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Harrison High School Band Makes History

KENNESAW, GA -- The Harrison High School Marching Band made history on Saturday, Oct. 16 by winning back-to-back Grand Championships and Class AAA Championships at the Western Carolina University Tournament of Champions.

In the 10-year history of the Cullowhee, North Carolina tournament, no other organization has ever won both the class division and the Grand Championship two years in a row -- until now.

With music from Leoncavallo, Hindemith, Shostacovich and Sousa, Harrison's "Vesti La Giubba" band program continues to prove its excellence and dedication.

Harrison will now travel to Indianapolis in early November to compete in the Bands of America Regional Championship, where they hope to continue their winning streak.

Multiple Forgery Arrests in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Tuesday, Oct. 19, two detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office observed suspicious activity at a Wachovia Bank (4355 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 30189).

The detectives watched as several individuals exited a van parked behind the bank and entered the bank separately.

The van began to leave the parking lot when one of the individuals was still inside the bank.

Detectives attempted to pull the van over. As one of the detectives approached the vehicle on foot, the van sped away on Towne Lake Parkway toward I-575.

Woodstock Police assisted in pursuing the van southbound on I-575 into Cobb County. Cobb County Police then took over the pursuit, which ended on South Marietta Parkway.

There were four suspects inside the van; they tried to flee on foot. Three of the suspects were immediately captured.

Advanced Voting Available in Cobb

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Early voting for the Nov. 2 election is ongoing 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cobb Elections main office. No reason is required.

Advanced voting will be Monday, Oct. 25 through Friday, Oct. 29 at six locations. Any Cobb voter can vote at any of these locations during that week.

* East Cobb Government Service Center
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 30068

* South Cobb Community Center
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton, 30126

* NorthStar Church
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw, 30144

* Cobb County Civic Center
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta, 30060

* Boots Ward Recreation Center, Lost Mountain Park
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, 30127

* Cobb Elections main office
8:00 a.m.

Cobb County Hosting Second Medication Disposal Day

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Due to the overwhelming success of the first prescription drug take-back event, Keep Cobb Beautiful and Kaiser Permanente of Georgia are offering another Medication Disposal Program for the public.

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cobb County Government Offices at Powder Springs Station (1150 Powder Springs Road, Marietta, 30064).

This is the perfect opportunity for Cobb County residents to safely dispose of their outdated or unused over-the-counter or prescription medications.

Wings Over Atlanta Awes & Inspires

Marietta, GA -- As many as 100,000 people filled Dobbins Air Reserve Base and the roads surrounding it for the Wings Over Atlanta Air Show on Saturday.

"It's amazing," said Heidi Hollins of Kennesaw, who went to the show with her husband and three young boys.

"It's fun because I get to see the jets and airplanes," said Jaiden Hollins, 6. "I'd like to be in there when I grow up."

Dobbins Air Reserve Base is usually off-limits, but once every two years, the gates open wide.

"We're servants of the American public," said Captain Patrick Simmons. "This is an opportunity to have an open house and showcase to the local community the U.S. military and what we do."

The goal of the show is to awe and inspire people of all ages.

"I would like some day to take a parachute ride and fall out of a perfectly good airplane," said Luann Sims. "I'm not sure if I'll get that done or not."

But at this show, it seems anything is possible.

Kennesaw State Student Wins Top Chick-fil-A Scholarship

KENNESAW, GA -- Kennesaw resident and Kennesaw State University student Holly Thomas has been selected from more than 1,400 candidates nationwide to receive one of only 25 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Awards, a scholarship named for Chick-fil-A's founder.

Andy Duncan, franchised operator of the stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant in Acworth (3295 Cobb Parkway NW), presented Thomas with her award on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

"Holly is an important asset to our restaurant and our community," said Duncan. "Her leadership skills and exemplary customer service create a positive experience for our customers and an inspiring example for our team members. We're thrilled her excellence has been recognized with this scholarship."

First awarded in 1997, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award singles out 25 recipients from among Chick-fil-A restaurant team members awarded the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship the previous year.

Home Canning is Popular Again

The home canning industry reports a 28 percent increase in sales over the past two years as thrifty consumers learn the art of preserving fresh fruits and vegetables.

Angela Papaleoni teaches classes in food preservation methods that were popular among our grandmothers decades ago.  "Canning is one of those things that once  you learn the basic steps you will  be able to can anything," she told a recent class at  Farmer's Market Baskets in Kennesaw.

Her students learned how a $40.00 initial investment in equipment and jars can lead to some serious savings  "An average cost of a jar of jam in the store is about $3.00 and I can make it for a dollar," said Christine Blair as she watched a demonstration on  how to make orange jelly.