OPINION:Secession? Didn’t Georgia try that about 150 years ago?

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Some of the folks who are unhappy about the outcome of this year’s national election are taking some pretty extreme measures—including screaming for secession. That’s right, secession—the solution that slave owners in the mid-19th century sought to the “tyranny” of the federal government. Remember how that worked out? America fought the bloodiest war in history […]

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Cook brings New Orleans flavors to Decatur senior community

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Anthony Joseph left his native New Orleans in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. While his old Louisiana neighborhood has been completely destroyed, Joseph brought one thing with him to Atlanta that no storm could wipe out—his knowledge of Louisiana cooking. “My grandmother raised me because my mother was, well, caught up in another […]

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Upscale shoe store opens in Dunwoody

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Ninety-year-old Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation prides itself on two things: At a time when most shoe manufacturing has gone overseas, it remains an American footwear manufacturer; and using a 212-step process, it takes “shoemaking to the level of an art form.” Wisconsin-based Allen Edmonds recently opened its only Georgia store in Dunwoody. “We are delighted […]

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It takes a children’s village to complete a book festival

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From its inception in 2006, the AJC Decatur Book Festival set out to be a festival for everyone, including the very youngest readers. In fact, each festival includes books, authors, activities and a special area designated for young book lovers. “We decided at the start that the festival has to have great children’s programming,” recalled […]

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Twelve 24 Boutique celebrates the plus-size woman

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Angela Hargro said that the boutique in downtown Decatur that she opened with partner Melanie Williams was “born out of frustration as a shopper.” “It was so hard to find clothes in my size that didn’t look like something somebody’s grandmother would wear,” Hargro said. The name Twelve 24 reflects the range of sizes carried […]

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Leadership DeKalb wins IKEA’s office makeover contest

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Leadership DeKalb in its 26-year history has been involved in makeovers of a sort. By training and inspiring community leaders, the organization has transformed communities in which these leaders work and volunteer. Earlier this month Leadership DeKalb was on the receiving end of a more tangible makeover. The organization received $10,000 in-kind from IKEA Atlanta […]

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A petit bit of France comes to Kirkwood

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When Marchet Sparks visited France in 2004, traveling extensively throughout the southern Provençal region then up to Paris and Normandy, she was charmed by little markets with freshly prepared foods and local goods that dotted throughout the countryside. A busy real estate executive working out of her native Los Angeles at the time, she decided that one day […]

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