Thursday, December 27, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Martin Pate Will Be Painting at Fayette Art Center Jan. 17

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Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 27, 2007
Coweta Artist Martin Pate at Fayette Art Center Jan 17
Watch An Artist Create a Painting of a Ballerina 
     Coweta artist Martin Pate has already made the news twice this month: when he gave a talk at the Dogwood Gallery and when one of his paintings on display there, Windwalker, was chosen as the cover art for the current issue of arts&expressions.  Now he is back in the news again for his upcomning appearance at the Fayette Art Center and Gallery.  Here is the notice which has just been sent out by the Fayette Art Center Director Kathaleen Brewer:
VERY SPECIAL EVENING WITH MARTIN PATE  THURSDAY NIGHT JAN. 17TH 6:30 pm  Observe and listen while Martin creates wonderful pastels of a live ballerina
Adults $10.00, Students $5.00 Members Free
 Martin Pate graduated from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota , Florida in 1981. His figurative works won acclaim in the Ringling and Sarasota area by such notables as Thornton Utz who declared a life drawing by Martin as the best work in the 1981 student show. His love of figurative works has led to many portrait commissions over the last 26 years by clients throughout the Southeast. Recent portraits of South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges children hung prominently in the Columbia , SC mansion during his term. Martin's ability to paint people has also led to more than 15 years of commissions by the National Park Service. Paintings of Native Americans, Civil War battles, The Battle of the Little Bighorn and many others have been used for educational purposes in books, posters and CD ROMs.   Local gallery affiliations include Panoply's Flint Gallery in downtown Newnan and The Dogwood Gallery near Tyrone , GA.   Martin lives with his wife in Newnan. He has a son majoring in computer animation at Ringling and a daughter majoring in architecture at Clemson University .
Fayette Art Center & Gallery
Non-Profit Organization
2011 W. Hwy 54
Fayetteville , GA 30214
 Info on Martin Pate is available on his website,
Info on the Fayette Art Center is available at
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Coweta Publisher Goes National -- 25 Books Published in 2007

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Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 20, 2007
Coweta Based Etreasures Goes National
Twenty-Five Books Published in 2007
     This has been a great year for the literary arts in Coweta County. Eleven Cowetans had books published this year, a Coweta Authors Book Signing Extravaganza was held this year, and the Coweta based etreasures publishing company expanded its operations this year and began publishing books across the nation (and even in Canada). By mid-December the number of the books they published for 2007 reached a total of twenty-five. Almost all of this publishing work was done by etreasures founder and director Vickie Kennedy of Newnan. Recently Kennedy has hired several people to help her in screening and editing manuscripts. The secret of etreasures' success lies in its streamlined, heavily computerized operation which allows it to publish books quickly and to pay the authors higher royalties than most publishers.
     Coweta County will be receiving a lot of publicity in the Southeastern literary arts scene next year when the Southern Writers Conference (sponsored by etreasures) will be held in Newnan on April 5 and 6. Several hundred writers from Georgia and nearby states are expected to attend. Information on this Southern Writers Conference and on etreasures publishing company is available by visiting
     In recent years publicity has been given to the accomplishments of Coweta's visual artists and performing artists but until recently scant attention has been paid to Coweta's achievement in the literary arts. The Coweta Authors Book Signing Extravaganza, the growth of etreasures, and the Southern Writers Conference are bringing these literary achievements to light.

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[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Southern Writers Conference To Be Held in Newnan

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The  Successor  To  Newnan-Coweta  Arts  Council  News  Releases
Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 20, 2007
Southern Writers Conference in Newnan on April 5 & 6
     The past two years have seen great accomplishments by Coweta County's writers: twelve books published in 2006 and eleven books published so far in 2007. And this year Coweta's writers also received some well-deserved recognition by the first ever Coweta Authors Book Signing Extravaganza, to which all Coweta authors of a published book were invited. And now the word is out that Coweta will be the site of the Southern Writers Conference, which will be held on April 5 and 6 (from 10 AM through 5 PM each day) at the Country Inn in Newnan. Several hundred authors from Georgia and nearby states are expected to attend.
     The Southern Writers Conference is also being organized by a Cowetan, Vickie Kennedy of Newnan, who has had four books published and who heads the Newnan-based workshop called the Writers Block. Kennedy is also the founder and director of the etreasures publishing company, which is sponsoring the conference. Information about the conference is found on the company's website The conference registration form can also be downloaded from that website. The conference is also being co-sponsored by the West Central Technical College.
     Any writers who participate in any of the planned panel discussions will be able to attend the Southern Writers Conference free of charge. Conference registrants are not only entitled to attend any of the panels and talks, but also to conduct book signings there.
     The following is a copy of the flyer announcing this conference:

