35 years of MARTA History

County’s ‘convoluted’ purchasing policy revised

Left, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said an updated purchasing policy would help restore the public’s trust in government. Center, Scott Callan, the county’s interim purchasing director holds the county old purchasing policy. Right, May signs the new 38-page policy as clerk Barbara Sanders prepares to stamp it. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

  With the stroke of a pen, DeKalb County’s “convoluted,” two-volume purchasing policy was reduced to just 38 pages. On Aug. 6, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May signed an executive order revising the county’s purchasing policy. The updated policy requires that “all things must be competitively procured unless exempted” and establishes a purchasing advisory […]

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New season features region, classification changes

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Some teams moved up, and some moved down, but the 2014 season will still be filled with some exciting matchups in DeKalb County. The Georgia High School Association released the new classification list Nov. 18 and seven schools from DeKalb County were moved to a new classification for the 2014-2016 school years. Classifications are based […]

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Six new coaches take over football programs

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Turning a losing football program into a winning program can be a difficult task for coaches, especially for new head coaches. Four of the six new head football coaches in DeKalb County are facing the challenges of doing just that as the season gets under way Aug. 22. The new head coaches that will be […]

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Another top recruiting class for DeKalb County

From left, Chauncey Rivers and Jonathan Ledbetter

For the past five years, DeKalb County has had hundreds of senior football players continue their athletic and academic careers at some of the top universities and colleges across the country. In addition, every class had players who were known as some of the top recruits in the country. This year is no different as […]

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First day of school at DeKalb County schools

A student boards a school bus Aug. 11 on the first day of school for DeKalb County. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Like any mass movement of people, the first day of school for DeKalb County Schools was a little chaotic. Parents at Evansdale Elementary reported students’ class assignments getting switched at the last minute. Tucker High School students were directed to homerooms first, and then schedules were passed out. “Today’s going great, actually,” said Tucker’s assistant […]

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OPINION: No…a deer

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“I was standing up by then and she came right up to me and she was on her back hind legs and the hoof of her front leg went on my cheek, so she…she was attacking me,” said Avon Lake, Ohio, resident Cathy Krajny, following her hospitalization and an attack on her back porch by […]

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OPINION: The beauty within the beast

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For all the negatives of DeKalb County, there are just as many, if not more, positives. Many of us, including the media, focus too often on emphasizing the negatives and give little attention to the many attributes of our county. DeKalb is home to Arabia Mountain, a National Heritage Site that dates back 400 million […]

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Teacher’s mystery pain pointed to lung cancer

Lung cancer victim Shermaine Lee, center, poses atop Stone Mountain with sons Larico Lee II, left, and Corbin, right. Photos provided

It was a little pain in her side in 2012 that first sent Shermaine Lee to her doctor. She would later discover she had Stage IV lung cancer. “I was going along with my life. I was a doctoral student. I was taking care of my family, working, doing everything that every woman does—the career […]

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