35 years of MARTA History

County police department commemorates centennial

New badges have been distributed to DeKalb County Police officers to commemorate the department’s centennial. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Residents of the Tucker community wanted police protection, so they pressured the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners to provide it. That was 1915 and the beginning of the DeKalb County Police Department. This year the department is celebrating its centennial. On Dec. 29, 2014, DeKalb police officers received centennial anniversary commemorative badges, while civilian employees […]

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Center wants to be a community resource

The Community Achievement Center in south DeKalb was formed by two Greek organizations. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

In the early 2000s, two local nonprofit organizations were independently looking for a place to host community service events. The Delta Life Development Center Inc., established in 1998, works with at-risk students; provides assistance and support to the federal Teenage Mothers Nutrition Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Program; and partners with the Decatur Alumnae […]

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Stephenson sophomore linebacker finishes in top defensive stats

“I hope to get stronger and even faster next year and lead the county in tackles,” said Stephenson’s Chancey Rivers

Before the 2014 football season began, there was a lot of hype surrounding a number of Stephenson senior defensive players, specifically defensive end Chauncey Rivers. Rivers and the other senior leaders lived up to hype, leading Stephenson’s defense to rate as one of the top defenses in DeKalb County football. However, there was another player […]

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Alterique Gilbert: ‘Focused on becoming a better leader’

Miller Grove junior guard Alterique Gilbert hit his 1,000th point Dec. 9

    Last season, Miller Grove point guard Alterique Gilbert played a major role in the Wolverines’ run to a sixth consecutive state title. As a sophomore, Gilbert averaged 18.0 points and 5.6 assists per game, and led all scorers with 25 points in the 2014 championship game. Now in his junior season, Gilbert is […]

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Commissioner Rader seeks to lead the board

There still is no commissioner for DeKalb’s District 5. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Commissioner Jeff Rader announces his candidacy for Presiding Officer of the DeKalb Board of Commissioners (BOC).  The BOC is required to elect a presiding officer at its first meeting of each New Year.  Rader is the most senior member of the BOC that has not served in the presiding officer position, according to a news […]

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Keep goodwill alive in 2015


As 2014 comes a close, many of us are riding waves of good feelings from the holiday season. Helping strangers in need and donating generously to causes we believe in have many of us wishing we could extend those feelings into the new year.Why not?There are a plethora of organizations right here at home that […]

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is a mighty beast


  When the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG roars to life with its deep rumbling growl, it’s the first indication that those fortunate enough to be behind the wheel or a passenger are in for an outstanding experience. With a “hand-built” 6.3-liter 32-valve V8 AMG engine, the C63 produces 451 horsepower, which means it’s a mighty […]

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OPINION: Cuba beckons

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For years I have wanted to go to Cuba. The rebel in me naturally makes me want to visit a nation where Americans are not supposed to go, but there’s also the appeal of a land that time has somewhat forgotten for more than half a century. Once a top vacation destination for jet-setting world […]

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