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Santa cruises through Milton

Kids wave at Santa as he passes through downtown Crabapple Dec. 19. Santa kept the sleigh parked and passed through the city, bringing holiday cheer to several neighborhoods, with a ride from Milton Fire and an escort from Milton Police.

School district advises safety over holidays

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Player punched in mouth at indoor soccer game MILTON, Ga. — Police were dispatched to North Fulton Hospital on Dec. 7 to respond to an assault call. A 23-year-old man there had a busted lip that was being treated with stitches. The man said he was playing in an indoor soccer league at the Rush Soccer Facility along Birmingham Highway. An opposing player fouled him at the end of the game. He said when he got up to confront the player, the man

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Man flying Trump flag cited for noise violation MILTON, Ga. — Police were dispatched to Birmingham Falls Elementary due to reports of an erratic driver Dec. 8. According to the police report, a man driving a pickup truck with a large Donald Trump flag was racing around

the parking lot blaring his air horn while kids were present. The driver was identified as 18-year-old Bruno Joseph Cua. According to the report, Cua told officers he was “flying his flag” and the parking lot was the only place he could test it out. He said another officer told him he could use the school lot and he waited for a school bus to clear out before he started driving around. He said the group of juveniles in the parking lot were his younger brother and the brother’s friends who gathered to watch him fly the Trump flag. Cua denied doing “donuts” around the parking lot, but said he had to pick up some speed to get his flag to flap in the wind. He admitted to blowing his air horn once, but told an officer “there was no one around here, I wasn’t harassing anyone,” the report stated. The officer cited Cua for violating the city’s public disturbance ordinance.

City seeks input on Morris Road widening MILTON, Ga. — The City of Milton has created a webpage outlining a proposed plan to widen Morris Road and is asking residents to chime in on the project. Residents can give their input up to Jan. 4 at planningatpond.com/ Morris-Road. The webpage outlines the proposal, and residents can share their approval or disapproval, give a suggestion or pose questions. The city says the page was created instead of a face-to-face event due to COVID-19, and there is hope more residents will give their input digitally than would attend a meeting. The project begins at the existing roundabout at Morris Road and Webb Road/Deerfield Avenue, then runs to the northeast along Morris Road to where it ties into the McGinnis Ferry Road widening project. The proposal under consideration calls for two lanes of Morris Road in each direction divided by a landscaped or concrete median. Turn lanes, a multi-use trail and upgrades at the Morris Road and Webb Road intersection are also included.


Planning firm Pond and Company will complete the conceptual plan and begin preliminary design early next year, the city said.

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Milton officials weigh options for trail plan at old country club By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com MILTON, Ga. — Opening the former Milton Country Club property as a city park won’t happen until at least summer 2021, but the site’s trails system is coming into focus. The Milton City Council discussed several sections of proposed trails at its Dec. 14 work session that could come online to allow residents to experience the park the city purchased nearly three years ago. Public Works Director Robert Drewry and Transportation Engineer Sara Leaders presented the council with several phases of potential paths. The first proposal called for new paths beginning at the clubhouse and the demolition of a stretch of cart paths near the building. The new trail would then link to existing cart paths which would stretch behind the homes in the Highgrove Club Drive cul-de-sac. From there, new paths would be constructed farther back from the homes, the cart paths would be removed in the area, and the trail would end before reaching one of the lakes on the site. That plan, along with removing existing paths, comes at an estimated cost of $510,000 with an almost even split between new paths and existing cart paths. Another option presented would be to take that plan and extend the walkways to one of the lakes and create a loop around the body of water. The estimated price tag of $652,000 would include about 1.25-miles of trail, around onequarter mile more than the original proposed section. The phase would include removing cart paths on private property near the additional section of path. Two other options build off of the first two plans but conform to Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines for slopes. Under each plan, the second portion of trail would be ADA compliant with no other changes to the remaining sections. To meet those requirements, the trail would briefly run along Highgrove Club Drive. The updates would add about $200,000 in cost to either the shorter or loop trail. City staff recommended completing the extended trail. City Manager Steve Krokoff said doing that would present a cost savings by building out all stretches of trail in one fell swoop. Several council members and Mayor Joe Lockwood spoke in favor of the looped trail, but they did echo the concerns of some residents who live adjacent to the park. Brad Serff, a homeowner along the site, said the city should take action to address people parking along the street and accessing the trails instead of


The city presented trails system options last week for the former Milton Country Club property. City officials presented three proposals. The first, 1A, calls for new paths beginning at the clubhouse before connection with the existing cart paths, labeled “2,” which would then connected to new trails labeled 3 and 4. Plan 1B, labeled No. 5, calls for the building off the first phase with an extension and loop around one of the lakes on the property. Plan 1C would run a similar course as A1, but the No. 2 section would be replaced with a new, ADA-compliant walkway, and the existing cart paths in that area would be removed. City staff and several councilmembers shared their preference for combining all three plans, the full loop with the ADA-compliant section, labeled in blue and black.

