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ing to help them. When he said that, I started to believe that I went through my situation so I can help women come out of their situation.” In 2009, Lowry founded “The Still Standing Foundation.” The foundation, which is housed at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center, is a nonprofit organization that provides an outlet for victims of domestic violence to become survivors. It encourages self-empowerment, self-esteem, personal and spiritual growth. The foundation offers various life skill classes that are designed to help victims after the leave their abusive spouse. “We do a domestic violence support group on
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Tamiko Lowry: ‘Still Standing’ after years of abuse
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org July 9, 2007, is a day that Tamiko Lowry will never forget. That is the day when Lowry made the decision to leave her ex-husband after being verbally and physically abused for more than four years. Lowry said she was sitting at home and though, “I can’t do this anymore.” When Lowry’s divorce was final in 2008, she struggled to get back on her feet because she did not make enough money from her part-time job. She moved from a seven-bedroom house to a one-bedroom apartment with her two children from a previous relationship. She was evicted three times in one year and could not feed her children on some days. “I use to steal people’s lunches from work to feed my children,” she said. “When I sent my children up north to my family in Buffalo, N.Y., I slept in my car many nights because I was ashamed and embarrassed to let people know my situation.” Another day Lowry will never forget is Aug. 9, 2009. On that day, her pastor preached a sermon about finding purpose in life. “He said your purpose is usually tied to something you’ve gone through in your past,” she said. “I’ve always liked to help women; I just didn’t know how I was go-
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Tamiko Lowry, a domestic violence survivor, owns and operates The Still Standing Foundation, an organization for domestic violence victims.
South DeKalb mom, family fighting her breast cancer
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com Most people would not consider a cyst a blessing from God, but Dee Dee Murray does. That’s what Murray, a 48-year-old south DeKalb resident and single mother of four, called a cyst she found on her breast in June. “I couldn’t ignore the cyst,” she said. “To me it was a blessing from God. He was telling me there is something really wrong.” Usually, Murray, whose grandmother died from breast cancer in 1993, goes to the doctor every December for a checkup and gets a mammogram every other year. But in December, she skipped broke her routine. Six months later, “a cyst popped up out of nowhere on my left breast,” she said. “I was alarmed because it hurt. It was painful and it was abnormal. It was an eyeopener,” Murray said. “It was an indicator for something that was much more serious going on in my body that I would not have known about had the cyst not come up because I don’t have anything that [I] could feel that would indicate that I had a problem with my breast. “That’s why I said, ‘I’ll get a mammogram later. I don’t have any lumps. Nothing hurts. Every time I get a mammogram they’re always normal.’” Murray, who was in the middle of planning a family vacation, decided to deal with the issue after the vacation. On July 8 she got a mammogram. “They took lots and lots of pictures,” Murray said. “It was not like a routine mammogram.” Eight days later she had a biopsy. Doctors aspirated the cyst and discovered that it was benign. “But they did find a 10 cm area of calcification under the cyst…that came back malig-
Dee Dee Murray, right, embraces her children, from left, Enam, Senaite and Hadassah. Murray was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. Photos provided
‘Everybody has cancer in the family…if one member of the family gets cancer.’ –Dee Dee Murray
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The collector-distributor lanes on I-20 Eastbound between Columbia and Wesley Chapel improved travel time 195 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. File Photo
New I-20 lanes performing better than expected
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org The new collector-distributor (CD) lanes along Interstate Highway 20 between Columbia Drive and Panola Road have greatly improved travel time for commuters in three months after opening, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). GDOT Chief Engineer Russell McMurry said the department is seeing “great benefits” in time savings and improved mobility through the I-285/I-20 interchange. “We expected improvement, but the actual numbers go way beyond our expectations,” he said. In January 2012, the Georgia Department of Transportation began constructing the 4.73 mile project, which stretches from the I-20/I-285 interchange east to Panola Road. The constructed barrierseparated CD lanes were built to eliminate the weave between traffic entering I-20 from I-285 and exiting I-20 at Wesley Chapel Road. According to GDOT, the $31 million project allowed the department to use its time-saving design-build contracting process in which the project’s design and construction are combined into one contract and a corresponding seamless, continuous process. McMurry said travel time during rush-hour has improved more than 100 percent. “During rush-hour, travel in the new eastbound CD lanes from Columbia Drive to east of Panola Road has been reduced from 18.3 minutes to only 6.2 minutes–a 195 percent improvement,” he said. “A travel time savings of 10 minutes or more is very significant and meaningful, for everyone.” Some Lithonia residents, such as Gabby Lolley, said traffic has improved on that stretch of road. “Regardless of what time I leave work now I know that the journey home won’t be nearly as stressful as it used to be,” she said. “I love it!” Other commuters, such as Celeste Thompson, said she has seen improvements as well but not a “195 percent” improvement. “I agree that it’s better but not by that much,” she said. “It shaves maybe five minutes off my drive time.” “It’s better but not to the extent they are saying,”
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public hearing on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the following matters: 1) Text amendment to Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance”, Section 611 to delete language that conflicts with Georgia statutes, and to amend Section 301 of Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance” to add a definition of the term “Outdoor Storage”. Text amendment to Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance,” to delete in its entirety Section 617 regarding “Institutional uses and places of worship”. Oak Hall Companies proposes to rezone property fronting on Keswick Drive with addresses of 5140R and 5172R Peachtree Boulevard, being tax parcel IDs # 18‐300‐10‐013 and 18‐300‐10‐047 from Neighborhood Residential ‐1 (NR‐1) to Neighborhood Residential ‐2 (NR‐2) for the purposes of developing 10 single‐family detached residences on 3.254 acres. Applicant also requests variances to the following sections of the City of Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance”: Section 1004 that requires a minimum rear yard setback of 30 ft. for lots 9 and 10; Section 903.B. that requires a minimum front yard setback of 30 ft. for lots 6‐10; Section 513 to allow private drives as the means of access for lots 1‐5; and a waiver of the Subdivision Regulations, Sect. 4.3 that limits private driveways to serving two or fewer lots and states that “private streets are not allowed in the City”. Darron Kusman of Roma Ventures requests a variance to the provisions of the City of Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance”: Section 512, “single‐family residential detached height measurement” with respect to property at 3056 Park Lane, tax parcel ID# 18‐278‐03‐001 in the Neighborhood Residential ‐1 (NR‐1) district consisting of 1.6 acres. The same applicant also requests a waiver of the City of Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Chapter 34 “Environment” , Article XV “Stream Buffer Protection”, Section 34‐ 1005, paragraph (a)(2) “Buffer and setback requirements” to allow development within the additional 25 feet of a stream buffer in which land disturbance is permitted, but all impervious cover is prohibited. Brooks Lumpkin of Lumpkin Development requests variances to the following provisions of the Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance”: Section 1307 B.2.b. that requires that a planned center with one street frontage may have only one principal freestanding sign for the purposes of erecting two signs on the same street frontage; Section 1308 B.3 that limits maximum height of a monument sign to 8 feet in order to erect two signs that are 12 feet in height; Section 1308 B.5 that limits maximum sign area to 64 feet and that requires each sign to be a minimum of ten feet from the driveway in order to erect two signs having approximately 90 square feet each and placed less than ten feet from the driveway; Section 1308 B.6.c. that requires that signs greater than 64 square feet in area be a minimum of 2,000 feet apart in order to construct two such signs that are approximately 435 feet apart; Section 1305 D. that establishes a sight visibility clearance area for signs taller than 3 ft. and within 20 ft. of the intersection of the edge of a driveway and right‐of‐way line of a street; Section 617 A. that requires a place of worship to be on a road that has at least four lanes in order to locate a church on New Peachtree Road which does not have four lanes; Section 617 B. that requires that a building housing a place of worship be set back as required by the applicable zoning district (20 ft. in Village Commercial) whereas the existing building setback on the rear property line is less than 20 ft.; Section 617 D. that requires a place of worship to have a planted buffer strip at least ten feet in width along the side and rear property lines to allow a planted buffer strip that is less than ten feet in width at certain places. All these requests are with respect to property at 5522 New Peachtree Road, being tax parcel ID#18‐309‐04‐001 consisting of 4.7 acres located in the Village Commercial (VC) zoning district. The Howard Lane Company requests variances to the following provisions of the Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance”: Section 1203 F. that requires the proposed use to provide a minimum of 60 parking spaces, where as the applicant proposes to provide 23 parking spaces; Section 1004 that requires a minimum rear yard setback of 20 feet whereas the existing building has less than a 20‐foot rear setback. These requests are with respect to property at 3600 American Drive, being tax parcel ID# 18‐308‐04‐016 consisting of 1.0 acre located in the Village Commercial (VC) zoning district.
