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The Junior Service League of LaGrange has announced that the theme of this year’s Sweet Land of Liberty Parade (July 4, downtown LaGrange) is “Of Thee I Sing” with Grand Marshal Lee Johnson.  Application forms and t-shirts are available at Troup County Parks & Recreation (1220 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange).


The Hogansville Downtown Development Authority will be hosting the 2013 West Georgia Idol Singing Contest on July 13, 20 and 27.  The contest is open to all vocal performers aged 14 years and above.  Entry fee of $60 covers up to four performances.  The final winner of the contest receives $1000 cash prize; second prize $500 and People’s Choice Award $500.  Visit www.westgeorgiaidol.com or call 706-333-2520 for more information.


Downtown Hogansville will also be the site for “Trade Days” starting July 13 and continuing every 2nd Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm.  The flea and farmers market is searching for vendors; call 770-807-9809 to participate as a vendor.


Fun, Meaningful Events & Activities


Market on Main (Saturdays from 8  am to 10 am in Carmike Cinema parking lot).  Purchase locally grown produce and homemade goodies.  Sponsored by the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority.


Faces of World War II:  West Georgia (Legacy Museum on Main, 136 Main Street, LaGrange; May-September).  The exhibit was prepared by guest curators Isabellel Knight, Bobby Cammon and Terry Hoppe and displays photographs, news clippings, uniforms, weapons and much more—all dating from 1941 to 1945.  All of the materials relate to men and women who served in World War II who were originally from this area, who later lived her or those that have family in the area.  The stories are fascinating and cover the earliest days of the war until its end.  The exhibit is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.  Admission is free.


Runners United for Boston 5K (Hollis Hand Elementary School, 641 Country Club Road, LaGrange; June 1 at 7:30 am).  Cost is $25/runner or walker.  Onsite registration (visit lagrange-ga.org and click on link).  Onsite packet pick-up will be on June 1 from 6:30-7:25 am.  Runners receive a short sleeve t-shirt donning the “Runners United for Boston” logo.  Race will be held rain or shine.


Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Clean Water Festival (June 1, 10 am to 2 pm, Yellowjacket Creek Beach).  Fun, free day on West Point Lake celebrating our clean and beautiful lake and how we can keep it clean.  Boating, fishing, kayaking, music, water monitoring experiments, and prizes offered.  For more information or to volunteer, visit FB page, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Clean Water Festival.


Wesley Woodyard Presents 16 Ways Youth Football Camp (June 8-15, 8 am to 1 pm, Callaway Stadium).  FREE youth football camp for kids 8-14 years of age.


Hydrangea  Sip & Shop (June 8, 5-9 pm, Downtown LaGrange).  The Downtown LaGrange Development Authority will be hosting this annual event—an evening of fun, shopping and good wine!  Contact Barbie (706.298.4534) for more information.


Dutch Van Kirk Lecture & Book Signing (June 15, 2-4pm, First Baptist Church on the Square).  Dutch Van Kirk, navigator of the Enola Gay and last survivor of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb will speak at First Baptist Church on the Square.  Immediately following will be a book signing at the Legacy Museum on Main at 136 Main Street.  Copies of his new book, My True Course, will be available for purchase.  The public is welcome, and admission is free.


Callaway Gardens Fitness Series—Sprint Triathlon (June 16, 7 am to 5:30 pm).  The 8th annual Sprint Triathlon features ¼ mile swim around Robin Lake in four to five feet of water; a 9-mile bike along gently rolling terrain and a 2-mile run along Robin Lake Circle.  The easy and scenic course is popular among beginning triathletes.  Register on line at callawaygardens.org or contact Dave Johnson Enterprises at 770.565.5208.






R.J. Newman, a local photographer from Meriwether county has competed in Atlanta photo competitions and specializes in works inspired by nature.
Kem Kowa works in many different styles, and our favorites are her wonderful pen and wash works of scenes of Historic Downtown Newnan.
Chris Hendrix is a newcomer to the Newnan art community, and her rich, colorful abstract works are a favorite at Farrago Gallery.
Corinne Galla, owner of Farrago Gallery, works primarily in oils and has painted this Greenville Street “snapshot.”
Gina L. Snider
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is information about a great regional networking and issues information
opportunity.   The Newnan-Coweta Chamber is excited to co-host with the
Georgia Chamber a Regional Power Lunch in Newnan on Tuesday, June 11th.  Below are the details.

Event Details:

Tuesday, June 11th

11:30am  – Registration & Networking

12 Noon – Program Begins

1pm – Event Concludes


Newnan Country Club

1356 Hwy 29 N,

Newnan, GA 30263

Invitation:  All local business/community leaders are invited to attend.  There is no cost to attend the lunch.

RSVP:  To view the Newnan Power Lunch invite, please click here. RSVP using the link on the invite.

