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Advance voting continues in Cobb

Advance voting continues in Cobb

MARIETTA, Ga. -- There is still time to cast your ballot before the July 31 primary.

Vote in person from now through Friday, July 27 at the Cobb County Elections Office, which is located at 736 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta.

You may vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; the office will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

Several satellite voting locations will also open on Monday, July 23 and will be open through Friday, July 27. You may vote at any of them from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; no reason for voting early is required.

Northstar Church
3413 Blue Springs Road NW

South Cobb Community Center
620 Lions Club Drive

East Cobb Government Service Center
4400 Lower Roswell Road

Deal appoints Blackwell to Georgia Supreme Court

Deal appoints Blackwell to Georgia Supreme Court

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Judge Keith Blackwell to the Georgia Supreme Court effective July 19.

Blackwell will fill a seat left vacant by the pending departure of Justice George Carley, whose resignation becomes effective July 17.

Deal, a Republican, said the court will benefit from Blackwell's experience on "both side of the bench." Blackwell has worked as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals since former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed him in 2010. He's worked as a lawyer in civil practice and formerly was an assistant district attorney in Cobb County.

His appointment marks Deal's first for the state Supreme Court.

Cobb police headquarters renamed

Cobb police headquarters renamed

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The police headquarters in Cobb County has officially been renamed in honor of Robert E. Hightower.

Hightower, a retired Cobb Police chief, served the county for 26 years. He was the first-ever Cobb director of public safety and is the founder of the Department of Public Safety Training Academy, which offers initial and advanced training to emergency personnel.

After retiring from Cobb County, Hightower served as director of the Georgia State Patrol and as the state's first director of homeland security. He has also been a captain with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Hightower began his long and illustrious career as a Navy Seal.

Cobb County Police Headquarters is located at 140 North Marietta Parkway.

Teachers Retire with 118 Years Combined Experience

Teachers Retire with 118 Years Combined Experience

Carmel Elementary School will say goodbye to several retiring staff members at the end of this month as these ladies start their next chapter in life.  The four retiring teachers have a combined 118 years of experience between them.  Last week, the retiring staff members celebrated this milestone with many current and former colleagues, family, and friends. Carmel student reporters interviewed the retiring teachers about their history, what they like best about teaching, what their retirement plans are, and more.


Ms. Suzanne Hay by Student Reporter Emily Kozlowski

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Silverbacks sign first new player of 2012 roster

Silverbacks sign first new player of 2012 roster

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed a veteran defender, making him the first new face to be added to the 2012 roster.

Martyn Lancaster is no stranger to Atlanta -- he played for the Silverbacks in 2007 and 2008, when the team was still part of the United Soccer Leagues. Last season, he competed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he was voted Player of the Year.

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"It's a great opportunity for us to bring in Martyn, who just finished a season as one of the key leaders on a team that went to the NASL championship game," said Silverbacks director of soccer Rodrigo Rios. "He is reliable and has good abilities, and I think he will help improve our defense tremendously."

Acworth native signs with Georgia Tech

Acworth native signs with Georgia Tech

ATLANTA -- Michael Hines, rated the No. 2 junior golfer in the state of Georgia and 48th nationally in the class of 2012, signed a letter-of-intent to play at Georgia Tech during the recently-completed early signing period, head coach Bruce Heppler announced.

"We are very excited to have Michael join our program," said Heppler. "We feel we have signed the best player in the state for the 5th straight year. [Assistant] Coach [Christian] Newton has done a great job with this. Michael has some great physical skills, and I believe once he gets to use our facilities, his game will really grow.

"Michael has grown up around several of our guys from that area and truly understands the Georgia Tech way. He has embraced our program and our goals. He is a perfect fit."