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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Sutton, Bradshaw clash in debate

Steve Bradshaw said his military and business experience make him the best candidate available for the District 4 Commissioner position during a runoff debate against Sharon Barnes-Sutton June 30 at New Bethel AME Church. Incumbent commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton discusses why she is the best candidate in a DeKalb County Commissioner District 4 runoff debate June 30. Photo by Horace Holloman

Ethics, government transparency and crime were a few of the hot-button issues during a District 4 runoff debate June 30 at New Bethel AME Church in Lithonia. At 7 p.m. more than 50 DeKalb County residents were in attendance to hear a debate between District 4 incumbent Sharon Barnes-Sutton and Steve Bradshaw. Hosted by the […]

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Brookhaven fire station off SPLOST list

Brookhaven fire station off SPLOST list

The city of Brookhaven will be without a fire station as DeKalb County officials confirmed a second potential fire station was taken off the final special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) list. On June 21, the DeKalb County governing authority hosted a meeting to discuss implementation of the (SPLOST) and Equalized Homestead Option Sales […]

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DeKalb BOC changes committee meeting time

DeKalb BOC changes committee meeting time

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution June 28 to allow the first monthly committee of the whole meeting to be held at 5 p.m. instead of 10 a.m.  The resolution was enacted after DeKalb County residents complained that early-morning meetings were too difficult to attend due to scheduling.  According to the resolution, […]

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