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DeKalb CEO focuses on water billing, but complaints persist
 More than a dozen speakers at a recent DeKalb Board of Commissioners meeting made their point clear: The county still has a problem with inaccurate, exorbitant water bills. Some spoke of charges that seemingly skyrocketed overnight, others of being billed for water consumption at empty houses. “I don’t know how much longer we...

Posted: 2 days ago

More than a dozen speakers at a recent DeKalb Board of Commissioners meeting made their point clear: The county still has a problem with inaccurate, exorbitant water bills. Some spoke of charges that seemingly skyrocketed overnight, others of being billed for water consumption at empty houses. “I don’t know how much longer we...
DeKalb effort to relocate Confederate monument generates no interest
 DeKalb County hasn’t received any proposals for relocating a Confederate monument located at the old county courthouse. As a result, the deadline for submissions was extended 30 days. Zachary Williams, the county’s chief operating officer, said outreach efforts like newspaper ads are being planned in hopes of creating...

Posted: 2 days ago

DeKalb County hasn’t received any proposals for relocating a Confederate monument located at the old county courthouse. As a result, the deadline for submissions was extended 30 days. Zachary Williams, the county’s chief operating officer, said outreach efforts like newspaper ads are being planned in hopes of creating...
DeKalb: Bill to create city of Vista Grove filed in House
 Rep. Tom Taylor has filed legislation to create the city of Vista Grove in a footprint similar to a previous cityhood effort that failed. Vista Grove would be comprised of neighborhoods that are south of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville and north of Tucker. The proposal leave out some neighborhoods that voted against creating...

Posted: 2 days ago

Rep. Tom Taylor has filed legislation to create the city of Vista Grove in a footprint similar to a previous cityhood effort that failed. Vista Grove would be comprised of neighborhoods that are south of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville and north of Tucker. The proposal leave out some neighborhoods that voted against creating...
Frustrations mount over bill eliminating DeKalb CEO job
 Republicans who are a minority within DeKalb County politics have used their majority status in the General Assembly to push forward a bill that would eliminate the county’s unique CEO form of government. Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, said she introduced House Bill 961 as a general bill to circumvent a process that requires delegation...

Posted: 3 days ago

Republicans who are a minority within DeKalb County politics have used their majority status in the General Assembly to push forward a bill that would eliminate the county’s unique CEO form of government. Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, said she introduced House Bill 961 as a general bill to circumvent a process that requires delegation...
House bill fast-tracked to dissolve DeKalb’s CEO form of government
 Members of a House committee approved a surprise piece of legislation that would eliminate DeKalb County’s unique CEO form of government.  Now, the bill that was filed just Tuesday is eligible for a vote on the House floor. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, was among the Democrats who voted “no”  in the House...

Posted: 3 days ago

Members of a House committee approved a surprise piece of legislation that would eliminate DeKalb County’s unique CEO form of government.  Now, the bill that was filed just Tuesday is eligible for a vote on the House floor. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, was among the Democrats who voted “no” in the House...
DeKalb: Greenhaven cityhood bill remains a long shot
 The bill that would authorize a referendum on establishing the city of Greenhaven still hasn’t received a hearing this legislative session, and time is running out. If the legislation is not approved, it would make the fourth consecutive year that the cityhood measure has stalled at the General Assembly. Rep. Ed Rynders, an Albany Republican...

Posted: 4 days ago

The bill that would authorize a referendum on establishing the city of Greenhaven still hasn’t received a hearing this legislative session, and time is running out. If the legislation is not approved, it would make the fourth consecutive year that the cityhood measure has stalled at the General Assembly. Rep. Ed Rynders, an Albany Republican...
DeKalb pays former CEO Burrell Ellis $1.1 million for defense costs
 DeKalb County taxpayers paid a final tally of $1.1 million to reimburse former CEO Burrell Ellis for the legal fees he incurred defending himself against charges of corruption before his conviction was overturned. That amount is roughly 50 percent higher than the payout amount initially anticipated by the Board of Commissioners, which ...

Posted: 6 days ago

DeKalb County taxpayers paid a final tally of $1.1 million to reimburse former CEO Burrell Ellis for the legal fees he incurred defending himself against charges of corruption before his conviction was overturned. That amount is roughly 50 percent higher than the payout amount initially anticipated by the Board of Commissioners, which ...
DeKalb commissioners will receive update on high water bills
 DeKalb County commissioners will hold an evening meeting  on Tuesday where they will hear from the public about the county’s lingering issues with costly -- and often inaccurate -- water bills. At this regularly scheduled “committee of the whole” meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear from two advisory groups...

Posted: 6 days ago

DeKalb County commissioners will hold an evening meeting  on Tuesday where they will hear from the public about the county’s lingering issues with costly -- and often inaccurate -- water bills. At this regularly scheduled “committee of the whole” meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear from two advisory groups...
Mother Mathilda Beasley: The mystery of Georgia’s first black nun 
 Mother Mathilda Beasley died in 1903 in a small cottage owned by a Catholic church. She was worshipping at an altar she had built inside, and lying next to her were burial clothes, a will and instructions for her funeral. The details of her death stand in stark contrast to the many things that aren’t known about the life of Georgia&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Mother Mathilda Beasley died in 1903 in a small cottage owned by a Catholic church. She was worshipping at an altar she had built inside, and lying next to her were burial clothes, a will and instructions for her funeral. The details of her death stand in stark contrast to the many things that aren’t known about the life of Georgia&rsquo...
Ethics Board to investigate former DeKalb director Marcus Kellum
 Marcus Kellum is no longer a DeKalb County employee, but the Ethics Board is moving forward on investigating him on a variety of issues raised during his tenure. Kellum, the county’s former beautification director, first drew attention when Channel 2 Action News reported that he did work for his private consulting business while...

