Cumberland Connector Bus Fare To Be Free By First Pitch

The Cumberland Connector will be getting a new look, revamped routes and a better fare – free – by baseball’s opening day this year.

District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott told the Smyrna Business Association in January that following two public hearings he expects changes to be made. The Red route, serving Home Depot’s headquarters, is expected to be terminated. The Green and Blue Routes, currently both from the Cumberland Transfer Station, will be revamped with the Green route clockwise serving the Windy Hill and Interstate North area and the Blue Route serving Cumberland. They will intersect at SunTrust Park.

“There are changes coming,” Ott said. “The most significant one is that it will be free.”

The buses will be rebranded so that they don’t look like Cobblink buses. The operating costs are covered by Hotel-Motel taxes.

“It will still be operated by Cobblink, but not paid by county dollars,” he said.

“These changes will be done before first pitch,” Ott said.

SunTrust Park and Battery Atlanta should bring in more money for the county in 2018 than the cost of stadium operations. That was the bottom line of a new analysis unveiled by Ott during a Board of Commissioners Work Session in January.

Ott said money generated from the ballpark and development in 2017 came in only $27,210 short of “breaking even” for the county. This was despite the fact the Battery Atlanta development was only 50 percent built out by the end of the year and the Omni Hotel and Comcast Regional Headquarters just opened around the end of the year.

“We originally thought it would take several years for the revenue to exceed the burden on taxpayers,” Ott said. “Now it appears certain that will happen in Year 2.”

Ott says income from the Cumberland Special Service District property tax and hotel/motel fees exceeded expectations.

“The goal should be to not have the property taxpayers pay for any portion of the debt service for the park,” Ott said. “Given the anticipated growth in revenue, I believe that is now a real possibility over the next couple of years.”

From the February 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Campbell Retires Lautsch’s Jersey

Campbell High School retired the jersey of Christie Lautsch, the all-time leading basketball scorer for the Lady Spartans, in a ceremony Jan. 9.

Lautsch averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game while at Campbell. She was named to Georgia Class 5A all-state first team and Street & Smith honorable mention All-America honors in 2003.

Christie was a second team all-state selection in 2002 and as a freshman, was an Adidas Top Ten Camp Underclass All-Star, also earning all-county and Street & Smith honorable mention All-America honors. Breakdown Magazine rated Lautsch the ninth best post in the nation and the No. 40th player overall. She entered the 2004 season ranked nationally as No. 51 by Blue Star Index and No. 65 in All Star Girls Report.

In 2004 Christie was awarded Marietta Daily Journal Player of the year, 5A State Player of the Year, 5A All-State Teams-First Team, and Atlanta Tip-Off Club Naismith Trophy. She is the all-time leading Lady Spartan with 1,907 points, second in Campbell history to Brian Oliver. Christie’s record high game was scoring 45 points and a career total of 1,137 rebounds, and 407 blocks.

According to Randy McClure Sr., Varsity Lady Spartans basketball Head Coach, Lautsch earned all type of basketball accolades through her high school and college careers.

“Christie’s story is a true heart string type story,” McClure said. “What everyone did not know is that before she came to high school her father had died of cancer and all the time she was in high school her mother was battling cancer.

“Her mother, Janet Lautsch, would lose her battle with Cancer just before graduation. In a truly great gesture, Principal Kehl Arnson and Florida State head Coach Sue Samurai held a private graduation ceremony at her home before she passed so that Christie’s mom could see her actually graduate.

“She was well aware of her condition, but was determined to see Christie, the youngest of her three children and a basketball superstar, graduate from high school. Coach Samurai also promised that she would make sure that Christie would graduate from Florida State.

“I am very happy that we can honor this great young lady who certainly helped lift our program into one of the best in the state of Georgia and especially in Cobb County where the basketball has always been very competitive statewide,” he said.

Lautsch lives in Smyrna and works nearby. She said the honor is “bittersweet” without her mother, but was awed by the honor.

“It’s an awesome feeling to know that hard work does pay off,” she said.

