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11 laid-off deputies take case to Supreme Court Court to decide case later this year ALDO NAHED firstname.lastname@example.org FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Supreme Court of Georgia heard oral arguments last week on whether 11 laid-off Forsyth County deputies should have their appeal
heard by the county’s civil service board. Eight of the 11 deputies, who were laid off in February of last year, were in court on April 7 during the arguments. Forsyth County Sheriff
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Chase Bank robbed in Forsyth County By ALDO NAHED email@example.com CAROLYN RIDDER ASPENSON/Staff
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‘Sweet as Peach’ show draws hundreds Indie authors raise money for Bert’s Big Adventure By CAROLYN RIDDER ASPENSON firstname.lastname@example.org CUMMING, Ga. – The “Sweet as a Peach” Georgia indie author event held its first multi-author signing on Saturday, April 5. Event organizer Heather Gunter said this was certainly a success. About 212 people attended the event at the Forsyth County Conference Center in Cumming, where more than 75 authors from across the country gathered to discuss and sell their books. “I am very pleased with the turnout,” Gunter said. Gunter’s reasons for hosting the event were twofold.
She wanted to raise money for Bert’s Big Adventure, a local charity that sends chronically and terminally ill children on an all-expense paid trip to Disney World, and she also wanted to give indie authors some much needed exposure. “I have a nephew who suffers from a craniofacial syndrome called Goldenhar Syndrome, a condition that causes abnormalities in the head and face,” she said. “And I thought holding this event would be a great way to raise money for the charity.” The event raised about $1,000 in the silent auction, and those who donated received a tote full of books, she said. Bestselling author Katie Ashley was thrilled with the event. “This was probably my 15th signing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better one,” Ashley
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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is searching for a white male driving a black 4-door 2012 or 2013 Hyundai Genesis. Deputies say about 11:20 a.m. April 9, they responded to Chase Bank, 1710 Buford Highway at the intersection of Trammel Road in reference to an robbery. According to Sheriff Duane K. Piper, the robbery took place in the drive-thru lane. The robber received an
undisclosed amount of cash after he gave the teller a note. The note stated that the attached item was an explosive device. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Disposal Unit arrived and detonated the device. The device turned out to be a non-explosive item. Any contact or information, notify Detective S. Boggus of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Section at 678886-2800 ext. 3880 during normal business hours. After hours contact the Dispatch Center at 770-781-3087.
Chase Bank was robbed by a white male driving a black 4-door 2012 or 2013 Hyundai Genesis.
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Shoppers scammed out of $3.5K CUMMING, Ga. — Two people experienced similar scams after buying Visa gift cards and lost about $3,500, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident reports. A customer of CVS, 2985 Ronald Reagan Boulevard, told deputies he bought six $500 Visa gift cards on March 31. He said when he scratched off the back of the cards to reveal a 10-digit pin activation number, he found four out of the six cards did not have all 10 numbers. He called customer service on the back of the card. Customer service personnel said the cards were no good, and someone had already used $2,000. The victim was told this is a scam where someone writes down the pin number on the back of the cards and uses them before the customer who purchased the card. On April 3, another man told deputies he bought four
paintballs. Police arrived and spotted two suspect vehicles trying to leave the neighborhood. Inside were 11 teenage boys. Police note there were paintball marks on the side of one of the vehicles and one passenger had a paintball gun in his lap. A large package of toilet paper was in the rear of one vehicle. All the boys allegedly admitted to papering the home and shooting at it and vehicles as part of the pranks. The homeowner said her home had been targeted for the past three days and wanted it to stop. However, she declined to
$500 Visa cards at a CVS off Post Road. Within hours of buying the cards, someone had already cashed three of the four cards, costing the customer $1,500. The victim was able to stop the last of the cards from being used. Deputies said someone has been taking the gift cards, copying the barcode and scratching off pin numbers. Then, the perpetrators conceal the tampered numbers and place them back while awaiting their victim.
Cars shot by paintball gun CUMMING, Ga. — Two people found their cars damaged by paintball gunshots, according to Cumming Police incident reports. At about 11 p.m. March 25, officers were dispatched to Walmart, 1500 Market Place Boulevard, after an employee said her car was damaged. She said she went to her car after getting off work and found the passenger window was broken. She found “goo” on the car, which was later identified as paint more than likely fired from a paintball gun. Officers said she had no idea who did it or why it hap-
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pened. The next day, another Walmart employee told officers he also found his car had been fired at with a paintball gun.
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Firearms, laptop stolen from car CUMMING, Ga. — A man said someone stole $4,700 in firearms and accessories from his car, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. A man in 100 block of Pine Lake Circle told deputies he loaded his 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with his Sig Sauer 551 rifle, Glock 17 pistol and Dell laptop. He said he noticed the items were missing when he got to work and grabbed his computer bag, which was empty. The man said the $1,600 Sig Sauer is equipped with a $1,300 night force scope. The $600 Glock 17 pistol has a KKM barrel, Trijicon HD night sights and a stippled grip. The $1,000 Dell laptop had about $1,000 of software installed in it. The man said he locked the doors to his cars. Deputies found a small hole under the driver’s side door handle. They said it appeared someone used a punch or drill
CUMMING, Ga. — A woman hired a man to help her move, but the deal ended with two unsatisfied parties, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report. On April 5, a woman told deputies she hired a man from Xtreme Moving to help her move from Buckhead to Cumming. She said they agreed to the amount of $1,800, which she paid to him in a cashier’s check. Then, he asked for more money. She said she refused to pay, and he got angry and cussed at her. She went to go to her car, and he followed her. She drove off, but not before struck her car as she rode off. She drove to the library off Post Road and called 911.
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Commissioners declare Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
From left are 911 Center Manager Jason Stover, District 2 Commissioner Brian Tam, 911 Center Administrative Assistant Sherry Avery, Commission Chairman Pete Amos, 911 Center Director Pat Giordano, District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff, 911 Center Assistant Director Rebecca McClung, District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills and District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent.
