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Stolen credit card leads to man’s arrest JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A man was arrested after he attempted to use a stolen credit card to pay for cab fare. Officers responded to a call by the taxi driver, who took the man from Marietta to Johns Creek. The fare totaled $103. When the passenger tried to pay the fare of $103, the card was declined. The name on the card did not match that of the suspect. The man said the card belonged to his girlfriend but was unable to provide a contact for the woman. Officers later called the woman who confirmed that the card was stolen and she had filed a police report. The suspect was arrested and charged with theft of receiving stolen property, theft of services, financial transaction card theft and giving a false name or date of birth.

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venile made a $100 “bet” while playing a video game in the store a week prior to the assault, but he said the bet was made playfully on the last shot of the game. The victim had seen the suspect after that day and no mention of the bet was made. However, on June 2 both teens were in the store and the suspect began talking about the money. When the victim was not looking, the suspect punched him, knocked him to the ground and continued striking him until he was pulled away by employees of the store. The victim was left with a mark to his lower right eye, his lower lip was bloodied and a tooth was broken. During the assault, the victim’s iPhone was broken and a store TV was damaged. The victim did not know the name of the suspect but knew his alias.

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Man investigated for dispute with teen FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A man was accused of punching an 18-year-old in the face after the teen and his friends refused to leave a sports field. The teen said as he was leaving the Lanier Land Park field after playing with his soccer ball, when he was approached by a 56-year-old man. The man started yelling at the teen, telling him to hurry off the field. He then apparently took a swing at the teen “for no reason.” The man, however, said he went onto the field to assist referees with clearing the field. The head referee asked the teens several times to leave the field but they refused. The man said he then took the soccer ball and tossed it off the field to get them to leave. After tossing the ball, the teen ran toward the man and pushed him, so the man reportedly pushed him back. The deputy told both parties they were in the wrong and they should have both stayed off the field.

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As expected, Fulton property values shoot upward Cities, county, schools will decide tax rates By PATRICK FOX pat@appenmediagroup.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — One year after sparking a firestorm of protests, Fulton County residents got their first look at updated property appraisals this month. Countywide, valuations are up by about 25 percent on average, meaning homeowners could face steeper tax bills this year. Right now, officials in Roswell and Alpharetta are poised to set tax rates on property to help fund their budgets for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1. Both cities say they are waiting for Fulton County to provide them a final accounting of property values before they set that tax rate, although neither expects it to climb. Even if the tax rate – or mill levy – remains the same, however, residents whose property values rise will pay a higher tax bill. “We’ve heard a few comments about the appraisals coming in and that they’re really high,” Alpharetta Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard said. “We’ve heard, just in passing, some folks expressing some sticker shock over increases.” Alpharetta tried to buffer the shock by sending out notices to residents pointing out that the city offers the largest homestead exemption on residential property in the state — $40,000. The city also told residents how they can appeal their property assessments through the county if they feel the value is inaccurate. “We’re fairly confident we’ll see a fair number of appeals coming through to the county,” Drinkard said. “Obviously

we don’t know how many.”

Keeping an eye on updates Alpharetta is anxious to get a look at the county’s updated appraisal list for another reason. Earlier this year, finance staff learned of dozens of parcels that were “zeroed out” over the past couple of years when they were bought up for new development. The city counted more than 80 parcels that were eliminated from the tax rolls because they had either been consolidated into larger parcels or subdivided into smaller lots. Last March, Alpharetta officials estimated these parcels, currently carrying zero value, amount to tens of thousands of dollars in lost tax revenue to the city. According to city documents, in 2017, 82 new parcels were created in Alpharetta that currently have no – zero – assessed value. It cites one case where, in 2016, 22 parcels south of Thompson Street just west of Westside Parkway were consolidated into four parcels. Those 22 parcels carried an assessed value of $1.8 million in 2016, and were paying the city $10,350 in taxes. When they were consolidated into four parcels, their value was placed at zero by the county, and they currently have no tax bill. Moreover, the city cites a record of sale of these parcels in 2016 for a total of $14 million, placing their taxable value (40 percent of appraised fair market value) at $5.6 million. If the sale price is accurate, city officials said, the new parcels would have been billed $32,200 in city taxes. Missed school district and Fulton County taxes for 2017 would be more, about $55,000

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for the county and $103,504.80 in school taxes. The Fulton County Appraiser’s Office admitted at the time that they were running behind on many property appraisals, but the “zeroed out” properties would be updated with updated values, and back taxes would be issued. Drinkard said the new tax digest will allow the city to see whether the Appraiser’s Office has updated these parcels.

Commissioner seeks ‘revenue-neutral’ tax While North Fulton cities have yet to set tax rates, District 1 Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann said she will pursue lowering the county’s mill levy to compensate for this year’s spike in valuations. Since appraisal notices went out in late May, Hausmann said she has received a number of calls complaining about their assessments, but it’s still nowhere near the volume from last year. One reason, she said, is Fulton County has mounted an education drive to alert property owners how to appeal their appraisals. Property owners have until July 6 to file an appeal. As of June 7, the county had received 2,083 notices of appeal, which represents less than 1 percent of property owners. Another reason for the muted reac-

tion compared to last year may be that this year’s residential appraisals could be a one-time event. Legislation passed this spring will allow Fulton County voters to cap homesteaded property appraisals at 3 percent annually and would set values back to 2016, 2017 or 2018 levels, whichever is lowest. That vote will be held in November and, if passed, would go into effect in 2019. Meanwhile, property owners who see marked upticks in their property values can either file appeals or petition their local governments for relief by lowering the tax rate. Hausmann said she expects some outcry for relief. It will be up to each jurisdiction to weigh whether to roll back tax rates, she said. “The county is set to discuss our millage rate for the first time on the 20th of June,” she said. “Each city and the school system and the county could all roll back the millage rate to offset the average increase to the property owners – have a revenue neutral millage rate.” She said she would like the county to set a lower tax rate to compensate for this year’s increase in property values. “I think the cities and the school system are going to be in a situation where, in order to have peace and harmony with their constituency, their option would be to roll back for this year,” Hausmann said.




