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Johns Creek proposes $46.6M budget No tax hike as council chooses conservative path By HATCHER HURD

Johns Creek sidewalk/trail system connecting dots Project moving

at a slow pace By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek envisions a day when it will connect neighborhoods with broad sidewalks, multiuse trails and bike paths, and while that day is a ways off, that does not mean the city is not planning and pushing forward. Like most city departments, the Johns Creek Transportation Department has to prioritize its resources.

When Johns Creek was still unincorporated, late County Commissioner Robert E. Fulton was doing what he could for parks and recreation in the area. But Fulton County turned to other interests after Newtown Park opened in the mid1990s. Commissioner Fulton wangled Shakerag Park out of a donation of land from a developer, some deft negotiating with the Fulton Board of Education and some judicious use of Fulton District 3’s discretionary environmental fund to make Shakerag Park all contiguous. Next, the commissioner negotiated a $5 million share

of a $45 million federal grant for Ga. 400 to fund the beginning of the Johns Creek Greenway and its master plan. Unfortunately Fulton died in 2004, and Johns Creek lost an influential friend. Today, the plan is alive and well. Cindy Lee Jenkins, transportation engineer for Johns Creek, is nursing it steadily along in an incremental fashion. “In 2008, the first [city] comprehensive plan identified the future Sidewalk and Trail Network,” Jenkins said. “It is a multimodal network.” That means it will provide

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – There are no surprises in the city’s 2014 budget, as the city moves ahead in the budget process. A power outage forced a postponement of the presentation of the proposed $46.6 million budget to the City Council until Aug. 22. No tax increase is proposed. City Finance Director Monte Vavra said the budget overall was conservative both in its estimates of collections and spending. “We have built in merit and COLA raises for city employees,” Vavra said. In that budget the General Fund will take up $46.6 million, which includes government services, fire and police, public works, recreation, community development and capital improvements. It represents about a $1.92 million increase over last year. Other funds in the city budget such as the E-911 Fund, Capital Project Fund, Hotel/Motel Fund and others bring the total budget to $57.5 million.

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These funds have other funding sources outside the millage rate, such as the E-911Fund which is funded through a tax on telephones. Fire and police services take incur the most expense in the General Fund, at $10.1 million and 9.6 million (police up about $500,000 over 2013) respectively or 42.2 percent. The Police Department is replacing 13 vehicles this year. Government services total $16.7 million or 35.8 percent of the budget. The city has a capital improvements budgeted at $3.1 million. However, the city has been able to leverage that investment with the Ga. Department of Transportation to augment the CIP budget with an additional $4.2 million of GDOT money more than doubling the city’s CIP funding to $7.3 million. Capital improvements will include these major projects: • Sargent Rd. @ Lexington Woods Dr. roundabout – $100,000 – City. • Jones Br. Rd. Improvements from State Br. Rd. to Kimball Br. $1. 024M – City. • Road resurfacing – $200,000 – City. • Bell Rd. @ Boles Rd. con-

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS • Funding capital projects $7.3M • Vehicle replacement fund $300,000 • Economic Development $150,000 • Patrol vehicle (9)

replacement $396,000 • Motorcycle(2) replacement $44,000 • Other Police vehicle (2) replacement $70,000 • Refresh fire turn-out gear $60,000


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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A 14-year-old Alpharetta boy was hit by a passing car Aug. 25 during the “Art in the Park” street event in downtown historic Alpharetta. The child was flown to Scottish Rite Hospital in serious condition. Officer Jennifer Howard, a spokeswoman for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, said the boy is now listed in stable condition. Howard said witnesses claim the boy darted out in front of the oncoming Honda Accord on Milton Avenue at about 11:45 a.m. Despite barricades set up around the event on Milton Avenue, the boy ran into the middle of the road, Howard said. To date, the driver faces no charges, Howard said. —Staff

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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, 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.

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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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. 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

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Blotter: Continued from Page 2 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.

Missing prize cat turns up 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 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.

Elvis’ socks all shook up 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 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. | Johns Creek Herald | August 29, 2013 | 3

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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Continued from Page 1 residents with the means to get around the city without a vehicle, and ultimately link up to sister city and sister county trail systems. Roswell and Alpharetta have a big head start on their trail systems and are now connected and collectively known as the Big Creek Greenway. Forsyth County is following suit and aims to connect its greenway to Big Creek at McGinnis Ferry Road. Johns Creek’s plans are in early stages, but for those who look sharp, there are areas that are coming along. “The first greenway section began along Medlock Bridge Road from Old Alabama to Findley Road. That’s the spine of the network, and it gets a lot of use,” Jenkins said. The sidewalks range from 8 feet to 5 feet with the idea to accommodate bike traffic as well. When State Bridge Road was widened, the Georgia Department of Transportation put in 8-foot trails there as well. “Now the city is looking to create more connectivity where there are gaps of 500 feet or less,” Jenkins said. “Then as the city matures, we can increase the allocation and expand it. We have identified bigger projects in the past year.” As the sidewalks are built, the city is putting in trail amenities such as plazas, benches and on State Bridge Road shelters should users get caught in the weather. These are 10-foot by 10-foot structures with shingle roofs. “They make a nice place to stop and relax,” Jenkins said. Sargent Road and Findley Road have sidewalks at least on one side their entire length. Buice Road to State Bridge Road is under construction now, Jenkins said. Kimball Bridge Road has a trail underway that will connect it to an Alpharetta portion of Big Creek Greenway on Webb Bridge Road. Ultimately, residents will be connected to Webb Bridge Park in Alpharetta. Half of that 60-acre park has been left natural with trails through it. “The purpose of the trail system when we created the master plan was to have a complete trail network for exercise and as an alternative mode of travel,” Jenkins said. “The idea is to have trails within a half-mile of pedestrian generators – our schools, libraries and parks. We want to encourage people to get out of their cars and walk. “We want to connect neighborhoods with destinations,” Jenkins said. “We want to give residents the opportunities for exercise – to run, jog or bike safely. Ultimately, we will have those connections


Medlock Bridge Road’s eastern side has one of the longest stretches of the Trail System Network.


