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WWW.CHAMPIONNEWSPAPER.COM • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011 • VOL. 14, NO.

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Low turnout projected in Nov. 8 election
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com

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HYIS SHE HAPPY ?
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com Sewer spills in DeKalb County for 2011 are already the highest since 2007, with two months left in the year. As of Oct. 20 there have been 166 sewer spills reported in the county, six more than reported in 2007. The spills total 1.6 million gallons, and of those spills, about 70 percent were caused by fats, oils, and grease (FOG) in pipes. “FOG is everywhere,” said Joe Basista, the county’s director of the watershed management department. “It’s everybody preparing their meats every day.” The main concentration of FOG-related sewer spills is “immediately downstream of multifamily complexes,” Basista said. To reduce these sewer spills Basista said the county is considering ways to encourage or require multifamily complexes to do something about their FOG problems. Possible ways to address the issue at the complexes include increase education, starting a grease collection service and installing a grease interceptor. Basista said his department would not seek a mandatory, blanket grease requirement and would not necessarily seek legislation. Because most multifamily complexes have private sewer systems on their properties, it is to their ad-

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low turnout is expected on Nov. 8 as voters decide on school taxes, Sunday alcohol sales and four mayoral races. Maxine Daniels, elections board director in DeKalb County, said turnout is expected to be “very light” with less than 10 percent of voters participating in unincorporated areas. As of Oct. 28, only 242 early ballots had been cast and 551 ballots mailed out. “That is typical for special elections,” Daniels said. Turnout in cities could be higher because “you actually have people campaigning,” Daniels said. Voters in all the cities in the county will decide whether to allow the Sunday sale of alcohol and in Avondale Estates, Doraville, Dunwoody and Lithonia, voters will select their next mayor. In Decatur, Mayor Bill Floyd is running unopposed for his city commission seat. The Decatur mayor is selected by the city commission. In addition to selecting a mayor,

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vantage that they keep grease out of GRO Well is a free residential FOG their pipes, Basista said. collection program performed on a Since 2007, the county has had municipal level. The company holds a FOG ordinance that requires all a registration event during which food service establishments to main- it distributes a collection container tain grease interceptors to prevent for the monthly used, cooking oil fats from entering the sewer system. pickup. The grease traps are routinely Curbside rolled out the program inspected by county FOG compliin Clarkston in August. The city of ance inspectors who also check the Lithonia joined in September and restaurants’ permits and records for Stone Mountain implemented it on the grease interceptors to ensure Oct. 22. regular maintenance and disposal. “The city supports any effort The FOG ordinance has “efthat will redirect this troublesome fectively reduced spills,” Basista FOG and keep it out of our sewers said. DeKalb had 256 sewer spills in and landfills,” said Clarkston Mayor 2006, the year before the ordinance Emanuel Ransom in a statement. was passed, To draw potential registrants, Basista said the county has Curbside Recycling pays cash on the received two unsolicited proposals spot for metal-based recyclables. from companies seeking to make “The trash-to-cash is a feature money by helping the county keep event of a free oil [collection] regFOG out of its pipes. istration,” Curbside Recycling co“FOG can be readily converted owner Richard Younge said. “That into biodiesel fuel,” Basista said. “It brings the people out.” now has commodity value, [but] it’s Younge said the county’s FOG hard to determine the market.” program may keep some grease out One local company that is tryof pipes, but it does not address the ing to reduce the FOG problem and full environmental impact of FOGs. make some cash is Curbside Recy“What the county is telling peocling. ple is put grease into a container and Hundreds of area residents participated in the 3-Day “We have a solution to the prob- throw it in the trash,” Younge said. for the Cure walk through metro Atlanta to raise lem,” said Curbside Recycling coBut those containers are dumped awareness and support for breast cancer research owner Todd Williams. into garbage trucks where the grease and to honor those affected by the disease. The gets her Curbside Recycling, which has updates online from the The Champion. Because shebegan news updates online from the The Champion. Because she gets her news containers are compacted and 60-mile Oct. 21 at Stone Mountain Park Because sheMarchher news updates onlinestreets.the The Champion. walk took walkers through Decatur and gets 2010, squeezed on the from been in business since and the route Avondale Estates. Supporters along the way, many is concentrating on rolling out its Curbside Recycling’s goal is to dressed in outlandish costumes, cheered on the parGRO Well (Grease Remediation create a market for biodiesel use in ticipants along the route. Walkers stopped for lunch Oil Well) program to small cities. school buses and fleets. www.facebook.com/championnewspaper just outside Avondale Estates on Oct. 21 before

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DeKalb solicitor-general kicks off new pre-trial diversion program
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Nearly 150 offenders crowded into a room at the DeKalb County Magistrate Court on Oct. 21 to participate in the first-ever pre-trial diversion program championed by Solicitor General Sherry Boston. First-time defendants charged with shoplifting, disorderly conduct, affray [fighting in public] or other minor offenses are eligible for the program. Some offenses, such as driving under the influence, vehicular homicide and family violence battery are excluded from the program. “I am grateful to the Board of Commissioners for approving this new program because it will offer an efficient, centralized method of resolving misdemeanor charges committed by low-level offenders,” Boston said. Earlier in the year the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners appropriated $103,064 to the solicitor general’s office to fund the new program, which also created four new positions within the office—two attorneys and two administrative assistants. “Establishing a muchneeded diversion program like this was one of my goals for the office. I believe smart prosecution leads to a better quality of life and this program is part of that approach because it makes DeKalb safer while increasing offender accountability,” Boston said. In addition to increasing quality of life in the county, Boston said the program would also save taxpayers money by reducing the number of days low-level offenders spend in jail. To participate, offenders will be charged $300. Keisha Storey, deputy chief of the program, said the money will be deposited directly into the DeKalb County general fund. “The defendants that are accepted in the program must complete activities personalized for that offender. If they were arrested for shoplifting, they’ll undergo counseling to address that… If they were arrested for obstruction, they’ll be required to attend anger management classes,” Storey said. Those who complete the program successfully will receive a dismissal of any misdemeanor charges from the solicitor general’s office and their case may be eligible for expungement. As a result, the offender can avoid developing a criminal record. “We are projecting that all of our future calendars will average about 150 people each month,” Storey said. This is the second innovation Boston implemented since taking office. Earlier this year, she created the office’s first special victims unit, which handles pending high-risk domestic violence, stalking, sex offense, childvictim, elder and disabled abuse, vehicular homicide and animal cruelty cases.
Nearly 150 people crowded into a DeKalb courtroom earlier in the month to take part in Solicitor General Sherry Boston's new pretrial diversion program. Photo by by Daniel Beauregard

The last thing the community needed was “just another hospital.”
Sure a state-of-the-art facility close to home would be appreciated. But what was equally important was building a place that would remind patients of the care that had disappeared from healthcare. So beyond simply launching the first alldigital master planned hospital in Georgia, we set out to give patients everything from access to a talented pool of doctors and dedicated support staff, who would engage them in their treatment, to free parking and amazing food. See, before DeKalb Medical at Hillandale was even established, we asked ourselves, “What can we do differently? What can we do better than them?” And we still ask ourselves those two questions every day. Because as far as we’re concerned, good could never be good enough.

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Opinion Guest Columnist

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Tax Wall Street to heal America
The nation’s nurses are calling for a tax on financial transactions to begin raising the revenue needed to fix the nation’s growing social crisis.
last month after it was seized by the bank. He was one of the millions of Americans — through a combination of stagnant wages, massive unemployment, Wall Street gouging, and bank fraud — forced out of their homes in recent years. He left his 11-year-old son behind with his neighbors, telling them in a note, “I don’t want him to remember me as homeless.” Actually, more than memories were at stake. According to a recent survey conducted in California, two out of five homeless people are at risk of dying a “premature death.” The richest 1 percent is doing us in. No one knows that better than us nurses. People are getting sick as a result of the system’s collapse. Poverty and financial demise are engulfing communities while the wealth of a tiny minority continues to grow. Early heart attacks, stomach ailments in children, acute anxiety in all age groups, and strokes are on the rise. All of these conditions are stress-related, induced by the conditions imposed on a society dedicated to fulfilling the needs of the richest 1 percent. There was a 39-percent increase in suicide attempts in families experiencing foreclosure in four hard-hit states, according to a study conducted by researchers at Princeton and Georgia State universities. The 1 percent is bad for our health. Nurses see it every day in our hospitals and communities, and even in our own families. That’s why we’re protesting. We’ll keep it up for the duration, until we see progress toward getting crucial new resources into our communities. America’s child poverty rate of 22 percent — and rising — is more than a national disgrace. It’s a recipe for disaster. But it can begin to be addressed by revenue from a tax on stocks, bonds, derivatives and speculative activity. President Barack Obama must decide which side he is on, Wall Street or Main Street. If he’s on Main Street’s side, he needs to join the global movement in support of a tax on financial speculation. National Nurses United is sponsoring a major protest at the Treasury Department on Nov. 3, where we’ll send this message to Obama, as well as to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who’s been telling Europe not to institute a financial transaction tax. by Deborah Burger National Nurses United, America’s largest union of RNs, is sounding an alarm. We’ve organized rallies in New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, as well as in Minnesota, Michigan, Texas, Florida and other states and cities. We’ve held demonstrations at 60 congressional field offices. And we’ve joined the Occupy Together movement as first aid volunteers in more than a dozen sites, including on Wall Street, where it all started. Through these actions and others, we’re drawing attention to a national emergency and calling for a tiny but potentially powerful tax on financial transactions. This simple step would amass up to $350 billion annually in this country as part of a global push for revenue desperately needed here and elsewhere around the world. Why are we making this tax a huge priority? For nurses, patient care extends beyond the bedside. Consider this heartbreaking story. Steven Cross, a single dad, departed his Lakeville, Minn., home We need a tax like this. It would be a small amount for Wall Street to pay back to a reeling Main Street. It would be a down payment on the larger sum needed to put this country on its feet — to get the chronically jobless back to work, reduce school overcrowding, and provide quality health care for all Americans. To do all that, we’ll need to find new sources of revenue. There’s no other way to rescue our communities, save our families, and make our children healthy. The alternative is bleak for us all — for those struggling like Steven Cross in Minnesota and for the 1 percent. Our protests are for our patients and for our country. We won’t stop until an agenda to rebuild Main Street is secured. Deborah Burger, RN, is co-president of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of U.S. registered nurses, with 170,000 members. She will attend the G-20 Summit in Cannes, France, to express support for a meaningful global tax on financial transactions. nationalnursesunited. org.

