35 years of MARTA History

Columbia rolls past Lithonia in 41-7 win

Columbia running back Antonio Manson (with ball) runs for extra yardage. Photo by Travis Hudgons

It was a blowout win for the Columbia Eagles, but it was not pretty. The Eagles were able to put away the Lithonia Bulldogs 41-7 in the 6-AAAA regional matchup Sept. 26, despite a high number of penalties and a couple of turnovers. The game was scoreless halfway through the first two quarters until Columbia […]

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DeKalb police academy graduates 100th class


The DeKalb County Police Department increased its force by 15 after celebrating the 100th Police Academy graduation class. The new 15 officers, including former DeKalb Police Chief William O’Brien’s son Bradley, receive their badges and took the oath of office during their graduation ceremony Sept. 26 at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center. “The decision […]

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Decatur resident wants to be children’s chief advocate

Valarie Wilson, former Decatur school board member, said more money is needed for public education. Photo by Christopher T Martin

Former City Schools of Decatur school board member Valarie Wilson said she feels “compelled” to run for the state school board superintendent position.“While on our [local school] board, I was consistently disappointed at what I felt like was a consistent defunding…of public education,” Wilson said. “Every year from the time I started serving, there was […]

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CDC official: Tackling Ebola could take ‘a long time’

A group gathered in front of the CDC on Sept. 26 to raise the awareness of the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

“CDC: End Ebola Now” was the chant of more than a dozen people Sept. 26 across the street from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The event was scheduled “to continue to raise the awareness of what’s happening in West Africa,” said Alpha Jabbie, the event’s organizer. “What’s happening in West Africa is […]

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Miller Grove’s Sharman White named to USA basketball coaching staff


Miller Grove High School boys’ basketball coach Sharman White was named one of the assistant coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team. White will assist in coaching 53 of the nation’s top high school basketball players at the sixth annual mini-camp Oct. 4-5, the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, […]

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Andre Brown: quarterback of offense and defense

Columbia quarterback Andre Brown, who also plays safety, leads the county in quarterback statistics. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Football teams that have good quarterbacks usually have them playing just the quarterback position. However, that is not the case for Columbia’s Andre Brown. Brown plays quarterback and safety for the Columbia Eagles. “He’s our quarterback on offense, quarterback on defense, and quarterback in the locker room,” said Columbia coach David Edwards. Brown has been […]

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‘Yes man’ testifies against suspended county CEO

Former county procurement director Kelvin Walton testified against his former boss, suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

“Like a murderer.” That’s how the self-described “yes man” of suspended CEO Burrell Ellis described his ex-boss. The comment occurred Sept. 24 as former procurement director Kelvin Walton was being questioned by Lawanda Hodges, deputy chief assistant district attorney at DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, about a secret recording played in court. In his testimony, […]

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Franchise owners open Georgia’s first Happy’s Pizza

3 Owner Charles Benson and Manager Phillips

A restaurant chain whose corporate office calls it “a household name in Michigan,” recently opened its first Georgia restaurant on Candler Road, making Georgia the ninth state in which Happy’s Pizza is sold. The story, as Sherrie Handrinos who does marketing for Happy’s Pizza explained, started 18 years ago on a busy corner in northeast […]

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