DeKalb fire department hosts child car seat event

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The DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Department hosted a child car seat program to help residents understand Georgia’s child safety laws and how to install car seats properly. The event, held on Nov. 9, was in Decatur on Memorial Drive at the Super Wal-Mart Center. Fire Rescue officials said they wanted an event that could […]

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City Schools of Decatur announces teachers of the year

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Nine individuals honored by peers, superiors and district City Schools of Decatur (CSD) announced its nine 2016-2017 teachers of the year on Nov. 8. The accolades given to each teacher differed in specificity but shared a common theme: each teacher helps make his or her school a positive, welcoming and top-notch place for learning, according […]

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Holiday shoppers urged to remember small local stores

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Holiday shopping this year is expected to “increase a solid 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent and above the seven-year average of 3.4 percent since recovery began in 2009,” according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). The figures include not just purchases of gifts, decorations and the like, but also […]

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DeKalb residents still frustrated over water bills

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County seeking resolutions Jennifer Tate, a Brookhaven resident who said she’s still dealing with high water bills from the county, said she has little faith in the county to resolve her issues. Some DeKalb residents seemed to share Tate’s sentiment at a town hall meeting Nov. 10 to discuss high water bills. The meeting, held […]

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DeKalb BOE disputes $240,000 cleaning contract at Arabia Mountain High

The DeKalb County School District board of education disputed a recurring contract for “green cleaning” at Arabia Mountain High School. Photo by R. Scott Belzer.

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) board of education disputed a custodial contract for more than 40 minutes on Nov. 7. The agenda item, which awarded a $241,305 “green cleaning” contract to A-Action Janitorial Services at Arabia Mountain High School, caused disagreements involving the use of an outside vendor, the contract’s financial impact and its […]

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Lithonia breaks ground for future housing development

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Eight months after the demolition of the city-owned portion of the Lithonia Plaza, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for a housing development. Lithonia elected officials and representatives from Wendover Housing Partners broke ground Nov. 9 for the Granite Crossing apartment complex. Construction for the 75-unit complex will begin in the coming weeks. Granite Crossing, a […]

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Poet says his life took an unexpected path

Poet says his life took an unexpected path

When Hank Stewart was a child in Jacksonville, Fla., poetry did not appeal to him at all. “If you had asked to me to make a list of things I was interested in, poetry wouldn’t have been at the bottom of the list; it wouldn’t have been on the list,” he said. That changed one […]

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For Seekers of Housing Affordability Solutions, Less is More

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Housing prices in DeKalb County are one the rise. According to real estate website Zillow, the average home price in DeKalb is $153,000. That’s an 8.9 percent increase from last year, and welcome news for thousands of local homeowners still recovering from the Great Recession, when a nationwide real estate crash left millions ‘under water’ […]

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