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Johnson’s Tree of Love attracts 500 gifts for needy families

DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson’s annual Tree of Love campaign secured 500 Christmas gifts for needy children on Dec. 20, exceeding its goal of 300.

Service improvements, no tax increase in May's proposed 2015 budget

DeKalb interim CEO Lee May has proposed a 2015 budget that will resurface county roads and increase customer service for the Water Billing Department while maintaining last year’s staff pay increases – all without an increase in property taxes.

Corporate minutes scam reported in Georgia

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is alerting companies about solicitations from a firm called “Georgia Council for Corporations.”

Retirement Readiness workshop at library

Information on preparing for retirement will be available at the Dec. 22 Money Mondays session at Stonecrest Library.

Make holiday gifts more from heart than wallet

Dear Dave, My wife and I are still paying off debt, so we didn’t budget anything for Christmas. How much do you think we should spend on close friends and family members?

PCA to take heating assistance appointments next year

Low-income residents seeking help with their home heating bills through LIHEAP will have to wait until January or later to schedule appointments with the Partnership for Community Action to receive energy assistance.

Keep child safety in mind when shopping for toys, gifts

Christmas is less than a week away, and if you are still shopping, Safe Kids Georgia says you should keep child safety in mind, especially when purchasing ride-on toys.

Christmas worship services at Greenforest

To celebrate the real reason for the season, Greenforest Community Baptist Church is hosting Christmas worship services on Dec. 21 and Dec. 24.

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Mother charged with murder in fire that killed 3 children

Rockell Coleman, a 28-year-old mother, faces charges of murder and child cruelty in the deaths of three of her five children in a Dec. 12 fire that destroyed their Decatur home.

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Barnes Sutton hosting Toys for Tots drive

Families and individuals can help put toys under the tree for children whose families are struggling economically on Dec. 20 when DeKalb Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton hosts her third annual Toys for Tots drive.

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Tips to survive, thrive as you celebrate season

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can elevate stress and derail the best-laid health goals, but with a little planning, you can still have fun, celebrate with family and friends, and have a safe and happy time.

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Preparation is key to celebrations, travel for diabetic patients

Having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying holiday celebrations and travel. With some planning and a little preparation, you can stay healthy on the road and at holiday gatherings with friends and family.

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Oakhurst Medical receives ACA funding for quality improvement

Oakhurst Medical Centers Inc. in Stone Mountain is among 27 health centers in Georgia awarded $684,979 in Affordable Care Act funding for quality improvement.

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A Christmas of Togetherness: Family rebuilding lives after tough two years

After the toughest two years of her life, Shundra Smith has her family back together again.

Robbery suspects arrested in shooting of DeKalb Police officers

Ex-convicts Eddie Ball and Ivy Shumake are facing charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after a shootout with DeKalb Police Officers Tony Luong and Devon Perry on Dec. 12 at the Colony Ridge Apartments in Decatur.

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10 auto-loving quotes from a man who devoted his life to car design

Sponsored by Buick

Edward T. Welburn – most of us in the automotive industry may have heard the name – but let me introduce you to the legend. Welburn has been a General Motors employee for 35 years. He’s the current and first GM Vice President of Global Design. Yes, they actually created a VP position and title for him.

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The perks of owning an American classic car

Sponsored by Buick

Nothing can compare to the nostalgia you feel when you’re sitting at a stoplight and you see a well preserved El Dorado drive pass you. Everybody is looking.

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Remember the time Buick retweeted your here’s-my-new-car photo? We do.

Sponsored by Buick

There’s nothing like when somebody you admire retweets your tweet, right? You take a screenshot and tweet that because you want everybody to know important people see, read and retweet your Tweets.

17 months later, District 5 still waiting for representation

Seventeen months after DeKalb District 5 Commissioner Lee May was tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal to be interim CEO, the 140,000 residents of his district are still without representation on the Board of Commissioners.

Two DeKalb officers wounded answering home invasion call

Two DeKalb police officers are recovering from gunshot wounds after an early morning shootout on Dec. 12 with two home invasion suspects in Decatur.