Homeless but not hopeless

Cylinthia and Camille Fitchett, along with their dog Bailey, talk with DeKalb County Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Nathan Knight.

Sisters seeking work, refuge in DeKalb County     Sisters Cylinthia and Camille Fitchett aren’t what some think of as “typical” homeless women. The pair said they aren’t on drugs, nor are they lazy or suffer from alcoholism. But despite efforts to find work, or a house, the sisters remain homeless. After a mid-July rain […]

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OPINION: The political season: this too shall pass

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From now until November, we likely will be bombarded with paid and unpaid political messages, endorsements, analysis and mudslinging the likes of which we have never before seen. Most have already seen the ugliness begin even prior to the national political conventions that have just played out. Social media is a hotbed of nonstop political […]

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Clarkston considers ‘banning the box’

Clarkston considers ‘banning the box’

Committee hears public concerns over discrimination against ex-cons The city of Clarkston is considering taking action to eliminate discrimination against ex-convicts.   Clarkston’s public safety committee, made up of councilmen Mario Williams, Dean Moore and resident Adyra Stembridge, heard from experts concerning the subject during a meeting held July 26. Marilynn Winn, a formerly incarcerated […]

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Back to school celebrated in Redan

Boys & Girls Club at Redan Recreation Center celebrated the end of summer camp with a back-to-school celebration featuring performances and games.

Boys & Girls Club and local businesses partner for school supplies drive For most of the day on July 26, Redan Recreation Center was a scene of celebration. The center, located at 1869 Phillips Road in Lithonia, hosted a Back to School 2016 event featuring a school supplies giveaway, food and drinks, games, dancing, guest […]

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Up in smoke


Clarkston business owner voices concerns over tightened tobacco rules   An owner of an adult entertainment strip club voiced concerns on a smoke-free Clarkston July 26 during a public safety committee meeting. Bill Gamble, owner of Strokers Entertainment Club, said a proposed ordinance banning smoking indoors could cause the 25-year-old Clarkston business to fail. “Having […]

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From being bullied in Dunwoody to honored in New York

From being bullied in Dunwoody to honored in New York

Considering his role in bringing policy change to more than 100,000 DeKalb County students, his experience with bullying, his religious and cultural affiliation, his portrait being featured in an upcoming New York art gallery, and his willingness to stay positive, it’s safe to say Japjee Singh, 17, is not your average Dunwoody High School senior.  […]

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UPDATE: SWD football coach Michael Tanks dead at 48

SWD football coach hospitalized after stroke

Southwest DeKalb High School football coach Michael Tanks died Aug. 3 of complications related to a stroke he suffered at his home. Tanks, 48, has been on a ventilator since having the stroke on July 25. According to the school’s athletic liaison Kathy Walton, Tanks was at home with his son when he had the […]

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Grief support groups offer shoulder to lean on

Grief support groups offer shoulder to lean on

The death of loved ones and the grieving that follows is a universal experience. However, how each individual grieves is unique. “People in this culture so often are so very uncomfortable with pain and suffering that goes along with loss,” said Rev. Robby Carroll. “We stress grief is a normal process.” Carroll, who has been […]

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