Less than half of voters support proposed tax

Members of the DeKalb Special Local Option Sales Tax Citizen Advisory Committee are conducting a series of meetings to develop a suggested list of capital projects to be funded by the proposed tax. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Approximately 45 percent of DeKalb residents currently support a 1 percent sales tax to fund county infrastructure projects. Those are the results of a recent survey of 1,000 residents who were asked various questions about whether they would support a proposed special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) that would be used to fund capital projects. […]

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Clarkston proposes marijuana decriminalization

Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry.

Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry told media outlets the city’s public safety committee will review making misdemeanor marijuana possession of less than one ounce a ticket-only offense. If successful, Clarkston will be the first city in Georgia to do so. “This is an idea sponsored by all of the public safety committee members,” Terry told The […]

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Custodian dies at MLK High School


An overnight death of one custodian prompted the relocation of 1,600 Martin Luther King High School students on Thursday, April 21.  Nighttime custodian Anthony Jacobs, 52, was found dead at the Lithonia school at 5 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Quinn Hudson, DeKalb County School District’s director of communications. While the death was initially treated as a crime […]

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Renovations underway at three DeKalb stadiums


Fields and track surfaces are currently being dug up at three of the five DeKalb County stadiums for renovation work. Adams, Godfrey and Hallford stadiums will have new field turf, track surface, lights and more when the high school football season kicks off in August. The DeKalb County Board of Education approved the renovation projects […]

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Lithonia plaza steadily coming down

Demolition of the city-owned portion of the Lithonia Plaza began on March 14. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Demolition of the city-owned portion of the Lithonia Plaza is still ongoing, according to City Administrator Eddie Moody. “It is coming down in a timely manner as promised by the general contractor,” Moody said. “Things are progressing very well.” Demolition of the Plaza began on March 14. Wendover Housing Partners will develop a $12 million […]

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County agencies celebrate Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Survivor Christy Sims participate in DeKalb’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week commemoration. Photos by Travis Hudgons

  For more than an hour on April 14, the gazebo in downtown Decatur echoed with cries of victory. They came from voices not typically associated with triumph, achievement or joy but carried a message filled with hope for the future. The cries came from victims of violent crimes and their allies. As part of […]

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Greenforest basketball athletes sign scholarships

Three Greenforest basketball players signed letters of intent to their perspective schools on April 15. Photos by Carla Parker

Three Greenforest-McCalep Christian Academy basketball players signed letters of intent on April 15. Arielle Holloway, Lady Eagles point guard, signed with King University in Bristol, Tenn. From the boys’ team, forward Precious Ayah signed with Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and guard John Ogwuche signed with the University of New Hampshire. Holloway said she chose […]

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Catering company brings Chicago flavors to DeKalb


After many co-workers at Georgia State University, Walter Scott’s former place of employment, commented on how much they enjoyed his cooking, the Tucker resident decided to treat them to lunch, preparing each dish himself. The gesture led to Scott’s first catering job and ultimately to a new career. “He has always loved to cook and […]

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