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

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Volume 9, Issue 1

Message From The Mayor Acworth: The City Most Americans Dream About The beautiful city of Acworth displays the kind of life about which most Americans dream. Located close enough to experience Atlanta’s best cultural and sporting events, the city itself gives off a small-town atmosphere. Families in Acworth are provided with fun opportunities as well as tranquility.

investing in your neighborhood is an investment in “the Quality of Life” in our community. The homeowners in Blue Springs on Highway 41 remind us that the reason “Acworth is The City Most Americans Dream About” is our wonderful residents making our neighborhoods the place that most Americans Dream About and want to live!

For instance, Acworth is in the midst of two gorgeous lakes, Lake Allatoona and Lake Acworth, both offering fun for the family year round. Swimming, fishing, boating and camping all take place at the two lakes and its great beaches. There are 12 parks that make for excellent picnic areas and Golf Digest just recently rated Acworth’s Cobblestone Golf Course #1 in public courses in the state of Georgia. There is a recent article in the Atlanta Real Estate Magazine that was written to promote home ownership and living in our community. We are very unique because our great “quality of life” and homes are very affordable with average new home prices of $140,000 to $300,000. We are blessed with affordable homes, education opportunities and recreational opportunities, all of which is located in neighborhood settings that are well maintained. Just last month, the Blue Springs neighborhood celebrated the completion of their tennis court project in which the HOA invested and wrote a check for $125,000 to rebuild their tennis courts. The 250 homeowners of Blue Springs have made extraordinary investments to maintain and improve all the amenities in their neighborhood. These Blue Springs homeowners have invested in their neighborhood and increased their home values by creating a neighborhood that even after 25 years is still a home owner destination for new city residents. Long time Blue Springs Resident and HOA Leader, Brett North, (holding the bow in the center of the picture) has been a part of the citizen leadership in our community who understands how 6


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blue Springs Ribbon Cutting On July 27, the City of Acworth hosted a ribbon cutting for Blue Springs Subdivision, off Cobb Parkway, to celebrate the opening of their newly completed tennis courts. Mayor Tommy Allegood congratulated the Home Owners Association Board which includes Brett North-President, Jim Perry, Chip Sheldon, Dave Mikolwsky and Opal Parker on their accomplishments over the past few years. Blue Springs subdivision formed their HOA in 2000 to gather resources to enable them to maintain the quality of life for the residents in their subdivision. They have remodeled the clubhouse, resurfaced the swimming pool along with other major projects that enhance Blue Springs. On July 27, the new tennis courts were officially opened for the residents.

Heaven Scent Ribbon Cutting On July 30, the City of Acworth hosted a ribbon cutting for Heaven Scent Cupcakes located in the Shoppes of Acworth, 3450 Cobb Parkway, Suite 160. Mayor Tommy Allegood congratulated Greg Gore, Manager, his mother, Tara Gore and brother Jeffrey on their new Acworth business. Heaven Scent Cupcakes offers daily, a wide variety of delicious cupcakes such as Strawberry White Chocolate bliss, Triple Chocolate Paradise, Red Velvet and Banana Split (just to name a few). Heaven Scent Cupcakes also has hand dipped ice cream, milkshakes and other novelty snacks. For more information, visit Heaven Scent on Facebook or call (678) 324-6057.

Briskey's "Riding the Wind" Opening On August 2, the City of Acworth held a ribbon cutting for Briskey's "Riding the Wind," located at 4138 South Main Street. Alderman Bob Weatherford congratulated Sherry Ann Blalock, Owner, on her new Acworth Business. Briskey's "Riding the Wind" has a variety of biker apparel, gear, accessories and other great items. For more 8


information on Briskey's, visit them on Facebook or call Sherry at (678) 574-4441.

Governors Towne Club Gives Back On Friday morning, August 16, Mayor Tommy Allegood cut the “Pink Ribbon” to kick off the festivities for the 5th Annual GTC Gives Back Tennis Fundraiser. This fundraiser benefits the Susan G. Komen for The Cure, Pink Ribbon Story Foundation and the GTB Gives Back Angel Delivery Community Outreach that identifies and helps local breast cancer patients with financial and or emotional challenges during their treatment and recovery period. GTC Gives Back has raised over $135,000 since its beginning in December 2009. This year, GTC Gives Back expanded their fundraising efforts and hosted a Pink Glow in the Dark 5K Run, a day of tennis fun for special needs children, a Glow in the Dark Dive-in Movie Night in addition to the tennis tournament. The Chairperson for 2013 GTC Gives Back was Gwen Buller, a homeowner in Governors Towne Club who lost her mom to breast cancer in 2011. Ms. Buller was recognized as the Citizen of the Year for West Cobb in 2011 by the Chamber of Commerce in honor of her tireless work and ongoing commitment to find a cure for breast cancer.

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Jimmy John’s Ribbon Cutting On Thursday, August 22, the City of Acworth hosted a ribbon cutting for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Mayor Tommy Allegood congratulated Chris & Julie Feltault, Owner, on their new Acworth business. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is located in the Shoppes of Acworth, 3450 Cobb Parkway, Suite 140. Jimmy Johns has a delicious variety of sandwiches and offers FREE delivery in the area. Jimmy John’s also offers catering with box lunches, platters and more. For more information, visit their website at or call (678) 501-6012.

Simple Elegance Ribbon Cutting On Thursday, August 22, the City of Acworth hosted a ribbon cutting for Simple Elegance located in the Shoppes of Acworth, 3450 Cobb Parkway, Suite 200. Mayor Tommy Allegood congratulated Stacey Gilbert on her new Acworth business. Simple Elegance is a beautiful boutique with a large variety of candles, jewelry, shoes, handbags and many unique gift items. For more information on Simple Elegance, visit their Facebook SimpleElegance.Acworth or call Stacey at (770) 508-3298.

O'Charley's Ribbon Cutting The Acworth O'Charley's is among several restaurants nationwide to undergo a revitalization and reimaging plan that features refurbished store interiors and exteriors, a new brand mark and updated menu items. Guests will find a more expansive floor plan as walls have been removed, more booths enhance patrons’ comfort, more floor space will accommodate larger parties, new décor and it features a signature O-shaped booth by the entrance. The updated menu introduces unique takes on unmistakably American items, such as Crispy Pickle Chips, Honey Drizzled Southern Fried Chicken and a Homestyle Pot Roast Dinner. It will also offer signature pies such as 10


Double-Crust Peach, Southern Pecan, French Silk, Country Apple and Ooey Gooey Caramel. Stop in and enjoy a meal and say hello to their long time restaurant General Manager of 9 years, Cary Maltby. O'Charley's is located at 3285 Cobb Parkway, N.W., (678) 574-7378. Pictured above O'Charley's Acworth General Manager Cary Maltby cuts the ribbon at the Grand Reopening of the restaurant, alongside Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, several public officials and O'Charley's staff members.

“Tennis For Tatas” & “Tee Up For Tatas”

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Local 3-Day walking team “Trucken for a Cure” will host the 2nd Annual Tennis for Tatas round robin tennis event, on Friday, Sept. 13, at Brookstone Country Club. The event is a mixed doubles, round robin, and will start at 6 p.m. Registration is $45 per person and includes meal, commemorative t-shirt, raffles and prizes for winners. Space is limited to the 40 players. “Trucken for a Cure” will also host the 2nd Annual Tee Up for Tatas golf tournament, on Monday, Sept. 30, at Brookstone Country Club. The co-ed event has a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes meals, green fees, cart rentals, range balls, commemorative t-shirt, raffles and prizes for winners. Registration is $115/per person and closes on September 23. 100% of the net proceeds, from each event, will go towards Trucken Towards a Cure’s fundraising goal for the Susan G. Komen 3-DayTM. Brookstone Country Club is a private club, however, they have agreed to open these events to the public to support the cause. Brookstone is located at 5705 Brookstone Drive, in Acworth. For more information or to register for “Tennis for Tatas,” contact Kim Truckenmiller at (407) 474-3717, email or on Facebook: “Tennis for Tatas in Acworth, GA.” For more information or to register for “Tee Up for Tatas,” contact Kim Truckenmiller at (407) 474-3717, email or on Facebook at “Tee Up for Tatas in Acworth, GA”.

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Gallery 4463 Mayor Tommy Allegood acknowledged founding members and artists Carol Allegood, Susan Gore Gardner, Shelia Giddens, Don Maier, Suzie Maier, Robert Meredith, Ernest Varner and Director Clemens Bak of Gallery 4463 at a recent City Council meeting. A proclamation was presented to members and artist on behalf of Gallery 4463 in recognition of their efforts for the past six years in fulfilling the vision to bring cultural arts to Acworth, by hosting 73 monthly exhibits through 40 quality artists, averaging 150 art visitors that has impacted downtown businesses economically of approximately with $1,000,000. Director Bak advised that Gallery 4463 is looking forward to future years of operations and growth in the number of artists. Gallery 4463 is located at 4463 Cherokee Street in historic downtown Acworth. For more information on the gallery and their hours, visit or call 404-808-9971.

