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Powder Springs Mayor Al Thurman, left, presents the Volunteer of the YEar Awards to Rev. Roger Vest, left, and Henry Lust, right.


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Henry Lust and Rev. Roger Vest were recently recognized as the City of Powder Springs’ Volunteers of the Year. Lust, and Rev. Vest, received the new “Volunteer of the Year” honor at the city’s annual appreciation event, where the award was introduced for the first time. The awards were presented by Mayor Al Thurman. Rev. Vest is the Chair of the Powder Springs Community Ambassadors. They were instrumental in implementing the Pick it Up Powder Springs events this past year as well as working with Tapp Middle School to create a summer youth program that will roll out this summer. He is pastor of Powder Springs First United Methodist Church and serves on the boards for Sweetwater Mission and the Cobb Community Collaborative. Lust is the Chair of the Powder Springs Business Ambassadors. They were instrumental in implementing a youth workforce development program this past year that included a youth job fair, partnership with CobbWorks, and McEachern High School.

They are currently working with the State of Georgia to implement a new workforce development initiative called the Great Promise Partnership that will target at risk youth and provide job opportunities while they work on graduating from high school. He is a member of the Greater South Cobb Kiwanis Club and owns The Tutoring Center in Powder Springs. “I’m incredibly honored to be recognized as a Volunteer of the Year in Powder Springs,” Lust said of the award. “I would give back to my beloved community without any fanfare, but to be recognized in this way is truly humbling.”

VOTERS TO DECIDE ON EDUCATION SPLOST On March 21 voters will decide the fate of the renewal of the penny Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education for the Cobb and Marietta school systems. A positive SPLOST vote will allow for an expected $797 million in revenue beginning in 2019 spread over five years. SPLOST is a one-cent tax on all consumer goods that must be approved by voters in a referendum. Education SPLOST (Ed-SPLOST) receipts can be used only for school-related capital improvements. “Some 30 percent of the sales tax will be paid by people who live outside Cobb, who come here to shop and dine,” said Susan Thayer, Smyrna area school board member. “Student population growth is going to be in the South Cobb area,” she said. The school system is expecting nearly a 2,000 student increase at Campbell High School and an additional 1,178 in the Mableton and Austell area. Beginning January 1, 2019, SPLOST benefits to the southern Cobb area include funding for: • Construction of new or replacement schools, including Harmony Leland Elementary, King Springs Elementary, and a Smyrna area new middle school to relieve overcrowding at Griffin and Campbell middle schools. • Construction of additional classrooms at Campbell High and Pebblebrook High.

The top academic students from all over Cobb were honored Feb. 27 as the Marietta Metro Kiwanis Club presented 25 STAR Students for 2016 at the annual Student Teacher Award Recognition program’s 50th annual awards banquet. At Cumberland Christian Academy, Paige Collins was named STAR Student and she picked Karen Davis as her STAR Teacher. She is the daughter of Keith and Kim Collins of Austell. She plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in History and English. “I want to be a teacher. Miss Collins selected Ms. Davis, who taught her English, Spanish and American Literature, because, “She is a passionate teacher and has given me so much. She is devoted to her students and knows them well.” She is captain of the Cross Country team, vice president of the student body and member of the Beta Club. William Samuel Adair, a senior at McEachern High School was named STAR Student and selected Beth Amacher as his STAR Teacher. Amacher teaches AP Physics and Adair said “the way she teaches, her love for teaching really shows.” He is the son of Patricia and Coley Adair of Powder Springs. He plans to attend Georgia Tech and major in electrical engineering. Adair plays soccer and is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. Emma Dowdy is the STAR Student at Pebblebrook High School. She selected Jacob Dogias, her drama teacher, as her STAR Teacher. Miss Dowdy is the daughter of Craig and Neeahtima Dowdy of east Cobb. “I want to be on Broadway or on television or in films, she said of her plans to major in musical theatre. She is awaiting offers from several schools before making a decision. At Pebblebrook she has performed in “Twelve Angry Jurors,” and the Home of the Holidays musical review. She selected Dogias as her STAR Teacher because “he has looked out for me since I was a freshman and has helped me grow as an actor. South Cobb High School’s STAR Student is Emily Elizabeth Baker, a senior, who selected Victor Burrell as her STAR Teacher. She is the daughter of Glen Baker and Cindy Patterson of Mableton. She plans to attend Dartmouth and major in psychology. She is a member of the SCHS Book Club and Beta Club and National Honor Society. Burrell is her AP Statistics teacher. “In his class I grew as a person and began to love math.” Whitfield Academy’s STAR Student is Daniel Justice who named Christopher McDonald as his STAR Teacher. He is the son of Kyle and Susan Justice of Lithia Springs. Continued on Page 5

Cumberland Christian Academy STAR Teacher Karen Davis, left, and STAR Student Paige Collins.

