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Students met their new principals at four schools in South Cobb as the 20172018 school year began July 31. The new principals include; • Dr. Dana Giles at Lindley Middle School in Mableton. • Dr. Timeka Cline at Bryant Elementary School, • Angela Whitehead at Harmony Leland Elementary in Mableton. • Laura Fielder at Sanders Elementary in Austell. Dr. Giles come to Lindley from Dodgen Middle School where she was assistant principal. She has also served as an assistant principal at Floyd Middle and South Cobb High Schools. She has taught at McEachern High School and a private school in Atlanta. Despite being separated by more than a mile, Giles sees Lindley Middle and the Sixth Grade Academy working together. “We are focused on collaborating with the Sixth Grade Academy. We are one school in two locations,” she said. “We are focusing on data sharing and innovative strategies.” Angela Whitehead has been an educator for 21 years and with the Cobb School System since 20002. She began her career as a special education teacher at Acworth Elementary School and then moved to a fourth grade classroom. She has served several schools in the county as an Area Lead Teacher. She served as an Assistant Principal at Hayes Elementary, Argyle Elementary and Pine Mountain Middle School. “I am thrilled to bring my experience and passion for excellence in education to Harmony Leland. Together we will continue to provide quality education and meaningful experiences to ensure every student reaches their maximum potential. I look forward to working with you and your family this school year.” She said. Laura Fiedler takes over at Sand-

ers Elementary after 18 years in the Cobb School System. She spent nine years in the classroom teaching first, second and fourth graders. She served as Academic Coach at Dowell Elementary as well as an EIP teacher at Baker Elementary. For the past five years she was assistant principal at Still Elementary and Kemp Elementary. She holds degrees from Kennesaw State and Georgia State. She and her husband, Lloyd, live in Kennesaw with their 19-month old daughter Abby. “We are both very excited for this opportunity and new chapter for our family,” she said. “I look forward to meeting everyone. I am excited and anxious to make a difference and have a positive impact on your

school.” Dr. Timeka Cline, new principal at Bryant Elementary School, has been with Cobb Schools since 2002. She has taught seventh and eighth grades and a self-contained EBD class. She has served as a special education Lead Teacher and Area Lead Teacher. She has spent eight years as a school administrator, four year in elementary and four in Middle school. “As a recent resident of Mableton, I am so proud to serve a school in my community,” she said. “I am thrilled to bring my passion and skills as an education leader to Bryant. Together we will continue to provide the highest quality of education possible in a safe, supportive learning environment.”

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NICOLE KEMPSON NAMED MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER OF YEAR Nicole Kempson, a science teacher at Lindley Sixth Grade Academy, was named Middle School Level Teacher of the Year. CCSD Superintendent Chris Ragsdale surprised the Kempson and two other TOTY level winners at their schools in front of their colleagues on July 25. “This is probably one of the best times the entire year when we are able to come out and surprise the Level Teachers of the Year,” Superintendent Ragsdale said. The Middle School Level Teacher of the Year, Nicole Kempson, wants to prepare her students for future careers, and she uses her passion for technology to do just that. Kempson teaches science at Lindley Sixth Grade Academy. “I’m going to do my best to keep doing what I’m doing and making sure my students have everything they need [in order] to know that where they are is not where they are going to end up,” she explained. When Superintendent Ragsdale named Continued on Page5

Nicole Kempson, Middle School Teacher of the Year, is congratulated by Lindley Sixth Grade Academy Principal Denise McGee, left, and Superintentendent Chris Ragsdale.


To celebrate its 50th anniversary, WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell is getting a facelift and renovations inside and out. Cobb Hospital President Amy Carrier told the South Cobb Business Association recently that construction will begin this month on a new façade The project will cost some $18 million. Cobb Hospital turned 50 in June of this year. “We are updating the look and feel of the building,” Carrier said. “We are going to be redoing the exterior of the hospital and modernizing it. It gives us an opportunity, coming up on our 50th anniversary.” She noted that 50-year-old buildings need a certain amount of work. “We are going to bring it up to a modern look and feel and tie it into the look and feel of the Vinings Health Park,” she said. “It is an extension of our campus. They will look and feel the same on the color palette.” The Vinings Health Park, a $68 million 162,000-square-foot facility is being constructed on more than 25 acres at 4441

