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River Trail students play Carnegie Hall The River Trail Middle School Orchestra made good on an old invitation May 7 when the group performed in a music festival at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The performance came five years after the school was invited back to the famed concert venue after a performance in 2012. Read more, Pages 14 – 15.

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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 appropriately” 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.

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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 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.

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Man notes illegal activity on dead mother’s account ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Two weeks after her mother’s funeral, a man found that someone had fraudulently charged his mother’s account with over $13,000. The man contacted police May 5 after he noticed some suspicious activity with his mother’s bank and investment accounts. The man was first contacted May 1 by a broker from Merrill Lynch, who told him that someone had ordered a replacement debit card for his mother’s account. The broker said she thought this was suspicious and called to confirm. The debit card was not sent out. A day later, an employee at his mother’s assisted living facility gave the man an envelope addressed to his mother. Inside was a replacement card for an American Express account that the man said his mother had not used in years. The man then decided to check his mother’s Bank of America account, only to find five unauthorized charges. Altogether, the charges totaled over $13,000. They were all done via check. When the man checked the account’s settings, he saw an unknown number and two email addresses that he had not added. No one other than the man and his mother had access to the mother’s accounts. The man contacted the bank’s fraud department.

Prospective pet owner swindled out of $2,500 JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A woman reported April 30 that she had lost almost $2,500 after she had attempted to adopt a dog listed on Craigslist. The woman said that she was on Craigslist on April 28, where she saw a Yorkie dog that someone was trying to rehome. She sent an email asking about the dog and received a response that the dog could be obtained for free. That’s where the trouble began. The emailer asked the woman to send $320 to a person in Pennsylvania to cover the shipping of the dog. She did so, and received a second email asking her to send $870 to a different person in Pennsylvania for a heat box to help regulate the dog’s temperature during shipment. The woman went to Walmart to wire the money.

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City enters fourth year Know your ballot of repaving program By ADAM DARBY JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Johns Creek has entered the fourth and final year of its program to resurface neighborhood subdivisions and main roads throughout the city. Construction is scheduled for resurfacing 30 subdivisions and five main roads this year. This final string of streets will complete the city’s current program adopted almost five years ago to address transportation issues within the city. A total of 107 subdivisions have been resurfaced between 2015 and 2018. “The five-year paving plan was reduced to four years and…this year completes our four-year resurfacing program with the allotted budget,” said construction operations manager Alton Matthews. “What we’ve done in order to reassess the subdivisions that were assessed in 2012 is we hired consultants to come in and rerate our streets – also rate the ones that were previously resurfaced. Then we prioritize for another four years down the line.” The resurfacing program was launched in response to data showing many of the city streets were in dire need of attention. After road data was collected in 2014, the city created a prioritized list, and Public Works staff created a repaving plan. The plan was then adopted by the City Council. The primary issue focused on the streets’ Pavement Quality Index, a scale developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that rates roadways on a scale of from 1-100. The index measures cracking, potholes, rutting, weathering and

NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Voters in North Fulton will receive either a Republican or Democrat primary ballot at the polls May 22. They will choose from a slate of candidates in statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of insurance, state school superintendent, commissioner of labor and two public service commissioners. In addition, the ballot will include a list of candidates for almost two dozen state and county judicial seats. Elections for the state Senate and House feature far fewer contested races. The chart to the right is a rundown of candidates for state, school and county offices specific to voters in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell and Milton. The winners in each partisan race will face off with the opposing party winner in the November General Election. – Patrick Fox

The five-year paving plan was reduced to four years and…this year completes our four-year resurfacing program with the allotted budget.” ALTON MATTHEWS Construction operations manager

other factors. “We have significant maintenance issues as far as potholes, roads failing…by resurfacing, we have definitely improved property values and reduced maintenance slopes,” Matthews said. “The residents love it when we get in there and we resurface the roads. Fulton County neglected these roads for years before the city of Johns Creek became incorporated. When the city was established, that’s when we established the five-year paving plan. We constructed a plan to bring all the roads up to standard.” The city is aiming to maintain all neighborhood streets and keep them at a minimum index score of 65. Most recently, the River Walk, Blackstone and Bellemont Farms subdivisions were patched, and resurfacing is scheduled for this month. Huntington and Concord Hall are next on the list. During the patching process, the roadway will be inspected for base

failures and marked for repair. The marked areas will be cut out, removed and replaced with stable material to strengthen the road. The schedule is available on the city’s website. Once work has been completed on the current list of roads, Public Works will present the City Council with a future maintenance plan and schedule for all streets. Future resurfacing work will be scheduled according to priority, Matthews said. For more information concerning the process and the repaving schedule, visit the city’s website at www.

