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Abducted Texas child found safe in Alpharetta ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta police said that they found an abducted child and reunited her with her mother after arresting the kidnapper. On Feb. 8, around 5 p.m., Alpharetta police were contacted by DeKalb County police, who said they had received a tip that a wanted person from Texas was in the area. The man, Nathaniel James of Tulsa, Okla., was wanted for kidnapping his daughter. Police said he was driving a stolen car from Maryland and was staying in an Alpharetta hotel. Officers located the car parked behind the Hyatt Place Hotel on Windward Parkway. James was taken into custody without incident and transported to Fulton County Jail for extradition. The child, police said, was “unharmed” and brought to headquarters. The Division of Family and Child Services met with the child and worked with police to reunite the child with her mother.

Three males ran from the car, and Jawanteye Turner, 17, was apprehended quickly by a deputy and his K9. The other two suspects ran into the woods and are still at large. Both suspects are described as black males approximately 5’6” or 5’7” wearing gray sweatshirts and jeans. Photos can be found at facebook.com/ForsythCountySO. Any information can be forwarded to Detective Greg Cannon at 770-781-2222 ext. 3337 or GMCannon@forsythco.com. Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit are continuing the investigation and additional arrests are expected. The suspects are believed to have fled the Forsyth County area.

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Woman loses wallet while grocery shopping JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A woman reported Jan. 31 that her wallet had been stolen while she was shopping at the Kroger on Holcomb Bridge Road. The woman was in the cosmetics sections of the store when the female suspect began questioning her about which pregnancy test she would recommend. While the woman was distracted, a second suspect, a male, removed the woman’s wallet from her purse and walked away. The entire incident was “clearly” shown on camera, police said. The female subject was described as between 20-30 years old, 5’4”, wearing a jacket and possibly a wig with the hair pulled back. The male suspect appeared white, “dressed nicely,” with a winter hat, scarf, and black and gray striped sweater.

Man taken for $1,900 after losing credit card JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A man contacted police Jan. 29 after he left his

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Transit plan has some mayors scratching their heads Officials back away from sales tax funding By PATRICK FOX pat@appenmediagroup.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Area mayors are sifting through a flurry of confusion this week after news reports suggested Fulton County is pushing for an additional half-cent sales tax to fund expanded transit. The news reports riled some mayors. The mayor of Johns Creek suggested proponents of the transit plan are trying to hornswoggle residents into buying something they may not need. All the fuss stems from a Jan. 29 meeting in which Fulton County officials and county mayors assembled to weigh options for future expansion of public transit service. Not all the county’s mayors were present at the meeting, but most cities had representatives in attendance. Press reports and word of mouth suggested the diverse group unanimously adopted a $4.9 billion plan that would be funded through a half-cent sales tax over 40 years. The plan calls for adding bus rapid transit along major corridors and heavily traveled arteries in Fulton County. Fulton County Commissioner Chairman Robb Pitts was cited in one press account as saying the next step is to ask state lawmakers for a bill to allow the county to raise sales taxes. But, since last week, everyone has backed off that idea. Fulton County residents already pay a penny sales tax to fund MARTA. That 1 percent tax has been in effect for more than 40 years. DeKalb and Clayton County also

Fulton County transit plan Here’s a brief outline of the scenario agreed to by Fulton County mayors at the Jan. 29 meeting with county officials. One funding suggestion for the $4.9 billion plan would be a half-cent sales tax over 40 years. Mayors, however, have not endorsed the sales tax as a funding source. • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): Ga. 400 to Old Milton; Holcomb Bridge Road; Ga. 29; South Fulton Parkway to Ga. 92 • Arterial Rapid Transit (ART): Roswell Road; Old Milton Parkway; Ga. 141; Fulton Industrial Boulevard; Camp Creek Parkway pay the tax, but Gwinnett and Cobb do not.

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District 1 County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, who represents a large portion of North Fulton, said the only result from the Jan. 29 meeting was agreement on which type of public transit would be most suitable for expansion. There was nothing in the polling, she said, that authorized the county to seek an additional sales tax. The group considered four options developed over the past year through a series of public meetings and traffic studies. Each option varied in price and scope and included funding considerations that included a local sales tax. Hausmann said there was unanimous consent among those cities at

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the meeting to go with a proposal that would add bus rapid transit service along Ga. 400 and Holcomb Bridge Road, and add arterial rapid transit along Old Milton Parkway, Medlock Bridge Road and Roswell Road. The price tag, which also includes transit routes in South Fulton, is $4.9 billion – or, if funded locally, a half-cent sales tax for 40 years. Hausmann said she has no appetite to propose an additional sales tax for transit until North Fulton residents know what they’re getting for the penny sales tax they’re already paying. “The county has requested from MARTA that they figure out how to fund bus rapid transit service out of the current penny up Ga. 400,” she said. “We’re waiting on that answer.” Hausmann also said the state has also shown an interest in funding metro transit for the first time. “The state is interested in finally supporting transit,” she said. “They haven’t really ever supported transit in Georgia.”

Mayors: Bus makes the most sense Most of the mayors who attended the Jan. 29 meeting agreed that they found the bus rapid transit and arterial rapid transit the soundest of the four options. Heavy rail was out of the question, they said, because it would take a minimum of 10 years to complete, and workforce telecommuting, not to mention automobile technology, may make rail obsolete. Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood said of all the plans presented, the half-penny option makes the most sense. He said the mayors were voting on the plan that made the most sense, not on the funding source. In looking at the various proposals, he said he told the group that the half-penny option appears to deliver the most “bang for your buck.” Roswell Mayor Lori Henry agreed, adding she was startled by the reports suggesting the mayors were pushing a sales tax. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said the only consensus reached was around technology, not funding. “There was a consensus around a technology – BRT and ART. I think everybody felt that was the most cost effective,” he said. It only makes sense, he said that running transit along Ga. 400 would give local governments the option to couple it with the state’s proposal to add managed lanes to the highway.

The only way that solution gets justified is with an increase in density in the local areas. The only thing that makes it work is the thing those communities don’t want.” MIKE BODKER Johns Creek mayor That would save enormous amounts of money in terms of right of way acquisition. There would be costs, however, in adding stations to ensure passengers had a safe route to and from the buses. As far as initiating a campaign for an additional sales tax, Paul said: “I didn’t have that sense.” Planners did exactly what they were asked to do: provide options for transit and provide options for paying for it, he said. Representatives from Alpharetta were not in attendance at the meeting because of a conflict with their annual planning retreat. They are meeting this week with Fulton County officials to iron out exactly what transpired and where the proposal stands.

Johns Creek mayor not on board But Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said he already doesn’t like what he sees. The mayor was not at the meeting but had the city represented by its city manager. Bodker said he disagreed from the BODKER beginning with the conclusion that Fulton County needed to map out a transit plan. “To study only Fulton County isn’t studying how transit can solve our problems in Metro Atlanta,” he said, because commuters traverse the entire region. “Without partnerships with the ma-

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Kemp: Future of state voting machines unclear By JULIA GROCHOWSKI julia@appenmediagroup.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Despite surging criticisms of the state’s voting system, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said the machines are safe and secure. But that doesn’t mean he is opposed to an overhaul. Kemp, who is running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, addressed a packed room at Tech Alpharetta Feb. 6 to discuss the future of ballot technology in Georgia. The state currently uses 16-yearold voting machines with touchscreen technology. Even though the equipment is old, it’s still working well, Kemp said. After each election, officials test each of the machines, and the equipment failure rate is still under 1 percent. “I have complete confidence that it will continue to hold up,” Kemp said. “Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.” Because they have held up so well, Kemp said he hasn’t felt “comfortable” testing a new pilot system until the past year. The last few years have been record

breaking for Georgia elections, with record numbers and percentages of votes cast. Currently, over 6.5 million people have registered to vote, compared to the 5.7 million registered voters in 2010 when Kemp first took KEMP office. In the past three years alone, the number of 18-year-olds registering to vote has more than doubled, Kemp said. Even special elections, which have notoriously low turnout rates, have seen unprecedented numbers, he added. Last year’s 6th Congressional District race between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff, for example, saw over 260,000 votes cast. This growing swell of voter activity has brought increased scrutiny to Georgia’s current voting system. “The system is secure,” Kemp said. “We haven’t been hacked. We didn’t have any issues during the presidential cycle … We’ve had some of the smoothest statewide elections in some of the most interesting times in elections.”

The current voting equipment is not hooked up to the internet, and Kemp is confident in their security. “It is a closed-loop system,” Kemp said. “You can hack it if you can get to it, but you can’t get to it. You would literally have to break into a government building.” He added that people should be more worried about the integrity of the voter registration or election night reporting websites rather than the voting machines. Those systems, he said, are based on the internet. Kemp added that he was “adamantly” opposed to federal intervention in what he called the state’s duty to run elections. Still, his office has been discussing the future of Georgia’s equipment and options, whether they should get new machines or upgrade the current ones. Recently, Kemp’s team has tried a new pilot program with the city of Conyers. With the new machines, a ballot is cast on a touch screen, printed out on paper and then scanned into a digital system. The paper ballots are then kept in a lock box in case of a recount. It was very well received by users, Kemp said.

