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Milton city leaders are in the process of rewriting the alcohol code that would get rid of a permit that's allowed the world famous Billy Allen's to operate as a music venue, restaurant and bar. Dozens of residents showed up to a council meeting to show their support for the restaurant.MILTON, Ga. - While the City of Milton is in the process of re-writing its alcohol code, tensions were high during discussions at Monday’s council meeting.Audience members boo’d as city leaders discussed getting rid o...
Milton city leaders are in the process of rewriting the alcohol code that would get rid of a permit that's allowed the world famous Billy Allen's to operate as a music venue, restaurant and bar. Dozens of residents showed up to a council meeting to show their support for the restaurant.
MILTON, Ga. - While the City of Milton is in the process of re-writing its alcohol code, tensions were high during discussions at Monday’s council meeting.
Audience members boo’d as city leaders discussed getting rid of the current permit offered to Limited Food Service Restaurants, which allows alcohol to make up 70 percent of all sales and food to take up the remaining 30 percent. The city’s planning commission recommended the change to a 50/50 split on alcohol and food sales for restaurants.
"The council’s range of options include discontinuing the license with no renewals," Milton City Manager Steven Krokoff said during the meeting.
Billy Allen is the owner of the World Famous Billy Allen’s, a music venue, restaurant and bar in Milton that opened in March.
"I was invited here, and I said the only way I can be here and afford it is if you allow me this amended license," Allen explained.
He told FOX 5 Atlanta he received approval for the permit last year when he applied and though he is the only business owner in the city limits with that type of permit, it could be detrimental to his business.
"To me that feels like they are targeting me and I think it’s very unfair," he said. "I just want the city council to see what they’re doing to me and what I’m doing for the community and the people."
Dozens of Milton residents and others from neighboring cities attended the meeting in shirts that said "keep live music in Crabapple."
"There’s nothing like this in this part of town and if we want to grow this area, which is what I believe the marketplace is all about, then we need to have music and we need to have places to go," Milton resident Lori Evans told FOX 5 Atlanta.
Others residents agreed with the planning commission’s recommendation.
"I don’t think a 70-30 ratio is needed for a successful restaurant community…removing 70-30 is not about one business, it’s about how it impacts the future of Milton," one woman said during the public comments portion of the meeting.
Allen said that 20 percent difference goes to securing live music acts his venue attracts. He told Fox 5 he's hoping a strong show of solidarity from community members will guide the mayor council in their decision. City leaders will meet again to discuss the proposed changes next Monday and they’ll take it to a vote on October 17th.
Georgia running backs Daijun Edwards and Branson Robinson were going to get mor...
Georgia running backs Daijun Edwards and Branson Robinson were going to get more carries on Saturday, even before a groin injury took fellow back Kendall Milton out during Saturday's 42-10 win against Auburn.
Robinson and Edwards combined for 24 rushes for 181 yards in expanded roles, with Edwards rushing for a career high three touchdowns while Robinson recorded his first collegiate score.
"They've run hard and they’ve broken tackles," Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett said. "They’ve always gone forward. You don’t always have to break a long run, but if it’s five yards a carry you’re going to keep getting the ball. Five yards a carry, that’s two plays and we get a first down. Just keep that going. I think that’s what those two guys did really well today, just broke a lot of tackles."
Edwards and Robinson led Georgia to a season-high 298 rushing yards and sparked a Bulldogs rushing attack that had been stale for much of the season.
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Milton and Kenny McIntosh received a bulk of the carries this season, but McIntosh's production fell to eight carries for 37 yards on Saturday as he averaged nearly three yards fewer (4.6 YPC) than Edwards and Robinson (7.5).
Edwards scored on runs of 1, 2 and 7 yards, had a long run of 28 yards and has become one of the Bulldogs' most reliable options at the goal line. Last week, it was Edwards who scored the game-winning touchdown at Missouri with an extra lunge from the 1-yard line.
