Community links: Emory professor dies in plane crash

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 4, 2013

– A professor at Emory University School of Medicine died in a plane crash near GA 400 on Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

– The Next Stop Decatur blog picked up on this cool story from 2012 about a 55-year-old post card that got lost on its way to Decatur. The man’s parents mailed it to him in 1957. The intended recipient lives in Virginia now. To read the full story, click here.

– Three was an input meeting on Dec. 3 about the new City Schools of Decatur zoning maps. One of the major points of contention was whether the Lenox Place neighborhood will be zoned for Westchester or Oakhurst Elementary. (Full disclosure, don’t have kids but I live in the affected area.) Lenox Place residents say there was a good turnout and there’s hope that the neighborhood will remain in the Oakhurst Elementary district. The next regular Board of Education meeting is Dec. 10.

– The Decatur Minute blog reports there were a couple of typos in this month’s edition of Decatur Focus.

– The city should be testing the tornado sirens today, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m., weather permitting, the Decatur Minute blog reports.

– Reminder: the deadline for city of Decatur property taxes is Dec. 20.

– A recent e-blast from Renfroe Middle School contains this item (emphasis in italics is mine):

“Earn for Renfroe through Georgia Natural Gas TrueBlue Schools. Renfroe is Georgia Natural Gas’ top earning school; more than $12,000 each year. With TrueBlue Schools, you don’t donate anything and there’s nothing to sell. Just sign up to participate and Renfroe earns a donation every time you pay your bill.”

– You may have missed this weird-ass story from 11 Alive that ran over the Thanksgiving holiday: Decatur temple maintains ties to Nuwaubian “cult”

– Decatur lawyer Kyle Williams will run for the seat currently held by state Sen. Jason Carter, District 42. Carter leaving the seat to run for governor against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.

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  • Tim

    Great story on the belated postcard delivery. Looks like 608 Clairmont Ave is currently for sale, you could own a piece of history.

  • Paul

    Dan, the reality is that a victory for Lenox Place relies on shifting everyone else around so they can stay at Oakhurst. Their sole argument relies on walkability which I swear has had an artificial increase since these plans were released. My guess is that most will be back in their cars after the vote. The irony is that it pushes others to schools where they will have to drive and no longer walk. I guess that doesn’t matter as long as it doesn’t affect them. Some of them have even measured the walks in tenths of a mile to the various schools, as if another couple of hundred steps is Armageddon. It’s too bad. I used to identify myself as a Decatur resident only but that has changed to my neighborhood as Lenox Park residents have put everyone else on the defensive and paraded their kids out in front of the board for the sympathy vote. It’s shameless really.

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