Monday, January 31, 2011

"Unknown" Coming Soon

Remembering John Barry - Out of Africa/James Bond Composer


Avondale Estates ends agreement with multi-use developer, anxious to try again

For the AJC

Nearly six years ago, Florida-based Century Retail was planning a sprawling, ambitious 375,000-square-foot mixed-use development in downtown Avondale Estates.

oday the single testament to the city's project with Century Retail – which filed for bankruptcy last fall -- is what locals call "the erector set" -- a two-story steel skeleton of building that has stood unfinished and untouched for 2 ½ years.

Last week, after years of discussion, acquisitions and accusations, the development agreement came to a quiet end during a Board of Mayor and Commissioners Regular Meeting.

“We are going to move forward in pursuing discussions with development companies," Mayor Ed Rieker said. "We want to get the word out that Avondale is developer friendly.”

full story at ajc

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Valentines, Decatur

This picture is so good I had to feature it. It's from Flickr member Sheila and Scott
Good job on the photo.
Check out there flickr site here.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Burnt Fork BBQ Soft Opening Sat. Jan 29

Nick @ Decatur Metro is posting that Burnt Fork BBQ will have a soft opening tomorrow (Sat)
with limited menu.

Burnt Fork BBQ
614 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 373-7155

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Peachtree in DeKalb to be closed Thurs & Fri.

By Megan Matteucci

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Road near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in DeKalb County will be closed Thursday and Friday.
Norfolk Southern will closed the 4900 block of Peachtree at 8 a.m. Thursday to make improvements to a crossing. The road will re-open at 5 p.m. Friday, county officials said.
ajc story

J.C. Penney Co. to Close Three Metro Stores

By Arielle Kass

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

J.C. Penney Co. will close three metro Atlanta locations as it works to increase profits.
The company is closing two under-performing stores: one at Southlake Mall and a J.C. Penney Home Store in Duluth. It is also closing a catalog outlet store in Forest Park as it exits the catalog business.

A spokesman for J.C. Penney, Joey Thomas, said the Southlake and Duluth stores no longer meet the company's "profitability threshold" and will close June 1.

The Southlake store has 147 employees, and Duluth has 38. Thomas said he did not know how many employees work at the Forest Park location. Employees will receive separation benefits, he said.

ajc story

Trackside Construction Update


Trackside should be ready to open in about 2 to 3 months

Sunday, January 23, 2011


-- Both photo's from The 2011 World of Wheels in Atlanta.
They were Awesome.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Burnt Fork BBQ to Open Soon



Burnt Fork BBQ
614 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 373-7155

Friday, January 21, 2011

Medlock Elementary supporters trying to save School

From champion newspaper
Written By: Matt Amatto

For area residents and parents at Medlock Elementary, the battle to avoid the chopping block was already won. At least that’s what they assumed last year when a committee of community members failed to reach the consensus that would have closed the school. The community rallied then–waving signs, bringing children to meetings, creating slogans, doing what it could to apply pressure–and prevailed. However, the threat of closure has re-emerged.

A classic 1950s era building nestled in a quiet neighborhood of post-war bungalows, Medlock is again the target of a school system riddled with debt and desperately in need of state funds. On Jan. 4, the school board announced that up to 14 schools could close to help trim a surplus 11,000 seats.

full story at champion newspaper

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Two Decatur Pools to extend hours this Summer

Mckoy Pool will add morning hours with Glenlake( below) providing evening swimming.

By Bill Banks

For the AJC

Coming off a week where most of the city was frozen or cloistered indoors, the Decatur City Commission had outdoor swimming on its mind during Tuesday night’s meeting.
The commission approved a proposal to keep two of the city’s three public pools open for more days this summer, at the cost of an additional $18,375. Historically, the city’s eliminated all weekday swimming once school begins in August.

But with Decatur schools re-opening on August 2 this year and with both Glenlake and McKoy pools attracting record numbers last summer, the city will keep weekday hours for both through Labor Day. McKoy will offer morning hours, with Glenlake providing evening swimming.

The city’s third public pool, Ebster, will close on July 31, at the end of the regular pool season.

Both Glenlake and McKoy pools were extensively renovated several years ago, which paid off in 2010. Glenlake had a record attendance of 20,317 swimmers, earning $30,696, while McKoy drew 21,480 for $30,252.
- Glenlake will add evening swimming.

photo credit:

ajc story

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

How would you 500 beers to choose from...Ale Yeah!

