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About the Cover: Paulding County Extension/4-H Paulding County’s 2019 Teacher of the Year: Chelsea Sell Gardening: Become a Citizen Scientist/Pollinator Census Calendar of Events Community Spotlight: Drug Free Paulding Health: Dynamic Warmups Education: Guide for Moving to College Finance: Social Security Retirement Strategies Home Improvement: Keep your Home Safe from Fire Faith: What is Character? Profile Spotlight: Dominion Christian Baseball Champions Feature Photographer: G&E Studios Outdoor: Flightless Geese What’s Cookin’: Skillet Pork Chops and Squash Crossword Puzzle

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s students head back to the classroom this month, the Paulding County UGA Extension office “extends” learning through science-based programs in agriculture and the environment, family well-being, and 4-H youth development.

4-H has been serving boys and girls for more than 100 years. Although it began as a Corn Club for boys and a Tomato Club for girls, 4-H now teaches a more diverse range of topics from leadership and communications to community service and citizenship. The 4-H Pledge is:

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I pledge My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, and My HEALTH to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world. Paulding County 4-H serves 5th- 12th graders in many formats. From STEM oriented 4-H club meetings at Paulding County Schools, to specialty club meetings for Horse and Pony Club, BB Gun and Shotgun Team, Forestry and Poultry Judging, Archery Team, and Summer Camp, just to name a few.

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There are approximately 2,354 students in grades 5 – 12 enrolled in Paulding 4-H. On the cover (left to right) are some of the 4-H’ers and listed here are the areas they are involved in:

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Paulding County UGA Extension is a unique partnership between the University of Georgia, Paulding County government, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities. Extension in Paulding County works to provide unbiased, research-based information driven by local needs and clientele input. Paulding County Extension even offers workshops for adults to learn more about gardening, agriculture, and soil and water quality. Paulding County UGA Extension is dedicated to meet the needs of our local community.

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Chelsea Sell

2019 Paulding County’s Teacher of the Year


helsea Sell is a science teacher at Austin Middle School, and has been named the Paulding County School’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Chelsea graduated from Georgia Southern University and started her career in Douglas County. She spent four years at Turner Middle School before transferring to Austin Middle School in Paulding County. This school year, Chelsea will start her 9th year teaching. She shares, “Growing up, everyone always told me I was going to be a teacher. I love to help people, I love to include people, and I love learning. My parents wanted me put in classes with tough teachers because I would try to take over the class. Pretty much every teacher I had growing up told me I would become a teacher, and they were all correct.” Science is Chelsea’s passion, and her favorite lessons are the ones that are hands on. In lessons called Project Based Learning (PBLs) or STEM activities, students are presented with a problem and they have to figure out or create a solution. These activities teach students that it is ok to “fail”, how to learn from it, and continue the process. Chelsea “loves” teaching at the middle school level; and she has taught both 6th and 8th grades. She says, “[More than any age group] Middle school teachers can influence not only their students’ interests, but instill a sense self-confidence/empowerment and love of learning that will last through their academic careers and beyond. It’s such a critical time in students’ development, and the lessons they learn both in and out of the classroom stick with them for life. I love that I can encourage them to explore their academic interests, and to be proud of themselves, to think critically and independently, and to persevere academically. Middle school is also when students really grow into their own personalities which is fun to watch and an honor to influence.” Seeing the success of a former student, is one of Chelsea’s fondest memories as a teacher. The student struggled during middle school, but was now in high school making great grades, thriving in JROTC and had a plan for her life. She gave Ms. Sell a lot of credit for influencing her in a positive way.

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It is clear that Chelsea has a big love for teaching and her kids. What she likes most is this, “[It] all boil down to two main things. First is the kids. I am basically a big nerd so I easily connect with my students when I get excited about earth science and STEM projects. I enjoy getting to know them and seeing them grow throughout the year and throughout middle school. Secondly, I thrive on the unknowns in teaching because that makes it exciting. Every day of teaching is different from the one before; you can never fully plan or prepare for what the day brings. I love this excitement and it keeps me on my toes.”

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This year, Chelsea is looking forward to meeting her new students and their families. She is a self-proclaimed “extreme extrovert” so she loves meeting new people. She takes first impressions very seriously, because it’s the first time her students and parents are able to get a “read” on her as a person and a teacher. Chelsea says, “I want them to see me, an energetic teacher who is going to support and push their student to be their best throughout the year.” 