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A governor’s race?
base was insufficient to put her into a runoff for an earlier congressional race, and given her years out of the public eye, it will be challenging to expand her name I.D. significantly beyond DeKalb County. State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta) is also giving consideration to a run. But Deal faces greater challenge from within his own party, or at the “Words calculated to catch very least he has some great fodeveryone may catch no one.”— Ilder for fundraising. Dalton Mayor linois Gov. Adalai Stephenson, a David Pennington is a passionate, twice unsuccessful presidential can- articulate, populist conservative— didate in a speech to the Democratic often looking for a fight, or a new National Convention of 1952. cause to champion. He is holding Since Gov. George Busbee’s re- this governor accountable, some say election in 1978, only one incumresponsible, for Georgia emerging bent governor seeking re-election a bit slower than other southeastern has been unsuccessful. Gov. Nastates from this lingering recession. than Deal appears a more than safe Pennington thinks Deal should bet for re-election one year from be cutting state government spendthis month. Atlanta Mayor Kasim ing faster, making tax and regulaReed, a staunch Democrat, has all tory reform simpler and more effecbut endorsed his cross the street, tively focusing on job creation. Pencross-party colleague. Deal has nington’s name I.D. is also small, repeatedly demonstrated deft and and though he’s well-liked by some sturdy political and policy hands, northwest Georgia party activists, it taking several thorny issues off the will take considerable fundraising table or brokering compromises, success to make him even half as long before the first drop of politiwell-known as Pennington Seed of cal capital or blood is shed. Madison, Ga., and points south. So far, the only Democrat The more curious entry, and podiscussing entering this race is tentially more damaging for Deal is former state senator and DeKalb State School Superintendent John County Commissioner Connie Barge. Barge may not raise a lot Stokes. Stokes spent a decade in the of money, and he is far from a barn state senate and seven years on the burner on the stump or campaign DeKalb Commission, but that vote trail, but he does keep a couple of issues front and center, neither of which is easy for Deal to deal with. The super and governor disagree, and not quietly, on the importance, success and proper place for the governance of charter schools. And coming to a PTA meeting near you is the coming bugaboo of this election year, the Common Core federal school standards. Here is the public mission statement for the Common Core Standards: “The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” All that said, social conservatives are screaming as if Gone with the Wind was being banned in the schools and the Common Core’s new new math is somehow patently evil. Children are being homeschooled in growing numbers and private school admission directors are smiling. It is not unusual in a GOP primary for the nominee to spend much of his/her time swatting gnats and flies buzzing about their head and staff from the party’s far right. What is unusual here is that the attacks will come simultaneously from two different directions. If Barge can draw teachers, more typically Democratic Primary voters in the larger school districts, into the GOP Primary, and Pennington can rile up the “anybody but Deal” crowd from 2010, this tag team might force a run-off. Deal might need some help in the coming months fashioning a compelling case, as he often did as a prosecutor, of what four more years of his leadership will mean. The edge and safe betting is clearly with Real Deal the sequel— but tag team punches from teachers, the Tea Party and more than a few overly exercised or exorcised PTAs can do a great deal of damage in a short period of time too. Job security I guess for those of us commenting from the sidelines. Bill Crane also serves as a political analyst and commentator for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist for The Champion, Champion Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native and business owner, living in Scottdale. You can reach him or comment on a column at billcrane@ earthlink.net.
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Health care hypocrisy
And now, Dr. Hightower offers this advice for improving your mental health: Don’t fume about the GOP’s lunatic effort to kill health care reform — just laugh at their farcical show. Take Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour blabathon, in which he said he would stop the Affordable Care Act in its tracks. Not only did the Texas Republican fail spectacularly, but senators voted 100 to zero against his crazy ploy. Yes, that means even he voted against it. What a hoot he is. And he’s a shameful hypocrite too. While going to extremes to keep millions of Americans from getting vitally needed health coverage, Cruz repeatedly refused to answer whether taxpayers covered his health care. Finally, he piously responded that he was eligible for taxpayer coverage, but had nobly declined. Such slapstick! It turns out that Ted was fibbing, for he’s covered by his wife’s policy. As a millionaire top executive at Goldman Sachs, she and her family are given goldplated Cadillac coverage by the Wall Street giant. Goldman pays some $40,000 a year for her and Ted’s policy — a benefit-cost that the firm passes on to us taxpayers by deducting it from its corporate tax bill. Hilarious, huh? Then there’s the comic twist that’s included in the government shutdown. While more than a million regular government workers are going without a paycheck, the Congress critters who forced the furlough continue to collect their $174,000 in annual pay. Some lawmakers are donating their checks to charity, but four out of five are happily pocketing theirs. “Dang straight,” barked Rep. Lee Terry. “I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college,” the Nebraska Republican said. “Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly,” Terry told his constituents. And that’s your Congress at work. Laugh ’til it hurts. OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. OtherWords. org.
Sen. Ted Cruz declined taxpayerfunded coverage because of his wife's Cadillac policy.
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CORE Performance Company hosts French dance company for residency
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com For two weeks in October, the CORE Performance Company in Decatur is hosting French contemporary dance company Association Manifeste for an artist residency. Association Manifeste, from Toulouse, and CORE are collaborating to offer a series of performances and workshops, including several events open to the public. CORE Artistic Director Sue Schroeder said her company is excited about the cross-cultural artistic exchange. “CORE is well-seasoned in creative collaborations, many of which have been with international artists, but this will be our first opportunity to work and create with French artists,” Schroeder said. The collaboration between the two dance companies is set to continue in the spring of 2014 when CORE Performance Company will take up residency with Association Manifeste in Toulouse, France, for another collaborative residency. The objective of this exchange is to produce a collaborative work that will be performed nationally and internationally through the end of 2014. David Kibler, the cultural attaché at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, said there is a demand and interest for French and American dancers to produce collaborative work and the partnership between the two companies is a testament to the warm relationship between Atlanta and Toulouse. “The city of Toulouse, the city of Atlanta, the French Consulate, and most of all, the dancers themselves, are all excited about the synergy that is taking place and we are thrilled to see that Atlanta is distinguishing itself as a breeding ground for international artistic cooperation,” Kibler said. On Oct. 23, CORE will host a “salon” at its studio on the Decatur square, allowing attendees to observe the companies’ creative process at work. Attendees are encouraged to give feedback to the dancers during the performance. The companies will also perform Oct. 24 and 26 at the Rialto Center for the Arts. For more information visit www.coredance.org.
Champion of the Week
Miles E. Fowler
Paula Moreland, who often volunteers with Dr. Miles E. Fowler describes Fowler, the pastor of Big Miller Grove Baptist Church in Lithonia, as having “a heart of gold and a smile that shines, too.” Although he’s a pastor with a large congregation, Fowler said his love of people and love of God drive him to serve the community beyond his congregation. Frequently involved in programs to feed, clothe and care for homeless people, Fowler said, “There are so many people struggling today. It’s up to us who can to look after those in need. Many people are having a hard time meeting their family’s basic needs such as food and shelter and many are just one paycheck away from being homeless.” Among the other groups he helps are inmates at the DeKalb County Jail and young people in the DeKalb County Juvenile Home. “It’s the county’s job to remove these people from society when they have broken the law, but someone has to step in and work with them to give them the practical and spiritual tools they need to return to society strong, whole and able to start on a new path,” he said. “That’s what I’m trying to do.” In addition to serving as an individual volunteer, Fowler has organized minsters in the community to provide more help than any of them could provide alone. “We may have different doctrines, but it’s not about that. We have to help those in our community who are hurting,” said Fowler, one of the founders of United Ministerial Alliance, which recently honored him for his leadership of the group at a program at Lithonia’s Flat Rock Baptist Church. Fowler also is among the founders of South DeKalb Church Credit Union, now Peach State Federal Credit Union. “It helps keep money in the community to build the community,” he noted. Among the efforts Fowler volunteers for are ones that gather such items as shoes, clothing and eyeglasses for people in impoverished countries. “Many people have old eyeglasses around the house that they can’t use because their prescription has changed,” he explained, “but those glasses could be a blessing to someone who can’t afford buy glasses. When medical missionaries go to areas where people have very little it helps when they have items like used eyeglasses to offer people.”
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purchase a spoon for $5$10 and sample many styles of chili prepared Halloween events to be by Clarkston neighbors, at Fernbank Science restaurants and commuCenter nity organizations. Tasters will vote on their top Fernbank Science three favorite chilies and Center is hosting two the winners will receive Halloween events. On prizes, including a basket Saturday, Oct. 26, “the of market goodies, a $50 littlest monsters,” ages 6 gift certificate for photogand younger are invited raphy, Clarkston coaster to Fun With Flashlights, set and CCC hooded which the center desweatshirt. scribes as “a fun-filled The market will also Halloween party under host a food drive to supthe stars of the planport Cares 4 Clarkston etarium dome.” The event Food Pantry. Visitors are is at 1 p.m. and admisurged to bring dried and sion is $5 for children and canned foods to the maradults. ket and drop them off at On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Welcome Tent start6 to 7:30 p.m., younging at 10 a.m. Among the sters of all ages may most needed food items come for treats and a are peanut butter, canned live science show, includ- tuna, canned beans, ing observatory viewing, canned soups, stews and weather permitting. pastas, canned fruits and Costumes are welcome vegetables, whole grain for both events. Fernbank low-sugar cereals, rice Science Center is located and dry pastas. at 156 Heaton Park Drive, The Clarkston Farmers Atlanta. For more inforMarket is located at 3701 mation, visit fsc.fernbank. College Ave., Clarkston. edu. For more information, email Market Manager Rachael Kane at maru email@example.com.
