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Results the same after District 5 school board recount

The results are the same after a vote recount on May 29 for the three top candidates in the District 5 DeKalb School Board race.

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Commissioners delay McDonald’s vote 30 days

A decision on whether McDonald’s Corp. can build a second restaurant on Wesley Chapel Road won’t come until June.A decision on whether McDonald’s Corp. can build a second restaurant on Wesley Chapel Road won’t come until June.

MARTA board to vote on new budget

The MARTA board will vote June 5 to adopt the transit system’s 2015 budget.

Lots to do at GPTC‘s free Family Fun Food Fest

Fun for all ages is on tap when Georgia Piedmont Technical College hosts its third annual Family Fun and Food Fest on June 7 at its Covington Campus

Self-publishing tips for aspiring authors

Aspiring authors can get tips on going into print at a June 7 Self-Publishing Seminar at the Decatur Library.

Library staff offering computer coaching

If you are stumped by emailing, Web searches and Microsoft Word, “Computer Coaching” at the Covington and Hairston Crossing libraries is for you.

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City of South DeKalb could change metro Atlanta's power dynamics

Now that the 2014 legislative session is behind us, we can draw a breath because the cityhood and annexation talk has abated. But everyone knows it will begin again for the next session.

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Black Cultural Expo returns to North DeKalb Mall on June 5

Just in time for summer camp trips, James Horton and his “Sights and Sounds Black Cultural Expo” will be back at North DeKalb Mall starting June 5.

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Older Georgians favor bill to fight age discrimination in workplace

Older Georgians strongly support bipartisan legislation to fight age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey unveiled May 29 shows.

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Poet, activist ‘leaves memorable blessing in hearts of millions’

Poet laureate, author, singer, dancer, teacher, mentor, and wise renaissance woman Maya Angelou died May 28 at age 86.

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Explore trails on BeltLine bike tour

Cycling and outdoor enthusiasts can hop on their bikes for a chance to explore parks and paths throughout 45 Atlanta neighborhoods during the June 14 Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour.

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Statewide initiative designed to make recess safer, more active

Recess in Georgia’s elementary schools is getting a makeover with a partnership among Georgia SHAPE, Playworks and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation.

Family, friends bid farewell to baby killed in shooting spree

Fourteen days after he was shot to death by intruders at his Stone Mountain home, family and friends buried 9-month-old Kendarius Edwards on May 24.

More rigor for HOPE starts in 2015

Students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015, will have to meet new academic requirements to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship.

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Summer reading fun for all ages

When school is out, kids who love to read flock to the library and, as always, the Vacation Reading Program is packed with lots to read and do.

Forum on Safe Routes to Schools

Educators, school administrators, local officials, PTA representatives, and other residents can attend a free, statewide Safe Routes to Schools forum on June 6 at Decatur High School.

Public hearing on school budget

Stakeholders can share their views on the DeKalb School System’s proposed $800 million fiscal 2015 budget at a June 2 public hearing at the district’s Administrative and Instructional Complex in Stone Mountain.

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Summer break kicks off 100 deadliest days for teen drivers

Over the next three months, some 783 teens will die in automobile accidents as the summer break, an influx of first time drivers on our roads, and more time for joyriding increase the risk of motor vehicle crashes.

Book touts Ga.’s farm-fresh cuisine

Travel writer Jodi Helmer will help foodies uncover some of Georgia’s most tasty treasures at an author talk on June 2 at the Decatur Library.

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Imani Book Club marks 22 years

Husband-and-wife writing duo Nick Chiles and Denene Millner will headline the Imani Book Club’s 22nd anniversary celebration on June 7 at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library in Decatur.

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Clarkston annex receives preservation award

The city of Clarkston’s renovation of an 1850s house into its City Hall Annex has earned a nod from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

VFW Post 4706 to get makeover

More than 150 Home Depot employees will give a much-needed face lift to the VFW Post 4706 in Decatur on June 5 as a 2014 Community Service Project.

PTA leadership training session

Newly elected and returning PTA officers and committee chairs, parent volunteers, principals, and staff can attend free leadership training workshops on June 7 at DeKalb Schools’ Stone Mountain headquarters.

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Give-A-Meal initiative offering food to homeless vets

Homeless DeKalb County veterans no longer have to go hungry thanks to Give-A-Meal, a new initiative that allows anyone with $3.50 to buy a vet a hot meal.

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Copper thieves strike Wesley Chapel Library

Staff and patrons at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library are sweltering as late spring temperatures soar.