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Contributing Writers: Melissa M. Cornay Roberto De Jesus Emma Harrington Amy J. Holland, MD Richard R. Maguire, MD Our Town Media Group, Inc. Paulding Pregnancy Services Summer Pendley Mary Carol Sheffield Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2017, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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About the Cover: High School Football Community Spotlight: Paulding Pregnancy-Walk for Life Family Focus: AutoCoach-New Teen Driving App Calendar of Events Health: Muffin Top, Love Handles Become History Finance: Your Grandchildren’s Financial Future High School Football Schedules Faith: Show Up for the Fight Medical: Dispelling the Myths about ACL Injuries Home Improvement: Is Your Well Water Safe? Feature Photographer: David Jones Pets: Things to Consider Before Living with Livestock September Crossword What’s Cookin’: Nana’s Cucumbers

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O’Rion Weems - #21 East Paulding High School O’Rion is the son of Clorissal Williams. He has played football since he was 11 years old and is a Linebacker for the Raiders. This season he is looking forward to performing and working hard to prove himself; as well as deciding from the five college offers he has received. O’Rion is on the basketball team for EPHS and will be running track this year for the first time. Although he is undecided on where he will attend college, he plans on furthering his education and playing college football after he graduates.


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Jordan Wilson - #4 Hiram High School Jordan is a Cornerback for the Hiram Hornets and has played football since he was five years old. Jordan also runs track for HHS and was the state qualifier in the 400 meter race. This football season he is looking forward to working hard with his teammates to win a lot of games and make the playoffs. After graduation, he plans on attending college to major in Sports Management and play football. To date, he has nine college offers! Jordan is the son of Derrick and Yolinda Wilson.

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community Paulding Pregnancy Services 20th Annual Walk for Life Event Saturday September 16th, 2017 at 9:30 am


n Paulding County, assistance for women facing unplanned pregnancies can be found at Paulding Pregnancy Services. Founded in 1996, PPS has served thousands of clients through ongoing support, pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, and parenting and prenatal classes; all free of charge. That is why the Walk for Life is so important. On Saturday, September 16, 2017 Paulding Pregnancy Services will hold its annual “Walk for Life” fundraising event. This is the 20th year of the walk, and in addition to fund raising, it is also done to increase awareness of Paulding Pregnancy Services and the ministry they do within the community. They receive support from several area churches and some local businesses, but there are still many opportunities to “get the word out” about the services they offer. Paulding Pregnancy Services is a non-profit ministry with a genuine concern for sharing the love of Jesus Christ through words and actions. Dedicated volunteers serve Christ and our community by evangelizing, educating and caring for those who have experienced or who are at risk for an unplanned pregnancy, and without judgment. Events like the “Walk for Life” help PPS gain community awareness so they can continue to offer their services FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. PPS has asked walkers pre-register in order to get the brochures to solicit sponsors. Participation in the walk is open to all who are seeking an opportunity to be pro-active for the cause of LIFE both “born & unborn.” No graphic pictures or signs will be used. The monies raised from this event will go toward these free services for the clients.

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A New Mobile App Provides Innovative Tool for Parents to Teach Teens to Drive Safely Contributed by Emma Harrington with Shepherd Center


hepherd Center, a top 10 rehabilitation hospital for people with spinal cord and brain injuries has developed a free, first-of-its-kind mobile app that will guide parents on how to better teach their teenagers to become safe drivers.