I have complete confidence that it will continue to hold up. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.” BRIAN KEMP Secretary of State But paper ballots can have their own problems, Kemp added. All it takes is one person to throw out a bunch of them or grab a handful of ballots to fill out. “I’ve never had an issue with new voting equipment,” Kemp said. “But that is a decision that is not made by the Secretary of State.” Concerns include deploying the new machines, whether it should be all at once or in phases, and what to do with the old machines.

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Help only goes so far for the homeless Help only goes so far for the homeless Kathleen Sturgeon Last week, I wrote about one of the saddest stories I’ve encountered while being a jourKATHLEEN STURGEON nalist. I met Guillermo, Editor kathleen@appenmediagroup.com or William, Ammon during the annual Point in Time Homeless Count mandated by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and is organized locally by North Fulton Community Charities. Guillermo was one of three homeless men the group I tagged along with found that cold January night outside of the Shell gas station off Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. He told us his story in-depth and didn’t spare any details about being hit by a car, living in a tent during the ice storm and ultimately hitting his head on a rock after falling. But the part that stood out to me the most was when he told us he begged to go to jail just to be able to live a few more days.

Read, listen online To read the original Black Box: Invisible in the ‘Burbs, “‘You shouldn’t be fighting this hard for basic needs’”, and hear the podcast on the topic, visit: northfulton.com/black_box. When we left the trio, I felt like maybe we had helped them just a little by giving them some resources and supplies. Of course, I was thinking like this from the perspective of someone who went home that night in my warm car with a full tank of gas and fell asleep a short time later in my comfortable bed under multiple blankets. I’ve never had to live a day in my life wondering where my next meal will come from, if we’ll be evicted out of our house or if I’ll be able to survive if I get fired from my job. But Guillermo knows that reality far too well. So when my coworker who covers the police beat in North Fulton came across a report this week about a man who was panhandling and who “begged to go to jail because he’s homeless,” my heart sank. It was Guillermo.

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I read the report about Guillermo just a little over a week after the count standing on the Ga. 400 exit ramp for Holcomb Bridge Road. He was holding a cardboard sign soliciting for money or help. According to the report, the officer had made contact with him two weeks prior in the same location doing the same thing. On that date, Guillermo requested to go to jail saying he was cold and tired of being homeless. He was warned to not panhandle on the exit ramp anymore. Then two weeks later they found him again and he once again requested to go to jail. The officer said they could take him to jail for violating the city’s panhandling ordinance, but it wouldn’t be the Roswell Jail, but instead the Fulton County Jail. Guillermo said he didn’t want to go there. Instead, the officer took him to a hospital for treatment for alcoholism and the officers ultimately decided it was the best decision to not charge him but to transport him voluntarily to the hospital. In a way, I feel like we failed Guillermo. We are failing to protect our most vulnerable. We failed Guillermo. Nonprofits, volunteers and programs like the count can only go so far, I get that.

It’s time we stop burying our heads in the sand and acting like this isn’t something that can happen in “our community.” But to see just a week later the same man out on the streets looking for help? It’s disheartening. While doing research for the report, I was told by various people one of the biggest issues is that the people looking to help don’t talk to each other or don’t want it “in their backyard.” Well, folks, homelessness is here and alive. It’s time we stop burying our heads in the sand and acting like this isn’t something that can happen in “our community.” Because homelessness already here. It’s your neighbor, it’s your child’s best friend at school and it’s Guillermo. And if we can’t help someone who is standing right in front of us, how will we ever fix this?

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City moves forward with term limits By ADAM DARBY adam@appenmediagroup.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek City Council passed a resolution Monday seeking a change in its charter to impose term limits on elected officials. Under the proposal, which must be passed by the Georgia Legislature, no person elected mayor or to the City Council in the general municipal election of 2019 will be able to serve for more than two consecutive four-year terms. The law will not include any partial terms served in office or terms served prior to January 1, 2020. “This was brought up during the last election and I’m going to honor my commitment because I said I would vote for it,” said Councilman Lenny Zaprowski. “There are positives and negatives with this and I think I see both sides…and I will support it.” Language in the resolution would allow a person to rotate back and forth from mayor to the City Council in elections, a feat – if it could be pulled off – that would allow someone to serve 16 consecutive years in elected office. Otherwise, a two-term official would have to skip a term before running again. Also at the meeting, the council recognized the accomplishments of Eagle Scouts Noah Kleinert, Tristan Cozier and William Carmichael Jones of Troop 2000. Following a ceremony promoting

them to the rank of Eagle Scout, each of them were individually honored for their fulfillment of scouting requirements and work within the community. Although Kleinart was unable to attend the meeting, Councilwoman Stephanie Endres briefly discussed his completion of Eagle Scout requirements and coordination in the construction of two benches and an L-shaped planter for the non-profit animal shelter Furkids. Newly appointed Eagle Scouts Cozier and Jones were present to receive their awards from the council. Cozier was recognized for his work which included the coordination of volunteers for creation of two new sections of walking trails within Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center. Jones was recognized for his installation of a “much needed” sprinkler system in the Memorial Garden of the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. The meeting concluded with Mayor Mike Bodker announcing the new members of a 15-member Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee. Of the first members appointed, eight members shall serve for a one-year term and seven members shall serve for a two-year term. After the initial appointments, reappointed and new members shall serve a two-year term. The appointments were approved unanimously.




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Sharon Springs borderlines When you draw that boundary around those 469 owners of property, and then once the CID is formed and they elect a board of directors who represent them by property owners, they get to dictate how the dollars are spent in that bubble.” TONY PETERS Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce vice president of community development Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber has been leading the process to create the CID. There are 469 total commercial property owners in the proposed CID boundary. By law, they have to get a majority of the owners to agree to the CID. To date, they have had 163 signed on.

“I am already nervous that only five days into this that when I go and follow up with a prospect who we’ve presented the CID to already, the minute they get wind of this topic, it changes the trajectory of a potential discussion of them signing the document to be taxed for the CID knowing that they might someday be taxed for a city,” Peters said. He said many of the business owners felt like they’d have no voice if Sharon Springs were to become a reality. “When you draw that boundary around those 469 owners of property, and then once the CID is formed and they elect a board of directors who represent them by property owners, they get to dictate how the dollars are spent in that bubble,” Peters said. But that changes when the taxes go into an additional bucket if the city borders fall within the CID boundaries, he said. Alison Sparrow with Convergent Media and Digital Ignition said she was blindsided by the proposed incorporation. “I’d heard about the city of Sharon Springs, but I thought it didn’t involve me, so I didn’t read anything about it or care until now,” she said. “Not being able to voice, vote or know about this is really being underrepresented. I am a little surprised by it.”

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Owners Phoday and Kim Dolleh (far left) and performance education director Leander Murphy (far right) are in the final stages before opening the A+ Sports Complex and Creative Studios Café, a joint venture providing athletic training, dining and artistic spaces. They were recently welcomed by Heather Demis (center) and Hilary Lew of the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce. trolled and turfed sports complex. The facility also provides, yoga, hot yoga, barre and CrossFit spaces. Phoday Dolleh calls it a “one-stop shop for all your athletic needs.” “It is a center where athletes of all kinds can come and improve their sports performance or moms and dads who want to work out,” he said. Dolleh, who is also co-owner of the Atlanta Silverbacks soccer organization, said with Alpharetta’s growth, as well as its athletic community, A+ fills the need for a sports-specific complex. “People have been supportive and involved,” he said. A resident of Milton, Dolleh said it

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movement, body control and motor processing instead of running repetitive drills, Murphy said. “We teach based off scientific research and understand that people learn differently,” he said. “That’s what makes us different.” A+ will provide one-on-one, small group and team training. Murphy also works with Milton’s Better Together organization and said the facility will provide training for people of all abilities. Phoday Dolleh said no definitive opening date for the facility has been set due to weather delays, but he said the complex is nearing completion.




