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CCSD Bus Routes for the 2014-2015 School Year Are Now Available


Runs and maps will be posted at your local school for review prior to the first day of school. Kindergarten and First Grade students along with their parents are invited to ride the bus on Friday morning, August 1, 2014, as a practice run prior to the first day of school on Monday, August 4. Buses will run at regular scheduled morning pick up times and parents/students should be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early. Due to limited space, we ask that you limit the number of additional family members riding. Only school-age children are allowed to ride as our regular buses are not equipped with car seats. The bus will follow the planned route to school, then return back to the bus stop.

During the months of August and September if temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher students may bring water in containers with a screw on lid to drink on the bus. If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 678/594-8000, or email your transportation area supervisor whose email can be found on the Transportation website.



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Kell alum Williams races to junior world championship

EUGENE, Ore. — Kendell Williams won the 100-meters hurdles Sunday on the final day of the IAAF junior world championships at Hayward Field.

Williams, the former Kell High School star, ran the race in a meet-record 12.89 seconds. Fellow American Dior Hall was second at 12.92, breaking the U.S. high school record set in 1989.

Williams, who just wrapped up her freshman season at Georgia, was the U.S. junior champion in the 100 hurdles, as well as the NCAA heptathlon champion and the NCAA indoor pentathlon champion.

“I got out well and went through the hurdles well but I could see Dior peripherally and that helped push me,” Williams said. “This is my last junior meet and I wanted to go out with a bang. I think I did that.”

Kendall Baisden kicked the final 100 meters and the U.S. women in the 1,600 relay. Baidsen, who will be a sophomore at Texas, pushed the women across the finish in 3:30.42. Earlier in the week, she won the 400.

The U.S. men also won the 1,600 relay in 3:03.31 to cap the six-day international track and field event. On Saturday, the U.S. men and women also claimed golds in the 400 relays.

Alfred Kipketer of Kenya won the men’s 800 meters in 1:43.95. Countryman Barnabas Kipyego won the 3,000 steeplechase in a personal-best 8:25.59.

Morgan Lake of Britain won the women’s high jump at 6 feet, 4 inches. Lake also won the world title in the heptathlon earlier in the week, making her the first person to win both events at the worlds.

Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia won the 1,500 in 4:09.86 on her 18th birthday.

Lazaro Martinez of Cuba won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 52-2½, while Gatis Cakss of Latvia won the javelin with a throw of 242-11.

It is the first time the junior world championships have been held in the United States. Nearly 1,600 athletes from 170 countries are took part in the six-day event, which included athletes born between 1995 and 1998.

There were reports Saturday that four Ethiopian athletes had left the meet and were unaccounted for. The Oregonian newspaper reported that University of Oregon police, along with the Eugene police and other law enforcement statewide were seeking to contact the athletes. It is not believed that the athletes are in danger.

It is not uncommon for athletes seeking asylum from unstable countries to use sporting events as a way to leave, although it is not known if the Ethiopians were seeking to flee their country.

(Associated Press article, reprinted from The Marietta Daily Journal, July 27, 2014, 

Dance Stop Studios to hold Open House August 2


Dance Stop Studios, 4400 Roswell Road in the Merchants Exchange Shopping Center, will host an Open House on August 2, 10am-4pm. Dance Stop offers classes for all ability levels, beginner through professional, ages three to adult. Classes include tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, Zumba, yoga and barre sculpt.

Call 770-578-0048 for more information.


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Let Huntington help with summer slide



For more than 35 years, Huntington’s highly trained tutors have helped students maintain the skills, confidence and motivation they need to stay on track all year round.


Still Time to Sign-Up for Summer Reading Fun at the Library

There’s still time to sign-up for the Cobb County Public Library System’s 2014 Summer Reading Program! You’re encouraged to sign-up before the end of this year’s program on July 31. The library’s events calendar is full of activities for the summer.

Children from birth to 5th grade should visit their local Cobb County Public Library System location to register in the Summer Reading Program and to pick up their reading log (online registration is available at Adults and young adults in grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit book reviews to enter drawings for prizes. Book review forms can be picked up at any Cobb library branch or online All items are due back July 31!

Children and adults participating in the 2014 Summer Reading Program are eligible to receive prizes including an iPad courtesy of Cobb EMC, a Kindle Fire HD courtesy of Manning Properties, and free pizza courtesy of Stevi B’s. Children also have opportunities to earn free Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks tickets. Also, the Cobb Library Foundation has provided free books for children participating in the Summer Reading Program (while supplies last).


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Natural Resource Management offers fun programs this month

Outdoor programs offered by staff of the Natural Resource Management unit provide children opportunities to learn about nature in fun and hands-on ways.

