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Decatur Native
to work on Air
Force One
by Horace Holloman

When Marine veteran and
Decatur native Yasir Waqaar
started his career as a detailer,
he said he never could have
imagined it would take him this far.
Waqaar, who graduated
from Druid Hills High School,
was selected out of hundreds of
detailers nationwide for a team
that will work on the Air Force
One detailing team at Seattle’s
Museum of Flight.
Waqaar said he doesn’t have
any experience detailing an
airplane, but said he’s thankful for
the opportunity to learn something
“It’s doing something different.
You can get in somewhat of a
routine doing cars all the time,”
Waqaar said. “I’ll be working
with different materials. This
opportunity is recognizing the
accomplishment of what I’m
striving for and they recognized Yasir Waqaar, who works at Decatur-based Red Clay Detailing, will work a detailing project on Air Force One at Seattle’s
my skills. It’s a learning Museum of Flight.
Waqaar is participating in interested in detailing work, he it began 15 years ago under the in our network capable of helping
a seven-day detailing event said. In 2003, he was without a job Bush administration. us preserve her beauty.”
that started July 24 and will run and needed work. He said all he “A Bush administration official This year, detailers will also
through July 30. The annual had at the time was a truck and a asked me to save this famous clean, polish and apply protective
detailing event is led by master few supplies. From there, Waqaar plane, which was falling into ruin coatings to 16 additional aircraft
automotive and aircraft detailer went door to door on Candler on the tarmac at Seattle’s Museum on display at the museum. The
and trainer Renny Doyle of Road in Decatur offering detailing of Flight, I had only five detailers planes include a now-retired
Detailing Success. and car wash services. who had trained with me and with supersonic Concorde Alpha
“To be a part of such a “I needed to make some whom I trusted on such a project,” Golf—a remarkable WWII B-52
significant project as preserving money. I had some real estate but said Doyle. “We were horrified Stratofortress Bomber—and the
Air Force One, that beautiful icon it wasn’t making me any money. at the condition of the aircraft, first jumbo jet Boeing 747.
of our country’s aviation heritage So I thought ‘what can I do to which had served as a flying Oval Waqaar will also have the
and history, is thrilling for me,” generate income?’”Waqaar said. Office for Presidents Eisenhower, opportunity of going up a lift to
Waqaar said. “How many chances “I had a pickup truck and bought Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. detail the American flag on the
do you get to work on preserving some supplies and went door to Having been entrusted into vertical stabilizer.
a piece of our country’s history? door. I’ve grown a lot since then.” the Team’s care through 2020, “Set your sights on something
It is an honor to be a part of this Doyle said the Air Force One there is no room for mistakes on you want to do and keep working
team and to share in this unique detailing project is one of the most multimillion-dollar aircraft, and on it,” Waqaar said. “I’ve wanted
opportunity.” prestigious detailing projects in today, Yasir [Waqaar] is one of the this project for over 10 years and
Waqaar wasn’t always the nation. According to Doyle, most skilled and talented detailers now here I am.”

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Brookhaven city councilman Avondale Estates awarded grant to complete Carl’s Corner
announces re-election bid BY CARLA PARKER
BY CARLA PARKER also led the charge of
Brookhaven becoming The preservation project the first city in Georgia to for historic Carl’s Corner in
be certified by the Attorney Avondale Estates will be
Brookhaven City General’s Office as part of completed soon.
Councilman Joe Gebbia its “Georgia’s Not Buying Carl’s Corner, located on
announced July 19 his It” anti-sex-trafficking South Avondale Road next
plans to seek re-election campaign, and the to Twin Oaks Plaza, was
for his council seat. annexation of Children’s once the city’s entryway
“I’ve had the honor Healthcare of Atlanta when the city was built
to be at the table since and Executive Park into in 1926. It was named
the inception of the city Brookhaven. after Carl Houseworth,
of Brookhaven,” Gebbia Gebbia said he has an Avondale Estates
said in a press release. been an advocate for gardener. City Planner and
“By working together, we efficient, sustainable Community Development
have achieved a great deal development and improved Officer Keri Stevens said Avondale Estates received a $1,500 grant from the Georgia Historic
Preservation Division to complete the preservation project for historic Carl’s
and created a fantastic communications between the city has received federal Corner. Photos by Carla Parker
city. With your support, city officials and residents. sub-grants since 2015 to
I would be honored to “I will continue to restore the archway.
have the privilege to provide a business-style a historic marker that The Georgia Historic
The city received
once again serve as your approach to running our will explain the history of Preservation Division
a $1,500 grant from
representative. Therefore, I city,” he said. “I’ve worked Carl’s Corner and include awarded $90,000 in federal
the Georgia Historic
am proud to announce my hard to successfully a visualization of Avondale sub-grants to the seven
Preservation Division July
candidacy for re-election address the three P’s— Estates. cities to support historic
10 to complete phase III, the
as your councilman for Police, Parks and Pot “After that, it’ll just be preservation activities. The
final phase, of the project.
District 4.” Holes, and to lower maintaining the existing 2017 Historic Preservation
Avondale Estates was one
Gebbia was first elected property taxes while structure, maintaining the Fund grants help historic
of seven cities to receive
to Brookhaven’s inaugural creating and approving landscaping,” Stevens preservation planning
federal sub-grants from
city council in 2012 and balanced and sound said. “We may decide to do initiatives and projects such
the historic preservation
was re-elected to a full budgets. additional historic markers as historic resource surveys,
four-year term in 2013. “We have accomplished at locations throughout the outreach efforts, and
“Carl’s Corner, the actual
He earned a certificate a great deal since the city, but that will be the last bricks-and-mortar projects
arch structure, was in very
of achievement from inception of cityhood,” he phase of Carl’s Corner.” throughout the state.
poor condition and we
the Georgia Municipal added. “Over the next four Stevens said there was The grants are provided
received our first grant from
Association for completing years, I hope to continue a companion piece to Carl’s annually through the historic
HPD to stabilize it, which we
more than 100 hours to be a part of the process Corner on the other side of preservation fund of the U.S.
finished in 2015,” Stevens
in continuing education of making Brookhaven one South Avondale Road. Department of the Interior’s
said. “A community member
courses for elected of the most desirable cities “That was sadly torn National Park Service and
designed the landscaping
officials. in the region by working down when they widened are administered by the
that surrounds Carl’s
Gebbia co-chairs the on the redevelopment U.S. 278,” she said. “But historic preservation division
Brookhaven Economic of Buford Highway, the we’re excited to stabilize our of the Georgia Department
For Phase III of the
Development Committee, building and completion historic assets and also to of Natural Resources.
project, the city will use
he led in the creation of of the Peachtree Creek be able to highlight them.”
the grant funds to install
Keep Brookhaven Beautiful Greenway and the building
and the development of the of a new and permanent
2.8 mile Peachtree Creek city hall.”
Greenway Park. Gebbia The election in Nov. 7.

AVONDALE State Representatives Karen Bennett
(D-Stone Mountain), Doreen Carter

(D-Lithonia) and Dar’shun Kendrick
(D-Lithonia) will host a “Back to School Zone”
July 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Redan
Recreation Center in Lithonia.
City to bring book clubs together The event will feature a job fair for
Public invited to National Night Out teenagers, National Football League helmet
Avondale Estates will host an event for safety clinic, free sports physicals provided
book clubs Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Avondale Officers at the Clarkston Police Department by Dr. Earl Thurmond of Kaiser Permanente,
Community Club. This event is designed to invite the public to learn more about law music by DJ Blak and more.
bring the book clubs of Avondale Estates enforcement at the annual National Night Out USA Football Youth Southeast Regional
together for an evening of socializing around event at Tahoe Shopping Center—located at Manager Ian Holmes will speak to parents
books. This event will feature local author Mary 4600 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue—on Aug. 1 and coaches at 10 a.m. regarding helmet and
Kay Andrews and her new book The Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. equipment safety for young football players.
House Cookbook. Books will be available for The event will include safety demonstrations Former Atlanta Falcons player Dewey
purchase and proceeds will benefit Avondale and information on impaired driving, booster McClain also will make a guest appearance
Boys & Girls Club. Event organizers are seat installation, youth violence prevention, during the event. Hot dogs and drinks will be
looking for volunteers to prepare a dish from voter registration, self-defense and home provided. For more information, call (404) 656-
the cookbook to be served at the event. Those security. 0202 or email
interested in preparing a dish should contact In addition, Clarkston Police Department
Connie Bryans at
The community club is located at 59 Lakeshore
and DeKalb County Fire & Rescue trucks will
be on display for the public.
Free Back-to-School chess event
Drive. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available
at the event for free. The event will also feature Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is scheduled
basketball, a water bottle toss and more family- to host a free back-to-school event focused on
friendly games free of charge. chess at Fairfield Inn & Suites—located at 7850

CHAMBLEE Stonecrest Square—from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Hudson, a youth mentor and anti-violence
activist, will use a life-size chessboard to
We Love BuHi asks for public support communicate life lessons such as respect for
others, thinking before acting and giving more
Following its official transition into a 501(c)3 City to host ‘Pic in the Park’ than taking, according to a release.
“The session will outline specific strategies
nonprofit on July 7, Chamblee-based We Love
City officials in Dunwoody invite the public to that help students put ‘Brains Before Bullets’
BuHi—a group advocating for better public
Brook Run Park—located at 4770 N. Peachtree and to ultimately choose peace before
infrastructure and interest in metro Atlanta’s
Road—for a free screening of The LEGO violence,” the release states.
Buford Highway—is calling on the public for
Batman Movie. Hudson is a former gang member, an Air
financial support.
The event, known as “Pic in the Park” will Force veteran and former state trooper. He has
Individual donations are accepted by We
take place on Aug. 4 beginning at 7:30 p.m. received the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s
Love BuHi by visiting the nonprofit’s website,
“Bring the family, friends and neighbors Community Leader Award as well as DeKalb
along with a blanket or chair and relax under County’s Community Hero Award.
Interested donors can also become
the stars,” city officials state. “Enjoy a free, For more information, visit www.besomeone.
members of We Love BuHi for $99 per year.
family-friendly outdoor movie on a giant 45’ org.
Members will receive a guide to Buford
Highway in September, access to members- screen.”

