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Moratorium in place for north Ga. 9 Stops rezonings from Bethany Bend to county line By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com MILTON, Ga. – The Milton City Council has placed a morato-

rium on new development for a portion of Ga. 9 for up to 30 days. This ban affects all rezonings of property. It does not

limit the ability of property owners to develop their land as currently zoned or permitted, only those that would require them to appear before the

council for approval. The moratorium spans from Bethany Bend north on Ga. 9 to the Forsyth County line. City Attorney Ken Jarrard said the moratorium was needed in the area. The city

had approved a “Ga. 9 North Visioning Study,” in an effort to rein in uncontrolled development along one of Milton’s strongest commercial areas. Jarrard said the morato-

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Milton team rescues trapped horse Forsyth, Milton free horse from ditch By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Milton’s horse rescue team was called out Wednesday, June 11 to help a stuck horse in Forsyth County. The four-member crew was called to an area near Stablegate Court in Forsyth County after a report of a horse stuck in a muddy ditch. A 28-year-old horse had fallen into a creek bed and, due to heavy rains, had be-

come trapped in the mud. This only became worse when a tree branch fell on the animal. Milton Fire Battalion Chief Bill Bourn said the horse may have been stuck overnight. “He had possibly lain there all night trying to get up and was physically exhausted,” Bourn said. “And it was so muddy, he couldn’t get his legs under him to stand up.” Firefighters from Milton and Forsyth County placed a harness around the animal and dragged him out of

Milton and Forsyth County fire crews managed to free a trapped horse from a muddy creek bed June 11. The horse was unharmed. the mud 15 feet to the street, where he could get his footing. “He was able to stand up on his own after that,” Bourn said. All told, it took about 30 minutes of work. While many fire departments are trained in large animal rescue, Milton is one of the few departments in the re-

gion with equipment capable of helping horses and other large animals out of tight spaces. Called “Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue,” or TLAER, the prevalence of horses in Milton convinced the fire department to invest in horse rescue equipment. Bourn said the TLAER crew

could go months without a call and then get two in two days, but rain is a common factor. “It presents more of a possibility for a horse to get in a predicament,” he said. Milton has a mutual aid agreement with surrounding cities to respond if they wish to such incidents.

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stolen May 28 from a vehicle. The victim said she parked at her place of work at 9 a.m. with the backpack inside. When she returned to her vehicle at 2 p.m., she noticed the backpack missing. Inside the pack was an HP laptop, clothes and other goods. The total value of the stolen items was reported as $1,635.

MILTON, Ga. – Someone made off with an expensive cooking range May 28 from a home on Kings Estates Court.

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The victim told police he is the builder of the home. He arrived at the home in the morning and noticed the lawn sprinkler system was not on. He entered the home to find out the cause of the failure and found cabinet drawers sitting on the floor and the cook top missing. A window lock was broken to get entry into the home. The cook top was a Kitchen Aid range, valued at $1,200.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A husband and wife were both arrested for DUI June 6. Police pulled over a vehicle driven by Lisa Dianne Kipley, 42, of Shadow Hawk, Milton, after they clocked it speeding. Smelling alcohol, the officer put Kipley through sobriety tests, which she allegedly failed. She was arrested for speeding, DUI, failure to maintain lane, failure to update address on license and failure to provide a license. While waiting for a tow truck to collect Kipley’s car, a Jeep pulled up driven by Kipley’s husband, Michael Steven Kipley, 44. He questioned the officer about his wife’s arrest. During the conversation, the officer allegedly smelled alcohol on his breath. He also failed the sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.

Laptop, go bag missing from car MILTON, Ga. – A backpack containing a computer and various clothing was reported

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cense plate and a cracked windshield. Speaking with Walker, the officer noted he saw a pair of black gloves and a screwdriver on the passenger seat. Walker was found to be unlicensed and a search of the car turned up another tag next to the screwdriver that was reported stolen out of

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Shoplifter tried to take jewelry MILTON, Ga. – A Dawsonville woman was arrested May 30 after allegedly trying to steal nearly $200 in jewelry and clothing from a Milton store. Employees of the Windward

Walmart told police they saw Raquel Marie Alvarado, 25, of Dawsonville, enter the store and seemingly at random select pieces of jewelry from displays. She then allegedly tried to conceal them in a duffel bag. She selected a shirt and then went to the customer service desk where she exchanged it for an $8 gift card. She then attempted to leave the store. In total, she was accused of stealing more than $200 in goods. Alvarado was arrested for shoplifting.

Man tries to steal dinner JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – An unknown man attempted to steal $50 worth of groceries June 6 from the State Bridge Road Kroger. Employees told police they saw a well-dressed man fill a hand basket with goods and then place them all into a reusable grocery bag. He then tried to leave the store. When confronted by employees, the man dropped the goods and fled in a silver Nissan sedan.

Purse stolen in break-in JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A purse was reported missing June 5 after it was stolen from an unattended vehicle. The victim told police she parked her car at Newtown Park and left her purse on the front seat. She returned after someone told her that her windows were broken. She found her front passenger window smashed and the purse was gone. The purse was described as a brown Michael Kors

purse, valued at $200. Inside was $400 cash, a check book and credit cards. The cards reportedly had not been used when they were cancelled.

Some people never learn JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A Roswell man was arrested June 5 after allegedly showing up drunk to court. Dagan Vaughn Benson, 20, of Anchorage Place, Roswell, arrived at the Johns Creek courthouse a 9 a.m. for his court hearing. The police officer at the entrance reports smelling the strong odor of alcohol on Benson’s breath. A breath test resulted in a high level of alcohol in his blood. He was charged with contempt of court.

Bank fraudster caught ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A local business was the victim of fraud Oct. 8, 2013, when a series of fake checks drawn against the company began being cashed. The business owner told police a bank in Decatur called him to say there was a man there attempting to cash a check belonging to the victim’s business in the amount of $2,067. The victim told the bank it was fake. When the bank pressed the suspect on the matter, he fled. A few days later, the victim reported another fake check was cleared from another bank, costing $2,145. Police were able to identify a suspect in the case, however they were not able to catch him.

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DUI arrests ►► Ashley Beth Ferrell, 24,

of Oak Highlands Court, Cumming, was arrested May 29 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Rachel B. Thebeau, 27, of Plantation Bridge Drive, Johns Creek, was arrested May 25 on Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane, tire requirements and texting while driving. ►► Benny Darnell Crane, 39, of Mabry Park Place, Alpharetta, was arrested May 25 on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, disorderly conduct and failure to maintain lane. ►► Chizim S. Tibi, 32, of Smyrna was arrested on May 26 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane, tag light violation and

taillight requirements. ►► Jonathan Renauldo Guiden, 27, of Cumming Street, Alpharetta, was arrested May 26 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, speeding and possession of marijuana. ►► Frederick G. Dalger, 25, of Homestead Trail, Alpharetta, was arrested May 31 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, improper stopping, failure to obey a traffic control device, suspended license and failure to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. ►► Janet Robertson Fallin, 51, of Berkeley Lake was arrested May 20 on Broadwell Road in Alpharetta for DUI. ►► Arian Ata Amiri, 21, of Atlanta was arrested May 21 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, reckless driving and speeding. ►► Jeffrey A. Gilley, 48, of Hyde Road, Cumming, was arrested May 22 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Joyce Marie Wilson, 38, of Sugar Hill was arrested May 22 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to

maintain lane and failure to update license information within 60 days. ►► Oscar Castro, 28, of Springberry Court, Alpharetta, was arrested May 23 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI and speeding. ►► Toi Monique Wynn, 33, of Summerwood Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested May 24 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI and speeding. ►► Spencer Lewis Stanton, 19, of Admiral Court, Alpharetta, was arrested May 23 on Westside Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related items, failure to maintain lane and failure to obey a traffic

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control device. ►► Danielle Rose Williams, 19, of Willow Trace Court, Alpharetta, was arrested May 24 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, speeding, expired tag, no license, underage possession of alcohol, violation of a class D license and violation of a limited permit. ►► Christopher Keith Irvine, 43, of Odessa, Florida, was arrested May 24 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to obey a traffic control device. ►► Dante Jamal Neal, 24, of Detroit, Michigan, was arrested May 24 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, speeding, failure to maintain lane and suspended license.

