Marietta woman celebrates birthday while battling tumor
by Sally Litchfield
MDJ Features Editor
April 03, 2013 12:06 AM | 1885 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Happy belated birthday to Melanie Holt of Mableton who turned 52 on March 1! Melanie has been battling a brain tumor since 2006. Melanie has a great personality and is upbeat all the time so loved ones wanted to make this party special for her. Melanie mentioned doing various crafts such as Paint the Town Company.

Brenda Godfrey Bryant of Paint the Town was on call when Melanie felt strong enough to attend the party at Sara Smith’s Powder Springs home on March 17. Bryant along with Alejandro Lopez-Tasso of Paint the Town assisted guests with paint projects. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, painting and all around laughing and singing. Melanie has proclaimed her motto song “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw. Paint the Town presented her with a beautiful painting with this motto on it. Robin Darby also hosted the party.

Melanie attends church at Peoples Baptist Church in Dallas. She is a 1979 graduate of Pebblebrook High School in Mableton.

Well-wishers included Joey Cunningham, Lisa Daniel, Teri Darby, Robin Darby, Inez Day, Melony Peace Hall, Martha Riggins and Smith.


The Language Department at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education won the Georgia Adult Education Association (GAEA) Innovative Programming Award on March 11.

The GAEA conference took place March 11 and 12 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. According to its website,, the organization functions as the umbrella organization serving adult educators from all segments of the profession.

KSU’s award-winning program was the transition of the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test from a pencil/paper format to online. In the past, the staff members would work with students (who spoke various languages) to get them started on the test and assigned to the appropriate class after the test was graded manually. Language barriers caused difficulties in actual class enrollment, and students would have to wait while scores were tabulated for their class assignment.

The placement test, now in an online format, includes a translation feature. Once the test is completed, the approved-level class plus the student’s personal information route immediately to Registration, making course enrollment much quicker and easier.

Staff members instrumental in the process include Lyn Cohen, language program manager; Katia Reynolds, administrative associate I; Pam Cannon, program director; and Nancy DeLisle-Brown and Angela Kyriacou, instructors. For more information, visit

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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sheryl samplesFarmer
April 03, 2013
I really admire you. I graduated Pebblebrook in 1977 your name sounded so familiar, maybe did you go to New Hope on Cooper Lake when you were young.You paint the town & with your kind of spirit you will beat this. I believe God listens & answers prayer. So God I ask for healing & give the docs. the healing hands to take care of Melanie.Its sounds like she already knows you God!Best wishes & keep trusting in God.
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