Burrell Ellis on trial again


“Debt, desperation and deceit. That is what the evidence will show this case is about.” That’s how Assistant District Attorney Lawanda Hodges began her opening arguments June 9 in the retrial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Ellis is on trial in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson. He is accused of strong-arming vendors […]

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Civil Rights trailblazers honored


Outgoing DeKalb school Superintendent Michael Thurmond and former Georgia attorney general Thurbert Baker are two of the DeKalb residents recognized June 3 for their contributions in the struggle for integration and equality during the late 1950s to 1970s. More than 120 men and women were acknowledged during the State Bar of Georgia’s “Celebration of Civil […]

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Be SMART about guns


On May 19 in DeKalb County a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the finger. At approximately 1 a.m. that day in a house on Rollingwood Drive, the boy’s mother was asleep in the living room when the child climbed onto a step stool to get a shoe box from a closet shelf in the […]

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County Family Protection Center opens in Tucker


Victims of any type of physical abuse can seek help in DeKalb County through the county’s new Family Protection Center. County officials cut the ribbon May 28 to celebrate the opening of the center, which is housed in the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue’s central office in Tucker. Officials also signed a memorandum of understanding. […]

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County commission candidates face off


Eight of the 10 candidates for the District 5 seat on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners participated in the first of several forums planned for the group. “DeKalb County is blessed to have so many fine candidates from which to choose,” said Steen Miles, moderator of the forum sponsored by the Restore DeKalb advocacy […]

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Group uses garden to grow community


A nonprofit group in the Belvedere community is using a garden to bring neighbors together, improve the community and train new leaders. Partners in Action for Healthy Living (PAHL) is a nonprofit that started a few years ago; it came out of a group called the Healthy Belvedere initiative. “That initiative was looking at increasing […]

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Teacher fired for allowing students to have sex


DeKalb County School District officials voted to fire Quentin Wright, a science and math teacher at Champion Middle Theme School in Stone Mountain after he admitted to allowing students to have sex in a storage room in his classroom. The district held a tribunal hearing on May 29 where a three-member hearing tribunal voted unanimously […]

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