McEachern High STAR Student William Samuel Adair, left, and STAR Teacher Beth Amacher.

South Cobb High School STAR Teacher Victor Burrell, left, and STAR Student Emily Elizabeth Baker.

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By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher There once was a boy and girl who met in a college newspaper office. Their first date was to a college publication banquet. They courted; fell in love; and in due time were engaged and then married. Their saga began more than 45 years ago and turned into a happily ever after truelife story. The boy and girl, as readers have probably guessed, were Allan and me and this St. Patrick’s Day we will be celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary. Part of me, I must admit, says don’t give away our age by talking about how long we’ve been married. But our love story is one I’m proud to be a part of and 45 years is a special anniversary. Have we had a perfect life and marriage with no problems or issues? Definitely not! But married life has been wonderful for both of us. We were married almost 10 years before being blessed with children. We have had illness and death of loved ones, fun trips, awards and disappointments, and challenges both good and not so good. Our children and our granddaughters are a center of our life. It is so rewarding to know that each of our children has a happy marriage. Katie and Drew celebrated 10 years in October and Peter and Drew will celebrate 10 years at the end of this month. We have been blessed to come from a line of family with long-lasting marriages. My parents were married just a few months short of 50 years, until their death 3½ weeks apart took them from each other. Allan’s parents were married about 40 years until the death of his father. Our grandparents, most of my cousins, our aunts and uncles had long marriages. My sister and her husband celebrated their 45th anniversary last June. Even after 45 years of marriage, I don’t consider myself an expert on the subject. But I have thought about it through the years. What does it take for a long happy marriage? Each marriage is unique to the couple, but, for us, sharing our love and faith is the foundation. Next is having respect for each other; being friends and enjoying being together but still having enough space for our separate activities. Trusting each other and having good com-

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From the time he first started talking, Miles has admired police officers. The Austell Elementary School third grader often goes up to police officers and tells them how much he looks up to them. So when Miles’s mother, Vania Senat, heard that police officers would be mentoring students at Austell Elementary, she signed him up. The Cobb County Police Athletic League (PAL) recently partnered with Cobb Mentoring Matters(CMM) to mentor students at Austell Elementary and Lindley Sixth Grade Academy. With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Inc. awarded a grant to the Cobb County PAL to launch a pilot-mentoring program inside the Cobb County School District. “When I looked at the requirements for the grant that the Police Athletic League needed, it was a perfect fit for what Cobb Mentoring Matters already does,” said Maryellen Gomes, a CCSD social worker and CMM coordinator. This is not the first time Cobb County police officers have served as mentors inside Cobb schools. On an individual basis, police officers volunteer at schools throughout the district. “This grant allows us to get officers in mass groups into a school so we can get more kids involved in the mentoring program” said Lt. Stan Bell, Cobb County Police Department. As part of the new program, the police officer mentors will meet with their mentees

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Whitefield Academy STAR Teacher Christopher McDonald, left, and STAR Student Daniel Justice.

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Pebblebrook High School STAR Student Emma Dowdy, left, and STAR Teacher Jacob Dogias.

STAR STUDENTS HONORED Continued from Page 1 With a plan to major in computer science, Justice hopes to attend University Pennsylvania or Columbia. At Whitefield he is a member of the marching band and jazz band and is a varsity basketball manager. He earned his Eagle in Boy Scouts. He selected McDonald, his physics

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First pitch at the Braves’ new SunTrust Park is next month, but already the economic benefits are being felt, not only in the Cumberland area, but across southern Cobb County. Some $4 billion in new investment will be realized in the Cumberland area by 2018, with approximately $3 billion going toward enhancements in public infrastructure, according to figures from Malaika Rivers, Cumberland CID Executive Director. Cobb Chamber President David Connell noted that Cobb will soon be home to three professional sports franchises. Preceding the Braves’ relocation to Cobb was the Atlanta Blaze, a professional men’s field lacrosse team based in Kennesaw, while Arthur Blank’s Atlanta United Football Club is building its headquarters and training complex on a 33-acre site on Franklin Gateway in Marietta; the soccer team will begin play this spring and eventually play its home games at the Atlanta Falcons’ new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Six Flags and White Water expect an attendance boost from Braves fans. “We are interested in working with the Braves; we expect to see a lot more attendance at both parks,” said Six Flags President Dale Kaetzel. “The combination will make people want to stay an extra night, and usually they stay closer to the theme park so they can get in early.” “District 4 (southwest Cobb represented by Commissioner Lisa Cupid) has been leading the county in permits for the last six months,” said Cobb Commission Chair Mike Boyce. “There’s a lot happening there – new homes, new business. South Cobb is in a great position because there’s a

