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Frazer Center seeks to take historical stone bridge into its second century
ome of the stately structures in the Druid Hills area that a century ago were homes of some of Atlanta’s most affluent families now house non-profit organizations. The Frazer Center—“an inclusive community where people at levels of ability and disability gather, learn and flourish together,” according to its website—is one such organization. Among the fixtures that remain from the days when the mansion on Ponce de Leon was the estate of Cator Woolford, co-founder of Equifax, is a nearly 100-year-old stone bridge located along the main driveway of the center near the entrance for the Cator Woolford Gardens. The bridge, built in the 1920s when there was very little automobile traffic, has been called “a marvel of engineering from that era.” “It has borne the weight of vehicles for which it was not designed and has endured that burden well for most of its life due to its solid construction. Recently, however, load tests revealed that vehicles weighing in excess of four tons threaten the integrity of the bridge and thus its safety,” states a news release from the center. A retrofit is proposed to increase the bridge’s load-bearing capacity while

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maintaining its historical character. “It was a purposeful decision by the [Frazer Center] board to seek a solution that was in keeping with the historical character of the Druid Hills neighborhood,” said Trace Haythorn, executive director of The Frazer Center. The Frazer Center Board is hoping to finance the project through a recently awarded $100,000 challenge grant to help address critical infrastructure issues on the [Frazer Center] grounds. It is, however a challenge grant. The anonymous donor,

described as life-long friend of the center, pledged the gift with the hope that members of the surrounding neighborhoods, including Lake Claire, Druid Hills and Candler Park, would be inspired to help the center raise the additional $50,000 needed to complete the project. “We have already received almost $8,000 in gifts and pledges toward this effort,” Haythorn said. “We have every expectation that we will meet our goal before the summer ends.” He noted that the center has hired designers and engineers for the

project. “The preliminary drawings and project design will leave the exterior of the bridge looking almost exactly as it has for the past century, but the structure will be reinforced in a way that will provide safe access to the center for generations to come,” he added. Final plans for the bridge design will be posted on the center’s website when they are complete. This solution will allow the center to redirect most of the large vehicles that currently access the cen-

ter through the residential streets of Lake Claire to the entrance on South Ponce de Leon Avenue. “We know this is a substantial goal,” Eric Schroeder, Lake Claire resident and newly elected Frazer Center board chairman, said of the financial target “but we see this as more than just the repair of a bridge. It is about improving the quality of life throughout the neighborhood.” The Frazer Center’s 39acre campus, which includes the Frazer Forest and the Cator Woolford Gardens, is open and accessible to the public daily. People from the surrounding community often spend time on the center’s grounds as though it were a public park—walking and biking on the various trails, picnicking in the gardens, and holding neighborhood meetings, according to officials at the center. “We are so fortunate to live near a place that benefits our neighborhood through wise stewardship of its campus and its 39-acre old-growth forest and public gardens,” said Dan White, longtime resident of Lake Claire. “I call it the ‘lungs of Lake Claire.’” Visit www.thefrazercenter.org for more information about how to donate to the challenge.

Forum features county candidates
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com f the three candidates running for DeKalb County chief executive officer, Jerome Edmondson was alone onstage during a July 12 question-and-answer forum. CEO candidate Gregory Adams, who is the pastor of True Church of God in Christ in Austell, was at the forum for a while but had to leave early to preach at his church. Incumbent CEO Burrell Ellis had a prior engagement. He was participating in a special

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town hall meeting sponsored by several fraternities and sororities. Responding to a question from Bill Crane, forum moderator and columnist for The Champion, about uniting north and south DeKalb residents, Edmondson said the divide between the two parts of the county is “not a perception; it’s real.”
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Jerome Edmondson, one of three candidates for DeKalb County CEO, was the only CEO candidate who participated in a question-and-answer session during a July 12 forum. Edmonson brought a manipulated photo of current CEO Burrell Ellis in a soapbox car, as he criticized a project touted by Ellis. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

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South River attracts curious canoers
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com Twenty-five people donned life jackets and boarded 11 canoes and two kayaks for a six-mile, four-hour trip on the South River July 21. Winding through south DeKalb from the Panola Shoals trailhead near Snapfinger Road to Panola Mountain State Park, the trip was sponsored by the South River Watershed Alliance (SRWA) and Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance. “We want to explore the beauty of the nature and wonders of the ecosystem,” said Maceo Rogers of Decatur, before the trip. During the river trip species of birds were identified, including Canada geese, mallards, herons, turkey vultures, red-shouldered hawks, belted Kingfishers, Carolina chickadees and white-eyed vireo. “I’m not sure how many people who live in south DeKalb are familiar with the river and know what it offers,” Rogers said. Rogers, who has been in DeKalb since 1986, said the trip was his first time experiencing the river. Part of SRWA’s “Beyond the Bridge” project, the river trips “will allow greater awareness of what’s here the more the word gets out,” Rogers said. Participants in the trip, which was the second of three planned outings, included representatives from the
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River enthusiasts and curious first-time canoers took a trip down south DeKalb’s South River as part of a project by the South River Watershed Alliance to increase awareness of the waterway. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Once you know, there’s only one place to go.
Perhaps you’ve been running all over town to save a little bit here and a little bit there. When all the time, you could save just as much at Publix, and enjoy the shopping experience, too. So relax—we’ve got you covered. Go to publix.com/save right now to make plans to save this week.

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Auctioneer Amy Martin gets the action going while potential bidders and auctioneer and FODAC board member Scott Schwartz, second from left, look on. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Going, going, gone

Auction brings in dollars, clears space
the vintage wood dresser she purchased at FODAC would be stained and its knobs changed and would go along perfectly with the other pieces she planned to buy from the furniture store. In all, Stokes paid $270 for a wooden bench, bookshelf and dresser at the auction. Asked how he felt about his wife’s winning bids, Mike Stokes shrugged and said, “I’m just the moving man.” Pat Ethridge of Conyers, a FODAC volunteer, was thrilled that she got a child’s bed resembling a racing car for $45 for her 3-year-old grandson. Winston Campbell of Decatur picked up a Wurlitzer organ for $25 for his grandchildren. Several people used their cellphones prior to the start of the auction to consult with others about potential purchases. “OK, well I am not going to bid on it,” said one woman while on her cellphone. “If you are not sure, I don’t want to have something you don’t want.” A Lawrenceville resident named Dave, who wouldn’t give his last name, meticulously checked stacks of boxes and told someone over the phone about the contents. “These are adorable,” he said. Dave, who ended up the winning bidder for several lots of goods, said he was seeking items to sell online and that he came to the event because FODAC has “quality merchandise.” Scott Schwartz, a member of FODAC’s
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by Gale Horton Gay gale@dekalbchamp.com One came seeking merchandise for an online business. Another was in search of an anniversary gift. And several others were hoping to walk away with true bargains. These were just some of the attendees at the July 18 auction at Friends of Disabled Adults & Children’s (FODAC) warehouse facility on Lewis Road in Stone Mountain. FODAC operates a thrift store at the location and needed to auction items to make room for other donations. The charity “provides $9 million each year in equipment and services to the community at little or no cost to the recipients,” according to its brochure. The auction included new items still in boxes—many in bulk—and gently as well as much-used items, including televisions, charm bracelets, a rocking chair, mirrors, a wooden trunk, plastic water bottles, hand-painted ornaments and wine glasses. No one was more joyous at outbidding the competition than Stone Mountain resident Carolyn Stokes, who shouted and gave a victorious fist pump after securing a three coveted pieces. Stokes, who is celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary with husband Mike in November, is redoing their bedroom. She said she found a bedroom set at a furniture store but the dresser was $600. Stokes said

A winning bid of $30 secured this bench for Carolyn Stokes.

Bidders flashed cards to indicate their bids.

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Shameless tax loopholes
Sen. Lindsey Graham says tax-avoiding gimmicks are “American.”
world’s richest men and foremost philanthropists, pays a lower tax rate than most card-carrying members of the middle class. Someday, the 81-year-old Oracle of Omaha will finally move on to trading ethereal assets in the sky. At that point — after a 35-percent estate tax — his remaining earthly holdings will pass to his heirs with no tax at all on their increased value. That’s all exempt. His kids will simply list their new portfolios as valued at the time of his death, not when he actually bought them. When his descendents eventually do sell, there will be no tax on those accrued profits. Buffett opposes this kind of arrangement and that’s why he’s giving 99 percent of his fortune to charity. The solutions here are fairly obvious: tax capital gains and dividends like regular income and end the windfall for heirs who avoid taxes on their late pop’s capital gains. This isn’t rocket science — it’s political science, a much murkier discipline. Another increasingly popular reform (enthusiastically backed by American nurses) would levy a tiny federal sales tax on securities, maybe between a quarter and a half of 1 percent. This “Robin Hood” tax on financial transactions wouldn’t hurt much when you buy a share of Apple, but for electronic speculators who move shares around like ping pong balls, it could bite enough to restrain the kind of rampant speculation that triggers financial crises. And the revenue generated every year could potentially raise as much as $300 billion. Corporate loopholes pose another glaring challenge. When General Electric pays no taxes at all and Google pays precious little, it is small wonder that the Occupy movement sprang up. Perhaps the biggest loophole is the one that lets American companies pretend they are really foreign corporations not subject to our taxes. The British Virgin Islands, for example, has a population of 30,000 people but hosts 457,000 companies. Very entrepreneurial, those islanders. And the famous Ugland House on Grand Cayman, pictured occasionally in The New York Times, boasts 19,000 corporate mailboxes. The beaches are nice too. Then there is the gimmick we all use — buying stuff online, which usually means avoiding local sales taxes. This undermines both local stores and local governments. Even if — and this is quite unlikely — the Democrats wind up with control over both houses of Congress and the presidency starting in 2013, there’s no reason to count on them to cure all these and other inequities. Money pretty much controls both parties, and money isn’t howling for reform. If you seek change, voting surely can help get things rolling. But as Emma Goldman put it, “If voting could change things, they wouldn’t let us do it.” OtherWords columnist William A. Collins is a former state representative and a former mayor of Norwalk, Conn.