"He does a really good job at the goal line of making people miss," said Georgia coach Kirby Smart. "He’s elusive, but not so much explosive. He’s not going to break off a super long run, but he gets a lot of positive runs and it's really hard to get him for a tackle for a loss. With the addition of Branson, that’s really big for us."
Robinson earned more carries in practice, Smart said of the four-star running back from Canton, Mississippi. He's eased into a larger role, and on Saturday his 98 yards rushing were 31 more than he had accumulated leading into the game.
"Branson, it’s not shocking to me," McIntosh said. "I know it’s shocking to (the media) seeing that. The way he runs, I love his playing style. The way he’s quick, he’s a complete back to me. He’s a big, stocky back and a short guy, but he can run that ball."
Edwards' story is similar to McIntosh in that he waited behind more experienced running backs in order to play.
The junior from Moultrie has been the fourth or fifth string running back the past two seasons behind Zamir White, James Cook, McIntosh and Milton.
As a longtime Georgia fan and sixth-year senior, Bennett has seen this story for years.
"That precedent has been set for years and years and years," Bennett said. "The running backs, starting with Nick (Chubb) and Sony (Michel), and then you had Swift and Holyfield and all of these guys come in that just come in and just waited their turn. UGA will have studs above you when you get here as a freshman. And Daijun has just gotten better and better and better and now he has three touchdowns today against Auburn."
With the end of Early Voting, Fulton County unveils My Poll, My Place to remind those heading to the polls on November 8 of their options. Friday, November 4, 2022 is the last day to vote early in the November 8, 2022 Midterm Election. In preparation of the end of the Early Voting period, Fulton County will unveil its “My Poll, My Place” campaign during a news conference at 1 p.m. in the FulCo Lab Room 3077 of the Government Center at 141 Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta.The four-day initiative will be a reminder to...
With the end of Early Voting, Fulton County unveils My Poll, My Place to remind those heading to the polls on November 8 of their options.
Friday, November 4, 2022 is the last day to vote early in the November 8, 2022 Midterm Election. In preparation of the end of the Early Voting period, Fulton County will unveil its “My Poll, My Place” campaign during a news conference at 1 p.m. in the FulCo Lab Room 3077 of the Government Center at 141 Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta.
The four-day initiative will be a reminder to voters who chose to cast their ballot on Election Day that they will only be able to do so at their assigned polling place. The option of selecting one of the many Early Voting locations will no longer be available once the Early Voting cycle ends.
For voters who don’t want to wait to cast their ballots, there is still time to vote early. Through November 4, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the following 36 Early Voting locations:
Adams Park Library 2231 Campbellton Road., SW Atlanta, GA. 30311
Alpharetta Branch Library ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATION 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta, GA 30009
Buckhead Library ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATION 269 Buckhead Avenue Atlanta, GA 30305
Burdett Park Gym 140 Chastain Park Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30342
College Park Library 3647 Main Street College Park, GA 30337
Chastain Park 140 W Wieuca Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30342
C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATION 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30311
Dogwood Library 1838 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW Atlanta, GA 30318
Dorothy Benson Senior Center ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATION 6500 Vernon Wood Drive SE Sandy Springs, GA 30328
East Point Library 2757 Main Street East Point, GA 30344
East Roswell Branch Library ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATION 2301 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Roswell, GA 30076
Etris Community Recreation 5285 Lakeside Dr. Union City, GA 30291
Evelyn G. Lowery Library at Cascade 3665 Cascade Road South Fulton, GA 30331
Fulton County Government Center Suite #2186 130 Peachtree Street SW Atlanta, GA 30303
Gladys S. Dennard Library @ South Fulton 4055 Flat Shoals Road Union City, GA 30291
Joan P. Garner Library at Ponce de Leon 980 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30306
Johns Creek Environmental Campus 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30022
High Museum of Art 1280 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30309
