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happen if they did not comply within 24 hours. No harm has come to the players since the threats were issued. The messages might well have been just a joke or a hoax, said Roswell Public Information Officer Lisa Holland, but police take such threats seriously. Roswell police are still investigating the matter, but have been running into problems with programs that mask online identity, Holland said. They will alert the school and parents with any updates. In the meantime, the school has been continuing as renceville, had a spoon of heroin in her lap. Dawkins initially gave police a false name. When police ran Dawkins’ true identity through their system, they found a warrant for his arrest from Gwinnett County for assault, criminal damage to property, simple battery and theft. He also had a suspended driver’s license. In the car, police additionally found methamphetamine, more heroin, marijuana and drug-related objects.

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Data link to Waze puts local businesses on the map By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Using Waze in Johns Creek now has an added feature that allows anyone driving in the city to find a licensed business in the city via the popular app. In what is being called a “groundbreaking expansion” of the city’s Waze partnership, Johns Creek is the first municipality to share its business data in such a unique way. The city already was the first in Georgia to share its traffic data with Waze, now city Senior GIS Manager Nick O’Day has teamed up with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic navigation app, to share more information. “Originally, our partnership was just about traffic,” O’Day said. “It was getting people places and getting them some data that was useful.” The city let Waze tap into its realtime data to give everyone traveling through Johns Creek a look at traffic conditions. “What Waze can do is tell us what’s happening on the roads 20 yards past our sensors. Waze supplements our traffic system, that is Waze-cool and it’s free,” O’Day said. “And it’s information we otherwise would not have.” The Waze navigation app is largely based on information supplied by drivers in the area who share real-time traffic and road conditions, such as debris in the road, accidents and yes, police radar units. The city doesn’t mind putting out where its police cars are monitoring traffic. The goal is to get traffic to slow down, and the information the city gets in return is well worth it, O’Day said. As Waze’s first municipal partner in Georgia, Johns Creek has been sharing real-time road closure and construction information with Waze since August 2015 to help drivers improve their commute and “outsmart traffic.” This new partnership expansion involves sharing business locations derived from Johns Creek license applications and renewals in a map-friendly format that Waze can easily use. “If you search for a place to eat or shop in an app on your phone, you’re most likely searching by the name of the business and not a specific address,” said O’Day. “By sharing business information to Waze with the business name tied to a latitude and longitude, it makes the driver’s attempt to find that particular business faster and easier.” 


Johns Creek Senior GIS Manager Nick O’Day has partnered with Waze to provide travelers easy mapping for local businesses. Waze is the largest crowd-sourced app in the country. To hear Waze New Business Development Manager Adam Fried tell it, Waze is as excited about the partnership as the city is. “We are very excited that Johns Creek is the first city in the country to give us business data as we construct our map of the area,” Fried said. “The more data sets we can use to enrich our map and provide a better experience to our users is hugely beneficial to us.” Having businesses actually located on the Waze map of the city gives the user a much sharper picture of Johns Creek. If a user is looking for donut shop and sees a Dunkin Donuts on his route, it is good for the city, Waze and the business. For Waze, the hope is this will be just a first step into showing other cities the benefits of making business data accessible to Waze. “We hope this will spark other cities around country to get in touch with

us so we can have a conversation that about providing the same partnership and providing the same partnerships to their citizens,” he said. Waze pulls information from the city’s Open Data Portal automatically and, as a result, the process doesn’t cost the city anything. “We are proud to be the first municipality in the world to use this technology to better serve our city,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “Using this technology, our citizens are better equipped to travel our roads and get to local businesses – faster and easier.”  Courtney Bernardi, CEO of Johns Creek Advantage, the city’s public-private economic development organization, said she thought this was a great partnership for the city. “This is a great way for our businesses to get more recognition on a popular app and at no cost to them,”

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City completes second year of neighborhood repaving program JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek Public Works Department has finished its second round of a four-year program to repave its neighborhood streets. Repaving crews resurfaced 34.1 miles of streets in 26 subdivisions, including Sugar Mill, one of the city’s largest. The city increased funding for the project from $1.5 million to $5 million in the Fiscal Year 2016 in an effort to accelerate the repaving program timeline by a year from 2019 to 2018. “The Public Works Department has done an exceptional job continuing the multi-year initiative to resurface neighborhood streets,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “By accelerating the program this year, more neighborhoods are enjoying repaired streets and enhanced curb appeal at a faster rate.” In 2011, a consultant drove a

specially equipped vehicle down each of Johns Creek’s streets to gauge their conditions. Using that data as a guide, the Public Works staff developed a repaving plan for the city’s subdivisions. The physical survey of city streets revealed that many of them had a substandard Pavement Quality Index, a scale developed by the Corps of Engineers to measure cracking, potholes, rutting, weathering and other factors. Low PQI scores reflect poor condition of pavement. The lower the PQI score, the higher the ranking when scheduling the repaving. In 2015, the repaving crews resurfaced 34.33 miles of streets in 34 subdivisions. Johns Creek spent approximately $5.83 million in 2015 toward maintaining neighborhood streets. For more information, visit

Ga. issues Level 2 Drought Response ATLANTA — On Nov. 17, the state of Georgia issued watering restrictions in response to Georgia’s current drought conditions. Fulton and Forsyth counties are listed among the 52 counties raised to a Level 2 Drought Response. During a Level 2 Drought Response, outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days a week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses. Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday 4 p.m. --10 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday 4 p.m-10 a.m. “During this prolonged period of severe drought in Georgia, we are bolstering the state’s drought response in more than 100 counties,” Gov. Nathan Deal said. “I would like to remind Geor-

gians that there are specific guidelines and prohibitions to follow during a Level 1 and Level 2 Drought Response. We urge these communities to act accordingly, use good judgment and avoid outdoor burning and watering while we continue to work with the Environmental Protection Division and pray for rain across the state.” Prohibited outdoor water uses include: • Washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks. • Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains. • The use of fire hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety. • Non-commercial washing of vehicles. • Non-commercial pressure washing. • Fundraising car washes. | Johns Creek Herald | November 24, 2016 | 7

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When internet connection Thanksgiving: A day for replaces human interaction families to remember families If I had a dollar for every time I was misunderstood, I’d have as much money as Donald Trump. Communication occurs when the message is received; the impact James carr of my voice hitting Guest Columnist your ears, or, in this case, your eyes reading these words. But there’s a difference between communication and successful communication: just because you read my words, doesn’t mean you understand what I’m trying to say. As writers, this is why we write a draft, delete the whole thing, re-write it, wish we’d kept the third paragraph after all, and then, most importantly, send it to an editor. From there, several rounds of edits may occur, plus a copy edit, until all parties more or less agree that the intended message is coming across. As you know, this process is not foolproof. The truth is, successful communication is difficult, and it becomes exponentially more difficult as the distance between the sender and the receiver increases. I tested this theory as a student of “Advanced Interpersonal Communication” for a group project at the University of Georgia in 2009. In the study, we asked couples how often they communicated face-to-face, via the phone, text message, email and social media. Then we asked questions about relational satisfaction. Would you be surprised to learn that couples with the highest levels of satisfaction in their relationship rarely communicated via social media? In fact, the further away from face-toface communication couples were on average, the lower their overall satisfaction. That’s largely because the reaction

of the receiver gives the sender cues about the success of their message. If I write, “Donald Trump is a racist,” I can’t see you wince, roll your eyes or turn the page. In person, recognizing these cues, I might say, “I’m sorry, that’s not what I meant. I just find it incredibly sad that his language is now being used around the country to target minorities and that people feel scared for their well-being.” At that point, we can hug and take comfort that the people around us have big hearts. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, intention only goes so far. Because communication only occurs when the message is received, the literal impact of that message is the communication. In light of a bitter election, we magnify this problem by commenting on supporters of either campaign, protestors and others who are scared or angry via social media. We cannot understand them. And we will not understand them until we reduce the distance between us. Unless you are there to correct or soften the impact of communication, a wound will remain. It will intensify the reaction and whittle away at the possibility that the sender could ever possibly have good intentions in the mind of the receiver. That’s where you come in. Donald Trump will never be able to meet with every person and explain his intentions on the campaign trail, nor will people get the opportunity to explain the impact of his words and actions to him. But you can talk to each other. Talk to your children. Talk to your cousins. Talk to your friends. And, sure, like their posts on social media, too. But don’t for one second think it makes a lick of difference. Understood?

