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Bark & Beg Hosts Pet Picture Day

KENNESAW, GA -- On Wednesday, Sept. 29, Bark & Beg Gourmet Pet Treats will host a Pet Picture Day at its store in Town Center Mall (400 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw, 30144).

Dog lovers and up to two of their furry friends can sign up for a 20-minute session with Atlanta photographer Nina Parker. Two photography packages and additional a la carte items will be available. A nonrefundable $35 deposit reserves a session time.

For more information, call Bark & Beg at 404-395-9069.

Search Warrant Yields Multiple Drug Arrests

KENNESAW, GA -- On Thursday, Sept. 16 around 7:00 a.m., officers from the Kennesaw Police Department served a search warrant at the residence located at 4035 Summit Wood Drive.

Upon entering the residence, they made contact with five adults and one juvenile.

Marietta Elementary Schools Host Kennesaw State Teaching Candidates

MARIETTA, GA -- Four Marietta City schools -- A.L. Burruss Elementary, Hickory Hills Elementary, Park Street Elementary and Sawyer Road Elementary -- are collaborating with Kennesaw State University to host a cohort of 27 teacher candidates.

Georgia Hopes to Turn Blue and Gray into Green

ATLANTA -- Georgia is gearing up for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, expecting it to be the most significant heritage tourism opportunity in coming years.

The commemoration is being called "CW150" and will run from 2011 to 2015 to coincide with the war, which lasted from 1861 to 1865.

Over the next four years, the state will spend close to $3 million promoting Civil War tourism, including roughly $726,000 this year.

Events are planned at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, the Atlanta Cyclorama, Stone Mountain Park and the Atlanta History Center.

Kennesaw Mountain, which already gets about 1.4 million visitors a year, could "easily see between 25 percent to 40 percent increase in visitation," said Superintendent Stanley Bond.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, just south of Chattanooga, expects to see increased attendance, said Sam Weddle, acting park superintendent.

Registered Sex Offender Arrested

KENNESAW, GA -- On Sept. 16, officers from the Kennesaw Police Department were dispatched to 1910 Big Shanty Road around 6:30 p.m. to meet with state probation officers.

Apparently, the probation officers were completing random compliance checks on registered sex offenders when they made contact with 50-year-old Clyde Rodgers Deer. During their compliance check, the probation officers observed material that was a violation of Mr. Deer's registered status.

Mr. Deer was placed into custody and a state warrant was taken, charging him with one count of computer pornography and 25 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Additional counts or charges could be pending after further investigation.

Mr. Deer is currently being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Annual Bikers for Babies to Benefit March of Dimes

KENNESAW, GA -- It's full steam ahead for stronger, healthier babies. On Saturday, Sept. 18, die-hard bikers and weekend warriors will hit the road to raise urgently-needed funds for the March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of all babies.

Registration for Bikers for Babies begins at 9:00 a.m., and kickstands go up at 11:00 a.m. for the official start of the ride.

53 Cobb Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Fifty-three seniors from nine Cobb County high schools are among the 16,000 semifinalists for the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students now have the opportunity to compete for the 8,400 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the Spring of 2011.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, a student must maintain high grades throughout high school, earn a high score on the SAT and receive a recommendation from his or her principal. Each semifinalist must meet with a school guidance counselor to complete an application that includes a written essay and details about the student's involvement in the school and the community.

Cobb's finalists are:

Allatoona High School, Acworth
Jason S. Johnston

Campbell High School, Smyrna
Joan K. Bedinger
Gabriel D. Denis
Connie M.