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Volume 9, Issue 5

Message From The Mayor A new year always creates a renewed sense of optimism and excitement! The slate is wiped clean; there are new beginnings and new opportunities. As the new year begins, we are thankful for all that was accomplished in 2013 and look forward to all that 2014 has to hold. We have been so blessed as a community over the last several years. The Mayor and Board, City Staff, and all our community partners are already working hard to make 2014 the best year ever! As tradition holds, we will present our State of the City Address on Thursday, February 6, to the Acworth Business Association. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. at NorthStar Church. Lunch is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. We invite you to attend this event. We will highlight the accomplishments of 2013 and will give you a preview of all that is to come in 2014. We also invite all the local business owners to join the Acworth Business Association (ABA). Membership is only $75 and can give you a tremendous return on your investment. Jay White, with Angel Oak Funding, will serve as the 2014 President and has a great vision for the organization. The ABA has more than 75 different networking opportunities throughout the year. Networking events include the monthly luncheon held on the first Thursday of each month at NorthStar Church at 11:30 a.m.; the Alive After Five is held on the second Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at various locations; the Morning Jolt held at Panera Bread on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 7:45 – 9 a.m.; and Fifth Thursday Luncheons held at various locations at 11:30 a.m. on months that have five Thurdays. To get the specifics on each event or to become a member, please visit The ABA is a great partner with the City. In addition to the networking and business development opportunities the ABA provides each month, it partners with the City by hosting large events that have tremendous economic impact on our community. Each year the ABA and the City hosts the Taste of Acworth and the Love the Lake Concert Series. These events also give organizations the opportunity to get their name out to the community and while supporting several worthy causes. 6


Last year alone, the ABA gave more than $20,000 back to the community! Be sure to check out our 2014 calendar of events on our website. The 2014 event season will kick off with the MLK Day Ceremony on Monday, January 20, at 10 a.m., at City Hall and the Daddy-Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 15, from 7 – 9 p.m., at North Cobb High School. Online registration for the Daddy-Daughter Dance is taking place now! As always, for more information on any of these projects, events and programs you can visit, sign up for our e-news blasts on our home page, “like” the Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @aprd. God Bless, Tommy


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“Finally Free from Arthritis Pain Without Drugs and Harmful Side Effects” Living with arthritis pain can affect every part of your life. It’s keeps you from enjoying the good things in life – time with grandkids, playing golf, even working in the yard. It would be nice to get out of bed – just one morning – without pain. Every time you try and push through the pain… like standing or walking for a long period of time…you pay for it for the next 2-3 days with even more pain. Do you have any of the these Arthritic problems? 3 3 3 3 3 3

Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Bursitis/tendonitis Degenerative joint disease Lumbar disc problems Aching pain in the arms or legs Pain Pills Are Not The Answer

Do you remember the Vioxx scandal? It was a medication designed to relieve arthritis pain…but like all drugs, it had side effects. After years of use worldwide, the makers withdrew it from the market because of the overwhelming evidence it caused heart attacks and strokes. There’s a time to use pain medications, BUT not before seeking a natural way to correct the CAUSE of the problem! Ask yourself … after taking all these pain medications…maybe for years…are you any better off? Pain Is Not Just ‘Old Age’ Have you had one doctor after another telling you this is just the natural process of the body getting older - that you should expect to have arthritis. Sure, if you don’t take care of your damaged joints now, as you get older they will be worse (which is why you shouldn’t wait any longer to see if I can help you.) However, old age is not the cause of your arthritis. I’ll venture to say all 360 joints in your body are the same age, yet arthritis and joint degeneration has not affected every one of them – only your previously injured joints that never healed properly.

My name is Dr. Amy Valente owner of North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. Over the past six years since we’ve opened the doors, I’ve seen hundreds of people come in suffering with arthritis and leave the office pain free. I’ve made it my mission in practice to help those suffering with chronic pain like you. “I only wished I had found you sooner” I hear this too often, so I decided to do something about it and run this ad. Just call before Jan. 15th and you’ll get my “Arthritis Evaluation” for only $20. • An in-depth consultation about your arthritis where I will listen…really listen. • A complete nerve, muscle and spinal exam to find the “cause” of your problem. • A full set of specialized x-rays to look for joint degeneration (arthritis)… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $200). • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so I can show you how to fix the problem. I’ll answer all your questions about chiropractic and arthritis pain. The appointment will not take long at all and you won’t be sitting in a waiting room all day either. To take me up on this special offer, you must call before Jan.. 15th. Call today…Phone 678-574-5678

Feel the Improvement and Say “Yes” to Life Again Listen to what someone else has to say about it….. I sought out care at North Cobb Spine and Nerve for the pain and stiffness in my neck. The pain had been bothering me for about 4 months. I was unable to turn my head from side to side, which made driving difficult. Before seeking treatment I had tried multiple muscle relaxants and antiinflammatory medications. Since starting my care I have improved 100%. The pain in my neck is gone and I am now able to turn my head with no pain. What surprised me most was that I have also had fewer headaches. The staff here has treated me great and always show genuine concern about my well -being. Thank you, Diana Toy-Pharmacist

Dr. Amy Valente D.C. When I came into NCS&N I had a lot of knee pain. I was not sleeping very well and I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do with my family. Now that I have been under care I can ride my bike with my granddaughter, I sleep 3-4 more hours at night and I can exercise twice as much as I could before. I can’t believe how great it really works! I feel 100% better. Thanks, Thomas Weems-Business Owner With my “Arthritis Evaluation”, we can find the problem and then correct it. Think of how you could feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase. As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you’re preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You’re playing golf again -- hitting longer drives, smoother putts, and lower scores…without pain. Arthritis can be successfully treated. Healthy, pain-free living should be yours. Please call our 24 Help Line at 678-574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Arthritis Evaluation before Jan. 15th. We can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is located at 3451 Cobb Pkwy. Suite 4 in Acworth. (On the corner of Mars Hill Rd. and Cobb Pkwy) I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more joyful life. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. P.S. The only real question to ask you is this… Life’s too short to live in pain like this. Call us today and soon I’ll be giving you the green light to have fun again!

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activities throughout the year. Come take part in this special day! Participants will spend time picking up litter and restoring life to the Doug Davis Children’s Garden by the Robert School Community and Education Center. For more information, call (770) 917-1234 or email Mychal Lewis at

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The City of Acworth hosted a ribbon cutting for Calvary Chapel River Oaks Church celebrating their one year anniversary. Mayor Tommy Allegood congratulated Grady Clark, Minister, his family and staff on their Acworth location. Calvary Chapel River Oaks is affiliated with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa California. They teach expositionally, verse by verse and chapter by chapter from the Bible because they believe God’s Word is no less relevant today than ever. Calvary Chapel meets every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Brookwood Christian Academy on 4728 Wood Street in Acworth. For more information, please call (770) 881-4862 or (678) 977-0087, or visit their website at

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On Thursday, December 19, the City of Acworth hosted a ribbon cutting for Acworth Florist located at 4616 South Main Street. Alderman Bob Weatherford congratulated new owners Valencia Ray and Pam Haynes on their Acworth business. Acworth Florist provides beautiful florals for any occasion and numerous gift items to choose from. Stop by and check out the flower shop and see their many designs and possibilities throughout the store. Also, they have a separate area for brides to sit down and plan their special day. For more information or to place an order, stop by or call (770) 974-3555.

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Harrison High School had a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new freshman academy that is scheduled to open this month. The 9th grade cheerleaders opened the ceremony with a cheer. The Freshman Academy will house core classes (math, science, English and social studies) and world language classes, along with computer labs and a freshman only dining hall.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service The City of Acworth will host their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration on Monday, January 20, at 10 a.m. at City Hall and feature guests speakers including Mayor Tommy Allegood and other figures from the local community. Following the ceremony, the Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program will host their annual MLK Day of Service at the historic Roberts School Community and Education Center. The program provides middle and high school students service learning projects in additional to educational assistance and recreational 8


You could not, should not want to miss, A celebration quite like this! It’s that time of year for Thing Two and Thing One, To dance the night away and have lots of fun! With pictures and candy, it will be a delight. Each girl will have gifts to remember the night. If you haven’t already guessed it, there is still time! Dr. Seuss is the theme, you can tell from the rhyme! The Daddy Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, February 15, at North Cobb High School in the Old Gym from 7 – 9 p.m. This dance is a great opportunity for dads and daughters to spend a special evening together. This event is open to all girls, up to 13 years of age, with their dad or adult male escort. A DJ will be providing music for the “couples” to dance the night away and light refreshments will be provided. There will also be a photographer set up for optional pictures. The fee is $25 for City of Acworth residents or $35 for non-City residents. Additional daughters are $10. NEW THIS YEAR: Day of Registration will only be held if space is available and increased rates will apply. In order to guarantee your child a spot at the dance, please make sure to pre-register! Day of Registrations will receive a Welcome Gift and Going Away Gift only if supplies last. For more information, contact Michelle Patrick at or call (770) 917-1234. To register, visit

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Acworth Community Impact Award Brian Bulthuis was awarded the Acworth Community Impact Award for his tireless efforts toward municipal management and volunteerism. The Acworth Community Impact Award is only awarded if a deserving candidate is found. Bulthuis has served as the Acworth City Manager for 18 years and played a significant role in the city’s designation of All-American City. For the past 13 years, Bulthuis has volunteered with the Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association and has served in many key positions for the organization, including Athletic Director and 2012-2013 President. Bulthuis’ contribution to the Acworth community has been an essential part of the city’s success.

