Community park gets chess tables

Friends of Flat Shoals Park raised $3,600 to purchase two chess tables. Photo provided

Flat Shoals Park, in unincorporated Decatur, has two new chess tables, thanks to park supporters. The two metal tables with built-in benches on each side are the result of efforts by Friends of Flat Shoals Park. The idea for the tables came from Cherry Ridge Subdivision homeowners’ association. “When we were in the process of […]

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Organization helps build shelters to rebuild lives

Volunteers from Paran Homes, Smith Douglas Homes, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and other organizations display a sign that summarizes their commitment to projects to help the homeless.

A shelter operated by Solomon’s Temple, a southwest Atlanta organization that provides transitional housing to women and children, recently received a fresh paint job and other improvements with help from Tucker-based HomeAid Atlanta and workers from Sherwin-Williams’ Pro Painters Institute Painter Training Program. The project, which was completed Feb. 24, is the first of approximately […]

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DeKalb nutrition official lobbies for schools

Wimberly attended the 44th annual Legislative Action Conference, hosted by the School Nutrition Association (SNA), in Washington D.C.

Considering the numbers, it may seem easy to determine the importance of school nutrition in DeKalb County. The DeKalb County School District is responsible for providing 73,500 lunches and 26,300 breakfasts per day, according to its website. These 99,800 daily meals eventually equal 18 million per school year. As of 2015, the district sets aside […]

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Clarkston council amends game machine ordinance

Clarkston City Manager Keith Barker, left, explains the issue of coin-operated amusement machines (COAMs) to board members, including Beverly Burks, right.   Clarkston City Council members Mario Williams, left, and Dean Moore, right, listen to the issue of COAMs in the city. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

The city of Clarkston tightened its grip on stores with coin-operated amusement machines (COAMs) on March 1 during a regularly scheduled council meeting. Clarkston’s city council unanimously voted in favor of amending Chapter 11, Article 4 of Clarkston’s city ordinances, clarifying profit limitations, legal ramifications and due process for businesses hosting COAMs. A bona fide COAM […]

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Watson resigns to run for tax commissioner


DeKalb County Super District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson has resigned his position to run for another county office. Watson, who was first elected as a county commissioner since 2010, qualified to run for tax commissioner March 11. Because of his candidacy, Watson resigned from his commission seat the same day as required by state law. […]

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History Center brings education to life


For more than an hour on March 2, hundreds of students from three elementary schools saw history brought to life. Second-, third- and fourth-graders from Glenwood, E.L. Miller and Cedar Grove elementary schools attended the two-person production Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hosted at the DeKalb History Center in […]

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MARTA postpones rezoning request for Brookhaven/Oglethorpe station

Mayor John Ernst announced that MARTA and Brookhaven City Center Partners agreed to postpone submitting rezoning applications for the stations’ Transit Oriented Development. Photos by Carla Parker

Plans to revitalize the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA Station have been put on hold. Mayor John Ernst announced Feb. 22 at a town hall meeting that MARTA and Brookhaven City Center Partners agreed to postpone submitting rezoning applications for the stations’ Transit Oriented Development (TOD) until June 1. Brookhaven City Center Partners, a master development joint venture […]

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Frank Auman elected as Tucker’s first mayor

Frank Auman

Frank Auman, one of the leaders of the Tucker 2015 cityhood initiative, was elected as the city’s first mayor on March 1. Auman won the mayoral seat with 69.89 percent of the vote. Bruce Jackson came in second with 16.36 percent and Lorne Cheek received 12.10 percent. Auman said he and the voters in Tucker […]

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