MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Six new coaches take over football programs


Turning a losing football program into a winning program can be a difficult task for coaches, especially for new head coaches. Four of the six new head football coaches in DeKalb County are facing the challenges of doing just that as the season gets under way Aug. 22. The new head coaches that will be […]

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Another top recruiting class for DeKalb County

From left, Chauncey Rivers and Jonathan Ledbetter

For the past five years, DeKalb County has had hundreds of senior football players continue their athletic and academic careers at some of the top universities and colleges across the country. In addition, every class had players who were known as some of the top recruits in the country. This year is no different as […]

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First day of school at DeKalb County schools

A student boards a school bus Aug. 11 on the first day of school for DeKalb County. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Like any mass movement of people, the first day of school for DeKalb County Schools was a little chaotic. Parents at Evansdale Elementary reported students’ class assignments getting switched at the last minute. Tucker High School students were directed to homerooms first, and then schedules were passed out. “Today’s going great, actually,” said Tucker’s assistant […]

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OPINION: No…a deer


“I was standing up by then and she came right up to me and she was on her back hind legs and the hoof of her front leg went on my cheek, so she…she was attacking me,” said Avon Lake, Ohio, resident Cathy Krajny, following her hospitalization and an attack on her back porch by […]

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OPINION: The beauty within the beast


For all the negatives of DeKalb County, there are just as many, if not more, positives. Many of us, including the media, focus too often on emphasizing the negatives and give little attention to the many attributes of our county. DeKalb is home to Arabia Mountain, a National Heritage Site that dates back 400 million […]

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Teacher’s mystery pain pointed to lung cancer

Lung cancer victim Shermaine Lee, center, poses atop Stone Mountain with sons Larico Lee II, left, and Corbin, right. Photos provided

It was a little pain in her side in 2012 that first sent Shermaine Lee to her doctor. She would later discover she had Stage IV lung cancer. “I was going along with my life. I was a doctoral student. I was taking care of my family, working, doing everything that every woman does—the career […]

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Sophisticated treasure hunters go geocaching

Justin Powers, 17, left, took minutes to put in the coordinates for the geocache search while it took older members of the class much longer.

Am I heading in the right direction?Is anyone looking at what I’m doing?Could it be hidden in the hollow of that tree?   These are the kinds of questions contemplated while engaging in geocaching. A hobby that combines old school treasure hunting with modern technology, geocaching uses a handheld GPS device or a smart phone […]

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Wedding Story: Lindsey Queen and Rob Gardiner

Wedding party hamming it up

Lindsey serves as clerk of Ashland City Council in Ashland, Ohio and Rob is the assistant men’s basketball coach for Ashland University. Lindsey was born and reared in Decatur, attending Decatur High School and DeKalb Technical College. How They Met and Got Engaged Rob and Lindsey were introduced by mutual friends at Ohio Wesleyan University. […]

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