Eddie Moody: €˜I want Lithonia to be the safest city in America


  When former DeKalb County Police Chief Eddie Moody retired from his job in 2004, he said that if he ever put on another police uniform it would be for DeKalb County. That all changed when council members and residents of his home town of Lithonia asked him to consider becoming the new chief of […]

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CDC employees indicted for alleged molestation of 6-year-old


Two former employees for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been indicted for child molestation by a DeKalb County grand jury. Thomas Joseph Westerman, 42, and Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, were arrested in 2011. Each was recently charged with two counts of child molestation. According to the indictment, Westerman and Lindsey asked […]

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Police, nurse team to tackle crises


It was the evening of Nov. 14, 2012, and a 47-year-old wheelchair-bound grandmother was hit by a vehicle on Covington Highway. Reportedly her 3-year-old granddaughter was riding on the rear of the chair as they crossed the street. The first police car to respond to the accident just happened to be driving by. It was […]

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Extra money could mean lower county tax increase

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DeKalb County has an extra $12.9 million to work with in 2013. That’s what DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said when he delivered his amended 2013 budget recommendation to the Board of Commissioners’ finance, audit and budget committee on Jan. 31. Ellis’ amended budget recommendation includes a millage increase of 0.64 mills. That would mean […]

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Southwest DeKalb wins Area 6-AAAAA title

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The Southwest DeKalb Panthers were the only DeKalb County team to win a traditional area wrestling title as they took the Area 6-AAAAA title over Lakeside at Dunwoody High School on Feb. 2. Despite no other team titles, DeKalb is sending 101 wrestlers on to the State Sectionals in the final step for qualifying for […]

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School district: Atkinson out, Thurmond in

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After less than two years, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson is leaving the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) in a condition some residents say is worse than when she was hired. The DeKalb County School Board held a meeting Feb. 8 and approved a separation agreement with Atkinson and voted to appoint former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael […]

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First bilingual charter school in DeKalb County opening

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Brand Kenner, co-founder of GLOBE Academy, said she first got the idea to open the school while her child was attending Little Linguists International Preschool in Atlanta. Kenner was working with Jackie Ubiles to open Little Linguists; she said they both had young children at the time. “We were amazed at the way our kids […]

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Cedar Grove bounces back after rebuilding season

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The Cedar Grove boys basketball team finished the 2011-2012 season with a 4-14 record. Some would consider that a losing season, but head coach James Martin didn’t. “We didn’t look at it as being horrible,” he said. “We looked at it as a part of our development.” After the down season, the Cedar Grove Saints […]

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