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Little farm house in Lithonia
Decatur men preserving historic farm house in Lithonia
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com

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ituated on approximately seven acres near Lithonia, one of DeKalb County’s oldest houses is being preserved. The Housworth-Moseley farmhouse, which initially had two rooms, was built around 1843 by the Housworth family who moved into the area in the 1820s. DeKalb County was formed in 1822. The Housworth family owned the house for more than 160 years. In December 2011, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation purchased the bank-owned house after its foreclosure to protect the house, which is part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and the Klondike National Register Historic District, from demolition and subdivision. “Such a fine example of an early farm complex is extremely rare in Georgia,” said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of The Georgia Trust. Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations and works to preserve and enhance Georgia’s communities and their historic resources. The Georgia Trust sold the house through its Endangered Properties Revolving Fund program to Keith Crosby and
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The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation purchased this 1843 farmhouse after its foreclosure and sold it for $65,000 to two Decatur men who plan to live in it. The house has several outbuildings on its seven acres and the men have constructed a temporary chicken pen. They plan to operate a small residential farm. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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Back to School
Celebrating its second year, the Annie W. Thomas Foundation held a Community Fun Day/Back to Rally Aug. 4. It was one of many such events throughout the county as youngsters prepared to start the 2012-13 school year. There were games, entertainment, food and distribution of school supplies. The event was held at UPAC – Decatur on Panthersville Road in Decatur.

Facing Foreclosure? Need help with your mortgage? 

DeKalb County Foreclosure Prevention and   Intervention Workshop 
 

Saturday, August 18, 2012  |  8 AM – 4 PM  Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church, H. F. Shepherd Multiplex  4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034  Meet one‐on‐one with your mortgage company or a HUD‐approved housing counselor to   find options to avoid foreclosure 
 

 

 

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Steve Austin, left, and Ben Henson pause in front of their recently purchased mid-century home in Northwoods. The home, circa mid-1950s, is situated on a spacious corner lot in the National Register-nominated subdivision. It was a bright canary yellow when the couple bought it and, to the relief of neighbors, they immediately changed the color to French grey. Photo by Bob Kelley

A sense of place, a sense of tradition
Doraville’s Northwoods neighborhood is a community with a historic past and —if resident and Georgia State University student efforts prevail—a historic future.
by Bob Kelley Part two: A gem rediscovered Northwoods first appeared on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ radar as part of the DeKalb History Center’s DeKalb Single Family Residential Post War Development project in 2009. Richard Laub, director of the Heritage Preservation Program at Georgia State University, annually requires his graduate students who are seeking degrees in historic preservation to choose potential neighborhoods that meet the criteria for listing on the National Register. He does this as a part of his standard curriculum so that students can get involved in real life projects that they can use with future employers. Their success ratio has been phenomenal, Laub said. In 2010, Laub suggested Northwoods as a potential project and soon the GSU students were diligently researching and surveying the area’s homes, schools, parks and relevant structures, gathering historic blueprints and vintage photos via site visits and resident interviews. The students also enlisted the aid and support of community groups such as the Northwoods Area Neighborhood Association (NANA) who hosted meetings, bringing older residents together to share valuable firsthand information. The biggest obstacle, according to Laub, was getting initial buy-in from residents. “It is really a matter of educating the residents, addressing their concerns and diffusing any anxiety or misunderstanding about the program at the very start,” Laub noted. “We wanted their endorsement before students blindly showed up at their front door asking questions.” There are a number of advantages to earning a spot on the National Register, according to Laub. “Contrary to popular belief, with this type of designation there are no strict architectural guidelines residents have to follow,” Laub added. “Beyond the hometown pride that comes with this type of designation, there are income tax and property tax advantages. If you do rehabilitation work on your property that meets certain National Park Service standards, then a homeowner’s property tax assessment can be frozen for eight years.” The listing on the National Register is also recognized by the state Department of Transportation which takes the designation into consideration when embarking on projects such as widening roads or building new structures nearby, he said. Many other neighborhoods use the designation as a regulatory step toward a bigger picture such as revamping business corridors and determining architectural standards. The designation nomination is ongoing with at least two more layers of review to take place before the final paperwork is sent to Washington, D.C. However, facilitators of the effort are optimistic that every “t” has been crossed and every “i” has been dotted to make the designation a reality. A community revitalized Long before the historic nomination was initiated, Northwoods was experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Popular for its affordable housing within Atlanta’s perimeter, it held a great attraction to homeowners who had once been lured into the more rural areas surrounding the city and who were growing tired of fighting the daily traffic streaming into Atlanta or residing in an urban landscape of apartments and condominiums. When the prospect of being listed on the National Register came along, it only fueled residents’ desire to improve their neighborhood. Homeowners started renovating their homes, bringing them back to their 1950s contemporary glam, even going so far as to install new mailboxes with clean lines representative of the mid-century style. The mid-century influence has attracted new buyers such as Ben Henson and his partner, Steve Austin. “I grew up in Arkansas where these types of homes were scarce and I was always drawn to the mid-century style,” Austin recalled. “We were tired of living in a midtown condo and just wanted something that wasn’t a concrete box,” Henson added. “We found our 1953 home in Northwoods online and were attracted to the design and scale of the house, the large yard—but not the ugly yellow color. One of the first things we did was repaint the exterior a more appropriate shade of blue.” Henson and Austin have also completed extensive interior renovations to their home. They have replaced the carpet, painted, restored the fireplace to its original brick finish and started furnishing it with retro-style furniture. “We want to return the home as close as we can to its original 1950s look,” Austin noted. “To do this, we hunt for vintage stores, yard sales and any store where we might find old furniture or 1950s kitsch.” Looking ahead For Northwoods residents today, the vintage mid-century flavor still permeates the neighborhood. Frolicking children have been replaced for the most part by health-conscious joggers or residents out for an evening stroll. Ardent pet lovers walk their dogs daily past manicured lawns filled with colorful flower beds and the occasional tranquil water feature. And the promise of historic recognition hangs in the air like the tantalizing aroma from a backyard barbecue.

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Opinion The Newslady

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

Weapons of mass destruction: hatred
massacres and church bombings, killing little children in Sunday school or assassinating innocents in a movie theater. A memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Sikh Gurdwara in Stone Mountain. Representatives from the FBI, the Justice Department and members of the Faith Alliance of Metropolitan Atlanta, including Baha’i, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu faith traditions, were there to offer condolences. I attended as a Christian Baptist. It was a beautiful show of solidarity. Representatives from the Justice Department and the FBI pledged to do everything humanly possible to make certain murderous attacks like the Wisconsin tragedy never happen again. Unfortunately, to date those agencies have not been able to root out the ignorance and hatred that lead to these horrendous tragedies. Until this country comes to grips with the rabid racism and hatred that plagues us, we will continue to see these senseless acts of violence. Supremely ironic is that the Sikhs were founded as “Saint Soldiers or God’s army.” Established in 1469, the religion has as its basic tenets love and peace and to defend the honor of the oppressed. Sikhs believe in one Supreme Being–one universal force conceptualized as truth. Part of their tradition is the serving of a community meal following the worship experience. It is a time for fellowship. For me it was also a time of learning. Along with the delicious curry-laden cuisine, Manjeev Sachar Singh gave me a crash course in Sikhism. All male Sikhs have the last name Singh. It means Tiger or Lion and serves to remove barriers of class and caste when everyone has the same last name. All the female Sikhs have the middle name Kaur, which means Lioness and relieves them of having to take their husband’s last name. Sikhs are peace loving, family- and community-oriented people who are mostly entrepreneurs. There are some 25 million of them worldwide, an estimated 700,000 here in America and a few thousand in metro Atlanta served by four Gurdwaras. The Stone Mountain Gurdwara is currently led by President Dalip Cheema Singh. New leaders are elected annually. As I reached out to console, I was gifted with education and enlightenment. Most importantly I experienced love from others of the Creator’s children. It was a unique experience to cover my head and go barefoot to worship. While I did not understand the spoken words of the prayers, the spirit of peace and love was a familiar language. There is a renewed sense of purpose and understanding that the only defense against the weapons of mass destruction called hatred is a missile of love aimed straight at the heart, propelled by the knowledge that in due course the Creator will prevail and in the Sikh tenet, there will be “life for all, peace for all and love for all.” Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Milies at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.

There are weapons of mass destruction in America and collectively they are called hatred. A cache was discovered in Oak Creek, Wis., last week, stockpiled by a 40-yearold self-avowed White supremacist by the name of Wade Michael Page. Page should best be described as a terrorist. You see, apparently without provocation or for reasons known only to him, Page went on a blind, hate-filled rampage to a Sikh holy house with his recently purchased Springfield 9mm semiautomatic and mowed down six worshippers. What possesses someone to be filled with such hatred? The use of these weapons of mass destruction called hate is not new to America. For centuries, terrorists have carried out lynchings, rapes,

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Opinion One Man’s Opinion

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A double standard?
of Ted’s Montana Grille. Ted Turner’s remarks generated some controversy as well as some comment and outrage, but our First Amendment generally had his back. And to this day, I support his right to think so far from the left— and to comment however he sees fit. In both of these cases, Turner was speaking as a corporate officer, to employees and media outlets, representing a publicly traded enterprise. Dan Cathy’s recent remarks were both made in interviews, seeking Cathy’s personal opinion, while also acknowledging his role as president of the nation’s second-largest, privately owned fast food chicken chain. Cathy was not discussing corporate policy, did not comment negatively against samesex marriage or being gay. Cathy spoke, not surprisingly representing an enterprise that closes all of its 1,000-plus locations on Sunday, espouses being good stewards and clearly a Judeo-Christian work ethic, strongly in support of traditional marriage. As Cathy and other Christian conservatives and members of the political right have found, their beliefs and comments are often met with more than simple disagreement—and on occasion responses fall just short of armed insurrection. Chick-fil-A has among the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry. Its stores award more scholarships than virtually any competitor in their sector to high school and college-age employees. The charitable and civic philanthropic good works of the Cathy family, as well as the individual Chick-fil-A stores are legendary. Early in the last decade, I was involved in crafting verbiage announcing major policy changes in medical benefits for AT&T, BellSouth and Delta Air Lines. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown had declared any company doing business with his city would be required to offer same-sex partner and domestic partner health care and retirement benefits. The two thenSouthern-based corporations were prepared for picketing and protests at their headquarters. And following the announcements, a funny thing happened. You could still hear the crickets chirping nearby. As it relates to the issue of same-sex marriage, I personally believe that institution should be granted by the church and there will as a result be differences driven by the particulars of each faith. The role of the state should relate to adoption, property division and transference, wills, estates, equal tax treatment and things like medical benefits. Me, personally, I welcome gay couples who choose to marry, to experience the pleasures of divorce, child support, custody and visitation as well as the financial wreckage that often accompanies the dissolution of a marriage, as unfortunately the majority of heterosexual marriages now fail. On a side note, I will mention that I personally know employees and operators within Chick-fil-A who are gay. I have asked them how they are treated. Some are openly gay and others are closeted. All shared that their private lives have really never been an issue, and that they are treated well, as long as they treat others well. Chick-fil-A is primarily only intolerant of employees who are intolerant of others. It would seem to me that even Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino would attribute cumulative credit for that—and that we wouldn’t advocate boycotting the Windy City or Beantown for some of the stupider statements both of those public servants have uttered during their own long careers. But there I go again, expecting there not to be a double standard. Touché, Chick-fil-A. 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.

“What are you? A bunch of Jesus freaks? You ought to be working for Fox.”—Ted Turner, former vice chairman of AOL/Time-Warner and founder and former CEO of Cable News Network at the retirement party of CNN News anchor Bernard Shaw in February 2008. I am a big fan of Ted Turner, our own “Mouth of the South.” I do not always agree with his politics, and I have occasionally wondered if his meds need adjustment, but the man is a communications and business genius, prone to occasional attention-getting remarks. A decade prior to the gem above, in another media forum, and while still leading CNN, Turner said that Christianity is “for losers.” Turner later apologized for both remarks. My point in digging up both of these old chestnuts from Captain Outrageous, is that I do not recall any Christian organization, the Catholic Church or really anyone of any stature calling for a boycott of CNN, or even more recently

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The 64-gazilliondollar question
A top authority on poverty has changed his mind about the urgency of fighting inequality.
by Sam Pizzigati Peter Edelman has battled poverty for nearly half a century — first as a top aide to Senator Robert Kennedy, later as a state and federal official, and currently as a key figure at a widely respected law and public policy center in Washington. Over his years in and out of government, Edelman has probably earned as much respect as anyone in our nation’s public policy community. Back in 1996, he did something few high-ranking federal officials ever do. He resigned in protest when President Bill Clinton signed a law that Edelman could not support in good conscience. Edelman, then an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, publicly warned that the “welfare reform” that Clinton signed into law would be devastating for the nation’s most vulnerable children. He turned out to be right. The number of children living in deep poverty — kids in families making less than half the official poverty threshold — rose 70 percent from 1995 to 2005, and 30 percent more by 2010. America’s elected leaders didn’t listen to Edelman in 1996. Now they have another chance. Edelman, currently a co-director at the Georgetown University Law Center, has just released a new book, So Rich, So Poor, that aims “to look anew at why it is so hard to end American poverty.” You get the feeling from this candid new book that Edelman would be astonished if our elected leaders actually paid attention to his poverty-fighting prescriptions. So Rich, So Poor seems to address a different audience: the millions of decent Americans, from across the political spectrum, who share his outrage about our continuing deep poverty. These Americans have a special reason for paying close attention to Edelman’s new book. The author, one of the nation’s most committed experts on poverty, has changed his mind — not about poverty and the poor, but about wealth and the rich. “I used to believe,” Edelman writes in his new book, “that the debate over wealth distribution should be conducted separately from the poverty debate, in order to minimize the attacks on antipoverty advocates for engaging in ‘class warfare.’ But now we literally cannot afford to separate the two issues.” Why? The “economic and political power of those at the top,” Edelman explains, is “making it virtually impossible to find the resources to do more at the bottom.” Figuring out how we can achieve a more equal distribution of income and wealth has become, Edelman says, “the 64-gazillion-dollar question.” “The only way we will improve the lot of the poor, stabilize the middle class, and protect our democracy,” he notes, “is by requiring the rich to pay more of the cost of governing the country that enables their huge accretion of wealth.” What about those antipoverty activists and analysts who still yearn to keep poverty — the absence of wealth — separate from the concentration of wealth? Many of these folks, Edelman notes, argue that the rich as a group have no reason to oppose efforts to help end poverty. Edelman’s response? “More than anything else,” he observes, the wealthy “want low taxes,” and they know the taxes on their sky-high incomes will rise if government ever starts spending money to really help people in need. “The wealth and income of the top 1 percent grows at the expense of everyone else,” Edelman sums up in So Rich, So Poor. “Money breeds power, and power breeds more money. It is a truly vicious cycle.” Only average Americans have the wherewithal to end this cycle. Middle- and low-income Americans need to join in common cause. If they don’t, Edelman bluntly adds, “we are cooked.” OtherWords columnist Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, the Institute on Policy Studies weekly newsletter on excess and inequality.

