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Crystal Carr and her husband, Rick Caffey, are the owners of Around Acworth, Inc. who publish the Acworth Community Magazine. Crystal has owned several small businesses over the years and is a licensed Real Estate Agent. Rick has also owned several small businesses and is an active member of the Air Force Reserves. He is also a veteran of Desert Shield/Storm. 2

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Contributors Don Akridge, Rick Caffey, Cherish Carr, Crystal Carr, Kristy Alcala, Bobbie Jo Ryan, Jeff Chase, Dr. Julie Poteet, Jay White, James Albright, Don Kyle, Lauren Ham, Dr. Scott Harden, Cynthia Regalla, Tiffany Hughes, Dr. Sherri Ziomek, Marvon Williams, Dan Jape, Frank White, Mayor Tommy Allegood, Mike Maxwell, Jeff Glover, C.A. Phillips, Leang Heng, Chief Wayne Dennard & Brandon Douglas

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website: Acworth Community Magazine, a publication of Around Acworth, Inc., is a monthly community magazine. Acworth Community Magazine’s mission is to build a sense of community and pride in the Acworth area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It is distributed free by mail. For readers outside our mailing area, subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Please send a check or money order to the address above. Acworth Community Magazine welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. The deadline for each issue is the 10th of the preceding month. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Acworth Community Magazine is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. Š Copyright 2013.



Volume 8, Issue 10

July 4, 2013 Music starts at 5 p.m. Flashback takes the stage at 7 p.m. Cauble Park on Lake Acworth Presented by:

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Message From The Mayor

School is out — let the summer begin! Looking for some summer fun? You’re in the right place! Make Acworth your “Staycation Destination” this year! No need to travel far, you can visit one of our four beaches! Lake Acworth alone provides great opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, Fishing and more. Hang out and picnic at our brand new, state of the art playground at Cauble Park. Visit Dallas Landing throughout the summer and take a ride on the “World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide.” Keep the kids active this summer by enrolling them in one of our Summer Camps or Sports Camp Sessions. Here in the City of Acworth, we are getting ready for several more exciting things! Here is some information that will keep you informed on what’s going on in your community! Farmer’s Market. Our Downtown Development Authority kicks off another season of the Acworth Farmer’s Market. Each Friday through October 25, local farmers will have fresh Georgia grown vegetables, plants, baked pies, cakes, jams and much more from which to choose. The market takes place in the upper parking lot in Historic Downtown Acworth from 7 — 11 a.m. each Friday morning. Football and Cheerleading Registration. The Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association is now registering for the 2013 season for football players and cheerleaders between the ages of four and twelve. Register early for discounted rates at or visit the next onsite registration date on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. at Halbrooks Field. July 4th Fireworks and Concert. Celebrate Independence Day with us at Cauble Park on Thursday, July 4. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks at dark. As tradition holds, there will be a special tribute to all those men and women who have served in our Armed Forces at 7:45 p.m. Parking will be available in Historic Downtown Acworth and shuttles will be provided to take you down to the event. SPLOST Updates. Many are aware of the completion of the SPLOST funded playground renovation at Cauble Park, but there are several other projects on the horizon. The parking

improvement project on the North Side of the Acworth Sports Complex is nearing completion. This project will add more than 20 much needed parking spaces while widening traffic lanes, improving traffic flow and reconfiguring the parking layout. The Acworth Police Department Headquarters is in the design process so look for construction to begin this Fall. You can view the status on all the SPLOST projects at Senator Russell Avenue Phase Two. Another big improvement for our Historic Downtown is under construction. Phase Two of the project will focus on Senator Russell Ave. between Dallas St. and Morningside Dr. It will continue the look and feel of Phase One of the project that extends from Lemon St. to Dallas St. Look for this project to be completed late this year. As always, for more information on any of these events or programs you can visit, sign up for our e-news program 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

CONTEST CORNER Congratulations to Pamela Betti! She was the first to find the sentence “Hopefully, so.” on page 49. She won a $10 gift card to Fast Eddie’s Sports Cafe.

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“Attention Sciatica And Low Back Pain Sufferers……” Could One Hour With Our Doctors Give You The Answer To Your Disc Pain? Now, in Acworth, GA, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. & Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. have what may be the most important breakthrough in non-surgical back pain treatment. Before and after MRI studies have shown disc bulges shrink in size – even with the most painful cases of L4-L5 & L5-S1 herniations.

and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work, or made you worse. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance.

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Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Breakthrough Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs.

Scientific studies tell us that spinal discs are responsible for most of the aches and pains people suffer from. Discs act like a cushion between our backbones and allow for a space at each level so the nerves can exit the spinal column.

It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine we are calling “the squashed disc machine.” How “Good” Discs become “Bad” Discs

When these discs get injured or wear out from bad posture, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniations begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. If the herniations occur at L4-L5, they can severely compromise the large sciatic nerve, causing muscle weakness, tingling, and severe pain.

Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few.

The most common invasive treatment for disc herniations is surgery. This costs quite a bit of money. Even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more. The recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgery.

It’s kind of like a cookie with cream filling, and the cream filling will start to ooze out from between the sides of the cookie if pressure is applied on top of the cookie (like gravity on our spines).

But here’s the biggest problem… there is a high failure rate of back surgery. One medical study found that on average, 53% of L5-S1 back surgeries fail to produce relief of symptoms (International Orthop 1987.) Before You Go Under The Knife And Opt For Spinal Surgery… You should seriously consider a less invasive approach called spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a new technology that has been proven to reverse disc herniations. It creates a vacuum effect on the disc, which pulls the disc back into its normal position and brings in a fresh blood supply to promote healing. Do You Have A Disc Problem? If you experience any of the following in your back or neck, chances are your pain is due to a disc bulge, herniation or degeneration: • A vice-like squeezing feeling in your back • Sitting causes back or leg pain • Stabbing pain at the belt line or in your neck • Can’t turn over in bed without hurting • Numbness in your toes or fingers • Fire down your legs • Searing pain radiates into your arm • Prickling in your leg or toes Finally, Some Good News…… If you’ve been suffering with back pain or arm/leg pain caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation or squashed or compressed discs. Until recently, the only advice for many of you suffering in pain was to try what you’ve been told: • Try exercising • Try physical therapy • Try pain medications • Try muscle relaxers • Try pain shots • Try dangerous back surgery • Just live with it If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem

Eventually this happens to a lot of us. Statistics show over 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain some time in their life. Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in a while I even catch a patient sleeping during treatment! How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought…”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart…I would feel a whole lot better.” Yeah, we know you have. And it kind of makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls you apart, stretches the disc to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle of the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! You’ll simply lie on your stomach or back, whichever is comfortable, and then a specialized belt is gently put around your waist. We’ll set the machine to focus on your problem area – then the advanced decompression computer system will do the rest. Most patients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all there will be no dangerous drugs, no invasive procedures, and no painful exercises. Does Decompression really work? Absolutely! When you come in we will provide you with studies that show why decompression is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof” on how well decompression works is what patients say about it: Just Listen to What Our Patients Had to Say: “I came into the office with neck, low back and knee pain. I had been suffering with this pain for 33 years. The pain had gotten so bad I could hardly move. When I came to the office my neck pain was a 9 on a 1-10 scale (10 being the worse) and now is a 0. My back pain was a 10/10 and is now a 1. I am so happy with the success I have had with my treatment. I now have more self approval and I am more confident.” Thanks, Dennis Duckworth “Before I started getting spinal decompression therapy I was having severe pain in my low back and

numbness down my leg constantly. I had been suffering with this for 3 years. I had two nerve abrasions, multiple steroid shots in my back, pain killers, PT and water therapy and Dr. Erin Arnold nothing worked. After the first spinal decompression treatment I could stand up straight with very little pain. I can now sleep through the night and exercise again. I am 90-100% better and I am so thankful I found this office.” Thanks, John Ratledge As you can see, spinal decompression has a high success rate with helping disc herniations, sciatica, and back pain. In just a matter of weeks you could be playing golf, enjoying your love life, or traveling again. Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Decompression Evaluation” we’ll be able to find the problem and then get to work on it. Think of how you’ll 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, muscles tied in knots will become more supple and strength in your muscles may increase. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without back pain – able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and finally get a good night’s rest. The Single Most Important Solution To Your Sciatica and Back Pain It’s time for you to find out if spinal decompression will be your sciatic and back pain solution. For 15 days only, we’re running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression. What Does This Offer Include? Everything we normally do in our new patient evaluation. Just call before June 15th, and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your health and wellbeing where the doctor will listen…really listen…to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized x-rays to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms. • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • An extensive review of your MRI. • You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like is has been for so many other patients. Until June 15th, you can get everything listed here for $20.The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking us up on this offer. Here’s What To Do Now: Due to the expected demand for this treatment, we suggest calling our office at once at 678-574-5678.