Partnering with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and IT management consulting firm CapTech, Shepherd Center’s certified driver rehabilitation specialists (CDRS) and injury prevention experts used their specialized training to create AutoCoach, an innovative app that makes it easier for adults to effectively teach their teens to drive defensively and safely. AutoCoach tracks training hours, as well as night driving hours, which in Georgia is a prerequisite for obtaining a driver’s license. The app’s curriculum is applicable in all 50 U.S. states. AutoCoach is available as a free download in the Apple App and Google Play stores. “With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for teens in our country, we must make sure our youngest drivers receive the proper training before they get behind the wheel,” said Harris Blackwood, director of the GOHS. “It has been a great pleasure to partner with Shepherd Center and CapTech in developing this first-of-itskind, comprehensive driver’s education app that will help parents, grandparents and other adults provide training in a manner teens will be able to learn and use when they begin driving on their own.”   Features of AutoCoach’ include a customizable parent-teen agreement, a graduated driver’s licensing quiz by state, distraction notifications, a driving log and a 10-chapter curriculum for parents based on best practices.  Those chapters cover basic topics, such as adjusting mirrors, seats and tire pressure, and the difference between double yellow and dotted yellow lines, as well as complex driving skills, such as merging onto crowded highways, driving around 18-wheelers and safely recovering from an overcorrection. Some parents might choose to spend very little time on the most basic chapters and spend more time teaching more complex skills, said Emma Louise Harrington, MSPS, Ed.M., director of injury prevention and education at Shepherd Center. And that’s fine. “Some kids already know the very basics and their parents are comfortable with their teen’s knowledge of those,” Harrington said. “But in the more complex chapters, it’s a good refresher for the parents, but vital that teens learn these things.” Harrington acknowledged that AutoCoach is a time commitment for parents, but she believes once parents weigh the time commitment against the risks, it’ll be an easy decision. “It will save somebody’s teenaged son or daughter life,” Harrington said. “We’re confident the curriculum is so precise and so needed on our roads, that it will prevent many teenager-related accidents.” Teens are a particularly  vulnerable population on U.S. roadways because of their inexperience and risky driving tendencies. In Georgia, between 2013 and 2015, drivers ages 16 and 17 had the highest licensed-driver fatality rate among all motor vehicle crashes. And drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely to die in a car crash than older, more experienced drivers.


Pierre St. Brice, 18, of Winston, Georgia, wishes AutoCoach had been available to the family of a 16-year-old who crossed a center lane in December 2015 and crashed into the car in which St. Brice was a passenger. The 16-year-old was using the social media app Snapchat while driving, authorities later told St. Brice. That driver died on the scene. St. Brice, a highly regarded football recruit, sustained a T-12 spinal cord injury, paralyzing him from the waist down. The need for AutoCoach is well documented. Studies show that one of the most protective factors against teenage injuries and fatalities due to car crashes are parents who model, monitor and enforce safe driving practices, Harrington noted. But rarely are parents and guardians trained in how to teach their teen to safely operate and maintain an automobile.

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Pioneer Days Festival at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville  September 1 – 4; Friday to Monday - Labor Day Weekend Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center September 7; Thursday 11am - 1pm Public Safety Luncheon ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Register at or call 770-445-6016. Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo September 8-10; Friday – Sunday at Cobb Galleria Questions? Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* September 9; 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. The Police Officer & Me! Presented by PCPRD September 9; Saturday 10am – 11:30am at Mount Tabor Park Meet a police officer, see a patrol car, craft and games. For children ages 3-6. Fee $11. Register Online: Questions? 770-505-3885 I Want to be a Firefighter! Presented by PCPRD September 9; Saturday 1pm – 2:30pm at Mount Tabor Park Learn fire safety rules, explore the fire truck, and try on gear! For children ages 3-6. Fee is $11. Online: Questions? 770-505-3885 50th Anniversary Celebration of Tallatoona Community Action Partnership September 9; Saturday 10am-4pm; Jazz in the Park 6pm-9pm Kids Zone, Health Checks, Food & more! Taylor Farm Park, 1380 Pine Valley Rd, Powder Springs. Questions? Dr. LaShun Burr Danley Phone: 678-721-9391, ext 101.

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Alternative Baseball Benefit Game September 15; Friday 6pm at New Georgia Ball Complex High quality fan experience, prizes and games. Featuring players with autism and special needs, using MLB rules. The complex is located at 5885 GA 61/Villa Rica Hwy., Dallas and admission is FREE. Questions? Dallas Food Truck Friday and LIVE Concert with Up All Night Band September 15; Friday 6pm-9pm Main St Dallas Paulding Gymnastics Events September 16 Saturday – Parent’s Night Out September 17, Sunday - Open Gym Every Friday; 10am-12pm - Toddler Time Questions? 770-445-5525. 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas

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health & fitness Muffin Top, Love Handles can Become Past History By Amy J. Holland, M.D., In His Image Med Spa


ellulite is that dimpled appearance of skin that happens as collagen changes with age and with extra accumulation of fat on the body. Since one can’t spend their life in a loose fitting cover-up, and exercise and weight loss can only help so much, new technology has emerged over the last decade. The latest help for muffin tops and love handles is the TruSculpt 3D. TruSculpt 3D is the newest advancement in circumferential Reduction and non-surgical body sculpting that offers up to 24% fat thickness reduction , as measured by ultrasound, in a single treatment. It is now replacing Coolsculpting, and Sculpsure in fat removal non-surgically. TruSculpt 3D offers 2 things at once Fat Reduction and skin tightening together, which is a huge advantage over some of the other body sculpting devices. Weight loss and exercise can help improve the appearance of Cellulite, but sometimes there are some stubborn areas and herein non-surgical body sculpting TruSculpt 3D holds the answer. Typically, patients see results after only one treatment of TruSculpt 3D which makes this a more affordable and quicker way to get the outcome that is desired. Treatment

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The treatment is performed using a technique that requires the operator to lightly glide the hand piece over the area being treated. The temperature will gradually heat up and it is comparable to a hot stone massage in terms of heat you will feel.

