Rebranded spa opens first DeKalb location

Delicia Smalls owns one of the 250 Planet Beach franchises units in 36 states and six foreign countries. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

The Planet Beach Spa that opened recently in Dunwoody Village is the first in DeKalb County and the first Atlanta-area version of the rebranded international chain. Founded originally in New Orleans in the mid-1990s as a tanning salon, Planet Beach was rebranded in 2005 after founder Stephen Smith had what he describes on the business’s […]

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OPINION: Bowers, buy-outs and fears…Oh my!

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“The vast majority of DeKalb employees are honest, decent, hardworking people…There are some bad apples; woe be unto you.” –former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers, named as a Special Investigator by interim DeKalb CEO Lee May. The cavalry is finally on the way for our beleaguered DeKalb County, and though not a perfect white knight, the […]

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School board member refuses to resign amid allegations

DeKalb County resident Chris Beck calls for board member Marshall Orson to step down. Photo by Travis Hudgons

  DeKalb County school board member Marshall Orson said he will not resign on April 1 despite repeated calls for him to step down from his position. Orson has been accused of violating board policy and the board’s code of ethics after a television station CBS46 investigation reported he was involved in a recent push […]

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LaVista Hills, Tucker cityhood bills pass General Assembly

A Conference Committee redrew the boundaries lines for LaVista Hills (above) and Tucker maps before it was passed in the General Assembly.

LaVista Hills and Tucker are one step closer to becoming incorporated after both cityhood bills passed the Georgia General Assembly April 2. Once Gov. Nathan Deal signs the bills, it will be up to residents in those areas to vote on whether they want the proposed cities to incorporate. According to reports, last-minute negotiations were […]

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Chamblee girls, SWD boys win county track championships

Chamble Girls Team

It was a long time coming, but the Chamblee girls’ track-and-field team raced its way to its first ever DeKalb County Track and Field Championship, March 30. The Lady Bulldogs outscored Redan 102-96.5. Defending champions Miller Grove finished third with 83.5 points. Chamblee coach Curtis Mattrir said it felt “great knowing that the girls made […]

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County demolishes blighted house

DeKalb officials and employees talk to residents in front of the Windy Ridge Way house in Lithonia moments before it was demolished.

For three years, Gerard Dyson has lived in the Windy Ridge Way neighborhood in Lithonia two houses away from an abandoned, burnt house. “It was here when I got here,” Dyson said. “It looks like a war zone; it looks like a bomb fell on the house,” said Dyson, a veteran. “It’s just devastating. It’s […]

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Saints hoping to come together as a team for playoffs


  The regular season has ended for the Cedar Grove Saints baseball team, and it will be heading into a tough Region 4-AAA tournament April 14. The Saints (6-3 region record, 9-7 overall record) currently sit fourth in the region standings behind No. 1 ranked Blessed Trinity (11-0, 15-2), Westminster (10-1, 13-5) and Decatur (9-2, […]

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Former Brookhaven PR director responds to racial comments allegations

Rosemary Taylor mug

  Rosemary Taylor released a statement April 9 in response to allegations that she made racial comments to two models at Brookhaven’s Cherry Blossom Festival. Taylor was relieved of her duties as the city’s communications director in wake of the incident at the festival. Below is Taylor’s statement in its entirety: “Let me say this […]

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