2013 county departmental budget requests up $44 million

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The numbers are in: DeKalb County department heads want $44 million more in 2013 than they received this year. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners got an early look at the county’s 2013 budget requests Oct. 5. The budget requests from the county’s various departments total $601 million, up $44 million from the current county […]

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City of Decatur considering several annexations

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In the Midway Woods neighborhood, west of Columbia Drive and on the outskirts of the city of Decatur, an annexation proposal at least four years in the making is pitting neighbor against neighbor. At issue is a request by some residents of the neighborhood to be annexed into the four-square-mile city of Decatur. Kevin Polite, […]

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DeKalb County Schools to implement balanced calendar this fall

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The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will switch to a balanced attendance calendar this fall even though surveys show a majority of parents are against the change. The DeKalb County School Board voted Oct. 8 to move to a balanced school calendar, which contains the same 180 school days as its current calendar. However, the […]

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Clarkston City Council considering reduction in size, mayor’s term

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A move maybe afoot in the city of Clarkston to reduce the number of council members and limit the mayor’s term. A proposal was introduced during the Clarkston City Council’s Sept. 4 meeting that, if passed, will ask the DeKalb County delegation to the state’s General Assembly to consider changing the city’s charter. The changes […]

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Deal appoints commission to facilitate services for Brookhaven

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Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a five-member commission in preparation of the establishment of the city of Brookhaven, which was approved by voters in July. Under legislation passed by the General Assembly, upon voter-approval of the city Deal was tasked with creating a five-member panel consisting of a chairman and four others who reside in […]

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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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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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