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Coweta Area Musical Theatre Camps

Sign up your child or grandchild to experience theatre fun!

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

July 13-17

Seussical, Jr.

July 20-24

  • Musical theatre & performing arts
  • Rising 4th-6th graders
  • Tuition: $200/camp session, 9am-4pm
  • Performance @ 5pm on Friday for friends & family

More information & registration

Coweta Area Musical Theatre Camp is a unique setting that combine musical and artistic talents with an emphasis on performance and presentation. These camps are a fun way to increase your child’s performance experience and nurture their talents while receiving instruction in an all-inclusive, welcoming environment.

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1523 Lower Fayetteville Road • Newnan, Georgia 30265
770-254-2787 • Map/Directions

In today’s show, Patrick discusses Part 2 of the life and career of our special guest, Mr. Drew T. Brown!


$5* Admission after 5 p.m.


PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (5/22/15) – Sunsets and Summer fun is the name of the game.  Most every Friday and Saturday beginning at 5 p.m., admission to Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake Beach becomes $5* — where every day is a beach day:


Fabulous Fridays – Music, Circus & Movies on the Beach

Fridays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Callaway Gardens Market will feature locally sourced vegetables, fresh breads, meats, crafts and more.  Beginning at 7 p.m., live music will entertain guests prior to the Movies on the Beach.  Guests will enjoy these family-friendly movies:


May 22     Big Hero 6

May 29     Paddington

June 5     Up

June 12    Frozen

June 19    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

(No movie June 26th due to .38 Special concert)

(No movie July 3rd due to July 4th weekend)

July 10    Earth to Echo

July 17    Strange Magic
July 24    Annie (2014)

July 31    Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

August 7   The Boxtrolls

August 14  The Avengers (2012)

August 21  MacFarland, USA

August 28  Guardians of the Galaxy


Between May 29 and July 31 (excluding June 26 and July 3), Friday nights will include performances by the famous FSU Flying High Circus at 8 p.m. prior to the movie.


Saturday Sunset DJ, Circus & Music Series

Saturday nights will kick off at 5 p.m. with an onsite DJ.  The following musicians take the stage at 7 p.m. with a performance by the FSU Flying High Circus during intermission:


June 6     Wicked Dixie
June 13    Aces and 8’s
June 20    Brandon Holden
June 27    Sons-N-Britches

July 11    Secret Sauce
July 25    Kyle Wilson
August 1   Wicked Dixie
August 8   Aces and 8’s
August 15  Brandon Holden
August 22  Davis Nix
August 29  Neal Lucas


For more details on the artists, visit www.callawaygardens.com/sunsetmusicseries.


All of this is on Robin Lake Beach as well as swimming in Robin Lake, 18-holes of miniature golf, shuffleboard, a children’s playground, and oversized chess and checker sets.  For a nominal fee, Aqua Island, a floating water playground is great fun as are the new two-person Roadster bicycles, bumper blaster boats, paddle boats, Xcelerator water slide, rock climbing wall and spider jump.


A Movie on the Beach or a Saturday Sunset Concert is a great way to end a full day of family fun at Callaway Gardens.  Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy these music and movie nights. The Beach Pavilion Concessions and Beach Bar will be open for patrons.


Admission* for these nights is $5 per adult; $2.50 per child age 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.  Admission will be complimentary for annual passholders and military (active and retired with ID) and half-price for up to four guests in the same vehicle.  Veterans (with ID) receive half-price admission for themselves.


Guests visiting the Gardens during the day will be admitted to the movies at no additional cost.  Day admission is $20*/adult; $10/child (ages 6 to 12); children 5 and younger are admitted for free.  The Gardens and its attractions are open daily during the Summer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The Beach stays open throughout duration of these activities.


