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Driver arrested, injured pedestrian still in critical condition after Monday hit-and-run

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MDJ  Script/ Top Stories for June 10th Saturday

Publish Date: June 9th Friday


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From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast

   Today is Saturday June the 10th and happy heavenly birthday to famous lawyer F. Lee Bailey


I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are the top stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia

  1. Driver arrested, injured pedestrian still in critical condition after Monday hit-and-run
  2. County looks to build new transit centers in Cumberland, Marietta and South Cobb
  3. And Kemp awards Acworth PD $900K, KSU $600K for public safety initiatives


 Plus, PPlus, we’ll talk with Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets about healthy dinner ideas

All of this and more is coming up on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast.


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STORY 1 driver


In an update on a story from earlier in the week, A man has been arrested by Marietta police in a hit-and-run incident on Delk Road that critically injured a pedestrian. Miguel Bacilio-Marquez, 43, was charged with serious injury by vehicle, hit-and-run, failure to maintain lane, and driving on a suspended license. The collision occurred on Sunday night when a white Ford F-150 struck 40-year-old Oscar Sanchez from Houston, Texas, who was walking along Delk Road near Interstate 75. The driver fled the scene without calling for help. Sanchez was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in critical condition. Bacilio-Marquez is currently in custody at the Cobb County jail. The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact the police………..For more on this, visit mdjonline.com



Story 2: county


Cobb County is planning to build new transit centers to meet the ridership needs and future capacity demands of its bus system. Currently, there are transfer centers in Marietta and Cumberland, but they require improvements. A study is underway to find a new location for the Cumberland Transfer Center, potentially at Cumberland Mall, while another study for a new Marietta center will be completed in spring 2024. A new transfer center in south Cobb is also planned, possibly near Wellstar Cobb Hospital. The site selection process is expected to take 5-7 years. The new centers will accommodate existing routes and future projects like a bus rapid transit line along Cobb Parkway. The current Cumberland site has limitations that hinder efficient operations. Read more at mdjonline.com



Story 3: awards


Governor Brian Kemp has awarded over $1.6 million in grants to two Cobb-based projects aimed at improving public safety and addressing law enforcement staffing challenges. The Acworth Police Department will receive $930,000 to upgrade its computers, expand its real-time crime center, and purchase more FLOCK license-plate reading cameras. This will enhance their intelligence-led policing initiative and strengthen partnerships with other law enforcement agencies. The Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation will receive $640,000 to integrate technology into a crisis preparedness plan focused on identifying potential threats and responding swiftly to gun-related incidents. These grants are part of a statewide effort to support law enforcement staffing, reduce violent crime, and invest in technology and equipment to combat community violence………………we’ll be right back


Break:   ESOG– Dayco


STORY 4: Meals


Marietta City Schools is offering free summer meals to children through its summer meal program. From May 30 to July 28, meals are available at 34 locations citywide for children under 18. The program is open to all children without registration or income/residency restrictions. The initiative aims to provide nutritious meal options during the summer break. The meals include items like PB and J sandwiches, broccoli, milk, fruit cups, goldfish, and apple juice. Children happily enjoy their meals, and the program has been running successfully for many years. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and addresses child hunger, ensuring children have access to consistent and healthy meals outside of the school year. Marietta City Schools encourages families to utilize this program and support their child's nutritional needs during the summer.


STORY 5: woke


The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has unanimously voted to remove words such as "equity," "inclusion," and "diversity" from the state's teacher preparation rules. The changes were requested by the University System of Georgia to provide clarity, as the meanings of these words have become ambiguous. Chairman Brian Sirmans emphasized that the revisions do not aim to limit educational opportunities for minority students. However, critics, including educators, parents, and civil rights activists, argue that removing these words will leave teachers ill-equipped to address the needs of diverse students and marginalized communities. They expressed concerns about the impact on minority teachers' morale and the potential for attrition from the profession.


Story 6: williams


The Smyrna City Council has unanimously chosen a team of three artists to construct a memorial honoring Fanny Williams, the namesake of Aunt Fanny's Cabin. The memorial will feature a life-size statue of Williams, who was a Black woman known for her work as a caretaker, cook, and civil rights activist. The historic building, which housed a controversial restaurant, was demolished last year. The chosen design, titled "Testimony of Redemption," includes a statue of Williams holding a shovel against a perforated metal backdrop depicting Wheat Street Baptist Church in Atlanta. The memorial aims to recognize Williams' achievements beyond the restaurant and highlight her contributions to the community. The next steps involve finalizing the details and starting construction. Checkback for updates on the project at mdjonline.com


       Back, in a moment


Break  Drake – Ingle’s 5 - Elon


Story 7:  swimmer


Noah Smith, a swimmer from Allatoona High School, has been named the Cobb Swim Coaches Association Swimmer of the Year for the second year in a row. Smith had an exceptional season, winning two individual Class 6A state championships in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle events. He also received the title of Class 6A Boys Swimmer of the Year. Despite training mostly with the Marietta-based Stingrays club team, Smith has shown remarkable leadership and character within the Allatoona Buccaneers' program. He aims to continue building a strong team culture and hopes to win a relay championship with his teammates next year. Smith has committed to swim at the University of Tennessee but still has goals to achieve in his high school career.


Story 8:  Hillgrove  (Slenz-Ka)


Shawn Slenczka, the head coach of the Hillgrove wrestling program, was named the 2022-23 Wrestling Coach of the Year by the Cobb County Wrestling Association. In his 10th season, Slenczka led the team to its first Cobb County Invitational title and a seventh-place finish in Class AAAAAAA. He guided Zion Rutledge to a second consecutive state title at 215 pounds, and Connor Cooper also claimed a championship at 190 pounds. Despite losing some key wrestlers to graduation, Slenczka is optimistic about the team's future, with a solid lineup and talented underclassmen ready to make an impact. Hillgrove aims to continue its success and compete for state championships in the coming years.


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