Smyrna Student to Study Chinese in China on Scholarship

Mikaela Sanders, a high school student at The Westminster Schools, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Mikaela is one of approximately 670 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Indonesian or Russian overseas this coming year.

Mikaela will live with a host family, study the language and experience the local culture.

The NSLI-Y program is part of a multi-agency U.S. Government initiative to improve Americans’ ability to communicate in select critical languages.

Anime Weekend in Atlanta

Anime Weekend Atlanta is a four-day convention held annually at the Cobb Galleria and Renaissance Waverly Hotel. This family-friendly celebration of Japanese anime, manga and cosplay started in 1994, with the first convention held in 1995. Since then, AWA has been recognized as one of the most popular Japanese animation conventions in the United States and one of the top 10 attended anime conventions in North America. In 2017, more than 31,000 people attended the event.

This year, the convention takes place Sept. 20-23. For more information, visit

Save on Prescription Pricing and Help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Joy McAdams, vice president of regional relations for the Georgia Drug Card, is creating awareness about a free prescription assistance program that can help everyone save on their prescription prices.

“Even if you have insurance, most people have a high deductible to meet,” she says. “This program can help you save immediately on those out-of-pocket costs. This program is local, and it gives back. Every time the program is used, a portion is donated to the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in the area. Since inception, we have saved Georgia residents $100 million on prescription costs.”   

For more information, call Joy McAdams at 678.448.6630 or visit

Superior Plumbing Presents: North Georgia State Fair Sept. 20-30

As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair attracts 300,000 people every year from north Georgia and neighboring states. The Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment and delicious fair foods. There are also games and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition Midway, one of the largest carnival midways in the United States, featuring the Wildcat Rollercoaster, Georgia Mountain Lift and the Mega Slide.

A covered arena guarantees concerts rain or shine, including appearances by great country and contemporary Christian artists. This year’s lineup is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 21: Crowder

Saturday, Sept. 22: Dylan Scott

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Colt Ford

Thursday, Sept. 27: Easton Corbin

Friday, Sept. 28: Montgomery Gentry

Saturday, Sept. 29: Riley Green

Concerts included with fair admission. For more information, visit

Cobb Chamber Names John Loud as 2020 Chairman

John Loud, of Loud Security Systems, will start his term as chairman in January 2020.

John has been involved in the Cobb Chamber since 2009. In that time, he has served on the chamber’s board of directors, with roles on the finance committee and government affairs committee. John has also served on the chamber’s executive committee as vice chairman of marketing and communications, vice chairman of member and community programs, and vice chairman of member development. 

Marietta Square Artisan Market

Enjoy this showcase of locally created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods. It is held on the second and fourth Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. from April to November. You will get to view paintings, drawings and photography of fine artists.

Located on Mill Street adjacent to Glover Park, this art ecosystem connects local fine artists and artisans with the community adding culture and charm to the Marietta Square experience.

The Quarterly Cleanup

Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce joined members of the Vinings Village Civic Club at the quarterly Cleanup on July 21, followed by pizza and a welcome “cool-down.”

The Vinings Village Civic Club was founded in 1919, and one of its first acts of service to the community was to clean up the Village, a tradition still carried out today with quarterly cleanups, even braving the heat of July and the ice of January. 

Clearing the roadsides not only makes Vinings more attractive but helps save the county this expense.