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Message From The Mayor Spring is here and the trees and shrubs are exploding with the transformation from winter to spring in the community of Acworth! We are very excited to announce the official opening of the new and improved Cauble Park Playground. We celebrated with a ribbon cutting back in early April. This unique, one of a kind playground is great for children of all ages. Another example of your SPLOST dollars at work!

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May is a busy month in the City of Acworth! To kick things off, we’ll be partnering with the North Cobb Rotary Club to host the Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival at Cauble Park on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To kick things off on Friday, May 10, we will add the Acworth Business Association to the mix and host the first “Love the Lake” series concert of the summer, with Son’s of Sailors taking the stage at 8 p.m. The event will be FREE to the public.

May God Bless You and our Community — Mayor Tommy Allegood

We have so many wonderful opportunities for our kids in Acworth. Summer Camp registration is officially open; registration is currently taking place for our variety of Summer Sports Camps. The “World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide” is also returning to Dallas Landing Park. Make Acworth your Staycation Destination this summer! As always, for the most up to date information on what is going on in your community, visit, follow us on twitter at @aprd, or “like” us on Facebook by searching “Acworth Parks.”


On the following Saturday, May 18, we will host the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour at Dallas Landing Park. The event will take place from 12 — 7 p.m. This nationally televised event draws participants from all over the world. Twelve thousand visitors will converge on Dallas Landing Park. Come out and see some of the top riders in the world compete!

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The Acworth community loves our Veterans, and we invite everyone to our annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This is the time that our community pays tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Our ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Cauble Park. Don’t forget we still are selling engraved pavers at the Memorial. These make great

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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 May 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 May 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

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When I came into Dr. Amy Valente D.C. 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 May 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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structure is surrounded by a paver walkway with engraved pavers. You can still honor a veteran by purchasing pavers. The pavers are available in 4x4 or 8x8 sizes. With the 4x4, you get 3 lines, each with up to 18 characters engraved on the pavers. The 8x8 comes with 4 lines, each with up to 18 characters engraved on it. For more information about the ceremony or to purchase a paver, visit or call Jeff Chase at (770) 917-1234.

National Day of Prayer The City held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 3, to celebrate the grand opening of the most impressive playground that Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department has to offer! The event had a great turn out, with public officials and other community leaders attending, along with their friends and families, to celebrate this wonderful new addition to Cauble Park!

The City of Acworth will be celebrating the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2. The event will take place from 12 — 1 p.m. at the entrance to Acworth City Hall, located at 4415 Senator Russell Ave. Community leaders, churches and local schools will lead the celebration with music and words of encouragement. This is a FREE event. For more information, contact Frank White at or (770) 917-1234.

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Acworth Farmer's Market It’s that wonderful time of the year again when we look forward to the return of the Acworth Farmer’s Market! The Farmer’s Market will begin this season on Friday, May 24 and continue each Friday morning from 7 — 11 a.m., through October 25. The market is located in Historic Downtown Acworth in the upper parking lot by the railroad tracks on Main Street. Market customers will have a wide variety of garden ripe Georgia grown vegetables, bedding plants, fresh baked pies, cakes, bread, and jams to choose from each week. The Acworth Farmer’s Market is proudly sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. For more information on being a vendor or questions about the market, contact Jeff Chase at (770) 917-1234.

Memorial Day Ceremony Everyone’s invited to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony held at Patriots Point at Cauble Park, home of the Veterans Memorial, on Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. Come help honor the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty while defending our Nation and its values. The City of Acworth would like to pay homage to those who faithfully served and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The ceremony will last approximately 45 minutes and is the perfect opportunity to set aside time to reflect on the cost of our freedom. Alan Price, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Reserve, Retired will be the keynote speaker. The service flags of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard surround the American Flag. The concrete dome 8


Back Row L-R: Greg Morgan, Chairman of the Cobb Chamber; Ron Frieson, Chief Public Policy Officer, Children’s; JoAnn Birrell, Cobb Commissioner, Tim Lee, Cobb Commission Chairman; Stacey DeWeese, Service Line Administrator, Radiology, Children’s; Mark Mathews, Mayor of Kennesaw. Front Row: Children’s mascots Hope and Will with Collier and Emmy, who are residents of Cobb County and patients at Children’s. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta recently broke ground on a new pediatric imaging center at their Town Center location, 2985 George Busbee Pkwy. Families will now have the backing of more than 20 pediatric radiologists whether their child needs an X-ray for a fracture or a CT scan to diagnose a more serious condition. The new pediatric imaging center is scheduled to open November 2013. This facility currently provides urgent care, sports medicine and specialty care services.

Citywide Computer, Electronics and Metal Recycling Day The Computer, Electronics and Metal Recycling Day will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. — 3 p.m., at the Acworth Sports Complex off of South Main Street. (This event only occurs twice a year, in May and November.) The city along with Federal Recyclers wants you to Think Green! If it’s made of metal or you can plug it in, they can recycle it. Don’t let those items you have collected while spring cleaning end up in the landfill. Old barbeque grills, lawn mowers, metal patio furniture, car parts, old bicycles, gutters, metal siding, metal fencing, exercise equipment can all be recycled. All metal and electronics recycling is FREE, except for a $15 fee for computer monitors and a $20 fee for televisions. Federal Recyclers will be accepting paint for recycling. They have a recycling fee of $2/pints or gallon cans and a $7/for 5 gallon cans. Please leave labels on paint cans because some paints are hazardous waste and need to be separated for controlled recycling. A-1 Shredding will be on site offering document shredding. The document shredding will be a $5/per box charge. For more information and a list of items accepted visit

Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival The Acworth Parks and Recreation Dept., North Cobb Rotary and Superior Plumbing are excited to announce the 4th Annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival! More than 25 teams will fill up Cauble Park on Friday, May 10, from 6 — 10 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, from 10 — 4 p.m. There will be FREE admission and FREE parking. FREE shuttles will run Friday night and all day Saturday. There will be a FREE concert on Friday evening as Sons of Sailors, a Jimmy Buffett cover band, will take the stage at 8 p.m. Reserved tables that seat six, can be purchased for $50. Tickets to taste the backyard teams BBQ will be on sale for a nominal charge. Patrons can also vote for their favorite BBQ as the People's Choice Champion. Activities for the kids will be in the Kids Zone and the music will be played acoustically as Scott Thompson of Peachtree Station performs from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. on Saturday. For information, call (770) 423-1330 or visit

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


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tuned to the website for details! Come join the Warrior Football and Cheerleading family! Register prior to May 31 and take advantage of significant early registration discounts. Register for $150/City of Acworth residents or for $170/non-City residents. These are the lowest rates around! You can register online at www.acworthwarriors. com or come to Halbrooks Field for onsite registration on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. Come and get the best overall youth sports experience for your child! For more information, call (770) 974-7093 or visit their website at

Pro Wakeboard Tour The Pro Wakeboard Tour makes its return to Dallas Landing Park on Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., and on Saturday, May 18, from 12 — 7 p.m. The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is a two-day event of water-sports action! Not all the action takes place on the water though. On land, fans will experience tons of great food and music; athlete autograph signings; chances to win free stuff; and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions. The event will be televised nationally on the Versus Network, bringing riders to our city from all over the world, and has a significant economic impact on our community. This family oriented event and will provide a fun filled day of sun, surf and excitement for all who attend. For a limited time, tickets can be purchased in advance at a major discount by visiting Tickets will also be available for at the park for $13/ages 13 & up, $5/ages 6-12, and ages 5 & under are admitted FREE. Parking will be available at the park on Friday, however, very limited parking will be available at the park on Saturday. Shuttles will be provided from downtown Acworth. For more information on the event, contact the Acworth Parks and Recreation at (770) 917-1234 or visit their website at The Pro Wakeboard Tour is currently recruiting sponsors for the Acworth tour date. If you would like to get your business involved with the event, call (770) 917-1234.

