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Champion News Editor Robert Joseph Naddra, 51, died July 11, following what appears to have been a massive heart attack. He was driving from his Decatur office when he became suddenly and violently ill. He was rushed to DeKalb Medical Naddra Center, where he was pronounced dead. Naddra joined The Champion in 2009, first as a freelance contributor, then as a staff reporter. In 2010 he was promoted to news editor. He had a career as a journalist that spanned more than 26 years and included positions at The Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Herald, The Fayette Citizen, The Henry Record, The Dailey Tribune News (Cartersville), The Dalton Citizen and The Naples (Fla.) Daily News. He spent two years as an editor at Georgia Football Magazine and had been a freelance contributor to the Atlanta JournalConstitution and the Gwinnett Daily Post. Among his specialties as a journalist were sports writing and travel writing. Music was a special interest of his. Born in Atlanta, Naddra was a 1978 graduate of Tucker High School. He held a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia State University. He also was a 2012 graduate of Leadership DeKalb. “Robert was a talented and devoted journalist and a joy to work with,” said Champion Chief Operating Officer John Hewitt. “More than that he was a dear friend and a respected colleague to all of us here at The Champion. He will be sorely missed.” Survivors include his wife, Amy Laird Naddra; his daughters Alex, Kelsey and Bethany; his mother, Angie Naddra of Roswell; and two her news Christi from the The Because she getssisters,updates onlineNaddra Champion. of Marietta, and Cindy Smith of Roswell as too! Follow us. several nieces And you canwell asfather, Robert and nephews. His Vernon Naddra, preceded him in www.facebook.com/championnewspaper death. www.twitter.com/championnews

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FAMU president resigns, parents sue school
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com pion’s death, FAMU Band Director Julian White was fired. In a press release, Florida A&M University FAMU President Ammons (FAMU) President James said White was dismissed Ammons resigned July 11 for “alleged misconduct and in the wake of a incompetence inhazing scandal that volving confirmed led to the death of reports and allegaone student from tions of hazing.” DeKalb County The lawsuit aland the arrest of leges FAMU has more than 10 mema long history of bers of the school’s “knowledge and famed “Marching tolerance” of haz100” band. ing within the Robert Champion Ammons’ anFAMU band and nouncement came cites examples of on the same day the parhazing incidents dating back ents of Robert Champion to the early 1980s. Jr. filed a lawsuit against Additionally, the suit alFAMU. Champion was a leges that three days before drum major in the school’s the incident that caused marching band and was Champion’s death, universia graduate of Southwest ty officials knew about ritual DeKalb High School. hazing, and FAMU Dean Champion’s death was Henry Kirby proposed imruled a homicide as a result posing a long-term suspenof the alleged hazing incision of the band to deal with dent, which occurred Nov. its “egregious” hazing. 19, 2012, on a tour bus after “FAMU failed to implea football game in Orlando. ment Dean Kirby’s proposal Champion’s parents Robert after opposition was voiced Champion Sr. and Pamela from FAMU Band Director Champion have also named Julian White,” the lawsuit in the lawsuit the company states. “FAMU refused to that owns the bus on which suspend the FAMU Band the incident occurred. prior to the Florida Classic, “After considerable as suggested by Dean Kirby, thought, introspection and due to the public notoriety conversations with my and financial gain of particifamily, I have decided to pating in events during the resign from my position as three-day Florida Classic president in order to initiWeekend.” ate my retirement on Oct. The Florida State At11, 2012,” Ammons, who torney’s Office has charged served as president since 13 individuals in the haz2007, said in a statement. ing death of Champion. Of In the medical report, the 13 individuals charged, officials from the Orange 11 are charged with felony County Medical Examiner’s hazing; the remaining two Office concluded that “the are charged with a hazing death of Robert Champion, misdemeanor. All of the a 26-year-old male, is the individuals charged with result of hemorrhagic shock felony hazing have turned due to a soft tissue hemorthemselves in to various rhage, incurred by blunt law enforcement agencies force trauma.” throughout Florida. Several days after ChamClarification In the Election Guide that appeared in the July 12 issue of The Champion, Clerk of Court candidate Debra DeBerry’s name appeared incorrectly. The correct spelling is DeBerry. The Champion regrets the error.

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Ellis, planning director named in lawsuit
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com A lawsuit filed July 3 against three county officials over a land displacement permit calls into question the DeKalb CEO’s hiring of an interim planning director. Bobby Buckler and Anthony McCullar filed the lawsuit “because they won’t let us put a cul-de-sac on our property,” Buckler said July 13. The lawsuit names DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, interim planning director Gary Cornell, and associate planning director Hari Karikaran as defendants. Buckler and McCullar are asking a judge to compel Cornell and Karikaran “to issue the land disturbance permit to which [the plaintiffs] are legally entitled following the decision of the DeKalb County Planning Commission approving the plaintiff’s sketch plat.” The plaintiffs contend that the planning department’s approval of their sketch plat gives them the authority to subdivide their 4.62 acres on Clifton Road into seven residential lots. The lots will range from 0.4 acres to 0.6 acres, Buckler said. The lawsuit asks a judge to make a “declaration that defendant Gary Cornell does not lawfully occupy the office of director of the department of planning and sustainability because the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has neither confirmed his appointment, nor recognized his authority to act as director because defendant Ellis wrongfully delegated his authority to the department’s director to a private party, namely the Druid Hills Civic Association.” “Ellis effected this illegal delegation by refusing to nominate anyone for the director position so he could fill it on an ‘interim’ basis with Cornell who he knew would never be confirmed by the board,” the lawsuit states. In December 2011, Ellis announced that he had hired Cornell as an interim planning director and the next month, the board decided not to vote on Cornell’s appointment by Ellis. In one board meeting, some board members expressed concern that Ellis had hired an interim planning director when interim positions are usually filled by an existing employee. “I believe this action is illegal,” said Commissioner Lee May at the time. “Ellis is charged by law with the nomination of all county department directors,” the lawsuit states. “Those appointments must then be confirmed by the board before the nominees can be appointed and actually serve in the position. Ellis has intentionally circumvented the nomination process.” The lawsuit by Buckler and McCullar also seeks “a declaration that all of defendant Cornell’s official actions since his illegal appointment are void since he was without legal authority to act in an official capacity.” Buckler said he is not a pawn in a larger conflict between the Board of Commissioners and Ellis. “I am the game,” Buckler said. “Cornell is there because of me. Period.” Buckler said it was because of his conflict with the county that DeKalb’s former planning director was fired and Cornell put in place. Cornell has used his position “to effectively veto the decision” of the Planning Commission to allow the plaintiff to subdivide the property, the lawsuit states. Cornell’s actions “are intended to further the interests of private citizens acting through the [Druid Hills Civic Association], which has used its political power to…prevent development within the Druid Hills community.” Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications director, said the county does not comment on pending litigation. “We conduct ourselves in complete accordance with the law,” Brennan said about the allegations in the lawsuit.

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County mulling $2 million purchase for firemen’s air packs
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com DeKalb County Fire Rescue officials are rushing to replace 300 faulty air masks. The department asked the county’s Board of Commissioners on July 10 to approve $2 million for the purchase of 300 self-contained breathing apparatuses, 640 air bottles, 725 masks, 10 Rapid Intervention Team packs, 725 regulators and 725 voice amps. The funds would also pay for user training facilitated by a technician from Scott Safety, the air pack provider. The Board of Commissioners voted to defer approving the purchase for two weeks to give fire officials time to test breathing apparatuses from the four companies that responded to the county’s request for information. Originally, fire rescue officials had planned to the test air packs during the first two weeks of August, said Deputy Fire Chief Norman Augustin. “Prior to this emergency request, that was going to be our plan,” Augustin said. “In light of recent incidents we’ve had, we decided to go around the competitive bid process and move forward getting the Scott air pack.” In June, a DeKalb County firefighter was forced to jump out of a two-story building after his air pack malfunctioned during a fire. Since the department started using the air packs in 2009, they have malfunctioned 29 times during an emergency, according to fire rescue officials. Many of the devices have had to be sent back to Draeger, the manufacturer, to repair problems with their quick-release connections for the pressurized air bottles and battery connections, among other problems. “In light of all the problems we were having, we decided to bring this [emergency request] to the board, because we didn’t want another incident with a fireman,” said Kelvin Walton, the county’s purchasing director. Commissioner Lee May said he was concerned about the hurried process of purchasing the air masks. “We put the money in place for this back in February,” May said. “That’s four or five months ago. This seems a bit hurried. “I want to make sure we’re making the right decision, and we’re not putting at risk or in jeopardy our firefighters,” May said. “We know the issues they were having with the other ones, but we don’t want to find ourselves in the same predicament.” Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who asked for the two-week deferral, said Scott Safety is a well-known national firm that other large departments use. “One of the things I want to take into consideration is the actual usage by the end users which are the firefighters, to see how they feel about this,” Boyer said. “I’m more concerned with the safety than the cost,” Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton said.