During the open house, BCS will offer complimentary refreshments, tours of the facility and an opportunity to speak with staff about the agency’s programs. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the services offered through Bethany Christian Services Atlanta branch, visit www.bethany.org/atlanta. Mall to offer warm, safe trick-or-treating North DeKalb Mall is offering children in the community what is described as a warm, safe environment to trickor-treat Thursday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Children through 12 years old may dress up as their favorite character for this tasty event and visit some of the mall stores for a treat. Participating stores will be marked with balloons. Cameras are welcome for children to have their picture taken with North DeKalb Mall’s own Broomhilda the Witch. North DeKalb Mall is located at 2050 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur. For additional information call (404) 320-7960 or visit www. northdekalbmall.com. Debt clinic to be offered at library A free consumer debt clinic will be offered at the Decatur Library Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5:30-7p.m. “Are you struggling with debt? If you have been sued for a debt and you have questions, the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation has answers,” states the announcement from the library. Local attorneys will discuss information regarding debt cases in DeKalb County and facilitate oneon-one consultations. Participants should bring all documents related to their cases. The Decatur Library is located at 215
Sycamore Street, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070. Garrison Keillor to speak at Agnes Scott Humorist, author and host of radio program A Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keillor will be at Agnes Scott College Tuesday, Oct. 29, to talk about his new poetry book Oh, What A Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound. The event, sponsored by The Georgia Center for the Book, is free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. The talk will be in Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall at 7 p.m. Agnes Scott College is located at 141 East College Ave., Decatur. Library employees show creative talents DeKalb County Public Library staff members are using their creative skills to help the system raise money to offset budget cuts. For the third consecutive year, staff members are displaying and, in many instances, selling their artistic works as part of the system’s annual Employee Art Expo. The works—including photographs and crocheted items–are on display at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street in downtown Decatur, through the end of November. Those who would like to purchase an item should ask about it at the Decatur circulation desk. Proceeds from items sold will go to the DeKalb Library Foundation.
and boys pre-K through ninth grade. “Our youth basketball leagues afford your child the opportunity to learn essential basketball fundamentals and enhance existing skills in a competitive, yet supportive environment. Our youth basketball leagues stress both individual development and teamwork, giving each child a thorough understanding of the game while teaching core values and providing opportunities to develop leadership skills. Our unique partnership with the Atlanta Hawks elevates our league and what we offer to you,” states the announcement from MJCCA, which is located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. For more information, contact Ethan Bagen at (678) 812-4174.
Library to host writer’s support group Stonecrest Library will host a writer’s support group Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30-8 p.m. The event is open to writers of any literary form and genre. Participants should bring their work, whether completed or inprogress, to read, discuss and receive group feedback. The support group meets the last Tuesday of every other month unless a holiday falls on that date. Stonecrest Library is located at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 482-3828. Businesses to host Trunk or Treat Local business owners and the city of Lithonia are sponsoring a Trunk or Treat event at 6928 Main St., Lithonia, Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30- 8 p.m. Volunteers and candy donations are needed. For more information call (770) 482-1411.
City to host Halloween decoration competition Each year, Avondale Estate residents and businesses decorate their homes in celebration of Halloween. Judges will select a group of homes and a business Oct. 28 that show the most spirit and present those homes and business with a Halloween Spirit Award Oct. 29. Halloween hours in the city are from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Services center to host open house Bethany Christian Services (BCS), a global family preservation and child welfare agency, will host an open house at the Counseling Center, located at 13 Corporate Square on North Druid Hills, on Friday, Oct. 25, 2 - 6 p.m. The open house will “introduce the community to the staff and services at the center—which include: pregnancy counseling; individual, family and group counseling, such as intensive family intervention and ADOPTS therapy for adopted children; and comprehensive child and family assessments,” according to an announcement from BCS.
Farmers market to hold chili cook-off The Clarkston Farmers Market is closing its 2013 season Sunday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with a chili cook-off and food drive. Patrons may
Youth basketball registration to close Registration for Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) Youth Basketball Leagues closes Oct. 28. The program is for girls
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Man accused of murdering immigrant, dumping body at GPC appears in court
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org A DeKalb County man accused of strangling a West African immigrant then dumping his body on the grounds of a local college pleaded not guilty in court Oct. 18. Christopher Shepard, 28, appeared in an orange jumpsuit in DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter’s courtroom. He was arrested June 13 and is accused of killing Stone Mountain resident Alpha Oumar Diallo, 23, whom authorities said died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. Also scheduled to appear in court was Constance Mason, 44, accused of helping Shepard dispose of Diallo’s body on the grounds of the Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) Clarkston campus. According to officials at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), a passerby found Diallo’s body at approximately 7 a.m. June 10 while walking on North Indian Creek Road.
Christopher Shepard pleaded not guilty Oct. 18 to charges that he strangled a Stone Mountain man and dumped his body on the campus of Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston. Photo by Daniel Beauregard
Sherry Lang, a spokeswoman for the GBI, said the passerby noticed a male body lying in a grassy area approximately 30 feet from the sidewalk. Lang said the person who found the body called 911 and GPC campus police were notified. “EMTs responded to the
scene where they determined the person to be deceased,” Lang said. According to police, Diallo was last seen June 9 at 4 p.m. at his home in Stone Mountain. At the time of Diallo’s death, police said Shepard and Mason lived together
at 751 North Indian Creek Drive. Officials said Diallo was not enrolled at GPC. He was a citizen of French Guinea in West Africa and had been a resident in the United States since 2008.
Decatur passes 90-day demolition moratorium
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com The Decatur city Commission unanimously approved a 90-day moratorium Oct. 21 on removing healthy trees on private property but voted against halting the demolition of single-family homes. Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said at the end of the moratorium the city will be able to vote on a final tree ordinance. However, the issue of whether residents should be allowed to demolish single-family homes to build bigger ones remains unsolved. Resident David Rotenstein said he is disappointed the city didn’t come to an agreement about the singlefamily demolition moratorium. Rotenstein, who has been blogging about the effects of the teardowns since 2011, said he disagrees with the residents and officials who think a demolition moratorium would be too “extreme.” “I think there is a crisis and there has been one for some time. It’s gotten to this point where the city commission had to take this unprecedented move because the city has never comprehensively and…honestly, had a frank conversation about the difficult issues,” Rotenstein said. Officials said the moratorium was introduced so the city can study the effects of tree removal and demolition and how that plays a role in its goals for sustainable development. Decatur, which has won numerous awards for its sustainability efforts, recently began creating a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to address land development and zoning regulations. The first phase of developing the UDO is a detailed report outlining specific changes that should be made to existing city codes. ‘I think people need to know that a big part of the motivation for this at this time is because we have set a certain date for having a table of contents for the UDO. We were hoping at that time to have a lot of public input about the issues around our tree ordinance and that we would be ready at that time to have some stuff to pass with the tree ordinance,” Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett said. According to the draft of the moratorium on the city’s website, “a number of issues have been raised recently by community members related to single-family, residential development, including the number and type of demolitions, the size and the scale of new single-family detached residences and the type and number of variances granted by the zoning board of appeals.” Todd Siegler, a resident whose family recently moved to Decatur, said that they are looking at buying a house in the neighborhood where they are currently renting. Siegler said he is concerned about how the proposed three-month moratorium would affect his family’s chances of buying a home. “To insinuate that people are for or against trees is crazy because all we’re after is a community where we feel like we can belong,” Siegler said. “We’re considering taking action today based on no information and no analysis.” Resident Veronica Edwards said she has been living in Decatur’s Oakhurst community for 47 years, and has seen it go through many changes. Edwards urged commissioners to stop letting people tear down single-family homes in her area. “I have seen the diversity and the characters come and go and I plead to you right now to tell you to stop it. It’s time to stop the uprooting of the communities and the complaining between the neighborhoods,” Edwards said. “If we continue with the growth and development as fast as we’re going there will be no more diversity in Decatur.” Commissioner Patti Garret supported the tree removal moratorium but said she could not stop economic development. “Despite my sadness of seeing a lot of the demolitions happening in Oakhurst,” Garret said, “I don’t think we gain anything by stopping progress and putting the brakes on development because I’m not sure what the result is going to be at the end of 90 days.” The proposal passed by the city commission also states that the UDO project will contain efforts to strengthen tree protection regulations for single-family resident lots. City officials also stated that they expect the results of a tree canopy assessment in the coming weeks. The moratorium is effective until Jan. 24, 2014.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
Congressmen brings healthcare information event to Clarkston
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org
ued. Johnson encouraged the uninsured to go to www.healthcare.gov, “follow its Congressman Hank Johnson was in directions and check it out.” Clarkston Oct. 18 to help constituents “It’s nothing to be afraid of,” he said. get information about the Affordable “There are some bugs in the system that Care Act (ACA). are being ironed out but you don’t have “We anticipated that there would still to do everything the first time you go on. be a lot of confusion about the ACA You can go part of the way, set it aside, and what it had to offer, so we wanted have dinner, come back and deal with to have a place where our constituents the rest of it later. and others could come and sit down “But the bottom line is you’ll be able and talk to various people—navigators to find out what resources are available and such—and actually get information to help you as you purchase insurance about what’s available to them and acon the exchange,” Johnson said. “You’ll tually have an opportunity to sign up,” be able to find out the various insurance Johnson said. programs that are available to you and At the information event, individuyou’ll you can shop to determine which als and small business owners were able is best for you and your loved ones.” to receive information about the ACA Johnson acknowledged that there and help applying for health insurance is misinformation about the ACA that through the marketplace exchanges cre- needs to be countered with “true and acated under the ACA. curate information.” Andy Phelan, Johnson’s communi“Once people are able to experience cation director, said 10 navigators were the benefit of having affordable healthavailable to help the 50-75 people who care, they will not be diluted anymore; attended the event at Georgia Piedmont they will not be confused,” Johnson Technical College. said. “Everybody watches TV but a very “It was good for the people because small percentage knows how the TV acthey were able to see the navigators tually operates. They’re just looking for right away,” Phelan said. the picture that comes out. That’s what “It is essential that we explain the law will happen here. You sign up. You do so people without health insurance can what you need to do and then you can get the coverage they and their family see the picture which is good health.” need,” Johnson said. Johnson said in some cases insurance “The Affordable Care Act is not premiums have increased, “but in the only about securing affordable, quality majority of the states, the cost of insurand accessible health care, but it is also ance has gone down.” about wellness and prevention, eco“For six out of 10 people, they can nomic security and entrepreneurship, the purchase insurance for as low as $100 well-being of working families and the a month,” Johnson said. “That is a fact strength of the middle class,” he contin- and that is affordable insurance.”
