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UPDATED; State releases early voting numbers
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October 24, 2014 05:03 PM | 788 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(UPDATED FRIDAY AT 5:03 P.M. WITH UPDATED EARLY VOTING NUMBERS) The Georgia secretary of state’s office Friday released a summary of early voting data for the Nov. 4 general election. Early voting started Oct. 13 and ends Oct. 31. As of Friday morning, 335,127 ballots had been cast. Of those votes, 279,334 were cast in person, 55,793 mail-in ballots were returned and 53,203 mail-in ballots are still outstanding. The top five counties based on turnout are Fulton, 33,584 ballots cast; DeKalb, 25,084; Cobb, 18,587; Gwinnett, 14,530; and Henry, 10,939.
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Fulton County hosting job recruitment event
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October 24, 2014 11:35 AM | 314 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Fulton County’s North Fulton Career Center, 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, will host an airport employment and training center recruitment event Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The training center staff will be recruiting for the following positions: luggage/cart agents, custodians, various entry-level positions, bilingual customer service agents and floor technicians.
Luggage/cart agents:
o Employees will be lifting heavy and/or large bags 75 pounds or more, making repetitive lifts, standing for long periods, performing extended reaches while lifting heavy baggage and must be flexible to work all shifts.
o High school diploma or GED required; no visible tattoos; no cosmetic gold teeth; previous customer service experience required and applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug test.
Custodians:
o Responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the airport concourses in which they will work by performing various cleaning duties. Cleaners are required to secure the necessary tools needed to perform their task at the beginning of his/her shift. Duties and hours may vary dependent upon the size of the building and the number of teammates they may be working with
o Candidates must have a minimum of one year of custodial experience; Candidates must also be able to read, write and use a computer and applicants must be able to pass the computer-generated security badge test. Jobs are available only for the second and third shifts, 2 to 11 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Entry-level positions:
o Candidates must be able to read, write, use a computer and pass the computer-generated security badge test.
o Candidates must have an impressive personality, love to communicate with people and have the desire to serve; have a high school diploma or GED; have no visible tattoos; no cosmetic gold teeth and must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug test. They also must be available to work all shifts. Candidates who are not flexible to work all shifts will not be considered for employment
Bilingual customer service agents:
o Will provide accurate and courteous information to the traveling and general public visiting Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; provide information about the airport’s facilities, amenities and services, including escort services; coordinate any assistance that may be needed to move people through the airport; participate in keeping the airport “opening day fresh;” provide directions and information in the transportation mall areas; provide security checkpoint queue management; understand English well in order to assist passengers; and have the ability to decipher how to help passengers who speak little or no English. Bilingual candidates are a plus.
o This position will go through two extensive interviews. Candidates must also be able to read, write and use a computer in both languages.
o Applicants must be able to and pass the computer-generated security badge test. Languages of interest: Romanian, Serbian, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish Portuguese and Arabic.
Floor technicians:
o Responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of carpets and floors in the airport by operating electrically powered rotary floor machines such as scrubber and buffer machines weighing at least 50 pounds; applicant must be able to strip wax and polish a variety of floor surfaces, such as wood, marble, terrazzo, linoleum and vinyl and asphalt tile; controls direction of machine with a pulling and pushing motion; work other assigned areas while following safety guidelines and policies. Applicants will be given pop quiz if called in for an interview.
o Must have at least two years of experience and performed job within the last 12 months. This job is for the third shift only, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Information: (404) 613-6381

