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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Sheriff’s deputies arrested Blake Aaron Overly, 24, of Alcovy Falls Drive, Lawrenceville on Jan. 2 in connection with an open drug investigation.

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Brittany Elizabeth Pickle, 28, of Pilgrim Point Road, Cumming, was arrested on Dec. 30 for DUI–drugs and following too closely. Marcquis Alajawan Green, 29, of Indian Trail Road, Norcross, was arrested on Dec. 30 for DUI–alcohol and failure to maintain lane. John Edward Haynes, 55, of Townley Drive, Dawsonville, was arrested on Dec. 31 for DUI–drugs and failure to maintain lane. Stephen Michael Ashley, 30, of Oakstone Court, Alpharetta, was arrested on Jan. 1 for DUI–alcohol and failure to obey traffic control device. Alex Barbosa, 26, of Belcourt Parkway, Roswell, was arrested on Jan. 1 for DUI–alcohol and failure to maintain lane. Nicholas Martin Shaver, 29, of Plaster Road, Chamblee, was arrested on Jan. 1 for DUI–alcohol, possession of open container by driver and failure to maintain lane. Bonnifer Michele Liston, 54, of Stokes Avenue, Atlanta, was arrested on Jan. 1 for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, less than 1 oz., possession of drug-related objects, DUI–drugs and littering from a motor vehicle. Ryan Edward Dunn, 42, of Nix Road, Milton, was arrested on Jan. 2 for DUI–alcohol and failure to obey traffic control device. Diego Garcia Prado, 26, of Hetherton

Executive charged with embezzling from Cub Scouts, law firm FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A former chief financial officer at a Cumming law firm and local Cub Scout treasurer is accused of embezzling nearly $102,000 from both organizations. Brian Thomas Hieber, 47, was arrested Jan. 8 and faces several felonies after deputies were able to tie the two cases together. The investigation began in August when a representative for Cub Scout Pack 254 reported that Hieber was refusing to provide prior bank statements after several requests. Authorities say previous emails show Hieber admitted to using the pack’s bank account for personal purchases. Hieber claimed he offset those purchases with deposits from his personal bank account, but those claims remain unverified, authorities said. Representatives of Jarrard and Davis, LLP, met with deputies, according to another incident report in November, claiming Hieber, who was hired as the firm’s chief financial officer in March 2018, stole $101,918 from the company. Hieber had sole access to the firm’s payroll and accounting software and gave himself unauthorized pay raises, did not pay medical insurance costs and provided himself with an unauthorized 6 percent SEP IRA match, authorities said. Investigators were able to connect the

Overly was charged with four counts of intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of drug related objects. There is no bond at this time.

two incidents, authorities said. Hieber faces five counts each of theft by taking, theft by deception, computer crimes/invasion of privacy and violation

Road, Dacula, was arrested on Jan. 2 for DUI–alcohol, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions/ prima facie speed and driving while license suspended or revoked. Blake Aaron Overly, 24, of Alcovy Falls Drive, Lawrenceville, was arrested on Jan. 2 for intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of drug-related objects. Ruogu Tian, 32, of Gardenside Court, Alpharetta, was arrested on Jan. 3 for distribution/possession/intent to distribute Schedule III, DUI–multiple substances, possession of open alcohol container by driver and failure to maintain lane. Timothy Clay Lynch, 30, of Cambridge Hills Road, Cumming, was arrested on Jan. 3 for possession of heroin. William David Liegl, 43, of Millrose Trace, Flowery Branch, was arrested on Jan. 3 for possession of methamphetamine, penal offense: unlawful to cross guard lines with weapons, failure to obey traffic control device, driving in gore/median/emergency lane and driving while license suspended or revoked. Janice Elaine Tatum, 60, of Westington Circle, Cumming, was arrested on Jan. 3 for DUI–alcohol, possession of an open alcohol container by driver and improper turn. Autry Lee Foster, 46, of Maple Lane, Markham, Illinois, was arrested on See DUIs, Page 25 of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Correction Organizations Act. He remains in the county’s jail without bond.

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Experts predict worst flu season in a decade By DENISE RAY FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Healthcare experts say it is shaping up to be the worst flu season in a decade. As of now, at least 2,900 people have died of the flu this season, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and flu activity is “widespread” in the country. Forsyth County residents suffered, too. “During the last quarter of 2019 we saw 315 flu cases in the Emergency Department at Northside Hospital Forsyth, a 61 percent increase over what we saw same quarter the previous year,” Katherine Watson spokeswoman for Northside Hospital Forsyth said. In every region of the state, flu activity is high. Outbreaks began ramping up in early December, according to state health officials. In metro Atlanta alone, 39 people were hospitalized with the flu in the final week of December. Since the end of September, 505 people in the metro area have been admitted to hospitals. Doctors say the flu season started early this year. The flu season hit record levels in December, closing out 2019 with a spike nationwide, health officials said. The last week of 2019 was the deadliest in Georgia’s flu season so far with six related deaths from the flu, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Watson said there was a “significant increase” in flu cases the last four weeks of the year at the hospital in Forsyth County. Fifteen deaths have been confirmed in the state this flu season which typically peaks during the cold, dry weather between December and February. Government health officials say 2019


Northside Hospital Forsyth has reported 315 cases of the flu in the last four months of 2019. Doctors say the flu season started early, and the nation is on track to have one of the worst flu seasons in a decade. total flu cases through Dec. 28 led to at least 6.4 million illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths. The CDC reported a total of 4.6 million illnesses, 39,000 hospitalizations and 2,100 deaths in its weekly report ending on Dec. 21. The CDC says that the nation is on track to having one of the worst flu seasons in decades. Georgia health officials say the last five weeks of flu have been “widespread” throughout Georgia.

