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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A Costco employee reported May 27 that the store’s burglary alarm had been tripped at night and close to $10,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen. Police met with the employee at 11 p.m. that night at the Costco on Jordan Court after the burglar alarm was activated. All exterior doors had been locked when police arrived and there were no signs of forced entry, officers said. The last store employee had left at 8:30 p.m.
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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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While conducting a walkthrough of the store, the employee saw that the thief had shattered the glass countertop for the jewelry counter. Several pieces, worth $10,000 total, were missing. Security footage showed a man at 10 p.m. exiting the front of the store after smashing the glass counter with a blue hammer or rod. He was wearing all black with pink gloves and holding a bag.
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.
Trio of women shoppers wanted for clothing theft MILTON, Ga. — A trio of women allegedly stole items from the Milton Kohl’s twice in three days, including clothing worth $675 on May 25. A loss prevention officer said the three women stole from the store three days prior. They also went to the Kohl’s location in Cumming but did not take any items. On May 25, the trio returned to the Milton location and stole 20 shirts, three gym shorts and two pairs of pants. They put the items into Kohl’s bags and exited
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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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Johns Creek council approves signal updates for McGinnis Ferry Road By CARSON COOK firstname.lastname@example.org JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek City Council voted June 4 to approve a $207,260 contract with R.J. Haynie to replace traffic signal equipment on McGinnis Ferry Road at five intersections between Lakefield Drive and Bell Road. The replacements will update the traffic signals and cabinets to allow for greater flexibility in signal timing and help standardize equipment so that spare parts will not require purchase of multiple brands and models. These lights are among the last in the city to feature a flashing yellow arrow left turn signal, an update that makes intersections safer and clearer, according to Tom Udell, deputy director of Public Works. “What does green mean? You ask a kindergartner they’ll tell you green
means go, but [the flashing yellow arrow signals] are telling them, ‘No, it doesn’t mean go. It means yield,’” Udell said. The five intersections receiving updates will be at Lakefield Drive, Technology Circle, Belcrest Drive, Rogers Bridge Road and Bell Road. Work on the traffic signals should begin in the next few weeks and last for two to three weeks depending on weather. Work will be done in the middle of the day to avoid disruption during rush hour. The goal is to have the project complete before school starts, Udell said. The original bid included signal work at Old Alabama Road and Newtown Park to include a flashing yellow arrow signal to encourage divers to yield to pedestrians. After discussion at a May 7 meeting, the council preferred to more fully protect the pedestrians by having a pedestrian-exclusive traffic phase. Now when pedestrians press the but-
ton to cross Old Alabama Road all vehicular traffic is stopped on a red light. This eliminated the need for updates to the signals and reduced the price of the contract from $243,365 to $207,260, which Udell advised was a fair reduction. Funding for the project comes from the $250,000 budgeted for Infrastructure Maintenance Accrual in 2018. R.J. Haynie is based in Lake City, Ga. and was responsible for similar traffic signal updates throughout the city last year. Johns Creek received only one bid for this project. Nevertheless, Udell said the price seemed fair. In other City Council news, the council approved a five-year intergovernmental agreement with Fulton County for animal control services for an estimated annual cost of $68,532. Johns Creek averages around 300 calls a year for animal control services ranging from injured animals to animal
attacks. Previously, all animal control services have been managed by Fulton County. As the contract with the county was set to expire, the council explored alternative ways to provide animal control service including self-provision, regional (North Fulton) provision, enhanced services with Fulton County and partnership with another county. Ultimately, due to a lack of interested partners at this time, the council decided to renew their agreement with Fulton County. The estimated annual cost is an increase of $6,657.22. Additionally, the council approved a six-month extension on the lease at 10700 Abbotts Bridge Road to accommodate to accommodate City Hall and the Police Department while construction on the new City administrative building at 11360 Lakefield Drive runs over schedule.
As expected, Fulton property values shoot upward Cities, county, schools will decide tax rates By PATRICK FOX email@example.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
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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 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.
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Roswell Rotary tackles opioid epidemic with task force Local students create awareness film By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org 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 I see kids who come into my private practice or in the courtroom who have
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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 email@example.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 inpatient 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.
CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Notice is hereby given that a public hearing shall be held before the Mayor and Council of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia on June 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. regarding the adoption of the budget for fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). This public hearing will take place at City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, in City Council chambers. The proposed budget is available on the City’s website, www.alpharetta.ga.us, as well as in the Department of Finance (City Hall, 2 Park Plaza) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Friday). This public hearing is in accordance with O.C.G.A. 36-81-5. All citizens of Alpharetta are invited to attend and comment will be heard.
