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Tattooed rape suspect denied bond

Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:32:50 GMT

The tattooed face of a Sharpsburg man won’t be seeing freedom anytime soon.

Last week, a judge denied bond for Shalin Ren Payne. He is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl he was babysitting. Investigators said the attack happened in front of her 4-year-old brother.


Barbara Dooley inspires at Coweta luncheon

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:21:47 GMT

Barbara Dooley says if you want to get something done in the community, you call on the women.

Dooley, keynote speaker at Thursday’s Power of the Purse luncheon sponsored by the Coweta Community Foundation (CCF), told the crowd the world “ain’t like it used to be.”


New breast cancer guidelines draw mixed reactions

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:21:46 GMT

The American Cancer Society (ACS) released new guidelines Tuesday recommending that women should undergo annual mammograms beginning at age 45 instead of age 40, drawing mixed reactions from experts, patients and medical practitioners throughout the healthcare industry.

Statistics show a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer begins to spike at age 45, according to Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer of the ACS, and the new guidelines take into account the potential risks of mammography as well.


Mom starts Planned Parenthood ‘o-fence-ive’

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:21:45 GMT

The videos of a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the sale of parts from aborted babies surfaced around the same time that Leah Rainey’s third child, Bradbury, was born.

Rainey said she has always opposed abortion. But when the videos surfaced, “I just thought: Wow. How have I not been doing something about this?” she said.


Finding hope in the aftermath of loss

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:21:45 GMT

On May 23, 2014, Zach Harrison and his friends were heading to a pool party to celebrate their graduation from Newnan High School when the driver of the car, William Holloway, lost control after driving off the shoulder of the road.

The car hit a tree on Corinth Rd. which sent both Zach and William to Atlanta Medical Center by air ambulance. Zach fought for his life for eight days before succumbing to his injuries.


Senoia candidate forum Tuesday at 7

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:21:43 GMT

A candidate forum for the upcoming Senoia City Council election will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The forum will feature the three candidates for Council Post 4: incumbent Bobby Graham and challengers Doris Chappell and Don Rehman.


Moreland museum celebrates opening of Grizzard tribute

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:21:42 GMT

The Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum is open again with a new exhibit that offers insight into the life of hometown hero Lewis Grizzard.

Grizzard, a journalist and humorist who died of a congenital heart ailment in 1994, is the focus of a large section of the museum. One area recreates his boyhood home with cases of memorabilia, and books by Grizzard are also displayed. The coin-operated pool table from Rainwater’s Service Station – on which Grizzard honed his boyhood pool skills – is also part of the exhibit.


Abby’s Angels: Urging teenagers to stay focused when driving

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 05:49:47 GMT

As part of National Teen Driver Safety week, a Newnan mother and accident victim is sharing her family’s story to encourage teenagers to pay attention while driving.

Natalie Bacho and her family were involved in a fatal car accident on Dec. 22, 2012, when 18 -year-old Taylor Long was driving south on Newnan Crossing Bypass and ran a red light at the intersection of Lower Fayetteville Road. He hit the Bacho’s vehicle.


NPD partners with Guitars Not Guns

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 16:00:58 GMT

The Newnan Police Department (NPD) has partnered with non profit organization Guitars Not Guns (GNG) to help keep children off the streets.

GNG has the mission of “One Child. One Guitar. One Miracle.” It provides free guitars and lessons to foster children and at risk youth. It uses music as a catalyst to encourage them to use their creativity to foster personal development and to keep them away from the destructive influences of drugs, alcohol, and gang-related violence.


Hendrix to lead American Legion memorial program

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 16:00:55 GMT

Local veteran G. D. Hendrix will be leading a memorial service during the annual Fall Conference of the American Legion’s Department of Georgia.

The conference is being held in Duluth. Hendrix will lead the memorial service on Sunday.


Senoia hosts 60-hour running festival

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:21:33 GMT

The Senoia 60 Running Festival is under way on the streets of Senoia.

The 60-hour festival began Friday at 6 a.m. and will conclude on Sunday at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to walk and run as much as possible in the 60-hour window.


Arnco bridge closed once again

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:21:33 GMT

The wooden bridge on Arnco Main Street over the Norfolk Southern Railway has rot and decay in several areas, and the Georgia Department of Transportation ordered it closed on Sept. 21 following an inspection in August.

Though there were numerous areas of decay found, the reason for the immediate closure was a particular rotten section of a piling. The decayed section was noted as being 4 inches deep and 5 inches wide where the piling meets a wooden footing. The bridge was previously closed in February 2013. It reopened in late October of that year following repairs done by Norfolk Southern.


