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Redeemer pastor Dr. Lee to step down Led church for 17 years ALDO NAHED

Paislee Powell, 3, selects a sunflower with her mom, Reagan.


Here comes the sun(flowers) CUMMING, Ga. — It’s time again for the sunflower patch located at the intersection of Ga. Highway 9 and Shiloh Road (Majors Road) to be filled with smiling people of all ages. Purchases are done through an honor system,

where people choose their sunflowers and place money in a box. A dozen sunflowers is $10 and half dozen is $6. Pictures are free and offer priceless keepsakes. On a recent Wednesday, Parker Marlow, 15, of Cumming, selected the prettiest

sunflowers for his girlfriend — Reilly Hyde. And Reagan Powell, a wedding photographer out of Dawson, stopped by to snap pictures of her daughter, Paislee, 3. Call 770-889-1046 for more information. -Aldo Nahed

CUMMING, Ga. — Dr. Richard Lee, senior pastor of the First Redeemer Church, caught nearly 5,000 members of the congregation by surprise when he announced Sunday, July 28 he would step down Sept. 29 from his role as senior pastor. “I will do so believing in the depths of my heart that this is the will of God,” he said in an open letter to members. Lee said he will remain in the role of the founding pastor of the church. “This will be a secondary role, meaning that I will be available to aid the work of our new senior pastor as needed and will return to preach from time to time as the opportunity arises,” he said. First Redeemer will be under the leadership new pastor, Jeff Jackson and his wife, Catherine. Sept. 29 is also the 17th anniversary of the First Redeemer Church. The church started in 1996 at a renovated warehouse in Cobb County. “During the years since, we have witnessed God’s amazing favor upon our church family,” he said. Starting from a small group of 87 attenders on that day, the church is about 5,000 members strong at their 50acre location, 2100 Peachtree Parkway. “Personally, Judy and I, as your Pastor and wife are able


Last year, Dr. Richard Lee, senior pastor of the First Redeemer Church in Cumming, introduced presidential candidate Rick Santorum to the congregation.

to look back at what has been the most productive 17 years of ministry in our lifetime,” he said. Lee said First Redeemer Church was made possible because of Tucker-based Rehoboth Baptist, which had the vision to launch in Forsyth County back in 1996. Lee said he will focus his time on the “There’s Hope America” ministry through radio broadcasting, book publishing and preaching opportunities. In addition, he will continue to serve as president of “There’s Hope for the Hungry.”

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Police Blotter All crime reports published by Appen Media Group are compiled from public records. Neither the law enforcement agencies nor Appen Media Group implies any guilt by publishing these names. None of the persons listed has been convicted of the alleged crimes.

Children scared by intruders CUMMING, Ga. — When a woman left her brother and sister alone at home, intruders took the opportunity to break in, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. At about 10 p.m. July 19, a woman in the 100 block of Mauldin Drive, told deputies she heard someone knock on her door. She said she did not answer the door but it sounded like two men were on her porch. At about 10:30 p.m., the woman went to the store and left her brother and sister alone. She got a frantic call from her sister who said someone broke into the home and they were hiding in the back room. The sister said the intruders started banging on the door to their room. She screamed and the intruders fled. When deputies arrived, they could see pry marks on the front door, but nothing was out of order or taken. Deputies said the home next door was also entered. The intruders broke the back screen and went through the window. Deputies contacted the owner of the neighboring home and he said $700 in cash he hid in a jacket pocket was missing.

Thief steals $43K in valuable paintings, jewelry CUMMING, Ga. — A man came home from dinner to find his home ransacked and items totaling about $43,000 stolen,

public safety according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. At about 1 a.m. July 28, a man in the 2000 block of Fleetwood Drive told deputies he came home to find his back door open and property missing. The thieves broke through the back door, opened and emptied out drawers and stole $27,700 in art paintings and prints. The man said the painting his daughter made, valued at about $200, was worth more than all the other items stolen. The man said he was also missing about $9,000 in jewelry, a flat-screen television and DVD player, a ladder and other miscellaneous tools and household items.

Monte Carlo. He said he caught the perpetrator off guard and yelled at him to stop. The thief ran and instead of chasing after him, the man called 911. A video surveillance system caught the suspect entering a blue 1994 Ford pickup truck several times. Then, the suspect is seen entering the Monte Carlo parked beside it. Nothing seemed to be missing from either of the cars. The suspect was wearing what looked like denim coveralls and left behind his yellow mountain bike by the cars. Deputies said they were able to lift a fingerprint off the outside door of the Monte Carlo.

CUMMING, Ga. — After a woman’s son died someone wrote fake checks in his name, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On July 22, a woman told deputies the Forsyth County Probate Court assigned her as executor of her son’s estate, who died in February. She said she saw a portion of a lease and three checks that had her son’s signature, but the handwriting did not match. The deputy said he was no handwriting expert, but he could see a distinct difference. The three checks totaled about $3,500 and were all made out to the same person.

CUMMING, Ga. — Four women took off in two cars with three vacuum cleaners they never paid for, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On July 20, an employee of Bed Bath and Beyond, 2623 Peachtree Parkway, said he watched as two women walked out of the store with four Dyson vacuum cleaners in their carts without stopping to pay for them. The employee said he asked the woman if they paid for the items, but they ignored him and kept walking out in the parking lot. He followed the women who met up with two other women in front of a black Chevrolet Equinox and another white Chevrolet car. The two women who were waiting at the cars loaded two vacuums in white car and one in the black car. The employee said one of the women appeared to panic and left the fourth vacuum cleaner behind. Then, they drove off in separate directions while the employee called deputies to report the theft. The three vacuums are valued about $1,200.

Women take off Woman catches trail with stolen vacuum of forged checks cleaners

Thief caught in the act CUMMING, Ga. — A man saw a thief rummaging through his car before he fled into the woods, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On July 24, a man in the 4000 block of Church Road told deputies he went outside of his shop and saw a man by his white 1986 Chevrolet

DUIs & Drugs All crime reports published by Appen Media Group are compiled from public records. Neither the law enforcement agencies nor Appen Media Group implies any guilt by publishing these names. None of the persons listed has been convicted of the alleged crimes.

DUI arrests ►► Michael James Nebiker,

37, of Farm House Lane, Cumming was arrested July 16 on Heardmont Trace in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Brandyn Marshall Storms, 23, of Rives Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested July 13 on Cross Creek Drive in Cumming for DUI and failure to obey a traffic control device. ►► Erika Leigh Moore, 26, of Murrayville was arrested July 14 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Terry Lloyd Williams, 59, of Strickland Road, Alpharetta, was arrested July 15 on Strickland Road in Alpharetta for DUI and hit and run. ►► Jason Tabor, 34, of Suwanee was arrested July 7 on Buford Highway in Cumming for DUI and littering. ►► Chad Weslie Strange, of Sunbriar Drive, Cumming, was arrested July 19 on East Maple Street in Cumming for DUI and improper turn.

