35 years of MARTA History

Autopsy inconclusive in death of Southwest DeKalb alum

Lauren Jones

Medical examiners have not yet discovered what caused the death of Lauren Jones after the autopsy was inconclusive, according to The Oregonian. Jones, 18, who was a freshman at the University of Oregon and a member of the acrobatics and tumbling team, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 17 after requiring medical attention, according to the school. […]

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Southwest DeKalb alum Lauren Jones dead at 18

Lauren Jones

The Southwest DeKalb High School community is mourning the loss of 2014 graduate Lauren Jones. Jones, who was a freshman at the University of Oregon and a member of the acrobatics and tumbling team, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 17 after requiring medical attention, according to the school. “This is a terrible and sudden loss for […]

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Chamblee official recognized

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Chamblee Mayor Pro Tem Dan Zanger was recently re-elected and on Jan. 25 awarded a certificate of achievement by the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) annual mayors’ day conference. “I am honored to be re-elected by my peers on the council to serve as mayor-pro-tem, honored to receive this recognition […]

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Accrediting consultants approve DeKalb schools

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To qualify for HOPE scholarships, students must attend schools accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). On Jan. 24-26 Georgia Accrediting Commission Consultant Robert Boyd and his team visited all 23 DeKalb County high schools and gave an exit report at the Feb. 2 Board of Education […]

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Smithgall Woods Cottage: Not a typical state park accommodation

Smithgall Cottage’s expansive deck connects the covered parking pavilion, main structure and adjacent parking. Photos by John Hewitt

It all started with a mid-morning phone call asking if we would like an upgrade from our reserved one-bedroom riverside cottage at no additional cost. The caller explained that a larger cottage was available that had more bedrooms but no hot tub. Since it was a rainy cold day and a hot tub was not […]

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Eighteen basketball teams on the road to Macon

Lithonia boys' basketball team won the Region 6-AAAA title.

The road to Macon, Ga., to compete for a state basketball title begins Feb. 17 for 18 DeKalb County basketball teams. The first round of the playoffs will be held Feb. 17 and 18 with 12 DeKalb teams hosting playoff games. Seven teams are entering the playoffs as a No. 1 seeds after winning their […]

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Activists demand #Justice4KevinDavis

Protestors have successfully fought for an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations into the December 2014 shooting death of a Decatur man by a DeKalb County police officer. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

  Outside of the DeKalb County Courthouse on Feb. 4, a group sang a slow, somber rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Kevin Davis. A cook at Sawicki’s in downtown Decatur, Davis would have been 45. He was shot in the chest by a DeKalb County Police officer on Dec. 29 after calling 911 when his […]

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Commissioners end stalemate over District 5 seat

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The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners took a step toward ending the stalemate over District 5 representation. The seat has been vacant since July 2013, when Lee May, the elected District 5 commissioner, was appointed interim DeKalb County CEO by Gov. Nathan Deal, following the indictment and suspension of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Last […]

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