Block Party! Immediately following the Pro Wakeboard Tour at Dallas Landing will be the Pro Wakeboard Block Party on Senator Russell Avenue in downtown Acworth from 7 — 11 p.m. There will be live music and entertainment throughout the evening. Pro Wakeboarders will be present signing autographs and participating in all the festivities. This FREE event is made possible by the Acworth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Acworth. For more information visit

Acworth Police Department News Congratulations to Corporal Luke Reynolds who was chosen by his peers as the 2012 Officer of the Year!!! Cpl. Reynolds was recommended for this award by his Sergeant for his life saving efforts in October of 2012 when he performed CPR on an unconscious woman in the QT Chief Wayne Dennard parking lot. The victim and Corp. Luke Reynolds made a full recovery. Congratulations to Corporal Reynolds!!!! Congratulations to Detective Sampson who was chosen by his peers as "Officer of the Quarter" for 2013. Detective Sampson was nominated by his supervisor, Lt. Stan Melton, for his outstanding dedication to the agency. Recently, Lt. Charlie Ball, Det. Jonathan Sampson the police and Lt. Stan Melton department made the move to a new reporting software. Detective Sampson was instrumental in getting this new software up and going. He also runs the Acworth Police Explorers program which has received numerous awards over the last several years. Congratulations to Detective Sampson!

Pirates, Splashtown Coming to Kennesaw's Swift-Cantrell Park The City of Kennesaw is serving up a double feature of summer entertainment on Saturday, June 1, with water-themed activities followed by the second FREE outdoor movie in the summer series at Swift-Cantrell Park. The excitement begins at 6 p.m., as the sun-soaked "shores" of the park become a watery playground of splishing, splashing, slipping and sliding fun. Activities will feature both FREE and pay-to-play inflatable slides, field games and attractions. After the sun goes down, set sail for a fun-filled pirate adventure with a screening of The Pirates! Band of Misfits. The movie is rated PG, and features the voices of Hugh Grant and Jeremy Piven. Movie goers are invited to bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the 12

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view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase. Children participating in water activities should arrive dressed to get wet. An extra change of clothing, towel and dry shoes is recommended. Restrooms will be available; showers and changing rooms are not. Parking is available inside the park and at Kennesaw Elementary School. Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. The park is located at 3140 Old 41 Highway. For more information, visit or call (770) 422-9714.

Horizon Kickball League Teams are now forming for the summer Horizon Kickball League. This league is open for all individuals who have special needs, ages 5 years old and up. Games will be held on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. for ages 5-12, and Thursday nights for ages 13 and up at 6 p.m. & 7 p.m., at the Horizon Field located at 4000 S. Main St., Acworth. Kickball season runs June 11 — July 25 (no games the week of July 4.) The registration deadline is June 1. The cost is $15 which covers league expenses. (Registering after June 1, doesn’t guarantee your requested jersey size or playing on the same team as in prior seasons.) For more information or to register, visit or call (770) 917-1234 or stop by the Parks & Rec. office located at 4762 Logan Road, Acworth. Financial aid is available by contacting Lauren Ham (770) 917-1234.

Senior Luncheon Join in on Tuesday, May 21, for the City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Departments Senior Luncheon. There will be lunch at noon, followed by bingo and other special activities. The luncheon is held at the Beach House in Cauble Park. This program is FREE to all seniors! For more information or questions, contact the Acworth Parks and Recreation office (770) 917-1234.

Worlds Largest Inflatable Water Slide Returns to Dallas Landing Park The City of Acworth and Shoreline Entertainment, LLC is proud to announce the return of the World's Largest Inflatable Water Slide at Dallas Landing Park on Friday, May 24! The park is located at 5120 Allatoona Drive Acworth. The slide is 36 ft. tall and 175 ft. long. The slide will be open Monday — Friday, from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m., through Sunday, August 11. Daily Slide Rates are $3 for one slide, $7 for unlimited slides for one hour and $15 for unlimited slides for one day. These prices do not include taxes. Please note there is a $5 parking fee for non-city residents. Special group pricing is available for groups of 15 or more sliders. Please call today to reserve your group slide time! Please note that group rates are not available on Holidays. For more information on the slide visit

AHS Students Donate to Homeless Youth

A NIGHT AT THE COUNCIL There once was a council that met on Thursday night. The public was invited to set things right. There was hardly a dull moment and here’s one example: The mayor called the meeting to order with a bang of the gavel. The Mayor Pro-tem jumped up and said, “It’s my turn tonight and I want that gavel.” During the struggle the gavel slipped and hit the City Manager on the head. He fell to the floor and we thought he was dead. The emergency crews arrived with lights flashing and sirens blasting. The crowd outside gathered round wondering what in the world was going on in Historic Downtown.

The Allatoona Student Government pictured with their decorated shoeboxes filled with toiletry items.

The medics helped the dazed manager to his feet and in no time at all he returned to his seat. The meeting resumed. An Alderman with dark hair made a motion to approve Items A through Q. The Alderman seated next to him shouted, “You want to approve items A through Q……..what’s the matter with you?” A fight broke out and the Chief rushed in yelling, “Stop this right now or you’ll all go to jail and without any bail”. The Alderman preacher prayed for peace and quiet, but he was thinking only of oysters from Henry’s and the rest of the night.

L-R: Madison Kazerooni, Co-Chair of the Teen Chapter, Candi Cylar, Founder/Director of the non-profit organization, A Crystal Stair, Inc. and Kaci Pollack, founder of the Teen Chapter of A Crystal Stair, Inc. and she is also AHS's Student Body Vice President. Allatoona High School’s Student Government, The Helm, recently hosted the Teen Chapter of A Crystal Stair, Inc.’s 2nd Annual Shoebox Party directed by Kaci Pollack, founder of the Teen Chapter and she is also Allatoona’s Student Body Vice President. Students provided toiletries in shoeboxes that Kaci chose to donate to the Covenant House of Georgia, a shelter for homeless youth. Each student was asked to decorate their box also, as a gift to brighten the day of the teen receiving it. Breakfast at the party was donated by Paradise Donuts, Panera Bread and Starbucks. Students also wrote notes that were included with the shoeboxes. Madison Kazerooni, Co-Chair of the Teen Chapter, and Kaci awarded the top decorated shoeboxes with prizes that were donated from over 40 local businesses. Also, two of Kohl’s managers volunteered to help, and Autobell Car Wash donated shoeboxes. A Crystal Stair, Inc.’s Teen Chapter, was overwhelmed by the support they received from the Allatoona families and the community. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a success. 14

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From the side of the room there was a loud noise. The Alderman with the butch haircut awoke with a START!! Was that thunder we heard or did he just --------------------- scrape his chair on the floor as he stood and stretched his tall frame? “Guess I didn’t miss a thang ….I’ll mosey on home and watch the ball game”. During public comment a little ole’ lady tottered up on her cane. Some thought she was slightly insane. She said in a soft voice, “Mr. Mayor, I can’t sleep at night. My quality of life is down the drain and it’s all because of those DARN WHISTLE BLOWING TRAINS”!!! — Shirley Walker

Long time Acworth resident, Shirley Walker, presented a poem she wrote to the Acworth City Council on April 4.

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Community Spotlight.... by Cynthia Regalla At 88 years of age, William J. Riekel Jr., is a true gentlemen and hero to have fought for the United States of America in World War II. A high school student at the time, he needed his parents’ permission to enlist in the U.S. Navy. I met Mr. Riekel in March of this year at lunch with my girlfriends. He was celebrating his birthday with his daughter in law Cyndi. It did not take long before we were having conversations back and forth. By the end of lunch we were all old friends and made plans to do it again. William is a man who is rich with life experiences and I am honored that he shared a little about himself and what it was like being 17 years old in the Navy, fighting for his country. Williams recollection of D-Day, Tuesday, June 6, 1944, Juno Beach, Normandy France: The waiting was the worst. Men on the ship were getting sick, when they finally told us at 4:00 am, Tuesday, June 6, 1944 that it was time to go. It was almost a relief. The whole thing was a mess. The weather had really screwed things up. Paratroopers were landing all over the beach, but were supposed to be somewhere else. I was a gunners mate on an LCVP (landing craft, vehicle, personnel) working with a coxswain who steered the boat. Our assignment was to ferry Canadian soldiers to the beach (Juno). When we reached the beach, we put down our anchor and unloaded. After pulling up the anchor, we expected the boat to move, but discovered that we were in only inches of

William J. Riekel Jr. water and were stuck. They had miscalculated the tide by about 30 minutes. We disembarked onto the beach where projectiles from German 88mm guns were landing to the left and right of us. I told the other fellow that we needed to make it to the base of the cliffs if we were going to survive. The Germans had found their range, and just had to get their direction corrected to hit us. I timed the shelling and it seemed that there was about 30 seconds between rounds. We timed our run and made it to the cliffs. We spent a night and part of the next day at the base of the cliff. Though our boat and the boats on either side of ours had been hit, our boat started and it ran as soon as we tried it the next day. (It had been hit by shrapnel.) We lost a lot of good guys — we returned to our ship taking wounded soldiers with us.

