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FreePress 04-18-14

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Weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
Weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.

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Historic Tobie Grant church up for sale
County employee pens book on fatherhood
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We’re Social 
 FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 VOL. 17, NO. 4 •
FREE
• A PUBLICATION OF ACE III COMMUNICATIONS • 
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
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See Church on page 15ASee Manuel on page 15A
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comIn Scottdale, ravelers Rest Baptist Church’s members and community are mov-ing. Te church, located at 554 George Howell Way, is on the only privately-owned land in the 55-acre obie Grant Manor public hous-ing complex. Week by week, more and more homes are boarded up as residents move out to make way or the demolition o the Hous-ing Authority development.Constructed in the 1960s on land, much o which was donated to the county, obie Grant Manor will soon be razed and re-placed with $34 million in new construction, including 452 new housing units, 180 senior apartment units, 200 multiamily units, and 72 town homes. Construction is expected to begin late this summer.“I think it’s going to be a tremendous move or this community,” said Rev.
Bar-rett
 
Johnson
, senior pastor o ravelers Rest Baptist Church, also known as Te Church. “I think it’s really going to uplif this commu-nity and the neighborhood. It’s progress.”But progress has a price and Johnson said his church would not be able to survive in the construction zone—“the unpleas-ant aesthetics o the boarded up homes, o abandoned cars, o the trash—some people are angry that they have to move and there’s been vandalism,” Johnson said.“We realized that our members and our congregation do not want to ride through all o that on Sunday morning to come to wor-ship,” Johnson said. “Tat affects us. It tre-mendously affects us.”
Prime real estate
Te church is already “experiencing a de-cline in our revenue [and] our weekly atten-dance because many o our members have been relocated or displaced,” Johnson said.Tat’s why the 5,948-square-oot building and its 0.62-acre property are on the market or a firm $900,000.“Scottdale is prime real estate,” Johnson said. “It is centrally located. You can get to anywhere you want to get to in 15 minutes. You can get to the airport. You can get to downtown Atlanta. You can go north. You can go south. You can get to Stone Moun-tain.”Te $900,000 price tag would allow rav-elers Rest Baptist’s growing, thriving minis-
by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.com
A
s a child of a single mother,
David Manuel
 understands the importance of a child hav-ing a father in its life.A father of two boys himself, Manuel makes sure that he is apart of every aspect of his sons’ lives. However, he realizes that many children, specifically Black children, are not as fortunate as his sons
Branden
 and
Blake
are. Manuel, who is the executive director of the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center, saw firsthand as a second grade teacher with the Atlanta Public School System that there were a large number of students without a father.“I realized that there were so many kids in our classroom that were from single parent homes,” Manuel said. “The father was not only missing, but some were in jail or [the students] just didn’t know who their fathers were. And you had all these boys in the classroom and they didn’t have any father figures.”Manuel said he knows there is a perception in society that most Black men are absentee fathers that abandon their families, do not pay child sup-port or are abusive to their families. Therefore, he decided to write a book that celebrates Black fathers.“I’m positive and a lot of the men I hang around or know are fathers that are committed,” Manuel said. “I wanted to do a book that would celebrate the positivity of fatherhood, and who is
Business ........................17AClassified .......................21AEducation ..............18-19ASports ......................21-23A
QUICK FINDER
COMMISSIONERS RETHINK CREDIT CARD USEFATAL FIRE HITS AVONDALE ESTATES HARD
LOCAL, 12ALOCAL, 10ALOCAL, 13A
KIDS HUNT EASTER EGGS IN ASHFORD PARK
The 75-year-old Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Scottdale is up for sale.Pastor Barrett Johnson said the church will not be able to survive the demolition of the Tobie Grant public housing complex that sur-rounds the church.The complex will be replaced with new senior and single family apartments and townhomes. Photos by Andrew CauthenDavid Manuel, the executive director of the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center, has authored two books,
I Am a Father: Celebrating African American Fathers 
 and
I Am a Mother: Celebrating Mothers.
 
