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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town September 2012

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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website Photography Elizabeth Williams Liz Williams Photography

Contributing Writers: Vivian Banta Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Our Town Media Group Ivana Pajakovic, B.Sc., MA Pet-Articles/ Paul Richardson Bill Winch

About the Cover.........................................................5, 24 Health & Fitness: 9 Get Fit Fruits & Vegetables............6 Family Focus:Vaccines.......................................................8 Calendar of Events.................................................11, 15, 23 Relationships: Friends: Guiding Your Teen.....................12 Paulding County High School Football Schedules.......16 Finance: Georgia Hope Scholarship................................18 Community: Community Makeover 2012....................20 Feature Photographer: Liz Williams..............................24 Home Improvement: Pack Away the Summer.............26 Pets: Caring for Disabled Dogs........................................29 September Crossword.....................................................30 What’s Cookin’: National Honey Month....................30

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Kamani is the son of Scott and Sonja Thomas. He and his family have been in the Paulding area for the past four years. Kamani has been playing football for eight years and is currently a Running Back for EPHS. He is a senior and a very driven young man. He is focused on this year being a good year for his team on the field and for himself academically. His goal is to make straight A’s and to work with his teammates in hopes of winning the State Championship for East Paulding. After graduation, Kamani plans to attend college and continue his education.

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Mitchell is the son of Jason and Beth Brice, and has been a resident of Dallas for nine years. He has been playing football for six years and currently plays in the positions of Defensive End and Right Guard for PCHS. Mitchell is a senior and is looking forward being on the field with his teammates and working together to have a winning season and going to the state playoffs. He also plays baseball at PCHS, is a member of the Beta Club and is very active in his church, Providence Presbyterian. After graduation, Mitchell plans to attend college.

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Justin is the son of Rodney and Regina Collett of Hiram and has lived in Paulding his entire life. He has played football for ten years and currently plays in the positions of Offensive Lineman and Defensive End for HHS. Justin is a senior and is President of the National Honors Society and Vice President of the Student Government Association. He is looking forward to sharing this last year with his brothers on the field, as they work together to lead their team to the play offs. After graduation, Justin wants to continue playing football in college, while majoring in Biology.

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Manuel A. Davila, D.M.D Chris Vandewater, D.M.D. Scott P. Rose, D.M.D., M.D. Neysa Alice Coker, D.M.D., M.D. Jonathan MC Threadgill, D.M.D. Michael McHaney Demo, D.D.S.

9 ‘Get Fit’ Fruits & Vegetables for Health and Weight Control By Bill Winch


ruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients to keep our bodies running in peak condition. The more you eat these foods, the less likely you will struggle with weight and illnesses. Local and seasonal fruits and vegetables are the best. If you’re struggling with weight and need more energy, you probably need a change in your diet. The next time you drive past your local farmers market, make yourself stop and purchase these 9 fruits and vegetables guaranteed to get you on the road to better health.

Get Fit Fruits #1: Apples Apples can help lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, and prevent diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and asthma. The peel alone contains an antioxidant that reduces heart disease. If you are not in the mood to eat an apple but you know you should, add slices to salads or baked dessert treats. Just leave off the caramel dip.

Get Fit Fruits #2: Raspberries

Since raspberries are usually the priciest berries, now is the most economical time to enjoy them. Raspberries have antimicrobial properties, which can help prevent fungal and yeast infections and aid with irritable bowel syndrome. They also contain high levels of pectin and have 10 times as many antioxidants as tomatoes.

Get Fit Fruits #3: Grapes

Grapes are a great source of vitamins, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc and fiber, and probably the best source of antioxidants you can find at the grocery store. The darker the grape, the higher the antioxidant levels. They can reduce blood clots and protect arteries from free radical damage.

Get Fit Vegetables #4: Corn

Even though our society eats way too much corn, the fall is the time when we get the harvest of the tastiest sweet corn. In its unprocessed state, it is delicious and healthy. When cooked, an antioxidant found in sweet corn can fight heart disease and cancer. It’s also a good source of vitamins and fiber.

Get Fit Vegetables #5: Cucumbers

If we know they are good for us, why do we only eat cucumbers after they have been pickled, sliced and added to two all-beef patties and a sesame seed bun? By themselves, cucumbers are very low in calories, act as a natural diuretic, and fight to help prevent diseases. They also contain potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. Try cucumbers thinly sliced and added to a low-fat yogurt. Yum!

Get Fit Fruits #6: Pears

Pears contain high levels of vitamins C and K, copper, and fiber; and pears play an important part in digestive health and lowering cholesterol. They have also been shown to reduce kidney inflammation and colitis. Pears are great plain or poached.

