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Marist sweeps cross country state title for second consecutive year

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  Marist cross country teams continues to be the top dogs in Georgia high school cross country as both boys’ and girls’ teams claim state titles for a second consecutive year. Marist boys and girls swept the Class AAAA state tile Nov. 9 at the 2013 Cross Country State Meets at Carrollton High School. For […]

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Veterans honored at DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts

Military veterans were honored stars at DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts on Veterans Day. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

On Veterans Day students at DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts lined the school’s halls, waved American flags and chanted “Go USA!” as approximately a dozen military veterans walked throughout the school greeting the students. That was DESA’s way of saying “thank you’ for their service and acknowledge their contributions to our national security,” said […]

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New Clarkston mayor says he’s young, but not inexperienced


  Clarkston’s new Mayor Ted Terry said he may be one of the youngest mayors in the United States, but that doesn’t translate into inexperience. “I’ve worked for elected officials, city councilmen, mayors, Congress members and more over the past 10 years. I’ve been fortunate to work for all levels of government and have been […]

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St. Pius heads to playoffs with big win over Decatur

St. Pius running back Dalton Wilson knocks off tacklers as he runs to the end zone. Photos by David DiCristina

After suffering two losses in a row, the St. Pius Golden Lions gained momentum heading into the playoffs with a 41-14 over Region 6-AAA foe Decatur on Nov. 8. Decatur came into the game on a three-game winning streak, including a 31-28 win over Region 6-AAA Champion Blessed Trinity, a team St. Pius lost 21-20 […]

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Former school board member announces campaign for state school superintendent

Nancy Jester said her campaign for state school superintendent is about “more classroom, less bureaucracy.” Photo by Andrew Cauthen

With the playground of Brook Run Park in Dunwoody as a backdrop, former DeKalb school board member Nancy Jester announced her candidacy for state school superintendent Nov. 11. Jester asked supporters to join her “dedication to improving the lives of Georgia’s children.” “I also committed to being a watchdog for the taxpayers of our state,” […]

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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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