Atlanta United FC wins approval in DeKalb

DeKalb County commissioners present Arthur Blank with a plaque in recognition and appreciation for bringing professional soccer to DeKalb County.

Dozens of supporters gathered at the Manuel Maloof Auditorium on Aug. 4 to celebrate the Board of Commissioners approved partnership between DeKalb County and Atlanta United FC, the newest addition to Major League Soccer (MLS) DeKalb County Board of Commission approved the agreement to allow Atlanta United FC to build a $30 million soccer complex […]

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DA, clerk of court face ethics complaints

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James tells jurors that the case against indicted county CEO Burrell Ellis is about “public corruption.” Photo by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County’s district attorney and clerk of Superior Court are the subjects of ethics complaints to be considered by the county’s ethics board Aug. 13. The ethics board will determine whether it has jurisdiction to investigate and rule on the complaints. DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James is accused of failing to file several years […]

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Interim CEO promises to ‘root out any bad apples’

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said he will root out bad apples in the government after he receives a corruption report. Photo by Travis Hudgons

DeKalb County’s interim CEO said he is “anxious” to receive a detailed report from the special investigator who described the county government as “rotten to the core.” “We want recommendations on our risk exposure for waste, fraud and abuse,” interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May told reporters during an Aug. 12 news conference. May said […]

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Summer camp at Emory focuses on technology

Summer camp at Emory focuses on technology

Parents often limit the amount of time children spend in front a screen. At iD Tech, an eight-week summer camp at Emory University, those rules don’t apply. The company uses the online game Minecraft to introduce students to concepts such as basic game design for ages 9 to 12, as well as programming for ages […]

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Back-to-school spending needn’t wreck the budget


The reopening of DeKalb County schools Aug. 10 means more to families with school-age youngsters than a change in schedule. It means significant shopping and spending. The National Retail Federation (NRF), which lists back-to-school among America’s major retail events, estimates that the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $630.36 on electronics, apparel […]

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OPINION: Water anyone?

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“Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink,” from Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, author and philosopher. Recently, many in DeKalb County got a small taste of what it must be like living in California these days.  A 48-inch water main was damaged by an errant construction […]

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DeKalb police train faith-based leaders on crisis procedures

Detective J.K. Walker of the DeKalb Police Homeland Security Unit instructs leaders on how to develop emergency operations plans.

In the wake of the Charleston church massacre, DeKalb public safety officials want the faith-based community to be properly prepared for any type of emergency. The DeKalb County Office of Public Safety held a community training session July 29 at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Tucker to teach faith-based leaders and staff how to prepare for […]

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DeKalb school students bowl with deputies

Students collected donated school supplies. Photos by Justin Beaudrot

by Justin Beaudrot Stars and Strikes Bowling Center, located in Stone Mountain, hosted the Sixth Annual Community Day with Sheriff Jeff Mann. This event introduced children from Chapel Hill Middle School and local YMCA’s to DeKalb County law enforcement. Tom Walker Sr. has hosted this event for six years; originally at Suburban Lanes in Decatur. […]

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