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Freepress 06-06-14

Freepress 06-06-14

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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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 FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014 VOL. 17, NO. 11 •
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See Buck on page 15A
A series revealing purchases on county-issued P-Cards by DeKalb County Commissioners, officials and assistants.
From Smoothie King to iTunes
In DeKalb We Trust?
See page 12A
by ravis Hudgonstravish@dekalbchamp.com
or many, his name alone is synonymous with DeKalb County football:
 William ‘Buck’ Godfrey.
He’s the winningest football coach in DeKalb County history. As head football coach at Southwest DeKalb High for 30 seasons, his record of 273-89 includes a state championship, a state runner-up title and 13 regional titles. And for these and many other accomplish-ments, Godfrey, along with five other coaches, was inducted in the 2014 class of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) Hall of Fame, May 31, in Dalton. o be inducted, candidates must have coached high school sports for at least 25 years, with 20 of them in Georgia.At the induction banquet, Godfrey said it’s a great honor to be voted into the GACA Hall of Fame by one’s peers. And he was humbled by the support and adoration shown to him by his former players in attendance, some from the first team he coached in DeKalb County.He started out coaching baseball at Gordon High School, (now DeKalb’s McNair Middle School) from 1974-76. Tat team won 25 games and advanced deep into the playoffs. When schools began to integrate, Godfrey was moved to owers High School to be the football team’s offensive co-ordinator and the school’s first Black male teacher. Ultimately he landed at Southwest DeKalb in 1983, where he became the school’s first Black head foot-ball coach.But this is not a tale of wins and losses; Xs and Os. Godfrey understand that life was more than sports. Tis molder of men touched many lives—impacting them for the better. “It’s surreal to know that this many people, have been impacted by what my father and mother taught me—just be a man and a good person,” Godfrey said. Under Godfrey, 258 athletes have received col-lege scholarships and 193 former players earned college degrees.
Tony Shanks
 was the first student-athlete to
Beyond the field
William ‘Buck’ Godfrey inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches  Association Hall of Fame
William ‘Buck’ Godfrey stands in front of his Hall of Fame plaque he was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame May 31. Photos by Travis HudgonsAfter the Hall of Fame banquet, Coach William ‘Buck’ Godfrey takes a picture with a few of his former players.Colin Godfrey was his father’s presenter at the Hall of Fame banquet.Godfrey receives his award.
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by Lauren Ramsdelllauren@dekalbchamp.comhe Atlanta area is known nationally or its open and vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBQ) com-munity. It’s considered the ith gayest city in America, according to
The Advocate
, a national gay and lesbian news magazine.But, according to
Gabriel Haggray 
, Atlanta’s vibrant scene is missing one thing: a sae space or young adults.“here are some other organizations, like Lost and Found [support or home-less LGB youth], and oth-ers … that cater to subsets o youth, but there is not an Atlanta area organization catering to all youth,” Hag-gray said.In April o this year, Hag-gray and others ounded Real Youth Atlanta, a group ocusing on LGBQ young adults and their allies ages 13-25. he organization hosted around 30 people or their irst event–a picnic–May 31 at Bernard Halpern Park in Doraville. “he picnic is the launch and kick-o experience,Haggray said. “We will con-tinue throughout the sum-mer and hopeully start ater school programs this com-ing all.”Real Youth is planning at least one more picnic, according to organization leaders.Not every LGBQ child or young adult has a place where they can be sae and be themselves, said Real Youth Vice President
Mark DeLong 
. Some may ace bullying at school, church or even at home. But, Real Youth is or everyone–in-cluding those who might also have a supportive envi-ronment.“Part o that commu-nity is people who are sup-portive and are happy and well-adjusted and at peace with themselves, showing all ranges o acceptance,” DeLong said. “People who are ully out, people who are not out and people who are straight allies.”For now, the organization is looking or a permanent space, preerably near a MARA line. Haggray said they are aware that most o their members may not have access to a car and will need somewhere sae and transit-riendly.