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City Council approves emergency road work BY DAN WHISENHUNT

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Residents living along Lake Forrest Drive may not like this. It will be late September before the city can fix the section of the road between Lake Summit and Chevaux Court. Both lanes of the road were closed on Aug. 5, and it has been a one-lane road for several weeks while crews assessed its condition following multiple rock slides. Prognosis? Not good. Sandy Springs City Council at its Aug. 6 meeting gave city staff the OK to fix the road without going through the usual public bid process, saying the road’s condition is an emergency that threatens public safety. Public Works Director Garrin Coleman said consultants

Hospital volunteer brings smile, sweets maKiNg a diffeReNCe 8

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panhandle residents should see faster fire response BY MELISSA WEINMAN

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Samantha Black listens to stand up paddleboarding instructions at morgan falls overlook park on July 18 in Sandy Springs. Local companies offer lessons on the Chattahoochee River. Story and more photos on pages 10-11.

The Sandy Springs and DeKalb County fire departments have entered into an automatic aid agreement to provide faster responses to emergency calls from people living on the border of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Beginning Aug. 1, units from DeKalb County’s fire station in Dunwoody will be the first to respond to fire and EMS calls to Sandy Springs residences and businesses in portions of the Sandy Springs “panhandle,” the area between the Chattahoochee River and the DeKalb County line. Sandy Springs Fire Chief Jack McElfish said the faster response time will improve the insurance rating for those See paNhaNdLe, page 22

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