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Volume 8, Issue 12

Message From The Mayor As summer vacations wind down and schools are back in session, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on the “Spirit of Volunteerism” in our community. This month, the Acworth Business Association will be welcoming back more than 550 teachers from local schools with special luncheons and breakfasts. Even more important than welcoming them back, our community will be thanking them in advance for the positive impact they will make on the lives of children this school year. Schools will always remain one of the largest determinants in a person’s decision to live and work in a community and will always remain one of our top priorities for quality of life in the City of Acworth. With the fall approaching, another special “Spirit of Volunteerism” ignites. Hundreds of volunteers with the Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association, the Acworth Baseball Association, Acworth Youth Basketball League and the Horizon league will converge on our sports facilities to make a difference in the lives of children. These volunteers will work countless hours for a cause greater than themselves! A very specific and special testimony comes from our Horizon League. Throughout the year, our Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department coordinates special needs athletic programs at the Horizon Field. Not only are volunteer coaches needed in the program, but the biggest need for volunteers comes from our buddies. These buddies come from local high schools, churches and charitable organizations and work with each child on a one to one basis. The program could not exist without the help of each buddy. While most of your interactions with our city may come at the elected official or staff level, we have several volunteer boards and commissions that aid in our city’s progress. The boards and commissions that serve the city include the Downtown Development Authority, the Tourism Bureau Authority, the Lake Authority, the Tree Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Acworth Housing Authority and Planning and Zoning Commission. The volunteers meet on a regular basis to help support the mission for economic development and vision for quality life in our community. 6


Local charities and nonprofits exemplify the hearts of servants. In our community, we have several great organizations such as the North Cobb Rotary Club, Kenworth Kiwanis Club, the Acworth/Kennesaw Optimist Club, Allatoona Charities and the Acworth Women’s Center just to name a few! There are so many more organizations serving behind the scene and doing great work that often goes unnoticed by the general public. These examples are only a few of the great deeds being performed in our community each and every day. There are many organizations throughout our community that impact positive change. All of this work is typically thankless, so the next time you get the opportunity, thank a teacher, a church leader, a community leader, a coach or a buddy! Let them know that their efforts are appreciated! We at the City of Acworth appreciate them! As always, for more information on the latest happenings in our community, 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

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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. If you’ve had disc problems for years, recently injured your back, or you’re suffering with sciatica, you must hear about these new studies. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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 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. 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). 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 started at North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute for pain in my low back that traveled down my right leg. The pain felt like a burning sensation down my leg and numbness into my toes. I was unable to walk my normal 5 miles. Since starting the spinal decompression therapy I am now able to walk again without any pain. The pain and numbness down my right leg is completely alleviated. I was surprised to find that I am even sleeping better at night and that the tension in my upper back has also been relieved. The staff here has treated my great and is very caring! Thanks Bill Norman

“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. Dr. Erin Arnold I had two nerve abrasions, multiple steroid shots in my back, pain killers, PT and water therapy and 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 yourmuscles 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 Aug 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 August 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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Acworth Women’s Center Ribbon Cutting

On July 9, the City of Acworth held a ribbon cutting for the Acworth Women’s Center, located at 4805 S. Main Street. Mayor Tommy Allegood was happy to congratulate Hanna Pintozzi, Executive Director, on the new center. The Acworth Women’s Center focuses on providing support for women and men who are dealing with unplanned pregnancies and/or sexually related issues. They offer pregnancy test verifications, prenatal and parenting classes, an earn-while-you-learn program, a baby clothes and miscellaneous items closet, biblically-based peer conseling, post abortion recovery classes and community resource referrals. All services are 100% FREE and also available in Spanish. For more information, please call (678) 574-5466 or email

Christian Brothers Automotive Christian Brothers Automotive is proud to welcome its new owners, Chris and Dana Schaefer, to Acworth. Chris and Dana, along with their two children, recently moved here from North Carolina and are very excited to be a part of the Acworth community. Christian Brothers Automotive is confident you will be pleased with your visit. Their friendly staff will make you feel right at home and will treat your car like it is one of their own. Their most popular services include oil changes, brake services, state inspections, check engine light diagnostics and air conditioning services. If you’re in a hurry and can’t wait for your car to be repaired or serviced, no need to worry. Christian Brothers Automotive also offers a FREE courtesy shuttle that will take you back home or to work, so you don’t have to wait for your car. They are conveniently located at 3408 Cobb Parkway and are open Monday – Friday, from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call Christian Brothers Automotive today at (404) 719-5911 or visit them online at

Meet Dr. Daniel Lee We are happy to introduce you to Dr. Daniel Lee, who has recently become the owner of Dr. Daniel Lee, DMD, PC, a local dental practice located in the historic district of Acworth, next door to Acworth City Hall. Dr. Lee previously practiced for seven years in a general dental office in Dunwoody and has worked here at the Acworth office with the previous owner, Dr. Terry O’Shea and his staff for the past three years. Dr. Lee was born and raised in Duluth, Georgia and graduated from Medical College of Georgia in 2005. Dentistry apparently runs in his family as his sister, Dr. Susan Lee, is a pediatric dentist in Atlanta and his mother has worked in the dental field for many years. He enjoys working with patients, children and families. He loves traveling and playing golf, and looks forward to meeting many of you at the local links, Bentwater, Cobblestone, etc. Dr. Lee is proud to be part of the practice previously owned by Drs. Richard Mintz and Terry O’Shea, which has served the Acworth and Kennesaw communities for more than 40 years. 8


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Heaven Scent Cupcakes We are excited to introduce Acworth’s new cupcake shop, Heaven Scent Cupcakes! Owner, Tera Gore and her son Greg, manager, are excited to be bringing the delicious cupcakes to Acworth! At any given time, Heaven Scent Cupcakes has a minimum of 15 flavors of cupcakes available, some of which are rotated seasonally. Their most popular flavors are Strawberry Shortcake, Red Velvet and Triple Chocolate Paradise — YUM! One new flavor they are working on is their Blueberry Champagne cupcake, so be on the lookout for that this fall! In addition to their cupcakes, Heaven Scent also offers hand dipped Blue Bell Ice Cream, cake pops, frosting shots and assorted beverages including milkshakes made with Blue Bell Ice Cream and coffee. Acworth means a lot to Tera since she grew up here and considers this her home — she even graduated from North Cobb High School — so she was very excited to open her third Heaven Scent location here. They are located at 3450 Cobb Parkway and are open Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday — Saturday from 11 a.m. — 10 p.m. Stop in and try their delicious treats — you won’t regret it! For more information or to place your order ahead of time, please call (678) 324-6057.

GTC Gives Back™ Tennis Tournament The GTC Gives Back 5th annual “Play for Pink” tennis breast cancer fundraiser event will be held on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17, at the Governors Towne Club Tennis Center in Acworth. The 2-day event includes Ladies, Men’s, Mixed Doubles and Juniors play. The tournament also features a silent auction, a ladies luncheon with a dessert diva contest and auction, a pro exhibition match and several other fun-filled experiences. The cost to participate is $40 for adults and $20 for juniors. We will feature a day of tennis fun for our local special needs children on Friday at 5 p.m. for only $10 per child. For more information, contact Gwen Buller at (678) 787-3574, email, or visit their website at

GTC Gives Back™ Golf Scramble The 1st annual GTC Gives Back “Play for Pink” Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, August 23, at the Governors Towne Club Golf Course in Acworth. All proceeds go to the GTC Gives Back local charitable efforts in the fight against breast cancer. The 4-man scramble features a demo by 8-time long drive champion Kevin “the bull” Bullard and a chance to win a new Cadillac ATS with a hole-in-one. The range opens at 8 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 10 a.m. The cost to participate is $125 per person or $500 a foursome. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Julie Henry at To volunteer or to register your team, contact Mendy Iaconne at 10


30 + 2 CrossFit Acworth

Looking for a new way to get in shape? Well, 30+2 CrossFit Acworth, located at 3969 South Main Street (across from Kennworth Park), might be exactly what you are looking for! 30+2 CrossFit Acworth Co-Founders, Ryan Strache and Geof Travis, grew up racing Motocross and now, as adults, were able to get back into the great shape of their Motocross days with Crossfit. They were so inspired by the results that they became certified and have now opened their own CrossFit gym. CrossFit is a fitness program designed to improve 10 aspects of physical fitness, including Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance and Accuracy. Each class at 30+2 CrossFit Acworth is limited to about 10 people so that each person can have one-on-one interaction with the trainer. Plus, the small group setting is great for people to get healthy while supporting one another. Rather work out on your own, personal training sessions are also available. For more information and to become a member, visit or call (678) 799-2185 or (770) 330-9309.

GTC Gives Back™ Power for Pink Glow in the Dark 5K Walk/Run GTC Gives Back™ Power for Pink Glow in the Dark 5K Walk/Run On Friday, August 16th at 11:00 pm, GTC Gives Back will host our first ever Glow in the Dark 5K walk/run. All proceeds from the event will go to Rally for the Cure®, GTC Gives Back Community Outreach Program and the GTC Gives Back Angel Delivery Program. All of these programs help to fight breast cancer in our local community. The race will start and finish at Governors Towne Club in Acworth, GA. The cost to participate is $ 50.00 per person. For more information, contact Shannon Wilson at or visit their website at

Senior Yah-Yah Club Yard Sale The Acworth Senior Yah-Yah Club will be holding a yard sale on Friday, August 2, from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m., at the Roberts School Community and Education Center located on School Street in downtown Acworth. The thirty member club will be offering a variety of items for sale (no clothes) and would like to invite the public to come out and shop for that hidden treasure. For more information, contact Judy McCurley at (770) 529-2947.