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Heredia, 30, of Bethelview Road, Cumming, was arrested May 17 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, expired license, speeding and reckless driving. ►► Quy Ngoc Mai, 24, of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested May 17 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, speeding, impeding traffic, failure to maintain lane and failure to allow an emergency vehicle to pass. ►► Davis Cromwell Potter, 23, of Doc Bramblett Road, Cumming, was arrested May 15 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain

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Sen. Brandon Beach named GAB Legislator of the Year ATLANTA — Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) received the Legislator of the Year award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters on Friday, June 6, in Atlanta. “I was honored to sponsor the Georgia First Informer Broadcasters Act this legislative session,” Beach said. “This bill facilitates resources by recognizing the dangerous work our local broadcasters take on during emergency situ-

ations while in the field. I am thankful for this recognition from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and look forward to continuing to BEACH nurture this relationship with their prestigious organization.” Beach was recognized for

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his sponsorship of Senate Bill 381, known as the Georgia First Informer Broadcasters Act, which was signed into law in April. S.B. 381 will advise the unified incident command system and the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan (GEOP) to establish planning for first informer broadcasters while also granting more access to fuel, food, water and other materials necessary for maintain-

ing a broadcast signal by July 1, 2016. “Sen. Beach’s efforts on behalf of Georgia’s broadcasters directly led to the passage of this bill, which ensures Georgia’s radio and television stations will remain crucial providers of information during times of emergency,” said GAB President Bob Houghton. For more information, refer to www.gab.org. — Shannon Weaver

From left to right: Chris Lagerbloom, City Manager-City of Milton; Tresa Cheatham, BFES assistant principal; Jack Lindon, Milton Grows Green Chairman; Windy Bottoms, BFES principal; Beth Brock, BFES fifth grade teacher.

Milton awards environmental grants to schools Evergreen Schools program funds Adopt a Stream, recycling MILTON, Ga. — The city of Milton awarded Birmingham Falls Elementary School and Cambridge High School $500 grants each for environmental education as part of its Evergreen Schools program. Birmingham Falls is using the grant funds to purchase supplies for a fifth-grade Adopt a Stream initiative. A Fulton County Water Department representative will train teachers and parent volunteers in biological and chemical water testing. With educator assistance, students will monitor the water quality of

a stream on the school’s campus. As part of Fulton County’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, the project exposes students to scientific methodology for testing water quality and recording data on a state EPA website. Some of the funds will be used to install rain barrels in the school’s courtyard. Cambridge High School received a grant to expand their classroom recycling program and fund an organic garden, as part of the city’s waste reduction and recycling initiatives. For more information on the Evergreen Schools program, contact Cindy Eade, sustainability coordinator for Milton at cindy. eade@cityofmiltonga.us. — Shannon Weaver

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ALPHARETTA 30005, Windrose Subdivision on Glenrose Trail off Christopher Robin; multi family. Friday 6/20, Saturday 6/21, 8am-2pm. Furniture, household, Pack And Play stroller, clothes, file cabinets, records, books, drum pedal. CUMMING, Moving sale. Polo Fields Subdivision, 6420 Buckingham Circle 30040. Friday 6/20 and Saturday 6/21, 8am-3pm. Antiques (sea chest, cherry table and chairs), sewing machine, household and miscellaneous items.. CUMMING, Moving sale. Polo Golf and Country Club, 6720 Polo Drive 30040. Friday 6/20 and Saturday 6/21, 9am3pm. Household items, furniture, floral supplies and miscellaneous..

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County to build public safety antenna on Old Medlock Bridge City opts for one taller tower over two smaller ones By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek is going ahead with plans to build a 400foot public safety radio antenna tower on property BODKER at 9855 Old Medlock Bridge Road, which is near the old Warsaw Elementary School and is described as a commercial area. The antenna is part of the new countywide public safety radio net for police, fire and emergency personnel, now that the county’s current system is at “end of life” and must be replaced. The other cities of Roswell, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Milton and Mountain Park have opted to build a separate radio net that will “talk” to the countywide system. Johns Creek decided it was cheaper in the long run to be part of the county net than come up

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Gunfight at Forsyth courthouse Shooter carried assault rifle, bombs By ALDO NAHED aldo@forsythherald.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Dennis Ronald Marx was ready for battle. Wearing a gas mask and a heavy vest, the 48-year-old laid down homemade spike strips on the road shortly before 10 a.m. June 6. The strips were meant to slow authorities’ response along Veterans Memorial Boulevard and East Main Street. Marx drove through the sidewalk into the steps of the courthouse and that’s when gunfire erupted. Marx didn’t get very far. He tried to run over a Forsyth County Sheriff deputy, who opened fire. Marx, who was acting alone, fired at the deputy through his windshield and struck the deputy in the leg. Daniel Rush, a 30-year sheriff’s veteran, hit the ground and was later transported to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell. He is expected to have a full recovery. Several other deputies stationed inside the courthouse and a SWAT team training

nearby rushed to the entrance of the courthouse. They started to shoot at Marx and he fired back. “There was a gunfight in MARX front of the courthouse,” Sheriff Duane Piper said. Marx then threw out homemade tear gas and smoke grenades at deputies. And shortly after, Marx died of his gunshot wounds. When deputies searched his SUV, they found assault rifles, plastic flex ties, water and a lot of other weapons. “He came in there with the purpose of occupying the courthouse,” Piper said. “It was a full-frontal assault.” No one else was hurt. It was something no one had ever seen in downtown Cumming. The streets were evacuated. Across the street, construction workers working on a new courthouse dropped their tools and began to run. Businesses were asked to lock up and

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wait. Snipers were stationed on top of the county administration building. The city was shut down. Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Gwinnett County bomb squad and Georgia Highway Patrol converged on the area. Nearby parking lots were searched for a possible bomb. “There is no further danger to the public,” Piper later said. “It’s quite clear that he wanted to run through the front of the courthouse.” Marx was due in court that morning on drug and weapons charges, but he appeared prepared to take over the courthouse.

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Law enforcement gather to begin the search for possible explosives planted by the courthouse shooter. He had a home off Lakeside Trail near Lake Lanier, but he hadn’t lived there, Piper said. Law enforcement searched the home in case it was booby-

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Arrest made in double homicide Suspect Heller has history with police By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com ROSWELL, Ga. – Only a few hours after two men were murdered in Roswell, police made an arrest. About 3 p.m. June 5, two men were shot dead in their car outside 125 Lynwood Drive, not far from HELLER Roswell’s popular Canton Street. Neighbors heard the gunshots that killed Nicholas Farrell Abry, 20, of 125 Lynwood Drive, and Spencer David Long, 20, of Atlanta. They were sitting in their car outside Abry’s home. According to witnesses, the gunman was driving a charcoal gray Audi sedan with chrome wheels, tinted windows and a white paper drive out tag with blue writing. Soon after the initial call, Roswell 911 received calls about a reckless driver on Ga. 120/Marietta Highway in the area of Coleman Road. The vehicle was close to the description of the vehicle witnesses saw leaving the scene of the murder. Officers converged on the area and located the vehicle in the parking lot of the Kroger shopping center located at 900 Marietta Highway in Roswell.