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Hometown goes big on beer, bourbon and BBQ Sometimes if you wait long enough, your favorite things come to you. As most of you know by now, I grew up in Roswell – born at Northside hospital in 1974. My parents, like many GEOFF SMITH who have moved Assurance Financial, here since, came gsmith@lendtheway.com to Atlanta from California (by way of New Jersey and Starkville, Mississippi) because of the growing business climate. They settled in Roswell because of the schools and the recreation and parks system. They worked hard to raise me right, and I believe they have. Some might argue that. As such, it is no surprise that I have developed an attuned palate to the finer things in life: beer, bourbon and barbecue. And much to my liking, my hometown has become awash in all three of those things. If you’ve read my columns you know that I have a special place in my heart for a good brisket. It’s one of the hardest meats to barbecue well and I’ve been trying now for 10 years and am just starting to produce what I consider an excellent brisket. There are some really good restaurants cooking brisket throughout the metro area and I’ve tried most of them, driving to places in downtown Atlanta and around the perimeter. Like I said in the beginning, sometimes your favorite things come to you. A new restaurant called Meating Street just opened in downtown Roswell. A friend told me they had the best brisket – to which I barely lifted an eyebrow. People tell me that a lot, and I’ve learned to not get too excited until I try it. I went to the place and first impressions were spot on. It is in a very nondescript outparcel sitting between a title-lending business and some auto body shops. The best barbecue restaurants are hidden and don’t try to raise

expectations through atmosphere. Box checked. I walked in to the tune of Waylon Jennings, and the music stayed on classic country. So far, so good. After ordering my food, I saw a friend there and we began talking. My food was plated, and while talking to my friend, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the owner was visibly concerned. It appeared he was a little put off that I was letting his food get cold. Another good sign. I won’t give you the bite-by-bite narration, but I will tell you that just down the road from where I live is the best, hands down, the best brisket I’ve ever had. Period. It’s so good that somehow my friend and I got away with taking our wives on a Saturday date-night there. It’s almost too good to be true, so try it before it goes away. This restaurant was a great addition to what I considered two already great barbecue restaurants: Slopes and Spiced Right. Bob White has been making barbecue at Slopes for a long, long time and has some of the best pulledpork I’ve had – and our family has had a lot over the years. Another “hobby” of mine is drinking well-made, local beers. And just down the road are two of my favorite breweries: Gate City and Variant. Both have great beers and outstanding atmospheres. Gate City is in an old auto shop whose three bay doors open up to a huge patio behind Canton Street. I’ve been enjoying their Terminus porter all

winter. Come spring I’ll be back into the Copperhead. Variant is within walking distance and is in one of the coolest buildings I’ve seen for a brewery. The name comes from the process of taking their truly stellar year-round beers, and adding something unique to them – making a “variant” of one of their original brews. They opened last year and are raking in the awards earning first place for best new sour, second place for best overall IPA, second place for best new brewery, and third place for best overall brewery for The Beer Guys Radio Best of Georgia Beer 2017 Awards. Couple those two with breweries Abby of the Holy Goats and From the Earth, and you now have a very long day of experimentation on your hands in Roswell. And if you cannot make up your mind, a bar called Tap & 6 recently opened just down the road from Canton Street on Oak Street. They have 40 of some of the best beers on the planet on tap. If you get bored of beer I hear there is a whisky bar that could be going in next door. This must be a trend because a bourbon distillery is being proposed for a location next to Variant. Roswell Inc’s Steve Stroud always talks about Roswell being a destination city. After talking to people from Buckhead and Midtown who came up for Roswell’s Alive After Five last year, there is no doubt he is right. And with all of these great breweries, barbecue and bourbon spots, Uber will tell you the same. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith gsmith@lendtheway.com 770-674-1433 Personal: NMLS#104587 Business: NMLS#70876 *The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of Assurance Financial Group

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MUSIC, ARTS & THEATER: “MULAN JR.”

NOONDAY NOSH BOOK CLUB

Noonday Nosh is a book review group that meets each month at the Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell. This month’s book is the 2018 Roswell Reads selection, “Burial for a King,” by Rebecca Burns. Copies of the book, which is a historical account following the week after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, will be available at the library. The discussion will take place at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 20. For information, visit roswellreads.com. Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at NorthFulton.com/ Calendar.

EVENTS: “REMEMBER THE TITANS”

What: This is the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. Free screening. When: Friday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m. Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekga.gov

UNTOLD STORIES OF NATIVE ROSWELL

What: Step back in time for a view of life in Roswell from those who lived it as they talk about growing up in Roswell’s black community. When: Sunday, Feb. 18, 3-4:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Visitors Center, 617 South Atlanta St., Roswell More info: roswellroots.com

SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP

What: This no cost workshop will explain the options for Social Security, when to take it, tax consequences and more. Financial advisors Debbie Dorman and Curt Spinney will be available to answer questions during the educational program. Registration is required. When: Saturday, Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m. Where: Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekga.gov

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT LINDA MCCAIN COMMUNITY MEETING What: Each Board Member holds monthly community meetings to keep residents informed about issues and to give citizens the opportunity to comment on Board Agenda items. When: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 9:30 a.m. Where: Medlock Bridge Elementary School, 10215 Medlock Bridge Parkway, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekga.gov

AR NEWCOMERS CLUB

What: Meet new friends and enjoy activities such as trips, card games and luncheons. This month’s meeting will focus on “Smartphone Secrets and Shortcuts.” When: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. Where: Hembree Recreation Center, 850 Hembree Road, Roswell More info: arnewcomers.org/

“FELLED: URBAN LUMBER DOCUMENTARY”

What: “Felled” is a documentary film about giving new life to fallen urban trees. This is a free arbor day showing. When: Friday, Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m. Where: Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton More info: cityofmiltonga.us

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

What: Give back by donating to the Red Cross. Register using sponsor code “CRABAPPLE”. When: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2-7 p.m. Where: Arbor Terrace at Crabapple, 12220 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta More info and registration: redcrossblood.org or 770-649-1009

BIG APPLE CIRCUS

What: See high wire performances, flying trapeze acts, daredevil roller skating, live comedy shows and more. No wild or exotic animals are used. When: Through Feb. 25, times vary Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 1775 Founders Parkway, Alpharetta Cost: Tickets start at $25 More info: bigapplecircus.com

ROSWELL ROOTS

What: Celebrate Black History Month with ongoing events, special exhibits, concerts, workshops, art, cooking demonstrations and more. Full calendar online. When: Through Feb. 28 Where: Various locations across Roswell More info: roswellroots.com

What: Crabapple Middle School will perform the play “Mulan Jr.” When: Friday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: $10 More info and tickets: cmsdramaroswell@gmail.com

“THE GODDESS OF SOUL”

What: Jane Powell is a versatile singer who performs a blend of classic R&B songs, blues tunes, jazz standards, and gospel anthems. This is part of the Live! in Roswell series. When: Saturday, Feb. 17, 8-10 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Individual tickets start at $25, season pass for $75 More info: roswellpresents.com

SOMETIMES I HEAR VOICES ARTIST TALK

What: This installation by Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier presents works that examine Roswell’s coastal and north Georgia roots through the lens of African and Native American ancestors once enslaved there. When: Sunday, Feb. 18, 3-5 p.m.; gallery on display through Feb. 28 Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell More info: roswellroots.com

ABSTRACT VISIONS ARTIST TALK

What: Hear local artists Lillian Blades, Tracy Murrell and Charlotte Riley-Webb talk about their works, currently on display as part of Roswell Roots. When: Thursday, Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m.; gallery on display through Feb. 28 Where: Muse & Co. Gallery, 31B Oak St., Roswell More info: roswellroots.com or roswellartdistrict.com

THE FACE OF ART, KIP ROGERS EXHIBITION RECEPTION

What: Kip Rogers has been teaching a variety of local painting and drawing classes to both children and adults for over 25 years. When: Through March 2 Where: Roswell Visual Ats Center, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST: “WORD AND IMAGES”

What: The exhibit will convey the different stages in a woman’s life through the theme “Lies, Truth and Heart.” When: Feb. 13-March 30, all day Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell More info: roswellgov.com

“SOUTHERN SIRENS”

What: This comedy show features a group of middle-aged ladies as they go on their annual beach getaway, only to find that a local homewrecker is attempting to pursue one of their husbands. When: Through Feb. 25, times vary Where: The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming Cost: Tickets start at $22.50 More info and tickets: playhousecumming.com

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGAMABOBS

What: This is the 6th Annual Juried Show by the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance. When: Jan. 27 through April 2, times vary Where: Arts Center East Gallery, 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell More info: rfaa.org

NORTH FULTON HIGH SCHOOL EXHIBITION

What: See the artworks of some of the best local high school art students. When: Jan. 19-Feb. 2, all day Where: Roswell Visual Arts Center, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com

LIBRARY EVENTS: LOW-IMPACT FITNESS

What: Increase flexibility, balance, strength and condition with easy, lowimpact exercises with instructor Nicole Gordon. When: Friday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m.-noon Where: Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell More info: afpls.org

LIBRARY AFTER DARK – VIRTUAL REALITY GAME NIGHT

What: Check out the PS4 Virtual Reality games, Nintendo Switch, Wii, and analog games. Groups of five or more reserve space at oscar.gittemeier@ fultoncountyga.gov. When: Friday, Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org or 404-613-6735

LOCAL AUTHOR ERIC SIMMONS

What: Local author Eric Simmons will read and discuss his work, and share his insight into self-publishing. When: Saturday, Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m. Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek More info: afpls.org




BOOK PUBLISHING 101

What: Learn the basics of publishing books through traditional and nontraditional venues. Reservations required. For adults. When: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2:30-4 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info and registration: afpls.org or 404-613-4050

KINETIC ART COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP

What: Join local artist Leslie Murphy as she leads us in a two-part collaborative art project. Ages 12 and up. When: Saturday, Feb. 17, 3-4 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org

GEORGIA WILDLIFE JOURNEY

What: Learn about animals native to Georgia and see a live opossum, snake and bird. Reservations required. Ages 4-12. When: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info and registration: afpls.org or 404-613-4050

PET ADOPTIONS: FORSYTH COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

What: Pet adoptions When: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: The Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 4065 County Way, Forsyth County More info: 678-965-7185

FULTON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES

What: Pet adoptions When: Every Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Where: PetSmart, 6370 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta Additional adoptions: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta More info: 404-613-4958

OF INTEREST ELSEWHERE: MIDTERM ELECTION PREDICTIONS

What: Political analyst and Emory University professor Alan Abramowitz will predict how the electoral winds are blowing in Georgia. When: Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:30-9 p.m. Where: Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive, Sandy Springs More info and schedule: templeemanuelatlanta.org

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A group gathers for Delayed Harvest stocking at Whitewater.

