Toyota’s 2014 GS450h is an elevated driving experience

2014 Lexus GS450h

Parting was such sweet sorrow for me and the 2014 Lexus GS450h. Although I had less than 36 hours to review this vehicle—more like 26 hours—I knew I had experienced something exceptional. The machine is a beast with its 3.5-liter 24-valve V-6 engine and an electric motor. That combination results in constant/instant power and better-than-usual […]

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School provides child identification kits

Officer Mario Young fingerprints Erik Leggett. Photos by Ashley Oglesby

A child disappears in a crowd at a mall. A toddler wanders out an open door. A teen doesn’t return from a weekend with friends. Mario Young, a school resource officer (SRO) for the DeKalb County Schools said, “It is important to have information that helps identify your child to hand to law enforcement the […]

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OPINION: Reach out and correct someone

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  We hear it every day, yet it means nothing—“reach out.” The Four Tops released an album through Motown Records called Reach Out in July, 1967. That should be how this phrase is remembered and the use of the phrase should have stopped shortly thereafter; but it didn’t. Apparently the use of the phrase experienced […]

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Memorial to honor K-9s

Conroy said, “K-9s are more than tools.”

In August, DeKalb County police officer Mark Taylor’s K-9 partner passed away. DJ, a SWAT dog, was responsible for assisting in 500 arrests and apprehensions, 1,400 service calls and the recovery of more than $30 million in narcotics. DJ “was nationally recognized as being a very strong K-9 presence and leader,” said Xan Rawls, director […]

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‘Reach for the Stars’ mural unveiled

Mural designed by Sara Deery and painted by Keisha Boyd and Vera Zeigler. Photos by Ashley Oglesby

In a school district where 21 percent of 100,000 students speak English as a second language and about 2,000 new immigrants are registered a year, DeKalb County Superintendent, Michael Thurmond said, “We have one of the most diverse student populations not just in Georgia but in America.” The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) held a […]

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Stone Mountain Christmas touches every holiday mood

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Those who “need a little Christmas right this very minute” should know that Stone Mountain Park is ready for them—and has been since Nov. 8. Georgia’s most visited attraction is now aglow with more than 2 million lights and populated by such holiday characters as Santa Claus, The Snow Angel, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and […]

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Church puts turkeys on tables

Florence Okafor was one of 60 volunteers at the event.

Pastor Mark Haston, of The Tabernacle on Agape Way in Decatur, said the 250 turkeys his church gave away Nov. 24 was “a way to bless and show love to our community.” “They realize someone cares for them,” Haston said about the giveaway, in its second year. “A lot of times churches and Christians say […]

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DeKalb is ready for winter

Tons of salt are being delivered to DeKalb County in preparation for winter weather. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County has been preparing since March for the upcoming winter season. “We are ready,” said Peggy Allen, associate director of the roads and drainage division. A key item in the county’s winter preparation toolbox is salt. The Board of Commissioners on Nov. 18 ratified the county’s purchase of bulk deicing salt at a cost […]

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