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Residents vote in favor of Chamblee annexation
Residents of the neighborhoods in the Dresden East and Clairmont Road area of unincorporated DeKalb County are official citizens of Chamblee. The Chamblee annexation passed with 61.07 percent of voters voting in favor of annexing into Chamblee while 38.93 percent voted “no.” With the annexation, Chamblee will be able to provide some services to more than 11,000 residents. Nikki Vandergrinten, who lives in the Appling Heights community, said she campaigned heavily for her community to be annexed into Chamblee because of the police, code enforcement and other services that the city will provide. “We’ve been very disappointed over the years with DeKalb County, especially with their police, code enforcement and sanitation department,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a really good move. We’re looking forward to being a part of this community.” Chamblee City Councilman Thomas Hogan was also pleased that the annexation passed. “We’re very excited at being able to have the opportunity to welcome the new citizens to this city,” he said. The vote came eight days after DeKalb Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie ruled to halt the annexation of Century Center into Brookhaven. Brookhaven filed an appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court the following day and requested an expedited hearing. On June 21, Highwoods Properties filed an application with Brookhaven for Century Center to be annexed into the newly created city. The city council was scheduled to vote on it in July but DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson issued a temporary restraining order against Brookhaven. Century Center is bounded by Clairmont Road, Century Boulevard, Century Parkway and Interstate 85 South. Highwoods Properties’ application requested to annex about 120 acres into Brookhaven. With Brookhaven annexing Century Center into the new city,
Thirty-year-old Ted Terry, second from left, defeated Mayor Emanuel Ransom in the race for the Clarkston mayoral position. Photo by Andrew Cauthen
Two DeKalb mayors keep their seats, one loses to city newcomer; Atlanta mayor re-elected
Rinke, at press time, had a substantial enough lead that it appeared she would win without a runoff. Archibong has served three terms on the council, starting in 2001. ceived 18.98 percent. Terry said he is grateful “for the people of Clarkston giving me a vote of confidence. A lot of the ideas that I spoke about during the campaign came directly from the people themselves,” Terry said. “To me this truly was a grassroots campaign and my goal all along was to represent and be the voice of the people of Clarkston.“I knocked on over a thousand doors and what people told me, I took notes on and I’m going to be asking for all of us to work together now to implement a lot of those ideas and move Clarkston forward,” he said. Terry said he ran for the position because he saw a need.“A lot of residents about a year ago encouraged me to run. They weren’t happy with the way things were going. Now we have an opportunity for a fresh restart. “Like a lot of Clarkstonians, I was not born here, but I chose to live in Clarkston because I believe this community represents the best of [what] America has to offer,” he said. In the race for city council, five candidates were competing for three seats. Incumbent Dean Moore, who has served on the Clarkston City Council since 2010, received 22.88 percent of the vote. Robert Hogan received 22.33 percent; Ahmed
our cities at least partly in DeKalb County chose mayors Nov. 5 and others chose commissioners, council members and other city officials. Unofficial and incomplete results Tuesday evening indicated that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Eric Clarkson, mayor of Chamblee, and Patricia Wheeler, mayor of Stone Mountain, would remain in office, while Mayor Emanuel Ransom of Clarkston was defeated by challenger Ted Terry, a nonprofit organization development director. Here are the highlights of those elections based on results at press time.
For City Commissioner: Randy S. Beebe 25.52 percent Terry Giager 33.05 percent Samantha Harrell 22.04 percent David Lee* 19.11 percent
(a portion of the city on its east side is in DeKalb County) As incumbent Reed sought a second four-year term he faced three challengers in the nonpartisan race–Al Bartell, a public policy mediator; Fraser Duke, a financial planner; and Glenn Wrightson, an engineer who owns a consulting firm. At press time, Reed appeared to be winning re-election outright with no challenger close enough to make a runoff necessary. In District 5, a large part of which is in DeKalb, incumbent Natalyn Mosby Archibong, who faced challengers Christian Enterkin, Jonathan W. Jones, John Paul Michalik and Matt
Mayor Eric Clarkston ran unopposed and won with 90.68 percent of the vote. City Council at Large: Brian Mock 58.33 percent Scott M. Taylor* 41.33 percent City Council District 1: John Mesa 95.63 percent
Thirty-year-old Terry, a twoyear resident of Clarkston, received 52.76 percent of the vote, while Ibrahim Awow Suﬁ, a SomaliAmerican who owns Atlanta Global Freight Logistics in Clarkston, received 28.26 percent. Ransom, who has served as Clarkston’s mayor since 2007, re-
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‘Tireless advocate for all children’ laid to rest
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org Former DeKalb County school board member Donna Edler was laid to rest Nov. 2. Edler, who represented District 7 on the DeKalb County Board of Education from January 2011 through August 2013, lost a battle with breast cancer on Oct. 29. In a statement released Oct. 31 the school board expressed its “great sorrow over the death of our friend and former colleague.” “Ms. Edler’s passion and commitment to the children and taxpayers of DeKalb County was evident as she regularly attended activities throughout the county,” the board stated. “In her short term of service on the board, she never wavered in her commitment to improving education for DeKalb’s students, or in her support of the DeKalb County School District. As a tireless champion for all children, her legacy of great care and concern will live on in her many accomplishments in education.” In a separate statement, school Superintendent Mike Thurmond said, “Ms. Edler was a tireless advocate for all children and was committed to improving the quality of education in DeKalb. “Her leadership and voice will be missed but her legacy will endure,” Thurmond said. Edler, who had a background in accounting and described herself as a homemaker, community organizer and activist, was sworn into office in January 2011 as a school board member representing District 7, after defeating Zepora Roberts in a runoff election. In an interview with The Champion in 2010 during her election bid, Edler told why she wanted to join the school board. “New leadership and better school board governance are the first steps towards restoring confidence and credibility,” she said. Minimizing waste, fraud and abuse preserves educational dollars for children and classrooms, she added. Edler was one of six school board members who were suspended earlier this year by Gov. Nathan Deal and later replaced after the DeKalb school district was placed on accreditation probation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the agency that accredits the school district through its parent company, AdvancED. A Stone Mountain resident, Edler spent more than 15 years as a volunteer and holding board positions with DeKalb County civic associations. Edler earned a master’s degree in business specializing in real estate appraisal and investment analysis from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas. She was also a certified public accountant with national accounting firm experience. Edler was a member of First African Presbyterian Church in Lithonia. Edler and her husband Darryl had three children, Darryl Jr., Christopher and Rachel. “Donna was a diligent worker and cared deeply about children and her community,” according to a statement on the DeKalb School Watch Two. “She served well on the school board – from her heart, and in our opinion, did nothing to deserve removal by the governor. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Donna’s family.”
Former DeKalb school board member Donna Edler succumbed to cancer Oct. 29. File Photo
Druid Hills Charter Cluster petitioners respond to school district’s review
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com regarding the submission of charter petitions, those policies have to be aligned Supporters of the Druid with and cannot exceed the Hills Charter Cluster requirements of the Charter (DHCC) said their petiSchools Act of 1998 and tion is complete, meets the state board of education requirements of law and guidelines.” should be overwhelmingly The DHCC would inapproved by the DeKalb clude the 5,000 students Board of Education. and 400 faculty members “Georgia law and state of Avondale, Briar Vista, board rules are very clear Fernbank, Laurel Ridge on the standards by which and McLendon elementary a charter cluster petition schools as well as Druid must be judged,” said Matt Hills Middle and Druid Lewis, head of the DHCC Hills High schools. efforts. “A local board must Proponents say student approve any petition that achievement would increase is in the public interest and because the charter cluster complies with the rules, reg- would offer individualized ulations, policies, and prolearning pathways and flexcedures of Georgia law. Our ibility for principals and petition undeniably meets teachers to address curricuand exceeds both of those lum and school operations requirements, and our rethat are more responsive to sponse to the district clearly students’ needs. illustrates that.” The learning pathways, The DHCC response stat- which begin at the elemened that “while local boards tary school level and concan adopt their own policies tinue through high school, include International Baccalaureate (IB); a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program; Advanced Placement (AP); and Montessori. In its Oct. 18 review of the DHCC petition, the school district stated, “The petition contains assertions and statements that raise questions of concern for the district in the areas of innovation, flexibility, governance, academic performance, and fiscal responsibility. “Some of the responses in the 76-question petition need improvement or do not meet guideline requirements, either because the petitioner did not address the question, or made statements that need further clarification,” stated the district’s review. In response the petitioners said they pointed the district to the location of petition passages and appendices containing the information “overlooked by the district.” “In each and every case, we were able to quickly locate the required information noted in the district’s comments,” Lewis said. Much of the information requested by the district was “located in the district’s own files, such as certificates of occupancy and emergency plans for the seven cluster schools.” “In fact, DHCC found that the District’s review of the petition across the board was fragmented, went beyond its legal authority, and lacked an understanding of both the law and the DHCC plan,” according to a DHCC statement. “Moreover, the district’s feedback seems to disregard the obvious merits the cluster offers to stakeholders, namely, that the cluster will lower class size, put more dollars in the classroom rather than a central office, eliminate staff furlough days, provide meaningful opportunities for stakeholder engagement, enable pay raises for teachers and administrators, and offer choice enrollment pathways for all students residing within the cluster as well as students living outside the residential zone, according to the petitioners’ response. “Most importantly, the DHCC will bring management and decision-making from the 100,000-student level of a district office to the more personal 5,000-student level of the schoolhouse,” according to the statement. In November, the DeKalb County Board of Education is expected to decide whether to approve the state’s first charter school cluster.
