Editorial: Voters should have the final say so


It’s a sad, sad time in DeKalb and something has to be done about our current state of affairs regarding the DeKalb County school board and DeKalb County school system. But whatever the decision, it should be a decision made in DeKalb County by DeKalb County voters. Governor Nathan Deal has suggested that six members […]

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No more playing in the parking lot at Ivy Prep


Before Feb. 25, students at Ivy Prep Academies did not have a playground. Rae Ann Harkness, parent of two children at the school, said, “The kids at the school did not have a safe play area at all. They were having to use the parking lot for P.E., and behind the building. “That’s not a […]

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Photo exhibit captures Black America in the 20th century

Eartha Kitt leaps through poster to launch a Citizens Committee on Hill District Renewal program, as police officer Harvey Adams stands near by at Vine and Colwell Streets, Hill District, May 1966. Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Heinz Family Fund, 2001.35.2509

The Pittsburgh Courier during its 56 years of publishing was perhaps the most widely circulated newspaper for Black Americans in the United States. Although the iconic journal went bankrupt and ceased publication in 1966, its legacy lives on. Among those whose work immortalized the salmon-colored newspaper peddled door-to-door throughout the country in its heyday, was […]

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Local wrestling coaches respond to IOC’s decision to cut wrestling from 2020 Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) shocked the wrestling and sports world Feb. 12 when its members voted to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. According to reports, wrestling was voted out from a final group of sports that includes modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey. The IOC board made its decision after reviewing the […]

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Oglethorpe women’s lacrosse inaugural game


The Oglethorpe Lady Petrels lacrosse team lost its inaugural game 15-3 on Feb. 20 at the new Oglethorpe track and field. LaGrange went ahead early and never let up. They were ahead 2-0 in the game’s first eight minutes, and went on to score nine goals in the first half. However, the first goal in […]

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Getting fit focus of local Biggest Loser contest

David Nash, far left, puts his clients through a rigorous boot camp workout. Some of his boot camp participants have signed up for the Decatur Biggest Loser Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge. Photo by Gale Horton Gay

Kelli Meier just wants to lose a few stubborn pounds. Mike Iconis is aiming to drop nearly 30 so he can be around for his two young daughters and wife. Anthony Stover has a vision of being in the Air Force or Navy reserves but first he must get fit. This is why Meier, Iconis […]

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Panel accepting DeKalb school board applications

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.

  Gov. Nathan Deal’s DeKalb school board nominating panel has begun accepting applications for candidates to fill the seats of six suspended members of the DeKalb County school board. Applicants should send the following information to dekalbschoolboardnominations@georgia.gov: Legal name, contact information and home address District seat for which one is applying Resume, CV and/or brief […]

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New director has fresh vision for historic arts center


Callanwolde Arts Center’s new executive director, Peggy Still Johnson, carries a long list of occupations: entrepreneur, accomplished pianist and vocal performer, composer, arranger and educator. Johnson is on the advisory board of the Georgia State University School of Music, the board of governors (Composer Seat) of the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy (Grammy Organization) […]

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