1st Annual

Southern Writers Conference


Sponsored by:

eTreasures Publishing


West Central Technical College


When:  April 5th - 6th 

Where:  Country Inn Hotel - Newnan, GA

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Both Days


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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Photographer Gary Gruby Pubishes Book "Portrait of Senoia"

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Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 18, 2007
Portrait of Senoia Published By Photographer Gary Gruby
     Gary Gruby has made an invaluable contribution to Senoia by means of the exquisite photographs he took of people and places in Senoia.  These photographs adorn the walls of the Senoia Historical Society.  There now is another opportunity for many people to see them and that is the book which Gruby just published entitled Portrait of Senoia
     Gruby provides the following information about his book:
Portrait Of Senoia
unrehearsed perfection #1
By Gary Gruby, Photographer    
With these photographs, I am presenting a portrait of a small town. A community, at its heart, is made of people and in each portrait presented here, there is an individual with a life and story to tell.
The best portraits are given, not taken and this collection bears witness to the many gifts I have received as a photographer. Come meet the wonderful people that made and continue to make senoia so very special.
Therefore, it is appropriate that I dedicate this book to my town Senoia, and to the memory of its' people past, present, future, and to a small town or neighborhood stored away in all of our hearts. -gary gruby
Standard Landscape 10x8 inches (25x20 cm)  50 pages
Published: November 19, 2007

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[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Southeastern Ballet To Perform Nutcracker on December 22

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The  Successor  To  Newnan-Coweta  Arts  Council  News  Releases
Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 18, 2007
Southeastern Ballet Company To Perform Nutcracker On Dec. 22
     Everybody knows about Tschaikovsky's famous Nutcracker but not everyone may be aware that there is a new ballet company on the Southside which will perform it this year.  The following announcement by the Southeasten Ballet Company notes this performance and spells forth the mission of these performing artists:
Southeastern Ballet Company announces its annual Holliday Nutcracker Concert on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at the Sandy Creek High School Auditorium!
Southeastern Ballet Company has put together an exciting evening of new holiday dances as well as traditional pieces from the ever popular Nutcracker.
Events and performances are only possible with your support. Read our support page for details.
Contact us by phone at (770)252-5515.

Southeastern Ballet Company, 1065 Sullivan Road, Newnan, GA 30265
SBC's vision is to be a leading professional dance company in America while serving, educating, and entertaining the local community, as well performing nationally and abroad. Our mission is to offer the highest quality national, professional dance company in the local community focused on artistic excellence, strong professionalism, and a varied repertoire. Our goals are as follows:
  • Become one of the leading dance companies in America.
  • Provide dancers the opportunity to dance in a professional company in their own community.
  • Provide dancers and the community a sense of belonging
  • Improve the status of the artist and help the artist gain public recognition and support.
  • Broaden the horizons of today's youth and help them to discover, create, and think through dance and related arts.
  • Achieve the highest level of artistry and artistic excellence.
  • Explore new dance territory.
  • Offer a diverse selection of choreography.
  • Educate and entertain the local community.
  • Encourage and improve community performances and training.
  • Strengthen cultural awareness of different styles of choreography both new and old.
  • Provide educational programs that inform and broaden the public's understanding of ballet and the importance of dance as an art and means of expression.
Ms. Yasmine Hassaan is the primary choreographer for all productions at SBC. Ms. Hassaan was a professional ballet dancer for 13 years in New York City. At the age of sixteen she entered the School of American Ballet in NYC. She received training there from well known teachers, including Danilava, Tumkovsky, Doubrovska, Stuart, Williams, Schorer, and Kramarevsky. By the age of eighteen, she was touring extensively throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United states, dancing in major ballets and leading roles choreographed by George Balanchine, Edward Villella, Robert North, Frances Patrelle, Vincente Nebrate, Robert Vesak, George Tomel, and others.
Ms. Hassaan, known as Yasmine Bosinas professionally, has performed Rite of Spring, Coppelia, Death of the Maiden, Scheherazade, Pas de Dix, Symphony in C, Rhapsody in Blue, American in Paris, Piganini, Entre Dos Aguas, Invitation to Dance, The Nutcracker, and many other ballets. Throughout her career she has worked with well-known artists such as Anthony Dowell, Cynthia Gregory, Fernando Bujones, Lynn Seymour, Leonid Kozlov, Bobby Blanchine, and Robert North. Today, she owns a dance studio, Classical Dance Theatre, where she teaches and develops young dancers who aspire to become professional dancers.
 Additional information is available on their website