Amenities such as this plaza on Medlock Bridge Road allow users a place stop to rest or enjoy the outdoors. all through the city.” The city allocates $250,000 annually for one or two projects, depending on their size. Sidewalks are expensive and need curb and gutter, drains and catch basins. “It is most cost effective to do all of those at once. We hit the easiest projects first. Now, we are going to need more design and purchase of right of way,” she said. “We are all urbanized, so it is going to be more costly now.” When new rezoning comes along, the city requires more sidewalk space for

those specified for the trail network. Future plans call for Morton Road, which already has the design. Negotiations for easements begin this fall. There is also grant application in with the state for Barnwell Road for a multiuse trail to Holcomb Bridge Road that would include a pedestrian bridge and light at Barnwell. “It would provide a safe crossing for the school and open access to the Chattahoochee River Recreation Area [operated by the National Park Service] with its trails and a boat launch,” Jenkins said.

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Leading the Johns Creek Chamber into the 2013-14 year are from left, Chamber President John Bemont, incoming Chamber Chairman Craig McCoy, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Bank, and Neil Stevens, COO of KeyWorth Bank. retention and expansion and small business formation and growth. This includes establishing relationships with economic development allies (state of Georgia, Atlanta Chamber and other regional economic development organizations, universities, site selection firms and utilities). Thus provided information regarding Johns Creek assets, they will be better able to steer economic opportunities to the city. Johns Creek Advantage will also develop and implement a Johns Creek branding campaign with a focus on the at-

traction/retention of high-end businesses and workers. McCoy said it is important the city continue to attract quality growth even though Johns Creek is a thriving young city to provide economic stimulus. Johns Creek has the 11th highest per capita income in the nation and is the only city in Georgia where more than 50 percent of households have an income greater than $100,000. Nevertheless to keep Johns Creek a sustainable, viable city, it needs a stronger more diverse eco-

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ACT scores show N.F. students ‘college ready’ Average scores on college-bound test exceed state, national results By CANDY WAYLOCK 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 op-

tional 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 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

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referendum in 2015 with a $6 million loan in the interim to begin addressing subdivision road needs. At its Aug. 26 workshop, the council heard plans from the Public Works Department in which the city could borrow $6 million from the Ga. Department of Transportation’s Transportation In-

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tial $7 million to repave or repair the 49 worst subdivisions based on the city’s study of subdivisions’ Pavement Quality Index. The PQI is based on the accepted transportation criteria for road conditions. “There is no politics involved in choosing the subdivisions that get paved first,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “It is strictly based on need and empirically decided.” The loan would get the city started on paving while readying a bond referendum most likely in 2015. “This is not a long-term loan, although it has a 20-year payout,” said City Manager John Kachmar. “This will give us a chance to do some significant resurfacing and reconstruction so the residents can see what these improvements are like.” The funds are available at a rate of 2.4 percent. Debt service to the city would be $350,000 to $380,000 a year. The initial $7 million (including the city’s $1 million contribution) will carry about as much work as the city can handle until the $38 million roads referendum can be put before voters in 2015. Public Works Director Tom Black said the city could use $7 million to repay the loan and restore the $1 million to the

There is no politics involved in choosing the subdivisions that get paved first.” MIKE BODKER Johns Creek Mayor city’s reserves and there would be no penalty from GDOT for early repayment. Kachmar said the need to begin the roads project is immediate. “Many of these subdivision roads never had any work done by Fulton County after they were accepted. The county did not reinvest in the Johns Creek area in 20-plus years,” Kachmar said. The city could receive approval of the loan in three to six months, he said. The work would continue to be done in stages based on need. Working on too many subdivisions at the same time would affect the overall ability of traffic to flow in the city. “We need to fix these roads, and the longer it is postponed, the greater the cost will be to get them back in good shape,” Kachmar said.

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Budget: Continued from Page 1 struction – $975,000 – City. • Parsons Rd. bridge over Johns Creek – $130,400 (GDOT) • Bell Rd. bridge over Cauley Creek – $155,200 (GDOT) • Improvements on Old Alabama Rd. from Nesbit Ferry to Brumbelow – $650,000 (City). • Traffic signal replacements – $200,000 – City. • Abbotts Br. Rd. improvements from Parsons to Medlock $500,000 (GDOT: $400,000 – City: $100,000). • Expansion on McGinnis Ferry, Abbotts Br. & State

Br. Roads $369,000 (GDOT: $295,200 – City: $73,800). • Newtown Park Pavilion $400,000 – City. • Sidewalk/Trail construction $40,000 – City. The Fire Department requested $60,000 to “refresh” its turn-out gear, and another $300,000 is earmarked for a fire vehicle replacement fund. City Manager John Kachmar said that was prudent because when engines and ladder trucks need to be replaced, they are expensive in the high six-figure and low seven-figure range. The city will try a new tack for replacing police cars. One will be refurbished at 100,000 miles to see if that is cost effective versus buying all new cruisers. | Johns Creek Herald | August 29, 2013 | 9

Johns Creek to hold budget hearing Sept. 9 JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The city of Johns Creek is conducting a series of public hearings in August and September on the city’s proposed $46.6 million budget for fiscal year 2014. The budget was presented to the City Council at a 4 p.m. work session Aug. 22, and will be followed by two public hearings held during regular City Council meetings at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 9. The council is tentatively scheduled to approve the budget Sept. 9 following the last hearing. All hearings will be held in City Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall at 12000 Findley Rd. The City Council July 22 approved a property tax rate of 4.614 mills, the same rate established when Johns Creek was founded in 2006. The city’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.




