Presidential Visit, Group Fails to Block Construction of Walmart and Kennesaw State Football Program Approved in News Around the Region

A look at top stories from Patch sites across Georgia.

Metro Residents Excited Over Obama Visit — Decatur Patch

Almost everybody in Decatur is buzzing over the president's visit. He'll arrive at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta in the late morning, stop at the Learning Center and make remarks at the Decatur Recreation Center before heading back to Washington in the afternoon.

Decatur is a solidly Democratic town in Red State Georgia. Though the state went for Romney in the November election, Decatur residents overwhelmingly voted for Obama, with 77 percent casting ballots to re-elect the president.

Read more about the President's visit on Decatur Patch.


Group Loses Challenge to Block Walmart — North Druid Hills Patch

The DeKalb Zoning Board of Appeals has rejected an appeal by a local organization fighting the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza.

The board rejected the challenge by Good Growth DeKalb, the local organization fighting the project, during its Wednesday afternoon meeting.

The project is now cleared to move forward, unless Good Growth DeKalb decides to file additional lawsuits to block the project.



Standoff Keeps Residents from Homes — Acworth Patch

A 23-year-old man who charged a Cobb County Police officer with a knife Tuesday afternoon and kept neighbors from their homes for close to six hours as law enforcement negotiated with him was taken into custody Tuesday evening.

Around 3 p.m., two officers responded to a dispute between the 23-year-old man and his parents at 667 Wolfs Bane Dr., which is located in the Chestnut Hill subdivision off Bells Ferry Road., said Sgt. Dana Pierce, the spokesman for the Cobb County Police Department. 

Visit Acworth Patch for more on this story.


Football Coming to Kennesaw State — Kennesaw Patch

Score one for Kennesaw State. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Wednesday approved Kennesaw State’s request for a football program.

"Touchdown," Kennesaw athletic director Vaughn Williams said.

The decision comes a little more than one month after the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia decided to take Kennesaw State’s request for a football program "under further study." 

Kennesaw Patch has more on this story.

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