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Snow damage forces Cobb, Paulding Schools to remain closed
 Officials from Cobb County Schools and Paulding County Schools said classes are canceled Monday after snowfall left several schools without power and affected travel through the area.  In a note posted to Twitter just before 1 p.m. Sunday, district officials said “continued power outages at multiple schools and poor travel...

6:19 PM Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Officials from Cobb County Schools and Paulding County Schools said classes are canceled Monday after snowfall left several schools without power and affected travel through the area.  In a note posted to Twitter just before 1 p.m. Sunday, district officials said “continued power outages at multiple schools and poor travel...
Mom wants answers after 8-year-old attempts suicide in class
 A parent in DeKalb County, Georgia, says her son attempted to drown himself in a Peachcrest Elementary classroom, and she’s raising questions about the district’s handling of the situation. The mother said her 8-year-old second-grader made the suicide attempt last Friday after a counselor gave a talk to the class about suicide...

4:05 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

A parent in DeKalb County, Georgia, says her son attempted to drown himself in a Peachcrest Elementary classroom, and she’s raising questions about the district’s handling of the situation. The mother said her 8-year-old second-grader made the suicide attempt last Friday after a counselor gave a talk to the class about suicide...
Snow gives metro Atlanta school leaders an agonizing decision
 Students at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in south DeKalb County were supposed to be released from school at 1:30 Friday, prompted by the steadily falling mix of snow and rain seen across metro Atlanta. Buses were still pulling up a half hour after the scheduled early dismissal. DeKalb and other metro districts changed plans in the...

11:58 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Students at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in south DeKalb County were supposed to be released from school at 1:30 Friday, prompted by the steadily falling mix of snow and rain seen across metro Atlanta. Buses were still pulling up a half hour after the scheduled early dismissal. DeKalb and other metro districts changed plans in the...
DeKalb mom wants answers after 8-year-old attempts suicide in class
 A DeKalb County Schools parent says her son attempted to drown himself in a Peachcrest Elementary classroom, and she’s raising questions about the district’s handling of the situation. The mother said her 8-year-old second-grader made the suicide attempt last Friday after a counselor gave a talk to the class about suicide awareness...

11:52 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

A DeKalb County Schools parent says her son attempted to drown himself in a Peachcrest Elementary classroom, and she’s raising questions about the district’s handling of the situation. The mother said her 8-year-old second-grader made the suicide attempt last Friday after a counselor gave a talk to the class about suicide awareness...
Snow forcing metro Atlanta schools to close
 Metro Atlanta school systems are calling it quits as the weather gets worse. See the full list of closings here. Paulding County was among the first to call it quits after starting, with dismissing elementary schools at 12:30 p.m. and other schools at 11:30 a.m. It is also canceling after school activities and Learning Bridge. All...

5:27 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Metro Atlanta school systems are calling it quits as the weather gets worse. See the full list of closings here. Paulding County was among the first to call it quits after starting, with dismissing elementary schools at 12:30 p.m. and other schools at 11:30 a.m. It is also canceling after school activities and Learning Bridge. All...
DeKalb Schools: Snow forces early dismissals of students, staff
 DeKalb County Schools announced just after noon Friday that students and staff would be released early due to falling snow, which forecasts suggest will only get worse. The district said in a statement that elementary school students were released a noon, with high school students released by 12:45 p.m., middle schoolers by 1:30 and staff...

4:50 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

DeKalb County Schools announced just after noon Friday that students and staff would be released early due to falling snow, which forecasts suggest will only get worse. The district said in a statement that elementary school students were released a noon, with high school students released by 12:45 p.m., middle schoolers by 1:30 and staff...
World War II vet, 102, recalls ship sinking off Africa coast
 The ship, overloaded with supplies, hit sand and began to sink before it reached the shore in Oran, Algeria. Stephen B. Williams, now 102, recalled this mission from more than 70 years ago, saying he helped another member of his crew, who was struggling to swim, reach the shore. Many of the men died, he said, in the water. On land, Williams...