Indian Trail NW in Sandy Springs, not far from US 41 a short distance south of Cumberland Mall). Here’s the really good news: since Presidents’ Day happens to be a holiday for many schools and businesses, it’s a perfect day for you and your kids to enjoy a truly unique experience in the out-of-doors. Not many folks get to help stock a trout stream, but here’s your chance. Buckets filled with splashing trout, an excuse to go wading in the river in February - what’s not to love? You’ll all have a blast! Volunteer-assisted trout stocking is an important element of Georgia’s Delayed Harvest trout management program. The reason: there are places on some of the state’s “DH” streams where the truck from the hatchery cannot get close enough to the water to place fish. One of those spots is Whitewater. To get the job done, Georgia DNR invites folks like you and me to help transport the trout from the truck to the river. It’s a blast, and if you’ve never been a part of it I recommend the experience highly. Here’s how it works. The stocking truck shows up about 10 a.m, plus or minus traffic, and you’ll want to be there early to be sure you can find a place to park. During the last stocking event, parking was something of an issue, with cars parked everywhere along the access road. That made it difficult for the stocking truck to get in and out, so be sure to avoid parking in areas where signs say “NO PARKING.” Also, remember that you’ll need to pay the day-use parking fee or display

an annual parking pass. What should you bring? Two essentials are a clean 5-gallon bucket (you’ll use it for transporting the fish from the truck to the river) and some waders or boots that you don’t mind getting wet (you’ll need ‘em for walking out into the water to dump your bucketsful of fish into the river). It’s a rain-or-shine event, so you might need a rain jacket too. You’ll also need to sign a waiver. Some folks arrive as early as 9 or 9:30 (they get the good parking places), put on their waders, and visit with other like-minded trout enthusiasts till the truck arrives. At the last volunteer-assisted stocking, local fly shop Alpharetta Outfitters was there early too with hot coffee and donuts. And then, about 10, somebody will holler “Here comes the truck!” The truckful of trout will maneuver into position, the volunteers will congregate around it, and the work (no, not work…fun!) of transporting trout from truck to river will begin. Where should you put the trout once you have carried ‘em to the water? That’s up to you, and that’s part of the fun. You’ll see folks releasing the fish in many different areas, and it’s great fun to imagine the trout that are then holding unseen in the flow, waiting to make some lucky fisherman’s day. The stocking itself usually wraps up within a half hour or so. What happens then? Some of the volunteers, of course, have to pack up their waders and go back to work. But others get to stay and do a little catch-and-release trout fishing. Right after one of these stocking events, in fact, is a great time to introduce new anglers (especially young people) to the fun that trout fishing can bring – and don’t worry if you’re new to it. There are usually plenty of experienced trout anglers there who will cheerfully show you how it’s done. Helping stock the Chattahoochee is a good way for the community to become involved in the river, and it’s a great family activity too. Remember the date – this coming Monday, Feb. 19, at Whitewater on the Chattahoochee. I hope to see you there! Interested in learning more about fly fishing for trout? Check out Steve Hudson’s book Flyfishing 101. It’s available from local outfitters and on Amazon, and signed copies are available direct from the author at chattahoocheemedia. com.


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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. —March 7, 1965 has been immortalized in history as Bloody Sunday, when marchers attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery in pursuit of civil rights. But for Johns Creek resident John Suttles, it began as just another day for the 16-year-old. “It was an ordinary Sunday,” he said. “We were going to make the day of the Sheriff Jim Clark and the troopers by letting them beat us up and put us in jail. We wanted to take the message [of voting rights] to the Alabama Governor George Wallace.” That morning, Suttles, who is now 70, prepared to march along his fellow activists. The group stood outside of a church and prayed. They went through a training exercise that teaches one how to protect their head from the billy clubs, a short, thick stick often used by police officers. Then the “foot soldiers” set out. “When we got to the top of the bridge, the air became thick and it became quiet and eerie,” Suttles said. “There were about 600 of us. I was about 10 feet from (then Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee leader and current Congressman) John Lewis who was at the head of the line. I looked down and saw a sea of hundreds of troopers.” When the group got down to the troopers, they were asked to disperse and go back to the church. Lewis said they would not retreat and instead would continue to Montgomery. “They told us we couldn’t march so John Lewis said we would kneel and pray,” Suttles said. “Just as we started to kneel and pray, all hell broke loose. They commenced the beating and throwing tear gas. They herded us like animals into a circle. When we were defenseless, they threw grenades of tear gas around us. We couldn’t run.” Suttles remembers breathing in the gas but crouching down as far as he could because he was taught the lower a person gets, the chances of breathing easier were better. He could hear horses, women yelling and sticks beating the crowd for about 5 to 10 minutes. “I couldn’t take it anymore,” Suttles said. “Just as I decided to run, I lifted my head and I got a big bump on my head. That’s all I remember of the whole incident. It knocked me out and I

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In 2015, John Suttles received a replica of the 50th anniversary medal bestowed to those who marched in Selma on Bloody Sunday in 1965.

was intoxicated with tear gas.” When Suttles came to, he was being taken across the bridge and received treatment at the bottom from paramedics who eventually took him to the hospital. The fight kept on and the Voting Rights Act became effective later that year on Aug. 6, 1965 thanks to this march and others. As a Selma native, Suttles initially became involved in the civil rights movement when he was a teenager. “It was the hot bed of civil rights,” Suttles said. “In all revolutions, no matter what they’re about, young people tend to make it happen. There is always the possibility of doing extraordinary things. Young people have always had pressure on them but they have to understand that, keep going and make a difference for other people. This battle isn’t going anywhere and young people today need to know how to fight it.” So when he heard about the march, it seemed natural for Suttles to join in. “I just wanted to do something,” he said. “My adrenaline was running high. Older people got tired of being beaten down and rejected for having the right




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Years later, John Suttles still remains active in activism and donated the coat he was wearing on Bloody Sunday to the National Park. to vote. So as the young people of Alabama, we took it upon ourselves with the leadership of the older people.” He now encourages today’s youth to get out and vote, both to keep American’s rights alive and for representation. “It’s important to stay involved in the civil duties of America,” he said.

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Titans repeat Northview captures second straight region title with dominant performance over Pope By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — It is no easy task to win a region championship, but many coaches and players who have done so will argue that it is even more difficult to repeat. With the opportunity to win a second straight title Saturday night in the girls Region 7-AAAAAA championship, Northview left no doubt, capturing the title in decisive fashion over Pope, 65-43. “This was one of our most complete games this year,” Northview head coach Chris Yarbrough said. “Sometimes executing the game plan has been a problem this season, but the girls listened and did everything we said and we were able to control the pace pretty much all night.” The Titans’ run leading to this season’s title was unlike last season in which they seemed to dominate every region game on their way to an 19-0 region record. Alpharetta downed them twice earlier this year. And unlike their region tournament run last season, which included three wins by 20 points or more, Northview was tested by Johns Creek Friday in the semifinals, edging the Gladiators 57-53. But like last season, when the region tournament trophy was presented, it went into the hands of Yarbrough’s Titans. “It’s really hard to repeat,” Yarbrough said. “We had some struggles this year and played a brutal schedule. Alpharetta got us a couple of times but [the team] never let it get to them. They just continued to work.” On Saturday, the Titans’ deep roster faced a far less stacked Pope bench. And for Yarbrough, the plan was to exploit that mismatch, tiring out the Greyhounds. “We knew we had some good matchups with our guards Eden Sample and Asjah Innis, and they were really able to take it to the hole,” Yarbrough said. “I thought we pushed the ball well in

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Ashlee Austin celebrates with the region championship trophy. Austin was named the Region Player of the Year. transition, we finished at the rim and worked inside out on our set.” Sample led the Titans with 23 points, followed by Innis with 16. Ashlee Austin netted 11. While Northview looked to benefit from the Greyhounds’ limited depth, Northview had to show the scope of its roster early on. Starters Ashlee Austin, Maya Richards and Makayla Davis all incurred two fouls early in the first half. “We always tell [players] you never know when it’s going to be your spot,” Yarbrough said. “I thought Jade Buchanan, Jada Reidling and Camil Butler really gave us some big minutes. Megan Cistulli came off the bench and she played really well. You’ve got to have faith in them and they played really well tonight.” Pope hung with the Titans for much of the first half, assisted by their play on the offensive boards. But in the second, the Titans’ depth and talent proved too much. Northview opened the third period on a 13-2 run and never let their foot off the gas.

