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Organist Dwight Thomas of Tampa gave the first concert on Stephenson High School’s 1920s pipe organ. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
SACS: DeKalb school district making progress
The school district’s new leadership must make sustainable progress, a recent report states.
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by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com Before there were MP3 players and even television, radio was in its heyday and pipe organ music filled the airwaves. One of those 1920s-era pipe organs is now at Stephenson High School. “It’s an intricate piece of equipment,” said Stephenson High Principal Michael Jones about the massive pipe organ that lowers into the floor of the stage and contains more than 1,600 pipes, percussions, chests and bellows and miles of cable. “It’s some kind of beautiful.” The organ had its Stephenson High School debut during a concert July 5 featuring Tampaarea organist Dwight Thomas. The event was the closing concert for the weeklong annual convention of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS). Jones said the school’s music department instructors are already teaching students how to play the organ, which was showcased during the school’s spring concert, even though it
The interim superintendent for DeKalb County School District said he is encouraged by the progress the district is making. “We’re making progress and it is progress that will last,” said Superintendent Mike Thurmond, after receiving a July 3 letter from Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancED, the agency that accredits the school district. In the letter, Elgart said, “The school system has made progress since the change in board membership in March of this year.” That progress includes the school board’s new framework of working together “within the context of professional and collegial decorum and behavior,” Elgart stated. Thurmond said the report is good news. “We are encouraged that AdvancED has taken note of the hard work we’re doing,” Thurmond said. “The administration and the board are working to ensure that we meet the 11 required actions of SACS and that we regain full and unconditional accreditation. Our No. 1 objective is to get this school system on a solid and stable footing with our accreditors–but also with our parents, taxpayers and citizens by delivering educational excellence to our schoolchildren. We are heartened to know that SACS has acknowledged our progress.” The DeKalb school district was placed on accreditation probation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the agency that accredits the school district through Stephenson High’s pipe organ was first used on a Chicago radio station in 1927. its parent company, AdvancED. That move triggered a state law granting the governor the was not yet complete. “It was used for background authority to remove school board members. Manufactured in Lima, music and sound effects,” said Acting on the recommendation of the Ohio, by the Page Theatre Pipe Jack Sandow, a member of the Georgia Board of Education, Gov. Nathan Organ, it was the first of only Atlanta ATOS chapter. Deal suspended six of the nine members of three organs of this style made. The organ was later sold the DeKalb school board in February and later The other two are currently in and moved to the Michigan replaced them. The Embassy Theatre in Fort Theatre in Flint, Mich., where it The Because DeKalb district has 11 required Wayne, Ind., and in Catalina was used for silent movies until sheschool gets her news updates online from the The Champi actions to complete to retain its accreditation. Casino’s Avalon Theatre in 1950. letter states that the district has made her news updates the The Champion. Catalina Island, Calif. Because she gets “When they got talkieonline mov- from Elgart’s progress in all of the areas. Because she gets her updates online from the The Champion. The organ at Stephenson ies a lot ofnews the theaters were High was originally installed at www.facebook.com/championnewspaper Chicago’s WHT Radio in the See Organ on Page 13A See SACS on Page 13A Wrigley Building in 1927.
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County employees Cassandra Mouzon, Harvey Carter and Sean Brown were commended July 9 for stopping a carjacking in progress. Photo by Daniel Beauregard
Employees commended for nabbing carjacking suspect
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis commended three county employees July 9 for stopping a July 3 carjacking that occurred in a DeKalb County government parking lot. Ellis thanked employees Cassandra Mouzon, Harvey Carter and Sean Brown. According to police, the carjacking occurred at approximately 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Manuel J. Maloof Center. Mouzon, an employee in Solicitor General Sherri Boston’s office, witnessed a woman being carjacked by a young man. She then ran over to the vehicle Carter and Brown were in for help. Carter and Brown, who are public works employees, blocked the exit to the parking lot with their truck. Eventually, the two allowed the suspect to flee in his vehicle as they followed him. “Our county employees are asked to do a whole lot of stuff and we know they’re not compensated the way that they should be, yet they show up each and every day to do their work,” Commissioner Lee May said. Brown and Carter followed the suspect south on Candler Road while on the phone with 911 operators until police could apprehend the suspect. “What happened on last week is something that shows that not only do we have employees who do their job, but we have employees that have high integrity and they’ll sacrifice on the behalf of others,” May said. Ellis told the employees that they did a “very brave and dangerous thing.” The employees’ quick thinking, Ellis said, allowed the situation to stay under control. Boston said the last thing she expected was to get a phone call stating that one of her employees had been instrumental in stopping a carjacking. “These last few weeks, as many of you have seen in the paper, we have had a consistent string of violence in East Lake, Kirkwood and the city of Decatur and into other parts of the city in Fulton County,” Boston said. “It turned out to be a very serious crime but it could have been worse. Someone could have been killed or injured by the young man who decided to carjack her at 9 a.m.” Boston said the victim was grateful for the employees’ help.
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More than 50 inmates receive GED from DeKalb Jail
Fifty-three students received their General Educational Development (GED) diplomas recently at the DeKalb County Jail. Sheriff Thomas Brown awarded the diplomas and was the keynote speaker at their graduation ceremony. The students, two of whom are females are all inmates at the DeKalb County Jail. Some completed their GED because of a court order, while others voluntarily attended classes four times a week. The GED courses were taught by certified instructors from Georgia Piedmont Technical College at the jail. The cost was funded by federal grants with the exception of the expenses for administering the GED test. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office paid these administering fees. Students had to meet the same requirements as any other student enrolled in a GED program. Those desiring to attend college are now eligible for the HOPE Scholarship if their grades are above the requirement. In the past, some DeKalb inmates have been released and admitted to Georgia Piedmont Technical College.
experiences this summer. Youth ages 5-17 are encouraged to exercise their artistic skills and create an original drawing that depicts their love for parks and recreation. The winner will receive one seasonal pass to the Browns Mill Aquatic Center and one for an accompanying adult. Contest rules are available at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks. Entries should be submitted by July 26 at one of these locations: Main office/Maloof Building, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur; Briarwood Recreation Center, 2335 Briarwood Way, Atlanta; Browns Mill Recreation Center, 5101 Browns Mill Road, Lithonia; Exchange Recreation Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur; Gresham Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta; Hamilton Recreation Center, 3263 Chapel Street, Scottdale; Lucious Sanders Recreation Center, 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia; Lynwood Recreation Center, 3360 Osborne Road, Atlanta; Mason Mill Recreation Center, 1340-B McConnell Drive, Decatur; Midway Recreation Center, 3181 Midway Road; N. H. Scott Recreation Center, 2230 Tilson Road; Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drivel; Redan Recreation Center, 1839 Phillips Road, Lithonia; Tobie Grant Recreation Center, 644 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale; and Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker. The main office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Recreation centers and the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center will be open from 1-5 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, call LaShanda Davis, public education specialist, at (404) 371-3643.
annual “America Is Your Park” campaign, DeKalb residents can vote for their favorite park until July 15. “DeKalb County has some of the most beautiful parks in the metro area. This Coca-Cola challenge represents another great reason for residents and visitors to visit our 130 parks and make their experiences known through a vote for a favorite park,” CEO Burrell Ellis said. The three parks across the nation that receive the most votes by July 15 will receive recreation grants: first place, $100,000; second place, $50,000; and third place, $25,000. In addition, a $15,000 grant will be awarded at random to another park that places in one of the remaining top 25 spots. The recreation grants are to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas in national, state or local parks where people can play and be active. There are three ways to vote for a park. Parkgoers can vote by “checking in” to their favorite park using Foursquare; logging their daily fitness routine using MapMyFitness; or clicking to vote online at www.coke.com/parks. For more information, call LaShanda Davis, public education specialist, at (404) 371-3643.
County leaders to discuss crime July 13
Several DeKalb County leaders will be featured in a July 13 panel discussion on crime. The community public safety meeting for the Wesley Chapel, Candler Road and Columbia Drive areas will be feature DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, Police Chief Cedric Alexander, Sheriff Thomas Brown, DeKalb County Marshal Steve Mann, and county commissioners Lee May, Stan Watson and Larry Johnson. The meeting’s purpose is to discuss the crime rates in these areas and how they can be reduced. “This reduction will help change the perception of the areas and lay the groundwork for bringing in quality businesses into the area,” according to the event’s announcement. “Quality businesses will in turn help increase our county tax digest and improve our quality of life.” The public is invited to attend and present questions and comments to these leaders. The panel discussion will be Saturday, July 13, 9-11 a.m., at the Sanford Event Center, 4183 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur.
