Solicitor general holds annual domestic violence symposium

Solicitor general holds annual domestic violence symposium

DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston said most people have witnessed domestic violence. “It’s in the parking lot of Walmart, Target or Publix,” Boston said Oct. 21 during her fifth annual community resource fair and symposium titled “Building Bridges, Making Connections, Coordinating a Community Response to Domestic Violence.”  “We’ve seen it when we’re getting out […]

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Lithonia candidates share platforms at forum

Lithonia candidates share platforms at forum

Lithonia voters got an opportunity to hear from the candidates for mayor and city council and their ideas and plans for the city at a candidates’ forum Oct. 20 at the Lithonia-Davidson Library.  Council members Shameka Reynolds and Darold Honore are seeking reelection, and longtime resident and business owner Fred Reynolds is vying for the […]

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Five mayoral positions on November ballots

Five mayoral positions on November ballots

Voters will go to the polls Nov. 3 to decide contested mayoral seats in Brookhaven, Doraville, Dunwoody and Lithonia as well as elect a new state senator and representative. Brookhaven residents will elect a new mayor. The candidates are Dale Boone, a competitive eater, and attorney John Ernst, former chairman of the DeKalb County Board […]

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Columbia High alumni encourage students

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Columbia High School alumni participated in the Destined to Soar program on Sept. 25 to promote educational excellence and reach out to current students. The initiative was founded and organized by Viniece Jennings, an environmental expert who previously interned at the White House for the Obama Administration. “There’s the saying that ‘it takes a village […]

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Matera opens door to ancient and modern Italy


When the sun rises over Matera, Italy, it’s like a spotlight has been cast on the ancient set of a Hollywood movie—except this is the real thing. The sun’s glow brings a warmth to the winding stone streets and ages-old structures with arches, passageways, gates and distinctive doors. The heart of Matera is a 10,000-year-old […]

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Journey to Jaco


Likely Costa Rica’s most popular beach town and according to the Internet the easiest to access from San Jose International Airport, Jaco is a booming little place with something for almost anyone. It’s just a bit hard to find. A friend and I recently embarked on a whirlwind tour of Costa Rica with the intent […]

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Honoring legacies: A Decatur family honors the past while looking to the future

Carrie Salone, right, with her daughters Alleah, left, and Ayana hold awards that were presented to the honorees. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Recently, on a quiet residential street off College Avenue, local matriarchs and longtime Decatur residents Thelma Faverand, 94, Carrie Cook, 86, and Gussie Mae Lowe (posthumously) were honored at the Hometown Country Cookout—an annual event hosted by Carrie Salone.  “This year [we] wanted to give tribute to three legendary women who have truly touched the […]

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Festival to celebrate collards

A variety of collard-based dishes will be offered at the festival.

Nobantu Ankoanda is on a mission to promote healthy living, especially in Black communities. Inspired by a garlic festival in her native California, Ankoanda decided to create her own festival around a nutritious food. She chose one already popular in her adopted state of Georgia—collard greens. Now in its sixth year locally, the Collard Green […]

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