'RUN THRU THE
The city of
Smyrna is hosting an exciting new event Feb. 28. The “Run
Thru the Forest Inaugural 5k” will start and finish in
Brinkley Park. The race begins at 8 a.m. and the course
will be through the Forest Hills neighborhood. The purpose
of the race is to raise awareness of organ transplant and
help raise needed funds for transplant recipients.
The race organizers
contacted Campbell High School graphic arts teacher Janice
Matthews to enlist the talents of the students in the logo
design. There were many great designs submitted by the
students and the winning design was created by Gabby
Melendez. Gabby was awarded $50 in “Moe’s Bucks” donated by
Moe’s Southwest Grill in Village Green. Congratulations
This year the “Run Thru the Forest
Inaugural 5k” will benefit the Bruce Crandle fundraising
account with the Georgia Transplant Foundation. Mr. Crandle
is awaiting a kidney transplant. The annual follow up costs
for a transplant recipient is more than $60,000.
Post-transplant medication costs alone range from $25,000 to
$30,000 per year and are a life-long requirement for
continued wellness. For more information on organ
transplants and the Georgia Transplant Foundation go to
Sign up now to participate in the
exciting new event in Smyrna. Register on the race
website: www.eteamz.com/runthrutheforest5k/ or by
completing race registration flyers available at various
local stores including Big Peach Running Co., 1625 Ridenour
Kennesaw, GA 30152 or West Stride, 3517 Northside Pkwy.
Suite #11, Atlanta, GA 30327.
PACE HOUSE SEEKS NATIONAL REGISTRY
The Pace House in Vinings, nominated
for the National Registry of Historic Places, had its
request approved by Georgia officials and the nomination is
now on its way for approval at the national level within the
next 12 months.
Built between 1865 and 1874, The Pace
House is a 3 room, wood-frame Victorian gable-ell cottage.
A wood-frame wraparound porch stretches the length of the
west and south facades. The house retains the historic
heart pine finish floors. The Pace House is one of very few
extant structures of the historic village of Vinings. Once
a small settlement and popular rural day trip destination
located on the Western and Atlantic Railroad and the
Chattahoochee River, Vinings today is characterized largely
by modern residential and commercial development. The Pace
House is located on the eastern edge of what is currently
considered to be the historic village of Vinings.
Hardy Pace, the first of the Pace
family to occupy the Pace House property, was born in 1785
in North Carolina. He moved to Georgia in 1809 and operated
a ferry across the Chattahoochee River for which Paces Ferry
Road, West Paces Ferry Road and a host of other areas
streets, businesses and neighborhoods, would eventually be
During the Civil War, Federal forces
arrived in the area on July 5, 1864, and by that afternoon,
were in possession of Vining's Station. General Sherman's
troops occupied the area for 11 days while the troops
recuperated and General Sherman repaired the railroad,
established telegraph communication in the area, accumulated
supplies and strategized for the upcoming Battle of Atlanta.
General O.O. Howard, commander of the 4th Corps
of the Army of the Cumberland, established his headquarters
at the Hardy Pace House, where he remained until moving his
troops north for their July 17 crossing at Pace's Ferry.
Vining's Station and the Pace House
continued to serve as locations of Federal activity,
including a hospital. Sometime immediately following the
taking of Atlanta, Hardy Pace's residence was reportedly
burned to the ground, leaving behind on the granite slab
stair that remains extant on the west fašade of the
present-day Pace House. Hardy Pace had gone back to
Milledgeville and died on December 5, 1864. His body was
brought back to Vinings and buried in the family plot on top
of present-day Vinings Mountain.
