College student fighting for right to run for Stonecrest City Council

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Spelman College student Mary-Pat Hector said she’s no stranger to social activism, which is why she decided to run for Stonecrest’s city council. After submitting her qualifying application, Hector said she thought everything was in order until she received news that her age could be an issue. Hector, 19, is having her age qualifications challenged […]

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Falcons frenzy helps boost local business

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  The Atlanta Falcons couldn’t take advantage of the team’s first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1998-1999 season, but that didn’t stop local business owners from cashing in. In DeKalb County, street vendors, businesses and organizations took advantage of the Falcons run to an NFC Championship by offering discounts and special deals. Curley […]

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DeKalb County officials host Falcons’ pep rally

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    The Falcons Super Bowl frenzy reached DeKalb County Feb. 3 ahead of the team’s championship matchup with the New England Patriots.   DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond declared Feb. 3 Atlanta Falcons Day in DeKalb in honor of the team’s NFC Championship win and Super Bowl appearance.   Thurmond hosted the pep rally […]

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Larry Johnson pushing for new city

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District 3 DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, whose district covers the southwest region of the county, hopes his new proposed city will help the residents in the area. In a regular board of commissioners meeting, Johnson unveiled his idea for the new proposed city—to be named Prosperity. The region would cover roughly 150,000 residents and […]

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County officials, residents ready for ‘new day in DeKalb’

New names are pictured on the DeKalb County Government building in downtown Decatur. Among the new names are CEO Michael Thurmond, Commissioner Gregory Adams and Commissioner Steve Bradshaw. Photo by Travis Hudgons

  When his schedule allows, newly elected DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, representing District 4, heads to the gym promptly at 5 a.m. four times a week. However, his gym schedule has been a little sporadic lately. Bradshaw, who defeated former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, said he’s still getting adjusted to taking office. […]

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DeKalb officer allegedly leaks nude photos

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    A DeKalb County Police officer is accused of releasing nude photos of an acquaintance on social media platforms. Audrey Francisquini reportedly hacked into an acquaintance’s social media account and posted nude photos of the accuser and was charged by police in connection with the incident. On Dec. 30 last year, the accuser said […]

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Foundation gives back to the homeless

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DeKalb-based foundation provides for 250 homeless people in Atlanta Nearly 250 homeless people in the metro-Atlanta area received gifts thanks to volunteers and members of the Howey Hudson Lowe Foundation. On Jan. 14 in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the organization participated in its annual Operation Deep Freeze service project event. The event […]

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CEO releases proposed budget

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond released a proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year. The budget will address funding for police and fire.

  DeKalb County residents and county officials got a first look at how DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond wants the county to move forward. Recently the newly sworn-in CEO released a proposed $1.3 billion operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year. “This budget provides a framework for strengthening the government’s fiscal condition, improving public safety, annualizing […]

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