One intriguing aspect of today’s taxation debate is that it’s so shameless. Republican leaders aren’t embarrassed in the slightest to shill for the rich. Consider this gem from Sen. Lindsey Graham: “It’s really American to avoid paying taxes, legally.” A few examples will illustrate what’s wrong. Much of America’s great wealth comes not from the sweat of one’s brow, but from asset growth — stocks mostly, but also real estate, art and collectables. That labor-free income is taxed at a flat 15 percent, not our normal sliding IRS scale. Dividends, the bulwark of the wealthy, are taxed at 15 percent too. This is why Warren Buffett, one of the

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Get schooled!
than the incumbent. District 4: Former Fortune 1000 senior business executive Paul Womack is in his second tour of duty on the DeKalb County Board of Education. Womack previously served four consecutive terms, and voters returned him to the board in 2008, where he now chairs the finance committee. Womack can be brash and often clashes with other board members, but his business mind and willingness to make the tough calls are among the long list of reasons that he deserves another term. District 6: The voluntary departure of current board vice-chairman and former Chairman Tom Bowen has created an open seat. Retired educator, Dr. Melvin Johnson has the strongest credentials, but business consultant Denise McGill also presents some creative thinking and perspective that could be advantageous to a board often mired in the politics of personality. Either of these two candidates would make a good choice. District 8: In non-profit and board service, it is often the good listener and quiet voice that can be the most effective at building bridges and when necessary attracting other votes on issues of dispute and controversy. Incumbent board member Pam Speaks is also a retired educator but one who listens to the administration, parents, constituents and a wide array of voices before usually reaching a reasonable decision, and perhaps more importantly helping others come to a similar conclusion. Speaks’ temperament and style are needed on the DeKalb BOE. Non-binding referendum question Should the local or independent school system of DeKalb County or a charter school in DeKalb County place or operate a telecommunications tower on any elementary, middle or high school property? State Representative Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) earlier authored legislation that would prohibit the siting of future telecommunications towers on public school property. That said, in these times of constrained revenue and declining tax digests, alternative revenue sources of all stripes must be measured and considered for funding public education. I lived for more than a decade within a few hundred feet of a cell phone tower on what was formerly the Avondale High School practice fields with no ill effects. During a public hearing at the state Capitol on this subject, I asked for a show of hands from audience members carrying a wireless device. Every hand in the room went up. You are at greater radiation risk holding your phone to the side of your head for prolonged periods of time or flying the friendly skies several times a week than you are from mobile phone towers. I will vote No. Proposed city of Brookhaven: I don’t live in the proposed city limits, so I will not have a vote on this question to potentially create DeKalb’s largest city. I have lived the bulk of my life in unincorporated DeKalb. Watching an attempted stampede like this one, ramrodding a new city on residents who don’t even completely understand the location or physical boundaries of the new municipality, I am left to wonder why? Proponents of the new city, Georgia’s potential 536th, have not really answered that question. I would easily vote No. Even if you disagree with every choice and recommendation I have made during my last two columns, I urge you to get out and vote.
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.

One Man’s Opinion

“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men are so stupid? It must be education that does it.”—Alexandre Dumas (18241895), a French writer best known for his works of historical fiction. Back to sharing with you my ballot for our Tuesday, July 31, general primary. I voted early, during the second week of July. DeKalb School Board: District 2: The DeKalb Board of Education is crying out for leaders who can forge tough comprises and lead. That’s a tall order. The current mix is ineffective. Current board member Don McChesney is said to have distinguished himself as an educator but has accomplished little as a member on this board. Community activist and attorney Marshall Orson has been a leader in charge to save Fernbank Science Center, reasonable school district re-districting and a high level volunteer in DeKalb Schools. Orson is also parent with two children in DeKalb Schools who can bring some fresh thinking and perspective to this board and is a better choice

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My broken heart
I have to figure out whether I want to spend my last years writing about this new country.
pended writing this column indefinitely. (I can hear the moans of anguish across the nation now.) And there’s a real question as to whether I’ll start writing it again when I feel better. (I can hear the cheers and shouts of triumph drowning out the moans.) I’m now 77 years old. I’ve been doing this — writing columns — for nearly 50 years, 35 years of it in Washington. I can tell you that things have changed, and not for the better. I’ve covered fools, crooks, and charlatans over this half century. But for the most part, they had some sense of seriousness about them — an appreciation for the national interest as they saw it. Even rogues like Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon did. The current bunch of miscreants is nothing like that. Centrist Democrats, who talk a good game but don’t do much about it, are battling increasingly radical Republicans, a fierce tribe of Bible-thumping know-nothings fueled by money from modern Robber Barons who want to sell the country off by the board foot and metric ton for their personal profit. Thus we approximate the times described by the Irish poet W.B. Yeats: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Does that describe Congress or what? Do I want to spend my time left deciphering such people, trying to decide whether the Republican leaders are as stupid as they sound or merely willfully ignorant? We are well on our way toward becoming a nation on the colonial model, where a few people own everything and the rest of us play the lottery and watch football. That’s not the America I grew up in. It’s not the America I spent my life writing about. I have to figure out whether I want to spend my last years writing about this new country. I’ll let you know. Columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Please send your letters to Donald Kaul via email to otherwords@ips-dc.org or snailmail them to OtherWords, 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036. Distributed via OtherWords. org

I celebrated the Fourth of July this year by having a heart attack. All things considered, watching fireworks would have been more fun. I woke up at 2 a.m. on July 5 with raging pain in my chest and both arms. I was bathed in a cold, clammy sweat, and my breath was coming short. I was slightly nauseated. “Gee,” I said to myself. “I wonder what’s wrong?” Apparently I was waiting for a Western Union messenger to come to the door and say: “You’re having a heart attack, stupid. Call 911.” It went on like that for a few hours until my wife woke up too and convinced me to get help. An ambulance brought me to the emergency room, where a team of doctors, nurses, attendants, and God-knows-who else was waiting for me. It was like being sent through a cardiac car wash. I went in on one end with a heart attack; I came out the other an hour later with an unblocked artery, a stent, and an optimistic prognosis. They told me they expected me to return to close to 100 percent. (This was particularly good news as I haven’t been close to 100 percent in years, if ever.) I’m told that my reluctance to seek immediate help is fairly typical of men. Even male doctors often go into a state of denial when confronted with symptoms that can only be a heart attack. They wait. It’s a guy thing. If you take only one thing away from the newspaper today, let it be this: If you start showing symptoms of a heart attack, even if they’re not as dramatic as mine, don’t screw around. Call 911 and have an ambulance take you to the hospital. The treatment starts in the ambulance. As a cardiologist friend told me: “They say time is money, but in my business time is muscle.” The longer you take to get treatment, the more heart muscle is destroyed — permanently. The upshot of this is that I’ve sus-

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Ellis, planning director named in lawsuit
Buckler sounds to me like someone who’s used to getting his way and has the ego to go right along with it. He’s responsible for Cornell’s hiring and the removal of the former planning director? That’s some grand narrative Buckler’s spinning. His plan isn’t just about a cul-desac and “development within the Druid Hills community.” It’s about changing the character of an entire neighborhood that seemingly is not supported by Buckler’s neighbors. He bought property during the height of the real estate boom and has had dollar signs in his eyes ever since. At this point, it sounds to me like he’ll do anything to turn a profit, no matter the cost, which would be a historic Atlanta neighborhood. Gary Cornell is an outsider, but he’s also a smart guy with an interest in preserving a community. I have no stake in Burrell Ellis’ tenure and I have no idea what’s legal in this battle, but just because something’s legal does not make it right. Buckler should set aside his ego and perhaps open his ears to what’s best for his community, not his bank account. – Robert Blondeau posted this on 7/19/12 at 8:48 p.m. This is just one more example of the stupidity of the elected officials of this county. They belive that the are above the laws that they swore to defend, it would seem that as CEO, Mr. Ellis ahould know the rules and play by them, however he seems to thumb his nose at all sanity (i.e. the recent partership with a private gas dealer.) Let us only hope that the voters of this county will come to their senses in November. – Harvey Clark posted this on 7/19/12 at 4:42 p.m.

East Atlanta Kids Club offers academic enrichment and fun
The EAKC is awesome and a great place to take your children!!! They are always seeking to improve their lives through enrichment, health, experiences, and genuine love!!! EAKC and the Summer Camps are the greatest! Thanks Jill and staff – Renay Allen posted this on 7/18/12 at 3:38 p.m.

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Indicted judge candidate free on $100,000 bond
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com A candidate for DeKalb’s Superior Court is out on a $100,000 bond after being indicted on six felony counts of theft by taking. Michael Rothenberg, 34, a Decatur attorney, turned himself in to law enforcement authorities July 18 after a DeKalb County grand jury indicted him one day earlier. As of July 18, Rothenberg had not determined how the indictment would affect his candidacy to unseat Superior Court Judge Gail Flake in the July 31 primary. “I’m just focusing on one step at a time,” Rothenberg said. Until his indictment, Rothenberg was a senior attorney at Boyd Law Group, where he chaired the firm’s insurance defense practice and general civil litigation practice. In August 2007, Rothenberg was sworn in as a judge in the DeKalb County Recorder’s Court, where he served until 2008 presiding over arraignments, pleas and bench trials. The counts in the indictment stem from a 2010 investment scheme investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) more than a year ago. In June an investment. He was given $350,000 of good faith money that was supposed to be kept in escrow, James said. In March 2010, Rothenberg allegedly transferred $190,000 into personal banking accounts and $60,000 into his campaign account, James said. Between August and November 2010, Rothenberg allegedly transferred another $190,000 into his campaign account, according to the indictment. According to the indictment, the funds from his personal account were used at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Massage Associates of Atlanta, Chevron and various restaurants. The funds from his campaign account were used at various locations, including a house at 4457 Huntington Circle in Dunwoody, a car rental store, three local newspapers, printing companies, the DeKalb Historical Society and restaurants, according to indictment. James said it was not difficult for investigators to follow the money because the accounts did not have many deposits. “When we look at this campaign account we only find a contribution of $250,” James said.

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Pam McNall
tion of the Year by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. McNall also volunteers with Friends of Tucker Park, an initiative in which residents are working to help fix up local greenspace that is being under used because of a lack of parking and marketing. Working with the Tucker Nature Preserve, McNall is trying to get proper on-site parking and establish more native hardwood trees. An award-winning journalist who worked at CNN for 19 years, McNall works freelance for several organizations as a writer, producer and marketer. “I don’t watch a lot of television because I keep working on projects I want to be a part of,” she said. “When I work on something, I dive into it,” McNall said. “I give it my all. I just want to make my community a better place.” McNall “is a dynamo, having been a driving force behind many environmental initiatives in our area,” said White, in an award nomination earlier this year. “Her work has not only resulted in the cleanup and development of numerous parks, waterways, bus stops and other sites around Tucker, but she has also tirelessly worked to increase community awareness and citizen involvement.”

Rothenberg

2011, the SEC sued Rothenberg, alleging that he orchestrated a scheme in which he promised returns of more than 300 percent every two weeks, according to the SEC lawsuit. The SEC settled with Rothenberg and suspended him from appearing or practicing before the commission as an attorney. District Attorney Robert James said his office began investigating Rothenberg last summer when the SEC sued him. “This isn’t something that we had to snoop around and dig through garbage for,” James said. In January 2010 Rothenberg entered into an agreement with the Winterhawk Energy and Development Corp. of Colorado to make

There has been a “whirlwind of change” in Tucker for the past four years, and her name is Pam McNall. “Through Pam’s efforts, not only is Tucker a cleaner and safer place to live, but the community is more motivated and the overall quality of life in Tucker has improved,” said Beth White, in an award nomination for McNall earlier this year. McNall, a member of the board of directors of the Tucker Civic Association, chairs the organization’s parks and greenspace committee. In that role, she is in the process of coordinating her third River’s Alive cleanup, overseeing the work of hundreds of volunteers. In 2010, the River’s Alive cleanup of South Fork Peachtree Creek resulted in the removal of more than 16,000 pounds of trash from the creek. “It is disgusting how people are abusing the area,” McNall said. McNall’s work led to the Tucker Civic Association being named the 2011 Nonprofit Organiza-

