OPINION: Give of yourself and reap rewards you’d never imagine

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DeKalb County just had a beautiful weekend. We’ve had better ones in terms of weather, but it was beautiful in that many residents took to heart the idea that Martin Luther King Jr. Day should be a day on, not a day off. Many spent the long weekend—or part of it—volunteering. The economic slump in […]

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Judge halts Druid Hills subdivision

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  Druid Hills resident Rusty Ward said he just happened to hear the chainsaws. Rusty Ward, who lives on Clifton Road near the site of a much-litigated proposed subdivision, joined a few other residents Jan. 18 who protested as they watched tree after tree being sawed down. “It’s certainly too late for these beautiful old […]

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Goat could eat its way to Super Bowl ad

Ben Callner feeds Moose the goat. Callner is a finalist in a Super Bowl ad contest for a commercial about a goat with an insatiable appetite for Doritos. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Moose could soon be the most famous goat in America. Ben Callner, a 28-year-old freelance director from Decatur, got the idea to enter the Doritos Super Bowl ad contest approximately two weeks before its deadline. “My buddy said, ‘My goat eating chips is really funny,’” Callner said. “It was kind of a random comment. If […]

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Let’s Talk Trash: Increase Fee or Reduce Pickup?

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DeKalb County residents will have the opportunity to have a say in the future of garbage pickup. The DeKalb County Sanitation Department is holding public meetings, “Let’s Talk Trash,” across the county to discuss the future of garbage pickup. Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer, said the discussion is about whether to reduce garbage […]

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OPINION: We can’t wait

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The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a painful wakeup call on the gun violence that occurs daily in this country. A crazed gunman mowed down 20 young children and six women in that lethal rampage. New legislation is urgently needed to stem this horrific, bloody tide. President Obama has launched […]

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Former GM plant an ‘Opportunity Zone’

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  The Georgia Department of Community Affairs recently announced that the vacant Doraville General Motors property and an adjacent Seaboard Oil facility have been approved for the state’s Opportunity Zone designation. The 165-acre GM Assembly Plant was closed by the company in 2008 as a cost-cutting measure and has remained vacant. After closing, several to […]

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New vehicle tax begins March 1

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Attention car owners: A new Georgia vehicle tax starts March 1. Called the Title Ad Valorum Tax (TAVT), it replaces the sales and annual ad valorem tax, nicknamed the “birthday tax,” on newly purchased vehicles. “It’s for all vehicles that are titled,” said Brent Bennett, director of the motor vehicle division for the DeKalb County […]

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Ellis retains attorney after home, office searched

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After his home and county offices were searched by investigators from the county District Attorney’s office, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has retained a defense team. Ellis will be represented by former DeKalb District Attorney J. Tom Morgan and Craig Gillen, a defense attorney who specializes in trials involving racketeering and financial crimes. Gillen’s partner, Anthony […]

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