Shelia Poole

Shelia Poole has a beat that's a bit of a mixed bag and includes nonprofits, religion and general assignment. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than two decades.

Latest from Shelia Poole

Rev. Kenneth E. Marcus: A head for numbers, a heart for God
 The Rev. Kenneth E. Marcus, senior pastor of Turner Chapel AME Church,  had a head for numbers  and was also a talented singer, musician and athlete in his native Trinidad.  His greatest gift, however, was sharing his love of God.  “Faith was very important to him,” said his boyhood friend, the Rev. Keith Donaldson...

Posted: 6 hours ago

The Rev. Kenneth E. Marcus, senior pastor of Turner Chapel AME Church,  had a head for numbers  and was also a talented singer, musician and athlete in his native Trinidad.  His greatest gift, however, was sharing his love of God.  “Faith was very important to him,” said his boyhood friend, the Rev. Keith Donaldson...
Atlanta mom’s hilarious Facebook post begs schools to end snow days
 Atlanta comedian and mom, Jennifer Thomas, has had enough of snow days  at home with her children. So, she turned to Facebook Live to rant.  In her post, which has gone viral, Thomas practically begs the Fulton County Schools, which were closed Friday as well, to take her children. Please! “I’m just thinking that I need...

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta comedian and mom, Jennifer Thomas, has had enough of snow days  at home with her children. So, she turned to Facebook Live to rant.  In her post, which has gone viral, Thomas practically begs the Fulton County Schools, which were closed Friday as well, to take her children. Please! “I’m just thinking that I need...
Political commentator, Angela Rye, at Georgia Tech on Feb. 7
   Political commentator, Angela Rye, will deliver the Black History Month Lecture, “Giving Voice to Justice for 50 Years,” on Feb. 7  at Georgia Tech. The lecture begins at 3 p.m. in the university’s student center ballroom. Rye is the principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington...

Posted: 2 days ago

  Political commentator, Angela Rye, will deliver the Black History Month Lecture, “Giving Voice to Justice for 50 Years,” on Feb. 7  at Georgia Tech. The lecture begins at 3 p.m. in the university’s student center ballroom. Rye is the principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington...
BBB warns about cryptocurrency scams
 More consumers worldwide are turning to the use of e-currency, also known as cryptocurrency, and that means scammers are watching. The BBB wants consumers to be aware of fraud in the world of digital currency. Scammers like  e-currency because it offers largely untraceable, irreversible transactions which cannot be overseen by a bank or government...

Posted: 4 days ago

More consumers worldwide are turning to the use of e-currency, also known as cryptocurrency, and that means scammers are watching. The BBB wants consumers to be aware of fraud in the world of digital currency. Scammers like e-currency because it offers largely untraceable, irreversible transactions which cannot be overseen by a bank or government...
MLK’s nephew, Isaac Farris Jr., still says Trump is not a racist
 Isaac Newton Farris Jr., the nephew of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday stood behind his comments last week that President Trump is not a racist “in the traditional sense that we have known racists.”  In a late night interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Farris said he didn’t think Trump &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Isaac Newton Farris Jr., the nephew of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday stood behind his comments last week that President Trump is not a racist “in the traditional sense that we have known racists.”  In a late night interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Farris said he didn’t think Trump &ldquo...
Martin King Jr.’s nephew maintains that Trump isn’t racist
 Issac Newton Farris Jr., the nephew of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday night  stood behind his earlier comments that he does not think President Donald Trump is racist. Farris, a guest on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,”  has drawn heat since he said he didn’t think Trump was racist, but “racially ignorant...

Posted: 5 days ago

Issac Newton Farris Jr., the nephew of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday night stood behind his earlier comments that he does not think President Donald Trump is racist. Farris, a guest on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,”  has drawn heat since he said he didn’t think Trump was racist, but “racially ignorant...
UGA alumni party is the hot ticket at The Battery
 The Georgia-Alabama watch party at Sports & Social and Todd English Tavern in The Battery Atlanta is  one of the hottest tickets outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “UGA! UGA! UGA!,” the crowd chanted when the team came out on the field. Alabama, not surprisingly, got booed. Still, many expect a good game. “I want the Dawgs...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Georgia-Alabama watch party at Sports & Social and Todd English Tavern in The Battery Atlanta is one of the hottest tickets outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “UGA! UGA! UGA!,” the crowd chanted when the team came out on the field. Alabama, not surprisingly, got booed. Still, many expect a good game. “I want the Dawgs...
The Hulk pays a visit to Ebenezer Baptist Church
 Apparently even superheroes need to go to church. Actor Mark Ruffalo, who is in Atlanta filming the  “Avengers,” stopped by Ebenezer Baptist Church for  Sunday services. Senior Pastor Raphael G. Warnock posted a photo with Ruffalo on his Facebook page. Related | Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo salute Atlanta eco superheroes...

Posted: 12 days ago

Apparently even superheroes need to go to church. Actor Mark Ruffalo, who is in Atlanta filming the  “Avengers,” stopped by Ebenezer Baptist Church for  Sunday services. Senior Pastor Raphael G. Warnock posted a photo with Ruffalo on his Facebook page. Related | Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo salute Atlanta eco superheroes...
Georgia couple hopes to cash in with cool product at championship game
 A Georgia couple hopes to score financially as the College Football Playoff National Championship Game comes to Atlanta. Aaron and Helga Thompson, of Covington, are owners of A&H Cool Cooler Creation, a home-based business that makes University of Georgia-inspired coolers from styrofoam encased in plywood and upholstered in vinyl. Helga...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Georgia couple hopes to score financially as the College Football Playoff National Championship Game comes to Atlanta. Aaron and Helga Thompson, of Covington, are owners of A&H Cool Cooler Creation, a home-based business that makes University of Georgia-inspired coolers from styrofoam encased in plywood and upholstered in vinyl. Helga...
Covington couple hopes to cash in on championship game
 Aaron and Helga Thompson  hope to score financially during the national championship. The Thompsons, of Covington, are owners of A&H Cool Cooler Creation, a home-based business that makes UGA-inspired coolers from styrofoam encased in plywood and upholstered in vinyl . Helga Thompson sews on the decals and does the upholstering and her...

Posted: 13 days ago

Aaron and Helga Thompson  hope to score financially during the national championship. The Thompsons, of Covington, are owners of A&H Cool Cooler Creation, a home-based business that makes UGA-inspired coolers from styrofoam encased in plywood and upholstered in vinyl . Helga Thompson sews on the decals and does the upholstering and her...
Creating a road for recovery: Villa Rica firm helps those struggling find jobs.
 Brian Preston knows what its like to teeter on the edge of a financial cliff. His residential construction business went belly up and he nearly lost his home when the recession hit a few years ago.    Now he's helping pull others back from that same ledge.    Preston is the founder and "chief storyteller" of...

Posted: 15 days ago

Brian Preston knows what its like to teeter on the edge of a financial cliff. His residential construction business went belly up and he nearly lost his home when the recession hit a few years ago.    Now he's helping pull others back from that same ledge.    Preston is the founder and "chief storyteller" of...