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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – At their April 3 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners proclaimed April 13-19 as Forsyth County Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The week recognizes the county’s 911 Center employees who, as public safety telecommunicators, serve as the single vital link for law enforcement
and fire personnel by monitoring their activities by radio, providing information and ensuring their safety. “Public safety telecommunicators of Forsyth County have contributed substantially to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires and the treatment of patients,” said Commission Chairman Pete Amos. —McKenzie Cunningham
Heardsville Road in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, reckless driving, suspended license, failure to maintain lane, possession of drug-related items, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and failure to use seatbelts. ►► Joshua Jerry Griffin, 31, of Dawsonville was arrested
April 1 on War Hill Park Road in Gainesville for possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, attempting to elude police, taillight violation, reckless driving, speeding, improper passing, suspended license, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
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Billboard to come down in 90 days County received money for 20 years with no formal lease By ALDO NAHED email@example.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A billboard on county land will have to be removed. At issue is a billboard on the corner of Mullinax Road and Ga. Highway 9 that sits on county-owned land, said County Attorney Ken Jarrard. “They are paying us rent,” Jarrard said. “But I’m not quite sure what to call the relationship.” The county has been receiving checks and processing them, but recently decided to take a closer look at what’s in it for them. Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt said he first researched the issue about six months ago. “One reason was that the billboard just looked bad,” he told commissioners at an April 8 work session. Merritt said a competitor asked if the county would consider leasing the billboard to them. After research, Merritt
The billboard on the corner of Mullinax Road and Ga. Highway 9 sits on county property, but has been paying rent for the past 20 years with no formal lease agreement. learned the billboard belonged to Lang Signs, but was on county property. The sign’s owner was Herbert “Buddy” Lang, the founder of Lang Signs, who passed away June 7, 2011. Jimmy Myers, the executor of Lang’s estate, told the Forsyth County News last week he had not been notified by the county. Although the owner of the billboard has paid the county for about 20 years to keep the
sign there, there is no formal lease agreement with the county. In reviewing records back to 2005, David Gruen, the county’s finance director, said the rent has been $150 per month. The agreement was put together in 1993. “That is likely not market value for a billboard at Mullinax and Highway 9,” Jarrard said. Jarrard gave commission-
ers options to renegotiate the billboard price, take it out for bids or remove it. Commissioner Todd Levent made a motion to remove the sign within 90 days. Other commissioners agreed in a 4-0 vote, with Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills absent. The item will go for final approval at the April 17 regular Board of Commission meeting. Also at the April 8 work session: All votes were 4-0, unless noted, with Mills absent due to a stomach virus. • A motion by Levent failed 2-3 to add an item regarding increasing the lot size in RES3. (Commissioners Jim Boff and Levent voted in favor and Commissioners Pete Amos, Mills and Brian Tam were opposed.) • Approved conservation easement tendered by Autumn Properties LLC in compliance with UDC, Article 19 for Hunters Walk subdivision. • Approved the renewal of a memorandum of understand-
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Voter registration deadline approaches ATLANTA – Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminded Georgians they must be registered to vote by April 21 in order to participate in the May 20 primary election. “Every Georgian should have the opportunity to vote in the May 20 primary election,” said Kemp. “The good news is that it is easier than ever to get registered to vote or to change your registration information.” Georgians with a valid Georgia driver’s license can go online and register at www.
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ney representing the laid-off deputies, said the civil service board is allowed to hear cases when employees have been Continued from Page 1 fired by “improper methods.” In March 2013, the Forsyth Duane Piper was not there. The deputies claim this was County Civil Service Board chose not to consider hearing a case of politically motivated the case of 11 sheriff’s depuretaliations and age discrimities because they took place nation. during a restructuring by They want the county Sheriff Duane Piper, to hear their appeal to who took office in get their jobs back. video o a January 2013. Ken Jarrard, h Carson said the county atlast year that the torney, argued reason the issue in court that was not to be the matter was considered by civil handled properly yth . service is because by Pat Carson, the her ald the layoffs were a county’s personnel “reduction in force.” director. Lt. Lisa Frady Selke “This cessation of had filed a petition in Forsyth employment was in the form County Superior Court to force of a layoff,” Jarrard said. “The Carson to forward their aprules are extraordinarily clear peals to the civil service board. that there is no appellate right But in July, Superior Court with respect to a layoff.” Judge G. Grant Brantley sided Lance LoRusso, the attor-
Kemp launched the new systems last week at a combined meeting of the Georgia Election Officials Association/ Voter Registrars Association of Georgia in Augusta, which featured election leaders from across the state. It is believed that Georgia is the first state in the nation to offer both online registration as well as an innovative mobile application that enables voter registration like MVP. —McKenzie Cunningham
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Pranks: Continued from Page 2 ly conduct. The two boys who drove the vehicles were also charged with violation of their license restrictions. Alpharetta has zero tolerance for such crimes, said Alpharetta Community Outreach Officer Phil Ritchie. All minors – those under age 18 – are forbidden to be out after 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends in Alpharetta. Anyone found out after that time will be charged with violating curfew. Those caught in the act of toiletpapering a home will be charged with littering. “It’s a zero-tolerance event,” Ritchie said. “That means, if I catch you, you are not getting a warning. You get a citation.” That could also mean a trip to jail, as the 11 teenagers found out April 4. Parents should take heed, however. Ritchie said new for this year, parents who allow their children to take part in the junior-senior wars can be charged with allowing a child to violate curfew and engage in illegal acts. “We are not overreacting. Before, it used to be a minor issue,” he said. “Kids would go out and TP a house. Now, it is getting out of hand.” Spray painting and paintballing houses can damage them and be costly for the homeowner to fix or remove. “These kids have weapons [paintball guns] and they are damaging people’s homes,” Ritchie said. Every year, local police departments field dozens of calls about the pranks.
It’s a zero-tolerance event. That means, if I catch you, you are not getting a warning. You get a citation.” PHIL RITCHIE Alpharetta Community Outreach Officer
“It’s not an overreaction,” Ritchie said. “It’s an effort to stop it.” And the efforts seem to be paying off. Ritchie said Milton High School has traditionally been a large headache during the junior-senior wars. However, this year Ritchie visited the school and worked with officials to explain the costs and damage the pranks are causing. “We didn’t get one 911 call, one criminal damage call or a single house TP-ed,” he said. Anyone seeing suspected juniorsenior war activity is encouraged to call 911.
