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Cedar Grove parents petition school board

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  A group of DeKalb County parents is seeking to have their voices heard by the superintendent and school board. More than 130 individuals under the username “Cedar Grove Parents” have come together via change.org to petition for a new or better version of Cedar Grove High School. The petition lists violations of Georgia’s Accessibility […]

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Decatur school board, community updated on survey

City Schools of Decatur Board of Education members discussed a recent self-reporting survey April 12 that indicates high drug and alcohol use in students. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

City Schools of Decatur (CSD) officials vowed more student involvement and community partnerships following recently released data indicating higher-than-average alcohol and drug use. At its regularly scheduled meeting on April 12, CSD school board members and administration members discussed the issue with the public. Since the issue took place between monthly board meetings, Superintendent David […]

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Clarkston proposes marijuana decriminalization

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Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry told media outlets the city’s public safety committee will review making misdemeanor marijuana possession of less than one ounce a ticket-only offense. If successful, Clarkston will be the first city in Georgia to do so. “This is an idea sponsored by all of the public safety committee members,” Terry told The […]

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Custodian dies at MLK High School

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An overnight death of one custodian prompted the relocation of 1,600 Martin Luther King High School students on Thursday, April 21.  Nighttime custodian Anthony Jacobs, 52, was found dead at the Lithonia school at 5 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Quinn Hudson, DeKalb County School District’s director of communications. While the death was initially treated as a crime […]

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County agencies celebrate Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Survivor Christy Sims participate in DeKalb’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week commemoration. Photos by Travis Hudgons

  For more than an hour on April 14, the gazebo in downtown Decatur echoed with cries of victory. They came from voices not typically associated with triumph, achievement or joy but carried a message filled with hope for the future. The cries came from victims of violent crimes and their allies. As part of […]

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Self-reported survey shakes up Decatur High parents

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One recent survey’s results have some parents of Decatur City School students worried about post-curricular activities. An anonymous self-reported survey conducted by the Georgia Department of Education during the 2014-2015 school year found 45.21 percent of Decatur High School seniors drank alcohol at least once in a 30-day period. This is more than double the […]

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ManMade Mentoring impacts Stephenson Middle School

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For five hours on March 19, a group of 22 Stephenson Middle School boys received a lesson in manhood. As part of author John Dennis’ pilot ManMade Mentoring Program, the group scrubbed, scraped, washed, mopped and swept four Stephenson Middle School bathrooms. The 22 middle school students were joined by Dennis and six mentors in […]

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Dunwoody begins transition to LED lighting

Dunwoody begins transition to LED lighting

On March 28, the Dunwoody city council unanimously approved an initiative that will replace 2,221 regular light bulbs with light-emitting diode lights (LED) streetlights.  According to officials involved with the project, the total monthly bill for such a change will be $24,682.37. That amount is $230 more per month than the city’s current lighting costs. […]

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