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Robert Naddra Aug. 5, 1960 - July 11, 2012

Remembering a dear friend and colleague
by Kathy Mitchell I have long thought of a newspaper’s news editor as the publication’s heart, pumping blood to all its other parts. On July 11, The Champion lost its heart, News Editor Robert Naddra, who passed away suddenly after putting in a full day’s work. News editor is not the highest position at a newspaper, but the person holding that position sets the newspaper’s tone and establishes its character. That’s how I thought of it when I held the position. I considered it a great responsibility and took it very seriously. When Robert became this newspaper’s news editor in October 2010, I passed that thought along to him. He, too, took the responsibility very seriously. In fact, he took it so seriously that he would sometimes insist on an original story when others on the staff felt we could get by with a news wire article or a rewritten press release. He would first-place awards and the newspaper had received—for the fourth year in a row—the association’s highest award, first place in General Excellence, thanks in no small measure to Robert’s efforts. Robert called himself a conservative and although I think of myself as somewhere between moderate and liberal, we were always respectful of one another’s points of view. More often than not, we found points on which we were in agreement. Maybe that was because he never took himself or his views too seriously, and because he had a ready sense of humor. Besides, there were so many non-political things that we could talk about without a hint of disagreement—baseball, stupid criminals and joys and challenges of family life. Every good journalist I’ve ever known has had a wide variety of interests and an unquenchable curiosity about the world. Robert

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sometimes insist that we hold the paper for an hour or so while we got the last details on a breaking story. He felt strongly about getting the story and getting it right. He was proud of The Champion, and The Champion was proud of him. Just three days before his death the staff returned from a Georgia Press Association meeting in Destin, Fla. There, Robert had received two

was such a journalist. He loved music, sports, history, travel and a long list of other things. He was a lifelong learner who enjoyed people and eagerly pursued adventure. Just days before his death, he joined several of us on the Champion staff in biking, kayaking and splashing in the Gulf of Mexico. Those who read Robert’s columns know what was truly dear to his heart. In many of them he talked about his family, especially his beloved three daughters. He proudly kept us updated on what was going on in their lives. The love and admiration were clearly mutual. His desk was decorated with handmade cards telling “daddy” how much he was loved. Messages left on The Champion website call Robert “classy,” “a real treasure,” “wonderful,” “kindhearted,” “amazing.” Those of us who worked with him know that he was all that and more. He was our heart.

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Of primary importance
is titled “One Man’s Opinion,” I thought you might want to know how, and perhaps more importantly why I intend to vote and for whom. T-SPLOST: I find the ballot question preamble, “Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight,” to be both misleading and oversimplifying the question. DeKalb is slated to receive $1 billion of the more than $6.1 billion in projected sales tax revenues from collecting an additional penny for 10 years. That is nearly 16 percent of the total for the 10-county metro region. MARTA projects in DeKalb and Fulton counties are beneficiaries, and the Beltline and alternative transportation projects will also get built. With some reservations regarding the “how” of citizen oversight, and two yard signs on my property, I vote Yes. DeKalb County CEO: Current DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has steered the county through some financially challenging times. He is building a national reputation for the county in the areas of alternative energy development and sustainability. He has become a leader among county government officials in several national organizations, and he has close political ties to the current White House. No elected official is perfect, but this one deserves re-election. I have seen and hear nothing from challengers Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmundson that makes them worthy of serious consideration. Vote to reelect Ellis CEO. DeKalb Board of Commissioners: District 1: Though I often disagree with her style, which can appear quite opportunistic, Commissioner Elaine Boyer (R-1) fights for her constituents, and as the only Republican on the board of commissioners, she always makes sure that her vote is heard. Vote to re-elect Boyer. District 4: Incumbent Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton (D-4) is perhaps becoming best known for sending out attractive newsletters, paid for with your tax dollars and claiming credit for work and accomplishments of others. She means and presents well, but is becoming somewhat the Kim Kardashian of DeKalb County politics—and I don’t mean that it a good way. Challenger Steve Bradshaw has a keen business mind, a track record of innovation in the private sector and the backing of several other local elected officials. A vote for Bradshaw should hopefully give the district better representation. District 5: Commissioner Lee May (D-5) is perhaps fighting back the most challenging field. May’s personal finances have also given his critics a weapon to club him with. That said, Commissioner May has remained a consistent and strong voice of concern for his constituents, on issues such as the T-SPLOST, which he strongly opposes for not including the East DeKalb MARTA rail extension. May may have to battle a run-off, but deserves re-election. District 6: Commissioner Kathie Gannon (D-6) is often a voice of reason and moderation in board meetings where that commodity can be in short supply. She is to be commended for her work on several civic concerns, including the upgrades coming to DeKalb’s Animal Shelter and ongoing land use planning and conservation across the county. Though we can’t take politics out of politics, her primary opponent is more part of a political grudge match with another commissioner. Gannon deserves return to the DeKalb Board of Commissioners. Next week: DeKalb Board of Education, legislators and ballot straw poll questions. Bill Crane also serves as a political analyst and commentator for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist for The Champion, Champion Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native and business owner, living in Scottdale. You can reach him or comment on a column at billcrane@earthlink.net.

“No taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient, and unpleasant.”— President George Washington (1732-1799) during his Farewell Address, Sept. 17, 1796. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi, and 10th largest in population in the United States, as of the 2010 census, we are approaching 10 million residents (9,687,660). Twenty-five percent of our population is younger than 18. To get to voting age adults, we are down to fewer than 7.5 million. The number of registered voters drops further to 5.75 million. And when we get to typical voter turnout in the summer general primary elections, somewhere between 25-33 percent of registered voters will likely show up at the polls. That means 1.5 to 2 million ballots will be likely cast in the Tuesday, July 31, general primary out of a possible 7.5 million. Pathetic. The likely runoff that will follow for several races will attract even fewer voters. That said, every single vote cast matters more—and as this column

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The war on soda pop
We're famous for embracing the freedom to do the wrong thing, as often as we please.
say, the government thinking that it knows best. As one college student, with the clarity of mind typical of college students, told The New York Times in response to the proposed ban: “If people want to drink 24 ounces, it’s their decision.” What’s next, conservatives ask? Loudspeakers mounted in public parks so that the government can lead mass exercise drills? That’s North Korea, not us. On the third hand, how is forcing people to do the right thing unAmerican? We do that all of the time. We pass laws to make people wear seat belts and motorcycle helmets and strap small children into car seats. We prohibit them from buying drugs we think are harmful to them, we limit their freedom to smoke in public and private spaces. We’ve even made suicide illegal in most places (although that seems to me a classic case of locking the barn door after the horse is way gone). On the fourth hand, the problem with granting people the freedom to act in self-destructive ways is that the damage they do isn’t just to themselves. The societal costs of obesity, for example, are enormous in terms of health care costs, insurance premiums and lost productivity. On the fifth hand, how much choice do we really have anyway? The advertising industry has become so adept at invading our minds and manipulating them to its ends that the concept of “free choice” has become a mockery. From the time they are tykes, children are bombarded with messages that sweet is not merely good but the only good. Frosted cereal, syrupy drinks and candy treats make up a good share of the foodstuffs advertised on kiddy shows. By the time most kids get through kindergarten, they are brainwashed. New York is simply trying to give those brains a light rinse. After all, who would really choose to be obese? OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. otherwords.org.

New York City, ever the leader in healthy living, is about to ban the sale of super-sized sodas and other sweetened drinks by its restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. As part of a continuing campaign against obesity, it’s going to prohibit beverage containers bigger than 16 ounces. “Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’” said Mayor Mike Bloomberg. “New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something.” Good luck with that, Mayor. On the one hand, the ban seems a little like passing a law against shoving beans up your nose. I mean, really. Do we have to make stupid actions illegal before people stop doing them? Apparently so. Recent studies have found that as many as two-thirds of New Yorkers are overweight, with a third of them classified as obese. (And the numbers for the rest of the country are no better.) Part of the reason is that people are encouraged to buy heavily sweetened soda in containers the size of fire buckets. Under the new law, if someone wants to wash down his or her double cheeseburger with 32 ounces of Pepsi or Coke’s finest, he or she will have to buy two 16-ounce servings. And if that doesn’t sound like a big deal, it’s because it isn’t. But it will make people–and especially kids –think twice before doing something really dumb. After that, they’re on their own. On the other hand, as much as I hate to admit it, there’s something almost un-American about forcing people to do the right thing. We’re famous for embracing the freedom to do the wrong thing, as often as we please. Conservatives are particularly vociferous about this. The ban on supersized sweet beverages is another example of the “nanny state,” they