We spent Christmas in Russia. The Russians had a New Year’s Eve party for us. The General made a speech. There were Russian soldiers on both sides of me and at the end they gave me a glass of something clear with a cup of hot tea for a chaser. I thought it was water, but it was vodka. I drank it down and thought I was going to die! I had never had vodka before!

What was your first assignment in the U.S. Navy? After enlisting, I was assigned to the Armed Guard. Our job was to escort troops and supply convoys. This was one of the most dangerous jobs during the war — many ships were lost. One assignment we had was to make the Murmansk Run. This meant we escorted ships to Murmansk, Russia. At one point we encountered icebergs and a storm. Many ships in the convoy were blown 300-400 miles off course. Luckily, most made it back. We also had to worry about German submarines and E-boats.

William lives in Kennesaw. He spends as much time as he can with his family, especially his grandchildren Parker, Evan, Griffin, Lane, Lindley and Kylie. Recently, he was invited to go to Washington for a Tour of Honor Flight. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.

Were you ever injured in combat? My longest lasting physical injury from the war was the loss of hearing in one of my ears. Share with me something funny that happened to you during the war? 16

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You enlisted at the age of 17, were you able to finish school? Were you ever married? As I promised my father, after the war, I finished high school at a New Hampshire prep school then I used the GI Bill to attend the University of Maryland. I met my wife Dorothy there. We raised five great people, William J. Riekel III, Kenneth H. Riekel, Thomas E. Riekel, James S. Riekel, Barbara Riekel Merville.

Splash Festivals & the City of Acworth hosted the 2nd annual Acworth Art Fest Historical downtown Acworth was the backdrop for 120 whimsical and talented artisans from around the country. Main Street was lined with paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard art and much more! It was a spectacular event — if you missed it this year be sure to attend next year!


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good education is the foundation of any future success. But sometimes it’s hard to ensure your child is reaching his/her full potential. The public school system struggles each year with budget cuts resulting in limitations. Classroom sizes are becoming increasingly larger, making one-on-one attention more difficult. Children who struggle and children who are above the standard can get lost in the shuffle. Many parents are turning to the private school option and for many that option is Omega Private Academy.

The Omega Difference Small class size — Students at Omega can say goodbye to classroom size of 25 plus students. At Omega, the student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1, providing an accredited education (AdvancED / SACS) to students Kindergarten through 12th grade. Students receive individualized instruction in a caring, Christian learning environment. The small group setting is perfect for the struggling student who needs more attention; it’s also ideal for the student who is not challenged at school. At Omega, students learn at their own pace in the small classroom, accentuating the individual qualities of each child. Omega provides a nurturing environment, ideal for accelerated growth. “We put our son in Omega Private Academy for one year to get caught up and be on grade level with all academics. He loved the school and teachers so much, he wants to stay at Omega for the next year. He has done so well and with the small classes and open communication with all of the faculty staff we were excited for him to stay on. We have had a great experience with Omega.” — Omega Parent Individualized Instruction — Omega customizes each student’s instructional plan based on that student’s learning style. “We understand that not everyone learns in the same way,” said Director Kathy Keeton. “Our teachers are able to pinpoint each student’s learning style and use multi-sensory instruction teaching resources to achieve both short and long term academic goals.” Omega accepts the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship 20

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for students with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) in the public school. “Our son attended the public school and struggled every year with his studies. He even got to the point he didn’t want to go to school. We found out about the student/ teacher ratio at Omega and that he was eligible for a scholarship through the IEP program that he was in at the public school. This year has been the first year that we have seen an improvement in our son’s studies and grades. Thank you!” — Omega Parent The Teachers — Because of its family and home atmosphere, Omega is extremely selective when accepting new students. The instructors also are carefully chosen. “Omega teachers relate well to the students and provide a lot of positive reinforcement,” said Kathy. Parents can expect daily communication from their child’s teacher to PAID ADVERTISEMENT


keep parents apprised of progress and alleviate any academic “surprises.” Convenient School Hours — Classes are held Monday – Thursday, with the option to stay after for electives from (School times may vary per center.) Friday is their “Independent Study” day at home. Student athletes particularly benefit from the flexible scheduling offered at Omega. Community Service — Omega’s student government is very involved in the local community. Each month, the student body participates in a community service project. Whether it be beautifying our “adopted mile,” or making sandwiches to donate to MUST Ministries, our students really learn the importance of giving back to their community. In fact, Omega has been honored by the GA Better Business Bureau and recently won “Cobb County Top 25 Small Business of the Year” award! Multi-Sensory Instruction — Because no child learns the same, Omega Private Academy teachers use multi-sensory instruction to help students who have difficulty acquiring basic written language skills through traditional methods. Omega teachers are trained to be familiar with learning disabilities that interfere with the reading, writing and math process such as visual and auditory processing disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia and more. We also include Greek and Latin Root Word Enrichment for the advanced learner! Take the first step in helping your child achieve the foundation for future success by calling an education expert at Omega Private Academy today.

Standardized achievement tests are administered and Academic progress is reviewed throughout the school year. Omega students’ average academic growth is 2 years and 9 months in a 10 month school year!

Take the first step in helping your child achieve the foundation for future success by calling an education expert at Omega Private Academy today.

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Duncan McFarland

Age 16 on May 9 Happy Sixteen DB! You’re a one of a kind kid! Luv u very much! Mom, Dad & Logan

Skylar Vasel

Age 9 on April 27 Happy Birthday! We love you so much! Mommy, Daddy, Avery & Finley

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Age 3 on May 20 Happy 3rd Birthday, Baby girl! We love you! Mommy & Daddy

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Age 7 on May 17 Happy Birthday! We are so proud of you. Love, Mommy, Daddy, Skylar & Finley

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Age 4 on May 19 Happy, Happy Birthday Monster! Mommy loves you!

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Born April 9, 2013 at 8:02 a.m. 7 lbs., 2oz. 19 inches Proud Parents are Jay & Jennifer White Brother of Sterling & Dante Grandparents are Danny & Vicki White and Caroline Bell

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Celebrating 4 years of marriage on May 16

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Vacation Bible School

First Baptist Church Acworth presents World Tour

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

Northwest Christian Church presents HayDay: A Preschool VBS

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

Kennesaw United Methodist Church presents Everywhere Fun Fair!

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

Piney Grove Baptist Church presents Sunlight Express!

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

Hillcrest Baptist Church presents Colossal Coaster!

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

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church presents Kingdom Rock

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

NorthStar Church presents Power Play

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

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Summer Camps

Summer is almost here! Have you thought about your plans for your children this summer? Take a look at the Summer Camps listed here and learn about the day camps that are sure to bring fun and excitement to your children’s summer.

Half Day and Full Day Camps for ages 6 & up Lego ÂŽ Robotics Video Game Creation App Game Development Computer Animation & Web Design Stop Motion Movie Making


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Down Payments and Mortgage Insurance Mortgage insurance, better known to most as Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) during the Subprime and Alt-A Non Agency lending era, developed a negative connotation. PMI was created to allow homebuyers to buy a home without investing 20% as a down payment as well as reducing a lender’s exposure. For example, suppose you have 30% PMI coverage on your mortgage and you put 5% down at purchase; the total exposure of that loan is 65% to the lender and 30% to the PMI company. The PMI remains in effect until you reach 20% equity in your home, at which point you would need to contact the servicer of your loan and request an appraisal. If you have an FHA loan, the Mortgage Insurance (MI) will fall off automatically without an appraisal at 78% of the original appraisal at the time of purchase/refinance. Keep in mind on June 1, 2013, any FHA case number issued after this date will no longer drop mortgage insurance — you will need to refinance out of the loan. The most common mortgage insurance is when the homebuyer/ homeowner pays monthly premium payments. Although there are exceptions to this rule, lenders fail in educating their borrowers. There are other options available to avoid paying monthly mortgage insurance and avoiding investing 20% down. Now, I always advise clients that if you can afford to invest 20% or more to purchase a home, go for it! Let’s begin with the discussion of down payments as there tends to be a lot of confusion with people believing you need 20% down to purchase a home. There are a variety of minimum down payment options available to home buyers depending on the type of loan. The most common types of loans are; Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA and Jumbo. Each of these loans varies in minimum down payment requirements. Conventional requires 5% down, FHA requires 3.5% down, and with the exception of VA loans that allow veterans to 100% finance a loan


