Posts tagged with "Mariann Martin"

‘A garden we call Eden’ – Famous Decatur garden designer Ryan Gainey remembered

Posted by August 31, 2016

By Mariann Martin, contributor  Ryan Gainey was a world-famous garden designer, a poet and a writer, a man who could weave almost magical spells over plants and flowers. But at his memorial on Wednesday night, his friends and family remembered him for his love, his kindness, his passion for life, and the way he touched […]

Groups behind Atlanta protests list objectives, call for change

Posted by July 17, 2016

This story has been updated.  By Mariann Martin, contributor  After five days of protests, hundreds of signs demanding justice, and thousands of chanting voices, the streets of Atlanta have mostly returned to normal, filled with traffic. For some protesters, life has resumed a daily routine. For the groups that helped organize and lead the protests, […]

Supporters speak for media clerk at Decatur School Board meeting

Posted by April 13, 2016

By Mariann Martin, contributor  Officials said the investigation into the firing of Decatur High media clerk Susan Riley is concluded, but have not provided any additional details. The School Board and Superintendent David Dude did not discuss the issue during the April 12 school board meeting. Dude said no announcements would be made at the […]

Kirkwood votes against supporting liquor license for lounge

Posted by April 11, 2016

By Mariann Martin, contributor  After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion, the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization voted against supporting a liquor license for the Morris Restaurant and Lounge. The application to sell liquor at the long-time Kirkwood business will next be considered by the Neighborhood Planning Unit at their meeting on April 26. The KNO and […]

Decatur High students show “alarming rates” of risky behavior

Posted by March 29, 2016

By Mariann Martin, contributor Decatur High School seniors say they use alcohol at higher rates than students in DeKalb County, in Georgia and across the rest of the country. In a self-reported survey, about 45 percent of 12th graders said they had at least one drink in the last 30 days, compared to 35 percent […]

(PHOTOS) Community rallies to support Decatur High media clerk

Posted by February 29, 2016

By Mariann Martin, contributor  More than 100 supporters chanted, held signs, shared stories and shivered in the chilly morning air Monday as they gathered to voice their support for a beloved Decatur High School media clerk who was fired on Friday. “She is the most universally loved person I have ever met,” Sarah Stubbs, one […]

City Commission approves lowering speed limits in Decatur Heights neighborhood

Posted by February 17, 2016

By Mariann Martin, contributor  Despite a request by a local neighborhood association to wait to approve new speed limits without additional changes, city commissioners unanimously approved lowering the speed on three streets in the Decatur Heights Neighborhood. Commissioners also voted during a meeting Tuesday evening to approve changes in two school construction plans and gave […]

Decatur city staff propose using different ways to evaluate speed limits

Posted by February 5, 2016

By Mariann Martin, contributor Decatur city officials would like to change the method they use to determine speed limits, as a way to make city streets safer for pedestrians and bikers. In a presentation to Georgia Department of Transportation board members and city commissioners on Friday afternoon, city officials said they would be willing to […]

Bond referendum passes, Decatur elects commissioners and school board member

Posted by November 3, 2015

This story has been updated.  By Mariann Martin, contributor  A $75 million GO bond referendum to fund school construction and renovation projects for Decatur schools easily passed in Tuesday’s election. Voters also re-elected incumbent city commissioner Scott Drake, elected Tony Powers and Brian Smith as new commissioners, and elected Tasha White to serve on the […]

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