Kennesaw Citizen of the Year John Loud was named the 2013 Kennesaw Citizen of the Year. Loud has long been an advocate for the Kennesaw and Cobb County area. As president of LOUD Security Systems, Loud is committed to help others feel safe in their homes, businesses and community. Loud has donated countless hours of his time to ensure that his community is an excellent place to work, live and play. Most recently, Loud helped to rally community support for the Atlanta Braves move to Cobb through the Cobb Home of the Braves Campaign and co-chaired a successful ESPLOST campaign. He is a member of Watermarke Church and a major supporter of the Northwest Georgia YWCA, the Public Safety Foundation, MUST Ministries and the Hope House.

West Cobb Citizen of the Year Melvin Couey was recognized as the 2013 West Cobb Citizen of the Year. Couey has been involved with the West Cobb community for over 60 years. Couey volunteers with the West Cobb Lions Club and often leads bingo for senior citizens. As a member of the Lions Club, he is involved with the Lions Club International Vision Program, where he drives around the county asking donations of eye glasses. The eye glasses are sent to recycling centers and eventually make their way to those in need of free eye glasses. Over the years, Couey has donated over 40,000 pairs of glasses. (No picture available) 10


Acworth Citizen of the Year Dr. Phillip D. Page was named the 2013 Acworth Citizen of the Year. Page currently serves as principal at North Cobb High School. Since starting at North Cobb, Page has continually worked with community leaders to improve the school and the Acworth community. Dr. Page understands that fostering successful students aids in the development of a strong and thriving community. Page is a member of North Metro Church and is on the board at WellStar Cobb Hospital. He is also a member of the Acworth and Kennesaw Business Associations.

NCHS Warrior Way 5K North Cobb High School’s (NCHS) Cross Country Team held the Warrior Way 5K Run back in September. The event had approximately 500 participants who came out to support this annual fundraiser. NCHS traditionally gives back 20% of the proceeds to the City of Acworth for improvements to the park. Representatives from the Cross Country Team recently presented the proceed check to the City of Acworth in the amount of $1,690.

Honoring One Guy (HOG) Ministries Recently, Honoring One Guy (HOG) held a FREE Pancake Breakfast fundraiser that benefitted the Horizon League and the special needs athletes that participate in the City of Acworth’s program. Bob Kelly, HOG’s founder, and David Zivic, presented a check to the city to help further the needs of the league.

Scrap Metal Fundraiser The Kennworth Kiwanis Club is requesting donations of scrap metal for their fundraising activity to support the various Kiwanis Clubs at local schools, support an annual scholarship to a deserving local high school senior and other children’s programs in the community. The Kennworth Kiwanis sponsors youth Kiwanis Clubs which focus on community service, leadership and character development. Donations accepted on Wednesday mornings at the POD at Kennworth Park at 3900 S. Main St., between 9:30 – 11 a.m. For larger items needing transportation, call Joe Bennett at (678) 687-4366.

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Almost a year ago, four entrepreneurs walked away from corporate America to PLAY! It all started when Maria & David Van Vurst brought their daughter to a birthday party at the SKYZONE in Atlanta. They noticed that SKYZONE offered families a place to have fun and enjoy time together. With the help of two other family friends, Sue Spinos & Ryan Lee, the dream of opening up their very own SKYZONE was born! The Kennesaw SKYZONE is the largest facility in the United States! They boast over 19,000 sq. ft. of trampolines that are safe for all ages and fitness level. SKYZONE is equipped with the longest main court in the country, three dodgeball courts, a foam pit and 3 basketball goals for dunking. SKYZONE has something fun for everyone regardless of age, group size or level of fitness. The Open Jump experience is for individuals and groups who want to zip across the court, take a gigantic leap vertically, or bounce off the walls. 3-D Dodgeball takes the traditional game and adds a new twist. There is also SkyRobics fitness classes where you can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour. Parents can bring younger children to Toddler Time classes that have a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere for the little ones with special music and activities for children under the age of five. In addition, SKYZONE is also the perfect venue for a unique and memorable group outing, offering birthday party packages, corporate team building programs and other group events for churches, colleges, schools and camps. SKYZONE Indoor Trampoline Park is located at 1650 Airport Rd., NW, Suite 104, Kennesaw. For more information, please call (678) 426-4400 or visit *** SKYZONE in connection with WellStar will be hosting a FREE Health Fair on Sunday, January 26***

Acworth Baseball – Spring 2014 The Acworth Baseball Association (ABA) is beginning online registration for the 2014 Spring Season. The ABA provides a safe, challenging and most of all, fun instructional and competitive experience for boys and girls, ages 4 – 18. The goal is to instill the ideas of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty and a sense of teamwork so that they may become strong, healthy, well adjusted members of the community. 12


9UD1 Acworth Warriors win the NWGYFL Super Bowl over the Hiram Hornets!!!! Great job by all the boys in winning their 5th straight Super Bowl and 5th straight undefeated season!!! The team also competed at the B2C (Born to Compete “State Championship” and won the championship after three grueling games in the cold and rain. Congratulations to the team and to #20, Joshua Josephs, for being named the Gatorade Player of the Game!!

The Northwest Georgia Youth Football League’s 2013 season recently came to a close. The Division One NWGYFL Super Bowl was held on Saturday, November 23, at North Cobb High School and the Division Two NWGFYL Super Bowl was held on Saturday, November 16, at Halbrooks Field at the Acworth Sports Complex. The Acworth Warriors were well represented at both Super Bowls. Out of the 13 possible league championships, Acworth won five and there were ten Acworth teams competing for Super Bowl titles this year! For the Division 1 level, the 6 year old team, coached by Jeff Albright, defeated the Rockmart Yellow Jackets, finishing the season with a 13 and 0 record; the 8 year old team, coached by Nathan Halbrooks, defeated the Kennesaw Mountain Mustangs, finishing the season with a 13 and 0 record and the 9 year old team, coached by Derrik Allen, defeated the Hiram Hornets and finished the season with a 13 and 0 record. The 7 year old and 10 year old teams finished runner up. At the Division 2 level, the 8 year old team, coached by Raymond Priester, defeated the other Acworth team coached by Eric Hufstetler in a great game; the 9 year old team, coached by Stan Fisher, defeated the East Paulding Cowboys, finishing the season 11 and 0. The 5 year old A team and the 10 year old A team finished runner up. The Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association in a nonprofit community based program, which provides football and cheerleading opportunities for children between the ages of three and twelve. The association had approximately 375 football players and over 120 cheerleaders participate in their program this season. For more information on the association, visit Congratulations to all the teams for a great season!


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Community Spotlight.... by Cynthia Regalla Charles J. Saylors became the first “Dad” Parent Teacher Association president in U.S. history in 2009. The PTA was previously seen as a female or maternal organization, but time has altered this view. The National Household Education Survey by the U.S. Department of Education found that students with nonresident fathers who participated in even one activity at school were 39 percent less likely to repeat a grade and 50 percent less likely to experience serious disciplinary problems. Corey McCorkle is a prime example. McCorkle is the president of the PTA at McCall Primary School here in Acworth. He has been PTA president for almost two years now. He said one reason for him becoming president is because he tells his daughters that they can do anything they want, even if a man does it normally, and because he wants to help improve the school as well as the students. McCorkle is very family-oriented and is passionate about being a positive role model to his three daughters as well as the other children in the community. He says being self employed is great because he has more time to spend with his family. McCorkle has tried to increase father participation levels by getting fathers to participate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students), a program the fathers have really taken to. Another way fathers can get involved with the PTA or make a difference in their children’s life, McCorkle says, is by taking some time out of their schedule to do small tasks around the school.

COREY Mc Corkle McCorkle is a carpenter that goes by the name of Joseph Dekarlaies (named after an African carpenter). He became interested in carpentry when he was a young struggling, with his wife, Latoya, to make it on their own. He began with a love for design that turned into drawing, and then suddenly his drawings became a reality. He balances his career around the PTA and his daughters, “Queen” Ezabella McCorkle, 7, “Queen” Contessa McCorkle, 6, and “Queen” Victoria McCorkle, 2. It is not the other way around for him, his family is his priority. Though he is the sole bread winner for his family and must make smart decisions, McCorkle feels that God has allowed him to be self-employed so that he could be there for his children. He attributes his decisions to his wife and children, who give him strong motivation to strive to be better every day. How has having a male on the board changed the dynamic of the PTA? Have more fathers participated as a result? I don’t think the dynamic is different in any particular way. As far as dads volunteering, we have always had some of the best dads at McCall. Fathers who step up anyway they can to help out in the classrooms or to be a good role model for their children. What programs has the PTA at McCall Primary implemented to increase the participation level of fathers in school? We worked on building the national program, WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) at our school. The fathers at McCall 18


really took to this program. Mrs. Jeanine Mize has been an intricate part of this programs success at our school. She makes sure we have a volunteer every month. How can Dads who work full time make a difference for their children at school? Dads who work full time can help by simply dropping in during lunch time to eat with their child or even helping out an hour in the morning during the car line they don’t have to stay a whole day. WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. It began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into our nation’s classrooms and hallways. WATCH D.O.G.S. ® has created millions of “in school” volunteer hours and continues to have a tremendously positive impact on the educational process. Today more than 3,156 schools in 46 states plus DC participate in WATCH D.O.G.S. ® Program Goals 1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. 2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. For more info, visit and click on WATCH D.O.G.S. ®

