East Cobb


state of the county 2015Chairman Tim Lee delivered the State of the County on Monday, January 12 at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce First Monday Breakfast. Lee shared the county’s progress and achievements during the past year and highlighted future goals.
The address will be rebroadcast throughout the week on Government Access Channel TV23, with show times at:
   •    Noon, Friday, Jan. 16  •    2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17 •    2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18
TV23 can be found on channel 23 for Comcast customers and channel 180 for Charter customers. AT&T U-verse customers will need to tune to channel 99 and then select Cobb County Government.  The State of the County presentation will also be available on the county’s Web site, www.cobbcounty.org, via Video On Demand after Tuesday, Jan. 13.  Which is the easiest way to access as you can watch with a computer, tablet or smart phone.

Calendar for Dec 11-Dec 18, 2014

Santa and CarsonLooking for a fun free activity for you and your family — in Acworth, Kennesaw, or Marietta for the next seven days?  Take a look here – chose from concerts, Nativity scenes, Arts and Crafts, Wreaths Across America, Santa visits and the lighting of the MENORAH in Acworth.  Enjoy your time with your family.  Create traditions they will remember for a long time.

THUR DEC 11 – FREE CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Blue Skies Ministries, headquartered in Marietta, will be hosting a free Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm at North Metro Church.  The concert will feature Christy Nockels and Kenn Kington.  Tickets are free and may be reserved by visiting the website www.whereskiesareblue.org.

THUR DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE – 7:00pm, entitled “Marietta’s Holiday Pops Concert.”  The concert will be held at the historic Strand Theatre on the Square and will include lots of holiday favorites including the wildly popular music from Frozen. Tickets are available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the Strand box office. www.symphonyonthesquare.org.

SAT-SUN DEC 12-13- BETHLEHEM WALK – Mountain View United Methodist Church of Marietta invites everyone  to Experience the sights and sounds of the City of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago on the night Jesus was born  from 7 – 9 p.m.  Mountain View United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Jamerson Road and Trickum Road, Marietta. 30066. Visit www.mvumc.org for more information.

FRI-SUN DEC 12-14 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM 6PM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (www.mtcbc.net) would like to invite your  family to experience a hands on Holy Land Experience. This is an outdoor event. Listen to live music and have some hot chocolate as you wait for your tour to begin. The location is Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 287 Mt. Calvary Rd. Marietta Ga. 30064. If weather does not permit, an alternate weekend will be December 19th, 20th, and 21st. Accepting voluntary donations of canned goods for the needy. Free for the whole family!

FRI-SAT DEC 12, 13 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT CHURCH.  Loads of activities for the whole family including a FREE Kid’s Zone, unique arts and crafts, local entertainment, great food, petting zoo on Saturday.  FREE Giant Snow Tubing Slide on Friday & Saturday (compliments of C & S Paving).  FREE photos with Santa on Friday 6-9 and Sat 12-3. FREE ADMISSION and Parking.  Call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmonthchurch.tv.  The church is located at 570 Piedmont Rd. Marietta, GA 30066.

FRI DEC 12 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – 7pm at Kennesaw Memorial Park,1306 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. An uplifting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season.  

SAT DEC 13 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – No Mall line for Santa Claus as the Kennesaw Optimist Club will host Breakfast with Santa at the Ben Robertson Community Center from 8am  until 11 am. The club will be serving pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee for Mom and Dad.  In addition to a visit with Santa, children will enjoy making crafts. Tickets are  $5.00 for children under 10, $6.00 for kids 10 and older and adults. For families with special needs children, tickets are complimentary for our special kids.  Purchase tickets on line Kennesaw optimist.org or at the door.

SAT DEC 13 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Come volunteer and assist the Marietta Tree Keepers as they plant trees at the City of Marietta’s Birney Park (475 Birney St, Marietta).  Arrive at 8:30am.  All ages are welcome.  Dress warmly.  For more info, call 770-424-4664.

SAT DEC 13 – WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA – Ga National Cemetery and Marietta National Cemetery.  Ceremony begins at noon in honor of our veterans.  The public is invited to attend either location.  This ceremony will take place at the same time at every national cemetery across the U.S.  More information is available at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

SAT DEC 13 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – The Acworth Downtown Development Authority is excited to present, “Christmas in Acworth”! We have many wonderful festivities planned so that you can shop local, while enjoying the season of Christmas in a quaint downtown setting. For the complete schedule of events, visit  www.acworthtourism.org  Please join us for “Christmas in Acworth”and enjoy your holiday shopping without the crowds!

