Category Archives: DeKalb County

Clarkston Councilman Seeks to Decriminalize Cannabis

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(APN) CLARKSTON — City of Clarkston Councilman Dean Moore recently announced plans to introduce legislation to make possession of under one ounce of cannabis (“marijuana”) a traffic offense with a fine of five dollars.   Last year, seventy people in Clarkston went to jail for marijuana possession.  The estimated population of Clarkston in 2014 was 7,846.   “Our strategy is […]

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APN 2016 Primary Overview, Part Five: DeKalb County Races

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the May 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election races in Georgia, this article looks at several positions on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners that are up for reelection this year, along with several other DeKalb County seats.   Previously, Atlanta Progressive News reviewed the races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, […]

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Legislature Approves City of Stonecrest Referendum, Declines on Greenhaven

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor   (APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Legislature has approved a November 2016 voter referendum on a new City of Stonecrest in Dekalb County, while it did not approve a proposed referendum on a new City of Greenhaven, that also would have occurred in DeKalb County.   CITY OF STONECREST   SB […]

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APN 2016 Qualifying Overview Part Three: PSC, U.S. Congress

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(APN) ATLANTA — This article is the third in a series providing a broad overview of the Primary Election races taking place on May 24, 2016.   Part One looked at State House races for districts that encompass parts of Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/14/apn-2016-qualifying-overview-state-house/   Part Two looked at State Senate races in Fulton and DeKalb.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/16/apn-2016-qualifying-overview-part-two-state-senate-races/ […]

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APN 2016 Qualifying Overview Part Two: State Senate Races

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(APN) ATLANTA — This article is the second in a series providing a broad overview of the Primary Election races taking place on May 24, 2016.   This part will look at State Senate races for districts that encompass parts of Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   Part One looked at State House races in Fulton and DeKalb.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/14/apn-2016-qualifying-overview-state-house/   […]

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APN 2016 Qualifying Overview Part One: State House Races (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Candidate qualifying for  Political Party Candidates, Nonpartisan Candidates, Independent Candidates, and Political Body Candidates for Primary Elections and Nonpartisan Elections was held on March 07 through March 11, 2016.   A second round of qualifying for independent and political body [minor political party] candidates will begin June 27 and end July 01, 2016.   This article will […]

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City of Stonecrest Passes Out of Committee; Greenhaven is Tabled

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two cityhood bills involving DeKalb County are making their way through the Georgia House of Representatives: HB 613, provides for the incorporation of the City of Greenhaven; SB 208, provides for the incorporation of the City of Stonecrest, both in south DeKalb.   Stonecrest passed the House Governmental Affairs Committee, while Greenhaven was tabled in the House […]

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Residents Pack Town Hall Meeting on Chamblee Annexation

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(APN) CHAMBLEE — About three hundred residents from Chamblee and the proposed annexed area attended a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Lakeside High School to discuss the Chamblee annexation.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/02/11/city-of-chamblee-fixing-to-annex-much-of-the-lavista-hills-map/   State Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) updated the gathering on the Senate Study Committee recommendations on annexation.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/12/20/state-senate-house-study-committees-on-cityhood-annexation-release-reports/ State Reps. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), Mary […]

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MARTA Rail Expansion Half Penny Passes Senate Committee

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(APN) ATLANTA — Transit funding just got a boon, as SB 330, sponsored by State Sen. Brandon Beach (R – Alpharetta) passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, February 18, 2016, by a vote of eight to three.   The committee had to move rooms twice in order to accommodate the large crowd, and heard testimony from various […]

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Reform of Atlanta Citizen Review Board Underway, as Covington Forms CRB

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(APN) ATLANTA — Reforming the Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB), which investigates civilian complaints against police, is finally up for discussion at Atlanta City Hall.   Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr. (District 3) introduced proposed reforms toward the end of the council meeting on February 15, 2015.   Atlanta Progressive News reported that Samuel Lee Reid, director of […]

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City of Chamblee Fixing to Annex Much of the “LaVista Hills” Map (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) CHAMBLEE — Tonight, Thursday, February 11, 2016, during a public hearing called for 6:30 p.m., the City of Chamblee City Council will be hearing public testimony on a resolution to express their support for a referendum on whether to annex a northern section of DeKalb County that was formerly part of the proposed City of LaVista Hills (LVH).   […]

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Atlanta Quietly Growing Through Annexation Petitions

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta’s boundaries are growing, as more unincorporated neighborhoods in DeKalb and Fulton Counties are successfully annexing into the City of Atlanta, opting to use the petition method provided for by Georgia law, instead of seeking voter referenda.   Most recently, the City of Atlanta annexed the community of South Oaks, a small residential area in south Fulton, […]

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Officer Robert Olsen Indicted, Arrested for Murder of Anthony Hill

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(APN) DECATUR — On Thursday, January 21, 2016, after eight hours of hearing evidence, a criminal grand jury indicted DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen on six counts for the murder of Anthony Hill.   The charges include two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of making a false statement, and two counts of violation […]

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Encampment Builds Pressure for Murder Indictment of Officer Who Killed Anthony Hill

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(APN) DECATUR –– Demonstrators are braving below-freezing temperatures as they camp outside of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the lead-up to a grand jury hearing in the case of Anthony Hill.   Hill, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran and musician, was suffering a mental breakdown when DeKalb Police Department (DPD) Officer Robert Olsen fatally shot him last March.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/03/14/rally-hold-for-dekalb-police-killing-of-anthony-hill/ […]

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What Would Eliminating CEO Role Mean for DeKalb County?

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(APN) ATLANTA — State legislators, Gov. Nathan Deal, and many DeKalb County citizens are calling for changes to DeKalb County’s charter, to eliminate the CEO position entirely and move towards more of a county manager model.   State Rep. Scott Holcomb (D – Atlanta) has stated his plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the CEO position, although he did not […]

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