Congressman Hank Johnson brings information about the Affordable Care Act to constituents in Clarkston. Photos provided
Chamblee town center master plan updated
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com Chamblee development director, said the city has hired the firm Kimley-Horn Chamblee officials said and Associates to develop the city is updating its mas- a draft of the strategic plan, ter plan and it hinges on which is available on the significant input from local city’s website. property owners and resiDuring the process ofdents. ficials also interviewed sevThe plan will focus on eral stakeholders and results updating the community’s from the interviews where vision for downtown to then compiled into a list of increase walkability, impros and cons. prove the area around the The list of strengths Chamblee MARTA station includes Chamblee’s locaand efficiently allocate city tion, small-town feel and its resources. access to public transportaIn 2000, the city received tion. The study also includes a Livable Centers Initiative opportunities for growth (LCI) grant from the Atlanta such as expanding the city’s Regional Commission to de- multiuse trails, integrating velop the plan. The city has its diverse ethnic communinow received another grant ties into the town center and for $80,000 and the Chamenhancing bicycle and peblee City Council added an destrian facilities. additional $20,000 to fund Additionally, the study the study. lists a number of weaknessGary Cornell, city of es and areas for improvement, the first being that there is no clear consensus on where the town center is. Other issues include pedestrian and bicycle safety, the lack of night life, traffic and zoning issues. Cornell said the goal of the plan is to make the city more walkable, transit friendly and create more destinations that will bring people into the city. “We’re looking for themed destinations, something that is a strong enough magnet to build a more successful downtown,” Cornell said. “We think that the expansion of the city’s bicycle and trail system will be another asset.” Currently, Chamblee’s city hall is located approximately a mile away from the Chamblee MARTA station. Cornell said as the study progresses, it will look at whether having an actual “town center” is essential for Chamblee’s future. “Is that important or more of just a symbolic matter and what tangible improvement will it take to bring that to a reality?” Cornell said. Additionally, Cornell said Chamblee’s diverse population offers new avenues to explore growth, such as the Atlanta Chinatown Mall and the work going on at the Interactive College of Technology. “They’re not traditional parts of Chamblee’s past but they might be plans for the future,” Cornell said. According to Cornell, a draft of the plan to share with residents and the city council is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The plan is expected to be finalized in March 2014. For more information visit www.chambleega.com.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Mayor and Board of Commissioners for the City of Avondale Estates will hold a Public Hearing for the 2014 Proposed Budget on November 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Final Adoption of the 2013 budget will occur in conjunction with the Board’s regular monthly meeting on December 16, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza. The proposed 2014 budget is available for public review on the City website and at City Hall during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
DeKalb schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week in Atlanta
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org Students from several DeKalb County schools were among thousands of Georgia youth who gathered in Atlanta Oct. 18 to kick off the state’s Red Ribbon Campaign against substance abuse. “It’s a celebration of life,” said Travis Fretwell, program chief for the State Office of Addictive Diseases, about the event. “It’s also a reflection on those communities that made a commitment to keeping our communities safe.” Red Ribbon Week is about “being drug free and not trying to do drugs,” said Kira Jackson, a fifth-grader at Hambrick Elementary, who won a raffled baseball signed by a Braves player. “If you do drugs it will affect your body and you won’t be able to live right,” Kira said. “Our governor speaks to us about how drug free we need to be. We can actually see how good we are now. If we do drugs then we’ll be horrible. You need to stay drug free and believe in yourself.” The kick-off event, held at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, featured a talent show in which the various attending schools participated. The Browns Mill Elementary School DREAM G.E.A.R.L.S. (Gaining Educational And Real Life Skills) Step Team entertained the crowd with its step routine. Step team member Micayla Cooper, 10, said Red Ribbon Week reminds students that “you shouldn’t do drugs or any type of cigarette [because] they can harm you.” The event is important because “kids can learn that they can be drug free and that if you are drug free…you can be a person that helps people to be drug free. If I’m not drug free then that won’t happen,” Micayla said. Her father, Kenneth Bolton, said it is important for parents to help children remain drug-free. “If you’ve got a football team, the only way you can support it is the parents’ club,” Bolton said. “As parents, we’ve got to pretty much stand side by side to make sure our kids do the same thing when they have kids.” Shandra Grier, mother of 10-year-old Siniya, said the step team is one way students at Browns Mill Elementary learn about life and being drug-free. “They have to get their grades up to be a part of the step team,” Grier said. “It gives her a good foundation and family and organization. They teach them not only about stepping, they go through hygiene, how important it is to stay drug free and alcohol free and the choices they make in life carry them all throughout their lifetime. It teaches them more than one thing.” Phyllis Daniel, principal of Browns Mill Elementary, said Red Ribbon Week activities complement the school district’s health education curriculum. “In the DeKalb County School District as a part of our health program there are units that talk about illegal drug use and what can happen to you as far as the physical part when you do drugs—how it can impact you mentally, physically, impact your goals, impact your choices,” Daniel said. The Red Ribbon Week program also featured a statewide poster contest in which Browns Mill Elementary School’s fifth-grade art students were awarded first place for a poster that illustrated the negative effects of drugs on the body.
The Dream G.E.A.R.L.S. step team from Browns Mill Elementary School was one of several DeKalb schools that participated in Red Ribbon Week celebration Oct. 18. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
The school’s art program, led by Chandra McMillan, had the winning poster contest entry.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
3rd Annual DeKalb International Food and Music Festival
Cuisine and entertainment from around the globe were featured at the third annual DeKalb International Food and Music Festival on Oct. 19 at Northlake Mall, organized by DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson. Vendors from more than 32 countries participated in the festival. There was live music, a kids area with face painting and inflatables. DeKalb Fire Rescue and Dekalb Police brought vehicles for a hands-on experience. Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May, Commissioner Larry Johnson, DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander and Congressman Hank Johnson were on hand interacting with the crowd and vendors. Photos by Travis Hudgons
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The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May and the DeKalb Department of Watershed Management remind you to properly dispose of F. O.G. (Fats, Oils, and Grease)
What are Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)?
FOG is composed of the animal and vegetable fats and oils that are used to cook and prepare food.
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Kevin Pearson of Lithonia said. “I have noticed it’s not as congested and after the Wesley Chapel [exit] I get to Panola faster. If they had extended it a little past Panola, it would have been better.” “I’ve seen an improvement in travel time but instead of the traffic being at the Wesley Chapel exit it’s between the Wesley and Panola exits,” Brittany Price of Lithonia said. “It’s not as bad as it was before the extension of the highway.” State Transportation Board Member Robert Brown said the board hoped they might get a 56 percent improvement. “But 195 percent is off the charts,” Brown said in a statement. “I drive the corridor myself almost daily and I see the improvement firsthand. I’m extremely pleased that the department and DeKalb County worked together and were innovative in incorporating a design-build approach. They have expeditiously brought a much higher level of mobility to a very congested corridor.” According to Mark McKinnon, the Atlanta regional media coordinator for GDOT, collector-Distributor lanes are one of many strategic innovations GDOT is implementing throughout metro Atlanta and across Georgia to provide better mobility by making the most “advantageous and beneficial” use of limited financial resources. “The department recognizes that a modern, interconnected and intermodal statewide transportation system is essential to Georgia’s continued economic growth, prosperity and quality of life,” he said.
