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Signs of fall at Jackson’s Creek.

We Have a Winner! *Facebook Friday Freebie*



Is everyone ready for our favorite time of the week? That’s right- it’s time to announce this week’s Facebook Freebie winner! The Lucky East Cobber who wins a KSU logo stadium chair and KSU t-shirt is.………Pauline Ann Zagmame!!! Congrats Pauline  !! Please email to claim your awesome freebie!!

Didn’t win? Don’t despair! EAST COBBER brings you wonderful ways to win each and every Wednesday and Friday on our contest blog and Facebook page. Good luck, and may the odds ever be in your favor.

Calling all costumed runners! The Garden Gallop is this Saturday!

Garden Gallop

Ready, set, RUN! Saturday. November 1, is the Garden Gallop 5K at Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Keep Halloween going and support the Smith-Gilbert Gardens 5K Road Race to benefit educational and other opportunities at the Gardens.

The 1 mile Fun Run begins at 7:30am, 5k  at 8am and the Tot Trot at 8:55am.

For registration and more information, visit

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152.

Four-Year Graduation Rate Increases For Third Consecutive Year in Cobb

The U.S. Department of Education defines the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who entered high school four years earlier (including adjustments for student transfers). This uniform calculation method allows for accurate and comparable data across all 50 states, improving transparency and accountability. In the past, states measured graduation rates using inconsistent methods, resulting in incomparable sets of data.

“I am thrilled to see continued improvement in our graduation rate,” said Interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “Our teachers are working continuously using innovative teaching methods to encourage students to stay in school and increase their achievement level. Of the many indicators that measure how well we are doing as a school district, graduation rate is one of the most important. Ensuring that students graduate on time and are prepared for success is our ultimate goal. It is great to see that we are performing at a high level in that regard.”

Ehsan Kattoula, the District’s Director of Accountability and Research, said he, too, was pleased with the improvement in graduation rate.

“The steady improvement we’ve seen in Cobb high schools’ graduation rates is certainly a point of pride for the District,” he said. “We rate very well as a district by almost any comparison.”

Click here to view charts and graphs

(Source: Cobb County Schools)

Sunday is “The Ultimate Cheer Fest”


Cobb County PARKS and Cheertyme will host the 6th Annual Ultimate Cheer Fest at the Cobb Civic Center. This competition will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2.

The Ultimate Cheer Fest is an opportunity for cheerleaders, ages 5 and up, to compete in cheer and dance. Each team will have 2 minutes and 30 seconds to perform their routine. Every participant will receive a T-shirt and medal as part of their registration fee. Team trophies will also be awarded for each place. Our top two teams that are awarded the “Grand Champion” title will receive jackets and banners.

Spectators are encouraged to support their favorite teams as spirit and sportsmanship awards will be given. For more information, please contact Wendy Collins or call 770-528-8885 or email

New & Emerging Author, Marketing Workshop to be held at Book Exchange


Award-winning author Renea Winchester joins Book Exchange owner Cat Blanco to present a workshop focused on how aspiring and emerging authors can successfully launch and market their work.

Winchester, author of 3 books, Farming, Friends and Fried Bologna Sandwiches, In the Garden With Billy: Lessons About Life, Love &  Tomatoes and Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author, is a two-time winner of the Appalachian Writer’s Award and her articles have been published in Georgia Magazine, Georgia Backroads, and other periodicals. She will discuss various launching techniques, reaching readers directly, and gaining name recognition.

Blanco, who has been a Cobb County bookstore owner for more than 14 years after leaving a long, successful career in business management with a large retail chain, will concentrate on the business aspects important to authors and how to approach booksellers. To facilitate maximum personal interaction with the audience, attendance is limited. RSVP is required.

Workshop will take place at Book Exchange, 2932 Canton Rd. Marietta, GA 30066. Registration price of $40 is available if paid by November 8th. “Procrastinators” price of $45 for paying day of workshop. Contact Book Exchange, 770-427-4848, for more information or to RSVP.


Room with a Boo! Win a Stay at a Haunted Historic Hotel.


