New DeKalb schools named after Obama, Lewis

Board screen shot

Board of education divided over new school names, naming process Two new elementary schools in DeKalb County will be named after President Barack Obama and Congressman John Lewis following a contested board of education meeting July 11. The board unanimously voted to name the former Terry Mill Elementary School, located at 797 Fayetteville Road, and […]

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Big man on campus

Offensive lineman John Krahn, who is 7-foot-tall and 400 pounds, is enrolled at Georgia Prep Sports Academy in Decatur. Photo by Carla Parker

7-foot, 400-pound John Krahn to suit up for GPSA   Last year, John Krahn, a senior offensive lineman at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Riverside, Calif., made national headlines. Not for anything bad or necessarily good, but he gained the spotlight because he was probably the biggest football player in the world at […]

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Opinion crane

“I’ve rarely seen a leader that’s been able to lead by consensus. A leader is someone who goes oftentimes against everybody. That’s what a leader is.”  entrepreneur and soon to be GOP Presidential nominee, Donald Trump from his long-running NBC program, The Apprentice. With apologies to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland has not been this hot since […]

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Town hall meeting attendees demand answers


In front of a packed crowd in Decatur, radio personality Rickey Smiley tried his best to quell an anxious crowd that wanted to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions during a town hall meeting, urging guests to “act in decency.” Smiley served as the event’s host at the star-studded town hall meeting July […]

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New basketball court coming to Gresham Park

DeKalb elected officials, staff members from DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs and The Atlanta Hawks Foundation shovel dirt. Photo by Carla Parker

Children in the Gresham Park community will soon have a top-of-the-art basketball court to play on. The Atlanta Hawks Foundation, DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs and DeKalb elected officials broke ground July 14 for a new basketball court at Gresham Park. The Atlanta Hawks Foundation donated $48,000 to the park to […]

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Road fix may come to Decatur

An image of the conceptual Community Transportation Plan for a road fix at the intersection at Atlanta Avenue, College Avenue and Howard Avenue.

    A fix for one of Decatur’s complicated roadways may be in the works in the next few years, city officials said. During a July 5 city commission meeting, Decatur city commissioners reviewed a potential “fix” for what many call a complicated intersection. City Manager Peggy Merriss said reconfiguring the intersection at Atlanta Avenue, […]

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Safari guides enhance African bush experience

Safari guides enhance African bush experience

First of a two-part series on adventures in Zimbabwe Peter Gava knows how to read the tall golden grass and soft Kalahari sand of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. There are lions here, and Gava knows how to find them. So do Liberty Ibasa and Tracy May. All three are African guides and rangers who […]

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Handcrafted bracelets cute as buttons they’re made from

Handcrafted bracelets cute as buttons they’re made from

“Oh, look at this one!” exclaimed one woman in the group gathered July 7 at the Chamblee Library meeting room. Another said, “This one is just stunning. I wonder what it’s made of.”  What had these women giddy with excitement were buttons—little disks that for centuries have been used to fasten clothing. For many, buttons […]

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