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Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent “technician” that offers “quick” solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won’t cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.

Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Kennesaw for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:

  • Medeco
  • Arrow
  • Schlage
  • Keymark
  • Kwikset
  • Mul-T-Lock,
  • Sargent
  • Baldwin

As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you’re looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.

Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe:

  • Our residential and commercial locksmiths in Kennesaw are bonded, licensed, insured, and ready to work hard.
  • Every professional locksmith is vetted via interviews and background checks.
  • We offer a wide range of locksmith services, from simple fixes to multi-step security system installations.
  • We carry a huge stock of premium, name-brand security hardware.
  • Our prices are affordable, and our quotes are 100% free of charge.
  • We aim to go the extra mile for ALL of our customers. It’s just the way we do business!

Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn’t defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.

That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Kennesaw is so important – to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home’s locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.

We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:

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Re-Keying Services

Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.

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New Lock Installation

Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it’s time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we’re done, we’ll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.

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High-Security Lock Installation

If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you’re interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.

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Access Control System Installation:

If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.

Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses’ assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Kennesaw install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.

Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it’s too late – your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it’s always better to be proactive about your businesses’ security rather than reactive.

At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.

Here are just a few of the commercial services we offer, all set up and installed by a certified, highly-trained commercial locksmith in Kennesaw:

Commercial Door Locks

Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.

Commercial Door Lock Repair

If your businesses’ locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it’s always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.

Alarm Systems

Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.

Security Cameras

A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses’ roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.

Access Control Systems

Having the ability to control every one of your businesses’ locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.

Commercial Door Installation

Entryways can be especially vulnerable, but Arrowhead Lock and Safe know how to select and install the best doors for your business. When you add remote control access features, business owners can open other structures like motorized fences, large parking gates, and even barriers.

ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock’s grade:

  • Strength Cycles – How many uses a lock can withstand before a replacement lock is needed)
  • Operational – This refers to a door’s ability to latch when it is closed
  • Security – The effectiveness of the lock’s security
  • Material – What kind of material is the lock made of?
  • Finish – Satin, nickel-plated, bronze, etc.

Grade 1 Locks

These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today’s day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.

Grade 2 Locks

These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.

Grade 3 Locks

This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.

Protect Your Home or Business Today

A famous animator and movie director once said: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” This quote rings especially true when it comes to protecting your home or business with the best security solutions in Georgia. If you’re worried about the safety of your family or the wealth that you have worked so hard to create, contact our office today at 404-351-4331 for a free consultation. When you trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe, you can rest easy knowing your most precious belongings are safe and secure.

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Max’s Moon Run: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend in metro Atlanta? If you’d like to get active, try running in Max’s Moon Run 5K or walking through Fernbank Forest as you learn about summer foliage and animal activity. Or if you’d rather relax, an outdoor movie or concert might be more your speed. Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend: Cobb Mamma Mia! And Margaritas. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24 (Friday, July 23 show is sold out.) $10. Earl and Rachel Smith S...

Looking for something to do this weekend in metro Atlanta? If you’d like to get active, try running in Max’s Moon Run 5K or walking through Fernbank Forest as you learn about summer foliage and animal activity. Or if you’d rather relax, an outdoor movie or concert might be more your speed.

Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:

Cobb

Mamma Mia! And Margaritas. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24 (Friday, July 23 show is sold out.) $10. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080. Earlsmithstrand.secure.force.com.

Watch “Mamma Mia!” which features a wealth of ABBA songs, and visit the margarita bar if you’d like.

Outdoor Movie. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Free, $5 VIP chairs, $50 tent rentals. Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Hwy. NW, Kennesaw. kennesaw-ga.gov.

Bring a blanket or chair to watch “Trolls World Tour” on a giant inflatable screen. Food vendors will be on site, or you can bring your own food if you prefer.

Live! Goes ’90s. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The Battery Atlanta, 825 Battery Ave. SE Suite 600, Atlanta. 404-965-2511. Liveatthebatteryatlanta.com.