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Love the Lake Back to School Movie Night The Love the Lake Back to School Movie Night presented by Superior Plumbing, the Acworth Business Association and the City of Acworth will host this FREE event on Friday, August 2. Come out to the football fields at the Acworth Sports Complex after a long week and watch The Croods on a 40 foot inflatable screen. This new release is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.

For more information or to register for “Tennis for Tatas,” contact Kim Truckenmiller at (407) 474-3717 or email or visit their Facebook page “Tennis for Tatas in Acworth, GA” to download the registration form. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities or to register for “Tee Up for Tatas,” contact Kim Truckenmiller at (407) 474-3717 or via email at Registration forms may also be downloaded on their Facebook page “Tee Up for Tatas in Acworth, GA”.

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The gates will open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dark. So bring your lawn chairs, blankets and cooler…a great night is guaranteed! Concessions available. This movie is made possible in part by the generous sponsors of the Love the Lake Series.

“Team Acworth – Tommy and the Heartthrobs” The City of Acworth invites you to mark your calendars for the upcoming Cobb Heart Walk 2013. On Saturday, October 26, “Team Acworth – Tommy and the Heartthrobs” will participate in this 5K (3.1 miles) event. You can make a difference by joining the team by walking or making a donation to the American Heart Association. As the No. 1 killer in the U.S., cardiovascular diseases impact millions of families, friends and loved ones. Embracing a healthier life is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves and those we love. For more information, visit the website for Cobb Heartwalk 2013 at http://cobbheartwalk. or contact Marian Jordan at (770) 974-3112.

“Tennis for Tatas” & “Tee Up for Tatas” Local 3-Day walking team “Trucken for a Cure” will host the 2nd Annual Tennis for Tatas round robin tennis event, on Friday, Sept. 13, at Brookstone Country Club. The event is a mixed doubles, round robin, and will start at 6 p.m. Registration is $45 per person and includes meal, commemorative t-shirt, raffles and prizes for winners. Space is limited to the 40 players. “Trucken for a Cure” will also host the 2nd Annual Tee Up for Tatas golf tournament, on Monday, Sept. 30, at Brookstone Country Club. The co-ed event has a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes meals, green fees, cart rentals, range balls, commemorative t-shirt, raffles and prizes for winners. The day will also include putting, longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one contests. Early registration is $95/per person before August 30 or $115 after. Registration closes on September 23. 100% of the net proceeds, from each event, will go towards Trucken Towards a Cure’s fundraising goal for the Susan G. Komen 3-DayTM. Brookstone Country Club is a private club, however, they have agreed to open these events to the public to support team Trucken for a Cure in their fundraising efforts. Brookstone is located at 5705 Brookstone Drive, in Acworth. 12


IN MEMORY OF OUR FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR KELLY DONAHUE Non-tennis players and tennis players alike can attend Ace Out Cancer 2013 on Saturday, September 28, 6 – 11p.m., for a fun night of fundraising and tennis at the Legacy Park Community Clubhouse and Tennis Pavilion. Ace Out Cancer 2012 raised over $10,000 to support Kelly Donahue and her family and to raise awareness about lung cancer. Kelly lost her courageous fight against lung cancer this year on June 3. Ace Out Cancer 2013 is being held in memory of Kelly. 100% of the proceeds will go to Kelly’s children and to support Lung Cancer Awareness. There will be a live band, a silent auction, an adult tennis mixer (21 years or older), raffles for tennis racquets and food provided by local restaurants including Henry’s Louisiana Grill, Fuscos via Roma and Johnny’s Pizza. Participants will receive a goody bag. Entry fees are a donation of: $30/per player, $50/per couple or $20/per non-player. HURRY, tennis players must register in advance/limit of 60 players/ALL levels welcomed. For more information, registration form or to make a donation, email, call (678) 350- 4114 or visit Please wear white in support of lung cancer awareness.

PT Solutions Women’s Sprint Triathlon

The PT Solutions Women’s Sprint Triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 4, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The race begins with a 400 yard swim in Lake Allatoona at Dallas Landing Acworth followed by a 13 mile bike course through downtown Acworth. The majority of the bike course is on long flat stretches. The triathlon continues with a 5K run beginning at Dallas Landing and ending in downtown Acworth. For more information or to register, please visit ptsacworthwomenssprinttriathlon.

Oldies For The Cure Come celebrate and support your favorite Pink Angel Street Walker to $$$ for the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure. It will be a FUN NIGHT of OLDIES music and dancing for a great cause. It will be held on Saturday, August 17, from 7 p.m. – midnight, at Impact Dance of Atlanta, located at 4246 S. Main St., Acworth. $20 admission includes snack and drink ticket, one door prize entry and a donation to the 2013 Atlanta Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day for a Cure. BBQ plates available with additional donation. For more information or to purchase tickets, email or call (678) 576-2575 or visit

Salute to America Event The day begins with the Run for Wounded Heroes 5K downtown which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information or to register, visit

Need Help With Basic Reading Skills? We can help! Volunteers with the Paulding Literacy Council teach adults to improve their reading and writing skills using an internationally acclaimed reading program that helps adults see improvement immediately. Each volunteer tutor works one-onone with their adult student. For more information, questions or to become a volunteer to tutor, please call (770) 974-5531.

Chattahoochee Tech Ranks 25th Chattahoochee Technical College was recently named to the list of the Top 100 certificate-producing institutions in the U.S. out of more than 1,800 two-year colleges during the 201213 academic year. Ranking 25 out of 100, Georgia’s largest technical college is one of three Georgia colleges to rank in the top 30. (Rankings by Community College Week magazine yearly.)

Kennesaw’s 4th of July “Salute to America” concert & fireworks was rescheduled for Saturday, August 3, beginning at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with Hollywood Nights, a New Jersey-based tribute to Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. Tables & chairs/$75. There will also be entertainment featuring dance ensembles, music performers, inflatables, attractions and food vending. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. For more information, or call (770) 422-9714.

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On July 10, Kennesaw City Councilmember Cris Welsh and Assistant City Manager Jeff Drobney attended an event at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama celebrating Kennesaw’s outstanding efforts to complete health and wellness goals over the past year for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic strategies that improve access to healthy, affordable food and opportunities for physical activity.

Acworth Family Dentistry is celebrating their 8th year in business on August 1. Dr. Kimberly Lim, owner, and staff are excitied to celebrate another year serving the families of Acworth and the surrounding area. For more information about their practice, check out their website at or call (770) 974-8211.

Sign Up for Fall Baseball Today! The Acworth Baseball Association is currently accepting online registrations for the 2013 Fall Baseball Season. They provide a safe, challenging and most of all, fun instructional and competitive baseball experience for boys and girls, ages 4 — 18. Their goal is to instill good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty and a sense of teamwork so that they may become strong, healthy, well adjusted members of the community. On-site registration will be August 3, at the Sports Complex from 10 a.m.– noon. For information and to register,

Matthew Riedemann Sworn In Matthew J. Riedemann was sworn in to fill the Post 4 seat formerly held by Bill Thrash with the City of Kennesaw, who recently passed away of cancer. Riedemann previoulsy chaired the Kennesaw Development Authority and will serve on the Council until the term expires December 31. The seat will be up for election in November. 14


Councilmember Cris Welsh, Rear Admiral Clara Cobb Assistant Surgeon General, US Dept of Health & Human Services and Assistant City Manager Jeff Drobney.

Horizon Baseball League Registration has started for the fall season of the Horizon Baseball League. This league is for individuals with physical and or cognitive disabilities and is divided into three age groups; 5-12, 13-21 and 22-older. The season runs September 14 – October 19. The cost is $15, which covers league expenses. Register by September 1, to help ensure you receive desired team and requested jersey size. For more information or to register, visit, call (770) 917-1234 or stop by 4762 Logan Road, Acworth. Financial aid opportunities are available by contacting Lauren Ham at or calling (770) 917-1234.

Senior Luncheon Join in on Tuesday, August 20, for the City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Departments Senior Luncheon. Lunch is at noon, followed by bingo and other special activities. The luncheon is held at the Beach House in Cauble Park. This program is FREE to all seniors! For more information call (770) 917-1234.

Taste Of Kennesaw 2013 The KBA and City of Kennesaw invite you and your family to sample more than 30 local restaurants from the Kennesaw and Cobb County area. Who doesn’t like to eat? This is a great way to sample all your favorite restaurants again and again! Come out on Saturday, September 7, from 11 am – 8 pm in downtown Kennesaw. Admission is FREE and samples range from $1– 4. More than 30 restaurants including The Melting Pot, Wing Stop, Williamson Bros. BBQ, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Big Shanty BBQ, Mr. Burrito, Copeland’s of New Orleans, McAlister’s Deli, Ray’s NY Pizza, Carrabba’s & California Dreaming and more will tempt your taste buds. The Main Street entertainment stage will have local entertainment all day and culminate with Sons of Sailor’s-A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band in concert at 6 pm. The Taste of Kennesaw beer garden will feature acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson from 11 am – 3 pm. There will be an enormous Kids Zone with interactive inflatables featuring the 33’ Shark Slide, Euro Bungee Quad Jump, 24’ Rockwall, 120’ Roller Coaster Obstacle Course and much more. Check out the Depot Stage as four local high school seniors will compete in the Carrabba’s Culinary Cook-off at the Taste of Kennesaw for a $3,000 scholarship to the culinary school of choice. The first two will go head to head from 10:30 am – noon and the second two from 12:30 — 2 pm. For more information call, at 770-423-1330 or email to



Community Spotlight.... by Cynthia Regalla Kim Truckenmiller started “Trucken Towards a Cure” in December 2011, with her friend Jen West, and within a month of fundraising, they knew that they had created something special. The 12 member, 3 Day walking team now consists of a breast cancer survivor, individuals who have been affected by the disease through a close friend or family member and one individual who has no ties to breast cancer but wants to support the cause. Although Kim is the team captain, all 12 ladies work to raise money towards their fundraising goal of $27,600. They host a number of creative fundraisers throughout the year such as, Bunco for Boobies, Basketball for Boobies, Lace Up for Tatas, Tutus for Tatas & Kicks for Causes. In order to make these events a success, a different member takes the lead over each event which enables them to maximize their reach in our community. “Trucken for a Cure” will host their 2nd Annual “Tennis for Tatas”, on Friday, September 13,, and “Tee Up for Tatas”, tournament, on Monday, September 30,, at Brookstone Country Club to benefit the Susan G. Komen 3-Day™, breast cancer research and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment.

