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Despite obstacles, student places in culinary contest
by Andrew Cauthen Even though the cooking competition was running late and he had equipment problems, 22-year-old Nehemiah Dixon, a recent graduate of Warren Technical School in DeKalb, would not give up. In the end, judges for the Oct. 9 competition in Perry said Dixon’s pasta chicken marsala, complete with mushrooms, garlic and shallots, was perfect. Dixon won third place in the culinary competition sponsored by the Georgia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. “This is my first time winning an award in my life,” Dixon said. “This is what motivates me more and more to go ahead and complete all my goals. My goal is to become a chef one day.” In the competition, Dixon’s special ingredient was homemade pasta. “Everybody was amazed during the competition

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Nehemiah Dixon, 22, recently won third place in a state culinary competition. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Former officer denies child molestation charge
by Carla Parker A former DeKalb County police officer accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl denies the allegation and wants to be reinstated to his position. As he held back tears, Manuel Williams, 49, said at an Oct. 25 news conference that he is innocent of the charges and said he never admitted to the crime. “I did not confess to any improper or illegal conduct of any sexual nature,” he said. “I firmly look forward to my day in court of vindication.” Williams, an 18-year veteran, was arrested at his home Oct. 23. He was released from jail on a $10,000 bond. Chief Cedric Alexander said the investigation into the case began after the father of the victim reported the crime to police Oct. 12. According to police, the incident happened in September 2012 at Williams’ home. Alexander said Williams confessed to the charge and offered his resignation, but Williams and his lawyer Gerald Griggs disputed that

Former DeKalb Police Officer Manuel Williams tries to hold back tears as he denied a child molestation charge. Williams was arrested Oct. 23. He was released from jail on a $10,000 bond. Photos by Carla Parker

claim. “There was never a full confession,” Griggs said. “What there was was corroboration by a dedicated officer to tell the truth. Now how the police misconstrued and turned that around is up for questioning to them. But at no point did he confess to any child molestation.” Griggs also said Williams was told he could choose to resign or be fired. “You’re a dedicated officer, you’re about to reach retirement age, and police level these types of allegations and using threats and profane lan-

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DeKalb basketball teams gearing up for upcoming season
by Carla Parker The Tucker High School gym was filled with new faces and excitement as DeKalb County basketball coaches and players talked about their expectations for the upcoming basketball season at the 2013 DeKalb County Basketball Media Day Oct. 24. Coaches and players from the 38 teams of the DeKalb County School District as well as St. Pius and GreenforestMcCalep boys’ basketball teams were in attendance to talk about their 2013-2014 team and their goals for the season. A large bullseye will be on the backs of the Miller Grove Wolverines as they try to go for a sixth consecutive state championship. The Wolverines have a majority of last year’s team returning after losing only two seniors. “We like the guys that are returning and we like their experience,” said Coach Sharman White. “But again, you have to put it all together and hopefully we can replicate or either go higher than where we’ve been before.” White said the new players on the Wolverine team understand that they have big shoes to fill as they try to continue the tradition of winning championships. “We reminded them of that after the championship game [last season],” he said. “Now it’s time for some of the other guys to step in and it’s time for them to make their mark on the team.” The Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers is another championship team that is looking at other players to step up after losing some literally big pieces. Southwest DeKalb graduated 6-foot-1 forward Miaya Crowder and 6-foot2 center Deja Clay, which means the Lady Panthers will have to play a different style of basketball this season. “We’ll have to maybe not play so much half court,” Coach Kathy Walton said. “We’re going to try to play more full court and not let the teams with big players beat up on us.” With the addition of new and younger players this year, Walton said the team will focus more on getting better than winning a second consecutive championship. “It’s going to take us a minute to come together as a team,” Walton said. “But I think the county will prepare us and help us get better.” The Lady Panthers will look to junior Tynice Martin for leadership this season. Martin is ranked No. 22 in the nation from the class of 2015 and she hopes the team can jell. “My expectation is for everybody to be on the same page at the same time and for us to come together as a team,” she said. This season will also feature new faces on the benches as 13 new head coaches take over the helm. One of those coaches is Carla Hollaway, coach of the Columbia Lady Eagles. Hollaway is replacing former Chan- Coaches and players from DeKalb County School District and private schools attended the media day Oct. 24. Photos by Travis Hudgons tay Frost, who left Columbia to take over as coach at Mays High School. Columbia won three state titles under Frost and Hollaway and plans to build on the “legacy that they have there and enhance what we’re doing.” “We’re working hard, putting in the work in the weight room and really pushing the girls to do what they need to do,” she said. Hollaway has been coaching for eight years, seven in DeKalb at Bethune and Champion middle schools. She said it is an honor to have her first high school coaching job at Columbia. “I’ve worked with Coach Frost from the middle school level–taking my girls over and doing clinics with her,” she said. “So I’m very familiar with the work ethic and what she has taught them and I just want to carry on her legacy as well.” The private schools from DeKalb County are hoping to win more basketball championship trophies for their schools as well. The GreenforestMcCalep Christian Academy boys’ basketball team surprised some people when it won the Class A Private state championship, the school’s first state title. However, it was not a surprise to the coaching staff. Greenforest reached the Elite Eight in 2009 and in 2012 the team had a 23-6 record. The program has grown over the last six years and head coach David Jones said this year’s team is very talented and has more depth than before. “We have players that are athletic and can play different positions,” he said. “This team probably has more natural talent than any team I’ve ever had in my career.” The regular season officially kicks Nov. 12.

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Left, the current Family Dollar located in the Moreland Shopping Center will be replaced by a new store, right, under construction on Custer Avenue in Atlanta. Photos by Carla Parker

Another Family Dollar going up in DeKalb
by Carla Parker Quite a few Family Dollar stores have opened in DeKalb County, specifically in south DeKalb, over the last couple of years and a new store is currently being constructed in southwest DeKalb. The new store is located at 1486 Custer Avenue, near Moreland Avenue. According to Family Dollar’s website, the Custer Avenue store will be the 35th store constructed in DeKalb County and the 30th store in south/central DeKalb. There are currently two Family Dollar stores within a mile of each other on Moreland Avenue in the 1400 block and 1100 block. The new store, however, is a relocation project and will replace the current store at 1400 Moreland Avenue in the Moreland Shopping Center, according to Family Dollar Public Relations Manager Bryn R. Winburn. “The location we are moving to was a closed car wash that had been sitting vacant for several years,” Winburn said in an email. According to news reports, residents in the Parkside Walk subdivision, which is across the street from the new Family Dollar store, said they were unaware of plans to build a Family Dollar at the location. Winburn said since the property was “already zoned for commercial use, the county does not require or hold a special meeting for the public because the property did not need to be rezoned.” DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan confirmed that the land was already zoned commercial. “It’s been zoned commercial for years,” he said. “The business fits the existing zoning and there are no variances I am aware of. There is nothing that requires a special land use permit. There is nothing in our county code that requires a public hearing for a business that is complying with the law.” The only time there is a public notice and public hearing about zoning is if a site is being rezoned, an alteration to existing zoning is requested or if the use is a specific type outlined in the county code, Brennan said. “Most often, these public hearings are an attempt to change the zoning, which is to say, change the allowable uses for the property, Brennan said. “An example of this is someone wants to open a heavy automotive repair business–an industrial application–on a property which is zoned commercial. Before the first permit can be issued the zoning has to conform. No zoning, no permits.” Brennan added that there are also certain uses within zoning applications that require a public hearing and a special land use permit, even if the zoning conforms. “An example of this would be a restaurant that serves alcohol,” he said. “You can put a restaurant in a commercial property zoning and you can serve alcohol at a property zoned commercial, but you need a special land use permit to sell alcohol and that gets a public hearing.” Brennan said that DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson has been working to develop a system that would alert the commissioners to what businesses are applying for construction permits. “But the remedy must not stifle economic growth but at the same time ensure the community has a variety of commercial establishments under each zoning application, not a proliferation of a few types,” Brennan said.

Attorneys lose state Supreme Court case against Dunwoody
The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the city of Dunwoody in a lawsuit brought against it by two lawyers, according to a news release from the Supreme Court. The lawyers complained that a city ordinance requiring them to pay a business occupation tax was an unconstitutional regulation of the practice of law that violates the equal protection clauses of the state and federal constitutions. In the October unanimous opinion, written by Chief Justice Hugh Thompson, the high court disagreed with the lawyers, stating that “we agree with the trial court that the challenged provisions of the ordinance as applied to attorneys do not violate the equal protection clauses of the Georgia and federal constitutions.” According to court statement, the attorneys, Robert Moss and Jeffrey Rothenberg, practice law together in Dunwoody. When the city first came into existence in December 2008, it adopted city ordinances which included an occupation tax ordinance. In August 2009, the city mailed a statement to Moss and Rothenberg with a registration application requiring the completion of the business license application and registration and payment of the tax. The attorneys refused to complete the application and registration or pay the fees, which were due by Sept. 30, 2009, according to a news release. Under the ordinance, attorneys may elect to be taxed based on their gross receipts for the calendar year, or pay an annual tax of $400. Following their refusal to pay the tax, the city sent a letter stating that failure to pay would result in notification to the Georgia Bar for failure to comply with a law. Moss and Rothenberg sued the city in DeKalb County court, claiming the ordinance was unconstitutional and unenforceable because it operated as a precondition on the practice of law and as an improper attempt to regulate the practice of law, according to the news release. The attorneys also argued the ordinance violated their constitutional right to equal protection because it did not apply to attorneys practicing outside city limits. They asked the court for an injunction barring enforcement of the tax ordinance, according to the news release. The high court rejected all their arguments, stating, “Local governments have long been permitted to impose and enforce occupational taxes on lawyers so long as the tax is merely a means to generate revenue and does not act as a precondition or license for engaging in the practice of law, rendering it a regulatory fee.”

