How Can the Methodist Children’s Home Property Best Serve the People of Decatur?

The kick-off Visioning meeting for the Methodist Children’s Home property will take place on Sunday, February 11th.

But that’s just the beginning.  There are a lot of ideas to work through for this unique 77 acre property – as the video above showcases – so the city has extensive plans to collect and work through all of those options.

Learn about all the upcoming workshops and “Civic Dinners” over in a new post on!

Decatur Awarded Low Interest Loan To Acquire United Methodist Children’s Home Land

The City of Decatur sent along this press release from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority…

The City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority was awarded an $11,452,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) executive committee.

The loan will finance the acquisition of 22.08 acres of land as part of the United Methodist Children’s Home land purchase of 77 total acres. This project will permanently protect the land for the purpose of conservation and public recreation.

The city will pay 1.70 percent interest on the 30-year loan. The loan will finance an eligible conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate.

Free-For-All Friday 4/21/17

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

Your Favorite Books of 2016

It’s that time of year!  Time for our “Favorite of the Year” threads!  Books generally get to go first.  So here goes…

Of all the books you read this year, which were your favorite?  Note, the book didn’t need to be published in 2016, just that you read it this past year.

If you need even more book inspiration, you can always look back at our/your Your Favorite Books of 2015Your Favorite Books of 2014 and Your Favorite Books of 2013 threads!

Also here’s the NY Times’ List of the 10 Best Books of 2016, and list of 100 Notable Books of 2016.

Photo courtesy of Little Shop of Stories Facebook page

Ben & Jerry Stop By Decatur’s Butter & Cream


How cool is this?  From a Butter & Cream’s Facebook post on November 19th

Last night we were honored that Ben and Jerry (YES! That Ben and Jerry!) stopped by Butter and Cream. They tried several of our flavors and decided on Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Pistachio, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Salted Caramel. While enjoying their ice cream, they graciously chatted with our staff and customers. Thank you Ben and Jerry for finding time to visit after your speaking engagements at Georgia State.

Photo of Ben Cohen courtesy of Butter & Cream Facebook page