Two shot after argument over loud music in Decatur
A 24-year-old man was arrested July 1 for shooting two men during a confrontation with a neighbor upset about loud music, according to police. Brandon Herndon was arrested at the scene and charged with two counts of aggravated assault. Herndon is still in the DeKalb County Jail. DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said the double shooting occurred at the Herndon Ridge Stone Townhomes at 1055 Holcomb Road shortly after 2 p.m. “According to detectives, the suspect went the neighbor’s apartment to confront them over loud music,” Parish said. “The confrontation resulted in a physical altercation between the suspect and two victims.” Parish said Herndon pulled out a weapon during the fight and shot both victims multiple times. The suspect was arrested by the responding officers at the scene. Parish did not release the names of the victims but said they were in stable condition.
Avondale Estates receives federal historic preservation grant
Avondale Estates is one of seven Georgia communities to receive federally funded grants to conduct historic preservation projects. Avondale Estates was awarded $9,600 for Phase 2 of a citywide historic resources survey. A total of $79,576 in grants were awarded from the fiscal year 2013 Historic Preservation Fund. Other grant recipients are the cities of Brunswick, Rome, Washington, Athens, Augusta/ Richmond County and Dublin. These grants are provided through the Historic Preservation Fund from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service and are administered by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Each year, Georgia’s 86 certified local governments are eligible to apply for these matching 60 percent federal/40 percent local grants. To be eligible to become a federal certified local government, a city or county must have passed a preservation ordinance and have established a historic preservation commission.
Five county firefighters perform in film
Firefighters from DeKalb County Engine 5 have had a bit of Hollywood around their precinct lately. Several firefighters were hired to play a job they do every day for Hollywood’s latest psychological thriller, Solace. The DeKalb County firefighters in the film are Desmond Dixon, Capt. Maurice Gates, Patrick Holcomb and Eric Thompson. The movie, which stars Abbie Cornish and Colin Ferrell, has a premiere date of 2014. The film is about a psychic working with the FBI to hunt down a serial killer. Producers are filming in locations around DeKalb and metro Atlanta this summer. Solace also stars Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. “We are excited to be asked to participate in this film because it gives us another chance to showcase great areas in DeKalb and our skilled firefighters,” CEO Burrell Ellis said. “While the film is supposed to be based in Anytown, USA, we are sure to recognize some familiar places in it.”
County recreation department sponsors summer drawing contest
The DeKalb Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs is hosting a drawing contest for youth to capture their parks and recreation
Residents can vote for favorite county park in challenge
DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs will participate in “Take it to the Park,” a challenge sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company. As part of the fourth
We are better than this!
further disenfranchise minorities with policies to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. We are better than this. Congress should get busy immediately to pass a law to again protect voters’ rights. About the same time last week, we witnessed the on-air and online bullying, yes, bullying, of Rachel Jeantel in the Trayvon Martin murder trial. The 19-year-old was on the phone with Treyvon the night of Feb. 26, 2012, when neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman shot and killed him. Rachel gave several grueling hours of testimony and as the last person to talk to her childhood friend, she was understandably shaken and nervous. The news media and people on social media viciously attacked this young woman on everything from her dark skin color, her weight, her speech, demeanor and even her hairstyle – whether or not she should have worn bangs! No one should have to be subjected to such cruelty for testifying in a trial. The attack on the poor young woman was vicious and tinged with racial undertones. The expectation that a witness is credible only when they have a certain skin tone, speak in a certain manner and dress in a certain fashion is just plain wrong and has no place in a supposedly fair democracy. She was not on trial. The world is watching us and we are better than this! And in the same week there was the brouhaha about Paula Deen, the southern cook master extraordinaire who’s racially forked tongue has put her in water hotter than used to boil pasta for her mac’ and cheese. She admits she has used the N-word, but insists she is not a racist and tried to shift the blame on others with doublespeak and contradictions. When Paula first went on YouTube, she should have confessed, asked for forgiveness and kept her appointment with the Today Show. She only added fuel to the flames with feeble excuses and dry-eyed crying. Is that an oxymoron? Her book deals have been cancelled, she was dropped from her TV show and major retail outlets like Walmart and Target are not renewing contracts for her products. We only hope she learns from this painful lesson. The retribution and reprisals from her missteps have been swift and just. Perhaps if she had just given credit to the real cooks that she learned and profited from in the beginning. Uhmm. Payback causes loss of paychecks. In the three instances cited, considerable dialogue has ensued. We are taking a closer look at ourselves. Recognizing we have a problem with race in this country and having honest dialogue about it is half the battle. Maybe, just maybe, we are getting better. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Miles at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.
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The headlines and television images tell us with irrefutable certainty that we are a nation with an overwhelming preoccupation with race that is always just beneath the surface of most of our issues. Let’s start with that overarching issue of race. The U.S. Supreme Court eviscerates a key element of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, telling Congress that it should fix that portion of the act that makes certain states get pre-clearance before undertaking any changes that might negatively impact Black voting strength. “Leaders” in the affected states took off like shots out of a cannon trying to take advantage of this window of opportunity to
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A big season for falling stars
Paula Deen and Aaron Hernandez are suffering fates of their own making
by Donald Kaul Reversals of fortune can be breathtaking. One minute, people are riding high, surfing the wave of life. The next, they tip over like capsized canoes. Take Paula Deen. This Typhoid Mary of the obesity epidemic made untold fortunes in becoming the unchallenged champion of southern cooking. Her television shows, books, and restaurants were dedicated to the proposition that the only food groups that mattered were salt, sugar and whipped cream. And if you could figure out a way to combine them with something deep-fried, so much the better. I once turned on one of her shows and gained three pounds, just watching. But she’s a lively, cheerful sort, and her downhome charm won her hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of followers. Until it was revealed, as part of a discrimination lawsuit filed against her, that she had used racist language in the past — the “N” word in particular — and allowed racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic jokes to be part of the kitchen talk in at least one of her restaurants. Then there was that cringeworthy concept of a “plantationstyle wedding” with an all-Black wait staff she suggested for her brother’s nuptials. The Food Network immediately cancelled one of her shows and announced plans to sever ties with her. Smithfield Foods, Walmart, Target, Caesar’s Entertainment and QVC, all huge sources of Deen’s income, quickly followed suit. Shortly thereafter, Sears, Kmart and J.C. Penney said they would stop selling products branded with her name, which prompted Random House to cancel a multi-million-dollar book contract with her. Deen apologized. Then she apologized some more, desperately trying to stem the damage, but to no avail. The more she apologized, the more damage there was to stem. Perhaps the cruelest blow fell when the pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk, fired her as its spokesperson for a diabetes drug. Thus ended the supreme hypocrisy of Deen, a Type 2 Diabetic whose recipes are virtual prescriptions for acquiring the disease, getting paid to flog its remedy. (It turned out she’d known she had the disease for several years but didn’t admit it until the drug company hired her.) Her fans still love her. She’s still hugely popular with the huge people who keep lining up at her restaurants. But her days as a national figure are over. Who says there’s no good news anymore? There’s another fallen star who recently plummeted to Earth: Aaron Hernandez. This handsome, extravagantly talented football player signed a multi-year $40 million contract with the New England Patriots only last year. He was 23, just approaching his prime, and had recently become a father. He survived a rough childhood and was set up to live happily ever after. Until last month — when police arrested him and charged him with being involved in the murder of one of his own friends. That was shocking, but pro football is no stranger to off-thefield incidents of a similar sort, often involving gunfire. Usually it turns out that the player was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But as this drama unfolded, it became obvious that the victim hadn’t merely been shot, but executed gangland style and that police believed that Hernandez might have been personally involved. Then, as the story spun out, police tied Hernandez to the recent drive-by shooting of two other acquaintances after they’d had an altercation with him. It was possible he’d been the triggerman, police said. That moved the story from OJ Simpsonville into Tony Sopranoland. He was jailed without bond and the Patriots voided his contract. In a blink, Hernandez went from a life of fame and fortune to facing a future in a maximumsecurity prison. And from what we know, it wasn’t even for a comprehensible reason. The killings grew out of two gardenvariety barroom dust-ups. I don’t know whether these stories have a moral, but I do know this: When you’re on top of the world, there’s only one direction for you to go — down. So watch your step. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OtherWords.org
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Two men arrested for unrelated shootings
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad arrested Jimmy Earl Welch on murder charges July 7 after a shooting at 1054 Forest East Lane in Stone Mountain. Welch is accused of shooting Courtney Welch Walker. According to Sgt. Adrion Bell, a spokesman for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, SWAT was called to search the house. Within hours the victim was found away from the Dennard scene, he said. Welch was out of jail on a $44,000 bond from a March 29 incident, Bell said. Welch is accused of shooting Walker five times and killing him during an altercation July 4. Welch is in the DeKalb jail. Bond has not been set in his case. Welch was arrested in the same subdivision as the shooting, Bell said. The incident is still under investigation. In a separate incident, DeKalb Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested Angelo Dennard, 32, July 3 on Metropolitan Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in Atlanta. Dennard was wanted in connection with the June 13 murder of Dianna CruzSagrero, according to Bell. Dennard allegedly shot his female companion June 16 in front of his mother and two children, ages 4 and 9. According to police, Dennard shot CruzSagrero three times after she refused to talk to him about their relationship. The shooting occurred outside apartment 2501 at 3737 Redan Road, Decatur. Dennard has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and two counts of thirddegree child cruelty. Acording to officials, since 2001 Dennard has been arrested for criminal trespassing, obstruction, DUI, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, battery and drug possession, giving false information to a police officer, false proof of insurance, fleeing or attempting to allude, failure to appear in court, driving on a suspended license, probation violation, simple battery and theft by taking. Dennard was arrested without incident and remains in the DeKalb Jail with a $200,000 bond.
