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Community remembers family killed in NJ accident

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A family friend of three Stone Mountain residents killed in a New Jersey accident said she has been questioning God. “When I heard the news…it took everything out of me and I questioned God,” said Marcia Coward. “Why them? Of all the families, why them? All through the holidays I kept saying, ‘Why them?’” Ainsworth […]

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Fundraiser set for Tucker hardware store lost in fire


  When Handy Hardware of Tucker was destroyed by a fire on Dec. 28, it marked the loss of a beloved Tucker landmark and a devastating event in the lives of its 35 employees, all of whom lost their jobs. On Thursday, Jan. 10, Greater Good BBQ will host a fundraiser for the Handy Hardware […]

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University presidents author letter urging stricter gun laws

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More than 300 presidents of higher learning institutions all over the country have signed a letter that calls for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. The Dec. 19 letter is titled “An Open Letter to Our Nation’s Policy Leaders” and was authored by Oglethorpe University President […]

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AdvancED’s report garners strong response from residents


A group of DeKalb County parents have been circulating a petition asking Gov. Nathan Deal to remove DeKalb County School Board members if the findings of a recent report from accrediting agency AdvancED are accurate. The petition, which has gained nearly 500 supporters since it was posted on, asks Deal to review the findings […]

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OPINION: The difference between want and need


“Over the course of history, men learn that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary.”—philosopher and essayist Friederich Nietzsche (1844-1900) in 1878.   I am a loyal Georgia Bulldog fan, as well as an alumnus of UGA and its Grady College of Journalism. Some close friends believe that I bleed red and black. In truth though–and […]

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Agnes Scott boasts interactive arboretum centered on liberal arts

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To Agnes Scott College classics professor Jim Abbot, a tree is much more than meets the eye—it’s a metaphor, an organizational tool, a symbol of life—he said the very idea of a tree is basic to the way humans think. “The crown shape of a tree is consistent from species to species and humans have […]

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Commissioner Lee May now head of county board

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  The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has a new presiding officer. Commissioner Lee May was elected Jan. 8 by his peers to head the board for 2013. Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton is the new deputy presiding officer. Both were chosen by a vote of 5-2, with commissioners Kathie Gannon and Jeff Rader voting against […]

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Brookhaven’s first mayor: ‘We’re building something from scratch’


The first meeting of Brookhaven’s elected officials lasted approximately six hours. “So we’ve got a lot to do,” said J. Max Davis, who was elected to be the first mayor of the city that officially was created Dec. 17. “I’m humbled by the results of the election,” Davis said. “I didn’t expect that big of […]

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