Nonprofit offers jobs and training to resettled refugees

From left, Jessica Darnell, Kitti Murray, Leon Shombana, Eleni Tsegu and Caleb Goodrum are part of Refuge Coffee in Clarkston.

by Justin Beaudrot Refuge Coffee Company is a newly established 501c3 nonprofit organization that offers jobs and job training for resettled refugees living in Clarkston. Founder Kitti Murray came up with the idea for a coffee shop after speaking with neighbors, and realized it could fill the need for a central place where the community […]

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Need for accounting professionals increasing

Youngsters assist in packing up their school’s supplies.

Careers in accounting and auditing are on the rise according to this year’s release of the Georgia Department of Labor’s “Hot Careers to 2022.” Statistical Program Operations Chief Corey Smith said the listing was determined by three criteria areas. “The growth in the career must be faster than the state average job growth, wages have […]

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OPINION: District 5’s decision matters


District 5 residents finally got what they have begged for: a special election. And when they went to the polls June 16 to select a new commissioner, they had plenty of choices. There were five female and five males running for the position. Among them were a police officer and pastor, an educational consultant and […]

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OPINION: Everything in the spin again

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“Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them everything.”–author, publisher, inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Being a man of middle age, I have a much greater appreciation for getting a good night’s sleep and the comfort of a good mattress and […]

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County ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses

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DeKalb County is ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses. “We were prepared for this,” said Probate Court Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh. “The highest court in the land has ruled on the issue, and it is up to rest of the judiciary to follow the law and accommodate the citizens of each jurisdiction.” The U. S. […]

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Decatur residents win Pedals 4 Professionals video contest

From left, Paul Ficklin-Alred, an Emory University staff member, and Nathan Scronce, a video production company owner, won a video contest about cycling to work. Photo provided

by Justin Beaudrot Decatur residents, Paul Ficklin-Alred and Nathan Scronce, teamed up for Canada-based Reliance Foundry’s annual, multi-national Pedals 4 Professionals video contest. In recognition of Bike to Work Week, Pedals 4 Professionals receives video submissions of participants’ stories of how and why they bike to work, and reward the winning contestants with $5,000 toward […]

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Sueño Alianza tour stops in DeKalb County

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Soccer players from across the southeast convened at Wade Walker Park to compete in front of top scouts from Mexico and the United States. The Powerade Sueño Alianza tour took place in Stone Mountain Park June 20-21. More than 400 players participated in the free tryouts on June 20. Rafa Calderon, the national director of […]

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Brookhaven appoints interim city attorney

Brookhaven Councilman Bates Mattison (right) speaks with Interim City Attorney Chris Balch.

Chris Balch of Balch Law Group in Atlanta was named Brookhaven’s interim city attorney June 19 after a 3-2 vote by the city council. Mayor Rebecca Chase-Williams said Balch was recommended to her by Susan Moore, chief council of the Georgia Municipal Association and by other attorneys. “I think it is an advantage that Mr. […]

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