Kim Truckenmiller Was your mother the first in your family tree to have breast cancer? Yes, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 at the age of 50 and has struggled through multiple rounds of radiation, numerous reconstructive surgeries and has been on medication for years with horrible side effects. She is one of my best friends and I am thankful everyday that she was diagnosed early and is still here with me today. I cannot imagine going through life without her as my biggest supporter, confidant, advisor and loving friend. My mother-in-law was also diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 1994. She endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, a mastectomy, reconstructive surgeries, etc. She too came out the other side a survivor! She is a very loving woman, wonderful grandmother and the glue that keeps the family together. For me, this walk is to raise awareness and help raise funds for breast cancer research. This year, we have tripled the size of our fundraising team and have opened many eyes in our community to this terrible disease. What technological wonder would you like to see in the future? I have two beautiful, intelligent and fun little girls, ages 8 and 10. With a history of breast cancer in our family from both sides, they have a strong chance of developing this disease. Leading the fundraising group “Trucken Towards a Cure” is giving me the opportunity to raise money for breast cancer research in the hopes that my children will only be minimally affected by this disease in their future. Obviously, I would like to see a cure for breast cancer but there have been so many strides against breast cancer in the past decade and my hope is that with awareness and continued fundraising, we will continue with this trend. Due to recent advancements in technology, some women with a family history are able to take preventative action, such as a double mastectomy, but they must sacrifice their breasts for their life. With additional research, a breast cancer vaccine may be in our future for women with a high risk for developing the disease, similar to the vaccine against cervical cancer, allowing them to preserve both their breasts and life. 18


What do you think is the biggest challenge that men face, if discovering they have breast cancer? I believe that the biggest challenge is the lack of awareness that men CAN develop breast cancer. Because male breast cancer has a lifetime incidence of 1 in 1,000 in the US, the chances of developing the disease is rare. Therefore, men tend to be less likely to seek treatment if they have symptoms or find a lump. This often results in discovering the cancer in later stages of the disease causing reduced survival rates and more aggressive treatment. I believe that since breast cancer is typically considered a “woman’s disease”, men who are diagnosed may have symptoms of denial, have difficulty accepting the diagnosis or may feel embarrassed. Kim attended and graduated from The University of Florida with a bachelor degree in Business administration while majoring in Marketing. The fact that this team started as a fleeting idea to set a goal for herself after being laid off, she and the girls, super heroes in pink tutus are thrilled at the awareness they have created in the past year and a half through fundraising, local events, news articles, social media and press releases. The support from our community has been nothing short of amazing! Local businesses have shown tremendous support by donating money, gift certificates and other donation items to be used at their events. Kim and her family lead an active lifestyle, most weekends are spent cheering on one of her family members at a race, gymnastics meet, soccer game, swim meet or triathlon. She has served as the Room Mom for both of her daughter’s classrooms as well as serving as the Hospitality Chair for the Ford PTSA. Her husband Rob, and daughters, Aly and Kaitlyn are members of Trucken Towards a Cure and have participated in the Race for the Cure and assist with fundraising efforts and volunteer at both the Tennis and Golf Events. Their daughters raised over $250 on their own last year by selling bracelets and holding bake sales. Wow! May “Trucken for a Cure” keep on trucken!!!

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Just Engaged! Carrie C. Mao and Austin Blake Ashworth

announce their engagement to be married on October 5, 2013, at Czekala’s Barn House. Carrie is the Project Coordinator at DD Construction and attends Reinhardt College. Austin is the Director of the Boutique by No Longer Bound and attends Reinhardt College as well. He went to school in Acworth and attended Acworth United Methodist. The bride’s parents are Benjamin & Carol Mao and the groom’s parents are Anthony & Teresa Ashworth.

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Ruby & Gene Williams Celebrating 60 years of marriage on August 14 Gene will also celebrate his birthday on August 1

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Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival Grills and smokers of all shapes and sizes will be at Adams Park on Friday and Saturday, August 23-24, for the City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival. Hours are Friday from 6 – 11 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Admission is FREE. The festival will conclude on Saturday with a firework spectacular at 9:30 p.m. More than seventy-five cook teams, comprised of pitmasters from across the southeast, are set to compete for over $15,000 in cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights in a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition and Backyard BBQ amateur contest. This is also an official Georgia State Barbeque Championship. Over 150 booths will be on hand. Vendors, including several cook teams, will be selling barbeque, beer and other festival foods as well as arts, crafts and general merchandise. Live music will be offered on both days. Friday’s lineup includes the Lefty Williams Band and Seven Handle Circus. Hannah DeLane, Rolling Nowhere and Slippery When Wet, an Atlanta-based Bon Jovi tribute band, are scheduled to perform on Saturday. A family entertainment stage featuring area dance ensembles, choir groups and solo music artists will be located in the Kid Zone, along with inflatables, interactive games and other child-friendly activities. New this year is “Kickin’ Pigs,” a recreational co-ed kickball and cornhole tournament that will take place on Saturday. A “Bags & Balls” walk-up competition will also be offered on Saturday for individual competitors in several field games including a cornhole toss, bocce ball roll, and kicking range. Prizes will be awarded.

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It’s that time of the year again… Back to school! We hope your summer was fun-filled and that you also found time for some much needed “R & R”, because things are about to swing into full gear again. We all know how stressful the first few weeks of school can be for both parents and students alike. Several forms have to be filled out, school supplies have to be purchased, kids have to adjust to brand new teachers — not to mention just the challenging task of getting back in a school year routine. We have compiled some helpful tips and resources for both parents and students that we think will help you when the first day of school rolls around. Inside these next few pages, you will find everything from lunch box tips and hints on how to get your child excited for school again to life lessons for college students and even a fun activity for kids. We hope you find these tips helpful and that they will make the transition from lazy summer days back into the classroom a little easier.

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This is a great resource for moms. You can find topics including learning differences, homeschooling and study skills for your child. This is a great resource for high school students and their parents. Here you will find everything you need when it comes time to think about college. This is another great resource for high school students. You will find links here to register for the SAT and also information on AP courses. This is the Georgia Department of Education website. You will find many useful parent and student resource links. This is a great resource for parents who are getting ready to send their child to college. This site will help you come up with a plan on how to pay for your child’s college expenses.


H ow to Ge t Your K id s Ex cit ed a b o u t t he New Sch o o l Y e a r ! In a perfect world, all children would be enthusiastic about starting a new school year. But in the real world, some children will be reluctant, nervous, or annoyed about exchanging their summer fun for the classroom. How do you get kids motivated about going back to school? While you can’t dole out pep talks during the school day, you can take steps at home to get kids excited about school all year long:

Set an Example: Off to work? If you act grumpy about the day ahead of you, your kids will take your cue. Over breakfast, be positive and upbeat. If your kids have apprehensions about school, their friends or after school activities, talk to them in a constructive way about what’s bothering them. At dinner, remember to check in with them again. Tell them about what you did that day and ask them about what they learned. Make Schoolwork Fun: Cool school

supplies can inspire your kids to stay organized and motivated. Think colorful and cheerful designs and personalized back to school supplies, which can give kids a sense of ownership and pride over their school work.

Go the Extra Mile: Encourage your kids to do more than just go to school and come home. It’s in their art classes, on the basketball court and playing in the concert band where they will discover talents and interests they didn’t know they have. Extracurricular and after school activities provide a great social outlet for kids and are where some of the best memories of school days are made. Customize Lunch: Remember to always

LUNCH TIME TIPS Here are some strategies for making the best lunchbox grades: • Sits well: Pick foods that can safely sit at room temperature for several hours. • Stays neat: Pack lunch items and snacks that won’t leak in lunchboxes or paper bags. • Be colorful: Keep kids interested in their lunches by adding the surprise and variety of naturally healthful colors and textures. • Gets good results: Lunches will fuel kids for the rest of their school day. Be sure to pick options that will keep them alert, satisfied and motivated.

Getting to know your teachers! Children are mom and dad’s top priority, and parents want to give them every advantage in the world to succeed. But, with all the time kids spend at school, parents cannot do it alone. That’s why it’s important for the most influential adults in a child’s life to team up on a common goal. There are several ways for parents to build a relationship with their kid’s teacher. • Introduce Yourself: Don’t wait until there is a problem before meeting the teacher. Introduce yourself as soon as possible, ideally before the stresses of the school year are in full swing.

• Show Appreciation: All kids and their parents have a teacher they admire and want to thank. Taking a few minutes to share these sentiments is important and easy. • Spend Time: In today’s economy, many schools are stretched thin for resources. School systems are increasing class sizes and slashing budgets. Parents who have time can offer to help out, whether it is chaperoning school trips, preparing items for a fundraiser or just donating old books to the classroom.

pack a favorite snack or dessert to give your kids something to look forward to midday. From pirates and princesses to dinosaurs and trains, ditch the paper bag in favor of a lunch box featuring your children’s interests. And, personalizing the lunch box with their names can help prevent lost lunch mishaps.

• Help with Supplies: Teachers spend on average $398 of their own money on supplies and resources, and 92 percent of teachers use their own money to provide supplies for their students, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association. Through a General Mills program called Box Tops for Education, parents can earn cash for their kid’s school by clipping Box Tops coupons from participating products.

