Sheriff offers $5K reward for info about shooting


The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the recent shooting at a deputies Lithonia home. On Dec. 15, a sheriff’s deputy and his wife were the victims of a shooting at their home of “14 peace-filled years,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey […]

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Retired YMCA leader honored

From left, Eston Hood, the former COO of the Metro Atlanta YMCA, is joined during his retirement partner by Thurbert Baker, the state’s former attorney general. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Family members, friends, community leaders and former coworkers gathered Dec. 8 at Smokerise Country Club in Stone Mountain to honor Eston Hood, who recently retired after 36 years with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. From 2009 to 2015 Hood was the YMCA’s chief operating officer. Hood, an Atlanta native, joined the Metro Atlanta YMCA family […]

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DeKalb officers fighting for raises

DeKalb Police recruits practice their skills earlier this year. Officers have vowed to fight for salary raises. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

While some DeKalb County police officers are leaving for financially greener pastures, others have vowed to fight for pay increase. “This defeatism and standing idly by while the department loses the core of what makes it great ends today,” DeKalb County Sgt. Erik Heimer told county commissioners Dec. 8. “From this moment forward DeKalb County police officers will be present at every board meeting, community function, […]

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Dozens join Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants rally


Throughout the United States and abroad, people facing violence from war, occupation, poverty, racism and bigotry are struggling for justice and human rights. Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition (GPJC), a network of activists in Georgia whose goal is to provide leadership in nonviolently opposing wars and policies of aggression and domination, held a street demonstration […]

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Slow flow of tai chi and qigong suits students just fine

Stephen Dorage, center, leads a tai chi class at the Clarkston Community Center. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Stephen Dorage is yawning his way through the Tuesday evening tai chi class at the Clarkston Community Center. No covering his mouth or attempting to suppress it, instead he loudly emits yawn after yawn after yawn. Dorage isn’t some disinterested student in the back of the class, he’s the instructor. “If you get a chance […]

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Residents speak out about proposed south DeKalb cities

The listening session was held so representatives could hear from their constituents before the 2016 Georgia General Assembly.

DeKalb County residents had an opportunity to speak their minds to the DeKalb County House of Representatives delegation to the Georgia General Assembly Dec. 9.  “This is a listening session for us before we go into session,” said Rep. Howard Mosby during the session at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center.  Mosby was joined by Reps. Karen Bennett, Karla Drenner, Earnest “Coach Williams,” Billy Mitchell, Doreen Carter and Michelle Henson.  “We are here to […]

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Miller Grove fires head football coach


Miller Grove High School has fired head coach Damien Wimes. Wimes announced his termination Dec. 4 on his Facebook page. “At this moment I would like to thank everyone that supported, prayed, and cheered Miller Grove Football during my tenure,” Wimes said. “As of 2:30 p.m. [Dec. 3] I am no longer the head football […]

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County seeking plan for ‘deplorable’ Brannon Hill complex

County officials are working to address the dilapidated conditions of the Brannon Hill condominium complex off of Memorial Drive. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

For approximately a decade, the conditions at the Brannon Hill condominium complex have progressively worsened. Numerous notices and citations have been issued for vacant, unsecured structures; damaged fencing; rotting exterior walls; broken windows; damaged or missing doors; inoperable or abandoned vehicles; unsafe handrails; and unsecured electrical wiring. “Of course, we’ve seen the outside storage dumps […]

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