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Brookhaven gets new public works director

Hari Karikaran

  Brookhaven has a new man in charge of its public works department.  Hari Karikaran took over as department head April 3. Lowe Engineers, the private contractor that operates Brookhaven’s Public Works department, hired Karikaran to manage the day-to-day operations.  “The city of Brookhaven’s Public Works Department is really kicking into high gear under the […]

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Fifty tons of debris collected

DeKalb County officials kicked off the Operation Clean Sweep initiative March 11.

Streets in DeKalb County may be a little cleaner after a recent cleanup effort by county officials. In the first Saturday of the county’s Operation Clean Sweep, 50 tons of debris were removed from a 12-mile stretch of south Stone Mountain and Lithonia on Panola and Redan roads by county crews. On March 11, crews […]

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Playing police

playing police

  The job of a police officer isn’t an easy one. At times facing criticism, the profession can be stressful as well as life-threatening.  However, one 4-year-old Decatur boy helped lighten the mood of a local precinct by bringing smiles to officers at the Decatur Police Department.  Oliver Knowles, known by the Decatur Police Department […]

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Doraville denies dry cleaning business

Doraville City Council denied a rezoning request of a former automotive repair location on the grounds of environment and traffic concerns, marking the second denial in as many months. Photos courtesy of Doraville.

Despite support from city staff, approval from the planning and zoning commission and completing a public hearing with a 59-page presentation, business owner Chris Cho was denied permission to operate a dry cleaning and laundry establishment in Doraville by city council on March 6. “I think we’re doing the applicant an injustice,” said Councilwoman Pam […]

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City officials, developer break ground for Sams Crossing development

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  Avondale Estates officials, the city’s Downtown Development Authority and associates from South City Partners gathered March 10 to break ground on the Sams Crossing development. The multi-use development, which will be built on 3.17 acres, will feature approximately 8,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space on the ground floor, approximately 197 residential units in four […]

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Doraville Police go high-tech

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  License plate recognition, traffic, vehicular analysis system costs city $61,047 Doraville City Council unanimously approved a Doraville Police Department purchase for a traffic and vehicular analysis system worth more than $61,000 during its Feb. 21 meeting. Doraville Police Chief John King made the request for the system, which includes a radar speed trailer, three […]

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Westchester hosts Battle of the Bands

Westchester Elementary School hosted its annual Battle of the Bands fundraiser event on March 10 at Avondale Towne Cinema. Rick Beato and Friends opened the event with a mix of classic rock. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

    PTA holds annual fundraiser at Avondale’s Towne Cinema, raises more than $15,000 On the evening of March 10, Towne Cinema in Avondale Estates transformed into a haven for good times, rock-n-roll and the epicenter of school fundraising. Westchester Elementary School—located at 758 Scott Boulevard in Decatur—hosted its third annual Battle of the Bands, […]

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Cave-in causes chaos in DeKalb County

Cave-in causes chaos in DeKalb County

According to a county official, a company installing fiber optic lines in DeKalb County damaged a water main at the corner of Beech and Memorial Drive. The company damaged a 36-inch water main. County officials are unsure of the extent of the damage but county spokesperson Andrew Cauthen, said it’s “significant.”  The incident occurred at […]

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