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Decatur Fourth of July celebration to include yearly Pied Piper parade, open to community

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 8, 2018

The Fourth of July holiday will be here before we know it, and Decatur is ready to celebrate. This year’s celebration will feature the yearly Pied Piper parade, which runs all the way through downtown Decatur. As always, the whole community is invited to bike, walk or skate in the parade, and neighborhoods and organizations […]

Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival to return to Oakhurst in August

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 8, 2018

The 18th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival will return in August with a “musical lineup that should feature something for everyone,” according to the festival’s press release. This year, the eight bands will include local, regional and national groups performing blues, bluegrass, country, and New Orleans funk acts, headlined by the Chris Duarte […]

Hands down: How you can prepare for the hands-free driving law

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 7, 2018

When House Bill 673, or the “Hands-Free Law,” goes into effect throughout Georgia on July 1, drivers will no longer be able to have a phone in their hand or use any part of their body to support their phone while driving. Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill into law on May 2. According to Heads […]

Local organizations receive community grants for literacy, at-risk youth programs

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 7, 2018

Last month, the Decatur Rotary Club presented checks to this year’s Community Project Grants recipients. Each recipient focuses on either literacy or at-risk youth that are based in DeKalb County and serve DeKalb County residents, according to a Decatur newsletter. The 2018 recipients are:     Friends of Refugees – $2,000. This grant will be […]

Decatur Beach Party returns as ‘Summer in the City’ on June 15

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 7, 2018

The annual Decatur Beach Party will return on Friday, June 15, under a new name, Summer in the City, bringing the sandy beach back to downtown Decatur. With 80 tons of sand covering Ponce de Leon Avenue, families are invited to come out and experience a variety of beach-themed summer activities. This year’s event will […]

Decatur Fire Department announces open house, personnel promotion

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 7, 2018

The Decatur Fire Department will host an open house at Fire Station 1 later this month, giving residents the chance to experience the department first-hand, according to a city newsletter. At the open house, residents of all ages can come meet the first responders of the community, connect with fire personnel, receive information on programs […]

City of Decatur installing two electric vehicle charging stations beginning Thursday

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 5, 2018

The installation of two new electric vehicle chargers will bring traffic late this week and next, according to the city of Decatur. The city of Decatur, ChargePoint LLC and Craft Electric & Maintenance will install two level two electric vehicle charging stations — one in the North McDonough parking loop in downtown Decatur and one in the Oakhurst […]

DeKalb County now offering free curbside collection for bulky items through June

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 5, 2018

As part of the ongoing Operation Spring Clean Sweep 2018 campaign, the DeKalb County Sanitation Division is offering free curbside collection for bulky items every Friday and Saturday in June, according to a DeKalb County press release. Operation Spring Clean Sweep is an initiative focused on removing excess waste and trash from the county’s streets and neighborhoods. […]

Portion of Glendale Drive to close Thursday for water valve replacement

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 5, 2018

On Thursday, June 7, Glendale Drive, just south of McAfee Road, will be closed to through-traffic from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to facilitate the installation of a new water valve equipment. The repairs are part of the Glendale Drive Water Main Replacement Project, according to a DeKalb County press release. The project will replace an […]

Decatur Historic Preservation Commission honors five local renovation projects with awards

Posted by Ellie Ritter June 4, 2018

Last month, the city of Decatur and the Decatur Historic Preservation Commission held the 2018 Decatur Design Awards ceremony at City Hall, honoring five locations throughout the city. According to a city newsletter, the event recognized outstanding projects in Decatur in the categories of historic preservation, additions, commercial construction, residential construction, sustainability and energy efficiency, […]

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