EDITORIALS: Get up and do something on MLK day


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is approaching (Jan. 17) and many working Americans will have that day off work. Normally when someone has a day off more than likely that person spends that day relaxing, doing nothing. However, MLK Day has become more than just a day off over the year. MLK Day has become […]

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First responders test skills


  As temperatures lingered in the teens, Chamblee and DeKalb County emergency personnel responded to a call of a gas leak Jan. 8 in a Chamblee neighborhood’s a cul-de-sac. A contractor told 911 personnel that he had hit a 24-inch gas line with his mini excavator at the Atlanta Gas Light regulator station at Shalimar […]

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Board undecided on search committee

Board Chairman Melvin Johnson

When the DeKalb County School District was going through turmoil in 2013 associated with the replacement of board of education members, parent leaders mobilized. Parent advocates from all parts of DeKalb began watching the school board hearings and offering help in the process of finding a new school superintendent. Parent Councils United (PCU) representative Allyson […]

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Former Southwest DeKalb soccer stand-out performing well at Presbyterian College

Presbyterian College sophomore and Southwest DeKalb graduate Kristen Peagler finished the 2014 season with two goals and one assist.

Southwest DeKalb 2013 graduate Kristen Peagler is in her sophomore season as a member of the Presbyterian College Lady Blue Hose soccer team and is making an impact. Peagler, who set DeKalb County scoring records of 50 and 55 goals in a season and 157 overall in her career at Southwest DeKalb, had a big […]

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Miller Grove defeats Druid Hills in region matchups

Druid Hills’ Desham During (4) flies to the basket. Photos by Mark Brock

The No. 1 ranked Miller Grove Wolverines jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the 80-29 victory over the Druid Hills Red Devils to complete the Region 6-4A sweep at Druid Hills Jan. 9. Lamont West scored the first seven points of the game and added a three-pointer in the 16-0 run to open the […]

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Couple earns dough with specialty breads

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As Three Kings Day (Jan. 6) approached, La Calavera Bakery in Decatur was ready with loaves of rosca de reyes (kings’ ring). Commemorating the day on which the wise men visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, Three King’s Day is traditionally celebrated in Mexico and other countries with sweet circular bread loaves with a figurine […]

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Opinion crane

“Our ability to provide needed improvements in educational spending will not hinge on extracting a larger tax bite from our hard-working citizens. We can and will do what is necessary by living within our means.” –Georgia Gov. Joe Frank Harris, during remarks to the Governor’s Education Review Commission, Nov. 12, 1984. First, let’s get one important […]

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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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