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Mausiki Scales, Atlanta Drum Academy Lead Red Oak Festival Lineup
Arts, Community, Entertainment, Events, Red Oak

Mausiki Scales, Atlanta Drum Academy Lead Red Oak Festival Lineup

The Annual Red Oak Art Festival returns to the City of South Fulton on Saturday, Oct. 15. Now in its second year, the festival promises an expanded lineup of artists, artisans and performers from across the metro Atlanta area. This year’s musical lineup includes performances by Mausiki Scales and Common Ground Collective, Planet Alstarz, local cellist Jenn Cornell, and classical guitarist Gladius.  A performance by the Atlanta Drum Academy is also planned. Members of the academy have been featured in film and television, including NBC’s Little Big Shots. Youth attending the festival will have an opportunity to participate in a free drum clinic with the nationally renowned group.  “This year’s festival is an interactive experience for the entire family,” said Caitl...
Redistricting 101: Fulton County Schools Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions
Public Notice, Schools

Redistricting 101: Fulton County Schools Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions

Fulton County Schools (FCS) is planning a districtwide school redistricting effort. In South Fulton alone, there are capacity imbalances at more than 20 elementary schools, seven middle schools and five high schools. Parents are encouraged to attend virtual meetings to learn more. The meetings, titled Redistricting 101, are set for August 30 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and August 31 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the meetings, FCS staff will explain the redistricting process, including population trends throughout Fulton County, data, and the School Board's criteria used to create new attendance zone boundaries. These meetings are for information only. No maps will be presented. More details, as well as the Microsoft Teams links to join each meeting, are posted on www.fult...
Final Public Hearing on Millage Rate Planned for Aug. 31
Government, Public Notice

Final Public Hearing on Millage Rate Planned for Aug. 31

South Fulton held the first of three public hearings on the millage rate on Aug. 24. City staff is recommending that the mayor and city council maintain the 2022 millage rate of 12.899. “The reason for the recommendation is based on the fact that developing an operating and capital budget for a municipality is a very complex and layered task," said City Manager Tammi Sadler Jones in a press release. “We prepare revenue and personnel projections as well as examine the requests submitted from departments. It is a balancing act between the desired service level and the cost of those service levels. With the revenue projections and expenditures for the FY 2023 proposed budget, staff recommended maintaining the millage rate.” There will be two additional public hearings on the millag...
Annual Polo Classic to Benefit Ride to the Olympics Foundation
Events, Fashion, Nearby News

Annual Polo Classic to Benefit Ride to the Olympics Foundation

This October, the 5th Annual Atlanta Fashion & Polo Classic Weekend returns to Bouckaert Farm, 10045 Cedar Grove Rd. The event is the brainchild of Miguel Wilson, an award-winning menswear designer. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ride to the Olympics Foundation. The nonprofit provides support to kids who desire to pursue equestrian activities, especially those who normally wouldn’t have the opportunity due to socio-economic obstacles. The event promises complimentary gourmet food options, signature cocktails, party tents, live music, cigar lounges, two polo games, equestrian exhibitions, and a fashion experience. Guests are encouraged to wear their best derby attire.  “Over the last five years, we’ve proven that the citizens of Atlanta demand an exclusive and...
Captain D’s First-Ever ‘Express’ Restaurant Opens in South Fulton
Business, Dining, Economic Development, Old National

Captain D’s First-Ever ‘Express’ Restaurant Opens in South Fulton

South Fulton is now home to Captain D's first-ever "Express" restaurant. Anil Dossani, the restaurant's operator, celebrated the grand opening today along with the South Fulton Chamber, Old National Merchants Association and members of the community. During the pandemic, Captain D's was among many fast-casual chains forced to close their dining rooms in an effort to adapt to CDC-recommended protocols. Due to the successful pivot in operations, the new restaurant prototype was born. Captain D's Express has a limited menu, significantly smaller footprint than other locations, and features only a drive-thru and walk-up windows for ordering and picking up.  Image: Captain D's Express Prototype "We are excited to have one of our favorite restaurants come back to the community," ...
Rowell Recognized for ‘Outstanding Leadership’ at Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon
Community, Government

Rowell Recognized for ‘Outstanding Leadership’ at Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon

This weekend, District 1 Councilwoman Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell and several other community service leaders were presented with 2022 Pinnacle Leadership Awards. The honors were bestowed by the Fortitude Education and Cultural Development Center, Inc. (FECDC). “Being recognized among a group of such astute leaders truly is an honor,” Rowell said. “I accept this honor on behalf of the people of South Fulton, and I thank them for the privilege of letting me serve them as we build the best city in the metro area.” The 21st Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. FGTV's Shaunya Chavis-Rucker and FOX 5's Deidra Dukes and Joi Dukes served as the mistresses of ceremony. A total of 11 honorees were recognized for exce...
Black Gymnasts Are Making an Impact Nationally and in South Fulton
Business, Sports

Black Gymnasts Are Making an Impact Nationally and in South Fulton

This story is part of our new "Outstanding South Fulton" series. If you'd like to be featured, fill out the form on our website. When you think about the Black women who have made an impact in the sport of gymnastics, names like Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Corrinne Tarver probably spring to mind. And after today, we hope you'll add Kamilah Jones-Norman to the list. It was 50 years ago when Black women first began rising in the elite ranks of American gymnastics. In 1980, Luci Collins was the first to make an Olympics team. In 1991, Betty Kino earned a silver medal at the World Gymnastics Championships. In 1992, 1996 and 2000, U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Famer Dominique Dawes competed in the Olympic Games winning four medals. In 2012 and 2016, respectively,...
Safe Kids Fulton to Check Car Seats, Provide Free Replacements at Publix
Public Safety

Safe Kids Fulton to Check Car Seats, Provide Free Replacements at Publix

Safe Kids Fulton is on a mission to help improve child passenger safety. The organization, along with South Fulton officials, will offer complimentary car seat inspections on Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Publix at Sandtown Crossing, 5829 Campbellton Road. Families with car seats that are deemed insufficient will be offered a free replacement. Children must be present. Car crashes are the leading safety issue for children. However, statistics show that parents and caregivers often unknowingly endanger their children by putting them in the wrong seat or not securing them properly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 50 percent of car seats inspected by safety technicians are improperly installed and used. More than 70 percent of forward ...
Fulton County School Board Community Meetings Resume This Week
Schools

Fulton County School Board Community Meetings Resume This Week

Members of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsor a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.  The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns. Area principals and Fulton County Schools representatives are often also in attendance to share important news and updates. The first round of meetings of the new school year kickoff this week. Board members have set the following virtual and in-person meeting dates for August 2022: Katha Stuart, District 1August 17 | 9:30 a.m.Roswell North Elementary School | Roswell, GA  Katie Reeves, District 2 August 16 | 10:00 a.m.4165 Big Creek Overlook | Alpharetta, GA Gail Dean, District 3August 17 | 6:30 p.m.Virtual on Micr...
South Fulton Department Budget Presentations Begin Aug. 16
Government

South Fulton Department Budget Presentations Begin Aug. 16

Ahead of the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, South Fulton will hold a series of department budget presentations. The presentations will be held over two full days, Tuesday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 18, starting at 10 a.m. City staff will provide an overview of their budget requests, including those related to economic development, parks, police and public works. Last year's budget focused on "resilience, inclusion, strength and experience," and included over $90 million in investments into public safety, transportation, technology and other critical areas. A full schedule of the upcoming budget presentations is available below. Meetings will be virtual and streamed live, and can be viewed via the city's YouTube channel. A copy of the FY23 proposed budget will be prepar...

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