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I suppose I have lived one of those fortunate lives, often more like an old Andy Hardy movie. I suppose we had our little dramas, but the holidays have always been a special time of coming HATCHER HURD together for us. Executive Editor On TV and in magazines there are endless experts warning about the stress of the holidays, the sturm und drang of family politics and even outright feuding. My family has mostly skirted all of that. Of course when the children marry, it requires some adjustment. Whose house will they go to for Thanksgiving and Christmas? Often simple geography will settle the question. Growing up in the same town, we never split into “our family” and “their family.” It usually ran to Thanksgiving at our house and Christmas at theirs, or vice versa. I was always content as long as the turkey and giblet gravy held out. Then there is the pleasant post-prandial drowse that comes in front of the TV set tuned into the football game of the moment. Science explained it as the amino acid tryptophan found in the turkey itself produces sleep-inducing chemicals that make it so hard to stay awake and listen to your brother-in-law. Then, as usual, science shoots a hole in that theory saying it does no such thing and that there is the same amount of the substance in any poultry. In fact there is more tryptophan gram for gram in cheese than in turkey. All of which is by-the-by to me. I don’t mind dozing after pizza either. I understand the stress, too. My Lady Wife is hostess this year to dinner for 10, and it has already begun to creep into her conversation. For instance, we were listening to Rod Stewart’s version of “As Time Goes By,” which is what I have always insisted as to be “our song.” I happened to mention a bit of trivia that the iconic theme song of “Casablanca” was almost cut from the movie. The Powers That Be, decided they wanted “a better” theme song. But Ingrid Bergman had already cut her hair for her next role in “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” so they could not reshoot the scene in which she asks Sam to play it again (I know, no one ever says, “Play it again, Sam.”)

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So My Lady Wife turns to me and says, “How come you can remember something like that, but you can’t remember where to pick me up when I have a colonoscopy? “ I had to patiently explain I did not forget where exactly. It was simply that in this maze of office buildings, they all looked alike. So I had to call and get more explicit instructions, since apparently having a building address is sufficient unto the task and therefore it is unnecessary to actually put the number on said building. But I digress. I see it simply as incipient holiday stress and not nearly as bad as when we were first married. Our first Christmas morning together, she had risen early to begin preparations for company and was wound about as tight as a two-dollar watch. I happened to call to her from the bedroom that my ankle injury from racquetball that had been flaring up was now in open rebellion and that I could not get out of bed. (NOTE: Subsequent medical opinion would discover that this was not the rather glamourous sports injury that I could point to with pride. Instead it was a rather inglorious and pedestrian first bout of gout. And I might add that although it is a more prosaic ailment than a sports injury, gout is much more painful.) While my intense discomfort would


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JC Christian high school opens in fall Providence Christian Academy plans 9th, 10th grades to start

“That got the leadership at Providence Academy talking. These families are entrepreneurial at heart, and while talking with us convinced the school that a second campus would be successful,� he said. “They convinced us that this corner of Johns Creek and South Forsyth County would be well served by a Christian campus. And they found common ground with Providence’s mission.� With additional growth slated to come to the area, the second Providence campus would be well-placed and well-suited to meet the growing demand. “The momentum in the community is really strong, and we have some smart people involved. We think the school will be ideal for Johns Creek-South Forsyth,� Williams said. “There are not a lot of schools like Providence.� Students at Providence Johns Creek will take advantage of Providence’s athletics, arts and academics, while in what officials are calling “the dynamic and innovative environment of the Johns Creek campus.� For the last 25 years, Providence has thrived as an independent, non-denominational K-12 school. Providence sees its mission as developing and equipping the next generation to “stand strong and firm in their faith� while encouraging each student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth by “applying Biblical truth in the context of real life.� Providence promises a challenging and demanding curriculum that includes advanced placement and honors courses. In the National Merit Scholarship competition,

By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A new Christian high school will open its doors to the ninth and 10th grades next fall – well maybe it is not so new. Providence Johns Creek, the second high school campus for Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, will be a continuation of the success the school has known for combining a Christ-honoring school culture with a top-tier academic program since 1991. Brad Williams has been tasked with launching the new school. Williams has been with Providence almost from the beginning and will serve as associate head of school when it opens with two grades in the fall. “We will add the 11th grade in 2018 and the 12th grade in 2019, to complete the school,� Williams said. “By year three we expect to have 100 students.� The parent school in Lilburn has a K-12 program with a total of 660 students. It has no plans to expand the Johns Creek campus beyond high school grades, he said. Providence Academy was not looking to expand, but instead answered a call to meet unserved families. Williams, who lives in Johns Creek while working at Providence, was approached by four families he knew who wanted advice on starting a Christ-centered high school in the area.

Providence Christian Academy has gained prominence as a top educational institution in a Christcentered environment.

Providence students repeatedly earn status as Commended Students and National Merit Scholars. Williams said he was in business for 20 years before selling his company. It was then God led him to become involved with Providence Academy. The campus will be in a remodeled business campus with “room to grow.� The student body here, as in its current campus in Lilburn, will be mostly protestant and taught with a Biblical worldview. What kind of students does Williams think Providence Johns Creek will produce? “We will equip these kids to go out and be successful moms and dads with a mission to spread the Gospel and be a light in their community,� he said.



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By HATCHER HURD ATLANTA – President-elect Donald Trump has won the election, but just what actions he will take on the economy may – or may not – have immediate consequences. One consequence we do know is his election DHAWAN sent Rajeev Dhawan, director of the GSU Economic Forecasting Center scrambling to recast his fourth-quarter forecast that he presented Nov. 16. “My print deadlines were Tuesday morning Election Day, so I could not prepare my post-election forecast,” he said to introduce his quarterly presentation at the Economic Forecasting Center at GSU’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. What did not change was the prediction that the Federal Reserve will at last raise interest rates in December,

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Fulton’s grad rates climb slightly in 2016 Nearly 90 percent graduate in four years BY CANDY WAYLOCK NORTH FULTON, Ga. – With one year remaining on a 5-year strategic plan, Fulton graduates are closing in on the 90 percent graduation goal by 2017. For the Class of 2016, the graduation rate of 86.6 percent was a slight increase over the previous year’s rate of 85.3 percent. But many schools remain far below the goal of a 90 percent graduation rate outlined in the 2012-2017 Strategic plan. Despite the challenges in some pockets of the school system, Fulton School leaders say they are pleased with the progress to date, and on track to hit the mark. “The work that our schools are doing to increase students’ graduation opportunities is amazing and inspiring,” said Superintendent Jeff Rose, Ed.D “Five years ago, some of our schools had stagnant progress in their graduation rates. Now, these schools have increased 20-30 percent in getting students to graduate on time.” In North Fulton, six of the eight traditional high schools have already exceeded the 90 percent graduation rate; the remaining two are less than 1 percent behind the goal. “At a 2016 rate of 86.6 percent, we continue to be on track for meeting our strategic plan goal of 90 percent of all students graduating by 2017,” Rose said. He pointed out the key numbers to look at are the increases made over a five-year period system-wide. “From 2011 to 2016, Fulton’s graduation rate increased 16.5 percent. While nearly all schools have shown gains, 10 of the district’s 18 high schools reported double-digit increases,” he said, pointing out in 2011 just 7 of 10 students graduated in four years. Statewide, Georgia’s 2016 high school graduation rate rose for the fifth straight year, from 78.8 percent in 2015 to 79.2 percent in 2016. “The 2016 graduation rate shows our schools continue to make progress by offering students an education that is relevant, keeping more students in school and on a path to a better quality of life,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “As part of our VISION 2020, we have a goal of exceeding the national average graduation rate by the year 2020, ensuring that more students will receive a meaningful high school diploma that prepares them for

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Every year, Spirit of America Productions provides hundreds of cheerleaders and dancers, ages 14-18 from across the country, the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and this year, local dancer, Kaleigh Cook, has been among the chosen to perform. Kayleigh Cook, sophomore and Varsity competitive cheerleader from Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek was invited to perform as part of the Spirit of America performance group. “I have been performing in cheer, dance or musical theater since I was four years old”, Cook said, “and always love watching the Parade every Thanksgiving to see all the exciting and different entries. Being selected to actually participate in it, is more than a dream come true”. Spirit of America produces two nationally televised performances live on NBC. Cheerleaders and dancers from across the country are invited to represent their school, studio or all-star program in the showcased productions. This year celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Spirit of America cheerleaders and dancers spend a fun-packed week in NYC. When not rehearsing for their big performance, the performers experience all of the sights of New York during the special holiday season. Shopping along Fifth Avenue, seeing a Broadway show, enjoying the Statue of Liberty and

Chattahoochee High School sophomore, Kaleigh Cook, has been chosen by Spirit of America Productions to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Empire States Building, followed by The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and ice skating in Rockefeller Center are only a few of the must-do activities that Spirit of America provide during their stay. For information, visit or call 214-8025534.


