Chamblee official recognized


Chamblee Mayor Pro Tem Dan Zanger was recently re-elected and on Jan. 25 awarded a certificate of achievement by the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) annual mayors’ day conference. “I am honored to be re-elected by my peers on the council to serve as mayor-pro-tem, honored to receive this recognition […]

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Accrediting consultants approve DeKalb schools


To qualify for HOPE scholarships, students must attend schools accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). On Jan. 24-26 Georgia Accrediting Commission Consultant Robert Boyd and his team visited all 23 DeKalb County high schools and gave an exit report at the Feb. 2 Board of Education […]

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Smithgall Woods Cottage: Not a typical state park accommodation

Smithgall Cottage’s expansive deck connects the covered parking pavilion, main structure and adjacent parking. Photos by John Hewitt

It all started with a mid-morning phone call asking if we would like an upgrade from our reserved one-bedroom riverside cottage at no additional cost. The caller explained that a larger cottage was available that had more bedrooms but no hot tub. Since it was a rainy cold day and a hot tub was not […]

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Eighteen basketball teams on the road to Macon

Lithonia boys' basketball team won the Region 6-AAAA title.

The road to Macon, Ga., to compete for a state basketball title begins Feb. 17 for 18 DeKalb County basketball teams. The first round of the playoffs will be held Feb. 17 and 18 with 12 DeKalb teams hosting playoff games. Seven teams are entering the playoffs as a No. 1 seeds after winning their […]

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Activists demand #Justice4KevinDavis

Protestors have successfully fought for an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations into the December 2014 shooting death of a Decatur man by a DeKalb County police officer. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

  Outside of the DeKalb County Courthouse on Feb. 4, a group sang a slow, somber rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Kevin Davis. A cook at Sawicki’s in downtown Decatur, Davis would have been 45. He was shot in the chest by a DeKalb County Police officer on Dec. 29 after calling 911 when his […]

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Commissioners end stalemate over District 5 seat


The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners took a step toward ending the stalemate over District 5 representation. The seat has been vacant since July 2013, when Lee May, the elected District 5 commissioner, was appointed interim DeKalb County CEO by Gov. Nathan Deal, following the indictment and suspension of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Last […]

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Deputies ‘endeavor’ to serve warrants


When deputies went to a house on Safari Circle in Stone Mountain on Jan. 29 looking for a suspect wanted for first degree burglary, it wasn’t the first time. The resident said deputies had been by before and got the same answer: The suspect doesn’t live there.“She said she’s been here since 2008,” DeKalb County […]

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High school athletes read to elementary students


Some DeKalb County high school athletes took time out of their academic schedules to read to students at Toney Elementary School. The athletes took part in the school’s annual African-American Read-In Feb. 6. Members of the Miller Grove High School boys’ basketball team and the Arabia Mountain High School football team participated in the event. […]

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