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Concrete Jungle celebrates end of year with cider festival

Robby Astrove is a DeKalb County Park Ranger at Arabia Mountain and a member of Concrete Jungle.

by Daniel Beauregard ach year in October, DeKalb County Park Ranger Robby Astrove and his friends celebrate the year’s haul of fresh fruit donations by making cider out of the bruised and broken fruit they were unable to donate. For the past four years Astrove and friends Craig Durkin and Aubrey Daniels have been picking neglected fruit and veggies from areas all over metro Atlanta under the moniker Concrete Jungle. The organization is run by volunteers and donates all of the produce picked on its excursions to local homeless shelters and food banks. Since its inception in 2009, Astrove said the organization has donated more than 10,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables. This year, the group held its cider festival at the Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve Oct. 20 and camped out under the stars. “Nothing goes to waste at Concrete Jungle,” Astrove said. “All the apples and pears that aren’t suitable for donation—we keep all of those in freezers until October and we just do a huge free public cider fest.” Astrove said he and a group of volunteers take turns grinding the apples and pears using a bicycle operated grinder and then press the fruit into juice.


Local nonprofit Concrete Jungle picks and donates fruit to homeless shelters and food banks in Atlanta. At the end of each year, members hold a public cider fest to celebrate the year’s haul. Photos by Devon Hayes

Using the bicycle operated the requests they have gotgrinder is a way for those in ten from various shelters and Concrete Jungle to practice food banks over the years. sustainability and this year, “We’re only picking fruit Astrove said, they gave all from April to November but of the leftover apple mash Doghead gives us a chance (juiced fruit) to horses at the to pick year-round,” Astrove park. said. “The farm is a great way “Part of the joy of Cider- to keep people engaged and fest is kind of getting back do more education.” to our roots and doing someAdditionally, Concrete thing old timey,” Astrove Jungle wants to expand its said. “People will ask where reach throughout the city by the fruit comes from and we creating community orchards get to explain the mission of in needy areas in Atlanta that Concrete Jungle.” don’t have easy access to In addition to the fresh fresh food. Astrove, who lives cider, Astrove said the event in the East Atlanta neighborhad live music and “a bunch hood, said the idea is simof trampolines” for attendees ple—create gardens or plant to jump on. trees in unused public spaces Astrove said Concrete such as medians or fields beJungle’s mission has grown hind abandoned buildings. since its inception. The orga“It could be two trees or nization originated because it could be 10 trees. We want the group began picking up to plant a variety of things neglected fruit that had fallen where the harvest season is off Atlanta’s wealth of fruit going to be wide so that it trees—rather than have it go will keep on feeding people to waste they collected and throughout the year,” Astrove donated it. Concrete Jungle said. then began hosting picks at “Concrete Jungle defilocations throughout the city. nitely has a role in this and More recently, the orgawe just have a really unique nization opened Dog Head niche in the hunger battle in Farms, located in the Sylvan Because she gets her news updates online from the The Champion. the city.” Hills neighborhood of South-Because she gets her news updates online from the The Champion. For more information on west Atlanta. Astrove said the organization or Doghead the mission of the farm is to Farms visit www.concretetailor the food they grow to


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ees to hold meetings to discuss union representation on county property during work DeKalb County sanitahours with prior approval tion workers say they need from the human resources their voices to be heard. director. That’s why they want to be “Management is not suprepresented by the Teamposed to impede or obstruct” sters union. talks between county workDuring the two most reers and union representacent Board of Commission- tives, said Burke Brennan, ers meetings, a few sanitathe county’s chief comtion workers have asked munications officer. “Mancommissioners to recognize agement’s been told not to Teamsters Local 728. interfere.” “We haven’t had a raise The county has fire and in over six years,” said Ocpolice personnel who are altavius Saunders, a county ready represented by unions. sanitation worker for 12 Ben Speight, organizing years. “It’s not getting any director for Teamsters Local better.” 728, said Ellis’ executive orSaunders said workers’ der “gives workers a level of bottom line is driving the protection” and “recognizes movement to unionize. workers’ rights.” “They’re getting more “With that memo, it levrevenue,” Saunders said eled the playing field,” Speiabout the county. “They ght said. generate money but then In 1997 there was an efdon’t want to give us [more] fort to organize the workers money. We have families but that was unsuccessful, too.” he said. Saunders said employees’ Teamsters Local 728 has pension contribution and 7,500 members and repremedical insurance premiums sents UPS workers; Georgia are increasing. State, Kennesaw State and “This isn’t the first time Emory University bus drivthey’ve gone up on our pen- ers; and O’Reilly Auto Parts sion and insurance,” he said. and Lithonia Lighting truck “I got a 5 percent raise [two drivers. The union also repyears ago] when I became resents Republic Services, a a driver, but I didn’t see the private waste management raise because they went up company. on the pension.” Speight said the sanitaSaunders said sanitation tion workers would not be workers have been in talks represented through a colwith the Teamsters for aplective bargaining process. proximately three months. Instead, it would be a “meet “We’ve talked to the and confer” process in Teamsters about them work- which union representatives ing to get us more money,” would meet with manageSaunders said. “They said ment to resolve outstanding they would not take money issues. out of our checks [for fees] In addition to their pay, until they get us more mon- sanitation workers are coney.” cerned about safety. Each A December 2011 execu- sanitation truck is supposed tive order by DeKalb Coun- to be manned by a driver ty CEO Burrell Ellis estab- and two helpers, Speight lished a county “policy on said. unions and organized em“Oftentimes now, there ployee groups where depart- is only one helper,” he said. ment heads and cabinet staff “There are a number of safeare directed not to conduct ty issues with that.” themselves or communicate Workers handle needles, in a negative, derogatory or broken glass, dead animals demeaning nature about a and heavy equipment and union or employee efforts to must hold onto the back of organize.” the trucks while working in Ellis’ policy directs dethe elements, he said. partment heads and cabinet “The workers want restaff to remain neutral durspect,” Speight said. ing employee unionization Speight said sanitation efforts and allows employworkers around the country
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Some county sanitation workers say they want to be represented by the Teamsters union. Late last year, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis signed an executive order directing county department heads to remain neutral during all union organizing efforts. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

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Unique L’Arche community opens doors in Oakhurst
by Daniel Beauregard Laura Wells, board co-president of L’Arche Atlanta, said not many people have heard of L’Arche but the idea behind the group of international communities is very simple—building a place where people with and without intellectual disabilities share in life fully together. “In our society, people with disabilities are often regarded as not having much to give, but in truth, each person has very important gifts of the heart to share,” Wells said. The first L’Arche community in Georgia opened its doors Oct. 27 in Oakhurst. It is located in a house that was donated to L’Arche by another nonprofit for the homeless. Wells said the organization has let L’Arche Atlanta use the property for the next 10 years. “The great thing about Oakhurst and Decatur is that it’s such a walkable area and part of what makes L’Arche so successful is just being a part of a larger, open community,” Wells said. Wells said she and a group of approximately 15 others had been trying to establish a L’Arche community in metro Atlanta since 2003. “I fell in love with L’Arche in college due to my mentor and campus minister, David Jenkins, who had lived in L’Arche and spoke so eloquently about how it changed his life,” Wells said. During a spring break when Wells was in college she visited a community in Honduras, then later decided to spend a year living in L’Arche in Scotland in 1993. L’Arche Communities was founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964 when he invited two men from a psychiatric institute to come stay with him and his family. “The idea is that people with disabilities shouldn’t be shut inside institutions,” Wells said. Now, Wells said, there are numerous L’Arche communities throughout the world and 18 in the United States. Wells said the typical living situation is approximately three or four people without intellectual disabilities and several with intellectual disabilities living together. “The idea is that you’re not employees or staff,” Wells said. “People feel a calling to this kind of work and typically assistants can go to any community in the world as long as they commit to staying there for several years.” Wells said the average community is three to five homes, which L’Arche Atlanta plans to have in the next five years. Right now, the only home is the one in Oakhurst. In the early planning stages of L’Arche Atlanta, Wells said, there were only 15 people who attended its meetings. Now the community has garnered more than 1,500 supporters and 60-80 people attend the group’s monthly events, which include bowling, dancing and bingo nights. “What’s really at the heart of L’Arche is just to be included and have meaningful and fulfilling activities and relationships in life and for everyone to have a chance to see the gifts that people of all abilities have,” Wells said. For more information about L’Arche Atlanta, visit

Atlanta’s first L’Arche community recently opened in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood. L’Arche Communities, founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, bring together people, some with developmental disabilities and some without, who choose to share their lives by living together in faith-based communities. Photo provided

Paideia janitor accused of putting cameras in student bathrooms
by Daniel Beauregard enforcement officials executed a search warrant of Ensley’s home, which A janitor at the Paideia contained the DVDs ordered School in Atlanta has been from the company. During fired after he was accused the search officials also of putting cameras in the located videos of children high school girls and boys using the restroom. bathrooms. During questioning The U.S. Postal Service Ensley admitted to began investigating an videotaping the children alleged child pornography at Paideia and a criminal video production company complaint filed in U.S. in 2010. During the District Court details how investigation Paideia he did it. employee Josh Ensley’s “Josh Ensley said he name turned up in the would hide the camera production company’s in a hollowed out air records. freshener and place it by Investigators found that the boys’ urinals and on a Ensley, a 51-year-old Tucker broom handle in the girls’ resident, had purchased handicapped bathroom more than 50 DVDs from stall,” the complaint states. the company. In a letter sent home to On Oct. 25 postal parents Oct. 25, Paideia inspectors and law officials said Ensley is currently in the custody of federal authorities and is no longer an employee at the school. The letter also states that investigators have told school officials that there is no evidence of Ensley having any physical contact with any of the students or that he distributed the videos to anyone. “We believe the high school students will be as shocked and stunned as we are,” the letter states. “All of us at Paideia— teachers, counselors and administrators—are available to you if you have questions about how this may affect your child. We will continue to share any pertinent information we receive as we find out more about this situation.”

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have had a history of mistreatment and low wages. “In 1968, Dr. King was assassinated supporting sanitation workers,” he said. Since September, more than 80 percent of the county’s approximately 450 sanitation workers have signed petitions saying they want the union to be recognized by the county, Speight said. “That’s a clear supermajority.” “The workers in sanitation are the face of DeKalb County,” Speight said. “Two days a week at least, you’ll see sanitation workers coming down you street. “Sanitation workers, as Dr. King noted, protect the public’s health,” Speight said. “Without sanitation workers, you have a mess on your hands, literally.” Robert Pruitt, 20-year sanitation truck driver, said, “We need a union in there because we’re not being treated right. “We haven’t had a raise in about five years,” he said. “Everything is steady going up and our checks are steady going down. It’s too much. “Teamsters hopefully can help,” Pruitt said.

