County by county news for Friday


Woman killed, son hurt in Dallas Highway wreck

A Paulding County mother was killed Wednesday and her teenage son critically injured when she turned left in front of a pickup truck in Cobb County, police said. Delores Sibert, 46, of Hiram was driving a Toyota Avalon eastbound on Dallas Highway just before 1 p.m. when she attempted to turn left into the Village Green Shopping Center just west of Due West Road, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said. Pierce said Sibert turned into the path of a Nissan Titan pickup truck that was westbound on Dallas Highway.

Sibert’s 14-year-old son was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in critical condition. Mike Morris

KSU football coach to speak on May 21

Kennesaw State University’s first Head Football Coach Brian Bohannon will speak to the West Cobb Business Association at 11:15 a.m. May 21 at Lost Mountain Baptist Church, 5400 Old Dallas Road, Powder Springs.

Luncheon cost is $15 for members or $20 for guests.

Information: or Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Austell disc golf course to open May 21

The Austell Parks Department will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. May 21 for the Frog Rock Disc Golf Course, 6205 Spring St., Louise Suggs Memorial Park behind Wallace Barbecue off Veterans Memorial Highway.

Disc golf is based on the rules of golf, using flying discs thrown toward elevated target baskets. The 9-hole course, with dual tee pads, will accommodate beginner, intermediate and advanced players.

Extension service to landscape class

The Cobb County Cooperative Extension will offer a class on how to properly use home landscape sprayers and spreaders from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25 at the Cobb Extension Office, 678 South Cobb Drive in Marietta. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 678-528-4070 or visit for more information. Dress to work outside. Jaime Sarrio

Summer J.A.M. to be July 17 in Civic Center

The Coalition of Cobb County Business Associations and Cobb Chamber of Commerce will hold Summer J.A.M. 5 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the Cobb Civic Center. The event celebrates Cobb’s small business community. Members of participating associations can attend for free with online registration or pay $20 at the door. General admission is $20 online, $30 at the door. Deadline for online registration is noon July 3. Info: Jaime Sarrio

Chairman Lee’s town hall meeting moved

The town hall meeting for Cobb Chairman Tim Lee has been moved to Pebblebrook High School Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, 991 Old Alabama Road, Mableton. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Information: 770-528-3305. Jaime Sarrio


Mitchell House manager to speak on Sunday

Caitlin Whiteaker, manager of Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta, will speak Sunday at a meeting of the Philadelphia Winn Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Whiteaker has been with the Atlanta History Center for five years and manager of the Margaret Mitchell House since April 2012. She is a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., where she studied English literature.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at Ashton Senior Living in Lawrenceville, and is open to the public. For more information, email Dan Klepal

Duluth’s next Flicks on the Bricks tonight

Duluth invites residents to a free showing of the movie “Brave” at their next Flicks on the Bricks along with a special hula-hoop entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. today in the Town Green. Atlanta’s premiere hula-hoop artist, Shelby Rawles, will perform and provide a lesson on dance and hula. Movie begins at dusk. Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Briscoe Park pool opening May 25

Snellville’s Briscoe Park pool opens May 25, with swim lessons beginning there in June. Pool hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission: $4 for swimmers age 4 to 49, $1 otherwise. Swim lesson registration is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park office. Information: 770-985-3535. Michael Alpert for the AJC

Historic society hosts Secret Garden Tour

The Duluth Historic Society invites residents to a Secret Garden Tour of nine different locations in and around historic Duluth 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 beginning at the Historic Strickland House, 2956 Buford Hwy. $25 ticket includes shuttle from the Strickland House to secret garden locations. Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Sugar Hill seeking art work

Today is the deadline to submit original art work that best commemorates Sugar Hill’s 2014 celebration of its 75th anniversary. Welcome submissions include paintings, drawings, photographs, and digitally created designs and must incorporate “Sugar Hill” and “75th” in them. Creator of the winning submission will receive $750. Information: Don Kelemen, 770-945-6734, Michael Alpert for the AJC

Lilburn Farmers Market to open June 7

The Lilburn Farmers Market will open for the 2013 season on June 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. The market is located in the Greenway Trail parking lot across from City Hall. Applications are currently being accepted for vendors and not-for-profit organizations interested in participating in the market. All items must be made and grown by the applicant. No reselling permitted. For more information please visit or call 678-667-2592. Sandra Marshall Murray