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One Man’s Opinion

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Your name in bronze here
of Georgia in Athens will take you by a long series of named facades honoring Georgia giants and major donors to the University. The Miller Learning Center (for former Gov./Sen. Zell Miller, creator of the HOPE scholarship), Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences, Sanford Stadium (for deceased U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell), the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Russell Hall and even older and perhaps more obscure to current students, Peabody Hall or the Tate Center. And of course, the list goes on. And now, though on a much smaller scale, and the western edge of campus, there is now Crane Hall housing the Beta Xi Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Last month we dedicated and held the grand opening for our 8,800-square-foot, brick Georgian home, which can house up to 30 of our members, at 558 West Broad Street, at the gateway to downtown Athens. Joining us on the front lawn on Saturday, Oct. 25, to mark this milestone were Athens Mayor Nancy Denson, Phi Kappa Tau National President Stephan Nelson and University System of Georgia Board of Regents Chairman Dink NeSmith. Joining this esteemed trio were other local elected officials, our current and former representatives from the Athens/Clarke County Commission, and brothers from other southeastern chapters and schools, including Georgia Tech, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and the College of Charleston. Greek Life is far from perfect, but it still exists today, as well as predating the founding of our nation, because it fulfills a worthy and worthwhile purpose and cause. I won’t bore you with the typical recitation of our charitable good works; I will instead focus on the more intangible side of our circles. College and university campuses, large and small, can be an intimidating place for a young freshman from another community, state or town. The bonds of brotherhood offered by fraternity, as well as our sisterhood equivalent the sorority, can provide a sense of belonging, family and security throughout those college years and beyond.  In my brotherhood, founded at the University of Miami in 1906, our circle is approaching 100,000 initiates. We are represented today on nearly 90 campuses, including a fast growing colony at SEC rival, Alabama. These bonds of fellowship are lasting and real, and much deeper than the much-discussed and stereotypical keg or toga party, or the visions of misspent youth so often associated with fraternities. So as I later sat in the chair taking potshots from my brothers, friends and family members at the “Official Little Billy Crane Roast,” which immediately followed our formal dedication ceremony, I couldn’t help but smile and chuckle to myself, inwardly as well as outwardly.  Yes, my obvious list of flaws, personal vanity, thriftiness beyond the pale, tendencies toward “control” and conflicting preferences for younger women and older music were all well on display. But at the same time, so were acknowledgments of the hours spent in the background, doing the grunt work when no one was looking, training, mentoring and helping to build a volunteer infrastructure which is ready to replace me when I retire from this volunteer gig in December. I’m not leaving, just stepping sideways into one of the bleacher seats. And a word of advice to the celebrities preparing for that next Comedy Central Roast or something similar: It never hurts to put your smiling and loving mother in the front row facing the roasters. A word to the wise— Cheers! 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@

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”—Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American Founding Father, author, inventor, humorist and sage. Having served nearly two decades in the public and nonprofit sectors, I’ve attended well more than my fair share of ribbon cuttings, grand openings and dedications of buildings, bridges, roads and even the occasional statue. As a majority of these have been honors bestowed posthumously, the tone has generally tended to be more somber and reflective, and less celebratory. Personally, I always felt at least a portion of the dedication day should be much more like an Irish Wake, recognizing and sharing the more human sides of the honoree— and not just the more saintly details. Well, I finally got my wish, and quite surprisingly, in this case the honoree was me, though it still feels more than a bit surreal. A walk through the beautiful and hilly campus of the University

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This truce may not bring peace to Washington
The tea party faithful are already beating their war drums.
Donald Kaul
Guest Columnist
ceiling and ended the shutdown is only temporary. The government is funded only through Jan. 15, and the debt ceiling may need another boost just three weeks later. Oh, I know, there are those who say it won’t happen a second time, that this fight was so bruising and so costly to the Republican brand that only fools, idiots, and the deranged would try it again so soon. You’ve just described a majority of the Republican caucus in the House. The tea party faithful are already beating their war drums, vilifying the more-or-less reasonable Republicans who backed off of the threat to bring the economy crashing down on our heads unless the Affordable Care Act was euthanized. In the eyes of the radical right, they’re quitters, traitors, and cowards. Admirers are likening the tea party line in response to having its head handed to it in the fiscal crisis to Churchill. “Never give in. Never, never, never, never.” That was Churchill’s response to threat of Nazi Germany. To me the response sounds much more like the way Bluto responded to getting expelled from Faber College. “Over?” John Belushi’s character in the film Animal House asked his frat brothers. “Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!” Ignorance and passion always stir up a cocktail of hilarious comedy. The White House said that no one was the winner in this confrontation. That’s silly. Obama, who upheld the principle that the full faith and credit of the United States wasn’t a bargaining chip, was a winner. But perhaps the biggest winner, oddly enough, was Sen. Cruz, the preening Republican from Texas. He lost the war, assuredly, but he emerged as the great conservative hero of the battle. It was an amazing performance. He’s the junior Senator from Texas, barely nine months on the job. A year ago, hardly anyone outside of Texas knew his name, and he wasn’t all that well known in Texas either. Yet by simply standing his ground, against all reason, he has seized control of the base of the Republican Party — its source of passion and energy, not to mention a lot of campaign money. If you were to begin to list the potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 right now, you’d have to put his name at the top of the list. They’ve convened a House-Senate committee to work on a compromise budget before the December 13 deadline, when another government shutdown will be looming. The panel is tasked with creating a new budget that trims expenses, closes tax loopholes, and inspires growth. Forgive me for not being optimistic, but when they get to the part about loopholes the crazies will begin screaming. “Taxes! You’re trying to raise taxes,” they’ll say.” We’re going to run a primary opponent against you.” And that will be that. This is an exhausting process. We’ve made fools of ourselves in the eyes of the world and delivered a body blow to our economy. And there’s no end in sight. What a fiasco. By the way, I’ve retired three times already. The last time around, I vowed I wouldn’t do it again unless I meant it. So I’m not retiring. But I am taking a leave for a while so I can deal with some health issues. I hope to be back in a few weeks or so. It’ll be nice not having to pay close attention to the yahoos in Congress for a while.

Well, that was certainly worth 24 billion bucks, don’t you think? I mean the entertainment value of Sen. Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster alone was worth a couple billion or so. And House Speaker John Boehner’s face when he would come out during the 16-day-long government shutdown and accuse President Barack Obama of being uncooperative? Priceless. The Ohio Republican is the greatest deadpan comedian we’ve had since Buster Keaton. But the best thing about getting the lights back on is that we can look forward to another episode of this tragicomedy again in a couple of months or so. The deal that averted a collision with the debt

OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Doraville financial outlook brightens
The financial outlook for the city of Doraville is positive, city officials reported Oct. 21. In a report to the Doraville City Council, City Manager Shawn Gillen said the city’s general fund balance has more than doubled over the past two fiscal years and is on track for continued growth. In fiscal year 2011, the balance was $1.18 million and the projected balance at the beginning of fiscal year 2014 is $2.76. Doraville City Councilman Brian Bates tweeted, “Received great news at #Doraville City Council mtg last night. City finances in great shape & we can start looking at cap imp projects soon!” Officials said the outlook is good news for a city that has struggled financially since the closing of General Motors in 2008, resulting in a loss of nearly $1 million annually in tax revenue. The city’s financial reserves declined steadily between 2008 and 2011. City leaders and staff are being credited with the dramatic turnaround. “Actions taken by the mayor and city council over the past three years have helped hold the line on expenditures,” Gillen said. “Hiring a competent finance director and other organizational changes has gone a long way in making the expenditure reductions permanent.” Those “other organizational changes” include Doraville’s vote in 2011 to change from a mayor form of government to a city manager form of government. Gillen came on board as city manager July 1. Departments were realigned, lowering annual administrative costs by more than $200,000. “I wanted to find enough savings to cover the cost of a city manager position within the first year. We were able to do that within six months,” Gillen said. Department heads have contributed to the recovery too by holding the line on expenditure growth through streamlined personnel management, officials said. The Doraville Police Department budget, the largest in the city, has saved more than $200,000 through personnel and schedule adjustments that have not affected 24-7 service or resident safety. “Another major factor has been an increase in business occupational tax revenue,” added Gillen. “Increased gasoline prices have grown the revenue from our area tank farms to the tune of approximately $250,000 a year.” An additional quarter million dollars is projected to be earned from a recent council decision to add a $25 court cost fee to all fines and tickets. Gillen noted that many cities make a combination of three critical errors when recovering from a financial crisis: Increasing operational expenditures by adding services or increasing service levels; dramatically lowering the tax rate; and failing to make investments in capital and infrastructure. “We want to avoid these errors and take a balanced, strategic approach to the use of our reserves,” Gillen noted. With money in the bank, city leaders are currently prioritizing capital improvements needed for the city, with the most immediate improvements moving to the top of the list.

