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Alpharetta starts music festival ►►page 15

High school football Round-up of last week’s action ►►pages 21-23

Local elections

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Roswell, Alpharetta candidates vie for votes ►►pages 26,27

King’s Ridge senior wins truck series race ►►page 20



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Horses, riders dress for Halloween ALPHARETTA, Ga. – If dressing up for Halloween is good, dressing up with your horse must be better, right? The riders of Brownwood Farm Fall Show at Wills Park Equestrian Center donned costumes Oct. 26, showing off spooky, creepy and fun costumes worn by both horses and their riders. For more pictures of the event, visit our Facebook page at and News. —Jonathan Copsey

Certainly a dynasty – Cealie, Natalie, Sophie and Lauren Dever, along with Ella Gregg and Mauren Macer are the guys of “Duck Dynasty.” Their horses, Joe and Ellie play Si and Miss Kay, respectively.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The city of Alpharetta has proposed annexing five-square miles of Forsyth County. Forsyth County commissioners voted unanimously to nix that idea at their Oct. 22 work session. Forsyth County Attorney Ken Jarrard said on Oct. 17, Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle proposed in a letter to annex the area of south Forsyth County along the Ga. 400 corridor. In the proposal, the county would provide services to the area and the city would provide city services. The letter indicates that the city of Alpharetta has an interest in coming together with the county to produce a win-win situation. Georgia code addresses the issue of a city annexing across county boundaries, Jarrard said. The typical way is that 100 percent of property owners in the affected area can petition the city to annex. The city would then forward the petition to the county. The county can then oppose or comply. “I don’t think that’s what’s being done here,” Jarrard said. “This is more of a ‘here’s what we’d like to do, and we would like to join forces and basically seek legislation by the General Assembly of the state of Georgia to change Alpharetta city boundaries.’” Local legislators would also have to back the city’s request.

“I think it would be something that would be a benefit to both communities,” said Belle Isle. “There are a lot of technology companies in Alpharetta and lots of manufacturing and industrial businesses in Forsyth. There is a synergy that could be done.” A good example, he said, was Siemens, which has its corporate offices in Alpharetta, but its manufacturing footprint is in Forsyth County. Forsyth County Commissioners said they were strongly opposed to Alpharetta annexing any portion of the county. “There would be an increase in taxes to our citizens,” Commissioner Todd Levent said of the proposed annexation. Whenever the city of Cumming annexes into Forsyth County, it uses the 100 percent method. In addition, Commissioner Brian Tam said the county has invested a lot of money into the proposed Taubman mall planned for that area. “We’ve already put money on the ground,” Tam said. “The infrastructure is there.” In exchange for the properties, Belle Isle said the city would help pay $6.8 million for the Ga. 400 interchange with McGinnis Ferry Road. The $44 million project needs a 25 percent local match that Alpharetta officials said they would provide for the annexation. Currently, there are about 600 technology companies in the city of Alpharetta – as com-

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ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. – Cecil Lamar Benefield, 54, of Alpharetta, pleaded guilty on charges of sodomy in the first degree and sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age, in an Alabama court, Oct. 23. He was sentenced to imprisonment for 25 years and 20 years, respectively.  Benefield was charged with the crimes after a relative disclosed that he had molested her repeatedly, beginning when she was as young as 5 years old and continuing until she was 12. Benefield told the girl that if she reported the abuse, her father

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Drunk driver had child in car ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A man was arrested Oct. 12 for allegedly driving while intoxicated with a child in the car. Police said Thomas Gary Amerson Jr., 33, of Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, was driving on Westside Parkway about 9:41

would kill him. Then her father would spend the rest of his life in prison and she would never be able to see him again.   An investigation located a number of other victims who had been abused by Benefield, dating back to 1987. Law benefield enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions were notified, and Benefield now faces charges in at least one other Alabama county for similar incidents involving another child under age 12.  “This child, by coming forward, started the process that led to these convic-

tions,” said Deputy District Attorney Carol Griffith, who is assigned to prosecute cases involving crimes against children in Etowah County.  “In doing so, she has prevented [Benefield] from victimizing another child. She showed real courage by coming to court to face her abuser.”  Griffith said that most people don’t get the opportunity to see that type of bravery and strength in a child, and that she is continually amazed by the children she deals with in her job. In Alabama, the law does not allow for early release or parole for anyone convicted of a sexual offense involving a child under the age of 12.

to maintain lane, no license and leaving the scene of an accident. ►► Eddie Williams Jr., 53, of Birch Rill Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 12 on Mansell Road in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Paul Edward Brummer, 62, of Woodstock was arrested Oct. 12 on Mansell Road in Alpharetta for DUI and improper stopping. ►► Ryan Klabunde, 44, of Wood Branch Drive, Milton, was arrested Sept. 20 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and expired tag. ►► Michael Wood Rubio, 27,

of Duluth was arrested Oct. 13 on Steeplechase Drive in Roswell for DUI, reckless driving and expired tag. ►► Alisha Denise Golden, 31, of Atlanta was arrested Oct. 11 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI. ►► Kelsey Leigh Zivic, 25, of Hemingway Lane, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 12 on Dogwood Road in Roswell for DUI, failure to maintain lane and obstruction of an officer. ►► Corey Reynolds, 32, of Roswell Creek Lane, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 12 on Roswell Creek Lane in Roswell for DUI. ►► Andrew Isaac Schmidth, 33, of Collingswood Lane,

Alpharetta, was arrested Sept. 27 on Kimball Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI. ►► Skyler Jordan Smith, 25, of Buice Road, Johns Creek, was arrested Oct. 12 on Jones Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI. ►► Daniel Lee Von Lauer, 48, of Harvest Ridge Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 12 on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI. ►► Abdul H. Hyath Mohammed, 38, of Duluth, was arrested Oct. 13 on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI.

p.m. The officer reports seeing Amerson drive onto the shoulder twice, so he was pulled over. With Amerson was the owner of the car as well as her 6-year-old daughter in the back seat. Amerson allegedly failed the sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI, endangering a child and failure to maintain lane.

groceries and magazines Sept. 20 from a local grocery store. Store employees said they saw the suspect selecting items throughout the Publix store on Haynes Bridge Road and put the items in her shopping cart. Employees lost sight of the woman and, when they found her again, her items were bagged in her cart and she left the store. She was followed to her car. However, because they could not be sure she stole the items, employees did not confront her. A check of surveillance footage and register receipts showed she did steal the items, which included $100 in magazines, eight boxes

of cereal and several fruits. The car was registered to a Roswell address, however the residents would not say if they had been to the Publix.

Shoplifter stole groceries, magazines ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Roswell woman is suspected of stealing more than $350 of

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Man steals iPhones using fake ID ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A 19-yearold Fairburn man allegedly tried to steal nine iPhones from the Apple Store at North Point Mall Oct. 16. A loss prevention worker at the store told police Charles L. Meadows, 19, of Fairburn, was in the store

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Rockdale police catch suspect in entering autos NORTH FULTON, Ga. – A man wanted in connection with multiple entering autos throughout the metro area, including Alpharetta, was caught Oct. 21 in Rockdale County. Eugene Coleman, of Norcross, was suspected of numerous cases of breaking into vehicles in Fulton and Cobb counties. He allegedly targeted parks, schools and fitness facilities, seeking wallets and purses left in the vehicles. He


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Lithonia was arrested Oct. 8 on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana. ►► Tyler Wells Parker, 22, of Foe Creek Drive, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 14 on Upper Hembree Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Samantha Marie Sullivan, 21, of Ashley Forest Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 14 on Upper Hembree Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Darius Edward Bass, 23, of Atlanta was arrested Oct. 11 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession | Revue & News | October 31, 2013 | 3

Trail, Milton, was arrested Oct. 12 on Deerfield Parkway in Milton for possession of marijuana. ►► Neekki Brandon Sarvghad, 20, of Silk Leaf Drive, Johns Creek, was arrested Oct. 11 on Silk Leaf Drive, Johns Creek, for possession of heroin. ►► Fernando Escobar, 19, of Camberbridge Drive, Johns Creek, was arrested Oct. 9 on Morton’s Crossing in Johns Creek for possession of marijuana. ►► Mario Ortega Solano, 20, of Morton Ferry Circle, Johns Creek, was arrested Oct. 9 on Morton’s Crossing in Johns Creek for possession of marijuana. ►► Sydney Dolores Pilson, 18, of Ashleaf Place, Johns Creek, was arrested Oct. 9 on Morton’s Crossing in Johns Creek for possession of marijuana.

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Approval of a request to rezone 8.65 acres in order to develop 28 single-family homes and to change the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from “low density residential” to “medium density residential”.








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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A new 28-home subdivision was approved on Rucker Road Oct. 28 by the Alpharetta City Council at their weekly meeting. The development is an 8.65 acre property at the corner of Rucker Road and Wills Road. It is across the street from Wills Park and the American Legion Post 201. Council finally approved the development with some changes to the original plan. The biggest was removing one of the proposed entrances. Instead of one entrance on Rucker Road and one on Wills



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Nonprofits get $26K from Roswell, arts commission ROSWELL, Ga. – The city of Roswell and the Roswell Arts Commission (RAC) have awarded $26,000 in grants to local arts groups. This is the second year for this financial support program developed for Roswell nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Outside the city of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Fulton County Arts Council, this is the only local government-based program for support of arts and cultural organizations in metro Atlanta.

