Campbell Lady Spartans Win State



Campbell Lady Spartan medalists are, kneeling from left, Jameah Alston, Raina Perry, and Jada Alston; standing, Jaleah Alston, Mekenze Kelley, Lailah Malone, Zionn Rice, Akilah Parrish, Rachel Swain, Ashton Lindley, Makayla Jones, Makylah Jones and Camille Trottman.

The Campbell Lady Spartans Track & Field team just completed their most successful season ever by winning their first GHSA State Track and Field Team Championship in school history and only the second GHSA State Championship since Softball won in 1994.

This talented and well-coached team won the State Championship by 50 points, and with the highest point total (112 points) ever scored in the largest classification (7A) in the state. 

The track and field program first won the Region 2-7A Championship, and Cobb County Championship, leading to the State Championship.

Ashton Lindley, a junior, was GHSA State Championship Athlete of the Meet. SAhe was also Cobb County Athlete of the Meet at the Cobb County Championship.  At State, Ashton scored on the winning 4x100m and 4x400m Relay teams, won the 300m Hurdles with a time (41.46) that ranks her as US#11, and placed fifth in the Long Jump as well as second in the 400m dash.

Campbell scored points in 12 different events, and won Gold in four events.

The other individual Gold medalist was Mekenze Kelley, a sophomore, who ran a blazing 53.65.  This performance ranks her as US#13 and #2 in Georgia. Kelley also won Silver in the 200m Dash and ran on both winning relay teams.

The other medalists include:

• Camille Trotman (JR) 4x100m Relay and High Jump

• Jaleah Alston (JR) 100m Dash, 200m Dash, and both Relays

• Raina Perry (SR) 300m Hurdles, and both Relays

• Lailah Malone (JR) Shot Put and Discus

• Jada Alston (SR) Triple Jump and both Relays

• Zionn Rice (FR) 100m Hurdles and both Relays

• Jameah Alston (JR) both Relays

• Makylah Jones (JR) 4x400m Relay

Also contributing as alternates who ran in the prelims of the 4x400m Relays were Loryn Smith (FR) and Akilah Parrish (SO).

“This is a young and talented team with only two seniors graduating, so the future continues to be bright for the program,” said Michelle Lanier, Head Girls’ Track Coach.

Smyrna ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Coming

The new Smyrna Historical Society isn’t waiting for the doors of the newly-renovated Smyrna Museum to open in September, according to Nancy Geisler, board member.

“The 2019 Program is here, and most events are open to all and free. Please visit www.Smyrnahistoricalsociety.org to register for communications about events. For those who are able to do more, please consider donating to the future of the historical society by becoming a Member,” she said. 

Two collection events are set for June 15 and July 27, Noon – 4 p.m. at the Smyrna Library. Bring your photographs and other historic items to the experts. They will be scanned and returned or accepted to the permanent museum collection. It’s our “Antiques Roadshow” with a Smyrna flair.

For a limited time, the society is offering a special Founder’s membership. For a one-time donation of $100, your name will be listed on a permanent plaque to be displayed in the museum. You will also be invited to a special pre-opening ceremony. This is an easy and inexpensive way to show your support for a resource that will service our community for many years. 

From the June 2019  issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Linda Keeney Scholarship Awarded

The King Springs Foundation awarded its second annual Linda B. Keeney Scholarship for King Springs Alumni April 26 to Campbell High School Senior, Spencer Ford.

Ford will be attending the University of Miami to pursue a degree in Musicianship, Artistry Development, and Entrepreneurship. 

The Linda B. Keeney Scholarship for King Springs Alumni was established in 2018 to honor the career of King Springs’ long-time principal upon her retirement from public education.

In 2018, the King Springs Foundation awarded a $1,000 scholarship.  In 2019, the award was doubled to $2,000. In 2020, the King Springs Foundation has a goal of once again doubling the award.  If you would like to contribute directly to the scholarship, please go kingspringsfoundation.org/.

From the June 2019  issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Lawn Chairs Now Okay At Renovated Amphitheatre

Visitors check out the new terraced seating area that allows lawn chairs at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheater during a recent open house.