Roswell combats misconceptions with city Rumor Page By JULIA GROCHOWSKI firstname.lastname@example.org ROSWELL, Ga. — While information has become faster and easier to access, it’s sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction. The advent of social media has only added to the problem. Local governments are not exempt from rampant rumors, but the City of Roswell has launched a new initiative to clarify some of what it deems misconceptions. The city recently created a new web page to address common rumors regarding the city and its projects. The Rumor Page cites several common rumors that have been circulated throughout the community or on social media and provides facts regarding the issues. “We’ve seen that widespread misinformation has an adverse impact on our community’s understanding of not only a particular project or issue, but on the work of local government in general,” said Julie Brechbill, the city’s Community Relations manager. Some of the rumors currently addressed include whether the city administrator screens emails from the mayor and council, whether the city is protecting the Historic District from development, if curbside recycling is actually sorted into a recycling plant, and if a developer is building townhomes in the closed Target on Holcomb Bridge Road. The explanations often cite formal codes and regulations or include official public record on decisions. The page is one of many ways the city hopes to promote transparency and strengthen trust within the community, Brechbill said. “The purpose of this page is not to influence or direct opinion about a particular project or topic,” she said. “On the contrary, it is to present factual information citizens can use to become better informed about local issues.” Topics on the Rumor Page are based on issues and concerns reported directly to city staff and officials or on issues that circulate frequently through social media. Any links or supportive documentation will be included when applicable. “The hope is that the city’s Rumor Page will become an online touchstone for fact-based communication within our city, enabling opportunities for education and the well-informed discourse needed for true community engagement,” Brechbill said. Visit the new webpage at roswellgov. com/rumors.
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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).
Johns Creek High School Valedictorian - Janet Huang Janet Huang will attend New York University – Leonard Stern School of Business – where she will major in finance. At Johns Creek, she was involved with the school orchestra as the operations manager and concertmaster, dance (ballet & Chinese folk dance), Student Leadership Johns Creek, Science Olympiad, National HUANG Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club, Beethoven Chamber Orchestra concertmaster, church camp and mission trip counselor. Janet is the recipient of the Conrad Innovation Challenge Finalist. Salutatorian - Eric Mei Eric Mei will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall. At Johns Creek, he earned numerous awards including 2018 Star Student, National AP
Scholar, National Merit Scholarship, Georgia Certificate of Merit, National Spanish Exam Gold Medalist, 2016 GHSA One Act Play 6A Region Winner, 2014 Ohio Valley Debate Tournament Novice Policy Winner and 2015 University of Georgia Debate Tournament Novice Policy. He was also active in theater with leading roles in school performances, president of the Drama MEI Club, president of the Thespian Society, co-president of the Habitat for Humanity Club and a volunteer for Student Conservation Association.
Alpharetta High School 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 GUPTA Award, is a National AP Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar. 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
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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.
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
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numeric average of 103, while taking a course load that included 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 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 STETSON 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 Chemistry 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.
Chattahoochee High School Valedictorian Kevin Huang Kevin Huang will attend Harvard College in the fall with plans to major in economics. He is a National Merit Scholar, recipient of the InspirAsian National Scholarship HUANG and the STAR Student Award and served as a member of the state championship Quiz Bowl Varsity team. Kevin also conducted scientific research at Georgia Tech where he was dual enrolled in math classes, captain of the quiz bowl team and a member of the National Honor Society and Class Council. Salutatorian Mary Lou Mary Lou will attend Brown Universi-
SCHOOLS ty where she will major in biochemistry and molecular biology. She completed high school with 21 AP courses, while still finding the time to be a state qualifier for swim team all four years. Mary Lou was the recipient of the LOU PTSA Scholar-Athlete Award in her junior and senior years. Other achievements include captain of the varsity swim team, president of Science National Honor Society, Chemistry and Physics Olympiad, and she performed on the violin at Carnegie Hall her junior year.
