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Mural in Brookhaven neighborhood raises art regulation question

A colorful mural painted on a wooden fence at the corner of Cartecay Drive and Sylvan Circle in the Brookhaven Fields neighborhood is creating smiles, but also raising eyebrows. After some residents complained, the city may consider regulating mural art. For now, Mayor John Ernst says there are no mural rules and it’s a potential “massive First Amendment issue.” The mural, not quite finished, shows a city skyline painted across much of the 52-foot-long fence against a pale blue background. Orange and pink clouds float to the top of the fence, which stands 10 feet high, and when completed...

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Driver charged with DUI after hitting, killing bicyclist in Sandy Springs, police say

A driver has been charged with a DUI after hitting and killing a bicyclist on Roswell Road July 17, Sandy Springs Police said. The driver, Antoniette Battle, 34 and of Atlanta, was taken into custody and also charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle and driving while unlicensed, Sandy Springs Police spokesperson Sgt. Sam Worsham said in a written statement. The bicycle rider has been identified as 29-year-old Marten Bijvank of Sandy Springs, Worsham said. Bijvank was hit by the vehicle on Roswell Road near Trowbridge Road around 5 a.m., Worsham said. Battle was traveling southbound on Roswell Road when...

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Hundreds attend Plaza Fiesta vigil to protest ‘inhumane treatment’ of immigrants at border

A vigil to protest the “inhumane treatment” of immigrants at the Mexico border attracted hundreds to the Plaza Fiesta shopping center July 12, just days before massive ICE raids are expected across the country and reportedly in metro Atlanta. One of hundreds of “Lights for Liberty” vigils held in Georgia and across the country and globe, the gathering at Plaza Fiesta on Buford Highway in Chamblee on the Brookhaven border combined prayer, protest and plenty of politics as candidates denounced President Trump’s anti-immigration policies that have led to overcrowded detention facilities and young children being separated from their parents....

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Dunwoody Police ask motorists to return money found on I-285

A door of an armored car swung open on I-285 in Dunwoody on July 9, spilling bags of cash onto the interstate and resulting in “money falling from the sky,” according to police. The scene was too much to resist for dozens of motorists who pulled over on the side of the road to grab as many bills as possible. But that money is not theirs and police are asking people to return the cash as soon as possible. Police say they will face no charges if they do so. “We understand anyone in that position would be tempted,...

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Buckhead party mansion returns to business, draws citations

Nearly a year after a city crackdown ended commercial events at a sprawling mansion on Buckhead’s Garmon Road, the partying is back and again drawing citations, officials say. Once home to music and film star Kenny Rogers, the mansion at 4499 Garmon Road was the source of neighborhood controversy in 2018 for a string of massive parties, some with guests arriving by helicopter or toting AR-15-style rifles for security. Unclear ownership was a major stumbling block for officials looking to crack down on the parties. At a July 2018 meeting, a woman named Tasia Holdorf claimed to be the...

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The Guide to Dunwoody’s 4th of July Parade

The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade returns this year with many special guests and attractions. The Dunwoody Reporter and the Dunwoody Homeowners Association are the presenting sponsors for this year’s parade, which begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. The following is a full guide to what is said to be Georgia’s largest Independence Day parade. PARADE SCHEDULE 9 a.m. : Start at Jett Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Road, with route running along Mount Vernon to Dunwoody Village Parkway and the Dunwoody Village shopping center, where music, parade prizes and other closing festivities will be held. 9...

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Standout Student: Musician and sportscaster Luke Winstel of St. Pius X

Luke Winstel, known as the “Voice of the Golden Lions” at St. Pius X Catholic High School, has led the school’s broadcasting team win awards, and has won some of his own for his work volunteering. Luke, who graduated in May, is most known for his work directing the ESPX student webcast program at the school, which is located in DeKalb County near Brookhaven. He led the team to win St. Pius X an “Elite Schools” award from the National Federation of High School Sports Network for the fourth year in a row. In March, he received the Georgia...

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As BeltLine’s Northeast Trail seeks its path through Buckhead, five alternative routes unveiled

The Atlanta BeltLine’s Northeast Trail is trying to find its way through southeastern Buckhead, and about 80 residents gathered for a June 25 community meeting to help chose among five alternative routes. Four of the options involve zigzagging through the neighborhood, while one proposes a relatively straight shot up the existing rail corridor. The BeltLine is a proposed system of multiuse trails and an accompanying light rail mass transit line that would encircle intown Atlanta, largely using old railroad corridors. The transit has yet to be built, while several segments of the trail are already open, including the Northside...

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Around Town: A family that plays together in the Ultimate game

After Fred Perivier graduated from college in 1979, he bought a motorcycle and headed to Atlanta to visit some friends and look for a job. He was sleeping on a couch in a house in Sandy Springs, he said, when he decided to put a personal ad in the daily paper seeking others who played a Frisbee-based game he’d learned at school. It didn’t take long for someone to tell him about a group that regularly got together to play the sport then known as Ultimate Frisbee and now simply as Ultimate. They gathered at Piedmont Park or at...

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New Garden Hills Elementary field takes shape in Buckhead

A parent-led effort to renovate and improve the Garden Hills Elementary School field in Buckhead is well underway, with major work expected to be done in time for the start of school in August. The Sheridan Street school’s Acorns to Oaks Foundation has raised about $600,000 of its $750,000 goal, according to Wade Morris, a parent and vice president of the fundraising campaign. The work around early April. Besides improving the field itself, including with a drainage system and a track, the work project will add an outdoor amphitheater seating about 100, an outdoor classroom, a playground renovation, a...

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A surprise sculpture, a book with a dark past and other treasures unveiled

Torrential rain did not keep them away. Well before the opening hour of 9 a.m. on June 8, more than 30 people were lined up at the Turner Lynch Campus Center at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven. Juggling umbrellas, they carried boxes, shouldered backpacks and pulled suitcases holding family heirlooms and antiques in the hopes of discovering hidden treasures. They had braved the weather for “Hidden Treasures: Unveiled,” an appraisal event organized and hosted by Oglethorpe University Museum of Fine Art (OUMA). And some surprise treasures were discovered, ranging from a centuries-old Buddha bust to a book with a dark...

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