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King’s Ridge Christian School’s new $10 million high school building opens for the 2013-14 school term. The student body, parents, faculty and staff assemble for the dedication ceremony.
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staff of King’s Ridge Christian School all gathered on that somber grey Friday, Aug. 16, but the occasion was almost giddy.
This was dedication day for the high school building, a $10 million investment that comes to the school debt-free. The school broke ground with $7
million already collected and raised the balance during the 14 months of construction.
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Mohrig to run for Milton City Council Former councilman hopes to retake seat By JONATHAN COPSEY email@example.com MILTON, Ga. – A familiar face has announced he is running for Milton Council this November. Former Milton Councilmember Rick Mohrig has said
he is running for City Council to fill the remainder of Councilmember Lance Large’s term. At the Aug. 20 meeting of the North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Mohrig made the announcement that he wanted to rejoin council. “I’m excited about getting involved again with the city,” he said. “The city is on the right track and overall, things are going well.” He said
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he wants to help continue on that path. “We’re going to have growth, but what kind do we want?” he said. “Where do our citizens want growth?” Mohrig was one of the first members of council when Milton became a city. He was voted out in 2007. Large resigned his post to move to Virginia. Mohrig owns Reliable Renovation and Repairs. He has served on the city’s Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals.
Former Milton Councilmember Rick Mohrig announced Aug. 20 he wants to return to council.
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MILTON, Ga. – A prize cat worth thousands of dollars that went missing in January has now been found. The owner told police the cat went missing from his home at the beginning of the year. He said it was worth $2,500. On Aug. 8 he received a call from someone who claimed to have just bought the cat from a Craigslit posting.
the clerk and front staff, Calhoun went up to the fourth floor, where he again behaved strangely toward maintenance staff to the point that they asked the clerk to contact the police. Upon arrival, the police questioned the staff, learning which room the man was staying in, and went up to check on the man’s health. Police were worried Cal-
houn may have required medical assistance. Upon entering his room, officers found Calhoun in the shower. He “seemed surprised” to see the officers, said the incident report. Calhoun allegedly continued to be unresponsive to police and EMS on the scene, standing naked while being questioned and giggling as he
dried himself off before finally getting dressed. While searching for identification for the man, an officer found brass knuckles and a squeeze bottle of a clear liquid with a slight yellow tinge. Based on the behaviors of Calhoun, the officer concluded the liquid was PCP. Calhoun was arrested for possession of a schedule I drug.
Road in Roswell for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► John Thomas Stratton, 54, of Leather Hinge Trail, Roswell, was arrested Aug. 7 on Eves Road in Roswell for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Jason Victor Chernauskas, 37, of Hemingway Lane, Roswell, was arrested Aug. 9 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Michael Felizianetti, 31, of Atlanta was arrested Aug. 8 on Deerfield Parkway in Milton for DUI, impeding traffic and suspended license.
►► Troy Jerome Eldreth, 44, of
Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Derek Joseph Belle, 18, of Cotton Patch Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested Aug. 9 on Riverside Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Michael Edward Surman, 55, of Fallen Leaf Lane, Roswell, was arrested Aug. 10 on Old Dogwood Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Keven Garcia-Islas, 21, of Alpharetta was arrested Aug. 4 on Webb Road in Milton for possession of marijuana and suspended tag.
The buyer said he bought it for $150 and took it to a vet for a checkup. The vet located the cat’s microchip and it had contact information for the owner. The cat was safely returned to the owner. The Craigslist account is registered to a woman in Canton.
months of conversation, the victim handed over the socks and a buyer was found who was willing to pay $2,000 for the socks. After the sale, the suspect allegedly refused to give the victim the money and cannot be contacted.
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ROSWELL, Ga. – A pair of Elvis Presley’s socks were reported stolen Aug. 17 after a dubious Ebay sale. The victim told police she was looking to sell the professionally framed pair of socks worn by the King of Rock and Roll. They are certified authentic. She found a man who agreed to sell the item on Ebay for a commission. After several
ROSWELL, GA. – Three young men were arrested Aug. 12 for possession of marijuana after they allegedly acted strangely in front of police. The reporting officers said the three of them were parked at Mill Street talking, when they spotted three men walking down the street toward them. When the suspects spotted the police, they allegedly stopped,
Woodstock was arrested Aug. 9 on Webb Road in Milton for DUI, open container and following too closely. ►► Brandon Scott Merrell, 21, of Canton was arrested Aug. 10 on Freemanville Road in Milton for DUI, failure to maintain lane and false representation to a police officer.
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tried to hide in some nearby trees and then turned around and walked away. Judging this activity suspicious, the police stopped the three young men, identified as Andrew Nash Alverson, 20, of Corina Place, Roswell, Zachary Allen Hogarth, 20, of Marietta, and James C. Townsend, 20, of Mountain Creek Drive, Roswell. The three said they were simply out for a walk after hanging out in downtown Roswell. While police were questioning the men, one officer went back to where the young men had stopped and turned around. There he allegedly found marijuana cigarettes left there. All three men denied possession. All three were arrested for possession of marijuana.
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Counterfeiters dress up $5 bills CUMMING, Ga. — Two men went into different stores and bought items using altered $100 bills, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On Aug. 16, deputies were dispatched to Belk, 520 Lakeland Plaza, because of a forgery call. Deputies met the loss prevention employee who said a man came into the store, made a small purchase and paid with a $100 bill. He said the store had received several counterfeit bills recently, so store personnel checked the bill after the man left. They said the bill was a $5 bill that had been washed or bleached to remove the ink. There was a hologram of Abraham Lincoln on it instead of Benjamin Franklin. The employee told deputies another man that was inside Belk went to Office Depot, 530 Lakeland Plaza, and paid with
an altered bill.The men were seen getting into a blue BMW X5 before driving out of the parking lot. Deputies spoke to the manager at the Office Depot who said the counterfeit bill was also a $5 bill disguised as $100.
JC vehicles broken into JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Several vehicles were broken into Aug. 7 in Johns Creek, all having windows smashed and valuables taken. The first call was at 1:15 p.m. Police were called to a State Bridge Road address after someone smashed a passenger window and took a purse lying on the front seat. It contained a Kindle Fire, debit card and driver’s license. Sometime between 2:45 and 3 p.m. a similar incident was reported on Nesbit Ferry Road. Again, a purse was taken from the front seat. The same thing happened on Brumbelow Road between 3-3:15 p.m. All vehicles were locked, but valuables were in plain sight inside.
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10 vehicles entered in Twelvestones All left unlocked ROSWELL, Ga. – Ten vehicles were entered Aug. 13 in the Twelvestones neighborhood on Fouts Road. One victim told police two trucks were broken into with change and music CDs taken. Another reported some loose change missing. All the vehicles were left unlocked overnight although most had nothing taken. Glove boxes and center consoles were rummaged through but no other damage was reported. All 10 vehicles were unlocked
“Do not leave your car unlocked in your driveway,” said Roswell Police Spokeswoman Lisa Holland. She said most crimes such as this are crimes of opportunity, with the suspect seeing his chance to take something of value. In this case there were no valuables to take, but the vehicles were still unlocked overnight. “People will go around checking door handles, looking for unlocked cars,” Holland said. While there are no suspects, Holland said in cases such as this it is most likely someone familiar with the neighborhood, either a resident or someone close by.
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Builder backs out of 59 house development
Consideration of an ordinance to amend the City of Milton charter for various concerns including special affairs of public regulation, elections and positions and departments within city government. City Planner Robyn MacDonald their potential purchaser asked them to withdraw the application while they re-evaluate their approach to the project
Consideration of a resolution appointing Fulton County Department of Elections to act as the municipal election Superintendent for a City of Milton special election to be held to fill the vacated District 3/Post 2 City Council seat and to give authority the city clerk the authority to act as the qualifying officer to provide services to qualifying candidates and other duties related to the special election.
