Decatur teen wins junior golf challenge

Thirteen-year-old Ayanna Habeel won the 2014 Georgia State Golf Association Junior Sectional Challenge in the girls 12-13 division.

Ayanna Habeel of Decatur won the 2014 Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA) Junior Sectional Challenge in the girls 12-13 division.The event, which took place July 27-28, was held at The Landings golf course in Savannah. Girls from across the state participated in the two-day event. Habeel, 13, shot a 34 on the first day and […]

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Chopper cops to combat copper crimes


  The DeKalb County School District has a new tool in the fight against copper thefts. “These thefts have become a major, major problem for the DeKalb County School District,” said Superintendent Michael Thurmond, during an Aug. 7 news conference announcing apartnership between DeKalb County, the school district and police department. The DeKalb County Police […]

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Lee May:‘Hang in there’

May describes the ethics and corruption allegations facing county leaders as “a rough patch in our marriage.”

When interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May took office in June 2013, he only had two hours to prepare for the job.“That was an interesting moment, not just for me, but for the county as a whole because we were in a position that, as a county, we’d never been in before—the uncertainty, the anxiety […]

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Columbia wide receiver commits to Clemson


Columbia High’s Shadell Bell will finish high school early and enroll at Clemson University in January after committing to the university to continue his academic and athletic career. The wide receiver and linebacker will sign his letter of intent during a signing ceremony Aug. 9 at Columbia High School. Bell, who has a 5-star rating […]

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County’s ‘convoluted’ purchasing policy revised


    With the stroke of a pen, DeKalb County’s “convoluted,” two-volume purchasing policy was reduced to just 38 pages. On Aug. 6, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May signed an executive order revising the county’s purchasing policy. The updated policy requires that “all things must be competitively procured unless exempted” and establishes a purchasing […]

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Georgia Piedmont Technical College unveils multimedia program and labs

Commissioners Larry Johnson and Sharon Barnes Sutton along with GPTC president Jabari Simama cut the ribbon on the television production studio, new to GPTC. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

“We’ve gone through the industrial age, the technology and information age, to this content age now, this digital media age. And we have to have programs like this that are on the cutting edge if we are going to be successful over the long term.” Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of […]

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Tucker-based company brings ‘green’ energy to Georgia

Solar panel harness energy of the sun

Solar and other alternative forms of energy are not likely to replace traditional sources in the foreseeable future, but they definitely have a place in the overall mix, according to Jeff Pratt, president of Tucker-based Green Power EMC. Green Power EMC, established in 2001, is owned by the same 38 electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) that […]

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The two-undecillion-dollar lawsuit


Two undecillion dollars. That’s how much money a Manhattan man is reportedly suing the city of New York, the Au Bon Pain coffee chain, Hoboken University, LaGuardia Airport, among others, for an alleged dog bite. Two undecillion dollars, in case your bank account hasn’t gotten that high recently, is two times 10 to the 36th […]

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