If you’re 21 or older, go back to the ’90s and enjoy hits from the era with DJ La Bonita, play old-school video and arcade games, have access to adult juice pouch specials and more.

Rugby Eastern Conference Finals. 8 p.m. $10-$45. Saturday, July 24. Lupo Field at Life University, 1494 Barclay Circle, Marietta. 888-841-2787. Rugbyatl.showarecom.

Watch the Major League Rugby Eastern Conference Finals as Rugby ATL takes on Rugby United New York.

DeKalb

24K Magic Bruno Mars Tribute. 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 23. $12.99-$49. 37 Main Avondale Estates, 106 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates. M.facebook.com.

Experience a high-energy Bruno Mars tribute show with all his hits, including “Uptown Funk,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and “24K Magic.”

Fernbank Forest Walk. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 25. $20 non-members, $10 members. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Fernbankmuseum.org.

Meet in the lobby 15 minutes before starting a small, guided group walk through Fernbank Forest that highlights summer foliage and animal activity.

Community Health Fair. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, July 25. Free. Georgia Buddhist Vihara, 3153 Miller Road, Stonecrest. M.facebook.com.

Visit the health fair to receive free COVID-19 vaccines, blood tests, health consultations and more.

Christmas in July. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday, July 24. Brookhaven Farmers Market, 1375 Fernwood Circle NE, Brookhaven. M.facebook.com.

Celebrate Christmas in July with a visit from Santa (9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) and live music. You can also shop at the farmers market, which will be open.

North Fulton

Surf N Turf Concert Series. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, July 23. Free. 34 South Main St., Alpharetta. facebook.com.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy music and entertainment from The Genuine Tailgate Jammin’ Show.

Art in the Park. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 24, and noon- 4 p.m. Sunday, July 25. Free admission. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. awesomealpharetta.com.

Browse and shop at an outdoor artists market featuring wares such as pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography and more.

Brad Paisley. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24. $30.25 and up. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5013. Concerts.livenation.com.

Catch this stop on Brad Paisley’s 2021 tour, which is opened by Jimmie Allen and Kameron Marlowe.

DejaBlue Grass Band. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 24. $27.50. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 850 Hickory Flat Road, Milton. Matildasmusicvenue.com.

Bring a cooler for a picnic or potluck and listen to the DejaBlue Grass Band play.

Gwinnett

Max’s Moon Run. 5:30 p.m. sign-in/walk-up registration, 6:30 p.m. warm-up, 7 p.m. fun run and 7:20 p.m. 5K. $5 special needs participants (free if you don’t want a T-shirt), $20 fun run, $30 5K. Saturday, July 24. Suwanee Town Center, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. Maximusjantonfoundation.org.

Run, walk or donate to raise money for the special needs community and then listen to live music, patronize food trucks and visit vendor booths.

Harlem Globetrotters. 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24. $28 and up. Gas South Arena (formerly Infinite Energy Center), 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500 or 770-626-2464. Gassouthdistrict.com.

See the ankle-breaking moves, rim-rattling dunks and other amazing moves from the Harlem Globetrotters in this modernized show.

Shakespeare in the Park. 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 23-Sunday, July 25. Free. Grayson Community Park, Grayson City Ampavilion, 475 Grayson Parkway, Grayson. Graysonshakes.org.

Bring your chairs, blankets and coolers to watch Shakespeare’s comedic play, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

Christmas Canteen in July. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25. $20 and up. Lawrenceville Arts Center Courtyard Stage, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. Auroratheatre.com.

Bring a chair to watch a touch of holiday magic with humor, heart and music. School supply donations will be accepted at each performance.

Kennesaw launches barbecue competition for kids

The City of Kennesaw is launching a barbecue competition and class for kids, with a class for ages seven to 15 on Saturday August 7, 3-6 p.m. Completion of the class is a requirement to take part in the competition, which will be held August 20. For more details and links to registration see the city’s press release we’ve reprinted below: Kennesaw, GA (July 16, 2021) — Join the City of Kennesaw Department...

