This Week in Peachtree Corners – 10-06-16
Reports of clowns haunting more than ten states have people on edge.
LaGrange Police in Georgia said it had received several calls about clowns “in wooded areas trying to talk to children.”
At one point, a middle school was under a “soft lock down” because of creepy clown reports, Deb Myers with the Troup County School System told LaGrange Daily News.
Georgia police arrested two people Sept. 14 for calling 911 and allegedly making false claims about clowns trying to lure children into a van. Officials didn’t find any clowns.
Sept. 20, a Facebook page was created (it has since been taken down) fueling fears in Georgia. The page said clowns would be driving to local elementary, middle and high schools to abduct children. LaGrange police department obtained warrants andarrested four people they believe are responsible for the threats.
Message from Pinckneyville Middle School
You may be vaguely aware of media reports of various “clown sightings.” It is something of a social media sensation. However, like many other things that occur in society the “scary” or “creepy” clown issue is affecting schools. The issue is that many of these social media postings about clowns include statements that they will visit schools and some make threatening statements. As you can imagine, when students and parents hear about this it can make them very uneasy.
First, let me share with you that we have not had any scary or creepy clown sightings at our school. However, rumors about clowns have been upsetting to some of our students, and others are worried about what they have seen and heard on social media and in the news media. I would ask that you talk to your children about being good digital citizens. Many of our students do not realize that everything that they see on social media is not real. In addition they do not realize that sharing unsubstantiated rumors, often from people they do not know, can cause disruptions and be irresponsible.
I also am addressing this with you because I feel it is important to re-emphasize that the safety of our students and staff is a top priority for us and that we take any report about a possible safety issue very seriously.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and school. Working together we can address this clown issue and ensure that our school remains a positive teaching and learning environment.
Sincerely, Marci Sledge
Marci Sledge – Principal, Pinckneyville MS
Pinckneyville Middle School teacher names as top 25 finalist
8th grade social studies teacher, Ms. Lisa Hamilton — Top 25 Finalist for Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year!!!
PC HOLIDAY PARADE
Dave Huffman, President
Peachtree Corners Festival, Inc.
Facebook Event Page
The City of Peachtree Corners holiday parade is returning with a new date, a new time, and a new location!
This year’s parade, HOLIDAY GLOW IN THE CORNERS, will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016, and will be combined with the annual lighting of the tree in The Forum shopping center.
The lighting of the tree at The Forum has been moved from its traditional Friday evening time to Saturday evening so that it can be combined with parade activities.
The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church and will proceed up Peachtree Corners Circle and into The Forum. Bands, floats, and of course the arrival of Santa will all be part of the festivities. After the parade, plan to stay at The Forum for more entertainment, food, shopping, and the lighting of the great tree!
This year’s parade is being organized by the Peachtree Corners Festival committee. Additional details about the parade will be posted on the parade’s new website, currently under construction.
For more information about the parade and how your business, group, or organization can take part as a sponsor or participant, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-367-3127.
We look forward to seeing you as we ring in the holidays in the Corners!
Reminder: Property taxes are due Oct. 15
Tax Commissioner Richard Steele reminds taxpayers that 2016 Gwinnett County property tax bills are due October 15. Peachtree Corners property owners pay no city property taxes so there will be no property tax bill from the city.
The 7th Grade Volleyball team completed an undefeated season (17-0) as they won the NAML Championship match with a 25-15, 25-15 win over Eastside. Great job Cougars!
via Colin Creel, Headmaster
5295 Triangle Pkwy | Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Checkout the newly renovated Hilton Atlanta Northeast Hotel, located right here in Peachtree Corners! Entering the final stages of renovation .
Spalding Drive from S.R.141 to Medlock Bridge Road will be paved by Gwinnett starting the week of Oct.10.
This date is tentative for now and will be finalized later based on weather and mobilization logistics for the contractor.
CONSTRUCTION TO IMPROVE BUSY INTERSECTION TO BEGIN SOON PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA, Oct. 6, 2016 – Relief is on the way for commuters traveling southbound on S.R. 141 and merging onto Peachtree A long-awaited improvement to traffic merging onto Peachtree Industrial Boulevard from Peachtree Parkway is on the way, according to Peachtree Corners officials. Southbound traffic on State Route 141/Peachtree Parkway merging onto Peachtree Industrial Boulevard will soon have a second merge lane.
Construction is expected to begin within the next few months and will take approximately six months to complete. The work will be done overnight to minimize impact to daytime traffic.
The project will add a southbound merge lane on Peachtree Parkway at the Holcomb Bridge Road intersection to relieve traffic that currently must consolidate from two lanes to one when traveling onto Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
The new lane will continue past the existing bridge over Jimmy Carter Boulevard before tapering down near the next southbound on-ramp. Drainage improvements and new overhead signage will be constructed in conjunction with the project.
The intersection improvement is a joint effort with Georgia DOT, Gwinnett County and Peachtree Corners. The Georgia DOT will fund 62 percent of the $2,114,347 project, with Gwinnett’s 2014 SPLOST program covering 31 percent and Peachtree Corners picking up the remaining 7 percent.
Brian L. Johnson, the city manager in Anniston, Alabama, has been named the finalist for the same job in Peachtree Corners.
Johnson’s background will be vetted, followed by a final vote by the mayor and city council. He would replace Julian Jackson, Peachtree Corners’ first city manager, who announced in June that he is retiring.
Johnson has been city manager in Anniston for three years. Before that, he served as city manager of Garden City, in Chatham County near Savannah, for six years.
Johnson’s background includes more than 18 years of management experience at the federal and local level.