BBQ Winners; Softball Showdown
Here's what you should know to start Aug. 30 in Kennesaw.
1. It will be mostly sunny with a high around 91 and a gentle breeze kicking up over the course of the day, the National Weather Service says, and the temperature will fall to about 70 overnight. The air and ground remain dry, so beware of a heightened risk of brush fires and don’t flick cigarette butts into the grass.
2. The city of Kennesaw has announced the winners of the Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival competition from the weekend. In the professional category, Blue Sky BBQ of Dawsonville won $2,000 as the grand champion of the event the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctions and recognizes as the Georgia state championship. Buttrub.com got $1,500 for second place. Those teams and others won additional prizes for their finishes in the individual categories. The Looney Pit won the amateur division, and Swineholio took the Anything Butt contest. Smokey Tales captured the peach dessert contest. Other category winners among the 75 competing teams: chicken, South Pork; ribs, Buttrub.com; pork, ChooChoo Train BBQ; and beef, TNT Southern BBQ. The full professional results are on the KCBS website.
3. The incumbents have wasted no time entering the Nov. 8 municipal elections. All three city officials whose terms expire this year filed to run for re-election on the first day of qualifying Monday: Mayor Mark Mathews, Post 1 City Council member Cris Eaton-Welsh and Post 2 council member Tim Killingsworth. If you want to challenge them, you can file today or Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. Note that the office is closed from noon to 1 p.m. The entry fee is $576 for mayor and $360 for the council seats. You must be 21 years old, a registered voter and a city resident for the 12 months leading to the election date.
4. A big crosstown softball battle highlights the high school sports schedule today as North Cobb visits Kennesaw Mountain. The JV game is at 4:30 p.m.; the varsity teams meet at 5:55. The North Cobb varsity volleyball team takes a seven-match winning streak on the road to Holly Springs to play Sequoyah at 6 p.m. The Kennesaw Mountain volleyball team plays host to Lassiter at 5:15 and South Cobb at 7:15. Harrison sports teams have the day off, which makes sense because it’s open-house night at 7 after a meeting at 6 for parents of seniors to learn all the nitty-gritty about the college application process.
5. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for Wednesday at 2 p.m. to hold a public hearing on the proposed fiscal 2012 budget, which goes into effect Oct. 1. Make your arrangements today to take time off to attend the meeting Wednesday; if you can’t make it, Kennesaw Patch will have live coverage.