Get Fit Vegetables #7: Peppers

Peppers are fiber-rich and have high levels of vitamins A, C, and K. Red peppers are also good sources of lycopene, which may be linked to cancer prevention. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which help prevent ulcers and lower cholesterol...and they can even help speed up your metabolism! The only other food that can do that is green tea!

Get Fit Vegetables #8: Tomatoes

Tomatoes have powerful antioxidants that prevent cancer and heart disease. They are also great sources of vitamin C. When cooked, tomatoes lose very little of their nutritional value, enjoy them stewed, in sauce, and even as ketchup! No color is less beneficial than another...yellows, greens, purples, browns, and reds. They can make a beautiful multicolored and antioxidant-rich salad.

Get Fit Vegetables #9: Eggplant

Eggplants contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and also high levels of antioxidants. Eggplants also contain terpenes, which help lower cholesterol. Baked, stewed, or sautéed, eggplant is very beneficial to your health. This is one food you do not want to fry in oil because it is very absorbent Try replacing the pasta in your lasagna recipe with thinly sliced eggplant.


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Vaccines are the most successful tool for preventing infectious diseases and their complications. The success of vaccines and the eradication of disease has also become its worst enemy. Most people have little to no experience with vaccine preventable diseases, including polio and its crippling effects, H. influenza B that causes serious and potentially fatal blood infections and meningitis, and diphtheria that causes a thick membrane to cover the back of the throat leading to breathing difficulties, paralysis and death. Although chickenpox and measles are more familiar, there can be devastating results from these diseases. The chickenpox can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage, or death. Measles typically leads to ear infections and pneumonia but can cause seizures, brain damage and death.

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It is estimated 25% of US children have delayed vaccination during the first 24 months of life. Therefore decreasing the delayed vaccinations and vaccine refusal is equally important to the health of the individual child and overall public health. Recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases provide three important lessons. First, a vaccine-preventable disease is just a plane ride away and we live in a very international community. Persons in routine contact with international travelers can be exposed and it could lead to an outbreak over a large geographical area. Second, the clustering of vaccine refusal and vaccine delay can provide a reservoir of susceptibility, enhancing spread of disease to the larger community. Finally, there is the issue of herd immunity. Herd immunity is defined as vaccination of an individual that provides immune protection and reduces the spread of the infecting agent among the population. Herd immunity does not completely protect vaccine refusers or delayers from contracting the disease, especially given that 25% now fall into that category.

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September 2012


***Dates, times and locations are always subject to change prior to printing. Please contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. For the full Calendar of Events visit


Paulding County Farm Bureau Farmers Market Tuesdays and Fridays; 3pm - 7pm Located at the intersection of Hwy. 92 & Hwy.120 in Dallas, across from Stars & Strikes. Dallas Farmer’s Market Saturday 8am - Noon Located in the parking lot of the old Dallas Courthouse Annex. Parking is available across the street in the Regions Bank Parking lot. Screenwriters Group* - Starbucks in Hiram September 4 and October 2; 1st Tuesday of the month; 3pm Visit on line and email if attending;

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American Sleep Apnea*/GA Chapter A.W.A.K.E. Support Group September 4 and October 2; 1st Tuesday of each month; 7pm-9pm Meetings are held at the WellStar Paulding Hospital 1st floor conference room. For information call Ann L. (Pickett) Croft at 770-445-2417 or 770-331-3088.

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center September 6; Thursday 11am - 1pm Guest speaker is the Director of the Atlanta Division of the FBI, Mr. Brian Lamkin and Public Safety Awareness Program. ($20/members, $25/non-members prepaid; $5 more at the door). To register visit or call 770-445-6016.

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14th District Republican Women’s Conference September 8; Saturday 10am - 2pm @ Greenbrooke Community Center Hosted by the Republican’s Women Club; Keynote speakers include Karen Handel, Congressman Tom Grave and more. The Center is located at 149 Greenfield Road in Hiram. $15.00 includes lunch. Email Lydia Hallmark at Paulding Meadows Arts & Crafts Festival September 8 - 9; Saturday and Sunday at Earl Duncan Park - Dallas Featuring Arts & Crafts, Food, Entertainment, and More! For more information visit Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) Meeting September 8; Saturday 10:30am at Marietta Museum of History Guest speaker - Michael Hitt discussing his research on Native Americans living along the Chattahoochee in North Atlanta. Free and open to the public. The Georgia Chapter site For more information about the meeting, contact Leslie Thomas at or call 770-757-0931.

