Special investigator to root out county corruption


    A special investigator has been appointed by interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May to investigate the affairs of county government. Former state attorney general Mike Bowers, who investigated the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal, was picked by May “to investigate the affairs, records, expenditures of employees and departments under the authority of the […]

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Cross Keys High hosts career fair


  More than two dozen employers, ranging from local organizations to the U.S. Marine Corps and companies such as Kroger, Publix, Home Depot and the Brookhaven Police Department, and others participated in the Cross Keys High School career fair on March 5. The event featured 31 employers and was held in the gymnasium from 8 […]

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OPINION: Senate Bill 186 akin to giving government free rein

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On March 4, SB 186 passed by a three-two vote in committee. It could potentially have a devastating effect on the newspaper industry as a whole and reduce transparency even more. The bill, if approved by both the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives, would allow any local government the option of no longer posting […]

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Salon owner says businesses should ‘pay it forward’

Styling a customer’s hair, Black Butterfly owner Rita Patrick says there’s more to operating a successful salon than making customers look their best.

Black Butterfly in Stone Mountain is a hair salon and spa, but at times there might be a breakfast, a seminar or a networking event going on there. “As a business owner, I believe in staying connected to the community in many ways,” said Rita Patrick, who owns the salon and is part owner of […]

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OPINION: And thrice as SNICE!

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“Of all the events we have had thus far, this looks to be a larger one.” –Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman, Natalie Dale, Feb. 25. In memories that are seared onto the brain and will last for decades, the winter of 2014, stand out. It brought north Georgia and metro Atlanta both Snowmaggedon, and its […]

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Former museum educator returns to Fernbank Museum


Fernbank Museum of Natural History announced on Feb. 27 that Eli Dickerson, the former environmental outreach programs manager from 2005-2011, will return to the staff as its new ecologist. He will coordinate programs and lead museum ecology initiatives ranging from community engagement and public outreach to the ongoing restoration work inside the 65-acre Fernbank Forest. […]

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Bill could affect public notices, legal organs


A bill in the state senate could change where residents find some legal notices. Introduced by Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen), the legislation would allow counties and municipalities to publish any legal notices required by law on their own websites instead of advertising in a legal organ. The bill, SB-186, passed the Senate’s Committee on State […]

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Commissioners still divided over District 5 seat


DeKalb County commission District 5 still has no representation after a series of votes by commissioners at their meeting March 10. Commissioners have five names to choose from: George Turner, president of the District 5 Community Council; attorney Gina Mangham, who ran for the DeKalb Board of Commissioner in 2012 against Lee May; Kenneth Saunders […]

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