Archive for October, 2014

DaVinci’s plans for December opening

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 31, 2014

The director of operations for DaVinci’s Pizzeria said the restaurant plans to open in downtown Decatur this December. DaVinci’s, which has three other locations including one in Midtown across from the Arts Center MARTA station, has an alcoholic beverage license pending before the Decatur City Commission on Monday. The restaurant will take over space on Ponce […]

Georgia auto dealers tussle with Tesla

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 31, 2014

Georgia automobile dealers are riled up about an electric car manufacturer’s plans to sell direct to customers here, plans that include a showroom in greater Decatur. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that California-based Tesla Motors plans to open up shop in greater Decatur on Nov. 4. The company also plans a store in Lenox Square […]

Send us your Halloween photos

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 31, 2014

This post has been updated.  We know most of you are up to no good today, and we want the photo evidence. Send in your spooky, scary Halloween photos and well add them to this post throughout the day. (Send photos to A few we’ve already received … Local photographer Lee Coursey sent us […]

GDOT: Frightful freeways, spooky signals

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 31, 2014

Boo. There will be more work on local roads this weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation says. Be afraid. Or at least be cautious. First order of business: There will be trick-or-treaters out and about tonight. So please slow down and watch out for those babies. Next: I-20, I-285 and I-75 northbound in Henry and […]

Feds to DeKalb: We want our money back

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 30, 2014

DeKalb County may have to pay back $2.3 million in federal grant money used to hire police officers after an audit found the grant application relied on inflated crime statistics. The audit, released this month by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, probed the county’s application for Community Oriented Policing Services […]

Men try to kidnap 11-year-old in Candler Park

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 30, 2014

Atlanta Police are investigating a disturbing crime that happened in Candler Park last week. According to police, on Oct. 22 a school bus dropped off an 11-year-old girl at the intersection of Iverson Street and Candler Park Drive. The girl told police that while she was walking home, two men tried to force her into […]

NPU-O approves Wylde Center plans for garden

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 30, 2014

Neighborhood Planning Unit – O on Tuesday gave its OK to a special use permit for the Wylde Center to establish an educational garden in Kirkwood. The property, dubbed Hawk Hollow, is about one acre near the intersection of First Avenue and Lakeview Drive. The property is on a flood plain and can’t be developed. A […]

Old Fourth Ward residents plan food co-op

Posted by October 30, 2014

By Kim Hutcherson, contributor Residents of Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward neighborhood will soon open the Boulevard Food Co-op. It’s a collaboration of the O4W neighborhood, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. District 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall is pitching in, too. During community meetings last year for Hall’s […]

Rep. Drenner pushing petition annexation method

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 30, 2014

State Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, left no room for doubt on Wednesday in her remarks to residents of the Katie Kerr neighborhood. Drenner, speaking in the chapel of Columbia Presbyterian, said that while Katie Kerr was included in an Avondale Estates annexation bill she filed earlier this year, things have changed. “The map that was introduced […]

Court ruling clarifies annexation debate

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 29, 2014

In 2013, Chamblee and Brookhaven both annexed the same area, the 100 acres of Century Center property located off I-85 at Clairmont Road. The question of which city’s annexation would be legally enforceable has percolated in the background as Decatur, Avondale Estates and Atlanta consider adding territory to their boundaries. Brookhaven annexed the property in October 2013 after […]

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