Anti-recidivism court gives offenders a second chance

In 2011, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James began a program to help troubled youth get a second chance at life. Photos provided

DeKalb County Superior Court Diversion Program Director Kaleema Thomas said those who want a chance to turn their lives around can have it, but they’ll have to work hard for it. Thomas runs the Anti-Recidivism Court, which was created by District Attorney Robert James in 2011 as a way to give offenders ages 17-25 a […]

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DeKalb SWAT forces: Special ops in the county

Doraville Police Department has an independent SWAT division made up of patrol officers who undergo additional training. One of the vehicles is this armored M113 personnel carrier used in officer down or other high-risk engagements.

  Up to 120 individual crimes occur each day in DeKalb County, according to CRIMETRAC, the crime statistics website used by county police. With those numbers, it’s only a matter of time before one situation becomes too volatile to handle with regular patrol officers. Luckily, it doesn’t happen often. And when it does, they call […]

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Chief Moody: Lithonia police are ‘blessed’

Lithonia Police Chief Eddie Moody stands in front of one of the three police cars that was donated to Lithonia from the DeKalb County Police Department. Photo by Carla Parker

Before he accepted the job as Lithonia police chief 18 months ago, Eddie Moody knew he would not have the same resources he once had as DeKalb County police chief. When he realized that he had to balance many things with little resources, it was an “eye opener.” “It has made the job really interesting […]

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Waffle House Museum serves up nostalgia, scattered, smothered and covered

The Waffle House Museum, located in Avondale Estates, is a throwback to the chain’s first restaurant as it was in 1955. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

The sign says “Good Food Fast” but you won’t find any cooks slinging hash behind the counter. No T-bones sizzle on the flat top, no syrupy smell infuses the air. Instead, this Waffle House has been preserved as it was in 1955, the very first Waffle House ever, as a museum to the South’s ubiquitous […]

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OPINION: Doctoring Jekyll so tourists won’t hide

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“Jekyll Island has become the best and soundest investment which the state has ever made, all of which is a result of Gov. Thompson’s keen foresight and acumen,” from a resolution by the Georgia General Assembly, April 2, 1963, in honor of former Georgia Gov. M.E. Thompson, who served from 1947-48. Thompson purchased Jekyll for […]

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County breaks ground on new Avondale fire station

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, DeKalb Fire Chief Darnell Fullum and other city and county officials celebrated the ground breaking of a new first station located in Avondale Estates. Photos by D. Beauregard

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said before being torn down to make way for a new facility, Fire Station No. 3 had gotten to the point where “it almost should have been condemned. “The mayor here was talking about it, but we’re thankful that we were able to accommodate this new facility,” May said. […]

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Top of I-285 to get variable speed limit signs

The top end of I-285, between I-20, will get variable speed limit signs and the top speed will increase to 65 miles per hour, with system tests starting in August. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

The maximum speed limit on I-285 north of I-20 will increase to 65 beginning Sept. 1, according to a memo from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Sixty-five is only the maximum, though. The memo states GDOT will be implementing variable speed limit (VSL) signs along the “top end” of I-285. This is in an […]

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Atlanta Dream coach encourages hearing-impaired basketball campers

Atlanta Dream coach and former NBA player Michael Cooper address the campers at the Mike Glenn’s All-Star Basketball Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. File photo

Former NBA star and current Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper talked about the importance of living productive lives outside of basketball to campers June 17 at the Mike Glenn’s All-Star Basketball Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The 50 campers, which included members of the Southwest DeKalb girls’ basketball team, sat intently as […]

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