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Sweet spuds get top billing at Stone Mountain restaurant

Sweet Potato Cafe Chef Karen Patton

Sweet potatoes rule at the Sweet Potato Café. From starters to salads to entrees to desserts, spuds dominate the menu at this nearly two-year-old Stone Mountain restaurant. Owner and chef Karen Patton said it was her love of sweet potatoes and their many nutritional properties that resulted in her making them the focus of her […]

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Couple finds colorful flavored ice truck a cool way to make a living

Owners Jeff and Karen Thomas point out one of the truck’s most popular features, the self-serve FlavorwaveTM.

Although they met as students at Georgia Tech and have worked in such fields as computer science, Jeff and Karen Thomas earlier this year decided to don rainbow shirts and earn their living selling flavored shaved ice from a truck with vibrant tropical images and a tiki hut roof. The couple, who married in 1983, […]

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Interim CEO says economic development a top priority

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May said the county is crafting its first-ever strategic plan. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Economic development is at the top of the priority list for interim DeKalb CEO Lee May. “We are doing some things we have not done in the history of our county,” May said during a lunch meeting of the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID). “We are crafting for the first time—as long as anyone […]

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The Burgess brothers: Chamblee’s triple threat

Brent, Ryan and Chris Burgess all played major roles in Chamblee’s 44-0 win over South Atlanta Sept. 20. The brothers are also active in baseball and basketball. Photo by Carla Parker

  It’s not often that a trio of brothers each scores a touchdown to help lead their team to a victory. But that is what Ryan, Brent and Chris Burgess did Sept. 20 in Chamblee’s 44-0 win over South Atlanta. The brothers contributed on offense, defense and special teams. Ryan, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior wide […]

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Bike to Work: Decatur residents take challenge

From left, Paul Lantinga of Decatur Bikes and Tracie Sanchez of Decatur Active Living are part of a team participating in the metro Atlanta Bike to Work challenge. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

For 40-year-old Joseph Palmeri, biking the 10 miles back and forth from his home in Decatur to his job in Atlanta is a way to get exercise. Palmeri, who has lived in the Medlock community for approximately five years, is a quality specialist for The Coca Cola Co. in Atlanta. A cyclist for more than […]

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Inking in Decatur

kingdom tattoo

Ryan Weaver, owner of Kingdom Tattoo in East Decatur Station, said being in a band and getting tattoos seems to go “hand-in-hand.” When he had the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship at one of his favorite tattoo shops, Weaver said, he jumped at the chance, even though a band he was in was gearing up […]

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Commissioners retreat to discuss budget priorities

DeKalb County commissioners discuss how to manage the county’s budget for FY 2014 at a recent retreat at the Porter Sanford Arts and Community Center in Decatur. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

DeKalb County commissioners voiced their concerns over public safety, youth development, taxes and a host of other topics during a budget retreat held Sept. 19 at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center. The meeting, which lasted several hours, was a chance for county officials to discuss their priorities for the fiscal year 2014 budget and […]

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Decatur uses sheep to clean out weeds from cemetery

The city of Decatur used sheep to clear out Japanese hops and kudzu from the hillside in the Decatur Cemetery. Photos by Carla Parker

The city of Decatur used sheep to clear out Japanese hops and kudzu from the hillside in the Decatur Cemetery. Photos by Carla Parker If you live by the Decatur Cemetery and recently heard a “baa” noise, do not worry. The noise was coming from the 75 sheep that were tending to the steep hillside […]

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