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Cobb to host USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup

(Marietta, GA- July 13, 2016) Cobb County P.A.R.K.S staff will host the 2016 USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup through the Amateur Softball Association at Lost Mountain Park July 25-30.

This new event is an invitational tournament featuring 32 of the nation's elite softball clubs in both the 16U Division and 18U Division. Teams from across the country including Texas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Georgia, California and Oklahoma will be competing. The top 12 finishers receive a cash donation award back to participating program.

“What a great opportunity to have some of the best teams coming together to play in a tournament that has prestige and a prize,” said USA Softball Women’s National Head Coach Ken Erikson.“We will find out who the most competitive programs in the country are now! The entire USA Softball Coaching Staff will be present also to evaluate these players for our future national teams.”

Timothy Miller from Atlanta Opera will sing the National Anthem before the exhibition game between Team Elite and the Junior Olympic Cup All Stars at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 26., and Beverly Dyer, 80, will throw the first pitch. She has been the gatekeeper at Al Bishop complex for the last 32 years.

The championship games will be played at Kennesaw State University softball field July 30. Games begin each day at 9 a.m. and admission is free.

Cobb's Geographic Information Systems staff created a virtual story map for the tournament to help attendees easily find everything from playing fields, parking, restrooms and concessions.

Lost Mountain Park is located at 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, Georgia.

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For tournament information:

Jeff Crowder, Athletics Manager
770-528-8821

Community Leaders to Discuss Skills Learned at Natural Disaster Workshop

(Marietta, GA-June 30, 2016) Community leaders will have plenty to talk about after the Cobb County Emergency Management Agency free natural disaster workshop.

Cobb EMA staff will host a natural disaster workshop for community leaders Tuesday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to noon. Following the course, several community leaders will stay after to talk to media about the different skills and modules they learned.

In attendance will be State Disaster Coordinator Sal Gullo from the Knights of Columbus Disaster Responders, Program Director Stacy Brungardt for the Collective at Cumberland of Cumberland Community Church and Senior Pastor Reginald Godfrey from Transform Life in Christ Ministries.
Community leaders will learn the necessary plans and tools needed to prepare for natural disasters. In addition, the course will also teach hazard review, community preparedness and mitigation, value of partnerships and preparation of an emergency operations plan.

Cobb County Emergency Management Agency is located at 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

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Cobb County to Review and Consider Amendments to Special Event Parking Code

(Marietta, GA - July 6, 2016) The five-member Cobb County Board of Commissioners have formally requested that county staff review and make changes to the Accessory Special Event Parking ordinance to ensure that the language reflects the original intent of public safety and does not produce unintended consequences for private property owners and citizens. The original ordinance passed unanimously in the February 23 BOC meeting.

The revised ordinance will be publicly advertised and posted online at the Cobb County home page on Friday, July 15. The changes will be considered by the Board of Commissioners at public hearings at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 26; 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9 and 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23. The Board of Commissioners can consider approving amendments to the Accessory Special Event Parking ordinance after the public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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Register Now for 2016 Cobb County 5K Benefiting Make-A-Wish Georgia

(Marietta, GA.- July 6, 2016) Lace up those running shoes because the 16th annual Cobb County 5K to benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia returns to Marietta Square Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 a.m.  All ages are welcome to participate.
 
The proceeds of the race go to Make-A-Wish Georgia to benefit children of Cobb County battling life-threatening medical conditions. In 2015 the proceeds from the race was $38,000, granting four wishes for Cobb County children to make their dreams come true.

“It’s been a tremendous joy working with Make-A-Wish Georgia to raise money and grant these children’s wishes,” said County Manager David Hankerson. “Having the support from the participants and sponsors year after year, is a true example of community.”

Registration is open at active.com, and closes Wednesday, Sept. 28. Mailed in registration forms must be post-marked by Tuesday, Sept. 20. Pre-registration before Sept. 20 is $20 untimed and $25 timed. After Sept. 20, registration fees are $25 untimed and $35 timed. Group discounts are also available for participants. Groups of 10 or more are $15 timed and $20 timed per runner, and school students, teachers and school groups pay a special rate of $10 per runner. The fee for Phantom Runners, someone who wants to support the 5K but can’t attend the race, is $20.

Walk-up registration starts at 7 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 a.m. The 3.1 mile loop guides participants around historic neighborhoods of Marietta and ends back at the Square. A map of the route can be found on Cobb County 5K homepage under race route.

Award medals will be handed out by Wish Kids in attendance in men’s overall, women’s overall, men’s master overall and women’s master overall categories. This Cobb County 5K is a timed and untimed race for the Peachtree Qualifier.

Cobb County 5K to benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia began in 2001 as a way to give back to the community. Since 2001, the event has raised over $400,000 for children with life-threatening medical conditions and has granted 76 wishes.

Visit www.cobbmakeawish5K.org for additional information about registration and details.

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For more information:

Beverly Martin
beverly.martin@cobbcounty.org
770-528-2620


John Houser
john.houser@cobbcounty.org
770-499-3902

Cobb Commission Chairman and Sandy Spring Mayor Issue Statement on Transportation Initiatives related to SunTrust Park

(Marietta, GA - June 23, 2016) Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, and members of their senior team met this morning to discussion operational and transportation initiatives related to the Braves move to Cobb County.
The group reviewed signage, game day and public safety initiatives, with agreement that cooperative efforts have produced a strong base related to operational considerations.
The group also discussed systemic issues, specifically the need for significant capital projects to alleviate traffic concerns in and around the New Northside area in Sandy Springs.
“We have work to do, but we are committed to collaborating with Cobb County in developing viable solutions that create a win-win scenario for both communities,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.
“Cobb County and Sandy Springs have a long history of collaborating on many projects and we plan to add traffic management around SunTrust Park to our record of success. I am confident that we will end up with a plan that works in the best interest of both communities.” Said Cobb Chairman Tim Lee.
At the request of Chairman Lee and Mayor Paul, a set schedule of meetings will be established between Cobb County Manager David Hankerson and Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough as the two communities continue working together in developing alternatives to address game day travel.