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Doraville plans to redevelop blighted areas, bring in business
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com The city of Doraville has proposed a redevelopment plan in hopes of curbing economic blight and encouraging businesses to relocate to the city. Luke Howe, a spokesman for Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman, said the city has proposed two drafts of the plan, which if approved could offer larger tax incentives to businesses looking to start or relocate in the area. “The city is trying to bring in more business, and this is what we have to do to make that come to fruition,” Howe said. Doraville officials will host a town hall meeting July 26 to discuss the details of the proposed drafts. Howe said the two drafts are similar, but one is broader than the other. Both are available on the city’s website. Additionally, city officials are trying to create incentives for those who might be interested in purchasing or redeveloping the old General Motors Assembly Plant property, which was closed by the company in 2008 as a cost-cutting measure and has remained vacant. After its closing, several proposals were made to use the 165-acre property–everything from building a new stadium to host the Super Bowl to a multiuse cityscape facility much like Atlantic Station. However, each proposal for the $60 million property still owned by GM has fallen through. Howe said each plan strives to have the areas involved in the redevelopment designated “opportunity zones,” which allow for greater tax incentives. Howe said many cities such as Alpharetta, Sandy Springs and Marietta have received opportunity zone designations, but Doraville would be the first city in DeKalb County to receive one if it’s approved. “It’s a matter of survival and market competition nowadays,” Howe said. According to the proposal, the state’s opportunity zone legislation was adopted in 2004 as part of the Urban Redevelopment Act. For areas that meet the criteria, it provides the state’s maximum job tax credit of $3,500 for every job created. This means any new business that locates to an opportunity zone or any existing business that expands can qualify for the credit provided it creates or adds a minimum of two jobs. To be approved as an opportunity zone, the proposed redevelopment area must be within or adjacent to a census tract that is 15 percent of the poverty level or greater. Howe said in both drafts, the areas outlined meet this mandate. “Ninty percent of the communities who pass a redevelopment plan do so for the opportunity zone tax incentives,” Howe said. “The opportunity zone tax credit is much more conducive to cultivating small business, and that’s what we need to do until something starts happening with the GM property.” One of the drafts proposed an urban redevelopment area that only includes the former GM plant and the adjacent former Seaboard Oil property. Howe said the other draft proposes a much broader urban redevelopment area, which includes most all commercial and multifamily and apartment areas within the city. “At the very least we need to include the GM plant and the adjacent property because the market forces aren’t going to deal with these properties,” Howe said. “It’s a good thing, and I hope it will be received well, especially the broader plan.”

Michael Halbert, left, was honored for his design of the new Northwoods entrance sign at a recent unveiling ceremony. Presenting the honors were Cindy Bradford, center, representing Citizens for Progress, and Bonnie Grey Flynt, right, president of Northwoods Area Neighborhood Association (NANA). The neighborhood’s old entrance sign is shown below. Photos by Bob Kelley

New neighborhood entrance signs reflect Northwoods’ mid-century heritage
by Bob Kelley For Northwoods, one of the oldest and largest neighborhoods in Doraville, everything old is new again. Residents recently unveiled new signage at the first of four main entrances into the community. The dedication ceremony for the first sign was held July 14 at the intersection of Buford Highway and McClave Drive with Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman and about 35 residents in attendance. Construction of the new mid-century inspired signs, designed by Northwoods resident Michael Halbert, was prompted in part by the neighborhood’s nomination to be placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Register. Once the designation is awarded, the subdivision will share the honor with other Atlanta-area National Register communities such as Inman Park and Avondale Estates. Northwoods, built in the early 1950s, is one of only three mid-century planned unit developments left in Georgia (the others are Embry Hills and a neighborhood in Savannah). The planned community, a novel concept in the 1950s, featured homes designed by Earnest Mastin and John Summer, two parks, three churches, the first shopping center in Doraville,

two schools designed by famed Atlanta architect John Portman and a professional office building. When constructed in the 1950s, it was virtually a village within a city. Located just inside the perimeter, the neighborhood has grown over the years to nearly 1,000 homes. Eightynine percent of them were originally built in the midcentury architectural style, a style whose popularity is resurfacing today as many new homeowners crave the “retro” look for their homes and interior designs.

The new signage is but one example of the mid-century inspired renaissance occurring in Northwoods. Homeowners are actively renovating, bringing their homes back to their original look, and even going so far as to install new mailboxes with the clean lines associated with the mid-century style. All of the new signs were totally funded by Northwoods residents’ donations and construction is by Signworks Unlimited. The additional signs will be installed over the coming months.

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(bottom left) Congressman Hank Johnson was onsite July 21 for the send-off of 25 canoers and kayakers touring the South River during a trip sponsored by the South River Watershed Alliance. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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Rockdale County Planning Department and residents of Jackson Lake Homeowners Association. South River forms the border between Rockdale County and DeKalb County and ends in the Jackson Lake reservoir. The canoe trips are “designed to get people in the community on the river,” said Jackie Echols, president of SRWA. “Momentum that comes from getting a diverse group of supporters and advocates, living upstream and downstream, energized and working in support of South River, is growing,” Echols said. “If you get folks on the river they develop a connection to it that lasts a lifetime,” Echols said. SRWA hopes trip participants will help promote future restorative efforts to “ensure the future of the river longterm,” Echols said.

board of directors and a professional auctioneer, moved the proceedings along swiftly with his rapid-fire vocal delivery, occasionally throwing in a salesman’s pitch or humorous comment. Some items didn’t garner any interest. The auctioneer practically begged those holding bid cards to offer $10 for a sofa/loveseat/chair set in a “flower power” fabric— no takers. And no one offered even one dollar for a rather battered entertainment center and coffee table. However, there was fierce bidding that did play out for some items. Boxes of green Christmas tree soaps started at $5 but quickly escalated in $5 and $10 increments in a bidding war among three or four individuals. The bidding topped out at $70. The final tally for FODAC at the end of the auction was $2,300 with the warehouse cleared of 130 televisions, two organs, 10 pallets of boxed new items and more. Pam Holley, director of administration for FODAC, said the organization has been flooded with donations and the auction helped to make room in the warehouse and thrift store for new items. She also said the event was intended to help increase awareness of the charity’s efforts and attract new customers to the store.

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Correction
Responses from DeKalb County School Board District 6 candidate Denise E. McGill were inadvertently omitted from The Champion’s July 12 Election Guide. Here are her responses. The Champion regrets the error. Candidate: Denise E. McGill Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Stone Mountain Education: BA, Spelman College Usual occupation: Self Employed Political offices held in the past: Local PTSA President Stephenson High (2010-2012), Local PTSA Treasurer, Stephenson High (2009-2010)- Local PTSA President Stephenson Middle School(2007-2009), Local PTSA Treasurer, Stephenson Middle School (20062007) Why are you seeking this office?: I am a firm believer that INFORMED parents are the most powerful and influential forces as it relates to advocating for their communities and for their children. Every child should be given a fair and equal educational opportunity.

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Clarkston will soon break ground on a new community garden, made possible by a collaboration with the DeKalb County Board of Health and the Clarkston Community Center. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com

City of Clarkston embarks on community garden initiative
on final details in early August and groundbreaking for the garden will begin. “The goal really is to provide better use of land Community Center has 28 plots, half of which are owned by Burmese refugees and the other half by Americans. “A lot of cool interactions go on with people,” Giddens said. “People are swapping seeds and teaching each other different gardening techniques and interacting.” Giddens said since the community gardening policy is in place, as well as the city’s partnership with the board of health, and bringing people together it will make it easier for and allow them to practice residents to start community gardening,” Giddens said. gardens in the future. Designated in the 1990s “We are just really fortuas a refugee resettlement nate,” Giddens said. “We’re area, Clarkston has one of currently recruiting volunthe most diverse populations teers to help with the garden in the United States, with at the forest.” refugees from areas such as In addition to regular Somalia and Bhutan. garden plots, Giddens said, Giddens said the city’s the Friendship Forest Comdiversity makes the garden- munity Garden will have ing experience at the combeds built to ADA standards, munity center unique and which will enable those with it’s her hope the experience disabilities to have garden at Friendship Forest Complots. The tool sheds for the munity Garden will be the garden will also be designed same. to allow access to the disCurrently, the Clarkston abled.

A small tract of land in front of Clarkston’s Friendship Forest will soon be developed into a community garden thanks to a partnership between the DeKalb County Board of Health, Clarkston Community Center and city officials. Janice Giddens is the food safety coordinator at the Clarkston Community Center and the city’s garden project assistant. She said the city received a “Gardens in the Park” grant from the board of health which will help the city develop its unused green space into gardens. “If someone identified a piece of land on the side of the street it could even become a community garden,” Giddens said. Giddens will give a final presentation at the Clarkston City Council work session July 31 about the land for the proposed garden, located off East Ponce. She said the council is expected to vote

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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Maloney family member Bobby Harmon of Unadilla lends a hand at the recent tool and farm equipment open house. He is operating a cut-off saw used for cutting small wooden logs for use in old potbelly kitchen stoves or fireplaces. The saw demonstrated here is being powered by a flat belt connected to a 1935 John Deere® tractor.

‘Daddy, why are all your tractors brown?’
Part two: A gift to the community
by Bob Kelley Every two years, Doraville resident John Maloney puts his collection of antique farm equipment and agricultural tools on display for visitors, providing a popular “gift” to the community. Visitors gleefully sit atop chugging, restored John Deere tractors (circa 1930) or watch mesmerized as a baler noisily belches and pushes forth perfectly formed bales of hay. He delights in watching youngsters sheer the skin off apples using a vintage apple peeler or helps them make rope from pieces of twine. Over the three-day open house, guests file through the utility building showrooms whose walls are lined with historic tools and nostalgic artifacts. Throughout each day, they are treated to multiple demonstrations ranging from how to tap a pine tree for tar to purring fly wheel engines, whirling buzz saws and even sitting behind the wheel of either of Maloney’s two shiny, restored Model A Fords—all for free. “I started doing the open houses 10 years ago with kind of a Field of Dreams mentality,” laughed Maloney, “you know, if you build it, they will come to see it. I believed I had historic, nostalgic pieces that others might find interesting. I initially started by doing presentations for Doraville senior citizen groups because they liked seeing items that had been so commonplace when they were young but hard to find today. Then youth service groups such as the Boy Scouts expressed an interest in the old tools and machinery and the open houses gradually evolved into what they are today.” Maloney schedules the open houses every two years to keep interest in the collection alive. “I try to feature new demonstrations with each open house to keep it fresh,” he said. “This year we had the farm equipment fired up, along with demonstrations on hay baling, tapping pine trees, shelling corn, grinding corn into meal, apple peeling, rope making and buzz saws cutting wood. In 2014, I would like to add buttermaking demonstrations and show how to separate cream from cow’s milk plus some other surprises.” The number of visitors has steadily grown with each open house and this year a record 200-plus people attended the event. In addition to the numerous activities, guests are treated to cold lemonade, cookies, pound cake and hot dogs to round out their visit–all free of charge. All of the food is homemade and served by Maloney’s wife, Betty. Growing up in Ludowici, Ga., she, too, has contributed an assortment of family heirlooms that include dishes, utensils and antique kitchen equipment to her husband’s collection. The Maloney children, Lisa and Adam, often contribute items, and they recently stumbled upon a vintage washing machine wringer, a butter churn and antique can opener that they purchased for their father. Both children and their families also lend a hand with the open houses. In the time between open houses, Maloney is often called upon to bring his restored tractors or cars to small-town parades such as Dacula’s annual Memorial Day parade and other nearby towns’ special events such as Bostwick, Ga.’s Cotton Gin Festival. “I guess the most amazing thing to me about my collection is discovering the brilliance people had a hundred years ago to create such useful and sturdy items,” said Maloney. “Each piece, whether collectible or historically significant or not, is different in its own way. The old-world craftsmanship is amazing, and people back then knew how to make the most with what they had on hand. They didn’t have the technology like we have today to generate these pieces. They used good old knowhow and trial and error.” A humble, soft-spoken Southern good ole boy, Maloney’s modesty surfaces when discussing his collection and the open houses. “I like to show people my collection, not show off my

A three-room utility building behind the Maloney home is crammed from floor to ceiling with nearly 3,000 antique tools and nostalgic artifacts. Each piece is labeled with where it came from and when it was acquired with some pieces dating back to the turn of the 20th century.

