35 years of MARTA History

Chamblee offers electric vehicle drivers place to fill up

electric car

In December 2013, Chamblee made national news, and not in a good way. A Chamblee resident was arrested and charged with stealing $10-15 worth of electricity from a local school. He had plugged in his all-electric Nissan Leaf to an outlet at Chamblee Middle School. It turns out that after charging the car for only […]

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Movement conveys message

Anne Zimmerman, shown here interpreting at the GPC convocation, said studying sign language at the college led her to “the best job ever.” Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

Speaking American Sign Language, or ASL, isn’t like speaking American English. For one, you’re not speaking with your mouth and vocal chords, but rather your hands, face and body all at once. And, while the languages are related, they’re not the same. That’s where sign language interpreting takes over. Interpreters bridge the gap between spoken […]

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Groups bring island culture to DeKalb


More than 2.5 million Americans trace their ancestry to a Caribbean nation, according to recent census figures. While the largest concentrations of this population are in Florida and New York, Georgia is among the other states with significant Caribbean-American populations. Charles Baker, who heads the Atlanta Carnival Bandleaders Council, one of many local organizations devoted […]

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PATH cycle track under construction

Construction has begun along Williams Street and John Portman Boulevard in downtown Atlanta for the John C. Portman Cycle Track project, which connects the Stone Mountain Trail with Centennial Olympic Park.

Bicyclists will soon be able to ride from the Stone Mountain Trail to Centennial Olympic Park without mixing with traffic. PATH started construction on the John C. Portman Cycle Track project in mid-August, which will connect the Stone Mountain Trail with Centennial Olympic Park. Construction began downtown, long Williams Street and John Portman Boulevard in […]

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DeKalb police detective stable after shooting


An inmate is dead and a DeKalb County police detective is in stable condition after a shooting outside the magistrate court Oct. 2. Cedric Alexander, DeKalb County’s deputy chief operating officer of public safety, said he visited detective DeKalb County police Phillip Christy at Grady Memorial Hospital where he is recovering from gunshot wounds in his […]

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Columbia rolls past Lithonia in 41-7 win

Columbia running back Antonio Manson (with ball) runs for extra yardage. Photo by Travis Hudgons

It was a blowout win for the Columbia Eagles, but it was not pretty. The Eagles were able to put away the Lithonia Bulldogs 41-7 in the 6-AAAA regional matchup Sept. 26, despite a high number of penalties and a couple of turnovers. The game was scoreless halfway through the first two quarters until Columbia […]

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DeKalb police academy graduates 100th class


The DeKalb County Police Department increased its force by 15 after celebrating the 100th Police Academy graduation class. The new 15 officers, including former DeKalb Police Chief William O’Brien’s son Bradley, receive their badges and took the oath of office during their graduation ceremony Sept. 26 at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center. “The decision […]

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Decatur resident wants to be children’s chief advocate

Valarie Wilson, former Decatur school board member, said more money is needed for public education. Photo by Christopher T Martin

Former City Schools of Decatur school board member Valarie Wilson said she feels “compelled” to run for the state school board superintendent position.“While on our [local school] board, I was consistently disappointed at what I felt like was a consistent defunding…of public education,” Wilson said. “Every year from the time I started serving, there was […]

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