New students from Ebola-affected areas must get medical release


The DeKalb County School District notified all principals and administrators that no new students from Ebola-affected countries will be automatically allowed to enroll or attend classes.  The announcement was released on Thursday, Oct. 16, and applies to any students from countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and other affected areas in the United States. Students seeking […]

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Jury squabbles delay Ellis verdict

Indicted DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis awaits a verdict. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

As suspended and indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis awaits his legal fate, the jury tasked with deciding that verdict has had its own troubles.On Oct. 9, the fourth day of the deliberations, jury members told the judge that they were having problems getting along. “It appears we are having some pretty significant conflict back […]

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Healthy eating starts young at Decatur early childhood center

Students at City Schools of Decatur’s College Heights Early Childhood Learning Academy plant vegetables for fall harvest at the school garden. Photo provided

Kids from age 2 to pre-kindergarten get a taste for vegetables at City Schools of Decatur’s College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center. The school has a 16-bed garden located near its playground, in easy access for children to wander, play, grow and explore. Principal Suzanne Kennedy said the school’s PTA approached her nine years ago […]

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St. Pius defeats Marist with field goal

Marist quarterback Sam Phelts (16) hands the ball off to fullback Griffin King.

The Marist offense has averaged 33.4 points per game this season. However, the St. Pius Golden Lions defense held the high‒scoring offense to just nine points. And, it took a 30-yard field goal for St. Pius to beat its long‒time rival the Marist War Eagles 10-9 at Marist Oct. 10. The loss was Marist’s (6-1) […]

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OPINION: Farewell to my old friends


I’m not an overly sentimental person. Yes, I’m sentimental when it comes to people but not so much with possessions and such. Having traveled quite a bit and moved a number of times, it’s generally not hard to say goodbye to places and things. So I was taken by surprise when I was flooded with […]

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Come walk a mile in a smile at the Buddy Walk

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“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” –Albert Camus, (1913-1960) a French-Algerian Nobel Prize winning author, journalist and philosopher. Albert Camus may never have attended a Buddy Walk, but he certainly captured the essence of the day. Across America […]

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New chamber president plans to ‘drive progress in DeKalb’

The first female president of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Katerina Taylor says she will be aggressive in building the county’s business environment.

Katerina Taylor said one of the things she likes about her new position as president of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce is that it enables her to use skills she honed in the corporate world along with her passion as a community advocate. “The chamber is the one place key players in the building […]

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Students serve in Lithuanian summer camp

Students marching in a parade with the Rotary Summer Camp flag are, from left, L’jaaz Kingston, Agnes Scott College; Lyndsay Morrow, Decatur High School; Celeste Whitman, Agnes Scott College; Nico, a Lithuanian Jesuit  Gymnasium high school student;  Vito Antinozzi, Decatur High School; and Alina, another Jesuit Gymnasium high school student from Vilnius, Lithuania. The Jesuit Gymnasium, which has a highly regarded school, rented the conference site for the Rotary project and the summer camp. Photo provided

Lithuania has had a long and storied history. Once a large empire, it was ravaged by the Holocaust, subsumed under the USSR, then a satellite nation and is now a free member of NATO. Its economy is expanding, and there’s more opportunity than ever in this Baltic country. However, the economy hasn’t affected everyone equally. […]

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