35 years of MARTA History

LifeLine Animal Project marks one year of success at DeKalb animal shelter

As part of the improvements to the DeKalb County Animal Shelter, LifeLine Animal Project improved photography and pushed pet’s pictures online fast in order to get them adopted or reclaimed quickly. Photos provided by LifeLine

It’s been one year since LifeLine Animal Project, a nonprofit animal welfare group based in Avondale Estates, took over the management of the DeKalb County animal shelter. And, the association seems to be going well. “I think this has been a very productive partnership,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader. “LifeLine is not only performing […]

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DeKalb announces runoff precinct relocations


The DeKalb County Board of Registration & Elections reports that due to unforeseen circumstances and as an emergency measure, the voting locations for all registered voters in the Redan-Trotti Library Precinct and the Wesley Chapel Road Library Precinct for the General Primary Runoff Election on July 22, 2014 will have to relocate.  Lack of air […]

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Local man publishes family letters from Civil War era

Jerry Dougherty says he continues to be amazed by the level of interest in his 19th century letters. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

Jerry Dougherty grew up in the North and has been a Southern transplant for more than 40 years, so those who discuss the Civil War with him shouldn’t expect fierce loyalty from him to either side. He does, however, have a great deal to contribute to the conversation thanks to an unusual inheritance. Dougherty, who […]

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Local teacher sets sail for science research

Kevin McMahon, a teacher at Renfroe Middle School, is participating in the Teacher at Sea program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on its ship Pisces.
Photos provided by Kevin McMahon and NOAA

Hands-on learning is becoming increasingly important in the classroom as state tests change to reflect the hows and whys, not just the whens and wheres of a fact. One Decatur teacher is taking his hands-on learning experience on a research fishing vessel in the Atlantic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is charged with […]

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Hospital chaplain ministers during crises

McClellon Cox heads up DeKalb Medical’s team of chaplains. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

At 6:40 a.m. on July 2, Dr. McClellon D. Cox was called into work. “A family had lost the mother,” said Cox, who was promoted in March to director of pastoral care at DeKalb Medical. “We had to minister to them, first, through their grief, and then we had to help them understand the procedure […]

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Clarkston mayor confident after ethics hearing


After three hours of testimonies and back-and-forth arguments between lawyers and councilmembers, Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry said he feels confident that the ethics committee will make a decision in his favor. “I feel that the lack of evidence that was presented speaks for itself,” Terry said. “These allegations were frivolous, unfounded and patently false.” The […]

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RVing: a new approach to vacationing

A Sisters on the Fly gathering along the Pigeon River in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

It’s not quite the same as the love affair that many Americans have with their cars, but to some people it may be even more important. I would fall into the category of the latter. I’ve been an avid outdoors person since childhood and will probably continue to be until I am no longer able. […]

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Filers of ethics complaints seek truth, accountability

Center, Rhea Johnson, who has filed five ethics complaints, attends a June meeting of the county’s ethics board. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Government watchdog Rhea Johnson said he likes DeKalb County. That’s why he has filed five ethics complaint—and counting. “I am committed to DeKalb County,” said Johnson, a retired retail store developer and manager. “I enjoy living here. It has from time to time been a struggle, but I do enjoy living in the county.”Johnson has […]

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