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Roswell’s Lost Women paid tribute for their suffering Sons of Confederate Veterans Memorialize their exile ►►PAGE 19

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Volunteers install playground for foster children organization ►►PAGE 6

New look for Roswell’s Groveway

News from the trail Appen Publisher hiking Appalachian Trail ►►PAGE 8

Back to school

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Local law enforcement share Pokemon Go tips ►►PAGE 15 HATCHER HURD/HERALD

Housing Authority of Roswell Board President Dan Pile watches as construction is underway at the new $13 million first phase renovations in the Groveway District. It is ex-

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Milton resident to compete in hurdles for Team USA ►►PAGE 24

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CUMMING, Ga. — Former Cumming Police Officer Nathan VanBuren has been arraigned after being charged with wire fraud and computer fraud., according to a report by the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office. VanBuren, 34, is accused of asking for money under false pretenses from someone recently arrested. He was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janet F. King and was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 29. “This former police officer allegedly used his position to access sensitive information in exchange for money,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn. “This type of conduct unfortunately impairs the hard work of the police as well as the community’s trust in law enforcement.” According to Horn, the charges and other information presented in court state that “in July 2015, VanBuren, in

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Man fakes payment, receives $9K purse JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A woman contacted Milton police July 8 after someone swindled her out of a $9,000 purse over eBay. The victim had posted a red and white Hermes Birkin bag, valued at $13,000 on eBay and was contacted by a man who gave the name Romeo Laurent saying he was interested in purchasing it. She negotiated with him and agreed to sell it for $9,000.

his official capacity as a police officer, responded to a 911 call at a citizen’s home in Cumming. The citizen was arrested. In July and August 2015, VanBuren and the citizen had additional communications. During those communications, VanBuren allegedly asked the citizen for a loan because his wages were being garnished and he had incurred financial debt due to his son’s medical and surgical expenses. In truth, VanBuren’s salary was not being garnished and his son was not ill. The citizen reported VanBuren’s actions and agreed to cooperate with law enforcement. While cooperating with law enforcement, the citizen provided VanBuren $5,000 in response to the officer’s repeated requests for money, the statement said. “During that meeting, the citizen asked whether VanBuren would search a sensitive police database to determine whether an individual was an undercover police officer. In exchange The payment was set up through PayPal, and the victim received an email she thought was legitimate confirming the payment. She later realized that the so-called confirmation email was from Laurent, not PayPal, and she never received the funds. Police tracked the man’s email account to Chicago.

Alleged panty thief runs from cops ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A woman was arrested July 5 for allegedly shoplifting 34 pairs of panties from a local clothing store. A loss prevention manager said

for $1,000, VanBuren unlawfully accessed the law enforcement database and provided the results of that search to the citizen. VanBuren resigned before he was terminated by the Cumming Police Department.” VANBUREN “Investigations into allegations of public corruption involving police officers are a disheartening, but very necessary duty of the FBI, said J. Britt Johnson, special agent in charge for the FBI Atlanta Field Office. “People have a right to demand that their public safety officers possess integrity and a sense of fairness as they carry out their duties. The FBI asks that anyone with information regarding such matters to contact their nearest FBI field office.” The Cumming Police Department and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation. VanBuren joined the department in August 2008 and was promoted to sergeant in August 2013.

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By PATRICK FOX ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell’s Downtown Development Authority got a brush from the changing political winds last week when it sought city approval for conditional use to develop Roswell Plaza. The Development Authority acquired the four-acre site near City Hall by way of a $4.8 million loan from the city in January. The property had sat vacant since the Southern Skillet closed in 2011. Throughout this year, the DDA has been preparing plans to market the site for development. The blowback came when DDA representative Dave Schmit presented a plan that, in addition to office and retail, allowed some multi-family residences. That provision set off an hour-long debate that included heated exchanges between the mayor and a newly elected faction of the City Council which has championed a campaign against high-density residential development. City Councilman Mike Palermo said he was wary of a process that allows the DDA to market the site for multifamily development along with other uses. He said he wanted to set limits that would dissuade developers from including too many residential units. “I want to see a great project,” Palermo said. “I want to see something that really is a catalyst that’s enhancing the area. At the same time, in having that project, I also want to see the fewest (residential) units as possible.” Palermo reminded the City Council that the property is owned by the taxpayers, and the city is obligated to ensure the right project is built. What worries him, he said, is that the Development Authority would be in charge of collecting qualified develop-

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ers through a request for qualifications process. The most qualified would be selected to participate in the request for proposals process whereby developers would submit more detailed plans for the site. Palermo said he would like to see more city oversight in the process. He suggested either giving the city some say in selecting the finalists or allowing the city to include a paragraph in the vision statement to developers that would promote office and retail over residential. Schmit said while he doesn’t envision much multi-family on the Plaza site, the DDA has relationships with adjoining property owners, and an expanded mixed-use development could be implemented as part of a larger development in the future. Mayor Jere Wood and councilmen Jerry Orlans and Donald Horton said that developers have no way to determine the makeup of a development in the early stages. The point of a request for qualifications, they argued, is to collect and sort through a list of developers interested in building something

on the site. When those developers are identified and deemed qualified, the DDA can then call for more specific plans from the developers, what’s termed a “request for proposals.” “You’re asking developers not only for their qualifications but also their analysis of what the market will bear, asking them to prejudge it without having all the facts,” Wood said. Schmit said the RFQ process merely tries to match abilities to what the DDA envisions for the site. The vision statement will be a series of concepts that will speak to office and retail, to architecture. He said it is the DDA’s intention to have a retail frontage along Frazier Street that is intimate and small and has courtyards and restaurants. Multifamily, he said, would be termed an ancillary use. But Palermo, joined by Councilman Marcelo Zapata, pushed back, saying the site belongs to the taxpayers and the city is obligated to shepherd the project carefully. “The city and taxpayers ought to be in the driver’s seat, not the demand, not the market and not the developer,” Zapata said. He added that putting a cap on the number of residential units from the start makes sense. “It’s not a sin,” he said. Palermo joined in. “Does council have the ability to deny at the end, yes. Is that going to happen, to be honest, no,” he said. “I’ll say right now, I think at the end of the day, what ends up coming to council is going to get approved. That’s why it is so important that, at the very beginning, we’re setting things up right.” After more than an hour of debate, the mayor, his frustration clear, said, “If this council wants to take charge of the

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But Gaither was right. There was a lot left to be done. Volunteers began by lining a100foot trench with river rock along the side path, then carting and carrying a mountain of mulch piles on the front lot to the playground in back. Meanwhile others assembled equipment. The summer sun, though less intense than in the past few days, still took its toll, as workers took occasional shady respites on the porch and gulping bottled water. The flurry of activity looked like a well-choreographed dance to Fred Moeller, DreamWeavers co-founder. “We were looking for a place to make an office,” he said. “We were just trying to rent something. We could not find anything to rent or buy, so this was built.” DreamWeavers’ mission is to enrich the lives of foster children while they’re in its care and in such a way as it sustains them no matter what happens to them. The organization does this by focusing on all parts of life, social life, self-esteem, educational and medical life, even spiritual life. “Our effort was to find a place that would do some of these programs, but

Workers complete the final assembly of slides and swings Friday at a new playground for DreamWeavers at the Kalen Center in Alpharetta. there really wasn’t anything in our area, so we had to build it,” Moeller said. The Kalen Center – Kalen is Old English for “keeper of the keys” – houses three entities, Moeller and Associates counselling service, Giving Children a Chance of Georgia, which provides

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Gifts along the trail often ignored in daily life Publisher Ray Appen began walking the Appalachian Trail back in March. He is writing from the trail and we will publish his columns as they come in. He has traveled quite a few miles now; stay tuned for the rest of the story I have been on the trail now over four months. Every day I try to feed myself, find shelter and walk. Walking now is my job. I walk somewhere between 15 and 20 miles a day with the pack RAY APPEN on my back weighPublisher, AT Hiker ing between 28 and 41 pounds. Usually, at least 18 to 20 pounds of that is food and water. There have been times when I would drink up to a liter of water per hour. All the days – each and every one – is the same, and each is different. I do a lot of thinking out here during my 8- to 10-hour daily hike. I am not distracted by phones, honking cars, red lights, fires that need putting out, bills that need paying, meetings that need attending, random decisions, political debates or other daily situations. I only have to focus on three things: walking, eating and sleeping. That’s it. The opportunity to experience this amazing hike is priceless and only available to me because my incredibly generous wife and family who have been willing to do all the heavy lifting at home during my absence. The Trail has already taught me countless things, but one of the most important ones – and the most obvious – is that most people are not fortunate enough to be able to take six months off from their jobs and families to walk. That is an amazing privilege and good fortune, one for which I shall be eternally grateful. The trail has been teaching me how to be more thankful for all things large and small and for all people with whom I come into contact. I am relearning the meaning of humility. This week, I met a mom and her two daughters and their dog Rufus on the trail. The girls are 11 and 13 years old, and they were all section-hiking for about 150 miles into Connecticut. Their hike is supposed to last about three weeks. They ended up sleeping in the same shelter that I slept in, a small shelter just able to accommodate about six people. I was surprised that they were out on the trail in this particular section as it is harder than I thought such young

