35 years of MARTA

Decatur Ghost Tour brings history … alive?

Boo Newell, a professional psychic medium, conducts the Decatur ghost tour most weekends. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

Decatur’s history stretches back well past its 1822 founding date. From the earliest Native Americans to the first European settlers to the Civil War, if an event happened in United States history, it was felt in the county seat. With at least four centuries of human activity here, it stands there would be at least […]

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SAM Shortline rumbles through Georgia’s byways

Travelers rediscover Georgia’s small towns and cities on the Sam Shortline.

For a leisurely way to spend the day, hop aboard the SAM Shortline and watch rural Georgia roll by. Offering day trips, the SAM Shortline train takes passengers to Americus, Plains, Leslie and occasionally Savannah. The distance from the starting point, Cordele, to the trains’ farthest destination, Archery, is 52 miles. The train isn’t in […]

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Mann it is!


Jeff Mann will remain as DeKalb County sheriff. Mann defeated former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones with 74.35 percent to 25.65 percent of votes, at press time. Approximately 21,000 voters participated in the runoff. Mann was appointed to the position by former sheriff Thomas Brown, who resigned in February to run for the Fourth Congressional […]

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Businesswoman finds success in the sewer

Sequoia at computer

Sequoia Bell has a degree in psychology. She’s worked in restaurants, sold real estate and processed mortgages. Now, at age 28, she’s found what she really likes doing—cleaning sewers. The president and CEO of Bell Innovative Technologies, Bell said she enjoys running a company that does work women rarely get into. “I was doing well […]

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LifeLine Animal Project marks one year of success at DeKalb animal shelter

As part of the improvements to the DeKalb County Animal Shelter, LifeLine Animal Project improved photography and pushed pet’s pictures online fast in order to get them adopted or reclaimed quickly. Photos provided by LifeLine

It’s been one year since LifeLine Animal Project, a nonprofit animal welfare group based in Avondale Estates, took over the management of the DeKalb County animal shelter. And, the association seems to be going well. “I think this has been a very productive partnership,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader. “LifeLine is not only performing […]

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DeKalb announces runoff precinct relocations


The DeKalb County Board of Registration & Elections reports that due to unforeseen circumstances and as an emergency measure, the voting locations for all registered voters in the Redan-Trotti Library Precinct and the Wesley Chapel Road Library Precinct for the General Primary Runoff Election on July 22, 2014 will have to relocate.  Lack of air […]

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Local man publishes family letters from Civil War era

Jerry Dougherty says he continues to be amazed by the level of interest in his 19th century letters. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

Jerry Dougherty grew up in the North and has been a Southern transplant for more than 40 years, so those who discuss the Civil War with him shouldn’t expect fierce loyalty from him to either side. He does, however, have a great deal to contribute to the conversation thanks to an unusual inheritance. Dougherty, who […]

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Local teacher sets sail for science research

Kevin McMahon, a teacher at Renfroe Middle School, is participating in the Teacher at Sea program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on its ship Pisces.
Photos provided by Kevin McMahon and NOAA

Hands-on learning is becoming increasingly important in the classroom as state tests change to reflect the hows and whys, not just the whens and wheres of a fact. One Decatur teacher is taking his hands-on learning experience on a research fishing vessel in the Atlantic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is charged with […]

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