Nonprofits receiving grants from Roswell Arts Commission/city of Roswell • Atlanta Wind Symphony – $4,500 • Georgia Ensemble Theatre – $5,000 • The Michael O’Neal Singers – $4,000 The RAC established four categories to meet a variety of needs and encourage local cultural services that enrich and benefit the entire community,

• Roswell Historical Society – $1,000 • Friends of Roswell Library – $2,000 • Riverside Chamber Players, Inc. – $3,000 particularly those that deliver arts and cultural programs that positively impact Roswell’s economy. Eight applications were

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received in three of the four categories. These include: 1) arts/cultural services – funding in support of operational expenses; 2) project support – funding in support of ongoing programs or a special program or event; and 3) arts education – funding support for programs presented to school-age children. The fourth category is new ventures development. “We are very excited to be in our second year of supporting Roswell arts and cultural organizations with the Contracts for Cultural Services program,” said Morgan Timmis, historic and cultural affairs manager for Roswell. “We were so pleased with last year’s recipients and we have great expectations for this year’s group of recipients and all it will bring to Roswell.” Award recipients were chosen by a volunteer peer review advisory panel comprising individuals with expertise in the various disciplines reflected in the applications. The panel applied established review criteria to each proposal to ensure that fair consideration was given. The RAC then reviewed the panel’s recommendations and made its own recommendation for approval to Roswell’s mayor and the City Council. —Jonathan Copsey

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Roswell Fine Arts Alliance gets a new home Cuts ribbon on new Fouts facility By RYAN PIERONI ROSWELL, Ga. — For years, the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance has been looking for a place to call home, and on Saturday, Oct. 19, it finally happened. “Since 2003, we’ve been looking for a place of our own,” said the past president of the RFAA, Lisa Swift. And now that is exactly what they have.

Arts Center East, as it is tentatively named, has been a long time coming. Swift said that the process started back in 2011, when the RFAA began working with the Parks and Recreation Department of Roswell and talks began on renovating the Fouts Road house. Prior to becoming the home of the RFAA, the house had been used as a haunted house and was known as the Gibson House before that. “It’s so fabulous,” said Betty Walser, current president of the RFAA. “It offers us so many opportunities that we

didn’t have before.” Among these opportunities, she says, is the ability to host workshops and classes, which were previously too costly to host due to the necessity of renting a space for each class. In addition to this, the RFAA will have open studio days, with group painting or just for viewing the gallery. “People can just come in and paint with each other,” said Walser. “It’s nice because we can critique each other while we’re working, or have a model. There’s a whole host of options. “We plan to keep art on the

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tions in the metro area, by some counts. As recent “massage parlor� busts in Roswell and Johns Creek attest, the market goes where there is money, and North Fulton has plenty of that. When he found out about the issue and how local children, especially girls, have been subjected to trafficking,

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Dave McCleary took up the cause and brought it to the Roswell Rotary Club in March of 2012. Now, Rotary has taken up the effort and wants it to go international. “They want to use the model we are creating in Rotary District 6900 and use that across the Americas,� McCleary said. Rotary has already been instrumental in effectively eradicating polio from the world by leveraging their millions of members around the globe for one cause. McCleary and those in Roswell’s Rotary Club hope to have a similar effect on human trafficking. “If we can give the same emphasis to this issue, we feel we can make a big dent,� he said. Rotary members were

shocked last year, when McCleary brought together a panel of speaker on the issue at one of the club’s weekly meetings. The keynote speaker was a girl who grew up in Roswell and attended Roswell High School. She fell into a bad group and spent years prostituting herself for drug money. One member recognized



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John Fogerty plays Verizon Final act of season ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park closed out their 2013 season with a bang, featuring music legend John Fogerty. Fogerty, singer, songwriter and guitarist, has sold over 100 million records, earning 18 Gold Albums and 10 Platinum Albums. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, won the Grammy Award for his album “Blue Moon Swamp” in 1997 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also a BMI Icon Award winner. Often called the “Father of the Flannel Shirt,” Fogerty released his newest album, “Wrote a Song for Everyone,”

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that she used to babysit their children. “We’re trying to let people know it’s happening right here, in our own community,” McCleary said. “It’s not a downtown problem, it’s happening in our community.” When McCleary started his efforts, there were many in Atlanta and the surrounding communities who said there was no problem. However, several high-profile cases of pimps and prostitution brought the issue to the forefront. Since then, there have been positive efforts to solve the problem. The General Assembly passed House Bill 141 that mandates busi-


Continued from Page 1 pared to 300 in the city of Atlanta. Alpharetta bills itself as the “Technology City of the South,” Belle Isle said. The Alpharetta Technology Commission that was started last year, made up of several of its biggest companies,

May 28, and it quickly rose to no. 3 on Billboard, the highest-debuting album of his entire career. Rolling Stone gave the album a rare “five-star” review. A celebration of his iconic songbook, the album is a collection of 14 songs – 12 classics and deep tracks (Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo material) from his remarkable canon of hits recorded in collaboration with today’s biggest superstars from the country, pop and rock worlds, plus two brand new solo songs including the new single and video “Mystic Highway.” For future tour dates, visit This was the final performance at the amphitheater for the season. For more on upcoming events, go to www. —Jonathan Copsey nesses where trafficking is prevalent – strip clubs, trucks stops, bars and restaurants – to post flyers about a tip line which people can call either to report a problem or seek help. Its number is 1-888-373-7888. “If they are in Georgia and the girl needs some assistance, they can call the Georgia Cares connection and get to whatever facility they need to be in,” McCleary said. The legislation goes into effect in January. McCleary said the Rotary is creating a speaker’s bureau, implementing an awareness program for high school groups and raising awareness for businesses. From there, the efforts of Roswell can spread across the Americas and tackle the seedy business of trafficking. has looked at a more regional role. There are about 300 technology companies that focus on manufacturing and industrial applications located within Forsyth County. “We’re looking at trying to help the region, more than just Alpharetta,” Belle Isle said. “It’s all one technology community that doesn’t neatly sit in a city’s borders. We’re looking to help the region flourish.” | Revue & News | October 31, 2013 | 9

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“The Red Hot Mammas” competed at last year’s chili cook-off.

Willow Springs to host chili cook-off Benefits Drake House, KRB

ROSWELL, Ga. – On Saturday, Nov. 2, enjoy 20 variations of chili and support local nonprofit organizations at the fourth annual Williez Chili Cook-off. Come out and enjoy the fall weather at 2 p.m. in the Willow Springs Neighborhood Park, located at 10579 Roxburgh Lane in Roswell. Tickets are $3 per sample, or $20 for a value pack. There will be 20 teams competing for the top. Celebrity judges include Sen. John Albers, Randy Switts, Kathy Swahn, Janet Lieberman and Eric “Freight Train” Vail. Proceeds will benefit the Drake House and Keep Roswell Beautiful. In addition to the chili, the event will feature live music by the Free Byrds and Common Valor, a playground for children to enjoy and photo opportunities with the Atlanta Falcons

Cheerleaders. The chili cook-off started in 2010 when Willie Springz gathered a few of his friends for a chili cooking competition. The chili was so good that people paid just to have a taste of it, and Springz decided to donate the money to his favorite charities in Roswell. To date, this cook-off has raised thousands of dollars for the two nonprofits and served about 5,000 cups of the finest chili ever tasted. For more details, visit The Drake House offers emergency housing and education to local families headed by single mothers with minor children. For more information, visit Keep Roswell Beautiful works to educate, motivate and empower the citizens and businesses of Roswell in the beautification, conservation and preservation of our environment. For more information, visit —Jonathan Copsey

Alpharetta Restaurant Week Nov. 2-9 ALPHARETTA, Ga. – With at least 15 participating restaurants, there is something to please everyone’s inner foodie – and wallet – during Alpharetta Restaurant Week. This weeklong celebration of Alpharetta’s restaurant scene will take place Nov. 2-9. Whether you are craving one of your favorite restaurants or are in the mood to try something new, there is a restaurant offering the perfect cuisine to make your taste buds jump for joy. Participating restaurants include Atlantic Seafood Company, Benihana, Cabernet Steakhouse, the Diner at North Point, Firefly, Haiku Sushi and

Steakhouse, La Casa Italian Grill, Mittie’s Tea Room, Pure Taqueria, Ray’s on the Creek, Sage Woodfire Tavern, Spice Brick Oven Kitchen Tapas and Bar, the Tap Room at Chadwick’s, Vinny’s on Windward and Wildflour. Restaurants have a variety of options on prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Pricing is $10, $15 or $20 for lunch menus and $20, $25 or $30 for dinner menus. Reservations are recommended. Browse the menus, pricing and a complete list of participating restaurants at www.awesomealpharetta. com. – Staff

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Roswell resident wins $10,000 Part of Charter sweepstakes

ROSWELL, Ga. – Lauren Lee of Roswell is a $10,000 winner in Charter’s Live It with Charter Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s Ultimate Family Room Sweepstakes. Live It with Charter is a free customer rewards program available to

all Charter customers. Members of the Live It with Charter program automatically earn points for subscribing to Charter services. Weldon Feightner, vice president and general manager for Charter’s operations in Alabama and Georgia, and Terri Weldon, director of government relations, presented the check to Lee during a ceremony recently at Charter’s office in Duluth, Ga. —Staff

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From left are Legion Finance Officer Fred Swyters, Junior Vice Commander Shannon Gott, Senior Vice Commander John Grogan and Commander Marty Farrell.

