DeKalb honors its vets


America’s veterans were honored during a Veterans Day program Nov. 5 at the Lou Walker Senior Center. “We have honored our heroes here today to remember their achievements, their courage, and most of all, their dedication and we say ‘thank you’ for your sacrifices,” said Bettye Davis, director of the Lou Walker Senior Center. “Thank […]

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Former Stone Mountain girls’ basketball coach honored

Coach Nell Wooten (center) led the Stone Mountain girls’ basketball team to its first title in 1966.

Seven decade ago, Nell Wooten was a student at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., when she was approached about becoming a basketball coach in DeKalb County.  “The dean called me [out of class] and said, ‘Weepy [Wooten’s nick name], they have a recruiter for DeKalb County and they’re looking for P.E. teachers and coaches […]

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Top prospects hope to have big year

Miller Grove guard Aaron Augustin, who committed to East Tennessee State, is ranked 14th in the state by ESPN.

DeKalb County has produced talented basketball players for years; and it appears that the tradition will continue. Marshon Brooks (Tucker), Kelly Cain (St. Pius), Tahj Shamsid-Deen (Columbia), Asia Durr (St. Pius), William Goodwin (Southwest DeKalb), Kayla Lewis (Southwest DeKalb) and Tony Parker (Miller Grove) are some of the names that have brought national attention to […]

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Lithonia businesswoman wins state position after three tries

Doreen Carter’s failed run for secretary of state paved the way for her to win a Georgia House seat.

Lithonia businesswoman Doreen Carter has tried three times to win a state political position. In 2012, she ran unsuccessfully for House District 92. Last year, she garnered the Democratic nomination for secretary of state, but didn’t win the election. But the third time was the right time for Carter. On Nov. 3, she defeated Sherri […]

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Avondale Estates fire station reopens


Seventeen months after breaking ground, the newly constructed Avondale Fire Station No. 3 reopened. DeKalb County and Avondale Estates elected and public safety officials celebrated the reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 9. DeKalb County Fire Chief Darnell Fullum said the department is “extremely” happy to have the station open and back in the community. […]

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Pro soccer facility deal fails

DeKalb commissioners pose with Atlanta United soccer team owner Arthur Blank in August to announce the now defunct deal. Photo by Ashley Oglesby

Plans have fallen through for a $30 million professional soccer team’s headquarters and training complex on Memorial Drive that supporters believed would spur economic development in the corridor. Representatives of the Atlanta United professional soccer team and DeKalb County “mutually concluded” Nov. 6 that it is not financially feasible to proceed with plans to build […]

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Cedar Grove, Stephenson among seven DeKalb teams in playoffs


The No. 5 ranked Stephenson Jaguars traveled to Lakewood Stadium and, behind 10 sacks by the Jaguar defense, nipped No. 2-ranked Mays Raiders 10-9 to win the Region 6-AAAAA championship Nov. 6. Mays came into the game undefeated at 9-0 and averaging almost 41 points a game, but the Jaguar defense had other ideas after […]

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Investigation opened for potential election fraud in LaVista Hills vote

Elections volunteers line up in the DeKalb elections office late Nov. 3 to turn in poll results. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Two days after Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp opened an investigation into alleged election fraud in the referendum of the proposed city of LaVista Hills, proponents of the city announced that they will explore legal action. LaVista Hills Alliance announced Nov. 7 that it has retained legal counsel to explore possible legal action to […]

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