Special Musical Events

May 23  The Regulars (special Memorial Day Weekend admission)

May 24  Final Answer Band (special Memorial Day Weekend admission, Sunday)

May 30  Parmalee with Ricky Gunn (special concert admission)
June 26  .38 Special with Sam Koon (special concert admission, Friday)
July 3  Barstool Prophets (special July 4th weekend admission, Friday)
July 4 Swingin’ Medallions (special July 4th weekend admission)
July 5  Chris Collins (special July 4th admission, Sunday)
July 18  Foghat (special concert admission)
September 5  Final Answer Band (special Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival admission)
September 6  Ricky Gunn(special Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival admission)

September 12  Barstool Prophets (special Craft Beer Festival admission)
The Beach Trip package (www.callawaygardens.com/beachtrip) is a great overnight value starting at $119** in the Mountain Creek Inn.  It includes lodging, one session on Aqua Island, bicycle rental and tennis court time.  Package rates in the Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas and Vacation Homes are also available.



International Water Sports Competition, Fireworks, Live Music, Movies, Beach Fun, and So Much More


PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (5/21/2015) – It’s time celebrate the arrival of Summer at Callaway Gardens’ Memorial Day Weekend Festival, May 22-25, 2015. Catch a few rays, kick up a little sand, enjoy a variety of music and watch the world’s best water sports athletes competing at the Nautique 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Technology.


As is tradition at Callaway Gardens, Memorial Day Weekend is full of championship waterskiing and wakeboarding on Robin Lake.  Watch the world’s finest water sports athletes representing more than a dozen countries competing for the largest purse in the United States at the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament.


Competition events include tricks, slalom, jump, wakeboard and wakeskating. The Junior Masters elimination rounds and finals will be Friday, May 22, at 7:30 a.m. The Masters elimination rounds will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.  Sunday will start with Opening Ceremonies at 10 a.m. and finals at 10:30 a.m. with participants competing for the coveted title of Masters Champion.


Special tournament activities on Robin Lake Beach will include water sports exhibitors, concessions and other festivities for spectators to enjoy throughout the event.


Memorial Day Weekend opens Robin Lake Beach for the Summer – with lots of exciting activities for 2015, including Aqua Island as well as its traditional activities of swimming, shuffleboard, table tennis, and upgraded miniature golf.  Friday night will feature the movie “Big Hero 6,” on the brand new 50 foot screen to kick off the 2015 Movies on the Beach series (www.callawaygardens.com/moviesonthebeach).  While DJ Mikey J will entertain beach-goers on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, The Regulars will take the stage Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Final Answer Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday.  Adding to the excitement, Saturday night at dark a fireworks extravaganza will light up the sky over the waters of Robin Lake.


Guests can add some adrenaline to their day on Callaway Gardens’ year-round attraction, TreeTop Adventure*, which features 36 aerial challenges and zip lines. Reservations are suggested.  Guests also can enjoy the many attractions unique to Callaway Gardens including the Birds of Prey show featuring free-flight hawks, owls and falcons; butterflies flying about in the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center; beautiful horticultural displays in the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center; and a bounty of growing vegetables and flowers in Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden.  The 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail takes guests on a leisurely ride by all of these great attractions.  A tennis match, round of golf, or time spent fishing by boat in other Callaway Gardens lakes are enjoyable ways to begin or end a great day.


Special Event admission applies to the Memorial Day Weekend Festival for  Saturday and Sunday events ($27/adult; $15/children age 6 to 12; children 5 and younger are admitted for free).  At the event, admission can be upgraded to Pavilion Passes for premium seating on a limited, first-come basis. Callaway Gardens Annual Passholders receive half-price admission.  For this special holiday event, military personnel receive half-price admission for themselves and up to five guests in the same vehicle with presentation of active, retired, or veteran military identification.

Make this experience a weekend getaway.  Stay for the weekend and enjoy the new TreeTop Adventure and Callaway Gardens’ array of facilities, attractions and special events on a special Memorial Day Weekend overnighat package.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 1.800.852.3810 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.


Make this Memorial Day Weekend one to remember for a lifetime!


 As you enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment to remember those have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation.


 Now – May 28

Recalling the End: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War (Legacy Museum on Main, LaGrange)

Using photographs of soldiers from West Georgia together with maps and letters written by soldiers to their families, this exhibit will explore the War Between the States and its effects on West Georgia. Admission is free. www.LegacyMuseumOnMain.org – (706) 884•1828


Now – Mid-June

Permanent Collection

LaGrange Art Museum – www.lagrangeartmuseum.org – (706) 882-3267


Now – June

Nature Angled Art Exhibit

Callaway Gardens

Guests can enjoy the works from eight artists who interpret nature through their art forms including glass, paint, photography and three-dimensional paper.

