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New Council members take oath of office JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The first City Council meeting of 2014 took place Jan. 6. It began with the oath of office administered by Fulton Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher to

the newly elected members of the City Council: Cori Davenport, Dr. Lenny Zaprowski, re-elected Councilwoman Kelly Stewart and Mayor Mike Bodker.

Kachmar given buy-out to resign Council: $138K settlement given to avoid civil suit By HATCHER HURD


Mayor Mike Bodker takes the oath office as his friend Lisa Butler looks on.


Councilman Lenny Zaprowski takes the oath of office with his daughter Carlin.


Councilwoman Kelly Stewart takes the oath of office with her husband Tom.


Councilwoman Cori Davenport takes the oath of office as her husband John looks on.


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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – City Manager John Kachmar will evidently end his stormy career with Johns Creek in a pattern that should be quite familiar to him: He will step down amid political turmoil in return for a settlement to KACHMAR go away. The City Council voted 4-2 Monday night to offer Kachmar a settlement of six months’ salary ($138,000) to voluntarily resign, thus avoiding a possible lawsuit. If he accepts the settlement, it will end yet another such chapter in what has been a checkered career of government service in which he has left under a cloud. Council had concluded a long night of new business around 10:30 p.m. and then retired for an executive session for an “employee matter.” They returned just as the BCS National Championship game was concluding to announce their decision to allow Kachmar to voluntarily resign with a settlement in return for an agreement that he would not pursue a lawsuit against the city. Councilmembers have

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said Kachmar was threatening a multimillion-dollar lawsuit if he were fired, alleging such a dismissal would be retribution for his testimony against Mayor Mike Bodker during this past summer’s investigation. Councilmembers said they did not believe he had grounds for such a lawsuit based on what Councilman Brad Raffensperger called his “deplorable” behavior. However, the risk of what a jury would do and the cost of the city’s defense in such a lawsuit outweighed the cost of the settlement. Councilwomen Kelly Stewart and Cori Davenport voted against offering Kachmar any settlement at all, saying they could not support caving in to the threat of a lawsuit. Kachmar did not remain in the building for the council’s announcement and could not be reached for comment before deadline. Stewart voted against the settlement, saying she could not support “giving [Kachmar] one red cent” in settlement of his separation. “This man deserves not one penny. He has been

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Driver runs off road, hits house MILTON, Ga. – A 61-year-old Canton man was arrested Dec. 28 after his car went off the road, hitting a house. Police were called out at 1:45 a.m. to a Mountain Road home, where a single-vehicle accident had occurred. They found a vehicle in the yard of the home that had “severe front end damage.” The driver, Philip Franklin Cook, 61, of Canton, had a deep cut to his forehead and complained about head and chest pain. An ambulance was called to treat Cook. In the ambulance, police said they could smell alcohol on Cook’s breath. A search of the vehicle revealed an open can of beer on the driver’s side floorboard. Police suspect the car was traveling northbound on Freemanville Road and did not stop or turn when the road ends at Mountain Road. Instead, police suspect the car ran into the yard of a Mountain Road home, hitting an electric pole and then the home itself. Cook was taken to hospital for his injuries and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, driving with an open container, failure to wear a

Creek. According to police, a couple was walking their dog about 4:15 p.m. on a path a quarter mile from the school. As they passed a nearby creek, they spotted Bohnet’s

body face down in the water. Doug Nurse, spokesman for the Johns Creek Police Department, said the 18-year-old victim had identification on him. The cause of death is still

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Target. The officer notes that Staples had no form of identification or method of payment. A search of Staples turned up a pair of needle nose pliers and 20 pairs of latex gloves. Staples was arrested for giving a false name to police.

Wedgewood dinner set stolen MILTON, Ga. – An entire set of Wedgewood dinnerware was reported stolen Dec. 23 from a Mayfield Road home. The victim told police she was having an estate sale and during the sale, someone entered the home and stole dozens of dinner plates, salad plates, platters and cups with saucers. In total, there were 62 items reported stolen, valued at $886. The set of Wedgewood plates is described as white with white flowers around the dishes.

Pliers, gloves found on suspect JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A suspicious man was arrested Dec. 26 for giving a false name to police after he was suspected of breaking into cars. A caller told police they saw a man in dark pants, stocking cap and gray hoodie walking around the parking lot of the Target on State Bridge Road, ducking around and behind vehicles. Police found the suspect, who identified himself first as “Nicholas Miles,” then “Mowdy Nickolas Miles” and finally his real name, Nicolas Miles Staples, 27, of Lawrenceville. He claimed he was in the parking lot to shop at the

Alleged drunk driver hits, runs CUMMING, Ga. — A possibly drunken and medicated driver rear-ended a truck and drove away, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. At about 2:30 p.m. Dec. 24, deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Ga. 9 and Peachtree Parkway after a woman said a man hit her 2012 Ford Escape and drove off. The woman told deputies she was stopped for a red light when a dark colored truck hit her rear bumper. She said the driver went around her, ran the red light and turned left onto Peachtree Parkway. She said as he drove away, she was able to see part of the license plate number. Later, the driver of a dark blue Dodge truck was pulled over in the 1700 block of Vinery Avenue for an unrelated incident. Deputies said the man had a hard time standing and denied the hit and run incident. While deputies processed the incident, they were informed the man may have taken medication and drank alcohol.

undetermined, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office. “This is a popular path for a lot of kids in the neighborhoods that surround Taylor Road Middle School,” said Nurse. They were also informed he left a suicide note at his house. The man said he did not take anything, and then asked why deputies were talking to him. Deputies charged the man with following too closely, hit and run and driving while under the influence, all misdemeanors. He was transported to Northside Forsyth Hospital and volunteered to undergo a medical evaluation.

Clever thief still gets caught MILTON, Ga. – An alleged thief was arrested Dec. 27 after stealing from one store and trying to hide the goods in another. Employees of the Walmart on Windward Parkway told police they saw Carl C. Sojourner, 49, of Atlanta, select a pair of boots, a jacket and coveralls in the store and place them inside a green tote bag. He then left the store via the garden section without paying for the items. They were valued at $219. Employees called police and followed Sojourner as he entered the Home Depot store next door. He was then seen exiting the store, empty-handed. Sojourner was held while the store was searched and, sure enough, the green tote bag with stolen items was found hidden inside. None of the items were sold at Home Depot. Sojourner was arrested for shoplifting.

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Southfield Place, Milton, was arrested Dec. 17 on Bethany Church Road in Milton for DUI, underage consumption of alcohol, failure to yield when entering a roadway, suspended license and no license on person. ►► Cameron Scott Funk, 20, of Weatherwood Circle, Alpharetta, was arrested Dec. 20 on Highway 9 in Milton for DUI, underage consumption of alcohol and headlight violation. ►► Daphne J. Edwards, 51, of Freemanwood Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested Dec. 22 on Burgess Trail in Milton for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Germans Lavrinovics, 26, of Duluth was arrested Dec. 16 on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI. ►► Jennifer Alexis Lelko, 20, of Scioto Court, Johns Creek, was arrested Dec. 20 on Ascott Valley Drive in Johns Creek for DUI. ►► Shannan Diggs-Danforth, 42, of Suwanee was arrested Dec. 21 on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI. ►► Gregory Arthur Abbott, 59, of Cicero Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested Dec. 21 on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to signal when changing lanes. | Johns Creek Herald | January 9, 2014 | 3

Drug arrests ► ► Jesse Austin Mason, 19, of

Laurel Oaks Lane, Milton, was arrested Dec. 17 on Laurel Oaks Lane in Milton for possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related items and underage consumption of alcohol. ►► Joseph M. Mitchell, 42, of Gaineswood Drive, Roswell, was arrested Dec. 17 on Bethany Way in Milton for possession of marijuana and speeding. ►► Brady G. Garcia, 20, of Canton was arrested Dec. 20 on Freemanville Road in Milton for possession of marijuana. ►► Freddie Edward Wright III, 41, of Atlanta was arrested Dec. 16 on South Main Street in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and failure to stop at a stop sign. ► ► Mark Robert Pierce, 21, of Taylor Knoll Close, Roswell, was arrested Dec. 18 on Westside Parkway in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Jade Megan Farrell, 26, of Decatur was arrested Dec. 19 on Encore Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and expired tag. ►► Shantavia Angela Cammorto, 25, of Byers Road, Johns Creek, was arrested Dec. 17 on Mansell Road in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, open container, failure to maintain lane and violation of a limited permit. ►► Nicole Danielle Hubbard, 35, of McFarland Parkway, Alpharetta, was arrested Dec. 18 on Lakeland Plaza in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines.








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Consideration to approve the facility use agreement with Newtown Recreation Association







Consideration to request the staff of Johns Creek to draft and release a request for qualifications to provide a comprehensive program to record and rebroadcast the public meetings of the city







Consideration to approve a resolution authorizing the Mayor of Johns Creek to enter into discussions with adjoining and nearby cities regarding reciprocal non-resident park use













Consideration to Elect Kelly Stewart mayor pro-tem for the city council Consideration to approve the facility use agreement with the Ocee Park Athletic Association

R2014-01-02 consideration to approve a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into discussions with the city of Roswell regarding public safety and tansportation issues at Brumbelow Road







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R2014-01-03 Consideration of a resolution by council to withdraw and rescind any and all subpoenas issued by the city clerk pursuant to resolution 2013-09-23 for investigative purposes: To direct that Robert Wilson and the Law Firm of Wilson, Morton & Downs not execute or serve any subpoenas previously issued by the clerk; to provide that this withdrawal and rescission shall take effect immediately; to provide for the repeal of any conflicting resolutions; and for other purposes R2014-01-04 Consideration of a resolution by council to repeal and rescind any and all resolutions of the city council of the waiving or approving of any waiver of the attorney-client privilege by the members of the city council; to provide that this act shall take effect immediately; to repeal and rescind any or all conflicting resolutions and for other purposes R2014-01-05 Consideration of a resolution by council to direct Robert Wilson, Keri Ware, and Wilson, Morton & Downs to terminate any and all pending investigations of any elected or appointed official or employee of the city of Johns Creek; that the termination of the investigation shall take effect immediately; to repeal and rescind any or all conflicting resolutions; and for other purposes


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R2014-01-06 Consideration of a resolution by the city council of the city of Johns Creek to terminate the contract between the City of Johns Creek and Robert E. Wilson and Wilson, Morton & Downs for the provision of any and all legal or investigative services; to provide that the termination shall take effect immediately; to repeal and rescind any or all conflicting resolutions; and for other purposes

