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About the Cover: Nikki and Travis Kellum Community Spotlight: Reading Rocks Paulding Family Focus: Children Learn Love by Example Calendar of Events Faith: BE HIS - A Valentine’s Devotional Finance: A Trusted ‘Quarterback’ for Your Financial Team Health Profile: BodyPlex Medical: Behind the Scenes – College Football Playoffs Gardening: Winter Garden Chores Feature Photographer: April Estes Pets: A Checklist for your Pet Sitter Crossword Puzzle What’s Cookin’: Chef Michael’s Paneed Gulf Trout

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Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! Winter Break Camp on February 19-23, from 7am-6pm Spring Break Camp on April 2-6, from 7am-6pm 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Call EARLY to Register/Questions? 770-445-5525 Spring Youth Softball - Paulding Co Parks & Recreation Registration for Girls’ Softball is going on NOW - February 9! Teams out of Taylor Farm Park, Mount Tabor Park, and Burnt Hickory Park. Coach Pitch: ages 4 – 8yrs, $85 fee. Fast Pitch: ages 9 – 17yrs, $91 fee. For more info visit Questions? 770-445-8065 Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center February 1; Thursday 11am - 1pm Speaker: Dr. Rajeev Dhawan on the 2018 Economic Forecast ($20/mem, $25/nonmem prepaid; +$5 at door) Register at or call 770-4456016. Open House at Dominion Christian School February 6; Tuesday 6:30pm March 6; Tuesday 6:30pm Christ Centered – College Prepatory – Full Athletic Program – Small Class Size. 4607 Burnt Hickory Rd, Marietta 30064. 770-420-2153 ‘Stand Up for Hope Comedy’ Night to benefit My Father’s House February 10; Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Hosted by My Father’s House and Kay Dodd Comedy this clean comedy show is a great “date” night event. $10 pre-paid tickets or $12 at the door. PGBC located at 1167 Angham Rd. Hiram. Questions? Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* February 10; 2nd Saturday of the month Kritters Country Club is located at 7377 W. Strickland Street in Douglasville. Call 770489-7500 for hours and more information. Casino Royale-Hearts of Gold hosted by Paulding Education Foundation February 10; Saturday 6:30pm at Wellstar Paulding Hospital The event of season is not to be missed and benefits the Paulding Education Foundation. SPONSORSHIPS and DONATION OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE NOW!! Special promotions for teachers! Visit www.PauldingEducationFoundation. com for info. ‘In the Mood’ Comedy Show Starring Moody Molavi  February 17; Saturday 7pm - Dallas Theater Join award winning touring comedian, Moody Molavi, as he brings his family interactions and everyday experiences to life on stage. Moody is an Iranian Southern Bapticostal who has a passion for making people laugh at the unexpected thoughts that come out of his head. His animated personalities will have you in stitches. Questions?


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ll never forget receiving the candy hearts on Valentine’s Day when I was in middle school. You know, the ones that taste a little bit like Pepto-Bismol? My friends and I would tear our little bitty envelopes open to see which hearts someone put inside with the generic card. Reading into every phrase, we fantasized of that special someone spending tireless efforts to make sure he delivered the perfect message and emotion to each of us. It was dreamy. It didn’t take me too many years to realize that the boys’ mamas probably just threw them in an envelope for them, OR worst case scenario, picked out the girl SHE wanted him to like via pepto-heart-a-grams. So much for dreamy.


others, could it be that I have enjoyed the empty, false praise that I have indeed received myself? What ‘line’ do others see displayed on the tablet of your life? All the static this world has to offer us can cloud the message He has carved on our hearts:

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The reality of the analogy the Lord laid on my heart today was not so dreamy either. I realized that He has written His message on my heart. It is forever inscribed and perfectly perfect, which is a beautiful truth. But when others look at my heart, so often I have covered up His words with my own unintentional messages. Sometimes my heart begs, “Be mine,” when it really should cry out, “Be His.” Often it shouts out, “Love me,” when God begs me to “Love them” or “Love Him” instead. The mixed messages my heart delivers to others can leave them with mixed feelings about the heart of God.

Hebrews 8:10b “I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will BE MY people.” Do you see His Valentine’s message for us? YBE MINEY Make HIM our True Love. Let’s not mix His message with overflow from the world’s waste. Instead, let’s spread His Word, the Word that He has written front and center in bold letters on our hearts—the Word that we have fallen in love with so that we could keep from sin and love others God’s way.

This is deep stuff, I know, but bear with me. Luke 6:45b says, “…for out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” It’s saying that the ‘stuff’ we stuff into our minds gets stored in the treasury of our hearts, and eventually it begins to flow out of the heart via tunnel of the mouth. Then it is spread to others, and “round and round it goes, where it stops…?”

