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Sex offender sweep nets four arrests Woman charged with drug possession By ALDO NAHED


Audrey Jatte, a first-grader at Sharon Elementary School says she’s thrilled about the new school year.

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District geared for new school year By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The enthusiasm for a new year was everywhere as Forsyth County Schools were back in session Aug. 8. This year, the district estimates about 40,300 students.

The district is the largest employer in the county with about 4,200 full-time employees and 1,500 substitutes. Forsyth County has the ninth largest school system in Georgia out of 180 school districts. From the 2011-2012 to 2012-2013 school year, the

district added 1,722 new students and 16 of the district’s schools have outgrown the student enrollment capacity of their schools. Ninety-nine trailers are on school campuses to accommodate the growth.

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office PACE unit along with Georgia Probation officers conducted a sweep to monitor the county’s registered sex offenders. Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the sweep yielded four sex offender arrests and a drug arrest. Rainwater said that with school starting, the office wanted to send a message. The searches were in accordance with a Fourth Amendment waiver, Rainwater said. The sweeps will continue, he said. On a monthly basis, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office PACE Unit, criminal investigations division will visit the county’s registered sex offenders to verify compliance with state laws. The Aug. 5, sex offenders on probation were visited by law enforcement. A total of five people were arrested and four are registered sex offenders. “Due to the success of the operation, plans are in place to conduct similar operations in the future,” Rainwater said. ARRESTS INCLUDED: Andrew Vincent Cole, 25, charged with violation of his probation by letting another

with drugs enter his home. Eric James Hamilton, 45, charged with violation of his probation by having adult pornography and ammunition inside his home. Chad Lee Meade, 46, charged with violation of his probation by having drug paraphernalia inside his home. Robert Michael Tidwell, 59, charged with violation of his probation by having video on his cell phone of locations he is not permitted to be at or near. Michela Marie Rice, 21, who is not a registered sex offender, was charged with possession of scheduled IV controlled substance. For the state’s sex offender registry, visit www.tinyurl. com/nqkls. cole





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Mother, child die; 3 hurt in 2-vehicle wreck in south Forsyth By ALDO NAHED SUWANEE, Ga. — A 43-yearold Forsyth County woman was killed Aug. 7 and her daughter, 11, died two days later after a weather-related two-vehicle crash on Old Atlanta Road near Sharon Road in south Forsyth County. Two other children and an adult were also hospitalized. Tracy Bieler, 43, of Suwanee, the driver of a 2002 Toyota Camry, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Bieler’s 11-year-old daughter, Caroline Addlesburger, who was a passenger in the front seat, was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in critical condition. She passed away about 10 a.m. Aug. 9, according to Forsyth County Sheriff Deputy First Class Michael Nelson of the crash investigations unit. Addlesburger was a Riverwatch Middle School. A family friend, an 11-yearold girl seated in the backseat of the vehicle was also transported to Children’s Healthcare

of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with non-life threatening injuries to her face. The driver of the other car, a 2012 Honda Odyssey, Mujtaba Syed, 40, of Cumming was transported to North Fulton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A 7-year-old passenger in the Odyssey was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with a broken arm. About 11 a.m., Beiler was traveling southbound on Old Atlanta Road near Estates of

Old Atlanta subdivision when she lost control of the car while coming around a curve. The Camry traveled into the southbound lane and struck the northbound Odyssey. The front end of the Honda Odyssey hit the Camry on the passenger side, Nelson said. Nelson said rainy weather conditions contributed to the 11 a.m. crash. Forsyth County was experiencing heavy rains and flooding at the time of the accident. The investigation into the collision is ongoing.

ents, but they said they were unaware of any threats against their safety. Officers said this situation has been previously documented as a phone scam.

Officers took the man to the City of Cumming Jail, but he was later transported to Northside Hospital Forsyth for drug and behavior treatment. At about 2:30 p.m., officers were sent back to the hotel because the man had returned to his room. He was asked to take his belongings and not to return.

he was a part of the Southern Tea Party and demanded the deputy to wake up the sheriff immediately. When the deputy refused, the caller hung up and continued calling back with the same threats. Late that night, deputies said they saw the man ride up in a taxi and throw an American flag onto the walkway before the taxi drove off. The deputies said they have a suspect who has an open warrant for failure to appear on a driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane traffic arrest.

Man brandishing Scammer threatens knife demands drugs to murder family CUMMING, Ga. — Someone called a man and said if he didn’t pay $500, his parents would be shot, according to a Cumming Police incident report. On July 28, a man told officers he got a call at about 2:30 p.m. from someone who was threatening to harm his family. The caller told the victim several men were surrounding his parent’s house in Puerto Rico and would shoot them if he did not send a $500 money transfer. The man then went to a store and sent a MoneyGram as instructed. The man thought the money would be picked up in Puerto Rico, but MoneyGram customer service said the money was picked up somewhere in the United States. The man called his par-

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Thieves steal $3K in cigarettes FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Two men broke into a Chevron gas station and stole about $3,000 in cigarettes, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. Deputies were dispatched At about 1:30 a.m. July 30 to the Chevron at 7730 McGinnis Ferry Road after the store alarm went off. When deputies arrived, they could see someone smashed

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Blotter: Continued from Page 2 the front glass and took several packs of cigarettes. Deputies said they cleared the area for suspects but found no one inside. Video surveillance captured two men with backpacks break into the gas station with a yellow hatchet and steal between 500 to 600 packs of cigarettes. They fled on their bicycles toward Old Atlanta Road.

Couple caught in series of thefts CUMMING, Ga. — A Home Depot investigator compiled enough evidence to prove a couple committed a series of fraudulent returns, according to a Cumming Police incident report. On July 24, a Home Depot loss prevention investigator told officers she had evidence of a couple fraudulently returning items to several Home Depot locations, including the Cumming location, 1000 Market Place Boulevard. The investigator said video surveillance shows the couple in a theft where they returned stolen items and received store gift cards in exchange.

The investigator said the gift cards would then be presumably sold to pawn shops in the area. The investigator said the couple altered their driver’s license to bypass Home Depot’s tracking system. The thefts from the Cumming store from November 2011 to June 2013 totaled about $7,300.

Pharmacist discovers forged prescription CUMMING, Ga. — A Kroger pharmacist reported a forged prescription and other Kroger pharmacies have experienced similar forgeries, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On July 21, the Kroger Pharmacist, 1595 Peachtree Parkway, told deputies she filled a prescription for Promethazine and Codeine for a man. According to the prescription a doctor from the DeKalb Medical Center supposedly issued the prescription. The pharmacist said she learned a string of forgeries were occurring at other Kroger pharmacies, so she called the doctor to verify the prescription. The doctor told her the prescription was a fake.

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DUI arrests ►► Andrea Elaine Howard, 46,

of Dawsonville was arrested July 27 on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville for DUI and improper u turn. ►► Ian Joseph Palmatier, 20, of Chaffin Road, Roswell, was arrested July 27 on War Hill Park Road in Dawsonville for DUI, failure to maintain lane, possession of marijuana, expired tag, and underage possession of alcohol. ►► Kristara Anne Long, 24, was arrested July 28 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for DUI. ►► David Taylor Harlow, 23, of Pooles Mill Road, Cumming, was arrested July 27 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Clint Everett Clackum, 33, of Cleveland Court, Cumming, was arrested July 26 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for DUI and driving on the wrong side of an undivided street. ►► Christopher Lee Brown, 38, of Vistoria Drive, Cumming, was arrested July 23 on Atlanta Highway in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain | Forsyth Herald | August 14, 2013 | 3


►► Dorris E. Beam, 62, of

Piney Grove Road, Cumming, was arrested July 23 on Redi Road in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Terrance Holmes, 34, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested July 19 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, reckless driving, and impeding traffic. ►► Thomas Edward Podgorny, 52, of Marietta was arrested July 19 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for DUI, failure to maintain lane, and operating a vehicle while texting. ►► Mark Allen Bartlett, 53, of Fieldgate Ridge Drive, Cumming, was arrested July 21 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for DUI, failure to maintain lane, and distribution of a controlled substance. ►► Kathy C. Elliott, 52, of Buford was arrested July 21 on Buford Dam Road in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Valentins Terent Jevs, 53, of Sugar Hill was arrested July 20 on Post Road in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Angel Guzman, 19, of Atlanta was arrested July 6 on Union Hill Road in Alpharetta for DUI, speeding, and possession of marijuana. ►► Nicholas Christopher Kulway, 20, of Grove Meadows Lane, Cumming, was arrested July 20 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for DUI, failure to

maintain lane, underage possession of alcohol, and violation of limited license. ►► Gustabo Guzman Mendoza, 21, of Chrysler Drive, Cumming, was arrested July 27 on Bald Ridge Marina Road in Cumming for DUI, speeding, racing, and possession of marijuana. ►► Paula Ide, 51, of Gainesville was arrested July 16 on Little Mill Road in Gainesville for DUI, failure to maintain lane, and possession of marijuana.

