College student allowed to run for city council

Mary_Pat Hector becomes youngest woman in Georgia to run for city council

Mary-Pat Hector becomes youngest woman in Georgia to run for city council   Mary-Pat Hector, 19, made national headlines after the DeKalb County Elections Board decided her age would not be an issue while running for a city council seat in Stonecrest. Hector had her application challenged by District 4 opponent George Turner under the […]

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DeKalb County officials host Falcons’ pep rally

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    The Falcons Super Bowl frenzy reached DeKalb County Feb. 3 ahead of the team’s championship matchup with the New England Patriots.   DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond declared Feb. 3 Atlanta Falcons Day in DeKalb in honor of the team’s NFC Championship win and Super Bowl appearance.   Thurmond hosted the pep rally […]

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Programs available for DeKalb students

Rep. Hank Johnson serves the 4th Congressional District of Georgia and is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which awards scholarships and opportunities to students in DeKalb County. File photo

Six exclusive programs are available to DeKalb County students thanks to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s involvement in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). On Jan. 24, Johnson’s office announced the deadline for four scholarships, an internship program and a study abroad program in the Far East. The scholarships include the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts […]

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Tucker officials address residents’ concerns at town hall meeting

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Hundreds of Tucker residents packed the Tucker Middle School cafeteria Jan. 24 to ask the Tucker mayor and city council questions about various topics at a town hall meeting.   Topics discussed included development, traffic, code enforcement and the city’s strategy to take over management of the parks. The meeting came a day after the […]

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Larry Johnson pushing for new city

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District 3 DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, whose district covers the southwest region of the county, hopes his new proposed city will help the residents in the area. In a regular board of commissioners meeting, Johnson unveiled his idea for the new proposed city—to be named Prosperity. The region would cover roughly 150,000 residents and […]

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County officials, residents ready for ‘new day in DeKalb’

New names are pictured on the DeKalb County Government building in downtown Decatur. Among the new names are CEO Michael Thurmond, Commissioner Gregory Adams and Commissioner Steve Bradshaw. Photo by Travis Hudgons

  When his schedule allows, newly elected DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, representing District 4, heads to the gym promptly at 5 a.m. four times a week. However, his gym schedule has been a little sporadic lately. Bradshaw, who defeated former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, said he’s still getting adjusted to taking office. […]

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CEO releases proposed budget

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond released a proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year. The budget will address funding for police and fire.

  DeKalb County residents and county officials got a first look at how DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond wants the county to move forward. Recently the newly sworn-in CEO released a proposed $1.3 billion operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year. “This budget provides a framework for strengthening the government’s fiscal condition, improving public safety, annualizing […]

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DeKalb Officials: Lessons learned after metro-Atlanta ‘snowpocalypse’

County officials held a winter weather press conference Jan. 5 to inform residents that a plan was in place in case of an emergency situation. Storm forecasts predicted some parts of DeKalb County could get up to four inches of snow.

Just two years ago, metro-Atlanta was hit with icy conditions and two inches of snow. The combination was enough to gridlock major interstates and secondary roads for hours and in some cases days. However, DeKalb County officials said the county learned a lesson from the snowy debacle in January of 2014. Ahead of the predicted […]

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