Sometimes we just need to be reminded, friends. I know I do. The way we spend our time matters. The people we allow to rub off on us are important. The shows we watch and the websites we visit and the novels we read - it has an effect on us. Pray about it, allow the Lord to lead and guide you into the perfect balance of freedom and works. It is then, and only then that our hearts - the new ones He gave us when we became a Christian - will show the world that we are His.

When I complain frequently, I have probably listened to a bunch of complaints. As I throw out a zinger in the name of humor, I realize I have maybe seen a few too many sitcoms. During those moments of pouring out flattery to

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finance Put a Trusted ‘Quarterback’ on Your Financial Team Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/Acworth


n February 4, the eyes of most of the country – and much of the rest of the world – will be on Minneapolis, site of Super Bowl LII. As a fan, you can admire the way Super Bowl quarterbacks direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the big game by putting together your own team to help you achieve your financial goals – and you may find it helpful to have your own “quarterback.”

Who should be on your team? Your financial strategy will involve investments, taxes and estate planning, so you will likely need a financial advisor, a tax professional and an attorney. Ideally, your financial advisor – the individual with the broadest view of your financial situation – should serve as the quarterback of this team. And, just as a quarterback on a football team must communicate clearly with his teammates, so will your financial quarterback need to maintain consistent contact with the other team members.

Let’s look at a couple of basic examples as to how this communication might work. First, suppose you are self-employed and contribute to a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA. Because your contributions are made with pre-tax dollars, the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. (In 2018, the maximum amount you can contribute is $55,000.) Your financial advisor can recommend investments you can choose from to help fund your SEP IRA. Yet you will want your financial  advisor to share all your SEP IRA information with your tax professional. When it’s near tax-filing time, your tax professional can then let you and your financial advisor know how much room you still have to contribute to your SEP IRA for the year, and how much you need to add to potentially push yourself into a lower tax bracket. Now, let’s consider the connection between your financial advisor and your attorney – specifically, your attorney handling your estate planning arrangements. It’s essential that you and your financial advisor provide your attorney with a list of all your financial assets – IRAs, 401(k)s, investments held in brokerage accounts, insurance policies and so on. Your attorney will need this information when preparing your important legal documents, such as your will and living trust – after all, a key part of your estate plan is who gets what. But it’s imperative that you and your financial advisor convey some often-overlooked details that can make a big difference in the disposition of your estate. For example, your financial advisor might suggest that you review the beneficiary designations on your IRA, 401(k) and life insurance policies to make sure these designations are still accurate in light of changes in your life – new spouse, new children and others. These designations are meaningful and can even supersede the instructions you might leave in your will or living trust. Consequently, it’s important for you and your financial advisor to share this information with your attorney. It can be challenging to meet all your financial objectives. But with the right team in place, and a quarterback to help lead it, you can keep moving toward those goals – and you might cut down on the “fumbles” along the way. 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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ollege football is big in Georgia. It was over the top this year as the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship brought two SEC-teams, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the University of Georgia Bulldogs together to crown a national college football champion. OrthoAtlanta orthopedic and sports medicine specialists was honored to be selected as the official sports medicine partner of the Atlanta Football Host Committee (AFHC). OrthoAtlanta physicians and administrative staff worked collaboratively with the AFHC to service the medical needs for the nationally-televised college football playoff held in Atlanta’s $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium in early January 2018. Four OrthoAtlanta physicians, including Dr. Donald Fowler of OrthoAtlanta’s Paulding office, were on the field on game day, and were available 24/7 in the days leading up to the big game, to provide medical services to the players, coaches, and staff of both teams and game officials. Planning and preparation for the event viewed by fans across the country was many months in planning, but short turn in the execution, including the need for top medical services. With less than seven days from the New Year’s Day playoff games to the national championship, our physicians, athletic trainers and administrative staff worked seamlessly with the host committee management. Final game day attendance was 77,430, including dignitaries, business and government leaders, two college football teams and their fans from around the country. Hosting an event of this magnitude requires immense coordination, event management savvy, and a multitude of specialty services including the expert orthopedic and sports medicine expertise provided by OrthoAtlanta. OrthoAtlanta annually partners with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta Gladiators Hockey, and the BB&T Atlanta Open tennis championship, so we were pleased to provide our services to the College Football Playoff National Championship. OrthoAtlanta and college football are two proud Atlanta traditions. OrthoAtlanta’s 39 physicians and over 450 employees in 13 offices around Atlanta took part in the celebrated AFHC “I’m In” outdoor billboard and social media campaign. As a kickoff to the 2017 college football season, OrthoAtlanta was a supporting sponsor of the Atlanta’s “All In” Championship Luncheon hosted by the AFHC. The luncheon provided a great way to glean insights into what was one of the most exciting college football seasons in recent memory. Donald E. Fowler, III, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and shoulder disorders. Dr. Fowler is very active in the local community, serving as team physician to McEachern, Paulding County and Hiram High Schools. Dr. Fowler serves as a Medical Consultant and Atlanta Affiliate physician to the New York Mets. He has served as a sideline physician for the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open and the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Dr. Fowler sees patients at OrthoAtlanta offices in Austell, Paulding, and this spring at the new OrthoAtlanta office opening at The Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. For more information regarding Dr. Fowler or to request an appointment, please call our OrthoAtlanta Paulding office, 770-445-5666 or visit www.orthoatlanta. com. OrthoAtlanta Paulding is located at 148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 120 in the Paulding Outpatient South Pavilion.