Champion News Paper has a great article on Georgia's First all craft beer store in Decatur... Ale Yeah!

by Ginger Kaderabek

A love of craft beer inspired friends to open Georgia’s first all-craft-beer store in Decatur. “We’re beer lovers. We’re excited by today’s beer renaissance and wanted to make a go in the all-craft business,” said co-owner Eddie Holley.

Ale Yeah! at 906 West College Ave. opened Dec. 15 and had a “great first week,” according to Holley, who runs the store along with co-owner Cisco Vila. Shoppers in the store expressed excitement at having more than 500 beers to choose from, and one was buying a large gift certificate as a Christmas present for a beer lover.

read full story @ Champion News

401(k) plans regaining steam

In sign of progress, many say they expect to restart match in within 12 months

By Russell Grantham

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s not just jobs that have been slow to come back during the economy’s spastic recovery from the Great Recession. About half of the U.S. companies that suspended contributions to their employees’ retirement savings after 2008 haven’t restored them yet.
n a 401(k) plan, the worker voluntarily saves part of his or her pay in a tax-deferred account. The employer typically matches a portion of the worker’s contributions.

About one in five employers with 401(k) plans cut or ditched their matching contributions during the 2007-2009 financial meltdown, according to a recently released report from compensation consulting firm Towers Watson. The cuts were particularly prevalent at firms in the retail, manufacturing, media, communications and technology industries.

But, in a sign of potentially better times, most of the laggards say they expect to again start chipping in money within the next 12 months, according to Towers Watson.
full story at ajc

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Too important to shut down

From: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When an event like last week’s snowstorm freezes travel through metro Atlanta, the entire Southeast gets a chill.

Atlanta was founded as a railroad hub, and today it is one of the nation’s busiest transportation hubs, sometime called the “largest inland port in America.” Among its assets:

● Three major interstate highways intersect in the city: I-85, I-75 and I-20.

● Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest air passenger hub and has been ranked among the top 30 for freight.

● Major intermodal rail terminals — some among the nation’s largest — where container freight carried by trains from ports such as Savannah is transferred to trucks for delivery throughout country.

● Headquarters of major shippers such as UPS and the Saia trucking firm.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Everybody's Pizza in Emory Village to Help Homeless Women

From The ajc

By Shelia M. Poole

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Everybody's Pizza in Emory Village is lending a helping hand to the Shearith Israel Shelter for homeless women.
Diners who come to the restaurant for lunch or dinner on Jan. 24 can help as well. Everybody's will donate 20 percent of a diner's tab to the Atlanta shelter. Go to , print out the postcard and present it to to server at the time of ordering. The restaurant is located at 1593 N. Decatur Rd.

Friday, January 14, 2011

New Look for Decatur Focus

photo courtesy of Decatur Minute

From The Decatur Minute:

City of Decatur residents, businesses and DBA members be on the lookout for the January/February issue of the Decatur Focus – we are debuting an entirely new look with glossy paper that is SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified and has six extra pages of copy and two extra pages of advertising.
Read more

Thursday, January 13, 2011

DeKalb's Snow Storm Bill $662,000 and Growiwng

From The ajc

By Megan Matteucci

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County has spent more than $662,000 responding to the storm, county officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
As of Wednesday afternoon, DeKalb had spent $210,000 on overtime for road crews, $48,000 for salt and sand, and $262,000 for fuel for the salt trucks, county spokesman Burke Brennan said. The county also spent $5,625 to pay fleet maintenance workers who worked overtime putting chains on emergency vehicles and responding to wrecks, and $135,000 for watershed management crews who had to address water and sewer problems during the storm.

There were no major extra expenses for police and firefighters, who rotated staffing the Emergency Operations Center while on shift, Brennan said. The only additional cost for emergency personnel was $300 for food and water.

The county also spent another $1,000 on food and lodging for other essential administrative staff.

Officials said they anticipate additional expenses, particularly for road crews who will continue to treat icy roads throughout the week.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

DeKalb Vet to Conduct the First Animal Stem Cell Procedure

From the ajc
By Megan Matteucci

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Stone Mountain veterinarian clinic says it is scheduled next week to conduct the first animal stem cell procedure in Georgia.
Loving Touch Animal Center in Stone Mountain is scheduled to launch the new technology on a 12-year-old Border Collie suffering from severe arthritis and spinal problems. The dog, named Sam, is a former championship jumper who had to retire because of arthritis, a spokesman for the clinic said.

