David Ibata

David Ibata is a Dispatch Editor responsible for writing and editing stories for the Breaking News operation of AJC.com, the newspaper's website. He previously worked as a copy editor and wire editor for the AJC and before that, as a home page web producer, deputy suburban bureau chief and staff writer for The Chicago Tribune. He also was a co-founder and chapter president of the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

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Milton closes on country club, sets changes
 Milton on Jan. 19 officially closed on its $5 million purchase of the Milton Country Club, action that preserves nearly 140 acres as public open space, city officials announced. As the property at 1785 Dinsmore Road transitions from private to public ownership, city staff will address short-term items until a formal community planning process...

Posted: a day ago

Milton on Jan. 19 officially closed on its $5 million purchase of the Milton Country Club, action that preserves nearly 140 acres as public open space, city officials announced. As the property at 1785 Dinsmore Road transitions from private to public ownership, city staff will address short-term items until a formal community planning process...
Sandy Springs picks Paciolan for arts ticketing
 Sandy Springs announced a partnership with Paciolan of Irvine, Calif., to provide ticketing and marketing automation services for the new Performing Arts Center at City Springs. The city-owned venue, to open for performances in September, will include the 1,070-seat Byers Theatre and Studio Theatre, a programmable City Green and other performance...

Posted: a day ago

Sandy Springs announced a partnership with Paciolan of Irvine, Calif., to provide ticketing and marketing automation services for the new Performing Arts Center at City Springs. The city-owned venue, to open for performances in September, will include the 1,070-seat Byers Theatre and Studio Theatre, a programmable City Green and other performance...
Cherokee kids to make up 3 lost school days
 The Cherokee County School District will require children to attend school Feb. 21, 22 and 23 – days previously designated for February Break – to make up three of the four school days missed in January because of inclement weather, officials announced. Instead of taking off the full week of Feb. 18, students will have only Monday...

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The Cherokee County School District will require children to attend school Feb. 21, 22 and 23 – days previously designated for February Break – to make up three of the four school days missed in January because of inclement weather, officials announced. Instead of taking off the full week of Feb. 18, students will have only Monday...
Holly Springs Parkway to close for widening
 The widening of Holly Springs Parkway in its namesake city is expected to start this spring – with a portion of the street closed for four months – now that the City Council has awarded a $3.2 million construction contract to Baldwin Paving Co. Inc., officials announced. The parkway will be closed from the Home Depot store, just...

Posted: a day ago

The widening of Holly Springs Parkway in its namesake city is expected to start this spring – with a portion of the street closed for four months – now that the City Council has awarded a $3.2 million construction contract to Baldwin Paving Co. Inc., officials announced. The parkway will be closed from the Home Depot store, just...
Alpharetta sets public meeting on North Point area
 As Alpharetta makes progress on a vision plan for the area around North Point Mall, the city invites the public to the third Community Conversation. “Now is the time to come together to finalize that vision, identify strategies for achieving it, prioritize public investments, and frame policy changes to achieve the North Point Activity...

Posted: a day ago

As Alpharetta makes progress on a vision plan for the area around North Point Mall, the city invites the public to the third Community Conversation. “Now is the time to come together to finalize that vision, identify strategies for achieving it, prioritize public investments, and frame policy changes to achieve the North Point Activity...
Sandy Springs to seek parks, courts providers
 Sandy Springs has announced it is seeking qualified companies to bid on providing recreation and parks and municipal court services for the city. A draft request for proposals is scheduled to open Jan. 31, with a pre-proposal meeting for interested candidates Feb. 20 at City Hall, Building 500, 7840 Roswell Road. The two, final, requests...

Posted: a day ago

Sandy Springs has announced it is seeking qualified companies to bid on providing recreation and parks and municipal court services for the city. A draft request for proposals is scheduled to open Jan. 31, with a pre-proposal meeting for interested candidates Feb. 20 at City Hall, Building 500, 7840 Roswell Road. The two, final, requests...
Woodstock road reduced to single lane for repairs
 Neese Road in Woodstock has been reduced to one lane during the daytime working hours for approximately one week as Atlanta Gas Light makes necessary repairs along the street, city officials announced. The closure will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will affect Neese from Stations Drive to Edinburgh Lane. Motorists should plan accordingly...

Posted: 2 days ago

Neese Road in Woodstock has been reduced to one lane during the daytime working hours for approximately one week as Atlanta Gas Light makes necessary repairs along the street, city officials announced. The closure will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will affect Neese from Stations Drive to Edinburgh Lane. Motorists should plan accordingly...
Community Voices: Bringing the arts to downtown Woodstock

Posted: 3 days ago

“After their marriage, Mama and Papa built their home in Woodstock. Papa went into ‘store keeping’ and Mama began her life of raising eight children over a 20-year period. They built a house off Main Street in town. … The home that they had built had two bedrooms and was not more than a city block from downtown Woodstock...
Alpharetta OKs sidewalk contract
 The Alpharetta City Council has awarded a $229,406 contract to construct sidewalks along North Point Court and Hembree Road. Autaco Development LLC submitted the lowest bid of six for the work. It came in 13 percent above staff’s original estimate for the project due to “the large number of projects being pursued in the metro...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Alpharetta City Council has awarded a $229,406 contract to construct sidewalks along North Point Court and Hembree Road. Autaco Development LLC submitted the lowest bid of six for the work. It came in 13 percent above staff’s original estimate for the project due to “the large number of projects being pursued in the metro...
Alpharetta visitors bureau launches ‘awesome’ website
 The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a new, “awesome” website filled with images, videos and information about the community. The Awesome Alpharetta site “reflects Alpharetta’s innovative and tech-savvy reputation, which helps distinguish the city from other Georgia destinations,” according...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a new, “awesome” website filled with images, videos and information about the community. The Awesome Alpharetta site “reflects Alpharetta’s innovative and tech-savvy reputation, which helps distinguish the city from other Georgia destinations,” according...
Woodstock to celebrate trail, senior center projects
 Ceremonies for the groundbreaking for a trail extension and a ribbon-cutting for an expansion of the city senior center are both planned for 5:15 p.m. Jan. 22 in front of the William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road. The Rubes Creek Trail extension will connect the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater in downtown Woodstock...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ceremonies for the groundbreaking for a trail extension and a ribbon-cutting for an expansion of the city senior center are both planned for 5:15 p.m. Jan. 22 in front of the William G. Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road. The Rubes Creek Trail extension will connect the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater in downtown Woodstock...