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.

Jacobson Named Smyrna Citizen Of Year

She is a jewelry professional by day and a philanthropist around the clock. For that reason and many others Rhonda Jacobson was named Smyrna Citizen of the Year.

The award was presented in November by the Smyrna Division of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

“Rhonda does so much good for her community,” said Dan Byers, division chair. He noted that she is active on boards and organizations such as the WellStar Foundation Board of Trustees and co-chair for WellStar Foundation – Women in Philanthropy as well as a member of the advisory council for the WellStar Vinings Health Park where the meeting was held.

In her “day job,” as Buyers put it, she is vice president, human resources and graduate gemologist at Cumberland Diamond Exchange in Smyrna.

She gives her time to the liveSAFE Resources board and is chair-elect/VP, SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Cobb Executive Women and Cobb Chairman’s Club.

“As co-owner and founder of Cumberland Diamond Exchange, the businesses involvement in the community and partnerships with non-profits are key differentiators. Their Cufflinks +Charms 4 Charity makes custom designed jewelry for resale and recognition with proceeds benefitting the corresponding charity,” Byers said. In FY2016 the business made $79,593.98 in gifts, merchandise and cash donations.

The family-owned store was founded by Rhonda and Mark Jacobson in 1982. It has been named “Jeweler of the Year” in 2016 and was named Cobb Small Business of the Year in 2015.

According to her nomination, it was said, “Rhonda has the biggest heart and truly cares about others. Jewelry is her business but philanthropy is where her heart is.”

“I am overwhelmed,” Mrs. Jacobson said. “It is all about giving back.”

As a surprise, she was joined by family members, friends and staff of the business who revealed themselves after she was announced as the award winner.

From the December 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Coming Home For Christmas In Smyrna

 

 

Election Runoffs Set Dec. 5

There will be a runoff Dec. 5 in Southern Cobb to fill two posts: the Smyrna Ward 3 council and Georgia Senate District 6. There was a 12 percent voter turnout.

Jaha Howard led the 8-person Senate field with 43 percent of the vote and will face Jen Jordan, who had 22 percent, in the runoff. Both are Democrats.

In Smyrna, Travis Lindley took 32 percent of the vote with Maryline Blackburn in a close second with 29 percent in the five person race.

The city seat was vacated by Terri Anulewicz who ran for Georgia House.

In Austell, Ollie Clemons Jr. was reelected to the Council At Large Post 1 over Melanie Maria Elder by a vote of 70 percent. Marlin Lamar defeated  Ikaika Anderson for Council Ward 1 by just two votes. And in Council Ward 3, Randy Green held on to the seat over Trudy Causey.

 

Frying A Turkey; Recycle Your Oil

The City of Smyrna wants your used cooking oil. The used oil will be made into biodiesel fuel for the City’s vehicles, and recycling is so easy for you.

Smyrna residents may recycle the used oil by putting it in a plastic milk jug with a screw top and leaving the jug at the curb on their recycling day. Free containers are also available from any of the drop-off locations listed below. Non-residents and residents may bring filled containers to the Smyrna Recycling Center at 3475 Lake Drive, the Smyrna Public Works Department at 2190 Atlanta Road, or the Smyrna Fire Stations on Atlanta Road, South Cobb Drive, Concord Road or Park Drive.

Biodiesel fuel burns much cleaner than petro diesel, which keeps the air in our community cleaner.  It also helps to clean the engines, saves the City money in fuel costs and helps us to be less dependent on foreign oil. Please, never pour oil down the drain. This will cause clogging in your pipes and cost you expensive repairs.

Additional information can be found at the City’s website, www.smyrnacity.com or by calling Smyrna Public Works Department at 770-431-2850 or Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863.

From the November  2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Silva Is Smyrna Business Person Of The Year

Charles Silva was named the Smyrna Business Association Business Person of the Year at the September meeting.

Silva, who currently serves as secretary of the group had a long tenure as treasurer.

Presenting the award are, left, Dennis Harding, last year’s recipient and Jabar Dozier, right, president.