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Forsyth Senior Services to host spring dance FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Forsyth County Senior Services is preparing a “Springtime Dance” for adults ages 40 and above. The dance will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on April 19 at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road in Cumming. It is the second in the bi-monthly dance series in 2014 hosted by Senior Services. The dance will feature live music by the Sounds of Sawnee Jazz Band. The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Light refreshments are included in the admission price. For more information, call Senior Services at 770-7812178. —McKenzie Cunningham
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Christopher Snodgrass reads his winning essay to the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club. Although he has not selected colleges to consider, he is interested in engineering.
Snodgrass was born in Ireland when his father, David, was stationed there in the U.S. Navy. North Forsyth journalism teacher Clori Rose-Geiger is the essay contest coordinator. “Participating in the contest helps bring community to the students,” Rose-Geiger said. “It allows them to explore and express their own styles and encourages them to expand their ideas and views of the world. We are very proud of Christopher and glad for him.” Perry Downen, SawneeCumming Optimist Club essay chairman, said Snodgrass did a wonderful job articulating this year’s theme. “He expressed himself very well in the essay and certainly is deserving of first place recognition,” Downen said. –Aldo Nahed
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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Forsyth Central’s theater group invites the community to its production of “Into the Woods” on April 17, 18, 19, 24 and 25 at Forsyth Central High School’s performing arts center, 520 Tribble Gap Road. This whimsical, steampunk version of the classic American musical by Steven Sondheim is a mash up of various fairytales. The story centers around Cinderella, Jack and his beanstalk, Rapunzel, a baker and his wife, a wolf, a giant, two princes and a witch who have their fates intertwined when they enter a mysterious forest to see their wishes come true. Shows begin at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.forsythcentralstage.com. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. —McKenzie Cunningham
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Young environmentalist wants a greener Forsyth
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CUMMING, Ga. — A precocious 11-year-old Kelly Mill Elementary student is leading the way to change people’s minds and hearts when it comes to their use of plastic. Hannah Testa, 11, has always been interested in the environment and animal causes, said her mother, Farida Testa. Hannah’s current goal is to make Forsyth County the greenest county in the region. She’s even organized an event at 2 p.m. May 4 at the Forsyth County Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, to show the documentary “Plastic Paradise.” Hannah will have the producer of the documentary, An-
here on our planet forever.” gela Sun, use Skype to answer Hannah is concerned that the audience’s questions after a lot of single-use plastic prodthe screening. ucts, including supermarket Hannah is currently raising bags, straws, cups and bottles, awareness and talking to anywill eventually end up in the one who will listen about what ocean and kill marine life. she calls “a growing crisis.” Over 100,000 marine She is also trying to pair up mammals and about 1 million with other “green” organizations seabirds die each year from across the globe to raise awareingesting or becoming ness. entangled in plastic, She has produced according to the a short video on a video o Environmental YouTube called h Protection Agency. “Sending an SOS The average to the World American uses (Plastic Pol500 plastic bags lution)” that per year, Hannah featured some of yth said. her friends and l d. a h e r “And 1 billion teachers at Kelly plastic straws are Mill Elementary. used in the world each “Plastic is like diaday,” she said. monds,” Hannah said. “It is
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• Accepted a bid for drilling of test wells and conversion of exploratory wells to production wells to award to Middle Georgia Water Systems. • Approved to renew agreement with AECOM for operations and maintenance of the Fowler Wastewater Treatment Facility for calendar year 2014. • Approved to request authorization for a task order with Brown and Caldwell for professional services. • Approved design and preparation of construction documents for the installation of a 16-inch waterline for
Eye Drop Schedule. Changed. Forever. The surgeons at Milan Eye Center have taken another step towards the modernization of cataract surgery, with the launch of our new App - ‘Easy Drops’. ‘Easy Drops’ aims to simplify eye drop regimens, educate the patient and promote better outcomes through better compliance.
Actions that Hannah Testa recommends: 1. Take reusable bags to the store. 2. Refuse plastic straws or use glass, stainless steel or paper straws. 3. Avoid plastic water bottles and fill up stainless steel bottles. Only a small percentage of the plastic consumed in the world is recycled. To attend the May 4 “Plastic Paradise” documentary screening, register at the Forsyth County Library website, www.forsythpl.org, as space is limited to 100 guests.
future use on a replacement bridge on Ga. 53 at the Chestatee River being constructed by the Georgia Department of Transportation in an amount not to exceed $41,910. • Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Georgia Department of Transportation for installation of 16-inch waterline facilities for future use on a replacement bridge on Ga. 53 at the Chestatee River. • Approved raw wood waste processing/recycling regulations. • Accepted a settlement agreement
Hannah Testa, 11, is hosting the “Plastic Paradise” documentary at 2 p.m. on May 4 at the Post Road Library in Cumming.
between Forsyth County and Platte River Insurance Company. • Postponed to April 22 the outline of UDC changes for CR1, conservation subdivision, and senior housing. • Postponed to April 22 UDC modification of lot size and density applicable to southeast Forsyth County. The Board voted 3-2 to postpone to April 22. (Commissioners Boff and Levent opposed.) • Postponed to April 22 potential update to Forsyth County Tree Ordinance (Ordinance No. 98).
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Coca-Cola memorabilia collectors gear up for annual convention By ALDO NAHED email@example.com CUMMING, Ga. — Three years ago, Oscar and Charlotte Segovia were headed up to Elizabethtown, Ky., in hopes of adding a few choice Coca-Cola memorabilia items to their already superb collection. Oscar Segovia, a Coca-Cola product historian, recalled how there were 650 Coca-Cola memorabilia items auctioned off, netting about $3.3 million for the Bill and Jan Schmidt estate. The Segovias, who are active members of the Eastern chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club, came back with some of these collectibles, including a 3-by-5-inch porcelain outdoor double-sided sign from 1933 made by the Tennessee Enamel Manufacturing Company that was in near mint condition. The second item they won at auction was a mint 1944 20-by-36-inch lithograph cardboard depicting a beautiful lady receiving a Coca-Cola bottle from an unknown U.S. soldier. The couple has not slowed their 1930s through 1950s collection for rare items. “Coca-Cola is a part of every person’s life,” Oscar
A lithograph cardboard advertisement the Segovias acquired during an auction. Segovia said. This week, the Segovias, of Cumming, will be at the 35th annual “Springtime in Atlanta Coca-Cola Convention,” which takes place April 16 through April 19 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel just off I-285 at Ashford Dunwoody Road. More than 400 collectors from seven countries will be in attendance this year, buying, selling and trading Coca-Cola memorabilia, Segovia said. The Segovias, who have been collecting for about 25 years, will be attendance the entire week. They plan to add items to their collection and will be selling a portion of their duplicate memorabilia items as well.
