Celebrations abound in DeKalb on the Fourth of July


Few things are more American than parades, cookouts and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. That’s exactly how many of the cities and special events venues throughout DeKalb County will be celebrating the nation’s 238th birthday. Avondale EstatesIt’s an all-day affair in Avondale Estates in recognition of the country’s independence. Fourth of July starts with a […]

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Three teens shot, one dead after shooting near Lithonia


A 16-year-old boy is dead after a June 30 shooting. Police identified the deceased teenager as Delray Crittenden. Captain Steven Fore, a spokesman for the DeKalb County Police Department, said police responded to a shooting around 2:20 a.m. in the 6700 block of Browns Mill Ferry Drive near Lithonia. “Officers arrived and located three males, […]

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Rickey Gross: ‘I’m all about commitment’

Rickey Gross has been a staple in DeKalb County School District athletics for more than 20 years. He has worked at three schools, mostly at Stone Mountain High School, as the equipment manager.

Rickey Gross has been a part of Stone Mountain High School athletics for more than 20 years. When his family moved to DeKalb County from San Antonio, Texas, in 1983, he enrolled at Stone Mountain High and got involved in athletics. Gross played baseball, basketball and football until it was discovered that he had developed […]

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OPINION: Where is the empathy?

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As many are aware, there are currently 700-plus children being housed in a border patrol warehouse in Nogales, Ariz. These children need and deserve help. Perhaps it’s the Southerner in me, but I feel that anyone, no matter the circumstances, who is in our country, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. It’s as […]

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Anti-recidivism court gives offenders a second chance

In 2011, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James began a program to help troubled youth get a second chance at life. Photos provided

DeKalb County Superior Court Diversion Program Director Kaleema Thomas said those who want a chance to turn their lives around can have it, but they’ll have to work hard for it. Thomas runs the Anti-Recidivism Court, which was created by District Attorney Robert James in 2011 as a way to give offenders ages 17-25 a […]

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DeKalb SWAT forces: Special ops in the county

Doraville Police Department has an independent SWAT division made up of patrol officers who undergo additional training. One of the vehicles is this armored M113 personnel carrier used in officer down or other high-risk engagements.

  Up to 120 individual crimes occur each day in DeKalb County, according to CRIMETRAC, the crime statistics website used by county police. With those numbers, it’s only a matter of time before one situation becomes too volatile to handle with regular patrol officers. Luckily, it doesn’t happen often. And when it does, they call […]

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Chief Moody: Lithonia police are ‘blessed’

Lithonia Police Chief Eddie Moody stands in front of one of the three police cars that was donated to Lithonia from the DeKalb County Police Department. Photo by Carla Parker

Before he accepted the job as Lithonia police chief 18 months ago, Eddie Moody knew he would not have the same resources he once had as DeKalb County police chief. When he realized that he had to balance many things with little resources, it was an “eye opener.” “It has made the job really interesting […]

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Waffle House Museum serves up nostalgia, scattered, smothered and covered

The Waffle House Museum, located in Avondale Estates, is a throwback to the chain’s first restaurant as it was in 1955. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

The sign says “Good Food Fast” but you won’t find any cooks slinging hash behind the counter. No T-bones sizzle on the flat top, no syrupy smell infuses the air. Instead, this Waffle House has been preserved as it was in 1955, the very first Waffle House ever, as a museum to the South’s ubiquitous […]

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