Special election set for November


The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners won’t get a replacement Super District 7 commissioner until voters go to the polls in November. The county’s Board of Elections voted March 21 to hold the special election in November with the general election instead of holding it on May 24 with the primary.  A special election is needed to former DeKalb […]

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County roads and drainage workers want a raise, too


DeKalb workers who take care of the county’s roads and drains are upset that they were not included in a 4-percent pay raise recently approved by county commissioners. “It was dead wrong for them to exclude us out of the 4-percent raise,” said Anthony Cade, general foreman in the stormwater division of roads and drainage […]

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OPINION: Up a STREAM without a paddle


For years now, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has been a popular acronym in academic circles to show the focus on these specific subjects.It began because of the seeming lack of qualified and educated candidates for high-tech jobs. Additionally, proponents of STEM curriculum say these subjects previously were taught in isolation.“Today, few American students […]

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Consignment shops plan moves to larger sites

Finders Keepers Furnishings exterior

Finders Keepers, a cluster of consignment shops that recently celebrated 32 years in business, announced that one of its four stores, Finders Keepers Furnishings, is moving soon—but not far. The new location, a recently vacated space at Twin Oaks Shopping Plaza, is less than a mile from the present location on East College Avenue in […]

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Demolition begins on Lithonia Plaza

A bulldozer begins reducing Lithonia Plaza to rubble. In approximately 45 days, this eyesore in Lithonia will be no more. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

While dozens of residents and community leaders looked on, a bulldozer took chunk after chunk out of the old Lithonia Plaza, an eyesore for decades. “This is a great day,” said Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson, as the bulldozer worked in the background. “It is a sign of progress actually continuing to take place in the […]

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Dozens qualify for upcoming election


There will be several contested races when voters go to the polls May 24 for the general primary and nonpartisan election during which parties select local, state and federal candidates will be selected for the November election. Four candidates will face off for the DeKalb County CEO position: Joe Bembry, an automotive services business owner; […]

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DeKalb interim CEO: County is ‘strong’

From left, WSB-TV news anchor Erin Coleman interviews interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May for his State of the County address on March 10. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

“Strong.”That was interim DeKalb County Lee May’s one-word description of DeKalb County during his State of the County address on March 10. And it is a legacy he hopes to leave. “I don’t know if I’m as concerned about history remembering my name…but I really want to know for myself that we—not just me, but […]

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City clears Lithonia police chief, officer of wrongdoing


The Lithonia police chief was not in the wrong when he put his hand around a teen’s neck, according to the city. Chief Roosevelt Smith and Captain Lloyd Owens were cleared by City Administrator Eddie Moody of any wrongdoing in a Feb. 5 incident in which both officers were accused of assaulting 17-year-old Isiah Harvey […]

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