Be SMART about guns


On May 19 in DeKalb County a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the finger. At approximately 1 a.m. that day in a house on Rollingwood Drive, the boy’s mother was asleep in the living room when the child climbed onto a step stool to get a shoe box from a closet shelf in the […]

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County Family Protection Center opens in Tucker


Victims of any type of physical abuse can seek help in DeKalb County through the county’s new Family Protection Center. County officials cut the ribbon May 28 to celebrate the opening of the center, which is housed in the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue’s central office in Tucker. Officials also signed a memorandum of understanding. […]

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County commission candidates face off


Eight of the 10 candidates for the District 5 seat on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners participated in the first of several forums planned for the group. “DeKalb County is blessed to have so many fine candidates from which to choose,” said Steen Miles, moderator of the forum sponsored by the Restore DeKalb advocacy […]

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Group uses garden to grow community


A nonprofit group in the Belvedere community is using a garden to bring neighbors together, improve the community and train new leaders. Partners in Action for Healthy Living (PAHL) is a nonprofit that started a few years ago; it came out of a group called the Healthy Belvedere initiative. “That initiative was looking at increasing […]

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Teacher fired for allowing students to have sex


DeKalb County School District officials voted to fire Quentin Wright, a science and math teacher at Champion Middle Theme School in Stone Mountain after he admitted to allowing students to have sex in a storage room in his classroom. The district held a tribunal hearing on May 29 where a three-member hearing tribunal voted unanimously […]

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Stephenson athletes sign scholarships


Three Stephenson baseball players and a softball player will continue their athletic careers on the next level. Cameron Haynes (Lemoyne-Owens College), Damyera Herbert (Albany State University), Terrell McCall (Alabama State University) and Marcus Young (Jackson State University) all signed letters of intent May 18. Young, who pitched and played first base for the Stephenson Jaguars, […]

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Senior athletes earn top academic honors in 2015

It's the key to her future

DeKalb County senior athletes showed their academic prowess in 2015 by carting away half of the top academic awards at the 19 high schools which participate in athletics. The 19 high schools, including magnet programs, honored 48 valedictorians and salutatorians for their academic achievements in the 2014-15 academic school year and 25 of the honorees […]

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OPINION: One size does not fit all

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“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” –educator and minister Dr. Benjamin E. Mays (1894-1984) and president of Morehouse College from 1940-1967 as well as longtime mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Offering some free counsel for the next superintendent of […]

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