The following comments are pulled straight from our website and are not edited for content or grammar. Never in the history of The Champion Newspaper’s “Straight from the Web” column have we received as many comments as we have about the sudden death of Champion Editor Robert Naddra. Here is a sampling about this fine editor who always pursued excellence and touched many lives: I was shocked to hear of Robert Naddra’s sudden passing. Although I did not [know] him personally, I was struck and impressed by his warn and open response when I approached him about covering neighborhood concerns and international peace issues. In my experience he went out of his way to give the community a voice through the DeKalb Champion. – Ann Mauney posted this on 7/15/12 at 12:11 p.m. What a great tribute to a cool guy! I went to High School with Robbie and he was the quiet type in school.... Well it must be true about the quiet types, They will have something wonderful to say just takes time. We will miss you Robbie. Prayers and positive thoughts to the Naddra Family. – Charlotte Griffin Davis posted this on 7/12/12 at 8:38 p.m. This is really tragic news. Everyone at the Gwinnett Daily Post who knew him is saddened by his death. He used to work here part time proofing on the copy desk. He was such a nice guy. He and I were sort of close in age and we had some great talks about rock and roll, movies and such from our generation. I’ll miss him greatly. – Nate McCullough posted this on 7/12/12 at 7:08 p.m. Robert was such a pleasure to work with in our study group at Leadership Dekalb! He had a warm, easy manner and a great sense of humor - always an important addition to our meetings. Gone far too soon. My condolences to his family. – Susan Laird posted this on 7/12/12 at 6:43 p.m. Having Robert as a member of the Class of 2012 was a real joy. Seeing the video of Randall Kirsch introducing Robert to the class at the Opening Retreat brings a flood of memories. The song captured Robert so well and we all still hum the refrain. We will miss Robert because he was a real asset to our community and to The Champion newspaper. We extend our sincere condolences to the Naddra Family and to The Champion. Robert was a real treasure. – Sara Fountain posted this on 7/12/12 at 4:38 p.m. Our prayers go out to the family. I’m very sadden by the news of his passing. Robert was a classy guy. I just spoke with him on yesterday about him coming to our school to get photos of our workouts. He will truly be missed! – Dante Ferguson posted this on 7/12/12 at 4:10 p.m. My thoughts and prayers are with the Naddra family. I enjoyed talking with Robert about the great pride we had in our children. He will be missed. Robert was truly special and I will miss him greatly. He was such a wonderful, sweet and kindhearted man. I’m so sorry we all loss you far too soon Robert. Your spirit will live on in each of us. My thoughts and prayers to his wife and daughters. – Katherine Mason posted this on 7/12/12 at 3:16 p.m.

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Members of the DeKalb County School Board voted July 16 against a plan to lay off 250 teachers.

DeKalb School Board refuses to cut teachers
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com The DeKalb County School Board rejected a plan July 16, which proposed to cut 250 teaching positions throughout the DeKalb County School District (DCSD). The board agreed to cut teachers when it passed the district’s budget on June 21, which contained more than $90 million in cuts and 1 mill tax increase. DeKalb Schools spokesman Walter Woods said the tax increase, which is expected to raise $14.8 million, amounts to a homeowner with a $200,000 property paying approximately $80 more each year in taxes. However, it’s a move the school board hasn’t taken since 2003. Board members Jesse Cunningham and Tom Bowen were the only members present who voted in favor of the layoffs, the rest proposed that Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson find a different way to come up with the $20 million in anticipated savings the teacher cuts would generate. Originally, Woods said the majority of personnel cuts in the budget were supposed to come through attrition. However, he said teachers and paraprofessionals aren’t leaving fast enough, so the district needs to make additional cuts. “We’re having fewer retirees and fewer resignations— right now about 20 a week,” Woods said. He said districts such as Fulton and Gwinnett have also been forced to make reductions, which may be why DCSD is seeing fewer teachers leaving the district. “They’re less likely to find positions elsewhere because everybody is cutting back,” Woods said. Woods said the other line items in the approved budget are scheduled to move forward and the teacher layoffs are the only “bump in the road.” However, every school
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and sometimes beyond. She currently is working with four families, two of which she has been helping since she began volunteering. Some of Beeker’s work includes home visits, and she also spends a lot of time gathering information on cases. “The easiest part is building a relationship with the kids, who are inA recommendation credibly resilient,” Beeker from her son prompted said. “They are hopeful Carolyn Beeker to voland inspiring to me.” unteer with the DeKalb Beeker said the exCounty Court Appointed perience has changed Special Advocates (CASA) her perspective on many office. Timely talks with things. CASA staff when the go“I had no idea how ing gets tough has kept many resources are dediher there. cated to these broken Beeker began volunfamilies and I didn’t really teering with CASA apunderstand how broken proximately 16 months these families are,” she ago after retiring from said. the Centers for Disease The work is very deControl and Prevention manding emotionally where she worked for 20 and Beeker said she also years. Beeker’s son, now finds inspiration from the an attorney, did an intern- staff at CASA, especially ship with CASA as a law advocacy coordinator student and persuaded Christian Mitchell and his mother to volunteer program coordinator Tara there after she retired. Daniels. “I was looking for “You work with a very something challenging complex system that has and he said I should be many moving parts,” doing something gritty Beeker said. “It’s a conand tough,” Beeker said. stant challenge. “He said [working with “It’s amazing how exCASA] is what I should be traordinarily committed doing and it turns out he the staff is at CASA,” she was right. CASA fit the continued. “Sometimes bill.” I feel like I hit the wall, CASA volunteers advo- periodically. But after cate for the best interests talking to someone like of abused and neglected Christian or Tara, they’re children who are under the ones that make me the protection of the decide to keep doing this. juvenile court. Beeker If they can do this every works with families day, then I think I can do though the court process this too.”

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Drug Court launches book club for at-risk children
by Nigel Roberts Lakristie* and Rahshina* wasted no time signing up their children when they learned about the new book club. They both believe that participating in the reading groups would improve their children’s reading skills and set them on a positive path in life. This book club is unique in that each participant has a recovering addict parent in the DeKalb County Drug Court (DCDC). Judge Cynthia J. Becker, who presides over the drug court, encouraged DCDC’s foundation to apply for a $2,000 grant from the Decatur Rotary Club. The foundation won the grant in May and held its first book club meeting in June with two dozen middle and high school participants. “Our first meeting was like a focus group,” said Shannon Zagorin, the project coordinator who has been instrumental in organizing the book club. “The kids gave us a lot of input.” Zagorin distributed a list of five books with short synopses at the meeting, and the group chose Liar, written by Justine Larbalestier, as its first assignment. The organizers learned from a survey that the children filled out during that session that few of them read for leisure and seldom complete school reading assignments. Another important topic of discussion at the inaugural gathering was what it means to be an at-risk child. “Studies show that the genetics and environment of these kids contribute to a process that could cause them to end up in the criminal justice system,” Becker lamented. “This book club could serve as a preventive measure, to support kids and reconnect parents.” These children have a parent involved in DCDC’s twoyear court supervised drug treatment program. This alternative sentencing program is for non-violent, felony level offenders whose drug addiction was a driving force behind their criminal activity. One aim of the book club is to create an opportunity for quality parental involvement. But Zagorin is clear: “The book club is about the children.” “It brings them (the children) into an environment with other kids whose parent is going through drug rehab,” she stated. “They can speak about their feelings freely without having to worry that other kids in the group do not understand—often the case in a classroom setting. It’s an added bonus that families come together.” Some of these kids have been in the foster care system and have suffered a range of traumatic experiences. Their environment and other factors make them vulnerable to getting caught up in the criminal justice system. Their at-risk status also makes them vulnerable to low academic achievement. The book club seeks to avert a potential academic downfall. “In terms of education, an at-risk student is one who lives in an environment that does not promote literacy,” explained Professor Gordon Emert Jr., associate professor and chair of the education department at Agnes Scott College. “Literacy is not just about intellect but also access to books, information and resources.” Emert, who is involved in a literacy program for refugee children in DeKalb, emphasized that literacy is not only about reading skills; it is also about communicating clearly and processing information. Book clubs can be an “extraordinarily powerful” tool to improve the life outcomes of at-risk youth. That is especially true, Emert added, if the participants encounter characters in books that they can relate to and see how they resolved their problems. Indeed, Zagorin stated, DCDC’s literacy project focuses on books with characters the participants can identify with and themes with a positive message. Parental participation is a key factor that can improve the outcome. Lakristie, who has three children and a niece in the book club, is an avid reader and has always encouraged them to read. Rahshina, on the other hand, had not been a reader in the past but is now involved in the book club with her two daughters. “I plan to read with them one to two hours every day,” Rahshina said. “Family literacy is important,” Emert said. It can be powerful if the child sees their parent reading and improving their own literacy skills. “The parent then becomes a role model for success,” he added. Lakristie recalled that her son, 15, had concerns that the book club would be like school. “But when we had the first meeting, he had a great time,” she said. She credits his positive attitude to the fact that the organizers encourage the kids to share their thoughts freely. Rahshina is pleased that her 12- and 13-year-old daughters are now enthusiastic about reading. “It makes me feel good because I was never a reader, but now my daughters will pick up a book.” *The court asked that last names not be used.