Several council members and Mayor Joe Lockwood spoke in favor of the looped trail, but they did echo the concerns of some residents who live adjacent to the park. parking at the entrance of the park. He suggested placing a buffer along certain sites to dissuade access from the street. Serff added that he was in favor of the plan and he believes his neighbors would support the extended trail. Currently, there is a removable gate along Highgrove Club Drive that allows city employees and maintenance services to enter the park area. Even if the city opts for the longer trail, it will not include the full loop around the site shown on the park’s master plan that city officials adopted last summer. The issue at hand is sinkholes and drainage issues along Chicken Creek. As a part of its $1.3 million budget for trails


The first proposal called for new paths beginning at the clubhouse and the demolition of a stretch of cart paths near the building. on the property, Milton will conduct a hydrology study to address those problems. Krokoff said the city is focused on opening what portions of the park it can, then complete the full loop. Lockwood suggested constructing all three portions of the drafted trails to open the park and then address the final portion later.

Because the discussion took place in a work session, no vote was taken on which plan to pursue. Drewry said without significant changes to the plan, the city could put the project out to bid by April. He was hesitant to give a hard timeline for the park opening following the construction of trails, but he said the hope would be next summer.

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Local hospitals planning COVID-19 vaccination distribution By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in north Metro Atlanta, and local hospitals are planning how they will distribute doses. The Georgia Department of Public Health is coordinating the vaccine distribution across the state. The department is expected to receive around 84,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the initial stage of distribution. The first doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 arrived for local hospital systems Dec. 16, with Wellstar Kennestone Hospital receiving a shipment of 3,900 vaccines. Wellstar said it planned to begin administering the vaccine to its frontline staff at all 11 locations, including Wellstar North Fulton in Roswell, last week. The second shipment of doses to Wellstar was expected this week. The hospital system said employees in emergency departments, intensive care

units, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities, adult and pediatric primary care stations will be the first to receive the vaccine, along with first responders. Katherine Watson with Northside Hospital System said the group has not received vaccines yet, but a plan of distribution has been created for when shipments arrive. She said those plans would not be reveled at this time because they have not been communicated to hospital staff. Emory Johns Creek is drafting its distribution plan and will release details once it is finalized, Alysia Satchel of the hospital said. Along with hospitals, the Fulton County Board of Health is also set to begin receiving and administering vaccinations. Dr. David Holland, chief clinical officer, said around 2,700 doses are set to arrive in the first round of deliveries to the agency. Holland said the priority for the Board of Health is to vaccinate workers at testing sites. As more vaccines become avail-

Editor’s note This article will be updated online at northfulton.com as more information from the hospital systems is released. able, doses will be administered following guidelines set by the American Council on Immunization Practices. “We want to offer it to everybody, but given the current limited supply, we want to get it to the people who need it most,” Holland said.

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With hospitals receiving doses directly, the Board of Health will coordinate its distribution with independent practitioners. Holland said practitioners and residents should keep an eye on the agency’s website for updates, which will include how to sign up to receive the vaccine. The vaccines arrive in the area at the same time cases of COVID are reaching unprecedented levels. Statewide as of Dec. 17, the 7-day average of new cases was 4,640 daily, over 900 more cases on average per day than the previous peak in late July. In Fulton County, the 7-day average was 405 new cases per day, about 50 fewer per day than its peak in July. As of Dec. 16, the county had reported 44,255 cases and 714 deaths. Forsyth County reported three of its four highest daily case totals between Dec. 7-15 as its 7-day moving average neared 100 cases per day. The Georgia Department of Public Health had reported 71 total COVID-19 deaths in the county as of Dec. 17.

