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Historic Nearly New Shop shutting its doors

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 19, 2017

The Nearly New Shop thrift store has been in business since 1949 and has supported the Junior League of Atlanta, a nonprofit focused on women and volunteerism. But the days of the thrift store supplementing the nonprofit’s income and supporting its mission have run their course. The company announced it is closing its Toco Hills location […]

Locals will march in D.C. and Atlanta after Inauguration Day

Posted by Mary Margaret Stewart January 19, 2017

This story has been updated.  Following Inauguration Day, several major cities across the country are holding simultaneous demonstrations, Atlanta included. On Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m., the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women is “bringing together members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies.” Demonstrators will start at the Center for Civil and Human […]

A reader asks: Was ‘Lemony Snicket’ banned in Decatur schools?

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 19, 2017

This story has been updated.  This month Netflix launched a new TV show based on the book  “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” written by Lemony Snicket, the pen-name of Daniel Handler. National Public Radio recently rebroadcast an old Terry Gross interview of Handler as part of its coverage of the new series. The segments were taped in […]

Local elected officials make plans for 2017 city of Decatur elections

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 19, 2017

There will be city elections in Decatur on Nov. 7, meaning two City Commission and three school board seats will be up for grabs. Commissioner Fred Boykin, the city’s Mayor Pro Tem, has announced he will not seek re-election this year after 15 years in office. He is currently the longest-serving member of the city […]

Locals are encouraged to attend MARTA Listening Sessions

Posted by Mary Margaret Stewart January 18, 2017

MARTA Listening Sessions invites patrons and local residents to provide their input on possible expansion projects. MARTA’s expansion received funding back in November 2016 with “the half-penny sales tax referendum,” which passed with the support of almost 75 percent of Atlanta voters. The Listening Sessions were put in place to gain insight to what “type […]

DeKalb County Schools suing Atlanta for annexing homes near Emory University

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 18, 2017

DeKalb County Schools has filed a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta for annexing residences adjacent to property owned by Emory University. The annexation petition was signed by residents living in the University Drive and Spring Valley Lane area. The annexation, approved by the city last year, took in more than 100 residents on 16.31 acres, according […]

Feds: Construction contractor paid $1 million in bribes to the city of Atlanta

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 18, 2017

The U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed that a construction contractor has been charged with paying $1 million in bribes to unnamed city of Atlanta officials. According to a press release published by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Elvin R. Mitchell Jr., was arraigned on conspiratorial bribery and money laundering charges. To […]

United Methodist Children’s Home board votes to sell property

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 17, 2017

This story has been updated.  The United Methodist Children’s Home Board of Trustees voted on Jan. 17 to sell its property on South Columbia Drive in Decatur. The organization made the announcement in a press release. The organization did not provide a list of members who voted in favor of and against the sale. “Responding […]

APS considering sending Whitefoord Elementary students to Toomer

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 17, 2017

Atlanta Public Schools is considering closing Whitefoord Elementary and sending those students to Toomer Elementary in Kirkwood and Burgess-Peterson Elementary. Students living in the Edgewood community would be redistricted to Toomer and students living in the Reynoldstown community would be sent to Burgess-Peterson. The net result would be adding approximately 200 more students to Toomer, […]

UPDATE: Gymnastics center owner steps aside in hopes of keeping business open for now

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 17, 2017

UPDATE: At the Jan. 17 School Board meeting, Superintendent David Dude told a room packed full of parents of Atlanta Gymnastics Center students that City Schools of Decatur is still trying to work through the issues regarding the gym’s lease. He said CSD’s attorney spoke to owner Christine Calvert on Tuesday afternoon and she said she’d […]

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