MARTA - 35th Anniversary

DeKalb technology school principal receives state honor

Kyarra Williamson practices with a wig. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

When Dr. Vikki Williams, principal of DeKalb High School of Technology-South, met a young man in her school’s construction program, she knew he needed inspiration. “He had very low self-esteem and it was evident that his socioeconomic background and status was challenging,” Williams said about the Hurricane Katrina evacuee who was behind in school. “But […]

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Championship berth up for grabs in Trail to the Title semifinals

Chapel Hill’s Jamaree Salyer delivers a monster hit to Cedar Grove running back Demetrius Thorpe. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Four teams are left in the Trail to the Title Middle School Playoffs Championship; the final two will be decided Oct. 26 at Hallford Stadium. A pair of undefeated teams clash in the opening game at 9 a.m. as Columbia (7-0) hosts Tucker (7-0) in a meeting of region champions. Columbia, the Region 4 champion, […]

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Racing with bulls is an adrenaline high

Runners sprint for their lives as the 1,000-plus-pound bulls race around the track at the Great Bull Run. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Being pelted with tomatoes and running for dear life from a thunderous herd of rampaging bulls may not sound like a good way to celebrate one’s birthday, but for Keshawn Bussey it was perfect. Bussey of Dacula spent the day before his 21st birthday at the Great Bull Run at the Georgia International Horse Park […]

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DeKalb officer arrested on child molestation charges


  A DeKalb County police officer resigned from his job after being arrested and charged with child molestation. Manuel Williams, 49, was arrested at his home Oct. 23. He admitted to the charge and offered his resignation, according to police. At a news conference, DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander said the investigation into the case […]

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Two-sport athlete Deion Sellers undecided on future

Cedar Grove running back Deion Sellers, who also plays baseball, leads DeKalb County running backs in rushing yards and average yards per game. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Through seven weeks of football, Cedar Grove running back Deion Sellers leads DeKalb County running backs in total yards (907) and average yards per game (151.2). He has also scored nine touchdowns. With those types of numbers, the senior running back has received a number of college football scholarship offers. It is not unusual for […]

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South DeKalb mom, family fighting her breast cancer

Dee Dee Murray, right, embraces her children, from left, Enam, Senaite and Hadassah. Murray was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. Photos provided

Dee Dee Murray said a cyst she found on her breast in June was a blessing. “I couldn’t ignore the cyst,” said Murray, a 48-year-old south DeKalb resident and single mother of four. “To me it was a blessing from God. He was telling me there is something really wrong.” Murray, whose grandmother died from […]

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DeKalb sheriff announces congressional campaign


  “The time has finally come!” That was the announcement posted Oct. 22 on the Twitter account (@TBrown4Congress) for DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown. Brown officially announced his run for Georgia’s 4th Congressional District on Oct. 23 at events in Decatur, Lilburn, Conyers and Covington. “There are a number of things that I think I […]

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DeKalb County native follows dreams to lead Count Basie Orchestra

Trumpet player Scotty Barnhart, a DeKalb County native, recently became the director of the Count Basie Orchestra.

  The first time Scotty Barnhart saw the legendary Count Basie Band he was 15 but he knew then that one day he would be onstage playing with some of those same musicians. What Barnhart said he didn’t know then was how much that moment would come to impact his life moving forward and that […]

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