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Milton considers walkability, speed reduction options for Crabapple By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com MILTON, Ga. — Several developments coming out of the ground have transformed downtown Crabapple, but the changes may not all be spurred by the business community. At its Dec. 14 work session, the Milton City Council discussed pedestrian and streetscape improvements for a stretch of Crabapple Road in the heart of downtown. Unlike other road improvements nearby, including the Charlotte Drive extension and Birmingham Highway roundabouts, the city is handcuffed in its options because it is a state route, meaning any proposed upgrades would require GDOT’s seal of approval. City officials have met with the state agency and proposed several changes to the stretch of road between Heritage Walk and Birmingham Highway, but the city and GDOT are not seeing eye-to-eye on all issues. Sara Leaders, Milton transportation engineer, said GDOT is on board with several proposals that could reduce speeds, improve walkability and enhance the area’s appearance. Those

suggestions include reducing the width of lanes, which can naturally cut down on speeds, adding a center median, pedestrian crossing and a bike lane and reducing the roadway from three to two lanes while repurposing the turn lanes. However, GDOT took issues with the city’s proposal for on-street parking and reducing the speed limit from 35 mph. City Manager Steve Krokoff said he was a strong proponent for both measures because traffic speeds on the road create an uncrossable “river,” and people are afraid to attempt it. “It’s a real hinderance to our downtown,” he said. “It’s not conducive to what we are trying to create.” Leaders said GDOT is unlikely to lower the speed limit because of the way it determines whether to act, studying the rate of speed at or below which 85 percent of drivers travel on a certain road. Studying speeds now would be unlikely to yield an 85th percentile figure below 35 mph, but Krokoff and Leaders said the city can take other measures to naturally slow speeds, like narrowing lanes and providing on-street parking.

“It’s a real hinderance to our downtown. It’s not conducive to what we are trying to create.” STEVE KROKOFF Milton City Manager

Another avenue Milton could take is gaining creative control over the downtown portion of Crabapple Road. The city could propose shifting the state route to Heritage Walk at its intersection with Crabapple Road. Doing that would allow the city to make improvements without GDOT looking over its shoulder. But that’s not as easy as slapping the state route designation on Heritage Walk. Leaders said the city would have to ensure Heritage Walk conformed to GDOT’s pavement conditions and truck capacity. More importantly, the

city would have to remove the raised sidewalks it recently installed. That last snag gave some council members heartburn. City Councilman Paul Moore said the city has been successful in creating walkability along the roadway, connecting Crabapple Market, The Green and City Hall. He said it would be a “shame” to potentially compromise the pedestrian-friendly area with a state route designation. Mayor Joe Lockwood said there are more and more pedestrians walking in the area, and he wanted to make sure the city is not fixing Crabapple’s walkability at the sake of Heritage Walk. Jennifer Harper, a representative with engineering and planning firm Clark Patterson Lee, which the city contracted to study the area, told council members the city will need to decide how it wants to approach GDOT. That could either be going forward with a plan that only includes the road updates the department favors, or a proposal to include on-street parking and a lower speed limit. City officials are expected to meet further with GDOT to determine which measures can be pursued.

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‘Good vibes’ in tough times: Cuban restaurant opens in Johns Creek By PHOEBE LIU newsroom@appenmediagroup.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Colorful portraits of famous Cuban musicians and a neon blue “good vibes only” sign greet you as you walk in. Although mostly empty due to the pandemic, it’s easy to imagine groups of diners laughing and eating at the restaurant’s tables, which are painted a blue so bright it matches the sign’s neon glow. Cuban music plays from the restaurant’s speakers, and a mini-Christmas tree sits on the front counter. Local Cuban Cocina, which opened in late July on Jones Bridge Road, is Johns Creek’s new spot for Cuban and Latin fusion food. Co-owners Carlos Mejia and Beto Montenegro say they wanted to bring something new to Johns Creek and decided to introduce traditional Cuban cuisine to residents. “Cuban food is rich in flavors, rich in colors, rich in aromas,” Mejia said. “It’s a mix of different cultures … and it’s really special for that. Cuban food is really good, and the idea was to offer something different for everybody.” Cuban cuisine blends African, Spanish and other Caribbean influences in a way that illuminates the country’s history. Spain colonized the island from 1492 to 1898. During that time, Africans were taken to Cuba as slaves. Those from neighboring Caribbean countries often traveled to Cuba and influenced its culture as well. And due to the island’s location and tropical climate, fruits and root vegetables like plantains and yuca are central to Cuban food. Staples of Cuban cuisine are rice, beans and plantains, and dishes are often seasoned with spices like oregano, coriander and cumin.