On Saturday, June 8 from 2 to 4 p.m., Barnes & Noble in Ashley Park, Newnan, will host a signing for the release of the second in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series, STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, by local author Larissa Reinhart. Can you add this to your events page?
The Cherry Tucker Mystery Series published by Henery Press (http://henerypress.com/) features a down-and-out, scrappy portrait artist from small town, Halo, Georgia. Halo is located in the fictional Forks County, loosely based on the mid-western area of Georgia such as Coweta County. As Cherry Tucker scrambles to forge a art career in Halo, she also struggles to handle her local rival, quirky family, and sort-of-ex-husband. All the while, she uses her creative ingenuity and love of gossip to involve herself in local investigations, much to the annoyance of her deputy boyfriend. Betty Webb of Mystery Scene Magazine said, “The tone of this marvelously cracked book is not unlike Sophie Littlefield’s brilliant A Bad Day for Sorry, as author Reinhart dishes out shovelfuls of ribald humor and mayhem. It takes a rare talent to successfully portray a beer-and-hormone-addled artist as a sympathetic and worthy heroine, but Reinhart pulls it off with tongue-in-cheek panache.”
The first in the series, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense. STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW finds Cherry Tucker trying to sell art at a Brunswick Stew Cook-Off festival, where her artist friend dies after eating Brunswick Stew. As a preorder, STILL LIFE trended at number three on Barnes & Nobles Hottest Movers book list and is currently on the Amazon best-selling lists for humor and women sleuths. The third book, HIJACK IN ABSTRACT, is scheduled for a November release followed by a December release of a Cherry Tucker prequel novella, QUICK SKETCH, in the mystery anthology, THE HEARTACHE MOTEL. The fourth mystery will launch in 2014.
Originally from the Midwest, Larissa Hoffman has lived in Georgia (Atlanta, Coweta, and Fayette Counties) with her husband since 1996. She writes under her maiden name, Reinhart. She now lives in Peachtree City with her husband, daughters, and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Before writing, she taught at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia.

Blue Star Museum    
The LaGrange Art Museum is a now a designated
Blue Star Museum
This collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The free admission program is available to any active duty U.S. military as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.

This week Callaway Gardens discovered its credit card security system was compromised.  Immediate action was taken to close the breach and inform customers.

A credit card processing company identified and notified multiple companies, including Callaway Gardens, that sophisticated fraudulent credit card activity had been detected.  These companies were identified by common points of counterfeit purchases reported by consumers.

“In our team’s immediate investigation, fraudulent malware was detected, contained and removed,” said Barry Morgan, CFO of Callaway Gardens.  “Guests are encouraged to review and monitor their electronic credit and debit card statements for fraudulent charges.”

Due to the personal nature of the financial information beginning collected by the malware, this potential criminal activity has been reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.  While Callaway Gardens employs the latest computer security technologies, top experts in the field of computer forensics have been retained for a more thorough investigation and to recommend additional security measures as needed.

“We wanted to alert all of our guests as quickly as possible to make sure they take any necessary corrective and protective actions,” said Morgan.  “And, with large crowds anticipated for this weekend’s Memorial Day Weekend Festival, we want to reassure guests that our systems have been secured and are being monitored closely.”

In an effort to communicate this security breach with as many past visitors as possible, an email is being sent to all guests in our email database.  Because we do not have sufficient contact information for all potentially affected guests, this information also is being disseminated via a media advisory and through social media.

Callaway Gardens has notified the four credit card companies, American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover and the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies about this incident and has given those agencies a general report. We strongly encourage guests who, prior to May 24, 2013, used their credit cards at Callaway Gardens, to take the following steps:

  • Review and begin to closely monitor financial accounts and, if any unauthorized activity is noticed, promptly contact the appropriate financial institution.
  • Contact the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies to obtain a credit report. Free credit reports are available by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com, calling (877) 322-8228, or completing the Annual Credit Report Form on the Federal Trade Commission website at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0155-free-credit-reports.
  • If any incidences of fraud are detected, promptly contact your local law enforcement authority, your state Attorney General (www.naag.org), and the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov).

You also can obtain information about additional methods to prevent identity theft from these credit reporting agencies.

Phone: 800-525-6285
P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, Georgia 30348

Phone: 888-397-3742
Experian Security Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, Texas 75013

Phone: 888-909-8872
P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, California 92634



Many people think of Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, but it is also a time to pay respect to the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.  Memorial Day originally started as “Decoration Day” just after the Civil War.  It is meant to honor those military members who died.  In 200+ years, more than 1.3 million Americans have lost their lives in battle.  Take time this weekend—and especially on Monday—to say a prayer of thankfulness in honor of all of those that have given their life so we may be free.


