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

Forsyth sets hearings on short-term rentals, massage parlors, alcohol
 The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has scheduled public hearings for May 3 on short-term vacation rentals, massage parlors and alcoholic drink specials. The hearings are to begin at 5 p.m. in the Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E. Main St., Cumming. A proposed ordinance regulating short-term residential rentals would require...

Posted: 15 hours ago

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has scheduled public hearings for May 3 on short-term vacation rentals, massage parlors and alcoholic drink specials. The hearings are to begin at 5 p.m. in the Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E. Main St., Cumming. A proposed ordinance regulating short-term residential rentals would require...
Canton cracks down on water waste
 “Willful waste” or failure to fix a leak could lead to a shut-off in city water service under an ordinance recently approved by the Canton City Council. Service could be cut off upon reasonable notice, unless circumstances require immediate action, and would not be restored “until all water bills and the bill for the cost...

Posted: 15 hours ago

“Willful waste” or failure to fix a leak could lead to a shut-off in city water service under an ordinance recently approved by the Canton City Council. Service could be cut off upon reasonable notice, unless circumstances require immediate action, and would not be restored “until all water bills and the bill for the cost...
Alpharetta to see candidates’ debates in May
 Three candidates’ debates are planned in Alpharetta in the coming weeks, ahead of the May 22 special election for mayor and two City Council seats. The Alpharetta Business Association is sponsoring a forum and debate for mayoral candidates Jim Gilvin and Chris Owens starting at 6:30 p.m., May 1, at Alpharetta City Hall. At 6 p.m., May...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Three candidates’ debates are planned in Alpharetta in the coming weeks, ahead of the May 22 special election for mayor and two City Council seats. The Alpharetta Business Association is sponsoring a forum and debate for mayoral candidates Jim Gilvin and Chris Owens starting at 6:30 p.m., May 1, at Alpharetta City Hall. At 6 p.m., May...
Canton OKs $7.5K for arts festival promotion
 The Canton City Council has approved releasing an additional $7,550 from hotel/motel tax funds to the Cherokee County Arts Council to promote the Canton Festival of the Arts. This year’s festival, by the Cherokee Arts Center, is May 19-20 in Brown Park in downtown Canton. Information: https://bit.ly/2K2iigp Mary M. Akers, Arts Center...

Posted: 15 hours ago

The Canton City Council has approved releasing an additional $7,550 from hotel/motel tax funds to the Cherokee County Arts Council to promote the Canton Festival of the Arts. This year’s festival, by the Cherokee Arts Center, is May 19-20 in Brown Park in downtown Canton. Information: https://bit.ly/2K2iigp Mary M. Akers, Arts Center...
Hewitt leaving Milton, resigning from City Council
 Milton City Council Member Burt Hewitt has given notice that he and his family are moving out of the city and he no longer can serve on the council. Hewitt represented District 1/Post 2 and made his announcement at the Monday, April 23, City Council meeting. His resignation will not officially be accepted by the council until its May 7 meeting...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Milton City Council Member Burt Hewitt has given notice that he and his family are moving out of the city and he no longer can serve on the council. Hewitt represented District 1/Post 2 and made his announcement at the Monday, April 23, City Council meeting. His resignation will not officially be accepted by the council until its May 7 meeting...
Cherokee schools name new administrators
 The Cherokee County Board of Education at its recent board meeting named new district administrators and a new principal as it continues to announce appointments and promotions for the 2018-19 school year. Boston Elementary School Principal Izell McGruder was named an administrator in the Office of Curriculum & Instruction overseeing English...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Cherokee County Board of Education at its recent board meeting named new district administrators and a new principal as it continues to announce appointments and promotions for the 2018-19 school year. Boston Elementary School Principal Izell McGruder was named an administrator in the Office of Curriculum & Instruction overseeing English...
Forsyth OKs repairs after wastewater plant fire
 The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has approved work to investigate and repair the damage from a Feb. 6 fire at the James Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The costs of the investigation by outside consultants and removal and disposal of blowers, cleanup and restoration of the building, purchase of new blowers and repairs to the centrifuge...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has approved work to investigate and repair the damage from a Feb. 6 fire at the James Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The costs of the investigation by outside consultants and removal and disposal of blowers, cleanup and restoration of the building, purchase of new blowers and repairs to the centrifuge...
Alpharetta history museum opens April 26
 The city of Alpharetta has set an opening ceremony and dedication April 26 of the Alpharetta & Old Milton County History Museum. The museum is in City Hall, 2 Park Plaza. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will offer music and refreshments, according to a city announcement. More than four years in the making, the museum will tell the history...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of Alpharetta has set an opening ceremony and dedication April 26 of the Alpharetta & Old Milton County History Museum. The museum is in City Hall, 2 Park Plaza. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will offer music and refreshments, according to a city announcement. More than four years in the making, the museum will tell the history...
Milton adds country club to landscaper’s duties
 The Milton City Council has amended its contract with Tri Scapes Inc. to have the company take on the maintenance of the newly acquired Milton Country Club in addition to sports fields and Bell Memorial and Providence parks. The council increased the contract work by Tri Scapes by $72,000 to provide for the maintenance of the 139-acre country...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Milton City Council has amended its contract with Tri Scapes Inc. to have the company take on the maintenance of the newly acquired Milton Country Club in addition to sports fields and Bell Memorial and Providence parks. The council increased the contract work by Tri Scapes by $72,000 to provide for the maintenance of the 139-acre country...
Sandy Springs OKs $607K for more police cameras, gear
 Assured of the “complete success” of last year’s deployment of 72 body-worn cameras for its police officers, the Sandy Springs City Council has approved acquiring 20 more body cameras as well as 110 in-car cameras to replace an older camera-in-vehicle system. Axon Enterprises Inc. (formerly TASER International) also will...

Posted: 4 days ago

Assured of the “complete success” of last year’s deployment of 72 body-worn cameras for its police officers, the Sandy Springs City Council has approved acquiring 20 more body cameras as well as 110 in-car cameras to replace an older camera-in-vehicle system. Axon Enterprises Inc. (formerly TASER International) also will...
Alpharetta orders new shades for North Park bleachers
 The Alpharetta City Council has awarded a $55,993 contract to Hasley Recreation Inc. to replace eight shade structures on Fields 1 through 4 at North Park. The city had partnered with the Alpharetta Youth Softball Association to buy and install the shades over the North Park bleachers in the late spring of 2016, splitting the $27,400 cost...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Alpharetta City Council has awarded a $55,993 contract to Hasley Recreation Inc. to replace eight shade structures on Fields 1 through 4 at North Park. The city had partnered with the Alpharetta Youth Softball Association to buy and install the shades over the North Park bleachers in the late spring of 2016, splitting the $27,400 cost...