MARTA - 35th Anniversary

The last good-bye to two loving souls

Hundreds of people attended the memorial service for Tami and Jess Willadsen, who tragically died on April 12 in a fire at their Avondale Estates home. At the alter, Tami’s father Joe Eifrid, sister Andrea Avery and brother Joey Eifrid described Tami as a leading advocate for her community with tenacity and wit and Jess as a wise and mature 10-year-old with a shining personality. Photo by Marta Garcia

  A memorial service was held April 17 at the Avondale Estates First Baptist Church to remember and honor the live of Tami and Jess Willadsen, who died April 12 in a fire at their Avondale Estates home. Tami was 43 and Jess was 10. Hundreds of people gathered to support the family members in […]

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Living without gluten

People with celiac disease or have gluten intolerance have to find the gluten-free option for eating bread, cereal and pasta. Photo by Marta Garcia

Staff Writer Marta Garcia describes her personal experiences, and those of others, of dealing with Celiac Disease.   The day I was diagnosed with celiac disease, about five months ago, I felt sad but relieved. Sad because it meant a lot changes in my life, but relieved because I knew the pain, the nausea and […]

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Add the GRAND CANYON to your bucket list


Some places defy description and really do have to be seen to be fully appreciated. The Grand Canyon is one such place. Last year when I visited Las Vegas, I wavered on whether it would be worth my time for a full-day tour of the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. The daylong bus trip—which […]

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Engaging Tappin’ Thru Life is a must-see

Brothers John and Leo Manzari show off their tapping skills in Tappin’ Thru Life at the Alliance Theatre. Photos courtesy of the Alliance Theatre.

Maurice Hines is a world renowned dancer who has mesmerized audiences on Broadway and around the world. So one might immediately surmise that his new show at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, Tappin’ Thru Life, would be nonstop dance. One would be wrong. Tappin’ Thru Life is a rich tapestry of amazing dance, musical performances, vocals, history […]

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Public safety chief reflects on challenging year

DeKalb Deputy Chief Operating Officer Dr. Cedric Alexander talks about the highs and lows of his first year with DeKalb County.

The first full year of Dr. Cedric Alexander, deputy chief operating officer of public safety, is one he will never forget. Alexander has faced cleaning up a department that was dealing with corruption and low morale, as well as experienced the first school shooting of his career at McNair Discovery Learning Academy. He got a […]

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Historic Tobie Grant church up for sale

The 75-year-old Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Scottdale is up for sale. Pastor Barrett Johnson said the church will not be able to survive the demolition of the Tobie Grant public housing complex that surrounds the church. The complex will be replaced with new senior and single family apartments and townhomes. Photos by Andrew Cauthen.

Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Scottdale will soon be in the middle of a construction zone. The church is located on the only privately-owned land in the 55-acre Tobie Grant Manor public housing complex which is slated for demolition. The complex will be replaced with $34 million in new construction, including 452 housing units, 180 […]

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Commissioners consider changes to county-issued credit card policy

DeKalb County purchasing card administrator Travis Cherry discusses the proper use of the county-issued credit card with commissioners. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

Several county commissioners met April 8 to review and discuss changes to the policies relating to county-issued purchasing cards (P-Card) after a recent ethics complaint alleged improper use by some commissioners and staff. Commissioner Elaine Boyer and her chief of staff Bob Lundsten were named in an ethics complaint for using the cards for personal […]

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Local restaurants feast on Easter Sunday patronage


Easter, on the Christian calendar, is called a moveable feast because it occurs on different calendar days from year to year. Many families take the feast suggestion literally and celebrate the holiday with a big meal, often brunch. Restaurants across the country report a hefty increase in business as diners pursue special menus and lavish […]

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