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[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Legacy Theatre Announces Rodgers & Hammerstein Show

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The  Successor  To  Newnan-Coweta  Arts  Council  News  Releases
Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 18, 2007
Legacy Theatre Announces Rodgers & Hammerstein Show
     Two of the busiest people I know are Mark & Bethany Smith of Newnan whose indefagitable labors have enriched the Southside arts scene by the great performing arts shows at their Legacy Theatre in Tyrone.  The online news service Southside Arts Agenda has recently published this announcement of their next great enchanting show:
Coming in January
The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Music by Richard Rodgers
  Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
  Concept by Jeffrey B. Moss
  for Jerry Kravat Entertainment Services, Inc.
  January 25th - February 17th, 2008
With a special Valentines Day performance
Thursday, February 14th at 8pm!

Also, ask about dinner and show packages for this production!
 Click HERE for information on the 2007-2008 Legacy Season
Directions to the Theatre

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[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Reception for Hill Exhibit in Carrollton: Date Changed; Dinner Added

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The  Successor  To  Newnan-Coweta  Arts  Council  News  Releases
Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 18, 2007
Changes in Reception for Richard Scott Hill Art Exhibit in Carrollton:
Date Changed to January 4; Dinner Added
     Since the announcement of the Ten Year Retrospective of noted Southside artist Richard Scott Hill in Carrollton, there have been two changes -- the night has been changed to January 4, and a after-reception dinner has been added.  Also the Director of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, Penny Lewis, has written the following news release announcing this important arts event:
The Carrollton Cultural Arts Center presents "Ten-Year Retrospective" by Richard Scott Hill in the Roush Family Gallery, January 4 through 25 with an opening reception in the front lobby on Friday, January fourth from five until seven p.m.  
Richard has selected pieces for this exhibit to represent the last ten years of a lifetime of creativity that has consisted of over thirty thousand works. Gathering art from private collectors and friends, this exhibit will include sculpture, photography, and various mixed media, including some of his "useless tool" collection.  Richard will talk to guests about his work around six p.m. Taking the spotlight on the pavilion during the opening reception will be the "Rusted Rabbit," a 1927-T Hot Rod, encrusted with strange and memorable accents, including many rabbits and some serious rust, yet this object d'art  still runs and is considered road worthy.   Other pieces on exhibit will include "Spherical Timescape" a huge four foot diameter sphere made from the root of an oak tree.  "Totem Shield," a sculpture made of eucalyptus burl, walnut and leather with a Native American Indian flavor will also be displayed, on loan from a local private collector.
Richard Scott Hill is an internationally renowned artist who graduated from Atlanta 's Northside High School , attended West Georgia College and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a Master of Fine Arts degree. While attending the University of Georgia , his artwork was included in numerous prestigious exhibitions, including Drawings USA and the American Drawing Biennial.  As a senior at the University, Mr. Hill won the top award in painting during the Arts Festival of Atlanta.  His success continued when his work was selected by John Canady, art critic of the New York Times, to represent contemporary American art in a traveling exhibition sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute.  Hill was head of the Drawing Department at the Atlanta College of Art for 14 years, where he was tenured in 1981.  He was later invited to be the Artist-in-Residence in 1992 at West Georgia College
As a professional artist, Mr. Hill's artwork has been included in many national and internationally recognized exhibitions and in many corporate and museum collections, including the High Museum of Art, the Augusta Museum of Art, the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Atlanta Civic Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Olinda, Recife, Brazil, and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia.  His latest artistic achievement is the completion of a magnificent, spiraling tower that soars 80 feet in height for the Olympic Village in the Georgia Tech Plaza at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This sculpture is known as "The Kessler Campanile" and it remains a landmark, after the Olympic Games for the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia .
Richard Scott Hill is active as a community leader and is chairman of the Banning Neighborhood Coalition, Inc.  Mr. Hill was the recipient of the Environmentalist of the Year Award in 1993, which was presented by the West Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Conservancy. In 1996 the State of Georgia, House of Representatives, passed a resolution commending Mr. Richard Scott Hill for his "outstanding artistic and environmental achievements."
The artist and author will be at the opening reception to welcome friends and guests.  Several works are for sale, with a few in private collections on loan for the exhibit.  For more information on the Richard Scott Hill visit:
The Galleria of the Cultural Arts Center will display the 2008 University of West Georgia Student Art Exhibit , a collection of student works under the guidance and supervision of Clint Samples.  This annual exhibit shows what the students at University are doing, illustrating their imagination and development as young artists.  These works are often for sale, supporting and aiding the financial requirements of the students.  For more information on this and other upcoming events at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center call 770-838-1083. The Carrollton Cultural Arts Center is a facility of the Carrollton Parks , Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.
Penny Lewis
Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Manager
Carrollton Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department
PO Box 532
Carrollton, GA 30112
Register Online at 770-836-3301
Gallery and Office hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. weekdays. Weekend and evening hours vary.
Located at 251 Alabama Street Carrollton, GA 30117
     Richard Scott Hill has sent out this invitation for the reception and the dinner following it:
We have made arrangements to eat at an Italian restaurant in Carrollton 
after the opening of Richard Scott Hill's Retrospective at the Carrollton
Cultural Arts Center

