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DEC. 26, 2014 — JANUARY. 8, 2015 • VOL. 6 — NO. 26
Predictions for 2015
Kroger gas station denied COMMUNITY 2
‘Urban camping’ Homeless: Don’t sleep here PUBLIC SAFETY 17
The year brought out smiles in all of us, no matter if we were painting, dancing, counting or playing sports — it was good to live in one of the Reporter Newspapers communities. We’ve selected a few of our favorite cover photos from 2014, shown here, with more on pages 8-9.
COMMENTARY 12-13 Far left, Sammy Lesser, 4, shows off his “inner artist,” with mom Nancy’s help, during Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days Festival at Brook Run Park on April 26. Left, Blaire Bodell, 8, left, and sister Mara, 2, dance before an audience of “bunnies” at the Ashford Park Easter egg hunt in Brookhaven on April 12. Below, Simoni Castillo, nanny for Ansley Shane, 1, helps compare toes with Brutus, a Mastiff, during a program at the Buckhead Branch Library on July 17.
YEAR IN REVIEW
Below, left, Julia Rutledge, front, with Susanna Robinson, back left, show “gator glory” during the Sandy Springs Youth Sports baseball and softball Opening Ceremonies and Parade at the Morgan Falls Athletic Complex on March 8. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER
In DeKalb government, the Jesters offer ‘one-stop shopping’ BY JOE EARLE
The Jesters joke they soon will offer DeKalb taxpayers “one-stop shopping.” “It’s one-stop shopping for people who want to complain [about county taxes or school problems],” Nancy Jester said. “You just call a Jester.” Nancy Jester was sworn in Dec. 8 as the newest member of the DeKalb County Commission. On Jan. 5, her husband Stan Jester, will be sworn in as a member of the DeKalb County school board. Suddenly, the Dunwoody couple will consolidate a pair of the highest-ranking jobs in county government under
one roof. “This is the kitchen cabinet,” Nancy Jester joked one recent Saturday morning as the pair sat at their kitchen table during a break between their children’s weekend ball games. “It’s us sitting around the kitchen table.” The Jesters met in Texas, where Stan grew up and Nancy, who was born in Columbus, Ga., was working at the time. They married, had their first child, and then moved to Georgia in 2003-4, they said. They now have three children -- a daughter, now 11, and two sons, 9 and 7. They got their start in DeKalb politics after their daugh-
ter enrolled in a DeKalb school. The two, now both 43, say they were like a lot of young DeKalb parents who didn’t like what they saw going on with the school administration and board at the time. There Nancy and Stan Jester were charges of corruption and dysfunction and Nancy Jester believed the school board was out of touch with parents. “None of the board members had kids in school,” she said. She started as a blogger, writing online for parents about CONTINUED ON PAGE 19