MILTON, Ga. — On Aug. 19, Westminster Place LLC withdrew their request to change the zoning of the south side of Manor Bridge Road and Hamby Road’s northeast side from agricultural (AG-1) to residential (CUP). The builder wanted to develop 59 one-acre singlefamily lots. Westminster Place specializes in various commercial developments including senior living. Corbitt Woods, a representative for Westminster Place said in a letter to Milton’s
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and its effect on the neighboring community. No one from the company was available for immediate comment. The motion to
withdraw was unanimously accepted by council members 7-0. For more information, visit www.cityofmiltonga.us.
Senior center a place to ‘celebrate’ By CAITLIN WAGENSEIL firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. — Milton seniors will now have a place to make new friends, see old ones and play games. The Milton Senior Center had its grand opening ribbon cutting at Community of Christ Church on Thursday, Aug. 22. Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood and the City Council were joined by Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, volunteers and staff from the senior center for the ribbon cutting. “I really cannot say enough good things about the Milton Senior Center,” Lockwood said. Melinda Ross, manager of the Milton Senior Center, said seniors can explore different areas in life and do what they want to do. “We’re just a center for folks to come in, make new friends and celebrate life with us,” Ross said. Local seniors ages 60 and up can enjoy transportation, free lunch, exercises, classes and Scrabble and other games. Historic Preservation Commission member Norman Broadwell said people need to understand the history of Milton in order for the community to grow. “I feel the future will be very bright,” Broadwell said. Senior Services North Fulton is a private, nonprofit founded in 1991 to provide programs and services for the older adults who live in North Fulton. It is the only nonprofit in North Fulton dedicated to serving older adults and operates
Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood prepares for the ribbon cutting, along with Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, volunteers and staff from the senior center. neighborhood senior centers in Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs and now Milton. Staff coordinates care for clients, including Meals on Wheels, transportation and supportive in-home services such as personal care assistance, homemaker services and respite. All clients are served regardless of ability to pay. “The senior center will be a great resource for the elders,” said Kim Bunker, geriatric nurse care manager. “It will be a place for them to celebrate who they are.” The Milton Neighborhood Senior Center is located in the Community of Christ Church, 3315 Francis Road in Milton.
Seniors from the Milton Senior Center enjoy cake after the ribbon cutting.
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Alpharetta revisits Islamic Center expansion Rucker Rd. mosque hopes for approval By JONATHAN COPSEY email@example.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. – After three years of litigation, Alpharetta’s Islamic Center of North Fulton, on Rucker Road, returns to the City Council in September with a new plan. The center – which includes a mosque and home for the imam – came before the city three years ago with plans to build a 12,000-square-foot
expansion on the 4-acre lot that would adjoin the existing imam’s home. Another gymlike building would replace the existing house where religious services are now held. It was unanimously denied by council after residents complained that it was too much development in a residential district. The new proposal calls for a 7,900-square-foot community hall and house for the imam. The Islamic Center of North Fulton’s previous designs were unanimously denied by the City Council on grounds it was too large for the property and
The next steps
• The Islamic Center of North Fulton’s hearing before the Alpharetta Planning Commission will take place Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. • It will come before the City Council Sept. 23. • The city expects a large turnout for the meetings and will have overflow seating at City Hall. too close to residential areas. Upon denial, the center sued
The Islamic Center of North Fulton hopes to expand its presence on Rucker Road to better fit its congregation. the city for religious discrimination. A lower court ruled in the city’s favor, however a higher court demanded both parties enter mediation. In its application to the city, the center states it is not expanding to increase its congregation, rather to better accommodate its already large congregation. The property is surrounded on all sides by residential homes. It has been a place of worship since 1996. Alpharetta City Attorney Sam Thomas said the original issue the city had was the proposed size of the center. “That was not compatible in a residential area,” Thomas said of the original plans. “This time, we’re not expecting the
same issue. This is a very different project.” “We are asking for no more than what was been approved in the past by both Alpharetta and Fulton County,” said Doug Dillard, attorney for the Islamic Center. With the scaled down plans, Dillard said it fits in better with the nearby residential areas and should be able to overcome the city’s prior objections. “Our opinion was it was OK before, but we are very hopeful this will be approved,” he said. The Islamic Center of North Fulton’s zoning case goes before the Planning Commission Sept. 5. It is scheduled to be heard by the City Council Sept. 23.
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Citizens’ Police Academy a great experience for students Teaches community police activity By CAROLYN ASPENSON email@example.com
From left, John Ames, Don Martin, Andrew Leigh, Harrison Arnold, Rick Leigh and Zack Evens.
Boy Scouts make donation ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Boy Scouts of Troop 69 recently donated $5,000 for the Bus Replacement Campaign. Don Martin, pastor of Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, accepted a check from Troop 69’s Senior Patrol Leader Andrew Leigh, Scoutmaster John Ames and Committee Chairman Rick Leigh. “The generous gift made by the Scouts and Leaders of Troop 69 is very much appreciated,” said Martin. “I am so grateful for the excellent leadership that points young men in a good direction.” The Troop benefits from
being able to utilize church facilities and equipment, including the buses for transportation. “Mobilizing a group of over 175 Scouts is a monumental task,” said Rick Leigh. “Our access to the buses certainly is a big help and we appreciate being allowed to use them.” Troop 69 is sponsored by Alpharetta First United Methodist Church and serves over 175 boys from the Alpharetta area and is the oldest continuously operating troop in Fulton County. —Jonathan Copsey
MILTON, Ga. — Being a police officer isn’t as easy as it seems, and Claudine Wilkins can attest to that. The local attorney was one of 20 who attended the recent eight-week Citizens’ Police Academy offered through the Milton Police Department. “Admittedly, I wasn’t looking forward to adding another commitment to my schedule,” Wilkins said. “But I’m so glad I did, because every time I went, I learned something and had a great time.” Wilkins said the academy gave her a different view on what police do. “It’s not just about speeding tickets,” she said. “These people truly put their lives on the line every single day to protect us and they’re not paid nearly enough to do it.” She said the academy classes, which met once a week, dug deep into the job of an officer.
The students learned how to clean and shoot weapons with a field trip to the shooting range, and they participated in DUI traffic stops. “Friends of some of the officers actually drank during one of the classes so we could watch how the alcohol affected them,” she said. “We were able to see how each drink changed their actions as they did the sobriety tests.” Wilkins also said students wore special goggles to show them the impact of alcohol. “The goggles showed us how things look to someone who’s been drinking,” she said. “It was very telling.” The academy also educated students on being aware of their surroundings and spotting signs of suspicious activity. “I feel safer having taken the class,” Wilkins said. “Not only because of what it taught me, but because I now know how much passion the Milton Police Department has for the community.” Wilkins said the class was
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fun and serious. “[Community Outreach Officer] Ara Baronian really put his heart into this program, and I completely recommend this for any Milton resident,” she said. “They won’t be disappointed.” The Citizens’ Police Academy will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept 26 to Nov. 15 in City Council chambers of Milton’s City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107 E. To participate in DUI and traffic stops, SWAT tactics, Taser and baton demonstrations, K-9 procedures, crime scene analysis and shooter scenarios, students must be at least 18 years old and prescreened through the police department. To sign up, contact Baronian at 678-242-2570 or ara. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Immigration, budget, health care top legislative list Rep. Price urges solutions in Washington By JONATHAN COPSEY firstname.lastname@example.org ALPHARETTA, Ga. – U.S. Rep Tom Price (R-Roswell) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Fulton Aug. 13, giving the club an update on the happenings in Washington, both the good and the bad. “From the outside, it looks
pretty crazy,” he said. “From the inside, it looks pretty crazy.” He and his political party are trying to put forward “positive solutions,” he said, however, “the challenge is getting all 535 of us in the same direction.”
Federal budget The funding of government is unsustainable, Price said. Instead of a budget, Congress has passed “continuing resolutions,” stop-gap measures to continue funding at the same
level, since 2008. “That’s not a responsible way to govern,” he said. He cautioned that, unless movement happens on funding, the government may have to shut down. “That’s not good for the country, even though it may be good for politics,” he said.
National debt The debt ceiling is $17 trillion. The federal budget contains $3.6 trillion in spending with $1 trillion in new debt. However, hard choices must be
U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), with Rotary Club of North Fulton President Kristi Crockett, provided updates from Washington, including budgets, debt and the upcoming health care reforms, on Aug. 13. made to solve that gap. Price said the combined costs of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and debt service add up to $2.6 trillion, with the rest of the government totaling the remaining $1 trillion. “You could do away with the entire federal government, everything, all $1 trillion and you would not even balance
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More than 70 people attended the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals Aug. 20.
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The board members of the NFAYP take a moment with the cake. From left, they are Michael Tillitski, Kristin Rome, Peter Tokar, Hans Appen, Kellie Jureka, Zee Jennings, Zach Mullins and Kristina Appen.
NFAYP celebrates first year Networking, social group turns 1 By JONATHAN COPSEY firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. – The North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals marked its first birthday with a party at Olde Blind Dog, in Milton, where the first meeting was held a year ago. More than 70 people attended the gathering, a far cry from the initial 12 at the inaugural meeting. The networking and social group now has more
than 75 members. Founder and President Hans Appen said the group has grown larger and faster than he had hoped. “It is beyond my wildest expectations,” Appen said. “We have gotten to the point where we are way beyond what I thought we could accomplish in a year. That’s a credit to the board and our membership.” The NFAYP is a social and networking group aimed at young people in North Fulton. During its first year, the group has volunteered at local charities, held social events and organized placing volunteers on
the boards of local nonprofits. Appen said he has high hopes for the coming year, wanting more than 300 members to come for the next birthday party. Among forthcoming programs are contacting the larger employers in North Fulton to get their younger workers involved in the group. “I think that will really jumpstart our membership,” Appen said. “That will allow us to create new programs and do more events.” For more on the NFAYP, visit them online at www. nfayp.com.
Back where it all began: the NFAYP returned to the Olde Blind Dog Aug. 20 to celebrate one year of activity.
The original gathering of the NFAYP had a dozen members. It has since grown to more than 75.
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Northwestern Middle named a DuFour Model PLC School Only Ga. school recognized for its collaboration model By CANDY WAYLOCK firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. – Northwestern Middle School was recently named a DuFour Model PLC (professional learning community) School, recognizing the school’s success in creating environments that promote student learning. Northwestern becomes the first Georgia school to receive the recognition, and joins fewer than 200 schools nationwide in 34 states that have demonstrated teaching practices effective enough to be recognized as a DuFour Model PLC School. A professional learning community is a professional development design that promotes collaborative learning among colleagues. The model
was created by educators Richard and Rebecca DuFour and emphasizes the key to improved instruction for students is ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three foundational elements of PLCs include the willingness to examine all practices in light of their impact on learning; commitment to working together to achieve a collective purpose; and assessing effectiveness based on results rather than intentions. Northwestern Principal Jasmine Kullar credits the school’s success to her staff who pushed past their comfort zones and took on a new challenge. “Our pass rates on the CRCTs have always been very high, which is why changing anything can be difficult,” she said. “But when we began focusing on our ‘exceeding’ scores [highest scoring category], we realized there were some changes that needed to be made because so many more of our students are capable of
scoring in that category. As a result of our work with PLCs, our exceeding scores have consistently increased over the last three years.” Schools are evaluated based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school is considered for model school status by the PLC Review Committee. Kullar said teachers at Northwestern work in teams with a common purpose, aim for consistency and effective communication and engage parents in the students’ learning as well. “This is an ongoing journey and we look forward to continuing to improve our practices so we can improve student learning,” she added. Recognized DuFour model PLC schools are listed on www.allthingsplc.info along with implementation strategies.
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ACT scores show Fulton students ‘college ready’ Average scores on college-bound test exceed state, national results By CANDY WAYLOCK firstname.lastname@example.org NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The recent release of ACT scores from spring and summer test dates indicates a major component of the strategic plan for the Fulton County School System is on track. “College and Career Readiness” is a goal of the five-year plan for Fulton graduates, with a target of 85 percent of seniors earning a score high enough on a college entrance exam for admission at University System of Georgia institutions. While the strategic plan specifically focuses on results from the more commonly taken SAT, the results of the ACT show area students are performing well above their peers on the nationally administered test for college acceptance. The ACT is commonly used for college admission and placement. It measures English, math, reading and science proficiency, with an optional writing section, whereas the SAT measures only math, reading and writing. The ACT has a maximum score of 36. System-wide, the composite score on the 2013 ACT was 22.6 for Fulton students, compared to 20.7 statewide and the national average of 20.9. The average score was considerably higher among the North Fulton schools, with an average 24.4 for the nine high schools in the area. The scores
The ACT assesses knowledge in more subjects than just math and language arts, making it a good indicator of how well a student will perform in a college environment. Looking at the past five years of ACT data, we’ve seen a major increase in the number of students who graduate high school.” ROBERT AVOSSA Fulton County School System Superintendent were led by Northview (25.9), Johns Creek (25.5) and Milton (25.2), which not only had the highest scores, but among the most test takers of any high schools in Fulton County. “Traditionally, about a quarter of our students take the ACT but we’re seeing the numbers grow every year,” said Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa. “More students are deciding to take the ACT in addition to, or sometimes in place of, the SAT.” This year, 3,233 students took the ACT, an increase of 29 percent since 2009. Of those, 1,261 met specific “college readiness benchmarks” set by the ACT. The college readiness benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher; or a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding first-year college courses. For example, a high school student who earns a 23 on
the science section of the ACT would meet the benchmark in college biology, and has demonstrated the skills needed to earn a B or C. Other benchmarks include English (18), Reading (22) and Math (22). These numbers were determined based on a national sample of students currently in college. On the 2013 ACT, 39 percent of seniors demonstrated college readiness in all four areas of the test – English, math, reading and science. This percentage was significantly higher than the state and national averages, where statewide only 23 percent of Georgia students and 26 percent of students across the nation demonstrated this same college readiness. There is still one more opportunity to take the ACT in 2013, so the numbers of students considered “college ready” may change after the results from the October test are calculated. “The ACT assesses knowl-
ACT Averages for Area High Schools (number of test takers)
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Northview – 25.9 (234) Johns Creek – 25.5 (309) Milton – 25.2 (395) Chattahoochee – 24.9 (218) Alpharetta – 24.8 (320) Roswell – 24.5 (281) Centennial – 23.7 (202) Cambridge – 22.8 (41) Fulton Science – 22.5 (18)
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Milton Eagles face tough opener vs. Raiders Both teams replacing 2012 standouts By MIKE BLUM firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. – The Milton Eagles are not exactly easing into the 2013 high school football season. Milton traveled almost to the Florida border to play its pre-season scrimmage game against perennial state power Camden County, and open the regular season this Friday at home against Alpharetta, expected to be the top team in North Fulton this season. Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro said the Eagles put up a respectable showing against Camden County, trailing 20-7 until the Wildcats’ reserves scored three late touchdowns to win 40-7. The Eagles scored on a kickoff return by Chad Tolliver and had a few other scoring opportunities they were unable to convert. The Wildcats used their speed and talent to score their first three touchdowns on big plays. “We took a sevenhour bus ride to see what a
real playoff team looks like,” DeCristofaro said. “I thought we played really well for most of the game. But we’re so young. It will be several weeks to get where we want to be.” The Eagles open the season against Alpharetta, with both teams suffering heavy graduation losses after making playoff runs in 2012. Milton tied for second in Region 5-AAAAAA with a 7-3 overall record, with Alpharetta tying for first in 6-AAAAAA, also finishing the regular season 7-3. Both teams lost their state playoff openers. Both teams return an offensive standout – running back Treyvon Paulk for the Eagles, wide receiver Daniel Clements for the Raiders. Paulk rushed for 930 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Clements caught 60 passes for 1,286 yards and 12 scores. Most of the teams’ primary weapons from last season are gone, leaving DeCristofaro and Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes to look for players to take some of the offensive burden off Paulk and Clements. The Eagles have to replace three Division I offensive linemen and standout DE Carl Lawson, but return at least one defensive standout – linebacker Quarte Sapp.
