Looking back on the year 2017

January
 Stores await OK from TABC. Atlanta residents who supported legalized beer and wine sales within the city limits were still waiting at press time for local stores to start selling their favorite brand of alcohol.
Surviving founders of the Eagles, which included Linden native Don Henley were recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in early December.
Many superintendents across the state expressed concern and outrage over the release of preliminary scores of schools and school districts that utilizes the new Texas letter grading system.

February
Andrea “KGB” Lee has risen to a level few experience in her line of expertise. The mixed martial arts star has been a force to be reckoned with -- and that was before she signed with Invicta Fighting Championships.
 CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital-Atlanta dedicated its expanded emergency department with a blessing ceremony and ribbon-cutting.

 

 

March
Students participating in Atlanta High School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs took center stage during a meeting of the Atlanta Independent School District Board of Trustees’ meeting.
 Formation of a new Cass County Cybercrimes Unit is helping local authorities overcome one of the biggest hurdles involved in prosecuting internet-related offenses -- the time it takes the state crime lab to analyze computers and other devices for evidence.

April
 The Atlanta City Council voted to move forward with efforts to demolish a number of dilapidated properties around town, continuing a process that began months ago with efforts to notify and work with the owners.
 Local Texas Department of Transportation officials, along with staff and students from a number of county schools, last week presented the latest installment of the Shattered Dreams program, which uses simulations including a mock accident scene to impress upon young people the consequences of drunk driving.

May
 Despite some last-minute confusion about where votes would be cast, Emergency Services District 2 (ESD2) voters headed to the polls on Saturday to decide on a proposed sales and use tax to assist with equipment and facilities funding. 

Atlanta Primary School (APS) students for years to come will benefit from the initiative of one APS student who recently had an idea for helping kids in search of playmates. Four Buddy Benches, each weighing 300 pounds and bearing an engraving of a rabbit, were delivered to APS last week, after student Landry Kate Peace spent the past several months raising $3,300 to pay for them.

June
The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved a resolution supporting the role of Riverbend Water Resources District in controlling and protecting new water resources developed for this area from Wright Patman Lake.
The drivers of vintage Trans Ams and other vehicles participating in Bandit Run 2017 roared into Atlanta Saturday evening, part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the release of the film “Smokey and the Bandit.” The Hal Needham action-comedy saw Burt Reynolds’ “Bandit” -- along with his small cadre of madcap cohorts -- make a frantic, 28-hour dash from Texarkana to Atlanta (Georgia) with an illegal cargo of Coors, law enforcement in hot pursuit.

July
 The Atlanta City Council last week approved spending almost $30,000 to repair police department communications equipment.
 Atlanta lost a pair of prominent citizens over the weekend as Mayor Keith Crow and former longtime First Baptist Church Pastor Bro. Joe W. Srygley passed away.

August
Atlanta High School Band instructors and students will have plenty of room to practice indoors after construction of a new, 12,000-square-foot band hall wrapped up recently. The previous band hall was intended to accommodate approximately 55 students, but the Big Bad Band from Rabbit Land now averages between 150 and 170 students per year. The $1.9 million project was funded by a property tax rate increase approved by voters, and the facility was built by Altech Inc., of Texarkana.
Travis Ransom was sworn in as mayor of Atlanta Monday evening after being appointed by the city council to fill the office left vacant by the passing of Keith Crow.

September
 Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool Risk Management Consultant Todd Kiesel presented Personal Protective Equipment Safety Kit’s at the Cass County Commissioner’s Court workshop on Sept. 7.
Cass County Commissioner’s Court adopted a property tax rate of $0.58760 per $100 for the upcoming fiscal year at the Sept. 21 session.

October
 The Atlanta area Chamber of Commerce held its 5th annual Glow Run 5k on Oct. 7. Participants of the glow run were able to participate in a pre-run Black light party.Congressman Ratcliffe visited the Cass County Law Enforcement and Justice Center to speak about a bill that authorizes the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) to train local law enforcement officers.

November
Amy Varnell was sworn in as the Cass County Clerk on Nov. 1 in the courtroom of the historical Cass County Courthouse to fill the unexpired term of the previous county clerk, Jamie O’Rand.
Former Cass County Clerk Jamie O’Rand was recently charged in regards to seven counts of forgery of doctor’s excuses.

It is called “The park with a view.” Cass County Park, a campground located on Wright Patman Lake, is now open after what was a devastating flood. The park was officially open to the public on Nov. 1.
December

Marshay Hatley of Douglassville, Texas was crowned first runner up and awarded up at the Hidden Queens Miss Black Texas Tech University Scholarship Pageant.
The Trammel’s Trace Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) introduced the publication “Treasured Memories of WWII Veterans” Thursday, Dec. 7, at the American Legion Hall in Atlanta at a special reception.

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