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Forsyth County could get new city Residents push for ‘Sharon Springs’ By ALDO NAHED

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South Forsyth puts on Red, White and DECA By ALDO NAHED CUMMING, Ga. — Prom is one of the highlights of high school, and how your dress or tuxedo looks is just as important as the dance itself. South Forsyth High School’s DECA chapter and

marketing students presented Red, White and DECA, two prom fashion shows on Jan. 16. Students have been busy planning the production since August 2013. The theme, choreography, props and various other facets of the show were all

created by South Forsyth’s fashion marketing and sports and entertainment marketing classes. Members of DECA, an association of marketing students, were also involved in assisting with this annual

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heard,” Barlag said, “and is not being reflected in the FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — decisions of The city of Cumming, Forsyth the Board of County’s lone municipality and Commissioncounty seat, may gain a neighers.” boring city to the south. The A group of South Forsyth group’s proresidents have formed the barlag posed incorSharon Springs Alliance (SSA), poration area borders a highly a nonprofit created to study the pros, cons and feasibility of populated and fast-growing area. It includes the area from establishing the city of Sharon the city of Cumming to Ga. 20 Springs. down to Samples Road and “I think it’s great to explore then Haw Creek toward the this as an option to some of Chattahoochee River in the the problems in South Foreast, south to the syth,” said Phillip Fulton County Barlag, the group’s line and west to co-founder. “It is Ga. 400 from the not the position of Fulton County SSA that incorline to the Cumporating a city is ming city limits. the answer – just The lengthy that it may be the process to become answer.” a city requires a Barlag said the state-mandated reaction so far has feasibility study been positive. be performed by “People have the Carl Vinson many questions, Institute of the of course,” Barlag University of said. “It’s the start Phillip Barlag Georgia. The SSA of a long process.” Co-founder of Sharon Springs is seeking funding Those that are Alliance through online the co-founders of donations. SSA came together The county’s through a common seven-member frustration of the state legislative delegation lack of local accountability in would need to offer their South Forsyth, Barlag said. unanimous support to hold a For example, 90 percent of public election on cityhood. all zonings in the county are Brian Tam, Forsyth County for the area south of exit 14 on Board of Commissioner for Ga. 400. “However, the voice of the local residents about decisions in this area is not being See CITY, Page 4

People have many questions, of course. It’s the start of a long process.”

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — From Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 14, five businesses in Forsyth County and surrounding areas were broken into. Some were burglarized, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident reports. At about 6 a.m. Dec. 30, deputies were dispatched to Zaxby’s, 6020 Bethelview Road, because the alarm had gone off. When deputies arrived minutes later, the front glass door was shattered, and deputies could hear and see pieces still falling. Deputies cleared the store and saw the manager’s office had been ransacked. The manager of the store said the safe, which had $12,000 to $15,000 inside, was missing along with six register drawers with $100 in cash in each. Apparently the perpetrators had some knowledge of the restaurant’s security system. Video surveillance showed two suspects running into the kitchen area from the lobby with their heads ducked down. One perpetrator had a crowbar, and the other held an undistinguishable object. The perpetrators were seen running out of the

manager’s office with the safe and what appeared to be the cash register drawers. Deputies had received a “be on the lookout” alert from a Zaxby’s burglary in Canton, and the perpetrators there had a similar build to those in the Forsyth County burglary. The Canton burglary involved subjects entering in the same manner and also taking a safe with cash in it. The manager of the Forsyth store said the Zaxby’s in Suwanee had also been burglarized in a similar manner and the safe taken. Deputies were dispatched to Cici’s Pizza, 2920 Ronald Reagan Boulevard, at about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 11 after employees saw the front glass door had been removed from the frame. The owner said the safe was pried open and $2,067 in cash was taken from moneybags. The damages to the safe and glass door have been estimated to be about $1,000. The manager of Car Café, 5770 Atlanta Highway, called to report vandalism and told deputies sometime between 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and Jan. 12, someone had broken into the electrical room and ripped out all the breakers from the panel. Nothing

Ga. 400 chase ends with crash ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A police pursuit ended in a crash and a suspect in custody at 2 p.m. Jan. 15. The incident began in Forsyth Friday County when deputies spotted a Chevrolet truck driving 86 in a 65 zone. The driver, Brando Friday, 40, from Dunwoody, allegedly refused to stop and instead got onto Ga. 400 southbound. The chase ended in Alpharetta at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Haynes Bridge Road, where Friday left the highway and then tried to get back on it. He crashed his truck into trees on the onramp. He was taken to the hos-

seemed to be missing inside the store, but the perpetrator damaged two office computers and the bathroom toilets and sinks. The manager said he did not know the exact cost to repair damages, but it’s a minimum of $2,000. Deputies said there was no forced entry to the business, and the manager confirmed all the doors were locked before he left Jan. 10. An employee of the Glass Shack, 42625 Canton Highway, told deputies that around noon Jan. 12 someone had tried to break into the store through a side door that is never used. The door is screwed shut using a 2-by-4 plank across the jamb. The suspect did significant damage to the door and frame, but was unable to get inside. The motion alarm went off at the Oscarville Citgo gas station, 8430 Browns Bridge Road, around 4 a.m. Jan. 14. When deputies arrived, one of the store’s glass windows was shattered. An employee said 20 cartons of cigarettes worth $800 and about $100 in cash were missing. A yellow crowbar was found near the cash register and is believed to be what the suspects used to smash the window.

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A Jan. 15 high-speed chase ended when the suspected driver crashed. pital for an alcohol/drug test. Friday is in jail on charges of DUI, fleeing, speeding, reckless driving and possession of marijuana.

CUMMING, Ga. — Vandals at the Bridgetowne subdivision set fire to outdoor Christmas wreaths, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. At about 8 a.m. New Year’s Eve, the owner of the home in the 4500 block of Fourth Rail Lane told deputies someone had burned his $20 Christmas wreath that he had hung on his front garage light fixture. Later, deputies searched for damage to property and saw a burnt wreath on the front door of a home in the

4600 block of Fourth Rail Lane. That owner said sometime between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. that morning, someone set fire to her $40 wreath and her $40 decorative flag that flew from the front of her garage. Deputies said this incident has been classified as arson in the third degree.

Man shoots himself in leg CUMMING, Ga. — A man accidently shot himself in the leg when he was putting his gun in his waistband holster, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On Jan. 6, deputies were called to a home in the 3000 block of Lakeside Drive a man reportedly had shot himself. When deputies arrived, the man was bleeding from

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Then, he saw one of the men draw a pistol. The men demanded money they said was owed them by the driver who was still waiting outside in the car, and began pistol-whipping him demanding the cash. He broke free and jumped out an open window in the bedroom, even though temperatures that night were below freezing. He said he ran to the car where his friend was still waiting and drove off. The driver said he was surprised that happened and did not know about any debt he owed. Deputies said the man sustained two large bruises on his head near his temple, a swollen lip and bloody gums as well as scrapes on his knees, lower back and stomach.


