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  • Artist Profile: Brackin (click to Read More)

    By Brandi Price

    Upon entering Ed B’s Studio 54, you’re immediately intrigued by this non-traditional art gallery. As you look around, you’ll get a sense of the owner’s talent and creativity. At a young age, Ed Brackin left Charleston, SC to explore the country. Eventually, he settled in Georgia and opened his thriving art studio, Studio 54. For thirty years, Ed has worked for a fire protection company and has always loved creating, but he became intentionally artistic three years

  • Book Review: Jimmy Carter, Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts (click to Read More)

    By Annell Gerson

    “I can only say with a degree of confidence that what won the election for Jimmy Carter were the more than 600,000 hands he and Rosalyn shook.” So says Dorothy “Dot” Padgett, author of her new history/memoir, Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts.

    Dot was an integral member of the Carter inner circle, heading up the Peanut Brigade, an army of loyal supporters. In his introduction to the book, Jimmy Carter writes, “When I ran for

  • Taste of Life: Blueberry Cobbler (click to Read More)

    by Chef Paul Bodrigi

    Serves 4

    Cobbler Topping Ingredients:

    -3.5 ounces all-purpose flour
    -1 ounce granulated sugarteaspoon baking powder
    -teaspoon baking soda
    -Pinch of salt
    -3 ounces cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
    -2 ounces buttermilk

    Cobbler Topping Procedure:

    Combine and sift all the dry ingredients.
    Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the...
  • Ark on Lake Lanier (click to Read More)

    A Calling, a Vision, a Place of Peace

    By Kathleen Boehmig

    The Ark is a lovely, fourteen-bedroom, twelve-bath, five-acre estate on the shores of Lake Lanier; the result of the vision of Jeff and Alycea Hylton. The largest rental property on the lake, it can accommodate up to forty-five guests in the main house and its three cabins. It includes luxury features like a beautiful pool, hot tub, dock, volleyball court, theater, huge fire pit and gourmet kitchen, and

  • When You Retire, Will You be Able to Stay Retired? (click to Read More)

    By Morgan Hill

    This is a question on the minds of many people as they get closer to retirement. Income planning is one of the key components to a peaceful and fulfilling retirement. Here are some basics about income planning for future retirees:

    •  To be able to retire, we need income.
    •  To stay retired, we need reliable and sustainable income.
    •  To preserve our standard of living, we need increasing income.
    •  During income

  • The Importance of Senior Socialization (click to Read More)

    Explore Your Options

    By Nathan Brandon

    So, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that people are living longer than ever before. The bad news is that people are living longer than ever before. If you’re over 65, you probably perceive this as good news. The Baby Boomer generation, now aging into the Social-Security-eligible population, has been referred to as the “pig in the python” by those who track population trends. Suddenly, the percentage of our

  • Independence High School Student’s Art Selected for 2017 Calendar (click to Read More)

    Independence High School senior Dylan Moore was among thirteen students whose art was published in the Fulton County Water Resources Division’s 2017 Art Calendar. Dylan’s mixed-media illustration, We Are One with Water, was selected by jurors out of nearly 200 entries by students attending public and private schools in the Fulton County area. It will appear as the calendar’s August image.

    To celebrate the winning students, the Water Resources Division hosted a breakfast reception...
  • Volunteer for Fulton County Schools! (click to Read More)

    Fulton County Schools values and promotes active engagement of the community in all its schools. Thousands of individuals serve as volunteers in their schools each year. Volunteer opportunities may include:

    • Serving as a tutor, mentor or guest speaker
    • Providing assistance in classrooms, cafeteria, library or main office
    • Organizing student enrichment and recognition activities
    • Supporting special events, athletics and school planning councils

    How do I...
  • District 1 School Board Member Sworn in to New Term of Office (click to Read More)

    Last month, Katha Stuart began her first full term after serving the unexpired term of retired District 1 member Linda Schultz.

    Stuart represents areas in Alpharetta and Roswell. A 20-year resident of District 1 and a parent of two teenagers, Stuart has been involved in Fulton County Schools activities since her children first started kindergarten at Mountain Park Elementary. Over the years, she has served in various PTA and School Governance Council (formerly Local School Advisory...
  • Audio Intersection (click to Read More)

    Loudermilk Homes is proud to announce a partnership with both Amazon and Audio Intersection to deliver Alexa-enabled luxury homes.