Head coach Chris Yarbrough directs his team during a timeout. The Titans’ trailed only once against Pope early in the first quarter of the 7-AAAAAA title game. “We shot the ball excellent,” Yarbrough said. With another region title under their belts, the Titans now look to the playoffs where they will once again enter as a No. 1 seed. In addition to the added experience of capturing a region championship, Yarbrough has banked the Titans’ challenging regular season schedule will pay dividends in the state tourney. The Titans non-region schedule included some of the top talent in the state, including Wesleyan, Flowery Branch, Eagle’s Landing and Hillgrove. “We dropped a few more game this year, but I told the team it’s not about when you lose, it’s about how you learn from the losses,” Yarbrough said. “Wesleyan took it to us and Flowery Branch showed us something. We played a lot of big schools to help us pre-

pare for this time of year. Now we are really able to get going.” The Titans will host Region 8 No. 4 seed Gainesville (8-17, 2-8) on Feb. 16 to tip off the state tournament. Northview had four players honored with All-Region honors following the game. Austin was named the Region Player of the Year and Innis was named first-team All-Region. Sample and Richards were named second-team. We offer a full

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Alpharetta girls, boys secure No. 3 seeds in state playoffs By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Alpharetta boys and girls basketball teams each won their third place games in the Region 7-AAAAAA tournament Saturday at Northview. The boys downed Pope, the No. 3 seed in the region tournament, 64-61. After suffering a loss in the semifinals to Pope, the girls team beat Johns Creek 58-50 to finish third in the tournament.

Boys This year’s region tournament was a mixed bag of emotions for the No. 4 seed Raiders. After yoyoing through the regular season, they secured a state tournament berth with a 69-56 win over Chattahoochee on Tuesday. That win pitted them against Cambridge, the undefeated No. 1 seed. The Raiders battled throughout against the favored Bears and forced overtime. Trailing 70-69 with just seconds on the clock, the Raiders’ Brandon Barron drove up the court for a potential game-winning shot. But his 3-pointer bounced off the back of the

rim, handing the Raiders the heartbreaking loss. Less than 24 hours later, the Raiders prevailed as the underdog against No. 3 Pope, 64-61. “That’s the biggest win of the year for us, period,” head coach Eric Blair said. Blair said he was unsure how his team would respond after the devastating Cambridge loss, but their victory over Pope showed their resilience. “We were devastated,” Blair said. “To then turn around and play a team like Pope, as well coached as they are and on such a short turnaround, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to get. I was really proud of how my guys came out and competed.” With the win, the Raiders secured to No. 3 seed from Region 7-AAAAAA in the state tournament. It is their seventh straight state playoff berth. Blair said the goal for the state tournament opener will to be relish the opportunity to continue their season. “We’re going to try and have fun,” he said. “I’m going to prepare my butt off for whoever we [play], but we’re going to enjoy it.” Alpharetta will travel to take on Region 8 No. 2 seed Dacula on Feb. 17.

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All season it appeared as though the Alpharetta girls would vie for a region championship. After all, they were the only team to beat Northview, and they were in the top-two of the region standings throughout the season. But come tournament time, unexpected occurrences are common. The Raiders were knocked off by Pope in overtime on Friday, relegating them to Saturday’s third place game. The Raiders had multiple opportunities to capture the win, but missed late free throws and a lack of separation in the score throughout the game allowed the Greyhounds to earn the upset. In the third-place game, Alpharetta opened a 15-point halftime lead and looked well in control against Johns Creek. However, the Gladiators began to cut the deficit in the third. With a 10-3 run, they pulled within three scores. The Raiders then reignited and again put the margin into double-digits midway through the fourth. They held on for the 58-50 win to earn the third seed for the state tournament. This season marks their third straight state tourney berth. The Raid-

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North Forsyth’s Connor Carroll completed an undefeated, 41-0, season and captured the state championships in the 160-lb. class. The senior defeated Michael Gibson of Camden County with a 6-1 decision. In addition to Carroll’s title, North placed multiple wrestlers on the podium. Connor Cross finished as state runner up in the 195-lb. division. He was defeated by a 3-2 decision for the state title. Brantley Little placed third in the 182-lb. class. Paul Watkins also secured third for North in the 126-lb. division. Cole Tenety placed fifth and Tate Bissell was sixth in the 138- and 132lb. classes. South Forsyth was led in scoring by AJ Riner who placed as state runner up in the 113-lb. division. Riner won by fall, decision and major decision to earn a berth in the state title match. He was defeated by Tyler Crew of Camden County with a fall at 4:24. Ian Hunt (195-lb.) placed third, winning his final match with a 5-1 decision. Charlie Ranta placed fifth in the 145-lb. division. He finished fifth in 138-lb. last season. Lambert sent four wrestlers to Macon this year and three placed in the top-five of their weight classes. Cole Burke completed a 48-6 season by winning a major decision in the third place match in the 152-lb. class. Will Kohlins and Payton Mitchell each finished fifth in their weight classes. Kholins lost his 182-lb. semifinal matchup by a 4-0 decision to North’s Brantley Little, but then won three matches in the consolation to earn a spot in the fifth-place match. He then won a 5-0 decision against Myles Williams of Lassiter. Mitchell was beaten in a sudden victory in the consolation semifinals, but placed fifth with a win by injury just two seconds into the match.

West Forsyth’s seven wrestlers were led by Dylan Fairchild. The freshman completed a 37-15 season and placed fifth in the 285-lb. class. All six of Fairchild’s matches resulted in falls. He downed Bryce Jones of Peachtree Ridge at 1:40 in the fifthplace match. Cam Westray, Ethan Rickert, Jack Woodall and Ibriam Eminov all scored for the Wolverines. For the second straight year Forsyth Central was led by Abraham Perez in scoring. Perez earned 22.5 points for the Bulldogs with his state runner up finish in the 106-lb. class. Perez won a major decision in his semifinal matchup and faced Clint Gilbert of Collins Hill in the state championship match. Perez lost a 10-5 decision to place second, completing a 45-5 junior season. Steven Messer placed sixth in the 113-lb. division, winning three matches over the weekend. Roswell had five wrestlers qualify for state and placed three in the top-six of their weight classes. Cole Anderson finished a 36-6 season with fourth-place in the 182lb. class. Anderson was dropped to the consolation bracket with a loss in the semifinals, but defeated Lambert’s Will Kohlins by a 10-5 decision to advance to the third-place match. He lost that match in a 10-4 decision. David Cartier (126-lb.) had his third-straight top-five finish by winning his fifth-place match by fall. Steven Copeland scored 10.5 points for the Hornets by placing sixth in the 138-lb. division. Kent Donaldson and Matthew Copeland also competed for Roswell in the 220-and 285-lb. classes. Milton had three wrestlers qualify for the state tournament, with freshman Ben Williams leading the Eagles. Williams completed a 47-4 season with a second-place finish in the 120lb. class. Williams won by technical fall, fall and injury default to earn a spot in the state title match. He narrowly missed out on the state title, losing a 1-0 decision to Nicholas Krug of Camden County. Reig Golloher and Hayes Bicknell each scored two points for Milton. Golloher won a match by major decision in the 160-lb. class and Bicknell won twice in the 220-lb. class.

