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Kandrac & Kole Interiors Designs, Inc. Ribbon Cutting The City of Acworth held a ribbon cutting for Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. Mayor Tommy Allegood congratulated Kelly Kole and Joann Kandrac on their new location at 4366 Senator Russell Ave., (founded originally in August 2005.) It is a full service residential interior design firm. Currently they are working on projects that vary from little girls bedroom to renovating a vacation lake home to redesigning a master bedroom suite. Several requests have recently come in for outdoor living projects. While open by appointment only, they welcome your call anytime! For more information, call (770) 514-9699 or visit

Lakeside Gun Shop Ribbon Cutting Recently, the City of Acworth hosted a ribbon cutting for Lakeside Gun Shop. Mayor Allegood welcomed owner Kristina Brown on her new business. City staff and members from area law enforcement agencies, as well as the public were in attendance. Lakeside Gun Shop sells a variety of major brand fire arms, sporting goods and Head Down riffle products. It is located at 3335 Cobb Parkway, Suite 820, in the same complex as Best Buy. For more information, call (770) 974-6888 or visit

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Ribbon Cutting The City of Acworth hosted a ribbon cutting for Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Mayor Allegood congratulated owners, Randy Elias and Scott Paton on their new business. Menchie’s frozen yogurt is located at 3348 Cobb Parkway. 6

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Customers serve themselves the perfect yogurt mix by choosing from a variety of flavors and more than 40 toppings. You can mix all the flavors and toppings you want, place it on the scale and pay by the ounce. Menchie’s also has two party rooms available for booking. For more information, call (770) 5293221 or visit

MidTown Tire Ribbon Cutting Last month, the City of Acworth hosted a ribbon cutting for MidTown Tire (Good Year Tire & Service) located on 4905 Regions Drive off Baker Road. Alderman Tim Houston congratulated Robert Spence, Owner; and Steve Sweat, Manager, on their new business. MidTown Tire is a full service facility. For more information, please visit their website at www. or call (770) 975-5757.

CONTEST CORNER Congratulations to Nadine Lacy for being the first to find the phrase “your satisfaction our concern” located on page 37. Nadine won a $25 gift certificate to Adriana’s Kitchen Store.

***Win $20 to LoriBell’s Frozen Custard*** For this month’s contest, be the first to find the April Fool’s joke. Find this hidden picture: If you’re the first to call (770) 529-1516 or email with the correct answer, you will win a $20 gift card to LoriBell’s Frozen Custard. (Leaving a message DOES qualify you to be a winner.) Contest rules: A player is eligible to win once every 12 months.

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Endicott named “Officer of the Year” The Acworth Police Department recognized Detective Beth Endicott as the “Officer of the Year.” Detective Endicott was honored for her investigative skills and efforts, which led to the arrest and pending extrication of a registered sex offender, who was discovered at a local playground. Congratulations!

Acworth Football and Cheerleading Registration Online Registration for the 2011 Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association is now underway! The AFCA provides competitive and instructional football and cheerleading opportunities for children between the ages of five and twelve. Teams are grouped according to age and weight. Football players are placed on teams with other children of similar skill and experience. For more information, visit aprd or call (770) 917-1234.

Spring Preschool Sports Camp The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department will be having a spring edition of Preschool Sports Camp. This is a noncompetitive program to help three and four year olds develop basic skills for sports programs in the future. Let your child discover their potential to be the next big homerun hitter, soccer goal scorer and/or basketball superstar. Sessions are every Thursday morning from 9 — 9:45 a.m., April 14 — June 9. The fee for City Residents is $50 and for NonCity Residents is $65. Register online at or call (770) 917-1234.

Acworth Police Offering Free PRIDE Teen Driving Class The Acworth Police Department is offering a FREE two-hour class on Saturday, April 23, from 9 — 11 a.m. The PRIDE class is for teens and their parents and is sponsored by the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The course is designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 1416, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This is a program that addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior, rather than a technical hands-on driver training course. For more class dates, information or to register (which is required), visit 8

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Old Acworth Jail Memorabilia The Acworth Police Department (APD) is seeking items for display in the “Old Acworth Jail” located on Senator Russell Ave. The department is asking local residents to look through their belongings and see if they would have any items that might assist them in documenting the history of the APD and the old jail facility. Items of interest include old photos, newspaper articles and Acworth Police items such as uniforms, badges, etc. Photos and other such items can be copied and returned to the owner. Other items will be placed on display in the old jail. The “Old Jail’ facility was built in 1935 and was in use as a jail facility until 1995. The APD is committed to preserving this facility as a piece of the history of not only the police department but the Acworth community as well. The building which still contains the original cells is listed as an historical landmark. For more information or to donate any items, contact Officer Jeff Rose at (678) 801-4073 or email

Junior Warrior Football Registration The North Cobb Junior Warriors will hold registration for Spring football on Saturday, April 23 & 30, from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. at the NCHS Varsity football field concession stand. The session will run from May 1 — 21 and is for current students, grade 5 — 7. During the Spring session, participants will learn fundamentals, agility, offensive and defensive schemes from the NCHS Varsity and Middle School coaching staffs. Players will participate in two Jamboree game sessions against several of the other local Middle school programs. Come be a part of the exciting North Cobb Junior Warrior program! For more information, visit

Calling all Runners! The 9th Annual Hoya & The Hare road race will take place on Saturday, April 23rd. The race course is on Due West and Old Mountain Roads between Harrison High School (HHS) and Lost Mountain Middle School (LMMS). The 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the award winning HHS Marching Band. Don’t like to run? You can also support the race by being a phantom runner. Winners will be chosen for each bracket. Entry fees are $18 per event and must be received by April 10. There is a nominal fee to register on-line. Late registration ($23) will be in person only at HHS. For more information or to register, visit www.

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ONLY $20 TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP BUT HAS NEVER BEEN TO A CHIROPRACTOR BEFORE (Or Hasn’t Been In A Long Time) Dear Friend, If you’ve ever thought about going to a chiropractor but you’ve hesitated because you weren’t sure it was right for you please read on… My name is Dr. Amy Valente. I would like to show my heartfelt thanks to the community with the announcement of Community Health Week. It’s my way of saying THANK YOU to the people who have been so helpful and mean so much. I hope this will benefit you and yours. I have agreed to “give away” (to anyone who asks for it) $200 worth of my services for only $20. That’s right-$20. In the years that I have been practicing I have helped many people in the North Georgia area feel better and live healthier, more productive lives through chiropractic care. I would now like to introduce you to the many benefits my profession has to offer. For instance, chiropractic care may be able to help you if you are suffering from any of the following conditions. • Low back pain • Neck Pain • Migraines • Sciatica • Herniated discs • Degenerated discs • Shoulder/arm pain • And a whole host of other problems, ranging from TMJ to carpal tunnel. These symptoms can be caused whenever the vertebrae in your spine are out of alignment, because this “misalignment” directly affects your nervous system. Fortunately, if you are suffering from such problems or similar conditions right now, they may be relieved or eliminated by proper chiropractic treatment (commonly called “adjustments”). So if you’ve always wanted to “check out” chiropractic care and see what is in it for you, now is the best time because….. Right now $20 will get you all the services I normally charge my new patients $200 for! What does this include? Everything. Take a look at what you’ll get…. • An in-depth private consultation about your health and well being. • A chiropractic spinal examination…. • A set of specialized X-rays to determine if a misalignment in your spine

is causing your pain or symptoms… (NOTE: Nobody gives these kinds of X-rays FREE. They would usually cost $100)… • An analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results so we can see what needs to be done to help. • Helpful literature that shows how your body works and why you experience pain… • Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you…. The appointment will not take long at all. And like I said, we normally charge $200 for this (most of which just covers the cost of the set of X-rays). But now, as a part of this one time offer, you can come in and find out for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it can help you eliminate the pain you are feeling. Before you come in, though, you’ll probably want to know a little bit about me. So let me tell you…. MEET THE DOCTOR Prior to obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life University in Marietta, GA, I received my B.S. degree from Excelsior College. I am nationally and state board certified in Chiropractic and Physiotherapy. I am one of the few doctors in this area that performs specific Activator analysis technique for the treatment of degenerative discs, scoliosis, herniated discs just to name a few. I have happily donated my time to organizations such as MUST Ministries, YWCA (Domestic Violence Shelter for Women), and Ross Memorial. I am very proud to be a wife and mother of four boys and a member of Liberty Church in Marietta, GA. DOES CHIROPRACTIC REALLY WORK Absolutely! When you come in I’ll provide you with studies that show why chiropractic is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof ” on how well chiropractic works is what our patients say about it.

ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS AND BACK PAIN Although Chiropractic care has been an enormous help to me and my family for 30 years when I met the doctor’s at NLCC I was not currently under care. As I started getting adjusted again the relief was almost immediate! I was suffering from soreness, stiffness and sleepless nights. “Feeling better ” affects everything in life and helps us cope with the daily stresses. I suppose I am most amazed by knowing that one’s spine has to do with every part of the body. God made us that way-“fearfully & wonderfully made” (Ps.139) Your Friend, Pastor Ron Mobley TMJ & HEADACHES I was in a lot of pain when I started coming for my adjustments at NLCC. I suffered with pain in my jaw and severe headaches. Now that I have been receiving chiropractic care my pain has decreased tremendously and I don’t have to worry about constant headaches. I can walk my dog without pain and my posture has gotten better. My husband is also very pleased with my progress. I am thrilled at how quickly I have improved due to chiropractic care and I love the positive caring atmosphere they have in the office. Thank you, Denine Wolden KNEE PAIN/SLEEPLESSNESS The reason why I came into the office was because I was having knee pain and I was not sleeping very well at night. I am now getting 3-4 more hours of sleep at night and my knees have gotten a lot better. I interact more with my family and I can ride my bike with my granddaughter. I feel 100% better. The doctors and staff here at NLCC really do what they say and are very professional and friendly. Chiropractic care really works great! Thanks, Thomas Weems SCOLIOSIS When I first came into the office I did not know the extent of my health issues. After the exam, the doctor told me I had a scoliosis that affected my health in many

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different ways. Chiropractic has helped me to restore my physical balance and as a dancer that is very important! I also had numbness in my hands and now I can take notes without my hand going numb. Since I have been getting adjusted I have more energy and my heartburn and circulation has improved! I am happy to say that chiropractic is easier than I expected and not as time consuming as I once thought. Thanks! Christine Pearce GUARANTEE OF GREAT SERVICE Obviously we can’t guarantee results. No one can. But there is one guarantee we can give you and that’s a guarantee to accept your case only if we truly feel we can help. LIMITED TIME OFFER Obviously, with an offer like this we can’t afford to do it for very long. So we’ve picked the dates of April 1st – 15th. If you would like to take us up on our offer and see what chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up an appointment. Call our 24 hour help line @ 678-574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination during April 1st- 15th. I expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call me as soon as possible to be sure that you don’t miss out. Thank you very much, and I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more productive life. God bless. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C.

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CTC Cheerleading Flying High Aquafina Pitch, Hit & Run The Aquafina Pitch, Hit & Run competition is finally here! The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the local competition on Saturday, April 23, from 4 — 6 p.m. at the Acworth Sports Complex Field 3. This competition is a free skills competition that provides boys and girls, age 7 — 14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities. Winners can advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championship events at the 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game! The Sports Complex is located at 4000 S. Main Street in Acworth. For more information, call (770) 917-1234.

Classic Car Cruise Night On Saturday, April 30, the city will host a Classic Car Cruise in downtown Acworth on Main Street. The event will be held from 4 — 10 p.m. The event is FREE to the public. A $2 entry fee is requested for all vehicles in the show. All proceeds go to the Horizon Field, an all inclusive special needs sports facility in Acworth. For more information, visit or call (770) 917-1234.

Read Across America Recently, Oak Grove Elementary students enjoyed green eggs and ham on "Read Across America" day. Pictured L — R: Hannelore Harman and Rylan Klein.

R.U.N. for Missions 5K & 1 Mile McEachern United Methodist Church in Powder Springs will host its 3rd annual 5K and 1 mile Walk/Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. Proceeds will benefit the church’s international mission trips to Venezuela, the Czech Republic, Kenya and the Bahamas. Everyone is welcome – young children, youth, adults, seniors and groups. It’s an ideal opportunity for families to exercise and enjoy the time together! There will be awards for the top male and female plus many age groups for each race. Registration, which includes a t-shirt, is $20 by April 25. The late entry and day of race entry fee is $25. For more information or to register, please visit their website at 12


In its first-ever competitive meet, the Chattahoochee Tech Club cheerleading squad took second place in the Level 6 division at the Spirit Unlimited Competition in front of more than 1,500 onlookers. The meet, held in March, at the Georgia State University Sports Arena, featured other age 17 and older all-star teams from around Georgia in Level 6, the top age group at the event. Over 35 teams from around the state competed across all six levels over the weekend. Congratulations!

Newly Crowned Miss America 2011 Visits Kennesaw Newly crowned, Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, visited America Signature Furniture in Kennesaw to promote the Miss America Youth Collection of furniture along with hosting a food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Pictured is Miss America and AroundAbout Acworth’s Assistant Editor, Cherish Carr, donating a couple of bags of canned goods.

"7 Essentials to Business Success" Ladies On The Go, LLC., will host "7 Essentials to Business Success" by Aneshia Smith on Thursday, May 12. The lunchmeeting will be held at NorthStar Church, in Kennesaw, from 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. Why are you in business? No one starts a business because they want to fail. Discover the "7 Essentials" that are critical to the success of your business. Learn why missing even one of these qualities can inhibit your professional success and prevent you from reaching your financial goals. Aneshia will show you how to transform these qualities to habits that you embody on a daily basis, so that you can find your flow and not have to struggle with your business. The cost of the luncheon will be $10.

Curves Food Drive Kicks-off During the month of April, Curves of Acworth will participate in the 13th Annual Curves Food Drive to collect non-perishable food and cash donations to benefit their local food bank. Current members who make a $30 donation or an equivalent donation of food are eligible to receive a Curves reusable Food Drive grocery bag. And, from April 4-17, Curves will waive the membership fee for new members who donate a bag of nonperishable food or make a minimum donation of $30. For more information, stop by Curves or visit their website at

Festivals Big Shanty Festival — Kennesaw’s biggest special event of the year, the 36th Annual Big Shanty Festival, will take place this year on April 16 & 17. The festival features more than 200 booths of crafters, artisans and vendors as well as live entertainment on several stages, a Civil War encampment, children’s activities and more than 30 food booths. Attendance is expected to top 55,000 over the two-day event. The festival opens with a Saturday, 9:30 a.m. parade featuring local high school bands, colorful floats and over 1,000 young marchers. Admission is FREE. The festival is held in downtown Kennesaw. The parade route starts at Adams Park and continues down Main Street. Festival hours of operation on Saturday, April 16, are 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. and on Sunday, April 17, are 12 — 5 p.m. For more information, call (770) 423-1330 or visit Baker Elementary Annual Spring Carnival — Mark your calendars now for Baker Elementary annual Spring Carnival on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Win great prizes with the famous “basket raffle!” There will be cake walks, crafts, face painting, games and yummy food. Buy a $10 wristband and play non-stop on over seven rides from Fun-Fare including the Bungee Jump and Titanic Slide! There will great entertainment



including a patriotic performance by Baker’s second graders! If you are interested in having a booth or being a sponsor at the carnival, please call (404) 455-8800 or email kimeyrich@ Unity Christ Church — The church is having their 1st annual Uni-Shanty Festival fundraiser, to be held Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. in the church parking lot, located at 2871 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, in conjunction with the annual Big Shanty Festival in downtown historic Kennesaw. They are selling booth space to Arts & Crafters and Informational booths. Preparation is in full swing and they have 30 booths to sell, first come first served!! For more information or to reserve a booth, call Sonya at (770) 422-9552 or email Acworth Elementary School — The Spring Fling, sponsored by the PTA, will be held on Friday, April 29, from 5 — 8 p.m. There will be inflatables, a moonwalk, a trackless train, sand art, spin art, Kona Ice, funnel cakes, hot dogs, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, a rock climbing wall and lots more. Lots of fun for the whole family! Shop with the vendors for gifts and personal products. If you have a business and would like to represent that company (no duplication of companies) at the Spring Fling, please contact Carol Storey at (770) 316-2106 or email

Garage /Consignment Sales Clothing Kids for the Kingdom Spring/Summer Consignment Sale — The sale will take place at Summit Baptist Church, on Friday, April 29, from 9 a.m. — 9 p.m., and on Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. — 12 p.m. They will offer gently worn baby, kids, juniors and maternity clothes plus shoes, accessories, toys, books, games, bedding, nursery equipment and tons of baby gear. For more information or to register to be a seller, please visit Brookstone Community Garage Sale — Bargain Hunters Paradise! Brookstone's Golf Community's 22nd annual garage sale will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. — 3 p.m. rain or shine. There will be 250+ families participating in this fundraiser sponsored by the Brookstone Women's Club. Proceeds from the resident participation fees support local charities. Address, map listings and more information will be available at, beginning May 5, and at multiple entrances of the subdivision on May 7. Heritage Presbyterian Church — Browse for Bargains! Heritage Presbyterian Church will host a garage sale on Friday and Saturday, April 15 & 16, from 8 a.m. — 2 p.m. There will be clothing, books, household items and so much more! The church is located at 323 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth. For more information, email



Winfield Community Garage Sale — The community sale will be held on Friday, April 15, from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m., and on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. — 2 p.m. There will be furniture, electronics, toys, clothing, baby gear and so much more! Winfield is located on Hamby Road near Hickory Grove Road. Brookwood Christian School — Brookwood Christian School will host a yard sale on Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30. Come out and help support the school. They are located at 4728 Wood Street in Acworth, right off Main Street. Just look for the sign and the little red schoolhouse! For more information, call (678) 401-5855.

Help us win TerraCycle’s Phone Collection contest by gathering your old cell phones and send them to us at our P.O. Box 379, Acworth, GA 30101, BEFORE April 15. For a large number of phones, call us for pickup. Thanks for helping to clean up the planet and to raise funds to bring bully and violence prevention programs to children. For more information, call (770) 917-8815 or visit


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Happy Bi Jenni Elster

Age 12 on March 24 Daughter of Cheryl & Randy Elster Granddaughter of Nadine & the late Larry Lacy and Nita & Walker Elster

Dana Larsen

Adanna Frank

Age 4 on April 3 Daughter of Nkechi & Devin Frank Sister of Devin Jr. Happy Birthday Ma!

