SCobb Nov2011

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South Cobb Volume 6, No. 1



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The Cobb County School District is gathering comments on two alternative maps for the pending south county elementary school redistricting. The opening of the new Mableton School in 2012 and the new Smyrna School in 2013 and an eight-classroom addition to Nickajack Elementary will cause the closing of two older schools and reorganization of several attendance zones. The redistricting proposal includes changes to existing south Cobb schools,

including: • Brown Elementary School, Smyrna, will be closed. Brown students would attend the new Smyrna area elementary school at the intersection of Windy Hill and Atlanta roads. • Sky View Elementary School, Mableton will be closed and students would attend the new Mableton Elementary. • Fitzhugh Lee Center of H.A.V.E.N. Academy at Oakdale would be relocated to the current Brown Elementary building.

South Cobb Division of the Cobb Chamber honored public safety officers in October, from left are Brad Hulsey; Richard Cunningham; Craig Stanley; Division Chair Randy Cook; Earnest Cauthern; Stephen O’Conner; and Scott White.


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Police, Fire, EMS and sheriff’s deputies from the South Cobb area officers were honored for their by the South Cobb Division of the Cobb Chamber October. It was the 14th year that the South Cobb Division has honored law enforcement and emergency officers. The South Cobb Council Public Safety Award of Merit was presented by Brad Hulsey to the following officers:

• Capt. Scott White of Cobb Fire & Emergency Services was nominated by Chief Sam Helton. Serving as Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Firefighter’s Conference in Spring 2011, Capt. White provided leadership in organizing the conference that brought some 450 firefighters to Cobb for the two-day conference. • Three members of Puckett EMS were honored for their efforts in saving the life of a Mableton man. Paramedic Supervisor Craig Stanley, EMT Earnest Cauthern and Paramedic Stephen O’Conner were cited for saving the man who complained of heat exhaustion after cutting a tree in his yard but was actually having a heart attack. • Cobb Police Precinct 2 Criminal Investigations Unit and Auto Theft Squad was nominated by Capt. Jeff Adcock for their work in reducing crime, handling more than 3,000 criminal investigations, 1,700 auto theft investigations and recovering more than $1 million in victims’ property in the past year. • Cobb Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Cunningham is a 24-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and serves as a field training Officer assigned to Station A, in the Austell Threadmill serving south Cobb. On Oct. 4, Deputy Cunningham pursued a fleeing suspect who ran more than half a mile through woods and jumping fences. In a fight with the suspect, Cunningham thwarted an attempt to grab his weapon and trapped him in a building until backup arrived. • Austell Fire and Police declined to participate.

• Reorganization of Austell Primary (grades K-1) and Austell Intermediate (grades 2-5) into traditional K-5 elementary schools; saving more than $100,000 per year in transportation costs. The maps are available for public review and input on the District Web site at The changes could affect some 15,000 students attending the 25 schools across Southern Cobb covered by the redistricting,


The Children’s Storytelling Festival sponsored by the Friends of the Mable House Sept. 22 included stories, arts and crafts, blacksmith demonstrations and a hay ride. But Jessica and Shane Newell of Austell, righ,t found a climbing tree on the grounds just as much fun. Among the activities, clockwise beginning above left, Storyteller Barry Stewart Mann tells an Indian story; Lorien Trapani, President of the South Cobb Arts Alliance, dressed as Mrs. Robert Mable, and Libby Dunkin welcome Jas Marshall to the historic house; Crystal Perry demonstrates spinning; and Tanner Karakis of Smyrna feeds a Scottish Highland cow at the petting zoo.

Following review of the comments, the CCSD will create a final map that may be a hybrid of the two options. The final redistricting proposal and map will be presented to the Board of Education for a vote in February. The district has included a “Public Comment Wall” for the community to post feedback regarding the proposal online at Comments can also be sent to

Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins and the Austell City Council