I came across this flag in New York a few days after the tragic shootings in Minnesota, Baton Rouge and Dallas. To me it represented resolve to get past this pain and problems, independence and defiance that we will not be intimidated or bullied by acts of evil — even those that seem beyond our control. kids could navigate. I wasn’t even sure that I was going to be able to get up that section of trail. It was more like rock-climbing than hiking and it was straight up. You could not use hiking poles. And you absolutely could not slip or lose your balance without dire consequences. Yet somehow, the 11- and 13-yearolds climbed the stretch, and somehow the mom was also able to get up with her 65-pound pack. She also told me that she carried/pushed the dog (which I’m guessing weighed around 90 pounds) up the rocks as well! Each child carried her own pack weighing about 25 pounds while the mom carried 65 pounds, an incredibly heavy weight for anyone. I try my hardest to keep my pack weight under 35 pounds. Their dog Rufus even had a saddlebag strapped to his back and carried his own rations, bowl and water. On the trail everyone pulls their own weight – even dogs. That night in the shelter was a first for the girls even though they were already veteran campers. It was supposed to thunderstorm, so we encouraged them to sleep in the shelter instead of their tent. So they did. But that was not something they

had ever done before – sleeping on the shelter floor with only three walls – and in the middle of a back country forest with three strange men they did not know. In the middle of the night I heard the younger girl cry out, from a nightmare I suppose, and fall into her mom’s outstretched arms. I switched on my red background light for them for a few moments to try to help. The next morning we all hiked out together. The mom and the younger daughter almost immediately fell behind and after about an hour I realized that the 13-year-old had decided to join us up the trail well ahead of her mom and her sister. She brought Rufus with her. She walked with us for about an hour. We talked about camping, Harry Potter and trail life in general. After a while, she announced that she thought she should stop and wait for her mom and sister to catch up with her so she said goodbye. “Have a safe hike and thank you for letting me hike with you,” she said as we disappeared down the trail. I was astounded with the poise, awareness and demeanor of this 13-year-old kid. As I walked down the trail I

marveled at my experience with the mom and her kids. I told her I thought that she was a super mom to her girls and that I was sure they would remember this hike and all the others for the rest of their lives. I added how empowered and enabled I felt she was making her girls. I saw independence. I saw confidence. And I saw appropriate caution with strangers, especially with the 13-year-old who hiked with us. I saw her set a limit for herself. I saw her stop on the side of the trail alone in the wilderness to comfortably wait for her mom and her sister to catch up. Every day is a new lesson and a new experience for me. Meeting the mom and her girls was just one of many. I’ve learned that out on the trail life can get tough and discouraging. But I’ve come to realize that almost without fail the Trail will always follow the tough times with grace in some form if one has faith and patience – just like life offers off the Trail. I have walked down a steep, rocky, discouraging side of a mountain that was making me miserable only to pass a woman ascending the very same stretch of trail with her dog – her seeing-eye dog. The lady was blind. I have lost important trail equipment only to have a fellow hiker find it and literally run about a half a mile back up the trail to bring it back to me. I’ve had a hiker notice me taking off down the wrong trail and 15 minutes later track me down to tell me I missed the turn. And of course this hiker was one who I thought looked questionable when I originally passed him – “surely a bad guy,” I thought. In 100 different ways the trail has tried to teach me not to be so quick to cast judgment. The confidence exuded from the young girl that hiked with us represents the power of the trail to empower and enable people. The Trail tends to help people engage with one another and be good stewards to each other’s welfare and also to the physical world in which we all live. Hiking the trail creates, for a short while, a different reality for every hiker. It frees hikers from the distractions of everyday life. It is a key that opens locks but one still has to walk through the doors on his own. The trail does not change anyone’s life. It does however give one better vision, more focus, more acute hearing and a heightened awareness of self as we relate to the world in which we live.


Life lessons from… Pokemon? For the past few weeks, it seems like the country has been transported back to the 1990s. A Clinton is running for president, Tarzan is in theaters and everyone is KATHLEEN STURGEON playing Pokemon, or Editor so it appears. This augmented reality game has taken the nation by storm. Players download a free app on their mobile devices that uses the phone’s GPS and camera to help “trainers,” as they’re called, capture, battle and train virtual Pokemon that appear throughout our real world. Pokemon are fictional creatures, often similar to animals like rats, birds or bugs. They came about when the original Pokemon game and TV show first appeared in the ‘90s. Most notable is Pikachu, a species of Pokemon that is a small yellow animal that looks like a mouse. Users have been taking the game to heart, joining one of the three teams, yellow, red or blue, and are venturing out into the world in a quest to catch ‘em all. While this may seem like a silly waste of time, the game is so much more than what it may appear to be on the surface. The way to catch these fictional creatures is by walking around. You can’t simply sit on your couch and join in. The whole point is to get players up and moving out of their homes. There is even a medal players earn after walking a given number of miles. With this one game, children and adults alike are getting outdoors and exercising. It’s a fantastic idea. And while they’re outside, many players are making friends with fellow trainers and ultimately socializing more in real time and in the real world than they would


Continued from Page 4 RFP and RFQ process, they can. If you want to take control over it, you – the council -- can. But I think to say to the DDA ‘We want you to take responsibility, but we want to have this additional input’ is ignoring the integrity of the system. These people are putting their reputations on the line. If you trust them, let them run with it. But, if you don’t trust them, take over that responsibility.”

with most other video games. But aside from the physical and mental benefits, the game teaches us life lessons. Growing up in the ‘90s, I watched and played Pokemon throughout my childhood. I collected the cards, watched endless hours of the TV show and bonded with friends over which creature we liked the best. However subconsciously we were learning about life and being taught lessons. In the theme song alone, it says “You teach me and I’ll teach you.” We were brought up to help each other figure things out. Collaboration is a 21st century skill that is prized in today’s workforce, so Pokemon players were ahead of the learning curve, even as children. In one episode of the popular Pokemon TV show, one of the main characters discusses how she doesn’t like bugs. It upsets one of the bug-like Pokemon because it knows she doesn’t like it for something it can’t change. It essentially teaches viewers that it’s OK to not like or agree with someone, but you should not criticize someone or judge them for things they can’t change. It’s no wonder most of my generation grew up to be accepting and wanting equality for all. Of course there are negative side effects to the game, such as paying too much attention to a phone when walking or venturing to a common spot in the game and potentially being taken advantage of by an ill-meaning stranger. But at the end of the day, if this game gets children excited about being outside and working as a team with others, it’s a win in my book. Time to go catch ‘em all. Then, he added: “Mr. Palermo, if you think you can do a better job, do it… Run it yourself.” After more than 90 minutes of debate, Palermo succeeded in getting a provision in the conditional use proposal allowing the City Council the option of selecting two finalists to add to the DDA’s list of finalists. All finalists will be allowed to submit project proposals. The vote was 3-2, with Zapata and Orlans opposed. The conditional use for the property also allows five stories with no more than a three-story front. It also allows for residential units that are of condo-quality construction. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | July 21, 2016 | 9

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Roger Wise Jr. honored for revitalizing Rotary Receives Club Builder Award By HATCHER HURD ROSWELL, Ga. – Roger Wise Jr. has been a Rotarian for several decades now, but he probably has more “makeup” Rotarian lunches than anyone else in the Rotary Club of Roswell. That is simply because he spends so much time visiting, helping, cajoling and promoting Rotarian principles to Rotary clubs wherever he can. He served the outgoing Rotary District 6900 Governor Bob Hagan as Hagan’s Rotary ambassador. As ambassador, Wise visited the many clubs around District 6900, which is to say 68 clubs all over Georgia. And it was in Hagan’s capacity as the outgoing district governor to award Wise the Club Builder Award for his unstinting work for more than one club. As Hagan’s ambassador he did

visit every club in that capacity, but the award was for more than just showing the district governor’s flag. “The Builder Award is for someone who builds up clubs. A club may have some issue or they just need someone to inspire them,” Hagan said. “Well, who better to inspire you than Roger?” So Hagan recently presented Wise with the Builder’s Award at the Rotary Club of Roswell for his hard work and enthusiasm for all things Rotary. No more than five Builder Awards may be presented in one year. As district governor, Hagan had taken on the goal of serving seniors and designated February as “Rotary Has Heart for Seniors Month.” District clubs took on 76 service projects involving seniors. “Roger was able to go to all of the municipalities for those clubs and was able to receive 37 proclamations from those local governments for their local Rotary clubs and the ‘Rotary Has Heart’ program,” Hagan said. “So more than half of our clubs received a proclama-