CUMMING, Ga. — A man went to his friend’s house to “hang out,” but was jumped by four people when he walked through the door, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. The victim told deputies he had been “robbed at gunpoint” Jan. 4 when he went to a home off Roper Road. He said the incident happened two hours before he called 911. The victim said he had made plans to go over to the house and was driven there by another “friend.” The driver stayed in the car while the victim went inside. When he got to the door, four men confronted him and began to beat him. Then he was grabbed and thrown face down on the floor. He said one of the men stood on his hand so that he could not get up.

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• East: Chattahoochee River • South: Fulton County • West: GA 400 (From Fulton County Line to Cumming City Limits) • North: Bordering Cumming City Limits to GA 20 down to Samples Road and then Haw Creek toward the Chattahoochee River Approximate Area: · 44 square miles · 27,900 acres

City: Continued from Page 1 District 2, which represents the majority of the area, said he hasn’t heard from the SSA about their plans to incorporate. “I just haven’t met with them yet,” Tam said. Barlag, one of seven founding members, said the reasoning behind cityhood was to create more government accountability. The group is also studying ways to sustain a new city that could provide services and be overseen locally. Part of that local control would keep portions of county sales tax revenue that’s already there in the community for public safety, zoning and other services. “Not by creating more government, but by shifting accountability locally,” he said. “It certainly would be nice to

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A map showing the boundaries of the new city Sharon Springs. give residents of this area a direct say in decisions that affect our quality of life.” SSA plans to host a series of public meetings to introduce the proposed map, discuss the pros and cons of cityhood

and share feedback between residents, local businesses and interested stakeholders. SSA is actively seeking volunteers to help in the effort. Meeting dates and volunteering opportunities will be posted on their

website. “Incorporating a new city is a big decision, one not to be taken lightly,” said Barlag. To find out more about the SSA’s plans and initiative, visit

District 3 race begins to take form Incumbent Levent to face Hole

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By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Commissioner for District 3, Todd Levent announced his re-election on Jan. 15 with his wife Dana, and several supporters by his side at the lobby of the County Administration Building. Levent, a first-term Republican commissioner elected in 2010, will face opposition from Republican candidate David Hole, who announced his bid Jan. 12. Levent said he seeks a second term because he’d like to see projects he helped start through completion. “We still have a lot of work to do,” Levent said. “I would like to continue to do that work and to ensure that Forsyth



County’s taxes remain among the lowest, our schools among the best, our community among the safest and the most economically successful in the state.” Levent, a local business owner, said Forsyth County residents are the area’s greatest asset. His promises to maintain low property taxes and be fiscally responsible have been kept, he said. He is also proud of the work to get a new animal shelter, courthouse and jail in the county. He also touted the county’s parks systems as the

available. “Forsyth County is far better off today than it was four years ago,” Levent said. David Hole said he is running against Levent because

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Children’s Healthcare closer to eye-tracking unit Device to detect early autism

If you go: What: Ice Fest 2014 featuring the Atlanta Ice Marvels When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 25 Where: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, Ga. 30075 Why: Children’s Charities fundraiser benefiting the Early Autism Detection Unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Forsyth County. Cost: Day passes available for $10 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) includes ice carving competition, food trucks, inflatables, a magician and a bonfire with s’mores. Reception and reveal from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. costs $35. The total package costs $45 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Info: (Search: ICE FEST), or call 1-877-7258849

By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Tommy and Chantal Bagwell, along with their company American Proteins and the Bagwell Family Foundation, offered a challenge to the community. They called on the community to meet the $250,000 goal the Community Board of Children’s Healthcare of Forsyth set to fund an eyetracking device that could help identify signs of autism in children as young as 12 months. The Bagwells pledged to match community donations dollar for dollar up to $75,000 toward the Early Autism Detection Unit for CHoA’s location at the Collection at Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming. The community responded in so many ways, said Beth Buursema, a community outreach manager for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Schools, service organizations, businesses and indi-

Mark and Layla Gunn donated $75,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, with about $30,000 of that gift going to CHoA Forsyth for the autism eye-tracking device fund. viduals helped us to reach the goal,� Buursema said. Another sizable donation was made last month by Mark and Layla Gunn, owners of the Melting Pot Midtown Atlanta, Duluth, Roswell and Kennesaw locations. The Gunns, who also run

the Pure Imagination nonprofit, which connects terminally ill children with other generous children to create lasting friendships, donated $75,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. About $30,000 of that gift is going to CHoA Forsyth for

the autism eye-tracking device fund. On Jan. 25, a fundraiser will be held at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell, with proceeds benefiting yearly operational costs of the eyetracking device.

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issues, as legislators look for a quick exit come March so that campaigning can begin in earnest. State law prohibits deal campaign fundraising during the 40-day session, and a primary election on May 20 leaves little time to fill coffers back home.

Now that hot topics such as charter schools and local control have been dealt with in previous sessions, educationrelated issues are not rising to the forefront this session – yet. Add to it the state superintendent of schools is challenging the sitting governor for the top job, and it could make for an interesting session. Education insiders are doubtful Gov. Nathan Deal will support any legislation that could give State School Super-

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Georgia from the national education standards. Georgia teachers have been held to three different standards over the past 15 years – the Quality Core Curriculum, followed by the Georgia Performance Standards and finally the Common Core Standards. To try and develop a fourth standard for teachers to implement would likely lead to revolt, noted the panel members. Last fall, Georgia opted not to use the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests aligned with the Common Core. Instead, Georgia will create its own standardized test to evaluate student competency on the curriculum. The move was seen by many as a compromise to shelving the Common Core. “We pulled out of the PARCC, which was the right thing to do,” said Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Cobb). “If you control the testing, you control the curriculum.” The panel also included Rep. Brooks Coleman (R-Gwinnett), who chairs the House Education Committee. All concluded the Common Core simply establishes the standards, with the responsibility of how to reach those standards left to the state and local school systems.

intendent John Barge a push in the polls. Last week, Deal unveiled a $547 million increase to the state’s education budget – sending 80 cents of every new dollar in revenue to education. Take away the amount that covers student growth, it still leaves more than $300 million in additional dollars for K-12 education and the university system. While the additional dollars are nowhere near the cuts school systems have absorbed over the past 10 years through austerity cuts, the increase could go a long way in reducing furlough days, adding additional days to the school calendar and restoring some programs. Teacher raises would be up to each school system. Changes to the Common Core Curriculum? A bill looking to cede Georgia from the Common Core standards will likely be considered; but based on a temperature check of legislators, its passage does not appear likely this session. During a media symposium Jan. 10 hosted by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, key House and Senate leaders seemed lukewarm to any attempt to drop