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for traditional wrestling state titles The Cougars were led by a state runner up finish by Noah Latzsch in the 285-lb. class. Latzsch won two matches by fall and earned a 7-4 decision in the semifinals to earn a berth in the state title match. He completed a 45-3 season by dropping a 19-16 decision to Derrick Newton of Coffee. The Cougars earned another podium spot from Marcus Stephen (170lb.) who finished the season at 47-3 and placed third in class. In the 182-lb. division, Danny Gladwell earned fifth. Mark Crissy and Tyler Elam also competed for Hooch. Cambridge sophomore Gavin Kane earned a second state championship Saturday, winning by fall in the 152-lb. state title match. Kane went 4-0 over the weekend and finished his sophomore season with a 46-2 overall record. Kyle Romano won his fifth-place match to complete a 46-13 season. He won a 10-3 decision to secure a spot on the podium. Evan Kurtz (160-lb.) and Connor McHugh (170-lb.) also earned points for the Bears. Johns Creek earned a first for its wrestling program with Scean Major reaching the Gladiators’ first-ever state

championship match. Competing in the 132-lb. class, Major won two matches by decision and a fall at 54 seconds to earn the state title berth. Facing Jarrett Torress of Greenbrier, Major narrowly missed a state title after being beaten in a sudden victory. In the 180-lb. class, Alex Schreiber won a match to earn two points for the Gladiators. Sam Pak and Daniel Hajduk also qualified for state. Centennial state qualifier Matthew Wilbanks was dropped to the consolation bracket following a fall in his first match, but then won two matches by fall. He was eliminated in round three of the consolation bracket. Alpharetta’s Nick Markus, the defending 220-lb. state champion, saw his season come to a heartbreaking end at the tournament. Markus won his opening match by fall at 1:27, but was injured in the quarterfinals. He later had to forfeit his consolation bracket matchup. Markus finished the season at 29-2. Northview’s Garcia Gabrield earned the Titans’ only state qualification. He lost by fall at 1:07 in his first match and was eliminated with a 17-5 major

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Class 4A Blessed Trinity sent six state qualifiers to Macon over the weekend and placed sixth in team scores. The Titans were led by Vincent Baker’s state championship in the 160-lb. class, his second straight title. Baker captured the title with an 8-4 decision over Max Spearman of St. Pius X. Jack Filipowicz earned a podium spot with a third-place finish in the 195-lb. class. After losing a 6-4 decision in the semifinals, Filipowicz won the consolation semifinals and third place match by fall. Alex Poma placed sixth in the 152lb. class and Kevin Daniels, Aaron Werkheiser, Luke Schreier and Nicholas Haley all earned points for BT.

Class A Mount Pisgah placed four wrestlers on the podium at the state championships, powering the Patriots to a sixthplace finish in team scores. Karlos Nadal (120-lb.), Shane Johnson (132-lb.) and Noah Swift (182lb.) all finished third in their weight

Team scores AAAAAAA 2. North Forsyth 10. South Forsyth 12. Lambert 13. Roswell 16. West Forsyth 18. Forsyth Central 20. Milton AAAAAA 12. Chattahoochee 15. Cambridge 26. Johns Creek 34. Centennial 37. Alpharetta 42. Northview AAAA 6. Blessed Trinity A 6. Mount Pisgah 13. Pinecrest Academy 19. St. Francis classes. In their third-place matches, Nadal won a 7-0 decision and Johnson and Swift won by fall. David Bertrand completed a 64-13 season, placing fourth in the 138lb. class. Connor Spence won a 7-5

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David Woodward (center), a senior at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek, signs his National Letter of Intent to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Woodward is surrounded by family, coaches and school administrators during the Feb. 6 ceremony. WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 inpatient hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.

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Mount Pisgah’s Woodward signs with West Point JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – On National Signing Day, students from around the U.S. proudly revealed which school they would attend and play athletics at in 2018-19. For one local student, that announcement was about much more than football and English 101 class. David Woodward, a senior at Mount Pisgah Christian School, was one of about 1,100 students who will go off to serve our country after being accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.




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Cambridge falls short of first region title Bears’ undefeated run ends with loss to North Atlanta By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Cambridge boys basketball fell short of its first region championship Saturday night at Northview in the Region 7-AAAAAA tournament, falling to North Atlanta, 76-58. It was the No. 1 seed Bears’ first loss to a region opponent this season (17-1). The highly-anticipated championship matchup was the third meeting of the teams after two thrilling regular season contests. On Dec. 15, Cambridge squeaked by with a 63-60 win in the first meeting. On Jan. 23, the Bears were victorious in a 63-62 overtime thriller after Kamar Robertson scored as time expired to keep the Bears’ undefeated region record alive. Though the two prior meetings came down to the final seconds, North Atlanta’s players were pounding their chests and embracing with well over a minute left on the clock, safe in the knowledge they had downed the mighty Bears for the championship. The Bears couldn’t keep up with North Atlanta’s swift offense, which became just the fourth team to score more than 70 on Cambridge this season. The Warriors’ continually worked the ball quickly up the court throughout the game. They split Cambridge’s

defense for penetration in the paint, and when those looks were contested, they were fast to swing the ball out beyond the arc with incredible success. The Warriors hit 15 3-pointers, including nine by senior guard Dominic Ham. As the Warriors’ shots continued to hit the mark, they mounted multiple runs, including a 15-4 stretch in the first, an 11-2 run in the second, a 13-4 rush in the third. They outscored the Bears 13-4 in the final four minutes. Cambridge managed runs of their own, led by Region Player of the Year Kamar Robertson who scored 27, but never closed the gap. The Bears trailed just 44-40 at the half, but the Warriors stretched their lead to 60-46 just six minutes later, a margin that proved too large for the Bears to overcome. Cambridge head coach Chip Flemmer, who was named the Region Coach of the Year, was visibly devastated by the loss. He said the Bears must work on their defense, but he understands that even stingy defense couldn’t contain the Warriors on Saturday. “North Atlanta shot lights out, so a lot of those [scores] you can’t put on our defense,” he said. “We put a hand in their face and they still scored.” Though the region tournament came to a heartbreaking conclusion, Flemmer and the Bears still earned the No. 2 seed for the state tourney. Cambridge, with its 24-2 record, will host Region 8 No. 2 seed Lanier on Feb. 17. “The season is not over,” Flemmer said. “As tough as this one was, we will regroup, go back to practice and take on the next opponent.”

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Comeback propels Titans to region championship Wrestling: Blessed Trinity downs Marist in overtime, 49-42 By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com OAKWOOD, Ga. — Blessed Trinity boys basketball secured its second straight Region 7-AAAA championship Saturday at West Hall, completing an undefeated season against region opponents with a 49-42 overtime win over rival Marist. It was far from smooth sailing in the title game for the favored Titans who required a remarkable comeback after a dreadful first half. Blessed Trinity averaged nearly 25 points per game in the first half this season, but by the end of the first quarter, they had failed to score. When the halftime buzzer rang, they had put just four points on the scoreboard. BT standouts CJ Abrams and Ben Shappard had to sit out much of the first half due to early foul trouble, and the Titans trailed 20-4, their largest deficit since joining Region 7-AAAA last season. At halftime, head coach Patrick Hughes told his team to refocus and get back to Blessed Trinity basketball. “The guys started to believe,” he

said. Momentum shifted in the third quarter when the Titans began to press and cause havoc for Marist’s offense. After being shutout in the first period, it was the Titans turn to keep Marist off the scoreboard. The War Eagles were held scoreless in the third. Meanwhile, Abrams was back in the game and lit up Marist. He scored all 21 of his points in the second half. Trailing 20-18 after three quarters, BT traded blows with Marist throughout the fourth. Ben Shappard hit the only 3-pointer of the game to cut Marist’s lead to two late, setting up a tying bucket to force overtime. In the extra frame, BT’s offense continued its surge, outscoring Marist 14-7 in the five-minute period to se-

cure title number two for the Titans. “The team can have a lot of pride in this victory,” Hughes said. “After winning our first region title last year, we had the target on our backs this season. And the team’s ability to respond to that, repeat and not drop a game says a lot.” Hughes was pleased with his bench in Saturday’s title game. With Abrams and Shappard off the floor, Reid Gonzalez, Jax Bouknight and Andy Swade all played vital minutes for BT. The entire roster has “set the bar very high for future teams” in capturing the program’s first region title last season and repeating this year, Hughes said. The Titans will enter the state tournament as the No. 1 seed and will face Region 8 No. 4 seed Madsion County. Hughes said Madison is playing perhaps its best basketball of the season as of late and they will have their work cut out for them at home on Feb. 17. After the championship game, Abrams was named the Region 7-AAAA Player of the Year. Shappard was named first-team All-Region and Swade earned second-team honors. Gonzalez received an honorable mention.

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Blotter: Continued from Page 2 lottery, and while she had been collecting her prize, she saw the woman’s name on the winners list. The message provided links to collect her winnings. The woman followed the links and made contact with people who told her that she had won $210,000, but would have to pay several taxes and fees up front in order to receive the prize. The woman sent a total of $38,000 in cash to two separate addresses in Texas and Rhode Island. After doing so, the woman was told that she had also won a $338,000 lottery and was directed to send $20,000 worth of iTunes and Amazon gift cards. When the woman later called her friend, the friend said she knew nothing about winning any lotteries and denied sending any messages. The woman went to the police soon after.

Women robbed of cash by couple in parking lot ROSWELL, Ga. — Police responded to a robbery Feb. 6 on Alpharetta Highway by two suspects who used a woman to gain $2,500. The woman said she was approached by the suspects, a male and female, while she was in the parking lot on Holcomb Bridge Road, near the Family Dollar and Tuesday Morning.

The three drove to a nearby Bank of America, where the woman entered alone and was instructed to withdraw the $2,500 from her account. The woman did so and then handed the money over to the suspects, who gave her an envelope and said “this is for a taxi.” The suspects then drove off. While the envelope looked like it was stuffed with cash, it was actually stuffed with cut up newspaper.

