35 years of MARTA History

‘Ethics watchdog’ position, revamps county policy

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Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May signed an executive order June 25 creating the position of chief integrity officer to be the county’s “fulltime ethics watchdog.” “I’m beyond tired of reading about employees of DeKalb County doing things that the public would find…[a] major issue with,” May said during an afternoon news conference. The chief […]

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DeKalb passes 2014 midyear budget


DeKalb County kept its unincorporated property tax rate flat with approval today by the Board of Commissioners.  Interim CEO Lee May proposed a $555 million tax funds budget which maintained the property tax rate of 21.21 mills, the same rate as in 2013. “While we are seeing the beginning of an economic recovery in DeKalb […]

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Parents upset over staff changes at Southwest DeKalb

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The removal of five “stellar” teachers from Southwest DeKalb High School has parents upset and questioning whether the moves were due to retaliation. Many parents of the south DeKalb school showed up to address the DeKalb school board at its July 7 meeting about the reassignments. The school principal, Carolyn Williams, was transferred after several […]

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County does live demonstration of river cleanup

The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s capital improvement projects division and Site Engineering Inc. conducted a live trash and debris removal operation as part of its stream cleanup initiative. Photos by Carla Parker

Tires, truck seats, tree branches and other debris were removed from the South River June 26 during “alive” trash and debris removal operation. The operation, which occurred under the Moreland Avenue bridge at South River, was a part of a stream cleanup initiative by the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) […]

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South River improving day by day

South River Watershed Alliance president Jacqueline Echols said the South River is better than what it use to be, but there is still more work to be done. Photo by Carla Parker

  In the summer of 2010, some residents in south DeKalb County were appalled to see children and adults swimming and playing in the dirty waters of South River at the corner of Panola Road and Highway 155. The river attracted people to the area because of the sand that washed ashore. However, that sand […]

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Residents voice concerns over gun law at town hall meeting

Capt. Frank Kliesrath, director of the DeKalb County Police Academy, explained the new state gun law June 19. Photo by Carla Parker

Georgia’s new gun law that allows licensed gun carriers to carry their guns in some public establishments went into effect July 1. To help ease some of the fear prompted by the law, state Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, hosted a town hall meeting June 19 on gun safety. Capt. Frank Kliesrath, director of the […]

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Teens help police stop drunk drivers during roadblock

From left, Beyond The Bell students Jailan Lowton, Tyrique Warren and Angel Paul write down the number of people who were pulled over. Photos by Carla Parker

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States and is responsible for more than 4,300 annual deaths among underage youth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People ages 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States and […]

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Summer program reinforces reading skills

Students at Dunaire Elementary School were some of the 3,000 that attended a reading enhancement program in June. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Approximately 3,000 DeKalb County students attended school for 12 extra days in June.On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 3-26, the DeKalb County School District held a Title I K-5 Summer Reading Program at eight sites: Midway, Fairington, Smokerise, Cedar Grove, Dresden, Toney, Stoneview and Dunaire elementary schools. The program was designed to eliminate summer learning […]

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