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Corey and Latoya McCorkle awoke early in the morning on November 25 to a nightmare. The couple saw smoke rising from the floor of their bedroom and knew immediately that something was terribly wrong. Latoya jumped from their bed and rushed to the door where smoke began to billow in. The McCorkles hurried to get to their three children, who were asleep in their beds, out of the burning house. Corey tried to reach his daughter’s bedroom that was near the fireplace. After going outside and breaking several windows with his bare hands, he was able to pull his oldest daughter, Ezabella, out of her bedroom, only moments before her bedroom door caught on fire. Corey and his wife rushed back into the house to find their other two daughters. He found his daughter Contessa, crawling on the floor near the back of the house. He then found his wife again and evacuated both her and Contessa from the house. Next, Corey had to find a way to get his youngest daughter, Victoria, out of her crib. He went around to the back of the house and grabbed a stake off of the ground so that he could break the double-paned glass of her bedroom window. Corey crawled into the window and grabbed his two-year-old daughter. Walking back towards the front of the house with his little girl, Corey saw his neighbor, Sally Martin, caring for Latoya, who had collapsed. Sally quickly gathered the girls and took them inside her house to keep them safe while Latoya was rushed to the hospital with burns on her face and hands. After making sure his girls were okay, Corey noticed that he also had second-degree burns on his ear and first-degree burns on the back of his head. His hands were also swollen and cut from breaking the glass windows. After they were checked and medicallycleared by paramedics, Corey sent the girls to their godfather’s, Kenneth Barra, home while he went to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries, as well as look after his wife. The doctors said

that Latoya would probably be in the hospital for several weeks due to her burn injuries and severe smoke inhalation. Corey’s first priority was to get a home for his family so there would be a sense of normalcy in their lives. The Barra family allowed the McCorkles to stay with them while Corey searched for a new home for his family. Luckily, he was able to find one the day before Thanksgiving that would be ready for the family to move into on Friday. Shocking everyone, including the medical staff at the hospital, Latoya made a miraculous recovery and was able to come home for Thanksgiving after only four days in the hospital. Corey said that his wife is strong and that he was grateful that he could find a home for his family before she was out of the hospital. This way the burden was not on her as well. The lease was signed on Friday and the McCorkles were able to move into their new home. At this stage in the process, the McCorkles were made aware that the community was ready to help in any way that they could. Alissa Hawkins was able to get the water and gas turned on for the family on Friday night so they wouldn’t have to spend a night without it. Wayne Tumbleson at the power company made sure that the lighting was switched over to Corey’s name as soon as possible. All of the trash was picked up immediately, thanks to the city garbage manager. Unknown to the McCorkles, several people at the United Methodist Church of Acworth had already begun collecting donations for the family. Senior Pastor James Gwen, along with Reverend Linda Burchall, continually prayed for the family and supported them through this time of grief. Pastor Gwen alerted Leigh Ann and Ben Parlier of the situation with the McCorkle family and Leigh Ann sprung into action and began organizing donations for the family. She called Corey to get the clothing sizes for each of the family members, but Corey refused to give his sizes until his girls were taken

care of. It did not take long though for Leigh Ann to call Corey back and find out his sizes due to the large outpouring of donations that had come in. Leigh Ann said that her phone did not stop ringing for days with people calling, texting and emailing about donations. The church and the community were able to donate clothes for each family member, toys for the girls, toiletries, bed sets, furniture and much more. The largest donations came when the McCorkles moved into their new home. Several appliances, such as a washer and dryer from Angie Curley, a refrigerator, dishwasher and stove were also donated. Several people including Renee and John Johnson, Doug and Stacy Delk, Bradley Green and Mike Hill, a flooring professional, and his team came to the house to help put in all new floors and carpeting for the family. Many teachers from McCall Primary School came to help clean and paint the family’s new home. Home Depot donated smoke detectors and other necessary items. Woodstock Furniture Outlet donated a king size bed. JD’s BBQ donated food to help feed the volunteers who were working hard with Corey to get the new house ready. The McCorkles had the support of their extended family as well. Corey’s sisters, Corisa McCorkle and Allyson Deeble, cared for the girls while Corey was working on the renovations to the house. Kathy Hamilton, Corey’s mother, traveled from Daytona, Florida to make sure that Latoya received the proper care and treatment that she needed. Amazingly, just weeks after the fire, Latoya is almost completely healed. Her color is returning and, according to her doctors, her burns will heal within a couple of months with no need for skin grafts or anything. Corey said that he is so thankful and blessed that he was able to get his family into a new home so quickly and to have so much love and support from the community.

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I think in a former life I must have been a bear, because when the days are short and the nights are long, I just want to hibernate. Somehow I just don’t have the energy to get much done, especially when I’ve been gone all day. If you’re like me and can’t quite get motivated to cook big meals when it’s already dark by the time you get home, why not let your slow cooker do the mealtime prep for you?

If you’re in the mood for soup, cut 2 ½ pounds of potatoes into cubes, cover with approximately 32 oz. chicken stock, turn the cooker on low and let it slow simmer while you’re gone for the day. When you come back, if the potatoes are fork tender, mash them in the slow cooker, then add a pint of heavy cream, ½ stick of butter, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, salt and pepper to taste, then stir to combine. Continue on low until the cheese is melted (at least 30 minutes.) Top with bacon bits, green onions and additional cheese to serve. Another idea is to put a bag of frozen tater tots on the bottom of the slow cooker, top with a small diced onion and 1 ½ lbs. of browned hamburger meat, then salt and pepper liberally. Top with a can of cheese soup, along with 1 cup of beef broth. Don’t stir the mixture, as you want the liquids to soak through the meat into the potatoes. Cook on low for at least 6 hours, then serve with shredded cheddar cheese. You can also use your slow cooker to have breakfast waiting when you get up on a busy weekend. Place 1 bag of tater tots in the bottom of the cooker, then add 1 pack of cubed ham or 1 roll of breakfast sausage (make sure you brown it first.) In a separate bowl, combine 8 eggs, 1½ cups milk, 1 tbs. ground mustard, 2 tsp. salt and a dash of hot sauce. Beat well, then pour over tater tot mixture and top with 2 cups of shredded cheese. Don’t stir, then cook on low for 6-8 hours (until set.) Almost any casserole recipe can be prepared in a slow cooker – just make sure that there are enough liquids in it to prevent sticking and adjust the cooking time accordingly. So, let the slow cooker take the work out of meal preparation for you and who knows, you might find time to have some fun. Happy cooking! Tiffany Hughes is an Acworth resident who enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies. She will gladly provide additional recipes if you email her at

What Are the Effects of Missing Back Teeth? Many people have had one or more of their adult back teeth extracted and have lived with spaces where these teeth are missing. Extractions occur when a tooth cannot be restored or when they cannot afford a restoration. When teeth are missing, it creates a physical dental disability, which changes many factors involving the function of your teeth. The goal of this article is to educate readers about the physical changes that occur when missing one or more adult teeth and why it’s important to replace these missing teeth. Your thumb is very important because it opposes your fingers and allows you to grip things. Your thumb and fingers work together. If you were to lose your thumb, it would create a significant physical disability. Upper and lower teeth also work together to chew against one another. If you lose an upper molar, this too creates a physical disability because the lower molar that opposes that tooth would no longer have any function. For every tooth that is extracted, you lose the function of two teeth. So, is missing one tooth a problem? The answer is “yes” and there are numerous problems that develop. We have 16 back teeth and 12 front teeth. Our jaw muscles are specifically designed to generate approximately 250 pounds per square inch (psi) of bite force. Our jaw muscles and teeth work together to provide us the necessary bite force and tooth surface area to support that bite force so we can properly chew up the food we eat. If we lose back teeth, the bite force is now redistributed to fewer teeth. Losing just two back molars (the functional loss of 4 molars) equates to 25% less back teeth chewing capacity. This puts heavy stress on the remaining teeth. The result is abnormal wear on the remaining teeth and fractured teeth, especially those with large fillings in them. It is not uncommon for a patient to enter my office missing several molars and now have numerous other back teeth that have fractured because of the additional bite forces imparted to them. A picture is worth a thousand words. This diagram depicts several dynamic changes that occur after a tooth is extracted. This can occur in several years following an extraction. A lower tooth was extracted from position 2. The overall problems that result are termed “leaning and extruding.” The teeth on either side of the extraction lean into the space. The upper tooth above the space extrudes down into the space (position 1.) The teeth transition from normal function to abnormal function. The teeth no longer bite squarely and impart traumatic forces onto each other (position 3) resulting 34


in tooth fracture and wear. Improper gaps form between teeth as they shift (position 5), causing food to trap in these areas, resulting in gum disease and tooth decay. Improperly positioned teeth that have shifted following an extraction can lead to stress and pain in the jaw joint Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at area, often referred to Fountian View Family Dentistry. He is a resident of Acworth and as “TMJ.” The jaw joint has practiced in Southwest works in conjunction with Cherokee County for over jaw muscles and the teeth 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor when chewing. Upper and for two nationally renowned lower teeth normally hit dental research companies. flat and slide front to back Office: (770) 926-0000 and side to side smoothly. Website: When teeth shift into poor positions following an extraction, premature contacts are created that disrupt smooth function and stress the jaw joint and jaw muscles, which can trigger pain and restrict a person from normal chewing. Treatment options to replace missing teeth include a bridge, an implant or a partial denture. A bridge is a natural looking prosthesis which is cemented over the teeth on either side of the missing tooth space. It does not come out. The false tooth is part of the prosthesis and sits on top of the gums in the missing tooth area and looks and feels very natural. An implant is a metal fixture inserted into the bone in the region of the missing tooth. A crown is then placed on top of the implant. A partial denture is a removable appliance that has plastic teeth on it to replace the missing teeth. Each of these treatment options has different advantages. Restoring a missing tooth maintains the natural order to the position and function of your teeth. Restoring a missing tooth early avoids the effects of significant tooth movement as seen in the diagram above. It is still possible to restore teeth once they have shifted significantly, as in the diagram above, but it requires more effort. In summary, tooth extractions result in tooth wear and tooth fracture due to heavier bite forces on the remaining teeth and improper function due to shifting teeth. Extractions also result in gum disease and tooth decay because of improper gaps that form due to shifting teeth. Joint pain and jaw muscle pain also can develop from improper tooth position and improper function. Paid Advertisement