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Heritage Winter Classics return in November
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October 23, 2014 05:56 PM | 716 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Heritage Sandy Springs Thursday announced the return of the Heritage Winter Classics indoor concert series, held one Sunday evening each month, November through February, celebrating classical, jazz and vocal music.
The 2014-15 series is as follows:
o Nov. 16: That Mancini Magic! The Music of Henry Mancini with Cecil Welch. Welch was with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during the tenure of Music Director and Conductor Robert Shaw when Henry Mancini, the Academy Award-winning film composer, heard him perform and offered him a position as his principal trumpeter and soloist. This association allowed Welch to perform with most of the major symphonies all across America, Canada and abroad.
o Dec. 14: The Spud Brothers. The group, led by Celtic musician John Maschinot, celebrates traditions from the best of old Ireland to the hollows of Appalachia. A unique combination of uilleann (Irish) bagpipes, banjo, fiddle, guitar, vocals, percussion and flat-foot (clog) dance, the trio will play recognizable Irish and Appalachian tunes, in addition to Christmas and holiday favorites.
o Jan. 18: Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Jazz Quartet. It will be an evening of jazz and swing. Geier is one of Atlanta’s biggest entertainers, and it is not just due to his 6-foot, 8-inch stature. His rich baritone is influenced by the vocal stylings of Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Oscar Brown Jr. and Sinatra.
o Feb. 15: Jules & The Gents. The series will conclude with a treat for couples when jazz group performs a selection of cool jazz songs from the ’20’s through the ’60s with authentic, polished jazz sound and style. A modern Betty Paige lookalike, with the voice of Peggy Lee, Atlanta resident Julie Stein leads the group with soulful vocals, melodic flute, bluesy saxophone and beautiful stage presence.
The concerts will take place at Heritage Hall, the lower level of Heritage Sandy Springs at 6110 Bluestone Road. Admission is $5 per person. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the concerts start at 4:30 p.m. Parking is available on Sandy Springs Place in designated parking lots and in the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Hitson Activities Center parking lot on Sandy Springs Circle, as well as in the Heritage parking lot on Bluestone Road.
Information: (404) 851-9111, ext. 4 or events@heritagesandysprings.org

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Barge endorses democrat for superintendent
by Kathleen Foody
Associated Press Writer
October 23, 2014 03:25 PM | 840 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Republican state superintendent John Barge is endorsing the Democratic candidate seeking to take his place as the state's top education official. Barge said Thursday that Valarie Wilson will continue improving Georgia schools and faults Republican candidate Richard Woods for opposing initiatives on testing and teacher evaluations without proposing his own solutions. Wilson says Barge is a fearless leader who is putting students' futures before politics. Woods says the endorsement is a sign Wilson will continue with policies Barge used during the last four years. Woods says those plans have failed Georgia students. Barge has been on the outs with his own party since opposing a constitutional amendment related to charter schools in 2012. He unsuccessfully ran for the Republican gubernatorial nomination this spring against Gov. Nathan Deal.

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Strange Encounter
October 23, 2014 02:42 PM | 297 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police reports of note from the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2, which includes Buckhead, Oct. 5 through 11, and the Sandy Springs Police Department, Oct. 10 through 16. — Provided by Atlanta Police Officer A.S. White and Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose. o STRANGE ENCOUNTER: At 1835 Piedmont Ave. in Buckhead Oct. 5, the victim observed a black male cross the street heading in her direction while she waited inside her vehicle to pick up her boyfriend. Upon approaching her, the suspect pulled out a silver pistol from a white plastic bag, pointed it at her head and said, “I don’t want to hurt you, Baby. I’m homeless.” The suspect then demanded the keys to the vehicle and ordered the victim out. The suspect asked the victim for what money she had. The victim handed over the $40 she had. The suspect then asked her to drive him somewhere. The victim replied, “Just take the car.” The suspect fled the scene on foot, crossing the street and heading toward Wimbledon Road. o TOUGH CUSTOMER: At the Marriott Spring Hill Suites at 459 Buckhead Loop in Buckhead Oct. 7, the victim told police he let two unknown males into his room because he thought they were friends of his roommate, who was also at the location with him. Once inside, the suspects pulled a pistol on the victim and demanded money. The victim was able to pull his stun gun out and stun one of the suspects. A struggle ensued and the suspects were able to take the victim’s wallet. The victim sustained some minor abrasions but refused medical attention. There are cameras in the lobby of the location and police are checking video to see if it will help identify the suspects. o STEAK-OUT: At the Publix grocery store at 7525 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs Oct. 13, loss prevention officers told police a white male entered the store and took a pack of steaks, concealing them in his pants. When they confronted him, he threw the steaks at the employees and ran off. o GRANNY SCAM: On Oct. 15, Sandy Springs police were called to meet with an 88-year-old woman who said she received a call from someone claiming to be her granddaughter. The caller told the victim she had been in a traffic accident in Miami and needed $2,500 and that a lawyer would call the victim back a couple of hours later. The victim was told to buy Green Dot cards with the funds and send the numbers to the lawyer and complied. Later, the lawyer called again and said the victim’s granddaughter needed an additional $4,000. The victim returned to the bank to do as she was told, but a teller there got suspicious and informed the victim it was a scam and she would not release the funds. A short time later, the grandmother called her daughter and learned that her granddaughter had not been in an accident and did not call her asking for money. The names and charges above are from area arrest warrants and crime reports. A warrant is merely an accusation of a crime and accused people are innocent until proven guilty.
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