Ellis, planning director named in lawsuit

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A lawsuit filed July 3 against three county officials over a land displacement permit calls into question the DeKalb CEO’s hiring of an interim planning director. Bobby Buckler and Anthony McCullar filed the lawsuit “because they won’t let us put a cul-de-sac on our property,” Buckler said July 13. The lawsuit names DeKalb CEO Burrell […]

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Twelve 24 Boutique celebrates the plus-size woman

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Angela Hargro said that the boutique in downtown Decatur that she opened with partner Melanie Williams was “born out of frustration as a shopper.” “It was so hard to find clothes in my size that didn’t look like something somebody’s grandmother would wear,” Hargro said. The name Twelve 24 reflects the range of sizes carried […]

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Leadership DeKalb wins IKEA’s office makeover contest

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Leadership DeKalb in its 26-year history has been involved in makeovers of a sort. By training and inspiring community leaders, the organization has transformed communities in which these leaders work and volunteer. Earlier this month Leadership DeKalb was on the receiving end of a more tangible makeover. The organization received $10,000 in-kind from IKEA Atlanta […]

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Dunwoody councilwoman files ethics complaint

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Dunwoody City Councilwoman Adrian Bonser filed an ethics complaint June 21 against Mayor Mike Davis and the rest of the city council, alleging that several meetings held over the past six months were held illegally. Bonser, who is also facing an ethics investigation, alleges the city council held an illegal meeting Feb. 3 to discuss […]

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Sugar Moon rises in Oakhurst area

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There are a number of ways for people to relive stress. It’s a good thing for folks in the Oakhurst area that when Amy Kiefer is stressed she bakes. Kiefer, chief cupcake baker, and her cousin Catherine Pfitzer, chief cupcake marketer, are the owners of Sugar Moon Bake Shop. The cupcakes are the byproducts of […]

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New development coming to Covington Highway

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Running from Avondale Estates to near Stonecrest Mall in unincorporated Lithonia, 12-mile Covington Highway is the focus of some new economic development. A month-old RaceTrac gas station is causing traffic jams along Covington Highway as it engages in a price war with a nearby QuikTrip. An apartment complex on the road has begun a complete […]

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New hotel, casino, shopping mall make for fun getaway

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What a nice surprise it is when a hotel that’s unassuming on the outside is a splendor of style and comfort inside. That was my experience recently while staying at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, Md., a suburb of Baltimore. Enter the lobby of the 150-room luxury boutique hotel and one’s senses are […]

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A petit bit of France comes to Kirkwood

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When Marchet Sparks visited France in 2004, traveling extensively throughout the southern Provençal region then up to Paris and Normandy, she was charmed by little markets with freshly prepared foods and local goods that dotted throughout the countryside. A busy real estate executive working out of her native Los Angeles at the time, she decided that one day […]

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