Alyssa Eberhard

Celebrating on April 9 Wife of Kent Mother of Christina Stepmother of Jeremy & Kristy Grandmother ot Miles

Age 21 on March 1 Happy 21st Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad, Blake, Connor & Dayna

Victoria Carrol

Ron Dean

Age 18 on March 25 Daughter of Caroline & Lenny Sister of Emily 24

Celebrated on March 18 Father of Elisa & Holly Grandpa of CJ


Nkechi Frank

Celebrating on April 4 Wife of Devin Frank, Mother of Devin Jr. & Adanna

Connor Eberhard

Age 17 on April 15 Happy Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad, Alyssa, Blake & Dayna

Terry O’Shea

Celebrating on April 7 Happy Birthday to the “Best Dentist in Acworth” Sue, Becky, Donna, Ricky & Vanessa

Marlon Longacre

Celebrating on April 30 Husband of Libby Father of Todd, Jacob & Matthew

Samantha Comer Age 11 on April 26 Happy Birthday! We love you! Dad, Brittney, Alexis & Brockett!

Dakota Jones

Age 2 on April 21 Happy Birthday! Daughter of Brooke & Brian Sister of Tyson & Jaxson

Logan Kalinowski

Age 5 on April 16 You brighten our lives & we love you so much. Happy Birthday! Love, Daddy, Mommy, Cayla, Louie & Ginger

Ryan Valentine

Age 9 on April 11 Happy Birthday!! We love you!! Mom & Dad

Jaxson Jones

Age 2 on April 21 Happy Birthday! Son of Brooke & Brian Brother of Tyson & Dakota

rthday! Happy Anniversary! Libby & Marlon Longacre Addyson Shae Cunningham

Ezra Stetson

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Cathy Ewers

Age 2 on April 10 Happy 2nd Birthday to a perfect princess! We love you so much, Mommy, Daddy & Avery Rae

Age 10 on April 15 Happy Birthday Reed! Love, Carson, Mom & Dad

Age 2 on April 9 “You bring us so much joy, Happy Birthday Ezra-boy, We love you!” Love, Daddy, Mommy & Livia

Celebrating on April 4 Wife of Mike Mother of Michael

Celebrating 24 Years of Marriage on April 11

Ava Hawf

Age 3 on April 8 Happy 3rd Birthday! Love, Mimi, G Daddy, Zach, Zoe & Gavin

Chase Hicks

Happy Birthday Chase! Age 9 on April 25 Son of Lindsey & Richard Hicks Sister of Madison

Karen & Frank Caffey Celebrating 42 Years of Marriage on April 5

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Impact Dance announces the opening of a brand new 7,000 sq ft dance studio & performing arts center, located just north of Kenworth Park and south of downtown Acworth. You're invited to the GRAND OPENING on Saturday, April 16, 12 — 3 p.m. Tour the new facility, watch dance classes, enjoy dance showcase presentations, meet the staff & register for summer camps!

Impact Dance....Impacting Lives One Dance At A Time.

NEW LOCATION: 4246 South Main Street – Acworth, Ga 30101 (770) 974-8653

• AFFORDABLE & EXCELLENT. We know that it is a rough economic season for all of us! We want to do our part in providing your children an opportunity to dance! I seriously doubt that you will be able to find a more affordable program which is dedicated to the excellent instruction we are known for.

• Showcase Talent Night! With the opening of our new building, we will have access to our own Performing Arts stage! We’re kicking it off in style with a show put on by our summer dancers!

• Outings for the older dancers. We will be going to Six Flags, White Water & have a pool party! (incremental fees & optional participation)

2011 – SUMMER INTENSIVES Ages 3 to Adult Beginner to Advanced Ballet/Pointe • Jazz • Tap • Lyrical • Contemporary Modern • Hip-Hop • Musical Theater Cobb County’s ONLY Independently Owned Christian Dance Studio Serving Metro Atlanta Since 1994


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Congratulations to our 2011 Best of the Best Readers’ Choice Winners! These businesses were chosen by the people of Acworth as the “Best of the Best.”


Bakery Publix - Cedarcrest Barbecue Place Bar-B-Cutie Breakfast Place Art’s Bagels Buffet Daddy’s Country Kitchen Coffee Shop Starbucks - Across from Day’s Chevrolet Fast Food Restaurant Chick-fil-A - Cobb Parkway Fine Dining The Old Mill Restaurant Italian Restaurant Fusco’s via Roma Kid-Friendly Restaurant Stevi B’s Pizza Lunch Place Miss L’s Sandwich Shop Mexican Restaurant La Parrilla New Restaurant Poblano’s Oriental Restaurant Thai Basil Sushi Zen

Dance Studio Impact Dance of Atlanta

Pizzeria Johnny’s Pizza - Cobb Parkway

Fitness/Health Club Gold’s Gym - Acworth

Seafood Restaurant Henry’s Louisiana Grill

Golf Course Cobblestone

Sports Bar Olde Towne Tavern - Kennesaw

Gymnastics Center Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta (GAA)

Steakhouse Longhorn Steakhouse - Acworth

Kids Place DAC Kids

Speciality Place LoriBell’s Frozen Custard Creations

Martial Arts Dickson’s TaeKwonDo

Write-in Category

Movie Theater NCG Cinemas 28

All-Around Restaurant Henry’s Louisiana Grill


Event Venue The Conservatory at Waterstone

Services Auto Repair (TIE) Acworth Automotive KAMS Auto Service Center Auto Body Shop Day’s Chevrolet Barber Shop (TIE) Kennesaw Barber Shop Buck’s Barber Shop Car Wash Autobuffs Express Chiropractor Lake City Chiropractic CPA/Accountant (TIE) All Accounting & Financial McCollum Accounting & Tax Day Care/Preschool Acworth United Methodist Church Day Spa Pearl’s Spa & Apothecary Dentist Dr. Terry O’Shea Dry Cleaner GAP Cleaners Electrician Wade Electric Embroidery Blaines Embroidery & Gifts Financial Institution/Bank Wells Fargo Hair Salon Donna McRae - Hair Artisans of Atlanta Heating/Air Air Reliant Service Home Cleaning Prestigious Cleaning Team Home Improvement/Repair Bren-Abby Construction


Optometrist Acworth Family Eyecare

Clothing Store/Boutique Divas & Dames Boutique

Orthodontist Depew Orthodontics

Convenience Store/Gas Station QuikTrip (QT) - Cobb Pkwy & Hwy 92

Painting (Home Exterior) Randy’s Painting

Craft Store Michaels Arts & Crafts

Painting (Speciality Interior) Randy’s Painting Pediatrics Pediatrics at Brookstone Pest Control Any Pest Pet Groomer Bubble Tubs for Dogs Pet Sitter/Boarding Paw Spa Resort Plumber Superior Plumbing Photographer Sherri’s Portrait Physician Acworth Family Medical

Department Store/Supercenter Target - Acworth Drug Store Lacey’s Drug Electronics/Appliances Best Buy - Acworth Florist Acworth Florist Frame Store Michael’s Arts & Crafts Furniture Store Woodstock Furniture Outlet Garden Center Home Depot Gift/Home Decor Store Wild Blossoms Grocery Store Publix - Cedarcrest

Print Shop/Copy Center Staples

Hardware/Home Improvement Home Depot

Real Estate Agent Debbie Smith - Keller Williams

Jeweler Atkins Jewelry

Skin Care Services Opulence Aesthetic Medicine

Liquor Store Beverage Mart

Tanning Salon Toucan Tan - Cobb Parkway Tire Shop Discount Tires - Acworth Travel Agency Great Escapes Travel Veterinarian Acworth Animal Hospital

Insurance Agent Pete Brumfield - State Farm

Write-in Categories

Lawn Care Lawn Doctor

Church NorthStar Church

Nail Salon Elite Nails

Physical Therapist OrthoSport Physical Therapy

Music Store Best Buy Office Supply Store Staples Pet Supply Store PetSmart Pool/Spa Store Rec Warehouse Shoe Store Famous Footwear Sporting Goods Dick’s Sporting Goods Toy Store Toys “R” Us Specialty Food Store Findley’s Butcher Shop



April Events Alive After Five – There is no Alive After Five meeting in April.

Call an ABA Member First! March Alive

After Five held at

Monthly Luncheon – Thursday, April 28

NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw Networking begins at 11:15 a.m. Lagniappe (ABA 101) begins at 10:30 a.m.

The Conservatory at Waterstone

Andria & Jim Melham, Clare, Randy & Josh Cheshire

Matt Meier, Evan Jones, Paul & Cathy Letallen

Tricilla Lorens, Kenny Parrott & Liz Miller

Dawn Teer, Jan Sheffield, Aaron Buchli, Wende Greeson, Jarrod Neef & Tom Rashid

Sue Picardi, Amanda Moore & Lou Horowitz

Rick Young, Brenda Borden, Mark Zangari & Gail Stanley

Carol Storey, Vince Bubolo, Joanne Tubo & Daniel Diemer

Michelle Eckart, Jim Becker & Susan Guthrie

Josh Wise & Pete LaQuaglia

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February Luncheon


Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) Ron Newcomb, Vince Bubolo, Temple Green and speaker of the luncheon, Dr. Sanford Chandler, President of Chattahoochee Technical College.

