Monthly arts celebration draws diverse performers

Spoken word artist Bethsheba Rem, known professionally as Queen Sheba, hosts the monthly celebration of the arts.

When librarian Stephen Thomas’ nephew asked him for ideas for an “it’s cool to be smart” project, Thomas considered what would be educational, yet fun and exciting. “I am a student of history so I thought about the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s when Black people were expressing themselves in art, literature and music. I […]

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Are you ready for some football?

The Miller Grove Wolverines sport their home and away jerseys.

  DeKalb County high school football teams have been working since the end of last season preparing for the 2015 season. Coaches and players from the 22 teams talked about their offseason preparation during the 15th annual DeKalb County Football Media Day at Tucker High School on July 14. As usual, teams are heading into […]

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District 5 commissioner sworn in

From left, DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson takes the oath of office as her husband, Congressman Hank Johnson, looks on. Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams administered the oath.

  Attorney Mereda Davis Johnson was sworn in July 20 as the District 5 representative on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. “[I] was waiting for swearing in so that I’m no longer [commissioner]-elect; I am the commissioner,” said Johnson, during her swearing-in ceremony in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams. In the […]

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Girl Scouts impress President Obama

A Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta volunteer support specialist and parents gather around the troops as they pose with their President Volunteer Service Awards.

Girl Scout troops Nos. 934 and 9073 in Decatur have been on a mission to serve their communities. Throughout the year the cluster of six through nine-year-olds Caitlyn Rideway-Turner, Wyunna Knighton, Aaliyah White and Neaira Myers operated a pet supply drive, donating newspapers, blankets and other items to PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill animal shelter in […]

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Pastor releases book with ‘radical’ messages on inclusion

Pastor Glenna Shepherd says inclusion is a central theme of both the Old and New Testaments.

Rev. Glenna Shepherd, founding pastor of what is now Decatur United Church of Christ, returned to DeKalb County July 10 to weigh in on questions of religion and sexual preference being explored in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding same-sex marriage. Now a resident of Tennessee, Shepherd introduced her new book Out […]

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Hyundai’s Accent is a money-saving machine


Hyundai’s 2015 Accent GLS is good, basic transportation that is a budget pleaser upfront and in the long run. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is under $20,000, and it has an overall combined (city/highway) fuel rating of 30 miles per gallon (26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway). One can save […]

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Natural foods grocery opens at Emory Point

Earth Fare has one of the largest selections of organic produce to be found anywhere, according to President and CEO Frank Scorpiniti.

  When Earth Fare, a 40-year-old organic and natural foods grocery chain, opened its first urban store July 8 at Emory Point, the store was packed with shoppers within minutes of the 7 a.m. opening. The crowd included patrons who had waited hours. “The first customer was here at 3:30 a.m. She wanted to be […]

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Biking for the fitness inclined

Cyclists discussing bike gear before the ride.

by Justin Beaudrot Shortly after dawn on an overcast Wednesday morning, 13 cyclists from Virginia-Highland Velo gather at East Decatur Station for their weekly ride. While riders adjust their bikes and gear, their conversations touch on the week’s current events. They are all suited up in their kits, the bright skin-tight outfits made for cycling, […]

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