DeKalb Chamber presents Apex Awards to small businesses

Jerry Stains, second from left, and Robert Pidgeon, second from right, accept a Community Workforce Award on behalf of Inland Seafood.

“We have more than 15,000 businesses in DeKalb County that have 50 or fewer employees. We want to work with the chamber to support them and help them grow,” said DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May, in remarks at the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Apex Awards Program. “We’re doing substantive things to make DeKalb […]

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Druid Hills community has municipal decision

Photo by Andrew Cauthen

When it comes to DeKalb’s cityhood trend, unincorporated Druid Hills has a choice to make: ask to be annexed into the city of Atlanta or maintain the status quo. A third option is to become a township, but that would require a change in the state’s constitution. It all began nearly two years ago when […]

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OPINION: The original social media

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Almost everyone is active in some sort of social media these days; whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Flicker, Pinterest or any of the many other sites. We use social media as a way to stay in touch with family and friends; share photographs; keep up with news; look for jobs; announce engagements, births, marriages, […]

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Suspects indicted on shooting death of infant

Devin Watson and Marco Watson

The two suspects arrested for the May 10 shooting death of 9-month-old KenDarious Edwards, Jr. have been indicted. Marco Watson, 36, and Devin Thomas, 18, face eight counts, including felony murder, malice murder and violation of the street gang terrorism and prevention act. The men are thought to have broken down the door of a […]

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OPINION: Still mad, bad, zig-zag Zell

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“Yeah he’s bad, mad Zig-Zag Zell, Mountain Man with a Rebel yell! Badder than Speaker Tom, and meaner than a Junkyard Dawg!,” lyrical parody of “Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown,” poking fun at then Lt. Gov. Zell Miller in 1989 at the Georgia Press Association’s Cracker Crumble. Georgia’s longest serving lieutenant governor, two-term governor, father of […]

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McNair HS may become career academy


A proposal for converting McNair High School into a college and career charter academy was presented to parents Aug. 21 in the school’s auditorium. “We’ve got one of the finest structures in DeKalb County; we’re in it right now,” said DeKalb County School District superintendent Michael Thurmond. “But about half of it goes unused. And […]

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DeKalb family faces ALS together

The Gilchrist family, from left to right Synetha, Darius, Tamara and Ernest, at last year’s Georgia Walk to Defeat ALS in Atlanta. Darius led a team of walkers, Young and Moving Forward, that donate to the ALS Association’s fight against the disease. Photo provided

A little more than a year ago, Ernest and Synetha Gilchrist got news that any parent would dread to hear. Their son, Darius Gilchrist, had just been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I knew exactly what it was,” Synetha, who works as a physical therapist, said. “My […]

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Science teacher finalist for national award

Kittredge Middle School science teacher Susan Oltman (center) is a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She leads her students in experience-based science projects, like these lunar landers students built.

Sixth-grade earth science teacher Susan Oltman found out she was a state finalist for a national teaching award after a summer spent preparing for school and learning about sustainable fishing at the coast. Oltman is a Georgia finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). She and two other teachers […]

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