Bob Pepalis

Bob Pepalis

Phone 678-206-8187 Hometown Cicero, Illinois Birthday Oct. 6 Bio: Bob got bit by the journalism bug reading about Watergate in the Washington Post his dad brought back from the Atlanta airport to their rural Georgia home. He joined Patch in October 2010 after 14 years as a reporter and business editor for Appen Newpapers, publishers of four community weekly newspapers - The Revue & News, Johns Creek Herald, Forsyth Herald and Milton Herald. Now he returns to Patch after a short break. He graduated from West Virginia University and its Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. After freelancing, he landed a job at a five-day daily in southern West Virignia, the Welch Daily News. His career continued at small daily newspapers in West Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina, culminating in working at community newspapers in suburbs of Atlanta. Bob lives in Alpharetta, halfway between Alpharetta and Milton city halls. When not reporting, he spends time with friends and working on projects for the Windward Rotary Club. Politics: I'm a registered Republican and tend to be conservative fiscally, expecting government to follow at least one tenet of the Hippocratic Oath: Do no harm. But that extends to inaction, and I expect government to fill a role in the community, which is where my flexibility in social issues is seen. Religion: I grew up Catholic and I'm thankful for the strength it added to my morals and convictions developed under my parents' tutelage. I am accepting of all faiths, and feel it is important to have at least a knowledge of other faiths and values, even if understanding seems impossible. Local Hot-Button Issues Alpharetta wants to continue controlling how development happens in the few undeveloped parcels that remain. In Milton, preserving the rural character can override the need for a stronger commercial tax base. In Alpharetta, Avalon and the City Center project are seen as helping lead the city out of an economic malaise. The upcoming addition of a Gwinnett Tech campus is a boon, also. Milton loves its quality of life, but wants to make use of its commercial zone to the fullest extent – and is letting people know that yes, they do want economic development and projects in that area.

Recent Contributions

STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Atlanta Mayor, GDOT Want Motorists Off the Roads

STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Atlanta Mayor, GDOT Want Motorists Off the Roads

While seven students are still on school buses heading home at 5 a.m., schools won't open today.
STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Atlanta Mayor, GDOT Want Motorists Off the Roads

STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Atlanta Mayor, GDOT Want Motorists Off the Roads

While seven students are still on school buses heading home at 5 a.m., schools won't open today.
When Will the Ice Melt Off Metro Atlanta Roads?

When Will the Ice Melt Off Metro Atlanta Roads?

The earliest road conditions will improve is mid-day today, but motorists are still being asked to stay off all roads.
STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Atlanta Mayor, GDOT Want Motorists Off the Roads

STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Atlanta Mayor, GDOT Want Motorists Off the Roads

Atlanta Public Schools and City of Atlanta government offices closed on Wednesday.
STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Atlanta Mayor, GDOT Want Motorists Off the Roads

STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Atlanta Mayor, GDOT Want Motorists Off the Roads

While seven students are still on school buses heading home at 5 a.m., schools won't open today.
STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Alpharetta, Milton Want Motorists Off the Roads

STAY HOME: Georgia Governor, Alpharetta, Milton Want Motorists Off the Roads

Gov. Deal declares a state of emergency for winter storm ravaged areas.
Jones Lang LaSalle Now Manages Shops Around Lenox

Jones Lang LaSalle Now Manages Shops Around Lenox

The Buckhead open air center off Peachtree Road is under new ownership and new management.
Commute Still Dangerous; Alpharetta Opens Community Center for Stranded Motorists

Commute Still Dangerous; Alpharetta Opens Community Center for Stranded Motorists

Traffic on some thoroughfares, including Hwy. 9, remained gridlocked even after 9 p.m.
Parents Upset That Traffic Gridlock, Weather Strands Kids at School

Parents Upset That Traffic Gridlock, Weather Strands Kids at School

Fulton County Schools made the decision to hold classes Tuesday because the forecast didn't call for seroius snowfall accumulations until after regular dismissal times.
Fulton County Schools Announce Schools Will Stay Closed Wednesday

Fulton County Schools Announce Schools Will Stay Closed Wednesday

Students and all staff should not report to school on Wednesday.
Jones Lang LaSalle Now Manages Shops Around Lenox

Jones Lang LaSalle Now Manages Shops Around Lenox

The Buckhead open air center off Peachtree Road is under new ownership and new management.
Cyber Criminal Pleads Guilty in SpyEye Case

Cyber Criminal Pleads Guilty in SpyEye Case

The Russian national was the primary developer and marketer of the malware and was indicted in 2011.