Focusing on three specific characteristics of dimension, definition and depth, TruSculpt 3D offers an optimized and customizable approach to body sculpting for areas both large and small. As the holidays approach and everyone wants to look and feel their best, body sculpting with TruSculpt 3D may be just what you need. You can get Fat Reduction and skin tightening simultaneously when you have a TruSculpt 3D session by 10-12 weeks post treatment.

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Brighten Your Grandchildren’s Financial Future

Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/Acworth


other’s Day and Father’s Day may get more attention, but National Grandparents Day, observed on September 10, has gained in popularity. If you’re a grandparent, you might expect to receive some nice cards, but if you want to make the day especially meaningful, you may want to consider giving some long-lasting financial gifts to your grandchildren. What might come to mind first, of course, is helping your grandchildren pay for college. You can choose from several college savings vehicles, but you may be especially interested in a 529 savings plan. With a 529 plan, your earnings accumulate tax free, provided they are used for qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition, books, and room and board. (Keep in mind that 529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income taxes and a 10% IRS penalty on the earnings.) You may be eligible for a state income tax incentive for contributing to a 529 plan. Check with your tax advisor regarding these incentives, as well as all tax-related issues pertaining to 529 plans. One benefit of using a 529 plan is contribution limits are quite generous. Plus, a 529 plan is flexible: If your grandchild decides against college, you can transfer the plan to another beneficiary. Generally, a 529 plan owned by a grandparent won’t be reported as an asset on the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but withdrawals from the plan are treated as untaxed income to the beneficiary (i.e., your grandchild) — and that has a big impact on financial aid, a much bigger impact than if the plan was listed as a parental asset. Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, however, FAFSA now requires families to report income from two years before the school year starts, rather than income from the prior calendar year. Consequently, it might be beneficial, from a financial aid standpoint, for you, as a grandparent, to start paying for college expenses from a 529 plan in the year in which your grandchild becomes a junior. Contact a financial aid professional about the potential financial aid impact of any gifts you’re considering. A 529 plan isn’t the only financial gift you could give to your grandchildren. You might also consider giving them shares of stock, possibly held in a custodial account, usually known as an UTMA or UGMA account. One possible drawback: You only control a custodial account until your grandchildren reach the age of majority, at which time they can use the money for whatever they want, whereas distributions from a 529 savings plan must be used for qualified higher education expenses.

Still, your grandchildren might be particularly interested in owning the stocks contained in the custodial account – most young people enjoy owning shares of companies that make familiar products. And to further interest your grandchildren in a lifetime of investing, you may want to show them how a particular stock you’ve owned for decades has grown over time. Naturally, you’ll also want to let them know that stocks can move up and down in the short term, and there are no guarantees of profits – but the long-term growth potential of stocks is still a compelling story. You’d probably do whatever you could for your grandchildren – and with a smart financial gift, you can make a big difference in their lives. 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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By Summer Pendley

“A huge force has come against you from beyond the Dead Sea—there’s no time to waste…” [2 Chronicles 20:1-2]


aving received this intelligence report, Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, was aware of the significance of the threat against his people. Conscious of his own frailty and the weight of his responsibility as leader, Jehoshaphat set himself to seek the Lord. While I consider Jehoshaphat’s posture in a moment of impending doom, I compare the gravity of this threat to my own life and the ones that I love. I’m reminded of a dear friend who has been diagnosed with cancer. I recall the face of a precious sister who recently lost her baby and a conversation with another friend who is grieving the choices made by her daughter. I think of those who have been emotionally and physically abandoned. I consider those facing battles in secret. Jehoshaphat’s devotion to the Lord was immediate— without delay. He did not reach out to trusted leaders, counselors, or friends. While he declared a fast throughout the land, he also entered into prayer…



