Local author addresses race issues in new book

Local author Marcus Johnson’s new book Concentrated Blackness proposes Black communities come together financially, physically and politically.

According to local author Marcus Johnson, it’s time for Black Americans to come together and heal themselves. In his new 60-page book, Concentrated Blackness, Johnson outlines a three-part plan and philosophy for settling issues of race relations in the United States: concentrating financially, geographically and politically. “The book addresses a problem the whole nation is […]

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Officer battling cancer gets support from community

Jacqueline Adams passes out informational flyers and takes donations from customers in the drive through at Dunkin Donuts. Photos by Horace Holloman

In April of 2016 DeKalb County police officer Darrell Price noticed a lump on his right thigh near the groin region. After tests and various medical procedures Price was told he has cancer. The news was devastating, he said. But in the months to follow, Price said he’s found strength in his friends, family and […]

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SWD names interim football coach

SWD football helmet

Fletcher Salter has been appointed interim coach for the Southwest DeKalb High School football team following the death of head coach Michael Tanks, the DeKalb County School District announced Aug. 12. Salter, who coached under Tanks and former head coach Buck Godfrey, is a retired educator. Salter is a graduate of Carver High School in […]

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How coaches help prepare student-athletes for college life

Chauncey Rivers, left, and Jonathan Ledbetter

Two years ago, Stephenson defensive end Chauncey Rivers and Tucker defensive tackle Jonathan Ledbetter were two of the top defensive recruits in the state and nation. Both players were ranked on ESPN’s Top 300 prospect list and had committed to the University of Georgia with hopes of becoming major contributors for Georgia’s defense. However, off-the […]

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New coaches hope to bring new attitudes

new coaches

Five DeKalb County high school football teams will kick off the 2016 season with new coaches. Former Druid Hills coach Mark Adams is now the head coach at Cross Keys. This is Adams second run at Cross Keys, where he coached from 1998 to 2001. Myron Burton, who was an assistant coach at Druid Hills […]

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‘We’re not finished yet’


More work to be done on stadiums Three of five DeKalb County’s stadiums received some external renovations over the summer, but more renovations are expected, according to a DeKalb County School District official. Adams, Godfrey and Hallford stadiums received new field turf, track surfaces, lights and other improvements during the school summer break. The DeKalb […]

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Decatur’s Dyslexia discussion

City Schools of Decatur’s meeting room was standing room only for an informational session on dyslexia that attracted hundreds of parents, students and district staff.

Hundreds of City Schools of Decatur (CSD) parents, teachers and students attended an informational meeting on dyslexia Aug. 2. The meeting, called a “listening session” by CSD’s board of education, allowed those affected by the learning disability to share their personal experiences and suggest policy changes to CSD officials. Because of the number of people […]

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DeKalb County judge tries to help non-violent offenders

Rapper Mike Render, also known as Killa Mike, talks to a group of young adults during a Project Pinnacle work session in the DeKalb County courthouse. Photos by Horace Holloman

Young adults participating in an intervention program in DeKalb County received a strong message July 22 in court. The overall message from guest speakers was “being alive is better than being right.” More than 10 attendees ranging from ages 15 to 27 listened to four guest speakers at DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson’s […]

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