DeKalb judges request salary increase


DeKalb County’s Superior Court judges want a raise. Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams asked the county’s legislative delegation to the Georgia General Assembly on Feb. 4 to increase judges’ salaries by $15,000, which would make them the second highest paid judges in the state, behind those in the Augusta circuit. The state’s legislature has to […]

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OPINION: Maybe it’s time to think about home schooling


In the wake of the departure of DeKalb County’s school superintendent, the district’s current accreditation probation and possible loss of accreditation, the possible dismissal of the school board, and the poor graduation rates, home schooling is an option worth considering for some. For their entire school years, my wife Deanna has homeschooled our four children—ages […]

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Senate bill would make DeKalb CEO nonpartisan


A bill (SB-95) introduced by Sen. Fran Millar (R-40) would make the DeKalb County CEO a nonpartisan position. DeKalb CEO candidates are typically Democrats running in a predominantly Democratic county; Republicans make up approximately 30 percent of the population, Millar said. “By doing this election on a nonpartisan basis, what it does is gives [Republicans] […]

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Another new DeKalb city being considered


Another group of DeKalb residents are contemplating the formation of a new city. The residents have formed Lakeside City Alliance, a nonprofit group created to study the possibility and feasibility of establishing a new city in northern DeKalb County. The alliance released a draft map of the proposed parameters of the new city, which would […]

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St. Augustine is one tasty town


St. Augustine, Fla., has a strong and well-deserved reputation for its history. Everywhere there are references to historical figures such as Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who founded the city in 1565, and Henry Flagler, who transformed the area from an alligator-infested swamp into a playground for the rich during the late 1800s. Today the beaches, […]

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Dunwoody’s Steven Camara continues football career after cancer

Dunwoody defensive end and cancer survivor Steven Camara signed his letter of intent to play at Centre College. Photos by Carla Parker

National Signing Day is an exciting day for high school football players around the country. But the day was more exciting for Dunwoody’s Steven Camara because it was a day that almost did not come for him. In May 2008, Camara was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma. Four years later, the cancer-free defensive end was sitting […]

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Thurmond begins tenure as interim superintendent


Former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond was hired Feb. 8 to serve as interim superintendent of the DeKalb County School District. School officials stated that Thurmond has been credited with transforming two state agencies, first as the director of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and then as a commissioner of the Georgia […]

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School district: Atkinson out, Thurmond in

Members of the DeKalb County school board approved a settlement agreement for Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson Feb. 8 and appointed former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond as interim superintendent.

After less than two years, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson is leaving the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) in a condition some residents say is worse than when she was hired. The DeKalb County School Board held a meeting Feb. 8 and approved a separation agreement with Atkinson and voted to appoint former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael […]

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