Powder Springs and Cobb County News

Homestead Exemptions Due by April 1st: Homeowners have until April 1 to apply for Homestead Exemptions. Applications not received by the deadline will be processed and applied the following year. The applicant must occupy the property and his or her name must appear on the deed in order to qualify. Homeowners must apply for all exemptions for which they are eligible; exemptions are automatically renewed thereafter unless there is a change in ownership or eligibility. Homeowners must notify the Tax Commissioner’s Office if they are no longer eligible for an exemption. It is not necessary to reapply if the home has been refinanced. Most new property owners will be mailed a tax exemption brochure after the first of the year. Tax bills are mailed on Aug. 15 and payment is due within 60 days to avoid late charges. Applications and payments must be received or U.S. Postmarked (metered postmark not accepted as proof of timely mailing) by the filing or payment deadline to be considered timely. Applications, detailed information, tax bills and year round on-line bill pay are available at cobbtax.org or by calling 770-528-8600.


 Don't Wait to Get Flood Insurance!

POWDER SPRINGS, GA - The increased flooding trend across the United States serves as another reminder that NOW is the time for you to act to protect you family, home or business by obtaining flood insurance. Flooding is the one of the most common and widespread of natural disasters. The winter months bring wet and snowy conditions that lead to increased flood risks. Spring brings heavy rains, thunderstorms and tornados. Late summer marks the beginning of peak hurricane season. In short periods of time, massive amounts of rainfall can occur. Property and business owners should be prepared for these weather impacts, and it is important to act before it is too late. Most insurance policies do not cover flood damage and once purchased, there is typically a 30-day waiting period for a flood insurance policy to become effective. Just inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars of damage. The national flood insurance program reports that last year, the average individual flood insurance claim was nearly $28,000. Without flood insurance protection, property owners may have to absorb the financial losses on their own. Take the time now to talk to your insurance agent to obtain flood insurance coverage. The City of Powder Springs is part of the National Flood Insurance Program, and having flood insurance coverage is critical for participation in any future hazard mitigation grant program. It is important to know your policy terms to ensure there is adequate coverage; contents coverage can be included. 

Visit http://www.floodsmart.gov to find essential information and tools that can help you prepare for flood risks. The website provides a tool to allow you to see how expensive just a few inches of water can be to re-build and explains the reality of flooding risks. Additionally, flood insurance rate maps produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency can be found online at www.msc.fema.gov. Both also contain information about flood safety. For example, do not drive in a flooded area, and do not walk through flowing water. Stay away from electrical wires and be alert to gas leaks. Keep children away from flood waters, ditches and storm drains. In the event of a flash flood, you may be the first to notice; please notify the police department.
Development within the special flood hazard area requires a permit prior to the development, whether it is construction, filling, excavating, fencing, or other activities. Please contact Community Development for information about requirements in the special flood hazard area. If a building is substantially damaged or if substantial improvements are planned, all floodplain management requirements must be implemented, such as elevating the structure three feet above the base flood elevation. Be cautious of people going door to door selling home repairs. A permit from the City is required for repairs and renovations, and a permit is required for door to door solicitations.


Varner Elementary School Travel Back to the 1800's

POWDER SPRINGS, GA (Pictured above) Students were given an opportunity to meet and touch Dr. B's greyhounds who were special guests; PopNGo (Poppy) and BookerBooBoo (BooBoo). Varner Principal Pamela Adeli reports that every student at Varner Elementary School in Powder Springs, GA had the opportunity to travel back to the 1800's. They were invited into the "home" of Columbia College professor, Dr. Clement Moore (Dr. Linda Beving, media specialist) and his wife Mrs. Moore (Mrs. Michelle McLane, media assistant). Mrs. Moore served each student some of her special recipe, delicious hot chocolate. Professor Moore was a Biblical and a Hebrew Scholar and he shared with the students some historical significance of the religious holidays celebrated in December. Dr. Moore ended their visit with a special reading of his famous poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas."



