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The city of Chamblee unveiled a mural located at Peachtree Road Mural artist Michael Jones. Jones working on the mural. Photo by Travis Hudgons
and Peachtree Boulevard from local artist Michael Jones on April 1, Photo provided
with hopes the mural captures the essence of the DeKalb County city.
Photo provided

Chamblee mural unveiled
by Travis Hudgons and R. Scott Belzer member of Chamblee’s Main Street • sbelzer@ Committee said. According to Chamblee Economic
Development Dirtector Adam Causey, the
For local artist and Chamblee resident final design came after Jones gathered input
Michael Jones, the essence of a community from the community. The city’s downtown
can be found within its steel beams, concrete development board and representatives from
foundation and winding asphalt. MARTA eventually picked the current design.
“The soul and culture lies within the “Public art contributes to the
buildings, the roads and the structures that beautification of infrastructure and buildings,”
make up this diverse community,” Jones Causey said. “It can help create a sense of
said. place and it’s more fun than staring at a gray
Jones, a Dallas, Texas, native, was wall.”
commissioned by Chamblee’s Main Street Causey said Chamblee plans to
Committee in September 2016 to complete commission more murals at bridges above
Photo by Travis Hudgons
a mural along a retaining wall located at the Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and
Peachtree Road and Peachtree Boulevard. what sort of community the city might foster, Chamblee-Tucker Road intersection at
On April 1, it was revealed to the public. according to Jones. Peachtree Road. He said such options as
“I’ve driven past that wall for over three “Public art gives,” Jones said. “It’s not tweaking city ordinances and working with
years, always imagining what I would paint over the mantel, warm and nestled above IDEA Chamblee, a local nonprofit art space,
on it,” Jones said. “When the opportunity the fireplace. It’s not above the bed you are not off the table.
came, I was not interested in doing it dream in or in the stairwell. It gives access Jones is already working on other
because I had previously been turned down to art without boundaries. It’s a conversation commissions. His work can soon be seen
for other jobs I bid on. My coworker kicked with the community [that’s both] interactive near Westview Cemetery at Ralph David
me in my ashtray and said, ‘You better get and accessible.” Abernathy and East Ontario in the Westview
off your butt and apply for that!’” Jones was selected out of 15 artists for community of Atlanta.
Classified as “architectural his previous work and familiarity with the “I’m just the vessel delivering the fluid,”
impressionism,” Jones’ mural intends city. Jones has exhibited work at C4 Fuse Jones said. “What’s put in is what the world
to give a sense of place without directly Art Center, Monarch Plaza, Archive Gallery, puts in, and what comes out [is] just my
defining where the viewer is located. His Mixed Medium Art Gallery, Soda Salon, perspective, my vision of the world. Nothing
impressionistic but recognizable inclusion Sundial Restaurant, Starbucks and MJQ. more, nothing less.”
of the Chamblee MARTA Station, Buford Jones is a graduate of Savannah For more information on Jones, visit
Highway restaurant signage, Chamblee College of Art and Design with a focus on For more information on
High School’s bulldog mascot, trains and nonobjective and abstract paintings. the recently Chamblee mural, visit www.
downtown area allow a viewer to internalize “His work speaks to people,” one or

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Tucker residents continue to care for Tucker Nature Preserve
by Carla Parker wouldn’t be as useable.” space. In 2004, Walker died three weeks
The Great American Cleanup is after the dedication of the park. The a national program through Keep park was basically abandoned until
America Beautiful and the local Friends of Tucker Nature Preserve
For years, nine acres of green space affiliate, Keep DeKalb Beautiful. Ganga stepped in to clean it and turn it into a
in Tucker sat unattended until a group said she and her husband got involved park.
of Tucker residents came together to with cleaning up the park because “it’s “This was a locked, gated [park],”
clean up the area known as the Tucker a great piece of property that has a lot McNall said. “You had to machete
Nature Preserve. of potential to really be an asset to the through the invasive [species] to
Eight years ago, Pam McNall, Beth community.” get into the back wooded area, and
Ganga and other volunteers came “We do everything we can to make now there is an amazing trail system
together to clean up the park during the it the best asset for the community it [maintained] by volunteers and Eagle
Great American Cleanup–Tucker event. can be,” Ganga said. Scouts.”
On April 1, volunteers gathered as they The green space was purchased by Most of the improvements to the
did for the prior eight years to clean the DeKalb County in the early 2000s to park were done by volunteers and
park and prepare it for use. save it from development. A developer donations given by local businesses. A
McNall, who is a member of the wanted to build condominiums on the parking lot was created, a picnic table
Friends of Tucker Nature Preserve property shortly after a Walmart was added and trees were planted. Eagles
Board, said the cleanup was started built across the street, according Ganga. Scouts have also completed several
because the property needed some love. “The community felt they had lost projects in the park, including building
“We gathered up volunteers through most of their green space in this area a kiosk and creating the trail.
Scouts, churches, community groups and didn’t want the last little piece to be “We’re very fortunate to have a lot of
and the Tucker Civic Association to lost to development,” she said. “So, the support from the community,” Ganga
come together to make a difference and citizens rallied together and convinced said.
we have built up this place,” McNall the board of commissioners to purchase “It’s incredible that in a few short
said. “This Great American Cleanup is this as park property.” years we now have parking onsite, trails
how this park is ready every season for The late DeKalb County and a group picnic tables. Next on the
spring and summer because the trail Commissioner Lou Walker led the agenda is to raise grant money for a
heads get very overgrown. Without cause to raise funds to purchase the children’s playground,” McNall said. Friends of Tucker Nature Preserve Board and other
volunteers came together April 1 to clean up the
the Great American Cleanup, this park space and turn it into a public green park for the eighth annual Great American Cleaup-
Tucker events.