The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre’s season is underway and concert goers and performers are benefitting from extensive renovations.
“We have a robust concert series that we are this hosting on behalf local promoters,” said Robert Edwards, general manager. The amphitheater is a rental only facility.

“One of our promoters, Royal Entertainment, has brought in some 20 concerts over the summer.”

Royal also helped facilitate moving all of the Kiss 104.1 Flashback series from Lakewood Amphitheater. Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends have back to back concerts.

“It’s going to be a fun series over the summer,” Edwards said during an open house at the facility in May.

A new movie series on the first Friday of each month called Movies , Band and Brew, will be a nostalgic evening with the theme of an individual artist and film.

“We are teaming up with the Arts Center so the first Friday in July is a Prince experience. A national touring, exhibit, then have Hero, The Band playing music of Prince and the movie Purple Rain.

An Evening of Jazz series is already underway.

Edwards said that in the winter of 2017 renovations began the backstage area, including the green room and dressing areas.

“We ripped up all the floors which now with polished concrete, bought new furniture, and gave it a new look. We really spruced up the place to give the artists a better impression of our backstage,” he said.

“This past winter we redid the lawn area so it is now terraced instead of a steep hill. Now we allow all of our patrons to bring in their own lawn chairs. It’s a big deal since we never allowed that in the past. We have new bar areas in the venue so we have full cash bars available to the public,” he said.

The entire SPLOST renovation was $2 million spread out over two years.

The seating area remains the same capacity at 2,500 with 1,500 under the roof and 1,000 on the lawn.

“It’s just a more user friendly lawn area,” he said.

Here are some of the shows coming this summer and fall at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre.

An Evening of Jazz series:

• June 22 – featuring Gregory Porter, Ken Ford and Kathy Kosins.

• July 6 – featuring Boney James, Avery Sunshine and Alex Bugnon.

• Aug. 3 – featuring Brian Culberson and Najee.

• Aug. 17 – featuring Jeffrey Osborne and Jody Watley.

• Sept. 21 – featuring Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, Eric Darius and Nick Colionne.

July 20 – The Gentlemen of Soul featuring Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett

Kiss 104.1 Flashback Festival:

• Aug. 31 – The Whispers with Ruben Studdard, and Evelyn Champagne King.

• Sept. 1 – Cameo with Midnight Star, and Glenn Jones.

Also, Sept. 7 – Sounds Good Medicine with Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenney Lattimore, and Bryan Thompson, hosted by M.C. Lightfoot.

The Wednesday night children’s series, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, will feature free movies such as Black Panther on June 12; Spiderman Into the Spiderverese on June 26; A Wrinkle In Time on July 10; and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on July 24.

First Fridays feature Movie, Bands and Brews:

• July 5 – Purple Rain, featuring Hero, the Band, playing Prince music.

• Aug. 2 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, featuring The Neon Queen.

• Sept. 6 – Nine to Five with a performance by Diva Royale.

• Oct. 4 – Bohemian Rhapsody featuring a Queen tribute performance by the Georgia Players Guild.

For showtimes and tickets visit mablehouse.org or call 770-819-7765.

From the June 2019  issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Group Plans For City In South Cobb

Mableton could be the “the next best city in Cobb County” within two years if the South Cobb Alliance wins funding and support from the legislature.

Enthusiastic supporters recently held a town hall meeting at South Cobb Regional Library.

“The time has come for us as a community to determine if it is feasible for us to become Cobb County’s next city,” said Tre Hutchins, an organizer of the cityhood effort. “This will allow us an opportunity to customize our needs as it relates to the quality of life we deserve in South Cobb.”

Mableton, an unincorporated community in south Cobb, would be joined with the unincorporated part of Austell to create Cobb’s newest city, which would also be called Mableton.

The new city would be bordered on the north by Hurt Road just north of the East-West Corridor, on the west by Austell, on the east by Smyrna and go southward all the way to Cobb’s southern tip.