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Encore Parkway Bridge opens for Black Friday North Point Mall’s ‘back door’ to Westside Parkway to open just in time for holiday shopping season

The North Fulton Community Improvement District is an infrastructure financing mechanism formed by committed business leaders who are dedicated to the advancement of the North Fulton region. This organization is funded voluntarily by commercial property owners within the district who dedicate additional property taxes to the NFCID, which stretches along Ga. 400 from Mansell Road north to McGinnis Ferry Road. Since its inception in 2003, the NFCID has invested $18 million to bring more than $90 million in infrastructure projects to the district.

By HATCHER HURD ALPHARETTA, Ga. – North Point Mall is ready as it anticipates Black Friday shoppers poised to descend on the biggest shopping day in the Free World. The good news for the mall is Encore Parkway Bridge will reopen in time to dissipate a large portion of mall traffic in the North Point area. The North Fulton Community Improvement District and the City of Alpharetta today announced the Encore Parkway Bridge will open to traffic Wednesday, Nov. 23. The bridge, which has been closed since Jan. 4

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for a major $18 million facelift, is the centerpiece of the Encore Parkway Corridor Project. According to the NFCID, the project will transform a local “cut-

through” into a signature east-west connection from the Big Creek Greenway to the thriving Westside Parkway corridor. The Encore Bridge project has grown since it was first conceived by local community and business leaders in 2007. The idea got kicked around, with the NFCID supporting it. The City of Alpharetta liked it for its stimulation of the Top Golf area. Then the project received a $4 million Livable Centers Initiative Grant. That really gave it legs. The revamped 4-lane bridge will be a major east-west artery in the North Point area along with Mansell Road to the south and Haynes Bridge Road to the north. “It will be a corridor from Encore Amphitheater to Alpharetta’s Big Creek Trail,” said NFCID Executive Director Ann Hanlon. During the holiday shopping season, only motorized traffic will be allowed. In fact it will be June 2017 before pedestrian and bicycle traffic is allowed. “But the bridge will remain open to vehicle traffic from now on. A lane may get closed, but the bridge will not be shut down after Nov. 23,” she said. Kerry Armstrong, North Fulton CID board chairman, called the project “a huge milestone that has been nearly 10 years in the making. “While the project is not yet fully complete, the bridge opening to traffic on time honors our promise

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Managing budgets in Choosing your home is a science; choosing your neighbors is an art form your small business You can find a million resources to help you choose the right home. But there is no real guide to finding the right neighbors. Brenda and I just moved our Geoff smith small family. It Assurance Financial, was the end of a search that really lasted a couple of years. Every year Brenda would bring up the subject, and every year I told her to wait until next spring – which is what I told her two months ago when she showed me the online pictures of the house we just moved into. There were a couple neighborhoods near downtown Roswell that she had been monitoring. And when this house came up, she put on the full-court press. I honestly didn’t take the house seriously for the first couple of weeks, but as you can now see, that quickly changed. The house is really pretty great and we are all thrilled. We bought it and went through the process of moving last weekend. Our locally-owned Best Deal Movers did a fantastic job, we already unpacked our boxes, the move-rush is over and now that we’re here, I’m looking at the neighboring houses, wondering: “who are these people?” We left a fantastic neighborhood called the Woodlands, great amenities and really great neighbors. When I stood looking out my front door, I could see 14 houses with children under the age of 12. It was insane for my 10 and 8-year old boys. Every day they got home from school and raced through their homework so they could go to the party in the cul-de-sac outside.


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We got along with everyone there too and made some lifelong friends. It was a hard place to leave. It’s funny that you never know who you are going to get for neighbors. When the boys were much younger we lived in another neighborhood that had all of the signs of an active and friendly place. We saw swing-sets in the backyards, sidewalks, and the HOA website talked about the annual social gatherings. But once we moved in, that place was like a ghost town. You’d have thought people there were allergic to outside

In the Woodlands, all Samuel and Charlie had to do to get people to come outside was ride their bikes up and down the street. All I had to do was walk out with an open beer. My philosophy on interacting with my neighbors is pretty simple: I work hard all week helping my clients get financing to buy homes, volunteering for what Brenda says are too many things, and coaching my sons’ sports teams. When I come home, I’m just looking to enjoy my home and family. And it’s a lot more fun when my neighbors are wanting to do the same. We know some families in our new neighborhood and others close by. We look forward to setting up camp for the next 10 to 15 years, and we look forward to meeting those around us. From a financial perspective, I’m sure it’s the kind of neighborhood where values will appreciate and we’ll eventually make money on our house – the HOA is strong and updates the amenities, the neighbors all appear to take care of their yards, and it’s a long walk from the very popular Canton Street. But I started writing this Sunday morning. By the time I came back to edit it Sunday night, three different families came by with children to welcome us to the neighborhood. I’m going to try, but I don’t think there’s a good way to put a value on that. 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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Roswell chiropractor receives President’s Award ATLANTA – Roswell chiropractor John Webster, D.C. received a President’s Award from outgoing president Edwin Davis, D.C. at the Georgia Chiropractic Association’s annual fall conference, Oct. 20-23 in Atlanta. “No one has more energy than John Webster,” said Davis. “Within a year, he’s signed up nearly 200 people for the association’s grassroots legislative efforts. We’re lucky to have him as such an active volunteer in our association.” Webster has been in practice 32 years, moving to the Roswell area in 2010 from his North Carolina home, where he served on the North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He’s a 1983 graduate of Life University in Marietta. “Chiropractic is the next big thing,” Webster said. “I really believe that. It’s a gift that has been given to us, and we need to take it to the masses.” The Georgia Chiropractic Association promotes a pain-free Georgia. For more information on GCA, visit

Presenting the check, from left, are Lauren English and Bill Norman of Norman’s Landing to Martha McConnell, co-President of the Historical Society of Forsyth County, and John Salter, Treasurer of the Historical Society of Forsyth County.

Norman’s Landing donates to Historical Society of Forsyth FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Norman’s Landing donated a check for $1,521.69 to the Historical Society of Forsyth County. The funds will go towards helping out the restoration of the Sherrill House, a Native American Pioneer Museum. The Sherrill House was built ca.1900 in the Northwest corner of Forsyth County on Old Federal Road.

Bridge: Continued from Page 16 to businesses and residents of having the bridge accessible for the holiday shopping season,” Armstrong said. “We remain committed to delivering an ‘encore’ performance with a complete corridor by summer 2017.” The enhanced plan for the project





Three physicians join Laureate Medical Group ATLANTA — Three new doctors have joined the Laureate Medical Group, a practice which has been providing individualized comprehensive medical care to the community since 1962. Neurologist Christian Cabrera-Kang, endocrinologist DeAnna Henderson and internal medicine physician India Holloway are now part of the Laureate Medical Group. Cabrera-Kang is a fellowship-trained neurologist. His clinical interests include epilepsy and neuromuscular disorders. Cabrera-Kang is accepting new patients at the Sandy Springs and Alpharetta locations. Henderson is a fellowship-trained endocrinologist. Her clinical interests include pituitary abnormalities, adrenal pathology and bone/calcium disorders. Dr. Henderson is seeing new patients in the Sandy Springs and Holly Springs locations. Holloway is an internal medicine physician who was elected in the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She is welcoming new patients at the Sandy Springs and Alpharetta locations. For appointments in Alpharetta, call 678-7752284; for Sandy Springs, call 404-256-8500 and for Holly Springs call 770-720-2221. Visit for more information.

