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  • Preparedness (click to Read More)

    By Jim Cheatham

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the amount of devastation left in the Carolinas stirred many emotions. Many lost their homes and neighborhoods, and some even lost loved ones. Watching people lose all of their belongings is hard. Unfortunately, public safety employees see this often.

    What can you do to be prepared? Preparedness is a mindset. Recognize your belongings as just that — belongings. Think about the day that they may all be gone.

  • Artist Profile: Steven Lester (click to Read More)

    Get Inspired by Artist Steven Lester

    by Dawn Major

    Inspired. You hear that word a lot. You see “stay inspired” on coffee mugs, T-shirts, and bumper stickers, but what does it actually mean to be inspired? The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “inspired” as having an “extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.” Steven Lester — painter, husband, and father — is someone who has this quality. When asked what inspires him, Lester said, “I

  • Book Review: LaRose (click to Read More)

    By Gabriel Morley

    Is love invincible?

    The question seems to swell around the heart of all of Louise Erdrich’s novels, especially LaRose.

    When Landreaux Iron is out hunting in the late North Dakota summer, he sees a deer. He takes his shot. But it’s not a deer he has killed; it’s his neighbor’s five-year-old son. The dead boy also happens to be Landreaux’s nephew. And if that weren’t enough, the dead boy was also Landreaux’s son’s best friend. ...

  • Happy Halloween! Please Drive Safely (click to Read More)

    By Jim Cheatham

    When most people think of October, two things come to mind: the fall season and Halloween. The drop in temperature seems to make neighborhoods come alive. Friday night high school football and playing in the leaves after spending all day raking them, for some reason, the evenings just seem more relaxed. However, this wonderful time of year comes with some very real dangers.

    We have become an extremely aggressive driving society. This summer, we

  • Community Partner: All About Cats Rescue & Adoption (click to Read More)

    All About Cats Rescue is a local nonprofit organization that strives to rescue cats and kittens from high-kill shelters. These cats are typically abandoned, abused, and/or homeless cats, or sometimes rescued from hoarding situations. This organization helps them find the purrfect forever home. All About Cats Rescue provides full vetting and medical care for its cats: spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, and rabies shots as required by law. Their volunteers work diligently to get cats

  • Special Effects Makeup and Its Many Uses (click to Read More)

    By Pete Mitchell

    When I visited Blood Mansion (the country’s first nonprofit haunted house) back in the early seventies, I was frightened by the setting, the people, and actors inside, but a visit backstage opened a door for me. I eventually became involved in this new style of Halloween entertainment and gained insight into production.

    For Medical Training

    After doing makeup, acting, and producing rooms for Blood Mansion, I worked at

  • October is Cyberbullying Awareness Month (click to Read More)

    Here's a Guide for Parents and Caregivers

    By Samiah Garcia

    In this age of technology and social media, we are always connected. Most of us see this as a blessing to be able to connect with friends and family. But when the messages on social media are negative, degrading, and are there for all to see, there can be serious consequences.

    Bullying can cause lasting effects, as feelings of shame and low self-esteem can follow students throughout their school

  • Senator Albers (click to Read More)

    Serving Your Family

    By Cyndi Braun

    Known as “the hardest working legislator in Georgia,” Sen. John Albers is seeking reelection as senator for the 56th District, which includes north Fulton and southeast Cherokee County.

    Since taking office in 2011, Albers has been working tirelessly to get results.

    “There may be smarter or more savvy people in this world, but nobody can outwork me,” said Albers. “I believe that whatever you do, you give it your

  • Fulton County School System Has Most National Merit Semifinalists in Georgia (click to Read More)

    The Fulton County School System announced that 128 students are semifinalists in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the highest number of any school system in Georgia. These scholastically talented high school seniors now continue in the national competition for more than 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards, a value of approximately $31 million.
    Announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, this is the first round of competition for students seeking the...
  • Bus Tracking App Comes to Fulton County Schools (click to Read More)

    Fulton County Schools now offers a free app that allows parents to track their student’s school bus.

