MARTA postpones rezoning request for Brookhaven/Oglethorpe station

Mayor John Ernst announced that MARTA and Brookhaven City Center Partners agreed to postpone submitting rezoning applications for the stations’ Transit Oriented Development. Photos by Carla Parker

Plans to revitalize the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA Station have been put on hold. Mayor John Ernst announced Feb. 22 at a town hall meeting that MARTA and Brookhaven City Center Partners agreed to postpone submitting rezoning applications for the stations’ Transit Oriented Development (TOD) until June 1. Brookhaven City Center Partners, a master development joint venture […]

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Frank Auman elected as Tucker’s first mayor

Frank Auman

Frank Auman, one of the leaders of the Tucker 2015 cityhood initiative, was elected as the city’s first mayor on March 1. Auman won the mayoral seat with 69.89 percent of the vote. Bruce Jackson came in second with 16.36 percent and Lorne Cheek received 12.10 percent. Auman said he and the voters in Tucker […]

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Dunwoody Rotary Club hosts ‘State of the City’

Attendees examine the upcoming I-285 and GA-400 interchange which has a planned ground breaking in Dunwoody by late 2016 or early 2017. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

Dunwoody officials, business representatives and community advocates came together Feb. 25 to hear the seventh annual State of the City address from Mayor Denis Shortal. The three-hour event, hosted by Dunwoody Rotary Club at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on Ashford Dunwoody Road, saw attendees converse with local leaders over a catered meal and scheduled program. […]

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Thousands to redistrict in Cross Keys cluster


More than 1,700 DeKalb County students can expect to attend a different school next year, following a regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting. On March 7, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) unanimously agreed to temporarily redistrict an area ranging from Ponce de Leon Avenue to the most northeastern portion of I-285 due to overcrowding. Following […]

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DeKalb commissioners approve new ethics officer

There still is no commissioner for DeKalb’s District 5. Photo by Travis Hudgons

DeKalb County Commissioners voted 6-0, with one abstention, to approve the appointment of Stacey Kalberman as county’s new ethics officer on March 8. Kalberman, of Decatur, served as executive director of the Georgia Ethics Commission from April 2010 to October 2011. She won $700,000 in a lawsuit against Georgia’s ethics commission after claiming that her salary was  and deputy removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.  According to the Associated Press, “Kalberman […]

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Police department makes case for more money, officers

Police representatives say a 4-percent raise approved by county commissioners Feb. 25 is not enough. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

    An 8-percent pay raise and additional officers is what the DeKalb County Police Department needs to serve and protect residents. “We all know that we’re losing police officers and we know that we want to keep our communities safe,” DeKalb County Police Major Tonya Dedrick told county commissioners during a meeting in February. […]

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Law enforcement task force arrests 129

DeKalb Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Joseph looks into a window while attempting to serve a warrant during Operation Safe DeKalb. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

A task force of 18 law enforcement agencies, headed by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, took a bite out of crime Feb. 22-26. The effort resulted in 129 arrests. “Our goal is the same goal as the citizens of DeKalb County, and that is to make sure that…everybody feels safe in their homes, communities, churches […]

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Renfroe students prepare for food drive

Representatives from Renfroe Middle School’s student government volunteered at Atlanta Community Food Bank on Feb. 24. Photo provided

For half a day on Feb. 24, more than 20 students from Renfroe Middle School received a crash course on hunger. In preparation for the school’s annual food drive on March 1, 24 representatives from Renfroe’s student government volunteered at Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), located on Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. in western Atlanta. They […]

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