He has a criminal and aggressive history.” OFFICER ZACK FROMMER Roswell Police Spokesman At the time, it was not immediately clear that the Audi and sole occupant, Stephen Oliver Heller, 31, of Marietta was involved in the homicides. Heller was arrested on a suspended license charge and held at the Roswell Detention Center as the investigation continued. Through subsequent investigation, the gun suspected of use in the crime as well as the white paper drive out tag was located. Roswell Police Spokesman Zack Frommer said the gun was found in the woods near the Kroger where they arrested Heller. Police believe Heller tossed it away. Tests will be done on it to confirm if it was used in the shooting. Using evidence and witness statements gathered, Roswell Police detectives obtained homicide arrest warrants on Heller. Frommer said Heller has a history with the Roswell PD. “He has a criminal and aggressive history,” Frommer said. Police suspect money and possibly drugs were the motives in the crime.

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Fulton Board of Assessors mailing assessment notices Appeals have deadline of July 21, but most assessments unchanged ATLANTA – The Fulton County Board of Assessors mailed June 6 annual notices of assessment to 334,000 property owners.   If property owners disagree with the current year value on the notice, they have until July 21, 2014, to file an appeal. While the Board of Assessors encourages owners to appeal the value if it is not representative of fair market value, they also ask that some reason or information be furnished with the appeal to help speed up the review and correct any incorrect data that may have led to the value calculation shown on the notice. Although some property will experience a change in value for the 2014 tax digest, there was not a countywide revaluation and most owners will see no change in the value from 2013. If an owner does not agree with the value on the notice and wishes to file an appeal, they are encouraged to use online filing by visiting the website at www.fultonassessor.org. Online filing will expedite receipt and processing of appeals as well as confirm that the appeal was received. Appellants will receive a confirmation number that will verify the appeal was

Tax Appeals Criteria David Fitzgibbon, chief appraiser for Fulton County, offers a final reminder to citizens that the only legal reasons for appeal under Georgia law are: 1. Value, uniformity and denial of exemption. 2. Percentage or amount of increase is not a valid reason. 3. Amount of taxes, or increase in tax rates is not appealable. 4. Information regarding the assessment notices and the appeal process can be found by visiting the Assessors’ website at www. fultonassessor.org or by contacting the office at 404612-6440.

received by the deadline and will also be the key to tracking the online appeal. Property owners are also encouraged to use the Online Appeals Resolution Center, which will allow the tracking of the appeal as well as the ability to send documents, pictures and other data as well as make an offer of settlement on the value.

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New Mrs. Georgia crowned but crown stays in Roswell Trudie Davies-Davis’ reign ends, Kierra Anderson Douglas’ reign begins By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell could briefly claim two Mrs. Georgia last week when reigning Mrs. Georgia Trudie Davies-Davis surrendered her Mrs. Georgia 2013 crown to newly crowned Mrs. Georgia 2014 Kierra Anderson Douglas. Douglas, a former Falcons cheerleader and Hawks cheerleader, is married to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas. She now has her own performing arts studio in Douglasville, Just Dance, which not only teaches young people poise and self-confidence through performing, but exemplifies the platform she used to become Mrs. Georgia. The Mrs. International Pageant system was developed to promote today’s married women, their accomplishments and commitment to family and marriage.

Mrs. International wants women who not only exemplify and personify today’s wife and mother, but who have a passion and a commitment for making a difference in their community and beyond. Each contestant must have a cause, charity or foundation that she chooses as her platform. From that, she details how she is working to achieve her goals for the community. Douglas’ platform is called STAR: • Self-esteem. • Teamwork. • Affirmation. • Respect. Her school develops these qualities in her students. She said she has experienced firsthand what a difference it made in her life when at the age of 8 her parents first enrolled her in dance class. “They wanted me to open up. I was a shy, timid little girl who was bullied at school,” Douglas said. “Their decision to do that changed my life forever.” She says was transformed into a confident, outgoing, bubbly young woman who was not afraid to go after the things she wanted in life.

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Mrs. Georgia 2014 Kierra Anderson Douglas, left, accepts her crown from Trudie Davies-Davis, the 2013 Mrs. Georgia. Both are Roswell residents. She has worked with more than 3,000 young people in the past six years through area schools and community centers teaching dance to local youth. She is also involved with the Atlanta Falcons and annually volunteers to teach dance to youngsters. Handing Douglas her crown

ended an exciting year for Davies-Davis. Like Douglas – and all reigning Mrs. Georgia – she had a platform to share. It was one drawn from personal experience – Davies-Davis is a stage 3 breast cancer survivor. “My platform chose me,” she said. “Like everyone I suppose, it came when I least

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More Fulton students named National Merit winners NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Eight additional Fulton County seniors have been named 2014 National Merit Scholars. Along with the prestigious National Merit Scholar distinction, the students earn $2,500 cash scholarships funded by the National Merit Corp. to use at the college or university of their choice. Chattahoochee High School Roswell High School Suhana Elamsenthil Erin Gant Anand Srinivasan Johns Creek High School Jason Bic Alpharetta High School Anastasia Mulia Milton High School Nisha Poruthoor Chandler Moore Michelle Tam

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Atlanta’s Civil Rights history remembered New museum honors civil, human rights By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com ATLANTA – A fact often overlooked today is that the civil rights movement was within living memory. Atlanta is a city known for its civil rights history. As the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and one of the epicenters of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Atlanta dealt with much of the causes and results of the demonstrations. It is with all this in mind that the city is now home to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opens June 23. In a light brown modern structure, the museum sits squarely in the heart of Centennial Olympic Park, between the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. When visitors enter the center, they are greeted by a mural of protest posters from around the world, highlighting that the fight for basic human rights is a global issue and continues to this day. The center holds two large exhibits – a track dedicated to King and the civil rights movements of the 1960s, and a track on human rights, inter-

national crimes and commercial enslavement. The center houses a collection of items from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, featuring artifacts from his personal libraries. A wall is dedicated to a scrolling digital marquee saying, “I have a dream” in dozens of languages. The origins of that dream began in the 1940s and ‘50s, when segregation in America was deeply entrenched. “We were doing the same things, just not doing them together,” said Beth Haynes, development manager for the center. American society was divided between white and “colored.” Yet everyone loved dancing, attended school, movies, played sports and rode buses. The similarities were obvious, but – especially on buses – the differences could be stark. Separate did not mean equal. A wall nearby displays Jim Crow laws by state. In Georgia, it was illegal to marry between races and school textbooks had to be kept separate, divided by race. From these beginnings, the exhibit turns gloomy, heading

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University’s continuing education program. Then there is the $25 million footprint Gwinnett Technical is putting down on Milton Parkway in Alpharetta. “These are all great assets to help drive economic development here in North Fulton. If we can provide the trained workforce for the growing tech industry, the healthcare industry, the more it will benefit all businesses here,” Davis said. “There are a lot of energies and synergies at work here, and it is our job to help coordinate them to build our economy.” Another part of the chamber’s job is to get the word out about all the good things going on in this community. “We have a story to tell both locally and regionally, and now it needs to continue to the Southeast. And while we continue to make ourselves attractive to the relocation market, we must increase our efforts to retain existing businesses,” he said. “That may not make the big headlines, but when a business has the opportunity to look around but decides to stay, that is a huge economic win as well.” North Fulton Chairman Chamber Chairman Brandon Beach said he is ecstatic to have Davis take over the chairman’s gavel for 2014-15. “He has been on our board, he knows the job, he knows the community and he knows how to get things done,” Beach said. “More than that, he has

Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President Brandon Beach, left, chats with his new Board Chairman Ken Davis at a recent chamber after-hours get-together. lived in this community for 20 years. There are not many people we need to know that he can’t call up on the phone. “He is very involved in the community. With his contacts and visibility in the community, we as an organization are lucky to have him.” One area the North Fulton business community has to do better is branding the region the way other regions have. He points to Silicon Valley for technology in California and the Research Triangle in Raleigh-Durham area as examples. “That can gather synergy from existing businesses to

bring similar or ancillary businesses to North Fulton. As you gain strength, you build on that strength,” Davis said. “So it is a matter of developing a brand for all North Fulton. And there are a lot of success stories to tell – quality schools here, technical companies, corporate relocations, excellent parks and recreation – the list is endless.” There are challenges that must be met also. Transportation is a sore spot, but as Davis points out: “It’s a nice problem to have. It means people want to be here.” Long-term, North Fulton wants to recruit a 4-year col-

lege to bring its campus here, Davis said. Throw in MARTA expansion, too, he said. “Another challenge is affordable housing that will serve our workforce. One way to eliminate a long commute is to live where you work,” he said. “And you have to remember, the emerging demographic for younger workers, show they don’t want a ‘five-four-and-adoor. [Five windows upstairs and four windows downstairs, i.e. the standard single-family home]. “They want a lifestyle that does not include a picket fence. These are the realities we have to prepare for,” Davis said.


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Anyone who has been following the real estate market in our area knows that inventories have tightened. There are fewer homes available, in general, which is why prices have been rising. For most sellers, it is a seller’s market. Six months of inventory denotes a healthy market, not a buyer’s market or a seller’s market. But we know that inventory levels will vary by location and by price point. As you would expect, there are different inventory levels and

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fore have fewer inventory. With less than two months of inventory — if you are looking for a home in North Fulton and you need to be under $200,000, then you’ll have to choose wisely, but also quickly. In fact, anything under $500,000, there’s less than six months of inventory. By all measures, this is a seller’s market. From $500K$700K, the market is more balanced. Buyers have homes to choose from and time to find what they like, but homes

tend to sell at a reasonable pace. It’s a bit slower in the $700K - $900K range, but for homes over $900K, things are still slow. Sellers need their homes to be marketed well and those homes need to be very attractive to the limited buyer pool. Another point a buyer should consider; these numbers are for all homes in that price range. Most buyers have additional qualifiers such as a home being located in a swim/tennis community, a specific school

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New cleaning services to serve area Business: Maid Right of North Fulton, East Cobb and Cumming Opened: February Owners: Jim and Susan Gillespie What: A full-service national residential cleaning franchise. We recognize that our clients’ cleaning needs are unique, so a Maid Right professional will come to your home to provide a custom cleaning plan to meet your specific cleaning needs. Where: 11099 Houze Road, Roswell Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call: 770-552-6243 Web: maidrightnorthfulton. com

Okolingo brings world furniture to Roswell Business: Okolingo Worldwide Furnishings Opened: May Owner: Uche Okonkwo What: CusOKONKWO tom handcrafted furniture mainly from the Middle East and North Africa. Where: 1575 Old Alabama Road, Suite 206-208 in Roswell. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Call: 404-512-3364 Web: okolingo.houzz.com


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Hot rods coming to Georgia Sur la Table opens at North Point Mall ALPHARETTA, Ga. — There’s a new store in Alpharetta where customers can buy the latest cooking gadgets or join a cooking class. North Point Mall announced the addition of Sur la Table to its retail lineup last month. The Seattlebased retail destination for those with a passion for cooking and a love for food is now open and is located on the lower level in center court, 1000 North Point Circle, Suite 1082 in “Carmichael manages our IT. I have Alpharetta. never worked with a more clientThe centric business before – ever. They 5,800-square-foot return calls fast. They listen exceed- store specializes ingly well. They know what they are in premium-qualdoing. They are honest, professional, ity goods for the and local. They are partners with kitchen. The North Appen Newspapers / Appen Media Point Mall locaGroup in the truest sense of the word.” tion also features in-store cooking – Ray Appen, Publisher classes for shopAppen Media Group pers conducted by Appen Newspapers the resident chef, visiting chefs or restaurateurs. Sur la Table operates one of the largest avocational cooking schools nationwide, more than Call today for your free IT assesment. with 120,000 students – Tyler Jones, Principal each year. The store will 678-224-8000 employ about 20 www.CarmichaelConsulting.net full-time and part-

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DECATUR, Ga. — The hottest alternative fuel car company in the U.S. is entering the Atlanta metro area. Tesla Motors, based in Palo Alto, California, is PATTON BARNES establishing itself as the world’s premier manufacturer of high-performance electric sports cars. Alpharetta-based commercial real estate brokers Brian Patton of Capital Realty Advisors and Josh Barnes of Orkin & Associates pooled their efforts to represent the landlord on an 18,000-square-foot automobile showroom and service center for Tesla Motors. This location will mark their first full-service dealership in Georgia. The long-term lease deal will be in Decatur, the county seat of DeKalb County. Tesla is on a growth spurt, with its stock up double over the last 12 trailing months. “We see a lot of potential in the Decatur market, and that’s why the landlord has decided to hold onto the property in the form of a leasehold,” said Patton. Barnes said the landlord is encouraged to see such a strong tenant showing interest in the area. “We like to buy and hold strategic investments,” said Barnes. “That’s why we are bullish on this market and this property.” Sarah Williams of SRS Real Estate Partners also collaborated on the deal by representing Tesla. Tesla plans to open more automotive dealerships in the near future, taking advantage of the growing electric car market.

Gas prices continue to dip ATLANTA — In the past couple of weeks, motorists in the Southeast have seen gasoline prices going through slow and steady declines, according to AAA’s Auto Club Group. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel fell one cent in Tennessee, two cents in Florida and three cents in Georgia at press time. “Gas prices in the Southeast are falling at about the same rate as they did during June 2013,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA Auto Club Group. “However, the discount at the pump could end anytime. The summer months tend to be more

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Salon Lofts opens location at Perimeter Village in Dunwoody ATLANTA — Salon Lofts celebrated the opening of their Perimeter Village store on May 22. The new salon is located at 4705-A Ashford Dunwoody Road in the Perimeter Village. This is the second Atlanta store for Salon Lofts. The other is located in Alpharetta at 970 Northpoint Drive. The opening event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a “Passport to Beauty” showcase featuring the different salon services at the new location. For more information, visit www.salonlofts.com.

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Harry Norman Forsyth office holds open house weekend CUMMING, Ga. – Harry Norman, Realtors’ annual open house weekend will take place on June 21 and 22. The Forsyth/Lake Lanier agents will hold as many of their homes open as possible between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.  “This event is a great way for buyers to get an idea of what they can afford and what kinds of homes are available in the local market. It’s also a chance for sellers to market their home and attract potential buyers,” said Robert Aiken, senior vice president and managing broker. For more information about this event, please visit www.harrynormanforsyth.com/open-house or call their office at 770-497-2000.

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Over 100 craft beer vendors from around the U.S. with live music at 6 p.m. on June 21. Entry to the festival is $35 and will get you a souvenir glass and all you can sample drinks. The 5K road race begins at 8 p.m. Please call 404-630-5109 or visit awesomealpharetta.com.