only events and priority registration for special Directed by comedy veteran Chris McKay,
events, organization officials state. Membership LEGO Batman stars Will Arnett, Michael Cera
can also be purchased at www.welovebuhi. and Rosario Dawson among other Hollywood
com. regulars in an animated, comedic version of DC
“We believe that becoming a 501(c)(3) Comic’s Batman. Book discussion at Tucker library
nonprofit organization will allow We Love BuHi The movie is open to the public at dusk.
to increase our capacity, with the help of an Food and beverages are allowed as long as Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind
expanded community of donors, to fulfill our rules involving open containers and glassware Over Body by Jo Marchant will be discussed
mission,” state We Love BuHi officials. “A are adhered to. Aug. 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Tucker-Reid H.
nonprofit structure will enable us to dedicate For more information, visit www. Cofer Library. Copies of the discussion title will
new resources to achieve our vision of an be available at the front desk on a first-come,
engaged and empowered Buford Highway first-served basis. The library is located at 5234

community shaping a healthy, vibrant, thriving, LaVista Road. For more information, call (770)
diverse, and inclusive future together. Your 270-8234.
support has never mattered more to the future
of We Love BuHi.”
State representatives to host back-
to-school event

school position responsible for
BY R. SCOTT BELZER monitoring student achievement— and literacy coach Peggy Davis will
be Kelley Lake Elementary’s new
DeKalb County School District
Laura Baez, a former DeKalb
(DCSD) welcomed 17 new principals
County assistant principal and
to the school district July 24 as part of
teacher, will be principal at Montclair
its Summer Leadership Conference at
Elementary. Baez also has experience
Miller Grove High School.
as a reading specialist in El Paso,
DCSD reassigned due to low
performance, and accepted the
Murphey Candler Elementary
retirements of various principals in May.
welcomed Marsha Sears as its new
Since then, it has implemented a
principal. Sears has experience as
four-phase selection process to select
an assistant principal and teacher in
principals for the following schools:
DeKalb County as well as an adjunct
Chamblee Charter and Lithonia high
professor at DeVry University.
schools, Stephenson, Redan and
Former DeKalb County assistant
Miller Grove middle schools, as well
principal and teacher Sabrina
as Dresden, Flat Rock, Kelley Lake,
Pressley will be Oak View
Montclair, Murphey Candler, Oak View,
Elementary’s new principal. Pressley
Panola Way, Rock Chapel, Shadow
also has experience as a computer
Rock, Snapfinger, Stoneview and
teacher at Boys & Girls Clubs of
Woodridge elementary schools.
The new principal at Chamblee
Former Green County principal and
Charter High School is Rebecca
financial services representative Corey
Braaten, the former assistant
Stegall will be the new principal at
superintendent of Muscogee
Panola Way Elementary.
County Schools. Braaten also has
Lisa Green, a former assistant
administrative experience in Polk
principal and teacher at Gwinnett
County Schools, will be the new
Lithonia High School welcomed
principal at Rock Chapel Elementary.
Darrick McCray as its new principal.
Former assistant principal and
McCray is a former principal in Dooly
teacher for Fulton County Schools Viva
and Bibb counties and former assistant
Jones was announced as Shadow
principal at schools in Clayton County
Rock Elementary’s new principal.
as well as Atlanta Public Schools.
Snapfinger Elementary School’s
‘With these talented Stephenson Middle School’s
new principal is Rasheen Booker.
Booker’s experience includes time as
new principal is former DeKalb County
teacher and assistant principal Johnny
an instructional support specialist in

educators in DeKalb County, a principal in Atlanta
Public Schools and Clayton County,
as well as time spent as a teacher and
Stoneview Elementary’s new
principal will be Cassandra Davis, a
former DeKalb County teacher and
counselor. Davis also has experience
assistant principal.
place, we will Redan Middle School welcomed
former DeKalb County teacher and
assistant principal Karen Davis as
as Region 1 coordinator for Clayton
County Schools.
Woodbridge Elementary welcomed
former DeKalb County teacher,

continue to raise its new principal. Similarly, former
DeKalb County teacher and assistant
principal Marcus Kimber will take over
instructional coach and assistant
principal Brandy Jermon as its new
as principal for Miller Grove Middle
“Research shows when schools
our expectations School.
Dresden Elementary’s new principal
will be Jesse Berger, a former
have effective leadership, student
and staff performance will increase.
Working with our five regional
principal with experience at Atlanta

and outcomes for Public Schools and Clayton County.
Flat Rock Elementary welcomed
former Arabia Mountain High assistant
superintendents, we have identified
a group of highly qualified and highly
motivated individuals to join our team,”
said DCSD superintendent R. Stephen
principal Malik Douglas as its new
achievement.’ principal. Douglas has experience
in the United States Army as well as
Henry County Schools.
Green. “With these talented educators
in place, we will continue to raise
our expectations and outcomes for
Former Success For All facilitator—a
- R. Stephen Green
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 28, 2017 • Page 5

Pre-Civil War infrastructure helped shape modern DeKalb, Fulton counties
by Kathy Mitchell made it possible to travel seat, Decatur. protect the railroad line crossing

through undeveloped areas. Initially, he said, ferries the Chattahoochee River.
o most who have lived Ferry names, usually derived were private enterprises Using “demonstration” attacks,
awhile in the Atlanta from the owners’ names, survive built by individuals as they rather than an all-out assault
area the names are in some current street names saw the opportunity for a on the line, Union Gen. James
familiar—Shallowford, such as Johnson Ferry, Paces profitable business. Later, the McPherson was able to defeat
Rockbridge, Paces Ferry, Howell Ferry and Defoors Ferry. county required that these be the undermanned Confederate
Mill, McAfee, Cascade. Rivers In the early days of the licensed “and I imagine there units.
and early roads and the systems county, responsibility for the was a fee involved,” Pratt When Confederate Gen.
for traveling and crossing creation of roads fell to what was said. “As the area population Joseph Johnston was unable
them shaped the history of the at the time called the “inferior and commerce—the mills to use the line successfully,
area and in some instances courts,” which handled day-to- particularly—grew, these ferries he was dismissed from his
provided names that endure to day county business, while the became more important until commission. “Union troops were
the present, according to Dr. superior courts handled major they started to be replaced by able to stop the Confederate
G. Michael Pratt, who gave crimes and other more serious bridges.” troops by controlling the railroad,
a presentation on the early matters. Pratt told the story of Atlanta bridges and ferries and take
infrastructure of DeKalb and “As few as three residents ferry owners who shared control of Atlanta,” he said,
Fulton counties at the DeKalb could petition the courts a business partnership, a adding that it was a common
History Center’s July 18 Lunch declaring that it would be in the friendship and given names. practice to go to the county
and Learn session.  public good to build a road from Clement Clay Green and seat and take maps. They
The presentation included one point to another. The inferior Clement Clay Howell were were then able to block or burn
Fulton as well as DeKalb County court would send a group to said to be best friends until an anything that was of value to
because much of the area that study the area and if there was a altercation broke out between the Confederacy. Union troops,
is now Fulton County was part favorable report the court would them and Howell shot Green Pratt said, often created pontoon
of DeKalb until 1853, when “the authorize public funds to build dead, ending what had been a bridges to cross rivers, removing
western side was sheared off to the roads,” Pratt said. lucrative ferry business. the temporary structures after
make a separate county,” said Often roads were more When the Civil War came, the crossing so they could not be
Pratt, a retired college professor developed versions of existing controlling the infrastructure used by the Confederacy.
who conducted research for the ones. What later became became crucial to military After the war, many of the
presentation as a volunteer with Peachtree Road, for example, strategy, particularly with the bridges and roadways were
the history center’s archives. was created from a military coming of the railroads. Atlanta rebuilt and remained into the
“Before the railroads, road established in the early had become a transportation 20th century. “These continued
waterways, particularly the 19th century, Pratt noted. New hub and thus important to war to be the area’s main arteries
Chattahoochee River, were roads were often created to activity. The Confederate River until the interstate system was
essential to transportation in the give access to the ferries. After Line—a series of trenches and built,” he said. “Of course, with
area,” Pratt explained, noting DeKalb County was created in forts built by enslaved persons the interstates, it was possible to
that ferries that crossed the 1822, roads were built to provide and Southerners too weak cross waterways anyplace you
waterways at various points easier access to the new county for combat—was designed to wanted.”
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 28, 2017 • Page 6

