MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Donations, volunteers needed to complete Fairington Park

Donations and volunteers are needed to build a playground at Fairington Park as part of the “Raise the Park” project.

After a year and five months of work, the Fairington Park improvement project will be completed May 14 with the building of a playground. The project began in December 2012 with the “Raise the Park,” during which volunteers from Healing Hearts of Families USA Ministries, Home Depot at Wesley Chapel, the Fairington Community Association, Friends […]

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Brookhaven city council defers votes on 911-call charge

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The Brookhaven City Council deferred a vote that would charge 911 callers up to $1.50 per month if the call is made inside city limits. The city council voted March 25 to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Chattahoochee River 911 Authority (ChatComm). All 911 calls made from a cellphone or landline phone in Brookhaven […]

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Once upon a penny

From left, Little Shop of Stories Kimberly Jones and Shelley Wunder-Smith holding the penny donation jar.

Every penny counts, especially for Dave Shallenberger, co-owner of the Little Shop of Stories in Decatur. The children’s bookstore’s floor needed to be renewed and instead of going the traditional way, Shallenberger wanted to do a unique floor, covered with pennies. The different shades of copper, from shiny new pennies to old–almost black ones, adds […]

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DeKalb County seeks input on comprehensive transportation plan

This multimodal plan will identify transportation needs for transit, motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, trucks, trains and airplanes.

  Jason Martell loves to ride MARTA to work—even when his nine-mile trip from his home in north DeKalb to his work in Chamblee takes about 75 minutes from start to finish. It includes a 1.5 mile walk and train and bus ride. He could drive, but he is a fan of mass transit. “Many […]

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Large career day comes to Towers High School

From left, Hank Stewart of the Stewart Foundation, Congressman Hank Johnson, actress Bern Nadette Stanis and DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson participated in Towers High School’s career day.

Nearly 200 political, community, business and entertainment leaders descended upon Towers High School on April 17 for the school’s seventh annual career day. Career day is “so incredibly important,” said Rep. Michele Henson. It gives youth “the opportunity to learn about different careers that they can look at in the future.” In addition to talking […]

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DeKalb 911 operator wins national telecommunicator award

Danielle Harvey was named the 2014 National Smart911 Telecommunicator. The award is given to an individual who has shown outstanding support, dedication and service at work. Photos by Marta Garcia

  Colleagues, friends and family describe Danielle Harvey as “tireless, dedicated, professional and a very kind human being.” Harvey, DeKalb County E-911 Communications operator, received a national award for her exemplary work as a certified training officer. She was chosen from hundreds of 911 operators nominated nationwide for outstanding leadership, performance, compassion for callers, and […]

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Clarkston unveils new city hall annex, public works building

Residents and Clarkston officials celebrate the opening of two new city facilities–a new public works building and city hall annex. Attendees were also able to tour the new facilities April 17 and 18. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Three years ago, Clarkston employees were crammed together in one small building off Church Street—the mayor, administrative staff, police department, public works and code enforcement all used city hall as a home base. City Manager Keith Barker said with the opening of the new city hall annex and Clarkston’s new public works building, employees will […]

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Two Georgia Perimeter students receive prestigious scholarships

Matthew Tate, a science major, said his scholarship will allow him to continue college.

Trung Quach and Matthew Tate have become the 11th and 12th Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) students to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Scholarship since the national program was initiated in 2002. Quach, 21, is a native of Vietnam and attends GPC’s Clarkston campus where he’s majoring in biology. Tate, 22, is a science […]

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