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Coaches push football programs to new levels of success

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HYIS SHE HAPPY ?
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One man is in search of his first high school football state championship while the other is attempting to earn his second. One man has kept alive his team’s winning tradition while the other has generated success not seen in decades. Head football coach Franklin Stephens led Tucker High School to its first state championship in 2008 and has won more games than any other coach in the county during the first five years on the job. Stephens has won 60 games since taking over in 2007. Legendary Lakeside coach Wayman Creel won 56 games in his first five years at the school and Stephens’ predecessor, Bill Ballard, won 53 games in five seasons at Tucker. St. Pius head football coach Paul Standard has nurtured the program back to its glory days under legendary coach George Maloof, who led the Golden Lions from 1958-83. Standard has led St. Pius to the playoffs eight times in his 11 seasons. In the 17 seasons between Maloof and Standard, the Golden Lions had only three winning seasons in football and qualified for the state playoffs once. Tucker and St. Pius have ad-

Photo by David Sibley Tucker, under coach Franlin Stephens, above, and St. Pius, led by coach Paul Standard, won their firs-round games in the Georgia High School Association state playoffs.

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WHYIS SHE SO HAPPY Longtime advocate of restorative justice recognized ?
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for her work with incarcerated women
by Nigel Roberts ur nation’s incarceration and recidivism rates are alarmingly high and show no signs of abating, said Elizabeth M. Bounds. With nearly 30 years of prison Bounds ministries experience, Bounds believes passionately that people can reform and has advocated for restorative justice. Her advocacy, though, goes

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beyond article writing and awarded Bounds its 2011 Distin“pleasantly surprised” that she speech making. The Emory guished Alumna Award last month. won. University Christian ethics The award recognizes alumni Candler’s Dean Jan Love said, professor has been teaching who distinguish themselves in the “This award is well-deserved reca range of theology courses church, academy and society. ognition of the outstanding work to incarcerated women at the The award announcement Liz has done to enrich the field of recently closed Metro State stated: “Dr. Bounds is one of the social ethics and improve the lives Prison in unincorporated most important voices in Christian of prisoners.” DeKalb. And she has collab- social ethics in academia and the According to the National orated with the Rev. Susan church today. Her trenchant social Institute of Justice—the research, Bishop, a Chandler Theoethical analysis connects issues of development and evaluation logical Seminary alum and Because shechaplain,news updates online from the The Champion. Because she gets her news updatesU.S. from the The Champion. gets her to develop a race, gender, class and sexuality to agency of the online Department of prison she gets her news updatescontemporary issues.” Justice—restorative justice focuses Because online from the The Champion. Certificate for Theological Studies A modest Bounds, who earned you can too! Follow us. And on restoring the harm crime does for inmates. a master’s and doctorate from In recognition of her work, the seminary, was unaware that www.facebook.com/championnewspaper See Advocate on Page 15A Union Theological Seminary she had been nominated and was www.twitter.com/championnews

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First-ever mixed use development in south DeKalb breaks ground
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com A new mixed-use development in south DeKalb hopes to be a catalyst in revitalizing an area off Covington Highway that city officials say has been long in need of increased services. Panola Slope, a development consisting of 22 brownstones and 15 retail locations on the ground floor, is slated to open in the spring and will be the first of its kind in the area. “South DeKalb isn’t really enjoying the same amenities that they are enjoying in the Perimeter and Lenox areas. So, this being the first site where residents and retail can cohabitate, I think it’s going to be a real important statement for our area,” Vaughn Irons, CEO of neghborhood revitalization firm APD Solutions, said. “It’s semi-built because it was foreclosed on before it was finished,” Irons said of the complex. “It was owned by three different banks, which prevented it from really being able to come back into commerce. We were able to negotiate with all three banks, put it under one ownership, and work with the county to establish a new vision for Covington Highway.” At a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 11, Irons told the crowd that to flourish the neighborhood would need community support. Irons and his staff then handed out cards for a time capsule, asking that each resident present write down what he or she hopes for the community in the future. “In exactly 11 years on Nov. 11, 2022, we will come back to this thriving site and this thriving community and we will open that time capsule and we will see what you all had to tell them,” Irons said. The capsule was later buried at the top of a staircase by the main building and covered with bricks. DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May said that he was glad to see the complex, which has sat vacant for the past three years, finally being put to use. “The reality is, people are sometimes scared to bring some projects to this part of the county; they feel it’s too risky,” May said. “This corridor is in need of development and revitalization.” Irons said that Panola Slope recently signed its first retail establishment, a specialty bakery and sandwich shop, and there are several other contracts in the works including a white-linen Italian restaurant. When the establishment was first built, Irons said the housing units were listed at $449,000 but now they range from $199 to $244,000. He also said that there is down payment assistance available from the county and other assistance APD will provide for those interested in the homes. Leonardo McClarty, president of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, echoed both May and Irons and said he hoped the complex would kick off a string of similar developments in the area. “I think Vaughn said it all in that it would be a catalyst for future development,” McClarty said. “At the end of the day, regardless of background and ethnicity, people want to have the same thing—they want to have services and quality development in their community.”
Panola Slope, located off Covington Highway, will be the first mixed-use development ever built in south DeKalb. Photos by by Daniel Beauregard

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Lost causes can win
The Occupy movement relies on people power, which has triumphed in Poland and elsewhere.
By Tim Butterworth general strikes were Solidarity’s most common action. A total It’s a David and Goliath work stoppage, even for just 15 struggle. The Occupiers’ tents are minutes in the middle of a day, dwarfed by the skyscrapers of with traffic halted at each interthe financiers. The Masters of the section, sends a strong message. Universe control huge political Solidarity was a federation budgets — the Chamber of Com- of regional groups. When the aumerce alone spent $276 million thorities arrested one leader, the to give Republicans a majority organization could go on. It was in the House of Representatives built on labor unions but won after the 2010 elections — while broad international support, from Occupiers survive on donated our AFL-CIO to Ronald Reagan, pizzas. the Pope, and, secretly, our CIA. When protesters gather in In Lech Walesa, a charisfront of the Chamber’s headmatic shipyard electrician with a quarters and chant, “this is what big mustache, the movement had Democracy looks like,” it’s hard a blue-collar leader of rock-star to escape the ironic truth that status. He stood firm in negotiaAmerica’s democracy does look tions and was arrested several like downtrodden citizens clamtimes. He won the Nobel Peace oring outside the fortresses of Prize, and as a final victory was power while the 1 percent push elected Poland’s president. through laws that are crushing the Creative resistance flourished, nation’s middle class. particularly after martial law People power can triumph, drove Solidarity underground. however. Consider our Civil New verses were written to old Rights Movement, South Afrisongs. Lights in student dorm cans’ overthrow of Apartheid, rooms spelled messages. Instead the Egyptian uprising that ousted of listening to the government’s Mubarak. Plus, David did beat propaganda-filled news, whole Goliath. towns would take an evening Perhaps the best model for a stroll. A stolen mortar showered nonviolent mass revolution in the leaflets over downtown shoppers. United States today is Poland’s On top of all that, Solidarity Solidarity campaign. had a striking red logo, which The Soviet Union was no gained world recognition. Depushover. The 50-year Cold War signed by two brothers in the seccost the United States $8 trillion ond week of the demonstrations, in an ever-escalating arms race, its capital “S” pushes the other and thousands of lives were lost roughly drawn letters into a movin proxy wars. Then, from about ing crowd, while one leg of an 1980 to 1990, the unarmed Pol“N” becomes a streaming Polish ish Solidarity movement forced a flag. cascade of liberation that helped Can Solidarity’s magic fortopple the entire Eastern Bloc. mula work for the Occupy moveHow did they do it? ment? The actual occupiers are a First, Solidarity put together small group now, but they have a an alliance of previously existing “we happy few, we band of brothgroups, so it grew rapidly. Within ers” spirit about them, and wide 500 days, Solidarity gained 9 popular support. million members, a full third of While resisting outside influthe working-age population of ence, they’re starting to make Poland. By the end of the decade, alliances with unions and other when they could run in elections, mainstream organizations. More they won 99 percent of the legis- and more communities are joinlative seats. ing this movement, which may Solidarity was nonviolent. prove pivotal. The movement never gave MosJust imagine what might hapcow an excuse to send in its pen if they get a really awesome tanks. Warsaw declared martial logo. law in 1981, arresting the leadership. Nine protesters were killed. Tim Butterworth, an Institute A 1982 sweep arrested 10,000 for Policy Studies associate felactivists, and the defiant priest low, is a former teacher, union Jerzy Popiełuszko was murdered negotiator and New Hampshire in 1984 by Polish intelligence state representative. www.ips-dc. agents, but the peaceful moveorg Distributed via OtherWords ment didn’t lead to civil war. (OtherWords.org) Mass demonstrations and

The Champion Free Press, Friday, November 18, 2011

By William A. Collins

ready own 35 percent of the nation’s wealth, take home 18 percent of its We’ve fought hard, ‘Gainst forincome, and possess 43 percent of its eign foes; It’s our own rich, Who stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. On cause our woes. the other hand, since greed has no Between 1979 and 2007, the known upper limits, I suppose they after-tax household income of could keep right on hoarding, but afAmerica’s most affluent 1 percent ter a while you just get kind of bored. ballooned by 275 percent, while the That leaves serious class combat bottom 20 percent’s income inched in the hands of the next 4 percent. up just 18 percent. The top 1 percent They only own 29 percent of our now owns more than an entire third financial assets and would dearly of the nation’s wealth, which is more love to move up. Consequently they than the combined wealth of the bot- invest generously in the Republican tom 90 percent. Party and lobby with vigor against From these sad facts you might any tax increases that might slow correctly deduce that America’s their advance. It must cause a lot of “Class War” is nearly over. The rich stress. are now just mopping up. They reOne problem this next 4 percent cently tied up a few loose ends when faces is that there is only so much Congress finally passed those longwealth and income to go around. In stalled, job-killing “free trade” agree- their race to the top they can only ments with Colombia, South Korea, get so far by beggaring their peers. and Panama. Now if they can just That’s where you and I, the middle privatize Social Security and Mediclass, come in. With sufficient decare, the whole conflict will be over. regulation and greasing of political I mean, how much more can our palms, they can also beggar us. That richest 1 percent covet? They alis also “class warfare.”