Ace Out Cancer 2013

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

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

Senior Luncheon Join in on Tuesday, September 17, for the City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Departments Senior Luncheon. Lunch is at noon, followed by bingo and other special activities. The luncheon is held at the Roberts School Community and Education Center in Acworth. This program is FREE to all seniors! For more information call (770) 917-1234. IN MEMORY OF OUR FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR KELLY DONAHUE Non-tennis players and tennis players alike can attend Ace Out Cancer 2013 on Saturday, September 28, 6 – 11 p.m., for a fun night of fundraising and tennis at the Legacy Park Community Clubhouse and Tennis Pavilion. Ace Out Cancer 2012 raised over $10,000 to support Kelly Donahue and her family and to raise awareness about lung cancer. Kelly lost her courageous fight against lung cancer this year on June 3. Ace Out Cancer 2013 is being held in memory of Kelly. 100% of the proceeds will go to Kelly’s children and to support Lung Cancer Awareness. There will be a live band, a silent auction, an adult tennis mixer (21 years or older), raffles for tennis racquets and food provided by local restaurants including Henry’s Louisiana Grill, Fuscos via Roma and Johnny’s Pizza. Participants will receive a goody bag. Entry fees are a donation of: $30/per player, $50/per couple or $20/per non-player. HURRY, tennis players must register in advance/limit of 60 players/ALL levels welcomed. For more information, registration form or to make a donation, email, call (678) 350- 4114 or visit Please wear white in support of lung cancer awareness. 12


The Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up Volunteers come out each year in late September and help remove litter and debris from the shores of the lake. This year the Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department, the Acworth Lake Authority and the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority. This is a great project for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, community groups and anyone who wants to help keep Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona clean. After the cleanup, there will be a cookout for all scout troops and volunteers at the Riverside Day Use Area in Cartersville. For more information or to register, visit


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Outdoor Movie: Disney/Pixar’s Brave The City of Kennesaw’s 2013 Outdoor Movie Series continues on Saturday, September 14 with a FREE screening of Disney/ Pixar’s Brave at Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway. The movie will begin around 8 p.m. Before the movie (beginning at 6 p.m.), outdoors and camping lovers will have the opportunity to experience a model camp site and participate in a variety of FREE and pay-to-play activities including a rock climbing wall, inflatables, a rope bridge, obstacle course, relay races and duct tape crafts. For your seating comfort, bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase. Parking is available inside the park and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School. The event may be canceled due to inclement weather conditions. For more information, visit or call (770) 422-9714.

The Acworth Opry The City of Acworth and 41 Management Productions is proud to present the Acworth Opry at Cauble Park on Saturday, September 21, from 4 – 8 p.m. Live music, performed by local bluegrass and country groups will be played from the Gazebo. This is a FREE event! Bring your family, friends and chairs or blankets and enjoy great bluegrass music, friendly folks and lots of fun! For more information please call (770) 917-1234.

Acworth Youth Basketball League REGISTER NOW! — The Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department is pleased to announce registration for the Acworth Youth Basketball League is now open! This year, all participants will take home new elite basketball uniforms, game day shooter shirts and socks and a participation award! With a brand new logo and gear, this will be an exciting season you won’t want to miss! The league is open to both girls and boys, ages 5 – 14, with a 5 & 6 co-ed instructional division. The fee for the league is: Co-ed 5 & 6/$105 for City of Acworth residents and $125/non-City of Acworth residents. All other divisions: $155/City of Acworth residents and $175/non-City of Acworth residents. Register before September 11 and receive a $10 discount. All divisions are open until the maximum number of participants per age group has been met. (All registrations received after 5 p.m. on October 25 will be charged a $20 late registration fee.) Please visit to register or call the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource office at (770) 917-1234 for more information.



Grand Prix Series Continues with Great Locomotive Chase 5K The fourth event in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series of 5K races, the Great Locomotive Chase, will be held on Saturday, September 7, at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Kennesaw. The race for adults and children benefits the Kennesaw Museum Foundation; proceeds go to the support of educational and outreach programs at the Southern Museum. The one Mile Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m., the 5K race begins at 8 a.m. and the Tot Trot starts at 8:45 a.m. Registration is open now. The general entry fee is $25 per person and includes FREE admission into the museum with a race number. All registered 5K participants will receive an official race technical-shirt, runner/ walker number and goodie bag. Registration is available online at any Big Peach Running Company location. Please visit for more information and complete event details including a map and parking suggestions.

Fall Book Sale Holy Cross Lutheran Church will be hosting a book sale to benefit the Paulding Literacy Council. The book sale will take place on September 26 – 28, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 76 Seaboard Street, in Hiram. For more information, email

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

Consignment Sale 2nd Chances Consignment Sale — Will be held on Friday, September 6, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 7, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Marietta Church of God’s gym, 1083 Allgood Road, Marietta. Many items are 1/2 price on Saturday. Never retag your items!! We accept all tags. Sellers have the potential to keep more of your sales and earn 80%!! WORKER INCENTIVES: Shop early at Thursdays preview sale AND shop the ½ price preview sale on Friday night before the public. Worker shifts fill fast!! Seller guidelines, details, directions, and sale schedule is on website To volunteer, sell or work email or call Karen at (770) 841-9710.

Garage Sale Durham Middle School’s Foundation is having a garage sale on Saturday, September 21, from 8 a.m. — 1 p.m., in the bus parking lot. Profits from table sales to benefit programs at the school. Please come support DMS, tables are $40 each. For more information, please call (770) 975-6641.

Allatoona High School October 19, 2013

Registration Fees and Deadlines 3.1 Mile Run or Walk • Through October 10 — $25 • October 11 — October 17 — $30 • Race Day Registration — $35 Registration Online $2.25 extra per person 6.2 Mile Run • Through October 10 — $30 • October 11 — October 17 — $35 • Race Day Registration — $40 Registration Online $2.25 extra per person Kids Race • Ages 13 and under — FREE

Run Categories 14 & Under 15 — 19 20 — 24 25 — 29 30 — 34 35 — 39 40 — 44 45 — 49 50 — 54 55 — 59 60 — 64 65 — 69 70 — Up

Registration Information: The NorthStar BOLD 5k Run/Walk & 10k Run will be held October 19, 2013 at Allatoona High School. This event will be electronically timed for all participants as part of the regular entry fee and will start promptly at 9 am. Packet pickup will be the morning of the race starting at 7 — 8 am. Kids race at 8 am. Mandatory racers meeting at 8:30 am. Race starts at 9 am at Allatoona High School, located at 3300 Dallas Acworth Hwy NW, Acworth Ga 30101.

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Arts & Craft Fair The church is accepting applications for the 7th annual Craft Fair to be held at Bascomb United Methodist Church, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Rd., in Woodstock, on Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. They will be offering a light breakfast, lunch and a bake sale. Come join them for this event featuring over 45 vendors and two floors of a wide variety of arts and crafts. Contact Diane Williams at (770) 917-0119 or email at or visit www.bascombchurch. org/ for an application.

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Calling All Amateur Photographers! Gallery 4463 is opening up a photography competition to the community with a Push Pin Show from September 27th - October 2 at the gallery! Anyone is invited to bring a photo to hang in the show! There will be 2 categories, youth 16 & under and adult. The show will be juried by our photographer members and ribbons will be awarded along with a best in show ribbon! Awards will be announced on Saturday, October 2nd at the opening. For more information and entry requirements, call (770) 485-8554 or visit www.Gallery

Celebrate Worldwide Day of Play Get off the couch and over to Swift-Cantrell Park on Saturday, September 28, for a celebration of all things ACTIVE — an entire morning devoted to play! The Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department’s second annual observance of the Worldwide Day of Play will take place at the park from 9 a.m. — noon. FREE activities will include an obstacle course, playground games, relay challenges, inflatables, a rock climbing wall and much more. Refreshments will be provided (while supplies last). Swift-Cantrell Park is located at 3140 Old 41 Highway in Kennesaw. Sponsors include WellStar, Ryan Family Chiropractic, Jim Tidwell Ford and Big Frog Custom T-Shirts of Marietta. For more information, call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

Taste Of Kennesaw 2013 The KBA and City of Kennesaw invite you and your family to sample more than 30 local restaurants from the Kennesaw and Cobb County area. Who doesn’t like to eat? This is a great way to sample all your favorite restaurants again and again! Come out on Saturday, September 7, from 11 am – 8 pm in downtown Kennesaw. Admission is FREE and samples range from $1– 4. The Main Street entertainment stage will have local entertainment all day and culminate with Sons of Sailor’s-A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band in concert at 6 pm. The Taste of Kennesaw beer garden will feature acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson from 11 am – 3 pm. There will be an enormous Kids Zone with interactive inflatables featuring the 33’ Shark Slide, Euro Bungee Quad Jump, 24’ Rockwall, 120’ Roller Coaster Obstacle Course and much more. 16