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From the desk of... A Homeschool Mom We may educate our children differently but the goal is the same — to help our children succeed! I’m not here to debate your child’s education, but I am here to share things I’ve learned, in hopes that it will encourage you in supporting your children! I began homeschooling my children four years ago and I’ve been amazed at the amount of things I’ve learned. Here are some important tips to keep in mind as our children prepare for a new year: Children are unique. Accept their differences: Tolerance, defined by Merriam-Wester, is “the sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own”. Each child has their own learning style, thoughts, ideas, pressures, distractions, etc. We need to be willing to understand what works best for them and to try things their way. For example, I’ve learned my son is an auditory learner and it’s best if I read the material to him. Though I’d rather him sit still, sitting incorrectly in a chair, upside down, while petting our dog, works great for him. Learn with your children: Personally, I was never “good” at science and history, which means I just wasn’t interested at the time. I find many parents share this concern when trying to teach or help their children with school. But let’s be honest, we don’t know (nor remember) everything we were taught as children. Being honest and admitting you don’t know is okay. It lets children understand that they also don’t have to know everything! In fact, school is about learning new things, not things you’ve already mastered! Think outside the box: Sometimes you just have to get creative to make it work! Last Summer, I happened upon the idea of teaching one subject at a time until it was completed for the entire year’s worth of curriculum, similar to a “Maymester” at college. This worked beautifully, not only for my children, but for our busy family! Teaching multiple lessons (or a full unit) each day made Science and History read and feel like stories. It was much easier for my children to understand and discuss and we accomplished more work in less time. I even enjoyed these subjects! As we accept our children and their uniqueness, are tolerant of others’ differences, learn with our children and teach them to think outside the box, they will be encouraged, supported and they will succeed! Bobbie Jo Ryan homeschools Connor (10) and Kylee (7) through the Georgia Cyber Academy, an online public homeschool prgroam. She and her husband, Dr. Tim, have two businesses: Ryan Family Chiropractic Wellness Center ( and Completely Crafty Graphic & Web Design (

Back to School Tips to Get Your Home Organized for a Successful Year • Eliminate clutter: Designate a specific location to store school papers and materials. This will keep homework and projects from getting lost or in the way. • Create a family calendar: A family calendar displayed in a central location will keep everyone organized and in the know. Include important project reminders, after school activities and test dates. • Create perfect study spaces: Creating a dedicated study space is an ideal way to help a student focus and stay on top of their schoolwork. For example, some students need to work in a central location so they can get quick help, while others might need a more private, quiet space. • Eye-catching Inspiration: Hanging a bulletin board in the study area creates a place for important reminders at eye level. Or, paint an area above the desk with chalkboard paint so children can write with chalk on the wall to stay on top of projects or work through math problems.

BACK TO SCHOOL! Life Skills Every College Student Needs to Learn One of the big challenges college students face is adjusting to a rigorous academic lifestyle. But an even bigger trial than cramming for exams is learning to survive on one’s own. From knowing how to whip up dinner to doing one’s laundry, learning basic life skills marks the transformation of kid-at-home to young adult-in-the-world. The experts at Sun Products, the makers of Wisk PowerBlasts, offer these tips to college students:

Food and Nutrition The notorious “freshman 15” is no myth. Young adults who suddenly have free reign over their diets are not always inclined to make healthful decisions. From late night study sessions turned pizza parties, to all-you-can-eat buffets common to campus meal plans, avoid letting these nutritional pitfalls get the better of you. You can improve your nutrition by prepping your own food sometimes. Even if you only have a microwave in your dorm, try whipping up oatmeal for breakfast and tacos topped with tomatoes and heated beans for dinner. If you’re blessed with a full kitchen, you can be much more versatile. Pick easy recipes and follow them closely until you understand the principles of simple cooking. Once you’re comfortable with the basics, get creative with seasonings and ingredients.

Laundry If you’ve never done your own laundry, don’t stress. It may seem like an exact science, but new products are making it easier to get clothes cleaner with less guesswork. For example, Wisk Deep Clean PowerBlasts from Sun Products are a good choice for laundry newbies, as they come in an convenient, easyto-use single dose form. One dose, which you add to the drum of the machine before piling the laundry on top, contains the right amount of super-concentrated detergent with Micro-Cleaners that attack trapped body oil and sweat that some other detergents can leave behind. When in doubt about the care of your clothes, simply read the labels.

Good Credit Bad credit can follow you for the rest of your days, whereas good credit can help you secure loans with good rates. And good credit is even more important these days, as some employers run credit checks on candidates before making hiring decisions. Don’t let college be a time to rack up credit card debt you can’t pay off. Before opening an account, thoroughly read the terms of service to understand how the card works and avoid incurring unnecessary fees. Establish a bill payment reminder on your cellphone so you’re never late. Now’s a good time to create a budget that ensures you can pay your bill in full each month. Remember that in college the skills you learn outside the classroom can be just as important as the knowledge acquired inside it. Portions of articles and tips provided by StatePoint



Can Tax Returns Affect Your Mortgage Loans? Last month, I wrote about managing large deposits and how they can correlate with preparing you for the home buying process. Another extremely important step that affects home buyers and homeowners are tax returns. Tax returns can create delays with loan closings and in some cases, prevent you from buying or refinancing if you are not prepared. Six plus years ago, mortgage lenders, brokers and consumers alike were accustomed to hearing phrases like “No Doc”, “Stated income Stated Assets”, “Stated Income Verified Assets”, along with a multitude of others phrases. These phrases were three different types of loans that were offered that did not require any verification of income; these loan types no longer exist for obvious reasons. Nowadays, for a mortgage loan approval, the ability of a home buyer or homeowner to repay a debt must be shown. This is determined by verifiable, regular and recurring income a home buyer/home owner makes and stability of employment. Part of the verifying includes tax returns, which are required for all buyers and homeowners. W2 employee’s (noncommissioned) looking to secure a government backed mortgage (FHA/VA/USDA) will need to supply the most recent two years tax returns, all schedules. The most recent year of returns is needed if a W2 employee is looking to secure a conventional mortgage. One common issue that a lot of lenders miss in the very beginning of the process is unreimbursed expenses. This is a common misstep

that costs time and money and it is very simple to avoid. Simply look at Schedule A of your 1040, line 21, and see if there are any unreimbursed expenses being claimed. If there are, these need to be treated as a liability and deducted from income for debt to income ratio purposes. Most of Jay White the time, home buyers and home owners are writing off mileage and there are ways to lower the impact to your debt to income ratio. Self-employed clients are required to show the most recent two years personal returns. If you are an Officer/Shareholder/ Partner who holds 25% or more ownership, you will be required to supply most recent two years business tax returns, all pages, in addition to the personal returns. The two years of business returns are required to show that a business is viable. In mortgage lending, you’re considered Self Employed (meaning always need two years tax returns no matter loan type) if any of the below apply to you: • Sole proprietor who files a Schedule C • Partner of a business with 25% or more ownership • Shareholder or officer in a business with 25% or more ownership • Work for a family owned businesses continued on page 47



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Member Appreciation held at the Giant Waterslide

Mayor Tommy Allegood & Brian Bulthius

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Rick Caffey & Linda Stringer

Jay White and his sons, Sterling & Dante

Dave McClanahan and his sons, Jude & Titus

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Lorelle LoCurto along with Colin, Hampton, Christopher, John & Ashtyn

Collette Godwin and sons Aden, Aaron & Anthony

Bill & Melissa Watson with their children, Dillon, Davis and Annagrace & their friend, Reese.

Aaron & Tracy Gable with children Liberty, Ethan, Reid & Justice

Brandon Bulthius always keeps up with the Acworth news, even when he is having fun in the sun at Lake Michigan!

Jasmine Youssef enjoys a picnic at Swift Cantrell Park.

Wayne Dennard & granddaughter, London, headed out to go bush hogging!

Ciaran Bice & Samuel Atkins practice their baseball swings.

Taylor Beck Hogan, Jack Egan, Grace Eaton, Dominick Eaton & Abigail Green conquer the playground! Teagan Bryce & her dog, Bagheera, embrace the sunshine to take a walk in the park.

Wayne Dennard & daughter, Madelyn, try to stay dry in Georgia’s “perfect” summer weather.

Melinda Dennard & daughter, Mallory, take in the evening lights while visiting Savannah, Georgia.

Summer Fun Allatoona High School’s Student Government, “The Helm”, enjoying a team bonding pool party! Katie Mikos, Rebecca Ahrens, Caitlin Herrera, Meghan Hilton, Kaci Pollack, Laura Allen, Ann Madeleine Wilson, Taylor McRae, Madison Kazerooni, Sidney Baumert, Chandler Watson & Lindsey Thompson.

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Acworth Police Department Eileen was at home writing checks to pay some bills that were coming due and planning to get them in the mail the next morning. The phone rang just about the time Eileen was finishing writing a check to her granddaughter in Minnesota and will be celebrating her 15th birthday next week. On the other end of the line, the excited voice of a very nice young man began to explain to Eileen that she had won a lottery.

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When Eileen finally got a word in, she told the young man that he must have the wrong number because she hasn’t played the lottery. The voice on the other end of the line explained that she was automatically entered into the lottery by a major retailer where she sometimes shops. The caller explained that this is the way the retailer extends its gratitude to their best customers. “Not everyone wins, but today is your lucky day and soon you will be set for life,” the caller said.