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and there is no monthly mortgage insurance on a VA loan, no matter the loan to value. USDA (there are household income and county restrictions) allows zero down as well. Jumbo loans (for loan amounts in excess of $417,000) require a minimum 20% investment. All this info is great and maybe a bit of an Jay White overload, however, I know you are saying Jay get to the point — how can I put down less than 20% and avoid monthly PMI! There are two different ways to do this — Single Paid Premium (paid by the lender) or paid by the homebuyer/home owner. Single Paid Premium, is the ability to pre-pay the mortgage insurance upfront at a discounted rate which typically is less expensive than monthly paid. Lender Paid, refers to the lender rolling this cost into the loan for refinances or on purchase loans. This money can be built into the interest rate. Borrower paid is when the homebuyer pays the amount, upfront, and there will be no charge on the monthly PMI. Mortgage insurance premiums fluctuate depending on credit score, loan to value, and property location. So, PMI is not as bad as some have made it out to be as it allows you to make lower down payments, if needed, and allows families to purchase a home without exhausting all their assets. 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 two children Dante, Sterling and Enzo. You can reach Jay at (770) 870-0644 or by email at

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Make Sure Your Home Is Fully Protected How much would it take to rebuild your home? It’s a question every homeowner should ask – and answer – to make sure they have adequate homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance policies vary. Some policies provide coverage for damages up to the maximum amount designated in the policy, no more than that. Others provide additional coverage, although it’s often capped at a certain percentage of the policy limit, such as 120 percent. That’s why insuring your home to its current value is so important. If your home is seriously damaged or destroyed, the last thing you need to worry about is whether you can afford to repair or rebuild it. One national firm estimates that nearly seven out of 10 American homes are underinsured by an average of 35 percent. There are a number of reasons for this, including unreported home improvements, rising construction costs and the growing trend of in-home businesses. The amount of coverage you select should be based on what it will take to rebuild the home on the same site – not the market value of your home.


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Many times, rebuilding a home that’s been destroyed can actually cost more than building a new home in an undeveloped subdivision. Removal of debris from the old home, site preparation and limited access to the property due to large trees are just three factors that can lead to higher costs.

Marvon Williams

I recommend homeowners meet with their insurance agent and review their coverage amounts at least once a year. Even if you haven’t added a room or refinished your basement, rebuilding costs (labor and materials) typically increase at a rate higher than inflation, so an adjustment in coverage may be in order. Marvon and his wife Jada have 2 daughters and live in Acworth. He is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada and has been a business owner for over 19 years. Marvon was the 2012 president of the Acworth Business Association. His office has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates in 2012 as a Distinguished Insurance Agency. Marvon is available to protect your dream and can be reached at (770) 627-3493 or by email at

Acworth Egg Hunt

On Friday, March 29, the Acworth Egg Hunt was a huge success. Children watched as the Easter Bunny made a special entrance by “dropping� out of the sky and landing his parachute onto the field. Participants searched the fields to find the 50,000 eggs that were filled with candy. The Easter Bunny also made an appearance at the Horizon Field where a Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt took place.



May Events

Monthly Luncheon

Thursday, May 2 @ 11:30 a.m.

Held at NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road

Alive After Five

Thursday, May 9 @ 5:30 p.m.

Belong Here and Do More in 2013

April Luncheon

The ABA recognized Barber Middle School as the School of the Month and presented them with a check for $300. L-R: Nathan Jones, Assistant Principal - Jeannie Collins, Mikaella Brandalise, Teacher of the Year - Karen Kline, Conner Casterline and Media Para-pro - David Jones.

Center Street Tavern 4381 Senator Russell Avenue (770) 917-0004

Morning Jolt

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

Pictured L-R: Hannah Pintozzi of the Acworth Pregnancy Resource Center sponsored the luncheon; Mayor Tommy Allegood; ABA President, Sheri Brante and Mike Schroeder, owner of Carrabra’s Italian Grill catered the luncheon.

Alive After Five held at Fusco’s Via Roma

Pictured L-R: KSU Head Football Coach, Brian Bohan; KSU Athletic Director, Vaughn Williams was the Guest Speaker of the luncheon; ABA President, Sheri Brante, KSU Assistant Athletic Director, George Olney and NorthStar Church Pastor, Mike Linch.

Fusco’s staff: Emily, Chelsea, Katie, Hope, Chris, Kristin & David

Laura Ann & Eric Hart

Morten Brante, Jay White, Captain Tony Bailey & Alexandra Elizabeth

JoAnn and Jim Tuttle, Bob Weatherford, Paula McCullers, Nate Helwagen, Jordan McCullers & Vince DiCecco

Rebecca & Todd Sikes


Michael Dergosits, Richard Rosenberger, Jay Thomas, Dave Tallman & Mark Windham

Kevin Marcy, Matthew Riedemann, Ken & Donna Rae Adams

Captain Tony Bailey, Chief Wayne Dennard & Captain Mark Cheatham

Hilliard Crump, Scott Miller, Linda Stringer, Melody Kimble & Dr. Brian Callahan

Don Kyle, Andrew Windham, Marvon & Jade Williams

Sheri Brante, ABA President; Mike & Diane Fusco, owners of Fusco’s via Roma & Jay White Alive After Five Chairman

ABA Golf Tournament The 5th annual Acworth Business Association Golf Tournament was held March 25, at Brookstone Golf Course. Despite a rather chilly day on the greens, participants still enjoyed playing a round of golf, along with breakfast, lunch, range balls, raffle tickets, goodie bags and lots of fun, all for a good cause.

All proceeds benefitted the Horizon Field and the ABA Gifts of Love Program, helping to offset the operational costs of the leagues, so services can continue to be provided for free or the lowest cost possible.

Carol Thompson, Paul Letalien, Tina Myers, Dr. Bruce Hester, Melissa Kromer & Keith McCowen

Chuck Van Horn, Kelly Miears & Katherine Dodds

A River of Saliva (i.e. Spit Happens)

There is no doubt that working inside people’s mouths every day is not a profession many people would consider. Why would anyone want to be dentist? There is nothing attractive about decayed teeth, gum disease, unruly tongues, gag reflexes, patients with dental anxiety and most importantly, let’s not disregard the endless river of saliva. That’s right. You work diligently to remove decay from a tooth; place a band around it to contain the white filling. You place cotton rolls everywhere possible to isolate the tooth. You place adhesives on the tooth to chemically retain the filling and as you reach for the filling material, here comes that river of saliva heading for the tooth. “Suction” requests the dentist to the dental assistant and the war on saliva begins again. It’s a never-ending battle that plagues dental professionals every day. The most challenging patients are teenagers and pregnant females, who seem to sometimes produce gallons per minute. Thinking about saliva and the dentist echoes the memories of Bill Cosby’s skit about going to the dentist and his famous line, “Hey… I have saliba hangin’ from my bottom lipa.” After explaining how he wiggled his head, he tried to blow the saliva off his lower lip and he leaned back to snap the saliva in half — unsuccessfully leaving a long line of saliva stretching from his lower lip to the old spittoons of yesteryear. Bill Cosby’s fans were laughing hysterically. Even Bill Cosby understood the challenge of saliva in dentistry. Why do people produce saliva in their mouths anyway? As it turns out, saliva has numerous functions and proves to be extremely beneficial to our body. Functions of saliva: 1. Digestion. An enzyme in saliva, called “amylase” breaks down starch in our foods into simpler sugars that can be absorbed easier in the small intestine. Another enzyme in saliva, called “lipase,” is the first form of fat digestion. So, saliva is the first stage of digestion in the body. 2. Protecting Teeth. Saliva has a protective function, helping to prevent bacterial build-up of plague on the teeth through pH neutralization and washing away food particles — both of which reduce tooth decay. 3. Disinfectants. Saliva contains antibacterial agents. 4. Disease Prevention. Iodide is found in saliva, possibly providing antioxidant and anti-tumor activity, as well as, prevention of oral and salivary gland diseases. 5. Facilitates Eating. The lubricating function of saliva allows food to pass more easily from the mouth into the esophagus. Saliva, although an ominous foe of dental procedures, has earned its respect in the dental profession. Dentists, 36

