Friday, May 24, 2013
Wear a life jacket and follow other swimming and boating safety precautions on area lakes, say U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials.
Planning to hit the lake this Memorial Day weekend? Be prepared by thinking water and boating safety before the fun starts on Lake Lanier or Lake Allatoona, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mobile District. Recreational lake goers can find life jacket-loaner stations at many Corps-operated areas and facilities for recreation, campground and day-use. "We welcome visitors and their families to enjoy the use of our lakes and recreational areas this holiday weekend but want them to be safe by wearing life jackets," spokesman Lance Davis said in a release. "A child can drown in less than 30 seconds; an adult in 60 seconds, but it takes less than a minute to put on a life jacket. A life jacket can save your life if …
Eating out this weekend? Here's the dish on Alpharetta and 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. Alpharetta City Pool Concession-Wills Park 1810 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta 30004 Last inspection: May 21, Score: 100, Grade: A Artisan Foods Baking & Cafe 1169 Canton St., Roswell 30075 Last inspection: May 16, Score: 98, Grade: A Burger King 2310 Mansell Road, Alpharetta 30022 Last inspection: May 21, Score: 96, Grade: A Douceur De France 1173 Alpharetta St., Roswell 30075 Last inspection: May 20, Score: 99, Grade: A Fuddruckers 6360 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta 30022 …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Alpharetta and Roswell share the lowest unemployment rate for Georgia cities at 5.6 percent.
Alpharetta and Roswell share the lowest unemployment rate–5.6 percent in April–of all cities the Georgia Department of Labor tracks. That's a drop of three tenths of a percent for both cities from March. The unemployment rate for both North Fulton cities was 6.3 percent in April 2012. Nearby in Johns Creek, the unemployment rate dropped two tenths of a percent to 6.2 percent from the previous month. The jobless rate was considerably higher a year ago at 7.2 percent. In the three cities, 6,909 residents are unemployed. That's out of a labor force of 119,348 people. Find a job with the help of CareerBuilder. Fulton County's unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, with 38,409 people unemployed. The county has 463,824 people in its labor force. City…
Crews will close northbound and southbound lanes today and Friday morning to work on the intersection.
Avoid the intersection of North Point Parkway and Old Milton Parkway today and Friday morning or you'll be caught in significant traffic delays. Construction crews for the Georgia Department of Transportation will close one northbound and one southbound lane on North Point Parkway today and Friday, May 24 to work on an intersection improvement project. The lane closures will be in effect from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday and between 9 a.m. and noon on Friday, according to a news release from the city of Alpharetta. Motorists are strongly urged to avoid the intersection and choose alternate routes if possible. Alternative routes include the use of GA 400 or Westside Parkway for north/south commuters. Commuters traveling east/west should …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The organization said these North Fulton lawmakers voted in line with issues important to the state's business community.
Wednesday, May 22
State Sens. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, and John Albers, R-Roswell, and Rep. Jan Jones, R-Milton, have received the highest ranking given on the Georgia Chamber’s Legislative Scorecard. The Chamber’s legislative scorecard recognizes legislators that supported strong business initiatives during the 2013 legislative session. Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, received a B+ ranking for voting against HB 318, which will extend state tax credits on ‘angel investments’ for two additional years for individuals who make qualified investments into Georgia’s high-tech companies. Throughout the 2013 Georgia General Assembly session, legislators addressed a number of issues important to the state’s business community. Legislation enhancing Georgia's …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Crosses installed near City Hall and in Crabapple signal the approach of Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 21
Milton will hold its sixth annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, with retired Col. Michael D. Steele, a real-life company commander know from the 1999 book and 2001 film "Black Hawk Down" as the featured speaker. Steele, a Georgia native, was the company commander in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment during Operation Gothic Serpent's First Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia. Freedom isn’t free is the theme of the Memorial Day Ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Milton City Hall. This year’s ceremony features local veterans, the City of Milton Fire Department Color Guard, performer Lewis Shaeffer singing the National Anthem, Taps as performed Bugles Across America and much more. The ceremony will conclude with a roll call of local …
Monday, May 20, 2013
End date set for Thursday, Nov. 21.
Alpharetta and Milton 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 …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Follow our live blog and coverage beginning at 10 am.
President Barack Obama will give the commencement address on Sunday at Morehouse College, and Patch will be covering the event live. Obama is expected to make his remarks at approximately 11:30 am. Patch's live coverage will begin at 10 am. Readers can follow our live blog, ask questions and post their comments and observations. We'll also be running various polls throughout the morning. After the event, Patch will feature a wrapup of the president's speech and reactions to it. According to Morehouse, this will be the very first time a "sitting President has given a May commencement address in Georgia, and the first time in three-quarters of a century that one has delivered any commencement speech in Georgia." You can also follow our …
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
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 …