Champions of the Week
Darren Miller, Adam Caskey, Todd Bannister
Since 2007, DeKalb County residents Darren Miller, Adam Caskey and Todd Bannister have volunteered for the Brookhaven Bolt 5K, an annual event that benefits Ashford Park Elementary School. Each year, 100 percent of the proceeds from the race go to the elementary school and this year Caskey said the race raised approximately $35,000. “Each year it has just continued to grow, this year we had around 1,400 runners,” Caskey said. Caskey said the first year they held the race, he and Bannister knew nothing about how to organize a 5K but a lot of people from the community helped. “We get a lot of help from a lot of people. This year the members of the Brookhaven City Council were very helpful to us and the DeKalb County Police Department,” Caskey said. “I don’t like to take too much credit be-
cause we’ve had so many people helping us.” Caskey, who has two children and owns his own law practice, said volunteering for the race is time intensive and each of the three has his own tasks. Bannister, who is a real estate agent, is tasked with getting many of the races corporate sponsors while Miller does the marketing. Caskey said he is responsible for the legal and financial side of things. “It’s a team effort and it’s not like I run it by myself—[Bannister] probably does the most work out of all of us,” Caskey said. Since the race was started, Caskey said the principal of Ashford Park has come to rely on the money it receives from the run. “We were told from the principal that the funding that we donate is absolutely essential,” Caskey said.
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Oglethorpe University to host color woodcut lecture Elizabeth Peterson, director of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, will give a lecture on the European and Asian origin of color woodcut and the techniques and process of printing in this traditional media, presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Jiki to Hanga: Japanese Porcelain and Prints.” Admission is $5 and free for Oglethorpe University Museum of Art members and children younger than 12 years old. Parking is free. Oglethorpe University is located at 4484 Peachtree Street, NE, in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.museum.oglethorpe. edu or call (404) 364-8555.
for this event, which kicks off the free eight-week training program offered through Sept. 11. The event has been moved indoors to stay cool. The kickoff event includes:
Decatur. The phone number is (404) 286-6986.
Poet James Dickey to be honored at library The Decatur Library will host A Celebration of James Dickey Monday, July 15, 7:15-9 p.m. The event honoring National Book Award-winning poet James Dickey is in conjunction with the publication of the complete collection of his works. “The Complete Poems of James Dickey is an authoritative edition of all 331 poems published by one of America’s most distinguished poets, collected in one volume for the first time and edited by Ward Briggs, Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics Emeritus and Louis Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of South Carolina,” according to an announcement by the library. The event will also feature readings of Dickey’s poems by Bronwen Dickey, John Lane and former Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms. The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070.
the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library. Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library is located at 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 679-4404. Board of Health, DeKalb CSB to host blood drive
• A health and fitness expo featuring information on getting and keeping fit and nutrition. • Drawings for prizes • Information on Team Decatur, the running and walking group formed to participate in the Kaiser Permanente Run/Walk 5k. This is the fourth year. • Fun activities, including Jazzercise, Zumba, NIA Dance and more. Wear fitness clothes to participate. • A special appearance by Doc Broc. Free for the entire family, the event will be at 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur. For more information, call (678) 553-6541 or email cheryl.burnette@decaturga. com. Gold Medal plants to be featured in library gardening series
and $5 for others. MJCCA at Zaban Park is located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. For more information, contact Lilly Mahana at lilly.mahana@ atlantajcc.org or (678) 8124064.
Library to host story time for children Children ages 2-5 can listen to stories at the Clarkston Library on July 17. At 10:30 a.m., 2-yearolds can enjoy stories, finger plays, action rhymes, songs and more, especially targeted to the developmental needs of 2-year-olds. At 11:15 a.m., 3-5 year olds can enjoy stories, rhymes, finger plays, songs and more. Clarkston Library is located at 951 N. Indian Creek Drive.
Scott Candler Library will continue its series of summer gardening classes Monday, July 15, 2-3 p.m. with Gold Medal Plants with Gary Peiffer. “A committee of Georgia horticulture educators and green industry representatives picks five to six different landscape plants each year which grow well throughout our state. These include a flower, a perennial, a tree, a shrub and often a vine. Come learn more about these special choices which can help you Health event to be held at decide what you want to recreation center plant in your own yard or garden,” the announcement The Kaiser Permanente from the library states. Get Active! Atlanta and All classes are taught Team Decatur kickoff event by staff of the DeKalb will be Monday, July 22, at Cooperative Extension the newly renovated Decatur Offi ce. Call or visit the Recreation Center, 6 – 8 branch to register. Scott p.m. Join Mayor Baskett Candler Library is located and Race Director and at 1917 Candler Road, Olympian Jeff Galloway
Anthropology professor to talk on stories bones tell Stories Bones Tell: From Forensics to the Greek Islands is the title of the lecture Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith will give at the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library, Monday, July 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Smith will describe her work with ancient skeletons from Greece and discuss how anthropological research reveals life in the past and solves crime in the present. She is an associate professor of anthropology at Kennesaw State University and chair of the Department of Geography and Anthropology. Funding for the event is provided by the Friends of
The DeKalb County Board of Health and DeKalb Community Service Board are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, July 19. The drive will be from noon until 5 p.m. at the T.O. Vinson Health Center at 440 Winn Way, Decatur. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged. To register, contact Beth Ruddiman at email@example.com or (404) 294-3792. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Patients need blood and platelets for many reasons, including accidents, burns, surgeries and transplants, as well as treatment for leukemia, cancer and sickle cell disease. There is always a need for blood. But, the need is even greater in the summer months when the American Red Cross often experiences blood shortages.
Health fair free and open to public Loving Care Family Chiropractic and FODAC will sponsor an Employee, Volunteer and Community Health Celebration Friday, July 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The health fair will be held at 4900 Lewis Road, Stone Mountain. The event is free and open to the public. It will offer a variety of health screenings, including the Life South Blood Mobile, vision, chiropractic, glucose and blood pressure screenings. For more information, call Loving Care Family Chiropractic Dr. Elbonie Hornbuckle at (678) 4763778.
Library to host scam prevention sessions
Humor columnist to speak at Jewish Center The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has announced that Chana Shapiro, a humor columnist for the Atlanta Jewish Times, will be its presenter in the Edgewise Speaker Series Thursday, July 18, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Edgewise is a weekly speaker series that touches on a multitude of topics from politics and religion to Hollywood to history. Adults of all ages are invited to join the discussion. The event is free for members
Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library will host two sessions on scam prevention—one on Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 7:30 p.m., and another on Tuesday, July 23, 2-3 p.m. A representative from the DeKalb County Police Department will discuss how to recognize and possibly avoid becoming a victim of a scam or fraud. The Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library is located at 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker. For more information, call (770) 270-8234.
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When her friend and business partner died of lung cancer in 2010, Decatur attorney Amy Waggoner started learning about the disease and seeking ways to help. So far, she has raised $100,000 through walk/ run events for lung cancer research. Photos provided.