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Dignity revolution
Mary Clara has what Susannah calls “diffabilities” but is a Gold and Silver medal Special Olympian in swimming. Susannah spent her young years volunteering in various special needs organizations. As a result, this fall she started a “Diffabilities Club” at Paideia. The film festival grew out of project for the Girl Scouts and premieres Saturday, Nov. 10, with the express purpose of promoting awareness about people with diffabilities and their role in today’s society. I was particularly struck by Susannah’s story especially coming on the heels of meeting some really wonderful young people at DeKalb’s MLK High School last Thursday night for their community network mixer. Just as Susannah was inspired by the adult Tim Shriver, young people like Christina Collins, Amola Moxley, Kenishia Scotland, Kourtney Butcher, Regina Donaldson, Jasmine Hill, Tiani Yarbrough, Andre and Anthony, whose last names I did not get, are inspired by several adults I had the pleasure of meeting—chief among them MLK Principal Vivian Terry and instructor Tinia Ellison, who extended the invitation for my participation. I was so impressed by the aforementioned students. Amola and Christina in particular are members of the MLK Peer Essence Club which promotes excellence in education, self-respect and self-esteem. The club was started by coach Harry Sapp. It’s interesting that this girls’ club is headed by a man, because men are often missing in the homes of so many of our teens. Amola and Christina say their biggest challenge is staying focused on academics and combating negative peer pressure while modeling good leadership and character. These young people are engaged in their own dignity revolution amid daily challenges most of us cannot begin to fathom. I chatted with parents such as Mrs. Hill and Miss Vanessa and instructors like Febra Clark and Ruth Grant Kelsey, who give so much of themselves to their young charges. David Schutten of the Organization of DeKalb Educators was greeted like a rock star by many of the students and instructors because of his constant, unpublicized support. Susannah was inspired on one occasion by one man, Tim Shriver, to do her film. Can you imagine the positive impact we adults can have on our young people by frequent interaction? Many of us have made a conscious effort over the years to mentor young people through various groups and organization. But it is students at MLK and others like Susannah who remind us how impactful our presence can be by even one chance meeting. We never know who is watching, listening and yes modeling us. Let us arm ourselves daily with understanding, tolerance, inclusion and equal treatment as a matter of course. Let’s support Susannah’s film festival and the Peer Essence students at MLK. Their motto is straight from a Dr. King quote: “Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education.” Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Miles at

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I do not take credit for the title of this article, Dignity Revolution. It comes from a young lady named Susannah whom I read about in the District 5 Newsletter from DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May. She says she got the term from a speech she heard recently given by Special Olympics head Tim Shriver. Susannah is a 17-year-old senior at Paideia School in Atlanta. Her battleground in the fight for dignity is through a film series that she has put together called the Dignity Revolution Film Festival. For Susannah a dignity revolution means “all of us in education, healthcare, government, sports, and local communities promoting acceptance and advocating for the dignity of every individual regardless of his or her ability.” Susannah’s younger sister

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Cutting pork to save Canada’s bacon
To pull out of Canada’s exploding debt spending spiral, Martin reduced all government spending, excluding interest payments, by 10 percent over two years. Canada’s single payer health care system weathered substantial cuts. The central Canadian government turned over its poverty assistance and social safety net programs and funding to the provincial governments as block grants, allowing them full control over how those Canadian dollars would be spent. In the 1997 elections, Liberals increased their majority in Canada’s parliament, despite implementation of the painful cuts. Then in 1998, and again in 2000, the Liberal government cut tax rates, including the largest cuts in corporate and personal tax rates in the nation’s history. The global recession of the early 1990s had badly coincided with rapid expansion of Canadian government services and spending, particularly on national health care. The ill-timed collapse of the Mexican peso, not long after ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, further added to Canadian economic woes. Concerns over Canadian spending had driven down market demand and required substantial hikes to Canadian bond interest rates to finance its debt. By February 1995, the Canadian Treasury Department was paying interest rates to bondholders of 7.8 percent. And the impacts of the cuts and budget cliff became quickly quite real. In the New Democratic Party controlled province of Saskatchewan in 1993, the finance minister there was Janice McKinnon. “In one budget we closed 52 hospitals, many schools and thousands of people lost their jobs. But we knew we had no choice, and we couldn’t look back,” McKinnon said recently at a conference by the American Enterprise Institute. The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank bought 77 percent of U.S. debt last year, as low interest payments and our ever expanding debt profile make U.S. bonds less attractive to the financial markets as well as our long-time value buyers in China and the Middle East. The day may soon arrive that the United States has to double or triple interest rates on the bonds, simply to lure in buyers. Such a shift would have an immediate and crippling impact on most all sectors of our domestic economy. Canada as well as Latin America, two of our most stable trading partners and allies, are quite duly concerned about U.S. debt. The often said maxim is that when the U.S. economy catches a cold, Latin America—and sometimes Canada—gets pneumonia. Our economies, particularly since NAFTA, have become inexorably linked. If our Canadian neighbors can weather those winters, make lasting cuts in federal government spending and make their tax code more attractive for capital investment than our own, perhaps it is time that we follow their lead. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), a Democrat, in his 1963 State of the Union address proposed substantial tax reform and the reduction of income tax rates, which then ranged from 20-90 percent, down to ranges of 14-65 percent. Congress did not act and adopt the rate cuts until after his death in 1964, but that Congress, as well as President Lyndon Johnson, presided over a solid economic recovery, in part catalyzed by those cuts in tax rates. “Our only plea is that if you start tackling it before you hit the crisis stage, it’s going to be a heckuva a lot easier. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.”— former Saskatchewan Finance Minister McKinnon. * acknowledgment of Wall Street Journal “America’s” columnist Mary O’Grady for inspiring this column 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

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“I sincerely believe...that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), in 1816 While most of the global economy continues to struggle through a recession, not every country is awaiting its downward spiral into a morass of debt. Iceland, Ireland and our neighbor to the north, Canada, are among those who have already swallowed some painful medicine on their road to recovery. Canada began its treatment and cure nearing 20 years ago while Canada’s Liberal Party was at the wheel. By 1994, Canada’s debt to gross domestic product ratio was nearing 80 percent and consuming almost a full third of government revenue to service the debt. Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin (Liberal Party, minister of finance, 19932002 and prime minister, 2003-2004) recently warned U.S. congressional leaders that delaying treatment here will only make the inevitable adjustments even more painful.

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Where's Joe the Plumber when you need him?
Without someone at least ranting about sharing the wealth, no one's talking about sharing the wealth.
by Sam Pizzigati Columnist


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Four years ago, a chance encounter between Barack Obama and Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher injected inequality right into the heart of the 2008 presidential race. Obama explained to the thenunknown Wurzelbacher that “when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” GOP nominee John McCain immediately jumped on Obama’s remark, suddenly making wealth redistribution one of that campaign’s hottest issues. Joe the Plumber has since largely faded from view. He’s running a lackluster campaign for Congress as a conservative Republican. And the issue that lent him celebrity status has more or less disappeared. In the 2012 presidential debates, we’ve had not one mention of America’s incredibly top-heavy distribution of income and wealth. President Obama, to be sure, has talked about taxing the rich back to Clinton-era levels. But those Clinton rates didn’t stop the concentrating of America’s wealth. Our rich have seen their fortunes soar for over three decades now. And where do we stand right now with this concentration? One stunning answer has just come from researchers at Credit Suisse, the Swiss banking giant. America’s rich aren’t just pulling away from the rest of America, the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s new Global Wealth Report details. They’re pulling away from the rest of the world’s rich. Between the middle of 2011 and the middle of 2012, nearly 1.8 million European millionaires lost their millionaire status. But American millionaires have actually expanded their ranks. Americans now make up a stunning 39 percent of all the global households worth at least $1 million. Among deep pockets worth at least $50 million, the U.S. global wealth dominance becomes even more pronounced. Of these 84,500 global super rich, 45 percent hail from the United States. Joe the Plumber and other fans of great fortune don’t have much of a problem with this huge concentra-

tion of wealth. Should the rest of us? Would our lives be somewhat more secure if we did more in the United States to share the wealth? The researchers at Credit Suisse have crunched all the numbers we need to answer this question. Three of today’s most important developed nations, their data show, turn out to have almost identical quantities of wealth per adult. If you add up the total wealth in each of these three countries — the United States, France, and Japan — and then divide that wealth by adult population, you get virtually the same average wealth: $262,351 per adult in the United States, $265,463 in France, and $269,708 in Japan. In real life, of course, we don’t divide wealth equally. Some of us have more wealth than others. But the degree of inequality, the new Credit Suisse data remind us, varies enormously among nations. In the United States, most wealth rests near the top. In France and Japan, much more wealth rests around the middle. How much of a difference — to the typical person — do these differences in inequality make? A great deal. To be more specific: over $100,000 worth of difference. In the grossly unequal United States, our most typical — median — adult now holds $38,786 worth of wealth. Half of American adults have more than $38,786, half have less. Japan’s most typical adults have a net worth of $141,410. In France, a nation more equal than the United States but not as equal as Japan, the typical adult holds $81,274. In other words, a typical Japanese household today sports more than triple the wealth of a typical U.S. household, and typical French households have twice as much. Average Japanese or French people don’t work any harder than average people in the United States. They just live in societies that do a much better job of sharing the wealth that their work creates. Maybe one day Americans will live in a society that shares. Maybe one day our presidential candidates will even talk about sharing. OtherWords columnist Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, the Institute for Policy Studies’ weekly newsletter on excess and inequality. OtherWords. org

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DeKalb Rape Crisis Center in jeopardy of closing
Maybe if they change the name to “Legitimate Rape Crisis Center” they can get funding. The Republicans do not believe Rape really happens.
–Responsible Party posted this on 10/24/12 at 6:47 p.m.

DeKalb police searching for shooter of teen The Leadership of the DeKalb County Police Dept have done one thing and one thing only, they showed up for a paycheck. Other than that, you tell me ?
–Gold Badges do what ? posted this on 10/26/12 at 9:55 a.m.