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Mom educates community on growing teen drug abuse By CAROLYN ASPENSON ALPHARETTA, Ga. – If you think your teenager hasn’t tried drugs, consider the odds. Statistics show that about 64 percent of teenagers have used prescription painkillers and amphetamines like Adderall. But those aren’t the only drugs out there. Alpharetta resident Kate Boccia, founder of H.O.P.E, (Helping to Open People’s Eyes), an organization working to alert parents to drug problems by offering resources, said that today’s opiates are easily available in most high schools. “If a kid has $20, they can buy opiates,” she said. “And those are highly addictive.” Boccia knows from personal experience, because her son is in recovery. “He started with painkillers and Adderall, and progressed to heroin,” she said. “His addiction opened my eyes to our teen drug problem. We knew he had a problem, but we just didn’t know what to do.” Boccia said she met with local government officials who were unaware of drug problems in the area schools. “Their own children go to

these schools, and they have no idea what goes on,” Boccia said. So she took it to the next level and is now working with the governor’s office to create awareness for what she says is a growing problem. She said Gov. Nathan Deal shares her concerns. Boccia said the platform used to educate students on drug use and abuse is weak and needs to go beyond the student and into the system. “Red Ribbon Week just doesn’t cut it,” Boccia said. Neil Kaltenecker, executive director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, agrees. She said society is slowly recognizing the need to change its view on drug use and abuse. “Drug addiction is a disease,” Kaltenecker said. “But often people view it as a stigma, instead of an addiction disorder.” She said the state doesn’t have an adequate system for recognizing and treating drug abuse and instead treats it as a crime. Boccia has personal experience with that too. Her son is currently serving time in prison. Kaltenecker said that in 2009, the state dropped fund-

ing for drug abuse education and now only receives federal funding through a block grant. “Our prison population has increased,” Kaltenecker said. “We now have the 17th largest drug crime population in the country.” Boccia and Kaltenecker are working toward the same goal. “If we can create a better educational program and offer a safe place for families to go for help, we can make a difference,” Kaltenecker said. On Jan. 13, Boccia and Kaltenecker participated in the Georgia Addiction and Recov-

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South, West Forsyth HS named to Hospitality 100 CUMMING, Ga. — West Forsyth and South Forsyth high schools have been named to the Hospitality 100 list of secondary school culinary programs in the United States for the 2013-14 school year. Each year, the Hospitality 100 list recognizes schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in culinary

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Ana Paula Sanchez-Girault, who was selected as the ForsythCumming Optimist Club’s Student of the Month, alongside Erin McGraw, a Pinecrest Academy high school teacher.

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Pinecrest Academy opened 20 years ago in a former elementary school in Crabapple.

Pinecrest Academy Optimist Club recognizes celebrates 20th anniversary Student of the Month CUMMING, Ga. — Ninth-grader Ana Paula Sanchez-Girault was selected by the Pinecrest Academy high school faculty as Student of the Month. The Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club awarded SanchezGirault with a plaque and a $100 checking or savings account from BB&T Bank in Cumming. —McKenzie Cunningham

CUMMING, Ga. — Pinecrest Academy will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a day of festivities on Jan. 31. The 20th anniversary celebration will begin with a mass at 8:15 a.m., followed by a campus-wide anniversary parade. A “20 Years of Tradition”

museum will be open 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. The museum will also be open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 31. All past and present Pinecrest families, community leaders and friends are invited to join in the festivities. Pinecrest Academy opened

its doors on Sept. 8, 1993, at a former elementary school in Crabapple with a student body of 29. At that time, Pinecrest was the first independent, private Catholic elementary school established to serve Atlanta’s expanding Catholic population. —McKenzie Cunningham

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oped and built the eye-tracking device that can predict the likelihood of autism to a high degree. They pair their diagnostic work with an early intervention program. The goal of this project is to place 10 eye-tracking devices in high-volume pediatric centers in greater Atlanta so infant patients can be tested for autism as they are tracked for other developmental milestones. Eye-tracking technology allows doctors to see how a child pays attention to the world by measuring eye movements as the child watches videos of social interaction, such as a mom singing nursery rhymes. It is safe and noninvasive, like watching television. The eye-tracking device

creates the potential to move diagnosis from a subjective screening measure to a quantitative test that can significantly enhance the positive impact of early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders. By reaching the fundraising goal of $250,000, the eyetracking device will be purchased in Forsyth County to be used for early detection and intervention. Buursema said Children’s is looking for families to help with studies being conducted. “The sooner a child is seen, the more effective the therapy,” Buursema said. Find out more by emailing marcusresearch@choa. org, call 404-785-9473 or visit and

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the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect business. Kemp said no one quite knows the full effects the law will have on the costs to businesses, and that is harming the economy and recovery efforts. “People are scared to death to make full-time hires because they don’t know how it will play out,” Kemp said. “It’s not just small businesses. It will affect everybody. You don’t know what’s going to happen.” Kemp said he is doing his best to get Georgia out of the doldrums. Since Kemp was elected in 2010, he said his department has seen a steadily declining budget and equally declining staff, while conversely gaining more responsibilities. One way Kemp aims to remedy this situation is through the office’s new website. Whatever can be taken care of automatically or electronically only helps streamline the process both for his workers and the public. “We want to be a leader in the country when it comes to technology and innovation,” Kemp said. “But we have more work to do.” One issue is he is tackling Georgia’s runoff elections laws. According to Kemp, the state has traditionally held primary elections in July. The federal government holds them in May and is now demanding that Georgia do the same. “Right now, we have two sets of primary elections,”


Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce breakfast Jan. 16. From left are Chamber President Hans Appen, Kimbrle Matherly of PMG Commercial, Kemp and Dan Merkel, chairman of the chamber. Kemp said. “That’s confusing to voters and is an administrative nightmare.” His office is working with the General Assembly to do coordinate with federal mandates. The new Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce focuses on helping local businesses network with one another. Its 7:30 a.m. breakfasts that meet the third Thursdays at the Metropolitan Club at 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, are just the first step. For information, visit www.


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Emory Johns Creek Hospital receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Emory Johns Creek Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). “It took a team of dedicated people across many hospital departments and services to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation at McCoy Emory Johns Creek Hospital,” said Craig McCoy, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. “We are excited about this designation and know it will benefit many patients during the critical and early stages of a heart attack and throughout their recovery.” Emory Johns Creek Hospital is the third hospital within the Emory Healthcare system to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation. Both Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown are accredited Chest Pain Centers. Hospitals must reapply for their designation every three years. “We are so proud of the phenomenal work by this multidisciplinary team,” said Marilyn Margolis, MN, RN, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient services and operations at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. “This accreditation shows our ability to provide the community with the best heart care available.”