Drug arrests ►► Christina M. Cawley, 23,

of Hopewell Manor Drive, Cumming, was arrested July 18 on Dawsonville Highway in Dawsonville for possession of marijuana, failure to maintain lane, and suspended license. ►► Amos Mitchell Smith, 22, of Sunrise Circle, Cumming, was arrested July 13 on Turner Road in Cumming for possession of

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Corporal receives ‘Deputy of the Second Quarter’ award By CAITLYN WALTERS FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Over the past several months, Cpl. Brandon Wiley’s work in the uniform patrol unit did not go unnoticed. On July 30, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony for Wiley at the Sheriff’s Headquarters, 475 Tribble Gap Road, and awarded him with the Deputy of the Second Quarter plaque. “I appreciate the award from all of you,” Wiley said. “We work well as a team.” Cpt. Mark Hoffman read what board members said about recommending Wiley for the award. Wiley’s proactive efforts during his shifts and willingness to assist in any capacity needed are what set him apart. “He has set an example for his shift brothers to follow,” Hoffman read. “It’s the type of dedication and work ethic we like to see in uniform patrol.” Hoffman and Wiley worked together in patrol and special operations. Hoffman said Wiley’s work ethic is second to none. In the past six months

Arrests: Continued from Page 2 marijuana and speeding.

►► Melissa Dawn Tallant, 38,

of Cumming was arrested July 16 on Hyde Road in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines. ►► Ricky Earl Hamby, 35, of Mount Tabor Road, Cumming, was arrested July 12 on Sawnee Drive in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines and failure to maintain lane.

It’s the type of dedication and work ethic we like to see in uniform patrol.” Mark Hoffman Forsyth County Sheriff’s Captain


Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper, right, gives Cpl. Brandon Wiley his Deputy of the Second Quarter plaque.

Wiley has made 96 reports and has arrested 78 people. “That is why we are building a bigger jail,” Hoffman joked. A specific instance where Wiley showed his true colors happened when he and another deputy responded to a recent suicide attempt. Wiley and the other deputy cut down the individual from a possible hanging and were able to resuscitate the person. “This type of service is indicative of the effort put out by Brandon Wiley every day he comes to work,” Hoffman said. ►► Arthur Mazitov, 24, of

Plantation Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested July 9 on Tri County Plaza in Cumming for possession of a scheduled II controlled substance, use of a communication device during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. ►► Noah Sanders, 18, of Mayfield Drive, Cumming, was arrested July 9 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for possession of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic control device.

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11 killed in county roads this year ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — So far this year, 11 people have lost their lives due to roadrelated incidents, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Doug Rainwater said in addition to the 11 fatalities, there’s one person who is still in critical condition from a crash last month. Last year, 23 people lost their lives on Forsyth County’s roadways, and since 2002, there have been 180 who were killed on the county’s roadways. In the last two week, three people were killed; two of them while riding motorcycles. About 8 a.m. July 28, Gloria M. Lawrence, of Cumming, was driving a 2010 Hyundai Elantra eastbound on Drew

Road when she had a medical issue that caused her car to strike a fence. An off-duty deputy spotted the car and rendered aid. Lawrence was later pronounced dead at Northside Hospital Forsyth. On July 26, 19-year-old motorcyclist Cameron James Fullerton was struck and killed about 4:40 p.m. on Heardsville Road in northern Forsyth County. Fullerton, of Pisgah Road in Cumming, was struck by a Ford F250 pickup truck. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Jonathan Troy Sorrells, 34, of Cumming, was driving the truck. He was arrested on the scene and charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide and failure to yield while turning left. Traffic investigators said

Fullerton had attempted to avoid the collision by veering to the right into the parking lot of Quick Serve convenience story (the Old Heardsville Store), but was struck by the pickup’s driver side front. Fullerton was thrown from his Yamaha motorcycle into the parking lot of the store where he died from his injuries. His death marked the second motorcycle fatality that week in Forsyth County. On Monday, July 22, Kirsti Sue Baiel, 21, of Cumming, was struck by a car at the intersection of McCoy Circle and Spot Road, also in north Forsyth County the sheriff’s office said. Baiel was pronounced dead at Northside Hospital Forsyth. Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said these crashes remain under investigation. “People, wake up,” wrote

Year road fatalities 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

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Total fatalities = 180 Todd Brown on our Facebook page. “Please watch the roads; there are pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles in the road as well.”

Sheriff’s use of retained attorney to change civil service rules By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — When a Forsyth County employee is fired or disciplined, the civil service board can hear that employee’s appeal. The civil service handbook states that if the laid-off employee does not use an attor-

ney, the county won’t. “That was on purpose, in an effort to streamline and make more formal, the candidly expensive civil service process,” County Attorney Ken Jarrard told board members at their Aug. 1 regular meeting. The rules are changing again. On July 23, Sheriff Duane

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I’m asking for a modification to the rule, not to do away with the rule.” Duane Piper Forsyth County Sheriff

Piper asked for the discretion to use a retained lawyer, instead of the county attorney — as the civil service hand-

book states — even when the appellant indicates they will

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Forsyth County official put out notice of sewer spill FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — In the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 1, the 48inch gravity sewer line feeding Forsyth County’s Fowler Water Reclamation Facility was flooded due to heavy rains. The sewer line is located in the area of Big Creek Greenway that was also flooded by the massive amount of rain. About 6 a.m., a manhole just outside of the facility began to overflow resulting in a mixture of rainwater and sewage spilling into the flooded area near Big Creek. There has been no interruption to service to customers due to the overflow that occurred just outside the plant. At this time, the overflow

has been stopped, said Jodi Gardner, Forsyth County spokeswoman. A preliminary assessments indicate that flood waters may have caused a heavy object such as a tree to hit a sewer manhole, damaging it and allowing massive amounts of flood water to enter the sewer collection system, Gardner said. As required, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Health Department, and downstream water suppliers have been notified. The extent of the spill is still unknown, but Gardner said all necessary and required steps will be taken. -Aldo Nahed

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Study to determine Lanierland venue options Findings of feasibility study to determine use of outdated facility By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A study to see whether Lanierland’s main venue can be revitalized and what would make sense for the county at that location is underway. The county bought the former Lanierland site on JotEm-Down Road in northern Forsyth back in 2009 as part

of the park and green space bond. Earlier this year, Forsyth County Commissioners approved a plan to make the property into an active park with ball fields, playgrounds, community center and walking trails. In addition, an old concert venue at the 109 acre property is being looked at as a possible activity center. Assistant Forsyth County

Manager Tim Merritt said the feasibility study’s preliminary estimate puts the cost at about $21,000. The county has also applied for a $15,000 grant to cover part of the study with the remainder cost being paid for by the county. It will be about a month before the county finds out if they were awarded the grant. “The first step is to see if the structure is sound,” Merritt said. “That work is already going on and they will have that report back to us on Aug. 8.” The next step would be Lanier Music Park’s Facebook page

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Fundraiser for ‘Livi’ to take place Aug. 17 By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A fundraiser for five-year-old Olivia “Livi“ Kate Graham is taking place Aug. 17. Her mother, Maggie Graham, said Livi was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer that primarily affects children between the ages of 2 and 5 after a routine checkup. “The success rate is 85 percent,” Graham said, “but she will need chemotherapy for about three years.” Graham said Livi has a strong spirit and her courage is carrying their family through the hard times. “I’ve had to quit working to be with her and take her to her chemo treatments several times a week,” Graham said. “Of course there is no place I’d rather be, but the financial burden has been hard.” The New Life Church of God, 1508 Ga. Hwy. 53 East in Dawsonville, is hosting the fundraiser for the family from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. A $5 donation will go toward a pancake plate and car wash. There will be face painting, bouncy houses and cotton candy as well as a pancake

From left: North Forsyth students, Ashton Seibel, Jessie Reed and Andrew Hiltbrand made top ten in three categories in the FBLA National Leadership Conference in June.

