time to the Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning (CORRAL). Now, the group is once again opening its application process to new members.

The objectives of the Community Service Team are to:

• Build awareness of local nonprofits among high school students.
• Provide an opportunity for active participation in local nonprofit organizations.
• Train young teens to serve as auxiliary board members of local nonprofits during their junior and senior years.
• Bring new ideas and youthful energy to local nonprofit agencies.
• Provide an opportunity for the team to research and select one local nonprofit to receive a grant for a special project or program.

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Coweta Schools System honors retiring employees

| News / Events | June 5, 2017

The Coweta County School System and the Board of Education honored system employees who retired during the 2016-17 school year, during a dinner and ceremony at the Nixon Centre on May 31.  Above are many of this year’s retirees, including, left to right, first row, Kelly Abercrombie, Janey Allen, Karen Allen, Judy Baker, Kattie Boston, Gwen Brown, Zella Carter, Jon Clayton, Dan Coleman, Liane Upshaw; second row Martha Ivy, Millie Garza, Pam Griner, Cathy Duncan, Audrey Diamond, Jan Deyton, Katherine Delp, Sherry Cornay; third row Trace Overton, Ellen Olson, Deborah Newsome, Diane McHughes, Robin Mann, Julia Lotti, Peggy Landreau, Kaye Knight, Suzanne Jackson; fourth row Lynn Traylor, Joe Traylor, Rosemary Stefenelli, Nancy Schwoebel, Pamela Sandlin, Esther Roberts, Susan Riggs, Therese Reddekopp, Terry Pacetti; fifth row Janet Wunner, Alma Woods, Elizabeth Willis, Katie Williams Lynn Warren, and Tommy Walburn.

From Coweta County Schools Press Release

The Coweta County School System honored employees retiring during the 2016-2017 school year, with a dinner and ceremony held at the Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Wednesday, May 31.

School system personnel who retired this year include teachers and classroom paraprofessionals from elementary, middle and high schools, custodians, and school nutrition workers, secretaries and school system administrators.  Two high school head football coaches were among this year’s retirees, as was a 38-year classroom paraprofessional (Zella Carter), a 39-year high school science teacher (Dan Coleman) and a 41-year bus driver (Marth Ivy).

This year’s 78 retirees were honored for their careers during Wednesday night’s retirement celebration. Board of Education Chairman Larry Robertson and school board member Frank Farmer thanked them for their years of service. “Tonight… is a celebration of new beginnings,” said Robertson.

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New Senior Citizen program begins at Central Community Center

| News / Events | June 5, 2017

From Coweta County Press Release

Coweta County Senior Services, operated through the Coweta County Recreation Department, has announced it has opened a fourth weekly senior citizen program and invite all seniors living in the Sharpsburg area to join the fun each Monday.

This new program is held each Monday of the month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the new Central Community Center, located at 85 Literary Lane in Newnan next to the Central Library and soccer fields.

Central joins similar programs already established in Welcome (Welcome Community Center on Tuesdays); in Senoia (Senoia Community Center on Wednesdays); and in Sargent (Panther Creek Community Center on Thursdays).

Various activities are planned for each week including board games, crafts and light refreshments are served, according to Patricia Hood who coordinates the programs at each of the centers. In addition, one meeting each month is set aside for a covered dish lunch with a program or speaker. Several day trips for those interested are also planned periodically throughout the year.

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New Student Registration for Coweta Schools underway

| News / Events | June 1, 2017

New student registration for Coweta County Schools now underway at Central Registration Center.

From Coweta County Schools Press Release

With the new school year beginning Friday, Aug. 4, parents of students who will be new the Coweta County School System are urged to register their students at the school system’s Central Registration Center.

The Center – located at 167 Werz Industrial Boulevard in Newnan (770-254-5551) – is enrolling students for all grades throughout the summer.

All registrations are on a walk-in basis.  From June 1 through July 21, office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.. Starting July 24, office hours will return to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parents whose children are new to Coweta schools next year are urged to enroll early, to avoid long lines in the days before school starts.

Enrolling a child for school is a three-step process:

STEP 1: Complete an online pre-registration form, which can be found on the school system’s website at www.cowetaschools.net. Online pre-registration may be completed at home, or at kiosks available at the Werz Industrial Drive office.

STEP 2: Gather the required registration documents for your child’s appointment (see below, or call the center at 770-254-5551 for more information).

STEP 3: Visit the Center at 167 Werz Industrial Boulevard (rear entrance).

Documentation required for registration includes:

1. Birth Certificate or Passport (for the student being enrolled) – A state-issued, certified birth certificate is required, and can be obtained through the Coweta County Probate Court office.  Hospital certificates are not accepted.

2. Social Security Card (for the student being enrolled)

3. Parent/Guardian Driver’s License or other state issued ID – Must be current (not expired). Students may only be registered by a biological parent or legal guardian.  Proof of custody or guardianship is required if the registering adult is not the birth parent.