Architect’s rendering of new facade at WellStar Cobb Hospital. Atlanta Road, west of Interstate 285 near the July. Construction is expected to begin with East-West Connector. It is expected to open the rooftops this month. in September. Inside, a new outpatient neuro clinic At the Austell hospital, project planning is open. “We have new imaging equipment is underway, a mock section has been pre- and we are constantly upgrading our equippared and the final palette will be selected in Continued on Page 5

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Once upon a time, many years ago, Allan and I were 20 somethings, Atlanta natives, and married for just a few years. It was at this stage of our lives that we found ourselves moving to the bottom of Georgia, right at the Florida line and buying our first newspaper. Georgia State University graduates, we had journalism experience – Allan with small dailies and me with a magazine. But we were totally new to business ownership and to living in a very small town. And the first thing one of our new staff people said to us – I think even before hello – was “my you’re young.” And we were young, lacking in business savvy, and naïve about living in a place where everyone knew your business even before you knew it yourself. Camden County had 11,000 people in the whole county and we had to learn to adjust to a different pace. We were among a group of other young newspaper publishers who were buying newspapers in middle and South Georgia. The prevailing wisdom once had been that a journalist worked at a big daily newspaper and then retired to ownership of a small weekly. But for some of us, we went almost directly to newspaper ownership. All of this comes to mind as our church recently called a new senior minister who is just 37. He has already pastored other churches and returns to his hometown to lead our large Presbyterian Church. We are all very excited about his coming. But thinking of his age brought back the memories of our early journey in Camden County. His age is certainly not an issue; his experience and talent and spiritual gifts are much more important. Back when we bought that first newspaper, we didn’t have as many generations working together as we do now. We had The Greatest Generation, also called the Silent Generation – our parents – and the G.I. Generation, a term I wasn’t familiar with – our grandparents, and my generation, the Baby Boomers. We were the youngsters, the generation just starting out. Many of us were the first in our families to

graduate from college and the first women to break many traditionally male barriers. Now, in 2017, we have many generations working side by side. The Greatest Generation (many have retired but some remarkable members are still active in their businesses), Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials or Generation Y. The newest generation, Z, is just graduating high school and will soon be entering the work force full time. Once upon a time, we were the youngsters, defying the trend and buying our own businesses, delaying having children, and embracing home ownership. Now we are an older generation and, while many of our classmates have retired, some of us have rejected the concept of retirement. We are grandparents who say to our doctors, lawyers, teachers, and ministers, “my how young you are.” But we say it with respect, proud of the accomplishments of the younger generations.

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3 PEBBLEBROOK STUDENTS WIN ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER THEATRICAL SCHOLARSHIPS Three Pebblebrook students are among some 20 national recipients of Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative Training Scholarships by the American Theatre Wing. Sophomore Julia Schick and juniors Eugene Bois and Sydney Lopes study at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School (CCCEPA). “Each person on this list is a shining example of why this kind of investment is so vital to the continuation of the art form,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber. Public middle and high school students who demonstrated talent and ability in the theater arts, but lack resources to receive high-level training prior to college, were eligible to apply for the Training Scholarships. The CCCEPA scholarship winners used their scholarships to participate in different summer training programs. Bois used his scholarship to attend the International Summer Dance Program at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Lopes’

scholarship went toward the five-week Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Schick sharpened her theatre skills during the fiveweek Panorama Program at The Performing Arts Project at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Eugene, Sydney, and Julia are exemplary representatives of the performing arts magnet program and the Cobb County Schools,” said Frank Timmerman, CCCEPA director of performing arts. “They display a disciplined work ethic in their study of the arts at Pebblebrook and are most deserving of this recognition. All of their teachers were thrilled to learn that they’d been selected to receive the ALW Scholarship. It’s a real source of pride for our school, and another validation of the quality of the arts education our students are lucky to receive here in Cobb.” As Andrew Lloyd Webber scholarship winners, the CCCEPA students continue their school’s tradition of producing star performers. A dozen CCCEPA graduates are currently performing in shows on Broadway and around the world.