Dr. Mian joins Perimeter North Family Medicine ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Perimeter North Family Medicine in Alpharetta has welcomed its newest physician. Dr. Haroon Mian, a board-certified family medicine physician has joined doctors Elizabeth Sergile and Kavitha Tellakula as well as certified nurse practitioners Virginia Bundy and Leslie Head at the mian Alpharetta office, 3400-A Old Milton Parkway, Suite 130 in the Northside Alpharetta

yields a wider bridge with dedicated bicycle lanes, sidewalks and a landscaped median. The $17.9-million project is jointly funded by the North Fulton CID, the City of Alpharetta, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank. The improved connection will serve those living and traveling in the growing commercial, residential and enter-

Medical Campus. “I’m looking forward to serving the wonderful people in this community with the excellent team here at Perimeter North Family Medicine,” Dr. Mian said. “Helping others and building great relationships with my patients is my main goal.” Mian is now welcoming new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 770-395-1130. For more information and additional locations, including Atlanta, Johns Creek, Cumming and Woodstock, visit

Business receives national ‘Agency of Excellence’ award New Orleans, La. — Louise and Paul Lascik of Johns Creek, Ga. was recently recognized as a Travel Leaders’ “Agency of Excellence” award winner. A total of 23 out of hundreds of Travel Leaders locations throughout the United States were awarded. Louise and Paul Lascik is one of two agencies in Georgia to receive this distinction. Each Travel Leaders agency is scored in multiple categories that reflect business growth; utilization of marketing programs to effectively reach local consumers; participation in key training programs to enhance service to their clients; participation in local and national business networking meetings; and their overall promotion of the Travel Leaders brand, “Travel Better.” To learn more about Travel Leaders and the winners, visit

Judy Mozen wins ‘Remodeler of the Year’ OBIE Award ATLANTA — Judy Mozen, president of Roswell-based Handcrafted Homes, Inc., recently won the firstever “Remodeler of the Year” OBIE Award presented by the Sales and Marketing Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Mozen was honored for her 40 years of providing exemplary Mozen custom home design, construction and remodeling services to homeowners throughout metro Atlanta and the north Georgia mountains. The annual OBIE Awards, are the premier awards given in Atlanta to recognize outstanding achievement in new home building, home remodeling, marketing and personal achievement. The new Remodeler of the Year Award is a Personal Achievement Award. To learn more about Handcrafted Homes, Inc., visit

tainment areas along Westside Parkway and the Ga. 400-North Point Parkway commercial corridor. It will also serve the nearly 240,000 annual visitors who attend events at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The connection also creates the first east-west pedestrian/bicycle connection to Alpharetta’s popular Big Creek Greenway, said Aaron Wadley, the project manager for Atkins, the engineering company with oversight of

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Mark Wood, an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will play with the Cambridge, Hopewell and Northwestern orchestras. The concert will take place Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Cambridge High School Theater on 2845 Bethany Bend in Milton. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults. Tickets at the door are $20 for students and $30 for adults. All proceeds will go toward the participating orchestra programs. For more info and tickets, visit or email Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at NorthFulton. com/Calendar.


What: Kick off the holiday season with this tree lighting, including musical performances, holiday shopping opportunities and a guest appearance by Santa. When: Saturday, Nov. 26, 6-7 p.m. Where: Deerfield Place Shopping Center, 13055 Ga. 9, Milton More info:


What: Come to the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s inflatable planetarium, “Starlab,” and have a front-row view of the autumn constellations. Learn how to easily locate the North Star, the Big Dipper, Orion’s Belt and more. Ages 6 and up. When: Sunday, Nov. 27, 1-2 p.m. Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell More info:


What: Enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree and dreidel with traditional holiday music by local elementary school choruses and a special early appearance by Santa. A Toys for Tots drop-off will be available. When: Monday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. Where: Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. More info:


What: Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the city of Milton’s official incorporation. Food and drinks will be available. When: Thursday, Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m. Where: Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton More info:

WEEKLY WEST COAST SWING DANCE What: Learn swing dancing or refine your skills at these weekly sessions with two sets of instructors. The first introductory lesson is free. When: Sunday, Nov. 27, 6-6:45 p.m. Where: American Legion Club 201, 201 Wills Road, Alpharetta More info:


What: Johns Creek Arts Center’s annual holiday sale features original, handcrafted, fine art gifts at affordable prices. Choose from handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and prints by instructors as well as youth and adult students. When: Through Dec. 23 Where: Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek More info:


What: Ice skate on the Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink in the plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm, tasty treats rink side. Enjoy special events throughout the season and sign up for ice skating lessons. When: Through Jan. 22, 2017, times vary Where: Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta Cost: general admission starts at $18 More info:


What: Meet Santa Claus in this immersive holiday experience. This season, the all-new attraction lets the family join Po and Friends for interactive games and an immersive, cinematic journey. Photo packages available. When: Through Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Where: North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta More info:


What: The tour will be showing indie film “6 Angry Women,” which follows the trial of a white neighborhood watchman who allegedly shot a young, unarmed black teenager. Mature audiences only. When: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7-10 p.m. Where: Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell More info:


What: Art Center West studio’s annual holiday event offers handmade ceramic artworks for sale created by more than 40 members of Roswell’s Clay Collective. When: Through Dec. 7, times vary. Reception Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m. Where: Roswell Art Center West, 1355 Woodstock Road, Roswell More info:


What: This year’s show features tons of family entertainment, from old TV Christmas specials to country Christmas, Christmas around the world and celebrating the troops in a USO segment. When: Through Dec. 4, times vary Where: Cumming Playhouse, 7030 Grassmoor Grange Way, Cumming Cost: $25 More info: or 770-781-9178


What: Come see the classic holiday musical about a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa and must prove his authenticity. When: Through Dec. 18, times vary Where: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta Cost: $20 for adults, $17 for children and seniors More info and tickets:


What: Thirteen artists from the Brushwork Society of Atlanta will present their artwork in the 2016 exhibition. Enjoy a variety of paintings, including landscape, still life and figurative work. All are for sale. When: Through Dec. 30 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell More info:

What: Lessons in using yogic techniques to deal with life issues. Includes group discussion and incorporates relaxation exercises, reflective reading, and meditation in addressing real life issues.  Wear comfortable clothing. When: Friday, Nov. 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Where: Ocee Library 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek More info: 770-360-8897


What: Develop the poise and confidence to feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Members of the Alpharetta Toastmasters chapter facilitate. Storytime Room. When: Sunday, Nov. 27, 2 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info: 404-613-6735 or michael.


What: Writer and artist Julie Blair will teach children how to write creatively through journaling, stories, and poetry. Ages 8-12. Please bring a spiral notebook, pen, and a towel or mat to sit on. When: Sunday, Nov. 27, 4-5 p.m. Where: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Alpharetta More info: or laura.hoefener@


What: Make a difference by volunteering at the Roswell Public Library. There are a number of opportunities for volunteers, including supporting programs and keeping our collections in order. When: Monday, Nov. 28, 6 p.m. Where: Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell More info: 770-640-3075


What: Presented by the National English Honor Society, this class will teach children about current global and environmental issues through interactive stories and hands-on activities. Ages 6-10. When: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 4-5 p.m. Where: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Alpharetta More info: or laura.hoefener@


What: Children ages 5 and up are invited to join the group on a stellar adventure exploring the solar system and beyond. When: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Milton More info: or 404-613-4402


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FULTON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES What: Pet adoptions When: Every Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Where: PetSmart, 6370 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta Additional adoptions: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta More info: 404-613-4958


What: Experience gingerbread men flipping midair, toy soldiers marching on thin wires and so much more when this holiday stage spectacular returns to the Fox Theatre for two performances only. When: Nov. 23-25, 7:30 p.m. Where: The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta Cost: Tickets start at $45 More info and tickets:


What: Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is a holiday mash-up featuring a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist that the entire family can enjoy. When: Sunday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m. Where: The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta Cost: Tickets starting from $25.50 More info and tickets:


What: Enjoy live music, delicious treats, dance performances, face painting and more during this tree lighting. Santa and the Vinings Express Train will make guest appearances. When: Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. Where: Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta More info:

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A close encounter of the finny kind You’ve probably figured out by now that I enjoy fishing. I’ll grab just about any opportunity to get out on the water. Somebody asked me the other day why I STEVE HUDSON enjoy fishing so Get Outside Georgia, Chattahoochee Media Group much. That’s a fair question, and it’s interesting to try to come up with an answer. There are lots of angles to this one. I could answer with something intellectual-sounding … something like “because I enjoy learning about the ecosystems.” I could fall back on cliche and say “because fish don’t live in ugly places” (and that’s true). I could say … well, you get the idea. The possibilities are endless. But you want to know the real reason I enjoy fishing so much? Here it is: It’s because every trip is a unique adventure. That’s true! Last week, while I was down in Tampa, I had a chance to do a little saltwater fly fishing – something that I truly love to do. You never know what you’ll catch when you’re fishing in saltwater, and that was certainly the case on that trip. But the biggest adventure came not from an encounter with a fish but rather from an up-close-andpersonal meeting with four dolphins. And I do mean up-close! I’d been catching enough fish to keep things interesting, but mostly I was just enjoying the unseasonably warm day and the chance to do a little wade-fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Then I saw a fin. For a mountain boy like me, fins in the water tend to get the heart rate up while simultaneously pushing the “play” button on the trailer for the film “Jaws.” I didn’t need to worry, though. It wasn’t a shark fin. Instead, it was a dolphin fin – and not just one. The dolphin to which the fin belonged had brought friends. These particular dolphins (there turned out to be four of them) were apparently on a sightseeing trip of some sort, and the sight which seemed to interest them most was me. They came closer…and closer…and closer…till at last they were swimming no more than about ten feet from where I stood. Wow, that’s really close. I could have reached out and touched ‘em with the tip of my fly rod.

And dolphins are big. They’re much bigger there in the water, 10 feet away, than they are on TV. The dolphins swam back and forth, hither and thither as one might say, and seemed to be having a grand time. We didn’t get to do much conversing, since my knowledge of Dolphinese is pretty limited. But nobody seemed stressed. Nobody even seemed to be in any particular hurry. They just swam around, and I just stood there and watched. It was pretty neat if I say so myself. Eventually the dolphins decided to move on and disappeared just about as quickly as they’d appeared. I went back to fishing, and occasionally catching, and found myself wondering (in a moment of fancy) what they might write on the postcards they might send back to Dolphin Central that evening. “You won’t believe what we saw,” I could imagine them writing. “It was a fine specimen of a ‘Humanus fishermanius,’ though this particular exam-

ple seemed to be a little overweight. And he just stood there while we observed. Wait till you see the video!” Yeah. Well, dolphins, I got some video too. It impressed my kids to no end, and they’re all grown up now and don’t impress easily. Yes, you never know what you’ll find when you get outdoors. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy Georgia’s great Delayed Harvest trout season. Learn more about it in Steve Hudson’s comprehensive 84-page book entitled “Georgia Delayed Harvest Trout Guide.” Packed with info on access and tactics for each of Georgia’s DH streams, it’s available from local outfitters, on Amazon, or direct from the author at

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Economy: Continued from Page 10 designed to refine “sour” oil produced in Venezuela. Getting oil from say Canada, which produces “sweet” oil, is refined differently. It would be difficult and time-consuming to try to convert over the gulf refineries. “The last refinery built in the U.S. was in 1971,” he said. Dhawan sees another problem for Trump trying to make good on his promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to America. “How do you retrain a 44-year-old man with a wife and two kids to fill a higher tech job? I was in California in 1989 to ’91 when the Cold War ended and the aerospace industry died out there. One-third of the jobs in the town just went away. “These where highly educated people with degrees. A study was done on

these people who were 40 to 50 years old at the time they lost their jobs. Ten years later, 70 percent of them had never found another job.” At the time it was called the Peace Dividend with defense spending cut as new opportunities opened up in the Northeast and Texas. Californians at the time said they got the “Peace Shaft.” “It was the social issue of the times,” Dhawan said. “This is what Trump tapped into almost 20 years later. The recession has never ended for manufacturing jobs. And they’re not coming back. It’s not about making deals.” A short tariff battle would not affect interest rates, but if such a fight lingered, bad economic consequences would emerge. “But Trump has made smoothing statements since the election that have in turn been well received on Wall Street and around the world. We will know a lot more by February,” he said.

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The Centennial Lions Club Charter is presented by Lions District Governor Leslie Miller to Leo Club President Vianey Avila.

The inaugural Centennial High School Leo Club members are inducted at a ceremony with the Roswell Lions Club.

ROSWELL, Ga. – Centennial High School’s new Leo Club recently conducted its charter presentation dinner for new members and guests. The new club, sponsored by the Roswell Lions Club, was presented its new charter by Lions District Governor Leslie Miller. Officers for the new Leo Club are Vianey Avila, president; Lordy-Mon-

ica Brisson, vice president; Kayla Williams, secretary; and Myles Rogers, treasurer. Also initiated as Leo members were Siva Kaulave, Joseph Phon, Ashley Mulbah, and Langston Terry. The faculty adviser is Brenda Badura. Representing Centennial High was assistant principal Olga Glymph. Leo Clubs are high school service

Lions charter Leo Club at Centennial High organizations sponsored by Lions Clubs which sponsor more than 5,700 clubs in 140 countries. Leo stands for Leadership, Experience and Opportunity. Centennial Leos recently collected hundreds of stuffed animals for Rural-Metro Ambulance to use on their rigs to calm children involved during their calls. They learn leadership skills and teamwork with projects helping

others. Lion Bill Staley was instrumental in chartering this new Leo Club. He spoke about its history. Lion Fred Yankey spoke about his experience as a Leo in his native Ghana as a young man. Roswell Lions President Tim Dunn gave closing remarks to a great night for Centennial Leos. | Johns Creek Herald | November 24, 2016 | 27

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Waze: Continued from Page 4 Bernardi said. “Not only does it make it easier for customers to find them, Waze allows people to find them who may not have known they were there.” Bernardi said it goes along with the Johns Creek motto, “Be the Exception.” “It is certainly an exceptional tool that no other city is using. So we’re excited,” she said. Bernardi called it “another great idea and great tool to come from the city’s GIS department and Nick O’Day.” In turn, Waze likes getting data from partner cities because it can immediately use it. Prior to the initial import of data from Johns Creek, the app recorded around 500 unique busi-

nesses in Johns Creek that were manually added over time by Waze users (called “Wazers”). Now there are some 1,500 city businesses logged into the Waze app, a 300 percent increase. O’Day said as new businesses move into Johns Creek, these locations will be added to the city’s Open Data Portal, which in turn will be pulled into Waze according to their update schedule. “Today, Johns Creek is leading the Waze Connected Citizens Partner Network in innovation as the first municipality to share real-time business location data with Waze,” said Paige Fitzgerald, Waze’s Connected Citizens Program Manager. “This allows Waze users to navigate easily to any Johns Creek business and stay up to date on changing business locations. With the addition of this new data set, users will be better able to patronize local businesses.”

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River Trail’s Maria Szamrej art winner JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – River Trail Middle Schools Maria Szamrej, 11, won third place in the Chopin Society of Atlanta’s “Chopin in Art” contest for schoolchildren. Maria’s submission, “Trees and Notes” depicted the notes from three of Chopin’s works of music with a background of trees. “The Chopin Society’ purpose is not only to encourage the preservation of the music and the memory of Frederick Chopin. We also want to encourage the arts in all forms to the next generation,” said Dorota Lato, president of the Chopin Society of Atlanta.

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Blotter: Continued from Page 2 ripped off. Over $11,000 worth of items were missing, mostly audio and visual recording equipment. The man said that he was constantly using the equipment to perform at local churches. Three apartments nearby were also burglarized in a similar fashion.