From the February 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

February & March Calendar

FEBRUARY

NOW – FEBRUARY 26: MEMBER ARTIST SHOW & SALE Mable House Art Center through Feb. 26. Open to the public. www.southcobbarts.org

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12: BOB OTT SPEAKS. Commissioner Bob Ott and Tim Wolfe of the Vinings Community Conservation Alliance will speak at 6:30 pm, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at the Cochise River Club, 3773 Cochise Drive, Vinings. Topics will include traffic, the reconfiguring of the intersection of Paces Mill Rd. and Paces Ferry Rd. in Vinings, and pedestrian safety. Sponsor is the Vinings Village Civic Club, celebrating 100 years of service to the community in 2019. For more information, blimardo@hotmail.com.

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22: ADVANCE CARE PLANNING (Living Wills and Other Advance Directives), WellStar Vinings Health Park, Feb. 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Learn the importance of reflecting on, thinking about, and documenting your wishes for medical care if you are not able to speak for yourself. Each participant will receive an information folder that includes educational sheets and a copy of the legal document for the state of Georgia. Discussion will be focused around choosing a Healthcare Agent, having a conversation about your wishes with your family, and how to document your wishes in the legal document. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 770-956-STAR(7827).

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22: CPR OVERVIEW. WellStar Vinings Health Park, Feb. 22 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. This basic class utilizes American Heart Association curriculum and is designed to give an overview of CPR. This course is for people who do not need a course completion card for job or other requirements or for community groups, new parents, grandparents, caregivers, students and others interested in learning how to save a life. Registration is required. Cost is $25. For more information or to register, please call 770-956-STAR(7827).

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24: DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE. Smyrna hosts a Daddy Daughter Dance, a special night for daughters and their dads on Feb. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Brawner Hall. This will be a night that your daughter will always cherish. There will be a DJ, crafts, photo booth, snacks and much more. Register at smyrnacity.gov

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24: ZION SMALL BUSINESS EXPO, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church (New Fellowship Hall), 165 Lemon Street, Marietta. Free. The show includes small business exhibitors, food, entertainment, local celebrity appearances.

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27: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. Now is the perfect time to learn how to create beautiful floral arrangements for your home.  Kristin King, designer at Floral Creations Florist, will give a colorful and delightful presentation at Jonquil Garden Club’s Feb. 27 meeting, 10:30 a.m., at Smyrna Library where she will demonstrate basic techniques in creative floral design. Jonquil Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room of Smyrna Library to discuss gardening interests and gardening projects with the community. For more information, contact Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or visit our award-winning website at www.jonquilgardenclub.org. Named a Club of Excellence, Jonquil Garden Club and its members have won both local and state awards for horticulture, conservation efforts, and community service.

 

27: TRUST ACCOUNTS. Navigating the Legal Waters of Healthy Aging: Trusts WellStar Vinings Health Park Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10 ($9 for Good Life Club Members). Join the Good Life Club and Cindy Nelson, an elder care attorney who specializes in legal situations unique to aging, for a presentation on the importance of trusts, what they are used for and how to plan and manage them. Dinner is included in the cost of the program. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 770-956-STAR(7827).

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27: HIGH SCHOOL TOUR. Campbell High School will host a tour of the school for interested individuals on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. Begin the tour by meeting in the Wills Lobby. It will be a great opportunity to see all that Campbell High School has to offer.

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MARCH

1: SBA. SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. “Economic Update” with Roger Tutterow, Ph.D, professor and Director of the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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6: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Pkwy, 17th Floor, Vinings. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Speaker TBA,  A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099.

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7: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS.The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector.  www.sc-ba.org

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9: SALSA SOIREE. Join Campbell Middle School on Friday March 9 from 7:30-11 p.m. at Taylor Brawner House for our SALSA SOIREE~ cocktail party & silent auction. This special event supports Campbell Middle School’s Foundation. This year’s goal is to raise money for upgrades to our Learning Commons and to fulfill grants for our teachers. The evening will be filled with dancing, cocktails, tapas and amazing Auction Items such as: A 48 Hour Tesla Driving Experience & a Private Dinner for 8 by Chef Andre Gomez of Porch Light Latin Kitchen. Tickets are: $50 per person or $85 per couple and include: 1 hour of dance lessons, 2 free signature cocktails, tapas and a night of absolute fun supporting a good cause. Tickets at: my.cheddarup.com/c/cmsf-salsa-soiree or through our foundations website: www.campbellmiddlefoundation.org

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20: VBA EXPO. Business EXPO is March 20 from 4 – 7 p.m., Hotel Indigo Vinings, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings. FREE Public Admission.