The CDC says most illnesses are the result of the influenza B/Victoria viruses, which the agency said varies by region and age group. The geographic spread of flu activity does not measure the severity of the virus, but seasonal influenza activity throughout the nation has been climbing for seven consecutive weeks. The latest data from the agency shows that the virus has been wide-

spread or striking regionally in 45 states, including Georgia The groups most at risk of the flu are older adults, very young children, pregnant women and those with certain chronic medical conditions, according to the CDC. According to the CDC, symptoms of the flu include: • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (though not everyone with flu will have a fever) • Cough • Sore throat • Runny or stuffy nose • Muscle or body aches • Headaches • Fatigue • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated each year. The vaccine takes about two weeks to provide protection. But receiving the vaccine anytime during the season is better late than never. Vaccine manufacturers have projected that they will supply as many as 162 million to 169 million doses of influenza vaccine for the 2019-2020 season, according to the CDC. Flu vaccine is produced by private manufacturers. Other steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs include avoiding close contact with people who are ill, staying home when you are sick, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcoholbased hand rub such has hand sanitizer. Should you come in contact with someone who is ill, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces whenever possible. These spots include doorknobs, keyboards, and phones.

Forsyth County named wealthiest in the state By DENISE RAY FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County is the richest of county in Georgia, according to a new study by a financial news and opinion website. The website, 24/7, created a weighted index of 26 factors and divided them into four categories — affordability, economy, quality of life and community — in order to determine each state’s best city in which to live. Forsyth County’s median household income is nearly double the statewide average, making it the richest county in the state, according to the report. Forsyth County flaunts a median household income of $101,743, as compared

to the Peach State’s overall average of $55,679. Forsyth’s unemployment rate fell below the state’s average, and its high percentage of adult residents with a bachelor’s degree put it at the top of the list of wealthiest counties in rankings according to the study. To determine the richest county in each state, the site looked at annual household income in more than 2,000 counties nationwide using five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.  The study also looked at the percentage of adults in each country with a bachelor’s degree or higher, local poverty rates and median household income.  Forsyth County’s statistics broke down as follows:

Forsyth economics Here’s a breakdown of Forsyth County’s economic statistics that helped lead publishers of 24/7 to place it at the top of Georgia’s richest counties. Forsyth State avg. Median household income $101,743 $55,679 Poverty rate 5.9% 16.0% Oct. 2019 unemployment 2.5% 3.4%  Adults with bachelor’s degree 51.7% 30.7% Forsyth County ranked eighth in a list of the top 10 richest counties in some of the country’s largest states, according to the report. California’s Santa Clara County was first, followed by Fort Bend County, Texas, and St. John’s County, Florida was the third highest.

New York’s Nassau County was fourth, followed by Chester County, Pennsylvania, then Kendall County Illinois and Delaware County in Ohio. Wake County, North Carolina, and Livingston County, Michigan, finished the list behind Forsyth.

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Texting during meetings surfaces as issue among commissioners By DENISE RAY FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. –— Forsyth County Commission Chair Laura Semanson sparked some debate Jan 9 when she proposed banning the use of personal electronic devices during meetings. The proposal came up during the commission’s discussion of self-governance and rules at the first regular meeting of 2020. “If there’s a conversation with a commissioner, the public’s entitled to know it,” Semanson said. “Aside from optics and transparency, if you’re not giving your attention to a person who’s presenting their case to you, wanting to be heard, if you’re not listening, not engaged, they’re not getting their due process.” Semanson said the practice to prohibit texting and private communications among commissioners during meetings was informally adopted for a time in 2017. A formal adoption of the rule, she said, has not been reintroduced.

Commissioner Todd Levent explained that for personal reasons he would like to have his phone “if something comes up” and told Semanson she was treating the commissioners “like children.” Semanson said texts on personal devices can be obtained through open records requests. Commissioner Cindy Mills joined the discussion. “Surely we can separate ourselves long enough from Facebook to conduct a meeting,” Mills interjected. “I think we can govern ourselves better.” County Attorney Ken Jarrard reminded the board that its adopted rules outline how they self-govern, and the electronics issue was about decorum. “If it becomes an issue or distracting, it could be called out of order,” he said. Semanson’s push for greater transparency comes just as the county is set to launch a new online feature that will provide residents access to background documents and supporting materials for agenda items discussed at commission meetings.


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Becoming Mr. Fix-it through fatherhood I was not blessed with ability to construct or mend things. Now, it can be argued that no skills, other than those necessary for life, are truly innate, but I’m convinced some are destined to be bad JOE PARKER at certain tasks from Editor the moment they are born. I would argue my handiwork around the house is proof. I once turned one of those build-ityourself bookshelves into something that more resembled an avante garde art piece I could have called “Frustrations in particleboard.” Within my bathroom are the remains of my handiwork attempting to fix drywall imperfections before painting. Instead of filling holes to create a flat, smooth surface, I now have the drywall equivalent of an acne-riddled teen’s face. Hanging in the living room are four floating shelves I constructed. Sure, they are efficient as shelves, but they are about as attractive as open sores thanks to my adeptness with saws,


hammers and nails. And while I have attempted to mend many things, the act invariably results in me making the problem far, far worse and takes, at minimum, seven hours. But things seem to be changing. Over the course of a weekend, I changed the fluorescent tube that illuminates my kitchen sink without an issue. And if you are laughing at the fact I am heralding my efforts to change a lightbulb without a problem, you clearly do not understand my ineptitude at making improvements around the house. Later that same day, I replaced a faulty fill valve on a toilet without flooding my home or turning the toilet into ceramic dust. This was the same toilet I once took apart entirely over the course of six hours to diagnose why it was running, only to find out all I needed to do was take 30 seconds to replace a gasket. Less than 24 hours after the toiletfix miracle, I replaced the light fixture in a bathroom, and as you may have guessed, I lived to tell the story. And though I’m still a bit paranoid, there have been no electrical fires yet and the light has not come crashing down on my

head as I brush my teeth. What could be the reason for this newfound ability to mend things? I think it is a result of becoming a father. Growing up, it seemed as if everyone’s father could construct the Sydney Opera House with a few 2x4s and the tools in his garage, and rare was the day when something was broken beyond a dad’s ability to fix it. I do not believe the skills are bestowed upon you as soon as your little bundle of joy is born, rather, it is the leadup to their arrival. Experience pays dividends, and I received plenty of practice constructing and mending things ahead of my daughter’s birth. After all, there was a room that

