History Center brings education to life


For more than an hour on March 2, hundreds of students from three elementary schools saw history brought to life. Second-, third- and fourth-graders from Glenwood, E.L. Miller and Cedar Grove elementary schools attended the two-person production Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hosted at the DeKalb History Center in […]

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Dunwoody Rotary Club hosts ‘State of the City’

Attendees examine the upcoming I-285 and GA-400 interchange which has a planned ground breaking in Dunwoody by late 2016 or early 2017. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

Dunwoody officials, business representatives and community advocates came together Feb. 25 to hear the seventh annual State of the City address from Mayor Denis Shortal. The three-hour event, hosted by Dunwoody Rotary Club at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on Ashford Dunwoody Road, saw attendees converse with local leaders over a catered meal and scheduled program. […]

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Thousands to redistrict in Cross Keys cluster


More than 1,700 DeKalb County students can expect to attend a different school next year, following a regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting. On March 7, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) unanimously agreed to temporarily redistrict an area ranging from Ponce de Leon Avenue to the most northeastern portion of I-285 due to overcrowding. Following […]

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Renfroe students prepare for food drive

Representatives from Renfroe Middle School’s student government volunteered at Atlanta Community Food Bank on Feb. 24. Photo provided

For half a day on Feb. 24, more than 20 students from Renfroe Middle School received a crash course on hunger. In preparation for the school’s annual food drive on March 1, 24 representatives from Renfroe’s student government volunteered at Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), located on Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. in western Atlanta. They […]

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Suspensions high in DeKalb County

DeKalb Superintendent Stephen Green. File photo/Travis Hudgons

It’s a story familiar to many schools in the country. A student arrives on campus. He or she does not want to be there because of problems at home, trouble in the classroom or conflict with another student. By many routes, trouble becomes another routine. It becomes so routine, like homework or getting on the […]

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Chamblee residents reject LaVista annexation

Georgia State Rep. Scott Holcomb addresses a packed house at Chamblee Civic Center during a public meeting. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Roughly 100 concerned residents were present at a Chamblee town hall meeting held Feb. 16 to discuss the issue of annexation with elected officials. After its failed attempt at incorporation in November 2015, the area of DeKalb County known as LaVista Hills is considering being annexed into surrounding cities. Chamblee was approached as an option, […]

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Hightower Highbots showcase DeKalb’s engineering skills

The Hightower Highbots team members are Andy Quintanilla, Orlando Gama, Sebastian Ramirez, Bryce Marshall, Brenda Sanchez and Katherine Portillo. Also pictured are Principal Sheila George, left, and technology teacher Sondra Owens, right. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

While most DeKalb County residents are in the daily grind, at least seven elementary school students in Doraville are practicing the arts of collaboration, innovation, strategy and robotics. What’s more, the seven are earning trophies in the process. Hightower Elementary School’s “Highbots,” or Robotics Club, recently competed in the Georgia FIRST LEGO League at the […]

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Perimeter regional leaders discuss growth, future

Dunwoody mayor Denis Shortal explains his plans in dealing with future expansion.

For an hour on Feb. 19, community leaders and government officials from Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs came together to discuss the future of a northern DeKalb region. The Perimeter Business Alliance (PBA), a volunteer organization based in north Atlanta, hosted a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Perimeter Center, where the mayors of Chamblee, […]

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