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The Newnan-Coweta Chamber and the Coweta GOP will co-sponsor a candidate forum on Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan.  Candidates seeking the Georgia House District 71 seat and candidates for the 3rd District, Georgia, U.S. House of Representatives will be presenting their platforms.  The State House District 71 will be from 6 – 7pm followed by a brief platform for Superior Court Judge and  then the U.S. Congressional 3rdDistrict forum from 7:10 – 9pm.  The public is invited.

The Candidates Forum is not a debate and will follow a modified version of the League of Women Voters.  Each candidate will have two minutes for their opening statement followed by a series of questions vetted from the Chamber’s membership.  Each will be allowed a closing statement as well.\

The House District 71 seat became open after Rep. Billy Horne announced his retirement at the end of his current term. 

 Two candidates have qualified and will run in the Republican primary.  They are Darryl Marmon (R, Sharpsburg) and Robert Stokely (R, Sharpsburg).  Two candidates have qualified to challenge incumbent Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R, Grantville) in the July 31 primary election.  They are Chip Flanagan (R, Jonesboro) and Kent Kingsley (R, Milner).

 There is no charge to attend and seating will be on a first come, first seated basis.  Sponsors will not endorse any candidate and the Chamber will continue its policy of remaining neutral toward all candidates and to not endorse any candidate for office.

 

For further information, contact the Chamber at 770.253.2270 or info@newnancowetachamber.org.

 

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber will hold a community conversation regarding Coweta’s transportation plans for the next 20 years.  The forum is free and will be held at the Chamber office at 23 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan on Monday, July 9 at 6pm.  No reservation is required to attend.

 

“With all the talk about the July 31 vote on TSPLOST, the County’s 20-year transportation plan has been largely relegated to back-burner status,” said Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby.  “We intend to begin discussing what we in Coweta are planning to do to handle a burgeoning population from a transportation perspective.  These conversations will also set the stage for community involvement in the fall as the County begins its process to update the 20-year transportation plan.”

 

A key element centers on the fact that most of Coweta’s roads were built to accommodate Coweta’s then-population of 50,000 people.  The County has done an excellent job to widen roads and otherwise accommodate citizen’s needs but with a current population of 127,000 and an expected population of 250,000 in 2040, it is time to educate our community on the plans for the future and anticipated needs.

 

Coweta is the 17th largest of Georgia’s 159 counties with 443 square miles and about 900 miles of paved roads and more than 100 bridges.  Road maintenance alone costs between $8-10 million per year, costing about $300,000 per mile.

 

 “I believe most Coweta citizens understand that transportation is a necessary and ongoing need,” said Chamber Chairman Dennis McEntire.  “The question is how to finance this need.”

 

The importance of quality transportation is not just for current citizens and those in the future but to continue our growth as a jobs center and economic development for our tax base.  A sound transportation plan at the County level is critical to Coweta’s continued success. 

 

Please make plans to attend this educational dialogue on Coweta’s transportation future on Monday, July 9 at the Newnan-Coweta Chamber at 6pm.  For further information, contact the Chamber at 770.253.2270 or info@newnancowetachamber.org.

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber and the Coweta GOP will co-sponsor a candidate forum on Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan.  Candidates seeking the Georgia House District 71 seat and candidates for the 3rd District, Georgia, U.S. House of Representatives will be presenting their platforms.  The State House District 71 will be from 6 – 7pm followed by the U.S. Congressional 3rdDistrict forum from 7 – 9pm.  The public is invited.

 The Candidates Forum is not a debate and will follow a modified version of the League of Women Voters.  Each candidate will have two minutes for their opening statement followed by a series of questions vetted from the Chamber’s membership.  Each will be allowed a closing statement as well. The House District 71 seat became open after Rep. Billy Horne announced his retirement at the end of his current term. 
 Two candidates have qualified and will run in the Republican primary.  They are Darryl Marmon (R, Sharpsburg) and Robert Stokely (R, Sharpsburg).  Two candidates have qualified to challenge incumbent Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R, Grantville) in the July 31 primary election.  They are Chip Flanagan (R, Jonesboro) and Kent Kingsley (R, Milner).
 There is no charge to attend and seating will be on a first come, first seated basis.  Sponsors will not endorse any candidate and the Chamber will continue its policy of remaining neutral toward all candidates and to not endorse any candidate for office.
 For further information, contact the Chamber at 770.253.2270 or info@newnancowetachamber.org.