Dr. Sanford Chandler, President of CTC, spoke to a room full at the ABA luncheon.

Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) sponsored the February ABA luncheon. L — R: Jennifer Nelson, Dr. Sanford Chandler, Kim Crowe, Ron Newcomb and Stephanie Hubbell all of CTC.

Barbecue Street catered the luncheon. L — R: Kristie Seawell, Malcolm Wood, owner of Barbecue Street; and Chad Jensen.


Barbecue Street





Leaving A Legacy Plan Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus

Pillow Talk

by Dr. Nedra Dodds To be physically fit is almost common knowledge to eat right and exercise. What many people don’t realize is that you also need adequate sleep if you want to stay healthy. Obesity itself can be affected directly by the amount and quality of sleep you receive. Adequate sleep is fundamental to health. The parts of your body that control your digestion, your healing and growth, your metabolism and your brain function are all affected by the presence or absence of sleep. Nocturnal sleeping not only gives you the obvious mental clarity, but also is the time when crucial elements are produced and released within your body. The hormone melatonin controls the ability to sleep at night and is only produced when it is dark and brain activity has decreased during sleep. Leptin is a hormone that is mainly produced at night and is influenced by sleep cycles. This essential hormone plays a significant role in the battle against the bulge, as it signals the brain to stop eating when you are full. The lack of sleep causes inadequate levels of Leptin and causes you to want to eat more. Growth Hormone is mainly released in the bloodstream at night and helps in the formation and regeneration of muscle mass, bone growth and density and new cellular formation.

We will all leave this world sometime. Why leave unanswered questions with those we love? We all want to live a significant, successful life. Yet how many of us realize that our important, positive contributions can last long after we are gone? Two things are certain: death and taxes. Some of us grasp that reality early, so we create wills, living trusts and estate plans. Others deny this reality and leave their heirs with perplexing questions, added stress and even anger when they pass away. The truly farsighted among us opt for a full-fledged legacy plan. How does a legacy plan differ from an estate plan? An estate plan determines a destiny for your assets. A legacy plan does that and more: it communicates your values, wishes and memories, as well as financial directions. If you ask someone about the “why” of estate planning — that is, why should you have an estate plan in the first place — the instant response is “to avoid estate tax.” That is certainly a good reason to create an estate plan — but it may not be the best one. A legacy plan can convey your values and wishes when it comes to the following matters:

Cortisol is sometimes called the “stress” hormone, because its levels are raised during periods of stress. Sleeplessness contributes to high cortisol levels which can slow the metabolism and increase insulin levels thus making it difficult to lose weight. Increased insulin levels cause the cascade of fat production to stay “turned on.” Long-standing hormone imbalances lead to more chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

• The distribution of the estate – selecting a steward, showing that person how these assets are to be managed according to your values and outlook.

People that have night jobs are more prone to be overweight and also have an increase chance of cancer and chronic illnesses. The immune system is weakened with sleeplessness and a persistent lack of sleep also affects the mood and can lead to depression.

• Protecting your business (and your estate) from “predators and creditors” – taking steps to insulate the business (and your heirs) against lawsuits, debts outstanding, and intrusions of relatives or past associates.

If you have problems sleeping, there are some ways to combat insomnia. Have your cortisol (stress hormone), melatonin (sleep hormone) along with estrogen and progesterone (especially during peri-menopause) levels checked to identify and address any health problems. Try to stay on a regular routine and schedule to synchronize your body to a set sleep cycle. Do not drink alcohol near bedtime and do not consume any caffeine after 4 p.m. Keep the bedroom dark and shut off the television before going to bed. Wearing light clothing and keeping the 36

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• The future of a family business – you can share the knowledge only the owner and founder has, you can establish who will own it after you, who will manage it and who will benefit financially from it.

What do conventional estate plans risk ignoring? While basic estate plans establish where assets go, they don’t often communicate the personal and practical details that can aid heirs in the case of an unexpected loss. A legacy plan communicates more than financial details — it expresses your values, your final wishes and the life lessons you want to pass along. It conveys knowledge that may make things smoother for your heirs and your company at a time of grief and crisis. It imparts wisdom that your successor may use to guide continued on page 47

Posture Perfect by Dr. Sherri Ziomek

12 Months of Giving by Dan Jape For most of us, heating and air conditioning is not just a luxury, but a necessity. Anyone who has spent a few days with a broken down air conditioner during a blazing, humid Georgia summer can attest to that. We are so accustomed to our “creature comforts” that many of us take our indoor comfort for granted. Since the economic downturn, we are seeing more and more people that simply cannot afford to repair their broken air conditioning or heating systems, let alone replace them. We talk to people every day who have been without air conditioning or heat for two or three years because of the cost associated with fixing it. Many of these folks are families with small children who have to make tough budgeting choices every day, as well as elderly men and women on a fixed income. We have often wondered at the fact that during the holidays, everyone seems to be in a giving mood. Toy and food drives abound and charitable contributions peak during November and December. But are people less cold, hungry or poor the remaining months of the year? It is for these reasons that Reliable Heating & Air and WSB radio have partnered to bring you the “12 Months of Giving” in which one family per month will be given a free replacement heating & cooling system. All you have to do is submit the story of a friend, family member or co-worker in need via email to and at the end of each month a winner will be chosen and announced on WSB AM 750 and 95.5 FM. Please include the contact information for yourself and for your nominee. Thanks for your participation! Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating & Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096

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This month, our theme is all about posture. When I was a child, my mother was constantly nagging me to “Sit up straight! Don’t slump in that chair! Shoulders back! Chest out!” At just about every interval of my life I could count on mom giving me a lecture about my posture. The message was the same even as I got older. The thing is that poor posture is easy, when compared to adapting habits of good posture that often requires conscious effort. Most people do not think about their posture until someone brings it to their attention or it starts to hurt. The benefits of good posture far outweigh the ease of slouchy poor posture. Posture is defined as the carriage of the body. Good posture means carrying your body in a way that puts the least strain on muscles and ligaments. Poor posture can cause pain in the back and neck, and eventually causes injury. The major problem with maintaining good posture is that we may not know what it is supposed to look like or feel like. Most of the time, we relate good posture to holding our bodies in an uncomfortable, rigid position for an extended period of time. The fact of the matter is that although the body is straight, the appearance should be one of relaxation as the ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles align in one straight line. If you hung an imaginary plumb line from the earlobe, the line would hang straight through the middle of the anklebone. Good posture means there is musculoskeletal balance. This balance helps to protect the joints in the spine from excessive stress. It also guards against injury and possible deformity in later years. Good posture is a great ‘tool’ to help prevent pain, muscle aches and stiffness. The physical benefits are many, but there are other side benefits to good posture. When you stand properly, the body looks aligned, looks slimmer and generally looks better. Good posture can also help you feel more confident because if you look and feel better, your confidence increases. Improving your posture is a great way to improve your image while at the same time improving your health. If you already suffer from poor posture, it is not too late to make corrections. The best way to begin looking at correcting your posture is to become conscious about the way you sit, stand and move throughout the day. Also, take a second look at the things you carry with you on a daily basis. Children carry huge overloaded backpacks, adults lug briefcases to work, women carry large handbags and thousands of people spend hours hunched over a computer whether for work or play. Poor posture is not only habitual, but is seen in people with low selfesteem. This can lead to degenerative problems that affect the spine and pain that cause muscle guarding and obesity. If you continued on page 47



S ee i n g R ed Dinner on a Dime by Tiffany Hughes Back in the day, I was the epitome of the starving grad student who ate nothing but mac‘n’ cheese and canned tuna. The only diversity in my diet came from the “tastes” available at the local warehouse club where I went to eat, or, shop, on the weekends. In the process of earning my Masters degree, I also learned to shop smart so I could still eat well. Meats sales are great to catch. If you keep your eyes open as holidays approach, you can usually find good deals on a variety of meats. I stock up my freezer whenever I find chicken breasts for $1.99 per pound. Storing the breasts in individual zip top bags makes it easy to simply thaw out just the amount you need when you want to use it. Canned chicken is another item to stock up on when you can get it for a Buy One Get One Free deal. It has a long shelf life and it is great to have on hand when throwing together soups, chicken salad or even mixed with pasta salad. It’s also good in a hot dog bun, topped with cheddar cheese, wrapped in foil and baked until toasted. Canned chicken also makes a great, cheap, pizza topping, especially if mixed with veggies, pesto or tomato sauce. Buying in-season will definitely save you money. Even if you aren’t into canning your own veggies, you can still reap the benefits of fresh, cheap, produce by enjoying it in salads, on sandwiches or simply grilled with some salt and olive oil. Typically, salad dressings of one flavor or another will be on sale. This is a good time to try a new flavor or experiment with a favorite. For instance, we love Raspberry Vinaigrette and discovered that it is great to cook on salmon or shrimp to give it a sweet kick. We also stock up on dry Italian and Ranch mixes to use as seasonings for meat and veggies. To this day, I cook one to two big entrees on the weekend and dress up the leftovers with extra ingredients or side dishes during the week. Saturday night’s grilled chicken might reappear as chicken tacos or enchiladas during the week. Eating on a budget doesn’t have to be boring or monotonous. Just shop smart and keep your leftovers interesting! Happy Cooking! Tiffany Hughes is an Acworth resident who enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies. She has written two cookbooks and has a food blog