Drug arrests ►► Shaun Edward Cleveland,

28, of Dawsonville was arrested July 18 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamines, forgery, suspended license, wanted person, open container, and attempting to misrepresent tag. ►► Holly Danielle Parks, 27, of Sexton Road, Cumming, was arrested July 13 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines. ►► Zachary Tyler Svolto, 20, of Hudson Drive, Cumming, was arrested July 27 on Spot Road in Cumming for possession of marijuana. ►► Omar Shaffie Rashid, 24, of Duluth was arrested July 19 on Peachtree Parkway in

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Circuit breaker thefts on the rise Forsyth neighborhoods under construction targeted By CAITLYN WALTERS FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Builders, electricians, painters and many crew members drive in and out of neighborhoods under construction make it hard for residents to keep track of suspicious activity. This is an optimal situation for a stranger to waltz in a halfway finished home, pop out the circuit breaker box and slip away unnoticed. Unfortunately, this is not a hypothetical situation. According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident reports, about three neighborhoods and about nine homes have been burglarized since late June to early July. On June 24, the site manager at The Estates at Old Atlanta, off Old Atlanta Road and Azalea Bluff Drive, told deputies two homes under construction had several cir-

cuit breakers stolen. About 22 circuit breakers were missing and each breaker cost about $40 at a total of $880. On July 11, four more homes were hit in the same neighborhood. The site manager told deputies at all four locations, someone removed the covers from the fuse boxes and took between ten to 20 breakers. The building supervisor of Post Brooks Farm neighborhood off Post Road and Chestnut Road also reported circuit breaker thefts to the sheriff’s office. From June 21 to June 24, the supervisor told deputies someone had gone into an unfinished home that was left unlocked and removed 28 circuit breakers totaling $540. The other home was also under construction and left unlocked. The supervisor said 23 breakers were stolen from this home valued at about $390. Deputy Doug Rainwater

said he can understand why copper theft occurs regularly, because thieves scrap it and sell it to metal yards for easy cash. But, he said he is unsure of what happens to circuit breakers after they are stolen. Meriann Stokes, a county sheriff investigator working on the claims, said there are theories, but not any proof as to what is happening to stolen circuit breakers. “Resale to independent contractors, scrap, or attempting to return to a home improvement store for credit,” Stokes said. “However, any of these reasons have not been proven as a motive in these particular cases.” Stokes said the sheriff’s office believes the crimes were committed by the same perpetrator as the method of entry, items taken and area targeted is uniquely similar. It seems the thief or thieves unscrew the panel door, cut the wires connecting the breakers to the panel and remove the breakers in rows. In one home at The Estates

at Old Atlanta, the site manager said the thief left four circuit breakers and the power was still on when he observed the damage. Even though witnesses said it looked as if could be the work of an electrician, Stokes said practically anyone can be responsible. “I would not limit the investigation to one profession in particular IE; Electrician,” Stokes said. “As the item being taken is a circuit breaker, and does not necessarily take an advanced skill level to remove.” Because these homes under construction seem to be a target, and an easier one at that, Stokes warns new residents to be on the lookout for anything suspicious. “Our deputies will be more than willing to come out and investigate the issue,” Stokes said. “It is always more helpful to gain information from the community and build a working relationship for the information to flow.” If you have tips or more information, call 911 or the non-emergency 770-781-3087.

Forsyth County launches time-lapse videos of courthouse and jail construction Videos will be updated weekly on county Web site FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Residents have a new way to watch the construction of Forsyth County’s new courthouse and jail. Time-lapse videos of the construction are available for viewing on the county website at as a way for residents to view the ongoing progress of the new

facilities. Two different perspectives of the project site in downtown Cumming are available for viewing. One camera views the site from Cumming City Hall. The other option displays the site as seen from the exist-

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vice president of institutional effectiveness and operation. “It will advertise open houses, registrations... programs that we need enrollment and events there. Anything on premise can be put on that billboard.” Tolleson said Lanier Tech needs a letter of support from the county because the proposed sign still needs state properties commission and state department of transportation approval. “We really need to show that the county supports our efforts in letting citizens of Forsyth County know about the college,” Tolleson said.



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Riverkeeper’s host tour of Lake Lanier By CAITLYN WALTERS FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — With ropes untied and anchors aboard, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper guided sightseers around Lake Lanier during an educational and relaxing tour on Aug. 3. About 45 people boarded the Chota Princess II, Riverkeeper’s 40-foot catamaran and departed Aqualand Marina, 6800 Light Ferry Road, prepared for a two-and-half hour ride through Lake Lanier Islands and Buford Dam. For the first time, Sally Bethea, the CRK founding director, said the nonprofit environmental advocacy and educational organization used the catamaran for such an event. “This boat is primarily used as our floating classroom, where we bring out 40 to 50 students and teachers on the lake for hands-on learning,” Bethea said. As part of CRK’s new Watershed Outings programs, Bethea led the tour around the lake and informed passengers about its history, uses and water quality through an informal question-and-answer session. CRK Technical Programs Director Jason Ulseth led a water monitoring activities session of the tour. “I just want to get out on the water and learn something about the lake,” said Jennifer Eggers of Atlanta. Other passengers who took the tour, like Laura Martin, wanted a water adventure with an educational twist. “I have lived here all my life and I really don’t know that much about the lake at all,” Martin said. “I want to have a nice time, meet nice people and learn about the lake.” After departing the marina, the catamaran cruised past Lake Lanier Islands and under its bridge before reaching Buford Dam. After dropping anchor near the Dam, Bethea and Ulseth took turns describing the history and water quality and answered questions from passengers. Before Congress approved the construction of Buford Dam in the 1940s, Bethea said this 38,000-acre lake that stretches 592 shoreline miles was once the home to nearly 700 families. “As much as we love Lake Lanier, we have to think about how it was created over the years,” Bethea said. A man asked about Gwinnett County’s approval in 2010 to discharge treated wastewater into the lake and the battle over the permit.


Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Technical Programs Director Jason Ulseth shows the group a Secchi disk and said it is an easy way to measure the cleanliness of the water.


Passengers brace as the catamaran leaves the dock. “The Lake Lanier Association and my organization challenged that permit as not being sufficiently protective in certain standards related to bacteria and phosphorous,” Bethea said. “It was long and protracted, but ultimately a more stringent permit was issued, and I think this shows the value of nonprofit organizations that help represent the public interest.” In 1995, CRK sued the City of Atlanta for failing to regularly maintain the sewer system,

which led to pollution in local streams and eventually the Chattahoochee River. In an interview, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said it was because of this lawsuit “that it made everybody sit up and take notice.” Some participants learned how to test water quality. When testing the cleanliness of the water, Ulseth said they look for the amount of single-celled algae living in the water. Algae can make the water


Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Technical Programs Director Jason Ulseth lets the passengers participate in the meter readings. very expensive and difficult to treat, Ulseth said. “It can actually make the water have a bad taste coming out of the faucet if there is too much algae and chlorophyll growing in it,” he said. One of the easiest ways to test this, Ulseth said, is to drop a Secchi disk, a standardized measurement of water clarity helps monitor changes that can affect production of fish and aquatic plants.

Ulseth handed the disk to a passenger and he watched it disappear into the water at about two-and-half meters or about five feet. A Gainesville couple said they were delighted by the tour. “It was wonderful,” said Pat Valz. For more on the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and programs, visit

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Expo showcases business community By ALDO NAHED CUMMING, Ga. — The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2013 Business Expo on Aug. 8, bringing together hundreds of business and community leaders. This year, there were about 1,300 attendees throughout the day and afterhours event. Jason Mock, director of small business services at the chamber, said exhibitors got to showcase their products and goods to a large group at one time. “This is an opportunity for our vendors and business community to showcase to business and the community members who live and work here and they wanted to see what new businesses have opened up,” Mock said. In addition to exhibitors, networking business owners got to mingle with Forsyth County residents and win prizes.


