We Are Republican Because We Believe by linzhengnd


Harvey Persons, Chairman   Directors-At-Large Dan Cowart     Debra Harrington
John Lawrence, Secretary   Michael McNeely Gene Sorrells John West
Jack Gamel, Treasurer      Bert Blood         Steve Williams

                                                                                We Are Republican Because We Believe ...
                                                                                • The strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be
                                                                                • In equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
                                                                                • Free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
                                                                                • The government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
                                                                                • Government’s role is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals/private
                                                                                   organizations and that the best government is that which governs least.
                                                                                • The most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.
                                                                                • We must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of
                                                                                   changing times.
                                                                                • We should value and preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights
                                                                                   throughout the world.
                                                                                • The Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.
community                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     community
                                                                                                           Junior League to host meeting on gang                    Local youth awarded Eagle Scout rank                                 was designed and built to store 120 pairs
                                                                                                           awareness                                                                     At the young age of nine                        of marching shoes. Wooden shelves were
                                                                                                               Detective Curtis Clifton of the Doug-                                  years old, Curtis Pittman                          built for the band trophies and awards to
                                                                                                           lasville Police Department Gang Intelli-                                   joined Cub Scouts with just                        be displayed in the band room. Metal
                                                                                                           gence Unit is the featured speaker at the                                  a thought of becoming an                           shelving units were constructed to store
                                                                                                           November 10th Junior League meeting                                        Eagle Scout. He began his                          concession supplies and equipment for the

                                             WOODIE FITE                                                   at the Downtown Conference Center at                                       journey in 1998 as a mem-                          Chapel Hill Band Parent Association.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Curtis is a senior at Chapel Hill High

                                                     SENIOR CENTER
                                                                                                           7:00pm. The Gang Intelligence Unit is                                      ber of Troop 30. In 2001,
                                                                                                           responsible for the intelligence gathering,                                he became a member of                              School.
                                                                                                           processing and dissemination of potential                                  Troop 745, meeting at The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Girl Scout Volunteers needed
                                             8750 Dorris Road  Douglasville, GA 30135                     and actual gang members and their orga-                                    Church of Jesus Christ of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you want to make a difference in a
                                            Hours: Mon., Tues., & Thurs.: 8:30am - 7:30pm                  nizations. The Gang Unit was started as a                                  Latter Day Saints on Cha-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         girl’s life? You have that opportunity as
                                                    Wed. & Fri.: 8:30am - 4:30pm                           proactive approach in light of increased                 pel Hill Road. In 2005, he was chosen by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a Girl Scout volunteer. The Girl Scouts of
                                                                                                           activities in the Metro Atlanta area, and                his fellow scouts to represent the troop as a
                                            CLASSES & CLUB                                                                                                                                                                               Greater Atlanta have many opportunities
                                                                                                           is instrumental in information-sharing with              member of the Order of the Arrow.                                    to serve without having to make a full time
                                            AARP Monthly Meeting - $5/Year, First Tuesday, 2:00 - 4:00pm
                                                                                                           other law enforcement agencies. The Ju-                     On August 20, 2008, at the age of 16                              commitment. You can manage your own
                                            Acrylic Painting Beginner’s Class - $35/4 weeks, Wednesday,
                                                                                                           nior League of Douglas County is an orga-                years old, Curtis completed his trail to eagle                       schedule. For almost 100 years volunteers
                                            9:00 - 11:00am
                                                                                                           nization that improves the lives of children,            by earning the rank of Eagle Scout. To earn                          have helped Girl Scouts.
                                            Acrylic Painting Intermediate Class - $35/4 weeks, Thursday,
                                                                                                           women and seniors in Douglasville. JLDC                  Scouting’s highest award, he earned 24                                  Whether you have a couple of hours or
                                            9:00 - 12:00pm
                                                                                                           is currently accepting applications for new              merit badges, served as a leader in his troop                        can meet with a troop each week, your time
                                            Afternoon Tea Club - $5/Annual or $2/Monthly, Last Thursday,
                                                                                                           potential members. For more information                  and completed a major community service                              and talents shared with the Girl Scouts will
                                            1:30 - 3:30pm
                                                                                                           on how to become a member you can at-                    project.                                                             help to build their courage, confidence and
                                            Ballroom Dancing - $15/4 weeks, Thursday, 6:00 - 6:45pm
                                                                                                           tend a meeting which is typically held on                   Curtis’ service project was built for the                         character as they make the world a better
                                            Ballroom Dancing - $15/4 weeks, Thursday, 6:00 - 6:45pm
                                                                                                           the second Monday of each month at the                   Chapel Hill High School Band. Leading                                place. Visit www.girlscoutsofgreateratlanta.
                                            Beginning Piano - $20/4 weeks, See Front Desk for Days
                                                                                                           Downtown Conference Center, contact                      several scouts, band students and adults,                            org, call 770-899-6920 or e-mail jreed@
                                            Bible Study - Free, Friday, 12:00 - 1:30pm
                                                                                                           them by email jldc_membership@yahoo.                     Curtis built three types of shelving units for                       girlscoutsofgreateratlanta.org for more in-
                                            Blood Pressure Checks - Free, See Desk for Days, 10:00 -                                                                the band program. A wooden cubby unit
                                                                                                           com or visit www.jldouglascounty.org.                                                                                         formation.
                                            Bunco Club - First Friday, 9:00 - 11:00am
                                            Center Dances - $4, First, Second & Third Saturday, 6:00 -
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Specialists in the Detection and Treatment of
                                            Computer Classes - $50, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday,                                                                                                          Digestive Diseases, Hepatitis and Colon Cancer
                                            9:00am - 12:00pm
                                            Euchre - Free, Tuesday, 1:00 - 5:00pm; Thursday, 9:00 -
                                                                                                                    Almost every adult will suffer from digestive issues during their lifetime.
                                            Fiber Arts - Free, Monday. 8:30 - 11:30am                               Whether it’s a touch of indigestion or abdominal pain that won’t subside, you
                                            Garden Club - Free, Last Monday, 1:30 - 2:30pm                          deserve the best possible care.
                                            Jazzercise Lite - $25/4 weeks, Tuesday & Friday, 4:00 -
                                                                                                                    The Board Certified specialists at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates are
                                            4:45pm                                                                  experts in evaluating and treating colon cancer, and every type of digestive
                                            Line Dancing - $15/4 weeks, Monday, 6:00 - 7:00pm; Tues-                disorder, including liver disease and hepatitis, intestinal polyps, diarrhea, ulcers
                                            day, 10:00 - 11:00am; Friday 10:00 - 11:00am                            and hiatal hernias. Plus illnesses you hear about every day – like acid reflux
                                            PenMasters Writing Club - Free, Friday, 1:30 - 3:30pm                   and irritable bowel syndrome.
                                            Ping Pong - Free, Monday, 2:30 - 4:00pm                                 With three convenient locations in your area – and a state-of-the-art Endoscopy
                                            Pinochle - Free, Wednesday, 1:30 -3:30pm                                Center – getting the kind of care you need has never been easier. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jay Garten, M.D.
                                            Red Hat Society - Free, Second Tuesday, 2:00 - 4:00pm                   information, call the location nearest you or talk to your primary care physician.
                                            Samba-Canasta - Free, Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00pm
                                                                                                                               Douglasville                          West Metro Endoscopy Center
                                            Santa’s Village Craft Shop - Free, Friday, 9:30 - 11:30am                 8855 Hospital Drive • Suite 101               8855 Hospital Drive • Suite 102
                                            Scrapbooking - $15/4 weeks, Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:30pm                              678.784.5020                                  678.784.5021
                                            Spanish - $25/4 weeks, Tuesday & Friday, 11:00am -
                                            12:30pm                                                                              Villa Rica                                      Hiram                                          Neal Osborn, M.D.