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Indie-rock group, Starting Fires has a lilting, harmonious sound paired with plenty of dramatic flare. The Atlanta-based band will be performing at Under the Pines at Matilda’s on Friday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 377 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 770-754-7831 or visit matildascottage.com.

DONNA HOPKINS & GIBSON WILBANKS AT MATILDA’S

Donna Hopkins & Gibson Wilbanks will be playing together at Matilda’s on Saturday, June 21 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 377 South Main St.,

The Lance Price Band will be performing at The Collection at Forsyth as part of a summer concert series. The event begins at 6 p.m. June 26 with kids activities and the Lance Price Band performs from 7 – 9 p.m. The event is free of charge and is open to the public. 410 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 4165, Cumming. Please call at 770-781-0333 or visit collectionforsyth.com/events.

DRUM CIRCLE AT CNC

Bring your own drum and a professional drum circle leader will lead the circle. All experience levels and spectators welcome. $5 donation requested. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. Please call at 770-992-2055 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.

eyebrows among their friends when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Cliques clash and friendships are tested in this modern take on Romeo and Juliet. The students of East High must decide whether to stick to the status quo, or break free to find out what’s truly important. Show times vary. June 19 – 22. 2200 Buford Highway, Buford. Please call 770-945-6762 or visit redphoenix.org.

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THEATER » The main-stage musical production of “Tarzan” will be performed at The Cumming Playhouse by MelloDrama Productions. The exciting show, based on the Disney movie, has intense choreography, cirque aerialists, gymnasts and entertaining music. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through June 22. 101 School St., Cumming. Please call 770781-9178 or visit playhousecumming. com.

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The Red Phoenix Theatre Company is excited to announce the summer production of High School Musical Jr. Wildcat basketball star, Troy Bolton and brainiac Gabriella Montez raise

ROSWELL PUPPET SERIES – ‘CINDERELLA’

The classic Cinderella fairy tale told with wit, style and a few surprises. The show starts at 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, June 20 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 950 Forrest St. Roswell. Tickets are $5 for ages 2 and up. Please call at 770594-6232.

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The Red Phoenix Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the summer production of “In The Heights.” “In The Heights” tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Show times vary. June 20 – 22. 2200 Buford Highway, Buford. Please call 770-945-6762 or visit redphoenix.org.

Come watch riders show off and compete in a two-day hunter/jumper show, June 21-22. Shows start at 8 a.m. and run all day. Perfect for kids and families and it’s free to sit and watch. 11915 Wills Rd. Alpharetta. Please call at 678297-6120 or visit willspark.com

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Chukkar Farm Polo Club & Event Facility is hosting an Olympic Day Polo Match with interactive halftime Olympic activities for all ages in celebration of Olympic Day. 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22. 1140 Liberty Grove Rd., Alpharetta. Please call 678-899-0509.

Come out and enjoy fresh local produce at the Ellard Farmers Market. There will be live music, children’s activities and crafts. The event will be held at the Ellard Village Shopping Center on Saturday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. 8400 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta. Please email Rolando Orellana at jrolando@uga.edu or call 404-6137670.

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RIVER CANOE ADVENTURES

Friends and family can join experienced river naturalists while paddling down the Chattahoochee River on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 from 6 – 9 p.m. The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) provides all equipment for participants. Price is $30 per person for general public, and $25 per person for CNC members. Each canoe trip can accommodate

36TH ANNUAL POSSUM TROT

Enjoy scenic views of the Chattahoochee River while running the 36th annual Possum Trot 10K. It’s a fast, flat course that follows along the banks of the Chattahoochee. The Possum Trot is on Saturday, June 21 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. Registration closes on June 19 at 6 p.m. Please visit chattnaturecenter.org for more information.


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9 local players selected in MLB draft Milton’s Dylan Cease taken by Cubs in 6th round By MIKE BLUM news@northfulton.com NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Nine North Fulton athletes were selected in last week’s Major League Baseball amateur draft, among them two sons of former Atlanta Braves players. The group included two high school seniors and seven collegians, including a pair of Clemson teammates and one each from Georgia Tech, Florida State and Kennesaw State. The first local athlete selected was recently graduated Milton senior Dylan Cease, who went in the sixth round to the Chicago Cubs with the 169th overall pick. Cease, considered one of the hardest throwers among the country’s high school prospects, was projected to go earlier in the draft, but suffered an elbow injury early in the season and was limited to 12 innings on the mound. Cease helped lead Milton to the state championship as a junior and served as a designated hitter this season. He has signed a college scholarship with Vanderbilt. Alpharetta’s Brandon Leibrandt, the son of former Atlanta Braves player Charlie Leibrandt, was also picked in the third round, three spots after Cease. Leibrandt, a junior left-hander at Florida State, also was sidelined for

much of the 2014 season by injuries, going 4-1 with a 1.83 earned run average in six starts. Leibrandt, who helped pitch Marist to back-to-back state championships in 2010 and ’11, was a combined 18-7 as a freshman and sophomore at Florida State. Former Northview pitcher Matt Campbell went to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round after four years as a reliever at Clemson. Campbell enjoyed an outstanding senior season for the Tigers, going 4-0 with an 0.84 ERA and eight saves, striking out 45 batters in 32 innings. Jay Baum, a teammate of Campbell at Clemson, was selected in the 21st round by Seattle. Baum, who starred in high school at Centennial, has started at a number of positions during his three seasons at Clemson, and was selected as a shortstop. Baum batted .293 for Clemson as a junior this past season, driving in 29 runs and starting all of the team’s 61 games. Dustin Beggs, who played with Baum at Centennial, was a 17th round selection by St. Louis out of Georgia Perimeter College. Beggs enjoyed an exceptional sophomore season at the junior college level, compiling an 11-4 record with five saves and a 1.65 ERA. In 104 innings, Beggs notched 125 strikeouts and issued only 13 walks.

Roswell’s Daniel Spingola, a starter in the outfield this season as a junior at Georgia Tech, was picked in the 24th round by the Cubs. After playing in a reserve role in his first two seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Spingola took over as the starter in center field as a junior. He led the team in hits (82), triples (8), runs (45), stolen bases (15), batting average (.319) and slugging percentage (.451). His 36 RBI were one shy of sharing the team lead. Spingola was a teammate of Leibrandt on Marist’s 2010 and ’11 state champions. Former Milton pitcher Tyler Carpenter was a 25th round pick by the Angels after a strong senior season at Georgia Gwinnett College. Carpenter, who began his college career at Columbus State, was 8-2 with a 2.43 ERA for the NAIA college team, striking out 98 batters in 104 innings. Roswell’s James Connell, who helped pitch Kennesaw State into the NCAA Super Regionals, was selected by the Angels in the 26th round. Connell was one of the Owls’ two primary relievers his senior season, going 7-4 with a 2.49 ERA and two saves. He appeared in 36 games and pitched 47 innings, striking out 66 batters. Connell graduated from Roswell High School, but did not play for the Hornets his junior and senior seasons, competing in the Roswell Recreation Department league before pitching for LaGrange College as a freshman. Connell pitched briefly at Geor-

The group included two high school seniors and seven collegians, including a pair of Clemson teammates and one each from Georgia Tech, Florida State and Kennesaw State. gia Perimeter College as a sophomore before joining the Owls for the 2012 season. He was 3-0 with a 0.66 ERA in 14 innings before his season was ended by injury and he was awarded a fifth year of eligibility. Connell was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and seven saves as a junior, and drew the attention of pro scouts with a big senior season. The final local player selected was Grayson Byrd of King’s Ridge, who went to the Atlanta Braves in the 38th round. Paul Byrd, Grayson’s father, pitched for the Braves and does radio work for the team. Grayson Byrd was one of the stars on King’s Ridge state championship team, starting at shortstop. He has signed a college scholarship to play at LSU.

