35 years of MARTA History

Groups promote clean restrooms

Clarkston High School student volunteers explain what they learned from the videos presented. By a sanitary restroom advocate.

Since 2005 the German Toilet Organization (GTO) “Sanitation is Dignity,” campaign has aimed to break the toilet taboo while focusing on issues of toilet and waste management systems. Jan. 20-23 Thilo Panzerbieter, executive director of GTO partnered with Tom Keating coordinator of Project CLEAN, a restroom initiative in DeKalb schools, to learn about the issues […]

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The state of DeKalb: ‘Turning the corner’

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May introduced a “new covenant” to restore trust in government. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

“DeKalb County is turning the corner.” That’s what interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said during his second State of the County address, delivered Jan. 22 before government, business and community leaders. “Proverbs tells us [that] without a vision the people perish,” May said. “My vision for DeKalb County is a government that makes everyone […]

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Cell No! Residents win cell tower fight


There will be no cell towers on school property in DeKalb County.That’s the result of a four-year legal battle that began when the DeKalb County Board of Education voted in 2011 to allow the placement of cell towers on school property. In a Nov. 3 letter to the DeKalb County School District, a T-Mobile representative […]

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A new paradigm for education

Middle school science teacher Wesley Eisenberg reviewing material with students.

In 2011 a group of parents and educators decided to explore new options for education opportunities and created a hybrid of public and home-school education–Smoke Rise Prep. At Smoke Rise students bring a laptops each day and interact with virtual online teachers, provided by the Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) through email, telephone and online meetings […]

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Chamblee boys win third consecutive county swim title

Chamblee boys won the DeKalb County swimming title and set four DeKalb Swimming and Diving Championships records.

The Chamblee boys swim team set four DeKalb County swimming and diving championship records on the way to its third consecutive county title Jan. 24 at Dynamo Swim Club. Three of the records were all-relay events, including the 200-yard medley relay to open the day’s competition. The team of Nick Oh, Jacob Jordan, John Mitchell […]

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Lithonia basketball: Winning mentality goal for program


It has been 11 years since the Lithonia boys basketball team had a winning record. Although the program had its last playoff appearance in 2013 with a first-round loss and reached the .500 mark in 2012 and 2013, it has not been consistently winning in over a decade. That is why this year’s has caught […]

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Sheriff’s operation nets hundreds of arrests


  Six murder suspects are off the streets of DeKalb County after a multi-agency effort to make a dent in the number of outstanding warrants in the county. By 1 p.m. on Jan. 29, Operation Safe DeKalb 2015, a two-week, “massive, highly successful countywide effort,” had netted 200 arrests, including 74 felony and 64 misdemeanors […]

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EDITORIAL: Protecting our children


On a cold December night in DeKalb County, five brothers, between the ages of 3 and 10, were left unattended at home to fend for themselves. According to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, the boys tried to warm themselves by burning leaves in a pan inside the home. The fire got out of hand […]

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