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New Year’s Resolutions Time is really passing fast as I grow older and now it’s the first month of the year again. Looking back at my list of 2013 New Year resolutions, I think I manage to fulfill…err…maybe 20%? Well, it’s harder than I thought actually. It might be a better idea to lower my standards for 2014. I’ve been putting off my physical goals for a few years now, so it’s time that I get back to it! Adopting some of Dr. Sherri Ziomek these tips can help shake things up! • Eat more fruit and vegetable portions every day – Ugh, this one is tough for me, but some people love it. Trying to get the recommended portions of fruit and vegetables each day will keep you eating good foods all day and hopefully have you feeling more energized throughout the day. • Try a new sports activity – I have been putting off trying Zumba for 3 years now and about half the other classes that my gym offers. Trying something new might be fun, especially with friends! • Broaden your knowledge – While it’s important to maintain your physical fitness, it’s equally vital to exercise your mind if you want to enjoy a healthy and happy life. It might be beneficial to look into taking part in weekend classes (or even further education) to broaden your knowledge and work-out some sleepy brain cells.

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• Spend more time with your family – Another way of boosting your mental wellbeing is to enjoy more family-friendly activities. Whether playing a board game, day tripping or cooking with the kids, a supportive family environment will make you appreciate the simple pleasures in life more readily. • Enjoy regular chiropractic & spa therapies – What better way to relax your body after a tough day in the gym than an adjustment or soothing massage? Treating your body after exercise is essential if you want to prevent injuries and feel fresh the morning after. So, don’t skimp on your downtime... make chiropractic and spa therapy a regular habit this year! • Find more time for relaxation – If you really want to live a long and healthy life, make sure you don’t overdo it. Trying to squeeze as much out of each day is one thing, but missing your sleep just so you can spend an extra hour at the gym is just plain silly. Resting from exercise is vital if you want to avoid illness, so make sure you get some! Rather than being a chore, these resolutions should inspire you by opening your mind to new experiences. So this new year, revitalize your mind and body with some lifestyle changes, large and small. It could be the dawning of a new you! Dr. Sherri Ziomek graduated as Valedictorian from Life University. She has been involved with chiropractics since the age of ten. Even then, she realized the importance of regular chiropractic care; to feel and perform at her personal best. You may reach her at Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at (770) 423-9010.



Acworth Police Department Where did 2013 go? What a great year it was to be a part of our Acworth community and 2014 promises to be even better. This year will be a milestone for the Acworth Police as we prepare to move into our new facility this summer. As soon as we make the transition to the new 25,000 square foot facility next door, a remodeling project planned for our current building is set to begin. A courtroom expansion and new facilities for the Court Services staff, as well as some administrative space for our jail administration will be completed early in 2015.

Chief Wayne Dennard

With the pending move and the planned grand opening celebrations, this year will be one of the most exciting times to consider being a part of our Citizens Police Academy (CPA). Your participation in the CPA gives you dibs on being one of the first to see the new Acworth Police Department. We will also be calling on our CPA alumni to be on the frontlines assisting our personnel as we host the rest of the community during our grand opening celebration.

Citizen Police Academy registration forms will be available on the city’s website by the middle of this month, and classes are slated to begin on Tuesday, March 4. The CPA will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 9 p.m., for 12 weeks and will offer participants an opportunity to interact with officers and receive a basic understanding of the operations of our department and law enforcement in general. Topics will include criminal procedure, the court system, traffic law and enforcement, vehicle pullovers, criminal investigation, crime scene processing, drug enforcement, canine and special operations and use of force. The class will culminate with a trip to the shooting range and an opportunity to fire department issued weapons. After successful completion of the course, participants will be offered the opportunity to schedule a ride along during a tour of duty with an Acworth Police Officer. The CPA will fill up quickly as seating is limited, so do not procrastinate to get registered. If 2014 is the year that you will have a new driver in your house, consider joining us for one of our Parents Reducing Incidents of Driver Error (P.R.I.D.E.) classes. The P.R.I.D.E. program is a free, two-hour course designed to help parents and their future teen drivers with learner’s permits (ages 14 – 16), learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time. The P.R.I.D.E. curriculum includes teen driving facts and statistics, crash dynamics, the graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) process, and Georgia’s Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA). During the two-hour course, parents will receive instructions (and a take home guide) on what to do during the supervised driving practice time with their teen drivers, while their teens engage in a roundtable discussion about risky driving behaviors exhibited among teens. At the conclusion of the course, parents and teens will enter into an agreement to “Ride with P.R.I.D.E.” Go to the city’s website for more information and a registration form. The dates for the 2014 class offerings are: February 4 at 6:30 p.m., March 22 at 9 a.m., August 19 at 6:30 p.m., October 4 at 9 a.m. and on November 4 at 6:30 p.m. You can receive reminders about community information and other updates on police department happenings, including crime activity information, by liking the Acworth Police Department’s Facebook page.

City of Acworth – The First City in the Southeastern United States to Receive HEARTSafe Community Designation The City of Acworth is excited to be the recipient of the prestigious and internationally recognized HEARTSafe Community designation through the American Heart Association. Acworth will be the first city in the Southeastern U.S. to receive such designation. HEARTSafe Community is a public health initiative intended to help more people survive sudden outof-hospital cardiac arrests. This program is focused on strengthening the “chain of survival” as described by the American Heart Association. The City of Acworth has worked tirelessly to meet this rigorous criteria; which includes widespread CPR instruction, public access to defibrillators, and aggressive protocols for first responders and area hospitals. This program has proven to be so successful that other countries are focusing on meeting standards set forth by the HEARTSafe Community. This is a result of the excellent partnerships the City of Acworth has developed. Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service donated five defibrillators, Chattahoochee Technical College assisted with training aids and instructors, and Health and Safety Solutions donated instructors at no cost to the city. Kim Watt with the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department assisted with instructing classes and Captain Tony Bailey of the Acworth Police Department spearheaded this endeavor by facilitating the entire year long process, as well as teaching city workers and residents. Congratulations! 38


On December 14 & 15, despite the cold & rain, Cobblestone Golf Course hosted two golf tournaments for the Men’s Golf Association and the Junior Golfers, along with their parents. They collected and donated over 300 toys and proceeds of more than $1600 to the Acworth Police Department to help with local families in need. A big thank you to all the participants who made this a success. Take a look at the next two pages to see highlights from the shopping day at the police department. Visit for more pictures.

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The Acworth Police Department (APD) along with the generosity of community partners and citizens helped to provide 70 children, representing 27 local families in need, with toys, bikes, blankets, stuffed animals and gift cards. The gifts cards allowed many of the families to purchase clothing and food for the holiday season. And, at the end of the day, they were still able to provide a generous donation of toys to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Safe Path. There were nearly 500 gifts including bicycles and a gift wrappping station to help take the burden off of parents. Families carefully shopped throughout the day for just the right gifts. Helments were also given with each bicycle to provide safety for the child. The APD also selected a single mom with three children as their “Cop Tree” family this year. She was overwhelmed to see that Christmas for she and her family was completely covered by the police staff. A special thanks for all the donations, help and support goes out to Cobblestone Golf Course MGA & the Jr. Golfers & parents, Terry Harnage, Joyce Wilcox, the Allatoona Quilters Guild, Paulding County Sheriff’s Dept., Sprayberry High School, Walmart, Lee Gambrell & staff at Summit Baptist, Judge T. Payne, Kim Evans, Debbie Morris, Lisa Williams, Thomas Farrell, City of Acworth staff, Sergeant Mike Taylor and all the men & women of the APD, along with numerous citizens, who all helped make this event such a success. 40




What is Glaucoma?