The City of Kennesaw is launching a barbecue competition and class for kids, with a class for ages seven to 15 on Saturday August 7, 3-6 p.m. Completion of the class is a requirement to take part in the competition, which will be held August 20.

For more details and links to registration see the city’s press release we’ve reprinted below:

Kennesaw, GA (July 16, 2021) — Join the City of Kennesaw Department of Parks & Recreation for their inaugural Kid’s ‘Que class and competition! Kid’s ‘Que is the kid-friendly version of the barbecue competitions that are hosted at the annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.

On Saturday, August 7, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Parks & Rec will host a barbecue class for kids (ages seven to 15) to learn all about the barbecue process. Attendees will learn about making marinades, marinating different meats, lighting the grill, seasoning and cooking chicken, ribs, etc., as well as nutrition and healthy cooking techniques. The Southern Thunder BBQ Cooking School will be leading the class. Those enrolled in the class are able to enter in the competition that will take place Friday, August 20, at Pigs & Peaches. The class is a prerequisite to signing up for the competition. A parent must accompany the child at all times during class and competition (child/parent team).

For the competition, the contestants will be provided with a tabletop grill, charcoal, lighter fuel, one pound of ground pork or beef, presentation tray to be used for turn-in, table, meat thermometer, disposable gloves and paper towels. All other supplies/ingredients are the contestant’s responsibility. Each contestant will receive one free festival t-shirt.

The competition will host two age divisions (7-10 and 11-15), with both a winner and a runner-up in each division. Winners will be presented a $50 prize and a portable grill, and runner-ups will be presented with a $25 prize and a trophy.

Registration is available online.

For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at 770-422-9714.


A Career Fair and Tenant Forum will be held Saturday July 31, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The fair and forum is presented by Cobb County District 4 Commissioner Monique Sheffield & WorkSource Cobb.

“The Career Fair and Tenant Forum is a highly anticipated community event that will bring employers, community-based non-profits, and community resource organizations to the residents of Cobb County,” Commissioner Sheffield wrote to the Courier in an email. “This event is a step in the right direction to help our communities begin the recovery process from the challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic.”

The event will be held at the Cobb County Public Safety Training Academy, 2435 East-West Connector, Austell, GA 30106.

Confirmed prospective employers include the following:

Non-profits will be on hand to help attendees with COVID relief benefits, and HUD counselors will be there to assist those who need housing.


Acworth’s Board of Aldermen approved James Albright as new city manager at a packed meeting Thursday evening at City Hall.

Albright filled the former position of Brian Bulthuis, who retired after being city manager for 25 years.

Albright, 39, was previously Acworth’s Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Resources, a role the board appointed him to at 23 years old.

Albright has lived in Acworth his entire life.

At the meeting, Albright thanked his family, who he said was his biggest supporter.

Albright also thanked his former colleagues who work in Parks, Recreation and Community Resources. He said he knows they will continue doing a great job running the department.

“You’re always told that it takes a village to raise a child,” Albright said. “I really believe that good leaders always see more in you than you see in yourself, and each one of you today … you believe more in me than I believe in myself and I’m really grateful for that. Ultimately, it took a village to get me where I’m at today.”

As city manager, Albright’s job is to work with the mayor and board to operate the city on a daily basis.

He said his goal is to bring continuity to the progress the mayor, board and former city manager have made.

He said his goal is also to “take this city on a trajectory of growth and prosperity and continue to provide quality services to our people.”

The board congratulated and praised Albright’s ambitions throughout the years, some reflecting on memories they have of the new city manager.

Alderman Tim Richardson said that he has known Albright since he was a child and described him as a product of the great parents and positive environment he grew up in.

Albright said his parents were volunteers in the Acworth community, serving as coaches, members of various boards and booster club presidents. He said that was what inspired his career choice.

