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November 3rd 2015 - Powder Springs, GA Election results


Run-off Elections will be held for Powder Springs Mayor between Al Thurman and Chris Wizner and Post 2 at Large between Henry Lust and Patricia Wisdom on December 1, 2015.

1. Alison Feliciano - 20.6% - 267 votes

2. Al Thurman - 42.52% - 551 votes

3. Dr. Chris Wizner - 36.81% - 477 votes

Powder Springs City Council Post 1

Patrick Bordelon easily won the Post 1 at large city council seat getting 61.33% of the vote.

1. Tom Bevirt - 37.66% - 447 votes

2.  Winner - Patrick Bordelon, Sr. - 61.33% - 728 votes

Powder Springs City Council Post 2

Henry L. Lust - 40.23% - 486 votes

Ashanti Norton - 23.92% - 289 votes

Patricia A. Wisdom - 35.35% - 427 votes

Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn will not be running for another term as Mayor of Powder Springs, she will step down when her current term expires. See her letter below!

Double homicide in Powder Springs

August 6th 2015 @ 7PM Powder Springs, GA - Just before 2 a.m. Thursday, Powder Springs police responded to what they thought was a single-vehicle accident along Parks Drive near Sharon Drive. When they found the car, a red 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, backed into a ditch, they discovered something else: a 24-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds, a 22-year-old woman with at least one gunshot wound and their 2-year-old child, who was unharmed. The man, identified Thursday afternoon as Anthony Joseph Costner, was already dead. The woman, Catherine Amanda Costner, was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she later died, Powder Springs police Deputy Chief Matt Boyd said.
Boyd said the child was in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.
The incident is being investigated as a double homicide, according to Boyd, who asked that anyone with information call Powder Springs police at 770-943-1616.


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August 6, 2015 1:00PM - COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are investigating after two people were found dead in a car early Thursday morning in Powder Springs. A 2-year-old child was found apparently unharmed. The car was found in a ditch with its headlights still on at the 3700 Block near Sharon Drive and Park Drive in Powder Springs just after 2 a.m. Inside, officers found a 24-year-old man dead from multiple gunshot wounds. A 22-year-old woman had at least one gunshot wound and was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she later died. A 2-year-old child was also in the vehicle. The child was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but appeared to be unharmed, according to police. It's believed the 2-year-old was the child of the victims. The names have not been released. Police are investigating the deaths as homicides. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS(8477). Channel 11alive news story, FOR MORE INFORMATION FOLLOW LINK:http://www.11alive.com/…/one-dead-in-powder-sprin…/31204269/

From: Powder Springs Police Dept., Matt Boyd, Deputy Chief of Police
Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2015 10:08 AM
Subject: PIR080615 - Double Homicide - Powder Springs Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Powder Springs Police Department, 770-943-1616. On 8/6/15 at approximately 4:45am, Powder Springs officers were dispatched to a single vehicle accident call in the area of Parks Drive and Sharon Drive. Upon arrival, officers found a red 2000 Pontiac GrandAm backed into a ditch. While officers attempted to render aid, they found three individuals in the vehicle. A 24 year-old man was found deceased and had sustained injury from multiple gunshots. A 22 year-old female was found alive on-scene and had sustained injury from at least one gunshot. The 22 year-old female was transported to Kennestone Hospital where she later died. An approximate 2 year old child was also found inside the vehicle and was unharmed. The child was also transported to Kennestone Hospital for evaluation. The names of the victims are currently being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The child is currently in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services. At this time, it’s believed that the 2 year old was the child of the victims. Anybody with information about this incident is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 404 577-TIPS (8477) or the Powder Springs Police Department at 770-943-1616.

#26 GC Women’s Tennis Starts Season with Win over GRU Augusta, 7-2 with Help from Macy Polk and Cristalei Polk from Powder Springs

Starting the 2015 season, the home opener and the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opener all in the same match, the No. 26 Georgia College women’s tennis team (1-0, 1-0 PBC) had a dominant 7-2 performance over GRU Augusta (2-1, 0-1 PBC) Thursday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.


