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I-75/I-575 toll project hits snag

I-75/I-575 toll project hits snag

ATLANTA -- A $1.1 billion proposal to add toll lanes to interstates 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties won approval from two state agencies Thursday but hit a bump with the third.

The Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) tabled consideration of the West by Northwest project after Gov.

Red Cross Blood Drive begins Friday

Red Cross Blood Drive begins Friday

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Red Cross Blood Drive from 12 noon until 5 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 26.

The Red Cross supplies blood to more than 120 hospitals and health care facilities throughout Georgia. All current eligible and new donors are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate blood; walk-ins are also welcome.

Most healthy people who are at least 17 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds are eligible to donate every 56 days. Every donor has the potential to save up to three lives.

The blood drive will take place at the Acworth Beach House in Cauble Park (2293 Beach Street).

For more information or to schedule an appointment to give blood, contact Jeff Chase with Acworth Parks and Recreation at 770-917-1234 or jchase@acworth.org.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

America Is Your Park campaign urges families to get out, discover fun ways to get active in the park while helping their favorite park win big

 

ATLANTA, July 10, 2011 – If you’re reading this, you should get to your favorite park – STAT! Coca-Cola is calling all families to go out and play this summer as part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign.

Important 4th of July traffic information

Important 4th of July traffic information

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The Acworth Business Association is co-sponsoring this year's 4th of July celebration with the city of Acworth.

Patrons are welcome to spend all day at beautiful Cauble Park (4425 Beach Street NW); music begins at 4:30 p.m., with the patriotic celebration scheduled to start at 7:40 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Parking at the beach will be restricted to people with handicapped and special permit passes as space allows.

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

Teen rookie impresses at Pro Tour qualifiers

Teen rookie impresses at Pro Tour qualifiers

ACWORTH, Ga. -- An 18-year-old Florida native made some big waves on the first day of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.

A total of 30 professional riders competed in six heats of the Pro Men's qualifying rounds on Thursday, May 19 at Dallas Landing Park (5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth, 30101).

Rookie pro Steel Lafferty was among the 24 qualifiers. The Fort Lauderdale resident won his heat during his Pro Tour debut.

"There were butterflies today, for sure," Lafferty said. "It was my first Pro Tour stop, plus I had big guns like JD [Webb] in my heat."

Despite the butterflies, the rookie showed a veteran-like performance, sticking complicated tricks in his run.

Lafferty first made a name for himself on the 2010 Jr. Pro Tour, finishing third overall.

He faced his Jr.

Three Georgians to compete in Pro Wakeboard Tour

Three Georgians to compete in Pro Wakeboard Tour

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Professional wakeboarders will be traveling from all over the world to meet in Acworth for the first stop of the 2011 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.

But for some of them, this event is just a few highway exits from home.

RELATED: Pro Wakeboard Tour to kick off in Acworth

"It's awesome to have the Pro Tour in our own backyard, so to speak," said professional wakeboarder Corey Bradley, a native of Gainesville.