Northview High School Valedictorian - Seong Ryoo Seong Ryoo will be attending Georgia Tech this fall and will major in computer science. At Northview, Seong won numerous awards, including 2017 FBLA National Leadership RYOO Conference (1st place Computer Game and Simulation Programming), 2018 FBLA State Leadership Conference (1st place E-Business), 2018 National Latin Exam (NLE) Maureen O’Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award and the National Spanish Exam Gold Medal (2015-18). Other activities Seong was involved in include Junior Classical League (attended Latin conventions, served as a state officer), Future Business Leaders of America (competed in state and national conferences in game design and website programming) and the ASL Club. Salutatorian George Hu George Hu will attend Brown University this fall, majoring in aerospace engineering. At Northview, George was involved in many activities, including president of Math HU Team, founder and president of Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society), VP of Chemistry Club, chief organizer of North Fulton Mathematic Tournament, member of FBLA and class council. He also earned numerous awards including first place in national FBLA computer game simulation and programming, placed in top 10 at Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament, UGA Math Tournament and Georgia Council of Teachers of Math Tournament, and he achieved a perfect score on the National Latin
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Valedictorian – Michael Wallace lll Michael Wallace III will attend Georgia Tech in the fall. At Cambridge, Michael was a WALLACE member of the tennis team and was named the Male Scholar Athlete for 2017. He is also a National Merit Scholar; one of only 13 students in the Fulton County School System to earn the honor in 2018. Salutatorian Alejandro Becerra Alejandro Becerra will be attending Princeton University this fall where he will study operations research and financial engineering on a pre-med concentration. He is the son of BECERRA Veronica Becerra and Rafael Becerra. At Cambridge, Alejandro was involved in numerous organizations, primarily servicebased, including National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Soci-
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 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. 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.
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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,” 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. “Up here, a lot of the kids don’t have phones in this area,” she said. “Little Mill and Chestatee are Title 1 schools. They can’t be kicked off the bus, so we have to come up with other options. There are no other ways for them to get
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to school.” The area Cleveland oversees is so spaced out, some students endure trips of up to 30 minutes one way. “Up here, we don’t have a lot of subdivisions,” she said. “The kids leave school and have to go on a 20-minute drive before we get to our first stop. The routes are a lot longer up here and the kids tend to not sit still when they’re on the bus for so long. It’s a long day for 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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Northview graduate writes graphic novel By CARSON COOK firstname.lastname@example.org JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — When several of his favorite TV shows were canceled, Robert Wollstein could have done what most other fans do: watch reruns or complain about it on the internet. Instead he set out to write his own story, no small feat as an adult with autism spectrum disorder. Five years ago Wollstein, a 30-yearold graduate of Northview High School, began work on the project that would become “Boundless.” Inspired by Japanese manga, these comic books tell the story of super-powered individuals in a corrupt world, Wollstein said. A fan of DC Comics and the animated series Teen Titans, Wollstein was disappointed by their more recent adaptations on film and television. He was also frustrated with the lack of diversity in Japanese manga. “I love the vastness of the imagination, the boundless possibilities and the likable characters, but there was something missing in anime and manga, and that was diversity,” Wollstein said. This led him to reach out to local illustrator Venisha Penland, who helped him develop the series’ black protagonist, Karasu, and mixed-race heroine, Mura. Each of the main characters represents a piece of Wollstein, he said. Mura represents his positivity and struggle to
grow up without losing his innocence. Karasu represents who he wants to be, as the most grounded of the characters. Ronin, the antihero, represents his attitude and his darker side. The story deals with social issues like diversity, freedom of speech and tradition, but in a simple way, Wollstein said. “I want [readers] to learn the facts of life that we can learn and keep growing, and to not be afraid to keep growing, and learn to relate to any characters regardless of their race,” Wollstein said. The project later attracted writer Leo Langford and backup writer and fight choreographer John Miller, who all share Wollstein’s love of anime. “One of the things that’s amazing about Robert is that he’s taken on the role of the project manager,” said Dr. Tyler Whitney, Wollstein’s therapist who has helped him coordinate the project. Recognizing that he wasn’t the most talented writer or illustrator, he found people who told stories in a way he liked, Whitney said. As an adult with autism spectrum disorder, also known as Asperger’s syndrome, Wollstein had to overcome social stigmatism and other challenges to achieve this goal. “For him to pull this off and actually do this all himself is a very big accomplishment,” said Robert’s mother Cindy Wollstein. In addition to coordinating the writers and illustrator and serving as the
story’s visionary, Robert Wollstein has been promoting his story at conventions. On June 2, he led a table reading with professional actors in the auditorium at the Atlanta Central Library at One Margaret Mitchell Square, where the public gave feedback on the project. Long term, Wollstein would love to see the project made into an animated series and make its way to Japan. “My goal is to one day get the series to Japan and make them love these diverse characters,” he said. In the short term, he has plans to produce a professional video of the pilot story and to start a Kickstarter to fund the project. You can follow @boundlessmanga on Instagram for more updates.
