Arabia Mountain, Marist sweeps to the second round of softball playoffs

Arabia Mountain’s Dyamond Brown scores before being tagged at home plate. Photo by Mark Brock

The Arabia Mountain Lady Rams and the Marist Lady War Eagles swept their first-round opponents on Oct. 12 to advance to the second round of the state fast-pitch softball playoffs. Arabia Mountain defeated Kell at home in the Class AAAAA state playoffs in the best-of-three series. The Lady Rams shut out Kell in the first […]

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DeKalb unveils tentative ESPLOST V outline

Meeting attendees were placed in classrooms to engage with MTG of America for a more intimate discussion regarding ESPLOST V.

Three general options presented and discussed at Tucker, Miller Grove high schools   DeKalb County School District (DCSD) revealed tentative plans for more than $500 million in tax revenue on Oct. 4. DCSD hosted the first of five public input meetings regarding the use of education-specific special purpose local option sales tax (ESPLOST) at Tucker […]

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OPINION: Food, glorious food

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“Food glorious food!  We’re anxious to try it.  Three banquets a day—-Our favorite diet!” lyrics from the musical Oliver, re-telling the Dickens’ tale of orphan Oliver Twist. I have been to a few thousand dinner parties in my life, this one was inspiring. Decatur’s Dinner Party 2016 was a true feast of farm-to-table locally grown food and produce. The […]

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Stone Mountain Middle gets in motion

Stone Mountain Middle School hosted FMA Live! on Oct. 5, an award-winning, hip-hop based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interactive concert.

DeKalb school hosts award-winning STEM-based “FMA Live!” hip-hop concert   For one hour on Oct. 5, Stone Mountain Middle School combined learning with hip-hop, dance, comedy videos and sumo wrestling. As part of its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, Stone Mountain Middle hosted Forces in Motion (FMA) Live!, an interactive, science-based hip-hop concert […]

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OPINION: Shocking police behavior just what some communities need


I couldn’t believe my eyes. Right here in my own community. Police having a stunning interaction with the community. Yes, right here in our own backyard. Here’s what I witnessed: During LakeFest, an annual festival in Pine Lake on Oct. 1, several Pine Lake police officers stepped into a crowd of people who had been […]

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Local police, fire officials respond to Lee May policy

DeKalb Professional Firefighters and DeKalb’s Fraternal Order of Police issued statements opposing Interim CEO Lee May’s policy regarding use of staff.

Two DeKalb County associations responded to Interim CEO Lee May’s new policy on guidelines for use of staff support. May issued an executive order Sept. 27 requesting county commissioners seek approval before using county staff outside of their district. “The ICEO has directed staff to support individual commissioners and or their staff only when conducting […]

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Lithonia City Council censures mayor


With a 3-2 vote, the Lithonia City Council acknowledged that they did not approve the mayor’s handling of a contract situation surrounding the public works building renovations. The mayor and city council held a special called meeting Oct. 7 to discuss the contract process between the city’s administrative staff and Hatteras Construction and its contractor […]

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DeKalb school district purchases $1.2 million insurance policy

The DeKalb County School District board of education approved a $1.2 million insurance contract on Oct. 3 despite receiving only one bid.

Despite vocal opposition from every DeKalb County School District (DCSD) board of education member, an insurance contract totaling $1,251,029 was approved Oct. 3 during a monthly meeting. The contract—made with American Home Assurance—covers DCSD’s estimated $3.3 billion in real estate, vehicles, buildings and contents, as well as its $14 million in fine art from physical […]

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