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Inside City gets a hall Space is found to house the fledgling government COMMUNITY 3

Year One City celebrates its first birthday COMMUNITY 5

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DEC. 13 — DEC. 26, 2013 • VOL. 5 — NO. 25

Santa’s holding sway

More feng shui

Vivian Shoemaker, 3, daughter of Jenny and Brad Shoemaker of Brookhaven listens to a secret from Santa Claus. The jolly elf stopped by the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art on Dec. 7 to greet children and look over a selection of paintings of the Santa by artist Haddon Sundblom. The museum has extended through Dec. 21 its show of portraits of Santa by Sundblom, a commercial artist who conjured the familiar red-coated holiday symbol that appeared in numerous ads for Coca-Cola. The show, which opened in September, includes 10 paintings, many coupled with the colorful ads in which they appeared. For more, see page 14

All our columnist wants is less this year for Christmas COMMENTARY 8

Lawn Barbies

Changing displays bring special cheer to Hildebrand AROUND TOWN 9-10

PHOTO BY PHIL MOSIER

Stellar students A Galloway golfer and a leader from Pace PAGE 24-25

Brookhaven navigates zoning-map errors BY MELISSA WEINMAN

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Stop-work order lifted at Ashford Park house BY MELISSA WEINMAN

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Brookhaven officials are scrambling to correct a flawed zoning map they adopted earlier this year. City employees have discovered there are inconsistencies and missing files for many zoning changes made in DeKalb County before Brookhaven became a city. “We believe there’s 20 years of missing case files from the county that were not transferred to us,” City Manager Marie Garrett said. Council members voted Nov. 26 to begin a formal audit of the city’s zoning map. Garrett said staff is looking into bringing on an

People in Ashford Park are angry. On a recent evening, they gathered in front of a neighbor’s house to talk about the house under construction next door — a house they believe is being built too close to the road and against the city’s zoning regulations. They said they all felt like progress was being made. The city had issued a stop-work order on the house, listened to residents’ concerns and promised to work toward a resolution, they said. But then, on Dec. 2, work resumed on the home.

SEE BROOKHAVEN, PAGE 28

SEE STOP-WORK, PAGE 27

12-13-2013 Brookhaven Reporter  
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