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Free Press 11-11-11

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WWW.CHAMPIONNEWSPAPER.COM • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 • VOL. 14, NO. 33 FREE
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• A PUBLICATION OF ACE III COMMUNICATIONS •
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Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See playoffs on Page 13ASee Election on Page 13A
By Robert Naddrarobert@dekalbchamp.com
B
y the middle of the third quar-ter, Martin Luther King Jr.quarterback 
Jonquel Dawson
 had been tackled in the end zone for asafety and had thrown three intercep-tions.Only eight of his 21 pass at-tempts had been caught by M.L. Kingreceivers and his team trailed rivalStephenson 43-26. Still, Dawson wassteadfast.The quarterback’s convictionwas validated when teammate
BlakeTibbs
returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown with 16 seconds to playin the game. The score completed animprobable comeback by the Lions,who won 50-49 on Nov. 4 in a gamethat decided first place in Region2-AAAAA. More than 15,000 fans packed Hallford Stadium.Dawson, who threw six touch-down passes on the night, threwthree in a 10-minute span as M.L.King rallied for a 44-43 lead with3:32 to play. Stephenson respond-ed with a 75-yard drive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by
Mike Davis
, to take a 49-44 leadwith 28 seconds left.In addition to the kickoff return,Tibbs caught four touchdown passes.Dawson finished with 305 yards on15 of 30 passing. He amassed 246yards passing in the second half.“On offense, we never consider ourselves down,” Dawson said. “Wekept our heads high because we knowwe can score at any time. The [inter-ceptions] were discouraging, but I’mthe quarterback so I have to keep myhead high.”Stephenson, however, was just asdifficult to stop on offense. Quarter- back 
Justin Colvin
took advantageof blown coverages by the Lions tocomplete 7 of 9 passes for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns,including two to
Demarcus Sweat
.The Jaguars’ dominating runninggame also proved hard to stop mostof the night. Davis, a Florida com-mit, rushed for 209 yards and twotouchdowns while the Jaguars totalednearly 300 yards on the ground. Col-vin added a rushing touchdown.“We just didn’t give up tonight,”Lions’ coach
Mike Carson
said.“The kids just kept fighting. We knewthe offense had something else left.
M.L. King heads into playoffs after emotional win
M.L. King's Cornell Boyd (19), left, and Blake Tibbs (8), right, both caught touchdown passes from quarterback Jonquel Dawson, center. Tibbs scored the winning touch-down on an 82-yard kickoff return in the nal seconds. Photos by Travis Hudgons
Rieker 
 AVONDALE ESTATES 
Jackson
LITHONIA
DallasDavis
DUNWOODY 
PittmanHart
DORAVILLE 
From staff reports
DeKalb County voters passed a school tax thatcould generate $645 million for the school systems of DeKalb County, Decatur and Atlanta on Nov. 8. Also passing in many cities was the right for stores to sellalcohol on Sunday.In addition, voters in Avondale Estates andLithonia selected mayors. There will be runoffs for mayor in both Doraville and Dunwoody. The vote willnot be made official until later in the week.The one percent SPLOST sales tax, which kicks inon July 1, 2012, passed with approximately 62 percentvoting yes.“We’re excited about the vote. This is a goodday for the county. We knew we had taken steps toimprove transparency and the huge margin is a testi-monial to that. When you look at the accountabilitywith new auditors, new legal procedures and a newoversight committee in place, those are the things thatmade the difference,” DeKalb School Board Chairman
Tom
 
Bowen
said of the results.In Avondale Estates, voters re-elected incumbentMayor 
Edward Rieker
who was running againstmayor pro tempore
David Milliron
. Rieker received51 percent of the vote to Milliron’s 48 percent.In Lithonia, where four candidates wererunning for mayor, former councilmember 
Deborah
 
Jackson
is the new mayor defeat-ing incumbent mayor 
Tonya Peterson
 
Anderson
. Jackson received 45 percentwhile Anderson received 25 percent of the votes. City councilwoman
DoreenCarter
and former councilmember 
AlFranklin
received 13 percent and 16 percent, respectively.Jackson said she is “very excited aboutthe opportunity as well as the challenge.”Her past experience as a consultant,city attorney, councilmember and resident of Lithonia will help her “bring some stability to thecity,” Jackson said.
School tax passes, two cities elect mayors
 
Page 2A The Champion Free Press, Friday November 11, 2011
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Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, November 11, 2011
Local News
Vigil held for missing Lithonia woman
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 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
Allan Jarvis
said hisolder sister’s disappearancemore than a month ago hasleft an unimaginable void inhis life.“Me and Shawndell werealways close,” Jarvis said.“When I found out what hap- pened, all I did was work. Ican’t stay at home and dwellon her. Any extra hours[available], I work.”
Shawndell McLeod
, 35,of Golod Way in Lithonia,was last seen at approximate-ly 12:15 a.m. on Sunday,Sept. 25, by a male friend ather home. She was sched-uled to be at work at 3 a.m., but never arrived. Policehave found her 2011 Nissanin the metro Atlanta area, butwould not say exactly where.Her family believes that sheis in danger.
Sharlene
 
Grenville
, themissing woman’s cousin,went to McLeod’s housewhen McLeod’s mother could not reach her daugh-ter. Grenville knocked onwindows and, upon real-izing McLeod’s car wasgone, called McLeod’s em- ployer. Then, she learned thatMcLeod had not shown upfor work or called in.“That right there just kindof crushed me,” said Gren-ville, who considers McLeodan older sister. “She alwaystold me, ‘Don’t let a day go by and y’all don’t hear fromme because then you de-nitely know something hap- pened.’”“We fear for her safety,”said Maj.
James Conroy
, of the DeKalb County PoliceDepartment.When asked if police be-lieves McLeod is still alive,Conroy said, “We hope so.We don’t have any evidenceto the contrary.”Still looking for a manwho drove McLeod’s ve-hicle to Atlanta, the policedepartment has no updates torelease in the case, Conroysaid.“We’re very prayerful andhopeful that she will returnto us shortly,” said
EdwardHightower
, president of the Riverbend Overlook Homeowners’ Association,during a candlelight vigil inMcLeod’s home on Oct. 29.Describing McLeod as“temporarily missing,” High-tower said the homeowners’association organized thevigil “to support the McLeodfamily during this difculttime.“We need to all just cometogether and support eachother,” Hightower said.With 2,300 Americansreported missing each year,McLeod’s disappearance isrepresentative of a national problem, Hightower said.“Some are adults andsome are children andthey’re missing for variousreasons,” Hightower said.“We want to make a broader issue–a plea to acknowl-edge the missing throughoutAmerica, as well as Shawn-dell.”McLeod’s mother,
Ba-dicea
, said life has beenvery difcult during the pastmonth.“It’s so hard—very, veryhard,” Badicea McLeod said,with a shaky voice. “I lost achild. I lost a friend. I lost a part of me.”Badicea McLeod said sheis struggling to keep hopealive.“I pray to God every dayto bring her back,” she said.“She’s not dead. She’s alive.She’s alive. She’s not dead.Shawndell is not dead. She’salive.”
James Simon
, McLeod’sfriend, said, “It’s going totake all of us working to-gether to bring Shawndellhome. Shawndell is countingon us.”
Badicea McLeod (left) stands beside her son Allan Jarvis as they remember McLeod’s 35-year-old daughter Shawndell, who has been missing for more than a month. Policehave released little information about Shawndell McLeod’s disappearance. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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