Dr. Dylan Reach

Each year, more than 60 million Americans are at risk of developing glaucoma and nearly 3 million currently have glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Of those who have glaucoma, about half don’t even know it. This is because early-stage glaucoma displays no outward symptoms, such as pain or vision loss. The good news, however, is that there are tests that can be done to catch glaucoma early…before it has

done too much damage. Glaucoma is the progressive loss of optic nerve fibers. It often occurs when there is too much fluid in the eye, causing pressure to build up and eventually damage the optic nerve. This delicate structure at the back of the eye sends vision information to the brain, making it vital for good vision. Damage usually begins at the outer edges of the nerve, so untreated glaucoma can destroy peripheral vision (the top, bottom and sides of your view.) The factors that indicate an increased risk of developing glaucoma are: 1. Age – People over 60 2. Elevated Intraocular Pressure 3. Medical conditions – Diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis 4. Race – African Americans over 40 5. Previous eye trauma Many people may know of the “air puff” test or other tests used to measure eye pressure in an eye examination. But, this test alone cannot detect glaucoma. Acworth Family Eyecare is proud to offer the latest technology in detecting and monitoring glaucoma, nerve fiber layer analysis. This test is very fast and can be conducted without dilation. Damage from glaucoma is always preceded by loss and thinning of the nerve fiber layer. It often occurs when there is too much fluid in the eye, causing pressure to build up and eventually damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending vision information to the brain. Since this damage cannot be repaired, prevention is important. By accurately measuring the thickness of the nerve fiber layer and comparing the results to known glaucoma patients, we can quickly diagnose patients that may be at risk. If glaucoma is detected early, the chance of serious visual damage is reduced. We can also use this technology to diagnose patients with diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, as well as other diseases of the retina.

Dr. Dylan Reach

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With January being Glaucoma Awareness Month, now is the perfect opportunity to have a comprehensive eye health examination. We’re excited to offer the most state-of-the-art technology in the area to provide you with best care possible. Dr. Dylan Reach is in practice at Acworth Family Eyecare. For more information, contact them at (770) 974-3153 or visit

Why Start a New Home Addition? In my opinion, there are two main reasons to undertake a home addition. The first and most obvious is to add more living space, and the second is to add value to your real estate investment. Adding onto a home is a good way to increase the property’s market value. When it comes to planning such a home remodeling project, there are two key factors to Jeff Glover consider. The emotional factors are one and the financial factors are the other. These both play important roles in the decision making process.

Financial Factors: • Nearby home market values should to be reviewed. You can consult a real estate professional about additions or improvements that can positively affect the value of your home within your particular neighborhood. • Is your neighborhood desirable to buyers, or otherwise? • Will the home addition cost yield an increase in the value of your home? • Will financing be necessary and do you have access to a home improvement loan or a home equity loan?

Emotional Factors: • If this is your first home and are you attached to it? • What is its proximity to work, schools and shopping? • Did you raise your family there and do you plan on retiring in your home? • Do you like your neighbors? • Is the purpose of the addition to make your home more to your liking? • How much stress and disruption will you be willing to endure during the construction process? These are topics of discussion that you need to have with your whole family and have them involved in the decision because it will affect everyone in the home. If you would like to discuss your plans further, contact a General Contractor and walk them through your plans. If something seems out of kilter, he/she can guide you and help you through the process. Jeff Glover is a Georgia licensed and insured General Contractor. He is a lifelong resident of Cobb County who grew up in Marietta and has lived the last 15 years in the Acworth community. He has been in the construction industry for 17 years and is married to Melissa and they have two children, Brendan and Abigail. You can contact him at (404) 694-0550 or visit

ce a l P o N s ’ There h! t r o w c A e Lik I was born on October 1, 1944 at Kennestone hospital in Marietta. My first memories are of living in the home my dad and mom, Wade and Ruby Flanagan, purchased from Zack O’Daniel that was located at 606 Fowler Street. There was a dirt road in front of the home and we were four homes away from the railroad tracks. I guess you could say that I grew up on the “wrong side of the tracks”, but I would beg to differ. Our neighbors were the Harts, Robinsons, Kennedys, Williams, Deans, Odoms, Vaughns, Johnson’s and Gaytons. My sister Wilma and I used to walk over to Lance’s Store which was up Fowler Street and across the railroad crossing (which has since been closed). We would walk over to get our mail as our mailbox was located across Highway 41 from Lance’s store. Mr. Lance later sold the store to Mr. Harrison. We boarded the school bus that stopped there from the time I was in elementary school all the way through high school. My first day of school at Acworth School in 1950 was an adventure. Bobby Odom and I walked to school together that day. As we crossed the road that went to the Little Dam, my dad was on his way to work and they stopped the car and told us not to tarry but to walk on to school. We arrived, found our way to the first grade class, met our teacher, Miss Parker, and took our seats. That was the first day of eight years I attended Acworth School. After the eighth grade, Acworth High School and Kennesaw High School students moved to the new school, North Cobb High. We voted for our name, the Warriors, and our school colors, orange and white. My graduating class of 1962 was the first class to attend all four years at North Cobb. Our Fowler Street neighborhood was filled with kids, so we played softball, hide and seek, kick the can, and many other games. During the summer, I remember several of us would look for Coke bottles along the roads and turn them in for a deposit. We would also search for scrap iron and, once gathered, we would take it in a wagon up to the junk yard which was located on Highway 41 just North of Acme Lumber Company. We didn’t make a fortune, but the amount of candy you could buy for that small amount of money was amazing. With an eclipse of the moon in the summer, many of the neighborhood kids would stay outside to watch the celestial event. Most of us would leave and go to bed before actually seeing the eclipse. I remember the downtown area in the early fifties, the Legion movie theater owned by Red Hudson, Chandler’s Barber Shop, Ragsdale’s Coal and Ice Company, the Silver Trolley, Lanier’s Jewelry Store, Donahoo’s Appliance Store. Eaton’s Department Store and Green’s 5 & 10 cent Store both had wooden floors 44


Walter Flanagan that squeaked when you walked around. Doctor Cauble’s office was located on Main Street just South of Donahoo’s Store. Doctor McCall’s office was around the corner. Rabbit’s Q Room was on the corner. At the North end of town was Sam Pepper’s Furniture Store. The Western Auto was on Main Street next to the railroad crossing on Cherokee street (crossing now moved South). I seem to recall a bowling alley on the other side of the street, though I never went there. Across the railroad tracks at the intersection of Cherokee Street and Southside Drive was Jack Fowler’s Feed Store. One block behind Main Street was the Fire Department, City Hall, and, a little later, Parker’s Hardware. North of Sam Pepper’s Furniture Store on Main Street was a little building that housed Tow’s Shoe Shop, operated by Bill Tow’s father. Resoling and repairing shoes seems to be a lost art these days. Chandler’s Barber Shop was a place I visited about every six weeks for a haircut. The first chair was Aubrey Chandler, who owned the shop. The next chair was Oscar Hunt, and the third chair was Cebe Chandler. You could sit and wait for the next opening or you could wait for the barber you wanted to cut your hair. I also recall, in the very early fifties, the barber shop had a bath tub and shower in the back. You could pay to use the facility. We had indoor plumbing at our Fowler Street home, but many people didn’t in those days. My dad bought me a bicycle from the Western Auto in the very early fifties. He got a discount as it was scratched, and he rode it home because our family didn’t have a car. We either walked to town on Saturdays, which was just under one mile, or, if the weather was bad, called the taxi which was driven by Henry Guess. Many times, we would get a ride to Acworth with neighbors who had cars. The bicycle was my best friend as I could explore more and distant territory. Bobby Odom and I rode our bicycles to the theater in Acworth every Saturday morning to spend our 25 cent weekly allowance. We were always the first to arrive, and we left our bicycles on a steep bank located between the Silver Trolly and Sam Pepper’s Furniture Store. No one ever bothered our bikes. Can’t imagine you would do that today. We were the first ones in line every Saturday because, on the second row from the screen, in the middle of the row, were two padded seats. Those were OUR seats. It cost 14 cents to get in, five cents for a bag of popcorn, five cents for a large coke, and one cent for a Charms sucker. We were set for the day. The movies shown on Saturday were normally two westerns starring Roy Rogers, Rex Allen, Johnny Mack Brown, Lash LaRue, Whip Wilson or Allen Rocky Lane. Occasionally, there would be a Tarzan or Bomba, The Jungle Boy movie. There was always a cartoon first, maybe a Three Stooges or Leon Erroll short, a serial like Flash Gordon, Tim Tyler’s Luck or Ace Drummond. Then previews of coming attractions and finally, the movies. Sometimes, we would sit through them twice. I was fascinated by the movies!

In the mid-50s, Red Hudson opened a drive-in theater which was located off Lakewood Drive. My parents took us to the drive-in for several movies. I recall seeing the Five Fighting Sullivans with them. When they didn’t want to go, I would ride my bicycle over and sit in some of the outdoor seating. I remember when the movie Thunder Road, starring Robert Mitchum, came out. It was such a hit that Red Hudson said he would show it and another movie every Saturday night until people got tired of it. Let’s just say, I saw it more than once.

to the above named people, I worked with Harold Prather, Clyde Dean, Lanier Haynes, Barry Ragsdale, Bill Abbott, Bill Mathews, Larry Miller, Wally Plumley, J. L. Wilbur and his brother Melvin, and several others. I worked Friday afternoons after school until 8 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 8 pm. Coats and Clark Mill was located South of town as was the Mill Village. The ball field was located near Highway 41. Every year, Coats and Clark would have a huge bar-b-que for their employees and the community could also purchase tickets. Cost for the meal was reasonable, but I had a way to eat for free. Coats and Clark would invite the North Cobb High School Band to play at the event while people went through the serving line. After everyone was served, those of us in the band got to eat for free. I recall the smell of that bar-b-que to this day. They would begin cooking on Friday afternoon. After our Friday night football game at North Cobb, my dad would drive my sister and me through the grounds and by the pit where they were cooking. All the grates were covered with meat and men were moving about turning the meat and applying sauce. I knew what was coming the next day!

