MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Teen fights against gun violence

Mary-Pat Hector (center) speaks during a media conference about her campaign against gun violence. Photo by Carla Parker

Hearing news about gun violence among teenagers and children became so frequent for 15-year-old Mary-Pat Hector that it started to become the norm for her. And when gun violence hit close to home, it felt normal as well. “A person came to me and told me that a person I grew up with got shot […]

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Tucker High robotics team wins excellence award

The robot moves through a course similar to one used in the competition.

One of Tucker High School’s four robotics teams won a recent competition’s prestigious award. The Tucker VEX Team 1320A won the Technology Student Association Fall Leadership Conference’s excellence award on Nov. 9. “It is the top award that kids can win at the tournament,” Booth said. “It [exceeds] even the tournament champions who win by […]

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School counselors are the school’s glue

School counselors help restore normalcy to classrooms after disruptive events such as the McNair school shooting earlier this year. File photo

After 5-year-old Autumn Mack was struck by a vehicle and killed while trick-or-treating on Halloween Day in the Chapel Hill community, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) counselors went to her school to talk with her friends. Earlier in the school year, on Aug. 20 a gunman entered McNair Discovery Learning Academy armed with approximately 500 […]

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Culinary students, local eateries featured at ‘Taste of Arabia’

Arabia Mountain High School culinary students prepare meals during the school’s Taste of Arabia event. Photos by Carla Parker

Arabia Mountain High School culinary students, along with local restaurants, showed off their cooking skills Nov. 16 at the school’s annual “Taste of Arabia” event. The fundraiser event was hosted by the school’s PTSA and helped raise money for the organization and the school’s various clubs. It also brought students, staff, parents, community members and […]

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Mental health professionals support each other in forum

Mental health professionals gathered to discuss the issues they face during a forum sponsored by Debra Deberry, DeKalb’s clerk of Superior Court. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Mara “The Helper” Brown of Decatur “grew up in a family that had mental health issues but had no clue.” A 1988 graduate of Redan High School, Brown said she was bullied daily at school about her weight. When she came home from school, things were no better. Her father constantly compared Brown to her […]

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Redan standouts make college choices

Brea Elmor signs her letter of intent to the University of Memphis Photo provided

Jada Byrd and Brea Elmore, who help lead the Redan High School Lady Raiders basketball team to the Elite 8 of the Class AAAA state playoffs, signed their letters of intent to the schools of their choice last week. Elmore signed with the University of Memphis Nov. 13 and Byrd signed with Xavier University Nov. […]

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Tucker’s Jackson twins sign with Winthrop

Nuba and Naima Jackson sign their letters of intent to Winthrop University. Photos by Carla Parker

Twins who play sports together continue to play together after high school and twins Naima and Nuba Jackson from Tucker High School will continue to play basketball together next fall at Winthrop University. The 5-foot-8 senior guards of the Tucker girls’ basketball team, along with teammate Erykah Davenport, set a record for the Lady Tigers […]

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School district to be promote parental empowerment

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The DeKalb County School District wants parents to feel empowered about their children’s education. The district is hosting the Parent Educational Awareness & Empowerment Conference on Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College conference center, 494 North Indian Creek, Clarkston. “In south DeKalb we have the lowest rate of parent […]

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