Oscar Segovia, an avid Coca-Cola enthusiast, is surrounded by memorabilia from the 1930s and 1950s. The show will consist of an opening party, silent and regular auction, selling rooms and room hopping, in which
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Crabapple Baptist Church holds Passion Play Original performance April 17-19 BY JONATHAN COPSEY email@example.com MILTON, Ga. – The congregation of the Crabapple First Baptist Church have a passion for their faith. They are putting that faith on stage with their large semiannual Passion Play beginning April 17. Passion Plays typically recount the last days of Jesus Christ. For Crabapple, their play will feature 100 actors for the 95-minute performance. “It’s the biggest thing we do,” said Ken Hayes, the church’s music director and head of the production. “Scenes from the life and ministry of Jesus will be brought to life through the medium of music and drama,” he said. “The audience will witness the agony of the crucifixion as well as the hope and triumph of the resurrection.” The play itself is original and originated with a friend of Hayes’ in Tennessee. It started when Hayes went to see Pastor Chris Rouse of Faith Church, in Gallatin, Tenn.’s presentation a few years back.
If you go What: Crabapple First Baptist Church’s Passion Play When: 7 p.m. April 17-19 Where: 12760 Birmingham Highway, Milton Cost: Free
The audience will witness the agony of the crucifixion as well as the hope and triumph of the resurrection.” Ken Hayes Crabapple Baptist Chruch music director and head of production
“I got inspired by what I saw and heard his church do,” Hayes said. Rouse gave permission to use his script at Crabapple
Actor Craig Baughn is Christ in the Passion Play by Crabapple First Baptist Church in Milton. Their new production will be April 17-19. Baptist and they ran with it. “We’ve adapted it to the talents we have,” Hayes said. “It’s kind of ours now.” This year’s performance will be the third showing of the musical and will feature some new scenes and twists on the familiar story. Each new performance, Hayes said he likes to change things up to keep the material fresh, but true to the Bible. The showing is free and open to the public.
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“We like to see it as an outreach into the community,” said Hayes. “We want to invite as many people to see it as want to.” The Passion runs April 17-19 at 7 p.m. each night.
Admission is free. Childcare is provided. The church is located at 12760 Birmingham Highway in Milton. For more information, visit http://www.crabapplefbc.org.
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Our goal is to continue to be a central point for the community and it’s very important we continue to diversify and have something for everybody. April Rains, a spokeswoman for the Collection at Forsyth.
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Rebranding revitalizes Collection at Forsyth At least six new shops to open By ALDO NAHED firstname.lastname@example.org CUMMING, Ga. — About a year ago, the Collection at Forsyth became the official name of the Avenue Forsyth. Since April of last year, when Core Property Capital unveiled the new brand, they have not slowed in introducing new businesses to the Collection at Forsyth, off Exit 13 on Ga. 400 at 410 Peachtree Parkway. The property managers have also been able to reassure existing businesses of the vision to continue to host fine retailers, restaurants and events. “We’ve been able to continue to have a mix of tenants coming in,” said April Rains, a spokeswoman for the Collection at Forsyth. The 566,000-square-foot mixed-use outdoor retailer hosts a DSW Shoes, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, AMC movie theater and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth, just to name a few. Late last year, the Collection welcomed the high-end boutique Altar’d State. A new store this year is Sweet Monkey, a frozen yogurt and cupcake shop. Several new tenants in the works in the coming months include Sip Wine and Tapas, which serves more than 200 wines and a tapas style menu, Zoe’s Kitchen, which operates
111 fast-casual restaurants serving Mediterranean-inspired comfort food, and Great American Cookies, the Atlanta-based chocolate chip cookie phenomenon. In addition, Pure Barre, a fitness studio operating about 200 locations is poised to open soon. “It’s been a great year and we’re just ready for a lot more growth and a lot more exciting tenants coming in,” Rains said. Also under early construction, organic food supermarket Earth Fare, which will open later in 2015, and a Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, expected to open in 2015. The hotel is being built adjacent to the Forsyth Conference Center, which will make it convenient for travelers visiting. “At that point, you have the shopping, the restaurants and the hotel, and anyone who comes in can stay in that vicinity and have what they need,” Rains said. “Our goal is to continue to be a central point for the community and it’s very important we continue to diversify and have something for everybody.” The facility also hosts family-friendly events including a recent fundraiser for the Forsyth County Community Connection. “We try to stay a hub for community events,” Rains said. “That’s the expectation… Stay really connected with the community and give them what they are needing.” For more information, visit www.collectionforsyth.com.
The Collection at Forsyth has attracted many new businesses since rebranding a year ago. One of the new tenants includes a Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, slated to be completed next year.
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From left are Atlanta Classic Cars General Manager Bruce Lamb, Atlanta Classic Cars co-owner Johanna Ellis and General Manager Commercial Vans at Mercedes-Benz USA Claus Tritt.
Atlanta Classic Cars now offers Sprinter line DULUTH, Ga. — Atlanta Classic Cars held a ribboncutting ceremony March 27 to showcase their new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter model line that includes a cargo van, crew van, passenger van minibus and chassis cab. Bruce Lamb, general manager, and Johanna Ellis, a business partner, invited the community to celebrate the addition of the Sprinter line to Atlanta Classic Cars, 2586 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. For more information, visit www.atlantaclassiccars.com or call 770-279-3696.
ments and an exclusive neighborhood dedicated to serving seniors experiencing memory loss. The expansion will add 10 senior living apartments and add a second, completely new memory care neighborhood. “The neighborhoods will be connected by a hallway, but each will have its own living, dining and common areas and large enclosed courtyards,” said Julie Taylor, executive director for Benton House. “We really think the community within a community concept works well and want to keep that feel.” It is expected the addition will cost $1.8 million to construct and will open in late 2014. As a result of the new additions, the community hopes to add 15 to 20 new jobs to their existing staff of 40. Reservations for the new apartments are now being accepted. For more information, call 678-319-3000 or visit www.bentonhouse.com.
