Church holds annual blessing of the animals


  Dogs, cats, goats and even worms, were blessed at the annual blessing of the animals at Columbia Presbyterian Church. On Oct. 1, nearly a dozen pets, accompanied by their owners, were blessed by Columbia Presbyterian’s Pastor Tom Hagood. The church has conducted the ritual for nearly a decade. The blessing of the animals tradition, […]

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DeKalb County police hiring officers


Currently, the DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) is hiring for three police officer positions and two E911 operator positions, according to department officials. DKPD is actively filling police positions for the department’s next academy which starts on Dec. 5, said DKPD Background and Recruiting Officer Lonzy Robertson. Starting salary for an officer with no degree […]

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Tailoring shop helps men create confident, stylish look


The Sept. 17 grand opening at HKT Custom Clothiers was not a grand opening in the traditional sense. The business has been at the Buford Highway location since 1970 but has recently undergone what its owner calls “a big refresh.” “It was started by my uncle,” explained Neil Balani, who has taken ownership of the […]

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Business owner supports other business owners

La Detra White bought 100 meals Gator’s BBQ and Soul Food in Clarkston through her “The Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is Project.”

Whenever La Detra White turned on the news she saw more negative than positive stories about the African-American community in metro Atlanta. She grew tired of seeing and hearing the negative coverage and decided to do something about it. In July, White launched “The Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is Project” to help the […]

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‘A sense of togetherness’

‘A sense of togetherness’

Pine Lakefest 2016 celebrates community The 16th annual Pine Lakefest was held on the shores of Pine Lake on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, welcoming poets, artists, musicians, vendors and families. It also featured food varieties from throughout DeKalb County and beyond. Pine Lakefest 2016 featured nature-oriented kid activities, live poetry readings, chalk art contests, […]

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Porter Road community trying to save ‘historic’ area

Lovely Porter, 86, Louise Porter Mosley, 78 and Dorothy Porter, 83, look over old family photos and articles about the Porter Road community.

With new developments popping up across DeKalb County, some residents of one community are fighting to maintain its area and history. In a small community off Porter Road, residents say their quaint area is filled with history, which is why some are urging DeKalb’s Historic Preservation Commission to save the area from developers by recognizing […]

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Resident committee to address DeKalb County blight issues

The DeKalb County Citizens Nuisance Business and Blight Committee, a committee of DeKalb County residents, will address blighted areas across DeKalb County. Photo by Travis Hudgons

A committee of DeKalb County residents plans to tackle the county’s issues with blighted properties and businesses throughout DeKalb. The eight-member committee, formed by DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester, will “study data against businesses that have repeatedly failed to take reasonable steps to correct objectionable conditions and businesses that have not responded to complaints for […]

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Reuse high school, no split feeders recommended to DeKalb schools

On Sept. 26, a crowd of about 50 gathered at DeKalb County School District’s central office to hear the results of the Secondary Schools Facility and Feasibility Study focused on alleviating overcrowding.

Following 21 public input meetings and an 18-month investigation by consultants, a final recommendation for addressing overcrowding in northern DeKalb County high school clusters was presented to the public on Sept. 26. The recommendation, which will be presented to the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Board of Education for approval on Dec. 5 and cost […]

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