35 years of MARTA History

DeKalb resident runs in 23rd Peachtree Road Race

DeKalb resident Carla Bramlette ran in her 23rd Peachtree Road Race July 4. Bramlette is on a streak and collecting shirts along the way.

For the 23rd time in 26 years, Carla Bramlette crossed the finish line of the annual Peachtree Road Race. Bramlette, 58, ran her first Peachtree Road Race in 1988. She took a short break from the race before running it again in 1991, but since then she has run the race every year, building her […]

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Recent report reveals new retirement realities


What are most Americans approaching retirement planning to do in their post-career years? According to a recent study from wealth management and investment services provider Merrill Lynch 72 percent of pre-retirees older than 50 say their ideal retirement will include working—often in new, more flexible and fulfilling ways. Dunwoody financial planner Howard Joe, who is […]

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OPINION: Playing through and keeping score on our roads

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“The road to success is always under construction” –golf legend Arnold Palmer. The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (commonly known as the U.S. Interstate/Highway System), are named for the president who championed their creation. Congress authorized the first interstate highway construction funding with the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. Originally planned […]

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‘Ethics watchdog’ position, revamps county policy

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Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May signed an executive order June 25 creating the position of chief integrity officer to be the county’s “fulltime ethics watchdog.” “I’m beyond tired of reading about employees of DeKalb County doing things that the public would find…[a] major issue with,” May said during an afternoon news conference. The chief […]

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DeKalb passes 2014 midyear budget


DeKalb County kept its unincorporated property tax rate flat with approval today by the Board of Commissioners.  Interim CEO Lee May proposed a $555 million tax funds budget which maintained the property tax rate of 21.21 mills, the same rate as in 2013. “While we are seeing the beginning of an economic recovery in DeKalb […]

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Parents upset over staff changes at Southwest DeKalb

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The removal of five “stellar” teachers from Southwest DeKalb High School has parents upset and questioning whether the moves were due to retaliation. Many parents of the south DeKalb school showed up to address the DeKalb school board at its July 7 meeting about the reassignments. The school principal, Carolyn Williams, was transferred after several […]

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County does live demonstration of river cleanup

The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s capital improvement projects division and Site Engineering Inc. conducted a live trash and debris removal operation as part of its stream cleanup initiative. Photos by Carla Parker

Tires, truck seats, tree branches and other debris were removed from the South River June 26 during “alive” trash and debris removal operation. The operation, which occurred under the Moreland Avenue bridge at South River, was a part of a stream cleanup initiative by the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) […]

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South River improving day by day

South River Watershed Alliance president Jacqueline Echols said the South River is better than what it use to be, but there is still more work to be done. Photo by Carla Parker

  In the summer of 2010, some residents in south DeKalb County were appalled to see children and adults swimming and playing in the dirty waters of South River at the corner of Panola Road and Highway 155. The river attracted people to the area because of the sand that washed ashore. However, that sand […]

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