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AVONDALE ESTATES at or faxed to (770) 983-5017.
For more information, call (470) 395-2432.
Hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust,
Lemonade Days is the organization’s largest
fundraising event of the year. All proceeds go to
the community and the organization’s historic
City to host lantern parade preservation efforts, according to event officials.
Avondale Estates will host its first Lantern Parade DECATUR For more information, visit www.
April 21 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by the
Avondale Arts Alliance along with the DeKalb
School of the Arts (DSA). The parade will start at Mason Mill Park to host Easter Egg Hunt
the grass triangle at Berkeley Road and Kensington
Road for socializing and instructions. The parade Mason Mill Park and Recreation Center, located LITHONIA
will begin at dusk (around 8 p.m.). The parade route at 1340 McConnell Drive in Decatur, is set to host a
is 1.3 miles. For more information, visit www.avon- Easter egg hunt on April 15. According to event officials, the event will Senior center update announced
include arts, crafts, family pictures, a jumphouse, a
toddler area, cotton candy, prizes and an appearance Lithonia will host a community update for Bruce
by the Easter Bunny. Street Senior Center members April 25 at the senior
CHAMBLEE The free event, sponsored by 1027 Church at
Toco Hills and Clairmont Hills Church, will take
center 11 a.m. to noon. The center is located at 2484
Bruce Street. For more information, call (770) 482-
place from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and is designed for ages 8136.
10 and younger.
Applications being accepted for Citizen Police Mason Mill Park features playgrounds, a picnic Bingo night at city hall
Academy area with grills, a recreation center an offleash dog
park and restrooms. Participants in the Easter egg Lithonia residents can play bingo April 26 at
Chamblee Police Department is now taking hunt are encouraged to stay after the event and learn Lithonia City Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. City Hall is
applications for its first Citizens Police Academy about both host churches. located at 6920 Main Street. For more information,
(CPA) class, set to begin June 21. For more information, contact the churches at call (770) 482-8136.
CPA classes will be held each Wednesday for (404) 634-6231 or visit
10 weeks. Participants will be taught about patrols, Political awareness workshop scheduled
criminal investigation, jail and dispatch, special
operations, code enforcement, park rangers, A committee of concerned citizens of DeKalb
response, quality-of-life crimes, criminal procedure
and crime trends in the city. DUNWOODY County will host a “Political Awareness Workshop 101”
April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Masjid An -Nur,
“We’ve had a great response and significant 1966 Stone Mountain Road in Lithonia. The theme
interest on the part of our Chamblee residents and of the workshop is “Organize and Mobilize,” centered
business operators, so we decided to develop this Lemonade Days coming around citizens’ rights and responsibilities, voting and
class,” said Chamblee Police Chief Donny Williams. the electoral college explained, immigration laws rights
“We’re happy to provide a service that not only Lemonade Days in Dunwoody will begin April of each individual and more. For more information,
educates members of our community on the skills 19 and run through April 23 at Brook Run Park, contact Faheem Rasool at (770) 900-0289 or Aisha
and abilities needed to be a modern-day police located at 4770 North Peachtree Road. Rasool at (404) 441-7029.
officer, but also shows the partnerships we build in Festival hours for April 19, 20 and 21 are 4-10
the community and their importance.” p.m. while festival hours for April 22 are noon-6 p.m
Chamblee police sergeant Guy Antinozzi will
lead the class in conjunction with other police
and April 23 noon to 6 p.m.
The event will include carnival rides, a petting
officers from the department. zoo, an antique car show, food, beverages, locally
To participate applicants must be at least 21 years made products and local music.
City to host farmer’s market
of age and agree to a limited background check. The year’s headlining acts include Battle of the
Those interested can download an application Bands winner CAVAREZ and Atlanta-based rockers
at Stone Mountain will host its first farmer’s
Pony League.
ueId=98&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=Citize market of the year April 18, 4-7 p.m. Tito Gato
Along with local acts, Lemonade Days will also
ns-Police-Academy-34& will be the entertainment for the evening. For more
host a “Dunwoody Idol” singing contest for 10
medium=twitter. information, call Kim Cumbie at (770) 498-9894.
preselected vocalists. The 10 singers will perform
Completed applications can be sent to Ray Ice between headline acts on April 22.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 14, 2017 • Page 4

Black woman,
Jewish man
leading charge
for Trump
by Horace Holloman

Due to her political views, Hughes said she’s heard worse.
Lucretia Hughes said she’s “We want our president to
been ostracized by the Black know that we support him,”
community. Nonetheless, said Hughes during a speech at
Hughes—an avid Republican the rally. “We’re not going back
and President Donald Trump in the closet. We’re going to
supporter—said she’s not stand firm and strong.”
backing down. Urbach said he’s also
“I’m like a mythical struggled with acceptance
creature. There aren’t many in some of his social groups
people who think like me out and said he supports Trump
there,” Hughes said when asked because he’s taken action
about her political views as protecting the country.
a Black woman. “There’s not “All of my Jewish friends...
many of us in the Republican they don’t even invite me over
Party, but I feel like I can to their house anymore or
change that. Once people invite me to dinner simply
open their eyes, they’ll have to because of my political views
choose what party they want to and because I’m very patriotic,”
belong to.” Urbach said. “Everyone [at the
Hughes said she admires rally] was a Trump supporter
Trump for his openness and and the rally is called Trump
willingness to “tell it like it is.” United. We need to stop the
Recently Hughes held a pro- bickering and stop the fighting
Trump rally at the state Capitol and come together.”
March 29 drawing in DeKalb The rally drew in a little
County residents and DeKalb more than 50 participants,
County guest speaker Marc Urbach said. Most were older
Urbach—an orthodox Jew. than 60, he said.
Hughes, who helped During his 11-minute
organize the event, said she speech, Urbach spoke on
wanted the rally to send a togetherness and Georgia Law A Black woman and a Jewish man recently organized a pro-Donald Trump rally at the state capitol in
Atlanta. Photo provided
message of togetherness. The O.C.G.A. 20-2-1050 which
event featured participants of allows at the opening of school
various races and backgrounds, each day a brief period of quiet
she said. reflection. Urbach also spoke
Trump has been accused by on his views of the Founding
some of racism and misogyny. Fathers and their belief in
During his campaign for Christianity.
president, audio footage “Most of my posts [on
was released from 2005 in Facebook] are about the
an interview with Access Founding Fathers,” Urbach
Hollywood’s Billy Bush in said. “I’ve been shunned by my
which Trump boasted about community, but [at the rally]
the benefits of being a celebrity. everyone loved me. There were
Trump claimed he could do these young boys wearing
whatever he wanted—stating Trump T-shirts and they loved
he could “grab [women] by the me to death. All my righteous DeKalb County resident and orthodox Jew Marc Urbach far (left in the picture) was one of the guest
[expletive],” if he wanted to. Christian friends love me.” speakers at the pro-Trump rally.

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Welcoming signs coming to Arabia Mountain
by John Hewitt

“Signs, signs, everywhere
signs; blocking out the
scenery, breaking my mind.”