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Seven area high schools among nation’s best Magazine honors district with 7 of 16 gold medals awarded in Georgia

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – North Fulton high schools are once again among the nation’s top high schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s recently released report of “2018 Best High Schools.” The publication’s annual list includes seven area high schools among the topranked 500 schools – drawn from a pool of nearly 29,000 public high schools across the country. Among schools in Fulton County, the list is led by Cambridge High, which placed 250 on the list of top high schools in the United States and sixth among Georgia schools, followed closely by Alpharetta (291 nationally, 7th in the state), Johns Creek (313, 8), Northview (322, 10), Chattahoochee (328, 11), Milton (342, 12) and Roswell (465, 15). “This is a tremendous honor for our high schools,” said Fulton County Schools Superintendent Jeff Rose, Ph.D. “Four schools in the top 10 in Georgia

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No. 15

View the entire report by visiting rankings-overview and seven on the list are a reflection of the hard work of our students, as well as the teachers and administrators who inspire them daily.” US News has been compiling the list of top public schools since 2007. For the 2018 list, nearly 29,000 high schools across the nation were originally considered, before culling the list down to 6,500 named to the list, and only 500 earning top honors. Information was gathered from the 2015-16 school year. The list does not include private schools since students in those schools,

in most cases, do not take statewide accountability tests (such as the Georgia Milestones Assessments) which are mandatory for public schools. US News & World Report evaluated and scored the schools in four categories: students exceeded expectations in their states; underserved students performed better than the state average; student graduation rates exceeded 80 percent; and students were prepared for college-level coursework based on the percentage of students who not only took an Advanced Placement or Interna-

This is a tremendous honor for our high schools.” JEFF ROSE, PH.D. Fulton County Schools Superintendent tional Baccalaureate exam, but passed those rigorous exams. The schools were then ranked for medals, with the top-scoring 500 schools receiving gold medals; the next 2000 receiving silver, and the next 4,000 awarded bronze medals. All Fulton schools were awarded gold medals – the most of any district in the state. Of the 450 Georgia schools eligible for inclusion in the U.S. News Best High Schools list, only 107 received medals -- 16 were awarded gold medals, 48 earned silver medals and 43 received bronze medals. “The data show that it’s incredibly difficult to achieve a gold, silver or bronze medal under the U.S. News methodology,” said a spokesman for U.S. News & World Report. “Of the more than 28,000 eligible schools, less than three percent received gold… [demonstrating] the highest level of college readiness.” | Johns Creek Herald | May 17, 2018 | 7



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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta police responded May 1 to the Ulta on North Point Parkway after an employee reported that a man had stolen several bottles of perfume. The employee said that a few minutes before 11 a.m., the suspect arrived and asked about picking a fragrance as a gift for someone. He then walked through the fragrance aisle, allegedly placing six bottles of Chanel and three bottles of Jimmy Choo fragrances into his bag. The man then left the store without paying, the employee said.

The man was last seen running toward the Hyatt Place Hotel and entering a white Honda. The employee provided police with several photos of the suspect and the car along with security footage of the incident. The suspect was described as a white man wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and with brown/red hair.

Woman loses $200 to telephone scam ROSWELL, Ga. — A woman reported May 2 that she lost $200 in a phone scam that she thought was legitimate. The woman said that she had been receiving “strange” phone calls from the Federal Reserve Bank. Because the callers knew the woman’s name and date of birth, she said she thought they were legitimate. The caller told the woman that she could receive a $9,000 grant if she made a $200 refundable deposit. They then gave the woman a code and advised her to call their boss for more information. The woman was instructed to buy $200 worth of Google cards at Walmart and provide the caller with the numbers. She did so, hoping to use the $9,000 for college. Later, however, the woman said she realized it was a scam and wanted to report it.