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RE/MAX Center receives four top statewide awards JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — At a recent annual RE/MAX of Georgia award ceremony, RE/MAX Center, the independently owned real estate company with offices in Duluth and Johns Creek, was awarded three prestigious Showcase Awards as well as the Highest Net Gain Award for Georgia. Each Showcase Award is based Finnick on agent growth, percentage of productive agents and other internal criteria. RE/MAX Center’s more than 120 full-time sales associates specialize in residential real estate, new construction and commercial real estate throughout metro Atlanta. “2013 was a solid year for us all at RE/MAX Center,” said Patrick Finnick, owner of RE/MAX Center. “[These awards] clearly reflect the hard work and dedication of everybody throughout our entire company.”
Homeownership Expo to be held April 24 Benton House announces expansion, anniversary ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Benton House Senior Living recently celebrated its one-year anniversary with the announcement of an expansion. Benton House currently serves over 60 residents. The community features senior living apart-
CUMMING, Ga. — Trying to buy or sell a home, or interested in learning how to spruce up your home’s exterior or interior? The inaugural Homeownership Expo takes place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 24 at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming. More than 40 vendors and various workshops will be present to offer services and advice. Sponsored by the 400 North Board of Realtors, the expo is free.
forsythherald.com | Forsyth Herald | April 16, 2014 | 13 It will include workshops on the following topics: market overview for Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties; seven layers of design in prepping your home and panel discussion covering appraisals, landscaping, inspections and renovations. In addition, activities will be provided to entertain children, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., various restaurants will be onsite. For more information, call 404-732-0603 or visit www.400northboardofrealtors.org/expo.
Traton Homes to build Greenwich Park in Johns Creek JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Traton Homes will soon begin building luxury homes at Greenwich Park in Johns Creek. The gated community will offer 21 homes, priced from the $800,000s. Residents at Greenwich Park will enjoy convenient access to the area’s dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. Children at Greenwich Park will attend State Bridge Crossing Elementary, Autrey Mill Middle and Johns Creek High schools. Interested home buyers are encouraged to stay informed by registering for the community VIP List at www.TratonHomes.com. For more information, call new homes specialist Steve Lee at 678-858-1984.
Sur La Table to open Alpharetta location ALPHARETTA, Ga.— Seattle-based Sur La Table, the retail cooking store, has confirmed the opening of a location in North Point Mall on May 14. Opening date is subject to change. The 5,800-square-foot store, located at 1000 North Point Circle, Suite 1082 in Alpharetta, will employ over 20 fulltime and part-time employees. “Our stores are the ultimate place for kitchen exploration and discovery and we are excited to offer our unsurpassed selection of exclusive and premium-quality goods for the kitchen and table to the Alpharetta market,” said Jack Schwefel, chief executive officer of Sur La Table. “In addition, the store will feature our newest cooking class program location which offers a diverse and exciting schedule of hands-on cooking classes, led by classically trained chefs.”
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Should I get a property survey? In the state of Georgia, surveys are not required when purchasing a property. Most home buyers do not opt to have a survey done, in some cases due to cost. More often than not, it is because the buyer is purchasing in a planned community. The buyer might assume that because the builder probably had surveyed everything when building out the community, there isn’t likely to be any boundary line issues. More often, surveys are done on larger parcels of land. This may be done by the seller in advance of putting the property up for sale, or by the buyer while under contract. When purchasing raw land
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move in and a fence company will ask you for a survey in order to stay on or within the boundary lines of the property Finally, a title insurance policy on your new home won’t cover you on a boundary line problem without a survey. In fact, you won’t be covered on any boundary line problems that are discovered with a survey. But the survey may identify the issue so a boundary line agreement or some resolution to that issue may occur. More often than not, the survey will reflect exactly what you think you’re purchasing, but better to pay for a survey for peace of mind than have a dispute or disagreement with your new neighbor later.
Death and taxes: Two pleasant subjects It seems everything is going up and up these days. Capital gains, or the tax owed on selling income-producing property, is no exception, as it has increased this year to 20 percent. An additional tax of 3.8 percent is also hitting investors through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. The combination of these two taxes is hitting investors in the pocketbook at almost 24 percent. Additionally, adding in the Georgia income tax of 6 percent yields a whopping 30 percent tax on sales of your investment real estate. But don’t despair; the Internal Revenue Service has created a way around paying it. It’s called a 1031 exchange, likekind exchange or Starker exchange. The 1031 comes from the section of the IRS code that allows you to defer capital gains. In 1970, a family named Starker challenged the IRS’s ruling on capital gains and eventually won the court case against the IRS.
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A 1031 exchange merely allows you to swap properties without actually swapping the property. When you sell an investment property, IRS rules will allow you to purchase a “like” property, of equal or greater value and defer the capital gains into the new property. A third-party company, known as an exchange intermediary, that’s approved by the IRS, will hold your funds from the sale of the first property until you are able to close on the second property. If done properly, this “exchange” will allow you to defer the capital gains until the sale, or another exchange, of this second property. It is possible, upon your death, to bequeath the property and your heirs will not have to pay capital gains either. Through the use
of the 1031 exchange, it is possible never to pay capital gains in your lifetime. There are some important criteria that you will need to meet to qualify for the exchange: 1) The property you sell should have specific language mentioning the 1031 exchange. 2) You, as the seller, can’t accept the money at the closing. It must be delivered to the “exchange intermediary.” 3) You have 45 days after selling the property to identify the other property(s) that you will be purchasing. 4) You have 180 days after selling the property to close on the new property(s). You’ve worked hard to produce passive income. Don’t let the tax man take too much of your hard-earned money. By using the tax code to your advantage, you can help preserve your real estate investment for yourself and your heirs for many years to come. Brian Patton CCIM is a commercial real estate investor, broker, author and radio show host. Call 770-634-4848, or visit his website at www.CapitalListings.com
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Creating great work culture Does your small business have a great work culture? Are your employees happy? Do you get a lot of things done because your culture enables great teamwork? Is there the proper balance of work and personal time? Just like you build a new product or develop a new service, you need to do the same with your culture. Creating a great work culture isn’t easy, but will significantly contribute to your success if you have one. The first step in achieving a great culture is having the right “tone from the top” with your management team. If the leadership of the company isn’t “walking the talk” and visually displaying the culture you want, it will never happen. Employees will mimic the behavior of their managers, so it’s very important to make sure all of your leaders know what is expected of them. The structure of your organization can also make
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or break having a great work culture. Multiple levels of management and the inability for employees to engage upper management with their suggestions and ideas will be a deterrent to having a great culture in your small business. Hiring the right people and making sure that everyone has fun working is part of creating a great work culture. Do novel things like setting up a Ping-Pong table or dart board in your office, so when your employees want to take a break they can have some fun. Creating a great work culture in your small business will help contribute to the success of your small business.
