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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Ga. 400/I-285 ramps to close for interchange work
 A series of ramp and lane closures connected to the reconstruction of the interchange will affect traffic on Ga. 400 and I-285 in the top-end Perimeter area of North Fulton and DeKalb counties, the Georgia Department of Transportation says. Exit ramps will be closed from southbound Ga. 400 to westbound I-285, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., Feb. 28-March...

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A series of ramp and lane closures connected to the reconstruction of the interchange will affect traffic on Ga. 400 and I-285 in the top-end Perimeter area of North Fulton and DeKalb counties, the Georgia Department of Transportation says. Exit ramps will be closed from southbound Ga. 400 to westbound I-285, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., Feb. 28-March...
Milton to offer vehicles in online auction
 The city of Milton is putting three vehicles out for bid in an online auction that will run for two weeks. Bidding on a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, 2011 Ford Fusion and 2013 Ford Taurus starts at 9 a.m. Feb. 26 at www.govdeals.com, officials said. The auction ends at 3 p.m. March 12. Full property descriptions as well as bidding process details...

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The city of Milton is putting three vehicles out for bid in an online auction that will run for two weeks. Bidding on a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, 2011 Ford Fusion and 2013 Ford Taurus starts at 9 a.m. Feb. 26 at www.govdeals.com, officials said. The auction ends at 3 p.m. March 12. Full property descriptions as well as bidding process details...
Sandy Springs OKs private school in church
 The Sandy Springs City Council has approved a conditional use permit allowing a private school for children in kindergarten through third grade to operate out of Dunwoody Community Church. Dunwoody Christian School would make use of four classrooms at the church, 2250 Dunwoody Club Drive, according to school organizer Bob Baima. Each classroom...

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The Sandy Springs City Council has approved a conditional use permit allowing a private school for children in kindergarten through third grade to operate out of Dunwoody Community Church. Dunwoody Christian School would make use of four classrooms at the church, 2250 Dunwoody Club Drive, according to school organizer Bob Baima. Each classroom...
Cherokee gets check for parks storm damage
 The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has approved a $42,700 budget amendment to account for an insurance payment for storm-related damage to ball fields of the Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency. Significant damage was reported to foul ball nets and batting cages due to heavy snowfall Dec. 8-9, according to a staff report to commissioners...

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The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has approved a $42,700 budget amendment to account for an insurance payment for storm-related damage to ball fields of the Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency. Significant damage was reported to foul ball nets and batting cages due to heavy snowfall Dec. 8-9, according to a staff report to commissioners...
Bike race to close downtown Woodstock streets
 The first day of the three-day Southern Highlands Cycling Race will see street closures in downtown Woodstock the evening of March 2, city officials advise. Market, Hickory, Paden and Mill streets will be closed from about 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., officials said. Access to the parking deck at Walton Communities will be allowed at certain intervals...

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The first day of the three-day Southern Highlands Cycling Race will see street closures in downtown Woodstock the evening of March 2, city officials advise. Market, Hickory, Paden and Mill streets will be closed from about 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., officials said. Access to the parking deck at Walton Communities will be allowed at certain intervals...
Cherokee announces grants for minor home repairs
 Cherokee County has announced the availability of home repair grants of up to $5,000 for qualified disabled persons, veterans and persons age 55 years and over. The Minor Home Repair Program is for low- to moderate-income households, in owner-occupied single-family homes valued at no more than $180,000, with issues that meet the U.S. Department...

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Cherokee County has announced the availability of home repair grants of up to $5,000 for qualified disabled persons, veterans and persons age 55 years and over. The Minor Home Repair Program is for low- to moderate-income households, in owner-occupied single-family homes valued at no more than $180,000, with issues that meet the U.S. Department...
Johns Creek OKs agreement on Veterans Memorial Walk
 The Johns Creek City Council has approved a 10-year agreement with a local veterans group for the continuing care and future enhancements of the Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park. The Johns Creek Veterans Association has substantially completed a fundraising campaign for the walk and will continue fundraising and marketing to pay for...

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The Johns Creek City Council has approved a 10-year agreement with a local veterans group for the continuing care and future enhancements of the Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park. The Johns Creek Veterans Association has substantially completed a fundraising campaign for the walk and will continue fundraising and marketing to pay for...
Sandy Springs moves to regulate short-term rentals
 The Sandy Springs City Council has approved regulating short-term rental properties – leased for less than 30 days on popular internet sites like Airbnb and VRBO. “The short-term rental market is exploding,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “While we want to be supportive of the industry, we have an obligation...

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The Sandy Springs City Council has approved regulating short-term rental properties – leased for less than 30 days on popular internet sites like Airbnb and VRBO. “The short-term rental market is exploding,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “While we want to be supportive of the industry, we have an obligation...
Milton, Johns Creek accept fire gear grants
 A $19,152 grant recently accepted by the Milton City Council will fund the purchase of 18 sets of fire-oriented, bullet-resistant helmets and vests for the Milton Fire Department. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation proffered a Memorandum of Understanding to fund the award, with the city managing the actual purchase of the equipment,...

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A $19,152 grant recently accepted by the Milton City Council will fund the purchase of 18 sets of fire-oriented, bullet-resistant helmets and vests for the Milton Fire Department. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation proffered a Memorandum of Understanding to fund the award, with the city managing the actual purchase of the equipment,...
Cherokee schools advance staff promotions
 With the filling of two central administrative vacancies, the Cherokee County School District can begin the annual hiring process for principals, assistant principals and other school leaders, officials said. The Cherokee School Board on Feb. 15 approved naming Shannon Carroll as the new supervisor for instructional technology, and Rocky...

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With the filling of two central administrative vacancies, the Cherokee County School District can begin the annual hiring process for principals, assistant principals and other school leaders, officials said. The Cherokee School Board on Feb. 15 approved naming Shannon Carroll as the new supervisor for instructional technology, and Rocky...
Cherokee OKs all-way stop for intersection
 Cherokee County will install all-way stop signs at East Cherokee Drive and Ball Ground Highway near Ball Ground after a consultant’s analysis determined traffic at the intersection did not warrant traffic signals. Ball Ground is a north-south, two-lane highway. East Cherokee is a two-lane, east-west roadway that has a stop sign at its...

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Cherokee County will install all-way stop signs at East Cherokee Drive and Ball Ground Highway near Ball Ground after a consultant’s analysis determined traffic at the intersection did not warrant traffic signals. Ball Ground is a north-south, two-lane highway. East Cherokee is a two-lane, east-west roadway that has a stop sign at its...