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The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 20, 2012

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Clarkston canine to compete in national dock diving competition
Among DeKalb County’s outstanding athletes is one more likely to celebrate victories with a wag of his tail than with a high five. He’s a 3-yearold pit bull-German Shepherd mix named Nathan Jr. Heather Gulden, who describes herself as Nathan Jr.’s “very proud owner” said his arena for competition is a 40-foot pool filled with 28,000 gallons of water because his chosen sport is the fast-growing canine sport of dock diving. Nathan Jr.’s next competition will be at Stone Mountain Park, July 27- 29. Clarkston residents Nathan Jr. and his handler, Gulden, comprise a team that has earned both Master and Elite titles with the national organization DockDogs®, Inc. They have been participating in dock diving for two years and, according to Gulden, have enjoyed each event in which they have taken part. This team broke into the sport at a DockDogs® event in Charleston, S.C., in February with jumps more than 20 feet. Quickly adapting to dock diving, Gulden and Nathan Jr. have competed at events from Florida to Maryland and many stops in between. Now, they are preparing for Stone Mountain, where they have a chance to qualify to compete in the DockDogs® World Championships. Gulden said she’s hoping their winning streak continues as they are coming off a sixth-place finish in the Master Division at the DockDogs® Regional Championships in McHenry, We are excited about sharing this event with the Atlanta area.” Any dog older than 6 months can be registered to try dock diving at this event. There will be staff members to help newcomers to the sport. Spectators are also welcome. Gulden said the best part of this sport is “how my dog’s eyes light up when he sees the pool! Not much in the world makes him happier than a ball and some water. Finding this sport that not only he likes, but I also like, too? Well, nothing is better.” For more information on this event or to register a dog, visit www. dockdogs.com or call Dixie Dock Dogs® member Nancy Akin at (706) 540-9395 or DockDogs® at (330) 2414975.

Judge candidate indicted for theft
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com tion for an investment deal. “Michael Rothenberg unlawfully transferred A candidate for DeKalb $440,000 into accounts that Superior Court has some he controlled and then illegal problems of legally used those his own. funds for his own Michael personal use,” James Rothenberg was said. “He would freindicted by a quent local DeKalb DeKalb County County spots such grand jury July as Farm Burger, J. 17 on six felony Christopher’s and counts of theft by Walmart on other taking, accordpeople’s dimes. ing to a statement “This isn’t just a by the office of clear violation of the Rothenberg DeKalb County law, but also a violaDistrict Attorney tion of the trust of Robert James. the investors of this “Shocked is my reaction, development corporation,” beyond that I just found out James said. about it and I need to make Some of those funds were some calls and I can’t discuss redirected into various acit any further,” said Rothencounts controlled by Rothenberg when reached after the berg, including a campaign indictment. account and a personal bankRothenberg, a Decatur ing account, according to the attorney, is currently on the indictment. DeKalb County ballot to Between March and Nounseat Superior Court Judge vember 2010, Rothenberg Gail Flake. allegedly used the funds at According to the district various businesses including attorney’s office, Rothenberg the Marcus Jewish Commureceived more than $1.3 mil- nity Center of Atlanta, Maslion in funds from a Colorasage Associates of Atlanta, do-based investment group Walmart, Enterprise Rent-Anamed Winterhawk Energy Car, three local newspapers and Development Corporaand various restaurants.

Md. “Nathan Jr. has all the ability in the world. We are so excited about this opportunity to qualify for the World Championships.” The upcoming competition at Stone Mountain will feature all three DockDogs® disciplines. Big Air® is where the dog jumps for distance; Extreme Vertical™ is where the dog jumps for height; Speed Retrieve™ in which the dog jumps and swims for the fastest time. According to DockDogs® CEO Grant Reeves, some of the top-ranked dogs in the sport from not only the Southeast, but also other regions of the country will compete for a chance to qualify for the DockDogs® World Championship in Dubuque, Iowa, in November. Reeves added, “This is our first time here at Stone Mountain, and we expect our event to be a huge success in such a family-friendly environment. Everyone loves dogs and water sports.

vote and Be Heard

The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 20, 2012

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Onlookers watch as Doraville resident John Maloney starts one of his tractors at his recent open house featuring antique farm equipment and tools. This 1941 John Deere tractor was brought back to its original state from a rusted hulk. Incorporating a unique ignition system, Maloney has to turn a fly wheel to crank the two cylinder horizontal engine. Photos by Bob Kelley

One of the more popular pieces of farm equipment at Maloney’s open house was a 1949 International Harvester hay press. A staple on many farms in the Doraville area 60-70 years ago, the press was used to bail hay and bind the bales with wire. At the demonstration, the press was filled with loose hay that was transformed into bales to the delight of spectators.

‘Daddy, why are all your tractors brown?’
Doraville’s John Maloney has tirelessly assembled a collection of antique farm tools and equipment that proves everything old can be new again
by Bob Kelley Part One: Restoring the past Ever seen a hog oiler or held a brass claw hammer? What in the world is a fly wheel engine? And just how much corn does a corn sheller shell? For rural Depression-era folks still around today, or even Baby Boomers, these are not particularly hard questions. But for those born into the subsequent X, Y and Z generations, these terms are as foreign as an eight-track tape player and 5-cent candy bar. For the past quarter century, Doraville resident John Maloney has made it his hobby to preserve and protect antique farm equipment and agricultural tools—obsolete remnants of the fading rural American fabric. Doraville seems an appropriate locale for such a collection. It began nearly 200 years ago as a small agricultural community that, over the years, blossomed into a bustling suburban city 11 miles north of downtown Atlanta. “The Maloneys came to the Doraville area decades ago,” said Maloney. “My grandfather, J.H. “Bud” Maloney, had a dairy farm in rural Doraville on property where they later built the old General Motors plant, and he also ran an Amoco station in long-demolished ‘downtown’ Doraville. My daddy helped on the dairy, but after he returned from World War II he eventually went to work for generated a response from a farmer in Buford. “I went to his farm and out in the field was a rusted skeleton of a tractor dating to the 1930s that was covered with vines and weeds. It had to be restored from scratch,” he said. “I often brought old rusted tractors like these home to restore and I remember my daughter Lisa once asking: ‘Daddy, why are all the tractors you bring home brown?’” By the time Maloney was finished with each “brown” tractor, it had been restored to its original glory, gleaming in the traditional Deere colors of green and yellow. As his interest in collecting grew, Maloney scoured flea markets and farm shows looking for those “just right” components to place into his collection. Today, a three-room utility building in his backyard houses nearly 2,000 artifacts ranging from CocaCola trays to antique farm and hand tools to butter churns and small tabletop grist mills. Most of the items are meticulously tagged with the date they were acquired and where each piece came from. “When I go shopping for items to add to the collection, I have to constantly keep in mind the amount of storage space I have available. That’s why most of the items are relatively small, yet unique,” noted Maloney. For example, a row of claw hammers hanging on a shelf look identical and may not appear at first glance to offer anything special. But closer
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Visitors to Doraville resident John Maloney’s open house could participate in handson demonstrations in making rope out of twine, tapping pine trees for tar and, as shown here, using antique apple peelers to remove the apple’s skin. The skin, after the peeling, was a single piece measuring approximately four to five feet long.

the local postal service and didn’t do as much farming as my granddaddy. So I missed out on the full-blown farming experience but would help ‘farm’ our annual garden.” A retired General Electric transformer technician, Maloney started his early-American rural farm and equipment treasure trove in the mid-1980s when he developed an interest in fly wheel engines. These are single cylinder engines often used by farmers as stationary power sources. If electric-

ity was needed away from available outlets, the fly wheel engines, run off of flat belts, could power farm equipment like buzz saws and grain elevators. “As a collector, I would take the old engines to farm shows to display, but they eventually became too cumbersome to haul around,” Maloney recalled. “I then turned my attention to restoring old John Deere tractors and Model A cars.” Maloney once placed an ad seeking a particular John Deere model that

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Picketers protest Walmart again
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com Flash flooding in Decatur July 13 did not stop a group from protesting a proposed Suburban Plaza Walmart. Carrying handmade picket signs, members of Good Growth DeKalb, which is opposed to the Walmart development, gathered at the usually busy intersection of Medlock Road, North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard. Carter Joseph, of Decatur, participated in the protest with a sign that read “Walmart = Disaster for Decatur.” “True, this particular parcel needs redevelopment, but not a Walmart Supercenter,” Joseph said, complaining that residents of the city of Decatur do not have input into the development, which is just outside the city’s border. “That is one horrendous intersection,” Joseph said. “Emergency vehicles will not be able to get through at critical times of the day.” Walmart is planning to construct a 150,000-squarefoot store with groceries, deli, a pharmacy and optical center with underground parking. The developer, Selig Enterprises, has predicted that the improved development would add 600-800 jobs to the community and spur redevelopment in the corridor. Joseph said Walmart officials should consider moving to Scott Boulevard where there are several vacant lots that were once car dealerships. “If you’ve got to come in, that’s better,” Joseph said. Betty Blondeau of Good Growth DeKalb (GGD) said GGD and representatives of Selig Enterprises did not find “common ground” during a July 12 meeting. “Speaking through
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Disappointed with a recent meeting with the developer of Suburban Plaza, protestors take their anti-Walmart message to the streets. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

