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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Wadsworth Magnet named Blue Ribbon school

Principal Cornellia Crum receives a Blue Ribbon award on behalf of Wadsworth Magnet. Photos by Ashley Oglesby

On Dec. 4 the U.S. Department of Education named Wadsworth Magnet School a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The magnet is one of eight schools in Georgia to receive the award this year. “For them to achieve what they’ve achieved with the obstacles that they’ve had is such a strong testament for all […]

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Buford too much for St. Pius X


  After seven minutes of play in the first quarter, it looked as if St. Pius X had found a way to slow down the undefeated Buford Wolves by jumping out to a 10-0 lead. However, Buford went on to score 55 unanswered points, beating St. Pius 55-10 to win the Class AAAA state championship […]

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Durr breaks school scoring record

St. Pius guard Asia Durr (dark shirt) poses with her team after becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer. Photo by Carla Parker

It did not take long for St. Pius guard Asia Durr to become the all-time leading scorer in school history. Going into the Dec. 12 matchup with Stone Mountain, Durr needed four points to break the record of 2,017 points, which was held by former St. Pius girls’ basketball player Kelly Cain. Durr broke the […]

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Retiring to life of adventure

Maryam and Leon Mann moved to Panama City three months ago. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Retirement for many people is settling into an easy-going lifestyle surrounded by familiar people in a familiar place. Not so for everyone. Take Maryam Aziz-Mann and Ife Grady, both former metro Atlanta residents who have retired and now live in Panama City. No, not the Panama City on the Florida coast, but the one in […]

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OPINION: Hit the road tax

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  “Heroes aren’t born….they’re cornered,” actor, singer and dancer –Mickey Rooney (September 1920-April 2014). There are times in politics, when even against their best judgment, our elected leaders simply need to stand up and take the lead. Such is the case with Georgia ever finding the political will or funding mechanism to deal with our […]

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OPINION: Reach out and correct someone

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We hear it every day, yet it means nothing—“reach out”. The Four Tops released an album through Motown Records called Reach Out in July, 1967. That should be how this phrase is remembered and the use of the phrase should have stopped shortly thereafter; but it didn’t. Apparently the use of the phrase experienced resurgence […]

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