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Alpharetta approves funds to repair parking deck elevators By PATRICK FOX pat@appenmediagroup.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Barely four years after they were installed, Alpharetta is facing a major repair bill for the two elevators serving its four-story parking deck near City Hall. The City Council authorized a contract June 4 for up to $126,000 to repair the devices which have been shut down since early May. Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz said the elevators have had ongoing issues since they were installed, but the problems have grown worse in recent months. There have been several instances reported recently where city employees and some private residents have been stuck in the elevators. The expense comes less than a month after the city broke ground on a three-level, $5 million parking deck on Milton Avenue, just west of downtown. That deck is designed to provide 187 parking spaces. It also comes just months before parking becomes a major player in the success of the city’s new downtown. Parking has become a major focus in the downtown area since plans were drafted eight years ago to virtually re-

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of Academy Street will include dozens of shops, restaurants, a four-story office building and hundreds of apartments. The site is already home to a new City Hall, library branch and the 450-space parking deck. Problems with the elevators at the parking deck developed not long after the facility opened, Sewczwicz said. After a series of complications with the elevators, Alpharetta was asked to renew its service contract with the original installer, Genesis. “I believe numerous people in this room have been stuck on these elevators over that period of time, so that [renewal] didn’t have a chance,” Sewczwicz told the City Council. The city agreed instead to hire locally based ThyssenKrupp, the elevator manufacturer, as its service contractor. Technicians from ThyssenKrupp have been conducting troubleshooting tests on the elevators and have determined the hydraulic system may be at fault, Sewczwicz said. The contractor recommended that a series of tests be run to identify the causes. Most recently, Sewczwicz reported, the vendor performed a no-load pressure test of the in-ground hydraulic jack system that runs each elevator. The test involves raising the elevator to the top of the shaft and “parking” it. Measurements are then taken to determine if the elevator changes position over a period of 30 minutes. In the latest test, the empty elevator dropped ¾ of an inch, Sewczwicz said,

Problems with the elevators at the parking deck developed not long after the facility opened. After a series of complications with the elevators, Alpharetta was asked to renew its service contract with the original installer, Genesis. adding that it probably would’ve dropped more had it carried passengers. The repair contract allows ThyssenKrupp to determine whether the entire hydraulic assembly needs replaced or whether it can be repaired. Repairs would run about $70,000. If the hydraulic tanks need replaced, Sewczwicz said, it would require about eight weeks to manufacture news ones, then another two weeks for installation. “Given what has occurred at these elevators over the last three years, it would be staff’s recommendation to move forward with the $126,000 expense and replace the internal guts,” Sewczwicz told the council. “I wish I had better news.” The City Council approved the request, but asked that Public Works confer with the city attorney to determine whether some or all of the costs could be covered within the original warranty with Genesis. Councilman John Hipes said it would be important to explore warranty options before repair work commences. “If there was any indication that it was installed improperly or defectively, and it’s outside of warranty, are those options being explored?” Hipes asked. “We are exploring all the options for the reimbursement,” Sewczwicz said.




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From left stand Centennial High School seniors who were at the National Charity League Milton Senior Recognition: Ella Hadaway, Alexandra Fisher, Sequoya Ford and Catherine Fisher.

Centennial students recognized by National Charity League ROSWELL, Ga. — Centennial High School recently celebrated several students who are members of the National Charity League – Milton Chapter and the recognition they received because of their commitment to community service. The 11 young women gave a total of 582 hours of community service in the 20172018 to better their community. The National Charity League is one of the nation’s oldest and most well-respected mother-daughter organizations with a mission to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization. They are committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

The Milton Chapter is now in its sixth year. The Centennial High School members are Cara DeWit, Keely DeWit, Ally Feinstein, Alexandra Fisher, Catherine Fisher, Jenna Flanagan, Sequoya Ford, Ella Hadaway, Emory Hadaway, Lindsay Pauls and Erin Williams. Charities supported by the Milton Chapter include Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, DreamWeavers of Georgia, Erin’s Hope for Friends, Foster Care Support Foundation, HomeStretch, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Georgia Chapter, Meals by Grace, STAR House Foundation and The Drake House.

Crabapple Middle chorus honored ROSWELL, Ga. — Crabapple Middle School’s chorus earned a superior rating for their stage performance and sight reading earlier this year. Four students were among 500 sixth graders from the across the state of Georgia at the statewide honor chorus. The honors students rehearsed with a guest choral director and performed on stage at The Classic Center

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Local students create awareness film By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com ROSWELL, Ga. — While a staggering amount of opioid overdoses continue to take lives nationwide, the Roswell Rotary has taken up the issue to fight the epidemic locally. The organization set out its plans to combat the issue at its June 7 meeting. The organization has created a 13-member opioid task force to “inform, alert and educate the public about the prevalence of opioids and their misuse in [the] community.” According to Kym Mwansa, a founder of the task force and addiction medicine and mental health professional, 359 opioid-related deaths were reported in Fulton County in 2016. The actual number was likely much higher, she said. “We can no longer bury our heads in the sand and act like it’s their problem,” she said. “It’s our problem.” The task force will provide resources for prevention and treatment of opioid misuse, raise funds for resources and raise awareness of the epidemic through forums and promotional materials. “We also plan to promote Rotary’s presence with local, regional and national agencies to demonstrate Rotary’s commitment to this awareness program,” Mwansa said. One such informational initiative is a video produced and directed by Roswell High School’s Interact Club members. The film, titled “Only One Time,” shows a student purchasing opioids in a school bathroom. The student purchasing the pills has a broken leg and is looking for pain relief, but a concerned student witnesses the transaction and informs authorities. The student taking the drugs then dies from an overdose. At his funeral, the audience is made aware that it was his first time using opioids, and “it only takes one time” to overdose. The film then cuts to the student who sold the pills who is sentenced to 10 years in prison by Roswell Municipal Court Judge Brian Hansford. Hansford also spoke at the June 7 meeting, stating the opioid crisis is a massive concern for him as a father. “If you ever wonder what a 47-year old father of four and person who sits on the bench worries about, it’s this,” he said. “In my role as your judge and in my role in private practice, every week

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I see kids who come into my private practice or in the courtroom who have only tried something one time and they are hooked. And very few clients I see in my private practice who are addicted to opioids live. This is real. We are losing kids weekly and monthly.” The judge also recounted when his “eyes were opened” to the opioid crisis, a weekend where he had to sign three search warrants for opioid overdose deaths. Hansford and Mwansa joined the task force after visiting local Interact Club students with Roswell Rotary President Lisa Carslisle. While the opioid epidemic has nationwide reach, Roswell Rotary’s John Reddick said their initiative can provide resources and awareness at the local level, including with their upcoming forums. “We will offer partnerships with the city of Roswell and Fulton County for the forums,” Reddick said. “We will have a medical, legal and social conversation and give people in need the resources to do something. We can bring awareness, for example to have parents take their unused drugs to a drop-box or if we can provide the anonymous text-to-top number, we want people educated and aware.” The task force is operating in conjunction with the Sandy Springs Rotary, which will make prescription drug dropboxes available.




