Archive for February, 2017

Reports: Plans to expand MARTA in DeKalb rejected by Legislative committee

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 28, 2017

Legislation calling for a sales tax vote to expand MARTA in DeKalb County, similar to a tax recently approved by city of Atlanta voters, has been rejected by a state Senate committee. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the bill was defeated by a 3-4 vote in the Senate Transportation Committee. […]

Avondale Estates City Commission will hold special called meeting on March 1

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 28, 2017

The Avondale Estates City Commission has announced a special called meeting for March 1. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with a closed-door executive session to discuss a “personnel” matter. Afterward, the commission will hold a discussion on downtown development with Sam Collier, a member of the city’s Downtown Development Authority. Meetings are held at […]

‘Health challenges’ led to absence of DeKalb Schools human resources director

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 28, 2017

DeKalb County Schools has offered an explanation about the reported absence of its human resources director. The county school system says that Leo Brown has been reassigned from Chief Human Capital Management Officer to the Facilities and Operations Division. The Atlanta Journal Constitution first reported that Brown had not been seen since before the winter break, […]

Smoke & Duck Sauce open in Suburban Plaza

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 28, 2017

There’s a new restaurant in Suburban Plaza. Smoke & Duck Sauce opened this month at the North Decatur Road shopping center, near Louisiana Bistreaux. This is the restaurant’s second location. The “Asian American Eatery” features Eastern-influenced barbecue. “Duck Sauce is a tamarind based sauce you’ve probably tasted over and over again,” the company’s website says. […]

Town hall meeting will focus on possible repeal of Affordable Care Act

Posted by Mary Margaret Stewart February 27, 2017

The Lou Walker Senior Center is hosting an information session for senior citizens to discuss the impact repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on Medicare and Medicaid. The event is being organized by U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s office. According to the press release, repealing ACA would mean cuts to Medicaid spending that Johnson’s office says […]

Upcoming Decatur event will cover ‘40 Things To Help Your Kid Succeed’

Posted by Mary Margaret Stewart February 27, 2017

As part of the Decatur Parents Network (DPN) Speaker Series, Renfroe Middle School (RMS) is hosting a March 8 event called “40 Things To Help Your Kid Succeed.” Jessica Andrews-Wilson, the executive director of Gwinnett United In Drug Education (GUIDE) Inc. is leading the event. She plans to go over the “assets to nurture teen […]

Portion of DeKalb/ West Howard Avenue to close this week for railroad maintenance

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 27, 2017

This story has been updated.  DeKalb County says that West Howard/DeKalb Avenue northeast between Paden Circle and Ridgecrest Road Northeast will be closed to through traffic starting at 7 a.m. Feb. 28. The closure will end on Saturday, March 4 at 7 a.m. The closure will allow for railroad maintenance. The area is in the […]

Petition asks city of Decatur to stop doing business with Wells Fargo

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 27, 2017

An online petition is asking the city to discontinue its business relationship with Wells Fargo bank. One of the concerns cited by petition organizers is Wells Fargo’s role in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline, a controversial oil pipeline project that is opposed by many Native Americans. “Wells Fargo is the City of Decatur’s primary bank,” the petitions […]

Church of Mary Magdalene offering female, LGBT perspective

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 27, 2017

A new church opening in Decatur describes itself as “a place where women preach.” The Church of Mary Magdalene is meeting Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at 701 West Howard Avenue in Decatur. “It is a community where the voices of women, queer people, and others on the margins are centered,” an announcement from the church says. […]

Dear Decaturish – Town halls are not his style

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 25, 2017

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