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Use Your Garden to Become a Citizen Scientist By Becky Griffin and Mary Carol Sheffield


ave you ever spent a few minutes in your flower garden just admiring the bumblebees as they visit your beautiful blooms? Pollinators are fascinating creatures and they are important to our landscapes and our world. Pollination is key to seed production, and without pollinators like hummingbirds, bees, ants, butterflies, wasps, and many others, our favorite fruits and vegetables would never make it to our tables.

their garden for counting. You will count all the insects that land on that plant during a 15-minute period. After you tally the counts, you will upload your data to the web page. Researchers will use Census data to see a snapshot of which pollinators are at work in Georgia on those dates.

What is the Great Georgia Pollinator Census? On August 23rd and 24th, citizens of Paulding County and across Georgia will be conducting the first ever, statewide pollinator census - The Great Georgia Pollinator Census. You can sign up to participate and be a part of pollinator history! You can sign up to participate as a citizen scientist, find training videos and supporting information at the Great Georgia Pollinator Census homepage,

You do not have to be an entomologist to participate. You just need to know how to identify insects in eight categories, including: carpenter bees, bumble bees, small bees, honeybees, wasps, flies, butterflies, and other insects. Census organizers have created “The Insect Counting Guide for the Great Georgia Pollinator Census,” that contains all the details on how to count for the census including insect identification. Paulding County Extension Agents and Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are also happy to help you review the categories and hone your insect identification Carpenter Bee with a Bumble Bee, Photo skills.

How will it work? Each citizen scientist (YOU) will choose a favorite pollinator plant that is blooming in

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“Mack truck” while the bumblebee is more of a “pickup truck.” Who should participate? We want everyone to participate! Families and individuals can make counts in their home garden and school or volunteer groups can count at any space that has a blooming pollinator plant. One of the reasons for the August date is to allow school groups to participate. There are lesson plans available for teacher use on the Great Georgia Pollinate Census website. Teachers can tie the census to their STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering Art and Math) activities. Will Paulding County be holding special events around the census? YES, the Paulding County Extension will host a counting day in their pollinator garden at 530 West Memorial Drive, Dallas, Georgia on Friday, August 23. Drop by between 9 am and 11 am to practice your insect identification skills and take a count with the Extension Agent and Master Gardeners! Becky Griffin is the coordinator for the Great Georgia Pollinator Census and Mary Carol Sheffield is the Paulding County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information on gardening in Paulding, contact a Master Gardener or the County Extension Agent at the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or check us out online at


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The Dallas Farmers Market-Regions Bank Parking Lot* Saturdays 8am – 12pm, Downtown Dallas, Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center August 8; Thursday 11am - 1pm Honorable Micah Gravley on Georgia’s Hope Act ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Register or call 770-445-6016 SOS Band Concert at the Mill Amphitheater - Villa Rica August 10; Saturday; 7pm Don’t miss this night of music and fun! FREE admission. Questions? 678-785-1095 Football in Paulding August 16 and every Friday through November 8; 7:30pm See Our Town’s annual football issue next month for full calendar. Until then, visit: East Paulding Raiders - Hiram Hornets - North Paulding Wolfpack - Paulding County Patriots - South Paulding Spartans -

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My Kidz Closet Children’s Consignment Sale at New Season Church August 21 – 24; Wednesday to Saturday times vary Wednesday (Preview Day) 7pm -9pm, with $5 entrance benefitting New Season Church; Thursday and Friday 8:30am – 7pm; and Saturday 8:30am – noon. NO entrance fee Thursday – Saturday. Childcare available for $3. Church is located at 4457 Atlanta Hwy, Hiram. Hiram GA. Great Georgia Pollinator Census August 23; Friday 9am – 11am Paulding County Extension will host a counting day in their pollinator garden at 530 West Memorial Drive, Dallas, Georgia.  Drop by to practice your insect identification skills and take a count with the Extension Agent and Master Gardeners! Questions? 770-443-7616 or