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Mejia is an architect turned restaurant owner who moved to the United States from Colombia 22 years ago. Since then, he has worked in various Latin American and Caribbean restaurants, and he brings that experience to Local Cuban Cocina. The co-owners had the opportunity to buy the Jones Bridge site in February and had planned to open in March. But the pandemic forced them to delay their opening to the summer. “Unfortunately, this is a very hard moment to start any business,” Mejia said. “But I came back to … roll with passion with energy. And I have that.” Mejia said that in the four months since opening, one of the restaurant’s most popular items has been its ropa vieja. It’s the national dish of Cuba, and

the restaurant makes it with flank steak and stewed vegetables. “Ropa vieja” is Spanish for “old clothes.” Legend has it that an old man with no money once shredded and cooked his own clothes to feed his family. But Mejia said he doesn’t know how the name’s origin relates to the presentday dish, which originated in Spain and was first documented in Cuba in the mid-19th century. “It’s really good meat cooked slow and marinated with different kinds of spices, peppers and onions,” Mejia said. All of the restaurant’s entrees come with white rice, black beans and a choice between maduros and tostones. Tostones are green plantains that are twice-fried and savory. Maduros are sweet plantains. Also popular, of course, is the Cuban sandwich. Mejia said Local Cuban Cocina has sold over 700 Cuban sandwiches since opening.

“When people think of Cuban gastronomy, everyone knows the Cuban sandwich,” Mejia said. “The original Cuban sandwich is very special.” Local Cuban Cocina makes theirs with bread from a traditional bakery in Tampa, sweet pickles, sweet cheese and a slice of pork marinated overnight and cooked slowly the next day for more than 10 hours. In addition to traditional Cuban staples like picadillo de criollo — a ground beef dish with olives, raisins, spices and more — and masitas, which are crispy chunks of fried pork, Local Cuban Cocina offers everything from nachos and tacos to quinoa salad bowls to flan and tres leches. It can be fusion, but with Cuban ingredients, Mejia said. Nearly all of the restaurant’s orders have been takeout, Mejia said. On an average day, the restaurant seats from two to five tables of dine-in customers. He stressed that the restaurant follows CDC guidelines and all employees wear masks and clean regularly. Mejia said he looks forward to the time when he sees people eating and having a good time together in his restaurant soon. The “local” in the restaurant’s name isn’t a reference to cuisine that’s local to Cuba, he said. Rather, it’s because the restaurant’s goal is to serve the local community. Mejia said he is grateful for the support of Johns Creek residents, the Chamber of Commerce and other government leaders. “The most important thing to me is ‘good vibes only,’” Mejia said. “Too many problems come every day … so [despite them] in this place, it’s good vibes only, all the time.”

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groove resulting in a stiff hair that can only fall one way. The Latin name is pili trianguli et canaliculi, which, if you are a Latin scholar, perhaps means something. Children afflicted with this condition are typically towheaded with very light blonde to white hair. To be a syndrome, a disease must have two or more features that occur together as a disease “complex.” In this case, the two primary features are the uncombable hair of the child and the frustration of the mother. Scientists still debate whether the smirking laughter of the father playing on his phone in the background constitutes a third feature of this disease. This would make the syndrome a triad. Fortunately for our patient, his disease has an excellent prognosis. The hair of uncombable hair syndrome typically becomes uncombable early in childhood and normalizes in early adolescence, often at puberty. Our patient was otherwise completely healthy without any signs or markers of other dermatologic disease. Given that our patient is a boy, my attending’s advice was simple: “keep his hair buzzed until he’s about 13 or so.” “So you don’t have any treatment?!” said the mother. “Well, I thought the reassurance that it should normalize in 10-11 years and that you could buzz the hair in the meantime is a good treatment plan,” said my attending. The father laughed. The mother remained frustrated. The child’s hair remained uncombable. Please note that this syndrome should not be confused with the “wont comb his hair” syndrome as displayed by my son, age 2 (see photo). If you or someone you love suffers from uncombable hair syndrome, consider Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta. Dr. Brent Taylor is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon and vein specialist. Kathryn Filipek, PA-C is a physician assistant with more than 15 years of dermatology experience and expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

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Safe return to schools High number of students depends on holiday behavior select in-person learning District urges caution during large gatherings By CANDY WAYLOCK candy@appenmediagroup.com FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Fulton School officials are urging students and families to take health and safety precautions over the long winter break to avoid further disruptions to the school year. The system moved all high schools to remote learning in the week prior to the break as the number of students and staff in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure rose to unmanageable levels. “We intend to resume school in January in the same instruction model of face-to-face or remote learning,” Superintendent Mike Looney said. “But in order for that to happen, we need [the community’s help].” He urged students and parents to continue to follow protocols of face coverings, handwashing and social distancing during the break. And for those traveling, gathering in large groups, or who experience COVID-like symptoms, he encouraged getting a COVID test before returning to school. “COVID-19 testing is completely voluntary,” Looney said. “However, being able to identify individuals with COVID-19 is a critical, proactive measure to keeping infected individuals from unintentionally spreading the virus to others.” Fulton Schools has again partnered with a community agency, CORE, to provide free COVID tests for staff and students on Jan. 2. A previous event after the Thanksgiving break identified 64 positive cases which allowed the district to conduct contact tracing and quarantines prior to the return to school. The need to stay safe is particularly important for teaching staff because Fulton is experiencing critical staffing shortages. “We want [our employees] to return safely for yourself and your colleagues,” Looney said. “Testing is important, particularly if you traveled or were in large gatherings.” CORE will have two testing sites, one north and one south, but Looney said there are other options available for testing. He urged people to go to fultoncountyga.gov/covid-19/covid-testing-sites to find a test site in their area.

