OPINION: The latest tempest

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Summer’s onset often has me strolling down memory lane, and repeating visits (at least in my head) to our favored family vacation spot, Georgia’s Jekyll Island. The Georgia Press Association recently returned to its tradition of annually gathering there for conventions, which also helps guarantee my return to these family fun roots. Once the playground […]

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James L. Thornton Memorial Scholarships awarded

James L. Thornton’s parents and memorial scholarship founders, Ora and Lovell, with 2015 scholarship recipient Leonard Simmons.

In 2002 James Thornton, a Lithonia High School student, was a back seat passenger in a Honda Accord when it clipped several trees, smashed into an iron fence and killed the rising senior. In memory of their son, Lovell and Ora Thornton have awarded multiple memorial scholarships for 13 years to encourage students to think […]

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Nature, arts and friendships at Eco Arts Camp

Camper Anderson Smith-Coat peers through binoculars for new discoveries.

Pine Lake Eco Arts counselor Sara Gregory said, “It’s wonderful for me to see kids be all wide-eyed, running and ready to explore.” Eco Arts camp is a six-week summer camp that aims to connect children with nature and fuel creativity. The first camp session, June 8-19, is themed forts, castles and nature art. In […]

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Brookhaven appoints interim city attorney

Chris Balch

Chris Balch of Balch Law Group in Atlanta was named Brookhaven’s interim city attorney June 19. Mayor Rebecca Chase-Williams nominated Balch, and the city council voted 3-2, with a deciding vote cast by Chase-Williams. Chase-Williams said Balch was recommended to her by Susan Moore, chief council of the Georgia Municipal Association and by other attorneys. […]

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Trinity High alums remember athletic success

From left, Former NFL defensive back Clarence Scott (left) shows a Trinity High School year book to Mike Glenn and Michael Harbin. Photo by Travis Hudgons

It has been 50 years since the all-Black football team from Trinity High School in Decatur won the state championship Jack Pitts and Clarence Scott remember the game like it was yesterday. Trinity played Tifton High School in Tifton in the championship game. The game was one of the most memorable games for Pitts, who […]

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Retailers hoping for Father’s Day spending boost


The average person celebrating Father’s Day this year will spend $115.57 on gifts, a slight increase from last year’s average of $113.80, according to the 2015 Father’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation (NRF). That’s not quite 67 percent of the $172.63 that a corresponding survey indicated […]

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Commissioners select watershed project contractor

Workers are set to replace 500 miles of water lines in DeKalb. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners on June 9 approved the construction contractor for the largest project in the county’s billion-dollar watershed improvement program. Archer Western Construction LLC of Atlanta, the lowest bidder at $187.9 million, was selected for the construction portion of the Snapfinger Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facilities expansion. The 4.5-year contract consists of […]

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Brookhaven to hold an emergency special called meeting


  The mayor and council of Brookhaven will conduct a special called meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, June 19, in the council chamber of city hall, 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven. The reasons for the emergency called meeting are: Appointment of interim city attorney Appointment of interim solicitor Discussion and consideration of the procedure for the […]

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