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Richard Lewis at Mojo Vinyl By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com ROSWELL, Ga. – Comedian Richard Lewis paid a visit to Canton Street June 11 at Mojo Vinyl records. Lewis was in town to play at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta June 12-15. While in Atlanta, he stopped in Mojo to visit friends – both living and plastic. “I’m supporting the glory days of vinyl,” Lewis said. “Rock and roll was like a mantra for me.” Lewis has performed comedy around the world and acted in such shows as “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” In an unusual move for a record store, Lewis and Mojo Vinyl owner Rand Cabus got to talking about records. “Back when we were growing up, that music was just what we listened to,” said Cabus. “We didn’t know it would

become classics.” “You hear it better. The sound is different,” Lewis said. “It’s the way music has always been. This was how people first heard music. It skipped a few generations, but now it’s new to the kids.” Cabus agreed. “Records have a tactile feel to them listeners cannot get with a digital download,” he said. Mojo Vinyl recently moved into its location on Webb Street, and Cabus said the location change has done wonders to his business of bringing music to the masses. “We had 80 people waiting in line for Record Store Day,” he said, referring to one day a year dedicated to new music released on vinyl. Mojo Vinyl is located at 26 Webb St., No. 2 in Roswell. Online they can be found at www.mojovinylrecords.com.

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Comedian Richard Lewis, right, makes an appearance at Roswell’s Mojo Vinyl record store on Canton Street June 11. With him are, from left, Mojo employee Win Sirotta and owner Rand Cabus.


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Teen re-enactors recreate D-Day invasion Military buffs take a step up from paintball By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – History buff and military re-enactor Michael Steele and his buddies go the pool or the lake last weekend, they didn’t hangout. Instead they decided they would mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day by re-enacting the storming of the beaches at Normandy and push the

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Nazi defenders back until the beaches were secure and their objectives taken. Of course the German side did not want that to happen, and planned a stubborn defense of the battlefield. You see, these Northview High School students are all devotees of tactical war-gaming called Airsoft. They use realistic weapons that fire soft BBs that the boys say can feel like pinch to a sting. Some of the boys are new to Airsoft and other have varying degrees of experience. But they all share the enthusiasm of the sport. Steele, who plans to be a history teacher, has been an Airsoft military gamer since he was 6 years old. That was 10 years ago. He picked up the interest from his older brother and has “inherited” some of the materiel from him. The rest he has had to buy, it doesn’t come cheap. Airsoft is competitive war gaming and is comparable to paintball the way you might compare baseball to softball. It is another level of gaming from paintball. “It is like paintball but more competitive. There is more competition and a lot more objectives. And it takes more skill,” Steele said. “The weapons are more realistic and there come in a wider variety,” he said. “It’s all about quality. You see good reviews and bad reviews. You have to do your research before you buy.” Uniforms come online or at local Army-Navy stores. Connor Neely, 14, is another youngster who started early with the help of his neighbor Steele whom he has known since he was 5. He said he got shot a lot when he was younger. “But it made me a better Airsofter today,” Neely said. A true veteran, he said he for the re-enactment he would bring along two crucial items – duct tape and Super Glue. For this special D-Day tactical operation, Steele and his compatriots have secured some startling G.I. and Wehrmacht reproductions including the American Thompson .45 caliber Thompson submachine gun – better known as the Tommy gun, and the forerunner of all modern assault weapons, the German sturmgewehr. They give the gamer a significant boost in firepower. The Tommy gun carries 200 rounds in its magazine. For their re-enactment, they have secured a 10-acre site off Old Alabama Road.

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Steele and Kristian Barber demonstrate firing gas-operated Airsoft pistols. For added realism, the pistols when fired kick like the real ones do. Inset: These World War II American and German pistols show the accuracy of the replicas. Six of those acres belong to Kristian Barber’s family. He will command the German defenses which includes some bunkers they have created in the woods. A couple of creeks in the brush provide convenient trenches. Barber, 16, got started “just a few years ago, also introduced to Airsoft by his brother. “I got into it my freshman year. We go to special [Airsoft] fields, there are seven in Georgia,” he said. “I’ve been to all of them. There are some indoor venues also, but we prefer outdoor.” They generally go out once a month. Barber said it can be “stressful” when outdoors in

that environment where someone wants to shoot you. “But it’s a bonding experience with your team. You also learn a lot about safety. You have to treat it like a real gun,” he said. One does notice they treat their weapons with care and safety on the site. Steele and Barber they hope one day to go to Scotland or Ireland where thousands compete in complex and sophisticated simulations. They say the sport is huge there. Asked why they were reenacting D-Day, Steele said it was dedicated to those veterans who hit the beaches for real seven decades ago.

“We want to honor those men who fought for freedom at great sacrifice to themselves,” Steele said. The two teams will have 10 to 15 on the American side representing the 101st Airborne and the 59th Rangers. There were about 10 to 12 on the German side. The disparity reflects the advantage in numbers, Steele said. But the German side will have more experience which reflects the advantage the Germans had. They started at noon on Saturday, the sixth, and then camped overnight and ran to more “operations” on Sunday before coming home to a hero’s welcome.

This is one of the bunkers the boys built. Taking it will not be an easy objective.

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Butterflies take off Nature in focus at CNC By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com

ROSWELL, Ga. – They started softly, but the calls of “fly” grew louder and excited from the crowd of people watching the little wooden box June 8. Inside the box were hundreds of butterflies of all sorts just waiting to be woken up and escape into the air. And that they did. The event was part of the two-day weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s ButJONATHAN COPSEY/STAFF terfly Festival, an annual event Riley Boyd and her brother Lincoln show off their new face dedicated to all things fluttery. paint. With face painting, music, arts and crafts and a butterfly encounter tent, the grounds of the environmental campus next to the ‘Hooch was crowded with families wanting to catch a sight of the winged insects. Beyond the butterflies themselves, the Butterfly Encounter tent was the star of the show. A mesh tent filled with plants and hundreds of butterflies, it allows visitors to walk among the butterflies in an enclosed space and hand-feed them sugar-on-a-stick. “For a child, that moment when a butterfly lands on you is one that is filled with such happiness. Of course, the same thing can be said for adults when the butterfly lands on them – somehow you feel like you have been secretly ‘selected’ for that special moment. What we hope the Butterfly Encounter does is inspire each person that these animals need our help to keep them healthy,” said Rebecca Gilbert, CNC community programs director. All this was done in fun and education, as the CNC staff taught visitors about the part butterflies play in the ecosystem. “Creating a butterfly garden, no matter the size, is a huge benefit to these important pollinators,” said Lisa Cole, CNC horticulturalist. While the festival may be over, the Butterfly Encounter tent will stay up until July 13. For more information on this and other events at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, visit them online Jemma Nelson holds a butterfly in the Butterfly at http://chattnaturecenter.org. Encounters tent.

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Sasha Lummus, left, and Fiona Wickham get up close to a butterfly.

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“Miss Chrysalis” releases dozens of butterflies into the air to an excited crowd.

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Lily Alford carefully lets a butterfly off her hand and onto a flower.