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Fulton will continue to offer remote option for second semester

Return-to-school schedule calls for phased approach The Fulton County School System will transition into the second semester over a two-week time frame that begins remotely for all staff and students and ends with in-school learning for those who choose that learning option. Week of January 4-8: • January 4-5 will be teacher workdays/student holiday because many schools are election polling sites. • Second semester begins for all students on January 6 with remote learning in place through Jan. 8. Week of January 11-15: • Middle and high school students will participate in remote learning January 11-12, while elementary students return to school for faceto-face instruction. • On January 13, all students (except those who chose remote learning) will come back for Face-toFace instruction. Word of approved COVID-19 vaccinations is positive news for the district, but the timeline of availability for the general public is still up in the air. When available, district officials said they will follow the guidelines from public health on whether vaccinations will be required for students and staff. “We will continue to monitor news or information from health professionals on the status of approval of a vaccine for staff and students,” Communications Director Brian Noyes said. “If the state requires a vaccine, we will follow guidance from public health and develop processes Solution to accommodate the mandate.” E B B S










By CANDY WAYLOCK candy@appenmediagroup.com FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The number of students in the Fulton School System opting to return to the classroom for the second semester ticked slightly higher than those who chose the option in the first semester. Parents were asked to commit to a learning model for the next semester — face to face or remote learning — by Dec. 11 in time to set schedules and classes for a January return. Of the nearly 41,000 responses in the election survey, just over 48 percent opted to return to in-person instruction. That is up 4 percent from the 44 percent that chose to return to the classroom when the district reopened the schools in October. Students not choosing an option will continue in the same mode as they ended the first semester, according to district officials. “If you did not complete the election survey we are going to assume you are returning in January under the same option you chose in the fall,” said Superintendent Mike Looney, noting more than half of the district’s students did not complete the survey. Fulton Schools is removing the flexibility option that parents used in the first semester, but which proved to be a logistical nightmare for staff. Next semester, students must commit to the learning model they select for at least the first nine weeks. School administrators said the back-and-forth decisions over the past two months, from remote to in-person and back again, challenged teachers

and scheduling staff to keep classrooms up and running. “During the nine-week commitment, you will not be allowed to move back and for convenience sake as it currently is being done,” Looney said. Fulton School Board member Linda McCain, whose district includes much of the Johns Creek area, said parents need to understand their role in the learning process if their child remains at home. “If [parents] are choosing remote learning, they need to know how much of the responsibility for their child’s learning falls on their shoulders,” McCain said. She noted parents need to make sure their children are in a structured environment and have the ability to engage and interact with their class and teachers in a virtual setting. Looney echoed that sentiment, noting he’s aware of children who have not been successful in their virtual learning because attention is not being paid to missed assignments and coursework. Parents, he noted, must be teachers as well to ensure their children are on track. “They have to be the teacher in the classroom in a lot of ways, [and] make sure their children are logging in, finishing assignments, and taking the assessments,” Looney said. “At the end of the day, the parent is still the primary teacher of their child.” Based on the results of the remote learning over the past several months, Looney said the success of the student has ultimately been linked to the engagement of the parent in the learning process. “We want to support our community in any way we can, and we are proud to offer choices,” Looney said. “But parents must contemplate their ability to engage.”

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The sick state of healthcare in the Peach State By TIFFANY GRIFFITH newsroom@appenmediagroup.com NORTH ATLANTA METRO, Ga. — The 2021 outlook for Georgia tells two vastly different stories. On the economics side, predications have Georgia outpacing the national average for job growth. The Metro Atlanta is expected to do even better than the state average. Wages, home sales, innovation and consumer spending should all see an increase locally in the coming year. But the current and expected status of healthcare in Georgia is anything but good news. “Unfortunately, Georgia has a lot of poor healthcare indicators, including obesity and a higher number of people who are uninsured,” said Alexander Hill, a University of Georgia Senior Research Analyst. The UGA Selig Center for Economic Growth just released its 2021 outlook for Georgia. Despite positive economic signs for the state and metro area, the list of troubling healthcare data and predictions seems endless. When compared to most other states, Georgians have below-average health,

