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Future currently unknown for Decatur’s closed Boys & Girls Club

July 30, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The City of Decatur has long had its eye on purchasing the club and its five acres, a portion of which is a dog park that includes some flood plain. Since 2017 the city has had a lease agreement with the B & G Club to use its pool, which the city paid $360,000 to renovate.

Decatur approves face mask ordinance despite some contention

July 13, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur’s city commission unanimously (5-0) approved an ordinance Friday morning requiring the use of face masks within the city’s 4.2 square miles, particularly regarding indoor public spaces.

Statue of Thomas Jefferson in downtown Decatur removed

June 23, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The city of Decatur removed a statue of Thomas Jefferson from Decatur Square almost immediately after county crews took down an obelisk memorializing the Confederacy less than 500 feet away.

LOCAL UPDATE: The Confederate monument in Decatur comes down

June 19, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The ruling, which came in response to a formal complaint filed by the city of Decatur, paved the way for Thursday’s activities — the culmination of a years-long effort to take the divisive pillar down.

Decatur rally to call on DeKalb to ‘swiftly’ remove Confederate obelisk

June 17, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The order was issued in response to a complaint Decatur’s city attorney filed against DeKalb. The city argued that the 30-foot obelisk had become a threat to public safety during recent protests about racism and police violence towards African Americans. The judge's order says the monument should be placed into storage until further notice.

27 Decatur-based businesses qualify for small-business loans

June 16, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The city of Decatur announced that 27 businesses are receiving loans from the Emergency Small Business Loan Program the city created in April. The loans range from $5000 to $25,000, and according to data provided by Adam Schick with The Wilbert Group, the average amount delivered to loan recipients is $20,185

As Confederate statues topple, groups target Decatur’s monument

June 7, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In Athens, some 60 miles east of Decatur, Mayor Kelly Girtz has said he’s trying to figure out how to remove a prominent monument at the heart of the city. “We want it gone and gone quickly,” he said Wednesday, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

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