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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 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-

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A second PUBLIC HEARING on the Proposed Budget will be held on September 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the City of Johns Creek Council Chambers located at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 300, Johns Creek, GA 30097. The Mayor and Council intend to adopt the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 at this meeting by enactment of a Budget Ordinance. A copy of the Proposed Budget is available for review at City Hall, Ocee Library, NE Spruill Oaks Library and on the city website at

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Woodstock 34, Johns Creek 6 Turnovers doom Gladiators in loss to Woodstock JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – For a team with only a handful of players with appreciable varsity experience, last Friday’s season opener for Johns Creek was an eye-opening experience for coach Mike Cloy and his Gladiators. Johns Creek lost 34-6 at home to an improved Woodstock team that lost 28-0 to a talented, experienced Gladiators squad in last year’s opener. The Wolverines amassed around 400 yards of offense and came up with six turn-

overs to make it a long night for the home team. “We’re so inexperienced,” Cloy said. “Woodstock played a good game and we had six turnovers. That didn’t help.” Four of the six turnovers came on interceptions, with Kevin Nalecz and Cody Hardage throwing two each. Hardage, who also plays receiver and defensive end, scored the Gladiators’ only touchdown on a pass from running back Cody Solomon from the team’s “jumbo” formation. “They both threw pretty

well,” said Cloy, with Johns Creek passing for more than 200 yards. “But they both threw two interceptions.” The Gladiators hit a few big plays, with Hardage catching two passes for 81 yards and Gio Douyon gaining 56 yards on three receptions. The Wolverines limited Solomon, who rushed for 1,000 yards last season, to 58 on the ground. Cloy said the Gladiators will need to work on giving Solomon more room to run if they’re going to bounce back from their opening loss. – Mike Blum

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By MIKE BLUM MILTON, Ga. – When Alpharetta played Milton to open the 2012 season, the game was billed as a match-up between two teams with multiple Division I prospects. The two teams meet again to open the 2013 season Fri-

day night, this time at Milton, but all but a few of the highly touted prospects have graduated, leaving both with largely new casts. Alpharetta was not hit quite as hard by graduation, and the Raiders come into their debut at Milton hoping to match or improve on last year’s 7-3 regular season record and share

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of the Region 6-AAAAAA title. The big offensive losses for the Raiders were quarterback Josh Dobbs (Tennessee) and receiver Carlos Burse (Vanderbilt), but the team has more than adequate replacements for both. Austin King will look to continue the Raiders’ string of top-flight quarterbacks, but



will be making his first varsity start. He will have some help at the receiver position, led by senior Daniel Clements, who had 60 receptions for 1,286 yards and 12 touchdowns. Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes said King “looked pretty good” in the Raiders’ 24-21 scrimmage victory over Roswell, but is cautious about placing too many expectations on King due to his lack of experience. While Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro and the Eagles will have to be concerned with slowing down Clements and the Raiders’ pass-happy spread offense, Dukes and his defensive coaches are tasked with containing Milton running back Treyvon Paulk (930 yards rushing, 14 TDs). The Eagles pounded out 431 yards on the ground against the Raiders in a 35-28 victory last season, with Paulk contributing significantly to that total. “There’s no big mystery. Milton is a power running team,” Dukes said, with the

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Pisgah dominates Mt. Vernon in opener JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Mount Pisgah varsity football team opened its season on Saturday with a dominant 48-14 win over Mount Vernon. The Patriots led 48-0 at halftime and totaled 403 yards of offense. Quarterback Aaron Winchester led the way with 299 yards of total offense. The junior finished nine of 13 for 222 yards and three touchdowns passing and also rushed for another 77 yards. After fumbling on their opening drive, the Patriots scored on their next possession when Winchester found Tommy Pease for a 47-yard touchdown pass. The duo connected again for another score on the Patriots’ next drive. Pease finished with four catches for 125 yards. Oz Dixon (five carries for 30 yards) rushed for two touchdowns, while Jacob Delk (two carries for 12 yards) and J.R.

Cendoya (three carries for 9 yards) each rushed for one score. Browning Dunn also caught a touchdown pass from Winchester and finished the game with three catches for 54 yards. Nicky Piccapietra led the defense with seven tackles, including a sack, and an interception. Dixon also added five tackles for the defense. The Patriots are off this week, but will travel to Model on Friday, Sept. 6.

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Experts: Confusion, uncertainty plague health care law Chamber hosts business info session By JONATHAN COPSEY NORTH FULTON, Ga. – When it comes to the upcoming Affordable Care Act, there are many questions about its implementation or effectiveness, a panel of speakers concluded at a discussion by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Titled, “The Affordable Care Act: What does it mean for your business,” the panel tackled changes to healthcare and how those changes may be implemented. Comprised of experts in their field – hospital executives, insurance managers and politicians – the outlook was not favorable, primarily due to uncertainty. “This is an issue of vital importance,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell). “[But] we are not certain how this is going to work.” Price is a physician by trade. He said a third of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements have already been delayed, largely due to not being ready for implementation. “The private industry must get ready to implement [the reforms],” said Kirk McGhee, vice president, regional counsel for Kaiser Permanente. “That costs a lot of money. We don’t know how it will affect us.” With only parts of the law implemented throughout four years, and other parts delayed, possibly indefinitely, the true

