DeKalb names interim police chief

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One of the four assistant police chiefs of the DeKalb County Police Department has been named its interim head. Lisa A. Gassner, assistant chief over the support services division of the police department, was appointed interim police chief, according to Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer. “She was appointed based on her qualifications and her capabilities,” Brennan […]

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IHM students surprise staff with random act of kindness

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School Students Annalise O’Connell, Sofia Arboleda, and Bailey Apgar all share a birthday in October. This year, instead of having a birthday party and getting presents from their friends, they were inspired to do something different. The three girls, who are in the same second grade class, were inspired to […]

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Residents, teachers, advocates discuss proposed charter amendment

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With the November elections several weeks away, one of the major issues residents will be voting on is Amendment 1, which involves the creation of state-funded charter schools. A large group of parents, community members and others gathered at the International Community School in Decatur Oct. 17 for an information session hosted by the Emory […]

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North central DeKalb residents considering creating own city

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Three months after residents in the Brookhaven area voted to create their own city, some residents in north central DeKalb are wondering whether they should go the same route. Residents in the Druid Hills, Sagamore Hills and North Briarcliff communities – near Shallowford and Briarcliff roads – have held meetings last month to discuss the […]

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Artistry is at the heart of pumpkin Blaze

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  What happens when you throw 5,000 pumpkins, 15 artists and 1,000 volunteers in a caldron around Halloween? You get a can’t-believe-your-eyes event called Blaze. Actually it’s called The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Located in Croton-on-the-Hudson, N.Y., on the grounds of the Van Cortlandt Manor estate, Blaze, as it’s known to locals, runs for 22 […]

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Football: Stephenson, Tucker to clash in first regular season game

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Two of DeKalb County’s top football program will face each other for the first time in a regular season game Oct. 12. The No. 4-ranked Stephenson Jaguars (4-0) and No. 2-ranked Tucker Tigers (5-0) will face off in a much-anticipated region 6-AAAAA battle at Hallford Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The two teams, both 4-0 in […]

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Steel plant makes artful renaissance in Pennsylvania

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A rusted and decaying steel plant casts a stark contrast against a blue cloudless sky. Such a massive and deteriorating structure, once home to thousands of steel workers, might be perceived as a painful symbol of what was. However in Bethlehem, Pa., the former Bethlehem Steel plant has become a symbol of revitalization and transformation. […]

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2013 county departmental budget requests up $44 million

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The numbers are in: DeKalb County department heads want $44 million more in 2013 than they received this year. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners got an early look at the county’s 2013 budget requests Oct. 5. The budget requests from the county’s various departments total $601 million, up $44 million from the current county […]

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