by Dr. Dylan Reach If your eyes are red and itchy, your vision blurry and your lids sticky when you get up in the morning, you may have Conjunctivitis, the most common eye infection in the United States. Most often recognized by the redness from which it gets the name “pink eye,” Conjunctivitis is irritating, but usually harmless to your sight. Yet it can be very contagious, especially among children, and should be diagnosed and treated early. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that lines your eyelids and covers the white part of your eye. It can appear in one or both eyes and is caused by bacteria, viruses or allergies. Bacterial conjunctivitis is the most common form of eye infection and is easily spread from one person to another. In addition to redness and itching of the eyes, the symptoms include a thick, yellowish discharge that may dry overnight and cause your eyelids to stick together. Viral conjunctivitis, which is caused by any number of viruses, is also contagious. Although redness and itching are typical symptoms, discharge from the eye is watery and clear. Antibiotics are not effective against viral conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by a reaction to something in the air, such as dust and pollen or by chemical irritants such as household cleaners, spray perfume or industrial pollutants. The eyes are usually red and swollen and watering and itching is often severe. If you experience any of the symptoms of conjunctivitis, call your eye doctor. The most important thing is to get early treatment to limit the spread of the infection, especially among children. Tips for limiting the spread of bacterial and viral conjunctivitis: • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes. • Wash your hands frequently. • Don’t share washcloths, towels, or pillowcases and launder infected linens after each use. • Don’t share eye drops. • Throw away infected cosmetics, including mascara, eye shadow and eyeliner. • If you wear contact lenses, check with your eye doctor about discontinuing wear or replacing lenses. Dr. Dylan Reach is in practice at Acworth Family Eyecare. For more information, contact them at (770) 974-3153 or






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Warnings from the Better Business Bureau Gimmicks Involving Gas Saving Devices As gas prices continue to climb, some businesses are seeking opportunities to make money off of commuters by selling fuel boosting additives or offering engine modifications to help them conserve fuel. However, BBB advises consumers to stay away from these “gas saving” products and services that sound “toogood-to-be true.” Over the past decade, the EPA has tested more than 100 gassaving devices and hasn’t identified any that significantly improve gas mileage and some could eventually cause engine damage.

• Keep the car properly maintained. The engine should be tuned, tires inflated and aligned, the oil changed on schedule and the air filters should be checked and replaced regularly. Before buying any gas-saving device or additive, BBB recommends that consumers check out the company’s reliability report free-of-charge online at

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Consumers may begin to see ads for gas saving devices. BBB recommends being particularly skeptical if advertisements claim:

Do you realize which card carries the most risk? A stolen credit card or a stolen debit card? Without a doubt, a stolen debit card carries more risk. Federal law says that you can only be held liable for $50 of fraudulent charges on your credit card. Many banks will waive that charge.

• Federal Endorsement. While the EPA does evaluate the legitimacy of claims made by companies that produce gas savers, no federal agency actually endorses gas-saving devices or additives.

According to, if your debit card is stolen, your loss is limited to $50 — but you have to tell the financial institution within two days after learning of the loss or theft of your card. If not, you could be held liable for $500.

• Glowing Consumer Testimonials. Marketing materials or websites for gas savers often contain consumer testimonies on the increased fuel efficiency they experienced with the device or additive, but these are often works of fiction devised by the company.

There’s more. If you let the unauthorized transaction go unreported more than 60 days after it appears on your statement, you are liable for all the charges! However, if you check your bank account transactions online at least once a week, you are going to know what is going on with your account. There’s an even bigger problem with the debit card. The thief can clear out your entire bank account by using your PIN at an ATM. This leaves you with no money to pay your bills.

• Outstanding, Too-Good-To-Be-True Results. Consumers should be extremely wary of big promises for big savings. If a gas-saving product really could increase mileage by as much as 40 percent with little effort or money, it is highly unlikely the inventor needs to peddle the product through spam e-mails or tacky-looking websites. The vast majority of gas-conserving products are not viable solutions for squeezing mileage out of vehicles, but here are some tips drivers can take to increase fuel efficiency and get the most out of their gas tank: • Stay within the speed limit. Gas mileage tends to decrease rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour. • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and stops. Drivers can improve gas mileage around town if they avoid jerky starts and stops. This means accelerating slowly when starting from a dead stop and avoiding pushing the pedal down more than one-quarter of the way. • Air Conditioning or Windows? Using the air conditioner at lower speeds will decrease fuel efficiency, but, at higher speeds, open windows create significantly more drag than the AC — and can reduce gas mileage. • Remove excess weight from the trunk. An extra 100 pounds can reduce a typical car’s fuel economy by up to two percent. 42


Granted, the bank could cover most of your losses and return money to your account, but that will take time to do the necessary investigation. Also, because the money for your transaction with a debit card is taken at the point of purchase, you could possibly run your balance too low and end up with an expensive overdraft charge. Some people argue that it is better to use a credit card because you are using someone else’s money until the statement is due. So, if you are charging at the beginning of the billing cycle you have a month to use someone else’s money. The Federal Trade Commission provides full details on “Credit, ATM and Debit Cards: What to do if they’re Lost or Stolen.” The information may be found at pubs/consumer/credit/cre04.shtm.

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Eye Spy Accidental Eavesdropping by J.R. Lee When we first moved to Acworth, we did not yet have an office complex to call our own. As a result, our staff met each day at local coffee shops. The only requirement was Free WiFi and a comfortable place to get work done. Thankfully, that wasn’t difficult to find. What made things a little more difficult was the combination of a mobile office, my people-watching hobby and the propensity to become very easily distracted. This might occur because I am a Pastor, but I always try and figure out what is going on inside the minds of people just by listening to what they say and watching what they do. I overheard and observed so many things during that season. Here are a few examples: 1. The man describing in detail his “bout with gout.” 2. The woman vividly describing the birthing process to her pregnant daughter. 3. The man verbally assaulting his boss behind his back — until the boss came back from the restroom and rejoined his coworkers at the table. 4. The young couple “discreetly” meeting in order to plan the exit strategy from their current marriage relationships so that the two of them could be together. 5. A father explaining to his young daughter how proud he was of her. You can gain significant insight into the lives of people by observing what they do and listening to that which dominates their discussion. The Bible talks about this very thing. In Acts 4, Peter and John were seemingly larger-than-life. They saw miracle after miracle occur right before their eyes. Theirs was a world full of wonder and amazement at the miracle working power of God. People were intrigued by their words and what they were able to accomplish — even those who were in direct opposition. (Acts 4:13) — Now as they (their enemies) observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. The lives of Peter and John were distinguishably different. These men didn’t have extraordinary talent, education or ability. What they did have was an unwavering commitment to speak about what they had seen and heard (Acts 4:20). As a result, 44

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by C. A. Phillips One of my kids’ favorite pastimes is to play “I Spy.” Not only is it a fun challenge for them, it also keeps them preoccupied when we are out to eat at a restaurant, and it allows the adults at the table to carry on a somewhat uninterrupted conversation. So, it’s encouraged. It never fails that my kids – now ages 11 and (almost) 7 – can spot the most obscure of items, whether they are the “spyer” or the “guesser.” They are perceptive. They are quick. They can go beyond the obvious to discover the minuscule or insignificant if the task requires it. Which begs this question: If my kids possess mad observation skills when they have to use brain power and patience, what do they see when things are in plain sight? How careful am I when I am around them? What about others, like teachers, friends’ parents, or coaches at the ball field, who have an immeasurable impact on shaping my child’s character? Do they realize – truly realize – that the spotlight is on them in a much more significant manner than a Broadway actor? Our kids see. They witness our imperfections, our stumbles, our weaknesses, our tirades. They know when someone is being treated unfairly. They are keenly aware of adults who are “trouble.” They can pick up very quickly what is going on, as innocent as most of them are. I am a dad to two boys, but I also a coach to another 21 boys on the baseball field. It is a privilege like none other, and I do not take it lightly. I have the ability to shape – even just a tiny bit – who these young boys will grow up to be. The types of attitudes they will have, the type of friends they become, the kind of sports they will be in victory or defeat, and how they will respect and treat others. That is an awesome thing. I was working with one of the kids on the team the other day. We were in the bullpen, and this young man was telling me about his experience on a team the year before. He suddenly said, “I don’t like Coach (insert coach’s name).” I had heard other parents and kids say the same thing, and all I could think about was how much of a shame it was that kids felt this way about a man who volunteers his time to coach. This was the same coach that I heard brought in a kid in the middle of an inning to pitch in relief. The kid who came in was allowed to throw one pitch – ONE – before the coach yanked him out of the game. Kids know. Kids see. Kids feel. Eyes are on you whether you realize it or not, whether you like it or not. We have the power, as adults, to encourage, love, teach, and invest in children and teenagers. What we say and do around them – especially in our roles as parents – will either do continued on page 47

Easter Celebrations Acworth Parks and Recreation:

The Acworth Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 16, at the Acworth Sports Complex located at 4000 South Main St. There will be 20,000 eggs filled with candy and toys spread over the baseball fields for children under the age of 12. There will be four age groups, with the first hunt beginning at 10:10 a.m. on the dot! There will also be a Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt on the Horizon Field. This hunt will begin at 10 a.m. and is for children under the age of 12 with special needs. Bring your camera – there will be no photographer on site this year; however, there will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. For more information, visit or call (770) 917-1234.

