Lakeside teacher killed in car crash

Leah OBrien

Decatur police have identified the person killed in an April 25 fatal car accident as 33-year-old Leah O’Brien. O’Brien was a family and consumer science teacher at Lakeside High School. Her 8-year-old daughter was a passenger in her vehicle and is in critical but stable condition at an area hospital, according Lt. Jennifer S. Ross. […]

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Assistant police chief retires after 28 years

DeKalb officials recognize assistant police chief Dale Holmes’ 28 years of service. Photos provided

One of DeKalb County’s top cops has retired. On April 14, DeKalb County leaders recognized Assistant DeKalb County Police Chief Dale Holmes for his 28 years of service with a proclamation during the Board of Commissioners meeting. Commissioner Stan Watson said, “Our assistant chief has been a great friend to…all the districts in DeKalb County.” […]

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DeKalb woman to benefit from medical marijuana

Sickle cell victim Jessica Smith poses with state representative Allen Peake and her mom, sickle cell advocate Lillie Thomas.

Patients with sickle cell disease are among those covered in Georgia’s medical marijuana bill. Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 1, legislation that permits the use of medical cannabis oil to treat certain medical conditions, on April 17 at the Georgia State Capitol. Deal signed an executive order last month instructing state agencies, physicians and law […]

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Week in Pictures

School Board members, Superintendent Michael Thurmond, past council presidents, Gladys Cook Scholarship recipients and their families, membership award recipients and DeKalb County PTA council board gather on April 16 for a scholarship and awards dinner meeting at Chamblee Charter High School

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Welcome tears of joy


We’ve become accustomed to seeing the tearful politician, usually the result of some involvement in a scandal or admission in wrongdoing. So it was refreshing to see a tearful governor last week announcing good news. Gov. Nathan Deal on April 16 signed into law legislation making it legal to possess cannabis oil to treat eight […]

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Lee May releases statement, calls for investigation

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said Commissioner Jeff Rader told him that he has “more power now than I’ve ever had.” Rader said that is not true. May photo by Carla Parker, Rader photo by Travis Hudgons

Interim CEO Lee May released a statement April 24 responding to reports that work done in 2010 at his former home was paid for by taxpayers. He also called on the FBI to investigate the report. Below is May’s statement: “When I assumed the position as Interim CEO for DeKalb County in July 2013, my […]

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Druid Hills softball player commits to Claflin University

Druid Hills senior Kayla Cato was a member of the Atlanta Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) team that won the 2013 RBI World Series title. Photo provided

After having one of her best softball seasons at Druid Hills, senior Kayla Cato will take her talents to Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. The senior shortstop signed her national letter of intent April 15. Cato said Claflin has been recruiting her since she was 14 years old. “I played with some of the players […]

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Dunwoody sweeps county golf championships

The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats won its second consecutive county title.

Despite the wet conditions, the Dunwoody Wildcats set a county record with a team score of 300 to capture the 2015 DeKalb County Boys’ Golf Championship April 14 at the Sugar Creek Golf Club. The Wildcats, led by low medalist Peter Trask, had four players shoot under 80 on the way to the their seventh […]

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