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Stadium costs rise up?
this through the sale of Personal Seat Licenses (PSLs). A PSL is a license fee paid, in this case to the state of Georgia (again avoiding any taxation), which will entitle the PSL holder to buy season tickets for a particular seat in the stadium. This PSL holder has certain transferrable sale rights, sort of like a timeshare, and if the PSL holder does not continue to renew his or her season tickets, or sell the PSL, the holder forfeits the seat and license back to the team or venue. There are currently 15 NFL teams with PSL programs as well as five in Major League Baseball. This is not entirely unlike the practice of many successful collegiate football and basketball programs requiring an annual scholarship gift of a certain level to retain access to season tickets. The PSL is typically in effect for as long as the team in question plays in that same venue. PSL prices typically range between $2,500-10,000 per seat. Atlanta has come a long way in the world sports arena, but our fan base remains extremely fickle. While the stands fill during hot streaks, it can be all too easy to pan the stands with a camera during a regular season Braves or Falcons game and see almost as many seats as rabid fans. No professional sports franchise in the market yet enjoys the fan bases following the University of Georgia, University of Clemson or Auburn University nearby. The Falcons of 2012 were Super Bowl contenders. Our Dirty Birds in 2013—not so much. Though the Georgia Dome is nearing 30 years old, Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, was originally built as a temporary track and field facility for the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996, and it certainly receives more regular duty use than the Dome. That outdoor arena is holding up well, but will also soon need its own series of refurbishments, renovations and improvements. Major League Baseball gave up its own federal nonprofit tax exemption in 2007. The Atlanta Braves last year paid state and local taxes totaling $8.6 million, and have an annual regional economic impact exceeding $100 million. I’m not trying to pit the Braves against the Falcons, but I can still well remember the day when the two franchises shared the AtlantaFulton County Stadium. My grandmother was a Falcons expansion team season ticket holder, and clung to her 50-yard line nosebleed seats in the very top row of the old stadium for nearly 30 years—and until emphysema and declining health robbed her of the ability to make that climb. Several stadium blankets, and the occasional Bloody Mary helped keep her Irish blood coursing warmly on many a cold game day, but if that stadium were still standing, and her legs still workin’, she would have been in those seats on Sunday—and they don’t build fans like that much anymore either. Bill Crane also serves as a political analyst and commentator for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist for The Champion, Champion Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native and business owner, living in Scottdale. You can reach him or comment on a column at billcrane@ earthlink.net.
Back in its day, the Roman Coliseum hosted mock naval battles and could be flooded to allow battles to rage at sea in what is still one of the world’s largest open air amphitheaters. That old coliseum was a truly multi-purpose arena that stood the test of time. Evidently, we don’t build them like that anymore. Our stadiums, coliseums, etc. are often considered relics in less than a generation. And for our Atlanta Falcons, newer, bigger and better is coming in the form of an eight-piece retractable roof stadia, which somewhat resembles a Japanese origami, at a revised estimated price of $1.2 billion. And though the new stadium will be owned by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, it will not be primarily financed with public funds. That said, taxpayers will in several ways indirectly underwrite costs of the project. Despite league team combined annual revenues exceeding $9 billion, the National Football League is a 501 (c) 6 nonprofit, and it does not pay income taxes. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s current compensation package totals $29.4 million. And the new NFL HQ offices cost $35.9 million. Teams within the league are not nonprofit, and they pay $250 million in non-taxable membership dues to the NFL, which goes into an interest-free loan fund for the construction of new stadiums. The NFL announced that it will step in to pick up the slack on the extra $200 million in estimated costs for the new roost for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are picking up a bigger share than originally forecast for the project but will do much of
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A better budget deal
Democrats should reject any deal that slashes Social Security and doesn’t repeal the sequester.
Isaiah J. Poole
Tea-partying Republicans supposedly pine for smaller government, lower taxes and, of course, the Affordable Care Act’s demise. The conventional wisdom is that these rigid, Republican extremists need to be countered by “moderate” Democrats who will behave like the “adults in the room” by cutting a deal that sacrifices sacred cows cherished by progressive and conservative forces to move Washington beyond partisan gridlock and brinkmanship. The siren song of compromise appeals to the weary public after Republican Party intransigence triggered a government shutdown and the nation’s flirtation with default.
But that song is off-key. Here’s why. The No. 1 economic problem America faces right now is an anemic economy and the chronic unemployment that comes with it. The budget deficit? Not so much. Thanks to the sequester and other trends, it’s shrinking fast. The evidence is plain in the delayed jobs report for September that the Labor Department released Oct. 22. As the nation closed out its sixth month under the federal budget sequestration axe, the economy created only 148,000 jobs in September. The average for the past year has been about 185,000 jobs a month. At the rate we’re producing jobs, we won’t fully repair the damage the Great Recession did to the job market until at least the end of the decade. It’s no wonder. The budget cuts that conservative lawmakers promised would help bolster private sector job growth are actually reducing job growth — by about 1.2 million jobs this year. Federal spending is 4 percent below what it was last year, and the 2013 federal deficit is more than 30 percent smaller than last year’s. Nonetheless, Republicans heading into the latest round of budget negotiations are demanding more spending cuts. Their big goal is “entitlement reform,” a euphemism for slashing Social Security, Medicare,
and Medicaid benefits. But they will settle in this round for extending sequester constraints on federal spending. Offering flexibility in spreading the pain will be their idea of compromise. Democrats should reject any deal of that kind. Yes, the United States would be better off not having to waste money on interest on our long-term debt. But the first step toward solving this problem is by doing what a majority of the American public has consistently supported in polls: smart, targeted spending increases in the things we know will boost the economy, create jobs, and set the country up for long-term prosperity and global economic competitiveness. That includes such things as upgrading our transportation networks and other public infrastructure, and giving children from preschool to college the facilities and resources they need to succeed. A majority also supports ending the tax breaks and loopholes that allow many corporations and the wealthy escape paying their fair share of taxes. A coalition of 41 labor and grassroots organizations my colleagues at the Campaign for America’s Future convened sent a letter to members of Congress encouraging them to declare four nonnegotiable positions: Repeal the sequester. Protect Social Security, Medicare
and Medicaid benefits. Preserve adequate funding for nutrition assistance, along with other aid to low-income households. Scrap tax breaks that encourage corporations to send jobs and shelter profits overseas. Don’t equate this stance with the intransigence and destructive brinksmanship of the tea party Republicans. This is a call to shift the terms of the economic debate toward a more constructive direction that addresses the real problem. America simply can’t cut its way out of its economic doldrums. Impoverishing seniors and increasing the economic stress of the financially struggling only deepens the hole we’re in. Conservatives have gotten their sequestration budget cuts, to our economy’s detriment. It’s time for Congress to come together and forge a plan that gets people working and the economy growing — while creating the favorable conditions we need for a stronger and healthier economy. Isaiah J. Poole is the editor of OurFuture.org, the website of the Campaign for America’s Future. OurFuture.org. Distributed via OtherWords. OtherWords.org
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Callanwolde to host veteran storytelling event
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org Anne Wallace, the youth coordinator for the Southern Order of Storytellers, said in the past few years she’s learned more about her husband’s experiences in the military than she did during the 25 years he was actually in it. Wallace said veterans from all walks of life and branches of the military will be telling their stories at the Callanwolde Arts Center Nov. 10, starting at 3 p.m. This is the second year the event has been held at Callanwolde. “It’s an idea that started while I was working in the school system; what we’re trying to do is let the regular veterans tell their stories,” Wallace said. At many events, Wallace said, the veterans telling their stories are usually higherranking military officers. She said they have wonderful stories to tell but she wants all veterans to get a chance to speak. “They’re very happy to tell their story,” Wallace said. When it first began, Wallace said some veterans were reluctant to speak. However, after several years, more began participating. Now many of those veterans are members of the Southern Order of Storytellers. Wallace said one of the first participants in the event was a “tunnel rat” during the Vietnam War. The Viet Cong, who were skilled in guerilla warfare, used an intricate network of tunnels created in the 1940s during their war against French colonial forces. The tunnel rats were tasked with infiltrating the tunnels, which contained hiding spots for Viet Cong soldiers and, in some cases, underground hospitals. “He said in 50 years he had never shared anything about what he did in Vietnam,” Wallace said. The mission of the Southern Order of Storytellers, Wallace said, is a simple one: to perpetuate storytelling. Wallace said it’s important for the veterans’ stories to be preserved and for the younger generation to hear them. “They are telling true stories there and, in a way, I think a lot of the younger people [want] to hear true stories,” Wallace said. Wallace said this year’s event is family-friendly and includes a host of storytellers from those who fought in World War II to a woman whose grandfather fought in the War of 1812. Additionally, there’s also going to be a young girl telling her story about what it’s like to have her mother deployed in the military. For more information, visit www.southernorderofstorytellers.org.
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Keith Smith has become a familiar face in the Southwest DeKalb High School community. Smith is a member of the Southwest DeKalb High School FBI (Fathers Being Involved) Dads, a group of likeminded fathers who volunteers at the school. The Stone Mountain resident said he got involved with the program five years ago after seeing the group of men volunteering in the community. “I’ve always wanted to get involved in the community, especially in the school system,” he said. The FBI Dads are on the school grounds every day either directing traffic to clear congestion during student pickup in the afternoon and drop-off in the morning, cleaning up trash around the school or volunteering with sports teams and clubs. Smith is the driver of the Southwest DeKalb band equipment truck. “I volunteer a lot with the basketball program and I do security at the games,” he said. “We’re more of a hands-on group. We’re in the trenches and we try to keep the upkeep in our community.” Smith said having more fathers and men in general volunteer at the schools will have a positive effect on students, especially young boys. “We have an opportunity to make a difference in our community and we need to make sure that our young men don’t get caught up in the judicial system,” he said. “They can have a successful life like we’re having.” Smith said he had positive men in his life who led by example and he tries to be that same example for Marvin Grimes, a Southwest DeKalb football player that he mentors. “He has been a real blessing to me,” Smith said. “But I’m glad to be a sponsor for him and lead him in the right direction and help him stay away from crime and gangs.” Smith is a nutritionist at Clarkston High School where he has worked for two years.
