MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Franchise fitness facility owner says he wants club to be ‘a community gym’

Owner Bill Aicklen and manager Kip Schoepke say their equipment is selected for ordinary men and women who want to stay fit. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

Bill Aicklen owns five Workout Anytime locations in the Atlanta area, but said the first gym franchise he bought—in the Decatur area—is special to him. “We think of it as a community gym and that’s how we want our customers to think of it. The area around us is largely residential. There are several public […]

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Former DeKalb County police chief dies at 83

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Retired DeKalb Police Chief Robert “Bobby” T. Burgess Sr, passed away June 6 of natural causes. He was 83. Burgess was a 45-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, including a 22-year stint as chief of police until his retirement in 2001. The municipal building at 3630 Camp Circle, next to the jail, was […]

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Commissioners postpone YMCA vote yet again

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DeKalb County commissioners and residents were clearly divided June 10 on whether to approve a $5 million public/private partnership with the South DeKalb YMCA to help the facility implement improvements. The Board of Commissioners did not have the required votes to pass the item, which will come before the board again June 24. “I encourage […]

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Mother, child pedestrians struck in Chamblee hit & run

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A 9-year-old girl and her mother were struck by a hit-and-run driver on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Chamblee on June 9 at approximately 3:47 p.m. The girl was riding her bicycle on the sidewalk with her mother, when a black Ford Explorer lost control and struck the mother and child, according to a news release […]

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Chamblee Police shoot, kill hostage suspect

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Chamblee Police officers were involved in a deadly shooting June 9 during an armed robbery and hostage situation. At approximately midnight, Chamblee officers responded to call about an armed robbery and hostage situation in progress at the Auto Zone located at 4863 Buford Hwy., Chamblee, according to police. Officers arrived at the scene and “while […]

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New LGBTQ organization offers safe space for young adults

From left, Real Youth board members include Brian McMahon, Beth Greaves, Mark DeLong, John Beers, Brit Prince, Kelley Napier, Darryl Moores, Gabriel Haggray and Cedrick Hayward.

  The Atlanta area is known nationally for its open and vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. It’s considered the fifth gayest city in America, according to The Advocate, a national gay and lesbian news magazine. But, according to Gabriel Haggray, Atlanta’s vibrant scene is missing one thing: a safe space for […]

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Local woman advocates for menstrual health awareness

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  Half a world away from Atlanta, Lorrie Lynn King had a revelation. It was late 2010. She was in India, having just travelled from Nepal on a mission to help start a nonprofit education foundation. She had spent her career doing aid work around the world and was familiar with the kinds of complications […]

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Additional details emerge about proposed park amenities in Dunwoody

Dunwoody councilmen John Heneghan and Doug Thompson hosted the Dunwoody District 3 Citizen Connection Meeting May 29. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

At a the District 3 Citizen Connection Meeting May 29, hosted at the Dunwoody North Driving Club, Dunwoody City councilmen Doug Thompson and John Heneghan answered questions about Dunwoody’s future plans. As has been the case lately, many questions were about proposed parks and road improvements in the area.   Pernoshal Park The final park […]

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