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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,”
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Family Promise hires new executive director By CONNER EVANS email@example.com DUNWOODY, Ga. — Family Promise of North Fulton and Dekalb recently announced Andrea Brantley as its new executive director. Family Promise is a nonprofit organization that provides weekly accommodations for the homeless through partnerships with local churches and other congregations. Unlike many other organizations that separate boys from their mothers at age 12, Family Promise works to keep families together. Brantley previously worked as director of marketing and fund development for Center for Children and Young Adults in Marietta and was selected as Family Promise’s new director for her expertise in fundraising and special events. “We needed someone who didn’t want to do social services for the new executive director position,” Board President Gerald Aldridge said. “We needed someone more focused on fundraising, community partnership and management.” Brantley said her goal is to raise awareness and partner with more congregations. “Homelessness isn’t just in the city,”
she said. “It’s right in our own backyard, and people need to know that.” Brantley said 40 percent of students in Dunwoody qualify for reduced price lunches, showing that low-income situations exist in affluent areas and schools. Family Promise provides about 14 people a week with shelter, food, showers and job preparation. They work with the structurally homeless, those experiencing homelessness for the first or only time in their lives. The organization also tries to track the progress of guests after they leave, but this can prove to be difficult, Aldridge said. “We can only keep up as much as people allow us to,” he said. “People staying here are often at the lowest point of their lives and don’t always want to look back.” However, Brantley says success stories are important and there have been some guests who stay involved with the organization to provide inspirational examples for others. Family Promise will host a gala with the theme “Point of Light” on February 16, 2019 at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, an event Brantley wants to make a tradition. The “Point of Light”
From left, Board President Gerald Aldridge and Andrea Brantley announced Brantley as the new executive director of Family Promise of North Fulton and Dekalb counties. theme comes from the President George H.W. Bush award which the organization received in 1992. The award was given to 21 organizations out of 4,500 nominees. The gala will include music, enter-
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Alpharetta approves funds to repair parking deck elevators By PATRICK FOX email@example.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-
Alpharetta could face a large repair bill for the elevators at the parking deck near City Hall. The elevators have been shut down since May. build the east side of Main Street into a City Center that is set for completion in the spring. The 26 acres running south 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, 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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City Center poised to open curtain on retail, restaurants Summer should bring first wave of shops opening in downtown By PATRICK FOX firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
Cheri Morris, president of Morris & Fellows, stands at the entrance to the ever-visible City Center development that will occupy five acres of Alpharetta’s new downtown.
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The vacations are here Some of you know that last week I declared this summer the Summer of Leisure. As such, it was of great interest to me to learn that our metro area was ranked the 11th best city in the U.S. for a staycation. The study was undertaken by WalletHub and measured normally overlooked data like most swimming pools and tennis courts per capita, as well as the most GEOFF SMITH zoos, aquariums, golf courses, museums, Assurance Financial, spas, beer gardens and ice cream shops email@example.com per capita. It wasn’t any surprise to me to see that Orlando, Florida took the top spot. It’s hard to compete with a city that is surrounded by every theme park imaginable including the big ones like Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. And more obscure ones modeled after dinosaurs, alligators, Legos and the Bible. We also got beat out by Honolulu. I assume the report was completed before the volcanoes erupted a few islands away. But you know what they say, a day near an active volcano in Hawaii is still better than a day anywhere else on the planet. It’s also hard to compete with cities on the coast like Charleston, San Diego, San Francisco and Portland. Since most people go to the ocean to vacation, it makes sense that they were in front of us. Las Vegas beat us out too. But if you live there, you probably already have most of your life savings invested in the casinos, so you might have no choice but to stay home. And then there is Chicago, which I can’t knock. We did a short vacation there a couple summers ago and had a blast. So I think 11th is very respectable and something to be proud of. I actually think if they would have measured lakes per capita, we might have moved up a spot or two. If you have yet to delve into lake life, you are missing out. Lake Lanier is kind of the party lake with several restaurants and bars and a lot of boat traffic. But there are lakes all over with different styles, including some beautiful smaller lakes up in the mountains. We were lucky to get to go on our friend’s boat last weekend on Lake Allatoona. It’s a relatively quiet lake, close to the metro area, and with miles of undeveloped shoreline. We had a blast pulling the children around on tubes and anchoring in quiet coves. The metro area has become massive though. To the point where it’s not just the metro area anymore. The suburbs really are no longer suburbs, but their own little cities. What I mean by that is I live in Roswell. And there are awesome things going on every weekend here between free concerts along the river, the nightlife of Canton Street, a great performing arts program and tons of parks to hike in. I could stay
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Appen Media Group announces staff updates ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Appen Media Group has announced staff changes for its Alpharetta-based news operation. Appen announced on May 23 the promotion of staff writer Joe Parker to editor of the Milton Herald. Parker has previously worked as a freelancer for Appen Media and joined the company full time last January. “I am extremely excited to further my role with the Milton Herald and continue to provide its readers comprehensive coverage of local matters,” Parker said. Parker will oversee the Milton Herald and continue his PARKER role as sports reporter for all of Appen Media’s publications. “Parker has been an integral part of our newsroom from the day he got here,” said General Manager Hans Appen. “He is a tireless worker who pours everything he has into his beat and his articles.” Additionally, Carson Cook has joined the staff as a full-time reporter concentrating on Johns Creek. Cook is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was recognized by the communication department as the Outstanding Senior of 2018. COOK “I am genuinely looking forward to getting to know the North Fulton community,” Cook said. “I will do my best to contribute quality, in-depth reporting on local issues.” Cook previously worked as assistant news editor for The University Echo and most recently freelanced with the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “We are thrilled to add a reporter of Carson’s caliber to our newsroom,” Appen said. “She checks all the boxes we were looking for, not the least of which is a passion for community journalism and an understanding of the responsibility her job entails.”
