35 years of MARTA History

County holds ground-breaking for new park

The Friends of Rutledge Park along with DeKalb County officials broke ground for the new 1.5-acre Rutledge Park Sept. 17.

What was once a space of land filled with overgrown weeds and grass will soon be a new park in the Druid Hills community. The Friends of Rutledge Park along with DeKalb County officials broke ground for the new Rutledge Park Sept. 17. The 1.5-acre park will soon include entry landscaping, walkway into the park, […]

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Lithonia man hopes more awareness is raised for sickle cell

Kevin Pearson, 27, was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at 9 months old. He has Hemoglobin SS disease, the most common type of sickle cell disease. Pearson (at age 5) said he was 4 years old when he realized that he had sickle cell, when he was “going back and forth to the hospital.”

September is sickle cell awareness month. In the United States 90,000 to 100,000 people–mainly Blacks–have sickle cell, according to the CDC. The disease occurs among approximately one of every 500 Black births and one of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births. Others affected include those of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian origin. In addition, more than 2 […]

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A clean river runs through it

Workers remove trash from along South River as part of the federally-mandated cleanup. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Residents in south DeKalb want others to know that a river runs through it and the river is clean. Residents and DeKalb County officials were on hand Sept. 19 for the “live stream cleanup finale” at the Panola Shoals Trailhead at South River. Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said he remembers seeing a picture […]

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Georgia Perimeter College turns 50

Georgia Perimeter College interim president Rob Watts addresses the crowd, aided by a sign language interpreter, at GPC’s 50th convocation. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

    Overcoming financial hurdles, the college is now on the right track Fifty years ago, Ron Shaw stepped onto campus at then DeKalb College for the first time. He is a native of DeKalb County and had just graduated from Clarkston High School. He was looking for an affordable place to begin his secondary […]

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Dunwoody storms back to beat Lakeside

Dunwoody’s Tylor Scales (2) had a rushing touchdown and an interception to seal the 21-17 win over Lakeside.

It took a couple of big plays and a big penalty for the Dunwoody Wildcats to come from behind and beat the Lakeside Vikings 21-17 at North DeKalb Stadium Sept. 19. Dunwoody had a 14-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but a 46-yard touchdown run by Lakeside running back Kellyen Walker gave the Vikings […]

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Kellyen Walker: from little dog to big dog

Lakeside running back Kellyen Walker leads DeKalb County in rushing.

The 2013 football season was a disappointing one for Lakeside senior running back Kellyen Walker. He finished eighth in DeKalb County in the rushing statistics with 864 yards, 5.7 yards per rushing attempt and three touchdowns. Walker wanted to have a better season his senior year, so he put in extra work during the offseason. […]

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Doraville stream clean-up tackles pollution

Volunteers picked through tons of trash in Nancy Creek in Doraville on Sept. 20 for the city’s annual stream cleanup. Photo provided

All streams lead to the sea. Along the way, some of them take stops in the Chattahoochee River, source of Atlanta and DeKalb’s drinking water. Nancy Creek is one of those waterways and needs periodic cleaning, according to Steven Strickland, storm water inspector for Doraville. “There will be, from my experience, a majority of plastic […]

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Officer hospitalized for multiple bee stings

John Ritch_K9 Grizz

A Brookhaven Police officer was expected to be released from the hospital Sept. 25, a day after he was attacked by multiple yellow jackets. While trying to catch a suspect, Officer John Ritch stepped on a yellow jacket nest. He and his K-9 dog Grizz were stung multiple times. Ritch was stung more than 50 […]

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