Posted: 9 days ago

Marcus Kellum is no longer a DeKalb County employee, but the Ethics Board is moving forward on investigating him on a variety of issues raised during his tenure. Kellum, the county’s former beautification director, first drew attention when Channel 2 Action News reported that he did work for his private consulting business while...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond leaves his mark on county budget process
 DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond likes to tell people that he inherited last year’s budget since he only had 15 days to make tweaks before it was submitted to the Board of Commissioners. But he takes full credit for the 2018 proposal now under review. In this year’s plan, Thurmond eliminates deficit spending. The $603.3 million...

Posted: 10 days ago

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond likes to tell people that he inherited last year’s budget since he only had 15 days to make tweaks before it was submitted to the Board of Commissioners. But he takes full credit for the 2018 proposal now under review. In this year’s plan, Thurmond eliminates deficit spending. The $603.3 million...
DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana
 DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are...

Posted: 10 days ago

DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are...
Four Buford Highway nightclubs could lose liquor licenses
 Four entertainment venues located along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta could lose their liquor licenses after being cited for failing to submit paperwork, taxes, or fees by the renewal deadline. Josephine Lounge, XS Restaurant and Lounge, Rush Lounge (also know as the Iris) and Medusa Restaurant and Lounge each filed paperwork...

Posted: 12 days ago

Four entertainment venues located along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta could lose their liquor licenses after being cited for failing to submit paperwork, taxes, or fees by the renewal deadline. Josephine Lounge, XS Restaurant and Lounge, Rush Lounge (also know as the Iris) and Medusa Restaurant and Lounge each filed paperwork...
Automatic pay hike for DeKalb commissioners, CEO proposed
 DeKalb County commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond could be in line for pay raises this year that would also give them automatic boosts in the future. Commissioners have asked for years to have their salaries set at a percentage of what superior court judges make, which the DeKalb House delegation is now considering. The bill would pay...

Posted: 12 days ago

DeKalb County commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond could be in line for pay raises this year that would also give them automatic boosts in the future. Commissioners have asked for years to have their salaries set at a percentage of what superior court judges make, which the DeKalb House delegation is now considering. The bill would pay...
Online competition forcing the closure of big box stores in DeKalb
 Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary was a frequent shopper at the city’s Sam’s Club, and he said the parking lot always seemed to be swarming with customers. So, he was shocked last month to get a call from DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. She told him that the store had shut down abruptly and laid off nearly 200 people. &ldquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary was a frequent shopper at the city’s Sam’s Club, and he said the parking lot always seemed to be swarming with customers. So, he was shocked last month to get a call from DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. She told him that the store had shut down abruptly and laid off nearly 200 people. &ldquo...
Decatur solicits input on United Methodist Children’s Home property
 The city of Decatur will hold a kick-off celebration and workshop on Sunday to gather public input on  the United Methodist Children’s Home property purchased last year. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the main building at 500 S. Columbia Drive and will include remarks from Mayor Patti Garrett around 2 p.m. and self-guided...

Posted: 17 days ago

The city of Decatur will hold a kick-off celebration and workshop on Sunday to gather public input on the United Methodist Children’s Home property purchased last year. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the main building at 500 S. Columbia Drive and will include remarks from Mayor Patti Garrett around 2 p.m. and self-guided...
Colin Kaepernick donates $10,000 to Lithonia non-profit H.O.M.E.
 Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has completed his pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations by giving the final $10,000 to Lithonia-based non-profit Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure. That donation will be matched with another $10,000 from Grammy Award-winning singer Usher Raymond. Kaepernick asked his celebrity friends...

Posted: 25 days ago

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has completed his pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations by giving the final $10,000 to Lithonia-based non-profit Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure. That donation will be matched with another $10,000 from Grammy Award-winning singer Usher Raymond. Kaepernick asked his celebrity friends...
Vernon Jones gets testy with DeKalb’s cities after call for county review
 State Rep. Vernon Jones had sharp words for representatives of DeKalb’s cities after they backed a comprehensive review of the county’s unique government structure. Avondale Estates Mayor Jonathan Elmore was assigned the task of reading the DeKalb Municipal Association’s wish list, which includes support for a...

Posted: 27 days ago

State Rep. Vernon Jones had sharp words for representatives of DeKalb’s cities after they backed a comprehensive review of the county’s unique government structure. Avondale Estates Mayor Jonathan Elmore was assigned the task of reading the DeKalb Municipal Association’s wish list, which includes support for a...
DeKalb unveils sign for Michelle Obama Trail
 DeKalb County held an official unveiling earlier this month of a sign renaming a 3.8-mile trail for former first lady Michelle Obama. The trail, which is connected to Gresham Park, begins at 2946 Clifton Springs Road in Decatur near the Georgia State University- Perimeter College Campus. DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson, who attended the...

8:17 PM Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

DeKalb County held an official unveiling earlier this month of a sign renaming a 3.8-mile trail for former first lady Michelle Obama. The trail, which is connected to Gresham Park, begins at 2946 Clifton Springs Road in Decatur near the Georgia State University- Perimeter College Campus. DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson, who attended the...
DeKalb ethics officer, board members cleared in complaint
 The DeKalb Board of Ethics and ethics officer Stacey Kalberman have been cleared of ethics complaints related to their support of a bill that would have addressed concerns about how its members are appointed. State Rep. Vernon Jones and DeKalb residents Rhea Johnson and Amos King filed a total of four complaints accusing Kalberman...

3:24 PM Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

The DeKalb Board of Ethics and ethics officer Stacey Kalberman have been cleared of ethics complaints related to their support of a bill that would have addressed concerns about how its members are appointed. State Rep. Vernon Jones and DeKalb residents Rhea Johnson and Amos King filed a total of four complaints accusing Kalberman...
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