Thanks to a do-nothing DPD South Precinct. Ellis, Johnson and Gannon and this do-nothing DeKalb Police Dept do nothing to protect the citizens of East and South DeKalb. The DeKalb Police Dept is evidently unable to function as a deterrent to crime. There is no pro-active police work going on in East or South DeKalb. Want to know where the crime and big deals are, look for DeKalb Police working the doors of Sleazy Bars, that is a good clue. Terrell Bolton made DeKalb safer than what we have now for a Command Staff.
–The Wild Wild West posted this on 10/22/12 at 5:32 p.m.

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Program offers residents firsthand glimpse at court process
by Daniel Beauregard that people aren’t going to accept it in their community anymore,” Brown said. DeKalb County ComEach year a countywide munity Prosecutor Sonja training session will be held Brown said a new court for those interested in being watch program gives resiinvolved in the program. dents the opportunity to gain Additionally, Brown said if a better understanding of there are 20 or more resihow the court system works dents located in a specific and how it affects their com- community who are intermunities. ested in the program, she “We want them to have will offer a personal “miniinput in the process and we training” session to them. think it helps to increase ac“What I continue to do countability and represent is monitor cases and issues the community interest in as I go out to community the justice system,” Brown meetings and speak with said. residents and businesses and Brown said the residents add them to the list,” Brown who recently graduated the said. program monitored a case Before coming to work of particular interest to their for DeKalb County, Brown community—the trial of a was an assistant district atrepeat offender who was torney for Fulton County currently out on probation for five years and served and had been charged with as a community prosecutor giving a false name and for the South Fulton area. obstructing a police officer. DeKalb County Solicitor Brown said he is considered General Sherry Boston said a nuisance in his neighborshe hired Brown specifically hood. for her experience as a com“Hopefully offenders munity prosecutor. will see that if people are “Community prosecution coming to court and paying is the new national model attention, they will realize for attacking crime and it’s a model that originated in New York a few years ago,” Boston said. “The court watch program is just a part of that but that’s why I worked so hard to bring Sonja Brown to our office.” Boston said the presence of the residents in the courtroom also holds the judges accountable in addition to the defendants. “It makes it more difficult for judges to ignore how different types of criminals are affecting the neighborhood, especially in misdemeanor court where judges think these crimes are victimless and they’re not,” Boston said. In addition to the court watch program, Boston said her office is working with local businesses, homeowners and county officials to come up with unique ways to reduce crime in communities throughout DeKalb. “This is all about engaging and working together—I can’t do it all,” Boston said. “Community prosecution really is the future of fighting crime in our country.”

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exams, answers phones, picks up and delivers materials throughout the hospital and helps out “just in any way they deem is necessary,” she said. But her favorite part of volunteering is to “hold the precious babies,” she said. “It’s just a source of great joy.” Babies are “the evidence of the miracle of life,” Killum said. “I want to be whatever source of comfort I can be.” A Stone Mountain resident, Killum is a retired educator after with more than 30 years of experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Stetson University, a master’s degree in history and a doctorate in educational leadership and supervision from Georgia State University. She spent most of her professional career working as a high school social studies teacher, assistant principal, principal, and instructional coordinator for alternative schools. Killum also worked for the Georgia Department of Education and has worked an adjunct professor of education at Kennesaw State University. Killum said, “There are many ways that individuals can be helpful in ways that will enhance the quality of life in the area where we live. “As a former DeKalb educator, I have long proposed that parents could take even a half day of vacation time and give back to their children by making themselves available to assist with school supervision and offering careers focus and insight. “The necessity of giving back to support the environment, the community and those less fortunate should be instilled in the youth of the community,” Killum said.

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“The human touch and support makes a difference for anybody,” said Joy Killum, a volunteer at DeKalb Medical Center who enjoys holding and comforting newborns in the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Killum also likes to read, talk, interact and “contribute to their healing process” with the newborn patients “who might need to be held.” Killum, who had a baby who spent time in the intensive care unit, has been a volunteer with the DeKalb Medical Auxiliary Volunteer Program for approximately three years. “I knew that I would make time for duty in the NICU at DeKalb after having benefitted from the caring dedication of the NICU staff more than 26 years ago,” Killum said. “Since that time, I always said that I would make time to comfort and hold the babies in this special nursery. I knew that I was in the right place when on the first day of service I held a newborn with my same first name.” She recently attended her first Council of Auxiliary Volunteers conference and is a newly installed auxiliary board member in which she has been elected the second vice president. As a volunteer, Killum prepares materials for eye

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DeKalb County gets 21 new cops
by Andrew Cauthen A nearly five-month training session has resulted in the graduation of 21 DeKalb County Police officers from the county’s 95th police academy. “They started out with a larger bunch than this,” said DeKalb County Police Chief William O’Brien during the officers’ graduation ceremony Oct. 26. “They whittle down a little bit because some folks realize this line of work is a little more than they signed up for.” Expressing pride in the new officers, O’Brien said, “We’re proud of you. You’ve worked very hard to get where you are today, but more importantly you’ve got to continue to work hard every day.” O’Brien encouraged the new officers to take pride in their jobs. “The sad part is, somewhere along the line, many officers let that pride wear off,” O’Brien said. “They make poor decisions that result in embarrassing moments for themselves, their families, this county and this profession. “There’s nothing more aggravating to a true professional law enforcement officer than another officer that tarnishes this badge or embarrasses this profession,” O’Brien said. “For some reason we see it over and over again no matter how much we preach about ethics in police work.” O’Brien told the new officers to step aside if they ever feel they can no longer abide by their oath of office. “Do not be the person that is seen in the news embar-

Graduates from DeKalb County’s 95th police academy are on the streets after a special ceremony Oct. 26 during which they received their badges and took their oath of office. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

rassing all of us,” he said. DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis told the officers that they had answered “the noblest of calls.” “As I am now putting together our 2013 county budget, at a time when our county has never been more fiscally challenged, I am reminded each and every day that public safety remains our number one priority,” Ellis said. William Z. Miller, the county’s public safety director, told the officers to “stand up for an ideal. Do something to improve the lives of others. Strike out against injustice.” “Every day someone is watching what you do and how you carry yourselves,” Miller said. “There are children who want to grow up to be just like you. Never let anyone down, especially those children.”

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In DeKalb County, voters are being asked to indicate their preferences in a number of races in the upcoming election in addition to the presidential race. Here’s what voters will find on the Nov. 6 ballot. In some instances, voters will be offered choices only within their political districts. A separate article covers Georgia Constitution amendments on the ballot.

Voters faced with numerous choices
District Attorney, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit
Democrat – Robert James*

Clerk of Superior Court DeKalb County
Democrat – Debra DeBerry*


Democrat – Thomas E. Brown*

Tax Commissioner Chief Magistrate

Public Service Commission

Democrat – Claudia G. Lawson* Democrat – Berryl A. Anderson*

(To succeed Chuck Eaton) Republican - Chuck Eaton* Democrat – Stephen Oppenheimer Libertarian – Brad Ploeger (To succeed Stan Wise) Republican – Stan Wise* Libertarian – David Staples

Solicitor General of DeKalb County
Democrat – Sherry Boston* Democrat – Burrell Ellis*

An opponent of the charter school amendment holds a sign near an early voting precinct. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

U. S. Congress

Chief Executive Officer County Commission
District 1 Republican – Elaine Boyer* District 4 Democrat - Sharon Barnes-Sutton* District 5 Democrat – Lee May* District 6 Democrat – Kathie Gannon*

Two amendments on ballot for November
been denied charters by local school boards. In 2011, the Georgia Supreme Court voted that HB881, which created the commission, was unconstitutional stating that it took away local control. Now, voters will decide whether they want to have a “secondary authorizer” for charter schools. Proponents of Amendment 1 said the issue is about allowing parents the choice to send their children to a school where they can excel, regardless of financial standing or locations. Many opponents of the amendment said the state cannot afford to fund the schools that might be created if the GCSC is reestablished. Also on the ballot is Amendment 2, which would allow state entities, such as the State Properties Commission, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Labor, to enter into multiyear lease agreements in an effort to cut down on operating costs. Chris Clark, president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, said the amendment will allow the state government to save money on its lease agreements by being able to negotiate for lower rental rates associated with long-term agreements.

District 4 Democrat – Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr.* Republican – J. Chris Vaughn District 5 Democrat – John Lewis* Republican – Howard Stopeck District 6 Republican – Tom Price * Democrat – Jeff Kazanow

by Daniel Beauregard Residents will have the opportunity to vote on two constitutional amendments during the November election, one involving public education at the state level and the other involving long-term lease agreements. Amendment 1 asks voters whether they want to allow the state the authority to establish special state charter schools. This isn’t the first time voters have been faced with this issue; in 2008 the Georgia Charter Schools Commission (GCSC) was created to grant the state to establish charter schools that had

State Senate

10th District Democrat – Emanuel D. Jones* 40th District Republican – Fran Millar* 41st District Democrat – Steve Henson* 42nd District Democrat – Jason Carter* Republican – Kenneth Brett Quarterman 43rd District Democrat – Ronald B. Ramsey Sr.* 44th District Democrat – Gail Paulette Davenport* 55th District Democrat – Gloria Butler*

DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor
(Vote for two) Doug Denton* Dell MacGregor*

City of Brookhaven Special Election Mayor
Larry Danese J. Max Davis Sandy Murray Thom Shepard

Council member

State House of Representatives

79th District Republican – Tom Taylor* 80th District Republican – Mike Jacobs* 81st District Republican – Chris Boedeker Democrat – Scott Holcumb* 82nd District Democrat – Mary Margaret Oliver* 83rd District Democrat – Howard Mosby* 84th District Democrat – Rahn Mayo* 85th District Democrat – Karla Drenner* 86th District Republican – Lisa Y. Kinnemore Democrat – Michele Henson* 87th District Democrat – Earnest “Coach” Williams* 88th District Democrat – Billy Mitchell* 89th District Democrat – Stacey Abrams* 90th District Democrat – Pam S. Stephenson* 91st District Democrat – Dee Dawkins-Haigler* 92nd District Democrat – Tonya P. Anderson 93rd District Republican – Christine “Tina” Hoffer Democrat – Dar’Shun N. Kendrick* 94th District Democrat – Karen Bennett

District 1 Alan Cole Michelle Conlon Kevin D. Fitzpatrick Jr. Kevin Meaders Rebecca Chase Williams

Council member
District 2 Jim Eyre Larry Hurst Russell Mitchell

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for the City of Brookhaven Municipal General Government Services
The Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven is seeking proposals from vendors to provide Municipal General Government Services in the areas of:  Communications and Community Engagement  Community Development  Financial and Administrative Services  Information Technology Services  Municipal Court Services  Public Works  Recreation and Parks The City will accept questions and comments until 12:00 PM, EST on Friday, November 16, 2012. Questions must be submitted in writing to Please note that this email is for proposal questions ONLY and not for submission of actual proposals. Verbal questions will not be accepted. Bids must be submitted by 3:00 PM on Friday, November 23, 2012. Information concerning this solicitation can be found at Offerors are encouraged to check this site daily for updates, amendments and questions and answers.

