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Get those kites ready! County to host inaugural festival
 DeKalb County is hosting its first Kites Over DeKalb Festival this spring, officials announced this week. The county’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will put on the festival Sunday, April 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at Wade Walker Park in Stone Mountain. The free event, which is open to all ages, will feature...

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DeKalb County is hosting its first Kites Over DeKalb Festival this spring, officials announced this week. The county’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will put on the festival Sunday, April 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at Wade Walker Park in Stone Mountain. The free event, which is open to all ages, will feature...
Free DeKalb Women’s History Month event to celebrate nonviolence
 State and local figures will be honored at a Women’s History Month hosted by DeKalb County officials on Saturday. The program, titled “VOICES, A Free Women’s History Month Event,” will feature Robyn A. Crittenden as the guest speaker. Crittenden, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services...

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State and local figures will be honored at a Women’s History Month hosted by DeKalb County officials on Saturday. The program, titled “VOICES, A Free Women’s History Month Event,” will feature Robyn A. Crittenden as the guest speaker. Crittenden, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services...
Malnourished dog found tied to a tree, abandoned in the woods
 DeKalb police are looking for the owner of a malnourished dog that was left tied to a tree in the woods. Officers found the pup abandoned near the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center in Lithonia on March 10, the DeKalb County Police Department said in a statement Tuesday. Police said the dog was extremely thin. Anyone with information...

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DeKalb police are looking for the owner of a malnourished dog that was left tied to a tree in the woods. Officers found the pup abandoned near the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center in Lithonia on March 10, the DeKalb County Police Department said in a statement Tuesday. Police said the dog was extremely thin. Anyone with information...
Another metro Atlanta city could vote on a property tax break
 Voters in Chamblee could vote this November on whether to approve an increased tax break for homeowners. A bill in the Georgia Legislature would put a referendum on the ballot that, if passed, would raise the Chamblee property tax homestead exemption from $30,000 to $50,000. Homestead exemptions apply to people who own the house they live...

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Voters in Chamblee could vote this November on whether to approve an increased tax break for homeowners. A bill in the Georgia Legislature would put a referendum on the ballot that, if passed, would raise the Chamblee property tax homestead exemption from $30,000 to $50,000. Homestead exemptions apply to people who own the house they live...
After uproar over gas station plan, mayor vows to buy land, build park
 At a recent City Council meeting in Stonecrest, residents were up in arms about the plans for a gas station and convenience store in a wooded, residential area. But the mayor has an unconventional solution: He wants to buy the land and turn it into a park instead. Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said he made an agreement with the land owner for...

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At a recent City Council meeting in Stonecrest, residents were up in arms about the plans for a gas station and convenience store in a wooded, residential area. But the mayor has an unconventional solution: He wants to buy the land and turn it into a park instead. Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said he made an agreement with the land owner for...
Former GSU student sentenced to life for raping 3 women in parks
 A serial rapist who attended Georgia State University will spend the rest of his life in prison, officials announced Monday. Dominic Lawton, 33, sexually assaulted at least three women in DeKalb County in 2016, District Attorney Sherry Boston’s office said in a statement Monday. A jury convicted the Ocilla man of several charges...

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A serial rapist who attended Georgia State University will spend the rest of his life in prison, officials announced Monday. Dominic Lawton, 33, sexually assaulted at least three women in DeKalb County in 2016, District Attorney Sherry Boston’s office said in a statement Monday. A jury convicted the Ocilla man of several charges...
Traffic alert: Repairs will reduce busy DeKalb road to 1 lane
 DeKalb County plans to reduce part of a busy road down to one lane later this week to replace an aging water main. Drivers can expect delays in both directions on Glenwood Road in the area near Shoal Creek Park and Glenwood Hills Park from Wednesday morning to Saturday evening. Crews are planning to close down three lanes of Glenwood between...

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DeKalb County plans to reduce part of a busy road down to one lane later this week to replace an aging water main. Drivers can expect delays in both directions on Glenwood Road in the area near Shoal Creek Park and Glenwood Hills Park from Wednesday morning to Saturday evening. Crews are planning to close down three lanes of Glenwood between...
Limited on-site parking at Brookhaven spring festival this year
 Most people attending the free Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival next weekend will not be able to park at Blackburn Park, the city announced Monday. On-site parking will be limited to people who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a statement from the city. All other attendees will need to park at other locations...

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Most people attending the free Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival next weekend will not be able to park at Blackburn Park, the city announced Monday. On-site parking will be limited to people who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a statement from the city. All other attendees will need to park at other locations...
Would metro commuters ride a self-driving shuttle?
 A metro Atlanta community known for its industrial roots is on the cusp of becoming the first city in the state to embrace futuristic self-driving vehicles in the hopes of alleviating traffic congestion. The Chamblee City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would...

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A metro Atlanta community known for its industrial roots is on the cusp of becoming the first city in the state to embrace futuristic self-driving vehicles in the hopes of alleviating traffic congestion. The Chamblee City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would...
Lights, camera, street closures: Filming to shut down DeKalb roads
 Two North Decatur streets are scheduled to be shut down this weekend due to filming in the area.  Powell Lane, between Clairmont Road and Clairmont Circle, and Webster Drive, between North Decatur Road and Myrtle Lane, will be closed. The closures are scheduled to run from 4:30 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement...

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Two North Decatur streets are scheduled to be shut down this weekend due to filming in the area.  Powell Lane, between Clairmont Road and Clairmont Circle, and Webster Drive, between North Decatur Road and Myrtle Lane, will be closed. The closures are scheduled to run from 4:30 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement...
Coffee shop on Emory’s campus fails health inspection
 A popular coffee shop and restaurant on Emory University’s campus failed its health inspection earlier this week. The Depot by Kaldi's Coffee, located on Eagle Row between residence halls and a set a train tracks, scored a 60 on its inspection Tuesday. According to the report from the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Environmental...

