Century-long children’s healthcare journey started in Decatur

Dr. Wood W. Lovell, right, medical director of Scottish Rite Hospital, addresses the 1976 groundbreaking ceremony as Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital moved from Decatur to north Atlanta.

At the beginning of the 20th century, approximately 10 percent of the children born in the United States died before their first birthday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those who survived often didn’t receive the specialized care they needed to avoid disabling disabilities and illnesses. Georgia resident Bertie Wardlaw was inspired […]

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District 5 race headed to runoff

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One more hurdle remains before residents of DeKalb County Commission District 5 have a commissioner: a runoff election. In the June 16 special election to fill the seat vacated by interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, the field of 10 candidates was narrowed down to two: Mereda Davis Johnson and George Turner. Johnson, an attorney […]

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Decatur man recognized as honor graduate

Joseph Sharp at the Crossroads community health center in South Africa.

The University of Georgia (UGA) recognized 15 first honor graduates during its spring Commencement ceremonies May 8 at Sanford Stadium, including Joseph Sharp from Decatur. The honor graduates were recognized for maintaining a 4.0 cumulative grade point average throughout their undergraduate studies, as well as in all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or following […]

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Animal advocates ask county to build larger shelter


Some animal advocates are not pleased with the design of a proposed animal shelter and voiced their displeasure at the June 9 DeKalb County Board of Commissioners meeting. Advocates said the county is designing a facility that is smaller than the current animal shelter. “The current design, accommodating a proposed maximum 221 dogs, falls far […]

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Salamander Resort capitalizes on Virginia’s horse country

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Wide open spaces. Rolling hills of the greenest grass. Horses grazing here and there. Acre upon acre of vineyards. Welcome to Loudoun County, Va., where horse farms, equine centers and wineries dominate the picturesque landscape. This idyllic setting is where discriminating travelers seeking a unique vacation experience will find the Salamander Resort and Spa. Located […]

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400 vote early for District 5 seat

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The DeKalb County Board of Registration & Elections reports 400 voters cast ballots since Early Voting for the Board of Commissioners District 5 seat began on May 26, and ended today, June 12, 2015. Voters in District 5 who did not take advantage of Early Voting must go to their polling places on Election Day, […]

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Updated: Hemy Neuman’s conviction reversed


The state’s top court has reversed the conviction of Hemy Neuman, who was found guilty but mentally ill of the 2010 murder of Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody daycare center.  In a 6-to-1 decision announced June 15, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that the DeKalb County Superior Judge Gregory Adams “erred by allowing […]

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The Ark brings flood of animal care services

Kennel Manager Ashley Wells, left, and front desk employee Lona White say playing with the dogs is a favorite part of their jobs.

After 10 successful years in Chattanooga, Tenn., the most recent two marked by recognition in The Chattanooga Free Press’s “Best of the Best” competition, The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel has opened its first Georgia location. The pet facility opened April 25 in Doraville, offering boarding, daycare, training and grooming for dogs, cats and other […]

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