DeKalb fire hydrants to be color-coded

Two fire department recruits hold down a fire hose during a hydrant test. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Over the next 12 to 18 months, DeKalb County’s approximately 23,000 fire hydrants will get tested and will be color-coded to show the water pressure for each hydrant. “By flow testing them we will know exactly how much water each hydrant can produce,” said DeKalb County Fire Rescue Chief Darnell Fullum at a news conference […]

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Suspended CEO to face new perjury allegations in retrial

Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis will have to defend against new perjury allegations during his retrial. A judge also ruled that Ellis’ team can mention his “good character and good reputation.”

When suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis goes back to court June 1 for his retrial, he will be facing new allegations of perjury. Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson ruled May 11 that prosecutors could introduce evidence of Ellis’ alleged perjury related to his involvement with the bid process for an ambulance contract. Ellis is […]

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SWD champions again, Cedar Grove wins first state title

Southwest DeKalb boys’ track team won the Class AAAAA state title, the program’s ninth overall title.

It was a historic day for the boys track teams of Cedar Grove and Southwest DeKalb high schools at the 2015 Georgia High School Association Boys Track and Field State Championships. For the Cedar Grove Saints, the team won its first state track and field title in program history. The Saints won the Class AAA […]

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K-9 memorial unveiled

DeKalb Police Officer J. D. Huckabey with Rysa.

“Hero. Partner. Friend.” That’s the inscription on a monument unveiled May 15 to recognize the importance of police dogs. “This K-9 memorial allows us to recognize, remember and honor public safety K-9s that have served the citizens of DeKalb County,” said interim DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy about the only permanent statue in Georgia […]

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Decatur dedicates Beacon Municipal Center

The Beacon Municipal Center includes buildings that house City Schools of Decatur’s administrative buildings, Decatur Police Department and the Ebster Recreation Center. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Decatur city officials, residents and many who grew up in the historic Black Beacon community, gathered May 16 to celebrate the dedication of the new Beacon Municipal Center. The $38 million project includes buildings that house City Schools of Decatur’s administrative buildings, Decatur Police Department and the Ebster Recreation Center. The center is built on […]

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Brookhaven rape suspect arrested in Alabama

Roberto Gaona-Piña

A 38-year-old man wanted in an alleged rape on Buford Highway was arrested in Alabama. Brookhaven Police said Roberto Gaona-Piña was arrested May 21 by the Opelika Police Department in Alabama. According to Brookhaven Public Information Officer Carlos Nino, Opelika police officers responded to a suspicious person call matching the description of Gaona-Piña. Gaona-Piña was […]

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St. Pius girls win state soccer title on penalty kicks


Before St. Pius freshman goalkeeper Emory Wegener took her position in front of the net for penalty kicks, she did one thing. “I was just asking God to look over me,” she said. Wegener went on to block three kicks to help the Lady Golden Lions win the Class AAAA 2-1 in penalty kick over […]

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St. Pius boys win state soccer title, go undefeated

St. Pius girls and boys soccer teams each won the state title for the third consecutive year.

Cross Keys was in the way of a perfect season for St. Pius boys soccer team. Behind the leg of Louie Aponte and good defense, the Golden Lions ended a perfect season with a 1-0 win over Cross Keys May 14 at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium. St. Pius coach David O’Shea was pleased with […]

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