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There is an urgent need for blood & platelet donors right now. Patients are depending on us.

On Monday, February 5, you will have an opportunity to give blood in the Fellowship Hall at the Senoia United Methodist Church from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.  This blood drive is co-sponsored by the local church and the Senoia Optimist Club.

The local blood drive hosts will be serving their “famous” grilled cheese sandwiches along with the goodies provided by the American Red Cross.  There just may be home-made cookies available, too!  Free coupons associated with several of the Senoia area businesses will also be given to donors.

The Senoia United Methodist Church is in the historic district of Senoia and is located at 229 Bridge Street.  It is at the intersection of Seavy and Bridge Streets.  For those not familiar with the area, you can turn east at the downtown intersection of Main Street and Seavy Street, and go past Matt’s Smalltown Pizza and the Veranda Bed & Breakfast towards the City Park or State Highway 85.  The church is on the right – only about 2 blocks east of Main Street.

Donors at the Senoia blood drive are again asked to bring one or more non-perishable food items.  The Optimist Club members will collect these items and make them available to a local food bank in order to help those around us who are in need.

While “walk-ins” are welcome, potential donors may either sign up online at

http://www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  In addition, Senoia Optimist Club member and blood drive coordinator Ellen Ingram may be contacted at 770-842-4533.


There is a need for all blood types. You are encouraged to please schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets today.


The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood. ™


The Senoia Area blood drive is held at the Senoia United Methodist Church on a quarterly basis.  The events traditionally fall on the first Monday of February, May, August, and November.  After the upcoming event on February 5, the next blood drive for the Senoia area and beyond will be May 7.

The Exchange at 1105 Davis Road, a $28.5 million high-end apartment community will consist of 280 units. This will be the first major multi-family community in 10 years.

Building (002)The project will be developed by Davis Road Developers, L.L.C., whose principal partners are Paul Dastugue III, CPM and Quentin Dastugue, CCIM of New Orleans, Stephen Keller of Baton Rouge, La. and Lagrange native Paul Birkeli. They have extensive backgrounds and experience in providing real estate development, management and related services across the Southeastern United States.

The new development will be a craftsman-inspired garden-style upscale community, featuring five floorplans from 650 square feet to 1,200 square feet in one, two and three bedroom units. The approximately 30+ acre site will allow for generous open and uncrowded access and space while also providing a gated and private environment.

The 280 units will include granite counter tops, attached and detached garages, a unique natural environment with landscape and water features and a large multifunctional club house, pool and fitness center.

Located in the growth corridor of Lagrange on South Davis Road, it is within close proximity to the newly developed Lagrange Office/Business Park, the redeveloped Lagrange Mall, as well as multiple banking and dining establishments, schooling and the soon to be opened public access biking and jogging trail called the Thread.

“We are excited to bring this amazing new project to Lagrange,” stated Dastugue.

“The LaGrange area has seen tremendous growth in recent years, but relatively few new rental units added. The Exchange at 1105 will fill that void in the market for high end transitional housing.”

New Year, New Hours – Wild Leap is Now Open Daily!


• Monday – Thursday: 5pm-10pm

• Friday: 5pm-12am

• Saturday: 12pm-12am

• Sunday: 12:30pm-7pm


Join us for the I ❤ the 90’s Party on Sat. Jan 20th, and come get jiggy with it to the best music of the 90’s!!


Wild Leap is the perfect venue for all your event needs, accommodating groups ranging from 10 to 2,400+.

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2018 MLK Parade Planned for Saturday

LaGrange, Ga. January 11, 2018 – The 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will be Saturday, January 13th at 1:00 p.m.

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January 2017 MLK Parade

The theme of this year’s parade is “Love, Peace, and Harmony.”

The Grand Marshal of the Parade is LaGrange native Zikei Brooks. Brooks was a finalist on the cooking competition show Chopped Jr.

2018 Grand Marshall & Chopped Jr. Finalist Zikei Brooks with Parade Organizer Yvonne Pittman

The parade is sponsored by the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, Theta Xi Zeta chapter.

2017 MLK Parade

Parade organizer and Zeta Phi Beta member Yvonne Pittman has been in charge of the parade for more than 25 years.