In order to claim her winnings, Eileen simply had to give the man her checking account and routing numbers. This is so that a small processing fee and the required federal and state taxes on her winnings could be charged to her account, prior to her winnings being directly deposited into her bank account. Jerry received a call early on Saturday morning from the Debit Card Fraud Department. The caller told Jerry that his account had possibly been jeopardized at an ATM the night before. “The Debit Card Fraud Department monitors accounts in order to protect our customers and it is in your best interest to cooperate,” the man exclaims with a tone of authority. Jerry listened closely. If someone had gotten his personal information, he wanted to help catch this crook and make sure that his account was protected from future attacks. Jerry asked if he would be responsible for the charges on his account since he did not use the ATM card. The caller said that the bank would not charge Jerry’s checking account for the fraudulent transactions as long as he cooperated with the bank to investigate the transaction. The caller now needed to verify Jerry’s account number and Personal Identification Number (PIN) so that he could confirm, that in fact, it was Jerry’s account that had been jeopardized. Stories such as Eileen’s and Jerry’s are all too frequent. The National Crime Prevention Council quotes that Americans lose an estimated $40 billion each year to telephone fraud. “The elderly are frequent targets of telemarketing frauds and sweepstakes scams.” The organization goes on to quote, “Fraudulent telemarketers direct anywhere from 56 to nearly 80 percent of their calls at older customers. One sweepstakes related scam detailed on CBS’s 60 Minutes reportedly bilked seniors in 24 states out of an estimated $5 billion.” You must use good judgment when disclosing details about your finances. Remember that banks should not call or email you asking for financial information such as bank account and routing numbers or your PIN. Your bank already has that information and has absolutely no reason to ask you for it. A legitimate bank will always be patient and nothing that is going on with your debit card, credit card or checking account will require you to immediately provide your personal information. If you receive a call such as Jerry’s, take control of the questioning. Get the first and last name of the caller. Ask the caller for their address and a call back number to the location where the call is originating. Then explain that you are going to verify the call and hang up. Call the financial institution using the phone number indicated on your monthly statement, not the one that was provided by the caller, and verify the status of your account. If possible visit a local branch. If you receive a call such as the one that Eileen fielded, always remember that there is simply no free lunch. If it sounds too good to be true — it is. Always remember that if anyone is attempting to pressure you into taking immediate action that involves your finances, the only winner is going to be the other person if you give in. Incidents that require immediate action usually involve someone bleeding or not breathing. Emergencies are not a lottery, claiming a prize, giving your personal information over the phone or on the internet, not even helping the bank investigate possible fraudulent activity on your account. Eileen and Jerry are fictional victims, but some of the facts are based on actual incidents that were reported to the Acworth Police Department within the last month. The outcomes of these two cases are accurate representations of these incidents. Jerry explained that he was going to check out the claim that his account had been jeopardized and hung up. Jerry won! Eileen lost nearly $200,000 over a period of a couple of years because she thought that she could eventually be the big winner. I leave you with these best practice points to help protect against financial scams: pay attention, slowdown, hang up and verify. 36


ce a l P o N s ’ There h! t r o w c A e Lik

by Kaci Pollack

How long have you lived in Acworth? Chances are, you haven’t lived here nearly as long as Ronnie Heaton has. Ronnie moved to Acworth in 1953, when he was only eight years old and has lived here ever since. He met his future wife Judy here in Acworth when he was attending North Cobb High School and she was attending Awtrey Middle School. She is the daughter of Ernest and Sarah Grizzle of historic “Grizzle Town”. They married in 1971, and knew that Acworth was where they wanted to live and start their family — it’s ended up that they have lived in thirteen different homes within the area. Growing up, Ronnie loved doing many of the same things kids like to do today. He enjoyed strolling along Main Street in downtown Acworth and particularly remembers how Main Street used to have building down both sides of the street. He loved going to Acworth Beach with friends and attending the dances they hosted. One highlight was going to see movies at the Drive-In Theatre, which used to be right off of Allatoona Drive. He even remembers the first movie he ever saw there — Peter Pan. As a highschooler, he was very involved at his school. He was awarded the “Most Cooperative” superlative in his senior class. Ronnie was also the editor in chief of his school newspaper and was awarded the Civitan Award. Also similar to most teenagers today, Ronnie had an after school job. He worked for Eaton’s Department Store in downtown Acworth. He remembers the Eaton’s as wonderful people and credits them with his career in banking following high school. It turned out that Ron Eaton, his boss at the department store, was also a partner at the local Bank of Acworth. He liked Ronnie so much that he hired him at the bank after he graduated school. One of his most “precious” memories to share about his banking days, is how when he worked for the Bank of Acworth, he used to take a wagon and walk over to the train depot where he would pick up bags of money and then pull the wagon back to the bank. There were no armored cars or bank security like today. Ronnie also remembers working at the National Bank of Georgia when they received their very first ATM machine in 1984! After working for several banks in the area and developing many friendships along the way, Ronnie retired just two years ago, after a proud 47 year career in banking.

Ronnie Heaton Ronnie has always loved being a part of the community and has been involved in various civic clubs through the years, including being an officer in the Kiwanis Club, the Lion’s Club and the Acworth Business Association, which he actually helped to found as well. In fact, Ronnie was so involved in the community that people used to call him the “un-elected Mayor of Acworth”! In 1974, Ronnie and Judy’s son, Joey, was born. Ronnie was and still is, a devoted family man, now with two grandsons, Alex and Josh, the oldest of which he helped raise — of course, here in Acworth. Over the past 60 years, Ronnie has seen many changes in Acworth, all of which he believes are for the better and have improved Acworth’s overall feel. He feels with Acworth being located by the lake and Highway 41, along with good management from the city government and law enforcement from the police department, that Acworth is one of the best cities in the U.S. Nowadays, Ronnie is enjoying retired life but is still keeping himself busy by attending community events — in particular, the Taste of Acworth, which is his favorite. He also spends a lot of time with his son and daughter-in-law, Cynthia, at Trinity Rescue, a horse farm rescue right here in Acworth off 92, that they founded. The purpose of Trinity Rescue is to provide sanctuary, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused horses within Georgia, as well as the rest of the southeastern United States. After reflecting upon why he loves Acworth so much and what has kept him here for 60 years, Ronnie says that Acworth is just such a friendly place with great people and a great location. Back in the day, everybody knew everybody and while it isn’t quite like that anymore, it is still a tight knit community with the small town feel that he prefers. He simply agrees — There’s No Place Like Acworth!

Is Your Attic Overheated?

Dan Jape

In the past few years, many homes in the Atlanta area have had new roofs installed due to the hail damage and storms that have been epidemic. With these new roofs came a very harmful side effect sold to unsuspecting homeowners by various roofing companies: a scorching hot attic. We have seen hundreds of attics that are in the 150 degree range, which puts a serious strain on A/C systems.

Most homes in Atlanta have a power assisted fan installed that exhausts hot air in the summer and keeps the temperature down in the attic, which allows the air conditioning to work properly. The duct work in many homes is actually in the attic and it is very important to keep the heat exhausted so the air conditioner can maintain the proper indoor temperature. The problem has come from the fact that many roofing companies have convinced homeowners that they no longer need power fans, instead replacing them with a venting system called ridge vents. A ridge vent is simply a cap that goes over a hole cut along the peak of the roofing shingles. It is supposed to allow super-heated air to naturally rise up and out the roof of your home through convection, instead of using an electric fan to blow the air out of the attic. This system depends on the correct amount of air entering the attic through the vents in the overhang or soffit. The coolest air available on a hot day is under the eve of the home. While this system can work well on new homes where there are adequate intake vents

in the soffit, in most existing homes that have had a roof replaced, the roofers simply install the top ridge vent and do not modify or increase the intake vents, creating an overheating problem, causing the air conditioner to struggle to keep up in the summer. Many times, we see a home that has cooled perfectly in the heat of the summer and then the roofer removes the attic exhaust fan during a re-roof and the home no longer cools. The fan is then replaced and the A/C actually works properly, shutting off and on at the preset temperature. The attic should be sealed at all can lights, plumbing openings and around attic staircases, so the attic fan will not draw conditioned cool air into the attic. An attic fan will save enough in energy costs to quickly pay for itself. An attic fan can be mounted on the gable of the home or cut into the roof. These fans are controlled by an automatic thermostat that turns the fan on and off at a preset temperature. Solar powered fans are also available to exhaust attics without using any electricity and on certain applications, can do a very good job keeping the temperature down in an attic. One should check their attic fan to make sure the motor and the thermostat are in good working order. If the old attic fan was removed during a roof replacement, consider installing a new one. Call your local HVAC specialist for advice on your HVAC system, to see if you need an attic ventilator installed or for feedback on any home performance issues. Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating & Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096.

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Brief History of Chiropractic Since its birth in 1895, chiropractic has been most notoriously known for treating patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches. Chiropractors believe there is a relationship among the spine, nervous system and brain, making it essential to one’s health. They have also found that structural imbalances within the spine can affect functioning with the spinal cord, Dr. Sherri Ziomek nerves, muscles, bones and joints of the body. So, that song “the thigh bone really is connected to the back bone” isn’t far off! Chiropractic treatment has traditionally been based on spinal manipulation. This generally involves applying a manual, controlled force into joints that have become restricted by tissue injury with the purpose of restoring the joint’s mobility, alleviating related pain and tightness and allowing the tissues to heal. While spinal manipulation has become more specialized since its earliest applications in chiropractic care, it has remained one of the most commonly used chiropractic treatments of a profession that does not prescribe medications or perform surgeries.

Interestingly enough, spinal manipulation was not invented by a chiropractor, nor is it a new or recent method. Manipulation of the spine dates back to the time of Hippocrates, who stated that manipulating the spine may be the source of treating diseases. Spinal manipulation is often associated with chiropractic care because of a man named Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer, the founder of chiropractic in the United States. Mr. Palmer maintained an interest in human anatomy, the spine and biomechanics throughout most of his life. He is most known for administering the first manipulation or “hands on adjustment” to a deaf janitor that restored the man’s hearing in 1895. Palmer’s theory was that the man’s deafness was related to the spine, possibly a misaligned vertebra, and that correcting this misaligned vertebra restored his hearing. This is considered to be the start of chiropractic’s history. In 1907, Palmer added the term “subluxation” to the chiropractic vocabulary. Palmer explained “subluxations” in terms of the spinal vertebrae and joints putting pressure on the nerves, thus impairing functioning. He then detailed how spinal adjustments could be used to reduce subluxation and improve patient symptoms. Subluxation is still used today by some chiropractors to describe specific misalignments of the spinal vertebrae and joints and to continued on page 47

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It’s All About Relationships! “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.” – A familiar saying, but why? Let’s look at it this way. Our relationships are a result of our behavior and this has an origin: behavior – emotions – thoughts – beliefs. Throw your beliefs off course and the rest will follow. We are constantly making choices and each choice will yield a different result. Each choice will impact us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Perhaps your plan is “I have no plan” when it comes to relationships. This is, however, a plan. Most will say, “I just want to be happy.” Well, you can make a plan out of this. Feeling happy is an emotion. What thoughts should you have to achieve this emotion? And, what beliefs will shape these thoughts? If you want to know where you are right now, look at your relationships and at the behaviors that led to them. The outcomes of relationships can sometimes arise out of careful planning, but most of the time, the results are unplanned. The results of our choices can give us great joy, comfort and victories, while others can cause grief, frustration and disappointment that can lead us into an unforeseen crisis situation. Even in times of crisis, you can still make a plan. You can still use your lifeline of counselors and advisors that you have surrounded yourself with. Proverbs 11 says that without guidance, we will fall, but with a multitude of counselors and advisors, there is safety and victory. In other versions of the Bible, disappointment and frustration are also used when referring to making plans without counsel. This in no way is saying that you should let others tell you what to do or make decisions for you. Instead, it is saying that you need all the information you can get to make the right plan to reduce or avoid failure, frustration and/or disappointment. This is why who you let speak into your life is so important. Ultimately, you are the one who has to live with the choices you make. Planned and unplanned pregnancies can result from relationships as well. As overwhelming as an unplanned pregnancy or outcome can seem, remember there is still time and opportunity. Plan for success, even in the most critical situations, with the counsel of trusted advisors and relationships!

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Did you know that one in four children ages 5 — 12 has an undiagnosed vision problem that may affect their educational performance? Or that 80% of all learning in a youngster’s first 12 years is through the vision system? While most parents recognize the importance of yearly school physicals for their children or twice yearly visits to the dentist, they quite often underestimate the necessity of testing their children’s vision.

When it comes to performing well in school or out on the athletic field, nothing is more important than good vision. Some children are inaccurately labeled as slow or unable to keep up with their class, simply because they have a correctable, but undetected, vision problem. The basic vision skills needed for school use are near vision, distance vision, binocular coordination, eye movement skills and focusing skills. A vision screening at school or at the pediatrician’s office is not thorough enough to detect many of these problems. In fact, school screenings detect only 20 – 30% of vision problems. Young children with undetected vision problems think they see

the world the way it really is; the way everyone else sees it. Because they have never seen it clearly, they have no way of knowing that their vision isn’t normal, which often makes it difficult for parents to identify vision problems. The recommended age for a child’s first exam by an eye doctor is at three years old, and again at five years and every year after that, or as directed by an eye doctor. The standard of care for a pediatric eye examination by a doctor of optometry also includes tests for CI (convergence insufficiency), an eye teaming disorder. The latest research has shown a possible connection between CI and ADHD. This vision disorder may make reading and learning more difficult. However, CI is easily treated with vision therapy. Educators and parents should watch for these signs that may indicate vision problems that need correction: •Squinting •Sitting close to the TV or holding books too close •Avoiding reading or using a finger to follow along while reading •Covering one eye when looking at something up close •Complaints about headaches •Tilting the head to see better •Losing or skipping lines while reading continued on page 47


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What is “Sweat Equity?”

Jeff Glover

Lately, when I go visit prospective clients, they seem more interested now than ever before in maximizing their remodeling dollar. They want to know how they can be a part of the project and put in their own “sweat equity”. This is a great way to save money on home improvement projects and I encourage my clients to do this.

So when should you “Do-It-Yourself ?” Well, if you have a comfort level in the construction process and really do enjoy the work, then by all means, GO FOR IT!! But, if not, don’t talk yourself into it and wind up burdening yourself with taking on the task. If you are wanting to have your basement finished or remodeled, an easy way to save money is to handle the job site cleaning yourself instead of asking the contractor to do it. It is not the most glamorous mind you, but still very important. A clean work area keeps workers safe and helping out with the project lets you track what materials are used and monitor the progress.

Depending on how large your project is, painting is also another great way to save money, especially since this can be a large ticket item. Whatever task you choose to take on, realize that your contractor will set the pace of your job. Be sure to stay within the timeline so as not to push out your date of completion. However, if your home was built prior to 1978, you need to understand that lead paint is probably evident and will need to be tackled by a EPA Certified Renovation Firm. If you are caught prepping your home by removing paint improperly the fines are ugly. If you are on a tight budget, it is important to let your contractor know that you want to tackle some things yourself. Ask the contractor to suggest ways that you can become more involved in your remodeling project. So, be smart, be safe and know your limitations. Jeff Glover is a Georgia, licensed and insured General Contractor. He is a lifelong resident of Cobb County who grew up in Marietta and has lived the last 15 years in the Acworth community. He has been in the construction industry for 17 years and is married to Melissa and they have two children Brendan and Abigail. You can contact him or comment on his articles through his website at

Bacteria Really Gets On My Nerves Early in my career, Roger walked into my office for help involving his sore tooth. When he opened his mouth, every one of his remaining teeth revealed advanced decay. His teeth were black and only about half of each tooth remained, resulting from years of bacterial destruction. Rather than complaining of numerous severe toothaches, as I would have expected, Roger only complained of one tooth being “sore.” Clinical inspection revealed a large piece of meat stuck in the middle of a large molar cavity. The piece of food was removed and provided him immediate relief. This experience taught me the lesson that teeth are masters of adapting to their environment. How can we have a large cavity that has spread into the main nerve of the tooth and never hurt? How can we have advanced decay in many teeth, like Roger’s, and none of them cause discomfort? Several fundamental principles presented back in dental school have proven great value in communicating with patients and answering these questions. One principle involves bacteria in the mouth and the other principle involves the nerve anatomy of teeth. The microscopic enemy of teeth is oral bacteria. The predominant strains of bacteria that cause dental cavities are Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus and lactobacilli. It seems like yesterday when Dr. Budnik was teaching Oral Pathology at Emory’s dental school and stated that bacteria flourish from the carbohydrates and simple sugars in our diet and ultimately produce a byproduct of acid. The acid is very strong and capable of dissolving the enamel in our teeth, which is the hardest substance in the human body. Thus, a cavity is really an acid burn in the tooth, which demineralizes the tooth. It would seem logical that bacteria producing acid would certainly cause toothaches, but very few people can detect cavities in their teeth. Why? The acid spreads very slowly through the tooth and slowly destroys the nerve endings inside the tooth as it spreads. Bacteria must spread through enamel first, which has no nerves at all. Bacteria then spreads further into the middle of the tooth, called “dentin,” which comprises the bulk of a tooth. The destructive acid byproduct from the bacteria dissolves the dentin and associated nerves in such a way that pain is seldom experienced. Bacteria will progress toward the tooth nerve in the center of the tooth and its acid will again often hypnotize the tooth by destroying the nerve slowly and gradually. The other principle mentioned above involves the nerve anatomy of the tooth. As tooth decay occurs, the tooth nerve has the ability to shrink and recede into the center of the tooth (but only so far), prolonging the potential of a toothache.

Both of these principles are Mother Nature’s way of protecting us as humans from painful toothaches that would render us vulnerable in nature, if not for modern dentistry. This is the same reason soldiers have dental check ups before deployment. Valerie walked into my office the other day as a new Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at patient with a large tooth Fountian View Family Dentistry. abscess that was causing He is a resident of Acworth and her tremendous pain. She has practiced in Southwest Cherokee County for over was suffering from bacteria 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor acid that had spread all the for two nationally renowned way into the nerve of her dental research companies. tooth and down the root. Office: (770) 926-0000 This cavity had been doing Website: damage for years. Valerie was well aware of the cavity, but since it did not hurt, she did not seek dental care. The real problem was that her face had swollen significantly and turned deep red. Once the decay reached the tooth nerve, it caused an abscess to form. An abscess is pus collecting at the base of the root, which builds up severe pressure as it expands inside the jawbone. This pressure and infection causes severe pain because of the serious complications it can produce. The body sends out a loud message because a severe dental infection can lead to sepsis and be life threatening in some instances. Valerie was emotional and told me her schedule was very busy this week and that this problem could not have happened at a more inopportune time. She had to cancel numerous meetings at work for the week because of her appearance and was embarrassed that this had happened. She had not been to the dentist in over seven years and vowed to never let that happen again. “Work was important,” she stated, “but not more important than my health.” Antibiotic therapy for several days, extraction and restorative care was provided with excellent results that made Valerie feel a reprieve from this otherwise unexpected curveball from Mother Nature. Cavities happen. They don’t hurt. They spread slowly, bypassing the nerve signal inside the tooth until they form an abscess. Regular dental check ups can identify cavities early, permitting easy treatment. It’s never too late to go to the dentist, even if it’s been years. Don’t ignore your dental health because your teeth don’t hurt. After all, if you’re brushing your teeth with cavities present, you really are not achieving very much. Make a dental appointment today! Paid Advertisement

D on ’ t G ive U p ! Mark 2: 1–5 1 Several days later Jesus returned to Capernaum, and the news of his arrival spread quickly through the town. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there wasn’t room for one more person, not even outside the door. And he preached the word to them. Jesus’ ministry was so powerful that almost everywhere Jesus went, He J. R. Lee attracted a crowd. His reputation for changing lives preceded Him. He was the talk of the town and “fans” gathered to hear what He had to say and see what it was that He could do. One day while people had gathered to hear him… 3

Four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.

This group of lifelong friends was passionate about getting their disabled friend to Jesus. Nothing had worked in the past, but they knew that with the arrival of Jesus, hope was still available. After arriving at the house a little late, the men were forced to rethink their plan. They couldn’t get to Jesus through the crowd, so they dug through the clay roof above his head. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.


Since they had come this far — there was no turning back now! Their only hope was to dig through the roof. The roof was made of wooden beams laid from wall-to-wall, perhaps 3 ft. apart. Palm branches covered the remainder, which was then covered with a foot of mud. Rather than giving up because of the adversity, they crashed through the roof, lowering their helpless friend in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”


Jesus was amazed at the effort and the great lengths the four men went to in order to get their paralyzed friend into the house. Because of their faith, Jesus stepped in and healed the man! Isn’t that usually the way it works? It’s easy to see that you have some work to do in your marriage. It’s easy to see that you need to get your finances in order. It’s easy to see that someone you love needs to experience life in Christ. Pointing out the problem is easy. Risking everything in order to get to the solution is not. My challenge to you is Don’t Give Up! Move forward in faith! Dig through “the roof” that represents whatever it is that is keeping you from experiencing the breakthrough that only Jesus can provide in your life. It’s those who focus on the solution and persevere through the adversities that end up seeing God do the impossible. J.R. Lee is the Pastor of Freedom Church, located at Barber Middle School, 4222 Cantrell Road in Acworth. You may reach J.R. by calling the church at (770) 529-6006 or visit Also, check out his blog at 46


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There was really no way to prepare myself for this. No self-help book, YouTube video, blog post, or podcast could possibly have done the trick. Most days, I feel like I am Velma, blind as a bat and scrambling on all fours trying to find my glasses on the ground. This harsh reality is starting to sink in: I am now the parent of a teenager. I can barely remember when I was a teenager at this point. While I am not C. A. Phillips yet in my 40’s, my teen years are distant memories. I can recall events, people, places. I remember games, parties, school trips. What I have a tough time remembering is what it was like to be a teenager. The awkwardness. The growth. The increased appetite. The hormones. The pimples. OK, I remember the pimples a little more…especially those I got between my upper lip and my nostril — OUCH! I keep hearing people say that it’s so much tougher being a parent of a teenager today than it was when I was an adolescent. I know there’s the technology — internet, social media, camera phones, texting, and the like. I understand that teens today consider their phone an appendage. I get that. But, is it really tougher to be a parent today than 25 years ago? I’m not convinced it is. Since the Garden of Eden, there have always been ways for people to get into trouble — both adults and kids alike. It’s called making poor choices. The “device” or snare may be different, but essentially it’s the same. The forbidden fruit of yesterday is a multitude of pleasures and vices today. Temptation has been around forever. But, does more temptation mean you parent differently? Sure, smart phones, Xbox 360s, tablets, laptops, and of course HDTV have collectively given kids of all ages more ways to spend (waste) time than when I was a kid. Shoot, my summer break was spent watching reruns of The Jefferson’s and Gilligan’s Island all morning long, then playing the occasional game of Missile Command on my Atari. Because these were the only forms of media I had available, I spent a lot of time playing baseball, basketball, football, and riding bikes outside. You don’t see that as much from kids today. But, is that because moms and dads have a tougher time parenting? If you ask me, it’s simple. Today’s kids are not tougher to parent. That isn’t the issue here. Technology hasn’t made it more difficult to be a parent of a teenager. It’s the exact opposite. Technology has made it easier for parents to become lazy. It’s opened the door for mom and dad to not have to be hands-on with their kids. Instead of coming up with ways to be engaged with their kids, parents use the TV, iPod, tablet, or phone to babysit. And, so far it is working. When parents allow this to happen, they are essentially being replaced. It’s sad. You may be wondering, “Does your teenager have a phone? Does he have a nice gaming system? Does he text? Does he watch TV?” The answer to all of these questions is “yes.” But, here’s what I can tell you: the amount of time he watches TV is limited, as is the amount of time on the video game. The phone is never kept in his room, and his texts are not “private.” We do not have a “video game room” that our kids disappear into for hours on end. My wife and I watch them like hawks. The best parenting advice I think I have received was from Nick Person, who used to serve as the Middle School Pastor at my church. continued on next page

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Lastly, the biggest hurdles we see are clients who have delayed filing their taxes. All tax returns provided must be verified through the IRS by way of transcripts. These transcripts can take up to 8 weeks to come back from the IRS and if you owe the IRS money, they will not process your returns until after April 15, potentially causing further delays. If it’s after April 15 and you have not filed your taxes, and before October 15 (for personal returns), then you would need to provide the previous two years returns and a copy of your most recent tax year extension. This is acceptable as long as you fund your loan no later than October 15. If you do owe money, be prepared to supply proof that the taxes were paid prior to closing with a cancelled check or your IRS installment agreement plan and proof via cancelled check that the first payment was made. Taxes do not need to be an issue if you are prepared ahead of time, so my advice is to file sooner rather than later if you are looking to buy a home or refinance your home. If you write off a lot of items, consult with a mortgage professional who actually knows how to read the returns, as there are ways to use more income than the adjusted gross income. 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

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determine appropriate treatment options. Other terminology currently in use includes manipulative lesion, spinal dysfunction and joint dysfunction. Over time, chiropractic has gradually grown in popularity for patients seeking alternatives to traditional treatments using drugs and its core principles have slowly gained more acceptance with continued research. Today, chiropractic has emerged as one of the most popular, safe, effective and accessible forms of health care. 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.

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A parent can help make the visit go more smoothly by following these tips: • Schedule exams when the child is rested • Talk to them about the exam ahead of time • Practice dropping a few artificial tears (over the counter) into their eyes a day or so before the visit so the dilating drops, if necessary, won’t be scary to them • Schedule an exam for yourself first so your child can watch Children grow and change every day. So do their eyes. That’s why it’s important to provide them with routine eye health and vision checkups. By ensuring your child is free of vision problems, you’ll give them the best chance to perform to their fullest potential. Dr. Dylan Reach is in private practice at Acworth Family Eyecare. For more information, please call (770) 974-3153 or visit

As my son was about to enter sixth grade, I told Nick I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to handle being the parent of a teenager. He laughed and said, “Just keep loving him like you have been, and stay in his business. The kids who have the most trouble are the ones whose parents back off and don’t stay involved in what’s going on in their lives.” So, that’s what I am doing. I do not want him to get swept up in the current that will likely toss some of his classmates out to sea. I know I will have to choose my battles, and will even have to allow him to fail and make unwise choices. But, I will be with him every step of the way, and I will love him so much that it might mean I am not as cool as everyone else’s parents in his eyes. And, I am OK with that. I can handle the attitude. But, could someone please help me with the B.O.? 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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BAPTIST Antioch Baptist Bible Church 5871 Glade Road, (770) 529-1546 Pastor: Dr. Edward Kirsche, Sr.

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Awtrey-Westwood Baptist Church 5855 Awtrey Church Road NW, (770) 974-0023 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Loy Frix Calvary Baptist Church of Acworth 4361 Westside Drive, (770) 974-4965 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Cedarcrest Church 4600 Cobb Pkwy NW, (678) 460-3500 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Adult & Children’s: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Student Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: George Wright Christ’s Baptist Church 5496 Highway 92, (678) 744-8222 Meets at Furtah Prep School Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Aaron Johnson First Baptist Church of Acworth 4583 Church Street, (770) 974-3021 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. David M Joyner Harvest Baptist Church 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-9091 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Dan Reed Hickory Grove Baptist Church 2862 Hickory Grove Road Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Wendell King Hickory Heights Baptist Church 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, (404) 488-3667 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Phil Miller Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road, (770) 917-9100 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 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 Iron Hill Baptist Church 5172 Groovers Landing Road, (770) 974-2951 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. (Child.) 10 a.m. (Adult) Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dan Guider


Johnson Ferry Baptist Church @ Cedarcrest 3950 Cobb Parkway, Suite 604, (678) 460-3510 Keystone Baptist Church Meets at Russom Elementary School 44 Russom Elementary Ln., (678) 230-5317 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Terry Nelson Morning View Baptist Church 3750 Dallas Acworth Hwy (770) 443-5600 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wed. Svc: 7:15 p.m. Pastor: Sammy Burgess Mount Olivet Baptist Church 2385 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 974-8335 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6 p.m. Pastor: Michael A. Smith New Hope Baptist Church 3814 New Hope Church Road, (770) 312-5562 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Richard Goodwin Piney Grove Baptist Church 1605 Mars Hill Road, (770) 428-5122 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Scotty Davis Redemption Baptist Church 4160 New Hope Church Road, (770) 529-0509 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Jerry Black Sardis Missionary Baptist Church 2741 S. Main St., Kennesaw, (770) 428-4031 Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Pastor: James Holloway Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane, (770) 975-4595 Sunday Bible Study: 9:15 a.m. Sunday Services:  10:45 a.m. Int. Pastor: Dr. Allan Purdie Thankful Baptist Church 928 Kennesaw Due West, Kenn. Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: John Harris

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


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

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

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

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

PRESBYTERIAN Acworth Presbyterian Church 4561 Church Street, (770) 974-6552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tara Bulger Christ Community Church Meets at Kennesaw Comm. Ctr., (770) 529-2600 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Mike Glass Kirkwood Presbyterian Church USA 618 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 427-3545 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Catherine Cavazos Mars Hill Presbyterian Church 3385 Mars Hill Road NW, (770) 974-4395 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:40 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 & 2:00 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: 9:30 & 10:45 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: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7:00 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: 10:00 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