The first step is having a bill introduced in the General Assembly. Hutchins said State Rep. Erica Thomas, D- Austell, has agreed to do that.

Hutchins said the group needs $30,000 for a Feasibility Study.

“We have 1/3 of it and need another $20K to make sure this happens,” he said. “The South Cobb Alliance is dedicated to securing the funds to complete the study. For more information: www.SouthCobbAlliance.org/.

Hutchins said he thinks the study will show the city of Mableton will be able to provide at least three of the 16 state constitutionally mandated municipal services currently provided by the county without raising taxes on its residents.

October & November Calendar

OCTOBER

4-12 – FINE ART EXHIBIT AND SALE. Taylor-Brawner PARK WITH ART fine art exhibit and sale at Smyrna’s historic Taylor-Brawner House from Oct. 4 to 12.  At 3182 Atlanta Road. Smyrna. Opening Reception Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m., and wine and light refreshments furnished.  Preview the art & meet the artists. Open Daily Oct. 5 to 12, noon to 5 p.m.

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9/16/23/30: INFANT & TODDLER STORY TIME (0-2 year-olds) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 at Smyrna Library. Limited to 25 infant/toddlers.

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10: CASPER’S FALL FUN CARNIVAL will be Oct. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Smyrna Community Center.

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10/17/24/31: PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (3-5 year-olds) Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 at Smyrna Library.

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11-13: COBB FALL BOOK SALE. The fall book sale will held Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, at the Cobb Civic Center. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Debit, credit, cash and checks will be accepted. On Friday until 1 p.m., ISBN scanners are not permitted. The book sale will also only be able to sell up to two boxes of items at a time on Friday until 1 p.m. Sunday is BYOB (Bring Your Own Box) Day. You can bring any size box you like and fill it to the top. All profits from this sale go directly to buy more items for the 16 libraries in the Cobb County Public Library System. The civic center is located at 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, call Alex Beswick at 770-528-2320.

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12: SHREDDING DAY at The Wolfe Center, Smyrna.  Bring papers to lower parking lot Oct. 12 beginning at 9 a.m.  Shredding will end at noon.

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12: SPOOKTACULAR CHASE. Registration now open. Historic  Downtown Power Springs Oct. 12. This annual Halloween themed 10K/5K supports the life-changing services provided by Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia (VRS) to individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired across 31 counties of north Georgia. For times and registration information go to.spooktacularchase.com       .

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12: PUMPKIN PATCH. Gina Bridges Home Team holds their annual family pumpkin patch, with face painting, goodie bags, games, and free pumpkins on Oct. 12 from 11 -2 at 3964 Atlanta Road, Smyrna.

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12: THE HARVEST FESTIVAL — formerly the Storytelling Festival — will be held at the Mable House Historic Grounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

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12: BIG NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE on Saturday Oct 12 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (rain date Oct 19). Located behind Smyrna Market Village in Parkview Village (take Powder Springs to Parkview Place SE) and also just opposite on Bank Street. Follow the signs!

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12-13: CHALKTOBERFEST. The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art is pleased to host the 6th Annual Chalktoberfest on Oct. 12-13, 2019 on the Marietta Square. Please check www.chalktoberfest.com for updated information about live performances, chalk artists, the Craft Beer Festival, and other additions.

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15: BLOCK PARTY  Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 10:30-11 a.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Ages: 0-24 months. Each month we will have a different type of block available to keep your little one engaged.

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15: TINKER TUESDAY: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs. Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 4-4:45 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Ages: 5-12 years PLUS parent/caregiver Registration required: sreference@smyrnaga.gov.  We will make a bug hotel and eat real bugs (that’s optional).

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15: CRAFTS FOR A CAUSE: Big Pumpkin, Little Pumpkin. Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Ages: 13-18 only RSVP: youthservices@smyrnaga.gov. Read a picture book with a young reader and make a pumpkin craft together.