Kachmar: Continued from Page 1 poison to this city, and I won’t support [the settlement],” she said. “This is about principle. People did not deserve to be treated the way they were by him. “I don’t want another city to go through what we have had to go through. His actions don’t deserve any [settlement] for his services,” said Stewart, who was visibly emotional and upset. Davenport did not speak about it during the session, but after the meeting, said she could not support the settlement offer because of her

campaign pledge. Like Stewart, Davenport was wiping her eyes at the thought of paying Kachmar. “I said I wouldn’t stand for that treatment of our citizens,” Davenport said. They referred to an incident after a September meeting in which Kachmar verbally assaulted two citizens, one of whom had complained of the lack of cooperation from the city in her efforts to keep abreast of the proposed roundabout on Sargent Road. After verbally confronting her and calling her “a liar,” Kachmar then confronted a neighbor who spoke up in her defense, with whom he was even more verbally abusive. The majority of the coun-

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cil refused to take any action at the time against Kachmar, saying it was a police matter since one of the victims filed an assault charge. After the Fulton district attorney declined to take action on the assault charge, Kachmar was admonished by the old council “not to do it again.” A new City Council was elected, with newcomers Lenny Zaprowski and Davenport. Zaprowski came down on the side of a negotiated settlement with Kachmar. “This man deserves to be fired,” said Zaprowski. “But our city is at risk. I don’t want to be bullied, and I think we would win [in court].” But there is the risk of perhaps losing the case in a jury verdict, and that is a risk Zaprowski said he did not want

take. “The goal is to get the man out of office. This has been a tough decision on the first night of the job,” Zaprowski said. Mayor Bodker, the target of the failed investigation, would seem likely to want to press for a dismissal without compensation also. Enmity between the two was a badly kept secret for years. However, Bodker said he did not want the city to be “looking over its shoulder” for the next few years if a lawsuit continued to drag on. “I’m willing to hold my nose,” Bodker said. “What tipped the scales for me was knowing the city would not be able to move forward until the matter is behind us. This to me was the best way to go forward for the city.”

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will be rolled out systemwide by February 2014, said school officials. “This technology-based tool will enable our counselors, students and parents to electronically transmit student transcripts to in-state, out-of-state and international schools in a traceable, safe and time-saving manner,” said Christopher Matthews, executive director of student support services for Fulton Schools. Until now, the process required filling out paper forms

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Deadline to apply for school hardship transfers is Feb. 17 ATLANTA – Parents have until Feb. 17, 2014 to submit an application request for a hardship transfer, or to request the renewal of an existing hardship, for the 2014-2015 school year. The applications cover all elementary, middle and high schools in the Fulton School System and are approved at the system level, not at individual schools. The Feb. 17 deadline applies to students, parents and staff seeking a hardship transfer to a school outside their assigned home school for medical reasons, curriculum differences and/or child care situations. Beginning this year, parents can use an online form, which will be available through the school system’s website on Jan. 1, to enter and submit their information. “Hard copy applications are not required this year, with the exception of medical transfers, which require appropriate medical provider’s signatures

and documentation,” explained Susan Hale, Fulton Schools’ spokesperson. The deadline for submitting a transfer application is Feb. 17 by 4:30 p.m., with no exceptions or extensions granted, said Hale. All requests must be received or postmarked by this date and time. School system employees who have children receiving an employee hardship transfer must also renew their request through the online application. In May, the list of schools participating in open enrollment will be announced. This is a separate transfer process that allows students to move to a school outside their attendance zones that has available space. Parents with questions or who need more information about hardship transfers can contact the Fulton County Schools’ Student Assignment Office at 404-763-5550 or visit —Candy Waylock

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek’s economic development corporation – Johns Creek Advantage (JCA) – has named Courtney Bernardi as president and chief executive officer. Bernardi recently departed the Newton County Chamber of Commerce’s Office of Economic Development. In her new position, Bernardi will implement new business attraction, existing business retention and expansion and small business development programs. She will further develop and maintain collaborative relationships with key allies in the city of Johns Creek, as well as regional and state economic development partners. Neil Stevens, JCA Board chairman and executive vice president and chief operating officer of KeyWorth Bank, said the JCA’s executive search was comprehensive.  “Under the leadership of Personnel Committee Chair Rees Waite, we conducted an exhaustive search to find the absolute best candidate to lead JCA,” Stevens said. “We were pleased to find a wealth of economic development talent in our state. Courtney emerged from this group, and we couldn’t be happier.  “We are appreciative of the more than 50 investors in the JCA fundraising campaign that made this all possible,” Stevens said.

Craig McCoy, JCA immediate past chairman and CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital, said the choice was a popular one. “We were impressed from the start with Courtney’s detailed knowledge of the economic development process and players, and her ability to connect with JCA board members representing a variety of industries. She clearly knows her stuff. We are excited to have her on board,” McCoy said. In Newton County, Bernardi led new industry recruitment and assisted with the creation of a countywide retail development strategy. Previously, she served as the director of economic development for the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. She facilitated the recruitment of nine companies and numerous existing business expansions resulting in more than more than 2,500 new jobs and $700 million in capital investment.  Bernardi spent five years in a variety of positions with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. She is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, holds a bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Kennesaw State University.  In the coming months, Bernardi and her team at JCA will ramp up JCA’s economic development program with primary goals of growing businesses and jobs in Johns Creek, stimulating capital investment and sustaining the outstanding quality of life enjoyed by Johns Creek residents.

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New Council ends mayoral probe 3-2 vote sends investigator packing By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The investigation into the mayor’s conduct over the past seven years has officially ended, as a new broom swept away the investigator and ended the investigation. The newly elected councilmembers, Cori Davenport and Lenny Zaprowski, joined with Councilwoman Kelly Stewart at the Jan. 6 City Council meeting to end the investigation and to rescind or withdraw any subpoenas issued for the mayoral probe. With their actions, the contract with attorney Robert Wilson and his law firm Wilson, Morton and Downs was terminated, effective immediately. The termination vote required four separate votes with four results, all 3 to 2 with Mayor Mike Bodker abstaining. The minority in each case were Councilmen Brad Raffensperger and Ivan Figueroa. Raffensperger first tried to have the move to end the investigation tabled. He said with two new councilmembers on board, they should have more time to familiarize themselves

with “new information” that Wilson had procured. “I don’t think the new members are up to speed on this yet. We could have the vote in two weeks,” Raffensperger said. Figueroa agreed, saying they have not heard the supplemental report that had just been received. Evidently others had, as that report was apparently leaked to WSB-TV. Bodker said he had been shown a copy by a TV reporter that was stamped “Privileged Communication.” “So it obviously came from someone on this council,” Bodker said. Space was reserved for two TV stations that sent cameras. City Communications Director Rosemary Taylor said she had notified the two stations to come. Raffensperger did not say he leaked the documents, but he did say it was his understanding there was a waiver of information sent by investigator Wilson to council. Bodker said he did not want to pursue the matter, but he warned council that any confidential information had to be authorized by a majority vote of council to be released.

Both Raffensperger and Figueroa said the investigation should continue to its conclusion, and that this “new informaRAFFENSPERGER tion” should be evaluated. “We talk over and over about transparency. The mayor has made allegations not supported by this new information. We have these subpoenas before a judge that [Bodker and Stewart] said we didn’t have the authority to do. We should now see it through,” Figueroa said. “We have new information.” Stewart stepped up to say she had no interest in pursu-

ing the investigation any further. “I am so uninterested in another penny on this investigation,” she said. “We FIGUEROA have had an election and it is obvious the voters have spoken too. I want no more divisiveness. This has been political from the get-go. We need to get past this.” Figueroa replied that in his opinion the investigation was not political. He further added the investigation could easily have cleared the mayor of wrongdoing. “Without going through the whole process, we will never

know [what the truth is],” he said. Of course the city is paying for its side of the investigation. Bodker is funding his defense purely from his own pockets. Raffensperger defended his part in the investigation. “It was not political on my part,” he said. Stewart shot back, “Not political? You sent out a mailer on this [during the election].” Councilman Lenny Zaprowski said he could not in good conscience continue to fund the investigation. “I can’t see spending any more money on this,” he said. The motion to end the investigation carried 3 to 2. Zaprowski, Stewart and Davenport voted yea; Figueroa and Raffensperger voted nay; Bodker recused himself.

Mayor Bodker to reopen Brumbelow discussions By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, GA. – One campaign issue from the recent elections may soon be laid to rest with unanimous vote Jan. 7 to allow Mayor Mike Bodker to enter into talks with Roswell about getting a traffic signal at Brumbelow and Nesbit Ferry roads. The agreement had been made to allow Johns Creek pay for the installation of the light, but then the agreement blew up when Roswell said the city was not installing the light according to accepted best practices and issued a stop work order. Johns Creek City Council did Roswell one better and yanked its work request. Council members were incensed at Roswell’s demand for a memorandum of understanding on how work would proceed. It became a huge issue for Newtown residents. The candidates who did not attend a community meeting on the issue were all defeated in the election. Councilman Figueroa, who supports the initiative now, said he would prefer that city

staff from both sides meet to thrash out the details instead of the mayor. Bodker noted that has not worked in the past. Instead he thinks BODKER council should create a framework of agreement with Roswell and then let staff sort out the details. Councilwoman Kathy Stewart said she supported the mayor’s idea. “I don’t want to see a repeat of last time. This light should have been up and running years ago,” she said. Councilman Lenny Zaprowski said he liked the idea of starting from scratch. Council also approved a proposal to allow Bodker to enter into discussions with adjoining and nearby cities on the issue of reciprocal non-resident park use. It would be a way for residents living nearest parks to use them. There are many details to work out, but council approved it. “What these proposals do is to allow the mayor be the mayor,” Bodker said.

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital celebrates first 2014 baby JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s first baby of the new year was born at 2:29 a.m. Jan. 1, 2014. Little Shivani Patel weighed in at 4 pounds, 15 ounces. Shivani was also the first New Year’s baby born within the Emory Healthcare system. Proud parents Hemangini and Panchshil Patel are pleased that their baby girl was born on New Year’s Day. “This is a very special way to start 2014,” said new dad Dr. Panchshil Patel. Patel is also a hospital medicine physician at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. The baby’s original due date was Jan. 20. Mom, dad and baby are all doing well after a big day. Baby Patel was one of two

Mom Hemangini Patel and dad Panchshil Patel are all smiles about their New Year’s bundle of joy, little Shivani Patel. babies total born at Emory Johns Creek Hospital Jan. 1. Emory University Hospital Mid-

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Senator Isakson keynote speaker at JC Chamber gala JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce and platinum sponsor Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth have announced U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson will be the keynote speaker for the chamber’s annual gala. Themed “A Night with the Stars,” the gala will be Friday, Jan. 24, at the Atlanta Athletic Club, and will celebrate the achievements of the chamber, its members and dedicated volunteers. The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with cocktails leading into dinner and program beginning at 7 p.m. The program will feature Isakson and the presentation

of volunteer awards. The night will continue with dancing and live entertainment by the Moxie Band. Event sponsors ISAKSON include platinum sponsor Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth, gold sponsor Circulatory Centers and silver sponsors ArtTech, Physicians Express Care, Grissom Law LLC and Compelling Signs. Contact the Johns Creek Chamber at 770-495-0545 for sponsorship opportunities.