Metropolitan Library 1332 Metropolitan Parkway Atlanta, GA 30310
Milton Library 855 Mayfield Road Milton, GA 30009
Milton Community Center 1785 Dinsmore Road Milton, GA 30004
New Beginnings Senior Center ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATION 66 Brooks View Drive Fairburn, GA 30213
Northside Library 3295 Northside Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30327
Northeast Spruill Oaks Library 9560 Spruill Road Johns Creek, GA 30022
North Fulton Service Center (District 2) 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Northwest Branch at Scotts Crossing Library 2489 Perry Boulevard, NW Atlanta, GA 30318
Palmetto Library 9111 Cascade Palmetto Highway Palmetto, GA 30268
Park Place at Newtown School 3125 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek, GA 30022
Robert F. Fulton Library at Ocee 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30005
Roswell Library 115 Norcross Street Roswell, GA 30075
Selena S. Butler Parker 98 William Holmes Borders Sr. Drive SE Atlanta, GA 30312
South Fulton Service Center 5600 Stonewall Tell Road South Fulton, GA 30349
Southwest Arts Center 915 New Hope Road., SW South Fulton, GA 30331
Welcome All Recreation Center 4255 Will Lee Road South Fulton, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Library ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATION 3100 Enon Road, SW Atlanta, GA 30331
The deadline to submit absentee ballots is also approaching. To be counted, your absentee ballot must be received by the Department of Registration & Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 8. There are three ways to return your ballot.
By Mail: Mail your absentee ballot to 130 Peachtree St SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303
By Drop Box: Return your absentee ballot via Absentee Ballot drop box. Drop boxes are now located inside seven Fulton County early voting sites. Drop boxes are accessible during early voting hours, October 17 - November 4.
Return to the Fulton County Department of Registration & Elections offices: 130 Peachtree St SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, South Fulton, GA
For more information about Early Voting or the November 8 Election visit www.fultonelections.com.
MILTON, Ga. — City staff brought more decision points regarding alcohol restrictions to the table at the Oct. 10 Milton City Council work session.City Manager Steve Krokoff asked councilmembers for more feedback on craft beer and wine markets, small catered events and specific licenses. In addition to alcohol licensing, the council parsed zoning issues for consistency related to alcohol. The City Council is set to vote on these matters at the Oct. 17 City Council meeting.Several residents spoke during the public comment p...
MILTON, Ga. — City staff brought more decision points regarding alcohol restrictions to the table at the Oct. 10 Milton City Council work session.
City Manager Steve Krokoff asked councilmembers for more feedback on craft beer and wine markets, small catered events and specific licenses. In addition to alcohol licensing, the council parsed zoning issues for consistency related to alcohol. The City Council is set to vote on these matters at the Oct. 17 City Council meeting.
Several residents spoke during the public comment portion of a special called City Council meeting, prior to the work session. Billy Allen, owner of the self-named Crabapple restaurant and piano bar, once again pleaded on behalf of his business investment.
“I’m not standing here crying,” Allen said. “I’m standing here confused, drastically confused as to how a city government can do whatever they want.”
Allen was given an exception last year that allotted him a limited food service license with operating hours until 2 a.m. At the Oct. 3 City Council meeting, the Planning Commission recommended that the license be discontinued.
A few of Allen’s supporters also stood at the podium, advocating on his behalf.
Councilwoman Carol Cookerly addressed Allen and his supporters before meeting adjournment to assuage fear over the Oct. 17 vote.
“I don’t know of any movement to shut [Billy Allen’s] down,” Cookerly said. “I really want you to have a peace of mind.”
In Milton, businesses that sell alcoholic beverages by the drink must derive 50 percent of their sales from food in order to have a Sunday sales license. A craft beer and/or wine market are retail establishments that permit limited on-premise consumption Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., with no opportunity for on-site Sunday sales and consumption.
Krokoff’s question to council is whether qualifying markets should be allowed to apply for such a license. The City Council swiftly agreed that those establishments should be able to apply for a license that would allow Sunday sales and on-site consumption.