For additional information, visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1.800.463.6990.


Now – July 16

Toddler Thursday at LaGrange Art Museum

Toddler Thursday, our early childhood museum program is designed just for 3-5 year olds and their favorite adult. Each class will introduce toddlers to art and the museum through age-appropriate short stories, gallery activities, and an art activity. Fees: $12.00/per toddler for non-members, $10.00/members. For full list of Classes, Workshops, and Camps, or for registration email: art@lagrangeartmuseum.org www.lagrangeartmuseum.org


Wednesday, May 27 – 2:00 PM

Summer Reading Program Kickoff: Every Hero Has a Story

Wednesday, May 27 is the first day for kids, teens and adults to sign up for the Summer Reading Program this year at the LaGrange Memorial Library. Families are welcome to come anytime that day, but starting at 2:00 p.m., we will have several fun activities going on. Vincent Allen, a graphic artist, will be at our library to work with the kids on comic-book-style drawings. We’ll have superheroes from the “Justice League” from Columbus there to interact with everyone. The Chick-Fil-A cow will visit, as well. Children will have a great time making balloon animals, origami, and having their faces painted.


May 30 – September 10

West Point Lake at 40 Years

Legacy Museum will collaborate with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to explore the history of the lake and its impact on life in the County.

Legacy Museum on Main – LegacyMuseumOnMain.org – (706) 884•1828


Saturday May 30, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Market on Main – Downtown LaGrange – Opening Day

Purchase the freshest produce from local growers. Jams, jellies, baked goods, plants and handmade items are also available each Saturday morning until October in the Carmike Cinema parking lot at the corner of East Depot & Main Streets.

Downtown LaGrange Development Authority – Downtownlagrange.com – (706) 298-4534


Saturday, May 30 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

West Georgia Technical College Friends and Family Day

Tour the campus to get to know us featuring community entertainment, college tours, hot dogs, sno-cones, giveaways, and karaoke.

One College Circle, LaGrange – Kay Humphries, 706-845-4323


Saturday, May 30 – 7:30 PM

The Sock Hops in concert

Troup High School Alumni Association presents The Sock Hops in concert at the Troup High School Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets, $15 advance, $20 at the door.

706-812-7957 or 770-713-4564


June – August

The County Collects

The County Collects showcases Troup County residents’ passionate pursuit of every imaginable kind of object from stamps to wind-up toys, insects, antique toasters, vintage guitars, Victorian purses, Pez dispensers, cartoons, and a host of other artifacts and memorabilia.

LaGrange Art Museum – www.lagrangeartmuseum.org – (706) 882-3267


June – October, Saturday 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Market on Main – Downtown LaGrange

Purchase the freshest produce from local growers, every Saturday in Carmike Cinema parking lot, Corner of East Depot & Main Streets. Jams, jellies, baked goods, plants and handmade items are also available for sale.

Downtown LaGrange Development Authority – Downtownlagrange.com – (706) 298-4534


June 1 – June 19

Around the World in Artful Ways

Around the World in Artful Ways Summertime is a wonderful time for children to expand and grow. LAM camps will offer weeks of fun, age appropriate and worthwhile visual arts integrated lessons.

www.lagrangeartmuseum.org – Sallie Keith, 706-882-3267


Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12

WinShape Camp – Lafayette Christian School

Summer camp for children who have completed 1-6 grades. Sponsored by Chick-fil-A LaGrange stores and four churches: Western Heights Baptist, New Community Church, First Baptist Church on the Square and Baptist Tabernacle.