Commissioners admit open meeting violation

Fulton County Commissioners Wednesday admitted they violated the state Open Meetings Act when a majority of commissioners attended a town hall meeting without proper public notice in February. By a 4-1 vote, commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the state Attorney General’s Office admitting the violation. They agreed to take steps to comply with the law in the future. Under the agreement, the commissioners who attended the meeting will not face a penalty, but they may be subject to fines of up to $2,500 for subsequent violations. David Wickert

Forsyth planners to hold hearing May 28

The Forsyth County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the county’s Unified Development Code at 6:30 p.m. May 28 at the County Administration Building, 110 E. Main St., Cumming. The hearing will cover proposed changes on administrative variances, residential district performance standards and permit and variance expiration periods. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Senior center to host Community Day

The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host a Community Day to celebrate Older Americans Month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the facility, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs. The event will feature games, entertainment, refreshments and information regarding senior programs and services. Information: Fulton County STARline at 404-613-6000. Veronica Fields Johnson

Centennial High seeks softball players

All rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls zoned for Centennial High School, 9310 Scott Road, Roswell, who want to play softball must register by July 15.

Softball season begins in August.

Information: Marty at or 678-230-5155. Veronica Fields Johnson

County seeks youth commissioners

Fulton County is seeking youth commissioners to help develop policies and legislation to address the concerns of young people.

A student must be a Fulton resident, attend a school within the county, be in ninth through 11th grade during the 2013-14 school year and submit a completed application and two-page essay.

Deadline is 5 p.m. today.

Information: 404-612-7386 or David Wickert

Autrey Mill offers cellphone tours

The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center in Johns Creek has launched cell phone tours of the 43-acre site. Visitors can dial a phone number and enter a site code to hear information about the preserve and its historic buildings. Recordings provide information on the history of the buildings, including their previous residents and interesting features that distinguish each building. The service was created through a $3,000 grant from Sawnee EMC.

Information: Patrick Fox


Subpoena demands student information

Atlanta Public Schools is notifying parents and students that it will have to turn over students’ education information in response to a subpoena related to the criminal case of former educators accused of cheating on standardized tests.

The school system said in its announcement that the information will be made available to court officials starting today unless it is restrained by a legal authority.

Thirty-five former Atlanta educators, including Superintendent Beverly Hall, face charges including racketeering and theft based on accusations that they inflated students’s scores. Mark Niesse

APS may sell former high school

Atlanta Public Schools may sell the site of the former North Fulton High School for $6 million to the private school that currently leases it, Atlanta International School.

The proposed sale of the Buckhead property would help the school district raise money to help plug a $61 million budget deficit projected for the 2013-14 school year.

Atlanta International School, a 1,113-student International Baccalaureate school, has leased the property from the city school district since 1995. Mark Niesse

Rolling Stone Press collection at library

The Mechanicsville Branch Library, 400 Formwalt St. SW, presents an art display through the building representing the scope of Rolling Stone Press productions through the late Wayne Kline’s collaborations with local and national artists over the last 20 years. The exhibit runs June through August.

Information: 404-730-4779 Sandra Marshall Murray

Watercolors, iPhone art at Buckhead Library

The Atlanta Artist Center presents an exhibition of paintings and photography titled “Marie Matthews – Water Colors and iPhone Photography” May 31 - June 27 at the Buckhead Branch Library, 69 Buckhead Ave. NE.

Information: 404-814-3500 Veronica Fields Johnson


Special Olympics games open today

Special Olympics Georgia will host its annual State Summer Games for more than 1,800 athletes and coaches this weekend at Emory University. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, flag football, gymnastics, soccer, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball, with medals awarded throughout. The opening ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. today at Emory University’s McDonough Field, 616 Asbury Circle. The games are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the Peavine parking deck on Emory’s main campus.

For information and a complete schedule of events, visit or call 770-414-9390. Mea Watkins

PAWS Atlanta offering low-cost pet clinics

PAWS Atlanta, a DeKalb County animal welfare group, is offering weekly low-cost pet health clinics.

