35 years of MARTA History

Junior League of DeKalb celebrates milestone anniversary with a first

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The Junior League of DeKalb (JLD) is celebrating its 80 anniversary in 2014. Founded in 1934, the volunteer organization was originally known as the Junior Service League of Decatur. The league is an organization of women who collectively volunteer their time and resources to improving the community through educational and charitable activities and programs. Members […]

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Clean restroom law now in effect


Clean public restrooms are now required by DeKalb County law. Passed in March and effective as of June 27, a new county ordinance prohibits facilities with public restrooms “from allowing those restrooms to exist in a state of bad repair during operating hours.” The ordinance, which carries a fine of $100, allows enforcement of the […]

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Porsche Cayman S is a true sports car


I just learned that I have what it takes be a long-haul driver. That is, if the car just happens to be a 2014 Porsche Cayman S. Less than 24 hours after taking possession of this majestic and powerful vehicle and taking two runs along Highway 78, I was convinced that I could happily spend […]

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Fairington community celebrates new playground

Children prepare to enter the bounce house during the grand opening celebration.

Children in the Fairington community will have more activities to do than run around in a large grassy area at Fairington Park. Community residents and Healing Hearts of Families USA Ministries Inc. celebrated the grand opening of the park’s new playground July 25. Bonita Lacy, executive director of Healing Hearts of Families USA Ministries in […]

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Elementary school wins facelift competition

The school won the first Georgia United Credit Union School Crashers competition. The school needed a refresh of its mascot, formerly a frightening panther.

Chapel Hill Elementary School, located closer to Henry County than the city of Decatur, needed some love. Built in 1967 and formerly a K-8 school, it was converted back to an elementary school but retained vestiges of the middle school relocated to another campus behind the elementary school. “Before it just had ‘Chapel Hill, DeKalb […]

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Redan Park baseball teams reunite after 20 years


Former players, coaches and parents of the Cardinals and Yankees baseball teams reunited to remember the good old days of playing baseball at Redan Park. It was the first reunion of the two teams that formed more than 20 years ago. More than 100 people gathered at the park July 27 to eat, play softball […]

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New civil and human rights center is brilliant addition to Atlanta


Don’t wait until friends and relatives come to town to plan a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. While many locals understandably avoid venturing into high-traffic and pedestrian-dense downtown Atlanta, now there‘s a good reason to put those reservations aside. The center, which opened June 23, is a jewel that tells the […]

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Decatur updating development and building regulations

Two Decatur residents talk to Planning Director Amanda Thompson (left) at the Decatur Recreation Center during the public drop-in sessions about the proposed Unified Development Ordinance. Photo provided

Decatur has begun a process to clean up some of its city ordinances through the proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The UDO is a yearlong project that; tidies up the inconsistencies, incorporates certain goals from the city’s strategic plan and consolidates everything into a single, easy and unified document to address development regulations. “We’re looking […]

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