35 years of MARTA History

Political signs outlast campaigns

At an apartment complex off Columbia Drive, a large sign encourages voters to elect Atticus LeBlanc to the county school board. LeBlanc lost in the July 22 runoff to Michael Erwin. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

Both the primary and runoff elections are done in DeKalb County but that doesn’t mean all the signs advocating for certain candidates have disappeared. Though most have been taken down or stashed for use closer to the Nov. 4 elections, some political signs still abound around the county. James Adams, interim special operations supervisor of […]

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Amusement machines cause nuisance in Clarkston

Coin-operated amusement machines, like these that simulate slots, are becoming a public nuisance in Clarkston. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

Clarkston has a bit of a problem. According to city manager Keith Barker, coin-operated amusement machines — you may know them as video poker or video slots — have proliferated in Clarkston. Most restaurants in the town have at least one machine, and they can be found at local convenience stores, too. Under Georgia law […]

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Stephenson rushing attack, defense dominates Arabia Mountain

Running back Ivonte Patterson tries to get away from Arabia Mountain defenders as he fights for extra yardage. Photos by Travis Hudgons

What was predicted to be a competitive game turned into a blowout as the Stephenson Jaguars defeated the Arabia Mountain Rams 41-6 at Hallford Stadium Aug. 22. Stephenson is historically known for its running game and defense, and it was the rushing attack and stout defense that led the Jaguars to the win. All of […]

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New dining, shopping options come to Perimeter Mall

The Pub exterior2

  Two businesses, both with European influence, in August joined the more than 170 establishments that make up Perimeter Mall. Perimeter Mall now has a restaurant that John Liu, the mall’s marketing manager, said “brings a British flavor to our existing assortment of restaurants.” The Pub Perimeter, where servers—male and female—wear plaid kilts, offers what […]

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Unforeseen delays stall construction on senior centers

Although county officials say the South DeKalb Senior Center is 85 percent complete, a sign on the property announces a stop work order issued Aug. 14. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Senior citizens across the county want to know when their new senior centers will open. A group of seniors who attended the Aug. 12 meeting of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners demanded answers about when construction on three senior centers—in north, central and south DeKalb—would be completed. “We have been made promises,” said Joyce […]

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Earlier Ebola visit to the CDC?


“Panic travels faster than fact.” –columnist Bill Crane, today. In 1990, crab-eating macaques monkeys, imported from the Philippines, were determined to be carrying the filo-virus strain of Ebola. As no history of the disease was previously documented in the Philippines, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined the infection likely occurred in transit on […]

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Students study film production at summer camp

More than 40 students showcased their film production skills during “The Black Top Circus goes Hollywood” series.

With Georgia ranking third in the United States for feature film production, the BlackTop Circus wants to give children the opportunity to be exposed to the film industry. The BlackTop Circus and Empowering Youth through the Arts Organization presented “The BlackTop Circus goes Hollywood,” a series of short films produced and performed by camp students […]

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“Remorseful” former commissioner to plead guilty


  Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who faces federal charges of mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud, is “extremely remorseful for what she’s done.” That’s what Jeff Brickman,Boyer’s court-appointed attorney, said after Boyer’s Aug. 26 hearing in a federal court. “Today is a sad day, obviously, for her [that has put] a shadow on […]

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