Council member
District 3 Deborah Anthony Hope Bawcom Bates Mattison Bridget O’Donnell Ben Podgor Kevin Quirk Julia Russo Gaye L. Stathis Erik Steavens District 4 Joe Gebbia Karen Lord Kerry Witt

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Arnold Schwarzenegger films movie in DeKalb
by Carla Parker “The Terminator” made a visit to DeKalb County. Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was in DeKalb County Oct. 16-26 filming scenes for a new movie called Ten. Productions crews were set up in Tucker at Brockett Walk, near Lawrenceville Highway, and in Decatur at Clairmont Presbyterian Church. The movie, which is set to be released in 2013, is about federal Drug Enforcement Administrator agents who rob a drug cartel’s safe house and then find themselves being taken down one by one because of that robbery. Schwarzenegger told Empire magazine that the film will be very like a new Predator. “It’s a team around me and they get knocked off until there’s only me left,” Schwarzenegger said. “Except in this case there will be a different twist to the whole thing instead of some alien monster.” The movie also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard and Dawn Olivieri. Productions crews were at Brockett Walk on Oct. 23 and 24. Residents were informed of the project in a letter and told that crews will be in the area with trucks and equipment during the week leading up to Oct. 23. The crews then moved their trucks and equipment to Clairmont Presbyterian Church on Oct. 25 and left Oct. 26. Several movies have been filmed in DeKalb County since the county was deemed “camera ready” for TV and movie projects in 2010 by Georgia’s Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan said “camera ready” is a partnership between the county and the state economic development department. More than 336 projects were filmed in Georgia in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, with an economic investment of more than $683 million. Movies filmed in DeKalb County include Vampire Diaries, American Reunion, Steele Magnolias remake, and many others. Brennan said there are several movies that are shooting in the county now. “We do encourage this as much as possible because it’s an economic development driver,” he said. “It puts people to work and of course when these production companies come in they’re buying local, they’re hiring local and of course we support that.” Brennan said the county has a lot of vacant manufacturing warehouse space that is being used for filming. He said the county has indirectly benefited from the film industry with licenses and fees for occupancy and permits. “But I think the bigger value is the direct benefit,” he said. “They hire extras, they hire local electricians, and they hire local lighting, sound and visual crews. They hire all these people and they pay wages and these people with the money spend the money in DeKalb County, generating sale taxes and stuff like that.”
Movie trailers are set up in the parking lot of Clairmont Presbyterian Church in Decatur. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was in DeKalb County filming a new movie called Ten. Photo by Carla Parker

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The Champion Weather
Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Sunny High: 61 Low: 43

Nov. 1, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
Nov. 1, 1861 - A hurricane near Cape Hatteras, N.C. battered a Union fleet of ships that was attacking Carolina ports. The hurricane produced high tides and high winds in New York state and New England. Nov. 2, 1989 - Squalls in the Upper Great Lakes region the first three days of the month buried Ironwood, Mich. under 46 inches of snow and produced 40 inches at Hurley, Wis. Arctic cold invaded the Southern Plains region. Midland, Texas reported a record low of 22 degrees. Dunwoody 59/42 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 60/43 60/43 60/43 Snellville Decatur 61/43 Atlanta 61/43 61/43 Lithonia College Park 62/43 62/43 Morrow 62/43 Union City 62/43 Hampton 63/44

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see sunny skies with a high temperature of 61º, humidity of 51%. West wind 5 to 15 mph. The record high temperature for today is 81º set in 1950. Expect mostly clear skies tonight with an overnight low of 43º. The record low for tonight is 30º set in 1993.

Sunny High: 65 Low: 45

*Last Week’s Almanac
Hi Lo Normals Precip Date Tuesday 78 48 71/50 0.00" Wednesday 79 48 70/50 0.01" Thursday 80 52 70/50 0.00" Friday 80 57 70/49 0.00" Saturday 67 51 69/49 0.00" Sunday 54 46 69/49 0.00" Monday 55 44 69/48 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.01" Average temp . .59.9 Normal rainfall . .0.72" Average normal 59.5 Departure . . . . .-0.71" Departure . . . . .+0.4
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

Sunny High: 68 Low: 45

Mostly Sunny High: 70 Low: 47

Few Showers High: 67 Low: 44

Mostly Cloudy High: 64 Low: 42 Last 11/6

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:56 a.m. 7:57 a.m. 7:58 a.m. 6:59 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 7:01 a.m. 7:02 a.m. Sunset 6:45 p.m. 6:44 p.m. 6:43 p.m. 5:42 p.m. 5:41 p.m. 5:40 p.m. 5:39 p.m. Moonrise 8:46 p.m. 9:35 p.m. 10:27 p.m. 11:21 p.m. 11:17 p.m. No Rise 12:15 a.m. Moonset 10:23 a.m. 11:12 a.m. 11:58 a.m. 11:40 a.m. 12:19 p.m. 12:55 p.m. 1:30 p.m. First 11/20

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 9:56 a.m. 7:46 p.m. 5:11 a.m. 5:14 p.m. 11:07 a.m. 8:55 p.m. 8:41 p.m. 10:53 a.m. 7:25 a.m. 6:32 p.m. 5:05 p.m. 5:20 a.m.

Partly Cloudy High: 69 Low: 45 New 11/13

Full 11/28

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with scattered showers today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 80º in Germantown, Md. The Southeast will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 84º in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Northwest will see scattered showers today, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 72º in Torrington, Wyo. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 91º in Gila Bend, Ariz.

Weather Trivia
What is a front?

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


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

Answer: A boundary zone between two air masses of different density.

StarWatch By Gary Becker - Sungrazing Comet on its Way
Heads up! If you remember Comet Hale-Bopp (1997), the brightest comet seen for the longest period of time in recorded history, or bright Comet Hyakutake (1996), with its blue fluorescent tail next to the stars of the Dig Dipper, then get ready for perhaps another barnburner, Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). The brightnesses of comets are one of the most difficult predictions that astronomers make and ISON will be challenging. Comets are composed of a mixture of icy materials, mostly water, dust, and some rock. The ratios of ice to dust vary greatly among members. These gatecrashers first head toward the sun from the outposts of our solar system, then over millions of years get snagged by the planets into shorter and shorter orbital paths. Many are also expelled from the solar system. Comet ISON has similar characteristics to the Great Comet of 1680, and if that is the case, when it passes 1.1 million miles from the sun on November 28, 2013, it could produce a wonderfully large tail visible for several months starting in mid-November. That’s very exciting news. On the other hand, ISON could simply disintegrate in the sun’s heat and strong gravity and be lost. Currently still beyond Jupiter’s orbit, ISON is much brighter than expected for its distance from the sun, and this should be sounding a warning to astronomers to be careful. Comet Kohoutek, C/1973 E1, was also discovered beyond the orbit of Jupiter, and was similarly brighter than it should have been. Kohoutek’s initial brightness fooled astronomers into thinking that here was the mother of all comets. Instead, Kohoutek was coming to us from the rockier Kuiper Belt with an excess of volatiles on its surface but not that much ice underneath. When it rounded the sun in December of 1973, the ices were gone, and the comet flubbed big time. At least let’s keep our hopes high that Comet ISON will be respectable.

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A Southwest DeKalb drum major dances during the band’s dance routine. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Bands will make them dance
by Carla Parker When the game clock hits 00:00 in the fourth quarter of a high school football game, the game is over for the teams, but not for the marching bands. They have one more quarter to play: the fifth quarter. “It’s all about the music,” said DeKalb County School District music coordinator Don Roberts. “It’s not about the marching; it’s not about the dancing; it’s not about who has the best moves. It’s about playing.” The fifth quarter, originally started by Historically Black Colleges and Universities marching bands, is when the two bands battle each other through music. After one band finishes playing a song the other band plays. And it goes back and forth until one of the bands runs out of music or they are forced to stop playing. “We’ve been out there as long as an hour and a half after the game is over,” said Travis Kimber, band director at Martin Luther King, Jr. High and a 1992 Southwest DeKalb High School graduate. Kimber said M.L King’s longest fifth quarter battle came against Stephenson. “We’ve been escorted out by police on a couple of occasions; lights cut off on us on a couple of occasions.” The stadium lights have been cut off on fifth quarter sessions between the Stephenson and Redan bands several times as well. “It got to the point where the ambulance pulled right in front of the bands and shined its lights up in the stadium just to give us a little extra light,” said Stephenson High School band director Quentin Goins.

Stephenson drum majors wait to go on the field for the band’s halftime show.

A year-round sport
Marching band is similar to sports in DeKalb County. While the other sports have seasons that last for a few months, band season–which includes symphonic band, jazz band, solo and ensemble groups–is year-round. Band members practice long hours after school and sometimes on weekends to become better musicians and better than their competition. The bands perform at football games, parades, band competitions and special events. DeKalb marching bands have won numerous awards and performed all over the world. The Martin Luther King Marching Jr. Lions, also known as “The Kings of Halftime,” have performed at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, and traveled to South Africa in 2006. The Stephenson Marching Jaguars, also known as the “Sonic Sound,” have performed in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The Southwest DeKalb Marching Panthers, who consider themselves the “best band in the land,” have performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving

Day Parade, the Carnival of Flowers in Nice, France, and the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2006 and 2011. They’ve also performed for two U.S. presidents and for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. They were also featured in the movie Drumline. Redan High’s “Blue Thunder” Marching Band has a long list of awards that includes winning the National VH1 Save the Music Battle of the Bands twice. In May, Towers High School band won $5,500 and a Grammy award from the Grammy Foundation. Clarkston High School band received instruments worth $46,150 from a Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation grant.

