Chamblee considers smoking ban in parks

Chamblee Parks and Recreation Director Jodie Gilfillan introduced a measure banning smoking in all city parks at an Aug. 16 city council meeting.

Chamblee city officials are considering a smoking ban in all parks within city limits following an Aug. 16 city council meeting. The smoking ban could come via an “Offenses and Miscellaneous” and “Parks and Recreation” ordinance that passed its first reading on Aug. 16 with the second reading scheduled for Sept. 20. “While creating park […]

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County schools explore options to address overcrowding


Firm hears public input on Cross Keys Cluster overcrowding, E-SPLOST projects   More than 500 students, parents, teachers and community leaders gathered at Cross Keys High School Aug. 25 to voice opinions on how to address overcrowded middle and high schools in DeKalb County School District (DCSD). Officially titled the Secondary Schools Facility Planning & […]

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Family sues Arabia Mountain principal, football coach


Arabia Mountain High School Principal Rodney Swanson and head football coach Stanley Pritchett have a legal battle on their hands. The two are being sued by the mother of a student who was injured during an off-season workout at the Lithonia school. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 22 by Michael Rafi. According to the lawsuit, […]

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County can’t reconcile missing $5 million

File photo/Travis Hudgons

After interviewing several candidates for the county’s chief financial officer or director of finance position, interim CEO Lee May has yet to make a nomination for the job. According to county spokesperson Burke Brennan, there have been “several interviews” for the position. Currently, Chief Operating Officer Zach Williams is acting in “dual capacity” filling in […]

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Southwest DeKalb suffers first loss of season

Creekside quarterback Kahlil McClain leaps over a Southwest DeKalb defender into the end zone. Photo by Travis Hudgons

A close game in the first half turned into a blowout in the second half as the Southwest DeKalb Panthers fell to the Creekside Seminoles 47-14 on Sept. 2 at Hallford Stadium. It was the Panthers first loss of the season. Down 20-14 with 1:33 left in the second quarter, the Panthers were on their […]

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Arabia Mountain improves to a program best 3-0

Arabia Mountain quarterback Samad Noble takes an opening. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The Arabia Mountain Rams made program history Sept. 2 with their first 3-0 start after a 35-20 win over the Redan Raiders at Hallford Stadium. The Rams’ high-tempo spread offense has garnered 119 points in three games. Arabia Mountain coach Stanley Pritchett said one of the team’s goals is to have one of the best […]

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Entrepreneur opens cool business

Dion Page

Dion Page enjoys selling frozen treats in neighborhoods around Decatur. “I love kids and it really thrills me to see them so happy to see me coming,” he said. Page opened a Kona Ice franchise in April and says he’s never had a moment’s regret. Before buying the franchise Page operated a recording studio, but […]

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Emory plans annexation to Atlanta

A map of Emory shows potential boundaries for annexation. Photos by Horace Holloman

Emory University, located in unincorporated DeKalb County, is planning to annex into the city of Atlanta, school officials said in a statement Aug. 19. The move to Atlanta “has always been viewed as one of the most viable, long-term options and one that provides consistency and alignment relative to the University’s marketing and branding initiatives,” […]

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