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Opioid Crisis Forum set for June 26 By JULIA GROCHOWSKI julia@appenmediagroup.com ROSWELL, Ga. — Opoids are a growing problem in North Fulton, and one group of Roswell Rotary Club members is helping to combat the epidemic by raising awareness. Dubbed the Rotary Opioid Awareness Task Force, the group will hold its inaugural Opioid Crisis Forum at 7 p.m. on June 26 in the Roswell City Council Chambers. Atlanta’s northern suburbs, including Alpharetta, Roswell and Johns Creek, have seen sharp spikes in opioidrelated deaths in recent years. So much so that portions of North Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties have since become known as the “heroin triangle.” The opioid crisis encompasses three types of drugs: prescription pain killers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil. The latter two are both newer types of opioids that can be hundreds of times more potent than heroin, which in turn makes them more likely to cause an overdose. “We’ve taken on the opioid crisis to heart right here in our town,” said John Reddick, a spokesperson for the task force. “We’re trying to involve the community, from the kids that are doing it to police and fire to the medical professionals out there saving people’s lives.” The meeting will kick off with a showing of “Only One Time,” a short movie directed, filmed and acted by Roswell High School students. An expert panel discussion will follow the film to discuss common concerns and myths and answer questions. The panel will include medical professionals, mental health professionals, law enforcement agencies, legal experts and recovered users. The opioid crisis forum will be held in partnership with the city and will include members of the Fire Department, WellStar North Fulton ER and Roswell Municipal Court Chief Judge Brian Hansford. Dr. Kym Mwansa, co-chair of the organization, will also provide her expertise in behavioral health and addiction medicine as well as discuss success stories she has seen. “They see this stuff every day,” Reddick said. “This is their business.” After the panel, the task force will provide several resource options for in-

patient treatment, outpatient treatment, family support and education. The task force will also go over how teenagers can get help if they suspect someone has overdosed and address worries about getting in trouble or arrested. Currently, Georgia’s 911 Medical Amnesty Law ensures protection for people who call 911 seeking medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug or alcohol-related overdose. Neither the caller nor the victim can be arrested, charged or prosecuted for small amounts of drugs, alcohol or drug paraphernalia if the evidence was obtained as a result of seeking medical assistance. Fulton County has also implemented an anonymous 24/7 texting line for youth in crisis. Text A Tip (844-2019946) links students with licensed clinicians from the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health, who can provide resources or send emergency responders. It currently has pilot programs in Milton, Cambridge and Roswell high schools. The Rotary Opioid Awareness Task Force plans to host two additional meetings once a month for July and August.

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Roswell High raises $50,000 for nonprofit ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell High School’s National Honor Society recently raised $50,000 to donate to Georgia’s chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The students awarded the organization a check on May 17. This marks the 10th year of honors society fundraising through the Pennies for Patients program. In 10 years, Roswell’s Honors Society has raised over $200,000 to fight blood cancers, making it the top Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraising school in Georgia and second in the nation. For their fundraising efforts, Rachel Newcomer, director of the organization, presented faculty sponsor Ally Williams

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North Fulton County’s 2018 valedictorians and salutatorians NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — More than 6,000 diplomas were handed out to the Class of 2018 across the 17 high schools that make up the Fulton County School System. Special recognition was given to the two highest performing students, who were named the valedictorian and salutatorian at each school. (Note: All information provided by the student and/or the Fulton County School System).

Milton High School Valedictorian – Jean Moorman Jean Moorman will attend Georgia Tech in the fall where he plans to continue his pursuit of intellectual curiosity and personal interests. The son of Virginie and Nicholas Moorman (both world language teachers at Milton), Jean speaks four languages and his passions vary from coding to rapping, and from synthetic biology to sky-diving.

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Salutatorian – Abhisri Ramesh Abhisri Ramesh will attend St. Bonaventure University and George Washington School of Medicine as part of an 8-year combined B.S. /M.D. program. She is the daughter of Raman and Kalyani Ramesh. At Milton, Abhisri was involved in the Science National

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Valedictorian - Seema Gupta Seema Gupta will be attending Princeton University in the fall where she plans to study chemical and biological engineering, with a minor in Spanish. The daughter of Sandeep and Amita Gupta, she is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Book Award, is a National AP Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar. GUPTA At Alpharetta High, Seema was active in the Raider Ambassadors, Habitat for Humanity and the Student Council, where she served as parliamentarian of the Georgia Association of Student Councils. She won both a silver and bronze award for her scores on the National Spanish Exam, and received a Distinguished performance at the Fulton Forum for World Languages.

Salutatorian – Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall where she plans to major in biology on a premed track. She is the daughter of Bill and Cindy Lawrence. In high school, Jennifer was active in numerous organizations, including CATS and Flood, as well as serving as a Raider Ambassador, leader of the History Club and a LAWRENCE member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. She played lacrosse and was a football cheerleader for the Raiders. Outside of school, Jenna worked as an ACT tutor for Patrick Craig Academy.

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Salutatorian - Alejandro Becerra Alejandro Becerra will be attending Princeton University this fall where he will study operations research and financial engineering on a premed concentration. He is the son of Veronica Becerra and Rafael Becerra. At Cambridge, Alejandro was involved in numerous organizations, primarBECERRA ily service-based, including National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. He also played cello in the school orchestra and served as a pro bono peer tutor all four years of high school.

Centennial High School Valedictorian - Chloe LeCates Chloe LeCates will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology with plans to major in biochemistry and to participate in the marching band. During high school, Chloe participated LECATES in marching band (4 years), fencing (2 years) and the Reading Bowl (4 years). She is the 2018 STAR student at Centennial and achieved the highest SAT score in a single seating among all seniors. She is the daughter of Karen & Andrew LeCates.

SCHOOLS Salutatorian – Philippe Lamarche Philippe Lamarche will attend Georgia Tech this fall and major in biology. At Centennial, he ran varsity cross country for four years, played varsity tennis for four years, served as vice president of the National Spanish Honors Society and as a member of the National Honor Society. He also volunteered for four years with the Young Men’s Service League. His parents are Genevieve Garon and Real Lamarche.

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Roswell High Valedictorian - Ashi Awasthi Ashi Awasthi is the daughter of Govind Awasthi and Meeti Pathri of Roswell. She will attend Georgia Tech in the fall and pursue mathematics or engineering. Ashi graduated with a numeric average of 103, while taking a course load that included AWASTHI 10 Advanced Placement courses and two years of distance math through Georgia Tech. Ashi founded the Math Team, served as an officer for Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Pencils for Promise and Mu Alpha Theta. She participated in the Governor’s Honor Program and conducted research last summer with a professor at Duke University. Ashi has taken taekwondo for 10 years and plays the viola. Her favorite high school memory was playing viola at the Midwest Clinic, a worldwide conference for symphonies and orchestras during her sophomore year.