Dallas Food Truck Fridays Main Street – Dallas August 23; Friday 6pm – 9pm City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Fest at Adams Park – Kennesaw August 23 and 24; Friday; 6pm-10pm and Saturday 10am - 10pm Questions? Cobb County Rodeo at Jim Miller Park – Marietta August 23 and 24; Friday and Saturday 8pm Questions? Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas August 24; 4th Saturday of the month; 4pm - 9pm Beautiful cars and family fun! Paulding County Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting August 28; 10am at the Extension office 530 West Memorial Drive, Dallas Make a Hypertufa Pot, $10 materials fee. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by August 19. To register or ask questions call 770-443-7616 or visit www. Pioneer Days Festival at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville  August 30 – September 2; Friday to Monday - Labor Day Weekend Arts, crafts, rides, and games. Fireworks on Monday. Daily unlimited rides $20. For hour and admission visit ‘Fire to Fork’ at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site September 7; Saturday 10am – 3pm Hungry to learn about different methods of cooking outdoors over open fire? Come out to watch our gathering and we’ll show you how. Sampling will be encouraged. Period music and games can be enjoyed by all. $3 - $6. 770-443-7850. Events continued on pg 22

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DRUG FREE PAULDING By Larrianda Wolf, Program Director


ack, a 15 year old baseball player from what many would consider a great Paulding County family, was caught using a vape at school. When asked what was in the vape, he admitted he didn’t know. It was later discovered that he not only used the vape pen and had his own hidden at the neighbor’s, but he also tried marijuana. When his parents discovered the drug use they were overwhelmed with how to parent this issue, so his mom contacted Drug Free Paulding for help! As parents we strive to provide our children with ways to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Unfortunately, as our children develop into adolescence, they are influenced by more than just their parents. This is why it is important to increase awareness around issues that impact teen health and safety. Consider this: more than 90% of high-school seniors said that it was easy to get alcohol; 90% of addictions start in the teenage years, and the effects of vaping and/or “Juuling” include nicotine addiction and harm to adolescent brain development according to the CDC. For instance, the nicotine content of one JUUL pod is equivalent to an entire pack of cigarettes. Bailey Jones, a member of Drug Free Paulding’s Youth Council stated, “You never know what’s in the vape because it could be different than what you thought.” Reported in a 2018 Georgia Public Health Department Survey, more than 26% of high school students reported ever having tried a vape. Paulding County youth and parents are reporting that athletes, cheerleaders, honor students, popular kids and those on the sidelines are all vaping, which is creating a nicotine addiction epidemic with teens in the United States. Drug Free Paulding, a federally-funded community coalition working to prevent youth substance misuse recently sent ten local youth to Georgia Teen Institute (GTI), a week-long leadership program for youth action teams from across Georgia. The Drug Free Paulding Youth Council, as they are known, identified vaping (nicotine addiction) as the number one issue related to youth substance misuse across Paulding County. At Georgia Teen Institute our youth were immersed in the following strategic prevention framework skills: LEADERSHIP SKILLS: Our youth collectively developed leadership skills enabling them to embrace and overcome challenges. They were empowered to create positive sustainable change within their schools and throughout their community. Tiffanie Warnock, a Drug Free Paulding Youth Council member, stated “I have the power to create change.” TEAM BUILDING: Youth Council members engaged in team building activities and were challenged to work together in social situations, just as they will in school, home, and the workplace. Team building activities taught our youth to problem-solve and execute ideas while holding each other accountable. Potential problems can be reduced through appropriate prevention strategies. Our youth are an important resource to our community. Giving them more meaningful opportunities to contribute is positively effective within the youth population.

PREVENTION PROGRAMS: Peerfocused prevention programs will better serve our community. Our youth coalition chose to provide education and offer continuous support for all students in an effort to have a positive impact on drug misuse within our schools and community. They plan to promote peer-led prevention activities in school and throughout the community by providing information about drug misuse, specifically through vaping, and implementing healthy alternative activities that will develop positive life skills. Georgia Teen Institute continues support of the Drug Free Paulding Youth Council throughout the year by offering our youth additional training as well as meetings to assist with discernment and implementation of our team’s goals for the community. After attending GTI 2019, Gabrielle Mattern stated, “I am incredibly thankful to Drug Free Paulding for sending me to Georgia Teen Institute. GTI taught me leadership skills, helped me to gain confidence, and strengthened the teamwork within the youth council. I am excited to start working on the events we have planned and putting what I’ve learned into action!” “If we are going to change the community, we have to empower our youth. That is the only way we can make any permanent, effective change within our community” - Amanda Watkins, Youth Coordinator, Drug Free Paulding. Drug Free Paulding is a coalition of Paulding County community members dedicated to preventing substance misuse by our youth. Our youth coalition consists of teens ages 12-18 from all over the county. Thanks to Drug Free Paulding, an adolescent drug treatment group began in Paulding County this summer. This program is free to all youth ages 12 to 17 who have substance misuse issues. The only payment required is a parent must attend a support group while the youth attends treatment. “We know that drug misuse and addiction are not just the user’s problem, but this issue causes strife throughout a family. We want to help heal the entire family through parent support while the youth is in treatment. This is the reason for the parent support requirement,” shared Larri Wolf, Drug Free Paulding Program Director. For more information about Drug Free Paulding, the Youth Council and/or the adolescent treatment group email drugfreepaulding or call 678202-5777 x 103. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS: Drug Free Paulding Youth Council planned community service projects to prevent youth substance misuse. With proper guidance and support, our youth will become capable adults. Our team discerned the local community issues that they felt needed to be addressed and developed appropriate action plans to combat these local conditions. Our youth council chose to address drug misuse through vaping. Our adolescents know what challenges exist in their schools as they are the ones who walk the halls and talk to their peers daily. They must be included in development of positive prevention actions.


