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Coweta County Public Schools set Graduation schedules

| News / Events | May 19, 2017

Pictured left to right are Newnan High School valedictorian Sara Ivey Fulmer and salutatorian Stephanie Cannon; East Coweta High School valedictorian Emma Helfers and salutatorian Sarah Akbar; and Northgate High School valedictorian Reagan Brinkley and salutatorian Nikki Garn.

From Special Reports

Coweta County High Schools are preparing for 2017 Commencements activities, as the school year winds toward a close on Friday, May 26.

Graduation activity schedules for the Coweta County School System include:

Sunday, May 21 – Baccalaureate Services: Newnan High at First Baptist Newnan, 2 p.m.;  Northgate High at Crossroads Church, Highway 54, 2 p.m.; East Coweta High at Crossroads Church, Highway 16, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24 – Central Educational Center Dual Enrollment Graduation, at the Nixon Centre, 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 25 – Newnan High School Graduation, at Drake Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 26 – Northgate High School Graduation, at Henry Seldon Field, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 27 – East Coweta High School Graduation, at Shoemake Stadium, 9 a.m.

Mayor Brady, City Commissioners proclaim May as Stroke Awareness Month

| News / Events | May 18, 2017

City of Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and County Commission Chairman Al Smith pictured with the stroke team and leaders at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

From Special Reports

Coweta County Commission Chairman, Al Smith, and City of Newnan Mayor Keith Brady recently joined Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s stroke awareness team, proclaiming May to be “Stroke Awareness and Prevention Month,” in Newnan and Coweta County.

“I urge all residents to familiarize themselves with the warning signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with stroke so that we might begin to reduce the devastating effects stroke imposes on our state,” Mayor Brady told the audience during his proclamation.

Piedmont Newnan is a Primary Stroke Center committed to providing quality care for stroke patients through state of the art diagnostics, emergency stroke treatment and effective, timely care, which can significantly improve outcomes and save lives in Coweta County and surrounding communities.

Quality stroke care is especially important in an area known as the “stroke belt.” The southeast, except Florida, has the highest rate of strokes in the country. With time being of the essence it is important to have a local hospital that can treat almost any stroke victim in the county and support a door-to-needle time of less than 60 minutes. The door-to-needle time refers to the timely administration of the clot-busting drug tPA or tissue plasminogen activator. tPA is used to treat acute ischemic stroke and must be given within three to four-and-a-half hours of the onset of symptoms.

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Ask the County Agent: Is there a virus that can damage ‘Knock-Out Roses?’

| News / Events | May 16, 2017

By Stephanie R. Butcher
County Coordinator Agricultural & Natural Resources Agent
UGA Extension – Coweta County

QUESTION: I’ve heard that rose rosette virus can affect my Knock-Out® roses. What is it and what can I do about it?

AGENT: Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) first showed up in wild (multiflora) roses, but in the past few years it has been seen in many Knock-Out®, Drift®, and Flower Carpet roses. Most cases have been reported across northern Georgia landscapes, but I have not had any confirmed in Coweta County this year.

This virus is spread by the eriophyid mite and there is no cure. Symptoms include an increased and rapid elongation of new growth; abnormal reddish discoloration of shoots and foliage; witches broom (proliferation of new shoots); an overabundance of thorns; and deformed buds and flowers.

Roses that are growing near infected or wild roses are at greater risk.

Prevention is the key:

• Inspect new nursery stock for symptoms of infection.

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The Shopper Kitchen: The Charms of Chicken Salad

| News / Events | May 15, 2017

By Angela McRae, The Shopper Kitchen

Waldorf Chicken Salad

The season of entertaining is upon us. Every woman I know is juggling multiple social commitments this month, from Kentucky Derby parties and graduation celebrations to Mother’s Day brunches, baby showers and bridesmaid luncheons. And if there’s one recipe it pays to have on hand for all these events, it’s a good and faithful chicken salad recipe.

