35 years of MARTA History

EDITORIAL: Protecting our children


On a cold December night in DeKalb County, five brothers, between the ages of 3 and 10, were left unattended at home to fend for themselves. According to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, the boys tried to warm themselves by burning leaves in a pan inside the home. The fire got out of hand […]

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OPINION: That’s the $45,000 question!


“For reference, ownership of a personal seat license (PSL) guarantees the rights to a particular seat in a stadium.  That is, owning a PSL puts you first in line to purchase a ticket for any public event at the stadium in your particular seat – including NFL Season tickets,” Amelia Ahlgren, blogger and contributor to […]

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OPINION: Be a Joshua or Joshuette


DeKalb County needs some Joshuas and Joshuettes in the Promised Land. That’s what DeKalb County School Superintendent Michael Thurmond told attendees of the county’s 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Thurmond told the story of how Dr. King in the spring of 1968 went to Memphis, Tenn., “even though he had been warned not […]

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New center offers urgent and primary healthcare

Surrounded by health center staff, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce staff and other well-wishers, Dr. Frank Lockwood cuts the ribbon to officially open the new facility.

  A former pediatric health center in Decatur has been bought by Texas-based American CareSource. With the snip of a red, white and blue ribbon, on Jan. 9 it officially reopened as a facility for ages “zero to the grave,” its director explained. Frank Lockwood, MD, medical director of the American CareSource office on Scott […]

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Seniors want more money for centers

Seniors either have to tackle a long hill or a crumbling sidewalk to get to the DeKalb-Atlanta Senior Center. They are asking the county to improve access to the building. Photos by Andrew Cauthen.

It’s budget-planning season for the DeKalb County government, and local seniors don’t want to be forgotten.Dozens of seniors boarded buses and traveled to the Jan. 13 DeKalb County Board of Commissioners meeting to plead for financial consideration as the board prepares to approve a 2015 budget. Brenda Butler, who attends the DeKalb-Atlanta Senior Center on […]

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Author takes readers on journeys to the supernatural

Violette Meier says her interest in the paranormal dates back to stories she heard from her grandmother. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

  Violette Meier has a ready laugh and describes herself as a cheerful, optimistic person, but when she writes fiction she’s inclined to go to the dark side. Science fiction, fantasy and paranormal fiction are her favorite genres, she said. “I think it comes from my great-grandmother,” Meier said. “She was born in the late […]

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Service project honors MLK’s legacy

The Ingram family working together to dump trash.

To honor the legacy of the revolution left by Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of volunteers participated in Decatur’s MLK service project. While some conducted home repairs for senior citizens, others pulled grass and weeds, cleaned gutters, transported materials, monitored and organized tool inventory. The project operates under the Decatur Preservation Alliance and this year […]

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Key players in college merger defend mission

From left, GPC interim President Robb Watts, USG Vice Chancellor for planning and implementation Shelley Nickel and Georgia State University President Mark Becker. Photo taken by Bill Roa

  Georgia Perimeter College’s (GPC) Interim President Robb Watts on Jan. 13 hosted the first town hall meeting on its upcoming consolidation with Georgia State University (GSU) after the University System of Georgia Board of Regents (USG) approved a plan to make the two colleges one institution. The GPC and GSU merger will make the […]

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