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APRIL

12: SBA. SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Community Center, 11:30  a.m. – 1 p.m. Speaker, Actress Kim Fields. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

 

EVENTS

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.

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BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. New Scouts Welcome. 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). www.bsatroop1.net

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SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Smyrna Boy Scout Troop 11 meets at Smyrna First United Methodist Church every Tuesday evening 7:30- 9 p.m.  Contact us at 770-883-1123. Website: www.smyrnatroop11.com.

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BOY SCOUT TROOP 220 meets every Tuesday Night at 6:30 p.m. at Life Church Smyrna Assembly of God located at 4100 King Springs Road (right next to Griffin Middle School). For more information see our website www.troopwebhost.org/Troop220Smyrna/Index

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SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Smyrna Business Exchange is Smyrna’s premier close contact networking group representing over 30 local businesses (and growing).  The Smyrna Business Exchange meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. Questions or to RSVP for a complimentary visit, call Jeff Daxe at 770-795-5079 (or email at jad@mijs.com).

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JONQUIL CITY KIWANIS SMYRNA: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna.

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SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna.

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SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see www.SmyrnaRotary.com

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TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: 2823.toastmastersclubs.org

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TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Road, Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit www.ttoasters.com to find out more.

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VININGS ROTARY: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club.

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THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room.

 

FARMER’S MARKETS:

MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods year round from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday – rain or shine- 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net

 

MONTHLY OR MORE

 AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160. Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday. The AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, Unit 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday each month. SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, Squadron 160 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday each month. All of these meetings are at 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. For more information, access AmericanLegionPost160.org or call 770-436-2501.

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ATLANTA FREETHOUGHT, Regular Meeting at 1 p.m. every 2nd Sunday. 4775 N. Church Lane, Smyrna (a mile inside I-285, just off Atlanta Rd). Our historic building was a church in Smyrna/Vinings for 141 years. We’re a nonprofit educational organization and meetings/programs are free and open to the public. Call 678-662-3857 or visit our website, www.atlantafreethought.org, for more about us.

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COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION meets the second 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.cmrea.org.

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COBB COUNTY MOCHA MOMS offers support to mothers of color. Mocha Moms, Inc. is the premier national support group for mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture working and stay at home moms. We offer an array of opportunities to connect with other moms through Mom’s Night Out, Sister Circles, playdates for kids, couples’ nights, single moms support,  family community service projects and MORE. For questions about our chapter or if you are interested in joining, please email us at cobbcountymochamoms@gmail.com

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CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST CLUB: Meeting for breakfast the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Vinings Club, 2859 Paces Ferry Road NW. We are an inclusive club dedicated to community service and welcome everyone to come as our guest to a meeting of your choice.

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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 #1 at 12 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan  at 494-368-2865.

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MOMS CLUB of Smyrna West: For stay-at-home 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 momsclubofsmyrnawest@yahoo.com.

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FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don’t have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join, although we do currently have a waiting list if you need a space in the nursery during our meetings. For more info, visit www.smyrnafirstmops.com.

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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. September through May.

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SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world’s largest service organization simply stated:  We serve. Check us out and join as we strive to make our community a better place. The club meets at the Smyrna Community Center the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday at noon.

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SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle.

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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@comcast.net.

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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. 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 songofjoy2@aol.com.

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VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. at various locations around Vinings. For further information, e-mail us at viningscivicclub@gmail.com or visit our new website: viningsvillagecivicclub.org. Members and Guests are welcome.

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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. www.ridgeviewinstitute.com/hosp_info_calendar_supp.htm

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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

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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.

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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.

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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS now meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 7 p.m.

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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: carlcproctor@aol.com 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.

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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.

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E-mail your organization’s calendar news to news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for MARCH issue is FEBRUARY 23 with publication the week of MARCH 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 news@brightsidecobb.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb.com.

From the February 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

‘Sister Act’ On Stage This Weekend

2018 Encore Series and Pebblebrook High School present “Sister Act: The Musical.” Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 1-4.

