Library sowing seeds in DeKalb County

Library sowing seeds in DeKalb County

The DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) won’t solve food desert issues within the community overnight, however, a new program launched by the library is targeting the problem in an innovative way. On Aug. 29, the DCPL opened the DeKalb Invests in Growing Gardens (DIGG) library at the Decatur branch. The library comes complete with an […]

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DeKalb County police partner with youth

The DeKalb County Police Athletic League partnered with local teens for a nine-week Midnight Basketball League over the summer. Photos provided

Officers with the DeKalb County Police Athletic League (PAL) used a nine-week basketball program over the summer to inspire teens to get off the streets and become productive. Through PAL’s Midnight Basketball League, teens ages 15 -19 played basketball and participated in workshops designed to teach life skills.Sonya Porter, executive director of the PAL board, […]

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County can’t reconcile missing $5 million

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After interviewing several candidates for the county’s chief financial officer or director of finance position, interim CEO Lee May has yet to make a nomination for the job. According to county spokesperson Burke Brennan, there have been “several interviews” for the position. Currently, Chief Operating Officer Zach Williams is acting in “dual capacity” filling in […]

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Emory plans annexation to Atlanta

A map of Emory shows potential boundaries for annexation. Photos by Horace Holloman

Emory University, located in unincorporated DeKalb County, is planning to annex into the city of Atlanta, school officials said in a statement Aug. 19. The move to Atlanta “has always been viewed as one of the most viable, long-term options and one that provides consistency and alignment relative to the University’s marketing and branding initiatives,” […]

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Post office honors fallen officer

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Joann Ortega Romero, sister of Francis Manuel Ortega—a Pine Lake police officer who was shot and killed while on duty—said her brother always set the path for her. During a ceremony at the Pine Lake Post Office Romero, along with the Ortega family and more than a hundred supporters, honored her brother’s sacrifice once again. […]

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County attempts to fill 911 operator void

DeKalb County 911 operator Tiara Jackson takes calls from the Tucker operating center. Photos by Horace Holloman

It’s not hard for Erica White to think back to her best day working as a 911 operator in DeKalb County. While White was on the phone with an elderly woman calling to report a suspicious man at her front door, two other men entered the woman’s home. The elderly woman hid in her closet […]

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New Orleans Revisited: as vibrant as ever!

New Orleans revisited: as vibrant as ever!

I remember my sister frantically calling my father more than a decade ago. At the time, she was studying at Xavier University to become a clinical doctor, and had been told to evacuate New Orleans because Hurricane Katrina was on its way. My dad told her she should think about “waiting the storm out.” That’s […]

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Double-decker bus comes to DeKalb

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MARTA unveiled its double-decker bus in DeKalb County recently. After initial tests in Clayton County, the two-decker bus was featured on route 116 in DeKalb. MARTA officials said the bus may be considered for future use after pilot tests with customers. “People love it,” said MARTA COO Rich Krisak. “They point at it when it […]

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