Salutatorian - Jacqueline “Jackie” Stetson Jackie Stetson will attend Georgia Tech and major in chemistry and biomolecular engineering. She is the daughter of Ward and Cindy Stetson of Roswell. While at Roswell High School, she took 10 Advanced Placement courses and graduated with a numeric average of 101.21. Jackie has been an officer in the French National Honor Society, Flood Leadership and ChemisSTETSON try Club. She was first violin in the Roswell High School orchestra for three years and spent several summers in Honduras doing mission work. Stetson was a cheerleader all four years of high school, and her most memorable high school moment is cheering for Roswell football in the state championship game in 2016 at the Georgia Dome.

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North Fulton Community Charities announces new president, officers By CONNER EVANS interns@appenmediagroup.com ROSWELL, Ga. — North Fulton Community Charities recently announced new board officers, including new president Jim Pope. The organization also announced that longtime board member Ed LaHouse, who had been with the charity since its inception in the early 1980s, will step down. North Fulton Community Charities has served the area since 1983 through its food drives, thrift store, food pantry, education programs and poverty simulations. The charity has also had a recent eye toward homelessness, helping create charity spinoffs including Habitat for Humanity in North Fulton and HomeStretch. As the new president, Pope will oversee the charity’s expansion to a new facility where it will move its administrative offices and expand its food pantry and thrift store. “The current building was busting at the seams,” Pope said. “We got an estimate that said we need more like 30,000 to 40,000 square feet, not 20,000.” The charity has grown in recent years, but it still spends a relatively low amount of revenue on administrative costs, he said. Most other nonprofits nationally use about 20-25 percent of their revenues for administrative costs, he said, but North Fulton Community Charities only uses about 11 percent. “Over the last 10 years we’ve given back $50 million to the community,”

Pope said. Pope has a background in finance, having founded KeyWorth Bank in Johns Creek and later serving as an officer with Renasant Bank, experience which LaHouse said will help him guide the charity. POPE “It’s good to have a person like that on the board,” he said. “Our hearts tell us we’ve got to do this or that, but the reality is you can’t sometimes. You don’t want to get in a situation where if you reach out too far you endanger the whole reason you were created.” LaHouse served on the board for 27 years and saw the creation of the charity when it was still called Roswell Community Charity. He, along with several other pastors in the area, chipped in what money they could to start a real organization to serve the community in 1982, he said. “We started with very humble beginnings,” he said. “Then we started to focus not just on helping people but how to get people out of poverty.” Awareness and understanding of the people they help is a big part of the charity’s vision. The charity has a poverty simulation to demonstrate how those in poverty live. “Poverty exists here just like anywhere else,” Pope said. “People come out of the simulation saying, ‘Wow. Now I have a greater appreciation for what these people are going through and how hopeless these people can feel.’”

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City Center poised to open curtain on retail, restaurants Summer should bring first wave of shops opening in downtown By PATRICK FOX pat@appenmediagroup.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Visitors to Alpharetta now have a pretty good picture of what their downtown will look like over the coming decades. Six years in the making, the city’s new downtown – an $85 million project —will begin the early stages of opening for business. “By the first of September, the entire site will be open, although not all of the stores will be open,” said Cheri Morris, president of Morris & Fellows, which heads the retail portion of the project. For the past year, much of the five-acre site has been cordoned off with fence and tarps as construction crews completed a mixed-use development that includes 20 retail shops, 11 restaurants, a four-story office building with retail on the first floor and apartments. DataScan, a technology finance service company, will be the sole tenant for the office building’s top three floors. The company is moving in this month. Morris said it’s unusual in the industry to have nearly all the sites leased before the first business opens its doors. “It is virtually unheard of to be fully leased this far ahead of opening,” she said. “This is a testament to the changing trends in retail. Today’s consumers are looking for authentic experiences and a strong sense of community.” The commercial phase of the project began in March 2017, two years after the city completed work on a new City Hall and 445-space parking deck on the 25-acre downtown site. The city also deeded space to a new Atlanta-Fulton County Library branch, which abuts City Hall. “We’ve expanded Alpharetta’s downtown historic district by six city blocks,” Morris continued.

All throughout the design and construction phase, she said, the buildings followed architectural precepts of the city’s history. Some of the buildings will be replicas of what stood on the site 100 years ago, she said. “And since downtown developed over the last century and a half, it was very important that we bring a similar generational feel to our property,” Morris said. “We did this through historically styled buildings and classical park spaces within a traditional street grid.” The retail model itself is new – at least in terms of the giant mall phase that swept the industry for close to 30 years. “We’re just an early adaptor to the retail revolution that is replacing the big-box retail with smaller spaces that give customers more choice and more hands-on service,” Morris said. Mikka Orrick, owner and operator of Shade Street Food, is all behind the idea. No stranger to the restaurant business, Orrick opened Ceviche Taqueria in Roswell 10 years ago and later added another successful location in Alpharetta. She hopes to open Shade Street Food in City Center this September. “I really wasn’t anticipating doing another restaurant until I saw the presentation for City Center,” she said. “I walked in, and Cheri sold me immediately… It was kind of obvious to me where [my next restaurant] needed to be.” Shade Street Food will be a full-service restaurant featuring chef-inspired street food along with local and global cocktails, craft beer and wine. It will seat about 70 customers, including outside accommodations. “I think it’s amazing,” Orrick said. “I’m actually from Alpharetta, I went to the old Milton High School. So I’ve seen everything develop from the time I could drive down the street and wave to people to what it is now.”

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Roswell native joins staff as summer intern ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Appen Media Group welcomes a new summer intern to the newsroom. Conner Evans has joined the editorial staff at Appen Media for the next few months. Evans, a Roswell native and graduate of Centennial High School, is a rising sophomore at the University of Richmond. He plans to double major in English and journalism. When he’s not in class at Richmond, he is the new music director of the campus radio station, WDCE 90.1 FM. He is also on Richmond’s improv comedy team and club Quidditch team. He works on campus at a salad bar, and occasionally writes for the newspaper, though he has now shifted his writing focus to the radio station’s website. “I hope to bring a love of writing here,” Evans said. “I do so much in my free time that somehow my radio co-host and I wrote a 70-page radio drama, which will hopefully air sometime this fall. I also hope to bring some energy and curiosity that might spark some interesting story ideas while I’m here.” Evans said he wanted to intern at his local newspaper to learn how reporting and journalism operates at the foundational level. “Local news is where everything started

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GARDEN TOUR MONDAYS ALPHARETTA POP FESTIVAL Alpharetta PopFest is a free, family-friendly outdoor music festival that is aimed at raising awareness and funding for the research of Alzheimer’s disease. The day will feature music from six artists, as well as an interactive children’s show featuring original art and stories. Join the fun at Brooke Street Park, Alpharetta on Saturday, June 16, 3-9:30 p.m. For more information, visit alpharettapopfest.com. Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at NorthFulton.com/Calendar.

