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

Edward Long shares feelings about not being named to lead New Birth
 Edward Long, a minister and elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, on Sunday delivered a moving sermon that dealt in part with the hurt he felt when he  kept getting passed by as the person to lead the DeKalb County megachurch. Long, a son of the late Bishop Eddie  Long, had earlier promised those gathered that it would be a &ldquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Edward Long, a minister and elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, on Sunday delivered a moving sermon that dealt in part with the hurt he felt when he kept getting passed by as the person to lead the DeKalb County megachurch. Long, a son of the late Bishop Eddie Long, had earlier promised those gathered that it would be a &ldquo...
Noah’s Ark official says Shere Khan is in “critical” condition
 Shere Khan, the beloved Bengal tiger that lives at the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, is  reportedly in “critical” condition.  Allison Hedgecoth, animal husbandry manager for the 40-year-old nonprofit, however, said the extent of the big cat’s illness is not completely known. “We&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Shere Khan, the beloved Bengal tiger that lives at the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, is reportedly in “critical” condition.  Allison Hedgecoth, animal husbandry manager for the 40-year-old nonprofit, however, said the extent of the big cat’s illness is not completely known. “We&rsquo...
9 things to know about New Birth pastor Jamal Bryant
 New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has named Jamal-Harrison Bryant as its new senior pastor. Bryant, 46, comes from Baltimore’s Empowerment Church, which he founded in 2000. Related: Jamal Bryant takes the pulpit at New Birth Here are 9 things to know about Bryant:  Bryant is a third-generation pastor. His grandfather, Harrison...

Posted: 25 days ago

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has named Jamal-Harrison Bryant as its new senior pastor. Bryant, 46, comes from Baltimore’s Empowerment Church, which he founded in 2000. Related: Jamal Bryant takes the pulpit at New Birth Here are 9 things to know about Bryant:  Bryant is a third-generation pastor. His grandfather, Harrison...
CDC still perplexed over cause of rare polio-like illness
 Federal health officials on Tuesday reported an increase in cases of acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness that is affecting children around the nation.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 90 confirmed case of the illness in 27 states. That number is included in the total of 252 reports of patients...

11:57 PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Federal health officials on Tuesday reported an increase in cases of acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness that is affecting children around the nation.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 90 confirmed case of the illness in 27 states. That number is included in the total of 252 reports of patients...
Maryum Ali talks about her famous boxer dad at Islamic Speakers Bureau event tonight 
 Maryum “May May” Ali said her father, the iconic and outspoken boxer, Muhammad Ali, wouldn’t be surprised about the divisive climate sweeping the nation today. Racism isn’t new. One group feeling superior to another isn’t new. Her father lived in a world where he was often the target of such hate. Ultimately...

3:39 PM Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

Maryum “May May” Ali said her father, the iconic and outspoken boxer, Muhammad Ali, wouldn’t be surprised about the divisive climate sweeping the nation today. Racism isn’t new. One group feeling superior to another isn’t new. Her father lived in a world where he was often the target of such hate. Ultimately...
Ebenezer to host election eve ‘Get Out the Vote’ prayer rally
 Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta will host an election eve prayer rally featuring Senior Pastor Raphael G. Warnock, the Rev. William Barber II, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Cynthia Hale. The free, nonpartisan rally begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the historic church, which is  on the corner of Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue. Performers...

2:18 AM Monday, Nov. 05, 2018

Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta will host an election eve prayer rally featuring Senior Pastor Raphael G. Warnock, the Rev. William Barber II, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Cynthia Hale. The free, nonpartisan rally begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the historic church, which is on the corner of Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue. Performers...
Here piggy, piggy: Nextdoor site lights up with swine sightings
 On the Nextdoor West Cobb: Hillgrove social network, there’s usually no shortage of postings about lost cats and dogs.  During the last few months, though, neighbors have been captivated by errant swine sightings. Yes, pigs. Apparently, at one point there were several running around Marietta and Kennesaw. One was sighted chasing...

4:26 PM Friday, Nov. 02, 2018

On the Nextdoor West Cobb: Hillgrove social network, there’s usually no shortage of postings about lost cats and dogs.  During the last few months, though, neighbors have been captivated by errant swine sightings. Yes, pigs. Apparently, at one point there were several running around Marietta and Kennesaw. One was sighted chasing...
A queen will take charge at Medieval Times Atlanta
 Finally, a woman will rule this castle. Medieval Times Atlanta, the popular Gwinnett County dining and entertainment venue, will introduce its first female-led show on Nov. 9. Details - and her majesty’s identity - though are being kept under wraps, much to the disappointment of royal watchers. The queen will serve as the sole ruler...

7:44 PM Thursday, Nov. 01, 2018

Finally, a woman will rule this castle. Medieval Times Atlanta, the popular Gwinnett County dining and entertainment venue, will introduce its first female-led show on Nov. 9. Details - and her majesty’s identity - though are being kept under wraps, much to the disappointment of royal watchers. The queen will serve as the sole ruler...
State will let SNAP recipients affected by hurricane buy hot foods
 Georgia SNAP recipients in areas hit hard by Hurricane Michael can  - at least for a while - use their benefits to buy prepared or hot foods from USDA-approved retailers. Georgia officials announced a partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to waive certain rules for the food stamp program and provide recipients in storm-affected...

4:19 PM Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Georgia SNAP recipients in areas hit hard by Hurricane Michael can - at least for a while - use their benefits to buy prepared or hot foods from USDA-approved retailers. Georgia officials announced a partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to waive certain rules for the food stamp program and provide recipients in storm-affected...
It’s not too late to celebrate “Elevate”
 You still have the weekend to celebrate the city’s  public art festival, “Elevate”  in Southwest Atlanta, which runs through Sunday.  The annual festival is usually held in the south downtown area, but has since moved to the southwest community, which represents city’s Office of Cultural Affair’s steps to...

11:18 AM Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

You still have the weekend to celebrate the city’s public art festival, “Elevate” in Southwest Atlanta, which runs through Sunday.  The annual festival is usually held in the south downtown area, but has since moved to the southwest community, which represents city’s Office of Cultural Affair’s steps to...
Bernice King has second face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis
 Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights leaders the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, had her second face-to-face meeting this year with Pope Francis in Rome. The CEO of the Atlanta-based King Center, was invited to Bologna, Italy to speak at a conference entitled “Bridges of Peace,” held this week and...

9:22 PM Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights leaders the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, had her second face-to-face meeting this year with Pope Francis in Rome. The CEO of the Atlanta-based King Center, was invited to Bologna, Italy to speak at a conference entitled “Bridges of Peace,” held this week and...