Caring for creatures great and small

Marjan Ghadrdan, AWARE’s wildlife care supervisor, holds an opossum recovering from metabolic bone disease. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Kind hearts are both an incredible help and immense hindrance for Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort, Inc. (AWARE). The Lithonia-based nonprofit organization has 75 volunteers who help and rehabilitate injured wildlife. Last year, they cared for 1,800 animals and responded to some 10,000 phone calls and emails with advice and assistance. However human kindness also […]

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DeKalb CSB: providing resources for mental illnesses

Dr. Joseph Bona, chief medical officer of the Community Service Board. Photo provided

If a person has chest pains, diabetes, asthma or influenza, he or she will usually get treatment for these physical illnesses to prevent further harm or death. However, too often the same action does not apply to mental illnesses. The stigma surrounding mental illness prevents many people, who suspect they have a mental illness, from […]

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OPINION: South DeKalb isn’t the ghetto


“You’re talking about a paradise in the ghetto.” That’s how south DeKalb resident Joel Edwards described a plan by a developer to build a 10-acre resort on Covington Highway. On Dec. 16, 2014, DeKalb County commissioners approved a rezoning request by developers of Panola Slope Resort, a proposed resort that will include an upscale seafood […]

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County police department commemorates centennial

New badges have been distributed to DeKalb County Police officers to commemorate the department’s centennial. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Residents of the Tucker community wanted police protection, so they pressured the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners to provide it. That was 1915 and the beginning of the DeKalb County Police Department. This year the department is celebrating its centennial. On Dec. 29, 2014, DeKalb police officers received centennial anniversary commemorative badges, while civilian employees […]

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Center wants to be a community resource

The Community Achievement Center in south DeKalb was formed by two Greek organizations. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

In the early 2000s, two local nonprofit organizations were independently looking for a place to host community service events. The Delta Life Development Center Inc., established in 1998, works with at-risk students; provides assistance and support to the federal Teenage Mothers Nutrition Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Program; and partners with the Decatur Alumnae […]

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Stephenson sophomore linebacker finishes in top defensive stats

“I hope to get stronger and even faster next year and lead the county in tackles,” said Stephenson’s Chancey Rivers

Before the 2014 football season began, there was a lot of hype surrounding a number of Stephenson senior defensive players, specifically defensive end Chauncey Rivers. Rivers and the other senior leaders lived up to hype, leading Stephenson’s defense to rate as one of the top defenses in DeKalb County football. However, there was another player […]

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Alterique Gilbert: ‘Focused on becoming a better leader’

Miller Grove junior guard Alterique Gilbert hit his 1,000th point Dec. 9

    Last season, Miller Grove point guard Alterique Gilbert played a major role in the Wolverines’ run to a sixth consecutive state title. As a sophomore, Gilbert averaged 18.0 points and 5.6 assists per game, and led all scorers with 25 points in the 2014 championship game. Now in his junior season, Gilbert is […]

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Commissioner Rader seeks to lead the board

There still is no commissioner for DeKalb’s District 5. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Commissioner Jeff Rader announces his candidacy for Presiding Officer of the DeKalb Board of Commissioners (BOC).  The BOC is required to elect a presiding officer at its first meeting of each New Year.  Rader is the most senior member of the BOC that has not served in the presiding officer position, according to a news […]

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