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Stolen cars recovered, new trails in a local park and the removal of a controversial monument

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Your Atlanta updates for Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Goodbye, rain. Storm drain budgets approved

The four priority storm drain projects in the Decatur 2020 Stormwater Master Plan officially have budgets and task orders for engineering services. At the City Commission meeting earlier this week, board members approved design budgets of $300,000 per project. Throughout the project, the city will also be taking feedback from residents for areas of improvement.

The hero we all deserve!

It's no secret crime has been running rampant throughout the metro Atlanta area, from break-ins, to assault even car theft. A young policeman, Officer Holmer, has single-handedly been working to recover stolen cars throughout the city. To date, he's recovered over $1 million worth of cars, trucks, vans and more for owners.

More trees, please

A recent park opening in Kennesaw celebrated an opening and the planting of more trees over the weekend. Lucius Simon Park in partnership with The Home Depot, Friends of South Atlanta Parks and Park Pride hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new trails.

A new school on the block

Okay, maybe not a new kid specifically, but the district discussed plans for a new school site in the Inman Park area. Superintendent Lisa Herring proposed opening an academy just for fourth and fifth-grade-level students at the former Inman Middle School. This decision comes after the school was left vacant and school district officials were trying to find a new purpose for it. Some parents have begun a petition asking the Superintendent to retract this decision.

Buh-bye, cannon

A relic of the Indian War of 1836 has officially been removed from its longtime home near the downtown Decatur square area after DeKalb County commissioners voted to place it in storage. The removal of the controversial monument comes after months of student protests as well as residents noting its ties to white supremacy and harm against Native Americans.

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