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The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a preliminary budget Feb. 27 that contains no tax increase and creates what Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said are “historic” reserves. “This is really a historic high for cash reserves and that’s the result of the reduction in spending and also the restraining of hiring throughout […]

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DeKalb school district may add three days to school year

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DeKalb County School Superintendent Michael Thurmond announced Feb. 27 that he will recommend an extended school calendar because of instructional days lost to winter weather. Thurmond will ask the DeKalb County Board of Education to add three days—May 21-23—to the end of the current school year. The school district lost eight instructional days due to […]

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Three DeKalb cities among 50 safest in Georgia

The City of Clarkston is one of three cities in DeKalb that made’s list of the 50 safest cities in Georgia. SafeWise stated that Clarkston promotes outdoor activities, including its new renovation of Milam Park. Photo by Carla Parker

  The city of Decatur may have had a slight increase in crime in 2013, but the city is still one of the safest in Georgia. Decatur, Doraville and Clarkston made list of the 50 safest cities in Georgia with populations of 5,000 or more as of 2012. Decatur led the trio at No. […]

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Former county CEO Vernon Jones wants sheriff’s job

“DeKalb County needs some serious leadership, not just someone that says, ‘I’ve been a police officer,’” said former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones when he announced his bid for the county sheriff’s position. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones is back in the political spotlight after announcing his bid for the county sheriff’s position. “This sheriff’s office is not going to be your father’s Oldsmobile,” Jones said during a news conference Feb. 20 in Decatur. “We’re going to be more efficient, we’re going to be more effective and […]

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May to wear two hats until Ellis case resolved

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May will also be serving in his elected position as the District 5 DeKalb County commissioner until CEO Burrell Ellis’ term expires, or the case against him is dismissed. Photo provided

  Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said that when District 5 Commissioner Lee May was appointed interim DeKalb County CEO by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, a vacancy was not created on the board of commissioners. May was appointed after CEO Burrell Ellis was indicted for allegedly strong-arming county vendors into contributing to his campaign. […]

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Sixteen DeKalb teams win first-round playoff games

The Cedar Grove boys’ basketball team huddle around head coach James Martin near the bench. Photo by Annette D. Ford

  Sixteen of DeKalb’s public and private school basketball teams moved on to the Sweet 16 of the state playoffs after winning first-round matchups Feb. 21-22. It was a sweep for Region 6-AAAAA as all seven DeKalb teams swept their Region 8-AAAA opponents to advance to the Class AAAAA State Tournament Sweet 16. The No. […]

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For the love of chickens: Everything intowners need to know about keeping chickens focus of workshop

Leghorn, Barred Rocks and Buffington are a few of the breeds of chickens that roost at the Wylde Center.

  Hidden behind the picturesque homes and landscaping that Decatur is known for is a surprising population generally not found in cities—chickens. These pets, food sources, pest controllers and contributors to soil nutrition are being kept in the backyards of many Decaturites. “Once you get chickens, you don’t go back,” said Andrea Zoppo, public programs […]

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Power and beauty join forces in the 2014 CLA45 AMG Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, (C117), 2012

Heads do turn when the 2014 CLA45 AMG Mercedes-Benz rolls by, and with good reason. On the outside, it’s a handsome vision with beautiful sweeping lines that almost require admiration. For those fortunate enough to be behind the wheel, this luxury car is an impressive piece of machinery. The CLA45 AMG Mercedes that I tested […]

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