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AWANA Kickoff with VBS and Family Day - Heritage Baptist Church September 7-8; Friday 6:30pm-9pm and Saturday 9am - 12pm - VBS September 9; Sunday 10:45am - Family Day September 9; Sunday 2:15pm - 3:45 AWANA begins! “Rocky Point Lighthouse” is open to children 3 years through 5th grade. HBC is located at 225 Hiram-Acworth Hwy (Hwy92) ½ miles from East Paulding Drive. For more info on AWANA or to pre-register for VBS visit

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Northwest Christian Church Yard Sale September 8; Saturday 8am-1pm Calling all bargain hunters! NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth. For more information, please call our church office at 770-425-2525 or email us at

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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University - Northwest Christian Church September 9; 6pm - 7:30pm This 9 week class is designed to help you learn how to get rid of debt, manage your money. $95 per family. NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth. To register visit or call the church office at 770-425-2525.


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Guide Your Teen to Make the ‘Right’ Kind of Friends By Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA



Let your teen know this doesn’t mean they can’t talk to other people who don’t have these qualities and characteristics. Encourage your teen to be friendly with everyone, BUT his or her closest friends should have most of the qualities they listed above. Encourage your teen to make friends with people 5 who have similar values to him or her (values are those things that are really important to us— e.g., faith, family togetherness, education, staying healthy by not smoking, drinking and doing drugs, respecting others by not gossiping, etc. If your teen is hoping to form a friendship with 6 someone, ask him or her why they wish to be friends with this particular person or this group? Ask him or her if these reasons are compatible to his or her answers to questions 2 and 5. Demonstrate to your teen that friends can and 7 probably will influence his or her behavior. For example, ask him or her to think about something they’ve done with a newer set of friends that they never did with previous friends. Ask him or her to think of 2 good examples and 2 negative examples. Encourage your teen to think of 5 ways how they 8 want their friends to influence them, and how they would not like to be influenced. Teens are a very special part of our society. They are our tomorrow! Today, it is up to us to inspire and guide them to be all that they can be!

oes your teen have a hard time finding new friends? More importantly, do you think your teen has settled in with the first friends that came along despite the friends’ questionable quality? Making new friends can be quite nerve-racking, especially if your teen has low self-esteem and confidence levels. Finding friends with similar values can be even more challenging.

Teens are in the process of figuring out who they are. Fear of judgment is at its highest and confusion about how the world works is a factor too. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to step in and instill your values on your kids. The question is how do you encourage your teen to find friends who will positively influence them? Parents play an important role in their children’s lives. High expectations for your children are not enough. You need to teach and steer your kids on HOW to pick the ‘right friends,’ but before you talk to them, think about how to handle the conversation. When guiding you teen, it is not enough to say this is how it is and that’s it. It is not enough to expect him or her to follow adult reasoning because they will not (adult reasoning is not always clear to adults either).

Instead, sit down with your child and guide him or her through the process of finding the ‘right’ friends. Here are a few tips:


Sign your teen up for 1 or 2 extracurricular activities. It can be a church youth group, sports team, an art or dance class. Pick something they would enjoy or give your teen power to choose what they want to do. The point is your teen cannot make friends if they have no place to meet new people. Have your teen ask them self what he or she looks 2 for in NEW friends? Get your teen to write down 5 qualities or characteristics they would like the new friends to have. Once your teen has a list prepared, ask him or 3 her how the current friends measure up to these qualities. Ask about each friend, one at a time.

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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?

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

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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.

“When I came into the office I was dealing with pain that at times, left me unable to function normally. Activities such as working out, doing yard work and lifting my grandson were difficult. Now that I am getting well I feel like a normal person again. I can exercise, lift weights and even lift my grandson without worrying about the pain!” -Thanks again! K. Sears

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 September 15th and you’ll get my “Arthritis Evaluation” for only $20.

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.

= 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.

It was a medication designed to relieve arthritis pain…but like all drugs, it had side effects.

= A full set of specialized x-rays to look for joint degeneration (arthritis)… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $200).

After years of use worldwide, the makers withdrew it from the market because of the overwhelming evidence it caused heart attacks and strokes.

= A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so I can show you how to fix the problem.

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?

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 September 15th.

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.)

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“I came into the office with terrible hip pain and stiffness. Now I am able to move around without all of the pain! Before I came to the office I had a lot of trouble sleeping but now I can sleep 7 hours a night without taking any medication!” – Thanks! D. Hames

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 678-5745678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Arthritis Evaluation before September 15th, 2012. We can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called 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.

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rs. Ashley and Heath Trowell are the owners and practicing physicians at Governor’s Family Medical Group in Acworth. Being a doctor and running a practice was a life long dream for both Ashley and Heath. Since they were children, both of them had a strong desire to help people. If you ask them, they will say they attribute their drive to succeed in business and in life to their loving families.