Best bands in the land
DeKalb County is known for having some of the top band programs in the nation. “We like to think of DeKalb County like the [Southeastern Conference] for high school bands,” Roberts said. “The SEC is the upper echelon for college football in the country and we like to think of DeKalb County as the upper echelon for high school bands in America.” Roberts began his career in DeKalb in 1986 as a band director at McNair Middle School. During that time, the McNair High School marching band was considered the best in DeKalb and it was the first band to reach 200 mem-

bers. “Before McNair, Columbia High School was the top band in the late ‘80s,” Kimber said. Southwest DeKalb became the head honcho in DeKalb in the 1990s. Roberts served as band director at Southwest DeKalb from 1990-96 and then served as band director and music coordinator from 1998-2003. Roberts said DeKalb County is the best in the band world because of the talented students and teachers. “We just recruit good teachers and one of the things I learned as music coordinator was that the key to changing a child or changing a program is through the teacher,” he said. The recruitment of those good band directors, most of them DeKalb County graduates, started the rivalry among the bands in the county, according to Roberts. “When I first came to Southwest DeKalb, Southwest somewhat ruled the band world by themselves for a long time,” he said. “But then we got band directors in here who weren’t satisfied with that. They wanted some of the accolades; they wanted to be the best.”

Competitions form friendships
Those band directors included Redan High School band director Lorenzo Moore and former Stephenson High School band director Dr. Marvin Pryor, who led Stephenson’s band when the school opened in 1996.
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Moore, a 1984 Southwest DeKalb graduate, was named Redan’s band director in 1996. Redan’s band, which was a core style marching band before Moore’s tenure, transitioned to the high-stepping, show-style that is popular with Black marching bands. Moore said he thinks band rivalries are created by the students. “They know one another and they’re always talking back and forth on Facebook saying, ‘Our band is better,’” he said. “But one thing that helps our band out is the [Metro Atlanta] Precision Band Camp every summer. They get together and they challenge each other on playing scales and then when they get together at the games it just increases the competition.” Kimber, who has been the director at M.L. King since the school opened in 2001, said rivalries are usually formed when there are two strong band programs. “Typically, if the competition is one-sided and one band is very large and the other is very small, or one is very good and the other is not so good, you really don’t have a rivalry,” he said. Stephenson’s Goins, a 1997 Redan graduate, also said rivalries are formed through outstanding band programs. “The students feed off the success of others,” he said. “If you’re successful then somebody else wants to be successful.” Goins said rivalries between bands can also be formed through the rivalries of the schools. “I wouldn’t say it’s just a rivalry between the bands, but it’s a rivalry between the two schools,” he said. “The cheerleaders, the football team, the bands, everything.” Stephenson and M.L. King have become one of the top rivalries in the county. When the two football teams meet, the game always attracts a large crowd and has also become a battle between the bands and schools. watching the football games.” “We’re watching the football games, watching band tapes, comparing the different drills and that kind of thing,” Moore said. “We learn from one another in DeKalb County.” “We knew each other before we were band directors,” Kimber said. “Some of us are fraternity brothers.” “We were friends in high school and in college,” Goins said. “Me and the director at Miller Grove High School [Keven Shepherd] go back to 10th grade.” They may be friends, but on game day, the friendship is put on hold. “If we’re not playing Southwest DeKalb this week I may call Mr. [James] Seda and we may go out and have lunch together. But the week of the game we cut all of that off,” Kimber said. “We’re not going to talk that week before the game.” Friendships form between the band students as well. “They see each other in the [district] honor band, the allstate program, solo and ensemble,” Roberts said. “They’re very competitive, but they like each other.” The band directors and students all want their bands to be considered the “best band in the land,” but the ultimate goal is to transform the students into successful musicians. In the past decade, DeKalb band students have earned more than $100 million in band scholarships and some have gone on to become successful musicians or band directors. “From the competitive perspective, they want to be the best,” Roberts said. “And the directors push the kids. Some people say, ‘Well, you push the kids too hard.’ All I can say is look at the results. Look at the number of scholarships over the years. Millions and millions of scholarships because these guys are preparing our students not to be marching band students but to be total musicians.” For additional band photos, scan the QR code or visit The Champion’s Facebook page at or

Friendly rivalries
Although the word “rivalry” is sometimes connected with hostility, Roberts and the other directors said hatred band rivalries. “It’s a healthy rivalry because these guys like each other so much,” Roberts said. “They compete against each other on Friday nights but on Sunday they’re at my house

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Private Bank of Decatur is open for business
Private Bank of Decatur opened its doors Oct. 22 in the One Decatur Town Center development at 150 East Ponce de Leon Ave. (corner of Church Street and East Ponce). Led by veteran Decatur banker Judy Turner, the bank, a division of Private Bank of Buckhead, offers the security and soundness of a solid existing community bank with a special focus on the Decatur community, according to the bank’s officials. Earlier this year the bank gained state approval for the expansion and received FDIC approval on June 13. Turner and her team—which includes several other bankers already familiar to the Decatur market—have since been busy opening accounts and overseeing the gut renovation of its center-of-town location. “Charter customers of the bank have been discovering that our name exemplifies our approach: We believe that all customers should benefit from the private banking approach other banks reserve for a certain few,” said Turner, who has been in banking in metro Atlanta for more than 45 years. “We have team members with deep roots both personally and professionally in Decatur, and new team members who are joining us specifically to serve Decatur. Many will be familiar to customers and are certainly familiar with the community.” The bank plans several community-oriented kick-off events, including a weeklong, drop-in celebration. “We’re asking folks to join us any day Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m.,” Turner said. “We’ll be offering refreshments and primarily getting to say ‘hello’ to anyone who has not had a chance to stop by in the preceding weeks. One day wasn’t enough, so we’re saying ‘thank you’ for a whole week to Decatur for welcoming us.” Along with a more “tailored, hands-on” banking approach, she said, Private Bank of Decatur also offers the latest in technology, including online and mobile deposit capabilities, as well as smart phone “apps,” which enable customers to view account balances, transfer funds, pay bills and more. She also said the bank provides free ATM usage. It does not charge ATM fees of its own and refunds those that other institutions charge. “From the beginning, Private Bank of Buckhead has served both individuals and businesses beyond its namesake community, so its strategy, service and community service already take into account customers beyond the borders that that name may imply,” Turner said. “Now, through Private Bank of Decatur and its location in my home community, I am happy to again be serving my friends and neighbors, and bringing them a true community bank.” Two bankers who previously worked with Turner at Decatur First Bank, Melanie Funk and Jamie Ensley, have been part of the team for months now. More recently added were Senior Lending Officer Greg Russell and Personal Bankers JoAnn Ellis and Juanita Marzette. Also on site in Decatur is Greg Wood, credit portfolio manager. Turner said other team members will be added as customer need demands and as other seasoned bankers are identified. Turner started her career with Citizens & Southern National Bank. In fact, she worked at the Private Bank of Decatur site when it was a C&S bank. She is currently president of the Decatur Book Festival, chair of the Development Authority of DeKalb County, trustee of the DeKalb History Center, treasurer of Seniors Helping Seniors and is on the board of the DeKalb Medical Foundation. She also served on the boards of the Community Bankers Association and the Georgia Bankers Association. “Since the launch of Private Bank of Buckhead, we have said that our strategy might eventually include physical expansion into other markets,” said Charlie Crawford, president, CEO and chairman of the

Greg Russell, senior lending officer, and Judy Turner, president, are among the officers ready to serve customers at the newly opened Private Bank of Decatur. Photo provided

Buckhead bank, “and this expansion is driven by the availability of great banking talent. That is a great fit for us strategically, a continued opportunity for these talented

Decatur bankers to serve the community they know and love, and, we think, a great opportunity to introduce a broader market—the people of Decatur—to a successful

high-touch service model.” Those familiar with Turner may be pleased to know that, yes, Private Bank of Decatur includes a popcorn machine in the lobby.

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis reminds you of the Best Practices for Proper Disposal of

F.O.G. enters plumbing through garbage disposals, sinks and toilets. It coats the inside of plumbing pipes and also empties into DeKalb County’s sewer system. Here are three simple guidelines to help keep F.O.G. out of our pipes and sewers:

1. 2. 3.

POUR fats, oils or grease into a sealable container, allow it to cool and throw it in the trash. Do not pour down the drain or toilet. SCRAPE plates and cookware before washing. Do not throw scraps of any kind down the drain. Instead, place them in waste containers or garbage bags. WIPE excess grease from all plates, pots, pans, utensils, and surfaces with a paper towel before washing. Throw the greasy paper towel away.

Plumbing and sanitary sewer systems are simply not designed to handle the F.O.G. that accumulates in pipes. When it gets into the pipes and hardens, blockages occur and cause sewage to backup and overflow out of manholes or into homes. This is expensive for you, and for the County. The damages caused by fats, oils and grease in the sewer system are costly to repair. Over time, they increase the costs of our water and sewer services.

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Archives visitors limited to two-hour appointments
ATLANTA (AP) Starting in November, most visitors to the Georgia Archives in Morrow will have to make an appointment to do their research in two-hour blocks. In mid-October, Secretary of State Brian Kemp released the schedule that will be in effect Nov. 1. The archives will be open by appointment only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the first and second week of each month. It will be closed to the public entirely during the third and fourth weeks of each month. Jared Thomas, a spokesman for the secretary of state, said the archives center is laying off seven of its 10 workers as part of a statewide directive from Gov. Nathan Deal to cut costs. Kemp said in the news release that he will work with the governor and lawmakers to eventually restore funding to the archives so that it could again open to the public. The secretary of state oversees the archives, which had been open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Kemp has said he believes the moves will make the Georgia Archives the only one in the country without regular public hours. Opponents have warned such cuts will stifle research and conservation efforts. Deal has ordered every state office to reduce spending by 3 percent for the remainder of the current budget year, which runs through June 30, 2013, and again in the following year. That totals almost $733,000 for Kemp’s office. The archives houses historical records commonly used for everything from scholarly research to family trees. Employees also work to preserve important documents ranging from maps to books. The plan will allow for 288 visitors—nearly the same number the archives accommodates each month. However,

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most will be limited to two hours, while some two-and-a-half-hour appointments are available in the original documents

section. Researchers using the Open Documents Research Area will have to tell staff what they need

when they make the appointment so that the records can be pulled and waiting for them when they arrive.

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education Briefs
Griggs Candler acquired the secret formula from pharmacist and Coca-Cola inventor John Pemberton and turned it into a popular soft drink when he founded the Coca-Cola Company, through which he made his fortune. That fortune shaped not only his life and his family’s—wife Lucy Elizabeth and children Howard, Lucy, Asa Jr., Walter, and William—but also the future of Emory and the city of Atlanta.

ASU student from Decatur speaks at symposium Albany State University senior Breanna Person of Decatur was curious about the images of Black women portrayed on television. This interest led to a research project titled “I’m Not Fat, I’m Thick: The Effects of Media on African American College Women.” Person made an oral presentation about the methodology, sample and findings of the project at the 2012 Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium Oct. 25 “My research is about how African-American women do not accept the media images displayed on television. Black women feel that models seen on television of ‘gold diggers, video vixens and Jezebels’ do not represent the positive African-American women that they are,” Person said.

Dunwoody Elementary student wins art contest, celebrates at Georgia Aquarium Last year, fifth-grade student Carol Zhou from Dunwoody Elementary School, won second place nationally in the Coastal America Art Contest, which was facilitated through a relationship with the Georgia Aquarium. Students ranging from kindergarten through college were recognized as winners in the national contest to create artwork that best illustrated one of the seven essential principles of ocean literacy. The winning students were invited to Washington, D.C., to participate in a special awards ceremony and series of ocean celebratory events. Their artwork was also on display in an exhibition at the Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, the National Geographic Society, and The Smithsonian Institution during the 2012 Capitol Hill Ocean Week. Zhou was unable to attend the ceremonies in Washington D.C., so the Georgia Aquarium hosted their own celebration and invited Zhou to accept her award from Coastal America. Carol and her art teacher at DES, Laura Fleury-Bell, also got a backstage tour of the aquarium. Oglethorpe breaks ground on campus center Oglethorpe University held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 26 for its new campus center. The university raised more than $15 million to build the center, which will be constructed on the site of the former Emerson Student Center. The new building is scheduled to open in fall 2013. The new campus center will offer a design that is modern but still aesthetically consistent with Oglethorpe’s Gothic revival architecture, according to a release. The facility will provide multipurpose spaces to meet, study and play, including a dining hall, coffee shop, bookstore and outdoor patios. For more information about construction projects on the Oglethorpe University campus, visit

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School students Annalise O’Connell, Bailey Apgar and Sofia Arboleda share a birthday in October. The three girls decided to ask their friends to donate books and toys to librarian Sandy Wilson as an act of kindness. Photo provided

IHM students surprise staff with random act of kindness
by Daniel Beauregard Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School Students Annalise O’Connell, Sofia Arboleda, and Bailey Apgar all share a birthday in October. This year, instead of having a birthday party and getting presents from their friends, they were inspired to do something different. The three girls, who are in the same second grade class, were inspired to give by the story of Maggie Lee Henson who passed away at a young age several years ago. Bailey Apgar’s mother Cindy Apgar said the three girls asked their friends to donate toys and books to the school library rather than give them presents. “Maggie Lee Henson was a vibrant 12-year-old girl,” Cindy Apgar said. “Her generous heart and compassion for others often prompted her to reach out to strangers and those in need. For example, she would often make her mom pull over to buy a hamburger if she saw a homeless person.” On the way to youth camp, the bus transporting the First Baptist Youth Group had a tire blow out and Maggie Lee Henson sustained a traumatic brain injury and remained in a coma for three weeks before dying Aug. 2, 2009. Cindy Apgar said Maggie Lee Henson’s mother Jinny Henson is a close friend of hers. Soon after Maggie Lee Henson’s death, Cindy Apgar said Jinny Henson started a Facebook group and website called Maggie Lee for Good. Family and friends of Maggie Lee pledged to get 1,300 people to sign up via the website and commit to one random act of kindness or good deed on October 29, 2009, in honor of what would have been Maggie Lee’s 13th birthday. This story inspired the three girls to ask their friends to give to the library in Maggie Lee Henson’s name. “I was surprised and overwhelmed by Annalise, Bailey, and Sofia’s generosity,” said IHM Librarian Sandy Wilson has worked for the school for 25 years. “One basket was filled with beautiful hardback and paperback books. The other two baskets were filled with items for my treasure chest and included everything from stuffed animals and notepads to a fantastic assortment of toys.” Cindy Apgar said Wilson goes above and beyond to give to her students—even
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Kiwanis give away books at ICM The Kiwanis Club of Decatur has partnered with the International Community School (ICS) for the past three years in a project to support literacy among the youngest students ICMs. Kiwanis volunteers go to the school three times a year to distribute free books to all kindergarten and first grade students. Kiwanis members Joey Charles and Latoya Smith presented the books Oct. 19 to ICS students and talked about how Kiwanis is involved in the community. Atlanta’s Candler family story told in new book by Emory alumna Ann Uhry Abrams, author and alumnus of Emory’s Laney Graduate School, will give an illustrated author talk about her new book on the Candler family of Atlanta titled Formula for Fortune: How Asa Candler Discovered Coca-Cola and Turned It into the Wealth His Children Enjoyed. The free event will be held Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room on level three of Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. Abrams’ book tells the story of how Asa

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stocking her “treasure chest” full of toys to motivate children to read throughout the year. “She’s figured out compelling ways to motivate kids to visit the library in the summer,” Cindy Apgar said. “It’s quite unexpected and fascinating to hear my daughter in the middle of the summer say, ‘Can I please go to the library today?’ We are grateful to her for all she does to instill a love of reading in our children—for a love of reading at an early age provides a solid foundation for success in school and in life.” Wilson said the books the girls donated will be placed in the library and the toys will be used for her accelerated reader program. The three girls said the main reason behind the donation was to give back to their librarian in hopes that someone would notice and do something similar. “I like presents, but I like making somebody happy even more,” Annalise O’Connell said.

Fernbank Science Center robotics team wins first place
The Fernbank Science Center’s LINKS Robotics Team won first place in Georgia’s BEST Robotics Competition Oct. 20. BEST, which stands for “boosting engineering, science and technology,” is a robotics competition for middle and high school students. This year’s competition was held at Southern Polytechnic University and required students to design, construct and drive a robot that acts like a space elevator. Students had six weeks to produce the most innovative and successful robot possible. This year, the competition featured 22 middle and high school teams from around the state. Fernbank Science Center’s team included students from Arabia Mountain, Chamblee, Druid Hills, Lakeside, Lithonia, and M. L. King Jr. High Schools, competed in BEST for the ninth consecutive year. Debi Huffman, who has been the team’s instructor and mentor since its founding, was also honored with the inaugural Glenn Allen Award for outstanding mentors in recognition of her contributions to the LINKS team and to Fernbank and the DeKalb County community.

DCSD announces 12-person SPLOST oversight committee
In June 2012, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) invited members of the public to volunteer their services for a 12-member Citizen’s SPLOST Oversight Committee. The advisory committee will hold its first meeting in the upcoming weeks to begin providing citizen review of the voter-approved SPLOST project list. The SPLOST Oversight Committee consists of members with experience in accounting, architecture, auditing, construction, engineering, finance, K-12 education, law planning, project management and real estate. The SPLOST Oversight Committee consists of residents Christine Avers, Paul Baisier, Cathy Blakeney, Wyvern Budram, Narwanna D. elShabazz, B.R. “Billy Ray” Jones, Kimberly Mitchell, Kirk A. Nooks, Charles Rogers, Kerry Williams, A. E. “Gene” Wise and Delilah Wynn-Brown.

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Atención todos los título I Padres!!!!!!

The DeKalb County School District District-wide Parent Involvement Policy Meeting
Thursday, November 8, 2012 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm DeKalb County Board Room 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083 is having the

Attention All Title I Parents!!!

All Parents of Title l Students are invited to come and provide input, suggestions and ideas.
For additional information or questions contact: Dr. Sherry Everett, Executive Director, Office of Federal Programs at 678.676.0257 or Brenda Williams,Title l Coordinator at 678.676.0312

El distrito escolar del Condado DeKalb está teniendo la reunión de política de participación de padres de todo el distrito jueves, 08 de Noviembre de 2012 17:00-19:00 DeKalb County Board Room 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
Todos los padres de título l estudiantes están invitados a venir y proporcionar entrada, sugerencias e ideas.

Para preguntas o información adicional póngase en contacto con: Dr. Sherry Everett, Director Ejecutivo, Oficina de programas federales en 678-676-0257 o Brenda Williams, título l Coordinator en 678-676-0312

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President’s Message:

“The DeKalb Chamber Legislative Preview Forum-Fusing Policy and Business”
by Leonardo McClarty As such, businesses and organizations like the The DeKalb Chamber DeKalb Chamber spend Legislative Preview Foinordinate amounts of rum: Fusing Policy and time cultivating relations Business with elected officials in Business growth and order to advance the prosperity cause of comare often fumerce. eled by a It is in the host of facrole of busitors – supeness advocate rior product and provider or service, of substancustomer tive informaloyalty, martion that the ket condiDeKalb Chamtions, leadber will host ership and its second culture just McClarty annual Legislato name a tive Preview few. Another factor that Breakfast and Forum on ties into business sucTuesday, November 13. cess is political climate Working in collaboration and the regulatory envi- with Leadership DeKalb ronment. and the DeKalb League Whether a small busi- of Women Voters, the ness or an international DeKalb Chamber will corporation, policies en- present a public forum acted by our local, state, whereby business and and federal officials ofcivic leaders can hear ten impact the bottom first hand from select line of the private sector. members of the DeKalb Delegation on the bills being considered in 2013. Confirmed participants include Senator Jason Carter, Senator Fran Millar, Senator Emanuel Jones, Representative Howard Mosby and Representative Mike Jacobs. The forum will be moderated by journalist and South Fork Conservancy Executive Director Sally Sears. Some of the issues to be discussed are potential creation of a City of DeKalb, transit governance, MARTA, and overall transportation funding, healthcare, the state budget, and education. The forum promises to be informative and enlightening. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and $45 for non-members and can be purchased by visiting the DeKalb Chamber website at
In Collaboration with Leadership DeKalb & League of Women Voters’ Of DeKalb County Presented By: Kaiser Permanente Gold Sponsors: Gas South, Georgia Power, Seven Oaks Perimeter Summit &Wells Fargo Silver Sponsor: Cornerstone Bank Tuesday November 13, 2012 Georgia Piedmont Technical College, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 11:30 a.m. -.1:30 p.m. Panelists Include: The Honorable Emanuel Jones, D-SW DeKalb, East Altanta (10), DeKalb Senate delegation Chair and Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Chairman The Honorable Senator Fran Millar, R – Dunwoody (40) The Honorable Jason Carter, D – Decatur (42) Minority Floor Leader The Honorable Representative Mike Jacobs, R – Atlanta (80) The Honorable Representative Howard Mosby, D – Atlanta (90), DeKalb House Delegation Chair Overview: Interested in meeting members of the DeKalb County Delegation? Wondering what issues facing DeKalb and legislation will be considered in 2013? This event features a Q&A session with members of the DeKalb House and Senate Delegation representing DeKalb County in the Georgia General Assembly. Share your unique perspective as a resident, professional, or business owner, with our legislators before they return for the 2013 session ... Don’t miss this important discussion! Cost: $35 per person for DeKalb Chamber members, Leadership DeKalb Members, DeKalb League of Women Voter members, Perimeter CID representatives, and other partner organizations. Please register online or call 404-3788000 by November 5 for preferred pricing. $45 - General Admission and cost after RSVP date.