Wanted man caught with stolen goods JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A wanted man was found and arrested Nov. 13 for shoplifting. Police responded to a call that afternoon on Medlock Bridge Road about a suspicious person walking around the parking lot and looking into multiple cars. When police arrived, the man dropped a bulging jacket onto the ground. It had two hoodies, a pair of sneakers and a hat that the nearby Ross department store confirmed had

been stolen. The man, 49-year-old Gregory Richardson from Charleston, S.C., was wanted in South Carolina for fraud. He told police he was looking for his friend’s car. Inside the car, police found numerous items worth a total of $400 that were reported as stolen earlier that day. All of the items were returned to their stores.

Bogus text cons teen out of $1K JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A woman reported a swindle Nov. 8 when her son responded to a suspicious text message. The son received a text four days earlier that claimed that he would receive a cash bonus of $2,400 to his Chase bank account Monday morning if he provided some personal information. The son responded with the information, including his PIN number. A few days later, the woman saw that $1,080 was transferred out of his account. She alerted the bank to the incident and reported it to the police to further the investigation.

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Centennial all-female JRTOC team Seniors lead team to success in competition By HATCHER HURD ROSWELL, Ga. – Centennial High School has had a good JROTC program for some time, but it was not until this year that it fielded a competition all-female team. And with strong senior leadership, the all-female team placed second overall in its very first meet in Forsyth County. The leaders of the all-female team – Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Alyssa Fountain, Battalion Staff Maj. Yasmin Leal and Command Sgt. Maj. Ashley Reyes – have been in the JROTC program since they were eighth graders in middle school. Each said she was impressed with the program and wanted to be a part of it. “I was interested in being part of a team,” said Leal. “The raider team really interested me because it was a lot of running and getting dirty.” Centennial JROTC senior Army instructor is retired Lt. Col. Johnathan B. Nepute. He said there are a number

of teams cadets can sign up for, such as drill, color guard, band and rifle (air gun) teams. But the most physical is the raider team. The teams traverse an obstacle course, run relays carrying ammo boxes filled with sand and perform other physically demanding scenarios. The competition also includes the tire flip, rope bridge and cross-country run competitions. “The overarching goal of the program is to teach and instill life skills such as command, leadership, organization and time management. The only qualification to participate is that they be a Centennial student,” said Nepute. As battalion commander, Fountain’s main job is to make sure others are doing their jobs correctly. “It’s my job to make sure things run smoothly and that the team commanders are doing what they are supposed to do,” Fountain said. Leal said Fountain is the “role model” and keeps the rest of the cadets in line. Fountain said there are some differ-

It requires strength to be a raider competitor in the JROTC. ences in being on an all-female team in JROTC. The boys tend to be dismissive of the girls when it comes to the physical aspects. “They think they have to do more.

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Centennial’s JROTC includes teams of all-male, all-female and co-ed. Here they show some of the competition hardware they have won. she never spoke in a group. JROTC brought her out of her shell as well. “I found it’s OK to get loud – sometimes,” she said. “I learned how to work with different people. I learned when no one else steps up to the plate to say who will do it – I can do it,” she said.

“I’m not a shy person anymore.” CHS Principal Kibbey Crumbley said she is proud of all her nearly 100 JROTC cadets, but especially the all-female team which stepped up and showed in its first year the team can excel.

“At Centennial, we have so many different opportunities for students through our career pathways,” Crumbley said. “Our JROTC program is proud to represent leadership, service and academic excellence throughout our battalion.”

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Fire Department’s best cooks are preselling chopped barbecue pork by the pound to benefit the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. Firefighters will slow-smoke the meat available in a whole Boston butt or a full rack or ribs. The barbecue comes in three convenient forms: • $8 per pound, • $30 for a whole Boston Butt • $15 for a full rack of ribs.


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Roswell’s defense leads Hornets to another playoff win Hornets beat Peachtree Ridge 29-12 By JOE PARKER ROSWELL, Ga. — For the second straight year, Roswell will take a 12-0 record into the third round of the playoffs after the Hornets beat Peachtree Ridge 29-12 at Ray Manus Stadium last Friday. Roswell’s defense had an impressive performance against the Lions, holding Peachtree Ridge scoreless until the waning minutes when subs were brought in. The Hornets forced seven sacks in the game. The Hornet’s offense tripped themselves up in the first half with three interceptions, all coming inside the Lions’ 5-yard line. The Hornets led 9-0 at halftime before special teams play and no turnovers helped them extend the lead in the second half. The Hornets’ offense first possession gave them a 6-0 lead on a 68-yard pass from Malik Willis to Christian Ford. Ford caught the reception just past midfield, reversed field, and then

reversed direction once again as blocks were set up and he was able to scamper down the sideline for the score. The ensuing PAT was no good. It would be the first of two missed PATs for the Hornets. The Roswell defense nearly forced a safety on the Lions’ next possession, but instead earned its offense good field position after forcing a three-and-out. However, Roswell would give up possession on an interception. Roswell’s LeAnthony Williams intercepted a Lions’ pass just two plays later, returning the pick for a touchdown. However, a block in the back penalty negated the score, and Roswell threw another interception. Turner Barckhoff connected on a 33-yard field goal to extend Roswell’s lead to 9-0, and after the Hornet defense continued to shut down the Lions’ offense, Roswell threw another interception in the final minute of the


Roswell’s defense had an impressive performance against the Lions, holding Peachtree Ridge scoreless until the waning minutes when subs were brought in. The Hornets forced seven sacks in the game. second quarter. Three minutes into the third quarter, Xavier McKinney returned a Peachtree Ridge punt 55 yards for a touchdown to put Roswell up 16-0. McKinney hauled in an interception later in the quarter which set up a Malik Willis rushing touchdown to start the fourth. Willis would account for another touchdown as he scrambled and then found Tyneil Hopper alone in the corner of the end zone on 3rd and goal from nine yards out to extend Roswell’s lead to 29-0. With its second-team defense in the game in the final minutes, Peachtree

Ridge would score two touchdowns, but it was too little too late to keep the Lions’ season alive. Roswell improved to 1-0-1 in the playoffs against Peachtree Ridge. The two teams met in the playoffs in 2006 and 2007, with the teams tying for the state championship in 2006 and Roswell winning in overtime in 2007. The Hornets will take on North Cobb in the third round of the playoffs this Friday. North Cobb is averaging 31 points a game, while its defense has allowed 15 points per game. It will be the first meeting of the two teams since 1999.


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A silver bearded, elderly gentleman takes over the reins and saves Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when the store’s intoxicated employee is unable to do his Santa duties. All fall under the spell of kindly Mr. Kris Kringle until he claims that he is Santa. Meredith Willson’s Book, Lyrics and Music bring to life the holiday classic about a precocious little girl who wants a dad, her disillusioned divorced mom, and a former Marine Captain turned lawyer who must prove that Kris is the one true Santa Claus. laus.

Tickets at: or 770-663-8989 ACT1 Theater is located inside nside Alpharetta Presbyterian Church 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009 MERIDITH WILSON’S “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” Boo Book, Music and Lyrics by Meridtith WIlson; Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture; Story by Valentine Davies, Scr Screen Play by George Seaston. Mi Miracle On 34TH Street: The Musical is presented through sp special arrangement with Music Theater International (M (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also su supplied by MTI.www. MTISHOWS.COM. M Mike Glatzer Photography. Pictured are Jim Gray as Kris KKringle, Emily Sloboda as Susan Walker, Adam Darby as Fred Gailey and Carlye McLaughlin as Doris Walker.

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Roswell and FCS still unbeaten; BT advances Lambert, Mt. Pisgah, Pinecrest knocked out in second round of playoffs By JOE PARKER

Mary Pearsons (10-2) this Friday in the quarterfinals. It will be the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Blessed Trinity 24, Carver-Columbus 21

Fellowship Christian 38, George Walton Academy 7

After trailing 7-0 early, Blessed Trinity scored 24 unanswered points — touchdowns passes from Jake Smith to J.D. Bertrand and Ryan Davis, a Jake Rudolph rushing score, and a 33-yard field goal from Bertrand — to take a 24-7 lead midway through the third quarter. Carver-Columbus responded with a run of its own, scoring on a 99-yard kickoff return and a rushing touchdown midway through the fourth to cut the Titans’ lead to three. Looking to complete the comeback, the Tigers’ drove to midfield in the final two minutes of the game, but BT’s defense forced a turnover on downs to deny the comeback. Blessed Trinity will host

Fellowship Christian has already set a school record for number of wins this season and will be seeking to extend that record after moving on to the quarterfinals with a lopsided win over GWA. Fellowship allowed the first score of the game, but then scored 38 unanswered points. Jack Hardin accounted for all five of Fellowship’s touchdowns, three passing and two rushing. Ryan Reid hauled in two touchdown catches, both over 45 yards, and Trevor Lewis also hauled in a touchdown reception. Andrew Minkert rushed for 100 yards in the win. Fellowship will host Mt. Paran (10-1) this Friday in the quarterfinals, a rematch of the Aug. 26 matchup between the two


schools in which Fellowship handed Mt. Paran its only loss of the season.