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Author to speak on U.S. immigration policy Sonia Nazario, the veteran journalist whose 2003 Los Angeles Times newspaper series “Enrique’s Journey” won Pulitzer Prizes for feature writing and photography, will speak Nov. 7 at Emory University. Her presentation, “The American Immigration Battlefield: ‘Enrique’s Journey’ and the Search for a New Path to the Future,” comes as the White House and Congress appear to be preparing for another battle on immigration reform. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m., at Emory’s Center for Ethics, on the university’s main campus, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta. It is free and open to the public. Nazario’s book Enrique’s Journey, based on the newspaper series, will be available for purchase and the author will autograph copies. Nazario’s Emory itinerary also includes “Public Scholarship at the Border: A Conversation with Sonia Nazario,” hosted by the Center for Women at Emory. Free and open to the public, the dialogue is scheduled for 1-2 p.m., Nov. 8, in Candler Library, 550 Asbury Circle, on the Emory campus. The Center for Women invites academics, students and others to join an “exemplary public scholar and thought leader” for a conversation on “engaging with the media as a tool for affecting change in our communities.” Evening of tastings to beneﬁt Frazer Center The Frazer Center has announced that its fundraiser, Savor the City, a night of tastings, will be held Nov. 11, 6:30-10 p.m., at the Atrium at Frazer Center. Tickets are $75. Proceeds benefit the mission of the Frazer Center, an inclusive community where people at all levels of ability and disability
Library to host writers group Writers and inspiring writers can meet to discuss writing and networking at the Clarkston Library from 6‒7:30 p.m. The library is located at 951 N. Indian Creek Drive. Writers can register or drop in. To register, call (404) 508-7175.
noon. Individuals and groups interested in showcasing their talents and participating in the Christmas Program in December can call (404) 964-4936 to sign up. Consumer debt clinics offered at library
is located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. For more information, contact Rabbi Glusman at rabbi. firstname.lastname@example.org or at (678) 812-4161.
Library to host health insurance informational Stephen Bailey from the University of Georgia Health Navigators Program will provide information about how the Health Insurance Marketplace can help. Registration is not required for the information session, which is from 2‒3 p.m. Enrollment assistance, with advance registration, will take place from 3:15‒4:15 p.m. Space is limited. Brookhaven Library is located at 1242 N. Druid Hills Road, NE. in Atlanta. To register for enrollment assistance, call the library at (404) 848-7140.
City to host workshop to update 10-year plan The city of Chamblee is hosting a workshop Nov. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., to gather public input for updating the city’s Livable Centers Initiative. This is the second of two such workshops to gather input on priorities and preliminary concept plans for Chamblee’s town center. The workshop will be held at the Chamblee Civic Center, located at 3540 Broad Street. According to a media release, the master plan will focus on the community’s vision for downtown—enhancing Chamblee’s sense of place, increasing walkability, improving the Chamblee MARTA Station area, improving the quality of life and adding more places to “work, shop and have fun.” For more information
Free consumer debt clinics will be held at the Decatur Library Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and 26, 5:30-7 p.m. “Are you struggling with debt? If you have been sued for a debt and you have ques tions?” the announcement from the library Commissioner to host asks. “The DeKalb VolTree of Love program unteer Lawyers Foundation has answers.” Local DeKalb County Comattorneys will discuss missioner Larry Johnson information regarding is gearing up for his andebt cases in DeKalb nual Tree of Love initiaCounty and facilitate onetive. on-one consultations. In its 15th year, “the Participants should bring Tree of Love is a holiall documents related to day celebration to assist their cases. The Decatur children living in DeKalb Library is located at 215 who, because of their cir- Sycamore Street, Decacumstances—foster care, tur. For more information, single-parent, low income call (404) 370-3070. household, etc.—may not have a merry Christmas,” states an announcement about the program. “This is what Christmas is all about, helping Jewish center to hold and giving to others,” Veterans Day event Johnson said. “The holiday season is a great The Marcus Jewish time for people to give Community Center of Atback to the commulanta (MJCCA) will hold a nity and help someone in Veterans Day commemoneed.” ration Friday, Nov. 8, 10Since the initiative 10:30 a.m., at MJCCA at began at South DeKalb Zaban Park in the Morris Mall in 1999, more than and Rae Frank Theatre. 7,000 children have been “The MJCCA and The adopted through the Tree Weinstein School are of Love. proud to thank and honor The kick-off for the our veterans at their event will be Saturday, weekly Shabbat Sing Nov. 16, at noon at the program. A prayer will Gallery at South DeKalb be offered for the brave Mall, 2801 Candler Road, men and women who Decatur. The community, served in all of our Armed business owners and Forces. Please join us churches are invited to for a very meaningful attend and take a child’s morning full of song and name from the Tree of prayers from the heart as Love. Gifts will be due our preschoolers honor Saturday, Dec. 14, when our veterans,” states an the annual Tree of Love announcement from the Christmas Program center. All veterans are will take place at South invited. DeKalb Mall beginning at MJCCA at Zaban Park
Session on fitness for older adults offered Those who would like to learn how to stay fit and healthy as older adults can go to the Salem-Panola Library Thursday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-noon, for a session on senior fitness. Master trainer Steffanie Haggins will teach basic fitness techniques and offer nutritional information. SalemPanola Library is located at 5137 Salem Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 987-6900.
Consumer protection session offered Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library is offering a presentation on consumer protection in Georgia Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m. John Sours, administrator of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection, will explain the agency’s responsibilities and how Georgia law ensures a fair marketplace for all consumers. Specific topics will include tips for protecting senior citizens and a brief summary of recent enforcement actions. Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library is located at 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker. For more information, call (770) 270-8234.
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Community holds vigil for Autumn Mack
by Travis Hudgons email@example.com evening was momentarily broken as some began to sing When the Saints Go Marching In. Just as the voting polls were closing Vigil organizers had a memorial in place and some people where headed home from where Autumn was struck. Candles were work, a somber group of approximately 70 passed out and lit in honor of Autumn. men, women and children held a candlelight Rev. Arthur Grier of Martin Street vigil for 5-year-old Autumn Mack Nov. 5 Church of God in Atlanta led the group in in DeKalb County. prayer. Autumn’s teacher and principal gave Autumn was struck by a vehicle and remarks as the crowd gathered in silence. killed while trick-or-treating on Pepperdine “We as neighbors in the community Drive in the Chapel Hill community. have to come together to show that we love According to reports, Autumn was with them. And whatever we need to do to help a group of children and parents when she [both families] get through this—we’re stepped in front of a moving minivan going to do it,” said community leader around 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. She died from her Linda Cotton-Taylor. “This is a testimony injuries after being transported to Children’s to how much this Pepperdine Drive family Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. No loves one another.” charges are expected to be filed against the A memorial fund to help pay the costs of driver. a funeral has been established for Autumn With a DeKalb County Police escort, Saniya Mack at any Wells Fargo bank attendees walked, mostly in silence, from branch. Chapel Hill Elementary, where Autumn View more photos at www.thechampionattended, some carrying teddy bears or newspaper.com. balloons. The silence of the cool fall
Vigil organizers had a memorial in place where Autumn was struck. Photos by Travis Hudgons
Members of the Miller Grove High basketball team hold photos of Terrell Coleman. Photos by Carla Parker
A mourner signs a guest list in front of a group of pictures of Terrell Coleman.
Willie and Raeshawn Coleman, the parents of Terrell Coleman, listen to stories of their son.
Family and friends remember Terrell Coleman
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org Hundreds of family, friends and teammates gathered in College Park to remember a bright young man who was a phenomenal basketball player and had a great smile. A memorial service for DeTarius Terrell Coleman was held at Atlanta Basketball Courts Oct. 30. Family and friends said Coleman, who was affectionately known as Terrell or “Too Tall,” died doing what he loved: playing basketball. The 15-year-old student at Miller Grove High School died Oct. 27 after collapsing during an all-star game in Stone Mountain. Autopsy results are pending, but Coleman’s mother, Raeshawn Coleman, said he was diagnosed with a heart murmur about a year ago. Miller Grove head boys’ basketball coach Sharman White said Oct. 28 that he did not know whether Coleman had any health issues, and he was cleared to play this season without restrictions. Coleman’s mother said his doctor told them that he had a leaky heart valve and should probably stop playing basketball, but she said her son loved basketball too much to stop playing. “He was going to play his ball no matter what you say,” she said. Coleman was ranked as a 4-star prospect and as the nation’s No. 13 overall prospect for 2017 by Future150. com. Raeshawn Coleman described her son as an “awesome” basketball player, who was high-spirited, loved people, loved wearing Adidas gear and “loved his basketball.” “He was a superb son. He didn’t give me any trouble as a child,” she said. “I enjoyed having him the 15 years that he was here–that the Lord let me take care of him for Him before He called him back home.” The memorial service featured stories from coaches, teammates and teachers that described Coleman as more than just a great basketball player, but a person who cared about everyone. Chris Anderson, who coached Coleman on the Atlanta Celtics traveling youth team, told a story of how Coleman gave him his shoes after learning that Anderson that lost everything in a house fire. “That’s the kind of person he was,” an emotional Anderson said to the crowd. White, who also described Coleman as a caring person, said when Coleman came to Miller Grove his goal was to help the team win another championship. “All he wanted was a ring,” White said. “And he’s going to get that ring.” Speakers also mentioned Coleman’s big, bright smile and how he smiled all the time. Coleman’s mother said remembering his smile is what is helping her get through this tough time. “His spirit is in me,” she said. “His spirit lives in me because he was strong and it makes me strong.” Coleman’s funeral service was held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Nov. 2.