I’m partial to the Waldorf Chicken Salad recipe I created after reading a book by style maker Alexandra Stoddard. It’s basically her chicken salad with the addition of some grapes. I thought I was being creative by adding the grapes, but it turns out I was merely reverting to a historic version of chicken salad. According to several articles I found online, American chicken salad was the invention of Liam Gray of Rhode Island, who in 1863 mixed leftover chicken with mayonnaise, tarragon and … grapes!

Author and food historian Jan Whitaker has written that salads were once known as “the thinking woman’s luncheon, and the university girl’s dessert.” She says in her book “Tea at the Blue Lantern Inn” that the word salad itself “did not typically mean greens until after the Second World War, when the California custom (of eating a leafy salad) spread across the nation.”

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East Coweta High student wins Community Service Team Scholarship

| News / Events | May 12, 2017

Award part of Coweta Community Foundation’s work with Service Team

From Special Reports

Sam Huynh, an East Coweta High School eleventh grader, has been named the winner of the second annual Community Service Team scholarship from the Coweta Community Foundation. The award was presented on May 6, 2017 at the group’s luncheon at Banning Mills following a morning of team-building exercises.

CST Leader and Foundation Board Member Cynthia Bennett congratulates scholarship recipient Sam Huynh as Sam’s father, Tim Huynh, looks on.

After lunch, the youth heard from another young leader, Kendall Robinson, founder of the nonprofit Love Rolls, which collects donations to provide toilet paper to the homeless. An eleventh grader at Greater Atlanta Christian School, Kendall said one of her favorite quotes is from Gandhi, who said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

“Service has been a daily part of my life,” Kendall said, and in the summer of 2014, she participated in a teen summit with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She volunteered with a food pantry. “I was responsible for handing out paper towels and toilet paper,” she said, noting that she was shocked when a man she met told her that he made a single roll of toilet paper last for an entire month.

In April of 2016, Kendall decided to sponsor a toilet paper drive and put out the word she was accepting donations. Every day for a month, her family found toilet paper donations at their home. Kendall accepted donations large and small, ranging from small individual donations to a 25,000-roll donation from Kimberly-Clark. Atlanta media spread the word about her project, and Kendall received letters of support from dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. She has also been recognized by Governor Nathan Deal. What began as a small service project turned into a nonprofit organization that keeps the donations coming.

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Zen Monkey’s News and Musings …

| News / Events | May 11, 2017

Our resident Zen Monkey writes about the comings and goings in Coweta County over the past several weeks. And adds a few more interesting tidbits to go with it.

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There are more fake flamingos in the world than real flamingos.

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The city of Newnan is now part of Georgia’s Exceptional Main Street (GEMS). Newnan joins 15 other cities selected “due to the overwhelmingly positive impact that the Main Street program has had on its local historic district.” The announcement was made by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

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Mia’s Boutique recently opened in Avery Park at 10 The Boulevard, just across from Little Giant Farmers Market. The boutique specializes in selling classic prom and formal dresses along with accessories such as shoes, jewelry and clutches. For info, give them a call at 770-755-7901.

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The stroke team at Piedmont Newnan Hospital recently was recognized by the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry as a Coverdell Champion Hospital of the Year among medium-sized hospitals.  Piedmont Newnan also received recognition for their commitment to timely, quality stroke care. Known as “door-to-needle time,” the stroke team takes an average of less than 45 minutes from the time a patient presents to Piedmont Newnan to the time treatment is given, and in the past year has improved this time by 20 percent.

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The Shopper Real Estate: The Home Buying Process

| News / Events | May 11, 2017

By Jess Barron, Lindsey’s Inc. Realtors

Buying a house is one of the major purchases of a lifetime for a family. Our Real Estate specialist Jess Barron offers these tips to make the process a bit more simple.

Finding the Right Lender for You
The first step in the home buying process is finding the right lender for you. Lenders will pre-qualify you for your home loan. The lender will run your credit score and consider factors like your debt ratio and income. It is best to go ahead and be fully-qualified before you begin to look at homes. Lenders will give you an idea of what you can afford, interest rate, down payment options and closing cost estimates. It is best to have a local lender that will communicate with you throughout the process. Communication is essential to a smooth transaction.