“O GOD, are you not God in heaven above and ruler of all kingdoms below? Power and might are in your fist—no one stands a chance against you! And didn’t you make the natives of the land leave as you brought your people Israel in, turning it over permanently to your people Israel, the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived here and built a holy house of worship to honor you, saying, ‘when the worst happens—whether war or flood or disease or famine—and we take our place before this Temple and pray out our pain and trouble, we know that you will listen and give us victory.’ We’re helpless before this great force against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” [2 Chronicles 20: 5-12]

you’ll go after them. You won’t have to lift a hand in this battle; just stand firm, and watch God’s saving work for you take shape. Don’t be afraid—do not waver. March out boldly tomorrow—GOD is with you.” [verses 15-17]

Scripture implies that at the conclusion of this prayer in the Temple, the Spirit of God fell upon the people. Spontaneously, through the prophet (Jahaziel), a word was spoken…

When the prophet Jahaziel assured the people of Judah and Jerusalem that the battle was not theirs, there was a sense of calm.

“Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow,

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The next morning, Jehoshaphat did something astonishing. He assembled a choir, dressed in holy robes, and placed them in front of the army. They marched towards the enemy singing, “Give thanks to the LORD, for His mercy and love endures forever!” The LORD sent a series of ambushes, and the enemies ultimately defeated each other. No one escaped, and the army of Jehoshaphat never lifted a weapon. If the intimidating, insurmountable obstacles in your life have you pacing back and forth, wringing your hands over circumstances that are out of your control, you’re not alone. Yet, could it be that God is saying, “Show up for the fight! The battle is not yours—it is mine!”

“Oh, when you know the Lord means to deliver you, bow your head and just give him the quiet, deep, solemn worship of your spirit.” {Charles Spurgeon}


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medical Dispelling the Myths about ACL Injuries By Richard R. Maguire, MD, OrthoAtlanta


ootball is synonymous with Fall in Paulding county. Proper warm ups, cool-downs and safe practices are top of mind for players, their coaches and athletic trainers. Nevertheless, chance of injury exists, and one of the more common and dreaded football injuries is to the ACL. Most of us know or have heard of someone who has suffered an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. Typically, the story will include mention of a telltale “pop” that can signal a ruptured knee ligament and the end of an athletic season. While as many as 200,000 such tears occur each year in the United States alone, many don’t understand exactly what they entail. Here are some of the most common myths about ACL injuries, along with the real facts. Myth: An ACL tear will eventually heal on its own. FALSE: Unlike other ligaments in the knee, the ACL does not repair itself after an injury. Those who expect to put their knees to regular, strenuous use, like athletes, usually opt for ACL reconstruction through orthopedic surgery, where the ligament is replaced completely. Myth: Women never tear their ACL’s FALSE: Several factors, including hormones, genetics, bone and muscle alignment, and even the way females react and respond in sports situations are all believed to contribute to the fact that young women are two to eight times more likely than their male counterparts to injure the ACL during athletic activities. Some studies, however, have shown a decrease in the risk of ACL tears when women do particular exercises prior to and during their sports season. Myth: Athletes tear their ACL most often when they collide with another player on the field. FALSE: Most ACL tears occur when a person’s knee twists underneath him, like when a player is coming down from a jump or when he or she is running down the field and suddenly cuts to change directions. As many as 70 percent of ACL injuries are incurred with little or no contact with another athlete. Myth: Tearing your ACL as a child will end your athletic career forever. FALSE: The fact is that 80-90 percent of kids will get back to playing sports at the same level they were playing before their injury. However, recovery can often be difficult and time consuming, usually taking anywhere from 6 months to sometimes up to a year of formal physical therapy. Further, those who have suffered a torn ACL appear to have a greater than normal chance of re-tearing the ACL a second time and so may need to take extra precautions. When experiencing a sports injury, it is important to consult with a trained sports medicine professional. Letting a sports injury go untreated may keep a player sidelined longer than if it had been treated promptly and correctly. OrthoAtlanta’s Richard R. Maguire, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. His interests include knee, shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, minimally-invasive joint replacement surgery, computer assisted joint replacement surgery, fracture care and general orthopedics. OrthoAtlanta Paulding is located at 148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 120 in the Paulding Outpatient South Pavilion. For more information regarding Dr. Maguire or to request an appointment, please call 770-445-5666 or visit