The group, formerly known as the DeKalb Humane Society, can provide spay-neuter services as well as vaccinations and pet dental cleanings.

PAWS Atlanta also runs a no-kill shelter of adoptable pets.

Information and to view available animals: April Hunt

Donations requested for college students

Donations for college-bound students are being sought. They can include gift cards, household items and toiletries and will be distributed to 100 needy students who begin college this fall. Government drop-off spots are the Maloof building, 1300 Commerce Drive; the DeKalb Superior Court Clerk’s office in the county courthouse on McDonough Street ; and the Porter Sanford performing arts center, 3181 Rainbow Drive.

Donations also will be accepted at the 1st Class Barber Shop inside Stonecrest Mall and Nick’s Barber Shop, 4830 Redan Road. Information: 404-964-4936. April Hunt

Dunwoody creating Internet videos

Planned are videos on Public Works, Community Development, Municipal Court, Finance and Administration, Police and Office of the City Manager, with each introducing the department’s head, discussion of responsibilities, projects and how to reach the department. Information: 678-382-6700. Michael Alpert for the AJC

Governor to speak at DeKalb graduations

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is among several high-profile figures who will give commencement addresses for DeKalb County high schools.

The school district says it has received confirmations from Deal and others, including Mark Elgart, the president of AdvancED, which oversees district accreditation; Thurbert Baker, the former Georgia attorney general; George Andrews, founder and leader of Capitol City Bank & Trust Co.; Carlton Brown, president of Clark Atlanta University and State Rep. Darshun Kendrick of Lithonia.

Deal will speak to students from NcNair and Chamblee high schools; Elgart, Druid Hills High; Baker, Tucker High; Andrews, Stone Mountain High; Brown, Lithonia High; and Kendrick, Towers High. Ty Tagami


Police chase ends in death of Henry teen

A Henry County teenager was killed when the car she was a passenger in crashed while fleeing from police, the Georgia State Patrol said Wednesday. Marion Ahlexus Shore, 19, of McDonough, died in the Tuesday wreck when the car she was in left I-85 and crashed in Franklin County, a spokesman for the GSP said. The driver of Toyota was identified as Thanquarius Calhoun, 21, also of McDonough. He was flown to a Greenville, S.C., hospital, where he was in critical condition. Calhoun is expected to face numerous charges, including vehicular homicide. Alexis Stevens

Woman struck, killed on interstate

A pedestrian died after being struck by several vehicles on a Clayton County interstate Wednesday night.

The woman, whose name is being withheld until relatives can be notified, was hit just after 10:30 p.m. on I-285 at I-75, Clayton County police spokeswoman Danielle Rosa said.

The incident was the second pedestrian fatality along I-75 in Clayton County in less than a week.

Early Saturday, a Missouri man was struck by several vehicles and killed on I-75 northbound near Mount Zion Boulevard. Mike Morris

Three arrested in Craigslist robbery

A man, a woman and a juvenile were arrested Wednesday following the armed robbery of a woman who was responding to a Craigslist ad, Clayton County police said.

A woman said she had come to Jonesboro to buy a 1993 Toyota Camry that was listed for sale on Craigslist, but three suspects produced a gun and took her money, police said. The Hapeville man and the Henry County woman confessed, Clayton County police said.

All three are charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. Angel K. Brooks

Stockbridge halts sanitation surcharge

The Stockbridge City Council voted Monday night to remove a $4 monthly sanitation surcharge for all home-based occupations regardless of business classification. City officials said that the fee had previously been assessed to every home-based business with a city business license, even if no trash was being generated by the business itself. Monroe Roark for the AJC

Fayetteville hosting food and fine art

Downtown Fayetteville will be the site of the Fayette Fine Art Show, Taste of Fayette and Taste of Living History this weekend. The art show runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, with Taste of Fayette food vendors selling samples noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Jill Howard Church for the AJC

Peachtree City water authority taps leaders

The Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority has named new officers following the recent appointment of additional members. Mike Harman will continue as chairman, with Phil Mahler becoming vice chairman and Terry Garlock serving as secretary and treasurer. John Cheatham and John Harrell complete the board, along with alternate member Bill Holland. Jill Howard Church for the AJC

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