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Former DeKalb County school officials corruption trial begins
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com Prosecutors in the corruption trial involving the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) said the case against former school construction chief Patricia Reid and her then husband Tony Pope is about three things: marriage, manipulation and money. Reid and Pope are accused of conspiring to defraud the school system of approximately $2.4 million through illegal construction contracts. Former Superintendent Crawford Lewis was originally indicted on similar charges but pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to obstructing a police officer as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. According to Chief Assistant District Attorney Kellie Hill, Reid used her role as the school district’s chief operating officer to award contracts to Pope. Hill accused the defendants of “manipulating” the school system. “The evidence will show that Mr. and Mrs. Pope’s marriage created a conflict,” Hill said. Both Reid and Pope are charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and three counts of theft by taking by a government employee. Prior to Reid being hired by DCSD, Pope was responsible for managing a construction project at Columbia High School. The project, funded by a Special Local Option Sales Tax, was already under way and Reid allegedly had a meeting with school officials and said she understood she was not to hire Pope for any subsequent projects. Hill said, even after this meeting, Pope overbilled the district by approximately $100,000 for work done on the Columbia High School project and was authorized by Reid to perform approximately $600,000 of new work for the district. During this time, the district became involved in a civil suit with construction firm Heery International, which had managed DCSD’s SPLOST projects. Reid reportedly fired the firm, citing questionable billing practices. The firm then sued the district, claiming it was owed money for work it had done. The district then countersued Heery for $100 million. According to prosecutors, Reid was kept on at the district because of her involvement in the civil case, even after Lewis told district officials she tried to blackmail him. Reid’s attorney Tony Axam refutes the charges and said his client isn’t guilty of a single one. “She’s not guilty and she will plead not guilty,” Axam said. Additionally, Axam said there was no conspiracy between Reid and Pope to share the money obtained through the questionable contracts. “We’ll come back in front of you…I will look you straight in the eye and say once again that the evidence is insufficient,” Axam said. Pope’s defense attorney John Petrey said his client admitted to accidentally overbilling the district but that he didn’t realize it until he was indicted. Petrey Attorneys and defendants, former schools construction chief Pat Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope, claimed that it was a “misappeared in court for opening statements Nov. 4. The trial is expected to last approximately a month. Photos by take,” and nothing more Kent Johnson from the Atlanta Journal Constitution than a billing error. “It certainly was not a theft,” Petrey said. “There was no conspiracy between Pat Reid or Tony Pope… nothing was stolen from the DeKalb County school system.” Lewis is supposed to testify on behalf of prosecutors. Additionally, defense attorneys said Reid and Pope are expected to testify as well.
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Folklore and legends to be featured in international storytelling event
The Southern Order of Storytellers’ (SOS) Tellabration! Atlanta, a storytelling program filled with folklore, legends, wisdom and diversity, is part of an international night of storytelling held each year in November. A network of storytelling enthusiasts gather in more than 200 towns and cities around the world, sharing their stories while bridging global cultures. The 24th annual Tellabration! Atlanta will be Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at The Friends School of Atlanta, 862 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur. Tickets are available online at www. southernorderofstorytellers.org at a cost of $10 in advance and $15 after Nov. 13. “The Southern Order of Storytellers is both pleased and honored to once again be a part of Tellabration! Each year we carefully select and showcase some of our most talented members and performers,” said Anthony Vinson, SOS president. “This is more than just a show–it’s an event.” Tellabration! Atlanta’s featured storytellers, Tersi Bendiburg, Chetter Galloway and Cynthia Watts, will share their assortment of folktales and legends from the American South and around the world. The program emcee is Jonah McDonald. Bendiburg is a bilingual storyteller–Cuban born and Georgia reared. “With vivid memories from her childhood in postrevolution Cuba, Tersi uses the power of storytelling to widen understanding of ourselves and people of other cultures,” states an announcement about the event. Bendiburg’s repertoire includes folktales, legends, anecdotes and stories she has gathered from her native Cuba, historic Georgia and her travels to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. She has recorded two CDs: The Woman at the Loom: Folktale Heroines of Latin America and Beyond and By the Sea: Tales Told in the Caribbean. Galloway, a Djembe percussionist, specializes in the oral tradition of African and African-American storytelling and includes music and drumming in his performances. “Animated and energetic, he engages the listener as he spins new tales from classic stories,” the announcement stated. Galloway, a native of Suffolk, Va., has released two storytelling CDs: Evil Knows Where Evil Sleeps: Stories from the other side of midnight and Fresh Squeezed Carrot Juice: Tales of Brer Rabbit. Watts grew up Philadelphia and visited Virginia often “where she heard stories from her relatives that transcended time–stories about their family history, the times that followed slavery, and other stories of biblical and animal characters,” the announcement states. “In her own storytelling artistry, she uses insights from many cultures to help audience members transcend their own experience, time and culture and to understand universal, life-enriching truths.” Watts has recorded two DVDs: Storytime with Cynthia Watts, Volume 1 and Volume 2, and a CD, Animals and Other Folks. McDonald is a seasoned entertainer whose storytelling has been featured on Atlanta’s NPR affiliate station, WABE 90.1 FM. He founded the Stories Squared concert series in Decatur and has served on the SOS board. For additional information, contact LaDoris Bias-Davis at Producer/ Directortellabration@southernorderofstorytellers.org or (404) 805-5705.
A Taekwondo instructor accused of sexually assaulting one of his students is back on trial for a second time. In 2012, Adrian Spellen was tried for the alleged assault but jurors could not reach a consensus and a judge declared a mistrial. Photo by Daniel Beauregard
Taekwondo teacher charged with rape back in court
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org A Lithonia Taekwondo instructor appeared in court Nov. 4 for the second time to answer to charges that he sexually assaulted a 9-yearold student in 2011. Adrian Spellen, at one time an Olympic hopeful, is charged with two counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation. Spellen faced similar charges in November 2012, but the judge declared a mistrial because jurors couldn’t reach a consensus. Spellen is accused of sexually assaulting one of the students who attended a martial arts camp at his Taekwondo studio Powerkick Martial Arts between May and June of 2011. “What I expect the evidence to show is that during the first week of summer camp, the unthinkable happened,” Assistant District Attorney Dalia Racine told jurors during opening statements. Racine described the details of the alleged incident and said it was only several weeks later, when the victim’s mother gave her “the talk” about the birds and the bees that the victim said, “That’s what Mr. Spellen does to me.” Before Spellen learned of the charges against him, Racine said, he bought “child molestation” insurance for his martial arts studio. However, defense attorney John Turner said the insurance was more than just “pervert” insurance and offered complete coverage. Turner said the case involving Spellen is a “classic he said, she said,” and accused the victim of changing the story she told to investigators three times. He also accused the victim of being brainwashed by prosecutors and her parents. “There are no witnesses that back up what [the victim] says; there was no immediate outcry,” Turner said. According to prosecutors and the victims’ testimony, Spellen assaulted the victim while they were in the front office of the martial arts studio. Turner argued that the layout of the building would make it impossible for Spellen to commit such an act without being caught. Prosecutors allege that the only thing that stopped Spellen from continuing with his assault was that a car pulled in front of the building, which has glass windows in the front. During the previous trial, which lasted several weeks, Spellen testified that he never did anything inappropriate while working with the student and the whole incident was fabricated. Turner testified that prosecutors lacked the evidence to prove Spellen’s guilt. Much of the previous trial hinged on testimony from the victim and her mother, who told jurors that after the incident her daughter repeatedly woke up in the middle of the night crying because of nightmares she had. “One dream I remember in particular her talking to me about…she dreamed that Mr. Spellen was going to take all her Taekwondo belts away because she told,” the victim’s mother testified. According to Spellen’s company website, he has been competing and training in Taekwondo for nearly 20 years. He is a certified instructor, has a black belt, and has coached 38 state and regional champions and five national champions. He is also a five-time national champion and won a silver medal at the 2010 South American Games in Medellin, Colombia. In 2011, Spellen was released on $100,000 bond and ordered not to have any contact with minors except for family members. Judge Clarence Seeliger revoked his bond in March when prosecutors accused him of violating those conditions. Spellen faces life in prison if found guilty of the charges.
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DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May and the DeKalb Department of Watershed Management remind you to properly dispose of F. O.G. (Fats, Oils, and Grease)
What are Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)?
FOG is composed of the animal and vegetable fats and oils that are used to cook and prepare food.
Stephenson High football player shot on campus
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com DeKalb County school police are investigating the shooting of a Stephenson High School football player Nov. 3 at the school. The football player was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and released, according to Horace Dunson, head of security for the DeKalb County School District. “The bullet did not penetrate to cause any damage to his internal organs,” Dunson said. Dunson said investigators have not determined whether the shot was fired in close or long range. “It is likely that it was [from] a long distance due to the fact that the bullet did not deeply penetrate the young man,” Dunson said. The shooting occurred after a group of trespassing students entered the campus “and attempted to start a confrontation with several students and players. In the melee of all that confusion someone fired a shot.” “We are investigating leads to determine who these individuals were,” Dunson said. “Several of them were identified fleeing the scene in vehicles, stopped by DeKalb police and detained. We have not yet determined if these young men were involved in the actual shooting, but it has been determined that they were part of the trespassers on campus.” Dunson said there are allegations that the incident concerned “an ongoing conflict” between one Stephenson player—not the one who was shot—and individuals from Stone Mountain High School. “It is not likely that this is a competitive rivalry situation because these two schools do not compete on the same level of sports,” Dunson said. Dunson said the school district has increased security at both schools.
