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Wheeler's Isaiah Collier wins Gatorade BasketballPlayer of the Year
Wheeler's Isaiah Collier becomes the latest in a long list of Cobb County products to win the prestigious award.


Special turkey hunt opportunity for youth and mobility impaired hunters set for next week.
Before the statewide turkey hunting season opens, youth and mobility-impaired hunters utilizing private land have an early chance to harvest a gobbler during the special opportunity turkey season March 25-26, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division.


Kennesaw State to face Xavier in the NCAA Tournament on Friday
The A-Sun Champion Owls face Sean Miller and the Xavier Musketeers Friday afternoon in Greensboro, North Carolina.


Kennesaw State to hold Selection Sunday party.
Head over to the KSU Convocation Center for an evening of fun as the Kennesaw State men's basketball team will learn their opponent and destination in the opening round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.


Cobb and Atlanta area facing record-setting pollen earlier than usual
Residents across the metro Atlanta have started dealing with an influx of pollen earlier than usual.


Atlanta Lyric Theatre closes down
Marietta-based Atlanta Lyric Theatre announced it is closing its doors as attendance has dwindled since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Kennesaw State is NCAA Tournament bound.
The Owls knocked off Liberty to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.


Cobb Sherriff's app and OffenderWatch help keep kids away from s*x offenders
Cobb Sheriff Craig Owens announced at a press conference Tuesday that there are just over 600 registered s*x offenders in Cobb, and the new feature from OffenderWatch will help keep the community safe in different ways.


Allatoona grad Clarke Schmidt competing for starting job with the Yankees.
Allatoona's Clarke Schmidt's impressive Spring Training outing against the Braves highlights why the Yankees think he may factor into their rotation.


Wheeler vs. McEachern Elite 8 matchup has a championship game feel
Two of the top boys' basketball teams in the state will square off in Cobb County Wednesday night.


Hundreds submerge in Lake Acworth for the Polar Plunge
Several hundred people ran full tilt into Lake Acworth on Saturday — some of them in costume.
The brisk excursion was part of the “Polar Plunge,” an annual national fundraiser for the Special Olympics.


Kevin Kinney sits down with the MDJ podcast ahead of Georgia shows.
Check out this exclusive interview with Drivin' N' Cryin's Kevin Kinney on the MDJ podcast ahead of his shows in Atlanta and Athens with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.


Smyrna announces dates for the 2023 Spring Jonquil Festival
Smyrna has announced the dates for it's annual spring festival, which features over 175 arts & crafts booths, 20 food booths, an entertainment stage, multiple beer gardens and a variety of children's activities.


Cobb Countians pay tribute to Jimmy Carter
Tributes to a giant of Georgia politics began to pour in after the weekend’s announcement that former President Jimmy Carter, 98, would enter hospice care at his home in Plains.
The news was announced by the Carter Center in a social media post-Saturday.


Former Pope star Stevie Wilkerson joins Braves' organization as a coach
After retiring from his pro playing career, Stevie Wilkerson will now serve as a coach for the Gwinnett Stripers, the Atlanta Braves' AAA affiliate in Lawrenceville.


Former "Impractical Jokers" star brings tour to Cobb
Comedian, actor, and producer Joe Gatto is bringing shenanigans and antics to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Thursday for his "Night of Comedy" tour.


Acworth Senator sponsors the "Religious Freedom" bill.
Ed Seltzer's bill would mirror language found in a 1993 federal bill protecting religious freedom.


Tucker Carlson was planning on sending someone from his show to Asbury Friday to report on the ongoing revival. Today Asbury called the Tucker Carlson Show to request that the show not come to Asbury on Friday. It wasn’t because they disliked Tucker, in fact they indicated they liked the show. It was because they wanted to keep the Asbury revival free from the media or politics. Praise God for this type of integrity! Maybe that is one of the reasons why God has showed up so powerfully - it’s not about Asbury, it’s about God.


Two local chiropractors endow a scholarship at Life University
Co-founders of 100% Chiropractic and friends of Life University Drs. Jason and Vanessa Helfrich and their team created in January 2023 an endowed Doctor of Chiropractic student scholarship.


Georgia Tech president touts Cobb-based research. (Scan the QR code to get more details about the MDJ podcast)
Georgia Tech president Ángel Cabrera spoke at the Cobb Chamber's "Marquee Monday" and talked about all of the Institute's great research, including what is happening in Cobb County.


KSU win sets up a big showdown with Liberty
For the first since moving to Division 1, the Owls' men's basketball program has won 20 games and will have a game with postseason implications this week.


New businesses set to open at the Avenue at East Cobb
In addition to a new Barnes & Noble, the Avenue at East Cobb will be welcoming some new businesses.


Whitefield hires Savannah Christian Defensive Coordinator as head football coach
Whitefield Academy hired Savannah Christian defensive coordinator Robert Walsh as the sixth head coach in program history.


The plane that shot down a Chinese balloon made in Marietta.
More than a decade after the final Marietta-made Lockheed Martin F-22 rolled off the assembly lines, the F-22 program notched its first air-to-air “kill” this weekend as it shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the South Carolina coast.


Marietta Superintendent honors father with ROTC scholarship

Superintendent Grant Rivera’s father, Phil Rivera, died Tuesday morning at the age of 86.
In honor of Phil Rivera’s love for teaching and his military service, the family has created a one-time scholarship that will be awarded to deserving students in the Marietta High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) Program from the Class of 2023.


Sprayberry Grad and basketball star return to "America's Got Talent."
Sprayberry's Flau'Jae Johnson appeared on the show at the age of 14 and was able to take time away from her career as an LSU basketball player to appear on the All-Star edition of the show.


Smyrna library kicks off Black History Month with a talk on Hank Aaron

The Smyrna Public Library kicked off Black History Month on Saturday with a lecture about the late Hank Aaron, a day before the beloved Baseball Hall of Famer would have turned 89.

Longtime sports writer and columnist Terence Moore spoke about his life and his relationship with Aaron, who died in January 2021. Aaron is also the basis of Moore’s book, “The Real Hank Aaron: An Intimate Look at the Life and Legacy of the Home Run King.”


Marietta man who died at Pearl Harbor will be buried at Arlington National Cemetary
A Marietta man who died in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, this month.

John Donald, shipfitter 3rd class, was serving aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was moored along Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row when the attack occurred.

The USS Oklahoma sustained hits from three Japanese torpedoes before it started rolling to port, after which two more torpedoes caused the ship to capsize.Donald was one of 429 sailors aboard the ship to die in the attack on the base which led the U.S. to enter World War II on the side of the Allies, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports.


KSU School of Music presents the annual Collage Concert.
Kennesaw State University’s Bailey School of Music will present the annual Collage Concert on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.

Led by Interim Director Dr. Julia Bullard, the Bailey School of Music will present the signature production for the 17th year in a row as the sole fundraising concert for music scholarships for students. The concert offers something for all musical tastes, from symphony orchestra to jazz, opera theater, and even video game music.


A paid of Cobb County athletes sign NIL deals with WWE
Harrison High School alum Jaiden Fields and national champion Life University wrestler Peyton Prussin were among 15 athletes revealed as part of WWE’s “Next In Line” program last Thursday.


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