DeKalb Officer arrested after providing inmate with cell phone


    A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Detention Officer was fired after being arrested for providing a cellphone to an inmate at the DeKalb County Jail while on duty.   The officer, Malik Landers, 21, was released on bond after being arrested when he reported for duty Jan. 5.   The DeKalb Sheriff’s Office of Professional […]

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Ellis hands out 25 Community Hero Awards

Burrell Ellis applauds as awards are handed out for the fifth annual CEO’s Community Hero Awards event, Dec. 27.  Photo by Travis Hudgons

With only a few weeks to prepare, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and his staff hosted the fifth CEO’s Community Hero Awards on Dec. 27 at the DeKalb History Center. The awards ceremony, which was co-hosted by The Champion Newspaper, recognized 25 individuals and organizations for making a difference in the DeKalb County community Ellis, […]

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Random Acts of Kindness helps DeKalb’s first responders

Volunteers and community members dropped off goods and supplies to firefighters Dec. 22 as part of the Random Acts of Kindness Bus Tour. Photos by Horace Holloman

On Dec. 22, community members along with New Life Baptist Church helped spread a little holiday cheer for some of DeKalb’s first responders as part of the Random Acts of Kindness Bus Tour. The bus tour dropped off food items, among other things, to seven of south DeKalb’s fire stations. The Random Acts of Kindness […]

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Kids all smiles after DeKalb Sheriff’s office event

Destiny Lott, 3, is all smiles after receiving a gift from the employees at the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office.

With toys, new clothes and candy, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office employees helped put an extra smile on the faces of young people whose families are part of the Division of Family and Children Services kinship program and from the Bethany Services foster and adoption care. Employees purchased gifts for 22 children to celebrate the holidays […]

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Thurmond prepares for CEO transition


CEO-elect Michael Thurmond is preparing to take over the county’s highest elected office and he said having CEO Burrell Ellis back in office will be a big help in the transition process.  Ellis, who returned to office Dec. 14 after his conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court, said he would help in the […]

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Non-profit helps local families for the holidays

The Howey Hudson Lowe Foundation held its annual Winter Wonderland, Dec. 16, at the DeKalb Achievement Center. The event helped underprivileged families in the DeKalb County area. Photo by Horace Holloman

Dozens of DeKalb County families received special gifts this holiday season thanks to the work of a local non-profit organization.  On Dec. 16, the Howey Hudson Lowe Foundation held its annual Winter Wonderland for underprivileged children event at the DeKalb Achievement Center.  The three-hour event featured music, complimentary breakfast and a gift-giving ceremony.  Co-founders of […]

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Burrell Ellis returns to office—briefly

Burrell Ellis returned to work Dec. 14 after his conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court. Ellis held a brief press conference to thank supporters. Photo by Horace Holloman

Surrounded by friends, family, media and county officials, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis returned to office Dec. 14. During a press conference outside of the Maloof Building in downtown Decatur, Ellis thanked supporters after his conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court.  Commissioners Jeff Rader, Mereda Davis Johnson and newly-elected Commissioner Gregory Adams were […]

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Fourth time’s a charm for Gregory Adams


The road to becoming an elected official with DeKalb County government hasn’t been an easy one for newly-elected District 7 Commissioner Gregory Adams. After three attempts at various positions throughout the county, Adams defeated Randal Mangham in a Dec. 6 runoff election receiving 52 percent of the vote. Just 303 votes separated Adams and Mangham. […]

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