Author takes readers on journeys to the supernatural

Violette Meier says her interest in the paranormal dates back to stories she heard from her grandmother. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

  Violette Meier has a ready laugh and describes herself as a cheerful, optimistic person, but when she writes fiction she’s inclined to go to the dark side. Science fiction, fantasy and paranormal fiction are her favorite genres, she said. “I think it comes from my great-grandmother,” Meier said. “She was born in the late […]

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Service project honors MLK’s legacy

The Ingram family working together to dump trash.

To honor the legacy of the revolution left by Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of volunteers participated in Decatur’s MLK service project. While some conducted home repairs for senior citizens, others pulled grass and weeds, cleaned gutters, transported materials, monitored and organized tool inventory. The project operates under the Decatur Preservation Alliance and this year […]

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Key players in college merger defend mission

From left, GPC interim President Robb Watts, USG Vice Chancellor for planning and implementation Shelley Nickel and Georgia State University President Mark Becker. Photo taken by Bill Roa

  Georgia Perimeter College’s (GPC) Interim President Robb Watts on Jan. 13 hosted the first town hall meeting on its upcoming consolidation with Georgia State University (GSU) after the University System of Georgia Board of Regents (USG) approved a plan to make the two colleges one institution. The GPC and GSU merger will make the […]

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DeKalb baseball teams looking to build off last year’s success


Most DeKalb County baseball teams will head into the 2015 season expecting to build on what they accomplished last season. There were a few “first-time experiences” for a couple of teams, such as Stephenson, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs for the first time in the program’s history; and Tucker made their first […]

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Three baseball teams welcome new coaches

Samuel Marion

For the first time in 13 seasons, the Redan baseball team will open the season with a new coach. Patrick Wright is taking over the helm at Redan after longtime coach Marvin Pruitt retired. Wright is one of three new head coaches this season. Lithonia alum Samuel Marion is returning to his alma mater as […]

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Soup’s on in Decatur and Brookhaven

Keith with soup2

After years in the food service industry, Keith Yaeger discovered a Buckhead restaurant with a business model that he wanted to be part of. Yaeger recalled that he approached Jenny Levison, owner of Souper Jenny, and said, “If you ever decide to expand, I want to be part of that.” After 15 years in Buckhead, […]

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NAACP leader comments on civil rights progress

John Evans

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was only 20 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929. The venerable civil rights organization was started, according to its website, “to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United […]

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Achieving success in 2015


  With the start of a new year comes introspection and often the resolve to do things differently and achieve better results. Being fired up and committed to one’s goals is good, but how does one translate that into achieving success? Two local authors who counsel people on realizing their dreams offer suggestions on how […]

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