Rep. Hank Johnson, Clarkston mayor listen to immigrant, refugee concerns

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In the Clarkston Community Center roughly 250 people expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s policies regarding refugees and immigration. In an event hosted by Congressman Hank Johnson and Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry on Feb. 12, refugees shared stories of how Trump’s travel restrictions targeting predominately Muslim countries affect their lives. “First of all, people don’t […]

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Mayoral candidate for Stonecrest claims unfair treatment

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  A candidate running for mayor of the newly formed city of Stonecrest says he was treated unfairly during a recent forum. Charles Hill said he was “accosted on stage” by State Representative and former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones during a Feb. 11 forum. Hill, a graduate student at Yale University, said he was […]

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Water billing issues ‘No. 1 priority’ for Thurmond

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond addressed county residents and commissioners during his “new day project” meeting Feb. 23, discussing the county’s issues with water meters and billing system. Photo by Horace Holloman

After residents voiced concerns about DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond not keeping them informed about water meter and billing issues, Thurmond held a “new day project” meeting Feb. 23 to address the county’s “most critical crisis.”   Thurmond, who held the meeting in Maloof Auditorium, said solving water billing issues through accurate water meters should […]

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Residents say public safety departments are in ‘crisis mode’

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Higher pay needed DeKalb County residents recently voiced concerns about the proposed 2017 budget, suggesting commissioners consider higher pay for police officers and firefighters in the county. In a DeKalb County Board of Commissioners meeting Feb. 14, Teresa Hardy said she’s concerned police aren’t being paid enough. “I come to speak to you in support […]

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Elizabeth Wilson reflects on her time as Decatur’s first Black mayor

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  After retiring from public office years ago, former Decatur mayor Elizabeth Wilson said she has more free time on her hands. Despite staying active in the Beacon Hill community, Wilson said she hasn’t spent much of that free time thinking about the impact she’s made in the community she served for so many years. […]

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College student allowed to run for city council

Mary_Pat Hector becomes youngest woman in Georgia to run for city council

Mary-Pat Hector becomes youngest woman in Georgia to run for city council   Mary-Pat Hector, 19, made national headlines after the DeKalb County Elections Board decided her age would not be an issue while running for a city council seat in Stonecrest. Hector had her application challenged by District 4 opponent George Turner under the […]

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Decatur firefighters issue planking challenge to promote healthy lifestyle Firefighters with Decatur Fire and Rescue Department said they are always up for a challenge, but instead of fighting fires the department has a different challenge in mind. Recently, officials in the department decided to issue a fitness challenge to Decatur residents. The challenge, issued using […]

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College student fighting for right to run for Stonecrest City Council

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Spelman College student Mary-Pat Hector said she’s no stranger to social activism, which is why she decided to run for Stonecrest’s city council. After submitting her qualifying application, Hector said she thought everything was in order until she received news that her age could be an issue. Hector, 19, is having her age qualifications challenged […]

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