Nonessential businesses open April 24 and other Alpharetta-area news

Read some of the latest stories from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of the Alpharetta area.

Milton City Council amends initial emergency ordinance, allows council to resume certain policy-making functions

Certain policy-making functions, including the processing, consideration and approval of city ordinances, can now be brought forth at Milton City Council meetings once again while council meetings are conducted virtually due to COVID-19.

New hotel coming to Northwinds area in Alpharetta

The city of Alpharetta Design Review Board approved site plans April 17 for the new AC Hotel by Marriott hotel, set to feature about 140 rooms, in the Northwinds Summit node of Alpharetta.



Final paving of Rucker Road expected to be complete before May 1

In a Facebook post April 21, Alpharetta city officials announced that the final paving of Rucker Road, a $15.4 million major corridor project that has been underway for the last three years, will begin the week of April 27. Barring inclement weather, the work could be completed before May 1.

Gov. Brian Kemp announces dine-in service at restaurants, nonessential businesses to reopen beginning April 24

Gov. Brian Kemp announced in a press conference April 20 that gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, estheticians, nail care artists, cosmetology schools and massage therapists will be allowed to reopen their businesses statewide starting April 24.

Comeback Vinyl offers virtual record store, curbside pickup to Alpharetta community while physical doors are closed

Music has always been a priority in Comeback Vinyl co-owner Alex Vernon's life, he said. He and his mother, Karen Vernon, shared a strong bond over music for his entire life, he said, which led him to becoming a DJ in college. His passion for music is why he opened his first record "store" inside an Alpharetta antique mall with his mom in 2012.

Kara McIntyre contributed to this report.



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Coronavirus in Georgia: Case counts top 3,400 new cases in 24 hours for the third time

Case counts in Georgia rose by more than 3,400 cases in a 24-hour period July 8 for the third time since the pandemic hit in March.

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2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.

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Alpharetta Farmers Market to return downtown starting July 11

The Alpharetta Farmers Market will return to its normal location in downtown Alpharetta on July 11 after hosting a smaller version of the market at a different location from May to early July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Milton City Council discusses final stages of Trail Prioritization Plan

The city of Milton discussed the Milton Trail Prioritization Plan at the July 6 meeting, which is intended to make Milton more pedestrian friendly and walkable.

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Alpharetta, Milton see surges in new COVID-19 cases as state surpasses 100,000 cases

While Alpharetta and Milton make up less than 5% of all COVID-19 cases in Fulton County, both cities have seen surges in the number of new cases in the last month, according to Fulton County Board of Health data.

New guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.

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Calla Nails Spa to open in Alpharetta on July 10

The nail salon is offering 20% off any service during the month of July in honor of its grand opening, which takes place July 10.

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Milton resumes rental of city-owned outdoor facilities, fields July 6

Some city-owned facilities and fields can be rented once again in Milton.

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Refinancing isn't free:' How to navigate refinancing a mortgage

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments.

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Coronavirus in Georgia: State breaks single-day record again with over 3,400 cases reported July 2

While single-day state case counts are breaking records, Alpharetta and Milton have seen 201 and 109 cases, respectively, of COVID-19 so far.

Houston-based Christian Brothers Automotive operates more than 200 locations across the United States. (Courtesy Christian Brothers Automotive)
Q&A: Christian Brothers Automotive CEO talks commercial real estate, essential business operations amid pandemic

The Houston-based automotive company has franchise locations throughout Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Arizona.