Downside leads to upside of Prius V


Sluggish sounds like a rather insulting way to start a car review. But it’s true. The 2014 Toyota Prius V is a bit sluggish but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing all the time. In most of my daily around-town driving, I didn’t mind that the Prius was a bit hesitant on takeoff and slow […]

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OPINION: Stone Mountain resident: ‘I’m a citizen of DeKalb’


With all the talk of municipal segregation, otherwise known as the cityhood movement or annexation, it was reassuring recently to hear a DeKalb resident ask his audience not to divide themselves into these various proposed cities. Currently there are annexation talks or proceedings under way for Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Lithonia and Stone […]

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Schools collect 104,000 pounds of recyclables

DeKalb Early College Academy and Elizabeth Andrews High School received a $1,000 for winning second place in the recycling competition.

  A student recycling competition sponsored by a new partnership among the DeKalb County government, the school district and Keep DeKalb Beautiful has kept 104,000 pounds of trash out of the landfill. “We created this competition to encourage everyone, young and old, to recycle [by] educating you on the importance of recycling and how you […]

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New families created during adoption event

From left front, newly-adopted Karla, mother Jennifer, sister Jayla. From left back, Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams, Karla’s father Brett and grandparents Barbara and James Moore.

“We love her so much. She has us wrapped around her little finger.” That’s what Summer Hillesheim of Lilburn said about Mya, the baby she and her husband Brett officially made a member of their family Nov. 14, which was National Adoption Day. Mya came to the Hillesheims, who are foster parents, at midnight in […]

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Verizon’s HopeLine contributes $800,000 to combat domestic violence

Judge Peggy H. Walker receives HopeLine Hero Award.

In a ceremony held on Nov. 14 at Verizon Wireless South headquarters, Verizon expressed its gratitude to more than 50 organizations they’ve partnered with to promote domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts. Verizon announced that it donated more than $800,000 to domestic violence advocacy organizations across Georgia this year. HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ phone recycling program, […]

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Tucker Middle now STEM certified

Department of education recognizes STEM students.

Tucker Middle School achieved statewide recognition when the middle school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program was certified by the Georgia Department of Education, making it the first middle school in Georgia to achieve STEM certification. With the certification, Tucker Middle School became the fourth school in DeKalb County–and 11th overall statewide for all […]

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Ex-commissioner seeks end to ethics complaint

Attorney Anne Lewis said her client, former county commissioner Elaine Boyer, wants to avoid an ethics hearing. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Former DeKalb County commissioner Elaine Boyer wants to avoid an ethics board hearing. Her attorney, Anne Lewis, said Boyer wants to enter into a consent decree with the DeKalb County Board of Ethics, admitting that she violated the county’s ethics code. The consent decree would “removes the necessity to proceed any further on this” ethics […]

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Residents, lawmakers discuss DeKalb’s land grab

Reps. Pam Stephenson

The cityhood and annexation movement in DeKalb was the top subject when state legislators representing DeKalb County held a town hall meeting Oct. 28. “We are coming back to y’all this session,” said Jason Lary, president of the Stonecrest City Alliance, a group seeking cityhood of the area around Stonecrest Mall. “Stonecrest is back on […]

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