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Dynamic Warm-ups Contributed by Cornerstone Chiropractic to yourself that you’ll do anything to avoid a recurrence of such a troublesome injury.


n a common occurrence, you bend over to pick up the pencil you inadvertently dropped on the floor. Or you bend over to pick up the soap bar that has slipped through your fingers in the shower. Or you bend over to lift a bag of groceries out of your automobile trunk. These are all daily events. But on a certain day, at a certain time, during one of these innocuous activities you suddenly experience a sharp, excruciating, grabbing pain in your lower back. You might be unable to fully straighten up after such an episode, and it might take a week or more for you to recover completely. In the meantime, you have a lot of pain and it seems as if the slightest movement causes substantial discomfort. You may say

These benefits are enhanced by incorporating dynamic warm-up activities in your exercise routine. A dynamic warm-up prepares your body to do vigorous exercise.  Activities such as jumping jacks, squats, lunges, gluteus bridge, and the grapevine literally warm-up your muscles and joints and prepare your musculoskeletal system for your exercise session. As well, core exercises such as the plank, leg lifts, leg crossovers, and pushups train your abdominal muscles and back muscles, helping ensure you have a strong “center” from which to initiate all of your exercise activities.

Fortunately, there is a great deal that we all can do to help ensure that our musculoskeletal system, specifically the spine and the associated spinal muscles and ligaments, is well-trained and functioning at high levels. A primary cause of lower back injuries is biomechanical dysfunction, and our preventive and rehabilitative efforts are directed toward restoring efficient and effective spinal and core biomechanics.

Getting regular chiropractic care helps ensure that you’re obtaining the most benefit from the time and effort you spend exercising. By detecting and correcting spinal misalignments and removing sources of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps make sure that your spine is working properly and that your nervous system is free to effectively control and coordinate all your other physiological systems. In this way, regular chiropractic care helps you and everyone in your family exercise at peak capacity and enjoy ongoing health and well-being.

Regular vigorous exercise is essential in any program whose goal is to optimize biomechanical function. Ideally, your exercise program includes both strength training and cardiovascular exercise. By engaging in both categories of exercise, you enhance the benefits of each. Training effects include increased heart and lung capacity, slowed heart rate, increased strength and endurance, improved balance, increased mobility and agility, and increased ability to do various types of physical work.

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oving to a college campus is an exciting experience for both students and parents. Whether you’re destined for the dorms or will be sharing a modest apartment with other students, you’ll need to pack strategically and move mindfully so you get just what you need to feel comfortable and be productive.

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How Does Social Security Fit Into Your Retirement Income Strategy? Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments - Dallas/Acworth


t might not be on your calendar, but August 14 is Social Security Day. Since it was enacted on August 14, 1935, Social Security has provided some financial support for millions of Americans during their retirement years. While Social Security benefits, by themselves, probably aren’t enough to enable you to retire comfortably, they can be a key part of your overall retirement income strategy – if you use them wisely. To help you make decisions about Social Security, you will need to answer these questions:

When should I start taking my benefits? You can take Social Security once you reach 62, but if you wait until your full retirement age, which will probably be between 66 and 67, you’ll get much bigger monthly checks, and if you wait until 70, you’ll get the biggest possible payments. Before deciding when to begin receiving your benefits, you’ll need to weigh a few factors, including your estimated longevity and your other sources of income.

How should I consider potential spousal benefits? If you are married, or if you’re divorced but were married for at least 10 years, you could receive up to  half of your spouse’s full retirement benefit (offset by your own benefit, and reduced if you claim early). If you outlive your spouse, you could claim survivor benefits, which can provide either your own benefits or 100% of your deceased spouse’s, whichever is larger. Consequently, the higher-earning spouse might want to postpone taking benefits for as long as possible to maximize the survivor benefit.