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Service: Continued from Page 4 not use an attorney. “I’m asking for a modification to the rule, not to do away with the rule,” Sheriff Duane Piper said at that work session. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with the change, but the county attorney said a further amendment is needed to cover all county employees not just constitutional officers. Richard Neville, the civil service board hearing officer,

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Three North Forsyth High School students placed top ten in the 2013 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference, June 26, in Anaheim, Calif. Andrew Hiltbrand, Ashton Seibel and Jessie Reed, presented the Cities of Romance Fashion Show as a team in the American Enterprise Project. In addition, Seibel competed in Management Decision Making and Reed competed in Future Business said he was pleased with the way the current handbook was written because it cut down on costs for the county and leveled the field for an employee appealing. The issue arose because Piper decided he would like to use his own attorney rather than the county attorney to represent his office. On Aug. 8, the civil service panel will hear the appeal for former deputy Walter Skowronski, who is appealing his April termination by the sheriff’s office. On July 23, Piper said he is ready to move forward with Skowronski’s hearing and he won’t counsel. “That hearing can go ahead and we will not use counsel for that hearing,” Piper said. “It’s not this specific case that I’m concerned with. It’s going forward that the sheriff’s office not be limited by outside force on whether or not we can use counsel.” The civil service board’s new handbook language states a constitutional officer can use the county attorney, a retained

Leader categories. The team received sixth place in American Enterprise Project, Seibel received tenth place in Management Decision Making and Reed received sixth place for Future Business Leader. The NFHS chapter received a Gold Seal chapter award for being of the best in the state of Georgia and won first place in Environmental Project by raising environmental awareness throughout the year. —Christopher Freiberg attorney and either side can choose not to use an attorney at all. Forsyth County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with this change at their Aug. 1 regular meeting. Jarrard said the rule historically in Forsyth County was always that an employee could bring a lawyer or not bring a lawyer. The county would typically bring one. That had an effect on those employees, because they knew that if they were going to have a civil service hearing, the county would have an attorney. So they would retain one also. Soon, the sophistication of the hearings began to go up, escalating to a peak in 2010 with hearings for former county planning director Jeff Chance, who wanted his job back. The new modification takes the county back to the time before the changes adopted in November 2012, Jarrard said, where all parties will now likely bring an attorney to the civil service hearing.

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga.— Hazardous cleanup crews had to mitigate storm drains off Ga. 400 after a log truck overturned on the northbound lanes near the McFarland Parkway exit 12 and the Fulton County line. The accident caused traffic delays that began about 11 a.m. July 31. Part of the logs were lost in the accident and no injuries were reported, according to the Forsyth County Fire Department. The truck came to rest in the northbound barrier wall. “It resulted in the release of a significant amount of hazardous material,” said Forsyth County Fire Div. Chief Jason Shivers. Diesel fuel, motor oil and hydraulic fluids were released from the heavy truck. The driver of the truck was not injured and no other cars were involved. “What could have been a significant tragedy, resulted in a nuisance to northbound traffic,” Shivers said. Traffic was backed up for hours and about 1 p.m. two northbound lanes were reopened and were moving

What could have been a significant tragedy, resulted in a nuisance to northbound traffic.” Jason Shivers Forsyth County Fire Div. Chief

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Facing bans, smokers choose vapor ‘E-cigarettes’ may be the answer

Some people just want the taste of a regular cigarette in an e-cigarette.”

By CHRISTOPHER FREIBERG ALPHARETTA, Ga. — In June, Starbucks Coffee Company announced a policy that banned smoking 25 feet from the entrance of the store. Smokers in the area and across the nation expressed their disapproval with the ban and some refused to adhere to the new policy as they felt it impeded their smoking rights. The recent debate has brought to light shifts in attitudes towards the smoking community and culture. In the ongoing battle between smokers and nonsmokers, many people have turned to electronic, or e-cigarettes, a smokeless, digital “vapor cigarette” as a viable nicotine option in a smoke-free society. “The preferences of adult smokers are changing,” said David Howard, spokesman for R. J. Reynolds Vapor, a company that specializes in tobacco technology and vapor products. “It’s our focus to provide innovative products for adult tobacco consumers to consider in response to the

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ever-changing preferences.” Smokers in need of their nicotine fix can technically take the vapor cigarettes indoors, Howard said. There is no tobacco in the product— when a customer inhales it activates a power unit which heats an element over liquid nicotine. The process yields a tobacco-less vapor that customers inhale. “Because there is no combustion, there’s no smoke,” Howard said. Even without the smoke, some local ordinances and business policies such as Starbucks include e-cigarettes in their ban. “We take seriously our responsibility to provide all cus-

tomers a safe, healthy environment that is consistent across our company-owned stores,” said Jamie Riley, spokeswoman for Starbucks. “We are confident our great customers will continue to support and cooperate with us on this without disruption to business.” Despite innovative changes in the cigarette industry, some of the basic health concerns from traditional tobacco cigarettes follow the new product. “It would be hard for a medical person to endorse the use of e-cigarettes,” said Dr. Michael Lipscomb, medical director of the emergency department at North Fulton Hospital. “The only use I see would be for a person to use them to transi-

tion off traditional cigarettes with the clear goal of getting off cigarettes altogether.” Little is known about e-cigarettes’ true harm, Lipscomb said. The label warnings do not always match the amount of nicotine in the cigarettes and despite vapor companies’ claims, the product contains harmful carcinogens. Lipscomb likened the vapor cigarette to nicotine gum as both smoking alternatives provide the stimulating effects of a cigarette, but avoid the negative social stigma associated with smoke. “It’s likely a lesser of two evils,” said Lipscomb. In 2011, the percentage of traditional cigarette adult users, who had tried e-cigarettes, increased from 10 percent in

2010 to 21 percent, according to a February study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While consumer awareness of e-cigarettes rose from about four in 10 adults in 2010 to six in 10 adults in 2011, much about the product is unknown to the scientific research community, the report said. “If large numbers of adult smokers become users of both traditional cigarettes and ecigarettes — rather than using e-cigarettes to quit cigarettes completely — the net public health effect could be quite negative,” said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC. In Forsyth County, one local “vaping” store that carries the new e-cigarette has experienced a growing demand. Joan Nissley, co-owner of Rock N Role Vapor, said several people have come into her store to make the transition from tobacco to e-cigarettes. One customer went from three packs a day before he switched to e-cigarettes. Now he doesn’t smoke anymore. “People enjoy the different flavors,” Nissley said. “But some people just want the taste of a regular cigarette in an e-cigarette.”