2013 Legislative Preview Luncheon & Forum

Upcoming Events:
Capacity Building Series: November 9, 2012 Cornerstone Bank Community Room 125 Clairemont Ave. Decatur GA 30030 8:30 - 12 p.m.

Session 10: Human Capital Participants will learn how to bring their strategic plan to fruition by developing a people plan that addresses Human Resources Strategies for success and competency modeling. Instructors: Leroy Baker, MBA: Human Resource Executive and Consultant Ronald Davie, Human Resource Director of Mail Center Plus

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Courthouse Square in Downtown Decatur. This year’s festival will showcase more than 500 wines, domestic and international, as well as organic and sustainably produced wines. Fare from more than 15 Decatur eateries and live music from 7 Day Fool will be featured. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance, which offers the Decatur Arts Festival and other art events free to the community each year. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased in advance only at A limited number are available in advance at Decatur Package Store. Admission is limited to 2,400 people and attendees must be 21 or older. For more information, call (404) 371-9583 or visit www. or County holds Shred & Tread recycling event Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) will host a Shred & Tread recycling event Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as a part of America Recycles Day, a day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. The event, during which citizens can shred sensitive documents, will be held at the DeKalb County Sanitation Division – Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur. DeKalb residents are invited to bring sensitive documents for free on-site shredding provided by Shredit, a company that has specialized in document destruction for more than 20 years. To accommodate as many people as possible, there is a limit of five boxes per person. Individuals who have collected items for shredding on behalf of a neighborhood/community group must make reservations through the KDB office prior to the event. Items from commercial businesses and vehicles will not be accepted. For a complete list of accepted items for shredding, call the KDB office or visit In addition to the paper shredding option, KDB will also be collecting new and gently used shoes for the Soles 4 Souls program, which provides shoes to people in developing nations. For more information or to volunteer, contact Keep DeKalb Beautiful at (404) 371-2654. Author to present book with quilting theme Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the popular 16 volumes in the Elm Creek Quilt series in addition to four books of quilt patterns inspired by that series, will be at the Decatur Library Wednesday, Nov. 7. She will present her latest novel, The Giving Quilt, an artful book that imagines the good that could come from practicing the holiday spirit each and every day of the year. The event is 7:15 - 9 p.m. The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070.

Emory University holds speaker series on Afghanistan In anticipation of the impending withdrawal of the majority of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014, Emory University is hosting a speaker series to explore the topic. Hosted by Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Learning, the series will touch on the regional and national ramifications of the transition and the impact it will have on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States. The series features three free public luncheon lectures by Ajit Kumar, consul general of India in Atlanta (Nov. 8); Faqir Syed Asif Hussain, consul general of Pakistan in New York (Nov. 13); and Tim Lenderking, director of the Office of Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. State Department (Nov. 15). Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Eklil Hakimi will also visit Atlanta Nov. 27 to speak with Emory students and faculty about United States-Afghan relations. For more information, visit www.

County Public Library programs, service and collections. For additional information visit your local library branch or www.

Volunteers needed for South River cleanup The DeKalb County Natural Resources Management Office and the South River Watershed Alliance are seeking volunteers to participate in the South River Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon, at 5106 Klondike Road, Lithonia. Volunteers are asked to meet at Murphey Candler Elementary School, 6775 South Goddard Road, Lithonia.. The fall cleanup will include both litter removal and recycling of plastics found along the riverbanks. Volunteers should be prepared to get dirty and walk over rocks and logs. Closed-toe shoes are required. Hats, work gloves, bug repellant and work clothes are recommended. Residents younger than 16 must have a parent or guardian sign a permission slip and have a parent or guardian present. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Keep DeKalb Beautiful at (404) 371-2654. Nutrition classes offered at library The University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program’s healthy eating nutrition education classes to families with children will continue at the Salem-Panola Library on two Thursdays in November with “Keep Yourself Well! - Eat healthy and get moving” on Nov. 8 and “Keep Your Health Out of Jeopardy! - Make the right food choices to help prevent and/or reduce your risk of chronic diseases” on Nov. 15. Classes are 11 a.m. - noon. Funding for the event is provided by University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Services. Salem-Panola Library is located at 5137 Salem Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 987-6900.


Library visitors can make gratitude collages Those looking for a unique way to show what they’re grateful for may want to go to the Chamblee Library and learn to make gratitude collages to get in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday. Materials will be provided or participants are welcome to bring some of their own images to use. The session will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2 - 4 p.m., and is open to first 10 participants. Call (770) 936-1380 or visit branch to register. Chamblee Library is located at 4115 Clairmont Road, Chamblee.

Metro area’s largest outdoor wine festival returns The 11th annual Decatur Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, 1 - 4 p.m. in the historic Old

DeKalb Libraries offer promotional Pete the Cat library card The DeKalb County Library will be offering a limited edition Pete the Cat library card beginning Nov. 2. The card is available for a $20 donation to the DeKalb Library Foundation. All proceeds benefit the DeKalb

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Lakeside rallies again for 3-2 win over Greenbrier
(51-3), Lakeside’s next opponent, and McIntosh (47-5) at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The other Final Four participant is also from Area 4 in No. 4 ranked Starr’s Mill (25-25). The state semifinals were hosted by McIntosh on Oct. 31 beginning with No. 2 McIntosh taking on No. 4 Starr’s Mill. Lakeside and No. 1 Whitewater met for the second time this season in the second semifinal. Whitewater defeated Lakeside 2-0 (16-25, 1525) back on Oct. 4. The results of the semifinals were not available at time of press. Lakeside joins the 2005 Chamblee squad as the only two DeKalb girls’ volleyball teams to reach the state semifinals. Chamblee set a county record for wins that season with a 56-8 record.


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The fifth game was a seesaw affair and after 20 points Greennother state playoff brier was clinging to an 11-9 adrally, this time 3-2 vantage. The Lady Vikings won over No. 9 ranked a side out and was powered to a Greenbrier on the road, 13-11 lead as Jenny Miller conput the Lakeside Lady Vikings nected on three consecutive kills. into the Class AAAAA VolleyA side out by Greenbrier cut ball State Playoffs semifinals for it to 13-12, but Lakeside got the the first time in the program’s point and Miller served for the history. win on match point to close out Lakeside (29-6) fell behind the match. 1-0 in the match as Greenbrier Miller finished with 21 kills, (38-2) won the opening game 25- 11 digs and three aces in the 13. The loss seemed to jolt the match. Emma Wakeman added Lady Vikings into attack mode. 11 kills and two blocks up front The next two games went to for Lakeside, while Gloria McLakeside by scores of 25-19 and Goldrick came up with 31 as25-21 to put the Lady Vikings up sists and Amy Vansant contrib2-1 in the match. uted another solid performance Greenbrier was not done and with 14 assists and 10 digs. bounced back to knot the match The quarterfinal win has at 2-2 with a 25-21 victory in the vaulted the Lady Vikings into the fourth game to push the match Class AAAAA rankings at No. 3 into the deciding fifth game. behind Area 4 teams Whitewater

by Mark Brock


Lakeside’s Emma Wakeman, right.

Miller Grove head coach Sharman White, left, stands with members of his basketball team.

New Columbia head basketball coach Kerry Sandifer, right. Photos by Carla Parker

Ten years and counting

DeKalb basketball teams seek another state title
by Carla Parker Basketball season in DeKalb County is right around the corner and teams are hoping to continue the streak of winning championships. Head coaches and players from each of the 19 high schools in DeKalb County School District were in attendance Oct. 25 for the annual DeKalb County Basketball Media Day at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia. Since 2004, DeKalb County has had a boys’ team, girls’ team, or both to win a state title each year. During that nine year stretch, some teams have won multiple championships: Dunwoody Wildcats (2005 and 2006), Stephenson Lady Jaguars (2004 and 2008), Columbia Lady Eagles (2010 and 2012), Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers (2008, 2009 and 2010), Miller Grove Wolverines (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), and Columbia Eagles (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012). Miller Grove boys and girls teams and Columbia boys and girls teams will defend their state titles this season. The Wolverines are coming into the season competing for a fifth straight state title, which would be the first five-peat in the state history. Their four-peat was the fourth in state history and the first since Westover in 1990-93. The defending champions will have to reach the goal of a five-peat in a new region, Region 6-AAAAA, and with a new starting five. Head coach Sharman White said winning another championship is the goal but he knows it will be a challenge. “We definitely want to put ourselves in a position to compete for it,” White said. “We want to defend our title. So we’re going to go out there every night and every day in practice with that on our minds.” Miller Grove will have to defend its title without Justin Colvin, Tony Evans, Brandon Morris, and All-American Tony Parker, who all graduated in May. White said he knows that his players have some big shoes to fill, but he doesn’t put that pressure on them. “I think it’s already there,” he said. “I don’t foresee them not seeing that as the goal [to win a championship]. They’ve been working extremely hard in the offseason so we’ll see what happens.” Along with new players, some teams will start the season with new head coaches. Columbia, Lithonia, Stone Mountain and Towers boys’ teams along with Clarkston, Martin Luther King, McNair and Towers girls’ teams have new coaches. Columbia’s new head coach, Kerry Sandifer, will also have big shoes to fill as well. Sandifer replaces former head coach Dr. Phil McCrary, who coached the Columbia Eagles for 25 years. McCrary is now athletics coordinator for the DeKalb County School District. Sandifer said he is going to continue the traditions the McCrary set at Columbia. “Working hard, playing hard and being the best team that we can be,” he said. “Competing for a state championship.”

