Another new DeKalb city being considered


Another group of DeKalb residents are contemplating the formation of a new city. The residents have formed Lakeside City Alliance, a nonprofit group created to study the possibility and feasibility of establishing a new city in northern DeKalb County. The alliance released a draft map of the proposed parameters of the new city, which would […]

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St. Augustine is one tasty town


St. Augustine, Fla., has a strong and well-deserved reputation for its history. Everywhere there are references to historical figures such as Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who founded the city in 1565, and Henry Flagler, who transformed the area from an alligator-infested swamp into a playground for the rich during the late 1800s. Today the beaches, […]

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Dunwoody’s Steven Camara continues football career after cancer

Dunwoody defensive end and cancer survivor Steven Camara signed his letter of intent to play at Centre College. Photos by Carla Parker

National Signing Day is an exciting day for high school football players around the country. But the day was more exciting for Dunwoody’s Steven Camara because it was a day that almost did not come for him. In May 2008, Camara was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma. Four years later, the cancer-free defensive end was sitting […]

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Thurmond begins tenure as interim superintendent


Former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond was hired Feb. 8 to serve as interim superintendent of the DeKalb County School District. School officials stated that Thurmond has been credited with transforming two state agencies, first as the director of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and then as a commissioner of the Georgia […]

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School district: Atkinson out, Thurmond in

Members of the DeKalb County school board approved a settlement agreement for Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson Feb. 8 and appointed former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond as interim superintendent.

After less than two years, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson is leaving the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) in a condition some residents say is worse than when she was hired. The DeKalb County School Board held a meeting Feb. 8 and approved a separation agreement with Atkinson and voted to appoint former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael […]

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Obama unveils new pre-K plan in Decatur


  After a brief visit to College Heights Early Learning Center, President Barack Obama spoke to Decatur residents about his plans to implement a universal pre-K program nationwide. During his Feb. 12 State of the Union address, Obama said fewer than three in 10 4-year-olds have access to a high-quality preschool program. “For the poor […]

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Finding love the second time around

Willie B. and Dorothy Devereux, who will celebrate 30 years of marriage, spent Valentine’s Day with each other at home. Photo by Carla Parker

  Willie B. and Dorothy Devereux are proof that a person can find love a second time around. Willie, 87, and Dorothy, 82, were both divorced when they met in January 1983 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta. Dorothy, who was 54 at the time, was trying to leave church when her car wouldn’t […]

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Counselor helps students cope with grief

Price Middle School

Chamblee Middle School counselor Robert Rice said after a crisis, it is important to be clear and factual with students—especially younger ones—so they don’t come up with their own ideas about a tragedy. “The aftermath or stages of grief, they’re not linear, and at any point something could trigger that sadness or grief,” Rice said. […]

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