Sheriff urges voters to support sales tax for schools
Letter to the editor: improvements closely the last 10 years as your sheriff and five years before For the past 15 years we have been as your public safety director. Our asked to go to the polls three times children have been well served. The and vote yes or no for a 1-cent Special school system deserves another vote of Local Option Sales Tax for new conconfidence and I will give them mine struction or major renovations for our and ask that you give them your vote as DeKalb School System. well. Voting yes on the 1-cent sales • The first five years we renovated and tax for education will help build new constructed new elementary schools classrooms, new auditoriums, new vothroughout DeKalb County. cational classrooms and other improvements in many schools and will make • In the years six through 11 we said much needed repairs, renovations and yes again to major renovation and improvements in many other schools new construction to middle and high throughout DeKalb County. All schools. schools will get updated with improved technology and our children will have • In year 12 to date, we again said yes new buses to get to school safely. All to our children and upgraded existof our children will benefit. ing schools throughout the system Please join with me on Nov. 8 with new HVAC systems, new roofs, and vote yes to continue the 1-cent new multipurpose buildings and SPLOST. DeKalb County will be a Physical Education infrastructure better and safer place to live. improvements. Now we are being asked to go back on Nov. 8 to continue what we started. Make no mistakes, I have followed the Thomas E. Brown Sheriff of DeKalb County

The Champion Free Press, Friday, November 4, 2011

Why ‘yes’ on E-SPLOST IV
$1 billion to date in school system improvement projects, renovations and new schools. Unfortunately all has not been rosy in SPLOST-land, and discontented voters are not as likely this election cycle to automatically repeat the E-SPLOST. Punish local school boards? Some voters may want to punish system superintendents, administrators and some school board members for what they view as lax oversight, or even outright mismanagement of some prior SPLOST funds. In DeKalb County, the prior superintendent as well as the construction programs director are awaiting trial following indictments concerning the alleged misappropriation of $80 million in SPLOST III funds. Another multimillion lawsuit is being waged by DeKalb County against Heery International Construction, which preceded the internal staff management of the program, and is alleged to have mismanaged millions more. Fortunately though, those former superintendents, as well as several of their deputy superintendents are now gone. Voters have already made changes to several school boards, including DeKalb’s. Holding back support from E-SPLOST IV now would hardly punish those folks. No votes now only really hurt children sitting in older, dilapidated school buildings, trailers or in facilities having long outlasted their design life-span. Even with last year’s school closures, DeKalb County Schools still operates more than 140 campuses. And in less than two months on the job, our new Superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, has already visited nearly half. That sort of initiative and hands-on oversight deserves support. New oversight and procedures in place Dr. Atkinson and the current school board are taking additional steps to manage the resources that may be generated by SPLOST IV. A citizens’ oversight and advisory committee, composed of industry professionals, will be monitoring the budgeting and expenditure of the SPLOST millions. An external auditing firm will be selected and hired to oversee all county school spending, as well as conduct a separate analysis of all system salaries and positions, starting with the administrative offices, with an already stated goal of moving more dollars and resources into schools and classrooms. Greater transparency The new superintendent and school board indicate that the ombudsman/auditor will not report to the superintendent and board, but instead to all DeKalb taxpayers, and that future projects and multi-million dollars school system expenses may soon be available online, as opposed to a protracted and bureaucratic series of public information and open records document requests. All of this greater oversight and transparency should go a long way toward restoring public confidence in the process. Plan B? “No” votes on SPLOST IV will not take away the leaking roofs, nonfunctioning HVAC, or asbestos issues in need of abatement or respond to school overcrowding exacerbated by students moving from non-performing annual yearly progress (AYP) schools to better performing schools in the county. As DeKalb County has lost nearly $1 billion in the value of its tax digest over the past year, and more than 18,000 homes to foreclosure, a smaller DeKalb Schools budget can only be changed by the SPLOST or a perhaps even less-popular increase in the millage rate to raise additional revenue from property tax. Either way, come the Wednesday morning after this low turnout election, DeKalb County will still have the third-largest school system in the state Georgia, and nearly 100,000 children will be living every day with your choices. A penny for their thoughts? I’m willing to toss quite a few million more in that big cookie jar. I hope that you will consider doing the same, and taking a like-minded friend or two along with you to the polls. Bill Crane is a DeKalb County native and business owner, living in Scottdale, Georgia. He also serves as chief political analyst and commentator for 11Alive News and WSB Radio, News/Talk 750. Contact Bill Crane at Bill@dekalbchamp.com.

Opinion One Man’s Opinion

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“Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education.”— Dr. Martin Luther King, during a Washington, D.C. speech, March 26, 1964. Advance voting for our Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election began on Monday, Oct. 17. To say that turnout so far, in DeKalb and across our state has been “light” would be akin to saying that the current state of our economy has many “mildly concerned.” The biggest ballot question in metro Atlanta will be near the bottom of your ballot, and is known as E-SPLOST IV. Voters in DeKalb and Fulton counties, as well as the cities of Atlanta and Decatur will decide Nov. 8 whether to continue a dedicated penny of local options sales tax toward school construction, renovation, expansion and improvements. If passed, SPLOST IV is expected to generate nearly $2 billion, ranging from $17 million for City Schools of Decatur to $912 million for Atlanta Public Schools. Voters initially passed the ESPLOST in 1997, with renewals in 2002 and 2007, resulting in more than

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GOP debates are more entertaining than GOP policies
When you get a chance to have one less Gaddafi in the world, you should take it.

The Champion Free Press, Friday November 4, 2011

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I was out of the country for a couple of weeks and came back to be greeted by yet another Republican presidential debate. I was so pleased. I hadn’t realized how much I missed that goofy bunch of crazy kids. I’ve grown especially fond of Ron Paul, the congressman from Mars. He’s against all government enterprises, up to and including painting yellow lines on the highway. (I’m not sure whether he’s physically shrinking or his suits are getting bigger, but when he answers a question he sort of twists his neck like a turtle coming out of its shell. More and more, he’s come to resemble the crazy uncle you hide in the attic when company comes.) And then there’s Michele Bachmann, the Gracie Allen of the group. She stands there with her wide, unblinking stare and keeps saying remarkable things. In the last debate she made a moving appeal to “the moms out there” who are trying to keep things together. “I will not fail you,” she said. “Hold on, moms out there. It’s not too late.” Funny? I thought I’d die. While urging the moms to hold until she arrived, she neglected to tell them that she was going to cut the rope they were holding on to when she got there. I was surprised to learn that in my absence, Herman Cain, the Pizza baron, had moved into a leadership position in the race. I thought he was in it for the laughs. (You have to admit, his “9-9-9 plan,” which would raise taxes on the middle class and lower them on upperincome types, is worth a chuckle.) And Newt Gingrich is always a hoot with his superannuated Dennis the Menace act. However, I must confess that I don’t understand what Rick Santorum is doing in the race. The real stars of the show are the dueling governors, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. They’ve raised their profes-

sional wrestling act to the level of art. Romney adopts a stance of jovial condescension while Perry visibly seethes at his rival. He looks as though he’d like to crush Mitt like a grape or, even better, shoot the sidewinder with the six-gun he carries while jogging. Romney would probably settle for strapping Perry to the roof of his car and driving him to Maine. I was disappointed that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey decided he didn’t want to be a candidate. He’s something of a brute, but he comes across as an honest politician who doesn’t mince words, which would be a refreshing change. (Also, it would be good to have a fat person in the race, since fat people are the last disadvantaged minority that it’s kind of OK to make jokes about.) I’ll be frank with you, though: I don’t see how any of these people expects to be elected. To one degree or another, they run as surrogates of the tea party. The movement is supposed to be populist in character, but pretty much every item on their agenda favors the wealthy few at the expense of the not-very-wealthy many. When populism was last in full flower 100 years ago, for example, “free silver” was the battle cry. That was code for easy credit. Silver was the inflationary currency and it favored people in debt (because you could pay off debts with money worth less than the money you borrowed). We’re still a nation of debtors, and the Republicans are clamoring for a deflationary policy — one that would force people to pay off debts with money more expensive than that which they borrowed. They want to cut public assistance to the elderly and poor. They want some version of a flat tax on income that would fall more heavily on those with less. They want to do away with the protection government gives the public against corporation malfeasance. They expect to win with that? I don’t get it. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. otherwords.org

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Champion of the Week
Julie Childs

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein spoke to students, teachers and political junkies at Emory University on Oct. 26. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

she still finds the time to volunteer with the center each month. Although she no longer works the phones, Childs said she keeps busy by helping organize fundraisers the DRCC has each year. “Right now I’m chairing a wine tasting and auction Nov. 17,” Childs said. “It’s at the Druid Hills Golf Club and there are 16 wines for tasting. Tickets are only $55 and there’s good food.” Childs said her parents were very active in the community, volunteering at church and PTAs, as well as Boy Scouts and booster clubs, and that service made an impression on her. “Probably my first recollection volunteering was working with Head Start one summer when I was 12 or 13, but at camp we did volunteer stuff long before that,” Childs said. Childs said she’s grateful for the opportunity to work with the center and meet the people she does. “There are lots of different opportunities. Not everybody wants to do the crisis line and you have to go through some pretty intensive training and be able to drop everything to go to the hospital and be with someone if you’re needed,” Childs said. “But there’s plenty of office work and helping out for the fundraisers.” Childs said that through working at the crisis center she has also learned a lot about her community. “It’s a great cause and it helps women put their lives back together after a horrific event,” she said.

Reporters reminisce on the Watergate scandal
and more people are looking for information to confirm their already-held beliefs, prejudices and ideologies, rather than to be well-informed,” Bernstein said. Woodward and Bernstein explained in detail—albeit sometimes tongue-incheek—how they managed to break one of the biggest stories in American history in 1972. The pair uncovered the political scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. “It’s great to be here; we asked Gordon Liddy to arrange the microphones and once again Gordon has failed us,” Woodward said with a chuckle as both he and the shorter Bernstein adjusted the microphones. In 1972, Liddy supervised a group of men now known as the “White House Plumbers” who broke into the Watergate Hotel in 1972, where the Democratic National Convention Offices were, to gather intelligence on Nixon’s political opponents. Bernstein ad-libbed that at one point, he got lists of people from an ex-girlfriend in Washington that enabled them to begin their investigation. “We worked at night,” Bernstein said. “We got hold of some lists of people who worked for the committee of the re-election of the president in the White House and we started methodically to go out at night and knock on some doors and find out what it was they had to say.” The Washington Post reporters described the first year of their work on the Wa-

by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Legendary reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein told a full auditorium of students, teachers and political junkies that if the Watergate scandal had happened today, their investigative tactics would remain the same. The pair had been invited to speak at the university on Oct. 26, as part of the Goodrich C. White lecture series and spoke for nearly an hour about Watergate, American politics and the state of the media in today’s technology-driven age. “People think the internet is a magic box that can give you the truth,” Woodward said. “If you look at how to get information in any story where it’s hidden, and most stories are hidden, you have to develop human sources and a relationship of trust and get people to tell you things that, believe me, are not on the internet. “We’re on the edge of a crisis about where we are in terms of getting knowledge about our government,” Woodward said. Addressing an audience member who asked how discouraged and fearful they were of the ability of Americans to get objective information to make real choices. Bernstein answered, “I’m not an optimist.” Bernstein then described a journalist’s or editor’s most important responsibility as “making a decision about what is news.” “One of the things about the internet is we know more

tergate story as one that was very methodical. “We went about this coverage very incrementally, a piece at a time. We wrote a couple hundred stories in the first year after the break in,” Bernstein said. Both described the NixonWhite House as one that portrayed itself as a “fueled, well-oiled White House machine presided over by Nixon’s deputies that could do no mechanical wrong.” Woodward said they became interested in following the money and Bernstein tracked down the president’s bookkeeper. After that, he said, everything began to fall into place. The duo also treated the audience to a brief reading of some excerpts of the Nixon tapes, apologizing for the language before reading quotes from Nixon telling FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to blow up a safe at the Brookings Institution, a popular Washington think tank. In closing, Woodward told a clever anecdote of when he interviewed former President George W. Bush for one of his books about the Iraq war. After the interview, Woodward said he asked the president how he thought history would judge his Iraq war. “History, we won’t know, we’ll all be dead,” Bush said. Later, Woodward said he returned home and his wife asked him how the interview went. “Well, he answered all of my questions,” he said, “but more importantly, I think I’ve got the ending for the book.”

DeKalb resident Julie Childs has been volunteering at the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (DRCC) since it was just an idea considered by the Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). In 1988, the DCM presented the findings of a study it had conducted for the Junior League of DeKalb County. The study was to determine if the county had a need for a rape crisis center, and according to the DCM it absolutely did. “The Junior League committed several volunteers and donated around $10,000,” Childs said. Childs was one of the center’s first volunteers. She and several others underwent training to operate the crisis call line and later she became a board member for the center. “We hired a part-time director and did our first training class in 1989. Then we added a counselor shortly after that and we had someone who did group sessions for a discount,” she said. Several years later, the center became more financially stable and Childs said it was able to hire a full-time counselor and group therapist. Childs is an attorney with her own practice, but

If you would like to nominate someone to be considered as a future Champion of the Week, please contact Kathy Mitchell at kathy@DeKalbchamp.com or at 404-373-7779, ext. 104.

