A Marietta man received a 22-year prison sentence this week after pleading guilty to charges of rape, child molestation, and aggravated sexual battery.
Armando Ramos also received an additional 18 years on probation after his prison term is completed from Cobb Senior Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuster. Ramos was accused of molesting an 11-year-old victim several years ago, which was reported on August 10, 2020, per the DA's office. He was arrested the same day.
He pled guilty to the charges on the morning the case was set to go to trial.
The 150-year-old covered bridge on Concord Road in Smyrna is reopened after once again being hit by a vehicle and closing for repairs for the second time in three weeks.
Though the bridge itself was spared damage, Cobb County said in an alert, its protective beam was hit by a rental truck and required repairing. The driver will face a citation and the insurance will be billed for any costs. Almost all of the incidents at the bridge in recent years have involved rental vans whose drivers aren’t familiar with the area and ignore the multiple warning signs. The historic covered bridge has been the site of crashes and closures that have grown too numerous to count, the most recent occurring on January 20.
The bridge's low clearance, indicated by abundant signage around the bridge, is the cause of most of the wrecks.
The bridge was built in 1872 and is the county's only remaining covered bridge still in use. In 1980 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team’s non-profit arm, JO Gives, will host its Fred Seidell Memorial ALS Texas Hold’em Tournament on February 25 at 6 p.m.
The tournament, benefitting the Emory ALS Center, will have food and drinks and a silent auction.
Returning as the Celebrity Guest Host is Terance Mathis of the Atlanta Falcons. Mathis has been an avid supporter of this event as many NFL players have suffered from ALS. Additional celebrity guests include NFL players Jerome Bettis of the Steelers and Jessie Tuggle, Bob Whitfield and Chuck Smith, all from the Falcons. JO GIVES supports ALS research as its founder, Janice Overbeck, lost her father to the disease in 2015. She works closely with the ALS Center at Emory University to raise funds and support research for a cure. To date, her non-profit has raised just over $250,000 for this cause alone. Tickets and more information can be found online at Jo Gives dot com slash poker.
Wheeler’s Isaiah Collier showed why he may be the Number 1 player in the class of 2023.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound point guard put on a show with 28 points and seven assists, got some help from his friends and Number 1 Wheeler beat Number 3 Newton 79-60 on Monday in a showcase game of Georgia’s two McDonald’s All-Americans broadcast to the nation on ESPNU. That is not to say that Stephon Castle, the Rams’ 6-7, 210-pound point guard, did not put on a show himself. The Connecticut signee, also considered one of the top five players in the senior class, scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, but many of those points came when Newton was already down double digits in the second half. Fellow Southern Cal signee Arrinten Page, a 6-9, 220-pound forward, scored nine of his 17 points in the second half. In the fourth quarter, he scored five straight points, first on a dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. Then, after Newton answered with a 3-pointer, Page showed his range by hitting a 3 of his own to put Wheeler up 68-52 midway through the fourth period.
Iowa State signee Jelani Hamilton added 15 points for Wheeler, while Indiana signee Jakai Newton, playing in just his second game of the season after recovering from a knee injury, had 17 for Newton. Collier appreciated the special matchup against his longtime friend. He said he and Castle have been friends, teammates and opponents since the second grade, and while Monday’s game provided some extra incentive, Collier understands it may be a precursor to what may come in the Class six A state playoffs.
The Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival, presented by LGE Credit Union and Georgia Grown, will be April 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 23 from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Kennesaw.
The festival features over 250 arts & crafts booths, 25 food booths, entertainment stages, kids activities as well as live acoustic music in the Food Court throughout the weekend. There will also be the Georgia Grown Member Village featuring Georgia Grown products. A parade will kick-off the festival on April 22 at 9:30 a.m. Crowds line the streets of downtown Kennesaw to cheer on the more than 2,000 kids that participate. These kids represent every sports association and school in the area. Local businesses, the winners of various beauty pageants, and Allatoona, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Harrison and North Cobb High School marching bands also add to the festivities. Entertainment at the festival will include local performance/dance groups on two stages and acoustic music, featuring Scott Thompson throughout the day.
Admission is free. Parking is available at Adams Park & Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw. There will also be two 14 passenger busses running shuttles from the park to festival grounds during event hours on both days.
Cobb Travels and Tourism is hosting Bubbles & Brews a month-long celebration of Cobb County’s local craft beverage makers.
During the entire month of March, craft beverage enthusiasts can travel along the Cobb Ale Trail to 19 of Cobb’s breweries, distilleries and wineries to sample each location’s unique beverages. A free digital BrewPass will guide visitors to each location, where they can collect digital stamps and win prizes from Cobb Travel & Tourism. The breweries, distilleries, meaderies and wineries will host special Bubbles & Brews events throughout the month that will feature fun activities and themed giveaways where guests can earn double stamps in their BrewPass. Visitors will have the chance to vote online for their favorite best-sellers, special brews and various other categories. Head over to MDJ Online dot com for a complete list of participating breweries.
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