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Altar’d State to open at the Collection at Forsyth

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Public Library System has added the largest permanent ebooks collection so far, catering to youth. There has been a 72 percent increase over last year in ebook checkouts, according to Stephen Kight, the county library’s assistant director for public services. Linda Kelly, assistant director for materials, said there were 253 titles added in the science category; 184 added to social studies; 121 in arts, sports and careers; 64 added in math for kindergarten to third grade readers and 36 titles were added to language arts. Although the library has built a sizable collection of ebooks, young readers were still absent. “This is the first time venturing on kids books,” Kelly said. “We will now have an ebook library for all ages.”

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Fashion boutique Altar’d State will open at the Collection at Forsyth this week, with its official grand opening taking place on Saturday, Aug. 10. This will be Altar’d State’s second store in the state and 26th store in the southeast. Altar’d State’s mission is “to fill a gap in the retail industry and change the world for the better.” Along with the latest fashions, shoppers can find merchandise that supports charitable causes. The 6,672-square-foot store is located near the AMC Forsyth 12 theater, across from Which Wich? At 410 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming, and will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. “Adding Forsyth to our Altar’d State family was a

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As housing recovers, appraisals Staying fit while running a small business can still be a challenge As the housing market improves some sellers are seeing modest price increases in their communities. Low inventory has been a large factor in helping to stabilize and increase values in our area. It would then seem reasonable to believe that appraisals will be less of an issue than in the past few years. The fact is appraisals can be just as challenging in the market recovery as they were when the market was declining. Prices can be all over the map. Comparable homes have a wide range of improvements. Some communities that are small might lack a sufficient number of home sales, causing the appraiser to look outside the community for comparable sales. Luxury home inventory is still high, luxury sales still somewhat soft and homes vary from each other more greatly than homes in lower price ranges. I can point to two luxury home sales in the same community that vary in size by less than 100 square feet, but their sales prices are $200,000 apart. The solution? Your Realtor may be the only thing standing between your home appraising at the contract price

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As a small business owner that works long hours each day, are you carving out some time to keep in shape? Do you allocate time in your busy schedule to work out and get some physical fitness? Staying physically fit will help you stay mentally fit, and enable you to do a better job in running your business. So how do you schedule time to do this? Step one: Put it on your calendar. Just like business meetings or internal meetings with your employees, scheduling time on your calendar to get some exercise is a must. Step two: Don’t erase the workout event on your calendar. Yes, things will come up that will tempt you to do so, but make your workouts as important as closing a new sale. You can combine business with fitness. Instead of sitting around a table talking about your business plans, take a walk (or run) with your team and discuss business while you’re walking, not sitting! Scheduling a morning workout is much more realistic than during the

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Weight loss center opens in Johns Creek Children’s resale boutique relocates Business: Physician’s Weight Loss Centers Opened: July 2013 Owner: Vance and Pat Shimley What: At Physicians Weight Loss Centers, we offer everything you need to help you lose your excess weight and keep it off. We have developed a comprehensive approach to weight

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. — The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce will welcome Paul Bowers, president & CEO of Georgia Power Co., as keynote speaker for the Tuesday, Aug. 27, Eggs & Enterprise breakfast. The breakfast, sponsored by Bank of North Georgia, will be 7:30 a.m. at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek. It is advisable to register early as the event is expected to be sold out. Also at the breakfast, finalists for the 2013 GNFCC Small Business Person of the Year will be introduced, and this year’s winner will be announced. Contact Debbie Ryals with questions at 770-9938806.

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Mobility Career Fair set for Aug. 14 JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — TAG Mobility, TAG Young Professionals, GNFCC, and MAC present: Career Fair and Panel Discussion. The Portable Profession: Hiring and Getting Hired event is Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at AT&T Midtown 2.  The TAG Mobility Career Fair brings together experienced, highly qualified talent with leading companies in Georgia to ease the hiring struggle of finding and attracting the talent and skills required to handle mobility initiatives.  Contact Debbie Ryals with questions or to register at 770-993-8806.

Affordable Care Act explained Aug. 20 ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Affordable Care Act: What does it mean for your business?  GNFCC is holding the inaugural Healthcare Committee Event featuring U.S. Congressman Tom Price, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and other distinguished panelists on Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. This event is hosted by DeKalb Office in Alpharetta and will include an opportunity for business owners to learn what to look and plan for when the ACA takes effect.  The event will provide participants with an opportunity to network and meet panelists. The vision and purpose of this event is to serve as a resource for businesses and healthcare providers so that we may continue to enhance the quality of life in the north Fulton area. Contact Bethany Usry at 678-397-0562 with questions. 


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Cottonwood Estates opens in Alpharetta ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The newest independent retirement community, Cottonwood Estates, recently opened. The facility, 255 Vaughan Drive in Alpharetta, caters to independent-minded seniors. Cottonwood Estates has a total of 118 units, which include studios, and one-and two bedroom suites with over 42 different floor plans. There’s also a 40,000 square foot common area for residents. Within that space are a beauty/barber shop, library, fitness center, activity room, large screen TV lounge, movie theater, a billiards and game room, chapel and business center. Older individuals are encouraged to maintain their independence without being burdened by cooking, driving or maintaining a house and yard. For a monthly rent that starts at $1,895, residents have three daily chef prepared meals, served in the dining room, weekly housekeeping and linen service, plus free laundry facilities. All utilities, except telephone service, are included in the rent. For a guided tour, call 678-242-0334.


ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Alpharetta office of architecture and design firm Gresham, Smith and Partners has announced that Nithin Gomez, P.E., an engineer in the firm’s transportation market, recently earned his Professional Engineer (P.E.) certification in the state. The P.E. licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of GOMEZ competence, achievement and quality. Gomez, who joined GS&P in 2005, focuses on traffic engineering and planning with an emphasis on traffic analysis using various software packages. For more, visit


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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Bank of North Georgia, a division of Synovus Bank, announced that Layna Weldon has been named Vice President and Senior Business Banker. In her role, Weldon will manage business banking clients along with acquiring and

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Huntington Learning Center earns top accreditation ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Huntington Learning Center of Alpharetta, located at 12850 Ga. 9, has been recognized for its professional learning standards by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). “With every school in our area moving forward with increasingly rigorous standards for achievement, students need to optimize their learning potential through programs that offer the highest quality service,” said Terry Schwarz, operator of the Alpharetta Huntington Learning Center. “We’re proud to have the acknowledgement and certification of MSA for the hard work and dedication of our topquality teachers at every one of our sites. We heartily encourage every parent or guardian who’s interested in gaining extra help for struggling students to learn more about how and why this accreditation is so important and why Huntington Learning Center requires all centers to earn this respected recognition. For more information, call 678-240-9221, or visit


New Zzz’s by Ashley store opens in Johns Creek JOHNS CREEK, Ga.— The first Zzz’s by Ashley retail store in Georgia opened Saturday, July 6, in Johns Creek. The innovative mattress store concept is at 11720 Medlock Bridge Road in the Johns Creek Village. “We are very excited,” said Todd Wanek, President and CEO of Ashley. “The Zzz’s by Ashley concept was established to provide guests with a more relaxed shopping experience, and a precise method to ultimately make a confident and informed purchase decision.” Zzz’s by Ashley was designed to transform the way people shop and purchase mattresses by creating an inviting and spa-­like environment. Shoppers can place their personal belongings in their own locker, slip on a pair of cozy slippers and even select a personal pillow that best suits them as they shop. Warm, inviting earth tones, soothing scents and calming music invite shoppers to feel more at home. Zzz’s by Ashley employs a helpful staff and tablet technology that helps consumers find the perfect mattress fit. “Rather than experiencing impersonal salesmanship, guests will feel respected and informed,” said Wanek. “The goal of the Zzz’s by Ashley concept is to provide mattress shoppers with a level of personal attention that hasn’t been seen before.”


