College Park

Ga. Spelling Champ Heading To National Spelling Bee

Apr 13, 2015
Mona Mahadevan, Georgia state spelling bee champ on A Closer Look, April 13, 2015
Jason Parker / WABE

A 14-year-old College Park student is heading to Washington to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Monisha Mahadevan is the spelling bee champion in Georgia. The Woodward Academy student beat out her closest challenger last month after correctly spelling the words “novillero” and “arboretum.”

Mahadevan caught the spelling bee bug at a young age.

"I started because my brother did when he was in second grade and it was just sort of a rite of passage to try it,” she said in an interview with Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on “A Closer Look.”

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

Just north of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, College Park might have one of the world's noisiest neighbors. Thousands of planes take off and land each year on the runways just down the road from the city center. 

But despite all the noise, College Park resident John Duke thinks the airport is an important part of his city’s identity, and even what makes it great.

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These Google Fiber installation vans may be coming to one of nine cities in the Atlanta area, but no decision will be made until the end of the year.
Google Fiber Kansas City

It's like deja vu all over again.

Earlier this year, Brookhaven City Councilman Bates Mattison said his city was going to get Google Fiber.

Within 24 hours, he issued what he called a "clarification," saying that Brookhaven was merely in the running for Google's new service.

The same thing just happened in College Park.

On Monday, College Park officials issued a press release saying Google selected its city for the fiber internet service.

College Park Wins Airport Tax Victory in Court

Mar 28, 2013
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled today that the City of College Park can tax businesses at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The two cities have been feuding for years over whether College Park can tax businesses at the airport, some of which lie within the College Park city limits.

By a six-to-one decision, the Court upheld an appeals court ruling that allows College Park to levy taxes on airport business licenses within its boundaries. Atlanta City Attorney Cathy Hampton told WABE that the City is reviewing its next steps in the suit.

Southwest Celebrates First Anniversary in Atlanta

Feb 12, 2013
John Lorinc / WABE

The sky is the limit for Southwest Airlines.

That's the message officials in metro Atlanta have for the carrier, which celebrated its first anniversary of Atlanta service on Tuesday morning.

The anniversary was complete with a cake, a DJ, dignitaries, and a paper airplane contest.

"Going forward, you are going to be (an) integral and critical part of (a) success story, not just for the airline industry, but also for Atlanta," said Duriya Farooqui, Atlanta's Chief Operating Officer.

College Park Plans to Buy Back Guns

Jan 25, 2013
College Park City Council

College Park’s City Council this week set aside $20,000 to buy back guns.

On Feb. 9, the council will pay people in exchange for their guns.

The city council will give $25 for inoperable guns; $100 for handguns, shotguns, or rifles; and $150 for assault weapons.

No identification will be required.

City councilman Joe Carn says the goal of College Park’s first-ever gun buyback program is to get guns off the streets: