Clarkston officials discuss honey bee initiative

Honey Bees swarm inside a jar Courtesy of Honey Bee Haven

On July 1 Clarkston officials debated partnering with Pesticide Action Network and Beyond Pesticides to protect honeybees and other pollinators by becoming a Honey Bee Haven. Mayor Ted Terry said he saw it fitting to start the initiative after being approached by stakeholders about the epidemic affecting pollinators. “It revolves around a certain pesticide, the neonicotinoids […]

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Former DeKalb band directors find success with jazz

From left, Marvin Pryor, Keven Shephard and Nelson Render makes up the horn section of The PR Experience band. Photo by Carla Parker

Educators by day and musicians by night—that is the life of Marvin Pryor and Nelson Render. In 2009, the former DeKalb County School District band instructors who now work for Atlanta Public Schools District, formed The PR Experience, a jazz/funk band composed of middle and high school educators. The award-winning, eight-member band has performed across […]

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Expert teaches children to mind their manners

Donna Paige Riley looks on as young students demonstrate what they learned about greeting others properly.

Etiquette, according to Donna Paige Riley, a socialization expert, author, etiquette teacher, speaker and radio program host, is not just about learning which fork to use. “It’s about having consideration for others in everything you do,” she said. “People today can be very self-centered, and that selfishness is the root of bad manners. It goes […]

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Man arrested in connection with vandalized businesses in Brookhaven

Solomon Danziger

  A 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged for vandalizing Nuts ‘N Berries in Brookhaven. Brookhaven Police charged Solomon Danziger of Chamblee with burglary on connection with the vandalism that occurred in the early hours of July 13. The campaign office of Catherine Bernard, which is located above Nuts ‘N Berries, was vandalized. Bernard […]

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Brookhaven businesses, Catherine Bernard’s campaign office vandalized

Brookhaven police car2

Several businesses were vandalized in the early hours of July 13, including the campaign office of Catherine Bernard. Bernard is running for the vacant Georgia House District 80 seat. Brookhaven police said the vandalism occurred at Nuts ‘N Berries at 4274 Peachtree Road, Peachtree Flower Shop Inc. at 4280 Peachtree Road, and several businesses and […]

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Mom wants answers in son’s near drowning

From left, Melissa Sloan has questions about her son Brionne’s near drowning. Photos provided

An investigation is under way into what happened when a boy nearly drowned at Brown’s Mill Aquatic Center June 22. Fourteen-year-old Brionne Sloan was playing in the pool with friends when he became unconscious and nearly drowned. No one yet has offered an explanation as to what caused his trauma. “He doesn’t remember anything,” Melissa […]

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Walking in Memphis

World-famous Beale Street is one of Memphis’ top attractions. Photos by John Hewitt

As we began our initial descent to land at the Memphis airport, the sky was clear and the sun was beaming down on the mighty Mississippi River and the fertile lands along her banks. In the distance, I saw a large angular structure glistening by the river and squinted to try to determine what it […]

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District 5 candidates face off before runoff


The two remaining candidates for the District 5 seat on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners discussed various local issues during a “Community Conversation” June 29. In the June 16 special election to fill the seat vacated by interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, Mereda Davis Johnson, an attorney and wife of Congressman Hank Johnson, […]

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