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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
FARMERS MARKETS, FOOD TRUCKS: ALIVE IN ROSWELL
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
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
ROSWELL FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET
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
SOUNDS LIKE FUN
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
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Retainers-Hold that Smile! By Dr. Jeffrey Jordan Jordan Orthodontics Creating the perfect smile takes time, energy, effort, and money, all valuable assets! However, keeping a beautiful smile requires a little maintenance, like most things in life. Fortunately, today’s orthodontic patients have the option of either fixed or removable retainers. Stories surrounding lost retainers have become family legends, leading some patients to choose a fixed wire. A very thin wire is glued to the back of the teeth after treatment. With continuous coverage, the fixed wire has a 24/7 advantage, but requires more attention when cleaning the teeth. Also, the wire can become loose and must be repaired quickly before the teeth move. In addition, fixed upper wires can sometimes interfere with the patient’s bite. Consequently, most patients opt for a fixed lower retainer and a removable upper retainer.
The removable retainer, available in a variety of colors and with decals, has become an individual statement! Many adults prefer the clear retainer that can double as a whitening tray. Like any other habit, the continual JORDAN wearing of the retainer at night requires discipline, but the rewards are great. Since teeth can shift back to their original position, the consistent use of a retainer encourages teeth to stay straight until the tissue around the teeth can reorganize. Even with your best efforts, sometimes, the habit of maintaining your teeth slips and years pass. At Dr. Jordan’s office, we want to welcome you back. Sometimes all it takes is a little tweaking to restore your teeth to their former glory!
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Nurses now do more than ever (NAPSI)—The next time you visit someone in a hospital or other health care setting, you may be surprised at just how much of what happens there is done by nurses. Study Shows Recently released results from a University of Phoenix College of Health Professions survey found that the role of nurses has grown dramatically in recent years. More than eight in 10 registered nurses (RNs) say health care professionals besides physicians (nurse practitioners, registered nurses and so on) are playing or will play a larger role in the overall management of patient care. University of Phoenix, which offers leading-edge graduate, undergraduate, certificate and nondegree programs aimed at preparing students to improve the quality of health care in their communities and the industry, sought to understand the evolving role of nurses and what this changing environment means for the future of health care. In addition to playing a larger role in managing patient care, it found, about a third of RNs say they’ve seen an increased role in doing tasks traditionally done by a physician. This may be due in part to specialty tracks available to nurses, including nurse practitioner programs. “Our nurses play a pivotal role in getting patients back to health in an increasingly demanding environment,” explained Dr. Lisa Radesi, academic dean for the School of Nursing at University of Phoenix. “As the health care industry
continues to evolve to support an aging population, advanced technologies and a multifaceted insurance system, we must recognize the demanding work our nurses do and prepare them to be successful in this complex environment.” Looking Forward When asked how they expect their role to change within the next five years, RNs cited the following for most anticipated changes: • Increasing involvement with information systems (43 percent) • Increasing involvement with regulations (43 percent) • Increasingly greater role in the management of overall patient care planning (40 percent) • Increasingly greater leadership role (36 percent). About a third of RNs say they’ll be focusing more on the emotional wellbeing of patients, while nearly three in five strongly agree that good people skills are just as important as technical skills when giving quality care. A Promising Career As opportunities continue to increase in the profession—the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent by 2026—RNs say their facilities should focus on preparing health care professionals with greater leadership skills. Learn More For further information about the College of Health Professions, visit www. phoenix.edu.
