Fireworks! Fun! Contests!

It’s Community Day at Mainstreet and you are invited!  Join the fun and watch the fireworks Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Mainstreet Pavilion/Playspace – in the 4800 block of Mainstreet Park Drive, off of S. Hairston Road in Stone Mountain.  You will enjoy music, contests, free adult raffles, important community information, and FIREWORKS AT DUSK to say goodbye to summer! The event is open to all of Mainstreet’s neighboring communities. See You There!

Next GHHCDC Meeting Sept. 21

The next Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp. meeting is Sept. 21, 10 a.m., at Mainstreet Community Clubhouse, 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive. You are welcome to join us. Let’s make progress together!

Slaughterhouse Owner will be Arraigned Nov. 5

The slaughterhouse case has been moved to state court. This is the case against Rudolph Bradford, the person running an illegal slaughterhouse in a residential neighborhood (1676 Rice Road). He has slaughtered more than 2,357 animals since January 2016, including at least 200  cows, sheep and goats since he was put under a cease-and-desist order. DeKalb County is citing him for operating a business without a license, a business NOT allowed in a residential zone. 

The arraignment will be Nov. 5, 9 a.m.,  before Judge Wayne Purdom, DeKalb County State Court, Courtroom 3-B, 556 N. McDonough Street, 3rd Floor, Decatur, Georgia . The November 5th date is a State Court Arraignment date, so Mr. Bradford will be provided a motions or trial date by the State Court on that day if he doesn’t plead guilty. 

The Solicitor’s Office made the request, and it was granted last month. Solicitor Thomas Kemp promises to continue to keep us informed. 

If you can attend the arraignment, it would be helpful to have community representation.  Please write GHHCDC@gmail.com if you plan to go.   More than likely, Bradford will plead guilty, which means there will be a trial, and then we’ll really need to show up in force.

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Mulching Our Way to Beauty

We finished spreading the mulch around our trees on the median across from Hairston Park. This was Mulch Day 2, on Aug. 17. The community service workers were great. Many thanks to Nadine Rivers-Johnson and her team for getting the tools to the site. Thank you Herbert Love and Jan Costello for helping out.

August Updates

Finishing the Job:  Helping Our Trees Thrive, Part II Aug. 17

We will finish spreading mulch on the trees in the median near Hairston Park on Aug. 17, 9:00 a.m.  We need some leaders to help us organize the community service workers. We think we can finish the job in under 90 minutes. Please come and help if you can. Meet us at Mainstreet Parkway and S. Hairston (You can park at the park.)  We’ll have tools, but bring your own gloves and safety vests.

Join Us at Trial Aug. 22, 9 a.m.

We don’t want slaughterhouses in neighborhoods!

As anticipated, Rudolph Bradford refused to accept a negotiated plea deal (probation, court supervision, fines), and he asked for a trial. Bradford is the person running an illegal slaughterhouse in a residential neighborhood (1676 Rice Road). He has slaughtered 2,316 animals since January 2016, including 142 since he was put under a cease-and-desist order.

The County is citing him for operating a business without a license, a business NOT allowed in a residential zone. 

The Superior Court will hear his case at 9 am, Aug. 22, Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, Courtroom E, 3630 Camp Circle, Decatur, Georgia. We ask you to attend.  This is the same building where people pay traffic fines.  You can park in the pay lots across the street or in the Tax Assessors lot across from the jail.

Spreading the Anti-Litter Message among the Young

We took the anti-litter campaign to EL Miller Elementary School and Miller Middle School, greeting the students on the first day of school Aug. 5.  They received colorful pencils and wristbands imprinted with such messages as: Proud People Don’t Litter, and Stop, Stop & Pick It Up!

Thank you Nadine Rivers-Johnson and Gwen Stegall for taking the campaign to EL Miller Elementary. Phyllis Frierson, Fred Plummer, and Jan Costello handled Miller Middle.

Slaughterhouse goes to trial Aug. 22

As anticipated, Rudolph Bradford refused to accept a negotiated plea deal (probation, court supervision, fines), and he asked for a trial. Bradford is the person running an illegal slaughterhouse in a residential neighborhood (1676 Rice Road). He has slaughtered 2,316 animals since January 2016, including 142 since he was put under a cease-and-desist order.

The County is citing him for operating a business without a license, a business NOT allowed in a residential zone. 

The Superior Court will hear his case at 9 am, Aug. 22, Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, Courtroom E, 3630 Camp Circle, Decatur, Georgia. We ask you to attend. Judge McNeal (same as in Magistrate Court) will preside.  

County Attorney Thomas Kemp asked community members present to stand, and she made note of community involvement.  Erica Weaver, Herbert Love, Catharine Tipton and Jan Costello were there. 

Fabulous Day Helping Our Trees Thrive

Thirty people helped us spread mulch around the Nellie Stevens Hollies on S. Hairston across from the park July 20. We planted them in early 2018, and they need tender loving care. The mulch, provided by DeKalb County, will help the trees conserve moisture and fight the heat.  We also picked up trash.

Many thanks to Nadine Rivers-Johnson and the Mainstreet Community Association for helping us with all the tools; Gwendolyn Stegall for bringing the snacks and water; Jan Costello for helping organize the event; Herbert Love, Jonathan Stegall, Larry Coles, Phyllis Frierson. Jarvis Walker, and Patrick Medley for your leadership and sweat equity. Thanks to Officer J.D. Brown for using our project as part of the Sheriff’s Department community service detail.

Enjoy the pictures below.