 
THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 PAGE 2A
LOCAL NEWS
to be the home o Cruz or a member o his amily. It was there they ound the white truck with a camper that is believed to have struck 
 
Ca-leb
 
and
Meyaria Lindsay 
 
as they waited with their moth-er
 
Vashti Lindsay 
 
to cross the road April 5.he incident, which occurred at the corner o Pleasantdale and ucker-Norcross roads, happened
See Suspect on Page 3A
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Melvin Mitchell and LaSalle Smith, Sr.
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by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb County Police said a man rom El Salvador believed to be responsible or a hit-and-run accident that let a 4-year-old child seriously injured and a 2-year-old child dead has led the country.Deputy Chie Operating Oicer o Public Saety 
 
Ce-dric Alexander
 
said police had located the white truck involved in the accident, which belongs to
 
Concep-cion Cruz
, 57.Police said Cruz boarded a light bound or El Salva-dor rom Hartsield-Jackson International Airport April 8 and has led the country. An arrest warrant has been is-sued or Cruz on two counts o elony hit-and-run.“DeKalb Police continue working with our ederal partners and the El Salva-dor government to begin the process o locating and extraditing Cruz,” a press release stated.“I wanted to bring the community up to date in terms o where we are in this investigation. A great deal o hard work has been done as it relates to this case,” Alex-ander said during an April 10 news conerence.Alexander said a tip led police to a residence in Gwinnett County believed
Suspect in fatal hit-and-run flees country
 
THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 PAGE 3A
Living without gluten
by Marta Garciamarta@dekalbchamp.com
Staff Writer Marta Garcia de- scribes her personal experiences, and those of others, of dealing with Celiac Disease.
he day I was diagnosed with ce-liac disease, about ive months ago, I elt sad but relieved. Sad because it meant a lot changes in my lie, but relieved because I knew the pain, the nausea and the bloating would eventually go away with the right diet.Gluten intolerance, diagnosed as celiac disease, is a genetic disorder resulting in intestinal damage rom eating gluten, the general name or the proteins ound in wheat, rye, oats, barley and triticale, and it can be ound in almost all processed oods.“So, that means I won’t be able to eat Honey Nut Cheerios anymore?” was my irst question to the doctor, because I love eating that cereal with my children.And the answer was “yes.” I you are celiac or have gluten intolerance you won’t be able to eat things like crackers, pasta, cereal and a long list o everyday oods unless you ind the gluten-ree option. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, it aects at least one in 100 Americans.“I was having stomach aches,  vomiting, diarrhea and eeling just sick and tired all the time. For years, I visited an incredible number o doctors, 22 to be exact. No one knew what was wrong with me,”
Mary Rowland
, a Decatur resident, said. “I was diagnosed 10 years ago with celiac disease and back then it wasn’t that popular and, o course, there were not as many gluten ree options as now.”In the last ew years gluten has become a celebrity. “Gluten-ree” appears on ood labels, diet plans and restaurant menus, and the amount o media coverage o the beneits o avoiding gluten in your diet is extensive.For
Jenny Askew 
, nutritionist and dietitian, the answer to whether gluten-ree diets are a ad or a ne-cessity is simple.“For some people, a gluten-ree diet is a necessity but i it is not medically necessary, it is simply a personal decision,” she said. “he only treatment or celiac disease is to avoid gluten. his means learning about which oods contain gluten and learning how to check or glu-ten in everything consumed, includ-ing medications and supplements. Gluten is present in so many oods, sticking to this diet can be an uphill battle,” she added.hose with celiac disease and gluten-related disorders, Askew said, must read the ingredients list or everything they consume to make sure the gluten grains and their derivatives are not present. “My doctor told me that i I can’t  veriy ingredients or a ood item or i the ingredient list is unavailable, I cannot eat it,” Rowland said. “So I usually eat at home beore I go to a party or a social event. It’s kind o sad, but what else can I do? Get sick?”he nutritionist explained that the consumption o gluten sets o an autoimmune response in the body. his response results in dam-age to the small intestine. “he damage to the small intes-tine can create digestive problems, nutrient deiciencies and a host o other symptoms that accompany celiac disease.According to Askew, more than 2.5 million Americans have celiac disease and have not been diagnosed. Getting a proper diagnosis is critical due to the com-plications o the disease and associ-ated conditions that people with ce-liac disease should be screened or.“he day I was diagnosed I got my lie back,” Rowland said. “here’s no cure or celiac, but I was told that by adopting a gluten-ree diet and ridding mysel o anything de-rived rom wheat, barley, or rye, my health would return and I could live a normal lie. And it did.”in the early evening. Witnesses said they saw the truck hit the children and continue driving, stopping briely so the driver could throw a beer bottle out the window.“We have reason to believe he has riends and relatives here and it is our understanding that he does visit the metro area on some inrequent basis. We can only assume he was here visiting, because he was known to go back and orth rom here to El Salvador,” Alexander said.Detectives stated that Cruz’s am-ily had seen him recently and then he “went ghost on us.” His truck has been coniscated and will be given a thorough orensic investigation, Alexander said.Residents with any inormation regarding the whereabouts o Cruz are encouraged to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at (404) 577-IPS.
Suspect
Continued From Page 2A 
People with celiac disease or have gluten intolerance have to nd the gluten-free option
for eating bread, cereal and pasta. Photo by Marta Garcia

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