MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Columbia wide receiver commits to Clemson

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Columbia High’s Shadell Bell will finish high school early and enroll at Clemson University in January after committing to the university to continue his academic and athletic career. The wide receiver and linebacker will sign his letter of intent during a signing ceremony Aug. 9 at Columbia High School. Bell, who has a 5-star rating […]

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County’s ‘convoluted’ purchasing policy revised

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    With the stroke of a pen, DeKalb County’s “convoluted,” two-volume purchasing policy was reduced to just 38 pages. On Aug. 6, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May signed an executive order revising the county’s purchasing policy. The updated policy requires that “all things must be competitively procured unless exempted” and establishes a purchasing […]

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Georgia Piedmont Technical College unveils multimedia program and labs

Commissioners Larry Johnson and Sharon Barnes Sutton along with GPTC president Jabari Simama cut the ribbon on the television production studio, new to GPTC. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

“We’ve gone through the industrial age, the technology and information age, to this content age now, this digital media age. And we have to have programs like this that are on the cutting edge if we are going to be successful over the long term.” Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of […]

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Tucker-based company brings ‘green’ energy to Georgia

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Solar and other alternative forms of energy are not likely to replace traditional sources in the foreseeable future, but they definitely have a place in the overall mix, according to Jeff Pratt, president of Tucker-based Green Power EMC. Green Power EMC, established in 2001, is owned by the same 38 electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) that […]

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The two-undecillion-dollar lawsuit

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Two undecillion dollars. That’s how much money a Manhattan man is reportedly suing the city of New York, the Au Bon Pain coffee chain, Hoboken University, LaGuardia Airport, among others, for an alleged dog bite. Two undecillion dollars, in case your bank account hasn’t gotten that high recently, is two times 10 to the 36th […]

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Second Ebola patient arrives at Emory

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Before Nancy Writebol, a missionary from North Carolina infected with Ebola, boarded the plan that was scheduled to fly her to Emory University Hospital, she ate yogurt, according to her husband. “Nancy is still very, very weak,” David Writebol said in a released statement. “[She] shows continue, but slow improvement.” Nancy Writebol, 58, the second […]

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A better dog’s life in DeKalb

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“It’s a lot of work, but as a nonprofit we are able to do things that the county couldn’t.” Rebecca Guinn, founder and CEO of the Lifeline Animal Project. Not much longer than a year ago, a stray dog picked up by DeKalb Animal Services had roughly the same chance of survival as a dog […]

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South DeKalb YMCA holding tours of its greenspace

DeKalb County commissioners are scheduled to vote Aug. 12 on whether to pay $4.9 million for the South DeKalb YMCA. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Located on 18 acres–90 percent of which is greenspace—is the South DeKalb YMCA. On Aug. 12, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider whether it wants to partner with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to upgrade the South DeKalb YMCA, located at 2565 Snapfinger Road, Decatur. Under the agreement, the county would […]

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