Roger Wise, center, is presented the Club Builder Award by Rotary District 6900 Governor Bob Hagan, left, as fellow Rotarian John Albers looks on. tion.” Receiving such proclamations may seem inconsequential in the great scheme of things, but Hagan said recognition from one’s community goes a

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Alpharetta moves forward with $50.8M bond Coupled with TSPLOST, city has transformational plans By PATRICK FOX ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Alpharetta City Council talked big money at Monday night’s council meeting. As a result of a special election in May, the city awarded the sale of $50.8 million in general obligation bonds to Morgan Stanley. The bonds will be used to fund transportation, parks and recreation projects within the city. Finance Director Tom Harris said Alpharetta’s AAA bond rating helped secure one of the best interest rates – 2.78 percent -- the city has ever received. The City Council also signed an intergovernmental agreement with Fulton County agreeing to terms set out for the distribution of revenues from a proposed transportation sales tax which is expected to go on the ballot this November. Under terms of the agreement, Alpharetta would receive about $62 million – or 11 percent -- of the estimated $569 million expected to be collected over the five-year term of the TSPLOST. The distribution will be based on population of the Fulton cities except Atlanta. Atlanta is will conduct its own TSPLOST referendum. Fulton County will authorize the Board of Elections to place the question on the November ballot so Fulton residents can vote on TSPLOST.

BOND PROJECT LIST • Alpharetta Arts Center development: $1.5 million • Eastside Community Center / YMCA Partnership: $2.5 million • Wills Park pool renovation: $2.7 million, including the pool bath house, which is almost 30 years old • Parkland acquisition, parks development and cultural facilities: $5.4 million • Sidewalk improvements: $6 million • Greenway extension to Forsyth County: $6.5 million • Lily Garden Terrace extension: $1.5 million to add a small street from Cumming Street to Canton Street • Windward Parkway Corridor improvements: $2 million • Kimball Bridge Road congestion mitigation: $9 million • Rucker Road Corridor improvements: $14.85 million

City Councilman Chris Owens pointed out that the agreement memorializes the distribution process for dividing sales tax funds. It does not imply that the city is taking a stand to support the sales tax itself, he said.

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More parking ahead for downtown ALPHARETTA, Ga. —Alpharetta has closed on the purchase of a lot on Milton Avenue, just east of Rest Haven Cemetery, to create more public parking. Mayor David Belle Isle said Monday the city paid $1 million for the lot, which is just over one acre. The existing buildings, which have housed a variety of shops over the years, will have to be demolished, he said. “As downtown grows, we’re trying keep up with our parking needs,” the mayor said. Councilman Mike Kennedy, who serves as liaison to the Community Development Department, added: “We’re serious about adding parking on the west side of downtown.”

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Fulton Schools prepares for Aug. 8 opening Less testing of students in new year plan By CANDY WAYLOCK FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - When The Fulton County School System will open its doors Aug. 8 to an additional 800 new students, 900 new teachers, and a school calendar that will likely include less mandatory testing for students, thanks to a new state law granting flexibility to systems. During a Back to School press briefing held last week, school leaders said the details on the testing program will be publicly released in the next few weeks as the system builds the testing calendar. “We believe student testing should be used to diagnose needs and not to be used punitively,” said Jeff Rose, superintendent for Fulton Schools. “We support any effort that reduces testing for students and maintains the focus on continual improvement.” This year, Georgia lawmakers passed Senate Bill 364 which gave systems more ownership of their testing programs, following the lead of the fed-

eral government which bowed to parent pressure over excessive testing. Under the newly-adopted Every Student Succeeds Act from the U.S. Department of Education, the number of mandated tests drops to 17 annual tests from more than 30. Much of the outcry over the mandated testing was the impact of student scores on teacher evaluations, and the number of hours spent on testing by students. The decision affects only those tests mandated at the local, state and federal levels – not those classroom assessments determined by teachers. Rose said the details on assessment decisions will likely be brought forward by the end of July. Also joining Rose at the media briefing were Rob Anderson, associate superintendent of academics, and Patrick Burke, associate superintendent of operations. The briefing covered an overview of the 2016-17 school year, safety and security and construction updates.

At a Glance The Fulton School System continues to be the fourth largest school

district in Georgia with a projected 2016-2017 enrollment of approximately 96,500 students – up 800 students from last year. In North Fulton, two new schools will open -- Vickery Mill Elementary School and the Fulton Academy of Science & Technology (FAST) charter school, both in Roswell. Students at Esther Jackson Elementary will also return to a brand new school, which was rebuilt on the Roswell campus last year. Last year students were housed at the Vickery Mill school site during the one-year rebuild. FAST is North Fulton’s newest charter school, focusing on problem-solving with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The school will begin with K-7, and expand to 8th grade next year. New Staff – Nearly 900 new teachers have been hired, bringing the district’s teaching force to about 6,670. Anderson noted about 150 vacancies remained as of mid-July, primarily in Special Education, but he anticipates those vacancies will be filled by the start of school. Transportation – Parents can view their child’s bus route on the system

website – the earliest routes have been finalized, noted Burke. Nearly 790 buses make up the Fulton Schools’ fleet – 52 of those new. Burke noted Fulton bus drivers will continue to be the best trained in the state, with local requirements exceeding all state and federal standards.

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The music is back at Swallow at the Hollow Songwriters once again perform live By JULIA GROCHOWSKI ROSWELL, Ga. — After almost four years of silence, acoustic songs are once again gracing the stage at Swallow at the Hollow every other weekend. The returning live songwriter performances used to draw artists from all over the country, including Nashville, New York and California, to the homey barbecue restaurant. They would play in a room so packed that “you just couldn’t get in,” said event coordinator Jody Jackson. People would sit out on the patio hoping to catch a few notes from the performance. Ever since the shows ended in 2012, Swallow at the Hollow had been hearing requests for their return almost every day. They tried rebooting the shows a few times, but they didn’t see any success until they contacted Jackson in February. Jackson, who has worked with songwriters almost all his life, is a huge fan of the Swallow at the Hollow performances, past and present. “I’ve probably done shows in over 1,000

Swallow at the Hollow’s stage welcomes songwriters to play intimate acoustic performances. venues in America, and [Swallow at the Hollow] is absolutely one of my favorites.” said Jackson. “We had so much fun. The smells, the barbecue, the food, the cold beer, the rustic barn atmosphere – it’s incredible.” The acoustic shows tend to only feature vocals and guitar, but a little piano or drums may get thrown in as well. Most of the music is country, but performances can include almost any

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The shows start at 9:30 p.m., after dinner, and tend to run till midnight. If the show really hits off, however, they can go on longer with no problem. One of the most memorable and dynamic performances, Jackson said, went on until 2 a.m. with Jeffrey Steele. People enjoyed it so much that no one left until it was over. “If the artist wants to play more and the people want to stay, we can go later” Jackson explained. “We have security. We have snacks.” Jackson has compared the setup of Swallow at the Hollow to Nashville’s famous and always-packed music club, the Bluebird Café. “I think we can do the same thing here. There are more people here in Atlanta,” Jackson said. “Atlanta is a great music town. The state of Georgia is a great music state.” Since the music returned in May, Swallow at the Hollow has had performances by the likes of Tony Arata, Johnny Bulford and Janell Wheeler Fridays and Saturdays every other week. The restaurant venue is located at 1072 Green St. in Roswell. Shows cost $20. Tickets, menu and future lineups can be found at swallowatthehollow. com.

Alpharetta, Cambridge, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Milton, Northview and Roswell high schools all have the updated media centers. Centennial High School was the first to debut a Learning Commons last school year. The Learning Commons include group study rooms, technology bar, lounge seating, project room and other flexible areas aimed at 21st Century learning.

