Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The measure passed a second time by 72.69 percent.
For the second time Cobb County voters have said they want to be allowed to buy alcohol on Sundays. The measure passed by 72.69 percent. In March voters in unincorporated Cobb County, Marietta, Austell and Powder Springs all voted to approve packaged sales of alcohol on Sundays. However, Smyrna, Kennesaw and Acworth were barred from voting on the issue in the March primary because they’d voted on the measure in November. Not so fast said Justin O’Dell, an attorney with Cauthron, Nohr and O’Dell. He filed a suit on behalf of former State Rep. Roger Hines of Kennesaw asking that the vote be thrown out because not all the municipalities in Cobb County were allowed to vote. Other counties allowed city residents to vote on Sunday sales in …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Cobb election officials were about 90 minutes slower getting results out last night, compared to the SPLOST vote in March 2011. Plus take a look at the precinct by precinct results for Smyrna-Vinings.
Those searching for election results Tuesday night on the Cobb County election returns home page had to wait until 9 p.m., two hours after the polls closed, for any information. It would be close to 11 p.m. before all of the results were in. When Cobb County had the SPLOST election last March, the first results came in by 7:30 p.m. In an e-mail to Patch, Elections Director Janine Eveler says there is a logical explanation. "Our processes have changed since March 2011; we no longer ask the poll workers to transmit results from the polls. Transmitting did provide some initial results sooner but it delayed the overall process by adding 42 additional steps to the poll closing procedures and because some polls made multiple unsuccessful …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Cobb County Sunday sales referendum passed by a wide margin Tuesday. While some Vinings liquor stores plan to open when the law goes into effect in June, they don't expect to see a large increase in overall sales.
As predicted, voters approved Sunday sales in Cobb County by a wide margin in Tuesday's election. Of unincorporated Cobb County voters nearly 70 percent voted in favor of the measure that would allow package sales of alcohol after 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. It also passed in Marietta, Powder Springs and Austell. Not much will change for some county businesses like supermarkets and convenience stores that are already open on Sunday. However, some locally owned package stores in the county have experienced an impact since Sunday sales were permitted in some neighboring municipalities in January. Hema Nayee works at Paces Bottle Shop, a package store her husband owns at the intersection of Atlanta Road and Paces Ferry Road. She said that many of …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
In today's election, Cobb County residents voted in favor of Sunday alcohol sales by a landslide.
No shocker here. Unincorporated Cobb County has given its nod to Sunday sales of alcohol. The county follows various cities and other jurisdictions throughout the state that have done so. The state legislature passed a law last year that allowed cities and counties the right to make their own call on the issue. Other cities in Cobb that had the issue up for a vote were Marietta, Austell and Powder Springs. See results below and click on each city for details. Other cities—Kennesaw, Acworth, Smyrna (click one for details)—passed the measure in November 2011. Those in favor of Sunday alcohol sales pointed to the fact that with all of the other surrounding areas now having Sunday sales, it was only fair. 40.77% "I think it's important for …
Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It’s Super Tuesday as Georgians and voters from nine other states across the nation head to the polls to cast their vote for their preferred Republican presidential nominee. Huffington Post Polling Editor Mark Blumenthal predicts that Mitt Romney will take Massachusetts, Vermont and Virginia. He also predicted a toss-up in Ohio, which he said could be the tiebreaker in the race. Howard Fineman, Huffington Post editorial editor, predicts the Ohio competition will be between Santorum, who will play up his west Pennsylvania roots, and Romney who will cater to the state’s political establishment. Blumenthal said the large number of evangelical Christians down South will make Georgia, Tennessee and even Oklahoma a toss-up between Newt Gingrich …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Cobb County voters, including those in Vinings, decide whether to expand Sunday sales in the March 6 election next Tuesday. But neighbors’ Sunday experiences since November should dampen expectations for a surge in Cobb County alcohol sales.
Expect two things when Cobb County voters decide a week from today whether to expand Sunday sales of alcohol: • The measures will pass. • Sales of booze won’t change much. Those are the main lessons voters in Marietta, Powder Springs, Austell and unincorporated Cobb can learn from areas that approved Sunday sales referendums in November. The only Cobb citizens who don’t get to vote on Sunday sales in next week’s primary are residents of the cities of Kennesaw, Acworth and Smyrna, all of which approved their own referendums Nov. 8. Under what you could call the lottery effect—all our neighbors are doing it, so we should too—pressure grew for years for Georgia to join most states in allowing Sunday alcohol sales, something only Indiana and …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Here is what you need to know about casting your ballot in Georgia's presidential primary.
The deadline to register to vote in Georgia's presidential primary is Feb. 6. Sunday sales for unincorporated Cobb will also be on the ballot. Sample ballots for Democrats and Republicans, as well as those simply participating in the county's special elections, are attached. Election Day is March 6, and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you don't know which precinct you're zoned for, check your Voter Precinct Card or call 770-528-2581. To Register to Vote, You Must: General Information Six Ways to Register Vote by Mail Advance Voting Satellite Advance Voting, Feb. 27—March 2 Any voter in Cobb can vote at any of the following locations (all locations are open Monday–Friday, February 27-March 2)
Monday, January 2, 2012
Here's your roundup of top stories from Patches in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas, Bartow and Paulding counties for Jan. 2.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012
A small sampling of package stores found that only Spring Road Package Store planned to be open today.
The New Year has arrived and with it for those in Smyrna, the ability to purchase alcohol in stores on Sundays. Jonquil City voters approved the measure in November, while voters in unincorporated Cobb will cast their ballots on Sunday alcohol sales in the presidential primary election in March. The new law allows liquor stores, grocery stores, gas stations and drug stores to sell packaged alcohol between 12:30 and 11:30 p.m. on Sundays. Still, the new law didn’t necessarily mean that Smyrna package store owners have been rushing to unlock the doors for business. A small sampling of package stores found that only Spring Road Package Store planned to be open today. A representative said the store would be open for business beginning at 12:…
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Smyrna voters have said they want the ability to purchase alcohol in stores on Sundays. But what does the Bible really have to say about drinking in moderation?
Having grown up in the church, I have noticed certain issues over the years that divide Christians both young and old. One of these topics is whether or not it is appropriate for a Christian to consume alcohol. This debate has continued, it seems, because there is really no clear-cut answer in the Bible. Or is there? I recently had a conversation with two of my most respected Christian friends and was amazed at how different each of their views on alcohol were. I decided I wanted to try to get to the bottom of this debate once and for all. My friends and I were hanging out at my apartment, discussing the current state of Israel of all things, when the conversation somehow segued to drinking alcohol. More specifically, is it okay for a …