“I’m very proud of the tradition of having the MLK parade every year in LaGrange,” Pittman said.

“I want to help keep the dream alive.”

Roads will begin closing along the parade route shortly before the parade begins.

The parade route will begin in front of LaGrange High School on North Greenwood Street and follow the same route as the Christmas Parade.



The Black Market Trust

Saturday, February 10 @ 7pm

The Black Market Trust is an American pop/vocal jazz band whose current release combines the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European gypsy fire of jazz. Consisting of five world-class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages and with music’s most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust capitalizes on their experience and pedigree to deliver a new and exciting sound.


The Olate Dogs Variety Show

Sunday, March 4 @ 3pm

Quality entertainment for all ages is something we take great pride in and this event is for children and children at heart.

In 2012 on the seventh season, the audience of America’s Got Talent would meet a family like no other. A father, a son and a story that touches the heart of everyone that sees the bond between man and his best friend; or in this case friends. The Olate Dogs and Olate family were the winning participants from Season 7 of America’s Got Talent, receiving the $1,000,000 and headlining The Palazzo in Vegas that year. The 22 Olate Dogs create a high-energy, fast-paced theatrical act filled with doggie friendly and amazing pet tricks. The stunts, furiously wagging tales and joyful leaps into their owners arms will delight young and old.



HAPEVILLE, GA – Every day is a good day to make a healthy choice. If you’re looking to improve your lifestyle, bring the whole family to the Academy Theatre Health Expo! General Admission is FREE!

This same weekend, Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta are opening a new production of I and You by Lauren Gunderson. “This story touches deeply on the subjects of health and chronic illness,” says director Brenda Porter.

“I’m excited that this show has an outreach component!”, says Fracena Byrd, Marketing Director for Academy Theatre. “The CDC says that there are more than 30 million children living in the US with less than excellent health. It’s heartbreaking, and we just want to do our part.”

Holli Stephens of the Hapeville Recreation Center adds, “We are elated to be participating with on this project. We are always looking for new ways to work with local organizations to serve the public.”

This event will include free health screenings. In addition we will have music, live demonstrations, and door prizes. Please visit our website at http://www.academytheatre.org to see a list of our vendors and participants!

  • What: Academy Theatre’s Health Expo
  • Who: Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta
  • Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 10th from 10am to 1pm
  • Cost: FREE!

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

The City of Hapeville, the Hapeville Association of Tourism and Trade and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public / private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville. The City of Hapeville and the Hapeville Association of Tourism and Trade are the official sponsors of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.  GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

The Legacy Theatre is kicking off 2018 right, with lots of opportunities for your star to SHINE.
Theatre Classes for ages 5-18. Join us for our Spring Semester!
For more info, click here.
Dance Classes for ages 2-18. Sign up for a Class today!
For more info, click here.
Acting Out
Ages 8-18
An exciting week long experience for young playwrights and actors ages 8 and up! This camp will take place February 19-23 from 9am-12pm each day. Students will collaborate and create original plays that they will perform at the end of the week.
Enroll now! Call 404-895-1473 or click below.




Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is the late Rev. Bradell Allison-Martin and will be presented posthumously during Sunday’s Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Hogansville.

The Rev. Martin was a native of Hogansville and graduated with honors from West End High School. She would later marry the love of her life, Mr. Charlie Frank Martin. She was a local civil rights activist and organizer, who worked alongside her male contemporaries in the 1960s and early 1970s to make our county a better place, until her passing in March 28, 2017 at the age of 75.

Bradell was a known seamstress within the community and the surrounding areas. She later became an ordained minister and pastored Newnan Chapel in Newnan, Ga., Roe’s Chapel and Smith Chapel in Harris County. Bradell was one of the first female African American Methodist ministers in the North Georgia District. She paved the way for many more women to achieve the mantle of fully connected ministers.

She worked together with the late Lucious Glenn and Harold Smith to foster the West Side Voter League, a non-partisan political organization that was instrumental in getting African-Americans registered to vote and to exercise that vote at the polls. Bradell knew and understood the power of the ballot box, and worked tirelessly throughout her life to educate voters through her many efforts, which included facilitating candidate forums throughout the community.