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hygienists and dental assistants alike, have all learned to cope with saliva. Our weapon of choice is the saliva ejector to suck up unwanted saliva, which challenges the dry environment we strive to maintain. Another tool for safeguarding against saliva is the rubber dam; a sheet of latex strategically placed Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at around a tooth acting as a Fountian View Family Dentistry. barrier. He is a resident of Acworth and has practiced in Southwest Cherokee Saliva production is one County for over 21 years. He is a of those daily occurrences Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental research we are accustomed to companies. and provides us normal Office: (770) 926-0000 chewing and swallowing. Website: The average person swallows 600 times per day. Imagine if you did not produce saliva, which is the case for many people who suffer from this condition known as “dry mouth.” Dry mouth can occur from smoking products, medications, infections, diseases, trauma and surgery. More than 1,000 medications cause dry mouth, including antihistamines, pain relievers, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and those that treat chemotherapy, hypertension, obesity, acne, mental disorders, asthma and epilepsy. Dry mouth can also be attributed to certain diseases, infections or medical conditions including Parkinson’s disease, HIV/ AIDS, diabetes, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, mumps or stroke. This article was inspired by Ann, one of my original patients from more than 20 years ago, who moved away to Maine for many years and recently returned to my office for dental care. She has dry mouth due to a condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome, an immune disease, which attacks the exocrine glands that produce saliva. Her dry mouth resulted in advanced tooth decay over the years and required numerous tooth extractions and many implants to replace her missing teeth. Dentures are not a good treatment solution for Ann because her skin was very sensitive to dentures without lubrication normally produced by saliva. Dry mouth is a serious dilemma in dentistry and requires careful consideration and planning by the dentist to offer rinses to replace saliva and coordinate treatment and homecare to maximize a patient’s oral health. Otherwise, for the majority of our patients, we tolerate that river of saliva because in reality it isn’t such a bad thing after all. Paid Advertisement

Acworth Police Department On May 16, at 7 p.m., police officers and families from all over Cobb County will gather on the Square in Marietta to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice here in Cobb. If you have never witnessed the tribute, I encourage you to invest a couple of hours to partake. The annual event should stand as a reminder that the men and women who serve our community as peace officers are real warriors and will lay down their lives for you and me. These same multi-taskers are the ones who have lunch at the local school with students, search bags and purses before entering the courtroom or special events, feed and diaper a neglected baby, direct traffic in the rain, write those annoying traffic citations, and who run toward the sound of gunshots and explosions.

Chief Wayne Dennard

Think of the role of those officers at the Boston Marathon just moments before the bombs detonated. They were at their posts, though visible, certainly not in the forefront in anyone’s mind as more than filling the miniscule role of crowd control. Definitely no one could have imagined the magnitude of the mission which lied before them. When the explosions occurred, no one gave them the order to react, though organization soon ensued from their command. The inconspicuous officers who were interacting with the event goers as ambassadors for the city became rescue workers, crime scene investigators, detectives, and warriors, all on instinct. In the days that followed, the multi faceted roles of these men and women continued and when the standoff of the second bombing suspect came to an end, we watched “live” as the streets were lined with local residents cheering for their officers as they left the scene victorious. Long time columnist and commentator Paul Harvey penned a tribute to police officers in 1965. While some of the terminology describing our profession has changed in the last nearly 50 years, it is amazing that even after all this time his message still resonates as spot on. With the events from last month in the Boston area that ranged from tragic to heroic, I think this is a fitting time to present to our community this tribute from Mr. Harvey to all officers around the country. Don’t credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents — at least 420,000 of them: Policemen. A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity. Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are “new.” What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace. Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That’s a better average than you’d find among clergy! What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “fuzz” to his back He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won. But...If the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s flirting; if not, he’s a grouch. He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make. But...If he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued. The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal.” If you hit him, he’s a coward. If he hits you, he’s a bully. A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake. A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But...If he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember. The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman. And, of course, he’d have to be genius....For he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary. — Paul Harvey 38

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Freon is Not Free Anymore In 1986, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated that refrigerant R-22, commonly called Freon, be slowly phased out of air conditioners in the United States due to the harm it may inflict to the ozone layer. The original plan put forth by the EPA called for a slow gradual phase out of Freon starting in the late 90s with a halt in production of new air conditioners Dan Jape using the old refrigerant in 2010 and a production cap on the amount of Freon allowed to be sold. The complete end of production of all Freon was slated for 2020, and by 2015, production was supposed to be only a fraction of what actually will be needed to service all the older air conditioners in use. The main idea the EPA stressed was recycling of the old Freon removed in air conditioners could supply the demand as new Freon production was phased out. The plan did not work very well. Instead of buying the new “green” environmentally friendly air conditioners from the start of their production in 1999, consumers kept buying the old Freon machines all the way until the last day of 2010, and we got calls until 2012 from builders desperately seeking old inventory of units running on Freon. Many people who bought replacement air conditioners in their existing homes or bought a

new home did not investigate the issue thoroughly and now are faced with a real problem as Freon is becoming very rare and expensive. Recycling did not work well as only approximately 20% of all Freon produced makes its way back into the supply chain to be cleaned and reused. A massive amount of this gas is simply dissipated into the ozone layer from leaky air conditioners people refuse to replace. There is even one company in Atlanta that offers “free Freon” in hopes that when prospective customers finally decide to buy a new air conditioner, they buy from them. But the long term effect of this promotion is chilling as Freon R-22 is very harmful to the ozone and there is not enough being produced to supply the legitimate needs of users without simply pumping this harmful gas into an old unit only to have it leak out in a few weeks or months. And Freon is anything but “free.” The EPA was slated to ease up on the production cap this year to give people more time to replace old units, but did not take any action to change the policy which resulted in an immediate jump in the price of Freon and an immediate shortage of the gas to service existing systems. Many of the companies we buy Freon from report to us they will not be able to supply the demand this summer season and the price is going to be so high, many people will simply not be able to afford it to service old leaky units. continued on page 48


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Chiropractic in Sport In modern sport, increasing levels of intensity have brought extra physical demands from athletes. This has also unfortunately led to an increase in injuries. Fast moving, high contact and tactical positioning based competition has led to an increased pressure on backs and musculo-skeletal systems. Injuries can come in a variety of types. Some can be played through, others Dr. Sherri Ziomek lead to time on the sidelines and even worse still, there are occasions when injuries fail to respond to traditional treatment. However, in recent years we have seen the emergence of chiropractic treatment geared towards the needs of an athlete. Chiropractic addresses the function of central nervous system which is the “master system” of the body controlling and regulating function of all other subsystems including the musculoskeletal system. Properly aligned skeletal system would improve performance, reduce the risk of injury and improve healing of existing injuries. Chiropractors specialize in the nondrug treatment of musculoskeletal problems, including joint sprains and disc injuries. Chiropractic has always stressed the importance of maintaining

proper function in all areas of the body which in turn promotes fast and natural healing from injuries, thus making the treatment nearly ideal for athletic training. Based on the founding principal of the human body as a fully integrated being, chiropractic treatment places its focus on spinal, muscular, tendon, ligament, nerve and joint related care. Professionals from a variety of sports both international and domestic now deploy chiropractic therapy and a primary source of treatment with some of the attending specialists at the Olympic Games being chiropractors. Usually chiropractor’s initial examination would include standard orthopedic and neurological tests to diagnose whether a particular pain is due to a strain, sprain, or disc problem. X-ray examination is also performed to screen for fractures and other bone disorders, such as osteoporosis. Chiropractic management of sports injuries often includes joint manipulation or “adjustments” and some widely used physical therapies such as ice, Cold laser therapy to reduce swelling and inflammation, or electronic muscle stimulation for muscle strains and spasms. Chiropractic management of sport injuries has an emphasis on adjustment and improving function of spinal and other joints through manipulation as well as restoring overall continued on page 48



The Right Beneficiary Who should inherit your IRA or 401(k)? See that they do.

Don Akridge, MBA,

Here’s a simple financial question: who is the beneficiary of your IRA? How about your 401(k), life insurance policy, or annuity? You may be able to answer such a question quickly and easily. Or you may be saying, “You know … I’m not totally sure.” Whatever your answer, it is smart to periodically review your beneficiary designations.

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Your choices may need to change with the times. When did you open your first IRA? When did you buy your life insurance policy? Was it back in the Eighties? Are you still living in the same home and working at the same job as you did back then? Have your priorities changed a bit – perhaps more than a bit? While your beneficiary choices may seem obvious and rock-solid when you initially make them, time has a way of altering things. In a stretch of five or ten years, some major changes can occur in your life – and they may warrant changes in your beneficiary decisions.