Summit Baptist Church: On April 16, from 9:30 a.m. — 12 p.m., Summit Baptist Church will be holding their Family Easter Celebration. A children’s message, music, puppets, large petting zoo, inflatable, popcorn, egg hunts by age groups (babies — 5th grade), crafts and fun games will be offered. Fun for the whole family! The event is FREE and everyone is welcome! Summit Baptist Church is located at 4310 Moon Station Lane, Acworth. For more information, visit www. or call (770) 975-4595. First Baptist Church of Acworth:

First Baptist Church of Acworth will be hosting their annual Community Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. This is a FREE event for children, toddler age — 5th grade. There will be hot dogs, an egg hunt, an Easter story and much more! Everyone is welcome! The church is located at 4583 Church Street. For more information, call (770) 974-3021 or visit

Northwest Christian Church:

Northwest Christian Church will be having their annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. Along with the egg hunt, there will be carnival games and other special surprises. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so bring your cameras along! Also, be sure to join Northwest Christian Church for their special Easter communion services on Sunday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The church is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth. For more information, please call (770) 425-2525 or email at

Freedom Church:

Freedom Church will be holding a new type of egg hunt for Easter this year! A Blacklight Egg hunt will be held at the church over Easter weekend for children ages 2 — 12. For more information and the time, please visit www.

Wildwood Baptist Church: On Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. — 12 p.m., Wildwood Baptist Church will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt. The church is located at 4801 Wade Green Road, Acworth. For more information, please call (770) 4282100 or visit Hop Over to the Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Scramble: Kennesaw’s Parks & Recreation will be hosting a Bunny Breakfast and Easter Egg Scramble on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Ben Robertson Community Center. There will also be crafts, door prizes and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Advance reservations are required and space is limited. All ages are welcome. Children ages 3 and under are FREE. Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased online at or at the Community Center located at 2753 Watts Drive near the entrance to Adams Park. Following breakfast, a FREE Easter Egg Scramble will be held at the Adams Park Softball Complex. The Easter Egg Scramble will take place promptly at 9 a.m. Children will be divided into age groups on three ball fields and a fourth field will be designated for children with special needs or those who require assistance. Be sure to bring a basket or container and don’t forget your camera. Rain date is Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. For more information, please call (770) 422-9714.

Send your Vacation Bible School information to: Deadline is the April 13

Recent Consumer Product Recalls AroundAbout Acworth wants to help keep you and your family safe. The following items have been recalled by their manufacturers in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

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bedroom slightly cool also helps in falling asleep along with a light snack high in protein. Not all cures come in the form of a pill. Sometimes, the best medicine is a pillow or two.

must carry a bag, the ones that cross your back and distribute the weight evenly are best. Additional weight of any kind adds extra pressure on important parts of the back and neck areas causing problems that eventually add up over time.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of illness and address them. Do your body a favor and be WELL-rested. Dr. Nedra Dodds is the founder and Medical Director of Opulence Aesthetic Medicine located on 600 Chastain Rd., Ste. 224, Kennesaw, GA. (770) 591-3429.

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inherited assets in the future, so that these assets might endure for more than a generation.

For extra help, get recommendations from your doctor of chiropractic so that you can find out what course of action you should take for repairing your poor posture and correcting spinal mis-alignments. 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.

Accidental Eavesdropping

In other words, it gives your heirs your business and some answers to the questions “what do we do now” and “what would he/she have wanted us to do.” Legacy plans are built taking many factors into account. The first factor is you. What are your goals, financial and otherwise? A legacy plan should first respect your wishes and intentions. The second factor is family. Different people define “family” in all kinds of different ways. A good legacy plan respects your definition and is created with an understanding of it and your particular “family” dynamics. Only after this should the tax and financial strategies of the plan be determined. Many estate plans are too boilerplate, and/or they aren’t designed to hand down the experiential wealth and wisdom that should accompany the assets. A good legacy plan transmits values, instructions and guidance to ease a family’s burden when it comes to settling financial and business issues at a time of grief. Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone (770) 952-6707. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors.

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people could tell that something was different about these two men. It was evident by observing their deeds and listening to their words. What can people learn from observing your actions and listening to your conversation? What dominates your discussion? What’s most important in your life? The conversations that you have and the lifestyle that you live will reveal the answer. J. R. Lee is the Pastor of Freedom Church located at Barber Middle School, 4222 Cantrell Road in Acworth. You may reach J.R. by calling the church at (770) 529-6006 or visit the church website at Also, check out his blog at

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them a world of good, or will send them down a tough road of pain, confusion, foolishness, and discouragement. Just as kids see the worst in us, they also see the best in us. They know the adults they want to spend time with. They know the coaches they want to play for. They know the police officer who gives them a high five, or the teacher who gives them hugs. And, most of all, they know their moms and dads. And, their eyes are searching – always searching – to find someone they can follow. C.A. Phillips serves as the Married Couples Pastor at NorthStar Church in Acworth/Kennesaw, Ga., and has lived in Kennesaw for nearly 30 years. Email him at, or check out his blog 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. & 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Cedarcrest Church Meets at Allatoona High School, (678) 460-3500 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Adult Bible Study: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Children’s Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Student Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: George Wright 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, (770) 893-8834 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dan Willis 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 Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. &  6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Paul Vance 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 Johnson Ferry Baptist Church @ Cedarcrest 3950 Cobb Parkway, Suite 604, (678) 460-3510



Keystone Baptist Church (meets at Harrison High School) 4500 Due West Road, (678) 230-5317 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Terry Nelson Morning View Baptist Meets at Lewis Elementary (770) 443-5600 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. & 6 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: 7 p.m. New Hope Baptist Church 3814 New Hope Church Road, (770) 974-7612 Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m & 7 p.m. Pastor: Richard D. Goodwin, Northwest Baptist Church 3575 Acworth Due West Road, (678) 608-1400 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Doug Burrier Piney Grove Baptist Church 1605 Mars Hill Road, (770) 428-5122 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: David E. Owen 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: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 8 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study/AWANA: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: James G. Wright Jr. Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane, (770) 975-4595 Sunday Services:  9:45 & 11:10 a.m. Pastor: Aaron Johnson Thankful Baptist Church 928 Kennesaw Due West, Kennesaw, (678) 797-0611 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: John Harris 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 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: 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Brian Bloye Western Hills Baptist Church 700 Mars Hill Road, Kennesaw, (770) 425-7118 Sunday Service 11 a.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

EPISCOPAL Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Christian Ed: 9:15 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. www.

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

LUTHERAN Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road, (770) 425-6726 Sunday Services: 8:45, 9:30 & 11 a.m. First United Lutheran Church 3481 Campus Loop Rd., Kennesaw (770) 427-0325 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Craig Storlie

PRESBYTERIAN Acworth Presbyterian Church 4561 Church Street, (770) 974-6552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Fred Boozer (Interim) Christ Community Church Meets at Kennesaw Comm. Ctr., (770) 529-2600 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Mike Glass Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:10 a.m. Pastor: Sid Gunter Kirkwood Presbyterian Church USA 618 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 427-3545 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Int. Pastor: Rev. Cyndi Parr

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church USA 3385 Mars Hill Road NW, (770) 974-4395 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Bryant C. Harris

ROMAN CATHOLIC 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 & 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. (Life Teen) Pastor: Rev. John M. Matejek

SYNAGOGUES 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.