                                            Square Dance Club - Tuesday, 1:30 - 3:30pm                                705 Dallas Highway • Suite 201             148 Bill Carruth Parkway • Suite 140
                                                                                                                               678.784.5020                                  678.486.5500
                                            Sunshine Social Circle - Free, First Monday, 1:00 - 2:30pm
                                            Strength Training - $25/4 weeks, Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30
                                                                                                                                                For information about our other locations, call toll-free: 1-866-GO-TO-AGA [468-6242]
                                            - 1:15pm
                                                                                                                                 Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates is a participating provider for Medicare, Medicaid and most healthcare plans offered in Georgia.
                                            TOPS - $24/year or $1/week, Friday, 11:00am - 12:00pm                                                                            West Metro Endoscopy Center is certified by DHR.
                                            Travel Club - Free, Third Thursday, 1:30 - 2:30pm
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                                                                                                  arts CENtEr
                                                                                                    CALENDAR OF EVENTS
                                                                                     NOVEMBER 2008
                                                                                        11/09 - Reception & Gallery Talk for 22ND ANNUAL NATION-
                                                                                     AL JURIED ARTS EXHIBITION, 3:00pm to 5:00pm, free and open
                                                                                     to the public.
                                                                                        11/15 - CABARET-GALA CELEBRATION & AUCTION, 6:00pm
                                                                                     to 10:00pm, Downtown Conference Center, $60 per person, $500
                                                                                     per table.
                                                                                                  All of the events listed take place at the
                                                                                                Cultural Arts Center unless otherwise noted.
                                                                                                       8652 CAMPBELLTON STREET
                                                                                                      DOUGLASVILLE, GEORGIA 30134

                                                                                      Douglas County Republican Party meets
                                                                                          The Douglas County Republican Party will
                                                                                      meet Saturday morning, November 1 at the           Community
                                                                                      O’Neal Community Room in Regions Bank
                                                                                      located on the corner of Church Street and
                                                                                      Campbellton Street in downtown Douglasville.
                                                                                      Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:00am
                                                                                      and the business meeting will start at 8:30am. You do not have
                                                                                      to be a member to attend and the meeting is free. Please visit their
                                                                                      web site at www.DouglasCountyGOP     .com or call 770-942-3871
                                                                                      if you have any questions.

          Spa Parties For Kids!                                                       Keep Douglasville Beautiful to hold Electronics Recycling Event
                                                                                         An Electronics Recycling Event will be held in honor of America
                 Invite up to 7 friends to share your private Birthday                Recycles Day on Saturday, November 15 in the Aeris Services
                 Party getting pampered at only $25 per person!
                                                                                      parking lot (located at 5913 Stewart Parkway - in front of the Post
                                              Includes:                               Office) from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Non hazardous and hazardous
                                              Invitations  Goody Bags
                                              Food, Beverages & Cake                  electronics will be accepted including blenders, frying pans, irons,
                                              Hand Massage or Foot Massage            slow cookers, vacuum cleaners, cd players, scanners and many,
                                              Facial  8X10 & 4X6 Pictures            many more. Visit www.keepdouglasvillebeautiful.org for more in-
                                                                                      formation and a complete list of acceptable items.

                                                                                      Toys for Tots now seeking donations
  CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH A                                                          Toys for Tots of West Georgia is seeking to help parents with

         Princess Party!                                                              Christmas for their children. Toys for Tots is the only national
                                                                                      non-profit organization which has a sole purpose of helping
                                    Dress up as your favorite Disney
                                                                                      with Christmas for children. This has expanded this year to in-
                                    Princess and your guests as                       clude reading initiatives. Since its start in 1947 with one small
                                    Maidens! Enjoy being crowned
                                    Princess and playing games with                   reserve unit, to the present time Toys for Tots has distributed over
                                    your friends!                                     370,000,000 toys. Averaging 5,800,000 children annually for
                                                     Other Themes:
                                        Dress Up Tea Party  Craft Party              over 60 years.
       Only $25 per person!             Barbie Dancing Princess                           They are depending more than ever on community support
                                        Strawberry Shortcake
        Princess Party’s Hannah Montana                                               this year. Based upon predictions both economic and applica-
                                        High School Musical                           tions for assistance already received, they need over 20,000 toys.
  Open Mon. - Wed. 1:00pm 1pm & Party Hours - Mon. 1pm
  Office Hours - Mon. - Fri.9am toto 6:00pmFriday 10am to - Sat. 12:00pm to 8:00pm
                                                                                      If you are interested in helping in any way contact Carlis Baker
  Angie 404.372.9019 | Rachel 770.617.2556
                                                                                      at 770-562-2292 or visit our website www.westgeorgiatoys4tots.
  5929 Stewart Pkwy. www.princess-partys.com
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                 By Frank Parham • fparham@bellsouth.net                  (yuk!) and the other had some other odd                                                             Painted Pigs Feet                                    Susie’s feet and made them sparkle; I smuggled a bottle into her pen.
                   The other day, I became a little older. I could feel   combination of foodstuffs on the plate, I re-                                                                    By Neal Beard. Neal Beard is a long          As show time closed in I gave Susie a final bath, and painted her
                father time’s touch as he gave me another wrinkle in      membered when they were toddlers. Eating                                                                      time Douglas County resident who writes    hooves. A farmer, whose son had a pig in the show, was sauntering
                my face, and as he added a few more gray hairs to         at a restaurant with small children can be                                                                    about days gone by in this area. Email     through the pig barn admiring the animals. Down on one knee examin-
                my already near-silver head. No, it wasn’t my birthday,   an experience that can tax parents’ or grand-                                                                 nealbeard@bellsouth.net.                   ing Susie, he asked, “How’d you get them hooves so shiny?”
  although that day was just a couple of weeks ago. No, this was my       parents’ patience. Many times the child will pick at                  his                                                                                    With the confidence of an expert hogologist, I told him my secret for
                                                                                                                                                                                             New York Yankee’s pitcher, Don Lar-
  granddaughter Emily’s birthday, her 13th. I felt the same phenom-       or her green beans, mashed potatoes, carrots, and whatever other                                                                                         the well groomed hog. He said, “Son them judges will disqualify your pig
                                                                                                                                                      son, made sports history on October 8, 1956 pitching the only perfect
  enon one or two years ago when her brother, my grandson Andrew          healthy food is on their plate that their parents paid dear money for.                                                                                   when they see her hooves.”
                                                                                                                                                      game in World Series history. It was the fifth game of the contest against
  turned 13, then a year later 14. You know the old cliché - “they grow   But come dessert time – ohhh - the ice cream or chocolate cake or                                                                                            My group had been notified to be ready to enter the show ring in
                                                                                                                                                      the Brooklyn Dodgers. After the no-hitter, a mentally challenged sports
  up so fast”. Yep, they sure do!                                                                                                                                                                                                  30 minutes. Panicked, I flitted about asking every woman I could find,
                                                                          pudding will be almost inhaled by this child, leaving only a slight film    reporter asked manager, Casey Stengel if that was the best game Larson
     We were eating together, Emily and Andrew, their Mom and Pop,                                                                                                                                                                 “Ma’am could I borrow some nail polish remover?” They gave the de-
                                                                          of residue in the bowl, or on the plate.                                    had ever pitched. Stengel’s tongue in cheek, answer was, “so far.” The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ranged 15 year old eye rolling looks that said, “This young generation’s
  my sweet wife and I, at Golden Corral. Their Mom, my daughter                But on that day, as we shared a meal as a family, I felt very proud    game’s most memorable picture was catcher, Yogi Berra, leaping into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   going to the hogs.”
  Cindy, had paid for our dining experience in celebration of my and      of my grandchildren. No longer are they whining, squirming, hard to         Larson’s arms after the 27th out.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Finally, a grandmotherly lady asked, “Why in the world do you want
  Emily’s birthdays. As I observed these two teenagers, sitting quietly   handle bundles of energy. I could see that these two young people               In that same year, hog history happened here. The brain dead re-         nail polish remover?” When I explained, this angelic woman said, “Come
  and eating their meal- one had a drumstick and a slice of pizza         are on their way to adulthood, and much to their mom’s chagrin, it          porter could have rescued his ragged reputation but, alas, that journal-     on we ain’t got much time.” She crawled in the pen with me and we went
                                                                          won’t be long! We had no arguments or hard words at our table, just         ist, nor any other, was on hand when Susie, my thoroughbred Spotted          to work unpolishing Susie’s hooves. She was finishing the last toenail
                                                                          conversation. And I can now actually carry on a real conversation           Poland China pig, won a blue ribbon at the Coosa Valley fair, in Rome,       when my name was called.
                                                                          with these two youngsters.                                                  Georgia.                                                                         Pretty, proud, and perky, like any beauty contestant, Susie promenad-
                                                                               A conversation between Andrew, a University of Georgia fan, and            I became a sow specialist through the teaching of Mr. Frank Cloer, our   ed before the judges. Recognizing hog superiority, they awarded her the
                                                                          my wife Anne, a dedicated Georgia Tech yellow jacket, is something          agriculture teacher. He encouraged me to work with Susie daily, from the     blue ribbon.
                                                                          to behold. I tend to melt into the woodwork since I’m almost football       time she was eight weeks old, preparing her for the show ring. When Mr.          Don Larson’s no hitter has its place in sports history; but if there was
                                                                          illiterate, and just listen. And laugh. Emily has also provided me with     Cloer declared Susie ready, so was I.                                        a Hog World Series, as there should be, Susie would be in the hall of
                                                                          some conversational humor. Last week I called her to ask where she              On the appointed day we went to the fair. Each hog in her category       fame. Where is a reporter when history is being made? Probably, asking
                                                                          would like for her parents to take Emily and me for our birthday din-       was assigned a small pen with a thick carpet of shavings on the floor, and   dimwitted questions at a lesser event.
                                                                          ners. I commented that it was her 13th birthday and she could make          access to a water hose for bathing (the hog not the boy).                        Mrs. White, the lady who saved my bacon, so to speak, came by our
                                                                          the choice of restaurant. She replied, “Well, Paw Paw, you know that’s          A dirty pig could be disqualified. I washed my hog; her skin glistened   pen. She gave Susie an apple and me a bear hug, saying, “See hon you
                                                                                                                                                      through the bristles. Her hooves had to be clean and shiny. That had         don’t have to cheat to win.”
                                                                          an important occasion and it’s going to take some serious thought!”
                                                                                                                                                      concerned me - even hard scrubbing with soapy water never made them              “Yes ma’am, I’ve shore learned my lesson, thank you for helping me,”
                                                                          I wondered, “Is this kid 13 or 30?” Later, she decided on Golden
                                                                                                                                                      shine. Once, at home, I had used Mama’s clear finger nail polish on          I responded to the judge’s wife.
                                                                          Corral, which I felt was definitely a mature decision.