Spectrum Neurosurgical Specialists welcomes Bart MacDonald ROSWELL, Ga. — Spectrum Neurosurgical Specialists announced the addition of Dr. Bart MacDonald, a board certified neurosurgeon to the practice. A native of Georgia and graduate of Georgia Tech, MacDonald attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. During his neurosurgical residency, MacDonald trained at MacDonald Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston when he had the opportunity to train with the leaders in the fields of Neurovascular surgery and Neuro-oncology. MacDonald focuses on minimally invasive surgeries and conservative spine treatments. Spectrum Neurosurgical Specialists is located at 2500 Hospital Boulevard, Suite 310, in Roswell on the North Fulton Hospital campus. For more, call 770-6649600, or visit


Bank of North Georgia Collects 2,400 toys for holidays

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division of Synovus Bank, has conducted many successful holiday toy drives over the past several years, but this year BNG’s 41 metro Atlanta banks outdid themselves. They collected more than 2,400 toys to benefit local charities. According to BNG President and CEO Rob Garcia, over the past few years customers and team members have exceeded our expectations. “But this year we collected more toys for needy families than ever to support different charities and community projects that were selected by the branch teams,” Garcia said.. “I am grateful for the generosity of our customers and team members in helping to brighten the holidays for children in our local communities.” Synovus Bank is a Georgia-chartered, FDICinsured bank. Together with its affiliates, Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 29 locally branded divisions.

DataScan Field Services acquires two audit companies ALPHARETTA, Ga.—DataScan Field Services has acquired Launch Technologies and Field-Logic, two companies that operate together to provide floorplan auditing technology and audit services to financial institutions. DataScan is one of the largest floorplan audit and vehicle inspection companies; with these acquisitions it is positioned to enhance its service offerings and expand its role as the market leader. “Building on our industry experience and history of outstanding customer service, we will transform DataScan Field Services using Launch’s technology platform to provide more effective solutions and even greater value to our collective client base,” said Brent Sergot, president of DataScan Holdings. | Forsyth Herald | January 22, 2014 | 17 can best provide the products and services I need to best serve my clients,” Grier said. With nearly 14 years of financial-advisory experience, Grier built her career largely serving individuals with comprehensive retirement planning and insurance coverage. Grier, who runs the Wealth and Retirement Partners, 327 Grier Dahlonega Street, Suite 1804 B in Cumming, will also help individuals and their families with 401k Rollovers, Individual Retirement Accounts, annuities, college-funding strategies and estate planning. For more information, visit www. or call 770-887-2772.


Cellairis unveils new look, eco-friendly packaging ALPHARETTA, Ga. —Cellairis, a tech accessories company based in Alpharetta, unveiled new company branding including logos, packaging and a website, as well as a new lineup of mobile accessories. Cellairis introduced a series of protective and modern cases, a newly designed logo to represent the brand and eco-friendly packaging that reduces waste. Packaging also includes an inlay made from renewable resources. For more information, visit

Community Bankers Association of Georgia endorses Bank Trends ATLANTA — The Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA) endorsed of Bank Trends for call report peer analysis. The CBA conducts an extensive due-diligence before selecting a company as an Endorsed Member Company (EMC). Bank Trends, of San Francisco, Calif. earned the approval of both CBA’s Member Services Committee and the board of directors for its sophisticated peer group and market analysis on key metrics such as profitability, earnings generation, credit quality and efficiency. Visit www. for more information.

Robin Toms Grier joins with Cantella & Company CUMMING, Ga. — Personal-finance veteran Robin Toms Grier, RFC, has joined with the broker-dealer Cantella & Co. “Cantella proved to be the firm that

Earth Conscious Pest Controls celebrates 15 years FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Mike Daly and Mike Hawthorne, co-owners of Earth Conscious Pest Control, celebrated 15 years of service to Forsyth County and surrounding areas. Earth Conscious Pest Control is a full-service termite and pest control company that focuses on protecting “people, pets and the planet.” For more, call 770-619-5525 or visit

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Raising money for Forsyth prices jump, but opportunities exist your small business Are you trying to raise money for your small business? Most small businesses need to spend money to make money, and the first step in being able to spend money is to raise money. Most small business owners fund their business through their own personal finances, such as using their savings, getting an equity loan on their house or tapping into their IRA. There are plenty of other choices that allow small business owners to raise money other than borrowing it from themselves. A popular choice is to borrow from family and friends. Your family and friends want to see you succeed, and may even want a stake in business potential you have. Make sure you put any lending agreement in writing to ensure both parties understand the terms of the loan. Crowd funding, while still in its infancy, has become a popular way for small business owners to raise money. Crowd funding allows you to raise money from the general public

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by proposing what you’d like to fund, and then having people choose how much, or little, they want to give you. One of the most common and traditional ways is bank funding. Your banker may request that you have your loan guaranteed. Securing your loan with the equity in your business or home, or having your loan guaranteed by the Small Business Association, will require you to meet specific criteria. There are a lot of resources available for small business owners to raise money. Evaluating all your options and selecting the best ones will help you raise money for your small business without having to borrow everything from yourself.

Comparing the fourth quarter of 2013 to 2012, sales prices in Forsyth County look pretty solid. While the number of sales only rose 4 percent, average sales prices jumped 13 percent from the previous year. On the surface, it is evident that the sharp jump in asking prices (22 percent higher for 2013) led to the rise in sales prices. The main reason for the big jump is inventory, or lack of it. Not reflected in the chart below, inventory levels at the end of 2013 were 13 percent lower than 2012. So even with the relatively flat sales, lower inventory

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has resulted in the supply of homes dropping from over four months at the end of 2012 to less than a threemonth supply today. But there is another factor affecting sales, one related to inventory that can’t be tracked or recorded. It is the quality of inventory. I’ve

spoken with several of our buyers’ agents who have been repeating a constant refrain: “My buyers can’t find anything good out there.” While inventory is down, total transactions are only up slightly because buyers are searching for what they want – and that typically means updated and move-in ready. So, the take away for sellers would be to put your home in the best condition possible – if costs allow. Buyers, if you’re looking for a better deal, then consider doing the updates yourself – just understand first what those costs are and what the returns would likely be.