Burn ban in effect JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The state burn ban is currently in effect for Johns Creek. The ban, issued by the state Environmental Protection Division, covers Johns Creek and all of Fulton County until Sept. 30. Burning of leaves, tree limbs, yard waste or vegetative waste from land clearing is prohibited. Any other burning of natural vegetation is also banned. Additionally, burning in non-agricultural areas of the city or the burning of treated wood, garbage, construction debris, and other non-vegetative items is always prohibited, regardless of the burn ban. Outdoor fireplaces and other types of fire pits are allowed if constructed and located properly. For more information, see the outdoor Burning Guidelines on the City of Johns Creek website. Or call Johns Creek Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney at 678-512-3363 or email him at | Johns Creek Herald | May 17, 2018 | 9

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ta, received “early investments” from the School Board allowing work to begin prior to receiving SPLOST proceeds. During the May 8 meeting, board members approved an additional $7.3 million to the budget for the North STEM school, bringing the total budget to $68 million. The added funds cover the cost of the school’s auditorium, as well as the rising costs for construction in a booming economy. Burke noted the SPLOST5 receipts were originally projected at $931 million, but that estimated has been revised downward to $886 million. He noted reserve funds built into the budget hedge against any shortfalls to allow projects to be completed without delay.

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Continued from Page 10 Capital Projects in Summer 2018 in North Fulton include: • Fire alarm replacements at Cogburn Woods, Lake Windward and Manning Oaks elementary schools • Security camera upgrades: Alpharetta, Cambridge, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Milton, Northview and Roswell high schools; and River Trail Middle School • Track replacements at Alpharetta and Roswell high schools • Turf replacement at Alpharetta, Centennial and Chattahoochee high schools • Playground upgrades at Cogburn Woods, Shakerag and Wilson Creek elementary schools • Roof Replacement at Lake Windward Elementary Also slated this summer under the SPLOST initiative is the purchase of 70 propane-powered school buses, which are gradually replacing the district’s fleet of diesel-powered buses. Last summer the district purchased its first 90 propane-powered buses, and expects to have all 860+ buses in the fleet completely propane powered by 2022. Although the buses costs $6,000

As we execute the capital plans it is critical to constantly monitor the cash flow and the budget so that we can manage and successfully execute our program.” PATRICK BURKE Deputy Superintendent of Operations to $8,000 more than diesel vehicles, they save $3,500 in fuel annually per bus and are cheaper to maintain. The new buses also have three-point school belts which provide an additional level of safety for students and are recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. | Johns Creek Herald | May 17, 2018 | 11

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In Georgia, the number of craft breweries has increased from 20 in 2011 to nearly 70 at the end of 2017. elected officials, city staff, local business owners and civic leaders. While there, we learned about Asheville’s craft brewery industry and its significant economic impact on the city and explored together what that industry might look like in Roswell. After our return, we partnered with city leaders as they created Roswell’s first microbrewery ordinance, which allowed Gate City Brewing Company and Abbey of the Holy Goats to open in 2015, and Variant Brewing Company and From The Earth Brewing Company to open in 2017. The future of craft beer While Roswell has established itself as a craft beer leader in Georgia, we’re only in the beginning stages of this industry’s growth in our city. We believe Roswell is uniquely positioned to become a craft beer leader throughout the entire southeast region within the coming decade, as we continue to develop this industry. What’s even more exciting is that cultivating the craft brewery scene here has led to several related businesses opening in Roswell - including Tap & Six, Roswell’s first craft beer market; Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room, set to open in the coming weeks; and a bourbon distillery and meadery that are both in the works right now. We are well on our way to becoming a regional leader for all craft beverages beer, wine and spirits - while strengthening our city’s economic vitality through this emerging industry.


