State’s first lady reads at Woodward Elementary

Woodward Elementary School teachers, faculty and students take a picture with Georgia’s first lady Sandra Deal. Photos by Ashley Oglesby

Georgia first lady Sandra Deal was greeted by safety patrol students Jeremy Avellaneda and Melissa Cambron when she arrived at Woodward Elementary in Atlanta on March 12. Deal visited the school to promote Read Across Georgia Month, a campaign that Gov. Nathan Deal said supports increased childhood literacy in the state. First lady Deal introduced […]

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Church declares drive-through prayer meets a community need

Deacon Hattie Washington invites passersby to drive in for prayer with Rainbow Park Baptist Church’s “prayer warriors.”

There is a drive-through on Columbia Drive where patrons don’t pick up prescriptions or laundry and are never asked if they want fries. Those lining up at Rainbow Park Baptist Church each Monday evening are seeking someone to pray with them. The church’s drive-through prayer program started in 2011 as part of the Rainbow Park’s […]

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Brookhaven addresses tree ordinance concerns

Kay Evanovich, Brookhaven’s arborist and land development inspector, explains the city’s tree ordinance to residents. Photo by Carla Parker

Balancing new development while preserving trees can be a difficult task, but Brookhaven officials are trying to do that through a tree ordinance. The city held its first “Brookhaven 101” workshop March 16, which focused on the city’s tree ordinance. The workshop was designed to explain how the ordinance guarantees the right level of tree […]

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Columbia, Stephenson claim ‘Best of DeKalb’ victories in week 3

Columbia’s Khaalis King (left) stretches out for first base as Tucker’s Jonathan Beaver makes the catch. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Two of the top state tournament hopefuls from DeKalb County flexed their muscles in impressive victories at the 2015 Best of DeKalb Showdown March 7 at Tucker. Stephenson smashed five home runs on the way to a 12-2 win over rival Redan in the first game. Coach Marco Jackson’s Stephenson squad also romped to a […]

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Once a week trash pick-up coming to DeKalb and Chamblee

DeKalb County sanitation director Billy Malone describes proposed changes to the county’s sanitation service at a news conference last year. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Say goodbye to twice-a-week trash pick-up. On March 10, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved a plan of the county’s sanitation division to switch to one-day-a-week solid waste and recycling collection. The plan also includes uniform, county-provided trash containers for residents. “This is a historic vote, and I am pleased that we can move […]

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Protestors bring attention to man killed by police


More than 100 protestors of a police-involved shooting death marched the streets of Decatur March 11 chanting “Black lives matter” and “I am Ant Hill.”They were protesting the March 9 shooting death of 27-year-old Anthony Hill of Chamblee. He was naked and unarmed when he was shot. Some protesters wore armbands and headbands made of […]

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Domestic violence show to be taped at Porter Sanford

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  DeKalb County residents will have the opportunity to participate in live audience taping for the series Changing Lives in America on Monday, March 23. The show will focus on ending child abuse and preventing intimate partner violence, also identified as domestic violence. Survivors will tell the audience about their experiences with intimate partner violence, […]

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Former DeKalb baseball coach participates in Braves Fantasy Camp

Former DeKalb County baseball coach Alan Loper plays first base at the Braves Fantasy Camp. Photos provided

Like children who love sports, Alan Loper dreamed of playing professional baseball. Although he never had the opportunity to play professionally, he did get to see what it is like to be a major league ball player at the Braves Fantasy Camp in January. The five-day camp, which is held at Braves Spring Training at […]

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