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 ► 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 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


Foot doctors service Alpharetta Business: Alpharetta Podiatry Opened: January 2013 Owner: Omar Naoulo, D.P.M. What: Alpharetta Podiatry is a fullservice, state-of-the-art podiatric facility that is equipped with the latest technology. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions and are dedicated to relieving your foot problems. Where: 401 South Main Street, Unit A-1 in Alpharetta Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Call: 770-864-1015 Web: Email:


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in a random fashion. In other words, when someone is promoted it shouldn’t be a surprise to them or anyone else. Formally announcing promotions, both internally and externally, demonstrates to your employees that this is important to you. Promoting your top performers shows that you care about your employees, and will help create a work environment that will help your small business achieve higher levels of success. Dick Jones is the Founder and President of Jones Simply Sales in Alpharetta, Ga. As a fourth generation sales professional, he has over 30 years of experience advising, coaching, consulting and working with small business owners.

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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Are your top performers getting promoted based on the ongoing results they are achieving? Do you have a promotion model in place that encourages your employees to work hard to earn more status and money? Promoting your top performers is beneficial in many ways, including creating a culture of excellence in your business. Promoting your employees from within your company can be a win-win situation for small businesses. Not only does it save time and money, but also creates an environment where overall morale is increased as well. Many small businesses promote their employees for the right reasons, such as their contribution to the business, increased sales or the achievement of specific objectives. Some provide promotions for all the wrong reasons. Defining the path to a promotion is a great starting point to let everyone know what is expected of them, and what they will get if they meet or exceed those expectations. Employees who are problem solvers and demonstrate that they care about your company’s success are great candidates for promotions. Promotions from within your organizations should not be done

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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 for more.


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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

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 MediMUKKAMALA cal College of Virginia/VCU School of 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 or call 678-679-4830.



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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,, or go to Contact Lara Dolan at 404-514-6533, laradolan@ or

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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 to learn more about robotic surgery, or visit For a referral to a doctor who performs spinal surgery with the Mazor robot, call 770-7512600.

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 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 or call 770-667-5300 for more.

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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


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


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

required. 5 p.m.-10 a.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit


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.


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


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

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 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 | Johns Creek Herald | August 29, 2013 | 19









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

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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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

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Why I love Mary Kay Andrews (the author) If you read my column last week (“Why I Hate Mary Kay Andrews”) about my encounter with the mystery writer, and recall the jealous rage – tongue only slightly in cheek – that I subsequently unleashed, then you might enjoy a more realistic account of our meeting. Just to refresh, the Northeast Spruill Oaks Book Club (NESO) had invited me to attend Andrews’ lecture about writing, about writing her books and what it means to be a professional writer. She started out as a reporter first in Savannah then 10 years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before throwing off the traces and becoming a novelist. She wrote mysteries under her real name, Kathy Trocheck, and acquired a faithful following. That alone was a gutsy move. Married with two children (Mary and Andrew, so it is not hard to divine her pen name), to cast the security (then if not now) of a job with the most well known newspaper in the South and step up into the hard-bitten book world. And yet it was not the last time she rolled the dice with her career. But I get ahead of myself. Andrews has written 23 novels now, averaging about one a year. It


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is work; she makes no bones about it. It takes discipline, planning, imagination and the ability to hit deadlines. No doubt those years with the AJC helped with the latter quality. The rest she provided her herself. She began with her Callahan McGarrity mysteries, with a protagonist who quit the Atlanta Police Department and started a house cleaning business. But of course that just led Callahan into trouble or a case to solve. “When I do a talk like this,” Andrews told her audience, “People ask me where I get my ideas. They think it is something metaphysical or something. But they come from everywhere.” Once, driving her kids to school – Andrews not Callahan – she saw some of those people in orange vests picking up trash for community service at the judge’s pleasure. And she

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had a thought. “I could go shoot one of those vests and no one would know. Now that sounds like a disturbing thought, but for a writer, it can be in a book,” she said. And so it was. So she worked backward from that idea to who would have a motive? She was going through a bad divorce, and had one too many drinks at lunch at the Piedmont Driving Club. On her way home, she hit someone and killed her, but got off with community service. When she’s shot by the side of the road, there are at least two good suspects. Sometimes a book starts with a good protagonist. Since she was a teenager, she liked the idea of being a picker. After going to an estate sale in Buckhead, she got the idea of having a “junker” as her leading lady. That led to her “Savannah” series. That was when she made another leap of faith. She felt the mysteries she wrote as Trocheck had hit a plateau, so with the connivance of her agent, she wrote a book as debut author Mary Kate Andrews, with her picker as heroine that became “Savannah Blues.” She could have stayed with what Callahan had given her and what most of us would consider a dream career. But she wanted to find a new audience and did. She talked about dealing with agents, editors and publishing houses – all are necessary evils, and in the end do a lot of good in steering the author in the right direction. But not always. One editor insisted her next book not be set in the South. Now it isn’t easy to write

Mary Kay Andrews, aka, Kathy Trocheck, seated, joined by Atlanta-Fulton Board of Trustees Chairwoman Stephanie Moody, from left, and NESO Book Club members Cheri Lawson, Marion Silverman and Kathy Gialanella. about a place you’ve never seen. Andrews said no to Cape Cod. So the editor suggested the Outer Banks in North Carolina. “A New Yorker’s sense of geography gets a little fuzzy outside the Big Apple,” she said. She went there, went for walks, rode her bike, took notes and stumbled upon the “Unpainted Aristocracy,” 13 original houses in the Outer Banks where the family held onto them for generations. Another book came from the idea of a woman who had done something bad, an act of revenge. She had a friendly judge who sentenced her to some group therapy. So now

Andrews needed help coming up with bad deeds for the other group members who had all been betrayed. That is where social media came in. Andrews has 100,000 Facebook followers, so she sent out a request for “revenge stories.” It was a goldmine. Was that “cheating,” using those ideas? Of course not. Imagination uses any spark to kindle an idea. But it is rare to have 100,000 flints to strike. Andrews had much more to say, but I have run out of space. Perhaps I will take you along for another foray into that memorable morning at the library. I could tell you about how Celestine Sibley set her on her way.