Job fair returns to RUMC Employers invited to participate with 300 job seekers in attendance ROSWELL, Ga. – There is still room for local employers to participate in the Monday, April 28, mini-job fair as part of the long-running jobs networking ministry at Roswell United Methodist Church. RUMC partners with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Roswell Inc. and the Rotary Club of Roswell to bring speakers, offer job interview and resume writing tips and provide networking opportunities. One the largest ongoing such ministries in the Southeast, the job fair routinely attracts more than 300 job seekers.
Success stories from employers have confirmed that this process is working. Employers should arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. for a quick employers’ meeting. Then, employers will announce their job openings to the job seekers in attendance. Those who are a match will meet in private rooms with interested candidates. It is all over at 9 p.m., and employers leave with resumes in hand. Everyone is encouraged to attend the dinner at 5:45 p.m., hear the dinner speaker and mingle with job seekers.
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Show times vary. April 10 – May 25. 1404 Spring St. Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-3391 or visit puppet.org.
Mello-Drama Productions presents “Oliver” at the Cumming Playhouse, the classic musical based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. Show times vary. Through April 19. 101 School St., Cumming. Please call 770-781-9178 or visit playhousecumming.com.
LOCAL LIVE MUSIC » LUDWIG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The LSO presents "A Cherry Blossom Spring Fling,” a gala closing concert for its seventeenth season at the Gwinnett Center-Performing Arts Center. The evening's performance features internationally-acclaimed Korean violinist Hye-Jin Kim interpreting SaintSaens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and the rare Dvorak Romance in F, Malek Jandali, American/Syrian pianist and composer, in the premiere of his Piano Theme and Variations, and local Russian artists Olga and Jacob Yampolsky performing the double concerto for violin and viola by Max Bruch. 7:30 p.m. April 26. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Please visit ludwigsymphony.org.
ART » ALPHARETTA ARTS STREETFEST
Celebrate the arts at one of the city of Alpharetta’s most popular events. The streets of Historic Downtown will be filled with nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. are showcased. Enjoy a beautiful spring weekend as you stroll through outdoor galleries filled with fine art, create children’s art and experience live jazz, Celtic music, cultural dancing and more. Admission and parking are free. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 26 and 27. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-0102 or visit awesomealpharetta.com.
THEATER » ‘CHARLOTTE’S WEB’
The Center for Puppetry Arts presents “Charlotte’s Web,” an adaptation of the novel by E.B. White, in which Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig become unlikely friends.
calendar for sale, a cake walk and spring-themed arts and crafts for kids. Bring your basket and your camera for a fun, family day set in Callanwolde’s beautiful spring gardens and grounds. 10 a.m. - Noon. April 19. 980 Briarcliff Road Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404-872-5338 or visit callanwolde.org.
EGGS-TREME EGG HUNT
An Easter egg hunt hosed by the Reach One Church at Friendship Park by Crabapple Crossing Elementary. 12:30 p.m. April 20. 12775 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Please visit reachonechurch.org.
9TH ANNUAL KIDS HELPING KIDS CARNIVAL
‘TARZAN THE MUSICAL’
King’s Ridge High School presents “Tarzan the Musical.” Based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s, “Tarzan of the Apes,” and the 1999 smash-hit Disney animated film, “Tarzan” tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa, and is raised by apes in the jungle. “Tarzan” features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. Show times vary. April 24 – 26. 2765 Bethany Bend, Alpharetta. Please call 770-754-5738 or visit kingsridgecs.org.
Johns Creek United Methodist Church Preschool is having their 9th annual "Kids Helping Kids" Carnival. Last year's Carnival was a huge success, with over 2,000 people in attendance and raising over $47,000 for Camp Sparrowwood — a camp for children with special needs — Emory Johns Creek Pediatric Patients (NICU) and the Preschool itself. This year’s proceeds will support the same causes. Bring your friends and family to enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides, inflatables, games and more JCUMC Preschool. Tickets sold at the door. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 26. 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-497-8215.
EVENTS » EARTH DAY CANOE TRIP
Summer will soon be arriving, but you can get your family out early on the Chattahoochee River this year to celebrate Earth Day. Take advantage of two different opportunities to enjoy a quiet paddle along the cliffs and through the backwaters of the river. Registration required by April 17. 1 – 8 p.m. April 19. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.
EGGSTRAVAGANZA CALLANWOLDE EASTER EGG HUNT
A family favorite for years, Callanwolde’s egg hunt features thousands of candy-filled eggs to find and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. There will be homemade baked goods
ELECTRATHON AMERICA ELECTRIC VEHICLE RACE
Electrathon is a race in which electric vehicles compete to see how far they can go on a given amount of battery power. The race will be held at the Forsyth Central High School east campus. Come down and spectate this exciting and environmentally progressive new sport. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. April 19. 520 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. Please call 770-887-8151 or visit electrathonamerica.org.
EARTH WEEK RIVER FLOAT AND CLEAN UP
Bring your own canoe or kayak and join the National Park Service for a ranger-
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led leisurely paddle on the Chattahoochee River. The down-river journey will take participants past Woodland American Indian village sites, the location were Sherman's Troops outflanked the Confederate Army, suburban homes, and forests of extraordinary beauty. There are four mild class 1.5 rapids suitable for beginners along this part of the river. Reservations are required. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 26. 301 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Please call 678-538-1200 or visit nps.gov.
Top Five EVENTS Ga.’S LARGEST EASTER EGG HUNT World Harvest Church is hosting Georgia’s largest Egg Hunt with 55,000 eggs. The event is free and open to the public. The Egg Hunt is for ages 2-13. Noon – 2 p.m. April 19. 320 Hardscrabble Road, Roswell. Please call 770-643-9223.
ANNUAL GARDEN FAIRE
Bulloch Hall's Annual Garden Faire heralds the start of spring planting season and provides a onestop shop for everything you need to make your gardening dreams reality. This free gardening event, hosted by North Fulton Master Gardeners, will have something for every level of gardener — from novice to seasoned. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 26. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. Please visit bullochhall.org.
