Overlay district allows alcohol sales adjacent to church

A DeKalb County business owner says Lemon Drop Bar and Grill is operating illegally but county 
officials say it is not.

Charles McCorkle describes himself as a “very persistent” man, which is why he said he’s not giving up until something is done about a business selling alcohol that he says is too close to a church. McCorkle, owner of GB Event Facility off Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur, said the Lemon Drop Bar and Grill […]

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Doraville police get training, new canines

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The Doraville Police Department will be joined by two new canine (K9) units within the next few months following a city council-approved contract worth $27,500 on March 20. In addition to the K9 units, the contract—made with Shallow Creek Kennels based out of Sharpsville, Penn.—will also include six week training sessions for two Doraville police […]

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Chamblee, Chapel Hill claim 2017 county middle school track titles

The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs won their fourth title in the past nine seasons.

New boys’ and girls’ champions were crowned 2017 DeKalb County School District Middle School Track and Field Champions March 20 at Godfrey Stadium. Chamblee girls and Chapel Hill boys took home the titles. The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs set meet records on the way to an 85-78 victory against Henderson to win their fourth title in […]

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Brookhaven gets new public works director

Hari Karikaran

  Brookhaven has a new man in charge of its public works department.  Hari Karikaran took over as department head April 3. Lowe Engineers, the private contractor that operates Brookhaven’s Public Works department, hired Karikaran to manage the day-to-day operations.  “The city of Brookhaven’s Public Works Department is really kicking into high gear under the […]

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Time to start hunting for Easter eggs


Easter is one of the most sacred holidays among Christians with Good Friday and Easter Sunday attracting the faithful to services at churches and outdoor venues. Some of the most widely held traditions of Easter, however, aren’t specifically religious in nature. “The most prominent secular symbol of the Christian holiday, the Easter bunny reportedly was […]

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A day for women

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Commissioner holds first event Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures, a film chronicling the life stories of a team of Black women mathematicians who served an important role in the early years of the U.S. space program, Commissioner Greg Adams hosted the first Hidden Figures of DeKalb award program. The program highlighted the contributions of […]

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‘Lord don’t let this thing explode’

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DeKalb County resident recalls I-85 bridge collapse incident Decatur resident Christopher Brown, 47, said he’s thanking his lucky stars after driving through Interstate 85 in Atlanta while it was on fire. Brown, leaving a photo shoot, said he arrived just as the fire began. According to reports, the bridge caught fire around 6:30 p.m. At […]

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DeKalb County schools focusing on rerouting, pickup times

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  I-85 collapse places priority on new routes In the wake of the collapse of a section of I-85 in Atlanta, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is addressing transportation issues facing students and teachers in the district. DeKalb County schools were one of the first school districts to announce that all schools would be closed […]

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