Ashley grew up in a medical family, and clearly remembers that she wanted nothing more than to be a doctor when she grew up. Heath grew up in a large, close knit family and remembers feeling the same about the medical profession. Both of them graduated with honors - Ashley from the University of Georgia and Heath from the University of Florida. After graduation, they chose to attend the American University; an accelerated medical school in the Caribbean. It was here this “DAWG” and “GATOR” would meet. They have been together ever since and were married in 2006.


For their patient’s convenience, they offer in-office services such as phlebotomy (blood draws), mole removals, hemorrhoid removal, EKG, diabetes screening, weight loss assistance and cancer screenings. Both doctors are trained and certified in several skin care treatments including Botox®, Dysport®, and Juvederm®/ Restylane®/Perlane® and the eye lash treatment Latisse®; and if you just want to pamper yourself, they offers medical facials as well as the skin care lines of Cosmedix and Pur Mineral. Ashley and Heath love to stay busy. In addition to their practice, they help in other ways in the community. Ashley is the Medical Director of Aeseracare Hospice and of Suncrest Home Health Agency. Heath serves in the capacity of physician support at a local ER in Rome, Georgia in emergency medicine and together they practice geriatric medicine at local assisted living centers.

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Both of them graduated with Master of Science Degrees from American University; in Ashley and Heath now have a three year old son and have planted their family roots in fact, Ashley was in the top three in her class. During their medical training, they Acworth. Being part of the community is very important to them. They enjoy traveled to many places including, Alabama, California, Georgia, New running into their patients outside the practice and building personal York, and Tennessee. This type of training exposed them to many differconnections. They both believe that building personal relationships with their patients helps them be better physicians. In early 2012, ent types of medical practices. The foundation for which their current practice is built was formed because of this extensive training they welcomed a new addition to their clinic, Physician’s Assistant, Wine and Cheese and their very solid career path. Brian Brandt, PA. He has enabled the clinic to offer their patients Dysport Event more flexibility for appointment scheduling. Brian brings speThursday Sept 13th In 2009, Ashley and Heath opened their family practice, Govcialized training in cardiology as well as emergency response Enjoy beverages/ food, ernor’s medicine and is a extended office hours, great asset to the Family and discounted prices Medical clinic. with raffle drawings for free products! Group. Appt only. Call to reserve This is a For Doctors Ashley your spot today 770-975-9077 practice and Heath Trowell for the whole their family and their pafamily. They tients are everything. In treat all ages from fact, for the Drs. Trowell, they newborn to elderly are one and the same. They love and handle a variety of mediwhat they do and they love helping peocal care needs such as: well visit ple. Patients are family to them, and you’ll checks, vaccines, chronic disease feel it as soon as you walk in the door. Don’t management, sports physicals, hesitate to see what they can do for you and acute sick care, allergy testing, your family. Schedule your appointment towomen’s services and more! day at 770-975-9077.

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Paulding County Civitan Club Meeting* - Ragsdale Inn September 10 and 24; 2nd and 4th Monday of the month; 12pm-1pm Paulding Civitan Club Meetings $10; lunch is provided. Contact - Jackie Crum at 770-490-7630 or email Junior League of Douglas County September 10: Monday 6:30pm - Douglasville Conference Center Open to Paulding County residents, please join the JLDC for their first meeting of the year. Speaking will be a panel of JL alumni and current members. For more info visit Remembrance Ceremony - Mt. Tabor Park - Liberty Garden September 11; Tuesday 9am Mt. Tabor is located at 1550 East Paulding Dr - Dallas Wine and Cheese Dysport Event - Governor’s Family Medical Group September 13; Thursday 8am - Close Enjoy beverages/food, extended office hours, and discounted prices with raffle drawings for free products! Appt only, call to reserve your spot today 770-975-9077.

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Paulding Photography Club* – Downtown Dallas September 13 and 27; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group* September 13; 2nd Thursday of the month; 6pm-7pm Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Aspen Village Sales Office located at 59 Hillside Trace, Suite 117 in Dallas. For more info call 770-4453594.

Twice Blessed Children’s Consignment Sale - McEachern UMC September 13-15; Thursday 5pm-9pm; Friday 9:30am-6pm; Saturday 9am-1pm 200+ sellers with over 25,000 items for sale! Infant to teens and everything in between. Proceeds benefit McEachern UMC children’s ministries. For more info call 770-943-3008 x1212 or visit Lamar Hunton 9th Annual Memorial Ride - Paulding Senior Center September 15; Saturday Registration 8:30am Ride at 10am Join Host Paulding Co Sheriff Gary Gulledge for this annual ride benefiting the GA Sheriff ’s Youth Homes. $25 per bike/$15 per passenger. Register by Sept 5th for FREE T-shirt; Door prizes; Lunch; Police Escort. For more info contact Diane Abernathy 770-505-5533; Tom Murphy or Melanie Thompson 770-443-3015 Miss Hiram Pageant - Dallas Theater and Civic Center September 15; Saturday 10am Don’t miss the 9th Annual 2012 Miss Hiram Pageant in support of the Shrine Hospitals for Burned and Crippled Children. Entry fee is $75. For more info or an entry form, call Lisa Hicks at 770-445-8575 or Paula Beavers at 770-445-7023 or email:

