City Schools of Decatur disputes overcapacity report


A recent article published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on City Schools of Decatur (CSD) capacity levels is misleading, according to district officials. Bill Banks, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stated in an Aug. 16 article that Westchester, Oakhurst, Winnona Park, 4/5 Academy elementary schools and Renfroe Middle School are over capacity. Banks also reported […]

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County attempts to fill 911 operator void

DeKalb County 911 operator Tiara Jackson takes calls from the Tucker operating center. Photos by Horace Holloman

It’s not hard for Erica White to think back to her best day working as a 911 operator in DeKalb County. While White was on the phone with an elderly woman calling to report a suspicious man at her front door, two other men entered the woman’s home. The elderly woman hid in her closet […]

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After Olympic Games conclude, the real games begin

After Olympic Games conclude, the real games begin

Days before the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games were to be held, I had already started to feel the dread. After days and nights of watching hours of swimming, diving, fencing, canoeing, gymnastics, volleyball, water polo, trampoline, weightlifting, track and field and so many other sports, I realized that my life was […]

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New library exhibit focuses on technology

New library exhibit focuses on technology

“Science and technology touch nearly every aspect of our lives—even in ways we don’t normally think about,” noted Kitty Wilson, branch operations coordinator with DeKalb County Public Library, who is coordinating a technology-focused library project. The library system is hosting Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, a hands-on exhibit about the impact engineers […]

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New Orleans Revisited: as vibrant as ever!

New Orleans revisited: as vibrant as ever!

I remember my sister frantically calling my father more than a decade ago. At the time, she was studying at Xavier University to become a clinical doctor, and had been told to evacuate New Orleans because Hurricane Katrina was on its way. My dad told her she should think about “waiting the storm out.” That’s […]

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Decatur actress stays busy in local theater

Decatur actress stays busy in local theater

  Randi Garza moved to the Atlanta area from her native Houston, Texas, to take a theater role. She liked the area and busy entertainment community so much that she moved and is now a Decatur resident. “I moved here four years ago and I’ve been in 18 productions,” she said. “Atlanta’s theater community is […]

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Night melodies return to Lithonia

Night melodies return to Lithonia

Seven years ago, outdoor music died in Lithonia. The concerts that once attracted hundreds to the small city in southeast DeKalb County came to an unceremonious end. Now Jason Lary is on a mission to bring music, comedy and other forms of entertainment back to downtown Lithonia. Lary, who won the bid to take over […]

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Avondale Estates discusses chicken coops

The Avondale Estates Board of Mayor and Commissioners discussed allowing chicken coops on residential properties. File photos/Travis Hudgons

Avondale Estates residents apparently love chickens–and not just the chickens on the dinner table. The city’s board of mayor and commissioners discussed allowing chicken coops on residential properties during its Aug. 17 work session. According to Mayor Jonathan Elmore, a few residents have chickens as pets and there have been discussions about allowing chicken coops […]

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