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Growing congregation to celebrate 10th anniversary Rev. Wright to be guest Sept. 8 By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — St. Columba Episcopal Church is celebrating its 10th year anniversary next month with a special guest. Located at 939 James Burgess Road in Suwanee, the south Forsyth County WRIGHT congregation formed in 2003 and is one of the fastest growing parishes in the U.S., said Margie Hutson, an early member of the church. The church is part of the Diocese of Atlanta, which is comprised of 109 worshipping communities and various ministries in Middle and North Georgia. St. Columba is one of two Anglo-Catholic parishes in the Diocese. “Many new members are coming in for the youth group which one of the

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Schedule of activities Sept. 8

7:45 a.m. – Rite I mass (Father Tripp Norris, celebrant and preacher) 9 a.m. – Festal mass with choir and brass (Bishop Rev. Robert Wright, celebrant and preacher) 10:10 a.m. – Sunday school resumes 11:15 a.m. – Festal mass with choir and brass (Bishop Wright, celebrant and preacher) 12:30 p.m. – Parish luncheon on the grounds and welcome of Bishop Wright to St. Columba’s largest and most active youth groups in the Diocese,” Hutson said. “Every week the group gets bigger and bigger--it has great momentum,” said Hutson.  “It’s really nice when children can have a social group outside their middle school and high school friends,” she said. The church is celebrating their 10th year on September 8th with a visit from Bishop Rev. Robert Wright from the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Wright became the first African-American Atlanta diocese bishop, and the 10th bishop overall. The Bishop will lead the services at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and a luncheon will follow. The public is invited. St. Columba is the 93rd of 97 parishes that make up the | Johns Creek Herald | August 29, 2013 | 21

Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, and has grown to just over 1100 members during our first few years. Members first met in the cafeteria at S. Forsyth Middle School until their current location was built in 2006. The church has many acres and plans for future expansion. “We have had an exciting and blessed ten years together,” Father Tripp Norris, St. Columba’s Rector said. “Our celebration on Sept. 8 will give thanks for these blessings and inspire us to press on in witness and mission as we continue to be, ‘a holy place, where love is found, and where hearts are freed to change the world.’” Visit for more information.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Will to Live Foundation’s signature fall event, “Willstock ‘13,” a music festival for and by the kids, will be held at Northview High School’s football field on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. This is the third annual running of the Willstock music festival, and it is once again expected to be a highlight of the new school year. In keeping with its mission of spreading teen suicide awareness while working with teens to help them recognize the love and hope they can find with each other, the Will to Live Foundation has selected the Saturday before the beginning of National Suicide Prevention week to hold its event. The event will feature over 15 high school-aged music bands to play with and for their peers on a stage that was donated by Will to Live’s partner, Music Matters.  “The Willstock festival has become the favorite of the kids of our foundation” said John Trautwein, Will to Live president and co-founder, who along with his wife was awarded the President’s Point

of Light Award last year in recognition of their work with the Will to Live Foundation. “It is truly a great night of love and hope and increasing the Will to Live of these teens as they recognize the value of the true friendships that they have already found in their young lives.” Willstock is organized by the kids – from start to finish – and all of the proceeds raised from the event, go back into the community. The foundation sponsors the Signs of Suicide (S.O.S.) program that is being implemented in all Fulton County public schools (and some Forsyth County schools), as well as supporting the Johns Creek Mental Health Awareness Task Force, and other suicide prevention and education nonprofit organizations around the country. The entrance fee for the event is $20 a person (all ages), which includes a “Willstock” T-shirt. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the gate on the day of the event. Out-of-towners who purchase tickets online and can't make the event will have their Tshirts sent to them by the foundation. For more information visit www.will-to-live. org.

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King’s Ridge dedicates new $10M high school Two wings and a football field to follow By HATCHER HURD ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Students, parents, alumni, faculty and 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. 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


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. 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.

Founding board member Sonny Murphy, original Head of School Barbara Adler and Martha Murphy listen at dedication exercises

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 soft-

ball 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.


Sophomores Bailee Mullen and Carsyn Durrett try on the lockers for size.

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The latest Eagle Scouts of the Chattahoochee District are, from left, Steven Herbert Rigsby, Spencer David Manley, Carter B. Vance and Brandon Reece Tardif.

4 Scouts attain Eagle rank in August NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Four Scouts completed their Boards of Review Aug. 22 for the rank of Eagle Scout. They are Steven Herbert Rigsby, Troop 87, sponsored by Roswell Presbyterian Church; Spencer David Manley, Troop 7153, sponsored by St. Brigid Catholic Church; Carter B. Vance, Troop 356, sponsored by Fellowship Christian School; and Brandon Reece Tardif, Troop 356, sponsored by Fellowship Christian School. Historic Barrington Hall is a popular local tourist location, but for the many visitors, there was no area in which to sit and enjoy the lawns and gardens. Rigsby led a group of Scouts to design and build a pair of trestle picnic tables. The tables were placed in

an undeveloped area of the property. Landscaping, bird houses and shrubs were added to make a pleasant place to rest while visiting. St. Brigid Catholic Church sponsors a soccer team, but the field facilities are minimal. That was true until Manley led a group of Scouts to build and provide seating for the players as they wait their turn to play. He found plans for stackable, lightweight, yet sturdy benches. Four of these were built and placed on the sidelines for the players to use during the games. What student doesn’t like to have an occasional class outdoors? Those

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Got him this time: Hooch defenders Sean Hoffman (40) and Nate Sherman (11) corral Kell’s Julian Burris (1) on this play, but Burris burned the Cougars with an 80-yard scoring reception and a 93-yard kickoff return for another touchdown.

