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FreePress 05-09-14

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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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Happy Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 11
Business ........................16AClassified .......................14AEducation .....................17ASports ......................18-19A
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We’re Social 
 FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 VOL. 17, NO. 7 •
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.
RE
RESS 
DeKalb school employees get more money in proposed budget
FlyingHigh 
 
just for the fun of it
by Gale Horton Gay gale@dekalbchamp.com
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all them grown-up boys with big boy toys. Members o the Stone Mountain Radio Control Flyers club (SMRCF) possess a collection o radio controlled aircraf that are stunningly beautiul, amazingly ast and, in the right hands, make awesome maneuvers.Tese men take their hobby seriously. Consider that many have invested countless hours in workshops tinkering with their planes and helicopters and also have made significant financial investments (rom hundreds into the thousands) in the purchase o the aircraf, controllers, batteries and accessories.On a slightly windy Sunday afernoon in April, 10 guys gathered at the old Stone Mountain Airport on Bermuda Road flying, crashing and working on their aircraf.
Larry Maddox 
 o Stone Mountain tinkered with his red, white and blue Cadet plane and talked about why he’s become a an.
See Flying on page 15ASee Budget on page 15A
Marc Shepard of Tucker, who owns more than 20 radio-controlled aircraft, stands with his Bill Hempel Clip Wing Cub, which has a 12-foot wingspan. Photo by Gale Horton Gay
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comhe DeKalb County School District’s proposed 2014-15 budget contains more money or employees.“here will be no more teacher urlough days; it’s a thing o the past,” said Superintendent
Michael Thurmond
on May 5 about the elimination o the our remaining urlough days.he proposed school district budget also contains a 1 percent cost o living adjustment or every employee, hurmond said. “We recognize that does not solve or correct all o the damage that’s been done, but what it is is a down payment and it’s a signal to the men and women that stuck with us through the tough times.”Additionally, the proposed $800 million budget includes a general und balance or “rainy day” und o $20 million, reduction o class sizes by hiring 90 new teachers, and increased investments in school saety and academic achievement. Calling the proposed budget “enlightening and inspiring,” hurmond asked board members “not to overlook where we’ve been” and “the signiicant progress that’s been made to get to where we are.“here has been almost a miraculous…turnaround, in terms o where we are as it relates to the management o the dollars that we receive,” hurmond said.“On May 6, o last year,…the entire senior sta spent most the day secluded in a room…and they were engaged in a process o attempting to cut an additional $24 million rom our budget,” hurmond said.he school district aced a $14 million deicit, a und balance o less than $100,000, he said. School-based employees had six urlough days and had worked six years without a pay raise. District budget oicers had projected an additional $24 million dollar deicit when the iscal year ended on June 30, 2013.
 
THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 PAGE 2A
LOCAL NEWS
Upcoming Seminars at DeKalb Medical
For a referral to a DeKalb Medical physician or to reserve your space for these free seminars, please call
404.596.4772
 Light refreshments will be served. Parking is free.
Doc Talks
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 dekalbmedical
Healthy Sleep
uesday, May 20, 2014 6:00–7:00 p.m. Community Room at DeKalb  Medical – Hillandale campus
Join Massey Arrington, sleep disorder specialist, and learn the keys to proper diagnosis and treatment of chronic sleep problems.
Expert Advice on Strokes
 