Meat fat Lard Cooking oil
Where does FOG come from?
Baking goods Food scraps Shortening
Dairy products Butter and margarine Sauces
What happens when FOG is not properly disposed of? FOG should be properly disposed of or recycled. It enters the plumbing system through home garbage disposals, kitchen sinks and toilets, coats the interior of pipes, and empties into the County’s sewer system. Excessive accumulation of FOG in the sewer system will result in sanitary sewer overflows and sewage backup in homes and businesses. Sewage overflow repairs are costly for the County and its citizens, and can result in increased costs for water and sewer services.
Remember these simple practices to help keep FOG out of our pipes and sewers:
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POUR cooled fats, oils or grease into a sealable container and throw it in the trash. Do not pour down the sink or toilet. SCRAPE plates and cookware before washing. Do not throw scraps of any kind down the sink. Instead, place them in waste containers or garbage bags.
WIPE excess grease from all plates, pots, pans, utensils and surfaces with a paper towel before washing. Throw the greasy paper towels away.
Remember, you can make a difference! Visit the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s FOG Program Online! www.dekalbwatershed.com/FOG 1580 Roadhaven Drive • Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (770) 621 -7200
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Jessica Diemer-Eaton, right, shows various animal hides.
Members of the Chicahua Yolotli Aztec dance group perform during the fourth annual Indian Festival & Pow-Wow at Stone Mountain Park. Photos by Travis Hudgons
Mark Eaton, left, displays different dried foods that native Americans ate.
Felicia Alfaro of the Chicahua Yolotli Aztec dance group.
Inside of a Lakota Sioux tepee.
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Family-owned German restaurant offers a taste of Bavaria
he Village Corner restaurant in Stone Mountain has been steadily expanding for nearly 40 years but owners Claus and Hilde Friese said the restaurant began “out of necessity.” The Frieses, who lived in Baltimore and Washington before moving to Stone Mountain, said when they moved to Georgia it was missing the village delis that were popular in Germany and other areas—delis that Claus and Hilde Friese have been running the Village Corner restaurant in downtown Stone Mountain for nearly had freshly baked bread, 40 years. It began as a wholesale bakery that sold baked goods made without preservatives. Photo by Travis free of preservatives. Hudgons Both Hilde, from Munich, and Claus, from Hamburg, said the city of Stone Mountain was much different back then. “There was just nothing here at this time 40 years ago,” Hilde said. “Now you can get decent stuff—all these bread companies that moved down here have good breads—there’s a lot of stuff now that wasn’t there then.” To make up for lack of quality baked goods, Hilde said, she began baking her own bread and giving it to her friends. However, shortly after they moved to Stone Mountain Claus lost his job working for a national real estate investment company. Claus said that during MEDICARE OPEN this time, under President Jimmy Carter, the unemENROLLMENT PERIOD IS ployment rate was high and it was hard for people to October 15-December 7 find jobs, especially immigrants. There were very few Seniors choose JenCare because bakeries producing breads without preservatives so we treat patients like family! they decided to start a business. A Druid Hills JenCare provides outstanding “It started out as a neprimary and preventive medical care cessity. I was baking bread A East Point at home and I was giving plus additional services such as: a lot away and Claus lost A Morrow his job. I just told all my friends, ‘I’m sorry but I A South DeKalb A On-site pharmacy can’t do this for free anymore,’” Hilde said. A West End A Digital x-ray and ultrasound Throughout its history, the restaurant has operated in several locations. Claus (855) 844-2999 A On-site diagnostic testing said they have been in their JenCareMed.com current location off James A Extended time with physicians B. Rivers Drive since 1985. Prior to being occupied by Call TODAY to the restaurant, the building A Courtesy transportation schedule a free tour! served as one of the city’s first gas stations. Prior to the 1996 OlymAll services not covered under all plans. Please check your plan documents for details. Please check service availability at pics in Atlanta, Hilde and
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Claus expanded the restaurant again to include a bar that serves only beer from Germany (except a few Irish ales on St. Patrick’s Day). That year, Hilde said their oldest daughter was starting college and they decided to build an apartment above the restaurant. “The kids are gone so we don’t need the lawn and the garden and the playground and all that stuff… now somebody else does the landscaping,” Hilde said. Recently, Hilde said, they signed the business over to their son Carl, who is working on turning the bakery in the basement into an in-house brewery for the restaurant. When they first moved into their current location, Hilde said they built the bakery to supply their wholesale customers. Now they no longer need it because the restaurant is only baking enough to supply itself. “I think when you’re done expanding you get stagnant,” Hilde said. Hilde said the restaurant doesn’t have enough money to hire a brew master so Carl will be doing most of the work on his own. “He’s been brewing and making home brew for around 20 years,” Hilde said. “It’s also going to be a bit of a learning curve for him because he’s going to do it all by himself but people here in Stone Mountain are really looking forward to it so hopefully by next Oktoberfest we can have it.” The Frieses are planning on having four beers: a lager, a Pilsner, an Oktoberfest beer and a wheat beer. Claus said when they first started the restaurant he wanted to have a brewery but the permitting and licensing process was too expensive. Now, he said, it’s cheaper than paying a few car loans. “There has been a lot of innovation in this and a lot of changes with the law that will make it easier,” Claus said. “It’s time consuming but we can’t wait. We’re going to do it in 80 gallon batches.” View more photos at www. thechampionnewspaper. com.
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1985-97. Mungal previously served as District 2 councilman but resigned his seat to run for mayor, forcing a special election. Residents also elected two new council members. Steve Wells defeated Paul Hollis in the District 2 race with 61.89 percent. Hollis received 37.88 percent of the vote with 433 ballots cast. Wells has been a Stone Mountain resident for more than six years and previously served as the director of the city’s Main Street program and Downtown Development Authority from 2007-10. Andrea Redmond received 52.54 percent of the votes for the race for District 6. ArtStation Arts Center Founder and President David Thomas received 45.54 percent of the overall vote, with 204 out of a possible 448 ballots cast. Incumbents Susan Coletti and Steve Higgins retained their council seats. Coletti ran unopposed, receiving 96.92 percent of the votes. Higgins, who ran against Diana Roe Hollis, won with 63.55 percent and 279 ballots cast in his favor. Hollis received 36.45 percent of the votes, with approximately 439 ballots cast. Higgins has been a resident of Stone Mountain for 12 years and was elected to the city council in 2005.
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Hassan, a member of the Somali American Community of Atlanta, 19.60 percent; Birendra Dhakal, executive director of the Bhutanese Association of Georgia, 17.96 percent; and Christopher Busing, a 12-year resident of Clarkston, 16.77 percent.
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City Commissioner D1 PA Fred Boykin* 96.85 percent City Commissioner D2 PA Patricia Garrett* 97.28 percent Board of Education at Large Annie Caiola 97.85 percent Board of Education D1PA Mark Arnold 47.52 percent Lewis B. Jones 52.48 percent Board of Education D2PA Bernadette Seals 96.58 percent
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City Council Member D1 Robert J. Patrick* 94.72 percent City Council Member D2 Brian L. Bates* 40.35 percent Dawn O’Connor 59.65 percent City Council Member D3 Karen Pachuta* 42.42 percent Sharon Spangler 57.14 percent
City Council Member Lynn Alex-Ehrlicher 17.96 percent 30.56 percent Erika C. Brown George Chidi 31.37 percent Jeri Jaremko 17.96 percent
City Council Member D1 P1 David Davis 3.13 percent Henly Shelton 38.84 percent Denis Shortal* 57.78 percent City Council Member D2 P2 William Mercier 7.07 percent Jim Riticher 52.18 percent Heyward Wescott 40.71 percent City Council Member D3 P3
Stone Mountain residents elected incumbent Wheeler to serve another term as mayor. Wheeler received 52.40 percent of the votes, beating master plumber Cyril Mungal who garnered 47.38 percent. Elected in 2009, Wheeler previously served as mayor of Stone Mountain from
Chamblee officials said the city would have been unable to provide some services to more than 11,000 residents. Chamblee also argued that annexing Century Center into Brookhaven would impact the election and the referendum. Hogan, who has been outspoken and critical of Brookhaven’s actions, said he is happy the “guys with the white hats won.” “This was a matter of a private deal that was done under the table and the justice system proved that that type of action has no place in what we’re trying to do here in Georgia,” he said. Hogan added that he hopes both cities can move forward and work together in the future. “We’re looking very much forward to making Brookhaven our brother and moving forward and creating an area here in north DeKalb where we can all advance and we can all have high quality lives,” Hogan said.
