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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — An Alpharetta police officer was suspended after dashcam footage surfaced showing him using inflammatory language and mishandling a 65-year-old black woman during a traffic stop. The department is conducting an internal affairs investigation into the matter and has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent investigation as well. The department voluntarily released the video footage on its social medial channels May 10 with commentary from the police chief. Following public outcry after the video went viral, the officer, James Legg, resigned May 11. “I do not feel I will get a fair internal affairs investigation from you due to the comments you made on Facebook prior to interviewing any other officers, or even me,” Legg said in his resignation letter addressed to the police chief. “[I] will not subject myself to the investigation of an agency Chief who would rather care about public perception and political correctness over officer, suspect and the general public’s safety.” He added that he felt he “acted ap-
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propriately” during the incident and that his use of profanity had “immediate effectiveness.” On Friday evening May 4, police stopped a car on Windward Parkway near Ga. 400 after officers allegedly saw the car drift into another lane, “nearly causing a collision.” Initially, the traffic stop proceeded normally, but it soon escalated. Police said that the 65-year-old woman allegedly refused to sign the ticket they issued, and after being told that she would be arrested for not signing the ticket, the woman requested to speak to a supervisor. Those who refuse to sign a ticket are taken into custody, in accordance with Georgia law, but the courtroom is the “time and place” to dispute such actions, police said. The woman and an officer went back and forth several times, with the woman asking to see a supervisor and the officer telling her to get out of the car. When the woman did not step out of the car, the officer attempted to charge the woman with disorderly conduct. Backup, including Legg, arrived soon after. Dashcam footage then showed officers appear to drag the woman out of missing. He began reviewing store cameras and comparing the footage to receipt transactions at the register. He found footage of a 42-year-old employee reportedly ringing up items, voiding the transaction and then taking the items. The manager confronted the employee about the missing inventory and the employee admitted he stole about $150 worth of inventory per day for about a year and a half. Together they agreed the total amount was roughly $35,000. The employee apparently begged him not to fire him or go to the police because he said he would pay him back. The manager said he was willing to give the employee a chance to pay it back because that was the only income the man had for his family. They agreed on a set plan in August 2017 which the employee reportedly followed for seven months and paid back $3,500. But in April, the manager again found missing items for the past seven months totaling $21,000. He reviewed footage again and found the employee doing the same thing by returning items and taking the money. The manager wanted to pursue charges.
the car while one officer, later identified as Legg, shouted, “You’re not in charge. Shut the [expletive] up and get out of the car.” Footage showed five officers attempting to restrain the woman as she screamed. Near the end of the footage, the woman can be heard saying that she was about to have a heart attack. “As I was watching the video, I had some major concerns about what I was seeing,” said Alpharetta Public Safety Director John Robison. “There are aspects of this video… that simply do not represent who we are as an organization.” Robison added that he is committed to being “100 percent” transparent with the public and that he “immediately” suspended Legg after he saw the video. The video has since been shared by the department on its social media channels, where the department has received backlash for accusations of racism. In response, Police Public Affairs Officer Howard Miller said that comments on the issue being a racial one are “unwarranted and inappropriate.” “At this time [May 11], we don’t believe that it was an issue of racism,” he added. Once the investigation is complete, the department will take “decisive and appropriate action,” Robison said.
Car owner interrupts apparent vehicle theft FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A man reported his car was nearly stolen in front of him at work recently. The man said he was working in a warehouse off Lakefield Drive when his coworkers told him someone appeared to be messing with his grey BMW in the parking lot. The car was visible from the open bay doors in the warehouse. When the man went to the lot to check on his car, he saw a man sitting in the driver’s seat. One of the employee’s coworkers asked them what they were doing which prompted the unknown suspect to leave and get into his own car, a grey Hyundai Santa Fe, which was occupied by several other people. When the coworker yelled at them, the driver of the Hyundai allegedly pointed a gun in the direction of the building before driving away. Other coworkers said they didn’t think the gun was being pointed at a specific person. There are video cameras at the company, but they are not operable. Nothing was taken from the unlocked car at the time and no damage occurred. Finger printers were lifted, but they have yet to be matched with anyone on record.
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Commissioners respond to ‘no tax increase’ pledge By KATHLEEN STURGEON email@example.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — With the May 22 primary election approaching, County Commissioners have been called out to pledge no tax increases during their time in office. The request comes amid speculation that formation of a new city, Sharon Springs, could send ripples through the county tax structure if South Forsyth residents vote for incorporation next week. Over the past five weeks, all five board members received a letter from the Sharon Springs Alliance asking if they would vote for a millage rate increase if incorporation passes. If incorporation does not pass, they were asked if they vow to not vote for a millage increase for the remainder of their terms. In its letter to commissioners, the Alliance referenced a study from Georgia State University that concluded Forsyth County could be at risk of losing revenue if incorporation passes in the Sharon Springs area. “In order to make up for this loss of funding, the study concluded that tax increases would be the only option for recouping these revenues,” the Alliance wrote. The letter stated the Alliance believes the study to be significantly flawed and that a countywide tax rate increase would not be justified. “However, since a millage rate increase can only occur by vote of the County Commission, the Sharon Springs Alliance would like to know your position on the matter,” the letter stated. District 5 Commissioner Laura Se-
As a county, we need to focus on efficiency and value, and you should demand accountability of your leadership.” COMMISSIONERS LAURA SEMANS ON AND DENNIS BROWN
manson and District 2 Commissioner Dennis Brown – both representing areas inside the proposed city’s boundaries – responded in a joint letter saying they would not vote for a millage increase if incorporation passes, and they vow to not vote for one if the city doesn’t pass. “When we ran for office, we pledged not to vote in favor of raising the millage rate,” the commissioners wrote. “Either you work within your means, or you do not. As Forsyth County residents, we all pay significantly higher property tax bills than we did in years past due to not just millage rates but increased assessments and debt service. As a county, we need to focus on efficiency and value, and you should demand accountability of your leadership.” The other three sitting commissioners, Chairman Todd Levent, Cindy Jones Mills and Pete Amos had not responded personally to the Alliance letter as of a May 8 work session, the organization said. At that meeting, the board discussed
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responding with a consolidated letter as an entire commission. Levent said he preferred a joint statement prepared with assistance from County Attorney Ken Jarrard, who had prepared a draft letter in response to the Alliance. Jarrard wrote that the commission “takes seriously its obligation of fiscal stewardship. It is no accident that Forsyth County has an AAA bond rating and one of the lowest millage rates in the Atlanta metro area. Forsyth County has a conservative board of commissioners, and fully intends to continue governing in a fiscally conservative manner.” The Board of Commissioners does not, however, believe that making a taxation pledge impacting the future fiscal health and solvency of the county is appropriate when the information necessary to responsibly make such a pledge is not before it, Jarrard wrote. County governments in Georgia are required to operate under a balanced budget, and each fiscal year the county engages in a rigorous budgeting process that measures potential revenue sources against projected expenditures, Jarrard wrote. “To declare in advance that, irrespective of any cause or condition, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will not increase property taxes – or, for that matter will increase taxes – would not be the hallmark of a responsible government,” Jarrard wrote. “Such a guarantee is unenforceable as a local government is without the power to limit its own legislative and fiscal discretion.” However, Forsyth County citizens, in addition to wanting a fiscally conservative government, also have an expectation of premier governmental services, he said. “Forsyth County has an obligation
to deliver quality roads, quality parks, a quality fire department, fund a top tier sheriff’s office, fund a superb library system, not to mention the other myriad services our citizens desire,” Jarrard wrote. “All of these services require funding, and the county is not in a position to know at the present time what revenues will be available to ensure a healthy balance is struck between fiscal austerity and service delivery.” He pointed out that the county funded two economic impact studies to assess the fiscal consequences of the creation of a new city. While Forsyth County does not wish to raise taxes, and he said it has a documented track record of fiscal austerity, the county does not believe that a pledge on the issue of taxation is appropriate. “While individuals can debate the findings of those various reports, there can be no question but that both reports concluded that the creation of Sharon Springs would result in a loss of revenue to the county that may justify a countywide millage increase,” he said. “Such a finding is not unreasonable given that the new city would include approximately 30 percent of the county population, 41 percent of the gross residential property value, 28 percent of the gross commercial property value, and 20 percent of the gross industrial property value.” Semanson and Brown said since their districts cover Sharon Springs, they are in a difficult position and have remained, or tried their best, to stay unbiased throughout the process. Therefore, they did not sign Jarrard’s letter while the other three commissioners did. Levent asked Jarrard to add a line in the letter stating that Sharon Springs, if formed, will have the ability to raise taxes, but that cannot be anticipated at this time.
