Bob Prillaman, former executive of Caraustar Industries and philanthropist, passed away at the age of 90. Prillaman made an indelible impact on Cobb County through his philanthropy and activism. He played a key role in the growth of Wellstar Health System in the region and in the partnership between Wellstar and Kennesaw State University. Prillaman also wrote about healthcare issues for his community in a November MDJ guest column, encouraging collaboration among local hospitals, government, and community members. Prillaman was born into poverty in Bassett, Virginia, and worked his way up the ranks in the paper industry. He will be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness, and loyalty as a friend.
A motorcyclist named Felix Witt was injured in a crash in east Cobb on Monday night. The incident took place around 6:10 pm when Witt's black 2022 KTR 390 motorcycle collided with a white 2017 Mazda CX5 driven by Sandra Craine. Craine attempted a U-turn at the intersection, in front of the motorcycle, which led to the collision. Witt was ejected from his motorcycle and was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Craine, who is 76 years old, was not hurt. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact Cobb police.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp spoke to the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, touting the state's economy and fiscal conservatism. Kemp pointed to the state's low unemployment rate, economic development successes, and balanced budget. With a budget surplus of over $6 billion, the state returned funds to taxpayers through state income tax rebates and property tax relief. Kemp highlighted the state's record of being named the best state to do business for nine years in a row and announced roughly 150,000 new jobs and $60 billion of new investment since he took office. The governor also mentioned legislative measures passed, such as the Safe School Act, teacher pay raises, and combating human trafficking.
The Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority and the Kennesaw Downtown Merchants Association have announced the third annual First Friday Concert Series in downtown Kennesaw. The series will run from May to October, with no concert in July. The community is invited to stroll through the historic downtown area and enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, and live music from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Pedestrian Underpass/Tunnel Plaza off Main Street. VIP Tables are available for reservation, which include a six-foot table with a tablecloth, centerpiece, and special gift, and can seat six individuals. The lineup includes bands such as 293 Band, The GlowBand- an Ealges tribute, Run Katie Run, Brotherhood-a Doobie Brothers tribute, and Emerald Empire Band.
Two high school basketball teams from Cobb County finished in the top 25 of the final national polls. Wheeler, the Class 7A state champion, ranked 24th in ESPN's final top 25. Kell, the Class 5A state champion, ranked 20th in USA Today’s poll. Wheeler went 27-7 and defeated opponents by an average of 14 points. Kell went 28-2 and won their games by an average of 34 points in the final 15 games of the season. Both teams played a national schedule and won their state championships, while featuring rosters full of future college stars.
Kennesaw State has found their new basketball coach, and he’s coming from an SEC power.
The five newest graduates of the Cobb County Drug Treatment Court were recently celebrated by judges, elected officials, community members, court staff, attorneys, family members, and friends. The program, which lasts 18-24 months, provides an alternative to incarceration for individuals with substance use disorders. The program combines close supervision, evidence-based treatment, and recovery support to teach offenders to be productive members of the community. The graduates shared their success stories and expressed hope and excitement for their future. The program is presided over by Superior Court Judge Kimberly A. Childs, and attended by other elected officials, including the District Attorney, Commissioner, and Clerk of Superior Court.
The Harrison girls' soccer team won their eighth straight game with a 4-0 victory over South Gwinnett in the Class AAAAAAAA state playoffs. Caroline Shaw had a goal and an assist, and Addie Watt, Courtney Cangialosi, and Sydney Snow all scored. In other Cobb County action, Walton won 3-0 against West Forsyth, Kennesaw Mountain lost 3-0 to Denmark, and Brookwood beat Hillgrove 1-0. Harrison (13-3-1) will face the winner of Camden County and East Coweta in Round 2 on Monday, and Walton will host the winner of Meadowcreek and Buford on Monday.
Lia McGrath from Ingles Markets answers our questions about Fasting.
Community reporter Matt Goldin joins us again with our Dayco Systems Community Event Calendar.
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