John Maloney demonstrates a homemade rope making tool to open house visitor Jane Dutton and two young onlookers. Using a gear system from an old Chevrolet automatic transition, the rope maker takes eight strands of twine and blends them together to create a single strand of rope. Photos by Bob Kelley

collection,” he emphatically explained. As for the ultimate future of the tool and equipment ensemble, Maloney said his collecting days are far from over. However, with a twinkle in his eye, he added, “I used to say when I die, my family is going to have an early morning funeral and a late afternoon auction!” When that time comes, hopefully far into the future, John Maloney’s treasured collection will, in all probability, wind up in an agricultural museum and not on the auction block.

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Brookhaven cityhood, county CEO on July 31 ballot
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com The cityhood of Brookhaven, a one-cent sales tax for transportation projects, and the next CEO of DeKalb County are on the line as voters go to the polls July 31. As of July 19, approximately 6,710 people had participated in early voting, according to the county’s voter registration and elections office. dation. “There’s not enough financial support for a new city,” said Mary Ellen Imlay, cofounder of NoCityBrookhaven, a group of Brookhaven residents opposing the cityhood movement. “It’s a whole new government,” Imlay said. “We don’t have the money to support it. “Dunwoody has Perimeter Mall and the Perimeter office park. We only have one office building. “It’s simply not enough money to run the city,” Imlay said. Proponents who believe that local control automatically means a better government only have to look at the proposed city’s nearest neighbor, Dunwoody, Imlay said. “They’re in a huge ethics battle in their new city council,” Imlay said. “We can’t expect to be any different.” The proposed city would not be a Nirvana, Imlay said. “It’s just another layer of bureaucracy on top of what we already have,” Imlay said. Members of NoBrookhavenCity “have been very satisfied with DeKalb County’s services,” she said. “We’re perfectly satisfied with where we are.” and Rockdale counties and the city of Atlanta, the tax is expected to generate $8.5 billion. DeKalb County government The top government position in DeKalb County is on the ballots as two contenders try to keep current CEO Burrell Ellis from a second term. Gregory Adams, pastor of True Church of God in Christ in Austell and a former police officer, is seeking the CEO’s position along with businessman Jerome Edmondson. Four county commission seats are up for grabs. District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer faces Larry Danese, a county soil and water conservation district commissioner. District 4 Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton has two opponents Steve Bradshaw, a businessman and adjunct professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, and Clyburn Halley. Commissioner Lee May of District 5 will face off against attorney Gina Mangham, Kenneth Samuel, pastor of Victory For the World Church, and Andre White, publisher of The Sentinel newspaper. Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon is being challenged by Edmond Richardson, chief of staff for Commissioner May. For the clerk of Superior Court position, incumbent Debra DeBerry is being challenged by John Carter, Oretha Brown Johnson, Frank Swindle and Cheryl Vortice. Tax Commissioner Claudia Lawson is being challenged by Melvin Tukes while State Court Division 6 Judge Dax Lopez will face Dionne McGee.

Cell tower referendum
DeKalb residents will be asked to give their opinion about cellphone towers on school property. The nonbinding advisory referendum will ask voters whether local, independent or charter school system should be allowed to “place or operate a telecommunications tower on any elementary, middle or high school property.”

Brookhaven cityhood
Max Davis, president of Brookhaven Yes, a grassroots organization promoting the cityhood of Brookhaven, said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the referendum will pass. “We’re not overconfident, but we’re confident,” Davis said. Davis said supporters of the cityhood movement believe the city of Brookhaven can do a better job than the DeKalb County government. “We trust the people of Brookhaven over the politicians and bureaucracy of DeKalb County government who have proven over the past few years that they are untrustworthy,” Davis said. Many Brookhaven residents are fed up with the county’s budget deficit, scandals and shifting of resources, Davis said. Despite complaints that the incorporation of Brookhaven would take resources from the county’s coffers, Davis said, the proposed city could benefit the rest of the county. “A well-run, efficient city can only improve the surrounding area,” Davis said. Opponents of the proposed city question whether it will have a strong financial foun-

Transportation referendum
Voters all over Georgia will decide whether to approve a 1 percent regional sales tax to fund transportation improvements. If approved in all 12 transportation regions, the sales tax would generate an estimated $18.67 billion over a 10-year period. In the 10-county metro Atlanta region, which includes Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry

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Construction firm claims victory in court case with DeKalb Schools
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Lawyers for construction firm Heery International said a judge’s recent procedural decision is a small victory in their civil case against the DeKalb County School District (DCSD). DeKalb County Judge Clarence Seeliger ruled July 19 that the statute of limitations for approximately three and a half years of DCSD’s breach of contract claims levied against the construction firm had run out. Heery first filed suit against DCSD, alleging the district owed the company outstanding invoices from when it managed the SPLOST construction projects from 19972006. DCSD then countersued for $100 million, alleging fraud and mismanagement during the period Heery managed construction projects. The lawsuit was filed in 2007. “There is a six-year statute of limitations for breach of contract and [lawyers for Heery International] asked to have that dismissed based on the statute of limitations,” said Greg Euston, a spokesman for Heery International. “It’s only for one claim but from Heery’s point of view the decision is worth tens of millions of dollars, potentially,” Euston said. King and Spalding Attorney Robert Khayat, who is representing DCSD, said the school system is pursuing damages back to 1997 under other legal grounds, such as violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) law, so Seeliger’s ruling didn’t affect the amount of money the school system could recover. “From our position it doesn’t affect it very much because we’re seeking the same damages through other outlets,” Khayat said. “We’d rather have it, no doubt about it, but we still have other really strong claims covering that same time period.” A trial date has been set for Feb. 13, 2013 for the case, which to date has cost DCSD upward of $30 million in legal fees.

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
Mostly Sunny High: 98 Low: 75

July 26, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
July 26, 1987 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced hail two inches in diameter in McHenry County, Ill. and wind gusts to 70 mph at Auburn, Maine. A wind gust of 90 mph was recorded at Blairstown, N.J. before the anemometer broke. July 27, 1943 - On a whim and flying a single engine AT-6, Lieutenant Ralph O’ Hair and Colonel Duckworth were the first to fly into a hurricane. This flight was the first of what would become regular Air Force flights into hurricanes. Dunwoody 96/74 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 97/75 97/75 97/75 Snellville Decatur 98/75 Atlanta 98/75 98/75 Lithonia College Park 99/75 99/75 Morrow 99/75 Union City 99/75 Hampton 100/76

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, possibly a record high of 98º, humidity of 52%. Light winds. The record high for today is 97º set in 1981. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, overnight low of 75º.

FRIDAY
Isolated T-storms High: 95 Low: 74

*Last Week’s Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 90 73 90/71 0.00" Wednesday 91 70 90/71 0.69" Thursday 90 71 90/71 0.00" Friday 86 74 90/71 0.06" Saturday 86 74 90/71 0.34" Sunday 91 71 90/71 0.00" Monday 94 71 90/71 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .1.09" Average temp . .80.9 Normal rainfall . .1.19" Average normal 80.5 Departure . . . . .-0.10" Departure . . . . .+0.4
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

SATURDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 92 Low: 72

SUNDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 92 Low: 73

MONDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 93 Low: 74

TUESDAY
Sunny High: 95 Low: 74 First 7/26

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 6:45 a.m. 6:46 a.m. 6:46 a.m. 6:47 a.m. 6:48 a.m. 6:48 a.m. 6:49 a.m. Sunset 8:42 p.m. 8:41 p.m. 8:41 p.m. 8:40 p.m. 8:39 p.m. 8:38 p.m. 8:37 p.m. Moonrise 2:29 p.m. 3:36 p.m. 4:41 p.m. 5:42 p.m. 6:37 p.m. 7:26 p.m. 8:09 p.m. Moonset 12:32 a.m. 1:17 a.m. 2:07 a.m. 3:03 a.m. 4:05 a.m. 5:10 a.m. 6:17 a.m. Last 8/9

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 7:15 a.m. 8:31 p.m. 3:42 a.m. 5:32 p.m. 12:16 p.m.11:53 p.m. 2:48 a.m. 4:51 p.m. 1:05 p.m. 12:35 a.m. 11:39 p.m.12:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 94 Low: 72 Full 8/1

New 8/17

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see scattered thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 100º in Carbondale, Ill. The Southeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 101º in Gastonia, N.C. The Northwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 98º in Hanford, Wash. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies with isolated thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 112º in Bullhead City, Ariz.

Weather Trivia
On average, how many thunderstorms occur in the United States each year?

0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+

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

Answer: Approximately 100,000 thunderstorms. 10% are classified as severe.

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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Mars and Saturn Draw Near
Two weeks ago, I spoke about getting up at dawn to view Venus and Jupiter. They are still a beautiful sight in the eastern sky, playing brightly against the backdrop of Aldebaran and the Pleiades, but their separation continues to increase, 12 degrees by week’s end. If getting up at 4 a.m. is not part of your pressing agenda, then try another conjunction which is not quite as spectacular, but more suitable to normal waking hours. This gathering is unfolding at dusk in the western heavens near the horizon, and it involves Mars, Saturn, the star Spica, and this week, the moon. For many months Mars marched slowly in the constellation of Leo the Lion near Regulus, its brightest star, and Saturn in Virgo the Virgin near its principal luminary, Spica. Saturn, the slowpoke among the traditional planets as witnessed by the ancients, is still “hanging” above Spica, but Mars completed its retrograde (backwards) loop some time ago and has begun its normal rapid movement towards the east. This motion is bringing it closer and closer to Saturn and Spica. To make this conjunction even sweeter, the crescent moon enters the scene from July 23 through the 26th. On the 23rd, a horned moon will be below the pair; the 24th, nearer to Mars; the 25th, nearer to Saturn, and on the 26th, a slightly gibbous moon resides above the pair. Afterwards, Mars and Saturn keep approaching one another. By the first day in August, 45 minutes after sundown, the two planets are barely eight degrees apart. August 13 through the 15th finds them stacking like pancakes in the WSW at 9:00 p.m.—Saturn (top), Mars, and Spica (bottom). On these three nights, the separation between Saturn and Spica will be less than four and one half degrees, making them an ideal target to view through binoculars. By August 21st a thin crescent moon joins the triad for another very close encounter visible in the WSW during late twilight.