“Isn’t it a restaurant at that point?” Councilwoman Cookerly asked.
Krokoff also presented on small alcoholic beverage catered events, different from functions that would require a special events permit. Businesses are limited to two special event permits per year. The application process is also more thorough.
Currently, there’s no limit on the amount of small catered events in the city. The Planning Commission recommended adding a limit by location, but to exclude outdoor auditoriums and special event facilities. Council members agreed to the recommendation and arbitrarily used a six-event limit, to allow one small event every other month.
Within small catered events, the Planning Commission also recommended authorizing nonprofits to apply for the license. City code does not outline authorization for nonprofits to host volunteer-run small catered events. Council members agreed to allow nonprofits to serve alcohol at smaller events and use the same recommended limitations.
Krokoff also covered incidental service licenses, which allows for the limited free service of malt beverages and/or wine to be served to a customer. The Planning Commission recommended license approval be within the discretion of the community development director, based on compatibility of the service to the establishment.
The City Council discussed the Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) license, which is available to all standard on-premises consumption license holders as well as approved establishments, not approved to sell alcohol. Similar to the Incidental Service License, the commission proposed to give discretion to the community development director.
The Council also discussed limiting the license to restaurants and festival/event-use permit holders, which operate under a BYOB model. But other establishments could still apply under the discretion of the Community Development director.
Some Council members took issue with businesses having to apply for another permit, so that patrons can bring their own alcoholic beverage.
“Nobody, under the alcohol code, is vested with any rights,” Krokoff said.
Council members discussed streamlining BYOB licensing to avoid making it more difficult for businesses to operate in Milton.
Lastly, Krokoff presented the new structure on alcohol code and entries that were removed due to lack of use, including growler/crowler shops, private clubs and sports bars.
At the work session, Milton Zoning Manager Robyn MacDonald presented alcohol-related uses within the city’s zoning ordinances, which included recommendations from the city’s Planning Commission. The City Council discussed whether establishments would have by-right or by-use permits, according to zoning district.
In June, the Planning Commission recommended several changes to zoning ordinances related to alcohol, including specifying Crabapple and Deerfield form-based codes and outlining bars and nightclubs in prohibited uses.
MacDonald provided a chart to the council that gave an overview of establishment types, their zoning districts as well as the current and recommended permit type.
Prior to the City Council Oct. 10 work session, the council held a special called meeting in which City Attorney Ken Jarrard presented a conflict waiver, allowing his firm to memorialize terms in an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between Alpharetta, Milton and the Alpharetta Community Improvement District (CID). The agreement concerns an update to the 2012 Windward/Highway 9 Livable Center Initiative (LCI) master plan, which involves a proposed study.
The agreement states that each party is willing to contribute up to $60,000 toward the cost of a consultant to complete the strategic master plan, which is a joint effort between the city’s Public Works and Community Development departments. Milton’s approved fiscal year 2023 budget already allots $50,000 to the proposed study.
According to the plan document, significant changes in the area have occurred over the last 10 years, such as the economic market, consumer demands/preferences and new mobility opportunities, leading to the need for an update to the community vision and action plan.
The City Council approved both the conflict waiver and the IGA in a unanimous vote.
Robert Dell-Ross, Milton’s engineering project manager, said the nine-month study will begin before the end of the year.
BOONE, N.C. – App State softball has added eight newcomers to the 2023-24 roster, head coach Shelly Hoerner announced Wednesday."We are excited about this 2023 class," Hoerner said. "We have spent much time getting to know them on and off the field, which will help us coach them to great success. We want to know what makes them tick so we can get the most out of them. These e...
BOONE, N.C. – App State softball has added eight newcomers to the 2023-24 roster, head coach Shelly Hoerner announced Wednesday.
