35 years of MARTA History

MARTA CEO: ‘We’re continuing to get better’


When Keith Parker took over as MARTA general manager and chief executive officer in December 2012, he said the transit system had a $33 million deficit, an unfavorable public image and a tense relationship with state lawmakers. In the last 17 months, Parker and MARTA officials have made improvements to move MARTA in a positive […]

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Church to provide haven for child sex trafficking survivors


Three years ago, a 13-year-old softball player noticed that a strange man was constantly watching her during games. Whenever she played first base, the stranger would stand behind the first base fence and watch her. When she was at third base, the stranger would go to the third base fence. One day, when she came […]

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Decatur students awarded for their empathy

Colson Dennis prepares to take donated books to students at the Global Village Project in Decatur.

Three students from the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue were recognized May 21 for sharing the gift of reading to refugees. Fifth-graders Colson Dennis, Genesis Reddicks and Minnie Stanford each received a $1,000 scholarship for winning first place in the 2014 Belk Service Learning Challenge, a regional competition through which students learn about core subjects […]

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Gabrielle Robinson continues to dominate DeKalb tennis

Chamblee tennis player Gabrielle Robinson finished at the top of girls No. 1 singles with a 14-1 record in 2014. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Watching tennis star Serena Williams play was all it took for then 4-year-old Gabrielle Robinson to gain an interest in the sport. “I told my parents that I wanted to play tennis and they went out and bought a racket,” Robinson said. At 17, Robinson is one of the top female players in No. 1 […]

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Tell me what you are running for


Some free campaign advice from a longtime observer, analyst and consultant in the political arena—I know that trash, rumors, lies and innuendo will make their way to the voters, but from you and your campaign…could you please at least try and focus on your thoughts on the issues, your plans for the position if elected […]

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EDITORIAL: Casting light on the sexual exploitation of children


A top 10 rating is often a sought-after distinction that makes city officials and residents proud. Not in this case. Atlanta leads the nation in human trafficking. That means that while Atlanta is cited specifically, all of the metro-Atlanta area is involved with victims and exploiters living, suffering and operating among us. Human trafficking is […]

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New downtown Decatur facility offers occasional office options

Visitors chat as they look over the newly available office space.

One executive works in Kentucky, another works in North Carolina, and they both had business that brought them to the Atlanta area for a day. Rather than work from a hotel room, the executives rented office space at Decatur CoWorks. “This is an example of the type of flexibility that many people need today and […]

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Math games add up to serious fun

From left, Indian Creek Elementary’s Top 5 math students (in descending order) include Rachel, Prae Mo, Jason Lian, Mee Meh and Precieux Vangu. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Students at Indian Creek Elementary School were recognized May 15 for playing games. “It’s very serious math; don’t let the word ‘game’ mislead you,” said Barbara Asteak, vice president of Suntex International Inc., about the students’ participation in First in Math, an online, game-based math program used by 1.5 million students nationwide and 50,000 classrooms. […]

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