Transparency, other topics discussed at Avondale candidates’ forum

Avondale Estates residents listen to the five mayoral candidates during a fourm.

Transparency has become a concern for some Avondale Estates residents after the mishandling of an annexation bill by former mayor Ed Rieker, and residents are looking for a mayor who will keep them in the loop of all city business. Residents got an opportunity to question the five mayoral candidates about transparency and other topics […]

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Dunwoody dad picked for moms panel

Jason and Leanne Kaplan and their sons have visited all of the Disney theme parks in Florida including Animal Kingdom, Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. Photo provided.

Ten trips to Disney properties in Florida have given the Kaplans of Dunwoody shared memories of fun-filled family vacations. Now those trips and one-of-a-kind insight have qualified one member of the family as an expert in visiting the iconic theme parks, and he’s sharing his knowledge with prospective visitors. Jason Kaplan, a 40-year-old orthodontist, has […]

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Proposed south DeKalb resort up for a revote

After a procedural mess-up, the proposed Panola Slope Resort in south DeKalb will receive new scrutiny by county commissioners.

It’s been described as a paradise in the ghetto. And after a technical snafu, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will reconsider Panola Slope Resort, a proposed resort that would include an upscale seafood restaurant, a steakhouse and a tapas restaurant. Plans also call for a “barcade”—a restaurant/bar with various simulation and virtual reality games. […]

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Nomadic ladies ready for adventure


They are admittedly modern-day nomads. They travel whenever possible—sometimes alone, sometimes in a group and always with an open mind and a spirit of adventure. Diana Lee Pollidore of East Atlanta and Renee Marshall of Dunwoody are both members of the Nomadness Travel Tribe, a group of almost 9,000 predominately-Black members who share a common […]

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Restaurant brings a bit of China to Chamblee

Oriental Pearl Seafood continued to thrive even when the economy was in a slump.

On a Saturday morning well before traditional lunchtime, Oriental Pearl Seafood Restaurant in Chamblee is filled almost to capacity. Staff members move through the 350-seat restaurant pushing carts of dumplings, appetizers, soups, vegetables and other Chinese specialties as owner Fanny Lee greets customers, many of whom she knows by name. “This is more than a place […]

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Funeral set for Southwest DeKalb grad

Lauren Jones

University of Oregon freshman and Southwest DeKalb graduate Lauren Jones will be laid to rest Feb. 28. Jones, 18, a member of the Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team, died Feb. 17 after falling ill. According to The Register-Guard, public health officials confirmed the cause of death was meningococcemia, a bacterial infection. Approximately 11 hours before […]

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DeKalb officials welcome a king

From left, DeKalb County Commissioners Larry Johnson and Jeff Rader welcome Oba Adejuyigbe and members of his entourage.

DeKalb County officials welcomed a king to their offices Feb. 13. His Royal Majesty Oba Adejuyigbe Edundjobi Adefunmi II of Oyotunji African Village visited DeKalb County where commissioners presented him with a proclamation recognizing the 10-year anniversary of his coronation. The Oyotunji African Village is a village founded by Oba Adejuyigbe’s father in 1970 in Beaufort […]

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Student service projects to be awarded


Dozens of DeKalb and Fulton County students will be honored at Communities in Schools of Atlanta’s 11th annual Choose Success awards dinner on April 30 for service projects they’ve established for their communities. “Our children are not victims. In fact in this globally connected world they have to be stalwart leaders because, even as poor […]

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