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OCT. 17 — OCT. 30, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 21
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Reese Obser, 6, and her father George create a masterpiece during the 6th annual “Pumpkins in the Park” event at Briarwood Park on Oct. 5. Sponsored by the Drew Valley Neighborhood Association, attendees enjoyed a cookout as well as picking and carving pumpkins.
Annexation request stirs opponents of LakesideYES and the City of Briarcliff Initiative asked for a halt on the annexation. “We certainly would like to see this area in the proposed city of Lakeside,” Mary Kay Woodworth, co-chair of LakesideYES!, said in the statement. “The CHOA properties have been in our map since 2013, and the Executive Park properties were added in 2014. We urge those businesses that are eager to become part of an incorporated city to wait just a little longer, as Lakeside will soon be up for a referendum.” Meanwhile, Woodworth publicly has announced that backers of the proposed cities of Briarcliff and Lakeside have merged efforts and agreed to proposed boundarSEE ANNEXATION, PAGE 5
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City to Pink Pony: See you in court BY ANN MARIE QUILL
Following the Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling on Oct. 6 that the city of Brookhaven can regulate sexually-oriented businesses, the city filed for a court order to force the Pink Pony strip club to follow its rules. City Attorney Thompson Kurrie on Oct. 8 filed a request for a DeKalb Superior Court order that would require the Pink Pony to obey a city ordinance that says sexually-oriented businesses cannot serve alcohol, and said he expected the court to set a hearing date soon. The injunction would mean the club needs to obtain a valid sexually-oriented business license from the city, close at midnight, order its dancers to refrain from removing all their clothes when dancing, and not serve alcoholic beverages if the dancers are semi-nude. “I am pleased that the Georgia Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has ruled that the city of Brookhaven’s ordinance governing sexually-oriented businesses is in fact constitutional and that the city is not bound by a previous deal that the Pink Pony had with DeKalb County,” Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams said in a statement. SEE BROOKHAVEN, PAGE 27
BY ANN MARIE QUILL
Two major office developments are asking to be annexed into Brookhaven, but residents of nearby neighborhoods who want to start their own town are asking city officials to wait. Brookhaven City Council voted Oct. 14 to formally notify DeKalb County of the annexation requests from Children’s Healthcare of Georgia and Executive Park. City Manager Marie Garrett said that the city is required by law to notify the county manager within five days once they’ve received the completed applications and the staff has verified they comply with state and county laws. But in a statement released Oct. 9, two days after Brookhaven first announced the request, representatives
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From left, Stacey Belding, Jacki Rhoda Powers, Morgan and Leo Roci enjoy the Brookhaven Chili Cook Off on Oct. 11. More photos at ReporterNewspapers.net.
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