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Local News
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com DeKalb County firemen can breathe easily after the Board of Commissioners approved a $2 million emergency purchase of air masks. The approval came approximately one month after a DeKalb County firefighter was forced to jump out of a two-story building after his air pack, called a self-contained breathing apparatus, malfunctioned during a fire. “Thankfully, I don’t think there have been any injuries or fatalities as a result of the former units,” said Commissioner Lee May. The fire rescue department’s current air packs, manufactured by Drager, have malfunctioned 29 times during an emergency since the department started using the air packs in 2009, according to fire rescue officials. Many of the devices have had to be sent back to the manufacturer to repair problems with their quick-release connections for the pressurized air bottles and battery connections, among other concerns. During the county’s budget approval process earlier this year, the Board of Commissioners learned of ongoing problems with the air packs and added $2 million to the budget to replace them. Commissioners have voiced concerns that it has taken approximately five months for the purchase request to come up for a vote. “We felt like when we passed something in February that we would be a lot further along [in the purchasing process],” said Commissioner Elaine Boyer. The county’s administration made an emergency purchase request of the air packs on July 10, but the Board of Commissioners deferred voting on the purchase until after the selected air packs had been tested by firefighters. Fire Rescue Chief Eddie O’Brien said his department sped up the evaluation process July 16-19. “We used over 100 personnel from the field to evaluate the two short-listed air packs,” O’Brien said. With the board’s approval, the department will purchase 300 self-contained breathing apparatuses, 640 air bottles, 725 masks, 10 rapid intervention team packs, 725 regulators and 725 voice amps. All of the department’s current air packs will be replaced. The funds would also pay for user training facilitated by a technician from Scott

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Smartphone can be tool in emergency department diagnosis
Emory Eye Center investigators have found that smartphone displays are as good, and may be better, for reading fundus photographs of the back of the eye (retina and optic nerve) than desktop computer monitors. The new technology has been an added finding in a multi-year study examining the use of non-dilated photography of the back of the eye in the emergency department. Emory researchers published this finding within the “Research Letters” section of the Archives of Ophthalmology, July 2012. The method studied allows specialized consultations within the emergency department that would not otherwise have been obtainable. Emergency rooms do not staff ophthalmologists, so having the ability to send readily-obtained photographs of the back of the eye, taken by nurse practitioners, to an ophthalmologist outside the hospital setting can be a critical tool. It helps emergency room practitioners assess the severity of their patients’ medical conditions and decide when further ophthalmological consultation is necessary. “We expected equal- or lower-quality images displayed on the iPhone compared with the desktop computer, but instead found that the iPhone images seem to be superior despite its small size and lower resolution,” said Beau Bruce, M.D., a neuro-ophthalmologist at Emory Eye Center. “We believe that the phone’s higher dot pitch and brightness helped. This finding warrants further investigation, and should enable smartphones of all types to be used in a telemedicine network.”

County approves air pack purchase
Safety, the air pack provider. “I want to make sure that our firefighters are confident in the equipment and that they are confident that we are going to make sure that they have what they need,” Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton said.

Ex-DeKalb Co. officer convicted on bribery charges
ATLANTA (AP) A federal jury has convicted a former DeKalb County police lieutenant on bribery charges. Former officer Willie Daren Durrett was convicted July 20 on charges of accepting bribes from a businessman and conspiring with former DeKalb County Deputy Chief of Police Donald Frank to accept bribes. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Durrett and Frank accepted money from 48-year-old businessman Amin Budhwani. The evidence at trial indicated that Budhwani initially approached Durrett in 2007 to help him intimidate a small business owner with whom Budwani had a dispute. Frank pleaded guilty and was charged with one count of conspiracy to take bribes. Budhwani pleaded guilty in 2010 to paying bribes to Frank. Frank and Budhwani testified against Durrett during his federal trial. The sentencing for Durrett has been set for Sept. 27.

Agnes Scott renovates historical building
Agnes Scott College will use a $6 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation to transform its historical Campbell Hall from science labs into a living and learning community. The renovation will create state-of-the-art academic and instructional facilities on the ground and first floors and suitestyle rooms for up to 96 students on the second and third floors. Campbell Hall’s renovation is a part of Agnes Scott’s new residential plan to renovate facilities in preparation for the college’s enrollment growth over the next several years. Additionally, the project will be a model of sustainability as a transformed and repurposed historical structure. The renovation will be designed to meet the standards for LEED Silver certification for green building design.

420-323216 7/26,8/2,8/9,8/16,8/23,8/30SV NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER By virtue of the power of sale contained in a Deed to Secure Debt by CARL L. LONGMIRE and MELISSA LONGMIRE to West Star Financial Corporation, dated January 13, 1994 and filed for record March 31, 1994 in Deed Book 8124, Page 24, DeKalb County, Georgia records, and securing a Note in the original principal amount of $91,759.00, said loan having been assumed by Jesse L. Young and Janet Young; last transferred to Atlantic Mortgage Investment Corporation by Assignment, filed for record in Deed Book 10042, Page 505, DeKalb County, Georgia records, there will be sold at a public outcry for cash to the highest bidder before the Courthouse door of DeKalb County, Georgia, between the legal hours of sale on the first Tuesday in September, 2012, by CitiMortgage, Inc., Successor by Merger to Atlantic Mortgage & Investment Corporation as Attorney-in-Fact for CARL L. LONGMIRE and MELISSA LONGMIRE the following property to-wit: ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND lying and being in Land Lot 34 of the 16th District, DeKalb County, Georgia, being Lot 43, Block B, Redan Station Subdivision, Phase Two-A, as per plat recorded in Plat Book 91, Page 86, DeKalb County Records. Which said plat is incorporated herein by this reference and made a part of this description being improved property. The above described property is also known as 5340 MCCARTER STATION, STONE MOUNTAIN, GA 30088. The indebtedness secured by said Deed to Secure Debt having been declared due and payable because of default in the payment of the indebtedness secured thereby, this sale will be made for the purpose of paying the same and all expenses of sale, including attorney's fees, if applicable. The property will be sold as the property of the aforesaid grantor subject to the following: all prior restrictive covenants, easements, rights-ofway, security deeds, or encumbrances of record; all valid zoning ordinances; matters which would be disclosed by an accurate survey of the property or by any inspection of the property; all outstanding taxes, assessments, unpaid bills, charges, and expenses that are a lien against the property whether due and payable or not yet due and payable. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 44-14-162.2, the name, address and telephone number of the individual or entity who shall have the full authority to negotiate, amend or modify all terms of the above described mortgage is as follows: CitiMortgage, Inc. 5280 Corporate Drive Attn: Default Mail Services Frederick, MD 21703 Phone: HAT Program: 866-272-4749 Fax: 866-989-2089 or 866-989-2088 The foregoing notwithstanding, nothing in O.C.G.A. § 44-14-162.2 shall be construed to require CitiMortgage, Inc. to negotiate, amend or modify the terms of the Deed to Secure Debt described herein. CitiMortgage, Inc., Successor by Merger to Atlantic Mortgage & Investment Corporation as Attorney-in-Fact for ++CARL L. LONGMIRE and MELISSA LONGMIRE++ SHUPING, MORSE & ROSS, L.L.P. By: S. Andrew Shuping, Jr. 6259 Riverdale Road, Suite 100 Riverdale, GA 30274 770-991-0000
THIS LAW FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

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DeKalb prosecutors seek to reinstate conviction in tragic car accident
by Nigel Roberts Princeton Elementary School in Lithonia joined the family of then 7-year-old Kameron Dunmore in mourning the child’s death in 2009. Three years later, there is no legal closure to the vehicular homicide incident that tragically took the boy’s life while he was on his way to school. DeKalb County is challenging a Georgia Court of Appeals reversal of its successful conviction in the trial court of the woman charged in the child’s death. DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston presented the state’s case on July 10 before the Georgia Supreme Court in the hope of reinstating the conviction. On the morning of the accident, Dunmore’s older sister, Kiera, a Lithonia High School student, walked with him to South DeShon Road, where a crossing guard stood waiting to escort him across the street. According to court documents, the crossing guard testified at the trial that he walked into the middle of the intersection and attempted to stop traffic. Northbound traffic halted, but an SUV approaching from the opposite direction failed to stop. Two eyewitnesses told the court that they saw the guard raise his flashing stop sign as Dunmore entered the crosswalk. One of them testified that the SUV driver, Shirley Ogilvie of Snellville, was not going to stop, so he flashed his headlights at her. As she approached the intersection, the witness said he noticed her head turned and that she “was probably looking down.” When she looked up and realized the situation, Ogilvie swerved. She missed the crossing guard but ran over the child. Ogilvie told the DeKalb jury a different version of the tragic accident. She said Dunmore “just shot out” in front of her as she tried to avoid hitting him. Ogilvie testified that while she drove her daughter to school, she asked her daughter to call her aunt to wish her a happy birthday—but did not turn her head when she reached for her mobile phone, which was on the floor of the front seat. She insisted that it was an accident not caused by her negligence behind the wheel. At the trial, the judge instructed the jury on the defense of proximate cause, which relates to whether the defendant’s actions factually and legally caused the accident. The prosecutor, in other words, had to prove that Ogilvie’s actions caused the incident. Ogilvie’s attorney asked the judge to instruct the jurors also to consider whether the incident was just an accident. However, the trial judge refused, and the jury convicted Ogilvie of vehicular homicide in the second degree and failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The judge sentenced her to 12 months in the county jail and ordered her to pay a $1,000 fine. However, the Appeals Court reversed Ogilvie’s conviction, based on the trial court’s refusal to instruct the jury on the accident option. Following Dunmore’s death, Princeton Elementary School named an area of its library after Kameron. A plaque posted in the library’s corner reads: “Kameron Michael Dunmore… In loving tribute to his zest and zeal for learning; Dedicated on September 18, 2009.” Following a memorial ceremony for the child, teachers described him as an avid reader who belonged to the school’s book club. “Although he was only here for a short time, what he left here with me no other student could have brought,” Adrienne Burnett, one of Kameron’s teachers, told The Champion. “Every day that he came into the classroom, he was excited. I can’t remember a time he was upset or not in a good mood. … When I pick up a book and read to my kids, I think of Kameron.” Disappointed with the review court’s decision, DeKalb appealed to the state Supreme Court, which agreed to review the case to determine whether the Court of Appeals properly applied the law governing accident and proximate cause in a strict liability traffic offense. The justices will issue a final decision in approximately six months, according to the high court’s public information office Jane Hansen.