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CrossFit Zanshin opens in Roswell Business: CrossFit Zanshin Opened: November 2013 Owner: Pete Mongeau and Karen Escobar What: Dare to be different. Do something different. Get different results. Try CrossFit Zanshin Elements Program - Six Classes for Beginners. Programs and special rates also available for experienced Crossfitters. Where: 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 120, Roswell, Georgia 30076 Call: 770-992-9200 Web: www.crossfitzanshin. com Email:

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pralines and truffles, semi-frozen desserts, tarts, pastries, layered and mousse cakes. Where: 1140 Alpharetta Street, Suite 500, Roswell Hours: From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Web:

Nothing Bundt Cakes opens in Milton Business: Nothing Bundt Cakes Opened: December 2013 Owners: Gloria Mattei and Sergio Pacheco What: Nothing Bundt Cakes reintroduces an old family favorite, the bundt cake. Nothing Bundt Cakes offers customers a wide range of cake flavors and

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This sensational production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway's “Jersey Boys,” a musical retelling of the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, star in this one-ofa-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the '60s. 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Please call 770-916-2800 or visit


The Cumming Playhouse presents their Mardi Gras Musical Variety Show. The audience will experience the hits of the 1940s, 1950s and the 1960s through a magic jukebox. Add some jazz, some Dixieland, some comedy, and a little voodoo and you will experience a great time in New Orleans. Show times vary. Jan. 24 – 26. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Please call 770-781-9178 or visit

to the public. Paintings are available for purchase. Every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 25 – March 7. Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek. Please call 770-623-8448 or visit


Ann Jackson Gallery, one of Atlanta’s premier fine art galleries, is honored to present Hats Off to Dr. Seuss. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited at the gallery. An opening night reception with the curator of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 5 – 9 p.m. The show runs 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Feb. 2 - 16. 932 Canton St., Roswell. Please call 770-993-4783 or visit


Opposites attract in this charming tale of unrequited love. Stan’s adorable story begins after a chance encounter with a dog that has been sent outside in the wintry cold. The dog tells the snowman about a warm stove inside the house, and with a “crack-crackle” in his heart, Stan falls in love with the wood-burning beauty. The unlikely romance, doomed from the start, is only the beginning in this hilarious and heartwarming tale as Stan later discovers that a young snowwoman is swooning over him as well. Show times vary. Jan. 2. – Feb. 2. 1404 Spring St. Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-3391 or visit


Pastel Renaissance is a juried event that features more than 50 exquisite pastel paintings by members of the Southeastern Pastel Society. Meet the artists at the Opening Reception Jan. 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. for light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. The opening reception is free and open

“THE ONLY LIGHT IN RENO” The Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “The Only Light in Reno.” This brand new play is set in Reno in August of 1960. It is 106 degrees outside. Filming on the Hollywood movie “The Misfits” is hopelessly behind schedule, with no end in sight. The Sierra Mountains are on fire, and Reno is in total blackout. Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift

calendar are playing board games with an accused murderess, and Marilyn Monroe is locked in the bathroom. The story of when Hollywood came to the Biggest Little City in the World, and everything went up in flames. Show times vary. Through Jan. 26. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Please call 770-641-1260 or visit

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family and community supporters are all invited to experience a Young Life Club Night and hear about opportunities to give and get involved. Refreshments and entertainment. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Young Life Club Room, 5725 State Bridge Road, Suite 201, Johns Creek. For information, email or visit johnscreek.younglife. org.


Reading with Ringling is a unique reading program that earns kids a Ringling Bros. circus ticket just by doing their library reading. Children ages 2 to 12 simply need to enroll with a librarian and report their reading results. Participants need to record at least five books to earn a free ticket to shows at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and Philips Arena. Rob Lok, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey’s “Ambassador of Laughter” will make special appearances at select libraries throughout metro Atlanta to help kick off this program. Through Jan. 31. All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Please visit


Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Roswell, Georgia. Held annually, this event features 9 days of menus, specials, and discounts at over 25 participating restaurants. Restaurant hours. Jan. 21 through Feb. 1. Varying locations. The full list of participating restaurants is online at


Meet author JoyEllen Freeman at the first prerelease book signing for her historical fiction children’s novel, "Morning Glory." Come ready to relax, purchase some delicious coffee and treats, and get your copy of "Morning Glory" signed by JoyEllen. A limited number of books will be sold at the signing, but the book is also available for purchase online. 10 a.m. - noon. Jan. 25. 352 South Atlanta St., Roswell. Please call 770-645-1149 or visit drinkcoffeedogoodroswell. com.

YOUNG LIFE OPEN HOUSE Come see what happens on Monday nights in Johns Creek. Parents, Young Life alumni,


The inaugral Callanwolde Arts Festival is coming to the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. A two-day indoor event featuring approximately 86 artists. Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 980 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-1222 or visit


This national stamp show features an exhibition of 2,000 pages of rare stamps, a 20-dealer bourse, youth activities with free stamps for children, seminars and collection appraisals. A great time for any collector or hobbyist. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 31- Feb. 2. Hilton Northeast Atlanta, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross. Please call 770-335-5606 or visit


Written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the television show “South Park,” “The Book of Mormon” is a humorous story of two Mormon missionaries who travel to war-torn Uganda to share their scriptures, but have trouble connecting with the problems that the Ugandan people face. Show times vary. Jan. 28 – Feb. 2. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. Northeast, Atlanta. Please visit


The Roswell Art Commission is sponsoring this year’s North Fulton High School Art Show with the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance and the Roswell Visual Arts Center located in Roswell Park. 6 – 9 p.m. Jan. 24 through Feb. 6. 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Please call 770-594-6122.


The Hot Chocolate Series, dubbed “America’s Sweetest Race,” is coming to Atlanta for the second year in a row at Turner Field. The 15K will run toward Atlanta Avenue and circle back up to North Avenue before returning to Turner Field, while the 5K will run along Capitol Avenue to John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and circle back to the field via Washington Street. The weekend begins with a runner’s expo Friday and Saturday that includes music, race and retail merchandise, a Kids’ Zone with bounce houses and games, chocolate fondue dipped marshmallows and hot chocolate samples. Jan. 24 – 26. The expo will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Exhibit Hall C2, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. Northwest, Atlanta. The race begins at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive Southeast, Atlanta. Please visit


Watch rowdy pups perform amazing tricks, double trapeze artists soar high above and teeter-board acrobats fly through the air. 7 – 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Jan. 30 through Feb. 17. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-0102 or visit


The Try A Thon is an event of four group exercise formats—cycle, swim, dance and Crossfit/bootcamp. Try one or try all. Register as an individual or a team of up to four. 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1. 3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta. Please visit

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sible through its website, www. Veterans Benefit “As a veteran, I understand how important it is to share your experiences and preserve them for generations to come. Veterans who participate in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project have the opportunity to share their stories in their own words, in their own way,” said Bob Patrick, project director. Students Benefit Educators agree that not only does participating in the VHP process help create a lasting legacy for each veteran, it also provides an opportunity for students to experience history up close and personal—a lesson they won’t soon forget. “Our students have the opportunity to leave their classrooms, go out into the community and hear firsthand accounts of combat and life during wartime from the people who actually made that history. Talk about bringing history alive!” said Eileen Hurst of Central Connecticut State University. To find out how to participate in this national preservation effort, visit www.loc. gov/vets. From there, you can search a database of veterans’ stories, watch a 15-minute instructional video and download a field kit, a how-to-record-astory booklet.