How much can I earn without reducing my Social Security benefits? If you are younger than your full retirement age and you are receiving Social Security, the Social Security Administration will withhold $1 from your benefits for each $2 you earn over a certain threshold (which, in 2019, is $17,640). For the year you reach your full retirement age, your benefits could be withheld by $1 for every $3 you earn over $46,920. But once you reach your full retirement age, you can earn as much as you want without your benefits being withheld, although your benefits could still be taxed, depending on your income.

How much of my pre-retirement income will Social Security replace? Generally speaking, you should expect Social Security to replace slightly more than a third of your pre-retirement income. However, the higher your income during your working years, the lower the replacement value of Social Security will be.

What other sources of retirement income should I develop? Contribute as much as you can afford to your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. You may want to consult with a financial professional, who can look at your entire retirement income picture and recommend moves to help you achieve the lifestyle you’ve envisioned for your later years.

Keep in mind that your decisions about Social Security filing strategies should always be based on your specific needs and health considerations. For more information, visit the Social Security Administration website at One final word: You may have concerns about the stability of Social Security.  While no one can predict the future, many potential solutions exist to put the program on more solid footing. Consequently, try to focus on the actions YOU can control.  This article was written by Edward Jones for use by Roberto De Jesus, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. 678-574-5166

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ccording to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms - often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms. Fortunately, a new generation of home safety technology - combined with tried-and-true safety practices - can help keep homes and families safer from the threat of home fires. First Alert offers the following tips and products to keep your family safe and healthy: Be safe, replace: If you can’t think of the last time you installed a smoke alarm, chances are, it’s time to replace your old ones. All smoke alarms - including battery and hard-wired models - are tested to function for 10 years. Installing new alarms ensures you are protected with the most advanced smoke-sensing technologies and latest safety features available. Conversely, by neglecting to replace alarms, you could be putting yourself, your family or tenants at serious risk. Go for a 10: One of the greatest advancements in smoke alarm technology in recent years has been the development of new 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms, such as First Alert’s 10-Year Atom Smoke & Fire Alarm, which consumers have used to add fire protection to their homes. The Atom features an advanced smoke entry system designed to reduce the chances of false alarms,


along with a loud, penetrating siren. In addition, 10-year alarms provide hassle-free protection so homeowners, property owners and renters no longer need to remember to replace costly batteries for the life of their alarms. They also eliminate the risk of ever having an alarm deactivated due to battery removal. Upgrading to 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms is the law in several states, including California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, New York and Oregon; with numerous other states and municipalities are considering similar legislation. Double-up on safety: There are two main types of smoke alarms - photoelectric and ionization - which utilize different technologies to sense smoke and fire. Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to fast-flaming fires, while photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called “smoldering fires”). Rather than relying solely on one, install

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hat is character? According to the dictionary, character means

1. A distinctive trait; 2. Behavior typical of a person or group; 3. Moral strength; 4. Reputation. Character is an evaluation of a particular individual’s moral qualities. It can also imply a variety of attributes including the existence of lack of virtues such as integrity, courage, fortitude, honesty and loyalty, or of good behaviors or habits. When someone is of moral character, it is primarily referring to the assemblage of qualities that distinguish one individual from another. When we watch a movie or read a book we usually think of the characters. Even though sometimes the character is complex most of the time they tend to be usually good or bad. Even in the early days of the western, you could tell the characters by the color of their outfits and hats. Although we tend to support the good character and cheer them on as they go about their lives. We want to see them succeed. But in real life character is much more complicated. We are all an array of good and bad character traits. We need to make a conscience decision to do what is right. Depending on your choices, we are either rewarded or have to pay the consequences.

Another quote by an author unknown says, “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” The United States Air Force Academy definition is “We define character as the sum of those qualities of moral excellence that stimulate a person to do the right thing, which is manifested through right and proper actions despite internal or external pressures to the contrary.”

In looking at the negative side of character for a brief moment, the past situation on Wall Street shows the CEO’s of these firms as greedy which shows a lack of integrity. Once your character has been destroyed how long do you think it would take for others to trust you again? Would your character ever be totally repaired? Would there always be a hint of question surrounding you?