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No doubt, roundabouts move cars along I have been getting emails recently expressing doubts and even outright opposition to the roundabouts coming to Johns Creek. Let me tell you about my own personal experience with roundabouts, for whatever grains of salt you may think they are worth. I first ran across roundabouts in Europe when I was on a two-year tour, all expenses paid by Uncle Sam. They were a little confusing at first, but I quickly caught on. And when you are driving a two-and-a-half ton truck, people just naturally get out of your way anyhow. But when Roswell decided a few years ago to put a roundabout at the intersection of Norcross Street and Grimes Bridge Road, I said, “Whoa.” Now Roswell always has a soft spot for touchy-feely solutions. They are always putting in bike lanes everywhere, and they just love walking trails and parks. But Grimes Bridge and Norcross Street? I knew this intersection intimately. This surely was going too far in the T-F Department. My wife worked at one time near the Grimes Bridge-Holcomb Bridge intersection. And the only two ways to get there from our house was to go up South Atlanta Street and either turn left onto Norcross Street and then left onto Grimes Bridge, or travel a couple of miles north and turn left onto Holcomb Bridge to Grimes Bridge Road. Now Holcomb Bridge Road is the busiest street in Roswell and normally it would be much shorter to take Norcross. That is, of course, unless it is between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Then it is more like name your poison. So I could see a real mess with all these cars vying to get on a little oneway roundabout. Another government foul-up was in the making for sure. And the cheek that the Roswell City Council displayed when they scheduled the ribbon cutting at 8:30 a.m. on a Thursday! That sounded more like a suicide pact than a ribbon cutting to me. So I arrived at 8:15, because I knew it takes 40 minutes to get through at that time of day. I got lucky and swung into the Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints to walk over to the intersection. I thought, “Where are all the cars? There should be cars.” I was extremely disappointed, be-

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It is simple to navigate the roundabout. Just remember two little rules. You always turn right to enter the roundabout – unless you are in some backward country like Great Britain and then it is the other way. cause I wanted a photo of cars vying to get through the intersection – or at least two cars vying a little bit. The truth was there was no vying. And there wasn’t any waiting. It was, in fact, the dullest ribbon cutting I’ve ever been to. And if you had been to as many ribbon cuttings as I have, then you would know just how incredibly dull this truly was. The only excitement at all was the chatter of the birds. Flash forward to three weeks ago (or flash back if you skipped the last few paragraphs) to another roundabout in my life. This one is in Milton at the intersection of Hopewell-Francis and Cogburn-Hopewell. I have to call it that because if you go east on Hopewell Road when you come to what used to be the stop sign, you have to turn left onto Cogburn, which magically becomes Hopewell when you turn. That is because if you

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go straight on Hopewell through the intersection, you are then on Francis. Now if you are going north on Cogburn, you run into Hopewell-Francis Road. You can turn left and still be Hopewell or you can go straight and be on Hopewell. If you turn right, you are on Francis again. So if you want to stay on Cogburn, you have to make a U-turn. I don’t know what to say about roads in Milton except to say everyone in Milton is crazy. But they do know about roundabouts. Up until about three weeks ago, it was a four-way stop, and most anybody who was not crazy did anything they could to avoid that intersection. But with five – yes, I said five – schools on Cogburn, a lot of people cannot do that. Every car coming to that intersection had to stop and wait to see who had the right of way (and sometimes it would take a looooong time for drivers to make up their minds about right of way). And you inch forward in the rush hour times (and why do they call it that when traffic does everything but rush). Since the magic of roundaboutedness has been performed at this intersection, I can honestly say I have yet to stop at said intersection. I have seldom seen more than one car waiting in any direction. Now school is out, I grant you. But I have deliberately driven through it at

peak times mornings and evenings, and I only slowed down. That is the magic of roundabouts. Everyone slows down and if you do wait, you quickly get a chance to hop on and circle around to continue your journey. There is no heartburn of long lines inching along. You just go. Now I leave it to the engineers to tell us why it goes, I just know results. So you folks who live off Boles and Bell roads who have doubts and you folks along Sargent Road who are skeptical, I say to you, be patient. I was a doubter, but I have had my moment on the road to Damascus. Now I believe in the roundabout, and when they are built, you just might be one also. It is simple to navigate the roundabout. Just remember two little rules. You always turn right to enter the roundabout – unless you are in some backward country like Great Britain and then it is the other way. Vehicles already in the roundabout have the right of way. That is always, always, three times always true. But there is a corollary. If you turn right into the roundabout and suddenly decide you have passed your roundabout exit, do not, do not, triple times do not stop and try to back up. Merely take the scenic route until you come back around. That’s why they call it the roundabout.

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A simple word to the graduate When anyone graduates from anything advice is plentiful from all quarters. I’ve have tried to avoid giving advice at this time of the year, after all I’m a preacher and I get to give it once a week. However, when my sister graduated from high school many years ago I did offer her some advice that that seems to have survived the test of time. Try it on your recent graduate. Have a good time. Most parents and grandparents caution the graduate to make sure they don’t get into trouble, and I support this. Nonetheless, it is the first time away from home for many graduates, as well as the first time in the exciting new world of big time ideas.

Davies: Continued from Page 9 much hope and inspiration you can give to other people.” It turned out to be a transformational experience for Davies-Davis. “I learned how much hope and inspiration a person can give to other people,” DaviesDavis said. “I heard from women from all over. They gave me diet tips, exercises and a lot of ways of coping that were not all physical. “A lot of getting through cancer is emotional. You have to dig really deep to find a way this is not going to get to me.” And this is what DaviesDavis shared during her year. The Mrs. International 2014 competition will be July 25 and 26 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

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It is inevitable that we will be required to take a class or two that we don’t like. The only way to survive these classes is to decide that you are going to love the adventure of this new and difficult area of study. Granted that was harder for me in some subjects than in some others. But it worked. Don’t worry about God. He (or She) is big enough to take care of Himself. I entered college thinking I had to drag God through all of my classes. After all, he seemed to be under assault in every class. One day it dawned on me that God was big enough to take care of himself and me too – and that I could just relax about it. We both came out better after that.

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How to make a game winning play - while sitting on the bench It’s a Sunday morning and I’m standing on a beach off 30A, with 60 – 70 friends and family waiting for the start of an impromptu church service. A service organized and presented by our “pack” of 14 year olds. Andrew Krauser moves to the center of the group to share his thoughts about God, life, worries, and living “outside the box.” He speaks totally unscripted. Andrew has a compelling message content which translates readily to listeners of all ages. I’m not writing today though, about the content of Andrew’s message, but rather on the content of his character which is leading this

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in front of groups. Andrew shared, “It was 2 years ago. I went to camp for a week called Camp Highland, run by the Chapman family. During camp, Mr. Chapman gave a great speech – very motivating. He challenged us to pay more attention to the things in life about which we were passionate; to start a journal and write down our thoughts.” I asked Andrew if Mr. Chapman’s intent of the challenge was specifically directed to faith? “No, it was anything… music, math, football, anything. He was encouraging us to increase our time and intensity on whatever we might want to pursue. For me, it was my faith. I thought it was lacking and I could do more with it. So I started a journal.” “For a while, I wrote down things I was thinking about. It might be a response to a Bible verse, or just a personal view about life. I kept it private. Then, in 7th grade I started sharing my journal with my family. That really helped me get over being self-conscious or shy about letting others know some of my deepest thoughts.” I switched gears on Andrew asking about the injuries preventing him from playing sports during this time. “Yeah, that is when I got super frustrated and worried about being forced to sit out games on the bench.” “Worried”, I asked, “What were you worried about?” Andrew was quick to respond,

Arrests: Continued from Page 3 lane. ►► Bruno Ferreira Galvao, 18, of Stepney Way, Cumming, was arrested May 30 on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI, failure to maintain lane, underage consumption of alcohol and tire requirements. ►► Dominique Geraldine Davis, 43, of Summerlin Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested June 1 on Stevens Creek Drive in

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It was 2 years ago. I went to camp for a week called Camp Highland, run by the Chapman family. During camp, Mr. Chapman gave a great speech – very motivating. He challenged us to pay more attention to the things in life about which we were passionate; to start a journal and write down our thoughts.” ANDREW KRAUSER Milton High School Student

“Gosh, everything! I was worried about getting rusty, about getting reinjured, and I worried that my teammates would get so far ahead I would never be able to catch up!” There is calmness in Andrew as he speaks about that time now and I asked him about it. “When it was happening, I thought I was handed a raw deal and I blamed God. I had some deep questions…. Is God real? Does God love me? Johns Creek for DUI, child endangerment and disorderly conduct. ►► Richard E. Duel, 60, of Duluth was arrested May 24 on Providence Road in Milton for DUI, disorderly conduct, driving on the wrong side of the roadway and failure to yield while making a left turn.