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Milan Eye Center chosen to be the first to use the Ziemer Laser Milan Eye Center is excited to announce that we have been chosen to be the first practice in the United States to use the Ziemer Laser for Bladeless Cataract Surgery. This exciting news comes right after Ziemer’s new laser was cleared by the FDA to be used in cataract surgery. Cataracts are the natural clouding of the lens in the eye.  As we age, proteins in the lens of the eye become altered and lose their transparency.  Symptoms that cataract patients generally describe include blurred vision, seeing halos or starbursts at night, difficulty reading, needing more and more light to read and frequent changes in their glasses prescription.   Fortunately, removing cataracts has become a safe, effective procedure that our surgeons can perform in an outpatient setting. Indeed, cataract surgery is the most common outpatient surgery performed in the US.   Traditionally, cataract surgery is performed with a blade in order to make the initial incisions for entry into the eye. Blades are also used to correct any astigmatism in the cornea of the eye during surgery. Thereafter, the surgeon uses ultrasound waves in order to break down the cataract into small pieces. The pieces are then removed by a specialized vacuum device. Thereafter, an artificial implant is inserted in the eye restoring vision.

procedure to be specifically tailored to patient anatomy resulting in better outcomes. The laser is an FDA approved device with proven safety and efficacy. One of the reasons why Ziemer chose Milan Eye Center as the first practice to offer their Bladeless Cataract Surgery is because Drs. Milan Patel’s and Niraj Desai’s exceptional reputation as leading eye surgeons is not only known here in Atlanta, but across the US.   Ziemer also noticed that not only is our practice constantly at the forefront of the latest techniques and

Now, Atlanta residents have the option to have a safer, quicker and more precise way of removing cataracts by utilizing our new Bladeless laser procedure. The procedure is quick and precise because of the accuracy of the Ziemer Femto LDV laser. The Femto LDV scans the entire eye and provides real-time imaging of the eye. This allows the doctors to determine the exact thickness and location of the cataract and to project a grid of precise coordinates for every single laser pulse that will be emitted during the procedure. This technology allows each

Understanding Medicare By PATRICIA SMITH (NAPSI)—During Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, which ends December 7, millions of Medicare beneficiaries must decide on their Medicare Advantage (MA) health plan for the coming year. While many factors go into deciding about a plan—cost, choice of doctors, benefits—there’s one important question Medicare beneficiaries should ask: What is the quality rating of the plans I’m considering? A high rating means better health care and the best value for your money. Medicare uses a system called Star Ratings. Plans receive a rating of up to five stars. These ratings are based on things like how well the plan does at keeping people healthy by making sure they get the treatments, tests and vaccines they need to prevent illness, how quickly you can get an appointment and see

specialists, and how the plan responds to your complaints and concerns. For 2014, over a third of MA plans will receive four or more stars, which is an increase from 28 percent in 2013. Seven of the 11 MA plans earning five stars this year are members of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, an organization representing the nation’s leading health plans. You can learn more about MA plans—and their quality ratings—using the Medicare Plan Finder at www.Medicare. gov. MA plans are called “Medicare Health Plans” in the Plan Finder. The National Committee for Quality Assurance also evaluates quality in MA plans; those rankings can be found at www. Ms. Smith is president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans,

procedures, but we also provide a friendly, personalized, family-like atmosphere for our patients.   Milan Eye Center has two convenient locations north of Atlanta: Johns Creek and Cumming. Our locations are ideal for those living in other nearby locations such as Alpharetta, Cumming, Milton, Duluth, Suwanee, Buford, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Roswell, Norcross, Gwinnett, as well as Johns Creek. Milan Eye Center is a premier ophthalmology practice and is affiliated with Atlanta’s finest hospitals including Northside

Forsyth Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. First in US to use the Ziemer Z6 for Laser Cataract Surgery No Blades are necessary for the procedure with Laser Cataract Surgery With the laser, surgeries are safer, quicker, and more precise This new technology allows each procedure to be tailored to each patient’s anatomy resulting in better outcomes. Performed by Drs. Niraj Desai and Milan Patel, who have extensive experience with cataract surgery.

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Georgia Southern University STATESBORO, Ga. – Nicole Baar and Will Biddy, both seniors at Roswell High School, recently participated in Scholars Day, sponsored by the Georgia Southern University Admissions Office in Statesboro. More than 250 exceptional high school seniors with outstanding SAT and ACT scores gathered at GSU for the 11th annual Scholars Day to interview for academic and leadership scholarships as well as a place within the University Honors Program.

Georgia Tech ATLANTA – Zachary Campbell, a sophomore at Georgia Tech, made the Faculty Honors list for both spring and fall 2013. The Faculty Honors List recognizes those students who achieve a 4.0 grade point average.

Brevard College BREVARD, N.C. – Two local students were honored by Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., for their work during the fall 2013 semester. Nicholas Bier of Cumming was named to the Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher for the semester. Christopher Frohsin of Milton was named to the Honor Roll. To be eligible for the Honor Roll, students must be enrolled full-time and earn a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.49 during the semester.

Armstrong Atlantic State University SAVANNAH, Ga. – The following local students were named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah. To make the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.6. John Gomez of Roswell is a radiological sciences/nuclear medicine major. Alyssa Plemmons is a pre-radiological sciences major


WINDSOR, Conn. – Samir Agadi, a sophomore from Alpharetta, has been named to the Honor Roll for the fall 2013 term at the Loomis Chaffee School.

Jacob Frenkel was named to the Principal’s Honor Roll for the fall trimester of 2013. Frenkel, a senior from Alpharetta, is one of 18 students to qualify for the Principal’s Honor Roll this trimester, denoting an academic average of 95 or higher. In addition, American Hebrew Academy student Roland Rosenberg was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall trimester of 2013. Roland is a freshman from Cumming.

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LOUISBURG, N.C. – Jeffrey Sneed of Cumming completed courses with exemplary marks and made the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Louisburg College. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have a semester grade point average of at least 3.5. In addition, Kenneth Miller of Duluth completed courses with exemplary marks and made the Honors List for fall semester 2013 at Louisburg College. To be named to the Honors List, a student must have a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 to 3.49.

AUBURN, Ala. – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Sarah Suciu of Alpharetta was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Suciu was initiated at Auburn University.

from Cumming. Jessica Schlender is a psychology major from Alpharetta.

