New chamber president plans to ‘drive progress in DeKalb’

The first female president of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Katerina Taylor says she will be aggressive in building the county’s business environment.

Katerina Taylor said one of the things she likes about her new position as president of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce is that it enables her to use skills she honed in the corporate world along with her passion as a community advocate. “The chamber is the one place key players in the building […]

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Students serve in Lithuanian summer camp

Students marching in a parade with the Rotary Summer Camp flag are, from left, L’jaaz Kingston, Agnes Scott College; Lyndsay Morrow, Decatur High School; Celeste Whitman, Agnes Scott College; Nico, a Lithuanian Jesuit  Gymnasium high school student;  Vito Antinozzi, Decatur High School; and Alina, another Jesuit Gymnasium high school student from Vilnius, Lithuania. The Jesuit Gymnasium, which has a highly regarded school, rented the conference site for the Rotary project and the summer camp. Photo provided

Lithuania has had a long and storied history. Once a large empire, it was ravaged by the Holocaust, subsumed under the USSR, then a satellite nation and is now a free member of NATO. Its economy is expanding, and there’s more opportunity than ever in this Baltic country. However, the economy hasn’t affected everyone equally. […]

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Decatur Fire makes history with women in top leadership positions

Decatur Fire Chief Toni Washington, left, and Deputy Fire Chief Stephanie Burton are the first women to hold the top positions in the Decatur Fire Department.

On Sept. 1, the Decatur Fire Department promoted Stephanie Burton to deputy fire chief, making her the first woman to hold this position. Burton, 40, was promoted by Decatur Fire Chief Toni Washington, who is the department’s first woman fire chief. Washington said she was excited to promote Burton, and she is excited about what […]

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Atlanta Falcons visit Princeton Elementary

Students pose for a “rise up” photo to commemorate a visit by an Atlanta Falcons player. Photos by Nicholas Washington

  by Nicholas L. Washington Princeton Elementary School students, faculty and parents experienced an evening with Atlanta Falcons’ tight end McKenna Sean “Bear” Pascoe, the Falcons’ team mascot, Freddie the Falcon, and the Falcons’ cheerleaders as they celebrated the opening of the facility’s homework center. “Fitness Fun with the Falcons” was the theme of the […]

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Dual enrollment is at record high at Georgia Perimeter

dual enrollment at GPC

by Kysa Anderson Daniels Sarah Ghalayini isn’t quite sure what career path she’ll eventually take, but the 17-year-old Georgia Perimeter College dual enrollment student is exploring a broad range of possibilities including biomedical engineering, intellectual property law and neuro-oncology. “But that can all change at a moment’s notice,” she said.  Ghalayini is certain, however, that […]

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Towers’ principal journeys from remedial to remarkable

Ralph Simpson, principal of Towers High School, said he is “humbled” and “amazed” to be named principal of the year by the DeKalb County School District. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Dr. Ralph Simpson, principal of Towers High School, said he is “just blessed” to be named the 2014 principal of the year for the DeKalb County School District. “I am just amazed by [God’s] grace because I would have never imagined that I would be here at this point…four years ago,” said Simpson, who was […]

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Old hotel to be imploded

The 19-story former Executive Park Motor Hotel will soon disappear in a cloud of dust. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

The skyline at the corner of I-85 and North Druid Hills Road will be a little emptier in a month after the implosion of a 19-story building. The vacant Executive Park Motor Hotel, described in an advertisement in the 1970s as “Atlanta’s Prestige Suburban Hotel,” is scheduled for implosion Saturday, Nov. 8, amid fanfare, according […]

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Carla’s Corner: NFL should wear purple, too


Since 2009, NFL players, coaches and referees have worn pink apparel in games during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The initiative is a part of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign. The NFL partnered with the American Cancer Society for the campaign, which focuses on the importance of annual screenings, especially […]

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