July unemployment up, positive news behind

The state’s unemployment rate crept up to 7.8 percent in July.

Vin Martin, retired Jamaican consul general, remembered

Family, friends and the Jamaican community will celebrate the life of Vin Martin, the retired Jamaican consul general to Atlanta, at a homegoing service on Aug. 1 at Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers.

‘The Grove’ marks 100 years

Members of Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church will march into their new sanctuary on Aug. 2.

Author unveils ATL’s steamy past

Author Laurel-Ann Dooley will share steamy stories about Atlanta from “In Wicked Atlanta: The Sordid Side of Peach City History” on July 28 at the Decatur Library in downtown Decatur.

James gets ‘My Brother’s’ award

DeKalb District Attorney Robert James will receive a “My Brother’s Keeper” award on July 26 at the National Bar Association’s 89th annual convention at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta.

Sherry Boston nabs state award for top food drive

DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston is picking up accolades for leading the state legal community’s food collection drive.

K-9 Officer Rocky remembered by partner for stellar service

Sgt. Rodger Lacy is as tough as they come. But the six-year member of the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office gets choked up when he talks about Rocky, his partner and canine friend of four years.

Mom, child moving to Colo. for cannabis oil to treat seizures

Former Clarkston Police Officer Corey Williams and daughter Victoria are leaving Georgia for Colorado this summer to obtain cannabis oil to treat the 12-year-old’s chronic seizure disorder that threatens her life.

Poet, activist ‘leaves memorable blessing in hearts of millions’

Poet laureate, author, singer, dancer, teacher, mentor, and wise renaissance woman Maya Angelou died May 28 at age 86.

Mawuli Mel Davis heads DeKalb Lawyers Association

Civil rights lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis is the new president of the DeKalb Lawyers Association. Davis and nine officers took the oath of office on May 17 from DeKalb Superior Court

New baby girl for CEO Lee May

The May family has a new girl. Interim CEO Lee May and his wife, Robin, welcomed Riley May on May 16 at 8:31 a.m.

Vivian to address Georgia Piedmont Technical College grads

The Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, who has a Presidential Medal of Freedom, will speak at Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 31.

Coach Buck Godfrey to be inducted into GACA Hall of Fame

Buck Godfrey, Southwest DeKalb High’s winningest football coach, will be inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on May 31 in Dalton.

Fatal shooting of baby linked to earlier killings

A string of gun violence in Stone Mountain culminated May 10 in the death of a 9-month-old baby boy.

Stella Sanford dies at age 82

Stella Sanford, who was known for her fabulous hats and her community work, has died. Sanford’s granddaughter, Andrea Brown, said she died May 3. She was 82.