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‘One Night in Reno’ gives peek at end of Hollywood’s golden era By HATCHER HURD ROSWELL, Ga. – In a hotel room Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift shed the veneer of stardom that has been their shield. “One Night in Reno” is the stage debut of Topher Payne’s latest play. It is the story of one sweltering night in a Reno hotel where Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe have hold up in the only room with power – such is the clout of a movie star – as they contemplate the fire up in the mountains that is consuming the forest, the power lines and metaphorically their careers. Studio execs are desperately trying to finish “The Misfits”, a movie written by Arthur Miller as a love offering to his wife, Marilyn. The marriage is already over, but the production must go one. Clift is chasing his own demons – his secret life, the auto crash that nearly killed him, the constant pain he still


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In front row, Johns Creek High School senior Tyler Prescott signs his letter of intent as mother Michelle Young, father Barry Prescott, stepfather David Young and sister Amanda look on. Rear row are coach Jim Poole, grandfather Chester Willey, baseball coach Billy Nicholson, assistant athletic director Steve Hall, coach Danny Pralgo and assistant principal Carlton Harris.

Tyler Prescott to play baseball for Presbyterian JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek High School senior Tyler Prescott will be attending Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., on a baseball scholarship. Prescott has played baseball for 12 years, with four of them at Johns

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List signs to row for UT JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Chattahoochee High School’s Aja List has signed a national letter of intent to row for the University of Tennessee. Tennessee is an NCAA Division I school and a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Tennessee rowing team has made regular appearances in the NCAA championships over the past 10 years. List has rowed for the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association (AJRA) for the four years and was invited to attend the U.S. Rowing Junior National Team Development Camp in 2011. Other honors include a 12th-place finish in the varsity women’s 8-plus at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

She placed second at Southeast Youth Regionals in the varsity women’s 8-plus and a first-place finish in the Open Women’s 4x as well as a bronze in the Junior Women’s 2x at Club Southeast Regionals this past summer. List has been on the CHS honor roll for the past four years and is a small group leader at North Point Community Church. She is the viola section leader in the CHS Chamber Orchestra and was recently selected to play viola in the Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra in 2013. List plans to major in biochemistry with an interest in research and minor in applied music.

Centennial holds girls’ lacrosse camp ROSWELL, Ga. – The Junior Knights girls’ lacrosse camp is offering a one-day opportunity to prepare for the spring season by working with the region champion Centennial Lady Knights.  This is the chance to learn from the seasoned veterans of the varsity team.  The camp immerses youngsters in the sport, giving them focused and intensive training that is essential for improvement. Every facet of the game is covered, beginning with the fundamentals and skills to become a valuable team player.  Sessions include fundamental instruction, drill work, competitions and games. A girl’s lacrosse stick, goggles and a mouth guard are required for participation. To register, go online at For information, contact

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Chattahoochee’s Aja List has committed to row for the University of Tennessee. Seated with her are her parents Tom and Karyn List. Standing, from left, are AJRA women’s varsity coaches Skye Elliot and Christine Waite, siblings Mason, Eden and Jackson List and CHS Principal Tim Duncan.

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The December Eagle Scouts, 19 strong, receive their badge for fulfilling the requirements to wear the Eagle badge. In back, from left, are Jackson Bowers, Troup Ackerman, Patrick Russell, Justin Moore, Benjamin Crawford and Jack Thomson. In the middle row are Luke Hamilton, Garrett Biel, Yagnik Tadvarthi, Anish Shivkumar, James Breyen and Andrew Boch. In front are Joseph Scales, Skyler Hope, Graham Widmann, Cole Burke, Kindle Anderson, William Arnold and Alexander Gibson.

19 new Eagle Scouts close out 2013 Record-setting year for Milton District Eagles By HATCHER HURD NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Milton Boy Scout District, composed of the cities of Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Milton, had a record year, producing 99 Eagle Scouts in 2013. December 2013 saw 19 new Eagle Scouts join the ranks. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in Scouting, and a Scout who attains this rank joins an elite list. Of the millions of boys who have become Scouts since1910, only 2.2 million have attained the rank of Eagle. To become an Eagle, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges. He must also demonstrate “Scout Spirit” by observing the Boy Scout Oath and Law and perform acts of service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge in recognition of the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership and merit badge requirements. The following Scouts passed their Board of Review on Dec. 30, 2013, at a record-setting

Board of Review. Jackson Bowers, of Troop 27, sponsored by the Johns Creek Christian Church, designed and constructed a 3-foot-by-23-foot mulch-covered path leading to a 12-footby-8-foot rectangular area with a pergola and a bench that he also designed and built, located at the rear of the Summerour House at the Autrey Mill Heritage Center and Nature Preserve. Troup Ackerman, of Troop 429, sponsored by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, designed and constructed a 72-foot fence along the back property line of the Homestead Charity facility. Ackerman also removed kudzu from the embankment on the property. Patrick Russell, of Troop 429, sponsored by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, designed and built four sections of shelving along the border of a room for the Drake House. For his Eagle project, Justin Moore, of Troop 841, sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, renovated and refurbished the bleachers and two dugouts for Roswell Area Park. Moore had to remove old rotten benches with rusted-in bolts and replace them with new benches and new bolts. Benjamin Crawford, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, designed and built a handrail that connects two existing handrails on a sidewalk connecting the main parking lot of Johns Creek United

Methodist Church to the CIBA Vision overflow parking lot. This handrail was 86.5 feet long and created one continuous handrail for the sidewalk. Jack Thomson, of Troop 143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, renovated the main entrance of the Aurora Theater. He built two benches for the entranceway, pressure washed the concrete floor, built two flower boxes, created a sign stating “Aurora Theater” and renovated two light boxes. Luke Hamilton, of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, designed and built three information kiosks for the camp sports and outreach ministry of Perimeter Church. Garrett Biel, of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, designed and constructed six 5-foot benches at an overlook in Autrey Mill Heritage Center and Nature Preserve. Yagnik Tadvarthi, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, designed and built six 5-foot picnic tables for use at the Cottage School in Roswell. Two of the picnic tables are being used to extend the outdoor cafeteria at the school, while two more replace existing damaged outdoor classroom tables. Another two tables are being used next to a garden for a place to sit during outdoor lessons. Anish Shivkumar, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, designed and built six

gardening boxes on the campus of Johns Creek Elementary School. He also provided soil for the boxes and a four-wheel cart that has a seat and bucket holder. James Breyen, of Troop 841, sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, designed and built four picnic tables for a wooden area located at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Andrew Boch, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, collected and delivered personal hygiene kits to Jacmel, Haiti. He collected more than enough supplies to create over 150 hygiene kits. Joseph Scales, of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, designed and constructed a 12-foot-by-24foot run-in barn for Save the Horses. The run-in barn will be located in one of the back pastures of their property. Skyler Hope, of Team 734, sponsored by Webb Bridge Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, collected everyday items such as cough syrup, decongestants, gently used clothes and socks for infants to 4 years, shampoo, kitchen towels and dishcloths, bath towels, bedding and kitchen utensil for an orphanage called Hogar de Vida in Costa Rica. Graham Widmann, of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, designed and built an entranceway in the shape of an arched arbor for the Perimeter Christian School

(PCS) gardens. Cole Burke, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, collected coats and jackets for the homeless people of the parish attending Rock Church of Atlanta. He exceeded his goal of 550 coats, collecting a total of 828 coats and 83 other items such as gloves and hats. Kindle Anderson, of Troop 69, sponsored by Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, collected and delivered more than 1,200 items for Operation Sandbox, an organization that sends supplies and gift bags to our troops overseas. After collecting the items, Anderson had to transport them to Oxford, Ga., for distribution to the troops. William Arnold, of Troop 69, sponsored by Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, designed and built three 8-foot-by-4-foot raised flower beds that were placed in between the 4200 and 5200 hallways at Milton High School. The beds will be used by the science department in order to conduct experiments on various types of vegetation. In between, gravel pathways will allow the students to easily walk between the flower beds. Alexander Gibson, of Troop 841, sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, designed and built three benches at the Roswell Area Park tennis courts area. Two of the benches are along the running track, and the third bench is on a corner of the back two tennis courts.

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JCHS golfer Billy Johns signs with Lehigh University JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek High School senior William Johns will be attending Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., on a golf scholarship. Johns has played golf for eight years, with four of them at JCHS. Johns was included in the Top 200 Golf Week ranking, the All-State roster for 2012-2013 and received a varsity letter for each of his years at JCHS. He has set several school records, including low 9-hole score, low 18hole score and seasonlong average. Johns has earned fully exempt status in the American In front row, Johns Creek High School senior William Johns signs his letter of intent with parents Peter and Elaine and sister Erica looking Junior Golf Association.  on. In back are Assistant Principal Patrick Martin, golf coaches Shawn Koch, Steve Sweigart and Luke Warren and athletic director Mike Cloy. — Ryan Pieroni

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Tokyo Boat II opens in Roswell ROSWELL, Ga. — Tokyo Boat II announced the opening of their Roswell location, 1425 Market Boulevard, Suite 320. Owner Kevin Chen describes Tokyo Boat as an elegant and family-friendly establishment that represents the perfect assimilation of pan-Asian cuisine with European flair.

“Our staff is trained to bring you nothing but the most enjoyable and satisfying dining experience ever,” he said. “At Tokyo Boat II, you could choose not only from a wide variety of Japanese sushi, tempura and hibachi, but also trendy fusion cuisine such as our delicious Chilean sea bass.” This marks the second location for Tokyo Boat, 910 Woodstock Road, Suite 120 in Roswell. For more information, call 770-650-7101 or visit

Hair Images has new Johns Creek location JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Hair Images has opened a new location. Owner Rabarb Aladin said her business is a full-service salon specializing in haircuts, color, eyebrow threading, waxing, facials, up-dos, bridal makeup and henna. “Your image is our business,” Aladin said. The business is located at 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite


A-6 in Johns Creek and they are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 770-418-1612 or visit


Arborist joins Caldwell Tree Care ROSWELL, Ga. — Dave Woodrow, a longtime Roswell resident and tree expert, has joined Caldwell Tree Care in Roswell. Woodrow brings 35 years of sales experience to Caldwell Tree Care. Woodrow previously worked for Lanier Worldwide and was a founder of Precyse Solutions. He will be responsible for seekWOODROW ing new business opportunities and expanding relationships with current clients for Caldwell’s tree and plant health care divisions. Caldwell Tree Care is located at 280 E. Crossville Road. Call 770-992-1973 for more information.