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A native of Georgia with deep roots in East Tennessee, prolific folk music performer and songwriter Kathy Reed will perform folk tunes on bass and guitar. Reed has opened for legendary performers such as Patty Loveless and Tony Rice. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 8. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Please call 404-851-9111 or visit heritagesandy


Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases Atlanta’s finest jazz artists. Composer and jazz keyboard artist Madoca has performed internationally and headlined many jazz venues in Atlanta. She teams up with the Prince Project to create a mix of fusion, Latin and contemporary jazz styles. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. 980 Briarcliff Road Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404-872-5338 or visit


Due to overwhelming demand, Justin Bieber brings his sold-out Believe world tour back to the Atlanta Philips Arena. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10. 1 CNN Center, Atlanta. Please call 404-878-3000 or visit

Georgia-born jazz trumpeter Marcus Printup will be bringing his talent to Alpharetta. Enjoy some jazzy sounds in the comfortable living room of this Alpharetta venue. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10-11. 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855-583-5838 or visit

THE KILLERS WITH A SPECIAL GUEST CONCERT The Nevada-formed Killers are coming to Alpharetta to promote their new album, "Battle Born," also the motto of their home state. 8 p.m. Aug. 15. 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 404-733-5010 or visit

PIEDMONT PARK SUMMER ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL The third annual arts and crafts festival will have artists displaying their works along paths in the park. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1718. 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. Please call 404-845-0793 or visit

Peter Frampton is back on the road with Frampton's Guitar Circus. The tour will feature the Grammywinning musician performing with friends, celebrated guitarists, and other special guests, including B.B. King and Sonny Landreth. 7 p.m.


Performing Arts North at the Dancing Goat Theatre presents William Shakespeare's “The Tempest.” As one of Shakespeare's last plays, and considered one of the first works of science-fiction, all your favorite themes are embodied in the story, making “The Tempest” unique. 8 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday to Aug. 10. 10700 State Bridge Road No. 6, Johns Creek. Please call 770-772-0762 or visit


Presented by the Atlanta Jazz Preservation Society, spend a night on the lawn hearing music in the tradition of Chicago, New York, West Coast and New Orleans jazz bands. 8 p.m. Aug. 16. 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. Please call 770-645-6844 or visit

Health and Welness reggae music festival Enjoy a festival that helps you create a healthier lifestyle. This openair music festival will showcase arts and crafts, holistic health and live reggae music. Noon-9 p.m. Aug. 17. 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Southwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-753-7735 or visit

THEATER » “DREAMGIRLS” STARRING JENNIFER HOLLIDAY The Tony award-winning musical following the story of a trio of young female singers and their rise to fame comes to the Fox Theatre, starring Jennifer Holliday. 8 p.m. Aug. 2-11. 660 Peachtree St. Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404-881-2100 or visit

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This musical adaptation of the classic Mel Brooks film comes to the Onstage Atlanta Theatre. Featuring a script, lyrics and music by Brooks and a singing and dancing tuxedo-clad laboratory experiment. Every Friday through Sunday until Aug. 17. 2597 North Decatur Road, Decatur. Please call 404-897-1802 or visit


Auditions for "Winnie the Pooh" at the Dancing Goat Theatre, with parts for people ages 8 and up, including all your favorite characters from the classic children's story by A. A. Milne. 2 p.m. Aug. 11 and 7 p.m. Aug. 12. 10700 State Bridge Road, John's Creek. Please call 770-485-3143 or visit performingarts


A ghost tour in historic downtown Alpharetta including stories of historical events combined with recent actual spooky encounters. Stop by many of your favorite local spots downtown to find out the real scoop. 8-9:30 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday July 12 to December. Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. Please call 800-979-3370 or visit


An electrifying debut, “The Stranger You Seek” by Amanda Kyle Williams introduces a haunting heroine in a novel that draws readers deep into a sizzling Atlanta summer, a city in turmoil and a tormenting cat-and-mouse killer’s game the reader can never forget. 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell. Please call 770-640-3075.


A pageant for ladies age 60 and up, this competition showcases the elegance and grace of life experience. Modeled after the Miss America pageants. 2 p.m. Aug. 17-18. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Please call 770-399-6340 for more information.


The Friends of Roswell Library Super Summer Book Sale features classics, mystery, fantasy, fiction, sci-fi, cookbooks and children’s books at the best prices in town. 10 a.m.-4 p.m Aug. 17 and 2-4 p.m Aug. 18. 115 Norcross St., Roswell. Please call 770640-3075 or visit


The Fox Theatre presents the Oscar-winning romantic comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for its Summer Film Festival series. 4 p.m. Aug. 18. 660 Peachtree St. Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 855-285-8499 or visit


The Lambert High School Longhorn Cross Country Team is holding their largest fundraiser of the season — a 5K and 1-mile fun run. This is the fifth year the annual fundraiser will take place. 8-11 a.m. Aug. 10. 805 Nichols Road, Suwanee. Please call 770-888-8888 or visit


The Free to Breathe 5K event raises funds for the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education and awareness programs. 7 a.m. Aug. 17. Greencove and Virginia Avenue, Atlanta. Please call 608-828-8852 or visit


Enjoy a 5K race, Fun Run, movie and block party in the heart of downtown Alpharetta while raising funds for North Fulton nonprofits. 6 p.m. Aug. 17. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-6000 or visit

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Alternatives to hysterectomy Goodbye to insulin By LAURA TSAKIRIS MD Chattahoochee Gynecology Picture this scenario. You are having issues with heavy bleeding at menstruation. You go to your gynecologist and are told you need a hysterectomy. This will require a major surgery, a prolonged recovery time and inability to get back to work and your daily life for quite a while. Is this the only solution? The answer is probably no. We now have many more alternatives to hysterectomy than ever before. In the category of medical alternatives to hysterectomy there is the possibility of oral contraceptives and hormonal DepoProvera infections. These medications are traditionally used for contraception but are safe for women to use until menopause if no medical health issues exist. They can decrease monthly bleeding substantially and even be manipulated so that there are fewer menstrual cycles. Oral contraceptives can also decrease acne and perimenopausal side effects as well. Another new alternative to hysterectomy is the Mirena IUD.