Alpharetta American Legion installs newly elected officers ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A new slate of officers was sworn in during a joint installation ceremony at Alpharetta’s American Legion Post 201 on Aug. 20. Marty Farrell was sworn in as commander. John Grogan is the new senior vice commander and Shannon Gott will serve as junior vice commander. Fred Swyters will spend the next year as finance chairman and Charles Turner is returning as judge advocate.

Joining the officers as part of the leadership team are executive committee members Herb Roderick, Jay Coleman and Bob Byrd. The Alpharetta American Legion has approximately 825 wartime veterans as members. In addition to providing support services to veterans and members of the military, the American Legion also supports area high school JROTC programs, scholarship pro-

grams for high school students, is a sponsor of Legion baseball and each year sends scores of young men to Boys State. Perhaps Post 201 is best known for its annual Old Soldiers Day Parade each August in downtown Alpharetta. In addition to the Legion, officers were also installed for the Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. – Staff | Revue & News | October 31, 2013 | 13

Brunn named Legionnaire of Year ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Winston Brunn, a retired Army infantryman who spent two tours of duty in Vietnam, is the Legionnaire of the Year for 2013 at Alpharetta’s American Legion Post 201. Brunn’s selection was announced by outgoing Post Commander Bob Votta during the annual installation ceremony in which elected officers of the post are administered the oath of office to begin their terms. Legionnaire of the Year is the most prestigious recognition bestowed at the local post level. “Winston Brunn is an enormous asset to this organization,” said Votta. “He has tremendous drive, energy and dedication. His efforts contribute to this American Legion post’s reputation among veterans and in the community.” Brunn lives in Roswell with his wife Trina. He was

Legionnaire of the Year Winston Brunn addresses those attending the American Legion Joint Installation Banquet during the award presentation. At his left is outgoing Post Commander Bob Votta. born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. —Jonathan Copsey

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Alpharetta marching band ‘rocks’ competition By FIONA BAGLEY ALPHARETTA, Ga. – In a period of just nine days, the Alpharetta Marching Raider Band, under the direction of Band Director Mike Walsh, Associate Director Ira Jenkins and Percussion Director Dean Giddens, has played at two Alpharetta football games, took honors in two competitions and clocked almost 20 hours of rehearsal. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the band competed in the 36th annual Greater Atlanta Marching Band Competition in Conyers. The competition was hosted by Rockdale High School with 24 bands competing from across the state of Georgia. The Marching Raiders performed their 2013 show, “Legends of Rock” and received superior ratings in all categories. Additionally, the color guard placed third in their class. Drum majors, percussion, visuals and music all received second place. These ratings gave the Alpharetta Marching Raider Band second place overall in the 4A class. On Saturday, Oct. 26,

AT&T enriches learning at Alpharetta Elementary The Alpharetta Marching Raider Band competed – and received high honors – in two competitions in the past two weeks. the Raider band traveled to Chattahoochee High School where they competed in the U.S. Bands Marine Corps Invitational, which attracted bands from across Georgia and South Carolina. The Alpharetta Marching Raider Band placed first in all categories they

entered. These scores gave the band the overall first place in the 4 class. The Alpharetta Marching Raider Band is now preparing for their performance in the Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 23.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – AT&T Business Solutions donated 38 iPads to the Alpharetta Elementary Parent Teacher Organization furthering the organization’s technology initiative. On Sept. 6, Scott Danner of AT&T and an AES parent presented the iPads to the PTO co-presidents, Christina Franke and Rob Rocco, along with Principal Adam Maroney. Excitedly attending the presentation was Melanie Morgan’s third-grade class. The iPads will be used throughout the school to enrich student learning.

Pictured in back are Rob Rocco, Adam Maroney, Scott Danner and Christina Franke. In the third row are Muhmoud Elshami, Drew Walser, Collin Armstrong, Claire Danner, Henry Couch, Gaby Sanchez and Tallulah Hankins. In the second row are Kelly Gaines, Sara Palmer, Jibreel Mohamed, Arhaan Misra, Ryan Gaertner and Evan Von Dolteren. In front are Trenier Phillips, Aubrey Webb, Aiden Davia, David Eineker, Carly Pokallus, Danielle Hackett and Chloe Enderle.

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Alpharetta to host songwriters at Wire and Wood Songwriters festival comes to downtown Nov. 9 ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Downtown Alpharetta will have music flowing through the night Nov. 9 with the inaugural Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival. The first and only festival of its kind in the Atlanta area, the event will bring in over 20 artists from around the Southeast to perform their hits. “Alpharetta is becoming known for its music scene and festivals filled with lively entertainment,” said Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. “People love music, and this new event brings together great musicians who not only wrote the songs they will perform but have stories to share about the song’s history. Bring those elements together along with a variety of great food and the awesome community of Alpharetta and you have a don’t-miss event.” Music will be flowing through the streets as the songwriters perform their soulful melodies from five different stages throughout downtown. The stage names include: Cotton House, Hop Alley, Smokejack and the grand Wire and

The Wire and Wood music line up • Christopher Alan Yates – www. – Multi-instrumentalist and member of the Sweet Tea Project, which also includes Collective Soul’s Ed Roland. • Riley – – 2012 Bill Lowery Horizon Award winner who is currently signed to Elton John’s Rocket Management. • Brian Bisky – www.facebook. com/bbisky – Has performed at Eddie’s Attic, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and the Roxy in Los Angeles. Currently touring with the Sweet Tea Project. • Kurt Scobie – www.kurtscobie. com – Tireless performer on the college circuit that has shared stages with the Civil Wars, Matthew Perryman Jones and Montell Jordan. • Joe West – www.joewestonline. com –Winner of the Gibson Songwriting Contest and finalist on the Charlie Daniels Roundup. • Sabrina – – Winner of Sonic’s Search for a

Wood. A variety of street stages will also be set up along Milton Avenue. The free event is from 4-7 p.m. Families can come for dinner, stroll through the stages and plan to stay for the big stage performances beginning at 7 p.m. There will also be interactive stages by Music

Star Competition and frequent performer at Nashville’s Bluebird Café and Tin Pan South. • Diane Durrett – www.dianedurrett. com – Has performed with Sting, Indigo Girls and Greg Allman and opened for Tina Turner, Faith Hill and many more. • Hope Sonam – www.hopesonam. com – A native of Rome, Ga., her song “Terrified” was featured on the hit ABC TV show “The Lying Game.” • Roxie Randle – www.roxierandle. com – Has released three solo CDs and was voted Nashville’s Female Demo Singer of the Year by • Joel Bridges – – Performed with BADHORSE, New Music Weekly’s 2010 Country Group of the Year. His songs have reached Top 25 on Music Row’s country chart in Nashville. • Ashley Harris – www.ashleyharris. com – Owner of Ragamuffin Music Hall in Roswell. Her single “Unfin-

Matters and the Guitar Center set up from 4-7 p.m. Along with plenty of food trucks, the local restaurants will of course be on hand with food, beer and wine. “We are excited to be partnering and helping to bring this unique event to life, and we look forward to hosting

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ished Woman” reached no. 1 on the Indie World Record Report. • John Allison – www.johnallison. com – A New York native that has performed all over the world and released two solo projects. • Bill Kahler – – A Kerrville Folk Festival and Plowshares Festival Songwriting finalist that has released five solo CDs. • Matthew Kahler – www.myspace. com/mathhewkahlermusic – Legendary Georgia singer/songwriter Shawn Mullins calls Matthew “one of the best songwriters of our time.” • Chas Sandford – – Wrote the mega-hit “Missing You” by John Waite, “Talk to Me” by Stevie Nicks and “What Kind of Man Would I Be” by super-group Chicago. • Victoria Banks – – Penned the awardwinning “Saints and Angels” recorded by Sara Evans and the Billboard record-breaking

music lovers from around the Southeast who come to town to enjoy the stories and songs of these awesome artists,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It will be a fantastic event filled with great food, awesome music and fun entertainment for

hit “Come On Over” by Jessica Simpson. • Pat Terry – www.patterryonline. com – Writer of Travis Tritt’s no. 1 hit “Help Me Hold On” and Tanya Tucker’s “It’s a Little Too Late…to do the right thing now.” • Matt Blanchard – – Saxophonist that has performed on the David Letterman Show, at Lincoln Center and internationally with NYCbased Jersey Band. • Jim Hettinger – Keyboardist that performed and recorded for Walt Disney World for eight years.  He now serves as musical director for the HOME BY DARK Songwriters Show. • Tony Marvelli – Bassist that has performed with Mark Shultz, Point of Grace, the Drifters and the Platters  and at Carnegie Hall and on Fox TV’s “Next Great American Band.” • James Casto – www.jamescasto. com – Six solo CDs and host of the HOME BY DARK Songwriters Show.