Meat fat Lard Cooking oil
Where does FOG come from?
Baking goods Food scraps Shortening
Dairy products Butter and margarine Sauces
What happens when FOG is not properly disposed of? FOG should be properly disposed of or recycled. It enters the plumbing system through home garbage disposals, kitchen sinks and toilets, coats the interior of pipes, and empties into the County’s sewer system. Excessive accumulation of FOG in the sewer system will result in sanitary sewer overflows and sewage backup in homes and businesses. Sewage overflow repairs are costly for the County and its citizens, and can result in increased costs for water and sewer services.
Remember these simple practices to help keep FOG out of our pipes and sewers:
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POUR cooled fats, oils or grease into a sealable container and throw it in the trash. Do not pour down the sink or toilet. SCRAPE plates and cookware before washing. Do not throw scraps of any kind down the sink. 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 towels away.
Remember, you can make a difference! Visit the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s FOG Program Online! www.dekalbwatershed.com/FOG 1580 Roadhaven Drive • Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (770) 621 -7200
You’ll hear loud music once you get to Philips Arena, but not while you’re on MARTA.
You deserve to enjoy the ride, without hearing someone else’s loud music. That’s why MARTA suspends anyone who breaks our code of conduct.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
Week in pictures
Oct. 23. The Champion News Editor Andrew Cauthen talks with Dr. Vernitria V. Rice of Southwest DeKalb High School about The Prowler student newspaper. Photo by Travis Hudgons
Steen Miles and Sara Fountain enjoy the festivities at DeKalb History Center’s Mid-Century Madness event. Photo by John Hewitt
A spooky house in East Atlanta is decorated with pumpkins, spider webs and old plastic dolls for Halloween. Photo by Daniel Beauregard
Cedar Grove High School senior football players were honored on Senior Night Oct. 18. Photo by Carla Parker
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The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
Former teacher receives life sentences for child molestation
On Oct. 18, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter sentenced a DeKalb County man to three consecutive life sentences plus 10 additional years for molesting teen boys while working at Miller Preparatory Academy. After more than 20 hours of deliberation, a DeKalb County jury found Casey Thomas guilty of 17 of the 18 counts outlined in the indictment, including charges of aggravated child molestation, cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. “He is a predator and rightfully deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars,” said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James. “This sentence sends a loud message that child molestation will not be tolerated in DeKalb County. Hopefully, this sentence will begin the healing process for the victims and their family members.” Thomas was found guilty of molesting teen boys while serving as a mentor to troubled youth. Though Thomas did not have a college degree or any formal certifications, he worked as a teacher at Miller Preparatory Academy, where he met and engaged his victims. “These families will forever be changed,” said Assistant District Attorney Donna Stribling, who served as the lead prosecutor. “Casey Thomas manipulated and preyed upon children who were looking for a role model and in need of a strong father figure. What they found was a monster and a pedophile.” Some jurors wiped tears from their eyes as family members addressed the judge during sentencing. “There is no amount of time behind bars that will erase the stain of injustice these young victims had to endure by Casey Thomas,” James added. to noon at the Pole Bridge Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, 4664 Flat Bridge Road, Lithonia. Volunteers will assist in removing trash and debris from the South River. Participants should be prepared to get in and out of the stream, wade in knee-deep water, and walk over rocks and logs. Closed-toe shoes are required. Hats, work gloves, bug repellant and old clothes are recommended. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a permission slip. Children under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian present. This project was undertaken in conjunction with the settlement of an enforcement action, United States et al. v. DeKalb County, Georgia, taken on behalf of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division under the Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act. For more information and to register for the cleanup, contact Michael O’Shield, environmental education specialist, at (770) 724-1456 or by email at msoshield@ dekalbcountyga.gov.
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Clarkston councilwoman resigns amid legal issues
Clarkston City Councilwoman Joan Swaney resigned her council seat Oct. 22 indicating she did not want her pending legal issues to cause embarrassment
to the community or the city council, according to a news release from the city. “This is a legal issue that involves Ms. Swaney and her former employer and does not involve city finances,” stated Clarkston Mayor Emanuel Ransom. “Our cash handling and fiscal policies are sound and the city has not had any issues with our finances.” Swaney’s term expires in December 2013. She was not seeking re-election.
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nant,” Murray said. “So on July 12, I was diagnosed with cancer.” On Aug. 5 she had the first of six rounds of chemotherapy. “I just completed the fourth one yesterday,” Murray said during an Oct 16 interview. After the chemotherapy, Murray said she will have a bilateral mastectomy. “I will have both of my breasts removed and undergo reconstructive surgery.” Murray said she her cancer is in Stage 2B. “It didn’t move to my lymph nodes. We caught it in enough time to do something about it,” she said. Murray said was shocked when she was diagnosed with cancer. “But I got over my initial shock and just accepted what was going on and realized that I had to do some things if I want to live for my children,” she said. Murray, who attends Greater Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church, said her pastor and friends are very supportive. “I really appreciate the support that I’m getting from my community, especially the people in my church and my friends,” she said. “They’re really rallying around me.” To cope with the effects of chemotherapy, Murray said, “I’m just taking it really easy and really slow.” She has downsized her business to work three days a week. Murray, a music industry professional of more than 25 years, is the owner of Murray Media Music, an administrative support company for creative people. “We do administrative work, publishing administration and music business consulting,” she said. Her hand-picked Alist clients include Big Boy and Andre 3000 of Outkast, Organized Noize Productions and Goodie Mob. Informing her children about the cancer was probably her biggest challenge, Murray said. “We had a family meeting and I told them frankly what I was dealing with and what we were going to have to deal with as a family,” she said. “They asked a lot of questions and there were tears. “I had to be strong,” she said. “I had to let them know that we will get through this
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Thursdays where we sit and do a round table and talk about what we’ve gone through,” Lowry said. The foundation also has a program for teens called Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention workshop. Lowry talks with teenage girls about how to have a healthy relationship, domestic violence awareness and loving themselves. “At 17, I lost my best friend due to violence from her boyfriend,” she said. “So I share that story with them.” She also talks about the abuse she went through in her marriage. Lowry met her ex-husband in 2002 through a mutual friend. During the time they were dating Lowry noticed that her ex-husband would act possessive when it came to her. “I looked at it as ‘oh, he cared about me, he loves me, he’s worried about my well-being,” she said. “But those are the small signs that we don’t always pay attention to. And if I could go back I would’ve known what it was.” When they married July 4, 2003, Lowry said, the emotional and verbal abuse began immediately. He would call her names, tell her she wasn’t worth anything, words that she said broke her selfesteem. “I was always a very outgoing person and had a bubbly personality but he really broke down my self-worth and my self-esteem,” she said. “Then it got to a point where I thought I deserved [the verbal abuse]. I always thought I was doing something wrong. “That was a part of the abuse,” she added. “They always make you think you’re doing something wrong and that plays on your emotions.” Lowry said it took a while before the verbal abuse turned physical. She said he would choke her and grab her arms and shake her violently. He also threatened her and held her at gunpoint on several occasions to keep her from leaving. “He got really physical toward the end [of the marriage] when he knew I was trying to leave,” she said. “You want to leave but it’s not as easy as people think it is. He slept with a gun under his pillow all the time so I was always afraid. I didn’t know if he would try to kill me.” The abuse began to affect her health, causing her to have high blood pressure and migraines. The pills she would take to stop the migraines caused her to have liver problems. At that point, she decided to leave. While her husband was out of town she started packing her bags. But she kept procrastinating because of fear – fear of starting over. When her husband came home and questioned her she then told him she was leaving. And that is when her biggest fear almost came to fruition. “He said, ‘Let’s go for a ride and talk about this.’ And I knew if I get in that car he is going to try something but I went along with it and got in the car.” Lowry said she was driving on Interstate 85 in Fulton County when he said, “If you leave me I will kill both of us.” “I was driving and he grabbed the wheel and tried to make us crash,” Lowry said. “I remember being able to get on the side of the road and once we pulled over he started hitting, punching and choking me.” She said she lost consciousness and when she woke up she was lying in the middle of the interstate. “Cars were swerving around me,” she said. “He had to have drugged me there because I know I didn’t walk there.” Her ex-husband told her to get back in the car but she ran along the road and saw a couple in a parked car. The couple said they saw what happened and called the police. He was arrested but never charged. “When I told the police what happened they said I didn’t have any bruises and he had scratches. I said I was fighting him back. He’s a man,” she said. Lowry said her ex-husband lied to the police about what happened and the case was thrown out. “It’s very hard when you’re a domestic violence victim to prove a case,” she said. “A lot of times the police don’t always take your side.” Lowry said she always tells victims to save everything that they have, including threatening notes and pictures of bruises from the abuse. Since starting her foundation, Lowry has shared her story with many women. She was scheduled to share her story Oct. 24 at the Domestic Violence Symposium, which was hosted by DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness and Boston said it is important to bring awareness to domestic violence because it is a growing problem in the community. “In DeKalb County last year, 11 people died in domestic violence cases, compared to seven deaths in 2011 and five deaths in 2010,” Boston said. “Statewide, 128 people died in cases of domestic violence in 2012. Sadly, this problem is also much more common than many people realize. “We need to do all that we can to help victims who are often in the most danger when they try to leave these abusive relationships,” Boston added. Because domestic violence awareness does not get the attention it should locally, statewide and nationally, Lowry said, domestic violence survivors should continue to speak out and have their voices heard. “You have to go to your legislators, the state capitol and talk to them about the importance of domestic violence awareness,” she said.