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home improvement Is Your Well Water Safe? Testing Is the Only Way to Know By Mary Carol Sheffield, Paulding County Extension Coordinator


any homes in Paulding rely on well water for their household water needs. Well water can be a great way to supply your water needs, but there are things you need to know if you are a well owner and steps you need to take to be sure that your drinking water supply is safe. Government agencies do not monitor or regulate water quality for home wells, and water testing is not required by any federal or state regulation. If you are one of the 1.7 million Georgians with a private well, you are responsible for the quality and safety of your well water. Testing your well water quality is important to your health. I often talk with homeowners who have questions about their well water and its safety. Many of them say, “Well it tastes fine and it smells fine.” Although taste, odor and appearance of your drinking water can give you an indication of its quality, those characteristics are not a definite indicator if the water is really safe or unsafe to drink. Contaminated water can taste and smell fine, whereas unpleasant-tasting or -smelling water can be safe to drink or use. Many drinking water problems can only be detected through laboratory testing of the water. You should consider well water testing if: l You have frequent and unexplained illnesses in your household. l You are concerned about the lead pipes or soldering in your home. l You detect a difference in the taste, smell or color of the water. l You are buying a new home with a well that has been out of use. l It comes from an improperly sealed or unprotected well, spring or cistern. l You spill fertilizers, pesticides, oil, gasoline or other toxic substances on the ground in or near the well. Water with high levels of certain minerals can be a health concern, or just a nuisance. Minerals like calcium, iron, and manganese are often present in Paulding County wells in concentrations that cause nuisance issues, like hard water, build up on fixtures, laundry stains, or just cause a bad odor in the water. Bacteria tests determine if water is free of disease-causing bacteria. These tests check for E. coli and total coliform bacteria, which can come from fecal contamination. This is a test that should be performed yearly on home wells. Pesticide and chemical tests are generally performed only if there is reason to believe a specific contaminant has entered the water system. Unfortunately, no single test provides information about all of the possible contaminants in water, but there are some basic tests that every well owner should consider as a regular part of home maintenance. The general schedule for basic well maintenance should include a yearly bacteria test and an expanded mineral test every 3 years. Even if your current water supply is clean and safe to drink, regular testing is important because it establishes a record of water quality that may help solve future problems. Well testing can be done through local UGA Extension offices. Water samples are tested through the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratory in Athens. Fees and sampling procedures vary based on the test, so consult with the Extension Office for specific information.


Mary Carol Sheffield, is the Paulding County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information on well water testing, sampling procedures and testing fees through Paulding County UGA Extension, contact the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or check us out online at For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 •  Our Town

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2nd Annual Wheel Believers Car, Truck, & More Show at Smyrna UMC September 23; Saturday Registration 9:30a-12p/Judging 12p-2p/Awards 3p Cars, vintage campers, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors welcome. Entry fee is $20. Live music and food vendors. Smyrna UMC, 9199 Buchanan Hwy, Dallas. Questions? Steve Weaver – 770-265-7289 Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas September 23; 4th Saturday of the month (May-September); 4pm - 9pm Georgia Classic Rides block party and car cruise. Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center October 5; Thursday 11am - 1pm State of the Cities; ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Register at or call 770-445-6016. Cowboy Day 2017 at the Town of Ynot, in partnership w/Paulding Chamber October 7; Saturday 12pm – 4pm Admission $10/car. Family fun day with Old West entertainment, Kid stick horse race and more. Free hotdogs/drinks with car admission. Bring your lawn chairs. Questions? or 770-445-6016. Dallas Rotary…. Ride for Literacy October 7; Saturday 8:30am Ride starts at the Senior Center in Dallas ending at Knuckleheads in Rockmart. Questions? Mike Mason 678-674-6050 or Unity in the Community Fall Festival – Unity Baptist Church October 14; Saturday 5pm – 9pm Fun-filled night of Carnival Ride, Inflatables, Games, & Food! Parking-Donation Only; Rides & Games are FREE! 431 Mustang Dr, Dallas. 770-445-8024 or goesalongway 2017 AONH Annual Health Care Conference (REGISTER EARLY!) November 2; Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm at Douglasville Conference Center Niki Gratrix will present “The Power of Relationships in Health and Healing.” Free event; registration required. ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS- Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Dallas Farmer’s Market at 25 Courthouse Square, Every Saturday 9am – 1pm, through December. Weather Permitting Playing Pickleball in Paulding County, Indoors at Mt. Tabor Park in Dallas Tuesdays; 11am – 1pm and Wednesdays; 6pm – 8pm, thru end of 2017 East to Learn and Play. Free Lessons Available. Questions? 770-794-1985 Book Writers Critique Group* Every Wednesday 1pm - 2:30pm at Starbucks - Crossroads 8655 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas  Dallas Rotary Club at Audrey’s Café* Every Thursday; 7:30am networking, 8am meeting Contact Madge Lovingood 770-439-7991 with any questions. Paulding County Beekeepers Club* 2nd Thursday 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.