Safety Initiatives Fulton Schools is expanding the “QuickTip” app to allow parents, students, staff and the community to report (anonymously if preferred) situations that are occurring within and/or around schools or facilities. The Safety & Security Department closely monitors and aggressively follows up on all tips, explained Burke. The app is free and available for download to smartphones. Tips can also be sent via the web/ online athttps://asp.schoolmessenger. com/fultonschools/quicktip/.


Area police encourage Pokemon Go safety By KYLIE McFADDEN ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The newest mobile gaming craze is encouraging its users to get outside and explore. North Fulton and Forsyth County police want to remind people to play safely. Pokemon Go is an augmented reality mobile app that allows players to virtually track, catch, power up and fight creatures called Pokemon. The word “Pokemon” is a contraction of “pocket monsters.” Using Google Maps, the game follows the player’s location. Local hotspots are marked as landmarks, called PokeStops, and gyms in the game, including fountains, historic buildings and statues. The Alpharetta Public Safety Department headquarters on Old Milton Parkway has a PokeStop at its flag pole. “I encourage people to visit our memorial area in front of the public safety headquarters,” Alpharetta Public Information Officer George Gordon said. “Our memorial site is a place of honor as it contains monuments to our veterans and their campaigns. It also has a memorial to our K9 dogs who have passed away. There is a large freedom eagle and of course, our city, state and national flags.” Gordon said to be aware that some places could be private property or off-limits for certain hours. Though he has not played Pokemon Go, Gordon said he likes what it has to offer. “I think it can be a two-edged sword. I think it’s brilliant that it allows people go to learn new things, go to interesting places, go to historical places, and that’s always a plus. I encourage users just to be careful.” Gordon said to use common sense when playing the game. “Enjoy your gaming experience. We recommend to those who play the game to always travel in pairs or more. Be aware of your external environment. Don’t use this or any social media while driving. Play smart. Understand the area you’re traveling to for your own personal safety. There are always those who will use a gaming craze in an effort to make you a victim, so play it safe.” Despite safety concerns, Gordon said he thinks the benefits of the game outweigh the negatives. “I’m all for it,” he said. “Anything with a learning environment like that, that’s pretty cool. Plus it motivates people to get out and be active. We will be posting a really cool Pokemon themed video on our Alpharetta Public | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | July 21, 2016 | 15

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Peachtree Park Prep celebrates 20 years By KYLIE McFADDEN JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Peachtree Park Prep will wrap up its 20th anniversary year with a summer celebration July 25 and 27. The 20th anniversary year kicked off in August. PPP has hosted events and promotions throughout the year, including giveaways, tuition credits and a fall festival in October 2015. The summer celebration is the final event for PPP’s 20th anniversary. With food, a DJ, dance parties, a petting zoo and more, the event will host current students as well as alumni. At the beginning of the 20th year anniversary, co-founder Kay Paschal and the PPP staff began reaching out to alumni and parents to see where they are in their lives. She said the response has been eye-opening. “To hear from people I haven’t heard from or seen in 15 years saying their child is the way they are because of us is overwhelming.” When Steve, Kay Paschal’s husband, was offered a banking job in Singapore, the Paschals had to make a choice: Move their young family across the world or find a new path and stay in the United States. The Paschals moved from Texas to Georgia and opened the Johns Creek location of Peachtree Prep in 1995, expanding to Alpharetta in 1998. “We wanted to think of something we could do together, since we both had our own talents as far as business,”

Paschal said. “We had no idea what we were doing. “We just thought it would be great for our young family. We could be with our kids, have an impact on their education even though neither of us were educators.” The couple split the responsibilities of starting a business, Steve taking charge of the licensing and financing of the property and Kay learning the development and education practices for young children. A major reason for the school’s success is consistency, Paschal said. Almost all of the teaching staff has been working there 10 or more years, and children will often interact with the same teachers from infancy through pre-K. “My teachers have a plan. They know how to implement it. They know how to engage the children and make it fun. And the children hardly know they’re learning. It’s a talent.” The Paschal’s mission statement,

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would certainly be it. It’s downtown is almost a walk away from the lake, it’s a short drive to the Lake Lanier Rowing Club which hosted part of the 1996 Olympics, and it is by far the most developed. Since getting a reputation as the “Poultry Capital of the World” back in the 1980s, the city has transformed itself. The downtown centers around a large square surrounded by a couple of restaurants, bars, shops and offices. The city hosts several college campuses including Brenau, University of North Georgia and Lanier Technical College. All of them help to bring disposable income that helps support the local economy and entertainment district. It is a well-developed, charming downtown area and is a stone’s throw from Lake Lanier. Buford was my biggest surprise. I recently had lunch with an agent friend of mine at a very progressive and incredibly tasty restaurant called Rico’s. Buford became well known in the early 1900’s as a great leather-producing city. Actors Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the cast of Bonanza all used saddles produced in plants in downtown Buford. Left behind from this history are these large, brick factories right in the center of downtown along the rail line. One of them has become a place where artists rent out


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Housing Authority of Roswell kicks off redevelopment $13M public-private project seen as catalyst for Groveway District By HATCHER HURD ROSWELL, Ga. – After a decade of planning, Roswell’s Groveway Community is seeing the fruits of redevelopment planning begun with a 2007 Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Communities Initiatives grant that will bring new development and workforce housing to downtown. The city broke ground July 13 on The Veranda at Groveway, a $13 million redevelopment project in cooperation with the Housing Authority of Roswell (HAR) and HUD. The first phase will consist of 102 units, 80 of which will be rent-restricted for residents 62 and older. Partnering with HAR are the Integral Group and Schmit & Associates. It will begin replacing 65-year-old public housing units with a public-private development that will offer, in HAR’s words, “pedestrian friendly environments with market rate and affordable housing.” The $8 million in federal tax credits offered under the public-private part-

nership are a big driver in the project. Meanwhile the Housing Authority will retain complete ownership of the property. Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc., the city’s economic development arm, said no better place could be selected for reshaping Roswell’s downtown. “This is THE spot for business and residential. It is the core of Roswell. It is a place for employees to have a place to live and a place the public will want to visit,” Stroud said. Its genesis began with an ARCsponsored trip by community and political leaders to visit Greenville, S.C. There they saw the transformational change in what had been a dying downtown in Greenville into a dynamic live, work, play environment. “The Groveway Charrette is the vision of the people who live here and own property here,” Stroud said. He noted the property is within easy walking distance of the Canton Street entertainment district, City Hall, the Roswell Public Library and Waller Park. HAR owns 16 prime acres in the Groveway District just south of the Roswell City Hall complex and bounded on the west by Ga. 9 (Atlanta Street). Plans by property owners and the City of Roswell were finalized in 2009 with the Groveway Charrette.

Officials turn the first spades-full of dirt on the $13 million first phase of renovations.

Today, 85 percent of Roswell’s workforce can’t afford to live in the city. We have to go outside Roswell to find people to come here.” DONALD J. HORTON City Councilman

This rendering shows what the Housing Authority of Roswell has in store for Groveway with additional workforce housing to serve the city’s downtown.

The charrette brought residents and property owners together to map out a long-term strategy for redeveloping the Groveway District with a sharp eye on the economic success of Roswell’s Canton Street District just north of City Hall. Workforce housing was a large component of the Groveway Charrette and HAR’s mission. That appeals to City Councilman Donald J. Horton. “Today, 85 percent of Roswell’s workforce can’t afford to live in the city. We have to go outside Roswell to find people to come here,” Horton said. That puts the city at a disadvantage for its entire business community. “And if we don’t have businesses in the city to pay taxes, then it falls on the homeowners. I like a strong tax-paying

commercial district,” he said. “Developments like [The Veranda] give us that workforce housing. And don’t forget, those workers buy and spend their wages in our city when they live here. It helps the city all the way around.” HAR Board President Dan Pile noted it is the largest single property owner in Groveway. The Housing Authority’s redevelopment would be central to any meaningful redevelopment of the area. HAR broke ground March 13, 1952, and with one significant addition in 1984 has been the city’s rent-assisted program for the elderly and other HUD-qualified residents. “We realized revitalization alone would not be a viable long-term solution for the Housing Authority,” Pile said. “It needed to be sustainable. And that is why the public-private partnership is so appealing. “A government-only revitalization would take twice as long and three times the money,” he said. “But the project will always maintain 103 subsidized units [authorized under HAR’ charter].” But the market-rate housing units will do a much better job of supporting the subsidized units as the other phases are built. Originally, 14 companies were invited to participate in bidding for the project. It was winnowed down to three, and then Intergral and Schmit & Associates were selected to be the partners in the project. Atlanta-based Integral has a huge amount of experience in redevelopment with more than $2 billion invested nationwide.