 About the Newnan-Coweta Chamber

With more than 700 members throughout Coweta County, The Newnan-Coweta Chamber is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission of championing economic prosperity for its members and the greater Coweta community. As the county’s largest business organization, the Chamber works to provide business leadership to foster an economic and cultural climate favorable to all business, in order to create a higher quality of life for all residents.

 

How to Search for Forgotten Money your Loved Ones Left Behind

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that there are resources available that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by their diseased relatives. When my mother and father passed away their financial affairs were in such a mess, I’m wondering if there was anything I overlooked. What can you tell me?

Searching Son

 

Dear Searching,

Lost or forgotten money is actually quite common in the U.S. In fact, according National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, nearly $33 billion in unclaimed assets is sitting in state treasuries and other agencies just waiting to be found.

 

These unclaimed assets are from some 117 million accounts that are inactive or whose owners or their heirs cannot be located. Unclaimed assets can include things like lost or forgotten investments or bank accounts, Social Security payments, utility deposits, tax refunds, life insurance proceeds, stocks, un-cashed dividends and more.

 

This typically happens because of a change of address (the owner moved), a name change (the owner got married or divorced), or the owner dies and the estate was unaware of the money or the heirs could not be located. By law, companies and financial institutions that can’t find the owner or their next of kin within two to five years must turn the property over to the state where it’s held indefinitely.

 

Where to Search

It’s very possible that your deceased parents, or you, have some unclaimed assets out there and you don’t even know it. To start your quest, go to missingmoney.com or unclaimed.org, both of which contain records from most state unclaimed property programs.

 

Check every state in which you or your parents have lived, worked or conducted business. Also search using maiden names and any previous names, as well as middle names and middle initials. Every state can tell you immediately if your parents or you have some unclaimed property, as well as how to go about collecting it. If you don’t have a computer, you can call the state treasurer’s office for assistance.

 

Look Here Too

Beyond state treasuries, here are some other agencies you should check for lost loot, along with a few resources that can help you search.

 

IRS: Each year thousands of refund checks totaling millions of dollars are returned to the IRS by the post office. To look for lost tax refund checks go to IRS.gov and click on “Individuals,” then on “Where’s My Refund,” or call 800-829-1954.

 

U.S. Treasury: To find out if there are any savings bonds your parents didn’t claim dating back to 1974, go to treasurydirect.gov and click on “Check Treasury Hunt to see if you own matured savings bonds.” For older bonds or those still drawing interest, use form 1048 which you can download at www.treasurydirect.gov/forms/sav1048.pdf.

 

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.: If you or your parents worked for a company that went out of business or ended its defined benefit pension plan, you may be entitled to some of their benefits. Check at pbgc.gov and click on “Missing Participants Search.”

 

The National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits: To search for lost 401(k) plans, try unclaimedretirementbenefits.com where plan sponsors, administrators and custodians register missing participants who have unclaimed retirement funds.

 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.: Search for unclaimed bank accounts at firms that were shut down between 1989 and 1993 go to www2.fdic.gov/funds. State treasuries hold assets from shutdowns after 1993.

 

This year’s Light Up the Night in White event to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Coweta county confirmed

DATE:     Friday, August 17th

PLACE:   Coweta Club, 300  Arbor Springs Pkwy Newnan GA 30265

TIME:     7:00PM-til 10.30 PM

More on this later

  Come for the Just the Day, or Stay Overnight with the $99 Beach Trip Package

Treat the family to a Beach Trip, save travel time, save travel money and have a great time.

This Summer’s Beach Trip overnight package starts at $99* and includes one-night stay at the Mountain Creek Inn as well as these special rates on fun activities:

*Admission to Robin Lake Beach, the world’s largest inland, man-made, white-sand beach

*Unlimited admission to Aqua Island, a floating playground on Robin Lake

*Unlimited admission to Light Striker Laser Tag course at Robin Lake Beach

*50% discount on Blaster Boats at Robin Lake Beach

*Admission to our world-class Gardens and its many attractions

* Special rates on golf ($50 per person with cart on Lake View Course), half-day bicycle rentals ($10 per person) and TreeTop Adventure ($25 per person)

 

A two-bedroom Southern Pine Cottage, complete with living area and kitchen, starts at only $199.  Rates for the two-to-four bedroom Mountain Creek Villas are available as well.

