‘No city like Stonecrest’

The city of Stonecrest held a grand opening ceremony for its city hall, located at 3120 Stonecrest Boulevard.

As residents enjoyed a block party Nov. 11 for the grand opening of Stonecrest’s city hall, Stonecrest officials basked in the national exposure thanks to a “unique” pitch to bring a second Amazon headquarters to the newly formed city. Stonecrest’s city hall, located at 3120 Stonecrest Boulevard, will serve as offices for Stonecrest officials and […]

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Investigation costs DeKalb more than $23,000

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   On the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners official website, Ashlee Wright is still listed as the primary contact for Commissioner Gregory Adams. However, it’s unlikely Wright will return to work for Adams after she accused the District 7 commissioner of sexual harassment. The county paid Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP $23,240 to investigate […]

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SPLOST a go in DeKalb County

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DeKalb County officials said “it’s a new day” in DeKalb after voters approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum Nov. 7. The 1-cent sales tax increase will provide DeKalb County approximately $636 million over six years from April 2018 to March 2024. There will be no increase in sales tax on unprepared food […]

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Four more years

Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry announced his intent to rerun for mayor in late June. In November, he will face former council member Beverly Burks. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Chamblee, Clarkston mayors win reelection Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson and Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry retained their elected offices in close DeKalb County mayoral races on Nov. 7. Clarkson won a fourth term against opponent Van Pappas 53.9 percent to 45.4 percent. Clarkson, who has been mayor since 2005, ran on a ticket celebrating Chamblee’s decade-long […]

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War of words

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Lt. Governor Cagle issues warning to Decatur    In the battle of city versus state over “sanctuary cities,” Lt. Governor Casey Cagle threw another jab, issuing an ultimatum to Decatur.  Cagle wrote on Facebook Nov. 1 saying he would give Decatur a last opportunity to “abandon their practice of harboring criminal illegal immigrants” or he […]

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Ex-commissioner pleads guilty

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Former DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson, who was arrested in June for misusing public funds, pleaded guilty to theft by conversion Oct. 25 in a pretrial hearing.The guilty plea was in connection with handling of funds totaling approximately $3,000.   According to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson reduced the […]

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Officials urge voters to be educated on SPLOST

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Voters could soon approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) in DeKalb County. With more than $380 million in funding over the next six years on the line if the referendum is approved in November, county officials are urging voters to be informed before heading to the voting booth. On Oct. 18, DeKalb […]

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From Politics To Pastoring

Former DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May decided to leave politics behind to focus on being a pastor at Transforming Faith Church.

Former Interim DeKalb CEO transitions into new role It’s been more than a year since former DeKalb County commissioner and interim CEO Lee May said he would call it quits for politics. When asked if he misses the spotlight of DeKalb politics, May responded by saying, “not for a second.” May left office at the […]

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