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

The Champion Weather
Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Scat'd T-storms High: 91 Low: 73

July 19, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
July 19, 1974 - A severe thunderstorm with winds to 80 mph and up to two inches of rain washed out four to five foot deep sections of roadway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Three people in a car died as they were carried 3,000 feet down a wash by a 10-foot wall of water. July 20, 1988 - The temperature at Redding, Calif. soared to an all-time record high of 118 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms produced much needed rains from New England to southern Texas. Salem, Ind. was deluged with 7.2 inches of rain, resulting in flash flooding. Dunwoody 89/72 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 90/73 90/73 90/73 Snellville Decatur 91/73 Atlanta 91/73 91/73 Lithonia College Park 92/73 92/73 Morrow 92/73 Union City 92/73 Hampton 93/74

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high of 91º, humidity of 62%. Light winds. The record high for today is 101º set in 1939. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY
Scat'd T-storms High: 90 Low: 73

*Last Week’s Almanac
Hi Lo Normals Precip Date Tuesday 94 71 89/70 0.02" Wednesday 90 70 89/70 1.05" Thursday 85 69 89/70 0.40" Friday 88 71 89/71 0.11" Saturday 88 74 89/71 0.02" Sunday 89 73 90/71 0.00" Monday 93 71 90/71 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .1.60" Average temp . .80.4 Normal rainfall . .1.22" Average normal 79.9 Departure . . . . .+0.38" Departure . . . . .+0.5
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

SATURDAY
Scat'd T-storms High: 89 Low: 74

SUNDAY
Isolated T-storms High: 88 Low: 72

MONDAY
Isolated T-storms High: 90 Low: 72

TUESDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 93 Low: 71 First 7/26

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 6:40 a.m. 6:41 a.m. 6:41 a.m. 6:42 a.m. 6:43 a.m. 6:44 a.m. 6:44 a.m. Sunset 8:47 p.m. 8:46 p.m. 8:45 p.m. 8:45 p.m. 8:44 p.m. 8:43 p.m. 8:43 p.m. Moonrise 7:10 a.m. 8:10 a.m. 9:11 a.m. 10:12 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 12:18 p.m. 1:23 p.m. Moonset 8:58 p.m. 9:34 p.m. 10:09 p.m. 10:42 p.m. 11:17 p.m. 11:53 p.m. Next Day Last 8/9

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 7:59 a.m. 9:15 p.m. 3:51 a.m. 5:37 p.m. 12:25 p.m.12:13 a.m. 3:10 a.m. 5:13 p.m. 1:31 p.m. 1:02 a.m. 12:10 a.m.12:28 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 95 Low: 72 Full 8/1

New 8/17

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see scattered thunderstorms today, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 96º in Mt. Vernon, Ill. The Southeast will see scattered thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 98º in Franklin, Va. The Northwest will see isolated thunderstorms today, mostly clear skies Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 103º in Sidney, Mont. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 107º in Gila Bend, Ariz.

Weather Trivia
What region is known as "tornado alley"?

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UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High 11+: Extreme Exposure

Answer: The area just south of South Dakota to just north of Texas.

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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Cahokia's Woodhenge
Centuries before Columbus, a powerful culture rose on the floodplain of the Mississippi River. These people built a sophisticated city that became one of the great population centers in the Americas. During the 1100’s as many as 20,000 people lived here, rivaling the biggest cities of Europe. They influenced ways of life from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, and made significant advances in astronomy, agriculture, and economics. By the fifteenth century the culture had essentially disappeared. This is Cahokia, located just east of St. Louis, MO, the largest archaeological site north of Mexico. It reminds me of a Mayan city with structures jutting upward from the surrounding, flat landscape. The scale is not as grand as Mexico, and unlike the Maya, who built from stone, the Mississippians used wood and soil for their edifices. Over the intervening centuries the wood rotted, leaving modern visitors to witness only the earthen mounds as they navigate the many pathways of the site. For me as an astronomy educator, it is Cahokia’s woodhenge that is most intriguing. There were at least five of them, built between 900 and 1100 AD. A center red cedar marker was surrounded by a ring of wooden cedar poles, with the number of markers in the ring varying by multiples of 12 between construction epochs. The largest ring had a diameter of 420 feet, but they all functioned in the same manner. Like Stonehenge, near the town of Salisbury, England, Cahokia’s wooden circles have been interpreted by archaeologists to be calendrical in nature, marking the times of high and low sun, the solstices, as well as the equinoxes. The number of circles built may have reflected the necessity of new construction as older ones deteriorated, or advances in concepts which led to more complex designs. Learn more about Cahokia Mounds at www.cahokiamounds.org. www.astronomy.org

The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 20, 2012

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Board of health encourages early back-to-school services
Schedule back-to-school health services now and get an early start. That’s the advice the DeKalb County Board of Health is giving local families. The organization’s back-to-school services include immunizations as well as vision, hearing and dental screenings. The Board of Health said these services are fast, affordable and available at four of its centers. The City Schools of Decatur begin Wednesday, Aug. 1; Atlanta Public Schools begin Monday, Aug. 6, and the DeKalb County School District begins Monday, Aug. 13. Georgia law requires that children enrolling in a childcare facility, or public or private school receive specific vaccinations and screenings. Children entering childcare or school or transferring from outside DeKalb County must submit an up-todate Georgia immunization form 3231 and a Georgia screening form 3300. Students entering a college or university should check the institution’s requirements. The DeKalb County health centers offer the required vaccinations at affordable fees. In addition, college students may be eligible to get some vaccines at no cost. The centers are open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Services are available on a first come, first served basis. To expedite the process, parents should do the following: • Bring each child and his or her immunization record. • Bring an accepted form of payment: check (Georgia banks only), Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids, Cigna and UnitedHealth Care State Health Benefit Plan, major credit and debit cards, and cash. • Arrive early. To accommodate working parents, the health centers will be open extended hours. The extended hours for back-to-school services are from 8:15 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7; Wednesday, Aug. 8; Thursday, Aug. 9; Monday, Aug. 13; Tuesday, Aug. 14; and Wednesday, Aug. 15. For children who need only dental screenings, the dental program will also provide dental services from 8:15 a.m. until 7 p.m. as follows: Central DeKalb Health Center on Aug. 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 15; North DeKalb Health Center on Aug. 7 and 14; Clifton Springs Health Center on Aug. 8 and 15 and East DeKalb Health Center on Aug. 9. The fees are as follows: vaccination cost depends on the child’s needs; vision screening, $10; hearing screening, $10 and dental screening, $10. Some families might be eligible for reduced fees. Georgia immunization form 3231 and Georgia screening form 3300 are provided at no cost if the child receives vaccinations and screenings. The transfer of information from other forms to these Georgia forms without another service costs $5 per form. Back-to-school services will be available at: • Central DeKalb (T.O. Vinson) Health Center, 440 Winn Way, Decatur, (404) 294-3762 • East DeKalb Health Center, 2277 S. Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road, Lithonia, (770) 4842600 • North DeKalb Health Center, 3807 Clairmont Road, Chamblee, (770) 454-1144 • Clifton Springs Health Center, 3110 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur, (404) 244-2200 Birth certificates of persons born in Georgia are available for $25 from the Board of Health’s Office of Vital Records, room 191, Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way, Decatur A Georgia driver’s license or other state identification card is required. Only a legal parent, grandparent or guardian can obtain a birth certificate for a child under 18 years old. Payment for certificates can be made in cash or by debit or credit card. Checks are not accepted. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Office of Vital Records will be open until 5 p.m. on Aug. 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 15. For more information on birth certificates, call (404) 294-3783. For more information on back-to-school health services, visit www.dekalbhealth.net or call (404) 294-3700.

