Brookhaven approves municipal services

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The City of Brookhaven city council has awarded contracts and initial task orders for six of the seven municipal government services work packages. The Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven issued requests for proposals for municipal government services on Oct. 12 for government services, including communications and community engagement, community development, financial and administrative services, information technologies […]

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Decatur restaurant leads national chain to join gluten- free movement

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Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop is the first national restaurant to offer, along with its other fare, a certified gluten-free menu—and it all started at the chain’s Decatur restaurant. Soon after Erbert & Gerbert’s on East Ponce de Leon opened in 2011 Michelle Kelly of nearby Pure Knead Bakery inquired whether the restaurant offered gluten-free selections. […]

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Fernbank planetarium reaches new heights

The fulldome/immersive projection system throws extraordinarily bright light onto a spherical mirror the exact shape of the Fernbank planetarium dome. Photo provided

  “Now we’re in the digital age,” That’s how Fernbank Science Center Director Douglas Hrabe summed up the recent changes at the center’s Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium. Already the biggest planetarium in Georgia and one of the largest in the United States, Fernbank’s planetarium near the end of 2012 underwent a major technological upgrade that […]

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DeKalb jury finds former Fulton cop guilty of child molestation

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A DeKalb County jury found a former Fulton County police officer guilty of child molestation Dec. 27 Michael Bernard Wilson, 32, was charged with two counts of child molestation and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Wilson was arrested in November 2010 after he was accused of molesting and raping a 12-year-old girl. The girl’s […]

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Let’s Move: Commissioner, county awarded for exercise drive

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DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson has been recognized by the National League of Cities for his efforts to get DeKalb residents moving. Johnson was recognized for the recent completion of key health and wellness goals in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), a major component of first lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive initiative dedicated […]

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Firefighter turned sheriff starts fourth term

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When Thomas Brown first became DeKalb County’s sheriff in 2000, the position had a tarnished reputation. A sheriff in the 1970s “stayed into a lot of stuff,” Brown said. “[He] had some argument with some kid in his neighborhood and ended up shooting the kid. But he was acquitted, as I understand it. I don’t […]

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Lithonia junior varsity wrestling team wins county

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The Lithonia High School junior varsity wrestling team finally won the DeKalb County Junior Varsity wrestling title on Dec. 22 after placing third twice in the last three years. Lithonia won the tournament with a score of 190.5. They outscored McNair (171.5), Southwest DeKalb (167.5) and Stephenson (127) to win the county title. Wrestling coach […]

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Clemson football players visit Children’s Healthcare at Egleston patients

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  Patients at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston got a surprise visit Dec. 27 from the University of Clemson football players. The Chick-fil-A Bowl participants along with Miss Georgia, Brittany Sharp, went from room to room in the oncology and hematology ward of the hospital and distributed autographed team gear to patients. The […]

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