Forsyth Clerk of Court honored FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Clerk of Court Greg G. Allen was honored as the Clerk of the Year for the state of Georgia. The Clerks of Superior Court of the 159 counties voted Allen as the recipient of this year’s Stetson F. Bennett Award at their annual meeting and conference. The award is given by the Superior Court Clerks Association of Georgia in recognition of outstanding leadership and dedication. “I’m proud to represent the citizens of Forsyth County,” Allen said. “This is the most prestigious award a clerk can receive and it carries a special meaning because it comes from my peers.”
Allen has served as the Forsyth County Clerk of Courts since first being elected in 2009. Allen also serves as the Legislative Chairman for the Clerks of Superior Court of Georgia. The Clerk of SupeALLEN rior Court’s office is in charge of Superior and State Court criminal and civil filings in Forsyth County, including traffic violations. The clerk is also the custodian of all land and property records in the county.
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County looks into noise ordinance By KATHLEEN STURGEON email@example.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — While it looks to strengthen its short-term rental ordinance to address wild parties around Lake Lanier, the Forsyth County Commission has broadened its focus to the county’s noise restrictions. County Attorney Ken Jarrard says the move comes after fielding resident complaints that the current noise restrictions contain too much “subjective” material, such as “what is ‘too loud?’” The county is set to hold public hearings on the matter, but in the meantime, Jarrard said the county is studying the Sandy Springs noise ordinance as a guide. “It’s really simple,” Jarrard said. “There is a nighttime and daytime standard. It says no person shall emit any sound in a residential zone during the hours of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. which is in excess of 50 decibels or 10 decibels above ambient, whichever is greater, when measured at outside a property boundary.” The Sandy Springs ordinance anticipates code enforcement workers would have a decibel measuring device. Such measuring tools are available on smart phone apps. “They would walk up to the property line of the residence that is allegedly offending the ordinance, would watch their meter and see if they trigger these requirements,” Jarrard said. “There you have it, a citation or warning is issued.”
The daytime standard is set from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and cannot be in excess of 65 decibels or 10 decibels above ambient levels, whichever is more, when measured outside the property. “That would provide an objective criteria that we, to be fair, really don’t have right now,” Jarrard said. County Commissioner Laura Semanson asked if there is any consideration to the day of the week, which is referenced in the outside work for construction standards set by the county. Jarrard said there are some exemptions, which include: • Band performance or practice, athletic contests or practices and other school-sponsored activities on school grounds • Athletic contests and other sanctioned events in city parks • Activities related to the construction, repair, maintenance, remodeling or demolition, grading or other improvement of real property • Gardening, lawn care, tree maintenance or removal and other landscaping activities • Church bells or carillons • Religious or political gatherings and other activities protected by the First Amendment • Activities which the regulation of noise has been preempted by state of federal law • Public and private transportation, refuse collection and sanitation services
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Locals vie for seats in May 22 General Primary By KATHLEEN STURGEON firstname.lastname@example.org FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The May 22 General Primary is right around the corner and candidates are buckling down for the vote. Advanced voting ends May 18. Voters are able to cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Forsyth County Voter Registration and Elections Office, 1201 Sawnee Drive. Other locations include: • Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road • Midway Park Community Building, 5100 Post Road • Sharon Springs Park Community Building, 1950 Sharon Road Voting times at these locations are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 and Friday, May 18, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. The Forsyth County Administration Building and Cumming City Hall are no longer open for early voting, and there are no polls open on Monday, May 21. For details and to view a sample ballot, visit the Voter Registration and Elections Department page of the Forsyth County website at forsythco.com, call 770-781-2118, ext. 9 or visit the My Voter Page at mvp.sos.ga.gov.
FORSYTH COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS District 1 DOOZ OWINGS Republican Network administrator https://bit.ly/2rugsMK Why should constituents vote for you? I believe constituents are ready for a candidate who can OWINGS make good on that commitment to protect our community feel against unmanaged growth. District 1 is ready to play a vital role in being part of Forsyth’s next steps of becoming a jobs machine for our growing families. It’s time we move away from that bedroom community model and focus on businesses. What goals do you have for the office? a. By encouraging development of our secondary roads we can take some of the strain off of our state managed roads that are taking years to finish. I hope to work with state representatives to get an accelerated timetable applied to some of our state managed roads and instill accountability. b. I’ve managed businesses for many
years, and the last thing any business owner wants to deal with is customers getting to a business. We need to offer concrete solutions that our traffic issues will not impact their bottom line. c. I would like to work with other commissioners who have expressed an interest in getting access to additional “local” water sources so that we can keep the cost to citizens at a manageable level. Development to water and sewer is going to be vital to offering future commercial businesses incentive to relocating to Forsyth County. What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? I made a point to attend committee hearings at our Capitol, because I believe “if” it moves forward the next District 1 commissioner will have a huge responsibility in shedding costs to the county. As a commissioner I will have a laser focus on making sure it does not elevate our current taxes. MOLLY COOPER Republican Retired facebook.com/votemollycooper/ Why should constituents vote for you? I want to bring my years of professional COOPER business experience and community service to work for the citizens of Forsyth County. After achieving my MBA, I worked as regional director of a national healthcare company and then owned and operated two local businesses. I was honored to serve as president of Republican Women of Forsyth County, president of Cumming Civitan, and 1st vice chair of Forsyth County GOP. I want our community to grow and prosper for my three generations of family that live here and for our county as a whole. What goals do you have for the office? Control residential growth. Infrastructure has to be in place before the building so our roads and schools don’t continue to be overcrowded. We need more commercial growth to balance our tax digest, job and career building businesses in our designated business corridors where traffic can be accommodated. What are your thoughts on the potential of second city of Sharon Springs? As proposed, the city of Sharon Springs will be allotted some of the SPLOST money from that which has traditionally been allotted to the city of Cumming. Thus, the revenue allocation for the city of Cumming will be reduced just as long-term plans for a town center
in Cumming may be coming to fruition. If approved, it will affect all of Forsyth County through the change in tax revenue allocation. Yet only those in the footprint of the proposed new city are allowed to vote on it. For these reasons I am not in support of the city of Sharon Springs. District 3 TODD LEVENT Republican Levent was the sole qualifier for the seat he’s held since 2011.
FORSYTH COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION District 1 MARK WEISS Republican IT weissforboe.com/ facebook.com/ParentsforWeiss/ Why should constituents vote for you? As I go out into the WEISS community and talk with more parents and teachers, the common theme that I hear is that our schools are teaching to the test. Many teachers tell me their hands are tied and they are not able to deliver the instruction in an appropriate and effective way. The questions I will ask for any new or proposed program or policy: Why do we need this program or policy? How will it benefit our students? How much will it cost to implement this program? What are the costs associated with maintaining this program per year? Is this part of grant fund? This is important to me because this is how the federal government puts a carrot to entice local government into programs that are not needed. The issue is that when the grant money is exhausted, the county is strapped with a program that it has to fund, wasting the taxpayers’ dollars. How much time will it take from our teacher’s schedule? Will it take away from their teaching? How much time will it take from of our students’ schedule? I will use these questions as my guiding principle to make a final decision on the new or proposed program or policy. I will go to our schools’ PTO meeting and listen to our parents and teachers. What goals do you have for the office?
For our students when they leave our schools to have the academic skill sets and tools needed in their next step in life. WES MCCALL Republican Deputy chief of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety mccallforboe.com facebook.com/mccallforboe Why should conMCCALL stituents vote for you? I am the only candidate that is informed, engaged with the community and has a child currently in the school system. I am involved with PTA, Local School Council and worked on several projects with the Board of Education. My favorite and most rewarding time so far in the schools has been with the Forsyth County mentor program. All of this got me involved with the BOE. Today, I currently serve on the Local School Council at Liberty Middle School, I am on the Parent & Community Advisory Board, and I am on the Beyond Propel Committee. What goals do you have for the office? I want to engage the community to build partnerships, to help provide resources for the students and teachers to be successful, work with other community leaders to better plan for future development, continue to operate with one of the lowest educational millage rates in the area and work to address the drug usage rate and the rising suicide rate among teens. What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? As a conservative leader, I believe there must be a balance between limited government and local control. I believe that the Board of Education should work closely with the community, regardless if it is in a new city, or part of the unincorporated Forsyth County. My plan is to be in the community, communicating with students, parents and teachers. District 2 KRISTIN MORRISSEY Republican Morrissey is the sole qualifier for her seat she’s held since being elected in 2010.
