35 years of MARTA History

Near-perfect family destination just three hours away

One of many indoor entertainment options

It’s probably as close to perfection for a family-friendly destination as is possible—Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tenn., truly does have something for everyone. On the drive up, I intentionally did not discuss with my 7-year-old godson all the options available at Wilderness just to make the drive a bit quieter. I knew he […]

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OPINION: Perhaps a slice of humble pie?

Opinion crane

“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.”–Lao Tzu, 6th century B.C., Chinese philosopher and poet. As a political columnist and analyst, I am most often asked, typically well in advance of an election, who is going to win. Within literally hours of the completion of the 2014 General Election unofficial […]

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South DeKalb residents celebrate traffic light

County officials and community leaders gathered Nov. 13 to unveil a new traffic signal on Flat Shoals Parkway. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 13 in south DeKalb, but not for a building. It was for a traffic light. Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said the ceremony was “a day of celebration for the small things we do as county government and state government working together.” The traffic light is at an […]

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Lithonia motel gets a facelift

Owner Kamini Patel says she seeks to keep her Red Roof Inn a place where families, vacationers and business travelers feel safe and comfortable.

  Hotel owner Kamini Patel invited the Lithonia community to help celebrate Nov. 12 with music, giveaways and food of the type served in her native India, as she hosted an open house at the newly renovated Red Roof Inn Lithonia. When Patel was growing up in India, her father was a business owner. Then […]

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Downside leads to upside of Prius V


Sluggish sounds like a rather insulting way to start a car review. But it’s true. The 2014 Toyota Prius V is a bit sluggish but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing all the time. In most of my daily around-town driving, I didn’t mind that the Prius was a bit hesitant on takeoff and slow […]

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OPINION: Stone Mountain resident: ‘I’m a citizen of DeKalb’


With all the talk of municipal segregation, otherwise known as the cityhood movement or annexation, it was reassuring recently to hear a DeKalb resident ask his audience not to divide themselves into these various proposed cities. Currently there are annexation talks or proceedings under way for Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Lithonia and Stone […]

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Schools collect 104,000 pounds of recyclables

DeKalb Early College Academy and Elizabeth Andrews High School received a $1,000 for winning second place in the recycling competition.

  A student recycling competition sponsored by a new partnership among the DeKalb County government, the school district and Keep DeKalb Beautiful has kept 104,000 pounds of trash out of the landfill. “We created this competition to encourage everyone, young and old, to recycle [by] educating you on the importance of recycling and how you […]

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New families created during adoption event

From left front, newly-adopted Karla, mother Jennifer, sister Jayla. From left back, Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams, Karla’s father Brett and grandparents Barbara and James Moore.

“We love her so much. She has us wrapped around her little finger.” That’s what Summer Hillesheim of Lilburn said about Mya, the baby she and her husband Brett officially made a member of their family Nov. 14, which was National Adoption Day. Mya came to the Hillesheims, who are foster parents, at midnight in […]

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