Champion of the Week
Howard Stacy
Howard Stacy, 72, said when he retired he was able to spend more time helping others by volunteering. Stacy recently volunteered for the DeKalb History Center’s ranch house exhibition, which portrays the popular ranchstyle homes located throughout DeKalb County. He said he volunteered his carpentry services to build displays of a 1950s-style restroom and a living room for the exhibition. Additionally, Stacy also volunteers for DeKalb Habitat for Humanity, where he has done so since 2002, and the Atlanta Community Tool Bank. During his time working for an electronics company, Stacy said, it was hard to There are several things Stacy likes about volunteering, including helping those who are in need or less fortunate. Stacy said recently he helped build a storm door for a woman in Pine Lake. DeKalb Habitat for Humanity had built her a wheelchair ramp so she could get from her home to her driveway and she needed a storm door built. “It was kind of an eight-hour job. When it was done there was more than a little sense of satisfaction because we helped somebody that needed some help,” Stacy said. Another reason he likes volunteering, although he said it’s “kind of selfish,” is the satisfaction he gets after completing a job.

find time to volunteer. Between his career and family, there wasn’t time to do much else. However, Stacy now volunteers at least once a week. He says he enjoys it because it’s fun. “Usually the people I work with in nonprofits are the nicest people in the world,” Stacy said. “Typically I try to do one or two days a week for volunteering…it keeps me from getting bored and stupid.”

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

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Owls in and crafts come to library Children ages 5‒12 can learn about owls and do fun craft activities with Sarah Brodd from the DeKalb County Cooperative. The event will be held Nov. 6, from 3-3:45 p.m. at the Brookhaven Library. The event is open to the first 15 participants. The library is located at 1242 N. Druid Hills Road, Northeast. For more information, call (404) 848-7140. AED donation to help city save lives A newly incorporated nonprofit organization has pledged to help Brookhaven save lives and money. The Friends of Brookhaven Foundation is raising funds to purchase portable automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for all Brookhaven Police patrol cars, as well as city hall, municipal court and city recreation facilities. The city has agreed to match each dollar raised by the Friends of Brookhaven Foundation, reducing the expense for the city. AEDs can typically cost between $900 and $1,200 per device. The funds will be presented to the city on its birthday: Dec. 17. More than 300,000400,000 Americans suffer from cardiac arrest every year, according to a federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration report. Survival rates for cardiac arrest out of hospital care are 1 to 5 percent. However treatment with immediate defibrillators can result in a survival rate greater than 90 percent, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Friends of Brookhaven Foundation was recently started by a group of Brookhaven residents who hope to foster a sense of community and enhance the quality of life in the city.

Georgia Caribbean Culture to hold masquerade ball Georgia Caribbean Culture Inc. is holding its second annual masquerade ball, Masque-N-Mas, on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is located at 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. Tickets are $55. For more information, contact Francis at (770) 722-5828 or Clarie at (404) 308-0724 or carnivaltherapists@ VilCap to assist city businesses Clarkston business owners can learn how to grow their business through the VilCap: Start ‒ Clarkston Business Accelerator Program. Business owners can apply to be one of 15 entrepreneurs selected to go through a 14 week business training January through April; meet and work with leading experts; be mentored by business leaders and peers; and have access to $30,000 in business loans to distribute among the top ventures. Information sessions will be held Nov. 6 and 19, from 6:15-8:15 p.m. at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Avenue. The Application process ends Dec. 2. For more information, email vcStartClarkston@ or call Sandra Achury at (404) 437-7767. College unveils health and wellness initiative Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) held a screening Oct. 22 of the HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation during the unveiling of its signature health and well-

Staff members of the DeKalb County Public Library are participating in an art expo to raise money to offset budget cuts. For the third year, library staff are displaying and selling their artwork, which includes paintings, photographs and crocheted items. The items for sale u will be on display during October-November at the Author to discuss findDecatur Library, located ing peace in frantic times at 215 Sycamore Street in   Decatur. All proceeds from Anne Lamott follows items sold will be donated

ness initiative “Be ACTive: A GPTC Lifestyle” on its campus located at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. “Be ACTive is a comprehensive, college-wide community engagement program that encourages staying active as a way to maintain excellent health and achieve a better quality of life,” according to a GPTC news release. “The program promotes taking personal responsibility for achieving better health which, in turn, will improve the quality of life for individuals as well as communities.” The screening was part of a symposium led by Dr. Jabari Simama, president of GPTC. After the screening, a panel discussion moderated by Nisha Simama, wife of GPTC’s president, and featured local health and wellness professionals and community leaders. Panelists included DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson; Dr. Sandra Elizabeth Ford, DeKalb’s health director; Carla Fields, a certified personal fitness expert; and Leslie Farrell Tranter, registered and licensed dietician at DeKalb Medical. “Screening The Weight of the Nation on our campus was a big first step for us as we launch the Be ACTive program throughout our campus communities,” Simama said. “We plan to offer our voice and use our platform as a college to bring attention and awareness to the benefits of healthy living and spread the message right here in our community.” For more information about Be ACTive, contact Cynthia Dorsey Edwards, vice president of community outreach and engagement, via email at or call (404) 297-9522.

her previous book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, with Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, which she will discuss Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Decatur. The event is sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book and hosted by First Baptist Decatur Conversations. No tickets or reservations are required. Doors will open at 6 p.m.  “Central to the book are the questions: What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one other and to what’s sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable? “Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age. We begin, Lamott says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time. Described as “both a meditation on life and a metaphor for it,” according to an announcement from the center. The center announcement calls Stitches “one of Lamott’s most profound works.” First Baptist Church Decatur is located at 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. DeKalb County Library hosts employee art expo

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Business group to host public safety forum The Tucker Community Improvement District is hosting a public safety forum for the business community on Monday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Tucker-Reid Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker. Residents can meet DeKalb public safety commanders from the Tucker and North-Center precincts and learn how to protect property from theft and vandalism plus other common sense safety precautions.  DeKalb Police will also discuss establishing a business watch for the area. Please RSVP on or before Nov. 1 by contacting Ann Coppage at (678) 571-0210 or email ann@tuckercid. com.

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Church to celebrate 40th anniversary Grace Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain will celebrate its 40th anniversary Sunday, Nov. 3 during its 10:50 a.m. worship service. Lunch will be served immediately following the service. The church is located at 650 Rowland Road, Stone Mountain. For more information, call (404) 292-5514.


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National Reading day hosted by Decatur Housing Authority
by Carla Parker Children who live in Decatur Housing Authority communities celebrated National Reading Day by playing games, crafting and eating pizza. On The Same Page, a community reading program that serves families and schools in the Atlanta area, partnered with the Decatur Book Festival, the Decatur Education Foundation, Agnes Scott College and the Decatur Rotary Club to host The Decatur Housing Authority partnered with On The Same Page reading program to celebrate National Reading Day. a party Oct. 25 for the children in the Decatur Housing Authority. The Housing Authority declared Oct. 25 as National Reading Day. The children got an opportunity to make book markers, decorate pencils, participate in a drawing for a
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Children participate in a relay. Photos by Carla Two girls decorate pencils at one of the stations. Children participate in drawing for a gold fish. Parker

Commissioners pass budget for ethics board
by Daniel Beauregard The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a budget Oct. 22 that will fund the county’s ethics board through the end of this year and allow it to hire an attorney and receive ethics training. Several commissioners agreed that they would like to see more funding for the ethics board but that the $26,500 budget allowing it to continue operating for the remainder of 2013 is a step in the right direction. “It’s certainly not as much as I would like to see them have— they’ve got a really big job—but I appreciate the spirit of compromise to get this done,” Commissioner Kathie Gannon said. “I think we have two months to get a lot accomplished.” To fund the board, commissioners transferred $6,000 out of the board of commissioners’ budget and $9,000 from the county’s general fund to the ethics board. The ethics board had an additional $4,500 left over from previous years and $7,000 from the county’s finance department that will be used to hire an attorney for the board. Commissioner Jeff Rader, who first proposed the ethics board’s budget request to commissioners for approval, said the board has “suffered under a great lack of resources and attention.” “Only very recently have their requests come to the attention of the board of commissioners as a whole,” Rader said. “I believe that we ought to provide them with every resource that they need in order to become a highly functioning and effective board.” Rader said it is important for the ethics board to function successfully to carry out its duties as outlined in the county’s organizational act, which states: “The DeKalb County Board of Ethics serves to interpret the code of ethics adopted by the county, to apply sanctions to those in violation of the code and to issue advisory opinions defining appropriate behaviors according to community standards as reflected in that code.” Additionally, when complaints are registered against commissioners or other county employees or appointees, the ethics board addresses the matter. If the board deems it appropriate, an evidentiary hearing can then be held to investigate the issue. Rader said it’s important to have a functioning board that is able to investigate complaints diligently or a complaint can remain unresolved for months. “[We need] to be able to make sure we get a quick closure to complaints that may occur against the [BOC] and the ethics board can give the necessary advisory opinions that are well founded in legal review with the consistency of law,” Rader said. Originally, ethics board Chairman Isaac Blythers presented a budget that requested $62,000. Rader said the money being used to fund the ethics board can be put to “good use” over the next two months. The 2014 budget is expected to be approved in February and Rader said that commissioners will have to work around the deficiency the ethics board will have in the first two months of 2014, until a budget is finalized. Commissioner Elaine Boyer chided the ethics board for not being more specific in its initial budget request and said the $26,000 is a good compromise. “Just because someone says, ‘I need $50,000 or $20,000,’ [it should be] justified with an actual amount of what they’re going to use it for. I think this was a reasonable compromise—it allows them to hire an attorney and it allows them to go and seek, with the attorney’s help, someone to find suitable training meant for an ethics board,” Boyer said. Funding the ethics board has long been an issue in the county. Recently, a DeKalb County special grand jury released a report that alleged widespread county corruption that spanned several administrations. The report, which was the result of a yearlong investigation, called for greater transparency, including ethics reform and establishing an internal auditor’s office. “Unless all of those entities are working together public trust goes out the window. We are a group of volunteers that obviously the board of commissioners and the CEO thought competent enough to do this. All we’re asking you is to give us an opportunity to do what you thought we could do when you [appointed us],” Blythers told commissioners at a recent meeting. The ethics board and internal auditor don’t have the power to prosecute but Rader said if they had been in place several years ago, the county may have caught some mistakes that have recently come to light. Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton said that lack of funding wasn’t the only problem with the ethics board and that it had been “dysfunctional for many, many years.” Sutton said commissioners need to focus on funding the board and also making sure its members are properly trained. “I think it would be disingenuous to sit up here and say that the only problem with the board was funding,” Sutton said. “We not only have to look at fully funding the board but to make sure that it’s funded properly—that the board is properly trained and that as we select members, they understand what they are expected to do and that the board is not used for political vendettas.”

