County commissioners approve midyear budget changes

County officials discuss proposed midyear budget changes during a retreat. Photos by Andrew Cauthen.

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James asked county commissioners to restore approximately $200,000 in funding for four public integrity unit jobs. James wants funding for two attorneys, an investigator and a paralegal for the unit that investigates allegations of wrongdoing by elected and appointed officials. The positions had been approved by commissioners in 2014, but […]

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OPINION: History must not be forgotten

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Since the Charleston shootings, there has been much debate regarding the so-called Confederate flag and seemingly all things that represent what most of us would collectively refer to as a dark period of American history—the Civil War. On the heels of South Carolina removing the “Confederate” flag from the grounds of the state capitol, Atlanta […]

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County under boil water advisory

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 DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management crews continue to work on a repair to a breach on a 48-inch main transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans Road.      Although water pressure in the water system is near normal conditions, a breach remains, and repairs still must be made to the line at this […]

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Pine Lake’s dilemma: Two rs or one

Pine Lake residents are wondering whether a street was named for a Ku Klux Klan leader. Photo by Andrew Cauthen.

It all comes down to an r. In Pine Lake, there is a petition to change the name of a street from Forrest Road to Forest Road. With two rs, the road could refer to Nathan Bedford Forrest, who served as a Confederate lieutenant general during the Civil War. After the war, Forrest is “best […]

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Monthly arts celebration draws diverse performers

Spoken word artist Bethsheba Rem, known professionally as Queen Sheba, hosts the monthly celebration of the arts.

When librarian Stephen Thomas’ nephew asked him for ideas for an “it’s cool to be smart” project, Thomas considered what would be educational, yet fun and exciting. “I am a student of history so I thought about the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s when Black people were expressing themselves in art, literature and music. I […]

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Are you ready for some football?

The Miller Grove Wolverines sport their home and away jerseys.

  DeKalb County high school football teams have been working since the end of last season preparing for the 2015 season. Coaches and players from the 22 teams talked about their offseason preparation during the 15th annual DeKalb County Football Media Day at Tucker High School on July 14. As usual, teams are heading into […]

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District 5 commissioner sworn in

From left, DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson takes the oath of office as her husband, Congressman Hank Johnson, looks on. Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams administered the oath.

  Attorney Mereda Davis Johnson was sworn in July 20 as the District 5 representative on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. “[I] was waiting for swearing in so that I’m no longer [commissioner]-elect; I am the commissioner,” said Johnson, during her swearing-in ceremony in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams. In the […]

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Girl Scouts impress President Obama

A Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta volunteer support specialist and parents gather around the troops as they pose with their President Volunteer Service Awards.

Girl Scout troops Nos. 934 and 9073 in Decatur have been on a mission to serve their communities. Throughout the year the cluster of six through nine-year-olds Caitlyn Rideway-Turner, Wyunna Knighton, Aaliyah White and Neaira Myers operated a pet supply drive, donating newspapers, blankets and other items to PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill animal shelter in […]

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