April Hunt

April Hunt covers DeKalb County government and general assignment politics. She joined the AJC in 2008, after working eight years at the Orlando Sentinel in Florida.

Latest from April Hunt

Unplug at Georgia's most under-the-radar hike inn
 The path to unplugging from Atlanta this winter lies at the top of Amicalola Falls. There, a five-mile trail wends its way to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia's only backcountry lodge. Accessible only by foot, the Hike Inn welcomes hikers with rustic and comfortable rooms, fresh meals and views of the southern Appalachian Mountains. TripAdvisor...

Posted: 4 days ago

The path to unplugging from Atlanta this winter lies at the top of Amicalola Falls. There, a five-mile trail wends its way to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia's only backcountry lodge. Accessible only by foot, the Hike Inn welcomes hikers with rustic and comfortable rooms, fresh meals and views of the southern Appalachian Mountains. TripAdvisor...
The top 7 rides you must try at Six Flags Over Georgia
 Six Flags Over Georgia turned 50 in June 2017, but the only talk about being over the hill involves screaming along at 70 mph with your stomach floating in your chest. Georgia’s best-known amusement park, sits west of Atlanta in Cobb County and spans 290 acres. It features 40 rides and attractions and 12  roller coasters, including...

Posted: 6 days ago

Six Flags Over Georgia turned 50 in June 2017, but the only talk about being over the hill involves screaming along at 70 mph with your stomach floating in your chest. Georgia’s best-known amusement park, sits west of Atlanta in Cobb County and spans 290 acres. It features 40 rides and attractions and 12 roller coasters, including...
Atlanta Events 2018: Your guide for things to do all year long
 Atlanta offers a wide variety of festivals, events and shows just about every week of the year.  To help you get some ideas of things to do that you can mark on your calendar, we've listed some of the best events for each month, for the full year. For 23 days, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival brings a collection of international...

Posted: 14 days ago

Atlanta offers a wide variety of festivals, events and shows just about every week of the year.  To help you get some ideas of things to do that you can mark on your calendar, we've listed some of the best events for each month, for the full year. For 23 days, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival brings a collection of international...
World AIDS Day 2017: 9 facts about HIV/AIDS everyone should know
 World AIDS Day has been designated every December 1 since 1988 as a way to draw awareness of the disease and mourn the 35 million people who have died from it. The event has since shifted to focus on successes in the global fight against the disease and the importance of continuing these efforts for the 36.7 million worldwide who are living...

2:38 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

World AIDS Day has been designated every December 1 since 1988 as a way to draw awareness of the disease and mourn the 35 million people who have died from it. The event has since shifted to focus on successes in the global fight against the disease and the importance of continuing these efforts for the 36.7 million worldwide who are living...
Silent Killer: 5 reasons to take a second look at your blood pressure
 If your blood pressure jumped upon hearing that heart experts tightened the threshold for high blood pressure, you're not alone. For years, the condition was defined as having blood pressure of 140 over 90. The new threshold for "elevated blood pressure" is 120 over 80 – long the ideal for healthy adults – and high...

5:11 PM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

If your blood pressure jumped upon hearing that heart experts tightened the threshold for high blood pressure, you're not alone. For years, the condition was defined as having blood pressure of 140 over 90. The new threshold for "elevated blood pressure" is 120 over 80 – long the ideal for healthy adults – and high...
Everything to know about mastering disc golf in Atlanta
 Long before the trademarked Frisbee became a household name, a group of Canadian schoolboys are said to have made a game out of tossing a disc around an obstacle course in 1920s Saskatchewan. But throwing tin plates at a fence posts is not what draws more and more people out to the disc golf courses popping up around metro Atlanta these days...

10:18 PM Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Long before the trademarked Frisbee became a household name, a group of Canadian schoolboys are said to have made a game out of tossing a disc around an obstacle course in 1920s Saskatchewan. But throwing tin plates at a fence posts is not what draws more and more people out to the disc golf courses popping up around metro Atlanta these days...
10 sneaky ways to stay fit during the holidays
 The mind may be willing, but the post-Thanksgiving, tryptophan-riddled bodies of even the most dedicated among us can turn the hoildays into a season of inactivity.  Experts agree that exercising every day is one of the best ways to avoid weight gain amid all the food, social obligations and travel. But how do you do it?  Here are...

3:15 PM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

The mind may be willing, but the post-Thanksgiving, tryptophan-riddled bodies of even the most dedicated among us can turn the hoildays into a season of inactivity.  Experts agree that exercising every day is one of the best ways to avoid weight gain amid all the food, social obligations and travel. But how do you do it?  Here are...
6 rugged holiday gift ideas for the outdoorsy Atlantan
 There is a lot more to unwrap when you give the gift of nature. One study showed that being outside – or even looking at photos of the outdoors – can boost memory and attention by as much as 20 percent. So this holiday season, help the outdoorsy Atlantan in your life find new ways to explore. Where else can you get a 20 percent...

3:30 PM Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

There is a lot more to unwrap when you give the gift of nature. One study showed that being outside – or even looking at photos of the outdoors – can boost memory and attention by as much as 20 percent. So this holiday season, help the outdoorsy Atlantan in your life find new ways to explore. Where else can you get a 20 percent...
5 romantic glamping and other winter escapes near Atlanta
 If your idea of a perfect romantic winter weekend mixes time outdoors and time snuggling, metro Atlanta has plenty of nearby escapes. Each getaway offers a new place to explore or a new way to experience it together.Most importantly, they're in metro Atlanta's backyard, giving you plenty of time to woo one  another once the travel is...

2:36 PM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

If your idea of a perfect romantic winter weekend mixes time outdoors and time snuggling, metro Atlanta has plenty of nearby escapes. Each getaway offers a new place to explore or a new way to experience it together.Most importantly, they're in metro Atlanta's backyard, giving you plenty of time to woo one  another once the travel is...
The 12 best US small towns to revel in all things holidays
 From quaint town squares aglow in twinkling lights in New England to carriage rides alongside Louisiana lakes, small towns near and far really capture the magic of Christmas. As you’re planning your winter wonderland adventures, you may be looking for a short drive (or a long one) to towns that have the most holiday spirit.  If...

3:45 PM Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

From quaint town squares aglow in twinkling lights in New England to carriage rides alongside Louisiana lakes, small towns near and far really capture the magic of Christmas. As you’re planning your winter wonderland adventures, you may be looking for a short drive (or a long one) to towns that have the most holiday spirit.  If...
How a MARTA wasteland became a soccer lover's dream
 Since opening in mid-October 2016, Station Soccer, a soccer field at the Five Points MARTA station, has scored a goal with Atlantans and made its mark as the world's first soccer field at a transit station. As early as 2015, Soccer in the Streets board member Sanjay Patel started talking up installing soccer pitches at MARTA stations...

4:09 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

Since opening in mid-October 2016, Station Soccer, a soccer field at the Five Points MARTA station, has scored a goal with Atlantans and made its mark as the world's first soccer field at a transit station. As early as 2015, Soccer in the Streets board member Sanjay Patel started talking up installing soccer pitches at MARTA stations...