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CALL FOR AND NOTICE OF CITY OF DUNWOODY, GEORGIA NOVEMBER 8, 2011 BOND ELECTION
TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY OF DUNWOODY, GEORGIA:

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 8 day of November, 2011, an election will be held in the City of Dunwoody, Georgia (the “City”) at which time there will be submitted to the qualified voters of the City for their determination the question of whether or not City of Dunwoody General Obligation Bonds in one or more series (the “Bonds”), payable from the levy of a tax, resulting from an increase in the millage rate imposed on all property subject to ad valorem taxation within the territorial limits of the City, shall be issued by City in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $33,000,000 for the acquisition and remediation of land to be used for parks and greenspace and the costs associated therewith (“Land Acquisition Project”). The Bonds relating to the Land Acquisition Project, if approved by the voters, may be issued in whole or in part in one or more series in the aggregate principal amount of not to exceed $33,000,000, and would bear interest at a rate or rates not to exceed 7.0% per annum, payable semiannually until paid. Such Bonds, if approved by the voters, shall mature or have principal payable in the years and the principal amounts as follows: Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Principal Amount 645,000.00 655,000.00 665,000.00 675,000.00 690,000.00 705,000.00 Year Principal Amount 720,000.00 740,000.00 765,000.00 790,000.00 820,000.00 850,000.00 Year Principal Amount 885,000.00 925,000.00 960,000.00 1,005,000.00 1,050,000.00 1,100,000.00 Year Principal Amount 1,150,000.00 1,205,000.00 1,265,000.00 1,325,000.00 1,395,000.00 1,465,000.00 Year Principal Amount 1,540,000.00 1,625,000.00 1,710,000.00 1,795,000.00 1,890,000.00 1,990,000.00

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The Bonds, if approved by the voters, shall contain such other provisions for redemption, registration and other matters as may be specified by the City in a subsequent resolution or ordinance. If the Bonds are authorized by the requisite number of qualified voters, then the City shall levy, a tax, resulting from an increase in the millage rate imposed on all property subject to ad valorem taxation within the territorial limits of the City in sufficient amount to pay the principal of and interest on said Bonds and their respective maturities and the proceeds of such Bonds shall be held by the City separate and apart from all other of its funds and shall be used by the City for the purposes and to accomplish the undertakings hereinabove set forth. The ballots to be used at said election shall have written or printed thereon substantially the following: YES NO [ ] [ ] Shall land be acquired and remediated for parks and greenspace by the City of Dunwoody through the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $33,000,000?

The regular places for holding said election shall be at the regular and established voting precincts and election districts of DeKalb County, Georgia within the City and the polls shall be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the date fixed for the election. Those residents qualified to vote at said election shall be determined in all respects in accordance with the election laws of the State of Georgia. THE CITY WILL NOT CONDUCT ANY PERFORMANCE AUDIT OR PERFORMANCE REVIEW WITH RESPECT TO THE BONDS AS SUCH TERMS ARE DESCRIBED IN SECTION 36-82100, OFFICIAL CODE OF GEORGIA ANNOTATED. In accordance with the provisions of Section 36-82-1(d) of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, any brochures, listings or other advertisements relating to the Bonds issued with the knowledge and consent of the City, as evidenced by a resolution adopted by the City, will be deemed to be a statement of intention of the City concerning the use of the bond funds. This notice is given pursuant to a resolution of the City adopted on July 25 , 2011. CITY OF DUNWOODY, GEORGIA By: Ken Wright, Mayor By: Sharon Lowery Clerk of the City of Dunwoody, Georgia, as Municipal Election Superintendent
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CALL FOR AND NOTICE OF CITY OF DUNWOODY, GEORGIA NOVEMBER 8, 2011 BOND ELECTION
TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY OF DUNWOODY, GEORGIA:

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 8 day of November, 2011, an election will be held in the City of Dunwoody, Georgia (the “City”) at which time there will be submitted to the qualified voters of the City for their determination the question of whether or not City of Dunwoody General Obligation Bonds in one or more series (the “Bonds”), payable from the levy of a tax, resulting from an increase in the millage rate imposed on all property subject to ad valorem taxation within the territorial limits of the City, shall be issued by City in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $33,000,000 for the improvement to the park system in the City and the costs associated therewith (“Parks Project”). The Bonds relating to the Parks Project (the “Park Bonds”), if approved by the voters, may be issued in whole or in part in one or more series in the aggregate principal amount of not to exceed $33,000,000, and would bear interest at a rate or rates not to exceed 7.0% per annum, payable semiannually until paid. Such Bonds, if approved by the voters, shall mature or have principal payable in the years and the principal amounts as follows: Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Principal Amount 645,000.00 655,000.00 665,000.00 675,000.00 690,000.00 705,000.00 Year Principal Amount 720,000.00 740,000.00 765,000.00 790,000.00 820,000.00 850,000.00 Year Principal Amount 885,000.00 925,000.00 960,000.00 1,005,000.00 1,050,000.00 1,100,000.00 Year Principal Amount 1,150,000.00 1,205,000.00 1,265,000.00 1,325,000.00 1,395,000.00 1,465,000.00 Year Principal Amount 1,540,000.00 1,625,000.00 1,710,000.00 1,795,000.00 1,890,000.00 1,990,000.00

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The Bonds, if approved by the voters, shall contain such other provisions for redemption, registration and other matters as may be specified by the City in a subsequent resolution or ordinance. If the Bonds are authorized by the requisite number of qualified voters, then the City shall levy, a tax, resulting from an increase in the millage rate imposed on all property subject to ad valorem taxation within the territorial limits of the City in sufficient amount to pay the principal of and interest on said Bonds and their respective maturities and the proceeds of such Bonds shall be held by the City separate and apart from all other of its funds and shall be used by the City for the purposes and to accomplish the undertakings hereinabove set forth. The ballots to be used at said election shall have written or printed thereon substantially the following: YES NO [ ] [ ] Shall the park system of the City of Dunwoody be improved by the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $33,000,000?

The regular places for holding said election shall be at the regular and established voting precincts and election districts of DeKalb County, Georgia within the City and the polls shall be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the date fixed for the election. Those residents qualified to vote at said election shall be determined in all respects in accordance with the election laws of the State of Georgia. THE CITY WILL NOT CONDUCT ANY PERFORMANCE AUDIT OR PERFORMANCE REVIEW WITH RESPECT TO THE BONDS AS SUCH TERMS ARE DESCRIBED IN SECTION 36-82100, OFFICIAL CODE OF GEORGIA ANNOTATED. In accordance with the provisions of Section 36-82-1(d) of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, any brochures, listings or other advertisements relating to the Bonds issued with the knowledge and consent of the City, as evidenced by a resolution adopted by the City, will be deemed to be a statement of intention of the City concerning the use of the bond funds. This notice is given pursuant to a resolution of the City adopted on July 25 , 2011. CITY OF DUNWOODY, GEORGIA By: Ken Wright, Mayor By: Sharon Lowery Clerk of the City of Dunwoody, Georgia, as Municipal Election Superintendent
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DeKalb has new economic development team leader
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com DeKalb’s new director of economic development likens his job to that of a coach. “You’re not on the field most of time,” said Charles Whatley, who took over the position on Oct. 3. “You’ve got to have a strong team, and we do have a strong team.” And by team, Whatley doesn’t just mean the five members of his staff. “There’s no economic development staff in America that’s large enough to take on the real challenge of a city or a state or a county,” Whatley said. “The partnerships with the private sector and with the departments within government are all critical. Every department in DeKalb County is tied in to economic development directly or indirectly.” Whatley, who has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Yale University, brings to DeKalb County 20 years of professional experience in economic development, including six years as the manager of the business development division and as the director of commerce and entrepreneurship with the Atlanta Development Authority. Whatley also worked for 15 years as an independent consultant specializing in business models, strategic and marketing plans, opportunity and economic feasibility studies, and market forecasts for clients in the United States, Malaysia, India and Canada. The Atlanta area native is an advisor to the Green Loan Fund for the Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs. The Green Loan Fund gives loans to small businesses to start or expand an eco-friendly product or services. Whatley is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Economic Development Council, the Council for Development Finance Agencies, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Lambda Alpha International, the Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics. Whatley and his wife Heather have two teenage boys. “We are excited to welcome director Whatley to DeKalb County and I am confident that director Whatley’s extensive background in economic development will enhance the quality of life for all stakeholders who live, work and play in this great county,” said CEO Burrell Ellis. With its Perimeter area, which has become the central business district for metro Atlanta, significant industrial areas, small town centers, and urban redevelopment opportunities, Whatley said, DeKalb is “an interesting place with a lot of potential.” DeKalb County has an advantage over cities, Whatley said. “Cities are built environments that have limited land,” he said. “A county like DeKalb brings all of that— cities with limited land, more suburban areas with more open space as well as land for industrial and distribution as well as rural. That combination is really what allows for a more diverse economy and opportunity to attract a wider range of business types.” The county also has an opportunity to implement some key sustainability initiatives, Whatley said. “DeKalb over the years has made pretty strong investments in infrastructure,”

Charles Whatley, the county’s new economic developer with 20 years of experience, says DeKalb’s business-friendly environment makes it attractive to investors. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Whatley said. “It’s hard to be green without a strong gray infrastructure.” A key challenge for DeKalb is the world economy, Whatley said. “Everyone is facing the same challenge,” Whatley said. “The uncertainty globally makes it difficult to convince investors to put their money anywhere. It’s not unique to DeKalb.” Whatley believes county leaders have a “commitment to make sure that DeKalb is business-friendly in the sense that businesses understand what the rules are and the rules don’t change in the middle of a project.” Whatley said he is glad to be working in DeKalb and is excited about the potential here. “There’s a real desire, you can tell, on all levels to keep DeKalb strong and really move it forward,” Whatley said. “It’s a pretty challenging time and nobody’s backing down, and that’s critical for future success.”

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING For November 10, 2011 The City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public hearing to accept comments on FEMA’s proposed Flood Map revisions. The maps will contain information on the draft floodplain boundaries as a part of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’ Upper Chattahoochee River Basin remapping project. For more information on proposed changes, you may view maps at www.georgiadfirm.com or at www.chambleega.com. The public hearing will be held on November 10, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341.  

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raiser. Fire Station 1 – C shift near the Emory corridor led the county’s donation efforts, raising $3,200. Fire Station 20 – A shift in Decatur raised $2,423 and Fire Station 23 – A shift in Clarkston placed third, raising $2,369. All proceeds support fire safety education and burn survivor programs. Ten percent of the total funds collected go directly to DeKalb County Fire Rescue to be used for fire safety/burn prevention programs in DeKalb County.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Oct. 27 for a renewable natural gas (RNG) processing facility at the Seminole Road Landfill in Ellenwood. Through the Clean Cities Atlanta Petroleum Reduction Program and Energy Systems Group, the DeKalb County Sanitation Department will convert 70 vehicles to run on RNG that is produced by the DeKalb County Renewable Fuels Facility, providing a fuel that is cleaner and less expensive than diesel fuel. Compared to the cost of diesel fuel, DeKalb County is forecasting fuel savings of $3 million over the next eight years. The county’s goal is to eventually replace or adapt its entire fleet of 306 sanitation vehicles with natural gas vehicles over the same time period. The program is funded by DeKalb County and a U.S. Department of Energy grant made possible through President Obama’s federal stimulus program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

ronment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee (EELU). This committee oversees the legislative agenda of NACo to develop policies pertaining to such matters as air, water, and noise pollution, solid and hazardous waste disposal, preservation of water resources, and energy efficiency. Gannon has served on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners since January 2005 representing Super District 6, the western half of the county.