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on Main Street. The Lake City Cruisers partner with the city and the downtown Acworth merchants to hold these Classic Car Cruises each month that has a 5th Saturday during the Spring, Summer and Fall. 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, call (770) 917-1234 or visit

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Pastor Aaron Gable and staff, invite everyone to come visit LifeBridge Church at their new location each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. They are located at 3102 Loring Road, Kennesaw, (formally in the DAC Kids location, right off Cobb Parkway.) They state the following, "The very first thing we’ll ask of you is simple: relax. You don’t have to dress up. We don’t care who you voted for in the last election. And please, don’t feel the need to pretend about anything. We started LifeBridge as a safe environment for regular people to explore faith within community. Everyone is welcome here, whatever your story, your questions, doubts or struggles. So come as you are, because that’s where God meets us — as is. From there, we’ll help bridge the gap for each other from where we are to where God wants us to be." For more information, call (770) 422-3010 or visit

New Businesses Acworth Women's Center — The Acworth Women's Center, a not-for-profit organization, will open its doors to Acworth and its surrounding community on June 10, at 4805 S. Main Street. The hours of operation will be M-F, from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. The services provided are pregnancy tests; parenting and prenatal classes; baby boutique that includes clothes, food and items; crisis pregnancy coaching and information on pregnancy options. All services are FREE and confidential. For more information, please call (678) 216-6086. Harmony Designs Feng Shui — Harmony Designs Feng Shui is now offering Feng Shui consulting for homes and businesses by local resident Jennifer Hunt, CPFP. Feng Shui is a method of creating harmony and balance in a space which in turn nurtures and supports the occupants allowing them to experience their greatest potential for a harmonious life. For more information, visit or call (678) 662-2434.

Downtown Acworth Cruise Night On Saturday, June 29, the city will host a Classic Car Cruise in downtown Acworth. The event will be held from 4 — 9 p.m., 8


The Memorial Day Ceremony was held Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point in Cauble Park. Veterans, current servicemen and local citizens paid tribute to the brave men and women who have fought and died for our nation. A special thank you to Lt. Col. Alan Price, U.S. Air Force, Retired, for being the guest speaker at the Memorial Day Ceremony.

Now Open Every Friday AM Acworth Farmer’s Market The historic downtown Acworth Farmer’s Market takes place every Friday morning from 7 — 11 a.m. through Friday, October 25. The market is located in the upper parking lot by the railroad tracks on Main Street. Market customers will have a wide variety of garden ripe Georgia grown vegetables, bedding plants, fresh baked pies, cakes, bread and jams to choose from each week. Part of the fun is visiting with the farmers and other participants each week and checking out the new arrivals fresh from the farm. This is sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. For more information or if you’re interested on being a vendor, call (770) 917-1234 or visit





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Let Freedom Ring! July 4th Concert and Fireworks The City of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association are proud to present one of the largest fireworks extravaganzas in Metro Atlanta. On Thursday, July 4, there will be music and fireworks at Cauble Park. The live music with the Paul Hand Band will start at 5 p.m., leading up to the headliner, "FLASHBACK," at 7 p.m. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is FREE; however, tables are available for the July 4 concert. Tables are $50/City of Acworth residents and $70/non-residents. The table includes six chairs and one parking pass, however, parking is not guaranteed so arrive early - first come-first serve.) If you do not have a parking pass or if the parking if full, you will need to park downtown and either walk or take a shuttle down to the park. The shuttle service begins at noon and is FREE. Pick-up locations will be at the city hall parking lot and the post office parking lot. For more information or to purchase a table, please visit or call (770) 917–1234.

Community Blood Drive The City of Kennesaw is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, June 11, from 2 — 7 p.m., at the Ben Robertson Community Center, at 2753 Watts Drive. Most healthy people who are at least 17 years of age (or 16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about 45 minutes. The donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes. You may schedule an appointment at and enter sponsor code KP&R or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins are welcomed. For more information, please call (770) 422-9714.

Acworth Football & Cheerleading The Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association, Inc. (AFCA) provides competitive and instructional football and cheerleading opportunities for children between the ages of 4 1/2 — 12 years old. Children are divided into single age groups, and within those age groups are assigned to teams with kids of similar abilities and experience levels. The Association will also be starting a flag football league for children ages 3 — 4, stay tuned to the website for details! Come join the Warrior Football and Cheerleading family! 10


Registration fees are $175/City of Acworth residents or for $195/non-City residents. Online registration will end on July 27, at 1 p.m. After this date, registration will be available on-site at the practice fields and the fee will be $200/City of Acworth residents and $220/non-City of Acworth residents. Come and get the best overall youth sports experience for your child! For more information or to register, call (770) 974-7093 or visit

Water Slide Returns to Acworth The City of Acworth and Shoreline Entertainment, LLC is proud to announce the return of the World's Largest Inflatable Water Slide at Dallas Landing Park. The park is located at 5120 Allatoona Drive Acworth. The slide is 36 ft. tall and 175 ft. long. The slide will be open Monday — Friday, from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m., through Sunday, August 11. Daily Slide Rates are $3 for one slide, $7 for unlimited slides for one hour and $15 for unlimited slides for one day (plus tax.) Season Passes will also be available for purchase. Please note there is a $5 parking fee for non-city residents. Special group pricing is available for groups of 15 or more sliders. Please call today to reserve your group slide time at (404) 406-6996! Group rates are not available on Holidays. For more information on the slide, visit

NCHS - Volleyball Fundraiser The Lady Warriors Volleyball Booster Club is holding a Yard Sale on Saturday, June 29, from 8 a.m. — 2 p.m. The sale will be in the school parking lot near the softball field. To donate items to the yard sale, please contact Kim Miller at

North Cobb Football Fundraiser The 3rd Annual Fred Key Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting North Cobb High School Football, will be held on June 13, at Cobblestone Golf Course. For more information or to participate, please contact Chad McGehee (770) 595-8405 or email

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June 2013 Dinner to Honor: MARK TIDWELL Director of Atlanta Fellowship of Christian Athletes Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. Cherokee Cattle Company To Make Reservations Contact: Bob Kelly - or (770) 639-7694 On July 1st the Men’s Ministry H.O.G. is selling smoke pork butts (8-10lbs) for $30.00 each. The goal is to sell 150 and the proceeds will be used to help men in our community. To place an order please email

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Outdoor Movie/Camp-out Rescheduled The outdoor movie and overnight camping experience at Swift-Cantrell Park originally scheduled for Saturday, May 4 was postponed due to inclement weather. The event will be held on Saturday, September 14, weather permitting.

Kennesaw Farmers Market Open The Kennesaw Farmers Market will open for business every Tuesday through the end of October from 7 a.m. — 1 p.m., rain or shine, at 2753 Watts Drive (Adams Park Soccer Field Parking Lot). The market is sponsored by the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority. It features a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown by local farmers, as well as fresh baked breads, cakes and cookies, landscape plants and flowers, craft items and other assorted goods. For more information or to obtain information about being a vendor, please call (770) 4990874 or (770) 794-7075.

Student Gives Acworth Logo a New Look

Recently, Rati Sarkar and her family visited Mayor Tommy Allegood at City Hall, to present him with a special painting of the City of Acworth logo. Rati is an eighth grader from Barber Middle School who specializes in “graffiti art,” which definitely gives the logo a new look from her recent artwork. Rati stated, “I made the decision to use bright colors, because through my eyes the City of Acworth is just really bright with action. I chose to put Acworth's symbol in the middle and then write "City of Acworth" on the sides in bright neon colors.” In addition to Rati unique style of art, she is an exceptional student who is looking forward to attending the Magnet Program at North Cobb High School this fall. Rati is fascinated with her studies, especially Biology, and her goal is becoming a Biomedical Engineer, an inspiration that she has been considering since sixth grade. Rati participates in afterschool activities such as, Indian classical dance, swimming, tutoring and Destiny Daughters of Promise (DDP). DDPG.O.A.L's is a Leadership Program coordinated by Serena Martin, that helps young students build their future goals, career pathways and more! Rati states, “It is helping me as I build my career and educational path.” Rati gives special thanks to her parents and grandparents for their support, the DDP Leadership Program and Mayor Tommy Allegood for the opportunity. 12


PTS Allatoona Triathlon The PTS Allatoona Triathlon will be held on Sunday, June 23, at 7:30 a.m. The race begins with a 500 meter swim in Lake Allatoona with the swim start at Dallas Landing Acworth. The swim is followed by a fast bike course through downtown Acworth. The majority of the bike course is on long flat stretches. The 3.1 mile run course begins and ends in Downtown Acworth. For more information or to register, visit

Judge Philip Taylor Named Georgia Magistrate Court Judge of the Year Congratulations to Judge Philip Taylor who was named Georgia’s Magistrate Court Judge of the Year. He serves on the Cobb County Magistrate Court as well as serving as the Chief Judge for the cities of Kennesaw Kennesaw’s Mayor Mark Matthews presented and Acworth Judge Philip Taylor with a Certificate of and presiding Excellence in recognition of being named over the City of Georgia’s Magistrate Court Judge of the Year. Powder Springs Ordinance Court. He has served as the 7th Judicial District representative for many years and is also past president of the Georgia Council of Magistrate Court Judges. He is also the first judge in Georgia to earn a PhD in Judicial Studies. Judge Taylor was chosen in a poll of nearly 500 Georgia magistrate court judges who were asked to nominate a judge for the honor based on the judge’s professional excellence in the contributions made to the court system, the time and knowledge shared with fellow judges, and the level of respect earned for being a keeper of justice.

Christian Authors Guild The Christian Authors Guild will host author and speaker, Bernadine Cantrell, on June 17, at 7 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, visit

Learn to Speak English This is a FREE class to help people who need to learn English as a second language. The class will meet at the Cobb-Paulding Adult Education Center in Dallas. For more information or to register, call (770) 443-1660.

