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By Mark Brock   DEKALB COUNTY, GA—TheStephenson Lady Jaguars got its 2022 high school volleyball season off to a quick start with a sweep of McNair and Towers in action at McNair on Thursday night(Aug. 11). Stephenson opened the night with a 2-0 (25-3, 25-18) win over the host Lady Mustangs (0-3) to pick up its first win of the new season. The first set featured a fast 6-0 start by Stephenson (2-0) behind the serving of Morgan Shepard. McNair picked up three points and was trailing 13-3 when Stephenson went on an 12-0 run to close out the 15-3.…

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DECATUR, GA– The DeKalb County Board of Ethics will conduct a board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom at https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/88137432677. Join by phone at 602-333-0032 or 888-270-9936 and use conference code 171493.  Agenda Adoption of Agenda Approval of the Minutes of July 21, 2022 III.            Administrative Items Update on newly hired Ethics Officer Returning the Official Job Title to Chief Ethics Officer Update from the Chair A citizen’s advocate Hiring a communications consultant Public Comment Executive Session to Discuss Legal Matters Motion to Convene an Executive Session Motion to Adjourn an Executive…

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ATLANTA—Georgia State University faculty earned $164.2 million in research funding in fiscal year 2022, the highest total in university history. This is the eighth consecutive year research awards have topped $100 million, officials said. This year’s record surpasses the previous high of $150 million set in fiscal year 2020 and is $22 million higher than the previous year’s total. In the past three years, externally funded research activity at the university has climbed 9.5 percent. “This level of research activity is certainly a testament to our outstanding researchers at Georgia State,” said President M. Brian Blake. “The transformative work going on here…

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DECATUR, GA – The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will hold a Committee of the Whole, Special Called Meeting and Executive Session,Tuesday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m., in the Maloof Auditorium located at 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Georgia. The tentative agenda follows: Committee of the Whole Committee Reports Dr. Valenciano, Public Health Director – Monkey Pox Update The Mandela Washington Fellowship Program Review of the Proposed Executive Agenda for August 23, 2022 Review of Commissioners’ Preliminary Agenda for August 23, 2022 Special Called Meeting Executive Session Other Matters

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ATLANTA – MARTA Police Department arrested a suspect wanted for shooting a rifle in the parking lot at Inman Park Station on the evening of Monday, Aug. 8. The MARTA Police Criminal Investigations Unit, Special Operations Response Team and Tactical Field Officers took 21-year-old Alim Bridges into custody on Thursday, Aug. 11, at H.E. Holmes Station. “I want to commend our Criminal Investigations Unit for their outstanding work in identifying and locating this suspect,” said MARTA Police Chief Scott Kreher. “MARTA has an extensive network of cameras throughout the system and a near perfect record of apprehending suspects by our officers. We will always…

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DECATUR, GA –– The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit, with assistance from the DeKalb County Police Department K9 Unit, today arrested a suspect in the July 13 murder of Demario Kentrall Parrish at a Chevron gas station on Candler Road in Decatur. According to arrest warrants, Jimmy Holmes, 25, of Decatur is charged with Aggravated Assault and Murder, both felonies, for causing Parrish’s death by shooting him twice. DeKalb Sheriff’s investigators took Holmes into custody at a residence in the Candler Forest Apartments and transported him to the DeKalb County Jail.  

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STONECREST, GA—New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is helping thousands of area students start the school year on the right foot. The church, 5600 Woodrow Road, is hosting its annual back-to-school event on Aug. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. Senior Pastor Jamal H. Bryant and the New Birth congregation have expanded this year’s outreach to include the distribution of 5,000 brand-new pairs of shoes for school-aged students. Registration, which was required for all participants, is now closed. Families have been given a designated timeslot for arrival. “We have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our congregation and the community as…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA– Rockdale County is partnering with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center to host a small business training series. The sessions will be held on Aug. 24, Sept. 7, Oct.19 and Nov. 19. The Rockdale County Small Business Training program’s purpose is to support business formation, job growth and economic profitability as business owners and emerging entrepreneurs navigate changing economic landscapes. Training topics include funding, financial management, business planning, strategy, operations, marketing, and more. Business owners are encouraged to attend the in-person sessions and receive up to of $150 in gift cards to support their small…

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Join the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce for its upcoming Third Wednesday Luncheon on August 17, 11:30 – 1 p.m., with guest speaker Interim Superintendent of the DeKalb County School District Vasanne S. Tinsley. The luncheon will be held at Stone Manor Events Facility, 3113 Stone Mountain Street, Lithonia. Tinsley serves as interim superintendent of the DeKalb County School District, managing the day-to-day operations of a diverse educational system with more than 94,000 students, 14,500 employees and a budget of $2.6 billion. After a 25-year career in education and following her retirement in 2020, Tinsley was asked to return to…

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