The class war is so over
This war got itself organized in the 1970s when American income equality reached its zenith. Since then, Big Wealth’s big guns have been decimating labor rights and domestic manufacturing. Middleclass jobs have been exported like so many cargo containers, and jobs of every stripe have been replaced by technology. But no system has yet been provided to support the resulting unemployed. (The French, by contrast, deploy a shortened work week and long vacations to spread out the jobs.) You may have noticed the collateral damage. While CEO and Wall Street pay have soared, median family income, employment and home ownership have all either flatlined or plummeted. College loans and mortgages alike are in default, along with Gross Domestic Spirit. Meanwhile the wealthy are taking a victory lap. New taxes are “off the table” in Congress, and rampant unemployment holds wages down at poverty

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levels. Indeed, many businesses no longer want regular employees at all. Their part-timers and temps are badly paid and don’t get benefits. For many companies, the devastation wrought by class warfare has been a great boon. Banks are riding the gravy train, firms that can shift operations overseas have it made, energy companies reap fat subsidies, and the military-industrial complex soars above the fray. Thus, it’s no surprise that many of those wounded by this economic conquest would take to camping out in public places. Politics has failed them, as have cherished American principles of equality. Tents and tarps are about all that is left. OtherWords columnist William A. Collins is a former state representative, a former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut, and a member of Veterans For Peace’s national board. otherwords.org

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The OMG Congress
With unemployment topping 9 percent, the European economy sliding toward an abyss, and Lindsey Lohan posing nude for Playboy, Congress took time out to "reaffirm" In God We Trust as our official national motto.
lives it is capriciousness. “The quintessential act of God is the tornado. It comes swooping down, destroying one man’s home, leaving his neighbor’s untouched. It tears off the wall of a house without disturbing the –– furniture. “That’s life. There may be a divine pattern to it, I suppose, but it’s difficult to discern while reaping the whirlwind. The following comments are pulled straight from our website and are not “Some would argue that it matters edited for content or grammar. not only whether you trust in God, but in which God you trust. There are as many Gods as there are religions and Developers unveil plans for North Decatur most of them argue for an exclusive franchise. But look at yesterday’s paWalmart per–people all over the world were getting it in the neck, regardless of race, Wal Mart is unique in that it has the money to do a deal like this. A new creed, or religion–and often because of Wal-Mart will take business from other local stores . No other business has those two unique attributes . What normal business man would invest in race, creed, or religion…. DeKalb County. “What makes God such an unlikely candidate for trust, it seems to me, is I read in the AJC this morning that the financing for a new Brookhaven City His sense of humor. He’s always playlooks positive. The County will lose more tax money. I am sure that they ing jokes. are preparing by adding more CEO and BOC staff and raising their salaries. “Typically he’ll end a drought with a series of floods. He’ll give people an DKC is a tragic comedy in action. It should be put out of its misery by earthquake, then follow it with a tsudeclaring bankruptcy and getting some real managers nami. “Trustworthy is the last adjective – Dundevil posted this on 11/11/11 at 5:07 p.m. I would apply to God. Awesome, yes. . Majestic, certainly. Mysterious, mystiI have been told Walmart is one of the only companies that can put fying, unknowable: all of those things. together enough cash to make this size deal in the present lending climate. “Trust is the gift we offer God in So status quo for Suburban without Walmart in the picture. Although we hopes that He will accept it and send think of our area supporting the’little man,’ (listen to the Alan Jackson the next tornado down the middle of the song on this subject on what happened to his town of Newnan) Walmart is road instead of the middle of our kitchobviously supported by many. en. It seems to work for some people, At least Walmart doesn’t sell alchohol by the glass yet. We can have more not for others.” pubs in the surrouning vacated store spaces for miles. Who wrote that? Me. I wrote it 30 years ago and nothing – Stephen posted this on 11/10/11 at 6:55 p.m that’s happened since then has changed my opinion. At rock bottom, this is my belief: DeKalb has new economic development team We don’t need politicians who trumpet their belief in God in an effort to conleader vince us to vote for them. They lie a lot. We need politicians who believe in Business friendly environment ??? I moved my business out of DeKalb. arithmetic and the scientific method, The county administration was impossible to deal with, from business people smart enough to figure out the licensing to inspections. Definitely not using any common sense in making answers to the problems all those bethe approvals process go smoothly - just putting up obstacles. This was a business that could have employed high wage workers and provided lievers that came before them have left meaningful paid internship opportunities for high school students; yet, the us with. county was the epitome of bureaucracy. I went elsewhere. Amen. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul – Thomas posted this on 11/13/11 at 1:09 a.m. lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. otherwords.org Whatley needs to devise some sort of time line or make his administration
very transparent for the citizens of Dekalb to see what advances he is making, worth his salary of $167,00.00. Otherwise I’m sure he is just a buddy of a buddy who got handed the job to collect a pay check. Another 1%.

You can tell politicians are getting nervous. They’re playing the “In God We Trust” card again. You’d think that card’s all but worn out–Congress did, after all, make the slogan the nation’s official motto in 1956–but no, something more seems to be required. With unemployment topping 9 percent, the European economy sliding toward an abyss, and Lindsey Lohan posing nude for Playboy, our lawmakers took time out to “reaffirm” “In God We Trust” as our official national motto. The House of Representatives voted 396 to 9, with two Profiles in Courage voting “present.” This from a body that couldn’t come to agreement on a matter as clear-cut as raising the debt ceiling–something Congress was legally obligated to do– without a torturous will-we-won’t-we negotiation. Well, we finally got bipartisan agreement on an issue. Politicians of both parties are bipartisanly terrified of the electorate. One of my favorite writers has written more than once on the subject of “In God We Trust” as a national motto. Here’s what he had to say: “I have always had grave reservations about the concept of trusting in God. I’ve never understood just what it is people trust Him to do. “Do we trust Him to make the righteous prosper and the unworthy suffer? Oh, a few old-fashioned Calvinists still believe that I suppose, but you’d have a hard time documenting the trend. One’s personal experience is filled to the brim with examples of scoundrels who live richly in the full sunlight of society’s admiration and of noble, honest folk for whom life is just one damn thing after another. “Do we trust God to enforce some larger system of order on our miserable lives? Not if, by order, we mean something we can understand. If there is a hallmark to God’s interventions in our

– Boutros posted this on 11/9/11 at 2:52 p.m.

The Champion Free Press, Friday November 18, 2011

Lithonia man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

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A Lithonia man who is a former deputy in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to drug trafficking charges. Marvie Trevino Dingle Jr., 34, of Lithonia, pleaded guilty in federal district court in Atlanta to attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine and to accepting bribes of more than $2,000 to facilitate the distribution of cocaine inside and outside the Fulton County Jail, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Patrick Crosby. According to information presented in court, Dingle, while employed as a deputy sheriff at the Fulton County Jail, accepted $700 on March 21 from an undercover agent to deliver seven grams of a substance he believed to be cocaine to an inmate inside the jail. On April 22, Dingle accepted $1,500 from an undercover agent to assist in delivering a kilogram of a substance he believed to be cocaine to a man in the Dunwoody area. Dingle could receive a maximum sentence of 70 years in prison and a fine of up to $6 million for the drug offenses, and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the extortion charges.

personal use. She purchased a blue ray DVD player, 50-inch plasma TV, iPod and more,” said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James. “She lined her pockets with money that wasn’t hers. She broke the law and now she is paying the price.” A school system audit revealed Benton’s financial transactions and illegal use of school funds. Benton was ordered by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gail Flake to report to the DeKalb County jail on Dec. 4, to begin serving her six months in custody.

Jesse Briggins
on Sunday mornings. “I love to be around them,” Briggins said. “I serve them food. And they don’t see me eat, but I do.” Born in Alabama, Briggins has lived in Georgia for approximately 18 years. Briggins and his wife Gladys live off of Covington Highway with one of their three daughters. The couple also has four sons. How long does Briggins plan to volunteer? “As long as God gives me strength,” Briggins said. “I enjoy doing it. One day, I’m going to get old.” A triple bypass heart surgery earlier this year only temporarily slowed him down. “I had a heart attack and I came back,” Briggins said. “I’m as strong as I want to be.” Briggins said he enjoys volunteering at the church because “it’s like a family.” “Everybody knows me there,” Briggins said. “I love to be around people. I like to do things for them.”

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Solicitor general hires community prosecutor
Sonja N. Brown has been hired as a full-time community prosecutor in the DeKalb County solicitor general’s office, according to spokesman Jason Warner. Previously, Brown served as a chief senior assistant district attorney with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, where she was most recently assigned to the Crimes against Women and Children unit (CAWAC). She also served as the director of Victim Services. In those capacities, she Brown developed policies, programs and procedures needed to ensure access to victim services; and supervised the Child Support Enforcement Unit, the Victim Witness Assistance and the volunteer programs.