Amy Chitwood, left, and Ryan Culpepper of North Georgia Vein Institute. “This is a unique opportunity for businesses to gain exposure for their products

and services,” Mock said. Keynote speaker Mark McGraw spoke on “How to get the most out of your day” during a working lunch sponsored by Panera Bread. “I think people really left the lunch into the Expo really engaged and making real headway that afternoon,” Mock said. “We could not have been successful without everyone being a part of this.” For more information, visit www.cummingforsythchamber. org.


Several businesses presented their products at the Aug. 8 Business Expo held at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College.

Teens and parents learn to prevent accidents PRIDE class coming in September By CAITLYN WALTERS FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. —A course to provide parents and teens with the knowledge to prevent accidents is taking place next month. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety & Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute is presenting Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE (Parents Reducing Incidents of Driver Error). On Sept. 19, parents and teens will meet at the Forsyth County Public Safety Center, 3520 Settingdown Road to participate in joint and separate parent and teen sessions. Debbie Arnold, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office admin-

istrative assistant, said the event is free, but participants must register for the two-hour course that focuses on driver knowledge, attitude and behavior. The parent session discusses Georgia’s Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA), parental influence and coaching teen drivers, Arnold said. The teen session will discuss peer influence and consequences of risky driving behavior. According to the sheriff’s office, follow-up surveys and evaluations are conducted 60 days after completion of the course and again at one-year and two-years following the course. “Since the program began surveying families in November 2005, only 7.5 percent of

the teens who have completed the PRIDE class have been involved in a crash in which they were driving and only 5.2 percent of the teens have committed a traffic violation in which they received a citation,” Arnold said. Along with course completion, teens will receive approval for two-hours credit toward the 40-hour or 20-hour supervised practice driving time. Arnold said since the inception of this class in 2003, PRIDE has reached about 12,000 families throughout the state.   This is the third of four classes the sheriff’s office will hold this year. The final class in 2013 will be held on Dec. 19. For more program and registration information, visit php/programs/p-r-i-d-e-program.

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Annual parade draws crowds ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Residents lined Main Street Aug. 3 to see the 61 Annual Old Soldier’s Day Parade. “Leading With Honor - Honor Their Sacrifice” is this year’s parade theme, focusing on those soldiers who were taken prisoner during war. The 2013 Grand Marshal is Leon “Lee” Ellis, a retired US Air Force Colonel and a former fighter pilot who endured five and a half years as a prisoner of war in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison near Hanoi, Vietnam. “You cannot live with honor without courage. We need more courage today,” said Ellis. The event was preceded by a 5K race.


American Legion Post 307 of Cumming won second place for their float featuring a Howitzer cannon captured in Iraq.

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PIER opens second location in Forsyth Store employs adults with disabilities By ALDO NAHED CUMMING, Ga. — A thrift store whose mission is to provide work opportunities for adults with disabilities has opened a second location. PIER (Providing Inspiration Employment and Resources) Foundation opened at 1862 Buford Highway in Cumming 30041. Their original location in north

Forsyth County is at 5185 Browns Bridge Road. Cindy Matteson and her husband Hutch Matteson opened the thrift store as a way for Josh — now 23 — their son with Down Syndrome with a place to work. “We realized there wasn’t a place for him to work after he graduated high school,” Cindy Matteson said. “We started looking at what kind of opportunities we could provide for

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Aquatic center shifts gears for fall Outdoor water pool gears for busy weekends

Aquatic Center hours and more info • The last day for the outdoor leisure pool will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Labor Day, Sept. 2. • Until then, the outdoor pool will be open on Saturdays for two sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. • On Sunday, there is one session from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. • The indoor section of the center will remain open during the fall for swim teams, classes and the public with hours varying daily. • The competition pool is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the indoor pool opens from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • The instructional pool is open from about 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours for adult swim vary. • For more information on operating hours and fees, call the Cumming Aquatic Center at 770-781-1781 or visit

By CAITLYN WALTERS CUMMING, Ga. — With school back in session, the outdoor leisure pool at the Aquatic Center closes its doors during the week, but the weekends are still fair game for fun until Labor Day. Wednesday Aug. 7 was the last full weekday the Cumming Aquatic Center, 201 Aquatic Circle, operated its outdoor water park. The indoor pool hours are still the same. Local families were able to enjoy the lazy river and water slide throughout the summer. New this year, the Aquatic Center built a ticket booth and concession stand to better accommodate the flow of traffic and hungry bellies. “The concession stand has been a great addition because you don’t have to worry about bringing anything,” said Barbara Badcock, an Aquatic Center supervisor. “Anything you would want at a park, we have.”



Children young and old huddle under the orange bucket to get soaked. Badcock said hotdogs, pizza and Lenny’s Sub Shop sandwiches are among the variety of options. In previous years, attendees brought coolers packed with food and drinks, but with the concession stand, outside food items are no longer allowed. “People were a little resistant to it at first because last summer they were able to

bring in coolers and what not,” Badcock said. “But, it is way more convenient, and it is very reasonably priced.” The facility still allows parties that rent out the cabanas for $50 a session to bring in their own food, but Badcock said the concession stand can carter to the party as well. Facility Manager Carla Wilson said overall attendance

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center still has 300 to 400 people a session on a nice sunny day. People have been taking advantage of the birthday party rooms and swimming lessons offered indoors to keep the center running at full speed, Wilson said.

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Artifact collector takes Vietnam vets back to their wartime years CUMMING, Ga. — Members of the Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America were transported back in time, thanks to a presentation by a collector of Vietnam War artifacts and memorabilia. Speaking at the Chapter’s August 5th meeting at the Golden Corral Restaurant,

C.G. Garcia brought a part of his collection of uniforms, photos and captured North Vietnamese and Viet Cong relics such as communist propaganda leaflets. Garcia started out collecting World War II artifacts, but grew interested in the collectibles from Vietnam through

a co-worker who served as a combat marine. Since the early 1990s the speaker has gathered enough of the mementoes from Vietnam to be able to turn part of his home into a mini-museum dedicated to the veterans of the war in Southeast Asia. Garcia sparked everyone’s

C.G.Garcia displays a 45 year old can of peanut butter; part of the c-rations issued to troops in the field in Vietnam. A mannequin with an American Combat uniform is situated to Garcia’s left. memory when he held up a 1968 C-rations can of peanut butter. He and almost everyone in the room laughed at the thought that the contents were probably still pretty good. The Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of Amer-

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Wolverines disciplined to win this year By SHAUYAN SAKI CUMMING, Ga.–– Discipline is key for the West Forsyth High School team, getting back to the basics and doing it right. At least that is what Coach Frank Hepler has told his Wolverines. Last year, Hepler led the Wolverines to a 9-1 regular season record and made it to the second round of the state playoffs. Hepler stresses the importance of preparation and makes sure his team is ready for all opponents. “We are fast paced on offense a lot of guys are involved,” said Hepler, “We are balanced, we will hurt you with our quarterback and wide receivers as well as our running game.” Hepler said balance is important on defense too. “We play fast on defense, our best guys are going to be on the field,” said Hepler. “Teams win championships and in order for a team to be good, your defense has to be good as well.” Senior center Andrew Marshall said this team has a chance to do something special this year. “We have a chance to be a greater team,” said Marshall, “We have a lot of good seniors and underclassmen who can contribute to the team.” Marshall also is weighing whether or not to continue his football career in college, he has offers from 11 collegiate programs including Duke University, Navy and Wake Forest University. Jayce Ratliff, senior offensive tackle, said the offensive line is one of the teams

strengths headed to the 2014 season. “We have a solid line with three returning starters and we have strong underclassmen to fill the void,” said Ratliff, “I believe our team is good enough to beat every team in the county.” The defense returns many starters from last year and it aims to stop teams from scoring. Dillon Coats, senior linebacker, was not short of confidence when asked about his team’s chances. “We’re going to be great,” said Coats, “I want to get at least seven sacks, but the most important part about our team is that we are a fast, physical front seven, who loves to play football.” The defense had several underclassmen play and start last year, particularly in the secondary. Junior cornerback, Kyndall Phillips was one of those underclassmen who played and started on the varsity squad. His goals are to assist the defense and do as much as he can for the team to be successful. “I want to help the defense as much as I can,” said Phillips “I know I am only a junior but I know I can contribute and help this team win football games.” The defensive backfield is loaded with talent and Phillips said that he is competing for a starting spot. “We have a solid defensive backfield, and our coaches are going to have a difficult time deciding the starting four,” said Phillips “I am going to keep competing to be one of the starters.” For more information, visit