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19: SMYRNA BIKE RODEO sponsored by the Smyrna Parks Department and Jonquil City Kiwanis at North Cooper Lake Park 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19

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19: GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: Using Courthouse Records Monday, Oct. 19 from 10:30 a.m. – noon Smyrna Library, Meeting Room RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov. Professional genealogist Dianne Barfield will discuss the types of records you can find at the courthouse and how to interpret them. Workshop is free of charge, sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

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19: ANNUAL HARVEST SQUARE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL, Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Marietta Square.

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22: OCTOBER HAUNT AFTER HOURS.  Six Flags over Georgia Oct. 22 from 4 – 8 p.m. RSVP by Oct. 21 cobbafterhours.com

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22: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB monthly meeting will be held on Oct. 22nd at Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna.  Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month (Sept-May) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Each meeting includes information on horticulture and a presentation that will enhance your knowledge of gardening.  October’s presentation, “Winter Interest,” will be a program on how to prepare your garden for the changing season. Our presenter will be Mickey Gazaway who is a Garden Club Coordinator, speaker for Pike’s Nurseries, and writes a garden column. New members are always welcome!  Jonquil Garden Club includes members from novice to master gardeners. For additional information visit our website at www.jonquilgardenclub.org or call our president, Lorelei Clapper at 404-786-8440.

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24: CANDIDATE MEET AND GREET. Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Cir, Smyrna, Voters will get the opportunity to meet the candidates for Smyrna Mayor and City Council. No RSVP necessary. This event is open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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24: FALL FESTIVAL THURSDAY: Oct. 24 from 3-5 p.m. Smyrna Library, Train Playground Ages: 3-7 Create your own spooky 24 paper jack o’ lantern, play pin the bow tie to Mr. Bones, and many more exciting activities!

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26-27: USED BOOK SALE FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, noon – 5 p.m. Selection includes hardback and paperback fiction and non-fiction, children’s, young adult, reference books, music CDs and DVDs. Prices range from $.50 to $5.

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26-27: FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL at Smyrna Village Green. Arts & crafts, music, food and fun. Saturday 10-6; Sunday noon to 5.

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29: CRAFTERNOON TUESDAY, Oct. 29 from 4-5 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Ages: 3-10. Make and take crafts for all ages.

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30: TRUNK OR TREAT. Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses, knights, and characters to Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna, for a free Trunk or Treat and hot dog dinner. Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. www.smyrnafumc.org.

NOVEMBER

5: VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION – VBA meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. October program is Location to be announced. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. program – Vinings Business of the Year nominees. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099.

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

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7: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m… Smyrna Restaurant Panel. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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5: ELECTION DAY. Cobb schools are closed.

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11: VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. On the 11th day of the 11th month at the hour of 11, please join our community in honoring the service of all United States military veterans who have served in times of war and conflict and in times of peace. Held at the Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial (2800 King Street, Smyrna), across from Smyrna City Hall. Guest speaker: Lt. Col. Will Cox, Deputy Commander – 78th Aviation Troop Command. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside at the Smyrna Community Center. Free event parking–street parking, City Hall and Community Center parking lots. The Smyrna Veterans Day Ceremony is organized by the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160 and the Smyrna Rotary Club.

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16: BETHANY HOLIDAY BAZAAR Nov. 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get a head start on your holiday shopping! A variety of 25-30 vendors. Free admission. Bethany United Methodist Church 760 Hurt Rd SW Smyrna. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity and the Military Dog Program.

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WEEKLY EVENTS

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

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SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. South Cobb Regional Library, Mableton 678-799-4425.

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

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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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AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivy Road, Mableton meets every third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Bingo–Mon, Tues, Friday 8 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m.

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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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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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GARY HILL NETWORK monthly networking luncheons are held at 11 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month at different locations. Call 770-438-6961 for more information. Oct. 17 is at McCray’s Tavern, 4500 West Village Place, Smyrna.