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needed painting, so of course I tried my hand at drywall repair again. There was also a crib, two dressers and a glider that needed to be put together. And then fixed because I was putting them together. There were shelves to be hung and all kinds of baby accessories needed assembly. And with my daughter arriving weeks early, all of these things were done in a ridiculous hurry, providing me with a crash course in constructing things. And, perhaps my ability to mend a toilet and change a light fixture showed that the experience paid off. So, if you want to become handy with a hammer, have a baby.

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Record shop in flames weeks before grand re-opening By DENISE RAY CUMMING, Ga. —The owner of a local record shop lost thousands of dollars in inventory following a Jan. 3 fire. Bob Johnson, owner of His Rock Music, was preparing for his grand re-opening in downtown Cumming. Now, he’s working with his insurance company, picking up pieces of burnt CDs, albums and his livelihood. His Rock Music was set to celebrate a re-opening of sorts as the business moved from its former location on Merchants Square to 318 Dahlonega Highway. The 3,000-square-foot building went up in flames just before 5 a.m. destroying thousands of dollars in equipment. Johnson said he was in the process of purchasing insurance for the new location and had planned to have a grand re-opening January 25. He estimated the loss in equipment and music at $30,000. “It’s pretty devastating,” Johnson said. “This has been my life for the past five years. Music is my passion. I grew up with this music, classic rock.” While the building does have insurance to rebuild, Johnson will not be able to recover any inventory losses because of the absence of a Certificate of Occupancy,

which was supposed to come the following week. Johnson said he hopes to restock his inventory and find a new location this summer in hopes of re-opening. Community members quickly created a Go Fund Me page to support Johnson by raising $10,000. “It’s bittersweet,” Johnson said. “It’s sad that we lost all of our inventory, but it’s nice to know that people cared about His Rock and what we were doing.” His Rock Music was first located in Dawsonville and moved to Cumming five years ago. Johnson opened the shop to create a “safe space for local youth to experience music shows and open mic nights.” The former youth pastor said he set up a concert stage in earlier stores to help fund aspiring young musicians and artists and give them the opportunity to perform, including Carolyn Riley, a contestant on “The Voice” this year. People that grew up with rock music and band that have played at the store have been sending positive notes and messages of encouragement, Johnson said. “The community’s support has just been overwhelming,” Johnson said. No one was injured, and for that Johnson says he’s thankful. “No worries. The big thing is nobody


Remnants of the January 3 fire that destroyed His Rock Music are crime scene tape and a melted cd. There was no indication of the fire being intentional Jason Shivers, division chief, technical services Forsyth County Fire Department said. The business was set to have a re-opening in its new location January 25. was injured. Stuff is stuff. It can be replaced,” Johnson said. The fire started somewhere in the middle third of the building and no exact cause has been determined.

Investigators have determined the fire to be accidental in nature with no indication of it being intentional, Jason Shivers, division chief, technical services Forsyth County Fire Department said.

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Commission: Continued from Page 5 Right now, and for at least the past 10 years, county staff has printed out hundreds of pages of background materials for agenda items, then bind them into booklets for each commissioner and top level staff. These items include site plans, applications, ordinances, resolutions and other documentation provided for each agenda item. There are normally 10-15 of these packets created for each regular meeting. Communications Director Karen Shields said county staff are currently training on the new software, and she expects the system to be up and running soon. Neighboring counties and many nearby cities have had agenda documents available online for years. Gwinnett County began its system about 10 years ago. Online agendas and documents are also available in Dawson, Fulton and Hall counties. In other business at the Jan. 9 meeting, commissioners voted to for-



mally remove from the agenda a public hearing on an application to allow construction of an asphalt plant in the southern portion of the county. The conditional use permit application was pulled last month when county planners learned they had overlooked several conditions placed on the property when it was zoned for heavy industrial use in 1992. Those conditions limited hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., required that the operation not be visible from a public street and limited use to a ready-mix concrete plant. The county had filed the application to allow CW Matthews to construct the new plant at its current site on Granite Lane near Peachtree Parkway. Hundreds of nearby residents turned out to protest the application at a public hearing Nov. 21. The issue also garnered attention in nearby Johns Creek which sits just to the south of the site. Residents there spoke of their concerns at a town hall meeting with city officials last fall. The county’s denial of its own application means that CW Matthews will have to file the application to build the plant on the site.


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Businesses show appetite for Johns Creek corporate dining firm By CARSON COOK JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A decade ago, Vic Macchio started a business in his Johns Creek home with little more than an idea — that there is a smarter way for businesses to manage their corporate dining expenses. In the 10 years since, Dinova has grown to 75 employees, 21,000 restaurant partners and $8 billion in restaurant spend. Dinova says its platform is a triple win for corporations, restaurants and businesses travelers. Corporations who join the program earn rebates whenever their employees dine at a Dinova-partnered restaurant. Dinova also helps restaurants attract new corporate clients. “We’re sending them business Monday through Friday, typically off-peak for consumer dining, and we tend to have much higher average checks,” Dinova President and CEO Alison Galik said. For business travelers, the Dinova app helps them find restaurants near them to match their culinary preferences and price point. There is also a rewards program with benefits for the individual diner. Macchio has been a Johns Creek resident for 27 years. He was relocated to the Atlanta area as part of his long career with American Express before he started Dinova. “When I realized it was time for an office, I realized there was no other place that I would consider an office but in Johns Creek,” he said. “There are many people that we’ve hired that live in the area and are attracted to the Johns Creek location. You’d be surprised by the kind of technology talent and business skills that are here.” Galik also sees value in the Johns Creek location.


