DeKalb commissioners approve new ethics officer

There still is no commissioner for DeKalb’s District 5. Photo by Travis Hudgons

DeKalb County Commissioners voted 6-0, with one abstention, to approve the appointment of Stacey Kalberman as county’s new ethics officer on March 8. Kalberman, of Decatur, served as executive director of the Georgia Ethics Commission from April 2010 to October 2011. She won $700,000 in a lawsuit against Georgia’s ethics commission after claiming that her salary was  and deputy removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.  According to the Associated Press, “Kalberman […]

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Police department makes case for more money, officers

Police representatives say a 4-percent raise approved by county commissioners Feb. 25 is not enough. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

    An 8-percent pay raise and additional officers is what the DeKalb County Police Department needs to serve and protect residents. “We all know that we’re losing police officers and we know that we want to keep our communities safe,” DeKalb County Police Major Tonya Dedrick told county commissioners during a meeting in February. […]

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Law enforcement task force arrests 129

DeKalb Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Joseph looks into a window while attempting to serve a warrant during Operation Safe DeKalb. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

A task force of 18 law enforcement agencies, headed by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, took a bite out of crime Feb. 22-26. The effort resulted in 129 arrests. “Our goal is the same goal as the citizens of DeKalb County, and that is to make sure that…everybody feels safe in their homes, communities, churches […]

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Renfroe students prepare for food drive

Representatives from Renfroe Middle School’s student government volunteered at Atlanta Community Food Bank on Feb. 24. Photo provided

For half a day on Feb. 24, more than 20 students from Renfroe Middle School received a crash course on hunger. In preparation for the school’s annual food drive on March 1, 24 representatives from Renfroe’s student government volunteered at Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), located on Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. in western Atlanta. They […]

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Jewish Music Festival spotlights interfaith acts

AJMF7 poster FINAL

One reason Atlanta native Russell Gottschalk started the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival seven years ago was because he needed a job. Gottschalk, who has “always loved and been a part of this Atlanta community,” became more involved in the Atlanta Jewish community while attending Emory University. “While I was at Emory–I was a film and […]

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Lucky Number Seven: Miller Grove pulls out a close victory to win seventh state title


It took a steal and a free throw for the No. 1-ranked Miller Grove Wolverines to win its seventh state title in eight years. The Wolverines defeated No. 2-ranked and previously undefeated Allatoona 50-48 to win the Class AAAAA state championship. Coach Sharman White called the run to another state title incredible. “This run has […]

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Southwest DeKalb wins fifth state title in nine years


The No. 1-ranked Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers shot 26.4 percent from the field, but still managed to pull out a 49-48 win over Winder-Barrow to claim the Class AAAAA state championship on March 4 at the Macon Centreplex. The state title was the fifth in nine seasons for coach Kathy Walton and the Lady Panthers […]

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Macon’s Tubman Museum

A 55-foot-long mural depicts African-American history makers in a series of panels. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

For quite some time Macon’s Tubman Museum was the sort of place that had obvious potential. Its collection of African-American art and artifacts impressive but the environment in which they were displayed was small, cramped, old and did little to showcase the importance of the pieces. Now the Tubman Museum of African-American Art, History and […]

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