GEORGIA SENATE District 27 BILL FIELDER Republican Small business owner billfielder.com facebook.com/votefielder/ Why should constituents vote for you? I’m the only proFIELDER Trump candidate in this race! Unlike my opponents, I have not made a career out of running for office. I’m a small business owner, funding my own campaign, and the only candidate to not accept lobbyist money. What goals do you have for the office? I will co-sponsor the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, work to implement the 287(g) deportation program statewide to remove illegals, sign Constitutional carry, author the Heartbeat Abortion Ban, and more. What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? I believe citizens should have the right to vote on how they wish to be governed. However, I’m personally opposed to the new city as I believe it will increase government regulation and raise our taxes. BRIAN TAM Republican Local restaurant owner votebriantam.com facebook.com/VoteBrianTam/ Why should constituents vote for you? I have a proven TAM record of delivering results such as the Park and Greenspace Bond, funding for Alliance Academy, transportation initiatives, firsthand experience with what unfunded state mandates can do to county governments, demonstrated community involvement including 10 years on Local School Councils and numerous volunteer boards. I have worked with the Chamber as a board member and business to grow small businesses and balance our tax base. No other candidate has my experience and level of investment in the community through government, service and commitment. What goals do you have for office? Bring funding back to Forsyth County for transportation projects, create innovative ways such as impact fees to fund schools such as the Alliance Academy and University of North Georgia, protect our children in schools, obtain independent water supply for Forsyth County, make Forsyth County a business-friendly environment to bal-
MEET THE CANDIDATES ance our tax base. What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? I have always opposed adding another layer of government and more bureaucracy, and as the only candidate in the footprint of the new city, I don’t want to start on day one with no bond rating, a 0 percent credit rating and no financial reserves when I live in a county that is one of the few with a AAA bond rating, excellent credit and strong financial reserves. GREG DOLEZAL Republican Small business owner DolezalForSenate.com facebook.com/dolezalforsenate Why should constituents vote for you? I am the true conserDOLEZAL vative in this race and would be honored to take our conservative values to the Gold Dome. I own multiple businesses in Forsyth County and understand the challenges facing our families and leaders. Overdevelopment has threatened our quality of life, and it’s time to address this together. I am the only candidate who has pledged to never raise taxes, and I am the only candidate with a history of fighting for Forsyth homeowners. I am a limited government conservative, committed to protecting the Constitution. I am a pro-life candidate endorsed by Georgia Right to Life and will protect the unborn. What goals do you have for the office? • Eliminate the state income tax • Ensure immigration laws are enforced in Georgia • Ensure Forsyth County has the proper funding to unlock traffic gridlock and keep school class sizes low • Implement school impact fees on new development to keep taxes low for current residents • Protect the senior exemption • Protect life, liberty and the Second Amendment What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? I am opposed to a new city in Forsyth County, although I do not have a vote as I live outside the footprint. We have real challenges in the county, and I would like to see us address those issues countywide. STEVE SMITH Democrat Property manager SteveSmithForGeorgia. com Why should constituents vote for you? Forsyth County can
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count on me to stand firm on the principles of justice and compassion, and I will speak truth to power, even when that truth is not popular. What goals do you have for the office? My goal is to uphold the Constitution for all of Forsyth’s citizens regardless of race, color, religion, gender or sexual orientation. As Forsyth County continues to grow into the melting pot that America has always been proud to call itself, we must make a concerted effort to acknowledge our county’s difficult history in order to heal the divisions that may manifest themselves in different ways today than they have in the past, but are still very much with us. What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? I am skeptical of the intentions of the groups driving both sides of the Sharon Springs debate. Until we have a better plan for new cities in Forsyth County than the one the Sharon Springs Alliance has come up with, I am a ‘no’ on Sharon Springs. District 51 For State Senator of District 51, incumbent and republican Steve Gooch, a businessman, will run unopposed.
GEORGIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES District 9 KEVIN TANNER Republican, incumbent Business owner votekevintanner.com https://bit.ly/2rylPvi Why should constituents vote for you? I live and work here, TANNER and I have been involved in the 9th District through countless leadership roles and community organizations. In the State House, I have served with the values we trust and have used my experience in business, law enforcement and on the farm to provide leadership that delivers on issues that matter to our families, businesses and community. What goals do you have for the office? I have led efforts that support our small businesses and taxpayers by eliminating burdensome regulations, ending double taxation on small businesses, and this year, passing the largest tax cut in Georgia history that includes the first state income tax cut ever. I sponsored the only religious freedom legislation to pass both the Senate and the House. Continue leading as chairman of the House Transportation Committee on efforts to push vital transportation projects that reduce congestion and improve quality of life.
Always listen and be accessible to those I serve. What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? I supported letting voters determine their own destiny. However, I am fundamentally opposed to the creation of more layers of government, particularly when it may lead to higher taxes and duplication of services. MARK HAJDUK Republican COO markhajdukforstate. com facebook.com/markhajdukforstate Why should constituents vote for you? HAJDUK I am a business minded leader, not a career politician. I will approach the job with a fresh perspective and new ideas on how to improve our District. I have no ties to big business, lobbyists or special interest groups, and will bring focus back on the people of the district. What goals do you have for the office? Meaningfully lower state income taxes with the ultimate goal of eliminating them. • Improve tax incentives on farm and undeveloped timberland to ease their tax burden and keep more land out of development. • Improve internet infrastructure throughout District 9. • Improve medical infrastructure in our District especially in the more rural areas. • Restore public confidence in government and politics. What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? I am against the formation of a second city. It will drive up costs in the county. We do not need another layer of government. District 22 WES CANTRELL Republican, incumbent Minister CHARLES RAVENSCRAFT Democrat *Due to there being one candidate per political party, both will move on to the November election.
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Election: Continued from Page 7 District 24 SHERI SMALLWOOD GILLIAN Republican, incumbent Substitute teacher Votegilligan.com facebook.com/StateRepSheriGilligan/ Why should constituents vote for you? GILLIAN I was born and raised in Forsyth County and am honored to serve as the representative of the home I love. Since being elected three years ago, we have made great strides. Public education is fully funded. Roads and traffic are being addressed. Taxes were cut with the largest income tax rate cut in Georgia history. Religious freedoms and human life are being protected. I stand up to ensure that your freedoms are not eroded. As long as you keep sending me back, I will keep fighting for you. What goals do you have for the office? My goal is to continue serving by actively listening to and working for the hard-working, tax-paying citizens of the 24th district. I will continue to work to bring tax dollars back to Forsyth County. Keeping toll lanes off 400 and out of Forsyth County is a high priority. Other priorities are to promote life-affirming policies, protect the 2nd Amendment, and ensure our religious freedom. What are your thoughts on the po-
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tential second city of Sharon Springs? Whether the referendum passes or fails, Forsyth County will continue to grow and prosper, and we will need to come together to help keep Forsyth a great place to live, work and raise our families. JOANNA CLOUD Republican Executive director of the nonprofit Lake Lanier Association A Georgia Tech graduate and a Forsyth County resident for the past 13 years, Cloud spent over 20 years in CLOUD the software development industry before moving into her non-profit management role. She says her focus would be on education, infrastructure and transportation issues. District 25 TODD JONES Republican, incumbent Technology executive Jones has held his position since January 2017. His business experience has focused on triple-bottom line companies that focus on social, environmental and financial impacts. JONES He introduced House Bill 626 which would incorporate the city of Sharon Springs. STEVEN GRAMBERGS Republican Sales
stevenforhouse.com facebook.com/stevenforhouse Why should constituents vote for you? I am a true conservative that stands for limited government, individual freedom and GRAMBERGS fiscal responsibility. District 25 and the State of Georgia need people in office who want their constituents to keep as much of their hardearned money as possible while ensuring what they do pay is spent wisely. What goals do you have for the office? If elected, I fully support enacting term limits to eliminate and prevent career politicians. I support creating tax incentives for businesses starting, growing or moving here. I will fight to ensure fiscal responsibility and fight to eliminate every nickel of wasteful spending. What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? I oppose creating another layer of government and wasting tax dollars paying for even more elected bureaucrats. The millions of dollars in revenue shortfall that the county would face would either require higher taxes or slashing the budget, and neither have been promised. Therefore, the new city would be fiscally irresponsible.