Dream Dash 5K Continues Grand Prix Series The second event in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series of 5K races, the Dream Dash, will be held on Saturday, June 15, in downtown Kennesaw. The race for adults and children benefits the Kennesaw Dream Foundation which supports the Kennesaw Teen Center, a not-for-profit project offering an after-school alternative for middle and high schoolers. The race is fun for beginners, accomplished runners and walkers alike. Packet pickup and on-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m.; the one mile Fun Run will start at 7:30 a.m., with the 5K scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. The route is a Certified 5K Peachtree Road Race Qualifier course. Pre-register at All registered 5K participants will receive an official race shirt, runner/walker number and goodie bag. Registration is also available at any Big Peach Running Company location. Visit for more information.

Memorial Program Will Celebrate the Life of Councilman Thrash Kennesaw City Councilman Bill Thrash, who died after a long battle with cancer on May 22, requested upon his passing that his body be donated to Emory University. In lieu of a funeral, his family, the Mayor and Council extend an invitation to a memorial service on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m., at Kennesaw Mountain High School. This program will be followed by a picnic lunch at Swift-Cantrell Park. The public is welcomed to attend and share their memories and stories of Councilman Thrash. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Loving Arms Cancer Outreach in Bill Thrash’s name.

College Signing

Allatoona High School Cheerleader Breanna Fogard recently signed a scholarship to cheer at the University of Hawaii. Picured L — R: Seated: Matt (father), Breanna, Julie (mother) Standing: Benji Morrell - Ath. Dir., Coach Mobley, Coach Roquemore, Andrew Windham, Coach Glenn and Coach Estes

FREE CPR Classes With summer and pool season on the horizon, there is a high demand to learn CPR. For one week only, the classes for the community are FREE at the North Metro Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College. Offered twice daily, June 3 — 7, the classes are two hours and provide information on choking, AED use and hands-only CPR. The class is also being offered on Saturday, June 1, at the city of Acworth Police Station. For more information or to register, call (770) 528-3538 or (770) 529-2372.

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On Saturday, May 25, the City of Acworth came together at Patriots Point to honor the great men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty to keep us where at home safe. Mayor Allegood welcomed everyone and Boy Scout Troop 730 did the Presentation of Colors. Grady Clark sang the National Anthem, followed by Cub Scout Pack 611 reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Randy Elster led the Invocation. Lt. Col. Alan Price U.S. Air Force, Retired, was the keynote speaker. The VFW Post 5408 presented the 21 Gun Salute, Sean Rochford played Taps and Kyle Peters played Amaing Grace on the Bagpipes. Thanks again to all whom participated and came out to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country.



Community Spotlight.... by Cynthia Regalla On February 22, this year the Acworth Community lost a great man, Mat DuVall. Once a pro body builder, he was also a very grounded and spiritual man. Mat was very dedicated and driven in all of his accomplishments and was very involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as God’s Warriors. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is one of the largest organizations in America and has been leaving lasting impressions on millions of people since 1954. Led by CEO Les Steckel, FCA is a non-profit interdenominational organization based out of Kansas City. While most members are encouraged to be athletes it is not a requirement to get involved. There are four core values that FCA honors; teamwork, serving, excellence, and integrity. Teamwork, we will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships. (Philippians 2:1-4). Serving, we will model Jesus’

FCA & Mat Duvall 1973-2013 example of serving. (John 13:1-17). Excellence, we will honor and glorify God in all we do. (Colossians 3:23-24). Integrity we will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately, and publicly. (Proverbs 11:3). The FCA Mission is to present to athletes, coaches and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. FCA embraces four C’s of ministry, the four being coaches, campus, camp and community ministry. By taking on these different mediums, FCA helps bring back sports through transfigured coaches, getting students of all ages to lead their fellow peers in school, train the athletes through various camps involving leadership and spiritual skills and reaching out through the community to bring everyone together through Jesus Christ. FCA is a huge organization with international ties and a deep connection here in the Acworth area. FCA is also very involved in serving throughout the community whether it’s through schools, businesses, and churches to help spread the word on Jesus Christ. There is one very special leader who was very influential in spreading the word. Mat Duvall passed away at the age of 40. He and his wife owned American Body Works, which has now been changed to Required Fitness in his honor. Considered to be one of the strongest men in IFBB Professional bodybuilding by MuscleMag, Mat Duvall started 18


competing in 1992 and had a successful career. Mat was passionate about everything that he did. He was admired and respected by his family, friends and peers for his discipline, integrity and faith. He loved being a mentor working with the FCA and God’s Warriors. I met Mr. Duvall in October of 2012 and while I did not know him personally, I was in his presence long enough to be touched by his beautiful soul. And while he may no longer be with us, his legacy will forever live on through his involvement with FCA and the community. FCA holds many events in the local community and internationally. The Superhero vs. Villain 5k race will be held at Required Fitness, which was owned by Mat Duvall, on October 19, at 8 a.m. For more information on the upcoming event, please visit or email

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Happy Anniversary!

Eleanor & Philip Kensinger Celebrated 66 years of marriage on May 24

Christine & John Obidowski Celebrated 13 years of marriage on May 28

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Ashley & Chase Leonard Celebrating 2 years of marriage on June 4

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Celebrating 10 years of marriage on June 4

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Vacation Bible School First Baptist Church Acworth presents World Tour

VBS will be held June 3 — 7, from 8:45 a.m.— 12 p.m. Everyone get ready to venture around the world at our ‘VBS World Tour’ at First Baptist Church of Acworth!! We welcome all ages 4 (as of Sept 2012)—5th Grade. The church is located at 4583 Church Street. For more information or to register, visit or call (770) 974- 3021.

Northwest Christian Church presents HayDay: A Preschool VBS

“HayDay” will be held Sunday-Tuesday, June 2 — 4, from 6 — 8 p.m. During these farm-themed fun evenings of games, crafts, Bible stories & more, your children will be learning all about growing in friendship with Jesus. The church is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. For more information, visit or call (770) 425-2525.

Kennesaw United Methodist Church presents Everywhere Fun Fair!

Join the fun June 3 — 7, from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. Our “Everywhere Fun Fair” is open to all children who will be in K-6th grade for the 2013/14 school year. Get a FREE gift when you register online at www.kennesawumc. org or call (770) 428-1543 for details.

Piney Grove Baptist Church presents Sunlight Express!

VBS will be held on June 2 — 6, nightly beginning at 6 — 8:30 p.m. All children are welcome to come board the Sunlight Express adventure! The church is located at 1605 Mars Hill Road. For more information, call (770) 428-5122 or visit their website at

Hillcrest Baptist Church presents Colossal Coaster!

VBS will be held on June 2 — 7, nightly beginning at 6:45 — 9 p.m. All children are welcome; 2 years — 12th grade. The church is located at 6069 Woodstock Road. For more information, call (770) 917-9100 or visit their website at

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church presents KINGDOM ROCK!

VBS will be held on June 17 — 21, from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m, for children age 4 years to entering 5th grade. At Kingdom Rock kids will discover how to stand strong for God! Kingdom Rock is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch and even taste. Inspirational crafts, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the royally rockin’ activities that help faith flow in real life. For more information, please call (770) 974-4395 or visit

NorthStar Church presents Power Play

VBS will be held on June 17 — 21, from 6:15 — 8:30 p.m. The Unstoppable Power of Faith,” kids 5 years old through 5th grades are invited to experience a live worship band, interact with crazy characters, challenge friends in ultimate games and journey through the Bible’s most powerful plays of faith. To register, go to

Acworth United Methodist Church presents KINGDOM ROCK!

“Where kids stand strong for God!” — VBS will be held June 17-21, from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m., for ages 3 through finished 5th grade. $15 each/$45 immediate family max. Includes one Kingdom Rock music CD for each family! Kingdom Rock t-shirts available for additional cost. Limited supply - so order and pay early! The church is located at 4340 Collins Circle. For more information, call (770) 974-3312 or visit www.

Kennesaw First Baptist Church presents Colossal Coaster!

VBS will be held on June 3-7, from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m., for children who are 4 years old before 8/31/2013 through completed 5th grade. The church is located at 2958 North Main Street. For more information, call (770) 427-3109 or visit their website at

Wildwood Baptist Church presents Colossal Coaster!

VBS will be held June 24-28, from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. We are accepting preschoolers, age 3 as of 9/1/2012, up through elementary students who will have completed 5th grade this school year. The church is located at 4801 Wade Green Road. For more information, call (770) 428-2100 or visit 24


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The North Cobb Rotary held their 4th Annual Smoke on the Lake Backyard BBQ Festival at Cauble Park. It brought out BBQ fans from all over the area. The teams competed in the amature and professional categories; while others came out simply to get their fill of smokey, juicy goodness. Kids and adults alike were also able to enjoy a variety of activities and live music.




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The 2013 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour made its return to Acworth recently. The event brings riders and visitors to our city from all over the world. Fans enjoyed watching the live water shows, shopping for water-sports accessories, fashions and equipment from top vendors, fun in the sun and plenty of chances to win free stuff.