According to deed records, Solomon
Pace, the son of Hardy Pace, and his wife, Penelope returned
to Vinings. Solomon rebuilt the house sometime between 1867
and 1874 on the same spot where the family home had been,
with only the granite steps from the Hardy Pace home
remaining. Solomon built a Central Hallway Cottage, which
he enlarged around 1883 into a Gabled Wing Cottage in the
Folk Victorian style. After the death of Solomon and
Penelope's daughter in 1907, the property went through a
series of owners before Ruth Carter Vanneman, the great
-granddaughter of Solomon Pace, purchased the property in
Upon her death in 1992, she conveyed
the Pace House estate to the newly-formed Ruth Carter
Vanneman Foundation, also known as the Vinings Historic
Preservation Society.. The VHPS began an intensive
renovation of the Pace House in 1998 and the house was
opened as a special events facility in 1999 and currently
functions as such. It is one of the few remaining buildings
in downtown Vinings that still embodies the area's local
narrative and historic charm , and is representative of the
original development and architectural characteristics of
The Pace House was listed on the Cobb
County Register of Historic Places in 2004. In late 2007,
the Vinings Historic Preservation Society began its
endeavors to nominate the property for listing on the
National Registry of Historic Places. Two Georgia State
Graduate students, Stephanie Cherry and Kimberly Wescott,
volunteered their time and worked diligently on the
nomination and completed it in late 2008. On Jan. 30, the
nomination went before the Georgia National Register Review
Board and the nomination was unanimously approved at the
state level. The Georgia Historic Preservation Division
will now prepare the nomination to be sent to Washington for
approval at the National level.
CUMBERLAND-GALLERIA TELLS PROGRESS
Some 200 residents, business owners and
prospects of the Cumberland Galleria area got a report card
on progress and infomercial on future growth at the 2009
Spotlight on Success, Cumberland Galleria Showcase, at the
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center Feb. 11.
With a daytime population of 120,000
workers, 100 restaurants and 17,000 residents, the
Cumberland-Galleria area has had a $145 billion impact on
Cobb County's economy over the past 15 years. Over the next
20 years the area is expected to add another 16,000
The Cumberland-Galleria Community
Improvement District, formed in 1988, is a self-taxing
district using the revenue for infrastructure improvements.
Tad Leithhead, chairman of the CID and
Senior VP with Cousins Properties, said one of the greatest
attributes of the area is traffic flow. He said that the CID
has been able to leverage $75 million in revenue to pay for
$500 million in road improvements, including the Kennedy
Interchange on I-75. In addition, some 100 vanpools attract
more than 1,000 riders, taking cars off the road.
"This area is superbly position for
growth," said Cobb Commission Chairman Sam Olens. He
predicted an additional traffic relief in a light rail line
linking the area with Town Center, then on along I-285 east
to Gwinnett County and a connection to MARTA.
Cobb County, once considered a bedroom
community, now attracts theatergoers from throughout the
metro area for performances of the Atlanta Ballet and
Atlanta Opera, both resident companies at CEPAC, in addition
to shopping at Cumberland Mall and jobs.
Kennesaw State University Economist Dr.
Don Sabbarese outlined the negative economy but predicted
that "Atlanta was one of the fastest growing areas of the US
before and it still has so many positive features. The
housing sector will lead us out of the recession."
SMYRNA KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The Smyrna Kiwanis will have
its annual pancake breakfast for the purpose of raising
funds for Kiwanis sponsored youth projects. The funds raised
will benefit local youth through donations, sponsorship and
The event will be held on
Saturday, March 7 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church located at 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna.
You will receive some of the
best pancakes in Cobb County along with the recognition that
you are concerned about the youth of today and wish to make
a difference! Your generosity is greatly appreciated. See
SOUTH COBB BAND MARCHES AT
South Cobb Blue Eagle Marching Band
members will have two memories of January 20, 2009 to last a
lifetime; marching in a historic Presidential Inaugural
Parade, and the cold.
"A lot of our
students don't know what cold is," said Band Director Zach
Cogdill. "They know now. Our training did not help with the
The South Cobb
Band was invited to be the only band from Georgia to march
in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. While the band earned
the invitation on merit, many band members feared they could
not raise the $70,000 needed to make the trip. The community
rallied and more than $100,000 was raised.
about the band had been featured on local news and CNN and
national news," Cogdill said. They were also featured
recently in a full page story in People Magazine. "It is
amazing how far our story travelled. We had so many fans
along the way."
Superintendent Phillip Lanoue had high praise from the band
and its director.
this happen. It's a bright spot for our school. It revealed
the support we have for the school and band that we don't
see every day."
After a pep
rally and send off at the school the Friday before the
event, the band travelled by bus to Washington, D.C. While
there they did sightseeing, took a dinner cruise on the
Patomic River and rehearsed their two musical numbers,
“Georgia On My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael, and “Summon the
Heroes”, a tune composed by John Williams for the 1996
Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
were staying in a hotel 30 minutes south of the District,
Cogdill got the band up at 2:30 a.m. for the big day in
order to get through security and be on time for the parade.