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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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Aging in Place with Rheumatoid Arthritis By Home Helpers of Alpharetta A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is stressful, often presenting itself in a person’s 60s and more common in women. With rheumatoid arthritis the immune system sees joints as an intruder. The body’s immune system then attacks the joints leading to pain and inflammation. Managing the symptoms, discomfort and limitations posed by rheumatoid arthritis for seniors is a daily challenge. There are signs to watch for that can tell you when additional help is needed to keep your loved one safe and continue to enjoy aging in place. Signs some Help is Needed Is your loved one’s struggle to do everyday things escalating? Watch for these signs: Are simple everyday household chores like folding towels or laundry still possible? Are they increasingly unsteady getting out of bed in the morning due to pain and limping? Is the lack of flexibility and stiffening in arms and fingers making it hard to safely use a shower or tub, even with grab bars? Can they no longer hold a toothbrush and maintain proper dental hygiene? Has cooking heart healthy meals become increasingly hard? Can your loved one still hold cooking utensils or chop food? Rheumatoid arthritis holds a higher risk for heart disease and congestive heart failure, so maintaining a heart healthy diet is important. Are you seeing more signs of depression or anger as they try to cope? When you see the signs that more
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HPV: Head, Neck and Oral Cancers By Dr. David Remaley The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, with 14 million new cases each year. According to the CDC, there are more than 40 types of HPV, but most are cleared from the body by the immune system without causing any health problems. Still, some types of HPV affect the mouth and throat. Low-risk strains can cause mouth or throat warts, but high-risk strains are associated with head and neck cancers (also known as oropharyngeal cancers) that affect the mouth, throat, tonsils and back of the tongue. Oral cancer is just one type of head and neck cancer. Data from the CDC indicates that about 7% of people have oral HPV, but only 1% have the type of oral HPV found in head and neck cancers. HPV is now associated with 9,000 cases of head and neck cancers each year in the United States, according to the CDC. It is four times more common in men than women. What Are the Symptoms of HPVRelated Head and Neck Cancers? • A sore, or soreness or irritation that doesn’t go away • Red or white patches, or pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips • Lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your jaw or tongue • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth Some patients complain of a persistent sore throat, feeling like something is caught in their throat, hoarseness, a change in voice, earaches, pain when swallowing and unexplained weight loss. If you have any of these symptoms, let your dentist know, especially if you’ve had them for two weeks or more. Where Do HPV-Positive Head and
Neck Cancers Develop? HPV-positive head and neck cancers typically develop in the throat at the back of the tongue and near or in the folds of the tonsils, which makes them difficult to detect. DR. REMALEY Although people with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of dying or having recurrence than those with HPV-negative cancers, early diagnosis is associated with the best outcomes. Regular dental check-ups that include an examination of the entire head and neck can be vital in detecting cancer early. Can the HPV Vaccine Help Prevent Head and Neck Cancer? The CDC recommends that 11 to 12 year old boys and girls get two doses of HPV vaccine to prevent cervical and other less common genital cancers. It is possible that the HPV vaccine might also prevent head and neck cancers – since the vaccine prevents an initial infection with HPV types that can cause head and neck cancers – but the studies currently underway do not yet have sufficient data to say whether the HPV vaccine will prevent these cancers. At Roswell Dental Care, we promise personal and professional service as extraordinary as the innovative technology we use for our procedures. Be sure that you receive a yearly oral cancer exam as part of your routine dental care. We were recently voted Best Dentist of North Atlanta in “The Best of the Best” contest, and we can help you maintain that healthy smile for a lifetime. Dr. David Remaley has been treating patients like family for over 30 years in Roswell and the North Atlanta area. AND, We always welcome new patients! We will be happy to offer a COMPLMENTARY evaluation if you or any family member is experiencing any dental complications or discomfort. Give our office a call at (470) 375-9243 to schedule an appointment.
