Background checks challenged

Stan Jester sworn into the Board of Education

A newly elected member of the DeKalb County School Board refused to submit a fingerprint and allow a background check by the school district, accusing the board chairman of bullying and saying he will only agree to background checks done by police. “It is a conflict of interest to be investigated by the agency I […]

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Domestic violence victims get ‘Fresh Start’

Fresh Start For Women also provides services for girls ages 13-17 through its “You Are A Precious Jewel” program. Photos provided

In 2004, Janice Pettigrew wanted to do more than just get up, go to work and then go home. She wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, especially women who have experienced domestic abuse. She and her husband, Oscar Pettigrew Jr., founded Fresh Start For Women. The organization helps guide women to live successfully, […]

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Fire damage relocates Fairington Elementary students

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On Saturday, January 17, around 5:00 p.m. a suspicious fire engulfed a kindergarten classroom at Fairington Elementary School.  Although the fire was contained to one classroom, the main school building experienced extensive water, smoke and soot damage.  The multipurpose building (gym) was not damaged. A team of nearly 150 workers are working around the clock […]

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Jewish education program expands

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta adds more courses for adults.

There are no grades, exams or homework at the Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning, but it has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s largest Jewish education programs and was the recipient of the 2014 Florence Melton Award for Outstanding Achievement. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) in Dunwoody has hosted the […]

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Little house in Lithonia receives laurels

Scott Pluckhahn and Keith Crosby have been recognized for the renovations they did to an 1843 house in Lithonia. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

  A historic Lithonia house has been receiving accolades after being restored in 2013. One of DeKalb County’s oldest houses, the Housworth-Moseley farmhouse was built around 1843 by the Housworth family which moved into the area in the 1820s and owned the house for more than 160 years. Keith Crosby and Scott Pluckhahn heard about […]

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EDITORIALS: Get up and do something on MLK day

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is approaching (Jan. 17) and many working Americans will have that day off work. Normally when someone has a day off more than likely that person spends that day relaxing, doing nothing. However, MLK Day has become more than just a day off over the year. MLK Day has become […]

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First responders test skills

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  As temperatures lingered in the teens, Chamblee and DeKalb County emergency personnel responded to a call of a gas leak Jan. 8 in a Chamblee neighborhood’s a cul-de-sac. A contractor told 911 personnel that he had hit a 24-inch gas line with his mini excavator at the Atlanta Gas Light regulator station at Shalimar […]

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Board undecided on search committee

Board Chairman Melvin Johnson

When the DeKalb County School District was going through turmoil in 2013 associated with the replacement of board of education members, parent leaders mobilized. Parent advocates from all parts of DeKalb began watching the school board hearings and offering help in the process of finding a new school superintendent. Parent Councils United (PCU) representative Allyson […]

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