Kennesaw/Acworth Front Page News -February

Presenting The Bright Side Newspaper Front Page News for Kennesaw and Acworth – February 2018. Entire paper on line at


Brookwood Christian School invites all motorcycle enthusiasts to join them as Brookwood honors National Reading Month by hosting their first charity motorcycle ride with Acworth’s very own Chef Henry Chandler leading the ride!  The event will be held on Saturday, March 24. Proceeds benefit the International Dyslexia Association – Georgia Chapter as well as Brookwood Christian’s Dyslexia Reading Programs.

The event includes breakfast catered by Henry’s Louisiana Grill & Henry’s Uptown at the school at 9:00 am and is included in the cost of the ride. Come enjoy biscuits/gravy, eggs, cajun grits, andouille sausage/bacon, coffee/juice, before KSU (that is Kick Stands Up) at 10:00 am with Chef Henry leading the way. The ride will last approximately two hours, includes a police escort through scenic surrounding areas and will end up back at Henry’s. The cost is $50 per bike with no additional charge for a passenger. Henry Chandler (pictured above) is ready to Ride to Read!

More information and registration is available at


Laurel Fleming, Special Events Coordinator City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department, passed away on Thursday, January 11th. Laurel had been with the City of Kennesaw for over 30 years and was directly responsible for the development and growth of the Parks and Recreation classes and all the fun Special events our community has enjoyed over the years.  Laurel was a sweet soul and always had a positive attitude. She always added her special touch to our community projects, whether it was the Valentine’s Dance, Breakfast with Santa, or the spectacular Fourth of July (on the Third).   She is GREATLY MISSED!!

The community will host a Celebration of Life in loving memory of Laurel Fleming on Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 pm at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw.


This 44,000 square foot facility will feature a large gymnasium with a raised walking track, banquet hall, classroom, group exercise space, offices and parking to support the facility. 

The facility will offer programming and activities for all ages, from children to senior citizens. The banquet room will be available to rent for large events and can be subdivided into smaller meeting spaces.

Croft and Associates are the Architects and The Beck Group are the General Contractors. Both companies were on hand for the groundbreaking. The facility is scheduled to open in March of 2019 and is located at the corner of Logan Road and Cherokee Street.This is a joint project between the county and the city, utilizing voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.The ceremony was held on Thursday, January 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Pictured above: Alderman Tim Houston, Cobb Commissioner Bob Weatherford, City Manager Brian Bulthuis, Mayor Tommy Allegood, Aldermen Tim Richardson, Gene Pugliese, Butch Price, Brett North. Below is Acworth Community Center rendering.

Crevice Garden Opens at Smith-Gilbert Gardens
A new, one of a kind, unique garden opens in Kennesaw

Mayor Derek Easterling and Councilman Christopher Henderson joined community members and volunteers for the ribbon cutting and opening of the new Crevice Garden inside the Smith-Gilbert Gardens.
The garden is filled with rare and dwarf-growing plants that mimic the harsh climate of an alpine mountain side and is the first of its kind in the City of Kennesaw and the State of Georgia.

The foundation of the garden is made of tons of concrete that was once the sidewalk around Kennesaw’s City Hall. “We were able to keep tons of debris out of the landfill,” said Smith-Gilbert Gardens Manager Lisa Bartlett. The Crevice Garden will remain open year-round, offering guests something different each time they visit. Bartlett adds, “From the hundreds of bulbs and spring flowering plants to the rare dwarf conifers that will give evergreen structure in winter, there will be four seasons of interest completed.”

The project was completed thanks to the tireless efforts by volunteers who contributed more than 400 hours of service. The project was funded with grants from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and American Conifer Society. “The volunteers were an integral part of this renovation. We had wonderful support from Georgia Power and Citrix,” Executive Director Ann Parsons added. “Renowned plant expert, Ozzie Johnson, served as a consultant for the project, helping to source hundreds of plants, now part of the collection.”

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road Kennesaw, Georgia 30152. For details about admission visit or call (770) 919-0248.

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