Innovation summit aims to close achievement gaps

Annual Southern K-14 Education Innovation Summit.

Reading to children at an early age, parental involvement and student effort are key elements to educational parity, according to Former U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige, a speaker at Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s (GPTC) Oct. 23 regional education summit. Paige was invited to address college presidents, school superintendents, educators and students by GPTC […]

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New trials ordered after appeals court intervenes

Community leaders joined Thomas Brown, DeKalb’s former sheriff, to protest a judge’s handling of the case of former school superintendent Crawford Lewis. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

  A DeKalb County judge’s decision to sentence former school superintendent Crawford Lewis was reversed by the Georgia Court of Appeals Oct. 24. Lewis originally faced charges including violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and three counts of theft. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Lewis agreed to serve as a key […]

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Family and football: Surprise mother-son reunion was almost 40 years in the making

Tucker Tigers assistant football coach Robby Gilbert reunited with his birth mother Tish Myatt during halftime of his team’s 55-0 victory over Alcovy. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Forty years ago Tucker Tigers assistant football coach Robby Gilbert was born and spent a short time in the arms of his 18-year-old mother before she reluctantly gave him up for adoption. Friday night at halftime of his team’s 55-0 victory over Alcovy, Gilbert walked out of the locker room with fellow assistant coach Todrick […]

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Amazed by her success, author releases her sixth novel

Terra McVoy says good books inspire her writing. Her newest novel, In Deep, is the story of a swimmer who’s “struggling with things emotionally.”

Although she recently released her sixth novel, Clarkston resident Terra Elan McVoy said she’s still amazed at her success as an author. “I always loved writing and reading, but I also learned fairly quickly that making a living as a writer is extremely difficult. So the fact that I have six books out that people […]

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EDITORIAL: There are no excuses to not vote


  In the 2010 general election—that featured the governor’s race, U.S. Senate race and other state races—DeKalb County had a 54.43 percent voter turnout. At that time, there were 389,452 registered voters, but only 211,968 voters cast ballots. In the May 20 general primary election, DeKalb had a 20.17 percent voter turnout—78,656 ballots cast out […]

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Proponents promote large south DeKalb city

From left, Ken Blakely and Tom Walton hold a map of the proposed south DeKalb city. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

It could become Georgia’s second-largest city. A group of residents are crisscrossing south DeKalb promoting the formation of a new city with an estimated initial population of nearly 300,000. “What we’re offering is a vision,” said Dr. Kathryn Rice, chairwoman of Concerned Citizens for Cityhood of South DeKalb. “Change comes about with vision. That is […]

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Georgia Pacific Foundation funds local science program

Students watch Diet Coke and Mentos bottle rocket erupt.

E.L Bouie Traditional Theme School in Lithonia hosted its second Science Saturday of the school year on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. As a kickoff to National Chemistry Week students in second through fifth grades learned about acids, bases and how it’s a part of their daily lives. Science Saturday started with […]

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Local nonprofits aiding Liberia’s Ebola fight

Steve Skinner helps unload hospital beds and other medical supplies donated by FODAC at the Saclepea Comprehensive Medical Center in Liberia. Photo provided

Steve Skinner, a member of Avondale First Baptist Church, said it was a God-appointed meeting with a Liberian that was the start of his faith-based nonprofit organization. “My wife and I are both Christians, and we were at Avondale First Baptist Church [in 2006] and this guy walks up the stairs of the church, and […]

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