Church holds annual blessing of the animals

  Dogs, cats, goats and even worms, were blessed at the annual blessing of the animals at Columbia Presbyterian Church. On Oct. 1, nearly a dozen pets, accompanied by their owners, were blessed by Columbia Presbyterian’s Pastor Tom Hagood. The church has conducted the ritual for nearly a decade. The blessing of the animals tradition, […]

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DeKalb County police hiring officers

Currently, the DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) is hiring for three police officer positions and two E911 operator positions, according to department officials. DKPD is actively filling police positions for the department’s next academy which starts on Dec. 5, said DKPD Background and Recruiting Officer Lonzy Robertson. Starting salary for an officer with no degree […]

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Resident committee to address DeKalb County blight issues

A committee of DeKalb County residents plans to tackle the county’s issues with blighted properties and businesses throughout DeKalb. The eight-member committee, formed by DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester, will “study data against businesses that have repeatedly failed to take reasonable steps to correct objectionable conditions and businesses that have not responded to complaints for […]

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State senator: SPLOST for DeKalb County is ‘poison pill’

A Georgia state senator representing DeKalb and Henry counties said the county’s proposed special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) would have been a “poison pill” had it been approved.  Senator Emanuel Jones spoke in front of a group of DeKalb residents at a SPLOST update meeting Sept. 20 at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in […]

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Decatur holds first recycling expo

City of Decatur officials are urging residents to become more informed about the city’s recycling process. With the help of various departments, Decatur hosted its first recycling expo Sept. 15. Recycle Decatur was held in downtown on the Decatur Square and featured exhibits for residents on how and where to recycle. City spokesperson Renae Madison […]

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Pit bulls in pajamas a success for local animal shelter

Paul Anka, described as a loveable and playful pit bull, sat in an animal shelter in DeKalb County for nine months. Volunteers at the Lifeline Animal Project, which manages shelters in DeKalb County and Fulton County, said they couldn’t figure out why Paul Anka wasn’t adopted.  Turns out, all Paul Anka needed was pajamas to […]

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