In fact, you might want to review them annually. Here’s why: companies frequently change custodians when it comes to retirement plans and insurance policies. When a new custodian comes on board, a beneficiary designation can get lost in the paper shuffle. (It has happened.) If you don’t have a designated beneficiary on your 401(k), the assets may go to the “default” beneficiary when you pass away, which might throw a wrench into your estate planning. How your choices affect your loved ones. The beneficiary of your IRA, annuity, 401(k) or life insurance policy may be your spouse, your child, maybe another loved one or maybe even an institution. Naming a beneficiary helps to keep these assets out of probate when you pass away. Beneficiary designations commonly take priority over bequests made in a will or living trust. For example, if you long ago named a son or daughter who is now estranged from you as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, he or she is in line to receive the death benefit when you die, regardless of what your will states. Beneficiary designations allow life insurance proceeds to transfer automatically to heirs; these assets do not have go through probate. continued on page 48

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Overcoming Objections In my last article, I discussed the importance of an effective sales script. One of the points I raised was to “address and overcome common objections prior to being raised.”

Don Kyle

If you prepare your presentation strategically, responses to the most common objections can be incorporated, thereby overcoming them before they are even raised by your prospect.

Some of the more common objections I have seen include: • • • •

Price, Competitor products or services, No need for the products or services, and No room left in the budget.

There are effective ways to respond to these after they are raised by your prospects; however, if your pre-responses are effectively included as part of your presentation, there only would be a need for clarification and follow-up. For example, price can be addressed by including of “returns on investment” (ROI) others have achieved using your product or service. By demonstrating how they achieved ROIs that far exceeded their outlay and generated new customers and revenues, the price objection can be overcome. When it comes to competitors, never speak badly of them. Instead, you should point out some of your competitors, stating they are very good as well, and highlight the key advantages of your products and services. Often, a prospect may bring up the topic of not needing your product or service as a stall tactic. If you do your homework and know that you probably can help the prospect, you can point out in your presentation how your products or services can provide a competitive advantage in the market place and help grow the prospect’s business. Finally, I have heard many prospects state that there was no room left in their budgets. I have found that the best way to approach this objection is to reinforce your discussion on the ROI and competitive advantages that can be achieved through the use of your products or services. If you are still unable to overcome this objection, you always can reschedule for a later date when the prospect is ready to prepare their next budget.

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I grew up in an era where TV dinners, frozen pot pies, and boxed macaroni and cheese were all the rage. Yes, it was (and still is) important to know how to cook things from scratch, but there is no shame in using ingredients that make your life easier. Take canned biscuits for instance. Sure, they can produce tasty biscuits in a mere 15 minutes, but they can also be used to make a variety of dinner or snack options which will impress even the

pickiest eaters. Cheeseburger balls can be made by flattening out a canned biscuit, then laying a piece of American cheese in the middle. Top with a spoonful of ground beef browned with chopped onions (if desired) and your favorite seasonings. Gather the edges of the biscuit up and squeeze to secure, then place the ball, seamside down, on a greased baking sheet. Repeat until you are out of biscuits. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then sprinkle some sesame seeds, dry mustard, or parmesan cheese on the tops. Bake at 425° until golden (about 20 minutes) and serve with your favorite cheeseburger condiments. You can make Taco Balls by adding dry taco seasoning to your beef (or chicken) as it’s browning, then put onto the flattened biscuits with some shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese. After closing the biscuit edges to form a ball and placing on your baking sheet, brush with egg then sprinkle garlic powder or even more taco seasoning on top and bake. Make a dip to go with it by combining sour cream (or Greek yogurt) mixed with salsa or taco sauce. Another idea is to place small chunks of fresh mozzarella on the flattened dough, top with a basil leaf, and a slice of salami. Form the balls, then top with egg, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Be sure to make up a G-rated name for your creation when you serve it up with some pasta sauce for dipping.

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You could also make Breakfast Balls by filling your dough with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage or cheese. Or try cooked veggies, scrambled eggs and Feta cheese for Frittata Balls. The possibilities are endless. Who knows, maybe your concoction will win the next Pillsbury Bakeoff. But if that’s the case, be sure to tell them who sent you! Happy cooking everyone!

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

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Prime Time for Eye Allergies More than 22 million Americans suffer from allergies, and most of those also have ocular (eye) allergies. In the spring and fall of each year, we see many patients with red and itchy eyes. Chronic eye itching is the most common symptom associated with ocular allergies. Other symptoms of ocular allergies include eye redness, eye watering and the sensation that there is Dr. Dylan Reach a foreign body in the eye. People with ocular allergies may also have general allergies, and, besides itchy eyes, often have symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing and sinus congestion. The cause of ocular allergies is usually difficult to pinpoint. Many allergens, including pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander, are in the air, where they come in contact with your eyes and nose. If the agent triggering the allergic reaction can be identified, removing it will usually relieve the symptoms. Keeping your home free of pet dander and dust, and staying inside with the air conditioner on, when there’s a lot of pollen in the air, will usually help. If you’re not sure what’s causing your allergy, or you’re not having any luck avoiding it, your next step will be medications to alleviate the symptoms.

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Over-the-counter and prescription medications each have their advantages; for example, over-the-counter products are often less expensive, while prescription ones are often stronger and more effective. Eye drops are available as simple eye washes, or they may have one or more active ingredients such as antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers. Antihistamines relieve many symptoms caused by airborne allergens, such as itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Decongestants clear up redness and nasal congestion. Some products have ingredients that act as mast cell stabilizers, which alleviate redness and swelling. Mast cell stabilizers are similar to antihistamines, but while antihistamines are known for their immediate relief, mast cell stabilizers are known for their long-lasting relief. Antihistamines, decongestants and mast cell stabilizers are available in pill form, but pills don’t work as quickly to bring eye relief. If you wear contact lenses, keep in mind that certain drops can discolor or damage certain lenses. Before using any new eye drops, ask your eye doctor if it will affect your contacts. The newer prescription allergy eye drops contain all of the above mentioned ingredients and are more convenient to use with contact lenses. Dr. Dylan Reach is in practice at Acworth Family Eyecare. For more information, contact them at (770) 974-3153 or

Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal? What is the first thing you see when you drive up to your house every day? The exterior, right? Like the majority of homes in our area, they are covered with some sort of siding. Here is a question: Is your siding faded, has peeling paint, covered in mildew or all of the above? It may Jeff Glover be time to do something about it. A home that looks freshly painted and well kept on the outside will make your home more appealing, especially if you plan on selling. Fortunately, over the years, many types of siding have disappeared. Concrete siding, for our area at least, will last and hold paint, and in my opinion, it’s better than any of the older wood based types. Ask any Real Estate agent — if you are selling your home and it’s not appealing on the outside, no matter what you have done on the inside, no one will darken your door. Siding is the first line of defense your home has against the elements of sun, wind, rain and snow, but, it also keeps out unwanted insects such as termites and vermin. Siding also insulates your home by protecting the wall insulation within

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the exterior walls of your home. Keeping the joints and seams caulked also provides an air-tight seal. This allows you to maintain a constant temperature throughout your home and decreases the chance of moisture. This moisture not only damages the insulation but will allow mold and mildew to form and decreases the overall air quality of the home. Lastly, siding will make your home environmentally friendly and a healthier place for your family to live. Being environmentally friendly and non-toxic can be good selling points too. If you are in a home which dates pre-1978, there is a chance that the siding could have been painted with lead based paint. But, if it’s wrapped in vinyl and your home ever caught on fire, then the siding becomes toxic as it burns. Making a change which can eliminate a negative is never a bad choice. As you look down the road, whether you stay in your home or sell it, keeping the residents safe is not just good for them, but it’s good for the environment as well. Jeff Glover is a State of Georgia, licensed and insured General Contractor. He is a lifelong resident of Cobb County who grew up in Marietta and has lived the last 15 years in the Acworth community. He has been in the Construction Industry for 17 years and lives in Acworth with his wife Melissa and two children Brendan and Abigail. You can contact him or comment on his articles through his website at

When All Hell Breaks Loose Tragedy strikes. We see it on the news. We read about it online. We experience it in our everyday lives. As much as I wish it were not true, tragedy is unavoidable and universal. We all know what it is like to struggle to find the words to say when the unthinkable happens. I’ve heard well-meaning individuals say all kind J. R. Lee of non-helpful things at funerals and beside hospital beds. Truth be known, I am sure that I have been guilty at times of saying the same misguided things. Sometimes it’s not what you say as much as when you say it. For example, while looking into the eyes of a parent who has just lost their child is not the appropriate time to say, “everything happens for a reason,” or “all things work together for good.” Awkward advice given by well-intentioned friends is nothing new. We are currently concluding a series at Freedom Church entitled, “When All Hell Breaks Loose.” The series is based on the events surrounding the life of a man named Job (pronounced Jobe) in the Bible who knew tragedy all too well. In one afternoon Job received word of the death of his ten children and the loss of all his wealth. While grieving he


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contracted a skin disease that left him covered from head to foot with infection. This wasn’t a 24-hour virus. This was suffering that had gone on for months. Job has three friends that come to his side. For seven days they sit in silence in an effort to comfort their friend. After the week was over they overstep their level of expertise and start trying to figure out why this had happened. Friend #1 – “Whatever you did to deserve this - it must have been bad.” Friend #2 – “Maybe it was something your kids did to cause this tragedy.” Friend #3 – “Maybe you aren’t as good of a man as you claim to be.” The problem with their line of thinking was that suffering and success aren’t always distributed based on the evil or good that a person does. They had a desire to help their friend but their advice was not helpful. Here are a few things I learned from the story of Job when it comes to walking someone through personal tragedy. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me. 1. Be Present but be Silent. There is no need for you to try and come up with an explanation. continued on page 48

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C. A. Phillips


Seems that the world is just full of believers – people who say they believe in God (whatever you may call Him.) Many of these say they believe that Jesus Christ came to earth, died, and was resurrected. I have read a couple different statistics on this, but the most recent Pew Research study indicates that 84 percent of the world’s population “has faith.” Approximately 32 percent of the world’s population considers themselves Christians.

