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Unforeseen delays stall construction on senior centers

Although county officials say the South DeKalb Senior Center is 85 percent complete, a sign on the property announces a stop work order issued Aug. 14. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Senior citizens across the county want to know when their new senior centers will open. A group of seniors who attended the Aug. 12 meeting of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners demanded answers about when construction on three senior centers—in north, central and south DeKalb—would be completed. “We have been made promises,” said Joyce […]

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Earlier Ebola visit to the CDC?

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“Panic travels faster than fact.” –columnist Bill Crane, today. In 1990, crab-eating macaques monkeys, imported from the Philippines, were determined to be carrying the filo-virus strain of Ebola. As no history of the disease was previously documented in the Philippines, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined the infection likely occurred in transit on […]

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Students study film production at summer camp

More than 40 students showcased their film production skills during “The Black Top Circus goes Hollywood” series.

With Georgia ranking third in the United States for feature film production, the BlackTop Circus wants to give children the opportunity to be exposed to the film industry. The BlackTop Circus and Empowering Youth through the Arts Organization presented “The BlackTop Circus goes Hollywood,” a series of short films produced and performed by camp students […]

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“Remorseful” former commissioner to plead guilty

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  Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who faces federal charges of mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud, is “extremely remorseful for what she’s done.” That’s what Jeff Brickman,Boyer’s court-appointed attorney, said after Boyer’s Aug. 26 hearing in a federal court. “Today is a sad day, obviously, for her [that has put] a shadow on […]

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Commissioner resigns, federal charges filed, bond set at $25,000

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DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer resigned her position Aug. 25, a day before federal charges were brought against her. Boyer faces charges of mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud in U.S. District Court. According to the charges, Boyer conspired between September 2009 and November 2011 to “defraud DeKalb County” by authorizing 35 payments for false […]

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OPINION: Thoughts on Ferguson, Mo.

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As a former resident of the metro Saint Louis, East Saint Louis area, my heart has been heavy watching the police dogs and tear gas being used to disperse peaceful protesters standing up for their right to be treated with dignity and respect. The photos reminded me of a throwback to the ‘60s and the […]

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Jamaica mission trip is eye-opening experience for GPC student

Students and volunteers at the Watford Hill Primary School in Hanover, Jamaica.

  by Justin Beaudrot Those were my favorite days—the days when our Jamaica Study Abroad trip took us to Watford Hill Primary School. In collaboration with DeKalb-based nonprofit Unconditional Love for Children (ULC), Georgia Perimeter College was able to give 12 college students and many Watford Hill students one of the most unforgettable experiences of […]

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New charter school opens to neurotypical, autism-spectrum students

Cofounders Tonna Harris-Bosselmann and Devon Christopher cut the ribbon at Tapestry Public Charter School, opening this school year.

One of the newest schools in DeKalb County is also one of the most unusual. Tapestry Public Charter School, which opened Aug. 11, will educate neurotypical children and those on the autism spectrum in inclusive classrooms. According to Tapestry’s website, 62.7 percent of students with any disability are mainstreamed into inclusive classrooms, but only 41.2 […]

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