Drug arrests ►► Kenneth Daniel Womack,

35, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was arrested May 26 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana.

Why is God doing this to me? I came to realize that if I truly believe in God’s will then I can’t worry or be mad about my circumstances. It saw many of my friends were also going through some hard things in life and I thought that I might be able to help them by sharing my own journey. I was already participating in the FCA at school, and in 8th grade I decided to stand up and talk. I did that all throughout the last year. Since I began speaking, I’ve had a number of classmates approach me for guidance. It has been a really satisfying and rewarding experience for me and I plan to continue to seek opportunities like this at Milton.” One other thing I wanted to know was why he speaks without any outline or notes. Andrew replied, “If I went up there with notes, I would be too concerned about delivering a perfect message. Also, I could get flustered if I got off track. For me, I just trust the words will come. It’s a leap of faith for me. Back to that morning on the beach and Andrew is finishing his talk. He had two main themes. Don’t spend time worrying – there’s a plan for you. And don’t live your life trying to stay inside of a comfortable box. For Andrew, his comfort zone was his identity as a starter on the basketball team. That bench was way outside his comfort level. But instead of fighting to get back “inside his box”, he decided to submit and open his life up to new possibilities outside of that box. It led him to a place where his satisfaction is much deeper than any 3 pointer could ever be. That’s how Andrew Krauser made a game winning play – while sitting on the bench. ►► Avie Linda Darracott, 18,

of Kimball Parc Court, Johns Creek, was arrested May 18 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of methamphetamines and wanted person. ►► Gregory James Mehling, 21, of Waters Mill Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested June 1 on Morton Road in Johns Creek for possession of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic control device. ►► Ray Taylor, 37, of Yacht Terrace, Alpharetta, was arrested May 25 on Ga. 9 in Milton for possession of marijuana and insurance violation.

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Continued from Page 14 Johns Creek: Robert Calvert, biochemistry; Taylor Walton, graphic communications. Roswell: Darcy Hannon, marketing; Tanner Hayes, pre-business; Stephen Wilkerson, communication studies. Suwanee: Clare Kelley, English; Abigail Lee, psychology; Lydia Melin, civil engineering.

Georgia Tech ATLANTA – Alisha Kasam, a 2008 graduate of Roswell High School and a recent resident of Milton, has graduated from Georgia Tech with highest honors in mechanical engineering. She is currently doing research for the BMW Corporation in Munich, Germany, as part of a Fulbright Scholarship to the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Following the completion of the Fulbright year, Kasam will begin another of the most prestigious scholarships in the world – the Churchill Scholarship in Cambridge, England. This fully funded scholarship selects only

14 U.S. recipients each year; the last winner of this scholarship from Georgia Tech was in 2004. Kasam is very involved in social work, serving in a soup kitchen in Munich, and is an avid runner and traveler.

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STATESBORO, Ga. – Andrew D. Johnson of Cumming was recognized on the Georgia Southern University President’s List for earning a grade point average of 4.0 for the fall 2013 term. Johnson is a graduate of Forsyth Central High School. In addition, Jesse House,

northfulton.com | Milton Herald | June 18, 2014 | 29 a pre-interior design major from Alpharetta, was named to the 2014 Georgia Southern Orientation, Advisement and Registration (SOAR) team. SOAR leaders help orient new students and their families to Georgia Southern during the summer SOAR sessions.

College of William and Mary WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Alexandra Coble, Lauren Coble and Alexa Silva, all residents of Alpharetta, were recently named to the Dean’s List at the

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING A POSSIBLE 180-DAY MORATORIUM BARRING ACCEPTACE OF APPLICATIONS FOR REZONINGAND USE PERMIT APPLICATIONS FOR PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE 2014 HIGHWAY 9 NORTH VISION AREA. The Milton City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at Milton City Hall in the City Council Chambers located at 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Milton, Georgia 30004, Suite 107E regarding a possible 180 day extension until March 1, 2015. The moratorium bars acceptance of applications for rezonings and use permits for property located in the Highway 9 North Vision Area. All citizens are invited to attend. Milton City Council.

College of William and Mary for the fall 2013 semester. In order to achieve Dean’s List status,

a student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average during the semester.

CITY OF MILTON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING/MEETING FOR ZONING MODIFICATION REQUESTS Petition Number: ZM14-06 Location: Southeast corner of Birmingham Hwy and Birmingham Road containing 22.30 acres currently zoned MIX (Mixed Use) and AG-1 (Agricultural). Applicant: Capkey Birmingham Partners, LLC Request: To modify Condition 1.d. to delete the community park and community septic system. To modify Condition 2.a. to revise the site plan. (RZ04-0116). Meetings:

Community Zoning Information Meeting (CZIM) Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. Mayor and City Council Meeting Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6 p.m.

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DEATH NOTICES Moyra Allpass, 86, of Roswell, passed away June 5, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

William C. Bowman, 78, passed away June 6, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Brenda Lee Callahan, 52, of Dawsonville, passed away June 4, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Teresa Holder Cantrell, 55, of Dahlonega, passed away June 6, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Rex Carlyle, 57, of Forsyth County, passed away June 10, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Betty Ann Clanton, 69, passed away May 19, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Frank John Clautice, Jr., 80, passed away May 18, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Evelyn G. Cook, 106, passed away May 23, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Gary Lyle Euler, 62, passed away May 16, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Catharina Petronella Lawson, 81, of Cumming, passed away June 9, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

Dr. William Crosby Cook, Jr., 83, passed away May 28, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

William Perry Fraser, 68, of Cumming, passed away June 5, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Peggy Allen Lee, 90, of Duluth, passed away June 5, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Frank Van Buskirk Couch, Jr., 86, of Alpharetta, passed away May 17, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

John Martin Devenney, 66, of Dawsonville, passed away June 8, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Mary Lee Doleman, 82, passed away May 22, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Dennis Martin Dolezar, 68, passed away May 21, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Ronnie Gene Gravitt, 60, of Ellijay, passed away June 3, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Drake William Hoops, 48, passed away May 20, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Catherine Newton Robertson, 93, of Gainesville, passed away June 04, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Marjorie Cooper Loposer, 91, of Roswell, passed away June 3, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Brenda Joan Samples, 66, of Cumming, passed away June 4, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Neva Allene Morgan, 88, of Cumming, passed away June 10, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Ronald Taylor, 51, of Roswell, passed away June 5, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Jimmy Gene Kahler, 49, of Cumming, passed away June 6, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Willie Mae Langley, 78, of Woodstock, passed away June 1, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Dan Morrison, 63, of Gainesville, passed away June 1, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Gerald E. LaParch, 88, passed away May 26, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Anushavan G. Nahapetyan, 58, of Roswell, passed away May 30, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Frederick Reinhold Stewart, 80, passed away May 19, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.


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