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County considering PATH bridge over I-285
by Carla Parker Bicyclists and others who use the Stone Mountain PATH trail from downtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain may soon have a safer way to travel over I-285. The PATH Foundation has presented a proposal to the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners to build a trail in the Clarkston area between Church Street and the CSX railroad to complete the trail from downtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain Park. One segment of the trail starts in Atlanta and ends at Glendale Road in Clarkston then picks up at Erskine Road. PATH Executive Director Ed McBrayer said the trail originally was constructed with this section being incomplete because the Foundation “did not have the right of way for the trail” when it was built in 1995. “What we’re trying to do now is work with the county to peel about 10 feet off the edge of the CSX right of way along the edge of Church Street to make the trail continuous and also to get across I-285,” he said. “This will get people off that dangerous access bridge from I-285 to Church Street.” McBrayer said that route is one of the busiest of the entire PATH trail and bicyclists usually travel across the Church Street access bridge to get to the other side of the PATH trail. He said two bicyclists have been killed trying to cross the bridge. “You[‘ve] got motorists that are driving 70 mph [exiting] off I-285 trying to get on Church Street and you got cyclists crossing at the top of the ramps,” he said. “Anybody can understand that is a dangerous situation and we want to alleviate that.” The county did add a stop sign to the ramp that exits off Church Street to I-285 West and a three-way stop at the Church Street exit ramp from I-285 East. “But people see that stop sign as a slowdown-to-30 mph sign when they want to and people get off the interstate and just continue around the curve,” McBrayer said. “So it’s very dangerous to be a cyclist on that bridge.” The commissioners were scheduled to vote on the proposal at their Oct. 8 meeting, but they deferred the vote for 60 days. McBrayer said CSX railroad representatives are working with commissioners another solution. “They would rather try to work it out than have the county condemn [the proposal],” he said. The project will cost roughly $3 million. According to the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association blog, “PATH and the county have the funds, GDOT has approved the bridge, the permit is in place and the Clarkston City Council is in

The PATH Foundation wants to build a trail between Church Street and the CSX railroad to complete the trail from downtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain Park. One segment of the PATH trail starts in Atlanta and ends at Glendale Road in Clarkston (pictured above) then picks up at Erskine Road. Photo by Carla Parker

support” of the project. McBrayer said this project is more about safety than anything else. “Obviously, trail users

are finding their way between the two trail segments at this point but they’re putting themselves in harm’s way,” he said. “We just want

to make it a completely safe amenity for them all the way from Atlanta to Stone Mountain.”

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 matter:  The Howard Payne Company requests variances to the following provisions of the Chamblee  Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance” for 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:  1. Section 1004. Space dimensions provides setback dimensions for the Village  Commercial zoning district. The rear setback is 20 feet. The existing building is setback  only 16.5 feet from the rear property line.  2. Section  1203.F.  sets  forth  minimum  required  parking  spaces  for  all  uses  and  applying  this  provision  to  the  subject  property  would  result  in  a  requirement  of  60  parking  spaces. The existing site provides only 23 parking spaces.   3. Section  1402.A.  states  that  “Minimum  landscape  strip  dimensions  for  front  yards  and  street side corner yards along the street frontage for each lot in any zoning district shall  be ten linear feet.” The site plan shows no landscape strips.  4. Section  903.B.  requires  a  streetscape  on  American  Industrial  Way  consisting  of  a  landscape  zone  of  a  minimum  of  5  ft.  and  a  sidewalk  clear  zone  of  a  minimum  of  5  ft.  No streetscape is proposed.  5. Section  903.B.requires  a  streetscape  on  American  Drive  consisting  of  a  landscape  zone  of a minimum of 5 ft. and a sidewalk clear zone of a minimum of 5 ft. No streetscape is  proposed.  6. Section 904.A.2 states that “Automobile parking shall be prohibited from being located  within  the  front  yard,  except  were  otherwise  permitted  by  Subsection  904.A.4.  and  5.”  The  existing  site  plan  provides  parking  between  the  building  and  the  street  on  American Drive.  7. Section 904.A.2 states that “Automobile parking shall be prohibited from being located  within  the  front  yard,  except  were  otherwise  permitted  by  Subsection  904.A.4.  and  5.”  The  existing  site  plan  provides  parking  between  the  building  and  the  street  on  American Industrial Way.  8. Section  1205.  A.  states  “There  shall  be  one  landscape  island  for  every  ten  parking  spaces  and  such  island  shall  be  planted  with  an  overstory  tree.”  No  landscape  islands  are proposed.     

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gold fish and eat pizza. They also received a free book, “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin, which was this year’s On The Same Page’s selected novel. Carlatta Anderson, Decatur Housing Authority resident services supervisor, said the event was held to help children have more access to books. “They’re financially disadvantage children and we’re just trying to do our best to partner with all of the local businesses and corporations to help them improve their reading skills,” Anderson said. James Rodgers, the Authority’s youth services adviser, said these types of events are critical for students to understand the importance of reading. “This event also shows children that reading is not only a skill important to life but it’s something that can be fun and adventurous,” he said. “They can learn and use their imagination to grow and go to different places all across the world. “The book that they’re reading is based in China,” he added. “So this is going to give a child from Swanton Heights [Apartments] a view of what life may be like in another country.”

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Miller Grove High School freshman Terrell Coleman died Oct. 27 during a pickup basketball game. The 15-year-old standout player was a member of the Miller Grove basketball team. Residents living in Atlanta’s Zone 6 police precinct are unsure whether crime has dropped. Police say it has, although there are still areas that are having “crime spurts.” Photo by Daniel Beauregard

Crime in Atlanta’s Zone 6 continues to drop, small comfort to some residents basketball player dies
by Daniel Beauregard Residents in Atlanta’s Zone 6 police precinct, which includes areas of Kirkwood and East Atlanta, were affected by a string of violent crimes this summer but police say crime is actually down. Atlanta Police Department Major Timothy Peek said although there were several “spurts” of crime over the summer, overall crime in Zone 6 has dropped. “People will take advantage of crime opportunity and they’ll get out there and try and commit those crimes. They’ll shift from place to place day by day,” Peek said. “As you continue to look back over the entire year, within the past few months we’ve certainly turned the curve and have had a substantial decrease in the crime.” Peek said the majority of crimes his department is struggling with have been related to burglaries in the area. Even though there has been a 19 percent decrease in burglaries this past year, Peek said it continues to be a problem. “There are certain areas and pockets where we have had some of those crime spurts where, ultimately, for that area is an increase on a small, isolated basis,” Peek said. Some residents such as Rhea Doty said they have never had a problem with crime in their neighborhood until this year. Doty, who lives on Greencove Lane, said until this year her street had been really quiet. In July, Doty’s boyfriend had his car broken into, and then several weeks later she did as well. Her roommate’s car was stolen and found three days later. Additionally, Doty said a shooting victim was dumped July 22 at the end of her street and left to die. When Doty first moved to East Atlanta, she worked at a local restaurant and said the area appealed to her because of all the bars and restaurants that are in walking distance from her home. Sarah Santowksi, who lives off Moreland Ave, said this year her neighbor’s car window was smashed one night and the next night someone broke into her fiancé’s car. Although Santowski said she doesn’t think the crimes are related because the second night when her fiancé’s car window was broken, the lights in the parking lot had been shut off by Georgia Power. “I did stop patronizing [East Atlanta] bars and restaurants for a little while and I definitely do not walk my dog at night,” Santowski said. “I guess I wasn’t directly affected but I definitely keep my alarm on when I’m home.” Peek said when walking through the area at night, residents should exercise caution and travel in groups. However, earlier this year East Atlanta resident Patrick Cotrona was shot and killed while walking to a bar in the area. Cotrona, 33, who was with two other friends, was shot in the abdomen May 25. One of Cotrona’s friends was also shot in the leg as they tried to pepper spray the suspect. According to police, the gunman then jumped into the passenger side of a waiting car and sped away. Cotrona later died of his injuries. There have been other similar incidents involving victims being robbed at gunpoint or shot and killed. Recently there was a shooting Oct. 15 in a shopping center located off Flat Shoals Avenue. According to police and witnesses, two women got into an argument in the parking lot and one shot the other on the sidewalk in front of the building. Peek said he wants residents to be able to enjoy their neighborhood night life but warns them to be vigilant and not to hesitate to call authorities if they see something out of place. “Always be aware of your surroundings, take a good look at what’s going on before you start down a particular street,” Peek said. Additionally, Peek said it’s important for residents to choose a well-lit route while walking and if they see an area that is dimly lit to report it to the city. “We can bring every police officer that we have on duty to the precinct at once and we still couldn’t cover every street. But, when we can partner up with the community, get their eyes and ears so that they can see things and report back when things just don’t seem quite right. Let us know and we can get a unit out there to check it out,” Peek said. by Carla Parker