CUMMING, Ga.–– North Forsyth High School’s football summer program has a clear message: condition, condition, condition. New Head Coach Jason Galt is committed to discipline and if his training philosophy turns out to be correct, the Raiders are in for a big season. Galt said his main reason for conditioning hard is so the other teams cannot beat them off the line of scrimmage. “I love to run the ball on offense,” Galt said, “and the key to running the ball well is a good offensive line, if the linemen and skill players aren’t conditioned properly, you can’t run the ball.” The offensive lineman have definitely been hard at work following their position coach’s conditioning routine and all of them have learned to trust each other and work as a team. Lineman Elijah Framers said he looking forward to the season. “We may not be the biggest offensive line, but we’re very good blockers,” said Framers, “We are going to fire off and hit the defensive line in the mouth. I’m excited to show the fans what we can do this season.” Showing the fans what the team can do has been a tough task in recent years, but with the arrival of Galt the team looks ready to compete. Last year’s team went 3-7 but this year’s team is different said Lineman Jarrett Paige. “Our mindset has changed,” said Paige. “We

push through, we’ve bought in we’re ready to win.” Blake Hodges, lineman turned tight end feels that the coaching changes have positively impacted the team. “Coach Galt is more intense,” Hodges said. “He loves to see physicality on the field and as a result, I have really enjoyed coming to practice for the first time in a while.” The attitude seems to have carried over to the defense as well. Cornerback Luke Slaton is not shy when asked to talk about his predictions for the defense. “We are unstoppable, nobody is getting past us,” said Slaton. “There are no first downs allowed here, we don’t give up big plays.” Linebacker Trey Wagner affirmed that the defense and the team improved over the offseason. “We know how to win,” said Wagner. “Our atmosphere has changed and there is a change in the atmosphere and we are going to take advantage and catch other offenses off guard.” The noticeable difference in the coaching philosophy of Galt is his commitment to run the ball. He stated that he loves to play power football and will only pass when necessary. “There may be some games where we will only pass 5 times a game if we have to,” said Galt. The quarterbacks don’t seem to have any issue with the offensive philosophy. Starting quarterback Harris Roberts is on board with the new offense and takes no issue to the minimal passing attempts.

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North Forsyth defensive back Luke Slaton looks for running room while returning a kick last year against Forsyth Central in Downtown Cumming. “As long as we are winning I can care less about passing the ball” said Roberts. “I don’t care about the system; I just want to help the team win, however I can.” Backup quarterback and punter Cody Gottberg affirmed his starters’ commitment to wins and added nothing will change if he has to take snaps under center. “It doesn’t matter who is taking snaps,” said Gottberg. “It will be a smooth transition I trust the line and I know the offense.” For more information, visit


Experience will drive War Eagles By ALDO NAHED CUMMING, Ga. — South Forsyth High School Head Football Coach Jeff Arnette said the War Eagle strength this year is experience. “The three years that I’ve been here, this is the most experienced team that I’ve had,” Arnette said. “It’s the largest team — full squad — that I’ve had.” Because most of the players have been with Coach Arnette from their freshmen year, they know the coaching

staff, expectation and have built a strong bond. “It’s our strength as a football program to have that kind of experience coming back,” Arnette said. The players have also gotten accustomed to the way the program is run at South. “They don’t know any other way than the way we do it,” Arnette said. “I think the strides they’ve made in the weight room is second to none.” Arnette said the War Eagle’s challenge this year

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Bulldogs plan fast paced takeover By SHAUYAN SAKI CUMMING, Ga.–– The Central Forsyth Bulldogs had a season they would like to forget last year. However, there is a silver lining on the horizion. New Head Coach, Shane Williamson has a plan to get this team on track. His new no-huddle offense is supposed to breathe new life into this team. “The no-huddle will work,� said Williamson “the two keys to it is everyone must be on the same page and we cannot take plays off.� Another component to the success of the team is getting into football shape. This season football practice has been more intense for the Bulldogs. Tyler Dahlberg, junior left tackle, says the new workouts are more demanding. “Coach Williamson’s workouts have been more demanding we do more reps than before and more conditioning but I feel that I am in better shape and I think all of us are in shape to start the season today.�

Dahlberg also said the locker room has reacted positively to the new staff. “This year we have had people step up and take leadership roles in the locker room,� said Dahlberg “We each have a commitment to get better and we are all ready to do our part. I can tell you that no one will get past me, there are no sacks allowed here.� Williamson also tells the team on a regular basis to set goals for themselves and the team, and Victor Peppers, junior linebacker said he wants the team to improve on last season’s record. “I don’t care about my statistics,� said Peppers “My goal is helping the team win football games and I feel we can win at least half our games but I want to go to the playoffs and make a run there.� Williamson has set even greater short term goals for his team, he wants to win the state championship and he lets his team know it. “Our goal is to win state,� said Williamson “As long as we keep conditioning and take mental reps as well as build on depth I feel we can accomplish this. You have to set

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Central players take long snaps during practice. great goals in order for you to achieve milestones.� The defense also hopes to improve from last year, Williamson feels that most of the setbacks occurred from not practicing the fundamentals. Senior outside linebacker Jack Longmore feels that the defense is much improved from

last year. “We are doing much better but we are still a work in progress,� said Longmore, “I think that we have many players who will step up and make a difference this year and we will win more games.� Linebacker and wide receiver AJ Zlatic said the team

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2013 Team schedules - Forsyth County LAMBERT 6-AAAAAA 2012 record: 5-5


7-AAAAA, Div. B 2012 record: 2-8


6-AAAAAA 2012 record: 3-7







Aug. 30

at North Forsyth

Aug. 30


Aug. 30

Forsyth Central

Sept. 6

South Forsyth

Sept. 6

at Roswell

Sept. 6

Dawson County

Sept. 13 at Dawson County

Sept. 13 Northview

Sept. 13 at Cherokee

Sept. 20 at Sprayberry

Sept. 20 at South Forsyth

Sept. 20 at Chattahoochee

Oct. 4

North Springs

Sept. 27 at North Forsyth

Sept. 27 Lambert

Oct. 11

at Cambridge

Oct. 11


Oct. 11


Oct. 18


Oct. 18

Johns Creek

Oct. 18

at West Forsyth

Oct. 25


Oct. 25

at Alpharetta

Oct. 25


Nov. 1

at Northview

Nov. 1


Nov. 1

at Johns Creek

Nov. 8

(region cross-over)

Nov. 8

at West Forsyth

Nov. 8

South Forsyth

BLESSED TRINITY 6-AAA 2012 record: 9-3



6-AAAAAA 2012 record: 10-2

6-AAAAAA 2012 record: 4-6 DATE






Aug. 30

at Northview

Aug. 29


Sept. 6

at Westminster

at Forsyth Central

Sept. 6

Aug. 23

at Flowery Branch

Aug. 30


Sept. 6

at Hart County

Sept. 13 Cambrdge

Sept. 13 at Starrs Mill

Sept. 20 Lambert

Sept. 20 Alpharetta

Sept. 27 at Alpharetta

Sept. 27 at Centennial

Oct. 11

at Chattahoochee

Oct. 11

at Johns Creek

Oct. 18


Oct. 18

North Forsyth

Oct. 25

Johns Creek

Oct. 25


Nov. 1

West Forsyth

Nov. 1

at South Forsyth

Nov. 8

at North Forsyth

Nov. 8



Sept. 20 White County Sept. 27 Woodward Academy Oct. 11

at Decatur

Oct. 18


Oct. 25

at McNair

Nov. 1

St. Pius

Nov. 8

at Cedar Grove



Longhorns plan to focus on defense By SHAUYAN SAKI SUWANEE, Ga.––Coach Sid Maxwell of the Lambert Longhorns knows how to rebuild a program from scratch. This is the second time Maxwell has built a football program; he was Sequoia’s first head coach as well as Lambert’s first head coach. Maxwell’s plan for success is balance on both sides of the ball: moving the chains on offense and an aggressive defense that keeps the opponents off the field. “I have been in the business for many years,” Maxwell said, “I believe in a strong defense and an offense that can move the chains and run the clock out in any way possible, we access every matchup and use it to our advantage.” The team looks forward to bounce back after a 5-5 record in 2012. Jordyn Jean-Felix, a senior safety, said the team is in a good place this year.