the whole family.” This is a rain or shine event. Parking will be available at the Milton Center and downtown parking lots. For more information on the festival, visit www.awesomealpharetta. com. – Staff

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North Fulton Chamber President Brandon Beach, left, and MARTA GM Keith Parker share a common goal to have MARTA reach up Ga. 400 to bring transit to the suburban Fulton County. just that. It is all part of his plan to put riders first again. This means reopening a lot of closed restrooms and keeping them clean. “We are re-investing in our riders. We are bringing our customers stability in our product – a clean, safe, efficient ride,” he said. Declining ridership – one of MARTA’s most alarming problems – is the top goal. Since 2009, MARTA ridership is down 29 million customers. “People with options stopped using MARTA. People with none rode at a reduced rate,” Parker said. As GM of the San Antonio, Texas, transit system, he raised ridership an incredible 41 percent from 2006-08. A big component of winning back riders will be increased safety, Parker said. MARTA is increasing video surveillance, which increases passengers’

feelings of safety. His “No Knuckleheads” policies are part of the Ride with Respect program. “MARTA is statistically one of the safest transit systems in the country, but we do have incivility. Horseplay, loud music and panhandling are not going to be tolerated,” he said. Policies will correct bad behavior or force riders to be banished from the transit system. A new MARTA app will give real-time alerts as to just how soon the next bus or train will be at the stop you are. And its cost to MARTA is not the $1 million that was first estimated, but less than $100,000. The much anticipated march of MARTA up Ga.400 suffers from a lack of funding. But that just means Parker is searching for private partners to pool resources to get MARTA to the suburbs.

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Smiles encouraged at ‘Magic Dentistry’ JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A dental care business that focuses on children and teens has opened in Alpharetta. In June, Smile Magic Dentistry opened at 2880 Old Alabama Road, Suite 400 in Alpharetta. The business is run by Dr. Pushpa Sundareswaran and Dr. Sharon DeSouza. Their hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday. For more information, call 678-2402777 or visit


Center for Energetic Healing opens in Roswell ROSWELL, Ga. – The Center for Energetic Healing, which uses an integrative approach to healing the mind, body and soul by balancing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy opened earlier this year in Roswell. Joanne Newell opened her business in March to work with clients in aligning their energy and NEWELL enhancing the body’s ability to heal itself physically and bring a change in the mental and emotional states — establishing good health and well-being. Located at 700 Old Roswell Lakes Parkway, Suite 210, Roswell, the business is open by appointments. Call 678-744-3257 or visit


Interior design business launches in Roswell ROSWELL, Ga. — A full-service lifestyle and interior design business has opened in historic Roswell. Anna Braund Interior Design opened this month and offers interior design, renovation and remodeling services. The business is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Braund Call 404-944-0473 or visit for more information or follow her blog,

SUWANEE, Ga. — Quantum National Bank announced that it hired Scott Coleman as vice president/business development officer of the bank’s small business lending division. The division focuses on the SBA 7a and SBA 504 loan programs as well as small business conventional loans. “We are thrilled to have hired Coleman one of the very best in the business,” said Amy Amorose, group vice president, SBA Lending. “Scott is one of the most experienced and respected individuals in the industry. His 15-plus years of experience in the financial services sector means that he thoroughly knows this industry. He is a valuable addition to our growing and experienced team.” Coleman will be responsible for business development throughout Georgia. He can be reached directly at 770-883-2258 or via email at Quantum National Bank is headquartered in Suwanee with an office in Milton. | Revue & News | October 31, 2013 | 17 through a number of different enhancements, like the incredibly comfortable power recliners, a full bar, improved concession areas and, of course, premiere sight and sound experiences like IMAX,” said Mark McDonald, executive vice president of development at AMC. “As our first new building in more than two years, we took all of those things that guests are raving about at other AMCs and specifically design the theatre to include them at AMC North Point Mall 12. This theatre will not only be one of our signature locations in the AMC circuit, but one of the best in the entire country.” Guests will be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage at MacGuffins, a full-service bar and lounge area inside the theater. The theatre will eventually feature two largescreen format options. Beginning immediately, guests can experience blockbusters with a brand new IMAX theater. In addition to the IMAX theatre, AMC’s own large-screen format will be installed at AMC North Point 12 in early 2014.


Colonial Life names Deehan senior VP of sales MILTON, Ga. — Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company has named a Milton resident as senior vice president of sales. Bill Deehan is responsible for leading sales and recruiting activities for the company’s 10,000-member national sales organization. His office is based in Atlanta. DEEHAN Deehan has more than 28 years of sales and management experience in the employee benefits industry. He most recently served as vice president and managing director for Unum U.S.’s South region based in Atlanta and as field liaison to Unum’s voluntary benefits practice. Colonial Life is headquartered out of Columbia, S.C. For more information, visit


AMC opens Oct. 31 at North Point ALPHARETTA, Ga. – AMC Theatres will open its new location at North Point Mall Oct. 31, its first new building in more than two years. AMC North Point Mall 12 features approximately 1,100 seats in 12 auditoriums. Nearly every seat in the theatre is a plush, power recliner, which allows guests to lay back and put their feet up at the push of a button. This means guests can enjoy maximum comfort, with ample space to recline or stretch their legs, and plenty of armrest room for everyone. While AMC has retrofitted several of its locations throughout the country to accommodate power recliners, AMC North Point Mall 12 is the first AMC in the circuit specifically designed and built with recliners in mind. And with stadium seating, every seat has a perfect sightline to the screen. “We’ve been aggressively improving the quality of moviegoing in our locations across the country

Sedgwick Gallery to open in downtown Alpharetta ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A fine art gallery is going to be celebrating its grand opening Nov. 15 – 17. The Sedgwick Gallery, a fine art gallery located in historic downtown Alpharetta, is opening at 61 Roswell Street. Located in one of the city’s oldest homes, built in 1856, the Skelton-Teasly House provides a backdrop to showcase exquisite works of art and adds to the cultural experience of downtown Alpharetta. “We think it signifies the perfect time and place for fine art,” said Ryan Sedgwick, gallery manager. Sedgwick Gallery will highlight the works of 20th century Masters including Peter Max, whose pop art has inspired Americans for decades; early French modernist Marc Chagall, whose work can be found on the ceiling of the Paris Opera House; American expressionist painter LeRoy Neiman, renowned for his brilliantly colored paintings and inspired screen prints of musicians and athletes; and Salvador Dalí, the world famous Spanish surrealist. The gallery also includes distinctly American works by Thomas Kinkade; Tarkay, the Austrianborn Israeli painter and watercolorist; and fellow Israeli master printer Amram Ebgi. The gallery features custom commissioned and framed oil paintings perfect for decorating any home as well as rotating features with established local artists. “I have conducted hundreds of charitable art auctions nationally, and believe it is an opportune time to bring that kind of excitement to my hometown,” said Scott Sedgwick, gallery owner. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, as well as from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 404-281-9998 or visit

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Corner Bakery Cafe opens in Alpharetta ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Corner Bakery Cafe is ready to “feed the day” with a new cafe that opened Monday, Oct. 28 in Alpharetta. Residents are invited to check out the brand new location at 10920 Haynes Bridge Road, near the North Point Mall. This is the first Corner Bakery Cafe in Alpharetta and the ninth in the Atlanta metropolitan area, including three that just opened at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “Alpharetta presents the perfect type of neighborhood for our growth in the Atlanta region,” said Corner Bakery Cafe Regional Director Bruce Kaiser. “It’s a family-friendly town that also has a strong local business community, providing us a great opportunity to introduce our warm atmosphere and great-tasting, freshly made food.” Corner Bakery Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant serving

breakfast, lunch and dinner. The made-to-order food is delivered fresh to the table. Founded on a philosophy of creating a place to relax and gather with family and friends, Corner Bakery Cafe offers a casual atmosphere featuring innovative, seasonal menu options ranging from hot breakfasts and signature panini to handcrafted salads, sandwiches and mouthwatering sweets. Corner Bakery Cafe delivers a premier bakery cafe experience in the hearts of neighborhoods across the country. “Atlanta is a prime area for the development of our brand, and Alpharetta is the perfect community to continue that growth,” said Chief Executive Officer Mike Hislop. “We are sure our inviting ambiance and made-to-order food will be well-received by our new neighbors.” For more about Corner Bakery Cafe in Atlanta, visit

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Using content marketing Potential pitfalls of new construction to attract new customers If you haven’t noticed, builders have aggressively moved back into the market. There are new developments going up everywhere you turn. But that isn’t the only way builders have been getting aggressive. Many home builders have reworked their sales contracts, and make no mistake, they are very one-sided agreements. If you’re planning to purchase a new home, read that contract inside and out. Don’t rely on the sales agent to point out the critical terms – they work for the builder. Here are some of the more important potential pitfalls: 1. Appraisals: There are no contingencies in the standard builder contract for an appraisal. You have to add this contingency. It usually won’t apply to upgrades. If you overbuild and it doesn’t appraise—it’s on you. 2. Financing contingency: Not allowed unless you use the builder’s lender. This does affect your ability to shop rates and closing costs. 3. Build time: Ensure the builder owns the lot you’re writing a contract on. Banks will often release lots in blocks but that doesn’t prevent a builder from writing a contract for

