35 years of MARTA History

OPINION: Getting a Handel on this race


“An extraordinarily positive job performance rating,” said rival U.S. Senate candidate and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel during her recent endorsement of Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) for the July 22 runoff election, referring to his win of several counties within his congressional district by as much as 74 percent. In Georgia’s competitive GOP […]

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OPINION: Summer is no time to completely relax


The roads aren’t clogged with those yellow school buses anymore, and everyone from children to teachers and even some parents are sleeping later and breathing easier. It’s summer—maybe not yet by the calendar, but other factors—mainly the end of the school year—clearly indicate that summer has arrived. It’s the season for the kind of fun […]

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Stone Mountain Park provides educational classes for students and teachers

Naomi Thompson, supervisor of the Stone Mountain Park education program, talks about the science kits for teachers, exhibits in the life-size cave and other activities that are offered to DeKalb County students and teachers and park visitors year-round. Photos by Carla Parker

In 2004, former Stone Mountain Memorial Association CEO Curtis Branscomb wanted to add an educational program to the park for local students and park guests. Confederate Hall, located at the base of the walk-up trail, was transformed into a historical and environmental education center to teach students and visitors the geology and ecology of Stone […]

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A Q&A with DeKalb County sheriff candidates


  DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann and former CEO Vernon Jones face each other in a runoff election July 22. In the primary elections in May, Mann received approximately 39 percent of the overall vote with Jones trailing at approximately 22 percent. Mann has worked for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for more than 14 […]

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Volunteer panel aids DFCS children

From top left, legal secretary Panya Dixon; Vicki James, field representative for the Council of Juvenile Court Judges; program administrator Teinika Lewis; and volunteers, Njeri Griffin and Pat DeBolt.

Eighteen-year-old Givonti Youngblood just graduated from Towers High School. In the time before his May 2014 graduation, he spent two years in the care of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and lived in a group home; was once locked up for eight days in juvenile detention; had a substance abuse problem; […]

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Police searching for suspects in fatal barber shooting


DeKalb Police are on the hunt for two men involved in the shooting and killing of a barber June 12 at a shop on Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain. Salahuddin Salaam, 36, was killed after giving one of the suspects a haircut. Captain Steven Fore, a spokesman for the DeKalb County Police Department, said a […]

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Turning heads and making a statement

A passenger in vehicle asks why the cyclists are in dresses. It’s not uncommon for the riders to get comments or questions at lights and stop signs. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Cycling isn’t just for those wearing Spandex shorts   Decked out in frilly skirts, pastel pumps, suede boots and breezy sundresses, the women could have been gathering for a garden party. Instead they were strapping on helmets, climbing on bikes and pedaling along Church Street in Decatur, beginning a 90-minute ride around the city. They […]

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Local artist goes back to the drawing board


Swish, flick, scrape, drag. Paint pulls from the brush to the canvas. Ashley Hizer is working in her Decatur sunroom, the tile speckled with drops of acrylic paint. What’s taking shape isn’t a form or figure; rather, it’s an abstract panel with complementary and contrasting colors pulling texture to create the work. “I just like […]

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