Car wash employee suspected in gun theft MILTON, Ga. — An employee at the Cactus Carwash in Milton was recently arrested for allegedly attempting to steal a gun from a customer’s vehicle. The victim dropped off his car on Jan. 30 at the business and later noticed that his handgun, which was located the car’s center console, was missing. He returned to the carwash and informed a supervisor about the lost gun. The supervisor found the handgun in the employee breakroom inside the jacket belonging to an employee who had cleaned the victim’s car. Security footage showed the employee leave the vehicle before it was finished with its cleaning and walk into the breakroom. A camera in the breakroom showed the employee “appeared to access something” where he keeps his belongings. He returned to the breakroom around six times over the next hour.

Notice of Public Internet Auction Johns Creek Police Department The following is a list of property located at the Johns Creek Police Dept. If you believe that you are the owner of this property, please call 678-474-1586 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Proof of ownership and a valid ID will be required to claim any property. A public internet auction of the following items will begin the week of March 5th, 2018. The auction’s website is www.propertyroom.com. Items: Women’s Clothing Flash Drive Apple Cellphone Georgia Driver License Medicare Card Girls Roadmaster Bicycle Red/white backpack with contents Brown belt, white belt, black belt Red/black purse Multicolor denim purse Plaid purse Brown wallet with contents U.S. Currency Georgia Driver License

Motorola Cellphone U.S Currency Black wallet with contents Georgia ID Card K2 Bicycle Black bicycle Diaper bag Blue/white polka dot purse Multicolor purse with shells Black purse Keychain with USB drive Women’s wallet European Currency U.S. Currency

When questioned by police, the employee, a 19-year old who lives in Decatur, said he found the gun in the breakroom. He said he was going to find out if another employee had lost it and did not tell his supervisor because it could get another employee “in trouble.” The employee was arrested for felony theft by taking.

Man loses $2,500 in Instagram scam MILTON, Ga. — A man looking to invest in the stock market fell victim to a scam, losing $2,500 to a man he contacted on Instagram. The Loganville man contacted a “Mr. Henderson,” who appeared to be a successful stock broker. He told Henderson he would like to invest in stocks and saved $2,500 in cash over the next month. Henderson said he only accepts

cash and the man would need to leave the money at a dropbox. Henderson told the victim he could make an $8,000 profit in 24 hours with the $2,500 investment, keeping half the profit as payment, and that he would need to drop off the cash at a Milton address. On Feb. 2, the victim left the money at a mailbox on Triple Crown Drive as instructed by Henderson. He then received a call from Henderson stating that there was a change of plans, and he should leave the money and meet him at his office in Alpharetta. The address Henderson gave the man was for an abandoned building. The victim called Henderson but did not receive an answer. He returned to the original address where he left the money only to find it was missing. The homeowner said he did not have any knowledge of the incident and did not see anything by his mailbox.

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF SPECIAL CITY ELECTION AND VOTER REGISTRATION TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the twenty-second (22nd) day of May, 2018, in conjunction with the state-wide general primary, a nonpartisan special election will be held in the City of Alpharetta, Georgia to fill the unexpired term of Mayor (term expires December 31, 2019) and the unexpired terms of City Council Post 3 (term expires December 31, 2021) and City Council Post 4 (term expires December 31, 2019). All posts are atlarge positions. Those candidates receiving a plurality of the votes cast for any position shall be elected. The election shall be held at the regular polling places of the City of Alpharetta and the polls will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on the date fixed for the election. Advanced voting will begin on Monday April 30, 2018, and end on Friday, May 18, 2018, with specific hours to be provided by Fulton County at a later date. Those residents who wish to qualify as a candidate in the election shall file a notice of candidacy in the Office of the City Clerk no earlier than 8:30 A.M. on March 5, 2018, and no later than noon on March 9, 2018, and all candidates for election shall designate, at the time of qualifying, the post for which they are seeking election. All candidates for election to Mayor shall pay a qualifying fee of $900.00, and all candidates for election to City Council Post 3 or Post 4 shall pay a qualifying fee of $450.00. Those residents qualified to vote at the election shall be determined in all respects in accordance with the election laws of the State of Georgia, and the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Alpharetta. Those residents who have not previously registered shall make application for registration no later than the close of business on April 24, 2018. Residents may make application for registration in person at City Hall or any other Fulton County, Georgia registration location, or in any other manner, and at any other location authorized by the laws of the State of Georgia. Coty Thigpen, City Clerk City of Alpharetta, Georgia


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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR MAYFIELD ROAD CULVERT REPLACEMENT ITB 18-007 The City of Alpharetta (City) is requesting bids from qualified Contractors to construct a bottomless culvert and associated roadway within the City of Alpharetta, Georgia The Invitation to Bid document will be available online Thursday, February 1, 2018 at our bid posting website, https://www.ebidexchange.com/alpharetta. Interested parties are required to log in to review the BID documents. Proposals will be due on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. For information, please contact Debora Westbrook at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department via email at purchasing@alpharetta.ga.us or at 678-297-6052. CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the City Council on Monday, March 5, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. PH-17-38 Sae Han Church/3385 Kimball Bridge Road (Council Only) Consideration of changes to previous conditions of zoning to allow a detention pond to be placed underground for the purpose of providing more parking for the expansion of the church. The property is located at 3385 Kimball Bridge Road on the south side of Kimball Bridge Road and west of Waters Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 916, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. PH-17-40 Webb Bridge Road & Morris Road (Council Only) Consideration of a change to previous conditions of zoning to allow for a reduction and grading within a required 100’ undisturbed buffer. The property is located at southwest corner of Webb Bridge Road and Morris Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 909, 1262 & 1263, 1st/2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. PH-17-42 Milton Park Promenade (Council Only) Consideration of changes to previous conditions of zoning to allow additional retail/restaurant uses in an existing commercial center. The property is located at 5950 North Point Parkway at the southwest corner of North Point Parkway and Mill Creek Avenue and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 796 & 809, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. 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 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be considered by the City Council on Monday, February 21, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. PH-17-37 UDC Text Amendments – Downtown Parking Consideration of text amendments to the Unified Development Code to address Downtown Parking. b. PH-17-16 North Point Activity Center Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Update Consideration of an update to the North Point Activity Center Livable Centers Initiative (LCI). 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 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, March 1, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, March 26, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. Z-17-15/V-17-30 10 & 20 Roswell Street/Alpharetta Town Commons Consideration of a request to rezone 0.47 acres from SU (Special Use) to C-2 (General Commercial) to allow an existing building to be used for a restaurant with music venue. A variance is requested to reduce the parking requirements. The property is located at 10 & 20 Roswell Street and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1269, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. 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 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.


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Registration open for The Atlanta Youth Orchestra JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Atlanta Youth Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is offering a summer orchestra music camp. It will include complete orchestral training for rising eighth grade students through rising college freshman. The camp will provide coaching by members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, while led by AYO Artistic Director and Conductor, Maestro Michael Palmer. Revered for his conducting excellence from his early days at the ASO to his leadership at GA State, Maestro Palmer directs music festivals and orchestras across the United States. The camp will be held from Monday, June 11 to Saturday, June 16 at Johns Creek United Methodist Church. Tuition is $450 plus a nonrefundable $35 registration fee. Some tuition incentives are available. Students must have had at least one year of instrument instruction, and auditions will be at the discretion of the program director. A limited number of scholarships will be available based on need. Register at www.atlantayouthorchestra.com, where additional information is provided. Deadline for applications is May 10. For questions, please call 404-518-8891 or email atlantayouthorchestra@gmail.com. The venue is located at 11180 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30097.

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Chattahoochee senior named to scholar program By ADAM DARBY adam@appenmediagroup.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Chattahoochee High School senior Puneet Singh has been selected as one of 4,500 candidates in the 2018 Presidential Scholars Program. Candidates were chosen from a total of 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2018. Inclusion in this program is one of the highest honors given to graduating high school seniors. Puneet said he was surprised to hear that his name was listed among the other candidates for the program. “They actually sent me a couple of emails about it…I didn’t actually think it was real for a while,” he said. “I went online…and I saw my name on it and a couple of people I knew as well and it was pretty exciting to be selected for it because there’s no way to apply. So, just being selected for it was pretty cool.” The list of candidates is narrowed down based on a student’s superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. A qualified panel of educators will review all submissions and select 600 semifinalists in April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars will then select the finalists that will be announced in May by the U.S. Department of Education. Each year, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are invited to Washington, D.C. in June for the National Recognition Program. The Scholars will then be awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a special ceremony sponsored by the White House. The U.S. Presidential Scholars

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Chattahoochee senior Puneet Singh was recently selected to the 2018 Presidential Scholars Program Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize the accomplishments of particular graduation seniors. It was then expanded in 1979 to further highlight students’ exceptional abilities in the visual, creative, and performing art before being expanded once again in 2015 to shine light on the achievements in career and technical fields. Puneet has already completed a

number of IT and computer internships. Gifted in computer science and technology, he hopes to pursue a career in computers through his college studies. Kiran Singh, Puneet’s father, remarked, “We are certainly proud of our son. He’s one of those sharp kids who gets everything done…we see the scholarship helping him in realizing his dream.”


