Anti-recidivism court gives offenders a second chance

In 2011, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James began a program to help troubled youth get a second chance at life. Photos provided

DeKalb County Superior Court Diversion Program Director Kaleema Thomas said those who want a chance to turn their lives around can have it, but they’ll have to work hard for it. Thomas runs the Anti-Recidivism Court, which was created by District Attorney Robert James in 2011 as a way to give offenders ages 17-25 a […]

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County breaks ground on new Avondale fire station

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, DeKalb Fire Chief Darnell Fullum and other city and county officials celebrated the ground breaking of a new first station located in Avondale Estates. Photos by D. Beauregard

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said before being torn down to make way for a new facility, Fire Station No. 3 had gotten to the point where “it almost should have been condemned. “The mayor here was talking about it, but we’re thankful that we were able to accommodate this new facility,” May said. […]

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Sanitation workers complain they’re understaffed, underpaid


DeKalb County sanitation workers told commissioners June 24 that they are understaffed, underpaid and overworked. Tracy Brown, a sanitation worker and member of a newly formed union for DeKalb County sanitation workers, said he and his colleagues are “severely” understaffed. “We just don’t understand where the money is going,” Brown said. Additionally, sanitation employees said […]

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New pizza place keeps pies fresh and cheap

Adam Kotter, founder of Ready to go Pizza, aims to offer customers the best possible ingredients for the lowest possible price. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

A new pizza place recently opened in Decatur with one goal: to offer a pizza pie with the freshest ingredients available, at the lowest possible price. Ready to go Pizza owner Adam Kotter said he was tired each week of facing a “dilemma” during his family’s pizza and movie night. “I could buy a cheap […]

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A Q&A with DeKalb County sheriff candidates


  DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann and former CEO Vernon Jones face each other in a runoff election July 22. In the primary elections in May, Mann received approximately 39 percent of the overall vote with Jones trailing at approximately 22 percent. Mann has worked for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for more than 14 […]

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Residents, advocates upset about county’s stalling on animal services facility


Animal advocates and DeKalb County residents have expressed concern that the county is dragging its feet in approving a plan for a new animal shelter slated to be built next year. Wardell Castles, a member of the 12-person DeKalb County Animal Services Advisory Committee, said commissioners have cancelled the past two committee meetings in which […]

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Commissioners postpone YMCA vote yet again


DeKalb County commissioners and residents were clearly divided June 10 on whether to approve a $5 million public/private partnership with the South DeKalb YMCA to help the facility implement improvements. The Board of Commissioners did not have the required votes to pass the item, which will come before the board again June 24. “I encourage […]

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Emory student receives $50,000 investment on Shark Tank

Emory graduate Kaeya Majmundar is an entrepreneur with three companies. She recently appeared on ABC’s hit television show Shark Tank. Photos provided

Several years ago Emory University student Kaeya Majmundar and her roommate were running late and frantically packing to move out of their dorm room at the end of their freshman year. However, it was more difficult than she expected because she and her roommate hadn’t assembled their packing boxes. “I have a million ideas a […]

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