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Atlanta, Fulton County spar over annexation attempts
The Loch Lomond neighborhood is one of several areas Atlanta has annexed or tried to annex in the past month. Fulton County objects to that and other annexation attempts. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Updated: 4:07 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2016

Atlanta has rushed to stake a claim on the last bits of unincorporated land in Fulton County in the past month, using an annexation process county leaders argue is fundamentally flawed and unfair.This November, voters will decide whether to create the City of South Fulton. Ahead of that vote, officials ...
Help Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate their 70th anniversary
June 22, 2016 - Atlanta - Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter talk about their years together in his office at the Carter Center in Atlanta. They will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary July 7. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Updated: 2:33 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2016

Here’s one way you can help former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.On Thursday, the public can visit the Carter Presidential Library and Museum for 70 cents per person. The library is for research.The reduced price is in honor of the famous couple’s platinum anniversary.Well ...
Lead in Atlanta schools: Is your school’s drinking water safe?
A Morley Environmental carries containers of water samples from faucets at the APS’ Capitol View building. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

11:38 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016

More than half of Atlanta Public Schools buildings tested have high levels of lead in their drinking water. That means that at one or more sources tested in the school, lead levels exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency limit for water systems of 15 parts per billion. The EPA recommends that ...
Atlanta, Fulton disagree on whether cities should annex land
Before the City of South Fulton is voted on this fall, Atlanta and other cities are trying to annex land in unincorporated Fulton County. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM AJC File Photo

11:38 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016

Is a rush of annexations by Atlanta and other South Fulton cities a “desperate land-grab attempt,” as Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves suggests?Or is it “a no-brainer” to join Atlanta, as city councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms says?Over the past month, Atlanta and other cities have tried to annex hundreds ...
Pulled from the shadows: Georgia transgender students hope for positive change

11:09 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016

Rose wore what she thinks of as her “mask” when she accepted a high school diploma in May. To most of the world, the tall and slender DeKalb County teenager with shoulder-length brown hair is Thomas, a student who loves literature and was in the Governor’s Honors Program. To a ...
Pedestrian killed on Downtown Connector
Just before midnight, a southbound minivan hit the pedestrian near the 17th Street Bridge, police said. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Updated: 9:56 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016

A pedestrian was struck and killed on the Downtown Connector, Atlanta police said.The man was walking in the southbound travel lanes of I-75/85 when a 2006 Kia Sedona hit him near the 17th Street Bridge, police said. He died on the scene.“There was no indication that the driver was impaired ...
Fulton sets early voting sites for July 26 election
Fulton County residents participate in early voting at the North Fulton Annex on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. David Tulis / AJC Special

7:40 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016

Fulton County has announced early voting locations in Roswell, Sandy Springs, East Point, College Park and Atlanta for the July 26 general primary runoff and nonpartisan election. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday, July 16.July 5-22 and Saturday, July 16: Fulton County Government Center, ...
Atlanta’s Buckhead CID takes in ‘West Village’
The Buckhead Community Improvement District is growing.

7:31 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016

The Buckhead Community Improvement District is expanding to take in the area informally known as West Village – the west side of Roswell Road, mostly, between Irby Avenue and Andrews Drive north of the Roswell-Peachtree-West Paces Ferry intersection.West Village is expected to add $70,000 to the district’s annual tax revenues ...
Atlanta’s Mad Men-era landmarks get makeovers
People sit outside Peachtree Center, the downtown office and shopping complex. The owners plan a face lift that will include new restaurants and retailers inside the mall. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

12:01 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016

Colony Square, Peachtree Center and CNN Center were mixed-use before mixed-use was cool.But the three landmark Atlanta developments are products of their time – inward-focused fortresses over malls geared more to the workers inside and commuters in their cars than to attracting pedestrians off the streets.Now all three are gearing ...
Mother shot at Lenox Mall
Police are investgating a shooting near Lenox Square. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