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Tyler Bird - #44 North Paulding High School


Tyler has played football for 12 years and is a Linebacker for the North Paulding Wolfpack. His parents are Janeen and Rob Bird. This football season he is looking forward to competing and spending time with his teammates. Also for the last few years at NPHS, he has thrown shot-put and discus for the track team. Tyler will graduate in December and plans to enroll early in college and play football at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.



ometimes the passion in life for what you love to do becomes the catalyst for life changing events. That’s what took David Jones, a 12 year decorated armed services veteran from the Air Force, to his current dream job as a photographer. Studying under Atlanta’s Master of Photography, John Haigwood was a tremendous boost to David’s natural talent. With Haigwood’s mentoring, David learned different lighting techniques, composition and advance fundamentals which gave his portraits that little extra shine. Since then, David has enjoyed working on photo shoots for Our Town magazine, local celebrities, schools and families, as well as global corporations such as After Six formal wear rentals.

Always pushing the creative envelope, David has the same enthusiasm he brings when he’s hired to shoot for his commercial clients. No matter if he’s shooting a mother’s belly bump, a family portrait or a wedding, or the fabulous top athletes in Paulding County, David will surpass expectations and bring the experience to a whole new creative level. David has a mastery of lighting, styling, editing and most of all, a vision for capturing a portrait in time that tells the perfect story. To see more of David’s fantastic work, visit his online galleries of families, couples, children and more by visiting his website, If you would like to contact David, you can reach him at 770-687-6378.

Brantley Mauldin - #17 Paulding County High School Brantley is the son of Dana Mauldin and Logan Mauldin. He has played football for eight years and is the Quarterback for the Patriot Nation. He is looking forward to growing and building chemistry with his teammates and having the best senior season possible. Brantley is also involved in Beta Club, National Honors Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes at PCHS. Although he is currently undecided on where to attend college, he plans on pursuing a career in sports medicine or physical therapy after his graduation.

Jordan Anderson - #2 South Paulding High School Jordan has played football for 14 years and is a Cornerback and Running Back for the Spartans. He is the son of Shonda Anderson. This season he is really “hyped” for his team and says, “We’ve been working hard over the off season and waiting to get back on the field to prove ourselves.” At SPHS, he also runs track participating in the 100m, 200m, running long jump and relay teams. After graduation, Jordan plans to attend Lafayette College and play for the football team.

David Jones never fails to make these players look like the pros with his amazing eye for detail and talent with lighting. We appreciate his talent and are blessed to have him. Many thanks to Head Coach Billy Shackelford, Athletic Director Brad Thomason and Principal Jason Freeman of East Paulding High School for the use of the Raider’s field and locker rooms. We also appreciate the assistance of the Athletic Directors and Head Coaches from each school. They sent five wonderful senior representatives and should be proud!


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nimals play a meaningful role in the lives of their owners. In fact, most people consider their furry friends part of the family. And while dogs and cats tend to be the most common companions, nowadays, the beloved family pet can come in many different shapes, sizes and species. Today, families across the country are opening their hearts and homesteads to various types of livestock, proving once and for all that not all pets have paws. Leanne Lauricella, founder of the popular rescue organization Goats of Anarchy and a consultant for Tractor Supply Company, has experienced this firsthand. Lauricella cares for more than 40 special needs, orphaned and disabled goats, as well as two pigs, and while she loves her hoofed herd, she says families should be aware of the unique challenges that come with raising such a pet. “It’s common for people to see a cute baby pig or goat and think, ‘I want one!’” says Lauricella. “These animals are adorable and make for great companions, but they do require a special type of commitment from their owners and it’s important for people to understand the responsibilities before deciding to adopt.”