The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 20 , 2012

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Three DeKalb communities, two others receive Livable Centers Initiative awards
Through its awardwinning Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), the Atlanta Regional Commission is awarding five local governments a total of $440,000 in grants—three of the five are in DeKalb County. The city of Doraville is to receive $100,000 for the former General Motors plant redevelopment, the city of Dunwoody is to receive $80,000 for Dunwoody Town Center and DeKalb County is to receive $80,000 for the Wesley Chapel Activity Center. The other two recipients are the cities of Hampton and Morrow. These grants are designed to help each community create quality growth plans in specific locations that will enhance the livability of these areas. The LCI grants, given annually to local governments in the Atlanta region, will go to DeKalb County and the cities of Doraville, Dunwoody, Hampton and Morrow design plans to better link transportation improvements with land use strategies. Once plans are completed, these communities are eligible for a larger pot of federal funding to implement their projects. “Over the years, LCI has helped communities across metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign to become places that attract residents and businesses alike,” said Tad Leithead, ARC Chairman. “Our local government partners have used these grants to the benefit of the entire region. Because of that, LCI has become a national award-winning model.” The goal of the LCI program, created in 1999, is to help local governments devise strategies that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, shops and offices, enhancing streetscapes and pedestrian amenities and improving access to transit options. With this latest round of grants, LCI has assisted 107 voted unanimously to borrow the money until Dec. 28, 2012, at a .06 percent interest rate. “The board approved a tax anticipation note. It’s not unusual,” Jeff Dickerson, a spokesman for DeKalb Schools, said. Board chairman Eugene Walker said the board did a good job of balancing the budget and sharing in the sacrifices that had to be made but agreed it was a difficult process. “I think we’ve got a good communities with more than $141 million in grant awards. Since the first LCI grants were awarded in 2000, more than 84,000 residential units, 20 million square feet of commercial space and 35 million square feet of office space are either planned, under construction or complete in these areas. Region-wide, 67 percent of all office space built since 2000 has been built within LCI areas. And, LCI areas have attracted 8.5 percent of all new residential units and 21 percent of all new commercial development built in the region. “Local communities are eager to revitalize their town centers and underutilized properties to create places that foster a neighborhood feel and environment,” said Dan Reuter, ARC’s land use division chief. “LCI grants allow them to accomplish this. The cumulative effect of these projects is changing the face of the region over time.”

Julia Steketee with Congressman Johnson and her parents, Katy Irwin and Richard Steketee.

Rep. Johnson awards Paideia student Congressional Bronze Medal
Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) presented Paideia junior Julia Steketee with the Congressional Award, Bronze Medal for her volunteerism and personal development. Steketee’s good works include tutoring refugee students at the Global Village School in Decatur, assisting students in rural Nicaragua and helping New Orleans residents recover from Hurricane Katrina. According to Johnson her personal goals include improving her artistic skills, raising her level of fitness by joining Paideia’s track team and learning to survive in the wilderness. Her work exemplifies the cornerstones of the Congressional Award: service to others, initiative and achievement. The Congressional Award is open to all young people ages 14-23 in America. To earn the award, young people must set and achieve goals in four areas: volunteerism, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.

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board is required to have a balanced budget and Woods said the $20 million will have to be accounted for somehow. Earlier in July the school board approved borrowing $90 million to finance the district’s operations in the coming fall. Since it has little to no reserves, officials said the money will act as a cushion until the district is able to collect tax revenue. The board

budget with a small cushion in it,” Walker said. “What people don’t really understand is that Superintendent [Atkinson] and the board looked at every possibility to increase revenue.” Additionally, the board also voted to increase class sizes by two students to save an estimated $14 million and increase the cost of employee health and dental benefits for approximately $6.7 million in savings.

PUBLIC NOTICE
DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS OF DISABLED STUDENTS
The DeKalb County School District, Department of Special Education, announces its intention to destroy records that were developed to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in DeKalb County Schools. This notice is in compliance with the federal, state and local policy. Records will be destroyed on October 1, 2012 based on the following criteria:  Students who graduated with a high school diploma in 2011.  Students who became twenty-two (22) years old between June 1, 2010 and June 1, 2011.  Special Ed. Students born during 1987 who graduated with a Transition Diploma, Certificate of Performance or reached maximum age of 22.  Students who became deceased between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. These records will be destroyed as they are no longer needed for educational planning purposes. The parent, legal guardian or the student (18 years old or older) may request records prior to destruction by contacting the Special Education Records Office at 678-676-1802. You will be required to produce identification or provide verification data to acquire these records.

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examination reveals subtle differences in design and material. One of his more unusual pieces is a brass hammer. This is an oddity because brass is such a soft metal it wouldn’t seem feasible for heavy construction work. Maloney quickly offers an explanation. “They used brass hammers and pick axes in the natural gas fields because brass striking rock would not produce a spark that could create a natural gas inferno,” he explained. One of his favorite items in the extensive collection is an old hog oiler dating from

the days of the Great Depression. These are heavy cast iron reservoirs that were filled with burned motor oil that lubricated big external wheels as they were turned. The oilers were then placed in a hog lot and the pigs would rub against the wheels, rotating them and transferring the oil onto their skin. Natural instinct taught the animals to slather oil over their bodies to keep lice and bugs at bay. Another piece Maloney delights in showing visitors is an 1893 calendar found in an old home in Unadilla, Ga. On the back of the calendar is a list of fire alarm box locations in turn-of-the-century Atlanta. They were located at intersections such as Peachtree

and Cain Streets, at the Atlanta Street Car Stables and the Fulton Cotton Spinning Company, a nostalgic link to a long-ago Atlanta. Many of the collection pieces were donated to Maloney by friends and neighbors who often noted they were giving him the artifacts because they were confident he would take good care of them. Several pieces were donated by pioneer Doraville families with locally recognizable names such as Creel and Galloway. This is part one of a twopart series. Part two, A gift to the community, will appear in the July 26 issue of The Champion.

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AROUND DEKALB
atLanta
Dine and dance returns to Northlake Mall northlake Mall’s monthly big band event returns tuesday, July 31, 6 – 8 p.m. Mall visitors can swing, sway and savor the sounds of the atlanta-new York connection in northlake Mall’s food Garden. Held the last tuesday of every month, this social affair is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to come early to have dinner before dancing the night away. northlake Mall is located at 4800 briarcliff road, n.E. call (770) 9383564 for more information. turing local businesses that will have information on getting and keeping fit, as well as drawings for prizes and information on registering for the run/walk. Prizes include gift certificates for local fitness businesses, personal training, swim lessons and more. there also will be opportunities to participate in exercise activities. the event is free to the community. the KP corporate run/Walk is scheduled for sept. 13 in atlanta. for information on the kickoff event, visit www.decaturga.com/teamdecatur. Concert to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry the second Poverty is real benefit concert is set for July 27-29 at Eddie’s attic. Proceeds from the event will go to the decatur cooperative Ministry. founded in 1969, the decatur cooperative Ministry helps to alleviate and prevent homelessness in and around decatur. the inaugural concert last year raised $6,000 for the ministry and the goal is $10,000 this year, according to a press release. there will be six shows during the three-day event. More than a dozen performers are on the bill including Eric Litwin, Matthew Kahler and Eliot Bronson. in addition to nightly shows, this year there will be two saturday matinee concerts for families featuring Litwin, the guitarstrumming, book-writing, song-singing, bestselling author of the Pete the Cat picture books. the shows are at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will be hosted by Little shop of stories. the full show schedule is available at www.povertyisreal.us and tickets are available at www.eddiesattic.com. Church to have Friends and Family weekend rainbow Park baptist church is inviting the entire community to its annual “friends and family Weekend at the Park,” friday, July 20, through sunday, July 22. “it is our responsibility to be a beacon of light in our community. it is my personal goal and the goal of rainbow Park baptist church to bring souls to christ. We want to invite everyone out to join us and have a great time,” said Pastor Steven N. Dial. the weekend will kickoff on friday at 7:30 p.m. with a new Members soiree: Jazz Mixer, which will include live music, dancing, food games and prizes. on saturday at 11 a.m. there will be a community ice cream blitz followed by “fun in the sun on the Lawn” at the Park. on sunday, rainbow Park baptist church will have sunday school at 9 a.m., worship service in the sanctuary at 10 a.m., followed by a fellowship Meal and other various activities. rainbow Park baptist church is located at 2941 columbia drive, decatur. Author speculates on alternative history Stephen Carter’s new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives an assassination attempt and two years later is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority both during and after the civil War. carter will be at the decatur Library Monday, July 23, at 7:15 p.m. a law professor at Yale university, carter is the author of a string of bestselling novels including New England White, Palace Council and Jericho’s Fall. His new novel is The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. the decatur Library is located at 215 sycamore street, decatur. for more information, call (404) 370-3070. Author to conduct writers’ forum a writers’ forum with Wayne South Smith will be held at the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library Monday, July 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m. the forum offers writers an opportunity to share their original creative writings of up to 500 words or five minutes of reading time. Works should be appropriate for family audiences. readings will be followed by brief facilitated discussions during which audience members offer feedback, along with ideas for expansion and improvement. the forum includes writers of all experience levels. authors who choose to read should sign-up at the event, first-come, first-served. smith has written in a variety of genres, including memoirs, fiction, nonfiction features and screenplays and has been a writing coach and editor since 2003. no registration is required. toco Hillavis G. Williams Library is located at 1282 Mcconnell drive, decatur. for more information, call (404) 6794404. volunteers have served in the Peace corps around the world. at a special panel discussion at the stonecrest Library tuesday, July 24, those attending can hear how service has impacted the lives of minority volunteers. Peace corps staff will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process, safety/security concerns, career and graduate school opportunities. the event will be 6 - 8 p.m. the stonecrest Library is located at 3123 Klondike road, Lithonia. for more information, call (770) 482-3828. Two July workshops remain at Arabia Mountain two more summer programs are scheduled in July at the davidsonarabia Mountain nature Preserve. A free tree identification program will be held July 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Park ranger Robby Astrove will lead an interpretive hike as participants are taught about arabia’s diversity of native trees and why they are important to humans and wildlife. a rain barrel-making workshop is scheduled for July 28, 2-3 p.m. deKalb county adopt-a-stream coordinator Michael O’Shield will teach participants how to build their own rain barrel to collect rain water for use in yards and gardens. the cost of the workshop is $30 and includes the barrels and kits; checks and cash only will be accepted. to register, email msoshield@dekalbcountyga.gov. the programs will be held at davidson-arabia nature center, 3787 Klondike road, Lithonia. for more information, call (770) 484-3060 or visit www.arabiaalliance.org.