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Style Points is an Atlanta-based jazzand-whatever’s-fun combo formed in 2003. Members are engineers, teachers, students and writers by day, and musicians by night. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855-583-5838 or visit

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love. Stan’s adorable story begins after a chance encounter with a dog that has been sent outside in the wintry cold. The dog tells the snowman about a warm stove inside the house, and with a “crack-crackle” in his heart, Stan falls in love with the wood-burning beauty. The unlikely romance, doomed from the start, is only the beginning in this hilarious and heartwarming tale as Stan later discovers that a young snowwoman is swooning over him as well. Show times vary. Jan. 2. – Feb. 2. 1404 Spring St. Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-3391 or visit


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Join Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Horticulturalist Lisa Cole for this introduction into the amazing world of healing plants. This beginners’ class focuses on herbs and oils used since antiquity to treat a variety of ailments, with an emphasis on women’s needs and particular energizing blends that help to chase the winter blues away. Class includes a hands-on presentation and crafting of floral water and teas for participants to take home. 10 a.m. Jan. 11. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit


Night hikers at the Chattahoochee Nature Center come to discover nightlife like never before. Take a guided hike on a woodland trail or river boardwalk, all by the light of the moon. 7 – 9 p.m. Jan. 18. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit


Learn all about Relay For Life of Alpharetta, how you can get involved and the impact you can make in the fight against cancer. 6 – 7 p.m. Jan. 9. State Bank and Trust, 2380 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please visit


The Forsyth County Public Library will host an exclusive seminar for writers featuring author David Darracott. This two-hour seminar will focus on the process of planning and completing a novel. Registration required. 2 p.m. Jan. 11. Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, Cumming. Please visit


Join Dirty Spokes for this 7- and 3.5-mile race through Central Park in Cumming. Registration required. 7 a.m. Jan. 18. Central Park, 2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming. Please visit


The Healing Sounds Program of Northside Hospital-Forsyth will be holding their fundraiser "Pastries and Performance." Come by for a bite of sweet treats and sweet sounds. Entertainment provided will include local guitarist Chuck Beckman, harpist Lorretta Marks, the Main Street Strings, and others. 2 – 4 p.m. Jan. 11. 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming. Please call 770-844-3587.



Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary season in the fall, downtown Atlanta’s only outdoor ice skating rink at Centennial Olympic Park is an annual holiday tradition. Visitors enjoy covered observation seating, theatrical lighting on the real ice and holiday music. 4:30 – 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4:30 – 11 p.m. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 20. 265 Park Ave. West Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-222-7275 or visit


The High Museum of Art presents Art In Bloom 2014, a three-day showcase of floral designs interpreting highlights in the museum's permanent collection. Enjoy a weekend full of special events and related programming, especially for the floral enthusiast. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 10 – 12. 1280 Peachtree St. Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404-733-4400 or visit


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Feld Motor Sports presents Monster Jam at the Georgia Dome. Monster Jam is the world’s most popular truck tour, performing to more than 4 million fans annually at arenas and stadiums worldwide. Monster Jam events consist of three fan-favorite elements – the “Party in the Pits,” racing and freestyle. This year’s show features classic names such as Grave Digger, Avenger, El Toro Loco and more. 2 – 9 p.m. Jan. 11. 1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-223-9200 or visit

Pinecrest Academy, a PreK– 12, college-preparatory Catholic School invites the community to an open house. Guests will receive informational packets, hear a brief talk, and then have the opportunity to tour the 68-acre campus with student ambassadors or via self-guided tours.  Refreshments will be served. 1 – 3 p.m. Jan. 12. 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Please call 770888-4477, x245 or visit

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The Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show brings thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. The event features seminars where guests will have the opportunity to interact with some of the animals. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday

and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 – 12. 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. Please call 770-963-6522 or visit


Snakes, snakes and more snakes will be at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with Jason Clark, star of the Animal Planet series “SnakesKin.” Clark will be bringing out venomous and nonvenomous snakes during this exciting and humorous show. Watch as Kingsnakes and rattlesnakes leave their cages behind and meet some of their reptilian friends. Clark shares how to identify and be safe around snakes while recounting adventures from wildlife removal emergencies. At the reptile wagon, get an up-close view of live, native reptiles in this exciting traveling exhibit from the Southeastern Reptile Rescue. Snakes, tortoises and even alligators are waiting to be discovered. Also enjoy reptile related arts and crafts activities. Noon – 4 p.m. Jan. 18. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit



The Milton Boys Lacrosse 6th Annual "Run for Cover" 5K Run benefitting North Fulton Community Charities and Milton High School Boys Lacrosse. All participants are requested to bring an article of winter clothing or non-perishable food item for NFCC. Registration required. 11 a.m. Jan. 11. 13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Please call 404-5381395 or visit

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In front, Johns Creek High School senior Gabe Moore signs his letter of intent as parents Shannon and Chris watch. In back are baseball coach Billy Nicholson, pitching coach Jim Poole, grandfather George Moore, Assistant Athletic Director Steve Hall, Assistant Principal Carlton Harris and grandmother Ann Moore.

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In front, Johns Creek High School senior Charles Hecht signs his letter of intent as parents Terri and Michael look on. In the rear row are assistant principal Patrick Martin, baseball coach Billy Nicholson, coach Jim Poole, assistant athletic director Steve Hall and assistant principal Carlton Harris.

Gabe Moore to play ball JCHS’s Charles Hecht signs with for University of Kentucky Georgia College and State University JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek High School senior Gabe Moore will be attending University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., on a baseball scholarship. Moore has played baseball for 13 years, with four years at Johns Creek

High School. Moore has received the Student Athlete Award, was a part of the Second Team All-Region and played on Georgia’s Junior All-Star Team in Oklahoma. —Ryan Pieroni

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek High School senior Charles Hecht will be attending Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville on a baseball scholarship. Hecht has played baseball for 12 years, with four of them at JCHS.

He won the Coaches Award in 2011, served on Johns Creek High’s Athletic Leadership Council in 2012. He earned three varsity letters in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was also selected for the Georgia Top 100 in baseball. —Ryan Pieroni



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2014 looks bright, shiny on showroom floor Here we have a spanking new year in 2014 that is full of the promise every January brings. And was I ever ready to trade in that old year. 2013 began with shiny new wheels and an engine that purred like a cat with quart of cream. The economy looked ready to throw away its crutches, companies were flush with cash and they were ready to spend it. The drought looked ready to call it quits as Lake Lanier was more than half full as spring began. And for the first time in years, I looked forward to seeing my yard raise more than just dust. Yes, 2013 was all tricked out with chrome wheels, a snazzy paint job and a V-8 with a supercharger under the hood. This should have been a break-out year. Of course, we all made big plans for 2013. This was the year business bounces back, the stock market really gets on track and I get my yard back in shape. I could have hung a sign out on my mailbox to say “Pigpen lives here,” and my neighbors would have said, “Tell us something we don’t know.” And then the spring rains came. And they came again. And then, they came some more. You would think somewhere in the Eternal Plan somebody would be in charge of spreading the wealth around. We got rain in March, in April, in May – which was all to the good. But all of June and into July? One by one, the fireworks displays were cancelled. We postponed the neighborhood Fourth of July party for a week. Then two. Then we said (over) optimistically, the third time’s the charm and proclaimed to celebrate the Fourth rain or shine. We were like losers at Vegas trying to double up to get even. There was more water around


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the pool than in it. Eating a hotdog in a soggy bun is like … well the imagery says it all, doesn’t it? Then came August, and I had given up on ever getting a tan. Thought about building an ark, though. This was getting really depressing. That was about the time we started paying attention to what the hard cases in Washington were threatening. It seems the politicos had to sharpen up their swords and rattle their brains in what has by now become the annual playground stand-off that national politics has evolved into. It goes like this: “Oh yeah?” “Yeah.” “Oh Yeah?” “Yeah!” “OH yeah?” “YEAH.” “OH YEAH?” “YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT, BUDDY!” “OH YEA … Well, you get the picture. Just as the stock market was poised to really break out of its shell and get those IRAs back riding the bull, Congress does the one thing guaranteed to put ice water in the veins of Wall Street. “We’re gonna let it all fall down.” “Oh Yeah?” “Yeah!” “Oh … You heard that one already. Well at least this time, they finally shut up. And what happened? Wall Street rose to heights no stockbroker has gone before. Meanwhile, it got to be Thanksgiving and it stopped

raining. Hooray. Of course, my yard now has wadis where continuous rivulets gouged out trenches in my front yard. All that seed is now doing wonders for my neighbor’s yard downstream. Of course at Christmas, the good old days are gone. The days of pacifying my grandsons with a Tickle Me Elmo and a football are long gone. They have moved on to bigger and better (i.e. more expensive) things. The twins are 11, and I don’t know how to shop for them anymore. I was safe with Tripp. Get him a couple of video games and ear buds for his smartphone. However, his brother Chase is the Beau Brummell of the sixth grade. He sports a wardrobe that is worth twice what is hanging in my closet. When I was Chase’s age, I would have screamed in pain if I got athletic socks for Christmas. Of course in my day, they didn’t cost $20 a pair. He tried explaining what he wanted, but I just begged off. “How about I just give you a C-note in a brown paper bag,” I asked. “OK. Cool, Papa.” So here we came to the end of 2013. The valves were knocking, the rings were shot. The transmission is ready to fall out and the dents are too numerous to count. But that’s OK. There is 2014, sitting there on the showroom floor. I’m going to be more careful with this one. I won’t go over 35, and I’ll change the oil every thousand miles just to be safe. I hope each of you got a good deal on your trade-in. You know how it is. They knock down the price of the new one a little, but then they stick it to you on their price for the old one. So have a Happy … “Hey you, watch the paint job! Don’t scratch it. This model has to last the whole year, you know.”

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In front, Charles Edmond signs his letter of intent as mother Leslie watches. In the rear row are Assistant Principal Patrick Martin, coach Jim Poole, baseball coach Billy Nicholson, assistant principal Carlton Harris and assistant athletic director Steve Hall.

Johns Creek’s Charles Edmond to play baseball for Gordon State JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek High School senior Charles Jonathan Edmond will be attending Gordon State College in Barnesville on a base-

ball scholarship. Edmond has played baseball for 11 years; four of them at JCHS. —Ryan Pieroni

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In front, Johns Creek High School senior Emily Ranzau signs her letter of intent as mom Karin Ranzau and swim coach Susan Lipscomb watch. In back are Assistant Principal Carlton Harris, swim coaches Lisa Gooden, Susan Lipscomb and Willieneil French and Athletic Director Mike Cloy.

