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Massage Envy Spa Ribbon Cutting

Recently, the City of Acworth held a ribbon cutting for Massage Envy Spa located at 3384 Cobb Parkway, Suite 110-120, in Lakeside Market next to Panera Bread Company. Mayor Allegood congratulated Joe Clay, Manager, daughter Sarah and his staff on his new Acworth business that opened on August 22. Massage Envy Spa is conveniently located for professional, customized massages and facials and offer weeknight and weekend appointments for your convenience. Massage Envy also offers Mural Healthy Skin facials. For a complete list of services, visit their website at or call (770) 974-0880.

Cellular Sales Expands in Cobb County Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest Verizon premium wireless retailer, recently opened a new store at 3290 North Cobb Parkway. Cellular Sales has invested a total of $140,000 in the Acworth/ Kennesaw location. Six sales positions have been created to service the store. According to Ted Thompson, Regional Recruiting Leader for Cellular Sales, sales consultants for the company earn an average of more than $51,000 per year. Cellular Sales is an 18-year-old privately held company founded and headquartered in Knoxville, Tennesse. For the past four years, Inc. Magazine has named Cellular Sales one of the nation’s fastest growing retail companies in the country. For more information, visit or call (678) 574-8937. Job seekers may contact Ted Thompson at (770) 310-3931 or visit 6


J.D.’s Bar-B-Que Opens in Acworth

J.D.'s Bar-B-Que is excited to open their second location at 4424 South Main Street in Acworth, approximately the second week in September. Opening up in the old Eli Whitney School building, they will be serving the same delicious bar-b-que as they do in Woodstock and will also be offering beer and wine. Come check out the fabulous patio under some of Acworth's biggest trees, or enjoy full-service dining in this beautiful historic building. J.D.’s Bar-B-Que also offer catering for your event. They can accommodate 25 – 2500 people! Stop by and say hello to owner, Chip Allen, and plan on enjoying some delicious bar-b-que. For more information, please call (770) 974-8434.

CONTEST CORNER Congratulations to last month’s winner, Carol Dickerhoof. Carol called with the correct answer regarding Elvis Presley. She won 4 Chick-fil-A Sandwiches. Thank you to everyone who called or emailed with their answers.

*Win $10 to Capo’s Italian Restaurant * For this month’s contest, find the sentence “But, that will only take you so far.” If you’re the first to call (770) 529-1516 or email with the correct answer, you will win $10 to Capo’s Italian Restaurant. (Leaving a message DOES qualify you to be a winner.) Contest rules: A player is eligible to win once every 12 months.

Why Haven’t Fibromyalgia Sufferers Been Told These Facts? Do you feel like every drop of energy is drained from your body and most days you just hurt all over? Does going to the bathroom feel like a ten-mile hike? Even after numerous tests with your doctor, do they say “we can’t find anything wrong?” You are not alone. Six million Americans suffer from the effects of fibromyalgia. But the sad fact is most of them have been told they’re crazy, lazy, or just depressed. Do You Have Any of the Following Symptoms? • Aching all over • Disturbed sleep • Tender points in the neck, spine, shoulders and hips • Recurring headaches • Fatigue & Stiffness “You’ve Been Everywhere, Tried Everything, And You’re Still Suffering” Maybe your doctor doesn’t even think fibromyalgia is a real disease, but you know it is. You suffer with it every day. One fibromyalgia patient said it like this… “I am so tired of the guilt of not being able to keep my house the way I like or fix dinner for my husband all the time. With the girls and the meds and pain I can barely just get that done, let alone clean and cook dinner most days.” Another said… “For people who take good health for granted, it’s hard to imagine a condition that makes simple tasks great tests of will and determination.” Fibromyalgia is often called the invisible disease. You look fine on the surface, but underneath you’re often exhausted and in excruciating pain.

My name is Dr. Amy Valente. Over the past several years I’ve used gentle treatments to help hundreds of fibromyalgia patients feel better and live healthier, more joyful lives. The more patients I helped get better, the more I realized that… No Woman Should Have To Suffer The Way You Do. I’ve made it my mission in practice to help those suffering with chronic pain like you. Because of this, I’m running a special offer for women suffering from fibromyalgia. For 7 days only, $20 will get you all the services I normally charge new patients $200 for! What does this offer include? • An in-depth consultation about your health and well-being where I 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… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $100). • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. I’ll provide answers to all your most probing questions about fibromyalgia like… …the best nutritional supplements proven to help with fibromyalgia. …which position, mattress, and pillow you should use for a good night’s rest. …the foods that can help you and which ones can make you worse. The offer is only good until September 15. The appointment will not take long at all. And you won’t be sitting in a waiting room all day either.

For Many Women, There Is Hope. You Just Need The Right Plan. Imagine how great you could feel without your constant fatigue and nagging pains. Imagine waking up each morning, jumping out of bed, and enjoying the day…no more waking up and feeling like you got hit by a truck. Imagine not having to take handfuls of pain pills that haven’t helped and can have side effects. Imagine what it would be like to finally have hope again. To give you an example of how you can be helped just listen to what someone else has to say about it: “I had been suffering with fibromyalgia for 4 years and had been treated by drugs which were not helping. Now I have been getting adjusted for four months and have stopped taking all of my medication and do not have any symptoms! My headaches and muscle pain have stopped and I can sleep at night! I feel healthy and alive again!” Thanks- Dawn By working together, we can customize a treatment plan just for you. And best of all, there will be… No Harmful Drugs, No Uncertain Procedures, And No Intimidation.

If you’re suffering from fibromyalgia, learn what clinical studies show was “among the most effective treatment” P.S. What Will Your Fibromyalgia Pain Feel Like 1 Month From Today? One of the biggest myths about pain is that it goes away all by itself, without any treatment. A May 1998 study in the British Medical Journal proved this myth false, showing that 75% of back pain sufferers who do nothing about it will have either pain or disability 12 months later. Let’s face it, if the pain hasn’t gone away by now, it’s not likely to disappear on its own. Don’t let this be you, call me today and see if I can help you.

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Love the Lake Festival Parade The parade will be held on Saturday, September 3. The parade will feature Allatoona and North Cobb High school bands, Acworth youth groups, dance groups, huge trucks, floats, pageant queens and more. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Acworth. This year’s theme is Grand Old Flag.

Love the Lake Festival Enjoy the last blast of summer with a “beach state of mind” at the 4th Annual Superior Plumbing Love the Lake Festival at Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on September 3 & 4 of Labor Day weekend. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 3, from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. and continue on Sunday, September 4, from 12 p.m. — 6 p.m. Lake Acworth and Acworth beach will act as a back drop to an array of activities, arts & crafts, festival food, entertainment, jet ski competition, acoustic sounds, a puppet show and the CiCi’s Cup Challenge. There will be plenty of shady spots to enjoy the music, entertainment or just to kick back. Admission, parking and shuttles are all FREE. Festival parking will be in downtown Acworth, look for “Shuttle Stop Signs.” For more information, contact JRM Management at (770) 423-1330. NEW THIS YEAR- Pro Hydro-X Tour: Saturday and Sunday, Pro Hydro-X Tour will be showing off their extreme Watercross and Freestyle shows! The event will consist of six Watercross racing events. All events include Closed Course and Freestyle competitions. Closed Course or Watercross is similar to motocross on the water. Watercross racing is handle bar-tohandle bar competition that pits rider and machine in a personal watercraft battlefield, reaching top speeds of over 70 mph! Freestyle features an Amateur Freestyle segment that highlights the acrobatically abilities of these highly specialized athletes 8


and their watercraft. Each event is set up to not only attract experienced circuit racers, but to give competitors who have little or no racing experience, an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and compete in a safe environment! Love the Lake is excited to announce that the 3rd Annual CiCi’s Cup will take place on Saturday, September 3, on the beach. Area high schools, including North Cobb, Kennesaw Mountain, Allatoona and North Cobb Christian, will come up with one team each comprised of 7 boys and 7 girls. No grade, sports affiliation or anything required other than they attend school. They will compete in an obstacle course, tug of war competition, a canoe race and a pizza eating competition sponsored by CiCi’s Pizza. Over 100 unique arts & crafts vendors from all over the southeast will exhibit. Take pleasure in shopping for quality furniture, unique jewelry, handmade clothing, original paintings, bird houses, etc., so plan to soak it all up and get that special item. A variety of your favorite festival food will be available including polish sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, Cajun cuisine, ice cream, smoothies, barbeque, cotton candy, sno-cones, funnel cakes, candy apples and roasted corn. Back by popular demand, Peter Hart will bring his Atlanta Puppet Show to the festival. The show has appeal to everyone in the family with unique marionettes and puppet characters that sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle, break apart and come back together, squirt water and are even launched by catapult across the stage! Not to be missed! The festival will feature two entertainment stages. The Gazebo Stage will feature Scott Thompson with his acoustic sounds of all the songs you know and love on Saturday at 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 — 4 p.m. The second local entertainment stage “Beach House Stage” will feature dance groups, school choruses, clogging groups and local bands. There will be a huge Kids Zone area with a 33’ Shark Slide, 120’ Roller Coaster Obstacle Course, Euro Bungee Quad Jump, 24’ Rockwall, Trackless Train and more items for your kids to enjoy!! Let the kids play while you sit back and soak up the acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson on the Gazebo Stage.

Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings Marlin & Rays Seafood Bar and Grill located at 3338 Cobb Parkway (in the former location of Ruby Tuesdays) on Thursday, September 1, at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact manager, John Bellinghiri, at (770) 975-7275. Launch Awareness Yoga Centre located at 3450 Acworth Due West Road, Suite 390 on Tuesday, September 13 at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact owner, Kelli Carraway, at (770) 975-4795.

