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Clarkston mayor foils robbery

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Crooks beware. The mayor of Clarkston may be watching. Clarkston Mayor Emanuel Ransom foiled an attempted robbery July 16, when, after a post office run, he drove by the construction site of the city’s new public works building. “I always check on the site,” Ransom said. While there, he noticed a man loading metal channels […]

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Lee May sworn in as DeKalb’s acting CEO

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Approximately an hour after Gov. Nathan Deal announced the suspension of DeKalb CEO Burrell, DeKalb Commissioner Lee May was sworn in as acting CEO. The appointment is “something that I take seriously and I’m humbled by the opportunity to act in this position,” May said. “[I’m] excited about the opportunity to work with my colleagues […]

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Governor orders Ellis’ suspension

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After a panel recommended July 15 that DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis be suspended from office, Gov. Nathan Deal announced he will accept that recommendation. The governor appointed Commissioner Lee May, the presiding officer of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, acting CEO. May was sworn in shortly after the July 16 announcement. Ellis has […]

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Panel recommends DeKalb CEO’s suspension from office

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  DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis should be suspended from office. That is the unanimous recommendation of a panel appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal that met July 15. Deal will announce a final decision by the end of this week. Ellis is charged with 14 felonies, including criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion, theft […]

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Decatur football program hosts a youth football camp

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The potential future football players of Decatur High School got an opportunity to learn fundamentals and other skills at the Decatur Youth Football Camp. The camp, held July 8-12, was started by former Decatur football head coach Brad Waggoner in 2012; new head football coach Scott Jackson brought the camp back for a second year […]

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Local actor portrays former sheriff’s deputy turned murderer

Derrick Yancey, convicted of murdering his wife and a day-laborer in 2008, sits in on a motions hearing in DeKalb County Superior Court. File Photo

Actor Henry Louis Adams, a resident of Stone Mountain, said he’s grateful for the chance to tell the story of Linda Yancey, who was found shot to death in her home in 2008. “It touched me because I couldn’t understand how a couple with a beautiful family that appeared to be so loving could end […]

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Last day to file property tax appeal is July 12

Residents packed the community meeting room of Covington Library to learn about the 2013 property tax assessment process. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Residents who believe their 2013 county property tax assessment is incorrect have until Friday, July 12, to file an appeal. On July 8, dozens of residents crowded the Covington Library community meeting room–whose air conditioner was broken—to learn how the 2013 property appraisals were assessed and how the assessments relates to their tax bills. “This […]

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Decatur lawyer honors lung cancer victim with walk/run

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When Atlanta attorney Amy Waggoner of Decatur learned in 2008 that her friend and business partner had developed lung cancer, she was stunned. “She was the last person you would expect to get lung cancer,” said Waggoner, who lives in Decatur. “She never smoked. She was very much in shape. She was always working out. […]

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