“Some of our talent in the technology area, they tend to start out in Buckhead and Midtown, and then they start to have a family,” she said. “They want to come out to Johns Creek to take advantage of the great schools, and we’re able to attract talent that way.” Galik was brought on as president in spring 2018 to help grow the technology, and a year later she was promoted to CEO. “One of the best hires I ever made was Allison,” Macchio said. “I had brought this business to a certain level. I do know how to operate a company, but my true skills and talent lie in the vision. To bring in Allison who really got that vision, she has maintained and even enhanced the culture of the company.” Moving forward, Dinova is prepared to respond to changes in the workforce. Half of America’s workforce is now millennials, who have distinct travel dining habits compared to baby boomers, according to research by Dinova. Millennials tend to more strictly follow their company’s policies and prefer take out and fast casual over fine dining. They do business over breakfast more than older generations and look for unique experiences beyond just good food. Understanding these trends can help increase traveler satisfaction and employee retention, Macchio said. Dinova also continues to attract new restaurants and corporate clients. This year Dinova is also expanding to Canada, and long term might make Europe the next frontier. “Every day when I get out of bed it’s a dream come true,” Macchio said. “I look forward to what the future holds for this company. Every year seems to be an exciting year for one reason or another, but this is especially special.”


From left, Dinova founder Vic Macchio and CEO Alison Galik celebrate the companies 10th anniversary. The Johns Creek-based business has grown from a few employees working out of Macchio's home to facilitating $8 billion in restaurant sales with plans to expand internally this year.

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Henry County officials betting on the future Henry County officials have shown they are hungry for new, large-scale projects that will complement its close proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson and Atlanta Motor Speedway. The county is starting the new decade off with a bang as a $250 million residential development was just submitted for review. The county ended last year Geoff smith with officials releasing renderings of Assurance Financial, a proposed massive casino resort on the grounds of the famed speedway. Henry County sits southeast of the metro area sprawling along either side of I-75 from right about where Ga. 675 intersects with it, south past Locust Grove. Other cities within the county include Stockbridge, McDonough, Blacksville and Hampton — the home of the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is an attractive place to live for many because it sits just minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The casino proposal is pie in the sky unless state officials pass legislation this session to legalize gambling in Georgia. If they do, it seems Henry County officials are working to get ahead of that game. Some state officials have been working to legalize casino gambling and horse racing in Georgia for years now with no success, but the idea is gaining traction. Some officials see this as a way to boost revenues for Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship. The program has been a huge success in Georgia since it was introduced 27 years ago, adding more reasons for families to want to move to the state and giving employers an edge in

recruiting top talent. But since HOPE started, college tuitions have risen dramatically. From just 2006 to 2016, a report by the state Department of Audits and Accounts Performance Audit Division found that tuitions rose 77 percent. While tuitions have gone way up, revenues for the HOPE Scholarship, which come entirely from the Georgia Lottery, have not risen at the same pace. Some state officials see allowing horse racing, and possibly even casino gambling, as a way to supplement and even boost HOPE’s ability to pay for more Georgia students’ tuitions. Some say that because Georgia already has a very well-established equestrian industry that horse racing may have a better chance at passing before casino gambling. But if casinos are allowed, Henry County wants in on the action. While the state would get their HOPE revenue, they would get sales tax revenues and a huge economic development shot in the arm. In addition to four high-rise hotels rising along and overlooking the speedway, there would be a full-fledged resort that includes a music venue, water park, amusement rides, karting, condos, apartments and significant retail and restaurant space. “We’re talking a full destination that caters to the entire family, and not just for people to come and gamble,” Ed Clark, president of Atlanta Motor Speedway, told the Henry Herald. “As a matter of fact, the casino footprint would probably be 10 percent or less of the square footage of the entire operation.” While the casino proposal is pending on a lot of dominos to fall, a massive $250-million residential development was recently submitted to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for review as a De-


Atlanta Motor Speedway officials release this rendering of a resort around the track that includes a major casino with four high-rise hotels, amusement rides, a water park, a music venue and much more.

velopment of Regional Impact. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, this project would “easily rank as one of the largest residential developments proposed around metro Atlanta in recent years.” The project would include 1,135 single-family homes and townhomes around a lake and a 25-acre “farm-to-table agricultural farm.” The project, which has an estimated completion date of 2030, is estimated to generate $5.3 million in local residential taxes. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith,, 770-674-1433 Personal: NMLS#104587, Business: NMLS#70876 *The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of Assurance Financial Group

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What: Fulton County Arts & Culture and Dunwoody Fine Art Association present Sights & Insights, a Southeastern regional art show juried by Susannah Darrow at the Abernathy Arts Center. When: Jan. 25-Feb. 1, Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Abernathy Arts Center, 254 Johnson Ferry NW, Sandy Springs More info: php/art-centers/abernathyarts-center

WINSTON CHURCHILL SOCIETY LUNCHEON LECTURE What: Learn about Winston Churchill’s relationship with Jacky Fisher, First Sea Lord of Great Britain, in the Great World War. When: Saturday, Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: DoubleTree Hotel, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta Cost: $45 More info and tickets:

What: Bring a doll to the heritage village to join in on a variety of activities. Includes games, hikes, explorations of historic buildings and other activities with a historical focus. When: Friday, Jan. 17, 4:30-6 p.m. Where: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek Cost: $10 participation fee More info:


What: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a focus on the culture of South Korea with performances, crafts and more throughout the day. When: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2-4 p.m. Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming More info:


