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Publish Date:  Feb 29th 



From the Ingles Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast. 


Today is Friday, March 1st, and Happy heavenly Birthday to entertainer Harry Belafonte.


I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia

  1. Murder of nursing student prompts crackdown on illegal immigrants
  2. Marietta Man Accused of Having Child Sexual Abuse Material
  3. Cobb Schools Honors Volunteers of the Year


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STORY 1: Murder of nursing student prompts crackdown on illegal immigrants

Georgia lawmakers are set to pass legislation targeting illegal immigration following the arrest of a Venezuelan man for the murder of an Augusta University student. House Bill 1105 aims to enforce existing laws, especially regarding sanctuary cities. It requires local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, with penalties for non-compliance. The urgency increased after the recent murder. The bill strengthens language to ensure compliance and imposes penalties for non-cooperation. It cleared the House committee and is expected to reach the House floor on Crossover Day, the deadline for legislation to advance.

STORY 2: Marietta Man Accused of Having Child Sexual Abuse Material

Brian Donehoo, a Marietta resident, faces charges of possessing child sexual abuse material involving two juvenile girls at his residence in February 2021. Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant on Feb. 8, during which Donehoo admitted to having an image on his phone from a live stream video, with evidence of payment for access to the stream. Donehoo was arrested and charged with child sexual exploitation, subsequently released on a $20,000 bond.

STORY 3: 'The Nuts and Bolts of the School District': Cobb Schools Honors Volunteers of the Year

The Cobb County School District celebrated its annual Volunteer of the Year luncheon, honoring over 100 volunteers who dedicate their time to supporting teachers, staff, and students. The luncheon, held at Jim Miller Park in Marietta, featured speeches from district officials, including Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and Felicia Wagner, the executive director of the Cobb Schools Foundation. Volunteers from each school were recognized for their contributions, which range from holding concessions at sporting events to reading to students and supporting office staff. Superintendent Ragsdale praised the volunteers for their crucial role in the district's success, emphasizing the importance of their efforts in achieving student success.


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STORY 4: 'What's the Violation?' Marietta Council Members Bicker Over 'Goldstein Gap'

Former Councilman Philip Goldstein accused Councilman Johnny Walker and the Marietta City Council of unfair treatment over his fenced-off lot on the north end of Marietta Square, a dispute referred to as the "Goldstein Gap." Goldstein, a prominent property owner in downtown Marietta, argued that he was being singled out by Walker to improve the appearance of the fence surrounding his empty lot. Councilwoman Cheryl Richardson intervened, suggesting that the focus on Goldstein's property was unfair compared to other neglected properties in the city. Despite tensions, the exchange concluded with Andy Morris, chair of the Judicial/Legislative Committee, thanking Goldstein with a hint of humor.

STORY 5: Downed AT&T Towers Causing Service Issues in Marietta

Two AT&T towers on Atlanta Road in Marietta have been down since Wednesday, causing service issues in the area. A tech support representative, Eric, stated that the towers are expected to be repaired by Tuesday. He advised affected customers to restart their phones to connect to nearby working towers and suggested using Wi-Fi as an alternative. This incident follows nationwide AT&T outages on February 22, prompting the company to offer affected customers a $5 credit, which will be applied automatically in the next two billing cycles.


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Break: INGLES 9

STORY 6: Cobb Super's Contract May Come to a Vote Thursday

The Cobb Board of Education is expected to discuss extending Superintendent Chris Ragsdale's contract for another year at its upcoming meeting. Ragsdale's contract has been extended annually since 2015, typically in February or March. His salary has remained consistent at $350,000 per year. The decision on his contract extension may be influenced by political dynamics, with Republicans generally supporting it and Democrats showing varying positions. The board will also address several school improvement requests, including flooring replacements, canopy installations, renovations, and roof replacements, totaling millions of dollars. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, with a work session at 1:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

STORY 7: Chattahoochee Tech Students Earn Medals at SkillsUSA Georgia Competition

Seven Chattahoochee Tech students participated in the 2024 SkillsUSA Georgia competition in Atlanta, with four winning gold medals. The gold medalists are Darin Swagerty, Spencer Hachem, Maria Luiza Rocha, and Stephen Garcia, who will advance to the national championship in the summer. Mohamadreza Rashad and Octavio Cisneros earned silver medals, while Corbin Head finished fourth. The competition showcased students' industry-standard skills, with instructors Joe Kazemian, Alan Kazemian, and John Martin serving as advisors. The event, featuring over 3,400 student competitors, also included a career fair and seminars to network with industry representatives. SkillsUSA aims to build a skilled workforce through collaboration between students, teachers, and industry.

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