Human Library allows living ‘books’ to tell their stories

Teresa Totten, programing and services coordinator for the DeKalb County Library

Communities are made up of people, each of whom has a story. They may be refugees, homeless persons, single parents, transgender persons, same-sex spouses, Christians, Muslims. Some may make assumptions about these community members based on such labels. Would those assumptions hold up if their neighbors learned firsthand more about their lives?  That question is […]

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Barbecue restaurant ready to compete for hungry Atlantans

City BBQ photo by Travis Hudgons

As Ohio-based City Barbeque opens its first Georgia restaurant this month in Decatur it faces serious competition. The 404 and 770 area codes alone list more than 100 barbecue restaurants, according to restaurantguideatlanta.com. In addition, the booming Suburban Plaza development along North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard in which the new restaurant is located now […]

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Bridging cultural boundaries through books

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  Omar and Kimberly Finley, owners of The Listening Tree, say they review each book before accepting it for their store. The more than 80,000 attendees to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival this Labor Day weekend are evidence that there’s no shortage of people who love books. Owners of a small independent bookstore a […]

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From the ground up

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Local partners start coffee company At his government job, Ricardo Richardson was chatting with a coworker from Senegal, West Africa, when the topic turned to something Richardson is passionate about—coffee. “I had been thinking for a long time about doing something for myself—starting my own company,” recalled Richardson, who is now CEO and president of […]

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Harvest hits the road through Fresh on Dek

Joelette Bembry of the DeKalb Extension Service shows fresh peppers that were for sale when the Mobile Farmers Market stopped June 8 at the Scott Candler library branch.

Some DeKalb County residents are now shopping at community centers, county offices, libraries, churches and other unlikely places through Fresh on Dek, the DeKalb Mobile Farmers Market that visits sites around the county to make fresh produce available to residents who might otherwise have difficulty accessing it.  “Sites apply to have us stop once or […]

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Printer says business built on faith, hard work

“I can’t separate my business life, my personal life and my spiritual life,” says Rick Sauers as he reflects on 50 years in the printing business.

Rick Sauers’ Stone Mountain office at The Sauers Group Inc., where he is president and CEO, was once filled with prestigious awards and other honors from his career in the printing business. Many honor his service to local, regional and national professional organizations. One day he decided to remove most of them and display “what […]

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Opera composer focuses on American stories

Stone Mountain Jack and Jill celebrates 30 years

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In 1987 Black families made up a small percentage of Stone Mountain’s population. To assure that their children had cultural experiences relevant to their heritage as well as leadership development opportunities Black mothers in the area formed a chapter of Jack and Jill, an organization created in 1938 to provide Black children cultural, educational and […]

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