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: 10:30 a.m. Christian Living Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry Baker

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. Refuge Ministries 2714 Valleyhill Drive, (770) 975-5733 Four Points Church Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Meets at Picketts Mill Elementary Tuesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. 6400 Old Stilesboro Road, (678) 402-6632 Sr. Pastor: Bishop Vincent J. Jones Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Brent Stephens River’s Edge Church Freedom Church 3450 Acworth Due West Road NW, (678) 318-1918 Meets at Barber Middle School, (770) 529-6006 Sunday Bible Class: 8:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Pastor: J.R. Lee Hispano Servicio Domingo: 2 p.m. Pastor: David Moore Gateway Church River of Life Church 1455 Ben King Road, (770) 423-0982 Meets at Northwest Family YMCA, (770) 598-4090 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Pastor: Andy Smith Pastor: Randy McGovern www. 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

RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road, (678) 384-5200 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Tom Tanner

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

Sanctuary Church 700 Mars Hill Road, (770) 884-1963 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Craig Bowler

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. LifeBridge Church 3102 Loring Road, (770) 422-3010 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Aaron Gable Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road, (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Donna Lucas

Unity of Kennesaw Meets at Big Shanty Elementary, (770) 422-9552 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service & Youth Ministry: 11 a.m. Rev. Kelly Thomas Victory North Church Meets at Palmer Middle School, (770) 794-7366 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Jeff Hidden Vintage 242 Church 8492 Hiram Acworth Highway, (678) 383-2299 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Steve Hambrick

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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

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Cherokee (770) 345-0400 Cobb (770) 980-2000 Paulding (770) 445-6016 Bartow (770) 382-1466 COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Board of Education: Cherokee (770) 479-1871 Cobb (770) 426-3300 Paulding (770) 443-8000 Bartow (770) 606-5800 Burn Permits: (877) 652-2876 Business Licenses: Cherokee (770) 721-7810 Cobb (770) 528-8410 Paulding (770) 443-7571 Bartow (770) 387-5009 Commissioners: Cherokee (678) 493-6000 Cobb (770) 528-3300 Paulding (770) 443-7550 Bartow (770) 387-5030 Courthouse: Cherokee (770) 479-1953 Cobb (770) 528-1300 Paulding (770) 399-5370 Bartow (770) 387-5002 Driver's Licenses: Cherokee (770) 720-3693 Cobb (678) 413-8400 Paulding (770) 443-7584 Bartow (770) 387-3704 Extension Office: Cherokee (770) 470-0418 Cobb (770) 528-4070 Paulding (770) 443-7616 Bartow (770) 387-5142 Fire Department: Cherokee (678) 926-2206 Cobb (770) 528-8000 Paulding (770) 222-1160 Bartow (770) 387-5151 Health Department: Cherokee (770) 928-0133 Cobb (770) 514-2330 Paulding (770) 443-7881 Bartow (770) 382-1920 Jury Phone: Cherokee (770) 479-9011 Cobb (770) 528-1800 Bartow (770) 387-5131 License Plates/Auto Tags: Cherokee (678) 493-6400 Cobb (770) 528-4020 Paulding (770) 443-7584 Bartow (770) 387-5112 Senior Services: Cherokee (770) 345-2675 Cobb (770) 528-5355 Paulding (770) 443-3227 Bartow (770) 387-5134 Tax Assessor: Cherokee (678) 493-6120 Cobb (770) 528-3100 Paulding (770) 443-7606 Bartow (770) 387-5090

Taxes — Property: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Bartow Traffic Signals: Cherokee Cobb Voter Registration: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Bartow Zoning: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Bartow CHILDREN & FAMILY: Boys & Girls Clubs: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Bartow

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Child Support Enforcement: (404) 921-1490 Department of Family & Children Services: Cherokee (770) 720-3710 Cobb (770) 528-5000 Paulding (770) 443-7810

PETS & ANIMALS Animal Control: Cherokee (678) 493-6200 Cobb (770) 590-5611 Paulding (770) 445-1511 Bartow (770) 387-5153 Animal Shelter: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 590-5678 Paulding (770) 443-3565 Bartow (770) 383-3338 Emergency Veterinary Clinic: Cherokee (770) 924-3720 Cobb (770) 424-9157 Bartow (770) 547-9153 Humane Society: Cherokee (770) 928-5115 Cobb (770) 428-5678 Paulding (770) 443-3565 Bartow (770) 383-3338 Lost Pet Hotline: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 428-LOST Paulding Bartow (770) 383-3338 Pet Buddies Food Pantry:

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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

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SCHOOLS (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 Bartow Libraries (770) 382-1530 NON-EMERGENCY 911: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Bartow

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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UTILITIES: Cable (Comcast) 404-COMCAST (266-2278) Electric: Acworth Power (770) 917-8903 Cobb EMC (770) 429-2100 Georgia Power (888) 660-5890 Gas: Atlanta Gaslight Co. (770) 584-4000 Water: Cherokee (770) 479-1813 Cobb (770) 423-1000 Paulding (770) 222-6868 Bartow (770) 387-5170 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

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

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

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

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

Shelton Elementary School 1531 Cedarcrest Road, Dallas 30132 (770) 443-4244 Principal: Dr. Jeff Robinson

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

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

Vaughan Elementary School 5950 Nichols Road, Powder Springs 30127 (678) 594-8298 Principal: Dr. Barbara Swinney

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

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


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

Kleven Boston Elementary School 105 Othello Drive, Woodstock 30189 (770) 924-6260 Principal: B. Joey Moss

Baker Elementary School 2361 Baker Road NW, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6629 Principal: Shea Thomas

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

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

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

Bullard Elementary School 3656 Old Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw 30152 (678) 594-8720 Principal: Dr. Patrice Moore

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

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

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

Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton 30114 (678) 385-7322 Principal: Dr. Scott O’Prey

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

Bartow: Cherokee: Cobb: Paulding:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Acworth Intermediate School 4220 Cantrell Road, Acworth 30101 (770) 975-6600 Principal: Deborah Morris

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 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 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Sister Mary Patrick

(770) 419-8601 www.

The Walker School (770) 427-2689 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta 30062 Headmaster: Jack Hall

School Contact Information

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


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



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

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

Assisted Living

Lake City Chiropractic (770) 529-0566 4500 S. Main Street, #104, Acworth

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


North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute (678) 574-5679 3451 Cobb Parkway, Acworth

Attorneys/Legal Services James D. Haley 19 (770) 974-1494 4807 S. Main Street, Acworth

Automotive AutoBuffs Express Carwash (678) 213-1313 Christian Brothers Automotive (770) 966-1599 3408 Cobb Parkway, NW




Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners 43

Children/kids entertainment Princess Glam Parties (404) 542-7308 4192 South Main Street, Acworth


Kids Day Care (678) 208-7608


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

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

Fitness Life Quest Fitness (678) 973-0635

Funeral Home/cemetery Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home 4 and Cemetery (770) 422-7299 2950 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw

Health & Beauty

Acworth Family Dentistry 9 (770) 974-8211 3104 Creekside Village Drive, # 301, Kennesaw Conner Dental Associates 3 (678) 354-0079 1200 Barrett Pkwy, Suite 200-204, Kennesaw

Small BIZZ MBA (404) 580-6331




Business Consulting

Clement Catering (770) 485-5543

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


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

Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991


Ryan Family Chiropractic Wellness Center 9 (678) 664-4028 3330 Cobb Parkway NW, Suite 332, Acworth

GhostNet, Inc (770) 852-2292

Banking/Financial Services

ADVOCOS (678) 213-0649 ext 302

Bascomb United Methodist Preschool 13 (770) 926-0397 2295 Bascomb Carmal Road, Woodstock

Computer Services/Repair


Angel Oaks Funding (770) 870-0644


Cleaning Home/Business

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


Williams Orthodontics 47 (770) 592-5551 145 Towne Lake Parkway, #201, Woodstock

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


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


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


Park Pediatric Dentistry (770) 926-9260 1816 Eagle Drive, Bldg 200-C, Woodstock


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



Massage Therapy at Brookstone (770) 317-3040 Opulence Aesthetic Medicine (770) 591-3429 600 Chastain Road, #224, Kennesaw


Salon 3:16 (770) 485-9791

Werner Pediatric Dentistry 13 (678) 224-5722 250 Parkbrooke Place, Suite 250, Woodstock

Signature Salon and Spa (678) 403-1949 UpScale Salon & Weave Center (678) 401-3196 447 Wade Green Road, Kennesaw


Heating & Air Conditioning 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




Photographer Bill Kettering Photography (770) 509-9280 Create a Memory (770) 974-3686



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


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


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

Physicians and Medical Services

Lawn Maintenance/Landscaping Abracadabra LawnScape (770) 966-1585 42

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

Acworth Immediate Care (770) 975-6540 4450 Calibre Crossing, Acworth


East Cobb Pediatrics (770) 795-4553 Governors Family Medical Group (770) 975-9077 4900 Ivey Road, #1826, Acworth Northside Hospital (770) 720-5100 201 Hospital Road, Canton

The Plumbing Doctor (770) 516-9000


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


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


Solavie 25 (404) 778-2555 Ticket George (770) 437-8499

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


Lawn Doctor of Acworth (770) 517-2129


Pet Services

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

Steve’s Painting (770) 231-9494

Wellstar 5 (770) 956-STAR (7827)



Restaurants/Food Services Cookies by Design (770) 578-0200 3101 Roswell Road, Marietta J.D.’s Bar-B-Que (770) 974-8437 4424 South Main Street, Acworth


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


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


Weight loss 17

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


Program 27 (678) 732-3100


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

Acworth Community Magazine Business Directory

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(Averages just under $30 a month)

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The Business Directory requires a one year commitment and will be in print in the magazine and on the website under the Business Directory.


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