South DeKalb tennis team wins Metro championship

The Dottie Bridges 12u tennis team won the United States Tennis Association championship July 18.

The Dottie Bridges 12u Tennis Team came out on top at the 2015 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Atlanta City Championship. The title was the third for the Dottie Bridges program in the last three seasons. The UTSA Atlanta playoffs took place July 11-18, with the semi-final and final rounds held at Harrison Tennis Center […]

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Lithonia’s Jordan Smith commits to South Carolina

Jordan Smith to explains his decision to commit to South Carolina. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Lithonia defensive end Jordan Smith decided before the football season to make his choice on which college football team he will suit up for next in 2016. That team is the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Smith, a 4-star recruit, announced his commitment July 29 before football practice in front of family, friends, coaches and […]

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DeKalb County government is “rotten to the core”


The below letter was submitted to Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May by former attorney Michael Bowers who is conducting an investigation of DeKalb County government at the request of May. Bowers stated that DeKalb County government is “rotten to the core.” After the letter was made public, May released the following statement: “I wholeheartedly […]

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Campers exposed to unique dancer

Camper Zayden Trotter is cradled by fellow camper and camp counselor Sara Gregory in the “Shine On” performance.

On July 16, professional dancer and choreographer Alex Spitzer partnered with the Eco Arts camp in Pine Lake to teach a master dance class and perform a selection which he choreographed named I loved and Hated. As the first male dancer to enter the undergraduate program in dance at Texas Women’s University, Spitzer said he […]

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Local company taps into global creativity

Ideas United CEO David Roemer said Campus MovieFest attracts more than half a million students at colleges and universities around the globe.

While David Roemer was majoring in business at Emory University at the dawn of the 21st century, he and his friends used new video technology to “tell their stories.” He later discovered that skills acquired inside and outside the classroom would provide the foundation for the business he and classmates would form. “My dream in […]

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Atlanta United soccer complex approved

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  DeKalb County commissioners voted 4-3 on Aug. 4 to approve an incentive package with Arthur Blank, a cofounder of The Home Depot, set to bring major league soccer franchise Atlanta United FC to the county. The facility Blank plans to build will be the only soccer complex in the region. DeKalb County will spend […]

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OPINION: A Confederate’s tale

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In 1852, George Washington Scott found his way to the Florida panhandle, by way of Pennsylvania. He assembled 1,000 acres, in Leon County, not far from modern day Tallahassee, primarily for growing cotton. In the nonmechanized, tractor-free 1850s, Scott would rely heavily on slave labor to work his family plantation. When the Civil War broke out, Scott […]

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Churches invited to help with mental health issues

Speaking at a Decatur church, Dr. Tiffany Cooke assures the audience that seeking help for mental health issues is not inconsistent with Christian values.

Jasmine divides her life into two distinct periods: before she received effective treatment for her bi-polar condition and after she received effective treatment. “I can’t tell you how huge the difference is,” she said, speaking at a Mental Health and Faith Institute July 18 at New Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Snapfinger Road in […]

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