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The 25th Annual Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up will be held on Saturday, September 17, beginning at 9 a.m. and will conclude at noon with a cookout at the Riverside Day Use Area on Allatoona Dam Road. This is a great time for the community to come and help clean up the shoreline of Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona. There will be FREE food, entertainment and prizes for the participants. If you prefer to stay in the Acworth area, there will be a cookout at Cauble Park for the participants at Cauble Park, Dallas Landing and Proctor Landing at noon. Interested in volunteering? Want to sponsor the event? For more information, to volunteer, sponsor, or to register, call (770) 917-1234, visit or you may email or Please designate your desired clean up area in the comment box of the registration page.

Taste of Kennesaw The Kiwanis Club of Marietta will remember the 10th anniversary with its Field of Flags installation. As one of the largest commemorative events in the nation, a flag will be placed in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for each life lost on September 11. On Saturday, September 10, the processional of flags will travel about one mile from Grace Community Church on Kennesaw Ave. to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Line-up will begin at 7 a.m. and the parade starts at 8 a.m., rain or shine. On Sunday, September 11, the memorial service in remembrance of the lives lost will begin at 7:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. The reading of names and ringing of bells will begin at 8:48 a.m. The flags will fly through Friday, September 16. For more information, visit Everyone’s invited to the 13th annual Festival of Music, 7 p.m., Sunday, September 11, at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The FREE event is being dubbed “a patriotic call for revival in America” and the concert will honor our history, our heroes and our heritage through music and narration. It will be presented by the music ministries at Due West United Methodist Church. Mable House is located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. For more information, visit 10


Sample fare from dozens of Kennesaw area restaurants on Saturday, September 10, from 11 a.m. — 8 p.m. at the annual Taste of Kennesaw, held on Main Street downtown. Admission is FREE at this event co-sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association; food samples will range from $1 — $4. Over 40 area restaurants plan to participate. Festivities will also include live entertainment all day, as well as a 6 p.m. concert featuring Banks & Shane. Children’s activities will include inflatable slides, bounces and a trackless train. For more information, call (770) 423-1330, or visit their website at

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Great Locomotive Chase 5K Race & 1K Run The Great Locomotive Chase 5K Race and 1K Fun Run will precede the Taste of Kennesaw event. The Fun Run will start at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K race begins at 8 a.m. This is the fourth race in the Kennesaw Grand Prix series and it is run on a flat and fast route starting at the Kennesaw First Baptist Church, up through Swift Cantrell Park and ending in historic downtown. The entry fee is $25 per person and includes free admission into the Southern Museum with a race number. Registered runners will receive t-shirts, and free food and drink will be provided after the race. All proceeds support the educational and outreach programs of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Complete details can be found at

Dogs Are the Focus at Paws in the Park Event Paws in the Park is a FREE interactive event hosted by the City of Kennesaw Environmental Committee at Swift-Cantrell Park on Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. — noon, rain or shine. The event is designed to promote good behavior by owners walking their dogs in public areas and to provide educational materials about responsible pet ownership. The event will feature service dog demonstrations by Georgia K9 National Training Center, as well as exhibits by local businesses focused on pet feeding, care and obedience and pet adoption. FREE samples of pet foods, products and discount offers for services will be available. A doggie parade will be conducted at 10 a.m., costumes optional.

Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department’s Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program accept new participants year round. The program provides participants educational assistance through tutoring, free internet access for school assignments, engaging recreational activities, adult guidance and encouragement through mentorship. The program meets every Monday and Thursday from 4 — 6 p.m. at the Roberts School, located at 4681 School Street in Acworth. The goal of Acworth Achievers is to aid the participants in 12


Youth Basketball League Acworth Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball registration is now underway. This league is open to all children, ages of 5 — 14. The ages will be divided into 5 & 6 COED, Boys: 7 & 8, 9 & 10, 11 & 12 and 13 & 14; and Girls: 3 — 5 grade and 6 — 8 grade. The fee is $105/ City of Acworth residents and $125/ residents for the 5 & 6 COED division. All other divisions are $155/City of Acworth residents and $175/ non-residents. Register before September 23 for a $10 discount. All divisions are open until the maximum number of participants per age group has been met. A $20 late fee will be charged after 5 p.m. on October 21. The fee for all divisions include a team jersey and team shorts. Skills assessments will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 22 & 23. Practices begin the week of October 31. The first game will be on December 3. For more information or to register, visit or call the Parks and Rec office at (770) 917-1234.

Mentors & Volunteers Needed The Acworth Parks and Recreation Dept. needs your help! You can get involved by volunteering for the following: Mentor – Help the community’s youth grow and develop by making a connection with a young adult. Mentors asked to interact with their mentee a minimum of 4 hours per month. General – Take a couple hours on Monday or Thursday afternoon to engage in recreational activities with youth. From helping with homework to playing basketball, there is always something to do! Tutor – Spend 30 – 45 minutes on a Monday or Thursday helping a student better understand their toughest subject. For more information, please visit or call Frank White at (770) 917-1234.

Senior Luncheon Join in for lunch and bingo on Tuesday, September 20, at the Senior Luncheon. The luncheon is held at Roberts School in Acworth. After lunch, there will be several rounds of bingo with prizes. The luncheon is FREE to all seniors!!! For more information, call the Parks and Rec office at (770) 917-1234.


Acworth Gymnast Invited to National Competition Seria Johnson, age 7, is a gymnast at Georgia All-Star Gymnastics in Woodstock. We want to wish her luck as she prepares to attend the Olympic Training site at the end of September to compete on a national level for the TOPS gymnastics competition. Seria has been a member of Georgia All-Star Gymnastics for 3 years. This was her first competitive year and she earned the title of USA Level 4 Georgia State Champion on the bars, vault and All Around. She is one of three gymnasts from Georgia All-Star Gymnastics that qualified at this level and has been invited to participate in the National TOPS Competition held annually in Texas at the Olympic training site. Congratulations and good luck!!!

Horizon Walking Club Lace up your walking shoes! Enjoy a walk and good conversation with friends. Chart your progress and walk through different parks. A healthy snack is provided. This club is for individuals ages 13 years and older with special needs. The walking club is held on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 — 5:30 p.m., from September 15 – October 13. The deadline to register is September 9 and the cost is $10. Space is limited. For more information, call (770) 917-1234 or visit Register online at or stop by the Parks and Rec Department located at 4762 Logan Road, Acworth.

Know An Adult Who Wants To Learn To Read? PAULDING READS! is currently accepting adult students who want to learn to read or improve their reading. Experienced volunteers work one-on-one with students using a nationally recognized reading program that helps adults meet their literacy goals. Tutoring and materials are FREE. They are committed to promoting and supporting literacy in Paulding County. For more information, please e-mail

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Ace Out Cancer Fundraiser & Tennis Mixer Back again this year is the Ace Out Cancer on Saturday, September 10, from 6 — 10 p.m. Join in for a fun night of tennis and fundraising for the American Cancer Society in Honor of Heather Affleck Wild, Donna Regelsky and all those affected by this disease. Ace Out Cancer will be held at the Legacy Park Community Tennis Center. The event will include great tennis, a silent auction, raffles for numerous tennis rackets and food provided by several restaurants including Fuscos via Roma and Henry’s Louisiana Grill. Participants will receive a goody bag including a t-shirt, a commemorative cup and various business coupons and discounts. Entry fee is a $30 donation per player, a $50 donation per couple or a $20 donation per non-player for a great cause. All levels of tennis are welcome. To register or to make a donation, email to or call (678) 350-4114.

Senior Cardio Combo Elevate your metabolism by moving rhythmically to music, by using free weights. Class will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at Roberts School, September 12 — October 27, from 10 — 10:45 a.m. This program is FREE to all seniors but space is limited. Register online at or call (770) 917-1234. 14


L – R: Tom Barfield, Cobb EMC Intern Olivia Harris and Don Barnett Cobb EMC recently donated $2,500 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s upcoming Labor Day Telethon. Cobb EMC Board Member, Don Barnett, presented the check to MDA’s Atlanta Executive Director, Tom Barfield, after Barfield spoke at the Metro Marietta Kiwanis Club. Cobb EMC also donated a 1967 advertisement featuring Jerry Lewis, which was autographed by Lewis. Lewis has hosted the Labor Day Telethon since 1966 and announced that this will be his last year hosting the program. The autographed advertisement of Lewis will be auctioned off at the MDA Night of Hope Gala Event - one of MDA’s largest fundraisers of the year.



Acworth Police Department’s 4th annual “Covering the Bases” fundraiser The annual fundraiser will begin on Saturday, September 24, at 7 a.m and will continue until 7 a.m., Sunday, September 25, at the Acworth Sports Complex “Horizon Field.” The Horizon Field is located at the Kennworth Sports complex at the corner of Nance Road and South Main Street. The event, which raises money for the continued upkeep and improvements to the Special Needs Field, is a 24 hour event in which individuals are encouraged to come out and join the Acworth Police Department and its officers in walking or “covering the bases” for 24 hours. Participants are also encouraged to get sponsors for each hour or lap that they walk for the event. Acworth Police Department officers are busy raising funds through events such as roadside collections. Businesses are encouraged to participate as well. Those that wish to participate can sponsor a table or tent at the event to advertise their business. The Acworth Police Department would like to challenge local groups such as churches, sports groups, community groups and even local homeowners associations, to put together a team or group and come out and participate in the event. A midnight kickball tournament will also be played and they are seeking teams to participate. The Covering the Bases event was started by the Acworth Police Department in 2008 as a way to help raise money to build the “Horizon Field” and has raised over $60,000 to date. All donations and monies raised will go directly to the Special Needs Development Group Inc., a non-profit public charity under 501(c)(3) of the Internal revenue code and are tax deductible. If you would like to donate, you can make checks payable to the Special Needs Developement Group Inc. and drop them off at the Acworth Police Department, located at 4400 Acworth Industrial Drive. Donations can also be dropped off at the Horizion Field the day of the event. Donations can also be made online at the secure link below. Please visit the site and click on the special needs donation link to register and make your donation. Interested parties can contact Captain Tony Bailey at (770) 974-1232.



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Mallory and Madelyn Dennard are ready for the new school year at North Cobb Christian School.

