35 years of MARTA History

Air quality smarts for smog season

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The Georgia Clean Air Force, established in 1996, is familiar to anyone in DeKalb who drives a car. As one of the counties that has to undergo emissions inspections for all cars produced since then, once a year metro Atlantans make sure their cars aren’t spewing toxic chemicals into the air. But how well are […]

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Residents lose appeal in subdivision fight

Construction is underway on a subdivision that residents of an existing, adjacent neighborhood say will tower over their “old, established neighborhood.” Photos by Andrew Cauthen

It boils down to a lot of dirt—piled 12 feet high. On Sept. 10, residents of the Diamond Head Overlay District along Pangborn Road in unincorporated Decatur made an unsuccessful appeal to the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The residents were trying to stop developers of a six-acre subdivision under construction from raising […]

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What’s Brewing in Decatur?

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Decatur is becoming something of a mecca for beer lovers. In recent years, breweries and home brew stores are popping up and expanding all over the city. Interestingly, many of these facilities are located in a small enclave along College Avenue. According to the Brewers Association (BA), there are 28 craft breweries (small, independent operations) […]

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Quilts of love

Quilter Marilyn Franklin is raising money for a $15,000 long arm quilting machine so that she and other seniors can donate even more quilts. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

For Marilyn Franklin of Ellenwood, quilting is a passion. “I started over 31 years ago out of necessity,” Franklin said. “I had friends who were having babies. I got a McCall’s pattern and started making quilts.” She made quilts for friends and coworkers. When her sister underwent chemotherapy for cancer, Franklin made her a quilt. […]

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Volunteers WOW community with service

President’s Volunteer Service award winners. Back row, from left: WOW In-Sync founder and executive director Karen Lynn, John Turman, Jasmine Matthews, Lakiysha Franklin, Everett Smith, Antonio Williams, Larry Hill and Nadia Smith. Front row, from left, Kristalyn Blythers, Sungkook Kimura, Danielle Warner, Georgia Rep. Michele Henson, Bhavin Patel, Macy Davis, Kymber Baxley, Onikeh Tia, Lakeita Williams and Rachel Gavins.

Last year 23-year-old Macy Davis of Decatur performed 401 hours of volunteer work. Much of her work was for First Baptist Church Decatur’s 60-year-old clothing store that provides clothes for people in need. “I sort out everything, and I hang up everything,” said Davis, who was one of 35 people recognized during the WOW In-Sync […]

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Doraville poised to get new soccer pitches

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Thanks to an offer from Georgia Soccer, the state’s soccer advocacy group, the city of Doraville may soon get soccer “mini pitches” in some of its parks. Working with the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Arthur Blank Foundation, Georgia Soccer will design and install the pitches in underused areas around Doraville. Once installation is complete, the […]

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Lithonia High bookkeeper’s theft estimate increases to $46K

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School officials say a Lithonia High School bookkeeper stole $31,000 more than originally believed. “We have documented that approximately $46,000 in student activity school funds have not been accounted for,” according to a statement by the DeKalb County School District. “The internal investigation will continue to examine school and financial records until all missing funds […]

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Five seek ex-commissioner’s seat

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Three of the five people seeking to fill ex-commissioner Elaine Boyer’s empty seat on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners have ties to her. One is a Boyer planning commission appointee, one ran against her twice and one filed the ethics complaint that led to her demise. The seat became vacant Aug. 25 when Boyer […]

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