This devise recently received FDA approval for use in managing heavy menses. It can easily be placed in an office visit without anesthesia. After the first few months most patients will have either no menses or very light menses. The device can be left in for 5 years and is very safe in all age groups. If you prefer not to use a medication or are reluctant to use an IUD another alternative would be an endometrial ablation. This is a procedure that in some cases can be done in an office setting or as an outpatient at the hospital. The lining of the uterine cavity is treated so there is either no menses or very light menses each month. The nice feature with this procedure is that recovery time is very quick. Most people are back to work within a 24-hour time period and the results last for years. So the next time your doctor days you need a hysterectomy, be sure to discuss these options. While the need for hysterectomy still exists in some cases there are more alternatives than ever before.

By JEFF YE, MD, Ph.D. I have many patients who have successfully graduated from an insulin program. They are grateful that they don’t have to stick their body with insulin several times a day. Many have been on high doses of insulin for years with significant weight gain and poor sugar control; now they are taking oral medications and only need to check their blood sugar on special occasions. The mechanism for type 2 diabetes includes impaired normal biological response to insulin, defects in the glucagon regulation, and decreased beta cell mass. Risk factors include uncontrolled hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, hypertension and obesity; all contribute to the worsening of type 2 diabetes. Patients may ultimately depend on insulin, but efforts should be made to reserve their beta cell mass and delay the

process. New oral medications are available to reserve the beta cell

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ADHD – not just in children anymore Adult ADHD is associated with multiple comorbidities such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other personality disorders. Adult ADHD is a valid psychiatric disorder of adulthood distinct from these other conditions. Adult attention deficit disorder differs from the childhood variant because the hyperactivity in adults may be replaced by other symptoms such as anxiety, impulsivity and inattentiveness. In fact, prior to 2002 there were no diagnostic guidelines, but there have been great advances since. Some of the symptoms that characterize Adult ADHD are:

ADHD is a relatively common psychiatric disorder among adults. The prevalence is thought to be 3.5%-5.3%, which accounts for more than 11 million cases in the United States alone. With increased public awareness, adult ADHD became a topic of great interest so clinicians should be able to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with this disorder. Etiology is still uncertain. Genetics however is believed to play a prominent role, followed in importance by acquired injuries to the brain. ADHD was widely thought to be strictly a disorder of childhood. Now there are numerous scientific papers and clinical trials that acknowledge the existence of an adult version of this disorder, which can be traced back to the younger years. Before this time ADHD in adults was known as Minimal Brain Damage or Dysfunction (MBD).

1. Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in school-work, work or other activities. 2. Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities. 3. Often does not seem to listen when spoke to directly. 4. Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand directions) 5. Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities. 6. Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (eg. School assignments, pencils, keys) 7. Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli. PAID ADVERTORIAL

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Some children with ADHD continue to have it as adults. And many adults who have the disorder don’t know it. They may feel that it is impossible to get organized, keep a job, or remember and keep appointments. Daily tasks such as getting up in the morning, preparing to leave the house for work, arriving at work on time, and being productive on the job can be especially challenging for adults with ADHD. These adults may have a history of failure at school, problems at work, failed relationships and traffic accidents. Like teens, adults with ADHD may seem restless and may try to complete several tasks as once, most of them unsuccessfully. They also tend to prefer “quick fixes,” rather than taking the steps needed to achieve greater rewards. Treatment is very rewarding. The first medications to be approved by the FDA belonged to a non-stimulant group of medications: Atomoxetine. The FDA later approved stimulants such as methylphenidate and mixed amphetamine salts. Group delivered cognitive behavioral therapy is recommended in some cases as a supportive treatment. If you or someone you know may have Adult ADHD, call Johns Creek Family Medicine at 770-771-6591 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Zack Charkawi.

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Getting that lean beach body through sleep By CAROLINE SPARKS FNP-BC, RN, MSN EVP Clinical Operations at AgeWell Men’s Institute Ever think you could sleep your way to a perfect body? Sleep plays a vital role in lean muscle mass production and overall health. Muscle makes us look good, makes us stronger and provides other benefits such as bone density, fat loss and helps us stay alive longer. A recent study showed that insufficient sleep curtailed the efforts of human subjects to lose body weight and retain lean mass. Compared to the control group, the bad sleep group saw their lean body mass losses increase by 60% and their fat mass losses decrease by 55% suggesting that lean muscle mass was being broken down into amino acids for energy.  We do not know exactly how many hours of sleep one needs per night and it differs

Insulin: Continued from Page 20 mass along with the benefit of weight loss.We should exhaust all medication therapies before

on an individual basis, but most scientists agree that 8 hours is optimal. Aim for 10 hours, an unrealistic goal for most but a worthy one. Never skip exercise as it may be counterproductive and work out a reasonable am amount of time that promotes better sleep. 1 hour per day is a great goal to set. As training volume increases so must sleep. In the event of a negative night of sleeping, there are 3 things you can do to counter balance: 1- Meditate, 2- Drink Coffee and 3- Take Creatine. Creatine has been shown to reduce the negative effects of a poor night’s sleep in performance as well as Caffeine. Sweet Dreams... Caroline Sparks is the EVP of Clinical Operations at AgeWell Men’s Institute in Milton. A board certified family nurse practitioner for 15 years, Caroline has developed patient-

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turning to insulin. Some diabetic patients have transient loss of beta cell function and increased resistance to insulin; They are put on insulin in the hospital and kept on insulin afterwards.

Most of them can be successfully treated with replacement oral anti-diabetic medications in a couple of weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jeff Ye, North Atlanta Medical & Digestive Care at 770-346-0900.

Live in the now At Johns Creek Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, we are ready to help if you’re not ready to let hearing loss get in the way of enjoying your favorite activities. With more than twenty years of experience in bringing the best possible hearing care to this area, Dr. Woodward will work with you to find the hearing solution that best fits your individual needs and budget. Be free to enjoy all that life has to offer.

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Start living a happy, healthy life today Everyone wishes to live a happy healthy life. If you were to look at your health as a chain, you would see a connected series of links. Your brain, heart, lungs, eyes, and other organs are links which must all work together to keep the body functioning. Each link plays a vital role in the strength and performance of the chain and your overall good health. But, what happens if one of the links, such as the ability to hear, fails to work properly? Dr. Deborah

Woodward is a Doctor of Audiology and is committed to be “your link to better hearing”. Correcting a hearing impairment requires detailed knowledge of how ears respond to sound and familiarity with the latest technologies and hearing devices. Patients appreciate the “personal touch” Dr. Woodward gives. “It is important to establish a patient relationship based on professionalism and trust while focusing on their individual needs and lifestyle”, states Woodward.

