35 years of MARTA History

Decatur holds first game in newly renovated gym

Mayor Baskett does the tip-off to start the game.

What was once a small gym known as the “match box” is now a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose gymnasium. Decatur held its first youth basketball game at the newly renovated Ebster Recreation Center Feb. 11. The recreation center is a part of the redeveloped Beacon School complex at 420 W. Trinity Place. The complex also houses the […]

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Stephenson sweeps middle school championship

Stephenson swept the middle school championship with both boys and girls winning titles. Photos by Carla Parker

Stephenson Middle School took home to basketball titles after both boys’ and girls’ teams won the DeKalb Middle School championship Feb. 15. The undefeated and defending champions Stephenson Lady Jaguars defeated Cedar Grove 43-38, and the boys’ team knocked off Miller Grove 44-35. The girls got it started early with a big first quarter performance, […]

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Columbia girls, Miller Grove boys win DeKalb County JV championships

Columbia won the girls’ junior varsity title. Photos by Carla Parker

  A dominating first half performance led to DeKalb County junior varsity basketball championship titles for Miller Grove boys and Columbia girls. Columbia topped Southwest DeKalb 49-37 to claim the girls’ title, and Miller Grove boys defeated Lithonia 42-34, winning their second consecutive title. Miller Grove coach Rasul Chester said the win was a whole […]

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Autopsy inconclusive in death of Southwest DeKalb alum

Lauren Jones

Medical examiners have not yet discovered what caused the death of Lauren Jones after the autopsy was inconclusive, according to The Oregonian. Jones, 18, who was a freshman at the University of Oregon and a member of the acrobatics and tumbling team, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 17 after requiring medical attention, according to the school. […]

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Southwest DeKalb alum Lauren Jones dead at 18

Lauren Jones

The Southwest DeKalb High School community is mourning the loss of 2014 graduate Lauren Jones. Jones, who was a freshman at the University of Oregon and a member of the acrobatics and tumbling team, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 17 after requiring medical attention, according to the school. “This is a terrible and sudden loss for […]

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Chamblee official recognized


Chamblee Mayor Pro Tem Dan Zanger was recently re-elected and on Jan. 25 awarded a certificate of achievement by the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) annual mayors’ day conference. “I am honored to be re-elected by my peers on the council to serve as mayor-pro-tem, honored to receive this recognition […]

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Accrediting consultants approve DeKalb schools


To qualify for HOPE scholarships, students must attend schools accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). On Jan. 24-26 Georgia Accrediting Commission Consultant Robert Boyd and his team visited all 23 DeKalb County high schools and gave an exit report at the Feb. 2 Board of Education […]

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Smithgall Woods Cottage: Not a typical state park accommodation

Smithgall Cottage’s expansive deck connects the covered parking pavilion, main structure and adjacent parking. Photos by John Hewitt

It all started with a mid-morning phone call asking if we would like an upgrade from our reserved one-bedroom riverside cottage at no additional cost. The caller explained that a larger cottage was available that had more bedrooms but no hot tub. Since it was a rainy cold day and a hot tub was not […]

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