Should AP students have less testing? I am currently a sophomore at Cambridge High School. I recently read an article by Candy Waylock in the Milton Herald concerning the waiver that the state received to reduce testing for middle school students who are taking high school courses. I personally agree with the stance that duplicate testing should be reduced, as I feel it is redundant and could possibly hurt a student’s grades. In addition, I support reducing testing for AP students to prevent students’ stress levels from rising. Currently, high school students can get easily stressed out from an overload of tests and quizzes, especially if they are taking AP courses. I believe that removing the stress of EOCs can help improve students’ mental health, which should be considered in schools. – Nishant Baglodi, Milton

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the toughest conference in Georgia with a record of 33-1-0 in conference and won three straight Region Championships, culminating in a State Championship title last season. Spaid is a threetime 1st Team All-Region Defender of the Year recipient and 6A Player of the Year awarded by DiVarsity Soccer last year. Prior to joining Atlanta Fire United where Spaid played club soccer in the inaugural season of boy’s ECNL league, his Alpharetta Ambush team was a Georgia State Cup Finalist last season.  Chris played under coach Everett Webb at both clubs, who has a record of coaching teams that compete at the highest levels of youth soccer.


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snow during the week. The break in the weather also allowed students an opportunity to enjoy the city’s landmarks and hotspots. They even got a taste of local art. “They really enjoyed Times Square and walking around that area as well,” Liu said. “One thing, as a teacher, I will say that was very memorable was we were walking down and moving kids down the street and there was a street performer…I really enjoyed seeing that because that is one of things we do teach as music teachers is to support other types of musicians out there. So it was nice to see kids doing that on their own.”

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Potential Sharon Springs leaves businesses apprehensive By KATHLEEN STURGEON 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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The road to Harmony ‘Miraculous’ adoption completes family for Alpharetta couple By CANDY WAYLOCK NORTH FULTOn, Ga. - While most couples approach the “empty nest” phase as a time to focus on themselves,

some decide to go back to square one -and see where life takes them. Marcia and Michael Fullwood of Alpharetta were successfully transitioning their four children to adulthood, when a beautiful baby girl, with a name to match, came into their world four years ago. Since formally adopting Harmony in 2014, the Fullwoods have found themselves right back where they started nearly three decades ago.

CITY OF JOHNS CREEK PLANNING COMMISSION, PUBLIC HEARING: TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M. CITY OF JOHNS CREEK MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL, PUBLIC HEARING: MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M. CITY OF JOHNS CREEK MUNICIPAL COURT 11445 JOHNS CREEK PKWY JOHNS CREEK, GEORGIA 30097 The following Land Use Petition and Concurrent Variances, Amendment, and Comprehensive Plan 10-Year Update located within the City of Johns Creek are scheduled for a Public Hearing as stated above. LAND USE PETITION & CONCURRENT VARIANCES: PETITIONER:

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“Well, I will just start this with — our sons are 30, our daughters are almost 27, and here we are, raising a 5-year old. Have our lives changed? You bet,” said Marcia of her whirlwind life. She and Michael loved being parents. After marrying in 2007 and blending their household of two boys and two girls, the couple seriously considered having another child. “We tried for a couple of years to have one of our own … [then] had an adoption ‘epiphany’ early in 2012,” said Marcia. Enter Harmony, who came into their lives in what she can only describe as a “miraculous way.” The Fullwoods had been approved by the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services as part of the “Foster to Adopt” program, which places children in foster care while the department works with the birth parents to regain custody. “The fact we were older than the average new parents wasn’t a deterrent to us,” said Marcia, who was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. “We recognized the need for adoptive parents was great, and we knew we both had the heart to share our love with a child in need.” After months of waiting, the Fullwoods got a call that a baby girl was available to foster, and she could possibly be with them by Christmas morning. Harmony was 8 months old at the time and had been with her foster parents, Christina and Ray Appen, since she was only 3 weeks old. “Her foster mom made the unselfish and amazing decision to have Harmony move to a family likely to adopt her, and

Harmony, 4 1/2 years old. to do it in time to spend her first Christmas with her [new] family,” said Marcia. The Fullwoods met Harmony and the Appens at their home that same day. After a quick few days of communication, the Fullwoods met Harmony and the Appens at their church on Christmas Eve, where Harmony was already scheduled to play baby Jesus in the church Nativity scene. “We immediately fell in love with the little lady,” said Marcia. “We brought her home, and began to recognize her as part of our family from that wonderful Christmas Eve.” Christina Appen said it was more than fate that brought together the new family at such a meaningful time. “It is nearly impossible to think God wasn't involved,” said Christina, who with her husband Ray, has fostered many children over the years. “It was so

