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Ferguson said buyers are over 70% more likely to envision themselves in a home that is staged versus unstaged, and those who use home staging are 85% more likely to generate higher sales prices. (Courtesy Southern Yankee Staging & Design)
Ferguson said buyers are over 70% more likely to envision themselves in a home that is staged versus unstaged, and those who use home staging are 85% more likely to generate higher sales prices. (Courtesy Southern Yankee Staging & Design)

Ferguson said buyers are over 70% more likely to envision themselves in a home that is staged versus unstaged, and those who use home staging are 85% more likely to generate higher sales prices. (Courtesy Southern Yankee Staging & Design)

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Southern Yankee Staging & Design owner: 'Staging is not a transaction; it's a personal experience'

Amy Ferguson, 12-year Alpharetta resident and owner of Southern Yankee Staging & Design, has not always been in this role. Prior to opening her home staging and interior design business out of her home, she worked full-time from home as an accountant until her children went to grade school. She then stepped away from the workplace to care for her children.

Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails chef highlights fresh produce, Southern meals

Sitting in the heart of downtown Crabapple is Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, one of the longest-standing restaurants in Milton. The restaurant opened in August 2006, four months before Milton became an incorporated city in December, said Derek Dollar, the executive chef and one of the restaurant’s managing partners.



Acton Academy to open in August, now open for fall enrollment

Acton Academy is expected to open a new location in August at 223 Roswell St., Alpharetta, and is open now for fall enrollment opportunities for children ages 6-11. Described as a "microschool environment," according to owner Olivia Garza, Acton Academy's learning style is student-led and does not have grade levels; instead, students earn badges to prove mastery of skills and subjects.

Coronavirus in Georgia: Current hospitalizations drop while case counts rise by almost 5,000

COVID-19 cases in Georgia rose by nearly 5,000 cases from July 23-24, for a total of 161,401 cases as of 3 p.m. July 24, according to the latest COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. This is the largest single-day increase in case counts since the pandemic began.

Alpharetta reaches agreement with Johns Creek, Forsyth County on McGinnis Ferry Road widening

At a July 20 meeting, Alpharetta City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Johns Creek and Forsyth County for the $61.5 million McGinnis Ferry Road widening project.

Kara McIntyre contributed to this report.



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The U.S. Census Bureau will halt its counting operation a month earlier than expected. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.

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Alpharetta's Wills Park Pool closes after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

An employee of the Wills Park Pool tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the closure of the Wills Park Pool until further notice, city officials announced Aug. 3.

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Clean Your Dirty Face facial bar expected to open by early November at Halcyon

The facial bar is anticipated to open in late October or early November.

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Alpharetta's My Stir Fry permanently closes

The restaurant announced its permanent closure June 6.

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Fulton County Schools to host drive-thru version of First Day Fulton on Aug. 1

The event will take place at Banneker High School in south Fulton County and North Springs High School in north Fulton County.

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Coronavirus in Georgia: 3 of 4 Alpharetta, Milton ZIP codes see decline in new cases

Alpharetta and Milton ZIP codes 30022, 30005 and 30004 saw decreases in the number of new cases in two two-week periods, while ZIP code 30009 saw an increase during that time, according to the latest epidemiology report from the Fulton County Board of Health.

Regal movie theaters plan to reopen Aug. 21. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.

The resolution was passed by the AFT's 45-member executive council and announced by AFT President Randi Weingarten during the union's biennial convention July 28. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.

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Coronavirus in Georgia: Current hospitalizations show decreases for first time since early June

Current hospitalizations have shown mostly decreasing totals over the last seven days, according to COVID-19 data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

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City of Alpharetta approves construction plan contracts to add lanes to Old Milton Parkway

Alpharetta City Council approved contracts at the July 20 meeting to continue progress on the widening of Old Milton Parkway between North Point Parkway and Kimball Bridge Road.