June 2021 Issue
Microsoft Acquires Land in Douglas County
It’s exciting to see Microsoft has bought 159 acres of land in preparation for building their new data center in Douglas County. The land has been bought in 2 parcels from real estate developer Rooker, with a total value of $27,508,300. Chris Pumphrey at Douglas County Economic Development Authority indicated that Microsoft has since entered into a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) on the 66.6 acres but there were no tax incentives on the second plot of 92.8 acres.
The planned 250,000-square-foot data center will be built at Riverside West Business Park in Douglasville. is expected to form part of Microsoft’s capability in providing online transactions. It will also power conference calls, virtual classrooms and supply chains. Naturally, the data center will also support internet search.
Establishing this data center in Douglasville is an exciting first step for our area. There will be two further Microsoft data centers in south Fulton County and the company has also announced plans to set up offices in Atlanta. This investment will bring a boost to our whole area which is a boon for us all.
Noelle Walsh, corporate vice president of Cloud Operations+Innovation for Microsoft, said in a statement, “We are continuing to build our cloud infrastructure to support the growing demand for cloud services for business continuity, innovation, and collaboration. To date, Microsoft has announced more than 60 data center regions around the globe, each comprising multiple data centers.”
High National Ranking for Douglas County Schools
We are thrilled that U.S. News & World Report’s latest “List of Best High Schools in America” featured all five high schools in the county. Staff and students at Chapel Hill were extremely pleased to continue as Douglas’s top high school, rising to 78th out of 472 high schools in Georgia.
Douglas County Principal Andre Weaver and Chapel Hill Principal Nicole Watson praise Trent North, Douglas County Schools Superintendent, for his role in helping schools achieve high rankings. “Mr. North has brought a focus to all of us,” Weaver said.
North said “I am extremely proud of the academic success of our high schools,” he added “The rankings are evidence that our teachers and administrators are moving in the right direction in regard to academic rigor and college and career readiness. It is encouraging to see our success in the rankings compared to other counties with great schools.”
Our excellent school rankings reflect the great opportunities that Douglas County students have when it comes to competing with students throughout Georgia. The rankings assess students in six important areas: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, under served student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.
Murphy Law Provides Financial Support to Nichols Center
Murphy Law is a local law firm with a strong ethos of supporting our community. Because we are safety lawyers, we naturally look towards organizations like Nichols Center who strive to help people heal from the harms of substance use disorder, mental health, or suicide/overdose. By helping people support groups to recover and reconnect with their families and communities, volunteers aim to improve the lives and safety of everyone involved.
Gardening and reconnecting with nature are an essential element in the work the Nichols Center carries out. Their large community garden is a space for families to grow and harvest edible plants, healing bodies, minds and relationships through a shared sense of purpose. Families can also commemorate lost lives through remembrance gardens.
While the Center hosts plant and produce sales, they still rely on donations to fund their invaluable work. We are delighted that James Murphy was able to provide them with a check for $500 towards their ongoing costs.
For more info about the Nichols Center, visit: www.nicholscenter.org
Layla’s No Bake Zesty Lemon Bars
“The perfect summer dessert. Lemon is refreshing and you don’t have to use the oven!”
Layla Johnson – Mableton, GA
Prep: 10 min | Serves: 8 people
- 5 Egg Whites
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Can Eagle Brand Evaporated Milk
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Graham Cracker Crust
- 1 Fresh Lemon
Beat 5 egg whites and 2 tbsp of sugar together until stiff peaks form. Zest the lemon. Then pour the evaporated milk and lemon juice over the mixture, add the lemon zest, and then gently fold everything in to keep as much air in the mixture as possible. Pour all into graham cracker crust and set in the fridge to cool and serve.
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