Decatur lawyer honors lung cancer victim with walk/run
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org When Atlanta attorney Amy Waggoner of Decatur learned in 2008 that her friend and business partner had developed lung cancer, she was stunned. “She was the last person you would expect to get lung cancer,” said Waggoner, who lives in Decatur. “She never smoked. She was very much in shape. She was always working out. “We were all shocked and dismayed,” Waggoner said. Through Waggoner’s research about the disease, she learned that it has a “dismal survival rate that hasn’t changed in 40 years,” she said. Lung cancer’s five-year survival rate is only 16 percent, much lower than that of many other cancers. “Lung cancer kills more people that breast, colon and prostate cancers combined,” Waggoner said. She said there is a stigma associated with lung cancer. “Most people think it’s associated with smoking and it is,” Waggoner said. “But 65 percent of people with lung cancer have never smoked or already quit. “It’s not just a smoker’s disease,” she said. After Waggoner’s business partner, Elyse Aussenberg, died February 2010, Waggoner began looking for ways to help. She discovered the National Lung Cancer Partnership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of leading doctors, researchers, patient advocates, and lung cancer survivors dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022. “It’s an organization I felt good about supporting,” Waggoner said. “They directly fund research grants.” Waggoner was also attracted to the low administrative costs, she said. Approximately 83 cents of every dollar go to provide grants. For the past three years, Waggoner has organized Atlanta’s Free to Breathe5K Fun Run/Walk and One Mile Memorial Walk, which raises funds to support the National Lung Cancer Partnership. The run/walk is one of dozens of Free to Breathe events around the country. The Atlanta races have averaged 500 participants and this year the goal is to have 750 runners and walkers. The events have raised approximately $100,000 since 2010. Last year alone, Waggoner helped raise more than $32,000 in her friend’s honor. “We’re really proud of that and would certainly like to raise more,” Waggoner said. “The research and resources funded through Free to Breathe are reaching the people who need them most,” she said. “Together, we’re building the promise—made to hundreds of thousands of families across the country—of lifesaving treatments and cures. I’m proud to be a part of this transformative effort.” The fourth annual Free to Breathe Atlanta Run/ Walk will be held Aug. 17 at John Howell Park in Atlanta. The event will be followed by an awards ceremony for top finishers and fundraisers. The deadlines to register for the Atlanta event are Aug. 9 by mail at a cost of $28 and Aug. 13 via the Internet for $25. Event day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and cost $30. Anyone interested can register for an event, donate online or start a personal fundraising page at www.freetobreathe.org.
City of Decatur encourages inventive design, preservation
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com Regina Brewer, preservation planner for the city of Decatur, said “preservation literally pays.” Decatur recently held its annual design awards, which began in 1995, and several of the winners were commended for their historic preservation efforts. “We’re looking for projects that really contribute to Decatur’s built environment and make people want to see more than that,” Brewer said. One of the awards this year went to Decatur Fire Station No. 1, located at 230 East Trinity Place. Brewer said the station was recognized because the recent renovation project it underwent paid special attention to historic preservation. Brewer said the station, which was built in 1956, is the city’s original fire station. “They kept many of the original features including the pole, even though the city manager hates the liability of it,” Brewer said. Another building that stood out to Brewer this year was the recently renovated Decatur Recreation Center, which is a mid-century modern building. Brewer said the design team did an “amazing” job preserving as much of the original structure as possible. Additionally, the design awards also recognize renovations done by residents on their homes, such as the one located at 129 North Candler Street in the old Decatur historic district. Brewer, who saw the home before it was renovated, said it was an “absolute wreck.” “I went in there when they first bought it,” Brewer said. “It’s one of the oldest streets in Decatur and [the house] really detracted from it and now it’s really lifted that street up.” Although the city doesn’t have any benefits for sustainable and energy efficient homes aside from people saving on their bills, Brewer said there are incentives for renovating a historic building. There are several programs that allow for tax credits if a resident is renovating a historic property or a home in a neighborhood included on the National Register of Historic Places. Those renovating a commercial building or a multifamily home such as an apartment complex are eligible for a federal program that allows up to a 20 percent tax credit of up to $300,000 of the total rehabilitation cost. If the homeowner does a certified rehabilitation, which means they’re renovating the building to increase its value 50 percent or more, Brewer said homeowners can be eligible to receive an eight-and-ahalf year property tax freeze from the county. Additionally, homeowners can receive up to $100,000 credit to deduct from the total building cost. Brewer said Cakes and Ale, located in downtown Decatur on the square, was able to use both of the incentives. “Their benefits totaled $665,000, which enabled them to turn around and put that money into buying high-quality bakery ovens and putting in the wood-firing oven,” Brewer said. “Preservation literally pays.”
City of Doraville Surplus Auction The City of Doraville will hold multiple surplus auctions online beginning Friday, July 26, 2013 at 6:00am. Auctions will be ongoing until items are sold. Use the following link to view and bid on surplus items: http://www.govdeals.com/Doravillega. Items to be auctioned include vehicles, heavy equipment, computers, office equipment, lighting equipment and lawn mowing equipment. Most items offered for sale are used and may contain defects not immediately detectable. Bidders may inspect the property prior to bidding. Inspections are by appointment only. Please contact Lisa Ferguson at (770) 2161952x1 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment for inspection between the hours of 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Payment in full is due not later than 5 business days from the time and date of the Buyers Certificate. Payment must be made electronically through the GovDeals website. Please refer to the Govdeals terms and conditions prior to bidding. All items must be removed within 10 business days from the time and date of issuance of the Buyer’s Certificate. The Buyer will make all arrangements and perform all work necessary, including packing, loading and transportation of the property. Property may be removed between the hours of 9:00 am - 2:00 pm by appointment only.
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attract coyotes and other wild animals. “If you have fruit trees don’t cut them down,” he said. “Just make sure when the fruit falls on the ground that you police that every day and pick up any fruit on the ground and dispose of it.” Parnell also recommends keeping trash inside until pickup day. Coyotes who grow up in urban areas are accustomed to people and the sounds they make. Parnell said if homeowners see a coyote in the yard, they should run it off as they would a neighbor’s dog. “Holler at it, throw a stick at it or turn the water hose on it,” he said. “Typically what they will do is run off 30 or 40 feet, stop and look back just to see what you’re going to do. Then they’ll run off.” Parnell said the behavior to watch for is if the coyote bares its teeth. “If it starts growling at you and coming toward you that’s when you will make a phone call,” he said. For more information about coyotes and how to deal with them, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/ node/1698.
Coyotes seen around DeKalb County
by Carla Parker email@example.com In recent months, coyotes have been sighted in Doraville and Tucker, according to reports. Some Decatur and Druid Hills communities also have had a coyote problem and held a meeting earlier this year to discuss how to handle the problem. But despite claims of the sightings, I.B. Parnell, senior wildlife biologist from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, said his department has not received many calls about coyotes. “For DeKalb County in the months of April through June we had one call in 2011, zero calls in 2012, and two calls in 2013,” he said. “Overall, it does not look like we get a lot of nuisance coyote calls for DeKalb County.” Parnell said there are coyotes present in every county in Georgia. Coyotes convened on the city of Atlanta around 1980 and have occasionally attacked pets such as cats and small dogs. “They are very adaptable to different living conditions,” Parnell said. “They do really well in urban and suburban areas as well as rural areas. They eat both plant and animal matter.” Residents have tried different solutions to address the problem, including trapping coyotes. Parnell said there are two ways to trap a coyote: build a foot hole trap or hire a trapper. “If it’s a neighborhood problem and the neighborhood has a homeowners’ association we recommend that the people get together and go through the homeowners’ association to pay for the trapping out of their dues,” he said. “Or if it’s a group of homeowners in just one part of the neighborhood they can get together and pay for a nuisance trapper to come in and remove the coyote.” There are also ways for homeowners to prevent coyotes from coming into their yards. Parnell said the first thing homeowners should do is to make sure there is nothing to attract them to your yard. “Some people like to feed stray animals and leave food out,” he said. “That is attractive to wildlife animals because they are going to take advantage of those easy food resources.” Parnell said fruit trees also
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• The world famous Pink Pony in business 22 years. (City of Brookhaven in business for only 7 months) • Contributes $450,000 to City of Brookhaven in Property and Sales Tax, Licenses and Permits. • 300,000 visitors to the Pink Pony annually, which generates revenue for local Gas Stations, Hotels, Restaurants and Eateries.
