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WWW.CHAMPIONNEWSPAPER.COM • FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012 • VOL. 14, NO. 50 FREE
REE 
RESS 
• A PUBLICATION OF ACE III COMMUNICATIONS •
Girl Scout leaders say 100-year-oldorganization beneficial for today’s girls
 by Kathy MitchellKathy@dekalbchamp.com
A
middle-aged Sa-vannah socialite,called “Daisy” by friends andfamily, started 1911 withmany uncertainties beforeher. Her husband had diedwhile she was in the pro-cess of divorcing him andhad left the bulk of hisfortune to another woman.She had no children. Aninfection in one ear anddamage to other—causedwhen a grain of ricethrown at her weddinghad lodged there—left her almost deaf.On a trip to England
Juliette Gordon Low
 found the inspiration for a new direction for her life. In 1912 she returnedto Savannah where shemade a historic telephonecall to a relative. Excit-edly she told her cousin,“I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah,and all of America, andall the world, and we’regoing to start it tonight!”On March 12, 1912,Low gathered 18 girlsand invited them to joinAmerican Girl Guides.Her niece, who also wascalled Daisy, was the firstregistered member of theorganization that would become the Girl Scouts of America.Although Low died15 years after its found-ing, the organizationcontinued to grow andflourish. Celebrating its100th anniversary thisyear, the Girl Scouts of America reports havingmore than 3.7 millionmembers, making it thelargest educational orga-nization for girls in theworld. The council thatserves DeKalb County,Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Inc., is composedof approximately 41,500girls and more than 18,000adult members.Many notice the GirlScouts only during their famous annual cookiesales drive. But those whowork with the Scouts arequick to explain that thereis much more to the orga-nization.Decatur resident
Mar-garet Paschal
has beenassociated with the GirlScouts for more thanhalf its history. Joiningas a Brownie in secondgrade in 1952, Pascalsaid she can’t recall whenshe wasn’t excited aboutscouting. “My favorite
Girl Scout troop 26408 works on a project at the Lithonia home of advisor Shawanda Cobb. Pictured from left are Jade Campbell, Carrie Smith,Jayna Gaudet, advisor April Smith, Tanner Rice, Sydnie Cobb, advisor Joan Gaudet, Aliya Sealey, Jessica Stallings and Dhinsa Davis.In recognition of her more than 35 years of service to the Girl Scouts, Margaret Paschal, right, is pre-sented with her own parking space at the scout office. Girl Scout Emma Allison, left, made the ceramicsign. Her mom, Laurie Allison, center, was a Senior Girl Scout when Paschal first came to work for theGirl Scout Council.
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See Girls on Page 13A
 
Page 2A The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 9, 2012
See SPLOST on Page 3A
DCSS discovers $41 million budgetshortfall for SPLOST projects
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb School Superintendent
Cheryl Atkin-son
urged board members to approve a plan thatwould put 35 construction proj-ects on hold after school ofcialsrecently discovered a $41 millionSPLOST budget shortfall.Atkinson presented her plan ata special board of education meet-ing on Feb. 29. The plan calledfor balancing the budget shortfallsfor the Special Option Local SalesTax (SPLOST) II and III projects by reallocating funds and “adjust-ing” 113 of 210 SPLOST III proj-ects.Among the adjustments pre-sented was the halting of 35SPLOST III projects, includingthe installation of new HVACunits, running tracks and other improvement projects for schools throughout thecounty.DeKalb County School spokesman
WalterWoods
said the shortfall was discovered when of-cials realized construction on the new ChambleeHigh School was approximately $10 million over  budget.As ofcials were checking into that oversight,Woods said, they also found decits based on “-nance issues, anticipated revenue from the state thatwill not come in on time, and SPLOST II closeoutissues.”The total shortfall is $41.35 million—$510,000attributed to accounting and over-budgeting fromSPLOST II projects. The rest of the shortfall comesfrom issues involving SPLOST III and the Cham- blee High School replacement project.Ofcials said there was a shortfall of $26.15million from SPLOST III because nances weren’tallocated to cover interest payments or bond pre-miums for the $300 million borrowed to jumpstart projects in 2007.Also, due to a timing issue the system will notcollect an anticipated $4.73 million in reimburse-ments from the Georgia Department of Education.Ofcials said that revenue will be collected over the next two years but it doesn’tmeet the timetable to be allocatedto SPLOST III.“If we do not move forwardwith the corrective action plan,the school district may face ad-ditional costs incurred across allcurrent SPLOST III projects andfurther delay of the ChambleeHigh School replacement project,”Atkinson said. She also called for an immediate external audit of thenances of the school system.Some board members were re-luctant to support Atkinson’s planwithout rst discussing it and pro- posing changes. Board member 
Nancy Jester
said she couldn’tsupport the plan because she was “hard-pressed” tovote for a resolution that included continuing withthe William Bradley Bryant Center while “we don’tx our dangerous tracks that we just recently prom-ised the community.”“I am livid. I am furious beyond belief becausethis hurts both kids and taxpayers. I am mad and Ido believe there’s been sand thrown in the umpire’s
 