great infrastructure already in place.” Other parts of southern Cobb are working to get their piece of the pie. “We hope to market the area as a pit stop for travelers to the Braves’ games,” said Stephanie Aylworth, economic development coordinator for Powder Springs. Powder Springs is looking at future downtown plans and funding. Mayor Al Thurman said he favors building upscale apartments in downtown to draw more businesses. Austell is looking toward housing for new residents and working to improve its downtown. “The Braves will be bringing in service sector workers,” said Darrell Weaver of the city’s Community Development Department. “Austell is looking to provide housing for the workforce as part of our residential growth because land costs are lower.” “We want to re-activate our downtown,” he said. Using data from Georgia Power economic development, the city realized that it was losing millions of dollars in a 15 mile radius from Austell residents. The city worked to reactivate the Austell business Association. Austell has purchased several holdings in the downtown area, renovating them and marketing them to new business. Two of the newest businesses are in city-owned buildings. Oz Antique Market opened the end of last year, and South Cobb Diner, a second location for West Cobb diner, is expected to open in the next couple of months.

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8: DIVAS CONCERT: April 8 marks the third Biennial Divas With A Cause benefit concert, which will be held at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta, benefiting the following Charities: LifeLink of Georgia, Kidney Foundation, Ian’s Friends Foundation, Fisher Center Foundation, Habitat For Humanity, Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, ASY Cares, Autism Fund Tickets on sale at ••• 8: OUTDOOR SALE. Outdoor sale of arts and crafts at DeJaVous, 2785 Jefferson Street, Austell, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Set up in back parking lot. Call 770-944-3033to reserve space. April 8 ••• 27: BUSINESS EXPO Spring Smyrna Business Expo Trade Show from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. This is Smyrna Business Assn Business Trade Show. Local restaurant and Catering Food, Networking, and Door Prizes.

MARCH 11 & 18: RIVERLINE EVENT. Shoupade Park & The Unfinished Silver Comet Trail 4770 Oakdale Road, Smyrna a free event! www.riverline. org Saturday, March 11 & 18, 11 a.m. to 3. Explore Cobb County’s Civil War Shoupade Park with historian Michael Shaffer and the adjacent unfinished Silver Comet Rail Trail, while learning about the River Line Historic Area’s 6-mile Master Plan embracing historic and natural resources along the Chattahoochee River uniting Vinings, Smyrna and Mableton as a place of distinction. The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies Event, March 4 – 26, ••• 16: AUSTELL Business Association meets at 8 a.m. at the Threadmill on March 16. ••• 21: VOTING for the county-wide SPLOST vote for education is March 21. ••• 21: VININGS BUSINESS EXPO. Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings. March 21. Exhibit Hours 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. FREE Public Admission. Exhibit Tables Available. Contact: glenn@ ••• 25: SHREDDING EVENT: a Free Shredding for Household Documents on March 25, 9 a.m.noon at the Aline Wolfe Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna. Shredding will be done on site and the paper will be recycled. Papers must be dry. We can accept up to 5 file-size boxes (9” x 12”. x 24”) per car. Free of charge due to a partnership with Calandra Financial Group. No commercial trucks or commercial materials will be accepted .For residential paper only. Electronics, cardboard, binders, or plastic will not be accepted. Call Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863 for more information ••• 25: KING SPRINGS PARTY. King Springs Elementary is turning 60 years old this year, and you are cordially invited to the big bash! This adults only party and annual fundraiser is March 25. Join us at Wyndham Galleria Atlanta for a night of serious finger foods, live music, dancing and a live auction. Tickets for the party are now on sale and can be purchased from the King Springs Elementary Foundation website www. ••• 28: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB: Want to learn about the newest varieties of daylilies? Come hear Bill Waldrop, owner of Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Farm, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library. In addition to showing new varieties, Mr. Waldrop will share information on the culture and care of daylilies, giving his tips for successful daylily gardening. Jonquil Garden Club meets at Smyrna Library at 10:30 a.m. the 4th Tuesday of each month to explore gardening topics, conservation efforts, and community and school projects. Named a Club of Excellence in 2016 by GCGA, Jonquil Garden Club is open to all who are interested in gardening topics. For more information about programs and projects, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or visit our website at ••• 29: REGISTRATION. Cobb Kindergarten Registration March 29 APRIL 3: SPRING BREAK. Cobb Schools Spring Break April 3-7 ••• 4: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. . Program Jeremy Strife, The Battery Atlanta complex. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch Overlook III Building Lobby Level Conference Room 2859 Paces Ferry Road.. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 678-725-0099 ••• 5: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION with speaker Panel on Health Care Options 2017. On April 5. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• 6: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6 with Business Speaker, For reservations: •••