Angelica, Victoria, Eddie and Simon Wilkie pose with Principal Jamie Smithey at Harvest Baptist School.

Brandon Bulthuis is ready for the first day of school at North Cobb Christian School.

Asia, Tyra & Shakaira Dolman head off to their first day of the new school year at Etowah High.

Jenna McCartney, 2nd grader at Lewis Elem. Seria Johnson says goodbye to her mom as she leaves for the first day of school at Boston Elem. Jiyah Skipper is ready for her first day of Pre-K.

Kristin Dyson ready for her first day of 5th grade at Chapman Int. 18


Lauren McCartney, 8th grader at Awtrey Middle

A.J. Abshire heads off to 1st grade at Ford Elem.

Ashley Abshire ready for her first day of 7th grade at Durham Middle

Kelsey Zeigler begins her Junior year at Harrison High.

Megan Zeigler gets ready for her Freshman year at Georgia Southern University.



New Ceramic Studio

Weatherford has been active in local charities as co-founder of “Shop with a Hero” program and “Joy Foundation” (www. Bob was a Reserve Police Officer and past Captain of the Acworth Police before getting injured in line of duty in 2001. Bob has a BA Degree in Math from Huntingdon College in Montgomery and spent most of his career in high tech field with over 20 years at Amdahl and STK Corporations in consulting and professional services sales.

Free Workshop for First-time Homebuyers

Recently, the Kennesaw Parks & Rec Dept. celebrated the opening of their new ceramic studio with a ribbon cutting event attended by the Mayor and City Council. The new 1,300 sq. ft. facility is located behind the Ben Robertson Community Center. It will provide much needed studio/classroom, glazing and firing space for community programs. It houses nine pottery wheels, seven kilns, work tables, a glazing area, storage space, shelving for greenware and bisqueware and an ADA compliant restroom. The ceramic studio was designed and constructed by staff from the Parks and Rec, Public Works and Building Maintenance departments. “By completing this project in-house, the city was able to build a first-rate facility for a much reduced cost,” said Doug Taylor, Parks & Recreation Director.

Alderman Weatherford Announces Re Election Campaign Alderman Bob Weatherford recently announced his intentions to qualify and seek re-election for a third term as Alderman Post 3 Acworth City Council. Weatherford, now in his second full term, has served for the past ten years on the Acworth City Council, as well as many different community and statewide boards and authorities representing his city. He feels his experience matters and is well poised to serve the Citizens of Acworth for another term. He has received several awards and honors including being voted 2004 Acworth Citizen of the Year. 22


A free first-time homebuyer workshop will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., at the Cobb Extension Office, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. It will be hosted by Cobb Extension and CredAbility, a nonprofit credit counseling and education organization. Participants will receive information about budget and credit, down payment assistance, the loan process, the real estate process, day of closing, insurance and inspection. Participants will receive a HUD-approved certificate. Seating is limited. To register, call CredAbility at 800-251-2227.

Running for Wishes Register now for the 5K benefitting Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cobb’s annual 5K to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama will be held Saturday, October 8, and pre-registration is open now. All net proceeds from the race will go to the foundation to grant wishes for Cobb children with life-threatening medical conditions. Runners have the option of electronic timed or untimed registration. Fees are $25 timed and $20 untimed before October 1. After October 1, fees are $35 timed and $25 untimed up to race day. Children 6 — 12/$10 and children 5/younger are FREE. Groups of 10 or more are $20 timed and $15 untimed. If you would like to support the race, but are not able to attend, you can register as a “phantom” runner for $20. All registered participants, including phantom, will receive a commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt, except children 5 and younger. Last year, six local children’s wishes were granted. To read each child’s wish profile or register for the race, visit www.

Free PRIDE Teen Driving Class Clothing Giveaway The 8th Annual Clothesline, a clothing giveaway, sponsored by The League Ministries and hosted at NorthStar Church will take place on Saturday, September 10, from 8 a.m. — 12 noon. Clothing, coats and shoes (all seasons and all sizes) will be available for men, women, teens, boys, girls and infants. No proof of need is required. No transportation is provided. Clothing donations may be brought to the trailer parked behind the NorthStar main building any Sunday through September 4 during church service hours – (9 a.m. — 12 noon). NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw.

2011 Marietta/Cobb Career Expo Looking for work? Check out the 2011 Marietta/Cobb Career Expo at the Cobb County Civic Center on Wednesday, September 28, from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. The civic center is located at 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060, For more information, call (770) 528-8450.

The Acworth Police Department is offering a FREE, two-hour class on Tuesday, October 11, from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. The PRIDE class is for teens and their parents and is sponsored by the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The course is designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14 — 16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This is a program that addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior, rather than a technical hands-on driver training course. For more class dates, information or to register (which is required), visit or contact Officer Jeff Rose at (678) 801-4073 or


Businesses Can Adopt Cats for FREE In an on-going effort to find homes for Cobb’s homeless animals, Cobb County Animal Control staff introduces its new Cobb Company Cats Program. Animal Control will waive the adoption fee for local business owners who want to have a furry friend with them while they work. This applies to adopted adult cats more than one year old. “We are looking for new options in placing our homeless animals,” said Don Bruce, facility operations manager of Cobb Animal Control. “There are people out there who want to help solve the pet overpopulation problem but don’t have room in their homes for another animal. This new program gives them the chance to help a homeless cat, where they might otherwise not be able to, by having the cat live at their businesses. And having a resident cat at your business can be very appealing to customers. The program is aimed at “mom and pop” businesses, but if larger businesses think it would work for them, we would be open to that as well. We think it’s a win-win situation for both animal and human.” All cats available for adoption are spayed/neutered, microchipped, are current on all vaccinations and have been combo tested. To adopt under the Cobb Company Cats Program, you must have a current Cobb County business license for a “brick and mortar” business. For more information about the program, call Rachel Tabor at (770) 590-6593. For more information about Cobb County Animal Control, visit



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The VFW and 9/11 The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization came into existence in the early 20th century as a result of comrades joining together to offer each other support, solace or sanctuary as needed. As American military history developed through the last half of the 1900s, the need for mutual support for and by veterans increased exponentially.

We the Junkies by State Rep. Ed Setzler (R - Acworth) “We [the People] must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must choose between economy and liberty or profuse spending and servitude…a departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for another…till the bulk of society is reduced to misery." – Thomas Jefferson To understand the size of our national debt, if the federal government were a family earning $100,000 per year, that family would have a current credit card debt of over $675,000 and would be adding an additional $75,900 to that credit card debt this year alone. Did you, by chance, pay attention to the recent debate in Washington over spending and raising the federal debt ceiling? Did you ever wonder how deep the actual cuts were that passed the Congress in August and were signed into law by the President? To understand this year's actual spending cuts in everyday terms, imagine a $13/hour worker who earns $2,160 per month. Imagine this worker develops a spending problem and routinely spends an average of $3,800 per month. Given a spending pattern that is adding $1,640 in new consumer debt every month; this worker goes to a financial counselor to seek serious assistance. If the worker were to come back with an austerity plan that cuts his $3,800 spending habit by a total of $22 per month, that worker would have cut exactly what the US Congress and President just cut in the name of serious debt reduction. For a $13/hour worker who is adding debt at a rate of over $1,600 per month, a decision to cut off HBO or buy one less six-pack per week doesn't even begin to address the profound structural problem in his lifestyle and spending practices. Friends, so it is with our federal government, dollar-for-dollar. Using official government figures from the U.S. Department of Treasury: as of August 5, 2011 the United States' national debt stood at $14,594,500,839,325 ($14.6 trillion.) In the most recent federal fiscal year, our federal government took in $2.16 trillion dollars in total tax revenue and spent a total of $3.80 trillion on everything from national defense to funding the National Park Service, from Social Security to Medicare for seniors. With a federal debt that stands at 6.75 times annual federal income, how much longer are we going to obfuscate how deep our problems continued on page 54 30


Similarly, the events of 9/11 served to underscore the need for citizens of all walks of life in this country to offer compassion, solace and sanctuary to each other. While it may be true that the events of 9/11 changed this country forever, it also reminded us that we are in this together. It reminded us that although we may have been knocked to one knee, the fabric of our country was, and still is, stronger than the frantic, desperate acts of frustrated anger or radical demagoguery displayed on that dark day. It reminded us, once again, that we are a nationwide community, tied together by ideals that have been defended time and again by the willing. We have all heard or seen the reports of the actions taken by the first responders during the horrific events of 9/11. There is no room in the consciousness of the country for debate regarding the selfless, heroic acts of the firemen, police and others that responded with absolutely no regard for their own personal safety. As we look back after ten years, we see that they also provided us with something else. They provided us with clear and certain evidence that we, as a country, as a messy, loud collection of souls from every corner of the globe, are also a strong, vibrant and cohesive collection of individual spirits that come together in force with unbridled passion whenever this countries resolve is tested. Your VFW believes in the concept of national pride; it is part of the organizational DNA. While there is much about 9/11 that we might want to forget, the fact is that history will remember that the national community NEVER forgets the true content of its’ own character.