Wednesday, July 16: “Nickajack Creek Hike” will start at the Silver Comet Trailhead on Concord Road in Smyrna. Join staff on a short hike from the the trailhead to the ruins of the Concord Woolen Mill, built in 1847, and Nickajack Creek. After the hike, change into old sneakers or water shoes to get in the shallow waters and search for macro-invertebrates, insect larvae and crayfish.

Thursday, July 31: “Hiking and Biking” at Cobb County Corps property, Allatoona Creek Trails in Acworth. Wear sneakers or hiking shoes and join a guided hike to the wetland to see turtles and Great Blue Heron nests. There are open fields with dirt paths to ride bicycles or take a staff guided ride on the “Rusty Bucket Loop” beginners mountain biking trail.

Each program is $2 per person and registration is required. To register, call 770-528-8803 or email


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First session is FREE with Club Z!



Give your child the tools to succeed with Club Z in-home tutoring services. First session is free! Thanks ClubZ for advertising in the EAST COBBER!


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Talent-filled field expected for Lassiter 7-on-7 qualifier

Back in action after escaping elbow surgery following an injury during baseball season, North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen will be behind the line this weekend for a National Select 7-on-7 qualifier at Lassiter. Queen’s Warrior team is one of 32 in the tournament, which includes seven from Cobb County. Staff file photo by Jeff Stanton


While success in typical 7-on-7 tournaments is not necessarily an indication of how good or bad a season a football team may have, doing well in the National Select 7-on-7 may show a team is pointed in the right direction.

“All I know is we’ve always done really well,” said Lassiter coach Jep Irwin, who will have a team competing in the competition for the ninth straight year — the first seven at Pelham (Ala.) and the last two with the Trojans. “The competitiveness of the field is where you get better. With this field, every mistake is magnified. It’s intense. I do think (success in this tournament) can translate to the season.”

As competitive as the Lassiter-hosted qualifier has been in the past, this year’s field of 32 teams may be the strongest yet. Valdosta, Lovejoy, Grayson, Alpharetta, North Paulding and national power Hoover (Ala.) are just a few of the teams coming from outside the county to compete.

Joining Lassiter among Cobb County programs are Hillgrove, Kell, North Cobb, South Cobb, Walton and Whitefield Academy.

The winner of the two-day tournament will earn a spot in the national tournament next week in Hoover, Ala.

“Last year’s field was pretty strong,” Irwin said, “but I really think this may be the strongest we’ve ever had. This year, only Valdosta is fielding a ‘B’ team, and they are going to be pretty good. Last year, we had 28 teams, with four ‘B’ teams, so this is an improved field, even with the loss of North Gwinnett. Grayson took their spot, and we had to turn some good teams away.”

Some of the premier players expected to be in the event include: Hoover running back Bradrick Shaw (committed to Auburn) and linebacker Darrell Williams, Lovejoy receiver Preston Williams (Tennessee), Shiloh receiver Cameron Stewart (Central Florida), Valdosta linebacker Brian Bell (Florida State) Jefferson quarterback Evan Shirreffs and North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen (Auburn).

A 7-on-7 tournament matches the offensive skill position players against a defense’s linebacking corps and secondary. Play starts at the 40-yard line going in, and once the quarterback has the ball, he has 4 seconds to get off a throw. Touchdowns are worth six points, with an extra point earned by completing a 10-yard pass into the end zone.

For the defense, interceptions are worth three points, and one returned for a touchdown is worth six. A play ends when the ball hits the ground, or when a defender pulls an offensive player’s flag. Tackling is not allowed.

The tournament will run today and Saturday. Today’s pool play will be split into morning and afternoon waves. After the completion of pool play, teams will be ranked from 1 through 32 and placed in the tournament bracket.

Double-elimination tournament play will start Saturday at 9 a.m., and a championship game is scheduled for around 4 p.m.

Games will be streamed live at, by selecting the “NFHS Network Broadcasts” link and then finding the Georgia qualifier.

Updates on scores and bracket play will be available via a mobile app, by visiting the Select 7-on-7 website and selecting the Georgia qualifier.


(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by John Bednarowski, July 11, 2014. Click HERE to read the original article.) 

NASA Girls Stats Soccer Summer Skills Camp is July 7 -10

Stats summer skills camp is guaranteed to help all recreational players at all skills level prepare for the fall season. This is camp is for all ages U10 – U19 girls. The players will be grouped by age and ability. Players of a younger age who are of a higher technical ability may play with an older group to challenge themselves.
Our camp is 9am – 12 noon at Walton high school. The camp is designed to increase the comfort level on the ball in younger players and give older players a better tactical awareness of how to play the game.
Learn all the technical fundamentals of receiving, passing, dribbling, shooting, heading.
Learn the moves to beat players in 1v1 situations
Learn the proper way to defend
Learn how to move off the ball and find space
Learn how to use combination plays
Learn how to play your preferred position for older players
Learn how to support by creating space and not bunching up
All this in a fun challenging environment where you train in groups technically and then apply what you learn in games at the end.
Please use the link to sign up before the deadline arrives July 4th!