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Can I Buy A New Home Without My Current Home Being Sold? In today’s real estate market, many homebuyers are misinformed by the likes of banks and media talking heads on what is possible and what is not possible when it comes to financing a home. Many are under the impression that they cannot buy a new home while still carrying a mortgage on their existing home. The information the media spews out about my industry makes my skin crawl. I read articles published through national media outlets that are flat out incorrect. I have emailed the writers to rebut their entire article numerous times and never hear back, which does not shock me. A lot of articles will reference something in California and will write the article as if it will affect you here in Acworth/Kennesaw. What then happens is that many people are discouraged from going after that new home, or looking into refinancing their current home to take advantage of today’s interest rates. If I ever leave you with any valuable information, please know one thing is true regarding mortgage lending — no two situations are ever the same — what your neighbor did or did not do, does not mean you can or cannot take advantage of the market, and this is especially true when it comes to states other than Georgia. Let’s talk about banks. I often see homebuyers given misinformation by banks, such as you must sell your current home prior to buying your new home. This comes from banks



having many overlays within their guidelines that are over and above the guidelines I adhere to daily. It also comes from lack of experience by the bankers taking your phone call. Here is the meat of the article — you can buy a new home while still owning your current home, provided you can meet the debt to income Jay White ratio requirements and reserve requirements. Currently, there are no hard and fast debt ratio requirements, it is case by case. Fannie Mae does publish a 45% max back end debt ratio; however, I have recently closed deals with slightly higher debt ratios. Freddie Mac is more liberal within reason. FHA allows higher debt ratios as well. Reserves are simple, you just need to show 6 months’ worth of mortgage payments for both homes. These funds do not have to be liquid and can be in a retirement account. You are not accessing these funds, just showing you have them. Debt ratios are calculated off of your gross income for W-2 employees, not the net take home pay. Self-employed individuals benefit a lot from debt to income flexibility as self-employed income is calculated from the last two years of personal and business returns. continued on page 46

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Life insurance 101: The right coverage depends on your personal circumstances First in a series of four columns exploring the benefits of life insurance Understandably, the subject of life insurance can be difficult to discuss. Like developing a will or designating a guardian for our children, it centers on the idea that we are no longer here to enjoy and care for our loved ones. No amount of life insurance can replace the emotional support we give the special people in our lives. However, it can provide them an income they can use to continue – and grow – in their lives. Consumers can select from a variety of life insurance policies and providers. Three common options are term life insurance, whole life insurance and universal life insurance. Term life insurance can offer coverage from one year to 30 years or longer, and is often purchased to provide funds for financial obligations such as a mortgage or a child’s tuition in the event the policyowner dies. A term policy contains no cash accumulation features. Whole life insurance generally provides coverage throughout a person’s life with level premium payments, as well as a level death benefit. Unlike term insurance, a whole life policy may gradually accumulate a cash value, which you may be able to borrow against while the policy is still active or cash in upon surrender of the policy. Universal life insurance offers more flexibility than whole life insurance. It allows policyowners to increase premium payments, subject to certain limits, which may increase the cash value of the policy. The death benefit may also be increased subject to continued insurability. Selecting life insurance protection that’s right for your situation is a deeply personal decision. Your loved ones’ immediate and future expenses, the income that will be lost if you die, and the amount of premium you can afford to pay are several of the factors that need to be considered. In the next three columns, I’ll address the term, whole life and universal life options in more detail. Visit to find a Life Needs Calculator to determine individual life insurance coverage needs and to learn more about SimplyProtected Term life insurance and the entire portfolio of life insurance products offered by American Family Life Insurance Company, a member of the American Family Insurance Group. Marvon and his wife Jada have two daughters and live in Acworth. He is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada and has been a business owner for over 19 years. Marvon was the 2012 president of the Acworth Business Association. His office has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates in 2012 as a Distinguished Insurance Agency. Marvon is available to protect your dream and can be reached at (770) 627-3493 or by email at

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June Events

Monthly Luncheon

Thursday, June 6 @ 11:30 a.m.

Held at NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road

Alive After Five

Thursday, June 13 @ 5:30 p.m.

Belong Here and Do More in 2013

May Luncheon

The ABA recognized AwtreyMiddle School as the School of the Month and presented them with a check for $300.

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Morning Jolt

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday morning at 7:45 a.m. Held at Panera Bread 3384 Cobb Parkway (Target Shopping Center)

Cobb EMC was the sponsor of the May luncheon.

Henry’s Louisiana Grill catered the May luncheon. Henry Chandler pictured with his staff.

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2013 ABA Scholarship Winners

Calvin Diemer Outstanding Student Athlete Alyssa Dobson — AHS

Marlon Longacre Outstanding Student Athlete Andrew Hester — AHS

Grady Clark Future Business Leader Natalie Geng — NCHS Presented by Andrew Windham

Rhonda Newton Exceptional Leader Alyssa Dobson — AHS

Jeff Glover Outstanding Community Service Brooke Dorris — NCCS

Judge Jim Payne Exceptional Leader Tray Oates — AHS (Not Pictured)

Brian Bulthuis Outstanding Community Service Connor Owen — KMHS

The Amazing Process of How Our Teeth Develop?

Tooth development is an amazing process that involves a very complex orchestration of adult teeth substituting baby teeth while integrating with continued jaw growth. It is interesting to note this growth and development of our teeth continues for about 21 years of our life and represents about one-quarter of our lifespan. Tooth development is an extremely physical transformation in comparison to the steady growth involving the rest of the body and how it matures. Imagine that our baby teeth and adult teeth all begin like seeds inside our jawbones at birth. These seeds undergo a fascinating metamorphosis and begin growing at just the correct time over the course of several decades. In order for all these teeth to enter into the oral cavity without a significant crowding problem, the jawbones must simultaneously grow to ensure space for all our teeth. The fact that we all have different sized teeth and different sized jaws is yet another amazing variable in this complex process. Here is a quick tooth anatomy lesson. A tooth forms with two elements; the top segment that is above the gum tissue is called the “crown” while the bottom segment that is below the gum tissue is called the “root.” Opposite to how a tree forms, a tooth develops the crown first and the root second. Teeth are composed of four components: enamel, dentin, cementum and nerves (“pulp”). Enamel, which covers the crown of the tooth, is white and is the hardest substance in the body. It covers over the dentin, which comprises the majority of a tooth, and surrounds the nerve chamber in the center of the tooth, termed the “pulp.” The roots are comprised of cementum, a thin layer that interconnects the tooth root to the bone via a periodontal ligament. This ligament is what allows teeth to form and move and undergo movement from braces. Additionally, tooth anatomy requires a brief understanding of the actual types of baby teeth and adult teeth. Our adult teeth consist of front incisors, cuspids (eyeteeth), premolars (middle teeth between cuspids and back molars) and molars. There are 1st and 2nd premolars and a total of 8 adult premolars. There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) and a total of 12 adult molars.

Our primary (baby) teeth consist of the same types of teeth as our adult teeth except that we do not form baby premolars or baby 3rd molars. In physiological terms, tooth development all begins as embryonic cells in our jawbones that must contain the four components mentioned above. There are 20 baby embryonic cells and 32 adult embryonic cells that are present and ready to grow into teeth at just the right stage of development once given nature’s signal.

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Primary (baby) teeth start to form between the sixth and eighth weeks. Adult teeth begin to form in the twentieth week. We are without any teeth for about six months, favorable for breast-feeding. Lower front teeth are first to erupt into the mouth at six months of age. All the remaining baby teeth enter into mouth between six months and about two years old. Between ages two and six, no other teeth erupt into the mouth and this time is devoted to jawbone growth. At age six, our first adult teeth appear, the lower front incisors and the back first molars. The lower front incisors actually push out the baby teeth above them and the first tooth fairy visit begins here. Adult teeth will ultimately push out 20 baby teeth. However, not all adult teeth that erupt into the mouth push teeth out. All adult molars come in behind baby teeth into an area unoccupied by baby teeth. The primary molars are actually pushed out by adult premolars and again the adult molars do not push out any baby teeth. Between the ages of 6 and 21, the 20 baby teeth that are already present, are all replaced by adult teeth below them. The baby teeth all have roots with a preprogrammed signal to resorb or “melt away” as the adult teeth push up from underneath. When the roots become short enough, the baby tooth loses its anchorage and falls out, creating space for the adult tooth to emerge. Ultimately, all the 32 adult teeth enter the oral cavity; 20 of them push out baby teeth and 12 erupt into open areas devoid of baby teeth. The variables of tooth size, jaw size and when teeth erupt into the mouth all influence the final outcome of whether teeth are crowded, have spaces between them or line up correctly. Overall, people’s teeth form amazingly well given the complex growth and development they must undergo.

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Acworth Police Department Intertwined

In mid-May we graduated the 2013 installment of the Acworth Police Department Citizens Police Academy (CPA). Each year we spend about 13 weeks with the class members, and I have to say, we always get attached to them and hate to see them go. However, when their classes end, we send them out sincerely knowing that the community and the police department are intertwined as one.

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I recently read an article about the California Redwood that enlightened me. Of all the things that have interested me over the years, I suppose I have never really given a great deal of thought to these magnificent examples of strength and community. The redwood forests, where the world’s oldest living beings thrive, may have some proven advice for us.

The tallest of the redwoods are estimated to be just shy of 400 feet. When you realize that this is the length of over 1¼ football fields, it begins to come into perspective. The taller trees stand over the smaller ones providing shelter from elements such as heat and wind as they root into the community. One would think that the roots of the older taller trees would be very deep. Surprisingly, they may only descend about 5-6 feet. For me, this is where it began to sink in that the depth of the root may not have as much to do with the strength of the community as does the outward extension. The roots from the redwood extend as far as 100 feet from the base of the tree. They intertwine as one with the others in the community and create the strength to hold each other up. Like the redwood trees, relationships between the police department and the community have to be intertwined so that we can support each other. This is exactly the goal of programs such as the Citizens Police Academy. While most students come to the class seeking to learn something new and interesting about the world of policing, they go away feeling like part of a family. Sir Robert Peel, who introduced his principles of policing nearly two centuries ago, said that “...the police are the public and the public is the police...” The CPA drives this point home by allowing the students to meet police officers (uncensored) and get to know them as individuals and members of the community, with a shared interest in its growth and prosperity. Class of 2013, congratulations and remember that you are a part of us and that we are a part of you. We look forward to the 2014 class which will begin registration in January. Our roots at the Acworth Police Department are getting longer as we continue to intertwine with the community. Together, we will grow and strengthen.