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Zoning Text Amendment A-18-001 A Proposal to amend the City of Johns Creek Zoning Ordinance, Article XXVIII Rezoning and Other Amendment Procedures, to remove the section that requires previously denied petitions to demonstrate significant changes to the satisfaction of the Mayor and City Council. A copy of the amendment is located within the Community Development Department and on the City’s website for public viewing. Comprehensive Plan 2018-2028 A proposal to update the City of Johns Creek Comprehensive Plan as required by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Department of Community Affairs. A copy of the Plan is located within the Community Development Department and on the City’s website for public viewing.

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Harmony: Continued from Page 26 obvious that Michael and Marcia were the right parents for her.” At home, Harmony joined her four siblings in the close Fullwood family. Marcia and Michael met years ago when their boys were classmates and friends at Taylor Road Middle School. Their girls were also the same age and soon became best friends. “We credit the girls with the ‘parent trap’ hookup,” said Marcia, who has lived in Alpharetta since 2002. During that first year, the Fullwoods held their collective breaths as efforts were made by DFCS to complete the adoption process. In November 2014, the Fullwoods finalized Harmony’s adoption in a ceremony that crowded so many friends and family members into the judge’s chambers that a larger room was needed. “The judge loved what he saw – the community of people determined to help us raise our little girl,” said Marcia. Looking back over their three-year adoption process, Marcia said every moment was worth it. Though they endured heartbreaks, including potential adoptions that fell through, red tape and lots of waiting, all roads led to Harmony. In the past four years, big changes have occurred in the Fullwood home, not the least of which is learning how to operate “newfangled car seats and baby strollers,” said Marcia.

“Michael and I both had to learn about baby equipment a generation after we’d originally used them,” she said. “Technology has helped a lot [with parenting], but thankfully, nothing will ever replace good old snuggling, reading books together, tucking in at night, and ‘I Spy’ games on the trip to school.” Socially, the Fullwoods gravitate between empty-nester friends, family and new acquaintances who have children Harmony’s age. An accountant by profession, Marcia’s career also took a new direction after Harmony’s adoption. It started with a cake “bake off” contest at work five years ago, triggering a creative spark, and which led to a new passion. In 2016, she retired after 35 years in accounting and became a full-time mom and hobby baker. Last November, she traveled to England to enter the world’s largest cake decorating competition and emerged with a certificate of merit. “I truly feel I’ve achieved the perfect situation for me ... [full-time wife and mother] and something for me — exploring my newfound creativity,” said Marcia. For other parents considering adoption, Marcia urges them to follow their hearts. “Friends often remark about how difficult it must be raising a little one at my age...and it is not without challenges,” Marcia said. “But the rewards far outweigh the inconveniences. Harmony has brought immeasurable joy to our family. Opt to share your heart with a deserving child. The payback is life- and heartchanging.”

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following item will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, May 10, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, May 21, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. CLUP-18-02/MP-18-03/Z-18-03/V-18-03 KB400/1699 Land Company Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 12.4 acres from O-I (Office-Institutional) to R-8A/D (Dwelling, ‘For-Sale’, Attached/Detached Residential) to allow for the construction of 62 ‘For-Sale’ single-family detached homes in a gated community. An amendment is requested to the KB400 Master Plan Pod A to add ‘Dwelling, ‘For-Sale’, Detached’ to the list of permitted uses. A Comprehensive Land Use Plan amendment is requested to change the designation of the property from ‘Corporate Office’ to ‘High Density Residential’. Variances are requested to reduce minimum lot widths and building setbacks. The property is located at the southwest corner of Kimball Bridge Road and North Point Parkway and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 807, 808, 849 & 850, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia.

