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During his campaign as CEO for DeKalb County, Michael Thurmond promised to address three major issues within DeKalb—transparency, water billing issues, and blight.

To address blight after a tip from a resident, county workers are scheduled to remove 20,000 ...
For nearly two hours, the alleged killer of 22-year-old postal worker Tyrika Terrell barricaded himself inside a residence in Decatur, attempting to avoid arrest.

Decatur native Quantez Tyre, 22, was arrested Dec. 1 by DeKalb County Sheriff’s office S.W.A.T. ...
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding a suspect connected to a deadly shooting in Tucker

A warrant has been issued for 20-year-old Kaylon Janard “Hooty” Jiles,
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Santa Claus decided to take a break from his busy schedule at the North Pole and visit children in Decatur for the city’s kickoff event to celebrate the gift-giving season.

Decatur officials were on hand Nov. 25 as a ...
As residents enjoyed a block party Nov. 11 for the grand opening of Stonecrest’s city hall, Stonecrest officials basked in the national exposure thanks to a “unique” pitch to bring a second Amazon headquarters to the newly formed city.

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A group of community stakeholders from the Lakeside High School attendance area have united to oppose the school’s scheduled expansion.

The expressed opposition is in response to the planned construction of a two-story, 750-seat, 38-classroom addition as well as ...
In Case You Missed It: The Southwest DeKalb Panthers (8-3) won its first playoff game since 2009 after beating the Banneker Trojans (8-3) 35-17 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs at William “Buck” Godfrey Stadium, named ...
On the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners official website, Ashlee Wright is still listed as the primary contact for Commissioner Gregory Adams.

However, it’s unlikely Wright will return to work for Adams after she accused the District 7 commissioner ...
Voters could soon approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) in DeKalb County. With more than $380 million in funding over the next six years on the line if the referendum is approved in November, county officials are ...
The No. 1-ranked Cedar Grove Saints continued to dominate Region 5-AAA with a 48-6 win over Stone Mountain Oct. 21 at Godfrey Stadium.

The Saints remain at the top of the region with a 5-0 region record and an ...
Oglethorpe University will offer a new, business-oriented curriculum by Fall 2019 thanks to a donation from a generous alumnus.

Oglethorpe University—located at 4484 Peachtree Road NE in Brookhaven—announced the receipt of a $50 million gift on Sept. 29, marking ...
It’s been more than a year since former DeKalb County commissioner and interim CEO Lee May said he would call it quits for politics.

When asked if he misses the spotlight of DeKalb politics, May responded by saying, “not ...
Tucker and DeKalb County high school football fans can watch one of their own play in the Under Armour All-American game Jan. 4, 2018 on ESPN2.

Tucker High School senior and offensive linemen Dylan Wonnum was named an Under ...
The Marist War Eagles moved to 6-0 after defeating the Gainesville Elephants 39-14 at home on Sept. 29.

The War Eagles accumulated 341 yards of total offense, led by quarterback Chase Abshier. Abshier completed 10 of 17 attempted passes ...
When pregnant 18 year-old Georgia Perimeter College freshman Tara Hawkins-Bottoms fell into a four-month coma after being attacked in November 2003, doctors had little hope for the baby she carried.

Now, 14 years later, Emmanuel Hawkins—a baby delivered 11 ...
During his sophomore year at Southwest DeKalb High School, Angelo Taylor was in his father’s hometown, Macon, visiting the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

“I just remember looking at all of the athletes who were inducted into the hall ...
Beate Sass, who moved from Tallahassee to DeKalb County in 2011, said Decatur is the first place she’s lived that feels like home.

Sass said she wanted to do something that truly depicted the essence of her “home”—lively, ...
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State Farm employees in Dunwoody now have more convenient access to the Dunwoody MARTA Station.

MARTA and State Farm Insurance held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 28 to celebrate the opening of the State Farm Park Center Bridge at,...

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Some might say flying aboard and touring an EAA B-17G-VE bomber plane built in 1945 is a rare, if not impossible experience.

For the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA)—a Wisconsin-based company dedicated to promoting the spirit of aviation through plane ...
In Case You Mossed It: DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced its plan to make up days missed during Hurricane Irma on Sept. 22.
 “In order to recapture precious instructional time lost due to Hurricane Irma, the DeKalb County ...
It’s unclear what the next step will be for DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann. The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council voted to revoke his certification on Sept. 27.
Mann, who was arrested May 5 after he exposed himself ...
As Ohio-based City Barbeque opens its first Georgia restaurant this month in Decatur it faces serious competition. The 404 and 770 area codes alone list more than 100 barbecue restaurants, according to restaurantguideatlanta.com.

In addition, the booming Suburban Plaza ...
Several DeKalb County-based civil rights organizations and DeKalb residents held a march in Decatur proclaiming the Confederate monument near the old courthouse in Downtown Decatur must be removed and put into a museum.

Hate Free Decatur, a newly formed ...
Each school day, Cross Keys High School senior Nikol Diaz makes sure her grades, physical fitness and character are exemplary in the eyes of her peers and teachers.

This comes as second nature, Diaz said, as she is a ...
The Miller Grove Wolverines got their third win of the season after beating Lakeside 18-16 Sept. 15 at Avondale Stadium.

The Wolverines’ defense made the play of the game. With less than two minutes on the clock, Lakeside’s offense ...
DeKalb County officials, residents and radio hosts stopped by South DeKalb Mall in Decatur to give diapers and wipes for the “help Houston diaper drive” for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The drive, held Sept. 6, was hosted by ...
Following lengthy rains and strong winds, schools in DeKalb County remained closed through Sept. 14 following the arrival of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 11 and 12.

On the evening of Sept. 12, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) board of ...
For three days, DeKalb County resident Connie Irvin and her family were without power due to tropical storm Irma. Irvin’s power went out the afternoon of Sept. 11 and was turned back on after 8 p.m. on Sept. 13. Due ...
As Hurricane Irma decimated many parts of Florida with wind speeds reaching up to 80 miles per hour, the Peach State hunkered down for its first-ever tropical storm warning. On […]
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DeKalb County workers are attempting to make permanent repairs at the site of a major sewer spill.

The spill, located at Snapfinger Creek which resulted in an estimated 6.4 million-gallon leak, was contained Aug. 26 by repairing the damaged ...

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