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Decatur Chick-fil-A becomes social issue hot spot
Just reconfirms I made the right decision in moving from downtown Decatur so that my children would not be exposed to such perversion. – Hoke posted this on 8/9/12 at 8:38 a.m.

Stone Mountain CID seeks economic development ideas
Has the CID been designated as a Georgia Opportunity Zone? This will offer enhanced incentives for companies. – Rodney Haynes posted this on 8/8/12 at 11:48 a.m.

Sara Fountain to step down as executive director of Leadership DeKalb
This is certainly tragic news. Leadership DeKalb will never be the same again. While I know that an excellent director will be selected, it still will be difficult to overcome her personality’s unique stamp on the organization. – Flyboy posted this on 8/5/12 at 8:55 p.m.

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DeKalb chamber changes to meet new goals
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is undergoing reorganization. “We do have some personnel changes under way,” said Leonardo McClarty, president of the chamber, a 74-year-old business membership organization that advocates for business development and economic opportunity for its members. “The executive committee of the board looked at the future…[and] we just recognized that we need to revisit the abilities and experiences as they aligned with the future of the organization.” Some people have left through attrition and others have been terminated, McClarty said. “It was not a matter of being dissatisfied with folks,” McClarty said. Instead, the chamber is looking at how to better serve its membership and the business community as a whole, he said. As part of its restructuring, the chamber has hired Bianca Mallory to handle administration and special projects management. Mallory previously was a temporary employee with the chamber. Noelle Lloyd has been hired as the chamber’s marketing and public relations manager effective Aug. 27. McClarty said the chamber is looking to fill two director positions. One director would oversee business and community development. A director of membership and programs is the chamber’s “greater urgency,” McClarty said. “We are still accepting resumes.” According to the job description, the director would be responsible for developing and implementing annual membership recruitment and retention programs, conducting activities to promote active member participation and new member orientation. The position has a salary base of $38,500-$45,000 plus commission. The chamber is looking to address increased economic development and more public policy issues, McClarty said. “The chamber has been involved with a host of good programs,” he said. “But we are looking at the offering we have for our membership and the [chamber’s] overall message.” In January 2012, incoming chamber board chairman Kevin Greiner told chamber members that he wanted the board work to increase its membership and expand the effectiveness of the chamber staff. Greiner also said he wanted to “set a tone of optimism that celebrates what’s great about DeKalb County and constructively work with our government and public school system to improve our reputation and image.”

Timothy Coleman II
Timothy Coleman. According to Hawkins, he spends most of his volunteer hours working with coaches assisting younger children with principles of sports and sportsmanship. Last school year, Coleman tutored students from Stone Mountain Middle School in math. He also assists his teacher at the Champion School by helping students with difficult math assignments. In January, Coleman volunteered as an usher for the NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. rally held at The Champion School. In this capacity, he assisted Congressman Hank Johnson and DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson as well as other dignitaries in attendance. Coleman also assisted with distribution of jackets and sweaters to homeless persons during the winter months. “Growing up, my parents always taught me to be compassionate toward others. Therefore, when I had the opportunity to distribute food and clothing to the homeless, I jumped at the chance to do so. Whether tutoring small children or providing some basic things to the homeless, I always feel as if I am making a difference in someone’s life,” Coleman said. Hawkins said Coleman’s spirit of volunteerism “is above and beyond what is expected of a child his age and he truly represents DeKalb County for the betterment of the community.”

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DeKalb County police sergeant fired after being arrested
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com The DeKalb County Police Department has terminated Sgt. Jerry Banks, 42, for violating departmental policies and conduct “unbecoming” of a police officer. Banks was arrested by DeKalb County investigators for obstruction when he interfered with a police investigation. The DeKalb Police Major Felony Unit was investigating a reported case of terroristic threats and acts involving Cherise McMoore, 33, May 25. While detectives were executing a search warrant at McMoore’s residence at 6752 Browns Mill Ferry Road in Lithonia, she arrived at the home, accompanied by Banks, whom police describe as her companion. Police said while there, Banks interfered with the investigation and was arrested and charged with misdemeanor obstructing or
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CITY OF DORAVILLE PUBLIC NOTICE

In November of 2011, Timothy Coleman II led his football teammates from the Champion Theme Middle School in the Stone Mountain 5K Granite Grasshopper race, but he did more than just participate. According to Dr. LaShunda Hawkins, CEO and president of Good, Better Best Tutoring &Fountain of Youth Academy, Coleman helped school Principal Angelique Smith complete the 5K course by offering encouragement and running alongside her. Coleman was recognized by President Barak Obama for completing more than 100 hours of community service in and was presented with a President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award for his efforts. Hawkins, who nominated Coleman, said, “After observing the importance of giving back to the community from his parents, Coleman decided that he wanted to do something in the community and make a difference in the lives of others.” Coleman, 14, who lives in Stone Mountain and loves sports; is the son of Dr. Nedra Coleman and

The City of Doraville will be holding a public hearing on August 20, 2012 to adopt an Urban Redevelopment Plan. The public hearing will be held in conjunction with the regular City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at Doraville City Hall (3725 Park Avenue).

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

This statement is published in accordance with Section 19 (b) of the DeKalb County Organizational Act of 1981, p. 4304. DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION BY FUND AS OF June 30, 2012 (In thousands of dollars / unaudited)

Assets: Cash and investments Receivable Inventories and prepaid items Total Assets 1,662 1,181 2,843 1 1,211 1,212 1,631 2,843 Police Services Fund 274 6,607 6,607 91 91 6,516 1,102 Water & Sewer Bonds Construction Fund 512 Sanitation Operating Fund 541 (5,162) (5,162) 343 6,000 6,343 (11,505) (5,162) 5,881 6,773 5,262 12,058 6,841 2,791 6,544 5,214 12,044 6,733 3,090 229 48 14 108 3,090 229 12 36 14 108 1,614 1,614 5,881 5,881 6,773 6,773 5,262 5,262 12,058 12,058 6,841 6,841 1,614 1,614 (635) 1,344 709 1,337 1,337 (628) 709 Sanitation Construction Fund 542 Airport Operating Fund 551 Airport Construction Fund 552 Stormwater Utility Fund 581 Stormwater Construction Fund 582 Vehicle Maintenance Fund 611 445,394 445,394 292 292 445,102 445,394 2012 Actual 2012 Actual 23 33,120 33,143 83 11,016 280 2,323 (2,758) 10,944 106,345 24,508 104,595 24,508 106,345 106,345 24,508 24,508 Water & Sewer R&E Fund 513 Water & Sewer Sinking Fund 514 62 221 127 32,421 58,681 13,056 1,331 886 427 7,269 1,000 Vehicle Replacement Fund 621 24,241 24,241 1,532 1,532 22,709 24,241 383 1,102 62 221 127 32,389 56,434 (4,771) 12,854 1,331 885 427 7,233 32 2,247 1 202 1 36 1,000 4 3,161 3,165 Risk Management Fund 631 (7,071) 1,158 (5,913) 754 754 (6,667) (5,913) Urban Redevelopment Agency Bond Debt Service Fund 414 2011 2011 Budget Actual 776 105 776 105 Revenues: Investment income Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Debt Service Transfers out Total Expenditures 776 776 2012 Actual 7,222 32,967 232 232 32 2,247 1 202 1 36 1,000 4 383 383 1,102 1,102 62 62 221 221 127 127 32,421 32,421 58,681 58,681 (4,770) (4,770) 13,056 13,056 1,331 1,331 886 886 427 427 7,269 7,269 1,000 1,000 3,165 3,165 1,031 1,031 1,031 1,031 Workers Compensation Fund 632 7,638 7,638 27 27 7,611 7,638 Rental Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Fund 280 1987 G O Bonds - Parks Fund 311 1998 Bonds - Jail Fund 312 1993 2001 G O Bonds - Health Bonds - Parks Fund Fund 313 314 2006 G O Bonds - P,T,L Fund 315 Host Capital Projects Fund 330 COPS Projects Fund 351 HUD Section 108 Loan Fund 357 Debt Service Fund 410 Building Authority Juvenile Court Fund 355 Urban Redevelopement Agemcu Fund 356 1,055 511 (310) 293 122 7,879 1,721 (887) 733 1,411 (384) 2,144 1,052 511 (310) 293 121 6,281 (280) 1,721 7,384 (1,117) 102 759 (11,969) (699) 3 3 1 1,312 1,598 53 230 631 652 122 315 (161) (26) 3 3 1 83 203 53 230 631 2 650 122 315 135 2,147 2,147 1,055 1,055 511 511 (310) (310) 293 293 122 122 7,806 73 7,879 (280) (280) 1,721 1,721 7,437 7,437 (887) (887) 733 733 1,411 1,411 (13,859) 2,012 (11,847) (2,371) 1,987 (384) (4,016) 3,990 (26)

General Fund 100

Development Fund 201

PEG Support Fund 203 County Jail Fund 204 Recreation Fund 207 Fire Fund 270

Foreclosure Registry Fund 205

Victim Assistance Fund 206

Juvenile Services Fund 208

Drug Abuse Treatment & Education Fund 209 Street Lights Fund 211 GrantIn-Aid Fund 250 Grants 2005 JAG #10 Fund 257 Grants 2009 ARRA Fund 260

Law Enforcement Confiscated Monies Fund 210

Speed Hump Maintenance Fund 212

Emergency Telephone System Fund 215

Special Tax Designated Services Fund 271

Special Tax District Unincorporated Fund 272

86,236 10,489 104 96,829

Liabilities: Accounts payable Deferred revenue Payroll liabilities Advance payments and deposits Notes payable Due to others Total Liabilities

3,391 7,852 532 157,948 441 170,164

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(73,335)

Total Liabilities And Fund Balance

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Assets: Cash and investments Receivable Inventories and prepaid items Total Assets

Hospital Fund 273

2,147 Hotel / Motel Tax Fund 275

(280) Capital Improvement Projects Fund 350

7,437 Public Safety Judicial Facilities Fund 354

(11,847) ARRA Capital Projects Fund 360

(26) GO Bonds STD Debt Service Fund 411 (2,312) (2,312) (2,312) (2,312) Total All Funds 879,956 17,832 8,606 906,394 20,699 16,133 3,145 1,753 41,730 706,716 748,446 157,948

(8,468) 903 (7,565)

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Liabilities: Accounts payable Deferred revenue Payroll liabilities Advance payments and deposits Notes payable Due to others Total Liabilities

1,579 -

1,579

Fund Balance 6,607 Public Safety Judicial Facilities Debt Service Fund 413 Water & Sewer Operating Fund 511 21,393 5,186 6,000 32,579 4,169 245 4,414 28,165 32,579 2001 G O Bonds - Parks Fund 314 2012 Budget 1,904 (277) (183) (34) (38) (1,525) 33,120 32,967 25,745 613 613 613 613 (127) (127) (127) (127) 383 Urban Redevelopment Debt Service Fund 414 (4,770) Sanitation ARRA Capital Projects Fund 544

(9,144)

Total Liabilities And Fund Balance

Assets: Cash and investments Receivable Inventories and prepaid items Total Assets 832 918 1,750

(7,565) Building Authority Bonds Debt Service Fund 412

1,233 1,233

Liabilities: Accounts payable Deferred revenue Payroll liabilities Advance payments and deposits Notes payable Due to others Total Liabilities

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1,233 -

General Fund 100 2012 Budget 185,083 61,033 6,545 130 3,628 25,259 9,636 5,859 4,206 (1,501) 299,878 2012 Actual 12,104 32,663 2,218 64 2,310 11,130 5,362 26 1,753 1,830 (1,501) 67,959 3,060 Revenues: Investment income Intergovernmental Contributions from private sources Transfers From Other Funds Proceeds from sale of bonds Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Fund Expenditures Unappropriated Total Expenditures 754 754

Water & Sewer Operating Fund 511 2012 Budget 26 219,630 20 28,165 247,841

81 104,795 21 28,165 133,062

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1,716 3,155 3,333 5 1,646 16,920 3,131 3,082 20,196 5,904 4,430 7,020 4,826

853 1,266 1,341 825 10,175 1,424 1,135 7,939 2,718 2,071 3,183 1,397

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Revenues: Investment income Charges for Services Miscellaneous Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Finance Water and Sewer Fund Expenditures Interfund transfers Unappropriated Total Expenditures

6,919 123,221 117,701 247,841 Water & Sewer Bonds Construction Fund 512 2012 Budget (17,477) 450,239 432,762 2012 Actual Revenues: Investment Income Proceeds from sale of bonds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Unappropriated (3) 334 (4,670) (4,339) 464,777 (32,015) 432,762

2,927 49,103 7 52,860 104,897 2012 Actual

2006 G O Bonds - Parks, Transportation, Libraries Fund 315 2012 2012 Revenues: Budget Actual Investment income (6,882) 45 Intergovernmental Revenue 17 Transfers From Other Funds (3,285) Contributions from private sources (3,810) Proceeds from sale of bonds (3,285) Fund Balance Carried Forward 67,479 67,479 Total Revenues 50,234 67,524 Expenditures: Parks 46,677 9,508 Library 13,262 593 Transportation 5,283 989 Fund Expenditures Unappropriated (14,988) 50,234 11,090

