School board applicants get homework


Applicants for the DeKalb County school board were given some homework late March 7 by the governor’s school board nominating panel. An email, titled “Action Required for Next Steps,” was sent to school board applicants at approximately 7 p.m. The 403 applicants for the six vacant positions have until 5 p.m. March 8 to complete […]

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Chickens, bees, goats part of school’s curriculum

Avery cares for chicken at Academe of the Oaks, a private school in Decatur. Photo by Kerry King

by Kerry King Every day, Avery takes time to feed, play with and take care of several chickens that often rush around the door of their coop when she approaches. Since Avery’s arrival at Academe of the Oaks High School, she has taken it upon herself to watch over the school’s hens, a responsibility she […]

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La Tagliatella brings European-based Italian concept to Emory Point

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Although La Tagliatella has more than 130 restaurants across Europe and Asia, the one that opened earlier this year at Emory Point is only the second in the United States. The first opened in December 2012 in Atlanta’s Midtown area. The European-based restaurant chain features “traditional Italian recipes served in a relaxed, yet distinctive atmosphere,” […]

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Georgia Piedmont Tech president inaugurated


There was much pomp and circumstance as a Dr. Jabari Simama officially took the helm of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) Feb. 27. In introducing his “good friend,” DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis said, “It’s a beautiful day to celebrate the dawning of a new era at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. “The vision, passion and leadership […]

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Latino students visit Frida and Diego exhibit at High Museum

Approximately 90 student from the Latin American Association’s after-school program at Sequoyah Middle School attended the exhibit at the High featuring the work of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

A group of 85 Sequoyah Middle School students enrolled in the Latin American Association’s (LAA) after-school program visited the High Museum’s bilingual Frida and Diego exhibit March 1. Isabel Perez, the managing director of academic achievement for LAA, said it is important students are exposed to work such as that of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo […]

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Governor releases names of DeKalb school board applicants


The nominating panel tasked with choosing six replacement DeKalb County school board members released the names of the 403 applicants March 7. Deal said he has asked panel chairman Kenneth Mason “and the nominating committee to work quickly yet carefully to deliver me at least two nominees for each seat.” “I met yesterday with Superintendent […]

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Chris Brown and Rihanna to be wed this summer?


Chris Brown and Rihanna really don’t care what the public thinks and feels about their relationship. According to, just three years after Chris Brown was charged for brutally beating Rihanna, the couple is reportedly planning to tie the knot this summer. Chris is rumored to have popped the question after last week’s Grammy Awards […]

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Henderson Middle teacher named a LifeChanger


It wasn’t very quiet in the Henderson Middle School library March 1 as more than 100 students, along with parents and teachers, gathered to surprise the school’s chorus instructor. Dale Duncan was teary-eyed as students cheered when he was named a 2013 LifeChanger of the Year by National Life Group. Selected from more than 400 […]

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