Kell 26, Chattahoochee 16 Cougars fall to Kell in Georgia Dome opener By MIKE BLUM ATLANTA – Chattahoochee did not return home from last Saturday’s trip to the Georgia Dome with a victory, but the early morning 26-16 loss to Kell was not a total setback. The Cougars turned in a more than respectable effort against the state-ranked Longhorns, who also defeated Chattahoochee in the Dome last year. A handful of big plays, all but one of which included Kell standout Julian Burris, spelled the difference in the game, with the Longhorns not clinching their victory until a touchdown in the final two minutes. “Without those big plays, it’s a different ball game,” said Chattahoochee coach Mike Owens. “For the first game, we did not make a lot of mistakes.” About the only mistakes for the Cougars involved Burris, who starred on offense, defense and special teams. After the Cougars drove 80 yards in 16 plays on the game’s opening series, Burris went 80 yards with a wide receiver screen when two Cougar defensive backs collided in pursuit.

A 24-yard reverse by Burris started an 87-yard drive that gave the Longhorns a 13-10 halftime lead, with the touchdown coming on a fourth-and-9 pass from the Cougars’ 39 with 1:20 to play in the second period. Burris returned the second-half kickoff 93 yards, and with his team leading 20-16 late in the game, connected with Errol Breaux on a 61-yard double pass to set up the final Kell score. He also had a scoring punt return wiped out by a penalty. Breaux was also the receiver on the 39-yard TD pass. The Cougars had 18 first downs to nine for the Longhorns, but a talented Kell secondary kept the Cougars in check in the second half. After transfer Taz Wilson was 12 of 19 for 143 yards in the first half, the Cougars managed just 32 yards through the air in the final two periods, and finished with just 85 yards rushing. “We’ve got to do a better job of pass protection and better job of running the football,” Owens said. A hamstring injury to two-way starter Josh Weisberg, who plays a key role on offense from his tight end position, limited what the Cougars could do with their running game against Kell. Chattahoochee was unable to sustain a drive after taking seven minutes to move down the field after receiving the opening kickoff. Adam Abdellaoui kicked field goals of 47, 31 and 47 yards for the Cougars, who had one opportunity to reclaim the lead in the


Adam Abdellaoui provided most of Chattahoochee’s points in the 26-16 loss to Kell, hitting on field goals of 47 yards (twice) and 31 yards.


Chattahoochee’s Chase Nelson (21) goes horizontal to get some extra yardage against Kell at the Georgia Dome. fourth period. The Cougars gained possession near midfield after an Avery Ward interception midway through the fourth quarter, but a holding penalty set Chattahoochee back and an interception ended the Cougars’ comeback hopes. Kieron Ashley scored the Chattahoochee touchdown on a 5-yard run and had one of the team’s two interceptions. Ward led the team in receiving with six catches for 70 yards. The Cougars are at home Friday against Forest Park.

‘Hooch’s Aubrey Bausum top Div. III goal scorer Stars at Transylvania University LEXINGTON, Ky. – Transylvania University women’s lacrosse attacker Aubrey Bausum has been named the NCAA Division III statistical champion for goals per game, marking the first time in Division III history a first-year women’s lacrosse program has crowned a statistical champion in the category. Bausum chose to attend Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., to help the school inaugurate its women’s lacrosse program. “It means a great deal for me to be recognized at a national level on a first-year team – and a lot to be awarded this as a freshman,” said Bausum. “This will make me

work harder every year now that I know what I am capable of achieving. It also shows that first-year teams should not be underrated.” The Georgia native is only the sixth freshman to receive the goals per game statistical award in any of the three NCAA divisions. Bausum scored 61 goals over 10 games, averaging 6.1 goals per game. Bausum also finished 10th nationally in the statistical category of points per game, with 6.4. Touted as the top recruit in the 2013 Pioneer class, Bausum was a 2012 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American and U.S. Lacrosse Academic AllAmerican out of Chattahoochee High School. While at CHS,

Bausum helped the Cougars to three area championships and one state final four appearance. She also earned honors as the 2012 offensive MVP and was named First Team All-State by the Georgia High School Association. The Pioneers had an early look at Bausum as her high school lacrosse coach was Transylvania head coach Haley Marvine’s father, Ed Marvine. “We were very excited when [Aubrey] chose Transylvania,” said coach Haley Marvine. “I knew at the time that she would most likely be our leading scorer and I knew that she had the potential to perform at a national level. But the fact that she was so successful and so dominant can only be attributed to her dedica-

tion throughout her freshmen year.” In the inaugural season, Bausum became a one-woman wrecking crew. She capped the season as a 61.3 percent shooter, finishing with 32 ground balls and 42 draw controls. She helped lead the Pioneers to a 5-6 season finish. Marvine says it is Bausum’s competitive drive and desire to win that makes her “enjoyable” to coach and inspires her teammates to work harder on the field. Freshman teammate Rachel Harrison agrees. “Aubrey is a great leader on the field,” said Harrison. “Her ability to score and carry the team encourages others to do the same. Her desire to win is contagious.”