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Letters to Live By Women & Retirement Perceptions Will the reality of retirement live up to expectations? by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus In January 2011, Merrill Lynch released the results of a survey asking baby boomers with $250,000+ in investable assets about their retirement hopes. There were some interesting across-the-board findings — 70% of those polled expected to work at least part-time and 84% felt their retirements would be more comfortable and dynamic than those of their parents. Yet, it was the collective response of women in the 1,000-investor study that drew the most attention. Women envision a very active retirement. Volunteering and travel registered as major priorities for women, more so than for men: 64% of women said they wanted to get more involved in their communities, 62% planned to devote more time to philanthropy and 86% planned to travel when retired. Additionally, 14% of the women surveyed said that they wanted to start a business after their careers ended. Women are more concerned than men about running out of money. While 52% of male respondents were unsure that their retirement assets would last a lifetime, 63% of women polled were worried about outliving their money. Additionally, 70% of the women surveyed said they worried about rising healthcare costs. Will reality prove disappointing? Too many women approach retirement unprepared, with too little saved or invested. You can cite two major reasons for that. 1. The multiyear absence of some women from the workplace (which can coincide with peak earning years, lessening the rate of retirement plan contributions.) 2. A notable earnings gap (full-time working women earn 78 cents for every dollar men earn, which may reflect everything from gender inequality in career paths to wage discrimination.) Another factor may be conservative investing. While you can take on too much risk in your portfolio and pay the price, there may also be a cost for assuming too little risk – your portfolio may not be able to produce returns that keep up with inflation. The federal Consumer Price Index from June 2011 shows annualized inflation at 3.6%. continued on page 54 34


by Dr. Nedra Dodds The last time you read a food label, did you feel like you were on a game show? “Wink, I’d like to buy a vowel and then I need to phone a friend to help figure this out.” The quest for good nutrition should not require advanced engineering degrees to sort through food pyramids and Dewey Decimal Systems. Cracking the code of anti-aging is as basic as A-B-C. The value of eating a particular food to maintain health was recognized long before vitamins were identified. Ancient Egyptians knew that feeding a patient liver would help cure night blindness, an illness later contributed to vitamin A deficiency. And during the early 1700s, ship’s crewmembers often died from an illness associated with pain and poor wound healing. Almost 200 years later, this disease, known as scurvy, was attributed to vitamin C deficiency, since fresh citrus fruits and vegetables were not available during these voyages. A vitamin is an organic compound needed for proper cellular function that is not produced by the body and must be obtained from the diet. The majority of vitamins, the B vitamins and Vitamin C, are water-soluble, meaning they are broken down by water and essentially excreted from the body almost completely and must be replenished daily. The remainder, vitamins A, D, E and K, are fat soluble and require lipids to be transported through the intestines. Because of this quality, these vitamin levels last several months and can build up even to the point of toxicity. So here’s the skinny: The best sources of vitamin A are bright orange foods and dark leafy vegetables. Sources of B vitamins are in mostly unprocessed foods, lentils, potatoes, bananas and brewer’s yeast. Processing foods with sugar decreases the amount of available vitamin. Sources of Vitamin D are natural sunlight, fortified foods like milk and fish oils or fatty fish. Sources of Vitamin E are wheat germ, egg yolk, nuts and avocado. And sources of Vitamin K are broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, lettuce and cabbage. The major benefits of each are: Vitamin A — promote bone growth, healthy hair, prevents night blindness Vitamin B1 — enhance nervous system function Vitamin B2 — deficiency causes cracks in lips, tongue and inflammation of throat Vitamin B3 — deficiency may lead to mental confusion Vitamin B5 — deficiency causes acne and numbness of hands and feet Vitamin B6 — deficiency may lead to anemia, depression and hypertension Vitamin B7 — deficiency leads to impaired growth in infants, continued on page 54

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Erick and Daniel Hohler traveled to Brazil to visit with their grandparents, relatives and Brazilian friends. They took this picture in the city of Goiania, state of Goias in Brazil. They always have a lot of fun visiting Brazil. They went to a water park, different playgrounds, visited lots of family members and played with a lot of different kids from Brazil. It’s a great way for them to practice Portuguese and to learn the different cultures of the country.

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This summer my family and I visited Ireland. I saw and learned many things. From eating fancy different foods to kissing a stone upside down on the Blarney Castle, I had a great time. What I learned most about is the history of castles. I visited the Blarney Castle, the Ross Castle and the Cahir Castle. At each one we usually visited a small museum, took a tour, and explored the castle on our own. I learned most castles were built to defend the people living in them. One unusual form of defense was uneven staircases. Since the soldiers living inside were used to them, it wasn’t a problem for them. However, the enemy had no idea they were uneven, so when they attacked and tried to come up the stairs, they tripped. I learned a lot about castles in Ireland. 36


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Makenzie Bass traveled all the way to San Francisco, California. This picture is taken outside of the world famous restaurant, Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Elizabeth and Hannah Patel visited San Diego, California. This picture was taken at the San Diego Zoo. Along with the zoo, they visited the beaches, Legoland, Sea World, Science Museum and Seal Tour.

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Lindsay Kirk, along with her parents Jeff & Rorie, and siblings Jacob, Meghan & Joshua, traveled to Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. Lindsay stated that the Falls looked like a giant root beer float. She learned that the water was colored because of all the tree sap. The Kirk family drove the whole way to visit family and to go fishing, camping and white water rafting on the Menominee River.

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Awareness Campaign to Combat Childhood Obesity Playbook for Big Savings on Back-To-School Clothes by Helen Maddox Fall means football and back-to-school shopping. With a little pre-season planning, you can stretch your clothing budget dollar! As any coach would do, use the pre-season to evaluate your team’s strengths: sort through your children’s clothes, pass down outgrown items to younger children and discard worn items. Make a clothing inventory of what each child has, their sizes and what they need. Now that you are ready to kick off the season, the #1 play in your book should be using the power of the internet to help you combine sales, discounts and free shipping from your favorite stores. The easiest way to receive sales, free shipping notices and coupons is by creating a new email address just for registering with your favorite store, mall and outlet mall websites (free email addresses are available from or Also, be sure to “like” your favorite stores on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Each week, with your clothing inventory, coupons and discount vouchers handy, peruse the store websites and match your coupons with sale items. Check sites like or for discount coupon codes or search on Google with the words: Coupon Codes + (store name); ex: Coupon Codes Kohl’s. Shopping retailers through a site like will earn a rebate on money you spend. The same approach can be used in brick and mortar stores. Watch the sales ads online and then visit the stores with your inventory and printouts of any discounts. Since many retailers allow you to use their discounts on any purchase, be sure to shop clearance racks to maximize your savings. While you are in the store, check GeoQpons or Foursquare apps on your smartphone for discounts or coupons to show the cashier. Some of your greatest bargains may be found outside of the big box department stores. Thrift and consignment stores often have name brand clothing for pennies on the dollar. If you haven’t shopped in these stores before, plan regular stops at your local Goodwill to select items that are either new or next-to-new. On one of my recent trips, I found a $60 Polo shirt for my son for less than $5. continued on page 54 38


Television and Outdoor Advertisements Use “Tough Love” Messaging As the largest pediatric health care provider located in the state with the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the U.S., Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is leading the charge against the childhood obesity epidemic with a provocative awareness campaign. As of last month, television and outdoor advertisements seeking to raise public awareness of the childhood obesity crisis will be seen around metro Atlanta. Children’s unveiled the visual elements of the campaign with a digital press conference attended by leaders from Atlanta’s health-care and business communities. Backed by research, the campaign reveals startling statistics, such as: • Nearly 40 percent of Georgia’s children are overweight or obese. • More than half of parents do not see childhood obesity as a serious problem. • 75 percent of parents with overweight or obese children do not see their children as overweight or obese. • Nationally, childhood obesity has increased 300 percent in the last 30 years. Children who are overweight are now suffering from diseases once seen only in adults, including heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, liver and kidney disease and Type 2 diabetes. Children in Georgia are the first generation of kids who may not live as long as their parents. “This crisis did not happen overnight,” said Dr. Stephanie Walsh, Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children’s. “Childhood obesity is a problem more than 30 years in the making. Fast food companies spend more than $4.2 billion annually on advertising and there are now more reasons than ever to spend time on the couch. The deck is stacked against today’s kids, and Children’s has fully dedicated its resources to help reverse the trend.” Children’s large-scale public awareness campaign is designed to break through to parents and caregivers and spark a conversation about the childhood obesity epidemic facing the state. Through billboards, television and social media, the campaign’s bold messages seek to engage anyone who has a vested interest in children — parents, caregivers, schools, doctors, government officials. The awareness part of this campaign is only the first step, and its “tough love” approach is just the beginning of addressing this issue. Children’s will be introducing Strong4Life programs to the community later this year. These programs will empower continued on page 54

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Paint 101 by Jeff Glover For as long as I have been able to do home improvement projects, my least favorite has always been painting. I think my frustration has to start with the near infinite choice of colors, then I proceed to the next step of running the three miles of masking tape on my walls and ceiling. Next is trying to make the roller actually roll in both the pan and on the wall. Lastly is the cleanup. I am still, to this day, amazed at the amount of paint a paint brush can hold. So, I decided early on that I would learn the right way to paint because I wanted to do this as little as possible. More often than not, my clients ask how they can save money and maximize their home improvement dollars. Painting is a great way to do it if you don’t mind a little sweat equity. I have listed some tips on how to achieve a great paint job, whether it is on the interior or exterior of your home. But, if you decide to hire someone, use these tips as guidelines to make sure that who you choose is providing you with a paint job that will last and look great. Interior: 1. Check your walls for damage like nail holes, dents, cracks and drywall nail pops. Scrape down chipping, cracked or blistered paint. You can use a spackling product for small imperfections, but for larger areas use a drywall repair product such as DURABOND or a ready mixed joint compound. Don’t forget to sand and smooth any repairs that you did. 2. Re-caulk baseboards, door and window trim using a paintable latex caulk. 3. Remove electrical switch and receptacle covers and don’t forget the drop cloths. I prefer fabric drop cloths so that the paint soaks in, whereas with the plastic ones the paint stays wet so there is a chance to track it on floors. 4. Prime all surfaces with a good quality primer. I usually tint my primer so that I not only enhance the top coat, but I get a much more consistent top coat color. 5. Apply two coats of finish color to your wall and trim surfaces. Exterior: 1. Scrape loose or blistered paint and then pressure wash the whole exterior. If you have not pressure washed your home before, hire someone. You can do some serious damage if you are not careful. 2. Repair damaged siding and knot holes, fill hairline cracks in stucco with the proper filler material and for any wood repair say, on a door, I use BONDO. It is rot resistance, cures really hard and paints up beautifully. continued on page 54 40


