‘Not your grandfather’s vo-tech’

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    Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers cutting-edge courses According to Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama, the DeKalb County school is leading the way in offering a platform for 21st century jobs in America. “This is not your grandfather’s vo-tech,” Simama said. “Technical education, as the young folks say, is hot. It’s on […]

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Six basketball teams advance to Elite Eight

Miller Grove’s Maurice Harvey dunks on a Starr’s Mill player.

Six DeKalb County basketball teams took another step forward in playing for a state championship. The boys’ basketball teams from Greenforest, Lithonia, Miller Grove and St. Pius advanced to the Elite Eight of their respective classification after wins in the second round of the playoffs on Feb. 23. Southwest DeKalb and Stephenson girls’ basketball teams […]

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Event highlighted local Black history

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DeKalb History Center held its ninth annual Black History Celebration on Feb. 23 in the historic DeKalb courthouse in downtown Decatur. An estimated crowd of 150 was treated to a musical performance by LaDoris Davis opening the ceremony singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Following Davis was a discussion on the Flat Rock community […]

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Avondale Estates officials oppose house bill 204


The Avondale Estates Board of Mayor and Commissioners has voiced its opposition to House Bill 204.   The board voted Feb. 27 to pass a resolution announcing its opposition to House Bill 204–the ad valorem tax bill, which would prohibit cities from billing municipal fees on the same bill as property tax. Municipal fees—nontax related […]

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Do you wanna be in pictures?

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Opportunities abound but experts say training is the key For those with a longing to be part of the movie industry, there’s probably never been a better time to do so and still live right here in DeKalb County. Opportunities to be involved in filmmaking in big and small ways have been growing over the […]

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A family affair: Second generation of Bembrys shining in sports and academics at Stephenson

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When Stephenson High School opened in 1996, brothers Demeche and Gerin Bembry made a name for themselves in both athletics and academics. Twenty years later, the second generation of Bembrys—Deonta, 16, and Isaiah “King” Bembry, 15; Justin Birdsong,17, and Adrian Lane, 17—are living up to the Bembry legacy while creating their own legacy in the […]

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Water billing issues ‘No. 1 priority’ for Thurmond

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond addressed county residents and commissioners during his “new day project” meeting Feb. 23, discussing the county’s issues with water meters and billing system. Photo by Horace Holloman

After residents voiced concerns about DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond not keeping them informed about water meter and billing issues, Thurmond held a “new day project” meeting Feb. 23 to address the county’s “most critical crisis.”   Thurmond, who held the meeting in Maloof Auditorium, said solving water billing issues through accurate water meters should […]

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Residents say public safety departments are in ‘crisis mode’


Higher pay needed DeKalb County residents recently voiced concerns about the proposed 2017 budget, suggesting commissioners consider higher pay for police officers and firefighters in the county. In a DeKalb County Board of Commissioners meeting Feb. 14, Teresa Hardy said she’s concerned police aren’t being paid enough. “I come to speak to you in support […]

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