THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 , 2014 PAGE 3A
Doraville paper plant closing
Decatur commissioner receives bicycle achievement award
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by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comA Georgia-Pacific (GP) plant located in unincorporated DeKalb County will be closing its doors soon, leaving 90 em-ployees will unemployment. The plant is in an unincorporated area of the county the city of Doraville is trying to annex this legislative ses-sion, an area which Doraville spokesman
said has been “hemorrhag-ing industrial users.”“Somebody sends me a condolence every time the area loses a business, but it’s not us,” Howe said. A map provided to
of the current Doraville city limits and the areas the city is interested in annexing, shows the GP plant sitting just outside the current city limits on an access road. According to the GP website, the plant is responsible for making cor-rugated paper products. The Atlanta-based paper company has 19 locations throughout Georgia and employs more than 6,500 people.
, a spokeswoman for GP, said the plant will cease operations in April. “Despite our best efforts, we are not able to make this a competitive plant and production can be absorbed at our other facilities in the region,” Cole said. Over the next month, Cole said the plant will work with its customers to transition business to its other plants in the state and wind down operations. Employees will have the opportunity to transfer to another plant in the state.
by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comCity of Decatur Commis-sioner
received the inaugural Fred Boykin Life-time Achievement Award from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. The awards ceremony called the “Blinkies” was held Feb. 14 and honored community mem- bers who have played a sig-
nicant role in advocating for
bicycle awareness in 2013.Boykin has been instrumen-tal in developing Decatur’s Safe Routes to School program, which encourages students and parents to walk or ride their bikes to school every day rather than drive. According to a news release, the Safe Routes to School program was started in 2005 and currently includes all of Decatur’s elementary schools, Renfroe Middle School and St. Thomas More Catholic School. Each year, Boykin helps organize the Georgia Ride to the Capitol from Decatur’s East Lake MARTA station, where a large number of residents and
elected ofcials gather and ride
to create cycling awareness. Boykin also owns Bicycle South, a shop located in down-town Decatur he started more than 40 years ago.
Mom, boyfriend face manslaughter charges for deaths of two infants
A DeKalb County grand jury on Feb. 20 indicted a mother for leaving three of her four chil-dren unsupervised in a barri-caded room with a space heater.
left her 2-, 3- and 4-year-old children un-supervised in a Stone Mountain apartment complex in De-cember 2010, according to the DeKalb County District Attor-ney’s Office.The space heater caused a fire which led to the death of two of the three children who were barricaded in the apart-ment, according to law enforce-ment officials.“Any time there is a loss of young life, it is a tragic situa-tion. We will do our best to see that justice is done in this case,” said District Attorney
. The pair are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, cruelty to children in the sec-ond degree and making false statements. James, who spent several years as a prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Unit, will serve as lead prosecutor for this case.
Joint investigation launched into sexual assaults near Emory
The DeKalb County Police Department and Emory Uni- versity Police are conducting a joint investigation into sexual assault incidents in the vicinity of the Emory campus. The departments have de-termined three open attempted sexual assault cases that oc-curred off campus in DeKalb County are possibly connected to a rape that occurred on Em-ory University’s campus on Feb. 11. The DeKalb County Police incidents occurred between De-cember 2013 and January 2014. According to DeKalb Coun-ty detectives, the victims were young females, walking alone in the Emory vicinity off campus when the suspect approached and attempted to overpower them. The victims, who were not physically injured, were able to fight off the suspect and alert police. The suspect is described as a White man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, medium build and approxi-mately 50 years old. This de-scription is consistent with the composite sketch the rape vic-tim was able to provide Emory Police.Anyone with information about the suspect or possible victims are asked to contact the DeKalb County Police Depart-ment’s Special Victims Unit at (770) 724-6111 or Emory Police at (404) 727-6111.
DeKalb County Ethics Board meets March 7
The DeKalb County Ethics Board meets Friday, March 7,