Salon owner says businesses should ‘pay it forward’

Styling a customer’s hair, Black Butterfly owner Rita Patrick says there’s more to operating a successful salon than making customers look their best.

Black Butterfly in Stone Mountain is a hair salon and spa, but at times there might be a breakfast, a seminar or a networking event going on there. “As a business owner, I believe in staying connected to the community in many ways,” said Rita Patrick, who owns the salon and is part owner of […]

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OPINION: And thrice as SNICE!

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“Of all the events we have had thus far, this looks to be a larger one.” –Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman, Natalie Dale, Feb. 25. In memories that are seared onto the brain and will last for decades, the winter of 2014, stand out. It brought north Georgia and metro Atlanta both Snowmaggedon, and its […]

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Former museum educator returns to Fernbank Museum


Fernbank Museum of Natural History announced on Feb. 27 that Eli Dickerson, the former environmental outreach programs manager from 2005-2011, will return to the staff as its new ecologist. He will coordinate programs and lead museum ecology initiatives ranging from community engagement and public outreach to the ongoing restoration work inside the 65-acre Fernbank Forest. […]

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Bill could affect public notices, legal organs


A bill in the state senate could change where residents find some legal notices. Introduced by Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen), the legislation would allow counties and municipalities to publish any legal notices required by law on their own websites instead of advertising in a legal organ. The bill, SB-186, passed the Senate’s Committee on State […]

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Commissioners still divided over District 5 seat


DeKalb County commission District 5 still has no representation after a series of votes by commissioners at their meeting March 10. Commissioners have five names to choose from: George Turner, president of the District 5 Community Council; attorney Gina Mangham, who ran for the DeKalb Board of Commissioner in 2012 against Lee May; Kenneth Saunders […]

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No. 3 Stephenson wins its third title after beating Mays in their third matchup this season

Stephenson girls’ basketball team won the Class AAAAA state title after beating Mays 65-56. Photos by Carla Parker

Mays had gotten the best of Stephenson twice this season, but when it counted the most, Stephenson came out on top. The No. 3 seed Stephenson Lady Jaguars defeated Region 6-AAAAA foe and No. 1 seed Mays 65-56 to win the Class AAAAA state title. It is the third state title for head coach Dennis […]

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Sharman White named finalist for Naismith coach award

Miller Grove basketball coach Sharman White is a finalist for the Atlanta Tip-off Club’s 2015 Naismith High School Boys’ Coach of the Year Award. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Miller Grove High School basketball coach Sharman White is one of five finalists for the Atlanta Tip-off Club’s 2015 Naismith High School Boys’ Coach of the Year Award. “It is an honor to be chosen as a finalist for such a prestigious award,” White said. “I feel it is one of the top awards you […]

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Two resign after ethics board incident

Robert Blackman, center, resigned from the ethics board after telling Robert Lundsten, an former aide of ex-commissioner Elaine Boyer, to “come outside.”

A day after a heated exchange during an ethics board meeting, board member Robert Blackman and Bob Lundsten, a commissioner’s aide, resigned. During the March 3 ethics board meeting, Blackman suggested that Lundsten “come outside.” The exchange came during a brief discussion of a complaint Lundsten, an aide of former county commissioner Elaine Boyer, filed […]

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