SAT DEC 13 – SECRET GARDEN CHILDREN’S ART SERIES – Wooden Photo Frame – Starry Night by Van Gogh  – 10:30am to 12Noon. Children will learn how this painting came to be and learn step-by-step on how to recreate their own version of it on a wooden picture frame, perfect for the gift giving season. No artistic experience needed. All supplies provided. Open-seating event. Reservations required. Participation fee: SGG-Member Child : $20 ; Non-Member Child: $25 Age: 4 – 12 years old

SAT DEC 13 – CAFE NOEL CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW – Hosted by Powder Springs UMC and the City of Powder Springs.  Two performances at 5pm & 7pm. All proceeds will be donated to support Sweetwater Mission, who serves low income neighborhoods in our area. Show will be at the Patricia C. Vaughn Cultural Arts Center, 4181 Atlanta Street in downtown Powder Springs. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.psfumc.org or call 770-943-5130 to purchase tickets.

SUN DEC 14 – CHRISTMAS FROM DUBLIN – The Kennesaw State University Retirees Association is partnering with one of Ireland’s Premier Tenors, Paul Byrom, to present a unique fundraising concert event beginning at 7pm! Tickets are $35 Contribution per person or  $50 Contribution – per person with Preferred Seating, guarantees access to the closest available seats to the performance stage. Quantities are limited.To buy tickets: visit Paul’s website at www.PaulByrom.ie or go to brownpapertickets.com and type in his name.

SUN DEC 14 – GREAT GIG DANCE CO “SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” – Musical Christmas variety show at NorthStar Church beginning at 5pm. The show will feature the talented dancers of Great Gig Dance Ensemble, professional singers, musicians and promises to get you and your family in the Christmas mood!  Tickets are $10 in advance, and may be pre-purchased by calling Great Gig Dance Co. at 770-218-2112. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $12.50. NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw.

SUN DEC 14 – AN EVENING OF SACRED CHRISTMAS MUSIC – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5055 Holt Road NW, Acworth 30101 invites the public to this free hour of Christmas music that will be presented through vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles and scripture readings related to the birth of Christ. After the program, light refreshments will be served as guests mingle and view a variety of Nativity displays.

MON. DEC 15 GONE WITH THE WIND MOVIE – Celebrating 75 years. This event will be held at The Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 30064.  Tickets are $10 per person, reserved seating.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.MPAC.Marietta-City.org or purchase tickets at the MPAC Box Office.

WED DEC 17 – MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY – The City of Acworth invites everyone to its third annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the second night of Hanukkah, at 6:00 p.m.  The Menorah is located at the corner of Cowan Road and Main Street in Downtown Acworth. Rabbi Zalman Charytan from the Chabad Jewish Center will officiate the lighting with Mayor Tommy Allegood assisting.

THURS DEC 18 SANTA AT CALIFORNIA DREAMING 6-9 What a fun way to get in the Christmas Spirit — California Dreaming, 745 Chastain Rd in Kennesaw has invited Santa to visit on Thursday, December 18 from 6-9 and you and your family are invited to come have dinner with Santa.  Plan on visiting Santa at California Dreaming, where he will take the time to listen to all the kids wishes and pose for photos.  Stay for dinner and make this an extra special night for the family. Bring  a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund sponsored by the Kennesaw Police Department and you will receive a card good for a FREE basket of Croissants.

Community Calendar Events Oct 2-Oct 10

communityOur Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta communities have a lot going on for the next calendar week.  Chose from the Lewis Grizzard Show at the Strand, First Friday Art Walk on the Square, Holy Trinity’s Oktoberfest to celebrating North Cobb High School’s homecoming activities there is plenty to chose from.  See what tickles your fancy.

Bill-Oberst-Jr-Lewis-GrizzardTHU-SUN OCT 2-5 – LEWIS GRIZZARD SHOW – Actor Bill Oberst, Jr. has stepped into the late Lewis Grizzard’s shoes over 1,000 times in the last decade. Oberst’s portrayal of the Southern writer and humorist is a one-man show authorized by Grizzard’s family, which says it is the closest thing to seeing the late great spokesman of the south onstage again since Grizzard’s death at age 47. The show is presented in two acts and runs 90 minutes.  Tickets are available at the www.earlsmithstrand.org.

