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Watson breakfast meeting relocates to Southwest DeKalb High

Commissioner Stan Watson’s DeKalb Community Breakfast meeting that for years has been held at Chapel Hill Middle School in Decatur is relocating permanently to the Southwest DeKalb High cafeteria.

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Car crash shuts down DOL career center

The Georgia Department of Labor’s DeKalb Career Center on Covington Highway in Decatur is closed indefinitely for repairs after a car flipped and crashed into a brick wall of the center on Feb. 28, causing a gas leak.

Community forum on BOC District 5 selection process

A community forum on March 5 will explain how South DeKalb’s long-awaited District 5 Board of Commissioners member will be chosen.

School choice enrollment deadline extended to March 3

Parents and guardians have an extra day to enroll their children in the DeKalb School Choice Program for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Former Atlanta superintendent Beverly Hall dies

Embattled former Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly, who was at the center of the schools cheating scandal, has died, a member of Hall’s legal team confirmed on March 2

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Homegoing service for Doris Wells will be March 4

A Celebration of Life service for retired librarian Doris Wells will take place March 4 at Clifton United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Wells, 65, died Feb. 27 at Northside Hospital after a brief illness.

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Retired Wesley Chapel librarian Doris Wells has died

Doris Wells, who left her stamp on the Wesley Chapel Library after 17 years there, died Feb. 27 at Northside Hospital.

SACS places DeKalb Schools one step closer to full accreditation

DeKalb schools moved one step closer to full accreditation on Feb. 26 after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced it has upgraded the district’s status to “Accredited on Advisement.”

Tobacco products, e-cigarettes harmful to health, teeth of young teens

Parents and caregivers can help identify health conditions prompted by tobacco or e-cigarette use in their children by paying close attention to symptoms such as bleeding, tender gums, oral pain and mouth infections, state health experts say.

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Weight-loss challenge benefits Decatur education nonprofit

Forty-seven competitors are vying for the title of Decatur’s Biggest Loser in the third annual weight-loss challenge.

Funeral service for Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones, the Southwest DeKalb High graduate who died suddenly last week at the University of Oregon, will be remembered at a Feb. 28 home-going service in Decatur.

Public sessions on East Metro CID

Commercial property owners, business owners, community leaders and stakeholders in the East Metro DeKalb CID boundaries can get information about the East Metro Community Improvement District at a series of public meetings beginning March 3.

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Issue of cityhood rooted in fear, mismanagement

I prefer staying on the sidelines – however, my outrage on the issue of cityhood has put me out front.

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Former DeKalb zoning official pleads guilty to bribery charge

Jeremy Clark, a former member of the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals, pleaded guilty on Feb. 19 to a federal charge of accepting a $3,500 bribe in exchange for his zoning vote in favor of letting a nightclub operate later hours.

Convicted Craigslist killers sentenced to life without parole

Centevious Stepp-McCommons of Atlanta and Malik Deshawn Rice of Covington will spend the rest of their lives in prison after both were convicted in the Craigslist-related murder of a grandfather on Aug. 19, 2013.

Jordan gets 25 years in prison for shooting Atlanta Police officer

Jermarcus Jordan is going to jail for 25 years for shooting an Atlanta Police officer in 2013.

Boyer’s husband pleads guilty on fraud charge

John Boyer, husband of former DeKalb District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer, admitted in federal court on Feb. 24 that he helped his wife defraud DeKalb taxpayers out of $83,000.

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DeKalb needs leadership on formation of new cities

The new South DeKalb city as proposed by the Concerned Citizens for Cityhood in South DeKalb would be smaller in land size than the city of Atlanta and would include approximately 294,398 residents.

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Troop 1210 ready to beat 2014 sales as Girl Scout Cookies return

Girl Scout Cookie lovers can find their favorites and two new flavors at sales booths popping up around South DeKalb this month.

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Immunization protects social, mobile youth

Vaccines are the best defense against preventable and sometimes deadly contagious diseases, and Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week serves as a reminder for parents to talk with their preteens and teens about immunization.