–Lyrics to the song “Signs” by
Five Man Electrical Band

Arabia Mountain National
Heritage Area (AMNHA) will
soon be getting new signs, but
they’re unlikely to be thought
of as blocking out the scenery
or breaking anyone’s mind.
They are specifically designed
to blend seamlessly into an
environment created more than
400 million years ago.
The signs will be located
along Arabia Mountain PATH
(AMP) trailheads as well as
additional destinations within
the heritage area such as
Vaughters’ Farm, Flat Rock
Archives and the city of
Lithonia. Each location will have
site-specific signs designed and
produced to assist and educate
visitors regarding points of
interest within the heritage
area. Slabs of granite that will ultimately be incorporated into AMNHA signage designs.
Also located within the
heritage area are Davidson-
Arabia Nature Preserve, entrance signs. Some of the
Panola Mountain State Park, slabs will feature drill marks
Monastery of the Holy Spirit, used to help break the large
AWARE wildlife rehabilitation sections from the outcroppings
center and miles of biking and of granite that appear
hiking trails that weave through throughout the area. Still other
parts of DeKalb, Henry and pieces of granite may feature
Rockdale counties. mining artifacts that have been
Arabia Mountain Heritage embedded into the granite
Area Alliance Executive Director for centuries. Hanson also
Mera Cardenas explained the will be providing specialized
connections between the sign equipment and personnel to
designs and the heritage area assist with the construction and
saying “We wanted to represent installation of the signage.
both the past and the present According to Cardenas, the
in the sign design. The past— signage program concepts were
the area’s granite history—is developed several years ago
represented in the rough-hewn to enhance the experiences of
quarried stone. This area was “tourists, adventure seekers
once a center of technological and history enthusiasts” who
innovation. That element is visit the AMNHA annually. by not polishing or cutting any Come feed your soul, explore
reflected in the more modern, Cardenas estimated that there more than is necessary to natural wonders and discover
natural patina of the corten are 125,000 visitors annually to achieve the final look. compelling cultural history in
steel lending an industrial look AMNHA but also clarified that Cardenas said “We are the National Heritage Area,”
to the signs. It’s also a material since the area is such an open awaiting scheduling with the said Angela Walton, director of
that current visitors see in space with numerous access construction company and the marketing for Arabia Mountain
the bridges along the Arabia points, it is difficult to gauge the quarry, since they are providing Heritage Area Alliance
Mountain PATH.”  actual number of visitors. equipment and construction Partners collaborating on
Stones to be used to The firm chosen to expertise.  We hope to have the signage project include
construct the signage were coordinate the design and the first kiosk and set of signs DeKalb County, city of Lithonia,
donated by Lithonia-based look of the signage, Signature complete by summer 2017.”  Stonecrest Business Alliance,
quarry Hanson Aggregates Design, has developed a series “The Arabia Mountain and Hanson Aggregates
Southeast. The massive slabs of signage that plays homage to National Heritage Area is an Southeast which donated a
of granite will be used for the granite and somewhat less open landscape of breathtaking portion of the granite materials.
the gateway structures and refined environment of AMNHA beauty, peace and wonder.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 14, 2017 • Page 6

Goodbye dear Newslady!
Our friend and associate, many of us loved and respected. I am an angel of God and a
Steen Miles lost her battle with Angels In The Stars sparkle I shall be
cancer and died on March 29. © Sara Manis Know that I’m watching over
Those of us who knew her you
well, knew a kind and gentle Published on March 2011 just look up and see
soul who was also a staunch John Hewitt I’m looking watching over you
defender of truth and justice for God saw I was getting tired please don’t be sad for me
all. She had a smile that would as he put his arms around me
light up a room, a command of as he whispered come with I’m your angel in the stars
the English language that would together. We worked together me where I am happy now
make the most accomplished on numerous projects and she you will see and one day
wordsmith envious and a spirit never once exemplified anything There is a place for you in you will be with me
unequalled. less than the epitome of charm, heaven
In an effort to eulogize my integrity and grace. She fondly where there is no suffering In the last email I had from
dear friend, I wrote, edited and and often referred to me as and no pain Steen, she said, “There is
rewrote—but no words came to her brother of another color. I all you have to do is look up to nothing more worth saying! Drop
me that I felt befitting to such cherished that moniker. the sky the mike. Walk away from the
an amazing woman. Steen and While searching for inspiration and know that you will see me podium.” in reference to a local
I had countless discussions for this piece, I ran across the election. That is how I feel today
over the many years that we following poem that seems to As I am an angel in the stars as I mourn the loss of an angel.
knew each other and worked personify the Steen that so what a great place to be

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Ode to the Newslady
“Cancer picked the wrong often meet at the beginning or regarding a possible eulogy
chick,” frequently stated on end of candidate forums out in for my good friend, it was all I
social media and elsewhere ‘One Man’s the parking lot, and as ever- could do not to ask about that
by our good friend and Opinion’ present as Steen’s smile was car. 
traveler, Steen Miles, also a late model Jaguar, which She was always
known as “The Newslady.” Bill Crane Steen drove stylishly for years memorable. She was to many occasions. Though always kind. She was
For nearly a decade, beautifully maintained, always concerned for others
my column, “One Man’s Steen’s Jag had seen better and inquiring about what
Opinion,” so named in occasionally afflicting the days, and her need for the assistance she might be able
memory and honor of my comfortable—she told me that use of a cane made her entry to provide. Looking at that left
grandfather, William C. (Bud) she was yearning to make a and exit from the low-slung facing page opposite mine
Crane, who wrote a column greater difference by setting sportscar an occasional last week, I couldn’t help but
of the same name in DeKalb policy and being inside the challenge. I once suggested think that now page 6 will
County for almost a quarter governments which she so Steen make a trade for a never quite be the same. I
century, ran on the right often tried to nudge with her more reliable and practical will miss you my sister from
hand facing page (initially reporting. She made two runs SUV, or even a mini-van with another mister—keep the faith
page 5) with my close friend for CEO of DeKalb County, better ground clearance and up there, I know you will be
and colleague, Steen Miles, placed a respectable third in easier access.    watching out for us down here.
posting her column on the left a race for Lt. Gov. (eventually I got a look similar to the We love you Steen.
side page. won by Mark Taylor), and one given to Miller those  
The Newslady and I much later, when frustrated many years ago, followed Bill Crane also serves
frequently collaborated on with the gridlock and by the smile, and I am as a political analyst and
topics, often taking opposing increasingly dispirited tone paraphrasing, her reply...”As commentator for Channel 2’s
vantage points on the same emanating from Washington, a child of privilege, you may Action News, WSB-AM News/
issue. We agreed early on, D.C., she ran for U.S. Senate. not quite understand, but Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM,
that while we might disagree  Her public service when you earn or buy yourself as well as a columnist for
on philosophy and approach, highlight was most likely something this special, you The Champion, DeKalb Free
we would do so without her nearly two terms in are not willing to part with Press and Georgia Trend.
being disagreeable. the Georgia State Senate, it. I plan to be buried in this Crane is a DeKalb native
 During an Atlanta representing District 43 and car.”  In no way am I making and business owner, living in
reporting trip in 1984 or 1985, a large swath of DeKalb light of Steen’s transition, but Scottdale. You can reach him
while I was living in Macon County. Miles was always a when I recently received a call or comment on a column at
and working for WMAZ-TV happy warrior, even those from BabyJoy and the family
13, I first met Steen Miles at who faced her as a political
a Capitol press conference. opponentadmired and
Then and now, I first and respected her. She was well-
foremost remember that ever- remembered in the State
beaming and ebullient smile. Senate Chamber by Lt. Gov.
 Even while asking a direct Casey Cagle, who served
question of then Lt. Gov. Zell with her there before the
Miller, that sincere smile two later became political
of the Newslady remained opponents in the 2006 race.
fully intact. I don’t remember  Our Champion Managing
the question, much less the Editor, John Hewitt, was also
answer, other than Miller close to Steen, professionally
furrowing his brow and and personally. More than
answering in part with a once, I heard Steen use
country colloquialism.  the words, “These are
As the Newslady helped or my brothers from another
advocated for so many, often mother,” when introducing or
covering Atlanta in a way that speaking of John and I. I was
comforted the afflicted—while always greatly complimented.
 In later years, we would

