MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Stone Mountain business owners hold first association meeting

The Stone Mountain Business Association held its inaugural meeting at Stone Mountain Bakery May 8. Photo by Carla Parker

Ideas on how to make the Stone Mountain business community better were floating around May 8 during the inaugural meeting of the Stone Mountain Business Association. More than 20 business owners from the Stone Mountain business district met with Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Mechel McKinley to discuss how businesses in Stone Mountain can thrive […]

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EDITORIAL: Pothole-Palooza patches pervasive problem


It is a nuisance that every driver has experienced: the ubiquitous pothole. There is hardly a road in the county that is free of potholes or their quick fix—the large metal plates that inadvertently double as traffic calming devices. These potholes have damaged vehicles and delayed traffic as drivers swerve to avoid these ever-present imperfections. […]

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Dunwoody Arts Festival celebrates five years of whimsy

Left, Shari Grenzow Mauer travelled from Kiel, Wisc., to display her whimsical wares at the festival. “I think this is one of the coolest shows on my schedule,” she said.

It has been a year of fifths for Dunwoody, one of DeKalb’s newest cities. The fifth annual Dunwoody Art Festival ran May 10-11 during a weekend of intermittent drizzle and low-level clouds. The festival, always hosted on Mother’s Day weekend, was nonetheless a celebration of all things quirky and colorful. “I personally think the Mother’s […]

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School board approves $450,000 summer reading program

Students and DeKalb County school board members gather for a photo before school board members approve a summer reading program. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Clifford the Big Red Dog showed up at the May 5 DeKalb school board meeting to support a $450,000 summer reading program. Clifford attended the school board meeting “to put a little pressure on all you, to approve this item,” said Morcease J. Beasley, executive director of curriculum, instruction, professional learning and the district’s office […]

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Newly formed Decatur Nighthawks baseball club off to successful start

The Decatur Nighthawks travel baseball team was champion of the Tough Out National Invitational Tournament.

Just nine months after forming, the Decatur Nighthawks youth baseball travel team has a couple of tournament wins under their belts and is getting better as the season goes. The Decatur Nighthawks are a youth baseball team affiliated with United States Specialty Sports Association and currently play at the 9 and under AA level. The […]

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OPINION: All is not lost for DeKalb County schools


The recent news about how Dekalb County schools are faring is a mixed bag. Several schools are among the top performing statewide and deserving of accolades and admiration. Five City Schools of Decatur schools were among the top performing including Decatur High and Renfroe Middle schools. DeKalb County School District ‘s top perfomers included DeKalb […]

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Baseball, tennis, volleyball athletes sign scholarships

From left to right, baseball player Kelvin Wimbish signed with Albany State, Ayauna Ellis received a volleyball scholarship to Fort Valley State, Kaylin Roman received a tennis scholarship to Johnson C. Smith and Jason Davis is heading to Morehouse to play baseball.

Southwest DeKalb High School’s athletic department celebrated four of its athletes May 7 as they signed athletic scholarships to their respective schools. Ayauna Ellis signed a volleyball scholarship to Fort Valley State University; Kaylin Roman signed a tennis scholarship to Johnson C. Smith University; and Jason Davis signed a baseball scholarship to Morehouse College while […]

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Lifeline touts improvements at county animal shelter

The intake area at the DeKalb County animal shelter recently received a facelift and a paint job. Photos provided

In the nine months since LifeLine Animal Project has taken over DeKalb County’s animal shelter operations, Executive Director Rebecca Guinn said there have been many changes, including a 39 percent drop in euthanasia rates. “What that translates to, and why we’re getting applause from everyone here, is because it’s saving lives,” Guinn told DeKalb County […]

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