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Lithonia Amphitheater may get new owner


Nearly every weekend concertgoers can check out performances and events at one of the many popular amphitheaters in metro Atlanta. However, none of those popular amphitheaters are in downtown Lithonia. Kings of Leon fans will have to travel to Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in south Atlanta to see them. Lyfe Jennings and Carl Thomas fans […]

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Arabia Mountain: A county treasure

Reaching the top of Arabia Mountain is a half-mile hike with a more than 900-foot elevation change. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

Arabia Mountain National Heritage area is a little smaller and weirder than its bigger, more famous cousin, Stone Mountain. It offers no Instagram-worthy view of downtown Atlanta’s skyline from the top. But it’s every bit as fun. The hike to the top starts at a little parking lot near AWARE Wildlife Center. That’s the Atlanta […]

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Setting the standard for rustic elegance


There are but a few wow moments in life that create memories that last a lifetime. I recently experienced a few wow hours of rustic indulgence and was frankly blown away with the charm, comfort and hospitality of Lake Rabun Hotel. Located in Lakemont, Ga., on beautiful Lake Rabun, the hotel and restaurant are sure […]

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Soul Food Café features family recipes

City of Stone Mountain officials look on as restaurant owner Tammy McRae prepares to cut the ribbon, symbolically opening her café. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

Among Tammy McRae’s favorite childhood memories is the family’s traditional first Monday in August gatherings at her grandmother’s south Georgia home. Seeing all the relatives was great, she recalled, and the food “was amazing.” McRae, who recently opened a restaurant in Stone Mountain Village with her sister Keyshaun, said that during many years in the […]

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OPINION: Celebrating the real Labor Day


“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). I have always admired the American worker, the laborer who puts in an honest day’s work for a hard day’s pay. Following our recent Labor Day celebration, I join several million Americans in honoring […]

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Lee May: ‘I share the collective frustration of our residents’

Interim Dekalb County CEO Lee May, photographed at Dekalb Avenue.

Open letter by Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May: ‘I share the collective frustration of our residents’ The past few years have been tough ones for DeKalb County.  It is outrageous that anyone would violate the public’s trust, and it is frustrating to realize that our county has refused in years past to identify and correct […]

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Secretary of state race is a ‘calling’ for Lithonia woman


Doreen Carter of Lithonia believes running for Georgia’s secretary of state position is “a calling.” “I believe that the people of Georgia need a voice that will stand up for their rights especially when it comes to voters,” said Carter, president of the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce and a former Lithonia City Council member […]

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It’s a happy world

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The Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend featured dozens of authors at various stages in their careers. Perhaps the youngest was 7-year-old Decatur resident Myles Shulman. Myles, a second-grade pupil at Laurel Ridge Elementary who also illustrated the work, presented his book Make the World Happy! on the children’s stage on Aug. 29, to second- […]

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