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       welcome new residents                                                Send new baby pictures to submissions@chapelhillnews.net!
                                                                                   We will place them in the magazine for free.

                                      Mia Lee Godfrey                                                        Gavin Lee Hughes
                                      Born: April 13, 2008                                                   Born: September 13, 2008
                                      Weight: 5lbs, 15oz                                                     Weight: 8lbs, 6oz
                                      Length: 17 inches                                                      Length: 21 inches
                                      Parents: Patricia Anderson & Jeremy                                    Parents: Justin & Luvy Hughes
                                      Godfrey                                                                Grandparents: John & Shaleen
                                      Grandparents: Hyun Sook Ander-                                         Hughes
                                      son; Kelli Waldrop Godfrey                                                                                 Micah William Griffin
                                                                                                                                                 Born: September 5, 2008
                                                                                                                                                 Weight: 6lbs, 9oz
                                      Bradley Wayne Carter                                                   Audrie Minnie Walton                Length: 19 inches
                                      Born: April 8, 2008                                                    Born: September 17, 2008            Parents: Zachary & Rachael Griffin
                                      Weight: 7lbs, 12.5oz                                                   Weight: 8lbs, 8oz                   Grandparents: William & MaryEllen
                                      Length: 20.5 inches                                                    Parents: Ryan & Genevieve Walton    Schwab; Ray & Donna Griffin
                                      Parent: Terisita Carter                                                Grandparents: Zachary & Peggy
                                      Grandparent: Diana Sanchez                                             Ethridge; Terry & Andrea Walton;
                                                                                                             Mark & Debi Adams.                  Jayden Scott Nichols
                                                                                                                                                 Born: August 2, 2008
                                                                                                                                                 Weight: 2lbs, 11oz
                                      Waverly Peyton Nicolas                                                 Canaan Joseph                       Length: 14 inches
                                      Born: September 10, 2008
                                                                                                             O’Connor                            Parents: Alicia McGinnis & Justin
                                                                                                             Born: June 2, 2008                  Nichols
                                      Weight: 8lbs, 12oz                                                                                         Grandparents: Jeff & Jonette
                                      Length: 20.5 inches                                                    Weight: 6lbs, 13oz
                                                                                                             Length: 19.25 inches                Haynes
                                      Parents: Terry & Julie Nicolas
                                      Grandparents: Terry & Gloria                                           Parents: Joey & Jennifer O’Connor
                                      Nicolas Sr.; Roger & Jan Marler                                        Grandparents: Bob & Paula
                                                                                                             Winiarczyk; Wendell & Michele       Nicholas Judge Howe
                                                                                                             Holbrook; Alice Tyree and Ken       Born: July 9th, 2008
                                                                                                                                                 Weight: 7lbs, 7.7oz
                                                                                                                                                 Length: 19 inches
                                                                                                                                                 Parents: Travis & Kristina Howe
                                                                                                                                                 Grandparents: Donald & Merci
                                                                                                                                                 Howe, Betty Bowman

                                                                                                                                                 Marley Grace Humes
                                                                                                                                                 Born: September 23, 2008
                                                                                                                                                 Weight: 6lbs, 15oz
                                                                                                                                                 Length: 19 inches
                                                                                                                                                 Parents: Tristan & Ashlee Humes
                                                                                                                                                 Grandparents: Walvin & Sandra
                                                                                                                                                 Humes; Bruce Tezino; Sherl Tezino

