35 years of MARTA

Mentally-challenged Lithonia woman missing

missing woman

A 20-year-old mentally challenged Lithonia resident has been missing since Dec. 28. The DeKalb County Police Special Victims Unit is seeking information about whereabouts of Ilonda Banks, who was last seen on Dec. 28 at approximately 1 p.m. at her residence on Kimberland Gardens Lane in Lithonia. She was wearing a black shirt and dark […]

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Healthful water brings income stream

At a recent tasting event at Vitamin Unlimited in Lithonia, Robertson explains benefits of her water. Photos provided.

Dawn Robertson said her venture into the world of business started with a decision to improve her own health habits. “My wake-up call came when I was diagnosed with diabetes, even though I thought I was relatively healthy and I had just lost 40 pounds. When I was diagnosed, I was a normal weight. I […]

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Demolition of Peachcrest Elementary begins next month

A fence surrounds the soon-to-be-demolished Peachcrest Elementary School. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

A temporary fence surrounds the vacant Peachcrest Elementary School as crews finalize plans to demolish the building next month. Closed since 2010, Peachcrest’s demolition will make way for a new school building later in 2014. “What you’ll see next is some guys in little white suits—our asbestos crew,” said Barry Roberts, founder of Atlanta Demolition, […]

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Interpreter is passionate about sign language

Sign language interpreter Alexa Ann Reha Wilson says she makes a difference every day she goes to work at Freedom Middle School. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Alexa Ann Reha Wilson, a sign language interpreter at Freedom Middle School, began signing since she was 12. “I had a church congregation that did sign language,” she said. “I thought it was real cool and I wanted to learn how to communicate.” So she took some “basic sign language classes to learn how to […]

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Ex-Braves player gives antibullying talk, book

Brian Jordan and Meadowview Elementary Principal Norman Thomas hold copies of Jordan’s book.

Former Braves player and current broadcaster Brian Jordan brought his antibullying message to Meadowview Elementary Dec. 19. “Bullying is wrong and we’ve got to stop that bullying,” said Jordan, author of Time Out for Bullies. Meadowview students received a free copy of the hardback book. Jordan, who said he has never been bullied, said he […]

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West tops East in DeKalb All-Star football game

Towers’ Daemyon Hassell avoids a tackle as he runs for more yardage.

The West DeKalb County All-Star team ended a four-game losing streak after the West defeated the East 28-23 in the seventh annual DeKalb County Coaches Association All-Star football game Dec. 21. Before the game, the East team held a 5-1 advantage in the series, having won the past four meetings. The West’s lone victory came […]

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Arabia Mountain wide receiver named Offense-Defense All-American

  Arabia Mountain Rams wide receiver Jonathan Jones is heading to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the eighth annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week Dec. 30-Jan. 5. The 17-year-old senior was named an Offense-Defense All-American based on his performance during the 2013 football season. Jones finished second among wide receivers in DeKalb County with 49 total receptions […]

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Emory students take a doggie study break

Somnath Das enjoys a study break with Henry, the Canine Assistants’ spokesdog. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

  Twenty-year-old Heejae Choi petted a dog for the first time on Dec. 11. “This is a very special experience in my life,” said Choi, a chemistry major at Emory University. “It’s good,” she said, while petting a Golden Retriever. “It really makes me feel comfortable. I can study effectively after this. I can’t explain […]

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