Veterinarians say stem cell therapy can be used to treat dogs, cats and horses suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and tendon and cartilage injuries. The procedure is about $1,800 for dogs and $2,400 for horses, which is less than half the cost of the old procedure, vets said.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Decatur Snow 50 Years Ago

To view with black background click on picture.

This Decatur snow picture was taken 50 years ago this month (Jan 61).
Taken from the old court house you see North McDonough St. On the left you can see the Decatur Theatre. -Playing at The Decatur Theatre this day was BUTTERFIELD 8 starring Elizabeth Taylor
and Laurence Harvey--
All the buildings on right were torn down for the new court house.

Check out Flickr Member HamWithCam Photos

Click on photo for his pictures.
He has some great pictures.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

City of Decatur and Dekalb Schools Closed Monday

The City of Decatur and Dekalb Schools will be closed Monday due to Snow.
link to WSBTV.COM

The Green Hornet Starts Jan 14, 2011

Decatur native helps underground homeless population in Las Vegas

From the AJC
By Bill Banks

When Matt O’Brien spent Christmas back in his hometown of Decatur, he kept receiving a steady stream of text messages, all from Las Vegas, where he’s lived the past 13 years, working as a journalist and short-story writer.

“Thanks, man, for getting us out of the tunnels,” read one. “Cold and rainy ... this week,” said another. “Can’t imagine being down there for the holidays.”

Many in his hometown remember O’Brien, who turned 40 last year, as the sharpshooting point guard for Decatur High, averaging nearly 19 points a game as a senior in 1987-88. Later he played college ball at Georgia State and West Georgia.

What he certainly never anticipated was that he’d become point person for Vegas’ 200 miles of underground flood channels, which at various times house a homeless population of up to 1,000 people.

“I really can’t find any other place in the world like Vegas, where so many people live underground,” O’Brien said during his recent return home.

In the past two years O’Brien has partnered with HELP of Southern Nevada, an organization specializing in chronic homelessness, to literally bring tunnel residents out of the dark. By now, O’Brien estimates, about 70 people have turned their lives around. Essentially this means they’ve found housing while getting treated for health issues, including various addictions, physical illness and mental disorders.

Full story at ajc

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Remembering Elvis

Elvis Presley in Atlanta at The Omni - Dec. 30 1976

Monday, January 3, 2011

" r YOU smarter than a Glennwood 5th Grader ? "

From: Andrea Berry of

Click image to buy your tickets.
This should be good and/or funny.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Run With The Dogs - Frostbite 5K - Jan 8th 2011

Above is a very good video made for the 2nd Annual Run the the Dogs.



Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Update: Rain Date: January 16

9:00am 5K Run


Decatur High School on McDonough Street
310 North McDonough St


General Registration - $20 until Dec. 20th, $25 thereafter
City of Decatur teachers/students - $15 until Dec. 20th, $20 thereafter

Brief Description

A chilly run through the City of Decatur with Decatur Bulldog supporters and their four-legged friends. This race is part of the City of Decatur Grand Slam Road Race Series.


100% cotton long sleeved t-shirts guaranteed to all pre-registered participants and available for race day registration while supplies last.


Overall 1st & 2nd place M & F runners, Masters 1st & 2nd place M & F runners and top three M & F finishers in each category: 11 & under, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 & over 60. Dogs participating will receive a special prize.


Ed Williams, Race Director 404-327-7738 email:


Bill Ainslie 404-373-2366

Additional Information

The 5K run begins at 9:00 am, rain or shine. Registration will take place in front of Decatur High School beginning at 8:00 am..

Decatur High School, Renfroe Middle School, Glennwood Academy and City of Decatur elementary school students, parents, alumni, friends, neighbors and runners of all levels are invited to participate. Runners are invited to run with their dogs in a special group.

All proceeds will be used by the Decatur Bulldog Boosters to help fund the sports programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

The race will begin and end in front of Decatur High School on North McDonough Street in Decatur. Parking is available in the upper parking lot off Howard Avenue.

Happy New Year