Emily Ranzau will swim for U.S. Naval Academy JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek High School senior Emily Ranzau will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on a swimming scholarship. Ranzau has been swimming competitively for 12 years, with four of

them at Johns Creek High School. She qualified for the 2012 Olympic trials in 200-meter backstroke and is the record holder in the 200-meter free, 500-meter free and 100-meter backstroke. —Ryan Pieroni



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What’s your hearing fingerprint? By DR. DEBORAH WOODWARD Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Center No two fingerprints are alike. No two snowflakes are alike. Everyone’s DNA is unique and personal. And believe it or not, the same goes for your hearing. The way you hear is shaped by many things, starting with the unique physiology of your ear. But it does not end there. Hearing is also shaped by life experiences, lifestyle, and your individual physical and mental makeup. A musician listening for harmonies and rhythms; a football player listening for signals over the roar of a stadium; or a parent identifying their child’s voice in the school play – all have different hearing preferences, even if their hearing, as measured by a medical

audiogram, “looks” identical. This uniqueness becomes especially important to people coping with a hearing loss. While they all need amplification, they need to apply it in different ways based on the unique way they live and hear. Why basic hearing instruments fall short The reason that mail order hearing “devices” are so unsatisfying is that the “one-soundfits-all” design actually fits NO ONE! Some may offer a few adjustments that can change the amplification but they can only go so far. Speech may sound “tinny” or mechanical at times with these devices and you will have trouble distinguishing speech from background noise or locating the source of sound in a room. Think of eyeglasses with the wrong prescription.

The frames may fit your face well but your vision is blurry. The right hearing instrument is as unique as you are Think of it as a micro-brain that works in harmony with your own brain to differentiate sounds based on your unique hearing profile. An advanced wireless signal processing system supports features that guard speech, help you focus your hearing, orient you in a room, and more. “Unique” begins with you Advanced new technology is still only part of the story. Through a new, more individualized hearing evaluation process, a Doctor of Audiology can actually program your unique hearing ability with lifestyle and speech preferenc-

es down to an incredible level of detail. This information tells the instrument how to react automatically to the different hearing situations you encounter in the course of a day. Whether it’s a conversation in a car, lunch with friends, a business meeting, sporting event, concert, TV show, or just quiet time at home. And, settings can always be adjusted at the same high level of detail by your hearing care professional as your needs change.

Unlock the power of personal Your hearing profile is part of what makes your life as personal as your fingerprint. With the correct hearing instrument, you can now experience a level of hearing performance that is tuned to YOUR life at a richer level of detail – anytime and anywhere. –Dr. Deborah Woodward has been a hearing care specialist for 24 years and is in private practice at the Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Center. 770-814-1260

ADHD – not just in children anymore Adult ADHD is associated with multiple comorbidities such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other personality disorders. Adult ADHD is a valid psychiatric disorder of adulthood distinct from these other conditions. Adult attention deficit disorder differs from the childhood variant because the hyperactivity in adults may be replaced by other symptoms such as anxiety, impulsivity and inattentiveness. In fact, prior to 2002 there were no diagnostic guidelines, but there have been great advances since. Some of the symptoms that characterize Adult ADHD are:

ADHD is a relatively common psychiatric disorder among adults. The prevalence is thought to be 3.5%-5.3%, which accounts for more than 11 million cases in the United States alone. With increased public awareness, adult ADHD became a topic of great interest so clinicians should be able to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with this disorder. Etiology is still uncertain. Genetics however is believed to play a prominent role, followed in importance by acquired injuries to the brain. ADHD was widely thought to be strictly a disorder of childhood. Now there are numerous scientific papers and clinical trials that acknowledge the existence of an adult version of this disorder, which can be traced back to the younger years. Before this time ADHD in adults was known as Minimal Brain Damage or Dysfunction (MBD).

1. Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in school-work, work or other activities. 2. Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities. 3. Often does not seem to listen when spoke to directly. 4. Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand directions) 5. Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities. 6. Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (eg. School assignments, pencils, keys) 7. Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli. PAID ADVERTORIAL

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Some children with ADHD continue to have it as adults. And many adults who have the disorder don’t know it. They may feel that it is impossible to get organized, keep a job, or remember and keep appointments. Daily tasks such as getting up in the morning, preparing to leave the house for work, arriving at work on time, and being productive on the job can be especially challenging for adults with ADHD. These adults may have a history of failure at school, problems at work, failed relationships and traffic accidents. Like teens, adults with ADHD may seem restless and may try to complete several tasks as once, most of them unsuccessfully. They also tend to prefer “quick fixes,” rather than taking the steps needed to achieve greater rewards. Treatment is very rewarding. The first medications to be approved by the FDA belonged to a non-stimulant group of medications: Atomoxetine. The FDA later approved stimulants such as methylphenidate and mixed amphetamine salts. Group delivered cognitive behavioral therapy is recommended in some cases as a supportive treatment. If you or someone you know may have Adult ADHD, call Johns Creek Family Medicine at 770-771-6591 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Zack Charkawi.

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The minimalist game plan from Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth By TIM GUSTAVSON Health Education Specialist at Gwinnett Medical Center Every year we set huge goals as our New Year’s resolutions, only to crash and quit a few days or weeks into the year. So, instead of these massive resolutions that only lead to frustration, why not try these five small steps each day? They’re easy to remember, take no special equipment, and will keep you on a steady path to good health. Sleep soundly Inadequate sleep has been linked to higher blood pressure, weight gain, risk for diabetes and heart disease, car accidents, irritability and depression. How to make it happen: Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Stick to a bedtime routine. Make your bedroom conducive to good sleep by having a comfort-

able mattress and bedding, by keeping the room cool and dark, and by eliminating distractions, including TV. Take a breather Stress can cause everything from headaches to insomnia to chest pain. How to make it happen: Take 10 to 15 minutes a day for yourself. Get some fresh air or take a coffee break with a friend. If you can’t spare a quarter hour, take a minute or two to practice deep breathing. Inhale slowly through your nose, inflating your belly, and exhale out your mouth. Repeat four times. Move your muscles Some say exercise is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. In study after study exercise has been shown to improve health. How to make it happen: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

adults should get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week. If you break it down into 20 to 25 minutes a day, it starts to feel more achievable. If you can’t spare that much time, try adding physical activity to your everyday chores. Bring groceries in one bag at a time from the car or carry an armful of laundry up the stairs and then go back for more. Eat your fruits and vegetables How to make it happen: To fit in the recommended two to four cups a day, take it one meal at a time. Add chopped onions and peppers to an omelet or slice strawberries into yogurt. Sub out those fries at lunch for a side salad or cup of tomato soup. At dinner, add diced carrots, zucchini or spinach to pasta. Laugh Studies have shown that

laughing can help reduce pain, treat depression and increase blood flow by relaxing blood vessels, according to AARP. How to make it happen: Get your fill by watching a funny movie or YouTube video, listening to your favorite comedian or swapping humorous stories with friends. The body benefits whether laughter is planned or spontaneous. So, go ahead, laugh at yourself. It’s good for you! Gwinnett Medical CenterDuluth offers resources to help you become your best in 2014. If quality sleep is an issue, visit sleep. For fitness classes and more, visit Or let a dietitian at GMC’s Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center custom-design a nutrition plan for your goals. Visit to learn more.

Treasures in life … Faith, Family, Friends, and Health! By Dr. LESLIE GASKILL As holidays come, and holidays go, I believe we all do a lot of soul searching.

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wishing we could have spent more time with our loved ones that are now either deceased, or debilitated from some tragedy. Some we had a chance to say goodbye to and others not. So lets fast forward to a positive note. Tomorrow is another day, and next month is a new year. We all have the opportunity to work harder at strengthening our faith, our families, friendships, and of course our health. After all, we owe it to our loved ones to take care of ourselves. My practice and I are here to help meet your needs whether your needs are general primary care, gynecological care, hormone imbalance, ADD, asthma, allergies, etc. My real area of passion is the prevention of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. In a couple of recent media interviews, I was asked, “Why do many patients who have already suffered heart attacks and strokes seek your care, despite already having a cardiologist, neurologist, and or other primary care physician?” My response is simple. My area of expertise comes from a host of nationally and internationally recognized experts. Our track record for detection, assessment, reversal, and prevention of atherosclerosis (cardiovascular disease), is one we like to share. I have been a practicing physician for 19 years and have 7 years of experience in advanced prevention of cardiovascular disease. Of all of our patients who have participated and been compliant with our strategy, none have had a heart attack or stroke. Additionally, many of my patients choose to seek advice from me especially when their cardiologist begins talking about the need for more stents. Lets face it, no patient should ever have to suffer a heart attack, stroke, and or need stent placements.

Cardiovascular disease can be prevented and reversed. The thought that a compliant patient under cardiovascular care should ever need yet another stent is most disturbing. I can confidently look my patients in the eyes and tell them that if they are truly and aggressively compliant with our strategy, their chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or need for more stents are extremely minimal. For more information, contact 770495-9995 and see www.drlesliegaskill. com and We accept most insurances, but no new medicare. Please ask about our concierge care as well.

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month By PENNY DAUGHTERY, RN, MS, OCN Gynecology Oncology Nurse Navigator Cervical cancer strikes more than 12,000 women each year, but thanks to increased use of annual Pap screenings, the incidence and number of deaths from this slow-growing cancer have decreased steadily. Importance of Screening Most cervical cancer is caused by specific strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which is spread through

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Doctor’s Hearing Center is now open in Johns Creek Doctor’s Hearing Center is now open in Johns Creek to provide hearing care for the general community, diagnostic hearing and balance services for physicians and industry or academic hearing screenings. We offer hearing consultations, audiologic testing, the latest technology in hearing aids, hearing aid repairs, wax removal, tinnitus or ringing in the ears treatment and advice on hearing health programs available. Dr. Robin Andrews is an expert on correcting hearing problems. Physicians trust Dr. Andrews and for over 30 years have been referring patients to assist in patient diagnosis and

management. He has been in private practice since 1984 and has helped many Georgians with their hearing health. Dr. Andrews specializes in the treatment of hearing loss due to nerve damage and diagnostics for balance and dizziness. He has worked with Neurologists, Primary Care Physicians, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons, Veterans Administration and many industries. Hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition presented to the primary care physician. The first is heart disease and the second is low back pain. How do you know if you

Fuel up for fitness with healthy snacks and smart plates (NAPSI)—Sports nutrition isn’t just for professional athletes; for a good workout and quick recovery, everyday athletes need the right diet, too. To help, CanolaInfo’s “Fuel Up for Fitness” recipe collection delivers a starting lineup of delicious, nutritious dishes made with canola oil to help fitness fans prepare for exercise and repair their muscles afterward. “These quick and easy recipes are made-to-order meals for the everyday athlete,” says Michele Macedonio, R.D., C.S.S.D., L.D., a veteran sports nutritionist and team dietitian for Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds. “A good workout is draining and can lead to fatigue and sore muscles. The right combination of foods helps restore energy and nutrients used during exercise and prepares your body for the next workout.” The recipes provide complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein with nutrition-packed ingredients such as whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits and plenty of vegetables. All the dishes are prepared with heart-smart canola oil to supply healthy unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated and omega-3 fats. “Fat is an important energy source for athletes because it has 9 calories per gram versus 4 per gram of protein and carbohydrate,” Macedonio notes. “But it’s important to choose the right kinds of fats. Unsaturated fats, such as those found in canola oil, in place of saturated and trans fats, are known to reduce ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.”