“We want to be a space where they can be them-selves,” Haggray said. “Where people who might not be out can come and eel sae, where people who are out and proud can be them-selves.”Haggray said he has been involved with LGBQ issues or a long time, even being a grand marshal or the 2010 Atlanta pride parade. He also ormerly served on the board o directors or Youth-Pride and helped organize JustUs AL, a LGBQ orga-nization led by young adults. DeLong said that Real Youth is going to be dier-ent than those organiza-tions because it is drawing together adult community members rom a variety o organizations to oer pro-gramming and mentoring. Just as Atlanta draws adults rom across the state, it also draws young adults or the same reasons–a big-ger community, perhaps more accepting than their hometowns and, o course, an established LGBQ scene. However, the existing outlets or young gay people may not be the most appro-priate.“he Atlanta LGBQ scene is very vibrant, espe-cially in the Midtown area, but there is not a lot or LGBQ young adults to do,” Haggray said. “We have so many youth that want to be out there, being active in the community. So, this is an alternative to clubs and bars. At that age we don’t want to encourage that.”
From left, Terry Townsend and Mitchell Atwater, both from Parkview High School in Lilburn
attended Real Youth’s inaugural picnic May 29.From left, Real Youth board members include Brian McMahon, Beth Greaves, Mark DeLong, John Beers, Brit Prince, Kelley Napier, Darryl Moores, Gabriel Haggray and Cedrick Hayward.
by Lauren Ramsdelllauren@dekalbchamp.comA man jumped rom an overpass at Spaghetti Junc-tion to his death June 2 in the midst o morning tra-ic. he incident let traic stalled or several hours while investigators worked at the scene.he man let a suicide note guiding investigators to a house at 4161 Gladney Drive in Doraville where the body o another man was ound, according to DeKalb County police. “Our oicers went to that location and did ind a man deceased at that location,” said DeKalb County Police Public Inormation Oicer
Mekka Parish
. “he person at the home did not have any signs o trauma.”he person who jumped is believed to be
Mark Cas-tleberry 
, 55, while the man ound at the house is report-ed to be
Greg Woodlief,
66. he house at 4161 Gladney Drive is listed as owned by Castleberry and Woodlie. It was under oreclosure and was up or auction on June 3, according to public notices.According to a post on the Facebook page o Castle-berry’s sister,
Ginger Holt
, Facebook page, Woodlie, Castleberry’s partner, died o natural causes at their home on Gladney Drive. “When Greg died, my brother took his own lie,” she said in the post.“Right now it is a death investigation,” Parish said. “I it is revealed to be anything other than a death investiga-tion, that’s when we will take over.”he DeKalb County Chie Medical Examiner has conirmed the cause o death or Castleberry to be suicide. he cause o Wood-lies death has not been con-irmed. “We are waiting on toxi-cology reports, but there is no sign o trauma on the body,” said DeWayne Cal-houn, director o the medi-cal examiner’s oice. “hey lived together–there was no sign o any oul play or any-thing like that.”Castleberry was the or-mer executive director o the Miss Atlanta Scholarship Pageant and president o Bank Marketing Associates, a inance recruiting irm, according to his LinkedIn proile. He also was accused o orging $11,800 worth o checks rom an acquaintance who worked at Perimeter Park Drive, where Castleber-ry kept his Bank Marketing Associates oice. Castleberry was arrested and charged with elony burglary and thet by taking July 11, 2013, and released on $10,000 bond that day, according to court documents. Woodlie was a ormer producer or Miss Atlanta, as well as Pumps or Pets, a charity drive related to the pageant and supporting Pets are Loving Support Inc, ac-cording to www.missga.org and www.eventbee.com.Posts on the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant Face-book page express sympathy at the loss o “two old pag-eant buddies.” by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.comFor more than a year construction crews in De-catur have been working on a new police headquarters, recreation center and a place to house the school board, and according to Deputy City Manager
Hugh Saxon
, they’re nearly complete.Saxon, who manages all o Decatur’s construction and capital improvement proj-ects, said the approximately $38 million project will be completed this summer; the police and municipal court headquarters in August and recreation center in early September. Additionally, the acility housing City Schools o De-catur sta is expected to be inished within the next ew weeks. he swimming pool adjacent to the recreation area is complete, and the city held its irst swim meet there June 3. “his area was the center o Arican-American lie in Decatur,” Saxon said. he area, known as Bea-con Hill, was home to several schools, a library and the Ebster Recreation Center in the 1960s. Saxon said ater schools were integrated the city took ownership o the school buildings and recre-ation center. “We took it over and operated it as a recreation center; we put our police department in there; had a community theater and used
Beacon Municipal complex nearing completion
See Beacon on page 16A
Spaghetti Junction death ruled a suicide
Work continues at the Beacon Municipal Center, which boasts a renovated pool, recreation center and facilities for the Decatur Police and municipal court. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

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