MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Local artist goes back to the drawing board


Swish, flick, scrape, drag. Paint pulls from the brush to the canvas. Ashley Hizer is working in her Decatur sunroom, the tile speckled with drops of acrylic paint. What’s taking shape isn’t a form or figure; rather, it’s an abstract panel with complementary and contrasting colors pulling texture to create the work. “I just like […]

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DeKalb launches vacant property registry

DeKalb County officials, employees and residents stand in front of a vacant home in south DeKalb as the county announces the launching of its vacant property registry. Photo by Carla Parker

  Homeowners who leave a home vacant will now face a fine if they do not register the property under the county’s new vacant home registry. Standing in front of a unkempt vacant home in south DeKalb County, county officials announced at a June 4 press conference that the county launched its vacant property registry […]

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Residents, advocates upset about county’s stalling on animal services facility


Animal advocates and DeKalb County residents have expressed concern that the county is dragging its feet in approving a plan for a new animal shelter slated to be built next year. Wardell Castles, a member of the 12-person DeKalb County Animal Services Advisory Committee, said commissioners have cancelled the past two committee meetings in which […]

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Programs help at-risk students finish high school

Students from the DeKalb County Juvenile Court’s Tutoring, Intervention, Mentoring and Employment (T.I.M.E.) program visit Tuskegee University during the program’s college tour. Photo provided

  Completing high school can be a hard task for teens living in an economically challenged environment. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 59 percent of economically disadvantaged students graduate high school. To help at-risk students who struggle through school and those who dropped out, the DeKalb County Juvenile Court created two programs […]

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DeKalb alum and former NFL player graduates college, works in DA office

Dunwoody alum Dexter Jackson stands in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse where he currently works in the DeKalb County District Attorney Office’s records division. Jackson recently earned his college degree and hopes to return to the NFL after he recovers from an ACL injury. Photo by Carla Parker

For most football players, when they suffer a season-ending injury they focus solely on rehabbing their injury to get back to the field as soon as possible. When Dunwoody High School alum Dexter Jackson tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last year during practice in the Canadian Football League (CFL), he decided to do more […]

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Doraville proposed budget includes public safety, library increases


Doraville has big plans for its 2015 budget. Starting with promoting one of its part-time librarians to full-time, adding an part-time librarian and hiring five more police officers, the city is attempting to do it all while still lowering the millage rate. Doraville’s budget was first read June 2, read a second time June 9 […]

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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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