School cafeteria worker gives back to students in need

Canby Lane food service assistant Linda Harris (right) gives directions to family members as they assist with the Christmas give away.

Every school morning Linda Harris sees the reality of child hunger. Harris, who had been a food service assistant at Canby Lane Elementary School in unincorporated Decatur for three months, serves food to children whose only meals of the day may be school breakfast and lunch. “Children who stay in the extended stay hotels don’t […]

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Residents protest neighborhood hookah bars

Briarcliff area residents say a group of hookah bars are causing havoc in the community. They are protesting the renewal of a special land use permit by one of the establishments. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Some residents of the Briarcliff community are protesting what they call the proliferation of late-night establishments in their neighborhood. Margaret Comb, a Sagamore Hills resident for more than 20 years, said she has been “very dismayed at the changes that have come to her community as a result of the opening of “so many late-night establishments.”   “These are […]

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$5K reward offered for info on shooting at deputy’s home


The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the recent shooting at a deputy’s Lithonia home. On Dec. 15, a sheriff’s deputy and his wife were the victims of a shooting at their home of “14 peace-filled years,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey […]

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Former county CEOs’ aide dies after illness

Donna Morgan Mahaffey

Donna Morgan Mahaffey, a former assistant county administrator under three DeKalb County CEOs, passed away Dec. 28 at Kindred Hospital in Atlanta after a long illness. She was 66. A native of Atlanta, Mahaffey was a public servant for more than 40 years, working on many major projects in metro Atlanta. She did the demographic […]

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Superior Avenue water shut off for emergency repair


Update, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 29: A DeKalb County spokeswoman said crews hope to have water restored around 8 p.m. tonight.   from DeKalb County government: DECATUR, Ga. – On Dec. 28 at approximately 7 p.m. there was a water main break on North Superior Avenue between North Decatur and Willow Lane. The break occurred on the […]

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Brookhaven elderly women missing

Janet Sue Miller 2

Brookhaven Police is seeking the public’s help in locating 78-year-old Janet Sue Miller. Miller has not been seen since Christmas Eve. According to Brookhaven’s public information officer Carlos Nino, officers responded Dec. 27 to1322 Briarwood Road on a welfare check. “Officers met with the caller and learned she has not been seen since Dec. 24, […]

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Slain sheriff-elect remembered after 15 years

Slain sheriff-elect remembered after 15 years

For the family of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, who was assassinated days before taking office in 2000, the wounds are still fresh. “Fifteen years have passed, but to us it’s like 15 days, 15 minutes, said Brown’s daughter Brandy Brown-Rhodes. “There’s not a night that goes by—sometimes it hits me so hard I cry as hard […]

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Shaq-a-Claus in town

Shaq-a-Claus in town

An invitation-only Shaq-A-Claus event aimed to increase diabetes awareness and promote healthy living was recently hosted by the American Diabetes Association with Feeding America, in collaboration with Atlanta Food Community Bank and other organizations. Rena Cozart, executive director at American Diabetes Association, said, “We are so grateful to be working with the food bank in […]

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