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Laurel Wilson, a heritage preservation master’s degree student at Georgia State University, said she wants to preserve and tell the stories to be found in Decatur Cemetery’s Section 6. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Finding life in Section 6
Decatur graveyard site speaks to GSU student
graves.” “We have discovered there are more Wilson’s research into other families
by R. Scott Belzer A few years ago, Wilson received than 900 people buried in Section 6,” also led to stories of grave robbing, an English degree from Agnes Scott Wilson said. “We originally thought a father dying of tuberculosis before
College but found herself working an there were 200 or so.” his son and many others. She said the
unsatisfying job. On a whim, she visited According to Wilson, her capstone task of discovering the histories of
For Decatur resident Laurel Wilson, Decatur’s Cemetery’s 58-acre space project for her degree will be a each individual buried in Section 6
Decatur Cemetery—located at 229 Bell one summer afternoon and decided documentary titled Five Generations: is a project that will last beyond her
Street—is not just a place to honor and to research a name from a random From Slavery to Public Service in lifetime.
bury the dead; it’s also a fountainhead gravestone. Atlanta, which will focus on Section 6 “These are heroes,” Wilson said.
of city history, a snapshot of the past as “I’ve been doing genealogy for about inhabitant Sally Durham. “These are people who had to overcome
well as what she calls a place of study. 20 years now,” Wilson said. “I started According to Wilson, Durham was insane obstacles and still kept going.
Wilson is scheduled to receive by researching my own family and have a slave who was able to “pass” as White. They served their community. They
her master’s degree in heritage done a few of my friends also. I love She said this shows in Durham’s grave’s worked very hard inside and outside
preservation in May 2017 from Georgia the research into the Census and birth location, and its proximity to White their community to make a better life
State University. The majority of her records and things like that. It’s like sections of Decatur Cemetery. for themselves and to change things. I
coursework has involved researching solving a mystery.” “She was probably owned by the want their stories to be known. I want
the inhabitants and their living Wilson’s research began by finding Lumpkin family; Wilson Lumpkin to put them back into our collective
ancestors of Section 6 of the cemetery, out basic information about the was the governor of Georgia during conscious and memories.”
which was designated as burial sites for subject: where he worked, when he the Trail of Tears,” Wilson said. “Word Wilson said she hopes giving
Decatur’s Black population. died and other details. She submitted is that Sally was given to Wilson personalities, names and histories to
“Just as in life, in death, people her research to Friends of Decatur Lumpkin’s son; he fell in love with her, people buried in Section 6 will help
were segregated,” Wilson said. “We Cemetery, a nonprofit organization and they had two children. I found deter vandalism.
only remember people for as long as responsible for tours, gardening and records of her in Athens in 1870 “To me, the people buried in
they survive, mostly in our collective other public outreach programs. working and then married to another Section 6 are friends,” Wilson said.
conscious, or by a gravestone. A member, pleased with Wislon’s man in Decatur in 1874. Word is that “They are people that we value, people
Unfortunately, in older cemeteries, research, told her about Section 6—an Lumpkin wanted to take Sally up North whose lives we cherish. When you start
you have a lot of abandoned graves— area of the cemetery that has been to get married and she got married to looking at it that way–when inhabitants
families move on. When a headstone lost to neglect, vandalism and the free herself of the situation.” of the cemetery are familiar to you–
falls, it can be buried in the dirt, carried elements—and encouraged her to Wilson’s research has shown it’s less scary and it becomes more
off or shattered into pieces. We can continue her research. Around the Durham became a prominent inviting. This is someone’s mother, this
forget people are even there. In Section same time, Wilson was considering caterer. Durham’s descendants also is someone’s grandmother. They meant
6, there are a lot of places that are just pursuing a master’s degree in historical became prominent figures in Atlanta something to someone and that value
green—you would have no idea that preservation. A short while later, the neighborhoods, the Old 4th Ward doesn’t go away when we don’t know
hundreds of people are buried there— two projects intersected and a dive into neighborhood, foster homes and who their descendants are.”
and you’re walking right over their hundreds of individual histories began. education.
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Chamblee Police Officer Lacanmaren Shinholster’s
dating life took her all the way to The Steve Harvey
Show in Chicago. Photos submitted.

‘Fairy godfather Steve’
Chamblee cop goes on The Steve Harvey Show to find a worthy man
by R. Scott Belzer “He needs to be approved for range. For something like that to go
something more than a Kroger Plus on, there’s something [she’s] not doing card,” Shinholster said. “I work too hard right. She’s a beautiful, smart, intelligent
on my credit—I’m not about to date young lady.”
For Chamblee police officer someone with a 450 [credit score]. That Hayes said she’s known of two
Lacanmaren Shinholster, a night was the one thing I told Steve that had second chances awarded by Shinholster,
out on patrol—potentially filled with him fall down laughing. I asked for a one given to her ex-husband.
chasing and arresting criminals—is background check and a credit check.” Shinholster said being independent
much easier to deal with than the world Friends and family asked the two and divorced has separated her from
of modern dating. bachelors how they would deal with many men from the same generation,
“My friends think I’m so hard on certain situations should they be whom she said “are not ready to
guys, that my expectations are too chosen. Shinholster said her friends commit.” She said her father raised
high,” Shinholster said. chose the more favorable of the two. her correctly and that she appreciates
Friends in this case means “They did a great job with the gestures such as opening a door,
Shinholster’s coworkers at the police pick… initially,” Shinholster said. “We remaining consistent while courting
department, whose concern for got through about 17 days.” and being an established adult.
her dating life was so intense that Shinholster said she went on “You can’t train people on certain
they called in an expert on love and Lacanmaren Shinholster multiple dates with the bachelor and things,” Shinholster said. “If that’s what
relationships: television host Steve had a great time. The pair attended you’re not used to, or accustomed to,
Harvey. soccer games, went out to eat, saw because you’ve never had to do it, I’m
“It started out as a joke—they said, Shinholster was surprised by close movies and spent time at each other’s not going to pester you about it. That’s
‘We’re going to send you onto The Steve friends and coworkers on the show, houses. However, according to what I’m accustomed to and used to.
Harvey Show, we’re going to get Steve who grilled two eligible bachelors Shinholster, she encountered things she I’m not compromising basic stuff. Most
to find you a man because you can’t before one was awarded a date. She is not willing to compromise on. men just aren’t ready to elevate.”
keep a man for more than 30 days,’” said show representatives asked her “Where he is and where I am are Shinholster described such horror
Shinholster said. “They say I’m always questions such as “Would you date just not the same place,” Shinholster stories as a man obsessed with pink
policing a man instead of stepping outside your race? Size? Height? said. “He had all the right physical objects, a man who didn’t tell her he
outside of being a cop and being a Weight?” features and a good heart, he just wasn’t was expecting a child, convicted felons,
woman.” “One guy, he hit the nail right on the there. I’m ready in the next few years arrogance and a man with no drive
Shinholster’s department followed head; the other guy, I don’t know where to purchase a home and get ready for a because his family has money.
through on its word, contacting NBC they got him from,” Shinholster said. family. I don’t think he’s there.” Shinholster said she was invited
about appearing on Harvey’s show. “They were totally opposite.” Coworker Lela Hayes said back to the show due to the failure
NBC representatives said Shinholster’s Shinholster describes her ideal man Shinholster’s standards are too high. of “Fairy Godfather Steve.” She said
personality “shined bright like a as someone with a career, no children, “You just really have to come correct she enjoyed the experience but will
diamond.” no criminal history, good credit and to compete with her—if she sees one probably not make another appearance.
“They saw a video of me and ready to settle down. She said the thing, that’s a wrap,” Hayes said. “I “I’m a cop, not a reality TV star,”
immediately said they had to have me criteria describes “just a decent guy” in noticed a guy would last 20-something, Shinholster said. “If it’s meant to be, it
on the show,” Shinhoster said. the modern dating world. maybe 30 days. It’s always within that will happen.”
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Onion Man Productions in Chamblee presented
Members of the Brockett Elementary Safety Patrol lead the Tucker City Council meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo from the city of Tucker Stage Kiss by playwright Sarah Ruhl on April 6 and
will continue running the production until April 16.
Photo submitted.