The Bobcats started with a 2-1 lead after doubles, picking up victories in the first and second slots. Macy Polk (Powder Springs) and Emma Niemi (Cumming) provided the first result in third doubles, topping Gisela Font and Maria Pimentel 8-3.


Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bourdeaux, France) and Kristen Jones (Marietta) added a victory by the same score in first doubles over Marie Vin and Monica Gonzalez. The Jaguars’ lone doubles point came in a tiebreak, as Katie Krupp (Evans) and Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) battled Aida Castany and Maria Nadal in a 9-8(2) loss.

Singles action started with Jones beating Castany 6-0, 6-3 in the third slot, with Macy Polk following shortly behind on a 6-1, 6-3 drubbing of Font in second singles.

The point to clinch the team victory came off the racket of sophomore Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs) in sixth singles by a pair of 6-1 sets over Amelia Pinoargote. Niemi was next with her first dual-season singles win, beating Nadal 7-5, 6-0 in the fifth spot.

Clausse-Pujo had little trouble with Gonzalez in the first slot, a 6-2, 6-4 win for the Bobcat. GRU’s lone singles point came last in fourth singles, when Kelly retired in the second set. Pimentel was up 7-5, 2-2 when the match closed.

The Bobcats now own five-match winning streaks in both home openers and conference openers.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.

Powder Springs Still Elementary School Fairy Tale Ball

Powder Springs Still Elementary Kindergarten classes recently held a "Fairy Tale Ball". Everyone dressed up in their beautiful and handsome “ball” attire. Even the kindergarten teachers and paraprofessionals dressed up for the occasion. This event culminated an exciting teaching unit about fairy tales stories. They enjoyed a story time, ballroom dancing, and a fancy snack. The event was topped off by a special visit from Elsa and Anna from the movie Frozen which included special photo opportunities for interested children. Both children and staff alike had a magical time that they won't soon forget!

Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn to Seeks Re-election in November 2015

"The Committee to re-elect Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn, is proud to announce that Mayor Vaughn will seek re-election in November 2015. Pat Vaughn is a strong Mayor who is experienced, level headed, well respected by governmental officials and who is articulate in presenting our town's needs and concerns. She knows the issues that affect our city and how to get results."

Mayor Vaughn will be working with the Council in 2015 on the following Core Strategies:

  1. Create Destinations that appeal to residents and visitors.

  2. Develop and promote a safe City.

  3.  Enhance the water and sewer lines throughout the City.

  4. Create an atmosphere of community by developing partnerships and collaborations between City, business and residents.

  5. Attract and retain businesses.  Expand economic development strategy to promote private sector partnerships and investments.  Develop a program to assist start up businesses.

  6. Initiate a quarterly business training program and business expo.

  7. Continue partnering with external agencies and organizations and property owners on a business retention program and workforce development.

  8. Partner with Cobb Travel & Tourism to develop a plan focused on our trail system, parks, museum, and historic seven springs.

  9. Relocate Seven Springs Museum to new home at Bodiford House.

  10. Recruit targeted industries identified in the target cluster analysis and customize marketing materials for each industry.

  11. Prepare master plan for south town square.

  12. Expand and improve signage program.

  13. Implement police bike and call box program for city trails.

  14. Continue a quarterly newsletter program to better inform the public.

City Councilman Al Thurman Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Powder Springs

Powder Springs City Council member, Al Thurman officially announced and launched his campaign for mayor of Powder Springs in the municipal general election on November 3, 2015.

“Although I am proud of the accomplishments of our Council, city, and its communities, this campaign is about the future of Powder Springs and a new direction for our city.” said Thurman. “I am eager and ready as a cooperative Mayor to bring strong positive growth to our city, and just as strongly committed to stepping up our game to compete for economic resources. With progressive development and forward-thinking leadership, Powder Springs will achieve its potential to be a multi-faceted, vibrant community in Cobb County,” he said. Thurman resides in Powder Springs with his wife, Jackie, of 43 years. 

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

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.
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 University’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.

  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 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.