35 years of MARTA History

Volunteers to spend MLK weekend repairing homes in Decatur

Joy Jackson, right, and her aunt stand by the ramp that volunteers built during last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Photo by Travis Hudgons

An army of volunteers will soon descend on Decatur, marching into town armed with tools to repair the homes of elderly residents. These volunteers are participants in the Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project, under the auspices of the Decatur Preservation Alliance. In honor of King’s legacy, the alliance created the service project to […]

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Suspended DeKalb CEO declares innocence on YouTube [Video]


Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is declaring his innocence on YouTube. “I am innocent of the charges against me,” Ellis said about the corruption charges brought against him by a special grand jury last year. “They are politically motivated. I have never violated the trust that DeKalb County voters have placed in me in […]

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Face-to-face DeKalb jail visits are a thing of the past

A Sheriff’s Office employee uses the new system to talk with an inmate via a video phone. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Face-to-face visits with inmates through a window are now a thing of the past for the DeKalb County Jail. Jan. 14 was “the very last night that someone can choose to go on the floor and look at a person through a glass wall holding a telephone receiver,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown. Now […]

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DeKalb police announces massive drug seizures in past months

Over the past 10 months, the DeKalb County Police Department has seized more than $120 million worth of drugs and money. Photo by Daniel Beauregard.

  DeKalb County Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander said police have seized more than $128 million worth of drugs in the past 10 months and arrested 989 suspects connected to selling narcotics in the county. “As you look around this room, this is not all of the drugs that were confiscated; this is just merely […]

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Redan’s record setting season

Photos by Travis Hudgons

The Redan girls basketball team is thought to be a history-making squad in DeKalb County as three seniors have all surpassed the 1,000 point career mark during the first part of the season. According to records, no other DeKalb girls’ team has had three make the mark in the same season. Seniors Brea Elmore, Destini […]

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Asia Durr: living up to expectations as No. 1 player

St. Pius junior guard Asia Durr is the No. 1 player in the country in her class and the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2015 class. She is averaging 24.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game this season.

Not many girls can do a crossover move with a basketball at age 3, but Asia Durr could. “I picked up a basketball with my dad outside in the driveway and I started dribbling the ball and I did a crossover move,” she said. “He said ‘do it again’ and I did it again.” From […]

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Judge rules strippers are employees

A U.S. District Court judge recently sided with dancers employed at the DeKalb County strip club Pin Ups and said they deserve the same benefits as all businesses employees. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

A U.S. District judge ruled that the management of DeKalb County strip club Pin Ups must classify its dancers as employees, rather than general contractors, because of the essential services they provide. Judge Thomas Thrash said in a 13-page opinion released Dec. 31 that it was clear under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that […]

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Students learn comedy acting during holiday break

Sydney Davis, 10, and Tyla Harris, 13

After the Christmas gifts had been unwrapped and before school restarted, a group of young people worked on their acting skills. “It’s really fun,” said Tyla Harris, 13, one of approximately 20 students who attended the Holiday Intensive held by BlackTop Circus Improv, a Black improvisational comedy troupe. “We get to do lots of stuff […]

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