American Legion serves those who served America
by Kathy Mitchell email@example.com about the man who was being treated at the VA hospital who committed suicide, I said, ‘That’s horrible. That never Those driving along the Avondale Estates should have happened.’” stretch of Covington Highway are likely to have Gordon said he also was upset by noticed the American Legion post east of the stories of employees at retirement city’s business district. They may even have homes stealing veterans’ benefits by gone there for one of its monthly breakfasts or forging their names on checks. “That some other event open to the public. happened right here in this area,” he What goes on there day-to-day, however, said. “That kind of thing just shouldn’t may be a mystery to some. The post, which go on.” sits on grounds that were once a golf course, He said many of the benefits veterans is one of more than 14,000 posts worldwide now enjoy came about at the urging of that serve the needs of American veterans. The the American Legion. “I don’t think posts are meeting places and recreation halls the G.I. Bill would ever have passed if for American Legion’s more than 2.4 million the American Legion hadn’t become Ron Gordon, who lives nearby in Avondale Estates, says he often has lunch or members. involved,” he said, referencing the joins other members for games at the Harold Byrd American Legion Post 66. According to the American Legion’s website, Photos by Kathy Mitchell federal Servicemen’s Readjustment Act the organization was chartered by Congress of 1944 that provided a range of benefits in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization. for returning World War II veterans, “Focusing on service to veterans, service including low-cost mortgages, lowmembers and communities, the Legion evolved interest business loans and access to from a group of war-weary veterans of World school tuition. War I into one of the most influential nonprofit “We don’t just serve veterans, we groups in the United States,” states the website. also serve our communities,” Gordon “Over the years, the Legion has influenced explained, noting that the membership considerable social change in America, won as well as the spouses’ axillary and hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced Sons of the American Legion—an many important programs for children and organization for men whose fathers are youth,” the site information continues. legionnaires—keep up a continuing Those who are familiar with the American schedule of community projects. Legion may think of it as a gathering place Gordon, who lives in Avondale commander, serves under Jan Chappell, the first for older men swapping war stories. “We’re Estates, a short drive from the post, said female commander the post has ever had. working to change that,” said Ron Gordon, he likes spending time at the American Legion post, “When I left the army at first I thought I just vice commander of the Harold Byrd Post 66— where he often has lunch or joins other members wanted to put the military behind me. What made the post on Covington Highway—who said the in games. “In the military you have experiences me want to get involved in the American Legion American Legion at the state and national level that no one can understand except another person was I saw how veterans were being treated,” said is actively recruiting younger veterans as well as who served in the military. That’s why we enjoy Gordon, who served in the Army from 1966 until minority group members and women, who also are spending time with each other, talking with each 1972, including three years of active duty and three underrepresented in its membership. other,” he said, noting that his father and his years in the Army Reserve Europe. “When I read Gordon, who’s the post’s first Black vice grandfather served in the Army.
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School district seeks help from parents
Police Chief Cedric Alexander said a clear window and door covering system will be a better way of boarding up vacant homes. Photo by Andrew Cauthen
Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May and Commissioner Stan Watson tried unsuccessfully to break the clear window covering.
County testing new product for vacant homes
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deteriorate like plywood. Alexander said the covers offer safety for police officers. Armed with an aluminum baseball “I think it helps a great bit because bat, Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee any time we come into a community, May tried to break into a vacant house particularly with a complaint call or in south DeKalb Nov. 4. When he failed, where there’s some squatters living inDeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Al- side a home, if it’s boarded up we can’t exander grabbed a sledge hammer and use in and out,” he said. tried to smash through a window. Glass Going into these homes is a safety shattered inside the house, but Alexanissue for officers, especially since many der was also unable to gain entrance into are usually very dark places, Alexander the house. said. SecureView offers a “clear view May and Alexander were demonstrat- inside many of these rooms before they ing the benefits of a new way of boardgo inside.” ing up vacant homes using SecureView. Alexander said the product “also According to the company’s website, adds to the aesthetics of the commuSecureView is “a patented state-of-thenity.” art technology that secures your vacant “It’s not a secure house sitting there property without exposing its vacancy in your community,” he said. “If you’ve to onlookers. Newly designed transpargot people riding through your neighent window covers not only have the borhood wanting to buy a house, they’re wherewithal to protect your property not going to want to buy a house... if from intrusion, but also have the unique they see a home boarded up. appearance of traditional windows.” “There’s nothing but advantages in May said SecureView “brings an it across the board,” Alexander said. “I alternative method for boarding up would love to see it on every boarded up homes. The unsightly plywood that house. It would be absolutely great.” many people see for vacant properties May said the idea is to make the use is something that we’re looking to do of the clear covers mandatory for vacant away with. properties. As part of a pilot program, the county “We have to make some adjustments, is recommending that owners of vacant some amendments to our code to make properties use the clear window and this more of a requirement,” May said. door covers to board up homes. “Right now, it’s not a requirement. This Howard Wedren, president of Seis something we look to bring forward cureView, said the window covers, made to our Board of Commissioners...to of recycled materials, cost approximate- make this something that will be rely twice as much as plywood, but do not quired in the future.”
extension of all the resources that we have available to support our parents…as they support our students,” he said. The DeKalb County School Currently the district has District (DCSD) wants the no parent centers. The district parents of its 100 Title 1 schools had up to 15 centers that to get more involved. were closed by the previous That’s the goal of the annual administration, Beasley said. Districtwide Title l Parent Beasley said parental Involvement Conference, involvement in the schools in scheduled for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. the past has been “erratic.” Saturday, Nov. 16, at the “It hasn’t been consistent,” district’s Administrative and Beasley said. “We might invite Instructional Complex, 1701 a parent here or there to this Mountain Industrial Boulevard, meeting or that meeting, but Stone Mountain. it’s often been very district-led, “The purpose is simply to district-driven [and] employeeengage our parents,” said Dr. driven. Morcease Beasley, executive “What we would like to director of DCSD’s office of see…is [more] parent-driven, federal programs. “We want to parent-led, parent-oriented hear from our parents as to how meetings—parents engaged they would like to be engaged. in what parents do to support We want our parents to tell us children,” Beasley said. what has been working for them Parents should be “the in our school district, what has drivers of the initiatives, the not been working in our school drivers of the activities [and] district.” the drivers of the resources that During the conference, we should be using to improve parents will have the student achievement,” Beasley opportunity to provide input said. into the district’s parental “While we are employees involvement plan. and we’re uniquely positioned “What we don’t want to do to ensure that we are compliant is develop a plan in isolation with the federal rules and and then convey this plan to regulations, we’re just that— our parents as if it is our role to employees,” he said. “We need create their plan,” Beasley said. our parents to be engaged, be A component of the informed and to tell us what parental involvement plan is they need us to do to meet the the reestablishment of parent needs of our kids and to support centers, Beasley said. them as they work with their “Previously we’ve developed kids.” centers and opportunities Beasley said many parents for parents but they were don’t realize their “influence not necessarily the ones that and power.” the parents thought that they “They create the culture for a needed,” he said. “We would school,” he said. “Schools exist like parents to tell us what they because of parents. Schools would like to see, what they exist because of communities think they need and how they that exist because of parents and think the services should be students. It all goes back to the delivered to them.” parents.” The school district has During the conference, budgeted $50,000 to open five which approximately 500 parent centers at locations to be people are expected to attend, determined. Judge Glenda Hatchett, who “The parent centers will presided over a television serve as a resource,” Beasley reality court show for eight said. “If a parent has to years, will be the guest speaker. support their child with math Childcare and transportation homework, we’d like to ensure will also be available. that there are math resources “Ultimately the outcome available. If the parent needs that we desire is that our access to a computer… parents would be instrumental we’d like to ensure that that in helping the district improve opportunity exists at the center. student achievement through The center would be a vehicle their engagement,” Beasley for the parents to come together said. and talk about what parents talk about. “The centers should be an by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com
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Some Revolution Doughnuts customers are such fans they proclaim their fondness with a T-shirt.
The shop offers more than 20 varieties, some vegan or low-gluten.
The line is often long at the Decatur shop. Photos by Donna Turner
Decatur doughnut shop features natural ingredients
by Kathy Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org Inside the Revolution Doughnuts shop in Decatur, customers are greeted by the sight of colorful trays of doughnuts behind the glass counter. Those colors, owner Maria Riggs assured, are all natural, as are the flavors and all ingredients. “OK, our doughnuts aren’t health food,” she acknowledged, “but no doughnuts are. What we sell is real food—hand crafted by people, not machines. Most doughnut shops use premade dough or a mix that’s shipped in. We make everything from scratch. We want to remind people of the doughnuts their grandmas used to make in the kitchen or that they used to get from a local small-town bakery. You’ll never find that taste at a chain doughnut shop.” The word Revolution is in the name, the websites explains, to reflect the fact that the food is all made with organic flour, local dairy from grassfed cows, fresh fruit, natural flavor extracts and 100 percent trans-fat free vegetable oils. In fact, some offerings are vegan and use no dairy or eggs. Riggs, who’s originally from California, said she’s not a professional baker and is largely self-taught though she has been mentored by experienced bakers. “I worked in a bake shop and learned a lot there,” she said, noting that among the things she learned was an appreciation for farm-to-table food that’s tasty and has a home baked quality. The first shop Riggs and her husband opened in the area offered a variety of baked goods, but, she said, doughnuts were their most popular menu item. She said that although their first business in downtown Atlanta did not succeed, it provided a valuable learning experience. “When we opened this place, we decided to focus on doughnuts,” she said. The Decatur shop opened on in 2012 on June 1, National Doughnut Day. The decision to open the shop in Decatur was initially driven by a desire to work near home and her child’s school, she explained. “I have a child in the Decatur school system; it’s great to be able to leave here and be three minutes from the school,” Riggs said, adding that the location has worked out well. “People around here are really into food. They read labels. They shop at farmers markets. They like to know what they’re eating,” she said, explaining that her doughnuts are also available at farmers markets in Decatur, East Atlanta and Grant Park. Riggs said that many doughnuts at Revolution are appropriate for special diets such as vegan, nut-free or low gluten. “Approximately 80 percent of our doughnuts are vegan friendly. That’s one advantage of making everything from scratch—we know what’s in it,” she commented. The menu includes more than 20 varieties of doughnuts, in both yeast and cake style, including vanilla bean, toasted almond, shredded coconut, fresh peach slider, dark chocolate and orange pistachio. Judging from online comments, the caramel-glazed doughnut with bacon is a particular favorite. The shop also offers coffee from a local fair trade provider whose product is organic and shade grown. The small shop extends to a patio, where on pleasant days some patrons like to sit outside. On the morning of Oct. 31 most tables inside and outside were filled and the line at the counter was long. “I’m going to have to make a note of that,” Riggs said. “People like to go out for doughnuts on Halloween.” There were lots of small children running around as their parents sipped coffee and ate doughnuts—and Riggs said that’s the way she likes it. “We work at making the place family friendly. We even put a little child-size play kitchen in the dining area where children can play.” Owner Maria Riggs says all her products are made from scratch. Photo by Kathy
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Pam Weeks, center, Buffy and principal Bob Mosely entertain students at Jolly Elementary during an antidrug program. Photos by Travis Hudgons
The future of education was the subject of a two-day conference at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
Weeks, as part of her role of The Pam and Buffy show, delivers the ‘Cool is me, I’m drug free,’ message.
