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Happiness is what’s behind artist’s work


Don’t expect some deep, complex explanation from Fawn Lowery about the art she creates. “My message is be happy,” said the artist who specializes in an array of glass art—from wearable pieces to decorative items. Lowery, 54, formerly from Decatur and now a Stone Mountain resident, has been working at the Center Town Gallery in […]

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Foreclosure numbers down in DeKalb


The housing market in DeKalb County has seen a slight improvement in the past year. According to foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc., foreclosures in DeKalb County were down 62 percent this July compared to July 2012. Lenders repossessed 113 homes in DeKalb last month, down 26 percent from last July, and the number of homes […]

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DeKalb County lets residents ‘sneak’ into the library at night

HiddenEyes by Jamie Hopper

What goes on behind the doors of your local public library at night—probably nothing right? But what if all the books came down off the shelves, alive, turning the library into another world? That’s exactly what Nicole Livieratos and Phillip DePoy had in mind when creating Hidden Away, the library at night—a new work of […]

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Brookhaven unveils new city logo

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DeKalb County’s newest city unveiled its official logo Aug. 29. The logo, designed by Lawrenceville-based Accent Creative Group, represents Brookhaven’s history and future growth, according to city officials. The blue wave swoosh signifies the city’s location inside the perimeter and the city’s bodies of water, including Peachtree Creek, Nancy Creek, Silver Lake and Murphey Candler […]

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School district to review safety after school shooting


The DeKalb County School District said district officials will review its school safety protocols after an Aug. 20 shooting at McNair Discovery Learning Academy. Although no one was injured when a gunman entered the school with an assault rifle and fired shots inside the building and at responding police officers, interim Superintendent Mike Thurmond said, […]

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Sneiderman appeals; Neuman will request new trial

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A day after Andrea Sneiderman was sentenced Aug. 21 to spend five years in prison for lying under oath her attorneys have filed an appeal for a new trial. The mother of two was convicted of lying to police and hindering the investigation into her husband’s 2010 shooting death. Sneiderman’s former boss Hemy Neuman was […]

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McNair school bookkeeper called national hero

From left, Rep. Hank Johnson, Pastor Deborah W. Tuff and Antoinette Tuff. Antoinette Tuff received a proclamation from Johnson who said she “may very well have saved our community and the nation from yet another unspeakable national tragedy involving innocent children.” Photo provided

On Facebook and national TV, Antoinette Tuff is being hailed a hero. Tuff, a school bookkeeper, even received a surprise call from President Barack Obama on Aug. 22, two days after she convinced a gunman to lay down his AK-47 assault rifle and surrender to police gathered outside McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur. The […]

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U.S. education secretary praises McNair staff after shooting

Nutrition manager Malcolm Quillen, Assistant Principal LaShandra Hawkins, Principal Brian Bolden and media specialist Harold Grant were recognized during a teleconference with U. S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

The Aug. 20 school shooting at McNair Discovery Learning Academy was the subject of a teleconference Aug. 23 between U. S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and DeKalb County School District personnel. “We all go into education to transform lives, not to save them, but your team this week saved lots and lots and lots of […]

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