What: Join for a service and march to honor and remember Martin Luther King, Jr. March goes to Alpharetta City Hall. When: Monday, Jan. 20, 9:15noon Where: St. James United Methodist Church, 3000 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info: stjamesumcorg

What: Join for lend-a-hand projects throughout Dunwoody, including tree and daffodil plantings, parks beautification, and indoor projects. Partnership between the City of Dunwoody and Jack & Jill of America. When: Monday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m.noon Where: Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody More info and registration:


What: Barrington Hall hosts a full array of cooking classes based on classic European and American cuisine. Complimentary wine and a free mini-tour of Barrington Hall is included. When: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:309:30 p.m. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell Cost: $65 per person More info and registration:


What: As seen on “Sesame Street” and Sprout Network, Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese is a New York based children’s performer known for his DIY robotic creations, handmade props, and signature slapstick character. When: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets are $10 Info: Family


What: Enter the mysterious world of bats and survey the biology and ecology of each species. Join The Nature Club monthly potluck and mingle with folks with similar interests. When: Thursday, Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m. Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Cost: $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers More info and registration:


What: In Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Am Yisrael Chai presents keynote Holocaust survivor speaker Rabbi Bent Melchior. Free and open to the public. When: Sunday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. Where: Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs More info and registration:

What: Take a quick peek at Autrey Mill’s building collections and hear about the preservation and research efforts. When: Tuesdays, noon-2 p.m. Where: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek Cost: $2 More info:


What: Join an open discussion for those in recovery from addiction or those affected by people with addiction. Not a twelve-step program. When: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Where: Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek More info: or 678-743-1808 x101


What: Join for networking every Wednesday morning. When: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Where: Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek Cost: $5 for members, $10 for guests More info: or 770-495-0545


What: Learn about native plants with the Georgia Native Plant Society and Rick Barnes of Downey Tree nursery. The focus of the talk is on trees and shrubs. Free and open to the public. When: Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:308 p.m. Where: Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info:



What: Register now for Seniors Enriched Living continuing education classes for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Choose from 22 different topics including history, finance, nature journaling, philosophy and more. When: Jan. 7-Feb. 27, times vary by classes Where: Seniors Enriched Living, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell Cost: $60 per session More info and registration:


What: Fairies and gnomes have been busy building all new homes for the Enchanted Woodland Trail. Whimsical works line the trails – slow down and search for the fairy houses made from tiny natural objects. When: Jan. 9-Feb. 29 Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell More info:


What: Most people in the U.S. have insulin resistance and don’t even know it. Insulin resistance is a precursor to prediabetes and diabetes. Learn how to prevent or reverse insulin resistance. When: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1-2 p.m. Where: Wellness for Life, 3480 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming More info and registration:


What: Be a part of this weekly group run. The 3-mile run will start at the trailhead on McFarland Pkwy just down the street from Halcyon. When: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Starts at Big Creek Greenway Trailhead, 1622 McFarland Parkway, Alpharetta More info: events/totally-happy-feet-runwalk-group-halcyon



What: Join Alpharetta’s new, free social running group. Be prepared to run between 2-4 miles each meeting. When: Meets twice a week, Mondays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Where: Meet at the Alpharetta Community Center, 175 Roswell St., Alpharetta More info:



What: Explore meditation and silent prayer in a supportive group setting. When: Fridays, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, Room 205, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta More info:


What: Join your Alpharetta Females in Action group for free, peer-led workouts each week. All fitness levels are welcome. When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. Where: Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming More info:

What: The First Baptist Roswell men’s group meets every Friday morning for friendship and to help each other grow spiritually. All are welcome to attend. When: Fridays, 7 a.m. Where: Panera Bread, 1195 Woodstock Road, Roswell More info:



What: Combines the international rhythms of the Zumba Gold program with the strength training techniques, creating an easy-to-follow, health-boosting dance fitness program. When: Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Where: Park Place at Newtown School, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek Info:


What: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church will host a free concert with internationally celebrated bass-baritone Oral Moses, who performs regularly throughout the United States and Europe. Child care available. When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta More info:


What: Join for an interfaith service, “Birth of a New Nation,” featuring the Unity Choir (GLT Shir and the St. James UMC choir). When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon Where: Gesher l’Torah, 4320 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info:

What: Gain health benefits from relaxing yoga that emphasizes strength and flexibility. No experience necessary. Taught by an advanced certified yoga instructor. When: Wednesdays, 9:45-11 a.m. Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell More info: or 770261-1705


What: Make and grow faith-based friendships for all ages. Enjoy a hot meal and/or volunteer. When: Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45 p.m. Where: Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, 69 North Main St., Alpharetta More info:


What: Enjoy a night with tributes to Prince and Tina Turner. Standing and bar seating only. When: Friday, Jan. 17, 9 p.m.midnight Where: Rosati’s Pizza and Sports Pub, 415 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming Cost: Tickets start at $25 More info and tickets: rosatis. | Forsyth Herald | January 16, 2020 | 13



What: Register for a full mock SAT exam with personalized results. When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info and registration: or 404-613-4402

What: Multi-talented musician Tara Vaughan takes the audience on a rockin’ ride through the 60s, 70s, and 80s with the hits of the world’s greatest female rockers. When: Jan. 2-19, times vary Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets are $24-$38 More info and tickets:


What: Stage Door Players will continue its 46th anniversary season with the award-winning drama ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ by Tennessee Williams. When: Jan. 24-Feb. 16, times vary Where: Stage Door Players, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta Cost: Tickets start at $34 More info and tickets: 770-3961726 or


What: Jim Alexander is an award-winning documentary photographer who has amassed a large collection of images of Black culture and human rights photographs. When: Jan. 9-March 31 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info:


What: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with six performances showcasing Ailey’s 32 dancers, including world premieres that shine a spotlight on social issues. When: Feb. 20-23, times vary Where: The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta Cost: Tickets start at $29 More info and tickets:, or 855285-8499


What: Test-like practice without test day pressure. Full-length proctored tests enable you to see where you stand on the test without the pressure of an official score. When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info and registration:


What: Join award-winning author Lola M. Schaefer for a 90-minute workshop to brainstorm marketable ideas, practice the elements of craft, and work on character, plot and conflict. When: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. Where: Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega St., Cumming More info:



What: The ArtAround Roswell “museum without walls” 20192020 Tour will feature 10 new sculptures and nine permanent sculptures. When: Through February 2020 Where: Across the City of Roswell More info and maps:


What: Secure document shredding at the Milton Library for proper onsite disposal of personal and confidential documents. When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: or 404-6134402

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What: Join for an art class to make a painted ceramic mug. Presented by Out of the Box Art Studio. When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2:304 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info and registration: or 404-613-4050


What: Adventure Calls. Do you have what it takes? Roll the dice. Premade characters are available. When: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2-5:30 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: or 404-6134402


What: Join the club to discuss “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War,” by Nathaniel Philbrick. When: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6-7 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: or 404-6134402

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King’s Ridge Christian School Dr. Jeff D. Williams Head of School King’s Ridge Christian School is a very special place. Among our strengths, there are a number of things WILLIAMS that set us apart.   First, it is a place of great intellectual activity and academic rigor. We seek to be the best in the world at providing a Christian collegepreparatory program for students in grades Pre-K - 12; teaching students to view all learning through a Biblical template. Second, we have a passion to bring every student into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ while equipping our students to do with all excellence that which God calls them

to do. From our founding in 2001 until now, our enduring mission has been to be a Christian community providing a college preparatory education equipping student to know, to serve, and to believe in Christ. Third, we’re preparing young men and women not just for college but also for life. Our aim is to educate not indoctrinate. Students not only have the freedom but also the encouragement to pursue knowledge, as well as their giftedness and calling, to the fullest extent possible. It would be my honor to introduce you to the King’s Ridge Christian School that I’ve come to know:  a place where learning is contagious, the faculty is engaging, faith is deepened, and exciting things are happening. If you share the same passion and mission and are interested in experiencing it, I hope you’ll pay us a visit.

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No place like High Meadows School There is no place like High Meadows School. Since 1973, High Meadows students in Pre-K through 8th grade have learned through experiential, immersive educational opportunities offered both in the school’s spacious, light-filled classrooms and across 42 acres of grassy fields and scenic woodlands. High Meadows School’s progressive curriculum is focused on developing future global citizens and innovative leaders who embrace challenge and think for themselves. High Meadows lower years classrooms offer low student-teacher ratios in which instruction emphasizes academic excellence, love of learning, critical thinking, and environmental and social responsibility. As a nationally recognized and award-winning leader in progressive education, High Meadows is an accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering its renowned Primary Years Program for students in preschool through fifth grade. High Meadows School’s accomplished and experienced faculty lead each student on this journey. Through interactive, inquiry-based instruction, supported by of-the-moment technology and our nature-based campus, High Meadows teachers are unequaled in their intellect, passion, and compassion for these kids. Every day they inspire authentic learning opportunities that are engaging and sticky (literally and figuratively!). When children graduate from High Meadows, they are empowered with a deep respect for international perspectives, an intuitive understanding of life’s interconnectedness, and an exceedingly strong sense of self. Education is an expedition that starts from the moment we are born. When we teach children to be

curious and inquiring at an early age, we create within them a love of learning that lasts an entire lifetime. What is more important than that? Come see how all this comes to life with a tour of our campus. We invite you to talk with us about how your child may find his or her sense of place with us,

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Your decision today will influence the next decade By Kids ‘R’ Kids Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy, located at 3036 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, is an excellent quality childcare facility that combines learning with playing. At every stage of your child’s journey, Kids ‘R’ Kids develops new and challenging ways to open the mind and expand the imagination – it’s what we call Smart Fun. Our foundation of love and trust is accompanied every step of the way by our teachers, parents and peers. Kids ‘R’ Kids has been educating children from ages 6 weeks to 12 years for the past 10 years.

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Montessori Kids Academy Montessori Kids Academy is located at 3034 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, next to the Publix shopping center. We are an AdvancEd accredited school and a member of the American Montessori

Society. We currently participate in the Georgia Student Scholarship Program, a tax-savings program created to enable parents to use their money tax-free for education. Montessori Kids Academy offers a traditional Montessori student-focused constructivist teaching style. Our growing school teaches children from 18 months to 3 years of age in our preprimary classroom, 3 years to 6 years of age in our primary classrooms, and 6 to 12 years of age in our elementary classrooms. We strive to maintain a low student to teacher ratio in each classroom. The school is housed in a 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building complete with a children’s garden, outdoor classroom, spacious library, learning kitchen, computer lab, indoor café, outside picnic patio, two music rooms, and traditional Montessori furnishings. The following daily enrichments are offered as part of our Montessori curriculum at no additional cost: French, Spanish, Music, Art, Cooking, Coding and Robotics, P.E., and Organic Gardening. Transportation to and from regular field trips is provided by the Montessori

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Woodward Academy “Social and emotional learning” are more than just buzzwords. I oversee an initiative to incorporate the Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning Curriculum developed by the Center for Contemplative Science and CompassionBased Ethics at Emory University. What is SEE Learning? Increasingly, scientific research demonstrates that human values can be trained as skills given the appropriate methods for doing so; that such training can result in measurable benefits for both physical and psychological health; and that these prosocial values correlate with ethical action in real-world situations, leading to better outcomes for self and others. SEE Learning, or Social and Emotional Learning 2.0, provides educators and their students with specific methods, techniques, and approaches to cultivating resilience, compassion, and other basic values important for individual and collective flourishing. Rather than a top-down approach, SEE Learning uses constructivist methods: students are exposed to many viewpoints, engage in insight activities, and then use reflective tools to move their values from being merely “head knowledge” to being deeply rooted within their hearts and minds. Why now? Since ancient times, edu-H