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Milton’s Treyvon Paulk outruns Woodstock defenders last year. He is one of the few returning players this year. Paulk rushed for 930 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. Milton will face an entirely different challenge in the regular season opener compared to the scrimmage game, as the Raiders throw the ball all over the field out of their spread formation, as opposed to Camden’s run-oriented wing-T. The secondary appears to be one of Milton’s defensive strengths, with the Eagles needing some quality play from their defensive backs to keep Alpharetta in check Friday. DeCristofaro had yet to decide on a quarterback a little over a week prior to the opener, with three players seeing action at the position against Camden. Milton won last year’s season opener 35-28 at Alpharetta, piling up 431 yards rushing and building a 35-14 lead late in the game before the Raiders made a furious last-minute comeback attempt. The Raiders will be without all-state quarterback Josh Dobbs, now a freshman at Tennessee, but the team has replaced a string of standout QBs in recent years with no ill effects. Although Alpharetta also
Alpharetta’s Daniel Clements returns to the field this year. He caught 60 passes for 1286 yards and 12 scores last year. graduated some defensive talent, the Raiders are expected to be better on defense this season. Milton will find it difficult to replace Lawson’s passrushing skills, with DeCristofaro looking closely at the early play of his team’s defensive
line. In other local games Friday night, Cambridge opens its season at Riverwood, King’s Ridge Christian is at home against Pinecrest Academy and St. Francis hosts Mount Vernon Presbyterian.
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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my It has been a busy and confusing week in the news, I think. There have been lots of eclectic events – hence the headline of this column. Jeff Bezos, iconic CEO and 19 percent owner of Amazon, buys the mighty Washington Post – the poster child newspaper for how our democracy benefits from strong, independent and credible news sources. Think Watergate and think how history could have been radically altered had there not been a Washington Post around to bust a crooked president and force him to resign. We’re told that Bezos is paying a mere pittance for the Post – $250 million. Only a few years ago, the New York Times bought the Boston Globe for more than $1 billion and just recently sold it to Red Sox owner John Henry for $70 million. And meanwhile today, any mediocre money-losing 2-year-old online startup with a few followers sells for $300 or $400 million. What? So it looks like more bad news for the print news media, you say. Well, I am not so sure about that. Depends on how you look at it. “Context” can be a funny thing. And of course, the real smart folks among us – myself not included – tend to be wise because of their ability to see and understand context and what it means going forward. So what context do I have in mind? Well for starters, when the 12th richest person in the world (according
to Forbes Magazine) and the founder and CEO of one of the most successful Internet companies on the planet (Amazon) invests a quarter billion dollars in print, I have to think that is a positive context for print. Bezos is no dummy, and I don’t think he invests in things that he believes will lose money or fail in the long run. And I think it is really significant to understand that, unlike much of corporate America, Bezos has always had the reputation for being willing to sacrifice short-term profits in order to build or create long-term profitable enterprises. That is, he is willing to invest in the future even if it doesn’t pay an immediate return. And Bezos is not alone in his bet on print. The richest person in the world and arguably the smartest investor – Warren Buffett – in the last two years or so has spent in the neighborhood of $400 million acquiring small and medium-sized newspapers around the country. What does Buffet know that all the print doomsayers don’t? Buffet recently was quoted as saying that “I believe that newspapers delivering comprehensive and reliable information to tightly
bound communities … will remain viable for a long time.” Another piece of context just flashed across the radar screen Friday, Aug. 9. After estimated losses exceeding $300 million, AOL announced the closure of up to 40 percent of its 900 or so Patch sites and layoffs for 400-500 employees in an effort to turn around the hyper-local Internet-only news effort. That is, AOL – the most recent player with deep pockets to try to monetize online only news – has all but thrown in the towel. So what might this mean? I think that it means that the news industry is struggling mightily to try to adapt to change. It must evolve, and evolve it will, I believe. No one has found the “formula” yet that adds up to a viable dissemination of news only online. “Scale” is one of the main obstacles that must be figured out. But that formula – including the solution to the “scale” problem will emerge sooner or later. On a local scale, print – local newspapers – is still the primary media that delivers an audience “at scale” (in large enough numbers) and at a cost that makes sense for local
No one has found the “formula” yet that adds up to a viable dissemination of news only online. “Scale” is one of the main obstacles that must be figured out. But that formula – including the solution to the “scale” problem will emerge sooner or later. businesses. The fact that local publishers are then able to significantly increase that already at-scale audience for their advertisers by adding / bundling online products such as websites, Twitter, Facebook, email and other digital products only expands print’s reach and adds weight to advertisers’ dollars. We now have some of the best funded and most innovative minds in the world vested in finding the right formula for news dissemination – with the
exception of AOL – which I find tremendously encouraging. The smartest ones are betting that “print” will continue to play a fundamental role in the news business. My guess is that they are also assuming that in the future, a hybrid model will evolve that combines both print and online in the crafting of a profitable business model – an idea that community newspapers like Appen Media’s four weekly publications have been successfully putting into practice for the past few years.
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ROSWELL, Ga. – For Roswell resident Bucky Cook, semiretirement is a busy time. A former executive of Heavenly Ham, Cook is now a franchise owner and CEO of make-yourown pizza company Your Pie. He has brought his wealth of experience with him to the company. Cook, 58, splits his time between his home, his store near Roswell High School and the company office in Athens. For 18 years, he worked with Heavenly Ham, the largest competitor to HoneyBaked Ham. Cook was the president and COO of the company when HoneyBaked Ham bought them out in 2002. After that, he relaxed. That is, until Drew French, a 28-year-old University of Georgia student and Milton High School grad approached Cook with an idea for a company – have customers decide all the toppings of their pizzas. Even in a recession, the first store was a smash hit in Athens, and French was looking to expand and franchise. Cook said even in the worst of times, there is always a silver lining for businesses. “The downside of the recession is that people were spending less, but there were plenty of employees. I can build a really solid team,” he said. The trick is to create a team varied enough to have the energy. “There is no substitute for the energy and passion of young people, but conversely, there’s no substitute for someone who has spent 30 years doing something,” Cook said. “If you have both mindsets,
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you have better decisions.” One of those better decisions is to work smarter, not harder, by having a business model that does not require a menu. “We spent hours and weeks working on a menu at Heavenly Ham,” he said. “Here, you don’t have to worry about that.” At Your Pie, the customer makes their own personal and unique pizza. The restaurant simply provides the pieces to the pie. Your Pie today has 18 restaurants located throughout the southeastern United States. The company plans to add eight franchise restaurants in 2013. For more about Your Pie, visit them online at www.yourpie.com.
