Stone Mountain Middle gets in motion

Stone Mountain Middle School hosted FMA Live! on Oct. 5, an award-winning, hip-hop based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interactive concert.

DeKalb school hosts award-winning STEM-based “FMA Live!” hip-hop concert   For one hour on Oct. 5, Stone Mountain Middle School combined learning with hip-hop, dance, comedy videos and sumo wrestling. As part of its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, Stone Mountain Middle hosted Forces in Motion (FMA) Live!, an interactive, science-based hip-hop concert […]

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OPINION: Shocking police behavior just what some communities need


I couldn’t believe my eyes. Right here in my own community. Police having a stunning interaction with the community. Yes, right here in our own backyard. Here’s what I witnessed: During LakeFest, an annual festival in Pine Lake on Oct. 1, several Pine Lake police officers stepped into a crowd of people who had been […]

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Local police, fire officials respond to Lee May policy

DeKalb Professional Firefighters and DeKalb’s Fraternal Order of Police issued statements opposing Interim CEO Lee May’s policy regarding use of staff.

Two DeKalb County associations responded to Interim CEO Lee May’s new policy on guidelines for use of staff support. May issued an executive order Sept. 27 requesting county commissioners seek approval before using county staff outside of their district. “The ICEO has directed staff to support individual commissioners and or their staff only when conducting […]

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Lithonia City Council censures mayor


With a 3-2 vote, the Lithonia City Council acknowledged that they did not approve the mayor’s handling of a contract situation surrounding the public works building renovations. The mayor and city council held a special called meeting Oct. 7 to discuss the contract process between the city’s administrative staff and Hatteras Construction and its contractor […]

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DeKalb school district purchases $1.2 million insurance policy

The DeKalb County School District board of education approved a $1.2 million insurance contract on Oct. 3 despite receiving only one bid.

Despite vocal opposition from every DeKalb County School District (DCSD) board of education member, an insurance contract totaling $1,251,029 was approved Oct. 3 during a monthly meeting. The contract—made with American Home Assurance—covers DCSD’s estimated $3.3 billion in real estate, vehicles, buildings and contents, as well as its $14 million in fine art from physical […]

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Harriet Tubman School founders hoping to reopen soon


In 2014, Jhavaun Green and Muhammed Cannon spent months engaging with the residents of Lithonia to find out what the community needs to help residents and bring about growth in the city. After receiving feedback, the two put together a plan to develop a school that would benefit all residents, but specifically the youth. Green […]

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Frozen assets—entrepreneur opens ice cream parlor in Avondale Estates


When Tushar Patel opened Avondale Ice Cream, an ice cream parlor in Avondale Estates, he joined a trend as old as the country itself. According to, the first ice cream parlor in the United States opened in 1776, the year the nation declared its independence. The frozen dessert is now America’s second favorite treat—only […]

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Drama, comedy, song and dance are center stage in Decatur

Drama, comedy, song and dance are center stage in Decatur

Lovers of live theater might want to free up some time to attend the 2016 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, taking place at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur. The festival showcases various forms of storytelling—stage plays, dance, readings, musical performances, conferences, cocktail receptions, an Apollo-style amateur competition and more. The festival, […]

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