Citizen’s Police Academy On Tuesday May 21st, the Acworth Police Department held graduation for the 13th annual Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This year’s class was an excellent cross section of the citizens who live and serve in our community. We had former military personnel, teachers, business owners, community leaders and retirees who completed the 12 week course. Attendees also included former ABA President Marvon Williams (Class representative), his wife Jada and Assistant District Attorney, David Willingham. During the past 12 weeks, attendees were exposed to various aspects of the law enforcement profession, including but not limited to; Constitutional Law, Traffic Enforcement, K-9, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Practical’s, a presentation from the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office, and an opportunity to accompany officers to the firing range where they were exposed to the different weapons systems in use at the Acworth Police Department. All participants received firearms safety training and were given the opportunity fire various weapons systems at the range.

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Class of 2013! Lee Gambrell Maryse Gordon Jac Greenlee Dennis Hinton Steve Holmes Patrick Kelly Claudia Knapp Sonya McGullion William Newman

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Tips for Summer A/C Get Ready for the Summer Heat the blower area of your furnace for any loose paper or debris that might have gotten drawn into the unit and remove it. You should inspect the intake or return grills and make sure dust has not built up on the grill to the point of restricting the ability of the unit to get the proper amount of air. It is a good idea to vacuum the grills every other year to remove this dust build up and reduce the need for possible duct cleaning. The system has to be off before cleaning the grills to stop any dirt from being drawn into the system. All furniture should be pulled back away from the intakes to keep the upholstery from being drawn into the system and restricting air flow.

The weather in Atlanta is always hard to predict, but the one thing you can be assured of is hot, steamy summer days with many days in the high or mid 90’s. You must make sure your air conditioning unit is ready for the intense heat and there are some simple things anyone can do to help make sure to stay cool this summer. Dan Jape

The first couple of things are often overlooked and neglected. Simply, replace the air filter and check for any excessive dust build up in the blower compartment of the furnace. Some units have top and bottom doors that have to be removed to change the filter and other systems have an external filter rack or holder on the outside of the system. Make sure you put the correct size filter in your furnace and do not bend or fold an incorrect size as this will cause dust to bypass the filter and clog the cooling coil and blower wheel. Look at the blower wheel of your furnace and if you see dust build up, call your HVAC company to clean it thoroughly. Never remove your filter and run your furnace without a filter. Many people do this and with plans to get another filter, but forget and end up severely damaging their machine. Also, check

You should always check your outdoor unit and make sure no plants or bushes are blocking the top or the side of the unit. All bushes and trees should be cut back at least three feet so a good steady supply of air can be drawn into the unit. Inspect down in the unit and make sure no sticks, limbs, leaves or grass clippings have fallen in. If debris is present in the interior of the unit, do not simply take a garden hose to the unit in an attempt to clean the system as this will push the material further into the cooling coil. The top or side of the unit has to be removed to properly clean out this build up and make sure the breaker or disconnect is turned off or removed to prevent accidental injury. Red clay build up on the bottom of an A/C unit is one of the continued on page 46

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Chiropractic Sometimes, it is fundamentally necessary to get back to the basics. It’s difficult for me to admit, but occasionally I lose focus on what is really important about my job. I get caught up in this or that and come to a point where I need to remind myself of why I am a chiropractor. Chiropractic changed my life more than a decade ago and continues to influence my life Dr. Sherri Ziomek everyday through others. This has been a concept that has been hard for me to explain lately and I find myself looking for complicated answers when chiropractic is one of the simplest healthcare options out there. Most people use chiropractic for pain relief, which is perfectly acceptable except that it’s not an ideal situation. Pain is one of the greatest communicators that we have to alert our bodies that something is not as it should be. The basis of Chiropractic is that when the body loses normal function, health suffers. This normal function is important in all joints, but even more important in the spine. The reason for this is because the spine is the foundation for all movement in the body and is the housing for your spinal cord. Nerves coming from your spine feed all of your bodily tissues (muscles, skin, and your organs)

with important information coming from your brain. Nerves also send vital information back to your brain which is needed to make you tick. When there is a problem with your spine’s ability to move properly, symptoms are generated. If there is a loss of proper movement in a segment of the spine, there will be a change in the way muscles, joints and other tissues around that area function. This change in proper function of your muscles and joints causes you to experience symptoms. It is not uncommon to misinterpret these symptoms as a “muscular problem.” Our patients are told all of the time that they must have pulled a muscle. How do you pull a muscle brushing your teeth or getting out of bed? How do you pull a muscle getting up from a chair or vacuuming the floor? It is impossible. The problem is not with the muscle, but is caused by a loss of proper movement within the spine. Muscles respond to this joint problem with spasms. They eventually become tight, sore and/or painful which causes people, including many doctors, to incorrectly believe that you have pulled a muscle. The logic of Chiropractic is simple. If we can work to normalize the movement and function of your spine, many symptoms will go away. This is treatment that addresses the cause of the symptom through the manipulation of joints. Returning the body to normal function makes sense at the most basic continued on page 46

Ways the Middle Class Can Make a Difference for Charity You don’t need to be wealthy to make an impact and get a win-win. Do you have to make a multimilliondollar gift to a charity to receive immediate or future financial benefits? No. If you’re not yet a millionaire or simply a “millionaire next door,” yet want to give, consider the following options which may bring you immediate or future tax deductions. Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus

Partnership gifts. These gifts are made via long-term arrangements between donors and recipient charities or non-profits, usually with income resulting for the donor and an eventual transfer of the principal to the charity at the donor’s death.

For example, a charitable remainder trust also allows you to pay yourself a dependable income (typically for life) and then distribute the remaining trust principal to charity. A charitable lead trust offers you the potential to reduce gift and estate taxes on assets passing to your heirs by making annual charitable gifts; your beneficiaries get the leftover trust assets at the end of your life or the specified trust term. You could even name a

charitable life income arrangement as the beneficiary of your IRA. If you don’t have enough funds to start one of these, you might opt to invest some of your assets in a pooled income fund offered by a university or charity. Your gifted assets go into a “pool” of assets invested by a fund manager; you get a pro rata share of the income of the fund for life, and when your last income beneficiary passes away, the principal of your gift goes to the school or charity. If you like the idea of a family foundation but don’t quite have the money and don’t want the bureaucracy, you could consider setting up a donor-advised fund. You make an irrevocable contribution to a third-party fund, realizing an immediate tax deduction; the fund invests the money in an account you create. You advise the fund where the money goes and how it grows, but the fund makes the actual grants to nonprofits. Lifetime gifts. These are charitable gifts in which the donor retains no powers or other controls over the gift once it is made. A lifetime gift of this sort is not included in what the IRS calls your Gross Estate (but taxable gifts are used in calculation of estate tax). continued on page 46

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The Pies Have It

Competing in Today’s Economy Most small businesses are facing a number of challenges today. As our economy continues to flounder, consumers are more likely to be cautious with their purchases, leading to decreased sales and lower profits or quite often losses for businesses. Consequently, businesses are struggling to meet their financial obligations, which Don Kyle can directly impact their ability to survive. So what are small businesses to do? Small businesses have an advantage over large businesses in that they can make decisions much more quickly to modify their strategy, workforce, product or service offerings, or even their company image to adapt to the ever-changing economy. In the words of Michael Gerber, author of E-Myth, “Most entrepreneurs fail because you are working IN your business rather than ON your business.” In fact, most are so busy just running their daily operations, they rarely have the time to take the necessary steps to improve their businesses. Here are several suggestions that may help you create a “plan of action” to compete in our challenging economy. 1. Take a look at your business by creating a flowchart, documenting how your business currently operates. 2. Review and assess your current business plan, specifically describing your current market area, target customers, competitors, demand for your products or services, threats, opportunities, etc. 3. Review and assess your current marketing and promotional strategy, including the effectiveness of your current advertising. Calculate the returns you currently achieve from these. 4. Assess your competition and look for opportunities based on any identified advantages you have. 5. Research similar businesses in markets outside of yours and look for new or different ways to grow your business. By taking the time to perform some or all of these steps, you may identify some areas you can modify or change very quickly, which may lead to higher revenues and profits. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about growing your business. Don Kyle is the CEO and Founder of Small Bizz MBA, a company which assists businesses with their marketing, branding and advertising needs. (404) 580-6331,

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I have always been a big lover of pie, favoring it over cake most any time. While sweet pies are divine, savory ones can be just as satisfying. Even better, they provide dinner options which are light, and don’t require much time in the kitchen, which is a great thing when the Georgia heat is knocking at your door.

