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Sanitation union in DeKalb County becoming more likely

A DeKalb County sanitation worker on his route. In August, sanitation workers moved one step closer to being recognized as a union by the county. Photo by Travis Hudgons

DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson recently introduced an item during a Board of Commissioners meeting that paves the way for sanitation workers to eventually unionize. Ben Speight, organizing director for the Teamster Local 728, said that sanitation workers in DeKalb County have been asking to be recognized as a union for decades. “DeKalb sanitation workers […]

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Meadowview principal is also a Baptist pastor

Norman Thomas is bivocational: he’s the principal of Meadowview Elementary School and pastor of First Baptist Church Gresham Road.

Norman Thomas’ fulltime job is principal of Meadowview Elementary School in the Gresham Park community. His other fulltime job is pastor of First Baptist Church Gresham Road. The 39-year-old DeKalb County native has been on a bivocational path his entire adult life. “It’s been a blessing to me to serve in both capacities,” Thomas said. […]

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City of Decatur considering community transportation overhaul

Decatur has proposed a community-wide transportation overhaul unlike any other currently in Georgia. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

The city of Decatur is known for its diverse restaurants, pedestrian-friendly streets and environmentally conscious planning. Now, it may become the first city in Georgia to have a community transportation plan. David Junger, assistant city manager for the department of public works, said he has received requests from numerous residents asking for traffic calming measures. […]

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Residents pitch app ideas to judges

Chris McCrary of Georgia Power, DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson, Greg Wilson of CH2M HIll, Clerk of Superior Court Debra DeBerry, Laron Walker of Sciberus Solutions, and Cynthia Edwards of Georgia Piedmont Tech judged pitches for several computer and cellphone application ideas.

The Pitch Contest sponsored by DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson on Aug. 28 had nothing to do with sports. Instead, it was an opportunity for DeKalb residents to pitch their technology ideas for apps, games, simulations or concepts while simultaneously competing for prizes at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts & Community Center in Decatur. “This […]

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Boil Water Advisory in Effect for the Clairmont Road Area

boil advisory map

The DeKalb County Watershed Division is issuing a boil water advisory for the Clairmont Road area. Watershed crews have been working on a 30” water main break in the 2900 block of Clairmont Road since Wednesday, September 4, 2013.  In order to complete the repairs, Watershed Management must reduce pressure in the area outlined in […]

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Dallas Rivers, defense shine in Stephenson’s win over Norland

Norland quarterback Taron James (No. 2) is forced to throw a pass as Stephenson defensive lineman Braxton Butler brings pressure.

The Stephenson Jaguars completed the Georgia over Florida sweep in the Battle of the Borders Showdown with 29-12 over Norland Vikings of Miami, Fla. Senior running Dallas Rivers had a big game in his debut with the Jaguars, rushing for 120 yards and four touchdowns. His performance earned him the Most Valuable Player trophy. Rivers, […]

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Clarkston runs impressive times in DeKalb’s first cross country competition

Muhozi Aimable, Nuba and Naima Jackson

Senior Muhozi Aimable and his Clarkston Angora teammates clocked very good times to lead the Angoras to a victory over Cross Keys and Stone Mountain in the boys’ opening race of the DeKalb County School District’s cross country season at Druid Hills Middle School Aug. 27. Aimable led the way with a time of 17:42.23 […]

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City of Decatur promotes its walkability

A “Walk There! Decatur” sign in the Oakhurst business district shows local points of interest such as McKoy Park and The Wylde Center. Photos by Travis Hudgons

“Walk There! Decatur” is the city’s newest campaign that encourages walking versus driving. The recently adopted campaign, from the Active Living Department, uses signage, along with the slogan, ‘It’s closer than you think,’ to indicate how long it will take one to walk to various points of interest. “I have had a number of people […]

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