EVENTS: NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP What: Photographer Giddle Price will teach techniques for composing and executing beautiful photographs of nature. Participants supply their own cameras. When: Friday, June 15, 10 a.m.-noon Where: Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell Cost: $25 More info and reservations: roswellgov. com or 770-992-1731, Ext. 4

BEACH BASH AT BELL

What: Come out and enjoy food, drinks, vendors, inflatables and beach games followed by a concert by A1A, the official and original Jimmy Buffet tribute show. Free. When: Saturday, June 16, 6-10 p.m. Where: Milton Bell Memorial Park, 15245 Bell Park Road, Milton More info: cityofmiltonga.us

FREE FITNESS AT THE PARK: YOGA

What: Join us for a free group exercise classes with Fitness in the Park. All classes are weather-permitting and open to the public. When: Saturday, June 16, 9-10 a.m. Where: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com

COMMUNITY CPR CLASSES

What: The Roswell Fire Department will host two free community CPR classes. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and must be a Roswell resident. When: Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Where: Fire Station 7, 8025 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info and registration: roswellgov. com or 770-594-6225

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING EVENT What: Shred sensitive documents and recycle cooking fats, oils and grease,

fluorescent bulbs, and gently-used clothes and shoes. When: Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: 11360 Lakefield Drive, Johns Creek Cost: Free; $5 fee for non-residents to recycle fluorescent bulbs More info: keepnorthfultonbeautiful.org

ADOPT-A-SENIOR FOR FATHER’S DAY

What: Help a senior know that someone still loves them by spending time with one on Father’s Day. When: Sunday, June 17, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Roswell Nursing and Rehab, 1109 Green St., Roswell More info: adoptasenior.net

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

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What: Start the weekend early the third Thursday of every month with a free family-friendly festival. Free regular trolley service connects the two venues. When: Thursday, June 21, 5-9 p.m. Where: Canton Street and Roswell Square More info: aliveinroswell.com

ALPHARETTA FOOD TRUCK ALLEY

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

ZUMBA GOLD (FLEX)

What: Combines the Zumba Gold program with the strength training techniques of the Zumba Toning program, creating a health-boosting dance fitness program. When: Monday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. Where: Park Place at Newtown School, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekga.gov

SMART RECOVERY FAMILY AND FRIENDS

What: 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. When: Monday, June 18, 7-8 p.m. Where: DecisionPoint Wellness Center, 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek More info: smartrecovery.org

DIVE-IN MOVIE

What: Dive to the pool, and enjoy a free screening of “Leap!” Bring floats or lounges. The movie is free, but participants must pay pool admission. When: Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Area Park Pool, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell

“THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS”

What: Enjoy a fast-paced musical based on the classic tale by Kenneth Grahame using Bunraku puppets. When: June 11-16. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets are $5 each. Summer passes available at $30. More info and tickets: roswellpuppets. com

SUMMER PUPPET SERIES: “CINDERELLA”

What: Set in the eighteenth century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30” marionettes, this production of Cinderella is a Tanglewood Marionettes showpiece. When: June 18-23. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets are $5 each. Summer passes available at $30. More info and tickets: roswellpuppets. com

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST: MARGARET J. NOVOTNY

What: Margaret Novotny is a freelance photographer who loves to showcase nature at its best through vivid compositions that tell a story. When: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 1-Aug. 31 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info: mjnovotny.photography

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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

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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

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What: Participants will learn about the naturalization process and will receive free study materials and flash cards. Bring Green Card/Permanent Resident ID. When: Friday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org

SUMMER READING: KEITH KARNOK

What: This award-winning ventriloquist uses magic to specialize in blending a meaningful message with fun and laughter. When: Friday, June 15, 11 a.m.-noon Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org

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What: Observe how different sized instruments make sounds of different pitch. Identify sources of sound, use a model eardrum, make salt dance and




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water fly. When: Friday, June 15, 1-2 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org

FILM-MAKING 101 FOR ADULTS

What: Keysha Lee will teach participants how to effectively use their personal smartphones, iPad, tablets, and video cameras to produce a polished professional movie trailer. When: Saturday, June 16, 1-4 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org

MEDITATION CLASS

What: Group leaders cover different topics that include the details of the energy centers, subtle system and more. All levels welcome. Each class is different. When: Tuesday, June 19, noon-1 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: afpls.org or 404-613-4050

“MUSIC ROCKS” CANVAS PAINTING

What: Music and art combine in one amazing workshop, presented by Out the Box Art Studio. Ages 6-11. Limit 20. When: Wednesday, June 20, 12:30-2 p.m. Where: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Alpharetta More info and reservations: afpls.org or 770-360-8820

MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

What: Kids will rock out with the music from The Wizard of Oz during this highenergy workshop, presented by Forefront Arts. Ages 7-11. Limit 20. When: Thursday, June 21, 12:30-2 p.m. Where: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Alpharetta More info and reservations: afpls.org or 770-360-8820

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

FULTON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES

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

Postcards from Trout Camp It’s been a quiet week in Rabun Gap, except for the excited shouts coming from the 24 young people participating in an unforgettable event known simply as “Trout Camp.” STEVE HUDSON Now in its 15th Get Outside Georgia, year, Trout Camp aa4bw@comcast.net is a program of the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited, with the cooperation of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. Since its inception, some 360 youths, ages 12-15, have participated in the week-long camp, which is held at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in northeast Georgia’s Rabun County. Each camp is limited to 24 campers, with two campers being chosen by each of the 12 Georgia chapters of Trout Unlimited. Long-time trout fishers and Trout

Unlimited members Charlie and Kathy Breithaupt have been involved with Trout Camp since it’s inception in 2004. Charlie serves as director of the camp, while Kathy is coordinator. “The exposure that these young people get to conservation and trout fishing is priceless,” Charlie said. Kathy said the camp provides campers with hands-on exposure to what she describes as the “overall experience of fishing and conservation.” It’s a seed that’s planted when they’re young, added Mack Martin of Atlanta Fly Fishing School, one of more than 25 volunteer mentors from across the state who give their time to make Trout Camp happen. One of those mentors was me, and I had a blast. Rodney Tumlin, a member of the Cohutta Chapter of Trout Unlimited (which meets in Kennesaw) and the AP environmental science teacher at North Paulding High School, is on-site director for the camp.