THU OCT 2 ACWORTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 11:30-1:00. Cobb County Commission Chair, Tim Lee, is the speaker.  Caterer is Carrabba’s.  NorthStar Church, Blue Springs Rd.  Reservations a www.acworthbusiness.org.

FRI OCT 3 – BBQ LUNCH 11AM-2PM – Make plans to join us at Metro Bank, Cobb Pkwy and Kennesaw Due West Rd, for great food and fantastic company to benefit the Kennesaw Mountain High School Football Booster Club.  (Local Celebrity Cook, Mayor Mark Mathews).

FRI OCT 3 – PRESSING MATTERS MEMBERS EXHIBITION – Continuing through November 21st, this fine art exhibition recognizes the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by APS members. All works shown will be original prints using hand-pulled printmaking processes. Hosted by 2 Rules Fine Art Gallery located at 85 Church Street, Marietta.  Visit www.2RulesFineArt.com for more information.

FRI OCT 3 – FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK 5-9 First Friday Art Walk on the historic Marietta Square will be held on October 3, from 5-9 p.m., with over 30 artists showing their work in front of numerous merchants, restaurants and galleries hosting them.  This is the last Art Walk for this year. For additional information, contact Kee Carlisle.  404-668-8210.  kee.carlisle@att.net.

FRI OCT 3 POP/REALISM PAINTINGS Avery Gallery presents Pop/Realism Paintings by Clifford Land.  This entertaining show opens on Friday, October 3 from 5 – 9 pm at Avery Gallery, 390 Roswell St. in Marietta. Mick Kinney & The Georgia Crackers will be playing live 1920’s era Appalachian mountain music with string instruments; fiddle, banjo and guitar.   GG’s Creole Cuisine will be providing an excellent sampling of delicious creole food.

FRI OCT 3 DK GALLERY 5-9 features Shields and Boundaries: Shellie Lewis-Dambax Solo Show for First Friday Art walk.  dk Gallery is located at 25 West Park Square.  

FRI OCT 3 MARIETTA HISTORY MUSEUM. 5-9 Join us during ArtWalk for An Eerie Evening at the Museum. The Museum will be hosting a variety of “special” guests, who will offer tales of Marietta’s past. This event is FREE but donations are greatly appreciated.  1 Depot St., Marietta.

PRETZELSAT OCT 4 Holy Trinity Oktoberfest 10-7 Come  help MUST Ministries Food Pantry  Saturday by bringing canned foods. We invite our community to Holy Trinity’s 6th Annual Oktoberfest!  Oktoberfest was created to help our local residents enjoy a day of safe inexpensive fun and to help MUST Ministries Food Pantry.  We invite visitors to donate 4 cans = 1 adult admission  or 2 cans= child admission.  Activities include; Kids games & crafts.  Pony Rides and Petting Zoo, Horseshoe Tournament, Bingo, Craft Fair, LUTHER movie, German Heritage and more.  Our authentic German food and beverages are reasonably priced and delicious. Holy Trinity is located at 2922 Sandy Plains Road next to the post office.  For more information and additional prices of events go to  www.holytrinitymarietta.org  or call 770 971-4600.

TUE OCT 7 – BLOOD DRIVE – The City of Kennesaw is hosting a community blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Visit redcrossblood.org/make-donation and enter sponsor code KP&R or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

TUE OCT 7 – STORMWATER UTILITY MEETING – 6 pm in the Public Works facility at 3080 Moon Station Road, Kennesaw. One of two meetings to provide Kennesaw residential property owners the opportunity to learn about a proposed stormwater utility. Questions about the meetings may be directed to him at 770-421-8582 or  jwhitmer@kennesaw-ga.gov.

TUE OCT 7 – PENNIES FOR A PURPOSE – Paddy’s Pub, in Kennesaw, is hosting their annual fundraiser starting at 7:00 pm.  Join us for Karaoke, Silent Auctions, and Raffles. The money raised goes to the Georgia Cancer Center to help patients receiving chemo. It provides people that cannot afford—Lunch, transportation, food to take home etc. Visit pennieswithpurpose.org to learn more.

