By John A. Winters, Publisher

Chinese tourists buy souvenirs made in their own country.

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The Five Guys burger joint in Ashley Park is back open after a remodel. Arguably the best fries in town.

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It appears Uncle Maddio’s is reopening as “now hiring” signs are in the store windows. The pizza parlor shut down for several weeks and no one was sure what was going on.

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Luck is hard work residue.

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Newnan Junior Service League presented Coweta CASA with a check for $20,000. The money will be used to recruit and train new “Court Appointed Special Advocates” for children in Coweta County.

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The Coweta Community Foundation has announced the establishment of a Bike Coweta Fund with the Foundation as a way for bicycling enthusiasts and supporters to help make Coweta a safe and bike-friendly community. Chris Doane, one of Bike Coweta’s board members, says they are “dedicated to advocating on behalf of local and visiting cyclists in Coweta County. Bike Coweta’s goals are to provide a safe and bicycle-friendly community to local citizens and to encourage cycling tourism to the area.”

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The Hands Free Georgia Act was signed by Gov. Deal. It prohibits holding a cellphone while driving. That includes, texting, browsing and most other issues. Phones can be used with wireless earphones or the phone’s speaker.

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To be happy is a great decision.

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Elm Street Elementary School’s music teacher, Josh Tate, was named the Coweta County School System’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. The other two finalists were Lori Beuttenmuller, an English as a Second Language teacher at Welch Elementary School; and Cathrine Nolan, a science and agriculture teacher at the Central Educational Center.

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A new car dealership has opened in Newnan. Located on the Newnan Crossing Bypass, Honda of Newnan is owned by Hendrick Automotive Group.

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Northgate High School senior Ashley Ann Stephens is the recipient of the 2018 Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Scholarship. The presentation was made by Gary Welden of the NCHS Scholarship Committee during Northgate’s Honors Night. The $10,000 scholarship is for for local students intending to pursue a college education in a history-related field.

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Cowetans raised more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society at the 2018 Coweta Relay for Life.

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A sold-out crowd of four hundred guests attended the inaugural Drive & Dine event at Porsche Experience Center Atlanta to raise $243,000 in support of Christian City Children’s Village and the Safe Place program. Event proceeds will help provide abandoned, abused, runaway and homeless youth a safe home in a loving family environment to heal their wounded spirits and thrive at Christian City Children’s Village.

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Accept what is. Let go of what was. And have faith in what will be.

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About 300 new jobs are expected to be created when Saddle Creek Logistics Services moves into a 1.2 million square-foot industrial building at the Coweta Industrial Park. The company provides supply chain programs for retailers, manufacturers, and ecommerce companies.

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Construction will soon start on the first section of LINC after city officials awarded a $2.8 million contract to Lewallen Construction Co. LINC is a planned 25-mile multi-use trail system that will wind its way throughout Newnan. The first section will link Newnan Crossing Blvd. to the The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts and nearby areas. This section is about one and a half miles long.

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Don’t die before you are dead – Rachel Wolchin

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The Coweta Community Foundation has announced the establishment of the Friends of Coweta Pickleball Fund with the Foundation. “Pickleball is an inexpensive sport compared to almost any other sport, but currently we have limited courts and limited times when the courts can be used since basketball and volleyball take precedence,” said local pickleball enthusiast Billy Perkins. He said pickleball is the country’s fastest-growing sport, and according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, pickleball now has nearly 2.5 million players.

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Jennifer Key has been named chief nursing officer at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, bringing with her more than 19 years of experience in nursing and leadership. “Jennifer has been an integral part of the hospital’s leadership team, leading women’s services since 2014,” Michael Robertson, CEO of Piedmont Newnan, said. “She brings a strong passion and ability to engage all levels of nursing and hospital operations.”