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.

Latest from David Ibata

Community Voices: ‘Angel of Hope’ brings comfort after baby’s death
 Merry Pope of Decatur discovered the need for someone who understands to talk to – someone to share one’s grief – when a certain, not uncommon, tragedy strikes. “You don’t really realize how emotional it is until you go through it yourself,” she said of her three miscarriages. “And there are not a...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Merry Pope of Decatur discovered the need for someone who understands to talk to – someone to share one’s grief – when a certain, not uncommon, tragedy strikes. “You don’t really realize how emotional it is until you go through it yourself,” she said of her three miscarriages. “And there are not a...
Johns Creek residents can help city map signs
 Johns Creek is inviting residents to use a “Mapillary” smartphone app to help the city collect street sign locations by taking pictures of their neighborhood. Photos can be uploaded to Mapillary, which will analyze the photos, locate the signs and transmit the information to the city. The data will help staff determine the number...

Posted: a day ago

Johns Creek is inviting residents to use a “Mapillary” smartphone app to help the city collect street sign locations by taking pictures of their neighborhood. Photos can be uploaded to Mapillary, which will analyze the photos, locate the signs and transmit the information to the city. The data will help staff determine the number...
Multi-lane roundabout opens in Roswell
 One of the first multi-lane roundabouts to be constructed on a state route in Georgia is now fully operational at Houze and Hembree roads in Roswell, city officials announced. The Georgia Department of Transportation transformed what had been a standard, signalized intersection into a two-lane roundabout “to improve safety and relieve...

Posted: a day ago

One of the first multi-lane roundabouts to be constructed on a state route in Georgia is now fully operational at Houze and Hembree roads in Roswell, city officials announced. The Georgia Department of Transportation transformed what had been a standard, signalized intersection into a two-lane roundabout “to improve safety and relieve...
Johns Creek OKs Parsons Road sidewalk work
 The Johns Creek City Council has approved a contract with D&H Construction to install three segments of sidewalk to plug gaps in the city’s sidewalk system along Parsons Road from Abbotts Bridge Road to Highgate Manor Court. The segments are along an elementary school walking route and near several religious institutions, staff said...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Johns Creek City Council has approved a contract with D&H Construction to install three segments of sidewalk to plug gaps in the city’s sidewalk system along Parsons Road from Abbotts Bridge Road to Highgate Manor Court. The segments are along an elementary school walking route and near several religious institutions, staff said...
Alpharetta OKs revised ‘boutique hotel’ plan
 The Alpharetta City Council has approved, with conditions, revised plans for the Cotton House Hotel, a “boutique hotel” to be built on the northwest corner of Milton Avenue and Old Canton Street in the downtown area. The applicant, VS Milton Retail LLC, revised its plans after the Planning Commission recommended denial of the...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Alpharetta City Council has approved, with conditions, revised plans for the Cotton House Hotel, a “boutique hotel” to be built on the northwest corner of Milton Avenue and Old Canton Street in the downtown area. The applicant, VS Milton Retail LLC, revised its plans after the Planning Commission recommended denial of the...
Roswell OKs Foe Killer Creek Trail design contract
 The Roswell City Council has approved a $91,122 contract with TY Lin International to design a proposed trail along Foe Killer Creek. The engineering consultant will be responsible for concept, preliminary and right-of-way plans, construction documents and permitting for the trail, a soft-surface path from Dotsie Garner Mills Park on the...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Roswell City Council has approved a $91,122 contract with TY Lin International to design a proposed trail along Foe Killer Creek. The engineering consultant will be responsible for concept, preliminary and right-of-way plans, construction documents and permitting for the trail, a soft-surface path from Dotsie Garner Mills Park on the...
Cherokee OKs design fee for new fire station
 The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has approved a $197,774 change order to a professional services agreement with its fire station architect so that it can adapt an existing design to a new facility to replace Station No. 9 in Canton. Wiley Wilson has produced “a most acceptable prototypical building design, with each station...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has approved a $197,774 change order to a professional services agreement with its fire station architect so that it can adapt an existing design to a new facility to replace Station No. 9 in Canton. Wiley Wilson has produced “a most acceptable prototypical building design, with each station...
Milton OKs $120K contract for sidewalk repairs
 The Milton City Council has approved a $120,355 construction services agreement to repair and replace sidewalks in six locations around the city. Tri Scapes Inc., which submitted the lowest of three bids for the work, will demolish broken, cracked and damaged sidewalks, replace marked handicapped ramps with ADA-compliant ramps, and remove...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Milton City Council has approved a $120,355 construction services agreement to repair and replace sidewalks in six locations around the city. Tri Scapes Inc., which submitted the lowest of three bids for the work, will demolish broken, cracked and damaged sidewalks, replace marked handicapped ramps with ADA-compliant ramps, and remove...
Sandy Springs calls for new Fulton high school
 The Sandy Springs City Council has passed a resolution supporting the construction of a new North Springs Charter High School to replace what is now the oldest high school facility in Fulton County. The resolution notes that the school was built in 1963, is deteriorated, cannot support 21st century education initiatives, and poses a safety...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Sandy Springs City Council has passed a resolution supporting the construction of a new North Springs Charter High School to replace what is now the oldest high school facility in Fulton County. The resolution notes that the school was built in 1963, is deteriorated, cannot support 21st century education initiatives, and poses a safety...
Sandy Springs to start booking performing arts venue
 Sandy Springs will now accept reservations to book events for September 2018 and beyond at the new Performing Arts Center, to officially open that month for performances in the City Springs downtown redevelopment. “We are looking forward to hosting varied and high quality, first-class programming at City Springs and are eager to see...

Posted: 4 days ago

Sandy Springs will now accept reservations to book events for September 2018 and beyond at the new Performing Arts Center, to officially open that month for performances in the City Springs downtown redevelopment. “We are looking forward to hosting varied and high quality, first-class programming at City Springs and are eager to see...
Cherokee County seeks comments on school overcrowding
 The Cherokee County School Board has set a public hearing to gather comments on 2018-19 attendance areas as it seeks solutions to overcrowding at Cherokee High School. The meeting is to start at 6 p.m. Nov. 16, in the school board auditorium, 1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. A sign-up sheet for speaker slots will be in the lobby. The board will...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Cherokee County School Board has set a public hearing to gather comments on 2018-19 attendance areas as it seeks solutions to overcrowding at Cherokee High School. The meeting is to start at 6 p.m. Nov. 16, in the school board auditorium, 1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. A sign-up sheet for speaker slots will be in the lobby. The board will...