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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OPINION: Amos ‘n’ Andy—a second look


When people look back—as they often do in February—on media portrayals of Black people in less enlightened days, inescapably, the much maligned 1950s television program The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show enters the conversation. Over the years, The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show has become the oft-cited example of all that was wrong in early depictions of […]

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OPINION: And ZIP code moves the mail


“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed, rounds.—the unofficial motto of our U.S. Postal Service as inscribed on the James Farley Post Office in New York City.   Our United States Postal Service, (USPS), a quasi-public/private entity, with all the benefits and […]

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