MARTA - 35th Anniversary

DeKalb school board mulling Druid Hills Charter Cluster

Druid Hills High School and six other schools in the community could be part of the state’s first public charter cluster. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

By the middle of November, the DeKalb County Board of Education will decide whether to approve the state’s first charter school cluster. The Druid Hills Charter Cluster (DHCC) would include the 5,000 students and 400 faculty members of Avondale, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge and McLendon elementary schools as well as Druid Hills Middle and […]

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Stone Mountain brings authentic German flavor to DeKalb

Each year, the city of Stone Mountain celebrates all things German with Oktoberfest, featuring authentic music, food and beer. Photos provided

Susan Ryles, executive director of Stone Mountain Main Street and Downtown Development Authority, said there are a lot of places in metro Atlanta where one can drink beer to celebrate Oktoberfest but Stone Mountain’s celebration is “the real deal.” This Oct. 12-13, the streets of Stone Mountain Village will be closed as the city celebrates […]

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Executives comment on local business climate at chamber forum

The panel for the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s business forum was composed of, from left, Bob Voyles, Craig Lesser, Gregory Baranco and Becky Blalock. Yvette Cook, standing at right, was the moderator.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce hosted a business forum at which four leaders in the business community discussed their thoughts on the business climate in Georgia and specifically in DeKalb County. The panel, moderated by United Way of Greater Atlanta Chief Marketing Officer Yvette Cook, was composed […]

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Teen minister began preaching at age 5

Jared Sawyer Jr., who has been ministering since he was five years old, recently finished his first book, I Belong to God: Staying on the Path of Success. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Jared Sawyer Jr. of Decatur has been a licensed Baptist minister for nearly a decade. And he’s only 15. When he was 5 years old, the son of Sabrina and Jared Sawyer Sr., had a dream. “God was basically speaking to me and he told me he wanted me to be a minister,” Sawyer said. […]

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DeKalb Police warn of water meter thieves

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There has been a recent series of water meter thefts in DeKalb County and the DeKalb County Police Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for these thieves. In a post on the DeKalb County Central Precinct Facebook page, police said if residents sees someone working on water meters during the late night […]

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CORRECTED: School District officials to discuss future of Briarcliff High School

The old Briarcliff High School, which closed in 2009, could be demolished if the DeKalb Board of Education vote to do so. Photo by Carla Parker

  DeKalb County School District officials will recommend whether to demolish the unoccupied Briarcliff High School, according to a Facebook post. According to Tim DeBardelaben of the Briarcliff High School BHS Coalition, the district administration will discuss what to do with the unoccupied building and will pass along its recommendation to the Board of Education. […]

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Food programs blooming in Clarkston

Towers principal redefines ‘The Titan Way’

Dr. Ralph Simpson, whose first career was in corrections, is the eighth principal of Towers High School in eight years. Simpson says he wants to redefine what it means be a Titan. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Dr. Ralph Simpson is the Towers High School’s eighth principal in eight years. “This school would be the one in the whole entire school district that I would say has the most challenges,” Simpson said. “The school has over the years experienced a huge turnover. There were at least 10-15 teachers who left every year […]

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