Archive for June, 2014

Oprah, Brad Pitt-produced film shooting in Avondale

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 30, 2014

A reader noticed film trucks and trailers in the Avondale Estates First Baptist Church parking lot and wanted to know more. City Manager Clai Brown said the crews are filming the movie “Selma,” a film produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt about the Civil Rights marches in Selma, Ala. describes the movie as […]

City staff recommend denial of daycare permit

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 30, 2014

A controversial proposal to increase the size of a daycare on Anniston Avenue in Kirkwood faces another roadblock. The city of Atlanta’s Department of Planning and Community Development recommended denial of a special use permit application filed by Lauren Kilby, owner of the iCare Child Development Center. The Atlanta Zoning Review Board recommended a one-month deferral to […]

Avondale – Entering auto, mailboxes reported

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 30, 2014

Avondale Estates Police on June 30 issued an alert to residents about an unknown person rifling through local mailboxes. The city also announced the arrest a suspect caught in the act of trying to steal items from a parked vehicle. According to the alert, an unknown suspect had entered several mailboxes on Berkeley Road. Police […]

Decatur honored for addressing childhood obesity

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 30, 2014

Decatur Active Living reports that the city has received three medals from the National League of Cities for the Active Living Department’s efforts to address childhood obesity. Active Living reports that the city recently reached goals for the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties program, which promotes health and wellness. “LMCTC is a major component of […]

Briarcliff advocates will be at task force meeting

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 30, 2014

DeKalb County residents interested in creating a new city of Briarcliff will attend a meeting hosted by county officials this Wednesday, July 2. DeKalb County CEO Lee May created the DeKalb Operations Task Force to study the effects of creating new cities on county services. The Task Force held its first meeting on June 5. […]

Superintendent candidates square off at forum

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 30, 2014

The League of Women Voters of Atlanta Fulton County will host a forum on June 30 featuring candidates in several races, including the state School Superintendent. The League has invited all four candidates who will appear in the July 22 primary runoff. The Democratic ticket will feature Valarie Wilson, a former member of the City […]

Sunday Morning Meditation – War Were Declared

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 29, 2014

This story has been updated.  I wore a suit the day the war in Iraq began in 2003. I held a job at the University of Alabama college library at the time and the drum beat of cable news had become a rapid tribal thumping. War. War. War. “Why did you wear that suit,” a […]

#freeartdecatur photos

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 28, 2014

This story has been updated.  People who are out and about participating in the #freeartdecatur event are sending us photos of their loot. To send in your photos, email them to Here’s what we have so far. Rick Motes said, “My one find of the day. What a cool thing to do.” Meagan Beradi […]

Breezy money – 7 indicted in MARTA card scheme

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 27, 2014

Seven people hatched a complex scheme to bilk MARTA by buying Breeze Cards for $1, adding money to them using personal computer equipment and reselling them to the public, according to a DeKalb County Grand Jury Indictment. The DeKalb County District Attorney’s office announced Friday that the Grand Jury has indicted Jedadia Byrd, Robert Clark, Christina […]

The weekend – Arts, looking forward to the Fourth

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 27, 2014

It’s the weekend before the Fourth of July, and the list of events advertised by the cities of Decatur and Avondale Estates are running pretty thin. Two local arts groups will have the calendar all to themselves. Skwhirlhaus, an arts cooperative based in Kirkwood, will present “Galatea”, an interactive experience that promises a fusion of art and […]

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