Cedar Grove dominates Westside-Macon, advances to semifinals

Cedar Grove dominates Westside-Macon, advances to semifinals

The Cedar Grove Saints reached the state playoff semifinals for the third time in program history after a 41-25 win over the Westside-Macon Seminoles on Nov. 27 in the Class AAA quarterfinals. However, despite the big win and making history, Coach Jermaine Smith was not too pleased with his team’s overall execution and the multiple […]

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Gang member sentenced to life in prison for murder of baby

Gang member sentenced to life in prison for murder of baby

  It will be 50 years before Devin Thomas could be released from prison. The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to seven of eight charges, including malice murder, in the shooting death of 9-month-old KenDarious Edwards Jr. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson sentenced Thomas on Nov. 30 to life in prison, plus 20 years, with the […]

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Schools seeks to increase male involvement

Schools seeks to increase male involvement

A Real Men Read initiative, now in its fourth year, is under way at Columbia Elementary School. Community members—all males—have been enlisted to read to students on Dec. 11 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The program was initiated by Columbia Elementary School fourth grade reading and social studies teacher Makeeda Collins. She said she […]

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Federal Reserve official: Economy on track for ‘normalization’ phase

Federal Reserve official:  Economy on track for ‘normalization’ phase

“I believe the national economy is on a reasonably solid trajectory,” said Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  Speaking Nov. 19 at a DeKalb Chamber of Commerce general business meeting at the Georgia Aquarium, Lockhart added, “Certainly, there are some important aspects of the economic picture that […]

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Three defendants plead not guilty in gang case

Three defendants plead not guilty in gang case

  Three alleged gang members pleaded not guilty during a Nov. 23 arraignment. Joseph Broxton, Daniel Pena and Christopher Hamlett are three of the nine people mentioned in a 45-count indictment against members of the HATE Committee, a subgroup of the Gangster Disciples criminal street gang. HATE is an acronym for “Helping All To Eat.” […]

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Center to address cancer among Blacks

Center to address cancer among Blacks

  Approximately two dozen people gathered Nov. 20 for the ceremonial groundbreaking for the African-American Cancer Initiative Health, Wellness and Education Center.  A partnership between Greater Faith Baptist Church and various 501(c)(3) organizations, the initiative has as its goal raising funding to produce a healthier and cancer-free Black community. The center will provide cancer screening, […]

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Local students support domestic violence program

Local students support domestic violence program

Georgia-certified family violence programs provided shelter for more than 4,500 adults and 4,700 children with 234,834 shelter nights in 2006, according to Georgia Department of Human Resources. Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) officials said that number is rising and more women and children seeking refuge in Georgia domestic violence shelters with just the clothes on […]

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St. Pius takes down West Laurens, advances to quarterfinals

St. Pius takes down West Laurens, advances to quarterfinals

Same opponent, similar results as the St. Pius X Golden Lions defeated West Laurens 33-14 Nov. 20 in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs. This was the second consecutive year St. Pius faced West Laurens in the playoffs and their second consecutive victory over West Lauerns. The Golden Lions beat West Laurens […]

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