We started “moving on up” when my dad bought a 1947 Ford Club Coupe in 1954 and my mother purchased a Dumont Television in 1955. Prior to the television, my sister and I would listen to radio after we finished our school homework. We listened to the Lone Ranger, Amos and Andy, The Shadow and others. My mother worked for many years at Unique Knitting Mill. She worked from three pm until eleven pm as did our neighbor, Lucille Williams. They always walked to and from work together. My dad worked for Blair Aluminum Furniture Company in Marietta, and, later, C.W. Mathews Construction, also in Marietta. My sister and I didn’t know we were, what would later be called, “latch key kids”. We had assigned chores after Walter and his wife, Elaine we arrived home from school, and we took care of Acworth Beach was a place where we used to ride to those and then played outside with the neighbor kids. My on our bikes during the summer. We would swing in the swings sister would warm up the food my mother had left when my dad arrived and go swimming. A few times, on Friday nights, I remember home from work. That was our supper (that’s what we called it back riding over to the Acworth Beach and listening to a band playing then). There were no fast food restaurants, no microwaves, and no in the beach house. The parking lot was covered with cars and instant frozen meals in those days. we could see the people dancing inside. Occasionally, my dad would take my sister and me over to the beach after dinner so that I also remember our telephone, which we had from the very early we could enjoy the swings. When I was in the sixth grade, Miss fifties. We were on a party line with two of our neighbors. If the phone Helen Hartley was my teacher. We won some contest and got a rang once, you did not answer it. Our calls had two rings. Another free afternoon at the beach. It was the first time I ever swam out to neighbor had three rings. Sometimes, you would pick up the phone the raft. Wow, it was great climbing the ladder and standing on the to make a call and find a neighbor talking on the phone. You politely raft. Later, I would dive off and swim back where I could stand up hung up and waited until they finished their conversation before you in the water. could make your call. The “four lane highway” now called North Cobb Parkway, opened I believe in 1950 and the “Little Dam Road” took you over to the four lane. There you would find a Red Dot Supermarket and Abernathy’s Shell Service Station. After we got our car, we purchased groceries at the Red Dot. It’s a good thing the four lane was there because I remember Pumpkin Vine Creek flooded and closed old Hwy 41 during the fifties. In 1958, I began working for Dunn’s Supermarket. Ralph Dunn and his brother Clayton had a grocery store in downtown Acworth and my neighbor, James Johnson, drove the delivery truck. I got to ride the delivery truck with him on a couple of occasions and enjoyed it. Later, my neighbor Bobby Odom and I got a job there after Ralph moved the store South of town at the railroad crossing below the old bus station. My job was to bag and carry out groceries. I worked with Bobby, James Johnson, Ronald Abernathy, Lindford Meadows, Jerry Chandler, Junior DuPree and Ham McCall. In 1959, Ralph moved the store further South “down in the hole” on the right side of Main Street. A coin laundry was located next door. While working at Dunns, in addition

At some point after the mid-fifties I believe, Harrisons opened a grocery store right across the street from the railroad terminal. Bobby Jarrett and his dad worked there. Of course, there was competition for customers between Harrisons and Dunns where I worked. In the late fifties, could have been early sixties, there was a challenge issued by some of the employees for a soft ball game at Coats and Clarks field. I remember playing in the “Dunns vs. Harrisons” game, but I don’t remember who won! Currently, I live a couple hours from Acworth but every time I visit, I drive all around town, to the beach, by Acworth School, all around town, and the memories flood back. I point out to my wife what “used to be there,” and, of course, there’s always a story connected to that location. I go to Liberty Hill Cemetary to visit my parents graves, and I see the old Fowler Street neighbors are there too. There’s a feeling you get when you go home, and I have only wonderful memories of growing up in Acworth in the fifties. And I have to agree — There’s No Place Like Acworth! (As told by Walter Flanagan himself.)

Acworth WOMEN’S center

Life: A Sacred Gift A little baby boy with spina bifida watches as a large shape draws towards him en utero. The skilled surgeon sealing the hole in his back smiles as the little one grasps his hand. An elderly grandmother settles down for her next round of chemotherapy. She is determined to be there when her granddaughter walks across the stage and takes that well-deserved diploma. Life — it surrounds us and makes us who we are. Our families, friends and even strangers all share in it. In birthdays we celebrate it and in funerals we honor it. It is a sacred gift from our Creator. It is our journey and our song. Life is a gift. As I finish serving a special lady with many needs who lacks in possessions but is rich in love towards everyone, I am reminded that our lives are to be lived to the fullest and that every day we are making a choice. “. . .I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” – Deut 30:19 Young and old, rich and poor, in ordinary moments and in extraordinary, we all share in the beauty and wonder of life as it animates us, surrounds us and carries us forward into new experiences. As we begin 2014, and in a special way on January 19, Sanctity of Life Sunday, let us be aware of the beauty of the life we possess and the precious lives of all those around us! Be robust in your living, honor life in your choices and tell your story!

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American Legion Post 304 Imagine being a high school student standing in front of an audience and giving an 8-10 minute prepared speech on a facet of the U.S. Constitution. You are introduced by a number (no name), no microphone, no notes. With the pressure of knowing you are being timed and judged on your speech. Later, your next challenge is to give a 3 – 5 minute speech on an assigned topic…with only five minutes to prepare before you are to speak. That will happen every year starting in February at American Legion Posts all over the country. Welcome to the American Legion Oratorical Contest. The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner receives an $18,000 scholarship. Second place receives $16,000 and third receives $14,000. Each Department (state) winner is eligible to participate in the national contest’s first round and receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The top three winners in the Post, District and Area level contests receive scholarship money as well. Scholarships can be used at any college or university in the United States. Since 1991, Post 304 has enriched the lives of over 100 students participating in the Post Level contest. Post 304 is reaching out to all the local high school students for participants in the 2014 Oratorical Contest. For more information, please contact Ron Mazzola at God Bless America, Commander Ron

Donations can be mailed to: North Cobb Post 304 PO Box 15 Kennesaw, GA 30156-0015 or via the “Donate Tab” on the Post website:

“Make It Happen”

“Make It Happen”

December Luncheon “A Month of Giving”

The Acworth Business Association (ABA) is an organization comprised of business owners and local business professionals located in Acworth, Kennesaw, West Cobb and Cartersville. The ABA is where the community and businesses meet. The ABA has given over $20,000 to our schools and community in 2013 and we will continue doing so and help our businesses grow at the same time. For our businesses, we offer over 75 networking events a year. The January events are: • • • • • •

Mike Linch (left) was honored as the ABA Person of the Year and Mike Schroeder (right) of Carraba’s Italian Restaurant was named ABA Business of the Year. Thank you both for all the support and dedication to the ABA and to the Acworth community.

January 9, 10:30 a.m. at North Star Church: Lagniappe: Intro to ABA and Networking January 9, 11:30 a.m. at North Star Church: Monthly Luncheon: Speaker Doug Grady, Author of the Ripple Effect January 14, 7:45 a.m. at Panera Bread: ABA Morning Jolt: Open Referral Networking; attendees closed over 75K in business in 2013. January 14, 3 p.m. at Fast Eddie’s: Leads Exchange: Open Referral Networking January 16, 5:30 p.m. at Oak Barrel: Alive After Five; Social Networking January 30, 11:30 a.m. at Henry’s Louisiana Grill: Fifth Thursday Luncheon; Topic: What is Branding?

I cannot make all this of happen alone. I have the honor of serving with some great people. The 2014 Board of Directors are: Marvon Williams with American Family Insurance, James Albright with City of Acworth, Brandon Douglas with the City of Acworth, Todd Lollis with Freedom Church, Andrew Windham with College Planning Institute, Marlon Longacre with Piedmont Church, Hanna Pintozzi with Acworth Women’s Center and American Book Company, Kelly Wilson with Edward Jones, Jude Dooley with NW YMCA, Nicolle Williams with Dogwood Forrest, Laura Ann Hart with Quickie Coupons, Mark Zangari with Dollar Wise Cartridge and Eric Green with Paycor. We look forward to you joining us this year. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Make It Happen in 2014!

School of the Month was Lewis Elementary – Pictured top: Principal Kristi Kee, Lani, Brianna & Teacher of the Year Mala Pepper. Sitting: Tres, Alex & Bennett

School of the Month was Picketts Mill Elementary – Pictured L-R: Robbie Douglas, Elizabeth, Principal Jenny Douglas & Abby. (Not Pictured Teacher of the Year Angela Hicks)

For more information on how to become a member and impact your business, please contact our Executive Director of Membership, Mark Zangari at or myself at Jay White 2014 ABA President

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December Luncheon — “A Month of Giving”

Malcolm Wood, owner of Barbecue Street, catered the luncheon. Pictured with Catering Manager, Chad Jensen and Don Jensen.

School of the Month was McCall Primary – Principal Thomas Farrell and Teacher of the Year Stephanie Smith

2013 ABA Board of Directors were recognized for their year of service and dedication to the ABA.

2014 ABA President Jay White presents outgoing ABA President Sheri Brante with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her service.

