Thursday, April 11, 2013
Join your neighbors this weekend to walk the unfinished trail.
A group of local residents are organizing a guided walk this Saturday to "Connect the Beltline to the Silver Comet Trail", and you are invited. The Silver Comet Trail is three miles short of completion from the Mavell Road entry point to the PATH trail on the east side of the river at South Atlanta Road. "If finished, [the trail] would connect a continuous path from the Beltline in Atlanta to Alabama," said Joe Seconder, founder of Bike Cobb. This Saturday's guided walk of the unfinished section of the trail will start at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Publix at Highland Station at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and the East West Connector. The group will walk approximately three miles along the track to the intersection of South …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Planning to run a 5k? Here, key training tips and strategies from an expert personal trainer and running specialist.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Training for a 5K is a great way to boost your cardiovascular health, reduce stress or simply add more running to your routine. With so many Silver Comet Trail races going on in the area this fall, South Cobb is the perfect place to get in on the action. A 5K, or 3.1 miles, is perfect for beginners, but it does take some training to gain the endurance to go the distance. Raina Hafer, NCSF, certified personal trainer and running specialist, shares her shape-up tips for success. Commit to a Race. Many local charities and organizations host 5K races in the area, so you'll be raising money for a good cause even as you meet your fitness goal. Choose a race date that allows you ample time to prepare. New runners typically need between 8-10 …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Do you agree with the USADA's decision to strip seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of his titles and institute a lifetime ban on future competitions?
Saturday, August 25, 2012
South Cobb's Silver Comet Trail is a popular spot for several cyclists from beginners to professionals. Many of them spoke out recently about one of the world's most famous cyclists, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. He has fought years of accusations of doping, but he has finally given up the fight. According to Reuters, on Friday the United States Anti-Doping Agency handed down a lifetime ban on Armstrong and stripped him of all his wins. Although the USADA has ruled, should the International Cycling Union challenge the ruling it is up to a Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, to make the final decision. Fellow competitors have leveled accusations of doping at Armstrong over the years, however he has …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Elizabeth Neesley died at 52 after her ATV collided with a metal pole on the Silver Comet Trail.
On the Silver Comet Trail, just a few feet east of Floyd Road, there is a cross that reads "Betsy" and a bouquet of flowers. Nearby is a new pole and a patch of fresh dark pavement. Sometimes during the past week, runners and cyclists of the trail could see people embracing and crying on the benches not far from the small wooden cross. Friends and family members mourned the loss of 52-year-old Elizabeth "Betsy" Ziegler of Austell. To them, she was a mother, sister, aunt, daughter and coworker. Neesley died on June 30 after she was ejected from an ATV she was riding with 52-year-old Randall P. Gianisiracusa on the Silver Comet Trail. The ATV collided with a pole placed to prevent motorized vehicles on the trail and caught fire, Cobb police …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
A woman is dead after crashing her ATV on the Silver Comet Trail Friday night. Police believe alcohol was involved.
A woman is dead after she and a friend riding in an ATV crashed the motorized vehicle on the Silver Comet Trail shortly after midnight. The woman, 52-year-old Elizabeth Z. Neesley of Austell, was ejected from her seat in the red ATV when it collided with a metal pole placed in the middle of the trail to prevent motor vehicles access on the trail. After the vehicle collided with the pole, it caught fire and burned, police said. Randall P. Gianisiracusa, 52 of Austell, was the other occupant of the ATV. He sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash, which occurred east of Floyd Road. Gianisiracusa was treated at the scene and then released. Cobb Police are investigating the crash and have not yet determined who was driving the vehicle…
Friday, June 15, 2012
The project includes widening Floyd Road, constructing a median and the construction of a trail on one side of the road and a sidewalk on the other.
Floyd Road is being redesigned as a four-lane road with a 20-foot-wide raised median dividing the north and southbound lanes. The 20-foot-wide raised median will be similar to many of the same medians with the same widths throughout Cobb County, like the median along East West Connector, which is filled with trees, grass and bushes. James Hudgins, the pre-construction program manager for Cobb Department of Transportation, stated in an email, "The 20’ raised median will be equivalent to the raised median on the East-West Connector. The 20’ raised median is a GDOT Standard, funded by GDOT, and follow GDOT standards." This is a direct quote from Hudgins, who helped handle the project details. Baldwin Paving will begin construction of the $5…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
This Mableton resident embodies the phrase, "To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kiri Walton
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Every morning, except Sundays when she comes after church, Mableton resident Ivory Dorsey can be seen walking the Silver Comet Trail. She is easy to spot because she usually wears one solid color head to toe– often times it’s her favorite color, purple– and a huge genuine smile. Dorsey first moved to Mableton in 1979 and has stayed in the same house she built ever since. She moved here first for her job as a sales manager with Xerox. “I thought I’d be in Atlanta for 18 months, but God had other plans,” she said. Don’t ask her if she’s retired. “That’s a horrible word. When you have a gift, you die with it.” Dorsey still uses her gift of inspiring and motivating others. She is a motivational speaker, but doesn’t actively seek speaking …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Bystanders said the man was an "elderly gentleman."
Smyrna police are reporting that a man committed suicide Wednesday afternoon near the Silver Comet Trail connector off Cooper Lake Road. Mike Smith, Smyrna police's public information officer, said officers responded to the scene at about 3 p.m. and found that a man had fired a single gunshot into his chest. Smith did not know the man's name, age or where he was from. A bystander who preferred not to give her name said heard the sirens and saw the police activity while she was walking with her friend on the trail. "We started walking back and there were sirens and everything," she said. "They said it was a crime scene. We walked on and came back and we were told by some of the bystanders that some elderly gentleman had tried to take his …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Halloween costumes are welcomed at Saturday's event and there will be a half-dozen costume contest awards given.
Whether or not you actually call running “fun,” the Silver Comet Half Marathon Fun Run is destined to bring some people together and do some good this weekend, with positive vibes all around. On Saturday, you can lace up your sneakers and join the 11th Annual Silver Comet Half Marathon and Fun Run whilst helping a cause we all can appreciate. Enjoying this gorgeous, tree-lined trail is a privilege we all share. Proceeds will benefit Cobb County Parks and Recreation and race organizers state on their website that almost "$10,000 will be donated to our local community charities and schools this year.'' Pre-registration is over, but participants may still register at www.active.com. The Half-Marathon begins at 7:45 a.m. and the two-mile Fun …