Wine connoisseur brings sip and shop to Avondale Estates

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Steffini Bethea has been interested in wine most of her adult life—so interested that her husband remarked she had put so much time and money into wine research she should make a living at it. The remark inspired Bethea to launch The Purple Corkscrew Wine Shop & Tasting Room. Bethea said her previous experiences as […]

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Perimeter regional leaders discuss growth, future

Dunwoody mayor Denis Shortal explains his plans in dealing with future expansion.

For an hour on Feb. 19, community leaders and government officials from Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs came together to discuss the future of a northern DeKalb region. The Perimeter Business Alliance (PBA), a volunteer organization based in north Atlanta, hosted a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Perimeter Center, where the mayors of Chamblee, […]

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Lithonia police chief under investigation

Lithonia police car

Lithonia Police Chief Roosevelt Smith and another officer are under investigation by the city for alleged excessive force on a suspect while in custody. On Feb. 10, Lithonia mayor and city council held a special called executive session to discuss a personnel matter. The city would not elaborate on the specifics of the personnel matter, […]

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Kittredge Magnet students enact environment change

From left, Sooriya Senthilkumar, Aaditya Saha, Alexander Jovanovic, Sanjeev Anand and Ashvij Hosdurk make up the KMS Recycling Cougars.

Since September 2015, five DeKalb middle school students have done more for local recycling than most do in an entire year. The Kittredge Magnet School (KMS) Recycling Cougars, made up of sixth grade students Sanjeev Anand, Sooriya Senthilkumar, Ashvij Hosdurg, Aaditya Saha, and Alexander Jovanovic, as part of this year’s Lexus Ecochallenge, have impacted the […]

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East Lake neighborhood seeks to be annexed by Atlanta


  No one spoke during a public hearing before the Atlanta City Council’s finance committee Feb. 10 about the proposed annexation of the Olmsted at East Lake neighborhood into the city of Atlanta. Located off Glenwood Avenue on the border of the city of Atlanta and adjacent to the historic East Lake Golf Course, Olmsted […]

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Michael Thurmond kicks off campaign for DeKalb CEO


A packed banquet room at a Tucker hotel cheered Feb. 20 when former DeKalb County school superintendent Michael Thurmond officially kicked off his campaign for the county CEO position.  “There are those who have written [DeKalb County] off,” Thurmond told the crowd of supporters which included state, county and municipal leaders, school employees, local pastors and community leaders. “There are those who say […]

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DeKalb picks up top 10 finishes in state swimming meets

Dunwoody Relay Team

  DeKalb County put together one of its best GHSA State Swimming and Diving Meets performances in years with four teams finishing in the Top 10 of their respective classification on Feb. 6. The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats came within 10 points of a state title with 215 points just behind state champ Marist’s 225 to […]

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Stephenson, Champion win county middle school basketball titles

The Champion Lady Chargers won their second title in three years with a win over defending champion Stephenson.

The Champion girls’ and Stephenson boys’ basketball teams topped off an undefeated season Feb. 13 with DeKalb County middle school basketball titles. Stephenson’s team (17-0) is back-to-back champions after defeating Miller Grove 59-51. The Jaguars went into halftime down 29-22, but came out hot in the third quarter—going on a 19-8 run in the third […]

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