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Local News Briefs of The Northside


Local News Briefs of The Northside

North Fulton


LAWMAKERS MEETING WITH SCHOOL BOARD


The Fulton County Board of Education will meet for a luncheon with state legislators at noon Jan. 19 on the mezzanine level of the state Capitol.

Pastor Terri Stagner-Collier

CROSS OF LIFE LUTHERAN WELCOMES SENIOR PASTOR


Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Roswell is pleased to announce that effective Feb. 1, Pastor Terri Stagner-Collier will join the congregation as Senior Pastor.


Stagner-Collier will take over the reins from Pastor Frederick P. Krautwurst, who has served as the church’s Senior Transition Pastor for the past 17 months since the retirement of Pastor Noel Anderson in 2008.


“We are indebted to Pastor Fred, who provided an important bridge between our previous leadership and the days of growth to come under Pastor Terri’s direction,” said Bob Shanahan, congregation president of Cross of Life. “He exceeded our expectations during his time with us, and we wish him well as he resumes his retirement.”


Stagner-Collier comes to Cross of Life from Christus Victor Lutheran Church of Ocean Springs, Miss., where she has served as Senior Pastor for the past three years. She also serves as the secretary for the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Her decision to accept Cross of Life’s call represents a return to the Atlanta area, where she previously served as Associate Pastor for Christ the Lord Lutheran Church of Lawrenceville and Pastor for Worship and Programming for Christ the King Lutheran Church in Norcross.


“For me, returning to the Atlanta area is really an experience of coming home,” said Stagner-Collier. “I met and got to know my husband, Chris, in this area and spent 14 years in various ministerial positions here. The concept of home is an important one to me, as well as to the church. At Cross of Life, I will dedicate myself to nurturing an environment where all will be welcome and feel they belong among people who care about them.”


Before her ordination in 1993, Stagner-Collier began her career as chaplain at a psychiatric hospital and an addiction recovery center in Tallahassee, Fla. She holds a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Newberry College and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.


“We considered many candidates for this critical post,” said Shanahan. “To the team responsible for the search, she was not just a great choice — she was the choice for us. On the day the congregation met her, the excitement expressed by all age groups was evident, with many making the comment that her energy and enthusiasm is sure to inspire growth and take Cross of Life to the next level.”


Cross of Life Lutheran Church is located at 1000 Hembree Road, just west of Alpharetta Highway in Roswell. For more information, call the church office at 404-475-9159 or visit www.crossoflifelutheran.org.


Roswell


SCHOLARSHIP SENDS STUDENT TO JAPAN


Tyler Steindorf, a Roswell High School senior, has been selected to study in Japan this summer.


Tyler was awarded a full scholarship from the High School Diplomats’ Program, which each year selects 18 students in the United States to send to Japan. He will stay with a Japanese host family for three weeks.


Tyler, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Steindorf of Roswell, also is enrolled in an outstanding Japanese class taught by Ms. Tomomi Davis at Roswell High.       

  
EIGHTH ANNUAL TEA, HAT SHOWS PLANNED


Smith Plantation is planning the Eighth Annual Tea and Hat Fashion Shows, in conjunction with Roswell Roots: A Festival of Black History and Culture, on Saturday, Feb. 20. Seatings are planned for noon and 2:30 p.m.


The shows will include an informal tea and a fashion show as guest speaker  Vernell Washington shares her knowledge of hat design and the relationship between women and their hats. Washington, who is returning as a presenter for her sixth Tea & Hat Show, will bring the fashions of Nigerian designer Grace Mark’s Chapeaux and will lead a discussion of the history of hats and the art of headwrapping.


Women are encouraged to wear their hats while enjoying tea and light refreshments.


Space for teas is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Smith Plantation office at 770-641-3978.


CRABAPPLE, RUCKER ROAD IMPROVEMENTS SET


The City of Roswell Transportation Department will begin construction of the intersection improvement project at Crabapple and Rucker Road on Tuesday, Jan 19. Construction is expected to be complete this summer, weather permitting.


All work on the roads will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. so as not to interfere with the morning and evening rush hours. Residents should expect delays along this corridor while the intersection improvements are being made.


Urey Construction will perform the work, which includes left turn lanes and sidewalks at all approaches, signal upgrades, and waterline and storm drain upgrades. Project cost is $614,000.


Alpharetta

At left: Jim and Katie Cregge; Center: Juan, Jema, and Bela Bravo; at right: Jay and Kaleigh Burns

DATE SET FOR DADS, DAUGHTERS DANCE


Dads, if you like to dance, eat dessert and hang out with your daughter(s), then plan now to attend the Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department Father/Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance.


