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'Pretty Little Liars' author to visit Decatur

'Pretty Little Liars' author to visit Decatur

DECATUR, Ga. -- A New York Times-bestselling author will read from her latest book in Decatur next month.

Sara Shepard is the author of the Pretty Little Liars series. The books were turned into a television show of the same name, which airs on ABC Family.

Crushed is the 13th book in the series. Shepard will speak about Crushed on Wednesday, June 5 at Little Shop of Stories.

Book Atlanta provided this synopsis of Crushed:

Colum McCann to speak at Carter Center

Colum McCann to speak at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- Irish novelist Colum McCann will read from his latest book at the Carter Center in June.

McCann will speak on Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m. His most recent novel, TransAtlantic, is his first book since winning the 2009 National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin.

Tickets to McCann's talk and signing are $10, or free with purchase of TransAtlantic ($29). They can be bought online or at A Cappella Books, which is located at 208 Haralson Avenue NE in Inman Park.

McCann's visit is sponsored by A Cappella Books and the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

"A Cappella Books continues to bring some of the most important writers in the country to Atlanta, and we're thrilled to work with them," AJC Decatur Book Festival executive director Daren Wang said in a statement.

DeKalb Deputy COO resigns

DeKalb Deputy COO resigns

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Chief Operating Officer of Infrastructure Ted Rhinehart has resigned.

Rhinehart's last day with the county will be Apr. 30. He is leaving to join a leading enterprise software company, according to DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

"Ted has had a remarkable 10-year career in DeKalb County," Ellis said in a statement. "We wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

Before becoming Deputy CEO in 2009, Rhinehart was DeKalb's Public Works Director, a position he held for more than six years.

DeKalb music official in running to lead FAMU marching band

DeKalb music official in running to lead FAMU marching band

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A DeKalb County Schools official is in the running to lead the famed marching band at Florida A&M University.

University officials say the search committee will meet Monday with two candidates for director of the Marching 100.

The two candidates are former Ohio University music professor Sylvester Young and Don Roberts, who is the instrumental music coordinator for DeKalb Schools.

In January, FAMU officials said they were starting over in their search for a new band director. They had planned to appoint Jorim Reid of North Carolina Central University, but they said Reid and the university disagreed over the duties of the band director.

The university changed the job following the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion.

New police chief sworn in

New police chief sworn in

DECATUR, Ga. -- Cedric Alexander is now officially the DeKalb County Police Chief.

Alexander was sworn in Monday morning at the DeKalb History Center in downtown Decatur.

He will spend the rest of the day visiting various locations throughout the county, including Cedar Grove Middle School, the Lou Walker Senior Center and the Oak Grove Market.

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April is National County Government Month. DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis said the county will spend the month raising public awareness about the roles and responsibilities of local government.

This year's National County Government Month theme is Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities.