How Many People Read My Letter? 

How Many People Read My Letter? 

Now that I’ve got your attention, let me just tell you: I love the great outdoors. Actually I don’t. Unless the great outdoors involves a stocked RV that looks like a penthouse on wheels, fully equipped with satellite TV, awesome food, a hot shower with body sprays, a Big Green Egg, comfy bed…you see where I’m going here. I actually wouldn’t mind the great outdoors—camping, hunting, swimming in the lake, as long as I could come back to that fully outfitted behemoth. What I love is the great indoors. While I’m watching great outdoorsy sports. LIKE FOOTBALL! Football is what I live and die for. I get excited in August when pre-season rolls around, and then September: there is a God.

Arches Brewing: On Tap in Hapeville

Arches Brewing: On Tap in Hapeville

Arches Brewing, located at 3361 Dogwood Drive in Hapeville, is open for tours and tastings on Thursdays from 4:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturdays from 3pm to 6pm. They also host special events ranging from corn hole tournaments, yoga on tap, and book signings. Two of their biggest annual events are held in the spring, a Crawfish Boil held in May and in the fall, Oktoberfest held on September 17. Currently, you can’t purchase bottles from their facility, so if you want to take home some of their special brew, just stroll down to Beer Girl, also conveniently located in Hapeville, and pick up a growler. Follow Arches Brewing on Facebook or check their website for upcoming events and tap takeovers.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

Don't Be Afraid to Ask

A good lawyer is not hard to find if you do your homework and ask questions when you first meet. Just like the lawyer is asking you questions about your case, you should feel comfortable enough to ask him or her about their expertise.

Around Town

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Patrick was a competitor on “Home Free” to win a home for his personal hero and inspirational leader. The second season features new co-host and former NFL player, Heisman Trophy winner and sports analyst Tim Tebow joining Mike Holmes for more construction challenges and even higher stakes. This time around, the contestants didn’t compete for themselves but rather to win their personal hero a dream home. Eleven contestants built 10 homes, plus a Dream Home, creating an entirely new neighborhood – Home Free Boulevard. Each competitor fought to the finish to win their hero the ultimate dream home, and take home a $100,000 grand prize for themselves.

The Commodores Rock Southern Ground

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R&B powerhouse Motown soul/pop group cranked out plenty of classic selections as Brick House, Three Times a Lady 
and Nightshift. The Coasters, Drifters, and Tams tribute brought fun American pop beach hits. 
Photography Turner Photo Design.

The Ultimate Man Cave Experience

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It’s an hour before game time when the guys start arriving. You kick back, shoot a few games of pool, or perhaps play a game of billiards. Then the main event. You and your crew sit back in style, ice cold drinks in hand, food a heartbeat away. From your control center, you turn on the game, adjust the surround-sound audio, and experience the game as if you are one of the players on the field. This is comfort. This is luxury. This is your man cave.

Sandy Thomas and the Joe Foss Institute

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The Joe Foss Institute is all about instilling patriotic values in area youth by visiting local schools. Claude “Sandy” Thomas, local businessman and former Army officer, often accompanied by WWII veteran Hap Chandler, makes it a personal mission to teach children in our community citizenship and civics. In the military, Thomas explains, you take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. So it’s imperative that we understand just what that means and pass that understanding on to the next generation. “Despite its flaws, the United States has become in a short period of time the greatest country in the world. And it’s a place that folks from all over the world want to come to because of this concept: freedom.” Thomas goes on to say that it’s often easy when you have this freedom to take it for granted. “You must with know about it and appreciate it. Freedom is an individual thing that you must learn about and support.”

Morenike Ibidapo

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Morenike Ibidapo was born and raised in South Fulton county to parents Michael and Wanda Ibidapo and she is the third of four children. Morenike attended local public schools Stonewall Tell Elementary and Sandtown Middle School before joining the Lion family at Westlake High School.

The Sky is the Limit for the Atlanta Falcons

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After missing the opportunity to make their second Super Bowl appearance by ten yards in 2012, the Atlanta Falcons have struggled to revisit that opportunity ever since. However, football analysts, avid loyalists, and the entire Falcons staff collectively believe the future will entail the franchise will “Rise Up” due to some significant player acquisitions, hopefully a stingier defense, and the motivation to enter their highly anticipated new home in 2017—the Mercedes-Benz Stadium—flaunting Super Bowl rings.


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For many teens, acquiring a post- secondary education is the next logical step after high school but the question remains what school? The decision can be a tough one for some but for these six young people who are very connected in so many ways the best fit was to attend a historically black College and University.

Tailgating Tips and Recipes

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Grilled food is good anywhere for any occasion. Whether you’re tailgating in the stadium parking lot or watching the game in your own backyard with family and friends, get ready to take your grill skills to the gridiron. While you might not be in the running for MVP this season, everyone has a shot at being Tailgater of the Year.

It’s Time to Rise Up!

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As they do every year, the Atlanta Falcons began training camp in Flowery Branch with practices that are open to the general public before the season kicks off. Hip hop from Fetty Wap so loud it almost shakes the ground sets the tone. After an 8-8 season, Head Coach Dan Quinn will be looking to make major improvements in his second year and hopefully a playoff run. Justin Hardy made some impressive catches. Atlanta star running back Davonta Freeman, out of Florida State, also had a good catch. It is difficult to judge how good the team is looking because the players aren’t going full speed at this point. Players won’t be practicing in full pads until right before preseason begins. There will be a lot of competition amongst the offensive line as well the linebacker core.