On April 1, Communicycle in Clarkston received nine bicycles courtesy Dunwoody Police Department encountered deep standing water on April 5 at the intersection of N. Peachtree Road and Peeler
of Civil Bikes, a bike service based in Atlanta. Photo submitted. Road. Photo submitted.

Have you created programming you’d like to air on TV?
Do you have an interest in Public Access TV in DeKalb County?
Submit your show to DeKalb County’s Public Access channel, DeKalb 25.
Drop off DVD or USB copies to the Manuel J. Maloof Center at
1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030, or upload your content via the internet.

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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 14, 2017 • Page 12

Miles service attended by thousands
On April 8, Greenforest readings and song worship were Hewitt, chief operating officer
Community Baptist Church’s tributes from elected officials, of The Champion and DeKalb
2,700 capacity sanctuary was media colleagues, family friends Free Press. Media friends shared
filled to capacity by family, and individual family members. stories of time spent with Miles
friends and dignitaries gathered Officials proclamations were and expressed their gratitude
for Ollisteen “Steen” Miles’ presented by Congressman for the accomplishments,
celebration of life. Hank Johnson and Georgia mentoring and leadership
Miles, a retired journalist, Senators Emanuel Jones, Miles provided for so many in
former state Senator, ordained Gloria Butler and Donzella Atlanta’s media community.
minister and a member James. DeKalb County CEO Following the media tributes
of countless boards and Michael Thurman declared were presentations by close
community organizations, April 8, 2017 officially as family friends Carolyn Forrest,
succumbed to her battle with Ollisteen Miles Day in DeKalb LaVerne Carter, Dee Dawkins-
cancer on March 29. County. Haigler, minister Allison
A duo of African drummers Retired 11-Alive anchor Henderson-Brooks, Rev.
began the service as they Brenda Wood began the Pierre Sheppard and Michael
ushered in family, pall bearers tributes from the media Warren.
and flower attendants as well community and was followed Family tributes to Miles
as honorary pall bearers and by anchor Amanda Davis of were expressed by cousin Renee
attendants. CBS-46, Champion publisher Neeley, niece Tijuanna Davis,
Senior pastor of Greenforest Carolyn Glenn announced step-daughter Sarita Miles,
Community Baptist Church, an annual award to be given sister-in-love Rae Sharon
Rev. Dr. Emory Berry Jr., in Miles; honor by The Davis, step-son Rev. Leroy
presided over the celebration. Champion Newspaper and read Kind III, nephew Austin C. Ollisteen “Steen” Miles’
Rev. Kenneth Samuel of a statement from WSB political Davis and cousin Bobby Gray. Walker and Heather Bailey service will be held April 12 at
Victory for the World Church commentator and Champion Rev. Berry delivered the both expressed their gratitude Pentecostal Cathedral Church
gave the official welcome. columnist Bill Crane who was sermon as well as an official to those in attendance and the of God in Christ in South Bend,
Following Old Testament unable to attend the event. proclamation from the church. community for their support. Ind.
and New Testament scripture Glenn was followed by John Miles daughters Kellie An additional memorial

News Briefs
Lithonia seeking AmeriCorps
VISTA for healthy living
by Carla Parker one applicant to serve as a VISTA community liaison for
healthy futures. The position
Lithonia has been approved is temporary, full-time and Businesses in the Tucker Meridian development will soon open. Photo from
by the State Office of the funded through the State
Corporation for National and
Community Service (CNCS)
to recruit a AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps Office for a one-
year period.
A monthly stipend of
Tucker Meridian opening soon
Volunteers in Service to $1,026 is provided along with Tucker’s newest commercial center is less than Farmers Market, which has announced a grand
America (VISTA) worker to health and other benefits. An a month away from opening. opening date of April 26.
serve with the community in educational award is available The Tucker Meridian project, headed up While Sprouts will be the first retailer to open
the area of healthy living. upon successful completion of by developer Ben F. Kushner, is located at the in the new development, others won’t be far
the program. intersection of LaVista Road and Northlake behind. DSW is targeting mid-May for its grand
“We are glad we are able
Interested applicants can Parkway near I-285. opening. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby
to recruit to fill the VISTA
obtain additional information The development will be anchored by Sprouts and others are nearing completion as well.
position,” Lithonia Mayor
Deborah Jackson said. “The at the Corporation for
new VISTAs will build on
the work started last May to
National and Community
Service website, www. Clarkston plans mural, approves budget changes
identify and bring resources
americorps under the link Find Clarkston city council wrapped up business Officials approved amending the city budget
to the community in the area
Opportunities Now. for the month on April 4 with a work session and to allow for increases in Clarkston’s streetscape
of access to healthy food meeting at its chambers, located at 3921 Church project. This includes increasing the general fund
resources. He or she will The selected applicant
must be available to attend the Street. by $24,000 to $367,826; the police and federal
complement the work of The city appropriated $7,500 from its 2017 seizures expenditures by $11,776; and increasing
our other VISTAs who are VISTA training from May 22-
budgeted general fund for an Adams Center expenditures for the city’s Minority Youth
focusing on financial literacy, 25. The position will start on
Mural project. The overall budget for the project Violence Program by $5,000.
job training and small business May 26.
is estimated at $15,000, additional funding is Also approved was a $2,000 payment from
development.” For more information or to expected from donations to the artist. its general fund to the Clarkston Early Learning
The city’s VISTA project, learn how to apply, contact City The council also approved awarding an Network’s fifth annual Tell Me A Story! Festival
Lithonia Action to Build Administrator Cheryl Foster at alcohol license for beer, wine and distilled spirits scheduled to take place on May 13 at the
Community (Lithonia (liquor) to Ponce Café and Sports Lounge, located Clarkston Community Center. Event officials
ABC), focuses on economic or Mayor Jackson at deborah. at 3924 E Ponce de Leon. expect approximately 250 children and families to
opportunity and healthy or call The council approved a renewal contract attend the festival.
futures. The city is seeking city hall at (770) 482-8136. with Sears Pool Management Consultants for Clarkston city council meets the first Tuesday
Milam Park’s pool for an additional three years of every month for a 5 p.m. work session and 7 p.m.
service. business meeting.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 14, 2017 • Page 13

Tanya Tobias, co-founder of Second Life thrift store in Avondale Es- The founders of Second Life thrift store in Avon- Tanya Mahrous Tobias and Toby Tobias sit with Second Life’s
tates, holds one of the cats the store fosters. dale Estates hope to donate $1 million to metro- “chief of smiles” officer Riley.
Atlanta animal rescues. Photo by Therra Jaramillo