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    mommy corner                                                                                                                                                           succeeding as a single parent
                                                      class. Many women use formula                                                                                                                                                                                             things now instead being patient, saying things
                                                      because of claims that powdered                                                                                                                                                                                           like “that’s just how I am”, “look at how I was
                                                      milk will make their baby smarter.                                                                                            Wilderness Walking or Promised Land Stepping                                                treated. I deserve to feel this way”, and finally,
                   By Denise Adams, RNC, RLC,
                                                      Health experts have long under-                                                                                                                                                                                           “It’s either my way or the highway”. Is any of
                She is a registered nurse, a nurse                                                                                                                                 By Melinda G. Perkins - Founder         sires we so desperately want for ourselves and
                                                      stood that, with extremely rare                                                                                                                                                                                           this sounding familiar to you?
                practitioner and a certified lacta-                                                                                                                            of Naomi’s Vineyard, Inc • www.             our children?. It’s simple…the way we think,
                tion consultant. She works at Well-   exceptions, breastmilk is the saf-                                                                                                                                                                                            Solutions: First, if you’re a believer, remem-
                                                                                                                                                                               naomisvineyard.cjb.net • naomis-            which also includes rebellion. Sounds like too
                star Creekside Pediatrics where she   est and healthiest method of in-                                                                                                                                                                                          ber who ultimately is in charge. Here’s a hint -
                                                                                                               The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine                           vineyard@yahoo.com                          easy of answer, doesn’t it?
                enjoys assisting new moms and         fant feeding. Since the recent news of formula                                                                                                                                                                            it’s not us. God was very specific to the Israelites
                                                                                                           (ABM) is an international organization of physi-          It has been my observation as single-parents              Well, all you have to do is open your Bibles
  babies getting to know each other better as they    contamination, the World Health Organization                                                                                                                                                                              as to what they needed to do, but they decided
                                                                                                           cians with more than 500 members from more            that we chose patterns by the way we think and            to Deuteronomy and read about the Israelites.
  learn the fine art of breastfeeding.                (WHO) has redoubled its efforts to promote                                                                                                                                                                                to call the shots because God wasn’t moving
                                                                                                           than 50 countries. Their mission is to unite          do things. Those patterns keep us walking in a            Was it not their way of thinking and their ob-
     Many of us are aware of problems with            breastfeeding in China. WHO recommends                                                                                                                                                                                    fast enough so it was going to happen their
                                                                                                           members of various medical specialties around         circle which, unless you’re on a track getting ex-        vious rebellion against Moses and God that
  production safety standards in China. One re-       that all infants should be fed exclusively with                                                                                                                                                                           way. Remember to listen to sound wisdom first
                                                                                                           the world for the common purpose of promot-           ercise, doesn’t do you much good.                         kept them in the wilderness for 40 years? This
  cent issue is that of infant formula tainted by     breast milk for the first six months of life.                                                                                                                        journey should have only taken 11 days. Is that      from God and then by only a few key people if
  melamine, which is a chemical compound used                                                              ing, protecting and supporting breastfeeding.             How many of you feel like you are just walk-                                                               needed.
                                                          The melamine scandal demonstrates one                                                                                                                            not unbelievable?! I get frustrated if someone
  mainly as a fire retardant. Dairy products made                                                          In response to the reports of tainted Chinese         ing in circles with your life? If yes, isn’t it getting                                                            By saying things like “this is how I am” and “I
                                                      risk of infant formula – that of contamination.                                                                                                                      I’m in the car with takes the long way because
  in China have now been recalled throughout                                                               baby formula, the ABM urges public agencies           a little old and becoming counter-productive?                                                                  deserve to feel this way”, then you are in essence
                                                      Another risk is lack of availability. In May, a                                                                                                                      they refuse to listen and are adamant it’s shorter
  China and other parts of the world. Unfortu-                                                             worldwide to renew education and support for          I can just hear so many of you saying “YES!”                                                                   saying you can’t change. And, so you have to
                                                      catastrophic earthquake devastated many                                                                                                                              as opposed to taking the straight shot to where
  nately, by the end of September at least three                                                           breastfeeding. Dr. Caroline Chantry, President        I know it did for me because I was constantly                                                                  ask yourself this, if you feel you are walking in
                                                      communities in China. This left many people                                                                                                                          we’re going. The Israelites were on their road
  infants in China had already died and over                                                               of the ABM, pointed out that “China is not the        feeling like my head was spinning so fast it was                                                               circles getting nowhere instead of enjoying your
                                                      with no access to stores where they could buy                                                                                                                        for 40 years because they refused to adjust
  53,000 had fallen ill as a result of the melamine                                                        first, or only country to fall prey to contaminated   making me nauseous. I knew something had to                                                                    life and your children, is your way of thinking
                                                      formula and no access to clean water so they                                                                                                                         their thinking and humble themselves to follow
  contamination of infant formula.                                                                         baby formula. But we must make it the last. And       change because I was coming across the same               God’s direction for their lives. So, not only did    working? I’m guessing not. Remember that
                                                      could safely mix formula. Hurricanes in our
     These infant deaths and illnesses in China                                                            we do know how.”                                      issues in my life - feeling lost and alone in the         they walk in the wilderness for all those years,     even though yes, you have every right to feel
                                                      own country have resulted in similar situations.
  are both tragic and unnecessary. China has                                                                   So what does this mean to you? We have            wilderness and continuing to make the same                but they also, cheated themselves of stepping        the way do, it’s that kind of thinking that gives
                                                      These are just two examples of the potential risks
  seen a decline in the number of mothers who                                                              all heard the slogan, “Think globally – Act lo-       wrong decisions though maybe just not as bad              over to the Promise Land; this includes Moses,       you tunnel vision and when you have tunnel vi-
                                                      of artificial milk, and they underscore the impor-
  breastfeed, largely because more women are in                                                            cally.” When you breastfeed your own baby or          as before. However, my decisions were not get-            by the way. It was the Israelites’ children who      sion you miss all the blessings and beauty that
                                                      tance of promoting, protecting, and supporting
  the workforce. Many of them are migrants who                                                             offer support and encouragement to another            ting me over to the “Promised Land” where I               were able to enjoy that blessing.                    are waiting for you when you step over to the
                                                      breastfeeding worldwide. The most effective
  leave their infants with grandparents to work in                                                         woman who breastfeeds, you participate in the         wanted to be enjoying the blessings that I knew               So, let’s go over thought patterns that make     “Promised Land”.
                                                      long-term strategy to protect infants against fu-
  the city. The use of baby formula has become                                                             global effort to promote, protect and support         were there waiting.                                       us walk in the wilderness, get a handle on it,           So, instead of saying “my way or the high-
                                                      ture feeding catastrophes is the promotion and
                                                                                                                                                                     The question here is, what keeps us walking           and make a decision to start making our way          way, I guess isn’t more like “Wilderness Walking
  a status symbol among the growing middle            support of breastfeeding.                            breastfeeding.
                                                                                                                                                                 in that wilderness, feeling lost instead of step-         over into the Promised Land. Some examples           or Promised Land Stepping”. Which would you
                                                                                                                                                                 ping over and reaching those promises and de-             of wilderness thought patterns are: wanting          prefer?

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marriage&family                                                                                                                                                                                                                have deeper, underlying issues, this same scenario could turn into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               a nasty battleground that leaves both partners feeling much worse
          engagement                                                                                                                                                                                                           about the issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So, if talking to your spouse doesn’t work, what’s the next step?
                ANNOUNCEMENT                                                                                                                                                                                                   Reaching out to friends, family, and/or your spiritual leader for sup-
        KRYSTAL WHEELER & WILLIAM GRIMES                                                                                                                                                                                       port is usually the next route taken. For couples who are generally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               healthy but are having difficulty finding a solution to a problem, this
                                        High school sweethearts, Krystal                                                                                                                                                       step can be very effective in finding a solution and bringing closure

                                                                                                                                                                   So, What Now?
                                     L. Wheeler and William A. Grimes                                                                                                                                                          to the issue. For others, this can again turn into more conflict and

                                     are pleased to announce their en-                                                                                                                                                         feelings of frustration as they are unable to repair the issue.
                                     gagement. They will be married                                                                                      By Jessica Hocutt. Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and         For those who have exhausted all of their known resources, it
                                     November 19, 2008 on Lindquist                        ANNOUNCEMENT                                               Family Therapy and currently has an office in Douglasville. She works    may be time to step out into the community and find a counselor or
                                     Beach in the Virgin Islands. They will                                                                           with individuals, families and couples. She can be contacted at 770-     marital therapist. This can be a very frightening step to take. Many
                                     honeymoon on a seven day eastern             CHRISTINA ROPER & JEFFREY HATHAWAY                                  364-6561.                                                                couples feel that it makes them a failure in some sense to have to
                                     Caribbean cruise.                                                                                                   So you get to the point in your marriage where you realize some-      get help. Let me encourage you that most, if not all, couples need
                                                                                                                Jeffrey Hathaway and Christina        thing’s not quite right. You notice a problem in your marriage that      counseling at some point in their marriage. We all need an outside
                                                                                                             Roper are happy to formally an-          you think needs to be fixed. What do you do about it? First, try talk-   perspective to help us clear the muck of our relationship to figure out

