Macon’s Tubman Museum

A 55-foot-long mural depicts African-American history makers in a series of panels. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

For quite some time Macon’s Tubman Museum was the sort of place that had obvious potential. Its collection of African-American art and artifacts impressive but the environment in which they were displayed was small, cramped, old and did little to showcase the importance of the pieces. Now the Tubman Museum of African-American Art, History and […]

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High school student fatally shot


DeKalb County police have identified a teen shot and killed on March 2 as 17-year-old Rakwon Reid. Reid was a student at Stephenson High School, according to DeKalb County School District spokesman Quinn Hudson. According to DeKalb County Police Major Stephen Fore, officers responded to a call of a person shot at 722 Shore Drive […]

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Interim CEO to deliver final state of the county address

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May introduced a “new covenant” to restore trust in government. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May will deliver his 2016 State of the County address during two events on March 10. May will address the business community during a luncheon, Thursday, March 10, at 11:30 a.m., at the Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center, 2500 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta. WSB-TV news anchor Erin Coleman will […]

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Students recognized for app creation

Congressman Hank Johnson hosted the top three students of his inaugural App Challenge. Photos by Carla Parker

Three Stone Mountain High School students received monetary awards for their submissions to Congressman Hank Johnson’s inaugural App Challenge. The challenge is a competition that encourages high school students to create mobile applications. Twenty students from high schools in the 4th District entered the contest and Heru Samuel, Tariq Booker and Nikedra Dooley were the […]

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County budget includes public safety pay raises

DeKalb County’s Board of Commissioners passed the 2016 budget Feb. 25 which includes pay increases for police, fire, sanitation, watershed and E911 employees. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County commissioners voted 4-3 to approve the county’s 2016 budget of $1.32 billion, which includes $5.2 million in pay increases for police, fire, 911, sanitation and watershed employees. The  salary raises, which will affect approximately 2,800 employees, will go into effect in May. There will be a “4 percent across-the-board increase for all employees […]

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BASKETBALL: Five teams to play for a state title

Tucker’s Bria Bass dribbles by a Douglas County player. Photo by Mark Brock

Five teams from DeKalb County, public and private schools, will play for a state title March 4-5 at the at Macon Centreplex in Macon. Greenforest boys’ and girl’s teams, Miller Grove boys, Southwest DeKalb girls and Tucker girls will all play in the championship game of their respective classifications.  The Greenforest Lady Eagles will be […]

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Convicted county CEO out of prison


  DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is free. According to Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles website, Ellis was released from prison on parole on March 1. Ellis, accused of strong-arming county vendors to contribute to his re-election campaign, was sentenced to five years to serve 18 months for attempting to commit extortion, and […]

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Letter to the editor: Fran Millar on DeKalb CEO bill

Fran Millar (2)

I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight on Senate Bill 378. Representative Holcomb finally dropped his eliminate the CEO and redraw commission lines bill several weeks into the session. Soon thereafter Senate Democratic Minority Leader Henson said verbally and in print that Representative Holcomb’s local bill was unlikely to advance. I was not […]

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