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Lithonia High bookkeeper’s theft estimate increases to $46K

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School officials say a Lithonia High School bookkeeper stole $31,000 more than originally believed. “We have documented that approximately $46,000 in student activity school funds have not been accounted for,” according to a statement by the DeKalb County School District. “The internal investigation will continue to examine school and financial records until all missing funds […]

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Five seek ex-commissioner’s seat


Three of the five people seeking to fill ex-commissioner Elaine Boyer’s empty seat on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners have ties to her. One is a Boyer planning commission appointee, one ran against her twice and one filed the ethics complaint that led to her demise. The seat became vacant Aug. 25 when Boyer […]

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Flash mob brings Pine Lake community together

Debbie Liam, a Pine Lake resident, teaches the choreography for this year’s Pine Lake Lakefest flash mob.

“First you put your arms up in an angle, like this,” 6-year-old Blais Liam demonstrated, holding her arms stick straight in a Y shape. “Then, make an M in front of your face. Not on top of your head like a monkey!” she continued. “Then make a C — to the left! — and look […]

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Local woman strives to reveal truth, not chaos

Keilah Johnson, center, is the founder of a nonprofit that mentors youth on how to resist media messaging, like these sophomores at B.E.S.T. Academy.

Keilah Johnson noticed there was something very wrong during her stay in New York City for an internship. Between her sophomore and junior years at Georgia College and State University, Johnson interned at WNYC and stayed with a family in Brooklyn. All around her, she saw people downtrodden, who didn’t recognize their talents. “My eyes […]

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Marist volleyball ranked No. 22 nationally by MaxPrep

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Marist volleyball coach Kendall Crum said she was pleasantly surprised when a parent told her that ranked the team in the top 25 teams in the nation. “I don’t put a lot of stock in rankings, but considering the way the girls have been playing the beginning of the season it’s nice for them […]

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Suspended county CEO: ‘Cut the contract’


  A secretly recorded conversation between suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis and a contractor was played in court on the second day of testimony in Ellis’ corruption trial. In the September 2012 conversation, Ellis could be heard telling Brandon Cummings, co-owner of Power and Energy Services, asking for a campaign contribution of up to $2,500 […]

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Shall we dance?

Dancers perform on Mi Casa, Your Casa art installation on the High Museum of Art’s Sifly Piazza. Photo provided by Sue Schroeder

Sue Schroeder, founder and artistic director of Decatur-based CORE Performance Company, said since the company’s inception she has sought to bring audiences innovative and engaging performances of a type rarely seen in the area. “We bring performing arts together with visual and other types of art to introduce experiences audiences don’t expect outside New York,” […]

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DeKalb school system has $30.9 million surplus

Superintendent Michael Thurmond and the DeKalb County School District Board of Education announced an increased budget surplus of $30.9 million at the Sept. 8 board meeting. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

A year and a half ago, the DeKalb County Board of Education took their seats in the boardroom on Mountain Industrial Boulevard and stared down the barrel of a $21.4 million deficit. At the Sept. 8 board meeting, however, Chief Financial Officer Michael Bell announced the district now has a $30.9 million surplus, up $10.9 […]

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