Finding the Right Agent for You/The Home Search
Once you are pre-qualified for your home purchase, you will want to find the right agent for you. I would suggest you find a Realtor as they are held to a higher standard, as well as a code of ethics, as opposed to just a real estate agent. It is easy to go online and research agents to find the right one for you. Ask your friends and family who they trust and use. Be sure to consider things like testimonials from previous clients, areas of expertise, location of the agent’s sales, experience, etc. Communication with your agent and the agent’s ability to listen are essential parts of a smooth transaction. A good agent will be able to listen to your needs and find you the right homes to view together.

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The Shopper is growing; The Paper is born

| News / Events | May 5, 2017

Total circulation over 43,700 addresses monthly

By John Winters, The Shopper Publisher

There’s been a lot of change in the area media landscape lately, so we thought we’d join the party.

Publisher John Winters is shown holding the first issue of The Paper.

While some are cutting back, we are expanding. And that’s not only in circulation, but with a new publication as well.

First, The Shopper. We’re adding five more routes – two in the Senoia area; one around Lower Fayetteville Road; and two out toward the county line with Carroll County.

That adds more than 3,300 residences and businesses to our growing circulation – now more than 43,750 a month. The Shopper now reaches more than 84 percent of the mailboxes in Coweta County. And more expansion is on the way.

What all those numbers really mean is this: more people can now read The Shopper, learn what’s going on in the community, get a laugh or two, find out the latest trends and get some great deals. And The Shopper, the largest publication in Coweta, remains free.

These increases also mean more eyes on our advertisers’ ads. Those advertisers are the ones who make The Shopper happen, and so to them we give a heartfelt “thanks.”

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Grant Writing Workshop a huge success

| News / Events | May 5, 2017

Coweta Community Foundation hosted over 80 participants

From Special Reports

The Coweta Community Foundation in conjunction with The Foundation Center-Atlanta hosted a Grant Writing Workshop at The Newnan Centre on April 18. Some 63 nonprofits were represented, with a total of 82 participants, and 15 of the nonprofits were new to the CCF grants process.

Katie Mumper is an engagement specialist with the Foundation-Center Atlanta, an organization that has the deepest, most extensive knowledge on funders and the entire social sector. “Foundation Center shows nonprofit organizations the most direct path to like-minded foundations that support their mission,” she said. “We strive to make this knowledge accessible to anyone, anywhere, which includes presenting trainings like this one through partnerships with organizations like the Coweta Community Foundation. Nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to network with each other while also building their fundraising capacity. We consider that a win for the social sector.”

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Northgate High’s Susan Barber named Coweta’s 2017 Teacher of the Year

| News / Events | May 4, 2017

Announcement made during ceremony on May 2

From Coweta County Schools

Northgate High School English teacher Susan Barber was announced as the 2017 Coweta County Teacher of the Year Tuesday night, at the annual TOTY ceremony hosted by the Coweta County Board of Education.

Northgate High School English Teacher Susan Barber was recognized as the 2017 Coweta County Teacher of the Year Tuesday.  Barber is pictured with Board Chairman Larry Robertson.

Barber – an Advanced Placement Literature teacher – was named to the top honor from among 31 Teachers of the Year and three finalists, including Ruth Hill Elementary School Media Specialist Anne Graner and East Coweta Middle School Mathematics Teacher Mindy Baker.

All 31 of the Coweta County School System’s 2017 Teachers of the Year were honored at the annual ceremony, held Tuesday, May 2 at the Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. The Coweta County Board of Education and the Newnan Pilot Club hold the program each year to recognize the Teachers of the Year chosen at Coweta’s 31 public schools by their fellow teachers.

Board of Education Vice-Chairman Amy Dees conducted the program, and Coweta County 2016 Teacher of the Year Shannon Ewing, of Elm Street Elementary School, addressed the teachers.

Barber is a 20-year veteran teacher who has taught English and language Arts and AP Literature at Northgate High School for the past 9 years. She thanked her fellow teachers and the Board of Education for the honor.  Barber encouraged her fellow teachers and their supporters Tuesday to be advocates for the next generation, and to “be an advocate for this profession… it is a noble profession.”

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