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Cab driver shot to death near Avondale Estates


A DeKalb County cab driver was shot and killed May 31 in what police believe to be a robbery. DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said officers responded to a call at approximately 2:30 a.m. of shots fired at the Oak Creek apartment complex, located at 280 Northern Ave., near Avondale Estates. “When officers arrived […]

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Stephenson jazz band gets big break at Atlanta Jazzfest


Band director William Oliver said playing jazz music is a learning experience for everyone in the Stephenson High School Jazz Band, including himself. Oliver, a classically trained trombone player, said although playing jazz may be new to the 25 members of the band, the fact that they show up for rehearsal—7-8 a.m. before school starts—shows […]

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No clear decision on new animal services site yet


Despite impassioned pleas from residents, DeKalb County will have to wait a little longer before a new animal services facility is built–and in the meantime, some say, animals are suffering. Judy Simon of Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together Georgia, an advocacy organization that offers low-cost spay and neutering services, said the animal services facility is operating […]

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State Supreme Court to hear DeKalb school board case


Suspended DeKalb County School board member Dr. Eugene Walker will get his day in court June 3. The Georgia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the high-profile case of Walker v.  Georgia Board of Education. Walker is challenging as unconstitutional Gov. Nathan Deal’s suspension of Walker and five others from the DeKalb County school […]

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Stag play €œStripped coming to Porter Sanford III Center

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The play “Stripped” will be onstage May 30-June 2 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center. The all-star cast includes former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Lisa Wu, media personality Rashan Ali, “2 Live Stews Radio Show” co-host Ryan Stewart, and former NFL players Karon Joseph Riley and Ed Hartwell. “Stripped” […]

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DeKalb CEO to make animal shelter decision June 4


DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will recommend a site for a new animal shelter to the Board of Commissioners on June 4. Ellis will choose a site based on the recommendations presented by the county’s animal services evaluation committee which met May 24 to evaluate 11 locations. “I have reviewed the committee’s recommendations and have […]

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2012-13 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

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Miller Grove High School Willie Moody, valedictorian Deandrea Francis, salutatorian   Redan High School Jalissa Shealey, valedictorian Kenyatta Wheeler, salutatorian   Southwest DeKalb High School Brittany Williams, valedictorian—magnet   Kristen Peagler, salutatorian—magnet Coreyonna Welch, valedictorian—resident Chavay Dickerson, salutatorian—resident   Stephenson High School Brittany Burnett, valedictorian Maiya Smith, salutatorian   Stone Mountain High School Cyrianne Keutcha, […]

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Business groups put up $10 million for I-285/Ga. 400 interchange

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Whenever there are traffic problems at the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, the cities of Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs become gridlocked, said Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis. “That’s the problem we’re trying to solve here. Every time there are major problems on 285 and Ga. 400, I get text messages and calls from my friends, my neighbors, […]

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