When we think of someone with good character or morals we can find many who fit the bill. One of the men I think about is Noah. Even if you are not biblical you have heard of Noah. Noah was a man who God chose as being a person of good character. Noah was a just man. He was righteous in conduct and character. He was a man vindicated by God. He was also able to maintain his integrity as he was being ridiculed by his peers. He was a role model for them and by being a man of good standing and did not waiver in his convictions God protected Noah and his family.

Remember when dealing with others, keep your character intact. Also, remember the true test of character is what you do when no one is watching you. Do you act the same way when you are alone as you do when you are with others. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Profile Spotlight Congratulations! Dominion Christian Knights’ GISA AAA State Champions! The Dominion Christian Knights’ baseball team catapulted to the reign of GISA AAA State Champions following a series of three closely-contested rounds in the state playoffs. Under the leadership of Head Coach Brian Nelson and Assistant Coach Chris Schmidt, the team completed the season with a record of 22-12, winning back-to-back region championships and a number one seed in the state playoffs. The first round was decidedly swept in two games. In round two, the Knights defeated Pinewood Christian in three competitive games, setting up the state semi-finals against Tiftarea Academy. Tift challenged the Knights in each of the three games. In game one, the Knights scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning led by Logan Ehorn’s walk-off single in the 5-4 win. Tiftarea bounced back with a 6-1 win in game two, forcing a game three. Led by Logan Ehorn’s complete game, the Knights won game three 4-1 to advance to the state championship. Mercer University was the site of the state championship between the Knights and John Milledge Academy. The teams split the first two games, requiring a deciding game three. With the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning and two outs, the Knight’s Ashton Whittaker singled setting up Hunter Whittaker’s RBI double, giving the Knights a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the seventh inning with John Milledge runners on first and second base, the Knight’s third baseman, Avery Campbell, sealed the victory, led by Ehorn’s complete game pitching performance, with the final out.

ness they showed all year helped each one of these guys achieve their goal of winning a state championship. You saw what this program has become during the playoffs. Only being here two years, I am astounded by the pace of the development and increasing success of this team.” Team accolades include State Coach of the Year, Brian Nelson; All-State, Logan Ehorn and Chris LoCurto; and All-Region, Logan Ehorn, Chris LoCurto, Zade Brannigan, Avery Campbell, Treyton Rank, and Rafael Jackson. Coach Nelson concluded, “With only one senior lost to graduation and the addition of new players, I look forward to a great 2020 season.”

This was the first Dominion Christian state championship in baseball in school history. Coach Nelson stated, “The work they put in during the off-season and tough-


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Lil Olympian Day! Presented by PCPRCA at Mount Tabor Park September 14; Saturday 9am – 11am Competitors ages 3 – 5 years can earn a prize in a variety of Olympic-themed activities! Participants end the day with a certificate and Olympic parade. Fee is $11. Register/Questions? 770-505-3885.

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VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES: ‘Feed the Hungry’ August 31; Saturday - Keystone Baptist Church needs 500 volunteers for one hour each to pack 50,000 meals in four hours. Volunteer or make a donation. Keystone Baptist Church, 3303 Dallas Hwy NW, Acworth. Register/Donate/Questions? Fall Volunteer Training - CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Paulding is seeking volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. The next training begins in August! To learn how you can help a child in foster care find a safe, permanent home please contact rlundy@casapaulding. org or call our office at 770-505-0065. Visit to learn more. ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS- Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Battlefield Tours - Pickett’s Mill Battlefield* Every Saturday; 10am Walk in the footsteps and learn the stories of the brave men who fought on this battlefield on May 27, 1864. Questions? 770-443-7850 Nature Hike - Pickett’s Mill Battlefield* Every Saturday; 1pm Learn about the native plants and animals on this short hike. Questions? 770-4437850

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Dallas Rotary Club at Rodney’s* Every Thursday; 7:30am networking, 8am meeting Questions? 770-439-7991 Grief Share Support Group at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church* Classes offered every few weeks. Contact them for dates and time.678-435-5951 Manna Food Ministry - Feed the Hungry* Offering affordable, pre-packaged, high-quality nutritious food boxes. Questions? 678-310-9660. Major credit cards accepted. 460 S. Johnston St, Dallas, 30132. Paulding County Beekeepers Club* 2nd Monday of the month; 7pm at Dallas Primitive Baptist Church 222 Legion Rd., Dallas or follow on Facebook at Paulding County Beekeepers! Questions? Call Sue McCleary at 678-310-7305. Paulding County Singles Ages 50 and Over* 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6pm at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, Hiram Paulding Singles 50 and Over on Facebook or call Phyllis Coble at 678-247-6499. Paulding County Writers’ Guild Meeting* 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm Call 770-943-0571 or check for meeting info. Paulding Literacy Council Programs: Learn more by calling 770-974-5531. l Become An Adult Reading Tutor - tutors needed; training provided. l Learn and Improve Your Reading Skills - Tutoring sessions for Paulding residents. l English classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register, call 678-460-1587 l Class instruction for GED.  To register call 678-460-1587 Paulding Photography Club – Downtown Dallas* 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas.  Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit


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Josie Davis began her career with UGA Extension in 2015 as the Assistant Program Coordinator at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and has been providing leadership and direction as the Paulding County 4-H Agent since December 2018. As a Paulding native, Josie is thankful to come back home and serve her community by developing positive relationships with students, schools and families.



t all started 40 years ago when Gary picked up his first camera! In 2011, his passion for photography was re-sparked and the decision was made to pursue his heart’s desire and help families preserve their most precious memories.

Working closely with community leaders and public officials, Josie’s role as the 4-H Agent is to help youth develop life skills and enable them to become self-directed, productive and contributing citizens. Josie also provides 4-H education programs in monthly meetings throughout schools in the county as well as coordinating local 4-H activities and assisting students with their project work and competitive events.

For Elaine, her passion is in the people; serving her professional family and ensuring that each member leaves with images that will be cherished for years to come. Her joy comes from making her people happy, by filling their homes with smiling faces that warms their hearts and home.

Mary Carol Sheffield has been the Paulding County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources for 14 years. She came to Paulding County Extension after working as a forest research technician and middle school teacher. Extension was the opportunity to integrate her two passions of natural resource conservation and education.

Does taking your family portraits, stress you out? Trying to put your family together for your session, make you crazy? Elaine says, “Gary and I are here to serve YOU! We are here to help throughout the entire process! Location? Done! What to wear? Done! What color do we chose? Done! Installation? Done!”   Gary and Elaine believe in a full-service photography experience. Our mission is to help layout your vision to the fullest!  Your job is to relax and let us take care of the details! And of course, show up with your smiles and personalities! Hiring G&E Studios is an investment worthwhile - it’s taking your vision and making it a reality. Let their expertise, reputation and attention to detail create quality products for you to display. They can’t wait to work with you and call you their professional family. To contact G&E about booking, please visit or email

Mary Carol works with other agencies and businesses to provide outreach to address environmental literacy and soil and water conservation by providing gardening education for youth, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, and homeowners as well as professional education for urban agriculture and farmers. As a member of the Paulding County 4-H team, she coaches a Forestry Judging Team that has been successful at the Northwest District and State Forestry Field Days. She also supports 4-H programming in schools and clubs around the county.

Staff (left to right): Josie Davis, Kathleen Gilroy Ratasha Middleton & Mary Carol Sheffield

Paulding County UGA Extension 4-H Program Assistants, Kathleen Gilroy, Rhonda Likely, and Ratasha Middleton deliver 4-H Club meetings to 5th grade classrooms in Paulding County Schools during the school year, assist the 4-H Agent with specialty club coaching and support and they provide summer programming for 4-H’ers of all ages. Their Administrative Assistant, Tina Rull helps with 4-H registration, enrollment, information and program logistics. 4-H offers a variety of opportunities for volunteer service in youth development programming, from serving as a chaperone at 4-H Summer camp to leading a special interest team. They hope you will find your niche, and share your time and talents in building the next generation of leaders. To learn more and apply to volunteer please contact their office! Paulding County residents can reach the Paulding County Extension/4-H by calling 770-443-7616 or online at Also, you can follow them on Facebook to learn more about programming and activities. https://www.


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Outdoor Help For Landowners Frustrated By Flightless Geese!