Keeping some extra pre-made pie crusts in your freezer gives you lots of mealtime choices. For instance, take approximately ½ pound of ground beef and brown it with some chopped onion, salt and pepper. Combine with ½ - 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and put in a thawed pie crust. Pour 2 whisked eggs over it. Sprinkle with a little ground mustard and bake at 350° for approximately 20 minutes, or until eggs are set. Serve with lettuce and tomato to complete your cheeseburger pie. Use leftover vegetables or a bag of frozen vegetables, add cooked turkey, chicken or ham (if you want), and put in your thawed piecrust. Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings (such as dry Ranch, Italian or Lemon Pepper.) Whisk together ½ cup baking mix and ½ cup milk with a little salt, and pour over the crust. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Top with some fresh parmesan, cheddar or mozzarella the last 5 minutes of baking for an extra flavor boost. A spin on a popular hand-held food is to stir together a box of corn muffin mix, per package instructions. Pour the mix into the pie crust. Then add in 6 chopped hot dogs. Bake per package instructions and voila, instead of pigs-in-a-blanket, you have pigs-in-a-bed! Chicken pies are an easy option. Pre-bake your crust for 15 minutes at 350°, or just until golden. Then add 2 cups cooked chicken, and a can of your favorite veggies. Season however you wish, then top with 4 oz. of melted cream cheese. Let the pie cool and the cream cheese will firm up, allowing you to cut neat slices to enjoy. Another idea is to fill the thawed crust with the above ingredients, top with canned biscuits, and then bake the whole thing, until the biscuit topping is done. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Pies are portable, easy to make, and provide lots of dinner options which are fairly quick to prepare. So let your toaster oven do the work while you enjoy a big iced tea and thumb your nose at the temperatures outside. Happy cooking everyone! 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



The Eyes Look, the Brain Sees Our eyes take in the sights around us, but it is our brains that actually see. Visual and auditory processing involves recognizing and interpreting information taken in through the senses of sight and sound. Although there are many types of perception, the two most common areas of difficulty involved with a learning disability are visual and auditory perception. In fact, 80% of what we perceive is from the visual system. Since Dr. Julie Poteet so much information in the classroom and at home is presented visually and/or verbally, the child with a visual or auditory perceptual disorder can be at a disadvantage. A visual processing or perceptual disorder is different from problems involving sight or sharpness of vision. In fact, many people with a visual processing disorder do not even need glasses, but they seek out vision exams in hopes that simply prescribing glasses will rectify their problems with reading and processing the world around them. Visual processing disorders can be treated, and it is always best to identify the problem as early as you can. It is often said by educators that children are learning to read up until third grade, and then thereafter they are reading to learn. Visual processing disorders will hinder a child’s ability to successfully learn to read at the appropriate pace.

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A person struggling with visual processing issues will often display some of the following symptoms: • Reading reversals (“was” for “saw,” “on” for “no,” “big” for “dig,” etc.) • Poor reading comprehension and poor recall of visually presented material • Trouble with spelling and sight vocabulary • Trouble distinguishing differences among similar objects or forms • Skipping of small words when reading • Oral reading that is smooth at the beginning of the page, but becomes more labored the longer a child reads • Yawning shortly after reading begins • Misjudging spatial relationships of objects in the environment, often bumping into furniture or misstepping on stairs and curbs • Confusing right and left and having a poor sense of direction While visual processing disorder is just one of the many reasons a child may struggle with schoolwork, if left untreated, it can lead to intense frustration and loss of self-esteem. That is why it is so important to understand that it is not just 20/20 vision that makes us see what we see. Dr. Julie Poteet is in practice at Acworth Family Eyecare. For more information, contact them at (770) 974-3153 or

Let’s Get Ready to PARTY!!!! Schools out and the kids are home for Summer. It’s that time of year when your friends start coming over and your grill is about to earn its keep. However, when you look down at your feet, that deck you are standing on has seen better days. What do you do and how do you start? Believe me, the last thing you need is an unsafe deck that you can step through the decking boards Jeff Glover or worse, have the entire structure collapse with your friends and family on it. So, let’s do some preventative maintenance and make sure that its safety is ensured. I have listed various maintenance items that you need to be made aware of. First, for those who already have a wood deck, think about how much abuse it takes. To help extend the life of your deck, let’s start with the deck boards. Make sure the decking boards are nailed down securely. If they have pulled loose, remove the nails and replace them with a 2 ½” decking screws. If any boards are splintered, cracked or just plain broken, remove them and replace with new decking boards. Make sure the surface is clean of any mold or mildew. Once mildew begins, it spreads rapidly, making the surface slippery and unsafe to walk on. Have a licensed contractor come out and pressure wash your deck, and if you haven’t sealed it in

awhile, this is a great time to do so. Next, let’s get underneath the deck and check the joists that support the decking. These joists should be fastened to the banding using metal connectors; and on some decks, joists may be supported on a wooden ledge and notched out so that they can rest on top. Although this is an acceptable form of construction, I recommend adding a metal connection to prevent the joist from pulling away from the banding. The most important thing to check is your deck post supports. The current Building Code is that for any deck less than 3’ off the ground, 4”x4” pressure treated post are acceptable, but for more than 3’ off the ground, they need to have 6” x 6” pressure treated posts. In our area there are loads of decks more than 3’ off the ground that are sitting on 4”x4” pressure treated posts. I know this because I have repaired plenty of them, and I strongly encourage you to swap to 6’’x6” pressure treated posts. This is not an expensive repair and the return in my opinion is priceless. Next, check to see if these supporting posts are resting on a concrete footing and that the posts are sound. Look for splitting down the sides of each post, and although some splitting will occur naturally due to the posts drying out, make sure they do continued on page 46

M an T o M an As Father’s Day approaches and I think about the kind sentiments my children often make on this day, I smile and realize there are MANY reasons I am thankful to be a man, for I happen to think that guys have it good! Here are a few reasons why: • Phone conversations are never over 30 seconds. Mike Maxwell • Three pairs of shoes are way more than enough. • You can quietly watch a game with your buddy for hours without ever thinking, “He must be mad at me.” • The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. • One wallet, one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons. I was blessed to have both a godly grandfather and father when I was growing up. I have fond memories of fishing on the banks of a pond in front of my grandfather’s home using a cane pole, because I was not old enough to use a rod and reel. I can remember vividly a 75 mile canoe trip down the Withlacoochee River with my dad and the Boy Scouts when I was 12 years old. I can remember telling my dad, “I love her dad and I’m going to ask her to marry me.”

I think of the first time the nurse put my daughter in my arms. I remember that overwhelming feeling of responsibility that accompanied that early Easter morning of 1991 when I became a dad. Then, five years later, the pride I felt again, the moment I heard “it’s a boy” and realized I now had a son to carry on our name for future generations. Snapshots in time, and all important memories that remind me of the importance of being the right kind of husband, dad and friend…the right kind of man. Culture over the years has diminished the role of men. As men we are to honor God with our life and actions. I believe because we, as men, have not adhered to biblical principals, we are seeing grave results in our families and communities. The Apostle Paul considered his fellow pastor, Timothy, to be like a son in the faith. He mentored Timothy and encouraged him to “flee from ungodliness… and follow after righteousness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.” (1 Timothy 6:11) Unfortunately, today, many men view these godly traits as less than “manly” and choose to follow other ways. As men, we have a great reasonability to lead in our families and in our communities. In the Bible, God gave us example after example of godly men who took a stand and led with conviction. We also see how we can be the leaders God wants us to be and how we too, can make a difference in the lives of those around us. continued on page 47








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Take a Hike

C. A. Phillips

I had many reasons not to. I was exhausted. I had things to do – mow the grass, edge, weed, remove bird poo from our porch and sidewalk (bird’s nest – sheesh), shop for Mother’s Day, get kids to school, pick up kids from school, haircuts, laundry…just to name several. Everything in my brain, and every ache on my body was telling me not to. But, I did it anyway. I took a hike.

One of my favorite spots to hike is up Pigeon Hill to the top of Li’l Kennesaw Mountain, and that is where the story begins. It was a crisp spring morning, but just warm enough to throw on some shorts. I began the steep climb up the hill, a rather wide, gravelly jaunt in the shade just across Burnt Hickory Road. The first 50 yards were great, but I quickly began to feel the burn in my thighs and heaviness in my lungs. I hadn’t even been out there two minutes. I had the picture of cannons in my mind…cannons that marked the pinnacle of this particular journey. The ones located at the top of Li’l Kennesaw Mountain. I looked up at the incline ahead of me, and immediately I began to make concessions. “I’ll just go far enough where I can look out and see the land below. I

don’t have to make it to the cannons.” The cannons seemed so far away. After just five minutes, I was questioning my will to press on. I had done this trail in the fall a couple times, and I just didn’t recall it being so steep. Every ten paces or so, I would look up and doubt myself. After what seemed like an eternity, I came to the end of the path and began the arduous climb up the rock. This is not like REAL rock climbing, but in the most literal sense, I was climbing/walking up nothing but granite for several minutes. My feet pounded. My heart did the very same. And, before long, I reached the top of Pigeon Hill. Shortly after reaching the top of Pigeon Hill, the path transitioned from rock to soil/pine straw, and back to rock again. And, it narrowed considerably. As I pressed onward and upward, I noticed patches of Poison Oak reaching in, trying its best to nip at my ankles. I carefully placed each foot on the rocky path, avoiding the pesky leaves. Before long, I was having difficulty putting much weight on my left ankle. Any step down/in that caused my toes to be higher than my heel resulted in extreme pain. So I began to climb more gingerly, putting the bulk of the strain on my right foot and ankle. continued on page 47

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Can I Buy a New Home... Continued from page 30

In talking to local Realtors, the majority prefer not to make an offer on a new home with a contingency to sell a current home. So if you have been thinking about buying a new home and your current home is not sold, don’t let that stop you. Talk to a mortgage professional who knows how to close loans. Jay has been in mortgage lending for 11 years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Acworth Business Association Board of Directors. Jay lives in Acworth with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children Dante, Sterling and Enzo. You can reach Jay at (770) 870-0644 or by email at

Tips for Summer A/C.... Continued from page 38

biggest causes of an air conditioner not cooling well, and all this mud should be thoroughly washed off before the unit is run. Wash this out from the inside of the unit so as to not push the dirt back in the coil further. By performing these simple steps, homeowners can make sure their air conditioner is ready to take on the summer heat in the South. Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating & Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096 or visit the website at


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level. Once normal function is re-established, the body heals. Chiropractic assessments include an evaluation of where your body has lost some of its proper biomechanical function. Chiropractic’s goal is to correct these problems to not only help resolve your symptoms, but to also provide long term benefits to your overall health. 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.

