OPINION: We choose how we react


It could’ve been an ugly scene. A three-car accident involving an old man, a Black woman and a Jewish couple easily could have turned into a screaming, cussing, finger-pointing situation. Three strangers from different generations, ethnicities and religious backgrounds—still in shock and stressed by a sudden violent crash—could have reacted with hostility, anger and selfish […]

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Hundreds of trees planted along Mountain Industrial

Members of the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID), DeKalb County officials and other partners cut the ribbon to celebrate the CID’s beautification project.

The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) hopes to attract more businesses to the area through beautification. The CID partnered with DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, Keep DeKalb Beautiful and DeKalb County Office of Planning and Sustainability to plant hundreds of trees as part of a beautification effort along Mountain Industrial Boulevard and East Ponce […]

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School board member faces allegations of violating protocols

Board of Education council member Marshall Orson responds to alleged violation.

The DeKalb County Board of Education will consider at its next meeting whether board member Marshall Orson violated board policy, according to a statement by Board Chair Dr. Melvin Johnson. “Recent news reports and communications from stakeholders of the DeKalb County School District have raised important and serious allegations that Marshall Orson…has violated the principles […]

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Special investigator to look at county corruption

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May has hired former state attorney general Mike Bowers “to root out corruption,…waste, fraud and abuse.”  Photos by Andrew Cauthen

A special investigator has been appointed by interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May to investigate the affairs of county government. Former state attorney general Mike Bowers, who investigated the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal, was picked by May “to investigate the affairs, records, expenditures of employees and departments under the authority of the CEO,” May […]

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MARTA driver accused of raping disabled passenger


Xavier Winfrey, a bus driver on the MARTA Mobility bus line, designated exclusively for passengers with severe disabilities, is allegedly responsible for multiple unlawful acts, including sexual battery, rape, sodomy, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, abuse and exploitation of a disabled person, while on duty as a MARTA bus driver. Glenda Hatchett, former chief judge of […]

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Deal’s school rescue plan receives mixed reviews

Rep. Christian Coomer addresses the board regarding Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District. Photos by Ashley Oglesby

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to create an opportunity school district in Georgia received a mediocre reception when introduced at the March 18 Georgia House of Representatives education committee hearing. If approved, the bill would allow the state to take over up to 100 schools that failed to meet performance targets three years in a row. […]

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Brookhaven celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting


March 20 is Arbor Day in Georgia, and Brookhaven officials celebrated by transplanting a tree in Blackburn Park. Native Tree LLC transplanted an American holly tree from Brookhaven Forest subdivision to the park, and Patrick Fisher of Native Tree demonstrated how larger existing trees are spade and moved. “I got involved with [Brookhaven resident] Mike […]

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Lithonia tops Stone Mountain to claim first win

Lithonia won its first game after beating Stone Mountain 10-5. Photos by Carla Parker

It took the last inning for the Lithonia Bulldogs to break a tie and win their first game of the season. Lithonia was tied with Stone Mountain 5-5 heading into the seventh inning, when the Bulldogs scored five runs in the final inning to roll to a 10-5 win. Lithonia coach Samuel Marion said the […]

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