MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Xzavier Shugars scores three touchdowns in Chamblee win over Redan

Chamblee quarterback Kendrew Wynn looks for a receiver down field while Redan defenders pressure him.

Junior Xzavier Shugars seemed unstoppable Oct. 4 as the running back scored three touchdowns in the Chamblee Bulldogs’ 45-0 win over Region 6-AAAA opponent Redan (0-5) at Hallford Stadium. After Chamblee took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, Shugars gave the Bulldogs a 17-0 lead at halftime with two rushing touchdowns of 1 yard […]

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Government shut down takes a toll on some in DeKalb County

Federal employees and members of the Atlanta Rainbow Push Coalition protested in front of Atlanta’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention Oct. 8. Officials at the CDC said that the shutdown is preventing the center from performing important public health research. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

As lawmakers continue to debate the solution to the government shutdown, the lack of funding for federal programs is taking its toll on residents in DeKalb County. One institution being drastically affected by the shutdown is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Decatur. CDC was the site of a protest Oct. 8 […]

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Fire started at closed Peachcrest Elementary

DeKalb County Fire Rescue personnel responded to a fire set in the lobby of Peachcrest Elementary School Oct. 6. The school has been repeatedly vandalized since it closed in 2011. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Smoke escaped from windows and doors at Peachcrest Elementary School on Oct. 6 as multiple DeKalb County Fire Rescue units responded to an afternoon fire there. DeKalb County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief William Roberts said fire personnel “had a quick knock down of the fire.” “Upon arrival, we [found] a small fire set in the […]

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Towers receives $1,000 award from ESPN’s Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden (center with cap) presented a $1,000 check to Towers High School football program as part of his meeting with area high school coaches.

The Towers High School football program was the recipient of a $1,000 donation from ESPN NFL football analyst Jon Gruden and his FFCA charity. Towers was one of four high schools in metro Atlanta chosen to meet with Gruden, including Therrell, Osborne and Forest Park. The staffs and players met with Gruden in downtown Atlanta […]

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Sweet spuds get top billing at Stone Mountain restaurant

Sweet Potato Cafe Chef Karen Patton

Sweet potatoes rule at the Sweet Potato Café. From starters to salads to entrees to desserts, spuds dominate the menu at this nearly two-year-old Stone Mountain restaurant. Owner and chef Karen Patton said it was her love of sweet potatoes and their many nutritional properties that resulted in her making them the focus of her […]

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Couple finds colorful flavored ice truck a cool way to make a living

Owners Jeff and Karen Thomas point out one of the truck’s most popular features, the self-serve FlavorwaveTM.

Although they met as students at Georgia Tech and have worked in such fields as computer science, Jeff and Karen Thomas earlier this year decided to don rainbow shirts and earn their living selling flavored shaved ice from a truck with vibrant tropical images and a tiki hut roof. The couple, who married in 1983, […]

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Interim CEO says economic development a top priority

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May said the county is crafting its first-ever strategic plan. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Economic development is at the top of the priority list for interim DeKalb CEO Lee May. “We are doing some things we have not done in the history of our county,” May said during a lunch meeting of the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID). “We are crafting for the first time—as long as anyone […]

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The Burgess brothers: Chamblee’s triple threat

Brent, Ryan and Chris Burgess all played major roles in Chamblee’s 44-0 win over South Atlanta Sept. 20. The brothers are also active in baseball and basketball. Photo by Carla Parker

  It’s not often that a trio of brothers each scores a touchdown to help lead their team to a victory. But that is what Ryan, Brent and Chris Burgess did Sept. 20 in Chamblee’s 44-0 win over South Atlanta. The brothers contributed on offense, defense and special teams. Ryan, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior wide […]

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