“We have 8 starters returning on Defense,” said JeanFelix “our unit is the best in the county and if any receiver thinks they can burn me in coverage they are dead wrong we have a solid defensive backfield.” The offensive line is also a position of strength for the Longhorns in 2013. Senior center Kevo Yeremian said the line will be tough to beat this season. “We are going to be a young line, but we are better equipped to operate our new offense,” said Yeremian. “We will operate out of the spread and this will help us because our quarterback will be more involved and it will enhance our chemistry with the line and allow us to mesh together and control the game.” Jake Chickowski, senior guard and defensive tackle, said he is looking forward to leave his mark on both lines this fall. “I’m glad I get to play on

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ST. FRANCIS 2012 record: 4-6


6-A, Div. B 2012 record: 6-5

6-A, Div. B 2012 record: 5-5

6-A Div. B 2012 record: 2-8












Aug. 30


Aug. 30


Aug. 23

at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian

Aug. 30

at King’s Ridge

Aug. 23

at Prince Avenue Christian

Sept. 6

at Towns County

Sept. 6

St. Francis

Sept. 6

at Model

Sept. 6

at Cross Keys

Aug. 30

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian

Sept. 13

at Oglethorpe County

Sept. 13 at Pace Academy

Sept. 13 Our Lady of Mercy

Sept. 13

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian

Sept. 6

at King’s Ridge

Sept. 20

at Christian Heritage

Sept. 20 at Darlington

Sept. 27

at SW Atlanta Christian

Sept. 20

at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian

Sept. 13 Whitefield Academy

Oct. 4

Whitefield Academy

Oct. 4

at Mount Paran

Oct. 4


Sept. 27 Hebron Christian

Sept. 20 Hebron Christian

Oct. 11

at Walker

Oct. 11

Mount Pisgah

Oct. 11

at King’s Ridge

Oct. 11

at Athens Academy

Oct. 4

at Cross Keys

Oct. 18

Mount Paran

Oct. 18

at Walker

Oct. 18

Whitefield Academy

Oct. 18

at George Walton

Oct. 11

at Baconton Charter

Oct. 25

King’s Ridge

Oct. 25

at Fellowship

Oct. 25

at Mount Paran

Oct. 25

Athens Christian

Oct. 18

at Lakeview

Nov. 1

at Mount Pisgah

Nov. 1

Whitefield Academy

Nov. 1


Nov. 1

at Prince Avenue

Oct. 25

Towns County

Nov. 8

(region cross-over)

Nov. 8

(region cross-over)

Nov. 8

(region cross-over)

Nov. 8


Nov. 1

North Cobb Christian

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Most stars gone from North Fulton teams Talented 2012 group tough for some to replace By MIKE BLUM NORTH FULTON – The 2013 high school football season begins with less hype regarding North Fulton’s top players, with several area teams going into the new season following heavy graduation losses. Four of the area’s six teams in the new Class AAAAAA qualified for the playoffs last year, along with Blessed Trinity in AAA and Mount Pisgah Christian in the Class A private school division. All the AAAAAA playoff qualifiers and Blessed Trinity had a number of standout seniors, with Alpharetta and Milton featuring multiple Division 1 signees. The top teams in both AAAAAA regions including North Fulton schools are not expected to be as strong as they were in 2012, with some openings available for teams that did not make the playoffs last year. Despite losing some outstanding skill position players, West Forsyth and Alpharetta again appear to be the top teams in Region 6-AAAAAA West Forsyth was the lone team in the region to win a playoff game, while the Raiders suffered their second straight heartbreaking postseason defeat. Alpharetta was one of the North Fulton schools to graduate a number of Division 1 signees, but the Raiders still have a significant amount of returning talent, led by wide receiver Daniel Clements, one of the area’s top prospects. Other local players expected to attract attention from college coaches include receivers Christian Robinson

Continued from Page 20 both sides of the ball,” said Chickowski. “We return all four starters on the D-line and our offensive line is meshing well playing both sides allows me to stay in shape and play both positions effectively.” Senior tight end and defensive end Chris Lay, one of the most celebrated players on the Longhorn’s roster has given a verbal commitment to Auburn University this year and will graduate early in December to join his new team. Lay said the commitment is a blessing

because he can focus on the present. “My commitment has allowed me to take the stress off the season for me,” said Lay. “I found my new home at Auburn and now I can fully concentrate on the success of Lambert this fall, I don’t have to worry about where I will be going.” Lay also said he plans to help his team succeed on both sides of the ball. “I will be a tight end at the next level, but I am really excited about playing defensive end too,” said Lay “I believe I can do really well and I want to help my school win football games.” For more information, visit

could have won more than three games. Northview has a chance to contend for its first ever playoff berth, but the Titans will have to improve defensively for that to happen. Creekview and Sequoyah were the top two teams from the Region 7-AAAAA sub-region that Northview is in, and along with Kell and Pope on the opposite side, remain among the region‘s top teams Also in that sub-region is Forsyth Central, which went 2-8 after losing all three close games on its schedule, winning only against first year school Cambridge and a weak North Springs team, who are also in the sub-region. Cambridge will be better this season, but this is just the second year of football for the Bears. Blessed Trinity tied for first in 6-AAA, but the Titans were hit hard by graduation and play in a six-team region with five strong playoff challengers. Only Towers is a non-contender. With the 16 teams that qualify for the Class A private school playoffs determined by a point system, region standings are no longer the path for making it to the post-season. Mount Pisgah slipped into

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the playoffs as the lowest seed of the 16 teams last year, but has a chance to move up thanks to its returning talent. King’s Ridge is hoping to contend for a playoff spot after a third straight 5-5 season, with Fellowship Christian playing under a new coach after a third 2-8 record the last four years. All three teams are in the same sub-region in Region 6-A, with St. Francis playing a non-region schedule in its second season of varsity football.

South: Continued from Page 16 will be the roster of teams they are up against. From Chattahoochee High School to Alpharetta and West Forsyth’s teams, the test this year will be beating some wellestablished programs. “There are some awfully good teams in this region and only four go to the playoffs and a few pretty good teams are not going to be able to get into the playoffs,” Arnette said. Brett Larkin, a linebacker and rising senior, said the hard work over the summer has prepared the team for the season. “We’ve worked real hard and we’re more connected than we’ve ever been,” Larkin said. “We have a good group of leaders; our defense is real good this year.” Isaiah Williams, senior tailback and linebacker, said the team’s togetherness will yield great things this year. “I believe we’re ready to show them what we’ve got,” Williams said. This Friday, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, the War Eagles play an exhibition away game against Winder-Barrow High School. On Aug. 30, the team plays away at Northview High School. Visit for more information.


of Centennial and Colin Lisa of Chattahoochee and running backs Treyvon Paulk of Milton and Chase Solomon of Johns Creek. Last year’s Johns Creek team lacked for college prospects, but the Gladiators had a deep senior class that led them to 17 wins the last two seasons. With only a handful of returning starters, the Gladiators will be a long shot for the playoffs, leaving at least one spot open. Chattahoochee appears to have enough talent, especially on offense, to hang on to one of the other playoff spots in 6-AAAAAA, but the Cougars will have to adjust to a new coach after Terry Crowder left for Creekview in Cherokee County. Centennial and Lambert are attempting to move into playoff contention, with the Knights hoping the momentum of a strong second half showing in 2012 carries over. Lambert won eight games in both 2010 and ’11, and started 5-0 last season before losing its last five games to miss the playoffs. The Longhorns will be looking to rebound and return to the playoffs, with South Forsyth and North Forsyth hoping for better things after going a combined 1-13 in the region last year. Milton will again be a contender in 5-AAAAAA, with Lassiter and Walton the likely region favorites. Lassiter lost another standout quarterback, but the Trojans have replaced him with the latest in a string of talented transfers. Wheeler was the only other team in the region with a winning record last season, with Etowah, Woodstock and Roswell all trying to improve on losing 2012 seasons. The Hornets have a new coach after going 3-17 last year, but have to replace almost all the top players from a team that

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The goals of the Alpharetta Technology Commission are: Grow – Designed to be a business accelerator and incubation initiative; Build – Focused on identifying and developing advanced infrastructure that will support the technologies of tomorrow; Brand – Creating new messaging that will help to attract new business investment and maintain Alpharetta’s position as a leading location for technology ventures; and Know – Enhancing relationships among Alpharetta’s technology companies and building understanding of the business in which they are engaged.


Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, standing center, with members of the Alpharetta Technology Commission at a July 30 event. state’s technology-related companies and a quarter of Atlanta’s top employers. It recently branded itself as the Technology City of the South. The anniversary of the Technology Commission came on the day Ernst and Young committed $8.5 million to build a new global IT center in the city. The commission is a group comprised of large and small tech companies within the city, all aimed at identifying and pursuing key investment and policy decisions that will advance and nurture Alpharetta’s already sizeable technology community “Georgia leads the nation in apps created,” Cagle said. “We are poised for greatness.” He said a major problem with Georgia is incubating great companies only to see them leave the state for California or New York. Innovation is the name of the game, said Stephen Cross, executive vice president for research at Georgia Tech. “Georgia Tech’s strategy is to innovate everything,” Cross said. Since the university has stressed innovation, the number of startup companies created in or around the university has increased sevenfold in the past

three years. Alpharetta is home to many of the companies involved in Georgia Tech’s innovation incubators. “Ten percent of those companies are located in Alpharetta,” he said. Belle Isle said despite Alpharetta's success in attracting tech companies and their workers, the city is still hidden from the national spotlight. “You all are one of our best-kept secrets,” he lamented. Belle Isle compared Alpharetta to cities such as Austin, Texas, known for being a technology hub. Yet, despite having no airport, not being a state capital or having a university, Alpharetta has just as many tech companies within its borders as Austin. “We have one tech company for every 100 residents,” he said. “We have twice as many tech companies as Atlanta and we have the highest concentration of tech companies in the Southeast.” The trick is to move from merely being successful to unlocking the potential greatness behind the city’s success. For Belle Isle, the answer lies in the technology commission.

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this data comes from multiple listing services and does not include the large number of properties purchased by investors with cash on the courthouse steps each month. Thousands of homes in metro Atlanta are purchased off the courthouse steps each month, never making it to the market for average home buyers. One thing is clear; there is a lot of cash trying to get into the real estate market here. That’s a good thing. Bob Strader is a local realtor with the NORTH Group of Keller Williams Realty. Visit his blogs liveincumming. com or or email him:

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By HATCHER HURD ALPHARETTA, Ga. – North American Properties may not be moving heaven and earth to be ready for its August groundbreaking, but it is moving a lot of dirt to be ready to begin construction for the first buildings and homes at the $600 million retail-residentialoffice project at Ga. 400 and Old Milton Parkway. At an Aug. 11 event for clients and their children on the company allowed people to see the 40,000 dump truck loads of dirt have been moved to prepare the site. Some 16 miles of piping for water, electricity, gas and sewer have been laid. Not wasting anything, 20,000 tons of crushed concrete will be recycled as road and parking lot beds. While the children got to climb on the big “Cats” and take rides in the giant tractors, North American Properties Manager Mark Toro gave tours to the adults and talked about the progress of the project. “We are over 75 percent preleased,” Toro said. “We said at the beginning we would not build on spec. We have enough contracts to assure the opening, and we expect to be fully leased when we’re ready to open the

Year-to-date, nearly 19 percent of all sales in Forsyth County have been cash purchases, which is exactly what it was for the same period in 2012. In North Fulton, cash deals come in at 17.5 percent, down 3 percentage points from last year, but still making up a large portion of all home sales. This corresponds with a report from RealtyTrac that says cash sales in Atlanta made up 42 percent of all sales in June of this year. Atlanta ranks 10th in the country for metro areas with a high percentage of cash purchases. As you would assume, many of the cash deals are distressed sales, but comparing the same time frames, the number of foreclosures and short sales being purchase has dropped significantly. Distressed sales in both Forsyth County and North Fulton are half of what they were in 2012. This year, 15 percent of all sales in Forsyth County were distressed, 11 percent of all sales in North Fulton. Distressed sales haven’t disappeared though. An important factor to note is


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doors.” The residential portion will begin with Monte Hewitt Homes building 101 single-family residences on the property. More than 500 letters of intent from prospective buyers have been received, said Toro. “We’re in good shape to start going vertical,” he said. That is developer parlance for ready to start pouring concrete. Benning Construction is the contractor for Regal Theater and Young Construction will build Whole Foods. The remainder of the retail will be done by HOAR Construction.

As a small business owner you probably already know that — you don’t know everything about everything. If you’re trying to make decisions on things where you have no experience or expertise, it may be best to hire a small business consultant. There are many types of small business consultants. Some are management consultants, whose main focus is helping you identify ways to improve your performance. This is done primarily through the analysis of existing organizational challenges and the development of plans for improvement. There are also “specialized” small business consultants who focus on specific areas of your business, like human resources or information technology. If you are considering hiring a small business consultant, there are a few things you should do beforehand. First, document the specifics of what you want them to do. Second, get some price quotes. Third, make some calls to references where the consultant has done work. All of these actions will help you make a better decision on whom to hire. Small business consultants can provide you with advice, provide assis-

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Mullins nominated for prestigious award ATLANTA — Zach Mullins, of Cox Media Group Atlanta, has been named a finalist for one of the most prestigious awards in the radio industry: the Radio Wayne Award in the Interactive Salesperson of the Year category presented each year by Radio Ink. These awards honor radio superstars whose hard work, dedication MULLINS and creativity separate them from the pack. Awards will be presented at the 2013 Radio Show being held this year in Orlando Sept. 18-20. Mullins serves as secretary/treasurer of the Alpharetta-based North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals, an organization that aims to meet the needs of young professionals by promoting leadership and personal development through networking, community involvement and educational opportunities. Mullins also serves as a member of the Georgia College Alumni Board of Directors. For more, visit


Stephanie Moore put on their braces and headgear. Moore also gave oral hygiene instructions as well. All girls who participated were also given a balloon, a backpack filled with goodies and of course, a toothbrush. Dr. Alec Elchahal Orthodontic Group also has offices at the Vickery, 5067 Post Road in Cumming, and Hamilton Mill, 2055 Hamilton Creek Parkway in Dacula. Visit for more.

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Dentistry gives renewed smiles to African choir ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics provided free dental care to the Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa on July 27. Those involved sang, smiled and laughed during the event, which marked the third year the business opened its doors and arms at the North Point office, 4205 North Point Parkway in Alpharetta, for “Daraja Day.” Volunteers provided free dental care to 28 members of the choir during their time in Georgia. The overall goal of the choir, which is supported by the nonprofit organization The 410 Bridge, is to provide Ugandan children the opportunity to grow in confidence and learn leadership skills to apply to everyday life in Africa. A total of 27 volunteers made up of Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics pediatric dentists, hygienists, assistants and other volunteers gathered together to make the day possible and provide dental care to the children from Uganda. For more information, visit www.alpharetta

Dolls participate in dental lesson SUWANEE, Ga. — The Johns Creek office of Dr. Alec Elchahal Orthodontic Group held an informative session for young patients last month at 4395 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite 100 in Suwanee. American Girl dolls were brought in by patients and their friends so staff could put on their first set of braces. The young patients received the healthy smile kits from American Girl and orthodontist Dr. | Forsyth Herald | August 14, 2013 | 25

ROSWELL, Ga. — On Aug. 7, Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1305 Hembree Road, Suite 202 in Roswell. The specialists provide obstetrics, gynecology and surgical services and have additional locations in the Woodstock and Canton areas. The practice has been in the community for nearly 20 years and the Roswell office is their third. For more information, visit


Driggs named head of Heery International ATLANTA – Rich Driggs has been named President of Heery International, an architecture, interior design, engineering, program management and design-build firm. Driggs is only the fourth leader of Heery International since George Heery founded the firm in 1952. In this role, Driggs is responsible for driving growth and overseeing DRIGGS the operations of the Atlanta-based company’s 22 offices around the country. He will report to Greg Kelly, COO of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Heery’s corporate parent company. Visit for more information.


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Business: Global Dance Opened: April 2013 Owners: Liezel Lane and Zaia Hadiyyah What: The dance studio embodies dance universally. They embrace American, Middle Eastern, Indian and African cultures. The sisterhood of their dance brings together the girl (SEEDs) and the woman (Dance Orientale). Zumba, Belly Yoga and Salsa are core to the total program. Events, parties and performances are offered. Where: 1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 179 in Roswell. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Call: 770-235-8202 Web:

Business: Creative Hair Designs Opened: Location opened June 2013 Owner: Debbie Beaver What: Creative Hair Designs, which has been serving North Fulton since 1984, is a full service hair salon best known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Specializing in stylized cuts, color, foils, highlights, lowlights and body waxing. Focused on providing a greater than expected salon experience. In 2012, Creative Hair Designs won Best Hair Salon in the Appen Media Group’s Answer Book. Where: 488 North Main St., Suite 110 in Alpharetta Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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Chicago performs live at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups in history. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. 2200 Encore Parkway Alpharetta. Please call 404-733-5010 or visit


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The Nevada-formed Killers are coming to Alpharetta's Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre 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


Come run or walk through Piedmont Park and help raise money for the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Stay afterward for the Piedmont Arts Festival. Aug. 17. 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. Please call 404-875-7275.