75,727 9,419 8,075 6,144 13,019 5,604 11,213 1,882 1,593 2,269 7,248 2,639 6 749 12,061 2011 Actual Grants/2005 JAG #10 Fund 257 2011 Budget

37,552 4,691 3,628 3,038 6,030 2,619 5,543 832 770 1,164 3,445 1,242

Grant-In-Aid Fund 250 2012 Revenues: Budget Contributions from private sources 270 Intergovernmental 27,175 Miscellaneous (1,999) Transfers From Other Funds 284 Fund Balance Carried Forward (2,758) Total Revenues 22,972 Expenditures: General Government: Finance Workforce Development 11,348 Civil and Criminal Court System: Sheriff 775 Juvenile Court (155) Superior Court 653 State Court 11 Solicitor 569 District Attorney 198 Public Defender 188 Magistrate Court 721 Police Services 2,868 Fire & Rescue 2,856 Public Works Community Development 22,315 Parks 352 Extension Service 740 Family & Children Services 13 Sanitation Community Relations Fleet Maint. Animal Control Bd of Health 1 Sr Citizen Services 4,083 2,678 Human Services Keep Dekalb Beautiful 16 Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Registrar/Elections Water & Sewer 248 Non-Departmental 36 Fund Expenditures Miscellaneous (2) Unappropriated (27,540) Total Expenditures 22,972 71 9 346 73 350 48 279 901 17 3,322 23 1,008 1,296 503 Host Capital Projects Fund 330 2012 Revenues: Budget Investment Income 335 Intergovernmental (9,056) Deferred Revenue Transfers From Other Funds 313 Fund Balance Carried Forward (4,670) Total Revenues (13,078) Expenditures: Capital Projects 16,617 Unappropriated (29,695) (13,078) 432 432

24 450,239 450,263 5,161 5,161

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2012 Actual

3,268 1,547 10,148 1,104 149 344 5,941 152 2,379 948 746 1,060 -

1,242 618 5,200 517

289 708 12,390

797 86 87 970 1,251 (281) 970

48 87 135 33 33

Revenues: Investment income Miscellaneous Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Unappropriated -

Water & Sewer R & E Fund 513 2012 Budget 15,858 (46) (15,839) 90,270 90,243 61,704 28,539 90,243

21,046 90,270 111,316 6,721 6,721 2012 Actual

308 4,078 1,625 1,280 2,419 -

Revenues: Investment income Intergovernmental Revenue Transfers From Other Funds Deferred Revenue Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Police Unappropriated Total Expenditures

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2009 ARRA Stimulus Fund 260 2011 Budget

2011 Actual

Water & Sewer Sinking Fund 514 2012 Budget 663 61,300 11,909 73,872

332 31,814 11,909 44,055 19,547 19,547 1 (6,646) 236 449 (5,960) 3,601 (9,561) (5,960) Fire Fund 270 1 1,367 449 1,817 1,058 1,058 2012 Actual 73,872 73,872

Revenues: Property Taxes Sales Taxes Other Taxes Licenses and permits Intergovernmental Charges for Services Fines and Forfeitures Investment income Miscellaneous Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: General Government: Chief Executive Officer Board of Commissioners Law Department Ethics Geographic Information Risk Management Facilities Management Purchasing Human Resources & Merit System Information Systems Finance Property Appraisal Tax Commissioner Registrar and Elections Civil and Criminal Court System: Sheriff Juvenile Court Superior Court Clerk Superior Court State Court Solicitor State Court District Attorney Child Advocate Probate Court Medical Examiner Public Defender Magistrate Court Public Safety: Public Safety Admin & Communications Animal Control Police Fire & Rescue Planning & Development Public Works: Directors Office Economic Development Public Services - Library Health and Human Services: Extension Services Public Board of Health Community Service Board Family and Children Services Human and Community Development Citizen Help Center Capital Improvement CIP GO Bonds - Parks Non-Departmental Fund Expenditures Unappropriated Transfers To Other Funds Total Expenditures 11 11 2,948 55 (141) 14,233 141,294 Revenues: PropertyTaxes Sales Taxes Investment income Intergovernmental Revenue Transfer from Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Workforce Development Non-Departmental Total Expenditures

29,708 (3,475) 14,285 299,878

Revenues: Investment income Miscellaneous Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Debt Service CIP Unappropriated Total Expenditures

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Development Fund 201 2012 Budget 2012 Actual

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Revenues: Licenses and Permits Investment income Miscellaneous Charges for Services Transfers To Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues

5,552 (1) (20) 21 2 1,486 7,040

2,609 1 (3) 14 2 1,486 4,109

Revenues: Property Taxes Sales Taxes Investment income Intergovernmental Revenue Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures:

2011 Budget 37,457 11,787 1,000 20 3,172 53,436

2011 Actual 3,173 5,722 (4) 11 3,172 12,074

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Revenues: Intergovernmental Investment Income Contributions from private sources Miscellaneous Charges for Services Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues

Capital Improvement Project Fund 350 2012 Budget 27,384 434 962 (2,752) 11,352 9,504 46,884

2012 Actual 1,439 71 124 12,128 9,504 23,266

Revenues: Investment income Charges for Services Transfers From Other Funds Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Finance

Sanitation Operating Fund 541 2012 Budget 30 67,867 147 54 6,623 74,721 195

14 12,713 38 6,623 19,388 97

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Development Fund 201 2012 Budget 2012 Actual 2012 Actual

Fire Fund 270

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Revenues: Licenses and Permits Investment income Miscellaneous Charges for Services Transfers To Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues 2,609 1 (3) 14 2 1,486 4,109 2,169 309 2,478 2012 Actual 1 345 1,864 2,210 66 66 342 14 10,412 2012 Actual 79 1,184 566 1,829 27,243 25 4,822 7,209 12,056 12 2,442 7,209 9,663 Airport Operating Fund 551 2012 Budget 2012 Actual 13,397 344 1,334 1,678 3 3 1,334 1,334 COPS Projects Fund 351 2012 Budget 2012 Actual 18,169 (13,639) 4,530 9,694 9,694 46,884 Sanitation ARRA Capital Projects Fund 544 2011 Budget 7,080 (13,818) 11,268 4,530 2011 Actual 4,220 750 11,268 16,238 12,159 750 12,909 2012 Actual 15,700 15,700 53,436 24,043 74,721 48,403 5,033 22,931 1,226 (114) 195 74,226 300 97 30,796 30,893

5,552 (1) (20) 21 2 1,486 7,040

2011 Budget 37,457 11,787 1,000 20 3,172 53,436 Revenues: Investment income Charges for Services Transfers From Other Funds Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Finance Sanitation Interfund Transfers Fund Expenditures Unappropriated Total Expenditures 14 12,713 38 6,623 19,388

2011 Actual 3,173 5,722 (4) 11 3,172 12,074

Capital Improvement Project Fund 350 2012 Budget 27,384 434 962 (2,752) 11,352 9,504 46,884 2012 Actual 1,439 71 124 12,128 9,504 23,266

Sanitation Operating Fund 541 2012 Budget 30 67,867 147 54 6,623 74,721

Expenditures: Planning & Development Public Works- Director's Office Interfund Transfers Unappropriated

5,854 745 441 7,040

Revenues: Property Taxes Sales Taxes Investment income Intergovernmental Revenue Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Public Safety-Police Public Safety-Fire Non-Departmental Interfund Transfers Unappropriated Total Expenditures

Revenues: Investment income Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: PEG Support Unappropriated

PEG Support Fund 203 2012 Budget

10 145 1,864 2,019

2,019 2,019

County Jail Fund 204 2012 Budget 2,319 9,917 10,499 4,508 97 1,165 5,633 4,790 1,712 -

Special Tax - Designated Services Fund 271 2011 Budget 7,205 11,779 3,164 401 2,629 2,065 27,243 2011 Actual 790 817 321 (1) 373 155 8,178 2,065 12,698

210 2,022 566 2,798

Revenues: Intergovernmental Investment Income Contributions from private sources Miscellaneous Charges for Services Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Board Commissioners GIS Facilities Management Fleet Maintenance Information System Finance Clerk Superior Court Recorders Court Police Library Transportation Public Works Host Capital Outlay Road & Drainage Parks Planning & Development Community Development Economic Development Extension Service Non-Departmental Fire DFACS Fund Expenditures Total Expenditures 1,120 1,515 211 5,302 1,100 3,078 13 20,497 45,434 11,416 277 1,270 630 107 7 (45,800) 707 Sanitation Construction Fund 542 2012 Revenues: Budget Transfers From Other Funds 18,347 Fund Balance Carried Forward 15,700 Total Revenues 34,047 Expenditures: Capital Projects 41,190 Interfund Transfers Unappropriated (7,143) Total Expenditures 34,047 173 (8) 38 1,267 677 174 4 6,949 242 30 510 -

Revenues: Intergovernmental Fines and forfeitures Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Transfers To Other Funds Unappropriated 1,829 1,829 2012 Actual 344 805 1,149 2012 Actual 8,956 3,100 12,056 2012 Actual 1,349 3,100 4,449 Revenues: Investment Income Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Unappropriated 53 1,625 1,678

2,798

2,798

Revenues: Property Taxes Sales Taxes Licenses and Permits Investment income Intergovernmental Charges for Services Miscellaneous Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Public Safety - Police Public Works - Transportation Public Works - Roads and Drainage Parks and Recreation Arts, culture & entertainment Non-Departmental Transfers to Other Funds Unappropriated Total Expenditures Revenues: Intergovernmental Interfund Transfers Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Unappropriated Total Expenditures

Foreclosure Registry Fund 205 2012 Budget 716 805 1,521

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Revenues: Charges for Services Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Planning & Development Unappropriated 97 97 Airport Construction Fund 552 2012 Budget 776 (1,595) (819) 38 38 Revenues: Investment Income Deferred Revenue Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital projects Unappropriated (1) 924 923 Public Safety - Judicial Facilities Fund 354 2012 Budget (1,743) 924 (819)

1,521

1,521

Revenues: Investment income Miscellaneous Interfund Transfers Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Interfund Transfers Unappropriated Total Expenditures

Victim Assistance Fund 206 2012 Budget 2012 Actual 184 564 109 857 1 426 427 2012 Actual (9,320) 3,893 9,248 3,821 16,320 (12,499) 3,821

950 109 1,059

Special Tax District - Unincorporated Fund 272 2011 2011 Revenues: Budget Actual Charges for Services Sales Taxes Other Taxes 29,640 2,770 Licenses and Permits 26,130 18,866 Investment income Fines and Forfeitures 21,247 12,480 Miscellaneous (74) (8) Transfers From Other Funds (69,831) (31,522) Fund Balance Forward 1,444 1,444 Total Revenues 8,556 4,030 Expenditures: General Government: Chief Executive Officer 380 190 Finance 511 378 Police Services-Code Enforcement Recorders Court 4,159 1,981 Planning & Development 2,706 1,237 Non-Departmental 800 244 Transfers From Other Funds Unappropriated Total Expenditures 8,556 4,030 3,100 9,248 12,348 304 304 2012 Actual Revenues: Investment income Intergovernmental Deferred revenue Interfund Transfers Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Unappropriated -

Revenues: Intergovernmental Fines and Forfeitures Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Victim Assistance Transfers To Other Funds Unappropriated Total Expenditures 5 341 346 Building Authority - Juvenile Court Fund 355 2012 Revenues: Budget Investment income (56) Miscellaneous 1,261 Fund Balance Carried Forward 426 Total Revenues 1,631 Expenditures: Capital projects 479 Unappropriated 1,152 1,631

1,069 341 (351) 1,059

Recreation Fund 207 2012 Budget 2012 Actual 501 (1) (435) 65 2012 Actual 6 7,479 7,485 252 252 2012 Actual 375 375 19,103 14 19,117 11,109 11,109 Urban Redevelopment Agency Fund 356 2012 Revenues: Budget Investment income Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward 7,479 Total Revenues 7,479 Expenditures: Capital projects 7,461 Unappropriated 18 7,479 HUD Section 108 Loan Fund 357 2012 Budget

Revenues: Investment income Charges for Services Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Parks and Recreation Unappropriated

1,173 (435) 738

738 738

Revenues: Property Taxes Sales Taxes Intergovernmental Investment Income Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Health and Welfare-Hospital Unappropriated

Hospital Fund 273 2012 Budget 15,364 5,093 (1,340) 19,117 2012 Actual 1,147 2,162 (4) (1,340) 1,965

7 720 10,534 11,261 4,528 4,528

Stormwater Utility Fund 581 2012 Budget Revenues: Investment income (130) Charges for Services 17,000 Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward 10,534 Total Revenues 27,404 Expenditures: Stormwater Utilities 26,810 Interfund Transfers 594 Unappropriated Total Expenditures 27,404

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Juvenile Services Fund 208 2012 Budget 2012 Actual 13 305 318 25 25 ARRA Capital Projects Fund 360 2012 Budget 2012 Actual 34 100 134 13 13 2012 Actual 959 1,190 2,149 2012 Actual 2,193 339 2,532 110,667 133 110,800 Revenues: Investment income Intergovernmental Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital projects Unappropriated 48,476 (9) 48,467 -

30 305 335

2012 Actual

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Revenues: Investment income Charges for Services Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Juvenile Court Unappropriated Revenues: Property Taxes Sales Taxes Licenses and Permits Charges for Services Investment income Miscellaneous Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Police Services Unappropriated 2012 Actual 2,757 2,899 5,656 1,913 3,743 5,656 440 2,899 3,339 178 178 Revenues: Investment income Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital projects Unappropriated

335

Stormwater Utility Construction Fund 582 2012 Budget 187 478 200 1,629 2,494 Revenues: Contributions from private sources Intergovernmental Miscellaneous Interfund Transfers Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Unappropriated 7,431 (4,937) 2,494

239 1,629 1,868 308 (54) 254 2012 Actual Vehicle Maintenance Fund 611 2012 Budget 200 33,012 100 (1) 33,311 Revenues: Intergovernmental Charges for Services Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Fleet Maintenance Interfund Transfers 33,311 33,311 2012 Actual 1,133 1 9,528 10,662 9,631 9,631 Vehicle Replacement Fund 621 2012 Budget -

335

Revenues: Investment income Fines and Forfeitures Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Health and Welfare Unappropriated Hotel / Motel Tax Fund 275 2012 Budget Revenues: Other Taxes 4,316 Fund Balance Carried Forward 339 Total Revenues 4,655 Expenditures: Convention Bureau 2,055 Transfers To Other Funds 2,600 Unappropriated 4,655