There is still time to enter the Room With A Boo Sweepstakes for a chance to win two nights of spooky fun at a haunted historic hotel! Five lucky winners will get a chance to stay at one of the following hotels:

  • 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Francis Marion Hotel (1924) Charleston, South Carolina
    The Wort Hotel (1941) Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Boston, Massachusetts
    Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama

To enter, visit the Historic Hotels of America Facebook page HERE.

Now Hiring: Glow Beauty Bar

Help Wanted

Glow Beauty Bar is a hip and happening ‘one stop beauty boutique’ that is always on the hunt for one remarkable person that is enthusiastic, exceptionally capable and has great, positive energy!  Glow is a serious anti-spa Beauty Bar with a witty edge, so you must have the personality and professionalism to match.  The ability to deliver impeccable maintain an upbeat attitude is a must.  The dress code is any combination black, white, gray, or purple.  Glow is a beauty bar so a sense of glamour is a must!

Glow is currently seeking two part-time receptionists.  Responsibilities include:

  • Delivering outstanding service with great phone etiquette for appointment scheduling, client check-in, and client check-out
  • Updating social media sites using Hoot Suite for Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and FourSquare
  • Maintaining a clean and comfortable waiting area
  • Maintaining client follow-up with handwritten thank you post cards
  • Maintaining client records and information with the utmost confidentiality and security
  • Ability to be firm in upholding beauty bar appointment policies

Compensation package includes:

  • Hourly rate of $7 per hour
  • Complementary airbrush tanning, lash extension, and waxing services
  • Study Hall Time – position responsibilities will leave ample time to study between client check-in/check-out, telephone calls, and other duties
  • Bonuses for appointment booking accuracy, percentage of appointments scheduled at client check-out, and selling appointment add-ons

This position requires 18 to 20 hours per week.  The shifts divided between the two positions  will be:

  • Sunday – 10:45 AM to 3:15 PM
  • Monday – 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM; 3:00 PM – 9:15 PM
  • Tuesday – 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday – 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Thursday – 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Every other Saturday from 9:45 AM to 5:00 PM

To apply please respond by email only to with resume and three references (one from a former employer and no family members).   Background checks will be performed.

Glow Beauty Bar is located at 2470 Windy Hill Road, Suite 440, Marietta, GA 30067. For more information visit

Facebook Friday Freebie! Enter to Win a Kennesaw State University Stadium Chair and a KSU T-shirt!


If you’ve been wanting a new career or thinking about advancing your current job to the next level, there is no better time start than now! The EAST COBBER is teaming up with Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education this week for Facebook Friday Freebie! To start off your school spirit, we are giving away a KSU Logo stadium chair and KSU t-shirt! Enter to win a KSU logo stadium chair and KSU t-shirt!

The Freebie:
Enter to win a KSU logo stadium chair and KSU t-shirt.

The College of Continuing and Professional Education provides quality innovative programs in collaboration with staff and industry leaders through multiple delivery methods that enrich and improve the lives of individuals. They offer 50+ professional certificate programs serving more than 17, 000 students annually.

They concentrate on respect for their diverse population by responding to the educational needs of the evolving community. Their commitment is to provide continuous opportunities for growth and improvement of staff, instructors, curriculum and the technologies needed to support a progressive learning environment.

For more information on furthering your education, please visit their website at


To Enter the Freebie:
Go to, and provide a short answer to this: If you were to go back to college, what would you get your degree in? Check back on our Facebook page at after 9 pm to see if you’re a winner!


  •    You must be a follower of EAST COBBER to win. Click HERE
  •    You must “LIKE” EAST COBBER on Facebook. Click HERE


* One extra entry if you follow EAST COBBER on Twitter. Click HERE

* One extra entry if you share this giveaway on Facebook!

* Please leave a comment telling us how many entries you have! (1 for following and liking EAST COBBER, and 2 optional entries) That’s 3 more ways to win!



Thanks to Kennesaw State University for this week’s freebie!
College of Continuing and Professional Education
Kennesaw State University – KSU Center
3333 Busbee Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30144

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Happy Halloween East Cobbers! Spookies pumpkins at the Powers Ferry Pumpkin Patch.

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