June 8 – June 26

Learn2Serve Summer Camp

Learn2Serve is a three-week academic summer camp for rising 5th -8th graders hosted by the LaGrange College Department of Education. The Learn2Serve camp will meet (Monday-Friday) from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

For more information, Rebekah Ralph, learn2serve@lagrange.edu


June 9 – 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Early Bird Breakfast

Join us for our June Early Bird Breakfast featuring Stu Thorn, President & CEO of Southwire Company, one of the world’s largest producers of electrical wire and cables.  Mr. Thorn directs all North American operations, overseeing international business, legal, finance, information technology and human resources. To register online visit http://business.lagrangechamber.com/events/details/early-bird-breakfast-june-2015-655


You may also call 706-884-7671 or email letisha@lagrangechamber.com. To guarantee your seat and receive advance registration discount, please submit by June 5.


Thursday, June 11 – Friday, June 12

BRAG – LaGrange

The BICYCLE RIDE ACROSS GEORGIA is an annual odyssey of discovery of gorgeous Georgia by bicycle. Come out and enjoy a showing of Space Jam on Thursday night and a Battle of the Bands Friday evening. Both events will take place in Downtown LaGrange, and are free and open to the public. 706-298-4534


Thursday June 11, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Summer Concert & Movie Series – Downtown LaGrange

Free Music and Movie at Lafayette Square in Downtown LaGrange. Bring a picnic dinner or carryout from your favorite downtown eatery. Chairs available on a first come, first served basis. Movie begins at dusk.

Downtown LaGrange Development Authority – Downtownlagrange.com – (706) 298-4534


Friday June 12, 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

2015 Battle of the Bands

Join the fun and listen to emerging local bands as they compete to be the Best! Bring your chairs and a picnic to enjoy the concert live from the Show stage at LaFayette Square.

Downtown LaGrange Development Authority – Downtownlagrange.com – (706) 298-4534


Friday, June 12 – Friday, July 31

Paintings by Vee Brown

Cochran Gallery – 4 East Lafayette Square


Monday, June 15, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

File Management

Learn how to move files between folders and save to a USB drive and a CD. Bring your own laptop. Registration is required as seating is limited. Register at the LaGrange Memorial Library or call 706-882-7784 x 20. www.thrl.org


Friday June 26, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Red, White & Blue Friday – Picnic, Concert & Free Movie

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a patriotic musical program by the Community Orchestra at LaFayette Square. Compete for the best decorated picnic table or enter the annual food eating contests. At dusk, a free, outdoor movie will be shown.

Downtown LaGrange Development Authority – Downtownlagrange.com – (706) 298-4534


Saturday, July 4

Sweet Land of Liberty Parade

Downtown LaGrange


Saturday, July 11, 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Community Action for Improvement, Inc. Yard Sale

Join CAFI for their yard sale and amateur bar-b-q cook-off contest. $25.00 per table & $40.00 for two tables (limited # first come, first serve), held at Callaway Stadium parking lots. Contact CAFI at 706-884-2651.


Ongoing Events


Tour West Georgia Tech, (10:00-11:00 AM or 5:30-6:30 PM)

Tours are held the third Tuesday of each month. No need to register or make an appointment, simply show up at WGTC, One College Circle, LaGrange. (706) 845-4323 – www.westgatech.edu.

Our About Beverages columnist, Charles Arnold, brings us information about wine tasting events from all over the Atlanta area so 85 South wine aficionados can try new wines at events not offered in the 85 South area.  The information about the Smyrna Wine Stroll was incorrect in our May issue. Here is the correct event information:

Saturday, May 30, 2015, is the time for the 30th Annual Smyrna Wine Stroll. It runs from 1-5 PM in the Smyrna Village Market on Spring Street, just south of Windy Hill Road. Sponsor, The Wine Cellars, offers over 70 international and domestic red, white and sparkling wines guests may walk around and sample, listening to live music and enjoying free food from the Village Market restaurants. RSVP’s are required; www.winecellarsonline.com.

Thomas Watkins of PetSmart presents a gift from Popped! Gourmet Popcorn to Dennis McEntire of Newnan Utilities.

Every available seat at The Newnan Centre was filled on May 12, 2015 as local leaders gathered to hear Newnan Utilities General Manager Dennis McEntire deliver remarks at The Chamber’s NuLink Early Bird Forum.

“We knew we could count on Dennis, and he came through as always,” said Chamber Board Chairman Danny Beck.

