S.W. DeKalb wins second consecutive county JV wrestling title

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Keith Johnson’s Southwest DeKalb Panthers junior varsity wrestling squad won its second consecutive DeKalb County School District Junior Varsity Championship title 219-205 over Decatur Dec. 16 at home. The Panthers placed nine wrestlers in the Top 4 in 14 weight classes to pull out the win over Decatur, which had eight wrestlers in the Top […]

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26-year-old sworn in as Lithonia councilmember

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Amelia Inman was sworn in as Lithonia’s youngest ever councilmember on Dec. 8. Inman, along with councilmembers William “Ric” Dodd and Diane Howard, were sworn into the Lithonia City Council during the council’s organizational meeting. Inman, 26, became the youngest person elected to the Lithonia City Council after winning one of the three at-large council […]

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Five apartment units damaged by fire

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  By Desi Lapoole  On Jan. 7 at approximately 5 p.m., DeKalb County Fire and Rescue received a call about an apartment fire at Sterling Chase Apartment Homes in Stone Mountain.  Due to the intensity of the two-alarm fire, firefighters on the scene requested additional resources to help extinguish the flames. Approximately 40 firefighters responded […]

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Community rallies for Avondale fire victims

Community rallies for Avondale fire victims

 Avondale Estates residents were awakened by the smell of smoke and helicopter choppers above.  Around 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 3, a fire spread at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Piney Tree Circle. According to DeKalb County Fire and Rescue officials, approximately 50 people were displaced by the fire.  Of the 50 people displaced, at least […]

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Local shelter experiencing higher intake

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Lifeline Animal Project, which manages animal shelters and services in DeKalb County and Fulton County, said their shelters are filling up—quickly. Lifeline has taken in approximately 450 more animals from July to November in 2017 than during the same time frame last year, according to statistics provided by Lifeline. “The intake has slowly been coming […]

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Update: Nine players represent DeKalb in college national championship game

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Several members of the University of Georgia (UGA) football team had family and fans from DeKalb County pulling for them in the College Football Playoff National Championship game against Alabama Jan. 8. Not just because the Bulldogs are the home state team, but because nine players from DeKalb are on the Georgia roster and a […]

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Warm H.O.M.E.

Nonprofit organization Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure held a coat drive Dec. 30 at the Redan Recreation Center in Lithonia. Photos provided

With weather dipping to single-digit wind chills to start 2018, DeKalb County children and adults received a gift thanks to a Lithonia-based nonprofit. Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure (H.O.M.E.), in partnership with Burlington Coat Factory, Delivering Good and Good Morning America, handed out approximately 850 coats and winter jackets Dec. 30 during the “Warm Coats and […]

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{VIDEO} DeKalb firefighters save dozens from apartment blaze

DeKalb County Fire and Rescue department put out flames on Pine Tree Circle Jan. 3 in Avondale Estates in the Avondale Forest Apartment Homes.

  As babies were dropped from balconies   On Jan. 3 at approximately 5 a.m., residents living in Avondale Forest Apartment Homes in Avondale Estates were awakened by police and firefighters banging on their door.  According to DeKalb County Fire and Rescue officials, a fire started at the apartment complex and was quickly spreading.  “You […]

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