The recipes, available at, include: • Powerhouse Green Smoothie • Muesli Muffins with Almonds and Cranberries • Crispy Chickpeas and Pumpkin Seeds with Lime • Skillet Quinoa with Black Beans, Cilantro and Feta • Chunky Chicken, Vegetable and Rosemary Stew. Each energy-boosting recipe has less than 300 calories a serving. Brussels Sprout, Blueberry and Walnut Slaw Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: ¾ cup 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, thinly sliced or shredded (not grated) ¼ cup chopped walnuts ½ cup finely chopped red onion ½ cup dried blueberries 2½ Tbsp canola oil 2½ Tbsp cider vinegar 2 Tbsp granulated sugar ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes In medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. The nutrient-rich ingredients in the delicious slaw above make it a smart choice for athletes. Brussels sprouts and blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, helping to support a strong immune system. Also, walnuts and canola oil are among the top 10 food sources of plant-based omega-3 fat and may help protect the heart.

have hearing loss or diminished hearing? Do You: • Hear but don’t understand what people say? • Ask people to repeat what they say? • Get complaints that your TV is too loud? • Have difficulty understanding women and children? • Ringing or noise in your ears? • Miss common sounds like telephones and doorbells ringing?

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A “traditional” philosophy Best wishes for the New Year! Today I want to talk to you about yearly traditions. As we begin the New Year, we offer you and your loved ones DR. USHMA our very best PATEL wishes. We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. One of your New Year resolutions may be to stay healthy. A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body and overall well-being. I notice a lot of people go through their own “mini-makeovers” this time of year as well. They perform updates on their homes, make hair appointments to spruce themselves up for the New Year, and come in for teeth whitening procedures to erase coffee, tea, and wine stains and brighten up their smile. Yes, that onset of cold weather triggers a lot of activity for all of us. These reminders bring me to a question for you: What triggers your medical upkeep? Do you have certain times of the year that you plan your routine visits to your fam-

ily doctor, gynecologist, and dentist? Are you reactive, only seeing a medical professional when you think something is wrong? Or do you keep a regular maintenance schedule for yourself and your family? Hopefully, the latter. It is my philosophy that preventative care is absolutely the most essential way to take charge of your health. I focus on the overall wellbeing of my patients and, with the help of modern science, I can actually foresee dental issues and circumvent most of them before they become a bigger and more costly problem. Why is this important? Three reasons: • Your comfort. • Your time. • Your money. That’s right. Preventative care is first and foremost, more comfortable for patients. Heading off problems before they begin saves patients from larger dental procedures such as crowns or root canals. While medical techniques allow me to perform these procedures with a higher level of comfort liked Sedation Dentist-

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ry for my patients, most people would still prefer to avoid them altogether if possible. Crowns and root canals are more costly than preventative care, and they take more time in the office to address and fix. With just two visits per year for a typical dental patient, I can keep you in preventative mode over the course of your lifetime. We can head off problems before they start and keep more money in your wallet, increase the overall health of your body and help you spend less time at the dentist. My philosophy is simple: See me on a regular basis to avoid seeing me even more often than you’d like! What system do you have in place for preventative care? Please remember to schedule those routine appointments for you and your family before your body triggers an issue for you that could have been entirely prevented! Call your Dr. Ushma Patel D.M.D with Center For Advanced Dentistry at 678-8947926 to make your appointment or visit us on the web at for more information. Mention this article and receive a $100 off your next dental visit (New Patients Only)!

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What is a cataract and what is cataract surgery? Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and today cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older. At some point in our life, we will all develop a cataract. The natural lens of the eye yellows and becomes cloudy with age as a result of biological changes of the proteins inside the lens. The function of the human lens is to focus incoming light onto the back of the eye. As your lens ages, light from the outside worlds becomes more and more distorted as it enters your eye. Difficulty reading, needing more light to read, experiencing glare and haloes at night and, even poor sleep patterns can be explained by cataract formation. The treatment for cataracts involves a painless, 10 minute surgery to remove the “clouded lens” or “cataract” and replace it with a man made intraocular lens implant. It is the most common surgical procedure in the US and around the world and is considered to be an extremely successful and safe procedure with a success rate approaching 99.5%. What is laser cataract surgery? With traditional cataract surgery, all the steps of the surgery are customarily performed “manually” by the surgeon using handheld tools. Laser cataract surgerythe next evolution of cataract surgery with the Ziemer Z6 laser offers a greater amount of precision, predictability and safety to these steps leading improved visual outcomes and more precise targets. With the Ziemer Z6 Laser System, your surgeon can offer you unmatched accuracy and a more predictable and customized cataract procedure. Based on your medical history and pre-operative evaluation, you and your surgeon will discuss the options available for your desired visual result. Together you can discuss a treatment plan which may include using the LDV Z6 to create the precise laser incisions in the cornea along with an advanced lens implant that may allow for improved near, intermediate or distance vision. This tailored treatment may reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery.   How is laser cataract surgery different from traditional cataract surgery? In traditional cataract surgery, incisions in the cornea are made using handheld instruments including blades to access the cataract. Your surgeon will then use a surgical device to manually create a circular opening in the lens

laser systems, and femtosecond lasers have been used in eye procedures for decades. The most familiar use of femtosecond laser technology is LASIK. Femtosecond lasers represent an advanced standard in precision laser cataract surgery and the Ziemer Z6 platform was FDA cleared in 2013. What should I expect on the day of surgery? Your day in surgery should be no different than a routine cataract case. The Ziemer Z6 laser is positioned next to the

surgeon and is utilized seamlessly during the cataract surgery process. You will be given mild IV sedation that will likely keep you pleasantly unaware of the goings on in surgery. There is no pain, needles or stitches as part of the procedure. What should I expect after surgery? After surgery, you can generally expect your vision to be improved within 24 hours. Generally, patients experience no pain after surgery. Slight scratchiness of the eye

Am I a suitable candidate for laser cataract surgery? Your surgeon and you will decide whether you are a suitable candidate based on your eye anatomy, type of cataract and type of lens implant that you desire. Most patients are candidates for having some of the steps of cataract surgery performed with the Ziemer Z6 laser. How long has the procedure been performed? Thousands of cataract procedures have been successfully performed using femtosecond

How long does the procedure take? You can expect to be at our center for2 hours. And you will be in the procedure room for 20-25 minutes. Call Milan Eye Center at 678-381-20w20 for more information.

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capsule of the eye that holds the cataract. The Ziemer Z6 laser can be used to make the corneal incisions precise and the opening in the lens capsule as circular as possible, in the right location, and sized to fit the replacement lens. Your surgeon can also use the laser to break up and soften the hard cataract. Softening the lens with the laser enables your surgeon to then remove the cataract more gently and with significantly less ultrasound energy than is used in traditional manual cataract surgery. What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery? • A highly customized treatment • A treatment with little or no discomfort • A more precise and predictable treatment • A gentler and easier cataract removal Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-focal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery

is common and they prescribed eye drops will help with any of these symptoms. Many patients return to work or normal activities the next day and even drive themselves to their postop day one appointment!

and Have a Happy NEW Year!

The most common surgery in the United States is cataract surgery. Milan Eye Center is the first practice in the United States to offer Blade-Free cataract surgery of its type.

Milan Eye Center provides industry leading patient care, cutting edge technology, a friendly staff and family atmosphere. We are focused on improving the quality of our patients’ lives through education, care and various treatment options. Look for our ad series in 2014 with information on specific services and ways to learn more. Also visit us at

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Rivers Academy Students Fulton Science Academy are Focused on Service When the concept of Rivers Academy was conceived, an academic program which provides students with a college preparatory curriculum while allowing them to pursue their individual passions, the founder also understood the need to provide a complete school experience.  The school offers an environment that includes many extra academic offerings, along with a strong sense of school spirit, social events and opportunities to serve both the local and the global community. When you walk into the Alpharetta campus you immediately get a sense of the students level of academic commitment along with their kindness towards each other and the desire to satisfy the needs of the community. For the past month, the Rivers’ chapter of National Honors Society started their first annual Giving Tree, collecting donations from our families and staff for the community store at North Fulton Community Charities. The students also participate in many fundraisers

throughout the year that support our relationship with the Daraja Choir and 410 Bridge Ministries. Additionally, the Entrepreneurship class will embark on a semester long project getting involved with many Atlanta enterprises to have hands-on experiences combining business opportunities with issues that impact local problems.

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Fulton Science Academy Private School offers students of Georgia a real difference in education. The school focuses on S.T.E.A.M. education to meet the growing demand for higher level logic and reasoning skills necessary for future student success. Additionally, the school works to develop student presentation, writing, organization, and timemanagement abilities from the earliest grades. They offer advanced and gifted curricula taught for greater retention and achievement by a nationally award winning faculty. The small and structured environment, along with uniforms, keeps students focused on their studies. Since there are little to no discipline issues, the faculty and administration can utilize their time to teach and continually seek ways to improve their educational model. The school considers development of the whole student as important as academics. Physical education is a part of every school day to keep students healthy and active. For a creative outlet, students take part in art, music, robotics, and computer classes

every week. Many other enrichment opportunities are offered including free after-school clubs, band, orchestra, and top performing academic teams to develop student social skills. Please visit the school website for detailed information and achievements. Fulton Science Academy has engineered a school of the future today.

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Amana Academy Offers Expeditionary Learning Experience We Are Crew, Not Passengers. Named 2011 Georgia Charter School of the Year by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Amana Academy is a tuition-free chartered public school serving over 700 students in grades K-8 from Fulton County Schools districts. Located in Alpharetta, Amana Academy’s mission is to prepare students for high academic achievement beyond what they think possible, so that they become active contributors to building a better world. Our approach is grounded in the Harvard-based Expeditionary Learning model, respecting teachers and school leaders as creative agents in igniting each student’s motivation and critical-thinking skills through in-depth, experience-based, integrated instruction across STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and the Humanities. Our definition of

student success combines academic achievement, exemplary communication skills, world language proficiency in Arabic (one of the six official UN languages), single-gender classroom instruction (grades 4-8), and relevant co-curricular and extracurricular activities. We believe that academic success is built on strong character qualities of mutual social respect, positive discipline, collaborative learning and an ethic of civic and environmental responsibility shaped through engaging and challenging academic work. • OPEN ENROLLMENT for the 20142015 Academic Year ongoing January 1-31st. • OPEN HOUSE on January 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

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McGinnis Woods Country Day School McGinnis Woods Country Day School is a private, non-parochial school offering a challenging Preschool, Elementary and Middle Grades Education. The school is located in Alpharetta on the border of Forsyth and North Fulton counties. The Preschool accepts children as young as 6 weeks and the Elementary School teaches students in PreK 4 through 8th grade. McGinnis Woods Country Day School has top accreditations, including GAC, SACS and NAEYC. It is also a member of the Georgia Independent School Association. The mission of McGinnis Woods is to inspire students with the Passion to excel. This goal is accomplished by providing superior academics through hands-on, minds on approaches which foster self confidence and self esteem;

inspiring a lifelong love of learning. Small classes with low student-teacher ratios, allow for frequent one-on-one learning. Superior educational resources are implemented to maximize the classroom experience of our diverse student population. Frequent guest speakers, monthly field trips and community service round out the curriculum. Integrated use of Interactive Whiteboards, a school wide broadcast system, computer labs, laptops and tablets support the rigorous curriculum. Competitive Sports and Robotics teams train year round. After school programs and clubs are also available. Please join us at an Open House on Saturday, January 25 between 12 and 1 pm or visit www.mcginniswoods. org to learn more. Tours are available upon request.


