Clifton Ridge subdivision gets red light again

Attorney Rob Benfield represents Druid Hills residents who lost an appeal to stop a subdivision. Later, a judge extends a temporary restraining order for the project. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

To their disappointment, residents in the Druid Hills community say they will have to go to court to continue their battle against a proposed subdivision in the historic district. Residents were hoping for an end to their decade-long fight against the subdivision planned by property owners Robert H. Buckler and Anthony McCullar. The men want […]

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Mom: Cellphone ban in cars would have saved son


It was a distracted driver who forever changed the life of Cynthia Williams of Tucker. In August 2006, her 17-year-old son Christopher was a passenger in a vehicle that flipped nine times. Christopher suffered extensive head trauma. “I had to pull the plug on him a week later,” Williams said. “It was on my birthday.” […]

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Governor removes six school board members


  In a news conference Feb. 25, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that he has accepted the unanimous recommendation of the Georgia Board of Education (GBOE) to remove six members of the DeKalb school board. “This is certainly a serious matter. It is a matter that is of grave concern to all of us, especially the […]

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Suburban Plaza protestors lose appeal


Developers are free to begin work in Decatur’s Suburban Plaza after a community group lost an appeal to block a Walmart supercenter. The DeKalb Zoning Board of Appeals voted to deny the appeal of Good Growth DeKalb, a group of residents formed more than a year ago to promote the sustainable development of their community. […]

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DeKalb libraries awarded grant to enhance knowledge about Islam


Muslims have been a part of the American fabric for generations. Yet, it was not until the terrorist attacks on 9/11 that many Americans became aware of their presence. Since then, there has been mistrust and misinformation about the Muslim community and their religion. An effort is under way to increase knowledge about Muslim Americans […]

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City appoints its first judges

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Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis has sworn in the city’s first judges. Former Cobb County magistrate judge Laura Stevenson was appointed as Brookhaven’s chief judge and Jonathan Granade as judge pro tem on Feb. 12 at the city council meeting. Stevenson, who obtained her juris doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law, […]

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A message from DeKalb County’s Interim School Superintendent Mike Thurmond


  A message from DeKalb County’s Interim School Superintendent Mike Thurmond: Dear DeKalb County Community, Our district is undergoing a tremendous amount of change. From my appointment as interim superintendent to the election of a new Board of Education chairman, Dr. Melvin Johnson, to the legal proceedings involving our Board, 2013 has been full of […]

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Sneiderman trial date set for July

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Andrea Sneiderman Andrea Sneiderman, the widow accused of conspiring to murder her husband, will appear in court in July to answer those charges. At a Feb. 21 hearing, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams set a date of July 29 to begin jury selection for Sneiderman’s trial, which is expected to last more than […]

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