Corruption report calls for interim CEO’s resignation

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said he will root out bad apples in the government after he receives a corruption report. Photo by Travis Hudgons

DeKalb County is plagued by “appalling corruption and a stunning absence of leadership,” states the long-anticipated report on county corruption. The report, commissioned by interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, states that May should resign immediately and allow for a special election. Former state attorney general Mike Bowers, who investigated the Atlanta Public Schools cheating […]

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Residents question proposed soccer facility


There were more questions than answers when the three commissioners who voted against the proposed Atlanta United Soccer facility held a community conversation Sept. 28. Nearly 100 people were present when DeKalb County Commissioners Kathie Gannon, Nancy Jester and Jeff Rader hosted the public conversation about The Home Depot cofounder Arthur Blank’s proposed Atlanta United […]

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Stadium renamed for William Buck Godfrey


As former Southwest DeKalb High School football coach William ‘Buck’ Godfrey walked on the field at the former Panthersville Stadium, a number of emotions went through him. “It’s the first time I walked on this field and I wasn’t coaching,” he said. “So, I had a myriad of strange feelings.” When he saw “William Buck Godfrey Stadium” on the scoreboard, it still had not […]

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Man killed in hit and run incident in Brookhaven

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Brookhaven Police is searching for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run incident that left a man dead. Carlos Nino of the Brookhaven Police Department said officers responded to a call of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Sept. 28 at approximately 8:40 p.m. The incident occurred on the I-85 southbound ramp from North Druid […]

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Church’s bike event is solar focused

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Good stewardship of the Earth is part of living godly lives for the leadership and congregation of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur. To that end, the church has formed a Green Ministry, which promotes Earth stewardship and supports green and sustainable practices by working with the community and other organizations. The church also puts […]

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Funeral set for fallen DeKalb officer


The funeral arrangements have been finalized for DeKalb County Police Officer Kevin Toatley who died after his police vehicle was struck head-on by a wrong way driver on Sept. 19. The seven-year veteran of the department was driving home in his patrol car on South Fulton Parkway near Buffington Road in south Fulton County when the […]

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School addresses first generation students’ needs

Student Support Specialist Jason Randall stands in the halls of Cross Keys High School.

It’s approximately one month into the school year at Cross Keys High School. Student Support Specialist Jason Randall said staff and administrators are focused on three key elements this year: health, college readiness and career readiness. “One of our biggest issues is trying to make sure that our students graduate within four years. They come […]

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Health department celebrates veggie month with farmers market

The farmers market was organized to promote locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Bobby Merrell drove 125 miles Sept. 10 from Dooley County in south Georgia to bring fresh Georgia grown fruits and vegetables to DeKalb County. He loaded tables with muscadines, peaches, plums, apples and various vegetables—80 percent of which came from his brother’s Merrell Farm. “Anytime you can get some fresh fruits and vegetables into anyone’s […]

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