Residents, teachers, advocates discuss proposed charter amendment

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With the November elections several weeks away, one of the major issues residents will be voting on is Amendment 1, which involves the creation of state-funded charter schools. A large group of parents, community members and others gathered at the International Community School in Decatur Oct. 17 for an information session hosted by the Emory […]

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North central DeKalb residents considering creating own city

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Three months after residents in the Brookhaven area voted to create their own city, some residents in north central DeKalb are wondering whether they should go the same route. Residents in the Druid Hills, Sagamore Hills and North Briarcliff communities – near Shallowford and Briarcliff roads – have held meetings last month to discuss the […]

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Artistry is at the heart of pumpkin Blaze

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  What happens when you throw 5,000 pumpkins, 15 artists and 1,000 volunteers in a caldron around Halloween? You get a can’t-believe-your-eyes event called Blaze. Actually it’s called The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Located in Croton-on-the-Hudson, N.Y., on the grounds of the Van Cortlandt Manor estate, Blaze, as it’s known to locals, runs for 22 […]

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Football: Stephenson, Tucker to clash in first regular season game

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Two of DeKalb County’s top football program will face each other for the first time in a regular season game Oct. 12. The No. 4-ranked Stephenson Jaguars (4-0) and No. 2-ranked Tucker Tigers (5-0) will face off in a much-anticipated region 6-AAAAA battle at Hallford Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The two teams, both 4-0 in […]

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Steel plant makes artful renaissance in Pennsylvania

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A rusted and decaying steel plant casts a stark contrast against a blue cloudless sky. Such a massive and deteriorating structure, once home to thousands of steel workers, might be perceived as a painful symbol of what was. However in Bethlehem, Pa., the former Bethlehem Steel plant has become a symbol of revitalization and transformation. […]

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2013 county departmental budget requests up $44 million

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The numbers are in: DeKalb County department heads want $44 million more in 2013 than they received this year. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners got an early look at the county’s 2013 budget requests Oct. 5. The budget requests from the county’s various departments total $601 million, up $44 million from the current county […]

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Fourth-grader inspired by visit with civil rights icon

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Haley Pate, a fourth-grader at 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue in Decatur, said when civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis spoke to her third grade class last year it changed her life. “His words were so intriguing,” Pate said. “He had been through so much and you could imagine how sad it was when Martin […]

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City of Decatur considering several annexations

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In the Midway Woods neighborhood, west of Columbia Drive and on the outskirts of the city of Decatur, an annexation proposal at least four years in the making is pitting neighbor against neighbor. At issue is a request by some residents of the neighborhood to be annexed into the four-square-mile city of Decatur. Kevin Polite, […]

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