Vietnam veterans honored

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:21:32 GMT

Hundreds of supporters and veterans attended Thursday’s Vietnam Era Certificate of Honor program held at Unity Baptist Church.

The presentation, in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, highlighted those who served in the Vietnam War during the period of June 1, 1954, to May 15, 1975.


Deputies seize more than 1.5 lbs. of meth

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:21:31 GMT

One Phenix City couple is in jail after attempting to transport over a pound and a half of methamphetamine through Coweta County.

Thursday evening, Deputy Trent Hastings observed a Kia Sedona van traveling on I-85 southbound near exit 51. When the van began to weave, Hastings executed a traffic stop. The driver consented to a search of the vehicle, according to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.


Woman arrested in stabbing

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:21:28 GMT

A Newnan man remains in intensive care after being stabbed on Thursday night.

At 9:45 p.m., police observed a couple lying against the wall of the car wash on 8 Dodson St. According to responding officer Don Ryder, the male was semi-unresponsive and limp.


Former church worker gets 5 years for child porn

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:47:44 GMT

Cowetan Emmett Winston Smith, also known as Everett Smith, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by 15 years of “supervised release” after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Smith, 66, was arrested on charges of possessing, receiving, and distributing child pornography on March 5. At the time of his arrest, Smith was a part-time facilities assistant at First Baptist Church. He had been a Sunday school teacher at the church.


Meth deal ends in foot chase, four arrests

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:30:25 GMT

A traffic stop on Wednesday turned into a foot chase that led to the arrest of four individuals.

While watching the residence of 848 Smokey Road, investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said they observed a gold Honda Accord leaving the residence shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday.


Arrest made in Meriwether club shooting

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:20:03 GMT

Authorities with the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office announced that one suspect has been arrested in the mass shooting that occurred in a Greenville night club in September.

Tommie Thornton, 22, was charged with nine counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is currently being held in Meriwether County Jail without bond.


Former Vinyl Chatter owner out of prison

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:20:00 GMT

Debra Jean Odel, the former owner of Vinyl Chatter on the South Court Square, is out of prison after five months.

In May, Superior Court Judge John Simpson sentenced Odel to 30 years with five to serve in prison and ordered Odel to pay restitution for the thousands of dollars she stole after she pleaded guilty, non-negotiated, to two counts of theft by taking.


Motorcyclist dies in Elders Mill wreck

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:19:59 GMT

A Newnan man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on Thursday afternoon.

James Austin Mitchell, 21, was traveling north on Elders Mill Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of his motorcycle, according to Sgt. Mike Adcock with the Georgia State Patrol.


Stream credits, bridge replacements approved

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:19:57 GMT

Coweta County is moving forward with the purchase of stream and wetland “credits” for the intersection improvement projects on Lora Smith Road at Hwy. 34 and Lower Fayetteville Road, and Howard Road at Ga. Hwy. 16. The Coweta County Board of Commissioners approved the purchases at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

When a road project disturbs streams or wetlands, “credits” must be purchased to offset that damage. The credits are paid into a mitigation bank. A mitigation bank is a degraded stream or wetland that has been restored, or wetlands that have been created.


Geology lecture Monday at Carnegie Library

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:19:56 GMT

Dr. Ralph Kinston of Auburn University will speak on “Walking with Rocks: Geology and the Culture of Exploration in early 19th century France” at the Carnegie Library on Monday.

His talk will be the second installment of Auburn University’s Department of History’s series, “Lasting Legacies of the Past.” The program will start at 6:30 p.m.


Violations assessed during tour of Newnan House Motel

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 05:50:03 GMT

Coweta County officials toured the buildings of the Newnan House Motel on Thursday to begin their investigation into whether the buildings are in violation of the county's unsafe structures regulations.

Coweta County Building Official Ed Davis, Code Enforcement Officer Tim Shelnutt, Fire Inspector Enrico Dean, and Environmental Specialist Patty Gammans with Coweta County Environmental Health toured the property along with owner Pankaj "Paco" Desai.


Newnan woman faces kidnapping charges

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 02:08:04 GMT

A Newnan woman faces charges of kidnapping after illegally taking custody of her child.

The incident has also led to changes within the Newnan Police Department regarding verifying judges’ orders.


Pool table from Grizzard’s youth to be part of museum debut on Saturday

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 02:07:51 GMT

When the Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum re-opens Saturday, visitors will see lots of reminders that Moreland is Lewis Grizzard’s hometown.

One of them will be a pool table around which Grizzard and friends gathered for competition, laughter and stories when he was growing up. The pool table was in a service station that stood where the shopping center is located today at Highway 29 and College Street.