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The LSO opens its 17th season with Ludwig’s newly revised violin concerto and soloist Janet Sung. Johns Creek resident Joshua Shue will also be a soloist. 4 p.m. Nov. 3. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Please visit

destruction. 7 p.m Oct. 31. 520 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. Please visit


Performed by the Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, Mass., for the Center for Puppetry Arts, “The Dragon King” is a story of a drought that strikes China and the fearless grandmother who resolves to find out why the Dragon King is withholding the rain – even if she must go to the bottom of the sea. Times vary. Oct. 22 – Nov. 3. 1404 Spring St. Northwest, Atlanta. Please visit


Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents staged readings of scenes from Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona Quimby” novel series. A book discussion follows. Snacks provided. 4 – 5 p.m. Nov. 6. Roswell Branch of the AtlantaFulton Public Library System, 115 Norcross St., Roswell. Please call 770640-3075 or visit



The Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival makes its debut in downtown Alpharetta. The free festival features local and nationally touring songwriters. Talented artists perform their songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. Local gourmet food trucks, beer and wine. 4 – 9 p.m. Nov. 9. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-6000 or visit


Forsyth Central High School presents “Macbeth.” The play is set in 10thcentury Scotland and tells the tale of a good man who slowly yields himself to the tempting voice of his murderous wife, his own ambition and three supernatural witches. Through each bloody deed he becomes a butcher, leaving his wife and his kingdom in his wake of

The Roswell Fine Arts Alliance will hold its premier annual members’ juried show Oct. 11-Nov. 13 with 60 works of art available for purchase. Hosted by the Bank of North Georgia, 10446 Alpharetta St., Roswell. Open during regular banking hours. Please call 770-594-6462 or visit


Fright and delight at Whiskey Blue’s Haunted Rooftop on Halloween. Partygoers will dress to impress in costumes as DJ Rimby spins the hottest tunes in town. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Oct. 31. 3377 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. Please call 678-500-3190 or visit whiskeyblue.


Netherworld brings back old-school animatronics, thrilling special effects and Atlanta’s most treasured monsters with two new haunts: the Dead Ones and Boogeyman. Come see what all the talk is about…if you dare. 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. through Nov. 3. 6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross. Please call 404-577-8686 or visit


Take in the bright yellows, reds and oranges as they begin to spread themselves across a larger-than-life canvas. Quietly paddle along the Chattahoochee River and find relaxation in the echoes of the river residents (including belted kingfishers, great blue herons and mallards), the feel of a cool, crisp breeze, the reflections of the trees exploding with color, and the smell of fresh air and fragrant blooms. 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Nov. 2. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 ext.237, or visit chattnature


Police officers, firefighters and other public safety staff don their chef’s aprons to create competing pots of homemade chili at this cook-off, featuring the Georgia versus Florida game. Try 20 different types of chili, from mild to extra spicy. Hotdogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and beer also available. Inflatables and face painting for kids. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-6000 or visit


Come see modified cars, vintage cars, street rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, racecars and rare rides of all kinds. Also featuring door prizes, a silent auction and fun for the whole family. All benefits go to the North Gwinnett Food Bank Co-op. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov. 2. S&S ACE Hardware and Mower, 4300 Buford Drive, Buford. Please call 770-9321458.


Visitors will enjoy fine arts and crafts, a children’s area and local food and beverage concessions including food trucks. Also featuring a VIP tent and local acoustic musicians to enliven the atmosphere. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 3. 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-1222 or visit chastainpark


Gwinnett County Public Library and Fall Into the Arts present bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. Scottoline will visit Gwinnett to promote and autograph her latest novel, "Accused." Light | Revue & News | October 31, 2013 | 19

refreshments available. Music performance by Joyce Parks. 7 p.m. Nov. 4. 10 College St. Northwest, Norcross. Please call 770-978-5154 or visit



This year's annual Art and Soul Event to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation will be held at the Gardens of Great Oaks in Roswell. An evening of magnificent artwork with musical entertainment by Danny O'Dea and Escape Plan. 7:30 – 11 p.m. Nov. 8. 786 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Please call 770-640-0059 or visit


A ghost tour in historic downtown Alpharetta including stories of historical events combined with recent actual spooky encounters. 8-9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. Please call 800-979-3370 or visit


Proceeds from this race support Embracing Tolerance, a local education and awareness program with a vision to create a generation of educated and socially responsible youth. Embracing Tolerance seeks to arm teens and preteens with knowledge, empathy and responsiveness to combat bullying, racism and prejudice. 7 a.m. Nov. 3. North Point Village, 7300 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta. Please visit


One of the highest-ranking haunted houses in Georgia is in Roswell. Come and experience the fright of your life. 7:30 – 11 p.m. Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. Please call 678-793-1544 or visit


The nonprofit ScreamFree Institute holds its annual Big Scream gala at the Wimbish House. ScreamFree helps U.S. military families around the world. 7 p.m. Nov. 1. 1150 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Please call 678672-6410 or visit


O'Rourke Family Dentistry will buy your Halloween candy for $1 per pound. All candy will be sent overseas to our troops. Help us support our military. Costumes encouraged. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 4. 757 Peachtree Parkway Suite 1, Cumming. Please call 770-888-6285 or visit


The longest-running haunted house in Georgia, now in its 33rd year. Everything built and done by volunteers, this house is sure to be quite the fright. 7:15 – 10 p.m. Oct. 30. – Nov. 2. 1650 Alpharetta St., Alpharetta. Please call 404-786-2665 or visit


The annual Williez Chili Cook-Off raises money for Roswell charities. This year’s proceeds go toward Keep Roswell Beautiful and the Drake House. Since 2010, the cook-off has provided an outlet for local Chili Chefs while generating thousands of dollars for local charities. 2 - 6 p.m. Nov. 2. Willow Springs Neighborhood Park, 10579 Roxburgh Lane, Roswell. Please call 650-898-7372 or visit


This annual haunted house benefits a different charity each year. This year’s proceeds go to the Place of Forsyth. 7 – 10 p.m. Oct. 31 – Nov. 1. 7435 Cavaletti Circle, Cumming. Please visit


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17-year-old Chase Elliott chases NASCAR dream King’s Ridge senior wins NASCAR Truck Series race By HATCHER HURD ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Like most 17-yearolds, Chase Elliott is anxious to get the car keys on the weekends, but the keys he wants start up a NASCAR engine. Elliott just won his first NASCAR Truck Series race Sept. 1 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, Canada in just his sixth series start. Driving the No. 94 Dream Machine, he also became the youngest winner in the NASCAR Truck Series history. The King’s Ridge Christian School student signed a development deal with Hendrick Motorsports to run in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East. If he keeps winning, he will certainly earn a ride at the big tracks one day. So how does a teenager break into the NASCAR business the way Chase has? Well, you could say it is in his DNA. He is the son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott so when Chase went to see his dad at work, it was at a race track. But Chase realizes names don’t win races. “People say it should be easier because of who my dad is. But it is not his career. It is still up to me to learn from him and improve. Ultimately though, I have to make it on my own,” Chase said. Racing has changed a lot in the last five or six years as technology has revolutionized the sport. Just think of how the smartphone has changed in that

time. The same is true of racing technology. It has added to the racing team as well. You have to have people who can monitor the sensors and computers and an engineer to keep the engine purring. elliott None of that fazes Chase, however. This is going to be his career if he can make the grade. “I’ve never really wanted to do anything else,” he said. He started racing go-karts at the age of 8. He graduated to quarter-midgets, and then got into Legends racing when he was older still. This is racing in 5/8 scale cars that look like racers from the 1930s and ’40s. It keeps the costs and the speed down but teaches young drivers the ins and outs of winning races. By the time he was 13, he was racing full-sized cars. Now he is racing in the Truck Series, which is analogous to baseball’s minor leagues. It’s exciting because the next step is racing with the big-name drivers, big-time sponsors and the bigtime tracks. As the years have gone by, Chase realizes what it will take to pursue his dream. “And you come to understand the commitment level it takes to it,” Chase said. “There is so much time away from home. It’s a lot of travel and hotels


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Chase Elliott celebrates his first NASCAR win taking first at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, Canada. He won in his Chevy Silverado in the last turn of the last lap. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But I enjoy being there.” There is no question he wants to make racing his career. He hopes to find a sponsor because this is an expensive sport. A racing weekend will cost $70,000 to $100,000 now. There are a limited number of rides at the top, so only the best of the best make it. “Your parents can only help so far. I know it is hard to break in, but racing is always what I wanted to do. If I don’t get picked up, I’ll apply to some colleges. But that is for later,” he said. In his first win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, it was a two-truck duel going into the last lap with Ty Dillon. He pulled even with Dillon, but Dillon had the inside track and Chase had to go wide in the next turn.

