Opinion: A time to laugh, a time to mourn

The classic television comedy show Saturday Night Live, or SNL, as its fans often call it, on Dec. 15 opened with the New York City Children’s Chorus singing “Silent Night.” There was no punch line—just the lovely Christmas hymn with the particularly appropriate refrain “sleep in heavenly peace.” SNL, during its 37 years on the […]

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Hit the gym at 2a.m.? Workout Anytime says, why not?

  With the start of a new year, many people have self-improvement—especially becoming stronger, leaner and healthier—on their minds. Typically, gym memberships spike during January. But many who sign gym membership contracts later find scheduling and expense more difficult than they had expected. Bill Aicklen, who currently owns two DeKalb Workout Anytime locations, in Decatur […]

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Finances at heart of DCSD’s problems

  An accrediting agency recently placed the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) on “accreditation probation and warned if the district didn’t make significant progress on a host of issues it will lose its accreditation in 2013. AdvancED sent a special review team to investigate the district’s operations in October. During a Dec. 17 news conference, […]

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Lithonia residents unite against biomass plant

Lithonia residents had a unified message during a Dec. 18 public hearing: They do not want a biomass facility in their community. Nearly 100 Lithonia residents and their supporters attended a question-and-answer session followed by a public comment hearing about a draft permit for Green Energy Resource Center to operate a biomass fuel generating facility. […]

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OPINION: Here comes the judge

It is a wonderful thing to be able help share great news like the fact that DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams has been elevated to chief judge of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit and administrative judge of the 4th Judicial Administrative District. The new year will usher in Judge Adams’ two-year term. In […]

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DeKalb chief prosecutors take jobs elsewhere

Two of DeKalb County’s chief prosecutors will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue similar jobs in Cobb County. Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary and Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin have taken posts with new Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds. Geary is an integral part of the state’s […]

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Agency says ‘critical’ problems in DCSD, places it on probation

  An accrediting agency said if the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) doesn’t comply with a list of required actions within the next year, loss of its accreditation is “imminent.” AdvancED President Mark Elgart said during a Dec. 17 news conference that DCSD has been placed on “accreditation probation” until Dec. 31, 2013. “Today we […]

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