The May 6 closing would convey the title of the property to an Atlanta-area nonprofit land trust that would convert the acreage to a “passive park,” according to a source who has long been active in Cobb parkland issues.
“It would be a great addition,” he said.
The cost of the acquisition is said to be in the $2 million range.
The tract in question runs from Dallas Highway northward all the way to the Lost Creek Subdivision area, which fronts Due West Road.
LOST MOUNTAIN is perhaps best known as the location of the old Lost Mountain Store, which sits along Dallas Highway (Ga. 120) just down from the mountaintop and was built in 1881. The store (now used as a bank) remains one of the most-photographed places in Cobb and had the mountain pretty much to itself until the tide of suburbanization began sweeping through far west Cobb a century later. Parts of the mountain are now home to upscale subdivisions and near its base is the Boots Ward Recreation Center on Dallas Highway. The mountain is clearly visible 10 miles away in Marietta, although some of its slopes are so gentle that it can almost “sneak up” on motorists as they approach on the highway.
And like Kennesaw Mountain, it has a Civil War connection. Lost Mountain was the western anchor of the 11-mile-long “Brushy Mountain Line” of earthworks dug by the Confederate Army in June 1864 that stretched eastward and incorporated Pine Mountain and Brushy Mountain — the long ridge just south of present-day Town Center mall. The line proved too long for the outnumbered Confederates, who pulled back to the “Mud Creek Line” that was anchored on its eastern end by Kennesaw Mountain.
The Confederates were so hard-pressed that at one point they manned the Lost Mountain earthworks with dismounted cavalry. The mountain’s slopes are still laced with trenches and fox holes, although little fighting took place there.
IF THE CLOSING takes place as reportedly scheduled and the land becomes a park as predicted, that would go far toward reversing one of the Cobb Board of Commissioners’ more questionable decisions of recent years.
Cobb residents voted overwhelmingly in November 2008 to approve a $40 million bond issue, all of which was to be used to acquire land for future county parks. And the Lost Mountain tract was ranked as the No. 1 acquisition priority by the committee set up by the commission to analyze the properties that should be purchased with the bond proceeds. Parks bond advocates envisioned a system of walking trails leading from the base of the mountain to its crest, similar to those at nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
But with the economy hit by the worst recession in 70 years the commission chose not to issue the bonds. None of the properties was purchased, even though many of them could have been bought for a comparative song at the time.
Now, however, it appears the land might be saved after all.
PEOPLE: Carole Kell received the distinguished service award from the WellStar Foundation April 20 and also announced the establishment of the Corky Kell Early Lung Cancer Detection Fund named in honor of her late husband, the longtime Cobb athletic director who passed away from effects of lung cancer. ... Dr. Bill Mayfield was recognized for his work with the Lung Cancer Alliance and Kathy DeJoseph was honored as a lung cancer survivor. She now is a volunteer in the Kennestone/Cobb Hospital STAT clinics helping others with similar diagnoses. …
A “60 Minutes” interview produced by Marietta native Henry Schuster with a Navy SEAL who was in the room when Osama bin Laden was killed has won the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club. “60 Minutes” co-host Scott Pelley was the on-air interviewer in the item, which aired in September. Schuster is the brother of Cobb Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuster.
MORE PEOPLE: The Rev. Dr. Joe Peabody, pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and former pastor of Marietta First UMC and McEachern UMC, is expected to retire in June after more than 50 years in the pulpit, reports associate John Moeller, president/CEO of Action Ministries. …
The Austell Business Association is seeking nominations for the M.L. Lamar Award, given annually to someone who inspires that community. Past honorees have included Mayor Joe Jerkins, Dr. Frank Croker and Gov. Roy Barnes. To make a nomination go to austellbusinessassociation.org. Deadline is May 1.
RETIRED Marietta Schools Superintendent Lloyd C. Cox will be honored at a May 10 birthday luncheon at Vinings Bank. Cox helmed the system from 1965-81 and is turning 93. Hosts for the event are Joe Daniel, Danny Smith, Bob Shaw and retired Superintendent Harold Barnett.
EVENTS: Various Cobb “celebrities” will be trying their hand at painting from 5-9 p.m. Friday during the annual Art with Heart fundraiser benefitting homeless children in Cobb schools. Putting brushes to canvas will be Kennesaw State University Athletic Director Vaughn Williams, Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren and wife Penny, Marietta Trolley owner Cassandra Buckalew, Meral Clarke, Mark Zangari, Glenn Christian, John Loud, Brenda Borden, Krystine Torella, Richard Block and Wayne Dodd.
Providing music will be Bert Reeves and his band. …
THE AVIATION WING of the Marietta Museum of History will hold its annual “Helicopter Day” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, showcasing choppers in use by law enforcement, emergency medical services and the military. Also on hand is expected to be the Fox 5 Storm Chaser SUV. Admission for the day is free, but there is a $5 parking fee. Helicopter rides will be available for $40 per person, reports Wing spokesman Bill Paden. …
The inaugural Cinco Loco 5K benefit for Leone Hall Price Park on Stilesboro Road in west Cobb is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday. The race starts and ends at Brookstone Village Shopping Center. For info call Dave Schwickerath at (678) 414-0430. … The Paradocs rock band, made up of WellStar doctors and medical personnel, will be in concert at The Strand at 8 p.m. Saturday. … Rhubarb Jones will headline the fifth annual North Cobb Civitan Barbecue Bash and Auction from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Ben Robertson Community Center in Kennesaw. For more go to call Denise O’Connell at (678) 314-4262.
THE COBB COALITION FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION has three weekends of open houses planned for May as part of Historic Preservation Month, reports Cobb Landmarks’ Nancy Gadberry. Marietta-area sites open free of charge and with docents on this weekend will be the 1840s-vintage Hyde Farm, the Green Bullard House, the Root House Museum and Gardens, St. James Episcopal Church, and Brumby Hall and Gardens.
GOV. NATHAN DEAL devoted most of his talk to the Marietta Kiwanis Club on Thursday to the accomplishments and challenges of his administration thus far, but ended his remarks on a lighter note.
“My staff is bringing me into the modern era,” he began. “They always want to tell people this, so I’m gonna tell you: (dramatic pause) ... I invite you to follow me on Twitter. It’s Twitter@Governor Deal. (another pause) Follow me on Facebook. Or sign up for my email newsletter. My website is” … (longer pause) … “gov.georgia.gov.” (an even longer pause). … “You would think I could remember that, but I still have trouble with that kind of stuff.”
THE CLUB INDUCTED new members prior to the governor’s arrival and one of the inductees was Cobb State Court Division II Judge Henry Thompson, who was named by Deal early this year to that post.
Quipped Thompson in his remarks to the Club: “For those who have not met the governor, I can assure you is a fine gentleman and an excellent judge of character!”