Citizens Academy

From the interim county CEO's office: DeKalb County Police Citizens Academy Free 12 Week Course. Every Tuesday, March 18-June 3rd, 7-9 p.m., East Precinct, 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia, GA.  Sessions will cover: Overview of the department, Crime scene investigation, Police scenarios, Citizen's court, Self defense, Gun safety.

MANA Newsletter 2/28/14

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Community Meeting  -  March 3, 2014; Neighborhood Watch meeting March 13.

County budget analysis from commissioner Jeff Rader

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: 2014 Budget Analysis.

Notes from 2/26/14 meeting on Cityhood

From Dawn Forman, Laurel Ridge neighborhood: 2/26/2014  7:30-8:30pm McLendon Elementary School. Representative Karla Drenner, Representative Michelle Henson, State Senator Steve Henson. Please Look for Action Items at the End of the Notes.  

DeKalb History Center lecture: History of The Champion newspaper

Event Date and Time: 
03/18/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

From Melissa Forgey at the DeKalb History Center: How it all started - The Story of The Champion At the DeKalb History Center's March 18 Lunch & Learn, Carolyn Glenn will tell the story behind the newspaper she publishes with her husband, Earl Glenn.  There's a sign on the wall in Carolyn Glenn's office at The Champion that reads, "All because two people fell in love." That's the short version of what is actually one of the most compelling stories in Georgia newspaper history.

Lifeline Animal Project backstory

From Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers: ".... [LifeLine CEO Rebecca] Guinn said there’s still a lot of work to do, but she’s pleased with what LifeLine has accomplished in Fulton and DeKalb.  “Where it used to be that 83 percent were dying [at the DeKalb shelter], in December, 87 percent left alive,” Guinn said.

County unveils "Smart911" system

From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "Smart911 users can create a profile that tells dispatchers details that can be crucial to help emergency responders, such as medical conditions of residents or the layout of a house in case of a fire...." [Read more.]  Also, this just received from the county via email: " I am assisting DeKalb County spread the word about the Smart911 service offered to residents for free. Smart911 allows people to create a Safety Profile that will be visible to 9-1-1 call takers in the event of an emergency call. Citizens create profiles for many reasons. Some want to make sure 9-1-1 knows they have a medical condition or allergy, others want to provide their exact address in case they call from a cell phone. You can also list your vehicle information, emergency contacts and even pets. Are there any opportunities for the Clairmont Heights Civic Association to help us educate residents? You can learn more about Smart911 from yesterday's launch:"

City of Lakeside bill passes Senate

From the Reporter Newspapers: "A bill to create a city of Lakeside in DeKalb County has been approved by the state Senate.  On Feb. 26, the Senate approved the Lakeside bill in a vote of 32-17, according to the Senate press office. If approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the governor, the bill would allow for a May 20 referendum for voters to decide on incorporating the city...." [Read more.]

County events update 2/27/14

From the interim CEO's office: Medline Livable Centers Initiative; Zoning code update; Electronics Recycling 3/15; Sweep the Hooch; Expedited commercial plan review.

District 2 update 2/27/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC summary; Zoning summary; CoW meeting; Embrace our green space race; Park Pride conference.

County extension service plant sale

From the County Extension Office: Just trying to link with local civic and community groups to let them know about extension educational opportunities and our plant sale that closes out March 10, pick up March 22. Great way for homeowners to get good plants, ornamentals and fruit plants.  Questions feel free to call me 404-298-4080

Thanks very much

Gary Peiffer
County Extension Agent
UGA Extension – DeKalb County
P: 404.298.4084
F: 404.298.3084

Eagle scout project at nature preserve

From the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve: Sean Fahey is working on an Eagle Scout project at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. He is connecting the existing boardwalk at the end of Pine Bluff with the bridge on the Outer Loop Trail. He is making good progress on the project and began building a section last weekend. He is still seeking financial support for the project. To date, he has collected $250 out of the $1000 project cost. For more details, see the attached flyer or contact Sean at

DeKalb market assessment report

From the interim county CEO's office: DEKALB COUNTY MARKET ASSESSMENT REPORT (Public Draft). As DeKalb County continues to work closely with AngelouEconomics to create this economic development strategic plan, your input and guidance are vital to ensure that the plan is produced with accuracy and that all of its components properly reflect the reality of the County and its strategic opportunities and priorities.  Angelou Economics used individual interviews and focus group meetings along with data intelligence and analysis to produce the first plan deliverable: The Market Assessment Report. Click here to view the report.  This report provides a detailed look at DeKalb's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, particularly in the areas of quality of life, workforce and education, business climate, and infrastructure. Significant strengths include high levels of investment in research and development, the highest number of patents per capita in the region, and a high percentage of citizens with a graduate degree. Highlighted impediments to growth include perceived problems with crime and K-12  education.   

MANA Neighborhood Watch newsletter February 2014

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association [original copy with images attached]: February 2014 Medlock Neighborhood Watch E-letter.  Neighborhood Watch Meeting has been rescheduled for March 13, 2014.  7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.  The Neighborhood Watch needs YOU!  The best way to prevent crime is through the Neighborhood Watch.  It is important that ALL residents are informed about issues that may arise.  The best way to inform everybody is to have a Coordinator for the 60 grids that make up Medlock Park.  Coordinators share information within their grid and with the Neighborhood Watch team.  It is as simple as keeping an email list.  We need coordinators for 30 grids.  Please contact us to become a coordinator, to find out who your coordinator is or to sign up for the Watch

Identifying native plants

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden: Join us this Friday, February 28, at 11:30 with George Sanko on Part 1: The language of identifying native plants starting at noon.  The following Friday, March 7, at 11:30 join George for Part 2: The language of identifying native plants and how to use the "Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas". Signs will guide you to the Plant ID Session.

Dog found on Wood Trail 2/24/14

From MANA: Found: nice dog needs help.  There was a post on the Medlock Neighbors Facebook page today about this dog.  This nice dog was found on Wood Trail today.  It this your dog?  Do you know where this dog belongs?  If so,  please go to Medlock Neighbors FB page and contact the person who posted the message.  OR -   contact Pat Camp at404 634 7267 or at   

Revised Fernbank school site plan

From the Fernbank PTA: On February 19, 2014, Dekalb County School District held a community meeting at the AMS location of Fernbank.  They presented a revised site plan for the new school.  Changes in this new plan are in direct response from requests made by the Fernbank School Council, Fernbank Foundation, Fernbank PTA and Community Members.

City of Briarcliff map redrawn to respect proposed annexations

From the City of Briarcliff Initiative: "Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (HD-82) will present an updated Briarcliff map to the Georgia Legislature that includes deferment to published annexations of existing cities.....

DeKalb Police Wanted notice for rape suspect

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: Wanted for Questioning In reference to Sexual Assaults.  The assaults occurred in the area around Clairmont Road and North Decatur Road. The suspect is described as being a white male in his 50’s, medium build and height. Suspect possibly has light colored facial hair.

County dog/cat adoption special for February

From LifeLine via Reporter Newspapers: DeKalb County Animal Services and LifeLine Animal Project are offering an adoption special during the month of February. During the My Furry Valentine promotion, all dogs and cats may be adopted for only $14.  Standard adoption screening criteria still applies. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm or combo tested, and dewormed. The normal fees for these services would be more than $200.

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