35 years of MARTA History

New county office focuses on youth

Kiarrianna Turner is the manager of the county’s new Office of Youth Services. Photo provided

Kiarranna Turner’s job is all about the youth. She is the manager of the DeKalb County Office of Youth Services. Originally from Las Vegas, Turner moved to the metro Atlanta area to attend Morris Brown College, where she earned a degree in political science. She attended seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. […]

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Atlanta Families’ accepts nominations for outstanding educators

Atlanta Families’ surprises Springdale Park Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Emerson.

While doing a job in a timely and organized fashion will typically go a long way toward being well-regarded at work, a few extra steps could ensure that the work is recognized and appreciated. Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) is a nonprofit program that awards educators in the metro Atlanta school districts. […]

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Security concerns prompt expansion of jail, court video use

Earlier this year, face-to-face inmate visits were changed to  a video phone system. Now, a video system will end off-site first appearances for felonies and misdemeanors. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Concerns for maintaining safer environments for judges, inmates and the public has led county court and Sheriff’s Office officials to expand use of video hearings for felony and misdemeanor first appearance hearings. In a Nov. 14 memorandum of understanding between DeKalb Sheriff Jeffrey Mann and DeKalb Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl Anderson, both felony first and […]

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Suspect in MARTA bus stop killing charged with rape

Christopher Merritt

An 18-year-old Lithonia man has been arrested for the “senseless killing” of a MARTA patron. Christopher Merritt, of Par Three Way in Lithonia, was taken into custody Nov. 28 by members of the DeKalb Sheriff’s Fugitive Squad. “Today we’re announcing an arrest in the senseless killing of Marcaysia Dawkins,” said interim DeKalb County Police Chief […]

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St. Pius X advances to semifinals, Marist and Tucker fall in quarterfinals

McEachern quarterback Bailey Hockman (No. 10) looks for a receiver down field while avoiding the pass rush.

New classification, but same results as the St. Pius X Golden Lions advance to the semifinals of the Class AAAA playoffs. No. 6-ranked St. Pius X defeated West Laurens 31-13 at home Nov. 28. This is the second time in three seasons St. Pius X has advanced to the semifinals. In 2012, the Golden Lions […]

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Ninety-year-old woman climbs Stone Mountain


  When one thinks of activities that a 90-year-old person can do, usually knitting, reading or playing bingo come to mind. Climbing 1.2 miles up a mountain is not a normal activity for a senior citizen. However, Velma Farris of Nashville, Tenn., is no ordinary 90-year-old. Farris was in DeKalb County Nov. 14, visiting her […]

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Commissioner Stan Watson Encourages DeKalb County High School ROTC/JROTC Cadets in District 7 and the Community to “Help Take a Bite Out of Hunger”

DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson

Stan Watson, Super District 7 Commissioner, is challenging DeKalb County High School ROTC/JROTC Cadets in District 7 and the community to “help take a bite out of hunger” this holiday season. Cans collected will be given to local social service organizations. “It is no secret that individuals and families continue to struggle for basic needs […]

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OPINION: Why I don’t tweet


“Whoever said that things have to be useful? Evan Williams, Twitter cofounder and CEO. Here is why I do not tweet. During my senior year in college, my then roommate, who seemingly could not stand the sound of silence, showed up one afternoon with a parakeet and cage to add to the tight space in […]

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