Archive for July, 2016

(UPDATE) Decatur gardener Ryan Gainey dies in fire

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 30, 2016

World-famous Decatur gardener and designer Ryan Gainey has died in a house fire at his second home in Lexington, Ga. The fire occurred on the evening of July 29, officials in Oglethorpe County said. His longtime friend Brooks Garcia confirmed Gainey, 72, had died in the fire after running into the home to rescue his Jack […]

Kirkwood honors little girl who died of cancer

Posted by July 29, 2016

By Dena Mellick, Associate editor Kirkwood is remembering a young resident who passed away a year ago from cancer. Five-year-old Bianka Kucelin lost her battle with a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer on July 29, 2015. The community had rallied behind Bianka and her family as she fought a supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor, a condition that only […]

Decatur superintendent says AJC article example of ‘how to lie with statistics’

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 29, 2016

City Schools of Decatur Superintendent David Dude is taking issue with a recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article that said two of the district’s elementary schools were “ranked among the worst in the state.” The article states that two schools – Winnona Park Elementary and Oakhurst Elementary – had some of the “highest proportional increases” of […]

Avondale Estates officials defend hiring police chief who shot unarmed man

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 29, 2016

This story has been updated.  Elected officials in Avondale Estates are defending a decision to promote an officer who shot an unarmed man to be the city’s next police chief. The officer, Lynn Thomas, was cleared of wrongdoing after a civil grand jury recommended presenting the case to a criminal grand jury. But that was […]

Louisiana Bistreaux could open next month

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 28, 2016

This story has been updated.  The owner of Louisiana Bistreaux says the restaurant’s Suburban Plaza location could open as early as Aug. 14. Owner Fred Delawalla told Decaturish,”I put a tentative opening date of August 14. The reason I put a tentative date, it depends on all the inspections I’m supposed to have next week. Otherwise, […]

Annexation meeting ends an hour early, no next steps announced

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 28, 2016

Representatives from several DeKalb County cities met in Decatur on Wednesday with the stated purpose of discussing annexation plans for about two hours. The meeting ended an hour early after numerous members of the press, including a TV station, showed up to watch the proceedings. It mostly consisted of a presentation by Ted Baggett, associate […]

Avondale Estates officer, cleared in shooting of unarmed man, promoted to chief

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 28, 2016

An Avondale Estates police sergeant who was investigated for shooting an unarmed man, and was later cleared of any wrongdoing, has been promoted as the city’s new police chief. The city announced that Lynn Thomas will replace Gary Broden, who retired in June. “Chief Thomas has worked for the Avondale Estates Police Department (AEPD) since […]

Armed robbery suspect evades SWAT team

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 27, 2016

The DeKalb County Police Department SWAT team entered an apartment on Tuesday evening looking for an armed robbery suspect who allegedly threatened officers over social media. The Police Department said the suspect, identified in local media reports as William McLeod, “evaded capture” and police are still looking for him. According to CBS Atlanta, there were children […]

National Poetry Slam comes to Atlanta, downtown Decatur

Posted by July 27, 2016

By David Schick, contributor  By this time next week, downtown Decatur will play host to a barrage of poets in town for the National Poetry Slam. From Aug. 1-6, you’ll be able to hear the sweet sounds of slam poetry just around every corner. This will be the first time that one of the most notable […]

Van overturns on East Ponce de Leon Avenue, no injuries reported

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 27, 2016

A van overturned on East Ponce de Leon Avenue in front of the Avondale MARTA station after being struck by a vehicle turning off Poplar Street. The accident occurred on Wednesday morning, July 27. No injuries have been reported. Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said, “Officers are on scene of a vehicle accident on East Ponce […]

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