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Discovering ADAiRE: S. Forsyth’s lunch gem By S. LEE GUY www.rootsinalpharetta.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Just a turn off McFarland Parkway lives a quiet little lunch joint that flies below everyone’s radar. Unless you happen to work in this office park, you’d probably never know this little gem was buried here, waiting to be discovered. Let’s change that. ADAiRE is a professional chef and catering service run by husband-and-wife duo Matthew and Lynda Phillips. Matthew is a Le Cordon Bleu-educated chef with a résumé that includes gigs at Rays on the River and the Ritz Carlton. Their Shiloh Road office park location houses the catering kitchen, 6535 Shiloh Road, Suite 700. In the front of the store is a beautiful demonstration kitchen and four cozy tables — two outdoor seating tables, too. The couple, who have been in the catering and private-chef business for six-and-a-half years, transformed this demonstration area into a lunchtime bistro at ADAiRE back in September. They’re only open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week. It’s tough to review a place like this. It would be easy to write about the jerk chicken I had this week. The jerk seasoning was generously applied, yet its heat tempered with a terrific chipotle honey sauce. But their menu changes each week, so unless you happen to go there today, you’re outta luck. So what can you expect here? They’ll feature two entrees and two hot side dishes each week. Entrees are often things like braised boneless short ribs or chicken. One week, I had coq au vin with a side of ratatouille — amazing. Did I just eat French food near McFarland Parkway? Someone pinch me. The entrees are simple, but well executed. Roasted chicken may not sound exciting, but when paired with a white wine, lemon and artichoke pan sauce, it’s outstanding. It’s the kind of simple yet delicious cooking that a trained chef can do in their sleep. But somehow, food like this never seems to find its way into ordinary restaurants. Expect to pay a tiny bit more than a meat and veggie
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to the unusual. How about a Spanish-style posole? It’s on the menu this week. Share your email address with them and you’ll get the menu delivered at the start of each week. They also post it on their Facebook page. If something looks interesting, then add the Bistro to your week’s lunch rotation. But you’re not going to go wrong just showing up blind. And you thought McFarland Parkway was a culinary wasteland. Tisk tisk. You might get lost trying to find The Bistro at ADAiRE, but it’s worth it. And let’s keep this little secret lunch spot just between us, okay?
CITY OF MILTON PUBLIC NOTICE Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Notice is hereby given that a public hearing shall be held on the 4th day of September, 2013 at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Milton City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, for the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014) budget. A second public hearing shall be held on the 16th day of September, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Milton City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, for the purpose of adopting the ordinance pertaining to the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
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How does the health care law affects businesses? The most significant impacts of the new federal healthcare law will hit employers in 2014 and 2015. Now is the time to ensure you have a full understanding of the law and its requirements so that you can make the best decisions possible for you and your employees. ► Employer mandate Beginning in 2015, most employers with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance or face significant penalties. The insurance offered must meet the federal definition of “affordable coverage.” For the purposes of this law, the full-time employee equivalent is based on a minimum of 30 hours per week, as opposed to the traditional 35. Most self-employed persons must also obtain coverage under the law. ► Affordable coverage Healthcare plans offered by most employers with 50 or more full-time employees (or obtained by self-employed persons) must meet the definition of “affordable coverage.” This means that an employee’s portion of the cost of any health insurance plan cannot exceed 9.5 percent of their household income. costs become muddied. John Haupert, CEO of the Grady Health System, which operates the largest Level 1 hospital in the metro region, said the hospital is looking at losing millions of dollars both
Plans offered must also meet a defined “minimum value,” meaning they must cover at least 60 percent of the cost of healthcare services provided to an employee. Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not required to offer coverage and are not subject to these requirements, but any plans they choose to offer must include certain “essential health benefits” across 10 categories defined by the federal government. ► Potential penalties Employers who are required to provide coverage under the employer mandate but choose not to do so may be assessed with penalties based on the number of employees. Penalties may also be assessed on employers who do provide coverage if the plans offered do not meet the “affordable coverage” or “minimum value” standards as required. Penaldirectly and indirectly thanks to the new law. The Supreme Court struck down a provision forcing states to take part in the expansion of Medicaid that would help pay for the health overhaul, and Georgia opted
ties can be up to $2,000 per employee after the first 30 employees (the penalties for self-employed persons are much less) and are not taxdeductible. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has developed a calculator to help employers estimate their potential penalties to aid them in their decision-making process. It can be found at www.uschamber.com/health-reform/calculator. ► Tax implications In total, there are at least 18 new taxes that have been created to cover the cost of the healthcare law. The most significant for employers is the health insurance premium tax, which will be assessed on insurance providers at a cost of roughly $100 billion over the first 10 years. This tax will primarily impact small businesses, including many that are not required to offer coverage under the law. Additional costs employers may be required to pay include a $63 fee per insured employee and a 0.9 percent income tax and a 3.8 percent tax on investment income for small business owners, regardless of whether they offer coverage. More at center.gachamber. com/federalhealthlaw. out. “If Georgia does not accept or expand Medicaid, Grady expects to lose $45 million a year in federal funds,” Haupert said. This would be on top of
reduced funds from Fulton and DeKalb counties, two major funding sources for Grady, which are cutting funding to the hospital due to budget shortfalls. Haupert said those cuts will have to come from somewhere. For example, if Grady cut mental health services, it could save $13 million a year, but the state would be out a major provider of those services. Other state medical providers will likely face similar decisions. “There are some real ups and downs [to the Medicaid expansion],” Haupert said. Because Georgia opted out of taking part in a health insurance exchange, the federal government will instead set it up and run it. Of Georgia’s 400 health insurance companies, seven have suggested they will take part, although many of those may pull out, said Ralph Hudgens, Georgia’s insurance and safety fire commissioner. “This is not working the way it is supposed to be,” he said. Some areas of Georgia will only have one provider to choose from, which he said is not what the reforms were supposed to do. “If you take any one component out of this, it doesn’t work,” Price said. Panelists expressed concerns about how insurance companies will pay for services, whether hospitals can afford to make deep cuts in reimbursements and whether there are enough doctors to care for everyone who will need to be covered.“A lot of this doesn’t work,” Haupert said. “I see too many holes.” Price agreed. “It’s going to be a bumpy ride,” he said.
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From left, are Jekyll Brewing brewmaster Josh Rachel, President Dave Lundmark and Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle as they formally open the city’s first brewery.
Jekyll Brewery opens taps in Alpharetta By JONATHAN COPSEY firstname.lastname@example.org ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Area beer drinkers are rejoicing as Alpharetta becomes home to the state’s newest brewery. Jekyll Brewery formally opened its door (and taps) Aug. 15 at their Marconi Drive location. Organizers hosted members of the Alpharetta City Council and the mayor along with members of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “We’re thrilled and glad you’re here,” said Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. “We’re glad you’re a part of
Alpharetta.” Many of the city’s restaurants, pubs and growler stores carry Jekyll Brewery beer. President Mike Lundmark and brewer Josh Rachel said they chose the name “Jekyll” after the Deep South’s first brewery, on Jekyll Island. Three beers are the initial offering – the Hop Dang Diggity IPA, Cooter Brown American Brown Ale and Big Creek Kolsch. “We’re excited to represent Alpharetta,” said Lundmark. “We’re the first suburban brewery in the Atlanta market. Being the first brewery in Alpharetta is something that Josh and I have really been working hard for the past 25 months.” Jekyll Brewing can be found online at www.jekyllbrewing.com.
