School chief shares vision for the district

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Stephen Green standing with Board of Education Chairman Melvin Johnson at the DeKalb County Courthouse.

DeKalb County School Superintendent Stephen Green took office less than a month ago. Green said he’s now doing “a body scan” of the district determine “health and wellness and where’s the pain.” In an exclusive interview on July 23 Green said his assessment coming into DeKalb County is that there is plenty of potential. He […]

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OPINION: ‘Just downright stupidity’

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Former Attorney General of Georgia Michael Bowers in his remarks about preliminary findings of his comprehensive investigation of DeKalb County said he and his team of investigators are finding “misdeeds, ineptitude, some corruption…significant corruption, but mainly just downright stupidity.” Bowers was asked by Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May to “to investigate the affairs, records, […]

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Students work to protect community garden

Bees are attracted by sunflowers and help pollinate plants in the garden.

by Justin Beaudrot Some students and faculty at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) are concerned that there may be plans to move the Decatur campus’ community garden to what some consider an unsuitable location. Student Kayla Sims, service chairwoman of the Jaguar Activity Group, the student government’s programming organization, and president of the Earth Club, along […]

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Answers still sought in police-involved shooting of unarmed man

During a rally in April, activists voiced their concerns about the police-involved shooting of an unarmed, naked veteran. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Nearly five months after a naked and unarmed man was fatally shot by a DeKalb County Police officer, local veterans are still seeking answers. Twenty-seven-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran from Chamblee, was shot and killed by DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen, who responded to a call about a man acting “deranged,” knocking […]

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Lawsuit alleges county collected $20M in fines illegally

A class-action lawsuit alleges that DeKalb County collected $20 million as a result of its illegal prosecution of Georgia state traffic laws. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

A class-action lawsuit filed against DeKalb County alleges the county’s Recorder’s Court illegally collected millions of dollars in fines for violations it had no jurisdiction over. According to the lawsuit—filed July 15 against DeKalb County, Judicial Correction Services Inc. and Integrity Supervision Services Inc.—the county has received approximately $20 million “as a direct and proximate […]

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Confederate flag event set at Stone Mountain Park


On Saturday, Aug. 1, Confederate flag enthusiasts will attend what is shaping up to be a large gathering at Stone Mountain park. Through a Facebook page, CSA Flag Rally 2015, and page event, more than 900 people have RSVP’d to attend the flag rally. The organizer of the event stated, “This is to show our support […]

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DeKalb Symphony Orchestra brings music to the community

Libby Whittemore performs live with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.

by Justin Beaudrot The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra brought pops to music lovers July 17 at the Marvin Cole Auditorium on Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston campus. This was the orchestra’s 50th annual Pops Concert. Dressed in black bowtie and white coat, Conductor and Artistic Director Fyodor Cherniavsky began the concert with An American in Paris suite […]

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Law enforcement flag football team prepares for benefit game

Law enforcement flag football team prepares for benefit game

Police-duty belts will be replaced with flag belts Aug. 8 for flag football. The event, which will be held at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta, will feature four teams of law enforcement and public safety agencies from Atlanta and DeKalb, Gwinnett and Clayton counties. DeKalb’s team, the Wolf Pack, is a combination of sheriff deputies, police […]

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