7:07 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

It was an unimaginable crime in Atlanta’s upscale shopping district, and the type of crime that seemingly could happen to anyone. A young mother shot by would-be robbers in the Lenox Square mall parking lot. Wednesday’s shooting was the second in less than two months at Lenox. It comes just ...
Officials suspend search in 1997 missing person case

7:05 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

A tip in a cold case from 1997, thought to have been hope for a missing woman’s family, turned out to be a bust. Fulton County officials said Thursday there were no signs of a body along Rivertown Road in Fairburn. The news came a day after officials began their ...
Security will be tight for Peachtree Road Race

3:53 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

There are no known threats of violence targeting the July 4 Peachtree Road Race, but law enforcement officials warn they still have to be ready, especially in light of recent mass shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando as well as terror attacks overseas.And the specter of the 2013 bombing at ...
Elevated lead levels found at half of Atlanta schools tested
A Morley Environmental employee fills containers of water samples from faucets at APS’ Capitol View building. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

2:45 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

More than half of the Atlanta Public Schools buildings tested this spring showed elevated levels of lead in drinking water, some as high as 15 times the federal limit for water systems.“What was most upsetting to me were the numbers that were really, really high,” said Amy Kirby, an assistant ...
Elevated lead levels found at half of Atlanta schools tested
Kent D. Johnson/AJC

2:17 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

More than half of the Atlanta Public Schools buildings tested this spring showed elevated levels of lead in drinking water, some as high as 15 times the federal limit for water systems.“What was most upsetting to me were the numbers that were really, really high,” said Amy Kirby, an assistant ...
Atlanta to buy home, settle flood suit
Water pools on an Atlanta-area highway after heavy rains. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

2:08 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

The city of Atlanta will pay four southeast Atlanta residents nearly a half-million dollars to buy one home and make repairs to a second to settle litigation arising from a flood about four years ago.The case was brought in Fulton County State Court by Andrew, Zany and Yoshico Dunlap of ...
Metropolitan permit moratorium advances to Atlanta City Council
The former Lakewood Fairgrounds are being transformed into a state-of-the-art film and television production facility by EUE/Screen Gems Studios. BRANT SANDERLIN

1:17 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

Seeking to give the Atlanta City Council time to determine future land uses in southwest Atlanta, a Council committee Tuesday signed off on a 150-day moratorium on building permit applications for Metropolitan Parkway between Langford Parkway and Interstate 85.The ordinance, out of the Community Development & Human Resources Committee, is ...
College Park applies for ‘quiet railroad zone’ grant

1:14 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

College Park has applied for funding to create quiet zones and traffic safety measures at all railroad crossings along Main Street. The federally funded grant was applied for through the Economic Development Administration. The city estimates the cost of a quiet zone in College Park is $670,000. If awarded, the ...
Flies repeatedly found in Atlanta Waffle House, report says

10:25 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Waffle House in Atlanta nearly failed a health inspection Tuesday after health officials found live flies in the kitchen a second time. The Waffle House on Roswell Road south of Sandy Springs got a score of 71. The establishment previously scored a 90 in March, when officials initially noted the ...
2 sought in Lenox Square shooting

Updated: 8:46 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

Authorities are reviewing security video to find two people who shot a woman in the stomach as she, her child and boyfriend were leaving Lenox Square Wednesday evening, according to Channel 2 Action News.The 23-year-old woman, who was at Grady Memorial Hospital early Thursday, was visiting Atlanta from South Carolina ...
Hamilton Holmes Elementary students go 10,000 miles
Physical education teacher Tony Simmons and Hamilton Holmes Elementary students point to a sign recording the 10,000 miles they logged in the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016

Students at Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary in Atlanta reached their goal of logging 10,000 miles in the the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race. Tony Simmons, physical education teacher, said, “I saw an email about” the program “and I immediately thought our school would like to be involved. We like ...
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