Alive After Five held at Center Street Tavern

Suzy Phillips, co-owner of Center Street Tavern hosted the December Alive After Five. Pictured with Jay White, ABA President.

Frank Niemeir, Tori Boyd, Tracilla Lorens and Mark Zangari

Brian Bulthuis and Don Kyle

Danielle Hilderbrand, Dr. Richard Rosenberger and Kim Wigington

Jay Thomas and Ryan Blythe

Ben & Sue Lackey

Richard Beard, Tricia & Steve Lowther

Lynn Burns and Maureen Bretherton

Alexandra Carpanzano, Kelly Wilson and Kevin Marcy

Ken Adams and Rusty Draper

Dacia Sferra and Cassandra Bickel

Chris Heuser, Sherry Hale, Brenda & Bill Borden and Sue Picardi

Stacey Floro, Jimmy G and Cheryl Young

S omeone . N ot E veryone . One of my favorite stories in the Bible is written about in the book of Acts. During a season of growth and momentum, the author writes: 1One day Peter & John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer — at three in the afternoon. 2Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where J. R. Lee he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. 9Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. (Acts 3:1-9) I love this story and what it can still mean for you and me during 2014. It’s a brand new year. It’s a brand new start with brand new opportunities. My desire as I progress throughout this year is to keep my eyes open for the opportunities and needs that will present themselves this year. If you are anything like me, there are times when you wish you had more resources so that you could more readily meet the needs of people around you. Don’t you wish you could help every single person and invest in every worthy cause? The problem is that we can’t, and no matter how many resources we have at our disposal, that will never change. Don’t get discouraged. You can’t give what you do not have. No one expects you to do so. You can’t do for everyone, but I am willing to bet that you can do for someone. Instead of worrying about all the people you can’t extend a hand to this year, let’s concentrate on those that we can. Throughout our lives there have been people that have helped us up. Parents have invested time and substantial resources. Teachers have taught you and put up with your antics. The list goes on and on. Everyone has had someone invest in them along the way. During 2014, let’s do the same for others. You can’t do it for everyone, but you can do it for someone. J.R. Lee is the Pastor of Freedom Church, located at 3611 Cobb Parkway in Acworth. You may reach J.R. by calling the church at (770) 529-6006 or visit Also, check out his blog at



R esolutions — T he T ruth and T he M yth Well, it looks like we have successfully come through the holidays and are now into another new year. Growing up, I had always heard about and sometimes made New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately as with most of us, I seem to have been excited about the New Year and all the things I was going to do and maybe change. But long about spring, those things Grady Clark drifted off into the distant memories of the past and I found myself in the same routines that I had resolved to change. Now I do understand that with enough motivation we can make some resolutions stick, but the truth is, the reality of change doesn’t often match up to the image we have created in our mind and in our own strength. It’s just easier to fall back into the same patterns we have always known rather than taking the harder path to do something different. Maybe the reason we tend to miss the mark on our resolutions is that we are looking to ourselves and our own abilities to accomplish something that we want, rather than what God wants for us. The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” What does it mean to be in Christ? It means to submit our will to His and allow Him to direct our paths to accomplish all He has for us. A lot of our plans to change have more to do with the physical side of our needs — our weight, our image or what will make us feel better about ourselves. The truth is those things are of little importance according to what the Bible tells us. Matthew 6:25 says: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” Maybe, rather than making resolutions regarding our physical or material needs, we can concentrate on the new creation we already are in Christ. Spend time reading and meditating on the richness of God’s word, allowing Him to do the work in us and through us rather than trying to do it ourselves. So, the myth (determined by previous years of experience) is we set our resolutions, and we will stick with them and make them happen. The proof is in the pudding. The truth is when submitted to Him: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Grady Clark is the pastor of Calvary Chapel River Oaks which currently meets at Brookwood Christian Academy, located at 4728 Wood St. in Acworth on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Visit their website at

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BAPTIST Antioch Baptist Bible Church 5871 Glade Road, (770) 529-1546 Pastor: Dr. Edward Kirsche, Sr.

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Awtrey-Westwood Baptist Church 5855 Awtrey Church Road NW, (770) 974-0023 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Loy Frix


Calvary Baptist Church of Acworth 4361 Westside Drive, (770) 974-4965 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Cedarcrest Church 4600 Cobb Pkwy NW, (678) 460-3500 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Adult & Children’s: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Student Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: George Wright Christ’s Baptist Church 5496 Highway 92, (678) 744-8222 Meets at Furtah Prep School Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Aaron Johnson First Baptist Church of Acworth 4583 Church Street, (770) 974-3021 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. David M. Joyner Harvest Baptist Church 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-9091 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Dan Reed Hickory Grove Baptist Church 2862 Hickory Grove Road Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Wendell King

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church @ Cedarcrest 3950 Cobb Parkway, Suite 604, (678) 460-3510 Keystone Baptist Church Meets at Russom Elementary School 44 Russom Elementary Ln., (678) 230-5317 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Terry Nelson Morning View Baptist Church 3750 Dallas Acworth Hwy (770) 443-5600 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wed. Svc: 7:15 p.m. Pastor: Sammy Burgess Mount Olivet Baptist Church 2385 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 974-8335 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6 p.m. Pastor: Michael A. Smith New Hope Baptist Church 3814 New Hope Church Road, (770) 312-5562 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Richard Goodwin Piney Grove Baptist Church 1605 Mars Hill Road, (770) 428-5122 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Scotty Davis Redemption Baptist Church 4160 New Hope Church Road, (770) 529-0509 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Jerry Black Sardis Missionary Baptist Church 2741 S. Main St., Kennesaw, (770) 428-4031 Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Pastor: James Holloway Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane, (770) 975-4595 Sunday Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services:  11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Scott Miller Thankful Baptist Church 928 Kennesaw Due West, Kenn. Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: John Harris

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Hickory Heights Baptist Church 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, (404) 488-3667 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Phil Miller

The Entire Bible Baptist Church 4980 North Cobb Parkway (770) 926-1464 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Bill Avery

Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. &  6 p.m. Sunday Alive Groups: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Wed. Services: Youth/6:30 p.m. & Adults/7 p.m. Pastor: Mike Maxwell

Three Taverns Church 3575 Acworth Due West Road, (678) 856-8002 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Doug Burrier

Iron Hill Baptist Church 5172 Groovers Landing Road, (770) 974-2951 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. (Child.) 10 a.m. (Adult) Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dan Guider

Victory Baptist Church 5717 Priest Road, Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Bro. Donald E. Lewis


West Ridge Church 3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy., (770) 222-2125 Sunday Services: 9, 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Pastor: Brian Bloye Western Hills Baptist Church 700 Mars Hill Road, Kennesaw, (770) 425-7118 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Pastor: Steve Baskin Wildwood Baptist Church 4801 Wade Green Road NW, (770) 428-2100 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Ric Cadle Zion Hill Baptist Church 4255 Taylor St., (770) 974-8221 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Frank Johnson, Jr.

EPISCOPAL Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Ed: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. www. St. Teresa's Episcopal Church 5725 Fords Road, (770) 590-9040 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 5:30 p.m.

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witness 3795 Lakeview Way, NW (770) 975-1266

JUDAISM Chabad Jewish Center of Acworth (678) 460-7702 Shabbat services: 1st Saturday of each month at 10 a.m., Last Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Rabbi: Zalman Charytan Congregation Ner Tamid (678) 264-8575 Friday night Shabbat Services on the Second and Fourth Friday of every month.

LUTHERAN Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road, (770) 425-6726 Sunday Services: 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: John Schubert First United Lutheran Church 3481 Campus Loop Rd., Kennesaw (770) 427-0325 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Tony Prinsen

PRESBYTERIAN Acworth Presbyterian Church 4561 Church Street, (770) 974-6552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tara Bulger Christ Community Church Meets at Kennesaw Comm. Ctr., (770) 529-2600 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Mike Glass

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church USA 618 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 427-3545 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Catherine Cavazos

Calvary Chapel River Oaks Meets at Brookwood Christian Academy 4728 Wood Street, (770) 881-4862 or (678) 977-0087 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Grady Clark

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church 3385 Mars Hill Road NW, (770) 974-4395 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:40 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Bryant C. Harris

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.; Prayer Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jason Tomczak


Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Sunday Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. 5095 Holt Road NW, (770) 975-1788

St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church 1618 Ben King Road, NW, (770) 428-7139 Saturday Vigil: 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7 & 9 a.m., 12, 2 & 5 p.m. Pastor: Rev. John M. Matejek

Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford


Eagle Pointe Church 5100 Old Stilesboro Road, (770) 421-1643 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Howard Koepka

Acworth United Methodist Church 4340 Collins Circle, (770) 974-3312 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: James Gwin

Empowerment Worship Center 2012 Hickory Grove Road, (770) 609-9062 Sunday Celebration: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Deanna Fountain-Breeden

County Line United Methodist Church 1183 County Line Road, NW, (770) 428-0511 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Scott Pickering

Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: J. Tommy White, Jr.