Man indicted for attempted killing of police officer
Michael Hughey was indicted earlier this month in connection with the shooting of a DeKalb County police officer. Hughey, 37, is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Officer Deron Fulton, 24, was shot by Hughey during an exchange of gunfire following a routine traffic stop, according to District Attorney spokesman Erik Burton. Hughey, who is in the DeKalb County Jail, faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted, Burton said.

District attorney named to ‘40 Under 40’ list
DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James recently was named to the “40 Under 40” list by the National Law Journal. Each year the journal highlights accomplishments of 40 top minority lawyers 40 years old and younger. “I am honored to be recognized with this distinguished group of young professionals selected by the National Law Journal,” said James. “I am inspired every day I wake up to continue to make a difference for the people I serve in DeKalb County. I made a pledge when I took office in 2007 to ensure that justice is served in our community and I look forward to upholding that promise as DeKalb’s D.A.”

School bookkeeper sentenced to six months in jail
A former DeKalb County high school employee pleaded guilty to theft by taking Nov. 3 in DeKalb County Superior Court. Shirlene Benton, a former bookkeeper at Stephenson High School, agreed to a 10-year sentence. Benton will serve six months in jail and the balance on probation. She must pay more than $12,000 in restitution as a condition of her sentence, according to District Attorney spokesman Erik Burton. “Benton used taxpayers dollars for her

For at least three years, Lithonia resident Jesse Briggins has been volunteering with the seniors at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Ellenwood. “I take the seniors out to eat and I take them to the gardens,” said Briggins, who is a volunteer van driver for the church. “Any kind of place they want to go, I take them. “Anything they ask me to do, I’m right there,” said Briggins, who is 71 years old. “I’m not working anywhere, so I can go.” When the seniors meet on Thursdays at the church for Bible study, lunch and various outings, Briggins is there. In the past, he has also taken parishioners to church

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Study says proposed city of Brookhaven would work
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com A study released Nov. 7 shows that a proposed city of Brookhaven would be possible financially and residents would receive more services for the same tax dollars they’re currently paying DeKalb County. The feasibility study, performed by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute, was paid for by Citizens for North DeKalb, a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of residents, to explore Brookhaven’s municipal options. “The feasibility study was a community effort and we depended on private donors from all sides,” Linley Jones, a spokeswoman for Citizens for North DeKalb, said. “The feasibility study cost $27,000 and our further mission is to disseminate that information.” Jones said the group is continuing to raise money to distribute the results of the study to residents, but once they feel they have educated as many people as possible about Brookhaven’s options the group will disband. “We are not a political organization and do not advocate a political position,” Jones said. “Anything that happens from this point forward would be the role of our legislators and our residents.” According to the study, Brookhaven would have approximately $28.5 million estimated annual revenue and annual expenditures of approximately $25.1 million, leaving it with a $3.4 million surplus. Rep. Mike Jacobs (RAtlanta) was instrumental in drawing the boundaries of the proposed city and presented a bill earlier in the year to the Georgia General Assembly that paved the way for an eventual cityhood vote in 2012. Jacobs said the study shows if Brookhaven became a city it would be able to cap its millage rate for municipal services at the same level of 6.39 mills that it is currently being charged by DeKalb County. “We have collected some info about how many police patrols DeKalb is putting on the ground in the forefront of the proposed city, and we know that the peer cities selected for the study are doing more than that,” Jacobs said. Jacobs said if Brookhaven residents voted in favor of a city, the projected $3.4 million surplus could be used for a property tax rollback much like what happened when Dunwoody became a city. “Ultimately that’s a decision for a city council to make but I would surmise that there would be some sort of semblance of a property tax rollback. That’s what happened in Dunwoody. Brookhaven could be the second city to make that happen,” Jacobs said. However, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said that there needs to be better rules in the state legislature before the county continued to create new cities that “borrow revenue from one place to another.” “If our [residents] want an added layer of governance, that’s not necessarily a bad idea, but it shouldn’t be done in a way that is divisive,” Ellis said. “I would hope that we could go to our legislature and let them put some better rules in place. We’ll work with them to do that before we continue incorporating new areas.” Recently, DeKalb County officials asked the general assembly to table any cityhood votes for a year until more research could be done on how a city of Brookhaven would affect the county. However, Jacobs said that was unlikely. “I doubt that proposal will get any traction in the General Assembly,” Jacobs said. The study defines the city as being 12.02 square miles, with boundaries of

A map of the proposed city of Brookhaven. The boundaries will stretch from the Fulton County line to the west, the city of Dunwoody to the north, the city of Chamblee to the east, and to the south, a portion of I-85.

the Fulton County line to the west, the city of Dunwoody to the north, the city of Chamblee to the east, and to the south, a portion of I-85. Rep. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) also serves residents in the Brookhaven area who have expressed concerns about the way the boundaries of the proposed city have been drawn. “I represent people that are outside the boundaries that are concerned about it and some of them are in a pretty isolated strip,” Parent

said. According to Parent, the proposed city would leave several neighborhoods east of Clairmont Road and off Buford Highway in an isolated area of unincorporated DeKalb. “I do see a lot of benefits and it gives people a little more control over their local area because the county is very big…I don’t know if forming a new city is the way to handle that problem, but if people are concerned it might make more sense to annex,” Parent said.

Jacobs is hosting the second of two town hall meetings Nov. 17 to talk to residents and stakeholders about the study. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Montgomery Elementary School on Ashford Dunwoody Road. “I anticipate there will be further discussion about the boundaries as we move forward, and I’m open to talking with neighborhoods in the area, the city of Chamblee and even the county,” Jacobs said.

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County may seek loan for better cash flow in January
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com ty’s CEO present requests for tax anticipation notes at the beginning of each Tax anticipation notes, year until the county’s cash short-term reserves are government built up. loans based Because on projected tax revenue revenue for DeKalb from taxes, comes in may become two lump a norm to sums late aid DeKalb in the year, May Ellis County’s cash DeKalb in flow. the past has relied on its “We acknowledge that cash reserves to cover its the need for tax anticipation bills. Decreasing property notes have become more of tax revenue due to the econa necessity than just kind omy has eroded those reof a desire,” said Commisserves and for the past three sioner Lee May, who chairs years the county has ended the Board of Commissionthe year with negative fund ers’ finance committee. balances, according to “We want to make sure county finance director Joel that we have sufficient cash Gottlieb. reserves in each tax fund as “The first three quarters needed,” May said at a Nov. of the year we have less 8 meeting during which the than what we need,” Gotcommissioners approved tlieb said. “When we have a resolution detailing their larger reserves, that is not a 2012 budget priorities. problem.” In the resolution the Gottlieb said the county Newspaper Ads.2_The Champion board asked that the coun-- GA 10/18/11 be able to close the should 10:31 AM Page 1 current fiscal year with money in the bank. “The actions taken by the county [and] by the Board of Commissioners in 2011 have sufficiently raised revenues for the operations of the county to finish off the year with a positive balance,” Gottlieb said. The county administration plans to seek a tax anticipation note in January, Gottlieb said. In addition to the early use of a tax anticipation note, the county wants the CEO to “structure payments to agencies that are being subsidized to be paid only after property taxes come in, so the county does not take out loans on behalf of other agencies,” according to the resolution. CEO Burrell Ellis is required to present his proposed budget to the Board of Commissioners by Dec. 15 for approval. And with that submission, the board also wants a five-year budget forecast so it can better plan for the county’s financial future. “So many times we [the commission and the CEO] over the decades have just operated in a vacuum,” May said. Three of the 15 categories in the budget resolution deal with employee health benefits, pensions and retiree health care. These categories are “becoming an overwhelming share of our budget each year,” May said. “We really are just talking about more opportunities for flexibility and the hope is that we will realize a cost savings over years.” In its resolution, the board asks that the CEO include with his proposed budget several items including estimated beginning and ending fund balances for each tax fund, complete listing of full-time positions and proposed positions for 2012, and estimated tax levies. These are “internal processes that will hopefully allow this board to get a better and quicker grasp of the CEO’s proposal,” May said. “When we get the budget on Dec. 15, it takes us a second to really grasp everything that’s in it.”

