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Catch free outdoor movies at DeKalb County parks every week this month
 For the rest of this month, DeKalb  is inviting families to gather at parks across the county for free outdoor movies. The “Movie in the Park” series  begins this week, with showings on Tuesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 11. Then, the events run every Tuesday until July 30. Each movie is rated PG-13 and will begin around 8:30...

Posted: 9 days ago

For the rest of this month, DeKalb is inviting families to gather at parks across the county for free outdoor movies. The “Movie in the Park” series begins this week, with showings on Tuesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 11. Then, the events run every Tuesday until July 30. Each movie is rated PG-13 and will begin around 8:30...
DeKalb allows police department to access private license plate readers
 DeKalb police officers will soon tap into private license plate readers stationed in communities across the county. The county commission voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve an agreement with Flock Safety, an Atlanta-based company that markets itself as a crime-solving tool for neighborhoods. Communities can purchase one of Flock’s license...

Posted: 9 days ago

DeKalb police officers will soon tap into private license plate readers stationed in communities across the county. The county commission voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve an agreement with Flock Safety, an Atlanta-based company that markets itself as a crime-solving tool for neighborhoods. Communities can purchase one of Flock’s license...
So long, potholes: County finishes half of its road repaving for the year
 DeKalb County’s worst roads are gradually getting smoother. Officials announced Monday that crews have repaved 50 miles of DeKalb’s streets, reaching half of their goal for the year. That spans more than 180 roads, the county said in a statement. The first 100 miles of road resurfacing costs about $40.9 million, funds the county...

Posted: 9 days ago

DeKalb County’s worst roads are gradually getting smoother. Officials announced Monday that crews have repaved 50 miles of DeKalb’s streets, reaching half of their goal for the year. That spans more than 180 roads, the county said in a statement. The first 100 miles of road resurfacing costs about $40.9 million, funds the county...
DeKalb has violated ambulance contract, city declares
 Adding another layer to a years-long saga, the city of Dunwoody has formally declared that DeKalb County is in violation of its agreement to ensure ambulances arrive on time to emergency calls. A resolution passed by the City Council on Monday  states  the countywide ambulance provider American Medical Response has failed to meet required...

Posted: 10 days ago

Adding another layer to a years-long saga, the city of Dunwoody has formally declared that DeKalb County is in violation of its agreement to ensure ambulances arrive on time to emergency calls. A resolution passed by the City Council on Monday states the countywide ambulance provider American Medical Response has failed to meet required...
New foundation aims to raise funds for Dunwoody police officers
 A group of Dunwoody residents has banded together in support of the city’s police officers and their families. The newly formed Dunwoody Police Foundation is a charitable organization led by a seven-member board. The group began meeting in April, when the police department celebrated its 10-year anniversary. The foundation aims to support...

Posted: 10 days ago

A group of Dunwoody residents has banded together in support of the city’s police officers and their families. The newly formed Dunwoody Police Foundation is a charitable organization led by a seven-member board. The group began meeting in April, when the police department celebrated its 10-year anniversary. The foundation aims to support...
DeKalb firefighters rescue 2 puppies locked in hot car
 DeKalb County firefighters on Sunday rescued two puppies from a car after their owner accidentally locked themselves out. “Calls like these too often lack happy endings, and yes the puppies are fine,” DeKalb County Fire Rescue wrote in a post on social media. The post reminded drivers to always double-check before locking cars...

Posted: 10 days ago

DeKalb County firefighters on Sunday rescued two puppies from a car after their owner accidentally locked themselves out. “Calls like these too often lack happy endings, and yes the puppies are fine,” DeKalb County Fire Rescue wrote in a post on social media. The post reminded drivers to always double-check before locking cars...
For city largely left out of development boom, new complex could signal change
 The adjectives used to describe this piece of land have not been kind: A “sea of asphalt.” “Desolate.” “A black hole.” It’s a bleak shopping center just outside the Perimeter in Doraville, but developers are hoping to change that. A large-scale redevelopment could give new life to the property through...