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ebruary is here and even though it is cold, there are many garden tasks you can do now for a successful growing season. Maybe you are asking yourself, “What can I do right now that won’t be affected by freezing temperatures?” Don’t you know a gardener’s work is never done? There are many things that you can do this month. Here is a starter list:

al. If they haven’t been shredded they tend to mat down and not break down as quickly.

to prepare for planting them outdoors after the chance of frost has passed. Our average last frost date in Paulding County is April 15. Don’t plant outdoors until then!

Inspect and Repair Tools Inspect shovels, pruners, and other hand tools. Do you note rotting or cracking on handles? If handles have started to crack or turn gray, sand it down and apply a coat of marine or outdoor varnish to preserve the life of the handle.

Plan for Pre-Emergent Herbicide Application on Your Lawn

Soil Testing As you look ahead to future projects and maintenance, don’t forget about getting a soil test. It will provide an analysis of your soil to determine the level of nutrients in the soil and measures the pH of the soil which impacts the availability of soil nutrients. A written report recommends the amount of fertilizer needed for a specific crop or lawn. Follow the test’s recommendations for ideal soil in your spring garden.

Lawn weeds you see in the summer like crabgrass, dandelions, and spurge can be prevented before they even make an appearance. Preemergence herbicides are applied to lawns prior to weed seed germination. They control weeds during the weed seed germination process, but do not actually prevent weed seed germination. The time to do this for summer weed control is now. Apply preemergent herbicides between February 15th and March 15th.

Is the shovelhead showing wear? Take the time now to clean, sharpen and repair your garden tools and you will be glad when spring arrives. Remove caked on dirt with a wire brush and rinse and dry tools thoroughly. Proper storage of gardening tools will extend their life. Keep them out of the weather in a shed or garage in organized spaces. This will save you a lot of frustration when it comes time to use them, and can help you maximize storage space.

Preemergence herbicides are recommended only for turfgrasses that have been established for a minimum of one year.

You didn’t think you had much to do in the garden at this time of year, but now you need to get started before spring gets here!

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If you have a lot of leaves on the ground, shred them and add them to your garden as a mulch, or work them in to improve the soil’s organic matter. Unshredded leaves are best added to your compost pile to provide carbon or “brown” materi-

Order your seeds now and begin collecting your supplies to start seeds indoors for your spring vegetable garden. You can start seed for lettuce, tomato, eggplant, pepper, lima beans, cucumber, and squash indoors

Mary Carol Sheffield, is the Paulding County Extension Coordinator. 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 online at

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With Valentine’s Day on our heels, Travis wants to understandably keep his plans for his wife on the hush. When asked what was the best part about marriage, Travis divulged that getting to bother Nikki whenever he wants has definitely been a pro, but the Paulding native couldn’t leave out that he loves coming home to Nikki and being able to talk to her about any and everything. By the same token, Nikki shared that the best part about marriage is knowing that she gets to come home to her best friend every night. Hopefully, this Valentine’s Day, Travis and Nikki’s story inspires you to show your appreciation to your loved ones. We hope that it inspires everyone to put in the work that love needs to blossom.

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f you are planning to go out of town for a weekend getaway or much longer vacation and are not able to take your pet along, the best thing is to ensure that during your absence your pet’s stay is as enjoyable and easy as possible. You can do this by hiring a pet sitter. But before you get one, it is better to prepare a checklist for hiring, so that during your absence your furry pal has the best comfort available. Some things that need to be kept in mind include:

Hi there! I’m SABYR (DOB ~11/14/2016), a male Flame Point Siamese mix. I have absolutely gorgeous blue eyes – and I am as sweet as can be! I was found as a stray with a wound to my neck – and that wound turned out to be a snake bite. I spent time in a local animal control facility where I was treated for the snake bite, and then that animal control facility reached out to Fancy Feline Rescue to see if they could help me heal and find a loving home. I am a non-stop purr machine, absolutely love to snuggle and cuddle, and would be perfectly content to share all of that with you! Please consider taking me into your home. I promise I’ll provide you with years of love, laughter, loyalty and companionship if you do! I am neutered, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, have received flea preventative, will be microchipped, 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.

a Vacation itinerary - This would include the time and date of your departure and expected arrival.


