35 years of MARTA History

OPINION: Celebrating the real Labor Day


“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). I have always admired the American worker, the laborer who puts in an honest day’s work for a hard day’s pay. Following our recent Labor Day celebration, I join several million Americans in honoring […]

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Lee May: ‘I share the collective frustration of our residents’

Interim Dekalb County CEO Lee May, photographed at Dekalb Avenue.

Open letter by Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May: ‘I share the collective frustration of our residents’ The past few years have been tough ones for DeKalb County.  It is outrageous that anyone would violate the public’s trust, and it is frustrating to realize that our county has refused in years past to identify and correct […]

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Secretary of state race is a ‘calling’ for Lithonia woman


Doreen Carter of Lithonia believes running for Georgia’s secretary of state position is “a calling.” “I believe that the people of Georgia need a voice that will stand up for their rights especially when it comes to voters,” said Carter, president of the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce and a former Lithonia City Council member […]

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It’s a happy world

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The Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend featured dozens of authors at various stages in their careers. Perhaps the youngest was 7-year-old Decatur resident Myles Shulman. Myles, a second-grade pupil at Laurel Ridge Elementary who also illustrated the work, presented his book Make the World Happy! on the children’s stage on Aug. 29, to second- […]

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‘no nukes, y’all’

Glenn Carroll has been campaigning against nuclear reactors for more than 25 years. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

In April 1986 a reactor at the nuclear power plant near Chernobyl, Ukraine, exploded. A fire there burned for 10 days, 31 people died after the explosion and more than a quarter of a million people were permanently driven from their homes. It is considered the worst nuclear disaster ever. The next year in metro […]

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Cedar Grove routs SWD in revived rivalry

A Southwest DeKalb player is gang tackled by Cedar Grove defensive players. Photos by Travis Hudgons

For the first time in seven attempts, the Cedar Grove Saints beat the Southwest DeKalb Panthers. The Saints dominated the Panthers 34-6 in their season opener at Panthersville Stadium Aug. 29. Heading into the game, Southwest DeKalb led the series 6-0. The teams last played in 2007, when the Panthers won 17-6. Cedar Grove coach […]

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‘Remorseful’ former commissioner to plead guilty

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates calls commissioner’s crimes “serious.” Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who faces federal charges of mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud, is “extremely remorseful for what she’s done.” That’s what Jeff Brickman, Boyer’s court-appointed attorney, said after Boyer’s Aug. 26 hearing in a federal court. “Today is a sad day, obviously, for her [that has put] a shadow on […]

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It takes a village

From left, Feliccia Kendrick, Zandra Jackson, Linda Philpott and Debra Reeves are school resource officers with the DeKalb County School District. They say they act as both protection and mothers to the children at their schools. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

DeKalb County elementary school resource officer Zandra Jackson said she remembers when she worked for the Atlanta Police Department, taking children, sometimes as young as 11, to juvenile detention facilities. She loved kids and wanted to make more of a difference than she was while leading them to their first brush with the courts. She […]

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