An inch from a heart attack
Having the latest I am absolutely terrified car, again put it in reverse, and
technological gadgets doesn’t of snakes and my mind again saw this horrific image in
particularly interest me; my immediately began pondering my camera monitor.
general opinion is that if I where the skin had come from For the second time, I shut
already have a working device and was its original owner my engine off and went around
that serves the same purpose, John Hewitt possibly in my car with me. It to the back of my car to inspect.
there is no reason for an made perfect sense to me that I still didn’t see anything that
upgrade or replacement. if the snake skin was hanging looked like what I saw on the
One such device that from the back of the car that in monitor.
came standard on my recently experience with my backup all likelihood, the snake was in Being relieved that there
purchased car is a backup camera and it almost caused a my rear storage area, just feet was no snake skin attached,
camera. When I bought the car, heart attack. from me. but still curious as to what I was
had there been an option of My wife called just as I was My fear, apprehension and seeing, I got close enough to
not having the camera, I would getting in my car. We were curiosity got to me. the actual camera to inspect it
have not paid extra for it. having a basically meaningless I gathered the courage to and then saw the culprit.
For more than 45 years, conversation. As we were get out of my car and go behind What appeared to be a large
I’ve successfully maneuvered talking, I started my engine, put it for a closer look, but was snake skin was actually a tiny,
my vehicle in reverse without the car in reverse and glanced terrified of what I might see. harmless inch worm attached
the assistance of a camera. down at the monitor to see if I slowly crept behind my car, to the top of the camera and
However, I admit that now that I there was anything behind me. keeping a safe distance and blowing around in the strong
have it, I often use it instead of I then yelled, “Oh my god! probably looking very foolish, breeze. What a relief that was—
contorting my body and twisting There’s a huge snake skin but didn’t see anything remotely humiliating and embarrassing,
my head around like an owl hanging from the back of my similar to what I saw in my but still a relief.
looking for prey. car. Let me call you back.” backup camera monitor. Perhaps there should be a
However, as with any Chills went through my veins Feeling a bit relieved, I got warning on the camera monitor
advances in technology, as I stared into the screen in closer to my car for a more that reads “Objects in monitor
with the benefits come the disbelief seeing what appeared thorough inspection and still may appear dramatically larger
challenges. to be a massive snake skin didn’t see anything. than they are.”
On a recent morning as hanging from my car and Confident that what I saw That tiny inch worm almost
I was leaving the local post blowing in the breeze. must have been some sort of gave me a massive heart
office, I had a not-so-pleasant optical illusion, I got back in my attack.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 28, 2017 • Page 7

Just because you can, does not mean you should
“The increase in parking price hike without a small revolt hatchlings, these creatures sprint
fee is something we’ve among its most loyal subjects.  to the sea with little knowledge
been considering for a few ‘One Man’s This is an ill-chosen path of what awaits them. Something
years now as the number of Opinion’ from a usually business savvy has to be working well in these
attendees at our signature public/private governing authority patterns, habits and habitats, as
events have increased,” Jekyll Bill Crane attempting to recover island the average sea turtle can live till
Island Authority Executive management costs in real time well past the century mark.
Director, Jones Hooks said in and based on logic that doesn’t If these gate/parking fee
a statement announcing the play out elsewhere across the hikes become permanent, the
increase from $6 to $10 for five costs are real, and they have island on these same dates.  JIA should at least be armed
select dates, coinciding with been steadily increasing. Are golf rounds or village with data that this won’t chase
Jekyll’s most popular annual The typically thoughtful tours or fishing fees or bike off the type of visitors whom the
special events. and conservative Jekyll Island rentals 66 percent higher JIA seeks to convert into repeat
My grandparents were the Authority (JIA) has decided on these peak-demand traffic and conventioneers. 
first in my family to discover to recoup those costs from days? Could Jekyll’s “affordable Priorities vary by group and
Jekyll Island’s wonders and by the same visitors who bring paradise” reputation be demographic, but I feel pretty
my high school years, three them, and on the days these completely shot by a similar hike safe in saying that no one likes
branches of our Crane family— expenses are incurred. So, on in hotel rates on special event to feel they are being price
no kin to “Uncle” Richard Crane these five dates island parking weekends? The answer to each gouged.
and his wealthier Chicago will experience a hike of 66 of these questions should help  
plumbing magnate relations— percent for all except annual guide Georgia’s usually sharp- Bill Crane also serves as a
owned modest rental cottages pass holders. minded JIA board and its senior political analyst and commentator
on the beach-view side of the But just because the staff back to a more sensible for Channel 2’s Action News,
island. Even during my “are we JIA can hike the parking fee and defensible position. WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and
there yet” days, Jekyll offered, at will, does not mean that Our Golden Isles’ beloved now 95.5 FM, as well as a
after a comparatively short drive, they should.  sea turtles—which Jekyll so columnist for The Champion,
surroundings that seemed half a Yes, costs are higher on readily embraces and protects— DeKalb Free Press and Georgia
world away. big event days, but so are are slow, steady and recurrent in Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native
Then and now, a modest revenues. If operating costs their behaviors; making only the and business owner, living in
parking fee at the island’s year-round are out-stripping slightest variation in their method Scottdale. You can reach him
entrance was the only fixed income, then a more balanced or path to continue century- or comment on a column at bill.
cost. State parks also managed approach might include reducing old practices of burying their
by authorities at Stone Mountain the comp rounds of golf, or eggs. As the most immature of
and Lake Lanier Islands similarly increasing green fees, or
offer one-day parking as well as perhaps a more modest 50 cent
annual passes. But at least for or $1 daily parking fee increase
the upcoming fiscal year, which year-round. 
began July 1, Jekyll’s parking And if an increase on five
fee will experience a sharp days is OK, where does that end
increase from $6 to $10 per day, later?
five times a year. Jekyll Island is a fully self-
During five peak attendance funding enterprise. There are no
dates per year, the Fourth appropriations from the Georgia
of July, the Shrimp and Grits General Assembly other than
Festival (Sept. 15-17), the day periodic bond issuances for
after Thanksgiving and the Jekyll major infrastructure projects.
Island Tree Lighting (Nov. 25), Parking fees and hotel revenue
the island’s population can swell sharing generate the vast
to double digit thousands. And, majority of funding to operate
with all those visitors come and maintain the seven-mile
increased trash to be removed, barrier island and its 5,700
more state troopers and local acres, 65 percent of which must
law enforcement on overtime, be maintained in its natural state
and shuttle bus and restroom by Georgia law.
needs well beyond those of a Even the Magic Kingdom
typical “day in paradise.” These couldn’t abide a 66 percent

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No update on Dunwoody Keith E. Baird,

lawyer Facebook case
anthropologist and
activist educator,
dies at 94
Dunwoody police state no information given by social Keith E. Baird, died July
media giant 13 in Atlanta; he was 94. His
body has been donated to
Morehouse Medical School
for use in research and
for records individually and education as was his wish.
BY R. SCOTT BELZER prioritize requests based Born Jan. 20, 1923 in Barbados, West Indies, Baird came upon case circumstances to the United States at the age of 24 and entered Columbia
and other factors not always University, where he began studies in Spanish. He continued
obvious from the formal his graduate course work at Columbia in romance philology
Questions remain process,” state Facebook and linguistics. He was awarded his doctorate degree in
unanswered five months officials. “[Police are sociolinguistics from Union Graduate Institute in Cincinnati.
after the resignation of encouraged to] provide any Baird began his career as a high school teacher of foreign
additional details about the languages—Spanish, French, Latin and German—as well as
former Dunwoody assistant English and social studies Brooklyn New York.
city attorney Lenny Felgin. case so that we can make
sure the case is prioritized Baird was a founding member of the African American
Felgin resigned Feb. Teachers Association, he pioneered the teaching of an African
1 following allegations of appropriately and the language (Ki-Swahili) at the City University of New York as
anti-Muslim remarks on records received are most professor and director of Afro-American Studies at Hunter
Facebook. Felgin allegedly relevant.” College.
posted derogatory remarks information from Facebook Dunwoody resident Most of Baird’s life work centered on the view that language
about Muslims on a thread or any information, for that Joseph Hirsch brought was a political tool that had been used against people of color
pertaining to Canadian matter,” said Dunwoody up the issue on July 10 at but should be used a tool for liberation and enlightenment.
citizenship for refugees. public information officer a Dunwoody City Council Baird was an early advocate for use of “Afro American”—a term
Felgin has repeatedly Mark Stevens. meeting. invoking cultural heritage—to refer to people of African descent
insisted he is the victim Facebook has a law “It’s been five-and-a-half in the United States rather than the term “Black.”
months and I keep asking From 1964 – 1969, Baird was an educator and administrator
of identity theft and filed enforcement request portal in the New York City School System. As director of the Afro-
an official police report on its website in accordance what happened,” Hirsch
said. “It’s been five-and-
American History and Culture Center, in District 29, New York
with Dunwoody law to the federal Stored City Board of Education, Baird developed educational curricula
enforcement. He also hired Communications Act. a-half months since our in Afro-American Studies for elementary and secondary
technology professionals to “We will search for city attorney said he was teachers and trained teachers in subject content, curriculum
look into his account, which and disclose data that is hacked and [resulted] in planning and teaching methodology.
proved to be fruitless. specified with particularity derogatory anti-Muslim Baird held professional positions at academic institutions
Felgin has since deleted in an appropriate form of comments. If our city including Hunter College of the City University of New York,
his Facebook account. legal process and which laptops are hacked and Hofstra University and Buffalo State College of the State
Following his resignation, we are reasonably able it’s been five and a half University of New York where he was chair of the Afro-
on Feb. 13, Dunwoody to locate and retrieve,” months, shouldn’t we be American Studies Department and was professor emeritus of
shocked and alarmed that anthropology.
Mayor Denis Shortal states Facebook’s law He was also a visiting professor at Georgia Institute of
announced an identity enforcement guidelines. someone is hacking into our
systems? Shouldn’t we be Technology and Atlanta University. He retired from Clark Atlanta
theft investigation by “We do not retain data for University, having served as full professor in the Department
the Dunwoody Police law enforcement purposes concerned that the city can’t of History and interim chair of African and African American
Department. A subsequent unless we receive a valid find a way to dispose of this Studies.
subpoena was issued preservation request before case, come to a conclusion Among his books and works were Sea Island Roots: The
to Facebook to gather a user has deleted that or resolution?” African Presence in the Carolinas and Georgia, co-edited with
additional data. content from our service.” Hirsch said residents his wife, anthropologist and folklorist, Mary A. Twining. He also
As of July, no information Facebook also states, deserve to know whether co-edited Commentaries on a Creative Encounter: Proceedings
has been given to the “Response times vary the city attorney was of a Conference On the Culture and Literature of Francophone
department. depending on case hacked and deserve closure Africa with Jean Francois Gounard; Sea Islands of the United
“The Dunwoody Police complexity and records on the issue. States; and Names from Africa. He also participated on the
album Africa Lost and Found with scholars Richard B. Moore
Department has not requested.” and John Henrik Clark recorded by the Harlem Freedom
received the requested “We review each request School.
Significant portions of Baird’s library and papers have been
donated to Atlanta’s Auburn Library and Research Center.
Of the many honors Baird has received, one which gave him
the most joy was a recent award for lifetime achievement
from the Atlanta Barbados Association on the occasion of the
PUBLIC NOTICE: 2017 MUNICIPAL ELECTION 50thanniversary of the country’s independence.
Baird was a long time resident of Georgia, in southwest
The City of Pine Lake will hold municipal elections for three City Council seats Atlanta and Decatur. He is survived by Mary Twining Baird, his
on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. These seats are currently held by Jean wife, his daughters Diana Baird N’Diaye, Marcia Baird Burris;
Bordeaux, Brandy Hall and Augusta Woods. stepdaughter Nana Ashhurst and stepson Timothy Twining;
son-in-law Gorgui N’Diaye, daughters-in-law Tara Twining
Candidates who are elected will serve for four years. To be eligible to run, and Trish Twining, 11 biological and step grandchildren, great
candidates must be a qualified elector (registered voter) of the City, and nephews Barton Chase, Anthony Chase, Merriel Chase, Valerie
must have continuously resided in Pine Lake for twelve months immediately Chase, and Jennifer Chase, their children and grandchildren.
preceding the date of the election. Baird’s life will be celebrated on Aug. 12, 1-4 p.m. at St.
Candidate Qualifying will open at 8:30 a.m. on August 21, and will close at 4:30 Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 2833 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur,
p.m. on August 23, 2017. This is the official filing of Notice of Candidacy to Ga.
have the candidate’s name placed on the ballot. The qualifying fee is $18 for In lieu of flowers and in observance of Baird’s lifelong love
Council member. and use of books, the family requests that friends donate
Voter registration for the election will close at 5:00 p.m. on October 10, 2017. books inscribed in his memory to their local library or create
Polls will be open on Election Day, November 7th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and support a free pop-up community library. For more
The Polling site will be at the Pine Lake Clubhouse, located at 300 Clubhouse information on the Atlanta celebration and to rsvp, please email
Drive. Advanced voting locations will be established in accordance with State