Ways the Middle Class Can Make a Difference... Continued from page 40

Lifetime gifts also include outright gifts of cash or appreciated assets such as stocks or real estate. A gift of appreciated stock could bring you a charitable deduction to lower your income tax, and help you avoid capital gains tax linked to the sale of the appreciated shares. Through a gift of appreciated property, you can transfer a real estate deed to a school or charity and get around capital gains 46


taxes that may result from a property’s sale. If you have held the appreciated property for at least a year, the gift is deductible up to 30% of adjusted gross income with no capital gains tax on the appreciation. You could even arrange a retained life estate, in which you deed your home to a charity or non-profit while retaining the right to live in it as your primary residence for the rest of your life. Estate gifts. These are deferred gifts you make after your lifetime, without impact on your current lifestyle. You can make a bequest to a charity through your will or a living trust without generally incurring estate taxes on the gift amount. A gift of life insurance to a university or charity can give you an immediate income tax deduction for the cash surrender value of a paid-up policy, and possible future deductions. You can also make an IRA gift or retirement plan gift effective upon your death, with the non-profit organization receiving some or all of the assets as you wish. The caveats. As your income increases, you may face limits on the amount of charitable gifts you can deduct. If you are retired, an increase in income can also cause more of your Social Security benefits to be taxed. The IRS says that your charitable deductions for any tax year cannot be more than more than 50% or your adjusted gross income (possibly 30% or 20% depending on the specifics of your gifts). But if you exceed such limits, the IRS lets you carry forward excess contributions for up to five years. Would you like to learn more? Okay, so they may not name a hospital wing or a library after you. But your charitable gifting can have real effect even if you don’t have a fortune. Keep in mind that your unique circumstances need to be weighed before making any decision. As with all tax and estate planning, please consult your financial advisor, attorney or tax advisor to affirm that you are in a position to fully benefit from charitable deductions. 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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not exceed 1” - 1 ½” deep. The railing is a critical part of deck safety, hands down, and should be a minimum of 36” tall and the pickets no more than 4” apart. For example, I like to see railing attachments done with 4”x4” posts every 6’ feet and then lag bolted to the band that runs around the perimeter of the deck. If you are concerned or unsure, call a licensed contractor to check them for you. If your deck is supported by metal columns, check the bottoms to make sure they have not rusted through. Unfortunately, metal columns rust from the inside out, so check these annually and add this job to your maintenance checklist.

Lastly, if your deck is on its last legs and you are kicking around the idea of building a new one, you can recoup 72% of your investment within the first year, according to Remodeling Magazine. When it comes to the safety of your family and friends these simple repairs will give you peace of mind and allow you many years of deck enjoyment. Jeff Glover is a State of 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 lives in Acworth with his wife Melissa and two children Brendan and Abigail. You can contact him or comment on his articles through his website at

Man To Man

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The task is not small or for the faint of heart, but it is, nevertheless, ours to do. Ambrose Redmoon said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” Fear is an emotion that can be conquered through a relationship with Jesus Christ. His promise is that when we call upon Him, He will answer. Trust Him for provision, wisdom, and guidance. This Father’s Day, I hope you too will take time to reflect on all the wonderful memories and time you have with your loved ones, and that you will think about your role as a father and husband. Our families and our society need men to rise up and be the leaders that God intended for us to be. May we all be courageous and instill in our next generation those god-pleasing qualities and traits that will continue to make this a “Great Nation”. Happy Father’s Day! Mike Maxwell is the Pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church off Woodstock Road in Acworth. He is married to Angela and has two children, Emily and Justin. Originally from Florida, they relocated to Georgia and joined Hillcrest in September 1993. You may reach him at (770) 917-9100 or email him at

Take a Hike

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I realized that perhaps hiking today was not the wisest choice I could have made. But, at this point, I was a mile up the mountain. What choice did I have now? I made the decision that the only way I could continue was to keep my head down. Keeping my head down accomplished two things: first, it was the only way to avoid injury, given the terrain; second, if I kept my head down, I was less likely to be discouraged by what I saw ahead.

I began to focus almost exclusively on the music playing on the iPod, developing a rhythm with my steps. I soon reached the lookout point, and I knew I was fairly close to the top. I pushed my body and my mind harder, inhaling deeper, more controlled breaths with each pace along the path. As I neared my destination, my pace quickened, and my spirit soared. I was in the zone. I made my way through a final rocky clearing, then around one last bend…and there they were — the cannons. Perhaps you are facing an uphill battle in your life. You have legitimate reasons for delaying the journey. You ache, you are tired. Every time you begin to face it, you are discouraged by what you see ahead. You have convinced yourself that you will never get there. So, you compromise. You feel like you are pressed in. Obstacles are strewn about, trying to trip you up, and cause your footing to slip. You feel alone. But, there is hope. You can keep the vision you have for your life in your mind. Play it over and over again. Don’t look up at the obstacles ahead. Keep your head down, and take it one step at a time. It may require delicate steps and careful planning, and some voices of encouragement to help you find your rhythm. But, in the end, if you persevere, there will be a clearing. And, you will experience the exhilaration of knowing that the cannons are just ahead. C.A. Phillips serves on staff at NorthStar Church in the Acworth/ Kennesaw area, and has lived in Kennesaw for more than 30 years. You may email him at, and may follow him on Twitter @caphillips3.

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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 & 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

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

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


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

Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8, 9 & 11 a.m. Christian Ed: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. www.

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

St. Teresa's Episcopal Church 5725 Fords Road, (770) 590-9040 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 5:30 p.m. www.

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: 10:15 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Pastor: James Holloway

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LUTHERAN Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road, (770) 425-6726 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: John Schubert

Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane, (770) 975-4595 Sunday Bible Study: 9:15 a.m. Sunday Services:  10:45 a.m. Int. Pastor: Dr. Allan Purdie

First United Lutheran Church 3481 Campus Loop Rd., Kennesaw (770) 427-0325 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Tony Prinsen

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

Thankful Baptist Church 928 Kennesaw Due West, Kenn. Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: John Harris


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


(678) 797-0611

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 Mars Hill Presbyterian Church 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. Pastor: Rev. John M. Matejek 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

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

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: James Gwin 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 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. Saturday: 6 p.m. REVIVE 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 Acworth Church of God of Prophecy Ministry 3891 Nance Road NW, (770) 975-1124 Sunday Services: 10:55 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Rev. John Paul Benning Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Pastor: Steve Pettit Calvary Chapel Northwest 50 Shallowford Road NE, (770) 926-5524 Pastor: Tim Milsaps Calvary Fellowship River Oaks Meets at Brookwood Christian Academy 4728 Wood Street, (770) 655-0655 or (678) 977-0087 Pastor: Grady Clark

Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Sunday Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. 5095 Holt Road NW, (770) 975-1788 Cobb Vineyard Church 3206 Old Highway 41, (678) 574-0005 Sunday Services: 10 & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Thomas Cooley Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 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 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. Four Points Church Meets at Picketts Mill Elementary 6400 Old Stilesboro Road, (678) 402-6632 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Brent Stephens Freedom Church Meets at Barber Middle School, (770) 529-6006 Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: J.R. Lee 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 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. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m., Wed. Service: 7:30 p.m.

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 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 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 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 a.m. & 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

LifeBridge Church 3102 Loring Road, (770) 422-3010 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Aaron Gable

Victory North Church Meets at Palmer Middle School, (770) 794-7366 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Jeff Hidden

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

Vintage 242 Church 8492 Hiram Acworth Highway, (678) 383-2299 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Steve Hambrick

A cworth A rea C hurches

Congregation Ner Tamid (678) 264-8575 Friday night Shabbat Services on the Second and Fourth Friday of every month.