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Thirteen students in the Bright Changes Clubhouse program of the Cobb and Douglas Counties Community Services Boards (CDCSB) graduated into transitional care in July. The program provides mental health care for students in area schools with school-based, afterschool, and summer services. The graduation and family event program for the students and their families included a keynote address by Captain Donnie L. Cochran, U.S. Navy (Retired). Capt. Cochran served two tours with the Blue Angels as both a team member and later as Flight Commander. “Students come to the Bright Changes Clubhouse program through self-referral as well as through referrals from the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Students are also referred by Cobb and Douglas school officials and the Department of Family and Children Services and area group homes,” said Keith Parker, Program Manager. They work with a therapist and a case manager at the Bright Changes Clubhouse in Lithia Springs as part of the program. “Our Bright Changes Mental Health Clubhouse is a community-based program, addressing the social and emotional needs of school aged children and youth. Our goal is to support and encourage youth to explore new and exciting opportunities, by

promoting an array of experiences and providing a safe environment during the after school hours and summer,” said Emily Lawery, Child and Adolescent Therapist/ Coordinator for the CDCSB. ” Club Members receive case management, therapy, age-appropriate life skills, training, academic support and exposure to different careers and hobbies through field trips and speakers. The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards provide mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services to more than 11,000 residents of Cobb, Douglas and Cherokee Counties annually. The Access Center links the residents of Cobb and Douglas Counties to Behavioral Health Care services. Call 770-422-0202 for the Access Center. “The goal of the Cobb and Douglas CSB is to promote Recovery through respectful, evidence-based treatment offered with compassion for individuals and their families,” said Interim CEO Bryan Stephens.

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AUGUST 12: VININGS FREE CONCERTS. Vinings Jubilee’s Second Annual Summer Concert Series: Concerts on Tower Stage from 4 to 7 p.m. are free and family-friendly and a great way to enjoy one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods this summer. Rock N’ Roll in Aug. – Saturday, Aug. 12 featuring The Sidemen. ••• 13: TASTE OF SHILOH. Celebrate the summer at the 2017 Taste of Shiloh FUN DAY Fundraiser, Sunday, Aug. 13. Have a great time and help raise funds for Shiloh SDA Church’s annual TOSF health fair outreach, with a portion of proceeds going toward the church’s Restoration 30 church building renovation fund. Admission is FREE, with tickets available for food, games, arts and crats, and a variety of fun activities. Tickets available onsite only, with chances to win some great prizes. Free gift for the first 25 guests. Sponsorship exposure is also available on our website, and via email and social media. For FUN DAY details, including sponsorship, call 470-377-3777, visit, or email ••• 14 – Sept. 20: ART EXHIBITION. 30th National Juried Exhibition at the Mable House Arts Center Aug. 14 – Sept. 20. Opening Reception – Aug. 19, 5 – 7 p.m. The South Cobb Arts Alliance celebrates its 30th National Juried Exhibition with a selection of 65 works from 51 artists from across the nation. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 10am to 5pm, and whenever the Mable House Arts Center is open. ••• 16: SCBA AFTERHOURS. South Cobb Business Association at The Event Station, Powder Springs, Aug. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ••• 17: SBA ALIVE AFTER FIVE. Smyrna Business Association after hours at Vision Rehabilitation Services, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at 3830 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna. ••• 17: VBA AFTERHOURS. Vinings Business After Hours at Wild Birds Unlimited, From 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 2980 Cobb Parkway (Across from Akers Mill Square.) ••• 19: CANDLELITE CONCERT. 8 p.m. to 10 at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Mark your calendars now for some great music under the stars, Aug. 19 “SOULHOUND”, and Sept. 16 “RED HEAD DIAMOND. www.southcobbarts. org. ••• 24: BAND COMPETION. Amp Up Cobb Youth Band Competition will hold a community information meeting on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center. Know any 10 to 18 year olds in garage style bands? Want to be part of this new October youth band competition event? Then be sure to attend this important meeting and learn more about this new event. Amp Up Cobb is a presentation of SCAA and Cobb P.A.R.K.S. Questions? Email SEPTEMBER 2-4: ART IN THE PARK. The City of Marietta is pleased to play host to the 31st Annual Art in the Park during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-4. On the Square in Marietta. ••• 5: VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch Sept. 7 at Hotel Indigo, 2857 Paces Ferry Road. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 678725-0099.. ••• 6: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• 7: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Public Safety Roundtable with Fire Chief Roy Acree and Police Chief David Lee. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, For reservations: ••• 9: HEROS GALA. 2017 Smyrna Heroes GalaSept. 9. Remington Hall at Adventure Outdoors,



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Page 7, August 2017 Dec, & Jan) in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. Our meetings include a presentation on a topic of interest regarding the 1861-1864 era. We begin gathering at 6 p.m. for socialization and dinner followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. We are a hereditary memorial organization and welcome all visitors. 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. If interested in attending 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 now 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 SEPTEMBER issue is AUGUST 23 with publication the week of SEPTEMBER 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 www.