World famous jewel thief Men sought in robbery and
exploitation of elderly man
arrested in Chamblee BY R. SCOTT BELZER
targeted solely because
of their age, and in some
cases, their health.”
Stevens issued a video
Two men are being
that allegedly shows Lewis
Shoplifting sought in connection to
robbery and exploitation and Stone robbing an
elderly man at a Dunwoody
arrest marks of the elderly, according
to Dunwoody Police gas station.
In the video, a man
third in DeKalb Dunwoody public with a cane can be seen
approaching a cooler of a
information officer Mark
County in Stevens issued a release
outlining crimes believed
gas station. A man believed
to be Stone can be seen
calendar year to have been committed by
Herbert Lewis and Clinton
helping the elderly man
choose a drink from the
Stone throughout metro cooler. Another man—
Atlanta. believed to be Lewis—
BY R. SCOTT BELZER World-renowned jewel thief Doris Payne was arrested for in DeKalb County According to Stevens, approaches the man from the third time in a calendar year on July 17 for attempting to steal $86.22 in the two men have active behind with a garment to
merchandise. Photo submitted.
warrants in Dunwoody cover his hand and steals
For the third time since for robbery by sudden the man’s wallet straight
December 2016, world- snatching, financial from his back pocket.
Mall. She was also arrested legal system were detailed
famous jewel thief Doris transaction card fraud and Any information the
in March 2017 for failure to in the 2013 documentary
Payne has found herself elder exploitation. public may have on the
appear in court. The Life and Crimes of
lodged in a DeKalb County “Since 2016, both whereabouts of Lewis or
In October 2015, Payne Doris Payne, directed
jail. [men] have been seen Stone should be directed
was arrested for attempting by Kirk Marcolina and
Payne, 86, was arrested approaching elderly to Detective Anthony
to steal $690 Christian Dior Matthew Pond.
July 17 at the Chamblee individuals at retail locations Stallings at anthony.
earrings at Phipps Plaza. Life and Crimes traces
Walmart located at 1871 in the metro area, distracting or
At the time of her arrest Payne’s beginnings in a
Chamblee Tucker Road. victims by various methods (678) 382-6921.
in Chamblee, police state West Virginia coal mining
According to police, she was and stealing their wallets Dunwoody police
she was still wearing an town where she stole to
arrested for attempting to and purses,” Stevens said. say anonymous tips can
electronic ankle bracelet help her mother escape
steal $86.22 worth of items. “In almost every case, be submitted via text at
issued by DeKalb County. an abusive relationship.
According to the incident the suspects then use the or
At her DeKalb County court Through such strategies as
report, Payne was spotted stolen credit cards to make by texting C-R-I-M-E-S
hearing, the judge listed posing as a wealthy woman,
by a loss prevention officer purchases worth hundreds (274-637) with the keyword
five previous arrests or distracting store employees
stuffing items from the of dollars. The victims are DPDTIPS at the start of the
active warrants in Colorado, and using sleight of hand
pharmacy, electronics message.
California and North techniques, Payne’s career
and grocery department
Carolina, all of which had found her partnering with
into various bags before
occurred in the past five other jewel thieves and jet-
attempting to check out.
years. setting across the world.
Police state Payne was
Payne’s arrest record According to the HUD.GOV
charged with multiple counts U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
includes 20 aliases, more documentary, the amount
of theft by shoplifting. Secretary Ben Carson
than 10 Social Security stolen by Payne in her
Payne, well-known for
numbers and nine dates of lifetime exceeds $2 million. Investment Property For Sale
a six-decade career in
birth dating back to 1952. Payne also admits to
jewel theft, was arrested in
Payne’s career of stealing a 10-carat diamond Community Housing, Inc.
December for attempting
thievery and subsequent ring worth $500,000. 1179 Russell Drive | Decatur, GA 30030
to steal a $1,995 necklace
tangles with the California
from Von Maur at Perimeter 4-Bedroom Former Group Home
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CITY OF BROOKHAVEN  Time and Date of Sale:
  DeKalb County Courthouse
556 N. McDonough Street | Decatur, GA 30030
   Notice is hereby given that an Election for the City of Brookhaven will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 
2017 for the offices of Council Member Districts two (2) and Four (4).  
   Qualifying for said election will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Thursday, August 24, 2017, and 
Friday, August 25, 2017,  between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 
(Georgia Election Code 21‐2‐132(d) (3)).  Each candidate shall file a notice of candidacy in the office of the 
City Clerk of Brookhaven, 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven, Georgia. Each candidate must meet the 
qualifications of the Charter and Code of the City of Brookhaven, as well as applicable State law. The 
qualifying fee for the council seats is $360.00 which is 3% of the total gross salary of a council person for 
the preceding year (Georgia Election Code 21‐2‐131 (a) (1) (A)).   
Download The Bid Kit & See Photos At:
   The last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the Municipal Election and Runoff is
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (Georgia Election Code 21‐2‐224(a)).  The polls will be open on Election Day,  program_offices/housing/mfh/pd/mfplist
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The date of the Run‐off, if necessary, is 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017.    After receipt of the bid kit address questions to:
Farla Knight, Ft. Worth HUD Property Disposition Division
   Questions should be directed to Susan Hiott, City Clerk, at (404) 637‐0464 or | (817) 978-5810 
  Note: This advertisement is placed by HUD & does
not constitute the legal notice of foreclosure sale.
Susan D. Hiott, MMC 

County workers prepare to remove debris from Brannon Hill Condominium. DeKalb County removed 1,199 tons of debris from demolished buildings at
Brannon Hill Condominium in Clarkston on July 13 and 14.

Phase 1 of cleaning project complete at notorious complex
logistically challenging plan nuisance abatement campaigning last year we DeKalb County officials
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN to cleanup this devastation in Brannon Hill at four made a commitment to said the county will award and increase the quality of buildings totaling 68 units. not forget about Brannon a contract to demolish and
life for DeKalb residents,” The complex, built in Hill,” Bradshaw said. remove debris from two
After the removal of said DeKalb County CEO 1973, caught on fire in “We all know there have buildings representing 40
nearly 1,200 tons of debris, Michael Thurmond. “Blight November of 2016 and been challenges here that units.
Brannon Hill Condominium contributes to diminished most recently in May predate our tenure in office The $400,000 in federal
in Clarkston is beginning to public health and safety, the Red Cross said 40 and we know Brannon Hill community development
have a different look. and though we still have individuals were displaced has been spotlighted in the grant funds will be used on
Phase 1 of a cleanup far to go, this is a positive due to the fire. media. But the truth of the the cleanup project.
project at Brannon Hill was first step.”According to Commissioner Steve matter is, real people live “DeKalb will be judged
completed after two days the county, 37 county Bradshaw, whose district here.” by the quality of life of all
of work from July 13 to July employees worked a covers Brannon Hill, said Roughly 100 units at the of our residents, including
14. In total, 1,999 tons of combined 460 hours. the cleanup is about helping complex are vacant and in those most challenged,”
debris were removed from Trucks removed more than the families who are still disrepair while nearly 186 Thurmond said. “The
demolished buildings. 150 loads of debris to the living in the condominium. units are currently inhabited, county has the ability to
“I cannot overstate county’s landfill. “I’d like to thank CEO according to county officials. remove these four blighted
my appreciation for the On Nov. 18, 2016, Michael Thurmond for Phase II of the cleanup buildings in Brannon Hill,
hardworking men and DeKalb County obtained being a man of his word. project will occur sometime but removing buildings isn’t
women who executed a a court order allowing When we were both before the end of 2017. the cure.”  