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Canine veteran hired to help district attorney’s office
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office has a new employee who finished a tour of duty in Afghanistan and is eager to settle into a new position as Assistant District Attorney Jason Beato’s right-hand man. Andy, who returned in early May, has extensive knowledge in explosive detection and was stationed at Ft. Bragg before deploying with 12 soldiers, including Beato, to the mountainous, war-torn country for nine months. “For all practical purposes he is a team member— he just can’t talk and that’s about it—and he sheds a lot more,” said Beato. That’s because Andy is a five-year-old Belgian Malinois. Andy’s primary handler was wounded after leaving Afghanistan and the dog was put up for adoption shortly after. Beato said when he and the other soliders in his unit heard the dog was up for adoption it was almost a race among them to see who could get him first. Beato has been a prosecutor since 1998 and in 2005 he joined the U.S. Army. Beato then came to the DeKalb County district attorney’s office in 2009. “It turned out that none of my other teammates were able to get him in a quick fashion,” Beato said. “It’s been about two weeks since he has been here.” Beato said Andy’s duties in Afghanistan consisted primarily of explosive detection and searching for improvised explosive devices. His other skills include tracking and searching buildings and vehicles. “We didn’t do a lot of roadwork; a lot of the searches were in buildings,” Beato said. “He has a specific vest that he wears that has handles on it so you can pick him up if you need to and throw him over a wall or get him through a window.” Beato said Andy’s presence was like having another set of eyes and ears on patrol that were much keener and sharper. “I can’t say one thing negative about him serving over there, he was just as important as the guy next to me, everyone on our team thought so,” Beato said. Beato was Andy’s secondary handler and he said a large part of the canine’s training was interacting with other members in his unit. Throughout their time there, Beato said everybody had a chance to pick Andy up, throw him over their shoulder and learn the commands. “Basically my role was, if something went wrong with his handler, I would jump in and if something went wrong with Andy I would provide medical attention to him,” Beato said. During the unit’s ninemonth tour, Beato said, Andy was an invaluable resource and the soliders were all much safer because of him. He also said the dog’s presence helped them connect with some of the villagers. “Our morale was always better because he’s always happy to see you no matter how miserable you are. If you’re cold, you’re wet and you’re hungry, he’s always there and doing it with you, and happy to be with you,” Beato said. Even though the dog is fully certified by the military, Andy will be training to work in a civilian setting. Beato said the canine underwent an intial assessment and will soon begin training to receive certification in explosive detection. Beato said Andy will be integrated into the district attorney office’s investigation and security detail and used for courthouse security. The dog was also recently used in a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office training seminar on courthouse security. Although Andy came back from active duty in May, he spent a lot of time in the kennel while he was waiting to be adopted. Beato said at first it was a tough adjustment for Andy, but now the dog is doing fine. “When I went to pick him up from Ft. Bragg he recognized me immediately. He came up to me and we have a greeting that we usually do where we bump chests together, we did that with all of the members of the team,” Beato said. Beato said that Andy has been extremely well-behaved and he can tell the dog is excited to start his new job at the DeKalb County Courthouse. Beato, with a smile, said he can’t wait to be working with an old friend again.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Beato stands with the newest addition to the DeKalb district attorney’s office, Andy, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

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incorporated DeKalb County. The property, which is still in the name of her deceased grandmother, is owned by other family members who are in the process of changing the property over to their names, Reynolds said. “I don’t have anything to do with that,” Reynolds said. “I just live here.” Reynolds said she was unaware of the residency question until comments during the city council’s special election on Nov. 11. To further complicate matters, Reynolds said her voter registration information lists her in the city of Lithonia, where she votes. “If I hadn’t run for council, I wouldn’t have known about it,” Reynolds said. “I just make sure the taxes are paid. I don’t look at any of it. I just know you’ve got to pay it.” Lithonia City Administrator Gerald Sanders said that the city staff is not currently investigating the issue of Reynolds’ residency. “I have not been given direction to look at it,” Sanders said. Sanders said he believes that if part of Reynolds’ property is in the city that is enough to qualify her to be a city resident.

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Residency of new Lithonia council member questioned
by Andrew Cauthen andrewe@dekalbchamp. com A woman who just won a Lithonia City Council seat may not actually live in the city. The home of Shameka Reynolds, who was elected to the council on Nov. 8, is just outside the city limits, said outgoing council member Kathleen De Cocq, during a special meeting of Lithonia City Council on Nov. 11. County tax records list Reynolds’ address, 6801 Magnolia St., as being in an unincorporated area. “We don’t get no taxes, no nothing from that property,” De Cocq said. Reynolds, who has lived in the home since 2007, said the Lithonia city line crosses over her property. Property maps show the county line cutting across a small tip of the property. Her grandmother, Ammer Reynolds, who lived in the home from the 1950s until she died in Reynolds 2006, paid city taxes on the property, said Reynolds, although neither she nor the city have paperwork to back up her claim. “She used to go to city hall and pay [the city taxes] every year,” Reynolds said. Reynolds said that since the city combined its tax bill with DeKalb County in 2005, the property has been listed as being in unDe Cocq said the issue needs to be settled for the sake of precedence. Reynolds “may possibly do a great job,” De Cocq said. “But if she doesn’t live in the city, how are we going to set precedence? How can you stop the next person from doing it? “It’s very messed up,” De Cocq said. Reynolds, who spent all day researching the issue, said it is “something the city is going to have to straighten out. “I’m going to wait and see what the council and mayor are going to do,” Reynolds said.

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Ceremony honors military veterans
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com For Gary, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, DeKalb County’s program on Nov. 10 was the first time he had attended a Veterans Day celebration. “It’s important to remember all veterans,” said Gary, who did not want to give his full name. “I’m a Vietnam veteran and they didn’t remember us. “They spat on us and called us names,” he said. “I don’t ever want to see that happen again. I love my country. I will never trust my government, but I will love my country.” Whenever Gary sees new veterans returning home, he greets them. “I honor my fellow veterans. I say, ‘Welcome home from a Vietnam veteran,’” Gary said. “We didn’t get that when we came home.” This was the 10th year DeKalb has held a Veterans Day program. “The debt owed to all our veterans demands nothing less than our full attention and action,” said CEO Burrell Ellis. “Today we stand united in remembering our veterans for their selfless service to our country, for putting their lives on the line day and night to preserve the safety of our nation, [and] for time spent away from loved ones and families to protect the freedoms we all enjoy,” Ellis said. James R. Morton, president of the Atlanta 555th Parachute Infantry Association, said Veterans Day is a time to “go back and respect the legacy” of military service. Nicknamed “Triple Nickel,” the 555th was the first Black combat parachute battalion. It was formed shortly after the Tuskegee Airmen was formed. Morton, a veteran of conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Panama, said the day gives Americans an opportunity to “give the veterans some moral support for what they have done.” “If they don’t want to be a soldier they can be an affiliate and help the soldiers do things,” Morton said. “Of course, they can help the soldiers who fell by the wayside, especially the homeless soldiers.” America’s debt to veterans is “immeasurable,” said Congressman Hank Johnson, who attended DeKalb’s celebration. “Their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families protect us and our freedom.” Johnson said the country needs to renew its commitment to veterans and their families. “Thousands of American servicemen and servicewomen remain deployed abroad and thousands need us now as they come home,” Johnson said. “We must ensure that they get the support that they have earned.”

The sacrifices of military veterans and their families are “immeasurable,” said Congressman Hank Johnson during DeKalb County’s 10th Veterans Day program. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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County watershed upgrades project could create 4,000 jobs
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com DeKalb County leaders want to ensure that county residents get most of the estimated 4,000 jobs created when its $1.35 billion watershed infrastructure improvement project gets under way. “We’ve got to repair our water and sewer system and the silver lining to the cloud is the creation of jobs,” said DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis during a Nov. 10 announcement of a jobs initiative. “We know that America needs to get back to work and we need to start right here at home.” In an effort to comply with the its First Source ordinance that requires contractors doing business with DeKalb County to seek to fill positions with county residents first, the county’s One DeKalb Works initiative is a partnership with the National Urban League (NUL), which will oversee the filling of jobs and will be responsible for small business development. The NUL will “monitor our performance and train our citizens so we have a ready pipeline for those jobs,” Ellis said. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, commended DeKalb County leaders for leveraging a problem and turning it into a solution to create local jobs. “Local government can make a big difference in putting people back to work,” Morial said. Over the next nine years, the county’s water and sewer improvement project is expected to create up to 3,670 direct jobs and 709 indirect jobs, according to a recent study by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Another 300 jobs, such as grocery and retail positions, could be created by the by the economic activity resulting from these projects. The economic impact on the county is anticipated to be approximately $1.77 billion, Ellis said. The upgrades will address the requirements of a proposed consent decree in which DeKalb County agrees to pay a $453,000 penalty from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for excessive sewage spills. The county also agreed to implement a $600,000 stream cleanup project, focusing on debris removal from parts of the South River, South Fork Peachtree Creek and Snapfinger Creek. “Your tax dollars are going to be reinvested in a fashion where people in this county can afford to buy homes,” Morial said. “People in this county will shop and spend money that will accelerate and multiply in this county to create even more jobs.” Other partners include Goodwill Industries of North Georgia, which will offer construction jobs training; Georgia Piedmont Technical College (formerly DeKalb Technical College), which will provide occupational skills training; and North Georgia Building and Construction Trades Council. U. S. Rep. Hank Johnson said the One DeKalb Works initiative is the “precise type of partnership that the times call for.” “This is the role of the government,” Johnson said. “Government is not the problem. Government, along with private enterprise, is the solution.” Ellis said the initiative is “good news for the metro region.” “We’re giving working families opportunities to go back to work,” Ellis said. “We can’t get this economy nationally back together until we have citizens who are working. When you’re working, you can put more money back into the economy because you can spend. “The magnitude of the repairs that we’re going to be completing …has presented us with the opportunity to implement our own local stimulus program that will create jobs now and help citizens grow businesses now,” Ellis said.

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Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Sunny High: 60 Low: 36

Nov. 17, 2011
Today's Regional Map Weather History
Nov. 17, 1989 - Freezing temperatures spread across the southeastern United States in the wake of the severe weather outbreak of the previous two days. Eight cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Gilbert, Ark. with a reading of 8 degrees. Nov. 18, 1957 - A tornado, 100 yards in width, traveled a nearly “straight as an arrow” 27-mile path from near Rosa, Ala. to near Albertville, Ala., killing three people. A home in the Susan Moore community in Blount County was picked up and dropped 500 feet away. Dunwoody 58/35 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 59/36 59/36 59/36 Snellville Decatur 60/36 Atlanta 60/36 60/36 Lithonia College Park 61/36 61/36 Morrow 61/36 Union City 61/36 Hampton 62/37

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see sunny skies with a high temperature of 60º, humidity of 54%. North wind 15 to 20 mph. The record high temperature for today is 81º set in 1958. Expect mostly clear skies tonight with an overnight low of 36º. The record low for tonight is 22º set in 1997.