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The Austell Business Association honored two members who are retiring after years of business in the city. Faye Vines has operated Faye’s Closet, a women’s clothing boutique in the downtown area for eight years after five years in Smyrna. Margaret Lamar Miller, a massage therapist, has operated Sweetwater Wellness Center for 26 years. The organization presented them with a potted rose. From left are Malcom Lewis, Mrs. Miller, Marla Miller and Ms. Vines.

ARTS ALLIANCE SETS JURIED ART SHOW The South Cobb Arts Alliance presents the 30th National Juried Exhibition opening this month at the Mable House Arts Center. The exhibition will be running from Aug. 14 – Sept. 20 with a special Opening Reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 5 - 7 p.m. The show includes a selection of 65 works, representing 51 artists, from across the nation. The show and reception are open to the public, and are free of charge. The Exhibition will be held at the South Cobb Arts Alliance Gallery in the Mable House Arts Center at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. “Our objective with these exhibitions is

to engage and inspire the community with a unique opportunity to see and participate in a national exhibition of the visual arts, and we are extremely excited about this year’s show.” said San Miller, SCAA President. “We’ve more than doubled our entries over last year, and we have an amazing array of art from all across the country to display, so we would really love to see the community come out to support this exciting event!” To learn more about the National Juried Exhibition and other upcoming events, visit the SCAA’s website at www.southcobbarts. org, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE AND PANEL DISCUSSION Want to know an artist’s view about the SCAA 30th National Juried Exhibition? Come to a community event Monday, August 21 – 7 – 9 p.m. in the background of the 30th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Mable House Arts Center. Learn from a panel discussion for Artists and all those in the community who want to know about art. Meet your local artists with a gallery of art as their discussion. Panelist are Maria Sarmiento, NJE 2016 judge; Nikki Davidson (Oil artwork), Kelley Krohnert (Photography), Dan Garcia

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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. Reverse Mortgage -- Wednesday, Aug. 9, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Free; Registration required. Have you been thinking about reversing your mortgage? If so, come learn what a reverse mortgage consists of, the benefits and features of a reverse mortgage, what properties are eligible, and the FHA/HUD requirement. Presented by Herb Hunter, reverse mortgage specialist with TJC Mortgage. Re-imagining Your Dreams -- Tuesday, Aug. 15, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Free; Registration required. If you could re-imagine your dreams, what would they be at this time in your life? Would they be different than when you were in your 20’s or 40’s? Suggestions will be offered on how to re-imagine your dreams and how to find ways to live purposefully, creatively, and in connection with others. Presented by Moira Keller, Sixty Plus Services at Piedmont Healthcare. Medicare Benefits -- Wednesday, Aug. 16, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Medicare beneficiaries (and future ones) register to learn more about Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug plans and other Medicare programs. Presented by Curtis Turner, president of Executive Ideas, Inc. AARP Smart Driver -- Wednesday, Aug. 23, 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, Aug. 28, 1 – 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser event with all proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Pain Management – Alternative Health and Exercise -- Tuesday, Aug. 29, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Nearly any part of your body is vulnerable to pain. Acute pain warns that something may be wrong. Chronic pain can rob you of your daily life, making it difficult and even unbearable. Many people with chronic pain can be helped by understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatments for pain, and how to cope with the frustrations. There are alternatives, including exercise to help manage pain. Presented by Bridget Kurt, Homestead Hospice. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway -- Friday, Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Join us for a scenic trip through the North Georgia mountains and along the beautiful Toccoa River.