But, what does this really tell us? If 2.2 billion people believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and that only 16 percent of the people in the entire world don’t have faith of any kind, what can we glean? If you ask me, it’s simple. It’s not good news. What it means is that people’s beliefs and actions are not in alignment. Somewhere along the way, we decided that our actions just weren’t as important as the belief we professed. Sure, scripture is clear that we must first BELIEVE. And, it’s also clear that works cannot save us. But, the Bible also paints the picture that our actions follow closely with our belief. Salvation requires repentance, which is turning your back on your old life and

E vidence ? beginning to walk in the opposite direction. This means change. This means sacrifice. This means discomfort at times. The problem for most Christians is not that they don’t want to change, or that they don’t want to do the right thing. It’s that wanting to do it, and actually doing it are completely different. Let’s say you love your spouse with all your heart. Day after day you thank God for him or her. They are on your mind constantly. But, you always work late. You rarely speak an encouraging word. You never tell them how much he or she means. You never plan a date night. You rarely smile at home. But, wait…you love your spouse. You adore them. But, your actions don’t line up with your feelings. In James, we read that faith without good works is a dead faith. Not “no faith,” but a dead one. Lifeless. Pointless. Dormant. So, if your faith is pushing up daisies, who even knows that you have faith? What evidence is there to support that you believe? I read a quote in a magazine article a couple years ago that has stuck with me. To paraphrase, the author said that the biggest gap that exists in the life of a Christian is not the gap between what we know and what we need to know. The biggest gap is between what we know and how we live. Ouch. You may not know the entire Bible from cover to cover. You continued on page 48


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The Right Beneficiary

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You may have even chosen the “smartest financial mind” in your family as your beneficiary, thinking that he or she has the knowledge to carry out your financial wishes in the event of your death. But what if this person passes away before you do? What if you change your mind about the way you want your assets distributed, and are unable to communicate your intentions in time? And what if he or she inherits tax problems as a result of receiving your assets? (See below.)

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How your choices affect your estate. Virtually any inheritance carries a tax consequence. (Of course, through careful estate planning, you can try to defer or even eliminate that consequence.) If you are simply naming your spouse as your beneficiary, the tax consequences are less thorny. Assets you inherit from your spouse aren’t subject to estate tax, as long as you are a U.S. citizen. When the beneficiary isn’t your spouse, things get a little more complicated for your estate, and for your beneficiary’s estate. If you name, for example, your son or your sister as the beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, the amount of those assets will be included in the value of your taxable estate. (This might mean a higher estate tax bill for your heirs.) And the problem will persist: when your non-spouse beneficiary inherits those retirement plan assets, those assets become part of his or her taxable estate, and his or her heirs might face higher estate taxes. Your non-spouse heir might also have to take required income distributions from that retirement plan someday, and pay the required taxes on that income. If you designate a charity or other 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as a beneficiary, the assets involved can pass to the charity without being taxed, and your estate can qualify for a charitable deduction. Are your beneficiary designations up to date? Don’t assume. Don’t guess. Make sure your assets are set to transfer to the people or institutions you prefer. Let’s check up and make sure your beneficiary choices make sense for the future. Just give me a call or send me an email – I’m happy to help you. Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone (770) 952-6707. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors.

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If you have just added Freon to a leaky air conditioner in the past hoping to delay the inevitable, this may be the season that you have to step up and replace your unit with a new environmentally friendly unit, which in the long run will pay for itself by cutting your utility bill by up to 60%. Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating & Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096

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structural balance of the body. Chiropractors assess the effect of the muscle injury on the rest of the body as it would cause tightening of other muscle and joints in order to maintain general balance. Chiropractic adjustments help to restore the natural balance that was present before the injury. Dr. Sherri Ziomek graduated as Valedictorian from Life University. She has been involved with chiropractics since the age of ten. Even then, she realized the importance of regular chiropractic care; to feel and perform at her personal best. You may reach her at Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at (770) 423-9010.

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2. Let it flow & let it go. Listen to their words but don’t critique everything that is said. 3. Don’t attribute suffering to a defect in the sufferer. 4. Don’t overpromise & under deliver. You may never know why. Don’t pretend that you do. J.R. Lee is the Pastor of Freedom Church, located at Barber Middle School, 4222 Cantrell Road in Acworth. You may reach J.R. by calling the church at (770) 529-6006 or visit the church website at Also, check out his blog at

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may only know a couple of the Commandments – that you’re supposed to love your neighbor, not murder, not steal, not covet. So, what are you doing with what you know? How are you living? What choices are you making to demonstrate your beliefs? I’ve just finished reading an amazing book entitled Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. The book is incredibly well-written, and equally convicting. Idleman claims that most Christians are “fans” of Jesus. We like to associate ourselves with Christ. We even

agree with everything Jesus says. But, we just don’t want to actually follow him. We don’t want to give up control. We don’t want to go “all in.” We think if we go “all in” we’ll have to give up some things. Maybe so. We think if we go “all in” we’ll have to act differently. Hopefully so. We think that going “all in” will change our identity. Definitely so! After all, isn’t that why you accepted Christ in the first place? John 14:15 simply says this: If you love me, obey my commands. (NLT) Your spouse wants you to cherish them. Your kids want you to spend time with them. Your friends want you to be trustworthy. Your co-workers want you to be dependable. But, God wants you to obey. Why? Because He loves you. He knows what is best for you. And, He knows you love Him when you do what He asks. And, everybody else will too! C.A. Phillips serves on staff at NorthStar Church in the Acworth/ Kennesaw area, and has lived in Kennesaw for more than 30 years. You may email him at, and may follow him on Twitter @caphillips3.

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

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Awtrey-Westwood Baptist Church 5855 Awtrey Church Road NW, (770) 974-0023 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Loy Frix Calvary Baptist Church of Acworth 4361 Westside Drive, (770) 974-4965 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. Cedarcrest Church Meets at Allatoona High School, (678) 460-3500 Sunday Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Adult & Children’s: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Student Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: George Wright Christ’s Baptist Church 5496 Highway 92, (678) 744-8222 Meets at Furtah Prep School Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Aaron Johnson First Baptist Church of Acworth 4583 Church Street, (770) 974-3021 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. David M Joyner Harvest Baptist Church 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-9091 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Dan Reed 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

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 Meets at Lewis Elementary (770) 443-5600 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor: Sammy Burgess Mount Olivet Baptist Church 2385 Acworth Due West Road, (770) 974-8335 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 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 Northwest Baptist Church 3575 Acworth Due West Road, (678) 608-1400 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Doug Burrier Piney Grove Baptist Church 1605 Mars Hill Road, (770) 428-5122 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 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: 10:15 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

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

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

Iron Hill Baptist Church 5172 Groovers Landing Road, (770) 974-2951 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. (Child.) 10 a.m. (Adult) Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Dan Guider

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

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

EPISCOPAL Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road, (770) 422-9114 Sunday Services: 8, 9 & 11 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 & 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 USA 3385 Mars Hill Road NW, (770) 974-4395 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Bryant C. Harris

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

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.; Prayer Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Jason Tomczak Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Sunday Services: 9 & 11:30 a.m. 5095 Holt Road NW, (770) 975-1788

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, Acworth (770) 974-0685 NorthStar Church 3413 Blue Springs Road, (770) 420-9808 Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Mike Linch

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

Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Tony Crawford

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

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

Eagle Pointe Church 5100 Old Stilesboro Road, (770) 421-1643 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Pastor: Howard Koepka


Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: J. Tommy White, Jr.

