Tuesday, February 5, 2013
A reader supports legislation to temporarily stop the creation of new cities and annexations.
Tuesday, February 5
By Tim Cairl Ever invited friends or family over for dinner and planned out an entire meal? Set off to the grocery store; list in hand, only to discover that several key ingredients were missing? This is the position in which our local communities may find themselves in only a few short years. The surge in local incorporation efforts has led to a cookie cutter approach to cityhood. This rolling and cutting of the county tax base is dangerous to the security of our school systems and support services such as 911 and police as well as sewer and water services, just to name a few. Legislation such as HB 22 introduced by State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver (DeKalb County) is attempting to force local elected leaders, developers and …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
A bill introduced by Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver "locks the doors on those neighborhoods ready to take the initiative of trying to find their way out of the abuse."
Sunday, February 3
By Virginia DuPre, resident of unincorporated DeKalb Within the professional circles that work with domestic violence, the definition of emotional abuse includes: making the abused feel crazy, playing mind games on the abused, controlling what the abused does - who they talk to/limiting involvement and access to others, making light of the abuse, not taking the concerns about the abuse seriously, saying the abuse is not happening, shifting responsibility from the abuser to the abused - blaming the abused for the wrongdoing. DeKalb County is guilty of all of the above in its actions toward its citizens. House Bill 22 introduced by Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver of Druid Hills illustrates and exacerbates the problem because it only locks the …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Great Start Georgia initiative dedicated to ensuring children get a great start in life.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The county has eliminated the $30 registration fee, effective Wednesday, Sept. 26.
DeKalb County is making its recycling service free to residents. Effective Wednesday, Sept. 26, the county is eliminating the $30 registration fee for curbside recycling making it free for DeKalb residents. “We think that by removing the cost barrier and increasing education on how and what to recycle, our citizens will embrace it,” said DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. The DeKalb Sanitation Division has a waste reduction plan and a goal to reduce landfill disposal of solid waste and increase recycling. The goal is to increase residential recycling from 21 percent today to 40 percent by 2016, or approximately 64,000 residential homes. Recycling is already available in all county buildings, parks, and recreation centers. DeKalb's …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Job seekers will meet representatives of government agencies and private employers.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
by Patch Staff The DeKalb Workforce Development Department is hosting its seventh annual Workforce Development Day Job Fair: Making ONE DeKalb Work on Sept. 21. The fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. The event offers job seekers the opportunity to meet with representatives from various departments and companies, including ONE DeKalb Works contractors and private sector employers. DeKalb Workforce Development’s previous job fair held in April 2012 was aimed at connecting skilled jobseekers with employers actively seeking qualified staff. The event drew an attendance of more than 1,300 visitors. As a result of the fair, 20 percent of those seeking gainful employment were hired …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Town Hall at Emory spurs discussion about proposed light rail projects
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd were among the participants in a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Emory to discuss the penny sales tax up for vote this summer. Voters in 10 Georgia counties including Fulton and Dekalb will decide in July whether to support regional transportation tax that would help pay for transportation projects around the metro area. Most of the projects would alleviate terrible traffic issues city-wide and bring more transportation options to areas that are lacking useful public transit. "We have the opportunity to do something about it," Ellis said about traffic in metro Atlanta. "It impacts us in so many ways." The Clifton Corridor project — a 10-stop light rail line that would …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A panel of local officials will discuss how the July 31 vote on the 1 percent regional sales tax for transportation projects will affect you.
Want to hear more local officials on how the regional July regional transportation referendum could affect you? You'll want to head to Emory University on Wednesday, April 25 then. They're hosting a discussion with a panel of local politicos regarding MARTA's $1.6 billion Clifton Corridor plan (formally adotped earlier this month) and Atlanta's transportation future. Among the speakers: DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd, MARTA CEO & General Manager Beverly Scott and Mike Alexander, chief of the Atlanta Regional Commission's research division. The discussion will be held at Glenn Memorial Church, 1660 North Decatur Rd., from 6:30pm - 8pm. The referendum for a 1 percent regional sales tax for transportation will be …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Money comes from federal COPS department
Fulton and DeKalb Counties were awarded federal grants Tuesday that police departments will use to fight child exploitation and sexual abuse. Dekalb County will receive $496,793 and Fulton will get $352,803 from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) within the United States Department of Justice. COPS Director Bernard Melekian came from Washington D.C. to Atlanta to hold a press conference Tuesday morning where he greeted the grant recipients and announced details of a national Child Sexual Predator Prosecution grant program, according to a media release. “Community policing has become an important tool in our efforts to secure the safety of all our citizens,” said DeKalb County Police Chief William O'Brien in the …
Monday, July 18, 2011
The day's top headlines for Monday, July 18, 2011.
Dash Receives Complaints From Neighbors, County. A Hot New Poncey-Highland Spot Under Construction. Tucker To Be Home of 9/11 Memorial. American Legion Post 66 Hosts Deployment Ceremony. Southwest Atlanta Artist at High Museum. Pink Christmas in July.