Public, officials discuss E-SPLOST before May 24 vote

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For six minutes on May 9, an audience in DeKalb County’s J. David Williamson Board Room sat attentive and silent while elementary students Isaiah Stevens and Elijah Stephens spoke. The words echoing through the auditorium-like room were precise as they outlined needs for DeKalb School of the Arts, including a proper auditorium and classroom expansion […]

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Bethune Middle lives up to namesake

Eighth-graders Jakeria Daniels, Tyrees Lindsey and Deshawn Williams help an educator select books at Bethune Middle School.

Mary McLeod Bethune may have passed away in 1955, but her spirit was alive and well in Decatur on May 13 and 14. For two days, the gymnasium at Bethune Middle School, which owes its name to Bethune, transformed into a hub for reading, education and literacy. Over the course of 14 hours, more than […]

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OPINION: Thankfully, some very good choices

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“We don’t tell you what to think. We tell you what to think about”–veteran broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur, during remarks to the now-defunct Georgia Association of Newscasters in Savannah. Vanocur was an NBC White House and political correspondent for most of the 1960s and ‘70s, and later a correspondent for ABC and PBS. I have lived most […]

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Lithonia farmers market to provide healthy options for community

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Lithonia and the DeKalb County Board of Health have partnered to bring a farmers market to the city. The Lithonia Farmers Market will kick off June 5 at Lithonia Park. Along with selling fresh fruits and vegetables, the grand opening will also include a Zumba class as well as a DJ to entertain the crowd. […]

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Fallen officers remembered

DeKalb County Police officers prepare to give a 21-gun salute during a memorial service for fallen officers May 11. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

When local law enforcement officials and families of 42 fallen officers gathered May 11 for the annual law enforcement memorial program, there was a new name on the memorial. “This year we have added one additional officer to this memorial wall: DeKalb County Master Police Officer Kevin Toatley,” said DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy. […]

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County CEO among contested positions in May 24 primary

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Approximately 7,400 residents have already voted on nominees for various positions up for grabs during the 2016 election cycle. Contested positions in DeKalb include the county’s chief executive officer, sheriff, district attorney, solicitor general, commissioners for Districts 4 and 6, tax commissioner, two Superior Court judgeships and a State Court judgeship. Additionally, eight state representative […]

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Media clerk reinstated

City Schools of Decatur has been the center of controversy due to the firing and rehiring of media clerk Susan Riley, which eventually cost the district more than $14,000. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Those familiar with City Schools of Decatur (CSD) media clerk Susan Riley characterize her as welcoming, kind and even inspirational to those around her, especially when it comes to students. Following a two-month ordeal involving uproar, outcries and many passionate pleas for a sympathetic ear, City Schools of Decatur can add another characterization to Riley’s […]

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House candidate takes legal action over campaign signs

State House candidate Charles Hill’s campaign sign on Mall Parkway was taken down. Photos provided by Charles Hills

The 2016 election has taken an ugly turn for State House District 91 candidate Charles Hill. Hill, who is running for political office for the first time, filed a police report with the DeKalb County Police Department after several of his campaign signs were stolen and damaged, costing Hill nearly $1,000 In an email sent […]

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