UNITED METHODIST 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: Brian Butler 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. Katie Strals Crossroads United Methodist Church Meets at Shelton Elementary, (404) 579-9753 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Ken Hagler 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 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. 7 p.m. Service in Portuguese Pastor: Wallace Wheeles New Beginnings United Methodist Church 2925 Mack Dobbs Road, (770) 421-9980 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Scott Brown

OTHER CHURCHES Acworth Christian Church 4476 Northside Drive, (770) 974-1358

Atlanta Church of Christ 4461 Bretton Ct NW, (770) 529-1250 Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Pastor: Steve Pettit Calvary Chapel Northwest 50 Shallowford Road NE, (770) 926-5524 Pastor: Josh Blevins 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 Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Senior Pastor: Tony Crawford Eagle Pointe Church 5100 Old Stilesboro Road, (770) 421-1643 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Howard Koepka 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. Freedom Church Meets at Barber Middle School (770) 529-6006 Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Meets at McClure Middle School, Kennesaw Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m Pastor: J.R. Lee Joshua Gospel Tabernacle 4161 Southside Drive, Sunday Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Tim Houston Journey Church of Acworth Meets at Russom Elementary School Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Douglas Crumbly Kellogg Creek Church of Christ 3510 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-2814 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Service: 7:30p.m. LifeBridge Church Meets at Hayes Elementary School (770) 421-1018

Sunday Service: 10 a.m. New Covenant Full Gospel Inc 5653 Priest Road, Acworth

(770) 974-0685

NorthStar Church 3413 Blue Springs Road, (770) 420-9808 Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Mike Linch Northwest Christian Church 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy, (770) 425-2525 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Ron Mobley Oakwood Community Church 2714 Valleyhill Drive (404) 931-9590 Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dave Meadows Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Christian Living Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry Baker River Church Of Acworth 3450 Acworth Due West Road NW, (770) 974-8180 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dave McClanahan www. RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road (678) 384-5200 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Tom Tanner The Rock of Atlanta 146 Kelli Clark Ct. (770) 975-ROCK Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Unity Christ Church 2871 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, (770) 422-9552 Sunday Service: 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 3732 Cedarcrest Road, (678) 383-2299 Saturday Service: 6 p.m. 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. Reverend: Adrian Pleus

Acworth Church a Church of God of Prophecy Ministry 3891 Nance Road NW, (770) 975-1124 Sunday Services: 10:50 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: C. Neal Wright

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, (770) 926-8238 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. &  6 p.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sr. Minister: Mr. Lynn T. Eynon

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Cherokee (770) 345-0400 Cobb (770) 980-2000 Paulding (770) 445-6016


COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Board of Education: Cherokee (770) 479-1871 Cobb (770) 426-3300 Paulding (770) 443-8000 Burn Permits: Cherokee (770) 720-3525 Paulding (770) 505-2876 Business Licenses: Cherokee (678) 493-6108 Cobb (770) 528-8410 Paulding (770) 443-7571 Commissioners: Cherokee (678) 493-6000 Cobb (770) 528-3300 Paulding (770) 443-7550 Courthouse: Cherokee (770) 479-1953 Cobb (770) 528-1300 Paulding (770) 443-7527 Driver's Licenses: Cherokee (770) 720-3693 Cobb (770) 528-3251 Paulding (404) 657-9300 Extension Office: Cherokee (770) 470-0418 Cobb (770) 528-4070 Paulding (770) 443-7616 Fire Department: Cherokee (678) 493-4000 Cobb (770) 528-8000 Paulding (770) 222-1160 Health Department: Cherokee (770) 928-0133 Cobb (770) 974-3330 Paulding (770) 443-7881 Jury Phone: Cherokee (770) 479-9011 Cobb (770) 528-1800 License Plates/Auto Tags: Cherokee (678) 493-6000 Cobb (770) 528-4020 Paulding (770) 443-7585 Senior Services: Cherokee (770) 345-5312 Cobb (770) 528-5364 Paulding (770) 345-5312 Tax Assessor: Cherokee (678) 493-6120 Cobb (770) 528-3100 Paulding (770) 443-7606 Taxes — Property: Cherokee (678) 493-6414 Cobb (770) 528-8600 Paulding (770) 443-7581 Traffic Signals: Cherokee (678) 493-6077 Cobb (770) 528-8162 Voter Registration: Cherokee (770) 479-0407 AROU N D A B O U T A C WORT H | APRIL 2 0 1 1

Cobb Paulding Zoning: Cherokee Cobb Paulding CHILDREN & FAMILY: Boys & Girls Clubs: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Child Support Enforcement: Department of Family & Children Services: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 528-2300 (770) 443-7503 (770) 493-6101 (770) 528-2004 (770) 443-7601

(770) 720-7712 (770) 427-0418 (678) 363-8570 (404) 921-1490

(770) 720-3610 (770) 528-5000 (770) 443-7810

GEORGIA STATE PATROL (404 624-7000 HERO (Highway Emergency) (404) 635-8000 HOSPITALS: Wellstar Cobb Wellstar Kennestone Wellstar Paulding

(770) 732-4000 (770) 793-5000 (770) 445-4411

HOTLINES: AIDS Information Alcohol Treatment Referrals Battered Women's Shelter Child Abuse & Neglect Crime Victim Helpline Domestic Violence Hotline Drug Abuse Helpline GA Mental Health Crisis Poison Control Rape Crisis Hotline Rite Call (Child Health Care) Suicide Hotline

(800) 342-2437 (800) 662-4357 (770) 427-3390 (770) 528-5015 (800) 338-6745 (800) 334-2836 (800) 338-6745 (770) 422-0202 (800) 222-1222 (770) 428-2666 (404) 250-KIDS (800) 784-2433

Animal Shelter: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 590-5610 Paulding (770) 443-3565 Emergency Veterinary Clinic: Cherokee (770) 924-3720 Cobb (770) 424-9157 Humane Society: Cherokee (770) 928-5115 Cobb (770) 428-5616 Paulding (770) 445-1511 Lost Pet Hotline: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 428-LOST Paulding Meals "Fur" Pets: “Feeding the Pets of the Needy” (770) 712-4077 POST OFFICE: Acworth Kennesaw Oak Grove

(770) 966-8133 (770) 422-4103 (770) 592-2800

RECYCLING: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 516-4195 (770) 528-1135 (770) 443-0119


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SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Cherokee Cobb Paulding UTILITIES: Cable (Comcast)

(770) 345-3300 (770) 499-4600 (770) 443-3010

404-COMCAST (266-2278)

Electric: Acworth Power Cobb EMC Georgia Power

(770) 917-8903 (770) 429-2100 (888) 660-5890

Gas: Atlanta Gaslight Co.

(770) 994-1946

(770) 470-1813 (770) 423-1000 (770) 222-6868

LIBRARIES: Cherokee Co. Libraries Cobb Co. Libraries Acworth Libraries

(770) 479-3090 (770) 528-2320 (770) 917-5165

NON-EMERGENCY 911: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 479-3117 (770) 499-3911 (770) 443-7629

PARKS & RECREATION: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

Water: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 924-7768 (770) 528-8800 (770) 445-8065

PETS & ANIMALS Animal Control: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(678) 493-6200 (770) 499-4136 (770) 445-1511

CITY OF ACWORTH: City Hall (770) 974-3112 Acworth Housing Authority (770) 974-3012 Parks & Recreation (770) 917-1234 Police Information (770) 974-1232 Acworth City Jail (770) 974-0295 Downtown Development (770) 974-8813 Municipal Court (770) 974-0965

AroundAbout Acworth — (770) 529-1516

COUNTY SCHOOL WEBSITES Bartow: Cherokee: Cobb: Paulding:

Harrison High School 4500 Due West Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8104 Principal: Donnie Griggers

Acworth Intermediate School 4220 Cantrell Road, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6600 Principal: Kathleen Curran

Kennesaw Elementary School 3155 Jiles Road, Kennesaw 30144 (678) 594-8172 Principal: Wanda Floyd

Allatoona Elementary School 4150 New Hope Church Road, Acworth 30101 (770) 606-5843 Principal: Jim Bishop

Kennesaw Mountain High School 1898 Kenn. Due West Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8190 Principal: Dr. Kevin Daniel

Allatoona High School 3300 Dallas Acworth Highway, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6503 Principal: Scott Bursmith

Kleven Boston Elementary School 105 Othello Drive, Woodstock 30189 (770) 924-6260 Principal: Les Conley

Awtrey Middle School 3601 Nowlin Road, Kennesaw 30144 (770) 975-6615 Principal: Jeff Crawford

Lewis Elementary School 4179 Jim Owens Road, Kennesaw 30152 (770) 975-6673 Principal: Kristi Kee

Baker Elementary School 2361 Baker Road NW, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6629 Principal: Dr. Phyllis Jones

Lost Mountain Middle School 700 Old Mountain Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8224 Principal: Dr. Terry Poor

Barber Middle School 4222 Cantrell Road, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6764 Principal: Lisa Williams

McCall Primary School 4496 Dixie Avenue, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6775 Principal: Thomas Farrell

Bullard Elementary School 3656 Old Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8720 Principal: Sharon Hardin

McClure Middle School (Cobb County) 3660 Old Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 331-8131 Principal: Susan Wing

Chapman Intermediate School 6500 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-6424 Principal: Dr. Pam Colvin

McClure Middle School (Paulding County) 315 Bob Grogan Drive, Dallas 30132 (770) 505-3700 Principal: Dr. Dick Hutnik

Durham Middle School 2891 Mars Hill Road, Acworth  30101 (770) 975-6641 Principal: Georganne Young

North Cobb High School 3400 Highway 293, Kennesaw 30144 (770) 975-6685 Principal: Dr. Phillip Page

East Paulding High School 3320 E. Paulding Drive, Dallas 30157 (770) 445-5100 Principal: Scott Viness

North Paulding High School 300 N. Paulding Drive, Dallas 30132 (770) 443-9400 Principal: Dr. Russell Claxton

E.T. Booth Middle School 6550 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-5707 Principal: Dawn Weinbaum

Oak Grove Elementary School 6118 Woodstock Road, Acworth 30102 (770) 974-6682 Principal: Jennifer Scrivner

Etowah High School 6565 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-4411 Principal: Keith Ball

Palmer Middle School 690 N. Booth Road, Kennesaw 30144 (770) 591-5020 Principal: Cathy Wentworth