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

Emergency — 911

C ommunity I nformation N umbers

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 (678) 413-8400 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) 514-2330 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) 443-7584 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

Cobb Paulding Zoning: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

CHILDREN & FAMILY: Boys & Girls Clubs: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 720-7712 (770) 427-0418 (678) 363-8570

Child Support Enforcement: Department of Family & Children Services: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(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

LIBRARIES: Cherokee Co. Libraries (770) 479-3090 Cobb Co. Libraries (770) 528-2320 Acworth Libraries (770) 917-5165 NON-EMERGENCY 911: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

PARKS & RECREATION: 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

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 Pet Buddies Food Pantry: “Donating pet food to keep pets in homes & out of shelters”

(678) 310-9858

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

Water: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

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

Acworth Community Magazine — (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: Deborah Morris

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

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: B. Joey Moss

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: Shea Thomas

Lost Mountain Middle School 700 Old Mountain Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8224 Principal: Robert Downs

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: Dr. Patrice Moore

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

Chapman Intermediate School 6500 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock 30189 (770) 926-6424 Principal: Susan McCarthy

McClure Middle School (Paulding County) 315 Bob Grogan Drive, Dallas 30132 (770) 505-3700 Principal: Jaynath Hayes

Durham Middle School 2891 Mars Hill Road, Acworth  30101 (770) 975-6641 Principal: Dr. Susan Galante

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: Dr. Kim Fraker

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

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: Les Conley

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: Dr. Peter Giles

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: Jenny Douglas

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: Dr. Jeff Robinson 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 Harvest Baptist School (770) 974-9091 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth 30102 Principal: Bill Lystlund Hopewell Montessori School (770) 917-0507 450 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth 30101 Director of Ed: Laura Morris Jacob’s Ladder Preschool & Kindergarten (770) 974-3021 4583 Church Street, Acworth, GA 30101 Director: Jamie Azar 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 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 Patrick The Walker School (770) 427-2689 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta 30062 Headmaster: Jack Hall

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


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 LeadsNet Business Referral Group (404) 819-8896 No Fee Referral Network - Acworth Contact: Betty Motter (770) 256-4864 West Cobb Business Association (770) 850-3921

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Children Child Advocacy Council (770) 345-8100 Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity (770) 345-1879 Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115 Cobb County Habitat for Humanity (770) 432-7954 Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue (404) 993-7958 Here Am I Ministries, Inc. (770) 529-4644 Contact: Rev. DeAnna Fountain Homeward Bound Pet Rescue (706) 698-HOME Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-9882 Lung Cancer Alliance Georgia Contact: Edward J. Levitt (770) 590-7898 Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption (770) 325-PETS Papa's Pantry (770) 591-4730

Paws for Disabilities Pet Buddies Food Pantry (678) 310-9858

Southern Hope Humane Society (770) 445-7294



Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward

(770) 974-0670

Acworth Masonic Lodge 4497 McLain Circle

(770) 974-3577

Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation (770) 529-9003 Ext. 40 American Legion North Cobb Post 304 Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America (770) 989-8820 Girl Scout Council of North Georgia (770) 974-4278 Girl Scout — Camp Pine Acres (770) 974-6696 Junior League of Cobb — Marietta (770) 422-5266 Kennesaw-Acworth Lions Club

Atlanta Yacht Club

Atlanta Water Ski Club

(770) 425-3679

Cherokee Soccer Association 770-704-0187 Children’s PEACE Center (770) 917-8815 Cobb County Radio Control Modelers Club Friends and Neighbors Club (F.A.N. club) Judy, (770) 514-7819 Kennesaw Futbol Club Carrie Crawford, (404) 630-8805 Northwest YMCA (Brookstone Area) (770) 423-9622 West Cobb Lacrosse Club (770) 641-2222

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

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

Celebrate Life International

Rotary Club of North Cobb

Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister

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

Grandparents Support Group (678) 699-3400

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

POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS County Democratic Party (770) 345-3489 Cherokee County Republican Party (770) 592-0575 Cobb County Democracy For America Cobb County Democratic Party (770) 420-7133 Cobb County Libertarian Party (770) 425-2856 Cobb County Republican Party (770) 421-1833 Cobb County Republican Women’s Club (770) 785-2522 Republican Women of Cherokee County (404) 747-3353

(770) 428-2100

MOMS Club of Acworth-West MOMS Club of Acworth-East Moms in Ministry @ Summit Baptist Church (770) 794-0442 Every other Tuesday AM email: Newcomers of Cobb County (770) 234-5068 Meets 3rd Tuesday Parents of Prodigals Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (770) 424-4387 Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday Sisters of Support (Breast Cancer Support) Contact: Sandy, (770) 926-3488 Widows / Widowers Grief Support Recovery (770) 590-0334 West Cobb CHADD (404) 368-9394 Meets 1st Thursday at Due West United Methodist Church West Cobb Mothers and More (770) 314-1211

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

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 131 Russell Senate Office Building Wash., D.C. 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. 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 Bill Heath (R), District 31 (770) 537-5234 e-mail: fax: (770) 537-6383 Senator Lindsey Tippins (R), District 37 (770) 424-2700 fax: (770) 424-2777 Rep. Charlice Byrd (R), District 20 (404) 557-5069 e-mail:

Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

(770) 479-1871

Board of Education: Janet Read, Post 4, School Board Chair e-mail:

(770) 516-1444


Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa

Board of Education:

Scott Sweeney, School Board Chairman

Lynnda Crowder-Eagle (R), Post 1 (404) 697-9562 e-mail:

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

(770) 426-3452

(678) 646-2470

(678) 896-6399


Superintendent, Cliff Cole

(770) 443-8000

Board of Education: Kim Curl, District 6 email:

(770) 445-2600


Sheriff Roger Garrison (R) (678) 493-4100 498 Chattin Drive Canton, GA 30115


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


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


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

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

(404) 630-8452

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


100 Cherokee Street (770) 528-3300 Marietta, GA 30090 fax: (770) 528-2606 Website:

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

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

(770) 528-3305 (770) 528-3313

Gene Pugliese, Post 2 e-mail:

(678) 575-0596

Helen Goreham (R), District 1 e-mail: JoAnn Birrell, District 3 e-mail:

(770) 528-3317

Bob Weatherford, Post 3 e-mail:

(770) 974-3533

Tim Richardson, Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 974-5259


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

Tim Houston, Post 5 e-mail:

(770) 917-1883

A ppointed O fficials

Senator Brandon Beach (R), District 21 (404) 463-1378 fax: (404) 463-1386




(770) 443-7550, x4009

E lected

Commissioner: David Barnett , Post 4

Ryan Family Chiropractic Wellness Center 27 (678) 664-4028 3330 Cobb Parkway NW, Suite 332, Acworth

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

Computer Services/Repair

Attorneys/Legal Services James D. Haley 27 (770) 974-1494 4807 S. Main Street, Acworth

Automotive AutoBuffs Express Carwash (678) 213-1313


KAMS Auto Service Cente (770)529-0330 4978 N. Cobb Parkway, NW My Mechanic Joe (770) 591-6640


Banking/Financial Services Citadel Professional Services, LLC (770) 952-6707 225 Town Park Drive, Kennesaw


Angel Oaks Funding (770) 870-0644


Business Consulting ADVOCOS (678) 213-0649 ext 302 Small BIZZ MBA (404) 580-6331




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. Glenn Reece (770) 429-8989 Dr. Terry O’Shea (770) 974-4146 4427 Carnes Street, Acworth


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


Williams Orthodontics 13 (770) 592-5551 145 Towne Lake Parkway, #201, Woodstock


Bascomb United Methodist Preschool IBC (770) 926-0397 2295 Bascomb Carmal Road, Woodstock


Relaible Heating (770) 594-9969


Home Improvement/Repair & Service Bam Fence (678) 525-1125


Dr. Fixit, Ph.D. (770) 974-2390


Jeffrey C. Glover (404) 694-0550


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


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


Lawn Maintenance/Landscaping Abracadabra LawnScape (770) 966-1585

Financial Services/investments 40

Fitness 15

Health & Beauty jSpa Massage (678) 574-3810 3450 Cobb Parkway, Ste 190


Kennesaw Barber Shop (770) 424-6877 3909 Jiles Road #102, Kennesaw


Massage Therapy at Brookstone (770) 317-3040

Salon 3:16 (770) 485-9791



Life Quest Fitness (678) 973-0635

Chiropractors Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation (770) 516-9900 3940 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw

Acworth Family Dentistry 9 (770) 974-8211 3104 Creekside Village Drive, # 301, Kennesaw



Heating & Air Conditioning


Citadel Professional Services, LLC (770) 952-6707 225 Town Park Drive, Kennesaw

Catering Clement Catering (770) 485-5543


DeRiche Agency, Inc. (678) 490-3761 3175 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991

GhostNet, Inc (770) 852-2292

Opulence Aesthetic Medicine (770) 591-3429 600 Chastain Road, #224, Kennesaw

Ga Tree Masters (706) 273-7000


Lawn Doctor of Acworth (770) 517-2129


Martial Arts/Self Defense Georgia Wing Chun Kung Fu (770) 324-4385 (770) 324-0895 111 Kelli Clark Ct., Cartersville 112 Public Square, Adairsville

Optometrist/Eyewear Acworth Family Eyecare 42 (770) 974-3153 3459 Acworth Due West Road, #101, Acworth

Steve’s Painting (770) 231-9494


East Cobb Pediatrics (770) 795-4553 3895 Cherokee Street, #160, Kennesaw

Bill Kettering Photography (770) 509-9280


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

Create a Memory (770) 974-3686




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


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



Solavie 9 (404) 778-2555


Ticket George (770) 437-8499 17


Restaurants/Food Services Bar-B-Cutie (770) 917-8436 3466 Cobb Parkway NW

Resurgens Orthopaedics (678) 354-2883 3698 Largent Way, #103, Marietta

Cookies by Design (770) 578-0200 3101 Roswell Road, Marietta

Synergy Medical Centers (770) 975-1299

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


Wellstar (770) 956-STAR (7827)

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

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Plumbers The Plumbing Doctor (770) 516-9000


Retail stores

Physicians and Medical Services Acworth Immediate Care (770) 975-6540 4450 Calibre Crossing, Acworth

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

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



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


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