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Kari Apted

Kari Apted has been writing for The Newton Community Magazine since its inception. She began writing professionally in 2005 when her work was chosen to appear in "Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families," an anthology sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kari’s portfolio now includes blogs, feature stories, humorous newspaper columns and a plethora of home design articles. She’s currently working on her first book. Kari adores her husband, Donnie, their four mostly-grown children, and the family’s pack of rescued mutts. When she isn’t writing, Kari loves creating artwork, traveling, and hosting paint-and-sip parties.

Field of Dreams

Many individuals were involved in creating The Miracle League of Newton County, including Kimberly Walden—an educator who has been connected to kids with special needs for most of her life.

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A Love Without Boarders

Construction specialist Carlos Jaramillo was perfectly content with his life in Rutledge until he learned about a way to use his skills for a greater good. He has since made

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Coasting Into Retirement

When Dave McMichael followed his father into the construction industry, he could not have known the impact their company would have on the amusement park industry. Even as McMichael’s Construction

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Invisible Enemy

An unwelcome visitor appeared to Angela Whitley with numbness and tingling when she was only 20 years old. More than two decades later, she advocates for those struggling with multiple

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Pointing the Way Home

Published author and educator Jessica Hembree never intended to homeschool her children. However, a first-grade bully and a ‘Field of Dreams’ moment launched the mother of three into her role

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Sister Act

A sign at the entrance to Musulyn’s International Cuisine in Covington reads, ‘Welcome to Our Story.’ It invites guests to learn more about chef Carmenia Tyrus and her journey from

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Community Lifelines

911 dispatchers are an often overlooked but vital part of any first-responder department. With an incredibly stressful work environment and the ability to multitask at levels few ever master, they

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