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Soon after Wylde started the community garden in the median, she purchased the property where the Oakhurst Community Garden is located, off Oakview Road in Oakhurst in Decatur. Van Parys said Wylde’s mission was to turn the property into a place where children could learn about the environment and how to grow their own food and be active. Now the garden boasts a large chicken coop, a children’s play area, a greenhouse and more than 30 community garden plots. In 2000, The Wylde Center hired its first full-time educator, and since then the center has split its focus, concentrating 50 percent of its resources on education and 50 percent on gardening. “In 2004 we started offering classes to the community. It’s at that time you really see the garden as a place going beyond the neighborhood. I became the director in 2005,” Van Parys said. Van Parys said when the center began holding classes the idea was to bring people to the garden in a different way—offering them a place to play and learn—something more than simply a community garden. In 2010 the Wylde Center acquired the Sugar Creek Garden, which is just around the corner, and the center began working with the Decatur Farm to School program. Additionally, in 2011 the center began working with the Decatur

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Housing Authority to bring gardening coaches to some of the apartments and neighborhoods in the city, which Van Parys said has continued throughout this year. Another green space, located off First Avenue in Atlanta, was recently donated to center as well. “With that growth we kind of started bumping up against our current name,” Van Parys said. “I

wanted us to be an environmental education organization that houses a community garden. After a couple of years of conversation, we agreed to change our name to an umbrella organization name. However, everything else is still the same.” Van Parys said she and the board of directors decided to settle on the name “The Wylde Center” because of the dual meaning. She

also said many people involved with the center remember Wylde, so it honors her memory and it gives those who don’t know about Wylde or her story a chance to learn about the center’s history. The center’s budget is approximately $270,000 a year, which is raised through fundraising events, income from the classes it hosts and 25 percent comes from those supporting the center though annual memberships. Van Parys said there are approximately 600 members, 70 percent DeKalb and Decatur residents and 30 percent outside that area. It also raises funds by holding an annual plant sale; Van Parys said each year they sell approximately 3,000 plants. In the coming years, Van Parys said, the center plans on expanding many of its programs, such as the gardening coach and Farm to School programs. She also said the center plans to renovate its main office area by remodeling the twostory building that Wylde purchased 15 years ago when she started the community garden project. “We grow vegetables at all of our sites,” Van Parys said. “It’s really important to us that folks can take ownership of our space. We’re just going to continue to meet the needs of the community.” For more information about The Wylde Center visit www. wyldecenter.org.

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GPC offers new tuition payment option for students Georgia Perimeter College is now offering Nelnet Business Solutions as a financial option for students caught between payments for school. The automatic payment plan, which requires students to provide a down payment of their total tuition and student fee bills, allows students to spread out payments without incurring interest. A $50 sign-up fee per semester is required. Enrolling in the Nelnet program can help students who want to register for classes but whose financial aid awards have yet to post to their student accounts. Additionally, students who don’t have financial aid but need help extending tuition and fee payments over more than one month are also eligible. Dunwoody resident is recipient of Shire ADHD Scholarship Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced that Daniel Taché, a resident of Dunwoody, received a 2012 ADHD Scholarship. The Shire ADHD Scholarship Program helps individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) going on to higher education Fifty individuals diagnosed with ADHD going on to higher education were selected from 1,437 applicants across the United States. The scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services. Three DeKalb students awarded National Merit Scholarships
Students work on last-minute items needed for the solar car. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

The top of the Cross Keys High School solar car “Endeavor” awaits placement. The team, made up of members of the DeKalb County School District’s Engineering and VEX Robotics teams, was the first team of Georgia high-schoolers to participate in the 2012 Solar Car Challenge, held at the Texas Motor Speedway.

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Cross Keys solar car heads to Texas Motor Speedway
moment to put all their training to work—each of the nearly 20 students involved in the solar car 2012 project worked daily for the past several months, in some cases up to 50 hours a week, Gunter said. “I’ve been up all night and I kind of slept here,” Gunter said the day before the team left, as he walked down the hallway toward a workshop that held the solar array, or the roof of solar panels that powered the car. The race will be held at the Texas Motor Speedway. The team will race for three

Patrick Gunter, director of the Cross Keys High School Manufacturing Center, stood amid a group of students busily putting the last finishing touches on a solar car they had been building for the last several months. During the past year Gunter has been teaching at the high school, students from the DeKalb County Engineering and VEX Robotics teams have been working toward this

hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon, over a period of four days. The team left July 12 and is the first high school in Georgia to compete in the Solar Car Challenge, which ran July 14-19. Although they completed the car and made it to the race, much of it was built with donated parts and the team is still accepting donations to cover the group’s travel expenses. For more details and the progress the team made during the race can be followed at www. solarcar2012.com.

Three DeKalb students have been awarded the National Merit Scholarship, a scholarship for outstanding students that provides between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. The students are Elizabeth A. Burns from Lakeside High School, who will attend Georgia Tech; Thendral Govindaraj from the Paideia School, who will attend Harvey Mudd College; and A. Noah Harrison from the Paideia School, who will attend Carleton College. Salem Middle School implements uniform policy Beginning Aug. 13, the first day of school for the DeKalb County School District, students at Salem Middle School will be required to wear uniforms. For more information visit the school’s website at www. dekalb.k12.ga.us/~salem/ or contact Ann Marion at (678) 676-9417.

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Padgett North Atlanta holds ribbon cutting
A ribbon cutting was held recently to celebrate the opening of Padgett North Atlanta’s new office on Independence Square in Dunwoody. Founded in 1965, Padgett Business Services now has more than 400 offices throughout the United States. President Jeff Massingale said, “Our office is full service, providing business advice, tax consultation and preparation, monthly financial interpretation analyst and reports, payroll services, QuickBooks and bookkeeping services.” During the event Dunwoody Mayor Pro Tem Denny Shortal said, “Welcome to Dunwoody – It’s a good place to be.”

Hotel Equities adds Tucker hotel to its portfolio
Hotel Equities recently acquired the management contract for the Country Inn & Suites hotel in Tucker. With the addition of this hotel, the Hotel Equities portfolio now holds 17 hotels in metro Atlanta. “We are proud to extend our firm’s presence in Atlanta with the acquisition of another management contract, our second in DeKalb County,” said Brad Rahinsky, Hotel Equities vice president of operations. Hotel Equities is an Atlanta-based full-scale hotel management, development and consulting firm.

Marlon Heard says that at his new location he will focus on selling “smalls”—gifts and serving pieces.

Roost Gifts & Décor moves to Toco Hills
Roost Gifts & Décor has relocated to the Toco Hills Promenade on North Druid Hills Road in Atlanta. Roost owner Marlon Heard said a new location was needed to grow his business, established in Avondale Estates in 2010. While originally focused on vintage furniture, the store has shifted its emphasis to unique giftware, including serving pieces, grill ware, spa products, baby gifts, cards and stationery. “As much as I love working with furniture, the hunt for reasonably priced pieces that I could turn around was a big investment in time, energy and money,” Heard said. “I realized that I could maintain the integrity of the business by downsizing these goods and bringing in more of what I call ‘smalls’—mainly gifts and serving pieces that people are always searching for. And better visibility and foot traffic is imperative to the success of this type of retail business.” Heard continues to offer the decorating services that grew from people responding to store displays and asking who did them. “I was surprised how many people were interested in my services. Since opening Roost, I have done many homes and offices for clients, focusing on small projects requiring around 10 to 15 hours of my time.” He does consultations for color selections and staging of homes for sale. A cornerstone of Roost Gifts & Decor continues to be supporting as many locally produced product lines and local artists as possible.

