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Mangham, Adams backing Johnson

DeKalb Commission District 5 runoff candidate Mereda Davis Johnson has picked up endorsements from former opponents Gina Mangham and Gregory Adams.

CHASE to fight proposed Lithonia asphalt plant

Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment are preparing to oppose the construction of an asphalt plant at 1913 Rock Chapel Road in Lithonia.

Record number of travelers for July 4th

About 41.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for the Fourth of July holiday.

Henry sculptor to build King statue

The statue of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. that will grace Georgia’s State Capitol grounds in Atlanta will be created by Henry County-based sculptor Andy Davis.

Mall guards banned after fight

The three security guards who were caught on video beating a 15-year-old youth at the Mall at Stonecrest on June 27 have been suspended without pay and banned from the mall.

Ellis guilty on four of nine counts

Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis was found guilty on four of the nine counts against him on July 1 and was immediately taken into custody

School supply drives under way

School supplies are needed by July 13 for VFW Post 4706 and its auxiliary’s drive to serve 150 students in five schools.

New superintendent takes office

DeKalb Schools’ new superintendent, Dr. Stephen Green, took the oath of office on July 1.

Once-a-week trash pickup, start of a new era

After 76 years of twice-a-week garbage collection, DeKalb residents will have their trash picked up once a week starting July 6.

Police investigating beating of teen at Stonecrest Mall

Three security guards who were caught on video beating a 15-year-old at the Mall at Stonecrest on June 27 have been suspended without pay and banned from the mall.

Activists celebrate Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage

Rain didn’t stop more than 1,000 people from rallying outside the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta on June 26 to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that makes gay marriage constitutional throughout the nation.

Thurmond reflects on time in School District

On Feb. 8, 2013, when Michael Thurmond took over the DeKalb School System, it was teetering on the brink of a precipice.

Jury deliberations under way in Ellis corruption retrial

The jury in the corruption retrial of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis completed its first full day of deliberation on June 25 without reaching a verdict on the nine counts of extortion, bribery and theft he is facing.

Church, community mourn 9 killed in S.C. racist attack

Family and friends of the nine victims of the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME in Charleston, S.C., and church members are picking up the pieces of their shattered lives and burying their dead this week.

Candidate forums in Lithonia for District 5 runoff

Voters in DeKalb Commission District 5 can hear from runoff candidates Mereda Davis Johnson and George Turner at two upcoming forums in Lithonia.

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