The annual event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb.12, at the Alpharetta Community Center, 175 Roswell St., in Alpharetta.


 Pre-registration is required, and must be done at the Alpharetta Community Center. The Cost is $20 per person or $40 per couple (dad and daughter) for Alpharetta residents and $30 per person or $60 per couple (dad and daughter) for non-residents.


For more information, call 678-297-6100 or e-mail accprograms@alpharetta.ga.us.


Milton


CITY AND DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE ARE LAUDED


The City of Milton and its Finance Department have been recognized for excellence in producing the fiscal 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of Milton the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Attainment of the certificate represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.


In addition, the city’s Finance Department received an award recognizing Financial Reporting Achievement. This award is given to the department or agency designated by the honored government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.


“I’m excited all of our hard work was recognized by such a prestigious agency,” said Stacey Inglis, Milton’s Director of Finance. “It is also rewarding that we were able to obtain this award for the city and have every expectation that we’ll continue to do so for each CAFR issued in the future.”


Inglis said producing the CAFR, which includes an extensive audit, exhaustive research of historical data and numerous detailed written documents, was a two-month process involving 15 people.


GFOA is a nonprofit association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington.


Johns Creek


RETIMED SIGNALS SAVE DRIVERS TIME, MONEY


Retiming of traffic signals along two of Johns Creek’s more heavily traveled corridors is saving motorists who pass through the locations an estimated 51,000 hours and 30,600 gallons of fuel a year, adding up to almost $811,000 in annual savings, city transportation officials report.


Traffic Services Manager Tom Udell told the mayor and city council at their Jan. 11 work session that the $35,000 retiming project has resulted in significant improvements along Abbotts Bridge, Jones Bridge and State Bridge roads.


The city began working with Wolverton & Associates in October to retime and interconnect three signals on State Bridge Road between the Chattahoochee River and Medlock Bridge Road and retime five signals near the intersection of Abbotts Bridge Road and Jones Bridge Road (north of Abbotts).


Udell said the city chose those systems for the project for two reasons:


The signals on State Bridge operated independently and resulted in poor traffic progression, due in part to a lack of communications between signals. Installation of fiber optic communication in late 2008 helped remedy that situation.


And the signals at Abbotts Bridge and Jones Bridge were timed after construction of the roads was completed and that timing had been the source of numerous complaints to the traffic division.


Because of these efforts, Udell reported, the average delay for getting vehicles from the Gwinnett County line to the intersection of State Bridge and Medlock Bridge Road was reduced from 63 seconds to 23 seconds, and average travel time along that section of road went from 58 seconds to 43.


At the Abbotts Bridge/Jones Bridge intersection, the average delay dropped from 19 seconds down to six and the average travel time along that section declined from 58 to 43 seconds as well.


“The time savings may not seem like much at first, but when you carry it out over the thousands of vehicles that pass through these corridors, it is actually quite substantial,” Udell said.


The traffic services manager said the cost and fuel savings estimates were based on “a conservative” calculation that assumed a fuel price of $2.50 a gallon, vehicle occupancy of 1.2 people per vehicle and an average income of $12 per hour per person.

Police Chief Ed Densmore congratulates Maj. Brian Weaver, Lt. Jason Harper, Sgt. Dion Smith and Corp. G.C. Whitaker on their Jan. 10 promotions

OFFICERS PROMOTED


Johns Creek Police Chief Ed Densmore has announced the promotions of Maj. Brian Weaver, Lt. Jason Harper, Sgt. Dion Smith and Cpl. G.C. Whitaker, effective.


“Each of these officers is an outstanding representative of the Johns Creek Police Department and exemplifies the highest quality of public service,” said Densmore. “They have proven their effective leadership abilities and policing skills, and have greatly contributed to the success of this department since its April 2008 launch.”


Weaver will serve as commander of Support Services, promoted from captain and commander of the Criminal Investigation Division. A native of Athens, he joined the JCPD with its launch, having served 26 years with Fulton County Police. Weaver is a resident of Johns Creek and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia.


Harper will command Uniform Patrol Division’s D Unit. Promoted from sergeant, he oversaw all training since the department was established. Originally from Fairburn, Ga., Harper served with the Alpharetta Police Department for 10 years. He is a member of North Metro SWAT and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from North Georgia College and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University.


Smith will continue serving with the Uniform Patrol Division, where he began as a corporal in April 2008. A native of Cincinnati, he served 10 years with the Sunrise, Fla., Police Department and two years with Alpharetta. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.


Whitaker will continue to serve with the Uniform Patrol Division, having been promoted from a patrol officer. He joined the JCPD as a member of its inaugural squad after serving seven years with Fulton County Police. Originally from Athens, Whitaker has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia.

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