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Savannah College of Art and Design SAVANNAH, Ga. – Local residents recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Jessica Gray of Johns Creek earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a minor in advertising. Sarah Al-Mahdi of Alpharetta earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion marketing and management with a minor in photography. Elizabeth Ordonez of Roswell earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising. Joshua Wood of Alpharetta earned a master’s degree in visual effects. Andrew Averso of Cumming earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion marketing and management. Ann Hancock of Suwanee earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communication. Joshua Wood of Alpharetta earned a master’s degree in visual effects.

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University of Dayton DAYTON, Ohio – Alexander Erdman of Roswell recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Berry College ROME, Ga. – Berry College welcomed 93 new alums Dec. 14, 2013 at its fall commencement, including the following local graduates. Ashley Harzog of Alpharetta earned a bachelor’s degree in management. Brook Bowers of Cumming earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Mike Robb of Cumming graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Danny Tibbetts of Cumming earned a bachelor’s degree dual-degree engineering. Matt Stokes of Roswell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication. Marissa Cioffi of Suwanee earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Nick Gettys of Suwanee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government.

Reinhardt University WALESKA, Ga. – Reinhardt University announced that 402 students have been named to the Dean’s List for fall semes-

ter 2013. The following local residents were among those included on the list: Brandon Keith of Alpharetta, Laura Rincon of Alpharetta, Natasha Robinson of Alpharetta, Morgan Twiss of Alpharetta, Audrey Vassell of Duluth, Jessica Lowenstein of Johns Creek, Jeremy Morris of Johns Creek, Kaylee Rinesmith of Johns Creek, Jeremy Burns of Suwanee, Noah Ford of Suwanee, George Minor of Suwanee and Erika Szatmary of Suwanee.

Harding University SEARCY, Ark. – Carter Hughes of Alpharetta and Edward Stringer of Cumming recently returned from a threemonth semester studying at Harding University in Zambia (HIZ). As part of the HIZ curriculum, students spent the fall 2013 term immersed in Zambian culture cultivating new relationships with fellow students. After a three-day safari in Botswana, students visited mission teams in Tanzania and Rwanda at the conclusion of the trip.

Carson-Newman University JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Laura Kinney of Roswell was among students honored recently with inclusion on Carson-Newman University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester.

Gardner-Webb University BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University is pleased to announce that Carson Sears of Suwanee was among more than 550 students who recently graduated during its 2013 fall commencement exercises. Sears received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Pomfret School POMFRET, Conn. – In a “new and different way of learning,” Lucas Jenkins of Milton recently was part of a student-faculty team that worked together on a project entitled “Influence of the Hispanic Community in the U.S.: Past, Present and Future.”

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Arrests: Continued from Page 3 for DUI, suspended license, impeding traffic, violations of a limited permit and open container. ►► Martin Beltran-Acosta, 36, of Jackson Place, Cumming, was arrested Dec. 31 on Dahlonega Highway in Cumming for DUI, failure to maintain lane and expired license. ►► Anatoliy A. Grinchuk, 45, of Weycroft Circle, Alpharetta, was arrested Dec. 31 on Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming for DUI. ►► Collette Noelle Fahey, 21, of Athens was arrested Dec. 28 on Buford Highway in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Jeffrey Steven Fisher, 25, of Parks Road, Cumming, was arrested Dec. 28 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for DUI, failure to maintain lane and obstructing justice. ►► Robert Brian McClure, 45, of Freeman Road, Cumming, was arrested Dec. 28 on Doc Bramblett Road in Cumming for DUI. ►► Jeffrey Scott Gibbs, 44, of Bayberry Court, Cumming,

was arrested Jan. 13 on Bayberry Court in ►► Cumming for DUI, open container and expired license. ►► Rhonda Lynn Patterson, 53, of Lawrenceville was arrested Jan. 11 on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Cumming for DUI and open container. ►► Dustin James Elliot, 23, of Pine Lake Drive, Cumming, was arrested Jan. 12 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for DUI, failure to maintain lane, failure to obey a traffic control device and driver’s view obstructed.

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Ball Ground was arrested Jan. 6 on Dogwood Place in Gainesville for possession of methamphetamines and giving false information. ►► Karra Renea Morgan, 25, of Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta, was arrested Jan. 5 on McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug-related items and tag light requirement. ►► Preston B. Ernst, 18, of Dawsonville was arrested Jan. 1 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for

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of Ivy Bluff, Cumming, was arrested Jan. 1 on Brannon Road in Cumming for possession of marijuana and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. ►► Nicholas Joseph Shapiro, 20, of River Run Court, Cumming, was arrested Jan. 2 on Buford Highway in Cumming for possession of marijuana and seatbelt violation. ►► Judah James Silva, 19, of Castleberry Road, Cumming, was arrested Jan. 2 on McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of heroin and expired registration. ►► James Benjamin Griggs, 24, of Sandown Court, Cumming, was arrested Jan. 5 on Sandown Court in Cumming for possession of marijuana and possession of heroin. ►► Norman Eugene Little, 49, of Snellville was arrested Jan. 8 on McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee for possession of a schedule II controlled substance, speeding and drugs not kept in the original container. ►► Emily Darlene Bennett, 19, of Flowery Branch was arrest-

ed Jan. 8 on Bettis Tribble Gap Road in ►► Cumming for possession of marijuana. ►► Joshua Jeffrey Davis, 27, of Woodstock was arrested Dec. 31 on Canton Highway in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule III controlled substance and windshield violation. ►► Christian Boone Hedrick, 21, of Impala Drive, Cumming, was arrested Dec. 31 on Canton Highway in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and possession of a schedule III controlled substance. ►► Eric Lawrence Shaffer, 45, of Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, was arrested Jan. 10 on Highway 306 in Cumming for possession of marijuana and taillight violation. ►► Jesse Ian Brewer, 29, of Douglasville was arrested Jan. 10 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for possession of marijuana, failure to maintain lane and expired license.

Election: Continued from Page 4 “District 3 deserves better.” Hole, who has been an active member of the community and a coach for about 18 years at Midway Park, said he understands the importance of community service. “Both on and off the playing field, I hear parents and taxpayers voice their concerns about the direction of our community,” said Hole. “It is time we begin solving the problems plaguing families and businesses— it’s time to take action and stop the political pandering.” The election qualifying period is from March 3-7; and the primary election is likely to take place May 20, with early voting beginning April 28. The General Election is Nov. 4. For more information about David Hole, visit www. For more on Todd Levent, visit

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Blotter: Continued from Page 2 his right thigh. He had placed a tourniquet on his leg to stop the bleeding. The man told deputies he accidently squeezed the trigger to his black Wolf Arms 45 firearm when he was putting it into his waistband holster. The gun was loaded and discharged a round into his leg. A visitor at the home and heard the gun go off, found the victim and called 911.