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                                                                                                             Greenville, South Carolina. Chris-       you want, but avoid blaming your spouse. Many times, just talking
                        HOMECOMING AND BRIDAL GOWNS                                                                                                                                                                               If both of you are onboard for counseling, that’s great! Find a
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                                                                                                                                                      ties and following through. This could be a simple problem with a        yourself and talk to the counselor about your concerns. While it is
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                                       and Special Events                                                                                             ably have a fairly healthy marriage that allows for open dialogue        can learn new ways of relating to their spouse that can be helpful.
                                                                                                                                                      about problems and possible solutions. However, for couples who          Your journey to find solutions in your marriage may look different,
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                                                                                    MIRANDA ENTREKIN & SHANE GEORGE
                                                                                                                Shane George and Miranda En-
                                                                                                             trekin were married on August 30,
                                                                                                             2008 in Douglasville.
                                                                                                                Shane is the son of Danny and
                                                                                                             Sherry Shores of Rome. He is a
                                                                                                             graduate of Central High School
                                                                                                             and West Central Technical College.
                                                                                                             Shane is a technician for Comcast
                                                                                                             and a volunteer firefighter for Pauld-
                                                                               ing County. Miranda is the daughter of Mark and Lisa Entrekin of
                                                                               Douglasville. She is a graduate of Alexander High School. She
                                                                               earned a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of West Geor-
                                                                               gia, and a Master’s degree from Georgia State University. Miranda
                                                                               is a Speech-Language Pathologist for Infinity Children’s Services in

                                                                                  STEPHANIE DEATON & COREY MITCHELL
                                                                                                                 Stephanie Deaton and Corey
                                                                                                              Mitchell were married April 5, 2008
                                                                                                              at Sunset Hills Baptist Church in
                                                                                                                 Stephanie is the daughter of Jim-
                                                                                                              my and Donna Deaton and Corey is
                                                                                                              the son of Gene and Kathy Mitchell.
                                                                                                                 The couple honeymooned in the
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                      Fireproof Your Parenting
                 By Kerry Patuka. She is a degreed and certified edu-
              cator, licensed minister and founder of Drive 5 Ministries,
              a consulting, speaking and training ministry for churches                                                                             Jamaica
              and children’s ministry. Contact her at kerrydrive5@yahoo.                                                                                                  By Tracey Snipes - Owner – Travel Escapes, a full ser-
  com                                                                       we can’t because mom won’t let you.” Never leave your partner                             vice travel agency located at 4090 Bankhead Hwy. in
      If you haven’t seen the movie “Fireproof” yet, make sure you          behind applies to parenting as well as to marriage. We must                               Lithia Springs. 770-732-9434 - www.travelescapesinc.
  watch it on DVD when it comes out. It’s a great movie starring            parent as a unit if we want to parent well.                                               com - Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:30am to 5:30pm and Sat.
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  Kirk Cameron as a firefighter whose marriage is falling apart.               If dad comes home stressed from a really bad day at work,
                                                                                                                                                        With the grand backdrop of the Majestic Blue Mountains and delight-
  The couple discovers that the firefighting principle “never leave         snaps at your daughter when she wants to show him her artwork,          ful activities like river rafting and hand-crafted bamboo vessels, Jamaica
  your partner behind” applies to marriage as well. The creators            than plops in front of the TV while your daughter is holding back       is a sparkling Caribbean gemstone with endless opportunities for adven-
  of this movie have also created curriculum, books and other               tears, it’s okay to explain to her that “daddy had a tough day at       ture, romance, fun and sheer relaxation.
  resources to help couples fireproof their marriages. This got me          work, but he loves you very much and I’m sure he’s going to want            Each of Jamaica’s vacations destinations has a distinctive personality
  thinking about the importance of fireproofing our parenting as
                                                                            to see your art a little later.” When the time is right, talk to your
                                                                            spouse about his day and encourage him to make things right
                                                                                                                                                    of its own, offering visitors a unique Jamaican experience to suit every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     VACATION RENTALS
      First of all, the best gift any couple can give their children is                                                                                 Montego Bay, affectionately know as MoBay, is considered by many
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  to love each other. It’s important for parents to spend time to-                                                                                  as one of the island’s most popular playgrounds. This bustling seaside
                                                                            speaking highly of your spouse in front of your child, encourag-                                                                                                 Stay 2 nights and the 3rd night is
  gether alone as a couple and to have a generally happy, healthy                                                                                   community sits on beautiful beaches and a glimmering blue sea provid-                    Free. One hour north of Chatta-
                                                                            ing and supporting your spouse, explaining your spouse to your          ing the perfect scenery for fun in the warm Jamaican sun. Visit MoBay’s
  relationship. This benefits the kids in many ways. They get to                                                                                                                                                                             nooga. Two hours from Nashville
                                                                            child and helping your spouse improve his or her parenting.             popular “Hip Strip” lined with casinos, restaurants and exciting night                   or Knoxville. Cumberland Plateau
  live in a peaceful home. They feel contentment and security in
                                                                               Divorced parents can still fireproof their parenting. You may        clubs. Spend the afternoon hunting for duty-free bargains. Enjoy spectac-                Retreat Cabin Rentals located in
  their lives when they hear mom and dad say “I love you” to each                                                                                   ular play at Rose Hall’s championship golf courses. Sip a cool, tropical
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  other and as well as to them. We set them up for success in their                                                                                 drink and sway to reggae tunes at Margaretville or rejuvenate your soul
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                                                                            the principle of “never leave your partner behind” still applies.
  watching and learning about marriage from us. So we need to                                                                                           Ocho Rios enchants travelers in Jamaica’s “Garden Parish” with luxu-
                                                                            Keep the children out of any adult issues or disputes and sup-
  fireproof our marriages for ourselves and for our children.                                                                                       riant gardens, picturesque tropical surroundings and the world-renowned                  Florida Vacation Condo – Serene,
                                                                            port the other parent. Trying to alienate the other parent can          Dunn’s River Falls. Just a stone’s throw away, the village of Runaway Bay
      A few years ago, a friend who served in children’s ministry                                                                                                                                                                            quiet beach view condo in Destin
  with me said that his son was happy that mom was going out                backfire and cause your children to resent you for keeping them         sits on Jamaica’s lush northern coast. It’s wonderfully relaxed atmosphere               area with 2 pools & tennis court.
  of town for a few days. He confided that his son was excited              away or for putting down the other parent. Obviously cases of           encourages guests to slow down and take in the island’s exotic natural                   2 BR, sleeps 6. Nightly and weekly
                                                                            neglect, abuse or court-ordered custody will cause you to make          splendor. Explore the Green Grotto Caves in Runaway Bay and take a                       rentals available. Free Night - Call
  because whenever mom is out of town, he lets him play all the
                                                                            adjustments in your parenting plan, but that’s a topic I’ll address     boat ride on an underground lake. Take a jeep tour to the hometown of                    for Details - Mandy Hall – 678-687-
  video games that mom doesn’t allow. I told him that I didn’t
                                                                            another month.                                                          Bob Marley in Nine Mile, go horseback riding in the Caribbean Sea or                     0935 or mandyhall@bellsouth.net.
  think this was a very good idea. They needed to decide as a                                                                                       kayak through breathtaking rapids and enchanting lagoons.
  couple what games were appropriate for their son to play and                 Finally, fireproof your parenting with prayer. God is our ulti-
                                                                                                                                                        For those in search of genuine “life’s-a-beach” attitude Negril will
  which were not and then both stick to that decision. Even if only         mate partner in our parenting, so don’t leave Him behind either.        surely satisfy you with its world-famous Seven Mile Beach and spectacu-
  one of them had created this policy and the son knows what                Each day, I need to ask God to guide me and my husband as               lar nightly sunsets. Once a remote village, modern-day Negril maintains
  is expected, the other parent needs to abide by this policy and           we parent our son and I can tell a difference in my attitude when       its quaint and alluring atmosphere attracting people with a “laid-back”
  provide support until the parents can get together privately and          I don’t. There are many great Christian parenting resources             state of mind. Celebrate sundown by diving into the deep blue sea at
  discuss any changes to be made. Also, don’t say things such               available online and in bookstores. Next month, I’ll share some         Rick’s Café and enjoy the mellow vibes of island music played by live
  as “well, that’s mom’s rule. I’d let you play those games, but            of my favorites.                                                        reggae bands. Taste sumptuous Jamaican cuisine at local restaurants in
                                                                                                                                                    Negril’s West End. Take a wet and wild ride on a banana boat or get your
                                                                                                                                                    hair done “island-style” with beads or shell-tipped braids.
                                                                                                                                                        The South Coast’s unspoiled beauty entices adventures in search
                                                                                                                                                    of an experience amidst Jamaica’s rustic and serene wilderness. This
                                                                                                                                                    pristine stretch of coastlines offers complete solitude on isolated beaches
                                                                                                                                                    and hidden coves. Tour the legendary Appleton Estate Rum Factory &
                                                                                                                                                    Distillery. Hike to lover’s leap, a cliff rising 1,700 feet above the Carib-
                                                                                                                                                    bean Sea or swim in a spring-fed natural pool at Y.S Falls. Experience the
                                                                                                                                                    colonial heritage of Mandeville, high in the rolling hills of Manchester
                                                                                                                                                    Parish or take a scenic drive along Bamboo Avenue.
                                                                                                                                                        The capital city of Kingston attracts visitors with rich history and spec-
                                                                                                                                                    tacular Blue Mountain retreats. A short, scenic drive from Kingston, trav-
                                                                                                                                                    elers truly will be impressed by the exclusive hideaway of Port Antonio.
                                                                                                                                                    Formally a fishing village and celebrity retreat, this secluded, tropical
                                                                                                                                                    locale beckons people who want to “getaway from it all.”

