Up in smoke

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Clarkston business owner voices concerns over tightened tobacco rules   An owner of an adult entertainment strip club voiced concerns on a smoke-free Clarkston July 26 during a public safety committee meeting. Bill Gamble, owner of Strokers Entertainment Club, said a proposed ordinance banning smoking indoors could cause the 25-year-old Clarkston business to fail. “Having […]

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From being bullied in Dunwoody to honored in New York

From being bullied in Dunwoody to honored in New York

Considering his role in bringing policy change to more than 100,000 DeKalb County students, his experience with bullying, his religious and cultural affiliation, his portrait being featured in an upcoming New York art gallery, and his willingness to stay positive, it’s safe to say Japjee Singh, 17, is not your average Dunwoody High School senior.  […]

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DeKalb schools reluctantly partner with Dunbar

Dunbar is one of three armored car companies in the metro Atlanta region.

Higher standards requested from armored car service company On July 11, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) awarded a $290,000 contract to Dunbar, an armored car service characterized as having “challenges,” involving inaccurate money counts and forgotten pickups.The $290,000 will be taken from DCSD’s general fund account ($170,000) and school nutrition account ($120,000). Michael Bell, chief […]

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Johnson retains tax commissioner’s office

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Johnson retains tax commissioner’s office   Interim tax commissioner Irvin Johnson retained his seat as the county’s highest paid official on July 26 during a run-off election.Johnson received 62.2 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting whereas Susannah Scott received 37.8 percent. “It feels great,” Johnson said Tuesday night. “Now it’s time to move […]

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Spreading the mindset of ‘belongingness’

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Beginning next year, 18 female or minority students at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College campus in Dunwoody will begin a path of academic rigor and inclusion. The Perimeter campus was recently awarded $1 million by the National Science Foundation to fund “I Am Stem: Mindset and Belongingness in Underrepresented STEM Populations,” a program designed to […]

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800 DeKalb school employees resign

DeKalb County School District’s July meeting revealed 800 teachers have resigned between June and July.

From June to July, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) lost 800 teachers, bus drivers, substitutes, librarians, clerks, coaches, counselors and administrators. The loss, reported by Leo McCauley Brown, chief human capital management officer at DCSD, comes approximately four weeks before schools welcome students back on Aug. 8. According to Brown’s monthly human capital report, 100 […]

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New DeKalb schools named after Obama, Lewis

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Board of education divided over new school names, naming process Two new elementary schools in DeKalb County will be named after President Barack Obama and Congressman John Lewis following a contested board of education meeting July 11. The board unanimously voted to name the former Terry Mill Elementary School, located at 797 Fayetteville Road, and […]

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Agnes Scott welcomes new board members

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As of July 1, Agnes Scott College welcomed and bade farewell to 10 total board of trustees members.Five new members joined the Agnes Scott board—financial analyst Adrian Cronje, Coca-Cola ad marketer Quinton Martin, AT&T vice president Elizabeth “Beth” Adcock Shiroishi, pastor Tony Sundermeier and Emory University executive Pamela Tipton. Agnes Scott president Elizabeth Kiss said […]

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