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Hit the gym at 2a.m.? Workout Anytime says, why not?

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  With the start of a new year, many people have self-improvement—especially becoming stronger, leaner and healthier—on their minds. Typically, gym memberships spike during January. But many who sign gym membership contracts later find scheduling and expense more difficult than they had expected. Bill Aicklen, who currently owns two DeKalb Workout Anytime locations, in Decatur […]

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Finances at heart of DCSD’s problems

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  An accrediting agency recently placed the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) on “accreditation probation and warned if the district didn’t make significant progress on a host of issues it will lose its accreditation in 2013. AdvancED sent a special review team to investigate the district’s operations in October. During a Dec. 17 news conference, […]

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Stephenson Lady Jaguars: disappointing ending leads to early success

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  The Stephenson High School girls basketball team members still the taste of defeat in their mouths eight months after losing to Hill Grove High School by two points, 50-48, in the Class AAAA second-round playoff game. Even after eight months, senior forward and team captain Kaliyah Mitchell said the loss still hurts. “All of […]

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Lithonia residents unite against biomass plant

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Lithonia residents had a unified message during a Dec. 18 public hearing: They do not want a biomass facility in their community. Nearly 100 Lithonia residents and their supporters attended a question-and-answer session followed by a public comment hearing about a draft permit for Green Energy Resource Center to operate a biomass fuel generating facility. […]

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OPINION: Here comes the judge

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It is a wonderful thing to be able help share great news like the fact that DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams has been elevated to chief judge of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit and administrative judge of the 4th Judicial Administrative District. The new year will usher in Judge Adams’ two-year term. In […]

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DeKalb chief prosecutors take jobs elsewhere

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Two of DeKalb County’s chief prosecutors will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue similar jobs in Cobb County. Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary and Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin have taken posts with new Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds. Geary is an integral part of the state’s […]

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Agency says ‘critical’ problems in DCSD, places it on probation

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  An accrediting agency said if the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) doesn’t comply with a list of required actions within the next year, loss of its accreditation is “imminent.” AdvancED President Mark Elgart said during a Dec. 17 news conference that DCSD has been placed on “accreditation probation” until Dec. 31, 2013. “Today we […]

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A glimpse inside Rastafarian culture

Left: Leemon proudly shows a life-sized baby giraffe carved from a single tree trunk. Middle: DeKalb resident Don Roman admires Leemon’s handiwork as he is shown a book of Jamaican master artists in which Leemon is profiled. Right: Many Rastafarians are craftspeople and often sell their wares at resorts and public beaches.

Just over a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting a man referred to simply as Leemon, a Rastafarian in the true sense of the word. Leemon lives in a tiny village in the Jamaican hills overlooking Montego Bay. He has no electricity, no running water and no other so-called modern conveniences, yet he […]

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