“I love everything about Trout Camp,” he said. “We have graduated a lot of great young people. They’re the future of conservation.” What do the campers do during camp week? They enjoy a broad curriculum that includes not only casting and fly tying instruction but also entomology, in-stream insect sampling, stream craft, hands-on stream rehabilitation work, trout stocking, a visit to a trout hatchery and (of course) fishing. Lots of fishing! The fishing is eagerly anticipated by the kids, to say the least. Each camper is helped by an experienced mentor. Participants fish a number of different types of water, and by week’s end every camper had caught trout. In fact, there’s nothing more fun than helping a young person catch and land his or her first trout. I can attest to that from personal experience! To learn about area Trout Unlimited chapters and the programs that they offer, visit GeorgiaTU.org.


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One of the most frequent questions that I receive as a Mohs surgeon and dermatologist is why skin cancers often arise in one’s 60s, 70s or 80s when the sunburns occurred as a child or young adult. The answer is likely related to the immune system. The immune system plays a much larger role in skin health than people typically consider. Your skin is the interface between you and the outside world. It is responsible for protecting you against most viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens. It also protects you from environmental threats such as many toxins and carcinogens. Unfortunately, your skin itself can be damaged as it protects you, and that damage can accumulate. When the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays strike the skin, the DNA of many cells takes damage. Your cells have proteins whose job it is to detect DNA damage and repair it, but no process is perfect, and some mutations are permanently incorporated into your skin cells’ DNA. Most of the time, the damaged DNA results in the cell not working or dying, but occasionally the damaged gene is one that controls growth or cell behavior. These mutations accumulate, and the next time that the cell grows or divides it increase the chance that an additional random mutation will push the cell over the edge into being a cancer. Some genes normally cause a cell to grow, and mutations in these genes can cause a cell to grow or divide more than it should; these genes are called oncogenes. Other genes are responsible for putting the breaks on cell growth and for telling a cell when it is not time to grow and divide. When these genes are mutated, it can be like taking the breaks off of a car aimed downhill. The car gathers speed and there’s no way to stop it. These genes are called tumor suppressor genes. If a cell begins to grow and divide excessively and at a person’s expense, the cell is now cancerous. At this point, it is up to the immune system to protect the individual by killing the cancerous cell. Nearly everyone knows that the immune system is important for fighting infections, but fewer people are aware of the immune system’s role in fighting cancer. The immune system is equipped with a number of cells that seek and destroy cells gone bad. The key is differentiating self from non-self, and a large portion of

a medical school immunology course is dedicated to understanding how white blood cells called T cells generate proteins that allow them to tell whether a cell is healthy or unhealthy. If a cell is unhealthy, the T cell will often trigger DR. TAYLOR the unhealthy cell’s death and protect the person from the unhealthy cell. Sometimes, the T cell is unable to kill the rogue cell. As we age, everything becomes a little more rusty. Hearing often weakens. We usually cannot run as fast as we used to. And our immune systems do not do as good a job of surveillance as they once did. We often do not appreciate just how much our immune systems do to protect us from cancer. If you spent a summer in the sun as a child, then your immune system likely killed a dozen or more cancers that resulted from UV radiation without you ever knowing it. We know this because some people are born with genetic diseases that make their immune systems and DNA editing processes fail to function, and these individuals can develop countless skin cancers at a very young age – often ten or more per year starting in their teens. As we become elderly, additional cells slip by our immune system and are able to take hold and begin to grow as a cancer. The decline in our immune system helps explain why skin cancer often arises long after sun exposure took place. Modern medicine has brought exciting changes, and our knowledge of the immune system is allowing us to kill cancers by stimulating the immune system rather than by using traditional chemotherapies. For very shallow basal cell carcinomas, I often discuss with my patients a medicine called imiquimod which can stimulate your own immune system to kill the cancer, sometimes avoiding surgeries. For patients with metastatic melanoma, the most exciting therapies of the last few years again stimulate the patient’s immune system to fight the cancer and thereby avoid many of the side-effects we think about with chemotherapy. If you or a loved one has skin cancer, consider Dr. Brent Taylor, a board certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs surgeon. Knowledge about skin cancer and immunology allows for a multimodal approach to treatment that is modern, sophisticated and most importantly puts the patient first.


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Keep the spring in your step: Good reasons to exercise after age 50 (NAPSI)—For many older adults, growing older seems to involve an inevitable loss of strength, energy and vigor—but that need not be, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The frailty and decreased energy associated with aging are largely due to muscle loss due to inactivity. And when it comes to muscle, the old saying is true: “Use it or lose it.” What To Do One of the best ways to keep muscles healthy and strong, the CDC advises, is through exercises called strength training. Why To Do It Done regularly, strength training builds bone and muscle and helps to preserve strength, independence and energy. These exercises are safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health. In fact, people with health concerns— such as arthritis or heart disease—often benefit the most from lifting weights a few times each week. Strength training, the CDC adds, can also reduce the signs and symptoms of: • Arthritis—It reduces pain and stiffness and increases strength and flexibility. • Diabetes—It improves glycemic control. • Osteoporosis—It builds bone density and reduces risk for falls. • Heart disease—It reduces cardiovascular risk by improving lipid profile and overall fitness. • Obesity—It increases metabolism, which helps burn more calories and helps with long-term weight control. • Back pain—It strengthens back and abdominal muscles to reduce stress on the spine. What’s more, studies have shown that people who exercise regularly sleep better and have less depression, more self-confidence and self-esteem, and a greater sense of well-being. Fortunately, strength training exercises are easy to learn, and have been proven safe and effective through years of thorough research. What’s more, you may be relieved to learn, there are ways to train without undo strain, aches and pains. Doctor’s Advice To help, Bob Arnot, M.D., an awardwinning journalist, author of 12 books on nutrition and health, host of the “Dr. Danger” reality TV series, previously Chief Medical Correspondent for NBC and CBS News, and Chief Foreign Correspondent for MSNBC and NBC, offers

