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bottleIf you’ve ever thrown a note in a bottle in the ocean or sent a note in the air with a balloon, you’ve likely wondered where it will end up. There’s also a good chance that you didn’t think you would ever see or hear about the note ever again. Well, that’s not the case with an Acworth, Georgia man who was notified of a note in a bottle that he threw into the Atlantic Ocean 36 years ago! The note read:

"This bottle was set adrift off Fernandina Beach, Florida on the 10th of June 1981. To the finder, I would appreciate it if you would respond as to where, when and found by whom. My permanent address is as follows on the back. Thanks, Douglas H. Stephens"

Southeast Adventure Outfitters posted the magical story of Douglas Stephens and his note to

ms georgia 2017Kennesaw State student Alyssa Beasley won the Miss Georgia pageant. The event took place at the RiverCenter for Performing Arts in Columbus, GA from June 13-17. Though Alyssa officially represents Southeast Georgia’s Golden Isles, Cobb County is certainly proud of her accomplishment.

The 19-year old rising sophomore had quite a pageant, winning the overall talent, swimsuit, and evening gown categories. Even more, she won the preliminary award for lifestyle and fitness and another preliminary award two days earlier.

Alyssa’s stunning dance routine highlighted all of her pageant performances. She impressed the judges with her elegant dance routine to Ellie Goulding’s “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground.” Not only did she dance well, but everyone in

fireworks2When I think about all the times that I celebrated July 4th throughout the years, it brings back many fun and joyous memories. This event is a way to continue the tradition of happily celebrating freedom. Start off your Independence Weekend with booms and tunes at Kennesaw State University’s Star-Spangled Spectacular and Family Fun Festival on Saturday, July 1 beginning at 5 pm. This year marks the 10th year of this amazing celebration of our country’s independence. The Family Fun Festival is free to the public and features a concert on the Campus Green and fireworks show afterward.

We recently covered a big story about Kennesaw State’s School of Music. Well, the students and music school staff and faculty will be at it again at the Star-Spangled

I love local sports and stories like this that hit close to home. They put a big smile on my face. Tony Dibrell, a local pitcher at Kennesaw State, was drafted by the New York Mets in the fourth round of Major League Baseball’s 2017 draft. The right-handed pitcher has electric stuff with a good fastball, a consistent curveball, and a developing changeup. Dibrell had a 2.45 ERA in just over 95 innings pitched this season for the Owls. And he struck out an impressive 103 batters during his junior year campaign! The local prospect was ranked 116th by MLB.com and was regarded as the best pitching prospect in the state of Georgia.

 

Tony Dibrell: The Hard Throwing Kid from Alpharetta

Tony Dibrell was born and raised nearby in Alpharetta. The son of

diamond interchangeConstruction crews in the area are preparing to do major road work that will relieve the rush hour gridlock on Wade Green Road and the I-75 corridor in Kennesaw. Cobb County officials recently announced the construction of a new diverging diamond interchange (DDI) on Wade Green Road. The work could begin any day now so get ready.

The Cobb County Department of Transportation’s county-wide traffic study revealed the dire need for the diverging diamond interchange on Wade Green Road above I-75. The area currently produces some of the most congested rush hour traffic in Cobb County. According to the Department of Transportation, the rush hour traffic will improve with shortened traffic signal times and the innovative way a diverging diamond interchange

farmers marketKennesaw Farmer’s Market is open for the season! The Farmers Market will be open every Monday afternoon at Depot Park (2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144) from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm from May through September (Monday, May 1, 2017 through Monday, October 30th, 2017). Also, be sure to enjoy Dinner at the Depot (5:30 pm to 8:30 pm). This season marks the 13th year of Kennesaw Farmer’s Market serving our community with the highest quality produce and more.

The Farmer’s Market features over 30 local farmers and merchants who grow and offer local in-season fruits and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, plants, herbs, and a variety of local food and products. There’s so much good stuff -- wait until you see and taste the bright red tomatoes sold there. But

This is some news that truly rocks. Kennesaw State University received a $500,000 donation from Buckhead resident Katherine Scott for its School of Music!  Scott will have the school’s rehearsal hall renamed after her. The donation will be used for the School of Music’s various programs and the upkeep of the school’s rehearsal space and 47 Steinway pianos.

Kennesaw State School of Music

Getting to Know Katherine Scott

Scott has held a love for music in her heart since her youth, so it’s quite fitting that she has given generously to Kennesaw State’s School of Music. Scott values the opportunity to give to KSU and mentioned that she’s receiving so much more from the school and community in return.

“My husband started with nothing, worked very hard and became a success. He

atlanta unitedGet ready for some exciting soccer action, Kennesaw. The beautiful game is coming to Cobb County. Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium will be the place to be when Atlanta United hosts Charleston Battery on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 PM. Atlanta United, which has its headquarters nearby in Marietta, will be playing in Cobb County for the first time. Tickets are on sale now and parking can be purchased for $10.  

The match pits United against Charleston Battery, its affiliate club from the United Soccer League. This United vs. Battery matchup is part of the U.S. Open Cup. The U.S. Open is a knockout or single-elimination tournament featuring professional teams from across the United States. The big prize? The winner will earn placement in

This week's winner of the Kennesaw Home of the Week is 3793 Morningside Court NW.  Located in prestigious Legacy Park, this six bedroom, four bath home offers all the bells and whistles you'd expect a $460,000 home to offer.

Jackie Gallo is the current owner of the home.  We caught up with Jackie and got the inside scoop.  Hope you enjoy!

Front of the house

How long have you owned the home?

12 years.

Why were you attracted to this particular home in Legacy Park, rather than the others?

Two features stood out.  The first was the sunroom.  Besides having a resort like feel, I knew it would come in handy for entertainment overflow. The second was the detached garage. There is enough room in the garage to house any hobby or outdoor TOY.  The sink and cabinets