Monday, May 20, 2013
End date set for Thursday, Nov. 21.
Johns Creek commuters who use GA 400 take note: Back in March we told you that the tolls are coming down in November, and now we have more details. To lessen the impact on Thanksgiving travel, the tolls will end Thursday, Nov. 21, weather permitting, one week before the holiday, according to PeachPass.com. While demolition plans are still being finalized, "preliminary plans call for all GA 400 traffic to shift into three general purpose lanes where motorists currently use the electronic tolling lanes," said a newsletter from Peach Pass. Construction will begin in October for the traffic shift. No heavy work is expected during the winter holidays. Actual demolition of the tolls will take place January 2014 through May. Once the structure is…
The proposed rezoning case goes before Johns Creek City Council, Monday, May 20.
Some Bell Road residents are still concerned about the impact of a proposed 646-lot neighborhood, which is scheduled to come before Johns Creek City Council on Monday. The 224 acres on Bell Road near Boles is currently undeveloped, but developers hope city council approves the gated subdivision. But not everyone is thrilled at the idea of the high-end community. "All of us are sad to see this beautiful piece of land being bulldozered and built-up instead of having a park there for all citizens of Johns Creek to enjoy," said nearby resident Cory Holz. "There are not enough parks in the city and this land is pristine with untouched streams and full of wildlife like deer, foxes, [and] geese." The development is now slated to include two …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Bibles were removed from cabins and rooms at Georgia parks after a complaint from a visitor.
Gov. Nathan Deal today instructed the state Department of Natural Resources to return Bibles to cabins and lodge rooms at state parks, according to the Office of the Governor. The Governor made the decision to do so after consulting with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. The Bibles were removed from the rooms of Georgia parks after a visitor complained, but were still available to guests at the front desk of these park facilities. In a press release, Gov. Deal stated the following: “Out of an abundance of caution to avoid potential litigation, the commissioner [Mark Williams, commissioner of DNR] removed the Bibles from rooms – though they were still available on site – after a complaint from a visitor. The attorney general and I agree …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Public Works Day has been rescheduled to Sept. 21.
Friday, May 17
Rain in the forecast caused the postponement of a Touch-a-Truck event in Johns Creek scheduled for Saturday, May 18. The Johns Creek Public Works Day/Touch-A-Truck event will be rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, according to Doug Nurse, the city's Communications manager. It still will be held at Johns Creek High School. The family friendly event highlights the contributions of the Public Works Department with games, equipment and vehicles, face-painting. For more information, visit the city's website.
Georgia's former Secretary of State has thrown her hat into the ring in a bid for Senator Saxby Chambliss' seat.
Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel announced Friday that she will run for Sen. Saxby Chambliss' soon-to-be vacated U.S. Senate seat. Handel, who narrowly lost the governor's race to Gov. Nathan Deal and then left Susan G Komen for the Cure amid national controversy, says she's been "incredibly fortunate and blessed," despite having to leave an abusive home when she was 17. "I'm running for U.S. Senate because I want to make sure that the next young person who ends up on his or her own at 17 will have the opportunity to prosper and achieve. But that won't happen unless we make some big changes in Washington," she said in a statement. Handel believes individual states do a better job of governing than government at the federal …
Eating out this weekend? Here's the dish on North Fulton restaurants.
From the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, here are the results of some recent area restaurant inspections in North Fulton. Code violations are included for scores below B. See all violations by clicking on "Last inspection" under each restaurant name. Waffle House #1300 2850 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022 Last Inspection: May 13, Score: 94, Grade: A El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 880 Atlanta St Roswell, GA 30075 Last Inspection: May 13, Score: 94, Grade: A I.N.C. Street Food 948 Canton St Roswell, GA 30075 Last Inspection: May 15, Score: 100, Grade: A Little Alley Steak 955 Canton St Ste 120 Roswell, GA 30075 Last Inspection: May 15, Score: 100, Grade: A Party Chic By Kelly Kakes - Bar 953 Canton St Roswell, GA …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A look at the most popular baby names of last year, according to the Social Security Administration.
Wednesday, May 15
Here are the names your friends, family and neighbors love: Top 10 Girl Names of 2012 1. Sophia 2. Emma 3. Isabella 4. Olivia 5. Ava 6. Emily 7. Abigail 8. Mia 9. Madison 10. Elizabeth ___ Top 10 Boy Names of 2012 1. Jacob 2. Mason 3. Ethan 4. Noah 5. William 6. Liam 7. Jayden 8. Michael 9. Alexander 10. Aiden ___ Fastest-Rising Baby Names for Girls in 2012 1. Arya 2. Perla 3. Catalina 4. Elisa 5. Raelynn 6. Rosalie 7. Haven 8. Raelyn 9. Briella 10. Marilyn ___ Fastest-Rising Names for Boys in 2012 1. Major 2. Gael 3. Jase 4. Messiah 5. Brantley 6. Iker 7. King 8. Rory 9. Ari 10. Maverick ___ Source: Social Security Administration
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
GDOT is adding turn lanes to improve traffic flow at the heavily traveled route, the junction of two of the few routes connecting east-west and north-south travel.
Contractors for the GA Department of Transportation (GDOT) resumed construction on intersection improvements at Old Milton Parkway and North Point Parkway last night, Monday, May 13. Construction activity will continue to take place between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Monday through Friday until the project is completed. GDOT says that the current completion target is December 2013, according to a release from the city of Alpharetta. During construction motorists should anticipate periodic lane closures and shifts in and around the intersection. Plans are to increase the number of turn lanes to improve traffic flow.
Someone claiming to be from the county is demanding payments from customers over the phone.
Fulton County’s Water & Sewer billing office is warning customers of a potential scam. Several Fulton County water and sewer customers have recently reported being the targets of a scam, say county officials. Individuals, pretending to be calling on behalf of Fulton County water and sewer billing, have contacted local residents claiming that they need immediate payment over the phone in order to avoid service disconnection. However, according to the county, they do not accept any form of payment by phone or even contact water and sewer customers during the evening. Residents who receive similar calls are asked to notify the authorities immediately. Fulton County water and sewer customers with questions about their account should contact …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Law enforcement agencies will be participating in the event in May.
With the 2013 summer boating and recreational season near, authorities at Lake Lanier are gearing up to stress boating safety. A Boating Safety Awareness Day will be held at Lake Lanier on Saturday, May 18, from 10-4 p.m., to help increase awareness of boating safety issues, according to a news release from lake officials. The event will be held at the Sunset Cove area in nearby Buford. Several local law enforcement agencies will attend, as well as lake partner agencies and local retailers, the release said. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct complimentary vessel safety inspections. Boating safety concerns have increased after several high-profile deaths occurred on the lake in 2012. Buford youths Griffin and Jake Prince and …