    “Here Comes The Bus” uses GPS technology to locate and track a school bus. Similar to ride-sharing apps, buses will show up as an icon on a map, and parents can follow its progress, as it moves toward the bus stop. The system also counts down the minutes before the bus arrives.
    “Our transportation fleet is committed to the safety and on-time delivery of students to...
  • Hospitality Highway Awarded Partnership Champion Award (click to Read More)

    The Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference, put on by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, recently awarded the Hospitality Highway tourism alliance as the winner of the Partnership Champion Award for the creation of the “Hospitality Highway Farm Trail” brochure.

    The Hospitality Highway consists of the seven communities that extend the length of Georgia 400 just north of downtown Atlanta to the North Georgia...
  • Roswell Fire Department Accepting CERT Applications for 2019 (click to Read More)

    The Roswell Fire Department is accepting applications from residents who are interested in becoming part of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a volunteer group of trained community members who will be integrated into emergency response efforts in their area.

    The CERT program educates participants about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. This...
  • Artist Profile: Jonathan Peyton (click to Read More)

    The Unsung Folk Singer

    By Atiya King

    On a day in which the typical fickle Georgia weather can’t decide what it wants to do, Woodstock-based singer-songwriter Jonathan Peyton opts to spend his afternoon in a cool, music-filled coffee shop in the heart of his hometown. It’s just the type of place one would expect to find a musician. His seriously slept-on, 9-track project gives listeners a glimpse into his heart, soul, and past. “I’m learning to heal/When I lose

  • Book Review: River of Secrets (click to Read More)

    By Ryland Johnson

    Southern writing has an affinity for the gothic.  Just as the blues has a tendency to explore the dark side of the human condition through murder ballads and tales of heartbreak and madness, Southern writing tends toward noir. There’s something in the humidity, in the dark, liquid atmosphere of the Southern imagination that fascinates on the horror lurking under the surface.

    Roger Johns’ debut novel, Dark River Rising, and his new work,

  • Center For the Visually Impaired (click to Read More)

    The Center for the Visually Impaired in Your Community

    Every person with vision loss should be able to live with independence and dignity. This mission guides the activities at the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI), a nonprofit vision resource and rehabilitation center located in the heart of metro Atlanta. CVI offers programming and rehabilitation services to support people all over Georgia who are visually impaired or blind. It is Georgia’s largest, comprehensive, fully

  • Quirky Georgia Attractions (click to Read More)

    While many folks already know about things like Atlanta’s Olympic Torch Tower, Marietta’s Big Chicken, Alpharetta’s Cagle Castle, or Ball Ground’s Burger Bus, there are many other interesting/peculiar Georgia attractions you may not know existed, which may be worthy of a short detour on your next road trip.
    Here are a few you may want to check out:

    57th Fighter Group Restaurant
    3829 Clairmont Road

  • St. George Village (click to Read More)

    Living It Up in the Great Outdoors

    At St. George Village, the fun is right in your own back yard! They encourage their residents to pursue a lifestyle of active engagement, and their outdoor amenities are second to none. Take a look at some of what they have to offer in the great outdoors:

    Improving the Short Game
    Marge Pizzolatto, who moved to St. George Village six years ago, says she found that the putting green is a great place to socialize and

  • Roswell Arts Festival 2018 (click to Read More)

    The Roswell Arts Festival, one of Roswell’s longest running events, will be held the weekend of September 15 and 16 on the Roswell Town Square. In its 52nd year, the event raises funds to support the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historical and Cultural Affairs Department special projects and programs. This year’s event will feature seventy artists and provide live music and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

    Artists from throughout the Southeast participate in the...
  • Now Hiring! The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety (click to Read More)

    By Jim Cheatham

    There are currently numerous vacancies in the police and 911 ranks. Fire, thankfully, is fully staffed as of July 30. Being understaffed seems to be a national trend, as many departments around the country are facing shortages, especially among their police ranks. The natural question is, “Why?”

    Being in public safety, especially a police officer, is not for everyone. When the economy is good, we see fewer applicants, as we are not their first

  • Book Review: The Neighbors (click to Read More)

    by Jessica Asbell

    New neighbors! Those words can either bring happiness or despair, depending on who moves in. So, imagine Abby’s surprise when she goes next door to meet the new neighbors and finds herself face to face with the love of her life — when they are both married to someone else.

    After pushing Liam away following the death of her brother in an accident that was her fault, Abby slowly finds happiness again with Nate. They move away, build a life, and