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Authorities searching for man charged with sexual assault
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office fugitive squad is searching for a Decatur man in connection with the rape of a 70-yearold woman. Donnie Bess, 54, has been charged with aggravated sodomy, robbery and aggravated assault against the woman, who is wheelchair-bound, according to DCSO spokesman Sgt. Adrion Bell. In addition to the sexual assault, Bess is accused of choking the victim and punching her in the face, police said. He is also accused of stealing a 32-inch television, jewelry and an unspecified amount

Gannon appointed to national environmental board
DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon has been appointed to the Green Government Board of the National Association of Counties (NACo). Formed in 2007 to provide educational opportunities and technical assistance to America’s counties on a broad array of sustainability issues, the board imparts leadership on the most cutting-edge initiatives. As a board member, she will provide expertise on county sustainability issues, as well as raise awareness of sustainability solutions, according to NACo. She brings experience to this board through her leadership of the DeKalb Green Commission and her involvement with the development of a county sustainability plan. Gannon was also appointed to the NACo Envi-

City of Chamblee employee indicted on racketeering charges
A city of Chamblee employee was indicted Oct. 20 by a grand jury on racketeering charges. According to the indictment, Bobbi Jean Farrell altered Chamblee Police Department traffic citations and bond refund forms while she was an employee with the city. The documents were altered so that it appeared that people previously accused of crimes were due bond refunds. As a result, the city of Chamblee issued bank checks to refund bond amounts, which Farrell acquired and deposited into her personal bank account, according to the indictment. Farrell is charged with racketeering, two counts of false official certificates or writings and four counts of theft by taking. The alleged incidents occurred between

of money from the victim, according to police. Bess has a long criminal history, according to investigators. He was convicted for burglary in 1978, 1979 and 1982, arson in 1983, aggravated assault in 1994 and manslaughter in 2000. He is 6 feet tall and weighs between 180 to 220 pounds. He is known for doing lawn work and small maintenance jobs in DeKalb and surrounding metro areas. Any information on the case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at (404) 577-TIPS (8477), online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.

Firefighters raise more than $50,000
DeKalb County Fire Rescue employees raised $51,132 for the Georgia Firefighter Burn Foundation recently during the annual “Give Burns the Boot fund-

CITY OF DUNWOODY PUBLIC NOTICE OF ELECTION Notice is hereby given that on November 8, 2011, in conjunction with the General Municipal Election, there shall be conducted in the City of Dunwoody, Georgia an election for the purpose of submitting the question of Sunday package sales by retailers of malt beverage, wine, and distilled spirits in the City of Dunwoody to the electors of the City of Dunwoody for approval or rejection. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: ( ) Yes ( ) No Shall the governing authority of the City of Dunwoody, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.?

This notice is given pursuant to a resolution of the City adopted on June 20th, 2011. CITY OF DUNWOODY, GEORGIA By: Sharon Lowery Municipal Elections Superintendent

420-302934 11/3,11/10,11/17,11/24,12/1 NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER Georgia, DeKalb County Because of a default in the payment of the indebtedness secured by a Security Deed executed by Diana Edmunds and Keith B. Edmunds to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. dated April 4, 2003, and recorded in Deed Book 14441, Page 200, and Deed Book 17316, Page 94, DeKalb County Records, said Security Deed having been last sold, assigned, transferred and conveyed to Midfirst Bank, by Assignment, securing a Note in the original principal amount of $134,284.00, the holder thereof pursuant to said Deed and Note thereby secured has declared the entire amount of said indebtedness due and payable and, pursuant to the power of sale contained in said Deed, will on the first Tuesday, December 6, 2011, during the legal hours of sale, before the Courthouse door in said County, sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, the property described in said Deed, towit: All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot 34 of the 16th District, DeKalb County, Georgia, being Lot 48, Block B, Redan Station Subdivision, Phase Two-A, as per plat recorded in Plat Book 91, Page 86, DeKalb County Records, which said plat is incorporated herein by this reference and made a part of this description. Said property is known as 5312 McCarter Station, Stone Mountain, GA 30088, together with all fixtures and personal property attached to and constituting a part of said property, if any. Said property will be sold subject to any outstanding ad valorem taxes (including taxes which are a lien, whether or not now due and payable), the right of redemption of any taxing authority, any matters which might be disclosed by an accurate survey and inspection of the property, any assessments, liens, encumbrances, zoning ordinances, restrictions, covenants, and matters of record superior to the Security Deed first set out above. The sale will be conducted subject (1) to confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and (2) to final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the security deed. Notice has been given of intention to collect attorney's fees in accordance with the terms of the Note secured by said Deed. Said property will be sold as the property of Diana Edmunds and Keith B. Edmunds, the property, to the best information, knowledge and belief of the undersigned, being presently in the possession of Diana Edmunds and Keith B. Edmunds, and the proceeds of said sale will be applied to the payment of said indebtedness and all the expenses of said sale, including attorney's fees, all as provided in said Deed, and the balance, if any, will be distributed as provided by law. Midfirst Bank as Attorney-in-Fact for Diana Edmunds and Keith B. Edmunds File no. 08-005566 SHAPIRO & SWERTFEGER, LLP* Attorneys and Counselors at Law 2872 Woodcock Blvd., Duke Building, Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30341-3941 (770)220-2535/CP www.swertfeger.net *THE LAW FIRM IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

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A group of Burundi refugees, left photo, work on a community garden at the corner of New Street and East College Aveune in Decatur. Volunteers help, right photo and below, at another garden on Sams Street in Decatur. Photos provided

Community gardens a natural fit for Burundi refugees
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com A group of refugees from the east African country of Burundi have taken up farming again, as they did in their native country, with the help of the Stone Mountain nonprofit Refugee Family Services. Susan Pavlin, director of policy with RFS, has set up the Global Growers Network (GGN) to support the refugee community in DeKalb County. With guidance from experienced Burundi farmers, a group of about 15 Burundi women are growing the food and gaining knowledge about urban farming in Georgia’s climate. Pavlin’s latest project is a roughly half-acre plot of land at East College Avenue and New Street in Decatur. The group manages a total of six community gardens and one farm, primarily in Decatur and Clarkston. Global Growers reached an agreement with the owners of East Decatur Station, which also owns the land where the group has a farm on Sams Street. “They have given us a very generous lease agreement so between the two plots we have about an acre of land,” Pavlin said. “Some of the women have other jobs, but many of the women haven’t had the opportunity to work because they either have small children or speak limited English. But this is supplemental income for them.” The Sams Street farm is completing its second growing cycle, Pavlin said. The women take the produce that is grown and sell it at the Grant Park Farmer’s Market in Atlanta. GGN will celebrate its second Harvest Festival on Oct. 22, noon3 p.m. at the farm at 121 Sams Street. The event is a fundraiser for the group that includes a Winter Stew and Chili Cook-off, with international music, dancing and fresh-grown produce. “This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the tremendous contributions that international newcomers can make to our local food system, and to share in the success of these incredible women as producers for our local markets,” Pavlin said. The newest plot of land will be planted with a cover crop later this year to keep weeds away, Pavlin said. The soil will be turned over in February 2012 and be ready to grow by early spring. Pavlin said she started the GGN after the Sams Street project. “We had a handful of different projects in Clarkston and it was a way to make sure to get everybody connected,” Pavlin said. “Plus, it’s a way to provide education and support for everyone.” Pavlin worked with the Southern Regional Risk Management Education Center to provide training for the farmers for the first year. Also, the GGN receives funding from the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. The money helps buy equipment and pay for training and technical support, Pavlin said. Most of the women had experience farming in Burundi, which is near the equator. However, the training has enabled the women to learn how to cultivate cool- and warm-weather vegetables. A chance meeting with a Burundi refugee who was an agronomist in his home country sparked the idea for the gardens, Pavlin said. “I met a guy who was a trained agronomist, and had a job similar to an extension agent here,” Pavlin said. “He wanted to get back into farming and I told him my idea. He said, ‘If you find the land, I can find the people.’ That’s how it got started.” With the dirt freshly tilled at the corner on New Street and East College, Pavlin already is looking for more opportunities. “We have applied to DeKalb County for another garden space and we hope to enroll in a farm training program in the spring,” Pavlin said.

The Champion Free Press, Friday November 4, 2011

Commissioners may support extending proposed transportation tax
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com DeKalb County leaders are considering a way to squeeze some extra money from the proposed transportation sales tax. As it stands, the proposed transportation penny sales tax would automatically expire when the projected $6.1 billion is collected, even if that is before the 10-year sunset of the tax. But the DeKalb Board of Commissioners is considering joining other agencies in supporting an automatic 10-year collection of the tax even if the anticipated funds are collected early. That proposal would allow more tax funds to be collected. “If we collect the tax for the full 10-years, if it should pass, we could then have the opportunity to go back and provide funding for those projects like the I-20 MARTA project that did not get enough Gannon funding,” said Commissioner Kathie Gannon. The actual cost of the projects and the estimation of how long it will take to raise the $6.1 billion is “really a guestimate,” Gannon said. The board is considering asking the state’s General Assembly to adjust the end date for the proposed tax. There is “almost $30 billion worth of infrastructure in our region, if not more,” said Commissioner Lee May. “Every penny that we can get over the 10-year window is definitely May needed.” If the end-date adjustment is approved, May said the legislature and regional stakeholders will have to determine how to “prioritize projects which will be the benefactors of this additional revenue that will come forward.” In August, the Atlanta Regional Roundtable unanimously approved a motion to ask the governor and state legislature to extend the proposed tax to the full 10 years. On Oct. 13, the roundtable approved a project list that will go to voters next year in a referendum approved by the state legislature last year. Voters in the 10-county metro Atlanta region will decide whether they want to pay a penny-sales tax to fund various transportation projects, including transit, roadway safety, and bicycle

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and pedestrian improvements. Among the $1.1 billion in proposed DeKalb County projects are a $700 million Clifton Corridor Transit that would run from Lindbergh Center to Emory University and a $225 million I-20 corridor project in which several park-and-ride express bus stations would be constructed, connecting the Indian Creek MARTA station to the Wesley Chapel area.

Cooking competition highlights international festival
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com A battle of top area chefs is among the draws at the inaugural DeKalb County International Food and Music Festival. The event, Nov. 12 at the General Motors property in Doraville, celebrates the county’s diverse culture with an international mix of music, entertainment and food. Organizers hope the festival, which runs from 2-8 p.m., will become an annual event that sparks economic development and tourism. Culinary Fight Night (CFN) is a cooking competition that pits chefs against each other for prizes. The festival’s version of Culinary Fight Night is an abbreviated version that will feature 10 chefs and five head-to-head battles, according to the festival’s Facebook page. The chefs will be required to cook one course in 20 minutes for a panel of local celebrity judges. The chef with the most points at the end of the final battle will win either $500 or airfare and entry to the New York installment of CFN. The meal will be judged on taste, presentation and creativity, with each category counting 25 percent of the total grade. An audience vote counts for the final 25 percent. County commissioner Stan Watson, organizer of the event, said his goal is to get 25 restaurants to serve as vendors at the event. Asian, Indian and Caribbean restaurants have committed to participate, and Watson said he is attempting to add Hispanic and Greek cuisine, as well as other types of restaurants to the bill. “We’d like to get representation from some of the restaurants in downtown Decatur, and we have the Romanian consulate coming to town so that might be a possibility,” Watson said. “We’re looking at other types of cuisine as well. And Liane (Levetan, honorary chairwoman) is reaching out to the Jewish community.” In addition to the food, there will be music, dancing and other entertainment on three stages. The entertainment includes Chinese, Taiwanese and Caribbean dancing, a martial arts demonstration, and Jamaican music as well as jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues and country music. Admission to the festival is free, and there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. All entertainment is free and visitors can buy food tickets to sample the international cuisine. Also, there will be a children’s play area where arm bands can be purchased for $5, which allows kids to play all day. All proceeds after expenses will benefit the Police Athletic League and the DeKalb Police Alliance.