Special needs Bocce Ball Tuesdays continue JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Recreation and Parks Division invite members of the community 18 years or older with special needs to Bocce Ball Tuesday at Newtown Park. If you or someone you know has a developmental disability, this is a great chance to spend time with friends or meet new ones. No experience is necessary. Events are held every-other Tuesday 6:30 – 8 p.m. Parental assistance is optional. Upcoming Tuesday dates: • May 22 • June 5, 19

• July 17, 31 • Aug. 14, 28 • Sept. 11, 25 To register or for more information, contact Michael Stinson at 716-8183475 or michaelsstinson65@yahoo. com. 

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 7, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, July 9, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. CLUP-18-03/Z-18-03/V-18-07 King’s Ridge Christian School Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 2.03 acres from AG (Agriculture) to SU (Special Use) in order to incorporate the property into the King’s Ridge Christian School campus and develop the property with a soccer field. A Comprehensive Land Use Plan amendment is requested to change the designation of the property from ‘Very Low Density Residential’ to ‘Public, Institutional, Education’. A variance is requested to reduce tree recompense. The property is located at 13695 Cogburn Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 896, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. MP-18-05/Z-18-04 Lux Atlanta/Northwinds Master Plan Consideration of a request to amend the Northwinds Master Plan to allow ‘Athletic Facilities/Fitness Studio’ and free-standing ‘Retail Establishment’ and ‘Restaurant’ as permitted uses in Pod A, to add approximately 1 acre of land to the Northwinds Master Plan and to amend developments standards in Pod A. A rezoning is requested for approximately 1 acre from O-P (Office-Professional) to O-I (Office-Institutional). The property is located at the west corner of Northwinds Parkway and Kimball Bridge Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 805 and 806, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. MP-18-04 North Point Mall/Office Use Consideration of a request to amend the North Point Mall Master Plan to allow for the conversion of approximately 27,000 square feet of in-line retail space to professional office use within North Point Mall. The property is located at 1000 North Point Circle and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 700, 701, 742 & 743, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

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Woodward North named Common Sense School for Digital Citizenship JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — For the second consecutive year, Common Sense, the

national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive

in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Woodward North as

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR SR 400 RAMP AT WINDWARD PARKWAY PHASE 2 Project: P.I. 0010768 ITB 18-003 The City of Alpharetta is accepting bids for SR 400 RAMP AT WINDWARD PARKWAY PHASE 2 including, but not limited to, furnishing of all materials, labor, and equipment to convert a portion of the flex lane at SR400/US19 into an auxiliary lane in addition to adding a 14’ wide shoulder. The SR400/US19 northbound off ramp to Windward Parkway will be widened to provide three left turn lanes with shoulders. On Windward Parkway, westbound, an additional lane will be constructed to provide three 11-foot travel lanes with a 4-foot bicycle lane from the SR 400 northbound off ramp to Westside/Deerfield Parkway. In addition, a second left turn lane from westbound Windward to Westside Parkway will be added. Traffic signal work will be required at the intersections of Windward Parkway and SR400/US19 as well as Westside/Deerfield. The project length along Windward Parkway is 0.63 miles. The contractor shall complete all work by 540 calendar days from Notice to Proceed. All construction shall conform to the State of Georgia Standard Specifications for the Construction of Transportation Systems, 2013 Edition, GDOT Supplemental Specifications Book, 2016 Edition and all applicable Special Provisions apply to this project. Only contractors that have been pre-qualified with the Georgia Department of Transportation to perform this class of work shall be allowed to submit bids. Please submit your Georgia Department of Transportation qualification specification letter with the package. The Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for this project is 15%. The Bidder qualifications are as follows: • Bidders submitting bids over $2,000,000 shall be prequalified with the GDOT. • Bidders submitting bids $2,000,000 or less shall be prequalified or registered subcontractors with the GDOT The City of Alpharetta in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d—42 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, part 21, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin in consideration for an award. A bid bond in the amount of 5% of contract price required for all Public Works Projects A performance bond of 100% of the contract price and Payment bond of 110% will be required for this project. The Project Manual will be available online Thursday, May 3, 2018, at our bid posting website, https://www. Interested parties are required to log in to review the ITB documents. Georgia Standard Specifications for the Construction of Transportation Systems, 2013 Edition, are available from the Georgia Department of Transportation website, A Pre-Bid Conference – Optional Attendance, will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM at City of Alpharetta, City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. Participation in the conference is optional. However, it is advisable that all interested parties participate. The bid opening will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the City of Alpharetta, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009. For information, please contact Debora Westbrook at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department at 678-297-6052 or via email at

a Common Sense Certified School for 2017-18. Woodward North is committed to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. Woodward North has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Woodward North, an elementary school of Woodward Academy, is located in Johns Creek. The school enrolls more than 250 students from pre-K through sixth grade.

CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE PH-18-AB-48 PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers May 24, 2018 2:00 P.M. PURPOSE Consumption on Premises Beer & Wine, Sunday Sales APPLICANT Ram Ruay LLC/M Thai Street Food d/b/a M Thai Street Food 875 North Main St. Alpharetta, GA 30009 Owner Sripapa Oyanontaruk Registered Agent Sripapa Oyanontaruk

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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.


Alpharetta Presbyterian Dayschool is looking for a 4 day teacher for 4 year olds. Teaching experience with four year olds is a must and an early childhood teaching degree is preferred.    If you are interested in this part day position, please submit your resume to

The Drake House is a non-profit agency serving homeless single mothers and their children through housing and empowerment programs. The Roswell-based organization is vibrant and growing, offering a full-time position as Director Finance and Administration. The duties include management of all finance, accounting and reporting activities, as well as management of the HR and IT duties. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a mature leader with seven to ten years of accounting and finance experience. Minimum of BSBA in Accounting, MBA or CPA preferred. Full time with benefits. Please send resume to North Fulton Community Charities

Now Hiring Full Time

Donation Door Supervisor: Supervise Thrift Shop donation intake and back door volunteers.  Requires heavy lifting. NFCC is a locally supported nonprofit organization serving the community of North Fulton. NFCC does require a background check, drug screen and e-Verify.  Job description and application available at  11270 Elkins Road, Roswell 30076 or submit resume to Tina Adams

Facilities Technician $16.92/hr (negot w/exp), full benefits. Primarily technical  responsible for the maintenance, repair, alteration and construction, supervision of City buildings, facilities & fixtures incl electrical, HVAC & plumbing.  Also supervises in-house custodial services, & coordinates/oversees contracted ser vice providers. Details w w Application/resume: City of Suwanee HR, 330 Town Center Ave, Suwanee, GA 30024 or Fax 678-546-2120. E/O/E; DFW


Alpharetta Presbyterian Dayschool is looking for a 4 day teacher for 4 year olds. Teaching experience with four year olds is a must and an early childhood teaching degree is preferred.    If you are interested in this part day position, please submit your resume to

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MAIN CLASSIFIEDS continued from page 29 Sales


Legal Notices

Garage Sale

Building Supplies

ROSWELL Brookfield CC; 715 Brookfield Parkway. Friday 5/18, Saturday 5/19, 9am-4pm. Cleaning out YEARS of accumulation!

Pallets (2) approx. 200sf. total. Each paver 6.5”x6.5”. DOT approved for sidewalks and driveways. $500. 770-992-8970

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for Fulton County, Georgia and Incorporated Areas

Biggest sale everhousewares, clothes, toys, antiques, furnituredownsizing. Sat. May 19th 8:00-4:00 5390 Skidaway Drive, Johns Creek Moving! Garage Sale Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19th. 8am-12pm each day. 7080 Sweet Creek Rd, Sugar Mill Subdivision. ALPHARETTA-30005 Windward: HUGE! Linkside and Landings neighborhoods. (at Douglas Road and Newport Bay Passage) Saturday 5/19, 8am-2pm

Moving Sale CUMMING Vi c k e r y Lake Subdivision; 6460 Pristine Drive. Friday 5/25, Saturday 5/26, 8AM-3PM. Household and more!

