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Tamiko Lowry: ‘Still Standing’ after years of abuse

Tamiko Lowry, a domestic violence survivor, owns and operates The Still Standing Foundation, an organization for domestic violence victims.

July 9, 2007, is a day that Tamiko Lowry will never forget. That is the day when Lowry made the decision to leave her ex-husband after being verbally and physically abused for more than four years. Lowry said she was sitting at home and though, “I can’t do this anymore.” When Lowry’s divorce was final […]

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Jolly Elementary’s WJES keeps students informed

From left, Adrian Knox-Price films the WJES program as Jaela Calvin looks on.

  Every morning at Jolly Elementary School in Clarkston, a student-run news broadcast WJES updates students on the weather, lunch menu, birthdays, special events, holidays and words of wisdom. “We get to be on TV and we have to tell Jolly Elementary School what’s going on,” said fifth-grader Sui Paw Lin, 11, a WJES broadcaster. […]

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Former school board member dies


Former DeKalb school board member Donna Edler died Oct. 29 following a reported bout with breast cancer. Earlier in the day, Donna Priest-Brown, a member of the South DeKalb Parent Council, sent out an email stating that Edler was “making her final transition.” “Please be sure to pray for the family during this difficult period,” […]

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DeKalb schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week in Atlanta

The Dream G.E.A.R.L.S. step team from Browns Mill Elementary School was one of several DeKalb schools that participated in Red Ribbon Week celebration Oct. 18. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

  Students from several DeKalb County schools were among thousands of Georgia youth who gathered in Atlanta Oct. 18 to kick off the state’s Red Ribbon Campaign against substance abuse. “It’s a celebration of life,” said Travis Fretwell, program chief for the State Office of Addictive Diseases, about the event. “It’s also a reflection on […]

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GDOT: New I-20 lanes performing better than expected

The collector-distributor lanes on I-20 Eastbound between Columbia and Wesley Chapel improved travel time 195 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. File Photo

The new collector-distributor (CD) lanes along Interstate Highway 20 between Columbia Drive and Panola Road have greatly improved travel time for commuters in three months after opening, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). GDOT Chief Engineer Russell McMurry said the department is seeing “great benefits” in time savings and improved mobility through the […]

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Miller Grove basketball player dies

Terrell Coleman

Talented. Fearless. A hard worker. A true teammate. That is how Miller Grove High School head boys’ basketball coach Sharman White described Terrell Coleman, a freshman basketball player who died Oct. 27. Coleman, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound small forward, died while playing a pickup game of basketball, according to White. “I understand he went to the […]

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DeKalb technology school principal receives state honor

Kyarra Williamson practices with a wig. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

When Dr. Vikki Williams, principal of DeKalb High School of Technology-South, met a young man in her school’s construction program, she knew he needed inspiration. “He had very low self-esteem and it was evident that his socioeconomic background and status was challenging,” Williams said about the Hurricane Katrina evacuee who was behind in school. “But […]

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Championship berth up for grabs in Trail to the Title semifinals

Chapel Hill’s Jamaree Salyer delivers a monster hit to Cedar Grove running back Demetrius Thorpe. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Four teams are left in the Trail to the Title Middle School Playoffs Championship; the final two will be decided Oct. 26 at Hallford Stadium. A pair of undefeated teams clash in the opening game at 9 a.m. as Columbia (7-0) hosts Tucker (7-0) in a meeting of region champions. Columbia, the Region 4 champion, […]

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