The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial This traveling memorial, depicts the fallen of Lima Company 3/25, one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom. These 23 life-size portraits have become a powerful traveling military tribute honoring all those who answered the call to service, in every branch of our armed forces. These Eyes reflect the hundreds of thousands of men and women that have sacrificed defending our Freedoms. For more information, visit www.EyesofFreedom. org. You may also want to view a video at watch?v=kb5DPVODEEQ. “We are very excited to bring a wonderful experience to the community and allow everyone in attendance to honor the men and women that serve in our great military,” added Mike Strahle, Director of The Eyes of Freedom and a member of the Lima Company (he served along with the men honored in the life-size paintings). “We are honored to be escorted into and out of town by several local motorcycle groups that wish to support this traveling military tribute, and we invite everyone to visit us during display hours to honor all branches of service, past present and future. You do not want to miss it!” Artist and creator of the exhibit Anita Miller added, “The main reason for creating The Eyes of Freedom was to heal family members and loved ones after suffering such loss in 2005.” Miller worked with family and Lima Co. Marines to paint this tribute, a project that took her two and a half years to complete. The exhibit will be presented by Georgia Funeral Care, located at 4671 South Main St. in Acworth, from September 30 – October 2. The exhibit hours each day will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Community Spotlight.... by Cynthia Regalla Every other month, one “guy” in our community is the recipient of dinner and donated gifts. Steve Kruger, Steve Ahouse, Raj Kalra, Andy Simpson, David Zivic, Eric Cain and Bob Kelly are the men behind HOG (Helping One Guy), a ministry at NorthStar Church. Their mission is to provide comfort and support to men who are going through difficult times. This is accomplished through monthly dinners. A $10 donation is suggested per guest to be given to the guest of honor. Any amount is appreciated, along with any other donations received from businesses or private donors. The donations can also be in gift card form. The guests nominate men who would fare well by this experience, and each recipient draws for the next guy to receive this act of kindness. Bob Kelly, who was inspired by another ministry, started HOG 14 months ago. He felt that men could benefit from a program that offered fellowship, an opportunity to connect with other men who have experienced similar tragedies in life. The concept is akin to women who come together to make arrangements for help with children or yard work, cook meals for their neighbor or someone they know in their community, who has experienced a hardship or loss of a family member. HOG delivers kind

Bob Kelly deeds to men — men who probably would not ask for help for themselves under normal circumstances, much less when their days are heavy. This is a great way to show support for men in the community in their times of need. The public is welcome to join HOG for one of their dinner nights and to bring a friend — and come as often as you like! Share a little about how the HOG ministry came about. l read a story in our church bulletin about HOW, Helping One Woman. l spoke with a couple of friends at church about starting a group for men. Kelley Maddox helped me set up a meeting with Sherrie Rodriguez, the head of HOW and within an hour, HOG (Helping One Guy) was on the way to becoming a ministry. Steve Kruger jumped right on in to help and by the following week, HOG had a team. A great group of men who are the right arm of HOG. What are some of the challenges that men living through life’s tragedies face? Men seem to try to handle things alone — that macho type personality. I know I have somewhat been that way for my first 63 years. Then NorthStar came into my life and helped me to start looking at life in a different manner. So, to get a man to open his door is tougher. They need the fellowship and to know there are people in the community that want to help them. Once they see that fellowship, then they open their arms and a great new friendship begins. How has your experience with HOG changed your outlook on life? For God to let you start a ministry and have confidence that you can handle it is rewarding. It hasn’t just been HOG that has changed my life. NorthStar Church also had a huge role in these 18


things happening, such as my involvement with Must Ministries, standing as a front door host on Sundays and cooking meals for others or volunteering in the concession stands at football games, so that the parents of the players could watch the game. Many other things also changed my outlook on life. I would like to start other HOG Ministries. l believe that when God sees that I am ready he will put me where I need to be. Bob Kelly recently retired from coaching youth baseball since 1964. Baseball has always been a part of Bob’s life and will continue to be. He has been married to his best friend, Jane, for 42 years. His son, Scott, teaches at Lassiter and is their head baseball coach. His daughter, Tracey, is also a teacher and his youngest son, Tim, is a Cobb County Deputy Sheriff. Bob and Jane have four grandchildren, Sloan, Keegan, Kade and Rennan. The Kelly’s are definitely a family of baseball fans, particularly the Atlanta Braves, especially since he had the role of “Brother Francis,” the unofficial mascot of the Atlanta Braves, dancing on the dugout back in the 80s. Bob also spent 22 years in the restaurant business and started a sports company selling apparel and wooden bats. He was born in New York City and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. He loved growing up near the beach. He attended West Palm Beach Jr. College and then served in the Army Reserve for six years. Bob has always been appreciative of his support system — his family, God and church. After undergoing heart surgery, he recognized that he needed to slow down. It was time to put on a different coach’s cap. Bob Kelly is leading a new team now — HOG, Helping One Guy. (Please visit their website at and consider being a part of their ministry.)





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Celebrating on September 6 Happy 80th Birthday! Love, Jane

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Celebrating on September 23 Husband of Betty Father of Jeff & Carol Grandfather of Frank,Hunter & Tannah Rose

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Ben Ciarletta 3rd grader at Ford Elementary

Tommy Hetzel 5th grader at Ford Elementary

Madelyn Dennard (9th grader) and Mallory (8th grader) at North Cobb Christian Michael (5th grader) and Joshua Regalla (3rd grader) at Ford Elementary

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Brett (5th grader), Leah (2nd grader) at Ford Elementary and Brenden Blomquist (7th grader) at Durham Middle

Alexis (10th grader) at North Paulding High, Brockett (1st grader) at Shelton Elementary Samantha Comer (8th grader) at McClure Middle

Bella (1st grader) and Stephanie Mudgett (4th grader) at Ford Elementary

McCall Primary students ready for their first day of school.

Brooke (Pre-K) and Kenlie Deason (2 yr Preschool) at Mars Hill Church

Kaci (Senior) and Brett Pollack (Sophomore) at Allatoona High

Daniela Ramirez 8th grader at Sutton Middle

Ben (1st grader) and Ci Ci Hensel (3rd grader) Cole Obidowski (4th grader) and Aiden Guilbeau (2nd grader) at Frey Elementary


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Silent Deal Killers: Credit Disputes Many consumers will review their credit report semi-annually and sometimes more frequently. This is a healthy practice. During the review, if someone sees something inaccurate on their credit report and disputes the item; again this is healthy. The issues with disputing an item on your credit report is when it remains unresolved and continues to be “in dispute” and the disputed item is not reflected in your credit score. How this correlates to mortgage lending will depend on the type of loan for which you are applying. We are required to run all loans through an automated underwriting system (“AUS”). In the case of Freddie Mac’s AUS (known as Loan Prospector or LP), we will receive an “Incomplete Status” with a code of 21; this implies there is a dispute on credit even though the credit is old or paid off. Fannie Mae’s AUS (Desk Top Underwriter or DU) will give the verbiage below. DU identified the following trade line(s) as disputed by the borrower and did not include the trade line (s) in the credit risk assessment. The lender must verify the accuracy of the trade line(s) by determining if it belongs to the borrower and by confirming the accuracy of the payment history. If the trade line does not belong to the borrower, or the reported payment history is inaccurate, no further action is necessary. If the trade line does belong to the borrower and the reported payment history is accurate, it must be taken into consideration in the credit risk assessment. To ensure it is considered, the lender



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If you are applying for an FHA mortgage, then only certain disputed accounts need to have the dispute comments removed (otherwise the loan must be manually underwritten, which a lot of lenders do, but you are then subjected to tighter qualifying guidelines). FHA’s AUS (called FHA TOTAL) won’t have any special notes for disputed accounts, so the underwriter must manually apply FHA’s guidelines regarding disputed accounts. FHA states: If the credit report reveals that the borrower is disputing any credit accounts, Manual Downgrade of a TOTAL Scorecard Approve/Accept recommendation is not required if: 1. The disputed account has a zero balance 2. The disputed account is marked as “paid in full,” or “resolved” continued on page 51

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Friday, September 13th at 8 p.m. Held at the Horizon Field at Kennworth Park Courtesy of:

September Events Monthly Luncheon

Thursday, September 5 @ 11:30 a.m.

BACK 2 SCHOOL Football Kickoff Held at NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road

Alive After Five Thursday, September 12 @ 5:30 p.m.

Belong Here and Do More in 2013

Held at Carraba’s Italian Grill 1160 Ernest W Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw (770) 499-0338

Morning Jolt Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday morning at 7:45 a.m.

August Luncheon

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The guest speaker for the August luncheon was Ashley Preisinger, CEO of the Atlanta Dream. Ashley is pictured with Jay White (left) and James Albright (right) of the ABA.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit of Kennesaw catered an incredible lunch with all their specialities such as Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Honey Ham, Smoked Marinated Chicken Breast, Collard Greens, Baked Potato Casserole, Peach Cobbler and more. Pictured L— R: Mary Smith, Owner-Randy Schoening & Vicki Neal. Depew Orthodontics sponsored the luncheon. Pictured L — R: Jay White, Dr. Doug Depew, DeeDee Baxter & Sue Jones.