Like his parents, Albright has also been on various boards around the city and still is.

“I just want to make clear that you gained our confidence the old-fashioned way — you earned it, fair and square,” Alderman Brett North said.

Mayor Tommy Allegood said that Albright’s appointment is indicative of a new era in Acworth leadership.

“As we travel through life we all pass through seasons,” Allegood said. “Sometimes it’s the season that is uncomfortable and maybe a season filled with things that don’t go right. Then we go through other seasons with a lot of joy and happiness. And so tonight, just thinking about the seasons in our life, we began a season in this city — a season of new leadership.”

The city has not named a new parks and recreation director yet.


by Larry Felton Johnson

Redistricting will be seriously underway soon, and Cobb County will almost certainly see changes in its legislative districts.

By August 16, the U.S. Census Bureau will release detailed demographic data gathered in the 2020 Census, and when that data becomes available, the fight over the shape of districts that takes place every ten years will begin.

Earlier in year the Census Bureau released the first results of the 2020 census, showing the overall U.S. population (now standing at 331.4 million) and the populations within each state. Those figures determined the number of members of the House of Representatives apportioned to each state.

With a population of 10,725,274, Georgia’s number of representatives remains unchanged at 14.

The August data release will set the stage for the periodic fight over redistricting.

Cobb County now has portions of three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives (the 6th, the 11th, and the 13th).

There are six Georgia Senate seats all or part of which fall within Cobb, and 15 seats in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Like in every redistricting, the Cobb legislative delegation is likely to change.

That is what makes the August figures so important to residents of Cobb County.

According to the Census Bureau’s announcement:

Aside from showing how the ethnic, racial, and voting age makeup of neighborhoods has changed since the 2010 Census, these detailed data will be used by most state legislatures to redistrict or redraw their political districts for elections.

The announcement states, “The August data release will provide the first look at the demographic characteristics of the nation by state, county and city (down to the census block level), including:

“While the primary purpose of these data is for states to redraw their districts, these statistics will also tell us how many people live in each county, in each city and in each block,” James Whitehorne, chief of the Census Bureau’s Redistricting and Voting Rights Data Office stated for the Census Bureau’s press release. “This information will provide a detailed demographic portrait of our nation’s population for communities all across the United States.”

To keep up with the Georgia legislature’s House and Senate reapportionment and redistricting committees, follow this link to the schedule.

Lembo: Extra pension payments mean big savings now — and down the road

While Connecticut wiped out $1.25 billion of its massive, long-term pension debt this month, it still has decades to go to cover the remainder — nearly $40 billion. But the one benefit will be felt right away. The supplemental payment frees up $110 million Connecticut now can spend annually on something other than its oppressive pension obligations, according to a new analysis. “This is real relief that will both spare future generations from a legacy of pension debt and give short-term budget relief to taxpayers,&r...

While Connecticut wiped out $1.25 billion of its massive, long-term pension debt this month, it still has decades to go to cover the remainder — nearly $40 billion.

But the one benefit will be felt right away. The supplemental payment frees up $110 million Connecticut now can spend annually on something other than its oppressive pension obligations, according to a new analysis.

“This is real relief that will both spare future generations from a legacy of pension debt and give short-term budget relief to taxpayers,” said Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo, citing new projections for the state employees’ pension system from Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting of Kennesaw, Ga., the fund’s actuaries.

Lembo pressed legislators for several years starting in 2015 to increase savings toward the huge debts Connecticut amassed over more than 70 years in its separate pension systems for state employees and for municipal teachers.

The legislature, led by Sen. John Fonfara, D-Hartford, responded in 2017 by creating the “volatility adjustment,” which prohibits the state from spending a portion of its income tax receipts tied to capital gains and other investment earnings — a source that often fluctuates greatly from year to year.

The stock markets generally have performed well since 2018, resulting in a big savings.

Since then, Connecticut has amassed a rainy day fund that has reached its legal maximum at 15% of annual General Fund spending, or just over $3 billion.

