35 years of MARTA History

Grant awards $45,000 to support oral health

Renaissance Dental staff members answer questions and teach students the basics of maintaining good oral hygiene. Photos by Ashley Oglesby

Children who have experienced oral health issues are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts, according to the Renaissance Family Foundation. As a part of the foundation’s mission to improve oral and overall health and well-being of children and families, the foundation awarded the local affiliate of Renaissance Dental […]

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OPINION: Open letter to Mother Nature


Dear Mother Nature, Please forgive me for taking so long in sending this note of thanks. I’ve been tied up with all the tedious aspects of daily living, still that’s no excuse. Last week’s weather was brutal across much of the country with frigid temperatures, fierce winds, record snowfalls, spine-tingling sleet and that winter favorite—black […]

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Community celebrates Chinese New Year

Lion dance

Although Valentine’s Day 2015 has come and gone, celebratory red is again around to brighten February. Red is the favored color for Chinese New Year, which is noted on the calendar this year as Feb. 19 but is traditionally celebrated for at least a week, often much longer. Red clothes, poems on red paper and […]

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Lithonia mayor: ‘2015 is Lithonia’s year to shine’

Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson said the city accomplished many things in 2014 and plans to do more in 2015. File photos

  Last year, was a year of cityhood movements and annexation, and Lithonia plans to join the party in 2015. Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson said city officials have been approached by a couple of property owners who have expressed interest in being annexed into the city. “We are working on accomplishing that,” Jackson said. “There […]

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Political wrangling continues to keep District 5 seat open


  After more political wrangling on Feb. 24, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners ended with the same result—no representation for District 5. This round started with the agenda item to appoint Kathryn Rice to temporarily fill the District 5 seat which has been vacant since July 2013, when Lee May, the elected District 5 […]

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New Big Green Egg headquarters hatches

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Big Green Egg opened its new Doraville national headquarters recently with a tour, a proclamation, a ribbon cutting and—as one might expect since the product is an outdoor cooker—a cookout. Members of the Doraville police force and fire departments and city officials, including Mayor Donna Pittman—who presented a proclamation welcoming the company to Doraville—were present […]

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Students organize community health clinic

Cross Keys High School student receives free eye exam.

A simple volunteer assignment prompted Communities in Schools’ caseload students to organize a health clinic at Cross Keys High School to address health needs in their community. “I think that this clinic was important to let people know what’s going on in our community and there are few people that know about these organizations and […]

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Craigslist murderers get life without parole


The so-called “Craigslist killers”—two men who used the classified advertisements website to lure and kill a potential customer–were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole Feb. 18. A jury had recently found Contevious Stepp-McCommons and Malik Rice guilty of setting up a bogus Craigslist ad and killing 56-year-old Clarence Gardenhire. Stepp-McCommons and Rice used […]

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