The following statement is issued  by behalf of Mayor J. Max Davis

McNair school worker retells face-to-face encounter with gunman

Police are on hand as students return to McNair academy after a shooting there Aug. 20. Photo by John Hewitt

Police are on hand as students return to McNair academy after a shooting there Aug. 20. Photo by John Hewitt   Staring into the eyes of a gunman isn’t what Malcolm Quillen expected on a day that started normally. But just before 1 p.m. on Aug. 20, Quillen, nutrition manager with the DeKalb County School […]

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DeKalb Police officers promoted, honored

Twenty-five DeKalb County Police personnel received accommodations for their work during a ceremony Aug. 14. Nineteen individuals were promoted. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Between February and June, DeKalb, along with Atlanta, Lilburn, Gwinnett and Henry counties, was plagued by the so-called “dollar store robber” who stole from 24 stores and a Tucker bank. Before 23-year-old Artavius Marcellus Brown was identified and later arrested, DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander called him “extremely dangerous.” “No one has been hurt at […]

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Oakhurst Elementary named a Georgia School of Excellence

Oakhurst Elementary School, part of the City Schools of Decatur district, was recently named one of 28 Schools of Excellence by the state. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Faculty members at Oakhurst Elementary School have several reasons for the school being recently named as one of the 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement by the Georgia Department of Education. Oakhurst Principal Mary Mack said, “We work to do our best to meet the needs of all our learners, not necessarily just […]

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Boil Water Advisory in Effect for the Tucker Area


The DeKalb County Watershed Division is issuing a Boil Water Advisory for the Tucker area. The affected area is Northlake Parkway and I-285 on the west, Lawrenceville Highway on the south, Fuller Way on the east and LaVista Road on the north. This morning, a temporary fluctuation in water system pressure occurred which lowered the […]

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Out of the mouths of babes come new opportunities in Africa


  The biblical quote “a little child shall lead them” resonates in the history of the African Children’s Choir (ACC). A humanitarian volunteer driving a small child from his war-torn home in Uganda more than 30 years ago was moved to hear the child break into song. From what the volunteer called “a simple song […]

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May encourages participation in small business summit

Small businesses such as those at Candler Point business plaza in south DeKalb County account for approximately 90 percent of the businesses registered in the county.

“Small business success equals DeKalb County success,” said DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May, urging owners and representatives of small businesses across the county to participate in this year’s county-sponsored small business summit. “Small business is crucial to the future of DeKalb County,” said May, adding that approximately 90 percent of the businesses registered in […]

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Students and teachers unharmed in school shooting


A suspect is in custody after allegedly firing a gun inside Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy on Aug. 20. Police said after the gunman exchanged fire with law enforcement he surrendered peacefully. There were no injuries to students, teachers or the suspect, according to police. DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said the 19-year-old […]

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Andrea Sneiderman guilty of perjury

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photo by Kent D. Johnson/AJC   A jury found Andrea Sneiderman guilty Aug. 19 of four counts of perjury during the investigation into her husband Rusty Sneiderman’s November 2010 shooting death. Her former boss Hemy Neuman was later convicted of committing the crime and is serving life in prison. Andrea Sneiderman was also found guilty […]

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