Today is the first Wednesday of May so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 4 May 2017.

tornado sign

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

Update: Thursday games have been moved to Wednesday

Decatur High School student athletes are having a great spring season.   Decatur residents have a chance to attend several state playoff games right here at home this week.   So make plans to come out and cheer on our local teams!

Decatur Varsity Soccer

  • Tuesday, May 2, Decatur Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Union Grove
    6 p.m.   Decatur High School stadium
  • Wednesday, May 3, Decatur Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Wayne County
    6 p.m.   Decatur High School Stadium

All games are $7

Decatur Varsity Baseball 2nd Round of GHSA Baseball State Playoffs

  • Wednesday, May 3, Decatur vs. Union Grove  Double header*
    4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. McKoy Park Field
  • Friday, May 5, If necessary, Game 3 is scheduled for at 5:55 p.m. McKoy Park Field

Ticket price is $10 but the entry ticket gets you both games on Wednesday.

This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Tuesday, May 2

Wednesday, May 3

Thursday, May 4

Friday, May 5

Saturday, May 6 




The impact
Our last two rounds of temporary closures on North McDonough both encountered unmarked underground utilities, delaying completion and requiring a third round to complete the work. Accordingly, North McDonough Street will again be closed overnight between Trinity Place and East Maple Street beginning Sunday, April 30, and continuing each night until our anticipated completion by the morning of Friday, May 5.

As before, each temporary closure will begin at 11 p.m. and end the following morning at 6 a.m. Assuming no further complications, everything’s expected to finally be completed with this round.

This work will ultimately result in a new storm drainage system as part of the North McDonough streetscape improvements.

How to manage

A detour will be in place each evening. Consult the map above for greater detail (click image for larger view).

An important message from Agnes Scott College:

Agnes Scott College will hold its 128th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Due to the Commencement activities, the campus will be closed that Saturday to pedestrian and bicycle traffic from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, E. Dougherty Street will be closed to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic during that same time frame. Please anticipate traffic congestion around the college’s surrounding streets before and after Commencement between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m.


For questions, contact Agnes Scott College’s Public Safety department at 404.471.6355.


UMCH Signing

On April 25, 2017 City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett, the UMCH President and CEO, Rev. Hal Jones, and Debby Stikes, Chair of the UMCH Board of Trustees, met to sign the sale agreement for the $40 Million purchase of the approximately 77 acre UMCH property adjacent to the southeastern city limits of the City of Decatur.

Mayor Patti Garrett said, “We are so excited to keep this project moving forward and I am proud to be able to represent the Decatur City Commission in executing the contract that will start the process of making the purchase happen.”

Proceeds of the sale will support the UMCH mission in new communities according to Rev. Jones, who said “we are committed to reaching out to, and serving, the alarming and growing number of children and families who are in crisis. The sale of the Decatur property helps us expand this ministry across North Georgia.” Board Chair Debby Stikes added that “preserving the Moore Chapel and the gravesite of UMCH’s founder Rev. Dr. Jesse Boring was very important to the Board, to members of our alumni group, and to countless others across North Georgia who partner with us in this ministry. We are delighted with the City’s support in honoring the memories created on this property.”

It is anticipated that the UMCH will vacate the property by late summer or early fall, 2017. Once the City owns and takes possession of the property, the City will annex the acreage and begin a community-based master planning effort engaging nearby neighborhoods, UMCH alumni and other stakeholders to help determine a vision and plan for future use.


Where: Ebrik – Decatur’s newest coffee shop located at 309 E. College Ave.

When: April 27, all day

What: Free Coffee – any proceeds will go to Global Growers, 5 p.m. Facebook Live interview with Global Growers, 7-9 p.m. live performance by singer songwriter Love Shantiom ($5 cover)

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TONIGHT, Decatur will host its second Open Office Hour, a virtual meeting with Mayor Pro Tem Fred Boykin from 7 – 8 p.m. The Mayor Pro Tem will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of transportation, Decatur’s efforts around walkability, proposed bicycle lanes, and more. .

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen via livestream, http://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-commission/streaming-video, and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live (beginning at 7 p.m.) via Twitter (@downtowndecatur),  Facebook, email (openofficehour@decaturga.com), or phone 678-553-6569.

In an effort to help local business owners and their employees stop sitting and get moving, Harken Health is offering a day of FREE health and wellness classes at its Harken Health Center in Decatur on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in honor of National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day.
On Get Fit Don’t Sit Day, members, non-members and local business owners and employees can visit a nearby Harken Health Center to enjoy classes such as yoga, Zumba or a nutrition class. Classes will run throughout the day. More details on the classes being offered at the Harken Health Center in Decatur are included below. To learn more, visit: https://www.harkenhealth.com/get-fit-dont-sit/

9-10am Standing Meditation
Join our Health Coach Morgan McMahon for this class that embraces the simple, powerful mediation stance of standing. Learn how to achieve the standing meditation alignment and practice the position using breath work.

11am-12pm Neighborhood Walk

Partake in a mild pace walk through our local neighborhood with Harken Health Coaches.

12-1pm Yoga

Yoga incorporates breathing techniques, deep stretching, light vinyasa work, foundational standing and balancing postures into a low-impact exercise for better health. There is an emphasis on meditation and mindfulness through breath work, toning and strengthening through subtle flowing, and gentle stretching for all the therapeutic benefits of yoga. All levels welcome!

1-2pm Zumba

Zumba is an aerobic dance fitness program that features movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance, performed primarily to Latin American dance music. The choreography incorporates hip hop, soca, salsa, belly dance and various aerobic techniques such as squats and lunges, just to name a few! Though it may sound intimidating, no rhythm or previous dance background is required. The Zumba motto is “ditch the workout, join the party!” You only need to bring a willing spirit, teachable attitude, and of course water and comfortable shoes.


3-4pm Chair Exercises
Join Health Coach Joyce Miller, as she leads this class focused on various chair exercises. This class is geared towards helping people in the beginning stages of their fitness journey and will show how to work out while sitting down.


This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Tuesday, April 25

Wednesday, April 26

Thursday, April 27

Friday, April 28

Saturday, April 29