Decatur schools facing tough issues if city annexes

City Schools of Decatur (CSD) Superintendent Phyllis Edwards said if Decatur moves forward with a proposed annexation, the school system may have to run at a deficit for the first two years to deal with the influx of new students. Over the past five years, Edwards said, enrollment has increased approximately 33 percent. According to […]

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Dallas Rivers leads Tucker running backs in total yards and touchdowns

Rivers (25) takes a hard hit and still scores a touchdown. Photo by Travis Hudgons The Tucker football program is known for producing great running backs and this year is no different. The Tigers have five players with more than 150 yards each on the season, including quarterback Jawann Williams. Running backs Dallas Rivers and […]

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Mistrial declared in rape trial of karate teacher

A mistrial has been declared in the case of Adrian Spellen, a karate teacher accused of raping a 9-year-old girl at his karate studio. DeKalb County Judge Clarence Seeliger declared a mistrial because the jury could not reach a consensus. Bond for Spellen was set at $50,000. In 2011, Spellen, 29, was released on $100,000 […]

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Georgia voters pass charter school amendment

Voters around Georgia decided that they want the state government to have a hand in setting up local charter schools. Amendment 1, which asked voters whether they wanted to allow the state the authority to establish special state charter schools, passed with a statewide voted of 58 percent to 42 percent. In DeKalb, voters favored […]

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Brookhaven elections yield few winners

Residents of the new city of Brookhaven may have to wait a little longer to find out who will be leading their city. By press time Nov. 6, the race for mayor of Brookhaven and several city council posts remained neck-and-neck, yielding no clear winners. Attorney and small-business owner J. Max Davis was leading by […]

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DeKalb names interim police chief

One of the four assistant police chiefs of the DeKalb County Police Department has been named its interim head. Lisa A. Gassner, assistant chief over the support services division of the police department, was appointed interim police chief, according to Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer. “She was appointed based on her qualifications and her capabilities,” Brennan […]

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IHM students surprise staff with random act of kindness

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School Students Annalise O’Connell, Sofia Arboleda, and Bailey Apgar all share a birthday in October. This year, instead of having a birthday party and getting presents from their friends, they were inspired to do something different. The three girls, who are in the same second grade class, were inspired to […]

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Residents, teachers, advocates discuss proposed charter amendment

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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