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. Chukkar Farm Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. Please call 770-645-6844 or visit awesome


This free event showcases all types of vehicles including fire engines, cars, trucks, heavy-duty construction equipment, military vehicles, motorcycles, emergency vehicles and buses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 24. Wills Park,1825 Milton Ave., Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-6130.


Taste more than 100 flavors of homemade ice cream. Dive into ice cream eating contests and enjoy live music. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 25. Block of 600 Atlanta St., Roswell. Please call 770-587-4712 or visit


Frank Barham is joined by Emrah Kotan, Count M'Buto and James Schneider. Born in Memphis, Tenn., and raised in Durham, N.C., the blues have been a big influence on Barham. Mix the fluidity of Toots Thielemans, the funk of Stevie Wonder and the rawness of Howlin’ Wolf and you’ll find key elements in Barham's unique sound. 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Johns Creek. Please call 855-583-5838.



STS9 will be taking over the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre this summer for a co-headlining tour with their good friends Umphrey’s McGee. Each band will perform a longform modern music concert. 7:30 p.m Aug. 24. 2200 Encore Parkway Alpharetta. Please call 404-733-5010 or visit


Melanie Massell will be performing at the Velvet Note. With thousands of performances under her belt, Massell was nominated Outstanding Jazz Artist and Best Jazz Act for the Atlanta Coca-Cola Music Awards. 9 p.m. Aug. 25. 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Johns Creek. Please call 855-583-5838.


Singer/songwriter/producer Jerome Olds has performed around the world. Join this soulful musician for an evening of enchanting

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” as an installment in its Summer Film Festival serieas. 4 p.m. Aug. 18. 660 Peachtree St. Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 855-285-8499 or visit


The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces will host its third annual arts and crafts festival at Piedmont Park in Midtown. Up to 250 artists will display their work in the park. This event ranks among the region’s top arts events year after year. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 17-18. 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. Please call 404-845-0793 or visit piedmontpark



A pageant for ladies 60 and up, this competition is a showcasing of the elegance and grace of life experience modeled after the Miss America pageants. 2 p.m. Aug. 17-18. Roswell Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Please call 770-399-6340.

music with piano, bass and percussion. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Johns Creek. 9:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Please call 855583-5838.

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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


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 through December. Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. Please call 800-979-3370 or visit


The Friends of Roswell Library Super Summer Book Sale will feature a truck load of classics, mystery, fantasy, current fiction, sci-fi, cookbooks, children’s books and paperbacks all at the best prices in town. 10

The Michael O'Neal singers, a 140-voice symphonic chorus based in Roswell, will be holding auditions for all voice parts for places in the symphonic chorus for the 2013-2014 season. Appointments are required. 2-7 p.m. Aug. 19. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Please call 770-594-7974 or visit


Alabama poet Joseph Whitten will read from his new book, "Learning to Tell Time," at the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library. Open mic and critique workshops to follow. 10 a.m.-noon Aug 24. 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-876-2904 or visit

event is an effort to raise awareness of lung cancer and increase funding for the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education and awareness programs. 7 a.m. Aug. 17. Greencove and Virginia Avenues, Atlanta. Please call 608-828-8852 or visit


Bring your running buddies, friends and family to 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

Glow-in-the-Dark Zumbathon

This glow-in-the-dark outdoor Zumbathon raises money for area youth. Dance for two hours and light up the night dressed in bright colors. Gwinnett Infiniti will be auctioning off a weekend with a new Infiniti, including a nightout package with dinner and entertainment for two. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Duluth Amphitheater, 3142 Hill St., Duluth. Please call 770-476-3434 or visit


The Magnolia Run is the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia’s longest-running event, and is now in its 29th year. The 2012 run was the most successful to date, raising more than $102,000 and attracting nearly 1,500 participants. Registration at 6:30 a.m., 5K at 7:30 a.m. and 1 mile at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 24. Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road Northeast, Atlanta. Please visit

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Taste some fabulous chili and cast your vote, enjoy music by country musician Alex Hall and spend some quality time with family and friends. Proceeds benefit the Hands of Christ. 6 p.m. Aug. 15. Duluth Amphitheater, 3142 Hill St., Duluth. Please call 770-476-3434 or visit

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Ahimsa House invites the Atlanta community to pace their pets at the annual Walk, Wag N’ Run event, a certified 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run. Entry includes a race T-shirt and goodie bag. 5K at 7:30 a.m. and 1 Mile Fun Run at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 24. Lenox Park Buckhead, 2180 Lake Blvd. Northeast, Atlanta. Please visit

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Volleyball club visits Dominican Republic The 8U Spartans won the state championship beating Twin Creeks Twisters 9-8 in eight innings on June 30. Team Members include, from left (middle) Lauren Smith, Lily Cameron, Abigail Dotson, Maggie Thompson, Taylor Bibb and Kennedy Ariail. Bottom left, Marissa Ashton, Ansley Chiang, Avery Callaway, Savannah Sabo, Carsyn Fink and Marisa Whitley. Coaches: Jack Callaway, Eric Ashton, Don Ariail and Shannon Thompson.

8U Sharon Springs Spartans Blue win USSSA Fastpitch World Series FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Sharon Springs Spartans 8U All Star team had many accomplishments this summer, including winning the Forsyth County All Star Tournament, the USSSA Georgia Championship and the USSSA World Series Championship along with a tournament held in Marietta. The 8u Spartans capped off an incredible season by winning the USSSA World Series on Saturday July 20. The team went 7-0 and beat Hartselle Alabama 14-11 in a back and forth Championship game. The team was led by World Series

MVP, Marissa Ashton, Defensive Tourney MVP, Savannah Sabo, and Outstanding pitcher of the World Series, Avery Callaway. Abigail Dotson, Maggie Thompson, Kennedy Ariail and Carsyn Fink were also named to the World Series All Star Tournament team and played a huge role in the Spartan success. All four had big hits and played great defense. Ansley Chiang also had 2 key hits during the game. This was truly a special team where every girl contributed and played an integral role in each and every game.

This team won five tourneys including its fourth Forsyth County Championship in a row. Head Coach Eric Ashton set a goal of winning state and the World Series and these girls rose to the occasion. “Our girls played for the name on the front of their jersey, and not the name on the back of it,” said Ashton. “I have never been prouder of a ‘team’ in all of my years coaching. They sacrificed their summer and these girls will be part of a high school state championship down the road.”

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game were put together, visits to orphanages and sugar cane villages. Team Members were Kathryn Harwell, Sarah Henry, Payton Johnston, Kaleigh Antwine, Austyn Johnston, Emily Sewell, Hannah Wiedemann, Hannah Owens, Sarah Whittington, Maggie Williamson, Julia Willey, Torie Forest, Maya Keator and Maranda Fulco. -Aldo Nahed

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Local artists paint ‘Colors of Fall’ By RYAN PIERONI CUMMING, Ga — The Sawnee Artists Association presents its second annual Colors of Fall art show at Sexton Hall in Cumming. With art by more than 100 local artists, the show will feature a variety of artistic mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, colored pencil, photography, and various three dimensional mediums. Attendance is free, but the art will be up for sale by the individual artists, giving everyone attending the opportunity to support artists from the SAA as well as other local artists. The show is juried, requiring each artist to submit pieces to a panel of eight jurors, who vote on which two pieces from each artist to include. Carol Kjellsen, an SAA member who will also be showing her art at the show,

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ROSWELL, Ga. — Martha Dudley, executive director of the Miss Senior Georgia pageant, says the Miss Senior Georgia Pageant is not as competitive as one might imagine pageants to be. But that doesn’t mean that the ladies, ages 60 and up, are not in it to win it. At 2 p.m. Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, participants from throughout the state will take the Roswell Cultural Arts Center stage, 950 Forrest Street in Roswell. This is the 24th year that the pageant takes place. Dudley said that the participants have “gone through life,” and are therefore friendlier about it than perhaps the participants of other pageants may be. There is a certain “camaraderie of being around ladies that age with positive energy and that are that outgoing in life. Once we are there we are friends forever.”

