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One teen dies and one survives after falling in partially frozen lake

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Sherry Rosen had a feeling something bad would happen when she spotted five kids playing by the bank of Ellison Lake Wednesday evening.

As she left for dinner around 5 p.m., Rosen called Kennesaw police after she saw one of the teenagers had walked onto the ice at the edge of the lake. When she got back home at 7 PM she saw dozens of fire trucks and police cars, and knew her worst fears had come true. Two 16-year-olds had fallen through the ice in the lake. While rescue personnel were able to successfully save one teen, the other died, Cobb Fire confirmed Thursday.

According to Officer David Buchanan, a Kennesaw Police Department spokesperson, officers were dispatched to the scene around 5:09 p.m. Wednesday, arriving at approximately 5:20 p.m.

Kennesaw police and Cobb County police were able to rescue one of the teens from the water before Cobb County Fire arrived, according to the fire department. But the second teen was not located and pulled from the water until approximately 6:50 p.m. Rescuers attempted to resuscitate on the bank of the lake before transporting him to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Four rescue personnel were treated for cold exposure, Cobb Fire said, and have been released from medical care.

Surface water temperatures at Ellison Lake were recorded as low as 28 degrees, and rescuers were in the water for up to an hour and 20 minutes, according to Cobb Fire. One rescuer was taken to the hospital for hypothermia treatment, and another suffered abrasions during rescue efforts.

Sheltering Grace Ministry, a nonprofit which provides services to pregnant mothers experiencing homelessness, is relocating its headquarters to Cobb County.

The group announced this week it has sold its East Point location and will soon welcome clients to a new office on Franklin Gateway. An open house for the office is scheduled for next month.

In operation for the last 16 years, Sheltering Grace Ministry says its aim is to provide shelter and support for homeless pregnant women, including life skills training to help women emerge from poverty. The organization is currently in the process of obtaining a new property where it can build a series of small homes to house expecting mothers, per a news release. Currently, Sheltering Grace Ministry has six staff and board members along with a team of volunteers.

The open house at the new Marietta location will be held from 12 to 6 p.m. on January 16, at 1180 Franklin Gateway, Suite 100, near Delk Road.

Most bills the General Assembly passes each year take effect on July 1.

But a smattering of new laws enacted during the 2022 legislative session will kick in this Sunday, Jan. 1, including a bill making it easier for food trucks to do business and several new or expanded tax credits.

The food truck legislation does away with a current requirement in Georgia law that food truck operators obtain a permit and inspection in every county where they do business.

While the tax credit bills technically became effective last summer, they don’t really become reality until New Year’s Day, the beginning of the tax year.

Three of the measures create new income tax credits.

House Bill 424 will provide a tax credit to Georgia taxpayers who contribute to nonprofit organizations that help foster children about to age out of the foster care system. More than 700 young men and women age out of the system each year.

Senate Bill 361, which was championed by Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, will provide a dollar-for-dollar income tax credit on contributions to public safety initiatives in the taxpayer’s community. Law enforcement agencies will be able to use the money for police officer salary supplements, to purchase or maintain department equipment and/or to establish or maintain a co-responder program.

 Senate Bill 87, the Jack Hill Veterans’ Act, honors the late state Sen. Jack Hill of Reidsville, who died in 2020. It provides income tax credits in exchange for contributions to scholarships for service-disabled veterans through the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation. Another bill that will take effect on Sunday, Senate Bill 332, also known as the Inform Consumers Act, is aimed at preventing criminals from selling goods stolen from retail stores on any online marketing platform. It establishes financial and contact information requirements for high-volume sellers to online marketplaces and requires such platforms to establish an option for consumers to report suspicious activity.

Pebblebrook High School’s marching band is in New Orleans for one of college football’s marquee matchups this weekend.

The Mighty Marching Machine is one of the bands invited to play the Sugar Bowl contest between Alabama and Kansas State. Led by Director Eulas Kirtdoll, the band is performing in both the parade and game Saturday afternoon.

The band reported on Facebook Thursday they’d loaded up their buses before dawn (call time was 4 a.m.) to make the trek down south. Later that day, they said they’d arrived safely in the Big Easy and were gearing up for Saturday’s showcase after performing at Jackson Square downtown.

After fundraising for months in the lead-up to the weekend, the band was helped along by a $15,000 donation from Atlanta’s Witherite Law Group. This isn’t the school’s first rodeo on the national stage. In 2018, the band trekked to Chicago to perform in the city’s Thanksgiving parade.

The parade was yesterday, processing down Decatur Street along New Orleans’ French Quarter and ending at Canal Street.

The Sugar Bowl, meanwhile, will kick off at noon today and will be broadcasted on ESPN.


A procession of cars snaked down Ben King Road in Kennesaw Wednesday night as dozens of families came to revel in holiday lights. With hundreds of thousands of lights twinkling in the darkness, Lights of Joy remains one of Cobb’s best light shows — including a tunnel of lights for holiday photo-ops.

Lights of Joy can be found at 1510 Ben King Road and has been open every night from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., with free admission. Its final night will be January 1, New Year’s Day.


Amani Johnson scored 15 points to break the Kennesaw State Division I career scoring record as the Owls raced past Coastal Georgia 109-53 on Thursday at the KSU Convocation Center.

Johnson, who broke the mark previously held by Alexis Poole, finished with her first double-double of the season, also dishing out a career-high 13 assists. The Owls also set a program record for points as six players finished the night in double-digits. Jah’Che Whitfield had a game-high 19 points, Bre’Lyn Snipes scored a career-best 16 points, Lyndsey Whilby and Keyarah Berry chipped in 11 points each and Stacie Jones added 10. The Owls will be back in action Monday as they face the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels.

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