Man flees, found in park CUMMING, Ga. — Deputies pulled over a man Dec. 28,

2013, for a routine traffic stop, but the driver tried to run away on foot. Deputies pulled over Reymundo Rios, 29, in a 2002 Dodge Caravan for a broken brake light in the Windermere Village business center. Rios had no driver’s license, so deputies had the man call someone to pick up the car. Deputies searched him, placed him in handcuffs and opened the back door of the patrol car to seat him inside. Instead, Rios broke free and ran toward the woods behind the gym. Deputies said the hill was “extremely steep” and the man slid down and fled into the woods. A K-9 officer and additional deputies were called to the

scene, and quickly led officers to the man in a park on the other side of the woods. Rios was taken to Forsyth County Detention Center and charged with two traffic offenses, obstruction and escape, all misdemeanors.

$22.5K in catalytic converters stolen FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Someone entered a used car lot and stole catalytic converters, each worth $1,500, from 15 cars, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. The owner of Autos for Less, 857 McFarland Parkway, told deputies Jan. 6, someone | Forsyth Herald | January 22, 2014 | 25 had removed catalytic converters from 15 cars on his lot, but he could not say exactly when the thefts occurred. The morning of Jan.14 he saw a black Mercedes he recently bought was no longer on the lot. Instead it was in the garage, which he thought odd. One of his mechanics said he had pushed it into the shop the previous night before he left. When the owner started the car, it didn’t sound right. He looked under the car and saw the catalytic converter was missing. A check of the lot showed 14 other converters were missing. The owner said he does not know who could have done this, but there is a door on the

shop that does not lock. Deputies said when they walked through the shop, the thief had overlooked tools and expensive items. There was also a truck parked inside the shop that still had the converter intact.

DEATH NOTICES Craig James Anderson, 67, of Dahlonega, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Joseph Andrew Conrad, Jr., 77, of Cumming, passed away January 11, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Edwin Nuckolls Gravitt, 86, of Cumming, passed away January 10, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Barbara Armstrong, of Alpharetta, passed away. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Mitchell E. Crowder, 47, of Dawsonville, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Jimmy Ray Green, 62 of Dawsonville, passed away January 8, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Michael Bennett, 62, of Woodstock, passed away January 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Francis Duffy, 82, of Roswell, passed away January 13, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Sandra Mauldin Hairr, 69, of Cumming, passed away January 11, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Mary Evan, 87, of Roswell, passed away January 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Susan Harlan, 62, of Cumming, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Dan Bivins, 73, of Alpharetta, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

William Gibson Brown, 42, of Ball Ground, passed away January 5, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

William Hugh Carnes, 66, of Cumming, passed away January 12, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Lori Carroll, 46, of Columbus, passed away October 24, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Dean Harold Childress, 92, of Roswell, passed away January 11, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Sandra Diane Heath, 58, of Cumming, passed away January 13, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Robert Fellingham, Sr., 83, of Roswell, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Joseph Fouts, 59, of Dawsonville, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Douglas Harold Gibson, 32, of Alpharetta, passed away January 5, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Mark Curtis Gibson, 35, of Milton, passed away January 5, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Lee Gillespie, 94, passed away January 13, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Kevin Lamar Jenkins, 45, of Alpharetta, passed away January 10, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Patricia Ann Johnson, 64, of Alpharetta, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Alice Loughman, 63, of Woodstock, passed away January 8, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Ruby Lucile McPherson, 96, of Canton, passed away January 12, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Jewel Armstrong Maloney, 94, of Dawsonville, passed away January 8, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Janet Moore, 75, of Roswell, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Lillian Mulkey, 83, of Woodstock, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Leonard Odum, 53, of Cumming, passed away January 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Henry Jones, 69, of Villa Rica, passed away January 14, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Adele Marie Juodis, 82, of Flowery Branch, passed away January 8, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Heather Marie Kelly, 31, of Milton, passed away January 9, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Michael King, 58, of Atlanta, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Jack Peevy, 71, of Alpharetta, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Susan Reid Pope, 64, of Decatur, passed away January 10, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Lucille Prater, 91, of Roswell, passed away January 11, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Samira Riad Rofael, 88, of Duluth, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Isabel Ruiz, 55, of Alpharetta, passed away January 8, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Betty Endres Scott, 88, of Alpharetta, passed away January 6, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Joann Sibiga, 80, of Atlanta, passed away January 10, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. James Pryce Templin, 4th, 46, of Cumming, passed away January 12, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Bernice Trammel, 82, of Ellijay, passed away January 10, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Zackary Ross Winne, 13, of Cumming, passed away January 11, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.




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needed to integrate new technologies with existing architecture. Design, develop, test and deploy. Upgrade CASDoc application and data to MarkLogic. Resolve issues related to XML Schema and XQuery code. Support and maintain data through quality assurance. Use Java technologies, XML database, XQuery, XPath, and Altova and implement Agile tools for task management. May require travel to client sites throughout the U.S. Send resume to: Tej Solutions, Inc; Attn: Venkateswarlu Chadalavada, 5490 McGinnis Village Place, Suite 130 & 131, Alpharetta, Georgia 30005.

for week of Valentines Day. Must have exp. designing fresh flowers in flower shop, nonsmoker & own transportation. 770642-7878 For Valentines week. Must have own vehicle, insurance, be a non-smoker & know AlpharettaRoswell area. 770642-7878

Now accepting applicants for g e n e r a l managers, department managers & m a n a g e r trainees.

Now accepting applications for positions as openers and closers.

Compensation based on management experience.

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Private Alpharetta NAEYC accredited preschool seeking full-time infant, toddler, two’s & three year old teachers. Minimum 2 years c l a s s r o o m experience & good knowledge of early c h i l d h o o d development. CDA or higher in ECE preferred. Please send resumes to: resumes@mcginnis Millwork/Building Products, in-territory, daily travel, millwork sales experience preferred. North – West GA, & Atlanta area. Promptly submit an online application @

Front-Line customer service. Plan & present library programs with focus on youth. 15 hours. $13.87/hr. See posting: www.

Up to 28 hours per week.

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RN needed for nonmedical home care agency to conduct assessments. Must be current Georgia registered, excellent communication skills & enjoys working with seniors. Home care experience preferred, but not required. Please send resume to LMachado@visitinga

Local K-12 learning center in Alpharetta is hiring part-time elementary & secondary teachers for after-school instruction. 4 year degree & certification required. Training provided. Flexible afternoon, evening & weekend hours. Email resume t o svi.georgia@gmail.c om


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