DeKalb’s new school chief sworn in

Kimberly Green holds the bible as her husband, DeKalb school Superintendent Stephen Green is sworn into his new position.

On July 1 Stephen Green was sworn in as the new superintendent of the DeKalb County School District. Green was hired for the position in June after the DeKalb Board of Education conducted a nationwide search and named Green as its sole finalist. Green said, “I am honored to serve the Board of Education and […]

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Ellis going to jail for 18 months


Convicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis has been handed a five year sentence with 18 months to serve. Ellis, accused of strong-arming county vendors to contribute to his re-election campaign, was sentenced to five years, to serve 18 months for attempting to commit extortion, and five years to serve 18 months on three counts of […]

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Decatur Rotary installs new officers

From left, Decatur Rotary Club new members Peter Michelson, Renewal Design Build; Luz Borrero, DeKalb County government; Doug Park, Douglas Park Law; Ash Gupta, Cartridge World; Brandon Baines, Atlanta Area Council – Boy Scouts; Neil Dobbs, Allstate Insurance; Preston Etheridge, BB&T Bank; Brett Price, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Georgia Properties; and Keri Powell, U.S. EPA.

On June 26 Decatur Rotary installed new leaders and recognized many current members. Scott Thompson was announced as the 2015 – 2016 president, replacing the Peter Michelson. Thompson said, “We have been loaned 21 new members. We are net 13 or 15 depending on the math, which is quibbling…. We haven‘t been net one in […]

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OPINION: Smile…You’re on Candid Camera

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“We’re all going to end up with cameras. It’s going to be just as common in years to come as having your sidearm.” –DeKalb County Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander, as first reported by The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, May 27. Though most of you may not admit it, I’m sure that you have caught, at […]

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OPINION: Signs. Signs. Everywhere signs.

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I spend an unusually large amount of time on Atlanta’s roadways and more specifically on I-285 through much of DeKalb County. Much of this time, regrettably, is spent at a slow pace and often sitting still. For the last several months there have been traffic delays caused by resurfacing and sign changes all along Atlanta’s […]

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Walgreens to provide free HIV testing

Stephanie Lee, Bonita Terrell, Carol Garrett and Dorothy Graves volunteered at the Candler Road Walgreens encouraging residents to get tested.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises all Americans be screened for HIV as a routine part of medical care, many Americans have never been tested or are not being tested as often as recommended, according to national surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Of the more than 1.2 million people living with […]

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Pet Buddies expands into DeKalb

Donation station for Pet Buddies food pantry

Pet Buddies cofounder and executive director Heather Koehler and co-founder Dee McGowan were both volunteers for county shelters where they witnessed animals being turned in because their owners could no longer afford to take care of them. That’s when the two decided to open Pet Buddies Food Pantry. Since 2010, the organization has spayed and […]

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Tree hit by lightning damages home in south DeKalb

Fire from the explosion spread to Ernest Walker’s home. Photos by Carla Parker

Ernest Walker and his wife were sitting in their garage having coffee when they heard a “big boom.” “It knocked us backwards out of the chair, and we saw the tree falling,” Walker said. Lightning hit a large tree in front of the Walkers’ home, located in the 3900 block of Knights Cross in south […]

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