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New riders took on challenge of ATL to the Arctic
undergoing chemotherapy as the cancer has returned. Recently while she waited to see a Two summers ago Daniel Palazzolo doctor flipping through a magazine, she embarked on an epic adventure—riding came across an ad for the Susan G. Kohis motorcycle from Atlanta to Alaska and men Foundation that featured her brother back. Daniel. He said that brought a smile to her The journey, ATL to the Arctic, was face. both an effort to raise funds for and awareWhile Lewis and Evans were on the ness of breast cancer. road July 3, Palazzolo wrote this message The event continued again this year to them on the ATL to the Arctic Facebook with two new riders taking on the chalpage: lenge Gary Lewis and Galen Evans, “Really glad to be reading this and both from the Atlanta area. They departed know you guys made it safe and sound. Georgia on June 23 and returned 21 days Not to mention you hauled A** up there. later on July 14. The pair completed the Gotta be an IronButt certificate for that 11,500-mile journey despite record-break- ride....I’m very thankful to the both of you, ing rainfall and washed out roads. that for a 3rd year the ride and the awarePalazzolo, a partner with John Bacon ness and fundraising has all happened.” in the Decatur Garage, an auto repair and The men posted comments on Facerestoration shop, said he couldn’t take book about their adventure including this time away from his business this year to one from Lewis : ride and chose to take a support role— “Hi All, we took a spectacular ride out handling logistics. Last year when two of of Yellowstone on Wednesday following Palazzolo’s other buddies from the Atlanta Hwy 14 to Burgess Crossing in northAdventure Riders Group carried on the central Wyoming. We then kicked butt and tradition and made the ride, Palazzolo also rode to Councils Bluff Iowa on Thursday, stayed behind. then rode the 1000 miles home on Friday The money raised through the ride for even after being separated during a downthe Susan G. Komen Foundation this year pour in Kansas City. We rode 11,500 miles reached about $330. Last year’s take was in 21 days with one non-riding day; more approximately $7,700. However Palazzolo than 1000 of the miles were on dirt/gravel. said the ride is “still doing what I initially We met many interesting characters along intended it to do,” which is to make peothe way and witnessed majestic vistas beple aware of the struggles in fighting can- yond description. Glad to be home but sad cer and giving them a vehicle to contribute the adventureTo hear the homeowners’ story, is completed.” go to MakingHomeAffordable.gov to a worthy cause. Palazzolo said he is uncertain about Palazzolo was inspired to launch ATL future rides because involvement requires to the Arctic to honor and support his sisa If you’re strugglinglarge commitment of time and resources to keep ter Kris who was diagnosed with breast to participate and raise funds. cancer in 2010. He said that shethere is help. your home, is again
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Top 10 tech tips for a healthier heart
The message that a healthy lifestyle helps protect your heart isn’t new. If you’d like to do more to take care of your heart, here are 10 ways technology can make that easier. 1. Stop smoking. Apps such as Smoke Reducer for Android, and iQuit for iPhone can help you wean off tobacco. You can also use the Firefox add-on Quitomzilla, which shows you how much money you save by not smoking, the number of cigarettes not smoked, and the overall time since your last smoke. 2. Stay within a healthy weight range. Make it easier to monitor your weight-loss progress with the iHealth Wireless Scale. You can track your weight over time, and see results in relation to daily activity, time of day, diet, exercise, and more. The scale lets you set a milestone and share your results with doctors, fitness buddies and family. The free companion iHealth Scale app works with iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. Learn more at www.ihealth99.com. 3. Limit alcohol and caffeine. Keep track of how much you’re drinking with the DrinkControl or Alcohol Monitor apps for iPhone, or the SoberApp for Android. They estimate your blood alcohol content and let you know whether or not you should drive. To monitor your caffeine intake, try the Caffeine Zone 2 for iPhone and iPad, or the Caffeine Monitor app for Android. 4. Take care of your teeth. Research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and heart disease. Go online and check the American Dental Association’s database at www.ADA. org to find oral health care products that have the ADA seal of approval. At the ADA website, you can also watch videos on a variety of oral health care topics. 5. Keep tabs on your blood pressure. The Mayo Clinic recommends you monitor your blood pressure at home and visit your doctor regularly. With the iHealth Blood Pressure Dock, (www.ihealth99. com), you can accurately measure your blood pressure, track your readings over time, and share that information with healthcare providers, friends and family members. The Dock comes with a blood pressure arm cuff and doubles as a charging station for your iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. The companion iHealth app is available for free. 6. Reduce stress. Try a portable biofeedback device, like the StressEraser, to help you relax by synchronizing your breathing and your heart rate. If having too much on your plate and too many interruptions causes you stress, try Quiet Hours. It lets you shut down your computer’s communication apps, like instant messaging, for a specified period of time. 7. Exercise regularly. The Online Activity Tracker from the American Heart Health Association lets you create a personalized walking plan, log time or distance traveled, plot and save walking routes, and more. Check it out at www.startwalkingnow. org. You can also use the AHA Walking Paths app for Android and iPhone. 8. Eat right. Tracking the foods you consume helps you better understand your caloric and nutritional intake. The Lose It! app for the iPhone allows you to enter and track your meals and snacks, and keep track of your weight loss progress and goals via the app, as well as access your account online. Visit www.loseit.com for more information. Offering many of the same capabilities, Android phone users can use the Diet Assistant app at www.dietassistantapp.com. 9. Make sleep a priority. Not getting enough sleep can raise your blood pressure and make it more likely you’ll have a stroke or heart attack. Learn more about your sleep patterns with a sleep monitor. You can try a headband moni-

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tor, such as the Zeo, (www. myzeo.com), or an armband monitor such as the SleepTracker, (www.sleeptracker. com). Each keeps track of your sleep cycle and helps you wake up at the optimal time. 10. Know your family history. Knowing your family’s

medical history can help you identify patterns that might be relevant to your own heart health. There are a number of online tools such as My Family Health Portrait at https:// FamilyHistory.hhs.gov to help you gather and store that information.

Emory researchers show better patient outcomes at high-volume stroke centers
When it comes to treating strokes, every second counts. Now researchers at Emory University School of Medicine say stroke patients cared for at high-volume centers receive faster treatment and fare better with overall outcomes than stroke centers dealing with a lower volume of cases. “Centers that perform a large number of endovascular stroke therapies are more efficient and better at it,” said Rishi Gupta, M.D., associate professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. “This translates to healthier stroke outcomes and better chances of improved functional recovery.” Gupta served as principal investigator of the study, which was published in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. Gupta sees patients at the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Memorial Hospital—one of the leading centers in the country at rapid treatment and restoration of blood flow to the brain for acute stroke. “This study highlights the importance of patients coming to the hospital quickly with stroke symptoms and centers being quick at achieving restoration of blood flow (reperfusion) as is done with myocardial infarction,” Gupta said. Researchers defined stroke centers as high volume if more than 50 such procedures are carried out a year. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die within minutes. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the Southeast. The results of the study are based on the findings from 442 patients treated with endovascular therapy involving clot-busting treatment provided inside the brain via a catheter without the need for surgery at nine stroke centers between September 2009 and July 2011. All patients reportedly arrived at the centers within eight hours of the start of their symptoms. With an average age of 66, all patients had a blood clot in a major brain artery, which had cut off blood supply and caused their stroke. From door to needle time, which involves insertion of a catheter through the groin following a CT scan of the brain and injection of the clot buster drug tissue plasminogen activator that dissolves clots and restores blood flow to the affected artery, the average time to complete the procedure was 95 minutes. Researchers say 120 minutes is the critical treatment window considered essential for boosting the chances of survival. Nearly half the patients were treated in less than 95 minutes, with about 80 percent of those treated at high volume centers; the remaining 20 percent were treated at low volume centers. Patients treated at high-volume stroke centers were 86 percent more likely to survive and 82 percent more likely to have blood flow successfully restored in the affected artery. “Our data shows delays in reperfusion are critical. Patients need to know the importance of seeking medical attention at the very onset of any stroke symptoms,” Gupta said. “For every 30 minutes of delay, the chances of survival fall by 12 percent.” The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Memorial Hospital is a neurocritical care unit for acute, time-dependent neurological emergencies.

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Candidates Continued From Page 1A
“One of the greatest rewards I’ve had on this journey is I’ve witnessed north and south DeKalb,” said Edmondson during the forum, which featured CEO and Board of Commissioners’ candidates. “There’s a real disconnect between the haves and the have nots and the perception of who gets the budget. It’s a very, very unhealthy relationship for a supposed-to-be ‘one’ DeKalb.” If elected, Edmondson said, he would use the CEO position to improve relations in the county. “I’m going to have my north DeKalb meetings in south DeKalb and my south DeKalb meetings in north DeKalb, and we’re going to learn some best practices from each other and learn how to get along,” Edmondson said. When asked about budget priorities, Edmondson said, “I think of the three top priorities that we have to deliver, No. 1 is jobs. I think the second is jobs. And No. 3 absolutely has to be jobs. “We’re not even talking about global business development,” Edmondson said. “Some of us are spending more time talking about issues and minute problems.” Candidates for Board of Commissioners’ District 4 seat were asked what areas of the county’s budget could still stand more cuts. Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, who is seeking re-eletion, said, “That’s a very difficult question to answer simply because you have to look at the projects that are going on in those departments. “You can’t just do a blanket analysis like that,” Sutton said. “You have to evaluate it before every budget term and keep evaluating as you go along through the year. You have to continuously evaluate the department, the situation for efficiencies and make the appropriate decision at that time.” District 4 Candidate Steve Bradshaw said, “It’s very hard to say in a forum like this what specifically I would cut. “First of all that’s fraught with peril and it’s fraught with a tremendous amount of uncertainty,” said Bradshaw, a businessman and adjunct professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. “Budgeting should be based on conservative forecasts,” Bradshaw

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said. “Why not start off with a conservative budget and maybe at midyear we might have a pleasant surprise or at least break even?” When whittling down a budget, it is important to examine each line item, said District 4 candidate Clyburn Halley, chief of the Grantville Police Department. “I think the first thing you would have to do is get the department heads together,” Halley said. “Second, we need to cross-train our people. If we have to lay people off, we might have to cross-train. You can’t just look at one department as a whole. You have to look at every department and see where we’re wasting money. You have to do more with less today.” Crane asked District 5 candidates how they would address friction between commissioners and the CEO. Commissioner Lee May said the county’s current form of government breeds that friction. “I’m fine with the differences,” May said. “But our differences, when they bring gridlock, hurt all of DeKalb County, even if I am right in my position or believe that I am right in my position. “Without changing the form of government, what really needs to occur is more intentional dialogue between the Board of Commissioners, the leadership and the CEO,” said May, adding that he has asked for weekly meetings with Ellis. “Hopefully, if I’m re-elected, and if [Ellis] is re-elected, we have to figure out how to conduct business for the next four years,” May said. Gina Mangham, an attorney running for May’s seat, said, “Unfortunately if they haven’t figured it out in the last four years, I’m not real confident that it’s going to happen in the next four. “The form of government may breed differences, but the reality is

you have to come to some consensus,” Mangham said. “We’ve had too many stalemates that have hurt the county overall. “We have to compromise,” said Mangham. “It’s just not acceptable to say that we need another form of government. At the end of the day, there has to be a real effort to come to some compromise and put the needs of the citizens before the personal needs of each commissioner.” District 5 Andre White, publisher of The Sentinel, said operations of the county government “has come down to a crisis of personalities.” “Regardless of the form of government, it comes down to maturity,” White said. “The seat does not belong to you. The seat belongs to the people.” “We have to stop playing politics with the lives of people and be mature about our approach to some of the issues here,” White said. White said he wishes elected officials “could take the job and not exact the check.” “More than half the people in here would not be in here,” he said of those running for office. District 5 candidate Kenneth Samuel said he is committed to building a coalition in DeKalb. “Compromise is not a bad word,” said Samuel, pastor of Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain. “It does require maturity of judgment. It requires a commitment to a common good that is more important than individual ideologies. “It should not take four years for adults who are concerned about the community to communicate without airing dirty laundry, without obstructing the progress of the community, without jeopardizing the bond rating of the county, without creating an impasse whereby we question the credit worthiness of

DeKalb County and make it an undesirable risk for businesses…and for the people that make this community great,” Samuel said. On the subject of the upcoming transportation referendum in which voters will decide whether to enact a one penny sales tax to fund regional transportation projects, Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon, who is seeking reelction, said she will support the tax. “I am a supporter of transit,” Gannon said. “I know a lot of folks are upset because we spent 39 years paying a penny. “We have built MARTA,” Gannon said. “Do we want MARTA to go under? We do not want that investment to be a waste.” Gannon said DeKalb County will get “almost a 2-to-1 return” on its investment in regional transportation. “That means jobs,” Gannon said. “It will also begin the transit route to Stonecrest [Mall].” Gannon’s opponent, Edmond Richardson, said he is “absolutely” not in favor of the transportation tax. “It is unfair,” said Richardson, chief of staff for May. “DeKalb County has paid a penny for 30 years and to ask us to pay another penny, and not receive something that we deserve…it’s not fair. “If we are serious about relieving traffic congestion, I-20 would be one of the top priorities on the list,” Richardson said. Richardson said the state Legislature should reconsider the transportation plan by making it fair to DeKalb, Fulton and Atlanta residences who have been paying a penny-tax for regional transportation for more than 30 years. “Some people say, ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water,’” Richardson said. “We don’t need to sell our car for gas.”