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Champion Newspaper kicks off holiday photo contest
by Gale Horton Gay The Champion Newspaper is seeking funny, quirky and heartwarming photographs that capture the holiday spirit in DeKalb County. Photos taken this year or during the past two years are eligible for the Champion’s Home for the Holidays Photo Contest. The paper is seeking photos that show what makes the holiday season special to individuals during Thanksgiving, Chanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve or other special days during this season. “Is it your friends and family gathered together, decorations in your home or your car, little hands in the kitchen, preparing for a religious service, shopping at the mall or a one-of-a-kind tradition? We want you to capture the essence of the season in pictures,” states an ad for the contest. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. Winning photos will be published in the newspaper in December, and winning photographers will receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. Contest rules and procedures are as follows: 1. Pictures must be submitted by original photographer and photographer must have sole ownership of the copyright/right for the image. 2. Each photographer can submit no more than three images. 3. All submitted photos may be published in The Champion Newspaper and Champion Free Press. 4. Only high-resolution digital images are eligible. 5. By submitting images to The Champion Newspaper, permission is given to reproduce images in print and online at publisher’s discretion. Individuals submitting images assume any and all responsibility for copyrights that may be in effect. 6. Photos must be e-mailed to Travish@dekalbchamp. com with “Holiday Photo Contest” in the subject line by Dec. 11 at 11 p.m. 7. Photos must be accompanied by photographer’s name, phone number, address and e-mail. 8. Each photo must have a cutline describing what’s taking place in photograph, and where and when (month and year) it was taken. 9. Each photo must have names of individuals in photos (from left to right, including ages if 18 and younger).

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DeKalb County Wants to Hear From You Regarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal with Comcast Cable Communications
Send your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcast’s current performance under the current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests of your community to www.dekalbcountyga.gov.

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Nov. 3, 1989 - Cold weather prevailed in the central United States. Six cities in Texas, Minnesota and Michigan reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 7 above zero at Marquette, Mich. was their coldest reading of record for so early in the season. Nov. 4, 1927 - A great Vermont flood occurred. Tropical rains deluged the Green Mountain area of Vermont, causing the worst flood in the history of the state. Torrential rains, up to 15 inches in the higher elevations, sent streams on a rampage, devastating the Winooski Valley. Dunwoody 61/51 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 62/52 62/52 62/52 Snellville Decatur 63/52 Atlanta 63/52 63/52 Lithonia College Park 64/52 64/52 Morrow 64/52 Union City 64/52 Hampton 65/53

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a 40% chance of showers, high temperature of 63º, humidity of 82%. South wind 5 to 10 mph. The record high temperature for today is 82º set in 1974. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with a 30% chance of showers, overnight low of 52º.

FRIDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 65 Low: 51

*Last Week’s Almanac
Hi Lo Normals Precip Date Tuesday 75 44 70/50 0.01" Wednesday 76 45 70/49 0.00" Thursday 77 49 69/49 0.00" Friday 70 49 69/49 0.37" Saturday 58 40 69/48 0.00" Sunday 61 33 68/48 0.00" Monday 63 37 68/48 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.38" Average temp . .55.5 Normal rainfall . .0.74" Average normal 58.9 Departure . . . . .-0.36" Departure . . . . .-3.4
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

SATURDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 66 Low: 51

SUNDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 65 Low: 53

MONDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 72 Low: 51

TUESDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 72 Low: 54 Full 11/10

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:58 a.m. 7:59 a.m. 7:59 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 7:01 a.m. 7:02 a.m. 7:03 a.m. Sunset 6:43 p.m. 6:43 p.m. 6:42 p.m. 5:41 p.m. 5:40 p.m. 5:39 p.m. 5:39 p.m. Moonrise 2:48 p.m. 3:19 p.m. 3:47 p.m. 3:16 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 4:16 p.m. 4:50 p.m. Moonset 1:28 a.m. 2:25 a.m. 3:21 a.m. 3:15 a.m. 4:10 a.m. 5:04 a.m. 5:59 a.m. New 11/25

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise 9:43 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 2:01 a.m. 6:22 p.m. 6:30 a.m. 4:50 p.m. Set 7:40 p.m. 7:49 p.m. 3:25 p.m. 7:33 a.m. 5:58 p.m. 4:56 a.m.

WEDNESDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 70 Low: 49 Last 11/18

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Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see partly cloudy to cloudy skies with a few showers today and Friday, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies Saturday, with the highest temperature of 63º in Washington, Pa. The Southeast will see isolated showers and thunderstorms today and Friday, mostly clear skies Saturday, with the highest temperature of 84º in Punta Gorda, Fla. The Northwest will see partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered rain and snow today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 62º in Colville, Wash. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 84º in Gila Bend, Ariz.

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Answer: No, no matter how cold it gets, there is always moisture in the air.

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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Christmas and Telescopes
Telescopes and Christmas—they go together like ham and cheese, but most people buying a scope for under the tree will make the wrong decisions. All telescopes are a compromise in one way or another, but all experts agree that scopes are not built strictly for magnification. If a manufacturer hypes the power that a telescope can attain as the chief reason for purchasing the scope, stay away from that item like the plague. The most important aspect of a telescope is its ability to gather light and to bring that light to a sharp focus in as comfortable a manner as possible. The eye, acting as the receptor of the photons being gathered by the lens or mirror, is essentially enlarged to the diameter of the light-gathering element of the telescope. Telescopes also need to produce crisp, vivid images of what the viewer is observing. This requires optics that meet criteria for producing astronomically acceptable images. I’m sorry to say that K-Mart specials or scopes sold at Wal-Mart stores are a joke. Telescopes need to produce quality images so the observer can actually see detail on the moon, planets, and other objects in the sky. They also need to produce acceptable fields of view, so that the object under scrutiny can be seen in its entirety. A telescope must also be attached to a sturdy mounting system to dampen unwanted vibrations when moved around to find sky objects or to hold steady if the wind kicks up a little. When all of these criteria are met, then the topic of magnification can be discussed; but there are still limits. A good telescope will not tolerate more than 50-power per inch of aperture. A quality, reflecting telescope with a 4-inch mirror should not be pushed beyond 200-power. Where can you find a first-rate, fairly priced instrument? I would first suggest Orion Telescopes which produce economical scopes that meet astronomical criteria. Go to www.telescopes.com. www.astronomy.org

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Health

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Food Day activities focus on nutritious food for all
by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com The world observed Food Day—a campaign focused on healthy diets and communities’ food problems— on Oct. 24. DeKalb County celebrated all week with a variety of activities, including an Oct. 22 picnic in Panola Mountain State Park and a “Nourish DeKalb!” forum, hosted Oct. 27 by the DeKalb County Board of Health at the Maloof auditorium in Decatur. The forum brought together elected officials and representatives from school, health, faith and community-based organizations to discuss such issues as the fact that in some DeKalb County communities more than half of the residents must drive outside their neighborhood to find fresh fruits and vegetables. These “food deserts” and other barriers to healthful eating were addressed in a preliminary report on food availability in the county presented by report committee chairwoman Memorie Nichols, a Ph. D. student at Emory University. Among the approaches discussed at the forum were farm-to-table programs for schools, community gardens and education programs aimed at teaching people the importance of choosing good quality food, as well as teaching them how to prepare such foods. The initiative is partnering with the Strategic Alliance for Health effort to establish more farms, farmers markets and community gardens in the county. A full report about DeKalb’s food system and recommendations for improvement will be released in 2012. The report is part of the community action plan of the Board of Health’s grant-funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative to address obesity in DeKalb. The picnic, sponsored by the DeKalb County Board of Health and Georgia State Park System’s Tons of Fun initiative, showcased healthy living, outdoor recreation and fresh, local food. A free lunch was created by celebrity chef Todd English and cooked by students of Le Cordon Bleu on donated Big Green Egg grills. More than 400 people attended the picnic, where activities included guided hikes, yoga classes by Serenity Yoga, camping displays by REI and Edge of Night Camping Club, archery, a climbing wall and geocaching clinics. “With more than 25 percent of DeKalb’s adults overweight or obese, clearly it is time to move beyond cooking demonstrations and exercise classes,” said District Health Director Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford. “If we’re going to move the needle in our fight against obesity, we must take a look at local food policies and the decisions being made in neighborhoods and cities that affect healthy eating choices and future health.”

Celebrity chef Todd English, far right, gets ready to prepare lunch for the picnickers. Photos by provided

Archery is among the activities chosen for outdoor recreation at the picnic.

CDC: Add $2 per drink for U.S. excessive drinking
by Mike Stobbe ATLANTA (AP) The toll of excessive drinking works out to about $2 per drink, in terms of medical expenses and other costs to society, according to a new federal research. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study calculated societal costs from binge and heavy drinking beyond what consumers pay at the bar or liquor store. It’s the first such federal estimate in more than a dozen years. The study looked at costs that included—among other things—lost work productivity, property damage from car crashes, expenditures for liver cirrhosis and other alcohol-associated medical problems, and money spent on incarceration of drunk drivers and criminals using alcohol. The CDC estimated excessive drinking cost society nearly $224 billion in 2006, the most recent year for which all necessary statistics were available. That worked out to about $1.90 per drink, 80 cents of which was spent by federal, state or local governments, the researchers estimated. The rest came from drinkers, their families, private health insurers, employers, crime victims and others. Most of that was related to binge drinking, in which four or five alcoholic beverages are consumed on one occasion. “Binge drinking results in binge spending,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. CDC officials noted that while some health benefits have been associated with, say, a glass of wine each day, there are no health benefits linked to excessive drinking. They also said the new study likely represents an underestimate of the total cost. Smoking has been estimated to cost society about $193 billion annually. An older study estimated the
CITY OF DUNWOODY PUBLIC NOTICE OF ELECTION Notice is hereby given that on November 8, 2011, in conjunction with the General Municipal Election, there shall be conducted in the City of Dunwoody, Georgia an election for the purpose of submitting the Redevelopment Powers Law Act to the electors of the City of Dunwoody for approval or rejection. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: ( ) Yes ( ) No “Shall the Act be approved which authorizes the City of Dunwoody to exercise redevelopment powers under the “Redevelopment Powers Law” as it may be amended from time to time?”

cost of not exercising to be around $150 billion. The study was released Oct. 17 by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

This notice is given pursuant to a resolution of the City adopted on June 20th, 2011. CITY OF DUNWOODY, GEORGIA By: Sharon Lowery Municipal Elections Superintendent