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Brookhaven and DeKalb County negotiate over police services
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org City of Brookhaven officials have offered to pay DeKalb County $3.1 million for police and park services. The city and DeKalb County have been in negotiations since February about how much money the city should pay the county for using the county’s police and park services while the new DeKalb city builds its own police force. On July 9, Brookhaven City Manager Marie L. Garrett announced that the city offered to pay $3.1 million for service along with taking over the 14 parks in Brookhaven the day after Labor Day. “We are confident that this is a fair and equitable ofSee Brookhaven on Page 11A
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Fourth of July
While some municipalities cancelled or postponed their Independence Day celebrations because of the weather, Avondale Estates residents enjoyed their annual parade despite the rain threat. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
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County Police. However, officers will be deployed based on the needs of the city. The city received more than 1,200 applications from law enforcement officers and interviewed 156 candidates. The chief also unveiled newly outfitted patrol cars, along with the department’s patch and badge. The patch and badge were designed with input from police command staff. The cars, Ford Inceptors, were chosen for their gas mileage and adaptability for the future.
Brookhaven Police patrols to hit the street July 31
The Brookhaven Police Department will begin patrols and officially launch July 31. Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura announced July 9 that the city had completed hiring 54 officers. This includes 39 patrol officers and investigators, nine sergeants, three lieutenants and a deputy chief. Patrol officers will begin two weeks of training July 15, including physical, weapons tactics, policies and procedures and ethics. “These officers represent some of the most experienced law enforcement in the state,” Yandura said. “We have assembled a great team and they are excited to begin protecting and serving Brookhaven.” Officers will begin patrols July 31, marking the one-year anniversary since DeKalb County residents voted to form the city of Brookhaven. The DeKalb County Police Department, which has been patrolling the city since Brookhaven’s inception on Dec. 17, 2012, will cease patrols July 31. “This is an important step in our city’s history. The chief and his team have spent the past few months combing through resumes and we are excited to have the best of the best keeping our community safe,” Mayor J. Max Davis said. Officers will work out of six patrol zones, which are based on natural boundaries, streets, traffic accident numbers, calls for services and crime statistics from DeKalb
The Brookhaven Police Department revealed its police cars July 9. The department will officially launch July 31. Photo by Carla Parker
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Seven Day Forecast
Showers Likely High: 85 Low: 72
July 11, 2013
Today’s Regional Map
Dunwoody 83/71 Smyrna 84/72 Doraville 84/72 Atlanta 85/72 College Park 86/72 Union City 86/72
Detailed Local Forecast
Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a 60% chance of showers, high temperature of 85º, humidity of 70%. West wind 5 mph. The record high temperature for today is 101º set in 1980. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.
July 11, 1987 - Early morning thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 90 mph at Parkston, S.D. and wind gusts to 87 mph at Buffalo, Minn. Later in the day, strong thunderstorm winds at Howard, Wis. collapsed a circus tent, injuring 44 people. July 12, 1951 - Flooding in the Midwest claimed 41 lives, left 200 thousand persons homeless, and caused a billion dollars property damage. Kansas City was hardest hit. The central industrial district sustained 870 million dollars in property damage.
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Scat'd T-storms High: 83 Low: 69 Scat'd T-storms High: 82 Low: 70 Scat'd T-storms High: 83 Low: 70 Scat'd T-storms High: 84 Low: 72 Partly Cloudy High: 88 Low: 72
Last Week's Local Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 84 70 89/70 0.02" Wednesday 79 67 89/70 1.34" Thursday 75 67 89/70 0.64" Friday 79 69 89/70 0.95" Saturday 82 69 89/70 0.53" Sunday 78 71 89/70 0.10" Monday 88 70 89/70 0.00" Rainfall. . . . . . . . 3.58" Average temp. . 74.9 Normal rainfall. . 1.13" Average normal 79.5 Departure . . . . . +2.45" Departure . . . . . -4.6 Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 6:35 a.m. 6:36 a.m. 6:37 a.m. 6:37 a.m. 6:38 a.m. 6:38 a.m. 6:39 a.m.
Decatur Snellville 85/72 85/72 Lithonia 86/72 Morrow 86/72
StarWatch By Gary Becker - Scorpius Rules the Deep South
The summer is upon us, and as we head towards mid-July, I’m looking forward to seeing some of my favorite seasonal star patterns. Just like in winter when I look forward to witnessing Orion climb into the sky along with his entourage of winter favorites, summer brings with it a following of patterns that I anxiously await. Foremost are the stars of the deep southern sky that form Scorpius the Scorpion and Sagittarius the Archer. This week is a wonderful time to view the Scorpion because the moon is new on the 8th and won’t begin to interfere with stargazing until the end of the week. An online map is available. Try the Scorpion first by looking south at 11 p.m. Make sure you have no street lights to hamper your view. The first star you’ll notice, about 20 degrees off the horizon, should be the bright red supergiant Antares of the Scorpion. Its low altitude accentuates its redness and dims it slightly, but it is truly one of the best stars for its class. Bigger than Orion’s red Betelgeuse, if placed in the center of our solar system, Antares would stretch halfway between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. At a distance of 600 light years, its total energy output is 65,000 times that of our sun, but because of its cool surface temperature, about 7000 degrees F., most of that energy spews from the star as unobservable infrared or “heat” energy. Thus, it is only the 15th brightest luminary in the nighttime heavens. Once Antares is located, three stars above and to its right form a gentle arc outlining the head. Southward of Antares, the Scorpion’s torso slants slightly to the left, ending in a sweeping curl that represents the tail and stinger. The tail is the most difficult part of Scorpius to view because of its close proximity to the horizon, but if you can see it, the scorpion comes to life as one of the truly beautiful constellations of the night. In two weeks, I’ll talk about Sagittarius. www.astronomy.org
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fer and we await eagerly the county’s response to that,” Garrett said. The announcement came on the same day the city announced that its police department will launch July 31. On Feb. 6, Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis swore in 135 DeKalb officers to patrol the city. According to emails between Brookhaven and DeKalb County officials, the city and the county engaged in a series of meetings with the intent of negotiating intergovernmental agreements to cover various services that the county would provide to Brookhaven. At a Feb. 27 meeting, former DeKalb Chief Operating Officer Richard Stogner and Brookhaven city attorney Bill Riley came to an agreement that the city would pay the county $525,000 per month for police services, according to the emails. Following that meeting, Stogner and Garrett agreed that the city would pay $400,000 for 11 months for park services. However, Davis and the
Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Sunset 8:49 p.m. 8:49 p.m. 8:49 p.m. 8:48 p.m. 8:48 p.m. 8:47 p.m. 8:47 p.m. Moonrise 9:41 a.m. 10:37 a.m. 11:34 a.m. 12:32 p.m. 1:32 p.m. 2:34 p.m. 3:38 p.m.
First 7/15 Full 7/22
Mostly Sunny High: 92 Low: 71
Moonset 10:43 p.m. 11:15 p.m. 11:48 p.m. Next Day 12:22 a.m. 12:59 a.m. 1:40 a.m.
Last 7/29 New 8/6 Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 6:37 a.m. 8:17 p.m. 8:46 a.m. 10:29 p.m. 5:01 a.m. 7:25 p.m. 5:25 a.m. 7:42 p.m. 2:58 p.m. 2:07 a.m. 12:53 a.m. 1:19 p.m.
Local UV Index
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National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see scattered showers and thunderstorms today, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 89º in Georgetown, Del. The Southeast will experience widespread thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 95º in Greenville, Miss. In the Northwest, there will be mostly clear to partly cloudy skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 101º in Worland, Wyo. The Southwest will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 111º in Bullhead City, Ariz.