Summary of Shortfalls:SPLOST II Close-out Funds ($0.51M)SPLOST III Financing ($26.15M)GA DOE Reimbursements: ($4.73M)Chamblee Replacement Cost ($9.96M)
Total Shortfall: ($41.35M)Cumulative Budget Shortfalls
School Board member Nancy Jester expresses her concerns about the recent shortfall, left, and a member of the DCSS Operations and Finance Division discusses how of-ficials discovered it. Photos by
Daniel Beauregard
DeKalb County School Board member Tom Bowen, from left, Chairman Eugene Walker and Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson look over Atkinson’s action plan at a recentmeeting to correct a $41.35 million SPLOST budget shortfall.
 
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 9, 2012
SPLOST
Continued From Page 2A 
Henderson Middle studentwins district spelling bee
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEPOSITORS OFGLOBAL COMMERCE BANKDORAVILLE, GEORGIA
On
March 2, 2012
(the “Closing Date”), the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance closed
Global Commerce Bank, Doraville, Georgia30340
(the “Failed Institution”) and appointed theFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Receiver (the “Receiver”) to handle all matters relatingto the Failed Institution.
TO THE CREDITORS OF THE FAILED INSTITUTION
All creditors having claims against the Failed Institution must submittheir claims in writing, togetherwith proof of the claims, to the Receiver
on or beforeJune 6, 2012
(the “Claims Bar Date”). Claimsmay be submitted via the internet on the FDIC web site, by fax or by mail to the following address:FDIC as Receiver of Global Commerce Bank7777 Baymeadows Way West, Jacksonville, FL 32256Attention: Claims AgentYou can obtain an official Proof of Claim form and instructions at www.fdic.gov or by calling (904)256-3925.
Under federal law, failure to file a claim on or before the Claims Bar Date will result indisallowance of the claim by the Receiver. The disallowance will be final. 12 U.S.C. Section1821(d)(5)(C).
NOTE TO CLASS CLAIMANTS: By law, the Receiver will not accept a claim filed on behalf of aproposed class of individuals or entities or a class of individuals or entities certified by a court.EACH individual or entity must file a separate claim with the Receiver.
TO THE DEPOSITORS OF THE FAILED INSTITUTION
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures your deposits in its corporate capacity(the “FDIC”), arranged for the transfer of all deposits (“Deposits”) - including the uninsured amounts- at the Failed Institution to another insured depository institution, Metro City Bank, Doraville, Georgia30340 (the “New Institution”). This arrangement should minimize any inconvenience from the closingof the Failed Institution.
You may leave your Deposits in the New Institution, but you musttake action to claim ownership of your Deposits
.Federal law, 12 U.S.C. Section 1822(e), requires you to claim ownership of (“claim”) your Depositsat the New Institution by taking any of the following actions within
18
months from the Closing Date.If you have more than one account, your action in claiming your Deposit in one account willautomatically claim your Deposits in all of your accounts.1.Make a deposit to or withdrawal from your account(s). This includes writing a check on anyaccount, having an automated direct deposit credited to or an automated withdrawal debitedfrom any account or closing the account;2.Execute a new signature card on your account(s), enter into a new deposit agreement with theNew Institution, change the ownership on your account(s), or renegotiate the terms of yourcertificate of deposit account(s) (if any);3.Provide the New Institution with a completed change of address form; or4.Write to the New Institution and notify it that you wish to keep your account(s) active with theNew Institution. Please be sure to include the name of the account(s), the account number(s),the signature of an authorized signer on the account(s) and a name and address.Please be advised that Official Items issued by the Failed Institution, e.g., cashier’s checks, dividendchecks, interest checks, expense checks, and money orders are all considered to be Deposits andmust be claimed within 18 months from the Closing Date.If you do not claim ownership of your Deposits at the New Institution within 18 months from theClosing Date, federal law requires the New Institution to return your Deposits to the FDIC, whichmay be required to deliver them as unclaimed property to the State indicated in your address onthe Failed Institution’s records. 