35 years of MARTA History

Code enforcement officer goes the distance

Code compliance officer Tom LaPenna recently drove to Savannah to hand-deliver a citation to a negligent property owner. Photo provided

Tom LaPenna, a Dunwoody code compliance officer, said he was just doing his job when he drove to Savannah, citation in hand, for an unresponsive homeowner whose property was deteriorating.After moving to Dunwoody, LaPenna left his previous line of work in building inspection and applied on advice from an acquaintance for the new code enforcement […]

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Chamblee millage rate remains at 6.4 mills

Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson said that, while he is happy not to have increased the millage rate, he would have preferred a decrease. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

At a called meeting June 30, the Chamblee City Council unanimously approved a millage rate of 6.4, the same rate as the previous year. Mayor Eric Clarkson said he would have preferred a millage rate decrease, but with the 2013 annexation of Dresden East Civic Association (DECA) neighborhoods, the need for service in that area […]

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CRCT scores improve in four out of five subject areas

Teacher with student

Test scores improved for four out of five content areas examined by the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for students in third through eighth grades, according to a release from the DeKalb County School District. The scores were aggregated from results in all grades to produce an overall proficiency percentage. The results: • Reading – increased […]

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Georgia natives ‘adding something new to the South’s beer landscape’

Nick Purdy says he liked Eric Johnson’s beer so much he “had to turn it into a business.”

Nick Purdy said that although he and Eric Johnson have been friends for more than 20 years, they have never lived in the same city. One of the pleasures of visiting his friend, Purdy said, was always sampling Johnson’s homebrewed beers. “I’ve never been content to be a fan of something I really love—I have […]

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Sheriff’s Office seeking murder suspect

murder suspect

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Squad is requesting assistance in locating a person suspected of being involved in the March 2014 death of an elderly man in Stone Mountain. DeKalb Sheriff’s Deputies have a warrant for the arrest of Elisha McPherson-Gray, also known as Elijah Gray, who is wanted for Murder and may be […]

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Asia Durr wins gold medal with USA basketball team

St. Pius guard Asia Durr (No. 10) helped lead the USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship to a gold medal in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.

St. Pius guard Asia Durr has brought home another gold medal after the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team won the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship July 6 in Pilsen, Czech Republic. USA (7-0) defeated Spain (6-1) 77-75 to win the gold medal. It is the third gold medal for the USA in […]

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Stone Mountain radio club provides eyes, ears, voices at Peachtree Road Race

Network control stations, such as this one at a recent Georgia Marathon, have saved lives by providing communications when other systems failed or were overloaded.

As approximately 60,000 runners from around the world lined up on the Fourth of July to run Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race, they were a little safer and better organized thanks to a group of volunteer local amateur radio operators, including many from the Stone Mountain-based Alford Memorial Radio Club.The amateur radio operator’s role is to […]

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Nic Wilson drafted by Tampa Bay Rays

Decatur High School alum Nic Wilson was drafted in the 24th round by Tampa Bay in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft June 7.

It was a dream come true for Decatur native Nic Wilson when the first baseman was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays June 7 in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Wilson, a Decatur High School graduate and former player for Georgia State University’s baseball team, was drafted in the 24th round by Tampa […]

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