Firefighters fighting for higher wages


Low wages and a high work load have created a dangerous atmosphere in DeKalb County, according to a representative of professional firefighters in DeKalb County.From 2011 to 2014, the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Department had a 9.3 percent attrition rate, according to a Matrix Operational Efficiency Study provided by the Archer Company. According to […]

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Carla’s Corner: College players have the right to look out for their best interests


It was the knee tear that broke the camel’s back. During the 2016 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State, Notre Dame linebacker and potential Top 5 NFL draft pick Jaylon Smith suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of the bowl game. It was later discovered that Smith tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and […]

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Family seeks financial assistance after man fatally struck by car


On Christmas Eve, south DeKalb County resident Marvain Adams was out in his subdivision doing what he loves—helping others. Adams was using his leaf blower in the middle of the street on River Mist Court off Dogwood Farms Drive when he was struck by a car. Adams was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with an […]

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Southwest DeKalb upsets defending champion McNair for county JV title

The Southwest DeKalb Panthers won the 2017 DeKalb County School District Junior Varsity Wrestling Championship.

The Southwest DeKalb Panthers wrestled to eight Top 3 finishes, including four gold medals, to jump past 2016 champion McNair and runner-up Decatur to capture the 2017 DeKalb County School District Junior Varsity Wrestling Championship on their home mats Dec. 17. Southwest DeKalb finished with a team total of 171.50 followed by McNair (151.00), Decatur […]

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DeKalb Officials: Lessons learned after metro-Atlanta ‘snowpocalypse’

County officials held a winter weather press conference Jan. 5 to inform residents that a plan was in place in case of an emergency situation. Storm forecasts predicted some parts of DeKalb County could get up to four inches of snow.

Just two years ago, metro-Atlanta was hit with icy conditions and two inches of snow. The combination was enough to gridlock major interstates and secondary roads for hours and in some cases days. However, DeKalb County officials said the county learned a lesson from the snowy debacle in January of 2014. Ahead of the predicted […]

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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. through service and commemorations

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. through service and commemorations - Photo by Carla Parker

Had Martin Luther King Jr. not been assassinated on the balcony of a Memphis hotel in 1968, he could be celebrating his 88th birthday this year. He would, no doubt, marvel at many of the achievements and changes that have occurred in the United States, but he likely would be dismayed that so many injustices […]

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Firefighters may sleep easier in DeKalb after donation

Beautyrest donated mattresses to first responders of the DeKalb Fire and Rescue Department. Over the past two years Beautyrest has donated 235 mattresses to the department.

According to the American Addiction Center, the average person needs 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep in a 24-hour cycle. However, for the county’s firefighters that average may be hard to reach. With sporadic work hours and the need to be ready at a moment’s notice, some firefighters may have trouble getting in a good […]

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OPINION: Ashamed of our wasteful ways


I don’t often think about how much I’m consuming, how wasteful I am or how much I contribute to polluting the planet. However, during a recent trip to Cuba that’s just what I spent time contemplating. In Cuba where there are no chain restaurants or expensive coffee shops on every corner, I watched in amazement […]

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