Decatur Hometown Hero Needs Our Assistance!

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Decatur Hometown Hero Eli Dodson pay for his medical bills after spending time in the hospital for an infection back in December.

Here’s a full description of Eli’s situation posted on the GoFundMe page.  They are looking to raise $25,000 for Eli and contributions have already surpassed $10,000!

Our friend and neighbor, Eli Dodson, needs our help. “Mr. Eli,” as the neighborhood kids call him, has been in the hospital battling a life threatening infection since the week before Christmas. He has now pulled through and has been moved out of ICU and is slowly but steadily recovering. However, the percentage of the medical bills not covered by Eli’s insurance is growing by the day, and he is still in the hospital. Once he is able to come home, he will need home health care for several months. When he is stronger, he will need surgery with additional recovery time.

Eli has been a resident of Feld Avenue since 1987 and has seen his beloved Oakhurst neighborhood change and grow over three decades. He loves Decatur and his neighbors, old and new.

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Free-For-All Friday 1/19/18

Feel free to use this post to make comments and ask questions about local topics not yet discussed here over the past week.

Some Decatur Recycling Cancelled For This Week

Guess I should go retrieve my recycling bin.  Sniff…

From the Decatur Minute

Due to issues our contractor is having with getting equipment to the City of Decatur, recycling collection services for the Tuesday collection route has been cancelled for this week.

Recycling for the Tuesday route will be collected next Tuesday, January 23.  We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

City Schools of Decatur To Operate on 2-Hour Delay Friday

Here’s the skinny, from the CSD Facebook page

City Schools of Decatur schools and offices will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, Friday, January 19, 2018.

-Buses will run two hours later than a normal school day for morning pick-up. Add two hours to your usual morning bus pick-up time. For example, a usual 6:45 am bus pick-up will be at 8:45 am.

-Schools will begin two hours later than usual. For example, Decatur High School begins at 8:30 am, but tomorrow Decatur High School will start at 10:30 am.

-Staff start times will begin two hours later than usual. For example, 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue staff usually report at 7:15 am, but tomorrow they should report by 9:15 am.

-Dismissal times for all schools will remain on a normal schedule. All after-school procedures, events, and activities will remain the same as a normal school day. For example, Decatur High School normally dismisses at 3:30 pm and will still dismiss at 3:30 pm tomorrow.

-Afternoon bus routes will run at the usual times.

UPDATED: Thursday – How are the Streets? / What’s Open? Thread

UPDATE 2: Here’s the list of DeKalb County Road closures, courtesy of Decaturish

UPDATE 1: MARTA is running a modified schedule today 


It’s cold and icy out there this morning.  How are the streets?  And what’s open?  What’s delayed?

City Hall is scheduled to open at noon today.  As you’re likely aware, Decatur Schools are closed.

Ann sent in the photo above, taken WEDNESDAY morning

Decatur Schools Will Be Closed Thursday

In case you have yet to hear!  From the CSD Facebook page

City Schools of Decatur schools and offices will remain closed on Thursday, January 18, 2018, due to continued icy conditions and the forecast for dangerously cold wind chills. All scheduled events and activities are canceled.

At the January 23rd Board meeting, the Board will discuss the days missed this week and last week to decide on make up days. In case you missed the previous announcement, the three days missed following the mass power outages caused by the hurricane earlier this year will not be made up.