OPINIONS: What Black males are taught


On Dec. 4, dozens of people—students, faculty, alumnae and others—held a “die-in” at Agnes Scott College. For 4.5 minutes, they lay, silent and motionless, on a patio in the college’s quad. The protest was staged to symbolize the 4.5 hours Michael Brown’s dead body lay on the street in Ferguson, Mo., after the unarmed Black […]

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Caterer caters to homeless

Hamilton speaking with volunteers

Like many, Teresa Hamilton has a busy holiday schedule with events on nearly every day in December. Her calendar items, however, aren’t parties and concerts. They are visits to shelters, meetings with volunteers and trips to feed homeless people. After years as a nursing assistant at DeKalb Medical, Hamilton left to start a catering business. One […]

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Sweet Potato takes root in Stone Mountain


Cooking and catering had been a sideline for Karen Patton during the 30 years she worked as a professional assistant at an Atlanta law firm. The firm starting offering severance packages to reduce staff in 2009. Patton decided the time had come to pursue her dream of a career in the food industry. As she […]

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OPINION: God bless us, every one!

Opinion crane

“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted,” –Aesop (620-564 B.C.), Greek philosopher and author of Aesop’s Fables. As we count our blessings and gather with family and friends in the coming weeks to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and this holiday season, it is important to remember that not every hearth or […]

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District purchases AP Exams


The DeKalb Board of Education approved the purchase of a single advanced placement (AP) exam for all DeKalb County School District (DCSD) high school students enrolled in AP courses. Exam costs are determined by the College Board and Johnathan Clark, director of office research, assessments and grants, said, “Funds will not exceed $320,000.” Clark said […]

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Commissioners still at an impasse over District 5 vote

There still is no commissioner for DeKalb’s District 5. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners once again could not fill the empty District 5 seat. Commissioners are divided about how to fill the seat. Commissioners Larry Johnson, Sharon Barnes Sutton and Stan Watson want to approve the nominee by interim CEO Lee May. Commissioners Kathie Gannon, Nancy Jester and Jeff Rader say they are […]

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Angel Tree program provides holiday gifts

Angel tags with the wishes and needs of a child or senior.

  Volunteers with The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provide more than 5,000 families with Christmas presents each year. The organization began in 1979 with majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Va., shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children during the holiday season. The program has since assisted […]

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County’s proposed budget keeps spending flat

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May’s proposed 2015 budget holds the line on spending. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

The proposed 2015 DeKalb County budget “is basically a maintenance budget,” interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May told reporters Dec. 15. May said he personally delivered copies of the proposed, $1.13 billion budget to the Board of Commissioners on Dec. 12. The proposed budget is approximately $254,000 more than the 2014 budget. “This budget is […]

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