MARTA - 35th Anniversary

M.L. King hires new football coach

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  Nicolas Kashama has been hired as the new head coach for the Martin Luther King Jr. High football team. Kashama will replace Cortez Allen, who resigned last month after one season with the Lions. Allen left for Woodland High School in Henry County to be the defensive coordinator for head coach Steve Davenport. Allen […]

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Marist, St. Pius repeat as track and field champions

Stephenson sophomore Denzel Harper, right, finished second in the 300-meter hurdles. He won a gold medal in the long jump.

The Marist and St. Pius boys’ track teams defended their state titles May 10 at the 2014 Georgia High School Association Boys State Track Meet in Jefferson. Marist won the Class AAAA state title with a slim 67-66 victory over Carrollton High School. Redan finished third with 45 points. Three gold medals led to Marist’s […]

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Students compete in local chess tournaments

Pictured some of the students who competed in the National Junior High Championship and the Beau Hardeman Invitational Chess Tournament. From left back row, Essig Kemp, Barry Gray; middle row, Collin Laster, Leon “T.J.” Guthrie, Treveon Cheeley, Richard Slaton, Jr.; front row, Jacari Ford, Bryce Cowins.

At Nick’s Barbershop in Stone Mountain, you’ll see something unexpected on Saturdays. Amid the buzzing clippers and chatting customers, you’ll see focus, dedication, learning and fun. Since 2012, certified chess instructor Beau Hardeman has been teaching a group of first grade through 12th grade young men, for two hours each Saturday as part of a […]

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School district TV show bridges future for students

DeKalb County high school students interview Rashan Ali and school Superintendent Michael Thurmond during a production of “The Bridge,” a student-produced show debutting May 10 on PDS-TV24.

  When 17-year-old Ashailyn McGill attended a meeting with her friend at the DeKalb County School District offices earlier this year, she didn’t know what she was getting into. “I just went to a meeting,” said Ashailyn, a junior at Miller Grove High School. “I didn’t know what I was coming for. I just went.” […]

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Good Growth DeKalb says: ‘Our legal battle is now over’

The advocacy organization that has fought against a new Walmart for more than two years said its legal avenues have been exhausted.

After more than two-and-a-half years of fighting to stop a Walmart from being built, the neighborhood group Good Growth DeKalb stated it has agreed not to pursue any further legal action against DeKalb County. The group had opposed the plans of Selig Enterprises, owner of Decatur’s Suburban Plaza, to bring a Walmart superstore to the […]

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Pampering moms brings a big boost to business

Reina Bermudez shows one of the beauty products made especially for Spa Sydell. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

  After Anna Jarvis founded Mother’s Day more than 100 years ago, she fought hard to keep it from becoming a commercial holiday, objecting even to the purchasing of greeting cards. It was a battle she ultimately lost. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Mother’s Day is the third biggest spending event in the […]

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OPINION: Being a newspaper reporter is really not that bad


According to a recently released best and worst jobs list created by CareerCast, a newspaper reporter is the second worst career choice of the 200 jobs studied. The only job field ranked lower is in the logging industry, specifically a lumberjack. The list is based on job-related criteria in four categories: environment, income, career outlook […]

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Dolls made with love

A child mimics the expression of a Luvaboo doll. Photos by Marta Garcia

  Mother, wife, journalist and entrepreneur. Marcela Cortes manages all with passion, dedication and a lot of love. The Dunwoody resident started stitching good old-fashioned rag dolls five years ago. Now her craft has turned into a business and her dream is turning to reality. Her fascination with children’s ability to create stories and their […]

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