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A popular coffee shop and restaurant on Emory University’s campus failed its health inspection earlier this week. The Depot by Kaldi's Coffee, located on Eagle Row between residence halls and a set a train tracks, scored a 60 on its inspection Tuesday. According to the report from the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Environmental...
What would a self-driving shuttle in metro Atlanta look like?
 Shuttles without a driver behind the wheel could be rolling onto a busy DeKalb County corridor. At a meeting next Tuesday, Chamblee City Council is set to vote on a resolution to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would fund a set of self-driving shuttles. The city has looked into the possibility of autonomous...

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Shuttles without a driver behind the wheel could be rolling onto a busy DeKalb County corridor. At a meeting next Tuesday, Chamblee City Council is set to vote on a resolution to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would fund a set of self-driving shuttles. The city has looked into the possibility of autonomous...
On ‘Passport Day’ in DeKalb, no appointment needed to apply
 Applying for a U.S. passport can be a hassle. DeKalb County officials hope to take some of that stress away with a special “Passport Day” next Saturday. Citizens can apply for a passport without making an appointment at DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry’s office from 8 a.m. to noon on March 23. Staff...

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Applying for a U.S. passport can be a hassle. DeKalb County officials hope to take some of that stress away with a special “Passport Day” next Saturday. Citizens can apply for a passport without making an appointment at DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry’s office from 8 a.m. to noon on March 23. Staff...
Dog adoptions are completely free this weekend at DeKalb shelter
 Dog adoptions at DeKalb County Animal Services’ shelter are completely free this weekend. LifeLine, the organization that manages animal services in Fulton and DeKalb, said in a statement that the shelter is “out of space” and urgently needs homes for 75 dogs. “We have more animals coming through our doors...

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Dog adoptions at DeKalb County Animal Services’ shelter are completely free this weekend. LifeLine, the organization that manages animal services in Fulton and DeKalb, said in a statement that the shelter is “out of space” and urgently needs homes for 75 dogs. “We have more animals coming through our doors...
Brookhaven looks to boost homestead exemption
 Brookhaven is looking to give homeowners a break in property taxes. The City Council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday night in support of an increased homestead exemption, which can be applied for by taxpayers who own the house they live in. City officials urged the Georgia General Assembly to pass a bill allowing for a referendum...

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Brookhaven is looking to give homeowners a break in property taxes. The City Council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday night in support of an increased homestead exemption, which can be applied for by taxpayers who own the house they live in. City officials urged the Georgia General Assembly to pass a bill allowing for a referendum...
Stonecrest moves forward on road improvements, pothole projects
 Stonecrest has begun work on multiple projects aimed at improving the look and feel of the city’s streets. A contractor has completed a digital analysis of the city’s roads that will determine their condition and outline a plan for how to best repair them. The project cost $71,000 in SPLOST funding and is aimed at analyzing...

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Stonecrest has begun work on multiple projects aimed at improving the look and feel of the city’s streets. A contractor has completed a digital analysis of the city’s roads that will determine their condition and outline a plan for how to best repair them. The project cost $71,000 in SPLOST funding and is aimed at analyzing...
Injured DeKalb police dog honored as hero returns to duty
 Exactly three months after being shot in the head and losing an eye, a DeKalb County police K-9 was hailed as a hero and received the Medal of Honor, the highest award given by the police department. K-9 Indi, who was injured after tracking down the man who had shot and killed an officer, officially returned to the police force Wednesday...

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Exactly three months after being shot in the head and losing an eye, a DeKalb County police K-9 was hailed as a hero and received the Medal of Honor, the highest award given by the police department. K-9 Indi, who was injured after tracking down the man who had shot and killed an officer, officially returned to the police force Wednesday...
‘Scalding’ bath water caused disabled man’s death, lawsuit alleges
 Though he was physically disabled, family members say Bradley Downing had a good life. The 41-year-old had graduated from North Gwinnett High School, competed in the Special Olympics and was relatively well-known. That was all taken away from him when an at-home caretaker gave him a bath with scalding hot water last year, later resulting...

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Though he was physically disabled, family members say Bradley Downing had a good life. The 41-year-old had graduated from North Gwinnett High School, competed in the Special Olympics and was relatively well-known. That was all taken away from him when an at-home caretaker gave him a bath with scalding hot water last year, later resulting...
Prefer tennis at night? Tucker is serving up new lighted courts
 The Tucker City Council voted Monday to spend $97,000 on lights at the Henderson Park tennis courts. The lights are expected to be installed by the firm West Georgia Lighting by the summer, the city said in a statement. “Our tennis courts get as much use as just about any amenity in our parks system and one of the constant things...

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The Tucker City Council voted Monday to spend $97,000 on lights at the Henderson Park tennis courts. The lights are expected to be installed by the firm West Georgia Lighting by the summer, the city said in a statement. “Our tennis courts get as much use as just about any amenity in our parks system and one of the constant things...
With school opening delayed, Dunwoody works on road improvements
 Dunwoody is set to spend $1.35 million in improvements to the street outside a new elementary school. Construction for the new Austin Elementary School is ongoing. Last year, the DeKalb County School District announced the school’s opening date had been pushed from August 2019 to January 2020 due to weather and construction delays....

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Dunwoody is set to spend $1.35 million in improvements to the street outside a new elementary school. Construction for the new Austin Elementary School is ongoing. Last year, the DeKalb County School District announced the school’s opening date had been pushed from August 2019 to January 2020 due to weather and construction delays....
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