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Alive After Five held at Lulu’s Firewater Grill and sponsored by Ryan Young of State Farm Insurance

Jay White, Chris Miller & Scott Miller

Tracilla Lorens & Doug Hornak

Micky Taylor & Darcie Sferra

Ryan Young, Eric Green, Dave Olsen & Mark Windham

Kelly Wilson, Marvon Williams & Laura Ann Hart

Sheri Brante, Chris Dawson, Jay White & Ryan Young

Dr. Bruce Hester DMD, Sheri Brante & Jay Cunningham

Helen Haugen, David Grant & Herb Silverman

Katie Oswald, Brett Burruss, Sue Durham & Nancy Couch

Diane Gallup, Emett Nash & Cindy Lamme

Vince DeCecco & Kevin Marcy

Cassandra Bickel & Bob Weatherford

Save the Date: Taste of Acworth Saturday, October 12 @ 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

lace P o N s ’ e r The th! r o w c A e k i L by Kaci Pollack

The citizens of Acworth come from all over — some have just moved here, some have lived here for many years. However, very few can say that they have lived in Acworth for an astounding 88 years! Well, WillieB and Mamie Jean Kemp are the proud residents of Acworth who can say that and that they still live in the first subdivision ever built in Acworth!

WillieB Kemp while he was in school. He would work at his dad’s farm during the day and work at the drug store at night, since they stayed open until 10 p.m. Little did he know, this part time job would mold the rest of his life.

Growing up the son of a farmer here in Acworth, WillieB was born in the house across from his father’s farm, which is also the house he was raised in. As a matter of fact, his dad’s cotton farms were actually located in the area where Cobblestone Golf Course, Cauble Park and Acworth Beach is located today, and even Lake Acworth, before it was filled with water by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers back in 1950. WillieB attended Acworth School, which is where he met his wife, Mamie Jean, also born and raised in Acworth. WillieB and Mamie Jean recall how when they went to school, there was no such thing as going to three different levels of school — Acworth School consisted of grades 1 — 11, all in the same building and there wasn’t a 12th grade back then either. WillieB likes to joke by saying, “It only took us 11 years to learn things back then!” As children, WillieB and Mamie Jean were much like kids today. WillieB worked for his dad on the farm and loved to play basketball. Meanwhile, Mamie Jean enjoyed skating and playing with her dolls, similar to most little girls. At age 15, WillieB received a job at the Durham Brothers Drug Company in downtown Acworth, as a “soda jerk” 36


WillieB remembers that as he was growing up, he couldn’t play football because it interfered with his job on the farm. He also recalls how on Friday afternoons, they would load up a wagon with cotton and take it to the cotton gin, which was located in the same spot as City Hall is today. He says there were bales of cotton all along the streets of Acworth, which at the time were all unpaved except for Dixie Highway 41. At age 17, WillieB went to North Georgia College, but later returned home and continued to work at the Durham Brothers Drug Company. Now at 18 years old, WillieB was drafted into the Army Medical Corp. He was gone from July 1943 to April 1946, spending eight months in the Fiji Islands and sixteen months in India. When he returned home, he was hoping to enroll in pharmacy school, falling in love with the craft during his time at Durham Brothers, however, because pharmacy school was full, he ended up attending Piedmont College in Atlanta. After a year there, he received notice that he was accepted into the Southern College of Pharmacy, where as a freshman, he married Mamie Jean, at age 23. As newlyweds, WillieB

and Mamie Jean lived at Mamie Jean’s parent’s house in their own apartment. They would both drive to Atlanta from Acworth every day, by either bus or car, MamieJean to her job at Sterchi Furniture and WillieB to pharmacy school. It generally took about 60 minutes to commute and they were able to take Highway 41 the entire way there! He recalls how there was the “morning rush” back then, just as today. If you were running even 10 minutes late to get on the road, then you could really get stuck in traffic! WillieB graduated in 1951, but while he was going to school, he worked for Lacey Drug (Durham Brothers sold out to Lacey) and then eventually became a registered pharmacist. (WillieB specifically remembers this year, because this was the year sales tax was implemented. He and Mamie Jean bought a TV from Sterchi right before tax was added to the price.) In 1955, WillieB left Lacey Drug and went to work at Acworth Pharmacy – the only other pharmacy in Acworth at the time. Finally, WillieB was able to buy the Acworth Pharmacy when the owner retired in 1964. He worked with his partner, Carlos, his nephew, because back then, night calls were a part of the pharmacist’s job and WillieB didn’t want to work the long hours by himself. After 16 years, WillieB decided to sell the store to the same man who owns Lacey Drug today, Larry Braden, with the agreement that he would continue to run the store after selling it. Meanwhile, when WillieB stilled owned the Acworth Pharmacy, Mamie Jean left her job in Atlanta when their first son, Perry Kemp, was born in 1952 and soon after, they had another son, Alan, in 1953. Once Perry was old enough to attend school, Mamie Jean went back to work as a secretary

for Acworth Elementary School, right around the time that North Cobb High School was opened. Next, WillieB worked part time at Lacey Drug as a substitute pharmacist for the extended living home across the railroad tracks. Then, as a part time job, WillieB and Mamie Jean became delivery drivers to take emergency drugs to twelve different nursing homes, all over the state. Finally after several years and many miles, WillieB and Mamie Jean were able to retire. Upon reflecting on their memories of old Acworth, WillieB and Mamie Jean remember some of the staple stores that used to be located along Main Street. For example, starting at Lemon Street, Mamie Jean remembers the Acworth Hotel, the post office, Collin’s Funeral Home, a dry-goods store, Durham Brothers, a barber shop, a hardware store, Clark’s mercantile store, and a 5 & 10 cent store. WillieB also remembers Acworth’s silver trolley and how they would go to the Legion Theatre and see a show for only a dime. They both agree that even though there were two sides and only about two blocks to downtown Acworth, Main Street had everything they needed. Mamie Jean even shares that she remembers how one man used to be able to handle all of the city’s affairs by himself and still run a jewelry store on the side — that’s how small the city used to be! As for changes in Acworth over the years, WillieB jokes that the traffic is the one bad change that has come about. Mamie Jean points out that the change has been good because Acworth is much prettier than it used to be. Adding on to that statement, WillieB says the people of Acworth have a lot more pride in the city than people had years ago. “We didn’t know anywhere else that would be better really, and still don’t,” says Mamie Jean, showing how proud the Kemp’s are to call Acworth their home. It’s easy to see — There’s No Place Like Acworth!

Acworth Police Department’s 6th annual “Covering the Bases” fundraiser The Acworth Police Department is pleased to announce that the 6th annual, award winning “Covering the Bases” fundraiser and awareness event will be held on September 13th-14th at the Horizon Filed located within the Acworth Sports Complex. All proceeds are contributed directly to the Special Needs Development Group to scholarship special needs athletes and to help provide equipment for the participants as well as maintenance for the only special needs ball field in Cobb County. Over the past five years the Acworth Police Department has raised more than $100,000.00 so that hundreds of courageous athletes can take to the field. Many of these young stars may not otherwise have a venue to participate in an organized sports league if it were not for the Horizon Field. This year Covering the Bases promises to be bigger and better than ever. Kicking off Friday night at 7 p.m. with the music talent of Aspen Countryman and Kaitlin Stark, families will take to the field running and walking the bases for 24 hours. After dark the movie Brave will be on the big screen then sign your group or team up to participate in the all night kickball tournament. At 9 a.m. on Saturday morning the presentation of colors by the Allatoona JROTC will be accompanied by local harmonic quartet Bald-4-Him. To kick off the fall league season at Horizon Field former Atlanta Brave pitcher, from the worst to first years, Pete Smith will throw out the first pitch. The rest of the day will be packed with family entertainment including bounce houses, concessions, raffles, and a silent auction that includes sports memorabilia and other great items from local merchants and vendors. Admission to Covering the Bases is FREE but with your generous giving the Acworth Police Department can support these great young athletes and the Horizon Field. For more information about Covering the Bases 2013 log onto Facebook and like the Acworth Police Department or contact Capt. Tony Bailey at 770-974-1232.

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Acworth Police Department In less than two weeks, the sixth annual “Covering the Bases 2013” event will kick off with concerts and a movie on the field, with the celebration beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 13. Families from our community will come together along with businesses, churches, non profits (including the Special Needs Development Group), and the Acworth Police Department to keep the base paths at the Horizon Field covered with walkers and runners for 24 hours straight.

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Horizon Field, located in the Acworth Sports Complex at the intersection of Main Street and Nance Road, is the only field of its kind in Cobb County. A special rubberized surface makes up the baseball diamond where hundreds of special needs athletes play organized sports. A summer kickball league has just finished up and Covering the Bases coincides with the kick off of the fall baseball season.