Ford Elementary School 1345 Mars Hill Road, Acworth 30101 (678) 594-8092 Principal: Dr. Jami Frost

Pickets Mill Elementary School 6400 Old Stilesboro Road, Acworth 30101 (770-975-7172 Principal: Sheila Chesser

Frey Elementary School 2865 Mars Hill Road, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6655 Principal: Joyce Piket

Pitner Elementary School 4575 Wade Green Road, Acworth 30102 (678) 594-8320 Principal: Sherri Hill

Shelton Elementary School 1531 Cedarcrest Road, Dallas 30132 (770) 443-4244 Principal: Penny Noel Vaughan Elementary School 5950 Nichols Road, Powder Springs 30127 (678) 594-8298 Principal: Dr. Barbara Swinney

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Brookstone Montessori School (770) 426-5245 1680 Brookstone Walk, Acworth 30101 Principal: Linda Grier Brookwood Christian School (678) 401-5855 4728 Wood Street, Acworth, GA 30101 Principal: Kim Wigington Cornerstone Prep (770) 529-7077 1720 Mars Hill Road, Suite #8, Acworth 30101 Administrator: Jeanne Borders First Baptist Christian School (770) 422-3254 2958 N. Main Street, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Kim Dahnke Furtah Preparatory & Montessori School (678) 574-6488 5496 Highway 92, Acworth 30102 Headmaster: Fred Furtah Montessori Director: Denise Glass Harvest Baptist School (770) 974-9091 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth 30102 Principal: Jamie Smithey Hopewell Montessori School (770) 917-0507 450 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth 30101 Director of Ed: Laura Morris Lyndon Academy (770) 926-0166 9914 Highway 92, Woodstock 30188 Headmaster: Linda Murdock Mount Paran Christian School (770) 578-0182 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw 30152 Headmaster: Dr. David Tilley North Cobb Christian School (770) 975-0252 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw 30144 Head of School: Todd Clingman Omega Private Academy (770) 792-7431 5330 Brookstone Drive, Acworth 30101 Principal: Kathy Keeton

School Contact Information


Kennesaw Charter School 1370 Lockhart Drive, Kennesaw 30144 (678)-290-9628 Principal: Kay Frey

Roland Russom Elementary School 44 Russom Elem. School Lane, Dallas 30132 (678) 574-3480 Principal: Gina King

Shiloh Hills Christian School (770) 926-7729 260 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw 30144 Administrator: John D. Ward St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School (770) 419-8601 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Sr. Mary Jacinta, O.P. The Walker School (770) 427-2689 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta 30062 Headmaster: Don Robertson St. Joseph Catholic School (770) 428-3328 81 Lacy Street, Marietta, GA 30060 Principal: Pat Allen




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A cworth A rea C lubs & O rganizations

Acworth Business Association (770) 423-1330 Cherokee Chamber of Commerce (770) 345-0400 Cobb Chamber of Commerce (770) 980-2000T KSU Small Business Development Center (770) 423-6450

Pet Buddies Food Pantry

Atlanta Water Ski Club

(770) 425-3679

Southern Hope Humane Society (770) 445-7294

Cherokee Soccer Association 770-704-0187


Children’s PEACE Center (770) 917-8815

Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward

(770) 974-0670

Acworth Masonic Lodge 4497 McLain Circle

Cobb County Radio Control Modelers Club

(770) 974-3577

Foothills Running Club John McCusker,

(770) 924-9504

Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation (770) 529-9003 Ext. 40

Friends and Neighbors Club (F.A.N. club) Judy, (770) 514-7819

Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America (770) 989-8820

Kennesaw Futbol Club Carrie Crawford, (404) 630-8805

No Fee Referral Network - Acworth Contact: Betty Motter (770) 256-4864

Girl Scout Council of North Georgia (770) 974-4278

Northwest YMCA (Brookstone Area) (770) 423-9622

West Cobb Business Association

Girl Scout — Camp Pine Acres (770) 974-6696

West Cobb Lacrosse Club (770) 641-2222 LeadsNet Business Referral Group (404) 819-8896

(678) 776-6331


Junior League of Cobb — Marietta (770) 422-5266

AARC (All About Reaching Children) (678) 574-6023

Kennesaw-Acworth Lions Club

Children Child Advocacy Council (770) 345-8100

Kiwanis Club of Kennworth Golden K Contact: Marjory Everett (770) 966-0100

Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity (770) 345-1879

Sigma Gamma RHO Sorority Contact: Jackie Ajudua, (770) 529-5654

Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115 Cobb County Habitat for Humanity (770) 432-7954

Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister

(770) 428-2100

Cherokee Focus (770) 345-5483

Jewish Havurah Contact: Marcia, (770) 345-8687

County Democratic Party (770) 345-3489

Cobb County Democracy For America

Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-9882

Cobb County Democratic Party (770) 420-7133

Lung Cancer Alliance Georgia Contact: Edward J. Levitt (770) 590-7898

Cobb County Libertarian Party (770) 425-2856


Celebrate Life International


Homeward Bound Pet Rescue (706) 698-HOME

Active Adults Living with Arthritis (AALA) Contact: Marcia (770) 605-7960

Grandparents Support Group (678) 699-3400

Cherokee County Republican Party (770) 592-0575

Papa's Pantry (770) 591-4730


VFW Post 5408 (Acworth & Kennesaw Post) (770) 974-0958 www.vfwpost5408.orgCherokee

Here Am I Ministries, Inc. (770) 529-4644 Contact: Rev. DeAnna Fountain

Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption (770) 325-PETS


Atlanta Yacht Club

Cobb County Republican Party (770) 421-1833 Cobb County Republican Women’s Club (770) 785-2522

MOMS Club of Acworth-West MOMS Club of Acworth-East Newcomers of Cobb County (678) 402-6152 Sisters of Support (Breast Cancer Support) Contact: Sandy, (770) 926-3488 Widows / Widowers Grief Support Recovery (770) 590-0334 West Cobb Mothers and More (770) 314-1211


Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) (202) 224-3521 416 Russell Senate Office Building fax: (202) 224-0103 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website: e-mail: use contact form on website

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) (202) 224-3643 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 GA: (770) 661-0999 3625 Cumberland Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30339 fax: (770) 661-0768 Website:

Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R), District 11 (202) 225-2931 219 Roswell St., Marietta, GA 30060 GA: (770) 429-1776 Website: fax: (770) 795-9551

Rep. John Linder (R), District 7 (202) 225-4272 90 North Street, Suite 360, Canton, GA 30114 GA: (770) 479-1888 Website: fax: (770) 479-2999

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 (202) 225-4501 P.O. Box 425, Roswell, GA 30077 GA: (770) 565-4990 Website: fax: (770) 565-7570 e-mail:

Governor Nathan Deal (R) (404) 652-7003 State Capitol, Room 111 fax: (404) 652-7123 Atlanta, GA 30334

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21 (770) 516-0543 e-mail: fax: (404) 463-1385


240 Constitution Blvd. (770) 443-7550 Dallas, GA 30132 fax: (770) 443-7537 Website:

Commissioners: David Banett , Post 4

(770) 443-7550, x4009


Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

(770) 479-1871

Board of Education: Janet Read (R), Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 516-1444

Rick Steiner (R), Post 5 e-mail:

(770) 704-4398, x4370


Office Superintendent, Fred Sanderson

Board of Education: Lynnda Crowder-Eagle (R), Post 1 e-mail:

Kathleen Angelucci (R), Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 426-3300 (770) 426-3453


Superintendent, Cliff Cole

(770) 443-8000

Board of Education: Kim Curl, District 6

(770) 445-2600


Senator Bill Heath (R), District 31 e-mail:

(770) 537-5234

Senator Lindsey Tippins (R), District 37

(770) 426-4619

Rep. Charlice Byrd (R), District 20 e-mail:

(404) 557-5069


Rep. Ed Setzler (R), District 35 e-mail:

(404) 656-0126



1130 Bluffs Parkway (678) 493-6000 Canton, GA 30114

Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson e-mail:

Jason Nelms, (R) Post 4 e-mail:

(678) 493-6001 (678) 493-6000


Sheriff Roger Garrison (R) (770) 720-6393 90 North Street, Suite 330 Canton, GA 30114

Sheriff Neill Warren (R) (770) 499-4609 185 Roswell Street Marietta, GA 30060

Sheriff Gary Gulledge (R) (770) 443-3010 247 Industrial Way North Dallas, GA 30132


Mayor Tommy Allegood

(770) 974-3112


Butch Price, Post 1 e-mail:

(770) 974-4321

Gene Pugliese, Post 2 e-mail:

(678) 575-0596

(770) 528-3300

Bob Weatherford, Post 3 e-mail:

(770) 974-3533

Helen Goreham (R), District 1 e-mail:

(770) 528-3313

Tim Richardson, Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 974-5259

JoAnn Birrell, District 3 e-mail:

(770) 528-3317

Tim Houston, Post 5 e-mail:

(770) 917-1883

100 Cherokee Street (770) 528-3300 Marietta, GA 30090 fax: (770) 720-6361 Website:

Commissioners: Tim Lee (R), Chairman e-mail:

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President Barack Obama (D) (202) 456-1414 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue fax: (202) 456-2461 Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: e-mail:

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