Roswell 29, Peachtree Ridge 12

Roswell’s defense stifled Peachtree Ridge, shutting out the Lions before subs were brought in during the waning minutes of the game. Though Roswell would throw three interceptions in the red zone, two touchdown passes from Malik Willis to Christian Ford and Tyneil Hopper, as well as a Willis rushing touchdown, proved enough for the Hornets. Turner Barckhoff added a 33yard field goal, and Xavier McKinney, who also had an interception, returned a punt 55-yards for a touchdown. Roswell will host North Cobb (10-2) in the third round, the first meeting of the schools since 1999.

North Cobb 35, Lambert 7

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North Cobb, allowing a safety, six sacks and three interceptions allowing the Warriors to end the Longhorn’s season a week after Lambert captured its first playoff win. Lambert was first on the scoreboard with a 28-yard pass from Richie Kenney to Bobby Gabriel to take a 7-0 lead. North Cobb responded immediately, however, returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, the first score of the Warriors’ 35-0 run.

Prince Avenue Christian 55, Mt. Pisgah 13

Mt. Pisgah struggled to contain PAC’s high-powered offense, as the Wolverines’ claimed a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the game before opening a 41-0 lead at halftime and cruising to the win. Pisgah ended its season at 6-5 and is 32-15 under head coach Mike Forrester with four consecutive playoff appearances in four years.

Wesleyan 45, Pinecrest 8

Pinecrest’s season came to a close with a lopsided loss to No. 8 seeded Wesleyan. The Wolves racked up over 500 yards of total offense while holding Pinecrest to a lone touchdown, a Ryan McCarthy rush in the final three minutes of the game.

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2 new coaches at JCHS; Northview girls look to build culture of success By JOE PARKER

Chattahoochee boys

Chattahoochee graduated eight seniors from last season’s roster and will look to its returning players to fill the voids. Seniors Will Bracknell, Ja’Von Douglas and sophomore Grant Van Beveren return for the Cougars and should make an impact. “[Bracknell and Douglas] bring experience. They played every game all season for two years in a row, and this is their time to shine. They want to be leaders,” said Hooch head coach Kacey Martin. “Grant is very patient in the post. You have a lot guys on the post who get the ball and try to do things too fast. Grant is going to get the ball, see where the defense is and then figure out where he wants to go.” Bracknell said energy will be a focus for the Cougars this season. “We are a completely different team, and we have a lot of energy. If we can come out and play hard every single outing we will be a really solid team.” Coach Martin said, “We are going to have to make the hustle plays. Loose balls, rebounds, we are going to have to be the first team to the ball. If we can do those things it will pay dividends for us.”

Chattahoochee girls

The Lady Cougars return much of their core from last season, including sisters Sienna and Marissa Gore and Alayna Ford. With the Lambert powerhouses out of Hooch’s region, the Lady Cougars feel this year could be theirs to take the region title. “We had a successful season last year and I think all the girls really have put in the time and have high expectations for themselves,” said head coach Haaris Quraishy. “Last season we struggled with depth, but we have a few more people on this year’s team that will add to our depth.” Coach Quraishy said a focus for his team this year will be defense and consistent shooting. “I really think we lost six or seven games at the buzzer last season. The girls are paying attention to all the little things that help you win those games.”

Johns Creek boys

After its most successful season in

school history last year, Johns Creek will be under the helm of a new head coach after Pete Goggin stepped down. The Gladiators will now be led by Keenan Temple, an Indiana-native who has coached locally at Norcross, Parkview and as an assistant under Scott Bracco at Lambert. The Gladiators will be without last year’s leading scorers of Ian Joseph, Mason Henkel and Mark Lancaster. They will look to point guard Will Penland, who Temple said will be one of the best shooters in the region, as well as Neil Ilenrey, a sophomore guard, to lead the offense. On Ilenrey, Temple said, “He is explosive, can score from anywhere and is a teammate first. He is going to turn some heads.” Alex Ruoff, 6-foot-5 and Topher Sullivan, 6-foot-6, bring size under the basket for the Gladiators. Each collected over 35 rebounds with limited playing time last season. “We are going to be more disciplined than in previous years and make sure we get the best shot, not the first shot. I think our defense will create our offense,” said Temple. After last season’s 24-5 record, the season ended disappointingly for the Gladiators who fell to Lambert in the region championship game before an early exit from the state playoffs. However, Sullivan said last year taught the Gladiator’s how to handle success, and that experience should help them maintain a region title run and playoff run this season.

Johns Creek girls

Like the boys team, the Johns Creek girls will have a new coach at the helm. Kirk Call enters his first season after leaving Parkview. Call was named the 2015 Cremin’s Girls High School Coach of the Year for Georgia. Call brings a “team-first” attitude to the Lady Gladiators and says his new team has been responsive to the new focus. “We had a lot of great players at Parkview, and the best part of that

group was they bought-in and played as a group. I’ve been very pleased with how [Johns Creek] has accepted that,” said Call. “They have been very receptive, coming in and working hard and not worrying about results yet. As long as we can continue to do that, the results will come. The attitude of this team is phenomenal and that makes things a lot of fun.” Johns Creek returns its top scorer in senior Sydney Tanguilig, top rebounder Ashley Alexander, as well as sophomore Markeilla Lancaster, Claire Johnson and 6-foot-3 center MacKenzie Bryan. “We are going to be pretty young,” said Call. “We have some freshman that are coming in that are going to see some time on the floor.”

Mt. Pisgah boys

Pisgah will have a new look this season without graduated seniors Connor Richey, Will Custis, Kevin Ginty and Nikhil Sharma, but the Patriots return Quinn Richey who averaged 14 points per game and 2.7 rebounds last season as a freshman. Gurad JonErik Alford also returns. Last season, Alford was second on the team in rebounds with 75 and led the team with 36 steals. Connor Norwood and Kai Williams will make the quick transition from the football field to the court as the Pisgah football season ends.

Mt. Pisgah girls

After Mt. Pisgah made the Class A-Private playoffs for the first time in 2014, the Lady Patriots missed out on a playoff berth under first-year head coach Regina Tate-Leslie. The Lady Patriots will be a very young team this year, freshman making up half of the roster. Guard Jura Smith, forward Dakota Williamson, guard Lucie Raley, center Anna Mancil and sophomore Taylor Bater return for Pisgah. The Patriots finished 3-7 in region play last season.

Northview boys

Last season’s relatively young Northview Titans will return more experience this year with two crucial additions to the roster.

Guard Justin Brown returns to Northview after a stint with Milton last season where he played a pivotal role in the Eagles’ Final Four run. Brown, who played at Northview in his freshman season before transferring to Milton, said he and his family decided it would be best for him to return to the Titans for his junior season. Brown said he “is ready to be a leader.” Another addition will be St. Louis transfer Joe Jones. Head coach Steven Bombard said Jones, “can really go, and will play great defense for us.” “We have a really good group of guys returning with varsity experience from last year, and we have five guys who were not on the roster last season, so we are really excited about the possibilities of this year,” said Bombard. Brown and Jones will join Mason McBee, who was third on the team in scoring last season behind graduated seniors Garrett Milan-Stewart and Jeremiah Shields, as well as 6-foot-4 guard Zane Patel.