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Philip Lutzenkirchen’s sister, Alabama soccer player, remembers brother in letter to fans

Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen poses for a photograph with his younger sister, Abby, a soccer player at Alabama in this undated photo. (Courtesy Abby Lutzenkirchen)

Abby Lutzenkirchen penned a letter to fans and friends Wednesday in the wake of her brother Philip’s passing Sunday and asked to pass it along. Abby plays soccer at Alabama, a school she chose as her big brother was making a name for himself as one of the best tight ends to ever play at Auburn. Abby reflects on their time together as brother and sister, and as star athletes at rival schools.

A public memorial for Philip Lutzenkirchen is scheduled today for 7 p.m. CT at Lassiter High in his hometown of Marietta, Georgia.

To anyone and everyone who knew my brother:

You always hear and see other people suffering from the death of a family member, but you never think it would happen to you. But, now at age 20, I am having to watch my closest loved ones mourn the death of my beautiful brother and my family’s pride and joy.

No one ever gives you a handbook to guide you through the process of grieving and I have been experiencing that firsthand within the past few days. It is easy to be angry, to get mad and yell. It is easy to cry your eyes out and collapse to the floor. And it is especially easy to question everything that God has done in this life that we live. And while I am feeling all of these emotions, the easiest thing for me to do is to let anyone and everyone who knew, or has been touched by my brother:

Philip and I had a very special relationship being that I was his only little sister. He actually had me as “Baby Sister Abigail” in his phone. Philip was my hero: my knight in shining armor. He was iron man to me, and I made sure that everyone around me knew that I worshiped the ground that he walked on. What made our bond stronger within the past few years is the decision of me to play soccer at Alabama while he was still playing at Auburn. He never lets me forget that I chose to be a “Bammer” but made sure that he was ALWAYS my No. 1 fan, whether he was at my game or not.

Auburn great Philip Lutzenkirchen remembered at Toomer's CornerFriends and Auburn fans gathered at Toomer’s Corner Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. to honor former Tigers tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who died in a single-vehicle accident early Sunday. (Brandon Marcello/

However, Philip always said that I was the most athletic in the family — which his friends would all affirm is a true statement (I promise I’m not making this up). Philip will never know how much that meant to me when he said that. But, it wasn’t Philip’s athletic accolades that made me look up to him: it was his smile. My brother’s smile could light up a room. It was his charisma, his love for our dogs, his big bear hugs, and his playful way of picking on me. It was his unconditional love for his family. It was the little notes he would leave for me in my room whenever he came home. It was the way I could always count on him to watch a Disney movie with me. It was the way he danced with us in the car, and his silly Snapchats of him singing my favorite Usher songs.

Philip was like the typical over-protective big brother, scaring every (and any) boy that I even attempted to bring around my family. But, what Philip never knew was that I always looked for someone with the same qualities as him, and I will always continue to do that throughout the next stage in my life. There was no one better than that big lug of a brother I had. We never had a dull moment together. When Philip was around, our family never stopped laughing and we always felt so loved because Philip made sure he went above and beyond for us. Philip would have made the perfect husband, dad, and uncle — and it pains my family that we will never get to experience the rest of our lives with one of our absolute favorite people. I am forever grateful for being born into this amazing family and by having someone as amazing as Philip to look up to.

Philip was larger than life and seeing how this community had reached out to us in his passing has just reassured my family that Philip was a true and genuine man. He loved his friends like family, and they have become family to us. We hope that this family bond we have created with you all will never go away. I am blessed to know that even though my big brother is gone, I still have big brothers all around me through his friends.

Philip let God shine through every single move he made whether it was scoring touchdowns, walking on campus, attending FCA, or his frequent tweeting brigades that thousands of people saw. I cannot express the love he had for every single Auburn fan he met, and for all the amazing people who helped him along the way. Philip always told me that “football was what he did, but it wasn’t who he was.” If I can be half of the person and Christian that my brother was, I know that I will live a life that he would be proud of.

I know this letter isn’t much, and I haven’t even written a smidge of the things that I want to say about Philip, but I just wanted to thank each and every single person who has reached out to our family in these past days. We are going to need the prayers and support from you all now more than ever. We are so incredibly touched by the stories we have heard about Philip, and are humbled by the impact Philip has made on so many of you all’s lives.

War Eagle. Forever 43. Forever my big brother.

Abby Lutzenkirchen

(Reprinted from View the original article by clicking HERE.)