 Aqua Island, a Floating Water Playground

Aqua Island, a floating playground in Robin Lake, is perfect for cooling off on these hot Summer days in Georgia.  Guests have a blast on the island’s trampoline, aqua totters, slides and the giant climbing wall.  Unlimited access is part of the Beach Trip package and for others it’s only $10 per person, per hour, which is plenty of time to play until every heart is content.

 There’s a Circus!

For generations, the Florida State University (FSU) Flying High Circus has returned to wow and amaze Callaway’s Summer guests with their feats and antics.    Included with admission to Callaway Gardens (see below), shows are at Robin Lake Beach are Mondays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3:30 p.m., now through August 3.  There are no performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

More at Robin Lake Beach

Robin Lake Beach also offers swimming, table tennis, shuffleboard, playground, miniature golf and larger-than-life checks and chess games on the Beach Pavilion floor.

 

In addition to the fun at the Beach, admission includes the Gardens and its many attractions such as the free-flight Birds of Prey show; internationally acclaimed Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center; 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail; John A. Sibley Horticultural Center; and Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, just to name a few.

Day admission to Callaway Gardens is $18/adult; $15/senior (65+); $9/child (6-12); children 5 and younger are admitted for free.  Special event admission for holiday events is $25/adult; $20/senior (65+); $12.50/child (6-12).  Children 5 and younger are admitted for free. Tax is included. Summer hours for the Gardens, including Robin Lake Beach, is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through August 19.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  To make a reservation or for additional information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

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*Rates are based on availability.  Some restrictions apply.

It’s the perfect weekend to celebrate Father’s Day and encourage the beauty of Troup County.   I hope to see you strolling through downtown Hogansville, LaGrange or West Point, out on West Point Lake or enjoying one of the fun events below.  Happy weekend!

 SATURDAY

8 am to 10 am—Market on Main at the corner of E. Depot and Main Street; find homegrown vegetables, baked goods, flowers, herbs, grass-fed beef and more while supporting your local farmers!

10 am to 2 pm—West Georgia Health presents a free baby and maternity fair—Baby Palooza 2012.  The event will be held at First Baptist Church on the Square’s Family Life Center in downtown LaGrange.  Activities include car safety seat checks, diaper derby crawl contest, daddy and me look-alike contest, and crafts.  There are education sessions on the following topics:  1) how to calm a fussy baby, 2) nutrition—getting baby off to a good start and 3) photography 101—how to capture those moments.  Lots of exhibits and chances to win door prizes!  Preregistration is encouraged.  Visit wghealth.org.

10 am to 4 pm—Legacy Museum on Main (136 Main Street) features photographs and memorabilia—including old Coca-Cola machines—in its new exhibit, “Bubbling UP Business:  Bottling Industry of Troup County.”  Admission is free of charge.

10 am to 10 pm—Pine Mountain RV Resort (8804 Hamilton Road) presents “Cruisin’ Cars on the Mountain—Support our Fallen Soldiers.”  Classic cars, muscle cars, musical entertainment, food, vendors, raffles and more will be offered.  Day admission is $5/adult and $3/child.  Visit ourfallensoldiers.com for more information or call 706-663-4329.

Do not miss out on the Wine Tasting around Newnan Square Friday June 15- Walk around the square, sip some some wine offered in the

various shops -

You can buy tickets once you get there.

also tickets available to Friday’s Summer Wined Up online at www.mainstreetnewnan.com

 

 

Legacy Theatre

Summer Camp!!

 

We are still registering for Camp Legacy! Camp Legacy is a one week, all day and half day musical theatre summer camp! Participants will experience theatre games, acting workshops, dance classes, group voice lessons, a talent show, and much much more! Participants will be taught a number to perform as pre-show entertainment for Legacy’s professional production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
Camp Legacy runs July 16th – July 20th
Full Day Camp: Cost $300/Ages 7-17 (9am-5pm)
Half-Day Camp: Cost $150/Ages 5-7 (9am-12pm)
For more information please visit www.thelegacytheatre.org, or www.legacydance.org.
Hannah McClain
Box Office Manager
Legacy Theatre

New Beginnings by CWH, located at 13 Augusta Dr., Newnan, GA is having a huge yard sale on Saturday June 23rd from 8:00 am-4:00pm. Bargains galore: shoes, clothing, furniture, household items, books and more. This event is to help raise much needed funds for the ministry Community Welcome House.

 

Linda Kirkpatrick

Executive Director

Community Welcome House

770-304-0966 ext. 4

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