Northview girls

With a very young team last season, the Lady Titans had an out-of-nowhere season, ending as region tournament runners-up and making Northview’s first playoff appearance in five years. Head coach Chris Yarbrough said last season built a culture of winning for his program. “It takes a long time to change the culture but I think last year taught us what it takes to be a winning team. Our hope is to build on that momentum. We still have a really young team coming back. We are hoping to reach some new expectations. We have never won a region championship, and that is obviously a goal we have for this season.” The Lady Titans return last year’s freshman standouts Ashlee Austin and Maya Richards as well as senior and top scorer Shannon Titus. Yarbrough said freshman Asjah Ennis will see minutes as well as Makayla Davis, a transfer from Norcross. “[Davis] brings a lot of athleticism to the team and more of an outside presence,” he said. “Last year our depth was closer to six or seven players, and now we are at eight to nine.”

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Arrests: Continued from Page 2 Alpharetta for DUI, speeding, failure to maintain lane and notice of change of


►► Michael John Smith, 52, of

Brookshade Parkway, Alpharetta, was arrested Nov. 12 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Matthew David Sabath, 49, of

NOTICE OF LOCATION AND DESIGN APPROVAL FULTON COUNTY P. I. # 0012788 Notice is hereby given in compliance with Georgia Code 22-2-109 and 32-3-5 that the Georgia Department of Transportation has approved the Location and Design of this project. The date of location and design approval is: November 16, 2016 The purpose of this project, PI No. 0012788, is to reduce traffic congestion and provide better pedestrian connectivity along SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road from Parsons Road (west) to Medlock Bridge. The project is located in North Fulton County in the City of Johns Creek, and is in Land District 1. The proposed project begins at the eastern terminus of PI No. 0007310 and ends at the western terminus of PI No. 721000. This project will connect the sidewalks and bike lanes being constructed by those projects as well as provide additional enhancements including a raised median and improvements to a horizontal curve. It is 1.5 miles long, and will add a 16’ raised median with 3’ inside shoulders, 4’ bicycle lanes and 8-10’ enhanced sidewalks on both sides of SR 120. The typical section was selected to match that of the adjacent project, PI No. 721000. The existing triple 9’x8’ box culvert conveying Johns Creek will be replaced with a new 3-span bridge. The construction of this project will be staged, and there will be no detour nor closure of SR 120. Drawings or maps or plats of the proposed project, as approved, are on file and are available for public inspection at: Melissa Schwartz City of Johns Creek 12000 Findley Road, Suite 400 Johns Creek, GA 30097 678-512-3200 Any interested party may obtain a copy of the drawings or maps or plats or portions thereof by paying a nominal fee and requesting in writing to: Albert V. Shelby III Office of Program Delivery Attn: Jeanne M. Kerney, P.E. 600 West Peachtree St. NW, Suite 1550 Atlanta, GA 30308 678-518-3897 Any written request or communication in reference to this project or notice SHOULD include the Project and P. I. Numbers as noted at the top of this notice.

Hillbrooke Trace, Johns Creek, was arrested Nov. 10 on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI. ►► Kelly Lee Weaver, 35, of Trace Views Court, Norcross, was arrested Nov. 12 on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI.

Drug arrests ►► Kendell Ronshawn Jackson, 28, of

Wisbech Way, Atlanta, was arrested Nov. 12 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, wanted person and suspended license. ►► Taylor Kenneth Rutherford, 23, of Hemrick Road, Cumming, was arrested Nov. 10 on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana. ►► Abie Aphonso Rogers, 34, of Fair Street, Atlanta, was arrested Nov. 10 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, speeding and sus-

CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE PH-16-AB-30 PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers December 1, 2016 3:00 P.M. PURPOSE Consumption on Premises Liquor, Beer & Wine Sunday Sales APPLICANT Jae Sae, LLC d/b/a NATSU 3070 Windward Plaza Suite X1 Alpharetta, Ga. 30005 Owner Jae Sae, LLC Registered Agent Joshua Jay-Hong Min

pended license.

►► Malik Alvin Dixon, 41, of

Commonwealth Circle, Alpharetta, was arrested Nov. 13 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and improper headlights. ►► Haske Antunez, 24, of Hunnicutt Road, Mableton, was arrested Nov. 13 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, wanted person and disorderly conduct. ►► Jeanette Karim, 26, of Brooks Bridge Crossing, Johns Creek, was arrested Nov. 10 on Plantation Bridge Drive in Johns Creek for possession of marijuana. ► ► Margaret Tressa Morgan, 48, of Village Court, Woodstock, was arrested Nov. 8 on Buford Dam Road in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines, no insurance, expired tag, and giving false infor mation.

CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE PH-16-AB-29 PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers December 1, 2016 3:00 P.M. PURPOSE Consumption on Premises Beer & Wine – Sunday Sales APPLICANT Kyong & Edward, Inc. d/b/a Little Tokyo 5815 Windward Parkway Suite 209 Alpharetta, Ga. 30005 Owner Kyong & Edward, Inc. Registered Agent Kyong Hui Park

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF JOHNS CREEK ARTS and CULTURE BOARD MEETING The monthly meeting of the Arts and Culture Board for Thursday, November 17, 2016 and Thursday, December 22, 2016 has been cancelled. The next scheduled meeting will occur on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Johns Creek City Hall. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 678-512-3212 should you have any questions. Joan Jones, City Clerk | Johns Creek Herald | November 24, 2016 | 37


I was about to reply that I would settle for help just to get to the bathroom, but I saw the way her pupils were so dilated as to be completely black. Instead I refrained from further comment, there being numerous sharp objects in the house. Fortunately for all, our son-in-law was summoned, and I was transported, treated and released from the ER within a couple of hours. When I returned I saw that the vein in MLW’s temple was no longer throbbing and her pupils had regained their normal azure hue. I immediately made myself useful

Continued from Page 8 not allow me to put the offending foot to floor, it did not engender the Florence Nightingalish concern I had expected from my loving spouse. Her words as I recall – and they are burnished into my brain as though with a red-hot iron – were: “No! No! No! I am not taking you to the Emergency Room. I do not have time for this!”

DEATH NOTICES Patricia Boyenga, of Roswell, passed away November 11, 2016. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Stephanie Lemke Dirst, 74, of Cumming, passed away November 9, 2016. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

... If things get too edgy to nap in front of the television, go hide out in the emergency room until things cool off. vision, go hide out in the emergency room until things cool off. Failing that solution, I hear the Golden Corral puts on a great spread. Take everybody there and you don’t have to do the dishes or even peel the potatoes.

peeling potatoes, and dinner went off without a hitch. So if holiday stress begins to surface between the cracks, just remember Hatcher’s simple remedy. If things get too edgy to nap in front of the tele-

Max Gardner, of Alpharetta, passed away November 8, 2016. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Marjorie Pless, of Alpharetta, passed away November 9, 2016. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Janice Renfroe, of Roswell, passed away November 14, 2016. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Jerry A. Hughes, 73, of Forsyth County, passed away November 9, 2016. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Carla Jean Pruitt, 39, of Cumming, passed away November 9, 2016. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Charles Edgar Lamb, 72, of Cumming, passed away November 12, 2016. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Emogene Woodman, 78, of Cumming, passed away November 11, 2016. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Samuel Frederick Schlesinger, Jr, 85, of Cumming, passed away November 9, 2016. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Jeanie Whitmire, 56, of Cumming, passed away November 12, 2016. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

CITY OF JOHNS CREEK ITB #16-354 McGinnis Ferry Rd. @ Sargent Rd. & McGinnis Ferry Rd. @ Johns Creek Pkwy. Intersection Improvement Projects The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Invitations to Bid (ITB) from qualified construction firms for the McGinnis Ferry Rd. @ Sargent Rd. & McGinnis Ferry Rd. @ Johns Creek Parkway Intersection Improvement Projects. Sealed ITB’s will be received no later than 2:00PM. on December 20, 2016 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite-400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097. ITB’s received after the above time or in any other location other than the Purchasing Office will not be accepted. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held on December 6, 2016, at 10:00 AM at the City Hall, Chattahoochee Conference Room, 4th floor. The City of Johns Creek, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d—42 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, part 21, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin in consideration for an award. ITB packages and plans are available on the City of Johns Creek website ( Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. ITB’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the ITB number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an ITB response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. (TWO (2) ORIGINALS AND ONE (1) COPY OF THE ITB ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED.) ITB’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the ITB information and instructions enclosed herein. The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek. Warren Hutmacher City Manager

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