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“He had a glow about him,” he said. “He had a relationship with everyone Talented. Fearless. A hard from the custodians to the worker. A true teammate. cafeteria workers to the That is how Miller Grove teachers to the administrators High School head boys’ and police officers. He basketball coach Sharman spoke to everyone. He White described Terrell made a tremendous impact Coleman, a freshman personality-wise.” basketball player who died According to basketball Oct. 27. recruiting website Future150. Coleman, a 6-foot-5, com, Coleman was ranked 200-pound small forward, 13th in the nation for the died after playing a pickup 2017 recruiting class. game of basketball, according “Terrell is an explosive to White. wing who excels when “I understand he went to slashing to the basket and the bench and then passed scoring against contact,” out,” he said. “They got EMS the website scout’s notes involved but never could get read. “He is also a physical him back breathing. He died defender who plays at the hospital.” aggressive on-ball defense.” The cause of death is Coleman also played for not yet known. White said the Atlanta Celtics, a youth he did not know whether travel basketball league. Coleman had any health Condolences were given issues, and he was cleared to on the social media website play this season without any Twitter for the standout restrictions. basketball player. A DeKalb County School “MGHS lost an angel District spokesman said a today: Terrell Coleman. crisis intervention team was Condolences to the Coleman at the school Oct. 28 for family and MGBB. May staff and students. It was the God comfort their mind same day the Miller Grove and soothe their hearts,” @ Wolverines were scheduled thegrovemg tweeted. to have their first practice. Chuck Lawson from White told his players that tweeted they did not have to practice “very sad news, RIP Terrell that day but the players said Coleman, a truly nice that Coleman would want young man who I had an them to practice. opportunity to be around a “We came in [that] little bit. Pray for his family, morning and we did everyone.” practice,” he said. “It went White said the team better than I expected. It went will dedicate the season in really well.” honor of Coleman. Funeral White said Coleman was arrangements are pending. a better person than he was a player.

Page 11A LOCAL NEWS Jury selection begins for trial involving former superintendent, school employees The Champion Free Press, Friday, November 1, 2013 by Daniel Beauregard Defense attorneys and prosecutors in the case involving former DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis began whittling away Oct. 28 at the list of more than 700 potential jurors. Former schools construction chief Pat Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope are accused of conspiring to defraud the school district of approximately $2.4 million through illegal construction contracts. Lewis originally faced similar charges but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of obstructing a police officer. Lewis, who is now a key witness for the prosecution, faces up to a year in jail. Reid and Pope are charged with violating the Racketeer and Corrupt Organizations Act and three counts of theft by taking by a government employee. According to prosecutors, Reid used her role as the district’s construction chief to award contracts to Pope. Lewis allegedly signed off on contracts and knowingly participated in the conspiracy. Reid also fired construction firm Heery/Mitchell in 2006, citing overbilling and questionable work. Heery then sued the DeKalb County School District for $400,000, which it said the system owes for work it had done. The school system consequently countersued for $100 million, alleging fraud and claiming that the company mismanaged projects. Heery denies those claims and contends the real reason the company was fired was Reid wanted to award the contracts to people she knew and had connections with. Both Heery International and the district have tried to reach a settlement out of court. According to Erik Burton, a spokesman for District Attorney Robert James, jury selection in the Lewis case is expected to last a week and the subsequent trial a month.
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Chapel Hill Fall Festival
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At the Chamblee Walmart’s associates promotion event Oct. 29, from left, Joaquín González Varela announces the promotions of James H., Julius O., Christian C. and MarieMichele J.

The Decatur Glassblowing Studio, located off Freeman Street, displays its fall pieces. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

Tucker High School marching band members stand at attention during an afternoon practice. Photo by Travis Hudgons

From left, business partners Tikisha Weems and Lybra Nelloms celebrated the grand opening of their barbershop, Cutty Buddiez, in Decatur Oct 26. This is the second business for the entrepreneurial duo; they also own L&T Tax Solutions next door to the barbershop. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Oct. 26. Yaktavia Hickson was crowned the 2013 Columbia High School homecoming queen by DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson.

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Candidates vie for seats in November municipal elections
by Daniel Beauregard With early voting already well underway, municipal elections will take place Nov. 5 throughout DeKalb County and parts of Atlanta located in unincorporated DeKalb County. All of the county’s cities are holding elections except Brookhaven and Lithonia. The races are varied, some cities are holding mayoral and city council elections, while others are seeking to fill empty school board seats. Attempts have been made to contact or gather all information available on each of the candidates.
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Mayor: Eric Clarkson (I) – Clarkson has served as Chamblee’s mayor since 2001. Prior to serving as mayor, he also served three years on the city’s architectural review board. Clarkson has been a Chamblee resident for 17 years. City Council Member At Large: Brian Mock – Mock has been in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years and currently serves as the general manager at Hampton Inn Northlake, where he has been for seven years. Scott M. Taylor (I): Taylor has lived in Chamblee since 2000 and was first elected to the city council in 2005. He is a clinical program manager and employee assistance professional liaison for a behavioral health organization. City Council Member District 1: John Mesa*

Mayor: Emmanuel Ransom (I) – Ransom has served as Clarkston’s mayor since 2007. Ibrahim Awow Sufi – Sufi is a Somali-American who owns Atlanta Global Freight Logistics in Clarkston. Ted Terry – Terry is a member of the Clarkston Active Living Initiative, a nonprofit organization geared toward creating a healthier and active community. He has a degree in food science and nutrition and most recently worked for an energy company. City Council Member (vote for three): Christopher Busing – Busing is a 12-year resident of Clarkston and is currently self-employed. Birendra Dhakal – Dhakal arrived in the United States in 2001 as a refugee. He founded and serves as the executive director of the Bhutanese Association of Georgia, an organization which promotes civic participation among Bhutanese. Ahmed Hassan – Hassan has been involved in the business community for more than 20 years. He is also a member of the Somali American Community of Atlanta. Robert Hogan* Dean Moore (I) – Elected to serve on the Clarkston City Council in 2010, Moore has lived in the area for more than 15 years. He has also served on the planning and zoning commissioner for two years and is involved with the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Clarkston Active Living Initiative.

City Commissioner District 1 Post A: Fred Boykin (I) – Owner of a bicycle shop, Boykin was elected to the Decatur City Commission in 2001. Prior to his election, Boykin served on the Decatur Planning Commission and the zoning board of appeals. He was also the president of the Decatur Business Association from 1996-97. City Commissioner District 2 Post A: Patricia “Patti” Garret (I) – Garret was first elected commissioner in 2009 and has lived in Decatur since 2001. She has served as the chairwoman of the Decatur Tour of Homes Committee and a board member of the Oakhurst Community Garden (now known as the Wylde Center). City Board of Education : Annie Caiola – Caiola, a mother of two children and daughter of a teacher, has lived in Decatur for eight years. City Board of Education District 1 Post A: Mark Arnold – Arnold and his wife have lived in Decatur for 14 years. With a professional career spanning 25 years, Arnold has developed expertise in finance, banking and strategic planning. He is active in the Decatur community and has volunteered at Renfroe Middle School, Decatur-DeKalb YMCA and elsewhere. Lewis B. Jones – A lawyer for law firm King and Spalding, Jones has also served as the chairman of the school leadership team at Renfroe Middle School. Jones and his wife have five children in City Schools of Decatur. City Board of Education District 2 Post A: Bernadette Jackson Seals (I) – Currently the vice chair of the City Schools of Decatur school board, Seals has been a resident of Decatur for more than eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mercer University in Macon. For more than 20 years she has worked at a law firm in Atlanta as a senior paralegal.

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City Commissioner (vote for two): Randy Beebe – Beebe is a Vietnam veteran who retired from AT&T in 2003. Terry Giager (I) – Gaiger is currently the mayor pro tem. He first took office in 2010. Samantha Harrell – Harrell is currently a member of the Avondale Estates Zoning Board. David “Gene” Lee III (I) – Lee was first elected commissioner in January 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia in 2001 and owns a business in Stone Mountain.

Annexation and special election: “Shall the Act be approved which annexes certain land into the City of Chamblee?” This involves the annexation of Century Center, which is currently scheduled to be the subject of a hearing in the Supreme Court in the coming months.




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Diana Roe Hollis- – Hollis has been a Stone Mountain resident for more than 30 years and currently works in risk management. If elected, Hollis wants to work toward balancing the budget without borrowing or spending future-year revenues, repair the city’s infrastructure and increase business development. City Council Member Post 6: Andrea Redmond* David T. Thomas – Currently, Thomas serves the city of Stone Mountain as the vice chair of the Downtown Development Authority.  He was one of the first five commissioners for Main Street Stone Mountain and served on the Main Street board for seven years, two as treasurer.  He has served two terms as the president of the Stone Mountain Visitors Center. Additionally Thomas is the founder and president of the ART Station Contemporary Arts Center in Stone Mountain. Special election to fill the unexpired term of Cyril Mungal, who resigned City Council Member Post 2: Paul S. Hollis - Hollis moved to Stone Mountain in early 1977 and works in the insurance claims industry. He has also served as a volunteer with the Stone Mountain Historic Society and Stone Mountain Civics Club. Steve Wells-– A Stone Mountain resident for more than six years, Wells served as the director of the city’s main street program and Downtown Development Authority from 2007-10. Currently, Wells is a logistics officer in the Air Force Reserve after having served in it for 16 years. 