Ever feel like carrying a new book bag is actually “no big deal”? Reconsider that thought. The average child’s book bag is 26 pounds and will get removed about ten times per day. That’s approximately 264 pounds being lifted throughout the day. That’s a significant amount of weight for a child’s spine to have to deal with. In fact, carrying a book bag can actually modify the spinal column over time and lead to issues later in life. By carrying a hefty load distributed unevenly every single day, tension can stress a growing vertebral column, bring about severe postural misalignments and unbalances and create subluxations in the vertebral column. These types of subluxations could cause nerve interference, which can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms and can reduce a child’s defense response. Holding a hefty book bag unevenly with malformed muscles can result in an aggravated “bad” posture, vertebral column distortions, muscle strain, back and neck problems, local soreness and nerve destruction. Because muscles are still forming throughout childhood, it is important to choose a backpack that will carry the weight of the books rather than put stress on your child’s back. More than 50% of youths experience pain in the low back, right at the end of the teenage years. Here are some things to look for when choosing a backpack: * Choose a backpack that is designed to carry a heavy load of books without stressing your child’s body. Buying backpacks with wide straps helps to evenly distribute the weight and avoid the straps that dig into children’s shoulders. For younger children, waist belts help to even out the weight and run less risk of putting too much stress on the back. * Many backpacks offer compartments in the middle as well as on either side of the bags. Have your child utilize these compartments as it will spread the weight out instead of having it centralized in one area. * Make sure your child wears his or her backpack as designed – with both straps on the shoulders. Older teens will sometimes sling the backpack over one shoulder. While this may be convenient for them, it is bad for their posture as well as shoulder and neck muscles. The weight will be unevenly distributed and can strain the neck and shoulder muscles if worn in this manner. * Make sure your child’s backpack is not too heavy. It is recommended that the weight of the full backpack should not exceed 10-15% of your child’s body weight. Carrying more continued on page 54


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The Is School a Struggle? Your Child May Have a Vision Problem by Dr. Dylan Reach When a child begins to struggle in school, he or she may be one of the 20% of school children with a vision problem that affects their ability to learn effectively and efficiently. As the new school year gets underway, your children are facing new challenges that their visual system may not yet be fully prepared to handle. Some examples may be first graders who are struggling with beginning word recognition skills or third graders who struggle with reading comprehension or copying assignments from the board. In fact, third grade can be a very challenging year for children with vision problems because the learning style becomes much more visual in nature. Reading requires more accurate visual tracking and perceptual skills to support good comprehension and board work requires good spatial perceptual and visualmotor skills. One of the first steps we recommend if your child is having new challenges at school is to have their eyes and vision thoroughly examined. They may have had a vision screening at school or at the pediatrician’s office, but these screenings generally only assess distance visual acuity. A comprehensive exam will assess focusing, eye teaming, tracking and overall assess a child’s preparedness for learning through their eyes. If a muscle problem occurs with the eyes or a visual perceptual problem is identified during the exam, we may recommend more extensive testing. There, we can measure precisely a student’s eyes while in the process of reading and evaluate their tracking and coordination with a visagraph. In addition, visual perceptual tests are administered to get insight into how a student is learning through the eyes. Every student has their own special leaning style and for those who are stronger auditory learners, improving their visual learning abilities can help them face the changing demands of school with success and ease. Dr. Dylan Reach is in practice at Acworth Family Eyecare. For more information, contact them at (770) 974-3153 or 42


Cooking Geek Upper Crust - Gluten-Free Pies by Tiffany Hughes If we are all honest, we would admit that we have a sweet tooth, at least to a certain degree. Yes, there are those who claim they can satisfy theirs with a simple piece of sugar-free gum, while others head straight for the molten lava cake to fulfill their sugar cravings.

For those who are on a gluten-free diet, it can sometimes be a little more challenging when you want a dessert that consists of more than just a couple pieces of chocolate. In creating gluten-free recipes over the years, the thing that vexed me the most was trying to find a substitute for graham cracker crumbs. Fortunately, now that pre-made gluten-free cookies are readily available, it’s much easier to create a variety of crusts for different types of pies. For instance, 2 cups of finely crushed gluten-free peanut butter or shortbread cookies when mixed with ½ stick of melted butter can be pressed into a pie plate and baked (at 350º) until firm (about 10 minutes.) Finely chopped pecans or walnuts can also be turned into pie crusts in the same manner, but you would need to add at least ¼ cup sugar to sweeten it up a bit. Try making your favorite pecan or chocolate chess pie and put them in either the peanut butter cookie crust or the pecan crust. Gluten-free gingersnaps make a great crust for pumpkin or sweet potato pies. One of my family’s favorites is Marshmallow Cream Pie, which is good in any of the above-listed crusts. Melt 1 bag of minimarshmallows and 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once marshmallows have dissolved, add 8 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Place mixture into a large bowl and gently fold in 1 small container of Cool Whip. Pour into a piecrust (if not making a gluten-free pie, use a pre-made graham cracker crust,) and then drizzle your favorite sundae syrup across the top. Refrigerate until firm then serve! Just remember, if you are a little bit adventurous, you can almost always figure out a way to make your favorite pies gluten-free. It just takes a little imagination and effort, but the end result will always be worth it! Happy Cooking! Tiffany Hughes is an Acworth resident who enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies. She has written two cookbooks and has a food blog —

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September Events

Alive After Five — Thursday, September 8, 5 — 8 p.m.

Call an ABA Member First! August Alive

After Five held at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Bill Borden, Jeremy Letalien, Brenda Borden, Sigurd Hoyer & Paul Ossmann

Monthly Luncheon – Thursday, September 22

NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Speaker: Joe Brywczynski for Wellstar Lagniappe (ABA 101) begins at 10:30 a.m.

Daniel Diemer, Ella Ford & Vince Bubolo

Linda Stringer, Kasi & Matt Fisher & Schelly O'Reilly

Sigurd Hoyer, Marvon Williams & Paul Letalien

Game On Sports, 3126 Cobb Pkwy. Great networking opportunity!

Marvon Williams, Mark Zangari, RaJendra Hunter & Daniel Woods

Don Kyle, Rick Caffey, Phil Ergle & Doug Hornak

Don Kyle, Jay Cunningham, Tina Myers & Campbell Haigh

Ted Chastain, Grady Clark, Rick Caffey & Angie Angell

Cherish Carr, Paul Ossmann & Crystal Carr

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July Luncheon City Appreciation Luncheon

L- R: Mayor Tommy Allegood, Dr. Michael Alexander - Conductor of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Alex Hill - Cobb Symphony Orchestra and Vince Bubolo - ABA President

Catered by: Grande café L – R: Laura Southern, Carolyn Lyle (Owner), Nate Chapman and Michael Ann Chapman

The Old Dixie Highway Band performed a song written for the Covering the Bases fundraiser for the Acworth's Horizon Special Needs Field. Band members are: L — R: Stan Pinion, Grady Clark & Eric Cain

August Luncheon: Tailgate Party

Tony Bailey speaks to the attendees regarding the 24-hour Covering the Bases fundraiser which begins at 7 a.m. on September 24.

Malcolm Wood, owner of Barbeque Street, cooks up burgers and hotdogs for the luncheon. Front Row, L — R: Marlon Longacre – NorthStar Church, Dr. Kevin Daniel – KMHS, John Kelly – KMHS, Bucky Horton – NCHS and Chad McGehee – KMHS. Back Row, L — R: Terry Luck – NCCS, Devin Phillips – RBC Bank (lunch sponsor), Vince Bubolo – ABA President, Harry Miles – NCCS, Dave Dorsey – NCCS, Benji Morrell – AHS and Mike Linch – Pastor, NorthStar Church.

Members of the Kennesaw Mountain Drum Line greeted everyone as they arrived for the luncheon.

Sticks and Stones by J.R. Lee “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” I wonder if anyone actually believes that. We have definitely spoken those words at some point in our past. I just don’t think either of us actually believed the words coming out of our mouths – especially after hearing someone try to murder us with their words. I know I didn’t. I don’t believe you did either. Don’t get me wrong: it sounded good in the moment. The problem is that it simply is not true. The truth is that words do hurt. They hurt badly and can wound deeply. Proverbs 12:18: There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. What if we decided to work hard at putting a permanent lid on gossip, slander and malicious talk? What if we decided to disconnect from disrespect – even those we feel deserve to hear a piece of our mind? What you speak has the power to wound or heal, divide or unify, pull down or lift up. Let’s decide as a community to elevate people with our words instead of tearing them down. That is not something the average community would do. Acworth, we are better than average. Where do we start? The temptation is to concentrate on not hurting people with your words. Focusing on the negative behavior is not helpful because then the negative behavior is always on the forefront of your mind. Instead, concentrate on intentionally lifting people up every chance you get. Choose to speak life into those around you. Find the corrupt words you are tempted to speak and replace them with grace-filled words of encouragement. Ephesians 4:29: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Praise and encouragement have more impact on the lives of others than you might believe. Encouragement has a further reach, but both are beneficial. Here is a quick example. Praise — “Great job yesterday.” Encouragement — “I really appreciate all the hard work you put into _________ yesterday morning.” Praise is a great first step. The next step in the process is encouragement. Praise is generic. Encouragement is specific. continued on page 54 46


Is the Message Received the Message Intended by C.A. Phillips You’ve seen them. Some wear headphones and dance. Some wear costumes – maybe a Mickey Rat, or a faux Easter Bunny, or Lady Liberty. Still others just chill in a tailgating chair, or perhaps just pace back and forth. Who are they? They’re the “sign holders.” Pizza places, chicken finger restaurants, tax preparers, or used car lots employ them. They are the hired guns. They are on the front lines.