Drug Abuse Treatment & Education Fund 209 2012 Budget 50 100 150

Police Services Fund 274 2011 Budget 22,521 4,390 1,030 218 106 67,736 14,799 110,800 2011 Actual 5,256 10,001 190 117 6 80 24,534 14,799 54,983

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46 104 150

95 17,350 135 (1) 17,579 18,207 18,207 2012 Actual 14,295 300 23,228 37,823

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5 673 8 6,534 7,220 -

Law Enforcement Confiscated Monies Fund 210 2012 Budget Revenues: Investment Income Intergovernmental 660 Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward 6,534 Total Revenues 7,194 Expenditures: Sheriff 1,491 District Attorney (13) Police Services 5,686 Transfers To Other Funds Fund Expenditures Unappropriated 30 Total Expenditures 7,194 251 11 684 13 (20) 939 85 85 2012 Actual Rental Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Fund 280 2012 Budget Revenues: Other Taxes 332 Investment income Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward 914 Total Revenues 1,246 Expenditures: Development Authority 1,246 Unappropriated 1,246 2012 Actual 272 1 914 1,187 1987 G O Bonds - Parks Fund 311 2012 Budget 2 62 64

GO Bonds Debt Service Fund 410 2012 Budget Revenues: Property Taxes 3,435 Investment income Fund Balance Carried Forward 9,528 Total Revenues 12,963 Expenditures: Debt Service 9,651 Unappropriated 3,312 12,963

14 6,839 32 23,228 30,113 37,823 37,823 2012 Actual 1,099 1 2,063 3,163 7,404 7,404

Revenues: Investment income Charges for Services Miscellaneous Interfund Transfers Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Vehicles Interfund transfers Unappropriated

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Street Lights Fund 211 2012 Budget 2012 Actual

Revenues: Sales Taxes Investment income Charges for Services Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Public Works-Transportation 1 176 1,891 2,068 2,348 129 (65) 64

4,500 1,891 6,391

62 62

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GO Bonds STD Debt Service Fund 411 2012 Revenues: Budget Taxes 25,671 Investment income Transfers From Other Funds Fund Balance Carried Forward 2,063 Total Revenues 27,734 Expenditures: Debt Service 27,734 Transfers out Total Expenditures 27,734

5,475 5,475

Risk Management Fund 631 2012 Budget 6,765 98,746 (4,241) 101,270 Revenues: Charges for Services Miscellaneous Payroll deductions and matches Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Risk Management Interfund Transfers Unappropriated Total Expenditures 2012 Actual Building Authority Revenue Bonds Debt Service Fund 412 2012 2012 Budget Actual 1 3,714 1,865 125 125 3,839 1,991 221 221 127 149 276 758 758 Revenues: Investment income Miscellaneous Interfund Transfers Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Debt Service Unappropriated 114,909 (13,639) 101,270

2012 Actual 3,466 3 45,048 (4,241) 44,276 50,943 50,943 2012 Actual 3,839 3,839

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6,391

Revenues: Investment income Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Unappropriated Total Expenditures

Speed Humps Maintenance Fund 212 2012 Budget 285 3 1,838 2,126 2012 Actual 8 1 1,838 1,847 126 126 Revenues: Investment income Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Unappropriated Total Expenditures

1998 G O Bonds - Jail Fund 312 2012 Budget 55 221 276

Revenues: Charges for Services Investment income Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Public Works-Roads & Drainage Unappropriated

2,126 2,126

Revenues: Charges for Services Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Non-Departmental Unappropriated 1993 G O Bonds - Health Fund 313 2012 Budget 3 127 130 2012 Actual Public Safety Judicial Facilites Authority Debt Service Fund 413 2012 2012 Budget Actual 3,072 1,546 33 33 3,105 1,579 127 127 Revenues: Investment income Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Debt Service Transfers out Total Expenditures 3,105 3,105 966 966 -

Workers Compensation Fund 632 2012 Budget 1,108 9,195 10,303 10,303 10,303 ALL TAX FUNDS

515 190 9,195 9,900 2,289 2,289

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Revenues: Charges for Services Investment income Miscellaneous Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Emergency Telephone System Unappropriated Total Expenditures 2 5 4,589 7,883 12,479 5,095 5,095 -

Emergency Telephone System Fund 215 2012 Budget 10 10,560 7,883 18,453 2012 Actual

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18,453 18,453

Revenues: Investment income Fund Balance Carried Forward Total Revenues Expenditures: Capital Projects Unappropriated Total Expenditures

120 10 130

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Revenues: Taxes, Service Charges, Income & Transfers Fund Balance Carried Forward Fund Balance Carried Forward (for encumbrances) Total Revenues Expenditures: Approved Budget Encumbrances rolled forward from 2011 Total Appropriations

2012 Budget 529,829 31,144 560,973 529,829 31,144 560,973

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Emory HIV research program Serial rapist appears in court awarded $9 million grant
by Nigel Roberts HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—continues to afflict the United States three decades after scientists first recognized the disease. At the end of 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the South accounted for 45 percent of the estimated 33,015 new AIDS diagnoses in the nation. Emory University is a vital contributor in the struggle to reverse the tide of infection. In July, the university’s efforts received a major boost. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it awarded the university’s Center for AIDS Research more than $9 million in a five-year grant. The award includes renewal of Emory’s designation as one of the 21 NIH AIDS research sites, located at academic and research institutions throughout the nation. This is the third NIH competitive renewal grant to Emory, which now totals more than $24 million since the university started its research program. This new funding provides support for 245 researchers working at Emory and its affiliates that conduct research at sites that include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Decatur. James Curran, Emory’s dean of the Rollins School of Public Health, said the university’s AIDS research center has enabled its team “to make a huge impact on Atlanta and the Southeast in fighting this epidemic.” According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia had the sixth highest number of AIDS cases in the country in 2009. And the Atlanta metro area had the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Georgia. In its comprehensive analysis of 2009, released last year, the department reported that DeKalb County had the highest number of new HIV/AIDS cases in the metro area. DeKalb had 473 new cases, just slightly higher than the 469 cases reported in Fulton County. By comparison, Clayton County had 160 new cases. In 2009, Fulton County had the highest number of people (11,554) in the metro area living with HIV/AIDS. DeKalb had 7,240 people living the disease, and 2,318 residents of the CobbDouglas County area had the disease. The university’s research center said the award will support several areas of its AIDS research, including vaccine development, drug discovery and behavioral prevention research. In a statement, the university highlighted several of the research center’s accomplishments. Among those achievements is its instrumental role in developing an HIV vaccine that is in phase II human clinical trials. It is one of only five HIV vaccine candidates to progress to that stage of development. The statement also noted that its scientists working at Emory, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other locations have produced “groundbreaking” research that includes the invention of HIV/AIDS drugs that are now taken by more than 94 percent of patients on therapy around the world. In one of its ongoing efforts, physicians in the clinical HIV program are following 1,307 HIV-positive veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The medical center serves the largest population of HIVinfected patients within the Veterans Affairs health care system, the statement underscored. Looking to the future, Curran said, “We have great hopes that through our continued efforts we will continue to better control and eventually eliminate this terrible disease.” by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com

connected to 11 incidents,” Parish said at the time. “Nine of the 11 incidents were sexAlleged serial ual in nature.” rapist Trever Originally Blue, 22, apcharged with 30 peared in court counts at the time Aug. 8, for a of his arrest, Blue pretrial hearing. now faces more Blue is charged than double that with 68 counts number as invesof rape, kidnaptigators learned of ping and aghis involvement in gravated assault, more incidents. from incidents According to dating as far police, most of the Blue back as 2009. incidents happened Blue was arat Ashgrove and rested Feb. 26, 2010—then Liberty Landing apartment only 19-years-old—for a complexes on Hambrick string of sexual assaults Road. along Hambrick Road in The indictment details Stone Mountain. Police several scenarios in which spokeswoman Mekka ParBlue robbed his victims, ish said Blue was arrested then later sexually assaulted after one of his victims esand raped them at gunpoint. caped and led police to him. Additionally, it details alThe 19-year-old victim legations of Blue breaking told police Blue forced her to and entering into a house as drive around to several loca- well as brandishing a knife tions along Memorial Drive. and threatening his victims She was sexually assaulted with it. during that time and later The incidents detailed managed to escape while in the indictment span from Blue drove off in her car. Sept. 26, 2009 to Feb. 26, He was arrested after being 2010. chased by police in a car and A trial date has not been on foot. set for Blue, but court of“Based off statements he ficials expect it to begin in gave and evidence, he was early 2013.

Notice oF PUBLic HeARiNG
The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the following zoning matters: 1. Chapter 34, “Environment”, Article XV, “Stream Buffer Protection”, Section 341005(a), “Land development requirements”. The subject property is located at 1868 Dyer Circle. The applicant is requesting a variance to reduce the 75’ stream buffer requirement to 41’ to allow the construction of a 12’X15’ rear addition (2012V-007). 2. Pursuant to Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance”, Article II, “Administration”, Section 202.A.1 the City of Chamblee, GA seeks to rezone 5970 Peachtree Blvd from Neighborhood Residential (NR-1) to Corridor Commercial (CC) (2012Z-002). 3. Pursuant to Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance”, Article II, “Administration”, Section 202.A.1, the City of Chamblee, GA seeks to rezone 5000 Kristie Way from Corridor Residential (CR) to Industrial (I). (2012Z-003). 4. Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance”, Article XIII, “Signs”: Section 1307.B.2.b, “Planned centers: one principle building sign for each business on a wall facing a street frontage with a curb cut”; Section 1308.B.5, “20’ maximum setback for principle freestanding signs from the driveway curb cut”; Section 1304.B.1, “prohibition of a rotating sign”. The subject property is located at 5241 New Peachtree Road. The applicant is requesting variances to allow principle building signage to be placed on an accessory structure; to allow a rotating sign; and to allow a greater setback of the monument sign from the driveway curb cut (2012V-008).

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hindering law enforcement officers. In a previous, unrelated incident, Banks’ wife was assaulted in front of her home as she returned from a night out with friends May 14. Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said the victim returned home at approximately 3:30 a.m. when she was physically assaulted outside near her garage. Parish said some of the victim’s personal items were taken. Banks was in the home at the time of the incident, Parish said. The victim’s daughter and daughter’s boyfriend were also there. “No one heard anything,” Parish said. The woman, who was found outside near her car, was later transported to a local hospital. Detectives did not identify any suspects and have not been able to determine whether the victim was targeted or this was a crime of opportunity, Parish said.

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Alleged drive-in shooter charged with murder, assaulting police
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com A DeKalb County grand jury handed down a 10-count indictment Aug. 7 for Quentric Williams, 32, who is accused of murdering a man at the Starlight Six Drive-In earlier this year. Williams’ charges include one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of Williams aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Williams allegedly shot movie-goer Mitt Lenix, 28, who was having car trouble and asked Williams for help. It was later reported by several new agencies that Lenix allegedly interrupted Williams while he was having sex with his girlfriend. After allegedly shooting Lenix, Williams left the drive-in and police said Lenix died later at a local hospital. Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said a witness called 911 and followed Williams’ car until police were able to get behind the vehicle. Police then chased Williams on I-285 into Gwinnett County, where he wrecked his car on Lilburn Stone Mountain Road and managed to run away from police officers. While police were chasing him, Williams allegedly threw nearly $10,000 in cash out of his truck. During the time that police chased him, Williams also allegedly tried to steer his truck into several of the police cars chasing him, which is why he faces two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer. After crashing his truck, Williams reportedly ran away leaving a 9 mm handgun in the vehicle and discarded another handgun in a nearby yard. He later went to an urgent care clinic to be treated for wounds he received during the crash. Williams was arrested May 16 in a Gwinett County hotel, where police said they found a third gun and a large amount of cash and drugs. According to officials, Williams had previously served two state prison terms for drug convictions. Another man, Clinton Hightower, 27, was killed as he walked across Memorial Drive and was struck by DeKalb Police Officer Jason Cooper, as Cooper rushed to join the chase. Cooper was placed on administrative leave May 15 and Parish said the incident is still being investigated. Lenix was a martial arts expert and entertainer who worked for the Georgia Renaissance Festival. In his honor, Lenix’s parents Bill Lenix and Candy Lenix have started a fund to continue his legacy. Both of Lenix’s parents are also martial arts experts and own the Uni-

versal Martial Arts studio in Stockbridge, where their son also taught. Originally, the fund was set up to help Lenix’s family with the expenses associated with their son’s death but has now been expanded into a fund to offer scholarships to those who are less fortunate or affected by similar circumstances. “We went to visit the mother of the young man that was struck by the police car in pursuit of our son’s murderer,” the Lenix’s said in a statement. “She also was having difficulty making ends meet and could not

even afford to pay for her son’s funeral, so we donated $1,000 to help her through these hard times. We are sure that is what our son would have done if he were here.” The elder Lenix said throughout the 21 years that he, his wife and his son have been teaching martial arts in Georgia, they have been helping people, even at times teaching martial arts to those that couldn’t afford the lessons. “Our son was well-know all over the U.S. as a martial arts champion but especially in Georgia and Florida,” Bill Lenix said. “He was also a

combat medic in the National Guard and he had spent his life—even though it was cut so short—helping others.” With his son’s killer getting closer to being brought to justice, Bill Lenix said he still feels little relief and only time will heal the emotional wounds. “I’m doing my best to be forgiving and I do hope that [Williams] serves every bit of time that our justice system can give him because a killer who’s released—even when they’re 60-years-old— can still be lethal,” Bill Lenix said.