Tursday, May 29, 2014 6:00–7:00 p.m. Private Dining Room at DeKalb  Medical – Hillandale campus
May is Stroke Awareness Month and we have assembled an expert panel to advise you on preventing stroke, recognizing possible signs of stroke and available treatment for strokes.
by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.comhe Lithonia City Coun-cil approved a revised zon-ing ordinance May 5 that would allow the city to add a orm-based code to add more development to the city.According to city o-icials, the Lithonia orm-based code will provide spe-ciic regulations to develop a “ully” integrated, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented en- vironment with traditional residential neighborhoods and a traditional downtown with buildings containing commercial, residential and oice space.“It will be easier to do development under a orm-based code,” said Lithonia Mayor
Deborah Jackson
.he orm-based code was established or the historic area o Lithonia, the down-town district and the perim-eter, which is the transition between the downtown and the residential area that makes up the rest o Litho-nia. In the perimeter area, the code will allow smaller scale commercial develop-ments and commercial de- velopments in residentially styled buildings to ease the transition between the single amily houses and downtown, according to city oicials.City oicials also said the orm-based district will create a “synergy” o uses within the downtown area, supporting economic devel-opment and redevelopment. It will calm traic, create a more pedestrian-riendly environment, and prevent less driving in the area.he code will allow the city to regulate building height and placement to achieve appropriate scale along streets, and establish clear control on build-ing orm and placement to rame a “well-deined public realm comprised o human-scale streets,” neigh-borhoods and public spaces according to oicials.
Lithonia revises zoning ordinance
Congressman announces 2014 Congressional Arts Competition winners
Rep.
Hank 
 
Johnson
 (GA-04) announced the winners of his 2014 Congressional Arts Competition and awarded four college scholarships worth $29,500 on April 26 at the Lou Walker Senior Center.More than 15 high school students from DeKalb, Rock-dale, Gwinnett and Newton counties submitted artwork competing for the four college scholarships.
Bo Shi Shi
, who attends Clarkston High School, won a $12,000 scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design for “Petrichor.” Shi Shi will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to see his art dis-played in the Capitol, where it will hang with other award winners for a year. Shi Shi also won two roundtrip airline tickets to Washington, D.C., for the national recognition ceremony.
Iyana Isom
 from Miller Grove High School won a $10,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta with her piece, “Two Little Girls and Umbrellas.”Since 2007, Congressman Johnson has awarded more than $250,000 in arts scholar-ships to Fourth District stu-dents.
New principal named for International Community School
Edgar
 
Miranda
 has been named principal of the Inter-national Community School in Decatur, a charter school in DeKalb County for grades K-5.With more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and educational administrator, Mi-randa was most recently the principal of the Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria. He has also worked as a principal in the Rochester (N.Y.) City School District and Hempstead (N.Y.) Union Free School District. Additionally, Miranda has served as director of The Xe-rox Center for Multicultural Education, and director of bilingual education for Roch-ester (N.Y.) School District. “Not only does Edgar Mi-randa have exceptional experi-ence as a teacher and admin-istrator for elementary school children, but he has worked extensively with non-English speaking students,” said
Ange-la Hale
, chairman of the board of International Community School. “Our students and teachers will benefit greatly from his insight, experience, wisdom and leadership.”
Civil Rights activist to give address graduates at Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Rev. Dr.
 C.T. Vivian,
a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom award recipient and Civil Rights activist, will give the commencement address during Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s (GPTC) spring commencement cere-mony May 31 at 10 a.m. at The House of Hope Atlanta, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur.“We are honored to have an American hero such as Dr. Vivian give our commence-ment address. There are few who can as eloquently and passionately inflame the hearts and minds of our students as they embark on the next phase of their academic and profes-sional careers,” said Dr.
Jabari Simama
, GPTC’s president. Vivian is best known as a champion for civil and hu-man rights, working alongside Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr
. during the Civil Rights Move-ment. Vivian is also an advo-cate for education and youth leadership development. He has served as national presi-dent of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and provided counsel to five U.S. presidents.More than 2,600 GPTC students are expected to grad-uate with a degree, diploma or certificate during the cer-emony.
See Wrestling on page 19A
 
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The adoptions number: (404) 294-2165 • For adoption inquiries: adoption@dekalbanimalservices.com For rescue inquiries: rescue@dekalbanimalservices.com For volunteer and foster inquiries: volunteer@dekalbanimalservices.com
 
THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 PAGE 3A
Crime
Briefs
Panel to select applicants to fill vacant commission seat
by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comInterim DeKalb County CEO
Lee May
is appointing a three-member panel to review and select applicants to ill the vacant District 5 DeKalb County Board o Commissioners seat.A bill passed during the last days o the 2013-14 legislative session allows or a county governing authority to appoint a person to ill a  vacant post in public oice.According to an internal memo May sent to commissioners, county attorney
O.V. Brantley
stated, “Whenever any law o this state requires a county governing authority to appoint a per-son to ill a post in any public oice, such post should be illed by a nomination by the CEO and conirmation by the [Board o Commis-sioners].” he District 5 seat was let vacant when May was appointed to serve as interim CEO, replac-ing
Burrell Ellis
 who was suspended by Gov.
Nathan Deal
as the result o a 14-count indict-ment against him. May has previously said he believes the con-stituents o District 5 need a voting member on the Board o Commissioners. Since his ap-pointment to serve as interim CEO, May has served in both capacities but has been a non- voting member o the commission. “As our service to constituents oten extends beyond our district borders, I am sure you have received a number o inquiries rom our stake-holders regarding an interim replacement or District 5,” May said in his memo to commis-sioners. “I believe we must act in a swit, thor-ough and deliberate manner.”County spokesman
Burke Brennan
 said May has not yet appointed members to the panel to review applicants, but he is expected to in the next several weeks. “he bottom line is that the CEO doesn’t have to appoint a panel, but he’s going to so he can have a qualiied group to review all the ap-plications and make recommendations o the best candidates qualiied or the job,” Brennan said. May said he will update commissioners dur-ing a committee meeting as the process moves orward.
Accused wife killer sentenced to life
A DeKalb County man ac-cused o shooting his wie and her cousin ater she inormed him she was iling or divorce in 2012 has been sentenced to lie in prison without the pos-sibility o parole. According to the indict-ment,
Jason Bryant
, 28, shot and killed his wie
Angelena Bryant
 March 7, 2012. His wie was on her way to obtain a protective order against Bryant when she and her cousin,
Trina Nwoke
, were shot. Nwoke sur- vived the alleged assault. Beore being sentenced by Superior Court Judge
Asha Jackson
, Bryant was ound guilty o malice murder, elony murder, aggravated assault and terroristic threats.
Teen sentenced in beating of elderly Lithonia woman
A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has sentenced an 18-year-old who admitted to beating and robbing an elderly woman to 20 years. Judge
Mark Scott
 ordered
Quiantae Collins
 to serve 15 years o his 20-year sentence behind bars. According to prosecutors, Collins knocked on the vic-tim’s door and asked to bor-row laundry detergent or his grandmother. When the vic-tim opened the door, Collins choked her and knocked her to the loor, kicking her several times in the chest. Collins then reportedly stole a check and the victim’s vehicle. He was arrested by DeKalb County Police oicers and was ound to be in possession o the stolen check. “Hopeully this sentence sends a resounding message to those who seek to prey on  vulnerable adults,” District At-torney
Robert James
said. Deputy Chie Assistant At-torney
Jeanne Canavan
 served as lead prosecutor on the case.
Son accused of stabbing parents to death with sword
A DeKalb County man was charged May 2 with killing his two elderly parents with a samurai sword. According to police,
Calvin Ray Jr.
, 39, was charged with two counts o murder or kill-ing his 73- and 75-year-old mother and ather. DeKalb County Police Chie
Cedric Alexander
described the scene as “horriic” and said the bodies o Ray’s parents were ound ater a relative visited their house May 1.“One o the amily mem-bers came home, and when she came inside the house, she saw the two victims lying in the bedroom,” Alexander said. Police said Ray was identi-ied as a suspect and ound several hours later at a nearby park. DeKalb County Police spokeswoman
Mekka Parish
said detectives believe the vic-tims and their son may have argued about money.
Ray waived his rst court appearance. Parish said the in
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vestigation is ongoing.
The Associated Press
con
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tributed to this article.
Man shot and killed at Stone Mountain apartment complex
A 29-year-old male was shot at an apartment complex in Stone Mountain, DeKalb County Police said.he incident occurred early May 4 at the Mountain Lake Apartment Homes, located at 1401 North Hairston Road.DeKalb County Police Capt.
Steven Fore
said the shooting occurred outside the apart-ment complex where there was “some type o gathering.” During the altercation, a suspect ired several rounds and one o them hit the vic-tim, Fore said. he victim was transported to Grady Hospital where he later died.
Fore said detectives have detained several people for questioning but have yet to identify a suspect. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

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