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Saint Francis Schools Saint Francis School is a SACS/SAIS accredited, independent, non-profit, nonsectarian college preparatory school founded in 1976. The mission of Saint Francis School is to provide a college preparatory program to students with diverse academic ability in a structured environment that is challenging and supportive. Kindergarten – 8th grades are located on the 24-acre Roswell Campus while the High School is located on the 47-acre Alpharetta campus. The school’s commitment to small class sizes, low pupil-to-teacher ratio, and a strong emphasis on structure and organization allows students to enjoy success in academic areas and develop the self-confidence necessary to be successful in college. Curriculum offerings include AP, Honors, Traditional and Support classes. With a 100% acceptance rate to college and with the majority of graduates qualifying for the Hope Scholarship, Saint Francis alumni attend a wide variety of programs ranging from Ivy League schools, to small private colleges to prestigious Art Institutes. Saint Francis is a Google Apps for Education Classroom, utilizing laptops in grades 4 – 12. Specialized reading programs offered include Fundations®, Wilson Reading System®, Just Words® and supplemental support from Cars® and Stars® Reading Comprehension. Sports are offered at both the middle and high school (GHSA) including football, soccer, baseball, track, swimming, wrestling, softball, volleyball and equestrian. For more information call 770.641.8257 Ext. 56 (Grades 1– 8) and 678.339.9989 Ext. 33 (Grades 9 – 12) or visit our website:

New IRA laws By Michelle Wilson Wilson Legal, PC On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Secure Act which changed the rules for IRA accounts WILSON especially for people who inherit an IRA. As an elder law attorney, I like to keep my clients updated on the changes that occur in our community and in our state and federal laws that affect the way that they may be planning to transfer wealth. The new rule requires an inherited IRA to be withdrawn in 10 years after your death for a beneficiary that is not your spouse. Take a look at the amount of savings you plan to pass to your children. How much of your savings are in IRA accounts? How much income tax will be due each year if your child is forced to withdraw the entire account in 10 years? It may be a good time to re-evaluate your plans for transferring and protecting your wealth to avoid paying more in income taxes. Just a note on the age of your beneficiaries, I have had two clients whose parents left funds to minor children. A child under 18 can receive $10,000 under the Georgia Gifts

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Healthful school lunches: What parents need to know NAPS — The healthfulness of school lunches is one of the top three parental concerns of this school season, according to a recent survey conducted by OnePoll. The survey covered a number of parental worries for their school-aged kids, including their safety, whether they’ll make new friends, quality of education, and homework load. However, 44 percent of respondents prioritized healthful school lunches after the quality of their children’s teachers, and ahead of the cost of school supplies. Taking a deeper look into school lunches, the survey also found that the average child buys lunch about three times a week and, while healthful eating is a top concern for parents, 36 percent admitted they don’t typically know what their child eats at school. Making good nutrition a part of kids’ everyday life What with pizza, mystery meat, and the variety of fried options offered at school, most parents say their child eats healthiest when at home or when they pack their kids’ lunches themselves. Unfortunately, the survey also found that 45 percent of parents admit that they don’t always have time or have forgotten to prepare a sack lunch for their kids to take to school. “Parents have enough to worry about and what their kids are eating in school should be the last thing they have to think about. Yet, unfortunately, parents have deep fears about what their kids are eating in lunchrooms across the country,” says Dr. John Agwunobi, pediatrician, co-president and Chief Health and Nutrition Officer at Herbalife Nutrition. “We all have a responsibility to ensure our kids are getting the most nutritious meals possible, and I applaud school dis-

tricts around the country that are working with parents to improve both the nutrition levels and taste of school meals.” According to the survey, only about a quarter of parents know both the nutrient and calorie value of the foods their children eat for lunch, whether homemade or purchased. The importance of knowing nutritional value of food Building a balanced meal—including dairy, vegetables, fruits, grains and protein—doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time. What is most impor­ tant is making sure that the calories your children

consume are jam-packed with the nutrients they need for energy and growth—a concept known as “nutrient density.” Emphasizing nutrient-dense foods is a great way to rethink how you pack your kids’ lunches—and how you plan meals at home, too. Simply put, nutrient-dense foods are those that pack a lot of nutrients relative to their calorie cost. When choosing between two food items with the same calorie amount, one food choice could provide your body with the protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins or minerals it needs every day, while another choice may provide empty calories from sugar and saturated fat with no other significant nutrients. Ideally, a meal should be made up of mostly nutrient-dense foods, with fewer “calorie-dense” foods—such as fats and sugars—which are high in calories relative to the nutrients they contain. When parents do pack a lunch, the survey reported, tasty food is their top priority (64 percent), as well as foods that parents know their child will eat (64 percent), followed by healthy options (62 percent). Some ideas for nutrient-packed, healthful foods that most kids will enjoy include omega-3-rich tuna fish, sweet and crunchy carrots, strawberries packed with potassium and vitamin C, and nuts, which can replace chips to satisfy cravings for salty, crunchy items. However, the survey also found that the peanut butter and jelly sandwich continues to be the staple menu item most parents pack for their children. To make it more nutri­ ent dense, parents can simply replace the white bread with whole grain bread and use a low- or no-sugaradded peanut butter and jelly, to make the sandwich more healthful, with better nutritional value.

