DeKalb County School District purchases $167K microscope

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DeKalb County School District (DCSD) students can expect to have a new tool when studying science. The board approved the purchase of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) totaling $167,858 on April 18 during its work session, stating “the equipment … would bring [DeKalb County School District] students back to the leading edge in comparison to […]

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Community helps Brannon Hill clean-up

Community helps Brannon Hill clean-up

To Clarkston business owner Manna Samuels, the severely dilapidated Brannon Hill Condominium complex looks “very sad.” “This looks like a third world [country] where we just came from,” said Samuels, an Eritrea native and owner of Merhaba Shawarma restaurant. “It shouldn’t look like this.” Samuels closed her restaurant for a few hours to help  “to […]

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OPINION: Robotics team inspires others in STEM


It’s the Super Bowl for robotics geeks. More than 20,000 students and 600 robotics teams from the United States and 42 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, China, Australia and Brazil traveled to St. Louis, Mo., for the four-day FIRST world robotics championship event April 30-May 1. When the Fernbank LINKS (Linking Ideas and Networking […]

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Ethics board may restrict public access to complaints

Stacey Kalberman, the county’s new ethics officer, has asked the state attorney general for an advisory opinion about restricting access to ethics complaints. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Residents and local media are questioning plans by the DeKalb County ethics board to keep ethics complaints secret until it holds informal hearings on them during public meetings. According to rules that the ethics board passed in January, each complaint will be considered a “separate pending investigation at the time it is reported” and the […]

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OPINION: How national political conventions work

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“Reagan understood the rules. Without complaint, he supported the winner. That’s how it works,” from an open letter to Republican National Convention delegates, the media and public regarding the GOP’s nominating process by former RNC Chairs Bill Brock, Bob Dole, Haley Barbour, Jim Nicholson, Clayton Yeutter, Marc Racicot and Mel Martinez. The first national political […]

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Dunwoody looks to continue park success

The Park at Pernoshal Court, which had its grand opening April 29, may be set to host Dunwoody’s Food Truck Tuesday from June to August.

Dunwoody hopes to expand on a local event’s success by holding it at more locations.The city currently holds Food Truck Thursdays at Brook Run Park, located at 4770 N. Peachtree Road. Food trucks from throughout metro-Atlanta gather to sell goods and create a family-friendly community atmosphere. Bob Mullen, director of communications for Dunwoody, along with […]

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DeKalb super, others discuss male mentoring importance

Superintendent Stephen Green held the fifth and final “On the Scene with Dr. Green” at Lithonia High School. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) parents voiced concerns over discipline and male leadership in classrooms April 28 during a face-to-face session with Superintendent Stephen Green at Lithonia High School. For more than an hour, the group of more than 150 asked Green questions. The event was the fifth and final installment of “On the Scene […]

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Avondale Estates mayor and commissioners discuss compensation

Avondale Estates is the only city in DeKalb County that does not compensate its mayor and city commission.

The Avondale Estates Board of Mayor and Commissioners is one of few city mayor and city council boards that do not receive monetary compensation, according to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.Avondale Estates is the only city in DeKalb County, with the exception of newly established Tucker, that does not pay its mayor or commissioners, […]

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