Around Acworth Letter From the Editor It’s September, y’all! Even if the weather hasn’t turned cooler just yet, September still means fall is just around the corner. I know many are in denial, and hope summer lasts just a little bit longer, but the signs of autumn’s approach are everywhere, even if the leaves haven’t started changing colors. For example, sign-ups for downtown Acworth’s scarecrow parade will have ended by the time many of you are holding this issue in your hands (Sept. 9). The famous pumpkin spice lattes returned Aug. 27, the earliest ever. And, football season, both high school and college, is well underway. Speaking of football season, we have the 2019 schedules for our local high schools and nearby colleges on Pages 53 and 55. Be sure to circle Sept. 28, as Kennesaw State hosts Reinhardt. Speaking of schools, our students officially are back to school, and if you’re in need of a little pick-me-up, flip over to Pages 16-17 to see some heartwarming first-day smiles. These cute kiddos will brighten anyone’s day, which is one of the many things I love about being the editor of Around Acworth. With so many horrible things going on in our world daily, it’s great to be able to bring uplifting community stories to our readers. The next time the evening news gets you down, and you ask yourself “what is happening to our world?,” I encourage you to pick up a copy of Around Acworth and remind yourself of all the good things going on in our community. Each month, Susan Schulz spotlights an area nonprofit that’s making a difference locally. This month, she highlights Highland Rivers Health, which offers free suicide prevention training (Page 36). This month, we also learn about a group fostering community inside our local YMCA (Page 47), while the Cobb Community Services Board helps families with special-needs children (Page 13) and Freedom Church “Painted the Town Orange” via service projects (Page 26). Our Local News section is also chock full of positive community stories, so turn to Page 10 for more good news. Happy kickoff to fall, y’all!
K atie Beall Katie Beall is editor of Around Acworth. Send your comments or questions to Katie@AroundaboutMagazines.com.
AROUND ACWORTH | September 2019
Culver's, the Wisconsin-based quick-serve burger restaurant, is opening its 18th Georgia location on Highway 92 at Exit 277 off I-75, adjacent to the BP/Clipper fuel center and convenience store with a Dunkin’, just down the road from Cabela’s. Culver’s is famous for its signature ButterBurgers, frozen custard and Wisconsin cheese curds.
Smart Financial acquired five Georgia pawn stores recently, including Big Deal Pawn at 5653 Bells Ferry Road in Acworth. Smart Financial is the third-largest pawn store chain in North America, based on the total number of locations. Flavors of Hawai’i held a grand opening celebration Aug. 17 for its storefront location at 4680 S. Main St. Flavors of Hawai’i serves authentic Hawaiian shave ice.
The Young Women’s Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated blankets they made for the Acworth Police Department. The blankets will be put in all the patrol vehicles, as well as the detective vehicles, for officers to distribute to community members as needed during their workday. The group consisted of young women ages 11-17.
Henry’s Louisiana Grill celebrated a milestone on Aug. 15. Claudia and Henry Chandler opened the Acworth restaurant on Main Street 19 years ago, just a few doors down from the current location. Congrats on 19 years!