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DeKalb mayor searching for delegate to fill alderman term

By Mikah Walker | October 9, 2019

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith is requesting suggestions from the community on who might be open to filling the term of Fourth Ward Alderman Pat Fagan. His seat was resigned as of Sept. 26.The next aldermanic elections are in April 2021 according to City Manager...

Dan Kenney, executive director of DeKalb County Community Gardens, (left) sets up a Grow Mobile food distribution in Kingston with  Christy Westman, Grow Mobile Program coordinator in 2019.

Potluck pantry to accommodate federal workers amidst government-shutdown

By Sam Malone | January 23, 2019

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Community Gardens is hosting a potluck pantry for federal employees and contracted federal workers to receive free food and personal care products to aid with financial insecurities they may be experiencing as a result of...

In this Jan. 14 photo, DeKalb City Manager Bill Nicklas sits at his desk and reviews documents after stepping into the position.

Newly appointed city manager hopes to enhance city, university relationship

By Taher Zeituoun | January 14, 2019

DeKalb — Bill Nicklas is hired as DeKalb city manager to help strengthen community budget and repair financial infrastructure.The goal of the city manager is to ensure City Council policies are implemented effectively by providing management in regard...

City holds mayoral debate

By Clarissa Hinshaw | February 27, 2017

DeKALB — With the April 4 DeKalb consolidated election fast approaching, mayoral candidates participated in an audience-packed debate where they discussed issues, including local immigration policy.The debate, which was held 6:30 Thursday at the DeKalb...

Kari Gale, juior meteorology major, fills up her gas tank
Tuesday afternoon at Road Ranger, 125 N. Annie Glidden Rd.,

Gas tax will yield more revenue from “out-of-towners” than local residents

By Thomas Verschelde | August 30, 2011

A gasoline tax was increased in DeKalb to fund the construction of a new police station. The tax was approved by the city council on Aug. 8 and will increase from 2 cents to 3.5 cents per gallon. "We are in bad need of a new police facility," said DeKalb...

DeKalb Township will be partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers
to provide soldiers overseas with prepaid calling cards. Donations
can be dropped off at the DeKalb Township offices, located at 2323
S. Fourth St., near the I-88 tollway.

Support our troops, donate a cell phone

By Thomas Verschelde | August 24, 2011

The DeKalb Township will partner with Cell Phones for Soldiers to help provide soldiers overseas with prepaid calling cards so they can stay in touch with their loved ones.Sarah Merritt, public relations representative for Cell Phones for Soldiers, said...

A vision near completion

By John Bachmann | October 17, 2010

Although he wasn't able to see it himself, Frank Van Buer's hope for downtown DeKalb becoming revitalized is almost complete. Van Buer was DeKalb Mayor from 2005 until his death in July of 2008 from pancreatic cancer. Mary Beth, Frank's wife, said her...

DeKalb Mayor removes Plan Commission chairman

By John Bachmann | September 24, 2010

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen removed John Guio as chairman of the Plan Commission due to an ethics violation.Povlsen said the decision to remove Guio was made when he would not refrain himself for taking part in a vote regarding a possible expansion for...

DeKalb Fire Chief strengthens department

By Taylor Thanos | September 20, 2010

"Relationships, trust and planning are the words that motivate me," said DeKalb Fire Department Chief Bruce Harrison. After being an active department member for over 20 years, Harrison, who believes he is simply "just the face" of the state-recognized...