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Transportation supervisor works beyond the buses By KATHLEEN STURGEON kathleen@appenmediagroup.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Variety comes with almost every job. But few match the variety Marni Cleveland sees every day as district transportation supervisor for Little Mill Middle School, Chestatee Elementary School and Chattahoochee Elementary School. For the past three years, Cleveland has held this position where her day can go from smoothing out bus schedules, relocating students to a new route, to getting a call that a wild animal has disabled a bus. She’s been with the Forsyth County Schools Transportation Department for seven years as a team leader and bus driver before becoming a supervisor. Being able to have the same schedule as her children was a major benefit to joining the school system. “You never know what you’re going to get here,” Cleveland said. “I make sure the kids are behaving, no one is crying or beating up somebody. It’s always an adventure. I never know what I’m going to get. In this position, I never know what kind of day it’ll be or what will happen.” She mainly has to work with the students, drivers and parents to make sure everything is going well and on time, but occasionally she has to deal with bigger issues. “A few weeks ago one of the drivers was driving down Jot Em Down Road, and a big turkey ran out and busted the windshield of the bus,” she said. “Luckily, I was in a bus leaving Chestatee so I was right behind them. The driver and I pulled over, and we got all the kids on the new bus. Some kids were saying they got hit with glass, so we called 911. Everyone was fine, but it was a mess.” That isn’t the only instance Cleveland has dealt with wildlife. “One day, a goat ran under a bus,”

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Marni Cleveland has been the district transportation supervisor for Little Mill Middle School, Chestatee Elementary School and Chattahoochee Elementary School for three years. During that time, she has done everything from helping improve bus routes to transferring students to a different bus after a turkey busted the windshield of one vehicle. KATHLEEN STURGEON/HERALD

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she said. “The things that happen can be a little outrageous. We’re here to protect the kids 100 percent of the time. My job is to take care of the kids and drivers and make sure the drivers succeed in getting the kids home safely.” Her district is very hands-on, she said, by being involved with the kids. Some of the schools give the students devices to entertain them on the drive to and from school.

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the kids. There’s nothing we can do. Our bus stops change all the time. We focus on the safety of the kids. It’s adventurous, a lot of stress but very rewarding.” The lifestyle in the northern end of the county is different from that in the south, she said. “At Christmas time, got were given money so we got some bikes,” Cleveland said. “I had one little boy tell me all he wanted was bacon and eggs so I got that for him. This is my calling to come and help these kids. These kids just need somebody to talk to or make a difference in their life. We aren’t sure what their home life is like and a lot are better off here at school.”

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NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — North Fulton and Forsyth County teams proved to be among the best in the state again this year. Appen Media has compiled its list of the top teams from the 2017-18 season in all team sports. Blessed Trinity football — The 2017 Blessed Trinity Titans became just the fifth local team to secure a state football championship, doing it this season with a stingy defense and high-caliber offense to capture the program’s first state title. The Titans went 13-2 on their way to a Class 4A title, outscoring opponents by an average of 18 points per game. The Titans defeated four teams ranked in the top-10 in the state in the playoffs, including No. 1 Cartersville who entered their second round matchup with BT as the two-time defending state champions and riding a 41-game win streak. Though Marist denied the Titans their fifth-straight region championship, the Titans got the last laugh, downing the War Eagles 16-7 in the state title game. Chattahoochee boys soccer — Despite fielding seven new starters following their 2017 state title, Chattahoochee earned its second straight state championship. The Cougars’ physical play, scoring ability and seemingly impenetrable back line led the Cougars to a 15-3-3 season, their fourth-straight year with 15 or more wins. Their state championship was the third in program history. St. Francis boys basketball — St. Francis compiled a 27-4 record this season and earned a state runner-up finish for Class-A Private. The Knights went 14-0 in region play during the regular season and averaged 75 points per game with multiple standout players. Lambert boys lacrosse — Lambert boys lacrosse compiled an incredible third undefeated season in six years on their way to another state championship. The Longhorns went 22-0, downing some of the top teams in the state,

including Class A-5A champions Blessed Trinity, Centennial and Lassiter. Lambert’s high-scoring offense averaged 15 points per game while their defense surrendered more than seven goals just once this season in the semifinals against Centennial. Cambridge cross country — Cambridge earned the Class 6A cross country sweep this season, earning state titles in boys and girls competition. The boys team won their title by placing all five top runners in the top-27 and the girls top-five runners all placed in the top 20. Alpharetta football — Alpharetta captured a region championship and made its deepest playoff run in program history in 2017. Led by a talented offense, strong special teams play and a tight defense, the Raiders went 9-1 in the regular season, including 8-0 in region play. The Raiders downed Gainesville and top-10 ranked Douglas County in the playoffs to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. Milton girls lacrosse — Milton girls lacrosse continued its domination over the state this season, winning their 12th state championship in 14 years. The Eagles went 18-5 and were undefeated against in-state opponents. Blessed Trinity baseball — Behind a team ERA of 1.99 and team batting average of just under .300, the Titans went 34-5 this season, winning their seventh-straight region title and reached the Class 4A semifinals. The Titans also garnered national attention and were consistently ranked in the top-50 high schools in nationwide polls. South Forsyth football — Despite its season ending in the first round of the state playoffs, South Forsyth completed an impressive regular season, going undefeated on the field. Their sole regular season loss was due to forfeit for an ineligible player. South began the season by downing defending state runner up Roswell and went 5-0 in Region 5-AAAAAAA play. The War Eagles scored 30 or more points in seven of their 11 games and held opponents to an average of 14 per game.




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Local schools rank among state’s top athletic programs By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com

Director’s Cup standings

NORTH FULTON, FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Each year the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association awards the top athletic programs in each of the state’s eight classifications, and this year many of the Director’s Cup trophies will reside in local schools. Lambert, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Blessed Trinity were all awarded for their athletic programs in boys and girls play. A points system is used to determine the winners. Each school is awarded points based on its eight best performing sports during the athletic year. In Class 7A, Lambert was named the best overall athletics program. It is the fourth-straight year the Longhorns have taken the top spot in the state’s highest classification. The Longhorns captured state titles in boys soccer and boys lacrosse and earned four state runner up finishes to lead Class 7A’s 48 schools. The boys programs topped all schools in the classification, and the girls placed second. Lambert finished ahead of Milton, who placed second overall. The Eagles were led by state cham-

Class 7A (48 schools) • Lambert: 1st overall (boys 1st, girls 2nd) • Milton: 2nd overall (boys 2nd, girls 5th) • South Forsyth: 3rd overall (boys 4th, girls 3rd) • West Forsyth: 15th overall (boys 18th, girls 12th) • Roswell: 24th overall (boys 22nd, girls 28th) • North Forsyth: 28th overall (boys 31st, girls 27th) • Forsyth Central: 37th overall (boys 42nd, girls 31st)

Class 6A (57 schools) • Alpharetta: 1st overall (boys 2nd, girls 6th) • Johns Creek: 3rd overall (boys 13th, girls 1st) • Cambridge: 7th overall (boys 14th, girls 4th) • Northview: 16th overall (boys 26th, girls 11th) • Centennial: 17th overall (boys 19th, girls 15th) • Chattahoochee: 34th overall (boys 31st, girls 38th) Class 4A (52 schools) • Blessed Trinity: 2nd overall (boys 1st, girls 2nd)

pionships in boys cross country, coed cheerleading, girls lacrosse and a state runner up finish by the girls soccer team. South Forsyth placed 28 points behind Milton as the third best overall program.

