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Local teacher sets sail for science research

Hands-on learning is becoming increasingly important in the classroom as state tests change to reflect the hows and whys, not just the whens and wheres of a fact. One Decatur teacher is taking his hands-on learning experience on a research fishing vessel in the Atlantic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is charged with … Continue reading

Stone Mountain master blacksmith wrests art from iron

It’s hot when you walk into the studio at 951B Main St. in Stone Mountain. Really hot. The door is left open on nice days and box fans whirr as you see why: there’s a blacksmith forging right in the gallery space. Separated from the delicate glasswork he also makes, Michael Labbe-Webb pounds on a … Continue reading

Brook Run dog park redesign in the works

The saga of the Brook Run dog park continues. Originally due to be voted on June 24–will it stay or will it go?–the location of the dog park at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody is still under discussion. “We haven’t made any determination of where the park is going to go,” said Brent Walker, parks … Continue reading

Peachtree-Dunwoody house celebrates 20 years of helping families in need

With three children’s hospitals in the metro area, Atlanta is a hub for people seeking answers to their children’s complex medical problems. But when a child is sick, some things can fall by the wayside–such as securing a long-term rental, cooking a hot meal or showering. That’s where the Ronald McDonald House Charities step in. … Continue reading

Code enforcement officer goes the distance

Tom LaPenna, a Dunwoody code compliance officer, said he was just doing his job when he drove to Savannah, citation in hand, for an unresponsive homeowner whose property was deteriorating.After moving to Dunwoody, LaPenna left his previous line of work in building inspection and applied on advice from an acquaintance for the new code enforcement … Continue reading

Chamblee millage rate remains at 6.4 mills

At a called meeting June 30, the Chamblee City Council unanimously approved a millage rate of 6.4, the same rate as the previous year. Mayor Eric Clarkson said he would have preferred a millage rate decrease, but with the 2013 annexation of Dresden East Civic Association (DECA) neighborhoods, the need for service in that area … Continue reading

CRCT scores improve in four out of five subject areas

Test scores improved for four out of five content areas examined by the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for students in third through eighth grades, according to a release from the DeKalb County School District. The scores were aggregated from results in all grades to produce an overall proficiency percentage. The results: • Reading – increased … Continue reading

Bingo used to deliver elder abuse message

Senior citizens in DeKalb should really only worry about B-I-N-G-O, not A-B-U-S-E. That’s the thinking behind the recent events hosted by DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston. Gathering seniors from the community for bingo, Boston discussed signs of elder abuse. “Unlike other types of crimes, elder abuse is a crime that doesn’t always get reported because, … Continue reading

Downtown Decatur parking meters to get electronic overhaul

  With clouded displays and finicky coin slots, downtown Decatur’s old parking meters could be a pain. Much worse is the scramble to come up with a handful of quarters at the last minute. But starting June 24, downtown parking got a little less frustrating. All of the city’s 300 downtown parking meters were switched … Continue reading

DeKalb SWAT forces: Special ops in the county

Up to 120 individual crimes occur each day in DeKalb County, according to CRIMETRAC, the crime statistics website used by county police. With those numbers, it’s only a matter of time before one situation becomes too volatile to handle with regular patrol officers. Luckily, it doesn’t happen often. And when it does, they call in … Continue reading

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