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Lewis appeals sentencing, judge’s rejection of plea agreement


  After being released on bond, former DeKalb County Superintendent Crawford Lewis has decided to appeal a judge’s decision to reject a plea agreement he made with prosecutors in return for his testimony. Lewis was recently sentenced to serve 12 months in prison after DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker rejected an agreement he […]

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Kirkwood resident turns gift for wrapping into unusual shop

Mia Canada says she’s been “totally in love with gift wrapping” since she took it on as a seasonal job years ago. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Many of Mia Canada’s customers would like to be sure the wrapping on their holiday presents reflects as much thought and creativity as the gift it envelopes and some would just like to take gift wrapping off their to-do list. Whatever motivates customers, Canada predicts this will be the busiest season ever for That’s a […]

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County holds Q&A session with fire chief finalists


                        DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May hosted a forum Dec. 10 with the two final candidates for fire chief. The search for a new fire chief began after Chief Eddie O’Brien retired in October. May said the county received approximately 110 applicants, which […]

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DeKalb police chief promoted to public safety head


Weeks of rumors that DeKalb’s police chief would accept a position in New York ended Dec. 17 with his promotion to deputy chief operating officer for public safety. Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May announced during a news conference that, in the new role, Chief Cedric Alexander will “oversee, supervise and manage the police department, […]

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State school board members hold hearings in DeKalb


Class size, school funding and testing were some of the topics when a dozen people attended a hearing Dec. 9 with a state school board member. Barbara Hampton, who represents the Sixth Congressional District, held a forum at Tucker High School to receive comments from residents and stakeholders regarding public education in the state. “Class […]

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Lawmakers look at upcoming legislative session

Jim Galloway, an editor for The Atlanta Journal Constitution (center) moderates  a panel discussion with, from left, Reps. Michele Henson and Howard Mosby and Sens. Fran Millar and Steve Henson. The legislators discussed legislation that may be considered during the next Georgia General Assembly. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

County reorganization, the school district and cityhood were some of the topics of the day as four members of the county’s legislative delegation participated in a preview of the upcoming Georgia General Assembly session. Reps. Michele Henson and Howard Mosby and Sens. Steve Henson and Fran Millar opined about various topics during the DeKalb Chamber […]

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Packages stolen from Decatur homes

Packages have been stolen from the doorsteps of a couple of homes in Decatur. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The Decatur Police Department said they have received reports of packages stolen from doorsteps. Sgt. Jennifer Ross said the stolen packages, which were delivered by UPS, contained electronics, clothing, accessories and household items. “I know one of the biggest reasons many of us shop online is the convenience of having what we ordered shipped directly […]

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Sign language club increases communication at Freedom Middle

More than 100 students at Freedom Middle School participate in a sign language club led by Alexa Ann Reha Wilson, the school’s head sign language interpreter. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Keyf Bashir, 13, an eighth-grader at Freedom Middle School, couldn’t talk to her 15-year-old cousin who is hearing impaired. “Sometimes I would like to talk to her, but she wouldn’t understand what I was saying,” Keyf said. That was before Keyf joined the Sign Language Club, with more than 100 members, at Freedom Middle. Now […]

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