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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 following school districts: Smyrna Elementary, Norton Park, King Springs, Nickajack, Teasley, Belmont Hills, Green Acres, Argyle, and Russell. We offer morning and afternoon weekly playgroups and activities. For questions about our club or if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us directly at membership@momsclubofsmyrnawest.com

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MOMS CLUB SOUTH COBB. Do you ever feel like you are the only at-home mother who stays home? If so, you are not alone! Come meet other moms and kids at the MOMS CLUB of Austell and Mableton! We meet monthly and would love to meet you and your kids. If interested in attending, contact us momsclubofaustellandmableton@gmail.com, 770-841-8631 or momsclubofaustella.wixsite.com/momsclubofaustell.

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NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets the third Tuesday of each month September through May at 10 a.m., John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta.  Please join us for fun activities and new friends or contact us at newcomersofcobbcounty.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 the Cochise Club. 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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WOODARD GROUP. The West Metro Atlanta Woodard Group meets at 6 p.m. at the South Cobb Diner on the 4th Thursday of each month. Woodard Groups provide opportunities for small business advisors and business owners to network with others to foster cooperation, strengthen relationships, and leverage mutual opportunities for mutual support and referrals. For more info www.facebook.com/groups/westmetroatlwoodardgroup

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

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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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. We are grateful to the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center for providing our meeting space.

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E-mail your organization’s calendar news to news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for November issue is October 23 with publication the week of November 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. 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 October 2019  issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Harvest Festival To Be Held at Mable House

The Harvest Festival will be held at the Mable House Historic Grounds on October 12, 2019.

Produced by The Friends of The Mable House in partnership with Cobb Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, The Harvest Festival was formerly the Storytelling Festival.

“The Friends organization wanted to rebrand the event to create an enhanced family experience,” said Libby Geiselmayr, Mable House Arts Center Coordinator.

Professional storytellers Josie Bailey and Joanna Maddox will be telling tales, plus, there will be musical performances, food and other activities.

This free event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include Hay Rides given by the South Cobb Lions Club, a sweet potato garden, corn shucking, butter churning, homemade Johnny cakes, professional blacksmith Wind Chapman, farm animals, live storytellers, arts and crafts with clay throwing demonstrations, old time games, sweets and drinks by the girl scouts, live musical performances, Mother Goose, and gold panning.

There will be Historic House Tours with live demonstrations of quilting, spinning, weaving and sewing.

The South Cobb Lions Club will be selling BBQ both Saturday and Sunday.

Musical performances are set by FlatPickin’, Inc., and Soulful Praise, the Pebblebrook High School Gospel Choir.

From the October 2019 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

WellStar Cobb Celebrates 50 Years

WellStar Cobb Hospital, one of the premier healthcare providers offering top quality, community-based professional healthcare services to the residents of Austell and South Cobb communities, marked the 50th Anniversary of its opening on June 3.

What began as a 50-acre peach orchard is now a nationally recognized campus for hope and healing with 382 licensed beds and 2,200 staff members who care for more than 104,000 patients annually. From the first patient treated 50 years ago, to the millions seeking care and comfort since, WellStar Cobb Hospital continues to fulfill its founding vision of being there for patients every minute of every hour of every day.

“For 50 years, this hospital has been a proud example of what a community can accomplish when they come together for the better of all,” said Callie Andrews, president of WellStar Cobb Hospital. “This year isn’t just a celebration of the hospital and our team, but also for the surrounding communities as we reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish together. As we look toward the future, we will continue the hospital’s legacy of focusing on patient experience and quality care to create a healthier, hope-filled community.”

No history of WellStar Cobb Hospital would be complete without recognizing the tireless dedication and support of Charles “Pete” Wood. From his participation in 1962 as founding Trustee of the Hospital Authority of Cobb County, to his leadership as Chairman of the WellStar Board of Trustees, Wood gave freely of his talents and time to ensure quality healthcare for Cobb County residents. WellStar Cobb Hospital’s Therapeutic Horticulture Garden – completed in 1993 for recovering patients and their families – was dedicated and renamed the Charles “Pete” Wood Garden in 2000 to honor him for his many decades of service.