Green Party candidate offer alternative in presidential race
by Terrance Kelly Those who aren’t excited about either the Democratic or Republican presidential candidate should know there’s another alternative. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, was at the East Lake Commons Common House Aug. 3 to talk about what she has to offer the nation. A mother and medical doctor, Stein said running for the presidential office was not a hasty decision. After being involved with local politics, she said, “T hings changed in the last few years, and I felt compelled to let voters have a choice in this election and not be forced to choose between only two candidates that are two shades of gray. If I didn’t get involved, we would only have two versions of the same Wall Street politics.” Stein said she was also compelled by budget decisions of the administration of President Barack Obama. “When the president put Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block to cut the budget, at that point I became interested in doing more.” Is voting Green Party throwing away a vote? “I’ve been challenged about my right to get on the ballot,” Stein said. “But it’s the voters’ rights to cast ballots for the candidates of their choice. By exercising voting power, we are using the power we already have. As a non-corporate candidate, we can use our votes to become the unstoppable force for democracy, peace and justice that we are,” More than 50 Green Party supporters offered Stein a litany of concerns that they see now facing the United States. Poverty and housing, global warming and influence of oil companies were among them. “We can transform the economy, salvage the health care system, and salvage public schools and higher education, which is out of reach for many Americans,” she explained. “Student debt basically makes graduates indentured servants because their wages will be taken to repay loans.” Noting her concerns about health issues facing American children, as another reason to run for president, Stein said, “I have been watching epidemics of kids with chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and autism. We didn’t have these types of epidemics years ago. I decided I couldn’t sit on the sideline and watch.”

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GPC’s interim president works to steer college through rough financial waters
by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com Like many institutions of higher learning, Georgia Perimeter College is facing significant financial challenges, but interim President Rob Watts wants to assure prospective students and the community at large that, in spite of the difficulties, it’s business as usual at the college. “We had to make some difficult and painful cuts to get the college back on track financially,” Watts explained, “and unfortunately, this has meant reducing staff. Ninety percent of the cost of running a college is personnel, so there’s no way to significantly cut costs without cutting personnel. We want people to know that all of our academic programs are still being offered and classes are still being taught by fully qualified instructors.” Watts has been serving as interim president since May, when GPC President Dr. Anthony Tricoli resigned following the discovery of an approximately $16 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2012. Watts, who once before served as GPC’s interim president, said the institution, is very close to his heart and coming back is like coming home. He noted that under university system one of the many four-year institutions in the University System of Georgia. “We just don’t have any 200-seat lecture halls,” he said. “And we don’t have situations where a graduate student fills in for the professor. We have a well-deserved reputation for academic and instructional excellence, and that hasn’t changed.” He added that many students are attracted to the lower tuition rates. “Our rates have gone up—they have for all state schools—but ours still are quite affordable compared to rates at most four-year institution,” Watts said. The interim president added that the school’s flexibility, with many classes in the evenings and online, works well for non-traditional students who may have families to care for and full-time jobs. “The average student age is just under 25 and we have many older students,” said Watts, who added the college had a large number of international students. Because GPC’s admission requirements are not as stringent as those at the system’s four-year colleges, some students 90 there to bring their academic qualifications up before moving on to a four-year institution. Watts compared GPC to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. “For some it’s a point of departure, for some a final destination and it’s a tremendous transfer hub,” he said. GPC focuses on instructional excellence, and it works, he said. “Our students are very well prepared when they leave here whether they are going on to another institution of starting a career.” Watts said he has seen a tremendous amount of growth and change since he first came to GPC in 1986, when the school was 22 years old and had slightly fewer than 8, 800 students. With a current enrollment of almost 27,000 students, GPC is the largest associate degree-granting college and the third largest institution in the University System of Georgia. Like two-thirds of the institutions in the University System of Georgia, GPC is anticipating a slight drop in enrollment next year because of new remedial education requirements. “Approximately 2,500 students enrolled this year would not have been eligible under next year’s standards. So we are likely to see enrollment decrease by that much,” Watts said. He said he looks forward to good things ahead for GPC as it initiates its first four-year, bachelor-degree programs with plans for many more such programs.

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rules interim presidents are not candidates for the permanent position. “I’m here to get the place in the best shape possible for the new president when one is selected,” he said. To assure that none of GPC’s academic programs suffer, class sizes have increased slightly—“We’re talking about two or three more students per class,” he said. Also, some administrative people are now teaching. “That includes me,” Watts said. “I haven’t taught in a classroom in 30 years. I’m more nervous about that than about being president.” Watts said that small classes are one of many reasons students may choose to enroll at GPC rather than

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Lewis, Pope, appear for pre-trial hearing in DCSD corruption case
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Former DeKalb County School District (DCSD) superintendent Crawford Lewis and architect Tony Pope appeared in court Aug. 13 for a pre-trial hearing. Both Lewis and Pope, along with Pope’s ex-wife Patricia Reid, are charged with running a criminal enterprise within the school system. Lewis has been charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), theft by taking by a government employee and bribery. Pope and Reid face similar charges. Neither Reid nor her lawyer was present at the hearing. Reid’s attorney Tony Axam later stated he did not receive notice of the hearing. In 2010 a grand jury returned an indictment alleging Lewis, former schools construction chief Reid and her ex-husband Pope conspired to defraud the school district of approximately $2.4 million through illegal construction contracts. Reid allegedly used her role as the district’s construction chief to award contracts to then husband Pope. According to officials and court documents, Lewis signed off on contracts and knowingly participated in the conspiracy. The trial is scheduled to begin the second week of September, officials from the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office said. Pope’s attorney John Petrey said he expected the trial to begin no later than early fall. Petrey said Pope, who is charged in the RICO count, did not participate in any conspiracy to defraud the school system. “He was upfront about who he was and what the work he was providing was, and we look forward to having an opportunity to present his defense to a jury,” Petrey said.

Four DeKalb races to be decided in runoff election
For most candidates, the primary election is over and those who were victorious are preparing to run against the other party’s winner in the November general election. Winners who had no opposition outside their party can prepare to take office in January. For a few, however, there’s still another hurtle to be cleared. Among the races of concern to DeKalb County voters, one Georgia Senate seat, one Georgia House of Representative seat and two DeKalb School Board seats have been thrown into a runoff scheduled for Aug. 21. They are as follows: In Senate District 44, incumbent Gail Davenport, who received 48.46 percent of the primary election vote faces Gail Buckner, who received 42.29 percent of the vote. In House District 92, what was originally was a field of five has narrowed to Tonya P. Anderson, who received 24.57 percent of the vote in the primary election, and Doreen Williams, who received 23.93 percent. Two DeKalb County Board of Education seats remain undecided. In District 4 Jim McMahan and Paul Womack remain in the race. In District 6 Melvin Johnson will run against Denise E. McGill. Early voting is now under way and will continue through Aug. 17.

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Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 90 Low: 69

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Today's Regional Map Weather History
Aug. 16, 1777 - The Battle of Bennington, delayed a day by rain, was fought. The rain delayed British reinforcement and allowed the Vermont Militia to arrive in time, enabling the Americans to win by defeating two enemy forces, one at a time. Aug. 17, 1915 - A hurricane hit Galveston, Texas with wind gusts to 120 mph and a 12-foot storm surge. The storm claimed 275 lives, including 42 on Galveston Island, with most deaths due to drowning. Of 250 homes outside the seawall, just 10 percent were left standing. Dunwoody 88/68 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 89/69 89/69 89/69 Snellville Decatur 90/69 Atlanta 90/69 90/69 Lithonia College Park 91/69 91/69 Morrow 91/69 Union City 91/69 Hampton 92/70

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 90º, humidity of 48%. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. The record high temperature for today is 102º set in 1954. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY
Scat'd T-storms High: 88 Low: 71

*Last Week’s Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 84 74 89/71 0.00" Wednesday 93 70 89/71 0.00" Thursday 88 69 89/71 1.32" Friday 86 71 89/71 0.00" Saturday 84 69 89/70 0.04" Sunday 86 59 89/70 0.00" Monday 87 59 88/70 0.17" Rainfall . . . . . . .1.53" Average temp . .77.1 Normal rainfall . .0.82" Average normal 79.7 Departure . . . . .+0.71" Departure . . . . .-2.6
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

SATURDAY
Scat'd T-storms High: 85 Low: 69

SUNDAY
Isolated T-storms High: 85 Low: 67

MONDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 84 Low: 65

TUESDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 86 Low: 68 New 8/17

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:00 a.m. 7:01 a.m. 7:01 a.m. 7:02 a.m. 7:03 a.m. 7:03 a.m. 7:04 a.m. Sunset 8:22 p.m. 8:21 p.m. 8:20 p.m. 8:19 p.m. 8:18 p.m. 8:16 p.m. 8:15 p.m. Moonrise 5:58 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 8:02 a.m. 9:06 a.m. 10:10 a.m. 11:16 a.m. 12:22 p.m. Moonset 7:33 p.m. 8:09 p.m. 8:43 p.m. 9:18 p.m. 9:55 p.m. 10:34 p.m. 11:17 p.m. Full 8/31

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 5:33 a.m. 7:19 p.m. 3:32 a.m. 5:31 p.m. 11:55 a.m.11:04 p.m. 1:38 a.m. 3:45 p.m. 11:49 a.m.11:12 p.m. 10:15 p.m.10:36 a.m.

WEDNESDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 88 Low: 69 First 8/24

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Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers and thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 92º in Mt. Vernon, Ill. The Southeast will see scattered thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 96º in Valdosta, Ga. The Northwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 105º in Medford, Ore. The Southwest will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 107º in Bullhead City, Ariz.

Weather Trivia
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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Mars on Earth
It rained on Mars today, a virtual downpour, complete with lightning, thunder, and huge, cold drops that turned the red Utah desert into a myriad of dendritic rivulets which fused into muddy brown streams that had to be traversed by my Saturn “rover.” By the time that Boyertown School Dist. Planetarium Director, Peter Detterline, and I had reached the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah, my Bridgestone tires were rimmed by an inch or more of smooth, pebbly mud. Mars had abundant water 3-1/2 billion years ago, and the five miles of sludge that we plodded through to get to the Mars Habitat may have been a common occurrence to those simple microbes which many exobiologists believe populated the watery basins of Mars so long ago. Now the real Martian landscape looks desert dry, its water either frozen on the polar caps, hidden near its surface, or liquid at depth. Unlike NASA’s Curiosity minivan, just beginning its two year journey of discovery on the Martian surface, the MDRS, is a two-story tuna canshaped habitat which was constructed by the non-profit Mars Society in late 2001. It has been a cost effective alternative for exploring a Mars-like region of the Earth in a similar fashion as to how astronauts might survey Mars sometime in the future. Another scientific facility, the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS), was constructed in 2000 and is located on Devon Island in Canada’s Baffin Bay. It has been in operation since 2001. Staring at my vision of Mars, the Utah badlands, from the second floor crew quarters of the MDRS, I can see an undulating landscape of red, white, and brown striated hills. There is no vegetation in sight. Albeit the blue, cloud-specked sky, I am witness to a similar terrain that will be greeting the first human explorers of the Red Planet. I am on Mars. More information is online. www.astronomy.org.

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When was the last time you ate three meals in a day? What was the last snack you had? If you can answer the snack question faster than you can answer the meals question, it’s not surprising. Today’s on-the-go, 24/7 lifestyle has created a nation of snackers. In fact, about half the nation eats fewer than three meals in a day, according to a survey for Emerald Breakfast on the go! Blends. Instead, people average two meals and three snacks in a 24-hour period. And no matter how healthconscious people are, more than two-thirds (69 percent) of people are snacking on what they want vs. foods with the nutrients they need. The good news is that, if you do it right, snacking can help you satisfy your cravings and give your body what it needs.

Nutrition and Dietetics says it’s OK to give in to cravings when looking at the total diet or overall pattern of food eaten. The organization says all foods can fit into a healthy eating pattern if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and regular physical activity. Making some smart substitutions and indulging in the occasional treat can go a long way toward helping you stick to your healthy eating goals. (See sidebar, “What are you hungry for?” for substitution tips.)

cover. Freeze and serve frozen as a fun snack. • Frugurt: Slice favorite fruits to top low-fat yogurt. Combining the craving food with a wholesome one is a great solution says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For example, if you crave sweets, a banana dipped in chocolate sauce or almonds mixed with chocolate chips are good options. As a beneficial bonus, you’ll satisfy a craving and get positive nutrients from those good-for-you foods. If you’re a chocolate lover, try Emerald Breakfast on the go! S’mores Nut Blend. Cocoa roasted almonds, honey roasted peanuts and granola give you some energy, protein and fiber while you also enjoy the sweetness of chocolate, marshmallows and coconut. It’s easy to get carried away with the size of your snacks. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that 100 to 200 calorie, nutrient-dense snacks can satisfy hunger, keep you on your weight control plan, and make your mouth happy. You really can enjoy eating healthier — all it takes is a little snack sense. For more information and money-saving coupons, visit www.emeraldbreakfastonthego.com. FAMILY FEATURES

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What Are You Hungry For?
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Survey Says ...
The Emerald Breakfast on the go! survey revealed some interesting insight into Americans’ snacking habits: • Most snacking happens in the late morning (43 percent) and late afternoon (41 percent). • Only 17 percent said that mom would approve of all their snack choices. • A lot of people are like kids in a candy store when it comes to choosing snacks. 31 percent said they buy whatever snack catches their eye. • Snacks rule — 46 percent couldn’t live without their favorite TV show, but 54 percent couldn’t live without their favorite snack.
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46% of people wouldn’t be able to live without their favorite TV show. 54% couldn’t live without their favorite snack.

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Farmhouse Continued From Page 1A
Scott Pluckhahn of Decatur who plan to rehabilitate it and make it their permanent residence and operate a small residential farm on the property. The two have already moved chickens into a temporary pen on the property. “We are delighted that Keith and Scott are rehabilitating this rural property,” McDonald said. Crosby and Pluckhahn discovered the Housworth-Moseley on the internet and “fell in love with the property,” Crosby said. “We both are crazy about history,” Crosby said. “We’ve lived in Decatur for 14 years. We love DeKalb County and Decatur and always really wanted a house that had some kind of history to it…whether a big antebellum home or something like this.” Much of the house is constructed of heart pine—the central part of mature pine trees that is resistant to insects and rot— harvested from the property. Because this type of wood was used, the planks have irregular widths, Crosby said. The 1,200-square-foot home, which was featured in This Old House magazine earlier this year, has two bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, dining room, living room and family room. It also has two fireplaces made of local stone, original hardwood floors, wooden walls and ceilings. On the property are several outbuildings dating from the mid

Keith Crosby stands beside the 1843 Lithonia farmhouse he and his partner Scott Pluckhahn purchased recently. The two plan to rehabilitate the house and make it their permanent residence with a small farm. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

-19th to early 20th century—a corn crib, grain shed, smokehouse, sorghum evaporator and livestock pen. A small creek runs through the back of the property. Crosby and Pluckhahn are in contact with a surviving descendent of the family that acquired the property, called Lot 144, during a land lottery. The Housworth family owned Black slaves, the living descendents of whom have the name Houseworth, with an “e” added to the surname. Pluckhahn, a landscape architect, and Crosby, a management consultant, are living in a nearby apartment during the rehabilitation of the property which could take three to four years to complete. Once the restoration is complete, “It’ll look fantastic,” Crosby said. “It will be very well preserved like it was back in the 1800s but it will also have the modern conveniences inside as well.” Crosby said he hopes the work he and Pluckhahn are doing will inspire other potential preservationists. “I hope this story is one that people will find interesting just from a preservation perspective because there are so many properties out there just like this,” Crosby said. “I hope people realize it doesn’t take a lot—it’s going to take a lot to do what we’re going to do—but it doesn’t take a lot to save a piece of history.”

