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South DeKalb YMCA holding tours of its greenspace

DeKalb County commissioners are scheduled to vote Aug. 12 on whether to pay $4.9 million for the South DeKalb YMCA. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Located on 18 acres–90 percent of which is greenspace—is the South DeKalb YMCA. On Aug. 12, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider whether it wants to partner with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to upgrade the South DeKalb YMCA, located at 2565 Snapfinger Road, Decatur. Under the agreement, the county would […]

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DeKalb student wins award for shoe drive project

Ivana Warren, a rising seventh grader, won a $1,000 scholarship from Kohl’s Cares for her work donating shoes to people in need.

Ivana Warren loves to give back in any way she can. “For school projects and supply drives, she’ll give everything away,” said Ilane Warren, her mother. “I’m like, ‘OK, you know you need supplies for school, too.’” That’s why at a camp through DeKalb County parks and recreation last summer, Ivana was inspired to start […]

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Billion-dollar watershed project still ramping up after three years

The repainting of this water tank near Avondale Estates is one of several projects completed in the county’s billion-dollar watershed capital improvement project. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

In 2012, a former county official said DeKalb’s $1.35 billion watershed capital improvement project (CIP) was ramping up. “We’re going from zero to, we hope, nearly full speed,” said Joe Basista, the county’s watershed director, at the time. “We’re on schedule in 2012 to spend $20 million to $25 million. By the end of 2012, […]

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Junior League of DeKalb celebrates milestone anniversary with a first

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The Junior League of DeKalb (JLD) is celebrating its 80 anniversary in 2014. Founded in 1934, the volunteer organization was originally known as the Junior Service League of Decatur. The league is an organization of women who collectively volunteer their time and resources to improving the community through educational and charitable activities and programs. Members […]

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Clean restroom law now in effect


Clean public restrooms are now required by DeKalb County law. Passed in March and effective as of June 27, a new county ordinance prohibits facilities with public restrooms “from allowing those restrooms to exist in a state of bad repair during operating hours.” The ordinance, which carries a fine of $100, allows enforcement of the […]

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Porsche Cayman S is a true sports car


I just learned that I have what it takes be a long-haul driver. That is, if the car just happens to be a 2014 Porsche Cayman S. Less than 24 hours after taking possession of this majestic and powerful vehicle and taking two runs along Highway 78, I was convinced that I could happily spend […]

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Fairington community celebrates new playground

Children prepare to enter the bounce house during the grand opening celebration.

Children in the Fairington community will have more activities to do than run around in a large grassy area at Fairington Park. Community residents and Healing Hearts of Families USA Ministries Inc. celebrated the grand opening of the park’s new playground July 25. Bonita Lacy, executive director of Healing Hearts of Families USA Ministries in […]

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Elementary school wins facelift competition

The school won the first Georgia United Credit Union School Crashers competition. The school needed a refresh of its mascot, formerly a frightening panther.

Chapel Hill Elementary School, located closer to Henry County than the city of Decatur, needed some love. Built in 1967 and formerly a K-8 school, it was converted back to an elementary school but retained vestiges of the middle school relocated to another campus behind the elementary school. “Before it just had ‘Chapel Hill, DeKalb […]

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