35 years of MARTA History

South DeKalb mom, family fighting her breast cancer

Dee Dee Murray, right, embraces her children, from left, Enam, Senaite and Hadassah. Murray was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. Photos provided

Dee Dee Murray said a cyst she found on her breast in June was a blessing. “I couldn’t ignore the cyst,” said Murray, a 48-year-old south DeKalb resident and single mother of four. “To me it was a blessing from God. He was telling me there is something really wrong.” Murray, whose grandmother died from […]

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DeKalb sheriff announces congressional campaign


  “The time has finally come!” That was the announcement posted Oct. 22 on the Twitter account (@TBrown4Congress) for DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown. Brown officially announced his run for Georgia’s 4th Congressional District on Oct. 23 at events in Decatur, Lilburn, Conyers and Covington. “There are a number of things that I think I […]

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DeKalb County native follows dreams to lead Count Basie Orchestra

Trumpet player Scotty Barnhart, a DeKalb County native, recently became the director of the Count Basie Orchestra.

  The first time Scotty Barnhart saw the legendary Count Basie Band he was 15 but he knew then that one day he would be onstage playing with some of those same musicians. What Barnhart said he didn’t know then was how much that moment would come to impact his life moving forward and that […]

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Decatur police received more than 1,500 calls in six months

The Decatur police are working with residents to lower the recent spike in home burglaries. The department received 1,510 calls in six months about suspicious persons and activities.

  The Decatur Police Department received 1,510 calls about suspicious persons, vehicles or activities in six months, according to numbers released by the department Oct. 5. The highest number of calls (416) came in July and the least (200) in May. The department also released the numbers of reported burglaries and entering autos from the […]

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Ilha Grande—A Place Like No Other

Trailside view of Praia Araçatiba. Photos by John Hewitt

Imagine a tropical rainforest island with no roads, accessible only by boat, no light pollution, no air pollution, abundant natural beauty and wildlife, no cell phone reception, beaches with few others on them and stars so bright that it seems as if one can reach up and touch the Milky Way and the Southern Cross […]

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Motorists warned to be cautious during deer mating season


Fall is here, which means mating season for deer and Georgia Wildlife officials are warning motorists to be on the lookout. According to Georgia Wildlife, an estimated 50,000 deer-car collisions happen annually in Georgia. Deer mating season occurs between October and early December. During this time male deer go into rut and begin actively searching […]

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Officials help residents ‘navigate’ Affordable Care Act

Tucker defeats Stephenson in final seconds

Tucker quarterback Joseph Farrar is sacked by defensive linemen Braxton Butler and Daniel Durden.

  With 21 seconds left on the game clock, it looked like the No. 1 ranked Tucker Tigers were going to suffer their first loss of the season after the No. 2 ranked Stephenson Jaguars took a 28-24 lead. But a short kick by the Jaguars on the ensuing kickoff gave the Tigers the ball […]

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