Keynote Speaker Announced

The featured keynote speaker will be Pastor Jimmy R. Gibson, Sr., an accomplished minister, musician, and singer with over 30 years of pastoral leadership experience. He comes from a line of gifted preachers, as his Father and Grandfather were major contributors to his early accomplishments in ministry. Reverend Gibson is a blessed, anointed and gifted man of God who is committed to carrying out God’s Vision. He is currently serves as the full-time Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Atlanta.

City of Hogansville Proclamation and Special Recognition

Hogansville will also honor one of its own during the ceremonies, former Callaway Cavalier and Georgia Bulldog Terry Godwin. The junior wide receiver played an integral part in the Bulldogs 54-48 win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, which gained them a seed in the 2018 National College Football Championship against Alabama. After catching eight combined balls from October 28 to November 25, Godwin has caught five passes each in the SEC Championship and Rose Bowl. Hogansville is proud of our hometown hero and the Mayor and City Council will honor him with special recognition and a proclamation during Sunday’s event.

The Details…

WHAT: Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

WHEN: 4 – 6 pm, Sunday, January 14, 2018

WHERE: Hogansville Elementary Auditorium, 611 E Main St, Hogansville, Georgia 30230

Newnan City Hall Artist of the month January 2018

Sandy Holcomb is named Newnan-Coweta Art Association’s Artist of the Month for January. She resides in Fayette County and is a retired middle school teacher.

Recently, Holcomb, and eight other Georgia artists went to Italy on a plein air painting trip. They stayed in a villa in the mountains above the city of Lucca in the Tuscany region. The group went out on daily painting excursions that were close enough to be day trips. The paintings she is exhibiting at City Hall are mostly paintings that were painted in Italy.
Except for one piece, all of the exhibited artwork was begun as plein air paintings.

After retiring from teaching middle school (not art), she began to paint a great deal more. Holcomb painted with watercolor and pastels for a few years but fell in love with oils when she tried them. She mostly paints with oils now. “I feel very blessed to be able to paint at this point in my life. I think I may appreciate it more now than I would have when I was younger,” Holcomb comments.

Sandy Holcomb is a member and past president of the Fayette Society of Fine Art in Fayetteville. She is also a member of Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association in Blue Ridge, GA, and the Fayette Arts and Crafts Entrepreneurs. She has had several paintings in the Governor’s offices in the capital over the past three years. Recently, Governor and Mrs. Deal added one of Holcomb’s painting to their private collection, after it had hung in his ceremonial office for a year.

Holcomb is a member of the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church and the Fayette County Retired Educators.

Holcomb remarks, “Newnan is a great place with so many talented artists. I have so enjoyed getting to know and to become friends with so many of them.”

Sandy Holcomb is a member of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association. NCAA meets the third Thursday each month (from September through May) at the Harriet Alexander Art Center on Hospital Road at 7:00 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. An art demonstration is presented each month. Come and join the fun.

In partnership with Newnan Coweta Historical Society
 Scottish Heritage Celebration Weekend

Third Annual Newnan Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Weekend Celebration

A Scottish heritage weekend of activities to celebrate Newnan’s ties to sister city Ayr, Scotland. Enjoy Celtic music, dance, food, drink and more — A not-to-miss lively event for the community!
2018 event hosted by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Newnan Theatre Company, Newnan Cultural Arts Commission and Order of the Tartan.
Enjoy a Friday night stage show and after party at Newnan Theatre Company, Saturday afternoon ticketed Whisky Tasting followed by a free Ceilidh Celtic Concert – both at The Cellar, a Saturday evening free Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long on the Court Square, and the ticketed annual Burns Supper and Dance Saturday night at the Newnan Historic Train Depot.

Event tickets include:

— Whisky Tasting — Saturday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m. at The Cellar at Firestone, 20 Jefferson St., Newnan,GA 30263. Tickets $25.
— Ceilidh Celtic Concert — Saturday, Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m. at The Cellar. FREE.
— Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:15 p.m., Newnan Court Square, FREE.
— Burns Supper and Dance — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., Newnan Historic Train Depot. Tickets $48.
For more information go to newnanrobertburns.com, newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com, stop by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30264 or call 770-251-0207.

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