and this will not be for the rest of our lives. I will be cured. I will be healed and our lives will get back to normal.” Because of her condition, Murray said, she needed her children to “grow up.” “Family support is one of the best things you can do. It helps the state of mind that the cancer patient has” she said. “Everybody has cancer in the family…if one member of the family gets cancer. It’s something we all have to deal with. It’s really brought us closer.” Murray’s children—Hadassah, a fourth-grader at Narvie J. Harris Elementary; Enam, an eighth-grader at Chapel Hill Middle; Senaite, a junior at Southwest DeKalb High; and Malia, a University of Georgia senior—now have “added responsibilities and they’re owning up to them and being very good about it,” she said. “I have to wash the dishes—all the time,” said Senaite, 16. “I have the wash the dishes and I don’t like it at all.” Senaite is also responsible for cooking some of the family meals. “And I can’t even cook,” Senaite said. “Yesterday I made Rice-A-Roni and it burned. How do you burn Rice-A-Roni? “Whenever my mom doesn’t feel like cooking she’ll [say], ‘Go make something.’ And we’ll either eat cereal or leftovers,” Senaite said. “I actually just sit the cereal boxes out and say, ‘Dinner’s ready.’” Senaite said she was in disbelief when she was told of her mother’s cancer. “But I guess it kind of set in and then I was confused,” she said. Now, Senaite tries not to worry about her mother. “That’s the worst thing you can do,” she said. “Just be there for your parent because they’re going to need you a lot—to wash the dishes and for moral support. You have to constantly be really encouraging and you have to be there for them. “I try not to think about it too much,” Senaite said. “I pray about it a lot. I’m not worried because she’s OK. She’s going to get better. She’s already better. My mom is just kind of sickly, but besides that she’s still the same mom.”
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
An estimated 100 members and supporters of DeKalb History Center enjoyed an evening of nostalgia as the center officially opened “The Mid-Century Ranch House: Hip and Historic” exhibit. Guests were encouraged to dress in period style and many did. The fundraising event featured heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live music. One of my board members suggested the costume idea, and at my advanced age, I was a little grouchy about it! But who doesn’t love a costume party? We were delighted so many people were on board with the idea. I’ve worked in the nonprofit world for almost 20 years and this was far and away the most fun I’ve ever had at a work event! I think because this truly was a celebration of our accomplishments. Photos by John Hewitt
Dunwoody site selected for State Farm national operations center
Dunwoody has been selected by State Farm Insurance Company as the location for a new national operations center. The site at the intersection of Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway will serve as the heart of the company’s Perimeter corporate campus. State Farm recently purchased the 3.9 acre-site, which currently houses Chequers Seafood Grill restaurant and includes the site of a former Fuddruckers. Dunwoody officials said the site purchase creates a new business main street for the Perimeter office market at the intersection of Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway. “The decision by State Farm to make this investment is a landmark occasion, not just for Dunwoody but the entire Perimeter Center market,” said Michael Starling, director of economic development for the city of Dunwoody. “State Farm’s decision to locate one of three nationwide operations centers here is a validation of the markets accessibility to employees from throughout the region and its superior transportation infrastructure.” The company’s purchase of the estimated 3.9 acres along Perimeter Center Parkway just south of the Dunwoody MARTA transit station follows a recent purchase of the 10-story Hammond Exchange building and 13 acres of undeveloped land. The deal also comes after the company announced its first lease agreement in 2012 for 64 and 66 Perimeter Center East. Since the beginning of site search and selection, Dunwoody has worked closely with company leaders to help make the new regional operations center a success. “The addition of new class A office space and retail across from the Dunwoody MARTA Station helps to establish a walkable and transit oriented corporate campus,” Starling said. “We look forward to a continued partnership to build this world-class facility in a world-class office market.” State Farm selected KDC Real Estate Development and Investments as its partner in the land development purchase and will work closely with the national real estate developer to establish and potentially expand its footprint in the Dunwoody office market.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
Sales down slightly this year, but Halloween shopping remains popular, according to survey
by Kathy Mitchell email@example.com When a new Walmart retail store opened in Lithonia’s Stonecrest area last month, aisles of Halloween items from costumes, to candy to decorations, were in place. There’s little wonder. The National Retail Federation (NRF) ranks Halloween among the nation’s big spending events. While it still comes in far behind Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and the biggest consumer event of all—the winter holidays— Halloween for many retailers is worth clearing a few shelves for special displays and even hiring seasonal help. According to NRF’s Halloween Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, nearly 158 million consumers this year will participate in Halloween activities, slightly fewer than the survey high of 170 million people last year. Those celebrating also are expected to trim their budgets, with the average celebrant expected to spend $75.03 on décor, costumes, candy and fun, down from $79.82 last year. Overall, average spending on Halloween has increased 54.7 percent since 2005, with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion in 2013. “Still one of the most beloved and anticipated consumer holidays, Halloween will be far from a bust this year,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “After a long summer, the arrival of fall will put millions of Americans in the spirit to partake in traditional and festive activities. Retailers recognize that when it comes to Halloween, consumers’ creativity abounds. We expect retailers to stock their shelves with unique costume ideas for adults, children and pets, a variety of candy options and never-seen-before home and yard decor.” In addition to predictable outlets for Halloween merchandise such as drugstores, big box and party merchandise stores, even such places as the ACE Hardware store on Decatur’s East College Avenue are inviting customers to come in and look over Halloween merchandise. Two longtime traditions of the consumer holiday— dressing in costume and giving and receiving candy— continue to be popular with celebrants. According to the survey, 43.6 percent of people plan to dress up and will spend a total of $2.6 billion on costumes. Specifically, consumers will shell out $1.04 billion on children’s costumes, and $1.22 billion on adult costumes. Even pets will be included with 13.8 percent of those celebrating buying costumes for their fourlegged friends, and are expected to spend approximately $330 million. Additionally, celebrants nationwide will spend $2.08 billion on candy and $360 million on greeting cards. In terms of spending on decorations, Halloween is second only to Christmas. Americans are expected to spend $1.96 billion on life-size skeletons, fake cobwebs, mantle pieces and other festive decorations. For the first time, NRF asked when people will begin shopping for Halloween. According to the survey, nearly one-third (32.8 percent) began shopping before Sept. 30. An additional 67.2 percent of consumers will shop in October. Specifically, 43.6 percent began the first two weeks in October and 23.6 percent will wait until the final two weeks of the month. Two weeks before Halloween, Kathy Beavers of Eddie’s Trick Shop in Decatur said although “we specialize in Halloween,” there hadn’t been a surge in Halloween shoppers at that location. “There has been at our Marietta store, however,” she added. There are a variety of ways Americans will celebrate this year, with handing out candy being the most popular (72.0 percent). Others will carve a pumpkin (44.2 percent), visit a haunted house (20.3 percent), take their child trick-ortreating (31.7 percent) and decorate their home and/or yard (47.5 percent). Three in 10 (30.9 percent) will make the most of the holiday by attending or hosting a party. One-fourth of U.S. consumers (25.2 percent) say the state of the economy will impact their Halloween spending plans — nearly nine in 10 (86.1 percent) will spend less overall, up slightly from 83.5 percent
When the Walmart retail store in Lithonia’s Stonecrest area opened in September shelves were filled with costumes, masks, decorations and other Halloween items. Photo by Kathy Mitchell
last year. Additionally, 32.7 percent will buy less candy and 18.1 percent will make
a costume instead of buying one.
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Notice is hereby given in compliance with Georgia Code 22-2-109 and 32-3-5 that the Georgia Department of Transportation has approved the Location and Design of this project. The date of location approval is December 2, 2011. The purpose of this project, which is located in the City of Chamblee, DeKalb County, Georgia, is to construct approximately 1750 linear feet of new sidewalk and streetscape on the southeast side of Peachtree Road from the intersection of Pierce Drive to 5449 Peachtree Road which is across the street from Chamblee City Hall. The proposed sidewalk and streetscape will run adjacent to the Norfolk Southern Railroad line and connect to existing sidewalks at both project termini. The project will also involve narrowing the traffic lanes on Peachtree Road to 11 feet and shifting some of the traffic lanes further away from the train tracks to provide additional room for the new sidewalk and streetscape. The project is located within Land District 18, Land Lots 298 & 299 of DeKalb County. Drawings or maps or plats of the proposed project, as approved, are on file and are available for public inspection at the City of Chamblee: City of Chamblee, Georgia Gary Cornell, Development Director firstname.lastname@example.org 5468 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA, 30341 770-986-5010 Or from: Georgia Department of Transportation Office of Program Delivery email@example.com Any written request or communication in reference to this project or notice should include the P. I. Number as noted at the top of this notice.