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Class A (98 schools) • Mount Pisgah: 15th overall (boys 18th, girls 15th) • St. Francis: 27th overall (boys 30th, girls 27th) • Fellowship Christian: 33rd overall (boys 46th, girls 26th) • Pinecrest Academy: 36th overall (boys 47th, girls 34th) • King’s Ridge: 70th overall (boys 72nd, girls 69th)

South earned two state championships in boys tennis and cheerleading and two runner up titles in girls cross country and boys soccer. In Class 6A, Alpharetta’s 2017-18 season was not only its best in program history, it was the best in the state. The

Raiders won their first Director’s Cup as Class 6A’s top overall program. Alpharetta captured the girls soccer state title and finished as state runner up in volleyball and boys track and field. The Raiders were also boosted by deep playoff runs in baseball, boys soccer, football and top-10 finishes in boys and girls swimming. The Johns Creek girls program earned the top spot in Class 6A, leading the school to third in the overall standings. The Gladiator girls swim and golf teams placed as state runner up, while the volleyball, soccer and tennis teams earned trips to the quarterfinals. The Johns Creek boys were led by two state championships in tennis and golf. Blessed Trinity narrowly missed out on being named the best overall program in its class for the fourth-straight year, falling just 52 points short of Marist. However, the Titan boys earned the title of best boys program in Class 4A. BT earned the football and lacrosse state championship and were second in tennis to lead the Titans. The BT girls captured the 4A/5A swimming state title and the lacrosse program won its third consecutive state title to finish second in the girls standings.

Alpharetta High School track team takes second place at state ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Alpharetta High School Track and Field team competed May 10-12 in the 6A State Track Meet held in Carrollton and earned second place in the state. The boy’s team defeated defending champions, Allatoona, resulting in a second place state finish with SPECIAL 59 points. For the The Alpharetta High School Track and Field team earned ladies, Jayla Mobley second place in the state at the 6A State Track Meet in completed her career by placing third in the Carrollton. 400-meter dash. Mobley will continue her track career at Kennesaw State University. For the boys, Robert Chappell pulled a double state championship by winning the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, setting new personal and school records in the process. Chappell will continue his career at West Point as a track and cross country athlete. The 4x100 meter relay team of Preston Jackson, Robbie Ruppell, Dylan Merrell and Kent Cherry took first in 41.32 seconds, breaking the school and running the second fastest time in the state. Ruppell placed second in the 400-meter dash. He ran it in 48.08 seconds, tying a school record and ranking him number 12 in the state. Jackson placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and eighth in the 200-meter dash. He holds the school record for the 100-meter dash. Jamal Ellis placed second in the discus and eighth in shot put. He currently holds the school record in the both events.


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North Fulton hosts Corky Milton road projects set to begin soon Kell 7-on-7 tourney By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com

By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com NORTH FULTON, Ga. — The GHSA football season kicks off in North Fulton for the third straight year for the Corky Kell Classic 7-on-7 tournament. Milton, Blessed Trinity, Centennial and Roswell Area Park will host the event this Friday. The event will feature 10 local teams in the field of 35 programs. North Fulton will be represented by Johns Creek, Centennial, Blessed Trinity, Alpharetta, Roswell and Milton. Forsyth Central, West Forsyth, South Forsyth and North Forsyth will also compete. Teams will play four games Friday morning to determine seeds for the 35team single-elimination bracket tournament played that afternoon. The tournament will mark the first on-field competition for co-hosts Blessed Trinity who captured the 2017 Class 4A state championship. The Titans will play four teams from higher classifications — Peachtree Ridge, Brookwood, Lanier and Alpharetta — ahead of bracket play. After their deepest playoff run in program history, Alpharetta will show off their new talent in the backfield and secondary after graduating a number of seniors. Centennial comes into the tournament after placing second in the Region 7-AAAAAA standings last season and winning their first playoff game in 15 years. Knights quarterback Max Brosmer, one of the top-producing QBs in the state in 2017, will lead Centennial in the tournament.

Rivals Milton and Roswell will face off in pool play. Both teams return multiple offensive and defensive starters but will also showcase new talent to fill the void of graduated seniors. South Forsyth returns to action with their lineups altered after some students were redistricted to Denmark High. The War Eagles went undefeated in on-field play during the regular season last year. West Forsyth will compete in the event for the second consecutive year. The Wolverines went 7-4 last season under first-year head coach Shawn Cahill. The Corky Kell tournament will give North Forsyth a chance to showcase its new offense after the graduation of quarterback Ben Bales who threw for over 3,000 yards last season. Johns Creek and Forsyth Central will look to rebound from disappointing seasons beginning Friday. The Gladiators went 3-7 and the Bulldogs were 0-10 in 2017. All games will be free to attend. For a full schedule or to view results, visit corkykell.com.

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MILTON, Ga. — North Fulton is awash with orange cones and detour signs as a bevy of road construction projects are underway. Things are no different in Milton where the city is looking to finalize multiple road projects while others are set to begin in the coming months. For months, much of the construction in the city has been concentrated in downtown Crabapple. Earlier this spring the city completed construction of the Mayfield Road sidewalks and repaved the stretch of road from the intersection of Mid Broadwell Road to Charlotte Drive. Right of way plans are being developed for the northeast Crabapple corridor project, which will extend Charlotte Drive to Birmingham Highway. According to Transportation Department engineer Sara Leaders, the city will begin right of way acquisition while final construction plans are developed. The project should open for construction bids this fall. The Itaska Walk corridor, which includes a roundabout along Crabapple Road at Crabapple Chase and at Birmingham Highway, is expected to be completed this summer. City leaders said the city will update the community on a work schedule after discussions with the contractor. The city will also update residents on the roundabouts at Freemanville and Providence roads and at Morris and Webb Roads. At its June 4 meeting, the City Council approved a contract with CMES, Inc. for construction of the intersection improvements. The city is meeting with the contractor this week to discuss the project’s sched-

ule and phasing before construction begins. City staff are currently reviewing intersection improvement alternatives for the intersections of Hopewell Road, Bethany Bend and Bethany Way. Upon completion of the review of each alternative’s operational performance, the city will present its concepts to the public for evaluation. Residents will have the opportunity to give their input on two local intersection projects this weekend. The city will be taking public input at the Beach Bash at Bell this Saturday for potential intersection improvements for Hopewell Road at Hamby Road and Thompson Road. An online survey and other forms of outreach will be conducted over the next few months with the concept phase for these projects completed this fall, Leaders said.


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