Journey to Jaco


Likely Costa Rica’s most popular beach town and according to the Internet the easiest to access from San Jose International Airport, Jaco is a booming little place with something for almost anyone. It’s just a bit hard to find. A friend and I recently embarked on a whirlwind tour of Costa Rica with the intent […]

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Honoring legacies: A Decatur family honors the past while looking to the future

Carrie Salone, right, with her daughters Alleah, left, and Ayana hold awards that were presented to the honorees. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Recently, on a quiet residential street off College Avenue, local matriarchs and longtime Decatur residents Thelma Faverand, 94, Carrie Cook, 86, and Gussie Mae Lowe (posthumously) were honored at the Hometown Country Cookout—an annual event hosted by Carrie Salone.  “This year [we] wanted to give tribute to three legendary women who have truly touched the […]

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Festival to celebrate collards

A variety of collard-based dishes will be offered at the festival.

Nobantu Ankoanda is on a mission to promote healthy living, especially in Black communities. Inspired by a garlic festival in her native California, Ankoanda decided to create her own festival around a nutritious food. She chose one already popular in her adopted state of Georgia—collard greens. Now in its sixth year locally, the Collard Green […]

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Look, up in the sky


The expression “Go fly a kite” may be a slang kiss-off to some people but to Errin Rowell and her brother Erich Thomas it probably sounds like a delightful suggestion. The siblings are two of the leaders behind the upcoming 4th Annual Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo, which takes place Oct. 24 at Piedmont […]

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Residents, commissioners seek action after corruption report


  Nearly two weeks after the release of a special investigator’s report alleging “a pattern of corrosive and widespread misconduct” in the DeKalb County government, three online petitions are calling for the interim county CEO to resign. Additionally, two county commissioners have introduced resolutions calling for a state investigation and more internal controls. As of […]

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South DeKalb Senior Center finally opens


Seniors in south DeKalb packed the house Oct. 12 for the official grand opening of their newly-constructed center. Located at 1931 Candler Road, the South DeKalb Senior Center is on the site of an old funeral home that was turned into a senior center. “We can fix it up, we can paint it up, you […]

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Brookhaven police searching for armed robbery suspect

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The Brookhaven Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect. Police said the suspect—who is described as a Black male, approximately 5-feet-8 inches and slim build—approached an individual Sept. 26 around 5 a.m. on Windmont Drive. The suspect used a firearm while demanding the victim’s wallet and debit card […]

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District targets school performance

District targets school performance

For more than three months DeKalb County School Superintendent Stephen Green has recited his key strategies to improve the school district: collaboration, creative thinking, creativity, care and communication. On Oct. 5 at the DeKalb County Board of Education meeting Green shared his vision and strategies during a follow up discussion on the district’s strategic plans.  […]

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