Full Text: CEO Burrelll Ellis’ 2013 State of the County


2013 State of the County Address DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis 1-29-2013 THE STRUGGLE OF A GREAT COMMUNITY To the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, judiciary, constitutional officers, members of the Georgia General Assembly and the United States Congress, Mayors, and all elected officials with us today; To the Executive Cabinet and other senior members of […]

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Sanitation workers march to unionize


  “It’s time for a change,” said Emanuel Kilpatrick, a senior refuse collector for the DeKalb County sanitation department. “We want respect. We want dignity. We want our voices to be heard.” Kilpatrick, who has worked for the county for three years, joined scores of DeKalb County sanitation workers who participated in a Martin Luther […]

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Coyote problem leads to community meeting


Residents in the Decatur and Druid Hills communities are in disarray on how to deal with the coyote problem in the metro Atlanta area. Coyotes convened on the city around 1980 and have terrorized neighborhoods, mostly attacking cats and small dogs. Residents have tried different solutions to take care of the problem, including trapping the […]

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Stone Mountain Village dedicates new public art

interurban streetcars

  Stone Mountain Village has a new piece of artwork. The Village dedicated the “Interurban Streetcars 1913-19 48” artwork on Jan. 12 at the site of the new piece, 875 Main Street between the visitors center caboose and the city municipal building. The artwork, by artist Stone Mountain resident John Thigpen, is a double-sided pictorial […]

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OPINION: Give of yourself and reap rewards you’d never imagine


DeKalb County just had a beautiful weekend. We’ve had better ones in terms of weather, but it was beautiful in that many residents took to heart the idea that Martin Luther King Jr. Day should be a day on, not a day off. Many spent the long weekend—or part of it—volunteering. The economic slump in […]

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Judge halts Druid Hills subdivision


  Druid Hills resident Rusty Ward said he just happened to hear the chainsaws. Rusty Ward, who lives on Clifton Road near the site of a much-litigated proposed subdivision, joined a few other residents Jan. 18 who protested as they watched tree after tree being sawed down. “It’s certainly too late for these beautiful old […]

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Goat could eat its way to Super Bowl ad

Ben Callner feeds Moose the goat. Callner is a finalist in a Super Bowl ad contest for a commercial about a goat with an insatiable appetite for Doritos. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Moose could soon be the most famous goat in America. Ben Callner, a 28-year-old freelance director from Decatur, got the idea to enter the Doritos Super Bowl ad contest approximately two weeks before its deadline. “My buddy said, ‘My goat eating chips is really funny,’” Callner said. “It was kind of a random comment. If […]

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Let’s Talk Trash: Increase Fee or Reduce Pickup?


DeKalb County residents will have the opportunity to have a say in the future of garbage pickup. The DeKalb County Sanitation Department is holding public meetings, “Let’s Talk Trash,” across the county to discuss the future of garbage pickup. Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer, said the discussion is about whether to reduce garbage […]

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