The program was emceed by Thomas Watkins, Assistant General Manager of PetSmart. Watkins told how local leaders, including McEntire, had made him feel welcome in Newnan and how Chamber membership had already helped him grow personally and professionally.

“I have realized that Newnan is a great place to start both a family and a career,” he said.

Watkins is also impressed by how well The Chamber benefits its members and community, saying, “It’s really hitting on all cylinders.”

Chairman Beck reported on the huge success of the 30th Annual Golf Classic held on May 6, 2015. He then presented an award to a representative of Batson-Cook Construction, winner of the Expo-on-the-Greens competition. Sparks Ramey was also recognized as winner of the $1,000 first place award in the Toyota of Newnan Golf Ball Drop.

Beck also announced that Piedmont Healthcare and ClubCorp had  committed to serve as presenting sponsors of next year’s golf classic.

Watkins introduced McEntire and spoke briefly about McEntire’s personal contributions to the community and young professionals like himself, noting that McEntire was not only a great mentor but also one of those rare people who know how to get things done.

The crowd roared when Watkins said McEntire was “like a hybrid between Chuck Norris and MacGyver.”

McEntire began his remarks by saying his life was changed forever when he and his wife, Sally-who was present for McEntire’s talk-decided that Newnan was the place they wanted to raise their children, Elizabeth and Clay.

McEntire was working for Georgia Power when the family moved to Newnan in 1986 and knew that his career track would require several future relocations. When he was offered the top job at Newnan Utilities, he and Sally didn’t think twice.

“We thought Newnan was just like Mayberry,” he said. “We still do. Our children graduated from high school with the same friends they started kindergarten with. That’s wonderful.”

McEntire said his children-both present at his talk-started careers out of town after graduating from college and were happy and successful. But when they were ready to settle down and start families, both returned to Newnan.

“We’re glad Newnan had the opportunities for them to come back,” he said.

McEntire said that career opportunities for young professionals are not as abundant as they could be, but thanks to the impact of employers like Piedmont Healthcare and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, career possibilities are expanding. He said those opportunities are growing daily, thanks in large part to The Chamber’s aggressiveness in promoting Coweta as a beacon for growth and prosperity in the region.

When he moved to Newnan with Georgia Power, McEntire quickly joined The Chamber and said he wanted to become involved. At the time, two of The Chamber’s main events were the Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and the Festival Days Road Race. McEntire said he volunteered for every job available at Powers’ Crossroads and even sold a Powers’ Crossroads ticket to future Vice President Dan Quayle. Almost.

“Actually, Ruth Ann Embrey sold him the ticket,” McEntire said. “But when he came to the fair, I handed him a brochure.”

McEntire praised the growth of educational opportunities in Coweta, including the opening of a West Georgia Tech campus and the newest campus of the University of West Georgia, which opens for students soon in Newnan.

McEntire praised the opportunities offered by junior colleges and technical schools. He said he grew up in a mill village in Rome, Ga., and his father worked in the mill. McEntire was not financially able to attend a four-year college and began his studies at the local junior college. His transportation setup was not the envy of his classmates.

“For my first two years, I rode to college with my mother,” he said. McEntire graduated from the University of Georgia.

McEntire announced improvements currently under way by Newnan Utilities. The water system is being expanded to supply up to 65,000 customers, almost twice its current customer base. Newnan Utilities’ sewer treatment capacity is also being expanded to accommodate future growth, McEntire said.

It is possible for anyone to be a strong business leader, McEntire said, but only if they are willing to be unpopular. “If you are a leader of the community, you have to lead,” he said. “And sometimes that causes hard feelings.”

McEntire described how The Chamber’s role had evolved over the years and how Chamber leaders were at first reluctant of supporting controversial issues like Sunday liquor sales.

McEntire remembered The Chamber taking a controversial stand when Piedmont Healthcare was attempting to finalize an agreement to purchase Newnan Hospital and a group of opponents put together a well-organized effort to oppose the sale.

“We know that The Chamber’s support helped make the hospital deal go through, and it has been a great benefit to our entire area,” he said.