But, here’s the deal. When I see a business whose primary marketing strategy is to throw a dude carrying a sign out on the road – costume or not – I almost always discard that business from consideration for my hard-earned dollars. To me, it conveys several messages to the consumer. First, it tells me that you are trying to take shortcuts in your advertising plan. Second, it tells me that you have not established a rapport with the community. Businesses are typically built on relationships, not on the sign-holder. When you are putting the sign holder out on the street, you are telling me that you are too lazy to build relationships. Finally, it comes across to me as desperate. Perhaps a business has attempted to “microwave” relationships with those in the community and word-of-mouth just isn’t spreading like they had hoped. The balloons and jumpies and weird wavy inflatable stick thingies haven’t drawn the anticipated crowd. So, the owner finally caves and says, “Let’s hire a sign guy.” It’s the last straw many times. For all of these reasons, I don’t patronize these businesses. If people aren’t talking about it, then it’s probably not a place I am going to check out. And, really, if you are a business owner, do you want the VERY FIRST impression of your business to be the dude sitting in the lawn chair with an upside-down sign sitting in his lap? Despite the public perception (or just mine), I sincerely doubt that business owners want the public to feel this way about their establishment. They fail to realize that they are, in fact, creating a brand image for their product – a really negative one in most cases. The message that their target audience is receiving isn’t likely the one they had intended. But, as many have said before, perception is reality many times. The same happens with us as individuals. We send messages to those around us each and every day – whether we realize it or not. And, while you may say to yourself, “I don’t care what people think about me,” I believe you need to. Admit it or not, we need people to like us in order for us to thrive. You may continued on page 54

call the church office at (770) 425-2525 or email them at

Freedom Church Beginning September 18, Freedom Church will be launching a brand new series titled “Fit To Be Tied.” This series will focus on relationships and Pastor J.R. Lee will provide answers to all of your questions. Your relationship is worth fighting for and this four week event will help you do just that! On the final day, October 9, published authors and speakers, Ron and Janet Biagini, will be featured. Freedom Church meets at Barber Middle School, located at 4222 Cantrell Rd., Acworth. For more information, please call (770) 529-6006 or visit their website at

Clothing Giveaway The Eighth Annual Clothesline, a clothing giveaway sponsored by The League Ministries and hosted at NorthStar Church, will take place on Saturday, September 10, from 8 a.m. — 12 p.m. Clothing, coats and shoes (all seasons and sizes) will be available for men, women, teens, boys, girls and infants – no proof of need is required. No transportation is provided. Clothing donations may be brought to the trailer parked behind the NorthStar main building any Sunday through September 4 during church service hours (9 a.m. —12 p.m.) NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw.

Northwest Christian Church Yard Sale Calling all bargain hunters! Northwest Christian Church will be hosting their Church Yard Sale, along with additional fun including music and inflatables, on Saturday, September 10, from 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. They are located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth. For more information, please call the church office at (770) 425-2525 or email them at

Free Zumba Classes! You are invited to join in on FREE ZUMBA classes at Northwest Christian Church! These fun dance exercise classes are held in the fellowship hall from 7 — 8 p.m. on Monday evenings beginning September 12. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle and come get fit! You can also help them minister to those in need in the area by bringing a nonperishable food item for their food pantry. Northwest Christian Church is located at 3737 DallasAcworth Hwy NW, Acworth. For more information, please 48


AWANA at First Baptist Church of Acworth Come be apart of AWANA at First Baptist Church of Acworth every Wednesday. Kindergarten — 6th grade begins at 6 p.m. Three year olds — Pre-K begins at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (770) 974-3021.

Homecoming at Shiloh United Methodist Everyone is invited to Shiloh United Methodist Church’s 87th Homecoming on Sunday, September 25, at 11 a.m. Come and celebrate their Christian Heritage with the church family and then join them for a luncheon following the service. A special worship service is planned with special music to share the love of God in song. Shiloh United Methodist Church is located at 3860 Cherokee. St., Kennesaw. RSVP by September 12 by calling Dot White at (770) 926-1432 or by email at

Consignment Sale Giggles and Grace Consignment Sale The sale will be held in the Marietta Church of God gym located at 1083 Allgood Road, in Marietta. It will take place on Friday, September 16, from 9 a.m. — 8 p.m., and Saturday, September 17, from 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. Many items will be half price on Saturday! Already tagged your clothes from another sale — no problem, they accept all tags! Worker incentives! Workers get to shop the half price preview sale on Friday night before the public. They accept boy's sizes 0 — 20 and girl's sizes 0 — juniors. They also accept maternity clothing, baby equipment, books, toys, shoes, E rated Nintendo or Playstation games.... you name it, they will have it! For more information, visit their website at or call Karen at (770) 841-9710.

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Warnings from the Better Business Bureau Score a Job – Not a Scam With unemployment at a soaring rate of 9.2%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many job hunters are turning to online job boards to post their resume and search for jobs. BBB is warning job seekers to proceed with caution before sharing their personal qualifications and inquiring about jobs found online. Although generally helpful, the Internet provides an opportunity for ID thieves and scammers to take advantage of eager and unsuspecting job seekers. It’s becoming more and more common for scammers to lure in potential candidates all in the hopes of getting their personal information. Before posting your resume to a career site or inquiring about a job, make sure you know with whom you are dealing. Many job scammers are having candidates set up direct deposit accounts as part of the application process and making it seem as though it’s naturally part of the process to get an interview — when it’s absolutely not. Be on the lookout for these red flags: • Employer emails are rife with grammatical and spelling errors. • Emails claiming there’s a problem with a job hunter’s account. After creating a user account, a job hunter might receive an e-mail saying there has been a problem with their account or they need to follow a hyperlink to install new software. This will take them to a website that will install malware or viruses on their computer. • An employer asks for extensive personal information such as social security or bank account numbers. Regardless of the reason, a job applicant should never give their Social Security or bank account numbers over the phone or e-mail. • An employer offers the opportunity to become rich without leaving home. While there are legitimate businesses that allow employees to work from home, there are also a lot of scammers trying to take advantage of people looking to make money this way. Job hunters should always research the company with their BBB first. • An employer asks for money upfront. Aside from paying for a uniform, it is rarely advisable to pay upfront fees or make a required purchase to get a job. • The salary and benefits offered seem too-good-to-be-true. Phony employers might brag about high salary potential and excellent benefits to lure unsuspecting job hunters into their scam. 50


• The job requires the employee to wire money through Western Union or MoneyGram. The check might clear the employee’s bank account, but will eventually turn out to be a fake and the employee is out the money he or she wired back to the scammers.

Securing Your Child’s Identity: Advice That Every Parent Needs to Know Hundreds of online businesses are finding inactive Social Security numbers online – most of which are assigned to children under the age of 18 who have not started using them yet and selling them under different names to help people establish fake credit. The scheme may lead to significant debts for children that might be almost impossible to pay off. The BBB is warning parents to be on the lookout for the signs that point to their child’s identity being compromised or stolen. Last year, 8.1 million adult Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $37 billion, according to Javelin Strategy and Research. While this number is exuberantly high, NBC TODAY reports that it becomes harder to define how many children are actually affected by identity theft because of the fact that most cases go undiscovered for years. However, an identity theft monitoring company, Debix, found an alarming 4,000 cases of tainted identities, out of only 40,000 children. BBB urges parents to follow these steps to secure their child’s identity: -Be aware of how to obtain your child’s credit report. Getting access to your child’s records is actually a different process than obtaining your own. Your child’s report cannot be obtained using the congressionally mandated free credit report website, when under the age of 13 and even sometimes for children ages 14 — 18, -For children under the age of 13, the easiest way to obtain your child’s records is through Trans Union. According to NBC TODAY, if Trans Union says there is no report, odds are good that your child is in the clear. But if there is a report, or you have a specific reason to believe your child is a victim — you’ll want to get a report from the nation’s other two major credit bureaus, Experian and Equifax. -Recognize the signs of trouble. Watch out for red flags that might indicate a problem, such as your son or daughter receiving pre-approved credit card offers or calls from collection agencies. Know what to do if you suspect your child has fallen victim. According to the FTC, every parent should check their child’s credit report on their 16th birthday. It’s not good to check it too often, but checking then leaves sufficient time to fix errors and activity before their child goes off to college and tries to obtain financial aid. If suspicious activity arises, parents must contact all three credit bureaus and request a report immediately. From

there, depending on your state’s credit freeze rule, placing a credit freeze should be considered.

Keeping Pesky Bed Bugs at Bay and out of Your Home It appears that the bed bug infestation has hit homes once again. These pesky little critters are not only latching onto your beds, but to your wallets as well. Some self-proclaimed bed bug eradicators are coming into your home with the intention to only take your money and not actually rid you of your critter problem. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and BBB are advising consumers on ways to ultimately prevent bed bug infestations from stepping “foot” in your home. This year, the BBB nationwide has received over 375 complaints against pest control companies. The FTC and BBB urge consumers to be proactive in preventing bed bugs from entering your home. • If you recently purchased furniture from a secondhand store or flea market, make sure that your purchase doesn’t actually have “fleas,” or bed bugs, before bringing it into your home. • Take out the “hide” in hide-and-go-seek. Keeping bed bugs from being able to hide is important. Only enclose mattresses and box springs in covers labeled “allergen rated,” “for dust mites,” or “for bed bugs.” Make sure to periodically check for rips or openings so that you can patch them up securely. • That also includes repairing cracks in plaster, loose wallpaper and any loose light switch covers and being proactive by always making sure to apply caulk to seal crevices, joints in baseboards and gaps on shelves or cabinets. • Don’t be a hitchhiker. When traveling, use luggage racks to hold your suitcases when packing and unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the bed or floor. • When staying in a hotel, check the mattress and headboard before getting into bed. Keep the critters from infesting your home by unpacking directly into a washing machine. • Wash all items showing bed bug stains and dry on the highest setting for at least 20 minutes. The heat from the dryer kills the bugs. Before relaxing, inspect and then vacuum your luggage. • Empty the vacuum or seal and dispose of its bag outside of your home after each use. For more tips on choosing a trustworthy pest controller or to learn more about keeping bed bugs out of your home, visit, the FTC’s consumer alert pubs/consumer/alerts/alt194.shtm and the National Pesticide Information Center

***For more consumer tips, visit*** BBB representatives are available to assist you from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. — 4 p.m. All BBB reports and the ability to file complaints can be done at BBB reports are also available via the automated phone system 24 hours a day by calling (404) 766-0875.

