Archive for April, 2017

State threatened with lawsuit over sale of Pullman Yard property

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 28, 2017

This story has been updated.  A losing bidder has threatened to sue the Georgia Building Authority over its recent decision to sell the Pullman Yard property in Kirkwood to a developer who wants to build a film studio on the site. The GBA held a surprise vote on the project on April 19, voting to […]

City of Decatur hires Decatur High grad as new project manager

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 28, 2017

The city of Decatur has hired a Decatur High graduate and current staffer to be its next project manager. Courtney Frisch will take over the job previously held by Lena Stevens, who left the city last year. Frisch started working for the city in 2016 as a planner. Before that, she worked as a transportation planner […]

Man who went missing for nearly two months has been found

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 28, 2017

Elmer Lynnard Savage, 56, has been located after going missing on March 6. Savage is disabled and he was last seen at his Decatur residence on East Hill Street. Decatur Police issued a Mattie’s Call in an attempt to locate him. Savage has checked in with his family and is safe, an April 28 announcement […]

Waffle House co-founder Tom Forkner passes following death of business partner

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 28, 2017

Tom Forkner, the co-founder of Waffle House, passed away on April 26, at age 98. Forkner’s death comes seven weeks after the death of his business partner Joe Rogers Sr., who founded Waffle House with Forkner in Avondale Estates in 1955. Rogers was 97. The original location is now a museum and there are now hundreds of Waffle House […]

DeKalb School of the Arts improves in high school rankings, Decatur High drops

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 28, 2017

While City Schools of Decatur is a highly desirable school district in the metro area, U.S. News and Word Report finds that when it comes to high schools, DeKalb School of the Arts is tops. The 2017 rankings saw Decatur High School drop from being ranked 13th in the state to being ranked 20th. The […]

Renfroe Middle student earns national recognition for writing about Civil War

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 27, 2017

Aly Yamamoto, a student at Renfroe Middle in Decatur, recently won second place in a national contest where students write about the Civil War using primary sources. “This is a national competition, sponsored by Gilder Lehrman and Gettysburg College, that RMS students entered for the first time this year,” her humanities teacher Liz Williams said […]

Corner Cup celebrates first year of being neighborhood coffee shop

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 27, 2017

There’s a friendliness and familiarity about Corner Cup, a coffee shop located off of Lawrenceville Highway and McLendon Drive in greater Decatur. If customers didn’t know better, they’d think the place was a long-standing neighborhood institution. But the store recently celebrated its one year anniversary. Kimberly Jordan is a new customer. When she walked through […]

Decatur High evacuated again due to a fire alarm

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 27, 2017

This story has been updated.  Decatur High students evacuated the school on Thursday, April 27, due to a fire alarm. Students were asked to evacuate the school a little over a month ago for the same reason. Decatur Fire Chief Toni Washington said Thursday’s alarm was caused by, “A short in a panel box.” “No fire, […]

Man dies after bike accident in Avondale Estates

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 27, 2017

A man died after his bike collided with another bike in Avondale Estates, according to a police report. Tim Solomon passed away on April 22, days after the April 15 incident. According to a police report, Solomon was riding his bike downhill on Lakeshore Drive when he collided with a juvenile riding another bicycle. A […]

Decatur High baseball hosting state tournament playoff game

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 26, 2017

For the first time in 66 years, the Decatur High baseball team is hosting a state tournament playoff game, according to Ray Glier, a parent of one of the players. “We have room on our bandwagon with the Decatur High School baseball team,” Glier said. “Grab on.” Glier said the last time DHS hosted a […]

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