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DeKalb County School Board candidates were present at a forum at Arabia Mountain High School July 19. Each answered questions on a range of issues they face if elected July 31. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

School board candidates weigh-in at Arabia Mountain forum
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Candidates running for a seat on the DeKalb County Board of Education met at Arabia Mountain High School July 19 to discuss important issues the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is facing in the coming years. The school board candidate forum was hosted by the Parent-Teacher-Student Association of Arabia Mountain High (PTSA) and was moderated by its president, Tanya Graham. Eleven of the 12 candidates running for election were present. Michelle Jenkins-Clark, running for District 6, had a previous engagement. The candidates running for District I are Marshall Orson, incumbent Don McChesney; District 4 are Jim Kinney, Tom Gilbert, incumbent Paul Womack, Jim McMahon; and those running for District 6 are Denise Etienne McGill, Latasha Walker, Terrilyn RiversCannon, Melvin Johnson and incumbent Pam Speaks. Graham asked each candidate a range of questions such as how each candidate would balance the needs of his or her constituents with the overall needs of the county; how each would improve test scores; questions regarding finances and the budget and whether he or she supported magnet and charter schools. Following background information on each of the school board candidates and excerpts from their opening statements: District 2 Marshall Orson: Orson, 52, is a 25-year resident of DeKalb County and has two children in DCSD, one going into seventh grade and another entering fifth grade this fall. He has been a volunteer in education and is the chair of school councils Fernbank Elementary and Druid Hills Middle schools. Additionally, Orson is the co-president of the Emory LaVista Parent Council, which is the largest and most active parent council in DeKalb County. Don McChesney: Elected in 2008, McChesney, 65, is a retired history teacher who has spent 34 years in the classroom and taught in DCSD, the Atlanta Public School System and the Gwinnett County School System. He attended DCSD from first through 12th grade. “These three diverse school systems have given me a wide view of the schools and how they work in different communities,” he said. District 4 Jim Kinney: Kinney, 51, has taught physics and astronomy at the collegiate level for nine years at Georgia State University, Emory University and Georgia Perimeter College. “I’m running because we can do better than this, adequate is not enough,” Kinney said. Tom Gilbert: Gilbert, 68, has lived in Tucker for the past 32 years. His son went through DCSD and he currently has two grandsons enrolled in the system. He has worked for the Home Depot for the past 23 years. “I just want to try and make things better for everybody,” Gilbert said. Paul Womack: Elected in 2008, Womack, 79, also served four terms in the 1980s and in the early ‘90s. He has been married for 48 years and had a son who passed away and a daughter, both of whom went through DCSD. He touts himself as the only “business” person out of all the candidates running in his district. “I have started five companies successfully and sold them and retired at 50,” Womack said. “I understand business and I think I’m the best person to finish what has been started under the new superintendent. Jim McMahon: McMahon, 46, is a residential mortgage originator. He has been a DeKalb County resident for the past 20 years and has children currently in the school system. Additionally, he has served on both elementary and middle school councils. McMahon also works as an area representative with the DeKalb Council of PTAs. “I have a great insight about the whole county and our challenges,” said McMahon. District 6 Denise Etienne McGill: McGill, 51, is married with two children, one of whom is currently enrolled in DCSD. She worked for the Stephenson PTSA for 11 years and was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years. Additionally, McGill said her 26-year corporate background in the telecommunications industry and her work on the Stephenson Middle and Stephenson High School councils would be assets on the board. Latasha Walker: Walker, 38, is a single mom with a daughter in DCSD. She helped start the group Advocates on the Behalf of Children, which has lobbied the school district on issues such as bullying and called for an external forensic audit of the district. Terrilyn Rivers-Cannon: Rivers-Cannon, 44, has a criminal justice background and is a specialist in educational leadership and has worked as a social worker. Originally from Savannah, Rivers-Cannon has two children, the youngest of whom has been enrolled in the District 6 area since kindergarten. “We definitely need a change and I am that candidate,” she said. Melvin Johnson: Johnson, 68, retired from DCSD in 2004. Prior to retirement he worked for the school system for 37 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal and an area superintendent. He has also served on the YMCA Academy Board of Directors. “I want to work with school board members to restore excellence in DeKalb, improve student achievement, increase fiscal and operational efficiencies, re-establish and strengthen public trust and to promote a more amicable and resultsdriven relationship among the board and the superintendent.” Pam Speaks: Elected in 2008, Speaks, 62, is a former DCSD teacher who was a district-level administrator before retiring in 2004. In total, she has more than 30 years of teaching experience, 25 spent in DCSD. “My slogan is ‘Pam Speaks for kids,’ and even if you don’t agree with every vote I’ve cast and every position I’ve taken, you must admit that I have kept my word and I represent all children, regardless of the school they attend or the community they live in.”

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From left, Daniel Graham, Mesha Graham, Bobby Woodson Jr. and Solomon Howard. Photos by Travis Hudgons

King’s delights the neighborhood
Soul food restaurant serves up recipe for success
by Matt Amato It’s still early for a dinner crowd – 5 p.m. And the line suggests another busy night for staff at King’s Southern Delight. The soul food restaurant’s parking lot, near the corner of Hairston and Redan, is filling. Staff meets the rush with aplomb, readying the ovens and trough-sized trays that swirl steam across granite counter tops when stirred by giant serving spoons. The most sought after item from an array of staples? “That would be our turkey wings,” said Mesha Graham, a 23-year-old student and daughter of co-founder C. Roy Graham, who dreams of helping the family business to earn the familiarity of neighborhood competitor Boston Market. Her ambition isn’t farfetched, should the neighborhood’s taste buds be the arbiter of success. Indeed, they’re already a hit in Mount Vernon, N.Y.–a fact not lost on local diners, aware of King’s Southern Delight’s history thanks to a graphic cardboard cutout neatly placed in the entrance. A recap: back in New York, where the founding family’s originally from, the first of King’s two locations was started in 1998 by mother and son-in-law duo Wyndall K. McGill and C. Roy Graham, whose vision was “to provide good home cooking,” proclaims the adornment. The decision to pick a Stone Mountain neighborhood for the second spot in 2004, however, came from someone who resides on more hallowed ground – the Almighty. “My grandmother was very spiritual, and God told her that this was the location we should be at,” she said. “That’s why we’re here – and we’re thriving, and it’s working.” Currently, the restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serves up to 500 customers a day, estimated Mesha. But she has less reverential reasons for how – despite a location used to restaurants and retailers coming and going, a prolonged weak economy and a cuisine not uncommon in the area – King has thrived. Quantity, quality and cost – that simple. “We’re unique because we’re pretty much the only soul food restaurant in this area that makes everything from scratch,” said Graham. “It’s not canned or processed food, and we’re all family here. “We also give generous portions – other people are stingy with their food, and we’re not.” A turkey wing dinner, which includes two sides, is about $10, and the portion, reasons Mesha, equates to two meals, making it an affordable alternative to less healthy fast food, of which the area has no shortage. Furthermore, by sourcing its fruits and vegetables from the local farmer’s market, King’s Southern Delight is moving with the times. Consumers, studies show, are increasingly favoring locally grown products. “People are saying that we’re becoming a ‘destination restaurant,’” said Graham. “They come in from far to get our turkey wings, our signature dish.” The secret behind the wings’ popularity is in the seasoning, say the owners, who won’t divulge the recipe handed down from Wyndall McGill. “We make over 20 pans, with 14 [wings] in each one, every single day,” said Graham. “They come from all over – and it’s our food that makes them come back.”

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School supply drive to culminate in community fun day Now in its second year, the Annie W. thomas Foundation is again holding a school supplies drive to benefit children in the community. the foundation is encouraging businesses to give promotional or signature items such as pens, pencils and notebooks. Individuals are welcome to make donations as well. the items will be presented at a Community Fun day / Back to School rally” on Saturday, Aug. 4, noon – 5 p.m. at uPAC– decatur, 3200 Panthersville road, decatur. there will be food, music, live entertainment, games, face painting and more. Items typically needed include: • Composition notebooks (black and white marble) • Spiral notebooks • Pens (black, red and blue) • Pencils/erasers/pencil boxes • Folders (regular or three - rongs) • Crayons (24 pcs) • Backpacks (medium and large) • Scissors • Loose leaf notebook paper • Ruler sets (ruler, protractor, triangle) the foundation would like to have these items by July 27. For more information or to make a donation, call Sylvia Augustine at UPAC at (404) 212-3400 or Buffie McCoy at the Annie W. thomas Foundation at (770) 598-1741 or send an email to AWtF@ymail. com. Library event to celebrate ADA Month The Decatur Library is holding an event celebrating Americans with disabilities Month on Saturday, July 28, 1 - 2 p.m. “Recognizing AdA month offers an opportunity to celebrate the knowledge and talent in the disabled community,” states the announcement from the library, which invites the community to celebrate with music and stories. The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street, decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070. Best-selling author to speak at library Author Chris Bohjalian will be at the Decatur Library Monday, July 30, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss his new novel The Sandcastle Girls, which library officials describe as “a sweeping historical love story steeped in Chris Bohjalian’s rich Armenian heritage.” Bohjalian is the author of such literary bestsellers as The Night Strangers, Midwives, Skeletons at the Feast and Secrets of Eden. He has written 15 books and has number one books on both the New York times list and Oprah’s booklist. In addition, three of his novels have been turned into movies and his work has been translated into 25 languages. the new book, according to Kirkus Reviews, is about “the granddaughter of an Armenian and a Bostonian who investigates the Armenian genocide, discovering her grandmother took a guilty secret to the grave.” the decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street, decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070. Safe Sitters learn: • How to prevent injuries • How to keep themselves safe when babysitting or at home alone • How a child’s age affects how to care for them • How to prevent problem behavior • How to rescue a choking infant or child • How to run a babysitting business • How to perform infant and child CPr For more information, contact Linda Citron at (678) 812-3972 or linda.citron@atlantajcc.org. Coca-Cola has partnered with essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks, fashion designer Tracy Reese and Ne-Yo to provide the apprenticeships focusing on business, fashion, entertainment and community. the two deKalb County winners were among four across the country who won an essay contest over hundreds of teenagers. Rene Brown, a junior at Kennesaw State University, and a Lithonia resident, will spend a week in New York City being mentored by and shadowing the award-winning reese and her team. Ronnie Shaw, currently residing in Washington, d.C., but a native of Lithonia, will be working with Ne-Yo in Atlanta.

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Lithonia residents to meet with DeKalb school officials The Lionshead Homeowners Association will meet with deKalb County Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson, school board president Eugene Walker and board member Jay Cunningham on July 29 at 6 p.m. The homeowners in the Lionshead community believe the deKalb County neighborhood school system is facing an educational and community “crisis,” said Ingrid Butler, president of the Lionshead Homeowners Association. residents are also concerned about the “large percentage of students not graduating from high school in May 2012,” she said. “Many of our parents do not feel comfortable with enrolling their children in the neighborhood schools, [and] thus bear an added expense of enrolling and transporting their children to surrounding community and private schools,” Butler said. during the meeting, participants will learn about the state of the school system and develop a community strategy that would support raising student performance metrics and full utilization of community schools. the meeting will be held at 3080 Lionsclub Lane, Lithonia. For more information and to register, contact Butler at (770) 712-3759. Lithonia natives receive CocaCola apprenticeships Two Lithonia natives are the recipients of Coca-Cola Pay It Forward apprenticeships.