Contributed by Melissa Cummings, Communications/Outreach Specialist


he Canada goose lives in a variety of habitats, often in locations that are in close proximity to people, such as suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks, and other developed areas. This can become a frustration factor for landowners when geese begin to molt in the summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

“Each summer, in late June and early July, complaints about geese tends to go up,” says WRD State Waterfowl Biologist Greg Balkcom. “This uptick in complaints goes hand-in-hand with the fact that geese go through a molting process in summer, during which they lose their flight feathers and are in the process of growing new ones.” What can you do if you have goose problems? During most times of the year, geese can be scared away with the use of harassment techniques. But, because geese cannot fly during the molt, these techniques may not work. During the molting season, WRD personnel encourage affected landowners and homeowners to be patient. The new feathers will soon grow in, and the geese will regain their ability to fly and likely move on. However, if geese continue to cause problems, here are a few tips to try and reduce the trouble: Harassment: Landowners who don’t want geese on their property can first try a variety of harassment techniques, including chemical repellents, mylar balloons, wire/ string barriers, and noise makers. These methods are proven to help reduce goose problems. However, they require consistency from the property owner and are not always 100% effective. More information can be found at nuisancewildlife (scroll down and click on “Canada Geese”). Relocation or Lethal Methods: Homeowners who want to reduce or eliminate the goose population on their property can obtain a permit from their local WRD Game Management office ( This permit allows them to have geese captured and relocated to a suitable area or allows them to legally and lethally remove the animals. The removal can be done by the homeowner or by a licensed nuisance wildlife trapper (list found at nuisancewildlife).

Available for Adoption: Hi there! I’m AUSTIN (DOB ~01/28/2019)(named after the Atlanta Braves rookie phenom, Austin Riley), a male black and white bicolor domestic medium hair. I was recently pulled from a local animal services facility after I was relinquished by someone. While I looked a bit ‘dazed and confused’ while at the animal services facility, I am safe now, feeling the love of everyone at FFRS, and I’m not scared at all! I am one of the most loving, affectionate little gentlemen you could ask for and enjoy my one-on-one attention, snuggles, and I will just purr, purr, purr! If you are looking for the perfect companion, I’m your little man! If you’d like to spend some time with me, please visit with me at Pet Supermarket, Village at Old Trace, 3405 Dallas Hwy #404, Marietta, GA 30064, during their business hours. I am neutered, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, microchipped, have received flea prevention, and will be eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance at the time of my adoption. My adoption fee is $125.


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Hi I’m TESSA and I am hoping for a forever home. I’ve had a family before and was so happy. We had a pretty great life full of love and couch lounging. But life happens and they had to give me up. I have had some ups and downs and some injuries that required surgery. I am with a wonderful foster family temporarily, but I need a loving family to give me a chance. I am thankful for Friends to the Forlorn for rescuing me and helping me find hope and love again. To learn more about TESSA, please email us at #Adopt #FTTF #AdoptTessa #DogOfTheMonth

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Skillet Pork Chops with Zucchini & Squash By Blair Lonergan, The Seasoned Mom


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njoy fresh summer produce in a healthy and easy dinner recipe that won’t heat up your kitchen! These pan fried Skillet Pork Chops with Zucchini and Squash are ready in just 30 minutes! Ingredients (Serves 2-4) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 thick-cut bone-in center cut pork loin chops (about 12-16 ounces each) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 onion, thinly sliced 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced 1 yellow summer squash, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or about 2 teaspoons dried dill weed) 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (or about 1 teaspoon dried garlic powder) Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley, basil or additional dill

Instructions 1. Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper. Add the pork chops to the skillet and cook until they are brown and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted horizontally into the pork registers 145 degrees F, about 7-10 minutes per side. Transfer the pork chops to a plate and tent with foil to keep them warm.

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2. Without washing the skillet, add the onion, zucchini, squash, dill and garlic to the same skillet and sauté over medium heat until vegetables are tender (about 5-7 minutes), scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan. Season the vegetables, to taste, with salt and pepper.

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3. Serve the pork chops with the sautéed vegetables and garnish with additional fresh herbs, if desired. Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations: l Pork chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. The cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your pork, so be sure to use a thermometer to know when your meat is finished. While the thickcut bone-in chops require about 7-10 minutes per side, some smaller, thinner pork chops will be done cooking in as little as 3-5 minutes per side. l This recipe calls for bone-in pork chops, but you can also use thick-cut boneless pork chops. You will likely need to reduce the cooking time for pan fried boneless pork chops. l If you are overloaded with zucchini in your kitchen, you can double the amount of zucchini and omit the squash! l Use any fresh herbs that you love! I find that dill works really well with the zucchini, squash and sweet onion, but you can substitute with basil, parsley, thyme or rosemary. l To cut down on prep time, slice your vegetables while the pork is cooking. I like to use a mandoline slicer for speed (and to make the zucchini and onion thin and uniform); but a regular knife works fine, too! For more information and pictures of this recipe visit:


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