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Carter running for wife’s former job John Carter, husband of former DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court Linda Carter, is seeking his wife’s former job. Carter announced last week that he will be a candidate for DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court. He is the third candidate seeking to unseat incumbent John Carter Debra DeBerry, who was appointed March 2011 to finish the two years left on Linda Carter’s term of office. Oretha Brown-Johnson, a Case Management administrative coordinator for the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office, and Frank Swindle, a former DeKalb Superior Court senior case manager, previously announced for the office. Carter, a businessman, earned his law degree from the University of California at Davis in 1975. In 1986, he began to focus on his own businesses. He owned and operated a number of McDonald’s franchises in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

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April 21, 2012

“Unless you convince the citizens, you just have done another study that you’ve paid for. Show me what you can do.”

Lithonia Blueprints ready for feedback By Carla Parker

A bike trail, pop-up café, storytelling bench and community garden are among the recommendations to help revitalize downtown Lithonia. They come from Lithonia’s Blueprints for Successful Communities project, which wrapped up an April 2 City Council meeting. Graduate students from Georgia Tech began working on the Lithonia Blueprints ­– a Georgia Conservancy growth management program ­– in July 2011 and focused their expertise on short-term as well as long-range plans that the city can undertake to revitalize its sleepy downtown. Katherine Moore, Blueprints manager, told council members that the recommendations centered on ideas that would bring more businesses and residents to Lithonia. “All of the categories are aimed at redeveloping downtown with an eye toward longevity of Lithonia in ways that respect the small-town character, which citizens have told us they love and want to keep,” Moore said. “But we also heard that the community understands that we need more people here.” Moore said that more customers and clients are a must if the city is to grow. The recommendations included providing small-scale, low-cost strategies that can be implemented immediately by the community, among them a Project Lithonia event, a Bike Lithonia campaign,

Blueprints manager Katherine Moore and Georgia Tech graduate student Jacob Davis present recommendations for revitalizing Lithonia at a City Council meeting.

installation of a pop-up café that provides seating and tables on Main Street, a storytelling bench, and markers at historic sites. The second recommendation focused on revitalizing the Lithonia Plaza, the aging rambling structure in the middle of town. Blueprints recommends demolishing the city-owned portion, reconnecting Stone Mountain Street through the Plaza, creating a community garden and farmers market, and connecting the PATH trail to downtown. In its place could be more retail, more housing options, a new grocery store, and a new City Hall. The final recommendation focused on creating a long-term redevelopment strategy to address future growth. Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson said she is excited about both the short-term ideas and long-term opportunities. “The short-term ideas are very manageable. We will meet with the community to get

some feedback about the proposal.” Former city councilwoman and lifelong Lithonia resident Barbara Lester said Blueprints had some good ideas that she would like to see come to fruition. “Unless you can convince the citizens, you just have done another study that you’ve paid for,” she said. “Show me what you can do.” Jackson said she can see the community getting on board because residents were involved in the process all the way. “We’ve worked with the community to come up with some of these plans,” she said. The meeting with citizens on the recommendations will be held April 22, the start of City Week. “We want to hear all information from the citizens,” she said. For more information about Blueprints, visit www.georgiaconservancy.org/growth /blueprints/blueprints-communities.

Training session for voter drives Landfill gas converted to fuel for county use, sale TRASH,

Community and civic groups that want to organize voter registration drives can attend a training session on April 24 at the DeKalb Voter Registration & Election Office. During the 6:30-to-8 p.m. training session, participants will get an overview of the rules and procedures for registering voters. A voting booth also will be set up during the training to familiarize them with its usage. Training materials will be provided.   The Voter Registration & Election Office is at 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, in Decatur. For more information, visit www.web .co.dekalb.ga.us/voter/default.html.

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