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Sign language club increases communication at Freedom Middle

More than 100 students at Freedom Middle School participate in a sign language club led by Alexa Ann Reha Wilson, the school’s head sign language interpreter. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Keyf Bashir, 13, an eighth-grader at Freedom Middle School, couldn’t talk to her 15-year-old cousin who is hearing impaired. “Sometimes I would like to talk to her, but she wouldn’t understand what I was saying,” Keyf said. That was before Keyf joined the Sign Language Club, with more than 100 members, at Freedom Middle. Now […]

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DeKalb school district planning career academy

Some proponents want McNair High School in southwest DeKalb to be the county’s new college and career center. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

  There could soon be another charter school in DeKalb County. The DeKalb County Board of Education voted Dec. 2 to pursue a $3 million state grant for the establishment of a college and career charter academy. “I think the college and career academy will be transformative for the district,” said school Superintendent Mike Thurmond. […]

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OPINION: Blessed are the peacemakers


The death of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela calls forth many recollections of his life and his work. I couldn’t help noticing that Mandela had much in common with others who led successful efforts to right great wrongs. Like Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi in India and Martin Luther King Jr. here in the United States, […]

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Hundreds attend Tucker’s Christmas on Main Street

The event included musical selections from the Northlake Children’s Chorus; local businesses; the Tucker Farmers Market, which also included pony rides for children; and arts and crafts. Photos by Carla Parker

A little rain did not stop Tucker residents from getting in the Christmas spirit as hundreds of people flooded Main Street for the annual Christmas on Main Street event Dec. 5. Launched five years ago, the annual four-hour celebration is a downtown event for the Tucker community, said Jamey Wilson, events coordinator for the Tucker […]

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Miller Grove pays tribute to fallen teammate, unveils championship banner

The Miller Grove boys’ basketball program unveiled its fifth consecutive state championship banner Dec. 3. The program also paid tribute to its fallen teammate, Terrell Coleman, unveiling a poster with his No. 24 jersey number and presented his parents, Willie and Raeshones Coleman (far right), with his jersey.

Before the Miller Grove High School boys’ basketball team took the court to face region rival M.L. King, the team took a moment to honor its late teammate and celebrate its fifth state title. DeTarius Terrell Coleman, who was affectionately known as Terrell or “Too Tall,” died Oct. 27 after collapsing during an all-star game […]

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Tucker advances to championship game

Tucker quarterback Joesph Farrar (far left) waits for the snap at the line of scrimmage. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The Tucker Tigers will try to win their third state title in six years after defeating Class AAAAA champions Gainesville 20-14 Dec. 6 at Hallford Stadium. The No. 1 ranked Tigers (14-0) will face No. 4 ranked Creekside (14-0) Dec. 13 at the Georgia Dome at 8:30 p.m. Tucker head coach Bryan Lamar said it […]

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Gang recruitment begins early in DeKalb County

Investigator Waine Pinckney said gangs use graffiti and tattoos as ways to identify their territory and their gang affiliation. Photos provided

Gang recruitment can begin as soon as elementary school children draw gang symbols and learn about gang culture. That’s according to Waine Pinckney, an investigator for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office Gang Unit. He worked in the DeKalb County School District as a resource officer for 12 years before becoming an investigator. During his […]

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Sights, sounds and scents holiday season come together at Christmas at Callanwolde

Christmas at Callanwolde for 2013 marks the 30th time the Callanwolde mansion has been decorated to receive visitors for the holiday season.

For the 30th time, the Christmas season will be celebrated with sparkle and splendor at a DeKalb landmark as thousands of lights, hundreds of ornaments and yards of greenery turn the Callanwolde mansion into a holiday wonderland. “This isn’t a 30th anniversary, but it is the 30th Christmas at Callanwolde,” explained Amy McNett, Callanwolde’s publicity […]

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