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Sunny High: 57 Low: 40

*Last Week’s Almanac
Hi Lo Normals Precip Date Tuesday 72 47 66/46 0.00" Wednesday 70 49 65/45 0.04" Thursday 57 43 65/45 0.02" Friday 55 31 65/45 0.00" Saturday 62 29 64/44 0.00" Sunday 70 41 64/44 0.00" Monday 77 49 64/44 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.06" Average temp . .53.7 Normal rainfall . .0.98" Average normal 54.7 Departure . . . . .-0.92" Departure . . . . .-1.0
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SATURDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 61 Low: 48

SUNDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 67 Low: 51

MONDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 70 Low: 49

TUESDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 68 Low: 46 Last 11/18

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:11 a.m. 7:11 a.m. 7:12 a.m. 7:13 a.m. 7:14 a.m. 7:15 a.m. 7:16 a.m. Sunset 5:33 p.m. 5:33 p.m. 5:32 p.m. 5:32 p.m. 5:31 p.m. 5:31 p.m. 5:31 p.m. Moonrise 11:46 p.m. No Rise 12:49 a.m. 1:55 a.m. 3:02 a.m. 4:11 a.m. 5:22 a.m. Moonset 12:24 p.m. 12:59 p.m. 1:34 p.m. 2:08 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 3:25 p.m. 4:11 p.m. First 12/2

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise 9:06 a.m. 9:09 a.m. 12:40 a.m. 4:22 p.m. 4:43 a.m. 2:54 p.m. Set 6:44 p.m. 6:58 p.m. 1:51 p.m. 5:30 a.m. 4:07 p.m. 2:59 a.m.

WEDNESDAY
Sunny High: 65 Low: 41 New 11/25

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National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see scattered rain today, mostly clear skies Friday, partly cloudy to cloudy skies Saturday, with the highest temperature of 54º in Baltimore, Md. The Southeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 86º in Ft. Myers, 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 79º in Imperial, Calif.

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StarWatch By Gary Becker - White Halloween
I don’t think I have ever seen a day quite like today. There will be no stars shining in Coopersburg this evening, just the silent beat of star-shaped snowflakes falling among semi-skeletal trees and some fully leafed ones. After a hot and humid summer where rainfall amounts broke all records, here we are at the end of October with Mother Nature dropping a blanket of white across a landscape deeply enmeshed in autumn. Our garden, albeit struggling yesterday, but still pretty in the delicately warm afternoon air, collapsed this morning under the increasing weight of a torrent of wet snowflakes. But that is not all that is collapsing. Walking outside about an hour ago to take some pictures, I could hear branches snapping all around me. Our street is blocked by fallen debris about 200 feet north of our property, and every neighbor has suffered downed tree limbs except us. That will change shortly, I am sure. Needless to say, power outages are everywhere. The conflict that is raging outside my window this afternoon is one that occurs every year as the sun moves farther south, and we receive less and less of its bountiful energy. The mid-latitudes become a weather battle zone as colder, denser Arctic air builds in the north, spills southward, and clashes with warmer more tropical air from the south. The highs and lows that form as part of this energy exchange, rotate in directions which on the East Coast can drive warmer, moist ocean air inland (low pressure) forcing it up and over a wedge of Arctic air reinforced from the north by a high pressure. Usually this results in a chilled rain in October, but today, the cold air was more entrenched and it snowed, the earliest nor’easter of any fall season that I can remember. It certainly took our neighborhood jack-o-lanterns by surprise, their gapedtooth smiles and oval eyes now buried by winter’s (fall’s) first snowfall. Trick or Treat! www.astronomy.org

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Panel: Boys should get HPV vaccine given to girls
by Mike Stobbe ATLANTA (AP) A vaccine against cervical cancer hasn’t been all that popular for girls. It may be even a harder sell for boys now that it’s been recommended for them too. A government advisory panel on Oct. 25 decided that the vaccine should also be given to boys, in part to help prevent the cancer-causing virus through sex. Public health officials have tried since 2006 to get parents to have their daughters vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes most of the cervical cancer in women. They have had limited success, hitting a number of hurdles. Some parents distrust the safety of vaccines, especially newer products. Others don’t want to think about their daughters having sex one day, or worry that the vaccine essentially promotes promiscuous behavior. The Oct. 25 vote by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices was the first to strongly recommend routine vaccination for boys since the vaccine was first approved for them two years ago. Officials acknowledged the low rate in girls encouraged them to take a new, hard look. Experts say a key benefit of routinely vaccinating boys could be preventing the spread of the virus to others through sex—making up somewhat for the disappointing vaccination rate in girls. But the recommendation is being framed as an important new measure against cancer in males. vaccine-preventable cervical cancers in women occur annually. Preventing a cancer that’s primarily associated with gay men may not be much of a selling point, said Dr. Ranit Mishori, a family practice doctor in Washington, D.C. and an assistant professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. “Some parents may say, ‘Why are you vaccinating my son against anal cancer? He’s not gay! He’s not ever going to be gay!’ I can see that will come up,” said Mishori, who supports the panel’s recommendation. Meanwhile, some feel it’s unlikely that most parents will agree to get their sons vaccinated primarily to protect girls. A survey of 600 pediatricians last year found that nearly 70 percent of doctors thought families would deem vaccination of their boys as unnecessary. Experts at the committee meeting noted an earlier analysis that showed vaccinating boys would not be costeffective if the female vaccination were high. “If you do reach high coverage of females, will you stop vaccinating males?” asked Dr. David Salisbury, director immunization for the United Kingdom’s Department of Health. Maura Robbins of Chicago said she’s likely to have her 12-year-old son, Cole, vaccinated against HPV— but probably not until he’s a little older. “I would just like to see some longterm testing and long-term results,” she said. AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner in Chicago contributed to this report.

“Today is another milestone in the nation’s battle against cancer,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention administrator who oversees the agency’s immunization programs. Federal health officials usually adopt the panel’s recommendations and ask doctors and patients to follow them. The vaccine has been advised for girls since 2006. Just 49 percent of adolescent girls have gotten at least the first of the three HPV shots. Only a third had gotten all three doses by last year. “Pretty terrible,” Schuchat said. Schuchat attributed the low rates for girls to confusion or misunderstanding by parents that they can wait until their daughter becomes sexually active. It works best if the shots are given before a girl or boy begins having sex. Some conservatives argue the vaccine could promote promiscuous behavior. It has come up in the Republican presidential campaign. Texas Gov. Rick Perry came under attack for a 2007 executive order requiring ado-

lescent girls to get the vaccine (with an opt-out clause). When conservative lawmakers rebelled, he backed down. An estimated 75 to 80 percent of men and women are infected with HPV during their life, but most don’t develop symptoms or get sick, according to the CDC. Some infections lead to genital warts, cervical cancer and other cancers, including of the head and neck. The HPV vaccine is approved for use in males and females ages 9 to 26; it is usually given to 11- and 12-year olds when they get other vaccines. The committee also recommended that males 13 to 21 years get vaccinated. The Oct. 25 vote follows recent studies that show the vaccine prevents anal cancer in males, and may work against a type of throat cancer. A study that focused on gay men found it to be 75 percent effective against anal cancer. While anal cancer has been increasing, it’s still fairly rare. Only about 7,000 U.S. cases in men each year are tied to the strains targeted in the HPV vaccine. In contrast, about 15,000

Emory professor of surgery named surgeon-in-chief at Grady
Sheryl Gabram, a renowned breast surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute and School of Medicine, recently added another distinguished title to her professional honors: surgeon-in-chief at Grady Memorial Hospital. “We are thrilled that Dr. Gabram has accepted this important role,” said Christian Larsen, chairman of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. “She brings a wealth of diverse training experiences, a track record of commitment to underserved inner city populations, and vitality to this appointment.” Since joining Emory’s faculty in 2005, Gabram has led numerous initiatives focused on decreasing disparities for breast cancer, established a breast surgical oncology fellowship, and directed the Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady – a program that has secured more than $10 million in funding from the Avon Foundation. In 2009 Gabram was appointed as deputy director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence (GCCE) at Grady and was instrumental in the Center’s earning accreditation by the American Cancer Society Commission on Cancer in 2010. Named one of America’s Top Doctors for nine consecutive years and one of America’s Top Cancer Doctors for seven consecutive years, Gabram has authored more than 75 peer reviewed journal publications and has received the Arthur G. Michel, MD, Award for Excellence in Breast Care from the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. Gabram succeeds David Feliciano, professor of surgery at Emory School of Medicine, who served as surgeon-in-chief at Grady Memorial Hospital since 1994.

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night,” said Standard. “I felt like we were going to have to run the football and keep their offense off the field. We’re good up front. Our offensive line has had a heck of a year.” Both Tucker and St. Pius have had great years defensively as well. Tucker has allowed eight points or less in 15 games over the past two seasons. In 2008 when Tucker won the state championship, nine teams were held to seven points or less, including four shutouts. St. Pius has racked up five shutouts this season while posting its second undefeated regular season in the past three years. The Golden Lions have posted nine shutouts over the past two seasons. “Our defense played outstanding, and we knocked them around pretty good,” Standard said after the Shaw game. “I was real proud of our kids and how well they played.”