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UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High, 11+: Extreme Exposure
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Local actor portrays former sheriff’s deputy turned murderer
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com Actor Henry Louis Adams, a resident of Stone Mountain, said he’s grateful for the chance to tell the story of Linda Yancey, who was found shot to death in her home in 2008. “It touched me because I couldn’t understand how DeKalb County Jail. At the time of the murders, the Yanceys had been married for 18 years. However, during Derrick Yancey’s trial prosecutors claimed he was obsessed with money—living beyond his means and on the verge of bankruptcy. “He had this desire, if you will, to have a perception around him that he was exceptionally well-off,” former Assistant Chief District Attorney Don Geary said. “There was absolutely no way possible that they could pay their bills with the money they were making.” During the trial, prosecutors said Linda Yancey was considering divorce, and rather than face the embarrassment of a divorce, Derrick decided to take matters into his own hands after taking out a $700,000 life insurance policy for Linda. “She had been shot twice through the front and once through the left side of her neck,” Geary said. DeKalb County Police responded to a 911 call, placed by Derrick June 9, 2008, and arrived to a grisly scene—both Linda and CaxPuluc were found dead with multiple gunshot wounds. At Linda’s feet lay a stack of $100 bills. At first, Yancey told police that he had gone into the basement and witnessed Cax-Puluc with a gun trying to steal money from Linda. Yancey claimed he witnessed Cax-Puluc shoot his wife then fire shots in his direction, at which time he fired three shots at CaxPuluc. When police arrived at the scene they found a disheveled Derrick Yancey in the front yard, who said his wife was barely alive. He claimed he had given her CPR. Investigators soon learned that there was more to the story than Derrick Yancey was telling them. Both of the guns used in the murders were Yancey’s and when forensic evidence found blood spatters on his clothes, Yancey’s robbery-
Derrick Yancey, convicted of murdering his wife and a day-laborer in 2008, sits in on a motions hearing in DeKalb County Superior Court. File Photo
a couple with a beautiful family that appeared to be so loving could end up like that,” Adams said. Fatal Attraction: Shopping for Murder premiered on TV One and is now available for streaming on the television station’s website. Adams plays the role of former DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Derrick Yancey. Yancey was convicted in 2010 of murdering daylaborer Marcial Cax-Puluc and his wife Linda in the basement of their Stone Mountain home. He was later sentenced to serve two life terms in prison for the murders. In 2012, the former deputy filed a motion for a new trial, claiming that the lawyers during his first trial had failed to call a crucial blood spatter expert. However, Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter denied that motion. The scripted TV One documentary portrays the Yanceys lives before their marriage began to unravel. Derrick and Linda Yancey were high school sweethearts, married in 1979. Soon after they were married, Derrick became a deputy and Linda followed in his footsteps, becoming a detention officer at the
Actor and Stone Mountain resident Henry Louis Adams portrayed Yancey in TV One’s television documentary about the murders. Photo provided
gone-wrong story began to unravel. Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Derrick Yancey Aug. 14, 2008. Upon hearing there was a warrant for his arrest, Yancey turned himself in. “There was nothing that supported that he had even made the slightest effort to do CPR,” Geary said. “The way she was shot, even a single compression of CPR would have resulted in squirt of blood.” According to police, there were no visible traces of blood on Yancey’s clothing when they arrived on the scene. Forensic investigators also found Cax-Puluc had no trace of Linda Yancey’s blood on his clothes. Prosecutors believe that Derrick Yancey hired the
day-laborer simply to have an alibi. “We believe that Derrick Yancey saw a divorce coming—we saw that he was in such a bad financial position that he was going to be a pauper—the only way to avoid that was the $700,000 life insurance policy,” Geary said. Yancey was eventually released on bail and ordered to remain at home with a monitoring ankle bracelet while he awaited trial. Things went smoothly for several months—prosecutors and Yancey’s defense team prepared for trial—but his house arrest device stopped responding April 4, 2009. When police arrived at his home, Derrick Yancey was gone. According to po-
lice, he had skipped town and was seen boarding a bus to Los Angeles. However, he didn’t get off the bus in L.A. Yancey was eventually found several months later, living on a resort in Punta Gorda, Belize. He was arrested again Sept. 19, 2009, and brought back to DeKalb County to stand trial. Adams said it saddened him to know that an 18-year marriage could start out so well, and turn so wrong in the end as it did with the Yanceys. “I just hope that someone out there in the situation that Linda was in can see the signs of what could possibly happen,” Adams said.
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getting rid of the organs and throwing them away,” Sandow said. The organ was then sold twice and each time installed in the home of its owner. In 1977, the organ was sold to Richard Weber, an Atlanta ATOS member, who had plans to install the instrument in a proposed pizza parlor in Atlanta. When those plans did not materialize the organ was stored in a warehouse. Eventually the organ was assembled in the warehouse where it was maintained and enjoyed by Atlanta ATOS members and several nationally known theater organists. In May 1991, the organ was purchased and donated to the Atlanta ATOS and placed in storage. “We started trying to find a place suitable to install it,” Sandow said. Sandow called all over the metro Atlanta area before calling James R. Hallford, who at the time was superintendent of DeKalb County schools. Hallford agreed to accept the donation, but the question of where to put the organ still remained. Druid Hills and Avondale high schools were alsoconsidered but their auditoriums were too small for the extensive pipes of the organ. At the time, Stephenson High School was on the drawing board. “We decided we would wait on that school,” Sandow said. Eventually, Sandow met with the school district’s engineers and architects to help design the area in the school’s auditorium where the pipe organ would be located. ATOS members began moving pipe organ components to the school in 1997. “All the work that’s been done has been by volunteer labor,” Sandow said. “I rebuilt a lot of it in my basement. “It gave me something to do,” said the 91-year-old former General Motors worker. ATOS also raised at least $60,000— through grants and donations from members and friends—to completely restore the organ and update it with a computerized console to cut down on the wiring in the instrument. The A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company of Lithonia helped to get the organ concert-ready, Sandow said. “I’m over 90 years old and I wasn’t sure I would live long enough to hear this thing play again,” Sandow said.
Members of the American Theater Organ Society, right, in Atlanta for the group’s convention, packed Stephenson High School’s auditorium to hear the 1920s pipe organ. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
Jack Sandow, a member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Theater Organ Society, spent years refurbishing much of the pipe organ in his basement.
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The district “must make significant and sustainable progress or complete each of these required actions prior to Dec. 31, 2013,” Elgart stated. In December, an AdvancED monitoring team will visit the school district to review the accreditation status. The newly configured board has made a “deliberate effort to avoid undermining the authority of the superintendent,” Elgart wrote. The board was praised by Elgart for “helping to create a culture supportive of school system leaders in managing day-to-day operations of the system and schools.” “Stakeholders also appear to be encouraged by the leadership of the new board and administration,” Elgart said. There are concerns among stakeholders and staff members about “whether the school system can sustain this progress when faced with the inevitable change in board and superintendent leadership,” Elgart said. “Of immediate concern may be the upheaval that may result from impending legal rulings by the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings,” Elgart wrote. “An additional change in leadership could undermine the progress made in the last few months, and yet it is critical to the success of the system to demonstrate sustainability in the newly displayed practices.” In the required action of devising and implementing a plan to unify the school board so that it can focus on “serving the needs of the children,” the report said the school board “is showing promise.” “The board has moved away from the previous political and territorial bickering that characterized the demeanor of the previous board,” the report stated. “With this commitment,...the board and district leadership display a unified focus on student achievement.” However, “its ability to sustain this effort… over a period of time will be the true test of its success,” the AdvancED stated. School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson said the district will be able to demonstrate that its progress is sustainable. “We are institutionalizing the progress we’re making sure so there will be no backsliding,” Johnson said. “Our objective is not shortterm progress, but progress that is sustainable and has the effect of stabilizing the system while shifting the focus to educational excellence and student achievement.”
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Last day to file property tax appeal is July 12
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org Residents who believe their 2013 county property tax assessment is incorrect have until Friday, July 12, to file an appeal. On July 8, dozens of residents crowded the Covington Library community meeting room–whose air conditioner was broken—to learn how the 2013 property appraisals were assessed and how the assessments relates to their tax bills. “This is not a program to solve all your problems,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson, who sponsored the event along with Commissioner Kathie Gannon. “But it’s for information.” County property tax assessment notices were mailed to residents several weeks ago containing an estimate of the tax bill, according to Chief Tax Assessor Calvin Hicks. “When you get your tax bill, it may be different from what’s reflected on that assessment,” Hicks said. “Be aware of that.” The difference is because, by state law, the assessment notice is based on the previous year’s millage rate, Hicks said. For the past two years the millage rate for unincorporated areas of the county has been set at 21.21 mills. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners must set the 2013 millage rate this month. “When we’re talking about the tax digest or the wealth of the county, it involves not only real estate, it involves personal property, it involves equipment that a business may own, it involves inventory, it involves motor vehicles, it involves motor homes, it involves heavy equipment and it involves public utilities,” Hicks said. “All of these things are added together to determine the wealth of the county to which various
Residents packed the community meeting room of Covington Library to learn about the 2013 property tax assessment process. Photo by Andrew Cauthen
jurisdictions apply a millage rate. That mill rate goes to provide services that you and I decide.” Hicks said the property tax values for 2013 “have not declined as much as was anticipated.” For the 230,000 taxed parcels in DeKalb, the county mailed out approximately 39,000 assessment statements that reflected an increase in value and ap-
proximately 40,000 notices that reflected a decline in value, he said. “The balance was no change at all,” Hick said. “That ‘no-change’ actually was a great improvement over prior years.” A Georgia Tech consultant predicted that the county would have a 6 percent decline in its tax digest, Hicks said. “We’re not there,” Hicks
said. “I’m very pleased that that did not occur. Values are beginning to appreciate.” Hicks reminded residents that July 12 is the last day to file a property tax assessment appeal. Last year, there were more than 20,000 appeals in DeKalb County. For more information about property taxes, go to www.dekalbcountyga.gov/ taxcommissioner.