Crosby shows the plans to restore the 1,200-square-foot house situated on more than seven acres. The house, which has two fireplaces, was built by the Housworth family which acquired the property in a land lottery.

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A. Construction of a new Fire Station #3 in the City of Avondale – See additional CDBG recommendation J. – ($1,164,801) Improvements in Shoal Creek Park – Planning and Engineering; purchase of fitness equipment ($100,000) City of Lithonia – Plaza Improvements, Streetscape Improvements, and other eligible projects - ($70,964)

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21. Demolition ($50,000) The removal of dilapidated structures within the community. 22. DeKalb County Emergency Repairs ($250,000) Emergency repairs of Homeowner waterlines. 23. Emergency Housing Repairs ($100,000) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES 24. DeKalb Business Enterprise Corporations ($228,000) PLANNING AND PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION (20% CAP) 25. Community Development Administration ($957,784) General oversight, planning management, monitoring and Implementation services. YEAR 2013 PROPOSED HOME ACTIVITIES HOME Investment Partnerships Program ($1,772,811) 26. HOME Program Administration (10%) Set-aside ($177,281) Funds to be used for direct administration and project implementation costs associated with the HOME program. 27. HOME/CHDO Projects (15%) Set-Aside ($265,921) Funds will be provided to eligible organizations for cost associated with the development, sponsorship, or ownership of affordable housing. 28. HOME CHDO Operating (5%) Set-Aside ($88,640 Funds will be used to provide general operating assistance to CHDO’s that are receiving set-aside funds for an activity or activities. 29. HOME Eligible Projects ($1,240,969) These are undesignated funds. The proposed activities being considered are: Single-family owner-occupied rehab, Single-family homeownership new construction, Single– family rehab (Rental), Multi-family (Rental), Acquisition (including assistance to homebuyers), Tenant-based Rental Assistance, and any housing development activities considered eligible under HOME Program regulations. YEAR 2013 ESGP PROPOSED CATEGORIES OF FUNDING ($449,696) 30. Emergency Shelter + Street Outreach 60% Cap ($180,000) 31. Administrative Costs 7% Cap ($31,478) NOTES SECTION ADDITIONAL CDBG RECOMMENDATIONS A. If we receive less than $4,788,923 from HUD, 20% of the reduction in funds will come from the planning and administration account; and 15% of the reduction in funds will come from Public Services Youth Voucher Set-Aside Program and other Public Service activities, if necessary; unless otherwise approved by the Chief Executive Officer. If more than $4,788,923 is received, 20% of the additional funds will go into the Planning and Administration account; 15% of the additional funds will go into Public Service Activities; and the remaining funds will be allocated to other eligible projects identified in the Annual Action Plan. Other Approved CIP Projects List: These projects are a part of the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan. If funds are available, these projects will move forward in accordance with the County’s priorities: DeKalb County Parks and Recreation/ Tobie Grant Recreation Center – Development of a new Community/Recreation center or redevelopment/expansion of the existing facility – See additional CDBG recommendation I. ($3,000,000) Briarwood Recreation Center – Feasibility Analysis and conceptual plans on the development of a new recreation/community center – ($100,000) The Art Station Facility – Replacement of the existing roof – ($273,000) South DeKalb Y.M.C.A. – Assist with furniture. Consideration of funding for the South DeKalb Y.M.C.A facility renovation, expansion, and acquisition project is contingent upon the agency’s ability to leverage approximately $6 million from other sources, fixtures, and equipment for a new center. – ($540,000) Clarkston Community Center, Inc – Assist in the completion of the renovation of the existing facility, leveraging other funds Consideration of funding for the Clarkston Community Center facility expansion is contingent upon the See Budget on Page 17A

B. PUBLIC NOTICE HUD Submission for 2013 Funding – Annual Action Plan Preliminary Budget and Plan Public Comments Invited PROPOSED UPDATE TO DEKALB COUNTY’S 20082012 CONSOLIDATED PLAN, INCLUDING THE YEAR 2013 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT, HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP AND EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAMS The DeKalb County Community Development Department is preparing its update of the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan, which has been extended to include the Year 2013 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the Home Investment Partnership Act (HOME), and the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESGP). Written public comments will be received from August 16, 2012, through September 14, 2012, and should be submitted to the DeKalb County Community Development Department, 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030. Anticipated Year 2013 Grant Awards and Program Income: 2013 Community Development Block Grant Allocation (CDBG) Projected CDBG Program Income 2013 HOME Program Allocation Projected HOME Program Income 2013 Emergency Solutions Grant Program Allocation (ESGP) TOTAL

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Loan/Bond/Repayment/($1,100,000) D. DeKalb Performing Arts and Community Center – Bond Repayment - ($200,000) E. Section 108 Loan Repayment – (See additional CDBG recommendation H.) - Estimated annual repayment amount – ($900,000) PUBLIC SERVICES $647,374 (15% Cap) 2. Africa’s Children’s Fund, Inc. ($23,069) Provides case management, (including assessment and referral) to assist homeless and underserved households in DeKalb County, as well as housing and supportive services that enable those households to become self sufficient and avoid incidents of homelessness. Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. ($61,806) Prevention of predatory lending, consumer education, fraudulent mortgages and mortgage scams public awareness. Atlanta Urban League, Inc. ($23,069) Provide housing counseling and foreclosure prevention counselor. Center for Pan Asian Community Services. ($23,069) Home Education and Loss Prevention (HELP) program that will help homeowners by providing foreclosure prevention counseling to them. Community Achievement Center ($23,069) Provide job training and financial literacy training to low and moderate income families and youth ages 18 to 24. Drug Court Transitional Housing ($54,116) Provides housing assistance to participants in a judicially supervised drug treatment and alternative sentencing program. Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta, Inc. ($15,436) Provides free household furniture to people in need within DeKalb County. The majority of clients impacted will be moving out of homelessness, are living with HIV/AIDS, or fleeing domestic violence. Jerusalem House, Inc. ($27,669) Transitional housing and services for persons with HIV/ AIDS.

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Projected program income will be used in the manner listed below with the exceptions identified in the NOTES SECTION – ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Twenty percent of CDBG Program Income will be used for Planning and Administration. Up to 15% may be used for Public Services activities as outlined in the budget. The remaining balance will be used for other eligible activities. CDBG regulations require program income to be used before Treasury funds are expended; flexibility is needed in order to comply with the regulations. Program income will be used for any approved eligible activity as outlined in the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan. If more program income revenue is received than anticipated for any activity, the additional funds will be appropriated to activities indicated in this policy. Program income generated from the DeKalb Enterprise Business Corporation (DEBCO) Revolving Loan Fund will be returned to the revolving loan fund and be used for additional loans to eligible borrowers and implementation services of DEBCO. Program income funds may also be withdrawn and returned to the County for other approved eligible activities. Program income funds generated from the Housing Rehab Revolving Loan Fund will be returned to the revolving loan fund to be used for additional loans to eligible borrowers or other eligible programs and activities as approved by Community Development Director. Program income funds may also be withdrawn and returned to the County for any other eligible activities. If we receive any recaptured HOME funds, they will be deposited into the Local HOME Trust Account and used for additional HOME eligible activities. Program income receipts may vary widely from amounts projected due to any number of unanticipated factors. Regardless of the amount received, the Consolidated Plan will not need to be amended unless the funds are used for activities not outlined in the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan.

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10. Latin American Association, Inc. ($23,069) Employment counseling and support services primarily for Hispanic persons who are homeless or at risk. 11. Metro Fair Housing Services Inc. ($40,605) Provides legal advice and referrals for housing discrimination complaints. 12. Nicholas House, Inc. ($47,102) Provides legal advice and referrals for housing discrimination complainants. 13. Our House, Inc. ($27,669) Daycare services for children of homeless families. 14. Refugee Family Services, Inc. ($23,069) Financial literacy counseling and education for refugees. 15. Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center, Inc. of Central DeKalb ($23,069) Affordable childcare and family resource center. 16. The Sheltering Arms, Inc. ($23,069) Affordable childcare and family resource center. 17. DeKalb CSB ($24,938) Provides case management services for homeless individuals. 18. DeKalb Office of Senior Affairs ($33,481) Provides support for the Golden Shuttle which serves as an alternate transportation option for seniors. 19. Youth Voucher Set-aside Program ($130,000) Assistance for youth participating in recreational activities. HOUSING ACTIVITIES 20. Housing Implementation Services ($120,000) Ongoing implementation services for housing related activities.

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YEAR 2013 CDBG PROPOSED ACTIVITIES Below are preliminary recommendations. Please review the complete proposed recommendations to the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan, which has been extended to include the Year 2013 Annual Action Plan for details about the activities. PUBLIC FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS/ LOAN/BOND REPAYMENT/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 1. Targeted Capital Improvement Projects ($1,335,765)

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Budget Continued From Page 16A agency leveraging of $628,060 through private foundation contributions and/or fundraising efforts – ($628,060) City of Doraville – Sidewalks on Shallowford Road – and other eligible streetscape/transportation initiatives – See additional CDBG recommendation L. - ($350,000) Elaine Clark Center – $850,000 to serve as match to leverage $3,000,000 from other sources to improve and expand the center – ($850,000) City of Decatur – Walking Paths in McKoy Park – ($40,000) The Salvation Army – Improvements to an existing facility located on Sherrydale Lane, Decatur, GA – ($87,000) D. The Community Development Department Director may approve interchanging the use of HOME and CDBG funds for projects as long as all program eligibility standards are met. CDBG funds will be used for any approved eligible activity as outlined in the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan. Because CDBG regulations require program income to be used before Treasury funds are expended, flexibility is needed in order to comply with the regulations. The DeKalb County Community Development Department is authorized to reallocate funding of prior year projects that are no longer feasible or needed. Reallocating previously funded projects will allow for other approved projects to utilize prior year or current year funds. Through the reallocation process, the Community Development Department is allowed to utilize/reallocate funds immediately by following HUD regulations. iii. ii. The County currently has six (6) certified Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). They are Initiative for Affordable Housing, Inc., DeKalb Habitat Community Housing Development, LLC, Antioch AME Community Development Corporation, a faith-based nonprofit affiliate of Antioch A.M.E Church, Partnership for Community Action, Inc., Neighborhood Works, Inc., and the City of Hope Ministries, Inc., a faithbased nonprofit associated with Ray of Hope Christian Church. The 2013 CHDO operating funds in an amount not to exceed $88,640 is made available to any Countycertified CHDO to assist with their general administrative costs. If additional CHDOs are approved by the County, we will consider providing funds on a case by case basis. Any funds not allocated will be reprogrammed and used for other HOME-eligible costs. In order to provide maximum flexibility in allocating HOME funds, the County only includes eligible categories of funding in the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan rather than specific projects. The figures above do not include prior year funds that may be available for these projects or program income that will be received later in 2013 or in 2014. The County works closely with the DeKalb Housing Authority in the administration of its HOME Program activities related to the development and implementation of affordable housing assistance programs and projects. The Housing Authority acts as an agent and subrecipient on a number of these HOME activities. Many of them are undertaken through the auspices of the County’s ongoing contract with the Authority and are developed and implemented in accordance with the program descriptions executed by the Housing Authority Executive Director and the Community Development Director, acting on behalf of the County. The County may work with the DeKalb Housing Authority or other approved entities. The following is a listing of potential activities that may be undertaken by the County with HOME funds in the upcoming program year and details outlining how they may be administered: a. All singlefamily projects will be implemented under the Housing Authority’s contract with the County, unless otherwise approved. b. Unless otherwise approved, all multifamily projects will be implemented under the Housing Authority’s contract with the County following a competitive application process and thorough review of the project for compliance with the County’s underwriting guidelines as outlined in the HOME application package. The Community Development Director is authorized to commit funding amounts and determine loan terms to these projects. c. Any projects involving the use of CHDO funds, with the exception of those involving existing multi-family developments, are submitted for approval by the Board of Commissioners. Multi-family projects involving the use of CHDO funds are handled as outlined above. d. Tenant-based Rental Assistance programs may be administered by the Housing Authority under its contract with the County or other approved entities through separate agreements. e. Upon additional pursuit of affordable housing initiatives in Scottdale and other communities, the County will also partner with other entities on development activities. The Community Development Department Director may approve interchanging the use of HOME and CDBG funds for projects as long as all program eligibility standards are met. The County will consider Tenant-based Rental Assistance on special initiatives consistent with the DeKalb Continuum of Care. The Community Development Department will work with the community to identify and prioritize distressed multi-family properties in the County and develop collaborative strategies to improve them. EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAM ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS A. HUD requires a 7% cap on the funds for Administration and a 60% cap on Emergency Shelter + Outreach. There is no cap on any other component. The planning figure is $449,696 for year 2013. If more than $449,696 in ESGP funding is received from HUD, we recommend that increases be provided to any of the approved ESGP agencies identified in the 2013 Annual Action Plan or other providers that are approved by the Director of the Community Development Department, making adjustments to be in compliance with the established HUD guidelines for the various categories. Further, if the increase is of a sufficient amount, we may consider transferring a public service CDBG funded agency to ESGP. The converse also applies. If we receive a decrease in funds, we recommend that the amounts proposed for each agency is decrease by the same amount of the HUD decrease, to the extent possible, making adjustments to be in compliance with the established HUD guidelines for the various categories. D.

