East Cobb football update: Pope, Kell cruise in region games

Only two of the six East Cobb high school football teams were in action Friday, but they made emphatic statements with region play underway.East Cobb football update

The Pope Greyhounds blanked Dunwoody 26-0 at the Hound Pound, the first shutout for a Pope varsity team in six years. That’s when current seniors were still in middle school.

Pope played without star receiver Zack Owens, who’s recovering from an injury, and raced to a 20-0 halftime lead.

More importantly, the win gives Pope (2-4 overall) a 2-2 record in Class 6A Region 7 play, with another key game coming on Friday at Johns Creek, which is tied for the region lead at 4-1, 3-0.

After two tough losses in Class 5A Region 7, the Kell Longhorns were off last week. On Friday, at winless Paulding County, they scored the first 33 points of the game and cruised to a 54-20 win.

Kell LogoIsaiah Cruz scored two touchdowns for Kell, which moves to 3-2 and 1-2 in region play, but tougher foes are ahead as the playoff stakes grow.

The Longhorns return home to The Stockyard Friday against region rival Villa Rica, which is tied for second in the region at 4-2, 3-1.

Also coming up on Friday is an East Cobb rivalry game. The Walton Raiders, ranked No. 2 in Class 7A at 5-0, opens its schedule in Region 4 against Lassiter, which is 1-4.

Also ranked in Class 7A is Wheeler, which is 5-0 for the first time in 25 years. The Wildcats will be at home for their Region 2 opener against Newnan (2-3).

Sprayberry is off to a 1-4 start and is 1-2 in Class 6A Region 6. The Yellow Jackets will be at home Friday for a region game against Osborne (0-6, 0-4).

 

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Cobb Coffee with a Cop at 2 East Cobb locations next week

From the Cobb County Neighborhood Safety Commission and Cobb Police:Cobb Coffee With a Cop, Northeast Cobb hit-and-run

National Coffee-With-A-Cop Day is Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Coffee-With-A-Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other. In the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee, citizens and police officers can get to know each other and discover mutual goals for the communities they live in and serve.

Officers will be at the following locations on Oct. 3rd:

– Dunkin Donuts located at 4290 Bells Ferry Rd., Kennesaw, Ga. 30144 (from 2:30 pm until 4:00 pm)

– Panera Bread located at 1605 East-West Connector, Austell, Ga. 30106 (from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm)

– Dunkin Donuts located at 2022 Powers Ferry Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30339 (from 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm)

– Whole Foods located at 1311 Johnson’s Ferry Rd., Marietta, Ga. 30068 (from 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm)

– Dunkin Donuts located at 2475 Dallas Highway, Marietta, Ga. 30064 (from 8:00 am until 9:30 am)

We look forward to seeing you at one of these locations. As always, please be careful in your travels.

If you have any questions concerning this event, please contact Sgt Tatroe at 770-399-3981. Also, all our events are child friendly, so if the youngsters are available, please bring them so they can meet and talk with the officers as well.

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Sen. David Perdue statement on Kavanaugh investigation

Around 5 p.m. Friday the office of Sen. David Perdue sent out the following statement about the Judiciary Committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

In yesterday’s hearing, we heard directly from both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh. Here is what we know:

No corroborating evidence has been presented to support these accusations.Sen. David Perdue

Judge Kavanaugh has been consistent & categorical in his denial. While Dr. Ford identified 3 witnesses, each of these witnesses stated under penalty of perjury that the events did not occur, which further corroborates Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony.

While Democrats continue to clamor for further FBI investigation, let’s look at what happened. To date, Judge Kavanaugh has been thoroughly investigated by the FBI 6 times, which is more than any other Supreme Court nominee in history.

If Senate Democrats really wanted to get at the truth, they would have immediately provided the information that only they received to the FBI & Senate Judiciary. Instead, Senator Feinstein held onto Dr. Ford’s letter for 6 weeks before it was leaked to the press.

When Chuck Grassley learned of Dr. Ford’s letter in the media, he quickly instituted a full committee investigation. Since then, the Democratic members of the committee chose not to participate.

It is clear that Senate Democrats’ demands for an FBI investigation are nothing more than an orchestrated effort to cause a delay and push this decision past the election in November.

Shame on the United States Senate if it puts political interest before its constitutional responsibility. In America, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty is a cornerstone of our democracy. That’s at the heart of what makes our country exceptional.

Now that the committee has voted to move this nomination forward, it is time to take a vote before the full Senate. It is time to put the Democrats’ partisan delays behind us. It is time to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

We will post a response from Sen. Johnny Isakson when that becomes available.