TUE OCT 7 – REDEVELOPMENT FORUM – Rebuilding Cobb’s Future, at the KSU Center from 7:30-11:00 a.m. This central gathering of stakeholders, developers, economists and leadership from local, state and federal agencies will explore the redevelopment opportunities in Cobb County. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Make your reservation at http://www.cobbchamber.org/events

girlsWED OCT 8 – NCHS HOMECOMING COW DROP AND OUTDOOR MOVIE – 3RD annual cow drop for North Cobb High School begins at 6:30 followed by an outdoor movie.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs!  Cows can be purchased at the NCHS front office.  Buy a cow or two for your chance to win FREE Chick-Fil-A for a year!

WED OCT 8 – MARIETTA COUNCIL OF GARDENS MEETING – 9:30am,  Come and socialize and listen to this month’s program on  ‘Our Love, Roses’.  The speaker will be Dr. Bruce Gillett, who is a well known Consulting Rosarian certified by the American Rose Society, a Cobb County Master Gardener and author.  Bruce is the head gardener of the Rose Garden at Smith Gilbert Garden in Kennesaw.  The meeting also informs you on what the garden clubs are doing in the Marietta area. The meeting will be held at the Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Ave, Marietta, GA, 30060, 770-427-3494.

WED OCT 8 – OPIATE/HEROIN ADDICITON SYMPOSIUM – from 7-9pm., the Davis Direction Foundation along with Marietta High School (MHS, 1171 Whitlock Avenue NW, Marietta) will be hosting their second Symposium in a series of four, on the topic of the “Continuum of Care” for opiate/heroin addiction.  They will also be hosting a Recovery Fair in the lobby of the Marietta Performing Arts Building at MHS. For questions, email davisdirectionfoundation@gmail.com.

THU OCT 9 – STORMWATER UTILITY MEETING – 6pm in the Public Works facility at 3080 Moon Station Road, Kennesaw. One of two meetings to provide Kennesaw business property owners the opportunity to learn about a proposed stormwater utility. Questions about the meetings may be directed to him at 770-421-8582 or  jwhitmer@kennesaw-ga.gov.

THUR OCT 9 – HOMECOMING PARADE AND BLOCK PARTY – The Parade starts at 6 PM; The Block Party starts at 7 PM; Everything is finished by 9 PM. The North Cobb High School family would love for the word to be spread and families from all over to attend. This is a wonderful family friendly event where kids of all ages are encouraged to come. There will be great music, food, crafts for the kids, face painting, inflatables, and a photo booth where people dressed up as Disney characters can take pictures with all of the kids.

FRI OCT 10= NCHS Homecoming Game. NCHS vs. McEachern 7:30 pm. Emory Sewell Stadium. NCHS.

Lots Of Fun Events This Weekend

FRI – SUN AUG 1-10 – HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, JR – “Get’cha Head in the Game” and catch Disney’s HSM Jr. at the Strand! Featuring catchy songs and exciting dance numbers.Tickets are $10 and assigned seating.  Order tickets online at www.earlsmithstrand.org.

THUR AUG 8-24 CATS presented by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater. The show that revolutionized musical theatre is opening Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s 35th anniversary season. Now that it has been seen by millions of audience members worldwide, it is time to celebrate with the whole family and create a special ‘memory’ one more time. Tickets for CATS are priced from $22 – $57.  For reservations and information call (404) 377-9948 or visit www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.

SAT AUG 9 PROGRAM PALOOZA -10-1 Ben Robertson Community Center. The FREE event will feature facility tours, activity information stations, interactive demonstrations, a “Lion’s Den” game room, and character entertainment. Attendees will be eligible to receive a 10% discount off any program offered by the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department. For more information, contact the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

SUN AUG 10 OPEN HOUSE for CONGREGATION NER TAMID. Come learn about our congregation, weekly Religious School classes PreK-Grade12, including Hebrew in the upper grades, Confirmation and B’nai Mitzvah, and High Holy Day Services. Located at 1349 Old Hwy 41, Suite 220, Marietta. Religious School begins August 17. If you miss our Open House from 10am-Noon on August 10, call 678.264.8575 with questions or for an individual appointment.