Wellness plan unveiled at Decatur schools
Part one of CSD’s wellness team will make recommendations Part nine supports active
BY R. SCOTT BELZER plan names someone to lead the and convene at least once each transportation to and from project, called a wellness advocate. quarter. Each gathering will meet school, such as walking or biking.
Following board approval, CSD the requirements of the Georgia Under this section, CSD plans to
City Schools of Decatur (CSD) director of operations Noel Maloof Open Meetings Act. designate safe routes and promote
unveiled an 11-part wellness plan was named wellness advocate. Part three involves developing walking and biking to school.
at its July 18 board of education His first charge will be healthier nutritional standards, Part 10 assures students and
meeting. assembling a team—part two of the including health-conscious school teachers of a safe, clean and
In accordance with the Healthy, plan—made up of a parent from meals and increasing water hygienic restroom to foster personal
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, CSD each grade group not employed by consumption. Part four applies responsibility.
joined school districts throughout the district; a middle school student; these standards to fundraisers and Part 11 outlines how CSD will
the country in developing a high school student; the district’s concession stands. monitor, assess and report progress
comprehensive wellness plans. lead nurse; a nutrition specialist; a Part five states the district will to authorities at the state and
The United States Department representative from City of Decatur promote and educate students and federal level.
of Agriculture (USDA) mandates Active Living; a representative from faculty on healthy food choices CSD’s wellness plan is
school districts develop written the Decatur Housing Authority; through appropriate marketing. modeled after Alliance for a
policies that address food and a representative from the Wylde Part six guarantees the Healthier Generation’s Model
beverages allowed throughout the Center; a CSD administrator from opportunity and promotion for School Wellness Policy as well as
school day, food allowed during each grade group; a CSD physical physical activity. The wellness plan the Centers for Disease Control
celebrations and fundraisers, and education teacher; the CSD director states students will not be withheld and Prevention’s School Health
food and beverage advertising in of nutrition; the CSD athletic from physical activity even as Index:Self-Assessment and
school hallways. director; and the CSD director of punishment. Parts seven and eight, Planning Guide.
On July 18, CSD took the first transportation. accordingly, guarantee recess and
step by approving an 11-part plan. The policy states the wellness physical education.


DeKalb County School District hosted a “Parents Pound the Pavement” job fair on July 20. Designed as a job fair for DeKalb County parents, DCSD hopes providing job opportunities
will translate to better lives for students. Photo submitted.

Officers from Cedar Grove High School’s Future Business Leaders of America program
take part in leadership training on July 19. Photo submitted.

Jennifer Campbell and Cindy Walls of The Sauers Group showing items collected for The
Tucker High School students’ art work is displayed at the Tucker City Hall Annex meet-
Champion’s back to school supplies collection efforts. Employees and vendors of The
ing room. Photo by Carla Parker
Sauers Group donated more than 100 backpacks and countless other school supplies

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.

(404) 371-2325

Clarkston charter review under debate
Mayor and council
disagreement on membership
leads to veto
council members.
BY R. SCOTT BELZER “There’s been a need since 2010 or 2011
to change our form
For the second time in of government from a the other two to join us.” to review the remaining
2017, Clarkston Mayor Ted mayor-city council form As Terry attempted to applicants at its first
Terry issued a veto relating of government to a city explain that he felt left out meeting.
to the city’s charter. council-city manager of the application process, “That is how the
On July 13, Terry issued form of government,” Moore and other council committee is planning to
a veto on Clarkston City said Councilman Dean members repeatedly go forward,” Moore said.
Council’s July 6 vote to Moore. “We’ve made some interrupted him by stating, “The idea that there will
appoint six members to a adjustments through the “Call for the question,” which be a decision tonight does
newly formed charter review years and there are still means to call for a vote. not follow proper protocol.
committee—six months after some things that remain. “I’m concerned that This is strictly to override
he insisted upon its creation. In order to get those things council members are a veto because the mayor
Terry’s reasons, taken care of, we’re looking making a deliberate effort decided he wanted to stand
according to the veto, for five volunteers to join to stack this committee in the way. He will probably
include city council’s us in looking through the and bias it from the very want to stand in the way a
noncompliance with the charter.” beginning,” Terry said. lot once these things start
resolution to create the On July 6, city council A special-call meeting to [being completed].”
Review of the Clarkston City
committee, which calls for unanimously voted in Charter has been under debate override Terry’s veto was Members of the public
seven members rather than favor of appointing former by Mayor Ted Terry and various called July 19, at which informed council and
councilman Warren council members since January
six—five residents and two 2017. Photo submitted. council informed Terry they Terry that they were tired
council members. Hadlock, former mayor wished to proceed with of “personal bickering”
“My recommendation is Emanuel Ransom, Brian applicants who applied on at meetings rather than
that the city council swiftly Medford and Susan Hood, time and later appoint a fifth officials behaving like
as well as Moore and deadlines—everything has
selects the fifth resident a shelf life,” Moore said. resident member in August. elected officials. Some also
from the remaining pool of councilman Mario Williams,
to the committee. “We had four people submit Council unanimously voted expressed concern about
two applicants and fulfills during the time period. I’ll to override the veto. six committee members
the guidelines outlined Terry asked council to At the meeting, Terry rather than seven.
consider extending the talk with those members
the previous resolution and my fellow council suggested they use the The Clarkston Charter
forming the Charter Review deadline at city council’s time to elect a fifth member. Review Committee will met
work session to allow for member. The six of us will
Committee,” Terry states. decide whether to consider Moore, however, stated for the first time July 25.
“Once that is completed I will the fifth resident to join the committee has chosen
eagerly and earnestly work the committee, as two
with the formed committee applicants missed the
on the important discussion deadline by a few days.
about the current makeup of Terry called the deadline
our Clarkston city charter.” arbitrary.
Terry originally vetoed “I think the appropriate
a 5-0 city council vote in thing to do would be to
January to amend the extend the deadline so
Clarkston city charter. The we can at least get five
amendment eliminated the applicants,” Terry said. “If
mayor’s unilateral ability to there [are] more than five,
call special-called meetings, we can have a discussion
formulate a community about who we need to
budget, and place items on pick… This charter review is
the agenda. very controversial in this city.
Terry requested the There are a lot of people
council form a charter review who are unhappy with the
committee to examine parts way [the amendment] went
of the charter. Following down. In the interests of
four hours of discussion, city transparency, try to have five
council voted 5-0 in favor people on it.”
of its amendment. Though Moore told Terry,
Terry’s veto was overridden as committee chair, he
in February, Clarkston would take the mayor’s
City Council unanimously recommendation into
approved the creation of a consideration. Moore said
charter review committee. it is important to proceed
The charter review with the charter review—
committee—formally even with six members—to
adopted in June—will complete its examination by
consist of seven members: November.
five residents and two city “We can’t conduct
business without

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Cincinnati-based Ultimate of purchasing an airline
BY KATHY MITCHELL Air Shuttle. ticket. We may be new to
FREELANCE REPORTER “Our planes have 30 Atlanta, but we’re not new
seats, which makes us to aviation,” he said.
An air service that general aviation and means While Ultimate Air is
combines features of we operate under different promoted primarily for
commercial and charter air rules from those that business travel, officials say
service and bills itself as regulate large commercial it’s also a good choice for
“VIP jet service,” recently carriers,” Pawlak continued. those who want to attend
opened its newest office at “It’s like a charter service a sports event or take a
DeKalb Peachtree Airport that you book one seat at a mini vacation. “Right now,
(PDK). Although Ultimate time.” 85 percent of our business
Air Shuttle has been Unlike typical charter is business travel, but as
operating out of PDK since services, however, Ultimate more people experience us
March, the company held Air Shuttle operates on a we expect a more diverse
its ribbon cutting and grand published schedule with mix. A customer who uses
opening July 17 with airline seats available to the us for a business trip may
officials, Chamblee city general public. have such an enjoyable
officials and representatives At present, service to experience that he or she
of the DeKalb Chamber and from Atlanta involves decides to use Ultimate for
of Commerce on hand to two destinations—both leisure travel,” Pawlak said.
celebrate. in Ohio—Cincinnati and “For a business traveler,
Ultimate started in 1984 Cleveland. “Our next especially, time is money—
as a charter service catering destination will be Charlotte, and that’s one thing that’s
primarily to corporations N.C., which we expect to great about us—we save
and sports teams. In 2009, open up before the end of you time,” he said. “There
the company began offering the year,” Pawlak said. “We are no long security lines,
a shuttle service between don’t know what will come no complex check-in
Cincinnati and New York after that. Our expansion system, no long walk from
City. It later expanded to plans are always customer parking to the gate. You
include Cleveland, Chicago driven. We actually canvass can check in as late as 15
and Charlotte, N.C. In our customer base to see minutes before the flight.”
March, the air service came what their needs are. You Pawlak said flexibility is
to Atlanta. don’t see that very often.” another reason for choosing
As at its other Pawlak said that in Ultimate. “We know that
destinations, the Atlanta addition to establishing things happen quickly in
service uses a regional new destinations, Ultimate business. An executive
airport rather than a large is exploring increasing can learn in the morning
international one—in this the number of flights each that he or she needs to
case, the second busiest day where warranted by be in Cleveland in the
airport in Georgia, PDK. demand. afternoon. The person may
“For most of our customers “This business is built have originally planned
this is a more convenient on relationships. We to complete the business
destination than the main know what people want in a day but discovers he
airport [Hartsfield-Jackson whether that’s a simple, needs to stay over another
International Airport]. If hassle-free reservation day—no problem. There
you’re going to downtown and check-in process or are no charges for schedule
Atlanta or Buckhead, for premium onboard snacks. changes and our fares are
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from here is quick and flight experience that’s the same whether you book
simple,” said Rick Pawlak, comparable to what six weeks out or an hour
managing director of discerning private charter before takeoff.”
clients expect with the ease