and it’s on the decline. In 2019, the United Healthcare Foundation ranked Georgia 40th among 50 states in citizen health. Among seniors, the state ranked even lower. Georgia sunk to the bottom of the list for childhood immunizations, with 65.6 percent of children receiving vaccinations. Furthermore, death rates from heart disease, cancer and diabetes in Georgia are above national averages. UGA experts said these health trends made the average Georgian more likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19. Going from bad to worse The coronavirus made a bad situation worse for Georgia. “An estimated 178,000 Georgians lost their health insurance between February and May 2020,” Hill said. “Georgia is now one of eight states where more than 20 percent of adults are uninsured.” The overall uninsured rate in Georgia jumped from 19 percent in 2017 to 23-percent in 2020. That number is expected to reach 25 percent in 2021, four years sooner than projected prepandemic. Even for those with insurance, the cost of healthcare can be a punch to


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the pocketbook. Hill also mentioned the quality of employer-funded medical coverage has diminished over the years. “The average American will postpone or forego healthcare if it’s too expensive,” Hill said. “And that’s something economists didn’t really understand. Economists thought that the demand for healthcare was relatively inelastic over the decades. But unfortunately, recent years have shown that people only have a finite amount of money.” The expected cost for medical procedures and prescriptions in 2021 might drive away even more patients. Hill said hospitals actually suffered financial losses this year — having to treat more people in the emergency room rather than performing surgeries. She said hospitals and insurance companies plan on passing the cost of those financial losses down to consumers. “Those losses that hospitals and other healthcare systems experienced are going to be a shock that will be felt through the end of 2021, maybe even 2022, unfortunately,” Hill said. Georgians with limited access to medical treatment — living in “healthcare deserts” — took on a greater burden in 2020. Many rural counties have their

Despite the barriers and challenges ahead, Hill said the concerning state of healthcare in Georgia has not been a drain on the economy. Yet. own clinics run by the government. Hill said those clinics were already strained before COVID-19 exacerbated their problems. “They weren’t able to get people in as quickly as they should for treatment. They don’t have very many services available,” Hill said. “So, they would have to send people to hospitals that are further away if they have any complex issues.” Debt will need to be addressed According to UGA’s report, in 2014, it was estimated that less than 60 percent of the primary healthcare need in Georgia was being met. Despite the barriers and challenges ahead, Hill said the concerning state of healthcare in Georgia has not been a drain on the economy. Yet. “Our economy has found a way to push through that,” Hill said. “But there’s only so much medical debt our economy can absorb. So, maybe by 2030, when it starts to become a problem for more than half of the population, I don’t see how we’ll keep saying we’re erasing the debt and you can start over.” For now, Hill said Georgians can secure themselves financially to avoid taking on too much debt. People in the Peach State already proved that they know how to save money during the pandemic recession. “When we received the first stimulus check, most people put that into savings. The savings rate increased to 33-percent, which is unheard of,” Hill said. “We usually have a below 10-percent savings rate on average in this country. People saw the uncertainty and they took steps that they needed to take.” Long term, Hill recommends consumers become better educated to make their professions more recession-proof. “This recession hit people with low skill jobs the hardest,” Hill said. “If Georgia can increase its average education level to that of the U.S., or exceed it a little bit, I believe that our citizens will be way better off for the next recession.”


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Sticking points of the 2020 high school football season By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The 2020 GHSA high school football season could have never happened, but for local teams the unprecedented year is complete, and cleats, jerseys and helmets will lay dormant until a hopefully brighter spring. While no North Fulton team will appear in a state title game this season for the first time in six seasons, 2020 was still one for the history books. Here are some of the top aspects of the year that stick out. Season goes off with few snags Plenty of games were cancelled, many players tested positive or were quarantined, but local programs went relatively unscathed during a season that was still in question when the first games were scheduled to be played. Several local programs played abbreviated seasons. Blessed Trinity played just nine games, despite reaching the third round of the playoffs. Others had rotten luck. Forsyth Central had its opening two games cancelled just hours before they were set to kick off. Its season finale, one last chance for the seniors to take the field, was called off. However, all local teams were able to play most of their scheduled games, and few serious cases of COVID-19 were reported among programs. Roswell area schools shine Roswell, Blessed Trinity and Fellowship Christian are all located within about one mile, making a little stretch of Ga. 92 a mecca of football talent and strong programs that continued this season. One only has to look at the class of 2021 from those football teams, which includes a bevy of college commits, to showcase their dominance in recent years. Together, the senior classes from each school combined for a staggering 118-28 record, and that includes an eight-loss season by Roswell in 2017, when many of this year’s seniors were playing for the freshman/JV squad. Roswell and Fellowship have won two region titles during the last four years, with Blessed Trinity capturing three. Since 2015, each of the teams has made at least one trip to the state finals, Roswell did it twice. BT made four appearances in six years, winning three championships in the process. Milton state title was no fluke There were some murmurs among the state’s football community that Milton’s 2018 state championship was a bit of a fluke. Not that they weren’t talented, wellcoached or tough-to-beat, but some suggested the program overachieved that year. However, the last two years have