 

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East Cobb Lions Club recognized for 60th anniversary

East Cobb Lions Club

From the office of Cobb Commissioner JoAnn  Birrell, who recognized the East Cobb Lions Club at Tuesday’s meeting:

The East Cobb Lions Club has a legacy of service that spans 60 years! They received their charter July 14, 1958 from the Lions Clubs International to serve the eastern portions of Cobb County. The East Cobb Lions have conducted fundraisers of every kind and have worked tirelessly to benefit the citizens of East Cobb and Cobb County. 

Their efforts over the past 60 years helped lead the expansion of the Cobb County Library System and they have been vigilant in providing eye exams and glasses for countless children and adults.

The East Cobb Lions’ work is not limited to services in Georgia for they have provided training and dog guides which restore independence and mobility through Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, MI and Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, FL.

As part of their greater mission they support Lions Clubs International Foundation which provides disaster relief both within our state and internationally and works to eradicate measles and preventable causes of blindness throughout the world.

For the last 34 years, the East Cobb Lions Club also has delivered Meals on Wheels on Christmas Day to needy families throughout Cobb County.

 

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Simpson principal wins Cobb middle school leadership award

Dr. Ashley Daniel, Simpson principal

From Cobb school board member David Banks comes word (and photo) that Simpson principal Dr. Ansley Daniel recently was presented with the first Cobb County School District “Middle School Leadership Award.”

Here’s more from him about how it came about:

This award represents not only her leadership, but also the hard work and dedication from the entire staff at Simpson Middle School.

This award was based on overall increases in test scores, the significant reduction in our discipline data, and beautification of our school.

When asked about the award, Dr. Daniel was quick to give credit to teachers, staff, admin, and all the wonderful students we have at Simpson.

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Pedestrian hospitalized in Northeast Cobb hit-and-run

Cobb Police said a man walking along Pete Shaw Road in Northeast Cobb Tuesday night was struck by a vehicle. Northeast Cobb hit-and-run

Officer Sarah OHara said that Kevin Scholfield, 36, of a Northeast Cobb address, was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening.

She said Scholfield was walking westbound on Pete Shaw between Regas Drive and Bramblebush Trail around 10 p.m. Tuesday when he was hit from behind by a vehicle, also headed west.

O’Hara said the vehicle fled the scene, and that when officers arrived, they found Scholfield was conscious and alert. However, police said he could not provide a description of the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cobb Police at 770-499-3987.

 

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Wheeler PTSA to hold Cobb school board Post 6 candidates forum

Next week the Wheeler PTSA will be holding a candidates forum for the Cobb school board Post 6 race.Scott Sweeney, Cobb school calendars

That forum is Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at East Cobb Middle School (825 Terrell Mill Road).

The candidates are Republican incumbent Scott Sweeney of East Cobb and Democrat Charisse Davis of Smyrna.

Sweeney, first elected in 2010, is seeking his third term. He is an executive with InPrime Legal, which provides legal services for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Charisse Davis Davis is a first-time candidate and has children at Teasley Elementary School and Campbell Middle School.

She is a youth services librarian in the public library system and former school librarian and classroom teacher.

She supports expanding the statewide pre-K program.

Post 6 includes the Wheeler and Walton and part of the Campbell attendance zones. A map can be found here and Post 6 is indicated in pink.

Candidate websites:

 

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Cobb voter registration deadline is Oct. 9

If you want to vote in the Nov. 6 general election and you’re not signed up to do so the Cobb voter registration deadline is just a couple weeks away.cobb advance voting, Cobb voter registration deadline, Walton and Dickerson PTSA candidates forum

You have until Oct. 9, and you can check your status and register here at the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

More information about local races, including sample ballots, early voting and polling places, can be found at the Cobb Elections website.

Early voting begins Oct. 15 and will take place in East Cobb the week before the election.

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East Cobb traffic alert: Sandy Plains Road lane closures next week

Sandy Plains Road lane closures
Cobb DOT map

Cobb DOT is reminding motorists about Sandy Plains Road lane closures that will be in effect next week:

Beginning Monday, Sept. 24, utility relocation work will reduce Sandy Plains Road to one lane for traffic traveling in both directions between Ebenezer Road and Kinjac Drive, north of Piedmont Road. The shift is expected to remain in place no later than Sunday, Sept. 30. However, completion of this work is dependent upon favorable weather conditions.

Signage and traffic control devices will be positioned to guide motorists. Drivers are advised to take Canton Road or Holly Springs Road and should reduce their speed and exercise caution in the area.

This utility work comes as part of a 2011 SPLOST road safety and operational improvements project for 8-mile-long Sandy Plains Road, where a raised median is present in all areas except between Kinjac Drive and Ebenezer Road. The project will add a median, as well as left and right turn lanes, to this road segment.