Decatur police investigating burglaries
by Carla Parker email@example.com forcing doors and windows open. The majority of the homes targeted have notable More than 100 Decatur vegetation, driveways with residents packed the Solariinclines or driveways that um in the Oakhurst neighbor- continue behind the home or hood to get the latest update rear alleys, which all provide from Decatur police about concealment for suspect veits investigation of the recent hicles, according to police. home burglaries and robberPolice said in the burglary ies in the city. cases, teenage boys are using The Decatur Police Destolen vehicles and targeting partment is investigating homes with lots of shade and 16 daytime burglaries in driveways where they can the Winnona Park, South back in. Sgt. Jennifer Ross Candler Street and Oakhurst said the suspects are taking areas that began May 30 and electronics such as large flat five robberies thus far in July. screen televisions, laptops Police said the crimes apand jewelry. pear to be related and may be “Many of the televisions linked to several violent rob- would require the use of a beries in Atlanta and DeKalb vehicle to transport. Three County. of the nine homes targeted “I believe it’s a part of had alarm systems,” she said. a bigger group that’s doing “One alarm was bypassed the same thing over and over by cutting the power to the again,” said Decatur Police home, one alarm was actiChief Mike Booker. vated and nothing was taken Decatur, Atlanta and from the home and one alarm DeKalb County police agen- was activated and only items cies are working together to in the room that was initially solve the crimes. entered were taken and the According to police, all of rest of the home was undisthe homes were unoccupied turbed.” at the time of the burglary In one case, a witness reand entry was made by ported seeing a Black male flee the scene in a white van, according to police. In another case, a witness reported seeing four or five young Black males flee the scene in what was later determined to be a vehicle stolen in DeKalb County. In one case, a neighbor reported seeing an unfamiliar vehicle at the victim’s home, but police were not called until the vehichle was gone. “We are working with the DeKalb County Police Department on related cases and thus far, have recovered stolen property from one case,” Ross said. “DeKalb County Police made multiple arrests on June 18 and are still working to identify additional suspects.We have evidence in many of the Decatur cases and are conducting targeted patrols in the area.” Police confirmed that most of the crimes are being committed by teenagers and they are using stolen vehicles to commit the burglaries. “It is believed suspects are utilizing stolen, older model minivans and Jeep Cherokees in many of the recent cases,” Ross said. On July 3, a 15-year-old boy carjacked a woman at gunpoint on Swanton Way and county workers followed the car and called police. Officers arrested the teen when he crashed the car a few blocks away, police said. On July 1, police said a group of teens targeted mothers with their children at Oakhurst Park. Booker said they had a GBI sketch artist to meet with the victims. However, police are not releasing the sketches. “What happens is we take those sketches and show them to the various police departments that we’re working with in hopes that someone from that agency will recognize the suspect,” Booker said. “If we post it up and somebody else recognizes him and says that’s such and such then he’ll take off.” Booker said the department is doing all it can to put a stop to these crimes, which includes officers working overtime and having more officers patrolling the streets. “We’re also sending out news alerts to the community for them to be on alert for certain things so they can contact us if they see something suspicious or out of the ordinary,” he said. Police are also encouraging homeowner to trim excess vegetation that would limit visibility of their homes and driveways and to park unused vehicles in their driveways. Homeowners can also use alarm systems that have battery back-ups on the system so they will activate even if power is disconnected. Amanda Brown, who manages apartment complexes in the Oakhurst neighborhood, said she has given residents handouts with safety precautions. “I always tell everyone to know your neighbors and know your neighbors’ cars,” she said. “We also make sure that none of the entry ways are blocked by big bushes of trees so everything is visible from the street.” To report a crime, dial 911 or call the non-emergency number at (404) 3736551.
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Redan Middle parents want more involvement
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org “Ninety percent of our parents don’t ever set foot in our school. They never attend a parent-teacher conference.” That’s what Rita White, a parent of a Redan Middle School student, said about parental involvement in schools. “We look around and that seems to be a very high problem that we are experiencing,” said White, part of a group of parents and teachers at Redan Middle that is trying to increase parental involvement and raise awareness about the issue. White said when she first started attending Parent Teacher Association meetings at Redan Middle, there were only 30 people involved at a school with 800-plus parents. “Now it’s 150,” she said. “I’m very passionate about this cause. If parents are involved, it doesn’t matter how chaotic your life is outside, you still can be successful.” The cause of the lack of involvement is multifaceted, White said. “When we look at the way the economy is going, we have parents who are jobless,” she said. There is also a generation of younger parents with a “lack of knowledge” about childrearing. Additionally, “more grandparents are having to take on the role” of parenting. “We’re finding out that we have a lot of group homes in our community,” White said. “There’s a lot of things that are going on. It’s like a hidden world that we don’t know truly exists.” The group recently held a meeting that was attended by teachers and some school board members. It also is seeking help from political, religious and business leaders. “We’re targeting all of them,” White said. One goal of the group is to find a way to hold parents accountable for getting involved at the school. “We put so much responsibility on the teachers, but we never hold the parents accountable,” White said. “Teachers are demanded to do more with less. We don’t even have 10 percent of our parents involved. “Just get involved. Know what your child is involved in,” she said. Tanya Richey, an eighth-grade history teacher at Redan Middle School, said the parental volunteer initiative wants to increase volunteerism by 75 percent. That would, in turn, help students do better in school. “Schools with more parental involvement have greater student achievement,” Richey said. She described the number of parent volunteers as “a handful.” “That’s why we’re trying to get them on board,” she said. Redan Middle needs volunteers in all areas including fundraising, making copies for teachers, designing bulletin boards, manning the school store, monitoring the hallways and assisting in the parent center, Richey said. “All areas is where we need them,” Richey said. “We will have something for them to do.” DeKalb County school board Chairman Melvin Johnson said, “We certainly support any effort of parents wanting to be involved in schools.” With $130 in seed money from Rep. “coach” Earnest Williams, the group purchased 100 T-shirts, which are being sold for $13 each to raise money for its efforts. The T-shirts display the group’s message of involvement: “Parenting around the clock never stops.” The T-shirts will be part of an “unspoken campaign,” White said. Kirste Young, a member of the group, said to board members during a recent meeting, “We’re here because we believe change can happen.” Another parent echoed the positive sentiments. “I’m excited about what’s going on at Redan,” said Marcia Howard. “It’s going to infect the whole of Region 3.”