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Locals go for the gold on TV reality and game shows Election Page 1A Continued From
puzzling and arduous challenges in the quest to win $1 million. So far Young siblings Justin, 31, a doctor who took a year off from residency, and Jennifer, 26, a special education teacher, have made it from Los Angeles to Taipei to Indonesia to Thailand, squabbling a good bit along the way, but avoiding coming in last in any of the challenges Siblings Justin and Jennifer Young on The Amazing Race and possible elimination from the race. said. “It was the real deal. It’s not as And just how did the Breech/Penn easy as you think it is. You over-think family fare on Family Feud? On the things because you are nervous.” show, which aired on Oct. 18, the parPenn said participation in the show, ents and three children were heading to which followed auditioning in July and best their competition—just six points taping in August (both in Atlanta), was away from reaching 300 points—when a bonding experience for the newly the other family pulled a turnaround blended family. Her mother and stepthat led to a sudden death face-off. father—Alison and Eric Breech—marWhen asked to name a place that a ried a year ago. man goes with his buddies and doesn’t “That made it special, that much tell his wife, Eric Breech rang in first better,” said Alaina Penn. and answered “bar,” however, the numShe added that she was proud of ber one answer was “strip joint,” which everyone’s performance—even her the other family answered correctly and own. She described herself as shy, still beat the Breech/Penn family. she took on the role as team captain, Alaina Penn, 21, said her famwhich required her to interact quite a ily has played along with the televised bit with host Steve Harvey. game show for years. However, she The Penn siblings all attend or have added that playing the game in front of attended Georgia State University— cameras and an audience is totally difMichael, 30, is a graduate student; ferent. Britney, 22, just graduated from GSU; “It was a little nerve racking,” she and Alaina is a senior. Doraville voters will decide whether to change their form of government to a city manager form of government with a parttime mayor and a full-time city manager. Currently, Doraville has a fulltime mayor and no city manager. In July, Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman was elected in a special election to fill the remaining term of former mayor Ray Jenkins, who died in office. Dunwoody voters will select the city’s second mayor and will decide whether to issue a $33 million bond to improve the city’s parks. All county voters participating in the election will have the opportunity to vote for a one-cent sales tax to raise up to $645 million for schools in the DeKalb County, Decatur, and Atlanta Independent school districts. The funds will be used to construct new elementary schools; install synthetic turf and replace lighting at stadiums; improve existing technology equipment and infrastructure; make improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; upgrade the bus and service vehicle fleet; invest in security cameras, closed circuit televisions and other improvements to the security systems; allocate funds to a program that allows each school to make its own capital improvement requests; and continue a capital renewal program that addresses the replacement of critical systems on an annual rotation. This is the fourth Special Purpose Local Sales Tax (SPLOST) for county schools since 1997. If passed, the tax could net up to $18.1 million for Decatur schools, $19.5 million for the Atlanta Public Schools and $607.3 million for DeKalb County Schools. The DeKalb County School district’s portion would fund $475 million in projects. “The $600 million on the ballot is the max we could collect,” said Walter Woods, the executive director of communications for DeKalb schools. “But we would never budget for that high an amount. “SPLOSTs in other counties are collecting under budget,” Woods said. “Ours are generally right on what we budgeted. In the case of SPLOST III, we budgeted $466 million and are projected to come in slightly over.” The approval of the SPLOST referendum carries with it the approval of general obligation debt of up to $200 million for DeKalb County schools and up to $10 million for Decatur city schools.

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ocal viewers of television game and reality shows may be doing double-takes these days, wondering if that face on their screen is someone they know. That’s because eight DeKalb County residents have recently competed for prizes and cash on three different television shows. Five members of the Breech and Penn families of Stone Mountain recently appeared on Family Feud, while the Young siblings, also from Stone Mountain, are trying their best not to be the next team eliminated from The Amazing Race. And a Decatur man stepped up to the middle podium on Jeopardy to challenge a formidable contestant. For Drew Denton of Decatur, his appearance on Jeopardy was a one-time affair. He came in second on the show, which aired in mid-October. Denton’s shining moment was when he “made it a true daily double” and wagered everything on one question and got it right, bringing his midgame tally to $5,200. However, Denton couldn’t come close to the champion who had accrued $32,400 going into the final round. Denton, a graduate student, gave the correct final question and took second place with $7,040. The Amazing Race is a show in which 11 teams of two travel around the world for 25 days searching for clues and fighting their way through

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From left, homeowners Minnette Beckford, Elaina Freitas and Ida Thomas; Commissioner Larry Johnson; Kerry Kohnen, president of Kaiser Permanente; and Ann Brown, community activist and member of the Belvedere Civic Club, stand in front of the home of Elaina Freitas. Photos by HIP Incorporated

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“We can significantly reduce the cost of fuel,” Williams said. Pauline Daily, a member of the a residents advisory group monitoring the county’s upcoming $1.345 billion in watershed capital improvement projects, said she is considering getting her Hidden Hills subdivision in the oil recycling program. Hidden Hills recently had its own sewer spill. Daily said that before studying the FOG problem for the advisory group she would pour “hot grease down the garbage disposal with the hot water running and simultaneously squirting Dawn [dish detergent] to break up the grease.”

Helping hand

Three homes in the Belvedere community got facelifts Oct. 29 thanks to A Brush with Kindness, a new neighborhood improvement project funded through a $90,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. The goal of A Brush with Kindness is to help elderly or disabled homeowners maintain the exterior of their homes. It is a partnership between Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb, Healthy Belvedere Initiative and Belvedere Civic Club. Through volunteer labor and donated materials, A Brush with Kindness offers painting, landscaping, weather stripping and minor repair services for homeowners who qualify through Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb.

Kohnen cuts down large tree branches at the home of Ida Thomas.

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Education

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Students from all over the metro Atlanta area gathered at Arabia Mountain High School to participate in the VEX Robotics Qualifying Tournament. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

DeKalb schools emphasize science and technology related careers
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com According to a recent study, Blacks are significantly underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) but several schools in DeKalb are trying to change that. The study, released by Georgetown University, used recent census data to calculate the economic value of college majors and illustrates how important the choice of a major is to Blacks’ median earnings, as well as how they continue to be segregated by race in their choice of a major. It also states that only 5 percent of college-level Blacks are engineering majors. For Kim Gocke, STEM education should be more focused on making sure students are ready to join the workforce rather than go to Harvard. Gocke is president of the Cross Keys Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves students and families in the Cross Keys High School attendance zone. He said he recently drove through a McDonald’s and saw a Cross Keys valedictorian working at the drive-through window. “He was accepted to MIT and he’s at Georgia Tech but as he was giving me my combo meal my thought was, if he was coming through the schools in my area, how much more he could do now?” Gocke said. Gocke said that in today’s fastpaced world, the traditional path of whether a student is going to college no longer applies. “The new workplace demands that you be able to do both [work or go to
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college] out of high school,” he said. Christie Schmitt, who has been teaching engineering at Arabia Mountain High School since it opened three years ago, said the DeKalb school is the only one in Georgia with four engineering teachers. Schmitt, who was at Arabia Mountain at 6:45 a.m. to set up for the VEX Robotics Qualifier on Oct. 29, said many of the kids packed into the crowded gymnasium that morning would enroll in college engineering programs. “These kids here are getting a huge jumpstart toward college and career pathways,” Schmitt said. “These kids are all looking at engineering schools and it will be interesting to see what they’re doing four years from now.” In addition to Arabia Mountain, there were students from Dunwoody, Columbia, Chamblee, Clarkston and McNair high schools at the event. Patrick Gunter, a technology and engineering teacher at Cross Keys, watched several girls using what looked like a video game joystick to control a robot nearby, pick up several red balls and place them in a container. The girls were competing against another team to see which could collect the most balls before the clock ran out. So far, they were undefeated. This year, in addition to competing in various robotics competitions, Gunter’s students will be partnering with students from Georgia Tech to build a solar-powered car to enter in a cross-country race. “We’re racing in July but we’ll share some of these parts, worth probably several hundred thousand dollars,” Gunter said. Cross Keys has a high percentage of Black and Hispanic students, and Gunter said it this is something that can not only grow African-American involvement in STEM education and careers, it can also prepare us for what we’re going to face when we get into the real world,” White said.

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is important for schools with minorities or under-represented groups to be involved in events like the VEX tournament or the solar-car race. “It builds up their self confidence. Sometimes, it’s kind of hard to get them to believe in themselves,” Gunter said. “But just like this, they know they can come to something like this and they can win.” Andrew White, a senior at Arabia Mountain, said he first got involved with the STEM field when he came to the school as a sophomore. He is now the president of the Georgia Technology Student Association, an organization designed to prepare students to be successful leaders in a technological society. White said when he first came to the school he was unsure what career he wanted to pursue or study in college, but his engineering instructors made him aware of the opportunities available. “We’re learning the engineering design process, we’re learning about innovations and how to use technology and how to apply it to real world situations. This is hands-on experience you just can’t get anywhere else be-

sides being involved in VEX Robotics and TSA,” White said. White plans to study engineering in college and said his involvement with STEM in school, the county and other state-wide organizations has prepared him to pursue a career in engineering. “For us, as a predominantly African-American school in a predominantly African-American county,

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CITY OF CHAMBLEE – PUBLIC NOTICE Special Election for Sunday Sales Alcohol Referendum
Notice is hereby given that the City of Chamblee will hold a Special Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, for the purpose of submitting the question of Sunday package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits to the electors of the City of Chamblee for approval or rejection. The question on the ballot will read as follows: ( ) Yes Shall the governing authority of Chamblee be authorized to permit and ( ) No regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine, and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.? The last day to register and be eligible to vote in these elections will be October 11, 2011. The polls will be open on November 8, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Absentee Voting and Advance Voting will be at the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections facility at 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA Monday, th October 17th through Friday, November 4 , 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Absentee ballot applications and voter registration forms may be obtained by contacting the DeKalb elections office at 404-298-4020 or www.co.dekalb.ga.us. Nancy Williams – Chamblee City Clerk/ Municipal Elections Superintendent

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Business

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Chamblee names Coleman as development director
With experience in economic development planning, business retention and expansion, and at managing multimillion-dollar capital improvement projects, Vicki D. Coleman, AICP, joins the city of Chamblee as its new development Coleman director. Coleman joined the Department of Development in October following an extensive selection process. She reports to City Manager Niles Ford. “We are very excited about Vicki being on our team,” Ford said. “She comes with significant experience in planning and development, and a strong background in fostering productive relationships with businesses.” “My immediate goals will include getting to know Chamblee’s business leaders,” Coleman said. “One of the best ways to attract new business to Chamblee is to ensure the existing businesses are happy. They are often your best marketing tool.” Coleman’s responsibilities include coordinating with the city manager to create new economic development programs, as well as overseeing planning, zoning and development review for the city.

Kids Enabled names director of development

Assistant Coach Bob Bender, far right, helps prep boxes to go to Ecuador, Africa and Vietnam. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

  Kids Enabled, a DeKalb County-based not-for-profit organization that offers guiding information, support and encouragement to parents of children with learning differences, recently announced that Eric Smith is its new director of development. For the last 22 years, Smith has guided sales and channel teams as director and channel manager for Hewlett Packard and Compaq Computer Corporation in New Jersey and his current location of Atlanta. Executive Director Beth McGaw said, “We are excited about the addition of Eric to the Kids Enabled team. Eric will not only bring a wealth of information to the professional side of Kids Enabled, but as a parent of children with learning differences, Eric also lives the mission of Kids Enabled.”

The group sorts more than six tons of sup- Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Larry Drew joins plies. the daylong effort. Photos provided

Huddle House fined $110K for labor law violations
ATLANTA (AP) Nearly 30 Huddle House restaurants in Georgia, Missouri and West Virginia must pay fines and back pay for workers after federal authorities found franchises had “significant” violations of labor laws, including breaking child labor laws. The federal department announced Oct. 24 that 128 employees of the chain will get $60,594 in owed wages after investigators said some workers were not paid minimum wage or did not receive correct overtime pay. The Georgia-based restaurant chain, founded in Decatur, must also pay $48,317 in fines for child labor violations involving a 15-year-old employee who was allowed to work more than legally allowed. Minors can work no more than three hours on a school day or 18 hours in a school week. Officials with Huddle House did not immediately return requests for comment.