922 Main St. The City of Stone Mountain will hold a general Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with O.C.G.A §
(behind Gazebo) municipal election for Mayor and for three (3) Council 21-2-9(c), a general municipal election shall be held in the
Sat., Sept. 23, 2017 Member seats on November 7, 2017 for four-year City of Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, on November 7,
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2017 to fill the office Mayor and of three (3) Council
Setup begins 7:30 a.m. on terms. All persons desiring to run for any of these
the day of sale offices shall qualify at City Hall located at 875 Main Member seats for four-year terms.
For info. call City Hall Street, Stone Mountain, GA, 30083. The qualifying
All persons who are not registered to vote and who desire
770-498-8984 period shall begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August
to register to vote in the general municipal election may
22, 2017 and end at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August register with the DeKalb County Board of Elections and
24, 2017. The qualifying fee for the office Mayor will Voter Registration, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300,
be $360 and for the office of Council Member will be Decatur, GA 30032 through the close of business on
$108.00. The qualifying fee must be paid during the Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Polls will be open from 7:00
qualifying period. a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
This statement is published in accordance with Section 19 (b) of the DeKalb County Organizational Act of 1981, p. 4304.


As of June 30, 2017
(In thousands of dollars / unaudited)

Drug Abuse Law Enforcement Speed Emergency Special Tax Special Tax
PEG Foreclosure Victim Juvenile Treatment Confiscated Street Hump Telephone Grant- Grants Grants Designated District
General Development Support County Jail Registry Assistance Recreation Services & Education Monies Lights Maintenance System In-Aid 2005 JAG #10 2009 ARRA Fire Services Unincorporated
Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund
100 201 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 215 250 257 260 270 271 272
Cash and investments (25,774) 9,449 1,207 - 229 507 276 58 206 6,041 (208) 1,078 1,927 3,231 (599) (1) (21,756) (10,318) 2,988
Receivable 15,643 - - - - - - - 671 372 17 1,263 4,536 153 - 3,604 2,070 27,887
Inventories and prepaid items 1,647 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total Assets (8,484) 9,449 1,207 - 229 507 276 58 206 6,712 164 1,095 3,190 7,767 (446) (1) (18,152) (8,248) 30,875

Accounts payable 14,942 115 259 - 7 - 18 - - 240 38 3 253 797 6 1,320 916 834
Deferred revenue 4,797 2 - - - - - - - 121 - - 565 9,349 153 - 1,205 709 27,990
Payroll liabilities - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Advance payments and deposits 233 1,711 - - - - - - - 551 - - - - - - - - 52
Notes payable -
Due to others 457 - - - - - - - - 1,184 - - - - - - - - (15)
Other Accrued Liabilities -
Total Liabilities 20,429 1,828 259 - 7 - 18 - - 2,096 38 3 818 10,146 159 - 2,525 1,625 28,861

Fund Balance (28,913) 7,621 948 - 222 507 258 58 206 4,616 126 1,092 2,372 (2,379) (605) (1) (20,677) (9,873) 2,014

Total Liabilities And Fund Balance (8,484) 9,449 1,207 - 229 507 276 58 206 6,712 164 1,095 3,190 7,767 (446) (1) (18,152) (8,248) 30,875
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Hotel / Rental Motor Capital Public Building Urban ARRA GO Bonds
Motel Vehicle Excise 1987 G O 1998 1993 2001 G O 2006 G O Host Capital Improvement COPS Safety Authority Redevelopement HUD Section Capital Debt STD
Hospital Police Services Tax Tax Bonds - Parks Bonds - Jail Bonds - Health Bonds - Parks Bonds - P,T,L Projects Projects Projects Judicial Facilities Juvenile Court Agency 108 Loan Projects Service Debt Service
Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund
273 274 275 280 311 312 313 314 315 330 350 351 354 355 356 357 360 410 411
Cash and investments (11,878) (15,616) 2,804 846 - - - 14,575 17,657 (451) 51,798 15,077 - - 522 1,627 - 1,536 (3,305)
Receivable 1,145 5,226 487 45 - - - - - - 2,238 - - - - - - 517 318
Inventories and prepaid items - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (10,906) -
Total Assets (10,733) (10,390) 3,291 891 - - - 14,575 17,657 (451) 54,036 15,077 - - 522 1,627 - (8,853) (2,987)

Accounts payable - 2,651 324 - - - - 189 401 20 1,737 565 - - - 1,597 - - -
Deferred revenue 405 1,731 - - - - - - - - 2,233 - - - - - - 213 293
Payroll liabilities - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Advance payments and deposits - - - - - - 21 94 - 683 448 - - 74 149 - - -
Notes payable -
Due to others - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other Accrued Liabilities
Total Liabilities 405 4,382 324 - - - - 210 495 20 4,653 1,013 - - 74 1,746 - 213 293

Fund Balance (11,138) (14,772) 2,967 891 - - - 14,365 17,162 (471) 49,383 14,064 - - 448 (119) - (9,066) (3,280)

Total Liabilities And Fund Balance (10,733) (10,390) 3,291 891 - - - 14,575 17,657 (451) 54,036 15,077 - - 522 1,627 - (8,853) (2,987)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Building Public Safety Urban Water & Water & Water & Water & Sanitation
Authority Bonds Judicial Facilities Redevelopment Sewer Sewer Bonds Sewer Sewer Sanitation Sanitation ARRA Capital Airport Airport Stormwater Stormwater Vehicle Vehicle Risk Workers Total
Debt Service Debt Service Debt Service Operating Construction R&E Sinking Operating Construction Projects Operating Construction Utility Construction Maintenance Replacement Management Compensation All
Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Funds
412 413 414 511 512 513 514 541 542 544 551 552 581 582 611 621 631 632
Cash and investments 1,639 333 44 45,293 312,846 341,214 113,631 (13,413) 3,087 7,402 2,634 24,799 8,075 6,047 2,665 64,391 24,153 12,836 1,032,264
Receivable - - - 47,892 - - - 5,142 - - 242 - 2,002 543 - - - 87,617
Inventories and prepaid items - - - 4,980 - 2,332 - - - - - - - - 1,288 - 1,863 - 12,110
Non-Current Assets 1,827 (4,654) (2,827)
Total Assets 1,639 333 44 98,165 312,846 345,373 113,631 (8,271) - 3,087 - 7,402 - 2,876 - 24,799 - 10,077 - 6,590 - 3,953 - 59,737 - 26,016 - 12,836 - 1,129,164

Accounts payable - - - 9,313 24,605 3,733 10,295 1,589 286 - 53 979 397 85 1,260 785 11,494 6 89,042
Deferred revenue - - - 121 - - - - - - - 298 - - - - 19,775
Payroll liabilities - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Advance payments and deposits - - - 266 1,414 8,223 - - 102 - 69 195 5 - - - - - 14,238
Notes payable - 5,114 5,114
Due to others - - - 10,086 - 523 - - - - - - - - - - - - 12,250
Other Accrued Liabilities 2,525 1,817 102 427 566 18,754 - 13,994 38,185
Total Liabilities - - - 22,311 26,019 12,479 10,295 3,406 5,502 - 224 1,174 1,127 85 1,826 19,539 11,494 14,000 178,604

Fund Balance 1,639 333 44 75,854 286,827 332,894 103,336 (11,677) (2,415) 7,402 2,652 23,625 8,950 6,505 2,127 40,198 14,522 (1,164) 950,560