Any surplus beyond that level must, according to the system adopted in 2017, be deposited into either the two major pension funds.

Connecticut entered the 2020-21 fiscal year — which wrapped on June 30 — with almost $41 billion in total pension debt.

The just-completed budget year included more than $2.6 billion in required payments into the two pensions. Many of those dollars, however, will go into benefits for retirees, rather than reducing the debt.

But when it comes to the $1.25 billion left over from the just-ended fiscal year — most of that surplus stems from the volatility adjustment — it will all go toward reducing pension debt.

New projections from Cavanaugh Macdonald project this $1.25 billion — which state Treasurer Shawn Wooden deposited into the state employees’ pension fund — will add $2.75 billion in value to that system over the next 25 years. [The pensions’ assets are invested in stocks, bonds and other securities and add value that way.]

That translates into $110 million in added value per year, according to the analysis.

“It was a big, difficult change, but now we’re seeing the reward of coming together to do hard things,” Lembo said. “There’s a lesson to be learned from that.”

“It now remains our job as state leaders to stay the course and pave the way towards a sustainable economic recovery that reaches everyone across our state, especially those who continue to hurt as we recover from the effects of the pandemic,” Wooden said.

State officials and private policy groups long have noted the annual payments on those obligations gradually have consumed resources previously earmarked for education, health care, municipal aid, transportation and other priorities.

About 40% of the state’s budget in 1992 — the first fiscal year after the state income tax was enacted — was dedicated to education, health care and other programs that affect children, according to Connecticut Voices for Children, a New Haven-based public policy and research group. Now the ratio now is closer to 30%.

Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, who co-chairs the Appropriations Committee, said recently that legislators hope to be able to shift more than $110 million per year in future budgets away from pension debt and into other programs.

For example, if the new $46.4 billion budget that Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly enacted for the next two fiscal years runs as projected by nonpartisan analysts, Connecticut could be poised to make another $2.3 billion in supplemental pension fund payments by mid-2023.

The impact of those potential contributions hasn’t been calculated yet. But Osten has estimated this could create another $100 million to $200 million in annual savings on pension contributions — depending on how the stock markets fare over the next two years.

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Keith M. Phaneuf A winner of numerous journalism awards, Keith Phaneuf has been CT Mirror’s state finances reporter since it launched in 2010. The former State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Keith has spent most of 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. A former contributing writer to The New York Times, Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

Football Mini Plans On Sale Now

KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State Athletics is excited to announce the return of the popular mini plans for football home games this fall. Two options, each starting at only $59, are available for fans to witness three games from the most competitive schedule in KSU's history. The Gold Plan includes a ticket to Homecoming Oct. 16 when the Owls host North Carolina A&T State. The Black Plan includes a ticket to the Oct. 2 game against Jacksonville State. Each option then allows fans to choose from two of the following game...

KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State Athletics is excited to announce the return of the popular mini plans for football home games this fall. Two options, each starting at only $59, are available for fans to witness three games from the most competitive schedule in KSU's history.

The Gold Plan includes a ticket to Homecoming Oct. 16 when the Owls host North Carolina A&T State. The Black Plan includes a ticket to the Oct. 2 game against Jacksonville State. Each option then allows fans to choose from two of the following games: Reinhardt (Sept. 2), Gardner-Webb (Oct. 30), and Monmouth (Nov. 20).

Click here to purchase a Gold or Black Plan today for as low as $59!

KSU announced June 25 that Fifth Third Bank Stadium will be at full capacity for the upcoming season.

The Owls will kick off the season under the lights of Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. against Reinhardt University. The lid-lifter serves as KSU's first home Thursday night game in its history.

KSU plays host to Jacksonville State Saturday, Oct. 2 with a 3 p.m. start. The Owls have played the Gamecocks twice, with a road win in the 2017 FCS playoffs, and a five-overtime classic at Truist Park in 2018. The game was billed as the best FCS game of the season when the Owls prevailed, 60-52. The game will serve as the last scheduled non-conference game between the programs with both institutions set to play in the inaugural 2022 ASUN Conference football season.

