Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New Cross Keys High to be built at former Briarcliff High site

The DeKalb Board of Education approved building the new Cross Keys High School at the former Briarcliff High School site on North Druid Hills Road despite opposition from the three board members closest to the area. Other potential sites included several unnamed apartment complexes, which would have been too expensive to purchase and would displace hundreds of students, the school district said.
Board members Marshall Orson, Stan Jester and James McMahan spoke at the April 16 board meeting in opposition to the location, saying it would be inaccessible for many on Buford Highway due to the traffic. The vote was 4-3, with those three members voting no.
“Thousands live on the north and west side of I-85. We’d be pushing them through what has historically been ranked one of the ten worst transportation corridors in metro Atlanta,” Orson said.
The school district has allocated nearly $85 million in ESPLOST funding for the new 2,500-seat school. It is needed to alleviate overcrowding at the current Cross Keys High, which is located at 1626 North Druid Hills Road.
The Briarcliff site, a 26-acre property the district still owns, is located less than two miles south of Cross Keys High at 2415 North Druid Hills Road.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Monday, April 16, 2018

What was Petition outcome (How Many against Removal of 110 year old Confederacy Monument at Old Decatur Courthouse)?

It said there was a petition, How many were for and how many against removal?

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The 110-year-old monument to the Confederacy in Decatur Square will be removed, despite no one wanting to take it off the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners’ hands.
But how long the 30-foot-tall obelisk, erected in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will remain in the city center is still unknown.
DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson wants the Lost Cause monument to be kept in storage until someone comes along who can take responsibility for it.
“We’re just trying to see what we can do legally, but the bottom line is it will be removed – we have the authority to do so,” she said April 10.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Amplify Decatur Music Festival Saturday April 14

With its nationally recognized restaurants including Cake & Ale and Brick Store Pub, local boutiques and legendary listening room Eddie’s Attic, Decatur Square is already a weekend destination, but on Saturday, April 14,Amplify Decatur Music Festival turns up the volume even more. Proceeds from the one-day outdoor festival benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry’s work helping the homeless in DeKalb County; the 2017 festival raised over $40,000.

Amplify Decatur kicks off at 4:00 p.m. with Dwayne Shivers, Parker Millsap, Amanda Shires, The Jayhawks and The Lone Bellow. Tickets range from $45 to $155 and can be purchased here.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Neighborhood Clean-up Days Saturday April 7


Reminder: the City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Clean-up Days on Saturdays in March-June, to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the City has been assigned to one Saturday. Visit the Neighborhood Cleanup Days page on the city website for detailed instructions and specified dates for each street.
Collection for April 7 will take place in the following neighborhood:
Decatur Heights Neighborhood –
Barry Street
North Candler Street
Pate Street
East Maple Street
Village Walk
Sycamore Street
East Ponce de Leon Ave. (400 to 1100 Block)
Ponce de Leon Court
Hillyer Place
Sycamore Place
Oak Lane
Mountain View Street
Hillcrest Avenue
Springdale Street
All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.