Bradshaw: ‘The dragon has been slayed’

Stephen Bradshaw is congratulated by supporters at the Village Corner in Stone Mountain after defeating District 4 Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton in a runoff election July 26. Photo by Carla Parker

After months of a back-and-forth battle for the District 4 Commission seat, Stephen Bradshaw sat among family and friends at the Village Corner restaurant victorious. Bradshaw unseated incumbent Sharon Barnes Sutton in a runoff election July 26, defeating Sutton with 79 percent of the votes. More than 100 Bradshaw supporters came to congratulate the newly-elected […]

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Green space requested in Decatur

A picture of the proposed location for a new park in the downtown Decatur area.

In the past decade, Decatur has developed at a rapid pace. From 2005 to 2010 there were 113 multi-housing units built in the city. Since 2013, the number has increased dramatically to 625. With all the new units going up, one Decatur resident said the city needs to plan for green space before there’s none […]

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DeKalb police ‘excited’ for body cams

DeKalb County police officers speak with DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester during a public safety summit. Photo by Horace Holloman

Soon hundreds of DeKalb County police officers will be equipped with body cameras after the DeKalb County board of commissioners approved a resolution to provide the county’s officers with the latest technology. The body cameras will help officers not only do their job but also promote transparency between the department and community, DeKalb County CEO […]

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Town hall meeting attendees demand answers


In front of a packed crowd in Decatur, radio personality Rickey Smiley tried his best to quell an anxious crowd that wanted to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions during a town hall meeting, urging guests to “act in decency.” Smiley served as the event’s host at the star-studded town hall meeting July […]

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Road fix may come to Decatur

An image of the conceptual Community Transportation Plan for a road fix at the intersection at Atlanta Avenue, College Avenue and Howard Avenue.

    A fix for one of Decatur’s complicated roadways may be in the works in the next few years, city officials said. During a July 5 city commission meeting, Decatur city commissioners reviewed a potential “fix” for what many call a complicated intersection. City Manager Peggy Merriss said reconfiguring the intersection at Atlanta Avenue, […]

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Emory community mourns the loss of slain students

A packed crowd in Oxford’s Cannon Chapel came to honor the lives of two students who were killed in terrorist attacks in Bangladesh July 1. Photos by Horace Holloman

Students, faculty, staff and supporters at Emory’s Oxford campus walked in pairs to place flowers in a vase at a vigil to honor students Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain, as well as 18 other hostages killed in a terrorist attack in a popular café in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The daisies, held together with florist wire, were […]

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DeKalb residents request better code enforcement

Marcus Kellum, center, director of beautification in DeKalb County, speaks to a crowd of participants as part of a panel discussion during the county’s annual DeKalb Neighborhood Summit. Photo by Horace Holloman

Longtime DeKalb County resident Robert Blackman grew up in a time when teachers, parents and community leaders had a no-nonsense attitude to wrongdoing or infractions. It’s that type of attitude Blackman says DeKalb County should adopt in regards to code enforcement. Blackman, along with others attending the annual DeKalb Neighborhood Summit July 9, expressed concerns […]

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Crime wave cools in DeKalb County

Retired DeKalb County captain Roderick Morgan talks to a group of local youth about bullying and law enforcement as part of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy summer camp. East precinct Education Specialist Emmitt Jenkins said community programs help combat crime in the area. Photo by Horace Holloman

In 2015, officers in the DeKalb County Police Department (DCPD) east precinct were hit with what was described as a “crime wave.” A summer task force was established to combat the problem, centered near Lithonia. According to reports, it seems as though crime has cooled. From January to mid-June, crime is down in almost every […]

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