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Forsyth County mid-year housing snapshot I covered the mid-year snapshot for North Fulton last week. As promised, here is the Forsyth County mid-year housing numbers. And much like the report last week, the number of sales is up and prices seem to be rising, but the luxury market is still lagging a bit in Forsyth County. The numbers are consistent with other parts of North Atlanta, with asking prices rising gradually and the median sales price rising a healthy 9 percent. Asking prices are the best indication of which direction home values are going. Transactions, however, are up a whopping 28 percent, which is huge. Especially big when you consider that there are many new construction sales that never make it into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) because they were contract builds signed before ground was even broken. I expect the sales increase to be even larger next year as new construction will explode from all of the land being developed right now. New construction will add a tremendous amount of
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Avalon secures $126.5M in loans, starts vertical construction early ALPHARETTA, Ga. — North American Properties (NAP), developers of Avalon, announced that construction financing has been closed and vertical construction has begun. The $126.5 million financing for the first phase is comprised of an $86.5 million syndicated senior loan, by Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America, accompanied by a $40 million mezzanine loan by JP Morgan Asset Management. Eastdil Secured arranged the financing package. Site work, 2800 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta, is already underway and vertical construction has begun, nearly one month ahead of schedule, according to a news release. October 2014 will mark the grand opening of the Avalon development that will host retail, entertainment, restaurants, residences, offices, hotels and public spaces. Retail space is 75 percent leased with these new retailers added: Giovanni Di Palma’s Antico Napoletana, Bantam + Biddy by Chef Shaun Doty, Tommy Bahama, Vineyard Vines, Exhale Spa, West Elm, Kinnucan’s Specialty Outfitter, Sage Boutique, Free People, Janie and Jack, C. Wonder and L’Occitane. Visit www.experienceavalon.com for more.
BusinessBriefs Six new agents join Harry Norman Forsyth County/Lanier CUMMING, Ga. — Six agents have joined Harry Norman, Realtors. Sherri Aimonetti, Rebecca Jones, Lynda Cooksey, Trudy D. Taylor, Alana Amason and Erica Wesley have joined the team as realtors in the Forsyth County/Lake Lanier office. Jones, Cooksey and Wesley are new real estate licensees, but all are dedicated to the business and starting their own company. Amason, Taylor and Aimonetti have prior real estate experience. Amason has about three years of experience. Aimonetti has about 10 years of experience in the new homes area, and Taylor has 30 years of experience in real estate. All agents can be reached at 770-497-2000 or visit www.HarryNorman Forsyth.com.
Keller Williams Realty consultants form Craft Dolan Team ROSWELL, Ga. — Tracey Craft and Lara Dolan have joined the Keller Williams Realty Consultants’ Roswell office. The two real estate sales professionals each CRAFT DOLAN have their own strengths. Craft has an extensive background in commercial transactions, while Dolan supports the team with residential and equestrian sales and leasing. Together, they have lived more than 45 years in the North Fulton area, boasting deep ties to the community. “We are truly lucky to have the Craft Dolan Team join us here at Keller Williams Realty Consultants,” said Denise Buchanan, broker and market center team leader. “The Craft Dolan Team fills a much-needed demand, particularly in the commercial and equestrian market segments.” Contact Tracey Craft at 770-722-3119, firstname.lastname@example.org, traceycraft.yourkwagent.com or go to kwcommercial.com. Contact Lara Dolan at 404-514-6533, laradolan@ kw.com or laradolan.yourkwagent.com.
New Moe’s opens in Alpharetta ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta resident Shahid Panjwani opened his second Moe’s Southwest Grill franchise store in North Fulton Aug. 15 in North Point Mall. Employing 20 people in the new store, Panjwani said North Fulton and the mall area offered an ideal location for stores. “The demographics are exactly what I’m looking for. It’s a good fit over here,” he said. “Customers will be happy with what we offer them.” His other store is the Moe’s on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. Moe’s is located in the food court in North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta.
Air Control celebrates 20 years ROSWELL, Ga. – Air Control Heating and Air, formerly known as Air Control Atlanta, announced its 20th year serving the homeowners and businesses of North Atlanta including Alpharetta, Roswell, Cumming, Milton, Johns Creek, East Cobb and Woodstock. The family-owned and operated business offers products as well as preventive maintenance
Submit your business news & photos to email@example.com plans, 5020 Old Ellis Pointe, Suite 300 in Roswell. To commemorate their 20th year in business, Air Control launched a new look and online presence. Owner Dennis Benton said it was time for a fresh look. “Nothing else has changed,” he said. “We’ll continue to provide the same level of honest and dependable service that we’ve built our reputation on.” Visit www.aircontrol-heatingandair.com or call 770-667-5300 for more.
North Fulton Hospital doctors perform first robotic spine surgery ROSWELL, Ga. — North Fulton Hospital is one of the first in Atlanta to offer adults needing spine surgery a minimally invasive procedure using a robot. On Aug. 20, doctors at North Fulton Hospital performed their first procedure using the Mazor robot. This advanced technology, combined with the expertise of the hospital’s board certified orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons, may provide less rehabilitation from surgery and get patients back to normal activities much more quickly. “The Mazor robot is great because it allows for pre-operative planning and can save time in the operating room,” said Dr. Jason W. Velez, orthopedic surgeon at North Fulton Hospital. “I’m very excited about being able to use the robot during surgeries on patients with spinal deformities that might have been inoperable otherwise.” Visit www.NorthFultonPainAndSpine.com to learn more about robotic surgery, or visit www.MazorRobotics.com. For a referral to a doctor who performs spinal surgery with the Mazor robot, call 770-751-2600.
Georgia Retina welcomes new specialist CUMMING, Ga. — Georgia Retina – the state’s largest retina-only private practice – has added retina specialist Dr. Krishna Mukkamala to its team. Mukkamala is currently seeing patients at the Georgia Retina Cumming office, 960 Sanders Road, Suite 500. Mukkamala received his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia/VCU School of MUKKAMALA Medicine. He then completed an ophthalmology residency at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Following residency, he completed retina fellowships at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York. “We are excited to have such an experienced doctor join Georgia Retina. Dr. Mukkamala’s presence at our Cumming office will certainly add to our status as Georgia’s leading retina-only private practice,” said Paul Lucas, Georgia Retina chief financial officer. For more information, visit www.garetina.com or call 678-679-4830.
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LOCAL LIVE MUSIC » BLAKE SHELTON “TEN TIMES CRAZIER TOUR”
Blake Shelton’s “Ten Times Crazier Tour” comes to Aaron’s Amphitheatre. The Country Music Awards' reigning Entertainer of the Year and three-peat Male Vocalist of the Year is also bringing Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer to perform. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29. 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. Please call 404-443-5090 or visit livenation.com.
Donald and Walter will be joined by those same eight brilliant supporting musicians, now appearing as the Bipolar Allstars, along with the Borderline Brats.Together, they will treat audiences to selections from Steely Dan's extraordinary fourdecade catalog. 8 p.m. Sept. 7. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 404-733-5010 or visit vzwamp.com.
into trouble. Shows are Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 11 a.m. and Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek. Please visit performingartsnorth.org.
required. 5 p.m.-10 a.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.
“'DA KINK IN MY HAIR”
Kick off autumn and support your local artists. Sawnee Artists Association features local fine artists and highly skilled craftsmen in this show which features a variety of artistic mediums. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Aug. 31. 2115 Chloe Road, Cumming. Please call 770-781-2178.
