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Columbia/Rainbow Drive sewer upgrade completed

Crews completed a sanitary sewer improvement project in the Columbia Drive/Rainbow Drive area of Decatur ahead of schedule and under budget, the DeKalb Department of Watershed Management has announced.

DeKalb Chamber hosts legislative preview

DeKalb delegates to the Georgia General Assembly will provide an overview of the upcoming session at the DeKalb Chamber’s 2017 Legislative Preview Forum and Breakfast on Dec. 8.

Job workshop for immigrants with college degrees

Immigrants with college degrees who are seeking a job can attend a workshop on Dec. 8 at the Clarkston Library.

Metro jobless rate dips to 4.9 percent in October

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate declined to 4.9 percent in October. The rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from 5 percent in September. The rate in October 2015 was 5.3 percent.

Senior Connections needs volunteers for busy season

Volunteers are always needed at Senior Connections, particularly during the holiday season.

Kwanzaa craft-making lessons for school kids

School-age kids can get a lesson on Kwanzaa and create a keepsake on Dec. 10 at the Flat Shoals Library in Decatur.

Arts, gift workshops focus on the holidays

Kids can create unique holiday gifts at arts and crafts programs at the DeKalb Public Library.

Registration begins for King Parade marchers

Registration is open at www.dekalbganaacp.org for groups and individuals who want to march in the DeKalb NAACP’s 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Jan. 16. The deadline is Dec. 31.

Attorney to discuss ‘Keeping Kids Out of Prison’

Criminal defense attorney Clara King will discuss “Keeping Kids Out of Prison” on Dec. 14 at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House in Decatur.

DeKalb School District honors four top employees

Four DeKalb School District employees were recognized at the district’s fourth annual Academy of Educational Excellence Awards on Nov. 12 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Four students win computers at district’s inaugural College Fair

Four students won laptop computers at the DeKalb School District’s inaugural College Fair at McNair High.

County to break ground for new Ellenwood Library

County officials, DeKalb Public Library trustees, administrators and staff will break ground on Dec. 12 for the new Ellenwood Library, the first new branch since the Scott Candler Library opened in 2012.

Two get federal prison terms in deceased payee fraud cases

John W. Jackson Jr. of Decatur and Corry Sandlin of Marietta have received federal prison sentences and ordered to pay restitution for stealing their respective deceased parent’s government benefits worth more than $500,000.

Lithonia toy drive begins Dec. 5

The city of Lithonia kicks off its Toys for Tots drive for disadvantaged families on Dec. 5.

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20 DeKalb schools with high lead in water so far

Some 9,618 students at 20 DeKalb elementary schools were being exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water until DeKalb Schools identified the exposures and are removing them.

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Candler Road Wendy’s reopening after $500,000 makeover

The Wendy’s restaurant on Candler Road is expected to reopen Dec. 12 after a $500,000 makeover. The renovation, which has been underway since Nov. 5, is updating the look of the restaurant with its urban design that includes a red silo marquee.

Mangham's outstanding liens, bills amount to more than 100K

Randal Mangham now says he misspoke when he recently disputed a question about more than $16,000 in ethics penalties and unpaid property taxes. But those sums, courthouse and tax records show, are just a smidgen of the debts he’s run up since his election 16 years ago to the Georgia Legislature.

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‘10 Worst Toys’ list raises awareness of injury potentials

Parents and caregivers are urged to take precautions when buying toys as consumer watchdog W.A.T.C.H. issues its “10 Worst Toys” nominees for the 2016 holiday season.

Deck the halls, adorn tree with safety in mind

Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are more likely to be serious. The National Fire Protection Association says one-quarter of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems, and a heat source too close to the tree causes about one in every four of the fires.

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Wells Heritage Festival, Embrace Our World highlight diversity

New York Times best-selling authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley and J.D. Mason will keynote the Jubilee of Reading Book Club Conference on Dec. 3 at the Stonecrest Library as part of the Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival.