Decatur bar named one of America’s 10 best

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  Fans of Paper Plane in Decatur probably knew long before a New York magazine anointed it as one of the best bars in America that the lounge and restaurant was something special. However now it’s official, Esquire magazine, in its June issue, has selected Paper Plane as one of the 10 best bars in […]

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EDITORIAL: Don’t leave pets in hot cars


Every summer drivers are warned not to leave children in a car unattended because of a possible heat-related death. On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside a car, according to While it is important to warn about the dangers of leaving children in a […]

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Franchise fitness facility owner says he wants club to be ‘a community gym’

Owner Bill Aicklen and manager Kip Schoepke say their equipment is selected for ordinary men and women who want to stay fit. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

Bill Aicklen owns five Workout Anytime locations in the Atlanta area, but said the first gym franchise he bought—in the Decatur area—is special to him. “We think of it as a community gym and that’s how we want our customers to think of it. The area around us is largely residential. There are several public […]

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Former DeKalb County police chief dies at 83


Retired DeKalb Police Chief Robert “Bobby” T. Burgess Sr, passed away June 6 of natural causes. He was 83. Burgess was a 45-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, including a 22-year stint as chief of police until his retirement in 2001. The municipal building at 3630 Camp Circle, next to the jail, was […]

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Commissioners postpone YMCA vote yet again


DeKalb County commissioners and residents were clearly divided June 10 on whether to approve a $5 million public/private partnership with the South DeKalb YMCA to help the facility implement improvements. The Board of Commissioners did not have the required votes to pass the item, which will come before the board again June 24. “I encourage […]

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Mother, child pedestrians struck in Chamblee hit & run


A 9-year-old girl and her mother were struck by a hit-and-run driver on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Chamblee on June 9 at approximately 3:47 p.m. The girl was riding her bicycle on the sidewalk with her mother, when a black Ford Explorer lost control and struck the mother and child, according to a news release […]

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Chamblee Police shoot, kill hostage suspect


Chamblee Police officers were involved in a deadly shooting June 9 during an armed robbery and hostage situation. At approximately midnight, Chamblee officers responded to call about an armed robbery and hostage situation in progress at the Auto Zone located at 4863 Buford Hwy., Chamblee, according to police. Officers arrived at the scene and “while […]

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New LGBTQ organization offers safe space for young adults

From left, Real Youth board members include Brian McMahon, Beth Greaves, Mark DeLong, John Beers, Brit Prince, Kelley Napier, Darryl Moores, Gabriel Haggray and Cedrick Hayward.

  The Atlanta area is known nationally for its open and vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. It’s considered the fifth gayest city in America, according to The Advocate, a national gay and lesbian news magazine. But, according to Gabriel Haggray, Atlanta’s vibrant scene is missing one thing: a safe space for […]

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