DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and the Champion Newspaper announce the 2016 Community Hero Awards!


  Nominations are being requested to highlight the contributions of residents who work tirelessly to enhance the well-being of neighborhoods throughout DeKalb County. The CEO would like to celebrate community service as we close the year and thank those who work diligently to make DeKalb County a great place to live, work and play.   […]

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In between the photos

In between the photos

Adventure travel can be for everyone by Daniel Palazzolo   Beautiful photos of far-off exotic places. A rare four-wheel drive truck with a near perfect patina sitting at a remote camp spot. This is the dream of adventure travel for some.  However, like all things in life there is a reality. The realities of […]

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Doraville creates improvement district to fund Assembly project A month’s worth of discussion is what it has taken for Doraville to come up with an alternative to funding a controversial capital project. On May 9, Doraville’s city council unanimously approved the creation of a community improvement district (CID) with the sole purpose of funding the […]

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County CEO among contested positions in May 24 primary


Approximately 7,400 residents have already voted on nominees for various positions up for grabs during the 2016 election cycle. Contested positions in DeKalb include the county’s chief executive officer, sheriff, district attorney, solicitor general, commissioners for Districts 4 and 6, tax commissioner, two Superior Court judgeships and a State Court judgeship. Additionally, eight state representative […]

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Doraville council quiet in parking dispute

Double-parking issues in a residential neighborhood along Raymond Drive in Doraville has residents requesting action from the city council. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Since mid-March, residents on and around Raymond Drive and Wheeler Drive in Doraville have voiced concerns regarding their overcrowded streets and alleged lack of accessibility. Tapestry Public Charter School, located at 3130 Raymond Drive, according to residents, has been the cause of double-parking in front of houses as well as both sides of the street, […]

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Open letter from DeKalb DA: ‘Jobs, Not Jail’

Robert James

  A guest editorial by Robert James, DeKalb County DA We have an incredible opportunity to correct a major problem in DeKalb County. Far too often our youth are unable to find work, and turn to crime as a result. We can’t police or prosecute our way out of this problem. A community-based strategy putting […]

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Lakeside, Chamblee win county track-and-field titles

Chamblee, left, won its second consecutive DeKalb County girls’ track-and-field title. Lakeside won its first county track-and-field title since 1974. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Lakeside boys’ and Chamblee girls’ track-and-field teams came out on top at the 2016 DeKalb County School District’s Track-and-Field Championships on March 28 at Godfrey Stadium. Lakeside outscored runner-up Cedar Grove 107.5 to 89. Defending champions Southwest DeKalb finished third with 87.5 points.  It was the first county title for Lakeside since 1974.  “This feels […]

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Wine connoisseur brings sip and shop to Avondale Estates

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Steffini Bethea has been interested in wine most of her adult life—so interested that her husband remarked she had put so much time and money into wine research she should make a living at it. The remark inspired Bethea to launch The Purple Corkscrew Wine Shop & Tasting Room. Bethea said her previous experiences as […]

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