Recently, HERO Sports ranked the game as No.2 on its top-10 non-conference FCS matchups.

Homecoming 2021 is set for Saturday, Oct.16 when NC A&T and KSU meet for the first time. A 5 p.m. kickoff is set between the Aggies and Owls. The Aggies are set for their inaugural season in the conference after carrying the banner in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Aggies also won four out of the five MEAC titles and Celebration Bowls, including the last three.

The Owls entertain Gardner-Webb Halloween weekend with an Oct. 30 home game set for 1 p.m. The game will be a highlight of KSU's Hall-of-Fame weekend, where the newest inductees to the KSU Hall of Fame will be recognized. The date also serves as Youth Sports Day.

Senior Day will mark the close of the regular season with a Nov. 20 game against Monmouth. The Hawks captured the 2019 and 2021 spring season Big South titles. KSU will look to snap a two-game skid in the series in their seventh all-time meeting when the teams meet at 1 p.m.

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6 Cherokee County Graduates Earn $1,000 ABM Scholarships

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA — Six Cherokee County School District class of 2021 graduates have earned $1,000 scholarships from ABM Industry Groups LLC. The company, which provides custodial services for the district's schools, awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to one graduating senior from each Cherokee County high school. The six winners are selected by a scholarship committee of retired district educators and ABM representatives based on a student's involvement in school and community activities and service, personal essays and re...

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA — Six Cherokee County School District class of 2021 graduates have earned $1,000 scholarships from ABM Industry Groups LLC.

The company, which provides custodial services for the district's schools, awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to one graduating senior from each Cherokee County high school. The six winners are selected by a scholarship committee of retired district educators and ABM representatives based on a student's involvement in school and community activities and service, personal essays and references.

The class of 2021 winners are:

"We're very proud of each of you for the accomplishments and service that earned you this scholarship and wish you the best as you pursue your dreams," Superintendent Brian Hightower said. "Thank you to ABM for its continued support of our schools by honoring students for exemplary school and community service."

Miguel Esteban-Juarez will attend Kennesaw State University to study marketing and psychology, with plans to pursue a career as a psychologist. As a student at Cherokee High, Miguel served as vice president of the French Honors Club, co-leader of Students Demand Action and volunteered at a local nursing home, where he shared his talents as a musician and his love of reading with them.

Brinn Dameron will pursue her plans to become a veterinarian specializing in exotic animals by studying pre-veterinary sciences and marine biology at Florida Southern College. A cheerleader and honors chorus member, her many service roles at Creekview High included four years as class president and serving as school's student delegate to the Cherokee County School Board. She has also worked for three years at a local animal hospital.

To pursue her goal to become a pediatric neurosurgeon, Aneisa Jones will study neuroscience and pre-medicine at Xavier University. A member of the Etowah High Beta Club and Key Club service organizations, Aneisa volunteered with the school's annual Shop with an Eagle charitable program and at Agape Hospice Care, where she spent more than 200 hours visiting with patients and performing jazz for them on her saxophone.

Legacy Guider will attend Oglethorpe University to study biology and pre-veterinary sciences to pursue a career as a veterinarian. As a student at River Ridge High, Legacy was a standout volleyball player and volunteer coach, was selected for the VetAspire program for future veterinarians, volunteered with her church and has worked for a local veterinary clinic.

A future teacher, Matthew Scoretz will study early childhood education at the University of Memphis. A 13-year baseball player, Matthew was an active volunteer at Sequoyah High and in the community, including volunteering with Night to Shine and his church. He has also worked at Learning Express.

Sebastian Moss is headed to Georgia Southern University to study architecture in pursuit of his career goal of providing housing for low-income families. A four-year varsity all-county football player at Woodstock High, Sebastian has been an active school and community volunteer, helping with elementary school festivals and the MUST summer lunch program while supporting local foster families.

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