Saturday th er 29 Septemb 7pm Join us for Jeff Brewer and the Impossible Dream

Jeff’s show is one of the BEST Elvis tribute shows around! If you are a fan of the King, this show is not to be missed! Seating for this show will be reserved seating - Jeff Brewer has a large following and the best seats go quickly, so buy early! Tickets: MAIN LEVEL $20 Regular and $18 Discount, BALCONY $15 Regular and $13 Discount Seating for this show is reserved seating. Discount applies to: Seniors age 62 or older, military with I.D., groups of ten or more tickets purchased together, and students with I.D. Discount Tickets (Senior/Group Rates) are NOT AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE PURCHASE. Please call the BOX OFFICE 678-363-0813 to purchase or come by in person!

CASA Paulding Volunteer Information Meeting September 17; Monday 6:30pm at the CASA Paulding office For more info about becoming a CASA volunteer, visit or call the CASA Paulding office at 770-505-0065. Fall training classes begin October 1st. Paulding Exec Women Luncheon - “The Cracker Queen” Lauretta Hutton September 18; Tuesday 12pm - 1pm Cost is $15 per person, includes lunch. “Simply Homemade” with Beverly Shealy Rollins; WellStar Health Systems will be offering Flu Shots during lunch for $25 (cash,check,creditcard). To register online visit Paulding Business Assoc. Luncheon* – Hiram Comm Ctr. September 20; 3rd Thursday of the month; 11:30am-1pm Networking and Buffet Lunch-$12. Visitors WELCOME!

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Paulding County Domestic Violence Task Force* September 21; 3rd Friday of each month from 12pm - 1pm Meet in lower level of the Paulding Chamber - 770-445-6016 for more info.

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2012 Varsity Football Schedule 1364 Winn Road, Douglasville, GA 30134 – 770-949-9221 Principal - Dr. Kenneth A. Rowland Athletic Director – Chris McAllister Head Coach – Tim Glanton

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2012 Varsity Football Schedule 1297 Villa Rica Hwy Dallas, GA 30157 - 770-443-8008 Principal - Eddie Fincher Athletic Director - Angelica Collins Head Coach - Scott Hamilton

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Rome Wolves Home 7:30pm Villa Rica Wildcats Away 7:30pm OPEN DATE Woodland (Homecoming) Home 7:30pm Allatoona Buccaneers Away 7:30pm North Paulding Wolfpack Home 7:30pm New Manchester Jaguars Away 7:30pm Hiram Hornets Away 7:30pm East Paulding Raiders Home 7:30pm Paulding Co (Sr. Night) Home 7:30pm Lithia Springs Lions Away 7:30pm GHSA Football State Playoffs – First Round TBA

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2012 Varsity Football Schedule 702 Ballentine Drive, Hiram, GA 30141 - 770-443-1182 Principal - Jason Freeman Athletic Director – Ken Ritch Head Coach – Andy Dorsey

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2012 Varsity Football Schedule 3330 East Paulding Drive Dallas, GA 30157 - 770-445-5100 Principal: Dr. Kimberly Franker Athletic Director - JR Neal Head Coach - Chuck Goddard

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OPE Scholarship (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) provides Georgia students with funds for tuition. For many students, HOPE is the only way they can afford to continue their education at a higher level. For Senior’s in high school, this is their last opportunity to increase their chances of getting the HOPE Scholarship for college tuition next year.

