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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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DeKalb police: School shooter had 500 rounds of ammo

DeKalb County Police Detective Ray Davis, at podium, gives an update on the McNair school shooting case. Police also released a photo, inset, of the accused shooter Michael Brandon Hill

The scary incident that ended peacefully at McNair Discovery Learning Academy had the potential to become another school shooting tragedy, according to police. At an Aug. 21 news conference, DeKalb County Police Detective Ray Davis said Michael Brandon Hill had approximately 500 rounds, a “couple” of magazines and an AK-47 type rifle when he entered […]

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Lewis calls March on Washington ‘one of this nation’s finest hours’

Tens of thousands of people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 24 to commemorate the Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington at which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

The speaker best remembered from the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech. King, however, was not the only speaker on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that day; another was John Lewis. At the time Lewis was a student at […]

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