Arabia Mountain makes history with first playoff win

Arabia Mountain’s Brandon Snowball run for a touchdown. Photos by Travis Hudgons

In their first appearance in the state playoffs, the Arabia Mountain Rams sent a message that they are here to compete and win after a dominating 34-14 victory over the Villa Rica Wildcats Nov. 11 in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. Coach Stanley Pritchett, who took over the program in 2013, said […]

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Walker has big night in Cedar Grove’s playoff win

Jadon Haselwood returned a punt for a touchdown.

Cedar Grove running back Grant Walker put on a show Nov. 12, scoring three touchdowns in the Saints’ 63-17 win over Union County in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. Walker rushed for 180 yards on nine carries, 171 of those yards came in the first half in addition to his three touchdowns. […]

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Decatur’s modern-day ‘candy lady’

Decatur’s modern-day ‘candy lady’

Tucked inside a small plaza off of Glenwood Road in Decatur lies one of Decatur’s sweet secrets that’s becoming more popular.  Sweet Thang’s Candy Boutique at 4469 Glenwood Road recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in Decatur.  From humble beginnings to plans on expanding in the near future, shop owner Shantrice Fulton said starting her own […]

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Clarkston employees granted paid parental leave

Clarkston city manager Keith Barker, city attorney Stephen Quinn and councilwoman Beverly Burks constructed an ordinance allowing Clarkston employees up to 8 weeks of paid leave to new parents. Photo by R. Scott Belzer.

Police officers, administrative assistants and other Clarkston city employees were granted more opportunities for paid leave following a city council meeting on Nov. 1. Clarkston City Council unanimously approved a resolution granting paid leave for new parents regardless of gender. “The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t provide universal leave to accommodate […]

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I like Mike

Mike Thurmond is surrounded by supporters as he celebrates a victory in downtown Decatur at the Courtyard Marriott on Clairemont Avenue.

“I like Mike.” A catchy slogan that eventually turned into campaign signs for former DeKalb County Schools superintendent Michael Thurmond. The “I like Mike” campaign flyers were scattered across DeKalb County on Election Day and apparently DeKalb County residents like Mike, too. At press time, Thurmond was leading Republican candidate Jack Lovelace with 74 percent […]

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Volunteers planting seeds of success  


A public median on Hairston Road, just south of Redan Road looks a little more colorful thanks to Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation (GHHCDC)—a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes business development in DeKalb County. On Oct. 29, volunteers planted trees and bushes to revitalize business in the area. According to GHHCDC officials, thousands of […]

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Tucker clinches region title with win over Stephenson

Tucker’s Joshua Vann jumps over defenders into the end zone.Photos by Travis Hudgons

With a region title on the line, the Tucker Tigers took care of business to avoid a three-way tie—defeating the Stephenson Jaguars 31-0 at Hallford Stadium Nov. 4. With the win, Tucker (9-1, 7-0) clinched the Region 4-AAAAAA title and will host a playoff game Nov. 11 against Bradwell Institute at Adams Stadium. Stephenson (6-4, […]

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Danger zone: Study indicates dangers in school drop-off and pickup areas


How safe are middle and high school students when walking to and from school? How pedestrian-friendly are the campuses they walk to each morning and leave each afternoon? According to a recent study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide, not as safe as expected. Safe Kids Worldwide’s Alarming Dangers in School Zones report, released Oct. 27, […]

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