Two Bloods members convicted in DeKalb teen’s murder

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Two DeKalb County gang members were sentenced to life without parole Feb. 29 after a jury found them guilty of beating and killing a 19-year-old man as a form of gang discipline, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office. Ramon Nichols and Marques Nicholson, both high-ranking Bloods members, were found guilty of […]

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OPINION|The doldrums of late winter

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With MLK’s birthday and President’s Day behind us, we have no other national holidays on the calendar until late May, unless one is lucky enough to have Good Friday off prior to Easter. Otherwise, its five days a week of the same old daily grind for most of us. It is the time of year […]

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Suspensions high in DeKalb County

DeKalb Superintendent Stephen Green. File photo/Travis Hudgons

It’s a story familiar to many schools in the country. A student arrives on campus. He or she does not want to be there because of problems at home, trouble in the classroom or conflict with another student. By many routes, trouble becomes another routine. It becomes so routine, like homework or getting on the […]

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Ethics board in holding pattern

Members of the DeKalb County ethics board are making plans to hire an ethics officer to investigate ethics complaints. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

The DeKalb County Board of Ethics is still in a holding pattern because of a lawsuit filed by DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton and the lack of an ethics officer. On Feb. 18, the ethics board decided not to give an advisory opinion concerning an ethics complaint against Sutton. Viola Davis, of Unhappy Taxpayer […]

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Chamblee residents reject LaVista annexation

Georgia State Rep. Scott Holcomb addresses a packed house at Chamblee Civic Center during a public meeting. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Roughly 100 concerned residents were present at a Chamblee town hall meeting held Feb. 16 to discuss the issue of annexation with elected officials. After its failed attempt at incorporation in November 2015, the area of DeKalb County known as LaVista Hills is considering being annexed into surrounding cities. Chamblee was approached as an option, […]

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Hightower Highbots showcase DeKalb’s engineering skills

The Hightower Highbots team members are Andy Quintanilla, Orlando Gama, Sebastian Ramirez, Bryce Marshall, Brenda Sanchez and Katherine Portillo. Also pictured are Principal Sheila George, left, and technology teacher Sondra Owens, right. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

While most DeKalb County residents are in the daily grind, at least seven elementary school students in Doraville are practicing the arts of collaboration, innovation, strategy and robotics. What’s more, the seven are earning trophies in the process. Hightower Elementary School’s “Highbots,” or Robotics Club, recently competed in the Georgia FIRST LEGO League at the […]

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County revitalizes film commission

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DeKalb County wants a share of the state’s $6 billion film industry. “Georgia’s film industry has just exploded,” DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson said Feb. 17. “They call Atlanta and metropolitan Atlanta the Hollywood of the South. “We want to make sure DeKalb County gets a piece of the rock, a piece of the dollars […]

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Wrestlers bring home state medals

Marist freshman Andrew Pace won gold in the Class AAAA 113-weight class with a pin over Sandy Creek senior Jake Lee. Photo by R. Findley Photography

Marist’s Andrew Pace was the lone wrestler from the DeKalb County area to win a gold medal at the GHSA state wrestling tournaments Feb. 13. Pace, a freshman, won gold in the Class AAAA 113-weight class with a pin over Sandy Creek senior Jake Lee. Marist had four other wrestlers to place in the top […]

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