Claim Those Tax Deductions: Social Security Numbers for Kids

By Bobbie Sims, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Marietta, Georgia
There’s good news for tax filers in 2011. The due date for your 2010 Federal income tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2011, instead of the usual date of April 15. As you prepare your tax documents, don’t forget you’ll need Social Security numbers for your children if you want to claim them as dependents on your return.
In most cases, parents request a Social Security number for their child when applying for a birth certificate. The state agency that issues birth certificates shares the child’s information with us and we mail the Social Security card to you. However, if you didn’t apply for a number at the hospital, you must apply at a Social Security office or by mail. To do so you will need :
• A completed Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5);
• Original documents proving your child’s:
• U.S. citizenship;
• Age; and
• Identity; and
• Original documents proving your identity.
After you apply, we will verify the child’s birth record and mail your child’s Social Security card to you. If you do not get a Social Security number for your child before the April 18 tax filing deadline but you still need to claim the child as a deduction on your tax return, you can:
• File your income tax return without claiming the child and then file an amended income tax return when the child has a Social Security number; or
• File with the Internal Revenue Service to extend the deadline for filing your tax return.
Parents can claim their adopted child for tax purposes while the adoption process is still pending. You will need to contact the Internal Revenue Service for Form W-7A, Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U.S. Adoptions. We can assign your adopted child a Social Security number before the adoption is complete, but you may want to wait. Then, you can apply for the number using your child’s new name, with your name as parent.
Remember, a Social Security number is not just for taxes. Your child also may need a Social Security number for government benefits or other reasons, such as opening a bank account or obtaining medical coverage.
If you need to apply for your child’s Social Security card and number, now’s the time.
To learn more, read our online publication, Social Security Numbers For Children, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10023.html


McEachern HOSA Shop for Needy Children in Cobb County
POWDER SPRINGS, GA --- For the past 3 years McEachern HOSA has participated in shopping for those children of Cobb county in the greatest need for the holiday season. This year's age group was 8-10 year old girls and boys. Gifts of toys and other items were donated to CAMP to be distributed to families in need. Shown in picture are Alexis Jones- HOSA President, Adwoa Agyepong, Mrs. Sandra Null HOSA Advisor, Courtney Lindsay, Kristal Rolle, Erica Nichols and Daja Tatum. Service is a large part of Health Occupations Students of America and this group does many activities to promote and engage students in those opportunities to serve others.



AIAA Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Educator Vaughan Elementary Teacher Christy Garvin

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Awards. They are:

·         Christy Garvin, Vaughan Elementary School, Powder Springs, Ga.

·         Penny Glackman, Merion Elementary School, Merion, Pa.

·         Roger Kasselbaum, Milken Community High School, Los Angeles, Calif.

·         Benjamin McLuckie, Hoonah High School, Hoonah, Alaska

·         Christopher Miko, Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

·         Dr. Carl Steven Rapp, Linwood Holton Governor’s School, Abington, Va.

·         Jill Wall, Farnsworth Aerospace PK–8 Magnet School, Minneapolis, Minn.

In addition to the seven winners, three educators were selected for honorable mention. They are:

·         Gary Bodman, Madison Middle School, Albuquerque, N.M.

·         Vana Richards, Kenneth J. Carberry Intermediate School, Emmett, Idaho

·         Sandra Trevino, Buena High School, Sierra Vista, Ariz.

The AIAA Foundation presents the Educator Achievement Awards every two years to pre-college educators who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in exciting students in grades K–12 about the study of mathematics, science, and related technical studies, and in preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.

AIAA President Mark J. Lewis stated: “The seven individuals receiving this year’s AIAA Educator Achievement Awards, and the three named as Honorable Mentions, are living testaments to the influence that educators can have on the lives of their students. Often, all it takes is that one special teacher to ignite an initial spark of interest, or encourage and nurture an existing fascination towards a career in the technical disciplines.

Each winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., along with a guest, and will be honored at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on May 11, 2011.

The Educator Achievement Award has been presented to over 45 educators since 1997, and has become a sought after honor in the education community.

AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org.