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Former Atlanta basketball player hosts Dunwoody camp Former Atlanta Hawks player Josh Powell is hosting a basketball camp July 27-29 at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack road, for girls and boys ages 8-18. The camp has 100 free spots available for deKalb County youth. Lunch, snacks and t-shirts will be provided. The camp runs 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday. The cost of the camp is $100 and the registration deadline is July 26. For more information, go to www.josh21powell.com. Babysitting class offered Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta (MJCCA) will hold a Safe Sitter training class Sunday, July 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at MJCCA at Zaban Park 5342 tilly Mill road, Dunwoody. The cost is $140 for non-members and $120 for members. This class offers teens (11-15 year-olds) the opportunity to learn the skills that parents look for in a babysitter. An announcement from MJCCA describes the program as “an upto-date and well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis [that] teaches young teen babysitters everything they need to know to keep themselves and the children in their care safe.”

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Stone Mountain’s ART Station features lunchtime series excerpts from the upcoming play I Ought to be in Pictures will be featured during the July 30 Art Station Lunchtime Series. the cast of the Neil Simon production will be on hand during the lunch at Art Station, located at 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. the event begins at noon and costs $10 for lunch and $5 for the presentation only. Water and iced tea will be provided. Groups of 10 or more require a reservation. A portion of the ticket price is donated directly to the Art Station. Credit education series continues Duane White, president of Need to Know Information Inc., continues his credit education series What’s My Credit Got to do With it? Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hairston Crossing Library. The five-part series started in June and classes meet the last Saturday of the month. the July class will focus on fair credit reporting and credit report analysis. No registration is required. Hairston Crossing Library is located at 4911 Redan Road, Stone Mountain. For more information, call (404) 508-7170.

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Peachtree finish a good sign for Marist cross country runner
by Wade Marbaugh As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games open with London’s pageantry, Michael Thurston will be waiting eagerly to watch the distance running events. Thurston, 16, has a special passion for the distance runners because he runs cross country at Marist School, where he’ll be a junior this fall. He’ll be watching for techniques and strategies. “I enjoy watching the Olympics, and I believe it is as far as one can go as a runner,” Thurston said. With this summer’s hard training regimen, he has embarked on his own Olympic-sized quest— winning the state individual cross country championship in Class AAAA, as well as helping Marist win the team title. Last fall he finished second behind Brad Hort of McIntosh High. That’s reason enough to say Thurston has a shot at the title, especially since Hort and McIntosh have moved to Class 5A competition. But there’s a more recent sign that Thurston will be a contender. He finished 97th in the Peachtree Road Race on July 4, a remarkable feat considering the competition and the fact that he didn’t train. He ran 10 miles the day before with his cross country teammates and swam two miles. “He was neither fresh nor race-ready at Peachtree, and this bodes very well for the coming fall,” said Eric Heintz, who has been Marist’s cross country coach since 2006. “He set the school record in the 3,200-meter this spring and was state runner-up for cross country last fall, so this type of race in the Peachtree was not unexpected. I expect him to contend for the individual state championship in Class 4A and expect that he will be one of the top 10 or 15 runners in all of Georgia.” that the body breaks down and slows during the season. That’s where coaching steps in. “Coach Heintz is an exceptional coach,” Thurston said. “The challenge of a cross country coach is to keep the athletes at their best at the end of the season. The trick is to reach that peak at the state meet.” After winning the state team title for three consecutive years, Marist was runner-up in 2011. The girls’ team, also coached by Heintz, has won four state championships in a row. The War Eagles definitely are teams to watch this fall. “But it’s a bit too early to tell,” Heintz said. “We’re very young on the boys’ side with only a few contributing seniors, so it will be interesting to see how they develop and bond as a group. We do have very solid leadership and a high level of commitment to excellence, so I think it will pan out.” Thurston trains with the team’s No. 2 runner, Daniel Navarro. “Michael and Daniel have trained together since the eighth grade,” Heintz said. “They are blessed to have each other to push and challenge themselves to new limits.” Heintz seems thoroughly impressed with Thurston’s recent strides as a runner. “Michael has gone from a top runner who aims to finish in the top 10 to one that competes for the victory each and every time he steps to the line,” the coach said. Thurston said he fell in love with running because his parents, Rose Marie and David Thurston, run to keep in shape. At age 11 he tried a casual race with his mother and liked it so much he soon ran a half marathon. “I enjoy the thrill of competition,” Thurston said. “Also, I enjoy running over other sports because it is totally fair, and whoever runs the hardest always wins, unlike other sports.” It helps to have the parents, the drive, teammates and coach to make that win possible.

There are other good signs. In track and field this spring, Thurston finished fifth in the state 3,200 race and sixth in the mile. At the Region 6-AAAA meet, he won the 3,200 and was runner-up in the 1,600. Thurston said he expects a better junior year in all events. “The big jump is between the sophomore and junior year. I’m actually training more intensely, taking more risks,” he said. The risks are injury and training so much

Browns Mill Park softball team headed for World Series
Browns Mill Parks’ Patillo RBI Atlanta Lady Braves’ Softball Team went undefeated (4-0) in Vero Beach Florida the weekend of July 14 when they beat the defending champion Tampa Bay Lady Rays by a score of 4-2 to win the 2012 Northeast RBI Major League Baseball/Softball Championship. Outstanding pitching of rising Luella High junior LaBrisha Washington solidified the Lady Braves’ championship as she beat Tampa in both games for the first time in two years. Nicole Lyday, a graduate of Apalachee High, provided the tying run while Alice Boone, a Claflin University rising sophomore, provided the go-ahead two RBI singles to break the 2-2 tie giving the Lady Braves the win. Decatur High’s Chelsea Hall turned a key double play while SIAC Freshman of the Year Markea Sheppard provided key defensive stops to ensure the victory. First-year back-up first baseman Kayla Cato showed flexibility and solid defensive and offensive skills in her first RBI tournament and demonstrating that she may have a great future in fast pitch softball. “The girls played one of the best softball games (offensively and defensively) I have seen in a long time against one of the best teams, collectively, I have seen in some time. Even when we tied then went ahead, Tampa kept fighting! This win was a total team effort and they deserve this championship,” said Head Coach Richard Lee of Browns Mill Park. “We want the Southeast and the ATL specifically to look like champions at all times during this event and hope that the community will assist us, financially, and help us bring the World Series RBI championship back to Atlanta,” Lee said. Donations and sponsorships are tax deductible. The 2012 RBI World Series is being held in Minnesota Aug. 7-12. Interested community members can watch the Lady Braves’ practice sessions Friday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, or to make donations, call Lee at (770) 262-3382.

London-bound Taylor shoots for more Olympic glory
by Matt Amato Olympian Angelo Taylor bid farewell to friends and family as he jetted off to London in hopes of securing a place in the history books at this year’s Games. The Southwest DeKalb graduate already achieved greatness by making his fourth successive trip to the Olympics – and now wants to cap it off with another gold medal. At 33, Taylor joined the legendary Edwin Moses as the only men to compete in the 400-meter hurdles at four Olympic Games, going back to Sydney 2000. Taylor will go one better than Moses if he wins a third gold medal, having achieved the feat in 2000 and 2008. “It’s never been done, and this is probably my last [Olympics],” he said, adding that he remains just as excited as he was for his first Games. “Right now, it feels no different.” There was, however, one difference for Taylor this time around. “I started my preparation earlier than usual. I really want to be prepared – that’s the only thing I’ve done differently,” he said. Taylor began to attract attention at Southwest DeKalb, where he picked up three gold medals at the state championships, including the 330-meter hurdles, and the 400-meter dash, which preceded a sterling career at Georgia Tech. The pinnacle of Taylor’s college achievements came in 1998, when he won an NCAA title in the 400-meter hurdles. As a representative of the national athletics team, Taylor earned a bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships and was part of the victorious 4x400 meter relay team.
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High school football around the corner
Tucker head football coach Bryan Lamar, left, with his players.

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Select players and coaches representing schools from all 19 DeKalb County School District programs along with Decatur High School, Marist and St. Pius X were in attendance at the county’s annual High School Football Media Day at Hallford Stadium in Clarkson. Photos by Travis Hudgons.

Stone Mountain head football coach Dante Ferguson.

A year later, in Sydney, he claimed his first Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles in a tight finish, followed by another gold medal in the 4 x 400 meter. Stress fractures prevented Taylor from adding to his tally at Athens 2004, but as in Sydney, he came through victorious in the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400 events at the 2008 Beijing Games. “You’ve definitely got to be dedicated and extremely disciplined,” he said. “It takes hard work and sacrifice to make it to this level.” Taylor was also mindful of his high school days as contributing to his success. “A lot of my experience at Southwest DeKalb was definitely important,” he said. “Some of the things I learned in high school have stuck with me today.”

Lakeside players size up their competition with new head football coach Mike Rozier.

Clarkston head football coach Gary Wansley, right, looks on with his players.

M.L. King head football coach Mike Carson.

St. Pius X head coach Paul Standard, at podium, speaks about his team’s upcoming season.

Media day kicks off another year of gridiron action
by Matt Amato With summer vacation nearing the home stretch before another academic year commences, attention has shifted to the upcoming high school season–and what’s promising to be an actionpacked fall for the county’s gridiron heroes. A media day at James Hallford Stadium officially kicked off football fever, as representatives from nearly all DeKalb high schools offered guarded predictions while touting the young talent that’s been actively preparing for the rigors of hard-nosed football. For some coaches, the event, which has been held for several years by the county schools’ athletics department, was a first formal introduction to the public after recently taking up the post. For veterans such as Stephenson’s Ron Gartrell, it was affirmation of a readiness to meet the challenges ahead. “For us the season starts in January,” he said. “We’ve been doing that for 15 years.” While all coaches predictably offered upbeat assessments of their prospects, new Tucker coach Bryan Lamar had to tread a more careful line. The state-champion Tigers, the county’s most successful program, graduated many of last season’s starters – yet the expectation of success remains unchanged. “From the outside looking in, it looks like a lot of pressure, but from the inside, we feel like it’s just business as usual,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep working hard and keep to the same formula that’s gotten us where we are.” The likelihood of a repeat in 2012? “We’ve got a lot of young players, and our goal is just to win each game that we play,” Lamar said. “We feel like if we just beat the team that’s in front of us 18 times that we’ll be in pretty good shape.” Lamar’s presence at the event had more resonance for other attendees than in previous years; Tucker is part of a newly aligned, all-county division this year and that should intensify and renew old rivalries. “There are no easy games

from start to finish,” Lamar admitted. “We know teams are going to be gunning for us.” At the other end of the success spectrum, Clarkston, which has consistently struggled for the past 10 years, used the conference to reassert its belief of brighter days ahead. “When I took over the program a year ago, the number one thing I said would be most challenging is to get kids to buy into my system,” said coach Gary Wansley. “Going into the second year, the kids have done that and understood what it means to work hard.” Opening day of the football season for all county teams is Aug. 24.

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