Archive for January, 2014

Avondale man dies at Auburn

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 31, 2014

Alabama news website reports that a student found dead in his Auburn, Ala. apartment is from Avondale Estates. reports Matthew Tucker Cole, 20, from Avondale Estates, died in his apartment on Jan. 30. Cole’s roommates found him. Police do not suspect foul play, reported. Cole was majoring in geology at Auburn University, […]

(VIDEO) Decatur Mayor thanks residents, staff

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 31, 2014

The city of Decatur released the following taped statement from Mayor Jim Baskett about the city’s response to the Jan. 28 snow storm. Watch: Baskett planned to give the state of the city speech on Jan. 28, but postponed it once the snow began to fall and schools started dismissing early. Some of the highlights from […]

Parkwood neighborhood wants to join Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 31, 2014

A group of Parkwood neighborhood residents wants the city of Decatur to annex their homes. Andy Vocaire, spokesman for the Parkwood Neighborhood, said homeowners filed a petition with the city last week. The city posted a copy of the petition on its website. To read it, click here. City Commissioners will consider accepting the petition […]

Decatur residents organize Arbor Day festival

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 31, 2014

City of  Decatur residents who are concerned about the city’s plans to regulate tree removal are organizing an Arbor Day festival to increase the city’s canopy. The event is being spearheaded by property owner Chad Stogner. Here is the flyer: More details are available at Decatur Metro.

County lost fire station agreement

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 31, 2014

Avondale Estates is getting a new fire station, a project the city’s mayor says is long overdue. DeKalb County Commissioners on Jan. 28 unanimously voted to award the contract to rebuild the station on Clarendon Avenue. The contract approval was deferred on Jan. 14, because Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton had questions. One of the questions:   What […]

Blood drive held to restock after snow storm

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 31, 2014

  If you’re at home today, you might consider stopping by the DeKalb County government building on Commerce Drive in Decatur to give blood. City spokeswoman Casie Yoder said she donated this morning at a Red Cross blood drive. “People can stop by anytime today,” Yoder said. “I know with the winter storm blood donations […]

Deal apologizes, DeKalb County reopens

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 30, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal apologized Thursday for his administration’s handling of the Jan. 28 snow storm. According to Atlanta INtown, Deal accepted full responsibility for the lack of planning that created a legendary traffic jam that our grandchildren will be hearing about in 50 years.  People in Atlanta took refuge where they could, sleeping at Home Depot […]

Emory University resumes normal operations tomorrow

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 30, 2014

Emory University will be business as usual on Friday, Jan. 31. According to a message posted on the university’s website, the university will be operating on a normal schedule after being closed for two days following the Jan. 28 snow storm. “Personal safety is a concern for all who commute under these conditions, and managers […]

Decatur planning says arborist cost not included in ordinance

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 30, 2014

Some Decatur residents are busy formulating a petition to make the city wait a little longer before passing a new law regulating trees in the city, and one of their main concerns is cost. Decatur’s City Commission on Jan. 21 held off on approving the ordinance, which would’ve required residents to obtain permits for tree […]

(UPDATED) Will there be school Friday metro Atlanta?

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 30, 2014

Metro Atlanta school systems are still firming up their plans, but Atlanta Public Schools has already decided to cancel classes on Friday, Jan. 31. More from City Schools of Decatur’s Facebook page. “We hope that road conditions for our staff living outside the City of Decatur improve over the weekend. There is a threat of […]

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