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Ellis: “I never promised anything” to vendors

Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis took the witness stand in his own defense on Oct. 1 seeking to personally introduce himself to the jury that will decide his fate and hoping to counter nearly three weeks of prosecution testimony that painted him as a corrupt county official.

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Ellis may testify in his own defense

Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis may testify in his own defense in his corruption trial, his attorneys told Judge Courtney Johnson on Sept. 30 in DeKalb Superior Court.

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$1.3 million grant for 15 new police officers

A $1.3 million grant from the Department of Justice will help DeKalb pay for 15 additional police officers, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-4th Dist.) announced on Sept. 29.

Symposium targets sustainable growth

Southeast business and community leaders, elected officials, board members and others involved in community redevelopment and economic development will be in Atlanta for an Oct. 7 symposium hosted by APD Solutions

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Cleaner curbs on Candler

Candler Road curbs got some welcome attention on Sept. 24 leaving them looking almost normal.

3 Macks off Turner Hill landscaping

Stone Mountain-based 3 Macks Lawn Service is off the Turner Hill Gateway/Interchange Beautification project. The county terminated its contract with the company on Sept. 24.

Georgia, a new jobs growth machine

Georgia is among the nation’s leaders in job growth, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Charter conversation explores pros and cons of change

Curiosity and suspicion fueled “A Conversation About School Choice” on Sept. 16 at Overcomers Christian Fellowship Church in Lithonia.

Deadline to register to vote

Oct. 6 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

Sales tax holiday on appliances Oct. 3-5

The Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday is Oct. 3-5, and the state estimates that Georgians will save $2.6 million on eligible products over the three-day weekend.

Tax deadline looms for property owners

The first installment of DeKalb’s 2014 real estate and personal property taxes is due on Sept. 30.

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Clayton to speak at NAACP dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the DeKalb NAACP’s 58th annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner taking place on Oct. 18 at Saint Philip AME Church’s Family Life Center.

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Cleanup of South River, 2 creeks completed

Even as DeKalb officials were celebrating a successful cleanup of the South River, Snapfinger Creek and South Fork Peachtree Creek on Sept. 19, they were bemoaning the continuous dumping of tires into the county’s waterways.

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Ellis ‘yes man’ sings on his former boss

Kelvin Walton, a self-described “yes man” to suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, bared it all on the witness stand as the prosecution’s star witness against his former boss.

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Lee to portray playwright

August Wilson’s autobiographical one-man show, “How I Learned What I Learned,” will be staged at the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta on Oct. 7 to Nov. 2.

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DSA touring troupes open season

The touring companies of DeKalb School of the Arts students will dance, sing and act on Oct. 3-5 as their new season opens with eight performances at Kyle Theater in Avondale Estates.

Reggae in the Park fest on Oct. 4

Music lovers of all ages can listen to soulful sounds and soak up some rays for free on Oct. 4 at Reggae in the Park at DeKalb Memorial Park in Atlanta.

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Arabia Mountain teens vie for titles

J’haria Dallas, Miss Black Teen Georgia U.S. Ambassador 2014, will help crown Mr. and Miss Arabia Mountain High School on Oct. 4 at the Lithonia school.

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U.S. children missing out on recommended preventive care

Millions of children in the United States are not getting recommended preventive care, the CDC says in its Sept. 10 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement.

Oakhurst receives navigator grant

Oakhurst Medical Center in Stone Mountain is one of two metro Atlanta medical centers awarded grants totaling $460,000 to enroll people in the Healthcare Marketplace.