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Keeping Everyone in the Know

Alumna returns to fill important role in district communications
Garrett Rodgers, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

    Certain roles in the district that work behind the scenes, including the Director of Communications, often go unnoticed and end up forgotten. In Decatur, many people filled the...

Decatur Alumna publishes second book

Decatur Alumna publishes second book

After first novel freshman year, 2020 graduate writes second story
Magen McMillian, Staff Writer February 9, 2021

Decatur High School alumna Taryn Holmes wrote her second book this year in her freshman year at A&M called “The Blue Jacket.” The story follows an FFA jacket through the journey of being...

Rejection Spurs Success

Rejection Spurs Success

Alumna follows lifelong passion publishing thriller novels
Allie Tribe, Staff Writer February 8, 2021

  In any library, books line shelf after shelf. Author’s names pop off of the various covers, but each seems like nothing more than a faceless name. To most, the names hold little importance....

Jada Boner

Staff Member Makes Difference

Office worker impacts lives through role
Kayla Gonzalez, Staff Writer January 29, 2021

  About  21 years ago, staff member, Dawn Downe, began working for DHS. She works with all different types of students in the office and the majority of students who walk by see how comfortable...

Ashley Kyle

A Look Behind the Lens

Volunteer photographer captures memories, moments
Allie Tribe, Staff Writer January 11, 2021

  At any event, ranging from award ceremonies to Friday night football games, the flash of a camera comes as an expected sight. Parents eagerly click away on their iPhones, hoping to capture...

Twisted X Shoes

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Generous donation takes the pressure off one step at a time
Allie Tribe, Staff Writer January 7, 2021

Each year, teachers face unique struggles that each of their classes bring. The problems range from unruly students to those who refuse to turn in their work, but 2020 held its own setbacks. This year,...


Perseverance Pays Off

Arthur's journey to publishing proves worthwhile
Kayla Gonzalez, Staff Writer December 7, 2020

One day, thirteen years ago, art teacher, Cristina Arthur, began brainstorming an idea for her book. She put her thoughts and ideas aside when life with a toddler and infant began to catch up to her....

Sheryl Barnes, LVN

Noble Calling

A nurse’s passion shines through the pandemic
Allie Tribe, Staff Writer October 22, 2020

A school needs numerous people serving various functions all over campus in order to run smoothly, and on any given year, the jobs of these professionals are challenging. This school year proves no...

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Balancing Act

Teachers face difficulties with both online, in person learning
Kayla Gonzalez, Staff Writer October 14, 2020

  The Decatur district offers both virtual learning, in case parents feel safer for their child to stay home, and in school learning for the rest of the students. Instead of two teachers teaching...

Katelyn Chaney

Changing The Game

Senior soccer player joins varsity football team
Garrett Rodgers, Staff Writer October 8, 2020

  High school football.  Friday night lights. 11 guys on each side of the ball.  There’s one problem with that last sentence. How in the decades and decades of football...

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