4Georgia/ Why should constituents vote for you? As a Representative I will prioritize strengthening Georgia’s public education, expand Medicare, strengthen gun safety laws and question all legislation I am asked to vote on. What goals do you have for the office? Expanding Medicare and developing a cost-effective, humane plan to bring healthcare to all Georgians must be addressed in the 2019 legislative session. Georgia is the best state in the nation for employers, but 42nd best in the nation for employees. I will work with legislators to raise the minimum wage to $7.25. Closing gun show loop holes, improving the background check system, banning gun ownership for abusers, banning assault weapons and funding research into gun violence are all initiatives that must be a priority. What are your thoughts on the potential second city of Sharon Springs? Having read the 57 page bill and listened to participants, experts, residents and fellow candidates, I tend to go with the “no” side. The costs of this new layer of local government will outweigh the benefits. A more cost-effective and uniting alternative is to expand the number of representatives on the Board of Commissioners.
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Incumbent and Republican Marc Morris, who is the president of the Talmadge Group, will run unopposed.
Two referendums listed on May 22 ballot By KATHLEEN STURGEON email@example.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Typically, all eyes are turned toward the people on an election ballot. But for the May 22 General Primary, two important referendum questions should not be overlooked. To view a complete voting breakdown by location and information, visit https://bit.ly/2G3tMwY.
Sharon Springs “Shall the Act incorporating the City of Sharon Springs in Forsyth County according to the charter contained in the Act be approved?” The question relates to creation of the proposed City of Sharon Springs. This is not a countywide election question. Per House Bill 626, Act 287, this
special election will involve only those registered voters within the city limits of the proposed City of Sharon Springs. Forsyth County currently has only one incorporated city – Cumming. House Bill 626, introduced by state Rep. Todd Jones, would provide for the incorporation of a significant portion of south Forsyth County into the new city of Sharon Springs. The new city would represent approximately 30 percent of the county population. To view the bill in its entirety, visit legis.ga.gov. Maps of the affected voters are available for viewing at forsythco. com.
Forsyth County School Bond “Shall $295,000,000 in aggregate
principal amount of Forsyth County School District General Obligation Bonds be authorized to be issued?” The question involves a local Forsyth County School Bond Referendum. This is a countywide special election and will appear on every voter’s ballot. Using input from the more than 7,000 stakeholders for the 2017-22 Strategic Plan and a list of needs submitted by school and district administrators, Forsyth County Schools staff worked from May through December last year to create a list of 2019-22 local capital improvement projects this bond would fund. The district also completed a new State Facilities Plan during the same timeframe to maximize state funding earnings. There is more than $323 million worth of improvements needed, and it is estimated that Forsyth Schools will
receive $28 million in funding from the state. The bond project list was approved by the Board of Education in January. The proposed projects include $17 million for technology, $13 million for transportation, $7 million for school safety, $3.5 million for College & Career Development and $500,000 for elementary STEM. Voters approved bonds in 1992, 1995, 1999, 2005 and 2014. As with the 2014 bond, the financing for this bond is structured to not increase the bond debt service millage rate if the next SPLOST is extended by voters. If approved, funds would be available fall 2018 and work would begin on proposed projects continuing until 2022. If the May 22 bond is not approved by voters, the proposed projects may not be completed.
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Milton actor stars in nationally released film Blake Cooper leads in ‘Measure of Man’ By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. — Milton movie lovers will have the chance to see their homegrown talent on the national stage with resident Blake Cooper starring in “Measure of Man,” currently in theaters nationwide. Cooper, 17, stars as Bobby Marks, a teenager who experiences a turning point in his life during a summer vacation where he learns to stand up against bullies while trying to keep his family together amid his parents’ pending divorce. Over the course of his emotional rollercoaster of a summer, secrets are revealed, lessons are learned, and Bobby comes to understand who he is and what makes up the true measure of a man. “The film will be relatable to everyone,” Cooper said. “Everyone has gone through something in their childhood that proves life is not easy. Some bad things are going to happen so you have to have courage and confidence.” The film, based in 1976 and shot in Rhode Island, also stars Donald Suther-
Milton resident Blake Cooper stars in the nationally released film, “Measure of Man,” currently in theaters.
land, Judy Greer and Luke Wilson. Cooper said it was an honor to work with household names and said the entire cast and crew “were a blast to work with.” “It was kind of hard to wrap around my mind that I got to work with Donald Sutherland,” Cooper said. “He set a good example on how to carry yourself around set. The filming between he and I was also special, because we filmed all those scenes in the first week of shooting. It was the first thing everyone experienced
on set, and that really set a good tone for the rest of the shoot.” “Measure of Man” was released nationwide May 11, including locally at the Regal Hollywood 24 cinema in Chamblee. Cooper said he is thrilled to have the film on the national stage. “I’m still trying to catch up to that idea,” he laughed. “I’m so excited it’s coming out. I’ve already read some reviews that have praised the film. It’s overwhelming to hear.” Measure of Man is the second major film in which Cooper has appeared. He also played the role of Chuck in the 2014 blockbuster “Maze Runner.” His acting career began when he was around 10 years old when he joined his older sister’s acting studio. The owner of the studio said Cooper had good comedic timing and he should audition for the 2012 film, “Parental Guidance,” Cooper said. After landing the role, Cooper continued his career with appearances in TV and film, including in the TV series “Necessary Roughness” and “The Game” and movies “Prosper” and “Cocked.” He will also star in a film set to begin shooting in June. Cooper said he can’t imagine doing anything else. “I’m wanting to do this forever,” he said.
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Homeless: Continued from Page 10 For more than 20 years, Crossroads Community Ministries has provided access to resources that empower people experiencing homelessness to progress on the road toward economic and personal stability. The agency serves six days a week over 60,000 meals per year to men, women and children. This April, the family volunteer group Little Helpers of Atlanta packed into Tap & Six in Roswell to make nearly 2,000 sandwiches. Owners David Craig and Holli Hutson donated the space so families from Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Alpharetta, Marietta, Roswell, Acworth, John’s Creek, Duluth, Cumming, Stone Mountain and Woodstock could assemble meat and cheese sandwiches for Clyde’s Kitchen at Crossroads Community Ministries. For more information about Crossroads Community Ministries, visit crossroadsatlanta.org or call 404-873-7650.
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State of Forsyth County: a great place to live, work and go to school By KATHLEEN STURGEON email@example.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Local leaders say Forsyth County is doing pretty well. That assessment came May 9 when County Commission Chairman Todd Levent and Board of Education Chairwoman Ann Crow spoke at the annual State of the County at the Forsyth Conference Center. Crow said she was inspired by a sermon that focused on, “if you stop, nothing happens.” “That’s not an option for Forsyth County,” Crow said. “That was our journey and as we have grown, that vision has come true. We have a clear, concise path to sustained success.” Since 2010, there has been a 3-4 percent growth in student population, with 1,750 new students bringing the total to more than 48,000. “High quality leadership makes visions reality,” Crow said. “Forsyth County students continue to excel even as we continue to grow.” This will be Crow’s last year on the board as she didn’t file for reelection. Over the past 16 years, Crow said the district leaders have met every challenge while revisiting the strategic plan every few years to identify new goals that will keep the county moving on a clear path. “The journey that the school system has been on for the last 20 plus years would not have been successful without the partnerships we have with our parents, business leaders and civic groups,” she said. “On behalf of the school system, I want to thank you. When you see another high graduation rate, high test scores or some phenomenal project done by students, pat yourself on the back.” Levent said the county was recently named the fastest growing county in the
state and 25th in the country. “And while the rapid residential growth does present new challenges, these statistics will give us a better opportunity to get our infrastructure, such as schools, roads, parks, sewer and water plant expansions and water independence caught up,” Levent said. “The question of whether residential growth is taking place or not has been replaced with how that growth is maintained to preserve what makes Forsyth County one of America’s best communities to live in.” The county’s projected year-over-year population growth is steadily slowing according to the latest research, he said. In 2011, the growth in population from the year prior was 4 percent. The projected population growth for 2019 is 2.92 percent and is projected to decrease each year with a projected 1.88 percent growth in 2037 based on the changes made to the comprehensive plan in 2017. “While population growth is slowing, new and expanding businesses brought over 1,300 new jobs and $167 million in capital investment to the county in 2017,” Levent said. “That growth is on track for another strong year in 2018 as 477 new jobs and $62.7 million have been announced so far.” For the first time ever, Levent said the county has had strong potential for water independence. “This is essential to maintain life and economic viability,” he said. “With limited reserve water supply, this will give the county, the City of Cumming and citizens the comfort of having a second intake in case the city’s fails. A resolution was passed by the Board of Commissioners with a 5-0 vote to ask for our own easement into Lake Lanier. Elected officials now support Forsyth County’s
Board of Commissioners Chairman Todd Levent talks about what the county is working on improving and the accomplishments from the past year.
easement into Lake Lanier for a 408 permit. We now have a letter from the EPD supporting our easement. Please continue to write Congressman Woodall and Collins supporting Forsyth County’s
easement into Lake Lanier. We are at fourth-and-goal and need everybody’s help to get the ball across the goal line.” To view Levent’s entire remarks, visit https://bit.ly/2Iw7EjW.
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Sons of the American Revolution honor Eagle Scouts FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — On the evening of April 30, members of the Robert Forsyth Chapter, Georgia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, based in Cumming, presented Eagle recognition certificates to 12 Boy Scouts from Troop 205 for their significant achievement.
Troop 205 is sponsored by St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church. The Scouts honored are Kaleb Rasmussen, Pierce Wirsig, Trevor Lambert, Zachary Bourg, Ryan Bowen, Brandon Clemente, Nolan Hale, Garrett Nash, Christian Reaume, John Robbins and Collin Wheeler.
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Four of the Forsyth County high schools were honored for being in the top 10 for membership, internationally, including: Second largest- South Forsyth High School-1160 members Fourth largest- West Forsyth High School-722 members Sixth largest- Lambert High School-548 members Eighth largest- Forsyth Central High School-512 members Two students received DECA scholarship awards, Will Bradley from South Forsyth High School and Shelby Rumer from Lambert High School. Numerous Forsyth County students placed in the top 20 in their respective competitive events. CDAR Member SWIFT Code: GMCBUS3A
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Children’s Charities continues efforts for all-inclusive playground Milton Summer Opener to raise funds By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. — Milton-based Children’s Charities is continuing efforts to fund an all-inclusive playground
for children of all abilities, and this weekend’s Milton Summer Opener is the third event of the year to benefit the organization. The Summer Opener will feature live music, samplings of summer wines and beers and food trucks at Bell Memorial Park from 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Children’s Charities co-founder Amanda White said the event is “a great excuse to party for a great cause.” The great cause is the organization’s proposed park which would include wheelchair swings, roller slides, sensory centers, a teach-cup whirl, climbing structures and Americans with Disabilities Act-approved picnic tables. The park will be placed within the Milton city limits. White said her organization has raised nearly half of the $500,000 price tag associated with the park. “We’re a 100 percent volunteer group,” she said. “All the funds go to the park.” Summer Opener will be the third fundraising event for the group this year, following the successful Big South Beer Competition and Festival and Diamonds and Denim in April. A Milton wine festival is also slated to benefit the group later this summer. Not only have these events raised funds for the park, they have
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Only one candidate in this race has a proven re record of delivering for Forsyth County LLED THE WAY TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC
B Brian Tam successfully worked with the Georgia Department of TTransportation and the office of Governor Nathan Deal while he w was Chairman of the Forsyth County Transportation Committee. This partnership resulted in the widening of Ga. 400 which has relieved traffic and cut commuter time.
Brian Tam understands that private sector jobs are the key to Forsyth County’s future. He is a successful small businessman and owner and operator of Tam’s Backstage, Tam’s Tupelo and Bluegrass Foods. During his tenure on the County Commission, he fought to bring new industries and jobs to our county such as The Collection and Halcyon. Brian is determined to cut taxes, eliminate excessive government regulation and provide a trained workforce.
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B Brian Tam and the Board of Commissioners rolled back our llocal tax rate on three separate occasions and kept Forsyth C County’s Triple A Bond rating during one of the worst economic recessions of our time while maintaining a balanced budget and our high level of services.
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B Brain Tam helped create the innovative funding source necessary ffor the development of the Alliance Academy, a premier educattion facility which was built for half the cost and in half the time as more traditional high schools. Brian has a proven record of commitment to increasing the quality of our education system including such programs as the Community Based Vocational Instruction for students with disabilities and participating as a Partner in Education in numerous schools across the county.
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B Brian Tam’s vision for parks and green space led to the acquisittion of more than 700 acres of green space, including the Big C Creek Greenway and the creation and expansion of active parks. TThis vision set the stage for Forsyth County to be recognized as the Healthiest County in the state for six consecutive years. U.S. Congresswoman Karen Handel ENDORSES REPUBLICAN BRIAN TAM FOR STATE SENATE. “Soon, Forsyth County will elect a new leader to serve in the State Senate. I can think of no person more capable of seizing the moment then my friend Brian Tam.” Karen Handel Republican Congresswoman
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Potential Sharon Springs leaves businesses apprehensive By KATHLEEN STURGEON email@example.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — According to the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, more than 1,800 businesses fall within the proposed boundaries of Sharon Springs, which come Election Day, could be Forsyth County’s second city. Residents who live within those boundaries will be the only ones with a chance to vote in the May 22 referendum. However, many of the businesses within the proposed boundaries are owned or operated by people who live outside the boundaries and therefore do not get to cast a vote, according to chamber President James McCoy. “They’re concerned because they will be impacted by the outcome of the referendum but are ineligible to participate and cast a vote,” McCoy said. “This does not necessarily mean that they are opposed to the new city – but are concerned about not being a meaningful part of the decision-making process.” It is difficult to say how the proposed city will affect businesses, McCoy said. The chamber hasn’t taken a position on the referendum, but instead has encouraged its members to learn more and engage in the conversation, he said. “There are simply too many unknown variables to address what that impact could be – both negative and positive,” he said. “The future of taxes, fees, permitting requirements, etc. remains unclear.” That uncertainty is also causing havoc for a group of business owners who are trying to form a community improvement district in the area. A CID is a self-taxing group of business and
Georgia Rep. Todd Jones introduces the panel at the recent town hall on the proposed second city of Sharon Springs. The event was held at South Forsyth High School with a packed crowd of supporters and opponents. commercial property owners who use the money to make local improvements. In February, the Forsyth Board of Commissioners reviewed the proposed boundary lines for Sharon Springs, then sent a resolution to the local state delegation requesting they modify the proposed city’s boundary by removing the lines encompassing the proposed CID from the map. The revised map came about after a series of studies on the viability of Sharon Springs failed to include the CID. The CID was left out initially, it’s presumed, because officials were worried it would create a situation where businesses are double taxed. Tony Peters, vice president of community development for the CummingForsyth County Chamber of Commerce,
said the chamber has been leading the process to create the CID, and the Sharon Springs initiative is affecting their efforts. There are 469 total commercial property owners in the proposed CID boundary. By law, a majority of the owners would be needed to approve formation of the CID. By the February meeting, they had 163 signed on. “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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Driverless shuttle latest addition to ‘Assembly’ project If you have been in Atlanta long enough, Doraville may not be what you think about when someone says progressive development. But if you’ve gone by there lately, you know something GEOFF SMITH big is happening. Assurance Financial, firstname.lastname@example.org For years, commuters on I-285’s north side have been forced to stare at a massive, lifeless shell that once produced cars for General Motors. City officials had entertained several ideas for that site. One was rumored to be the new Falcons’ stadium, which some said was spurned because they wanted a biotech campus. At the time, the idea of a biotech campus in Doraville to me really seemed laughable. I remember thinking that they would have been lucky to get that stadium. But here we are today, watching construction of Assembly. Assembly is the name of the project that will be what its developers are calling the largest transit-oriented development in Atlanta. The project will cost about $2 billion when completed. To understand the scale and size of this project, know that Avalon’s first phase in Alpharetta sold last year for $500 million. This project will take about five to eight years to build out and will include more than 10 million square feet of office towers, apartments, stores and restaurants. The project sits just west of MARTA’s Doraville station and already has a 60,000-square-foot film and television studio up and running. Renderings show mixed-use centers with walkable streets. The theme for the project has always been that it is a transit-oriented development. And the latest announcement keeps them in sync with that. The Integral
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rail through downtown and southwest Atlanta. It also includes expansion of bus rapid transit systems throughout the area. The traffic we see is a sign of success, and as odd as it sounds, many cities in this country wish they had the problems we have in Atlanta. But that doesn’t make it any easier to drive through the city during rush-hour, nor is it an asset when we try to lure companies like Amazon to move here. While autonomous bus technology is being used in other cities around the world, the Assembly system would be the first here in Atlanta. And its ability to serve as a costeffective alternative to people driving in cars will be watched by many local officials. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith email@example.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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FARMERS MARKETS, FOOD TRUCKS: ALPHARETTA FOOD TRUCK ALLEY
SMART RECOVERY FAMILY AND FRIENDS
SMART Recovery Family and Friends uses science based tools to provide support for those who are affected by the addictive behavior of someone close to them. It is not a twelve step program. SMART uses techniques from modern psychology. Join Monday, May 21, 7-8 p.m. at DecisionPoint Wellness Center, 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek. For more information, visit smartrecovery.org. Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at NorthFulton.com/ Calendar.
