Behind the velvet rope: New program bestows celebrity treatment on unsung heros

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DeKalb County educator Deborah Broom-Cooley now knows what it feels like to be treated like a celebrity. In mid-July Cooley and her husband Henry Cooley Jr. spent a whirlwind weekend getting the royal treatment: a hotel stay, lunch with a local television personality, use of a luxury vehicle, consultation with a personal trainer, a yoga […]

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A penny saved: Transportation tax fails

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DeKalb residents and others in the metro Atlanta area voted to save their pennies instead of paying a one-cent sales tax for transportation. At stake in the vote was $6.14 billion of regional transportation projects selected by the Atlanta Regional Roundtable which represented Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties […]

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Voters support Brookhaven cityhood

Voters support Brookhaven cityhood

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DeKalb County voters said “Yes” to the proposed city of Brookhaven at the polls July 31. In what appeared to be a close race, by press time 75 percent of polls reporting showed 55.61 percent of voters in favor of Brookhaven and 44.39 percent against it, with 3,532 voting yes and 2,819 voting no. The […]

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Picketers protest Walmart again

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Flash flooding in Decatur July 13 did not stop a group from protesting a proposed Suburban Plaza Walmart. Carrying handmade picket signs, members of Good Growth DeKalb, which is opposed to the Walmart development, gathered at the usually busy intersection of Medlock Road, North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard. Carter Joseph, of Decatur, participated in […]

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DeKalb coaches schedule around new heat policy

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The Georgia High School Association’s new heat-acclimatization policy, adopted in March, requires all football players to build up tolerance to high temperatures by working out in shorts and helmets for five days before donning full pads. Three-a-day practices are banned, and two-a-day practices cannot take place on consecutive days or exceed five hours in a […]

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Forum features county candidates

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Of the three candidates running for DeKalb County chief executive officer, Jerome Edmondson was alone onstage during a July 12 question-and-answer forum. CEO candidate Gregory Adams, who is the pastor of True Church of God in Christ in Austell, was at the forum for a while but had to leave early to preach at his […]

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Ellis, planning director named in lawsuit

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A lawsuit filed July 3 against three county officials over a land displacement permit calls into question the DeKalb CEO’s hiring of an interim planning director. Bobby Buckler and Anthony McCullar filed the lawsuit “because they won’t let us put a cul-de-sac on our property,” Buckler said July 13. The lawsuit names DeKalb CEO Burrell […]

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