4. Proof of Residence – two (2) items from the following list are required for address verification:

a. Mortgage documents or a security deed which indicates the location of the residence;

b. Apartment or home lease or rent receipt indicating the current address;

c. Current electrical bill or an approved application for electrical service showing the current address (please bring the entire bill, to show electrical service and address);

d. Property tax records which indicate the location of the residence;

e. Voter precinct identification card or other voter documentation indicating the current address.

If proofs are not in the parent or legal guardian’s name, the person’s name on the proofs must be present at the time of registration, to complete a 2-Party Affidavit of Residency.

5. Immunization Certificate – Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) immunization certificate form 3231 or a signed 30-day waiver. For students new to Georgia, a 90-day waiver can be issued at the time of student registration.

6. Hearing-Dental-Vision-Nutritional Certificate on Georgia Form 3300 or a signed 90-day waiver.

Immunization and Hearing-Dental-Vision certificates can be obtained from the Coweta County Health Department (770-254-7400), or from a family physician. Short-term waivers issued to students new to Georgia during registration will allow parents time to obtain the certificates, but students may be withdrawn if the certificates are not filed by the end of the waiver period.

Students already enrolled in a Coweta County School System Pre-Kindergarten class during the 2017-18 school year do not need to register again to enter Kindergarten.

Students must attend the school for which their home is districted.  To find out what elementary school district serves an address, call the Coweta County School System Transportation Department at 770-254-2820.

Coweta Community Foundation, Coweta County continues payroll deduction partnership

| News / Events | May 26, 2017

Library Manager Marie J. Vielot and Public Buildings employee Britt Flowers are just two of the Coweta County employees who contribute to the Coweta Community Foundation through payroll deductions offered by the county in partnership with the Foundation.

From Special Reports

Coweta County has again decided to partner with the Coweta Community Foundation by serving as a payroll deduction partner and offering its employees a payroll deduction option that makes donating easier.

The Coweta Community Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)3 organization that helps focus local philanthropy on the community’s changing needs. The Foundation manages individual gifts and bequests as an endowed pool of assets, distributing grants to a wide variety of organizations that enhance and support the quality of life in Coweta County, while maintaining the charitable intent of the donors. Through its payroll deduction partnership, the Foundation gives local businesses another way to help their members be involved in the community’s philanthropic giving.

County Administrator Michael Fouts said, “The majority of Coweta County employees are also Coweta County citizens. Therefore, based on the Coweta Community Foundation’s core value of ‘What’s raised in Coweta, stays in Coweta,’ we felt strongly that allowing our employees to participate in the payroll deduction plan was the right thing to do. Our employees can easily see the benefits of their contributions, and we all want to make our home a better, stronger, and more vibrant community.”

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Coweta Schools earn Excellent Financial Reporting award

| News / Events | May 22, 2017

The Coweta County School System business and financial services staff members (left to right) include Rene Walton, Tawana Horton, Sherry Adcock, Stacey Barber,  Comptroller Chris Latimer, Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services Keith Chapman, Christy Henry, Bridgett Holder, Michelle Middleton and Vanessa Warner.

From Coweta County Schools Press Release

The Coweta County School System has received the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts’ “Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting” for the fourth consecutive year.

The school system was presented the award following the receipt of an unmodified opinion for the 2016 fiscal year audit of the school system. Department of Audit and Accounts Senior Auditor Linda Becham and Audit Supervisor Anna Durham delivered the award to Superintendent Steve Barker, Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services Keith Chapman, and Comptroller Chris Latimer, during the Coweta County Board of Education’s May regular meeting.

Becham said that the award was received by only 20 percent of Georgia school system’s this year.  The auditors said the school system’s distinction placed it among the top systems in terms of financial reporting and practices.

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Piedmont increases starting wage to $11 per hour

| News / Events | May 19, 2017

50 percent above Federal Minimum Wage

From Special Reports

Officials at Piedmont Healthcare announced today they are raising the starting wage to $11 per hour, an amount that exceeds the federal minimum wage by more than 50 percent. The new standard will include employees at all seven of Piedmont’s hospitals – including Piedmont Newnan – as well as Piedmont’s employed physician practices and corporate services.

Approximately 250 current Piedmont employees will benefit from the increase. Going forward, new employees hired at Piedmont will earn at least $11 per hour.

“Increasing the starting wage does more than help us attract and retain the best talent,” Kevin Brown, CEO of Piedmont Healthcare, said. “This is about taking care of the people who help us take care of others. Our employees are dedicated to making a positive difference in every life they touch and this is one way we can improve their lives.

“We believe this change – when coupled with a healthy culture, valuable benefits, recognition and professional development – reflects Piedmont’s values and improves our market competitiveness,” Brown said.

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