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Why It’s Important to Prepare Your Child for the CRCT When students take the CRCT, the main goal is for schools to know how much the student learned and retained over the course of the school year. Georgia has a set of requirements, called the Georgia Performance Standards that outline what the expectations are for instruction, assessment, and student work. Besides just having the results back to see how the schools and teachers are doing, the state of Georgia has “benchmark years” where the students are held accountable for their scores, and must pass by a certain margin. Ensure the Best Instruction~ The best way is to find a CRCT Prep program that is aligned with Georgia’s Common Core standards. Students can learn “how” the questions are going to be asked and practice answering. If you choose to use a CRCT Prep program, make sure the sessions are led by certified teachers. Getting quality guided instruction from a certified teacher, verses practicing alone at a home computer can make a big difference. Omega’s certified teachers have helped students achieve success on the CRCT for nearly a decade. Omega’s AIM Tutoring System allows our teachers to most efficiently teach your student through multi-sensory teaching resources. Tutors send daily email updates to parents AND school teachers, keeping everyone informed on your child’s “Academic Team.” Proac-

tive Parents Choose Omega Learning Center for the best CRCT Prep tutoring in Atlanta! Important Testing Years~ In the state of Georgia, these benchmark years are 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades. When the students take the CRCT in these grades, they MUST pass the Reading/Language Arts and Math portions of the test in order to move on to the next grade. Students may need some assistance when preparing for this test, because the subject material covered is so extensive For more information on Omega’s CRCT Prep Package starting at only $20/hour, call Omega Learning Center Johns Creek at 770-751-0181 or visit Omega Learning Center – Johns Creek, 3005 Old Alabama Rd., Suite 170, Johns Creek, GA 30022.

A growing number of individuals are now using the Internet and social media to show they care through generosity and peer-to-peer sharing.

Razoo For Schools Goes High Tech (NAPS)—Fundraising for your child’s school isn’t just about car washes, candy bars and bake sales anymore. That’s the word from parents and others who say Parent Teach­er Associations—commonly known as PTAs—and other nonprofit organizations are learning to make better use of technology in order to raise money. For example, there’s a platform that provides charitable giving solutions based on what it calls “a new era in philanthropy.” Considered by many to be a leading example of a fundraising method known as crowdfunding, Razoo helps nonprofits leverage secure and efficient technologies to raise money and engage in charitable giving activities. Crowdfunding involves collecting small donations from many parties in order to raise the money needed for a particular project or venture. Razoo has expanded its online platform to allow people to give directly to other people for nearly any cause. Its site now empowers everyday philanthropists to show they care through generosity and peer-to-peer sharing for personal fundraisers. Options for PTAs Razoo can help transform any PTA fundraising initiative into a fun, interactive experience. It provides expert tips and resources that eliminate the massive time investment for busy parents while increasing the participation and results through crowdfunding. Across the country, PTAs are using the platform’s resources in a number of ways. For instance, some organizations are using its website to launch customized fundraising pages for special projects or events. For example, one PTA mom, Di-

ane Kelleher, uses Razoo to help her daughter’s elementary school, Sligo Creek Elementary in Silver Spring, Md., raise money for its annual fundraiser, the Salamander Stride. She said Razoo “ena­bles us to get more energy and more dynamism to reach out to a larger number of supporters.” Other schools are turning to Razoo for assistance in setting up the mechanism that would let them accept donations on their own site or on their organization’s Facebook page. Another way PTAs are using the website is as a tool to help them organize their core supporters to raise money for specific projects. A Simplified Process Using the website to set up a fundraiser only takes a few minutes. The site offers examples of different approaches and provides visitors with the tools they need to customize a page that tells their PTA’s unique story using images, words and videos provided by the PTA. The platform also shows PTAs how to use e-mail and social media—such as Facebook and Twitter—to share news of their fundraising efforts with friends, family and community. Experience has shown that keeping supporters updated and showing them the difference each donation makes can help to build support for the overall campaign. To cover its costs, Razoo charges 4.9 percent on every donation it collects. It automatically e-mails each donor a tax-deductible receipt so the nonprofit doesn’t have to. The platform also has programs for assisting individuals, corporations and other organizations. To learn more, visit www.razoo. com.

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Bridgeway Christian Academy Expands Preschool & Kindergarten Programs This fall, Bridgeway Christian Academy plans to expand its five day kindergarten program to include a half day class as well as a full day option for the 2014-2015 school year. Both classes will utilize a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for entry into first grade. In addition Bridgeway will also offer three, four, and five day options for the School’s three and four year old preschool classes. “These additional classes will allow parents to select the best option for their child based on academic readiness and developmental maturity as well as their individual educational philosophies”, said Rob Starner, Head of School for Bridgeway. What’s more, the 2014-2015 tuition rates make Bridgeway an affordable option for young families. The maximum class size for Bridgeway’s preschool and kindergarten classes is 14 with a lead teacher and an assistant. The smaller classes create an op-

timum learning environment, making it possible for teachers to work with students individually. Serving families with children in preschool through eighth grade, Bridgeway fosters a Christ-centered culture that encourages parent involvement and reinforces the beliefs and values taught in the Christian home. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Bridgeway utilizes proven curriculum that challenges students while emphasizing a biblical worldview. Parents of rising preschoolers – fifth grade students are invited to attend an interactive Open House – Cupcakes & Classrooms- Saturday, February 8th, from 2 – 4 pm. For additional information, or to schedule an individual tour, contact the BCA Admissions Office at 678.942.1126, or

Alpharetta Christian Academy Alpharetta Christian Academy is adding middle school for the 20142015 school year. Since the middle school will incorporate block scheduling with math and science taught on separate days from language arts and social studies, students will have the option of half time or full time enrollment, making it possible for homeschooled students to be enrolled. The middle school will be housed in a separate area from the preschool and elementary areas. ACA currently educates children academically and socially from ages eighteen months to fifth grade and in a flexible and loving environment. Our phonics curriculum begins in prekindergarten and gives children the tools needed for reading and compre-

hension. Our math curriculum builds on concepts then continuously reviews while emphasizing math facts. An etiquette instructor teaches proper social behavior and Christian character development. In addition, elementary students participate in Spanish, P.E., art, media, music, computer, and chorus. Our teachers love each child and help children grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. By giving every child the attention he or she deserves, we help students develop a love of learning and grow into responsible Christian men and women. For questions or to schedule tours, visit www.alpharettachristianacademy. com , email, or call 770-475-5762.

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Reno: Continued from Page 11 Make Love.” They can’t risk letting their leading lady leave in her fragile state, so with typical Hollywood logic, they are having the premier in Reno. That is summertime 106-degree Reno. Taylor, a longtime friend of Clift, came to Reno ostensibly to attend Monroe’s new movie premier. But really she is there to dodge the Hollywood heat

for breaking up Debbie Reynolds’ marriage and marrying Eddie Fisher. So here are three iconic Hollywood stars – at a time when that term really meant something – all with the baggage that life under a microscope brings. That it all becomes a dark comedy is almost inevitable since Atlanta playwright Payne can’t resist writing against the grain. “Comedy is just tragedy plus time,” Payne said. “It has a little bit of the bitter and a little bit of the sweet.”

Submit your news & photos to | Recycled paper A prolific writer with 16 plays to his credit, he stumbled on this little known story of these three super novae in one hotel room in the Arizona desert. What would they talk about? “To us they are these legendary stars, but at the time, they were just working actors. Marilyn was 32 and Taylor just 28, but they could feel the younger Angie Dickinsons nipping at their heels,” Payne said. “This was at a time when female stars were considered over the hill at 30 or 35.”


It would be impossible to capture their lives onstage. Each had a range of life experiences that almost by definition could not be encapsulated in a two-hour play. But it would be possible to capture them in this one improbable and memorable encounter. “That is why I wrote it in real time. The first act is one hour in their lives. The second act is 45 minutes,” he said. “There is a lot of Hollywood gossip in it. Actors do like to talk.” The fire on the mountain means the three are stuck together in the only hotel room with a working fan. Payne takes it from there. He has a strong cast with

Johnny Drago as Clift, Kate Donadio as Taylor and Rachel Sorsa as Monroe. There are also two other cast members. Shelly McCook and Elizabeth Genge appear respectively as Paula Strasberg (wife of Lee Strasberg of the Actors Studio) now Marilyn’s acting coach, and Libby Holman, a former Broadway stage actress/singer and longtime friend of Clift. This Libby Holman is the same real-life protagonist in Payne’s “Swell Party” that also debuted at GET. “That was just the strength of Libby. That character just was not done with me yet,” he said.

The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia.

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Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, January 27, 2014 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. MP-13-01/CLUP-13-05/Z-13-03 Preston Ridge/Greenstone Properties (City Council Only) Consideration of a request to change the Preston Ridge Master Plan by adding “for-sale” residential use (attached and detached)to Pod G. A request to rezone from O-I to CUP is requested as well as a change to the Future Land Use Plan from “Corporate Campus Office” to “High Density Residential”. The property is located at the northwest corner of Webb Bridge and Morris Road adjacent to Georgia 400. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lots 1259, 1262, 1263, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. MP-13-02/CLUP-13-09/V-13-22 Windward Pod 66 Consideration of a request to amend the Windward Masterplan in order to permit single family “for-sale” residential. A request to change the Future Land Use Plan from “Corporate Campus Office” to “Medium Density Residential” is also requested and a variance from the required 50’ undisturbed buffer required between commercial/office uses and residential property. The property is located between Edison Drive and Webb Bridge Road and legally described as being located in Land Lots 1113, 1180, 1176, 1243, 1179, 1242 2nd District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. V-14-03 Dania Drive Consideration of a variance request to remove the City’s required 75’ nonimpervious buffer and 50’ undisturbed buffer in order to construct a home at 240 Dania Drive. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1177, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. d. Z-13-13/CLUP-13-14/V-13-17 Peachtree Residential Townhomes Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 2.97 acres from R15 to R8A in order to develop 24 townhomes. A change to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan to allow “High Density Residential” is also requested as well as a stream buffer variance. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1270, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. e. Z-14-01 Wills at Rucker (R4-D Zoning Designation) City initiated rezoning of approximately 8 acres at the corner of Wills and Rucker Road from R8-D to R4-D as agreed upon by a previous condition of zoning. The property is located in Land Lots 599, 646, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. f. V-13-21 Peachtree Residential Consideration of a variance to reduce the minimum building setback from 20’ to 10’ for a townhome building located within Victoria Square. The property is located on Orchid Lane within Land Lot 1270, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. g. PH-14-01 Unified Development Code Consideration of amendments to the Unified Development Code in order to change the number of times a change to the code is heard by the Planning Commission in order to require one public hearing instead of two. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 South Main Street.

