Chamber president weighs in on DeKalb’s job outlook

Sexting allegation sidelines coach

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A DeKalb County high school football coach has been sidelined after being accused of sexting a parent. Head Coach Michael Carson, of Martin Luther King High School, was suspended Aug. 21 pending the outcome of an ethics investigation into the allegations, according to DeKalb County School District spokesman Jeff Dickerson. The allegations surfaced after a […]

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Residents talk of Tucker cityhood, improvement district

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With Brookhaven soon to become a city, some DeKalb County residents in the Tucker area said although it wouldn’t benefit from incorporation, it might become a Community Improvement District (CID). President of the Tucker Business Association (TBA) Burke Brennan, who is also a spokesman for DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, said business owners or residents […]

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It takes a children’s village to complete a book festival

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From its inception in 2006, the AJC Decatur Book Festival set out to be a festival for everyone, including the very youngest readers. In fact, each festival includes books, authors, activities and a special area designated for young book lovers. “We decided at the start that the festival has to have great children’s programming,” recalled […]

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Pedal power: 41 years and counting

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Fred Boykin and Mark Zuckerberg have more than one thing in common. Zuckerberg attended Havard. Boykin went to the “Harvard of the South.” Another shared interest: Both presided over successful business startups in college.  Zuckerberg (with a little help from others) conceived Facebook. Boykin and his Emory chums started Bicycle South. One thing, though, Boykin […]

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DeKalb teen takes plea, avoids life in prison for shooting cousin

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Charlie Oliver, 17, accused of killing his 8-year-old cousin, pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter Aug. 28. Oliver agreed to plead guilty and receive a 10-year sentence for fatally shootingSolomon Zellner in the face July 6, 2011; Oliver was 16 at the time. Police said Oliver told them he was in his room playing […]

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City of Stone Mountain being sued for alleged ‘civil rights’ violation

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A Decatur attorney has filed a class-action suit against the city of Stone Mountain alleging it illegally used speed detection devices during a period of three months, that resulted in the unlawful arrests. The lawsuit, which is seeking $50 million in damages, was filed Aug. 9 by Jennifer Watts. Watts alleges the city “knowingly” stopped […]

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Legendary Godfrey begins 30th season at SW DeKalb

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by Wade Marbaugh It is a milestone in various realms, such as a 30th birthday or 30th year on the job, which often foreshadows a wristwatch and retirement. Don’t talk retirement as DeKalb County’s winningest football coach, Buck Godfrey, begins his 30th season at the helm at Southwest DeKalb High School. “Unless the good Lord […]

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