Special Populations Director for the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department, Lauren Ham, coordinates all of the activities at Horizon Field. She passionately works to make the field a fun and safe facility for the teams and hundreds of community volunteers who serve as coaches and buddies for the athletes. For more than six years, the field has been a place where families can celebrate victory and hear the roar of the crowd as courageous athletes round the bases. Our special needs participants play in the same complex where their siblings may be enrolled in other leagues. Convenience is one aspect of the strategic plan for the location, but the feeling of acceptance and inclusion is a major factor. The Acworth community is known for celebrating family and partnerships. Covering the Bases is the once a year festivity where families, businesses, community groups, and public safety, come together to partner with and support those who face the daily challenges of raising special needs children. Captain Tony Bailey is our point of contact at the police department, and he is always looking for new businesses and services who want to become sponsors and supporters. “This is a great way to get your business name in front of hundreds and most importantly leave with a feeling that you have done something that truly makes a difference,” says Bailey. Live music and a movie on the field will start the party. At midnight, bring your neighbors or group to the field to participate in the all night kickball tournament. Midnight kickball has become one of the most popular happenings and this year has expanded to multiple fields in the complex. After the sun comes up on Saturday morning, the festivities will continue with demonstrations and entertainment between games being played on the field. If you have never been a spectator at a special needs game, this is your chance, and I promise your heart will be warmed as you see the smiles on the victorious faces of these courageous young players. Retired Atlanta Brave Pete Smith will throw out the first pitch on Saturday morning and will be on hand for autographs. This year’s silent auction will include sports memorabilia and other great items that you will want to make your own. As always, there will be raffles, bounce houses, a speed pitch competition, and many other great family fun activities, including concessions sponsored by the Public Safety Club at Chattahoochee Technical College and students from Kennesaw State University. Acworth is a community who truly is Covering the Bases for all of our families. I hope that you will come out on the 13th, from 7 p.m. through 7 p.m. on the 14th to join me, along with other members of the Acworth Police Department and all of our partners, as we celebrate our whole community. For more information on Covering the Bases 2013, visit the City’s website and look for detailed information right here in this month’s edition of Acworth Community Magazine.

National Night Out The APD participated in the annual National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, August 6. NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in partnership with Target Department Stores. The purpose of NNO is to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for anti-crime programs, enhance policecommunity partnerships and to put criminals on notice that their illegal activities are unwelcomed. 40


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Do I Have a Leak? Why Can’t You Fix It?

Dan Jape

”pumped up” an old leaking air conditioner without telling them they had a leak. Think of your cooling system as a big car tire — if it goes down, the air had to go somewhere. Freon does not wear out or need to be freshened up or replaced, ever. No matter what you have heard in the past, you have a leak.

These are two of the most common questions I am asked by homeowners all spring and summer, and they are the area of most confusion and misinformation in the air conditioning business. Every year, we get new customers from other companies, and we lose customers to other companies because of this one commonly misunderstood area.

First, let me state unequivocally, that if you have ever added Freon to your cooling system, you had a leak. No question about it, period. There is no reason you ever have to add Freon to an air conditioning system unless there is a leak. An air conditioning system is a sealed system that, if properly installed and maintained, should never leak and never need even a few pounds of Freon to be added. I stress this due to the misconception that it is normal to have to “top off” your Freon in your air conditioner. While this has been common practice for years due to the fact it was less expensive to add Freon than it was to find and repair a leak, it is not the case anymore. Freon is in its final years of production and will be taken off the market soon. The quantity of Freon being produced is being curtailed each year, and the price is going up exponentially.

“Why can’t you find my leak and fix it?” This is also a very common question I am asked every year, and the answer is simple. Normally, the leak is not one big leak, but rather many small leaks, where the copper tubing is stressed or ruptured by the bonding of a dissimilar metal, such as aluminum. These dissimilar metals expand and contract at different rates and wear a hole in the copper tubing. They also react to each other to form corrosion and lack of heat transfer. This is why an air conditioner with a same metal coil is more leak proof than a coil with copper tubing and aluminum fins. Most air conditioning companies have Freon leak detectors to sniff out leaks, and with enough time, patience and diagnostic money, they can tell you exactly what you already know. You have a leak! To try and repair these leaks, you would have to melt away the aluminum fins to get to the copper tubing in the middle of the coil and weld up the stress areas. This would render that area of the coil useless and the chance you could repair all the possible leaks and weak areas in a coil are slim to none. Most of the time, these leaking air conditioners are old

Every summer, I speak to new customers who are unhappy with their old heating and air contractor because they simply

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Pain: Part One “Pain is in the brain 100% of the time.” This statement comes from one of the leading researchers in a field of study that is commonly referred to as neuroscience. Those doctors have spent the vast majority of their careers trying to understand the complexity of pain and how it has such a wide variance amongst people. Dr. Sherri Ziomek

Pain is a very normal experience that often occurs as a protective response to some type of stimulus to our bodies. Sprains, strains, broken bones and sore muscles can all signal a cascade of events in our bodies that create the pain experience that is ultimately registered in our brains. This highly complex, primitive process is designed to alert us to what the brain perceives as a threat and to get us to take action to protect ourselves. The concept of pain and pain management is a widely studied area of medicine and can get very dense very quickly. I will do my best to keep the “nerdiness” to a minimum and provide you with a straightforward idea of the different types of pain that can plague us. Cuts to the hand, muscle tears and low back injuries all share one thing in common: they hurt! Although they are all

described as “pain,” the way in which the body has generated the pain signal is significantly different in each situation. Pain is a very general term since everything from a sprained ankle to a paper cut is often referred to as being “painful.” But the process to generate a pain response is unique based upon the type of stimulus and structures that are involved. Nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain and visceral pain are all terms used to describe the types of pain we experience; acute and chronic reference the amount of time pain has been present. Nociceptive pain is generated by stimulating specialized nerve endings called nociceptors. A nociceptor is a sensory neuron that responds to potentially damaging stimuli by sending nerve signals to the spinal cord and brain. This process, called nociception, usually causes the perception of pain. There are two subgroups of nociceptive pain: somatic and visceral. Somatic pain is a type of nociceptive pain response that is common with injuries such as a sprained ankle or a muscle strain. Visceral (organ) pain is brought on by stimulation of nociceptors in organs and can be described by aching and squeezing. Neuropathic pain is often the result of nerve damage or irritation. Symptoms are often described as burning, tingling, electrical and stabbing. A true case of sciatica, irritation to the sciatic nerve, is an example of neuropathic pain. continued on page 51

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A Look Into a Secret Place Humanity has always had a curiosity to explore the unknown, and understand those things that have been hidden at the ends of existence. From the European discovery of the New World, to our first steps on the moon, our thirst to explore and know is insatiable. The deeper processes of the body have now been opened for exploration with tools that are constantly being developed and used to give us a look beyond what the naked eye can see. With ultrasound technology, images of the body appear from sound waves that harmlessly bounce back a picture of what we have never seen before: the internal workings of our body’s systems ,all the way down to our internal organs. A limited obstetrical ultrasound, such as the one we use at the Acworth Women’s Center, confirms pregnancy, determines pregnancy viability (through fetal cardiac activity) establishes if it is a uterine or ectopic pregnancy (which can be life-threatening), and measures how far along the pregnancy is by verifying the developing baby’s gestational age. These diagnostic breakthroughs have only become available to us recently through this amazing tool, giving us a peek into the secret window of the womb! Just like us, God is interested in the inner life. David said, “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place” (Psalm 51:6). Through His word, God reveals to us, like on an ultrasound screen, the deeper things of our heart and our mind. His insight gives us an image of our soul – our emotions, strivings, thoughts and feelings. This process, this spiritual ultrasound, helps to diagnose our spiritual condition – the parts that are healthy, vibrant and amazing, as well as the parts that are sick and in need of restoration. God wants to, and is more than able to, restore those things that could cause a lifethreatening condition!

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Growth Strategies for Your Business

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I have written on various aspects of growing your business in my previous articles. This month, I want to address the appropriate growth strategies for your business. Depending on the stage of the life cycle of your business, the emphasis of your marketing strategy should differ. For example, if your business Don Kyle is just launching (start-up stage), one of the key areas on which to focus is getting exposure for your business (your name, what you offer, your location, benefits of and needs for your products or services to your prospective customers, etc.) to your target market. On the other hand, if your business is established (growth or expansion stage), you may want to concentrate on the competitive advantages of your products or services, testimonials from satisfied customers, convenience of your location, etc. The life cycle of businesses are comprised of: 1. Seed Stage: This is when your business is just a thought or an idea, the very conception or birth of a new business. 2. Start-Up Stage: Your business is born and now exists legally. Your products or services are in production, and you have your first customers. 3. Growth Stage: You have made it through the toddler years and are now a child. Business is increasing with many new opportunities and challenges, and profits are on the rise with competition surfacing. 4. Expansion Stage: This is a period of growth into new markets and distribution channels, where businesses often seek larger market shares and find new revenue channels. 5. Decline Stage: Changes in the economy, society, or market conditions can decrease sales and profits, and may quickly cause many small companies to come to an end. 6. Exit Stage: This is the big opportunity for you to cash out on all the effort and years of hard work, or it can mean shutting down the business. As you can see, the life cycle stage of your business should determine the aspects of your marketing plan that are most relevant. Determine what stage your business is in and devise your strategic focus accordingly. Just as there is little point in thinking of expansion when you are in the start-up stage, there is no reason to try to create your brand or identity while you are in the decline stage — it is probably too late for that. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about growing your business.