9:43 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

The ship, overloaded with supplies, hit sand and began to sink before it reached the shore in Oran, Algeria. Stephen B. Williams, now 102, recalled this mission from more than 70 years ago, saying he helped another member of his crew, who was struggling to swim, reach the shore. Many of the men died, he said, in the water. On land, Williams...
Fulton County Schools: How is the decision made to close?
 Fulton County Schools officials said Thursday the district is debating whether schools should close as forecasts  for metro Atlanta call for a wintry mix of snow and rain beginning late tonight. The superintendent has the final say in school closings and bases a decision on recommendations from staff and the following factors: • Road...

6:04 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

Fulton County Schools officials said Thursday the district is debating whether schools should close as forecasts for metro Atlanta call for a wintry mix of snow and rain beginning late tonight. The superintendent has the final say in school closings and bases a decision on recommendations from staff and the following factors: • Road...
Harrowing WWII experience still vivid for 102-year-old veteran
 At 102 years old, Stephen B. Williams doesn’t get around like he used to. Ask him about World War II, though, and he can recall with great detail falling into a foxhole in North Africa during a surprise attack on his unit. Williams said he survived nine days off red clay and water from a rock. When he emerged from the hole, he discovered...

9:15 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

At 102 years old, Stephen B. Williams doesn’t get around like he used to. Ask him about World War II, though, and he can recall with great detail falling into a foxhole in North Africa during a surprise attack on his unit. Williams said he survived nine days off red clay and water from a rock. When he emerged from the hole, he discovered...
Survivor tells of Pearl Harbor in legacy to son, and now to Atlanta
 In 2001, Nathaniel Harrison III was helping pack up his mother’s home when he came across a suitcase under his dad’s bed. In it were relics his late father kept from the attack on Pearl Harbor. Lt. Cmdr. Nathaniel “Nat” Harrison Jr. was serving on the USS Sumner during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. “I had no idea...

7:21 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

In 2001, Nathaniel Harrison III was helping pack up his mother’s home when he came across a suitcase under his dad’s bed. In it were relics his late father kept from the attack on Pearl Harbor. Lt. Cmdr. Nathaniel “Nat” Harrison Jr. was serving on the USS Sumner during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. “I had no idea...
Fixing crowded schools around Clarkston High could displace hundreds
 DeKalb County School District officials held the second round of deliberations for redistricting to alleviate overcrowding in the Clarkston cluster of schools, which includes relocating some students to a newly built elementary school. The second public meeting for the second round of the redistricting, held Thursday night at Clarkston High...

5:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 03, 2017

DeKalb County School District officials held the second round of deliberations for redistricting to alleviate overcrowding in the Clarkston cluster of schools, which includes relocating some students to a newly built elementary school. The second public meeting for the second round of the redistricting, held Thursday night at Clarkston High...
Metro Atlanta Allstate employees use foundation grant for literacy program
 A dozen Allstate professionals in metro Atlanta used $12,000 they received from the Allstate Foundation to provide books for students in the area. Officials said the $12,000 was from the Allstate Foundation’s Helping Hands grant, used to improve communities through causes they care about. Books were distributed to students at Benteen...

5:27 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

A dozen Allstate professionals in metro Atlanta used $12,000 they received from the Allstate Foundation to provide books for students in the area. Officials said the $12,000 was from the Allstate Foundation’s Helping Hands grant, used to improve communities through causes they care about. Books were distributed to students at Benteen...
Marist School announces new president, principal
 Father Joel M. Konzen, the Marist School’s current principal, will become president of the school, effective July 1, officials announced in a press release. Vice Principal and Academic Dean Kevin Mullally will succeed him as principal at the school of about 1,100 from seventh grade through 12th. Father Konzen began his history at Marist...

3:09 PM Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Father Joel M. Konzen, the Marist School’s current principal, will become president of the school, effective July 1, officials announced in a press release. Vice Principal and Academic Dean Kevin Mullally will succeed him as principal at the school of about 1,100 from seventh grade through 12th. Father Konzen began his history at Marist...
Extended school day, to make up for Irma disruption, to end for DeKalb Schools students
 The DeKalb County School District will return to its normal class schedule Friday, two months after the district extended the school day after the storm known as Irma closed school nearly a week in September. Schools were closed Sept. 11 and reopened on Sept. 15 after Irma brought powerful winds and heavy rain into the metro Atlanta...

