New families created during adoption event

From left front, newly-adopted Karla, mother Jennifer, sister Jayla. From left back, Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams, Karla’s father Brett and grandparents Barbara and James Moore.

“We love her so much. She has us wrapped around her little finger.” That’s what Summer Hillesheim of Lilburn said about Mya, the baby she and her husband Brett officially made a member of their family Nov. 14, which was National Adoption Day. Mya came to the Hillesheims, who are foster parents, at midnight in […]

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Verizon’s HopeLine contributes $800,000 to combat domestic violence

Judge Peggy H. Walker receives HopeLine Hero Award.

In a ceremony held on Nov. 14 at Verizon Wireless South headquarters, Verizon expressed its gratitude to more than 50 organizations they’ve partnered with to promote domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts. Verizon announced that it donated more than $800,000 to domestic violence advocacy organizations across Georgia this year. HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ phone recycling program, […]

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Tucker Middle now STEM certified

Department of education recognizes STEM students.

Tucker Middle School achieved statewide recognition when the middle school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program was certified by the Georgia Department of Education, making it the first middle school in Georgia to achieve STEM certification. With the certification, Tucker Middle School became the fourth school in DeKalb County–and 11th overall statewide for all […]

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Ex-commissioner seeks end to ethics complaint

Attorney Anne Lewis said her client, former county commissioner Elaine Boyer, wants to avoid an ethics hearing. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Former DeKalb County commissioner Elaine Boyer wants to avoid an ethics board hearing. Her attorney, Anne Lewis, said Boyer wants to enter into a consent decree with the DeKalb County Board of Ethics, admitting that she violated the county’s ethics code. The consent decree would “removes the necessity to proceed any further on this” ethics […]

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Residents, lawmakers discuss DeKalb’s land grab

Reps. Pam Stephenson

The cityhood and annexation movement in DeKalb was the top subject when state legislators representing DeKalb County held a town hall meeting Oct. 28. “We are coming back to y’all this session,” said Jason Lary, president of the Stonecrest City Alliance, a group seeking cityhood of the area around Stonecrest Mall. “Stonecrest is back on […]

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Police prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision


A Missouri grand jury decision on whether to charge a police officer for gunning down an unarmed Black teenager could come soon, and local law enforcement agencies said they are prepared for any public reaction. DeKalb County hosted a public safety briefing, facilitated by Cedric Alexander, DeKalb’s deputy chief operating officer for public safety, to […]

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Five teams advance to second round

Tucker’s Tabarius Peterson  (15) brings down a Tift Co. running back.

Five teams from DeKalb County are one-step closer to a state championship after advancing to the second round. Cedar Grove, Marist, St. Pius X, Stephenson and Tucker advanced to the second round after first round victories Nov. 14-15, while Columbia and Lithonia lost their first round matchups. The Cedar Grove Saints defeated Westside-Augusta 45-7 in […]

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Doraville discusses amending budget for new software

Doraville City Council holds special called meeting for occupational tax contract.

Doraville City Council decided to move forward with its occupational tax contract agenda item and make amendments to the budget to catch up on processing paperwork for the 20 businesses awaiting their business license applications to be processed from almost a year ago. City Manager Shawn Gillen said, “The new annexed businesses will present a […]

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