Chamblee considers smoking ban in parks

Chamblee Parks and Recreation Director Jodie Gilfillan introduced a measure banning smoking in all city parks at an Aug. 16 city council meeting.

Chamblee city officials are considering a smoking ban in all parks within city limits following an Aug. 16 city council meeting. The smoking ban could come via an “Offenses and Miscellaneous” and “Parks and Recreation” ordinance that passed its first reading on Aug. 16 with the second reading scheduled for Sept. 20. “While creating park […]

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County schools explore options to address overcrowding


Firm hears public input on Cross Keys Cluster overcrowding, E-SPLOST projects   More than 500 students, parents, teachers and community leaders gathered at Cross Keys High School Aug. 25 to voice opinions on how to address overcrowded middle and high schools in DeKalb County School District (DCSD). Officially titled the Secondary Schools Facility Planning & […]

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Lakeside High band to play at 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Lakeside Band blue background photo by Lynn Kessler

Lakeside High School’s Viking Marching Band will be flying halfway across the Pacific Ocean in November to honor “a day which will live in infamy.” Lakeside’s Viking Marching Band will fly to Honolulu, Hawaii, to take part in the 75th Commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attacks on Nov. 25. According to David Fairchild, Lakeside High […]

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MLK High to march in ‘Superbowl’ of marching bands

Kings of Halftime will raise $400,000 to travel to Tournament of Roses Parade. Photos by Travis Hudgons

In early 2014, Martin Luther King, Jr. High School’s marching band began a journey that will end in Pasadena, Ca., on Jan. 2, 2017. MLK High’s marching band, also known as the Kings of Halftime and Marching Lions, are one of 21 marching bands and one of 12 high school marching bands selected to play […]

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Clarkston employee’s accusations dismissed in DeKalb County court

Mayor Ted Terry used social media to discuss the dismissal of charges filed by Clarkston City Manager Keith Barker on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Mayor Ted Terry addresses comments on Facebook   Clarkston resident Chris Busing’s battery charges involving city manager Keith Barker were dismissed Aug. 19 by DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston. The charges stem from an incident in October 2015 involving Busing and Barker outside of a Clarkston Business Association meeting. Attorney Catherine Bernard, who represented […]

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Carver Hills development put on hold

Neighborhood rendering

Residents, neighboring city and timing delay five-year plan for 249 new homes Divided residents, a lack of study by council members and concerns from a neighboring city led to the delay of a zoning change for a new development in the city of Doraville. On Aug. 15, there was standing-room-only in Doraville’s city council chamber […]

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City Schools of Decatur disputes overcapacity report


A recent article published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on City Schools of Decatur (CSD) capacity levels is misleading, according to district officials. Bill Banks, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stated in an Aug. 16 article that Westchester, Oakhurst, Winnona Park, 4/5 Academy elementary schools and Renfroe Middle School are over capacity. Banks also reported […]

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Zika information focus of Decatur Rotary meeting

Dr. Uriel Kitron presented information on the Zika Virus to the Decatur Rotary Club at the historic Decatur courthouse on Aug. 12. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

  It starts with a mosquito bite. It progresses to a fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes. In more extreme cases, it ends with birth defects, pregnancy problems and a rare nerve syndrome. This is the Zika virus, and the world has been forced to learn more about it with each passing day. The […]

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