35 years of MARTA History

Residents voice concerns over gun law at town hall meeting

Capt. Frank Kliesrath, director of the DeKalb County Police Academy, explained the new state gun law June 19. Photo by Carla Parker

Georgia’s new gun law that allows licensed gun carriers to carry their guns in some public establishments went into effect July 1. To help ease some of the fear prompted by the law, state Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, hosted a town hall meeting June 19 on gun safety. Capt. Frank Kliesrath, director of the […]

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Teens help police stop drunk drivers during roadblock

From left, Beyond The Bell students Jailan Lowton, Tyrique Warren and Angel Paul write down the number of people who were pulled over. Photos by Carla Parker

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States and is responsible for more than 4,300 annual deaths among underage youth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People ages 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States and […]

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Summer program reinforces reading skills

Students at Dunaire Elementary School were some of the 3,000 that attended a reading enhancement program in June. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Approximately 3,000 DeKalb County students attended school for 12 extra days in June.On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 3-26, the DeKalb County School District held a Title I K-5 Summer Reading Program at eight sites: Midway, Fairington, Smokerise, Cedar Grove, Dresden, Toney, Stoneview and Dunaire elementary schools. The program was designed to eliminate summer learning […]

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Learning the art of making ‘em laugh

Paula Gilchrist explains techniques to her comedy class in Lithonia. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Laughter may come easy for most people but learning how to make people laugh sometimes requires instruction, study and practice, practice, practice. That’s why a group of up-and-coming comedians gather in Lithonia at the House Comedy Club weekly to learn and hone their skills.Instructor Paula Gilchrist, who is also a comic, goes over a number […]

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Bingo used to deliver elder abuse message

Solicitor General Sherry Boston hosted a bingo event at several senior centers around DeKalb. She said getting the seniors together for bingo provides an opportunity to educate them about the risks and signs of elder abuse. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

Senior citizens in DeKalb should really only worry about B-I-N-G-O, not A-B-U-S-E. That’s the thinking behind the recent events hosted by DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston. Gathering seniors from the community for bingo, Boston discussed signs of elder abuse. “Unlike other types of crimes, elder abuse is a crime that doesn’t always get reported because, […]

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OPINION: Reflecting on the Fourth of July celebration


A Black celebrating “independence,” on a day most Black Americans would agree did not apply to their ancestors, is problematic. Yet, since President Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, I, along with most minority parents and those in families of mixed races and sexes, can look their children in the eyes and tell them the […]

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Students explore aviation at camp

From left, Vanessa Williams of Dunbar Elementary in Atlanta, Erica Birdsong of The Children’s School of Atlanta, and Victoria Williams of Paul Lawrence Elementary in Cobb County, work on their airplane. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Dunbar Elementary student Vanessa Williams said she “wanted to learn about airplanes and how the pilots control the airplanes.” That’s why she participated in the aviation camp held at Fernbank Science Center and sponsored by Lockheed Martin. For 10 years, Lockheed Martin has partnered with Fernbank in the program that is designed “to help develop […]

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Murder suspect in Lithonia shooting death arrested

Johnie Oliver mug

A murder suspect was arrested July 2 in connection with a June 27 fatal shooting near Lithonia. Johnie Oliver, 21, was taken into custody by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad and is at the DeKalb County Jail on one charge of murder and two counts of aggravated assault.  A 23-year-old man was killed […]

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