Archive for March, 2015

House pushes back on changes to LaVista Hills-Tucker maps

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 31, 2015

Time is running out for bills proposing a vote on the creation of the cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker. Last minute wrangling over map boundaries that were supposedly settled months ago are threatening to scuttle both proposals. On Tuesday, March 31, the state House rejected an amendment to the map added by the state […]

Decatur School Board weighs options on superintendent search

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 31, 2015

This story has been updated.  Superintendent Phyllis Edwards’s decision to resign as head of City Schools of Decatur came as a surprise. It also added an additional layer of complexity to a discussion about the future of the city’s school system. Edwards is the public face of the school system’s efforts to sell voters on […]

Highland Bakery planning expansion in Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 31, 2015

Plans published by Redstone Investments show that Atlanta’s Highland Bakery plans to open a location in Decatur beneath condos at 315 West Ponce. Other businesses, including Orangetheory Fitness and Taziki’s restaurant, are also planning to move into the location. Bruce Tamarkin, property manager for Redstone, said the timeline for opening this businesses is still open-ended. […]

Interim Avondale mayor receives standing ovation at first – and last – State of the City address

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 31, 2015

Terry Giager didn’t want to be Avondale Estates’ mayor, and he’s glad to be turning the job over to the man who won the city’s most recent election, Jonathan Elmore. On Monday, Giager’s time as mayor officially wound down as he gave the Avondale Estates State of the City Address. Giager marveled at the level […]

Decatur Police arrest armed robbery suspect at library

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 30, 2015

Decatur Police have arrested another suspect accused of participating in a March 4 armed robbery. Sgt. Jennifer Ross said an officer was conducting a location check at the Decatur Library on March 26 as part of the department’s response to motor vehicle thefts in the area. The officer spotted three males. He  “observed one of […]

Clairmont Heights: Decatur annexation would ‘destroy’ our ability to stay together

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 30, 2015

The Clairmont Heights Civic Association is making an appeal to the Georgia Legislature to block the Decatur annexation proposal unless an Atlanta annexation proposal also moves forward. CHCA released a statement Monday morning regarding the plans that are being considered in the state Legislature. “The Clairmont Heights Civic Association (CHCA) Board urges the legislature to […]

Decatur holding ‘Touch a Budget’ event on March 31

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 30, 2015

People interested in the city of Decatur’s finances can get an in-depth look at an event being hosted by the city on March 31. The annual “Touch a Budget” event begins at 5 pm and ends at 7 pm. It will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center, located at 231 Sycamore St. More from the […]

National controversy leads Atlanta yoga studio to change name

Posted by March 30, 2015

By Dena Mellick Multiple rape accusations against the founder of the Bikram style of yoga has led an Atlanta yoga studio to change its name. Bikram Yoga Decatur on Clairmont Road, across the street from Emory’s Clairmont campus, has become Still Hot Yoga. Owner Eric Jennings said while his studio has not had any legal affiliation […]

Dear Decaturish – ‘Religious Freedom’ bill is wrong, disgraceful

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 28, 2015

We accept letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and are typically 400 to 800 words in length. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and content. To send your letter to the editor, email it to Dear Decaturish, Following the 2011 repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gay and […]

Mason Mill and Medlock fight inclusion in LaVista Hills’ map

Posted by March 28, 2015

This story has been updated.  By Dena Mellick The neighborhoods of Mason Mill and Medlock are fighting a recent map change by Sen. Fran Millar, SD-40, that puts them in the proposed city of LaVista Hills. Last week, the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee approved proposals to create the cities of LaVista Hills […]

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