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MAY 13: MABLETON DAY, Mable House Amphitheater. WEEKLY EVENTS AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym. ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Troop 11 meets at Smyrna First United Methodist Church every Tuesday evening 7:30- 9 p.m. Contact us at 770883-1123. Website: ••• FREE TAIJI CLASS for all Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. South Cobb Regional Library: 805 Clay Road, Mableton and on the second Tuesday of each month at The Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. ••• THE LORD’S STOREHOUSE sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. We also accept donated items in gently used and clean condition. 775 Hurt Road, SW, Smyrna Ga. and are opene Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For Info call Ms. Turner 678-437-5685 or email: ••• JONQUIL CITY KIWANIS SMYRNA: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna. ••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. South Cobb Regional Library, Mableton 678-799-4425. MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivy Road, Mableton meets every third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Bingo--Mon, Tues, Friday 8 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m. ••• AUSTELL CITY COUNCIL meets the first Monday of each month for its regular meeting. ••• AUSTELL CIVITAN CLUB is a non-profit organization serving the community and with a charter to support people with disabilities. Our monthly meetings are the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. located (Treadmill Building) 5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road, Suite 105, Austell. For more info visit www.austellcivitan. com or contact ••• COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION meets the second

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Thursday of each month. The monthly luncheon is held at the First Methodist Church in Marietta at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www. ••• COBB COUNTY MOCHA MOMS offers local support to mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture of over 70 working and stay at home mommies. We offer an array of opportunities to connect with other moms through Mom’s Night Out, Sister Circles to that allow us to discuss issues affecting us on our motherhood journey, single moms support, couples’ nights, family community service projects and more. Visit or email ••• FOOD AND CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION. St. Luke United Methodist Church, 5115 Brookwood Drive, Mableton, distributes non-perishable food items and clothing ONLY, every 3rd Tuesday, of each month from 10 a.m. to 1. •••


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HOBO SUPPER Second Thursday of each month, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Community invited---Clarkdale UMC Austell—Powder Springs Road, Clarkdale, Georgia. For $6 you get a Drink, Beans (3 kinds), Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, Onions, Pickles, Beets and a large variety of homemade desserts to choose from. Community invited. ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER SOUTH COBB meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at O’Charley’s 4130 Austell Rd, Austell GA 30106. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB. Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market. For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at Next meeting is April 6. ••• LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Cobb County will host their Evening Social & Chapter Meeting, Event held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings Held at Fire Station #1112 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865. ••• MOMS CLUB of Smyrna West: For stay-athome or part-time working moms, we have added to the elementary school districts served in the Smyrna area: in 30080 and 30082 zip codes and any of the four following school districts: Smyrna Elementary, Norton Park, King Springs, and Nickajack. We offer morning and afternoon weekly play groups and activities. For questions about our club or are interested in becoming a member, please contact us directly at ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. For more info, visit www.smyrnafirstmops. com. MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Night Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact or visit ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday in the class room at Hobby Lobby, 1355 East-West Connector, Austell. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Phyllis Whittingham at pwhittingham@ •••