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Comments By Cathy THANKSGIVING: FOOD, FAMILY, FOOTBALL By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher Thanksgiving is one of those memory holidays. Whether good ones or bad ones, it’s one of those days you remember and reflect upon. When I was growing up, for example, my mother didn’t really care for turkey. Thanksgiving had the dressing and mashed potatoes and other good things, but no turkey. We always had a baked hen. Hen’s can be tricky birds and one year that old hen just wouldn’t get done. Hence, one tough old hen created a Thanksgiving memory. In addition to giving thanks for our blessings, food, family, and football seem to be the theme of this special American holiday. I’m not a football fan, but I do like preparing the meal and having my family and friends around me. Additionally, for many in our community, feeding the hungry is also a part of their Thanksgiving tradition. This year, more than ever, many people have a new personal theme to this day; that of hunger. The groups in our community who help those in need are seeing an increase in the number of folks coming to them for help. Many have never asked for help before, but loss of jobs, homes and income have brought them to the doorstep of the non-profit organizations. There is a new dilemma this year, however. The needs have increased but the numbers of people who are able to give have decreased. In too many homes throughout our county Thanksgiving will be just another day of too little food and too much hunger. With the donations of generous folks throughout Cobb, however, there will be food baskets filling empty pantries. In mentioning some of the groups offering help, I’m sure I will offend others who are not mentioned; just know that it is not intentional if a group is omitted. There is an abundance of generous people in our county and so many groups willing to lend their expertise and time to coordinating the donation efforts. One well known group that has been filling Thanksgiving baskets here for 25 years is the Center for Family Resources (formerly known as Cobb Family Resources.) If you would like to make a contribution to them or find out how to receive help, call them at 770-428-2601 or Another group of individuals who are often forgotten are those with mental health disabilities. The Cobb Community Services Board is furnishing baskets for several hun-

AUSTELL TO LIGHT CHRISTMAS TREE Austell will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 at the gazebo in Collar Park. The event is sponsored annually by Mayor Joe Jerkins and the Austell City Council to welcome the holiday season. In addition to the tree lighting, all of the holiday lights in the city will be turned on. Santa will arrive during the evening to visit with the children. Choral groups from area schools will sing and refreshments will be available.

dred individuals and families for Thanksgiving. To make a contribution for yourself or a group, call Mary Robeck at 770-8199229, ext. 226. She will even come and collect your canned goods or grocery store gift cards for meats. She is also looking for folks to provide special activities and/or Christmas gifts for individuals or families or groups served by Cobb/Douglas Community Services Board. C.A.M.P. in Austell is seeking donations rather than actual food. A contribution of $10 will go a long ways toward feeding a family at the holiday or throughout the year. Their clothes closet provides approximately 12,000 gently-used clothing and household items, as well as essential items such as diapers, feminine hygiene products and school supplies. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 802, Austell 30168 or online at They are located at 6289 Veterans Memorial Highway Building 12, Austell or call them at 770-819-0662. Last year our son and his wife, Peter and Ann-Bailey, came from Virginia to Marietta on Wednesday so they can run in the Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog. This is a fund-raising event for MUST Ministries. They are well-known in our community for the help they provide, including food at Thanksgiving and throughout the year. For information about MUST Ministries in Smyrna call them at 770-436-9514 or check their web site at MUSTMinistries. org or for the Gobble Jog: www.gobblejog. org , or call the Gobble Jog hotline: 678218-4521. On Nov. 24 we will gather together, thankful to God for our family, our home, food to eat and fellowship with those we love. For us and for many families throughout our county and country, it has been a year of belt-tightening and budgeting, but on Thanksgiving Day we will be grateful for all of our many blessings.

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Craig Swiger, DMD, PC has taken over the practice at Cobb Family Dentistry, 5345 Floyd Road, Mableton. “After years of practicing dentistry as an associate, I have recently become owner of Cobb Family Dentistry,” Dr. Swiger said. “I look forward to continuing, and expanding upon, the quality of care and customer service provided by our dentists and staff since 1978. I have worked at this office since 2007 and already have a great rapport with my patients and the community alike. Dr. Swiger is a native of Cobb County, where he attended Pope High School. IHe furthered his education at the University of Georgia (“Go Dawgs!!,” he said.) and earned a dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia. “I enjoy the challenge of dentistry and the fulfillment of achieving healthy smiles for my patients. As with anything in life, a dental practice can only be as good as its people. I am fortunate enough to have an experienced, caring and tenured staff to provide the best care and experience for our patients. I look forward to providing quality dental treatment to our current patients as well as the future patients that join our growing practice.” For more information call 770-944-8620 or go to

