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Shaq tells Arabia Mountain High students to drive responsibly

Retired professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal visits Arabia Mountain High School to urge students to resist driving while intoxicated or distracted. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal said his mother encouraged him to give back to others. That’s why he was at Arabia Mountain High School on April 3 encouraging students to refrain from driving drunk or distracted. “Three things can happen when you drive recklessly,” O’Neal said. “One, you can be arrested. Two, you can cause […]

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Redan’s Marvin Pruitt makes history with 500th win

Redan High School principal Greg Goodwin (left) presents Redan baseball coach Marvin Pruitt with a cake in honor of his 500th career victory.

Redan High School baseball coach Marvin Pruitt reached an historic milestone April 1 as the veteran skipper won his 500th game. Pruitt became the first DeKalb County baseball coach to reach the feat after Redan beat Banneker 14-0. Pruitt joins former Columbia High School basketball coach Phil McCrary as the only coaches in DeKalb with […]

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New Dunkin’ Donuts to continue Wesley Chapel Road renaissance


Signs of new life are popping up on Wesley Chapel Road. On April 9 DeKalb District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson and a group of residents welcomed the arrival of a Dunkin’ Donuts store with a groundbreaking ceremony along the Wesley Chapel corridor near I-20. “This will be an upscale coffee shop with WI-FI that we want in our […]

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Retirees take to the sea for life of adventure

The Howie B has all the comforts of home. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Savvy travelers know one of the cardinal rules of discovering something new is knowing when to go with the flow. Recently on a trip to San Diego, my husband Cedric and I met a woman walking her pug, and we struck up a conversation. She shared that she and her husband lived on one of […]

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DeKalb businesses want to give back to the community through the Red Cross

Corporate supporters and those in the community who are involved with the American Red Cross got together at the DeKalb business meeting, held on March 27 at the metropolitan headquarters located in Monroe Drive.  Photo by Marta Garcia

The business meeting of the DeKalb branch of the American Red Cross held March 27 at the metropolitan headquarters in Atlanta, was an opportunity for corporate supporters and those in the community who are involve with the Red Cross mission to touch base, share their experience and being recognized for their commitment. Terri Badour-Duckett, CEO […]

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Porter Sanford Center alive with jazz

Milkshake blasts a tune at “A Soulful Sunday” at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur.

  If there are rafters in the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center, they must have been shaking at a fever pitch during a recent “A Soulful Sunday” concert presented by Groove Café Productions. The event, held March 9, featured more than 10 artists of various genres and styles. The success of the March […]

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Avondale MARTA station to be epicenter of new development

Over the next several years, a parking lot adjacent to the Avondale Estates MARTA station will be redeveloped into a transit-oriented, mixed-use space with apartments, local businesses and more. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

An area just south of the Avondale MARTA Station, located off East Ponce De Leon Avenue in Decatur, will be redeveloped within the next two years into a mixed-use development consisting of residential and retail spaces. Recently, MARTA’s board of directors voted to begin negotiating the details of the new development with the Decatur Development […]

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Catering business is a family affair

Roshonda and Tony Smith, owners of Family First Catering, say they both have enjoyed cooking for others for as long as they can remember. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

Neither Roshonda Smith nor her husband Tony can remember when they didn’t enjoy preparing food for others. “I got in trouble as a boy when I decided once to make sandwiches for the whole neighborhood,” Tony recalled. “After that, my mom was careful to protect her groceries.” Although for years Roshonda earned her living as […]

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