Author: Dan Whisenhunt

Sandy Springs’ Paulson looks forward to next four years

John Paulson wants to believe he ran unopposed for reelection in November because people like the job he’s doing as Sandy Springs’ District 1 City Councilman. But Paulson isn’t one for self-congratulation. “Another part of me says people decided if I want to do it again, I’m welcome to it,” Paulson said. Whether that’s true or not, Paulson was in fact the only member of the Sandy Springs City Council seeking re-election who didn’t face opposition. He’s looking forward to serving a second term on the council. Paulson, 64, was first elected in 2009, defeating Jim Squire. He’d served...

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We swear: Sandy Springs begins new era

Sandy Springs swore in its City Council and its new mayor on Jan. 8, and things will definitely look different than they have in the last four years. Eva Galambos, the city’s first mayor, is gone. Shortly after her successor Rusty Paul took the oath of office, the new mayor received the mayor’s ceremonial gavel. Galambos left through the side door as the meeting began. There was some procedural stumbling. After the ceremony, Paul had to be reminded to leave his chair in the audience and sit where Galambos presided over meetings for the last eight years. Paul was...

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Closed: Fulton County, DeKalb County and Atlanta Public Schools cancel classes for Tuesday, Jan. 7

It’s official. Due to continued freezing temperatures, Fulton County, DeKalb County and Atlanta Public schools will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 7. All three schools systems had a teacher workday planned for Jan. 6 and students were to return to class the following day. With the high tomorrow expected to be in the upper 20-degree range, school officials decided not to risk it. APS explained its decision on its Facebook page. “APS has been in consultation with national, state, and local officials regarding the predicted freezing temperatures for Tuesday,” the school system’s Facebook page says. “District leadership has also been in communication with other metro school systems regarding their plans. The forecast for tomorrow morning is 7 degrees with a predicted wind chill factor of -13 degrees. After careful consideration, APS wants to ensure the safety of our students who walk to school, the 22,000 who are transported by bus, and our employees. All of these factors led to our decision to close schools and administrative offices tomorrow.” DeKalb County Schools also cited student safety as the overriding factor in its decision. “Superintendent Michael Thurmond announces that the DeKalb County School District will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 due to high winds and extremely cold temperatures,” the DCS Facebook page says. “The District will close to protect the health and well being of students and staff because of...

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(VIDEO) And the walls fell: Target building comes down in Sandy Springs

City officials, media and spectators gathered on Johnson Ferry Road Jan. 6 to watch an old building fall. As a light flurry of snow fell, Mayor Eva Galambos trumpeted the building’s destruction over a bullhorn, her words getting lost amid the sound of the wind and the rumbling of machinery behind her. The crowd of onlookers clapped and cheered. The Mayor and City Council counted down from 10 before a giant claw began ripping away chunks of the former Target building’s facade. The demolition of the Target building on Johnson Ferry Road is the first visible sign of the...

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Target in the Sandy Springs mayor’s cross hairs

Mayor Eva Galambos isn’t officially retiring as Mayor on Jan. 7, but before she has one loose end to tie up before she goes. The old Target building on Johnson Ferry Road will be demolished, the first visible sign of the city’s downtown revitalization project. Galambos worked for decades to help Sandy Springs become a city, and didn’t like the development that currently houses the old Target site. It began as a Richway retail store. In the 80s, Target purchased many of the old stores and converted them. The city bought the old Target site in 2005 for $8 million after the company moved farther south to the Prado shopping center. “We had high hopes in realizing the potential of this area back in 1967, when we first heard Richway would locate here.  What was hoped for and what was realized did not match. Tearing down this building to replace it with a live, work and entertainment district that creates a community core for the city is a tremendous way for me to end my term as mayor,” Galambos said in the press release. The ceremonial demolition will take place on Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. “The public is welcomed to watch as one era ends and a new downtown area is created for Sandy Springs,” the press release...

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