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Children Have Lots of Storytime Options in Alpharetta

Children Have Lots of Storytime Options in Alpharetta

A great activity for children and their stay at home parents is storytime.  Reading, hearing the story, looking at the pictures, interaction with children --or other adults -- are all great reasons for everybody to enjoy it.

The Alpharetta area has a large number of places that have storytime, each with their own benefit.

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

New Coordinator Joins Roswell Cultural Arts Center

New Coordinator Joins Roswell Cultural Arts Center

ROSWELL, GA -- Jess Wells has been appointed the new Cultural Arts Center coordinator for Roswell.

He will replace Sandra Mabry, who retired after many years of service to the center.

Wells was selected from a pool of about 200 candidates from across the country. He brings a great deal of experience to the role, including serving as the production manager at the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center's 700-seat theater; founding and managing his own theater company in Asheville, North Carolina; and producing a two-week youth "rock and roll" camp.

"Jess is the perfect guy for the job," said Roswell Historic and Cultural Affairs manager G. Morgan Timmis. "He has the energy, creativity, knowledge and expertise to help us take this facility to the next level.

Fulton School Board Appoints New President, Vice President

Fulton School Board Appoints New President, Vice President

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- The first official Fulton County Board of Education meeting of 2011 resulted in a new look for the board table, with new officers and four members beginning new four-year terms.

Outgoing vice president Linda Schultz, who represents District 1, was elected president of the Board of Education for a two-year term.

Linda Bryant, who represents District 4 and is the outgoing president, was elected to a one-year term as vice president.

"Thank you to my board colleagues for this honor," said Schultz after the votes were tallied at the Tuesday, Jan. 20 board meeting. "I will work to make sure that everyone's voice is heard and that the decisions of this board are carried forward."

President Schultz was first elected to the school board in 2005 and represents areas in Alpharetta and Roswell. Before serving on the school board, she advocated for children and public education for more than 12 years.

Roswell Names Three Finalists for Police Chief

Roswell Names Three Finalists for Police Chief

ROSWELL, GA -- The City of Roswell has narrowed its search for a new police chief to three finalists:

* Woodrow Blue, Milledgeville Police Chief
* Tim Hatch, St. Mary's Police Chief
* Dwayne Orrick, Cordele Public Safety Director

Roswell Police Chief Ed Williams announced his retirement last fall; his final day on the job will be Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Nominate a Hometown Hero During Roswell Roots

Nominate a Hometown Hero During Roswell Roots

ROSWELL, GA -- Celebrate the community's top residents during Roswell Roots, the city's Black History Month celebration, by nominating a Roswell citizen to be a Hometown Hero.

Hometown Heroes, a first-time program, recognizes African-Americans who have helped shape individual lives; contributed their time, knowledge and skills; and worked to preserve and honor the community.

"The Roswell Roots Committee thinks it is important to recognize local African-American citizens who have given selflessly to help their fellow citizens and to make Roswell a better place," said Roswell Roots Committee member Lu Conti.

To nominate an individual, write a one-page narrative explaining why he or she is a personal hero or mentor. Nominees must be current Roswell residents.

The deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Representative Sworn in During Private Ceremony

Representative Sworn in During Private Ceremony

ROSWELL, GA -- On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Rep. Harry Geisinger of the 48th House District was sworn in to his seat for the 2011 session.

The private ceremony took place in the historic Roswell home of Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell. The Campbell family's 190-year-old Bible was used during the event.

Roswell Municipal Court Judge Maurice H. Hilliard and lifelong Roswell resident Jack Benson braved the icy streets in a four-wheel drive truck to take Rep. Geisinger and Pat, his wife of 50 years, to the Campbell home.

Jan. 11 is now significant for a number of reasons; on that day, 46 years ago, Judge Campbell was sworn in to the State Bar of Georgia.

Judge Campbell held the 48th House District seat from 1989 to 2004, when then-Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him to the Fulton County Superior Court.