When we walk into an ice cream shop, most of us drool over the variety of flavors in the case. My mother is one of the few people I know who always wants vanilla. While vanilla is tasty, I view it as a stepping stone for an assortment of frozen delights. Mix ¼ cup of cold, brewed coffee, 1 cup of vanilla ice cream and 1 cup of whole Tiffany Hughes milk in a blender for a café au lait milkshake. Or, use brewed chai tea for a chai tea latte milkshake. If you prefer straight up ice cream, simply mix in the ingredients and put it back in the freezer until the desired consistency. Another idea is to blend 2 tablespoons of chocolate drink powder into the mixture to get a milkshake that tastes just like a popular fast food version. Also, blending sliced bananas, 1 teaspoon of vanilla pudding mix and vanilla wafers into the ice cream and milk mixture will give you banana pudding in a glass. Bowls of ice cream with various toppings are great but can take awhile to assemble if you’re trying to feed an anxious pack of preschoolers or little leaguers. If you plan ahead, you’ll have happy kids back in the yard and out of your kitchen in no time. Mix together a pint of softened vanilla ice cream with a sleeve of crushed graham crackers and two plain chocolate bars, chopped into pieces. Press the mixture into popsicle molds and once frozen, you have “S’Mores on a Stick”. If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use disposable cups covered in plastic wrap. Freeze for a short while (until mixture begins to firm up slightly), then cut a slit in the top, and insert a popsicle stick or even a plastic knife, partially into the ice cream. The plastic will hold the stick or knife in place until firm. Other tasty popsicle options include mixing crushed sandwich cookies or even brownies into the vanilla ice cream before putting it into the molds. You can go a step further by drizzling raspberry sundae topping into the ice cream as well. Chopped, fresh fruit is also a great add-in. Ice cream sandwiches are another idea for a great, make-ahead treat. Try swirling caramel sundae syrup and a dash of salt into vanilla ice cream, then place a scoop between 2 shortbread cookies. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze until firm and voila, you have salted caramel ice cream sandwiches. Chocolate chip cookies work great too. When preparing your frozen treats, just remember, vanilla doesn’t always have to be boring. Happy cooking!

Don Kyle is the CEO and Founder of Small Bizz MBA, a company which assists businesses with their marketing, branding and advertising needs. You can reach Don by calling (404) 580-6331 or email

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Is school a struggle? Your child may have a vision problem 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.

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.

As the new school year gets underway, your children are facing new challenges that their Dr. Dylan Reach 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.

A comprehensive exam will assess focusing, eye teaming, tracking and will complete an overall assessment of 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. Then, 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 their eyes.

In fact, third grade can be 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 visual-motor skills.

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.

One of the first steps we recommend taking if your child

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Cost Effective Kitchen Makeovers

Jeff Glover

The holidays are just around the corner. Your family and friends will be visiting, right? Could your kitchen use a facelift? Or, do you hate your kitchen but can’t really afford a big remodel right now? I have listed some easy and affordable ways to spruce up your kitchen and create a big impact without a lot of money.

Refinishing cabinets and even painting them is no easy task. However, the bigger issue is whether your cabinets will stand up to the sanding and prep needed to do it properly. Plus, you will be out of commission and unable to use the kitchen during the project. But, if you want to do it, be sure the surfaces are sanded and primed well. I prefer using an oil-based paint because it holds up to the daily wear and tear cabinets undergo and cleaning is easier. Smaller projects such as a hardware swap is one of the easiest and most affordable things to change in the kitchen, and it makes a big impact. If you have a handle on your doors and drawers, you will need to determine the size needed and measure between the screw holes in the doors. Most cabinet handles are made with a 3 or 4-inch spread between the screws. After measuring, go to any home improvement warehouse, look at their selection and see what you can find in new hardware.

Adding a backsplash can be installed in the kitchen without too much of a headache. If you have tackled tiling before, you can save a lot of money on this project, and it will create a huge impact. Remember to measure the wall space you want to cover first and then calculate how much material you need. Tiles are purchased by the box, so try to keep the project down to a single box in order to spend the least amount of money. Organizing the space can also give your kitchen a completely different look and make it feel more functional and new again. Organize your kitchen and eliminate all the stuff you don’t need, such as the 42 pieces of Tupperware with lids missing. A few floating shelves look great on a plain wall and give you valuable storage space for commonly-used items. Add big baskets or decorative boxes to keep items accessible and still attractively stored. Don’t forget unique and unusual items — antique door handles repurposed as towel racks or vintage plates and antique kitchen items you can find at local thrift stores. These can become really fun and whimsical decorative pieces. How about using a 40s-era coffee maker that doesn’t work but can still be a beautiful accent. Don’t be afraid to paint these items and give them that “shabby sheik” look to set off your new room design. These affordable small changes will create a fresh new look in your kitchen, and you won’t have to go through the expense continued on page 51

Dental Facts Everyone Should Know The basis for good decision-making results from educated decisions and extends into many areas of our lives, including our dental health. Here are 10 basic dental facts everyone should know. 1. There are about 100,000 bacteria on each tooth in your mouth, comprised of 1,000 different species. These bacteria form “dental plaque,” a sticky white film that forms on your teeth. The bacteria in dental plaque absorb nutrients from your diet and then produce acid as a byproduct. This acid is very harmful and destructive to your teeth and gums. 2. Brush and floss thoroughly several times each day to remove dental plaque and reduce the harmful effects of its acid production on your teeth and gums. 3. People tend to leave areas of plaque on their teeth when they brush. I advise patients to use a regular toothbrush in the morning and a mechanical toothbrush in the evening every day to help enhance thorough plaque removal. Also, changing to a new soft bristle toothbrush once a month is a great idea to make the brush more effective. 4. Flossing removes nearly 30 percent of plaque accumulation on a single tooth that cannot be removed by a toothbrush alone. This is because plaque is located in between teeth and requires a very specific flossing technique to be thorough. Most people ineffectively pop their floss in and out between their teeth. Proper technique requires you to insert the floss between two teeth and then push and pull the floss onto each root surface to thoroughly “squeegee” the plaque off the teeth. 5. Back teeth have grooves to grip your food while you eat, but these grooves harbor bacteria allowing them to cause cavities. Sealants are a plastic coating that cover grooves on the bite surfaces of your teeth. They are a preventive treatment to keep bacteria out of the grooves of your teeth, but must be placed before the tooth develops a cavity. 6. Cavities and gum disease do not hurt as they form. They are caused by slow and steady acid production 48


from bacteria. The acid deprograms nerves in the teeth and gums so cavities and gum disease progress undetected. Regular professional dental check-ups help ensure healthy teeth and help correct dental problems early when treatment is easier.

Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountian View Family Dentistry. He is a resident of Acworth and has practiced in Southwest Cherokee County for over 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental research companies. Office: (770) 926-0000 Website:

7. The average bite force of a person is around 250 pounds per square inch in the back teeth area and only 25 pounds per square inch in the front teeth area. Back teeth are vulnerable to fracture because of the strong bite forces. Large fillings and grinding habits of some people make teeth more susceptible to fractures and often produce the need for crowns on back teeth. 8. Straight teeth allow you to clean your teeth much easier and reduce the problems of tooth wear and fractures caused by crowded teeth. Braces create straight teeth that benefit children and adults.

9. The average person experiences crowded teeth, cavities, gum disease, abscesses and tooth loss in their lifetime. The infection that stems from many of these problems is very bad for our overall health. The results from not correcting these problems lead to compounded dental problems that become more serious and costly later. 10. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent dental problems, to identify and treat problems early and to receive instruction on the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Remember that most decay and gum disease spreads without pain, so a dental exam is important to discovering problems before they become serious. Paid Advertisement

“Y ou H ave S o M uch P otential !” “You have so much potential!” I have heard and/or said that phrase a thousand times. I hope that you have as well. If you haven’t been on the receiving end of that sentence, let’s change that right now. You (yes, you) have so much potential! You might be thinking, “You don’t even know me! How can you say that I am J. R. Lee full of potential?” I don’t have to know you personally to know that… 1. You have the potential to break free and stop allowing your past to dictate your future. 2. You have the potential to stop allowing your insecurity to overshadow your identity.

T he B usyness B attle As the new school year is now off and running, let me ask you a simple question: Are you busy? You are probably screaming “Yes” at the top of your lungs. Schedules are jam packed and there just never seems like there are enough hours in the day to get everything done as we frantically run from one thing to the next. As the father of four kids under the age of George Wright nine, I can assure you that busyness is the reality of our family. So, what are we to do? Do we just accept that this is the way things have to be? Do we have to surrender to an all stress, all the time kind of life in the midst of the busyness? The answer depends on whether we are willing to stop and evaluate what is most important in our lives and resolve to fight to make the most of our time in the “busyness battle.”

3. You have the potential to rise above mediocrity and become the husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, employer, employee, student or friend that God created you to be.

The bible gives us some tremendous insight as we find ourselves in the midst of a “busyness battle”.

4. You have the potential to stop settling for less than God’s best for your life.

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God.”

You might not realize it yet, but God created you on purpose, with a purpose and for a purpose. You are not a mistake. There may be accidental parents, but there are no accidental children. You are here for a reason and you have potential!

This simple little verse shines the light on how we can make the most of the time we have been given in this crazy fast paced world.

