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Decatur residents protest Walmart

DECATUR, GA. — Dozens of residents of Decatur are protesting plans to open a Walmart near the city’s downtown square.

About 100 people turned out Saturday to rally in opposition to the big-box retailer. They carried signs that read “Stop Walmart” and chanted, “Super neighborhoods, not supercenters.”

Walmart has proposed building a 150,000-square-foot store. Decatur residents say the location is too close to the downtown square and would siphon business from local retailers and worsen traffic congestion.

Walmart has said its opponents don’t reflect the views of most residents in the Decatur area.

Girl Scouts mark 100th anniversary

SAVANNAH, GA. — Girl Scouts from across the nation began a three-day celebration of the group’s 100th anniversary Saturday in the city where the first troops were recruited over tea and cookies at a downtown mansion.

Juliette Gordon Low, a widow with no children of her own, founded the Girl Scouts in Savannah on March 12, 1912. An estimated 5,000 Girl Scouts gathered in the group’s birthplace Saturday to mark the occasion.

Young Scouts marched by the hundreds across the bridge that spans the Savannah River between Georgia and South Carolina.

Afterward came a public celebration in Forsyth Park, not far from the carriage house Low converted into the Girl Scouts’ first headquarters in downtown Savannah.


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