Obtaining HOPE: The key requirement is your GPA. Student need to keep their GPA above the 3.0 or 3.3 level. Second, students must complete the FAFSA and/or the HOPE Scholarship Application. The earlier FAFSA is applied for the better. State colleges have early filing deadlines for FAFSA, and if the deadline is missed, scholarships can be affected and/or lost completely. Keep in mind that even if a student qualified for the HOPE Scholarship, the award amount may be lower than expected since the amounts awarded are affected by those already in the program. Filing the FAFSA: Parents and students need to apply together on the FAFSA website, Though a parent’s 2012 income tax information is needed to complete the application, students can file the FAFSA using no tax information or by using the prior year’s. However, the student needs to make sure they check the appropriate box on the FAFSA that their parents have NOT YET filed. Once the parents have filed their 2012 tax information, the student can go back to their FAFSA application and update it with the correct information. Awarded HOPE: Once you have HOPE, there are check points for continued eligibility while in college. At the end of every Spring Semester, students are evaluated or “checked” to ensure they attain a “B” average at: 30, 60, and 90 “attempted” hours. HOPE attempted hours include: all regular coursework attempted AFTER high school graduation, non-credit course work (LSS and Regents), all attempted transfer coursework, withdrawals, and dropped courses. NOTE: Students can only lose their eligibility at the End-of-Spring check point. To regain eligibility, students must be at 30, 60 or 90 attempted hours. Here is some other information regarding HOPE: HOPE Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation includes: All earned grades (including both grades when a course is repeated) Grades for non-credit coursework when given Grades from all transfer work (even if courses are not accepted at the students new institution) HOPE GPA does not include: Grades given of S, U, IP, W Grades earned in college courses prior to high school graduation Grades earned by examination (i.e., AP credit and CLEP) Note: In some instances, the HOPE GPA may not be reflected on the student’s official transcript.   Don’t worry, it’s not HOPE-less; you have a Second Chance: Students who lose the HOPE scholarship after 30 attempted hours or an End-of-Spring check-point may regain eligibility if they have a “B” average at the point of attempting 60 or 90 semester hours.   Non-Traditional Students Students who graduated from high school prior to 1993 or who were not HOPE eligible upon high school graduation may become eligible for HOPE if they have a “B” average at the point of attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours.  Students are eligible to receive HOPE Scholarship until seven years from the date of the student’s high school graduation, home study completion, or successful GED test.  This expiration date will be June 30 of the seventh academic year.  Please note:  the only exception are students who received HOPE Scholarship prior to Fall semester 2011 that will have their eligibility expire on June 30, 2015.


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Down Home Writing School Seminars @ The Ragsdale Inn September 22; Saturday 1pm - 5pm Explore critical lessons and solutions for your writing project. Expect to be energized and inspired by this lively, thought-provoking experience. Seminar includes a resource packet and recommended readings. Cost $129.00. For info or to register, email Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas September 22; 4th Saturday of the month; 5pm - 10pm Georgia Classic Rides block party and car cruise. Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit

Jeff Brewer and the Impossible Dream - Dallas Theater September 29; Saturday 7pm Jeff ’s show is one of the BEST Elvis tribute shows around! If you are a fan of the King, this show is not to be missed! Visit for more information and advance ticket purchases. Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center October 4; Thursday 11am - 1pm State of the Cities Program. ($20/members, $25/non-members prepaid; $5 more at the door). Visit or call 770-445-6016. Cornerstone Community Challenge - Poplar Square Shopping Center October 6; Saturday 8am - 12pm The CC Challenge actively addresses the issue of domestic violence by supporting the efforts of Shepherd’s Rest Ministries. The event is open to all ages and abilities. Be a Sponsor, Vendor, Walker, or Runner. For more info call 770-439-7765 Denim & Diamonds Beauty Pageant presented by Georgia Beautiful Miss October 6; Saturday at East Paulding High School This pageant benefits the Calvary Children’s Home. For more info contact Renee Buchanan at 770-845-8769 or email 10% off 1st visit

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WALK FOR LIFE – First Baptist Church of Dallas October 6; Saturday – Registration 9:30am, Walk 9:30am – 11am Paulding Pregnancy Services (PPS) invites you to join them as they raise funds and bring awareness in support of LIFE. The two mile walk is FREE and open to everyone – strollers welcome. For more info visit, or call 770.222.6911 or e-mail at

Boy Scout Meeting @ Crossroads UMC 3734 Cedarcrest Road in Dallas Mondays 7pm For boys in 5th -12 grades. White Water Rafting, Rappelling, Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Swimming, Snow Skiing, Archery and Shooting Range. To learn more email the Scoutmaster at or visit Angels Among Us Ministries and Angels for Success A Ministry that gives FREE prom or formal gowns to young ladies in high school that do not have the funds to buy one or outfits for ladies going for a job or interview. If you would like to donate please call Tina Watson 770-445-8994. ***Email events to, Deadline is the 10th of the month. SPACE IS LIMITED! Entries MUST be emailed. Put Calendar Event in subject line. RESTRICTIONS APPLY.

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Jordan Ragnauth #91 North Paulding High School

Jordan is the son of Simi Ragnauth and Garfield Wright. He has lived in Paulding for six years and has been playing football for five years. He currently plays in the position of Line Backer at NPHS. During his senior year, Jordan is looking forward to sharing this time with his teammates on the field and working together to have a successful, winning season. He also plays basketball at NPHS and is a member of DECA. After graduation, Jordan plans to go to college and continue playing football at college level.

Carnell Hopson #76 South Paulding High School

Carnell is the son of Maxine Kindall. He has lived in Paulding County for the past seven years and has been playing football for that same amount of time. Carnell plays several positions including Defensive End, Defensive Tackle and Offensive Lineman for SPHS. He is a senior and is looking forward to working with his team to win several important games for the first time in their history, as well as making it to the state play offs. Other than football, he enjoys weight training. His plans after graduation are to play college ball and then go pro. There are fine young men representing Paulding County and we should all be proud! These guys have trained hard to play hard and they want your support. We hope you’ll use the game schedules on pages 16 and 17, and take the opportunity to attend the games and root our Paulding boys to victory!

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lizabeth Williams has been a Paulding County resident since the age of 3. She and her husband of five years are expecting their 2nd child in October and they couldn’t be more thrilled to be giving their 4 year old daughter, Madison, a baby sister.

Liz has owned and operated Liz Williams Photography, LLC since 2008 and recently opened her own studio in Hiram. The studio caters to children of all ages and contains props for all tastes. “We particularly love our newborn clients. It is such a wonderful gift to watch our clients grow from just a couple of days old to toddlers. It’s fun to witness their personality’s blossom and we enjoy capturing every milestone and sharing the memories with their families.” Since opening the studio in February, Liz Williams Photography has seen a major boost in clientele. The studio serves as a great alternative to outdoor sessions during the very hot and cold months of the year, however, location shoots are still their favorite. As Liz explains, “Nothing beats natural lighting.”

Liz specializes in newborn photography, weddings, maternity, family portraits, senior portraits, boudoir, events, engagement, and more. You can find the studio in the Darby’s Crossing office complex on Hwy 92 (between Hwy 278 and Macland Road).

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We appreciate Kamani, Mitchell, Justin, Jordan and Carnell taking the time to come dressed out on their day off, and hope they enjoyed it. It was a pleasure meeting them, and we are truly inspired by their stories and dedication to their schools, their teams and to the game. We want to thank the Athletic Directors and Head Coaches for each of these schools for sending us one of their best! After meeting them, it was easy to see why they were chosen. Also, we want to thank Chris McAllister, Athletic Director and Coach Tim Glanton of South Paulding High School who without their assistance this shoot would not have been possible. We especially thank Coach Glanton being with us and providing everything we needed for the shoot, and allowing us access to his locker room for just the right shots. We so appreciate talented cover photographer, Liz Williams, for stepping in for this special football edition! She did an incredible job and has more amazing shots from the shoot at or her Facebook page www.facebook. com/lizwilliams02. Check out her special for Senior photos in her adjacent ad. Also, please “like” Our Town Paulding on Facebook: www.facebook. com/pages/Our-Town-Magazine-Paulding/ and see more photos of these great players in “behind the scenes” shots!


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Pack Away the Summer and Fall Into the Next Season By Vivian Banta


lthough the truly hectic part of fall doesn’t really start until the end of October for most people, you don’t want to be tripping over summer over the next couple of months. So, take this time to store, put away or organize your summer items and clothing, souvenirs, photos, etc. It’s also a good time to shift some of your habits and those of your family from “vacation” mode to “normal” mode.

Summer Items and Clothing

Once the summer is over, is it really necessary to keep the beach towels, inflatable rafts, and water slides out? If you are one of those people who live where the weather and lifestyle accommodates these things yearround, then this section does not apply to you. For the rest of us, who have distinct seasons, we really need to clean up and pack away these things until next year. The same goes for summer clothing. Ask yourself before storing it if you intend to wear the clothes next year.

While some of these things may translate into our everyday lives without any visible problem, many of these habits are not healthy ones to carry over into the fall. In fact, several of the ones I’ve mentioned have a horrible circular effect. It’s a dangerous cycle to get into. The next thing you know, your home is a total wreck and you have become a couch potato with little to no desire to do anything and experiencing little joy in the process. It’s perfectly OK to “take a vacation”. The key is not to take it to excess and “stay” on vacation.

Also, check to see if the children’s things will even fit them by the time next summer comes around. If not, why take up the storage space? Donate it or get rid of it now.

Souvenirs and Photos

People often come back from summer holidays with mementoes of their days away. Who wants to deal with undeveloped rolls of film, jars filled with beach sand and shells, and numerous brochures, ticket stubs and receipts from summer’s attractions in October? Don’t put it off.

