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DeKalb detention officer recruit dies during training

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A detention officer recruit died May 22 after becoming ill during his initial detention officer training at the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office. George Ward, 29, began showing signs of illness during a routine morning physical fitness training session, according to a statement from Sheriff’s Office. Ward was transported back to the jail where he was treated […]

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Decatur lacrosse falls to Westminster in state semifinals


Down by one with a minute left in the game, the Decatur High School lacrosse team fought to tie the score at six to send the game into overtime and keep its championship hopes alive. But Westminster Wildcats’ defense shut down Decatur and its championship goal. The Decatur Bulldogs lost 6-5 on May 14 to […]

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Trophy business creates items that mark life’s big moments

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Sean Mahoney describes his company, Suburban Custom Awards & Framing, as a “feel good business.” “Awards and trophies mark the high points in our lives,” Mahoney said. “They come at times when we have excelled—times we want to remember the rest of our lives.” Sports trophies are very popular, but so are business and academic […]

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DeKalb County School District grad rates below state average

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The graduation rate for DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is less than the state average. Overall, 57.28 percent of the district’s 2012 graduation class of 8,204 students graduated within four years of entering high school as a freshman, according to the 2012 four-year cohort graduation rates released May 21 by the Georgia Department of Education. […]

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Kiddie Olympics encourage children to play


More than 1,000 children from various metro Atlanta daycare centers converged at Hallford Stadium May 9 for the seventh annual Kiddie Olympics. Children participated in the 20-yard dash, tug of war, sack race, pogo ball race, and bounce house events. It was all a plan “to allow kids to get more fit, to bring awareness […]

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Drew Charter goes full STEAM ahead Justin Roberts was confident that his egg would not crack.

Students made race cars from Styrofoam and made small containers that could protect eggs from a high drop as part of Drew Charter’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Day. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

“We already tried it and it worked. We tried in the stairwell,” Justin said. And he was correct. The egg survived a one-story drop inside the East Lake YMCA gym May 9. “The egg is surrounded by a box and the box was surrounded by socks,” said Justin, 10, a fifth-grader at Drew Charter School […]

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Five Lady Wolverines sign basketball scholarships


Five members of the Miller Grove High School girls’ basketball senior class signed scholarships on May 7 in front of family, friends and teammates. Shaquanda Durden, Katie Hunt, Tashi Thompson, Aniefiok Udofia and Klarissa Weaver—who led Miller Grove to its first state championship in 2012—signed with the colleges of their choice. Durden, a 5-foot-9 guard, […]

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Local rapper and reality star to face judge on probation violation

Lil Scrappy

Atlanta rapper and reality TV personality Lil’ Scrappy will be in a DeKalb County courtroom May 22 for a probation violation hearing. Lil’ Scrappy, whose real name is Darryl Richardson, was ordered May 15 to provide a urine sample to test for illegal drugs. Prosecutors alleged that he switched his urine during a routine drug […]

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