Total Liabilities And Fund Balance 1,639 333 44 98,165 312,846 345,373 113,631 (8,271) 3,087 7,402 2,876 24,799 10,077 6,590 3,953 59,737 26,016 12,836 1,129,164
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General Fund 100 Grant-In-Aid Fund 250 2001 G O Bonds - Parks Fund 314 Urban Redevelopment Agency Bond Debt Service Fund 414
2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017
Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual
Property Taxes 198,270 22,895 Contributions from private sources 1,850 (100) Investment income 8,655 - Investment income - -
Sales Taxes 53,223 30,176 Intergovernmental (13,678) 3,127 Intergovernmental (277) - Miscellaneous 662 77
Other Taxes 4,537 1,391 Miscellaneous (4,068) 514 Contributions from private sources (183) - Fund Balance Carried Forward 150 150
Licenses and permits - - Transfers From Other Funds (3,294) 1,390 Transfers From Other Funds (34) - Total Revenues 812 227
Intergovernmental 1,221 (16) Fund Balance Carried Forward 4,994 4,994 Proceeds from sale of bonds (38) - Expenditures:
Charges for Services 47,803 23,423 Total Revenues (14,196) 9,925 Miscellaneous (1,525) - Debt Service 727 183
Fines and Forfeitures 10,780 5,276 Expenditures: Fund Balance Carried Forward 14,886 14,886 Transfers out - -
Investment income 211 316 General Government: Total Revenues 21,484 14,886 Unappropriated 85 -
Miscellaneous 4,544 2,614 Finance - - Expenditures: Total Expenditures 812 183
Transfers From Other Funds 4,183 652 Workforce Development 367 2,548 Capital Projects 41,503 594
Proceeds of general long-term liabilitie - Civil and Criminal Court System: Fund Expenditures - (73) Water & Sewer Operating Fund 511
Fund Balance Carried Forward 42,369 42,369 Sheriff 384 21 Unappropriated (20,019) 2017 2017
Total Revenues 367,141 129,096 Juvenile Court 3,240 756 Total Expenditures 21,484 521 Revenues: Budget Actual
Expenditures: Superior Court 5,159 549 Investment income - 523
General Government: State Court 58 32 2006 G O Bonds - Parks, Transportation, Libraries Fund 315 Charges for Services 242,555 117,810
Chief Executive Officer 3,759 1,529 Solicitor 1,426 168 2017 2017 Fines and Forfeitures -
Board of Commissioners 3,643 1,513 District Attorney 668 567 Revenues: Budget Actual Miscellaneous 163 26
Law Department 4,886 2,731 Public Defender 2 - Investment income (6,909) - Transfers From Other Funds 429 -
Ethics 504 173 Magistrate Court 1,759 153 Intergovernmental Revenue (64) - Fund Balance Carried Forward 75,853 75,853
Geographic Information 2,619 1,057 Police Services 4,818 585 Transfers From Other Funds (3,285) - Total Revenues 319,000 194,212
Risk Management - - Fire & Rescue 676 14 Contributions from private sources (4,255) - Expenditures:
Facilities Managemen 15,839 7,659 Public Works - - Proceeds from sale of bonds (3,285) - Finance 11,172 4,348
Purchasing 3,216 1,527 Community Development 8,946 3,644 Fund Balance Carried Forward 20,064 20,064 Water and Sewer 145,399 67,002
Human Resources & Merit System 3,983 1,766 Parks 2,964 20 Total Revenues 2,266 20,064 Fund Expenditures - -
Information Systems 23,670 9,277 Extension Service - - Expenditures: Interfund transfers 101,583 47,008
Finance 6,865 3,062 Family & Children Services (101) - Parks 24,323 1,510 Unappropriated 60,846
Property Appraisa 5,644 2,608 Sanitation 26 - Library 7,041 1,034 Total Expenditures 319,000 118,358
Tax Commissioner 8,420 3,732 Economic Development 200 - Transportation (3,481) 358
Registrar and Elections 2,868 932 Fleet Maint. - - Fund Expenditures -
Civil and Criminal Court System: Animal Control - - Unappropriated (25,617) Water & Sewer Bonds Construction Fund 512
Sheriff 83,445 41,223 Bd of Health 2 - 2,266 2,902 2017 2017
Juvenile Court 7,304 3,586 Sr Citizen Services 5,432 1,657 Revenues: Budget Actual
Superior Court 9,794 4,704 Human Services 170 768 Host Capital Projects Fund 330 Investment Income - 726
Clerk Superior Cour 7,642 3,773 Keep Dekalb Beautiful 33 - 2017 2017 Proceeds from sale of bonds (17,477) -
State Court 15,970 7,802 Arts, Culture, and Entertainment - - Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 336,805 336,805
Solicitor State Cour 7,636 3,693 Registrar/Elections - - Investment Income 335 - Total Revenues 319,328 337,531
District Attorney 14,087 7,320 Water & Sewer 521 - Intergovernmental (9,793) - Expenditures:
Child Advocate 2,731 1,286 Non-Departmental 87 Deferred Revenue - - Capital Projects 281,966 50,704
Probate Court 1,953 866 Fund Expenditures (124) Transfers From Other Funds 313 - Unappropriated 37,362
Medical Examine 2,548 1,145 Miscellaneous (5) - Fund Balance Carried Forward (242) (242) 319,328 50,704
Public Defender 9,411 4,632 Unappropriated (51,028) 946 Total Revenues (9,387) (242)
Magistrate Court 3,588 1,786 Total Expenditures (14,196) 12,304 Expenditures: Water & Sewer R & E Fund 513
Public Safety: Capital Projects 41,036 229 2017 2017
Public Safety Admin & Communications - - Grants/2005 JAG #10 Fund 257 Unappropriated (50,423) Revenues: Budget Actual
Animal Contro 13 11 2017 2017 (9,387) 229 Investment income 15,857 -
Police 8,434 3,718 Revenues: Budget Actual Miscellaneous (46) -
Fire & Rescue - 25 Investment income 2 - Transfers From Other Funds (220,854) 13,890
Planning & Development 1,777 837 Intergovernmental Revenu 412 (127) Fund Balance Carried Forward 349,166 349,166
Public Works: Transfers From Other Funds 122 25 Total Revenues 144,123 363,056
Directors Office 719 271 Deferred Revenue - - Expenditures:
Economic Development 205 51 Fund Balance Carried Forward (346) (346) Capital Projects 144,410 30,162
Public Services - Library 17,227 8,482 Total Revenues 190 (448) Unappropriated (287) -
Health and Human Services: Expenditures: 144,123 30,162
Extension Services 905 355 Police 602 157
Public Board of Health 4,256 2,128 Unappropriated (412) - Water & Sewer Sinking Fund 514
Community Service Board 2,084 1,042 Total Expenditures 190 157 2017 2017
Family and Children Services 1,278 639 Revenues: Budget Actual
Human and Community Developmen 3,948 1,781 2009 ARRA Stimulus Fund 260 Investment income - 17
Citizen Help Center 549 103 2017 2017 Miscellaneous - -
Capital Improvement Revenues: Budget Actual Transfers From Other Funds 66,045 33,007
CIP - - PropertyTaxes - - Proceeds from sale of bonds - -
GO Bonds - Parks - - Sales Taxes - - Fund Balance Carried Forward 90,909 90,909
Non-Departmental 4,461 1,779 Investment income - - Total Revenues 156,954 123,933
Debt Service 8,000 2,161 Intergovernmental Revenue (9,938) - Expenditures:
Grants - Transfer from Other Funds 299 - Debt Service - -
Fund Expenditures - - Fund Balance Carried Forward (1) (1) Fund Expenditures 66,045 20,597
Unappropriated 42,359 2,792 Total Revenues (9,640) (1) CIP - -
Transfers To Other Funds 18,901 12,452 Expenditures: Unappropriated 90,909
Total Expenditures 367,141 158,009 Workforce Developmen 1,295 - Total Expenditures 156,954 20,597
Non-Departmental (10,935)
Total Expenditures (9,640) -
Development Fund 201 Fire Fund 270 Capital Improvement Project Fund 350 Sanitation Operating Fund 541
2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017
Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual
Revenues: Property Taxes 54,832 3,464 Intergovernmenta 25,439 435 Investment income - -
Licenses and Permits 8,153 4,525 Sales Taxes 11,730 6,651 Investment Income 434 - Charges for Services 64,902 14,593
Investment income - - Other Taxes - - Contributions from private sources (126) 31 Transfers From Other Funds - -
Miscellaneous (7) - Intergovernmental Revenue 52 Miscellaneous 3,555 - Miscellaneous 30 4
Charges for Services 453 234 Transfers To Other Funds 141 71 Charges for Services (567) 310 Fund Balance Carried Forward 5,102 5,102
Transfers To Other Funds - - Charges for Services 647 306 Transfers From Other Funds 21,312 21,340 Total Revenues 70,034 19,699
Fund Balance Carried Forward 5,838 5,838 Miscellaneous 3 2 Fund Balance Carried Forward 36,971 36,971 Expenditures:
Total Revenues 14,437 10,597 Fund Balance Carried Forward 507 507 Total Revenues 87,018 59,087 Finance - -
Total Revenues 67,912 11,001 Expenditures: Sanitation 64,915 29,877
Expenditures: Expenditures: Board Commissioners - - Interfund Transfers 1,586 1,500
Planning & Development 7,101 2,722 Public Safety-Police - - GIS 131 - Fund Expenditures - (1)
Public Works- Director's Office - 7 Public Safety-Fire 59,901 28,604 Facilities Management 15,532 907 Unappropriated 3,533 -
Interfund Transfers 247 247 Non-Departmenta 5,223 2,674 Fleet Maintenance 460 - Total Expenditures 70,034 31,376
Unappropriated 7,089 - Debt Service 281 140 Information System 6,452 299

