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Three ongoing issues
fire up residents
Out the door?
Petition circulating to
remove school board
Group brings warmth,
love to homeless
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Gun control discussion
Literary society reveres
Police chief named
‘Citizen of the Year’
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JAN. 11 - JAN. 24,2013 • VOL. 4 - NO. 1
Going to be a busy year
From left, Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs), Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) and Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody)
discuss issues such as ethics reform, an independent school system for Dunwoody, and the state’s budget
woes at a legislative forum at Dunwoody United Methodist Church on Jan. 6. More photos on page 31.
Legislators gearing up
for return to Gold Dome
BY MELISSA WEINMAN
As state legislators head back to the Gold Dome in 2013, they
have a lot to think about.
One local issue the state’s lawmakers may be asked to confront
is the controversy surrounding DeKalb County’s school board.
The system was recently placed on accreditation probation by Ad-
vancED, the accrediting agency.
Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), who chairs the Senate Ed
ucation Committee, said at a recent forum that DeKalb County
schools are his No. 1 priority.
“I’m guardedly optimistic we can turn this thing around,” Mil
A Jan. 17 hearing of the Georgia Board of Education is sched
uled to consider suspending the DeKalb school board members. If
SEE LEGISLATORS, PAGE 34
Court extends order
halting Brook Run trail
By TOM ODER
A court order halting construction of a controversial multi-use
trail through Brook Run Park was extended after a boisterous Fri
day afternoon hearing in DeKalb County Superior Court attended
by city officials and dozens of opponents of the city’s plan.
Judge Tangela M. Barrie said her temporary restraining order
against the trail will remain in effect until she holds a full hearing
on the matter. Barrie said homeowners who oppose the city’s plan
for the trail must convince her that its construction through the
forest in Brook Run Park should be permanently stopped.
Critics are upset the planned 12-foot-wide concrete trail will re
quire removal of more than 300 trees. City officials say an equal
number of trees will be replanted.
The judge’s decision to extend her temporary order capped a
two-hour hearing before a packed courtroom. Chairs were add-
SEE BROOK RUN, PAGE 35