DeKalb voters confused during special election

A DeKalb voter registration official said thousands of people were turned away after finding out they did not live in District 6 to be able to vote.

Anyone who listened to the radio or watched television leading up to the April 18 District 6 special election likely heard advertisements stressing the importance of residents getting to the polls and voting.  Some DeKalb residents took that message quite literally, which resulted in confusion on Election Day.  Maxine Daniels, director of voter registration and […]

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SPLOST talk heats up in DeKalb

DeKalb County commissioners discussed the possibility of new provisions for SPLOST under Senate Bill 156 at the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners legislative retreat April 14.

A few months after the word “tolled” derailed a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum in DeKalb County, commissioners are now revisiting the issue and hope to talk with constituents about SPLOST in the upcoming months.  Commissioners, county officials and residents are awaiting the governor’s signature on two bills that would affect SPLOST […]

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Mentorship through mechanics

Brandon Cooper, right, and Precision Auto Care shop manager Carl Pierre-Louis stand outside the shop before work.

  Local auto shop partners with WorkSource DeKalb     Initially, Carl Pierre-Louis—store manager of Precision Auto Care in Tucker— thought his partnership with WorkSource DeKalb would be an opportunity to get free labor. WorkSource DeKalb would pay youth who entered its program and in turn, Precision Auto Care would get a young, trainable workforce […]

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DeKalb’s code enforcement seeks help on blighted property

5Champion Newspaper

One DeKalb County commissioner called the remains of Waverly Place Apartments a “mini-Brannon Hills” while touring through the remains of what used to be an apartment complex on the outskirts of the city of Clarkston.  The complex, located at 680 Waverly Place in unincorporated DeKalb just behind Indian Creek Elementary, is a situation DeKalb code […]

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It’s ELECTRIC

4Champion Newspaper

Public transportation going electric in DeKalb Some companies are making a more concentrated effort to protect the environment and MARTA has recently stepped up its efforts as well. MARTA plans to “go green” with a pilot program debuting Proterra’s Catalyst electric bus. The bus was a loan to MARTA until mid-April and will be used […]

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Decatur girl dances for cancer cure

10Champion Newspaper

Decatur’s Ruby Kaufman, 12, loves to dance. Perhaps it’s is her love of dancing that powered her through a tough battle when she was diagnosed April 17, 2015 with soft-tissue cancer in her sinuses.  It’s also because of her love of dancing that Kaufman helps other children battling the same form of cancer she once […]

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Thurmond: ‘pimps and drug dealers’ recruiting our kids

29Champion Newspaper

County CEO Michael Thurmond said he hopes one of his initiatives approved in the 2017 budget will help combat youth gang activity in DeKalb.  In a 5-2 vote, commissioners passed Thurmond’s budget, which included an amendment to address youth unemployment. The county partnered with WorkSource DeKalb to create the “DeKalb Works” summer internship program, which […]

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Overlay district allows alcohol sales adjacent to church

A DeKalb County business owner says Lemon Drop Bar and Grill is operating illegally but county 
officials say it is not.

Charles McCorkle describes himself as a “very persistent” man, which is why he said he’s not giving up until something is done about a business selling alcohol that he says is too close to a church. McCorkle, owner of GB Event Facility off Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur, said the Lemon Drop Bar and Grill […]

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