NEW HANDMADE ITEMS AT CHRISTMAS HOUSE The Christmas House Arts & Crafts Show offers many new handcrafted items this year due to the 19 new crafters accepted into the show. The jurors chose only quality handmade items that are also quite affordable. Among the new and returning exhibitors are Katrina Gray from North Augusta, SC who makes earthenware jewelry, Judith Giroux, Morrow, Ga. who brings newly designed knitted bracelets, and woodturner Steve Pritchard from Winston, Ga. The show runs Dec. 2 - 11, and hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Mable House Arts Center is located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. For more information, call 770-819-3285 or for a taste of what is to come, “Like” us

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NOVEMBER 12: HANDS ON CHRISTMAS is coming Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The First United Methodist Church of Smyrna invites children of all ages to this annual craft fair. Come make dozens of amazing holiday crafts to take home or give as gifts! The Gift Mart will also be open that week from Wed night through Saturday. For more information email Melanie Wright at ••• 15: SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION and Your Business: Simplifying the Social Media World. Cobb Chamber event. Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Business University Seminar. Speaker: Jason Swenk, CEO of Solar Velocity. General Admission: $40. Members $20 Online, $25 at the door. Online registration required by Nov. 14 at noon. Registration at ••• 26: PANCAKE BREAKFAST. On Saturday, Nov. 26, The Smyrna Optimist Club will hold their 10th Annual “Flippin for Kids” Pancake Breakfast. Breakfast will be served at The Smyrna First United Methodist Church at 1315 Concord Road in Smyrna from 7:30 a.m. until 11. Ticket prices are $5 per person for all the Pancakes, Coffee, Sausage and Fellowship you want and Takeout will be available as well. ••• 29: SMYRNA TREE LIGHTING and activities. 5 p.m. to 9. On the Village Green, Smyrna. DECEMBER 2-23: SANTA. The Smyrna Optimist Club and the City of Smyrna will welcome Santa again this year. Please visit between 6 p.m. and 8. Dec. 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,21,22,23. Santa will be at Aunt Fanny’s Cabin on Atlanta Rd. across from The Downtown Smyrna Village. ••• 4: HOLIDAY HOME TOUR. The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will hold its 10th annual Holiday Home Tour, on Sunday, Dec. 4, noon to 6 p.m. . Purchase tickets by calling 770-438-5233 and area locations. ••• 14: SOUTH COBB AREA COUNCIL. Cobb Chamber event. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Coach George E. Ford Center at 11:45 a.m. General Admission: $30; Members: $10 online; $20 at door. Online Registration Closes: Dec. 12 at noon at WEEKLY EVENTS AEROBICS CLASS. Austell First United Methodist Church offers “Firming After 50”, a free weekly low-impact aerobics with a focus on adults over 50 years of age. Class meets in the church’s fellowship hall every Wednesday night from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with certified group fitness instructor Cindy Standard. Austell First UMC is located at 5705 Mulberry Street in downtown Austell, just north of the railroad tracks and City Hall. More details can be found at or by calling 770-9481806. ••• AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Rd, 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 7:30pm 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. ••• COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY - NON-DENOMINATIONAL. Designed to guide us in aligning the words of our mouth with The Word of God. THURSDAYS starting promptly at 9 and ending promptly at 10 a.m. located at: CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH, 4494 Floyd Road at Concord Road. Mableton. All adults welcome!! ••• COMMUNITY FITNESS INITIATIVE The Mableton Improvement Coalition is now hosting a weekly “walk-and-run” activity every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Participants meet near the Amphitheater at the Mable House Complex to walk or run on nearby residential streets, with various paces and distances available. Participation is free. For more information, see

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••• 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. ••• FREE WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEALS ST. LUKE UMC, 5115 Brookwood Drive Mableton will be serving a free meal every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Entrance on lower level in back of church. ••• FREE WEEKLY COMMUNITY DINNER - Please join us! Every Monday night at 6 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 6216 Love Street, Austell. ••• REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church lo-