It was very
cold as we gathered at the Pentagon. We had a police escort
to the (staging area) at the White House ellipse. "On both
side sides the bus you could see it was just a sea of
people," he said.
From the tent
on the White House lawn they were able to watch the
inauguration ceremony on jumbo TV screens. During the
ceremony you could hear a pin drop.
The band only
got 15 minutes of warm up time before setting out for the
parade route which required a mile and half march to the
staring point. They then stood on Constitution Avenue for
two hours waiting for the parade to start with the wind
so much about will and character under those conditions.
When we did step off they were so inspired, they never felt
cold again," he said.
"When we got
up to the reviewing stand on Pennsylvania Avenue, I locked
eyes with Vice President Biden" he said. The dance team did
a marching twirl that finished with a shout of "Obama." As
they passed, they said he winked back and waved.
people from all over the community, county and state have
come together to make this a reality," said Principal Grant
Rivera. "The outpouring of support from the community and
the school district made this trip possible."
"It was an
epic journey," Cogdill said. "Four years ago the image of
our band was not so great. Our community has forgotten about
any negative image of our band and our school."
hasn't worn off either. Band members were given security
pins by the Secret Service.
walk around the school still wearing them," Cogdill said.
"They have so much pride."
"Our work is
not done," Cogdill said. He plans to apply for the band to
march in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New
CCPLS BOOK SALE: BARGAINS FOR
READERS, GOODS FOR COBB LIBRARIES
County Public Library System (CCPLS) semi-annual book sale
will be held March 6-8 at the Jim R. Miller Park on 2245
Callaway Road in Marietta. The event will take place Friday
and Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, 1–5 p.m.
“The book sale
is a fabulous opportunity for all readers,” Program
Coordinator Patty Latch said. “Books of all kinds are
affordable. It is truly a great time for ‘book people.’”
for the book sale include soft-cover and hard-back books,
magazines, computer programs and comic books. Prices range
from 10 cents to $2.
the sale go directly to the CCPLS and are used to purchase
new books and other library materials. With great deals at
the sale and a chance for libraries to provide new materials
to patrons, the CCPLS book sale is a win-win opportunity,
CCPLS book sales generated more than $50,000 which enabled
the library staff to purchase new books, CDs and DVDs.
Items at the
book sale are a culmination of book donations provided
year-round throughout the 17 Cobb County Public Libraries.
MIC ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR MARCH 5
your calendar now to attend the Mableton Improvement
Coalition Annual Community Meeting at 7:00pm on Mar 5 at the
South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive in
Mableton. The Board of Directors will report on
accomplishments over the past year, plans for the coming
year, budget and finances. MIC has been active with master
plans for the River Line Historic Area, Boys and Girls Club,
Adopt-a-Mile cleanups, zoning and other important issues.
This annual meeting will include election to six Board of
Director positions for 2-year terms. Only MIC members can
vote for the candidates and candidates must be MIC members.
If you are a
Mableton resident over 18 years of age and not already a
member, you can join MIC any time between now and the annual
meeting. Membership dues are only $5 annually to help cover
the cost of operations for this volunteer organization. For
more information about what MIC is all about and join
online, visit their website at www.mableton.org.
IMPROVEMENT COALITION SPONSORS “ADOPT-A-MILE” CLEAN UP
citizens of Mableton and the Mableton Improvement Coalition
for its quarterly Adopt A Mile event Feb. 28 at 8:30 a.m.
MIC participates in the Keep Cobb Beautiful program by
cleaning up Floyd Road between Hicks and Clay roads.
be provided and refreshments will be served. Please wear
sturdy shoes, jeans and bring work gloves and meet at the
Publix Parking Lot- Floyd Road, Mableton. Contact Anne
Michelle Taylor for more information at 678 571-8838 or
email email@example.com. Information about MIC can be found
TOWN HALL MEETING
Woody Thompson, Cobb County
Commissioner for District 4, will hold a town hall meeting
on Feb. 26 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the
Freeman Poole Senior
Center, 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna.
This is an excellent
opportunity for the public to share their questions and
thoughts with the commissioner, as well as learn more about
progress and actions taken in their community. All District
4 residents are encouraged to attend. For more information,