Hawks volunteer at MedShare
The entire Atlanta Hawks coaching staff, more than 100 Philips Arena corporate team members, Atlanta Hawks players and Philips Arena President Bob Williams turned out Oct. 25 to volunteer at the main distribution facility for Decatur-based non-profit MedShare. MedShare is a 13-year-old organization created to address critical health care needs of underserved populations throughout the world and the environmental threat of discarded medical supplies and equipment. The organization collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, distributors and manufacturers, and redistributes them to qualified health care facilities in the developing world. MedShare also outfits medical missions and safety net clinics in the United States and abroad. The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena organization have been dedicating one day a month over the past four months to volunteering at various organizations around Atlanta that are focusing on health and wellness, education and environment. “By spending a few hours at MedShare, the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena organization is saving thousands of lives around the world,” said Lindsey Barnett, senior programs manager of MedShare. “This is the largest group of volunteers we have ever had and we feel honored that they chose to spend their time with us.” During their volunteer day, the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena organization sorted more than six tons of supplies and prepped 399 boxes to be sent to areas such as Ecuador, Africa and Vietnam. “The only way MedShare can do what it does is because of volunteers like the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena organization,” said Meridith Rentz, CEO and president of MedShare. “Volunteers are to MedShare what fans are to the Atlanta Hawks and we feel pretty lucky to have so many supporters here with us today.”

Police Alliance names Baugh Williams interim executive director
The DeKalb Police Alliance recently announced that it has engaged the services of Baugh Communications LLC and Cynthia Baugh Williams as interim executive director “in support of furthering the DPA’s vision of making DeKalb County the best and safest place to live, work and play.” Baugh Williams is a journalism graduate of the University of Georgia, where she pioneered as the first AfricanAmerican staff member at The Red and Black, the campus newspaper. She began her career as a weekly newspaper editor in her hometown, Columbus, Ga. She has been vice president for business development and technology clients at Hill & Knowlton public relations in Atlanta, executive vice president for The JacksonHeath Group in Atlanta, senior counselor for Burson-Marstellar public relations in Washington, D.C., and director of public affairs for Morehouse School of Medicine. In 2000, she re-launched Baugh Communications, based in Stone Mountain.

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buy goods in our county. This means tourists and visitors from other counties will generate revenue into SPLOST. Without the special tax, DeKalb residents will not only risk higher property taxes, but potentially decreased property value. We all benefit from a quality, high achieving school system because good schools mean well-equipped citizens, attractive property values, and a strong labor market. Many have passionate, well-versed opinions on our education system, but unfortunately these opinions are not often exercised in the voting process. If you are not voting for this because you are unhappy with previous school board decisions, then support different candidates in the next election. Do not penalize kids for the actions of adults. I encourage DeKalb residents to vote in favor of SPLOST IV. Would you like to see HVAC units in gymnasiums, roofs without leaks, safe transportation, and updated buildings? What about classroom technology and security system improvements? The fate of the DeKalb County School System is in our hands. With SPLOST revenues, we can do two positive things for DeKalb County residents: avoid higher property taxes and help create a better learning environment for DeKalb students.

The Value in Supporting SPLOST IV
With the November 8 election fast approaching, DeKalb County voters should be aware of a referendum that will affect our education system—the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) IV. This proposal will continue the one-cent sales tax for school improvements in our county. SPLOST has been approved three times since 1997, and it ensures that DeKalb students are provided the path to opportunity. On June 6 of this year, the Board of Education approved a five-year, $475 million project list that would be funded by SPLOST IV. Since its inception, SPLOST has provided $1.2 billion to benefit DeKalb County schools. We have seen 22 new school constructions, 22 major renovations and modifications, classroom technology improvements, and school bus replacements as a result of this extra revenue. SPLOST III is currently under budget, having used $385 million as of July 31 of an estimated $466 million. However, this current funding will end in June of 2012 and the DeKalb County School System has a $2.2 billion replacement and renovation need. With the average facility age at 49 years old, it is time for major renovations, replacements, and new constructions. If voters approve this referendum, school improvements will be funded by those who

SPLOST I 1997-2002 $415 million Built 10 new schools, constructed multi-purpose buildings at each elementary school location, and provided modifications to existing buildings. SPLOST II 2002-2007 $457 million Built 11 new schools and modifications/major renovations to 10 middle & high schools. SPLOST III 2007-2012 $385 million *under budget as of July 31 of estimated $466 million Replaced one high school, provided 12 major renovations and 140 minor renovations. SPLOST IV** 2012-2017 $475 million Will build seven new elementary school facilities, replace two high schools, and provide major renovations and additions to five locations. **Proposed

Ceo Ellis to address DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
Topics include 2011 Accomplishments and 2011 Challenges
In what has become a custom during his first term as Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County, Burrell Ellis will be the keynote speaker at the DeKalb Chamber’s year end luncheon slated for December 5 at Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center located at 495 North IndiBurrell Ellis an Creek Road in Clarkston. Ellis will highlight some of the current year’s accomplishments while discussing what lies ahead for the 2012 year. The DeKalb Chamber and CEO Ellis have formed a strong partnership over the past three years and his participation as the year end keynote speaker has further solidified that relationship. Tickets for the event are $35 in advance of the RSVP deadline for members and $40 afterwards. General admission is $45. For additional details on the event, interested parties may visit www.dekalbchamber.org.

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Callanwolde to hold holiday pottery sale
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will hold its annual holiday pottery sale Nov. 18-20 in its conservatory. Functional, decorative and sculptural one-of-a-kind ceramic works created by Callanwolde’s pottery program instructors and assistants will be available. There will be a preview reception Nov. 18, 7 - 9:30 p.m. and hours for Nov. 19 and 20 are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is located at 980 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta. For more information, call (404) 8725338 or visit www.callanwolde.org.

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Donner party. Groom is the author of 15 books, including Vicksburg LITHONIA 1863, 1942: The Year That Tried Men’s Souls and The Crimson Chess club to meet Tide: the Official Illustrated History of Alabama Football. The event is The Redan-Trotti Chess at 7:15 p.m. The Decatur Library Club meets on the first and third is located at 215 Sycamore Street, Tuesdays of each month. Those Decatur. intested in joining the group are asked to bring a board and chess pieces. The next meeting is High school to give Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6 - 8 p.m., and dinner for those in need is open to first 10 participants. To register, call (770) 482-3821 or As a community involvement visit the branch. The Redan-Trotti project, Columbia High School is Library is located at 1569 Wellborn having its fifth annual Thanksgiving Road, Lithonia. Dinner at the school on Saturday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. “We have an opportunity to make a double impact by being committed TUCKER to helping our community while feeding the hungry,” according to a statement from Columbia High TCA to collect for food School officials. Columbia High School is asking pantry the community for help to feed As its Give an Hour project more than 400 men, women and for November, the Tucker Civic children from various shelters around the metro area. In addition Association, in cooperation with NETWorks Cooperative Ministry (a individuals will receive clothes, joint project of 17 local churches) haircuts, toiletry items and health is collecting donations for the checks. Community members are ministry’s food pantry. Volunteers asked to donate such food items as hams, turkeys, and #10 cans of are asked to bring pop-top canned goods, microwavable food such as string beans and yams; blankets, coats, school supplies, and toiletry soup, noodles, mac and cheese, fruit cups and puddings that don’t items. Cash will also be accepted; need refrigeration, individually receipts will be given. For more wrapped snack crackers, granola information and to volunteer or bars, and the like Saturday, Nov. make donations, contact Shomari 12, 10 a.m. – noon, at the new Zachary at (404) 664-9761. Bring donations to 2106 Columbia Drive, NETWorks headquarters in the old Wachovia building at 4th and Decatur or call (678) 874-0802. Church streets. This food pantry is especially geared toward assisting homeless individuals Genealogy group to and families who do not have meet access to kitchen facilities. Those dropping off donations may tour The Wesley Chapel Genealogy the new headquarters. For more and Historical Research Group information, contact Evelyn meets the third Tuesday of each Burkett at district4@tuckercivic. month, 6:30-8 p.m. The next org. meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library is located at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 286-6980.

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he holds a Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University and was named by President Bill Clinton in 1997 as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. In 2000, he received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the event begins at 7 p.m. in Presser Hall.

Crocheting group meets monthly
Creative Expressions Crocheting, a group for adults who have an interest in crocheting, meets every second Saturday, except holidays 10 a.m. – noon, at the Covington Library. The next meeting is Nov. 12. Meetings are open to those who are beginning as well as those who have been crocheting for years. All experience levels are welcome. Participants are to bring their own supplies. Covington Library is located at 3500 Covington Highway, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 508-7180.

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November Soil and Water Conservation meeting announced
The DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District monthly meeting will be held on Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Clark Harrison Building, 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur. For additional information call (770) 761-3020.

Forrest Gump author to speak at library
Winston Groom, the popular Alabama author of Forrest Gump, will visit the Decatur Library Tuesday, Nov. 15, to discuss his new book, Kearny’s March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847. The book is about the expedition of Gen. Stephen Kearny, who led a group of 2,000 cavalrymen out of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1846 to confront the Mexican Army. By the time Kearny had completed his assignment a year later, the country has doubled in size and stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Groom tells this story with a seasoned novelist’s eye, showing how Kearny’s amazing mission got him entangled with everyone from Indians to gold miners, from Kit Carson to the

Former senator to speak at Agnes Scott
George McGovern, historian, author, former United States senator from South Dakota and the 1972 Democratic Party presidential nominee, will speak at Agnes Scott College Monday, Nov. 14. McGovern is the author of a new book, What It Means to be a Democrat, a short biography of Abraham Lincoln, as well as Grassroots: the Autobiography of George McGovern and The Essential America: Our Founders and the Liberal Tradition. A decorated World War II bomber pilot,

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took over as head coach nearly 30 years ago. Chadwick still runs the offense today and has won 85 percent of his game and two state titles. Tucker coach Franklin Stephens, a former assistant at runheavy Camden County in south Georgia, employs the Wildcats version of the wing-T. The Tigers averaged 299 yards in 2010 and 281 this season on the ground. Stephens, who led Tucker to its only state title in 2007 and is 58-6 in his fifth season at the school, has had success without a superstar running back in the past two years. No back has gained more than 600 yards this season for the Tigers but seven have combined to score a county-high 42 rushing touchdowns. “[Camden County coach Jeff] Herron used to say the offense allows you to take advantage of different looks,” Stephens said. “You can use receivers and the quarterback to run the ball, and you’ve still got your fullback and halfback. What we do is based on our talent level, and no doubt we’ve had talented kids come through here.” Dallas Rivers leads the Tigers

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by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com

What a rush: Teams find long-term success on the ground
1,568 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. “A lot of it depends on your personnel, and we’ve had a lot of good backs here at Stephenson,” Gartrell said. Stephenson graduates Kregg Lumpkin, who played at the University of Georgia, and Theron Dudley, are two of only five players in the county who amassed more than 4,000 yards rushing in a career. Lumpkin also is third all-time in single-season yardage with 2,088. The Jaguars’ are not alone in their ability to control a game on the ground. Lithonia, Southwest DeKalb, Tucker and Dunwoody each are averaging more than 250 yards rushing. The Wildcats have a long tradition of success on the ground and graduate Rod Perrymond claims the single-season, career and touchdown rushing records in the county. Marist and St. Pius, which run wishbone option offense, also average nearly 250 yards per game and are known as two of the state’s top rushing teams. Marist was running the wishbone when Alan Chadwick

Shotgun formations, no-huddle offenses, five receivers weaving their way through defensive backfields. The allure of the chance to score at will and put on a show for the fans has led more high school coaches in Georgia to adopt the spread offense. But it’s not for everybody. The identity of Georgia high school football through the years has been a hard-nosed running game. And there aren’t many places that consistently do it better than DeKalb County. “I’ve always believed in an aggressive, come-at-you type of offense,” said Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell. “As long as I’ve been coaching, we’ve been running.” And running well. The Jaguars (9-0) are on track to become only the fourth team in county history to average more than 300 yards rushing per game. The Jaguars, led by Florida commit Mike Davis, are averaging 312 yards through nine games. Davis leads the county with

(9-0) with 563 yards and 12 touchdowns. At Stephenson, although Davis is the feature back, Gartrell said his team would not be as successful without a solid group of complimentary backs. “T.J. Moon is a very competent back,” Gartrell said. “And Pernell Whitehead and Brandon Washington are complimentary backs who keep people honest. You’ve got to have a complimentary back to give defenses another look.” Moon, Whitehead and Washington combine for 11 of Stephenson’s 30 rushing touchdowns. While running the ball appears more conservative than passing, offenses like the wing-T, triple option and wishbone, combined with plenty of talented runners, is enough to keep defenses guessing. “We make sure it’s simplistic in nature because we’ve got to be able to be good at something,” Stephens said. We want to know what we want to do and be good at it. This kind of offense lends itself to the kind of kids and talent level we have coming though here.”

