Author: Joe Earle

Around Town: After years of friendship, a Gold Girl Scout troop winds down

Sometimes things just work out right. There’s no real planning or plotting involved. Things just fall together happily. Back in 2005, a group of girls and their moms got together at Holy Spirit Preparatory School and organized Girl Scout Troop 3980. They didn’t have a long-range plan, really. It simply seemed like something that would be fun and a way to handle a bunch of energetic 5-year-olds. More than a dozen years later, that scout troop remains together. Five of its members, still friends but now scattered across various local high schools, recently won Gold Awards, meaning they’ve reached...

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Community Survey: The opioid epidemic’s personal costs

The Reporter Newspapers’ exclusive four-part series “Coping with a Crisis: Opioid Addiction in the Suburbs” has focused on local people dealing with a deadly drug epidemic. For many of our readers, it’s a crisis they already know all too well. Nearly a third of the 200 residents of Reporter Newspapers communities who responded to a 1Q.com survey, which is conducted via cellphone and is not scientific, said that they or someone close to them have been addicted to opioids. And the effect has been devastating on lives and relationships. “My cousin is a heroin addict,” a 35-year-old Atlanta woman...

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Around Town: Learning history, building community

When Sheffield Hale stepped into the bright sun outside the Atlanta History Center one recent afternoon, he grinned widely at what he saw. A handful of people sat around long wooden tables on the patio outside the center’s new coffeehouse. They drank coffee and checked their phones. It was exactly what Hale had hoped for. “Look at these happy people!” he said. “When other people figure it out, this will be the coolest place in Atlanta!” Hale, president and CEO of the History Center, is on a mission. He wants to lure more people to the Buckhead-based center and...

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Community Survey: In wake of school shootings, should teachers be armed?

When it comes to making schools safer, arming teachers doesn’t appear to be the answer many of us are willing to embrace. Some elected officials, including President Trump, have suggested arming trained teachers or school administrators after 17 people were slain in a school shooting in Florida last month. But the idea was not popular among 250 residents of Reporter Newspapers communities who responded to our latest 1Q.com survey. Conducted via cellphone, the survey is not scientific. When asked what safety improvements should be made at our neighborhood schools from a list of six suggestions ranging from more police...

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The STAR students and teachers of 2018

Every year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, known as the PAGE Foundation, identifies top students at public and private high schools across Georgia. The foundation says its Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, or STAR student and teacher honors, has highlighted the achievements of more than 25,000 students since it started in 1958. The program identifies high school seniors who post the highest SAT scores for their schools and rank among the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class in grade-point average. Each STAR student then chooses her or his STAR teacher. Once school winners...

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