Archive for October, 2013

Decatur Police receive 9 reports of car break-ins in 2 days

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 31, 2013

Decatur Police report that on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 they received a total of nine calls about people breaking into autos. The break-ins reported on Oct. 31 actually occurred the night before, police said. On Oct. 30, Police received four reports about break-ins that occurred in the afternoon and early evening hours. The crimes […]

Vigil planned for murdered grandmother

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 31, 2013

Residents in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood are organizing a candlelight vigil for Shirley Kendrick, who was murdered late Tuesday evening. The vigil will be Nov. 1 at 6:15 p.m. outside her home at  272 Cambridge Ave, Decatur, GA. “Church community members, neighbors, family and friends will be gathering,” an email from the neighborhood association says. “Please feel […]

Decatur: Superintendent Edwards recalls “A system of schools.”

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 31, 2013

City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards said there’s only one guarantee about redrawing school attendance zones: it won’t be popular. “Let’s be honest. Nobody’s going to be happy,” Edwards told me in a recent interview. “It’s not going to go perfectly well. Somebody will be unhappy.” Unhappy has started to organize. A parents group, […]

(VIDEO) Garrison Keillor strikes a chord

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 30, 2013

Garrison Keillor stopped by last night. He spoke at Presser Hall over at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. on Oct. 29 and read from his new book of poems  O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound. Keillor is most famous for his NPR Show “A Prairie Home Companion.” He’s a man keenly […]

Remembering Ms. Shirley: Woman’s murder stuns Oakhurst

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 30, 2013

Everyone in the Cambridge Neighborhood knew Ms. Shirley. Shirley Kendrick ran the concession stands at Oakhurst Park during baseball season and served as president of the Cambridge HOA. In 2002, the City of Decatur named her a hometown hero. News of her murder and the arrest of her grandson stunned the Oakhurst community Wednesday. At age […]

Elderly Woman Slain in Decatur; Relative Held

Posted by October 30, 2013

UPDATE: Decatur Police have identified the victim as 75-year-old Shirley Kendrick. Police said she was transported to an area hospital where she later died. Kendrick appeared to have been stabbed and to have sustained a head injury, police said. Family members attempted to intervene in the assault and Kendrick’s son suffered serious but non-life threatening […]

City of Decatur holding public meetings on UDO

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 30, 2013

City of Decatur officials are planning public meetings throughout the next few months about an update to city development codes. The Unified Development Ordinance that’s in the works will affect things like the city’s tree removal ordinance and residential tear downs. City Commissioners recently approved a 90 day moratorium for tree removals, but couldn’t get enough […]

Decatur dad: consider walkability in school rezoning

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 29, 2013

Parent Denis Gainty sent this letter in response to a recent article about City Schools of Decatur redrawing school attendance zones. The school system recently released drafts of the proposed boundary changes. Gainty said while his kids aren’t going to be affected by the changes, he thinks school leaders should make the ability to walk to […]

Kimball House named among 30 hottest cocktail bars in America

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 29, 2013

Decatur’s Kimball House opened in September and it’s quickly becoming one of the city’s premier restaurants. Case in point: has named Kimball House as one of the 30 hottest cocktail bars in America. According to the article, “Along with an inspired food menu, cocktails here have gained enormous buzz over the past month thanks […]

(Video) Voices heard: Poetry reading on a Saturday afternoon

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 29, 2013

Four poets struggled through Atlanta traffic to get to the library in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 26. There was a horrible wreck on the interstate, setting things back by 20 minutes. The host, my co-worker Collin Kelley, switched the order of speakers around to give the late arrivals time to breathe.

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