The Chamber was also a supporter of Cancer Treatment Centers of America when they were in negotiations to build in Newnan. CTCA has been another Coweta success story.

McEntire closed by encouraging members to get more involved with the community and The Chamber.

Community Leaders and West Georgia Health Stakeholders

From:    Jerry Fulks

RE:          Strategic Partnership News


I am pleased to announce that the West Georgia Health Board of Trustees today signed a Letter of Intent to proceed to the next steps toward joining WellStar Health System. Pending a 90-day period of due diligence for the two systems to work out final details and the approval process required by state law, the proposed partnership will connect West Georgia Health with the state’s largest not-for-profit community health system.


As you know, we have been involved in a search for a strategic partnership for almost a year now. The process has been slow and deliberate so that our appointed Strategic Planning Committee could carefully vet all interested organizations and their proposals. WellStar was one of a dozen health systems that expressed interest in West Georgia Health when we began the process, and it emerged fairly quickly as the best fit to become West Georgia Health’s strategic partner.


Chief among those reasons is a shared vision and a strong cultural fit.  As you may know, WellStar operates five mission-driven, not-for-profit hospitals serving five counties located predominantly in the northwestern part of Metro Atlanta.  What you may not know is that in both 2014 and 2015, WellStar made Fortune Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America, and this year Fortune named it one of “10 Best Companies for Women.”


We are excited about this impending partnership with WellStar because we believe their organization is not only a good fit for West Georgia Health culturally, but also financially and strategically as we work toward building our clinically integrated network and achieving population health management and other mandates of the Affordable Care Act.  In fact, WellStar’s Accountable Care Organization was one of the top ten performing ACOs in the country.

WellStar has selected us to become their partner, due in large part, to the strength of our organization – our quality excellence, our solid financial standing, and most importantly our Medical Staff, employees, volunteers – the people who offer their time and talents to caring for the people in our community and region. This is a very positive move for our health system and our community, and I hope you will be as excited about this partnership as our boards and administrative team are.


I know you may have a lot of questions, and over the next few weeks, we will be presenting programs for local civic organizations and host a couple of community meetings to give us the opportunity to present information to our stakeholders on this partnership and to offer you the opportunity to ask questions.  You may ask some questions that we may not be able to answer until we finalize the negotiations, but please don’t hesitate to ask.


I can tell you without hesitation that I believe a WellStar-West Georgia Health combination will be a very, very good thing for everyone involved – including our patients, our employees, our volunteers and the communities we serve. I hope that as you learn more that you will agree.


I look forward to meeting with you soon to share more about this exciting new chapter for West Georgia Health. In the meantime, we have created an email address for you to send us any questions or concerns you may have concerning this partnership. Please email your questions to us at communityfeedback@wghealth.org. We will add them to our FAQs document and post that evolving document frequently on our West Georgia Health website at www.wghealth.org.


Jerry Fulks



Welcome New Members


Golden’s Bike Shop,  2 E. Lafayette Square, LaGrange, 706.884.2420, www.goldensbikes.com.   Golden’s Bike Shop sells and repairs new and used bikes and promotes cycling through group rides.  Celebrate the grand opening of the new location with owners Chris Bryant and David Cochran and manager Adam Carpenter on Thursday at 4 pm.  More information below.


Bryant Electric, 2 E. Lafayette Square, LaGrange, 706.302.1080, www.bryantelectriclg.com.  Owner Chris Bryant and his team provide full service electrical services for commercial, residential and industrial projects.  Join them for the grand opening of their new location on Thursday at 4 pm.  More information below.


Air-Pro Heating and Cooling, LLC., 972 Hillcrest Road, Hogansville, 706.523-6109, www.airprolagrange.com.  Owner Mitchell Nasworthy and his team offer full sales, service and installation on all major brands—residential and commercial.


Red Door Antiques, 33 South Lafayette Square, LaGrange, 706.415-2930.   LaGrange’s newest antique shop offers high quality antiques and collectibles.   Contact owner Chris Williamson (reddoorantiques@outlook.com) for more information.