shown evidence against that though. The Eagles have compiled a 19-5 record since lifting the Class 7A state championship trophy, their only losses coming against ranked teams, including to eventual state champs Marietta last year in the playoffs. This season, Milton earned two on-field wins over ranked teams (not including a forfeit by ranked Cedar Grove) and ran the table in Region 5-7A for the third consecutive year. The Eagles have more region titles in the last three years than the program won from 1950 to 2017. And few difference-makers remained this year from Milton’s state title squad, showing 2018 was no fluke, rather, it was a coming out party for a program on the rise. Mixed bag for 1st-year coaches A new head coach presents many questions for a program, even more so in a season of unknowns like 2020. For the six coaches who made their debuts at North Fulton and Forsyth County programs, there was feast, famine and plenty in between. The big winners among the group were Dave Svehla of West Forsyth and Mike Palmieri at Denmark. West captured its first region title since 2012 and reached the third round of the playoffs for the second time in program history. Denmark, which West beat for the Region 6-7A title, had its best season in the team’s three years in action, with a 6-1 region record and the program’s first playoff win. Another strong debut season came from Chris Prewett at Roswell. The Hornets went 8-3, the first winning season by a first-year Roswell head coach since 1998. At the other end of the scale was Centennial and Lambert. Under Sean O’Sullivan, the Knights were winless this season, their second year without a “W.” Though Lambert started the season 4-0 under Tommy Watson, the Longhorns went 1-5 down the stretch in region play. For Terry Crowder of King’s Ridge and Alpharetta’s Jason Kervin, 2020 was a mix. Crowder’s Tigers went 3-5 overall, but earned the program’s first playoff berth. Kervin led the Raiders to a 3-6 mark, but that was good enough for the team’s fifth straight trip to the postseason. New regions live up to hype Every local team was in a new or updated region for 2020, and many of those groupings lived up to the expectations of tight title races and solid competition. Roswell, Milton and Alpharetta played in the same region, 5-7A, for the first time since 2011, and the results lived up to the hype. Milton handed Roswell its first loss of the season and overtook the Hornets for the top spot in the region standings. Alpharetta earned a signature win over Roswell late in the season, it’s first in Class 7A. The

loss jeopardized the Hornets’ playoff hopes. When the dust settled, Milton was crowned champ and all three teams earned berths in the postseason. Region 6-7A included all of Forsyth County’s public schools this year, and the intra-county rivalries took center stage in a fight for the region crown. Gainesville led the region standings the opening weeks of play before Denmark dethroned the Red Elephants late in the regular season. That set up a winnertake-all contest between West Forsyth and the Danes for the region title, with the Wolverines taking a 20-10 victory. Behind the leaders, South Forsyth, North Forsyth and Forsyth Central continued their rivalries with a tight race for the final playoff spot.

In Region 7-6A, there was a logjam for playoff spots between the North Fulton teams and their Cherokee County foes. The final week of the regular season determined playoff spots, including Cambridge’s first postseason berth in four seasons. In Region 7-5A, perhaps the most anticipated region game of the year between Blessed Trinity and Cartersville was cancelled due to COVID-19, but with three powerhouses in the region, including Calhoun, the region should serve up entertaining races in the coming years. The mighty can still fall There are no easy games in the playoffs and everyone starts the second sea-

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Eagles erase 17-point deficit to defeat Denmark in 5-Star Classic By ZACH SHUGAN zach@appenmediagroup.com MILTON, Ga. — Denmark looked dominant against Milton in the first three quarters of Friday night’s bout between two top-10 ranked teams in Class 7A. Games last four quarters, though, and the No. 1-ranked Eagles stormed back to erase a 17-point deficit in the fourth and force overtime, eventually defeating the No. 9 Danes, 72-68. “I thought we played awful for three quarters,” Milton head coach Allen Whitehart said. “We lacked intensity. For us it’s about playing at a championship level all the time, and I don’t feel like we did for three quarters tonight.” Milton trailed by 15 points entering the fourth quarter, as Denmark seemingly had control over the Eagles and momentum on its side. That feeling quickly slipped away, however, as Milton started the quarter on an 11-2 run to cut the Danes’ lead to four points with four minutes remaining. A few minutes later, Milton senior Broc Bidwell tied the game with a putback layup with 1:31 remaining. Each team had a chance to take the lead and win in regulation, but the defenses stepped up and sent the game to overtime tied 60-60. Milton played most of the fourth quarter without five-star junior guard Bruce Thornton, who took an inadvertent hit to one of his eyes in the third quarter. Five-star sophomore guard


Milton sophomore Kanaan Carlyle (15), defended by Denmark senior Sutton Smith (2), two of the top performers in Friday night's game. Kanaan Carlyle stepped up in Thornton’s absence, sparking their comeback and helping finish it off in overtime. Carlyle and the Eagles outscored the Danes by four points in overtime to take home another win over a top-10 team, their fifth this the season. Carlyle finished with 19 points, most in the second half, along with four assists and two rebounds.

“Kanaan played like a five-star, which he is,” Whitehart said. “He played like he’s supposed to play.” Despite only playing three quarters and some of the overtime period, Thornton finished with a game-high 23 points and added four assists and one rebound. Junior forward Kendall Campbell scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Sophomore L.T. Overton, playing in his first basketball game of the year after Milton’s football season ended last week,

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added six points and seven rebounds off the bench. Smith finished with 14 points, 11 assists and 4 rebounds for Denmark. Scott led the Danes in scoring and rebounding with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, and nine rebounds. The loss to Milton was only the second loss of the season for Denmark, which moves to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in region play. The game between No. 1 Milton and No. 9 Denmark came together in a matter of two days. The Eagles were originally scheduled to take on Lake Norman Christian (NC), but the Storm had to back out of the 5-Star Classic at Milton. Whitehart called Denmark head coach Tyler Whitlock on Wednesday and asked if the Danes would like to play in place of Lake Norman Christian, and Whitlock accepted the offer. “I think [Denmark’s] really good,” Whitehart said. “When I called them to come play, I knew they were that good. We needed that test.” The Eagles move to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in region play. The Eagles lost by one point to No. 4 McEachern in the opening game of the season and lost by three points to the No. 1 team in 3A, Sandy Creek, a few games later. The Eagles have since won four straight, including wins over three of the top 10 teams in 7A. “We just got to stay at a certain level,” Whitehart said. “We’re not there all the time. We brought our football guys in, so the chemistry is a little off right now. But that was a heck of a win to be down 17 to a team like that.”

In Memoriam

Mark Andrew Orris

Mark Andrew Orris age 62 of Alpharetta passed away peacefully on December 13, 2020. Mark was a devoted and loving father to his daughters, Ashley and Cayla and wife Shirley. Mark was a very charismatic, optimistic and funny person and enjoyed a long career in management consulting. He is survived by his wife of over 25 years, Shirley Orris, daughters, Ashley Orris and Cayla Orris; sister, Cindie Thompson; brothers, Jan Orris and Michael Orris (Kathy) along with numerous nieces and nephews

and his fur baby, Marley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mark’s memory with Georgia Transplant at https:// gatransplant.org/. A small celebration of life service was held for immediate family on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:00PM in the funeral home chapel at Northside Chapel, Roswell. Following the service, the family welcomed friends and family to celebrate Mark’s life at their family home in Alpharetta.



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Continued from Page 19 son 0-0. Those may be football cliches, but they were on display Dec. 11 when three strong and previously undefeated North Fulton teams had their seasons come to an abrupt end. Despite a brief season that included just six regular season games, threetime defending state champs Blessed Trinity were continuing their dominance over the competition. In the Titans’ five games leading up to the quarterfinals, which included two playoff contests, they had scored over 44 points per game and had posted four shutouts. However, the Titans came up short in a thriller against Warner Robins, ending their season and bid for a fourth state title. Fellowship Christian looked poised to make a return to the state finals after suffering a heartbreaking, overtime loss in the 2016 championship. Ahead of the quarterfinals, the Paladins controlled their competition, compiling a 10-0 record, which included wins over three ranked teams, while outscoring the opposition by an average of five touchdowns per game. The dream season wasn’t to be though, with the Trinity Christian pouncing on the Paladins early Dec. 11 on its way to 41-27 win. Milton’s undefeated run also ended Dec. 11. The Eagles ran the table in the regular season before earning a lopsided win over Peachtree Ridge in the first round of the playoffs and a comeback win over Archer. However, Milton’s bid to return to the semifinals for the second time in three years ended with a 23-13 loss to Lowndes.


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