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OPINION: Still mad, bad, zig-zag Zell


“Yeah he’s bad, mad Zig-Zag Zell, Mountain Man with a Rebel yell! Badder than Speaker Tom, and meaner than a Junkyard Dawg!,” lyrical parody of “Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown,” poking fun at then Lt. Gov. Zell Miller in 1989 at the Georgia Press Association’s Cracker Crumble. Georgia’s longest serving lieutenant governor, two-term governor, father of […]

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McNair HS may become career academy


A proposal for converting McNair High School into a college and career charter academy was presented to parents Aug. 21 in the school’s auditorium. “We’ve got one of the finest structures in DeKalb County; we’re in it right now,” said DeKalb County School District superintendent Michael Thurmond. “But about half of it goes unused. And […]

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DeKalb family faces ALS together

The Gilchrist family, from left to right Synetha, Darius, Tamara and Ernest, at last year’s Georgia Walk to Defeat ALS in Atlanta. Darius led a team of walkers, Young and Moving Forward, that donate to the ALS Association’s fight against the disease. Photo provided

A little more than a year ago, Ernest and Synetha Gilchrist got news that any parent would dread to hear. Their son, Darius Gilchrist, had just been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I knew exactly what it was,” Synetha, who works as a physical therapist, said. “My […]

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Science teacher finalist for national award

Kittredge Middle School science teacher Susan Oltman (center) is a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She leads her students in experience-based science projects, like these lunar landers students built.

Sixth-grade earth science teacher Susan Oltman found out she was a state finalist for a national teaching award after a summer spent preparing for school and learning about sustainable fishing at the coast. Oltman is a Georgia finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). She and two other teachers […]

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Funds, fun raised at annual Labor Day race

Volunteers from First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates wait with fruit, sports drinks and water for the runners.

The Fourth of July for many runners means gathering for the popular Peachtree Road Race in downtown Atlanta. For a smaller but dedicated group Labor Day means putting on running shoes early in the morning and dashing through the streets of Avondale Estates. Between 200 and 300 runners and walkers from those just beyond the […]

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Tucker CID welcomes Northlake businesses, changes name

Photo by Carla Parker

The Tucker CID is now the Tucker-Northlake CID. This week the Tucker Community Improvement District voted to change its name to the Tucker-Northlake CID. According to CID officials, the new name reflects the CID’s focus on economic development and infrastructure improvements for the communities to the east and west of the I-285/LaVista Road interchange. Along […]

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Water, water [projects] everywhere: Two completed watershed projects to be unveiled

County workers replace pipes on Allgood Road as part of the county’s billion-dollar watershed capital improvement project. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County will hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting for two booster pump stations constructed as part of the county’s $1.35 billion watershed capital improvement project (CIP). Booster pump stations at North Shallowford and Tilly Mill in Dunwoody will be on display during the ceremony. The $3.9 million North Shallowford booster pump station was moved from […]

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Ebola patients released from Emory Hospital

Dr. Kent Brantly reads a statement after he was released from Emory University Hospital where he was treated for Ebola. Photos provided

Two Ebola patients who were being treated at Emory University Hospital have tested clear of the deadly virus and were discharged from the hospital. Doctors announced Aug. 21 that Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were not a threat to public health. “After a rigorous course of treatment and testing, the Emory Healthcare team has […]

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