Neighborhood_TributaryVillage_ParkHomesNew Manchester is conveniently situated in East Douglas County, Georgia bordering Cobb County and Fulton County along the Chattahoochee River.  Quality of life is top priority for citizens and visitors of New Manchester as nature and community abound minutes from countless opportunities found in downtown Atlanta, Vinings, Marietta and the airport.

Make a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city and cookie cutter suburbs.  Spend a weekend biking our trail system or fly-fishing Sweetwater Creek amidst nature and wildlife.  Enjoy the local flavors of neighborhood restaurants and wide open community parks.

12-hardest-races-kona-ironman-ssToday Gina found out her dream has come true. Congratulations, Gina.

Gina Maddox from New Manchester, Georgia is one of 100 lottery winners traveling to Hawaii to compete in the grueling Kona Ironman Triathlon on October 11. The Kona Ironman is considered one of the hardest races on earth. Even tougher is being admitted to the race, which grants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to test endurance and will alongside the world’s toughest competitors.

Gina and Jason Maddox

Gina and Jason Maddox

 

 

The IRONMAN Lottery and Legacy program allows athletes of all abilities the chance to compete at the world’s most prestigious triathlon, the IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro. It is their chance to race in the most exclusive endurance field in multi-sport racing. For those who apply, competing in Kona is the dream of a lifetime. In addition to the Lottery and Legacy program, five Physically Challenged athletes have also been chosen through the PC Lottery to compete.

Read more about Gina’s selection

 

 

 

Jeff Noles and Lisa McDonald, director of Brighten Academy, welcome the start of construction on the charter school’s new facility. Students and teachers will kick off another award winning school year in the fall of 2015.

There is only one place in the world that you can hear a thousand clocks chiming at once, right here in New Manchester at Champ’s Clock Shop.Champs

“Come and Celebrate the start of Daylight Savings Time with us at Champ’s Clock Shop.”

Once a year the people at the family owned clock shop spend a week winding and setting their clocks for one great day filled with chimes that is truly a one-of-a-kind event.

The event this year is on Saturday, March 8, and runs from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

This event is always a “media circus” of camera flashes, videos and the joining of clock lovers.

This year they have added an 800-pound McShane church bell so bring your ear plugs.

Fun for the whole family to enjoy hearing the hours of chimes.

Free Hot Dogs and Coke products while they last.

Champ’s Clock Shop is located at 3834 King Drive, Douglasville, GA 30135

Residents of Tributary at New Manchester have been informed by their home owners association that Tyler Perry’s company, ETPC Co. LLC, has just purchased additional acreage and will build a television studio.

Tyler Perry StudiosWe had posted previously here and here about prior purchases of land near or in Tributary. These earlier purchases, totaling more than 1,150 acres, are zoned residential and it has been reported that Tyler Perry is building a large residence on part of the land.

This new purchase of more than 200 acres next to the regional headquarters of the American Red Cross is zoned “general commercial” which allows for the construction of a movie studio, unlike the residential zoning.

Last year, Tyler Perry was quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution as saying he is expanding his TV studio operations and he mentioned his land purchases on the Arsenio Hall Show.

With all that New Manchester has to offer, it is no surprise that construction is underway.

Brighten Academy Georgia Charter School of the Year

Brighten Academy Director, Lisa McDonald; Cathy Ramos, Community Affairs Manager, The Coca-Cola Foundation; Dr. Tony Roberts, President & CEO Georgia Charter Schools Foundation. Photo: Lauren Shay Lavin.

Just weeks after announcing plans for an innovative new school building, Brighten Academy in Douglasville is named Georgia Charter School of the Year.

Brighten Academy was selected from a highly competitive field of public charter schools across the state of Georgia. The other finalists included Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, in Atlanta Public Schools; and Oglethorpe Charter School, located in Savannah. GA.

Brighten Academy is a public charter school attended by several New Manchester students. It is considered the highest performing charter school in Georgia. Coca-Cola rewarded Brighten Academy with a $50,000 grant to continue their good work in educating Douglas County children.

Read the entire press release

GreenAccording to an article posted on the official Douglas County website, the county has received recognition as a Bronze Certified Green Community from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC):

This week, Douglas County was one of seven local governments to be recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.

Each of the reasons for the county’s Bronze recertification are found in New Manchester.

Boundary Waters Sports Fields

Boundary Waters Sports Fields

The rainwater captured in the retention pond at Boundary Waters Park is used to water ball fields. A building at the park was designed with two 20,000 gallon tanks on-site for the storage of rainwater that can be used to flush toilets and for irrigation.
Chattahoochee Hill Regional Greenway

Chattahoochee Hill Regional Greenway

The county has adopted a community transportation plan that includes bicycle and pedestrian friendly policies. The county has built an initial segment of the Chattahoochee Hill Country Regional Greenway Trail at Boundary Waters Park.
Google Data Center Water Reuse Model

Google Data Center Water Reuse Model

Google and the Douglasville – Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) teamed up to implement a joint public/private water reuse project designed to conserve water. The water reuse project is Google’s first reuse water system in the U.S. and the first of its kind in Georgia. The project supplies make-up water for the cooling towers at Google’s Douglas County data center.

Douglas County Youth BaseballDouglas County Youth Baseball invites children 4-14 years old to join the “home of champions”.

Online registration ends on January 20 for 1 of 6 age-specific leagues.

Their tagline “Home of Champions and Leader in Excellence” may sound audacious, but consider these accomplishments of 2013 teams:

  • 12U Boundary Waters Bullets win USSSA Global World Series!
  • 12U Boundary Waters Bullets win USSSA State
  • 10U All Stars win Dizzy Dean District
  • 9U All Stars placed 2nd in Dizzy Dean District
  • 8U All Stars placed 2nd in USSSA Sub State

Engage your child in healthy activity and team sport. Engage your family in the community.

Find more information at http://www.dcybl.com/

Through the fog of a wintry morning, Tom Chernetsky captured this amazing aerial video footage of the New Manchester Mill Ruins at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

GoPro Hero3+ Black mounted on Phantom Drone with Tarot 2D Gimbal

Brighten Academy Charter School Rendering

Brighten Academy announced plans to renovate a centrally located $3.4 million property purchased for only $1.8 million.

in 2014, the school is on the cusp of a major expansion that will finally give students and educators more space and resources they have long needed while allowing for about 300 additional students over the next three years.

The expected build out will cost roughly $116 per square foot compared to a $166 per square foot average spent on similar schools in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.

Some New Manchester students have been accepted into and attend the academy, and several New Manchester parents have served on the Board of Directors.

Brighten, which is a public charter school, typically has about 500 students on its waiting list to get in, but only around 20-30 are accepted each year through a lottery system because of space and other limitations.

Read the entire Douglas County Sentinel article

The Douglas County Sentinel has two articles in their December 29, 2013, edition highlighting Sweetwater Creek State Park, the jewel of the New Manchester area.

The first article discusses the New Years Day hike that focuses on Native American history. According to the article,

Creeks and Cherokees inhabited the area around what now is the park until about 1828 when they were basically forced to sell their land to the Europeans looking for gold.

You can read the full article here.
The second article tells about a display of civil war rifles in the interpretive center at the park.

The rifles were recovered from the wreck of the CSS Stono in Charleston Harbor, S.C.
They were supposed to arm Confederate troops, but instead sank to the bottom of the harbor after the ship’s crew scuttled it when Union forces retook Charleston in 1865.

This article can be found here.