EVENTS: 5K SCRUB RUN AND COMMUNITY HEALTH FESTIVAL
What: Free health screenings will be available during the 5K and fun run. This family-friendly event will also include face painting for children, a bouncy house, free food, and music. When: Saturday, May 19, 8-11 a.m. Where: Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek More info: emoryhealthcare.org/ johnscreek
What: Touch a Truck allows citizens of all ages a first-hand look at the equipment used to provide necessary services to Roswell’s families. When: Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.noon Where: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Suite 115, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com
FAMILY MUSIC AND WELLNESS EXPO What: The annual expo will offer free services, demonstrations and screenings. Face painting, inflatables and other activities will be available along with a local artist showcase. When: Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com
ALIVE AT 25 DRIVER SAFETY COURSE
What: This course is a highly interactive four-hour program that teaches young, ages 15-24, drivers how to take control of situations by taking responsibility for their own driving behavior. When: Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Where: Milton Police Department, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Ste. 107F, Milton Cost: $35 registration fee More info and registration: cityofmiltonga.us
What: Alpharetta’s weekly gathering returns with rotating food trucks and music each week. Six to eight food trucks from the Atlanta area will come out to help kick off the weekend early. When: Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., through Oct. 11 Where: Old Roswell Street in Alpharetta’s historic district More info: awesomealpharetta.com
ALPHARETTA FARMERS MARKET
What: The Alpharetta Farmers Market features fruits, vegetables, natural meats, fresh flowers and herbs, and a variety of home goods. When: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., through October Where: Old Canton Street in downtown Alpharetta More info: alpharetta.ga.us
ROSWELL FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET TOUCH-A-TRUCK JOHNS CREEK
What: The Johns Creek Veterans Association will hand out hot dogs and water and will accept donations during the presentations. When: Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-noon Where: Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreega.gov
What: Don’t miss the opening day of the Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market. Mix and mingle with friends, shop for fresh items and enjoy talking to the vendors. When: Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – noon Where: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell More info: roswellfam.com
MUSIC, ARTS & THEATER:
FULTON GOLDEN GAMES
What: For over 20 years, the Fulton Golden Games has helped mature adults stay physically active, socially engaged, and competitive, thus improving their quality of life. When: Opening Ceremony Wednesday, April 25, 8 a.m-5 p.m.; events through May 25 Where: Bell Memorial Park, 15245 Bell Park Road, Milton More info: cityofmiltonga.us
ATLANTA BIRD FEST
What: The event will feature exclusive, bird-centered field trips, workshops and speakers for both casual and experienced nature and bird observers. When: April 14-May 20 Where: Multiple locations throughout the metro Atlanta area More info: atlantaaudubon.org/atlantabird-fest
GARDEN TOUR MONDAYS
What: Enjoy a free 30-minute tour of the gardens and historic plants on the grounds of Barrington Hall. When: Every Monday, through Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com
STEELY DAN + THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
What: The Doobie Brothers have been delivering roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades. When: Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta More info: vzwamp.com
WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY AND ALISON KRAUSS
Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss will perform live together. When: Sunday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta More info: vzwamp.com
SPOTLIGHT ART: ROSWELL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
What: The society, with over 400 members, will participate in the annual Heritage Days, celebrating everyday life experiences in Roswell. When: April 2-May 31, all day Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info: roswellphotosociety.org
LIBRARY EVENTS: GIRLS WHO CODE
TOLBERT YILMAZ SCHOOL OF DANCE SPRING RECITALS
What: Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance will perform their annual Spring dance recitals. When: Friday, May 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Additional shows May 19 and 20 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets are $15 More info: roswellballet.com
ALPHARETTA ART IN THE PARK
What: This monthly outdoor market through Sept. 22 features local artists creating handcrafted work including pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry, clothing and more. When: Saturday, May, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Main Street and Milton Avenue More info: awesomealpharetta.com
What: Girls Who Code is a national club created with one goal: to close the gender gap in technology. This club is open to girls in grades 6 through 12. When: Saturday, May 19, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org or 404-613-6735
HEALTHY AND PORTABLE MASON JARS
What: Mason jars make portable, portion-control meals a cinch - some don’t even need a second of cooking. When: Saturday, May 19, noon-1 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: afpls.org or 404-613-4050
SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP
What: Learn when to start taking out Social Security, when to get the most money and more. When: Saturday, May 19, 1-3 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org or 404-613-4402
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Riverside Military Academy For over 111 years Riverside Military Academy has produced young men of purpose, integrity, and character. We offer a traditional, American-style education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. Riverside is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. Upon graduation, a Riverside cadet has experienced the challenges of the military model of education and is completely prepared for the rigors of college. He is poised, polite, and confident in any social environment. Riverside cadets stand tall, offer a firm handshake, respect authority, and display a level of confidence that parents may not have observed previously. Cadets of Riverside Military Academy attend grades 7 through 12 and benefit from a small class size and a 15:1 student teacher ratio. Our entire educational program centers around the way young men learn best.
Riverside’s College Center assists cadets in preparing for and placing their college applications each year. The graduating class 2017 consisted of 119 cadets who were admitted to over 120 universities across the world and earned over $6.7 million in collegiate scholarships not including HOPE scholarship. Three graduating seniors received appointments to the U.S. Military Academy –West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Riverside Military Academy holds dual accreditation in SACS and SAIS. Our comprehensive program of rigorous academics, athletics and leadership development sets the stage for a lifetime of success. Riverside Military Academy is located on 206 acres on the shores of Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA. For more information please visit our web site at www.riversidemilitary.com or contact our admissions office at 770538-2938.
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Your decision today will influence the next decade By Kids ‘R’ Kids Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy, located at 3036 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, is an excellent quality childcare facility that combines learning with playing. At every stage of your child’s journey, Kids ‘R’ Kids develops new and challenging ways to open the mind and expand the imagination – it’s what we call Smart Fun. Our foundation of love and trust is accompanied every step of the way by our teachers, parents and peers. Kids ‘R’ Kids has been educating children from ages 6 weeks to 12 years for the past 10 years. Brain Development the Kids ‘R’ Kids Way Our philosophy is “Hug First, Then Teach” as we understand that secure and safe emotional attachment is vital for the growth and development of your child’s brain. Our classrooms are filled with stimulating materials that allow teachers to facilitate children’s exploration through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch as these sensory experiences send information directly to the brain and form the platform for healthy brain growth. We understand that each child is unique, so our teachers cater to different interests and learning styles. From infancy, your child will be exposed to many forms of language (including sign-language), and immersed in an environment rich in language and literacy. Our learning stations are filled with math manipulatives, science elements, and stimulating visuals that support brain pathways for cognitive development. Problem solving is considered one of the best ways to support
brain development, so our teachers conduct activities to help children explore cause and effect and employ questioning strategies that promote higher level thinking. Technology and the Brain Technology is everywhere, so children need healthy exposure to be prepared for life in the 21st century. Research shows, however, that hours of exposure to digital technology can lead to over stimulation of the brain, fatigue, and irritability. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we take a balanced approach to technology. Our curriculum
has been integrated with ABCmouse, one of the latest early childhood technology tools, to enhance learning. With the guidance of a teacher, children engage in digital activities that build language, math, science, and fine motor skills. Maximizing your Child’s Mental Capacity We believe in a nurturing learning environment, hands-on play, and novel experiences that ignite your child’s curiosity. With our exclusive Brain Waves™ curriculum and quality teachers, our goal is to provide stimulating experiences that support brain development and maximize your child’s mental capacity. From the well-trained staff members to the innovative school, children are given the opportunity to explore the world around them, establishing the basis for their future learning experiences. Infants through school age children can learn and play in the spacious school which includes: a cafeteria, playgrounds with age appropriate equipment, computer lab, library, water park, large covered patio, smart board technology, and much more! We have both a Jr. and Senior aftercare program. We service 6 local Elementary Schools. We are proud to support Toys for Tots, Wounded Worriers, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, and Dawsonville No kill Animal Shelter. We are open for care from 6am to 6:30pm. Please feel free to stop by for a complimentary tour between the hours of 9am to 11am and 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Feel free to call us and schedule a tour. Regardless of your need, whether full time, part time, after school care, or seasonal camps, Kids ‘R’ Kids is the place for your child.