LITTLE SHOP, BIG IMPACT Local thrift store impacting Atlanta’s homeless pets
by Horace Holloman bigger for everyone else.” It’s trust and community We want to make sure we do chance at life through the
Toby, who has a involvement that keep Second things right to help as many grants the thrift store provides. Life going strong, Toby said. animals as we can.” Riley is a testament to
background in teaching, and
Tanya, with a background in Second Life offers its space to Second Life has many Second Life’s philosophy,
If you walk into Avondale local rescue groups or shelters meanings, Tanya said. It gave Tanya said. He has a new
Estate’s Second Life Thrift the corporate world, said they
had no idea they would be to host adoption events, her and her husband a second home, a new family and a
Store, chances are you’ll be is a drop-off site for a pet career, old or gently used items new job that keeps him and
greeted by “chief smiles officer” running a thrift shop when
they started in Avondale food pantry and donates old get a second life in a new home customers smiling.
Riley—a rescue dog from a blankets and towels to animal and animals receive a second
shelter in Cairo, Egypt. Estates almost seven years ago.
The duo said they shelters.
Over the years, Riley’s “I get teary eyed when I
owners Tanya Mahrous Tobias were inspired by their dog
Lucky, a Dalmatian deemed hear the stories from people.
and Toby Tobias developed It’s amazing,” Toby said. “The
a knack for helping animals “unadoptable” by an animal
shelter. Lucky was days away support from the rescue
in need. What started out as groups is wonderful and we
a potential hobby for Tanya from being euthanized, but was
saved by an animal rescuer. really enjoy helping them.
morphed into a nonprofit
organization that is closing Lucky, the original chief smiles
in on $1 million in donated officer, lived to be nearly 17 350-398204 4/13, 4/20,4/27,5/4WG
proceeds for metro-Atlanta’s years old. NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
In the State Court
animal rescues. “I often joked that Lucky of DeKalb County
The nonprofit thrift store’s kept us in business that first State of Georgia
“march to $1 million” plans to year because he would sit in Civil Action No.
reach $1 million in donated the window in his bed and Tajuansar Diallo,
grants in 2017. To date, people would come in because Plaintiff
they felt guilty,” Tanya said, vs.
Second Life Thrift Store has Imelda Mondragon and
given more than $825,000 in laughing. Isabel Mondragon,
grants to more than 50 animal Tanya said she had no idea Defendant
To: Isabel Mondragon
rescues and spay and neuter the thrift store would grow By Order for service by publication
programs that help low-income to what it is now. Second Life dated 24th day of February, 2017,
families—giving the Tobias’ has two stores located next you are hereby notified that on 10th
day of August, 2016, Tajuansar Di-
and Riley plenty to smile to each other. The main store allo filed suit against you for $TBD
about. offers clothing and accessories principal, $TBD interest and $TBD at-
while the other is geared more torney's fees.
Toby said the nonprofit You are required to file with the
adds to the limited toward furniture. Tanya said Clerk of the State Court, and to serve
resources the animal rescue she and Toby might expand in upon plaintiff's attorney, Richard M.
Howe an Answer in writing within
organizations in the metro area the future. sixty (60) days of the date of the or-
share. Almost like a pie, he “When I started the store, I der for publication.
said. didn’t want it to be just a thrift Witness the Honorable Wayne M.
Purdom, Judge of this State Court.
“When we were trying to store. We offer an ‘upscale This the 31st day of March, 2017.
figure out what to do to help thrift store’ is what I like to call Melanie F Wilson, Clerk
it. I wanted to be part of the State Court of DeKalb County
the [animal] rescue world [we By: J. Gray-Cody
thought] every rescue that community. I wanted to be part Deputy Clerk
starts takes away from the of the solution,” said Tanya. For: State Court
of DeKalb County
financial pie that all of them Tanya said the store also DeKalb County Courthouse
have to share,” Toby said. “We fosters cats from PAWS Atlanta 556 N. McDonough Street
wanted to make the pie bigger. and has adopted out almost Decatur, Georgia 30030
++16A61078-3 Isabel Mondragon++
We wanted to make the pie 100 pets in the last four years.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 14, 2017 • Page 14

Mentorship through
Local auto shop partners with
WorkSource DeKalb
by Horace Holloman
Initially, Carl Pierre-
Louis—store manager
of Precision Auto Care
in Tucker— thought his
partnership with WorkSource
DeKalb would be an
opportunity to get free labor.
WorkSource DeKalb would
pay youth who entered its
program and in turn, Precision
Auto Care would get a young,
trainable workforce for
roughly four to five months at
a time. Brandon Cooper, 20, said his experience at Precision Auto Care changed his life
for the better.
However, Pierre-Louis said
after getting to know some of
the young men in the program,
he realized he had the ability to Brandon Cooper, right, and Precision Auto Care shop manager Carl Pierre-Louis
help others. stand outside the shop before work.
“Once I got into it and
started meeting the kids, I sort of his own one day. there was nothing she could
of realized it’s about more than “It’s great work experience. do.”
just free labor. It’s like a youth I learned a lot. When I first Pierre-Louis, known to
outreach program,” Pierre- started I didn’t know how to Cooper as “pops,” said Cooper
Louis said. “A lot of these kids do oil changes or fix engines. I is a bright young man who
don’t have parent figures in the didn’t know how to do any of listens well and has a lot of
house. When they get to me, I that,” Cooper said, laughing. “I energy. At times when the
try to help them and just talk know how to do all of that now shop is slow, Cooper stands
to them.” and I can do it without asking outside and dances with his
WorkSource DeKalb’s youth questions.” headphones on to draw in
program is focused on low- Cooper said working at customers.
income residents in DeKalb the auto shop transformed his “Migos. They’re my idols,”
County between the ages of 14 life. Cooper admitted that he said Cooper when asked what
and 24. The program serves as was always in trouble at school he listens to while he’s dancing
a paid internship opportunity. and was hanging out with the outside the shop. “Carl hates it.
wrong crowd before entering I turn it all the way up.” Brandon Cooper talks with WorkSource DeKalb Employment Training Analyst
Pierre-Louis, manager of Denise Kenner.
Precision Auto Care for the the program. Recently, CEO Michael
past five years, said he worked “Everyone at the shop is Thurmond announced
with several youth through like my big brother,” Cooper that $250,000 from the it so much. It feels good. I pray changed me. Where I come
WorkSource DeKalb. said. “I’m starting off young county’s general fund will be so much. I’m not in trouble from, we’re known for being in
“I just want to make sure and now I’m up. I might be reallocated to WorkSource anymore and I try to stay the streets. Now that I have this
some of these kids have a able to make a career out DeKalb for a summer around positive energy. This job, you barely see me outside.”
positive outlook on life. I want of this. I’m thinking about internship program.
to help guide them in certain owning my own shop.” The program is projected to
situations,” Pierre-Louis said. Cooper said he’s trying to pair 300 DeKalb youth looking
“I want to let them know that be a role model for his 18-year- for work and internship JOB OPENING
it’s not all about the streets. old brother. Cooper started opportunities. During a press The City of Stone Mountain is accepting applications for
There’s another way to make to invest in his brother’s conference, Thurmond said the position of Downtown Development Authority Executive
money besides hanging out in education by giving him $100 “pimps and drug dealers” Director. This is a full time position. Benefits include
the streets.” every time his brother brought shouldn’t be the only people medical insurance, paid holidays, vacation leave, sick leave,
Pierre-Louis’ lastest mentee home A’s on his report card, he recruiting DeKalb’s available short term disability insurance and retirement.
has been a star pupil, he said. said. Cooper said his brother work force. Compensation will be based on qualifications. Candidates
Brandon Cooper, 20, said he recently made the honor role. “When I first started, I must have a Bachelor’s degree in Public Admin, Business,
came into the shop through “My mom told me she was wanted to leave early all the Economics or a related field and a valid Georgia driver’s
WorkSource DeKalb and didn’t proud of me and when I gave time.” Coooper said “I wanted license. To apply: Interested candidates may email a résumé
know anything about cars. my brother that money she just to hang out with my friends. to no later than May 5,
Cooper started slow, but cried,” Cooper said. “We were Now they call me and I have 2017. Job description and additional requirements can be
after working in the shop for bad and I know she wanted us to tell them ‘I can’t hang with found on the city’s website at
a few weeks he said he might to change. She would get calls y’all today.’ Now I stay until The City of Stone Mountain is an equal opportunity
want to invest in an auto shop to her phone all the time, but the shop closes because I like employer.
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 14, 2017 • Page 15