Due West Methodist 3956 Due West Road, (770) 427-3835 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:39 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:39 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tom Davis

Four Points Church Meets at Picketts Mill Elementary 6400 Old Stilesboro Road, (678) 402-6632 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Brent Stephens

Kennesaw United Methodist Church 1808 Ben King Road, (770) 428-1543 Sunday Service: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 & 11 a.m. Tuesday: 7 p.m. REVIVE Pastor: Wallace Wheeles

Freedom Church 3611 Cobb Parkway (770) 529-6006 Pastor: J.R. Lee

New Beginnings United Methodist Church 2925 Mack Dobbs Road, (770) 421-9980 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Scott Brown

OTHER CHURCHES Activation Church 3415 Old Highway 41, Suite 720, Kennesaw Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Aram Mushegan Acworth Christian Church 4476 Northside Drive, (770) 974-1358 Acworth Church of God of Prophecy Ministry 3891 Nance Road NW, (770) 975-1124 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Rev. John Paul Benning Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Pastor: Steve Pettit

Gateway Church 1455 Ben King Road, (770) 423-0982 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Andy Smith Household of Faith Bible Church Meets at North Cobb Christian School, (770) 365-6723 4500 Lakeview Drive Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: L. Keith Lewis Joshua Gospel Tabernacle 4161 Southside Drive, Sunday Bible Study:  9:45 a.m.; Sunday Service:  11 a.m., Wed. Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Tim Houston Kellogg Creek Church of Christ 3510 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-2814 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m., Wed. Service: 7:30 p.m. LifeBridge Church 3102 Loring Road, (770) 422-3010 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Aaron Gable

Mission For Life Church Meets at Pitner Elementary School, (678) 549-8070 4575 Wade Green Rd. Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m. Pastor Kim C. Moore Mount Olives Church of God 5065 Cherokee Street, (678) 651-9042 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Reneau Luzincourt New Covenant Full Gospel Inc 5653 Priest Road, (770) 974-0685 NorthStar Church 3413 Blue Springs Road, (770) 420-9808 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Mike Linch Northwest Christian Church 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy, (770) 425-2525 Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Ron Mobley Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Christian Living Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry Baker Refuge Ministries 2714 Valleyhill Drive, (770) 975-5733 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Sr. Pastor: Bishop Vincent J. Jones River’s Edge Church 3450 Acworth Due West Road NW, (678) 318-1918 Sunday Bible Class: 8:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Hispano Servicio Domingo: 2 p.m. Pastor: David Moore River of Life Church Meets at Northwest Family YMCA, (770) 598-4090 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Pastor: Randy McGovern www. RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road, (678) 384-5200 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Tom Tanner Sanctuary Church 700 Mars Hill Road, (770) 884-1963 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Craig Bowler Unity of Kennesaw Meets at Big Shanty Elementary, (770) 422-9552 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service & Youth Ministry: 11 a.m. Rev. Kelly Thomas Victory North Church Meets at Palmer Middle School, (770) 794-7366 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Jeff Hidden Vintage 242 Church 8492 Hiram Acworth Highway, (678) 383-2299 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Steve Hambrick

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St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 680 West Memorial Drive, (770) 443-0566 Saturday Vigil: 4 & 6 p.m. (6 p.m. En Espanol) Sunday: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Rev. Adrian Pleus

Cobb Vineyard Church 3206 Old Highway 41, (678) 574-0005 Sunday Services: 10 & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Thomas Cooley

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road, (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Donna Lucas

The Joint (678) 574-5959 3384 Cobb Parkway, Suite 450

Advertising Acworth Community Magazine (770) 529-1516 3459 Acworth Due West Road, #121, Acworth

Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community Cover, 20 (678) 831-4999 4461 S. Main Street, Acworth

Attorneys/Legal Services James D. Haley 9 (770) 974-1494 4807 S. Main Street, Acworth

Automotive 16

Military Mom Home and Window Cleaning (678) 287-9896 Execuclean (678) 772-2073

Angel Oak Funding (770) 870-0644

Daycare 3

Acworth Family Dentistry 11 (770) 974-8211 3104 Creekside Village Drive, # 301, Kennesaw

Business Consulting ADVOCOS (678) 213-0649 ext. 302

Small BIZZ MBA (404) 580-6331


Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners 43

Chiropractors Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation (770) 423-9010 3940 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw




Dr. Daniel Lee DMD, PC (770) 974-4146 4427 Carnes Street, Acworth


Fountain View Dentistry (770) 926-0000 1816 Eagle Drive, Woodstock


Williams Orthodontics (770) 592-5551 145 Towne Lake Parkway, #201, Woodstock

Ryan Family Chiropractic Wellness Center 51 (678) 664-4028 3330 Cobb Parkway NW, Suite 332, Acworth

Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery (770) 422-7299 2950 Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw

Georgiana’s Professional Skin Care (404) 406-3034 3950 Cobb Pkwy, Suite 904 jSpa Massage (678) 574-3810 3450 Cobb Parkway, Ste 190


Massage Therapy at Brookstone (770) 317-3040 Massage Envy (770) 974-0880 3384 Cobb Parkway Opulence Aesthetic Medicine (770) 591-3429 600 Chastain Road, #224, Kennesaw Signature Salon and Spa (678) 403-1949

Bascomb United Methodist Preschool 16 (770) 926-0397 2295 Bascomb Carmal Road, Woodstock Brookwood Christian Academy (678) 401-5855 4728 Wood Street, Acworth

Georgia Funeral Care & Cremation (678) 574-3016

Lavida Massage (678) 354-1161


Lake City Chiropractic (770) 529-0566 4500 S. Main Street, #104, Acworth North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute (678) 574-5679 3451 Cobb Parkway, Acworth

Dr. R. Glenn Reece, DMD (770) 429-8989 2320 Baker Road, Acworth

Health & Beauty


Buck’s Barber Shop (770) 966-0504 8876 Dallas Acworth Highway, Suite 110

Life Quest Fitness (678) 973-0635

Funeral Home/cemetery

Kids Day Care (678) 208-7608

Barber Shop

Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991



Banking/Financial Services



Computer Services/Repair GhostNet, Inc (770) 852-2292


entertainment Sky Zone (678) 426-4400 1650 Grist Lake Road, Kennesaw

Thrive Counseling 3 (678)986-1816 3105 Creekside Village Dr., Ste 706, Kennesaw

KAMS Auto Service Center (770) 529-0330 4978 N. Cobb Parkway, NW

DeRiche Agency, Inc. (678) 490-3761 3175 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw North Cobb Christian School (770) 975-0252

Cleaning Home/Business

Assisted Living

AutoBuffs Express Carwash (678) 213-1313






Heating & Air Conditioning Reliable Heating (770) 594-9969 Thermo-Tech HVAC & More (404) 490-9564 Acworth, GA 30101


Home Improvement/Repair & Service Dr. Fixit, Ph.D. (770) 974-2390


Jeffrey C. Glover (404) 694-0550


The Mad Hatter (770) 740-8133 5220 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta


Retail stores IBC

Photo LaB Create A Memory (770) 974-3686


Pest Control IFC

Hole-in-One Pest Solutions (770) 445-2215


Pet Services Happy Trails Pet Center (678) 402-5025 4451 Acworth Industrial Drive www.

Jewelry/Appearal Glitz & Glamour (770) 529-4993 4857 N. Main Street, #210, Acworth

Pet Play Pace (770) 919-8738 2687-c McCollum Parkway, Kennesaw

Lawn Maintenance/Landscaping 9

Martial Arts/Self Defense Georgia Wing Chun Kung Fu (770) 324-4385 (770) 324-0895

Optometrist/Eyewear Acworth Family Eyecare 42 (770) 974-3153 3459 Acworth Due West Road, #101, Acworth Pearle Vision (770) 607-1449 239 Market Place Blvd, Cartersville




Governors Family Medical Group (770) 975-9077 4900 Ivey Road, #1826, Acworth


Golden Rugs (770) 966-0801 3335 Cobb Parkway, Suite 800


Russell Ventures (678) 574-9805 322 Northpoint Parkway, Suite D, Acworth


Simple Elegance 3450 Cobb Parkway, Suite 200


Solavei (404) 778-2555


SOHO Office (678) 574-7444


Vape Life (678) 702-3224 3265 Cobb Parkway, Suite 3, Acworth


Cookies by Design (770) 578-0200


J.D.’s Bar-B-Que (770) 974-8437 4424 South Main Street, Acworth


Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (678) 501-6012 3450 Cobb Pwky NW


Mangos Japenese Restaurant (770) 693-6770 2535 Hickory Grove Rd. Sutie 109



Northside Hospital (770) 720-5100 201 Hospital Road, Canton


Skin Cancer Specialist (770) 422-5557 Vinings Surery Center (770) 955-9000

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Rico’s Mex Mex Grill (770) 917-9791 3770 Southside Drive, Acworth


Weight loss Atlas Physical Medicine (678) 374-441 5505 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth

Plumbers The Plumbing Doctor (770) 516-9000

Foot Solutions (770) 575-2238 3450 Cobb Parkway, Suite 170

Restaurants/Food Services

Physicians and Medical Services

WellStar (770) 956-STAR (7827)

Painting Steve’s Painting (770) 231-9494

Bill Kettering Photography (770) 509-9280

Critter Catchers (770) 424-3080

American Family Insurance (770) 627-3493 4344 Southside Drive, Suite A, Acworth

Lawn Doctor of Acworth (770) 517-2129



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January 2014 Issue  

The January 2014 issue is now online featuring the Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community on pages 20-21. Be sure to check out the pictur...

January 2014 Issue  

The January 2014 issue is now online featuring the Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community on pages 20-21. Be sure to check out the pictur...