Dinner will be at approximately 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 4th, 2007

If you would like to join us, please look at the following:

If you decide to join us for dinner please, let me know so I can let them
know how many to expect.

Dinner is free to all who purchase a work of art from the show!

Richard Scott Hill
RichardScott Hill <>, 
Information on Richard Scott Hill is available on his website    

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Grantville Gospel Sing on Dec. 22 in New Restaurant

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Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 11, 2007
Special Grantville Gospel Sing (Plus Carols) Held on Dec. 22
Venue Will be the Luttrells Family Restaurant on Main St.
     While the Grantville Railroad Freight Depot is undergoing renovation, the Grantville  Southern Country Gospel Sings are being held at other venues.  The Sing for December will be held at a type of venue never used before -- a restaurant.  Also unusual will be the fact that it has not even opened yet!  It will probably be opening in January.  This is the Luttrell's Family Restaurant on Main Street in Grantville adjacent to Sandy's Ice Cream Shop.  This sing will be held on Saturday, December 22 beginning at 7 PM.  The sings normally last about three hours.  There will be slight difference in the Sing because it will also include the audience singing Christmas carols. 
     But, like usual, the main thing will be the performance of the musicians. These will include the following:
Christianaires of LaGrance
Carter Trio of LaGrange
One Accord of Columbus  
(and several others not named)
For information on the Gospel Sings one can contact Roy Smith by phone at
770-251-5621 or by email at 

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[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Artist R. S. Hill Retrospective in Carrollton

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The  Successor  To  Newnan-Coweta  Arts  Council  News  Releases
Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 11, 2007
Artist R. S. Hill Retrospective in Carrollton Cultural Arts Center
     Artist Richard Scott Hill has produced many excellent visual art works in painting, photography, and sculpture.  He is highly regarded by Coweta County not only for his art but also for the excellent art education he provided for many years as the Head of the Art Department at East Coweta High School and as the Founder of Georgia High Photogrpahy.  Although he is now retired from teaching he is even more active in producing art works and in displaying them in galleries around the Atlanta area.
     The next display of his art will be a Ten Year Retrospective to be held at the Roush Gallery in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center at 251 Alabama Street in Carrollton.  There will be an oppportunity to meet Hill at the Opening Reception to be held on January 8, 2008 from 5 PM thru 7 PM.  The Retrospective will last from January 4 through January 25. 
     Information on the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center is available by calling 770-838-1083 or by visiting their website at and clicking on "cultural arts".
     Information on Richard Scott Hill is available on his website   

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Chimney Sweep Act By Todd Key at Newnan Library

