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DeKalb residents still frustrated over water bills


County seeking resolutions Jennifer Tate, a Brookhaven resident who said she’s still dealing with high water bills from the county, said she has little faith in the county to resolve her issues. Some DeKalb residents seemed to share Tate’s sentiment at a town hall meeting Nov. 10 to discuss high water bills. The meeting, held […]

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DeKalb BOE disputes $240,000 cleaning contract at Arabia Mountain High

The DeKalb County School District board of education disputed a recurring contract for “green cleaning” at Arabia Mountain High School. Photo by R. Scott Belzer.

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) board of education disputed a custodial contract for more than 40 minutes on Nov. 7. The agenda item, which awarded a $241,305 “green cleaning” contract to A-Action Janitorial Services at Arabia Mountain High School, caused disagreements involving the use of an outside vendor, the contract’s financial impact and its […]

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Lithonia breaks ground for future housing development


Eight months after the demolition of the city-owned portion of the Lithonia Plaza, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for a housing development. Lithonia elected officials and representatives from Wendover Housing Partners broke ground Nov. 9 for the Granite Crossing apartment complex. Construction for the 75-unit complex will begin in the coming weeks. Granite Crossing, a […]

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Poet says his life took an unexpected path

Poet says his life took an unexpected path

When Hank Stewart was a child in Jacksonville, Fla., poetry did not appeal to him at all. “If you had asked to me to make a list of things I was interested in, poetry wouldn’t have been at the bottom of the list; it wouldn’t have been on the list,” he said. That changed one […]

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For Seekers of Housing Affordability Solutions, Less is More


Housing prices in DeKalb County are one the rise. According to real estate website Zillow, the average home price in DeKalb is $153,000. That’s an 8.9 percent increase from last year, and welcome news for thousands of local homeowners still recovering from the Great Recession, when a nationwide real estate crash left millions ‘under water’ […]

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Arabia Mountain makes history with first playoff win

Arabia Mountain’s Brandon Snowball run for a touchdown. Photos by Travis Hudgons

In their first appearance in the state playoffs, the Arabia Mountain Rams sent a message that they are here to compete and win after a dominating 34-14 victory over the Villa Rica Wildcats Nov. 11 in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. Coach Stanley Pritchett, who took over the program in 2013, said […]

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Walker has big night in Cedar Grove’s playoff win

Jadon Haselwood returned a punt for a touchdown.

Cedar Grove running back Grant Walker put on a show Nov. 12, scoring three touchdowns in the Saints’ 63-17 win over Union County in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. Walker rushed for 180 yards on nine carries, 171 of those yards came in the first half in addition to his three touchdowns. […]

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Decatur’s modern-day ‘candy lady’

Decatur’s modern-day ‘candy lady’

Tucked inside a small plaza off of Glenwood Road in Decatur lies one of Decatur’s sweet secrets that’s becoming more popular.  Sweet Thang’s Candy Boutique at 4469 Glenwood Road recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in Decatur.  From humble beginnings to plans on expanding in the near future, shop owner Shantrice Fulton said starting her own […]

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