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Montessori Kids Academy Montessori Kids Academy is located at 3034 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, next to the Publix shopping center. We are an AdvancEd accredited school and a member of the American Montessori Society. We currently participate in the Georgia Student Scholarship Program, a tax-savings program created to enable parents to use their money tax-free for education. Montessori Kids Academy offers a traditional Montessori student-focused constructivist teaching style. Our growing school teaches children from 18 months to 3 years of age in our preprimary classroom, 3 years to 6 years of age in our primary classrooms, and 6 to 12 years of age in our elementary classrooms. We strive to maintain a low student to teacher ratio in each classroom. The school is housed in a 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building complete with a children’s garden, outdoor classroom, spacious library, learning kitchen, computer lab, indoor café, outside picnic patio, two music rooms, and traditional Montessori furnishings. The following daily enrichments are offered as part of our Montessori curriculum at no additional cost: French, Spanish, Music, Art, Cooking, Coding and Robotics, P.E., and Organic Gardening. Transportation to and from regular field trips is provided by the Montessori Kids Academy school bus. Students enjoy daily yoga in their classrooms and the computer lab. Montessori Kids Academy also offers an aca-
demic summer camp where students can learn while having fun. While at camp, the students will continue with Montessori Language Arts and Mathematics materials and lessons. Each week’s theme will bring new excitement to the students as they learn about the world around them as well as tap into their creativity and imagination. We invite you to call to schedule a tour or to stop by and see our traditional Montessori School that makes a difference around the world as well as at home. 678-208-0774 firstname.lastname@example.org - www.montessoricumming.com
Treehouse’s Graduation Success program helps youth in foster care beat the odds with an 89 percent extended graduation rate. From left are Class of 2017 graduate Brianna and her Education Specialist, Taji Ellis.
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EDUCATION FOCUS • Sponsored Section cans. That’s because every youth who graduates from high school saves taxpayers $1 million over their lifetime. The Problem For some kids, however, getting to graduation can be particularly difficult. For example, the average youth in foster care changes schools three times and loses four to six months of academic progress at each stop. Nationwide, only 50 percent of these youth graduate from high school. Without a diploma and a plan for their future, they experience disproportionately high rates of poverty, homelessness, incarceration, early parenting and substance abuse. 5-Year Goal Helping these vulnerable students is a nonprofit based in Washington state that provides guidance to organizations all over the country. Called Treehouse, it focuses on giving youth in foster care a childhood and a future. In fact, its Graduation Success program has an 89 percent extended graduation rate. The culmination of a five-year goal for the youth to earn their diplomas at the same pace as their peers, the rate includes both on-time and fifth-year graduates. When the program began in 2012, less than 40 percent of youth in foster care locally were graduating. “Youth in foster care often need extra time to graduate because of challenges out of their control, and Treehouse sticks with them regardless of how long the journey takes,” said Janis Avery, CEO of Treehouse. How It’s Done Based in middle schools and high schools, Graduation Success introduces consistent education focus into the students’ lives, often for the first time. Part coach, part parent and frequently part best friend, Education Specialists meet with their students weekly—year in and year out, even during the summer. The students take charge of their own futures by learning to set goals, make plans and advocate for themselves. Learn More Visit www.treehouseforkids.org for further facts, to make a donation, host a drive or volunteer.
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The Cottage School The Cottage School (TCS) has provided a comprehensive program for 4th-12th grade students with learning differences for the past 33 years. TCS offers a unique program that focuses on small class sizes, a collaborative student-teacher environment and a work-based model that promotes self-advocacy and fosters self-confidence. TCS’ accredited college preparatory curriculum meets Georgia graduation standards and HOPE scholarship requirements. TCS students enjoy experiential classes and clubs including archery, drama, forensics, horticulture, and many others. The school’s 23-acre Roswell campus includes computer and science labs, a multipurpose athletic and performing arts facility, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and trails for
mountain biking and cross-country. TCS enables students of all abilities to participate in athletics, by offering year-round sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, cross-country, tennis and golf. In June and July, TCS offers an academic summer program. An extensive summer course offering makes it convenient for students to catch up on credits or get ahead. Classes for credit include English, Math, Science and Social Science. TCS has built a one-of-a-kind model perfect for students who learn differently. We offer 12-month rolling admissions for all grade levels. Please visit www.cottageschool.org for more information, or call 770-641-8688 for a private tour.
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Sowing the seeds of organic learning By JOHNS CREEK MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF GEORGIA Located near the intersection of 141 and McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek, Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia provides excellence in Montessori education for infants to six years old. JCMSOG provides an authentic Montessori environment, where each individual’s needs are respected and everyone works together for the good of the community. The focus is always on helping the children to develop themselves in a caring, peaceful environment. By helping children to develop independence, we assist them in their physical and emotional development. As their sense of security in their ability to care for themselves and their environment grows, their brains have more energy or “bandwidth” for increased academic learning. Additionally, this focus on development of muscular control is a first step in developing selfdiscipline. The multi-age groupings in our classroom allow for non-competitive, mutually beneficial relationships between children.
The younger children learn by observing the older children. The older children test their learning by repeating lessons for their younger friends. Our specially trained, Montessoricertified teachers act as “guides” to the extensive curriculum, planting a seed of wonder that grows into a desire for greater knowledge. This dynamic, structured environment nurtures a strong work ethic, love of learning, and a passion for discovery not found in other schools. Each of our vibrant classroom communities are outfitted with high quality Montessori materials designed to meet each child’s individual developmental needs, so that no matter a child’s learning style or pace, we have the right equipment on hand to give him exactly what he needs. Dr. Maria Montessori wrote: “Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.” Help your child to reach their full potential. The JCMSOG Difference is best experienced in person. Please call 770814-8001to schedule a tour to observe our “Montessori Magic” or visit www. JCMSOG.org.
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Success in School … Success in Life McGinnis Woods Country Day School Mill Springs Academy is an SACS/ SAIS accredited independent school community dedicated to the academic, physical, and social growth of those students who have not realized their full potential in the traditional setting. Since 1981 Mill Springs has been supporting student learning by raising expectations and developing self-motivation, while providing skills and values for life to students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities. Mill Springs offers a broad range of college preparatory options, along with fine arts and a competitive athletic program to foster interests or hidden talents. Small classes and an individualized curriculum help to capitalize on strengths while learning compensatory strategies. We offer an extended day program during the school year as well as summer school and camps in the summer months. Our 85-acre campus is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills and pasture land of Alpharetta. For more information, please visit our website at www.millsprings. org or call (770) 360-1336. Mill Springs participates in the GSNS/SB10 program. Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Road Alpharetta, GA 30004
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McGinnis Woods Country Day School is dedicated to inspiring students with the passion to excel through engaging hands-on, minds-on instruction. McGinnis Woods is a non-parochial school located in Alpharetta that offers a challenging curriculum for infants through 8th grade. McGinnis Woods Country Day School holds top accreditations, including GAC, SACS, and NAEYC and provides students with an exceptional learning environment. Small class sizes emphasizing individualized attention are a priority at McGinnis Woods. The rich core curriculum includes art, music, physical education, Spanish, health, computer education, and library instruction. Students learn through a variety of engaging teaching techniques and technologies with emphasis placed on differentiated groupings, STEM curriculum and unique projects which make each day memorable. Engaging guest speakers, monthly field trips, community service, and leadership opportunities round out the curriculum. Drama, Science Olympiad, Competitive Sports, and Robotics teams train year round. After school programs and Specialty Clubs are also available. Please visit www.mcginniswoods.org to learn more, or call 770-664-7764 to set up a private tour today. Experience the McGinnis Woods difference!