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Alpharetta Lions and AHS Leo Club clean Roswell Street ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The local Lions and Leo Club from Alpharetta High School picked up litter on Roswell Street Aug. 31. The Alpharetta Lions Club adopted Roswell Street from Milton Avenue to Main Street, and this was the inaugural work day. Alpharetta High School Leo Club students helped in the spirit of volunteerism as encour-

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Alpharetta Ambush helps for Breast Cancer Awareness Month ALPHARETTA, Ga. – For the third consecutive year, the Ambush Soccer Club continued its support of the “Kickin’ It One Step at a Time” Foundation. The Kickin’ It Foundation is located in Toccoa, Ga., and

provides funding to cover the expense of annual mammograms for women with financial needs in northeast Georgia. Ambush players and families purchased pink T-shirts with all proceeds going to the

Kickin’ It Foundation. Teams with 100 percent participation have worn the pink T-shirts as their game jerseys over the past two weekends. The players also wore the pink T-shirts to training on

Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 supporting the cause. “Participation was tremendous this year and in the end, Ambush were able to send almost $2,000 to the Kickin’ It Foundation,” said Ambush

Soccer Club President Doug Yearwood. Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club is already making plans to support the Kickin’ It Foundation again in 2014 with a bigger and broader campaign.

Centennial seniors Titans roll to easy win volunteer in community Play for lead in region against St. Pius BLESSED TRINITY 52, MCNAIR 20 »

By MIKE BLUM DECATUR, Ga. – Blessed Trinity tuned up for its big showdown Friday night, Oct. 25, against St. Pius, coasting past McNair 52-20 last Friday at Panthersville Stadium. The Titans rushed for 370 yards and led 35-7 at halftime. Chad Manthey led the way with 168 yards and a touchdown, with starting tailback Milton Shelton making a brief appearance and running effectively after being out of the lineup recently with an injury. Carter McManes and Garrett Dupuis also had rushing touchdowns for the Titans, with Conor Davis throwing a 35-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Evans and Jordan Merriman passing for 18 yards and a score to Colin Dore. The top four teams in 6-AAA all have one region loss, with Decatur still in contention with two defeats. There are two games each the next two weeks matching playoff contenders, with the Titans hosting St. Pius this Friday. Both are 3-1 in the region, with BT 5-3 overall and St. Pius 6-2. Because his team’s only region loss came against Decatur, Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin has some concerns about his team’s playoff situation, but the Titans are the only team that controls its own playoff fate. If BT beats both St. Pius and Cedar Grove, the team’s opponent next week, the Titans will get the region’s first seed in the playoffs. A loss Friday would force the Titans to beat Cedar Grove to make

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the playoffs, with BT losing a tiebreaker to Decatur, which plays St. Pius the final week of the season. “We have two weeks of crazy football,” McFarlin said. “It’s anybody’s guess what’s gonna happen.” McFarlin said Blessed Trinity and St. Pius are “probably a little alike. We run the ball and they run the ball, we just do it differently.” The Lions run a version of the Georgia Tech offense, with the Titans more of a tailbackoriented, pro-style attack. McFarlin said the Titans “have been playing passing-type teams,” with early season opponent Hart County sporting one of the few run-oriented power offenses BT has seen. St. Pius suffered its first region loss last week, as Woodward Academy’s versatile spread offense shredded the Lions’ defense in a 42-28 victory. Blessed Trinity played its best game of the season in a 27-17 victory over Woodward in its region opener, but the Titans don’t have the kind of offense that gives St. Pius the most trouble. McFarlin expects to have a healthy Shelton on the field Friday, which will give the Titans a boost.

ROSWELL, Ga. – Centennial High School seniors spent the day helping the community at more than 30 different sites around Roswell on Oct. 16. Over 400 students participated in Senior Service Day and contributed to the community in many ways. On this day, more than 1,200 service hours were completed by the Centennial seniors. Students set up decorations at East Roswell Park, organized three understaffed public libraries, made over 80 meals for the families at Ronald McDonald House, tutored children and ran a career day at local elementary and middle schools and entertained residents of Ivey Ridge and Sunrise assisted living homes. Although many students left the school to serve around Roswell, some students chose to stay at Centennial and help

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Raiders on verge of region title Defense stops Longhorns By MIKE BLUM ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Alpharetta Raiders are 17-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA over the past three seasons, but none of those 17 wins has been quite like last Friday’s 14-12 victory over Lambert. The usually explosive Alpharetta offense was effectively contained by the Longhorns with the exception of two plays. One of those two plays resulted in a touchdown and the other led to a score, and that was just enough for the Raiders, thanks to another outstanding defensive performance by the Alpharetta defense. The victory all but clinches the region title for the Raiders, who are 5-0 in league play and 6-2 overall. Lambert is 3-2 and 4-4. Lambert was held to just six first downs and 105 yards total offense, with the Longhorns’ only touchdown coming on a 99-yard interception return. Lambert had almost 50 more yards on two interceptions (154) than on 48 plays from scrimmage. “Our defense had a goal line stand and a blocked field goal, and that turned out to be instrumental,� Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes said. Alpharetta was not the only team that turned in a stellar defensive effort. Lambert held the Raiders to just 17 yards rushing before the Raiders picked up two late first downs on the ground to finish with 47 yards. The Raiders’ Austin King passed for 227 yards, but more than half that total came on the two big plays. The Longhorns picked off three passes, including the 99-yard return that turned a seemingly comfortable Alpharetta win into a near upset. After three punts and an interception on their first four series, Andre Harton got behind the Lambert secondary for a 65-yard touchdown strike from King midway through the second quarter. The Raiders made it 14-0 at the half, mostly due to a catchand-run for 53 yards by Rustin Suter to the Lambert 11. After an 11-yard reception by Daniel Clements to the 2, it took the Raiders four plays to punch the ball into the end zone, with King scoring on a sneak with 17 seconds left in the half.

SCOREBOARD Last week’s results • Milton 28, Walton 21 • Cherokee 34, Roswell 29 • Alpharetta 14, Lambert 12 • North Forsyth 28, Centennial 24 • South Forsyth 52, Johns Creek 20 • West Forsyth 48, Chattahoochee 21 • Sequoyah 31, Northview 21 • Cambridge 52, North Springs 23 • Blessed Trinity 52, McNair 20 • Fellowship Christian 24, King’s Ridge 21 • Mount Pisgah 28, Mount Paran 24 • St. Francis 14, Lakeview Academy 7 This week’s games • Cherokee at Milton • Lassiter at Roswell • Alpharetta at Centennial • North Forsyth at Johns Creek • Chattahoochee at Lambert • Forsyth Central at Northview • Sequoyah at Cambridge • St. Pius at Blessed Trinity • Fellowship Christian at Mount Pisgah • Whitefield Academy at King’s Ridge • North Cobb Christian at St. Francis

The Raiders’ goal line stand came early in the second quarter, with the Alpharetta defense stopping the Longhorns on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Lambert went three-and-out on four of five first-half possessions, picking up three first downs after a 55-yard interception return to the Alpharetta 40. The Longhorns began consecutive series inside the Alpharetta 30 in the third quarter following an interception and a short punt. The Raiders deflected the first field goal attempt, with the Longhorns closing within 14-3 in the final minute of the third quarter. A 65-yard Alpharetta drive reached the Lambert 20, but King was intercepted for the second time, with Jeremy Johnson taking it the length of the field to pull the Longhorns within 14-9. A 39-yard completion on third-and-13 gave the Longhorns a first down at the Alpharetta 15, but the Raiders again held to force a field goal that trimmed the lead to two. Running quarterback Elijah Burnette, who saw limited action in the game at running back, picked up a pair of late first downs to run four minutes off the clock, and the Raiders sealed their victory on an interception by Jay Youngblood. Alpharetta plays Friday night at Centennial.


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Moore, Smith lead Bears Eagles rally for key win to big win over Spartans behind Toliver’s 3 TDs SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – Brian Moore passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores as Cambridge rolled to a 52-23 victory last Friday, Oct. 25, at North Springs. Two of Moore’s TD passes went for 18 and 24 yards to Hunter Smith, who had 11 receptions for 199 yards. Kyle McDougall had the other touchdown reception on a 45yard catch, with all three TD passes coming in the second half, when the Bears scored 35 points against the Spartans. Nick Oakes scored the first touchdown for the Bears on a 6-yard run, with Moore also scoring from 6 yards out to make it 17-3 at the half. Moore, who rushed for 52 yards, had a 15-yard scor-

ing run in the fourth quarter, with Zeke Gormley returning an interception for a Cambridge score in the third period. The Bears play at home Friday night against Sequoyah, needing a victory to force a likely three-way for second in their 7-AAAAA sub-region. Cambridge is 2-3 in the region, 3-5 overall, with the Chiefs 2-1 and 5-3. Cambridge will be in one of the region’s four crossover games that will determine the four state playoff participants. A loss to Sequoyah would force the Bears to play state-ranked and unbeaten Kell in one of the four games, with Cambridge the home team regardless of opponent. – Mike Blum