SUN AUG 10 DAVE RAMSEY FINANCIAL PEACE Series.  2:00 pm.  First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church St. Marietta, 30060. Contact Lynn Viars (404) 822-4328 (rviars@yahoo.com) or Lee Pence 770-428-9350 (lpence@bellsouth.net

THURS AUG 14 – SAFEPATH’S GOOD EATIN’ GREAT CAUSE. 6-10 at the Cobb Galleria Exhibit Hall. Attendees will enjoy culinary treats featuring signature appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks from the event’s restaurant participants. local celebrity chefs will serve as mentors in a team cook-off competition between Cobb County Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, and Marietta Fire Department. Tickets are $75. Please call 770-801-3469 about a discounted rate for Public Safety employees.

FRI AUG 15 MARTINIS AND MUSIC 5:30-8:30 pm Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Join the Museum for live music, a cash bar, and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free for MCMA Members and $10 for general admission. Visit www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org.

The Wing and Rock Festival, Woodstock, GA.

Wing and Rock FestivalThe Wing and Rock Festival features some of Atlanta’s best tasting chicken wings from metro Atlanta restaurants plus great live music on two stages featuring over a dozen bands.  This FREE festival takes place on Saturday, May 31st from noon until 10:00 p.m. & Sunday, June 1st from noon until 6:00 p.m in downtown Woodstock, Georgia.  This event is the third largest wing festival in the country with over 25,000 people expected in attendance this year.  This festival is the third largest wing fest in the country after Buffalo & Chicago and was voted as one of Top 50 food festivals in the country 2011 by Parade magazine.

This family friendly event has something for everyone.  For the adults we will have cold beverages to wash down those tasty wings plus a large arts and crafts area for those looking for some unique hand crafted items.  For the kids we have jumpies, rides, face painting and local teen bands.  Also do not miss the big wing eating contest on both days where competitors vie to be the fastest wing eater in the city.

Festival goers can savor tasty chicken wings from local experts like Wing Zone, Wing Stop and Hottie Hawgs who will all compete for several awards judged by local celebrities to determine who has the best tasting wings in the city.  Also the People’s Choice Award will be chosen by the festival attendees who get to vote for their favorite tasting wing at the festival.  Twenty restaurants & food trucks in all will be slinging wings next weekend along with BBQ, pizza, hot dogs.

So be sure to mark your calendar for this great weekend of fun while helping two non-profit organizations, Embraced Atlanta & Lucky Dog Pet Rescue, raise awareness and funds.  Embraced Atlanta mobilizes orthopedic and prosthetic equipment into the hands of those in need – the uninsured, the underinsured and the less fortunate.  Lucky Dog Pet Rescue is dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned dogs from the high-kill shelters of North Georgia.


johnloudCalifornia Dreaming, John LoudFamiliar faces at last year’s Festival.  John Loud, Loud Security on the left, and the staff from California Dreaming, Kennesaw, on the right.

KING OF KINGS at the Strand

king-of-kings-movie-poster-1927-1010428758What a wonderful way to start Easter weekend.  A viewing of Cecil B. DeMille’s THE KING OF KINGS to be screened with live musical accompaniment on the Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ by House Organist Ron Carter using the original 1928 musical score by legendary Hollywood composer Hugo Risenfeld. THE KING OF KINGS is the Greatest Story Ever Told as only Cecil B. DeMille could tell it. In 1927, working with one of the biggest budgets in Hollywood history, DeMille spun the life and Passion of Christ into a silent era blockbuster. It features the text drawn directly from the Bible, and a cast of thousands. This movie is at once spectacular and deeply reverent, part Gospel, part Technicolor epic. This special screening is on GOOD FRIDAY, April 18th at 8pm with an organ pops preshow at 7:30pm. Start the Easter weekend by experiencing the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in a format that is uniquely different but with a very powerful and emotional message. See and hear this full length, digitally restored silent film and experience what your parents or grand parents did in the 1920s. But remember Silent Films were never really Silent!! Come early at 7:30pm for a great organ pre-show and sing-a-long by organist Larry Davis!

Tickets are $10; $9 for seniors, students and military with a group rate of 10 or more at $7 for Sunday school classes, church groups, church choirs! Call the Strand Box Officer at 770-293-0080; or in person a the box office 9 to 12 or 1 to 4 m-f or on the web at www.earlsmithstrand.org

Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop

North East Cobb kids hunting for Easter Eggs.Bring the whole family out for the 5th Annual Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop presented by Piedmont Church, Superior Plumbing and C&S Paving and get ready as more than 90,000 eggs and pieces of candy are spread out and dropped from a helicopter at the football fields at Sprayberry High School April 19, 2014!

