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.

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Your family-friendly guide to the spectacular sites of Helen
 At about 90 minutes from Atlanta, the tiny Appalachian town of Helen is a perfect weekend destination for families looking for something different. Of course, different has been Helen's calling card since it fashioned itself as a replica of a Bavarian village more than 40 years ago. But beyond the obvious Oktoberfest celebration every year...

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At about 90 minutes from Atlanta, the tiny Appalachian town of Helen is a perfect weekend destination for families looking for something different. Of course, different has been Helen's calling card since it fashioned itself as a replica of a Bavarian village more than 40 years ago. But beyond the obvious Oktoberfest celebration every year...
7 hidden gems of Pine Mountain
 Pine Mountain and its surrounding communities in western Georgia have long been a retreat for presidents and plant lovers alike. Head south on I-85 from Atlanta for about 80 miles to these Pine Mountain hidden gems. Tucked on a rolling mountain between Pine Mountain and Warm Springs, the Mountain Top Inn and Resort offers the full getaway...

6:17 PM Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

Pine Mountain and its surrounding communities in western Georgia have long been a retreat for presidents and plant lovers alike. Head south on I-85 from Atlanta for about 80 miles to these Pine Mountain hidden gems. Tucked on a rolling mountain between Pine Mountain and Warm Springs, the Mountain Top Inn and Resort offers the full getaway...
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...

5:19 PM Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018

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...
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...

3:44 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

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...
Take this aerial adventure near one of Georgia's most beautiful waterfalls
 Ready to take leaf peeping to all new heights in North Georgia? Now, you can get a squirrel's-eye-view of the mountain foliage from the new Aerial Adventure Park near the tumbling waterfall at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge. The Amicalola Falls Aerial Adventure Park opened in  2016, so if you still haven&rsquo...

8:24 PM Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Ready to take leaf peeping to all new heights in North Georgia? Now, you can get a squirrel's-eye-view of the mountain foliage from the new Aerial Adventure Park near the tumbling waterfall at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge. The Amicalola Falls Aerial Adventure Park opened in  2016, so if you still haven&rsquo...
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...

9:35 PM Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

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...

10:23 PM Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

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...
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...