TASTE OF FORSYTH
The annual Taste of Forsyth and Easter Egg Hunt return to the Cumming Fairgrounds. The event will feature more than 25 restaurants, the Egg Hunt, and a Touch-a-Truck event for kids. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 19. 235 Cumming Fairgrounds, Cumming. Please call 770-423-1330 or visit cummingfair.net.
BEAR ON THE SQUARE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL
Dahlonega's 18th annual celebration of Southern Appalachian Culture is being held in and around the town's Historic Square. Bear on the Square is a lively weekend of music and art beginning with pre-festival activities, including jamming on the square and a Country Auction, on Friday, April 25. The schedule includes free admission, on-stage performances by well known bluegrass and old-time musicians, a juried Artists Marketplace featuring mountain crafts, more jamming on the square, free music workshops/ demonstrations, storytelling, an acoustic open mic event and more. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 26 and 27. Main Street, Dahlonega. Please call 706-864-7817 or visit bearonthesquare.org.
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EASTER EGG HUNT AT MIDWAY COMMUNITY CHURCH
An Easter egg hunt for children aged toddlers through 5th grade at the Midway Community Church. Come and enjoy a fun filled day of inflatables, food, face painting and egg hunting. 2 – 4 p.m. April 19. 3365 Francis Road, Alpharetta. Please visit midwaycc.org.
Kick off the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest at this one day event, showcasing eight of the Alpha Arts Guild’s talented and accomplished artists, each displaying numerous pieces of work in various mediums. Register onsite to win an original work of art. Refreshments will be served. Free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 26. Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-0102.
ROSWELL CYCLING FESTIVAL
The Roswell Cycling Festival will take place on Canton Street, and feature many fun events for cyclists of all ages. The festival will begin with the Mayor’s Ride, followed by races of various categories, and a kid’s bicycle safety course. 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. April 27. Canton Street, Roswell. Please visit roswellcyclingfestival.com.
SPRING "K" CLASSIC 5K AND 10K
The Kiwanis of Roswell host their Spring “K” Classic 5k and 10k run. The course is certified and chip timed. Medals will be given to the winners in each age category. 5:30 – 10 a.m. April 19. 12025 Etris Road, Roswell. Please call 404-5532451 or visit roswellkiwanis.org.
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Services ComeCelebrate Easter in the sanctuary at
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Forsyth schools celebrate Exceptional Children’s Week By ALLIE SMITH email@example.com CUMMING, Ga. — Exceptional Children’s Week is an annual celebration of students with exceptionalities and the professionals who serve them. From March 10 through March 14, Georgia observed Exceptional Children’s Week (ECW). The theme this year was “Going Beyond All Possibilities.” Several Forsyth County schools celebrated ECW. Education and awareness are the focal points of ECW, because for most students, their first exposure to a person with special needs is in the school environment. Through education, students are more prepared to empathize with special students and engage with them. ECW is also an opportunity to point out that special needs cover a spectrum of issues and are not limited to students in self-contained special education classrooms. Many children walking the school corridors fall under the umbrella of special education. At South Forsyth Middle School, with Principal Sandy Tinsley’s support, the guidance and special education
departments spearheaded the school’s ECW celebration. The student leadership team, called S.O.A.R. (Show Others Acceptance and Respect), designed posters featuring famous people who have succeeded in spite of their “disabilities.” The posters were on display throughout the school, and examples included Helen Keller, Steve Jobs and Michael Phelps. Schools also used the week as an opportunity to celebrate special education teachers, therapists and paraprofessionals who, due to their small classes, might easily be overlooked during Teacher Appreciation Week celebrations. At Shiloh Point Elementary School, where Sarah Armstrong is the ECW PTA chair, the ECW committee had T-shirts made for the special education staff, which they wore on spirit day. Every year since Shiloh Point opened, they’ve held a huge parade for special needs children. All the teachers and students line up throughout the school, hold up posters and pompoms and cheer as their fellow students march (or in some cases wheel) down the hallway – giving them the hope to “Go Beyond All Pos-
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Mobile jobs training unit visits Cumming Library CUMMING, Ga. — The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission’s mobile training unit will visit the Cumming Library on Tuesday, April 22. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this unique workforce development tool offers free access to resume writing software, helps prepare users for interviews, provides access to online interest surveys and assessments and offers computer typing software. “The first question people
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Competition takes flight in Forsyth By ALDO NAHED email@example.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The SAE Aero Design East 2014 competition took place last week, pitting the best engineers in the nation and internationally against each other in a model airplane competition. The event is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-life engineering challenge. The 3-day competition took place April 11, 12 and 13 and was designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations that engineers face in their real-life work environment. First competitors had to prove their design during a presentation at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming. The students from all over the world made formal oral presentation to a panel of judges, which is made up of Lockheed Martin engineers, former Delta pilots and other professionals. Nervous students outlined the design considerations and flight performance predictions, defending their aircrafts. In addition to the U.S., the
An engineering class from Cedarville University in Ohio inspect their plane. best engineers from Egypt, India, Canada, Brazil, Bangladesh, Mexico and Poland were represented in Forsyth. An engineering class from Cedarville University in Ohio had built their plane out of light plywood and their goal was to lift 65 pounds at the competition, said David Ross, a mechanical engineering student. The importance of interpersonal communication skills is sometimes overlooked, yet both written and oral communication skills are vital in the engineering workplace, said David Roberts, a lead event organizer and GMA training coordinator.
“Then we got to make sure it’s air worthy,” Roberts said. The following two days, April 12 and April 13, the competition took to the field with all day showcases of the students’ designed and built air crafts at 8250 Old Federal Road in Ball Ground, Ga. Each team flew a radiocontrolled model airplane that is able to take off, fly successfully and land with a payload on board. The payload was increased between flight rounds to see which team is able to lift the most weight. Aero Design featured three classes of competition—regular, advance and micro.
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Engineers from the Université Laval in Québec, Canada put the finishing touches on their model plane. Visit www.gmarc.com for more information. Editor’s note: Due to our
press deadline, a more complete version of this article will run in the April 23 edition of the Forsyth Herald.
