Issue 7 | November 2021
Things That I Am Thankful For
2021 has been tough for everyone, but there is still much to be thankful for! 

2021 has been a very difficult year for everyone. Covid has affected every single person that I know in some way, from losing loved ones, or job changes and layoffs; many businesses have closed, and nothing feels normal in general. I myself have faced many struggles this year, too, but in the midst of challenges, I try to focus on the blessings in my life. There is always much to be grateful for!

This year has brought many wonderful things, so I would like to take a moment and list a few of the things that I am thankful for:

First and foremost, I am thankful for Jesus, who gets all of the credit for everything that follows on my list. I am thankful to be saved and am thankful to be forgiven of all past sins.


My family, including my husband, mother, mother-in-law, and brothers who have supported me in so many ways! I couldn't do life without them.


My friends who love me like a sister! They know too much!! LOL


My office team, who I love like family, and who help keep me in the right place at the right time! Defending clients in so many counties can have me running like a chicken with my head cut off, and I absolutely couldn't do it without them!


♥ My counselor, Kelen Owens... we all need one, even the counselor!! I could not deal with the stress of this profession without her! I also consider her a very good friend. She also knows too much!!

♥ My pets, who wake me up each morning and greet me every day when I get home at the end of a long day!

♥ My health! I have been very lucky considering my lack of exercise and eating properly.  

And finally!!!

♥ I am thankful that I am not turning gray quite yet!! Yes, it's all natural!! HAHAHA

I pray that you all have something in your life to be thankful for, big or small! 

Local Events

Christmas on Main Street in Villa Rica 

Christmas is just around the corner, and Villa Rica Main Street has an event to help you find your Christmas cheer! (and possibly a few gifts, too.) On December 4, downtown Villa Rica will be hosting many events to ring in the holiday season, and you won't want to miss it.

The fun day will start with the 5k Reindeer Run and the one-mile Egg Nog Jog. The Egg Nog Jog begins at 12:00 and the 5k Reindeer Run starts at 12:30. Registration for either of these events begins at 10:30, or you can sign up online by clicking here

The Mistletoe Market will be open from 2 pm-7 pm and will host a wide range of local artists and vendors selling their items. This is the perfect chance to look for those special, unique gifts for Christmas and help a local business at the same time. 

And you definitely do not want to miss the Christmas Parade that will go down Mainstreet! It starts at 5:00 and you just might spot Jolly Ol' Saint Nick, who will be available for pictures (and explanations for bad behavior if needed) at The MILL stage from 6-7 pm. 

Then the final festivity of the day will be the lighting of the Christmas tree at 7 pm! It is definitely a day of fun in Downtown Villa Rica that you won't want to miss. I hope to see you there!
Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Pets

Thanksgiving is a time for sharing and enjoying delicious foods! But some of your favorite traditional foods may cause your pup to get sick if they were to eat them.

Here are just a few tips on what Fido can and cannot have, but when in doubt, always research it! Just because it is delicious to us does not mean that it will be good for them. 

I hope that all of you, your friends, family, and 4-legged friends have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

If you would like to share pictures of your Turkey Day fun, feel free to post them to my Facebook page! I love seeing everyone celebrating with their loved ones.

Villa Rica Voters Approve Package Sales

If you live or go shopping in Villa Rica and need something from the liquor store, you will probably notice that there are none in the area. Instead, you must drive to either Carrollton or Douglasville to get your spirits. That is because Villa Rica has prohibited liquor or package stores for decades, but that is all about to change.

The November 2nd ballot asked voters if they still wanted a ban on package stores in Villa Rica or if it was time for a change.

The voters overwhelmingly voted "FOR" allowing package stores in Villa Rica by more than 78%. This vote will allow City Council to permit package sales of alcohol in the city.

There is no date on when exactly permits will begin to be issued, but my guess is we will begin seeing changes in 2022. 

Soon, if you need rum for your Grandmother's delicious rum cake recipe or some whisky for your holiday eggnog, you no longer will have to drive 20+ minutes to find it!

Thanksgiving Turkey Theft

Man Has Turkey Stolen, Police Help Save The Day

Unfortunately, crime always seems to increase around the holidays... but stealing a man's Thanksgiving turkey is just cold!

Jimmy Mulligan, of Bridgeport, CT, was heading to a friend's house with the turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving when a guy with a gun approached him.

"I was just robbed at gunpoint right there," Mulligan told the 911 dispatcher. "They took my turkey! Somebody came up behind me, pushed something in my back, told me to face the garage, give them my wallet, and to let go of the plastic bag."  The thief also took Mr. Mulligan's wallet.

Jimmy's 911 call was initially mistaken for a prank call.

"At first I thought he was joking, but I could hear from his voice that he was serious," said dispatcher Denny Viera.

Shortly thereafter, Officer Daniel Mendez arrived on scene to confirm that the victim had indeed been robbed of his Thanksgiving turkey.

Dispatcher Viera immediately was inspired to try and help. She called local restaurants hunting down a cooked turkey and once she located some, she purchased two for Mr. Mulligan and his friend.

Officer Mendez picked up the dinners and delivered them to the victim.

"When he gave them the meals, Danny said they were the happiest guys on earth," Viera said.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch thanked Viera and the officers:

 "I can't say enough about the compassion and empathy shown by the men and woman who work in the 911 center. It's is a difficult job. When they answer the phone, usually they are speaking to someone in crisis. Denny did her job well, got police to the scene and then thought, "I want to do more." She and her colleagues rallied around this man and brightened his Thanksgiving."

As for the turkey thief, the police are still investigating the crime.

*Please note Julie will not represent turkey thiefs.

Happy Thanksgiving from Julie and her team!

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