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Graduation time! It’s Graduation Season again. If you have a child who recently graduated, you’re probably thinking about what sort of present to give. Here’s a suggestion: Consider BURNS offering a combination of financial gifts and tips. For example, you could give your child some shares of stock. Young people enjoy owning a piece of a company that makes the products and services they like – and the act of ownership can inspire them to learn more about investing. You might also encourage your child to consider opening an IRA. If your child has earned income, he or she can contribute up to $5,500 to an IRA in 2017.
Finally, you could make an appointment with your child to meet a financial professional who can explain how borrowing, budgeting, saving and investing all fit together to help individuals stay in control of their finances. By providing your children with some appropriate financial gifts and valuable advice upon graduation, you’ll help prepare them to make smart choices throughout their life. This is Chris Burns, your Edward Jones financial advisor located at Cumming. Please contact me at 770-205-1579. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Christopher D. Burns Edward Jones 5285 Lake Pointe Center Dr. Cumming, GA 30041 770-205-1579
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P M U Let Us B You Up! Carlos Laverde, American Commerce Bank market president, Hwan Chung of JHN Properties and Kevin Ahn of Global Realty & Associates stand outside of Chung’s recently acquired property on Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Duluth.
Local banks succeed as their customers succeed Local banks succeed by enabling their customers to succeed. American Commerce Bank in Johns Creek notched another recent success by providing customized, long-term financing for a commercial investor. Carlos Laverde, ACB’s Atlanta market president, was pleased to work with Hwan Chung, principal of JHN Properties and commercial real estate broker Kevin Ahn to provide financing for JHN’s first investment acquisition. Chung, a Georgia Tech engineer, was eager to acquire and finance a commercial office property in order to diversify his investment holdings, but he couldn’t find what he needed at larger banks. “He told me that he had approached several of the biggest banks in Atlanta”, said Laverde, “but he couldn’t get any traction. Hwan was seeking a local decision-maker who understood the Duluth market and his particular investment needs. By the time Hwan contacted me, he was a little frustrated, but still eager to find a banking partner”. ACB evaluated the building and found it to be a great opportunity. Hwan was most interested in
long-term financing, and we were able to provide him with a 25-year amortizing loan. Long-term financing is hard to come by these days, but we were able to come to terms. It was a successful transaction all around”. American Commerce Bank offers commercial and personal banking services across the North Fulton communities. The bank offers customized lending solutions and SBA loan programs as well as highly convenient on-line banking and treasury management services. The bank’s experienced staff pride themselves in knowing their customers by name and in meeting the needs of businesses and their employees. By catering lending and deposit services to the specific needs of business and consumer borrowers, ACB provides industryleading lending solutions to support the growth and success of the communities it serves. For more information about American Commerce Bank, stop by their branch located at 10690 Medlock Bridge Road, or visit www.AmericanCommerceBank.com
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Raiders advance to baseball semifinals
Montiel powers Alpharetta in series over Breenbrier By JOE PARKER email@example.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta punched its ticket to the Class 6A semifinals Thursday night with a dominant, 12-4 win over Greenbrier in the decisive Game 3 of their third-round matchup. After dropping Game 1 by a score of 103, the Raiders exploded for 28 runs in the second and third game of the series to advance. “Right now, I’m just feeling total elation,” head coach Marc Lassiat said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to go to the final four either as a player or coach, and to be back in amazing.” Though the series came to an end with Lassiat’s players dumping a cooler full of ice water over his head in celebration, the Raiders’ fortunes looked bleak in Game 1. Alpharetta never quite looked settled
in the series opener, allowing Greenbrier to take an early lead on their way to a 10-3 win. “They shocked us,” Lassiat said. “But I knew we would bounce back. I just didn’t know we’d bounce back so strong.” Just 30 minutes after taking a lopsided loss in Game 1, the Raiders were visibly looser entering the second game of the doubleheader and quickly turned the tables for a dominant 16-0 win in five innings. While Raiders’ starter Charlie Goldstein, who pitched a complete game, limited Greenbrier to just two hits with 10 strikeouts, the Raiders were led offensively by their leadoff man, senior Santiago Montiel. Montiel hit a grand slam over the left-center wall in the top of the second inning in Game 2 and sent the Alpharetta dugout into a fever pitch which remained throughout the contest.
For Montiel, it was the first four of his incredible 11-RBI performance in the series. Montiel went 6-11 during the series where he hit three home runs and a triple. His home runs earned him Alpharetta records for most in a season and most in a career. “I’m overwhelmingly excited for [Montiel] and the week he’s had,” Lassiat said. “We’re just so happy for him.” In Thursday’s Game 3, the Raiders got off to an inauspicious start, but once again they wound up with a lopsided win. Greenbrier scored three runs in the bottom of the first off starter Cole Hamel, who hit two batters and surrendered a single and double. However, Hamel was in control for the remainder of the contest and threw a complete game. He allowed four earned runs off five hits with five strikeouts. “Hamel has been battling injuries all year, and he just keeps battling back,” Lassiat said. “We were close to taking
him out early in the game. For him to push through and keep going, I think it shows the perseverance our kids have and what our coaches have instilled in those guys.” And less than 24 hours after lighting up Greenbrier for 16 runs, Alpharetta’s offense continued to put on a showcase led by Montiel. The shortstop homered twice and added a triple for five RBIs. Drew Beiger was 3-5 with a double and an RBI and Noah Mendlinger was 2-4 with a double and walk. Ben Browning, Justin Kirby and Jack Barone all batted in runs. Eight of the Raiders’ starters earned a hit. The Raiders took a 5-4 lead with four runs in the fourth inning and added six over the final three frames. “Once the tide started to turn for them, you could feel the energy build as the game went on,” Lassiat said. The Raiders will be on the road in the semifinals, seeking a berth in the state championship against Region 6 champions Allatoona.
Cambridge wrestling coach inducted into National Hall of Fame Don St. James honored for decades of service By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. — Cambridge wrestling coach Don St. James was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma, May 6, an honor recognizing his three decades of coaching. St. James, along with over 40 other wrestlers and coaches, was inducted in a ceremony in Gwinnett County. “I’m just honored that people recognized what I’ve done in the wrestling world,” St. James said. “I’ve put a lot of time and effort into it, and while I didn’t think I needed to be recognized, it is nice.” St. James began his wrestling career in the 1970s, and was a four-year collegiate starter with the University of Tennessee where he was nationally ranked and won numerous tournament titles. Following his graduation, St. James began his coaching career, which now spans 28 years. He coached with the universities of Tennessee and Georgia State before moving to the high-school ranks in 1993. Since then, St. James has led multiple Georgia schools, including a 15 year-year stint with Centennial before leading Cambridge beginning in 2012. During his tenure, St. James has led 50 stateplacing wrestlers and has coached 13 GHSA individual state championships. Though his career is full of accomplishments, St. James said his biggest satisfaction is from helping young people on a path to success, whether on or off the mats.
Cambridge wrestling coach Don St. James (front row, far right) was recently inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
St. James said former wrestlers visit him and state that wrestling was crucial to getting them where they are today. “Winning state championships is nice, but I also get as much enjoyment out of a kid who was in trouble and found wrestling,” St. James said. “Hearing from parents say this is where my son was going, but he started
wrestling and working every day and is now going to a great college, that’s more important than winning a state championship.” St. James said his career is far from over. “Right now Cambridge is doing so well in each sport, and we’ve had nine state championships in six years,” he said. “I’m excited to continue that success.”
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DEATH NOTICES Angelica Bailey, 44, of Milton, passed away May 6, 2018. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. Elaine E. Jones, 76, of Cumming, passed away May 4, 2018. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.
Jane Murphy, 81, of Milton, passed away May 7, 2018. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. Raymond C. Paynter passed away May 3, 2018. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Nancy Hughes Sitton, 69, of Cumming, passed away May 7, 2018. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.
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The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report, reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Fulton County, Georgia and Incorporated Areas. These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway. Technical information or comments are solicited on the proposed flood hazard determinations shown on the preliminary FIRM and/or FIS report for Fulton County, Georgia and Incorporated Areas. These flood hazard determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to either adopt or show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. However, before these determinations are effective for floodplain management purposes, you will be provided an opportunity to appeal the proposed information. For information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, as well as a complete listing of the communities affected and the locations where copies of the FIRM are available for review, please visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627).
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