This musical is based on the hit 1992 film. Deloris Van Cartier, a famous disco singer, is put into witness protection in a convent. While struggling through the restrictions of her new lifestyle, she finds comfort in the church’s choir and ends up inspiring the church and community. Enjoy powerful gospel music, dancing and a moving story. Performances will be at 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and 3 pm. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 each. To purchase, visit ticketmaster.com or call 770-528-8490.

Shows are at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. Visit ticketmaster.com or call 770-528-8490 for tickets.

Other upcoming shows in the Encore Series include:

• Jay and the Americans, 8 p.m., Feb. 27
• Linda Eder, 8 p.m., March 10
• The Company Men, 3 p.m., March 25
• 1964: The Tribute, 8 p.m., April 7

Tickets for all shows in the Encore Series are available now on ticketmaster.com. Anderson Theatre is located in the Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. For more information on each show, view the Encore Series flyer.

Maryline Blackburn Joins Smyrna City Council

Maryline Blackburn knew that she was making history after the votes were counted in the Smyrna Ward 3 runoff election Dec. 5.

“Some of you may not know it, but on Dec. 5 you made Smyrna history,” she said.

“For the first time in our 145 years of existence, you elected an African American to Smyrna’s City Council,” she said. “Forty-six percent of Smyrna’s population are people of color and they now have a seat at the table.”

The 56-year-old vocalist, beauty queen and founder of “Divas With A Cause,” pledged to serve as a representative of all the people after her swearing-in ceremony Dec. 18.

“I will work hard every day to gain your trust and be a councilwoman for all Ward 3 constituents,” she said.

Born in Europe, Blackburn grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 1984, she won the Miss Alaska Scholarship Pageant where Sarah Palin was her second runner up. Blackburn then went on to represent Alaska in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant where she was a talent finalist. She has performed with and opened for such legends of entertainment as Bob Hope on a USO tour, Cab & Chris Calloway, The Platters and Celine Deon.

During her campaign Blackburn pledged to put Families First and provide residents with a True Voice on City Council.

“I spoke of four fundamental pillars by which we should LEAD our community: Livability, Education, Accountability and Direction,” she said.

Speaking during her fist council meeting, Blackburn urged “smart growth that maintains the character and live-ability of Smyrna while balancing the needs of developer and business interests. Before we make any decision or vote on anything, we must first fully understand the impacts on traffic, schools, parks and public safety.”

She said she would work build upon the progress we have made and make Smyrna schools outstanding.

“As elected officials we must hold ourselves accountable to the people we serve. Are we meeting objectives? Are we keeping our promises?”

“As someone who has served on the Vision Committee, I understand that it all starts with a vision that clearly defines our goals and who we want to be as a community. That vision should be used to guide all of our decisions and it should represent the interests of Families First.

From the January 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Marlin Lamar Takes Austell Council Post

Born in Austell and working at his father’s store in downtown, Marvin Lamer now represents Ward 1 as councilman and wants to see the downtown area grow and prosper.

Austell’s Ward 1 includes the traditional downtown along Veterans Memorial Highway with a growing number of new shops and restaurants.

“The city is growing but my main focus is downtown,” Lamar said. “There are some new subdivisions but some of those folks don’t know there is a downtown.”

He said his main priority on council will be growth and helping what’s existing to improve.

He wants to the council to be seen as small business friendly

On election night in November Lamar thought he had won by one vote but two provisional ballots put him in a runoff in the two-man race. He takes over the seat formerly held by Kirsten Anderson who held it for 12 years before moving to Hawaii.

His father, M.L. Lamar operated Lamar’s Clothing on Jefferson Street for 61 years, selling everything from Levi’s and ladies dresses to shoes and bolts of cloth.

“I grew up in the business,” he said. “But the downtown started fading away when the malls the big box stores came along.”

The 63-year-old Lamar has a long history in Austell, serving on city board sand volunteering in civic events.

“I’ve always been active in the city, served on the zoning board and variance board,” he said. Now it’s my turn to serve.”

He was sown into office Dec. 19 along with returning council members Ollie Clemons, Jr. and Randy Green by Traffic Court Judge David Daren.

Lamar works at the Town Center Hilton Garden Inn as an engineering superintendent.

“The revitalization of downtown is on its way,” he said. “That’s the heartbeat of the city.”