A group of Redan Middle School parents took their goal of increasing parental involvement to the DeKalb Board of Education. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
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Coding camps for kids rise in popularity
by Christina A. Cassidy ATLANTA (AP) The video game Jacob Asofsky is creating is simple: “Someone is trying to take over the world and you try to stop them.” The 12-year-old from Florida is spending two weeks at a summer camp in a program that teaches programming skills to young people. “It’s about having fun, but it also gives them the tools to be able to do this at home because they don’t have this in school,” said Taylor Jones, director of the iD Tech Camp at Emory University. So-called coding camps for children are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and careers in technology. Their rise underscores a seeming mismatch in the U.S. economy: people such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tumblr founder David Karp illustrate the opportunities programming skills can create, yet universities are not graduating enough code-savvy students to meet employers’ demands. The iD Tech Camps, which have grown from 200 students in 1999 to 28,000 enrolled this year in courses at dozens of locations nationwide, use interest in gaming to build bridges to computer programming and possibly careers in Web developing, film animation and app creation for smart phones. Courses start at $829 for a one-week course during the day with overnight students paying $1,348. On a recent weekday, Asofsky was attending an iD Tech Camp on the campus with some 95 other youths younger than the age of 17. He was using the gaming software RPG Maker to create a video game in which the main character travels around the world, buys animals and armor and interacts with others along the way. “I have to say the interface of actually making a game is just as fun as playing a game,” Asofsky said. “It’s a lot like playing a game inside a game.” Early courses for children starting at age 7 use the photo and illustration software Adobe Photoshop and the gaming software Multimedia Fusion to create a simple arcade-style game. “We sit down and talk about what makes games fun,” said instructor Melissa Andrews, who was working with the youngest group of campers. “We get it down to the basics so they can make their own game.” Courses for older children include designing apps, creating sophisticated, 3-D, first-person shooter games using the Unreal Developer’s Kit—also known as UDK—and learning programming languages like Java and C++. The idea is to build self-confidence and spark interest in learning how computers work, all to perhaps plant the seed of a future career in programming. There will be 1.4 million computing jobs by 2020 but only 400,000 computer science students by that time, according to Code. org, a nonprofit with a list of who’s who in the tech world on its advisory board, including Twitter creator Jack Dorsey and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. And the jobs pay well. The median annual wage for a computer programmer, for instance, was $71,380 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, jobs for network and computer systems administrators are growing at double the national average, with a median annual salary of $69,160. Yet high schools and universities seem to be out of step with the job market. Nine out of 10 high schools don’t offer computer programming classes and the number of students graduating from college with a computer science degree is down from a decade ago, according to Code.org. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama said programming should be a required course in high school, similar to foreign languages. “Given how pervasive computers and the Internet [are] now and how integral it is into our economy and how fascinated kids are with it, I want to make sure they know how to actually produce stuff using computers and not just simply consume stuff,” Obama said during a Google+ Hangout. Yale Oseroff’s high school in Virginia doesn’t offer programming classes. The 17-year-old is spending his fourth year at an iD Tech Camp working through C++, a programming language used for systems and application software, for drivers to communicate between an operating system and devices such as printers and to create some video games. “I’m learning (computer) networking, which is what I want to do in college,” he said, as he worked on developing a program to capture usernames and passwords and store them in a database. On the Georgia Tech campus, the Institute for Computing Education offers a variety of camps clustered into elementary, middle and high school groups. Courses include making apps with App Inventor, creating moving sculptures with the WeDo Robotics systems that uses rotational motion and creating animations using Alice software. Barbara Ericson, director of computer outreach at the Institute for Computing Education at Georgia Tech, said people sometimes ask: why not wait until children are older to start teaching them how to program? “Anything over the age of 7 is capable, they are capable of learning reasoning,” she said. During a recent presentation at a technology conference in Washington, D.C., Code.org founder Hadi Partovi said less than 5 percent of U.S. high school students spend class time learning computer science while it’s a graduation requirement in China. He noted that many “software” jobs are outside the tech industry such as banking, retail, government and entertainment, which makes programming skills particularly versatile. “It could mean starting your own company,” he said. “But it could mean you’re a doctor and you’re tired of entering the same data into a chart using paper and you want to write an app that does it for you.” Associated Press videographers Johnny Clark in Atlanta and Bill Gorman in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.
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GPC pitcher and two former players drafted by MLB teams
Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars pitcher Sam Bragg was selected by the Oakland Athletics Friday in the MLB Amateur Draft last month. Oakland picked Bragg, a two-year starter in the 18th round of the draft, the 551st selection overall. Also taken in the draft were two former Jaguars, Alan Busenitz and Christopher Madera. The Los Angeles Angels selected Busenitz, a GPC pitcher in 2009 and 2010, and the Chicago Cubs drafted Madera, who played center field in 2012. This season, Bragg led the NJCAA Region 17 conference in strikeouts with 91. He earned a spot on the all-region first team with a 7-4 record, including two shutouts, and an earned run average of 1.64, third in the league. The right-hander pitcher had 47 in 129 2/3 innings over two seasons. He struck out 54 batters in 47 1/3 innings in 2012. A teammate of Bragg’s in 2012, Madera hit .347 for the Jaguars with 33 runs batted in. He also had 15 doubles, two triples and one home run. After transferring to Northwest Florida State College for his sophomore season, Madera posted similar stats this past season with 31 RBIs and a .341 batting average. Madera, a native of Dominican Republic, was selected in the 33rd round by the Cubs, No. 978 overall. Busenitz was named to the All-Region 17 first team in 2010, his sophomore season at GPC. Posting a 6-1 record and a 2.67 ERA, he also made the East Central District all-star team, which includes all Georgia and Tennessee junior college teams. Busenitz, a right-hander pitcher, had a 1-3 record in 2009 as the Jaguars won the regular-season conference championship. Over the two seasons, he consistently averaged a strikeout per inning, fanning 92 batters in 86 1/3 innings. He was the 757 overall pick, selected in the 25th round by the Angels. As a redshirt senior this spring at Kennesaw State University, Busenitz was a steady reliever with a 2.83 ERA, striking out 39 in 35 innings. He pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the Owls’ 7-2 loss to East Tennessee in the Atlantic Sun Conference championship game.
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The Decatur High School football program hosted a youth football camp for young athletes on July 8-12. The children learned football fundamentals and other skills. Photos by Carla Parker
Decatur football program hosts a youth football camp
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org The potential future football players of Decatur High School got an opportunity to learn fundamentals and other skills at the Decatur Youth Football Camp. The camp, held July 8-12, was started by former Decatur football head coach Brad Waggoner in 2012; new head football coach Scott Jackson brought the camp back for a second year to get the young athletes involved and teach them the basic of football. “We obviously wanted to reach out to the community to help foster some excitement with our youth program and kids wanting to grow up and hopefully play for Decatur one day,” Jackson said. “We wanted to start teaching them fundamentals and skills that will help them in the youth league, middle school and hopefully translate to high school.” The 30 athletes, ages 5-14, learned how to tackle, block, get off of blocks, how to catch a football properly and more. “We’re just trying to reinforce those things and teach them some things that we do with our varsity players,” Jackson said. Max Simpson, a rising ninth grader at Druid Hills High School, said the drills are helping him become a better running back and wide receiver. “I wanted to improve on my tackling and blocking skills because as a running back you have to do a lot of blocking,” the 14-year-old said. “They’ve done a lot of drills like that and it has helped me a lot.” One of the most important skills taught at the camp is how to tackle properly. Tackling has become a major issue in football from the professional level on down to the youth league. Poor tackling, which involves a player leading with his head to make a tackle, has led to concussions and other head trauma problems for many players. Jackson said he and his staff have emphasized how to make a proper tackle. “We talk about hitting with our eyes up to make sure we see what we hit,” he said. “We talk about leading with our shoulder and not leading with our heads. We constantly reinforce that through those drills.” The drills also taught campers how to get their bodies in the right position to make a proper tackle. Along with hosting the camp this summer, Jackson is also preparing for his first season as head football coach of the Decatur Bulldogs. Jackson, who was the offensive coordinator under Waggoner, said not much has changed schematically with the play book and said his players have been working hard this summer to get ready for the season. “I think the players’ hard work will lead to some positive results this season,” he said. “We have an opportunity to have a winning season and a shot to get to the playoffs.”
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Governor’s panel will recommend whether DeKalb CEO should be suspended
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com Two of DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis’ peers will recommend whether he should be suspended after being indicted June 18. Rockdale CEO and the board of commissioners chairman Richard Oden and Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeffrey Turner will join Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens on a panel to review whether Ellis’ indictment warrants his suspension. The governor’s announcement was July 8, nearly three weeks after a 15-count indictment, including 14 felonies, was handed down by a grand jury. The indictment includes four counts of criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion; three counts of theft by taking; two counts of criminal attempt to commit false statements and writings; three counts of coercion of other employees to give anything of value for political purposes; two counts of conspiracy in restraint of free and open competition; and conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision. The indictment came nearly six additional county work when that company did not respond to Ellis’ campaign contribution solicitations. The indictment Ellis with theft by taking charges because he allegedly ordered some county employees to perform work that would benefit his campaign while on county time. Since the indictment, Ellis has maintained his innocence. “As I’ve said from the very beginning, [I’ve] done nothing wrong and I would never, ever, ever do anything to violate the public trust,” Ellis said last month, after he turned himself in at the DeKalb County Jail, posted a $25,000 bond, was booked and released. The panel members have 14 days to study the case and recommend to the governor whether they believe the indictment “relates to and adversely affects his ability to perform his official duties,” according to media statement from the governor’s office. “If the panel determines that the CEO should remain in office, that decision is final,” according to a the statement. “Should it determine that the charges require suspension, the governor makes the final decision.”
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DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, pictured here at a June 24 media conference with his wife Philippa, will soon learn whether he will be suspended from office. Photo by Andrew Cauthen
months after Ellis’ home and office were searched by investigators from the office of DeKalb District Attorney Robert James as part of a special grand jury investigation into possible corruption at the county’s watershed department. According to the indictment, Ellis is accused of attempting to obtain campaign contributions from companies by threatening to prevent those companies from receiving business from the county. The indictment also alleges that Ellis instructed Kelvin Walton, the county’s purchasing director, to prevent a company from receiving
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