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Sacrifice of Roswell’s ‘Lost Women’ recalled When Sherman stormed Roswell, those women paid the price By HATCHER HURD ROSWELL, Ga. – In the summer of 1864, the great Civil War had come to the gates of Roswell. And having arrived, Union commander William T. Sherman decided it was time the civilians of the South feel the pain the past three-and-a-half years of warfare his army had experienced. Sherman would break the spirit of the populace and bring America’s bloodiest war to an end. Yes, Sherman’s March to the Sea began in Roswell. It is the story still remembered in the city today – how Sherman declared the workers, almost exclusively women, were guilty of treason for having been so disloyal as to work in the mills for the Roswell Manufacturing Co. and the Ivy Woolen Mill. True, the mills did make uniforms for the threadbare rebels. But burning the mills would have sufficed from a military standpoint. But Sherman drove home his point by having some 400 millworkers and their children rounded up and marched to Marietta. There they would be placed on trains and taken at least as far as Lexington, Ky., where the women simply were dispersed. Some were sent farther north. Some were perhaps more kindly treated and allowed to disembark in small groups at towns along the way. Some were interned in a former Lexing-


Roswell SCV member and former camp commander Jerry Maddox attends the service in full uniform of his ancestor.


Ray Barry explains the reason the Roswell Mills Camp of the Sons of Confederate Soldiers raised this memorial column for the Lost Women of Roswell.

ton hospital and it became their prison. But only a handful of the women ever returned. And there were tales of bitter privation and starvation for many. They are known as the Lost Women of Roswell. Brutally treated, mostly forgotten except among Roswell natives who still remembered the tale. So that their story would never be forgotten the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Roswell Mills Camp 1547, has taken its camp name in their memory. Led by SCV member Ken Howell, the camp has gone a step farther, raising some $26,000 for a fitting memorial in 2000 to honor those women. Just off Roswell Square on Sloan Street is a small city park amid what remains of the mill quarters. In that park is a marble column that appears to be broken off. In Victorian iconography the broken column memorial signified a life cut short or somehow unfulfilled. “Most [SCV] camps take their name for some great hero who participated in the battles,” said SCV member and past commander Doug Allen. “But our name recalls the plight of these women.” And it was to recall that plight and their memory the Roswell Mills Camp met July 16 at the Sloan Street Park to honor those women who had been transported never to return.

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Members of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana of Atlanta will present an ikebana exhibit featuring Japanese floral arrangements in contemporary styles. A reception to kick off the exhibit will be held July 25, 7-9 p.m. The exhibit will be open all day July 25-29 at the Roswell Visual Arts Center, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Information about the exhibit can be found at Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at NorthFulton. com/Calednar.


What: With the school year fast approaching, enjoy one more day of summer fun with Roswell’s free bike parade at Riverside Park. When: Saturday, July 23, 8-9 a.m. Where: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell More info:


What: The Groveway Community Group invites everyone to celebrate the community with games, face paintings, health screenings, bounce house, school supplies and more. When: Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Waller Park, 250 Oak St., Roswell More info: 770-993-4245 or


What: The Computer Museum will be open to the public on select days. One of the top vintage computer collections in the world, the exhibit includes the earliest computers and video games. When: Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Kings Market Center, 1425 Market Blvd. Suite 200, Roswell Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children ages 5-17 More info: computermuseumofamerica. com


What: Mitties Tea Room is inviting everyone to enjoy a brunch with their favorite princesses. Price includes brunch, drink, and a meet and greet with the princesses. When: Sunday, July 24 Where: Mitties Tea Room, 62 North Main St., Alpharetta Cost: $30 More info and to reserve seats: 770772-0850 or

WEEKLY WEST COAST SWING DANCE What: Learn swing dancing or refine your skills at these weekly sessions. The first introductory lesson is free. When: Sunday, July 24, 6-6:45 p.m. Where: American Legion Club 201, 201 Wills Road, Alpharetta More info:


What: Everyone is invited to join the book club meeting to discuss Harper Lee’s newest novel “Go Set a Watchman.” When: Tuesday, July 26, 10 a.m. Where: Park Place at Newtown School, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info:


What: Enjoy this week’s free movie “Joy,” the story of a self-made millionaire and the struggles she faces to create her business empire. Popcorn and drinks will be served. When: Wednesday, July 27, 1 p.m. Where: Park Place at Newtown School, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info:


What: Barrington Hall presents an evening lecture on “The March of the Orphans” by historian and author Kevin Horgan. Complementary snacks are included. When: Wednesday, July 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell Cost: $5 More info:


What: Local fiction author, reporter and blogger Anju Gattani is offering a seven-week novel writing course that will cover how to create characters, conflicts, backstories, worlds and more. Participation is free but limited to the

first 20 who sign up. When: Wednesdays, Aug. 3-Sept. 14, 6-7:45 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Milton More info and registration: or 404-6134445


What: The Johns Creek Summer Concert Series at Newtown Park continues with a free performance by Mother’s Finest, who will play funk rock. Reserve seating available. When: Friday, July 22, 7 p.m. Where: Newtown Park Amphitheater, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info:


What: Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guests Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars will perform. When: July 23, 7:30 p.m. Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta Cost: Tickets starting at $20 More info:


What: All Hands Productions presents “Jack and the Beanstalk” as part of Roswell’s family-friendly Summer Puppet Series. Show times available at When: July 18-23 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: $5 per ticket, children under 2 get in free. More info: 770-594-6232, roswellgov. com


What: Acting UP, a drama ministry of Roswell United Methodist Church, will present “Mary Poppins” live. When: July 28-31, times vary Where: 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell Cost: $10 More info:, 678-8717766


What: “Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America” returns to the Georgia Ensemble Theatre to celebrate the ‘60s and ‘70s singer, John Denver. When: Thursdays through Saturdays, July 14-30, 8 p.m. Where: Ben Brady Pavilion, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Cost: Tickets starting at $15 More info:, 770-641-1260


What: ACT1 Theater presents “Seussi-

cal,” a musical that melds classic Dr. Seuss tales together and brings to life timeless characters like Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Jojo and more. When: July 14-Aug. 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. Cost: $20 for adult, $17 for child More info and tickets:


What: Children ages 4-6 can join this music class that emphasizes piano playing, note reading, ear training, singing and classical music. The class is free, but registration is required. When: Friday, July 22, 10-11 a.m. Where: Milton Branch Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info and registration: or


What: Join the discussion on writing and all that goes into it, including the structure, motivation, inspiration and love. Teens are encouraged to bring in pieces that they are working on for critique and help. When: Sunday, July 24, 2:30-4 p.m. Where: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek More info:


What: Play video games provided by the library on the big screen in the storytime room with other families. When: Monday, July 25, 5-6 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Branch Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info:


What: Jump in and join the discussion at this week’s meeting on “The Long Way Home” by Louise Penny. Suggested for an adult audience. When: Tuesday, July 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Branch Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell More info:


What: Alpharetta Library and Out of the Box present their second art class for teens, this time focusing on recreating Keith Haring’s artwork. Class is free, but registration is required. When: Tuesday, July 26, 3-4:30 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Branch Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info and registration: comments@ or

HUMMING BIRDS AND POLLINATORS What: Join Mickey Gazaway of Pike Nurseries as he discusses the plants that attract humming birds and other pollinators to local gardens. When: Wednesday, July 27, 6-7 p.m. Where: Milton Branch Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info:


What: The Alpharetta Library will present a series of foreign films each month for free. This month, they will show the French film “Amelie,” rated R. When: Thursday, July 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Branch Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info:


What: Taught by the UGA Extension program, children ages 7-11 will learn the basics of what money is, how it works and to maximize their spending and saving potential. Registration required. When: Thursday, July 28, 1-2 p.m. Where: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek More info and registration:


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

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


What: Enjoy free, alternative music at Piedmont Park with live bands American Aquarium, T. Hary Morris and the Hard Knocks. Radio personalities from 105.7 will be mingling with the crowd. When: Sunday, July 24, 7-11 p.m. Where: Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta More info:

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Get the net! Get the net! Last Sunday, July 17, is a day that Chattahoochee anglers Ryan Johnson and Michael Mayne will never forget. It was to be the day of the really, STEVE HUDSON Really, REALLY big Get Outside Georgia, trout. Chattahoochee Media Group Ryan and Mike had set out on the Chattahoochee River at daybreak. Their sights were set on big fish – big brown trout, to be specific – but they had no idea just how big of a surprise they were about to receive. Ryan, a fly fisherman, had all the gear he’d need – a heavy 8-weight flyrod, a full-sink line, a 20-pound test leader and a 7.5-inch-long articulated streamer fly. The fly was designed to imitate a big fish, for Ryan knew that big fish like big meals. Once the boat was in the water, Ryan started casting the fly near some structure along the bank. “I was just blind casting,” he recalled, “and it was literally the tenth cast of the day.” He stripped the fly toward the boat - three strips, four strips - and then came the strike that he will never forget. “It just about took the rod out of my hands,” he said. Ryan instantly realized that he had a really big fish. “I started hollering ‘Get the net, Mike! Get the net!’” he said. Thanks to the big-fish gear, the battle was intense but brief. Within just a few minutes, Ryan had the fish to the boat. “I had no words when I saw the fish,” he said, and Mike echoed that sentiment. “I thought it was going to be ‘big’ like in the 20s [inches],” Mike recalled, “but that fish was insane. It was the biggest fish I’d ever seen from the Chattahoochee.” Now it was Mike’s turn to do his part and get the fish into the net. Actually netting the fish, Mike added, “was one of the most nerve-wracking moments I’ve ever had.” How big did the trout turn out to be? “It measured 30 inches on the nose,” Ryan said. “And had a girth of 18.5 inches.” Based on those measurements, he estimates that it weighed about 15 pounds. What do you do with a gargantuan


Ryan Johnson with the giant brown trout that he landed last weekend on the Chattahoochee not far from Alpharetta. The fish weighed an estimated 15 pounds.

... That fish was insane. It was the biggest fish I’d ever seen from the Chattahoochee.” RYAN JOHNSON Fisherman trout like that? They took some photos and then set the fish back in the water. Fully revived, it swam into the depths. “Now he’s back out there in the river.” Ryan said, “waiting to be caught again.” And where, exactly, is that particular spot? Ryan didn’t say much about that except to note that it’s somewhere between Buford Dam and Morgan Falls. But he did comment on the conditions that seems to favor such catches, and as an experienced trophy trout angler his observations are definitely worth noting

“I’m always the crazy guy out there when the water is muddy,” he said. He added that a turbidity reading of 12 to 15, and perhaps even as high as 20, is what he looks for when fishing. He also prefers overcast days. “Bright bluebird days with clear water are my enemy,” he said. What’s next? Are there bigger trout yet to be caught in the Chattahoochee? Maybe so, Ryan said. “It may be time to start throwing 10-inch flies,” he said. “And I did notice that I need to get a bigger net!” Steve Hudson’s book, “Hiking the Hooch,” will help you discover the great trails of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, including the trails of the Cochran Shoals Unit. Check it out in local outdoor shops or on Amazon, or order online from www.chattahoocheemedia. com.


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Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market a Saturday morning treat ROSWELL, GA. – The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market has been a fixture since 2011 and attracts an average of 1,200 visitors every Saturday morning. It only allows local vendors with home-grown produce – within a 100mile radius. It is a project of the Roswell Recreation and Parks Department and is in keeping with and an advocate for the policy a locally grown, sustainable food

Farmers & Artisans Market What: Locally grown produce and goods When: 8 a.m. – Noon Where: 38 Hill St., Roswell (City Hall parking lot) economy.

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Trucker pleads guilty in fatal crash

Sentenced to 5 years In deaths of 5 coeds By HATCHER HURD


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PEMBROKE, Ga. - The driver of the tractor-trailer that killed five Georgia Southern University coeds including a Johns Creek woman has pleaded guilty to five counts of vehicular homicide and four other counts as well. John Wayne Johnson, 36, was sentenced to five years in prison and an additional five years’ probation. In addition he had to admit his guilt to the families. That works out to serving one year for each death. Johnson was traveling on I-16 before dawn April 22, 2015, when he rolled through two cars carrying seven GSU students, killing five of them. The cars ahead of Johnson had slowed because of an accident ahead. One of the dead was Milton High School graduate McKay Pittman. The police investigation showed Johnson never slowed down, leading to speculation Johnson was texting or

simply fell asleep at the wheel. Total Transportation was also charged on multiple counts in the case, mostly stemming from having hired Johnson who had a bad record before the fatal accident. Total Transportation, which has already settled for a total $78 million in damages to six of the seven families involved, had its charges dropped in exchange for an additional $200,000 to establish an education fund for nursing students. Render C. Freeman, an attorney with Anderson Tate & Carr, had expressed doubts of getting a conviction against the corporation, so he likened the settlement to “found money.” “It was a good verdict for the defendant. He should never have been hired as a driver based on his record, but the trucking company chose to ignore that. Now under the terms of his plea, he will never be allowed to work as a truck driver again,” Freeman said. Johnson had lost his previous job as a truck driver when he crashed his truck and admitted to falling asleep at the wheel. He had claimed he did not fall asleep in the fatal crash but he could not explain why he did not stop.

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Milton resident Kristi Castlin earns spot on highly competitive US women’s 100-meter hurdles team By JOE PARKER EUGENE, Ore. -- In just 12.5 seconds, over a decade of dedication, training, sacrifice and passion had finally paid off for Milton resident Kristi Castlin. She was going to the Olympics. Castlin finished second in the July 8 final qualifying round for the women’s 100 meter hurdles, earning her a spot on Team USA’s three-woman roster. It was considered to be the most fiercely competitive race in all of the Team USA qualifying, where 11 of the top 14 personal best times in the entire world competed. Upon crossing the finish line, Castlin immediately embraced Brianna Rollins, her training partner, as they both realized they had made the Olympic team despite the stacked competition. “When I crossed the finish line it was exhilarating and I realized that I had finally made it. I was going to the Olympics,” said Castlin. “I have worked so hard for so long. It was an amazing feeling. The race was publicized as the hardest in all of the Olympic trials. To come out of the race with a second place finish really speaks volumes and I am so happy.” Unlike many of her counterparts who had been running competitively from an early age, Castlin, who is originally from Douglasville and moved to Milton in 2013, did not begin running until high school. And it was there that her bid to qualify for the Summer Games began.


Milton’s Kristi Castlin hopes to bring back gold in the 100-meter hurdles at the Rio Games. After graduating from Chapel Hill High in 2006 where she set a then state record of 13.73 in the 100-meter hurdles, Castlin received a scholarship to Virginia Tech and became the Hokies first-ever women’s ACC champion. Castlin’s 12.81 is still the second fastest in school history at Virginia Tech, second only to Queen Harrison whom Castlin outran in the Olympic trials to earn her a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. Since graduating from Virginia Tech, Castlin has spent the past six years running professionally. In 2012, she won a national title in the 60-meter hurdles and placed in the top three in 2014. She also holds a world record in the shuttle hurdle relay.

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Her 2016 bid for the Olympic team was her second. Ten days before trials for the 2012 London Olympics, Castlin pulled her hamstring and was unable to qualify, which she said was “devastating.” However, Castlin has steadily improved her times and set a personal best of 12.5 at this year’s trials, and she says she is confident heading to Rio. “I’m more confident and focused than I have ever been,” she said. “We are taking three very strong ladies to Brazil and I hope to win the gold. I’m doing everything I can to bring that back to Milton, Atlanta and Georgia.” After earning her spot on the Olympic team, amid the emotion, Castlin

dedicated her performance to the victims of gun violence. “It’s something that is always on my heart and always on my mind. I definitely just said what was on my heart, it was not pre-planned,” she said. Gun violence remains permanently etched in Castlin’s consciousness after losing her father to gun violence and her experience of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. Castlin’s father was killed due to gun violence in 2000 when she was 12 years old. Her father died having never seen Castlin compete in the hurdles. Castlin was a freshman at Virginia Tech in 2007 when Tech student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people on the campus. “I know there are different movements going on in our communities, but I think as a whole if we choose to bring awareness to more positivity and doing good things, and there are plenty of people doing good things, we can come together. If I can be an advocate and stand up for positivity that’s what I would like to do,” she said. “I’m running to represent my country and my community whether it be Milton, Atlanta or Fulton County, and I want people to say ‘Here is the lady from Atlanta who is embracing positivity so I want to support her in doing great things.’” And Castlin said the ultimate of those great things is to bring back a gold medal. “I’ve always imagined crossing that line and holding that American flag and hearing our national anthem on the podium. I’m really focused on doing my job and to be a symbol for my city, my country and to those who respect and love me.” A GoFundMe has been set up for Castlin’s siblings, in the hopes they can raise funds to see her compete in Rio. Castlin said, “They have been such great kids and I want to show them what hard work, dedication and sacrifice can bring you.” To support, go to www.gofundme. com/2e2u73w.