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If for any reason and for any year Emergency Solutions Grant funds have been received and service providers cannot utilize the funds allocated, the funds will be considered for reprogramming to any of the approved ESGP service providers in a manner that is identified by the Community Development Director. All approved ESGP funding will be contingent upon the agency being in compliance with all DeKalb County statutory regulations. The Human and Community Development Director will be authorized to act on behalf of the County to approve the acceptance of funds from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs by non-profit agencies in the County of DeKalb.

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G. Any funds remaining from the previous year will be reprogrammed to agencies approved to receive FY 2013 ESGP funding. H. ESGP funds distribution will be contingent upon the submission and acceptance of the two (2) most recently completed years of financial statements (income & expense statement, balance sheet and fiscal statement). OTHER Re-Entry Program The State provides short term financial assistance ($700 per offender per month for three months) to help stabilize the reentry process of newly released convicted felons and enhance their ability to remain crime free. Following an agency housing/ services assessment process, the Community Development Department will recommend approval or disapproval for agencies wishing to provide housing for this program. The final determination will be made by the Chief Executive Officer. THE PRELIMINARY 2013 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN MAY BE REVIEWED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The DeKalb County Housing Authority 750 Commerce Drive, Suite 201, Decatur DeKalb Workforce Development Department 320 Church Street, Decatur DeKalb County Community Development Department 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. South DeKalb Senior Citizens Center 1931 Candler Road, Decatur DeKalb/Atlanta Senior Citizens Center 25 Warren Street, S.E., Atlanta Bruce Street/East DeKalb Senior Center 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia Lou Walker Senior Center 2538 Panola Rd., Lithonia The Housing Authority of the City of Lithonia 6878 Max Cleland Blvd, Lithonia Please contact the DeKalb County area public libraries listed below for the hours of operation. Chamblee Branch 4115 Clairmont Road, Chamblee (770-936-1380) Decatur Branch 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur (404-370-3070) Redan-Trotti Branch 1569 Wellborn Road, Redan (770-482-3821) Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Branch 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur (404-286-6980) A Public Hearing will be held on August 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Ga 30030. We encourage citizens to review this update to the 2008– 2012 Consolidated Plan including the 2013 Annual Action Plan. Written comments should be submitted to the DeKalb County Community Development Department, 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030, no later than September 14, 2012.

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G. The DeKalb Performing Arts and Community Center was financed with bonds issued by The DeKalb Development Authority and other approved sources including CDBG funds. The primary resource for the repayment is the designated rental car tax revenue. CDBG and other County resources will be utilized as backup resources if the rental car tax revenue is not sufficient to pay the debt. If necessary, CDBG funds will be used to pay for a portion of the remaining balance of the bond repayment up to the allowed maximum. The 2013 CDBG funding gap is estimated to be approximately $200,000, pending the total generated by rental car tax revenues, subject to the total car taxes received; funds needed may also come from Capital Improvement set-asides. H. The funding for the construction of the North DeKalb Senior/Community Center, the South DeKalb Senior/ Community Center/Candler Road Mixed Use Revitalization Project, and the Central DeKalb Senior Center is an approved HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee and available CDBG resources, including prior years funding. The approved Section 108 loan amount is $14 Million with a maximum amortization period of 20 years at an estimated interest rate of 6%. The annual loan repayment amount will be approximately $900,000. I. The funding strategy for the Tobie Grant Recreation Center will be an additional HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee and available CDBG resources, including prior years funding. Approval of the 2013 Annual Action Plan by the County and HUD represents the approved use of future CDBG funds as the source to repay the Section 108 Loan.

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J. We will work with the Infrastructure Group to complete Fire Station #3. The total estimated cost to complete this project is $2.6 million. We will explore the availability of other funding sources and may utilize future CDBG funding to finance the project or repay other funding. K. If funds are available in the Public Services Category, they may be used to assist with providing services to fill the gap in the Continuum of Care for the Homeless. We will work with the Regional Homeless Commission and other local providers in order to determine areas of need. L. Prior to moving forward with the project, we will conduct an assessment of the project scope and methods of delivery. In order to ensure necessary collaboration and oversight, the Community Development Department will coordinate efforts between the County’s Public Works Department and the City of Doraville.

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HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS i. If more than $1,772,811 in HOME funding is received from HUD, we recommend that the amount proposed for the HOME line items be increased by the same percentage of the HUD increase. If we receive a decrease in funds, we recommend that the amounts proposed for the HOME line items are decreased by the same percentage as the decrease.

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The Museum School moves into new home
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com The Museum School, a charter school in Avondale Estates, began its first year in a permanent building and instructional support teacher Jen Pomfret said the students couldn’t be more excited. “We just had a celebration assembly this morning and they were very excited. Avondale Estates Mayor [Ed Reiker] came and he asked how they liked it and they went crazy,” Pomfret said. Unlike its previous location, which consisted of a few semi-permanent trailers housed in a parking lot, the school’s new facility boasts a gymnasium and outdoor field and much more room for the students. The Museum School has been open for three years and last year it was granted a five-year charter by the DeKalb County School District (DCSD). The charter also included a lease agreement allowing the school to relocate to the old Forrest Hills Elementary building, which was closed three years prior during redistricting, and use the space rentfree. Before the students and faculty were able to move in, parts of the building had to be renovated, including the gymnasium, which is being used as a temporary cafeteria as well until the rest of the building is renovated and ready for students to move in. Additional renovations will follow during the next four years, allowing it to expand to middle school and teach 516 students in grades K-8 by the 2016-2017 year. Currently, the school has 264 students enrolled in grades K-5. The newly refurbished area the school is currently housed in has 13 renovated classrooms, including art and music rooms, a student project and workshop gallery and a media center and computer lab. “We’re adding a grade every year,” staff member Mark Binford said. The school began with three kindergarten classes, two first grade classes and one second and third grade class. Now it has three kindergarten and three first grade classes, two third grade classes and one fourth and fifth grade class. The construction on the new facility will cost approximately $4 million. However, it is a phasein plan and DCSD’s agreement with the school is rent-free, so it will pay approximately $1 million for construction out of its operating budget over the next five years. Additionally, the school kicked off a fundraising campaign to help raise the additional funds needed for the construction. Tami Willadsen, the “Exceeding Expectations” capital campaign co-chair said the campaign reached a significant milestone its first week back and has so far raised $1.5 million. The campaign’s target goal is to raise $3 million for expenditures involved in the renovation project. “It is up to us to fundraise for the needed repairs and to bring the building back up to code,” Willadsen said. “We have been so grateful for the outpouring of support for the campaign. Many of our families have made truly sacrificial gifts and we have been very pleased at the response from the broader philanthropic community in Atlanta.” While phase one is complete, Willadsen said the campaign is still actively fundraising and phase two will begin next summer. The Museum School is the first school in Georgia using the museum school model. There are

The Museum School began its first week of school in its new home Aug.6. The school was recently granted a five-year charter with the DeKalb County School District, which allows the school to use the old Forrest Hills Elementary school rent-free. The school is renovating the old facility and will be expanding over the next five years. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

approximately 30 schools around the country using it. “The museum school model is a model that has the school partnering with local museums, organizations and centers, and offers the students a chance to get out of the classrooms to truly experience real life and hands-on learning,” Principal Katherine Kelbaugh said. Every other week, students travel off campus on “learning expeditions,” which are focused on lessons and topics the students are studying in the classroom. Kelbaugh said the school year is structured into four nine-week units, each with an overarching theme. Although the school has only been open for a year, Kelbaugh said its students have shown success when compared to other students around the state. “Our third graders—due to the state testing schedule—were the only students in the school to take the CRCT but they did remarkably well. One hundred percent of our third graders met or exceeded state standards in the areas of reading/ language arts and science,” Kelbaugh said. “That was just after one year and we completely attribute that to the science and social studies curriculum map.” Both Pomfret and Binford have been with the school since day one three years ago and said that during the first year its staff was unsure where it would be moving to, or even whether its charter would be renewed. “It’s worked out really well though, to be in this building, because we’re right in the neighborhood that most of our kids live in,” Binford said. “It gets life back in the area.”

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Back to school spending now second only to winter holiday spending
The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that after last year’s decline in back-to-school buying, parents who decided a year ago to “make do” with what they had will be buying more clothes, backpacks and other back to school items. According to NRF’s 2012 back-to-school spending survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average person with children in grades K-12 will spend $688.62 on their children, up from $603.63 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $30.3 billion. Combined K-12 and college spending is expected to reach $83.8 billion, according to NRF, making back-to-school the second biggest consumer spending event for retailers behind the winter holidays. “When it comes to their children, there’s nothing more important to a parent than making sure their children have everything they need, even in a tough economy— and especially when it comes to back-to-school shopping,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Backpacks rip, pencils break and children grow, there’s no way around it, but as they begin tackling their shopping lists, parents will make sure to spend smarter than they ever have before. We fully expect retailers to be aggressive with their promotions both in-store and online, keeping an eye on inventory levels as families look to spread out their shopping throughout the entire summer.” Parents estimate they will spend an average of $246.10 on clothes and $217.88 on electronics, according to the survey. Nearly six in 10 (59.6 percent) will invest in some sort of electronic device, a sharp increase from the 51.9 percent who planned to do so last year. Additionally, the average person with children in grades K-12 will spend $129.20 on shoes and $95.44 on school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks. Throughout DeKalb County, however, churches, community centers and other organizations have sponsored events at which school supplies were given free to youngsters, easing the burden on family budgets. Not surprising, parents will spend the most on clothing, accessories and electronics this summer. And happily for Georgia parents, the back-to-school tax-free weekend returned this year after a three-year absence. The Georgia legislature first approved a four-day back-toschool tax holiday in 2002 and renewed it each year until lawmakers decided that in face of a decline in state revenue they couldn’t afford to continue it. This year it was offered for only two days—Aug. 10 and 11. The economy is affecting the way people shop, NRF officials say. This year more families say they will shop at department stores and online for school items as they look to get the best bang for their buck. Nearly six in 10 (59.9 percent) will take advantage of department stores’ private label offerings and exclusive product lines, up from 57.0 percent last year and the highest in the survey’s 10-year history. Locally, some stores and malls played up the tax-free weekend with coupons and special events. At Northlake Mall in the Tucker area, for example, there was fashion show with games and giveaways as well as an electronics recycling event. Parents will also scour the Internet for free-shipping and other promotions according to NRF. Nearly four in 10 (39.6 percent) will take their school shopping lists online, up from 31.7 percent last year and nearly doubling since 2007 when 21.4 percent planned to shop online. Discount stores will be the most popular shopping destination, however, with 67.1 percent planning to shop there for school items. Clothing stores (52.0 percent), office supplies stores (42.0 percent), drug stores (22.7 percent) and thrift stores (14.4 percent) will also see their share of back-to-school shoppers. Electronic stores, popular with families looking to invest in smartphones, tablets and MP3 players for their children, NRF official say, will see a nice bump in traffic this year (26.3 percent vs. 21.7 percent last year.) “The budget-conscious consumer has not forgotten about price, quality or value, we’re merely seeing a more savvy shopper,” said BIGinsight Consumer Insights Director Pam Goodfellow.

Helping to cut the ribbon are, from left, Ben Parks, Jennifer Howard, Dr. Erika Wolcott, David Janowitz, Chris Chiddix, MJ Thomas, Brent Morris, Dunwoody Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch, Dunwoody Chamber Board Chairman Don Boyken, Andy McKoski, Larry Feldman, Bob Dallas, Glen Fuse, Debbie Fuse.

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina opens Dunwoody location
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina recently announced the opening of its fourth location. An Aug.1 ribbon cutting marked the opening of the restaurant aross from Perimeter Mall and just west of Ashford Dunwoody Road. At the same time, Tin Lizzy’s officials announced a revamped menu that includes a number of gluten-free options and items that benefit local nonprofit Bert’s Big Adventure. “We are thrilled to join the vibrant and diverse Perimeter neighborhood, and we believe that Tin Lizzy’s affordable offerings will be a unique addition to this neighborhood,” said Andrew McKoski, co-owner of Tin Lizzy’s. “Because as many as 10 percent of the U.S. population have a gluten intolerance, we wanted to make sure to point out all of our various gluten-free offerings on our new menu, which will be available at every Tin Lizzy’s location.” By ordering certain menu items, guest benefit Bert’s Big Adventure, a charitable organization dedicated to taking children between the ages of five and 12, who are stricken with a chronic illness and/or terminal illnesses, and their parents and siblings to experience a magical weekend at Walt Disney World as the guests of the foundation.

McDonald’s tests its wings locally
DeKalb County is a test market for McDonald’s newest menu item— Mighty Wings. Starting the week of Aug. 10, DeKalb County and other parts of the metro Atlanta area became the only place in the United States McDonald’s customers could buy the restaurant’s bone-in chicken wings. Mighty Wings are offered with a variety of sauces—ranch, buffalo and barbecue. “Research shows that our guests today want more, meaty, bone-in chicken options,” said Donavon Groen, president of the Greater Atlanta McDonald’s Operator’s Association. The wings are available in three-, five- and 10-piece options that can be ordered separately or as part of an extra value meal.

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AROUND DEKALB
ATLANTA
Church breaking ground for new facilities The Greater Piney Grove Baptist church, under the leadership of Dr. William E. Flippin, pastor, held a ground breaking ceremony for its new worship center and The Promised Land at East Lake assisted-living facility. Following the ceremony the church held its annual community fun day and church picnic. The new 1,250-seat worship center and 102-bedroom unit assisted-living facility are part of a longtime vision of the church, nearing its 100th anniversary. “As we celebrate this historic chapter in our church’s history, The Grove wants to continue to be a beacon of light in our surrounding community,” Flippin said. The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church is located at 1879 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta. Local woman wins national nutrition award The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) will present its prestigious 2012 Medallion Awards to six members in recognition of outstanding service and leadership to the Academy and the dietetics profession. Among them is Ann Louise Albright, Ph.D., R.D. An academy member since 1992, Albright is the director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Medallion Awards have been given each year since 1976. The winners will receive their awards at an Honors Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 7, during the Academy’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, Oct. 6-9 in Philadelphia, Pa. Previously, Albright was a senior health policy advisor to the U.S. surgeon general and chief of the California Diabetes Program at the California Department of Health Services, while holding an academic appointment in the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California – San Francisco. Albright is a past recipient of the Academy’s Excellence in Community Dietetics Award; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service; the Surgeon General’s Medallion Award and the American Diabetes Association’s Woman of Valor Award.

