A round up of news from our sister publications at Reporter Newspapers:

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has approved a cost of living pay increase for full-time APS employees for the FY2015 budget year, which runs from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. APS employees hired during FY 2014 will receive a one-time bonus of 1 percent up to a maximum of $500, while those hired earlier than 2009 through 2013 will receive raises from 5 to 1 percent. Read more at this link.

Weather permitting, contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation once again will be resurfacing and re-striping long sections of I-20 and several sign structure projects and a concrete slab replacement effort will be occurring on I-285. All of these jobs will require lane closures and have the potential to create significant traffic delays. Georgia 400 southbound will be closed entirely between Holcomb Bridge and Northridge roads for a brief time early Sunday morning for a community bicycle ride with traffic detoured onto S.R. 9, which itself will accommodate the riders later that morning. For a more detailed list, visit this link.

A DeKalb County grand jury has indicted seven co-conspirators for their respective roles in an elaborate scheme involving hundreds of MARTA Breeze cards. Jedadia Byrd, Robert Clark, Christina Carney, Michael Dallas, Stephanie Finger, Pierre Metteaux and Melvin Summers were all indicted on felony racketeering charges. The co-conspirators would fraudulently place value on MARTA Breeze cards – for unlimited weekly or monthly rides — after purchasing legitimate cards for $1. The group then distributed the altered Breeze cards to MARTA riders for a discounted cash price. The ring used flyers to advertise their organization, which they called “Underground Railroad,” according to the indictment. Read more at this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.