Page 7, March 2017 SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the 4th Thursday of each month (except for Nov, Dec, & Jan) in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. We begin gathering at 6 p.m. for socialization and dinner followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or ••• SOUTH COBB HOMESCHOOLERS. Are you a homeschool parent in need of support? The South Cobb Homeschool Support group meets monthly at the South Cobb Regional Library at 805 Clay Road, Mableton. Email us at or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings 6:30 p.m. of each month at the South Cobb Community Center 620 Lions Club Drive, SW Mableton. Contact: South Cobb Lions Club: Phone 470-554-2128 on Facebook South Cobb Lions Club or email SUPPORT GROUPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLIC and Dysfunctional Families meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridgeview Institute in the Professional Building North, 3995 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna. ••• ALATEEN and Al-Anon Family Groups meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Institute in the Day Hospital. 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna ••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Rd, Smyrna 1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required. ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 7 p.m. ••• SMYRNA PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through November at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church St., Smyrna, GA Phone: 678-631-5541. The facilitator is Carl Proctor Email: Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson’s Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. ••• RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more information. ••• REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church located at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behavior. Call Mark Baker at 404-354-8911 for more information or see ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for APRIL issue is MARCH 23 with publication the week of APRIL 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to Find updated calendar items on our website at

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Kalysia Negron of Mableton was among the winners selected in the 26nd annual Little-Teen Miss Cobb County Pageant at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Marietta, Feb. 11. Miss Negron, age 10, was named Cobb County’s Talented PreTeen (8-12 years). She is the daughter of Herb and Elinor Negron of Mableton. She is a fifth grader at Nickajack Elementary School. She had the audience and judges tapping their toes as she presented a highly entertaining tap dance to “Betty Boop.” She is a top dance student at The Dance Factory in Austell under the direction of Debbie Wells. Miss Negron previously held the spotlight as winner of the Little Miss Cobb County 2015 title. For additional information on the annual pageant and the Miss Cobb County Scholarship Pageant, a preliminary to Miss Georgia and Miss America, contact Gene Phillips, 770-435-6378. Staged to a Valentine theme, excitement filled the air as winners were named for six beauty and two talent titles. All winners will be public relations representatives and ride in area parades including the Marietta July 4th parade and the Kennesaw Big Shanty parade in April. They will be special guests at the Miss Cobb County Scholarship Pageant in August and the talent winners will be featured in the production. Emcees for the day-long pageant included Copelyn Jue, Miss North Georgia State Fair 2016, and Emily Cook Ward, Miss Cobb County and Miss Georgia 2009.

LORD’S STOREHOUSE OF SHAW TEMPLE AME FILLS A NEED The Lord’s Storehouse sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. The Storehouse also accepts donated items in gently used and clean condition. It islocated at 775 Hurt Road, SW, Smyrna, and is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For Info call Ms. Turner 678-437-5685 or email:

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Notes On The News HUNGRY? NEW RESTAURANTS OPEN OR OPENING SOON By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher If you are hungry, there a plenty of new restaurants open and opening soon in the Cumberland area. Two recently opened in the Cumberland area; Chuy’s Akers Mill, and Bonefish Grill. Both are on Cobb Parkway in the Akers Mill Square. Chuy’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant employs some 173 people and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Bonefish Grill offers fish and steak in a causal atmosphere and is the fourth location in the Atlanta area. The restaurants seats 250 and has a private dining room. It offers dinner nightly and lunch Monday through Saturday with a Sunday brunch. At The Battery Atlanta, the list of dining and shopping options continues to grow. The Atlanta Braves announced the addition of popular high-end sports bar Yard House and five additional specialty food and retail concepts. The new Yard House at The Battery Atlanta will span more than 12,000 square feet with a guest capacity of 829 including outdoor seating. The center-island bar will offer 130 taps of beer including several local and regional brews. Joining Yard House in this next wave of restaurant openings is Chef Hugh Acheson’s First & Third Hot Dog and Sausage Shack which is accessible from inside SunTrust Park and from The Battery Atlanta. Acheson has curated a menu of high-quality sausages and hot dogs, most from local butcher Patak Meats in Austell, just 12 miles away from SunTrust Park. The previously announced steakhouse by award-winning chef Linton Hopkins has been given the name, C. Ellet’s, after his great-grandfather. The 6,500 square foot restaurant will draw inspiration from New Orleans. Fried Chicken & Such, by Chef Marc Taft, is slated for a May opening. Taft is known in the Atlanta area for his popular Chicken and the Egg restaurant in Marietta. Opening this summer, BURN by Rocky Patel is an evolution in cigar lounges. Featuring a design that draws on an exotic mix