DECATUR
Trethewey tickets available for book festival Free tickets—limited to two per person—are available for the keynote address at the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival. The speaker is U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory University professor Natasha Trethewey. The address, scheduled for Aug. 31, at 8 p.m., will launch her newest collection of poems, Thrall. This is her first public reading since being named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate in June. Tickets are available at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts box office at 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta; Eagle Eye Bookshop at 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur; Little Shop of Stories at 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur; and Charis Books and More at 189 Euclid Avenue N.E., Atlanta. Non-profit raises $10,000 for DCM Poverty is Real (PIR)–a Decaturbased non-profit dedicated to raising money to support organizations fighting poverty in communities across America–brought in $10,000 for the Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) at its July 27-29 concert series at Eddie’s Attic. The funds were raised through ticket and merchandise sales, a silent auction and on-site donations. “This was truly a communitywide effort,” said PIR president Mike Killeen. “It’s hard to overstate the generosity of the musicians who offered their talents, the local businesses and donors who provided financial support, and the hundreds of music lovers who showed up and helped us reach our goal.” The series was presented by Lenz Inc., a Decatur marketing agency, and featured a line-up of well-established local musicians including Matthew Kahler, Eliot Bronson, The District Attorneys, Tedo Stone, Arlington Priest, the Bitteroots, The Flint Hill Specials, Maria Gabriella, Chris Stalcup and the Grange, Ryan Flanagan, The Skipperdees, Spencer Smith, Kristen Englenz and Mike Killeen and the Dregs. Many of the artists also contributed a song to the “Decatur: 2012” commemorative album, which raised additional funds. In addition to three nights of music, this year’s event also included two packed Saturday afternoon concerts for families featuring Eric

Litwin, the “guitar-strumming, book-writing, song-singing, national-award-winning” bestselling author of the Pete the Cat picture books. “This money will enable DCM to help individuals and families facing homelessness here in Decatur,” said Beth Vann-Turnbull, executive director of Decatur Cooperative Ministry. Decatur streams commission meetings live The City of Decatur began streaming live video for the Decatur City Commission meetings beginning Aug. 6. To access the streaming video option, visit www.decaturga.com and click on city government tab, then city commission and streaming video. The service is currently in the pilot testing phase and at the end of August, a button from the front page of the city’s website will take viewers directly to the streaming video page. In addition to this service, commission meetings continue to be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 25. For more information contact Linda Harris at (404) 371-8386 or linda.harris@decaturga.com; or Meredith Roark at (404) 370-4102 or meredith.roark@decaturga.com. Church announces youth weekend Bethesda Cathedral has announced youth-oriented events Aug. 24 – 26 as part of its R.A.W. Youth Explosion—A Fresh Start. The guest speaker Friday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. will be Shawn Tyson of Youngstown, Ohio, and the speaker Sunday, Aug. 26, at 10:30 a.m. will be Jekalyn Carr of West Memphis, Ark. Saturday, Aug. 25, will be Youth Fun Day, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bethesda Cathedral is located at 1989 Austin Drive, Decatur. Elder Stewart Reese III is the pastor. For more information, call (404) 2893751 or visit www.bethesdacathrdral.org.

All proceeds donated during the event will go to the Special Olympics Georgia and Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. The event will feature a performance by Timothy Miller of the Atlanta Opera. Free outdoor movie to be shown The city of Dunwoody Parks and Recreation Department and radio station B98.5 is hosting a movie night Aug. 18, at Brook Run Park. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island rated PG, will begin at dusk and is the first movie to be shown in a series running through Sept. 8. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and show up early to participate in pre-movie activities and get a good spot on the lawn in front of the 45-foot outdoor movie screen. For more information please visit www.dunwoodyga.gov.

STONE MOUNTAIN

Local woman wins car at trade show Maria Smith of Stone Mountain won a 2013 Ford Escape SUV during the 2012 Bronner Brothers International Hair Show the first weekend in August. Smith, a contestant in the Ford Escape Bronner Brothers Sweepstakes promotion, won the vehicle during the world’s largest African-American beauty and trade show event of its kind at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. All attendees were entered in the drawing for the Escape won by Smith.

DUNWOODY
Dunwoody Police and DeKalb Fire Rescue face off for charity The Dunwoody Police Department and the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Department will challenge each other in a softball game Sept. 8., at 11 a.m., at the Dunwoody High School baseball field.

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Atlanta Dream hosts skill academy at Tucker High
When immediately requested to “do it, do it” by the children, she explained that she wasn’t prepared. She needed proper sneakers and her ankles professionally taped. Hayes said she explained that a lot more goes into playing basketball on the level she and Harding play on than just stepping on the court. When asked how long she wanted to play in the WNBA and overseas (a number of players play professionally in Europe during the winter, the WNBA’s offseason) Hayes answered, “For as long as I can. I love what I do for a living.” The event, which was the Dream’s first at Tucker High, was facilitated by Atlanta Dream Director of Basketball Operations Sue Panek and assistant coaches Joe Ciampi and Fred Williams. The WNBA team was joined by the Atlanta Nightmares, a group of former men’s college players who practice and scrimmage against the Dream to prepare players for their season. Williams said he believes good is done every time the team interacts its fans. “If they pick up a few things [we show] them out on the floor, how can they not improve as young players?” Williams asked. “I think that is great. “Explaining the drills and why we are doing them and what parts of the players’ games each drill helps improve is something every kid does not necessarily get every day from professional players and coaches,” Williams said. Twelve-year-old Destinee Courtney, accompanied by her father Chase Courtney, seemed to have benefited from the entire experience. “I learned a lot today,” Courtney said. “I learned how to dribble better and how to play defense better. I had a lot of fun. I will be back next year for sure.” Mission accomplished.

by Donnell Suggs The familiar drumbeat of basketballs bouncing vigorously and the sound of sneakers squeaking on a hardwood basketball court filled the Tucker High School gymnasium on LaVista Road as 35 boys and girls, ages 7-15, took instruction from Atlanta Dream players and coaching staff. On Aug. 11, the Atlanta Dream hosted its annual Skills Academy at the DeKalb County school at a cost of $40, which included a ticket to an upcoming home game at Philips Arena, a T-shirt and access to an autograph session immediately following the event. Atlanta Dream players Tiffany Hayes and Lindsay Harding provided the professional experience and instruction to the participants who were ushered through dribbling, shooting and defensive stance drills as well as sportsmanship training. Harding, the Dream’s starting point guard and a Duke University graduate, spoke to the children about her path to the WNBA and took questions from children and adults. When a parent asked about Harding’s best experience so far in her career, she smiled and answered, “I have had the privilege of playing basketball at the highest levels all over the world and get paid to do it. “I’d say that has to be the best experience so far,” Harding said. Describing how much hard

Desiree Courtney has her ball signed by Atlanta Dream players Tiffany Hayes, left, and Lindsay Harding, following the skills academy. Photos by Donnell Suggs

work goes into crafting a professional basketball career, Harding explained the importance of education for anyone searching for a career or dream job in sports. “You have to work as hard in the classroom as you do on the basketball court,” Harding said. “Sometimes things don’t happen the way you want them to at first or overnight. It’s all about taking your time and working hard.” Harding spoke of her high

Children participate in a skills academy under instruction of Atlanta Dream coaching staff.

school team not being very good but said she always played hard because she knew other coaches and players were watching. That work ethic led her to a scholarship to an ACC school and eventually to the WNBA. Hayes, a University of Connecticut graduate and fellow guard on the Dream, was asked by a camper if she could dunk. “Yes, but I have never had one in a game,” she answered.

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Tom Whitfield, left, and John Morgo, right are area pioneers in the online sportscasting business. Photo by Wade Marbaugh

Local sportscasters find niche in growing webcast trend
by Wade Marbaugh nce again footballs fill the air, a sure sign of the onset of autumn with its ecstatic play-by-play calls over the airwaves. But nowadays not all exclamations of “Touchdown!” emit from radio and television stations. Many are called online—and heard around the world. High school and college sports webcasting has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and some of DeKalb County’s institutions and enterprising individuals have joined the national trend. “Nature abhors a vacuum,” said John Morgo, a self-made online sportscaster from Dunwoody. “There’s money and exposure to be made here, and schools have rushed in to fill the content vacuum.” Tom Whitfield, another DeKalb resident with extensive webcasting experience, explained the online explosion in other terms. “If the broadcast media aren’t covering you, become the media,” he said. Marist School was a webcasting pioneer in metro Atlanta. Morgo, a Marist alumnus, recalls attending a War Eagles football game six or seven years ago and seeing a sportscaster in the press box. Morgo entered the press box out of curiosity and watched retired judge Phil Etheridge calling the play-by-play in an online broadcast.

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“That was a defining moment for me,” Morgo said. “I wanted to broadcast sports and here was someone doing it online.” Usually, budding sportscasters enter a small market, such as minor league baseball, to hone their craft and move up the ladder. Morgo saw a different route. “I thought I could get into the business by webcasting,” he said. “I contacted the Marist webmaster and asked, ‘How do you do it?’” Subsequently, Morgo bought a good mixer, headphones, laptop and an internet access card—he says good gear is essential for a professional sound—and began webcasting football games at Norcross High School and baseball at Marist. His advice to wannabe sportscasters: “You have to work on it. Pregame preparation is key. Talking is the easiest part—finding time to do the research is difficult if you’re holding down a day job.” Whitfield—a former radio DJ, high school sportscaster and Major League beat reporter—also emphasizes preparation. “It takes a couple of hours to get ready, and that’s if you already know the teams,” he said. “But the main thing is to just tell your listeners what’s happening.” Whitfield maintains that webcasting is different than radio or TV broadcasting because web listeners often are multitasking. “Tell them the score often,” he advises webcasters. “Tell what

players have done. Recap the game often. Don’t be the guy who stays on air 15 minutes and never gives the score.” Morgo and Whitfield joined forces in 2010, audio webcasting basketball, baseball, softball and soccer at Georgia Perimeter College. For side basketball commentary, they enlisted GPC employee Daniel Bolton, helping him develop in the craft. “You have to get your patter down, develop your own rhythm, your own style,” Morgo said. “It takes at least a full season.” Listening to the pros can help. Whitfield said he learned much about basketball broadcasting when, as a UPI reporter, he covered the Virginia Squires, a team in the extinct American Basketball Association. He usually sat next to Marty Brennaman, who then called Squires games and now announces for the Cincinnati Reds. “He was one of the best around back then, and 40 years later he’s still one of the best,” Whitfield said. Morgo likes to interject humor into webcasts and admired that approach by former Atlanta Braves announcers Skip Caray, Ernie Johnson and Pete van Wieren. “One time I think they spent a half inning telling fishing jokes,” Morgo recalled. The Georgia High School Athletic Association produces online video broadcasts through Play On Sports, one of many marketing

platforms that connect webcasts to internet streaming sites such as EZ Stream. At ghsa.net one can watch archive webcasts such as Tucker High’s Class AAAA football state championship victory last December. Georgia Perimeter uses i-High. com as its marketing platform. A look at i-High’s website reveals just how much webcasting has grown into a major industry. Hundreds of schools have broadcasting sites at i-High. “What we’re seeing is many schools are starting to webcast themselves, with students and faculty doing the production,” Morgo said. Morgo and Whitfield believe advertisers should take note of the webcasting trend. Georgia Perimeter’s i-High website boasts more than 200,000 hits since January. One advantage webcasting has over traditional broadcasting is that fans can listen to games from any location. “The Jaguars are on the air, around the corner and around the world,” is Whitfield’s standard opening for Georgia Perimeter sportscasts. Said Whitfield, “Last spring a baseball player’s dad told me, ‘I heard Thursday night’s webcast. I was in Hong Kong and it started at 6 a.m. there.’ That’s why webcasting is a superior idea for most schools. No radio station can do that.”

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Accused cop-killer appears for pre-trial hearing
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com William Woodard, 34, accused of killing DeKalb County police officers Eric Barker, 34, and Ricky Bryant Jr., 26, while they were working offduty security at the Glenwood Gardens Apartments, appeared in court Aug. 14. During the pre-trial status hearing, Woodard’s lawyers Bill Morrison and Dwight Thomas asked for a short continuance for the trial, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 29. However, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Daniel Coursey said that, barring something unforeseen, the trial will proceed as planned. Coursey was recently appointed to the case after Judge Gail Flake, who was originally presiding over the case, recused herself due to a conflict. It has been nearly four-anda-half years since Barker and Bryant were killed and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Woodard. Erik Burton, a spokesman for the DeKalb DA’s Office, said death penalty cases usually take much longer to prosecute because of the number of motions and appeals. Additionally, in court Coursey asked Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary why the case has taken so long to go to trial. Geary said it was due primarily to the number of times Woodard has changed lawyers. “We haven’t had defense counsel for Mr. Woodard, I think, for longer than probably a year-and-a-half at a given time. We have had to start over numerous times,” Geary said. In 2008, officers Barker and Bryant were working security when they approached a vehicle in the apartment parking lot. According to the indictment, Woodard then got out of the car and began shooting. Police said Woodard shot Barker in the head and Bryant in the torso and drove away. A tow truck driver found the men and called authorities. One officer died at the scene and the other in the hospital. Each left behind a wife and four children. Earlier this year during a hearing, defense attorneys argued that Woodard acted in self-defense after he was “snatched” from the car he was in. However, prosecutors said that even if Barker and Bryant were in the wrong when they approached Woodard, he still didn’t have the right to open fire. Both prosecutors and Woodard’s defense attorney expect jury selection, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 25, will take at least several weeks and the trial and sentencing to take at least two months.

William Woodard appeared in court Aug. 14 for a pre-trial hearing. Woodard is accused of allegedly killing former DeKalb County Police Officers Ricky Bryant and Eric Barker in 2008. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

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