Aubrey Bausum led her team in its inaugural lacrosse season and was the top scorer in NCAA Division III.


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Farmers market’s new specialty – Maine lobsters By HATCHER HURD ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Any farmers market you go to, you can get fresh tomatoes, newly picked corn on the cob and maybe some wild honey, but only at the Alpharetta Farmers Market can you get live Maine lobsters. Talk about raising the bar? It’s true; live Maine lobsters delivered – well not quite to your doorstep, but close. Sherry Crelin has a good connection, you see. Her son Mike Ross captains a 48-foot lobster boat in the coastal waters surrounding Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor. “We fly the lobsters in overnight once a week from Stonnington, Maine. It’s a family business, and we’re just getting started,” Crelin said. Crelin’s son Dan Ross and his wife Crystal are starting a seafood import business. Right now, it’s just lobsters, but they bring in 100 pounds a week “on the hoof.” Her oldest son Wayne Ross helps bring the live lobsters to sell at the farmers market. “This is as fresh as it gets,” Crelin said. “We usually sell out early, especially since we have pre-orders.” Customers can just log on at to place their order and pick

We usually sell out early, especially since we have pre-orders.” SHERRY CRELIN Lobster Seller

up dinner on Saturday morning. The Alpharetta Farmers Market is sponsored by the Alpharetta Business Association and operates every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Alpharetta residents Larry and Margo Attig have been coming to the Alpharetta Farmers Market since the beginning. “I remember the first year. There were seven booths, and we had three of them. It’s come a long way,” said Larry Attig. The last weekend of the month, Alpharetta also has Art in the Park at Milton Avenue and Main Street next to the farmers market. It runs Saturday and Sunday. Both the farmers market and Art in the Park will continue each weekend through October.


The Knapp family is taking a break for some Italian ice. From left are Grayson, 9, Alex, 4, friend Georgia Gansereit, 10, and Don Knapp.



Alpharetta resident Larry Attig and his wife Margo have been coming to the Alpharetta Farmers Market since it began to sell their plants.

Two-year-old Aidan Hendrix of Alpharetta seems to have everything he needs right at his fingertips.



Wayne Ross holds one of the live lobsters he brings in from his brother’s lobster boat in Maine to sell fresh in Alpharetta.

Katie Reeves, left, and Liz Hausmann check out the ripe juicy tomatoes at the Alpharetta Farmers Market.


Alpharetta Farmers Market is held every Saturday, but the last weekend of the month is special. That is when Art in the Park opens up for Saturday and Sunday.

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Centennial Jr. Knights basketball tryouts


NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Centennial Jr. Knights basketball program will hold tryouts beginning Sept. 15 at Centennial High School. Tryouts are for fifth- through eighth-grade boys and sixth- through eighth-grade grade girls who reside in the Centennial school district. Tryouts for boys in fifth and sixth grades and girls in sixth grade are from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Boys and girls in seventh grade will try out from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., while eighth-grade boys and girls

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 signifi-

will try out from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information can be found at

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Scouts: Continued from Page 23 at Fellowship Christian School did not have the chance until Vance finished his Eagle project. With his friends and Scouts, he designed and

cantly 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 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,” said Avossa. “Looking at the past five years of ACT data, we’ve seen a major increase in the number of students who graduate high school.”

built four benches and relocated four others to create an outdoor classroom. On those warm, sunny, Georgia days, the students now have an alternative to sitting indoors. Before Tardif began his Eagle service project, the park at Mountain Park was showing signs of wear. With the approv-

al of the city and the help of his fellow Scouts, Tardif gave the park a facelift. The picnic tables and basketball court were repainted. The old, broken path was torn up and new brick grills were built. The community of Mountain Park will enjoy the improvements for a long time.

City of Johns Creek Board of Zoning Appeals, Public Hearing: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. City of Johns Creek Council Chamber 12000 Findley Road, Suite 300 Johns Creek, Georgia 30097 The following Variance proposals located within The City of Johns Creek are scheduled for Public Hearing as stated above. Case Number: Petitioner: Present Zoning: Property Location(s): Variance Request:

V-13-041 Jayne Appling R-4A Conditional (Single Family Dwelling District) 3400 Block of Marquess Moor Allow 20’ encroachment into the 75-foot stream buffer (50’ undisturbed buffer + 25’ impervious surface setback) to extend and enlarge an existing deck.

Case Number: Petitioner: Present Zoning: Property Location:

V-13-042 First Fine Art Design Studio O-I Conditional (Office Institutional District) 10400 Block of Medlock Bridge Road 6100 Block of Wilson Road Allow for placement of two wall signs on same wall.

Variance Request: Case Number: Petitioner: Present Zoning: Property Location: Variance Request:

V-13-043 Mark and Audrey Sementilli TR Conditional (Townhouse Residential District) 500 Block of Haynesbrooke Walk Allow encroachment into the 35-foot rear yard perimeter setback for placement of accessory structures (arbor and elevated lattice screens).

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Chamber: Continued from Page 6 nomic base that will generate jobs, payrolls and taxes, McCoy said. These in turn will take the burden off residential property taxes to maintain and expand city infrastructure. Stevens said the chamber is aiding those efforts of Johns

Creek Advantage, but its primary focus will remain serving the needs of its members. “Our mission is to help our members connect, grow and thrive. And part of the route to get there will be through the Chamber Business Expo,” Stevens said. The inaugural Business Expo last fall succeeded beyond expectations. It sold out all its event space, and partici- | Johns Creek Herald | August 29, 2013 | 27 pants gave glowing reports of its success. To that end, this year’s Expo on Oct. 4 will have a larger venue at The Bricks at Perimeter Church. Members recognize it is a great way to network and introduce their businesses to dozens of potential customers who operate in Johns Creek. The chamber will continue with other successful projects:

** The February gala this year drew a 75 percent increase in attendance. ** The March Golf Tournament “and Blizzard” was a success despite the snow flurries. There were only seven no-shows for the fundraiser. ** Chamber 101 proved to be a successful way to provide new member orientation and show them what opportunities the chamber provides.

