Cedar Grove’s Antwuan Jackson heading to Auburn

Cedar Grove’s Antwuan Jackson heading to Auburn

Cedar Grove defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson will play college football at Auburn University. The 4-star recruit and Army All-American announced his commitment to Auburn Dec. 17, selecting the university over Ohio State, Georgia and Florida. “I love the coaches, I love the community and I can’t wait to play for Auburn,” Jackson said.   Auburn […]

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Many answers to ‘what’s new?’ at Northlake

Members of the Holiday Inn team cut a ribbon to mark the facility’s grand reopening.

  Those who haven’t been to the Northlake area recently may find there are shopping, dining and lodging options that weren’t present a year ago. Renovated Holiday Inn holds grand reopening The Holiday Inn Northlake held its grand reopening Dec. 10 as corporate executives, local officials and guests gathered for tours of the newly renovated […]

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Good Growth DeKalb, Selig continue discussions post Walmart

The 150,000-square-foot Walmart store in Suburban Plaza opened before the Thanksgiving holiday. Photos by Carla Parker

Although community activists could not stop the Walmart from being built in Suburban Plaza, they still communicate with developers in hopes of making sure the plaza has a positive impact in the Decatur community. Good Growth DeKalb met with Selig representatives Dec. 9 to discuss the development of Suburban Plaza and the new Walmart. The […]

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Sheriff offers $5K reward for info about shooting


The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the recent shooting at a deputies Lithonia home. On Dec. 15, a sheriff’s deputy and his wife were the victims of a shooting at their home of “14 peace-filled years,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey […]

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Retired YMCA leader honored

From left, Eston Hood, the former COO of the Metro Atlanta YMCA, is joined during his retirement partner by Thurbert Baker, the state’s former attorney general. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Family members, friends, community leaders and former coworkers gathered Dec. 8 at Smokerise Country Club in Stone Mountain to honor Eston Hood, who recently retired after 36 years with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. From 2009 to 2015 Hood was the YMCA’s chief operating officer. Hood, an Atlanta native, joined the Metro Atlanta YMCA family […]

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DeKalb officers fighting for raises

DeKalb Police recruits practice their skills earlier this year. Officers have vowed to fight for salary raises. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

While some DeKalb County police officers are leaving for financially greener pastures, others have vowed to fight for pay increase. “This defeatism and standing idly by while the department loses the core of what makes it great ends today,” DeKalb County Sgt. Erik Heimer told county commissioners Dec. 8. “From this moment forward DeKalb County police officers will be present at every board meeting, community function, […]

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Dozens join Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants rally


Throughout the United States and abroad, people facing violence from war, occupation, poverty, racism and bigotry are struggling for justice and human rights. Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition (GPJC), a network of activists in Georgia whose goal is to provide leadership in nonviolently opposing wars and policies of aggression and domination, held a street demonstration […]

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Slow flow of tai chi and qigong suits students just fine

Stephen Dorage, center, leads a tai chi class at the Clarkston Community Center. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Stephen Dorage is yawning his way through the Tuesday evening tai chi class at the Clarkston Community Center. No covering his mouth or attempting to suppress it, instead he loudly emits yawn after yawn after yawn. Dorage isn’t some disinterested student in the back of the class, he’s the instructor. “If you get a chance […]

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