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In the red: Reducing rosacea flare ups Ever notice that you have a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people? Do the blood vessels in your face appear more visible than friends and family? Are you consistently breaking out in acne like bumps? For those 14 million Americans living with rosacea, these symptoms are all too familiar. Rosacea is most commonly found in patients with fair skin tone, light eyes & hair. They are likely to have someone in their immediate family who also suffer
from rosacea. The effects of rosacea can be devastating to a patient’s self-esteem & self-image, which can lead to anxiety & depression. While there are medications & treatments, such as laser therapy, that can help reduce the appearance of rosacea, you best line of defense is know what triggers a flare-up. By consulting with your dermatologist, you can hone in on these triggers to help reduce the appearance & intensity of rosacea symptoms. Common triggers for rosacea are actually things we consume; spicy foods, alcohol, & caffeine should be avoided. It’s important to know what is in your skin care, makeup, and hair care as certain fragrances & ingredients can also trigger rosacea symptoms. If you have trouble finding mild skin care products, ask your dermatolo-
gist for recommendations. During these summer months it is especially important for rosacea patients to use a broadspectrum sunscreen regularly & stay in the shade or wear a hat. Heat can also contribute to flare ups, so make sure to remain cool on hot summer days. Many people find that by avoiding & minimizing triggers, living with rosacea becomes easier. To discuss treatment options & discover what your rosacea triggers are, call our office today to schedule a consultation! You don’t have to accept & live with redness or imperfections in texture, & you don’t have to cover up all the time. There are options! Johns Creek Dermatology & Family Medicine - 6300 Hospital Parkway, Suite 100, Johns Creek, GA 30097, (770) 7716591 - johnscreekdermatology.com
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What does the “Longest Day” mean to you? June 21st, 2018 is the longest day of the year also known as summer solstice. Many people enjoy this day spending time outside, going for a walk, completing tasks in their yard and even enjoying a cookout with friends. Thousands of people nationwide use this day to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s disease by hosting local fundraisers in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. Every 65 seconds a person in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. People always wonder how they can make a difference when they or someone they know, has been affected by Alzheimer’s. Fundraising is a great way to get involved and show your support. Individuals or groups can sign up at www.alz.org and walk through a systematic guide that will help them get started. Whether you are into fitness, recreational sports, dance, card games, bowling, music or a little bit of everything, there is something for you. The Memory Center Atlanta Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team will be supporting the Longest Day and encourage everyone in the area to get involved. For information on how you can help The Memory Center Atlanta on the Longest Day, visit www.thememorycenter.com or call Michelle Hartlage at 770-4763670. The Memory Center Atlanta team understands that Alzheimer’s disease is growing at an epidemic rate. Not only is it important for us to offer high quality memory care, we must support the Alzheimer’s Association in every way possible so they can continue to fund research of this disease. In 2018, Alzheimer’s disease will cost the United States $277 billion and the annual global cost of dementia is $818 billion in U.S. dollars. Spend your “Longest Day” with us at The Memory Center Atlanta, 12050 Findley Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30097.
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Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek Helping families with dementia is what we doArbor Terrace of Johns Creek uses Teepa Snow’s trademarked Gem Programming, Positive Personal Approach and other techniques in caring for residents with a dementia challenge. This approach helps families relate to their loved one in a meaningful, engaging way. They offer personal appointments and tours for families to come and learn more about the Arbor Advantage and their 60-day guarantee of satisfaction. This exemplary resort-style community offers beautiful apartments for Seniors at every stage of their care needs. They have several floorplans for Assisted Liv-
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Beach Bash at Bell returns this weekend By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org
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MILTON, Ga. — After a successful inaugural event last summer, Beach Bash at Bell returns this Saturday for a night of live music, offerings from local food trucks and fun activities for kids. The event takes place June 16 with gates opening at 5 p.m. Attendees can set up blankets and chairs in the outfield of baseball field No. 6 to enjoy a performance from Jimmy Buffett tribute band A1A, which also performed at last year’s event. A1A begins its show at 8 p.m. and will be preceded by performances from the winners of the “Milton’s Got Talent” competition held earlier this year. The family-friendly event also features a field dedicated to children’s activities, including games, bounce houses and balloon art. More food trucks will be on hand this year with Patty Wagon, The Royal Pig BBQ, King of Pops and Let’s Taco Bout It serving up their offerings. Alcohol Heroes will have adult beverages for purchase. Community Engagement Manager Courtney Spriggs said the city is pleased to bring the event back after it received
What: Beach Bash at Bell When: June 16, 6-10 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) Where: Bell Memorial Park (15245 Bell Park Rd) Cost: Free to attend
an abundance of positive feedback from the 1,100 attendees of last year’s inaugural Beach Bash. “People loved the band and atmosphere they provide with great music, pirates and audience interaction,” Spriggs said. “After last year’s success, even with the rain, we’ve made this our signature summer event.” Spriggs hopes the skies will cooperate this year after A1A’s performance was cut short last year, but said the band was excited to return to the city. Outside food and beverages are prohibited at the event, but attendees are permitted to bring coolers with water only. Parking is available in the Bell Me-
Milton residents packed Bell Memorial Park at last years Beach Bash. morial parking lot only. Roadside parking or parking in nearby neighborhoods is prohibited. “To help maximize parking, we’re encouraging nearby residents to consider
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North Fulton hosts Corky Kell 7-on-7 tourney By JOE PARKER email@example.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.