Available for Adoption: I’m BELINDA (DOB 06/17/2007), a purebred female Seal Tabby Point Birman, and I’m in search of my retirement home! My name is coined from Italian bella, meaning “beautiful” – and that I am!! I am one of the two eldest of the Birman clowder that came in to FFRS at the beginning of May from a CFA cattery that was downsizing. I used to have a dominant personality and was the alpha female while with the breeder, but I have calmed down considerably since being spayed. I would enjoy occupying at least half of your lap (and I will share the other half with a friend), giving you head-butts and allowing you to massage my belly. I’d love to have a home where I could be the center of attention, and I will reciprocate with all the love I can give! I am spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for FIV/FeLV, dewormed, have received flea preventative, and will be microchipped and eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance. My adoption fee is $200.


To determine if livestock adoption is right for you, here’s a glimpse of what life with livestock really looks like. They get big It may sound obvious, but many would-be adopters forget that the once small, adorable baby animal they adopted will one day grow into a full-fledged adult. A pot-bellied pig, for example, may start out nice and little, but it will hardly be considered a lap animal when it reaches a whopping 100-250 pounds. They like having friends The majority of farm animals thrive in a herd or flock, and having companions is extremely beneficial to their long-term health and happiness. Before you get started, make sure you have the time and resources to care for multiple animals. Adjusting your lifestyle It’s important to note that your new animal isn’t going to adjust to your lifestyle. With farm animals, Lauricella says, it’s the other way around. Livestock animals generally rise with the sun, and when they do, you will too. And remember, there’s no snooze button on a hungry goat. A space to fit their needs Livestock animals need space to roam, but don’t underestimate the importance of also keeping them properly contained. While the size and strength of a fence will vary depending on the animals you plan to adopt, quality fencing should always be a high priority. The last thing you want is for your animals to outsmart their fence and roam into a nearby farm, field or neighborhood. Caring for them when they’re ill All animals are susceptible to illness, but livestock animals have a higher risk of contracting infections than their indoor counterparts. Veterinarians can help determine the right medical plan for your animal, but it’s vital for new livestock owners to identify a livestock veterinarian before their animal gets sick. Be sure it’s legal Livestock laws differ from place to place, so if you have plans to bring home a new pig or goat, it’s a good idea to check your city ordinances and homeowners association to be sure your new pet is allowed by local rules. Know where to go for supplies From feeders, food and treats to containment and healthcare, adopting livestock means shopping for a whole new set of supplies, and it’s important to know where to go. Tractor Supply Company offers a comprehensive selection of products for equine, livestock, pets and small animals, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment. (BPT)

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Cucumbers By Melissa M. Cornay


or me, it is bittersweet as we end our dance of frolic with the carefree, sizzling, summer and we begin our “back to the races,” frenzied stride into the colorful adventures of autumn. 

I look forward to the cool, crisp days of wearing sweaters and nights by the fire pit, but I will miss the long days on the beach and starry nights by the water. I look forward to football, tailgating, and wearing my college team’s colors every Saturday, but I will miss having friends and family over on Saturdays for outside grilling and seafood boils.

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I look forward to the bounty of autumnal seasonal eats that await me, but already feel the longing for those fresh fruits and veggies that the great months of summer give so abundantly.

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Being that we are right on the cusp of the going out and the coming in of the old and new harvests, I usually find myself with an overflowing of the beautiful produce from August’s last crops. In fact, I typically have enough cucumbers to feed a small country at the end of August/beginning of September. Because of this Blessing and the Blessing of my Nana who gave my mom this recipe, we have had this delicious treat my entire life. This was a staple on my dad’s table when he was growing up as a boy. Because he loved this recipe so much, it was one of the first my mom learned to make from his mom (my Nana). I have found myself making this super simple, super delicious cucumber salad for almost every Labor Day gathering we have had since my mom taught me how to prepare it. Hope you all enjoy!!  

Nana’s Cucumbers with Sour Cream


2 large cucumbers. If you use fresh or “English” cucumbers, you do not need to peel and seed them. Just wash them well. If the cucumbers are “waxy” or out of season, peel and seed them. Cut the cucumbers in half, length wise and then slice into in 1/4 inch half-moon slices.   1 cup of real sour cream  ½ finely diced Vidalia onion  Juice of a whole lemon  1 tablespoon of sugar or sugar substitute  Salt and Pepper to taste  Mix all ingredients and chill for a couple of hours   MELISSA’S MEASURE: Don’t let the end of summer find you sweating the small stuff! A dish does not have to be labor intensive to be a labor of love!  Happy Labor Day everyone and lets work hard to bring on a fall that’s full of fun, food, football, and festivities with friends and family! For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 •  Our Town

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