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vanced to the second round of the Georgia High School Association state playoffs this season with games Nov. 18. Tucker (110) plays Griffin at Adams Stadium while St. Pius plays host to Henry County. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. Tucker is coming off a 44-14 win over Sprayberry while St. Pius defeated Shaw 48-14 in the first round of the state tournament. The game was tied 7-7 early in the second quarter when the Tigers got rolling behind a Dallas Rivers 31-yard touchdown run to take the lead at 15-7 following a two-point conversion pass from Blair Lumpkin to Joshua Dawson. Rivers had given the Tigers their first lead at 7-0 earlier in the first quarter on a 34-yard run. Junior quarterback Juwaan Williams got loose on the Tigers’ next possession for a 30yard touchdown run for a 22-7 lead. Junior running back Yusuf Minor, who finished the game with 192 yards rushing on seven carries, struck with an 80-yard touchdown run on Tucker’s next possession. Rivers converted the two-point conversion for a 30-7 halftime lead. Tucker added a 79-yard run by Minor and a 22-yard run by Williams as the score went to 44-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Sprayberry which finished 5-6 on the season added a late touchdown for the final of 44-14. St. Pius also had great success running the ball in its playoff opener. The Golden Lions amassed 460 yards, second-best in school history to a 486-yard performance earlier this season at Benedictine. After the game Standard praised his offensive line of tight end Jamison Porter, tackles James Mills, Jackson Smith and Walker McKenzie, guards David Marsau and Rocco Thomas and center Ryan Holmes. “Those guys had a great

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primarily to victims but also to communities. This principle obligates offenders to make things right. “This approach signals an alternative to the eye-for-an-eye approach to justice,” Bounds said. She pointed to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Council, which provided a forum for violent offenders to confess their deeds and for victims to achieve some level of resolution so that the society could move forward. She is also a strong advocate of alternative sentencing, which allows judges to send some nonviolent offenders charged with misdemeanors to programs that enable them to reform. “The aim is to repair rather than incarcerate,” she stated. “It’s about reintegrating people back into society.” Bounds acknowledged that some offenders are so violent that they must be locked away for a long time. “But we don’t have to have as many incarcerations as we do,” she emphasized. In her inmate theology certificate program, Bounds oversees a group of seminary students who teach many of the courses through the support of the Atlanta Theological Association. “She is adept at guiding students as they take lessons from their classrooms and put them to work in our communities,” said Love, “and she has introduced many students to the idea that they can fulfill their calling in community settings.” For Bounds, it is rewarding to see her incarcerated students wrestle intellectually with theological questions. “They have enormous energy and passion with what they are doing,” she said. “These courses give them something to think about. It’s very exciting.” Twenty students have graduated so far, and 10 are currently in the program. And there are 22 students waiting to enter in 2012. Bounds said closure of Metro State Prison has been “disruptive” for the program, which continues outside of the metro area. Looking to the future, Bounds would like to see the program expanded into more facilities, including men’s prisons. But funds are just not available right now. Nevertheless, she will continue to champion the cause.

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School wasn’t always easy for award-winning Decatur teacher
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com School wasn’t always easy or enjoyable for Robyn Tibbetts, who grew up in Decatur, went to Westchester Elementary School and graduated from Decatur High School in 1994. Tibbetts said if it weren’t for the teachers who pushed her each day to go above and beyond expectations, she doesn’t know where she would be today, but was almost certain she wouldn’t be the City Schools of Decatur Teacher of the Year. “It was a nice, pleasant surprise; I was very honored,” Tibbetts said. “I was able to do it because of everybody else supporting me–teachers, kids, parents and community included.” Since 2001, Tibbetts has been teaching at Renfroe Middle School. Prior to that, she worked with children in after-school and summer programs while in college. “I was majoring in English and history, and I really got a lot out of working with kids,” Tibbetts said. Tibbetts said her desire to teach wasn’t a big revelation as it is for some, but rather a slow building on her love for children until one day she realized it was there. “There wasn’t one pivotal point; it was kind of a series,” she said. She wanted to give back to the community where she grew up, so Tibbetts applied for a position at Renfroe Middle School. Since then she has developed a teaching strategy that tailors to each student, taking into consideration their individual styles of learning. “I have a lot of different strategies, and I’m constantly learning and growing like everyone else here,” Tibbetts said. Throughout her career, Tibbetts said, she has tried to learn a number of techniques to better understand how children learn. “I’ve gotten my Gifted Endorsement and my Reading Endorsement, because reading is such a big part of learning,” Tibbetts said, “and I’m flexible enough whereas if something isn’t working we do something different.” Principal Derrick Thomas said Tibbetts tries to reach kids where they are, or bring herself to their level. “She brings in things that tend to validate what the kids like,” Thomas said. Thomas said that during her tenure at Renfroe, Tibbetts has assumed a leadership role in the development of the school’s International Baccalaureate program, which is in its second year. Tibbetts also helped organize a recent two-day field trip to Rock Eagle, a retreat center in Eatonton. “Our middle school students have not had an overnight field trip in nearly 10 years and we took 130 seventh graders on the trip of a lifetime,” Thomas said. Thomas said he was impressed with the way Tibbetts and other teachers helped organize the trip, which took nearly five months of planning and lots of time outside of work. He said he was excited about her winning the award but was nearly just as surprised as she was at the announcement. “We don’t find out the winner of the system until the day of—I didn’t know right up until the moment almost,” Thomas said. Tibbetts said her favorite thing about the award was being recognized by her peers. She said she was also grateful for the close-knit group of teachers she works with. “I really respect the colleagues that I work with and our middle school is very team oriented, and I feel like I can do what I do because of them,” Tibbetts said. Twenty years from now, Tibbetts said, she still hopes to be playing some direct role in the lives of children, whether it is as a teacher or working with other teachers. Tibbetts said if she gave up teaching, “I’d probably invent some job that hasn’t been created yet but definitely in the field of education.” “What gets me out of bed in the morning are the kids,” she said.

Robyn Tibbetts, a teacher at Renfroe Middle School, was recently named the City Schools of Decatur Teacher of the Year. Photo provided

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EDUCATION BRIEFS
Students named National Merit and National Achievement semifinalists
The DeKalb County School System announced that 36 of its students were recently recognized as National Achievement and National Merit Scholarships semifinalists. Both the National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship programs identify students that participated in the PSAT during their junior year. As seniors, they are eligible to compete at the finalist level with the potential of winning scholarship funds later in the year. The National Achievement Scholarship is designed to recognize academically promising Black students throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding students. More than 160,000 students across the United States requested consideration in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program, but only 1,600 seniors were chosen as semifinalists, 14 of which are students at DeKalb schools: Arabia Mountain High School Jamila N. Pegues Chamblee High School Malcolm A. Barnes Amanda K. Bennett Felicia Bennett Malcolm L. Catwell Corey A. Roberts Jordan O. Smith Kevon R. Thompson Columbia High School Trevor K. Lindsay Dunwoody High School Zachia J. Gray Lakeside High School Catherine E. Hollis Eden B. Tafesse Tucker High School Harrison W. Hogan Tsion A. Horra Approximately 1.5 million juniors entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program, and 22 DeKalb Schools students have been recognized as semifinalists: Chamblee High School Aidan M. Bevacqua Ivy Brenneman Christina M. Curlette Mark R. Heneine Griffin J. Katz Kelsey J. Lowrey Megha E. Mathews Jackie Podoll Tyler K. Schlagheck Druid Hills High School Sarah E. Lohmeier Estelle R. Ostro Dunwoody High School Jessica M. Andersen Danielle T. Cox Anne K. Lashinsky

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Columbus State scholarship targets Southwest DeKalb, Chamblee students
Columbus State University has been qualified by the Simon Scholars Program to participate in its effort to provide college scholarships worth up to $16,000 to disadvantaged, at-risk students. The California-based Simon Foundation’s program starts helping students the summer before their high school junior year, offering college and life readiness instruction, as well as financial help. To become a Simon Scholar, students must attend one of 30-plus qualified high schools in California, New Mexico, Washington, D.C. or Georgia. The two qualified Atlantaarea high schools are Southwest DeKalb and Chamblee high schools. Initially, scholars can have at least a 2.5 grade point average, but that must improve to at least 3.0 by high school graduation to qualify for the college scholarships. During college, scholars must maintain a 2.0 GPA and participate in community service, mentoring and internship activities.

Lakeside High School Kevin Bai Elizabeth A. Burns Charles Croft Anne E. Grosse Valeria A. Popova Eden B. Tafesse Alexander Ulan Hernandez Marissa K. Wall

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Asian fusion restaurant brings sushi and more to Decatur
“The dumpling appetizer was perfectly done, the shrimp tempura was great, and the Hawaiian Roll was amazing,” another said. A third blogger commented, “Great food and service. As good as the best West Coast sushi and sashimi. I highly recommend it!!!!!!!” Based on the food served at the recent grand opening, owners can expect similar enthusiasm from Decatur diners. Kok said he chose Decatur for his second location because it’s such a busy, vibrant area. “I see a lot of potential in Decatur,” he said. The Decatur Green Ginger is in a spot once occupied by Thai Noodle. “I heard the original owner wanted to retire back to Thailand,” said Kok. “I like to rebuild and get to say ‘wow’ at the end.” The restaurant now has a clean, Asian-influenced look created with the help of interior designer Benjamin Showalter. “We worked very closely together for four months,” Kok said. “I told him how I wanted to lay out the restaurant. He gave me lots of great ideas and helped me pick out the colors.” While diners will find such familiar Asian favorites as beef teriyaki, hot and sour

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by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com Downtown Decatur is rapidly gaining a reputation for the quality and variety of its restaurants. Among the newest additions is an Asian fusion restaurant in Commerce Square called Green Ginger. The cuisine in this familyowned restaurant is influenced by Chinese, Thai and Japanese traditions. “The type of food we offer is a selection of Asian food and modified for the local community taste,” said Sam Kok, one of the three owners. “Thai food just makes you feel healthy all the time.” The name Green Ginger evokes an ingredient popular in Asian cuisine. Green ginger is fresh gingerroot—not pickled, dried or candied. Kok moved to the United States in 1980, graduated from Hofstra University then worked in the restaurant wholesale distribution business for 12 years before starting a restaurant. The original Kok family Green Ginger is in Peachtree City, where it has drawn rave reviews from many bloggers. “The service was first-rate, the food: over-the-top in quality, presentation and scrumptious to boot,” one said.