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City Council Member (vote for three): Lynn Alexander-Ehrlicher Alexander-Ehrlicher is a writer, editor and teacher who moved from Decatur to Pine Lake more than a year ago. She lived in Decatur for 25 years. Erika C. Brown* George Chidi* Jeri Jaremko*

City Council Member District 1: Robert J. Patrick (I) – Patrick was elected in a 2012 special election to fill the seat formerly held by Mayor Donna Pittman. City Council Member District 2: Brian L. Bates (I) – Originally from Denver, Colo., Bates moved to Atlanta in 1997. He is the coowner of a professional consulting group. Since moving to Doraville in 2001, he has served as an officer and president of the Northwoods Neighborhood Association, chairman of the Doraville Police Appreciation Day and is a graduate of the Doraville Citizens’ Police Academy. Dawn O’Conner – O’Conner has lived in Doraville since 1977. She has previously served as a Doraville Ethics Commissioner and is currently vice president of the Northwoods Neighborhood Watch Program. City Council Member District 3: Karen Pachuta (I) – Pachuta has lived in the Atlanta area for more than 20 years, 14 of those in Doraville. She has served as a councilwoman since 2010 and is a graduate of Emory School of Law, with more than 20 years in legal, nonprofit and business experience. Sharon Spangler *

City Council Member District 1 Post 1: David Davis – Davis is a smallbusiness owner. Henly Shelton – Shelton is a former United States Marine and Purple Heart recipient. Denis Shortal (I) – Shortal is a retired Marine and airline pilot who has lived in Dunwoody for more than 22 years. City Council Member District 2 Post 2: William A.J. Mercier * Jim Riticher – A 30-year Dunwoody resident, Riticher is an consultant who received a degree for Georgia Tech. Heyward Wescott – A Dunwoody resident since 1997, Wescott owns a sign company, which he launched in 1997. Throughout his years as a Dunwoody resident, Wescott has sponsored numerous events and served as a board member of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce.

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City Council Member District 3 Post 3: Hollis Wells Sam Eads – Eads has lived in Dunwoody for more than 17 years Mayor: and is originally from Florida. He is Cyril Mungal – A master plumber, the co-founder of an Atlanta-based Internet technology business and Mungal has lived in Stone also does independent technology Mountain for 20 years. consulting to businesses. Additionally, Eads serves on the board of directors Patricia Wheeler (I) – Wheeler as the for the Greater Atlanta has served as Stone Mountain’s Defensive Pistol Association. mayor for the past four years and previously served as the city’s Doug Thompson (I) – A local mayor from 1985-97. attorney, Thompson has lived in Dunwoody for nearly 20 years and City Council Member Post 4: has owned a business for 15 years. Susan S. Coletti (I)*

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City Council Member District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong (I) – Archibong was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 2001 and has served three terms. She previously worked in the education sector and is currently a private attorney. Archibong founded the East Atlanta Business Association and established a parent-sponsored public school advocacy group called OASIS: Organized Association of Schools in Southeast Atlanta Christian Enterkin – After years of working in the nonprofit sector and corporate real estate market, Enterkin became the vice president of a private equity firm. Currently See Election on page 16A



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City Council Member Post 5: Steve Higgins (I) – Higgins has been a resident of Stone Mountain for 12 Years and was elected to the city council in 2005. He said his three main goals if reelected are to complete present streetscape projects, recruit businesses to the city and complete Stone Mountain’s

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living in Kirkwood, she serves as the Public Safety Committee Chair for the Kirkwood Civic Association. Jonathan W. Jones – Jones moved to Atlanta in 2010. Since then, he has been an advocate for promoting equality and fair representation, preventing childhood homelessness and reducing wasteful government spending. John Paul Michalik – Previously the president of the Old and Sweet Auburn Neighborhood District and vice president of the Benteen Park Neighborhood Association. Matt Rinker – Since 2004, Rinker has lived in East Atlanta and has worked in the marketing sector for the past 12 years. No municipal elections are required in Brookhaven and Lithonia.

Members of CORE and Association Manifeste collaborate during a “salon.” Photos by John Ramspott

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CORE dance company celebrates cross-cultural exchange
by Daniel Beauregard As Decatur-based contemporary dance company CORE begins its 33rd season, artistic director Sue Schroeder said the company is beginning a project that has been more than 15 years in the making. “A big piece of what we’ve done for many years is cultural projects and dialogue and this one has been 15 years in the making,” Schroeder said. For the past two weeks CORE, a company of six professional dancers, have been working with a contemporary dance group from Toulouse, France, named Association Manifeste. Schroeder said both companies will spend the next two years working together during residencies to create a new collaborative piece to premiere in Atlanta and Toulouse. “They’re also very kindred and the art movement language we both speak is very wonderful,” Schroeder said. The two companies held a creative work session open to the public Oct. 23. Schroeder said the “salon” was for both companies to demonstrate what they have been working on and for attendees to give constructive criticism. “We make it a comfortable experience,” Schroeder said. She said the studio was set up much like a living room and at the end of the session, audience members were encouraged to participate. Schroeder said a big part of what both companies were doing involved the way people walk on the street. To her, part of what makes the collaboration between the two companies special is the French company’s view of American culture and what makes it unique. “At one point in our piece, the dancers began bumping into each other and apologizing and the French dancers immediately said, ‘America is the only country in the world where this happens—where people bump into each other while walking then apologize afterward,’” Schroeder said. The collaboration between the two companies will continue in the spring of 2014 when CORE Performance Company will take up residency with Association Manifeste in Toulouse, France. Schroeder said CORE has been working on and off with the French Consulate in Atlanta to find a company to collaborate with that would fit with CORE’s mission.

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Smiley West demonstrates non-damaging hair care procedures.

Before hair loss becomes severe special products can help restore hair health, West said. West opened her salon on Mountain Industrial Boulevard in September. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

New salon in Tucker specializes in nonsurgical hair replacement
by Kathy Mitchell Sharmele “Smiley” West has been a licensed cosmetologist for 23 years, but a few years ago she decided to specialize. “I noticed that I was seeing a lot of hair loss in women. Even my mother had that problem,” she said, noting the hair loss, or alopecia, may occur for several reasons including genetics, a medical condition and inappropriate care. “I hate to say it, but there are negligent stylists who are only concerned about giving a style that looks good—no matter how they had to achieve it—just to make a quick buck,” she said. “We as professionals in the hair care industry must keep up with information on the products we are using,” West said. “Clients can have natural or [chemically treated] hair and still have healthy hair, if it is being taken care of properly. Some stylists forget some of the basics once they’re in the salon like strand tests, checking the elasticity, porosity and density of hair prior to using chemicals. As a licensed cosmetologist, I suggest all stylists continually educate themselves on the products they are using and not only style great hair, but keep and maintain healthy hair.” Also, with the economy in a slump, she said, many women try such procedures as relaxers or coloring at home without really knowing what they’re doing. Others may have a friend or relative, what West calls “kitchen-ticians,” work on their hair. Improper use of chemical relaxers and extremely tight hair braiding can cause permanent damage to the hair follicle, she said. West became a certified nonsurgical hair replacement specialist in 2004 and in September opened Smiley’s National Black Hair Institute on Mountain Industrial Boulevard in Tucker. She said severe hair damage has become common in ethnic women because of pulling from braiding, bonding, sewing and other procedures. She said her research indicates that 70 to 80 percent of the people seeking nonsurgical hair replacement are Black women. While she specializes in Black women’s hair, West said, she can work with women of any ethnicity and one of the technicians at her salon is in the process of becoming certified to restore men’s hair. “Hair defines many things for a woman–personality, attractiveness, success, health and social status. Losing it can have a dramatic effect on both self-esteem and social life,” West commented, adding that she has had clients in tears as they told stories of how they lost their hair. She added that she understands the sensitive nature of the problem and is equipped to give consultations and treatments in a private area if the client prefers. West said that because hair loss is so common many products and procedures to address the problem are on the market. Most, she said, are only minimally or temporarily effective. “Thousands of products for female hair loss are advertised on the Internet,” West said. “Almost all are a complete waste of money.” She said if women come to her when they first start losing their hair, often she can treat the damaged scalp and start hair growing again, but “usually, they wait about three years, then it’s too late.” For women whose hair won’t grow back she can attach human hair using a special mesh that’s the same type used on burn victims. Once the mesh is attached using a special polymer, the hair can be washed and styled as though it were the person’s naturally growing hair.

Notice of availability of Proposed 2014 Budget, Budget Public Hearing and 2014 Budget Adoption Clarkston City Council The City of Clarkston Proposed 2014 Budget will be available to view on the Clarkston City Website ( and copies to view will be available at the Clarkston City Hall Annex (1055 Rowland St) and the Clarkston Public Library on November 5, 2013. The Clarkston Council will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, starting at 6:30pm, Clarkston City Hall, 3921 Church Street for the purpose of taking public comment on the 2014 Proposed City of Clarkston Budget. The Council will vote to adopt the Clarkston 2014 Budget at their regular Council Meeting on December 3, 2013 at 6:30pm. The public is invited to attend.

