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ZH0513-A-JH@1 -Composite Proof 5/11/04 0:27 0:00 By MICHAEL PEARSON mpearson@ajc.com Now that Alpharetta has all but officially opted not to annex a huge chunk of rural northwest Fulton County, the city is turning its attention to a number of smaller — and more economically viable — parcels. The City Council agreed Monday night to involuntarily annex seven “islands” of unincorporated territory before the year ends. The council members also want to support what they described as early- stage efforts by neighborhoods southeast of the city to seek annexation. And while they appear disinclined to take on the entire 11,000-acre area proposed by residents more than two years ago, they are still trying to decide what parts of the area they do want. The Deerfield commercial area northwest of the Windward Parkway/Ga. 400 interchange appears to be a lock. But questions still remain about how much, if any, of the commercial and residential property along Ga. 9 the city will seek to take. Voters in the annexation area would have to approve the change at a referendum in November. The city has until July to make its decision, City Administrator Bob Regus said. City officials want to absorb the seven unincorporated areas inside the city limits because the city already provides most services to those areas but receives no tax revenue from them. The areas include small areas near the intersection of Alpharetta slows pace City will annex ‘islands,’ other nearby territory INSIDE, J7 ➤ Property owners unlikely to be getting more tax relief. __________________________________________________________________________________________ ➤ Please see ANNEX, J12 RZH0513JH1FZH0513JH1 Thu. Zone H 1JH 1JH RR RR *TEH13JH001CY* *TEH13JH001CY* *TEH13JH001MA* *TEH13JH001MA* *TEH13JH001YE* *TEH13JH001YE* *TEH13JH001KB* *TEH13JH001KB* BlueRedYellowBlack Blue RedYellowBlack H By D.L. BENNETT dbennett@ajc.com The campaign to replace Bob Fulton on the county commission will test the political muscle of Chairwoman Karen Handel. Handel has chosen to intervene in the District 3 race early on by endorsing one of three candidates. The chairwoman also interviewed about a dozen hopefuls before qualifying closed. She settled on north Fulton activist Lynne Riley, who faces businessman Dean Alverson and computer consultant Clifford Martin in the July 20 nonpartisan election. “She has the track record and breadth of knowledge about zoning, development issues critical to the district,” Handel said. “She will not have a learning curve. She will be a partner. We can work together.” Handel’s decision, though, is not without risk. She is well aware that politicians often refrain from becoming active in other races because such activity can create political enemies. That never deterred Handel. Shortly after Fulton’s death in February, Handel said she would cast about for a proper successor to the popular longtime commissioner. “Being in a leadership role means making decisions and taking action,” Handel said. “I don’t think standing up and doing the right thing is risky.” Jack Winter, head of the Fulton GOP, agreed the risks are real but applauded Handel for taking sides. He said more politicians should actively engage in other races. “They have a vested interest in who gets elected,” he said. He declined to say how much sway he thought Handel might have in this race. Riley, 45, expects Handel’s help to give her instant credibility — a critical first step for a novice politician. She comes to politics from working on neighborhood and community issues. Riley still will have to step through whatever doors Handel can open. “Her endorsement ratifies that I will provide value to the Board of Commissioners,” Riley said. Alverson, 43, met with Handel but was not given the nod. He ran two years ago for the General Assembly and has been active in party issues for years. Rusty Paul, his campaign manager, said Handel’s interviews and endorsement of Handel endorses commission candidate Lynne Riley “will not have a learning curve. She will be a partner. We can work together.” KAREN HANDEL Commission chairwoman _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ➤ Please see ENDORSEMENT, J4 Accepting the risk: The county chairwoman sees taking a position as part of her leadership role. ARTS IN FULTON By CHRIS REINOLDS creinolds@ajc.com In north Fulton County, Puccini still tops the charts. A recent survey on the arts echoes what most residents say they already know about this region: The arts are very important to the quality of life. “It’s become a culture,” said Jay Wucher, who recently retired as coordinator of music education for the Fulton County school system. “Just as football may have become a culture in Valdosta, arts have become a culture in Fulton County.” The range of arts here is as varied as the voices in a chorale. Patrons flock to the Abernathy Arts Center, various historical societies, the Metropolitan Theater Conservatory, or the Roswell Dance Theatre. Roswell has one of four professional theater companies outside the Perimeter and a 600- seat theater. And there are plans for a $90 million performing and visual arts center in Alpharetta. Residents’ passion for the arts also is found in the classroom. “It’s never been better for us,” Wucher said. “We’re the exception.” Rather than cutting its arts budget, school systems in Fulton have pressed on without changes, Wucher said. The school system has been recognized as one of the top 100 places in America for quality music education. This is the fifth consecutive year Fulton has been named in the nationwide survey of public and private school programs. The county’s support of the arts buoys what researchers from Schapiro Research Group and Ayres, McHenry and Associates found when they polled 400 residents from across metro Atlanta about the arts. The survey, commissioned by the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition, included 112 residents from Fulton County. Of metro Atlantans polled in the survey: ➤ 84 percent said they “strongly agree” that arts and culture contribute to the education and ‘More concerts, please’ ➤ Questions and answers about support for arts within the county, J5 WHAT FULTON TOLD SURVEY Survey finds strong support in area for cultural events of all types Photos by LAURA NOEL / Staff It was show time for the “Show Us Your Shorts!” film festival last week at North Springs High School, where (above) Lauren Miller writes the concession stand menu and (right) Katie Lebedev and Tim Wilson are ready to sell tickets. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ➤ Please see ARTS, J5 THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION CHECK FOR BREAKING NEWS UPDATES AT AJC.COM H THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2004 J18 ON AJC.COM INSIDE TODAY J ajc The Atlanta Journal-Constitution North Fulton ➤ Babies or newcomers: See which propels population growth in each county. ajc.com/ metro/ northfulton Ready for next plateau Roswell High’s Will Landers has high hopes for state in shot put and discus. CONTACT US: Todd C. Duncan, editor / tduncan@ajc.com / 770-410-3757 By MARCIA LANGHENRY mlanghenry@ajc.com The FBI will try again after failing to turn up a match on a fingerprint found on the vehicle of a Forsyth County businesswoman who has been missing almost a month. Patrice Tamber Endres disappeared April 15 from her beauty shop on Matt Highway, prompting a search. Descriptions of a suspect and a white cargo van have been posted in area businesses. Investigators continue working their way through more than 700 leads, Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said. The FBI also is working on a psychological profile of an abductor based on information provided by friends and relatives. Endres’ husband, Robert Endres, said he visits the investigation headquarters in Cumming daily. Last week, he delivered flowers to be placed beside the photo of his wife investigators keep on display in the rented office space. The day marked the eighth anniversary of the opening of her shop, Tamber’s Trim-N-Tan, he said. Patrice Tamber Endres’ 15- year-old son, D.W. “Pistol” Black, is living with an uncle in Alabama, according to her husband. A $5,000 reward for information leading to her return was donated by a private foundation. Endres set up a reward account at Bank of America. He said he hopes a larger reward will prompt more people to be on the lookout for his wife. Contributions can be made at any Bank of America, at www.findpatriceendres.com, or to Patrice Tamber Endres Reward Fund, P.O. Box 2055, Cumming, GA 30028. Patrice Tamber Endres disappeared from her beauty salon on April 15. No match found for print on vehicle

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