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Chase Elliott wins Nationwide Series NASCAR race Shows he is ready for ‘big time’ racing By HATCHER HURD email@example.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Eighteenyear-old Chase Elliott is one King’s Ridge Christian School senior who won’t be going to college in the fall. And that is the good news. Elliott just won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race April 4 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, and is now the secondyoungest driver to notch a Nationwide Series race. At this
rate, he soon will no longer be introduced as the son of racing legend Bill Elliott. This son of a gun can drive. After his big win on Friday, he didn’t have much time to celebrate. He had a math test on Monday. Shuntel Beach, King’s Ridge’s public relations director, said Elliott handles himself with amazing maturity and ability to remain focused. “We are all mesmerized by what he can do,” she said. “He crams five days of school into
three days, so he can spend three days out of the week racing. He just handles it all so well.” Elliott has also impressed the racing community. He certainly was on everybody’s radar screen when won his first NASCAR Truck Series race Sept. 1 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, Canada, in just his sixth Truck Series start. One of those suitably impressed was Dale Earnhardt Jr. He signed the younger Elliott to his team to drive the No. 9 Chevrolet, owned by Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports
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was the No. 9 car that crossed the finish line first at Texas Motor Speedway, and teammate Earnhardt finished fifth. One step below the Sprint Series where the elite drivers compete, Elliott says you will often see those elite drivers competing in the Nationwide Series as well. Often Sprint Series drivers will test some new technological wrinkle in their engine in a Nationwide Series race before using it in a Sprint Series race, where winning and losing is measured in hundredths of a second. As if Elliott didn’t have enough on his plate, he will appear in the broadcast booth as well. He was asked to be part of the April 12 radio lineup for the Motor Racing Network. Elliott joined the MRN broadcast crew in the coverage of the Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway. “Adding a driver to our broadcast team at Darlington will put listeners behind the wheel and give them a look into the minds of the competitors through Chase’s eyes,” said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. “The ‘Elliott’ name is synonymous with success at Darlington, and it’s a privilege to have one of NASCAR’s rising stars join us this weekend.” The hype over Elliott has already begun, but he appears to have the maturity to handle it and keep his eye on the checkered flag.
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An Easter Egg Hunt is a big attraction at the annual Taste of Forsyth at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Taste of Forsyth returns for 11th year I like to eat, so when I heard a weekend food festival was returning, my palate began to salivate. To calm my belly, I’ll be going to this year’s Taste of Forsyth, which takes place Saturday, April 19 at the Cumming Fairgrounds. The 11th annual event is sponsored by the City of Cumming and Superior Plumbing and will offer samples from 25 local restaurants. The samples vary in price from $1 to $4 (cash only) and are a great way to try all that Forsyth County restaurants have to offer. The event organizers say from Jamaican jerk chicken to
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kabobs and barbecue, there’ll be something for every taste bud. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road. And food samples are not all. This family friendly foodcentered event, will feature
inflatables and a pretty epic Easter egg hunt. The egg hunts will run throughout the day. Ages 3 and younger at 11:30 a.m.; 4 to 7 at 12:30 p.m. and for 8 to 10 at 1:30 p.m. And with everyone being a restaurant critic these days, you’ll get to vote as well. Last year about 15,000 people attended. Some of last year’s winners include the crab cake and pasta from Tam’s Backstage; the strawberry shortcake by Ice Cream Social and the barbecue flatbread pizza by Mia Ristorante Italiano. Is your palate salivating, too? I thought so.
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Charles M. Ceraso, 97, of Cumming, passed away April 3, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home.
Gregory Hilton Kinch, 54, passed away March 25, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.
Sara Carolyn Crisler Cobb, 77, passed away March 27, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.
Steven N. Lokerse, 60, of Loganville, passed away April 6, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.
Sarah Ann Davis, 93, passed away March 28, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Rosa O. Johnston, 55, of Flowery Branch, passed away April 4, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Evelyn Hall, 79, passed away March 30, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Reginald E. Hayes, 57, of Alpharetta, passed away April 5, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Sammy Gene Hines, 82, of Cumming, passed away April 3, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.
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Cumming author Felicia Lynn and author K. Langston are geared up and ready for the event to start.
CUMMING, Ga. — A homeowner found her property burglarized after being vacant for about a month, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. A woman in the 2000 block of Trammel Road told deputies the renters moved out of the home in the beginning of March. When she checked on the property on April 3, she saw someone had broken the locked barn. She did not remember all that was in the barn, but noticed several items were missing. The copper wiring had been cut and stripped from the barn. Outside the home, she saw the air conditioning unit and all the gutters were stolen. The next day, she returned to the home and found someone came back and stole the washer, dryer and two electric stoves.
Jeanne Sybil Cohen, 91, passed away March 27, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.
Authors: said on her Facebook page. Fans traveled from across the country to meet their favorite authors and discover new ones. The book blog SheReader videoed authors talking about their books. “We are happy to be here to meet all of these authors and share their stories on our blog,” blogger Shayr Guthrie said. “And learn about new books, too.” Local author Felicia Lynn thought the venue was perfect. “It was an amazing event and wonderful to see how the Forsyth County Conference Center welcomed everyone,” she said. Amy Reeder from Cumming attended the event. “I can’t believe how many great authors were there,” Reeder said. “I hope Heather does it again next year.”
cording to a Cumming Police incident report. At about 5 p.m. April 1, the owner of a Laundromat, 315 West Maple Street, told officers three people came in and stole money from the machine. He said he did not know how much was taken, and there was no video surveillance watching the property. A regular customer said she saw the incident. She said a man and two women walked into the busy Laundromat and waited until people started leaving. Then, they went to the vending machine and the man opened the machine with a key. The women were watching the windows and looking outside. The witness said it looked as if the man got the impression he was being watched and he said he was removing bowling alley coins from the machine.
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Elizabeth Ivery, 91, of Marietta, passed away April 2, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.
Della McGlammary Mills, 83, passed away April 4, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Bert G. Morrow, 70, of Jasper, passed away April 7, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Michael B. Phelps, 59, of Cumming, passed away April 4, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. William Francis Rowe, Jr., 89, passed away March 26, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Fanny S. Ruben, 90, of Atlanta, passed away April 2, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Loretta R. Skwara, 79, of Cumming, passed away April 3, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Russell Delmas Woodyard, age 74, passed away on March 26, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.
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