Audio Trenz, 1311 Hogansville Road, LaGrange, 706-812-8504, www.audiotrenz.com.  Owner Clint Chaudoin and his team offer sales and installation of 12 volt electronics in cars, trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.  Well-versed in upholstery and woodwork, Audio Trenz fabricates many items in their installations.


Publix Super Markets, Inc., Store 0540, 139 Commerce Avenue, LaGrange, 706-883-1120, www.publix.com.  Publix is a full-service supermarket offering the freshest meat and produce, most scrumptious bakery goods, including wedding cakes, a complete pharmacy and the friendly service.


Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, 1220 Hogansville Road, Suite 400, LaGrange, 706-298-7270, www.gvra.ga.gov.  Vocational rehabilitation provides services to help eligible persons with disabilities prepare for, start and maintain competitive employment, thus becoming productive and independent citizens.  Contact Jason Williams, Rehabilitation Unit Manager at jason.williams@gvra.ga.gov for more information.


Teach a Child to Fish, 968 Old School Road, LaGrange, 754-214-6610, www.teachachildtofish.net.  Contact Kendall Newson (kendallnewson2@hotmail.com), Executive Director, for more information about this nonprofit organization  that seeks to teach and mentor youth through fishing programs.


Fifty-six stakeholders from Alabama, Florida and Georgia reached consensus yesterday on a water management plan for the overall operation of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.  Included in the report is a recommendation that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) raise the winter pool rule curve for West Point Lake from 628 to 632.5.


West Point Lake is a 25,684 acre mainstream Chattahoochee River impoundment that was identified by the US Congress as a recreational demonstration project and has been in existence since 1974.  The Lake was authorized by Congress for five uses:  1) flood control, 2) hydroelectric power, 3) navigation, 4) sport fishing and wildlife development and 5) general recreation.


In regards to the latter two purposes, West Point Lake offers an abundance of wildlife and numerous ways to enjoy it.  When the Lake was created, a forested valley was flooded; trees and other structures were left standing to provide an excellent fish habitat.  Man-made fish attractors also improve fishing at the lake.  Short, mild winters and long, warm summers plus gradual transitions between seasons characterize the climate—making the project conducive to year-round recreational and sport fishing use.   The Lake’s impact on the local economy ranges from $153 million to $710 million, depending upon how the lake level is managed.


“Local stakeholders commissioned a study that shows the recreational impact level is 632.5,” noted Dick Timmerberg of the West Point Lake Coalition and one of the 56 members of the ACF Stakeholders Group (ACFS).  “Historically, there is some seasonal variation in rainfall with the heaviest rains occurring in the winter and the lightest during the fall, so it makes sense for the Corps to store more water during the winter months.”


James Emery, Chief Engineer for Troup County and a member of ACFS, added, “The ACFS contracted with top hydrologists to model what impact the higher water level would have on the system, and everyone was able to see positive benefits from that metric.”


“The ACFS models confirmed the results from studies that the City of LaGrange has commissioned,” stated Mike Criddle, Director of Economic Development for the City of LaGrange and ACFS governing board member.  “We have argued that there is a different way to manage the system so our lake is not sacrificed for downstream desires.  This plan shows that is true.”


The Sustainable Water Management Plan will be submitted to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for consideration to revise their operating procedures for the system.  The USACE is scheduled to release their modified plan in August 2015.


“Our work is not complete,” cautioned LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce President Page Estes, the fourth local representative on the governing board for ACFS.  “We have no idea what the Corps will include in their plan, so we have to continue our efforts to advocate changes for West Point Lake.”


The City of LaGrange, Troup County Commission, West Point Lake Coalition and the Chamber of Commerce rallied the local community to submit input to the Corps at the end of December 2012.  Estes noted, “Our local community was definitely seen and heard—no other group submitted more comments to the Corps than our West Point Lake friends.”


“When the Corps releases their plan later this year, there will be an opportunity for public comment,” reminded Criddle.


“I’m proud of the efforts of the ACFS, grateful to the donors that allowed us to hire top quality people to analyze the system and relieved that we finally came up with plan after almost six years of work,” stated Emery.  “Now we need to wait a few more months to see whether our recommendations will be adopted.”



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