Ben Brasch

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Ben Brasch is a digital reporter and producer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Want to summit Kennesaw Mountain on Thanksgiving? You have to earn it
 There’ll be no cheating on Thanksgiving if you want to experience the view atop Kennesaw Mountain. The road to the summit will be closed on Turkey Day, so you and yours will have to hoof it, said park ranger Jake Boling. On Friday (aka National Turkey Sandwich Day), the shuttle will ferry folks to the top. It’s worth it. The park...

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There’ll be no cheating on Thanksgiving if you want to experience the view atop Kennesaw Mountain. The road to the summit will be closed on Turkey Day, so you and yours will have to hoof it, said park ranger Jake Boling. On Friday (aka National Turkey Sandwich Day), the shuttle will ferry folks to the top. It’s worth it. The park...
These are the most famous folks from Cobb County
 Of course the Big Chicken is the most famous structure in Cobb County, but what about people? After taking a look at archives from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other sources, below you can find some famous folks who either hail from or are connected to Cobb. They are in no particular order, and, yes, we’re sorry if we didn&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Of course the Big Chicken is the most famous structure in Cobb County, but what about people? After taking a look at archives from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other sources, below you can find some famous folks who either hail from or are connected to Cobb. They are in no particular order, and, yes, we’re sorry if we didn&rsquo...
Catch a Christmas tree lighting in Cobb next week
 A Christmas tree! Light refreshments! City of Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling! There will be all that and choral singing and more at the tree lighting this year at Depot Park in the Cobb County city’s downtown. The program starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 and is expected to run an hour, the city said. There will also be tree lightings...

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A Christmas tree! Light refreshments! City of Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling! There will be all that and choral singing and more at the tree lighting this year at Depot Park in the Cobb County city’s downtown. The program starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 and is expected to run an hour, the city said. There will also be tree lightings...
Cobb government building evacuated when holiday decorations catch fire
 The Cobb County government building in downtown Marietta was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after decorations at a holiday party caught fire. Ross Cavitt, county spokesman, said a caterer was setting up for the party in a second-floor conference room when a heating element for  food lit table decorations. “It was brief, someone grabbed...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Cobb County government building in downtown Marietta was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after decorations at a holiday party caught fire. Ross Cavitt, county spokesman, said a caterer was setting up for the party in a second-floor conference room when a heating element for food lit table decorations. “It was brief, someone grabbed...
Cobb museum holding ‘Polar Express’ in your PJs party
 If you know a child going through an obsessed-with-trains phase, the Southern Museum could earn you a big hug. On Dec. 9, a Saturday, the museum is again holding its Polar Express Adventure, which will feature a decked-out historic locomotive, a walkable Santa’s workshop and a visit by Santa Claus. There will also be model trains to...

Posted: 2 days ago

If you know a child going through an obsessed-with-trains phase, the Southern Museum could earn you a big hug. On Dec. 9, a Saturday, the museum is again holding its Polar Express Adventure, which will feature a decked-out historic locomotive, a walkable Santa’s workshop and a visit by Santa Claus. There will also be model trains to...
Cobb’s smallest senior center is closed for a $2.6M renovation
 The North Cobb Senior Center will remain closed for just over a week while crews work on its $2.6 million overhaul. The Acworth facility is currently the county’s smallest senior center, so the 9,000-square-foot expansion essentially doubles its size, said Cobb spokesman Ross Cavitt. It’ll will be closed until Nov. 29 so workers...

Posted: 3 days ago

The North Cobb Senior Center will remain closed for just over a week while crews work on its $2.6 million overhaul. The Acworth facility is currently the county’s smallest senior center, so the 9,000-square-foot expansion essentially doubles its size, said Cobb spokesman Ross Cavitt. It’ll will be closed until Nov. 29 so workers...
Cobb man sentenced for killing CAU junior he lured with Craigslist ad
 Just before Kalynn Shiquez Ruthenberg shot a 21-year-old chemistry major again, he told one of his two alleged accomplices to take the Nikes off the young man. That was in February 2015 after prosecutors say Ruthenberg lured Clark Atlanta University junior James E. Jones to Marietta with a Craigslist advertisement claiming he’d...

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Just before Kalynn Shiquez Ruthenberg shot a 21-year-old chemistry major again, he told one of his two alleged accomplices to take the Nikes off the young man. That was in February 2015 after prosecutors say Ruthenberg lured Clark Atlanta University junior James E. Jones to Marietta with a Craigslist advertisement claiming he’d...
Pair shot Cobb barber, pregnant girlfriend after drug deal went bad
 Jermaine Henderson, armed with a pistol, and Desire Collins ordered the Marietta couple they’d kidnapped out of the car and backed them up to a ridge near a then-unopened SunTrust Park. Prosecutors say the couple had arranged a marijuana buy in Buckhead for the West Coast drug dealers during January 2016. But the buyers paid in counterfeit...

Posted: 3 days ago

Jermaine Henderson, armed with a pistol, and Desire Collins ordered the Marietta couple they’d kidnapped out of the car and backed them up to a ridge near a then-unopened SunTrust Park. Prosecutors say the couple had arranged a marijuana buy in Buckhead for the West Coast drug dealers during January 2016. But the buyers paid in counterfeit...
DeKalb man allegedly stole Chick-fil-A van; but what about free food?
 A Dunwoody man is accused of stealing a Chick-fil-A catering van that was found in Acworth. George Christian Adamson was arrested Thursday and a day later was still in Bartow County jail with a $12,500 bond on two felony theft charges, records show. But one mystery remains: Who, if anyone, will get free chicken for a year? Travis Kuhn, executive...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Dunwoody man is accused of stealing a Chick-fil-A catering van that was found in Acworth. George Christian Adamson was arrested Thursday and a day later was still in Bartow County jail with a $12,500 bond on two felony theft charges, records show. But one mystery remains: Who, if anyone, will get free chicken for a year? Travis Kuhn, executive...
$10M Cobb library set to open soon with no funding beyond first year
 With no set plan for funding beyond its first year, the $10 million Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center will open Dec. 4. The 28,000-square-foot facility was built at 2051 Lower Roswell Road on the site of the former East Marietta Library, which was demolished after 50 years. Where the old library was is now the entrance and parking...

Posted: 6 days ago

With no set plan for funding beyond its first year, the $10 million Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center will open Dec. 4. The 28,000-square-foot facility was built at 2051 Lower Roswell Road on the site of the former East Marietta Library, which was demolished after 50 years. Where the old library was is now the entrance and parking...
Cobb’s Jaylen Brown rocks Warriors after learning best friend died
 After dominating the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Jaylen Brown’s thoughts were on a lonely lunch table inside Wheeler High School. The second-year Boston Celtics forward had just played one of the best games his life, 22 points and seven rebounds, having just found out about the death of his best friend. “He inspired me...

Posted: 6 days ago

After dominating the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Jaylen Brown’s thoughts were on a lonely lunch table inside Wheeler High School. The second-year Boston Celtics forward had just played one of the best games his life, 22 points and seven rebounds, having just found out about the death of his best friend. “He inspired me...