Law firm founder selected for Leadership Atlanta
Law firm Taylor English Duma LLP recently announced its founding member, Marc Taylor, a DeKalb County resident, is among 84 leaders selected for Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2013. “Our firm is a leader in the industry, which was exemplified by being first on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2011 list of fastest-growing law firms, and second on the same list this year,” said Joe English, another of the firm’s members.

Decatur’s third Zaxby’s opens
Licensees Greg and T.J. McLeroy opened the doors to Decatur’s third Zaxby’s restaurant July 9. The new restaurant is on N. Druid Hills Road near North DeKalb Mall. “Decatur residents have shown great support for the brand, and we see this area as an opportunity to expand the business,” said T.J. McLeroy. The new 3,400-square-foot location seats 96 and features its traditional “bright, open interior décor complemented by custom vintage prints and school memorabilia.” It also offers a drive-through service. The McLeroys said they believe the restaurant — from the atmosphere to the service — will exceed community expectations. “We’ve assembled a great group of team members who will deliver on the Zaxby’s mission to ‘consistently create encore experiences that enrich lives one person at a time,’” said T.J. McLeroy. The new location will be the seventh for DeKalb County and the 203rd for Georgia.

Northlake Mall adds new options for shoppers and diners
Northlake Mall shoppers will now have more choices as the DeKalb County retail center adds a new restaurant and specialty shoe store. A full-service restaurant, Fork in the Road, will be located near the main mall entrance. It will serve a variety of fare including burgers, fried chicken, salads and more for lunch and dinner. All sauces and salad dressings will be made from scratch daily. Elevenup Shoes is a specialty shoe store offering brands that include Barefoot Tess, Gwyneth Shoes and J Rene and caters to women that wear size 11 and up. It will be located in a 633square-foot store on the upper level near the mall entrance. “We strive to offer the best options for our shoppers, and the addition of these specialty stores will enhance the shopping experience at Northlake Mall,” said mall manager Marie Moore. “As always, we look forward to the continuing expansion of our offerings to better serve our shoppers.”

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get through the workouts; either it’s a lack of hydration or a lack of food. Kids today eat Pop Tarts, sweet cereal. At least at school they’ll get that school meal in.” During a recent workout, one player after 30 minutes said he wasn’t feeling well. The player told Gartrell that he had one bowl of cereal all day. Gartrell said he grew up in a small Georgia town and was outside all the time. He was used to the heat when it came time to practice. “Also, we didn’t have fast food, that plays a lot into it,” he said. Dante Ferguson, head football coach at Stone Mountain High School, schedules morning practice 8:30-11 or so. Starting Aug. 1 the team will go to two practices each day, two days per week 6:30-9 a.m., To make sure players take in a then 1-1/2 hours in the afternoon. sufficient amount of water to keep “A lot of the guys go to camps from becoming dehydrated he tells so they’re acclimated to the weather them “to spend five to 10 seconds at the water fountain between every by the time we start workouts. They have to pass a conditioning test class and to bring frozen jugs of before they get equipment, like I water to school.” He said roughly had to do in college. If they don’t 40 percent of student athletes do it pass, they have to do extra until and if players put the frozen jugs in their football lockers, by the end they pass it.” Ferguson said. Ferguson said that the coaching of the day they have ice cold water. staff relies on parents to make There is also a sign in the locker sure the players eat and drink the room that says to drink a gallon right things. “They should put of water before practice, a gallon good things in their bodies and during practice and a gallon after. stay away from sodas. I wish more “A lot of the kids bring their own parents would be more educated on water bottles to practice. That way they don’t have to wait during water nutrition. I send them information on the importance of workouts and breaks,” he said. Gartrell said that he can usually nutrition. They do pretty good. Some take to it. Unfortunately, the tell in the workouts if players have best food for your body is the most not had enough water or proper expensive.” nutrition. “They won’t be able to

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he Georgia High School Association’s new heatacclimatization policy, adopted in March, requires all football players to build up tolerance to high temperatures by working out in shorts and helmets for five days before donning full pads. Three-a-day practices are banned, and two-a-day practices cannot take place on consecutive days or exceed five hours in a single day; a three-hour rest period is mandatory between the two sessions, and single practice sessions may last no longer than three hours. To demonstrate how serious the organization is about this issue, schools found in violation of the new mandates face fines of up to $1,000. “We want to make sure that all the kids are out in the sun with moderate levels of practices without the heavy equipment, so they get used to [the] outdoors,” GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Research has shown there are times when players are most vulnerable.” Those times are usually during morning

practices in August, especially in the eastern half of the United States, according to Andrew Grundstein, the climatologist who oversaw the retrospective UGA study that the new policy is based on. Stephenson High School head football coach Ron Gartrell is keenly aware of heat-related health issues and takes a great deal of precautions to avoid them. Stephenson players usually begin practice at 5 p.m. during cooler weather; however, practice begins an hour later this summer. Workouts are scheduled for four days a week until the end of July, then will go to five days a week beginning in August. “We monitor kids as best we can, at any sign of trouble, we get them to shade and give them water and ice, Gartrell said.

Lithonia girl qualifies for national golf event
Two DeKalb golfers have qualified for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship in Palm Beach Garden, Fla., July 19-24. Eleven-year-old Ayanna Habeel of Lithonia finished second in her age group and shot an 89 at a qualifying tournament in Dawsonville at the Crystal Fall Golf Club. Woo Wade of Dunwoody also qualified for the tournament. Both will participate in the girls 1012 age division. The pair are among nine boys and girls from Georgia who will be competing in the tournament, which features junior golfers from the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.

Habeel

More golf accolades for Oglethorpe
Oglethorpe men’s golf coach Jim Owen and freshman golfer Anthony Maccaglia recently received top NCAA awards. Maccaglia became the first Oglethorpe golfer to be named to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Nicklaus team. Maccaglia is one of 24 golfers named to the team, which awards the top men golfers in all divisions of college athletics (all three NCAA divisions, NAIA and NJCAA). The Florida native also won the GCAA’s Phil Mickleson Award, which goes to the top freshman golfer in the country. Maccaglia helped the Stormy Petrels win the NCAA Division III national championship this past spring. Owen won the GCAA Dave Williams Award as the top Division III coach in the county. Owen has led Oglethorpe to two national titles in the past four seasons. He accomplished the feat this year with a starting lineup of a freshman, two sophomores, one junior and one senior.

Maccaglia

Lakeside grad earns All-American honors at Stanford
Former Lakeside swimming standout Jack Lane finished the 2012 NCAA swim season at Stanford University by capturing a pair of All-America honors in relay competition. Lane swam the third leg on Stanford’s 400 medley relay and 200 medley relay teams in the 2012 NCAA Championships, helping the team to a fourth place finish in the 400 and fifth in the 200, giving the team All-American status. The 400 medley relay team won the Pac-12 Conference championship. Lane won four state gold medals in high school (two in 2009 and two in 2011). He won the 100 butterfly twice and the 200 freestyle twice. He missed the 2010 state meet because of illness. Lane broke his own state record with the butterfly in 2011 with a time of 48.72 seconds.

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their lawyer, Selig made it clear from the beginning there was nothing to discuss about Walmart. It’s not going to change and it’s not going away,” Blondeau said. GGD presented Selig “a petition signed by more than 3,000 people who oppose Walmart and cited the 500 plus ‘Stop Walmart’ signs that are all over the neighborhood as well as our survey, which has 75 percent of the responses opposed to Walmart,” Blondeau said. Blondeau said the developers are unwilling to budge on the Walmart plan because “the deal with Walmart provides a financial base for Selig to bring in junior anchor stores like Fitness, Michaels and Bed, Bath & Beyond.” “Thus, the gateway to Decatur becomes another mall filled with chain stores,” Blondeau said. “It seems there’s little interest in small, local businesses and mixed-use [developments] that have followed the precedence set so successfully in downtown Decatur.” “At this point, finding a legal course to pursue is the only alternative to stop this Walmart,” Blondeau said. Rep. Rahn Mayo, (D-91), who sponsored a resolution passed by the Georgia General Assembly supporting the efforts of GGD, said the group’s work is “very important to the quality of the development and the community in which these individuals live.” “They’ve taken the initiative to be responsible for the quality of what comes into this community,” Mayo said. “It’s very important to protect property values and the growth that comes about from establishments that may not be in the very best interest of the citizens.” Mayo said the “pride of this community is at stake” as GGD works to “get what we deserve and …protect the integrity of this community.” GGD’s “work and continued work is recognized by the Georgia House of Representatives and the importance of citizen engagement couldn’t mean more than us standing here in the rain this afternoon representing what so many people have worked so hard for,” Mayo said.

Increased traffic congestion and declining property values are two reasons protesters want Walmart to stay away from the Suburban Plaza in unincorportated Decatur. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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