Potential is everything you can be, but haven’t become yet. Potential is everything you can do, but haven’t done yet. Potential is everywhere you can go, but haven’t gone yet. Potential is the book you can write, that you haven’t written yet. Potential is the life you’ve wanted to live, but haven’t lived yet. Potential is like a huge engine-running idle. It is energy still underutilized, power yet unleashed, and strength yet unused. (Leading on Empty – Wayne Cordeiro) You don’t have to allow the decisions of your past to dictate your future. God specializes in making all things new and that always applies regardless of how shady your past may be. The trajectory of your life can change in an instant because God can accomplish more in a moment than we can in a lifetime. Together, let’s make the decision to tap into our God-given potential. It’s been dormant for far too long. That can change! It starts with you. It starts with me. It starts today. If it does, can you imagine the potential? (For more reading on this subject, see Psalm 139:13-16 in the Bible) J.R. Lee is the Pastor of Freedom Church, located at Barber Middle School, 4222 Cantrell Road in Acworth. You may reach J.R. by calling the church at (770) 529-6006 or visit Also, check out his blog at 50


1. Establish Priorities — We must stop and ask the question, “why are we so busy?” Often times our schedules are full and we are running around frantic, and we are not even sure why! Evaluating where are priorities are and then deciding to establish what our priorities should be is essential in fighting the busyness battle. 2. Be Different — The world around you does not control your schedule and the way you use your time, yet many of us devote a huge part of our agenda to keeping up with everyone else. Resolve to setting your schedule and your time around what is most important. I have heard it said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This is certainly true in the busyness battle. If you follow the pattern of this world, you will always feel overwhelmed and out of time. Be different and use your time for what matters most! The “busyness battle” is an ongoing struggle for our lives. As you are confronted with the ever increasing demands of a hectic schedule, take a moment to stop, catch your breath, establish priorities and resolve to be different from the world around you, so that you can make the most of the time that God has given you. George Wright is the Pastor of Cedarcrest Church, located at 4600 Cobb Parkway in Acworth. He is married with four children. You may reach him via email at or call the church at (678) 460-3500.

Silent Deal Killers: Credit Disputes

Pain: Part One

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3. The disputed account is both a. less than $500, and b. more than 24 months old, based on the date of dispute

Neuropathic pain may result from disorders of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) or the peripheral nervous system (all the other nerves in your body).

It’s pretty obvious if an account has a zero balance (1) or is marked “paid in full” or “resolved,” (2) as all of that is listed on the credit report. However, what isn’t so obvious is if the account is less than $500 and the dispute is more than 24 months old. (3) because credit reports rarely ever indicate when the dispute happened. So, a general rule of thumb is, if it isn’t a $0 balance or doesn’t say “paid in full” or “resolved,” then it’s generally advisable to remove the dispute comments. USDA financing has the same guidelines; however, they take it one step further and require that any account in dispute has evidence showing a justifiable reason for doing so — such as correspondence from you or your attorney to the creditor. VA financing doesn’t have any guidelines regarding disputed accounts; however, some lenders may add “overlay” guidelines regarding disputed accounts, so to be sure, ask ahead of time. The bottom line is: credit disputes, while they seem harmless on the front end, can cost you a mortgage approval. Jay has been in mortgage lending for 11 years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Acworth Business Association Board of Directors. Jay lives in Acworth with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children Dante, Sterling and Enzo. You can reach Jay at (770) 870-0644 or by email at

Do I Have a Leak? Why Can’t You Fix It? Continued from page 42

and inefficient, and your money would be better spent simply cutting the cord on them as opposed to throwing good money at a bad inefficient unit. I see person after person spend hundreds of dollars each year finding a leak, only to be told it can’t be repaired or worse, fixing one leak only to find another leak the next month after all the Freon has leaked out. Do not get too attached to your old air conditioner as it is just another appliance in your home such as your dishwasher or water heater that needs to be updated after 12 to 15 years to assure you are afforded the comfort and energy savings a new system can give you. Dan Jape is the owner ofReliable Heating & Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9969

Acute, subacute and chronic pains are defined in terms of duration. While some authors will vary on their definitions, it is mostly accepted that acute pain is 0 – 3 months in duration and anything greater than three months is considered chronic. Subacute pain will sometimes be referenced as a subset of acute pain and is defined as anything greater than six weeks but less than three months. 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.

Cost Effective Kitchen Makeovers Continued from page 47

or pain of a huge remodel before the holidays. However, if you decide to tackle that kitchen remodel, give me a call and I can walk you through it. Visit my website at and drop me a line. I would love to hear about your DIY project. Who knows, it may be the topic of next month’s article. Jeff Glover is a Georgia, licensed and insured General Contractor. He is a lifelong resident of Cobb County who grew up in Marietta and has lived the last 15 years in the Acworth community. He has been in the construction industry for 17 years and is married to Melissa and they have two children Brendan and Abigail. You can contact him or comment on his articles through his website at

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

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


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

(678) 797-0611

The Entire Bible Baptist Church 4980 North Cobb Parkway (770) 926-1464 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Bill Avery Three Taverns Church 3575 Acworth Due West Road, (678) 856-8002 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Doug Burrier Victory Baptist Church 5717 Priest Road, Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Bro. Donald E. Lewis


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

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

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

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

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church 1618 Ben King Road, NW, (770) 428-7139 Saturday Vigil: 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7 & 9 a.m., 12 & 2:00 p.m., 5 p.m. Pastor: Rev. John M. Matejek St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 680 West Memorial Drive, (770) 443-0566 Saturday Vigil: 4 & 6 p.m. (6 p.m. En Espanol) Sunday: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Rev. Adrian Pleus

SYNAGOGUES Chabad Jewish Center of Acworth (678) 460-7702 Shabbat services: 1st Saturday of each month at 10 a.m., Last Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Rabbi: Zalman Charytan

UNITED METHODIST Acworth United Methodist Church 4340 Collins Circle, (770) 974-3312 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: James Gwin County Line United Methodist Church 1183 County Line Road, NW, (770) 428-0511 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Scott Pickering Due West Methodist 3956 Due West Road, (770) 427-3835 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:39 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:39 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tom Davis Kennesaw United Methodist Church 1808 Ben King Road, (770) 428-1543 Sunday Service: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 & 11 a.m. Saturday: 6 p.m. REVIVE Pastor: Wallace Wheeles New Beginnings United Methodist Church 2925 Mack Dobbs Road, (770) 421-9980 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Scott Brown

OTHER CHURCHES Acworth Christian Church 4476 Northside Drive, (770) 974-1358 Acworth Church of God of Prophecy Ministry 3891 Nance Road NW, (770) 975-1124 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7:00 p.m. Pastor: Rev. John Paul Benning Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Pastor: Steve Pettit Calvary Chapel Northwest 50 Shallowford Road NE, (770) 926-5524 Pastor: Tim Milsaps Calvary Fellowship River Oaks Meets at Brookwood Christian Academy 4728 Wood Street, (770) 655-0655 or (678) 977-0087 Pastor: Grady Clark

Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Sunday Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. 5095 Holt Road NW, (770) 975-1788 Cobb Vineyard Church 3206 Old Highway 41, (678) 574-0005 Sunday Services: 10 & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Thomas Cooley Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford Eagle Pointe Church 5100 Old Stilesboro Road, (770) 421-1643 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Howard Koepka

Mission For Life Church Meets at Pitner Elementary School, (678) 549-8070 4575 Wade Green Rd. Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m. Pastor Kim C. Moore Mount Olives Church of God 5065 Cherokee Street, (678) 651-9042 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Reneau Luzincourt New Covenant Full Gospel Inc 5653 Priest Road, (770) 974-0685 NorthStar Church 3413 Blue Springs Road, (770) 420-9808 Sunday Services: 9:30 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

Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Pastor: J. Tommy White, Jr. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Christian Living Class: 10 a.m. Four Points Church Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 7:30 p.m. Meets at Picketts Mill Elementary Pastor: Larry Baker 6400 Old Stilesboro Road, (678) 402-6632 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Refuge Ministries Pastor: Brent Stephens 2714 Valleyhill Drive, (770) 975-5733 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Freedom Church Tuesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Meets at Barber Middle School, (770) 529-6006 Sr. Pastor: Bishop Vincent J. Jones Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: J.R. Lee River’s Edge Church 3450 Acworth Due West Road NW, (678) 318-1918 Gateway Church Sunday Bible Class: 8:30 a.m. 1455 Ben King Road, (770) 423-0982 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Hispano Servicio Domingo: 2 p.m. Pastor: Andy Smith Pastor: David Moore River of Life Church Household of Faith Bible Church Meets at Northwest Family YMCA, (770) 598-4090 Meets at North Cobb Christian School, (770) 365-6723 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. 4500 Lakeview Drive Pastor: Randy McGovern Sunday Service: 10 a.m. www. Pastor: L. Keith Lewis RiverStone Church Joshua Gospel Tabernacle 2005 Stilesboro Road, (678) 384-5200 4161 Southside Drive, Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday Bible Study:  9:45 a.m.; Pastor: Tom Tanner Sunday Service:  11 a.m., Wed. Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor:Tim Houston Sanctuary Church 700 Mars Hill Road, (770) 884-1963 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Journey Church of Acworth Pastor: Craig Bowler Meets at Russom Elementary School Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Unity of Kennesaw Pastor: Douglas Crumbly Meets at Big Shanty Elementary, (770) 422-9552 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Kellogg Creek Church of Christ Sunday Service & Youth Ministry: 11 a.m. 3510 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-2814 Rev. Kelly Thomas Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m., Wed. Service: 7:30 p.m. Victory North Church Meets at Palmer Middle School, (770) 794-7366 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. LifeBridge Church Pastor: Jeff Hidden 3102 Loring Road, (770) 422-3010 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Vintage 242 Church Pastor: Aaron Gable 8492 Hiram Acworth Highway, (678) 383-2299 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Love Community Church Pastor: Steve Hambrick 5598 Bells Ferry Road, (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Donna Lucas Please help us stay informed of