Paladins edge past Tigers ROSWELL, Ga. – Jake Williamson kicked a 45-yard field goal with 11 seconds to play to give Fellowship Christian a 24-21 victory over King’s Ridge last Friday night, Oct. 25. The win keeps the Paladins’ hopes alive for a spot in the Class A private school playoffs, with the loss damaging King’s Ridge’s postseason bid. FCS is 2-2 in their 6-A sub-region and 5-3 overall, with the Tigers 1-3 and 3-5. The Paladins tied the game 21-21 with 2:45 to play on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Bryant to James Wilson. Bryant completed 15 of 26 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, with teammate Dalton Depew on the receiving end of six passes for 181 yards and a TD. A 32-yard pass from Bry-

ant to Depew set up Williamson’s game-winning field goal. Depew caught a 66-yard pass from Bryant for the game’s first score, with Bryant’s 2-yard pass to Clay Poer tying the game 14-14 with 18 seconds left in the first half. King’s Ridge tied the game 7-7 on a 15-yard pass from Henry Jones to Penny Hart, with Hart’s 2-yard run giving the Tigers a 14-7 lead in the second period. King’s Ridge took a 21-14 lead with a touchdown in the third period. Fellowship plays Friday at Mount Pisgah, which leads the sub-region at 4-0 and is 8-0 overall. The Tigers are at home Friday against Whitefield Academy (1-3, 3-5), with the teams in the two 6-A sub-regions playing crossover games next week. – Mike Blum

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By MIKE BLUM MILTON, Ga. – Coming off back-to-back losses after starting the season 5-0, the Milton Eagles faced the possibility of having a oncepromising season dashed with

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Hornets let late lead slip away By MIKE BLUM CANTON, Ga. – Cherokee scored three touchdowns in the final eight minutes, including the game-winner with five seconds to play, to rally for a 34-29 victory last Friday night over Roswell. The Hornets led 29-14 after a field goal early in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors scored touchdowns on their next three series to capture a key Region 5-AAAAAA win. Mechane Slade scored


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clock, and they’re so explosive,” Roswell coach John Ford said. “We had some opportunities to stop them, but we couldn’t.” Ford said the last-second loss “was pretty disheartening, but we’ve got to bounce back. This team has character. I’m excited to see how they bounce back.” The Hornets play at home Friday night against region co-leader Lassiter (4-1, 5-3), and must beat both the Trojans and longtime rival Walton the following week to have any chance of making the playoffs.

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Notes from the return of a Fortunate Son There was something oddly comforting seeing this old man – a guy just this side of 70 – looking somewhat frail, tentative and at times confused proceed to take the stage and set it on fire for more than twoand-a-half hours. To watch him near the end of the show when you thought he was done – expended and surely exhausted – close his eyes, tilt his head back and crank it up even higher, you knew you were sharing a fleeting slice of time that you probably wouldn’t experience again. And the audience knew it too. All you had to do was look around at everyone dancing in their seats and in the aisles – especially the guys you knew who suffered through days in suits and meetings and drank too much at night and who probably long ago gave in and gave up fighting it all. To see them sucked into the stage and transported somewhere inside a swirling funnel cloud so far away that they almost seemed to be floating was not something I had expected. I am

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guessing they didn’t expect it either. While I know that time travel is not real, I feel like we all came close for a few hours when John Fogerty took the Verizon Amphitheater stage. So, yes, we had a memorable time. In the back of my mind, I always wonder about the performances – how “inspired” they actually are after years on the road and hundreds of performances. I remember attending the premiere concert at Verizon, the Eagles, and waiting with anticipation for the band to crank up “Hotel California.” It was great and it is an emotional and inspiring song, but in hindsight, I realize that the band may actually have been

bored playing it. That was probably the reason that it came at the beginning of the night instead of at the end for the encore. They probably just wanted to get that one over with and behind them. Fogerty seemed different though. The longer he played, the more involved he seemed to become in the performance and the more comfortable he seemed to get with the audience. He talked about some of the songs, about what inspired him and how he wrote the lyrics. I especially enjoyed his story about his band’s performance at Woodstock 44 years ago. He made fun of having to follow the Grateful Dead. Fogerty and his Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates did not get on stage until 2 a.m., after the audience had all fallen asleep from the Dead’s music and libation. After a futile attempt to rouse the audience with some classic Creedence hard driving rockn-roll, he said that from out of the darkness about a quarter mile away in the audience, he heard a lone voice call out, “It’s OK John, we’re listening.” Fogerty smiled and then told us that “we played the rest the night for that guy.” That story to me says it all and explains why his show was




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so real and alive. He is still playing for “that guy.” He wrote all the songs for CCR and they sold over 140 million copies worldwide. At one time, they were arguably as popular as the Beatles. But the band broke up – like a very bad divorce. For more than a decade, Fogerty refused to perform any of the band’s songs, which really were his songs. I know that there were contract disputes with the record companies and such, but my guess is that the music he wrote was too personal – too much part of his soul – that when everything went south it was a place that he couldn’t return to until a lot of healing had occurred. The John Fogerty we saw on stage was there because he was having fun and had reconciled the life that his songs portrayed – his songs about the war, about growing up in small towns and the chaos of the 60s. He still believes in the songs he wrote and they still feed him. He has come back to them but in a healthy way. His son Shane was there as part of the band playing rhythm and sometimes lead guitar – father and son. Late in the show, Shane took the lead. You could

tell it was supposed to be just for a short while, but when it was time to give the lead back, his dad wouldn’t take it. Fogerty smiled, and he might as well have shouted into the microphone, “Run with it son. Keep going. You’re doing great. You make me so proud.” Shane ripped it and probably played better than he had ever played while proud papa just watched him beaming, the happiness and pride as palpable as the music in our ears that moved our hearts and souls. John Fogerty and the night were magic. Out in the audience, it was understood by the end of the show that “carpe diem” was not optional. It was happening in that very moment and everyone knew it. I couldn’t help but think of the dialogue in a scene from “Apocalypse Now,” which incidentally used several Creedence songs in the soundtrack. “But one look at you (Captain), and I know it’s going to be hot.” (Willard) “I’m going 75 clicks above the Do Lung bridge.” And it was hot. And I was surprised that night that the stage didn’t melt when John Fogerty led us way past that bridge and just kept going.

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Roswell candidates hold first forum Field questions on important city issues

Candidates Post 4 Kent Igleheart (I)

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By JONATHAN COPSEY ROSWELL, Ga. – The first candidate forum of the 2013 Roswell election was held Oct. 22 at City Hall, at the traditional Roswell Woman’s Club Forum. All six City Council candidates were in attendance to field questions posed by the audience and moderator, Hatcher Hurd, executive editor of Appen Newspapers. The discussion boiled down to essentially one question – are you in favor of the Unified Development Code or against? Roswell is working on implementing the overhaul of its antiquated zoning rules, however many residents are upset at the many changes to zoning, potential for allowing more apartments and a perceived arrogance on the part of the city for not taking resident concerns into account. Candidates include Post 4 incumbent Kent Igleheart and Harvey Smith, Post 5 incumbent Jerry Orlans and Eric Schumacher and Post 6 incumbent Nancy Diamond and Kendra Myers Cox. Each candidate was asked a series of questions about the important issues facing the city. The election is Nov. 5. Post 4 Kent Igleheart “I fully support change and growth and redevelopment, but I want to make sure it’s done right or else we all pay the price,” said Kent Igleheart. Igleheart advocated focusing on the city’s blighted and run-down areas rather than making sweeping, city-wide changes. A measured approach was best, he said. “Let’s focus on specific places, strip shopping centers, the areas of Ga. 9 with used car lots and run down apartments,” he said. “Let’s focus on those spots.” Harvey Smith Harvey Smith, said the UDC will act as a template for the city’s redevelopment. “This is a template that will allow other developers to come to Roswell,” Smith said. Smith advocated working on public-private partnerships, such as the successful Roswell Business Alliance – now “Roswell Inc” – to help improve the city’s redevelopment process. “That helps foster an atmosphere to bring developers in,” Smith said.


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Post 5 Eric Schumacher Eric Schumacher said he is running because he sees council as isolating itself from the people. “I don’t feel the city is open to debate on topics truly important to us,” Schumacher said. A case-in-point, he said was at the UDC meetings. When he asked a question about the plans, Schumacher said he was taken to another room for a one-on-one discussion with a staffer, rather than an open discussion. “Change is good,” he said, “but a lot of people who moved here want that small town feel.” Jerry Orlans Jerry Orlans, a 20-year vet-

eran of the council, said redevelopment is already underway in parts of Roswell. A case-inpoint is the Groveway Community, just south of Canton Street, which recently underwent a new form-based zoning that aims to create mixed-use developments in the area. “This is a way to help redevelop [an area in need of redevelopment],” Orlans said. “In three, four, five years from now, you’ll see the Canton Street area expand.” Post 6 Nancy Diamond Nancy Diamond is seeking a second term and supports working on the UDC. “We cannot have a healthy city without healthy business community,” Diamond said. “[But] having a conversation with 90,000 people takes time

and it can be messy.” Keeping Fulton County out of city affairs is important, she said, when asked why Roswell needs to be in the water business. “It’s more than just us being in the water business,” she said. “We would be ceding control over to Fulton and we have a permit to draw from Big Creek, something that would not be available to us again. In simple math, it looks like a small number of people [served on Roswell water], but the autonomy and lack of dependence on the county is important.” Kendra Myers Cox Kendra Myers Cox fielded a question on whether Roswell should elect or appoint a municipal judge. While the

city charter allows it, Roswell is now the only city in the state not to appoint its judge. “We need to think about the ramifications and what it will mean [for Roswell],” Cox said. “When I look at elected judges, there is a concern that turns a judge into a politician. But if we move to an appointed system, that sets it up for cronyism. “Roswell has a lot of challenges coming,” Cox said. “It’s growing very fast. We need to be measured and thoughtful in how we grow.”


