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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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by Kathy Mitchellkathy@dekalbchamp.com
ith more than 150 singers in seven choirs, Blackburn Cathedral in Blackburn, Lancashire, England takes its music programs seriously. Tat’s one reason
Joseph O’Berry 
 is so thrilled to have been selected to be the cathedral’s organ scholar or 2014-2015.“Not many Americans are chosen or this honor,O’Berry said, adding that according to his colleagues, ewer than 20 Americans in history have ever served as organ scholars at English cathedrals. “I’m really excited,” said O’Berry, the organist-choirmaster at Decatur’s Holy rinity Parish (Episcopal), who will leave in August or the year-long appointment. As organ scholar, the 26-year-old O’Berry, in addition to being back-up to the cathedral’s organist and assistant organist, will be the principal accompanist and occasional conductor o the Young People’s Choir and Schola Cantorum. He will share responsibilities or training the cathedral choir’s boy probationers, accompanying the parish and cathedral choirs, playing daily choral evensong, perorming in cathedral recitals, and assisting in the administration o the music department.O’Berry, who also sings in the schola at Atlanta’s Cathedral o St. Philip, learned about the organ scholar program while participating in a cathedral choir pilgrimage. Te St. Philip choir served as choir-in-residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and Canterbury Cathedral. He applied or positions at 12 cathedrals and was short-listed or two. In the all o 2013 when Blackburn Cathedral invited O’Berry to audition, he asked whether he could send a tape o an organ perormance. Te answer was no; he had to go to England and audition in person. And, they said, ‘We need you to come over beore Christmas,’” he recalled.“Tey apparently were pleased. Tey made an offer within an hour afer my audition. I accepted beore I lef England,” added O’Berry, who said he has no reservations about living in a oreign country. “Tey [church offi cials] take good care o you there. I think o lie as an adventure, and I’m really excited about this opportunity.”O’Berry, who has served at Holy rinity since 2012, said it is not unusual or organ scholars to be young adults, many between 18 and 20 years. “I wish I had known about the
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 FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014 VOL. 17, NO. 12 •
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See Musician on page 15A
‘Opportunity of lifetime’ takes local church musician to British cathedral
Joseph O’Berry was offered the position of organ scholar at England’s Blackburn Cathedral less than an hour after his audition. Photos by Kathy Mitchell
Local artist goes back to the drawing board
Because money does not grow on trees.
I saved money by installing the thermostat myself. I also qualified for the full $100 Georgia Power rebate. By following just a few of the easy, money-saving tips on Georgia Power’s website, I’ve been able to reap some great cash rewards. For more information on tips and other rebates, visit
Georgia Power customers may be eligible to receive a rebate of 50% of the installed cost up to $100 for upgrading from a standard to a programmable thermostat. Certain preconditions and requirements must be met in order to qualify for this rebate. Rebate available through December 2014. Application and receipt/invoice must be submitted within 60 days of purchase or installation. ©2014. Georgia Power Company. All rights reserved.
That’s why I installed a programmable thermostat and got a $100 rebate.
by Lauren Ramsdelllauren@dekalbchamp.comSwish, flick, scrape, drag.Paint pulls from the brush to the canvas.
Ashley Hizer
 is working in her Decatur sunroom, the tile speckled with drops of acrylic paint. What’s taking shape isn’t a form or figure; rather, it’s an abstract panel with complementary and contrasting col-ors pulling texture to create the work.“I just like the freedom that comes with abstracts,” Hizer said. “When I picked up painting again I was immediately drawn to-wards abstract, that’s just what I gravitated to, and it just stuck.”Hizer started her career as a journalist, then a teacher and now does art full time. She describes herself as having always been interested in art but pushed it to the side to focus on other things. It took a fortuitous break in her professional life to make the  jump.“My husband and I actually thought that we were going to move, so that’s why I left [teaching],” she said. “I had time over the summer – this is kind of in the meantime, as we thought we were going to be moving – and I started painting and it turned out that we didn’t move.”In between working odd jobs the sum-
See Artist on page 18A
Decatur artist Ashley Hizer prefers color and motion to form and gure. After quitting her teaching job, she now paints full-time in
the sunroom of her house. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell
Programs help at-risk students finish high school
See Students on page 18A
by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.comCompleting high school can be a hard task for teens living in an eco-nomically challenged environment.According to the U.S. Depart-ment of Education, only 59 percent of economically disadvantaged students graduate high school. To help at-risk students who struggle through school and those who dropped out, the DeKalb County Ju- venile Court created two programs to address these students’ needs.Eleven years ago, the juvenile court launched the Youth Achieve-ment Program (YAP) to provide educational support to at-risk youth ages 16-18 who dropped out of school and have gone through the  juvenile court system. The program, which is paid for through federal grants, provides GED classes and participants are taught skills to help them compete in today’s job market.While the program has been suc-cessful helping teens who were out of school,
Keisha Jones
 said she and the program director
Angelo Hub-bard
began to see that there were some students enrolled in school struggling as well.“We wanted to bring in some-thing that would address those kids that were in school that still needed services, who still needed to be prepped for the workplace and to help them navigate their next step after they finish [school],” Jones, the grants administrator, said. “What we knew from working with YAP was a lot of these kids were in school, but they would drop out. They didn’t have the ability or re-sources to finish.”In 2010, the Tutoring, Interven-tion, Mentoring and Employment (T.I.M.E.) program was launched. The program involves students ages 14-18 who have experienced chal-lenges in life and the program pro- vides a “comprehensive approach to academic, personal and professional growth” that will help the students finish high school and progress into college or the work force.“T.I.M.E. is really about making sure that these kids stay in school, finish school and have all the tools that they need to move to the next level,” Jones said.The program is also funded through a grant; it receives $132,000 per year. The program has been at Stone Mountain High School for four years and was recently brought to Towers High School. Ten Stone Mountain students who went through the program graduated last month and one was the salutatorian.Students in the T.I.M.E. program attend workshops to prepare for academic, personal and professional growth. The students meet with case managers
Dadrieal Robinson
Jasmine Smith
 after school and go through academic tutorials, job readiness training, life skills, money management and budgeting, career development, and character mentor-ship.“This initiative offers a unique opportunity for youth to develop
Students from the DeKalb County Juvenile Court’s Tutoring, Intervention, Mentoring and Employment (T.I.M.E.) program visit Tuskegee University during the program’s college tour. Photo provided

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