“Forget about what you know about hearing devices up to now. You’ll be amazed at how smart, how helpful, and how transforming better hearing can now be.” The value of a strong hearing link is immeasurable. With Dr. Woodward’s expertise in providing solutions to hearing loss, patients regain their confidence in business and social situations and are not embarrassed by inappropriate responses in conversations. In many cases, family harmony is restored, and a pa-

tient’s self-esteem is regained with their ability to hear and understand speech. For the past twenty years, Dr. Deborah Woodward has been serving the hearing healthcare needs of the residents in the Johns Creek and surrounding areas and is now in private practice at the Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center. Audiology services at Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center include hearing evaluations for both adults and children; testing for middle ear function; fitting of the latest hearing aid technology with a 45-day trial period for all hearing aids dispensed; hearing aid service and supplies; custom ear molds for swimming, noise protection for hunters and musicians; and Cochlear implant and BAHA evaluations with mapping and programming. Woodward believes in giving back to the local community. As a breast cancer survivor, Deborah is active in raising funds for the benefit of

the Susan B. Komen charity. Dr. Woodward performs hearing screenings at health fairs, churches, and for several corporations. Elementary school children learn from Dr. Woodward how the ear works at Career Day

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3D mammography: A major advance Living: in the fight against breast cancer

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By LYNN D. BAXTER, MD Director of Breast Imaging, Northside Radiology Associates, Northside Hospital Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women, aside from some non-aggressive forms of skin cancer. One in eight American women will develop the disease at some point in her lifetime. Early detection is the key to improved survival and less invasive treatments. Mammography is the only test of any kind scientifically proven to decrease the death rate from breast cancer. In fact, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 30% since mammography screening programs were introduced. Because of this, the American Cancer Society and many other organizations recommend annual mammograms for almost all women beginning at age 40. Some high risk women should begin screening even earlier. Mammograms have consistently been shown to reduce the death rate from breast cancer in many studies in many countries, even through using film/screen technology

from the 1970’s. However, standard 2 dimensional (2D) mammography has some limitations. Because this technology creates a 2D image of a 3 dimensional (3D)part of the body, tissues from one part of the breast can overlap with tissues from another part, creating a false impression of a mass on the image, or allowing normal tissues to mask a cancer. Breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is a new advance in breast imaging technology that goes a long way toward overcoming these limitations. In 3D mammography, images are obtained from multiple angles around the breast and synthesized by a computer into a series of images 1 mm thick. The radiologist can view them together like a “movie” where they view the inner structures of the breast, moving from one side to the other. This helps to eliminate the problem of overlapping tissues. Studies so far have shown a 27 – 30% increase in cancer detection with 3D mammography and a 30 -40% decrease in the rate of recalls for additional

imaging. Benefits have been proven for women with all breast densities. Still, 3D mammography is not perfect, and it cannot find all cancers or prevent all recalls. It is currently only approved by the FDA for use as a combination exam with standard 2D mammography. As a result, the radiation dose from the combination exam is higher than that of a 2D mammogram alone ( but still within FDA limits, and actually lower than some old film mammograms). All that being said, 3D technology shows tremendous promise towards overcoming some of the most common limitations of mammogram screening, and will continually improve breast cancer screening and diagnostic capabilities. Northside Hospital Breast Cancer Center Northside Hospital is one of the leading providers of breast cancer services in the nation, diagnosing and treating more cases of breast cancer than anyone else in the Southeast. Northside Hospital was the first facility to make 3D mam-

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Testimonials: “Excellent! Most careful! Takes time with me. Helped me avoid taking insulin for diabetes.” Ed E. “Dr. Ye makes you feel very comfortable during your visit. He is very good at explaining what he has found wrong with you. The options you have on getting help with pain and sickness. He is also good at working with you about getting the best medication that works for you.” Bryan S. “Most doctors I’ve been to haven’t talked to me a lot of the time or care to find the real problem causing all of my symptoms, but Dr. Ye cares for me and doesn’t stop until he finds the root cause of the problems or issues. He then takes great care at treating the entire body. I appreciate all he has done for me.” Angela H.

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events and staff members of assisted living facilities are educated on the use and care of hearing aids for their residents. The next Open House and Seminar events are September 24th and 26th. Space is limited and it is highly recommended to secure a slot by contacting the office at 770-814-1260. At Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, you can expect a warm welcome and a caring Doctor of Audiology who is sincerely interested in helping to keep your link to better hearing strong and healthy!




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Strong PreK program key to being kindergarten ready CUMMING, Ga. — As parents of toddlers begin thinking about education for their children, one of the questions that frequently comes up is, “Will my child be kindergarten ready?” So, just how does a child become kindergarten ready? Many education experts agree that a strong PreK experience is key and that parents should look for specific criteria when researching PreK programs. “Children who have never been away from parents in structured situations need to build confidence that other adults can love and care for them,” said Dana Oshinski, dean of academics, Prek/k at Pinecrest Academy, a Prek-12th Catholic school in Cumming. “The PreK experience gives children confidence in other adults.” Additionally, studies show that children unknowingly desire and thrive in environments where they know what is expected of them. “Being in a more structured environment gives young children the stability needed to explore and learn,” said Oshinski. The development of social skills is also an important benefit of a strong PreK program, as these skills will be very useful for a positive kindergarten experience. “When children are in a setting with other children, being lovingly supported by adults, they learn social skills needed to get along with others and to learn to support differ-

The PreK experience gives children confidence in other adults.” Dana Oshinski Dean of Academics, Prek/k at Pinecrest Academy

ences within and between one another,” added Oshinski. PreK also provides for a smooth introduction to academics. “When a child is introduced to basic academic skills, like number and letter recognition, science and social studies topics, the stage is set for the mastery of these

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Forsyth County Schools enrollment growing District hires teachers to fill 80 new positions By CAROLYN ASPENSON CUMMING, Ga. — Due to an increase in student growth, Forsyth County Schools hired an additional 80 teachers for the 2013-14 school year. “We hire based on our projected number of students for our fourth month of school,” said Jennifer Caracciolo, Forsyth County School’s spokeswoman. She said enrollment increased by about 1,700 students from last year. “South Forsyth High School has the largest number of new teachers due to their enrollment numbers,” she said. This year the school’s freshman class alone exceeds 700 students. “We budgeted to fill 80 new positions to accommodate enrollment growth throughout the system, but with teachers retiring or moving on, we hired a total of 280 new teachers for the start of this school year,” Caracciolo said. Forsyth County Schools budgeted $5,814,080 for the


Cumming Elementary School’s new fifth grade teachers, Tonya Hanks and Becky Miller. 80 new positions. Of the additional 200 teachers hired for this school year, several were Forsyth County Schools paraprofessionals, substitute teachers and teachers who had previously left the school system. The new teachers attended a two-day orientation on July 30 and July 31. Teacher of the year Nick Crowder, South Forsyth High School’s career/tech depart-

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New teachers Megan Barton, Mia Kim and Jamie D. Brown. Barton will teach fourth graders at Midway Elementary. Kim is a first year counselor at Big Creek Elementary School and Brown comes from Fulton County to West Forsyth High School as a counselor. School teachers and football coaches Trevor Williams, Jake Moorer and Chip Martin are looking forward to their first year at the school. “It’s going to be a great year,” Williams said. Tonya Hawks, fifth grader teacher at Cumming Elemen-

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Continued from Page 24 skills in kindergarten,” said Oshinski. A strong PreK curriculum also gives an opportunity for new students to learn in a developmental and playful way, which also develops the thinking and processing skills needed for future learning. And PreK allows a young child time to learn ‘how to go to school,’ too. Because academics are not the sole reason for going to school at this age, these are the years where confidence


can bloom as students learn school rules and procedures, and are exposed to leadership opportunities with different class job and experiences. “PreK is a time to learn tracking skills, along with phonological and visual skills needed before successful reading and comprehension can occur,” said Oshinski. “We offer PreK3 and PreK4 programs at Pinecrest Academy, and depending on your child’s ‘readiness,’ two years of PreK curriculum could be an excellent plan for parents seeking a smooth transition into kindergarten,” Oshinski said. For more, visit www.