Yard Sale ALPHARETTA Newport Bay Passage/ Hartsmill Pointe Subdivision (off Douglas Road30005) multi-family. Saturday, 5/19, 8:00am-12PM

Animals Free to Good Home KITTENS Born April 404-274-2800


Furniture DINING ROOM TABLE, glass top, cherry inlay, 6 covered roll-back chairs $800. 404-889-3233 GLASS SOFA TABLE: 2-tier. Excellent condition! $100. 678-296-0020 GLASS COFFEE TABLE from Haverty’s. Excellent condition! $200. 678-296-0020 SOFA LOVESEATS: 2 beige, from Haverty’s. Good condition. $400. 678-296-0020 TEAK DINING-ROOM SUITE: Danish modern, 6-table setting, 80” wide hutch, 32” wide bar on rollers $5000. 404-750-3329. FREE-Sofa bed, queen size, good mattress. Royal blue. You haul. 812-243-1575 VANITY: Dark oak, mirror, 3 drawers, like new $100. 678-663-5953 DINING TABLE: Solid cherry 48” round. Leaf, pad, 4 upholstered chairs $650. 770-380-6646 BARSTOOLS 30” cherry 404-889-3233

(3) $300.

BEDROOM SUITE: Exquisite ash contemporary modern. Tallboy dresser, mirrored dresser (60” wide), headboard with side drawers, double bed $5000. 404-750-3329


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, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627).



CHERRY HUNT TABLE with mirror, $700. 404-889-3233

GPS: GARMIN Nuvi 67LM, 6” with optional friction mount. $75, cost $150. Call 678-393-0521

Household DISHES: Large set of Noritake China, Mabel pattern $150. 770-864-5042

Home Decor INDOOR TREES: 2 large, with decorative pots. Excellent condition. $100/both. 678-296-0020

Miscellaneous FRIGIDAIRE FREEZER $125. 404-889-3233

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

Recreation SKIS, BOOTS, POLES, womens’ and mens’ 7/1/2 and 9-1/2. $400. 404-889-3233


TREADMILL: Life Fitness incline. $200/ obo, 404-455-8845

DUNE RACER (kids) $100. 404-889-3233

BOWFLEX Sport , like new $200/obo. 404-455-8845.

STROLLERS 404-889-3233

YAMAHA 4-WHEELER 404-889-3233

kids’ $100.

Wanted to Buy

POLARIS 4-Wheeler 404-889-3233

Kids’ $100.

RECORDS: LP’s. Pay cash, Rock & Roll. Mojo Vinyl, Roswell 678-534-5042


Office(s) for lease on North Main Street (Alpharetta Highway) near downtown Alpharetta. Great visibility and convenient location to downtown Alpharetta and Windward Pkwy. Two adjacent spaces totaling approximately 1,000 square feet. $2,000 a month for both spaces or $1500 a month for the larger space and $1200 a month for the smaller space. Ready to move In mid May or June 1. Turn key ready to go! Easy, Even some furniture included. Low cost of entry. If you are looking for a great location and tired of working out of your home, this space is for you. Everything included, cleaning, trash pick up, utilities. Private entrance is available and Use of building conference room. Great space for professional services, or any local company needing convenient, affordable, space. Call Christina at 770-527-8178. This will go fast. Available in late May or June.


Real Estate

A R L I N G T O N MEMORIAL PARK 2 plots, $2500 each. 770-354-5915 leave message


ARLINGTON-SANDY SPRINGS 2 lots Pine Hill Section. $6000/both (1/3 current price!) 770-364-8208 Greenlawn/Roswell 2 lots. Crucifiction Section, 75-D, lots 3 & 4. $7500 each. 404-379-0220 or GREENLAWN ROSWELL Beautiful, soughtafter location next to lake with fountain. Adjacent to marble/ stone bench. Shady, wooded hill above lake. Natural space for quiet meditation. For one casket or multiple urns. Please visit “Virtual Tour” feature, Greenlawn Cemetery website; choose “THE LAKE Location”. Lot 2-B, Space 4. $5200. Motivated! 828-891-2446; gilld@


LAKE NOTTELEY 1-acre lakefront wooded lot, just 90 miles north of Atlanta in upscale mountaintop community with pool, clubhouse, stables and many more amenities. Motivated seller $149,000. 770-778-0290

Instruction Classes MATHEMATICS: Many students advanced to Ivy league. 20 years advanced experience, especially SAT. KAIST Mathematics B.S. Purdue Mathematics M.S. Your home $35/ hour. 404-933-7094.

Personal Services Eldercare 14 years of reliable and affordable senior & pet care services. Sarah: 678-431-6233. We love animals!

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