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14U Georgia Mustangs conclude season ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The 14U Georgia Mustangs coached by Kim Wallace, Tisha Mahon and Ron Buffington had a very successful season with a record of 3328-1 scoring a total of 337 runs. The Mustangs won a berth to ASA Nationals by winning the ASA Region 4 tournament going undefeated 4-0 in Columbus, scoring 38 runs and only giving up 5 earned runs that weekend. The team will compete in the ASA Nationals Aug.1-6 in Sioux City, SD.

Playground: Continued from Page 6 services that were not available in the area. “They were not getting things they needed because there was no money for them,” Moeller said. “So we founded DreamWeavers in 2006 and began to support the mission for enrichment services, such as social, vocational, medical, a lot of things that aren’t covered, including self-esteem building camps.” DreamWeavers programs are designed to lift the spirits of yougsters who may be plagued by low self-esteem as a result of troubled family situations. It offers music lessons, gymnastics — things designed to increase self-worth. The organization also holds four major events each year that brings the foster community together as a family. In its 10 years of existence, Moeller estimates DreamWeavers has served more than 3,000 children. The DreamWeavers cottage at the Kalen Center, which is scheduled for completion later this year, will provide three visitation rooms with observation booths for clinical social workers to monitor interactions. “This is a big deal because we’ve never had such a facility for visitation,”

Moeller said. “Right now, visitations happen in public places or places that are not always secure.” The cottage will also be equipped with a kitchen and living room and will serve as a “flex home” for up to 12 children.” The playground is the crowning achievement. Most of the children live in foster homes and will use the facility to visit parents. When a family finishes visiting, they can go out with their children to the playground. The playground is a joint venture of Kaboom, a Washington, D.C.-based charity that focuses on providing kids with recreational opportunities, and UnitedHealthcare, which provided the funding and many of the volunteers. This is the second playground UnitedHealthcare has built in Georgia and the 20th nationwide. Besides Kaboom and UHC, volunteers poured in from many Atlanta-area businesses, including McKesson, Pfizer and Arista. Jeremy Bryant, regional vice president for client management for UnitedHealthcare, joined in the construction. But he took time out to help Moeller fasten a sign to the entrance telling children: “Welcome to your Playspace!” Bryant said giving to communities has been part of UnitedHealthcare’s | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | July 21, 2016 | 25

Back row left to right: Tim Todd, Morgann Koepke, Hope Llewellyn, Anna Allen, Lauren Crowe, Tommy Crowe, Ansley Byers, Jules Garrett, Bella Caracciolo, Donna Allen. Front row left to right: Madelyn Oliver, Jensen Cheshire, Lindsey Smith, Jordan Campagnolo, Ryanne White. Missing Kyrstyn Fisher, Holly Todd.

16U Georgia Mustangs finish spring season ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The 16u Georgia Mustangs fastpitch team coached by Tim Todd, Tommy Crowe, and Holly Todd had a very successful spring season with a 43-22-1 record. The team scored a total of 348 runs and placing first in 3 tournaments, two runner-up places, finishing in the top 9 in the ASA Qualified and captured a berth to USA Elite Nationals. On Memorial Day weekend, the Mustangs won entry into the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championship where it will be competing with top US teams in Kansas City July 10-17th. mission for years. “It’s important to us,” he said. “We have a motto, ‘Do good, and live well.’ We did a school in Atlanta in 2010, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to be back.” Lister, the DreamWeavers cofounder who also heads Giving Children a Chance of Georgia, was keeping herself busy. But, on occasion, she would stand back and look at all the work being done. She fought back tears. “We want these children to know they’re as important as other children,” she said. “This is so awesome for the children. It will give them an opportunity with their parents.


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Wise understands that public service should be validated by public recognition. He explained it this way: “Public service is paying your civic rent to your community. That is something everyone should do. But when you are paying your civic rent you are recognized for those efforts. That is your psychic income. You get that warm feeling. With that psychic income [recognition] comes the inspiration to do more for your community,” Wise said. So in helping ensure clubs got the recognition they deserved, Wise believes it will give clubs encouragement to do more for their respective communities. Locally, Wise made it a special project to rejuvenate the Rotary Club of Johns Creek/North Fulton. Four years ago, the club was down to seven members. Ron Jones, a recent past president of the Johns Creek club said it was no longer sustainable. “But Roger Wise, Bob Hagan and Elwyn Gaissert [from the Roswell Rotary Club] came and challenged the members to become active again and revive the Johns Creek Club,” Jones said. “They got involved and invited people

from the city to come to meetings.” Jones was one of those invitees. They challenged the club to raise the membership to 25 members. Wise, Hagan and Gaissert also worked on membership and on bringing engaging speakers to the club meetings. “Roger was the key,” Jones said. “He really rolled up his sleeves and worked with us. He got people like [former City Councilwoman] Bev Miller involved. He asked a lot of key community leaders to get on board. There are at least a halfdozen members that Roger personally recruited.” Today, Rotary Club Johns Creek/ North Fulton has met that 25-member goal and is again a vibrant civic organization. And Wise has maintained contact over the years encouraging the club in its projects and bringing “new blood” to meetings. “Roger really is a workhorse. And he is so humble about it. He doesn’t seek recognition for himself,” Jones said. “He helps a lot of clubs that way.” Hagan agreed. When he was assistant district governor and needed help to get Johns Creek back on its feet, Wise was right there to help. “Now he is working with the Milton Rotary to get them motivated. That’s what Roger is, a motivator.” He’s a club builder too. He’s got the award to prove it.


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ITB 17-001 The City of Alpharetta is accepting bids for the WILLS PARK BATTING PAVILION, including, but not limited to: Construction of an approximately 7000 square feet batting pavilion at Wills Park near fields 1 - 4. The pavilion will house (5) large batting cages, (1) pitching lane, and a soft toss area. This pavilion will be on a concrete slab with a roof, but no walls, enclosed with black vinyl link fence and lighted for night time usage. The ITB document, including project scope and bidder requirements, will be available online Thursday, JULY 21, 2016 at our bid posting website,, login required to review documents. Bids are due Thursday, AUGUST 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM, at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. For information, please contact Abigail Shipp at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department via email at or at 678-297-6052. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | July 21, 2016 | 27

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, August 4, 2016 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, August 22, 2016 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. MP-16-06/V-16-16 Academy Sports/North Point Business Center Consideration of a request to amend the North Point Business Center Master Plan Pod 1 to add additional stand-alone retail density in order to develop a 62,943 square foot Academy Sports retail building. A variance to UDC Section 3.7.2 (2) to reduce the minimum 25% clear glass on a commercial building requirement along roadway facades is requested. The property is located on the north side of North Point Drive west of Haynes Bridge Road and is legally described as Land Lots 743 & 754, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. CLUP-16-06/Z-16-07/V-16-17 Westside Daycare Center Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 1.8 acres from R-10M (‘For-Rent’ or ‘For-Sale’, Residential) to O-P (Office-Professional) in order to develop a day care center. A change to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from ‘High Density Residential’ to ‘Professional Business Office’ is requested, as well as, a variance to UDC Section 2.3.5 (A) to eliminate the required 50’ undisturbed buffer. The property is located at the southwest corner of Webb Bridge Road and Westside Parkway and is legally described as Land Lots 1263 & 1264, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. MP-16-07 William & Reed Academy/Windward Consideration of a request to amend the Windward Master Plan Pod 21B to add ‘School, Academic’ to the list of permitted uses in order to allow a private school, grades K-12. The property is located at 1600 Union Hill Road and is legally described as Land Lot 1049, 2nd District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia. d. CU-16-07/V-16-20 European Wax Center Consideration of a request for a conditional use to allow ‘Spa Services’ use to allow for a skin, nail, hair treatments, and hair removal/waxing business. A variance to UDC Section 1.4.2 to reduce the 2,000 feet separation requirement between similar ‘Spa Services’ uses is requested. The property is located at 2685 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 140 (The Atwater) and is legally described as Land Lots 801 & 802, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. e. MP-16-05/CLUP-16-05/Z-16-06 Duke Land Group Webb Bridge Rd & Morris Road Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 13.4 acres from O-I (Office-Institutional) and CUP (Community Unit Plan) to CUP (Community Unit Plan) in order to develop 73 townhomes and a 48,000 square foot office building. An amendment to the Preston Ridge Master Plan Pod H to add ‘Dwelling, ‘For-Sale’ Attached’ to the list of permitted uses is requested, as well as, a change to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from ‘Corporate Campus Office’ to ‘Mixed Use’. The property is located at the southwest corner of Webb Bridge Road and Morris Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 909, 1262 & 1263, 1st/2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. f. MP-16-09 Odyssey Escape Game/Windward Consideration of a request to amend the Windward Master Plan Pod 56 to add ‘Recreation Facilities, Indoor’ to the list of permitted uses to allow for a teambuilding entertainment business. The property is located at 1111 Alderman Drive, Suite 210 and is legally described as Land Lot 1047, 2nd District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia. g. Z-16-05/V-16-21 Aycock/Thompson Street/DT-LW Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 1 acre from O-P (Office-Professional) to DT-LW (Downtown Live-Work) in order to develop 7 single-family detached homes. A variance from UDC Section 2.5.5 (D) to allow for crushed stone to be used for internal private streets is requested. The property is located on the north side of Thompson Street east of Haynes Bridge Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 748, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. h. Z-16-08/V-16-22 Old Rucker Road/Marie Garrett Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 3.5 acres from AG (Agricultural) to R (Dwelling ‘For-Sale’, Residential) in order to develop 3 single-family detached homes on minimum one (1) acre lots. Variances from UDC Section 2.2.3 (D) to reduce the front yard setback from 50’ to 35’, reduce the side yard setback from 25’ to 15’ and reduce the rear yard setback from 50’ to 25’ are requested. The property is located at 825 Old Rucker Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1243, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