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Alpharetta candidates give city updates DeRito, Mitchell cover City Hall, parking, traffic

Candidates Post 1 Doug DeRito

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By JONATHAN COPSEY ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The candidates of Alpharetta’s sole contested race this election season came together Oct. 24 to share their views on the city and meet some constituents. Incumbent Donald Mitchell and challenger Doug DeRito were at the monthly meeting of the Alpharetta Business Alliance (ABA), held at the Wells Fargo branch on North Main Street. While the gatherings are usually more about networking, given the proximity to the Nov. 5 election, it was decided to give the candidates some speaking time. They

fielded questions about the city from the ABA members. High on people’s minds were the new City Hall and, of course, traffic. “I am thrilled,” said Mitchell about the construction. He said the City Hall and accompanying parking deck are

Vote early in Alpharetta, Roswell NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The cities of Roswell and Alpharetta have early voting available at their city halls the week prior to Election Day, Nov. 5. Until Nov. 1, both city halls will allow registered voters to cast their votes for their local candidates. The Fulton County North Annex, in Sandy Springs, will also take advanced voting. The Fulton County Voter Registration Office handles voter registration for all Fulton County residents regardless of the city or unincorporated area where they reside. Contact the Fulton County Registration

Council: Continued from Page 4 improvements to Rucker Road might force the Rucker entrance to be a right-in, rightout access. Finally, by removing the Rucker entrance, the homes along the street can be placed further apart. Instead of 10 feet apart, they can be 20 feet apart, a desire council was interested to make happen. “More access is better,” said Councilmember Chris Owens, “but it’s 28 homes.” The large tree on the corner of Rucker and Wills roads will be saved and land around it turned into a small park. However, three large pecan trees will likely be lost for construction.

Where to vote • Roswell City Hall 38 Hill Street, Roswell, Room 220 • Alpharetta City Hall 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta • North Fulton Annex 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs Office at 404-730-7072 or visit —Jonathan Copsey On the property are two homes that are more than 100 years old. While the applicant initially approached the Alpharetta Historical Society about relocating the buildings, the society had no space to which they could relocate the homes. Instead, the developer proposed paying $10,000 to the society. The owner of the homes told council that while the exterior was a century old, a century of residents had gutted anything of historic significance. This donation was ultimately removed from the motion to approve. The development passed with a 4-3 vote, with Councilmembers Michael Cross, Owens and Mike Kennedy opposed.

scheduled to be completed in September of 2014. “It’s going to be a great community and regional attraction.” “We started planning it in 2002,” DeRito said. “It’s an extremely great accomplishment for the city. There’s no doubt this will have an economic stimulus in Alpharetta.” DeRito served on the Alpharetta City Council for nearly a decade where he was involved in early plans for a new City Hall. He gave up his seat in an unsuccessful run for mayor two years ago.

“Traffic will be one of my top priorities,” DeRito said. “We are the jewel of North Fulton and attract a lot of traffic.” He said even if Alpharetta had the best roads in the state, with all of the traffic passing through the city, it’s a losing battle. “We can make all the improvements we want, but if we build it, they will come,” he said. He stressed working on regional solutions, including MARTA, to both move traffic more quickly and lessen what

traffic there is. Mitchell agreed, adding that many projects are going on in the city to help immediate problems, such as adding turn lanes on Windward Parkway at Deerfield Parkway, to help move traffic into Milton. Rucker Road is in the middle of having a 2.5-mile section planned for redevelopment, complete with a median and turning lanes. The election is Nov. 5. Early voting can be done the week of Oct. 28 through Nov. 1 at Alpharetta City Hall.

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Blotter: Continued from Page 2 attempting to buy nine iPhone 5c phones using a fake Florida license and fake business account. The employee said he noticed Meadows the previous day at another Apple Store doing the same thing. Police determined the license was

indeed fake and that Meadows had warrants for his arrest for forgery, probation violation and failure to appear from metro agencies. A search of his car turned up another fake Florida license. Meadows had $1,135 in cash on him.

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Submit your news & photos to | Recycled paper a golf cart bearing the number “6” on it, the Trophy Club of Milton would like to speak with them. Such a cart went missing Oct. 15. Employees told police the cart was used the prior day in a golf tournament, however went missing afterward. A total of 150 golfers took part in the outing. By 7:30 p.m., the cart was noticed missing. The cart is described as a white, hard-top cart with the number “6” emblazoned on the side.

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – An alleged DUI driver fled the scene of an accident Oct. 12 after failing to get his Taco Bell food order and hitting another vehicle. The victim told police he was in the drive-thru of the Taco Bell/ KFC restaurant on State Bridge Road at 4:45 p.m. when he was struck from behind by another vehicle.

The drivers exchanged insurance information, however, when the victim said he was calling the police, the suspect, Daniel Lee Von Lauer, 48, of Harvest Ridge Lane, Alpharetta, put his car in park, got out and walked into the restaurant. He then fled on foot. According to the registration of Von Lauer’s vehicle, he lives a half-mile from the store. When police arrived, they spoke with Von Lauer’s mother.

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, November 7, 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, November 18, 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. Z-13-13/CLUP-13-14/V-13-17 Peachtree Residential Townhomes Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 3 acres from R-15 to R-8A (forsale attached) in order to develop 24 single family homes. A request to change the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from “Low Density Residential” to “High Density Residential” was also requested. The property is located west side of Milton Avenue and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1270 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. Z-13-14 Olmstead Park Townhomes Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 8.65 acres from R-15 to R-10M HD (for-sale detached, Historic District) in order to develop 21 for-sale single family attached homes. The property is located at the northeast corner of Canton Street and Church Street and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1252, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. PH-13-11 The Georgian (KM Homes) Consideration of a request to change a previous condition of zoning in order to develop 54 attached for-sale homes. The previous condition required attachment with a garden gate and now a common wall is requested. Approval of a new site plan previously approved is also requested. The property is located at the northwest corner of School Drive and Canton Street and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1252 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. d. MP-13-01/CLUP-13-05/Z-13-03 Preston Ridge/Greenstone Properties Consideration of a request to change the Preston Ridge Master Plan by adding “for-sale” residential use (attached and detached)to Pod G. A request to rezone from O-I to CUP is requested as well as a change to the Future Land Use Plan from “Corporate Campus Office” to “High Density Residential”. The property is located at the northwest corner of Webb Bridge and Morris Road adjacent to Georgia 400. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lots 1259, 1262, 1263, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. e. Z-13-08/CLUP-13-07/V-13-05 Vaughan Drive Townhomes (City Council Only) Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 4.45 acres from C-2 to CUP in order to allow 40 “for-sale” single family attached homes. A change to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from “Professional Business Office” to “High Density Residential” is also requested. The property is located on Vaughan Drive and legally described as being located in Land Lots 1109, 1124, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. f. PH-13-01 Unified Development Code Consideration of amendments to the Unified Development Code in order to add R-4D detached residential zoning designation (for-sale housing). g. PH-13-14 Murlie Drive Right of Way Abandonment (City Council Only) Consideration of abandonment of the Murlie Drive Right-of-Way. The property is located in Land Lot 801, 1st 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.

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Eagles: Continued from Page 23 Cherokee, just behind co-leaders Etowah and Lassiter at 4-1. Milton hosts Cherokee this week in another key region game, with a victory likely locking up a playoff spot for the Eagles and keeping alive their hopes of a home game in the first round of the state playoffs. “This was very satisfying, very gratifying,” Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro said of his team’s comeback victory. “We

stayed the course and did not change direction. The kids still believed in what we’re doing. “They wanted to win so bad,” he said. “After halftime, they were itching to get back out on the field.” Things did not start well for the Eagles, who yielded 400 yards passing and four touchdowns of longer than 50 yards in a 33-3 loss to Lassiter. The Raiders hit the Eagles with an immediate 49-yard pass over the top of the Milton defense and went on to take a 7-0 lead. But the Eagles came right back when Chad Toliver returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, with | Revue & News | October 31, 2013 | 29 the Eagles forcing Walton to kick again after the first attempt went out of bounds. Toliver, who is shouldering much of the offensive load after the early season injury to standout tailback Treyvon Paulk, enjoyed a huge game. He rushed for 177 yards and Milton’s two second-half touchdowns that erased Walton’s lead. He also broke a 56-yard run to set up a Jordan Genovese field goal that gave the Eagles a 10-7 lead after Milton stopped a fake field goal by the Raiders. Genovese added a second field goal to make it 13-7 after the Eagles again came up with

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out. A leaping grab by Spiezio of a McLeod pass tied the game 21-21. Milton’s defense took control of the game at that point, allowing Walton just 5 yards on the Raiders’ last four series, ending one on an interception by Jordan Parisian. Toliver scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 6-yard run, setting up the score when he reversed field and eluded Walton defenders to put the Eagles inside the Raiders’ 15.



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