Posted: 10 days ago

The adjectives used to describe this piece of land have not been kind: A “sea of asphalt.” “Desolate.” “A black hole.” It’s a bleak shopping center just outside the Perimeter in Doraville, but developers are hoping to change that. A large-scale redevelopment could give new life to the property through...
Here’s how your property taxes in DeKalb could change this year
 Property tax rates are either staying the same or decreasing for residents of DeKalb County, although homeowners may still have to pay more compared to last year because of rising property values. The DeKalb County commission is expected to keep the county’s tax rate flat for residents of Stonecrest and unincorporated areas and slightly...

Posted: 10 days ago

Property tax rates are either staying the same or decreasing for residents of DeKalb County, although homeowners may still have to pay more compared to last year because of rising property values. The DeKalb County commission is expected to keep the county’s tax rate flat for residents of Stonecrest and unincorporated areas and slightly...
DeKalb police could get access to license plate readers in neighborhoods
 The DeKalb County Police Department is hoping to add more private cameras to its crime-fighting toolkit.  Officers could soon gain access to devices that automatically log the license plate numbers of cars in dozens of communities across the county. The county commission is set to vote Tuesday on the agreement with Flock...

Posted: 10 days ago

The DeKalb County Police Department is hoping to add more private cameras to its crime-fighting toolkit.  Officers could soon gain access to devices that automatically log the license plate numbers of cars in dozens of communities across the county. The county commission is set to vote Tuesday on the agreement with Flock...
DeKalb city could get new neighborhood of 36 small homes
 One of DeKalb County’s tiniest cities is continuing its venture into the world of smaller houses. The city of Clarkston on Tuesday took the first step toward allowing a developer to build a new neighborhood of cottage-style homes on smaller-than-normal lots. The new 36-home subdivision would sit in the southeast corner of the small...

Posted: 13 days ago

One of DeKalb County’s tiniest cities is continuing its venture into the world of smaller houses. The city of Clarkston on Tuesday took the first step toward allowing a developer to build a new neighborhood of cottage-style homes on smaller-than-normal lots. The new 36-home subdivision would sit in the southeast corner of the small...
DeKalb neighborhood unites for fun 4th after hundreds of American flags stolen
 Hundreds of small American flags were stolen from a DeKalb County neighborhood just before the Fourth of July, but that didn’t keep the community from celebrating a patriotic Independence Day. The theft of the 500 flags in late June surprised the Druid Hills neighborhood, which has held an annual Fourth of July parade since 1976, Channel...

Posted: 13 days ago

Hundreds of small American flags were stolen from a DeKalb County neighborhood just before the Fourth of July, but that didn’t keep the community from celebrating a patriotic Independence Day. The theft of the 500 flags in late June surprised the Druid Hills neighborhood, which has held an annual Fourth of July parade since 1976, Channel...
See a ‘bubbleologist’ put on a bubble show for free this weekend
 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand inside a bubble? Now’s your chance to find out. The Dunwoody Nature Center is hosting a free “bubble show” on Saturday by “Bo the Bubbleologist,” who has been putting on bubble shows for 22 years. She will show off large bubbles...

Posted: 13 days ago

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand inside a bubble? Now’s your chance to find out. The Dunwoody Nature Center is hosting a free “bubble show” on Saturday by “Bo the Bubbleologist,” who has been putting on bubble shows for 22 years. She will show off large bubbles...
Visit DeKalb County’s pools for free on July 4th
 The Fourth of July is expected to be hot and muggy this year, so what better way to cool down than by visiting a local pool? DeKalb County is offering free admission to its public pools (except one) from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday.  DeKalb’s pools usually cost $3 for people over 17 and $2 for youth ages 3 to 17. Browns Mill...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Fourth of July is expected to be hot and muggy this year, so what better way to cool down than by visiting a local pool? DeKalb County is offering free admission to its public pools (except one) from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday.  DeKalb’s pools usually cost $3 for people over 17 and $2 for youth ages 3 to 17. Browns Mill...
For second year, no U.S. citizen swearing-in at July Fourth parade
 For the second year in a row, the federal government has declined an invitation to swear in a group of new United States citizens at the Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade. From 2015 to 2017, dozens of new citizens recited the Oath of Allegiance at the end of the parade, said Pam Tallmadge, a city councilwoman who also co-chairs the parade, which...

