Orlando shooting impacts DeKalb LGBT community


On a regular basis, Decatur-based counselor Bryan ‘Orion’ Crook helps teens of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) community with issues of sexuality and identity. Now, Crook also finds himself helping LGBT teens with another issue—fear. On June 12 around 2 a.m., gunman Omar Mateen, 29, killed 49 people in Pulse nightclub, a popular […]

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Submerged in the word

Children sing and dance to celebrate being submerged in the word of God at Indian Creek Baptist Church.

Diverse Indian Creek Baptist Church celebrates completing its summer vacation bible school For many people from many backgrounds, the week of June 13 through June 17 marked the beginning of a spiritual transformation. Some hailed from Stone Mountain and others hailed from Clarkston. Some came from Germanic heritage while others claimed Ethiopian, French African, Indian […]

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Avondale Estates commission tables compensation ordinance

Avondale sign

After weeks of discussions, the Avondale Estates board of mayor and commissioners decided to table the compensation ordinance, for now. The board discussed the ordinance again during its June 15 work session. According to the ordinance, if it is approved by the board, the mayor would receive $600 per month—$7,200 annually—and the commissioners would receive […]

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Tucker company helping autistic adults find work

Karen Lynn, founder and president of Mister Migs. Photos by Travis Hudgons

For young adults with autism, searching for employment after graduating high school can be a tough task. In the United States 76 percent of young adults with autism and developmental disabilities are unemployed and 68 percent have stopped looking for a job.  Nonetheless, owners of Mister Migs—a dog clothing company based in Tucker—want to do […]

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Carla’s Corner: The O.J. trial: now, I get it

Carla Corner

On Oct. 3, 1995, I was a bright-eyed 8-year-old, probably causing some trouble in Mrs. Smith’s third grade class at Browns Mill Elementary School in Lithonia. On that day, I had no idea what was taking place more than 2,000 miles away in a Los Angeles, Calif., courtroom. Oct. 3, 1995 was the day former […]

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City Schools of Decatur considers TAD participation

Decatur assistant city manager Lyn Menne and real estate advisor Ken Bleakly presented the idea of a TAD in east Decatur to the City Schools of Decatur board of education on June 14. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

For the second time this year, a city and development firm has approached a DeKalb board of education asking for a cut of the district’s property tax revenue. The city is Decatur; the district is City Schools of Decatur (CSD). On June 14, CSD’s board of education discussed possibly participating in a tax allocation district […]

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Beach party returns to Decatur

Photos by Horace Holloman

    After a one-year hiatus, Decatur’s annual beach party returned. Sixty tons of sand, live music and a kid’s boardwalk were a few of the attractions at the Decatur Beach Party, an annual fundraising event for the Decatur Business Association (DBA). Last year, instead of the beach party, DBA officials decided to hold a […]

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Cedar Grove gets faster and bigger on offense


Cedar Grove’s football team has gained extra help on offense. Former Decatur High School running back Grant Walker and former North Clayton High School offensive tackle Maurice Campbell announced that they will play their senior years at Cedar Grove. Walker and Campbell both made their announcements on Twitter. “Due to family issues I am no […]

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