Aimee Copeland encourages DeKalb elementary students to be active


Aimee Copeland, the 24 year old who lost her hands, left leg, and right foot to a flesh eating bacteria last May, spent the afternoon on Jan. 25 with Laurel Ridge Elementary School students speaking about the importance of being active. The school held a rally to get students ready for the its annual “Romp […]

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Police guard CEO’s home


  A DeKalb County police officer has been stationed outside CEO Burrell Ellis’ Stone Mountain home since Jan. 7, when it was searched by DeKalb County district attorney investigators. “It was a decision made by the public safety department,” DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan said. “Since investigators searched his home there has been some increased […]

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Animal group could run Fulton, DeKalb shelters


  Already chosen to run Fulton County’s animal shelter, an Avondale Estates animal rescue group may soon be running DeKalb’s. On Jan. 23, LifeLine Animal Project, the only group that submitted a bid to run DeKalb County’s animal shelter, was awarded the $2.4 million annual contract to run neighboring Fulton County’s shelter. That was the […]

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OPINION: Bring back the Golden Fleece!


“The Golden Fleece Award is as much a part of the Senate as quorum calls and filibusters.”— U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), paying tribute to U.S. Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wisconsin) for his monthly selection of Golden Fleece Awards recognizing wasteful or ludicrous expense of U.S. taxpayer funds.   Maverick U.S. senator William Proxmire took to […]

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Leaders ponder state law changes


Annexation and taxes are concerns that DeKalb County government officials want addressed in the 2013 General Assembly. Five priorities were presented to a handful of concerned residents Jan. 24 by the joint legislative team from the county CEO’s office and the Board of Commissioners. To help the county improve its infrastructure, county leaders want the […]

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Q&A with executive director of Great Start Georgia


The Governor’s Office for Children and Families and the Georgia Department of Public Health are partnering together to administer the Great Start Georgia (GSG) program, which was launched Jan. 7 by Georgia first lady Sandra Deal. Great Start Georgia is an initiative designed to identify all expectant parents, children birth to 5 years, and their […]

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Hundreds attend annual reading bowl

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Despite major construction in the parking lot of Miller Grove High School, hundreds of parents, students and teachers attended the 14th Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Jan. 26. Gwen Green, a media specialist at Stephenson Middle School, has been volunteering for the reading bowl every year since it began. Green said although it’s not a physical […]

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Not too old to learn something new


  To be honest, I really have no business getting on a snowboard. After all, I’m way closer to 60 than I am to 50 and my once-flexible joints are far stiffer than they once were. Still, a visit to Bear Creek Resort and Conference Center in Macungie, Pa., gave me the opportunity to take […]

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