Prepare to “Fall” into the next season

Even as you are packing away the summer, it’s a great time to start prepping what you’ll need for fall. You don’t want to get caught off guard by the first bad storm of the season or the first really cool day. Start making arrangements now to turn off the air conditioning and turn on the furnace or heater. Make sure that your car is ready for autumn. Things like windshield wipers may have dried out with the summer heat and may crumble during the first downpour leaving you struggling to see out of your front windshield. Begin unpacking, airing out and cleaning your fall clothing and linens, checking at the same time to see if any are obsolete or unusable. Just doing some of these things ahead of time can save you a lot of scrambling later, allowing you the time instead to fully enjoy the season.

Back to “Normal”

During the summer, many of us tend to get lazy on a variety of fronts. Chanting the mantra “I’m on VACATION!”, we eat less healthy, we stay up later and sleep in later, we put off chores, we dress more casually, we exercise less (except for kids who probably exercise more!), and we spend much more time on entertainment (DVD rentals, movies, video games, shopping, Internet, etc.) than we normally do.

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Available for Adoption: CARY (DOB ~06/07/2012) is a black and white domestic medium hair male who we rescued from a local animal control facility along with his Siamese/Snowshoe mix siblings, ROSA, CLARA, MAX, and OLIVER. CARY was named after Cary Grant because he is such a little charmer and is very debonair in his black and white coat. CARY will provide his new family with a lot laughter with all of his kitten antics, and will be a loyal and loving companion for a lifetime. CARY is neutered, up-to-date with age appropriate vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, microchipped, dewormed, has received flea and ear mite preventative, and is eligible receive at least 30 days of prepaid pet insurance at the time of adoption. CARY’s adoption fee is $125.00.


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Assist their movements Dogs who suffer from mobility problems, such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, spinal disorders, DM in dogs, or other medical problems that affects their hind legs will need plenty of help moving around. To make things easier for you and the dog, you can buy a special leash that supports their torso and back legs. There are also other tools that assist in mobility problems, such as dog wheelchairs that can be strapped to their backs. If you are going to take the dog out to the vet, you will need to carry it into the car since it might have a hard time getting in. You can also use a small and improvised ramp that will help them walk into the car.

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Watch their weight Like humans, over weight dogs have a higher chance of getting stick compared to dogs that stay within their ideal weight. Exercise and a balanced diet are the only things you really need to worry about when it comes to your dog’s weight. Make sure they get the right amount of exercise by taking them out for walks or jogs. You can also let them run around in an open area like you back yard, front lawn or the nearest park. Never over feed or underfeed your dogs. Use a good dog food mix or you can feed them meat that you prepared. Check with your vet about your dog’s ideal weight and the best type of diet you can give it.

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oney is a natural sweetener with wonderful health benefits. According to the National Honey Board, “honey stipulates a pure product that does not allow for the addition of any other substance.” As bees gather nectar while visiting a flower, the honey they produce has a unique taste, aroma and color from that particular flower. Other honeys are delicious blends of floral sources (look for Mixed Flower, Polyfloral, Wildflower). The is a website you can use to find suppliers of these many varieties of honey.

Chicken Honey Nut Stir Fry

1 lb. boneless chicken breast 3/4 cup orange juice 1/3 cup honey 3 Tablespoons soy sauce 1 Tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 2 carrots, diagonally cut 2 stalks celery, diagonally cut 1/2 cup cashews or peanuts Hot rice

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Cut chicken into thin strips and set aside. In a small bowl, combine orange juice, honey, soy sauce, cornstarch and ginger; mix well. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add carrots and celery; stir-fry about 3 minutes. Remove vegetables and set aside. Pour remaining oil into skillet. Add chicken; stir-fry about 3 minutes. Return vegetables to skillet; add sauce mixture and nuts. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened. Serve over hot rice. Serves 4 to 6.

PB & H Honey and Apple Sammie

8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 8 thick slices whole wheat bread 1 green apple, thinly sliced 2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds, (or substitute your favorite nut) 1 cup peanut butter

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon; mix well. Spread mixture on 4 slices of bread. Top with apple slices, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds. Spread remaining on each of the remaining 4 slices of bread, and place face down on top of cream cheese and apple covered slices. Cut sandwiches into halves or quarters and serve. Serves 4

Grilled Lemon Herb Shrimp

1/4 cup finely chopped green onions 1/4 cup oil 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup Eucalyptus or regular honey 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 lb. (21 to 25 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined, with shells on tails

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except shrimp. Stir in shrimp. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Heat grill. Drain shrimp; thread on 3 skewers. Grill 5 to 7 minutes or until shrimp are opaque; turning once. Serve warm. Shrimp may also be broiled. After draining, place on a broiler pan. Broil 4 inches from heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until shrimp are opaque; turning once. For added tartness, add an additional Tablespoon of lemon juice and a dash of salt. Makes 3-4 main dish servings or 12 appetizer servings. Recipes from The National Honey Board @ For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 •  Our Town

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