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DeKalb schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week in Atlanta

The Dream G.E.A.R.L.S. step team from Browns Mill Elementary School was one of several DeKalb schools that participated in Red Ribbon Week celebration Oct. 18. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

  Students from several DeKalb County schools were among thousands of Georgia youth who gathered in Atlanta Oct. 18 to kick off the state’s Red Ribbon Campaign against substance abuse. “It’s a celebration of life,” said Travis Fretwell, program chief for the State Office of Addictive Diseases, about the event. “It’s also a reflection on […]

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GDOT: New I-20 lanes performing better than expected

The collector-distributor lanes on I-20 Eastbound between Columbia and Wesley Chapel improved travel time 195 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. File Photo

The new collector-distributor (CD) lanes along Interstate Highway 20 between Columbia Drive and Panola Road have greatly improved travel time for commuters in three months after opening, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). GDOT Chief Engineer Russell McMurry said the department is seeing “great benefits” in time savings and improved mobility through the […]

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Miller Grove basketball player dies

Terrell Coleman

Talented. Fearless. A hard worker. A true teammate. That is how Miller Grove High School head boys’ basketball coach Sharman White described Terrell Coleman, a freshman basketball player who died Oct. 27. Coleman, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound small forward, died while playing a pickup game of basketball, according to White. “I understand he went to the […]

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DeKalb technology school principal receives state honor

Kyarra Williamson practices with a wig. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

When Dr. Vikki Williams, principal of DeKalb High School of Technology-South, met a young man in her school’s construction program, she knew he needed inspiration. “He had very low self-esteem and it was evident that his socioeconomic background and status was challenging,” Williams said about the Hurricane Katrina evacuee who was behind in school. “But […]

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Championship berth up for grabs in Trail to the Title semifinals

Chapel Hill’s Jamaree Salyer delivers a monster hit to Cedar Grove running back Demetrius Thorpe. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Four teams are left in the Trail to the Title Middle School Playoffs Championship; the final two will be decided Oct. 26 at Hallford Stadium. A pair of undefeated teams clash in the opening game at 9 a.m. as Columbia (7-0) hosts Tucker (7-0) in a meeting of region champions. Columbia, the Region 4 champion, […]

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Racing with bulls is an adrenaline high

Runners sprint for their lives as the 1,000-plus-pound bulls race around the track at the Great Bull Run. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Being pelted with tomatoes and running for dear life from a thunderous herd of rampaging bulls may not sound like a good way to celebrate one’s birthday, but for Keshawn Bussey it was perfect. Bussey of Dacula spent the day before his 21st birthday at the Great Bull Run at the Georgia International Horse Park […]

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DeKalb officer arrested on child molestation charges


  A DeKalb County police officer resigned from his job after being arrested and charged with child molestation. Manuel Williams, 49, was arrested at his home Oct. 23. He admitted to the charge and offered his resignation, according to police. At a news conference, DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander said the investigation into the case […]

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Two-sport athlete Deion Sellers undecided on future

Cedar Grove running back Deion Sellers, who also plays baseball, leads DeKalb County running backs in rushing yards and average yards per game. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Through seven weeks of football, Cedar Grove running back Deion Sellers leads DeKalb County running backs in total yards (907) and average yards per game (151.2). He has also scored nine touchdowns. With those types of numbers, the senior running back has received a number of college football scholarship offers. It is not unusual for […]

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