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BIO gymnastics and Dynamo UK were very pleased to train and interact with each other.

BIO Gymnastics welcomes Dynamo UK members CUMMING, Ga. –– BIO Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited welcomed seven team members and three coaches from Dynamo UK to their training facility June 15 – 21. Dynamo has produced past Olympians as well as youths competing for Great Britain, England, Southern Region and Hampshire County. Dr. Vladimir Zaglada, Cumming resident, current vice president of Dynamo UK and technical director for BIO

Gymnastics, facilitated the week-long exchange of gymnasts, coaches and technical expertise between the two gyms. There was also time for fun, as the girls were treated to outings at Lake Lanier Islands, Stars and Strikes, Mall of Georgia, Stone Mountain, and the World of Coke. For more information, visit www.bioathleticsunlimited. com. -Shauyan Saki

FORSYTH COUNTY Ga. — Four South Forsyth High School cheerleaders were selected to advance to the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association’s Cheerleader of the Year Competition in Columbus, Ga., on Saturday, Aug. 10. Seniors Kennedy Chambers, Taylor Giller, Madison Lively and Macy Sarver will compete at Columbus State University for one of 16 spots on the Georgia All-State Cheerleading squad. The applicants were judged based on academic standing including standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and reference letters. The four girls will compete against 40 other cheerleaders to be recognized at the state cheerleading competition in November. The top two cheerleaders


South Forsyth seniors Taylor Giller, Kennedy Chambers, Macy Sarver and Madison Lively will compete for one of 16 spots on the Georgia All-State Cheerleading squad in November. will be awarded a scholarship from the GCCA which is based on their application,

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Scientific Games ‘Stuffs the Bus’ for United Way’s supply drive ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Scientific Games announced that employees at the Company’s Global Technology Center of Excellence in Alpharetta donated nearly 5,000 school supply items to United Way of Forsyth County as part of a Stuff the Bus event to benefit students in local schools. After gathering school supplies throughout the month of July, Scientific Games employees spent a lunch hour recently loading their dona-


tions onto a Forsyth County Schools bus with boxes of notebooks, folders, pencils, crayons, calculators and other needed supplies filling every bus seat. “United Way of Forsyth County truly appreciates the generosity of each and every Scientific Games employee who donated these much needed school supplies for students in our community,” said Leigh Crow, Director, Resource Development, United


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Why we report arrests in the newspaper We deal with many issues in our business that can be controversial. What you decide to cover, who, where, why and when are frequently issues. Sometimes covering a particular story is not an issue unless it is election time. Sometime not covering a story is an issue if it is election time, but any other time it is ok. Timing, frequently, is everything. Covering arrests and crime in general is different and usually is less impacted by the timing of the coverage. The issue with this news coverage is why we do it in the first place

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and often why we don’t wait to report the results of the trials – like guilty or not guilty. Covering crime and running lists of arrests can make some people mad – particularly when their names are in the

coverage. I’ve been accused of muck-raking, sleazy journalism and worse. Some see our reporting as some sort of invasion of their privacy – their right to be arrested and no one know about it. I think they don’t want their personal dirty laundry to be aired but one of the problems is that arrests generally don’t happen in a vacuum. They do impact the public. Sometimes these folks are part of the crime report and sometimes they are simply thinking that they wouldn’t want to one day be part of it so

I believe that by reporting crimes, we discourage or prevent crime. best to attack that coverage in advance. And of course there are those who sincerely hold a low opinion of this type of news reporting. And I get that. We do report arrests and of course everyone who is arrested is not guilty – and we acknowledge that at the beginning of the crime pages. But the fact that the arrest occurred is fact. All our crime reporting is pulled from the arrest reports from the police or sheriff department’s public domain records or interviews with staff from the police or sheriff’s department. I have a standing policy that if someone is arrested and the case is dismissed for whatever reason or goes to trial that we will report the outcome if the arrested person requests it. Usually when arrest coverage comes up and I explain our policy and the reasoning behind this coverage, most people are more comfortable with it. But before I share what our position is I always start out by acknowledging that the crime news we report is probably the highest read part of the paper. Yes, in part, we report crime

news simply because it is what our readers are interested in reading – crime that is happening in their neighborhoods – on their streets – in their cities that could easily directly or indirectly impact them or someone in their family someday. So, yes, one reason we include it is because it is popular and increases our readership. The second part of the explanation is simple. I believe that by reporting crimes, we discourage or prevent crime. If I have had one person come up to me and say that they decided not to have that last drink because they didn’t want to end up on the crime pages of the paper, I have had a dozen. And if that prevented only one drunk-driving accident, in my mind that is enough justification all by itself. If reading about all the young people being arrested for possession of drugs stops a few kids from not taking seriously this business of illegal drugs, that is a good thing. If our coverage of crimes of opportunity – theft of purses left on front seats or laptops left on dashboards, or open garage doors or cars in the driveway, etc. – helps remind folks in the community to be more careful, then we have helped our community. If our story about some predator approaching kids in an area park or recreation area alerts a mom or dad to the danger or heightens community awareness in general about children’s safety, then we’ve done our job and I will neither apologize for it nor feel bad that we publish it.

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Christian charity hosting inaugural event CUMMING, Ga – “Because God Said” – a Cumming-based charity – is hosting its inaugural festival and race at Fowler Park on Monday, Sept. 2. There will be a 5k race that will start at 8 a.m., a 1k race will be at 9 a.m. and a family festival that will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be music, food

and local vendors as well as activities and pony rides for children. The registration fee is $25 for the 5k and $15 for the 1k. Proceeds from the race will go to Because God Said›s programs and services that aid families and their children who are battling childhood cancer. -Mitchell Ferman | Forsyth Herald | August 7, 2013 | 31

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Georgia Tech graduates 2,700 students ATLANTA -- The Georgia Institute of Technology presented degrees to approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students during the Institute’s 245 commencement exercises, including the following students: Cumming Taryn Adler - BS in Biochemistry; Seth Austin - BS in Mechanical Engineering; Justin Castleberry - BS in Civil Engineering; Cynthia Cromer - MS in Materials Science & Engineering; Aleksandra Dabrowska - BS in Econ & Int’l Affairs; Melissa Eaton - BS in International Affairs; Carl Enger - BS in Industrial Engineering; Michael Kevin Guillermo - BS in Aerospace Engineering; Maria Guzman Gutierrez - BS in Industrial Engineering; Cameron Hord - BS in Computer Science; Yameen Huq - BS in Chemical & Biological Engineering; Andrew Kim - BS in Computer Science; Rachael Luetschwager - BS in Industrial Design;

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