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C O N V E C T I O N MICROWAVE: Magic Chef. $45. 770-772-1600 STROLLERS 404-889-3233

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Musical Instruments PIANO, Baby Grand: Elegant case, matching bench; warm, rich tone. Sacrifice $1650 obo. 678-445-3654

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MAIN CLASSIFIEDS Cemetery Greenlawn/Roswell 2 lots. Crucifiction Section, 75-D, lots 3 & 4. $7500 each. 404-379-0220 or wright-rita@att.net GREENLAWN ROSWELL Beautiful, sought-after location next to lake with fountain. Adjacent to marble/stone bench. Shady, wooded hill above lake. Natural space for quiet meditation. For one casket or multiple urns. Please visit “Virtual Tour” feature, Greenlawn Cemetery website; choose “THE LAKE Location”. Lot 2-B, Space 4. $5700. Motivated! 828-891-2446; gilld@ earthlink.net

ARLINGTON

2 premium spaces, prestigious Pine Hill. #184-C, 1 & 2. Valued at $19,800, sacrifice $9000/ both. 770-886-6988 Greenlawn-Roswell Garden Fountain Lot 75D, grave spaces 1-4. $3995/lot. Value $5995/ lot. View by appointment, mcginnisd07@gmail.com

Transportation Trucks SUNSEEKER RV/2900, 2008: 34,600 miles. $18,000. 425-299-8785

Situations Wanted LEGAL SECRETARY AVAILABLE Work from your/my office. $20/hour. References. jordanlindas@att.net

Business Services Legal Notice Notice is given that the articles of incorporation which incorporate Grand Cascades Rapids Swim Team, Inc. have been delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code. The initial registered office of the corporation is located at 49 Grand Avenue, Suwanee, GA 30024 and its initial registered agent at such address is Amie Hebb.

Instruction Classes ADULT COMPUTER CLASSES . $15-$45/ class. Windows, Excel, e-bay, photo editing, Microsoft Word, internet, e-mail etc. Roswell Adult Recreation Center 770-641-3950. http:// w w w. r o s w e l l a l c . o r g / rscalendar.htm

Personal Services Eldercare YOUR HOME: Nights or days. 8-12 hours. $14/ hour.Verifiable references. 20+ years experience. Transportation. Nonsmoker/Englishspeaking. No pets. 4 7 0 - 7 7 9 - 4 7 2 3 / 470-545-1910

A small list of really good tree services.

Screened and vetted local services From

Cleaning Services

Drywall

Handyman

Landscaping

ESTATE HOME CLEAN UP Divorcing? Loved one going into senior care? Specialized detailed cleaning, packing boxes with list of items. Debris clean-up, charity donation, interior/exterior window cleaning, pressure washing. Loving Hands by JW and Company Inc. 678-463-4577. jennifer@ jwcompanyinc.com

NEED A BEDROOM OR BASEMENT FINISHED? Drywall services. Drywall so clean you won’t see lines! 678-909-9773 Call for consultation.

RELIABLE HOME REPAIRS: 22 years experience. References. Electrical, plumbing, carpentry, wood rot repair, siding, painting, pressure washing. Free estimates! 770-605-0340

TreeForm Landscaping by Albert Mahaffey. Bobcat/grading/ l a n d s c a p i n g . Backhoe, stackstone, flagstone, drainage solutions, concrete, waterproofing, cleanup, pruning, planting. Licensed/insured. w w w. t r e e f o r m . n e t 7 0 - 3 0 7 - 8 8 6 3 , 770-495-7816

Concrete/Asphalt

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$150 OFF any job over $1500 New or Repair: Driveways, patios, sidewalks, walls. Residential or Commercial. Call for FREE estimate. Professional, competitive, many local references. The Best Concrete Company-Ask for Dave McKemey. 678-648-2010. RETAINING WALLS & CONCRETE WORK We build retaining walls. Local, reliable, honest, experienced. Call Ralph at 678-898-7237

Driveway DRIVEWAY REPLACEMENT: Patios and walkways. Stonework. 17 years experience. Hundreds of reviews online; see our online photo gallery: Sudlowconcrete.com 404-450-3753 REPAIR or REPLACEMENT Driveways, patios, sidewalks, walls. $150 off any job over $1500. Residential or Commercial. Competitive pricing. Many local references. For a FREE estimate call Dave of McKemey Concrete and Hardscapes 678-914-2576.

Flooring Install/Repairs: Carpet, Laminate, Tile, Vinyl Wood floors, Backsplashes, and Shower surrounds. Carpet wrinkles removed! Call today for estimate! 706-429-4453 PHILLIPS FLOORING Hardwood, laminate, carpet & tile installation and repairs. We do tile floors, showers, tub surrounds and kitchen backsplashes. Re-grouting is also available. Call 678-887-1868 for free estimate.

Gutters AARON’S ALL-TYPE GUTTERS Repaired and Installed. Covers, siding, soffit, facia. www.aaronsgutters.com. Senior citizen discount! 770-934-2766

Handyman RAM’S HOME SERVICES Kitchen hardware replaced. Appliances and ceiling fans installed. Sink/ toilet/leak repair. www. ramshs.com for list of services. Experienced. 770-769-5498

Kitchen & Bath: Plumbing, Electrical Drywall and Other Repairs and Installations. Home Maintenance. 20 years experience. Call Mike. 678-986-4833

ALL CARPENTRY & REPAIRS: Roof Leaks, Wood Rot Repair, Siding, Deck Repairs and Refinishing, Painting, Doors/Windows. Excellent References. 404-895-0260

Haulers Bush Hogging, Clearing, Grading, Hauling etc. Many local references. Call Ralph Rucker at 678-898-7237

Home Improvement Finegan Home Improvements LLC: License #RBQA004932. Remodeling, handyman. 31 years experience. Basements finished, decks, screen porches, doors, drywall, painting, flooring, custom kitchens, bathrooms. All insurance. Paul Finegan 404-353-5611 PATIOS-DECKS DRIVEWAYS SIDEWALKS & WALLS $150 OFF any job over $1500 Many local references. Call Dave McKemey at 678-648-2010 Phillips Home Improvement We offer drywall, painting, carpentry, plumbing and electrical. Basements finished, kitchen and bath rehabs. All types flooring. Also total home rehab for those who have a rental house or one to sell. Call 678-887-1868 for a free estimate

Lawn Care LEAVE THE MOWING TO US”A”! Weekly/ Bi-weekly Lawn mowing/ landscape. Mulch & Pine-straw Installation. Licensed/Insured/free est. Call or text: 678-727-6850 www.gagreenworks.com

Pinestraw PINESTRAW, mulch delivery/installation available. Firewood $110/$200, plus delivery. Licensed, insured. Angels of Earth Pinestraw and Mulch. 770-831-3612.

Tree Services JJ Tree Cutting Services. Complete Tree RemovalCall us for a Free Quote, 678-467-1325 or 770-630-6672. Licensed and insured. jjtreecutting@ gmail.com RAS Cutting Services Complete tree removal. Ralph 678-898-7237

Landscaping

404Cuttree. One of the most experienced and reliable tree companies in North Atlanta. Perfect reviews and reliable, professional, and honest service. Free quotes. Fully insured. 770Tree. com 678-506-0006

RAS Landscape Design Installation A full service landscape company capable of doing your job. 25+ years experience. Ralph 678-898-7237

Yellow Ribbon Tree. Near perfect reviews and award-winning service. Hands on owner. Free estimates and insured. 770Tree.com 770-744-2200 and ask for Gary.

Landscaping • Xeriscaping • Maintenance • Retaining Walls Ponds • Hardscapes • Lighting • Irrigation • Hauling & Debris Removal Call Tad Carter

BA, Ornamental Horticulture, UGA Many local references • Call for free quote

Every time you use 770Tree.com to request an estimate, Appen-Rated makes a donation to North Fulton Community Charities or The Drake House. Do good & get great tree work too!

678-648-2012 • RuckerLandscaping.com Punctual / Professional / Reliable / Competitive

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OXYGEN Anytime. Anywhere. No tanks to refill. No deliveries. The All-New Inogen One G4 is only 2.8 pounds! FAA approved! FREE info kit: 844-558-7482

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Johns Creek Herald Delivers to 20,000 households every Thursday Zip Codes: 30022, 30097. Johns Creek’s primary news source. Est. 1997. Johns Creek’s paper of record.

Northside Woman 18,000 copies distributed monthly to subdivisions and business in North Fulton and South Forsyth with home delivery to 40+ of the most exclusive gated and estate communities in North Atlanta.

Forsyth Herald Delivers to 17,000 households every Thursday Zip Codes: 30040, 30041. Forsyth County’s largest circulation newspaper. Est. 1998

Milton Herald Delivers to 10,000 households every Thursday Zip Code: 30004. Community news for and about the City of Milton. Est. 2006. Milton’s paper of record.

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