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cated at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behavior. Call Mark Baker at 404354-8911 for more information or see www. ••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell. ••• TURKEY SHOOT, American Legion Post 216, 3914 Ewing Road, Austell. 770-943-7030. Every Saturday Sept. 3rd - Dec. 3rd 1 -5 p.m. $5 per shot. Turkey, Ham and Specialty Meats. 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 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Treadmill Mall Complex ••• AUSTELL CITY COUNCIL meets the first Monday of each month for its regular meeting. ••• AUSTELL COMMUNITY TASK FORCE meets every 1st Monday at 7 p.m. at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell. ••• BLIND & LOW VISION SUPPORT Group (Pride) meets from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Contact Gloria Fisher, LCSW, for more details: 770-432-7280 ••• 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. ••• FREE MONTHLY DINNER. Leland-Qwest UMC, 81 Veterans Memorial Highway, SE, Mableton, sponsors a free community dinner on the last Wednesday of each month from 6 – 7 p.m. All are welcome. (Enter on left side of the church on the lower level). ••• “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.

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••• MABLETON IMPROVEMENT COALITION (MIC) is a nonprofit citizens group formed to promote quality growth and redevelopment in the 30126 zip code. MIC’s Board of Director’s meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., generally at the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton. Everyone is welcome. Visit to confirm meeting location. ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are non-profit support groups for at-home mothers. SmyrnaWest chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit for more. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email momsclubofsmy for more information. ••• NAMI SOUTH COBB has monthly meetings on


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the 4th Thursday of each month 7 to 8:30 p.m., except Dec. Calvary Baptist Church. 4780 Flint Hill Rd., Austell. Kathleen Breen, 770-943-5322, NAMI South Cobb Connections – Contact: Patricia Kramer, 770-2223211, for information. NAMI CONNECTION is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, & offer each other encouragement & understanding. ••• NEWCOMERS OF COBB COUNTY. We meet each month on the third Tuesday 10 a.m. for our general meeting, John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. Please call for details! 770-234-5068 or Email: Those new to Cobb County, or just looking for new friends and activities, are invited to join in. ••• CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER LINE HISTORIC AREA COMMITTEE meets every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the the Mable House Arts Center. The committee deals in a variety matters to further the recommendations of the River Line Master Plan. Visit www. to verify meeting dates, times, locations and for more details about what the committee is working on. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets on the first Mondays of the month at the South Cobb Library - 805 Clay Road - Mableton GA in the large meeting room. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc. and meet women in the area, please come join us. If you have any questions, please contact Nadine Amy at ••• SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Mableton Lion’s Club Park Community Center. ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of each month at The South Cobb Community Center. 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton at 6:30 p.m. ••• SOUTH COBB SENIORS Friendship Club meets on the 1st Monday of each month 10:30 a.m. at the Lions Club Drive Community Center, Mableton. Newcomers are welcome to come and join the fellowship and lunch, guest speakers and the love of others. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for the DECEMBER issue is NOVEMBER 23 with publication the week of Dec. 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 770426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb. com. Find updated calendar items on our website at

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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 Rd, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Activities limited to adults age 55 and above. CFP 14th Anniversary -- Wednesday, November 9, Cost: $6 / $8 Non-Resident. 12 – 2 p.m. Come celebrate our 14th Anniversary with us! Tri-County Pickers will entertain with country music and bluegrass! Invite your friends to this fun and festive afternoon - the more, the merrier! Sponsors are: Delmar Gardens, Beacon Senior Care Services, Georgia Memorial and Uni-Health Post Acute Care. Educational Seminar -- Monday, November 14: All About Recycling. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Learn all there is to know about recycling. Keep Cobb Beautiful will facilitate this seminar. Monday Movie Madness -- Monday, November 14: Letters to Julia. 1 p.m. Cost: $1 /$2 Non-resident; Ticket required. A young American travels to the city of Verona, home of Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame; she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated 1951, she inspires its author to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love and sets off a chain of events that will

bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they ever imagined; Comedy, drama, romance. AARP Driver Safety -- Wednesday, November 16, 11 a.m. Cost: $12 AARP Members; $14 Non-Members Tellus Museum and Planetarium Show & Grand Oaks Tour -- Thursday, November 17, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Start your day off with lunch at the beautiful Grand Oaks mansion in Cartersville. After lunch you will get to tour this beautiful mansion. We will then travel a short distance to the Tellus museum to tour and watch the planetarium show, which will be the perfect way to end your day. Cost: $64 Senior Council Member / $69 NonMember. Deadline: November 10. Price includes lunch, motor coach transportation, admission fees, snacks, tax and tips. No refunds after payment deadline date. Full refunds if trip is cancelled. Bingo Bash -- Monday, November 28, 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: $3 / $4 Non-resident. Win gift certificates to local restaurants! Multiple tickets can be purchased. Blood Pressure Check -- Monday, November 28, 12 – 3 p.m. Free. Square Dance Club -- Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Come for the fun of it and join others in the excitement that square dancing brings about.