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    THOUGHTS FROM THE MAYOR                                                      the increased tax money received as the result of the properties be-
                                                                                 ing improved and thus made more valuable. Then, these properties
                                                                                                                                                                provide for a referendum on whether TADs could be created in our community. What I’ve
                                                                                                                                                                written thus far applies equally to the City of Douglasville and to Douglas County. The local
                       Each month Douglasville’s Mayor, Mickey Thompson          subsequently have higher assessments placed on them, and the result            legislation is identical, with the City’s bill being for the incorporated area of Douglasville and
                   writes a column about a subject which is of interest to       is more taxes are paid by the owners of these properties.                      with the County’s bill being for unincorporated Douglas County.
                   many residents of Douglasville, and Douglas County.               Important to the general public and to the local government is this:           A voter living anywhere in Douglas County (in the City of Douglasville or elsewhere in
                   The city of Douglasville’s website is: www.ci.douglasville.   The amount of tax revenues formerly paid on those properties prior to          the County) will be able to cast his/her ballot on whether the Board of Commissioners will
                   ga.us.                                                        the TAD improvements continue to be placed in the local government’s           have the ability to establish TADs in the unincorporated part of Douglas County. Even City
                       When you go to the polls on Tuesday, November 4,          general fund...so there is no decrease in the amount of property taxes         of Douglasville residents can do this, because they are Douglas County voters even if they
  to vote in the general election for national, state, and county officials      coming from this land and being placed in the general fund to be used          live within the City of Douglasville.
  and on several constitutional amendments, I hope you will take the             for the general public good.                                                       For Douglas County residents who live outside the city limits of Douglasville, they will go
  extra time and make the extra effort also to vote in the City of Doug-             WHY HAVE A REFERENDUM ON NOVEMBER 4? Presently, the                        to their County precinct to vote. They will find the County TAD referendum as a part of the
  lasville’s special election. In this column, I want to share with you on       City of Douglasville can’t have TADs. That’s because before a local            regular election ballot.
  why it’s important for you to vote in this special election.                   government can establish any Tax Allocation Districts the voters must              Unfortunately, it’s not so simple for City of Douglasville residents. If your polling place
      The City election on November 4 will be a referendum to decide             pass a referendum giving the local government the power to do so.              for City and County elections is Arbor Station Elementary School, Stewart Middle School,
  whether the City of Douglasville -- like more than 30 other local gov-         Through the referendum on Tuesday, November 4, the City of Doug-               or the Old Courthouse in Downtown Douglasville, you will need to make only one stop to
  ernments in Georgia -- will be able to use Tax Allocation Districts as a       lasville is presenting this issue to the voters. If a majority of the voters   vote. You go to this polling place and vote in the regular election; then, you will need to
  means of stimulating economic development.                                     who cast their ballots in this City election on November 4 vote in favor       get in another line to vote in the City’s special election, where only the TAD referendum will
      Let me start by defining a Tax Allocation District (TAD) for you, and      of the City of Douglasville being able to establish TADs, this City then       be on the ballot.
  how it works. In my opinion, a TAD is a great way for a community              will be able to do this. However, if a majority of these same voters vote          Now, this is where it gets confusing. If you are a City of Douglasville resident and have
  to pay for today’s public improvements using tomorrow’s increase in            against this referendum, the City of Douglasville will not be able to          a different voting location for non-city elections, you must go to your City voting location
  property tax revenues. I’ll show why this is true as I report to you in this   create any Tax Allocation Districts.                                           (Arbor Station Elementary School, Stewart Middle School, Old Courthouse) to cast your
  month’s column.                                                                    The City of Douglasville and Douglas County governments worked             City TAD vote. Then proceed to your general election polling location to cast your general
      TAX ALLOCATION DISTRICTS. Georgia law provides specific pow-               together in asking the members of the local State legislative delegation       election ballot.
  ers to enable local governments to initiate projects which will foster         to introduce the required local legislation in the 2008 session of the             I am one of those voters who will have to do this, in order to vote in the City referendum.
  public/private partnerships and stimulate economic growth. A Tax Al-                                                                                          It will require extra time and effort, but that’s our only option under current State law. Thank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Holidays are coming !
                                                                                 General Assembly, and to get it passed and signed into law by Gover-
  location District (TAD) is one of the tools available to support local         nor Perdue. I want to thank all members of our legislative delegation          you for considering this extra sacrifice in order to vote in the City’s special election.
                                                                                                                                                                    THE STATEWIDE REFERENDUM ON TADS. In closing, let me point out there is another
  governments’ community and economic development efforts.
      In 1985, the Georgia General Assembly adopted the Georgia
                                                                                 for their work on this bill. Especially do I want to thank Representative
                                                                                 Roger Bruce and Representative Bill Hembree for their work to get this         issue on the November 4 ballot concerning Tax Allocation Districts. It’s a statewide issue.          It’s time for new blinds.
  Redevelopment Powers Law. This law makes its possible for a local              bill passed, and I want to say thanks to Senator Bill Hamrick who made         As I mentioned earlier, TADs have been used by more than 30 local governments in Georgia
  government to have the authority to sell bonds to finance infrastructure       sure this measure got through the Senate. Also, we appreciate the              as a way to enhance economic development. TAD projects have included Atlantic Station
  and other redevelopment costs within a specifically defined area: a            support provided by Senator Kasim Reed, Representative Tim Bearden,            in Atlanta near Georgia Tech on the west side of I-75/85, the Camp Creek Parkway project
  TAD. The bonds are secured by what is known as a “tax allocation               and Representative Tyrone Brooks.                                              at I-285, and the new development in Woodstock’s downtown area.
  increment,” which is the increase in property tax revenues resulting               WHAT HAPPENS IF THE REFERENDUM PASSES. Now, if a majority                      You may have heard about the proposed TAD project to finance public improvements
  from development or redevelopment activities which take place within           of the voters in Douglasville who vote in the City’s special election on       on what is known as the Atlanta Beltline Redevelopment Plan. This project is a 22-mile
  the TAD’s boundaries. This method of financing enables local govern-           November 4 approve the TAD referendum, then the City government is             redevelopment corridor which includes a series of trails, parks, transit facilities, and new
  ments directly to charge the costs of constructing public facilities and       required to form a Redevelopment Agency or to assign this responsibil-         development. A lawsuit was filed in a move to stop this project; and the argument was that
