Buford Highway businesses want out of Doraville

Young Lee, owner of restaurant recently annexed into the city of Doraville, wants to be deannexed. Forty-four businesses are seeking to be back under the county’s less restrictive zoning laws. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Doraville may lose some industrial properties it recently annexed. On Jan. 27 the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that supports the de-annexation of some of the commercial parcels annexed by Doraville last year. The annexation of 77 commercial parcels and 125 industrial parcels was approved when Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 1138 […]

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OPINION: Police officer should accept responsibility, not ask for immunity

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In 2011 DeKalb County police officer Lynn Eshleman’s police dog, Andor, escaped his fenced yard and bit a neighborhood boy. According to the boy’s father, the child still has visible scars and is suffering emotionally from the attack. Following the attack, the boy’s father filed suit asking for compensation of medical expenses and suffering; he […]

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DeKalb neighborhood listed among ‘hottest’ in nation

A farmers market, commercial district and library branch provide a sense of community that attracts homebuyers to East Atlanta. Area residents raised money to keep a dragon sculpture, top right, in East Atlanta when it had to be removed from Brownwood Park.

  A neighborhood that 20 years ago might have been described as depressed has recently been described as “hot” by nationwide technology-driven real estate company Redfin. Redfin on Jan. 27 released its predictions as to which neighborhoods in the United States would be among the top 10 of those most eagerly sought by homebuyers in […]

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Fairington Elementary recovers from fire

Principal Jeffrey Jenkins stands next to the entrance of DeKalb County’s Fairington Elementary School.

Fairington Elementary School is still recovering from a fire in Margaret Veira-Allens’ kindergarten class on Jan. 17. A team of nearly 150 county employees worked to repair the damages while students attended Miller Grove High School until the school reopened on Jan. 20. Fairington has received numerous donations from the parent teacher organization of Dunwoody […]

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Decatur’s mayor: ‘Our future is secure’

Several Decatur employees were recognized  for their service to the city in 2014.

Decatur’s mayor told residents Jan. 27 that the city is in great shape. “Despite some short-term challenges, I assure you that our future is very secure. Even our biggest issues are the result of our successes,” said Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett, during his state of the city address during a meeting of the Decatur Business […]

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Decatur mom gets second chance at college degree

Jocquin Gude stands beside her sons Christopher and Jamahl Campbell. The family will all be enrolled in college courses this year.

Arizona Cardinals player Larry Fitzgerald has had more things on his mind than a Super Bowl ring; the wide receiver announced earlier this year that he wants to complete his college education. Fitzgerald partnered with the University of Phoenix to create the Focus to the Finish scholarship program, which allows nontraditional students another shot at […]

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Seniors get their own space in central DeKalb

From left, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann, interim CEO Lee May, Commissioner Jeff Rader and former CEO Liane Levetan celebrate the opening of the Central DeKalb Senior Center. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

With 45 percent of DeKalb County’s seniors living in central DeKalb, Commissioner Jeff Rader said there was a clear need for a new senior center. And that’s what seniors got Feb. 2 with the grand opening of the Central DeKalb Senior Center, located at 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur. “I think that you’ll agree that this […]

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Church protests ‘worshipping in rubble’

Parishioners of Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Scottdale say their church won’t be able to survive in the middle of a DeKalb Housing Authority construction zone. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Members of Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Scottdale say they are worshipping in rubble. That’s the message approximately two dozen members of the church wanted to convey Jan. 30 when they protested outside the DeKalb Housing Authority in Decatur.   “We are here today protesting the injustice that is being inflected upon our congregation and […]

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