The relaxing ride starts at the historic depot, built in 1905 in downtown Blue Ridge, then stops for a two hour layover in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Ga. and Copperhill, Tennessee. There are restaurants and shops to explore. Lunch will be on your own during our layover. On our way back, we will stop by Mercier Orchards for some delicious apples and pies. $82 Senior Council member; $87 Non-member. Payment due at time of registration. Deadline: Aug. 18. Price includes motor coach transportation, tickets, taxes and tips. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. Activity Level 2. Wii Bowling -- Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free; Join in the fun for Wii bowling. Meet new friends and socialize while having fun. Shanghai Rummy --Every Tuesday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free; Have fun meeting new friends and playing cards. Canasta -- Every Wednesday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free; Get your friends together for a fun afternoon of playing cards and meeting new friends. Wolfe Center Activities The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool, 884 Church St., Smyrna, is open to anyone 55 years of age and older. There are daily group fitness classes. Classes offered include: cardio fusion, gentle yoga, low impact aerobics, senior pilates, sculpt and tone, senior stretch, men’s yoga, intermediate yoga, sculpt yoga, Tai Chi and 30/15/15. The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center also offers the following aquatic exercise classes: aqua tone and stretch, advanced water aerobics, low impact water aerobics, hip, knee and back class, ai chi, boot camp water aerobics and aqua zumba. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. We are open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. In addition to our exercise schedule we offer several, fun and unique activities for our members, including Pickleball -- every Monday at Community Center Canasta -- Aug. 9 Phase 10 -- Aug. 10 Mexican Train Dominos -- Aug. 15 Theater on the Go -- Aug. 16 National Weather Service Forecast Office Tour -- Aug. 17 Handmade Fun -- Aug. 17 Cumming Playhouse -- Aug. 19 Bunco -- Aug. 21

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Jason Hammond is the winner of the 5th annual ‘Wheels to Prosper’ car giveaway sponsored by Rickey Jordan’s Auto Repair in Austell. Nominated by his wife, Keva, he operates a catering business, DFG Enterprises, LLC of Powder Springs. Here they receive their 2004 Chevy Trailblazer donated by Rickey Jordan. In her letter of nomination, Keva Hammond said that her husband is the father to four children in a blended family. After job troubles and his wife’s fight against breast cancer, she said, “Jason took on the role of super dad being a caretaker to me and the children.” After losing his job in accounting, he started the catering business in 2015 and was surprised at the event July 29 while providing the food. The new car will replace a 17-year-old Nissan Pathfinder that they had brought to Ricky Jordan’s for repair. “Jason gives to so many and he gives freely from his heart,” she said.


Amp Up Cobb Youth Band Competition will hold a community information meeting on August 24 at 7 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center. Know any 10 to 18 year olds in garage style bands? Want to be part of this new

October youth band competition event? Then be sure to attend this important meeting and learn more about this new event. Amp Up Cobb is a presentation of SCAA and Cobb P.A.R.K.S. Questions? Email ampupcobb@gmail. com.

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The Bright Side

South Cobb

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Smyrna/Vinings - South Cobb 770-426-9388

Reach 40,000 homes of new customers within 5-10 miles of

s s e n i s u B r u o Y COVERAGE AREA

Combination Ad Rates 1/2 Page ad $950 $900 in Combination 2.25¢ per household 1/4 Page Ad

$450 in Combination $468

1.125¢ per household

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Kennesaw I-75


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Powder Springs Smyrna

Each edition of The Bright Side: • Reaches some 40,000 upscale, single-family homes in your market area. • Reaches homes within 5-7 miles – a 10 minute driving time or less. • Is direct mailed to homes – not thrown on the driveway or left at the convenience store. • Is also distributed at select advertiser locations, Smyrna Library, Brawner Hall, Vinings Welcome Center, Cumberland Mall, The Threadmill, Powder Springs City Hall. • Is read. People read it from cover to cover and use the Calendar page in the center to plan activities throughout a full 30 days or more. • Commit to advertising three times in a row and we’ll write a story about you and your business.

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Mableton Mableton

What people say about The Bright Side: “Every issue that comes out, the weekend after, we see at least a dozen new faces. They all say that they saw it in The Bright Side.” -- J.D. Smith Neighbors Feed and Seed, Smyrna “I am very happy with the Bright Side. It provides new business for me and is one of the top three ads I use. I highly recommend it. -- Greg Snyder, Little Bear Tree Service

4 Smyrna & Vinings 30080, 30082, 30339 and Vinings Estates 4 South Cobb 30082, 30126, 30106, 30127, 30168 Greater Smyrna, Mableton, Austell & Powder Springs Each Edition has a mailed circulation of 20,000+ Homes * Based on a Half page ad at $900 in combination to 40,000 homes.

Smyrna/Vinings - South Cobb 770-426-9388 3330 Cumberland Boulevard, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30339

August 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...

August 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...