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

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We the Junkies,

Letters to Live By,

are by comparing ourselves with Greece or by comparing the federal government's debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the combined private income of every American household and business?

weakens hair shaft Vitamin B9 — deficiency leads to neural tube defects of the fetus, anemia in adults Vitamin B12 — deficiency causes pernicious anemia, neuropathy and memory loss Vitamin C — decreases histamine levels, assists with collagen production Vitamin D — helps maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorous for bones Vitamin E — neutralizes free radicals, aids in proper blood clotting and wound healing Vitamin K — helps to properly make clotting factors in blood, aids in bone development

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These comparisons only obscure the reality that the federal government is drowning in a debt crisis that cannot be fixed until the American people are prepared to forego more than a proverbial six-pack per week to get our fiscal house in order. While it is easy to blame Congress for an unwillingness to make hard decisions, their actions are driven by public opinion polls and are merely symptomatic of the fact that seniors don't want to accept cuts to Social Security, 20 year olds don’t want cuts to their student loans and federal bureaucrats don't want job cuts that could thrust them into the private sector. In the end, Americans need to understand that our federal government is taking in $2.16 trillion and spending $3.80 trillion each year. Our credit card debt is approaching 7 times our annual income and the proverbial dealers feeding our debt addiction are the investment banks of communist China. We have the second highest corporate income tax rate in the world and the top 2% of US taxpayers are already paying more than 70% of the federal income taxes. Friends, we do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem: one that all Americans need to clearly understand and be committed to communicate to family, friends and our elected officials before it’s too late. Ed Setzler is a State Representative for District 35. Ed lives in Acworth with his wife, Tracie, and their four children, David, Caleb, Sarah and Susannah. Ed is an Engineering Manager at MACTEC nationwide engineering and environmental firm based in Metro Atlanta. Ed served his country on active duty for nine years as a U.S. Army Officer. Ed may be contacted at (770) 420-0520,by email at or by visiting his website at

Women & Retirement Perceptions, Continued from page 34

How are you investing and saving to pursue your retirement dream? Is there a strategy in place with realistic objectives? A chat with a financial professional may lead to the discovery of creative new ways to pursue your retirement ambitions.

Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone (770 ) 952-6707. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors.



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If a well balanced diet is maintained and all food groups are ingested, then there is no need for additional medicinal supplementation. Food has been and should always be your medicine. Staying on your P’s and Q’s of good nutrition is one major part to living a life of longetivity. Dr. Nedra Dodds is the founder and Medical Director of Opulence Aesthetic Medicine located on 600 Chastain Rd., Ste. 224, Kennesaw, GA. (770) 591-3429.

Playbook for Big Savings, Continued from page 38

With some preseason warm-up, you can score huge savings and a touchdown for the family budget! Helen Maddox ( helps families weathering financial challenges. Helen is available to speak at your church, school or community function:

Awareness Campaign to Combat, Continued from page 38

The awareness part of this campaign is only the first step, and its “tough love” approach is just the beginning of addressing this issue. Children’s will be introducing Strong4Life programs to the community later this year. These programs will empower families to adopt healthy habits and offer guidance in making small changes that can make a big difference. For more information, visit, join the conversation at or follow @Strong_4_Life on Twitter. About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta — Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.

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Sticks and Stones!

3. Remove your window screens, cover exterior light fixtures and cover your plantings. 4. Prime all surfaces with a good quality primer. Once again, tint your primer to enhance your final top coat color. 5. Apply 2 coats of finish color to your exterior surfaces. I encourage you to take your time with your painting projects. Although my tips may drag out your agony a little longer, the end result will be well worth it.

Let’s decide together to use both praise and encouragement as we speak into the lives of others. Let’s work hard to be consistent and specific as we praise and encourage those around us. Our spouse. Our kids. Our neighbors. Our co-workers. Everyone really. Don’t save your encouragement for a select few.

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Trust me; you will be surprised to see just how powerful and elevating your words can be. Acworth, I believe we can rise to the occasion.

Jeff Glover can be reached at (404) 694-0550. He is the owner of Jeffrey C. Glover, LLC, specializing in construction, renovation & remodeling. He is also a licensed real estate agent with Prudential – Georgia Realty. Jeff was voted the 2008 Acworth Citizen of the Year.

Back Pack Safety,

J. R. Lee is the Pastor of Freedom Church located at Barber Middle School, 4222 Cantrell Road in Acworth. You may reach J.R. by calling the church at (770) 529-6006 or visit the church website at Also, check out his blog at

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than that can result in nerve compression as well as deformed back growth such as rounded shoulders. It can also tire out the muscles quickly. When choosing a backpack for your child, be sure to keep safety in mind. Children should not be lifting more than 15% of their body weight and that weight should be evenly distributed throughout the backpack.

Is the Message Received,

Besides having the proper equipment for spinal health, it is also important to instill good habits early on. Stretching and proper exercise strategies for the spine are extremely essential throughout life. Teaching our children how to do them properly can only serve them in the future and keep them healthy.

If you are an artist, a teacher, a musician, a contractor, a homemaker or a banker, people are forming impressions of you all the time. They base this on the “signs” that you put on display every day: your attitude, your demeanor, your tone of voice, your word choice. And, yes, your appearance! Greasy hair, clothing that is too revealing, clothing that is too baggy, tattoos, piercings – people notice these things and form opinions. You cannot escape it.

In addition, proper biomechanics of the body, such as proper ways to lift heavy objects, should be followed to protect the spine from injury and it’s really never too soon to start. Some tips to help with backpack safety are to encounter the book bag prior to deciding to elevate it, bend with the knees, using the hands grab the book bag at the thickest part, lift with the legs, carefully slip on a single neck strap at a time and NEVER chuck the pack on one shoulder. Packing your child’s book bag effectively could lessen stress on the actual vertebral column. Load up the heaviest physical objects close to the body. Place rough physical objects on the outside away from the back. Also, have your child examined frequently by way of a chiropractor to remove subluxations and to make sure there is proper good posture throughout the growing decades. 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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be able to get away with being a self-absorbed prima donna for a while and fooling people into believing that you are just “eccentric” or “unique.” But, that will only take you so far.

Am I saying to be a “sell-out” to please others? No. But, I am saying that in order to get where we need to be, or want to be, we should consider others – because we do need others in our lives. Despite the moniker, there’s really no such thing as the “selfmade man.” Each of us has built a “brand” for ourselves over time. These are impressions that others have of us before they ever even interact with us. For example, we may have never owned or driven a Ferrari, but we each have thoughts and feelings about that brand. Likewise, based on what people witness in you, they draw conclusions about the brand you “wear” each day. The question is – is this the message you intended to send? C.A. Phillips serves as the Married Couples Pastor at NorthStar Church in Acworth/Kennesaw, GA., and has lived in Kennesaw for nearly 30 years. Email him at, or check out his blog at

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

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Awtrey-Westwood Baptist Church 5855 Awtrey Church Road NW, (770) 974-0023 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Loy Frix Calvary Baptist Church of Acworth 4361 Westside Drive, (770) 974-4965 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Cedarcrest Church Meets at Allatoona High School, (678) 460-3500 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Adult Bible Study: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Children’s Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Student Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: George Wright First Baptist Church of Acworth 4583 Church Street, (770) 974-3021 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. David M Joyner Harvest Baptist Church 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-9091 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Dan Reed Hickory Grove Baptist Church 2862 Hickory Grove Road 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 & 11 a.m. &  6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Paul Vance Iron Hill Baptist Church 5172 Groovers Landing Road, (770) 974-2951 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. (Child.) 10 a.m. (Adult) Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dan Guider Johnson Ferry Baptist Church @ Cedarcrest 3950 Cobb Parkway, Suite 604, (678) 460-3510



Keystone Baptist Church (meets at Harrison High School) 4500 Due West Road, (678) 230-5317 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Terry Nelson Morning View Baptist Meets at Lewis Elementary (770) 443-5600 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor: Sammy Burgess Mount Olivet Baptist Church 2385 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 974-8335 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. New Hope Baptist Church 3814 New Hope Church Road, (770) 974-7612 Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m & 7 p.m. Pastor: Richard D. Goodwin, Northwest Baptist Church 3575 Acworth Due West Road, (678) 608-1400 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Doug Burrier Piney Grove Baptist Church 1605 Mars Hill Road, (770) 428-5122 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: David E. Owen Redemption Baptist Church 4160 New Hope Church Road, (770) 529-0509 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Jerry Black Sardis Missionary Baptist Church 2741 S. Main St., Kennesaw, (770) 428-4031 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 8 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study/AWANA: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: James G. Wright Jr. Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane, (770) 975-4595 Sunday Services:  9:45 & 11:10 a.m. Pastor: Aaron Johnson Thankful Baptist Church 928 Kennesaw Due West, Kennesaw, (678) 797-0611 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: John Harris The Entire Bible Baptist Church 4980 North Cobb Parkway (770) 926-1464 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Bill Avery Victory Baptist Church 5717 Priest Road, Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Bro. Donald E. Lewis

West Ridge Church 3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy., (770) 222-2125 Sunday Services: 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Brian Bloye Western Hills Baptist Church 700 Mars Hill Road, Kennesaw, (770) 425-7118 Sunday Service 11 a.m. Pastor: Steve Baskin Wildwood Baptist Church 4801 Wade Green Road NW, (770) 428-2100 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Ric Cadle Zion Hill Baptist Church 4255 Taylor St., (770) 974-8221

EPISCOPAL Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Christian Ed: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. www. St. Teresa's Episcopal Church 5725 Fords Road, (770) 590-9040 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 5:30 p.m. www.