** The Technology Advisory Committee has been a hit providing members information on how to better integrate new technology into their businesses. In all, the chamber sponsored 95 events during the past year. The chamber, already 448 strong, has set a goal to add another 100 members this year.

City of Johns Creek Notice of Public Hearing Community Development Block Grant 2012 Consolidated Plan Performance Report Purpose: Public Hearing to consider the formulation of the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidated Plan Performance Report for the City of Johns Creek, Georgia as required by Section 104 (a)(3) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and Federal Regulation 24 CFR 91. PUBLIC HEARING: DATE AND TIME: LOCATION:

Mayor and City Council September 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 12000 Findley Road Johns Creek City Hall Council Chamber, 3rd Floor Johns Creek, Georgia 30097

The Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan Performance Report identifies how the city utilized 2012 CDBG federal funds to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low to moderate income persons. Citizen input regarding the use of federal funds received annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is vital. The following calendar has been established for the receipt of public comment for inclusion in the CAPER. All comments received will be presented in reports to Council. Public comment is welcome and should be submitted to (Note entitlement funds for 2012 were $226,705). All documents are available in the City Clerk’s office, located at Johns Creek City Hall, 12000 Findley Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097. The documents may also be viewed at the following libraries: NE Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022; and Robert E. Fulton Library at Ocee, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30005. In addition, documents are available on-line at If alternative formats of documents are needed, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 678-512-3212 or email a request to John Kachmar, City Manager

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RUMC hosts African Children’s Choir

The African Children’s Choir will appear Sept. 3 at Roswell United Methodist Church to tell Africa’s story in song and dance.

ROSWELL, Ga. – The African Children’s Choir has melted the hearts of audiences the world over with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The choir is appearing one night only Sept. 3 at Roswell United Methodist Church in Roswell. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A love offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, September 5 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, September 23, 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. PH-13-10 Islamic Center of North Fulton Consideration of a request to amend previous conditions of zoning in order to permit the construction of a 7,900 square foot community hall and mosque. The property is located on the south side of Rucker Road and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1275, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. MP-13-03/CU-13-08 North Point Commons Bowling Alley Consideration of a request to amend the North Point Commons master plan in order to permit a bowling alley as a permitted use. The property is located on the south side of North Point Parkway between Haynes Bridge and Georgia Lane and legally described as being located in Land Lots 755, 796, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. V-13-13 Jeff Aughey/Parkerwood Way (City Council Only) Consideration of a variance to permit a 6’ rear setback line for an outdoor fireplace. The property is located at 100 Parkerwood Way and legally described as being located in Land Lot 272, 1st District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia. d. PH-13-09 Unified Development Code Consideration of amendments to the Unified Development Code in order to amend addressing and bond requirements. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 South Main Street. CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the City Council on Monday, September 16, 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. V-13-11 JSB Homes Consideration of a variance to permit a flag lot in order to create two separate lots on property located at 12550 New Hopewell Road. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1125, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 South Main Street.

Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. Music for Life, the parent organization for the African Children’s Choir, works in seven African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. Music for Life has educated some 52,000 children and affected the lives of 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history.

African Children’s Choir RUMC 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Music for Life’s purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa by focusing on education. The African Children’s Choir has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently Queen Elizabeth II for her diamond jubilee. The choir has also had the honor of singing alongside artist such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey and other inspirational performers. 

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR PUBLIC SAFETY UNIFORMS AND DUTY GEAR BID #14-010 The City of Alpharetta is accepting bids for the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY’S UNIFORMS AND DUTY GEAR. The Request for Bid document will be available online Thursday, August 29, 2013, at our website, choose the Bids tab. Bids will be due on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM, at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department, 2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. For information, please contact Stephanie Cochran at the City of Alpharetta Department of Finance at (678) 2976052 or via email at ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR PINE SHAVINGS FOR CITY’S EQUESTRIAN CENTER STALLS BID # 14-009 The City of Alpharetta is accepting bids for the provision and delivery of bagged, new pine shavings bedding material for the City of Alpharetta’s Equestrian Center. The bid document will be available online Thursday, August 22, 2013 from the City’s website,, and then choose Bids Online tab. The bid opening will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:00 A.M., at the City’s Finance Department, 2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009. For information, please contact Stephanie Cochran, at the City of Alpharetta’s Finance Department at 678-297-6052 or via email at

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Wendell Willard given award by Ga. Bar Association HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – State Rep. Wendell K. Willard, R-Sandy Springs, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award, presented by the State Bar of Georgia during its annual meeting on June 22. Willard received special praise for his 45 years of law practice and leadership in the public service arena, having served previously as county attorney for DeKalb County, as city attorney for Sandy Springs and, for the past 13 years, as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives.

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signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. He was also recognized for his successful sponsorship on behalf of legislation enacted in 2011 to modernize in a comprehensive manner the Code of Evidence used in Georgia’s courts for the first time since 1863, among many other legislative issues on which he has worked alongside and provided counsel

to members of the State Bar leaders and advocacy teams. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest accolade bestowed on an individual member of the State Bar of Georgia. The honor recognizes “conspicuous service to the cause of jurisprudence and to the advancement of the legal profession in the state of Georgia.”

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