Friday, May 17, 2013
Erin Shyr is featured in a Youtube video about the scholarships.
Lakeside High School's Erin Shyr is among 26 students recently awarded college scholarship funding from DeKalb County. Shyr is featured in a video about the awards, along with a student from Southwest DeKalb High School and two Tucker High School students. Learn more about the scholarships, which were presented this past on Tuesday by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to 26 DeKalb high school seniors accepted into a two- or four-year college or vocational training program.
Twenty-six DeKalb high school seniors will be presented with college scholarships during the first DeKalb County Education Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony on Tuesday May 14 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the county announced Friday. The scholarships, up to $5,000, will be given to DeKalb county school district seniors accepted into a two- or four-year college or vocational training program, the county said in a press release. DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the DeKalb County School District created the DeKalb Education Scholarship Fund, an effort that raised $120,000. A selection committee formed by the chamber reviewed more than 135 applications. Award-winning students were picked based on …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The new DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander toured the county Monday, including Oak Grove Market where he visited with residents.
New DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander said Monday his department must do everything it can to decrease crime in the community and the county as a whole. The new chief, hired in February, was sworn in Monday morning and spent the day touring parts of the county, including Oak Grove Market. Alexander and county CEO Burrell Ellis met with lunchtime diners and local political figures who stopped by for the event, including District 4's DeKalb County Board of Education member Jim McMahan and his predecessor H. Paul Womack, both nearby residents. In an interview with Patch before he left, Alexander talked about his policing priorities, and Ellis addressed a comment by District 5 county Commissioner Lee May at a recent Lakeside City …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The county bought 4.7 acres at 1996 Chrysler Drive for $275,000 in January.
Thursday, March 7
The DeKalb County Natural Resources Management Office recently bought 4.7 acres of property located at Briarcliff Road and Chrysler Drive for conversion into parkland. In January, the county purchased the property at 1996 Chrysler Drive in Atlanta for $275,000, negotiating with the former property owner to reduce the purchase price to cover the cost of all cleanup and restoration efforts. Prior to the purchase, the Natural Resouces Management Office sumitted an application to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to receive a Limitation of Liability under the Georgia Brownfields Program. The Limitation of Liability provides prospective property purchasers an opportunity to identify and mitgate environrmental issues on a …
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week the county has reached a point where incorporations could harm essential county services.
DeKalb County has reached a "tipping point" where continued incorporations of unincorporated county land could harm the county's ability to fund essential services such as courts, elections and libraries, county CEO Burrell Ellis said this week – services all county residents use regardless of whether they live in a city. Ellis' remarks were released in a statement to Patch, but, speaking at a community meeting in Tucker on Tuesday, he also said he understands the desire for cityhood but that historically, new cities often encounter difficulties meeting their fiscal goals, and end up having to raise taxes just to meet basic needs. "You'll still be DeKalb citizens," he said, emphasizing that new cities cannot isolate themselves from their …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer says absolutely not.
The position of county CEO has for years been on shaky ground in DeKalb County. Sitting CEO Burrell Ellis has faced questions about the position's necessity in the past and successfully fended them off. But after the district attorney raided Ellis' home as part of an investigation into the county's watershed operations last month, local media and elected officials have questioned whether it might be worth pushing to eliminate the position once and for all. DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer, a long-time critic of the CEO position, said she still supported its elimination Tuesday. "This form of government doesn't work," she said. "I'm in my 21st year [as a commissioner], it does not work. We're not the federal government…
Friday, February 1, 2013
"A fractured county will not lift us out of the economic recession," DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis said Tuesday.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week recent and ongoing cityhood movements and annexations harm county services, and the state legislature needs to grant the county more oversight over these issues. Continued withdrawls of land from unincorporated DeKalb County into existing or new municipalities also threaten to slow the county's economic recovery, Ellis said Tuesday before a group of county businessmen Tuesday in his 2013 State of the County speech. The speech was given at the Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center off Clairmont Road. Here is the text of Ellis' thoughts specifically on those two issues: During the past two years, DeKalb County has been forced to take a defensive posture at the Georgia General Assembly. …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The morning event at the Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center will cost $25.
Monday, January 7, 2013
DeKalb County authorities executed search warrants Monday morning at the home and office of Burrell Ellis.
DeKalb County investigators searched the home and office of county CEO Burrell Ellis on Monday morning. From a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Three unmarked police cars were parked outside Ellis’s home in the Southland subdivision, Channel 2 said. The search comes on the same day as Ellis testified before a special grand jury investigating county watershed operations. Ellis appeared before local media shortly before 1 p.m. and said he's unaware of any wrongdoing by him or those within his office related to the department's bidding. He also said he hasn't had any inappropriate contact with county vendors that do business with the department. "We're just going to continue to cooperate [with the investigation]," Ellis said. "I don…
Friday, October 26, 2012
DeKalb County's CEO will hold the meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will hold a town hall meeting to discuss county issues with local residents next week. The meeting will be held at Clairmont Baptist Church, 3542 Clairmont Road, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The meetings are free and open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend. What would you ask the CEO? Tell us in the comments section below.