Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Austell City Council unanimously approved placing the Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the March 6 ballot.
Austell residents will now have the chance to vote on the Sunday sales referendum in March. On Monday night, the Austell City Council unanimously approved placing the Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the March 6 ballot during the Presidential Preference Primary election. If citizens approve it, Austell merchants would be able to sale packaged alcohol on Sunday afternoons beginning March 18. The election will be conducted by the Cobb Board of Elections and Registration, and will cost the city $875. The city would have saved $875 by placing the referendum on the November ballot. Mayor Joe Jerkins said the city chose to put the referendum on the March ballot instead of the November ballot “because the county and other cities were doing it…
Monday, November 28, 2011
Austell will soon have a newly retooled online presence, and city officials are seeking input from residents.
The city of Austell is revamping its website for a total cost of $4,200, with each city department contributing $210. Duane Demeritt, operations manager for the city's public works department and the city's online content manager, is seeking input from residents about ways to make the site more user-friendly. The website, which was first created in 1999 and then redesigned in 2008, currently offers residents information about city events, city departments, city officials and meeting times, but meeting agenda information is unavailable on the current website. Austell is the only Cobb city without agenda information on its website. However, with the coming upgrade, Austell residents will be able to view what will be discussed at an upcoming …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Profile of Randy Green, incumbent seeking reelection to Austell's At-Large Post 2 City Council seat
For Randy Green, the best part about living in Austell is its small town atmosphere where “everybody knows your name.” “I like going into a local business and it takes me longer talking to the people I know than it does to pick up what I came for,” he stated in an email. Green is running for the At-Large Post 2 seat on Austell’s city council, where he has served for 12 years as chairman of the Parks and Recreation and General Administration committees. During his more than a decade on the city council, Green said he negotiated last year with Global Sports Authority, which leases the Legion Park ball fields, to offer a free recreation league for the children who live within the city limits of Austell. He recently sold his door and window …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Throughout Mableton, Austell, Lithia Springs and Douglasville, people paid their respects to 21-year-old Lance Corporal Scott Harper, who died while serving in Afghanistan.
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Friday, October 21, 2011
The reason Vietnam veteran Fred McArthur of Mableton stood along Mableton Parkway on Thursday, American flag in hand, was simple and powerful. "Well, he gave his life. That's all, that's about all you can give," McArthur said, with glassy eyes and a quivering bottom lip. McArthur was talking about 21-year-old U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Scott Harper, who died on Sunday while serving in Afghanistan. McArthur's 22-year-old grandson is currently serving in the Army. Hundreds of others came out to fly their flags and salute the life of this local hero. Several Patch readers have submitted their photos and videos of the procession. You can view and submit your own here. Correction: The story originally had McArthur listed as Gary Jones, another …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tobacco use to be prohibited at all locations beginning January 1
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Don't count on smoking those cigars to celebrate the birth of your child or puffing on those cigarettes as you wait to find out some important health news from doctors. WellStar Health System, including Austell's Wellstar Cobb Hospital, will become a tobacco free environment effective Jan. 1 in an effort to become a healthier environment for its patients and employees. After this date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted anywhere on WellStar property. All designated smoking areas at WellStar facilities will be eliminated. “WellStar is joining hospitals across the United States in an effort to become 100 percent tobacco free,” said Reynold J. Jennings, president and CEO of WellStar in. “As healthcare providers, we know the …
Austell is seeking input from its citizens about its garbage and recycling services.
At the August Austell City Council meeting, Austell resident Calvin Watkins addressed the mayor and council about issues he was having with recycling pick-up in his neighborhood. Watkins said recycling in his area of the city on Line Street had not been collected in weeks and he was concerned since all Austell residents pay a fee for the recycling collection service. Mayor Joe Jerkins assured Watkins that he would look into the issue, and the city has created a survey in an effort to seek input from citizens about its garbage and recycling services. All answers are strictly confidential and will be used to guide decisions that affect all Austell residents. To begin the survey, please click the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s…
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Roundup of crime incidents reported by the Cobb County Police Department for unincorporated Austell
At the last Cobb Police Police Email Notification System (PENS) meeting for Precinct 2, Detective Sgt. Jorge Mestre said the South Cobb precinct, which is the busiest in the county, has answered 9,000 service calls since January. Mestre also showed that the residential burglary is the top theft crime affecting South Cobb. There are about with approximately 80 burglaries occurring each month, including the other area the precinct serves in Powder Springs. Here are the crime incidents that have occurred in Austell, according to the Cobb Police Department. The incidents occurring within the Austell Police Department's jurisdiction are not included in this report. Oct. 1 Oct. 2 Oct. 3 Oct. 4 Oct. 5 Oct. 6 Oct. 7 Oct. 8 Oct. 10 Oct. 11
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Take part in the Third Annual Diaper Day on Oct. 24 and help provide diapers for the babies of needy families.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The Cobb Diaper Day Committee, headed by Mableton’s Barbara Hickey, will hold its Third Annual Diaper Day on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. The community-wide collection of diapers will be given to Austell’s Community Aid Mission Partnership, the Center for Family Resources, MUST Ministries, Reconnecting Families, and the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. Businesses, concerned citizens and organizations are asked to collect diapers from employees, members and friends throughout the month of October. More than 120,000 diapers were donated to needy families in the last two years of this effort. "Raising a family today is difficult enough without the added burden of wondering where the necessities of life will come from," …
Monday, October 10, 2011
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
This whiz kid is helping make his community free of drugs.
Ethan Harris, a seventh grader at Durham Middle School, was recognized at Monday's Austell City Council meeting when Mayor Joe Jerkins presented him with a proclamation recognizing the week of Oct. 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week in the City of Austell. For the last nine months, Ethan has been a part of the Young Marine Corps League, a youth service and education program based at the Naval Air Station Atlanta on Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta. Drug demand reduction is one of the main missions of the Young Marines, which actively participates in annual Red Ribbon Week. Congress established National Red Ribbon Week in 1988 as a way for Americans to wear red ribbons and show their support for a drug-free environment. In order to be a part of the…