OPINION: A good idea, and a really bad one

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As I have said repeatedly in this space, there are still a handful of things which DeKalb County does well. One of those is trash, and specifically, sanitation and waste management.  DeKalb owns and operates its landfills, as well as a large fleet of garbage trucks, recycling trucks and organic waste composting equipment. The largest landfill has […]

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Decatur McDonald’s employee named crew person of the year

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  “Ms. Southern Hospitality.” That is what Carolyn Elaine Hayes is known as at McDonald’s in downtown Decatur. For seven years, her dedication to customer service has made her a staple not just at the restaurant but also in the community.  Her unwaivering service to her customers paid off as she was named McDonald’s Crew […]

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Buford Highway businesses want out of Doraville

Young Lee, owner of restaurant recently annexed into the city of Doraville, wants to be deannexed. Forty-four businesses are seeking to be back under the county’s less restrictive zoning laws. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Doraville may lose some industrial properties it recently annexed. On Jan. 27 the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that supports the de-annexation of some of the commercial parcels annexed by Doraville last year. The annexation of 77 commercial parcels and 125 industrial parcels was approved when Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 1138 […]

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OPINION: Police officer should accept responsibility, not ask for immunity

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In 2011 DeKalb County police officer Lynn Eshleman’s police dog, Andor, escaped his fenced yard and bit a neighborhood boy. According to the boy’s father, the child still has visible scars and is suffering emotionally from the attack. Following the attack, the boy’s father filed suit asking for compensation of medical expenses and suffering; he […]

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DeKalb neighborhood listed among ‘hottest’ in nation

A farmers market, commercial district and library branch provide a sense of community that attracts homebuyers to East Atlanta. Area residents raised money to keep a dragon sculpture, top right, in East Atlanta when it had to be removed from Brownwood Park.

  A neighborhood that 20 years ago might have been described as depressed has recently been described as “hot” by nationwide technology-driven real estate company Redfin. Redfin on Jan. 27 released its predictions as to which neighborhoods in the United States would be among the top 10 of those most eagerly sought by homebuyers in […]

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Fairington Elementary recovers from fire

Principal Jeffrey Jenkins stands next to the entrance of DeKalb County’s Fairington Elementary School.

Fairington Elementary School is still recovering from a fire in Margaret Veira-Allens’ kindergarten class on Jan. 17. A team of nearly 150 county employees worked to repair the damages while students attended Miller Grove High School until the school reopened on Jan. 20. Fairington has received numerous donations from the parent teacher organization of Dunwoody […]

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Decatur’s mayor: ‘Our future is secure’

Several Decatur employees were recognized  for their service to the city in 2014.

Decatur’s mayor told residents Jan. 27 that the city is in great shape. “Despite some short-term challenges, I assure you that our future is very secure. Even our biggest issues are the result of our successes,” said Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett, during his state of the city address during a meeting of the Decatur Business […]

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Decatur mom gets second chance at college degree

Jocquin Gude stands beside her sons Christopher and Jamahl Campbell. The family will all be enrolled in college courses this year.

Arizona Cardinals player Larry Fitzgerald has had more things on his mind than a Super Bowl ring; the wide receiver announced earlier this year that he wants to complete his college education. Fitzgerald partnered with the University of Phoenix to create the Focus to the Finish scholarship program, which allows nontraditional students another shot at […]

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