DeKalb Glass Recycling Program

Basketball nights engage idle hands in Clarkston


Around 10 or 11 p.m. on any summer Friday night, it is not unusual to hear sneakers screeching, whistles blowing and basketballs bouncing at Clarkston First Baptist Church. “There’s a concern about having activities for the youth in the summer,” said Karl Moore, pastor of Clarkston First Baptist for the past 16 years. “We needed […]

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Community celebrated in Clarkston


For four hours on June 18, the Clarkston Community Center transformed into a hub of culture, sport and humanitarian purpose. Clarkston celebrated its cultural diversity by hosting the World Refugee Soccer Festival on June 18, showcasing such festivities as non-stop soccer, face painting, arts and crafts, as well as performances. Members of humanitarian and non-profit […]

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Submerged in the word

Children sing and dance to celebrate being submerged in the word of God at Indian Creek Baptist Church.

Diverse Indian Creek Baptist Church celebrates completing its summer vacation bible school For many people from many backgrounds, the week of June 13 through June 17 marked the beginning of a spiritual transformation. Some hailed from Stone Mountain and others hailed from Clarkston. Some came from Germanic heritage while others claimed Ethiopian, French African, Indian […]

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City Schools of Decatur considers TAD participation

Decatur assistant city manager Lyn Menne and real estate advisor Ken Bleakly presented the idea of a TAD in east Decatur to the City Schools of Decatur board of education on June 14. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

For the second time this year, a city and development firm has approached a DeKalb board of education asking for a cut of the district’s property tax revenue. The city is Decatur; the district is City Schools of Decatur (CSD). On June 14, CSD’s board of education discussed possibly participating in a tax allocation district […]

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Towers grad takes flight, makes history

Jazmind Roberts, a Towers High School graduate, is the first Black female to graduate from Pilot school in the past 10 years. Photo provided

Graduation from Towers High School, acceptance to and graduation from the United States Air Force Academy, acceptance to and graduation from the United States Air Force Pilot School – these are a few of many accomplishments made by Jazmind “Jazzy” Roberts, who embarked from DeKalb County in 2006 to take to the skies and beyond. […]

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Elite eight

The Hightower Highbots, made up of Bryce Marshall, Brenda Sanchez, Nasir Sheikh, Katherine Portillo, Andy Quintanilla, Orlando Gama and Sebastian Ramirez, have greatly benefited from STEM programs.

Quality, rigor, availability and substance are not words typically associated with an education program, but when conversation involves the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program concentration, these words seem relevant–especially in reference to DeKalb County. The DeKalb County School Distrcit (DCSD) recently announced eight schools have received AdvancED STEM certification. These schools are Austin, […]

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Teacher hiring, retention a problem in DeKalb schools

DeKalb County School District board chairman Melvin Johnson and superintendent Stephen Green discussed teacher shortages with staff and the public. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

According to DeKalb County School District (DCSD) parents, teachers, administrators and public officials, there are not enough teachers coming to and staying in DeKalb County. For two months in a row, DCSD has shown more than 300 teacher-specific job openings in both regular and special education. As of May 9, the district reported 334 vacancies […]

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Parents’ concerns published by school district

Redistricting, online middle school courses, literacy. teacher pay, school improvements, bilingual students, the Doraville tax allocation district–these were just a few topics discussed among a group of parents and DeKalb County School District (DCSD) superintendent Stephen Green on April 26 at Clarkston High School The group of parents, Parent Councils United of DeKalb (PCU), has […]

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