County officials and others join Sam Kok, center left with scissors, at the official opening of the new Decatur restaurant that he owns with two family members. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

soup and shrimp tempura, more than half the menu is sushi. In fact, the restaurant’s website is greengingersushi. com. “I love to eat sushi because it is like artwork. I love the Thai basil roll–it is like eating salad all the time. We offer a sushi known as Love Story– perfect for a couple on a first

date. Love story is in the shape of a heart.” Those who are having trouble deciding what to order can scroll through the iPAD that’s on every table. It has pictures of all food on the menu. Customers still give their orders to the wait staff–iPAD ordering is not available yet. Green Ginger has a full bar

and offers more than 20 specialty cocktails. It is open for lunch and dinner and may start opening for breakfast “after we settle down,” according to Kok. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and on Sundays noon - 10 p.m.

Study: Casinos could net nearly $1 billion for Georgia
by Dorie Turner ATLANTA (AP) A study produced for the Georgia Lottery Corp. found that casinos at key locations across the state could generate nearly $1 billion annually. The study by Spectrum Gaming Group released Thursday looked at casinos in metro Atlanta, Savannah and Jekyll Island opening by 2014. The report also gauged locations in Cobb, Clayton and DeKalb counties and at Lake Lanier. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported details of the $91,000 study. The report has been given to Gov. Nathan Deal, who has expressed concern in the past about casino gambling in Georgia. A spokesman for Deal did not immediately comment on the report. A spokesman for state House Speaker David Ralston declined comment, saying he had not read the report. Casino gambling would face a cool reception in the Republican-led Georgia Legislature.

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Santa arrives at Northlake Mall, 4800 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, Saturday, Nov. 19, at noon. Helping to usher in the season and welcome Santa to his workshop on the lower level of Northlake Mall’s Center Court will be Radio Disney, DeKalb County Fire & Rescue, Lakeside High School Marching Band and Color Guard and other special guests. Photos with Santa opportunities will be Nov. 19 – Dec. 24, during regular mall hours in Center Court. Check Santa’s day-to-day schedules and photo package pricing at the mall’s website There will be a Red Cross blood drive Nov. 25-27, noon - 5 p.m. each day on the upper level, Kohl’s and Sears wing. For blood donation facts, visit the American Red Cross online at www. givelife.org. The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program will be Nov. 25– Dec. 11 (Monday-Saturday), 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Northlake Mall partners with The Salvation Army on its annual holiday Angel Tree program, which provides new clothing and toys for children of families in need. For more information, visit www. salvationarmytreeusa.org. Holiday Music in the Mall Series will be Nov. 25-Dec. 18. Through Northlake Mall’s “Sounds of the Season” free concert series, the mall will offer live holiday music performances by area groups, including school, church and community choirs. Find a list of performances along with dates and times on the mall website. The Sunburst Beauty Pageant will be Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. in the food court. For more information on mall activities, call (770) 938-3564 or visit www.northlakemall.com. ages 3-5 and children younger than 3 are admitted free. All proceeds benefit Avon Garden Club’s community projects in Avondale. The event also includes a garden boutique and a bake sale. Advance tickets are available from any Avon Garden Club member, or call (404) 297-9893.

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The Avondale Estates Christmas celebration begins with the Nov. 28 lighting of the Christmas tree at the intersection of Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road. Boy Scout Troop 6 will be selling hot dog dinners beginning at 6 p.m. at a tent adjacent to the tree. The event is rain-or-shine, so additional tents will be set up if needed. Members of the Avondale First Baptist Church will begin caroling at 6:30 p.m. The tree lighting will follow, and cider and doughnuts will be served at approximately 7 p.m. As in the past, Santa Claus will make a special personal appearance.

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Knitters are invited to bring yarn, needles and their current projects to Knitting Circle at the Doraville Library Saturday, Nov. 19. Knitting teacher Karen Roman, a knitting expert, will be on hand to help beginners and knitters of all skill levels. Crocheters are welcome too. No registration is required. The event is 10 a.m. - noon. The Doraville Library is located at 3748 Central Ave., Doraville. For more information, call (770) 936-3852.

Details of annual Police Alliance gala released

LITHONIA
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area wins award
The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area recently won the inaugural Great Place Award presented by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the Livable Communities Coalition (LCC). The award is the newest category of the Developments of Excellence awards and recognizes places, communities or neighborhoods that contribute to the Atlanta region’s character and provide choices for where and how people work and live. The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is a 64-square-mile corridor covering parts of DeKalb, Rockdale and Henry counties with more than 20 miles of interconnected, multi-use trails. The heritage area was recognized for its variety of development, including single-family homes, office properties, Stonecrest Mall, the LEED-certified Arabia Mountain High School and other DeKalb County schools linked by the trail. The heritage area also features Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, a DeKalb County park composed of 2,000 acres of granite outcrop, wetlands, pine and oak forests, streams and a lake. The Developments of Excellence awards recognize developments in the 10-county Atlanta region that exemplify urban revitalization, transit accessibility, affordable housing, conservation and sustainability.

DECATUR
Support group to hold meeting
Our Children’s Story: A Support Group will meet Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Redan-Trotti Library. This parentoperated group provides support, education and resources for families of children who have autism and other disabilities. Sponsored by the Friends of the RedanTrotti Library, the group meets the fourth Saturday of every month, 2 - 4 p.m. The Redan-Trotti Library is located at 1569 Wellborn Road, Lithonia 30058. For more information, call (770) 482-3821.
Pictured from left are Katie Brenckle, Carolyn Rehling, David Campbell, Leonardo McClarty, Donna Mahaffey, John Hewitt, Arnie Silverman and Charlene Fang.

AVONDALE ESTATES
Annual pancake breakfast to benefit Avon Garden Club
The Avon Garden Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Nov. 19, 8-11 a.m., at the Avondale Community Club. Admission is $6 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 6-12, $2.50 for children

Presbyterian church celebrates its Scottish heritage
Decatur Presbyterian Church on Oct. 30 celebrated its Scottish heritage with a Kirkin’ of the Tartans ceremony. Tartans representing the Scottish ancestry of church families were carried by members as a Scottish bagpipe and drum were played. A Claymore Sword proceeded the carrying of tartans as a processional cross, symbolizing the protection of rights and freedoms. The tartans then received a blessing by Senior Pastor Dr.

Members of the Board of the DeKalb Police Alliance (PDA) have announced details for the “Hearts for Heroes” gala. The gala is an annual event and is the primary fundraiser for PDA The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 6 - 9 p.m., at the Thalia N.Carlos Hellenic Community Center located at 2500 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta. DeKalb Police Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, dedicated to providing additional programs and services that allow DeKalb-based police officers to continue performing at their highest level, to reduce crime and to promote safety and peace in the community.

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Boys BaskEtBall prEviEw
Depth serves Columbia, Miller Grove well
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com Columbia and Miller Grove have more in common than state playoffs streaks. Miller Grove has won three straight Class AAAA state titles while Columbia has won two in a row in AAA, and four of the past six. Both teams have accomplished the feats in similar fashion—with deep benches and the ability to replace graduated players without diminishing the talent level. Chris Horton, and point guard Tahj ShamsidDeen. Thomas led the Eagles in rebounding with 9.4 per game last season. Shamsid-Deen, a junior, already is one of the top point guards in the state and led the county in assists and threepoint shooting. Underclassmen Jay McClendon, Nate Mason and Kiair Couch also are expected to contribute, McCrary said. DeKalb and Tucker. Southwest won the Region 6-AAAA title over the Wolverines, and lost in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. “The problem was that game was the be-all, end-all,” Panthers’ coach Dwayne McKinney said. “Our kids have to understand that Miller Grove is not the state championship.”

Tahj Shamsid-Deen, Jarmal Reid, Nathaniel Mason and Columbia coach Phil McCrary.

Christian Houston (10), front row from left, Justin Colvin (11), Davante Provost (4), back row, Brandon Morris, Tony Parker and Tony Evans with Miller Grove coach Sharman White.

Columbia coach Phil McCrary said he makes sure he has a balance of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors to avoid having to rebuild every year. “That way we keep continuity going throughout the program,” said McCrary, who surpassed the 500-win mark last season. “We approach it like we’re a semi-collegiate team because we don’t want to have 15 seniors on the roster.” The Eagles return four starters and 12 overall from a team that finished 30-3 and had an average margin of victory of 29 points. McCrary’s reasoning for using 10-12 players per game is two-fold—first, it fits the Eagle’s up-tempo style of play; secondly, the playing time the reserves get helps them transition into starting roles. “When the younger players are coming through, they learn a lot from the older players,” McCrary said. Columbia’s returning starters are senior forwards Jarmal Reid, Jhaustin Thomas and

Miller Grove returns three starters and has 10 players with varsity experience. Seniors Tony Parker and Brandon Morris, who signed with Georgia last week, return in the post. Parker, one of the top prep players in the country, averaged 17.5 points and 15.5 rebounds a year ago. “We’ll still be strong inside and our guard play is very underrated now,” Wolverines’ coach Sharman White said. Also Justin Colvin is back from a team that finished 30-1 and was ranked No. 6 nationally at the end of last season. The Wolverines enter this season ranked No. 2 nationally by ESPN and PrepNation. “Our kids understand the task at hand,” White said. “It’s always harder [to repeat] the next year. The bull’s eye increases. When you have 10 kids who have experienced that, it bodes well for our program to get to where we need to be.” Miller Grove again will have strong competition within its own region from Southwest

Southwest DeKalb’s Jordan Price (1), William Goodwin (2), Kaderius Turner (3) and Justin Hollimon (35) with coach Dwayne McKinney. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The Panthers have four starters returning— Jordan Price, William Goodwin, Justin Hollimon and Kaderius Turner. Goodwin, who has committed to Memphis, averaged 18 points and 10.1 rebounds a year ago. Price, who has signed a scholarship with Georgia, averaged 19.1 points. Stephenson in AAAAA, Decatur in AA and Paideia in Class A all are hoping for return trips to the state tournament. Derek Harper returns for Stephenson after averaging 19 points per game. Other players expected to make an impact are Aquavius Young, who averaged 18 points last season for Cedar Grove, which finished 12-9, and Phillip Reeves of Arabia Mountain, who averaged 13 rebounds a game as a sophomore.