Funfare's inflatablesThe event begins at 10 a.m., and in addition to gathering up all the eggs, there will be candy, face painting and the Three-13 Salon, Spa and Boutique Kids Zone with inflatable slides and bounce houses for the toddlers and the older thrill seekers alike, unlimited rides can be purchased for only $5 per child.  Also plan to have your photo taken for free with the Easter Bunny courtesy of LGE Community Credit Union.  Capture the memories for a lifetime!

Free admission and ample free parking will be available at Sprayberry High School. Food will also be available to purchase from the Sprayberry Football Booster Club and all other proceeds from the event go to support both the Shop with a Yellow Jacket and the Shop with a Longhorn programs for Sprayberry and Kell High Schools respectively.

Helicopter dropping the eggsThe Cobb EMC Egg Hunts will get started around the football field at 11:30 a.m., as children ages three and under will begin their egg hunt. At 1:30 p.m., a helicopter will fly over and drop thousands of eggs for the four to seven year olds to hunt. At, 3:30 p.m., the children eight to 10, will begin the final hunt.

An estimated 12,000 people attended the event last year and weather permitting the crowds are expected to exceed 2013 totals. For more information or to sponsor the event please contact Bill Watson at 770.423.1330, email him at billwatson@jrmmanagement.com.

Scam Alert from Cobb County Sheriff’s Department

nealwarrenScam Alert from Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

Recently the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints from Cobb residents stating they have received phone calls from a male representing himself as a member of the “Sheriff’s Office.”  He informs the resident failed to appear for jury duty and that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. However, if the victim pays a substantial amount of money, the warrant will be dismissed and they will not be taken into custody.  The caller may also indicate that if the person pays the “fine” a warrant will not be issued for their arrest.

According to Sheriff Neil Warren, the caller tells the victim to make a payment using a “Walmart Money” card.  “Once they purchase the card, the victim is instructed to provide the card number to the caller” stated Sheriff Warren.  “This type of scam has been used for many years and is making a comeback. The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office would not contact a citizen demanding payment of a fine nor does the Sheriff’s Office have the authority to dismiss a warrant.”

Warren further stated if an individual has a question regarding jury duty service to call the Superior Court Jury Administrator at 770-528-1757 or the State Court Jury Administrator at 770-528-2628.

If you have received a phone call similar to this nature, please contact the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit immediately at 770-499-4653.


Cobb County’s DOT, Police, Sheriff, 911, Fire & Emergency Services all have been working through the night to assist in minimizing the impact of the snow and ice. Here is our latest update as of 10 a.m.PHOTO

Cobb DOT treated all arterial roads during the overnight hours. We are continuing to operate full crews and all spreader trucks with a current focus on CCT routes and smaller secondary roads. CCT is expected to resume local service at noon today. Road conditions will continue to improve as temperatures reach into the 40s and sunshine is expected throughout the day. To report a road hazard please visit www.cobbdot.org, call 770-528-1600 or download the YourGov app from iTunes or Google Play store.

Cobb Police are encouraging motorist to stay off the roads until conditions improve this afternoon. Please drive slowly as many secondary roads remain wet and there may be patches of ice. Drivers that had to abandoned their vehicles due to snow conditions are encouraged to recover them today.

Police have been working with vehicle towing services to relocate a limited number of vehicles that were blocking the road or creating a significant hazard. In most cases vehicles were moved within a few hundred feet of the location they were abandoned. In some cases vehicles had to be removed and taken to an impound yard. Vehicle owners will not be charged if their vehicle was towed at the request of Cobb Police. Information on claiming towed vehicles from impound can be obtained by calling Cobb Police HQ at 770-499-3900 after noon today.

Fire and Emergency Services resumed normal operations last night reporting that the frequency of emergency calls was returning to normal levels.  They do caution people to move carefully when outside. Crews have responded to multiple fall related injuries resulting in broken bones.

For updated information on county government closings and delayed openings visit www.cobbcounty.org

Family Fun Events Through November 2

FRI-SUN. OCT 25-NOV 10 – GUYS AND DOLLS BROADWAY CLASSIC – presented by the Lyric Theatre at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy, Marietta.  Tickets and info available at ww.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com or call 404-377-9948.

