Mom wants answers in son’s near drowning

From left, Melissa Sloan has questions about her son Brionne’s near drowning. Photos provided

An investigation is under way into what happened when a boy nearly drowned at Brown’s Mill Aquatic Center June 22. Fourteen-year-old Brionne Sloan was playing in the pool with friends when he became unconscious and nearly drowned. No one yet has offered an explanation as to what caused his trauma. “He doesn’t remember anything,” Melissa […]

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Walking in Memphis

World-famous Beale Street is one of Memphis’ top attractions. Photos by John Hewitt

As we began our initial descent to land at the Memphis airport, the sky was clear and the sun was beaming down on the mighty Mississippi River and the fertile lands along her banks. In the distance, I saw a large angular structure glistening by the river and squinted to try to determine what it […]

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District 5 candidates face off before runoff


The two remaining candidates for the District 5 seat on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners discussed various local issues during a “Community Conversation” June 29. In the June 16 special election to fill the seat vacated by interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, Mereda Davis Johnson, an attorney and wife of Congressman Hank Johnson, […]

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Carla’s Corner: My Peachtree Road Race experience


Like many people, I have a list of things I would like to accomplish before kicking the bucket. That list includes traveling overseas, vacationing in Hawaii and on some Caribbean Island, seeing the musical Rent on Broadway and covering a major sporting event, i.e. the Super Bowl. Those are just some of the big items […]

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Stone Mountain Park official: Rebel flags must fly under law

Various versions of the Confederate battle flag have a protected status by state law at Stone Mountain Park. Photo by Travis Hudgons

  ATLANTA (AP) Confederate flags will continue flying at Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta because Georgia law prevents their removal, according to what the head of a state authority that oversees the park said July 1. The law would have to be changed for the flags to be removed, said Bill Stephens, chief executive officer […]

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OPINION: Trumped!

Opinion crane

“Because I don’t need anybody’s money, It’s nice. I’m using my own money. I’m not using lobbyists, I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich,” shared the ever so humble Donald Trump at a press conference officially announcing his candidacy for president in 2016. No, I do not think that self-proclaimed billionaire, developer […]

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Atlanta Colts celebrating 50 years

Colts football

For 50 years, the Atlanta Colts Youth Association has been a staple in the north DeKalb and metro Atlanta area of Murphy Candler Park in Brookhaven. The program has been a success for the past 50 years with nine Pop Warner National Football titles, 120 league championships and one national cheerleading title. It all started […]

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DeKalb’s new school chief sworn in

Kimberly Green holds the bible as her husband, DeKalb school Superintendent Stephen Green is sworn into his new position.

On July 1 Stephen Green was sworn in as the new superintendent of the DeKalb County School District. Green was hired for the position in June after the DeKalb Board of Education conducted a nationwide search and named Green as its sole finalist. Green said, “I am honored to serve the Board of Education and […]

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