Non-profit helps local families for the holidays

The Howey Hudson Lowe Foundation held its annual Winter Wonderland, Dec. 16, at the DeKalb Achievement Center. The event helped underprivileged families in the DeKalb County area. Photo by Horace Holloman

Dozens of DeKalb County families received special gifts this holiday season thanks to the work of a local non-profit organization.  On Dec. 16, the Howey Hudson Lowe Foundation held its annual Winter Wonderland for underprivileged children event at the DeKalb Achievement Center.  The three-hour event featured music, complimentary breakfast and a gift-giving ceremony.  Co-founders of […]

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Investigated Cross Keys teachers resign

Two Cross Keys High School teachers have been removed from the classroom following allegations they said disparaging remarks about undocumented immigrants. Cross Keys High School’s student body is 80 percent Hispanic or Latino, 11 percent Black, 6 percent Asian, 1 percent White, and 1 percent other races.

Two teachers who were removed from Cross Keys High School in November over allegations of anti-immigration remarks have resigned, according to DeKalb County School District (DCSD) officials. Officials said Diane Clark, a French teacher at Cross Keys, resigned effective Nov. 28 while Susan Petre, an English as a second language (ESOL) teacher resigned on Dec. […]

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Burrell Ellis returns to office—briefly

Burrell Ellis returned to work Dec. 14 after his conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court. Ellis held a brief press conference to thank supporters. Photo by Horace Holloman

Surrounded by friends, family, media and county officials, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis returned to office Dec. 14. During a press conference outside of the Maloof Building in downtown Decatur, Ellis thanked supporters after his conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court.  Commissioners Jeff Rader, Mereda Davis Johnson and newly-elected Commissioner Gregory Adams were […]

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District approves $200,000 contract for graduation audio, video services

Vicki Turner questioned how much money the district is spending to hold DeKalb County School District commencement ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center in May preceding a $200,000 contract approval for video and audio services. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Sparks discussion on commencement ceremonies   DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) board of education approved a contract worth $204,663 for audio, video and staging services to be used at graduation ceremonies the week of May 22. According to the request for proposal (RFP) from the district, services will include providing an 80-foot by 40-foot stage, […]

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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and the Champion Newspaper announce the 2016 Community Hero Awards!


  Nominations are being requested to highlight the contributions of residents who work tirelessly to enhance the well-being of neighborhoods throughout DeKalb County. The CEO would like to celebrate community service as we close the year and thank those who work diligently to make DeKalb County a great place to live, work and play.   […]

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Clarkston adopts alcohol ordinance


Following a six-month ban on the issuance of licenses, several public meetings and input from the community, Clarkston City Council adopted an ordinance with strict laws on alcohol sales. On Dec. 6, the council adopted an amended ordinance mandating packaged alcohol only be sold at growler shops, specialty wine shops and grocery stores. It also […]

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Fourth time’s a charm for Gregory Adams


The road to becoming an elected official with DeKalb County government hasn’t been an easy one for newly-elected District 7 Commissioner Gregory Adams. After three attempts at various positions throughout the county, Adams defeated Randal Mangham in a Dec. 6 runoff election receiving 52 percent of the vote. Just 303 votes separated Adams and Mangham. […]

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What’s next for Brannon Hill condos

Recently, DeKalb County officials were given authority by Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams to clean up the property if owners of destroyed or fire-damaged buildings in Brannon Hill Condominiums are not compliant within a 60-day period.

Brannon Hill Condominiums, littered with trash, graffiti and scorched building units, is a thorn in the side of DeKalb County, according to county officials. For nearly a decade, the county has worked to clean up the area on various occasions and cited owners for code enforcement infractions more than 30 times. Recently, DeKalb County officials […]

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