Read more about the Sandy Plains project here.

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Three Mountain View ES students killed with mother in traffic accident

three Mountain View ES students killed

Three students who attended Mountain View Elementary School were killed along with their mother in a traffic accident on Thursday, according to information shared with the East Cobb school community.

The students were Chase, Aaniyah and A.J. Standberry and their mother was Chelsea Standberry, according to a message sent Friday morning by Principal Renee Garriss.

“They touched the lives of many students, parents and staff members,” Garriss said. “Their passing is a terrible loss to all of us.”

News reports in Beaumont, Texas said the family was traveling in a vehicle on Interstate 10 early Thursday morning when it got involved in a multi-vehicle accident that included an 18-wheeler. Some of the vehicles caught fire.

Shaundrea Woodard of Houston, Chelsea Standberry’s cousin and who is organizing a fundraising drive to help pay for funeral expenses, said three others in the car survived, including Chelsea Standberry’s husband Anthony Standberry Sr. and mother-in-law.

Mountain View staff said when contacted by East Cobb News that they could not provide more information and referred questions to the Cobb County School District.

A district spokeswoman said she “could not confirm specifics” related to students in the district. All she would say is the following:

“Our counselors and crisis response team are all well-trained to help those suffering through grief, and we offer various tools and services  in addition to in-school counseling.”

Cobb schools are out next week for a scheduled fall break. Garriss said in her message that when classes resume Oct. 1, extra counselors from the district will be available at the Mountain View campus.

“During this time of loss, we are reminded of the importance of the simple acts of sharing kindness with one another each day,” Garriss said. “In tribute to their memory, I hope to see an abundance of such acts between students, teachers and community members. Please keep their family and friends in their thoughts and prayers.”

 

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Cobb YMCA volunteers assemble hygiene kits and blankets for needy families

Cobb YMCA volunteers

Thanks to Kali Mann of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta for the information and photos of last week’s food and housing insecurity outreach event involving Cobb YMCA volunteers, including those from the East Cobb-McCleskey Family and Northeast Cobb branches:

On Saturday, September 15, nearly 80 volunteers assembled more than 300 meal kits and toiletry kits, and knitted 50 blankets for Cobb’s food and housing insecure individuals. Volunteers included employees from J.M. Huber Corporation, members and employees from the Northwest, McCleskey, and Northeast Family YMCAs, and non-Y members.

Helping Cobb’s needy families is not new to the YMCA. Now that the “Days of Service” event is complete, the Northwest YMCA in Kennesaw will begin gathering food to feed Cobb’s children during the Fall and Winter breaks.

“Over the past 160 years, the Y has evolved to meet the unmet needs within communities around the Metro Atlanta area,” said Kristin McEwen, senior VP of operations for the YCMA of Metro Atlanta. “While times have changed since the Y’s founding in 1858, the Y’s focus on serving the community has not.”

Cobb YMCA volunteers

Cobb YMCA volunteers

Cobb YMCA volunteers

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East Cobb paraprofessionals honored by Cobb County School District

Barbara Barrington, East Cobb paraprofessionals
Barbara Barrington of Rocky Mount Elementary School is greeted by Cobb school superintendent Chris Ragsdale. (Photos submitted by CCSD)

The Cobb County School District honored its classified employees of the year earlier this week, and two East Cobb paraprofessionals were included as the grade level recipients.

Classified employees are those in non-teaching roles, including parapros, librarians, administrative assistants, cafeteria workers, police officers, social workers and others.

Lisa Hamill, Pope High School

Lisa Hamill of Pope was named Cobb’s high school level classified employee of the year, and not for the first time by her school Here’s what Pope principal Tom Flugum said about Hamill, in information supplied by CCSD:

“Lisa will do everything from helping with general supervision to working a lot with kids in small groups. She is really invested in our school. She is always looking for how she can help. It’s an honor to work with Lisa.” 

Barbara Barrington, a parapro at Rocky Mount, is Cobb’s elementary school level classified employee of the year, and principal Peggy Fleming describes what she does:

“She is the right hand of the kindergarten teacher, and does such a phenomenal job. Barbara is a kind, gentle, and wonderful person, who wants to do anything that she can to help anyone in the building.” 

Recipients of classified employee of the year honors for all Cobb schools were invited to a luncheon on Tuesday at Roswell Street Baptist Church, where school board members and top staff also attended. Said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale:

“Our Classified Employees of the Year represent the departments that make it possible for our teachers to do what they do in the classroom. I can’t thank them enough. There is no other industry that we can work in where we can impact the future of not just our community, but also our county, our state, and our nation. That is very important for us to remember. We are helping to shape the future.”

 

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