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ROSWELL, Ga. — On June 1, a woman reported $12,300 of fraudulent activity on her bank accounts. After a month of investigation, a Roswell detective traced four of the five transactions to an ATM on Ga. 9 in Milton. Some of the activity dated as far back as April 26. A Milton detective obtained the security footage for that ATM, and an assistant manager at a local grocery store identified the suspect as their employee, 34-yearold Jason Partyka. The detective also traced the transactions to Partyka’s account and has obtained warrants for his arrest.

she saw the woman, 27-year-old Erica Dillard, with an accomplice selecting a handful of panties and allegedly concealing them in a purse before leaving the store without paying. When he confronted the pair, they bolted. The loss prevention officer managed to catch Dillard and called Alpharetta police. The 34 panties in Dillard’s purse were worth $350 total. Dillard told police that she was already under probation for another theft charge and was wearing an ankle bracelet monitor.

Thieves take it, yep, the kitchen sink

MILTON, Ga. — A $500 sink was reported stolen overnight July 5 from a construction site. The project manager for the construction company told Milton police that the house, still under construction, had no locks on it. He said that hundreds of people, including crew members and potential home buyers, had been on the site since the sink was first noticed missing. There was no surveillance footage in the area. The project manager said that these sorts of thefts “happen all the time on construction sites.”

Wanted man found with cocaine in car ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A man already sought by police was arrested June 9 on multiple warrants and for possession of cocaine. Alpharetta police were patrolling by North Point Parkway when an officer noticed a nervous-looking man in a blue Ford Crown Victoria that was parked in a lot with the doors open. The officer went to talk to the man, identified as 31-year-old Mario Ledford, who turned out to have multiple warrants out for his arrest from Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties. The charges were for probation violation,

burglary and possession of dangerous drugs. While talking to Ledford, the policeman found six grams of cocaine in the car.

Alleged shoplifter uses same receipt twice ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta police arrested a man July 7 for shoplifting from a local hardware store. An employee had noticed Saed Esfandiari, 52, grab two sets of air hoses and nail guns, worth $500 total. He paid for one set and put them in his car. The second set was allegedly concealed in the back of the store. The employee said that Esfandiari returned to retrieve the hidden set and tried to leave without paying for it by showing the receipt for the set he had purchased previously. At that point, Esfandiari was detained, and the police were called.

Stolen ID used over 3 states MILTON, Ga. — A man reported fraud July 8 when he found multiple accounts opened in his name across several states. The victim was alerted to suspicious activity when he received a debt payment booklet from a bank

in Ohio stating that he owed $84,000. He also received letters about a loan in Texas and a car purchase in Kentucky from 2015 that he had never made. When the victim contacted these companies to alert them to the fraud, they told him that whoever used his name had accurate personal information on him including his Social Security number. The man told Milton police that he remembered that one of the companies he uses had a data breach.

Dog left in car gets owner cited MILTON, Ga. — Police obtained warrants for a man’s arrest July 9 for cruelty to animals and obstructing police officers. Milton police responded to a call about a distressed dog locked in a car for over an hour during 90-degree weather. When they arrived, the officers removed the dog from the tan Cadillac and gave her some much needed water. When police contacted the owner of the car, he said that his boss was driving the Cadillac that day and that he would arrive at that location soon, but no one ever arrived. Police continued to call the owner four more times over an hour. The owner repeatedly said his boss was on his way, before finally admitting that he had left the dog in the car.

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DEATH NOTICES Afkham Banihashemi, 91, of Johns Creek, passed away June 27, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Kenneth B. Brandel, Sr., of Cumming, passed away July 7, 2016. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Josephine L. Cimino, 80, of Johns Creek, passed away June 29, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Robert David Gorrie, Sr.. 63, of Cumming, passed away July 6, 2016. Arrangements by Ingram funeral Home.

Claire Ann McDonald, 72, of Cumming, passed away July 6, 2016. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

James Grizzle, 16 weeks, passed away July 5, 2016. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Daniel Fulton Medis, 78, of Cumming, passed away July 6, 2016. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Florence M. Hodgson, 98, of Roswell, passed away June 29, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Carolyn P. Paris, 88, of Alpharetta, passed away June 27, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Reynold Spruill, 92, of Roswell, passed away June 28, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Betty Mentoria Eubanks Tate, 72, of Cumming, passed away July 8, 2016. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. || Alpharetta-Roswell Alpharetta-Roswell Herald Herald || July July 21, 21, 2016 2016 || 29 29

Arrests: Continued from Page 2 ►► Douglas Houston McPherson, 29,

of Miles Way, Cumming, was arrested July 9 on South Main Street in Alpharetta for DUI and possession of marijuana. ►► Taji Kamal Campbell, 39, of Silverchase Drive, Marietta, was arrested July 5 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, expired tag, tag

light required, and use of multiple beam road lighting equipment. John O. Ida, 22, of East Lake Place, Marietta, was arrested July 4 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI and driving on the wrong side of the roadway. ►► Raphael Bonilla-Ramos, 31, of Columbus, Georgia, was arrested May 24 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI and expired license. ►► Javen Patel, 36, of Milton, was arrested June 2 on Manorview Lane in Milton for DUI.

DRUG arrests ►► Cardarius Keyante Palmer, 26,

of Luxford Drive, Douglasville, was arrested May 24 on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, failure to maintain lane, suspended license, wanted person and disorderly conduct. ►► Marquis Rashaun Calhoun, 22, of Sweetwater Road, Lawrenceville, was arrested July 4 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana. ►► Steven Damian Moronta, 25, of

Wrenwood Court, Loganville, was arrested July 4 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for felony possession of marijuana. ►► Timothy Jared Hadaway, 28, Rod Road, Johns Creek, was arrested June 19 on Lake Windward Drive in Alpharetta for aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana, loitering and obstruction. ►► Victoria Lynn Robers, 36, of Fawn Vista, Alpharetta, was arrested July 10 in Milton for possession of methamphetamines.


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A New Property Exclusively Listed by The Ash-Jones Team

Move-in Ready in Park Brooke

• Hard coat stucco/stacked stone home in excellent condition with 3-car garage • Newer roof – 4 years young and newer HVAC units • One of the larger floor plans in Park Brooke w/fireside keeping room, two staircases and friendship door • Fully updated kitchen with stainless appliances (brand new double oven), granite counters, tumbled stone backsplash • Spacious master suite with built-ins, his/her closets, beautifully updated master bath • Extra-wide deck with view of very private, almost ½ acre lot • Award-winning Ocee ES/Webb Bridge MS/Alpharetta HS districts • Active swim-tennis community and access to Big Creek Greenway To preview this wonderful home, or if you’re thinking of buyer or selling, call The Ash-Jones Team today!

The 4280 Park Brooke Trace Offered at $575,000

Listings SOLD

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NORTH FULTON OFFICE | 678-461-8700 | 7855 North Point Parkway, Suite 100 | Alpharetta, GA 30022 |