  infrastructure to the businesses -- and only to the businesses -- which        ity to an existing Development Authority within the local government.          the proposed project violated the Educational Purpose Clause of the State Constitution, so
  will benefit directly from these improvements.                                     As I noted at the top of this column, a TAD is a public/ private part-     the suit contended the State Constitution prevents inclusion of the school tax as part of TAD
      Let’s assume we are in calendar 2009 and the voters in the City of         nership. In other words, a specific TAD isn’t created unless the property      projects. On February 11, 2008, the Georgia Supreme Court agreed, and said school
  Douglasville have granted this local government the right to establish         owners within the TAD area want to do so. The City Council would ap-           taxes could not be used for economic development purposes.
  Tax Allocation Districts. As noted above, each TAD is a separate spe-          prove a Redevelopment Plan which defines a TAD’s boundaries, out-                  The impact of this Supreme Court ruling is that revenues for TADs would be cut signifi-
  cific geographic area, so only properties within the geographic area           lines the scope of the proposed economic development project and its           cantly, because school taxes constitute a sizeable portion of the property tax revenues to
  are involved in this particular TAD. The City government can issue             costs, identifies the current tax base and estimates the additional taxes      retire the TAD bonds. Now, this ruling did not affect existing projects. But without the school
  bonds to pay for infrastructure improvements (water and sewer lines,           to result from the planned improvements, and estimates the proceeds            tax portion, new TAD projects would need to be smaller because there would be less rev-
  stormwater facilities, streets, sidewalks, etc.) and for public facilities.    to be realized from the sale of bonds for the project. Once the City           enue; in many cases, this would make a project unfeasible.
      As a result of these improvements, properties within the TAD’s             Council has approved all of this for a specific proposed project, it also          Keep in mind from my comments earlier: A TAD does not result in less money going into
  boundaries become more valuable; and, thus, the amount of property             must be approved by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners if               a local government’s or a school system’s general fund. These governmental units continue
  taxes paid by the properties’ owners is higher than was the case before        County taxes are to be involved. (And depending on what happens on             to get the same base amount of revenues from the property. The TAD bonds are paid off
  these improvements were made. Then, the increase in the tax rev-               November 4 with the statewide vote on a Constitutional Amendment,              using only the additional amount of property tax revenues due to the increased value of said
  enues from these properties -- and only the increase -- is used to pay         the Douglas County Board of Education could be included. I’ll cover            property as the result of its development as a TAD.
  off the bond proceeds which had been used to make the infrastructure           this point later in my column.)                                                    Because of what members of the Georgia General Assembly from around this State
  improvements. This is why a TAD is described by some as paying for                 As you can see, a lot of details go into a specific TAD project; but       believe about TADs, the legislators’ reaction to the State Supreme Court ruling was to take
  today’s public improvements by using tomorrow’s increase in property           none of this can be considered unless the voters in Douglasville on            action to place before the voters of Georgia on November 4 a proposed constitutional
  tax revenues.                                                                  November 4 give the City the ability to add TADs to our economic               amendment to fix the problem by making it possible -- through a change in the State Con-
      Frankly, unless you own property in the geographic area being pro-         development program options. I hope you will consider voting in favor          stitution -- for school taxes to be able to be part of the TAD revenue stream. Thus, you will
  posed to become a Tax Allocation District, you won’t be impacted by            of this referendum.                                                            find this proposed constitutional amendment on your general election ballot.
  that TAD because the bottom line is: The bond payments to retire                   VOTING ON NOVEMBER 4. I mentioned earlier that Douglasville                    Thank you for taking time to read this month’s column, so you can make better informed
  TAD bonds are paid by the local government from the proceeds of                and Douglas County worked together with the legislative delegation to          decisions on November 4 concerning Tax Allocation Districts.
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              CHAIRMAN’S CORNER                                          can vote and choose our leaders.
                                                                            Watch election returns with us on dctv23 and on the County
                 Traditions                                              web site at www.CelebrateDouglasCounty.com as we partici-
                     By Tom Worthan                                      pate in this significant Election Day.
                     When November rolls around each year, our              On November 11th, Veterans Day, we get to salute our ac-
                 thoughts often turn to traditions and family. I guess   tive military and our veterans during our annual Veterans Day
                 it is because Thanksgiving is in November, and that     Lighted Parade that night. We are thankful to our veterans and
  is the time most of us join with our family to give thanks for the     active military for their service to our Nation, and the freedoms
  life and bounty that we enjoy. The first American Thanksgiving         that they have secured for us.
  was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by              Please join us on Veterans Day at 7 p.m. in downtown Doug-
  the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter. In that year Governor        lasville as we line the streets to salute our veterans and active
  William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colo-           military. If you would like to be in the parade, there is no cost;
  nists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which   just call our Department of Communications and Community
  they invited the local Indians.                                        Relations at 770-920-7593 and join in the salute. The parade
      Gas prices are high, food prices are high, many people are         begins and ends at Douglas County High School, and takes a
  unemployed, businesses are having a tough time, and families           route through downtown Douglasville of about one mile. It’s
  are suffering during this Thanksgiving season, but all of us have      just a few minutes out of our busy lives to say “thank you” for
  much for which to be thankful:                                         our freedoms.
      • we live in a free country and have the opportunity to pursue        On November 27th, Thanksgiving Day, we will gather around
  our heart’s ambition;                                                  kitchen and dining room tables and celebrate families and love.
      • we get to vote for our leaders and have a say in our gov-        Families are changing, and some are now composed of single
  ernment;                                                               parents, grandparents raising children, and adoptive children,
      • we have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom          but regardless of the composition of your family, I hope you will
  of the press, the right to bear arms, freedom of assembly, free-       take a few moments together to share warmth, friendship, and
  dom to petition, the right to a speedy trial and judgment by a         love.
  jury of our peers - many things that other peoples worldwide still        You are part of the Douglas County family, and know that, re-
  yearn for;                                                             gardless of your economic or personal situation, you are cared
      • and we have the freedom to get together on a day like            for.
  Thanksgiving and celebrate what we do have.                               I wish for you and your family the most wonderful of Thanks-
      On November 4th, we get to go to the polls and elect a new         givings!
  President to lead our Nation. This will be an historic election           Best wishes,
  regardless of which candidate wins. We are thankful that we                      Tom

