35 years of MARTA History

Towers principal redefines ‘The Titan Way’

Dr. Ralph Simpson, whose first career was in corrections, is the eighth principal of Towers High School in eight years. Simpson says he wants to redefine what it means be a Titan. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Dr. Ralph Simpson is the Towers High School’s eighth principal in eight years. “This school would be the one in the whole entire school district that I would say has the most challenges,” Simpson said. “The school has over the years experienced a huge turnover. There were at least 10-15 teachers who left every year […]

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Former engineer opens entertainment studio in Tucker

Dead Dee Dee

In March, Stan Bowman, 48, was laid off his job as an engineer for AT&T. On Sept. 21, Bowman and his business partner Charles C. Pinckney hosted a grand opening for their new production studio, Studio Z, in Tucker. Studio Z is a 3,835-square-foot facility located at 2040 Steel Drive off Lawrenceville Highway. The studio […]

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Commissioners approve juvenile curfew ordinance

To increase juvenile and public safety, DeKalb County commissioners adopted a juvenile curfew ordinance at a Sept. 24 meeting. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

    The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners adopted a new juvenile curfew ordinance Sept. 24 that officials said will help curb crime and increase juvenile safety in the county. Presented by Commissioner Larry Johnson, the ordinance piggybacks off the state ordinance and applies to unsupervised youth under the age of 17 who are out […]

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Stephenson volleyball team confident it can win region

Two Stephenson defenders try to defend a spiked ball against Dunwoody Sept. 17. Photos by Carla Parker

Dennis Watkins is in his first season as the Stephenson High School head volleyball coach and with the help of his assistants, has led the Lady Jaguars to an impressive start. The Lady Jaguars have a 16-2 record through Sept. 19 and a 13-2 record in the region. Watkins, who is also the girls’ head […]

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Southwest DeKalb falls to Mays

Mays defeated Southwest DeKalb 43-24 at Panthersville stadium. Photos by Carla Parker

The Southwest DeKalb Panthers are off to a rough start under first year head coach Michael Tanks. The Panthers fell to 1-3, 1-2 in region play, Sept. 20 after losing 43-24 to the Mays Raiders (3-1) in the Region 6-AAAAA matchup at Panthersville Stadium. The Panthers, which finished in the top ten in the county […]

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Police investigating shooting at Flat Shoals Road apartment complex


Police are investigating the shooting of two people, including a teenager, at a south DeKalb apartment complex Sept. 25. DeKalb police Capt. Stephen Fore said police responded to a call at 9:20 a.m. about a person shot at  the Aspen Woods Apartment Homes in the 3300 block of Flat Shoals Road, just south of The […]

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County proposes new initiatives, pay raises for public safety personnel

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May announced several initiatives to improve public safety during a Sept. 11 address. Hundreds of first responders and county officials attended the address. Photos provided

Over the past seven years as the cost of living, health care costs and pension costs increased, Interim CEO Lee May said, sworn public safety personnel’s paychecks have stayed the same, in some cases even diminished. “There is not enough money in the world to pay you what you’re worth,” May told first responders, during […]

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Decatur church celebrates its first century

Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West and Farmer examine a board of photos of the church’s Cuban ministry. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

  100 year-old Oakhurst Baptist church says of its years of turmoil and controversy, ‘By God we’re still here’ America’s social landscape has changed markedly during the past 100 years. Oakhurst Baptist Church, which celebrates its centennial this year, has in many ways been a microcosm of that change. The unassuming brick building at Third […]

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