Sunday, May 19, 2013
The agency's challenge coincides with National Hepatitis Awareness Month, which is held every May.
Cobb & Douglas Public Health officials are encouraging parents and caregivers to get Hepatitis A and B vaccines for their children. The agency's challenge coincides with National Hepatitis Awareness Month, which is held every May. "The most effective way to prevent either virus is to receive the Hepatitis A and B vaccines," said Karen Thomas, the agency's district immunization director. Vaccines for Hepatitis A and B are available at all Cobb & Douglas Public Health locations. In Cobb, there are locations in Acworth, East Cobb, Marietta and South Cobb. For more information on Hepatitis: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The free workshop is geared toward first-time homebuyers.
If you are considering purchasing your first home, the Cobb County Cooperative Extension is hosting a free homebuyer workshop this today. The free workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cobb County Extension Office, 678 South Cobb Dr. Participants will learn about budgeting, credit repair, down payment assistance, the loan process, insurance, inspecting the home, and the day of closing. To register, call 800-251-2227.
Friday, May 17, 2013
See tweets and photos from teams and attendees at the Relay For Life events happening in Cobb and Paulding counties.
Close to 4,000 people are set to gather in two counties to remember those who lost their battles to cancer, show support to those who survived it, and to raise money to fight the disease. Relay For Life of Cobb County will kick off at 7 p.m. at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. Next door in Paulding, Relay for Life of Paulding County is being held at White Oak Park in Dallas, with the event’s opening ceremony set for 6:45 p.m. Related news What is Relay For Life?Cobb Teams Taking the Fight to Cancer Tonight How Can Relay for Life Teams Use West Cobb Patch? We’ll be following the tweets from all of those involved in the two events, and you can follow along too. Check out the live Twitter stream attached to this article to follow the tweets from…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Strong sales prompted lottery officials to bump Saturday’s Powerball jackpot from $475 million to $550 million. Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth an estimated $190 million.
Grab some singles, and head to your nearest convenience store. Now. The combined Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have reached $740 million, a new U.S. record. Strong sales prompted lottery officials to bump Saturday’s Powerball jackpot from $475 million to $550 million—the second largest in Powerball history and the third largest jackpot in U.S. history, Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick said in news release this afternoon. Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth an estimated $190 million. The Powerball winner can opt to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years or collect a $350 million cash payout. The Mega Millions winner can choose two payment options: about $7.3 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option or a …
Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday overturned a decision from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to remove Bibles from the cabins and lodge rooms of state parks. Tell us what you think of the decision.
If you stay in a cabin or lodge room at a Georgia state park, you can take in the native flora and fauna outside. Inside, you shouldn’t have to look hard to find a Bible—at least for now. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources this week had been set to remove Bibles from such rooms across the state following a citizen’s complaint. "Recently, due to a citizen concern, Georgia Department of Natural Resources management directed Parks staff to remove Bibles from cabins and lodge rooms until management can fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision," a DNR spokeswoman told the news station. On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal instructed DNR officials to return the Bibles to cabins and lodge rooms. His…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
There’s a 1 in 175.2 million chance that any ticket will win the grand prize — will you play?
Wednesday, May 15
Saturday night's $270 million Powerball prize went unclaimed, so the jackpot for selecting the winning numbers in the next drawing on Wednesday climbs to $350 million, the third-highest prize ever for the lottery game. Powerball tickets for each game are $2. There’s a 1 in 175.2 million chance that any ticket will win the grand prize. Get your ticket by 10 p.m. Wednesday to play. The $350 million Powerball jackpot is the seventh highest annuity prize in U.S. history, and the sixth highest cash payout — $222.8 million — of all-time. The biggest Powerball jackpot ever was won Nov. 28, 2012, a $587.5 million prize split between two tickets. The largest U.S. lottery prize ever won was $656 million in the Mega Millions drawing on March 30, …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
It has been rescheduled for another day.
Wednesday's Powder Springs City Council work session has been canceled, according to the city's website. Mayor Patricia Vaughn and two City Council members can't make the meeting, which will now be held at 4 or 5 p.m. May 20 in the City Hall conference room before the 7 p.m. voting meeting in the council chambers, 4488 Pineview Dr., according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Cobb Board of Commissioners will review County Manager David Hankerson's recommendation of a new senior services department head for the county.
Cobb County Manager David Hankerson is expected to recommend that the Board of Commissioners hire Jessica Gill as the county's new senior services director at Tuesday's regular board meeting. Gill, who currently works as the area manager of business development for Sunrise Senior Living of Atlanta, has more than a decade of experience in the senior care industry, said county spokesman Robert Quigley. Gill also served as a public health advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), president of the company Aging by Design and health and wellness director for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging. Established in 1972, Cobb County's Senior Services Department operates eight facilities including three …
Officials say the head of the government office knew his agency was targeting tea party groups in May 2012. Tell us what you think of the agency’s recent admissions.
It’s bound to be no party for Internal Revenue Officials in the coming days. The Associated Press reported Monday that IRS officials revealed that acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller knew back in May 2012 that the agency had targeted tea party groups by unfairly investigating them to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. Monday’s revelation came on the heels of last week’s acknowledgment by the agency that the groups had been targeted during the 2012 election season. Organizations that faced IRS scrutiny included those that had “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names. According to the AP’s report, about 300 groups were singled out for additional review; while about half of those cases had been closed and no group had …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
During three-day nature adventures at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, kids will discover live animals, go hiking, make crafts and play games.
Looking for the kids something to do this summer? Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville is offering three-day nature adventures for kids ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12, according to Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. For $45 each, "Junior Rangers will discover live animals, go hiking, make crafts, play games, and meet new friends," according to Naturalist Marcus Toft. "All of the activities are geared toward helping campers earn one of three Junior Ranger badges." Activities for the two camps will vary and be age appropriate. The first, for children 6 to 8, is set for June 4 to 6, and the second, for kids 9 to 12, is June 11 to 13. Both camps are Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the park office at 770-975-0055 to …