Innovative ideas lead to
historic enrollment at Ivy Prep
by R. Scott Belzer

With a 400 percent increase
in potential enrollment,
a superintendent with an
Atlanta education legislative
background and a fresh
principal—it’s easy to see why
members of Ivy Preparatory
Academy Kirkwood School for
Girls say the school is leading
the way in innovation.
“We’re doing some
awesome things at our
school,” said Alisha Morgan,
superintendent at Ivy Prep for
the past 18 months.
Ivy Prep—located at 1807
Memorial Drive in Atlanta—
recently celebrated receiving
nearly 1,000 applications for
enrollment at its DeKalb and
Gwinnett county locations.
Morgan and Principal Charcia
Nichols called the number
“We received four times
more applications this year
than we received last year,” said
Jacob Cole, chief of staff.
Morgan—who arrived at
Ivy Prep following a 12-year
state legislative career—said
that, when she arrived, there
was a 90 percent turnover
rate at the school. She said the
facility was not clean, teachers
left every other day and the
school even had problems
making payroll.
Under her leadership,
90 percent now represents Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood School for Girls experienced a 400 percent increase in enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year, crediting
the number of teachers who changes in the overall atmosphere and teacher retention as sources of improvement. Photo submitted.
wish to remain at Ivy Prep.
Morgan said teacher, staff Ivy Prep: they can expect to get we wouldn’t be where we are science. To see them using for parents, because they often
and student morale has also feedback, they can expect to today,” Morgan said. “It’s word- microscopes and using science, don’t know.”
greatly improved, enough so get coached, and that we want of-mouth, marketing and it’s become one of students’ Nichols said the overall
that her daughter is an enrolled them to be receptive of that having something to market. favorite classes.” goal is to earn Blue Ribbon
student. feedback and bettering their It’s changes being made, people Nichols said another tool School distinction and STEM
“We’ve totally revamped classrooms.” seeing what we’re doing and has been educating parents certification.
our recruitment, hiring and Morgan said tough what works for kids. It’s parents on the typical school day, “Parents approach me and
retention, and compensation decisions, such as closing saying they don’t want what what is expected and how say, ‘Word on the street is Ivy
model for teachers—it’s pretty the academy’s high school traditional districts are offering they can help. Others include Prep is doing great things,’”
innovative,” Morgan said. campus and laying off and saying ‘I want what Ivy literacy nights, math nights or Nichols said.
While many traditional employees, represented a big Prep is offering.’” performance nights—anything Parent liaison Jeannie
school districts will offer turnaround. Inviting parents Nichols, who has been to engage the community and McCree said parents have been
teachers jobs on the spot into classrooms, College and with Ivy Prep for about one let them know what’s going on impressed with Nichols and
at career fairs or job expos, Career Readiness Performance year, lauded the school’s focus at Ivy Prep. Morgan and what they have
Morgan and Nichols said Ivy Index (CCRPI) workshops and on instruction. She said the “[On March 29,] we brought to the community.
Prep will host potential hires letting parents know exactly focus extends to supporting, actually had a fourth grade “They work very well
for in-class interviews judged how much students’ grades are appreciating and developing meeting with 60 parents just together; parents are very
not only by school officials but affected by certain tests, has teachers and giving them the about the Georgia Milestones, pleased with that they’re
also students. given the Ivy Prep community tools needed to help children percentage and content seeing,” McCree said. “They’re
In addition, Ivy Prep offers a much-wanted transparency. succeed. weights,” Nichols said. “We’re excited about the future.
each teacher $500 for supplies. For Ivy Prep, such decisions One such tool is a newly telling parents what type of The house is always packed.
“We’ve completely flipped are paying dividends, with the built science lab. questions will be on the tests, Mothers are asking, fathers are
the script,” Morgan said. “It latest coming in the school’s “This is the type of activity how many minutes they have. asking what they can do. We’re
shows our potential hires that historic enrollment. we want to see,” Nichols said. Helping them understand and on the move.”
this is what they can expect at “Without those decisions, “It makes kids excited about breaking things down is big
BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 14, 2017 • Page 16