Set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto, “'da Kink in My Hair” gives voice to eight black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary black women, many of whom are immigrants to North America from the Caribbean. Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. 2800 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Please call 770-916-2800.
HOWLPHARETTA GHOST TOUR
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 alpharettatours.com.
SEMINAR AND BOOK SIGNING FEATURING MIKKI ST. GERMAIN
Mikki St. Germain, author of “Got Baggage?”, is coming to the Thousand Hills Coffee House for a book signing and 15-minute inspirational mini-seminars. 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29. 352 South Atlanta St., Roswell. Please visit mikkistgermain.com.
Winnie the Pooh is Christopher Robin’s fat little bear of very little brain, who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him
Dragon*Con is one of the the largest multimedia and popular culture conventions focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film. Aug. 30Sept. 2, downtown Atlanta, by Civic Center Marta station or Peachtree Center Marta Station. Please visit dragoncon.org for more information.
A staycation at Chattahoochee Nature Center for Labor Day makes a perfect weekend. Enjoy night hikes, play games on the meadow, visit with nocturnal animals, roast marshmallows around the campfire and more. Advance registration
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COLORS OF FALL AT SEXTON HALL
“WINNIE THE POOH” AT DANCING GOAT THEATRE
ART IN THE PARK
This outdoor Labor Day weekend event in the Historic Marietta Square boasts plenty of enjoyment for all ages with a large artist market, a children’s art alley, the famous painted pots, historic sites and nearby dining. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Aug. 31Sept. 2. North Park Square Northeast, Marietta. Please call 404-966-8497 or visit artparkmarietta.com.
ST. JAMES UMC INSPIRATIONAL JAZZFEST The annual St. James JazzFest will feature the sounds of the Joe Gransden Big Band, Jazz Drummer Brien Andrews, and renowned vocalist Sisaundra Lewis. All tickets include the concert and a professionally catered meal. Vendors will be on-site selling merchandise. All concert proceeds benefit the church's scholarship fund. 4 – 9 p.m. Sept. 7. St. James United Methodist Church, 3000 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. Please call 678-762-1543 or visit stjamesumc.org.
GRILLING AND GRIDIRON TAILGATE PARTY
Community groups and restaurants will set up tailgating displays and grills to create fabulous dishes. Attendees will sample all the creations and vote for the Grilling Champion--all hosted by the Lionheart School. Free admission for the UGA vs. South Carolina game, shown on an 8-by12 screen. 2 p.m. Sept. 7. Old Roswell St., Alpharetta. Please call 770-772-4555 or visit awesome alpharetta.com.
ALL IN FOR A CURE
The third annual All in for a Cure Texas Hold 'Em Tournament involves 100 poker players-- amateurs and pros--coming together at the Metropolitan Club to play their favorite game. Also enjoy good food and libations, all while benefitting blood cancer research. 6 p.m. Aug 29. 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 678-527-2000 or visit allinforacure3. eventbrite.com.
LABOR DAY 10K/5K RUN FOR AUTISM
Forsyth County's second annual Labor Day Run for Autism is an out-andback 10K/5K road race on Peachtree Parkway/ Ga. 141. The route is flat, fast-paced, chip-timed and a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. The 5K is walkerand stroller-friendly. 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sept. 2. Hosted by Totally Running, also the start and finish point. 405 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Please call 470-239-4466 or visit totallyrunning.com.
KICKING CHILDHOOD CANCER 5K/1K AND FAMILY FESTIVAL
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Enjoy a fun day at Fowler Park on Highway 9 to raise awareness and funds for families fighting childhood cancer. Come out for the race and stay for the music, vendors, food, horses and more. 8 a.m. Sept. 2. Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming. Please visit runforgold.com.
TERANCE MATHIS CELEBRITY GOLF OUTING FOR ALS
Join Terance Mathis and other former NFL players and celebrities for a day of golf and ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease) awareness. Each group of three will be paired with a celebrity team captain. Awards for top teams, Proceeds benefit the Emory ALS Center. 10 a.m. Sept. 9. Alpharetta Athletic Club, 3430 Highway Nine North, Milton. Please call 770-475-2300.
IPRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO
A seven-event rodeo that includes bull riding, bare-back riding, barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and saddle bronc riding at the Cumming Fairgrounds Arena. 8 p.m. Aug. 30-31, 7 p.m. Sept. 1. 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. Please visit cummingfair.net.
THE DEADFIELDS AT MATILDA'S UNDER THE PINES
The Deadfields are an Americana/ folk-rock band from the swamps of South Georgia. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic for an unforgettably laid-back evening of entertainment. 8 p.m. Aug. 31. 377 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please visit matildascottagemarket.com.
ARTIST DEMONSTRATION WITH BOB ICHTER
Taylor Kinzel Gallery hosts nationally renowned artist Bob Ichter. Ichter will demonstrate his award-winning pastel-on-suede techniques. 6 p.m. Sept. 6. 16 Elizabeth Way, Roswell. Please visit taylorkinzelgallery.com.
ACTION DASH 5K
Action Dash is a family-friendly 5K in which participants dress as their favorite action heroes and race for the cause. 6:30 a.m. Sept. 2. Piedmont Park. 400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta. Please visit actiondash.org.
YELLOW DAISY FESTIVAL
More than 400 artists and crafters from 38 states and two countries display their works for your appreciation and purchase. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sept. 5 - 8. Stone Mountain Park’s Events Meadow. Highway 78 East, Stone Mountain. Please visit stonemountainpark.com.
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Student Government President Ashton Dickinson gives the opening address as Headmaster David Rhodes III looks on.
Sophomores Bailee Mullen and Carsyn Durrett try on the lockers for size.
Continued from Page 1 The high school is the latest addition to what is now a $48 million, 116-acre campus. It is a far cry from its opening 12 years ago in the refurbished Bruno’s grocery store in Alpharetta. From the beginning there was a committed core of supporters who believed in its mission for a Christ-centered college preparatory school. Elected officials from Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek, Roswell and Woodstock were in attendance as well as State Rep. Brandon Beach and Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann. “It was tough to raise $10 million so that we could have the high school without incurring more debt. But with the generosity of the families and the Kings Ridge Foundation, we are here,” said King’s Ridge Headmaster C. David Rhodes III. “It is a great day of celebration and a day to thank our contributors and our foundation. It is also a day to celebrate God’s faithfulness to our school. A year ago this was just a wooded plot,” he said. “The transformation has been amazing.” Therrell “Sonny” Murphy was chairman of Advancement in Christian Education (ACE) when this school was just a dream without desks, pencils or walls. He too is struck by
the campus that has sprung from the faith of so many who made this happen. “You look at all the buildings and the students here. You see what has been accomplished, and you think it is amazing how God has blessed us,” Murphy said. “It is a real affirmation of what people can do with energy and love. It is humbling to see where we started in that grocery store and to be here this day.” Founding board member Laura Lloyd, now the chief advancement officer, has watched the campus grow as well. “We started with no desks, no lockers. We started with nothing,” Lloyd said. Today, 760 students are enrolled, but at build-out the school will have 1,250 students enrolled K-12. The new 45,000-square-foot high school is only phase I. Phase II will add wings on either side that will double the size of the high school building to 90,000 square feet. That is planned for the next three to five years. But the school will not stop there, Lloyd said. Plans also call for a middle school building, a football stadium, a performing arts center, an athletics center with gym and natatorium, baseball and softball fields, and a track. Seeing how far King’s Ridge has come in 12 years and the faith its supporters have in the future, it is not hard to visualize these projects also coming to fruition.
