State gives DeKalb school board 30 days to improve

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The DeKalb County school board has 30 days to make significant improvement on the district’s issues or face suspension by Gov. Nathan Deal. Board members attended a Jan. 14 hearing in front of the state Board of Education (BOE) to explain why the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) was placed on accreditation probation Dec. 17, […]

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Unique Dunwoody theater reaches a milestone

Opening Princess

At a time when theater companies come and go, Jerry’s Habima Theatre in Dunwoody is celebrating a milestone. The theater kicks off its 20th season this year. What makes this theater group unique is not only its longevity. It is the only metro area theater that prominently features actors with developmental disabilities. Habima has received […]

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First lady Deal announces program for expecting parents

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  Georgia’s first lady, Sandra Deal, announced the launch of Great Start Georgia Jan. 7, a program developed to help meet the needs of expectant parents and those with young children. “We want every mother to find out how to help her child grow up and develop properly. We want them to notice the milestones […]

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County should be more proactive to attracting quality businesses

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Commissioner Lee May said the key to DeKalb County’s economic future is to stop waiting for opportunities to come to the county and go actively in search of opportunities. That was his message to the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce at its Jan. 16 luncheon meeting. May, who represents the recently reconfigured 5th district and […]

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Community helps man cope with paralysis after accident


  Twenty-year-old Stone Mountain resident Eli Tabb doesn’t remember much about being hit by a car while attempting to cross Lawrenceville Highway in October 2012. The incident left him paralyzed from the waist down. “There’s not much I can tell you myself because I was in a coma after it happened,” Tabb said. The Mississippi […]

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County’s interim planning director quits after a year

gary cornell

The man touted by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis as “the best planning director that DeKalb County has ever had” has resigned after a year on the job. Gary A. Cornell was appointed by Ellis in January 2011 to serve as the interim director of the department of planning and sustainability. County spokesman Burke Brennan said […]

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Flexible workplace solutions come to Decatur


A small- to medium-sized company opening its first office in an area might, in addition finding a space to rent, be faced with such startup tasks as buying furniture, arranging for utilities and cleaning services, setting up a telecommunications system and hiring such support staff as a receptionist and an office manager. There is, however, […]

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‘We can’t continue to prosper if DeKalb County doesn’t prosper’

mayor Jim baskett

City of Decatur commissioner Jim Baskett is now the mayor of Decatur. Baskett was elected mayor after former mayor Bill Floyd resigned Jan. 7. Baskett was elected to the Decatur Board of Commission in 1995 and served as mayor pro tem from 2002-2012. Baskett, who praised Floyd for his 13 years of service as mayor, […]

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