MON. OCT 28 – DIAPER DAY! – 5pm at Glover Park in Marietta Square. 5th annual Diaper Day to collect diapers for low income families.  The collection of diapers throughout the month of October will be given to C.A.M.P. (the Center for Family Resources), MUST Ministries, Reconnecting Families and the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.  For more info, contact Barbara hickey at esatlanta@bellsouth.net or call 404-276-0808.

clueMON-THURS OCT 28-31.  COME PLAY A GAME OF CLUE.  Marietta High School Theatre Department presents  Clue: The Movie. Help solve this classic who-done-it on stage in the new Marietta High School auditorium, Monday, October 28th through Thursday, October 31st at 7:00 pm or enjoy dinner and the show on Monday, October 28th and Thursday, October 31st beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets nay be purchased in advance at bluedeviltheatre.com:  $10.00/show or $15.00/dinner & show At the door:  $12.00/show or $20.00/dinner & show. Please contact boosterclubmhsdrama@gmail.com for questions, and to confirm dinner/theatre dates!

THURS. OCT 31 ALLATOONA HIGH SCHOOL FCCLA TRUNK OR TREAT 6-8 pm.  Parents you are invited to bring your kids to Allatoona High School’s Football Stadium Parking lot on Thursday, Oct 31 from 6-8 for a safe trick or treating environment for kids.  Join us for a night of tricks, treats, and fun.

78473dc3fb871066bd1172f5fc2392d8THURS. OCT 31 – NCHS PARADE AND BLOCK PARTY – downtown Acworth.  Parade starts at 6:00 pm. Block party starts at 7:00 pm.  Trunk or Treat and Costume Contest for the kids, music, dancing, and celebration.  Everyone invited

SAT. NOV 2 – RECYCLING DAY – from 9am-3pm at the Acworth Sports Complex.  Think GREEN!   Computer, Electronics and metal will be collected to be recycled.  Bring your old equipment and metal!  Free to drop off most items.  There is a $15 fee for computer monitors and a $20 fee for televisions.  Visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org for more info and a list of items that will be accepted.

runnerSAT. NOV 2 – GARDEN GALLOP 5K – 7:30am.  Race starts at Kennesaw First Baptist Church.  Race benefits the Smith Gilbert Gardens Foundation.  Register online at active.com or Big Peach Running Co. in Kennesaw.  For more info, visit www.gardengallop.com.


artteen1SAT NOV 2 – ANNUAL SIENAFEST CRAFT FAIR – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. More than 50 local crafters display homemade and unique items for sale–candles, soaps, jewelry, clothing, foods, holiday items, etc.  Bake sale, used book sale and prize drawings.  Breakfast and lunch will be on sale.  Come enjoy a fun start to the Christmas shopping season.  Saint Catherine of Siena, Herbert Hall, 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw, GA.  For more information, contact Crystal at (770) 365-6241 / ckvliek@hotmail.com.  www.Facebook.com/sienafestcraftfair

SAT NOV 2 – 1940s Swing Dance sponsored by the Museum of History and Holocaust Education.  The fun begins at 7:00 pm, in the KSU Center! Our special event commemorates the 1940s era with an evening of dancing to the live big band tunes of The Peachtree Jazz Edition’s 18-piece orchestra and vocalist. The program supports Feed the Future, a KSU initiative to assist students in need. Swing dance lessons, 40’s style photo shoot, refreshments and costume contest (1940’s attire).  Admission is FREE with donation of one non-perisable food item to Feed the Future.  Open to the public.  KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30144.

SAT. NOV 2 – HEROES AND LEGENDS GALA – Embassy Suites, Kennesaw, begins at 6:30.  Hosted by the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, the 11th annual gala will feature dinner from Ruth Chris Steak House, encompass a Gone with the Wind Theme, and pay tribute to several of the Southern Museum’s long standing members.  Tickets are $125 per person or $1000 for a table of eight.  Sponsorships available.  For more info or to purchase tickets call 770-427-2117 ext 3172 or email foundation@southernmuseum.org.

SAT. NOV 2 – FALL FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL – 11am-3pm at Summit Baptist Church, 4310 Moon Station Lane, Acworth.  Quad Jump, rock wall, inflatables, face painting, petting zoo and more!  Concessions will be available for purchase.  Fun for the entire family!  Visit ww.summitchurch.org or call 770-975-4595 for more info.