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Cobb residents vote to extend education SPLOST

Cobb residents vote to extend education SPLOST

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Voters in Cobb County have voted to extend the county's Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for education.

57 percent of Cobb County voters voted YES while 43 percent of voters voted NO. The one percent sales tax will be used to fund earmarked capital improvements at county schools over the next five years.

Opponents to the tax contested that taxpayers had paid enough, and that school system expenditures should come from existing property tax revenues.  

The school system points out that the tax differs from a bond issue in that there is no interest to be paid back on SPLOST funds, since they are generated by taxes. Prior versions of the SPLOST have been used to pay off the school system's overall debt.

Kindergarten registration to open in Cobb County

Kindergarten registration to open in Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District will begin registration for Cobb County kindergarteners on March 27.

From 8:00 - 11:30 that morning, registration will be held at all Cobb elementary schools. The CCSD Bus Routes website can help parents determine which school their child will be attending. 

According to Georgia Law, all prospective kindergarten students must be at least five years of age on or before September 1. For more information, visit CCSD Enrollment online

Chattahoochee Tech places 5th at horticulture competition

Chattahoochee Tech places 5th at horticulture competition

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Horticulture students from Chattahoochee Technical College recently placed fifth in a national competition at Auburn University.

The CTC team, led by instructors John Hatfield and Bejie Herrin, was the highest-finishing two-year college at the PLANET Student Career Days contest, and the only team from Georgia to crack the top five.

Acworth resident Harry Allen was CTC's top individual finisher, placing 18th out of 854 competitors.

Several other CTC students finished in their top 10 in their respective divisions:

* Andy Casey, Canton
10th, Small Engine Repair

* Paula DeVane, Calhoun
1st, Turf and Weed ID
4th, Annual and Perennial ID

* Joe Fries, Powder Springs
2nd, Woody Ornamental ID
7th, Turf and Weed ID

* Carol Hainline, Smyrna
8th, Landscape Installation Team

* Alan Humble, Woodstock
3rd, Computer Aided Landscape Design
5th, 3D Exterior Landscape Design

Henssler Financial supports KSU scholarships, overseas campus

Henssler Financial supports KSU scholarships, overseas campus

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University recently received a substantial gift for two of its scholarship programs.

Henssler Financial presented the university with enough funds to renew the Henssler Financial Aid Finance Scholarship, a need-based fund for finance majors who are also single parents.

"I am passionate about providing the opportunity for a higher education, and I believe the finance curriculum at Kennesaw is top-notch," Henssler Financial president Dr. Gene W. Henssler said in a statement. "It is my honor and pleasure to help provide a foundation for future financial professionals who have the additional financial responsibilities of a child."

The Kennesaw-based financial services firm also established the KSU/Soka University Global Investment Scholarship, which will allow finance majors to participate in a foreign exchange program at Soka University in Japan.

Beijing Olympics' art director to visit KSU

Beijing Olympics' art director to visit KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- One of China's top set designers and art directors will visit Kennesaw State University later this month.

Han Lixun will speak Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 5 p.m. in KSU's Wilson Building.

Lixun was chief designer and art director for the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions at some of the world's top galleries, including China's National Art Gallery. Lixun has also designed sets for dramas, musicals, operas and concerts.

In addition to KSU, Lixun is scheduled to speak at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Central Florida. His talks include insight into Chinese culture and a discussion of ways to make it in the art world.

Lixun's visit to KSU is funded by the College of the Arts Global Engagement Grant, another grant from the Confucius Institute and funds from the university's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.

School district participates in 5 Million Meals

School district participates in 5 Million Meals

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District was recently honored for its work with the 5 Million Meals campaign.

Cynthia Downs, Cobb's nutrition director, accepted the Golden Radish Award at the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday.

The 5 Million Meals challenge was introduced last October by Georgia Organics. Its goal is to make 5 million meals with locally grown food and serve them in K-12 cafeterias across the state.

Downs pledged her support to the cause by increasing the amount of local food served in Cobb County cafeterias. She was honored for her hard work by Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Georgia Organics President Rashid Nuri.

KSU launches website to promote football program

KSU launches website to promote football program

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Kennesaw State University Department of Athletics has launched a website -- kennesawstatefootball.com -- to provide details on the school's new football program.

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The site introduces fans to a new Priority Seating program developed by The Owls Fund for Fifth Third Bank Stadium, according to a statement on the site.

The main goal of the seating plan is "to achieve an equitable distribution of seating" to the 8,300-seat facility, which will host the inaugural Owls football game in the fall of 2015, according to the statement.

Visitors to the site can also buy Owls fan gear and see a stadium seating chart.