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Actors portraying figures in DeKalb County’s history performed for students during a living history program sponsored by the DeKalb History Center. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

History comes alive for students
by Andrew Cauthen More than 2,000 DeKalb County School District students met the likes of Harriet Tubman, Sequoyah and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Swanton at the Swanton House during a living history program sponsored by the DeKalb History Center. “It puts a face on the two-dimensional figure in history,” said Mark Eaton, who portrayed Sequoyah. “When you sit and read it, you think of them somewhat accurately, but…the stereotypes that are built into American history are sometimes so hard to shake that trying to create a more accurate portrayal of that time period and even the everyday dress kind of opens up new vistas.” During his 12-minute presentations, Eaton emphasized the value of written language. “I tried to show the development of Sequoyah’s life that led him to be so obsessed with creating a written language,” said Eaton, a Lockheed Martin aircraft technician who lives in Hall County. He used vacation days to participate in the event, which ran Oct. 23-25 at the DeKalb History Center’s complex on West Trinity Place in Decatur. Sequoyah “becomes a living person instead of just a story on a page,” Eaton said. The DeKalb History Center’s new curriculum-based living history program for schools is called History Adventure. “We want something exciting and engaging for students that also covers curriculum standards,” said Jenny Goldemund, programs and preservation coordinator for the center. “An event like this helps create the context through which students come to truly understand our past.” The program is tailored to the needs of various grade levels. On Oct. 24 the program covered Georgia History curriculum standards for grades two and eight. Students interacted with actors portraying James Oglethorpe, who recounted his adventures founding the Georgia colony; Mary Musgrove, an early entrepreneur and Oglethorpe’s translator; Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee syllabary; and Harriett Tubman, who told about the Underground Railroad. “This is what we’re learning right now in eighth grade Georgia studies,” said Enetha Todd, eighthgrade social studies teacher at Stephenson Middle School. Students also visited two DeKalb pioneer cabins to see nineteenth-century cooking and skills demonstrations and two historic homes to learn about early settlers and nineteenth-century lifestyles. Fourth-grade and high school students experienced early American history, meeting a Woodland Indian in her camp and a Revolutionary war soldier from General Washington’s army. They also saw an archaeology and Native American tool demonstration. Goldemund said the program has been made possible through the support of The Davidson and McCurdy families, A.S. Turner and Sons, Coosawattee Foundation, Cousins Foundation and Epps Aviation.

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Catholic educator ‘blessed’ to teach 25 years
by Andrew Cauthen Ruthie Patch said she loves her job as a secondgrade teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (IHM). “The children are fantastic. They’re all enthusiastic,” Patch said. “[Teaching] keeps me young, I hope. It keeps me on my toes.” Patch was named IHM’s Employee of the Year in October and will be honored in February 2014 at the archbishop’s education banquet. Born and reared in Massachusetts where she began her career in education, Patch moved to Atlanta in 1972 when Northeast Airlines, where husband Brad worked, merged with Delta Air Lines. “I stayed home for a while and got the teaching bug again,” Patch said. She taught at Embry Hills Methodist for eight years before moving to IHM. At IHM, Patch taught kindergarten for two years and moved to second grade where she has taught for 23 years. “I can’t imagine being retired because it’s like my family,” Patch said. “It’s great here.” Patch said her motivation for teaching is the children. “They have such an appreciation of everything,” Patch said. “Little things that we take for granted are wonderful things to them. “When you’re out on the playground and you’re watching them play, they’ll come over with a rock that’s the biggest treasure ever,” Patch said. “It’s just amazing to work with children, especially young children.” In addition to teaching, Patch coordinates the ZanerBloser Handwriting Contest and prepares children for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion, which she called “special blessing.” “I prepare the children for their First Communion,” she said. “It’s just amazing to see them receive Jesus for the first time. I still get excited when I see the older children go up to receive Eucharist.” Patch also serves as a Eucharistic minister, participating in the school’s parent appreciation night and working on the senior day reception committee. “I love the people here,” she said. “The parents are so supportive. And our faculty is amazing.” Patch said she was surprised to be named employee of the year. “I was honored because there’s so many fabulous people here that certainly deserve it,” she said. “It made me feel pretty humble and pretty excited. I was excited but I was still surprised. I was just really honored especially since it was voted by my peers. “Sometimes you don’t realize that people think so highly of you. It was pretty amazing,” she said. Patch said she enjoys keeping up with former students. She was invited to one former student’s wedding where she sat at the head table. “Some of my kids that I’ve taught are in medical school now,” Patch said. “Some have children of their own. One of the little boys in my classroom—we taught his mother.” Her favorite thing about Immaculate Heart of Mary is teaching in a faith-filled community. “Catholic education is wonderful,” Patch said. “It’s a place where [students] can pray today. They know to follow Jesus. We support each other when we have babies born and weddings and we become grandparents—everybody celebrates with us. When we have illnesses or deaths in the family, everybody comes together to lift that person up. It’s just a great place to be; it’s a family. I know a lot of places call themselves a family, but when you like to go to work every day, you know you’re in a family. It’s a second family. “I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 9 years old, but I never dreamed I would have an opportunity to teach in a school as awesome as IHM,” Patch said. “I am truly blessed.”

Ruthie Patch, a teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, was recently named the school’s employee of the year. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

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 5468 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA, 30341 770-986-5010 Or from: Georgia Department of Transportation Office of Program Delivery 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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DeKalb County School Board is selling the Hooper Alexander property as-is through a competitive sealed bid process. The property is located at 3414 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30032 and contains a 68,900 square feet school facility on approximately 8.1 acres. Sealed Bids, from Bidders, will be received by the DeKalb County Board of Education (the “Owner”) at the Sam A. Moss Service Center, 1780 Montreal Road, Tucker, Georgia 30084, until 12:00 Noon local time on Monday, November 25, 2013 for all labor, materials and services necessary for both projects. Bidding Documents may be obtained by Bidders at: All questions about this Advertisement for Bids must be directed in writing to Stephen Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer not later than Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 12:00 Noon. Contact Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Sam Moss Center, 1780 Montreal Road, Tucker, Georgia 30084.; email:; Fax 678.676.1350. Except as expressly provided in, or permitted by, the Bidding Documents, from the date of issuance of the Advertisement for Bids until final Owner action of approval of contract award, the Bidder shall not initiate any communication or discussion concerning the Project or the Bidder’s Bid or any part thereof with any employee, agent, or representative of the Owner. Any violation of this restriction may result in the rejection of the Bidder’s Bid. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, and to waive technicalities and informalities. Site visits are scheduled for Tuesday October 29th, 2013 at 9:00 am and Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 9:00 am. 
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that he was making his pasta from scratch,” said Chef Rian Macdonald, a culinary instructor at Warren Technical. “Everybody else was bringing in boxed and canned goods. The judges were really wowed as well as the spectators. They were really impressed.” The head judge said it was probably the best pasta he had tasted, Macdonald said. “That was a huge compliment.” Dixon did have a challenge to overcome during the competition with contestants from 33 Georgia schools. “My pasta maker wouldn’t clamp to the table,” he said. “I tried my best, I never quit and I got done with my pasta before my time was up.” Macdonald said, “We felt he might have lost his cool but he kept his composure, stuck with it and really showed determination. Most competitors couldn’t get the chicken on the plate. Many didn’t finish. Nehemiah finished his dish with time left over.” Dixon, who said he makes all of the meals for his mother and himself, started cooking when he was 11 years old. “Then I came here to Warren Tech to learn and train with Chef Macdonald,” he said. I love to cook.” Dixon attended the school until Oct. 17, the day before he turned 22. “Warren Technical School is a center for “special needs young adults,” said Carla Jones, principal. “We are the only school of its kind of the entire state of Georgia and we serve students from every traditional high school in the DeKalb County School District. “Our goal is not only to help them learn a career skill, but we work very heavily in soft skills, life skills and work ethics and the kinds of things that it takes to transition you into society…to be a productive, contributing member of society,” Jones said. Dixon “has had many challenges that he has had to face that would have made many people just drop out of school,” Jones said. “He has hung in here through a lot.” Since Dixon graduated from Warren Technical, he has had some “positive” interviews at Blue Moon pizzeria restaurant in Buckhead, Macdonald said. Dixon, who wants to be chef one day, said he was pleased with his performance in the competition. “I felt happy,” he said. “This was the first time winning a competition like this. I never doubted myself. I worked hard. I want to do it again. “I like to cook pizza and pasta. I love to cook homemade chili. I love to cook everything I need to cook. You give it to me, I cook it,” he said.

From left, Manuel Williams and his lawyer, Gerald Griggs answer questions from the media at an Oct. 25 press conference. Photo by Carla Parker

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guage–you would do your best to remove yourself from that situation,” Griggs said. According to the police report, the victim said Williams “allowed her to view pornography, kissed her neck, touched her breast and attempted to unzip her pants.” Griggs said Williams did have contact with the victim but it was an innocent hug between the two. “At no point was [the contact] of any sexual nature or was of any criminal nature,” Griggs said. “We have a witness that will testify to that extent and the police have already interviewed that witness Saturday before the allegations and chargers were made.” Griggs said Williams’ daughter, who is friends with the victim, was present at all times and “saw no illicit sexual conduct, saw no signs of distress by the alleged victim before or after any of these alleged acts happened. “[The daughter] was just as shocked at the charges as Mr. Williams is,” Griggs said. Williams said he will fight to clear his name and hopes to return to his job. “My family, my friends–I know those people who truly support me. That is what I need to restore me to where I need to be–a DeKalb officer, if possible,” Williams said.