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Resaca Battlefield Historic Site, up north a little ways in Gordon County, is a hiking destination I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. From what I’d heard, it had a lot going for it — history (lots of that), a variety of hiking opportunities, and the fact that it’s liter-

ally right off I-75. As it happened, a few weekends ago, that’s exactly where I found myself. I hadn’t really set out to go hiking. Instead, and despite rain in the forecast, I’d driven up to Tennessee for the day to indulge in another hobby of mine, ham radio. My destination was a “hamfest,” a gathering of ham radio enthusiasts. This one, I’d heard, included what was said to be a pretty good flea market that was sure to be filled with all sorts of radio treasures from years gone by. Yeah, a lot of it would be antiquated by even the most generous standards. But that’s okay. Some days my knees feel kind of antiquated, too, and that hasn’t stopped me yet. “Have fun!” said Wife of Mine as I

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If you go Resaca Battlefield Historic Site is located just west of I-75 at Georgia 136 (exit 320). This site is open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Summer hours (April through October) are 7 a.m. till 8 p.m., while winter hours (November through March) are 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. Related sites nearby include the Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site in nearby Resaca (where you’ll find additional hiking, by the way) as well as the Resaca Confederate Cemetery. headed out the door, “and I hope you find something good at the flea market. After all, we can’t have too many ancient radios.” See? She understands. The hamfest flea market (we hams call it “the boneyard”) was indeed a good one, and the rain held off while I browsed. I found some honest-togoodness treasures, among them a spool of wire that I plan to use as a portable antenna someday. I already had lots of wire, but when it comes to wire, one


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can’t have too much. Can one? Besides, it only cost me 50 cents. There were other treasures too — a few vacuum tubes, a connector, a switch, that kind of thing. But then (are you ready?) came The Moment when the heavens opened up — not with rain but with a single brief ray of sunlight. It landed right in the midst of the boneyard, and in that gleaming celestial beam what should I see peeking out from under the corner of a table but an honest-to-goodness World War II radio transmitter that had once been used in a tank. Yes, in a tank. Imagine that. If I could strike a deal, I’d have my very own tank transmitter. Maybe you already have one, but I did not — at least until I forked over $10 and it was mine. “Such a steal!” my wife said later. “And for just $10. Imagine that.” Ahh, that’s why I love her so. Anyway, I was thinking about my tank radio as I headed back to Atlanta on I-75. I found myself wondering what it would have been like to ride around in a tank while everyone on the other side did their best to blow me to smithereens. That got me thinking about other battles, including the one that took place near Resaca back in the middle of May 1864 as Union Gen. William T. Sherman began his push toward Atlanta. Roughly 160,000 men fought in the battle, which transpired after Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston was forced by Union forces to withdraw from Dalton. Johnston’s forces took a stand at Resaca and withstood Sherman’s onslaught for two days. They say that more than 30,000 were wounded and about 6,000 died. According to the historic marker at the site, it was “the [first] major battle of the campaign which ended with the capture of Atlanta.” Lo and behold, I was approaching the Resaca Battlefield exit. I followed

the ramp off the highway, and in just a minute I was there. I parked the truck and put on my hiking shoes. The battlefield site preserves a portion of the battlefield. Several trails — designated Red (1.5 miles), White (0.7 miles) and Blue (2.6 miles), plus a short (760 feet) loop — let you explore the area and understand what went on. Numerous interpretive signs tell the story of the battle as you go. One thing I especially like about this site is the fact that it also features interpretive signs designed specifically for children. These will make the site much more interesting for your kids or grandkids. I enjoyed hiking the designated trails, but my favorite thing turned out to be what I’ll call “freeform hiking” in the large field that runs the length of the site. Wandering the field more or less randomly allowed my imagination go to work, and it wasn’t hard to conjure images of what the battle must have been like. It wasn’t too hard to picture the soldiers, some in blue over here and others in gray over there. With just a little effort I could almost hear the sharp crack of the long guns and the deeper boom of cannon. And sometimes, if I listened really hard, it seemed that I could just make out the yells and moans of the men who had gone to work there those two days in May all those many years ago. It’s funny how that works, how old battlefields somehow sharpen one’s senses, if only for a little while. The sky had grown darker while I wandered, and somewhere in the midst of it all it started to rain. I was soaked by the time I got back to the truck. Thank goodness I had brought a change of clothes. Later, back in the warm cab and heading on home, I got to thinking about my tank transmitter. There were no tanks at Resaca, of course. But as the rain continued to fall, the drops bursting like tiny liquid bombs on my windshield, I realized that in one way Resaca was like every other battlefield. Tanks or no tanks, the end of it all was pretty much the same.


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County upgrades water reclamation facilities FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department has completed expansions and upgrades to one water reclamation facility and is in the process expanding and finalizing upgrades at another. System improvements were recently completed at the James Creek facility on Swallowtail Drive in Suwanee. The upgrades followed a project in 2018 that increased the facility’s capacity from 1 million gallons per day to 2.5 million, according to Forsyth County. The James Creek plant was constructed in 2006-2007 to serve the residential communities in the drainage basins of James Creek and Daves Creek.   The Fowler Water Reclamation Facility is currently undergoing an expansion that will increase capacity from 2.5 MGD to 5 MGD. It is located in Fowler Solution Park, on Carolene Way, Cumming. C O M A










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“The expansion is being made to accommodate growth in the area, as well as provide redundancy within the system,” the county said in a statement. The Fowler facility is scheduled to undergo several additional improvements, including upgrades to existing systems and equipment. These improvements are expected to be completed this fall. “Lake Lanier is the source of drinking water for Forsyth County and other metro Atlanta communities,” Water and Sewer Department Director Tim Perkins said. “As good stewards of our water resources, Forsyth County is looking to return a larger percentage of withdrawn water back into the lake than previously planned. We do this through proper management of our entire system, including water reclamation facilities, in a way that helps meet the Atlanta area’s long-term water supply needs.” Returning reclaimed water to Lake Lanier not only extends and protects

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