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Christian Aid Mission Partnership’s (C.A.M.P.) annual holiday food program is well underway as they prepare to feed 1,200 families this year. With each $10 donation to the “Thanks Giving” Program, a family in need will receive a holiday feast, turkey and all. This program is made possible through C.A.M.P.’s partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. As one of Cobb County’s non-profits, C.A.M.P. celebrates the opportunity to bring hope and joy to those they serve through this very special program. To learn more about the “Thanks Giving” program, please contact Jay Cantrell, Food Pantry Manager, at 770819-0662, x12. To make a donation, please mail to: C.A.M.P., P.O. Box 802, Austell, GA 30168. C.A.M.P.’s Annual Christmas Toy Program prepares to serve nearly 1,000 children this year. While many parents are struggling to make ends meet during these difficult economic times, C.A.M.P. will work to make a difference in their lives during the Christmas season. The agency relies on the generosity of its many faithful

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Girl Scout Troop 2842 from Mableton organized a book give away at the Food Depot Oct. 16 to promote literacy in the community. Instead of having a cookie booth, they set up a “book booth” and gave over 250 free children’s books along with bookmarks to residents. The girls realized their rooms at home were overflowing with books that they have outgrown or have completed reading and decided to give them away. It was amazing to see the volume of books that each girl contributed. Madisen, Simone, Jasmyn, Lindsey, Camille and Lynese collected the books, made signs and operated the table in front of the neighborhood grocery store. The goal was to give books to families to promote reading, recycle books by passing them on to new readers and to increase the visibility of Girl Scouts working in their community. Mrs. Gispert is the leader of this troop.

HELP WANTED CAREGIVERS NEEDED Be loved by your clients. Comfort Keepers is seeking mature, dependable people to fill open positions, caring for the elderly. If you enjoy providing companionship, preparing meals, shopping for the elderly, we want to hear from you. Please call 678-354-0102. VOLUNTEERS THANKSGIVING DONATIONS NEEDED Help provide food for families with members with mental health or developmental disabilities. The Thanksgiving food donations are needed more than ever this year for clients of the Cobb Community Services Board. The agency provides Thanksgiving baskets for more than 400 to 500 people (total, not individual baskets). Contact Mary Robeck at 770-819-9229, ext. 226 for details. The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards provide mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services to more than 10,000 residents of Cobb and Douglas Counties annually.

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Floyd Middle School students, Chase Clements, Michael Hamm, Devin Lucas, and Omar Medrano shared words of appreciation for the new school entrance on Oct. 7. The Cobb Department of Transportation created a new driveway entrance for Floyd which includes a traffic light, visible crosswalks, and signs to increase pedestrian safety. The new entrance is also contributing to smoother traffic flow in the area. Attendees included Cobb Commissioner Woody Thompson, Cobb & Douglas Public Health Dpt. District Health Promotion Director, Cathy Wendholt-McDade and Educator, Amy Hoffman, Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Manager, Sarah Knight and School Outreach Coordinator, Alicia Hatcher, Lifelong Mableton Manager, Cheryl Mayerick, Area 1 Assistant Superintendent, Ed Thayer, Health and Physical Education Supervisor, Mark Anderson, Campus Officer, Nina Reber, and Floyd Principal, Teresa Hargrett.


The Austell Community Market and Bazaar returns Nov. 19. Located along Jefferson Street in downtown Austell, the market and bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a family friendly event open to all. This event will offer a wide variety of art, crafts, and other merchandise to purchase, music all day long, activities for

children, and plenty of great food vendors for all! Vendor applications are still being accepted. For more information, or to receive an application, please contact Austell Community Development at (770) 9444309 or by e-mail to Partial proceeds from fees for spaces will go toward downtown beautification projects.

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