The 50-year history of the hospital is filled with many milestones, most notably its merger with Kennestone, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals in 1993 to form a robust health system, Northwest Georgia Health System, Inc. On March 6, 1998, the name WellStar was introduced as the umbrella for these community hospitals. The words “Well” represent the mission of providing for the health of the community, and “Star” represents leadership, innovation and commitment to excellence.

“WellStar Cobb Hospital has a longstanding history of providing high-quality healthcare services focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the individuals and communities served. For the past 50 years, the physicians, caregivers and team members at WellStar Cobb have strived to exceed the expectations of our patients and consumers by creating an outstanding hospital and medical community that has expanded and thrived,” said Candice L. Saunders, president and CEO of WellStar Health System. “We are excited to celebrate this milestone and look forward to building upon our legacy as the healthcare partner of choice for greater South Cobb and its surrounding communities.”

Dedicated physicians work hand-in-hand with nurses and others to bring the best in modern medicine at WellStar Cobb Hospital. The hospital offers several exemplary programs, including a recently renovated burn and wound unit, a state-of-the-art cardiac program and women’s center and a leading cancer program that will have a new facility unveiled in late 2018.

“Physician leadership was instrumental in the hospital’s early history,” said Thomas Gearhard, MD, family medicine for WellStar Cobb Hospital and member of WellStar Cobb regional health board. “Dedicated medical staff provided family care, delivered newborns and served those in need in Cobb County where healthcare services were warmly welcomed in 1968. As the hospital has grown, it’s always enjoyed a close relationship with the community, through local governance, staff outreach, vibrant volunteer support and events.”

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

Tickets On Sale For Blue Jeans Gala

If you ever have to dial 911, what do you expect to be the outcome? Professionals with the highest level of expertise and professionalism to respond. The Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF) is dedicated to support the professional endeavors of the public safety agencies within Smyrna and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who live or work in the City of Smyrna and surrounding communities.

The 2018 Blue Jean Gala is Aug. 18 in Wallace Hall at Adventure Outdoors, 2500 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna. The title sponsor is The Charyn Darby Foundation. This event is different from others in the community because it allows attendees to spend the evening with our local heroes and all funds raised stay here in the Smyrna community to promote and support the many important initiatives of the Smyrna Fire and Police Departments.

“We strive to ensure that each police officer and firefighter is qualified, trained, and equipped to perform at the highest levels of professional standards,” said Barb Allen, executive director of the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation.  “Funds raised at this year’s Gala will be dedicated to funding some critical training and equipment that is outside their operating budgets.”

Annually, the SPSF sponsors the Smyrna Public Safety Awards and Recognition banquet where these Heroes are recognized for their exemplary service to the community. In December, the SPSF teams up with the Smyrna elementary schools and takes youth on a shopping spree for the Shop with a Hero event.

Make plans now to attend the Annual Blue Jean Gala. Ticket price includes live entertainment, dinner and beverages. There will be numerous unique raffle items as well as silent auction items, many which are experiences involving public safety.

At this event you are encouraged to dress casual (jeans and your favorite accessories are totally acceptable). There will be a photo booth available where you can memorialize the event.

For more information and purchase tickets, visit the website at www.smyrnapsf.org,  send an email to admin@smyrnapsf.org, or call 404-791-6935.

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

Mableton Park Gets Compromise Name

Cobb Commissioners have agreed on a compromise name, “Mableton’s Chattahoochee River Line Park,” for a new 103-acre park along the Chattahoochee River.

Parks Director Jimmy Gisi says the members of the Mableton Improvement Coalition and the River Line Historic Area, Inc. came up with the new name and ran it by District Commissioner Lisa Cupid who approved of it.

The property runs for one mile along the river and includes a variety of well-preserved Civil War-era earthworks. A large part of the property is on the National Register of Historic Places. Cobb County has owned the property since 1990 when it acquired it through the settlement of litigation.

The work on the park will cost approximately $1 million. Funding will come from the 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) as part of the P.A.R.K.S. program approved by voters. Gisi told commissioners the improvements include a small parking lot, restrooms, signs and historical markers. A small display will show what a confederate Shoupade looked like. Another trail will lead to the remnants of a federal Redan.

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