1:32 PM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

The DeKalb County School District will return to its normal class schedule Friday, two months after the district extended the school day after the storm known as Irma closed school nearly a week in September. Schools were closed Sept. 11 and reopened on Sept. 15 after Irma brought powerful winds and heavy rain into the metro Atlanta...
Young Georgia entrepreneurs win national recognition for helping homeless and veterans 
 After classes, these young metro Atlantans applied themselves to more than homework. They started nonprofits that have brought help to homeless people and to veterans. Nitish Sood and his brother Aditya founded Working Together for Change. Another young man, Remington Youngblood from  Forsyth County, started the nonprofit, Change4Georgia...

2:51 PM Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

After classes, these young metro Atlantans applied themselves to more than homework. They started nonprofits that have brought help to homeless people and to veterans. Nitish Sood and his brother Aditya founded Working Together for Change. Another young man, Remington Youngblood from Forsyth County, started the nonprofit, Change4Georgia...
Metro Atlanta’s young entrepreneurs building opportunities for each other
 When Nitish Sood and his brother Aditya founded Working Together for Change in 2013, they were hoping to create a space for dialogue about homelessness while addressing needs of the homeless population around metro Atlanta. They also were teenagers without driver’s licenses who felt discouraged after trying to give back through other...

5:00 AM Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

When Nitish Sood and his brother Aditya founded Working Together for Change in 2013, they were hoping to create a space for dialogue about homelessness while addressing needs of the homeless population around metro Atlanta. They also were teenagers without driver’s licenses who felt discouraged after trying to give back through other...
Father: DeKalb Schools slow to act after son’s assault by instructor
 A Lakeside High School parent says he is furious that the DeKalb County School District has not acted after allegations that a JROTC instructor choked his son during an out-of-state field trip. William Bedor said the instructor has not missed a day of school because of the investigation, and is still allowed to interact with his...

8:38 PM Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

A Lakeside High School parent says he is furious that the DeKalb County School District has not acted after allegations that a JROTC instructor choked his son during an out-of-state field trip. William Bedor said the instructor has not missed a day of school because of the investigation, and is still allowed to interact with his...
Forsyth County parents seek delay to school redistricting plan
 A group of parents filed a lawsuit to delay a school redistricting plan they say will send some high school students to a school several miles farther than two closer high schools. The parent group, Citizens for Common Sense, also claims Forsyth County Schools’ Redistricting Committee held secret meetings, never publicizing meeting...

11:32 PM Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

A group of parents filed a lawsuit to delay a school redistricting plan they say will send some high school students to a school several miles farther than two closer high schools. The parent group, Citizens for Common Sense, also claims Forsyth County Schools’ Redistricting Committee held secret meetings, never publicizing meeting...
Lawsuit filed over Forsyth Schools redistricting proposal
 A group of parents in Forsyth County say their children will pass two high schools on the way to class if the school district’s proposed redistricting plan is approved. A lawsuit  filed today seeks to delay the vote, and a letter was sent to the state Attorney General’s Office alleging the district violated open meetings laws...

5:30 PM Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

A group of parents in Forsyth County say their children will pass two high schools on the way to class if the school district’s proposed redistricting plan is approved. A lawsuit filed today seeks to delay the vote, and a letter was sent to the state Attorney General’s Office alleging the district violated open meetings laws...
Immigration stories from Atlanta slated for new book
 The teen’s story was too compelling to be left on the cutting room floor. She’d come to the United States from Guatemala earlier this year as a 15-year-old, her 4-month-old child in tow. She traveled to the U.S. border for months, mostly on foot, leaving behind a village with no electricity and little running water. When it came...

6:41 PM Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017

The teen’s story was too compelling to be left on the cutting room floor. She’d come to the United States from Guatemala earlier this year as a 15-year-old, her 4-month-old child in tow. She traveled to the U.S. border for months, mostly on foot, leaving behind a village with no electricity and little running water. When it came...
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