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012


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Monquavious Johnson

Jamel Smith

Demarquis Polite-Bray

M.L. King defeats Stephenson 49-28 to secure region lead
by Carla Parker As seconds were clicking off the game clock, Martin Luther King, Jr. High School students and fans began to chant “three-peat” as they celebrated their team’s third straight win over rival Stephenson on Oct. 26. The No. 2 ranked M.L. King Lions (8-0) defeated the No. 10 ranked Stephenson Jaguars (5-2) 4928 and kept its lead atop the Region 6-AAAAA standings. The Lions offense put up 246 passing yards and 175 rushing yards on a Stephenson’s defense that only allowed an average of 151.3 passing yards and 71.3 rushing yards per game this season. The Jaguars defense could not stop the big play connection between M.L. King quarterback Monquavious Johnson and wide receiver Demarquis Polite-Bray. Polite-Bray had six receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He said his team was determined to beat Stephenson again this year. “We’re always focused and we make sure we beat these guys,” he said. “This is a big rivalry and we can’t bear to lose to these guys.” M.L. King running back Spencer Williams said beating Stephenson was expected. “We expected them to put up points but we wanted to three-peat it,” he said. Johnson and Polite-Bray hooked up on a 14-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to give the Lions their first score of the game. The Jaguars answered that score with an 85-yard touchdown run by running back Evan Jones on their first play from scrimmage. Stephenson took a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter after a fumbled handoff by the Lions popped into the air and was picked up by Stephenson defensive end Ryan George, who ran 70 yards for the score. Johnson tied the game at 14-14 on a 1-yard touchdown run with four minutes to play in the second quarter.

MLK’s banner read in part ‘Stick to Making Videos!’ alluding to Stephenson’s rivalry YouTube video. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The Lions took the lead just before halftime after Johnson connected with Polite-Bray for the second time on a 23-yard pass, bringing the score to 21-14. The Lions lengthened their lead to 27-14 in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by running back Jamel Smith. Stephenson responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Justin Holman to shorten the Lions’ lead to 27-21. But the Lions went right back down the field and Smith got his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run to bring the score to 34-21. Smith finished the game with 93 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Stephenson move the ball down the field with two big run plays by

Jones, who ended the drive on a 9-yard touchdown run, bringing the score to 34-28. However, the Lions started to pull away in the fourth quarter. Williams scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, and a 2-point conversion pass from Johnson to Polite-Bray lengthen the lead to 42-28. Williams finished the game with 92 yards. Holman tried to get his team back in game but he was intercepted twice by Lions cornerback Marquis Cain and by defensive back Wesley Green, who returned it 69 yards for a touchdown. After the game, M. L. King head coach Rober Freeman was happy about the win but disappointed about eight penalties his team received. “Those penalties took at least 21

points off the board,” he said. In the first quarter, Polite-Bray had a kickoff return for a touchdown taken back because of a block in the back penalty, and a holding call in the second quarter took back a touchdown run by Johnson. Smith also received a celebration penalty after his fourth quarter touchdown but the score still counted. The Lions will have to play with more discipline when they face the Tucker Tigers (7-1) on Nov. 2 at Hallford Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The Lions can seal the No. 1 seed in Region 6-AAAAA with a win. Stephenson will try to end its twogame losing streak on Nov. 3 when it plays Mays (5-3) at Lakewood Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

“He gives me 100 percent and he just translates that to the field,” he said. “He’s just a great kid.” Polite-Bray started playing football in the seventh grade. He said he fell in love with football after watching football games on television and playing it on video games. “By the time I got to seventh grade I felt like I was ready to play,” he said. Polite-Bray has already received football scholarship offers from Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest. He hasn’t committed to a school yet because he is waiting on one more offer. “I’ve been really waiting for Clemson to pull that plug but I’ll get them,” he said. “I’ll get them by the end of the season.” He plans to major in mechanical engineering in college and hopes he to make it to the NFL. “I just want to take care of my family,” he said. But, first he wants to finish the season undefeated and help M.L. King win its first state championship.

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Demarquis Polite-Bray continues MLK’s legacy of talented wide receivers
by Carla Parker Martin Luther King Jr. High School has had some talented wide receivers come through their football program. From Corey Phillips, to Demarco Robinson, and last year’s star wide receiver Blake Tibbs, all of these receivers have had success at M.L. King. Now, another player is being added to that list of talented wide receivers: Demarquis Polite-Bray. The 6-foot-1, 170 pounds senior wide receiver is leading all receivers in DeKalb County with 38 total catches and a 4.6 catch average per game. Through eight games he has 710 total receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Polite-Bray said the former M.L. King wide receivers motivate him to play as hard as he can every Friday night. “I looked up to those guys,” he said. “So, I feel like it’s in me to do the same things those guys have done.” M.L. King head coach Rober Freeman said Polite-Bray practices like it’s his last practice.

Demarquis Polite-Bray. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Bradley Earnest runs for a first down. Earnest would later score Lakeside’s only touchdown.

Lakeside falls to Mays 41-7
by Carla Parker The Lakeside Vikings offense couldn’t score enough points and the defense couldn’t stop Mays from scoring, which resulted in a 41-7 loss for the Vikings. The Mays Raiders (5-3) handed Lakeside their seventh loss of the season on Oct. 27. Mays made it look it easy when wide receiver Oscar Moore ran 65 yards to score a touchdown on the Raiders first play from scrimmage to go up 6-0. On Lakeside’s first possession of the game, three penalties kept the Vikings from getting a good drive going. They also got a penalty for a fair catch inference when they punted the ball back to Mays. Lakeside’s defense did stop Mays on their next possession and forced them to a three and out. Lakeside was penalized again for being offsides while Mays attempted to punt. Lakeside got the ball back, but quarterback Nick Alexander was intercepted. Mays scored on a screen pass play from quarterback Tre Jones to running back Shiheem Rutherford to go up 13-0. Lakeside running back Jeremiah Hester had a 50-yard kickoff return to put his team in good field position at Mays 40-yard line. But the Vikings failed to take advantage of the field position and turned the ball over on downs. Mays got the ball down to Lakeside’s 1-yard line before the end of the first quarter. When play resumed in the second quarter, the Lakeside defense stood strong and kept Mays from scoring from oneyard out. Lakeside got the ball back and got past midfield behind two run plays by backup quarterback Bradley Earnest. But the Vikings again failed to get any points from that drive.

Daniel Harper makes a catch and tries to avoid a tackle.

Jeremiah Hester is brought down by a couple of Mays defenders. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Mays took advantage of the good field position and Jones found a wide open Deangelo Yancey down the field for a touchdown to go up 20-0. Lakeside got another good drive before halftime and got down to Mays’ 5-yard line. But Alexander was intercepted in the end zone. The third quarter started off like the first quarter for Lakeside with penalties, but their drive was stalled with a fumble when the offense tried to run a reverse play. Mays recovered the fumble. Lakeside got the ball back when Earnest, who also plays safety, picked off Jones. Lakeside scored a touchdown afterwards on a trick play to shorten the lead to 20-7. Alexander tossed a pass to the other backup quarterback Kyle Smith, who then threw the ball down the field to a wide open Earnest in the end zone.

Lakeside’s momentum ended when Jones connected again with Yancey on a touchdown pass to go up 27-7. Alexander was intercepted on the Vikings next drive and Mays, Jones and Yancey connected for a third time on a touchdown pass to go up 34-7. Jones also had a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, which lengthened Mays’ lead to 41-7. Lakeside head coach Mike Rozier was frustrated about his offense not finishing drives. “We moved [the ball] down the field but didn’t finish. That’s the bottom line,” he said. “We’re got to finish and just play harder and quit making silly mistakes. Just get the ball in the end zone and keep our defense off the field.” Lakeside will try for their second win of the season on Nov. 2 when they play North Atlanta at Grady Stadium at 5:30 p.m.

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

DeKalb Neighborhood Summit set for Nov. 3 News Briefs
DeKalb County will hold its fourth annual neighborhood summit Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. The summit will provide county residents with information via public speakers, exhibitors, workshops, presentations, educational handouts and networking opportunities. This year’s summit brings together residents from across DeKalb to meet, exchange ideas and learn how to partner with county departments to sustain and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, sign up for free recycling, learn about green initiatives, visit a county services expo, attend a special session presented by The Neighborhood Fund on funding neighborhood projects, sign up to become neighborhood ambassadors and network with community leaders. Roundtable discussions on topics such as the county Board of Health’s Master Active Living Plan, volunteer opportunities and free recycling will also be held every 15 to 20 minutes. Attendees can choose to participate in the following sessions: • Clean Track Sessions: These sessions provide participants with information about the foreclosure registry, neighborhood ambassador program, interior and exterior code compliance, removing litter, property maintenance and enforcement of blight. • Green Track Sessions: Participants will hear about recycling and waste reduction; transportation and air quality topics including safe routes to school, traffic signal synchronization and shared parking; trees and greenspace; and water use and efficiency, including, water conservation and toilet rebate program. • Safe Track Sessions: These sessions will provide residents with information on keeping neighborhoods safe. Topics include community policing, neighborhood watch, Police Athletic League Plus, animal control and crime statistics. The DeKalb Neighborhood Summit is free and open to the public, and registration is encouraged. For more information about the summit, including registration, visit or call (404) 371-3689.

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Anti-Walmart group planning legal strategy
A group formed to oppose the proposed Suburban Plaza Walmart is gearing up for a legal battle. Louise Runyon, a member of Good Growth DeKalb, said the group’s attorneys have done a lot a background research and has “made a determination that there is one single, strong issue that will be the basis for a legal challenge.” “That’s really good news,” Runyon said. “In the face of very poor legal protection, it’s really positive that this issue has been identified.” Runyon said it was premature to publicize the legal strategy of GGD’s attorneys. Walmart is planning to construct a 150,000-square-foot store which would have groceries, deli, a pharmacy, and optical center with underground parking. GGD members have spoken out against the Walmart at community and county government meetings and have protested in front of Suburban Plaza. During a recent fundraiser, the group raised approximately $7,000.

Man dies during shootout over disputed property
A man was killed and another injured during a shooting over property, according to a DeKalb County Police report. According to police spokeswoman Mekka Parish, a man in his early 30s was in a dispute with another man over some property. The man and two associates, who were brothers, went to 3192 Robin Road at approximately 1 p.m. Oct. 28 to confront the individual, Parish said. “The dispute escalated and shots were fired,” she said. Police believe all four men were armed. During the shooting Bryant Phillips, 22, was shot and killed. His brother, whose name has not been released, was shot and transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are following leads on the suspect, Parish said.