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The  Successor  To  Newnan-Coweta  Arts  Council  News  Releases
Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 4, 2007
"Chimney Sweep" Act  By Entertainer Todd Key At Newnan Library
     One of our nation's finest entertainers, Todd Key, lives right here on the Southside -- in the City of Grantville in Coweta County, to be precise.  He has performed various imaginative comedy and juggling acts in many places and for many audiences, including our armed forces under the auspices of the USO.  Last year in Grantville the audience at Calico Christmas greatly enjoyed his latest act -- a comedy involving a sweep who cleans out chimneys prior to Christmas so Santa will not get his suit dirty.
     Anyone wishing to see Key's performance of this Christmas Chimney Sweep Act can come to the Newnan-Coweta Public Library on Thursday December 13 at 7:00 PM.  This "Family Night" entertainment is suitable for the entire family.  Small children as well as adults love Key's style, and often children are even asked to come on the stage and be part of the act.  The act is a comedy involving juggling and stiltwalking, which are two of Key's favorite skills. 
     The Newnan-Coweta Public Library is located on Hospital Road in Newnan.  Information is available on its website  .
     Information on Todd Key is available on his website  

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[Coweta Arts Tidbits] City of Newnan Artist of Month Announced

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Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
December 4, 2007
Newnan City Hall Announces Artist of Month
     The following announcement has just been released by Gina Lau Snider, the Public Information Officer of the City of Newnan concerning the new "Artist of the Month" whose paintings are currently being displayed at City Hall.
Call it fate or simply coincidence, but when   Clayton   State University 's art professor, Tommy Daughtry filled in for the school's traveling art history professor, the life of student Richard Doss was forever changed.  When Daughtry viewed Richard's assigned self-portrait, he encouraged the talented student to pursue a major in art. A tremendous influence, the  professor riddled his first year art students with drawing exercises, emphasizing its importance in the future of their art. When Richard became the events photographer for the school, he again found a mentor 
in Daughtry, who was also exploring photography as an art form. Later transferring to   Georgia   State , Richard achieved his Bachelor of Visual 
Arts degree with a major in photography and minors in art history, drawing and painting, printmaking and jewelry making. Richard later studied for several years at the Atlanta College of Art. Meeting Nancy Honea at the ACA in 1991 sparked his interest in the  art of portraiture. 
She guided, and continues to as a friend and mentor, Richard for several  years of study. A constant student, Richard has gone on to study with many regional and nationally known figures.
Richard finds great fascination with capturing the nobility and infinitely expressive nature of God's ultimate earthly creation, man. Richard has several themes that he continues to visit. One is the rendering of historical carousel horses, aircraft paintings of World Wars I and II, and other subjects with an old-time or historical significance. As well as subjects  that rekindle the memories of 
childhood innocence. Recently one of Richard's carousel horse paintings, 'Steed to Dreamland', won Best of Show at a Newnan-Coweta Art Association exhibition. Richard also occasionally paints subjects to which he gleefully assigns thought provoking titles to guide the viewer into the often secret realms of the image.
Richard is most at home using drawing media such as pastels, charcoal, and graphite, but is equally adept to painting. He explains, in picturesque speech, "Picking up a piece of charcoal or pastel is so immediate and direct. Maybe  even a bit primal, much like the first cave dweller who picked up a piece of burnt wood and scrawled on the cave walls his expression of the world around him."
The "biggest thrill" of Richard's art career came in 1994, when his pastel painting, 'Transformation', was exhibited at the Woodruff Arts 
Center in Atlanta in a show entitled, Interpretations of Angels, that was held in conjunction with a two-part play called "Angels in   America ." 
Stained glass design has been another successful outlet for Richard's creativity. The talented artist did some of the glass work for the Fox Theatre's restoration. Many of his designs grace homes and businesses in the Metro Atlanta area.
Richard has been challenged in recent years by health problems, but still he endeavors to be the best artist he can be. As workshops have become difficult for him, Richard has turned to concentrated study from books and demonstrations.
Richard has been in many shows, both group and one man, and also has won many awards over the years. He recently was featured in FOLIO, a magazine that caters to portrait artists and brokers nationwide.
In addition to this exhibit you can see more of Richard's work as well as other NCAA members by visiting the NCAA website and accessing the Artists Galleries page.
Richard 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. NCAA website:
Gina L. Snider
Public Information Officer/ Assistant to City Manager
o: 770.253.2682 ext. 203
f: 770.254.2353
c: 770.294.1559
P.O. Box 1193 (30263 -1193)
25 LaGrange Street
Newnan, GA 30263
city website:
The City of
Newnan, Georgia

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