DeKalb

City of DeKalb

DeKalb's Citizens Environmental Commission is working to curb plastic bag use in the city.

The Daily-Chronicle reports the group set up five bins around the city with reusable shopping bags.  Residents can pick up bags for use while shopping and either return them to the bin when they’re finished, or keep them for later use.  The group is also accepting bag donations. 

Unlike some municipalities DeKalb does not have an outright ban on plastic grocery bags.   

Beloved Community of DeKalb

President Barack Obama visited Dallas Tuesday in the aftermath of the killing of five officers protecting a Black Lives Matter protest last week. His comments since the event last Thursday have addressed racial tensions in that city and around the country.

Tackling issues of racial tensions has been part of a community dialog in DeKalb in recent months.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

The new virtual reality smartphone game Pokemon Go could be a game-changer for downtown DeKalb businesses.

The game is currently the top-grossing app in the Apple and Android app stores. That’s after being on the market for less than a week.

Pokemon Go requires the player to walk around in real life in order to catch different Pokemon creatures from the player’s smart phone. One function of the game is the ability to add a “lure module,” which attracts Pokemon to a specific location for a half hour at a time so people can come by and catch them.

Coltonville Road Bridge Reopened To Traffic

Jul 1, 2016

    The Coltonville Road Bridge is now open to traffic.  

The Daily Chronicle reports it’s twice as large as the old bridge and crosses the river three feet higher.  

The road was closed for ten months while the bridge was built.  It was delayed by cold weather and an initial shortage of steel.  

DeKalb County Engineer Nathan Schwartz says the final cost is likely to come to around $2.3 million. 

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

One DeKalb summer camp significantly reduced crime in one area of town.

Camp Power is a free summer program offered to University Village residents at the complex. It’s funded by a community policing grant and other community partners, and the goal is to provide academic tutoring, daily lunch service and other organized activities to child campers.

Give Local DeKalb County Raises Nearly $374,000

May 5, 2016

  Give Local DeKalb County considers its efforts a success despite technical difficulties. 

The charity campaign puts its unofficial donation totals at $270,000.  This figure does not include an additional $104,000 in matching funds. 

Giving hours were extended to yesterday afternoon after online vendor Kimbia’s servers were overloaded by donation traffic.  In total, more than 60 nonprofits took part in the campaign.  

Proudly DeKalb / Facebook page

A team from DeKalb is in North Carolina for the next phase of a competition that is spurring towns to create ambitious development plans.

Carl Nelson / WNIJ

The location of a parade meant to celebrate arts and culture was moved from a main road to a less busy one in downtown DeKalb. That’s because some businesses were concerned about road blocks interfering with prime Saturday business hours.

ARTigras was held for the first time last year and will be on May 7 and 8 this year. The festival’s 40-minute parade was originally supposed to go from First to Fourth Streets on Lincoln Highway, but it was moved to Locust Street.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

DeKalb is a step closer to the three-million dollar top prize in an unusual national contest:  The “America’s Best Communities” competition is helping towns invest more in their own revitalization plans.

  DeKalb has made the cut: the city is in the final 15 in the three-year-long contest. 350 communities started the competition: each round comes with more funding to help develop specific plans to improve their communities.

Target Corporation

 Target says it plans to add about 450 jobs at its DeKalb distribution center over the next several months. That will more than double employment at the site.

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