12 U.S.C. Section 1822(e). If your address is outside of the UnitedStates, the FDIC may be required to deliver the Deposits to the State in which the Failed Institutionhad its main office. If the State accepts custody of your Deposits, you will have 10 years from thedate of delivery to claim your Deposits from the State. After 10 years, you will be permanently barredfrom claiming your Deposits.If the State does not take custody of your Deposits after the 18-month period, you may claimyour Deposits from the FDIC until the receivership of the Failed Institution is terminated. A receivershipmay be terminated at any time. Once the receivership terminates, you will not be able to claimyour Deposits.
eyes, and we’re the umpire,”Jester said.Both Jester and BoardVice Chairman
Tom Bowen
said the board votes on thefacts presented to it, and inthis case the board clearlywasn’t presented with solidfacts according to Jester andBowen.“The board approves thethings that come before it based on the validity of thedata and by law cannot beinvolved in the day-to-dayactivities of the district.Therefore there is no mecha-nism for a board member tond out the kind of detailsthat are being brought to usnow to cast an accurate vote,”Bowen said.Some members also ex- pressed dismay and said theissues that have been broughtto light had most likely de-railed all the work the boardhad done in the past to build public condence in theSPLOST program.“If we have gone any-where in building any goodwill in the way SPLOSTis managed I think we—asMr. Bowen said—may havecertainly undone that. It’svery, very bothersome tome,” board member 
DonMcChesney
said.Board Chairman
EugeneWalker
told board membersit was important to keep inmind “no money had beenmisplaced and nothing egre-gious occurred.”“They didn’t have in placea funding mechanism for the projects so they borrowedmoney. Now, the bill is com-ing due and we need to gureout a way to pay for it. So,let’s not mix apples and or-anges here,” Walker said.The board scheduled ameeting to discuss Atkinson’scorrective action plan and of-cials said a special meetingwill be scheduled to vote onthe plan.
“Hobbledehoy.” Thatwas the winning word inthe District 4 spelling beeon Feb. 25 in which the topthree spots went to DeKalbstudents.
Simola Nayak 
, aneighth-grader at HendersonMiddle School won the beeand will go on to the statespelling bee on March 16.This was Nayak’s fourthtime participating in thedistrict bee and second timewinning.“There is a very strong possibility that she willwalk off with state,” said
Susan Tallant
, the spelling bee coordinator for District4. “She’s that good.”The second-place winner for the district was
AndalibMalit
, an eighth grader atRenfroe Middle School.
Noah Covey
, a fth grader at Dunwoody ElementarySchool, won third place.
 
Silent Auction & Party 
and Annual Meeting 
D
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KALB COVNTY COVRT HOVSE
March 236-8:30 P.M.Old Courthouse101 E. CourtSquare,Decatur.
Sample foods fromDeKalb’s best restaurants.Bid on food, art,theatre, services, travel,clothing, jewelry andother great items.
 F   F oo &  Dks  ps s s s  k  J o b o 
 T h i s  i s  a  f u n d r a i s e r,  d o n a t i o n s  a r e  a p p r e c i a t e d.
Simola Nayak, left, won the District 4 spelling bee on Feb. 25 and will participate in the her secondstate spelling bee on March 16. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

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