A native of St. Louis, Silva grew up in St Louis Missouri and spent most of his career as a banker, working his way up to bank president. After volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation, Silva headed the Arthritis Chapter of Eastern Missouri and came to the Atlanta area as CFO of the National Arthritis Foundation in 1997.

“Today, Charlie continues to use his financial and consulting skills to assist small businesses in the Smyrna area,” Harding said. “We are fortunate that Charlie has brought his experience and talent to serving as a Board member of the Smyrna Business Association.”

He and his wife, Katie, have two grown children.

From the September 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

‘Twisted Cyclone’ Roller Coaster Coming To Six Flags In 2018

Six Flags Over Georgia—the Thrill Capital of the South— announced the all-new Twisted Cyclone hybrid roller coaster will arrive in 2018. Twisted Cyclone will offer guests the best of both worlds—a classic wooden structure combined with a modern, steel track for multiple inversions and a smoother, more thrilling riding experience.

“Six Flags was the first in the industry to introduce this hybrid technology and Twisted Cyclone is a shining example of Six Flags innovation at its very best. Year after year, our park keeps delivering unique thrills for all ages and this state-of-the-art hybrid coaster is an absolute game-changer,” said Park President Dale Kaetzel. “Our guests are going to be blown away by the unbelievable features of this coaster.”

Twisted Cyclone highlights include:

  • An insanely steep 75-degree initial drop from nearly 100 feet into a jaw-dropping reverse cobra roll sending riders perpendicular to the ground;
  • Three hair-raising upside down inversions and 10 airtime moments along 2,400 feet of track at speeds of 50 miles per hour;
  • The feeling of weightlessness through a 360-degree zero gravity roll;
  • One-of-a-kind custom coaster trains modeled after a classic 1960’s sports convertible; and
  • A smoother, sleeker, more intense ride than ever before.

Construction on Twisted Cyclone is underway and the ride is expected to debut in the spring of 2018. For more information about next season at Six Flags Over Georgia, visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia/newfor2018.

Six Flags Over Georgia is also announcing the start of 2018 Season Pass sales with its special Flash Sale through Labor Day weekend featuring the best deal of the year— savings up to 70% off on a 2018 Pass!

August 31 through Sept. 4, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Combo Season Pass with every Pass purchased. Gold Combo Season Passes include admission to Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water, and any other Six Flags theme park, as well as free parking and special admission offers for friends.

Campbell Is Now Cobb’s Largest High School

Campbell High School opened the school year with some 2,957 students enrolled, making it the largest high school in Cobb County.

“We are bursting at the seams,” said Principal Jeannie Walker. Rooms that had been converted from classrooms to other purposes have been reconfigured as classroom space to accommodate new staff, she said. With some no-shows after the first day’s count, the student population is at 2,800 “but that continues to grow, and will do so again after Labor Day,” a school spokesman said.

Campbell had 2,664 enrolled in March, and by August 1 had increased nearly 10 percent. North Cobb was the largest school in Cobb in March’s count with 2,851.

“We’ve got more bodies crammed into the same space,” she added. The classrooms were built in the 1960s and are not as adaptable as newer construction.

Campbell has added 6.5 new teaching positions for the upcoming year and has 38 new employees.

“The Spartan staff is strong and keeps appositive attitude” she said.

“Campbell High School exceeded the previous year’s performance in all areas on the end of course test last year,” said Walker. Not only did they have the highest SAT, ACT & CCRPI gains for 2016, they achieved a 93 percent IB diploma rate and 92 percent of the seniors enrolled in 2017 graduated on time.” Other notable Campbell accomplishments are listed on page 9 of this issue.

Other changes coming to the school include a new football coach who arrived in the spring and will lead the Spartans on the field this fall. Kyle Adkins comes from Pope High school. His wife April is also a teacher at Campbell.

Parking space will also be an issue this school year as construction of a new gymnasium has removed a parking lot in front of the Nash Gym. It is expected to open in January.

The reduction in parking will be felt during sporting events and open houses and only seniors will be allowed to park on campus.

From the August 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.