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Our favorite stories of 2016

One Syrian family's journey to Clarkston, GA. Where your recyclables actually end up. An oral history of Olympic mascot snafu Izzy. 9 of our favorite stories we published this year.
Groundbreakers 2016

Clarkston Community Center Senior Refugee Program

Not long after the Clarkston’s community center opened, the staff recognized that older refugees face unique hurdles in adapting to a different culture. “They’re the last [in the family] to get any kind of services,” says director Cindy Bowden. “They’re the last to learn English. They’re the last to get involved in the community. It’s important to offer them an avenue to belonging.”
Syrian refugees Clarkston Georgia

Refuge: One Syrian family’s long odyssey to Georgia

In the end, it had taken almost two years for Amin’s application to the United Nations for refugee status to be approved, during which time Aleppo had collapsed, family members died, and Amin forced himself not to surrender hope.
Food Lovers Guide: The Cheese Edition

Editor’s Note: The beacon still burns

To refugees fleeing oppression, civil war, famine, and discrimination, Atlanta represents not just hope, but survival. And within the metro area, no place has been more welcoming than the city of Clarkston, which sits halfway between Decatur and Stone Mountain.
Coal Ash

Atlanta Must Reads for the Week: Jesup’s war on waste, Kirby Smart’s law, and the rise of Metro Boomin

The best stories each week about Atlanta, from Atlanta-based writers, and beyond.
Ted Terry

Meet the Other Mayors: Ted Terry, Clarkston

Ted Terry describes Clarkston, a famously diverse DeKalb County city of 13,000, as an “amazing cultural mishmash” that he hopes to mold into a model progressive center.

Nepal and Bhutan Immigrants Showcase Spice-Rich Himalayan Cuisine

Two years ago, I was waiting at LaGuardia Airport for a flight back to Atlanta when I noticed a group of fellow passengers, clearly South Asians, clumped together at the gate and looking flustered. Each, including infants and a few elderly, had tags around their necks, and the adults carried identical plastic bags.

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