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Refined plan for former United Method Children’s Home property to be unveiled next week

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 19, 2018

The highly anticipated plan for the former United Method Children’s Home property will finally be unveiled next week, according to the city of Decatur. Since purchasing the $40 million dollar property, the city has had to figure out the best use for the 77 acres of land. After three draft options for the property were […]

LifeLine Animal Project seeking two-week foster homes for pets

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 18, 2018

With the DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services shelters now caring for more than 1,000 animals, LifeLine Animal Project is looking for 50 temporary foster homes, the organization announced. The two-week fostering is ideal for those who are considering a pet but aren’t ready for a long-term commitment or anyone who can make room for an […]

Decatur Police Department wins local step challenge

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 15, 2018

The Decatur Police Department was celebrated at a luncheon this week for winning first place in the City Challenge, a competition between local cities to see who could complete the most steps, according to a city press release. Hosted by Corporate Health Partners, the four-week challenge involved eight cities: Acworth, Alpharetta, Americus, Decatur, Kennesaw, Johns […]

Decatur School Board discusses report about racial discrimination

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 13, 2018

Attention at Tuesday night’s City Schools of Decatur School Board meeting fell heavily on a recent racial inequality report as the board continued its discussion of how to tackle achievement and discipline gaps. The report, which was completed by the firm Thomas P. Miller and Associates, examined racial inequity in the school system and aimed […]

Series of soccer-related events, viewings to take place at North DeKalb Mall throughout World Cup

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 13, 2018

As the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off tomorrow, North DeKalb Mall will host a series of soccer-related events throughout the duration of the tournament. Every day of the World Cup, kids and adults of all ages and all soccer backgrounds can come to the mall to take part in a variety of programs, including […]

Peggy Merriss celebrates 25th year as Decatur’s city manager

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 12, 2018

When Peggy Merriss first started working for Decatur, things around the city looked much different. Now, Merriss is going into her 25th year as city manager. Merriss’ role officially began when she was named the interim Decatur city manager in February 1993, but her presence in the Decatur community and city government goes back even […]

City of Pine Lake to host reception for new public art installation

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 12, 2018

The city of Pine Lake will host an opening ceremony for the first public art exhibit on its new art wall, titled “Public Works at Public Works,” on Saturday, June 16. Pine Lake, one of DeKalb’s smallest cities, is located 12 miles east of Atlanta, between Decatur and Stone Mountain.  The new installation will feature […]

Sidewalk repair in Oakhurst to bring minor disruptions beginning Wednesday

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 12, 2018

Minor crosswalk construction in Oakhurst will bring minor disruptions for the next few weeks, according to a city update. Decatur has contracted Construction Management Engineering Services to perform minor crosswalk work at the intersection of East Lake Drive and Oakview Road, the update said. Weather permitting, work is expected to begin on Wednesday, June 13, […]

Decatur Active Living to celebrate summer solstice with yoga on the square

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 11, 2018

This year, the city of Decatur will mark the longest day of the year by hosting a summer solstice yoga event for the community, according to a city newsletter. According to the newsletter, many cultures throughout history have associated the summer solstice with a “renewal of mind, body and spirit.” Yoga can help achieve that […]

Sidewalk repair to take place on Adams Street throughout rest of June

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 11, 2018

The city of Decatur will be repairing the sidewalks on Adams Street beginning next week and lasting until the end of June, the city announced. Blount Construction will be repairing sidewalks and installing 15 new ADA curb ramps on Adams Street from College Avenue to West Hill Street. Weather permitting, construction will begin on Monday, […]

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