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New pastor fills old friend’s shoes

The Rev. Richard Allen Farmer, who will be formally installed as the new pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain on Sept. 27, is a self-described “vibrant lover of Jesus.”

Church hosts international Sunday

Overcomers Christian Fellowship in Lithonia will celebrate its multicultural membership at its annual international service on Sept. 28.

Wills lectures on government, arts

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and historian Garry Wills will present a public lecture on “Government and the Arts” on Sept. 18 at Emory University.

Writer to discuss ‘Belle City’

Author, playwright and journalist Penny Mickelbury will discuss the Southern interracial saga “Belle City: A Novel” on Sept. 17 at the Decatur Library.

Smith joins voter project

The Rev. LaSalle Smith has been named DeKalb County coordinator of the Voter Empowerment Collaborative.

Boyer facing up to 40 years on fraud charges

Former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer pleaded guilty on Sept. 3 to federal charges of mail and wire fraud and is facing more than 40 years in jail.

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.

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