He noted that the city recently expanded its city limits by annexing the Big Lots center on Austell Road. But, he does not foresee any “big box” stores in the city, in part due to lack of space.

His focus is on the community based businesses and specialty shops that continue to move to Austell.

“Things are starting to revitalize,” he said. The city purchased a property on Jefferson at Love Street, rebuilt it and leased it to the South Cobb Diner.

“That was a stimulus,” he said. “It has been a good attraction and the parking lots are full. Now we’ve got sidewalk traffic. And it’s only just begun.”

Now that he has been sworn in he’s ready for the first council meeting in January.

“I’m eager to get started and get to work.”

From the January 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Rep. Anulewicz Begins Work In General Assembly

After a decade on the Smyrna City Council, Teri Anulewicz understands the needs of the community. So she’s pleased that one of the top issues – transportation – is one her new committee assignments in the Georgia House.

Rep. Anulewicz won the House District 42 seat formerly held by Stacy Evans who is running for Governor.

Along with six other newly elected House members, she got a “crash course in Legislature 101” in December, she said.

The Speaker assigned her to committees on code revision, intragovernmental coordination, and transportation.

“Transportation is a tremendous issue, one of the biggest we face as a region,” she said. “(District 42) is cradled between I-75 and I-285.”

“This is a community where people and businesses want to be,” She said. Transit has been missing in this conversation and the Speaker has made that clear that (a solution) doesn’t mean just one thing.”

“Imagine if we had better and more efficient transit so we had an extra hour and a half with family each day,” she said.

She agreed that her predecessor’s work on HOPE grants for vocational colleges “Is defiantly on the agenda as we talk about the budget. It will be important as we talk about Amazon so that Georgia continues to have the workforce that we want to have.”

“I’m looking forward to getting things started,” she said. “It will start slow and gather speed like a freight train.”

Cobb has a very good delegation

She said that she has relationships with many of the Cobb delegation already. “I’m a known commodity, on both sides of the aisle. I’m familiar with the language and the culture.”

As the only name on the ballot, Anulewicz spent her campaign time getting to know the rest of the district. District 42 includes much of her former Smyrna Ward 3, plus Fair Oaks on the west, I-75 to the east and even the southern edge of the Marietta Square. She met with Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn, School Superintendent Grant Rivera and numerous community groups.

“It’s a large district partly because it has Dobbins Air Reserve Base,” she said. “The joint use runway is going to bolster and strengthen that base, so it is important to keep it roust, vibrant and vital.”

“I spent time getting to know the Marietta part of the district,

Anulewicz said she will work to keep in touch with all of her constituents.

“My goal is to be assessable; my cellphone number is the same. Please reach out to me,” she said.

She has scheduled two listening sessions; on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at The Smyrna Library, and another at Yell’s on Franklin Gateway Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.

From the January 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Dogwood Golf Celebrates 50th Year

Dogwood Golf Club in South Cobb recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Members and guests gathered Nov. 20 to note the 50th anniversary of the Club. The event included a buffet dinner and throwback pricing to 1967.

A brief history of the Club was given by Andy Schival, General Manager, who recognizing the Course Superintendent, Tony Poole, whose grandfather established the Club in 1967.

Dogwood Golf and Country Club opened in the summer of 1967 on part of the 1,000 acre dairy farm owned by Claude “Mack” Henderson. Although Mr. Henderson himself was not a golfer, his son-in-law, Doyle King, convinced him his property was perfect for a golf course. With the help of two Cobb County amateur golfers, John Causey and Bud Laurent, King built the course for about $200,000.

“Like many other avid golfers, I had always longed for a golf course that was challenging, close to home, uncrowded and with a price tag that isn’t prohibitive to the average businessman,” King said.

The earliest members of Dogwood were surgeons, lawyers, as well as tradesmen and many others. Through the years Dogwood has hosted many dignitaries such as President Jimmy Carter, several Governors as well as the home course to the late Dr. Richard Hammonds of Austell.

Dogwood has always held true to be a course of the people and one that is affordable and fun for the everyday golfer. Today, Dogwood is a beautiful; tree lined 18 hole, 6500+ yard Par 72 course that is open to the public Monday – Friday and private on the weekends.

For more information, contact Andy Schival, General Manager, at (678) 296-9410.

From the Janujary 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

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