Suspect in MARTA bus stop killing charged with rape

Christopher Merritt

An 18-year-old Lithonia man has been arrested for the “senseless killing” of a MARTA patron. Christopher Merritt, of Par Three Way in Lithonia, was taken into custody Nov. 28 by members of the DeKalb Sheriff’s Fugitive Squad. “Today we’re announcing an arrest in the senseless killing of Marcaysia Dawkins,” said interim DeKalb County Police Chief […]

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St. Pius X advances to semifinals, Marist and Tucker fall in quarterfinals

McEachern quarterback Bailey Hockman (No. 10) looks for a receiver down field while avoiding the pass rush.

New classification, but same results as the St. Pius X Golden Lions advance to the semifinals of the Class AAAA playoffs. No. 6-ranked St. Pius X defeated West Laurens 31-13 at home Nov. 28. This is the second time in three seasons St. Pius X has advanced to the semifinals. In 2012, the Golden Lions […]

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Ninety-year-old woman climbs Stone Mountain


  When one thinks of activities that a 90-year-old person can do, usually knitting, reading or playing bingo come to mind. Climbing 1.2 miles up a mountain is not a normal activity for a senior citizen. However, Velma Farris of Nashville, Tenn., is no ordinary 90-year-old. Farris was in DeKalb County Nov. 14, visiting her […]

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Commissioner Stan Watson Encourages DeKalb County High School ROTC/JROTC Cadets in District 7 and the Community to “Help Take a Bite Out of Hunger”

DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson

Stan Watson, Super District 7 Commissioner, is challenging DeKalb County High School ROTC/JROTC Cadets in District 7 and the community to “help take a bite out of hunger” this holiday season. Cans collected will be given to local social service organizations. “It is no secret that individuals and families continue to struggle for basic needs […]

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OPINION: Why I don’t tweet

Opinion crane

“Whoever said that things have to be useful? Evan Williams, Twitter cofounder and CEO. Here is why I do not tweet. During my senior year in college, my then roommate, who seemingly could not stand the sound of silence, showed up one afternoon with a parakeet and cage to add to the tight space in […]

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Toyota’s 2014 GS450h is an elevated driving experience

2014 Lexus GS450h

Parting was such sweet sorrow for me and the 2014 Lexus GS450h. Although I had less than 36 hours to review this vehicle—more like 26 hours—I knew I had experienced something exceptional. The machine is a beast with its 3.5-liter 24-valve V-6 engine and an electric motor. That combination results in constant/instant power and better-than-usual […]

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School provides child identification kits

Officer Mario Young fingerprints Erik Leggett. Photos by Ashley Oglesby

A child disappears in a crowd at a mall. A toddler wanders out an open door. A teen doesn’t return from a weekend with friends. Mario Young, a school resource officer (SRO) for the DeKalb County Schools said, “It is important to have information that helps identify your child to hand to law enforcement the […]

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OPINION: Reach out and correct someone

opinion john

  We hear it every day, yet it means nothing—“reach out.” The Four Tops released an album through Motown Records called Reach Out in July, 1967. That should be how this phrase is remembered and the use of the phrase should have stopped shortly thereafter; but it didn’t. Apparently the use of the phrase experienced […]

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