Sheriff Brown announces run for Congress
“The time has finally come!” That was the announcement posted Oct. 22 on the Twitter account (@ TBrown4Congress) for DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown. Brown officially announced his run for Georgia’s 4th Congressional District on Oct. 23 at events in Decatur, Lilburn, Conyers and Covington. “There are a number of things that I think I can do,” Brown said during a July 17 news conference scheduled by the Thomas Brown for Congress exploratory committee. “I believe I can bring dynamic leadership and a strong voice in the 4th District, something that I don’t believe we have had to the level we have had before.” The district is currently represented by four-term Congressman Hank Johnson, a member of the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Brown has been DeKalb’s sheriff since 2000. Photo by John Hewitt


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Marist routs Stone Mountain in region play
by Carla Parker The Marist War Eagles rushed for 361 yards in the 49-7 routing of Stone Mountain Oct. 26 at North DeKalb Stadium. Quarterback Chase Martenson led the team with 99 rushing yards on 11 attempts and scored three touchdowns. Running back Griffin King finished behind Martenson with 67 yards on four attempts and one touchdown. This was the fourth time this season Marist has rushed for more than 300 yards. Head coach Alan Chadwick credited both the offensive line and the running backs for the production in the running game against Stone Mountain. “I think our offensive line is playing very well, very consistent and we got some good production out of all of our backs tonight,” he said. “We ran the ball hard and executed pretty well.” Martenson gave Marist a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with rushing touchdowns of 4 and 23 yards. The War Eagles had a 42-0 lead going into halftime after scoring four times in the second quarter. Matt Perez, King and Martenson each had a rushing touchdown in the second quarter and Martenson threw a 27-yard pass to Marcus Miller for a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the half. Ian Werntz scored from 5 yards out in the third quarter to give Marist a 49-0 lead. Stone Mountain’s Steven Sheppard had a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring the score to 49-7. Marist (6-2, 4-0) moved a step closer to claiming the Region 6-AAAA title after the win. The War Eagles have to beat Chamblee Nov. 1 to win the 6-AAAA Sub Region A and win the region play-in game Nov. 8 to be 6-AAAA region champions. Grady Stadium in Atlanta. Alexander ran for 95 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. His third touchdown came on a 67-yard interception return. Tucker 55, Miller Grove 12 The No. 1 ranked Tucker Tigers got three rushing touchdowns from Elijah Sullivan on the way to a 55-12 Region 6-AAAAA win over Miller Grove. The Tigers (8-0) jumped out to a 34-6 halftime lead behind Sullivan’s three first half touchdowns. Joseph Proby had an interception return for a touchdown while Dominick Sanders, Joseph Farrar and Myles Donaldson all added rushing touchdowns. at Hallford Stadium Oct. 25. The No. 4 ranked Jaguars (7-1) remains in a second place tie with Mays in the region standings as the two head into their matchup Nov. 2 at Hallford Stadium. The Lions (6-2) take on Tucker Nov. 1 at Hallford Stadium in a key playoff standings game. Columbia 42, Redan 6 The Columbia Eagles (5-3, 3-1) continue to hold onto their second place spot in Region 6-AAAA Sub Region A standings following a 42-6 victory over Redan (0-8) at Hallford Stadium the night of Oct. 26. The Eagles are in a good position to host a region play-in game with a state playoff berth on the line next week. Lithonia 12, Chamblee 7 Lithonia (3-5, 2-2) played spoiler and also put itself into a region playoff berth possibility with a 12-7 upset of Chamblee (5-3, 2-2) at Avondale Oct. 26. A win against Redan Nov. 2 could put Lithonia into third place with the opportunity to play for a state playoff berth in region play-in action the following weekend.

Week 10 Results Thursday, Oct. 24 Alcovy (6-2) 33, Druid Hills (3-5) 6 Friday, Oct. 25 Blessed Trinity (5-3) 53, McNair (1-7) 20 Dunwoody (2-6) 28, North Atlanta (0-8) 0 Clarkston (3-5-1) 40, Cross Keys (1-8) 6 Stephenson (7-1) 10, M.L. King (6-2) 6 Marist (6-2) 49, Stone Mountain (3-5) 7 Decatur (6-2) 49, Towers (4-5) 20 Tucker (8-0) 55, Miller Grove (3-5) 12 Woodward Academy (6-2) 42, St. Pius (6-2) 28 Saturday, Oct. 26 Arabia Mountain (5-3) 41, SW DeKalb (2-6) 6 Lithonia (3-5) 12, Chamblee (5-3) 7 Columbia (5-3) 42, Redan (0-8) 6 Mays (6-2) 40, Lakeside (1-7) 8 Open: Cedar Grove (6-2)

Arabia Mountain 41, Southwest DeKalb 6 The 41-6 win over Southwest DeKalb Oct. 26 gave the Arabia Mountain Rams football program its first five-win season in school history. It also evened the series with Southwest DeKalb at 1-1 after two years in the same region. The Rams are also 4-3 in the Region 6-AAAAA standings with the opportunity to possibly play their way into the state playoffs with wins in the final two weeks of regular season play and a little help from Stephenson and Tucker Stephenson lineman Treikell Jones has his eyes set on M.L. King quarterback Roland Rivers (15). The encounter results against Mays. in a sack. Photo by Travis Hudgons Arabia Mountain has Dunwoody this week and Lakeside to finish up the regular season. Stephenson 10, M.L. King 6 Dunwoody 28, North Atlanta 0 The Stephenson Jaguar defense kept its lead in Aaron Alexander scored three touchdowns scoring defense in the county by shutting down to lead the Dunwoody Wildcats (2-6) to a Region a effective Martin Luther King Jr. offense on the 6-AAAAA victory over North Atlanta Oct. 25 at way to a 10-6 victory in Region 6-AAAAA play

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Barry Williams led the Tucker Tigers in the win as he gained more than 200 all-purpose yards.

Miller Grove’s Jaylen Stuckey out-jumps Avunte’ Wilson for a pass.

Columbia quarterback Justin Tomlin flees Tucker defenders.

Chapel Hill’s Curtis Grant stretches out for more yards. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Panthers and Tigers meet to decide middle school championship
by Mark Brock Two undefeated teams will meet for the Trail to the Title Championship finals as the Tucker Tigers (8-0) host the Chapel Hill Panthers (8-0) at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. It is only the second time in the history of the Trail to the Title series that two undefeated teams have met to decide who takes home the championship trophy. The first meeting was in the 2011 title game between Stephenson and Bethune as both entered with identical 8-0 marks on the season. Stephenson went on to win the title in a thrilling 6-0 overtime victory as the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation. The Tigers are in the playoffs for just the third time in the history of the Trail to the Title and the 2013 appearance is the third consecutive. Tucker lost in the first-round playoff games in 2011 and 2012, but has won two consecutive playoff games this season, including a 70-0 opening round win over Redan and a 26-6 semifinal victory against Columbia. The Tigers have scored a DeKalb County high of 352 points on the season for a 44.0 game average while allowing just 18 points (2.25 per game) on defense. The defense has six shutouts on the season, allowing only 12 points in the season opening win over Stephenson and six points to Columbia in the semifinals. The Panthers reached the championship game with a 24-6 win over Miller Grove to put themselves in the title game for the first time. Chapel Hill reached the semifinals in 2008 and 2009 but lost a pair of tough games to Columbia (20-14 in two overtimes in 2009) and Bethune (14-12, 2008). It is the Panthers’ fifth season to reach the playoffs, including the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 seasons. Chapel Hill is second to Tucker in scoring on the season with 264 points (33.0/game) and also second in points allowed with 20 (2.5/game). The defense has five shutouts on the season, including a 14-0 victory over Cedar Grove in the first round of the playoffs.

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The Champion Free Press, Friday, November 1, 2013

Atlanta Hawks hosts free clinic at Wade Walker YMCA
by Carla Parker Some DeKalb County children had an opportunity to meet and play with their favorite Atlanta Hawks player Oct. 26 at Wade Walker Park Family YMCA. The entire Atlanta Hawks team and coaching staff hosted a free, one-hour clinic for the 60 children as part of NBA Cares Week, Oct. 20-27. The Hawks players taught the children how to play basketball through drills, skills and friendly competition. The Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders and Harry the Hawk were also in attendance. NBA Cares Week allows the NBA teams and players to participate in events and activities across the country to support the communities in which they live, work and play. “We recognize and take great pride in the impact that Atlanta Hawks basketball makes both on and off the court,” said Bob Williams, president of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. “Opportunities to directly connect with our fans in the city we call home, especially with partners like the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, are ones we value and embrace.” Edward Munster, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, said working with the Hawks is a “natural fit” because basketball was established by James Naismith at the YMCA. “By working as partners, together we can help more children strive to reach their full potential through Y programs that nurture kids and teens, empower healthy living and encourage people to give back, like our volunteer sports coaches,” he said. “As a result, families and communities are strengthened, and everyone benefits.” In addition to hosting a basketball clinic, the Hawks have entered into a multi-year partnership with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta that supports 16 local branch basketball programs. Once registered for the YMCA basketball league, each participant will receive an Atlanta Hawks branded jersey and one ticket to a Hawks home game during the 2013-14 season. The YMCA of Metro Atlanta will also recognize four of their volunteers as part of the Atlanta Hawks’ Be Greater platform, which recognizes individuals throughout metro Atlanta that are making a difference in their local communities.

The Atlanta Hawks team and coaching staff hosted a free, one-hour clinic for 60 children as part of NBA Cares Week.

The Hawks players taught the children how to play basketball through drills, skills and friendly competition.

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