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

LUTHERAN Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road, (770) 425-6726 Sunday Services: 9 & 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. Fred Boozer (Interim) Christ Community Church Meets at Kennesaw Comm. Ctr., (770) 529-2600 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Mike Glass Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 9 & 11:10 a.m. Pastor: Sid Gunter Kirkwood Presbyterian Church USA 618 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 427-3545 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Int. Pastor: Rev. Cyndi Parr

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church 1618 Ben King Road, NW, (770) 428-7139 Saturday Vigil: 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7 & 9 a.m., 12 & 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. (Life Teen) Pastor: Rev. John M. Matejek

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

UNITED METHODIST Acworth United Methodist Church 4340 Collins Circle, (770) 974-3312 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Brian Butler County Line United Methodist Church 1183 County Line Road, NW, (770) 428-0511 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Scott Pickering Crossroads United Methodist Church Meets at Bentwater Village on Cedarcrest Rd, (706) 616-7900 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Brian Funderburke Due West Methodist 3956 Due West Road, (770) 427-3835 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:39 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:39 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tom Davis Kennesaw United Methodist Church 1808 Ben King Road, (770) 428-1543 Sunday Service: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 & 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Service in Portuguese Pastor: Wallace Wheeles New Beginnings United Methodist Church 2925 Mack Dobbs Road, (770) 421-9980 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Scott Brown

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

Atlanta Church of Christ 4461 Bretton Ct NW, (770) 529-1250 Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Pastor: Steve Pettit Calvary Chapel Northwest 50 Shallowford Road NE, (770) 926-5524 Pastor: Josh Blevins Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.; Prayer Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jason Tomczak Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Sunday Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. 5095 Holt Road NW, (770) 975-1788 Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Senior Pastor: Tony Crawford Eagle Pointe Church 5100 Old Stilesboro Road, (770) 421-1643 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Howard Koepka Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: J. Tommy White, Jr. Freedom Church Meets at Barber Middle School (770) 529-6006 Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: J.R. Lee Joshua Gospel Tabernacle 4161 Southside Drive, Sunday Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Tim Houston Journey Church of Acworth Meets at Russom Elementary School Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Douglas Crumbly Kellogg Creek Church of Christ 3510 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-2814 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Service: 7:30p.m. LifeBridge Church Meets at Hayes Elementary School (770) 421-1018 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

New Covenant Full Gospel Inc 5653 Priest Road, Acworth

(770) 974-0685

NorthStar Church 3413 Blue Springs Road, (770) 420-9808 Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Mike Linch Northwest Christian Church 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy, (770) 425-2525 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Ron Mobley Oakwood Community Church 2714 Valleyhill Drive (404) 931-9590 Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dave Meadows Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Christian Living Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry Baker River Church Of Acworth 3450 Acworth Due West Road NW, (770) 974-8180 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dave McClanahan www. RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road (678) 384-5200 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Tom Tanner The Rock of Atlanta 146 Kelli Clark Ct. (770) 975-ROCK Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Unity Christ Church 2871 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, (770) 422-9552 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Rev. Kelly Thomas Victory North Church Meets at Palmer Middle School, (770) 794-7366 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Jeff Hidden Vintage 242 Church 3732 Cedarcrest Road, (678) 383-2299 Saturday Service: 6 p.m. Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Steve Hambrick

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

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

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

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


COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Board of Education: Cherokee (770) 479-1871 Cobb (770) 426-3300 Paulding (770) 443-8000 Burn Permits: Cherokee (770) 720-3525 Paulding (770) 505-2876 Business Licenses: Cherokee (678) 493-6108 Cobb (770) 528-8410 Paulding (770) 443-7571 Commissioners: Cherokee (678) 493-6000 Cobb (770) 528-3300 Paulding (770) 443-7550 Courthouse: Cherokee (770) 479-1953 Cobb (770) 528-1300 Paulding (770) 443-7527 Driver's Licenses: Cherokee (770) 720-3693 Cobb (770) 528-3251 Paulding (404) 657-9300 Extension Office: Cherokee (770) 470-0418 Cobb (770) 528-4070 Paulding (770) 443-7616 Fire Department: Cherokee (678) 493-4000 Cobb (770) 528-8000 Paulding (770) 222-1160 Health Department: Cherokee (770) 928-0133 Cobb (770) 974-3330 Paulding (770) 443-7881 Jury Phone: Cherokee (770) 479-9011 Cobb (770) 528-1800 License Plates/Auto Tags: Cherokee (678) 493-6000 Cobb (770) 528-4020 Paulding (770) 443-7585 Senior Services: Cherokee (770) 345-5312 Cobb (770) 528-5364 Paulding (770) 345-5312 Tax Assessor: Cherokee (678) 493-6120 Cobb (770) 528-3100 Paulding (770) 443-7606 Taxes — Property: Cherokee (678) 493-6414 Cobb (770) 528-8600 Paulding (770) 443-7581 Traffic Signals: Cherokee (678) 493-6077 Cobb (770) 528-8162 Voter Registration: Cherokee (770) 479-0407

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NON-EMERGENCY 911: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

PARKS & RECREATION: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

PETS & ANIMALS Animal Control: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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


Animal Shelter: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 590-5610 Paulding (770) 443-3565 Emergency Veterinary Clinic: Cherokee (770) 924-3720 Cobb (770) 424-9157 Humane Society: Cherokee (770) 928-5115 Cobb (770) 428-5616 Paulding (770) 445-1511 Lost Pet Hotline: Cherokee (770) 345-7270 Cobb (770) 428-LOST Paulding Pet Buddies Food Pantry: “Donating pet food to keep pets in homes & out of shelters”

(678) 310-9858

POST OFFICE: Acworth Kennesaw Oak Grove

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

RECYCLING: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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


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

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

404-COMCAST (266-2278)

Electric: Acworth Power Cobb EMC Georgia Power

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

Gas: Atlanta Gaslight Co.

(770) 994-1946

Water: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

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

AroundAbout Acworth — (770) 529-1516

COUNTY SCHOOL WEBSITES Bartow: Cherokee: Cobb: Paulding:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Jennifer Scrivner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Brookstone Montessori School (770) 426-5245 1680 Brookstone Walk, Acworth 30101 Principal: Linda Grier Brookwood Christian School (678) 401-5855 4728 Wood Street, Acworth, GA 30101 Principal: Kim Wigington Cornerstone Prep (770) 529-7077 1720 Mars Hill Road, Suite #8, Acworth 30101 Administrator: Jeanne Borders First Baptist Christian School (770) 422-3254 2958 N. Main Street, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Kim Dahnke Furtah Preparatory & Montessori School (678) 574-6488 5496 Highway 92, Acworth 30102 Headmaster: Fred Furtah Montessori Director: Denise Glass Harvest Baptist School (770) 974-9091 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth 30102 Hopewell Montessori School (770) 917-0507 450 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth 30101 Director of Ed: Laura Morris Jacob’s Ladder Preschool & Kindergarten (770) 974-3021 4583 Church Street, Acworth, GA 30101 Director: Jamie Azar Lyndon Academy (770) 926-0166 9914 Highway 92, Woodstock 30188 Headmaster: Linda Murdock Mount Paran Christian School (770) 578-0182 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw 30152 Headmaster: Dr. David Tilley North Cobb Christian School (770) 975-0252 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw 30144 Head of School: Todd Clingman

School Contact Information


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

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

Omega Private Academy (770) 792-7431 5330 Brookstone Drive, Acworth 30101 Principal: Kathy Keeton Shiloh Hills Christian School (770) 926-7729 260 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw 30144 Administrator: John D. Ward St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School (770) 419-8601 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Sr. Mary Jacinta, O.P. The Walker School (770) 427-2689 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta 30062 Headmaster: Jack Hall



Pet Buddies Food Pantry (678) 310-9858


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


Cherokee Soccer Association 770-704-0187

(770) 974-3577

Cobb County Radio Control Modelers Club

Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation (770) 529-9003 Ext. 40 Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America (770) 989-8820

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

Foothills Running Club John McCusker,

Kennesaw Futbol Club Carrie Crawford, (404) 630-8805 Northwest YMCA (Brookstone Area) (770) 423-9622 West Cobb Lacrosse Club (770) 641-2222


CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Children Child Advocacy Council (770) 345-8100

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

Celebrate Life International

Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity (770) 345-1879

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

Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister

Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115

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

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

Paws for Disabilities

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

(770) 924-9504

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

Kennesaw-Acworth Lions Club

Cobb County Habitat for Humanity (770) 432-7954

(770) 425-3679

Acworth Masonic Lodge 4497 McLain Circle

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

Atlanta Water Ski Club

(770) 974-0670

No Fee Referral Network - Acworth Contact: Betty Motter (770) 256-4864 (678) 776-6331

Children’s PEACE Center (770) 917-8815

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

West Cobb Business Association

Atlanta Yacht Club

Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward

Papa's Pantry (770) 591-4730


Southern Hope Humane Society (770) 445-7294


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

(770) 428-2100

Cherokee Focus (770) 345-5483 Grandparents Support Group (678) 699-3400 MOMS Club of Acworth-West MOMS Club of Acworth-East 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

Cobb County Republican Party (770) 421-1833

Widows / Widowers Grief Support Recovery (770) 590-0334

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

West Cobb Mothers and More (770) 314-1211

Republican Women of Cherokee County (678) 520-2236



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Commissioners: David Banett , Post 4

(770) 443-7550, x4009


Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

(770) 479-1871

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

(770) 516-1444

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

(770) 704-4398, x4370


Office Superintendent, Fred Sanderson

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

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

(770) 426-3300 (770) 426-3453


Superintendent, Cliff Cole

(770) 443-8000

Board of Education: Kim Curl, District 6

(770) 445-2600


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

(770) 537-5234

Senator Lindsey Tippins (R), District 37

(770) 426-4619

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

(404) 557-5069


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

(404) 656-0126



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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Mayor Tommy Allegood

(770) 974-3112


Butch Price, Post 1 e-mail:

(770) 974-4321

Gene Pugliese, Post 2 e-mail:

(678) 575-0596

(770) 528-3300

Bob Weatherford, Post 3 e-mail:

(770) 974-3533

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

(770) 528-3313

Tim Richardson, Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 974-5259

JoAnn Birrell, District 3 e-mail:

(770) 528-3317

Tim Houston, Post 5 e-mail:

(770) 917-1883

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

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

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