35 years of MARTA History

Students organize community health clinic

Cross Keys High School student receives free eye exam.

A simple volunteer assignment prompted Communities in Schools’ caseload students to organize a health clinic at Cross Keys High School to address health needs in their community. “I think that this clinic was important to let people know what’s going on in our community and there are few people that know about these organizations and […]

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Craigslist murderers get life without parole


The so-called “Craigslist killers”—two men who used the classified advertisements website to lure and kill a potential customer–were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole Feb. 18. A jury had recently found Contevious Stepp-McCommons and Malik Rice guilty of setting up a bogus Craigslist ad and killing 56-year-old Clarence Gardenhire. Stepp-McCommons and Rice used […]

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DeKalb teams do well at state wrestling tournament

Lithonia had three wrestlers to place in the Class AAAA state wrestling meet. Photo provided

  The Marist wrestling program had its highest finish at the State Traditional Wrestling Meet with a second place finish in the Class AAAA meet. Marist was outscored 220-147.5 by defending state champions Gilmer County. Marist had two gold medal winners to lead them to the second place finish. Senior Kenneth Brinson became a three-time […]

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Former Marist baseball players earn preseason All-American honors

David Bourbonnais, a 2011 Marist graduate, was named preseason Honorable Mention All-America by D3baseball.com. Photo by Cari Dean

Two members of the Birmingham-Southern College baseball team who played baseball for Marist have been named preseason All-America by D3baseball.com. Seniors Blake Stevens (Marist 2011) was named Second-Team All-America, and senior David Bourbonnais (Marist 2011) was named Honorable Mention All-America. Bourbonnais, a pitcher and infielder from Atlanta, earned D3baseball.com First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-SAA honors last […]

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Transparency, other topics discussed at Avondale candidates’ forum

Avondale Estates residents listen to the five mayoral candidates during a fourm.

Transparency has become a concern for some Avondale Estates residents after the mishandling of an annexation bill by former mayor Ed Rieker, and residents are looking for a mayor who will keep them in the loop of all city business. Residents got an opportunity to question the five mayoral candidates about transparency and other topics […]

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Dunwoody dad picked for moms panel

Jason and Leanne Kaplan and their sons have visited all of the Disney theme parks in Florida including Animal Kingdom, Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. Photo provided.

Ten trips to Disney properties in Florida have given the Kaplans of Dunwoody shared memories of fun-filled family vacations. Now those trips and one-of-a-kind insight have qualified one member of the family as an expert in visiting the iconic theme parks, and he’s sharing his knowledge with prospective visitors. Jason Kaplan, a 40-year-old orthodontist, has […]

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Proposed south DeKalb resort up for a revote

After a procedural mess-up, the proposed Panola Slope Resort in south DeKalb will receive new scrutiny by county commissioners.

It’s been described as a paradise in the ghetto. And after a technical snafu, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will reconsider Panola Slope Resort, a proposed resort that would include an upscale seafood restaurant, a steakhouse and a tapas restaurant. Plans also call for a “barcade”—a restaurant/bar with various simulation and virtual reality games. […]

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Nomadic ladies ready for adventure


They are admittedly modern-day nomads. They travel whenever possible—sometimes alone, sometimes in a group and always with an open mind and a spirit of adventure. Diana Lee Pollidore of East Atlanta and Renee Marshall of Dunwoody are both members of the Nomadness Travel Tribe, a group of almost 9,000 predominately-Black members who share a common […]

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