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School board rejects Druid Hills Charter Cluster

The DeKalb County Board of Education rejects the Druid Hills Charter Cluster, which would have been the first of its type in the state. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

The Druid Hills Charter Cluster (DHCC), the first one of its type proposed in Georgia, was rejected Nov. 11 by the DeKalb County Board of Education. “The board acted in the public interest for all of DeKalb,” said DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Mike Thurmond. “I was impressed by the petitioners—their advocacy, their commitment […]

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Former superintendent testifies in corruption trial

Former DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis testified against architect Tony Pope and his ex-wife Pat Reid, who used to be the construction chief for the DeKalb County School District. Photos by Kent Johnson, AJC

  A former DeKalb County schools superintendent took the stand Nov. 6 as a key witness for the prosecution in a corruption trial nearly three years in the making. Crawford Lewis accepted an agreement several days before the start of the trial and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of obstructing a police officer. Lewis […]

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More than 1,000 turkeys, hams donated during Annual Turkey Drop


Hosea Feed the Hungry (HFTH) hosted its Annual Great Turkey Drop-off on Nov. 7, at the DeKalb County Jail. Through donations from Aaron Rents, Kroger and Publix Supermarkets, approximately 1,000 turkeys and hams were loaded in preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. “Even with these generous donations of turkeys, we are about 500 turkeys short,” […]

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Decatur doughnut shop features natural ingredients

The shop offers more than 20 varieties, some vegan or low-gluten. Photo by Donna Turner

Inside the Revolution Doughnuts shop in Decatur, customers are greeted by the sight of colorful trays of doughnuts behind the glass counter. Those colors, owner Maria Riggs assured, are all natural, as are the flavors and all ingredients. “OK, our doughnuts aren’t health food,” she acknowledged, “but no doughnuts are. What we sell is real […]

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Stone Mountain Park sparkles in Christmas lights


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster arrived at Stone Mountain Park Nov. 8 to kick off the venue’s Stone Mountain Christmas. They are two of the new characters and experiences added to the venue’s holiday lineup and can be seen during the nightly Christmas Parade. Also new this year is the […]

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Family-owned German restaurant offers a taste of Bavaria

Claus and Hilde Friese have been running the Village Corner restaurant in downtown Stone Mountain for nearly 40 years. It began as a wholesale bakery that sold baked goods made without preservatives. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The Village Corner restaurant in Stone Mountain has been steadily expanding for nearly 40 years but owners Claus and Hilde Friese said the restaurant began “out of necessity.” The Frieses, who lived in Baltimore and Washington before moving to Stone Mountain, said when they moved to Georgia it was missing the village delis that were […]

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Former DeKalb County school officials corruption trial begins


Prosecutors in the corruption trial involving the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) said the case against former school construction chief Patricia Reid and her then husband Tony Pope is about three things: marriage, manipulation and money. Reid and Pope are accused of conspiring to defraud the school system of approximately $2.4 million through illegal construction […]

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Taekwondo teacher charged with rape back in court

A Taekwondo instructor accused of sexually assaulting one of his students is back on trial for a second time. In 2012, Adrian Spellen was tried for the alleged assault but jurors could not reach a consensus and a judge declared a mistrial. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

A Lithonia Taekwondo instructor appeared in court Nov. 4 for the second time to answer to charges that he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old student in 2011. Adrian Spellen, at one time an Olympic hopeful, is charged with two counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation. Spellen faced similar charges in November […]

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