Saturday, May 18, 2013
Two students are featured in a Youtube video about the scholarships.
Tucker High School's Ramon Wyndell Johnson and Feven Laine are among 26 students recently awarded college scholarship funding from DeKalb county. Johnson and Laine are featured in video about the awards, along with a student from Southwest DeKalb high school. The video is attached to this article. Learn more about the scholarships, which were presented this past on Tuesday by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
Friday, May 17, 2013
A CID is a self-taxing district that uses additional property tax dollars to make transportation and infrastructure improvements.
After working several months on the project, volunteers with the Tucker Community Improvement District (CID) Formation Committee cheered when the DeKalb Board of Commissioners unanimously approved DeKalb’s third CID in the Tucker area. “I can’t express how pleased I am with all of the people who came together to make this possible,” said Honey Van De Kreke, co-manager of the Main Street Tucker Alliance and the Tucker CID Formation Committee. “This is the third CID in DeKalb and to my knowledge the only one formed totally by volunteers.” “After the success of the Tucker LCI and the Tucker Overlay District, there is now a funding mechanism that can improve the area such as accelerating transportation and infrastructure improvement projects…
Friday, May 10, 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. 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 financial need and merit. Ellis, …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week the county has reached a point where incorporations could harm essential county services.
Residents and elected representatives from northern and southern DeKalb County must talk to each more to solve issues before considering incorporations that could economically weaken the county, Commissioner Stan Watson said Wednesday. The Super District 7 commissioner said he would like to see a meeting between residents and elected representatives of northern and southern DeKalb County to hash out issues that have lead to serious cityhood discussions in the Lakeside High School area. "The citizens don't talk to each other," Watson said. "We have to get rid of the barriers that separate and find the commonalities that bring us closer together." DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week in a statement to Patch he believes the county …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A survey is being conducted to discover the effectiveness of DeKalb police.
The DeKalb County Police Department is conducting a survey of its citizens to gather impressions about county police services and how well they do their job. “Public Safety continues to be the county’s top priority,” said CEO Ellis in a statement. “I encourage all DeKalb residents to take the survey and provide the county with the information we need to plan for the future and preserve the safety of our county.” The image of the county's police took a hit last month when two officers assigned to the Tucker Precinct were arrested and charged with corruption. The 11-question survey is designed to glean feedback from DeKalb residents about county police services such as response times, roadside assistance, traffic citations, and satisfaction …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Burrell Ellis is holding a public meeting in town.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will be holding a community meeting in Tucker as part of an ongoing series in the county. The purpose is "to give citizens an update on county-related issues and an opportunity to discuss (them)," according to a statement. The local event is Tuesday, Mar. 5, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the home of Tim and Susan Ryles, 3646 Churchwell Court in Tucker. The meetings are free and open to the public.
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 frequent 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 this week.
Friday, February 1
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. …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Burrell Ellis worries about the impact of SACS' decision.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis reacted today to news that the county's education system has been put on probation for a year by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. "There is nothing more important in any community than the availability of high quality education for our children...I am greatly concerned about the potential impact of this decision by SACS on DeKalb County as a whole, and will continue to monitor the situation and to work with the BOE and the Superintendent to address these concerns. To that end, I am requesting a private briefing with DeKalb School officials for myself and the leadership of the DeKalb House and Senate delegations," said Ellis. The district is required to comply with SACS' demands by Dec. 31, …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Burrell Ellis carried a healthy lead over fellow Democrats Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson in Tuesday's primary, avoiding a runoff.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis easily fended off two Democratic challengers to his seat in Tuesday's primary. The incumbent, first elected CEO in 2008, walked away with more than 60 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff, according to preliminary returns early Wednesday morning, defeating Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson. He faces no Republican challengers in the November election, so his primary win is tantamount to victory. Out of 75,399 votes, Ellis had 45,867, though more than 5,000 absentee votes had yet to be counted. "We've always talked about making your priorities the priorities of this county. That's what we stand for," Ellis told a room of supporters at about 10:30pm. "Tomorrow we get back to work." In his campaign, Ellis …