You may also participate in local remembrances as follows:


  • LaGrange:  The West Georgia Veterans Council will hold its annual Memorial Day serve at 11 am on Monday at Shadowlawn Cemetery.  The ceremony will include a message from Major General Don Harlin, Chaplain, retired from the US Air Force, songs and the laying of the wreath


  • Hogansville:  The American Legion Post No. 152 will host a Memorial Day service at 11 am on Monday at Calvin Hipp Veterans Memorial Park on East Main Street.




The US Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors to West Point Lake to be safe by wearing life jackets.  A child can drown in less than 30 seconds; an adult in 60 seconds, but it takes less than a minute to put on a lifejacket.  Be sure lifejackets are US Coast Guard-approved and the proper size; check the label!  Make sure there is no damage—no broken parts, mold or rips in fabric.  Fasten all buckles, zippers and straps.  Lift shoulders and make sure it does not slip above the chin or ears.


Connie Hensler of the American Red Cross also offers some great tips to make this weekend a safe one.


DRIVE SAFELY With more people on the roads, it’s important to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If plans include drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink. Other tips for a safe trip include:

  • ·         Give one’s full attention to the road.  Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • ·         Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  • ·         Use caution in work zones.
  • ·         Make frequent stops. 
  • ·         Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night.
  • Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather. Don’t overdrive the headlights.


GRILLING SAFETY The Red Cross offers these tips to stay safe while cooking those tasty cookout treats:

  • Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use, and make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
  • Keep the chef safe by using the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill to cut off the fuel if necessary.
  • Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch any falling ash or grease.
  • Trim excess fat from meat to avoid flare-ups.
  • Wash one’s hands in hot soapy water before preparing food, after touching raw meat and after any interruptions such as using the bathroom, handling pets, stopping to do something with children.

SWIMMING SAFETY Learning to swim is one of the best steps someone can take to be safe around water. People can contact the Georgia Three Rivers Chapter for information on classes to learn how to swim as well as to get the facts about water safety, home pool safety, first aid and CPR classes. Other swimming safety tips include:

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

POOL SAFETY It’s important to constantly supervise children when they are near water. Never leave a young child unattended near water, and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.


From designing and building sets, writing skits, creating characters and putting on a show, KIDSCAMP campers will be taught by working theatre professionals, teachers, and college theatre students during what is affectionately known as “Drama Boot Camp!”  KidsCamp is offered for children ages 5 to 12 Monday through Friday with a performance on Friday afternoon.

There are two types of sessions offered:


  • Half day KidsCamp is from 9:00am to 12:30pm (A light snack is provided Cost is $125 per child – $25 off for additional siblings.
  • Full day KidsCamp is 9:00am to 5:00pm. (A morning and afternoon snack is provided – Students should bring their own lunch) Cost is $200 per child – $25 off for additional siblings.

Week One: June 3 through 7 – Outer Space Adventures
Week Two: June 10 through 14 – Superheroes
Week Three: June 17 through 21 – Pirates and Princesses
Week Four: June 24 through 28 – Monster Madness
Week Five: July 8 through 12 – The Wild, Wild West
Week Six: July 15 through 19 – Puppet Pals

All weeks have full day and half day options for students entering K through 5th Grade.

The cost for each week of KIDSCAMP includes a T-shirt, water bottle, and the Showcase performance on Friday afternoon for friends and family.

Spots are filling fast so hurry and register TODAY!

Todd Key, who is one of our nation’s most innovative entertainers, has performed at many venues, including the USO for many years, and once, in 2010, on The White House lawn.  There will be an opportunity to see his latest creation, The Flying Debris Circus, on May 29 at 11 AM at the Grantville Library. Here is what the Grantville Librarian, Marie Vielot, says about this show:

The Grantville Branch is kicking off this year’s Summer Reading Program with Todd Key’s Flying Debris Circus on Wednesday May 29th at 11am.  Please register for this performance and all scheduled summer performances by calling your Grantville Branch at 770-683-0535, or by registering in person at our circulation desk or emailing me at mvielot@coweta.ga.us.
Here is what Todd says about this performance on his website http://www.toddkeyjuggles.com/

It’s graduation season….Congratulations to all of the graduates of LaGrange College, Point University, West Georgia Technical College, LaGrange High, Callaway High, Troup High, Lafayette Christian School and LaGrange Academy!


We just discussed our public education graduation rate, and I’m pleased to forward good news from the Troup County School System—Troup County’s graduation rate rose by more than 10.5%, from 64.88% to 75.44%!    That exceeds the state average of 69.7%.   While we certainly want all of our students to graduate from high school, this is a big step in the right direction.  Be sure to thank our outstanding teachers, administrators and support staff for their efforts.


“The positive impact made by teachers, parents, partners, and school leaders helped us to realize this significant increase,” said Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of Schools. “We will continue our work as a system to ensure that students not only graduate on time, but with the skills they need to become productive and proficient citizens.”


Each district high school saw an increase in the number of 2012 graduates in comparison to 2011

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