Posted: 15 days ago

For the second year in a row, the federal government has declined an invitation to swear in a group of new United States citizens at the Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade. From 2015 to 2017, dozens of new citizens recited the Oath of Allegiance at the end of the parade, said Pam Tallmadge, a city councilwoman who also co-chairs the parade, which...
starbucks reopens
A popular Starbucks location in Little Five Points reopened after a vandalism last month forced it to close. (Credit: J.D. Capelouto/ jdcapelouto@ajc.com)

Posted: 16 days ago

A popular Starbucks location in Little Five Points reopened after a vandalism last month forced it to close. (Credit: J.D. Capelouto/ jdcapelouto@ajc.com)
After recent break-ins, Dunwoody police say to not hesitate calling 911
 Dunwoody police are providing safety tips to residents after a spate of recent home and car break-ins. Police Chief Billy Grogan and other department leaders met with members of the Dunwoody North Civic Association on Monday to discuss the recent crimes and how homeowners can stay vigilant. According to a map provided by the police department...

Posted: 16 days ago

Dunwoody police are providing safety tips to residents after a spate of recent home and car break-ins. Police Chief Billy Grogan and other department leaders met with members of the Dunwoody North Civic Association on Monday to discuss the recent crimes and how homeowners can stay vigilant. According to a map provided by the police department...
Your trash pickup in DeKalb could be altered for Fourth of July holiday
 In observance of the Fourth of July holiday this week, the trash and recycling pickup schedule in DeKalb County is being slightly altered. If your garbage, recycling and yard trimmings are normally picked up on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, your collection schedule will not change, the county said in a statement. On Thursday, July...

Posted: 16 days ago

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday this week, the trash and recycling pickup schedule in DeKalb County is being slightly altered. If your garbage, recycling and yard trimmings are normally picked up on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, your collection schedule will not change, the county said in a statement. On Thursday, July...
Developer illegally cut down thousands of trees near river, county officials say
 DeKalb County officials have ordered a Michigan-based developer to stop work on a 100-acre lot off Moreland Avenue, where they say thousands of trees were cut down without the proper permits. Channel 2 Action News reported that earlier this year, the county alerted property owner Crown Enterprises to several possible environmental law...

Posted: 16 days ago

DeKalb County officials have ordered a Michigan-based developer to stop work on a 100-acre lot off Moreland Avenue, where they say thousands of trees were cut down without the proper permits. Channel 2 Action News reported that earlier this year, the county alerted property owner Crown Enterprises to several possible environmental law...
Doraville appoints replacement as longtime police chief takes state post
 Doraville is officially without its long-serving police chief, after he was appointed to replace a state official who was indicted on fraud charges. John King, who had led the police department since 2002, was sworn in Monday as Georgia’s insurance commissioner, becoming the first Hispanic constitutional officer in state history. Sunday...

Posted: 16 days ago

Doraville is officially without its long-serving police chief, after he was appointed to replace a state official who was indicted on fraud charges. John King, who had led the police department since 2002, was sworn in Monday as Georgia’s insurance commissioner, becoming the first Hispanic constitutional officer in state history. Sunday...
Where to watch July Fourth fireworks and other free events in DeKalb County
 Are you hoping to avoid the crowds at Atlanta’s major Fourth of July celebrations like the fireworks show at Centennial Olympic Park? Look no further than free, local celebrations in communities across DeKalb County. There is even a celebration on July 3, if you’re impatient to get your patriotic fix. Here are details on some...

Posted: 17 days ago

Are you hoping to avoid the crowds at Atlanta’s major Fourth of July celebrations like the fireworks show at Centennial Olympic Park? Look no further than free, local celebrations in communities across DeKalb County. There is even a celebration on July 3, if you’re impatient to get your patriotic fix. Here are details on some...
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