    Controlling everything from the sprinklers to the TVs, every new home constructed by Loudermilk will be powered with Amazon voice control. To be expected, different price levels will be offered based on the number of voice experiences created, but every home will come with a base package covering security, climate control, lighting and much more.
  • Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (click to Read More)

    For decades, the Greater North Fulton community has come together with a common goal of quality of life with globally competitive education choices and support for business and job creation. To continue to promote growth and avoid stagnation, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s (GNFCC) Talent Coalition is a cross-discipline initiative bringing together education and business to develop workforce strategies that fill the largest skills gaps in the region.

    The Talent...
  • Johns Creek City Hall, Police and Fire Departments to Receive New Home (click to Read More)

    The Johns Creek City Council, by a 7-0 vote, authorized the mayor to execute a purchase and sale agreement for the acquisition of an existing office building in Technology Park, to consolidate City Hall functions with the headquarters for public safety personnel as well as the City’s Municipal Court.

    Consolidating City departments into one location will improve efficiency in communications, management and overall operations. With the purchase of an existing office building, the City...
  • Roswell Celebrates Opening Phase 4 of River Boardwalk (click to Read More)

    Phase 4 of the City’s Riverwalk is a multi-purpose greenway that parallels the Chattahoochee River. The Riverwalk project began in 2000 when the residents of Roswell approved a bond referendum that included funding for the City to construct a seven-mile greenway along the Chattahoochee River that would incorporate parks, trails and other recreational and educational facilities. Since that time, the City has completed the first three phases of the Riverwalk project, which included a Riverwalk...
  • Artist Profile: Lorra Kurtz (click to Read More)

    Mixed-Media Artist: The Whole Ball of Wax

    By Brandi Price
    Lorra Kurtz was originally planted in Texas, but lucky for us, she’s bloomed in Georgia. After a career in business, Lorra transitioned into the artistic world by interior design. At ADAC, a design center, Lorra channeled her creativity into high-end furniture showrooms.

    After having twin sons, Lorra plunged deeper into art out of necessity. She made handmade cards and scrapbooked, but she found...
  • Book Review: Talking As Fast As I Can (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Asbell

    It’s likely that you know Lauren Graham from her role in Gilmore Girls or Parenthood. Her book, Talking as Fast as I Can, boasts the tag line: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and everything in between. Throughout her book, you’ll find Lorelai Gilmore’s wisecracking sense of humor. But you’ll also find Lauren Graham, the actress who connected with her role so well that she felt like she brought the character to life. Talking as Fast as I Can is an ode to

  • Book Review: Close Enough to Touch (click to Read More)

    By Annell Gerson

    What if you were allergic to other humans? What if someone’s touch could send you into anaphylactic shock? What does such a life look like; what does it feel like? Close Enough to Touch, Atlanta author Colleen Oakley’s newest book, takes readers inside Jubilee Jenkins’ heart, where we experience this lonely malady first hand.

    Jubilee is a normal, healthy baby until she is three. Then, large, painful, itchy welts begin appearing all over her body. Three

  • Handmade Cards for Kids (click to Read More)

    Recently, every student at Alpharetta High School made an uplifting, handmade card in their Anchor Time class for a hospitalized child. The student council collected and shipped the cards in a large package to an organization called “Cards for Hospitalized Kids,” which sends the cards to hospitals all around the country. The purpose of this project was to make a tangible difference in the day, and hopefully even in the life, of children with terminal illnesses in hospitals all around the...
  • Fulton’s 2016 College and Career Ready Performance Index (click to Read More)

    The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released 2016 results for the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

    The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system that replaced the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB in 2012. CCRPI measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale, helping parents and the public to better understand how schools are...
  • Cruise Planners in Roswell (click to Read More)

    Travel Agent magazine, a top travel industry publication, has named Michael Consoli of Cruise Planners in Roswell as a Top 25 All Star winner for 2016. Consoli was one of only a handful of travel professionals honored as an “All Star,” which highlights the best of the best in the travel industry.

    Consoli is indeed a top producer; as a franchise owner at Cruise Planners, he has repeatedly earned recognition as a top producing agent for Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean...
  • Alpharetta Business Association (click to Read More)

    The Alpharetta Business Association (ABA) is pleased to announce the donation of $5,000 to the Alpharetta High School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (AHS FBLA).

    AHS FBLA chapter members donated service time to help the ABA with the successful execution of the 2016 Alpharetta Business Expo and Startup Technology Showcase. Students assisted exhibitors with set up, greeted attendees, promoted the day’s events on social media and worked diligently throughout the...