"We are excited about this 2023 class," Hoerner said. "We have spent much time getting to know them on and off the field, which will help us coach them to great success. We want to know what makes them tick so we can get the most out of them. These eight exemplify what we are all about at App State softball: blue-collar, grit, competitive and 'ALL IN'-culture players. Their talent will continue to help elevate our program to what we have already been building here on the mountain. We love what they bring to the field and their character even more."
Grace Barrett Milton, Ga. / Cambridge High School During her four years as a varsity starter at Cambridge, Barrett was named first-team all-region twice and earned honorable mentions for the team during the two previous years. During her senior year, she was named all-region in the pitcher and shortstop positions. She was also named the pitcher of the year. Barrett was also named to the Gold Glove team for her impressive play at shortstop. She was the MVP of her team as a junior, which led to her role as a captain during her senior year. In four years and 329 plate appearances, Barrett struck out only six times, earning a combined batting average of .403 during her last two seasons. Barrett also pitched during the last two years, earning an OPS of 1.027 and an ERA of 2.13. She held opponents to a .205 batting average and earned a WHIP of 1.05 while facing 603 batters. Barrett played travel ball with Georgia Power - Tuñon where she batted .411 with 35 runs and 31 RBIs, helping the team win the 2022 Alliance Fastpitch Open national championship.
"Grace is going to impact our program and fit in right away," Hoerner said. "She is very athletic, has a high IQ for the game and is a very talented softball player. Her athleticism allows her to play almost any position on the field and excel. She is a great fundamental defender with a plus arm. At the plate, we look for Grace to be a gap-to-gap hitter who will always find a way to get the job done."
Ava Beamesderfer York, Pa. / Central York High School Beamesderfer was named to the PIAA 6A all-state second team as a junior and was twice named the YAIAA Division I pitcher of the year for her assistance in two straight Division I championships in the league. During her junior year, she was named MaxPreps Pennsylvania State athlete of the week. Beamesderfer was also a player on the team that won the 2022 MLB RBI World Series championship. She finished her second season with a combined pitching record of 31-5 with a 1.85 ERA and a batting average of .404. In travel ball, she played with Bandits Elite-Premier (2022-23), PA Chaos Gold (2021-22) and VA Glory National (2018-21). In 2022, she helped PA Chaos to a third-place finish at the Boulder IDT.
"Ava will add depth to our already strong pitching staff," Hoerner said. "We look to have her complement our other pitchers with her off-speed and change of speeds. She is a down-ball pitcher, a perfect fit here in the mountains. Ava will bring a ton of energy and personality to our team."
Taylor Chumbley Georgetown, Ind. / Floyd Central High School During her junior year, Chumbley was named to the all-state and all-conference teams, while also being named the "Homerun Queen" for her 17 big flies, along with a batting average of .398 and 35 RBIs. She was also a finalist for the News and Tribune softball player of the year award. During her time with Fusion Softball, Chumbley batted at .367 with an OBP of .420. She had 29 hits, three home runs and 23 RBIs.
"Taylor will add power to our lineup," Hoerner said. "She swings a big bat and we look for her to come in and compete for that DP spot immediately. She will be another player that can play a few different positions, whether it be first base, outfield or catching."
Macy Hamby Ellijay, Ga. / Gilmer High School A four-year letterman at third base, Hamby was named first-team all-region every year of her high school career and was named to the all-state team as a sophomore. On the field, she posted a career batting average of .415 and had 16 home runs, making her a twice-recipient of offensive awards. This season, Hamby was named the MVP of her high school team. In travel ball, Hamby was a two-time MVP and offensive player of the year during her time with the Georgia Power Fastpitch - Tuñon softball club. Last season, she averaged .435 at bat in club play and hit 19 home runs. Over her three years in travel ball, Hamby totaled 32 home runs and an overall batting average of .425.
