DeKalb County judge tries to help non-violent offenders

Rapper Mike Render, also known as Killa Mike, talks to a group of young adults during a Project Pinnacle work session in the DeKalb County courthouse. Photos by Horace Holloman

Young adults participating in an intervention program in DeKalb County received a strong message July 22 in court. The overall message from guest speakers was “being alive is better than being right.” More than 10 attendees ranging from ages 15 to 27 listened to four guest speakers at DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson’s […]

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OPINION: What’s a Libertarian, and why should I care?

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“Every face on Mt. Rushmore was a third party candidate at some point or another,” former New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party presidential nominee 2016. George Washington was a Federalist, Thomas Jefferson helped birth a third party among the Federalists and Whigs, Teddy Roosevelt became President following the assassination of Garfield, was re-elected as a […]

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Family, SWD community remember late football coach


Michael Tanks, described as an outstanding teacher and coach, was remembered Aug. 7 during a vigil at Southwest DeKalb High School. Tanks, 48, died Aug. 3—a day before his birthday—after suffering a stroke at his home on July 25. Tanks, a 1985 Southwest DeKalb graduate, was the head football coach for three years. Tanks’ family, […]

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Homeless but not hopeless

Cylinthia and Camille Fitchett, along with their dog Bailey, talk with DeKalb County Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Nathan Knight.

Sisters seeking work, refuge in DeKalb County     Sisters Cylinthia and Camille Fitchett aren’t what some think of as “typical” homeless women. The pair said they aren’t on drugs, nor are they lazy or suffer from alcoholism. But despite efforts to find work, or a house, the sisters remain homeless. After a mid-July rain […]

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OPINION: The political season: this too shall pass

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From now until November, we likely will be bombarded with paid and unpaid political messages, endorsements, analysis and mudslinging the likes of which we have never before seen. Most have already seen the ugliness begin even prior to the national political conventions that have just played out. Social media is a hotbed of nonstop political […]

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Clarkston considers ‘banning the box’

Clarkston considers ‘banning the box’

Committee hears public concerns over discrimination against ex-cons The city of Clarkston is considering taking action to eliminate discrimination against ex-convicts.   Clarkston’s public safety committee, made up of councilmen Mario Williams, Dean Moore and resident Adyra Stembridge, heard from experts concerning the subject during a meeting held July 26. Marilynn Winn, a formerly incarcerated […]

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Back to school celebrated in Redan

Boys & Girls Club at Redan Recreation Center celebrated the end of summer camp with a back-to-school celebration featuring performances and games.

Boys & Girls Club and local businesses partner for school supplies drive For most of the day on July 26, Redan Recreation Center was a scene of celebration. The center, located at 1869 Phillips Road in Lithonia, hosted a Back to School 2016 event featuring a school supplies giveaway, food and drinks, games, dancing, guest […]

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Up in smoke


Clarkston business owner voices concerns over tightened tobacco rules   An owner of an adult entertainment strip club voiced concerns on a smoke-free Clarkston July 26 during a public safety committee meeting. Bill Gamble, owner of Strokers Entertainment Club, said a proposed ordinance banning smoking indoors could cause the 25-year-old Clarkston business to fail. “Having […]

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