of Mediterranean, Asian, and Cuban cultures, BURN is a sanctuary for those who enjoy fine cigars and premium spirits. Beginning in May, Haagen-Dazs will bring their ice cream treats to The Battery Atlanta. Riverview Landing Update In a long-awaited launch of development on Smyrna’s riverfront, Atlanta-based Ardent Companies, LLC has filed an application to revise the Riverview Landing project. Ardent seeks to rezone the 82 acre tract from the approved Conditional MU to its own zoning plan. Jamestown Properties annexed the land into the city, but the project was sold to Ardent in November 2016. The new plans call for 65 single-family homes, 233 attached townhomes and 301 multi-family apartment homes. This is a downsizing of the original application. Smyrna’s Planning and Zoning Board approved the change Feb. 13 and the Council will consider the matter at the March 20 meeting. Six Flags Celebrate 50th As it opens its season this month, Six Flags Over Georgia will be celebrating its 50th year of operation. When the park opened June 16, 1967, all the rides and shows were inside the loop of the Six Flags Railroad that runs 1.25 miles through the park. Just over a million visitors paid the $3.95 admission the first season. Today attendance is higher (the park doesn’t release figures) and the price tag has increased to $66.99 for a one day ticket. The season gas been extended with fall’s Fright Fest and winter’s Holiday in the Park. According to figures from Cobb Travel and Tourism, Park President Dale Kaetzel noted that the economic impact of the park increased 32 percent last year and is up 55 percent over the past three years. The park has expanded beyond the railroad circle, adding a separate water park, Hurricane Harbor, and will unveil its new 4-D action adventure attraction “Justice League, Battle for Metropolis” with gaming effects when it opens March 11. Got an item for the news? Send to news@ an item for the news? Send to

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SENIOR CENTER NEWS Freeman Poole Senior Center Here’s what is happening at the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Treat Yourself Tuesday -- Tuesday, March 14: Longhorn Steakhouse (1355 E-W Connector). 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate checks; Registration required. Meet at restaurant. St. Patrick’s Luck o’ the Irish Green Party -- Thursday, March 16, 12 – 2 p.m. $12 /$14 Non-resident. Join us for a whale of a time as Kathleen Donohoe, Irish singer and dancer, performs live. Come dressed in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You will enjoy a delicious meal, too. To keep the green going, please bring in any non-perishable food items such as canned green beans, canned green peas, green pasta etc., which will benefit Must Ministries. Don’t miss out on the fun! Fundraiser with proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Maintain Brain Health -- Tuesday, March 21, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Feed your brain. Already watching your weight and sticking to a heart-healthy diet that is low in bad fats and cholesterol? Stay physically active and healthy as overall physical health is closely linked to brain health, making a healthy body key to a healthy brain. Stay mentally active and stay socially engaged. Presented by Bridget Kurt of Homestead Hospice. AARP Smart Driver -- Wednesday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $15 AARP members; $20 Non-members. Bring a lunch. Check with your insurance agent about a possible discount for taking this class. Bingo Bash -- Monday, March 27, 1– 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser with proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Lunch and Learn -- Georgia Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery, Wednesday, March 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free; Registration required. Stay informed and don’t procrastinate. A complimentary lunch will be provided by Georgia Memorial and their representatives will answer any questions you might have on planning for funeral arrangements, cremations, etc. Limited seating. Field of Woods/ Harrah’s Cherokee Valley -- Thursday, April 27, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come see The Fields of the Wood, which is a Biblically-based themed park. The park is located in the Cherokee mountains of North Carolina and covers a total area of 220 beautiful acres; so wear comfortable shoes. Then we will head to Harrah Cherokee Valley River, a $20 game credit is included in the

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SPRING CHICKEN RUN TO RACE AGAINST HUNGER Put on your running or walking shoes and join the 15th Annual Spring Chicken Run—A Race Against Hunger on Saturday, March 25. The course is out and back starting in Historic Downtown Powder Springs behind City Hall, 4484 Marietta St. This family friendly event offers something for everyone including a 5K Run/ Walk, 1 Mile Run/Walk, and Tot Trot. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Races begin at 8 a.m. The 5K is an official certified Peachtree qualifier course and is overseen by Elite Racing Timing. The course is a great opportunity for a personal best run. The City trail rambling through picturesque wooded areas along the western bank of Lucille Creek. The race will be rain or shine. Register on-line or print the application at Registration for the 5K on race day is $35. Sweetwater Mission offers services to low-income residents of Cobb and Douglas. Preventing Hunger and Homelessness has been our Mission since 1968. We help stabilize families by providing basic needs and transform lives through education and employment opportunities. For more information, go to www. or contact

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March 2017 South Cobb Bright Side  

The Bright Side is a monthly newspaper reaching 40,000 upscale homes in Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Austell and the City of Powder Springs wi...

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