Mary K. Lee, winner of the 2012 Ms. Senior Georgia Pageant.

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Local quarter midget racer, Harrison Halder won the Quarter Midgets of America Eastern Grand’s Championship in Cumming, July 22-27. QMA is a family oriented sport that involves racing in special prepared cars. The cars, rules and safety procedures are designed specifically for children ages 5-16. Halder, age 11, and H3 Racing team participated in the largest quarter midget

Alex Knapp from Liberty Mutual Insurance, Paul Romanick, inventor and founder of CitruSolutions, Sharon Mays of Mays and Associates, Brandon Beach, President and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Jim Harrell, former Forsyth County Commissioner.

UNI Forsyth celebrates during open house CUMMING, Ga. — The United Network Initiative (UNI) group of Forsyth County, a business association, recently celebrated with Sharon Mays and staff of Mays & Associates at their open house and ribbon cutting of their new location at 12910 Highway 9 North in Milton.

Arrests: Continued from Page 3 Suwanee for possession of scheduled IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and tag light requirement. ►► Edith Goode Andrews, 43, of Evans Road, Cumming, was arrested July 23 on Mullinax Road in Alpharetta for possession of a scheduled III controlled substance and no brake lights. ►► Molly Page Gregory, 19, of Bethlehem, Georgia, was

Pageant: Continued from Page 28 Set up similarly to the Miss America Pageant, the competition consists of an evening gown portion, a showcasing of each contestant’s talent, on stage questions and individual interviews with the judges. In addition to this, each contestant has to provide a written statement for the judges about what they are passionate about in their lives. The only thing missing is the

UNI Forsyth group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesdays at Keller Williams Realty, 540 Lake Center Parkway, Suite 201 in Cumming. For information regarding attending a meeting, call 770781-9584 or email c4citrus@ -Aldo Nahed arrested July 28 on Keith Bridge Road in Gainesville for possession of marijuana. ►► Brandon M. Berkhan, 18, of Auburn, Georgia, was arrested July 28 on Keith Bridge Road in Gainesville for possession of marijuana and failure to maintain lane. ►► Donald Wayne Sullivan, 42, of Fowler Hill Road, Alpharetta, was arrested July 20 on Mullinax Road in Alpharetta for possession of methamphetamines, no insurance, failure to use seat belts, and possession of marijuana. swimsuit competition. Dudley, the 2006 Senior Miss Georgia, said the competition aim is to “present a positive outlook on life as a senior person,” and it seems these ladies are accomplishing just that. As a testament to this mission statement, Dudley told about the “Dazzling Dames,” a club formed by participants of the pageant that performs at senior living homes and churches. “It’s good for senior ladies to see other senior ladies perform,” Dudley said.


races of the year in three categories: Heavy Honda, Heavy 160 and Heavy World Formula. Halder broke the track record in Heavy Honda. Other teammates of the H3 racing team who participated were Hudson Halder and Holt Halder. The parents, Neal and Kim, said they are “very proud of all three of boys in their achievements and determination” with only two-and-a-half years of racing experience. —Christopher Freiberg


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Back to school in olden days meant more I know all the reasoning behind having the children in school before August has its britches on, but that doesn’t make it right. I remember those good old school days when September to May seemed like a prison sentence. Oh, we got out for good behavior at Christmas time, and spring break – all three days of it – was a brief respite. Then Golden June arrived – the golden prize. June, my birthday month. But the biggest gift was summer vacation, stretching over vast oceans of days. Yes, June was only 30 days, but it did have a birthday squirreled away, and that was the next best thing to Christmas. Then came July, hot baking July, only to be followed by merciless August. Heat and summer were soul mates, so you accepted the one to get the other. Air conditioning came later. Little wonder we lived at the municipal pool. Endless games of Shark, Prison Break and Marco Polo to cool our fevered brows. There was the odd Y Camp and a vacation that was interesting – if we ever, ever got there. Pickup baseball games were huge fun. Nobody had ever heard of travel teams. We just traveled up to the vacant lot. Whoever had a glove could play

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and whoever had a bat or a ball was captain. As August days spilled by like sands from an hourglass, there was a bit of remorse setting in. That tree fort never got finished, not after Spencer broke his arm – again. We were going to sell ant farms in glass jars full of dirt and get rich and go to Disneyland. Who knew when you fed the ants bread, the mold would kill them? Usually though there was a proud accomplishment, a shining moment with a new skill added – diving head-first off the high dive, roller skating that first time. I learned to ride a bike in the summertime and found what true liberation was. And even as August’s last embers flared and died out, there was still Labor Day’s brief reprieve before the salt mines beckoned. Today’s miners have to climb aboard the Big Yellow Cheese when they return to

their labors. In my day, schools were built to be walked to, so that is what we did. Oh, a thousand diversions would present themselves walking to school. There was the dachshund in the backyard surrounded by a chain-link fence that used bark at me until we made friends and I could pet him by just squeezing my hand through the links. You could always count on making Karen Loveless mad about something. She was 12 years old and the oldest of three brothers and a sister so she thought she knew everything. Coming home after school was best. That is when I would visit one of my Cookie Ladies. Those old Greeks had their Muses, and their Furies and their Fates. But Cookie Ladies were just fine for me and about as magical. I don’t know where or when I acquired the gift of listening, but I knew I had it. And I knew that if you sit quietly enough, with a dash of patience and a dollop of interest that people will talk to you for about as long as you want to be talked to. For me that was about three cookies. Now I didn’t really understand that a grandmotherly type sitting on her front porch watching all of the children

walking home from school might be just a tad lonely. I just naturally liked to walk up to strangers just to hear what they would say. What these ladies would hear me say was, “Do you have a cookie today?” There were three of them on the way home. One smelled real nice, and one had the best cookies and one told the best stories. I felt that was about the right mix. I would never stop at any one Cookie Lady twice in a row. And I would always change up who just got one visit in a week. That seemed like the optimal arrangement, cookie-wise. And as I said, I developed a talent for listening. I discovered something else about listening. I got to where I would listen to adults talk to each other, and try to follow what they were saying. I was especially good at getting my radar out when they were trying to “speak over” me so I wouldn’t understand. I would. But the amazing thing was when I made to leave, they would always say, “What a smart little boy you are.” And maybe I was. I don’t listen near as well today. When I’m with my grandsons, I do just about all the talking. But they listen right along, and

sometimes ask a question or they might just nod. Then we go to the Dairy Queen for ice cream. But those are two smart young fellas. But I’m off the rails a bit. What my grandsons and the young people of today are losing out on by getting such a jump on education are long, hot summer days that always seemed filled with unplanned adventures. The summers they have today, crammed into a sardine can eight weeks long, hardly get to stretch their legs. Shoot, today’s summers aren’t a patch on the days we would turn back in as hardly used. Those were days like Sundays, when you were all morning at church, then a big Sunday dinner that left you so stuffed, you just lazed around the yard till suppertime and got to eat Sunday dinner all over again. Bless me, those days barely had the shine wore of them. Send those days to the poor kids in Africa to use. As for this year’s crop of scholars, it’s enough to know they are back on the roads and we should all slow down and watch for them getting on and off the Big Cheese. The only good thing is, they just don’t know what they missed out on.

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Jail: Continued from Page 4 ing Forsyth County Courthouse. Visitors to the county website will have the option of viewing weekly progress from either perspective as well as viewing the progress-todate time-lapse video, which includes footage from the be-

ginning of construction to the present date. A time-lapse video of the site demolition, completed in March 2013, is also available. “The construction of these two new facilities is such a big step forward for this community in terms of our judicial and public safety infrastructure,” County Manager Doug Derrer said. “We are excited to offer the time-lapse videos

as a unique way for citizens to follow the progress of these projects.” The time-lapse videos will be updated weekly throughout construction. To view the videos, visit and click on the courthouse and jail project update icon under “special features, or visit www. for a direct link. -Staff | Forsyth Herald | August 14, 2013 | 31

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DEATH NOTICES John Joseph Costa, 88, of Canton, passed away August 6, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Jo Ann Fisher, 79, of Atlanta, passed away August 5, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Richard Lee Langston, Sr., 75, of Woodstock, passed away August 4, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

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PIER: Continued from Page 10 with autism, cerebral palsy and mild retardation between both locations. About two adults with disabilities a week come to PIER looking for a job, Matteson said. The employees are paid minimum wage to start with and half of the employees have already been given raises. In addition, the employees are

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