Another championship year for local schools Local teams capture 19 state titles, 25 individual championships By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The 2017-18 GHSA athletics season marked another remarkable year for local athletics and ensured North Fulton and Forsyth County retain their status as a state hotbed for athletics. During the year, 19 local teams won state championships and 12 finished as state runner up. In addition, 25 athletes won individual state titles in wrestling, track and field and swim and dive. The titles continue an impressive streak for the area. A North Fulton school has won a state championship in
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Milton and Cambridge student athletes are honored during the Dec. 18 Milton City Council meeting for their successes in state championship competition. at least one sport every year since 1995. Forsyth County has earned at least one state title since 2011. With the wide range of spring sports ending in May, it is no surprise that the
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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 59 points. For the SPECIAL ladies, Jayla Mobley The Alpharetta High School Track and Field team completed her career earned second place in the state at the 6A State Track by placing third in Meet in Carrollton. the 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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By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Taxes: Continued from Page 4 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 reaction 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
Championship: Continued from Page 34 their respective classifications. Lambert downed crosstown rivals South Forsyth in 7A finals, and Chattahoochee beat fellow North Fulton team Cambridge in the 6A title game. This year marks the most state soccer titles won by North Fulton and Forsyth County teams. Previously, only the 2012 Lambert boys and Milton girls had won titles in the same year. Just a week after the soccer finals, five local teams battled for lacrosse state titles. Blessed Trinity earned the Class A-5A sweep with their boys and girls crowned state champs. For the girls, it was their third straight and the boys’ first in program history. Lambert met Lassiter for the third straight year in the Class 6A/7A boys finals. Lambert completed its undefeated (22-0) season to capture the title, their fourth since 2011. The Milton girls continued their dominance over the entire state, winning their 12th state championship in 14 years. Since the GHSA recognized lacrosse as a state championship sport in 2005, local teams have won 24 state titles. Also in May, Johns Creek area schools continued their dominance in golf. The Johns Creek boys team captured its third straight state championship on
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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. May 22. The Northview and Johns Creek girls finished as state champion and runner-up for the second straight year, with the 2018 title going to the Titans. While the Johns Creek boys continued their run of titles, Lambert girls golf saw its impressive streak come to an end. The Longhorns fell short of their sixth-straight state title this year, placing third in Class 7A. For the second consecutive year, a Forsyth County boys tennis team lifted a state title trophy with South Forsyth winning its program’s first championship. The Johns Creek boys and Northview girls also won 6A titles. In all, 13 local tennis teams made berths in the quarterfinals. In track and field, the Alpharetta boys fell just short of giving North Fulton its first team state championship since Roswell’s in 1961. However, 11 individual state championships were won from athletes representing Milton, North Forsyth, West Forsyth, Roswell, Alpharetta, Centennial, Johns Creek and Mount Pisgah. Kai Williams of Mount Pisgah captured three titles in the 100 and 200-meters and long jump. In other spring sports, local schools were denied baseball state championship rings but Alpharetta and Blessed Trinity reached the semifinals. Despite five teams earning football state championship berths in 2015 and 2016, North Fulton teams went without a state title. That losing streak came to an end this season with Blessed Trinity winning its program’s first championship over region rivals Marist.
Appealing your assessment notice If you disagree with the Current Year Value on your 2018 assessment notice, you may file an appeal. The deadline for appeals is in early July. Online: Fulton County’s SmartFile system allows users to more easily track the status of their appeal. SmartFile allows you to begin filing an appeal and save the transaction until you have completed answering all questions and uploaded supporting documentation or photographs. You can access the online site at: http://fultonassessor.org/online-services/ Manually: If you wish to file an appeal manually, you can obtain an appeal form through the county’s website. Mail or hand-deliver the completed form to: Fulton County Appraiser, 235 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1200, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The form can be downloaded at: http://fultonassessor.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2018/05/Appeal-of-Assessment-Form-2018.pdf If you elect to write an appeal letter instead of using the form, include the parcel identification number, property address, daytime phone number, specify your method of appeal (Board of Equalization, arbitration or hearing officer), your estimate of the value of your property as of January 1, 2018, the amount you wish to be billed (85% or 100%) while your appeal is being resolved and attach any documentation to support your reason for filing the appeal.
It was the first locally won title since Chattahoochee’s in 2010 and just the fifth for all local programs. Like the football team, the Blessed Trinity girls swim and dive team captured their first state title in 2018. The Lambert girls and both Johns Creek teams placed as state runner-up. Milton captured its first cheerleading state title over the winter, securing the co-ed championship. After winning six championships from 1997-2003, South Forsyth rose to the top of the state podium again this year for their seventh title.
West Forsyth captured its second straight gymnastics state championships on April 20. Cambridge won the first local titles of the 2017-18 season, sweeping the Class 6A cross country championships. Milton’s boys team also earned the top spot of the podium in Class 7A. It was the first state championship for all three programs. In volleyball, Blessed Trinity and Alpharetta earned berths in the state finals, but each team fell, ending North Fulton’s streak of consecutive titles since 2010.
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