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Christian Living Class: 10 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Larry Baker


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

OTHER CHURCHES Acworth Christian Church 4476 Northside Drive, (770) 974-1358 Acworth Church of God of Prophecy Ministry 3891 Nance Road NW, (770) 975-1124 Sunday Services: 10:55 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor: Rev. John Paul Benning Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Pastor: Steve Pettit Calvary Chapel Northwest 50 Shallowford Road NE, (770) 926-5524 Pastor: Tim Milsaps Calvary Fellowship River Oaks Meets at Brookwood Christian Academy 4728 Wood Street, (770) 655-0655 or (678) 977-0087 Pastor: Grady Clark

Firm Foundation Church 96 Blazing Ridge Way, (928) 606-6906 Sunday Service: 6:30 p.m. Thursday Service: 7 p.m. Pastor: Canyon Shearer Four Points Church Meets at Picketts Mill Elementary 6400 Old Stilesboro Road, (678) 402-6632 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Brent Stephens Freedom Church Meets at Barber Middle School , (770) 529-6006 Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: J.R. Lee Gateway Church 1455 Ben King Road (770) 423-0982 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Andy Smith Joshua Gospel Tabernacle 4161 Southside Drive, Sunday Bible Study:  9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship:  11 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m. Pastor:Tim Houston Journey Church of Acworth Meets at Russom Elementary School Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Douglas Crumbly Kellogg Creek Church of Christ 3510 Kellogg Creek Road, (770) 974-2814 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 7:30 p.m.

Refuge Ministries 2714 Valleyhill Drive, (770) 975-5733 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Sr. Pastor: Bishop Vincent J. Jones River’s Edge Church 3450 Acworth Due West Road NW, (678) 318-1918 Sunday Bible Class: 8:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Hispano Servicio Domingo: 2 p.m. Pastor: David Moore River of Life Church Meets at Northwest Family YMCA, (770) 598-4090 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Pastor: Randy McGovern www. RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road, (678) 384-5200 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Pastor: Tom Tanner The Rock of Atlanta 146 Kelli Clark Ct., (770) 975-ROCK Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Sanctuary Church 700 Mars Hill Road (770) 884-1963 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Craig Bowler Unity of Kennesaw Meets at Big Shanty Elementary, (770) 422-9552 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service & Youth Ministry: 11 a.m. Rev. Kelly Thomas

Victory North Church Meets at Palmer Middle School, (770) 794-7366 LifeBridge Church Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Meets at NCG Acworth Cinema (770) 421-1018 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Jeff Hidden Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road, (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Donna Lucas

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

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Cobb Vineyard Church 3206 Old Highway 41, (678) 574-0005 Sunday Services: 10 & 11:30 a.m. Pastor: Thomas Cooley

Emergency — 911

C ommunity I nformation N umbers

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Cherokee (770) 345-0400 Cobb (770) 980-2000 Paulding (770) 445-6016 COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Board of Education: Cherokee (770) 479-1871 Cobb (770) 426-3300 Paulding (770) 443-8000 Burn Permits: Cherokee (770) 720-3525 Paulding (770) 505-2876 Business Licenses: Cherokee (678) 493-6108 Cobb (770) 528-8410 Paulding (770) 443-7571 Commissioners: Cherokee (678) 493-6000 Cobb (770) 528-3300 Paulding (770) 443-7550 Courthouse: Cherokee (770) 479-1953 Cobb (770) 528-1300 Paulding (770) 443-7527 Driver's Licenses: Cherokee (770) 720-3693 Cobb (678) 413-8400 Paulding (404) 657-9300 Extension Office: Cherokee (770) 470-0418 Cobb (770) 528-4070 Paulding (770) 443-7616 Fire Department: Cherokee (678) 493-4000 Cobb (770) 528-8000 Paulding (770) 222-1160 Health Department: Cherokee (770) 928-0133 Cobb (770) 974-3330 Paulding (770) 443-7881 Jury Phone: Cherokee (770) 479-9011 Cobb (770) 528-1800 License Plates/Auto Tags: Cherokee (678) 493-6000 Cobb (770) 528-4020 Paulding (770) 443-7584 Senior Services: Cherokee (770) 345-5312 Cobb (770) 528-5364 Paulding (770) 345-5312 Tax Assessor: Cherokee (678) 493-6120 Cobb (770) 528-3100 Paulding (770) 443-7606 Taxes — Property: Cherokee (678) 493-6414 Cobb (770) 528-8600 Paulding (770) 443-7581 Traffic Signals: Cherokee (678) 493-6077 Cobb (770) 528-8162 Voter Registration: Cherokee (770) 479-0407

Cobb Paulding Zoning: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

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

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

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

(404) 921-1490

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARKS & RECREATION: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

PETS & ANIMALS Animal Control: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

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

(678) 310-9858

POST OFFICE: Acworth Kennesaw Oak Grove

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

RECYCLING: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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


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

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

404-COMCAST (266-2278)

Electric: Acworth Power Cobb EMC Georgia Power

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

Gas: Atlanta Gaslight Co.

(770) 994-1946

Water: Cherokee Cobb Paulding

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

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

Acworth Community Magazine — (770) 529-1516

COUNTY SCHOOL WEBSITES Bartow: Cherokee: Cobb: Paulding:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Brookstone Montessori School (770) 426-5245 1680 Brookstone Walk, Acworth 30101 Principal: Linda Grier Brookwood Christian School (678) 401-5855 4728 Wood Street, Acworth, GA 30101 Principal: Kim Wigington Cornerstone Prep (770) 529-7077 1720 Mars Hill Road, Suite #8, Acworth 30101 Administrator: Jeanne Borders First Baptist Christian School (770) 422-3254 2958 N. Main Street, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Kim Dahnke Furtah Preparatory & Montessori School (678) 574-6488 5496 Highway 92, Acworth 30102 Headmaster: Fred Furtah Harvest Baptist School (770) 974-9091 3460 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth 30102 Principal: Bill Lystlund Hopewell Montessori School (770) 917-0507 450 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth 30101 Director of Ed: Laura Morris Jacob’s Ladder Preschool & Kindergarten (770) 974-3021 4583 Church Street, Acworth, GA 30101 Director: Jamie Azar Lyndon Academy (770) 926-0166 9914 Highway 92, Woodstock 30188 Headmaster: Linda Murdock Mount Paran Christian School (770) 578-0182 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw 30152 Headmaster: Dr. David Tilley North Cobb Christian School (770) 975-0252 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw 30144 Head of School: Todd Clingman Omega Private Academy (770) 792-7431 5330 Brookstone Drive, Acworth 30101 Principal: Kathy Keeton Shiloh Hills Christian School (770) 926-7729 260 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw 30144 Administrator: John D. Ward St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School (770) 419-8601 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw 30144 Principal: Sr. Mary Patrick The Walker School (770) 427-2689 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta 30062 Headmaster: Jack Hall

School Contact Information


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

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


A cworth A rea C lubs & O rganizations

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

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

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

Southern Hope Humane Society (770) 445-7294



Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward

(770) 974-0670

Acworth Masonic Lodge 4497 McLain Circle

(770) 974-3577

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

Atlanta Yacht Club

Atlanta Water Ski Club

(770) 425-3679

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

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

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

Celebrate Life International

Rotary Club of North Cobb

Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister

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

Grandparents Support Group (678) 699-3400

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

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

(770) 428-2100

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

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

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

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

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

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

Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo

(770) 479-1871

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

(770) 516-1444


Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa

Board of Education:

Scott Sweeney, School Board Chairman

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

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

(770) 426-3452

(678) 646-2470

(678) 896-6399


Superintendent, Cliff Cole

(770) 443-8000

Board of Education: Kim Curl, District 6 email:

(770) 445-2600


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


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


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


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

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

(404) 630-8452

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


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

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

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

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


Mayor Tommy Allegood

(770) 974-3112


Butch Price, Post 1 e-mail:

(770) 974-4321

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

Gene Pugliese, Post 2 e-mail:

(678) 575-0596

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

(770) 528-3317

Bob Weatherford, Post 3 e-mail:

(770) 974-3533

Tim Richardson, Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 974-5259


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

Tim Houston, Post 5 e-mail:

(770) 917-1883

A ppointed O fficials

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




(770) 443-7550, x4009

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Commissioner: David Barnett , Post 4


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