35 years of MARTA History

EDITORIAL: There are no excuses to not vote


  In the 2010 general election—that featured the governor’s race, U.S. Senate race and other state races—DeKalb County had a 54.43 percent voter turnout. At that time, there were 389,452 registered voters, but only 211,968 voters cast ballots. In the May 20 general primary election, DeKalb had a 20.17 percent voter turnout—78,656 ballots cast out […]

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Proponents promote large south DeKalb city

From left, Ken Blakely and Tom Walton hold a map of the proposed south DeKalb city. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

It could become Georgia’s second-largest city. A group of residents are crisscrossing south DeKalb promoting the formation of a new city with an estimated initial population of nearly 300,000. “What we’re offering is a vision,” said Dr. Kathryn Rice, chairwoman of Concerned Citizens for Cityhood of South DeKalb. “Change comes about with vision. That is […]

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Georgia Pacific Foundation funds local science program

Students watch Diet Coke and Mentos bottle rocket erupt.

E.L Bouie Traditional Theme School in Lithonia hosted its second Science Saturday of the school year on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. As a kickoff to National Chemistry Week students in second through fifth grades learned about acids, bases and how it’s a part of their daily lives. Science Saturday started with […]

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Local nonprofits aiding Liberia’s Ebola fight

Steve Skinner helps unload hospital beds and other medical supplies donated by FODAC at the Saclepea Comprehensive Medical Center in Liberia. Photo provided

Steve Skinner, a member of Avondale First Baptist Church, said it was a God-appointed meeting with a Liberian that was the start of his faith-based nonprofit organization. “My wife and I are both Christians, and we were at Avondale First Baptist Church [in 2006] and this guy walks up the stairs of the church, and […]

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Save the Old Atlanta Prison Farm

Scott Peterson sits on a large marble block from Atlanta’s old Carnegie Library. After the pieces were dissembled to make way for the current library, they were stored at the farm site.

It’s more than 300 acres of greenspace, with two multi-acre lakes, a river, lush vegetation, deer, historic ruins and a cemetery that’s at least a decade older that the well-known Oakland Cemetery. And it’s in southwest DeKalb County. “It’s beautiful. There are places that are absolutely gorgeous,” said Joe Peery, an illustrator and activist working […]

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Pink Pony will continue fight against Brookhaven


A lawyer representing Pink Pony said the adult entertainment club will continue to talk with city officials after its lawsuit was dismissed by the high court. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Brookhaven Oct. 6 and upheld a DeKalb County court’s dismissal of Pink Pony’s lawsuit against Brookhaven. Pink Pony sued Brookhaven because of […]

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Choice Bus visits DeKalb Schools

Choice Bus at Tucker High School

8 out of 10 prisoners are high school drop outs. What’s the difference between having a roommate or a cell-mate? Graduating.  On Oct. 14-17, students of DeKalb County experienced first-hand how the choices they make can affect their future.  As an effort to encourage students to stay in school and avoid the likely consequences of dropping […]

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CIS fuels students to stay in school

Congressman Hank Johnson, CIS Site Coordinator Calleb Obumba, Clarkston High Principal Michelle Jones, CIS Board Member Jodie Guest and CIS Executive Director Frank Brown with students.

  What began in the basement of a home in the Grant Park community is now the nation’s largest dropout prevention network. Communities In Schools of Atlanta (CIS) is an organization partnered with DeKalb and Fulton Counties public schools. The organization works to improve the barriers that hinder students from succeeding in school.  “Our goal […]

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