Local woman strives to reveal truth, not chaos

Keilah Johnson, center, is the founder of a nonprofit that mentors youth on how to resist media messaging, like these sophomores at B.E.S.T. Academy.

Keilah Johnson noticed there was something very wrong during her stay in New York City for an internship. Between her sophomore and junior years at Georgia College and State University, Johnson interned at WNYC and stayed with a family in Brooklyn. All around her, she saw people downtrodden, who didn’t recognize their talents. “My eyes […]

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Marist volleyball ranked No. 22 nationally by MaxPrep

Marist Volley

Marist volleyball coach Kendall Crum said she was pleasantly surprised when a parent told her that MaxPrep.com ranked the team in the top 25 teams in the nation. “I don’t put a lot of stock in rankings, but considering the way the girls have been playing the beginning of the season it’s nice for them […]

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Suspended county CEO: ‘Cut the contract’


  A secretly recorded conversation between suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis and a contractor was played in court on the second day of testimony in Ellis’ corruption trial. In the September 2012 conversation, Ellis could be heard telling Brandon Cummings, co-owner of Power and Energy Services, asking for a campaign contribution of up to $2,500 […]

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Shall we dance?

Dancers perform on Mi Casa, Your Casa art installation on the High Museum of Art’s Sifly Piazza. Photo provided by Sue Schroeder

Sue Schroeder, founder and artistic director of Decatur-based CORE Performance Company, said since the company’s inception she has sought to bring audiences innovative and engaging performances of a type rarely seen in the area. “We bring performing arts together with visual and other types of art to introduce experiences audiences don’t expect outside New York,” […]

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DeKalb school system has $30.9 million surplus

Superintendent Michael Thurmond and the DeKalb County School District Board of Education announced an increased budget surplus of $30.9 million at the Sept. 8 board meeting. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

A year and a half ago, the DeKalb County Board of Education took their seats in the boardroom on Mountain Industrial Boulevard and stared down the barrel of a $21.4 million deficit. At the Sept. 8 board meeting, however, Chief Financial Officer Michael Bell announced the district now has a $30.9 million surplus, up $10.9 […]

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EDITORIAL: Big changes for county schools but confusion abounds


There are a lot of changes coming to DeKalb County schools in the near future—McNair High School’s conversion to a college and career academy; the proposed charter district and a new board is coming in. But despite countless meetings, community input sessions and even campaign promises, the school district’s plans remain obfuscated. How can this […]

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Ellis trial underway


Power. Punishment. Perjury. That’s what the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is about, Lawanda Hodges, a deputy chief assistant district attorney, told the jury Sept. 16, during her opening argument. “Power: the evidence will show you that [Ellis] used his power to get people, be it an employee or vendor, to […]

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GBI investigating missing Lithonia police military weapon

AR 15 weapon

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into how an AR-15 weapon is missing from the Lithonia Police Department’s inventory. Lithonia Police Chief Eddie Moody, who took over as chief in December 2012, said in an exclusive interview that when he and his staff did their auditing and accounting, one of the two AR-15 weapons […]

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