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROPOSALS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN SERVICES RFP #14-108 The City of Alpharetta is accepting proposals for WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN SERVICES from qualified firms with solid experience in the design and creation of government/corporate websites. The project is to include, but may not be limited to, project management, site navigation strategy, content management strategy, CMS implementation, and website design and construction. The Request for Proposal document will be available online Thursday, January 9, 2014, at our website,, then choose the Bids Online tab. Proposals will be due on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department, 2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009. A Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at City Hall Council Chambers, 1st Floor, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009 on Thursday, January 30, 2014 beginning promptly at 10:00 AM. Proposals will only be accepted from Offerors attending this meeting. For information, please contact Debora Westbrook at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department via email at or at 678-297-6052.

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CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Along with other previously advertised items the following item will be considered by the City Council on Monday, January 27, 2014 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. V-14-04 Topgolf Consideration of a height variance to allow 138’ poles that are used to hold netting to trap the golf balls. The property is located on Westside Parkway and legally described as being located in Land Lots 639, 654, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia.

Jackson Denny, a Wilson Creek Elementary School third-grader, is all smiles as he shows off a gem he discovered during a mobile mining program.

Wilson Creek students mine for gems, knowledge JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – In today’s high-speed world of online devices and electronic gadgets, retro activities can be fun, too. Just ask the third-graders at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Students recently participated in Diamond Del’s Gem Mining Adventure, held at school. After entering a mobile gemstone mine, each student received a box with mining ore to “sluice” through to find gems. As students washed the mining ore in a water plume, various rocks and minerals were uncovered. Students returned to class to examine and identify their collection and watched a video presentation about different physical properties of their gems. Studying rocks and minerals is a third-grade curriculum standard, and this hands-on activity allows students to learn about rock and mineral classifications and identification.

CITY OF JOHNS CREEK RFQ NUMBER #14-037-1 Professional Engineering Services for Barnwell Road Enhanced Sidewalk and Intersection Improvements The City of Johns Creek seeks design consulting firms to provide professional engineering and related services for the Barnwell Road enhanced sidewalk and intersection improvements project. The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms for professional services. Sealed RFQ’s will be received no later than 2:30 P.M. on February 6, 2014 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite-400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097. RFQ’s received after the above time or in any other location other than the Purchasing Office will not be accepted. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held on January 21, at 11:00 AM at the City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd floor.


RFQ packages are available on the City website at www. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. RFQ’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the RFQ number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an RFQ response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. EIGHT (8) ORIGINALS AND ONE (1) COPY OF THE RFQ ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. RFQ’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the RFQ information and instructions enclosed herein.


The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek.


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Mike Bodker Mayor

Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 South Main Street.

CITY OF JOHNS CREEK RFQ NUMBER #14-037 Professional Engineering Services for Widening of SR120 / Abbotts Bridge Rd From Parsons Rd to SR 141/Medlock Bridge Rd PI #0012788 The City of Johns Creek seeks design consulting firms to provide professional engineering and related services for the widening of SR 120 /Abbotts Bridge Rd from Parsons Rd to SR 141/Medlock Bridge Rd (GDOT PI#0012788). The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms for professional services. Sealed RFQ’s will be received no later than 2:00 P.M. on February 6, 2014 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite-400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097. RFQ’s received after the above time or in any other location other than the Purchasing Office will not be accepted. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held on January 21, at 10:00 AM at the City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd floor. RFQ packages are available on the City website at www. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. RFQ’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the RFQ number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an RFQ response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. EIGHT (8) ORIGINALS AND ONE (1) COPY OF THE RFQ ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. RFQ’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the RFQ information and instructions enclosed herein. The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek. John Kachmar City Manager

Mike Bodker Mayor

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’Hooch’s Dibrell to play baseball at Kennesaw State JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Chattahoochee High School’s Michael Dibrell has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Kennesaw State University. The Kennesaw State Owls play Division I baseball in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Dibrell is a four-year baseball letterman as an outfielder and pitcher. He was selected Region 6-AAAAAA Second Team All-Region for his outfield play and was the Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 as a junior. Dibrell also has a championship ring and letter in football as a member of Chattahoochee’s 2010 state championship team. Dibrell participates in Young Men’s Service League, supporting community service in North Fulton. —Aldo Nahed

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF JOHNS CREEK Tuesday, January 14, 2014 In conformance with the Georgia Open Meetings Law, please note a quorum of the City of Johns Creek Council may be in attendance at the upcoming Johns Creek Community Association’s Annual Meeting at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. The Atlanta Athletic Club is located on Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek, GA 30097. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 678-512-3212 should you have any questions regarding this notice. Joan Jones City Clerk ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR CARPET REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT CRABAPPLE GOVERNMENT CENTER


BID #14-014 The City of Alpharetta is accepting bids for CARPET REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT AT CRABAPPLE GOVERNMENT CENTER, including, but not limited to, all related work, labor, materials, and equipment required for removal and replacement of carpeting at Crabapple Government Center, located within the City of Alpharetta, Georgia. The Bid document will be available online Thursday, January 9, 2014, at our website,, and then choose the Bids Online tab. The bid opening will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the City of Alpharetta, Finance Department, 2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. A Mandatory Pre-Bid site visit will be held on Monday, January 27, 2014, beginning promptly at 10:00 AM at the Crabapple Government Center, 12624 Broadwell Road, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004. Bids will only be accepted for Bidders that sign-in and attend this meeting. Attendees must be capable of measuring site for carpeting and bid pricing. For information, please contact Stephanie Cochran of the City of Alpharetta’s Finance Department at 678-297-6052 or via email at

Chattahoochee High School’s Michael Dibrell has signed to play baseball at Kennesaw State University. Seated with him are his parents Audrey and Michael Dibrell. Standing, from left, are CHS Athletic Director Milo Mathis, CHS head baseball coach Tim Lemons and CHS Principal Tim Duncan. City of Johns Creek Public Meeting for SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road (Operational Improvement Project) Project CSHPP-0007-00(310), P.I. No. 0007310 On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30005, the City of Johns Creek will hold a Public Meeting concerning SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road (Operational Improvement Project), Project CSHPP-0007-00(310); P.I. No. 0007310 in the northern part of Fulton County. SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road (Operational Improvement Project) proposes to reduce traffic congestion by providing turn lane improvements along an approximately 1 mile section of roadway. A 5-foot sidewalk will be installed along the south side with an 8 to 10-foot sidewalk on the north side of SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project; ask questions and comment on the project. The meeting will be conducted between the hours of 4:30p.m. and 6:30p.m. The meeting will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime during these hours. There will be no formal presentation. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information: The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling (Cindy Jenkins, Transportation Engineer – 678-512-3269). Comments concerning this project will be accepted until Thursday, February 13, 2014. Please submit your comments to: Tom Black, P.E. Director of Public Works Attn: Cindy Jenkins City of Johns Creek 12000 Findley Rd., Ste. 400 Johns Creek, GA 30097 Email: (678) 512-3200

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In front, Johns Creek High School senior Annika Olsen signs her letter of intent as parents Steve and Mary Jo watch. In back are Northeast Learning Community Area Executive Director André Wright, volleyball coach Beth Stephens, coach Pete Goggin, brothers Ahnders and Eric, Assistant Principal Michael Ilnseher, assistant volleyball coach Deb Pia and Athletic Director Mike Cloy.

Johns Creek’s Annika Olsen signs with Georgia Tech JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek High School senior Annika Olsen will be attending Georgia Tech in Atlanta on a volleyball scholarship. Olsen has played volleyball for seven years; four at Johns Creek High School.  She earned a varsity letter in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She was the recipient of the team’s Most Outstanding Player Award in 2012 and 2013, the team co-captain in 2013 and led JCHS to the state quarterfinals in 2011 and the state semifinals in 2012 and 2013. Olsen was also named to the All-State Team and First Team All-Area in 2012 and 2013, as well as area Player of the Year in 2013. She made

the state Senior All-Star Team and was Student Athlete of the Month for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. She won the 2011 Scholar Athlete Award and was a Scholar Athlete in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012 while playing club volleyball, Olsen led A5 Volleyball Club to two open


qualifier championships, the Southern region championship and won a bronze medal at the AAU Open Nationals. She was named to the 2012 AAU AllAmerican Team. In 2013, Olsen co-captained the A5 team to qualify for Junior Nationals and a bronze medal at the AAU Open Nationals.  —Ryan Pieroni

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Veronica Ayers-Hohn, 65, of Decatur, passed away December 31, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Shelba Jean Bright, 66, of Alpharetta, passed away December 27, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Ollie Chastain Brooks, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away December 24, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Wallace Burns, 87, of Atlanta, passed away December 24, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Phyllis Norrell Burruss, 58, of Cumming, passed away December 26, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. William T. Callahan, 86, of Lilburn, passed away December 24, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Marion Carmignani, 93, of Canton, passed away December 20, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Linton Troy Daniel, 71, of Cumming, passed away December 23, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Claude Paul Ferri, 84, of Alpharetta, passed away December 24, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Charles Timothy Garmon, 58, of Cumming, passed away December 30, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Andrew Harris, 36, of Atlanta, passed away December 30, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. James Hawsard, 63, of Cumming, passed away December 26, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Guthrie Henderson, Jr., 83, of Alpharetta, passed away December 22, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

James R. Shaw, 91, of Sandy Springs, passed away December 25, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Eloise Joy, 86, of Gwinnett County, passed away December 25, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Bessie M. Smith, 87, of Alpharetta, passed away December 25, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Frank T. Ray, Jr., 90, of Cumming, passed away December 26, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Edith B. Shackelford, 92, of Roswell, passed away December 23, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Jeannette Solnick, 73, of Alpharetta, passed away December 21, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Horace Sweatman, 72, of Royston, passed away December 28, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.






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