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Takeaways goal of M.L. King defense
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com

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Columbia's Jarmal Reid, left, signed a basketball scholarship with Oregon State University and Chris Horton signed with Austin Peay. Photos by Robert Naddra

Southwest DeKalb’s Jordan Price, seated in center, is joined by family members and coach Dwayne McKinney as the senior prepares to sign a scholarship to Auburn University.

by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com

Five basketball players sign during early period
tin Peay before transferring to Alabama-Huntsville, also had several other offers, including, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Tennessee Tech. Reid, the younger bother of former Georgia standout Jeremy Price, averaged 11 points and eight rebounds as a junior while Horton averaged eight points and seven rebounds a year ago. “These guys are not only good student-athletes, but they are good people,” said Columbia boys basketball coach Phil McCrary. Brandon Morris, a 6-8 forward from Miller Grove, signed with Georgia over more than a dozen other scholarship offers, including Alabama, Florida, Kansas State and Memphis. Miller Grove has won four Class AAAA state championships in a row. Morris scored 11

Five basketball players from DeKalb County signed scholarships during the first week of the NCAA early signing period, which began Nov. 9. Two players from Columbia, which has won two straight Class AAA state championships and four in the past six seasons, signed scholarships. Jarmal Reid, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed with Oregon State and Chris Horton, a 6-8 post player, signed with Austin Peay in Tennessee. Reid had narrowed his choices to Oregon State, Tennessee-Chattanooga and UNC-Charlotte, but also had offers from Florida, Wake Forest, Nebraska and several others. Horton, whose father Eddie played briefly at Aus-

points in the second half of the title game against Rockdale County to help the Wolverines pull away. Also, Southwest DeKalb’s Jordan Price, a 6-5 guard, signed with Auburn over offers from Georgia Tech, Memphis and Mississippi. Price averaged 19.8 points and shot 76 percent from the free throw line as a junior. All three schools are expected to have several more players sign scholarships throughout the season. “We have four more that are going to sign, but theywanted to wait,” McCrary said. The only girls’ player to sign during the first week was Miller Grove’s Tabitha Fudge, who chose High Point University in North Carolina. Fudge averaged 9.8 rebounds as a junior.

benefit of good depth and plenty of athleticism on defense. ach time the M.L. Wesley Green leads the King defense takes Lions with six interceptions the field, all 11 playand linebacker Toronto ers have coach Mike CarThomas—who has 91 tackson’s aggressive mission in les—has a team-high six mind. recovered fumbles. “They get out there with Not having to rely on the attitude that they’re go- one or two players to make ing to get the ball back for an impact on defense makes the offense,” Carson said. a difference, Carson said. “We put a lot of work into In a 30-22 win last week that area. If you look at over Coffee, six players had our games, you’ll see a lot at least six tackles and four of guys hold a [runner] up different players contributwhile another comes in and ed to the Trojans’ turnovers. strips the ball.” Kendarius Whitehead That philosophy has and Carlos Garrett join served the Lions well this Thomas to give the Lions season. M.L. King has won one of the top linebacker its first 11 games for the crews in the state. Whitesecond time in program his- head leads the team with 98 tory, and much of this seatackles and 16 sacks, while son’s success is due to an Garrett has 97 total tackles improved defense. and eight sacks. The Lions’ defense is “We try to play as many allowing 18.6 points per on defense as we possibly game, down from a 26.8 av- can,” Carson said. “That’s erage last season. Also, the where we have the most Lions lead DeKalb County depth.. They’re so active in creating turnovers with when they get out there. 38 (20 fumbles and 18 inWhen they get an opportuterceptions). Last year the nity to play, we tell them Lions forced 22 turnovers to take advantage on the (eight fumbles and 14 inter- field.” ceptions). Led by record-setting “They get after it pretty quarterback Jonquel Dawgood,” Carson said. “It’s son, the Lions’ offense is a testament to the work expected to put plenty of they do on turnover drills points on the board. Dawin practice. Last year we son has 2,800 yards and 35 did not create a lot of touchdowns this season. turnovers. It’s an area we But the improvement worked a lot on throughout of the defense may give the the summer.” Lions’ the extra boost they Carson is quick to point need for a deeper run in the out that the Lions’ defense playoffs, Carson said. is better than it appears on “We’ve always known paper. For instance, in a 49- we were capable of scoring 42 win over Luella earlier points,” Carson said. “But in the season, the defense to have the defense improve was responsible for only the way they have is imporone touchdown, Carson tant. The defense is playing said. Luella scored twice on extremely well at this stage. kick returns and three times Guys returning from injury on M.L. King offensive will help us make a serious turnovers. run in the playoffs.” The Lions have the

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DeKalb High School Sports Highlights
FOOTBALL
AAAAA M.L. King 30, Coffee 22: Blake Tibbs returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, his second in as many weeks, and Jonquel Dawson passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions (9-2). The Lions trailed 7-0 before Tibbs’ return sparked a run of 30 unanswered points. Joshua Stanford caught two touchdown passes and Cornell Boyd caught a 59-yard touchdown pass. Dawson has 35 touchdown passes this season and 89 for his career, ranking him second all-time in Georgia, behind Jeremy Privett of Charlton County and Cedric Johnson of Americus, both of whom had 92. Kendarius Whitehead had nine tackles while Carlos Garrett had eight tackles, including four sacks. Also, Jaynor Jones had seven tackles while Toronto Thomas, Jacarthy Mack and Alan Carson each had six tackles. The Lions face defending state champion Brookwood (8-3) on Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., at Hallford Stadium. Lowndes 7, Stephenson 0: The Jaguars (11-1) were shut out for the first time since losing to Lowndes 14-0 in the Class AAAAA semifinals in 2005. Stephenson has lost in the first round in four of the past five seasons. AAAA Tucker 44, Sprayberry 14: Yusuf Minor ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns on five carries as the Tigers (11-0) rolled up 481 yards rushing. Minor, who has rushed for 719 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, scored on runs of 80 and 79 yards. Juwaan Williams and Dallas Rivers each ran for two scores as the Tigers have amassed 52 rushing touchdowns this season. The game was tied 7-7 early in the second quarter before the Tigers reeled off 37 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. The No. 1-ranked Tigers face Griffin (9-2) on Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., at Adams Stadium. Kell 30, Marist 7: The War Eagles (9-2) fell behind 23-0 before Myles Willis scored on a 65-yard run. Willis led the way with 80 yards rushing for Marist, which was outgained in total yardage 341-178. The loss broke a 28-game home winning streak for the War Eagles. East Paulding 10, Southwest DeKalb 6: The Panthers (8-3) led 6-0 after a touchdown catch by William Goodwin in the first quarter. The Panthers’ extra point attempt was blocked. The Raiders led 7-6 at halftime, then blocked a field goal attempt by the Panthers in the second half before icing the game with a field goal of their own. AAA St. Pius 48, Shaw 14: Trey White rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown as the Golden Lions had 460 yards on the ground, the second-highest team total in school history. Ryan Braswell ran for 80 yards and two scores. Coach Paul Standard gave credit to his offensive line—tight end Jamison Porter, tackles James Mills, Jackson Smith and Walker McKenzie, guards David Marsau and Rocco Thomas and center Ryan Holmes. The Golden Lions had 24 first downs and held possession for 36:11 to 11:49 to Shaw. Michael Healy and Logan Rosborough each had seven tackles to lead the defense. The Golden Lions host Henry County on Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., in the second round. Carrollton 28, Columbia 0: The Eagles (6-5) were held to 13 rushing yards and 161 yards total offense. It was the first playoff appearance since 2005 for the Eagles, who have back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1996-97. Troup 28, Cedar Grove 20: Despite the loss the Saints (7-4) enjoyed making the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1993-94.
Tucker’s Yusuf Minor outraces two Sprayberry defenders during the Tigers’ 44-14 win. Photo by David Sibley

State playoffs, first round

Stephenson’s Demarcus Sweat can’t catch up to a pass as a Lowndes defender trails behind. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Stephenson quarterback Justin Holman gets ready to hand off during the Jaguars’ 7-0 loss to Lowndes. Photo by Travis Hudgons

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When I was little I helped my Granny make all her desserts for Sunday Dinner. Now, I take her recipes and make them with organic or all natural ingredients. It’s easy to find everything I need right at Publix. Of course, when I told everybody what I was up to, they were skeptical. But you should have seen their faces after they took that first bite! Now, no one in the family would dream of having a Sunday Dinner without one of my homemade desserts. And come Monday morning, there’s not a slice left either!

Coconut Cake made with Organic Ingredients

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