"Macy will come in and be an immediate impact for us in the infield," Hoerner said. "Defensively, she is quick and can cover a lot of ground with a plus arm. Offensively, she has worked extremely hard on her swing. The results she has had in the past few years have shown this with the power she has displayed. Macy is not only a gritty ball player but is mentally tough, a student of the game, extremely athletic and all in for App State softball."
Brooke Kennerly Mount Ulla, N.C. / West Rowan High School A catcher who played in-state at West Rowan, Kennerly was named to the all-state and all-conference teams last season and earned two all-county and all-district selections in high school. She also won the Hot Stove Catcher Award and the Little League World Series Catcher Award for her work behind the plate, while her team was a two-time runner-up in the Little League World Series. At the plate, Kennerly never had a batting average below .400 in a season and earned 10 total home runs and 62 RBIs. She played travel ball for the Bandit Elite Premier-Simpson club team, posting a .410 OBP, three home runs and 22 RBIs in 2022.
"Brooke is an outstanding catcher that comes to us as a natural leader behind the plate," Hoerner said. "She directs the game very well and we look for her to show some power at the plate along with consistency in the alleys."
Jenna Samuel Slidell, La. / Northshore High School Nationally ranked as the 63rd-best player in the class of 2023, Samuel has had a stellar high school career on the mound. She was twice named the District MVP, along with being selected to the 5A all-district team. She also earned two consecutive spots on the all-metro team and the all-state Tammany Parish team, where she was named both the hitter of the year and the pitcher of the year. In 2022 alone, Samuel issued 220 strikeouts (355 in her career) with an IP of 161 and an ERA of 1.909. On the other side of the ball, she has batted above .450 every year of her career while hitting 26 home runs and tallying 112 RBIs. Samuel played travel ball for five seasons with D1vision, a team that was nationally ranked in the top 30 by Extra Innings. In 2022, they placed 5th in the PGF Nationals after finishing 13th the year before. Samuel totaled a 2.41 ERA with 272 strikeouts over her five seasons with the club. She also had a batting average of .425 with 107 RBIs and 31 home runs. During the 2022 PGF in Huntington, Ca., Samuel finished with a .955 ERA, a .344 batting average and two home runs.
"Jenna is a competitor that will be very versatile for us," Hoerner said. "She loves the ball and will add depth to our pitching staff. She commands all 4 quadrants of the zone while keeping hitters off balance with different speeds. Jenna is a threat at the plate with her power and we look for her to make an immediate impact offensively."
Summer Simpson Mocksville, N.C. / Davie County High School Simpson was twice named to the all-conference and all-district teams for her play in the middle infield, while once garnering all-state honors. She also earned the Hot Stove Gamer award for her region and was the co-offensive player of the year. During her junior year, Simpson batted an average of .476 while earning 27 RBIs, 17 walks, 15 stolen bases and five home runs. During club play, she also played with the Bandits Elite Premier -Simpson team, where she averaged .400 in the summer with an OBP of .442. In the fall so far, Simpson has earned a batting average of .538 with an OBP of .571.
"Summer will be very versatile for us," Hoerner said. "She comes to us as a middle infielder but can play the outfield and gives us additional speed. She is a student of the game who works extremely hard and will do whatever it takes to help the team succeed."
Jaylee Williams Bear Creek, N.C. / Chatham Central High School As a junior, Williams was selected as the 2022 Mid-Carolina 1A-2A Conference player of the year, while also being named to the all-conference team. The N.C. native was also selected as the MVP of her team while earning an incredible batting average of .600. Williams plays for the Bandits Elite Premier club under Gary Simpson where she batted .571 in the summer and .533 so far this fall. Prior to playing with the Bandits, Jaylee played under Nate Eaton and Team NC, a highly reputable travel team.
"Jaylee will come to the mountain and provide immediate speed to our lineup," Hoerner said. "Defensively, she runs a lot of balls down in the outfield with a very accurate arm. At the plate, we look for her to be another spark plug with a high on-base percentage and great bat-to-ball skills."
App State softball is excited to welcome the class of 2023.