New presiding officer for DeKalb County commissioners

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DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted for a new presiding officer and deputy presiding officer in the Jan. 10 regular meeting. The presiding officer position formerly held by Commissioner Larry Johnson, will now be the responsibility of Commissioner Kathie Gannon after she was approved with a 5-2 vote. A day prior to the regular meeting, […]

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Decatur police making an impact via social media


With the advancement of technology and social media, the scope of policing has changed, according to police officials with the city of Decatur. From Twitter to Facebook and other social media platforms, police departments are stepping up their efforts to connect with the residents they serve. Recently, the city of Decatur Police Department joined social […]

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Firefighters fighting for higher wages


Low wages and a high work load have created a dangerous atmosphere in DeKalb County, according to a representative of professional firefighters in DeKalb County.From 2011 to 2014, the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Department had a 9.3 percent attrition rate, according to a Matrix Operational Efficiency Study provided by the Archer Company. According to […]

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DeKalb Officials: Lessons learned after metro-Atlanta ‘snowpocalypse’

County officials held a winter weather press conference Jan. 5 to inform residents that a plan was in place in case of an emergency situation. Storm forecasts predicted some parts of DeKalb County could get up to four inches of snow.

Just two years ago, metro-Atlanta was hit with icy conditions and two inches of snow. The combination was enough to gridlock major interstates and secondary roads for hours and in some cases days. However, DeKalb County officials said the county learned a lesson from the snowy debacle in January of 2014. Ahead of the predicted […]

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Firefighters may sleep easier in DeKalb after donation

Beautyrest donated mattresses to first responders of the DeKalb Fire and Rescue Department. Over the past two years Beautyrest has donated 235 mattresses to the department.

According to the American Addiction Center, the average person needs 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep in a 24-hour cycle. However, for the county’s firefighters that average may be hard to reach. With sporadic work hours and the need to be ready at a moment’s notice, some firefighters may have trouble getting in a good […]

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DeKalb Officer arrested after providing inmate with cell phone


    A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Detention Officer was fired after being arrested for providing a cellphone to an inmate at the DeKalb County Jail while on duty.   The officer, Malik Landers, 21, was released on bond after being arrested when he reported for duty Jan. 5.   The DeKalb Sheriff’s Office of Professional […]

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Ellis hands out 25 Community Hero Awards

Burrell Ellis applauds as awards are handed out for the fifth annual CEO’s Community Hero Awards event, Dec. 27.  Photo by Travis Hudgons

With only a few weeks to prepare, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and his staff hosted the fifth CEO’s Community Hero Awards on Dec. 27 at the DeKalb History Center. The awards ceremony, which was co-hosted by The Champion Newspaper, recognized 25 individuals and organizations for making a difference in the DeKalb County community Ellis, […]

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Random Acts of Kindness helps DeKalb’s first responders

Volunteers and community members dropped off goods and supplies to firefighters Dec. 22 as part of the Random Acts of Kindness Bus Tour. Photos by Horace Holloman

On Dec. 22, community members along with New Life Baptist Church helped spread a little holiday cheer for some of DeKalb’s first responders as part of the Random Acts of Kindness Bus Tour. The bus tour dropped off food items, among other things, to seven of south DeKalb’s fire stations. The Random Acts of Kindness […]

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