Brookhaven approves amendments to 2034 comprehensive plan

Brookhaven approves amendments to 2034 comprehensive plan

The Brookhaven City Council unanimously approved changes to its 2034 comprehensive plan to align with the city’s zoning map. The city’s comprehensive plan was adopted in December 2014 and was amended in May 2015. The plan is a long-term vision for the city. The amendments approved by the council at its June 21 regular meeting […]

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Energy savings brewing at Doraville Dunkin’ Donuts

Owner Barkat Colabawala shows the plaque that tells customers his store meets Dunkin’ Donuts’ DD Green environmental standards.

The Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant that opened recently on Buford Highway in Doraville is the first in the Atlanta area to be part of the company’s DD Green program. Started in 2014, DD Green is a certification program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. “Dunkin’ Donuts is an all-franchise business, so owners decide whether […]

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Orlando shooting impacts DeKalb LGBT community


On a regular basis, Decatur-based counselor Bryan ‘Orion’ Crook helps teens of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) community with issues of sexuality and identity. Now, Crook also finds himself helping LGBT teens with another issue—fear. On June 12 around 2 a.m., gunman Omar Mateen, 29, killed 49 people in Pulse nightclub, a popular […]

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Submerged in the word

Children sing and dance to celebrate being submerged in the word of God at Indian Creek Baptist Church.

Diverse Indian Creek Baptist Church celebrates completing its summer vacation bible school For many people from many backgrounds, the week of June 13 through June 17 marked the beginning of a spiritual transformation. Some hailed from Stone Mountain and others hailed from Clarkston. Some came from Germanic heritage while others claimed Ethiopian, French African, Indian […]

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Avondale Estates commission tables compensation ordinance

Avondale sign

After weeks of discussions, the Avondale Estates board of mayor and commissioners decided to table the compensation ordinance, for now. The board discussed the ordinance again during its June 15 work session. According to the ordinance, if it is approved by the board, the mayor would receive $600 per month—$7,200 annually—and the commissioners would receive […]

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Tucker company helping autistic adults find work

Karen Lynn, founder and president of Mister Migs. Photos by Travis Hudgons

For young adults with autism, searching for employment after graduating high school can be a tough task. In the United States 76 percent of young adults with autism and developmental disabilities are unemployed and 68 percent have stopped looking for a job.  Nonetheless, owners of Mister Migs—a dog clothing company based in Tucker—want to do […]

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Carla’s Corner: The O.J. trial: now, I get it

Carla Corner

On Oct. 3, 1995, I was a bright-eyed 8-year-old, probably causing some trouble in Mrs. Smith’s third grade class at Browns Mill Elementary School in Lithonia. On that day, I had no idea what was taking place more than 2,000 miles away in a Los Angeles, Calif., courtroom. Oct. 3, 1995 was the day former […]

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City Schools of Decatur considers TAD participation

Decatur assistant city manager Lyn Menne and real estate advisor Ken Bleakly presented the idea of a TAD in east Decatur to the City Schools of Decatur board of education on June 14. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

For the second time this year, a city and development firm has approached a DeKalb board of education asking for a cut of the district’s property tax revenue. The city is Decatur; the district is City Schools of Decatur (CSD). On June 14, CSD’s board of education discussed possibly participating in a tax allocation district […]

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