 


Area Residents Graduate from Mercer University’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies

The following students from Powder Springs graduated from Mercer University’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies during the College’s commencement in the University Center in Macon. Mercer President William D. Underwood conferred the degrees. Dr. Margaret Koepke, coordinator of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows program at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, gave the keynote address to the more than 230 graduates who participated in the ceremony. In all, the University held nine ceremonies in May in Macon and Atlanta and conferred approximately 1,700 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Graduates: 
Dwayne M. Bates
Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Kim R. Bates Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Aldrika Patrice Boyle Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Marie O. Delille Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Tamara Jane Johnson Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Terri L. Garnsey Bachelor of Applied Science in Organization Leadership Powder Springs
Carolyn Pusey-Wade Bachelor of Applied Science in Organization Leadership Powder Springs
Nicole Shaquawn Raynor Bachelor of Applied Science in Organization Leadership Powder Springs
Anna Marie Goodman-Williams Bachelor of Liberal Studies Powder Springs
Becky B. Whitener Bachelor of Liberal Studies Powder Springs
About The College of Continuing and Professional Studies: The College is committed to meeting the educational goals of working adults. The College offers undergraduate degree programs in organization leadership, public safety, liberal studies, human resources administration and human services, and graduate programs in counseling, school counseling and public safety leadership. Its programs are offered on Mercer’s Macon and Atlanta campuses and at the University’s regional academic centers in Henry County, Douglas County and Eastman.



Three Powder Springs Residents Graduate from Mercer University’s Tift College of Education
Paula Mundi Webb, of Powder Springs, Ga., earned the Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude from Mercer Univer-sity’s Tift College of Education during the College’s commencement on the University’s Atlanta campus. Mercer President William D. Underwood conferred the degree. Kelly C. Henson, executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, delivered the keynote address to the College’s 281 graduates. In all, the University held nine ceremonies in May in Macon and Atlanta and conferred approximately 1,700 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
 Delinsa Annalatice Maiden, of Powder Springs, Ga., earned the Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude from Mercer University’s Tift College of Education during the College’s commencement on May 23 on the University’s Atlanta campus. Mercer President William D. Underwood conferred the degree. Kelly C. Henson, executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, delivered the keynote address to the College’s 281 graduates.
 Theresa L. Stegall, of Powder Springs, Ga., earned the Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude from Mercer University’s Tift College of Education during the College’s commencement on May 23 on the University’s Atlanta campus. Mercer President Wil-liam D. Underwood conferred the degree. Kelly C. Henson, executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, delivered the keynote address to the College’s 281 graduates.




Allison McLean Elected to Student Senate at Bryan College

Allison McLean, daughter of Bruce and Rence McLean of Powder Springs, Ga., has been elected senior class female representative to the student senate for the 2009-10 academic year at Bryan College. Allison will work with senate members to plan programs and activi-ties for students, and to represent their interests to the college administration. Bryan is a four-year Christian liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 18 areas. The college has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years as being among the Top Tier of Southern liberal arts colleges.






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  Compton Elementary School in Powder Springs Thanks Lowe’s and Borders! Compton has received more wonderful conservation educational resources from their Lowe’s grant in the form of books! Students and teachers can now access a wide range of conservation topics and reading levels in our own library. Borders helped them put together an amazing selection for their school library. 


 

Cobb County 4-H Club

        
Powder Springs would you like to put your favorite milkshake recipe to the test? These 4-H members did by competing in the Cobb County 4-H Club’s Annual Milkmake Competition in February. Milkmake is a competition where 5th grade 4-H members create their favorite milkshake recipe and “demonstrate” making the shake, while high school 4-H members judge them on nutrition, presentation, ingredients, and taste. Winners received an official “Milkmake” T-Shirt, sponsored by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association. Other participants received bookmarks. (Pictured above) Myriah Haynes, Jadea Blencowe, Abigail Sutton, Giordan Haynes, and Abigail Sattler. For more information on Cobb County 4-H Youth, please call 770-528-4076 or visit them on the web at: www.cobbextension.com


Local Entrepreneur Inventor Reaches Out to Kemp Elementary (ABOVE) POWDER SPRINGS, GA - in an effort to connect the Target curriculum to real life, Mrs. Groenveld organized a time for a local entrepreneur to come and talk with her class about the process in developing a solution to our everyday problems. Fortunately, Kemp Elementary in Powder Springs has one of those local entrepreneurs on staff! Mrs. Roxanne Kirkland, inventor of the Coupon Organizer, shared with 5th grade students the process in inventing a product, patenting the product and marketing the product. After hearing about the process Mrs. Kirkland went through to develop the Coupon Organizer, students were motivated to brainstorm their own solutions to everyday problems and become an entrepreneur like Mrs. Kirkland. You can learn more about the Coupon Organizer by visiting Mrs. Kirkland's website at www.couponcontrol.net.