Rates increase as Decatur
grows increasingly
popular with renters
by Kathy Mitchell looking for a place to call
home—location, affordability
Despite a relatively sharp and access to amenities are
increase this year in apartment some important factors.”
rental rates in Decatur, the Decatur is not just a
4.2-square-mile city remains bedroom community to
an affordable option for renters Atlanta. The DeKalb County
compared with nearby Atlanta, seat has its own culture with
according to Apartment List, more than 200 restaurants,
a national apartment rental boutiques, galleries, salons and
company headquartered in San services, according to the city’s
Francisco, which reports that website, which also notes that
apartment rents in Decatur it has a year-round calendar of
increased an average of 9.3 events and festivals including
percent within the past year. concerts, arts festival, book
Apartment List senior festival, craft beer festival, wine
growth associate Chris Salviati
said median two-bedroom
apartment rent in Decatur is
festival and a beach party.
The population of Decatur
has increased steadily since the
Northlake store receives national award
$1,110 compared with $1,700 dawn of the century, according
The J. C. Penney Company store in serve,” McFarland said. “Leaders and teams
in Atlanta. to the U.S. Census Bureau,
Northlake Mall was among four in Georgia receiving this award have gone above and
“Rents have been growing which estimates that the
and 80 nationwide to be honored recently as beyond the call of duty by taking our Warrior
steadily in Decatur over the city’s population jumped 13.6
one of the chain’s top performing stores. J. C. values of passion, loyalty, service and courage to
past few years, but the rate has percent between 2010 (the last
Penney Inc. presented the chosen stores with an entirely new level. I’m proud of the talented
definitely increased recently,” full census) and 2015.
its Founder’s Award at a special ceremony held group of associates at our Atlanta-area J.C.
said Salviati, who added that “The Atlanta metro area
March 28 in Grapevine, Texas. Penney stores who have worked tirelessly to
Decatur rents grew by 5.4 as whole has seen increasing
The award-winning stores were selected receive this special recognition.”
percent from March 2014 to demand [for apartment homes]
from among 1,000 J.C. Penney stores across  The Founder’s Award is presented to general
March 2015, by 3.0 percent as a result of a strengthening
the country and were recognized by Marvin R. and district managers for leading teams that
from March 2015 to March local economy, which is surely
Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer, excel in the areas of financial performance,
2016, and by 9.3 percent from driving the increasing rents in
and Joe McFarland, executive vice president customer and client service, and business
March 2016 to March 2017. Decatur,” Salviati said. The city
of stores, for significantly contributing to the expertise. Other Georgia stores receiving a 2016
“For comparison, rents of Decatur website reports that
company’s success during 2016. J.C. Penney Founder’s Award are Arbor Place
in Atlanta have grown by 2.4 38 percent of the city’s housing
 “Our Founder’s Award recipients continually Mall in Douglasville, Banks Crossing Shopping
percent year-over-year, and units are rentals.
exceed expectations and achieve results that Center in Fayetteville and South Point Shopping
the average across Georgia as Renting rather than buying
instill a strong sense of pride among their Center in McDonough.
a whole is 3.7 percent. Our a home can be preferable for
associate teams and the communities they
national rent index has grown those who are not certain of
by 2.4 percent year-over-year,” where they will be living or
he said. working in the foreseeable
“With its proximity to future, Salviati said. “Generally
downtown Atlanta and relative speaking, if you can afford
affordability, Decatur seems to a down payment and plan
be a good option for renters,” to stay in a home for a long
Salviato said. time, owning a home can be
Choosing an apartment is a good investment; while for
largely a matter of matching those who are less financially
Claire (ID# 34611675) is a laid back lady who
available units to individual established or plan to move in
needs and preferences, he the near-term, renting is often is ready to find a comfy home to rest her paws. She is a
added. “Renters should a better option,” he noted. super calm and gentle girl, but still has the occasional
consider many things when burst of adorable energy. She knows her basic manners
and walks wonderfully on a leash. She would be happy
to sit next to you at a patio restaurant or have a leisurely
stroll through the park. She loves all people and makes
friends wherever she goes. She gets along great with
other dogs and may enjoy sharing her home with a
JOB OPENING canine companion. Meet Claire at LifeLine’s DeKalb
The City of Stone Mountain is accepting Animal Services!
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A Tucker player slides back to first base. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Tucker coach Vince Byams greets his former assistant coach and Decatur head coach Robby Tucker short stop Trevon Flowers throws to first base.
Gilbert before the game.

best thing we can do is keep him in our thoughts and
by Carla Parker prayers, but in the meantime, we have to persevere and [finish] the game. It was hard for myself, hard for
all the guys, but I’m glad we were able to rally for the
Despite losing a player in the fifth inning, the [win], but at the end, all of our thoughts and prayers
Tucker Tigers rallied to beat the Decatur Bulldogs are with the fallen player.”
5-3 at home April 8. In the bottom of the sixth inning, senior Calden
In the bottom of the fifth inning with the score Nolf gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead on an RBI double.
tied at 3-3, senior pitcher and first baseman Jaelin Two batters later, Nolf would run home after junior
Sewell was near the dugout on deck warming up Trevor Flowers was walked, extending Tucker’s lead
when a foul ball hit him on the right side of his face to 5-3. The Tigers played good defense in the seventh
near his eye. He was attended to by the coaching staff inning to seal the win.
from both teams, his parents and other volunteers. The win improved Tucker’s record to 19-6 on the
Sewell was on the ground for more than five season. The Tigers defeated Southwest DeKalb 14-2
minutes before he was helped off the ground. in an early game on that day. Byams said his team is
Although his right eye was swollen shut and he was getting better every day.
bleeding from his mouth, he was able to walk to the “Pitching and defense have been our strong points
ambulance. Tucker head coach Vince Byams said and we’ve been finding ways to get runs in tight
seeing one of his players go down like that was tough games and we expect to continue with that,” he said.
for him and his players. With less than five games left in the regular
“It was definitely a scary moment. Those moments season, Byams said he hopes his players continue to
kind of happen in baseball, [but] you don’t see that stay focused on their goals as they head into the post
season. Coaches and volunteers attend to Tucker first baseman Sewell, who
every day,” Byams said. “I just told the guys that the was hit by a foul ball. Photo by Carla Parker
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Southwest DeKalb pitcher Javeon Cody throws a pitch to Decatur’s Alex Glier. Photo by Carla Parker

Coach Gilbert

DECATUR OUTLASTS SOUTHWEST DEKALB runs in the final inning, Decatur
by Carla Parker head coach Robby Gilbert said his team played well.
“I thought we battled well.
The Decatur Bulldogs held off Southwest is a good team. They’re
a Southwest DeKalb comeback to a team that’s contending for a
defeat the Panthers 4-3 at Tucker playoff spot Coach [Tyrus] Taylor
High School April 8. does a good job,” Gilbert said.
After 1-1 tie through two “This was the first game back
innings, the Bulldogs began to from spring break and you never
break away in the third inning. know what to expect when kids
Junior Jonathan Paden had an have a few days off, so I thought
RBI double, giving Decatur a we competed and played well—
2-1 lead. Junior Tim Conway made some plays when we needed
extended the lead to 3-1 on an to.”
RBI single. After the win, and loss to
The Bulldogs gained a 4-1 lead Tucker the following game, the
in the fifth inning on a RBI single Bulldogs ended the day with
by senior Darius Lucas. a 17-5 regular season record.
Southwest DeKalb didn’t lie Gilbert credited the team’s attitude
down and tried to come back in to the early success this season.
the seventh inning. Junior Juan “Our kids come to play, I have
Smith led off the inning with a a great coaching staff, we demand
single. At the next at-bat, Decatur a lot of the kids and they’re
pitcher Lee Soorikian walked meeting all of our expectations,”
Southwest DeKalb’s Neiman he said. “They’re coming in ready
Bruno, allowing the Panthers to to play every day and doing what
have two men on with no outs. we’re asking them to do.”
Smith stole third base on a Gilbert said his team has to
wild pitch at home plate and be consistent with its play if they
he would score on the next at- want to have a long postseason
bat after a sacrifice fly, cutting run.
Decatur’s lead to 4-2. “As long as we play consistently
Senior Channing Walker then we have a good chance [to
hit an RBI single to bring the win],” he said. “Our pitchers are
score within 4-3. With two outs, throwing strikes, we’re starting
Southwest DeKalb’s Jeremy to swing the bat well lately and
Hatchett popped out to end we just have to make the routine
the inning and the Panther’s play.”
Decatur’s Ryan Lewis. Photo by Travis Hudgons comeback. Despite allowing two
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