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The city of Clarkston held a news conference Dec. 10 to announce the hiring of an engineering and consulting firm that will prepare design plans for its streetscape project.

It’s taken eight years to get to this point but Clarkston residents will have a new streetscape that will reflect the growth and diversity of their city. Clarkston held a press conference Dec. 11 at the Clarkston Community Center to announce the $5.7 million streetscape project, led by the engineering and consulting firm AMEC. “We […]

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Rowland Elementary School’s Christmas Holiday Spirit

Rowland Elementary School’s Christmas Holiday Spirit

Students at Rowland Elementary School entertained their families and friends at the school’s Christmas celebration Dec. 10 during the PTA meeting. Students dressed in holiday garb and sang holiday songs in the packed room as onlookers clapped, cheered and took photos. Photos by Andrew Cauthen       268 total views, no views today

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College learning labs support learners

Calvin Williams, 54, continues to go to the learning labs even though it isn’t required for him.

When 54-year-old Calvin Williams of Stone Mountain decided to go back to college, he needed a little help academically. “When I came here…I scored a little lower than I wanted to move up in the advanced courses,” said Williams about enrolling at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC). “And I was told about the lab.” Each […]

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Real men read at Columbia Elementary

took time to read to students at Columbia Elementary School. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Approximately 150 men gathered at Columbia Elementary School Dec. 6 to participate in the school’s Real Men Read program. “This is where we invite fathers, uncles and members of the community to come out and read a book to our students and also share the importance of reading,” said Columbia Elementary Principal Raymond Stanley. “Some […]

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Gang violence takes its toll on unintended victims

Eleven-year-old Nicholas Sheffey was sound asleep when he was hit by a bullet intended for his older brother in 2010. Nicholas later died and his family is still feeling the effects of gang violence. Photo provided

When 11-year-old Nicholas Sheffey climbed into the top bunk of his bed the night of Feb. 11, 2010, he didn’t sleep on the side he normally did each evening—maybe he was groggy after being awakened when his father came home. Nicholas had fallen asleep watching TV with his mother, Deborah Rider. Several hours after David […]

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Decatur asks for public input on tree ordinance

At the beginning of the year, the Decatur City Commission will vote on the city’s tree ordinance in an effort to improve sustainability and increase its tree canopy. Photo by Travis Hudgons

City officials, residents and experts met Dec. 11 to discuss updating Decatur’s tree ordinance in an effort to make development throughout the city more sustainable. More than 60 attendees were present for the meeting, which began with a presentation by Decatur Planning Director Amanda Thompson and Connie Head, a tree consultant from the Technical Forestry […]

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Stone Mountain woman is Mega Millions winner

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The immense good fortune and financial windfall of a Stone Mountain family has sent a ripple of surprise through a local neighborhood. Ira Curry, one of two winners of the $648 million Mega Millions drawing on Dec. 17, claimed her prize the next morning at Georgia Lottery headquarters. “It’s unreal,” said Curry, 56, in a […]

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No tax increase a possibility


DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May presented a $562 million proposed budget Dec. 15 that avoids a tax increase by focusing on streamlining operations, reducing costs, increasing revenue and refinancing debt. The deadline for the administration’s budget proposal was midnight, Dec. 15, and May cut it close to that deadline by sending out his recommendations […]

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