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Animal photography calls for a special touch

Melissa over the shoulder

For many animal owners, Fluffy, Rex and Muffin aren’t just pets—they’re members of the family who should be pictured along with mom, dad and the kids on mantels, walls and tables throughout the house. Photographer Melissa Gillespie understands that and specializes in capturing images of the cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs, bunnies and even snakes […]

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Update: Body found on campus of local college identified

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                  The body discovered on the Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) Clarkston Campus yesterday has been identified as Alpha Oumar Diallo, 23, of Stone Mountain. An autopsy performed on Diallo June 11 revealed he died as a result of strangulation and blunt force injuries to the head.  He […]

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Sixteen scholars awarded $16,000 scholarships

400 million years of history and nature await discovery at Arabia Mountain

A pool of diamorpha adds a stark contrast to weathered rock surface at Arabia Mountain. Photo by John Hewitt

An often-used slogan for the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve area is “See 400 million years from here.”  All it takes is a little imagination and an open mind. As we began our ascent to the top of Arabia Mountain in Lithonia, it wasn’t difficult to imagine dinosaurs roaming the area or hunters and gatherers looking […]

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Decatur shop helps customers make craft wines and beers

Supplies and ingredients

  After more than a quarter of a century in the computer business, Marcia Perez decided she was ready to try something a bit more fun. Wine making is a family hobby that she and her husband, Gerald, decided could be parlayed into a business. The result is Wine Workshop and Brew Center, which opened […]

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County pauses to remember veterans

Top left, Stephenson High School JROTC Honor Guard presented the colors and, bottom left, Brigadier General John King, Doraville’s police chief, accepts a small sculpture after speaking at the county’s Memorial Day program May 23. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

  When you see everybody at the park burning burgers, having a great time, think of veterans,” said John King, Doraville’s police chief and a brigadier general in the Georgia National Guard. “We can enjoy life in the greatest country…because of veterans, and especially those who have given their lives for our nation,” he said. […]

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Road to stardom requires determination

Dina Shadwell (in background) directs an actress in a production of Mame. Photo courtesy of Jerry’s Habima Theatre.

Oddsmakers place the chance of becoming a movie star at one in 1.5 million. In fact, one is more likely to be stuck by lightning—one in 134,000, according to safety experts. Still, many unknown actors, such as Thomas Mapother (Tom Cruise), beat the odds to become successful in Hollywood. So, what does it take to […]

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Suspended school board member goes to state Supreme Court

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Suspended DeKalb County school board member Eugene Walker took his case to the highest court in the state June 3. The Georgia Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the high-profile case of Walker v.  Georgia Board of Education. Walker is challenging as unconstitutional Gov. Nathan Deal’s suspension of Walker and five others from the DeKalb […]

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