Jewish book festival supports reading

From left Project Give co-chairwomen Kim Urbach, Susie Sommer and Ellen Chalef. Photo courtesy of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Through Project GIVE, a community action project coordinated at the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s annual book festival, more than 1,000 gently used books were provided to metro-area students, according to a recent press release. Project Give co-chairwoman Ellen Chalef said, “We are so appreciative to the members of the community who have participated in this […]

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OPINION: Time to answer the ‘What now?’ question


For those of us disappointed by the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson on any charge in the August shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, the question is “What now?” It appears that this is yet another case that will leave us without satisfaction from the American institutions […]

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Video on Armed Robbery in Dunwoody


  On 12/5/14 at approximately 2:30 AM a white male entered the AM/PM gas station located at 4485 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA. The suspect produced a black in color semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The suspect took the entire drawer from the cash register and ran to a waiting vehicle. The suspect then fled […]

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New county office focuses on youth

Kiarrianna Turner is the manager of the county’s new Office of Youth Services. Photo provided

Kiarranna Turner’s job is all about the youth. She is the manager of the DeKalb County Office of Youth Services. Originally from Las Vegas, Turner moved to the metro Atlanta area to attend Morris Brown College, where she earned a degree in political science. She attended seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. […]

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Atlanta Families’ accepts nominations for outstanding educators

Atlanta Families’ surprises Springdale Park Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Emerson.

While doing a job in a timely and organized fashion will typically go a long way toward being well-regarded at work, a few extra steps could ensure that the work is recognized and appreciated. Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) is a nonprofit program that awards educators in the metro Atlanta school districts. […]

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Security concerns prompt expansion of jail, court video use

Earlier this year, face-to-face inmate visits were changed to  a video phone system. Now, a video system will end off-site first appearances for felonies and misdemeanors. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Concerns for maintaining safer environments for judges, inmates and the public has led county court and Sheriff’s Office officials to expand use of video hearings for felony and misdemeanor first appearance hearings. In a Nov. 14 memorandum of understanding between DeKalb Sheriff Jeffrey Mann and DeKalb Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl Anderson, both felony first and […]

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Suspect in MARTA bus stop killing charged with rape

Christopher Merritt

An 18-year-old Lithonia man has been arrested for the “senseless killing” of a MARTA patron. Christopher Merritt, of Par Three Way in Lithonia, was taken into custody Nov. 28 by members of the DeKalb Sheriff’s Fugitive Squad. “Today we’re announcing an arrest in the senseless killing of Marcaysia Dawkins,” said interim DeKalb County Police Chief […]

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St. Pius X advances to semifinals, Marist and Tucker fall in quarterfinals

McEachern quarterback Bailey Hockman (No. 10) looks for a receiver down field while avoiding the pass rush.

New classification, but same results as the St. Pius X Golden Lions advance to the semifinals of the Class AAAA playoffs. No. 6-ranked St. Pius X defeated West Laurens 31-13 at home Nov. 28. This is the second time in three seasons St. Pius X has advanced to the semifinals. In 2012, the Golden Lions […]

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