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The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
Left, Dr. Vikki Williams, principal of DeKalb High School of Technology-South, was recently honored as an Outstanding Career and Technical Educator for Georgia. Right, the DeKalb County Board of Education honored her school Oct. 7.
Malik Surrett gives Myquavis Bennett a haircut while teacher Renee Breedlove instructs. Right, Kyarra Williamson practices with a wig. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
DeKalb technology school principal receives state honor
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org When Dr. Vikki Williams, principal of DeKalb High School of Technology-South, met a young man in her school’s construction program, she knew he needed inspiration. “He had very low self-esteem and it was evident that his socioeconomic background and status was challenging,” Williams said about the Hurricane Katrina evacuee who was behind in school. “But I could tell that there was something in him [and] we could inspire him to make him feel that he had self-worth.” Williams encouraged the student to compete in the SkillsUSA building maintenance competition. He placed first in the event and later placed first in the state competition and represented the state in the national competition. “That was inspiring to me,” Williams said. “That touched me because I felt that [we were] just taking a risk on [the student] after all that he had gone through in his life. He said, ‘I just want to thank you for believing in me. This has changed my whole life.’” In her third year as principal of the school, Williams was among 23 career and technical educators who were honored by the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education in July. Nominated by her division peers and selected by an awards committee, Williams was presented with a plaque naming her the division’s 2013 Outstanding Career and Technical Educator. In her 20th year as an educator, Williams has worked as a teacher, assistant principal and an instructional coordinator in the district office. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University, a master’s from Jackson State University (Miss.), an educational specialist from Lincoln Memorial University, and her doctorate from Georgia Southern University. Williams is married to Perry Williams and has two daughters, Sydney and Kennedy. “I was proud because…I realized I was up against two professors at the University of Georgia (UGA) and one professor at Georgia State,” said Williams about receiving the honor. “And I was the only high school principal that was in that category. And one of those nominees from UGA was a former professor—she taught me in the master’s program. “It is an honor simply because it is very challenging,” Williams said. “I’ve seen over the years the quality of recipients that have been honored. To have the opportunity to receive such an honor and award is very beneficial for me because it helps inspire me to continue to do the great work that I love to do with children.” DeKalb High School of TechnologySouth offers career pathways in cosmetology, barbering, healthcare science (medical and nursing), construction, criminal justice, teacher education, video broadcast and production, electronics, information technology, automotive mechanical technology and automotive collision and repair. The school, the only stand-alone career and technical education center in DeKalb, serves 12 high schools and has 425 students who can attend the school for a year and complete a career pathway. “I feel like we’re the best kept secret in DeKalb County School District. This is a transition place between high school and college,” Williams said. “We provide programs that are not your traditional programs that you can take in a traditional high school. “It’s imperative today that we prepare students for career options,” Williams said. “And our goal here is to ensure that all of our students not only graduate with a high school diploma but every last one of our students leave here with some form of certification. We want people to graduate knowing what they’re interested in if they plan to go to college so they will have a focus. “I want to make sure that I prepare students to be successful in their future career or aspiration,” Williams said.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
From left, Eliana Deih and Kaylor Le are broadcasters on Jolly Elementary School’s WJES. Adrian Knox-Price runs the camera. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
Jolly Elementary’s WJES keeps students informed
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com Every morning at Jolly Elementary School in Clarkston, a student-run news broadcast WJES updates students on the weather, lunch menu, birthdays, special events, holidays and words of wisdom. “We get to be on TV and we have to tell Jolly Elementary School what’s going on,” said fifthgrader Sui Paw Lin, 11, a WJES broadcaster. WJES is made of fourth- and fifth-grade students who are interested in broadcasting, said Jolly Elementary librarian Jacqueline Keeton. Three crews of students take turns broadcasting for a month. Candidates for WJES “go through an audition where they have to demonstrate the ability to have poise in front of the camera, speak clearly, read and have some personality,” Keeton said. “They also write their own scripts.” In addition to increasing their From left, Adrian Knox-Price films the WJES program as Jaela Calvin looks on. self-confidence, “They learn that writing isn’t just something they do practice those literacy skills. They or write their scripts in their own in a classroom,” Keeton said. “They do their research, they paraphrase words. They pay much more see where it [has] value. Then they attention to holidays and …why certain students can’t do certain things on broadcasts or around the school.” Keeton said the broadcasters also learn more about the operations of the school. “They are meeting people and realizing what their jobs are as they go to them to get different information,” Keeton said. “They may need to go to the counselor to get birthday information or Red Ribbon Week information. They may have to go to the cafeteria manager to find out what’s going on for their occasions. They have to go to the front office to locate students or ask questions…about assemblies or afterschool programs. “They get to see the school from a different perspective,” she said. “I just like it,” said fifth-grader Kaylor Le, 10. “I was in fourth grade and wanted to join.” Nine-year-old Eliana Deih said, “I like being a broadcaster because you get to be on TV and when I grow up I really want to grow up to be a singer and right now I’m just starting my big career.”
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
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Dunwoody, Lakeside advance in Class AAAAA state volleyball tournament
The Dunwoody Wildcats got off to a slow start before sweeping Warner Robins out of the Class AAAAA state playoffs 3-0 at Dunwoody Oct. 17. Warner Robins got off to a quick start taking a 6-1 lead early in the first set before junior Megan Rothberg and sophomore Caroline Madden had big hits to lead the Lady Wildcats into a 9-9 tie. A serve into the net by Warner Robins gave Dunwoody a 10-9 lead and the Lady Wildcats would never trail again in the match. A pair of kills by junior Paige McKnight and eight consecutive serves by Lisa Gardner gave Dunwoody a 20-10 lead. Dunwoody had set point at 24-14 when Warner Robins rallied to pull within 24-19, but the next Warner Robins serve was out of bounds, giving the set to Dunwoody at 25-19. The Lady Wildcats rolled out to a 7-1 lead in the second set and Warner Robins got within 10-7 before McKnight put two consecutive kills away to start another 6-0 run to expand the lead to 16-7 on the way to a 25-12 second set victory. After the break, Warner Robins came out leading by as much as 14-10. A tap over the net by Rothberg got Dunwoody back on track rallying to a 17-16 lead. Gardner had a service winner on the match point to end the game at 25-17 and send Dunwoody to the second round of the state playoffs. Dunwoody improved to 27-23 on the season and Warner Robins finished 20-13. Dunwoody hosted Hiram (18-5) Oct. 22 in the second round. Lakeside (16-14) knocked off Evans 3-0 at home to earn a trip to the second round. Lakeside, a Final Four participant in 2012, won 25-18, 25-17 and 25-13 to seal a third consecutive trip to the second round. The Lady Vikings faced Area 3 No. 1 seed Glynn Academy (32-13) in Brunswick Oct. 23. Glynn defeated Northview 3-2 to advance to the second round. In other Class AAAAA action, Stephenson fell 3-0 to Greenbrier while Tucker (27-17) dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Houston County. Druid Hills (22-14) fell to No. 1 ranked Walton (39-5) by a 3-0 score in Class AAAAAA first round action. The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs moved one step closer to providing Coach Lorri Reynolds her 100th career victory with a Class AAAA first round state volleyball playoff victory over Mary Persons at Chamblee Oct. 16. Reynolds now has a 99-103 record in five seasons at Chamblee, including two consecutive winning seasons in 2012 and 2013. Chamblee rallied to win three consecutive sets after losing the first set 19-25. Behind a combined 28 kills and 11 service aces from Jessica Farrell and Kyla Manning, four solo blocks from Moriah Mason and 21 assists from Aliyah Bowens, the Lady Bulldogs rallied to win the next three sets 25-19, 25-17 and 25-16 to advance. Chamblee (24-14) faced Area 3 No. 1 seed Columbus (39-14) Oct. 22 in the second round Dunwoody’s Lisa Gardner returns a serve during Class AAAAA of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
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St. Pius moves to first place with win over Cedar Grove
by Carla Parker email@example.com The Cedar Grove Saints averaged 256.8 rushing yards per game coming into the Region 6-AAA matchup against the St. Pius Golden Lions, but the Golden Lions defense had an answer for the Saints’ rushing attack. St. Pius held Cedar Grove to 55 rushing yards while the Golden Lions running game racked up 254 rushing yards in St. Pius’ 39-12 win Oct. 17 at Panthersville Stadium. The win put St. Pius (6-1, 3-0) in first place in the region while Cedar Grove (6-2, 3-1) fell to third place. The Golden Lions got off to a rough start on their first possession of the game with a fumble that was recovered by Cedar Grove. But the St. Pius defense stepped up and stopped Cedar Grove on a fourth down attempt on the Saints’ 25 yard line, giving St. Pius’ offense a short field to work with. St. Pius head coach Paul Standard said the defense set the tone with that fourth down stop. “We started off with a turnover and that’s something negative,” he said. “But our players did a tremendous job of not keeping their heads down and they turned something negative into a positive.” St. Pius went up 7-0 in the first quarter after a 5-yard touchdown run by fullback Dalton Wilson. After the defense forced a three-and-out, St. Pius offense had another short field at Cedar Grove’s 39 yard line. The drive ended on a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joey Connors. A 2-point conversion gave the Golden Lions a 15-0 lead in the first quarter. Kicker Thomas O’Leary gave St. Pius an 18-0 lead in the second quarter with a 39-yard field goal. The defense forced another threeand-out for Cedar Grove and Connors got his second rushing touchdown of the game a few plays later from 43 yards out to give St. Pius a 25-0 lead. Wilson got his second touchdown of the game on a 5-yard run to extend the score 32-0 at halftime. St. Pius’ defense came out strong in the second half with a 42-yard touchdown interception return by defensive back Nick Ruffin to extend the score 39-0. Cedar Grove scored twice in the fourth quarter behind linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams’ 30-yard fumble recovery and a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Anthony Lattmore. Stephenson 31, Miller Grove 7 Running Back Dallas Rivers had two rushing touchdowns and wide receiver Dexter Neal caught a pair of touchdown passes in Stephenson’s 150th victory in the program’s history Oct. 18 at Hallford Stadium. Head Coach Ron Gartrell is 18599 overall in 26 seasons including his stop at Shamrock before taking over the Stephenson program in 1996. The program has lost just 54 games in that time span. The win kept the Jaguars (6-1, 5-1) in line for a No. 2 state playoff seed with the rivalry game against the Martin Luther King Jr. Lions Oct. 25 at Hallford Stadium. The Lions (6-1, 5-1) set up a big match up for that coveted home playoff game by knocking off Lakeside (1-6, 1-5) 31-7 Oct. 19. Tucker 60, SW DeKalb 14 The No. 1 ranked Tucker Tigers (7-0, 6-0) kept one step ahead of its DeKalb County rivals with a 60-14 Region 6-AAAAA victory over the Southwest DeKalb Panthers (2-5, 2-4) Oct. 18. Quarterback back Joseph Farrar tossed touchdown passes to receivers Akeem Peters and Yaquis Shelley and running back Elijah Sullivan ran for two touchdowns to lead the Tigers in the win. Dominick Sanders and Raquan Rush added touchdown runs and the defense added a safety. Mays 19, Dunwoody 7 The Dunwoody Wildcats (1-6, 1-5) put a scare into Mays getting out to a 7-0 halftime lead before falling 19-7 in the Region 6-AAAAA contest. Mays (5-2, 5-1) had to rally in the second half and needed an interception return late in the game to seal the victory.