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                                             POINT COUNTERPOINT
       Douglas County has two Congressman, Republican Lynn Westmoreland and Democrat David Scott who often have different views on
             various subjects. Each month we’ll propose a different topic and allow each Congressman to share their thoughts.

                     LYNN WESTMORELAND                                                                   DAVID SCOTT
                   The U.S. economy faces great challenges. Unemploy-                           I have heard from constituents of all economic back-
                ment is rising, stocks are down 25 percent for the year,                     grounds about the precarious state of our economy.
                many Americans are losing their homes because they                           The declining value of the dollar, high energy and food
                can’t pay their mortgages. Now a drastic credit crisis                       prices, collapse of big banks, tumultuous financial mar-
  threatens the deepest wound yet.                                           kets and the continued downturn of the housing market are all of
      It’s the credit crisis – no money available for loans – that fright-   concern to our country. The argument made by many that the
  ened the administration and Congress into action on the $700 bil-          economy is fundamentally strong no longer holds water.
  lion package that eventually passed and became law.                            In order to relieve some of the pressures on our economy and
      I voted against the bailout bill both times it came before the         bring stability to our financial markets, Congress recently passed
  House. In its first incarnation, the measure lost by a significant mar-    H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA). This
  gin. Members on both side of the aisle voted no. Many of us were           bipartisan bill, supported by both major presidential candidates,
  angry that we were being asked to spend our constituents’ money to         was created with the belief that quick action was necessary to help
  rescue Wall Street firms that had earned hundreds of millions with a       settle the economy and preserve homeownership.
  corrupt business model. We were also angry that we were supposed                I initially voted against this package due to my concerns about
  to hand over nearly a $1 trillion with little review or oversight.         the lack of assistance for struggling homeowners. Over the suc-
      When the bailout first lost, the Dow dropped 700 points, causing       ceeding days, I was able to work with House leadership to strength-
  many members to batten down the hatches and switch their votes.            en assistance to homeowners through a provision which now forc-
  But the bailout hasn’t appeared to boost investor confidence or the
                                                                             es the Secretary of Treasury to take a more aggressive strategy to
  economy but we’re still on the line for $700 billion.
                                                                             restructure troubled mortgages and prevent further foreclosures.
      The Georgians in the 3rd Congressional District called my office
                                                                             Furthermore, I heard from many small businesses in the Atlanta
  in record numbers about the bailout legislation and by a margin of
                                                                             area that were running out of short term loan options. Many of
  9-1 they asked me to oppose it. I understand their frustration. It’s
                                                                             these businesses said they would have to start cutting payroll to
  fundamentally unfair that people who pay their taxes, keep up with
                                                                             make ends meet, and I believe in order to help keep employees
  their mortgage payments and act responsibly should pay the tab run
                                                                             on the job we could not wait for a perfect bill. After strengthening
  up by other people’s bad decisions.
                                                                             the homeowner provisions and clarifying the importance of action
      This bailout may or may not help our economy in the short term.
                                                                             for local businesses, I was able to vote for the bill. If I believed
  In the long term, it puts us on a dangerous path toward government
                                                                             this bill was just a bailout for Wall Street, I would have continued
  ownership of private securities and creates a “moral hazard” – in-
                                                                             to oppose it.
  vestors and businesses will believe that risky bets will enrich them if
  they succeed and government will write a check if they fail.                   If no action was taken by Congress, the broken credit markets
      I understand that government can have a role to play in this           would have infected the entire economy touching average Ameri-
  crisis. Along with other members of the Georgia delegation, I ad-          cans and small businesses. Middle income Americans would not
  vocated in the House for free-market solutions that would have put         be able to get loans to buy a car, pay for college, start a business or
  liquidity into the credit markets, while putting the responsibility on     buy a home. I wholeheartedly believe Congress had to act quickly
  the offenders, not the innocent taxpayers. I want a “workout” not a        to avoid prolonged economic turmoil. I understand this is a dif-
  “bailout.” Our present credit crisis derives from millions of Ameri-       ficult situation for taxpayers. However, I did not want to cut off a
  cans defaulting on their mortgages. This legislation does nothing          lifeline to millions of Americans by not acting and further allowing
  for those homeowners; instead it focuses its assistance on the Wall        America’s long-term financial stability to be shattered.
  Street titans who bundled, bought and sold these toxic securities              I will continue to make sure the viability of our nation’s economy
  and made millions doing it.                                                is at the forefront of our congressional agenda. Given the 6,000
      If there’s anything the federal government can do to help, it’s        foreclosures each day in America, more must be done to stabilize
  to encourage private money to start flowing again in the markets.          our nation’s communities. We must stabilize neighborhood values
  We can suspend capital gains taxes and we can remove tax penal-            by reducing foreclosures and slowing the impact the housing crisis
  ties that keep investors from moving money back into the United            is having on home prices. We must also repair the broken regula-
  States.                                                                    tory structure of our financial markets. As a member of the House
      Even after the bailout was signed into law, the stock market con-      Committee on Financial Services, I will work on new oversight and
  tinued to tumble and Americans have seen huge losses. Let’s hope           regulation of Wall Street. We must continue to move cautiously, yet
  the bailout doesn’t compound the pain by adding to their tax bills         swiftly in our continued work on these issues. There is truly no time
  too.                                                                       to waste, as our country’s financial foundation depends on it.
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                                                           SPORTS SCHEDULES
  DOUGLAS COUNTY VARSITY BASKETBALL                                                             NASCAR
  ALEXANDER                       CHAPEL HILL                   DOUGLAS COUNTY
  11/13 - E. Paulding 6:00PM      11/15 - @ Harrison 6:00PM     12/18 - @ S. Paulding 6:00PM    11/02 - Texas Motor Speedway         11/19 - Phoenix Intl/ Raceway
  11/18 - Villa Rica 6:00PM       11/21 - @ Westlake 6:00PM     12/21 - Villa Rica 7:00PM
  11/25 - @ Starrs Mill 6:00PM
  11/29 - @ Woodstock 4:00PM
                                  12/02 - @ Creekside 6:00PM
                                  12/05 - Mundy’s Mill 6:00PM
                                                                12/05 - AHS 7:00PM
                                                                12/06 - CHHS 6:00PM
                                                                                                UGA - FOOTBALL
                                                                                                11/01 - @ Florida                    11/15 - @ Auburn
  12/02 - Northgate 6:00PM        12/06 - @ DCHS 6:00PM         12/09 - @ Carrollton 6:00PM     11/08 - @ Kentucky                   11/29 - Georgia Tech
  12/05 - @ DCHS 7:00PM           12/09 - @ Newnan 6:00PM       12/12 - @ Bannaker 6:00PM
  12/12 - Fayette County 7:00PM
  12/13 - Starrs Mill 4:30PM
                                  12/13 - Dacula 6:00PM
                                  12/15 - @ E. Coweta 6:00PM
                                                                12/13 - @ LSHS 6:00PM
                                                                12/16 - S. Paulding 6:00PM
                                                                                                GEORGIA TECH - FOOTBALL
  12/16 - Carrollton 6:00PM       12/19 - Lovejoy 6:00PM        01/06 - Tri – Cities 6:00PM     11/01 - Florida State                11/20 - Miami
  01/03 - @ Central 4:30PM        01/06 - @ Riverdale 6:00PM    01/09 - Fayette Co 7:00PM       11/08 - @ North Carolina             11/29 - @ Georgia Bulldogs
  01/06 - @ Northgate 6:00PM      01/09 - Morrow 6:00PM         01/10 - Carrollton 3:00PM
  01/09 - @ McIntosh 6:00PM       01/10 - @ LSHS 6:00PM         01/13 - @ Starr’s Mill 6:00PM   FALCONS
  01/13 - @ Whitewater 6:00PM     01/13 - Pebblebrook 6:00PM    01/16 - @ North Gate 7:00PM     11/02 - @ Oakland 4:15PM             11/23 - Carolina 1:00 PM
  01/16 - Mays 6:00PM             01/16 - Creekside 6:00PM      01/17 - McIntosh 6:00PM         11/09 - New Orleans 1:00PM           11/30 - @ San Diego 4:05PM
                                                                                                11/16 - Denver 1:00PM                12/07 - @ New Orleans 1:00PM

  DaySpring 5K to be held November 8                                                            11/01 - Vs Philadelphia 7:00PM       11/18 - @ Indiana 7:00PM
     The sixth annual DaySpring 5K Roadrace will be held at Central                             11/05 - Vs Toronto 7:30PM            11/19 - Vs Washington 7:00PM
                                                                                                11/09 - @ Oklahoma City 7:00PM       11/21 - Vs Charlotte 7:30PM
  Baptist Church November 8, 2008. Once again the funds will benefit                            11/11 - @ Chicago 8:30PM             11/22 - @ Cleveland 7:30PM
  a school in Douglas County. Everyone is invited to attend this family                         11/12 - @ Boston 7:30PM              11/26 - Vs Milwaukee 7:00PM
                                                                                                11/14 - @ New Jersey 7:30PM          11/28 - @ Toronto 7:00PM
  event. Activities will begin at 3:30pm and include the DaySpring 5K,
                                                                                                11/15 - Vs New Jersey 7:00PM         11/29 - @ Washington 7:00PM
  1 Mile Run, and Tot Trot. Following the race, dinner will be served in
  conjunction with a post-race award ceremony. Awards will be presented                         THRASHERS
  in multiple categories and age groups. You can register at Central                            11/02 - Vs Florida Panthers 5:00PM    11/22 - Vs Col.Blue Jackets 7:00PM
                                                                                                11/06 - Vs New York Islanders 7:00PM 11/28 - Vs Nashville Predators 7:30PM
  Baptist Church. Call 770-942-9492 for more information or check out                           11/14 - Vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:30PM 11/30 - Vs St. Louis Blues 3:00PM
  their website and register online at www.Dayspring5K.org.                                     11/20 - Vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00PM

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