African dance class draws an enthusiastic crowd

An intense drumbeat reverberates in the auditorium of the Clarkston Community Center as women, most of whom are barefoot, step and stomp and move rhythmically across the wood floor. On this Saturday morning, a group of about six women begin warming up as Adiellah Bates of Decatur, an alumni of The Uhuru Dancers, leads them […]

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Hopping to sunrise services and Easter egg hunts

One of the holiest of holidays for Christians is Easter when the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated with many churches holding sunrise and other spiritual services. It’s also become an anticipated time of the year for children and the young at heart who enjoy searching for treasures at Easter egg hunts. One of the […]

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Art has new home at Different Trains Gallery

Sarah Garvin and Shawn Vinson share a philosophy about art—that it should be affordable and accessible. The pair, who have combined experience of 60 years in the art world, opened Different Trains Gallery in 2017. It has two spaces—one at Cornerstone Bank of Decatur on Clairemont Road and the main gallery at 432 E. Howard […]

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Expressing personal passion through body art

  Tattoos are a prevalent artistic expression that dates back thousands of years. Discovered on early Egyptians as well as a man from the Ice Age, tattoos have been signs of love, religion, status and used as punishment. In recent years in the United States, tattoos have begun to have an elevated status with many […]

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Electronic gaming, dining and entertainment highlights of Wind Creek Casino

Feeling lucky or yearning to try to turn a few dollars into a few hundred or more? If so, Wetumpka, Ala., might be the place to be. Wind Creek Casino and Hotel is one of three hotel/casino complexes in Alabama and it’s located about 170 miles from DeKalb County, 20 miles from Montgomery, Al., While […]

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OPINION: In support of today’s and tomorrow’s Olympic and Paralympic dreamers

During recent weekends when Georgians’ hearts and minds were hinged on the outcome of national and college football competitions and the upcoming Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, my mind had shifted to focusing on sports I rarely think about, except every four years. I was learning the names, backgrounds, triumphant moments and heartbreak experiences […]

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Exploration of historical spots and more await in Alabama’s capital

  Those who have visited Montgomery, Ala., but haven’t been in a while are likely to be surprised with what is happening in the city. Those who haven’t made it to the city yet are advised to add it to their “Next Trip” wish list. Montgomery, which is the capital of Alabama, boasts a “capital […]

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Can’t think of a New Year’s resolution? We got you covered

  The making of resolutions at the start of a new year is ages old. Historians say the practice dates back 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians who promised their gods they would return borrowed objects and pay off their debts. We know some of our readers struggle to come up with resolutions aside from […]

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