Chamblee approves $36 million budget

Chamblee approved a $36 million budget Dec. 20, detailing new positions, increased salaries, capital projects and new revenue streams. Photo courtesy of city of Chamblee.

Police, public works listed as largest expenditures; taxes, ‘other financing sources’ as largest revenues Chamblee City Council approved the city’s 2017 budget—more than $37 million—on Dec. 20 during a monthly meeting. City revenues are comprised of a $21.6 million general fund, a $11.2 million special revenue fund, and $4.2 million enterprise fund, according to the […]

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Marist debate, speech program ranked high in nation

Marist School’s debate and speech program was named among the top 8 percent in the country by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) and gained entry into the organization’s 200 Club. Photo courtesy of Marist School.

A DeKalb County private school’s speech and debate program is catching the eye of a near-century old national association.Marist School, a private catholic school located at 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road NE in Atlanta, has been ranked among the top 8 percent of schools nationwide by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) for the 2015-2016 academic […]

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Solution to hunger may be trees that bear fruit

OPINION: Celebrating the non-traditional traditions

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“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store,” from ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ by Dr. Seuss. Though for many the holiday season is their favorite time of the year, for others it brings challenges, questions and a feeling of not quite measuring up to one’s own memories, or Lifetime and Hallmark Channel […]

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Tucker city council annexes neighborhood, gas station into city

The Tucker City Council approved to annex a neighborhood and gas station into the city.

  The Tucker City Council unanimously approved two annexation requests at its Dec. 19 special called meeting. The council approved the annexation request of residents who live in the Westwood Drive neighborhood and adjacent Wanda Woods Drive off Chamblee Tucker Road, as well as the Shell gas station at the intersection of Lavista Road and […]

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Kids all smiles after DeKalb Sheriff’s office event

Destiny Lott, 3, is all smiles after receiving a gift from the employees at the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office.

With toys, new clothes and candy, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office employees helped put an extra smile on the faces of young people whose families are part of the Division of Family and Children Services kinship program and from the Bethany Services foster and adoption care. Employees purchased gifts for 22 children to celebrate the holidays […]

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Narrowing the margins

Patricia “Ms. Pat” Jackson, a program director at East DeKalb Boys & Girls Club in Lithonia, recently celebrated 45 years of service within the Boys & Girls Club organization, a career that began in 1971. Photo submitted.

Boys & Girls Club program director celebrates 45 years of service   For the past five decades, an Atlanta native has made community children her daily priority. “It takes a village to raise a child,” said Patricia Jackson, program director at East DeKalb Boys & Girls Club and 45-year veteran of the organization. “My job […]

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Bryan Lamar named Atlanta Falcons’ coach of the year

Tucker High School football coach Bryan Lamar was named the Atlanta Falcons’ Coach of the Year. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Tucker High School football coach Bryan Lamar has added another award to his list of honors.Lamar was named the Atlanta Falcons’ Coach of the Year. Lamar was honored before the Falcons’ game against the San Francisco 49ers Dec. 18 and was made an honorary captain. “It is a tremendous blessing and an honor,” Lamar said. […]

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