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LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

CANTON, Ga. – Take a family trip and participate in a remote history lesson at the same time. Visit the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville to see the last standing artifacts from the Mississippian Native Americans. This group inhabited the area from 1000-1550.

According to Georgia State Parks, only about nine percent of this site has been excavated and examination of the surrounding artifacts revealed that the Etowah Indians were a society that was rich in ritual and habit.

Historians think, one of the mounds excavated was used as a “platform” for the home of the priest-chief. Seemingly, the priest-chief needed to live on a higher elevation than his tribe to “monitor” his people. Another excavated mound was a tomb for a nobleman in the tribe.  

Visitors are able to tour the museum, the ruins and listen to docents as they share their interpretation of what the community once was.

Enter the 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest

Enter the 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- As you are out enjoying Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs facilities and activities, be sure to bring your camera and capture the fun and memories.

The 7th annual "Fun in the Park" Photo Contest will be accepting entries throughout the summer.

Cobb County residents may enter up to 10 snapshots for fantastic prizes and recognition.

For more information, including rules, eligiblity and the official entry form, visit the "Fun in the Park" website.

Free lunchtime concerts on the Square

Free lunchtime concerts on the Square

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department is giving residents a chance to unwind, eat and enjoy local music every Thursday afternoon in May.

The first show in the Glover Park 2011 Brown Bag concert series will be May 5 at 12 noon.

The lineup includes:

* May 5: Sonya Schell (country)
* May 12: Joy Parkman (worship)
* May 19: Bob Geresti (piano)
* May 26: Beulah Land Gospel Band

All performances are free.

For more information, call Marietta Parks and Recreation at 770-794-5601.

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

ATLANTA -- April is Autism Awareness Month, and 17 North Georgia landmarks are letting their blue lights shine to raise awareness for this growing health crisis that now affects one in every 110 American children.

On the evenings of Friday, Apr. 1 and Saturday, Apr. 2, the buildings will illuminate special blue lights in support of Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign.

Over 700 iconic locations in 180 U.S. cities and 30 countries will glow blue on Apr. 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.

At dusk on Apr.

Cobb youths say 'no!' to risky behaviors

Cobb youths say 'no!' to risky behaviors

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Young people from Cobb County and the City of Marietta are pledging to avoid the behaviors that get so many of their peers in trouble.

On Friday, Mar.

Restored fountain returns to Marietta Square

Restored fountain returns to Marietta Square

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The famous fountain at the center of Glover Park on Marietta Square sprang back to life quicker than expected after a complete restoration.

The fountain was returned to the Square amid great fanfare on Wednesday, Mar. 23.

With the backdrop of Glover Park and downtown Marietta, the fountain has traditionally served as a popular place to take wedding and prom pictures, according to Marietta Parks and Recreation director Rich Buss.

But city crews discovered some problems with the Marietta landmark earlier this year.

"City staff were preparing the fountain for operation now that the weather has warmed and were cleaning the upper bowl when they noticed the fountain was rusting from the inside out and that one of the bowls had become unstable," Buss said.

Marietta Square Farmers Market returns in April

Marietta Square Farmers Market returns in April

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The 2011 Marietta Square Farmers Market begins on Saturday, Apr. 2.

The market will take place along North Park Square in Marietta Square. It is held every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon through Nov. 19.

According to market director Johnny Fulmer, more than 60 vendors will participate in the 2011 market, which features items that are grown, made or produced right here in Georgia.

In order to accommodate the market, North Park Square and a portion of Mill Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information on the Marietta Square Farmers Market, call 770-499-9393.