Groups bring island culture to DeKalb


More than 2.5 million Americans trace their ancestry to a Caribbean nation, according to recent census figures. While the largest concentrations of this population are in Florida and New York, Georgia is among the other states with significant Caribbean-American populations. Charles Baker, who heads the Atlanta Carnival Bandleaders Council, one of many local organizations devoted […]

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PATH cycle track under construction

Construction has begun along Williams Street and John Portman Boulevard in downtown Atlanta for the John C. Portman Cycle Track project, which connects the Stone Mountain Trail with Centennial Olympic Park.

Bicyclists will soon be able to ride from the Stone Mountain Trail to Centennial Olympic Park without mixing with traffic. PATH started construction on the John C. Portman Cycle Track project in mid-August, which will connect the Stone Mountain Trail with Centennial Olympic Park. Construction began downtown, long Williams Street and John Portman Boulevard in […]

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DeKalb police detective stable after shooting


An inmate is dead and a DeKalb County police detective is in stable condition after a shooting outside the magistrate court Oct. 2. Cedric Alexander, DeKalb County’s deputy chief operating officer of public safety, said he visited detective DeKalb County police Phillip Christy at Grady Memorial Hospital where he is recovering from gunshot wounds in his […]

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Columbia rolls past Lithonia in 41-7 win

Columbia running back Antonio Manson (with ball) runs for extra yardage. Photo by Travis Hudgons

It was a blowout win for the Columbia Eagles, but it was not pretty. The Eagles were able to put away the Lithonia Bulldogs 41-7 in the 6-AAAA regional matchup Sept. 26, despite a high number of penalties and a couple of turnovers. The game was scoreless halfway through the first two quarters until Columbia […]

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DeKalb police academy graduates 100th class


The DeKalb County Police Department increased its force by 15 after celebrating the 100th Police Academy graduation class. The new 15 officers, including former DeKalb Police Chief William O’Brien’s son Bradley, receive their badges and took the oath of office during their graduation ceremony Sept. 26 at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center. “The decision […]

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Decatur resident wants to be children’s chief advocate

Valarie Wilson, former Decatur school board member, said more money is needed for public education. Photo by Christopher T Martin

Former City Schools of Decatur school board member Valarie Wilson said she feels “compelled” to run for the state school board superintendent position.“While on our [local school] board, I was consistently disappointed at what I felt like was a consistent defunding…of public education,” Wilson said. “Every year from the time I started serving, there was […]

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CDC official: Tackling Ebola could take ‘a long time’

A group gathered in front of the CDC on Sept. 26 to raise the awareness of the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

“CDC: End Ebola Now” was the chant of more than a dozen people Sept. 26 across the street from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The event was scheduled “to continue to raise the awareness of what’s happening in West Africa,” said Alpha Jabbie, the event’s organizer. “What’s happening in West Africa is […]

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Miller Grove’s Sharman White named to USA basketball coaching staff


Miller Grove High School boys’ basketball coach Sharman White was named one of the assistant coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team. White will assist in coaching 53 of the nation’s top high school basketball players at the sixth annual mini-camp Oct. 4-5, the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, […]

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