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Real men read at Columbia Elementary

took time to read to students at Columbia Elementary School. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Approximately 150 men gathered at Columbia Elementary School Dec. 6 to participate in the school’s Real Men Read program. “This is where we invite fathers, uncles and members of the community to come out and read a book to our students and also share the importance of reading,” said Columbia Elementary Principal Raymond Stanley. “Some […]

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Gang violence takes its toll on unintended victims

Eleven-year-old Nicholas Sheffey was sound asleep when he was hit by a bullet intended for his older brother in 2010. Nicholas later died and his family is still feeling the effects of gang violence. Photo provided

When 11-year-old Nicholas Sheffey climbed into the top bunk of his bed the night of Feb. 11, 2010, he didn’t sleep on the side he normally did each evening—maybe he was groggy after being awakened when his father came home. Nicholas had fallen asleep watching TV with his mother, Deborah Rider. Several hours after David […]

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Decatur asks for public input on tree ordinance

At the beginning of the year, the Decatur City Commission will vote on the city’s tree ordinance in an effort to improve sustainability and increase its tree canopy. Photo by Travis Hudgons

City officials, residents and experts met Dec. 11 to discuss updating Decatur’s tree ordinance in an effort to make development throughout the city more sustainable. More than 60 attendees were present for the meeting, which began with a presentation by Decatur Planning Director Amanda Thompson and Connie Head, a tree consultant from the Technical Forestry […]

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Stone Mountain woman is Mega Millions winner

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The immense good fortune and financial windfall of a Stone Mountain family has sent a ripple of surprise through a local neighborhood. Ira Curry, one of two winners of the $648 million Mega Millions drawing on Dec. 17, claimed her prize the next morning at Georgia Lottery headquarters. “It’s unreal,” said Curry, 56, in a […]

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No tax increase a possibility


DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May presented a $562 million proposed budget Dec. 15 that avoids a tax increase by focusing on streamlining operations, reducing costs, increasing revenue and refinancing debt. The deadline for the administration’s budget proposal was midnight, Dec. 15, and May cut it close to that deadline by sending out his recommendations […]

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Tucker Tigers fall to Creekside in title game

Several Creekside players tackle Dominick Sanders. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The No. 1 Tucker Tigers quest for an undefeated season and another state title came to a crushing halt as the Tigers fell to the No. 4 Creekside Seminoles 52-28 in the Class AAAAA championship game Dec. 13 at the Georgia Dome. Tucker (14-1) fell short of its third title in six years after winning […]

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Lewis appeals sentencing, judge’s rejection of plea agreement


  After being released on bond, former DeKalb County Superintendent Crawford Lewis has decided to appeal a judge’s decision to reject a plea agreement he made with prosecutors in return for his testimony. Lewis was recently sentenced to serve 12 months in prison after DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker rejected an agreement he […]

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Kirkwood resident turns gift for wrapping into unusual shop

Mia Canada says she’s been “totally in love with gift wrapping” since she took it on as a seasonal job years ago. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Many of Mia Canada’s customers would like to be sure the wrapping on their holiday presents reflects as much thought and creativity as the gift it envelopes and some would just like to take gift wrapping off their to-do list. Whatever motivates customers, Canada predicts this will be the busiest season ever for That’s a […]

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