Founding board member Sonny Murphy, original Head of School Barbara Adler and Martha Murphy listen at dedication exercises
Also opening this year is the Kendrick Christian Life Impact Center, where students can congregate, study, meet for projects and “hang out.” It has white board and Wi-Fi capability.
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Artist Bob Ichter comes to Roswell art gallery By RYAN PIERONI firstname.lastname@example.org ROSWELL, Ga. — On Sept. 6, Bob Ichter will be joining the Taylor Kinzel Gallery for a live painting demonstration. Ichter, whose work is in galleries across the country, will be doing a three-hour demonstration where he will discuss his creative process as well as allow artists and patrons to watch his techniques. A commissioned piece of Ichter’s work is also featured in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton
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If you go What: Live painting demonstration by artist Bob Ichter When: 6 p.m. Sept. 6 Where: Taylor Kinzel Gallery, 16 Elizabeth Way in Roswell Cost: Free More Info: 770-993-3555 Hotel in Atlanta. “I love painting, but I also love painting in front of groups of people,” said Ichter. He tries to travel to galleries for demonstrations as much as possible. “Other artists want to come see how I’m getting these results, or how I’m using these materials,” he said. Artists are curious about Ichter’s medium: pastel on suede. “It’s a really unusual medium to work with,” said Mary Means, co-founder of the Taylor Kinzel Gallery, 16 Elizabeth Way in Roswell. The paintings, mostly land-
Above, Bob Ichter at work in his studio. Right, Ichter's “Olives at Sunset," pastel on suede. scapes, have a touch of the surreal in them, thanks to the distinctive color choices found in the pastel on suede medium, which provide a sharp contrast between objects while
still seeming soft. “If you make a mistake, you can’t fix it. It’s a very unforgiving medium to work on,” Ichter said. But it’s worth it, he said.
“It’s a very unforgiving substrate to paint on, but it also has a texture that is unlike anything else,” he said. “I think it really makes my work stand out.”
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Price: Continued from Page 8 more businesses by lowering business taxes, which he said are the highest in the industrialized world.
It’s so complicated, no one knows what their role is.” TOM PRICE on HEALTH CARE REFORM U.S. Rep (R-Roswell)
Immigration “Our immigration system is troubling,” he said. His pointed to the Tsarnaev brothers, the alleged perpetrators of the Boston Bombings, as his case in point. Despite both having asylum in the United States from their native Georgia, they were allowed to travel several times to their homeland where they supposedly had been persecuted. Additionally, one of the brothers came and went on an expired student visa, which should not happen. “Forty percent
of people here illegally are on expired visas,” he said. He said changes in the immigration laws hinge on four main points – enforcing and expanding the E-verify work program, pursuing and keeping highly educated foreigners, helping the “Dreamers,” the children brought over the border illegally but grew up in the U.S., and securing the borders.
Health care Being a physician by trade, Price has a unique view among those in Washington of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. “We’re a long way down the wrong road,” he said. Implementation of the system has come in fits and starts, with further delays expected, creating frustration and uncertainty in the markets and medical providers. “It’s so complicated, no one knows what their role is,” he said. The key to fixing health care is through tort reform, which will help stop the practice among doctors of overanalyzing and prescribing needless tests simply to legally cover themselves from lawsuits. He said $800 billion is spent every year on medical practices that may not be required to treat the patient.
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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 and Associates at their open house and ribbon cutting of their new location at 12910 Ga. 9 North in Milton. UNI
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Cambridge architecture students place third in nation MILTON, Ga. – Cambridge High School’s architectural/engineering program has once again put the school on the map. Under instructor/TSA adviser Wayne Thompson, Cambridge High students Noah Sannes, Kyle Mann and Hailey Holtzclaw placed third at the 35th annual Technology Student Association National Conference in Orlando, Fla. The team participated in the architectural renovation competition, which required team members to renovate a 1908 Sears kit home to fit the year’s design theme. Teams were asked to preserve the traditional charm of the home while making additions
and renovations to accommodate a growing 21st century family in compliance with LEED Green Building Certification. The team designed a physical model using a Stratasys 3-D printer. The model featured a main home, pool house and pool, and stunned the audiences with its professional-grade construction and detailing, setting the standard for all future competition. Ranking so highly for the team’s first appearance to the Orlando conference is a rare coincidence, and the team is confident in returning next year to claim the top prize.
PUBLIC NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT OF RIGHT-OF-WAY Pursuant to Section 48-168 of the City of Milton, Georgia Code of Ordinances, you are hereby notified that an abandonment of right-of-way has been requested for approximately 1,000’ of Black Oak Road located in Land Lots 183, 250 and 251of the 2nd District, 2nd Section of Fulton County. The Mayor and City Council will conduct a Public Hearing on the abandonment request at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107 E, Milton, Georgia, for the purpose of receiving public comment and determining whether either the road has ceased to be used by the public to the extent that no substantial public purpose is served by it or removal of the road from the City road system is otherwise in the best public interest. A vote on the abandonment will take place following the public hearing. Additional information, including a sketch showing the proposed abandonment, may be obtained by contacting Milton Public Works at 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107G, Milton, Georgia 30004 or by phone at 678-242-2500. All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and comment on the proposed abandonment or submit their comments in writing before the date of the hearing to the Milton Public Works Department.
Team member Noah Sannes displays the model and notebook to students and advisors from across the United States and Europe.
NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF CITY CHARTER AMENDMENTS Re:
Proposed Amendments to the Charter of the City of Milton, Georgia
Notice is hereby given that the Council of the City of Milton, Georgia will consider amendments to Sections 1.12(b)(38), 2.10(b), 2.11(b), 3.10(c), 3.11(a), 3.16, 3.19(b), 3.20(c), 3.22(b), 3.25(1), 3.28, 3.29, 4.10(e), 4.11(b), 4.11(g), 4.12, 6.24, 6.28(a), 7.13, 7.14, 7.15, 7.16, 7.17, 7.18 of the Charter of the City of Milton, pursuant to the Georgia Constitution, Article IX, Sec. II, Par. II and O.C.G.A. § 36-35-1, et seq., at the Council’s regular meetings on August 19, 2013 and September 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located in Suite 107E of City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107, Milton, Georgia 30004. The proposed modifications to the Charter of the City of Milton, Georgia are: 1) modification of special areas of regulation which the City is authorized to regulate or prohibit; 2) modifications to strike provisions related to the formation of the City and transition and initiation of City activities and responsibilities; 3) modification of what positions the Council may establish, abolish, merge, or consolidate and the method by which such changes may be accomplished; 4) modification of the timing of the Council’s organizational meeting; 5) modification related to the formatting and proposal of new or amended ordinances by the mayor or councilmember; 6) modification of the procedure for distribution of adopted codes of technical regulations, codified ordinances, and Charter amendments; 7) modification of the powers and duties of mayor; 8) modification of the powers of the city manager related to hiring of department heads and directors and suspension or removal of City employees and administrative officers; 9) correction of grammatical and citation issues; 10) modification of the procedure to select the mayor pro tempore; 11) modification of the procedure to suspend or terminate department heads; 12) modification of the procedure to appoint members to and remove members from city boards, commissions and authorities; 13) modification of the qualifications required of the City Attorney; 14) modification of submission deadline related to the city’s operating budget; 15) modification of submission deadline related to capital improvements budget; and 16) modification of timing regarding formation of a city Charter Commission. Copies of the proposed amendments are on file, and available for the purposes of examination and inspection by the public, with the City Clerk in the City of Milton City Hall and in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court of Fulton County. Council of the City of Milton, Georgia
Cambridge HS architects Hailey Holtzclaw, Noah Sannes and Kyle Mann display their trophy.
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