Educators ponder status quo of education
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com A conference at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) Oct. 30-31 was designed to challenge educators’ preconceptions about education. “Education has been behind for many years. I think the public has had it,” said speaker Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of eRepublic, a media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education. “I think folks are saying, ‘Why are we educating our kids in such an archaic fashion?’” GPTC President Jabari Simami said, “Students today learn differently yet we teach them same old way. We still lecture to them on subjects…out of context with their reality [and] expect to them to regurgitate often meaningless facts and details on a standardized high school exam.” GPTC, in conjunction with The Center for Digital Education, hosted the Southern K-14 Education Innovation Summit. During the summit educators discussed the national problem in which “too many young people in America
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are in a pipeline that leads from the cradle to prison or in many cases, sadly, the graveyard,” according to an announcement about the event. Attendees included technical and community college presidents, public school district superintendents, policymakers, educators and industry partners. Simami said educators need to embrace a “new way of thinking.” “Our students are digital yet we charge them hundreds of dollars each semester in college for textbooks,” he said. “What if the norm became preK through 14 resulting in more students earning an associate’s deStudents at Lithonia Middle School met Frank the monster during an anti-bullying program Oct. 31. Photos by gree, technical certificates or Andrew Cauthen diplomas?” Simami asked. “Under the current structure, if more people were dual enrolled, wouldn’t they be better ready for the workforce or for higher education? What about introducing a kid in the fifth grade to automotive technology? by Andrew Cauthen “In education, shouldn’t firstname.lastname@example.org all students be winners?” Simami said. On Halloween Day, stuRon Jackson, a commisdents at Lithonia Middle sioner for the Technical ColSchool learned about monlege System of Georgia, said sters, but not the scary movtechnological advances are ie kind. They learned about challenging the status quo the bullying kind as part of of education in traditional the “Don’t Be a Monster” classrooms. anti-bullying campaign “It has implications in presented by Netherworld so many ways for the way Haunted House of Norcross. students will learn in the “Every seven seconds future,” Jackson said. “It is someone is bullied and going to challenge us who then one out of every seven have learned education in a students is bullied,” Nethparticular way. It will likely erworld’s Jesse Hamrick not be that way five years, told the middle schoolers. “Don’t be a monster” was the message of Jesse Hamrick and Frank the 10 years, 15 years down the “That comes out to 160,000 monster during the anti-bullying program. road. students staying home every “Quite frankly, one thing on the sidelines and watch it McGhee said the school’s year due to bullying. that I and the governor and happen.” counseling department talks “This is a pretty serious the General Assembly are The star of the presentato every class about bullytopic,” he said. going to start questioning is ing. Hamrick told the students tion was Frank Shelly, a ‘do we need the investment Frankenstein-inspired young Bullying is a problem in about various types of bulin bricks and mortar that we monster who suffers from the nation, McGhee said. lying, including cyberbulhad in the past?’” Jackson bullying in school. Students “I do understand that stulying. said. watched a video about dents are bullied daily on a “Cyberbullying is probOnline courses are “just Frank being bullied. At the regular basis but I think we ably the worst of them all touching the very surface of end of the video, students try to make sure to tell the because it can last 24 hours what is likely on its way in screamed as he appeared on kids to…report any bully in[a day] and can be relenteducation,” he said. stage. They had the opporcidents and we try to handle less,” Hamrick said. tunity to shake Frank’s hand it swiftly,” she said. The 30-minute program as they left the assembly. McGhee said the school encouraged students to reLisa McGhee , Lithonia also makes it a priority to port all incidents of bullying Middle’s principal, said notify the parents of stuto school staff. she brought the program to dents who are bullied or are “It’s OK to report bulthe school “to make sure doing the bullying. lying, seriously,” Hamrick our students understand… “Sometimes they just said. “Nobody will think that bullying is not allowed. don’t know,” she said. badly or negatively of you. It’s not something that we “They don’t know the extent The majority of us…are bytolerate at Lithonia Middle of it.” standers. We don’t do anything. We just kind of stand School.” “Students—who can pick up their iPhone, who can pick up their tablets and go to a Khan Academy [a free online educational resource] and go to a virtual high school here in Georgia, who can learn almost independently—will challenge us as educators…to come to terms with what that means…with the way we look at information and the way information is delivered,” Jackson said. “When Georgia Tech is delivering an entire master’s degree program online in engineering and they can register 5,000 students for that one course, they are going to make a lot of money and a lot of people are going to get a degree in a way that’s faster and quicker than they’ve ever experienced before,” he said. “I can tell you, the people that do that, they’re going to love it, they’re going to embrace it and it has in every way possible challenged how we do what we’re doing today, how we are going to manage that shift and that change.” Jackson said, “The change is upon us. We need to reach out and grab the future and make sure that we’re prepared…and can drive that change.” Curtis Johnson, president of Citistates Group and senior associate for Education Evolving, said, “Education as an industry is almost completely out of alignment with 21st century reality. “You would think that knowledge is something that’s really scarce…and the only forum for accessing it,” he said. “A 12-year-old can get to any pocket of knowledge faster than anybody in this room. He or she may not know what to do with it, may not be wise enough to interpret it, may need a lot of help sorting out what’s truthful and what’s not, but getting the knowledge is no longer a problem. You no longer need an adult standing up there.”
Lithonia students learn bullies are monsters
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Shelley scored four touchdowns in Tucker’s win over M.L. King
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org Tucker wide receiver and defensive back Yaquis Shelley showed off his athletic skills Nov. 1 as he scored four touchdowns in Tucker’s 60-34 Region 6-AAAAA win over the Martin Luther King Jr. Lions at Hallford Stadium. Shelley scored on offense, defense and special teams. He scored on the first play from scrimmage, intercepting M.L. King quarterback Roland Rivers and returning it 30 yards for a touchdown to give the Tucker Tigers an early 7-0 lead. After back-to-back turnovers by both teams, Rivers connected with wide receiver Romello Shumake on a 63-yard touchdown pass. A failed two-point conversion had the Lions trailing 7-6 in the first quarter. Shelley got his second touchdown of the game on a 43-yard pass from quarterback Joseph Farrar to extend the lead to 14-6. M.L. King answered with a 7-yard touchdown run by running back Jamel Smith to cut the lead to 14-12. But on the ensuing kickoff, Shelley ran 78 yards to the end zone to give Tucker a 21-12 lead. After Dominick Sanders picked off Rivers, his third interception in the first half, Tucker scored on a 26-yard pass from Farrar to Raquan Rush to extend the lead to 27-12. Rivers would throw his fourth interception of the game on the following drive, but he bounced back and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Raylan Elzy. Smith added two points to cut the lead to 27-30. A 33-yard field goal by Eric Webber gave Tucker a 30-20 lead at halftime. The Lions had issues with high snaps on punt attempts throughout the game and a high snap in the third quarter went in the back of the end zone for a safety, extending Tucker’s lead to 32-20. Shelley struck again on the ensuing kickoff with a 68yard return to give Tucker a 39-20 lead in the third quarter. Head coach Bryan Lamar said Shelley has a “knack of making big plays.” “He’s a heck of a player,” he said. “He’s one of the best players in the country. Extremely explosive all those
Tucker (9-0) 60, M.L. King (6-3) 34 Miller Grove (4-5) 16, SW DeKalb (2-7) 14 Marist (7-2) 45, Chamblee (5-4) 0 Columbia (6-3) 76, Stone Mountain (3-6) 35 Hapeville (1-7-1) 51, Cross Keys (1-9) 6 Woodward Acad. (7-2) 17, Cedar Grove (6-3) 14 Decatur (7-2) 42, McNair (1-8) 0 Yaquis Shelley after a touchdown reception. On defensive, Shelley (4) breaks up a pass. Photos by Travis Hudgons Blessed Trinity (6-3) 21, St. Pius X (6-3) 20
things.” The Lions made the game interesting, cutting Tucker’s lead to 39-34 with 9:17 to play. Rivers hit Dwane Taylor for a 15-yard touchdown and a 54-yard screen pass to running back Robert Pritchett to cut the lead. But the Tigers answered with three touchdowns in the next six minutes on a Sanders’ 27-yard run, a 22-yard pass from Farrar to Nekyle Lundie and a 26-yard rushing touchdown by Farrar to bring the final score to 60-34. The No. 1 ranked Tigers can wrap up the region and an undefeated season with a win over Mays Nov. 8 at Lakewood Stadium. Mays 13, Stephenson 9 The No. 4 ranked Stephenson Jaguars were unable to come back from a 13-9 deficit at halftime and fell to Mays in a key Region 6-AAAAA contest at Lakewood Stadium Nov. 2. The Raiders (7-2) knocked Stephenson (72) out of second place in the region standings and opened the door for a region championship game against Tucker. Miller Grove 16, SW DeKalb 14 The Miller Grove Wolverines rallied from a 14-0 fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Southwest DeKalb Panthers 16-14 Nov. 1 at Panthersville Stadium. The Wolverines improved to 4-5 on the season by scoring a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns and a safety to rally for the win over the Panthers (2-7). Arabia Mountain 48, Dunwoody 0 The Arabia Mountain Rams shut out the
Dunwoody Wildcats 48-0 to assure the program of its first winning season in five seasons of football. The Rams sit at 6-3 on the year and have hopes of earning a state playoff berth but need to defeat Lakeside
and receive some help from the Miller Grove team, which plays M.L. King Nov. 8, to earn a spot.
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Arabia Mountain (6-3) 48, Dunwoody (2-7) 0 Mays (7-2) 13, Stephenson (7-2) 9 Lithonia (4-5) 41, Redan (0-9) 14 Open: Clarkston (3-5-1), Towers (4-5)
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Druid Hills (4-5) 66, Morrow (1-8) 46
St. Pius wins first volleyball state title
by Carla Parker email@example.com After three years of being runner-up, the St. Pius X volleyball team finally became the team to hold up the championship trophy. The St. Pius Golden Lions won the Class AAA state title Nov. 2, their first volleyball state title, with a 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18 victory over region foe Blessed Trinity. Head coach John Frederick said winning the state title has been “wonderful” for the players and St. Pius community. “We have as a program consistently improved and gotten closer for the past decade. To finally get the last step done is fantastic,” he said. The Golden Lions had a chance to sweep the match after winning the first two sets. But Blessed Trinity rallied to win the third set. Senior Leah Hardeman led the Golden Lions in the final game with 10 kills, including the clinching match point. Junior Ryan Boykin led the team defensively with 35 digs and senior Peyton Osborne added 19 digs. St. Pius had 90 total digs. Setters Katrina Connolly and Molly Gunn had 37 and 32, assists respectively. The Golden Lions were the state runner-up in 2008, 2011 and 2012. Frederick said the difference with this team than the previous team is the mental toughness. “The improvement in this team was a mental toughness to deal with the emotional highs and lows of a volleyball match without letting their level of play drop off,” he said. “The first two times we made the finals the stage was too big for us. Last year we finally played like we belonged and came so close. That match did wonders for our confidence as we approached this season.” Frederick believes the program will continue to contend for a championship every year despite losing seven seniors. “We will seriously miss this year’s seniors, but we have good enough sub varsity programs at this point,” he said. “Winning is contagious and we never again have to try and win the first one.”
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Tucker defeats Chapel Hill in Trail to the Title Championship game
Tucker Middle players douse the coaches after their 22-20 win over Chapel Hill Panthers. Photos by Travis Hudgons
by Mark Brock The 2013 Trail to the Title Middle School Football Championship game was befitting for a match of two undefeated teams going down to the final 57 seconds before the Tucker Tigers held on for a 22-20 win over Chapel Hill Panthers at Hallford Stadium. Tucker (9-0) was clinging to a 22-20 lead with 57 seconds to play following a 23-yard touchdown run by Chapel Hill’s Devyn Smith on a fourth and three at the Tiger 23-yard line on a drive started with just 2:28 to play in the game. The Panthers set up for the two-point conversion try, which would most likely send the game into overtime. Smith, who had 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries, got the call again, but Tucker defensive lineman Antonio Showers blew up the play to knock
Smith to the ground for a two-yard loss to prevent the tying points. Tucker’s Joshua Vann secured the onside kick attempt by the Panthers to allow Tucker to run out the clock. The game was a see-saw affair throughout with Chapel Hill taking the early 6-0 lead on the first of Smith’s two touchdowns on a nineyard run with 1:43 to play in the first quarter. The Panthers needed eight plays and a roughing the passer call that overturned a Tucker interception in the end zone to travel 25 yards for the score. The Tigers answered right back as Vann connected with receiver Jervon Mannery on a go pattern down the right sideline for 39 yards and the touchdown as the first quarter horn sounded. Barry Williams ran in the two-point conversion to give the Tigers an 8-6 lead heading into the second quarter.
Tucker took a 14-6 lead into the half after a bad snap on a punt for Chapel Hill set the Tigers up on the Panther three yard line. Williams carried it in from three-yards out for the score and the two-point attempt failed. The teams went scoreless in the third quarter, but the Panthers began a drive at the 50 with a 13-yard run by Smith as the quarter ended. Delvalo Baitey gave Chapel Hill a spark with a couple of tacklebreaking runs, one for 19 yards as the Panthers moved into striking range. The Tiger defense stiffened to force a fourth and one at the nine and Chapel Hill elected to go for it. Quarterback Joshua Campbell went off the right side broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and broke loose heading to the end zone. A pair of Tiger defenders got him too late as he was able to fall into the end zone for the score. Baitey bulled
in for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14 with 5:46 to play. The Vann to Mannery connection came up big again for the Tigers on a fourth and six at the Panther 38. Vann rolled out and found Mannery down the same right sideline for 35 yards to the Panther three. The following play the Tigers went to Gerry Vaughn, who took the handoff coming from the right side across to the left and turned it up into the end zone for the go-ahead score with 2:28 to play. Williams added his second twopoint run of the game of the game to push the lead to 22-14. Tucker’s undefeated season, a first for the program, included a lot of firsts and put the Tigers into some select company. The Tigers’ victory was the seventh time a team
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Falcons player donates computer lab to group home
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org Book reports, school projects and other homework assignments will now be easier to complete for those living at Turning Point Group Home in Decatur. The 32 young people, ages 12-20, have a new computer lab with six laptops and tablets thanks to Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux. Babineaux, who has spent his nine-year tenure in the NFL with the Falcons, revealed the “Jonathan Babineaux Computer Lab” Oct. 29. “It’s a very humbling experience…just to have the opportunity to come here and be able to give back to these kids in a major way so they can Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux donated a computer lab to the better their grades, better themselves Turning Point Group Home in Decatur. Photo by Travis Hudgons and be better students,” Babineaux able to stay afloat and do the things “It’s very beneficial for kids to said. have computers these days,” he said. they need to do to pass their classes.” Babineaux said he donated the Moakina Cunningham, a social “With everything going on with computer lab because he understands technology, the kids have to keep up. worker at the home, said many of the how important technology is in edustudents take classes with an accredThey have to make sure they know cational development. ited online school. what they’re doing in school and be “So it’ll benefit them a great deal by having the computers here,” she said. “I’m very excited about this. Not too many people, especially NFL players, come out and donate, so I’m very excited.” Ahmone Talley, 13, said he is happy to have the computer lab because it will help him complete book reports and school projects. “It was hard doing homework because you have to stay at school longer,” he said. “You had to work a lot harder than the rest of the kids because you didn’t have a computer at home.” The Turning Point residents thanked Babineaux for the computer lab by painting a mural of Babineaux on a wall inside the lab. “It looks just like me,” he said. Babineaux has been involved with numerous community service programs since he entered the NFL. He has donated to 74 charities and hosted a horse-carriage therapy proSee Babineaux on Page 23A
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GPSA football players visit Stoneview Elementary
by Carla Parker email@example.com Stoneview Elementary School third graders had special visitors Oct. 28. The Georgia Prep Sports Academy (GPSA) football team visited the Lithonia school to talk to students about the importance of reading. They also spent time reading to the students. GPSA coach Michael Carson said this was an opportunity for his players to do some community service. “One of the teachers requested some of the guys to come in and help their reading program to help the young people understand the importance of reading,” he said. “We saw it as a great opportunity for these guys to give back and offer a hand to those kids. “Hopefully it will instill some value into what they want to do as they grow up and become high school students and hopefully they will remember that experience,” he added.
The Georgia Prep Sports Academy football players visited third graders at Stoneview Elementary School. Photos by Joe Gladney
Corner back Daylon Gilbert shows students the pictures in the book.
Safety Mike Parker reads a book to students.
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gram for students with severe medical disabilities. He has given blind children their first NFL live game experience, baby-sat babies with special needs at Easter Seals, delivered Christmas gifts to refugees and Meals on Wheels to senior citizens, given shoes to sheltered women and served as an ambassador for Easter Seals and spokesperson for the Lupus Foundation. He has also hosted free football camps and spent Christmas at a homeless shelter for teens. “I always talk about giving back,” he said. “I was less fortunate growing up and I told myself that once I make it to where I want to be in life that I would always give back to those that are in need. “This is another example of me doing what I said I was going to do and keeping my word,” he added.
Residents of the Turning Point Group Home painted a mural of Jonathan Babineaux in appreciation of the computer lab. Photos by Travis Hudgons
Babineaux stands next to the mural in the “Jonathan Babineaux Computer Lab.”
Babineaux shows 13-year-old Ahmone Talley how to turn on the laptop.
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has gone undefeated to win the championship since the Trail to the Title series began in 2004 and just the fourth to go 9-0. The Tigers’ win over Redan in the first round was Tucker’s first playoff victory in three tries and Tucker also became just the fifth champion in 10 years joining Stephenson (4), Miller Grove (3), Avondale (1) and Lithonia (1). Williams was named the game’s Overall MVP after contributing a touchdown, two two-point conversions and a pass breakup on defense. He was joined with game honors by teammate Mannery, who had two key receptions for 74 yards and touchdown for the Tigers to be named the Offensive MVP of the game. Baitey was named the Defensive MVP as he led his teammates in limiting an explosive Tucker offense to just 181 yards of offense in the game.
Tucker and Chapel Hill middle schools were undefeated when they met in the championship game. Tucker won 22-20. Photos by Travis Hudgons
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