By John A. Winters, Publisher

The Shopper will not be publishing the week of July 4. We are anticipating shooting off massive amounts of fireworks and will need time to recoup. The B Zone will go out July 11th and The Paper will start hitting the streets July 12th.

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Water is a beverage where the flavor is based on temperature.

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The Hands-Free driving law is, if you are reading this after July 1, now in effect. You can’t hold your phone, text, email, etc. You can use Bluetooth or other hands-free ways to make calls or listen to music. Just don’t pick up the phone – literally.

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Squirrels are basically rat hardware running on monkey software.

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New stores moving into downtown Newnan. The Cookie Barr has opened at 8 East Washington. And Sea Glass Therapy had a grand opening at their new location at 18 Perry Street.

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An actor’s job is to convince you they are not an actor.

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Four Coweta County School System employees were honored as 2018 “Leaders of the Year” in recognition of their contributions to their schools. Newnan High School Principal Chase Puckett was chosen as Principal of the Year.  Jefferson Parkway Assistant Principal Rebecca Minerd was chosen Assistant Principal of the Year. Student Services Director Evan Horton was chosen Central Office Administrator of the Year. Coweta County School System HVAC Technician Steve Addison was the recipient of the 2018 “Robert Lee Leadership Award”. Addison is a 27-year employee of the school system.

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Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager was nominated by President Trump to become U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Georgia. Yeager has been sheriff in Coweta since 1993. The marshal’s service is the law enforcement arm of the federal court system.

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Having someone throw a cup of hot coffee at you will wake you up faster than just drinking a cup.

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Coweta County School System Bus Technicians Jamie Cash and Tim Thrower tied for first place in the West Georgia RESA regional School Bus Technicians Competition this spring, sending both to state competitions. “We’re very proud of Jamie and Tim.  This is a great honor,” said Coweta County School System Transportation Director Judy Gresham.

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At Home, a major home decor retail store, is moving into the former Gander Mountain location at 361 Newnan Crossing Bypass.

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BBQ Kitchen has opened up at the old Casaburgers location in front of the University of West Georgia Newnan campus.

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And the last of the Mohicans, er, the last of the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz, has also passed. Jerry Maren died recently at the age of 98.

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Yamaha Motors is celebrating 30 years of manufacturing at its location here in Newnan. The plant has made more than 3.5 million vehicles ranging from golf cars to ATVs.

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No free lunch. Lunch prices are going up five cents throughout the Coweta County School System – $2.80 for elementary students and $3.95 for middle and high schoolers.

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The world’s first “Bond girl” has passed away at the age of 90, Variety reports. Eunice Gayson played Sylvia Trench in Dr. No and From Russia With Love.

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The Coweta County Board of Education has been recognized by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) as a 2018 Exemplary School Board. The Coweta County board was among only 35 Georgia school boards out of 180 to meet the requirements for the GSBA distinction this year. This GSBA Board Recognition Program requires a higher level of commitment from school boards and individual members. The ultimate goal is to provide a platform based on governance standards which challenges boards, but creates a culture of success for students and communities.

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“Dammit I’m mad” spelled backwards is  “Dammit I’m mad.”

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Northgate graduate Arthi Shankar and rising senior Ashley Dombrowski took first place in the Anatomy category of this year’s Georgia Science Olympiad, held at Emory University. Shankar and Dombrowsky (then a senior and junior) beat out 40 competing teams in the subject competition to come in first.

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Lindsey’s Inc. Realtors is celebrating its 70th anniversary of doing business in Coweta County. Congratulations on this milestone!

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Look for Med Afford to open soon in downtown Grantville.

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Drawing trees with a pencil is somewhat morbid.

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The annual Fourth of July fireworks will be held Saturday, July 7.

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Taco Bell is planning another location. This one will be located at the intersection of  Lower Fayetteville Road at Newnan Crossing Boulevard.

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Smart phones are probably responsible for reducing graffiti in bathroom stalls.

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Newnan Music Center will be closing July 14. Owner Joel Dover said he’s decided to go back into full-time ministry.

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First day of school is Friday, Aug. 3. You can hear the collective wails of parents throughout the county.

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A Starbucks/Chipotle Mexica Grill is under construction at 1200 Bullsboro Drive, next to Kohl’s.

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If you built a Chick-fil-A in the middle of nowhere, a town would move to it.