OPINION: Lillian Lewis- a gentle freedom fighter


It is said that there’s a strong woman behind every man of great achievement. While she was content to live in her husband’s shadow, Lillian Miles Lewis, I suspect, was a far greater contributor to her husband’s success both as a civil rights leader and as a member of Congress than the world will ever […]

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DCSD swears in new board members, discusses school organization plan

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  After a brief ceremony earlier in the day welcoming board members Jim McMahan, Marshall Orson, Melvin Johnson and Pamela Speaks, the DeKalb County school board held its first meeting of 2013. The board postponed a vote on a proposed school organization plan until Jan. 23. Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said no action from the board […]

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New MARTA chief excited by challenges


  MARTA’s new general manager and chief executive officer loves a challenge. “If we can be successful here, we’ll be the model for the country,” said Keith Parker, who replaced Dr. Beverly A. Scott, who ran MARTA for five years. “That gets me excited—just knowing that there’s so many people out there that say there’s […]

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Dunwoody hopes to put a stop to false alarms

Dunwoody Police car

Dunwoody residents who call in numerous false alarms to the police department could face a fine up to $500. The city of Dunwoody is one of three north metro cities that are adopting ordinances that assess fines for false alarms. Dunwoody, Johns Creek and Sandy Springs, which share the same dispatch service, hope to have […]

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County leaders unite for ceremony

burrell ellis oath photo provided

County unity was the theme Jan. 3 as commissioners, judges, school board members and the solicitor general joined DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis for the county’s second Unity Inauguration. The elected officials gathered at Saint Phillip A. M. E. Church on Candler Road during a ceremony to take their oaths of office. They were sworn […]

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Tahj Shamsid-Deen: a great player becoming a great leader


With eight seniors gone and a new coach taking the helm for the 2012-13 Columbia High School boys basketball team, former head coach Phil McCrary knew he needed one of his returning players to be the team leader and help with the transition. So, he asked his point guard, Tahj Shamsid-Deen, to step up. “That’s […]

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Community remembers family killed in NJ accident

the girl in hat is the surviving daughter

A family friend of three Stone Mountain residents killed in a New Jersey accident said she has been questioning God. “When I heard the news…it took everything out of me and I questioned God,” said Marcia Coward. “Why them? Of all the families, why them? All through the holidays I kept saying, ‘Why them?’” Ainsworth […]

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Fundraiser set for Tucker hardware store lost in fire


  When Handy Hardware of Tucker was destroyed by a fire on Dec. 28, it marked the loss of a beloved Tucker landmark and a devastating event in the lives of its 35 employees, all of whom lost their jobs. On Thursday, Jan. 10, Greater Good BBQ will host a fundraiser for the Handy Hardware […]

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