Basketball tournament to put national spotlight on county
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com DeKalb County basketball teams in recent years have been traveling across the country in search of top national competition and exposure. This season Columbia boys coach Phil McCrary has ensured that some of the top teams in the country will be coming to DeKalb County. In addition, some of the county’s top teams will get national exposure. Columbia will host the 18-team Converse Invitational Basketball Classic Dec. 26-30. The field includes six teams from outside Georgia, including Mississippi state champion Meridian, Alaska state champion West Anchorage and Alabama state champion Wenonah. Columbia, a two-time defending state champion, has won titles in four of the past six seasons. The Eagles will be joined by several other DeKalb teams with playoff pedigrees. Southwest DeKalb (Class AAAA Elite Eight), M.L. King (Class AAAAA semifinalist) and Chamblee made the state playoffs last season and Tucker was state champion in 2007. There are plenty of top Georgia teams from outside the county in the field as well. Buford advanced to the Class AA state finals; Butler lost in the AAA finals to Columbia; Eagle’s Landing lost to Columbia in the AAA semifinals; and Harrison made the state tournament field in Class AAAAA. Meadowcreek, South Gwinnett and Crisp County also are in the Converse field. Other out-of-state teams in the tournament are Christian Life Academy (Baton Rouge, La.), Norland (Miami) and Newton (Newton, Miss). “The tournament being held here speaks volumes for the state of DeKalb County basketball,” said McCrary. “I’m really excited about the direction of basketball and athletics in general in DeKalb County.” Columbia held a similar tournament in the 1990s but it could not sustain itself without a corporate sponsor. “I decided to take our team to tournaments to get Columbia and DeKalb County’s names out there while competing across the country,” said McCrary, who surpassed the 500-win milestone last season. Trips to places such as the Bahamas, Hawaii and Alaska helped McCrary build a rapport with corporate sponsors and discuss the possibility of bringing similar tournaments to DeKalb County. That rapport paid off with the sponsorship of the 2011 tournament. “I was able to sit down with Converse in Hawaii and they were excited about the possibility of sponsoring a tournament in DeKalb,” McCrary said. “We continued talks and I presented the plan to DeKalb Schools Associate Superintendent for Support Services Dr. Tim Freeman and Director of Athletics Ron Sebree, who agreed to let us put on the tournament.”

St. Pius sweeps 5-AAA cross country meet
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com St. Pius claimed the boys’ and girls’ team titles, and Austin Sprague won the individual boys title Oct. 29 at the Region 5-AAA cross country championships at Mercer University in Atlanta. Sprague won with a time of 16:46 and posted a 9-second victory over runner-up Zane Coburn of Grady. St. Pius had five runners place among the top 16 in the boys’ race. Druid Hills had two top-10 finishers and Stone Mountain placed one runner in the top 10 in the boys’ race. In the girls’ race, St. Pius claimed second through fifth to win the team title by 27 points over second place Woodward Academy. Devon Dabney was the fastest runner for St. Pius with a time of 21:37. Girls Team standings: St. Pius 23, Woodward Academy 50, Grady 80, Riverwood 113, Druid Hills 113. Top DeKalb finishers: 2. Devon Dabney, St. Pius, 21:37; 3. Tessa Schwarze, St. Pius, 21:52; 4. Elizabeth Pettit, St. Pius, 21:56; 5. Emily Thurston, St. Pius, 22:00; 8. Kelsey Sullivan, Druid Hills, 22:09; 9. Sarah Fristoe, St. Pius, 22:12; 10. Katy Gilbert, St. Pius, 22:13. Boys Team standings: St. Pius 46, Woodward Academy 61, Riverwood 70, Druid Hills 90. Top DeKalb finishers: 1. Austin Sprague, St. Pius, 16:46; 3. Calvin Tirrell, St. Pius, 17:05; 4. Andrew Whetten, Druid Hills, 17:18; 7. Ray Lumb, Druid Hills, 17:34; 8. Abel Abay, Stone Mountain, 17:34; 11. Andrew Anastasiades, St. Pius, 17:40.

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DeKalb High School Sports Highlights

Southwest DeKalb’s Malik Wright (28), left photo, breaks a long run as Miller Grove’s Malik McRee (33) gives chase while the Panthers’ William Goodwin (2), right photo, celebrates his second touchdown catch in a 25-0 win. Miller Grove’s Chris Starks (1), middle photo, makes a leaping catch between two Southwest defenders. Photos by Travis Hudgons

FOOTBALL
Marist 24, Mays 0: Myles Willis rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns as the War Eagles (8-1 overall and in Region 6-AAAA) locked up the No. 2 seed from the region. Marist amassed 398 yards rushing as Jason Morris added 78 yards and a touchdown. Eight players had positive yardage for the War Eagles. Mays (7-2) is tied with Southwest DeKalb for third place in the region. The War Eagles’ defense was dominant, recording its second shutout of the season and holding the opposition to six points or less for the seventh time. Jack Burke had nine tackles and caused a fumble to lead the defense. Bobby Scott had seven tackles. The War Eagles end the regular season Nov. 4 against Redan. Tucker 50, Lithonia 7: Five players rushed for touchdowns as the Tigers (9-0 overall and in Region 6-AAAA) scored six touchdowns and gained 373 yards on the ground. Jordan Landry had 81 yards and two touchdowns, and Brendan Hooker led with 91 yards and a score. Yusuf Minor also scored twice—on a 16yard run and on a 43-yard pass from Juwaan Williams. Dallas Rivers and Devin Towns each rushed for one score. The Tigers end the regular season Nov. 4 against Lakeside.

St. Pius 7, Washington 0: The win earned the Golden Lions a berth in the Nov. 4 Region 5-AAA championship game against Woodward Academy. Ryan Braswell ran for a touchdown in the second quarter for the Golden Lions, who were held to a seasonlow 191 yards total offense, all on the ground. Washington rushed for 205 yards and held possession nine minutes longer than St. Pius. The Golden Lions stopped Washington inside the St. Pius 10-yard line in the final minutes to preserve the victory. Joseph Crochet led the defense with 16 tackles, while Michael Healy and Jacob Hambrick each had 10. Stephenson 35, Newnan 13: Mike Davis and T.J. Moon each rushed for two touchdowns for the Jaguars (9-0, 6-0 in Region 2-AAAAA). Davis gained 240 yards while Moon added 105 as the Jaguars totaled 370 yards rushing. The Jaguars trailed 13-7 before a 71-yard touchdown run by Davis in the second quarter sparked 28 straight points. Justin Holman scored on a 1-yard run for the Jaguars, who face M.L. King on Nov. 4 in a game that will decide the region champion. M.L. King 20, East Coweta 7: The Lions defense forced five turnovers and held East Coweta to 171 yards total offense. Carlos Garrett led

Woodward Academy 21, Columbia 20: The Eagles led 20-6 but Woodward CROSS COUNTRY scored the winning touchdown midway through the Region 6-AA Championfourth quarter. Kenno Loyal ship, at Buford rushed for 305 yards and Joey Ronca qualified for three touchdowns on 26 car- the Class AA meet by placries to lead the Eagles (5-4, ing second in the region 4-2 in Region 5-AAA, Divi- meet Oct. 27 with a time of Southwest DeKalb 25, Mill- sion B). Woodward was held 17:08.81, less than a halfer Grove 0: Toran Davis to 30 yards rushing in the second behind the region threw three touchdown pass- first half but gained more champion. Leiso Tumbo, the es for the Panthers (7-2 over- than 200 yards in the final only other DeKalb runner in all and in Region 6-AAAA). two quarters. Eagles’ coach the top 30, finished at No. William Goodwin caught Mario Allen said school of23 in 18:38.83. In the girls’ two touchdown passes and ficials sent game film and a meet, Decatur runners Wren Justin Mincy caught one. formal letter to the Georgia Ballou (22:28.78) and MadAlso, Jalen French returned High School Association elyn Carlson (22:30.63) an interception 35 yards for concerning the officiating placed 24th and 25th, respeca score. The Panthers end the in the game. The Eagles tively. regular season Nov. 4 against were flagged for 11 first-half Lithonia. penalties while Woodward Region 2-AAAAA Champihad no penalties. Allen said onship, at Luella Dunwoody: 39, Chamblee Loyal had an additional 170 Jessica McCall of Stephen6: Joseph Farrar and Teyards rushing that was nulson was the top county runmyrick Mosley each rushed lified due to penalties. Also, ner in the girls’ meet Oct. for more than 100 yards for Allen said he was encour29, finishing at No. 23 with the Wildcats (5-4 overall and aged by coaches from other a time of 25:48.34. De’Aires in Region 6-AAAA). Farschools who attended the Tate was the top boys’ counrar had 134 yards and three game to contact the GHSSA. ty runner, placing 32nd in touchdowns on seven carries The Eagles face Grady on 20:49.18. while Mosley added 106 yards and a score on 10 carMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK ries. The Wildcats, who led William Goodwin, Southwest DeKalb (football): The senior caught 32-0 at halftime, gained 330 six passes, including two for touchdowns, and had seven tackles, yards rushing. Nick Wilincluding four sacks as the Panthers secured the fourth seed in lis led the defense with 11 Region 6-AAAA in a 25-0 win over Miller Grove on Oct. 29. tackles, Jake Hudgins had six and Justin King had FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK five and caused a fumble. Devon Dabney, St. Pius (cross country): Dabney finished second in Also, Dazel Clator rethe Region 5-AAA meet at Mercer University in Atlanta with a time turned an interception 20 of 21:37 to help the Golden Lions win the girls’ team championship. yards for a touchdown. The

the defense with 11 tackles and a sack while Ernest Echols had six tackles and a sack. Also, Wesley Greene returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown. Jonquel Dawson passed for 111 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions (9-0, 6-0 in Region 2-AAAAA), who play Stephenson on Nov. 4 for the region championship.

Wildcats end the season Nov. 3 at Douglass.

Nov. 4 with the winner advancing to the AAA state tournament.

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NEXT LEVEL
Each week The Champion spotlights former high school players from the county who are succeeding in athletics on the college level. Josh Jarboe, Arkansas State (football): The wide receiver from Cedar Grove had a team-high seven catches for 96 yards in the RedWolves 37-14 win over North Texas on Oct. 29. Jarboe has 39 catches for 525 yards and two touchdowns this season. Anja Djumisic, Charleston Southern (soccer): The senior from Lakeside was one of five players honored Oct. 29 on Senior Day. She has started all 18 games for the Buccaneers this season and is one of the team’s top defensive central midfielders. Brandon Jones, Georgia State (football): The senior defensive back from Southwest DeKalb made six tackles, including one for loss, in the Panthers 17-14 overtime loss to Texas-San Antonio on Oct. 29. Jones has 24 total tackles this season.

Stephenson’s Khalil Ladler (2) leads the pack on a 74-yard run to set up a touchdown in the Jaguars’ semifinal win over Cedar Grove. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Playing both sides of the ball, Stephenson’s Khalil Ladler (with ball) helps defends a play and snags an interception.

The 2011 DeKalb County Middle School Football Trail to the Title championship game is set for 10 a.m. at Hallford Stadium on Saturday (Nov. 5) with the Stephenson Jaguars (8-0) taking on the Bethune Lions (8-0).
Cedar Grove’s Earl Russell (23) makes an acrobatic leap for this interception.

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