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tion and room number should you need to be reached. a Contact numbers of your immediate family members – In the event your pet sitter is unable to contact you, they should have an emergency contact number of your immediate family members who can make responsible decisions in your absence. a Key and security alarm information - Ensure you provide the requisite information about the security of the house during your absence. a Primary vet information - Include the name of the practice and veterinarian they can contact. Be sure to include the clinic address and phone number. a Emergency vet clinic information - If there is an emergency with your pet after the primary vet’s office hours, the pet sitter should have an emergency animal hospital’s information available should your pet need to be treated quickly. a Feeding and walking schedule - As a pet owner, you know the feeding and walking schedule of your furry companion. In your absence, your pet sitter will need to be provided the detailed information so that he/she can maintain the schedule of the pet in the best possible way. a List of treatments and usage instructions - If your pet is undergoing any treatment be sure to specify the instructions so the treatment can be given on time. This ensures your pet does not miss out on the dosage in your absence. a List of food and treats - Although you might have made an arrangement of pet food in your absence it is always better to tell the pet sitter where they can purchase the pet food in your absence. If your flight gets delayed or due to unforeseen circumstances you are not able to reach home on time, he/she should know where to purchase pet food for your furry pal. a List of pet care items - Give the directions about where you keep pet care items like brush, food, cleaning pads, sweater (if it is cold outside) and leash. a Favorite toys - Inform the sitter about the favorite toys of the pet so the pet’s mind can be diverted easily. a Dangers Along Walking Route - Always specify if there is any unfriendly pet around in the neighborhood or if a neighbor yells if your pet pees in the yard. By telling them these things you can ensure that the pet sitter knows how to handle the situation. a Room and furniture limitations - Provide a list of rooms or furniture that your pet is not allowed in or on. a Visitors - Always inform the sitter about the estimated date and time of visitors in the house like a house cleaner, lawn care company or pool person. This is particularly important so your pet sitter does not think your house has been broken into. When your pet is well-cared for during your absence, you will have a more enjoyable and carefree trip. The pet sitter will also have an easy time taking care of your pet and will appreciate your preparedness.

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what’s cookin’ Chef Michael’s Paneed Gulf Trout By Melissa M. Cornay


reetings! February is one of my favorite months of the year! It’s the month of my birthday and the month of LOVE, being that St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th. Every year for Valentine’s Day, I enjoy making one of my hubby’s favorites for a romantic dinner date. My brother, Chef Michael Marut, (yes, he really is a chef and is in fact, opening his very first restaurant in May of this year; so proud ), came for a weekend visit about 6 years ago and prepared this dish for us out of the ingredients we happened to have in the fridge. Ever since then, my dear husband will periodically request that I make it for him. So, I thought I would beat him to the punch and make this as his Valentine’s surprise this year.


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6 large trout filets, patted dry with a paper towel 1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 ½ teaspoons fresh, cracked black pepper 2 teaspoons garlic powder 4 tablespoons vegetable oil Zest of 2 lemons and 1 orange Juice of the 2 lemons and 1 orange 2/3 cup of dry white wine 2 shallots, minced 1/2 bunch of flat leaf parsley, chopped 6 tablespoons of cold, unsalted butter, cubed

Heat the vegetable oil to medium heat in a large, shallow frying pan. Season the flour with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Coat the fish in the seasoned flour and shallow pan fry it for a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels to remove any excess oil. Do not crowd the pan; you may have to cook in two batches. Once all of the filets have been cooked, drain off all oil except for about 1 tablespoon and leave any browned bits from the frying process in the bottom of the pan. Return the pan to a medium flame. Add the minced shallots, lemon zest, and orange zest and sauté until the shallots are soft and translucent. Next add the wine and cook for about 3 minutes more. Turn the flame off and add the cubes of butter and citrus juices. Once velvety smooth, add the chopped parsley. Finally, drizzle the sauce over the fish filets and enjoy.

MELISSA’S MEASURE: I want to thank my brother for showing me that just taking what you have on hand, and adding your own twist and love to the recipe can result in something that is still good enough, years later, to serve to my honey for Valentine’s Date Night Dinner!


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