Week 9 Results - Friday, Oct. 18 Clarkston (2-5-1) 55, Glascock County (1-6) 20 Druid Hills (3-4) 13, Johnson-Gainesville (2-6) 9 St. Pius (6-1) 38, Cedar Grove (6-2) 12 Chamblee (5-2) 31, Stone Mountain (3-4) 28 Mt. Zion-Carroll (3-3) 42, Cross Keys (1-7) 0 Mays (5-2) 19, Dunwoody (1-6) 7 Woodward Academy (5-2) 42, McNair (1-6) 6 Marist (5-2) 47, Redan (0-7) 6 Blessed Trinity (4-3) 42, Towers (4-4) 13 Tucker (7-0) 60, SW DeKalb (2-5) 14 Stephenson (6-1) 31, Miller Grove (3-4) 7 Saturday, Oct. 19 Arabia Mountain (4-3) 46, North Atlanta (0-7) 7 Columbia (4-3) 30, Lithonia (2-5) 12 M.L. King (6-1) 33, Lakeside (1-6) 14
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
Chapel Hill’s Jamaree Salyer delivers a monster hit to Cedar Grove running back Demetrius Thorpe. Photos by Travis Hudgons
Barry Williams runs for a touchdown. He had 268 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.
Championship berth up for grabs in Trail to the Title semifinals
by Mark Brock our teams are left in the Trail to the Title Middle School Playoffs Championship; the final two will be decided Oct. 26 at Hallford Stadium. A pair of undefeated teams clash in the opening game at 9 a.m. as Columbia (7-0) hosts Tucker (7-0) in a meeting of region champions. Columbia, the Region 4 champion, advanced to its fourth semifinal appearance with a 22-8 win over Region 1 runner-up Champion Oct. 19. The Eagles have allowed 22 points on the season while collecting four shutouts to get to the semifinals undefeated. Tucker rolled into the semifinals with a 70-0 victory over Redan Oct. 19. The win gave the Tigers defense its sixth consecutive shutout since allowing its only points of the season in a 14-12 win over Stephenson in the season opener. The Tucker offense has put up 426 points on the season. Columbia is looking for a third championship game appearance while Tucker is going for its first ever appearance in the finale. The second semifinal, set for a 10:30 a.m. kickoff, pits Region 4 champion Chapel Hill (7-0) against its rival Region 4 runnerup Miller Grove (6-1). Miller Grove defeated Stephenson 22-0 in the first round while Chapel Hill defeated Cedar
Miller Grove offensive line leads the way for ball carrier Charlie Cooper.
Columbia’s Christopher Adams intercepts a pass intended for Champion’s Baree Noble.
Grove 14-0. Chapel Hill has allowed just 14 points this season, eight of which came in a 14-8 victory over Miller Grove during the regular seasons. The tough defense has five shutouts on the season, including the 14-0 win over Cedar Grove in the first round last weekend. The offense has put up 240 points on the season. Miller Grove denied four-time champion Stephenson its third consecutive semifinal appear-
ance with a 22-0 shutout victory Oct. 19. The Wolverines despite the loss to Chapel Hill matched the Panthers with 240 points on offense and just 14 allowed on defense. Miller Grove is making its first appearance in the semifinals since its 2010 championship season while Chapel Hill is looking to advance to its first championship game in its third semifinal appearance.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
Cedar Grove running back Deion Sellers, who also plays baseball, leads DeKalb County running backs in rushing yards and average yards per game. Photos by Travis Hudgons
Two-sport athlete Deion Sellers undecided on future
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org Through seven weeks of football, Cedar Grove running back Deion Sellers leads DeKalb County running backs in total yards (907) and average yards per game (151.2). He has also scored nine touchdowns. With those types of numbers, the senior running back has received a number of college football scholarship offers. It is not unusual for a senior football player to be undecided at this point on which college program he plans to sign with. But it is somewhat unusual for the player to be undecided on which sport he wants to play the following year. That is the case for Sellers, who plays baseball as well and is very good at it. “It’s a hard decision but I’m trying to close in on it now,” Sellers said when asked if he made a decision on which sport to play. Sellers, 17, has received offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Presbyterian and Vanderbilt. He is also being looked at by baseball scouts, including the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A’s. Sellers, who plays short stop and pitches, finished fourth in the county last season with a 0.492 batting average, 32 hits, 21 runs scored, 20 RBIs and five homeruns as a junior. He also plays travel baseball with the 212 A’s. He started off playing baseball first at 3 years old. His mother, Delphneia, taught him how to play baseball. She said she started teaching him how to play after discovering he was a fast runner. “I was always running behind him inside the house and I thought, ‘This little joker is fast,’” she said. “So I said I’m putting this boy in baseball and that’s what I did.” Sellers’ father, Murphy, introduced him to football at age 4. Murphy played defensive end and linebacker at Cedar Grove, where his parents met. Murphy said he loves seeing his son playing for the same team he played for. “Seeing him play on the same field I played in, doing some of the same things I did, I’m enjoying it,” he said. Sellers said attending his parents’ alma mater “feels like home, like I’m supposed to be here.” Playing both football and baseball is not easy, according to Sellers. He said he has to play with a different mind-set for each sport. However, he does use some of his baseball skills while playing football. “I use a lot of my baseball skills for football with tracking the ball and stuff like that,” he said. Sellers said a lot of his success in football comes from working hard in practice and having the mind-set of being the best at all times, including in the classroom. He currently has a 3.4 GPA. He plans to continue to work hard to reach his goal of 2,000 rushing yards this season. As far as his future plans, he may be undecided but his parents have made up in their minds what they want him to pursue. “I want him to play baseball,” Delphneia said. “But his heart is at football. Whatever is in his heart that’s what he needs to do and I think his heart is in football.” “I want him to do the one that he can live with,” Murphy said. “I tell him this, whichever sport you can wake up in the morning and you’re glad to do it that’s the one you do.”
The Champion Free Press, Friday, October 25, 2013
Decatur Craft Beer Festival
Thousands attended the 2013 Decatur Craft Beer Festival Oct. 19 and sampled more than 100 beers from around the country. Since it started in 1999, the festival has granted more than $500,000 in proceeds to local nonprofits, including The DeKalb Rape Crisis Center, Our House, I-CARE and the Decatur Cooperative Ministry. The rainy day didn’t stop nearly 4,000 attendees who came to sample the beer and listen to live music on the square in downtown Decatur. Photos by John Hewitt
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