District 5 commissioner sworn in

From left, DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson takes the oath of office as her husband, Congressman Hank Johnson, looks on. Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams administered the oath.

  Attorney Mereda Davis Johnson was sworn in July 20 as the District 5 representative on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. “[I] was waiting for swearing in so that I’m no longer [commissioner]-elect; I am the commissioner,” said Johnson, during her swearing-in ceremony in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams. In the […]

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Girl Scouts impress President Obama

A Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta volunteer support specialist and parents gather around the troops as they pose with their President Volunteer Service Awards.

Girl Scout troops Nos. 934 and 9073 in Decatur have been on a mission to serve their communities. Throughout the year the cluster of six through nine-year-olds Caitlyn Rideway-Turner, Wyunna Knighton, Aaliyah White and Neaira Myers operated a pet supply drive, donating newspapers, blankets and other items to PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill animal shelter in […]

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Pastor releases book with ‘radical’ messages on inclusion

Pastor Glenna Shepherd says inclusion is a central theme of both the Old and New Testaments.

Rev. Glenna Shepherd, founding pastor of what is now Decatur United Church of Christ, returned to DeKalb County July 10 to weigh in on questions of religion and sexual preference being explored in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding same-sex marriage. Now a resident of Tennessee, Shepherd introduced her new book Out […]

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Hyundai’s Accent is a money-saving machine


Hyundai’s 2015 Accent GLS is good, basic transportation that is a budget pleaser upfront and in the long run. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is under $20,000, and it has an overall combined (city/highway) fuel rating of 30 miles per gallon (26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway). One can save […]

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Natural foods grocery opens at Emory Point

Earth Fare has one of the largest selections of organic produce to be found anywhere, according to President and CEO Frank Scorpiniti.

  When Earth Fare, a 40-year-old organic and natural foods grocery chain, opened its first urban store July 8 at Emory Point, the store was packed with shoppers within minutes of the 7 a.m. opening. The crowd included patrons who had waited hours. “The first customer was here at 3:30 a.m. She wanted to be […]

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Biking for the fitness inclined

Cyclists discussing bike gear before the ride.

by Justin Beaudrot Shortly after dawn on an overcast Wednesday morning, 13 cyclists from Virginia-Highland Velo gather at East Decatur Station for their weekly ride. While riders adjust their bikes and gear, their conversations touch on the week’s current events. They are all suited up in their kits, the bright skin-tight outfits made for cycling, […]

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Suspect arrested in Exxon homicide

rickey westbrook

DeKalb County Police homicide detectives have arrested 24-year-old Rickey Westbrook and charged him with murder in the shooting death of 54-year-old Harry Wells. Wells was working as a clerk at the Exxon located at 4101 Memorial Drive when he was shot to death on July 13. Police believe a dispute between the two led to the […]

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DeKalb schools’ job fair attracts hundreds

DeKalb County School District principals and staff interview potential teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.

DeKalb County School District, the third largest district in Georgia, hosted a job fair July 8 at the administrative and instructional complex auditorium. The fair drew more than 700 applicants for teaching positions in the school district. Job fair organizer Mildred Campbell said the district has roughly 325 jobs available. The district has 74 elementary […]

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