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

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

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C ommunity I nformation N umbers

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Cherokee (770) 345-0400 Cobb (770) 980-2000 Paulding (770) 445-6016 Bartow (770) 382-1466


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

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

(678) 493-6120 (770) 528-8600 (770) 443-7606 (770) 387-6090 (678) 493-6077 (770) 528-1684 (770) 479-0407 (770) 528-2300 (770) 443-7503 (770) 387-5098 (770) 493-6101 (770) 528-2035 (770) 443-7601 (770) 387-5098

(770) 720-7712 (770) 427-0418 (678) 363-8570 (770) 387-5007

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

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

“Donating pet food to keep pets in homes & out of shelters”

(678) 310-9858

GEORGIA STATE PATROL (404) 699-4368 HERO (Highway Emergency) 511

POST OFFICE: Acworth Kennesaw Oak Grove Cartersville

(770) 966-8133 (770) 422-4103 (770) 592-2800 (770) 382-2549

HOSPITALS: Wellstar Cobb Wellstar Kennestone Wellstar Paulding Cartersville Medical

RECYCLING: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Bartow

(770) 516-4195 (770) 528-1135 (770) 443-0119 (770) 387-5145

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

(770) 732-4000 (770) 793-5000 (770) 445-4411 (770) 382-1530

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

LIBRARIES: Cherokee Co. Libraries (770) 479-3090 Cobb Co. Libraries (770) 528-2320 Acworth Libraries (770) 917-5165 Bartow Libraries (770) 382-1530 NON-EMERGENCY 911: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Bartow

(770) 479-3117 (770) 499-3911 (770) 443-2117 (770) 387-5195

PARKS & RECREATION: Cherokee Cobb Paulding Bartow

(770) 924-7768 (770) 528-8800 (770) 445-8065 (770) 387-5195


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SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

(770) 493-4100 (770) 499-4600 (770) 443-3010

UTILITIES: Cable (Comcast) 404-COMCAST (266-2278) Electric: Acworth Power (770) 917-8903 Cobb EMC (770) 429-2100 Georgia Power (888) 660-5890 Gas: Atlanta Gaslight Co. (770) 584-4000 Water: Cherokee (770) 479-1813 Cobb (770) 423-1000 Paulding (770) 222-6868 Bartow (770) 387-5170 CITY OF ACWORTH: City Hall (770) 974-3112 Acworth Housing Authority (770) 974-3012 Parks & Recreation (770) 917-1234 Police Information (770) 974-1232 Acworth City Jail (770) 974-0295 Downtown Development (770) 974-8813 Municipal Court (770) 974-0965

Acworth Community Magazine (770) 529-1516


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

East Paulding High School 3320 E. Paulding Drive, Dallas 30157 (770) 445-5100 Principal: Dr. Kim Fraker

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

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

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

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

Palmer Middle School 690 N. Booth Road, Kennesaw 30144 (770) 591-5020 Principal: Dr. Peter Giles

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

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

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

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

School Contact Information

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

Omega Private Academy (770) 792-7431 5330 Brookstone Drive, Acworth 30101 Principal: Kathy Keeton Shiloh Hills Christian School (770) 926-7729 260 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw 30144 Administrator: John D. Ward St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Sister Mary Patrick

(770) 419-8601 www.

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




A cworth A rea C lubs & O rganizations

Acworth Business Association (770) 423-1330 Cherokee Chamber of Commerce (770) 345-0400 Cobb Chamber of Commerce (770) 980-2000T KSU Small Business Development Center (770) 423-6450 LeadsNet Business Referral Group (404) 819-8896 No Fee Referral Network - Acworth Contact: Betty Motter (770) 256-4864 West Cobb Business Association (770) 850-3921

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

Paws for Disabilities Pet Buddies Food Pantry (678) 310-9858 56

Southern Hope Humane Society (770) 445-7294



Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward

(770) 974-0670

Acworth Masonic Lodge 4497 McLain Circle

(770) 974-3577

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

Atlanta Yacht Club

Atlanta Water Ski Club

(770) 425-3679

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

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

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

Celebrate Life International

Rotary Club of North Cobb

Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister

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

Grandparents Support Group (678) 699-3400

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

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


(770) 428-2100

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

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

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

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) (202) 224-3643 131 Russell Senate Office Building Wash., D.C. GA: (770) 661-0999 3625 Cumberland Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30339 fax: (770) 661-0768 Website: Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R), District 11 (202) 225-2931 219 Roswell St., Marietta, GA 30060 GA: (770) 429-1776 Website: fax: (770) 795-9551 Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 (202) 225-4501 P.O. Box 425, Roswell, GA 30077 GA: (770) 565-4990 Website: fax: (770) 565-7570 e-mail:

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

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

Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

(770) 479-1871

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

(770) 516-1444


Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa

Board of Education:

Scott Sweeney, School Board Chairman

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

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

(770) 426-3452

(678) 646-2470

(678) 896-6399


Superintendent, Cliff Cole

(770) 443-8000

Board of Education: Kim Curl, District 6 email:

(770) 445-2600


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


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


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


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

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

(404) 630-8452

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


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

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

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

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


Mayor Tommy Allegood

(770) 974-3112


Butch Price, Post 1 e-mail:

(770) 974-4321

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

Gene Pugliese, Post 2 e-mail:

(678) 575-0596

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

(770) 528-3317

Bob Weatherford, Post 3 e-mail:

(770) 974-3533

Tim Richardson, Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 974-5259


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

Tim Houston, Post 5 e-mail:

(770) 917-1883

A ppointed O fficials

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




(770) 443-7550, x4009

E lected

Commissioner: David Barnett , Post 4



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

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

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

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


Attorneys/Legal Services James D. Haley 60 (770) 974-1494 4807 S. Main Street, Acworth

Christian Brothers Automotive (770) 966-1599 3408 Cobb Parkway, NW





Small BIZZ MBA (404) 580-6331

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners 33

Catering Clement Catering (770) 485-5543

Chiropractors 43

Bascomb United Methodist Preschool 19 (770) 926-0397 2295 Bascomb Carmal Road, Woodstock DeRiche Agency, Inc. (678) 490-3761 3175 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw

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

Funeral Home/cemetery Georgia Funeral Care & Cremation (678) 574-3016


Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home 3 and Cemetery (770) 422-7299 2950 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw

Acworth Family Dentistry 3 (770) 974-8211 3104 Creekside Village Drive, # 301, Kennesaw

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



Conner Dental Associates 44 (678) 354-0079 1200 Barrett Pkwy, Suite 200-204, Kennesaw


Life Quest Fitness (678) 973-0635


Business Consulting

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

GhostNet, Inc (770) 852-2292


Banking/Financial Services

Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991


Kids Day Care (678) 208-7608

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

ADVOCOS (678) 213-0649 ext 302

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

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


Angel Oaks Funding (770) 870-0644

Ryan Family Chiropractic Wellness Center 41 (678) 664-4028 3330 Cobb Parkway NW, Suite 332, Acworth


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


Computer Services/Repair

Automotive AutoBuffs Express Carwash (678) 213-1313

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


Salon 3:16 (770) 485-9791 Signature Salon and Spa (678) 403-1949

Heating & Air Conditioning Relaible Heating (770) 594-9969



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


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


Jeffrey C. Glover (404) 694-0550


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



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


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



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


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


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


Abracadabra LawnScape (770) 966-1585 15

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

Optometrist/Eyewear Acworth Family Eyecare 46 (770) 974-3153 3459 Acworth Due West Road, #101, Acworth

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

M&K Hearing Aid Center (678) 581-0506 3770 Due West Road, Suite 300, Marietta Northside Hospital (770) 720-5100 201 Hospital Road, Canton


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


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


Solavie 44 (404) 778-2555 IBC

Restaurants/Food Services Cookies by Design (770) 578-0200 3101 Roswell Road, Marietta


East Cobb Pediatrics (770) 795-4553 Governors Family Medical Group (770) 975-9077 4900 Ivey Road, #1826, Acworth

The Plumbing Doctor (770) 516-9000

Ticket George (770) 437-8499

Physicians and Medical Services

Lawn Maintenance/Landscaping

Lawn Doctor of Acworth (770) 517-2129


Pet Services

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

Steve’s Painting (770) 231-9494

Wellstar 5 (770) 956-STAR (7827)


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


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


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


Weight loss 9


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


Program 27 (678) 732-3100


Acworth Community Magazine Business Directory

Mail this Form with your Payment to: Around Acworth, Inc., 3459 Acworth Due West Road, Suite 121, Acworth, GA 30101 PLEASE PRINT (All Fields Must Be Completed)


 2 lines — Business Name and Phone Number


 3 lines — Business Name/Phone Number,


(Averages just under $21 a month)

Website or Business Address

(Averages just under $25 a month)

 4 lines — Business Name/Phone Number,

Website and Business Address

(Averages just under $30 a month)

Name: Street Address: City, State, Zip: Daytime Phone: Check or money order payable to Around Acworth, Inc. must accompany this order form.

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


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