Shelia Poole

Shelia Poole has a beat that's a bit of a mixed bag and includes nonprofits, religion and general assignment. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than two decades.

Latest from Shelia Poole

#MuteRKelly co-founder: ‘This is his day of reckoning’
 Kenyette Tisha Barnes has worked for this day for years. Soon, alleged victims of R&B crooner R. Kelly may finally get their day in court. Prosecutors in Illinois have filed 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against  Kelly, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said Friday at a news conference.  “This is his day...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Kenyette Tisha Barnes has worked for this day for years. Soon, alleged victims of R&B crooner R. Kelly may finally get their day in court. Prosecutors in Illinois have filed 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against Kelly, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said Friday at a news conference.  “This is his day...
Atlanta food bank scores big with Super Bowl food donation
 The New England Patriots weren’t the only ones who scored big during Super Bowl 53. So did the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The final score for the nonprofit was more than 71,000 pounds of unserved food. “This was a great benefit to the food bank and the people it serves,” said Kyle Waide,  CEO and president of the...

Posted: 15 hours ago

The New England Patriots weren’t the only ones who scored big during Super Bowl 53. So did the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The final score for the nonprofit was more than 71,000 pounds of unserved food. “This was a great benefit to the food bank and the people it serves,” said Kyle Waide,  CEO and president of the...
Mostly Mutts gears up for annual flea market fundraiser
 Sometimes,  a “flea” is a good thing for a pet. Mostly Mutts will kick off its 11th annual flea market to benefit homeless animals.  Beginning  at noon Friday, the nonprofit  will accept donations at 6065 Highway 92 in Acworth. Accepted items include  furniture,    kitchen supplies, tools, jewelry, art, books and...

Posted: 5 days ago

Sometimes, a “flea” is a good thing for a pet. Mostly Mutts will kick off its 11th annual flea market to benefit homeless animals.  Beginning  at noon Friday, the nonprofit  will accept donations at 6065 Highway 92 in Acworth. Accepted items include furniture, kitchen supplies, tools, jewelry, art, books and...
Join Nappy Roots for release of new craft beer, “Kentucky Mud”
 Let’s start with the name of the new beer by Grammy-nominated Nappy Roots. Kentucky Mud. The moniker comes from a hit single from the group’s debut album, “Watermelon, Chicken &  Gritz” and they hope beer drinkers will have”nothing but love” for their latest concoction. Nappy Roots and Arches Brewing...

Posted: 14 days ago

Let’s start with the name of the new beer by Grammy-nominated Nappy Roots. Kentucky Mud. The moniker comes from a hit single from the group’s debut album, “Watermelon, Chicken &  Gritz” and they hope beer drinkers will have”nothing but love” for their latest concoction. Nappy Roots and Arches Brewing...
Town hall takes a look at opioid crisis in Georgia
 Dr. Patrice Harris, president-elect of the American Medical Association will be one of the  featured speakers at a town hall meeting  that looks at ways to combat the opioid crisis. The “New Hope for the Opioid Epidemic” event  will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Emory University School of Medicine, 100 Woodruff Circle...

Posted: 15 days ago

Dr. Patrice Harris, president-elect of the American Medical Association will be one of the featured speakers at a town hall meeting that looks at ways to combat the opioid crisis. The “New Hope for the Opioid Epidemic” event  will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Emory University School of Medicine, 100 Woodruff Circle...
Atlanta nonprofit that teaches youth to fish joins in Super Bowl fun
 A metro Atlanta nonprofit that teaches youth to fish and learn more about the outdoors is getting in on the Super Bowl fun. “Teach a Child to Fish,” will sponsor a “Fish Bowl,” where people - particularly youth - can try their hands at fishing in a mobile tank. The nonprofit was founded by former NFL player Kendall...

Posted: 21 days ago

A metro Atlanta nonprofit that teaches youth to fish and learn more about the outdoors is getting in on the Super Bowl fun. “Teach a Child to Fish,” will sponsor a “Fish Bowl,” where people - particularly youth - can try their hands at fishing in a mobile tank. The nonprofit was founded by former NFL player Kendall...
Georgia health officials confirm three cases of measles
 Georgia health officials on Tuesday confirmed three cases of measles, all within the same metro Atlanta family. No additional information was released about the family, including the ages of those affected, which county they lived in or where they could have contracted the disease. The only information released is that none of those who fell...

Posted: 24 days ago

Georgia health officials on Tuesday confirmed three cases of measles, all within the same metro Atlanta family. No additional information was released about the family, including the ages of those affected, which county they lived in or where they could have contracted the disease. The only information released is that none of those who fell...
Atlanta services set for McKinley Young, AME bishop and former pastor at Big Bethel
 A memorial service will be held Saturday in Atlanta for African Methodist Episcopal Church Senior Bishop McKinley Young. Young, the former pastor of Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta and the senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, died in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 16 after a brief illness. The Celebration of Life service...

Posted: 28 days ago

A memorial service will be held Saturday in Atlanta for African Methodist Episcopal Church Senior Bishop McKinley Young. Young, the former pastor of Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta and the senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, died in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 16 after a brief illness. The Celebration of Life service...
Sunset Ave. home of King family becomes part of National Park Service
 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last home on Atlanta’s Sunset Avenue is now part of the National Park Service and will - at some point - be open to visitors. The National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and King family announced on Thursday that the four-bedroom Vine City home will become part of the Martin Luther King...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last home on Atlanta’s Sunset Avenue is now part of the National Park Service and will - at some point - be open to visitors. The National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and King family announced on Thursday that the four-bedroom Vine City home will become part of the Martin Luther King...
Atlanta archdiocese to hold annual mass for the “unborn”
 The Archdiocese of Atlanta will hold its annual “Mass for the Unborn” at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. This is the 30th year for the mass, which will be led by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. Other priests from the archdiocese will jointly officiate. The  mass is held on or near the Jan...

8:40 PM Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

The Archdiocese of Atlanta will hold its annual “Mass for the Unborn” at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. This is the 30th year for the mass, which will be led by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. Other priests from the archdiocese will jointly officiate. The mass is held on or near the Jan...
Churches ramp up efforts to help furloughed workers
 Gift cards from Target, RaceTrac and Publix. Cash. Lots of it. Bags of food and free haircuts. Members of Destiny World Church opened their hearts and wallets Sunday to help furloughed workers. The total? $1,600 in cash and $1,570 in gift cards.  Nationwide, roughly 800,000 federal workers are affected by the partial shutdown. ...

9:31 PM Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019

Gift cards from Target, RaceTrac and Publix. Cash. Lots of it. Bags of food and free haircuts. Members of Destiny World Church opened their hearts and wallets Sunday to help furloughed workers. The total? $1,600 in cash and $1,570 in gift cards.  Nationwide, roughly 800,000 federal workers are affected by the partial shutdown. ...