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Austell residents are empowering themselves for the benefit of the wider community and authorities through the city’s first police citizens academy.

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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan named the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day, and it turns out people just kind of went along with it because a holiday based on eating ice cream is something almost everyone can get behind.

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MARIETTA — Over the next year, high school students in Marietta and in Cobb County will be better able to take the next step in their academic or professional careers, thanks to the addition of college and career academies in the districts.

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Sparks flew at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History on Saturday as railroad fans of all ages got to practice an old form of art and design.

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Ann Singley was trying to muscle her lawnmower out of a ditch in front of her home in Covington when she felt a tug in her breast. It was a hard lump, and in the days after she discovered it, it didn’t go away.

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Supporters of improvements to Atlanta Memorial Park in Buckhead and friends and family members of the late Stacey Norris Kessler recently gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first anniversary of her death to kick off efforts to build the Stacey Norris Kessler Memorial Gardens at the Bobby Jones Golf Course on the park property. She died of brain cancer in 2018.

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MARIETTA — A new accreditation model is challenging the Cobb County School District to ensure the various cultures of its student body are reflected in its staff, according to the accreditation company’s presentation to the school board on Thursday.

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The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday appointed a longtime district leader to head up its new social and emotional learning initiative, as well as multiple new principals as a result of the change.

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CANTON - Time saves lives when treating heart attack or stroke, so Northside Hospital Cherokee, as well as emergency medical technicians at Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services, regularly train together to get the fastest times possible and rehearse best practices.

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HOLLY SPRINGS — At the Monday meeting of the Holly Springs City Council, members approved the annexation and rezoning of 13-plus acres located across from the Cherokee Fire Training Center on Holly Springs Parkway, as well as new lighting on Holly Springs Parkway and the demolition of 95 Palm St.

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The Cobb County Police Explorers competed in the 15th Annual Law Enforcement Explorer State Championship July 13-14 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

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A Dalton man described as the leader of child sex trafficking operation that allegedly facilitated sex parties in Canton has pleaded guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said Friday.

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On July 27, a trio of musicians known as House of Waters will journey to Elm Street Cultural Arts Village’s Lantern Series. The tenth and final installment in the inaugural outdoor concert series displays the mingling of musical genres from all around the world, including West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical, and more.

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A Kennesaw mosque that previously won a fight with the city to open and operate within a strip mall is now seeking to build its own facility on a nearby property across Cobb Parkway as soon as next year.

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MARIETTA — WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s new $126 million emergency department is growing by the day and is on track to open in the spring of 2020.

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The Town Center Community Improvement District and Town Center Community Alliance announced the addition of a bike station at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to be installed later this summer.

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MARIETTA — Superintendent Chris Ragsdale quickly shot down board member Jaha Howard’s suggestion Thursday that the district should explore rolling back its millage rate prior to the board’s unanimous approval maintaining the same tax rate as last year.

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MARIETTA — Prior to the Cobb school board’s unanimous vote to approve $2.1 million for eight more classrooms at the replacement King Springs Elementary School in Smyrna, board member Randy Scamihorn questioned the “big miss” in enrollment projections that led to board’s revisiting the $32 million construction contract approved in April.

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When disaster strikes, getting vital information out to the community is critical. For residents of Cherokee County, local officials have found a service providing the best way to achieve that goal.

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MARIETTA — Cobb County’s new Chief Magistrate Court Judge Brendan Murphy was officially sworn in Thursday afternoon during ceremony at the Cobb Superior Court before a packed courtroom of his superiors, colleagues, family and friends.

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Units from Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a structure fire shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday on Juniper Mill Trace in the Bridgemill community.

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With Paulding County Schools starting back Aug. 1, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers to remain alert when driving in school zones or adjacent to school buses to ensure the safety of our children who are being transported on Paulding County roadways.

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The City of East Point is moving towards being a more art friendly city thanks to support from the community and the East Point City Council, stated officials. In June, the East Point City Council approved and adopted the city’s first Public Arts Master Plan, which will serve as the blueprint for the city’s Public Arts Program. Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham said she believes this plan will complement the current progress and redevelopment occurring in the downtown area and throughout the city.

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