14,437 2,976 Interfund Transfers 260 260 Finance 606 73 Sanitation Construction Fund 542
Unappropriated 2,247 - Clerk Superior Court 369 560 2017 2017
PEG Support Fund 203 Total Expenditures 67,912 31,678 Sheriff 3,138 - Revenues: Budget Actual
2017 2017 Police 2,818 - Intergovernmental 615 -
Revenues: Budget Actual Special Tax - Designated Services Fund 271 Library 5,724 93 Contributions from private sources 1,200
Investment income - - 2017 2017 Transportation 31,866 83 Transfers From Other Funds 33,823 1,500
Miscellaneous 120 108 Revenues: Budget Actual Property Appraisa 506 176 Fund Balance Carried Forward (2,664) (2,664)
Fund Balance Carried Forward 1,438 1,438 Property Taxes 25,224 1,956 Host Capital Outlay 47,134 5,159 Total Revenues 32,974 (1,164)
Total Revenues 1,558 1,546 Sales Taxes 6,460 3,662 Road & Drainage 34,806 2,132 Expenditures:
Expenditures: Intergovernmental 25 - Parks 3,679 365 Capital Projects 12,811 1,251
PEG Support 1,558 598 Investment income - Planning & Development 3,605 331 Interfund Transfers - -
Unappropriated - - Contributions from private sources - - Community Development 200 43 Unappropriated 20,163
1,558 598 Charges for Services 711 381 Economic Developmen 214 - Total Expenditures 32,974 1,251
Miscellaneous 168 93 Extension Service 4 -
County Jail Fund 204 Transfers From Other Funds 10,947 4,244 Non-Departmenta 12,455 - Sanitation ARRA Capital Projects Fund 544
2017 2017 Fund Balance Carried Forward 2,443 2,443 Fire 1,456 132 2017 2017
Revenues: Budget Actual Total Revenues 45,978 12,779 DFACS - Revenues: Budget Actual
Expenditures: Fund Expenditures - (649) Intergovernmental - -
Intergovernmental 118 51 Public Safety - Police - 9 Unappropriated (84,137) Interfund Transfers (12,339) -
Fines and forfeitures 1,152 571 Public Works - Transportation 3,140 914 Total Expenditures 87,018 9,704 Fund Balance Carried Forward 7,402 7,402
Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Public Works - Roads and Drainage 16,594 7,214
Total Revenues 1,270 622 Parks and Recreation 12,227 6,091 COPS Projects Fund 351 Total Revenues (4,937) 7,402
Expenditures: Debt Service 31 16 2017 2017 Expenditures:
Transfers To Other Funds 1,270 622 Non-Departmenta 4,909 3,068 Revenues: Budget Actual Capital Projects 3,061 -
Unappropriated - - Transfers to Other Funds 5,840 5,340 Investment Income 18,739 9 Unappropriated (7,998) -
1,270 622 Unappropriated 3,237 - Miscellaneous - Total Expenditures (4,937) -
Total Expenditures 45,978 22,652 Proceeds from sale of bonds (4,830) -
Foreclosure Registry Fund 205 Fund Balance Carried Forward 18,396 18,396 Airport Operating Fund 551
2017 2017 Special Tax District - Unincorporated Fund 272 Total Revenues 32,305 18,405 2017 2017
Revenues: Budget Actual 2017 2017 Expenditures: Revenues: Budget Actual
Charges for Services 145 67 Revenues: Budget Actual Capital Projects 9,410 4,341 Investment income - -
Miscellaneous - - Charges for Services - Unappropriated 22,895 - Miscellaneous 4,895 2,585
Fund Balance Carried Forward 163 163 Other Taxes 6,589 2,638 32,305 4,341 Interfund Transfers - -
Total Revenues 308 230 Licenses and Permits 18,072 16,078 Fund Balance Carried Forward 5,345 5,345
Expenditures: Investment income 1 3 Public Safety - Judicial Facilities Fund 354 Total Revenues 10,240 7,930
Planning & Development 200 8 Fines and Forfeitures 8,362 4,470 2017 2017 Expenditures:
Unappropriated 108 Miscellaneous (177) (64) Revenues: Budget Actual DeKalb-Peachtree Airpor 2,748 1,278
308 8 Transfers From Other Funds (14,248) (14,236) Investment Income (1,744) - Interfund Transfers 4,000 4,000
Fund Balance Forward 2,014 2,014 Deferred Revenue - - Unappropriated 3,492
Total Revenues 20,613 10,903 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Total Expenditures 10,240 5,278
Victim Assistance Fund 206 Expenditures: Total Revenues (1,744) -
2017 2017 General Government: Expenditures: Airport Construction Fund 552
Revenues: Budget Actual Economic developmen 1,160 437 Capital projects (368) - 2017 2017
Intergovernmenta 420 207 Finance - - Unappropriated (1,376) - Revenues: Budget Actual
Fines and Forfeitures 500 225 State Court 4,489 2,239 (1,744) - Investment income - 2
Fund Balance Carried Forward 84 84 Recorders Court - 9 Intergovernmental (2,376) -
Total Revenues 1,004 516 Planning & Developmen 1,762 781 Building Authority - Juvenile Court Fund 355 Miscellaneous 1,991 5,699
Expenditures: Non-Departmental 1,674 873 2017 2017 Interfund Transfers 663 4,000
Victim Assistance 74 9 Fund Expenditures 6 Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 16,359 16,359
Transfers To Other Funds 930 - Transfers From Other Funds 370 400 Investment income (56) - Total Revenues 16,637 26,060
Unappropriated - - Unappropriated 11,158 4,144 Proceeds of long-term Liabilities 1,261 - Expenditures:
Total Expenditures 1,004 9 Total Expenditures 20,613 8,889 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Capital Projects 44,543 2,435
Total Revenues 1,205 - Unappropriated (27,906)
Hospital Fund 273 Expenditures: 16,637 2,435
Recreation Fund 207 2017 2017 Capital projects 789 -
2017 2017 Revenues: Budget Actual Unappropriated 416 - Stormwater Utility Fund 581
Revenues: Budget Actual Property Taxes 15,764 1,208 1,205 - 2017 2017
Investment income - - Sales Taxes 4,027 2,283 Revenues: Budget Actual
Charges for Services 879 444 Intergovernmental 68 - Investment income 3 -
Miscellaneous - 2 Interfunds 2,482 - Urban Redevelopment Agency Fund 356 Charges for Services 14,550 733
Fund Balance Carried Forward 229 229 Proceeds of general long term liabilities - 2017 2017 Miscellaneous - - #
Total Revenues 1,108 675 Transfers From Other Funds - - Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 15,735 15,735 #
Expenditures: Fund Balance Carried Forward (1,083) (1,083) Investment income - 5 Total Revenues 30,288 16,468 #
Parks and Recreation 1,108 417 Total Revenues 21,258 2,408 Miscellaneous - - Expenditures: #
Unappropriated - - Expenditures: Fund Balance Carried Forward 578 578 Stormwater Utilities 23,511 7,062 #
1,108 417 Health and Welfare-Hospita 20,501 13,546 Total Revenues 578 583 Interfund Transfers 2,500 456 #
Fund expenditures - Expenditures: Unappropriated 4,277
Unappropriated 757 - Capital projects 853 135 Total Expenditures 30,288 7,518
21,258 13,546 Unappropriated (275)
578 135

Juvenile Services Fund 208 Police Services Fund 274 HUD Section 108 Loan Fund 357 Stormwater Utility Construction Fund 582
2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017
Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual
Investment income - - Property Taxes 53,836 5,164 Intergovernmental (7,817) - Contributions from private sources 187 -
Charges for Services 49 34 Sales Taxes 16,706 9,472 Investment income - 5 Intergovernmental (133) -
Fund Balance Carried Forward 45 45 Other Taxes 27,255 - Miscellaneous 9,100 - Charge for Services 186 -
Total Revenues 94 79 Licenses and Permits 416 201 Fund Balance Carried Forward 1,686 1,686 Interfund Transfers - -
Expenditures: Charges for Services 476 232 Total Revenues 2,969 1,691 Fund Balance Carried Forward 7,432 7,432
Unappropriated 94 21 Miscellaneous 280 143 7,672 7,432
94 21 Transfers From Other Funds 10,399 11,362 Capital projects 3,569 1,810 Expenditures:
Fund Balance Carried Forward 7,253 7,253 Unappropriated (600) - Capital Projects 17,962 927
Total Revenues 116,621 33,827 2,969 1,810 Unappropriated (10,290)
Drug Abuse Treatment & Education Fund 209 Expenditures: 7,672 927
2017 2017 Non-departmental 9,593 4,558 ARRA Capital Projects Fund 360
Revenues: Budget Actual Police Services 95,536 43,026 2017 2017 Vehicle Maintenance Fund 611
Investment income - - Debt Service 475 237 Revenues: Budget Actual 2017 2017
Fines and Forfeitures 215 103 Interfund Transfers 2,685 778 Investment income - - Revenues: Budget Actual
Fund Balance Carried Forward 181 181 Unappropriated 8,332 - Intergovernmental (315) - Intergovernmental 200 77
Total Revenues 396 284 116,621 48,599 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Charges for Services 28,997 15,030
Expenditures: Total Revenues (315) - Miscellaneous - 445
Health and Welfare 396 78 Hotel / Motel Tax Fund 275 Expenditures: Fund Balance Carried Forward 1,692 1,692
Unappropriated - 2017 2017 Capital projects 34 - Total Revenues 30,889 17,244
396 78 Revenues: Budget Actual Unappropriated (349) - Expenditures:
Other Taxes 5,400 2,648 (315) - Fleet Maintenance 30,694 14,922
Law Enforcement Confiscated Monies Fund 210 Fund Balance Carried Forward 2,645 2,645 Interfund Transfers 195 195
2017 2017 Total Revenues 8,045 5,293 GO Bonds Debt Service Fund 410 30,889 15,117
Revenues: Budget Actual Expenditures: 2017 2017
Investment Income - 9 Convention Bureau 3,375 1,151 Revenues: Budget Actual Vehicle Replacement Fund 621
Intergovernmental 5,299 180 Transfers To Other Funds 4,339 1,175 Property Taxes 10,903 717 2017 2017
Miscellaneous - (3) Unappropriated 331 - Investment income - - Revenues: Budget Actual
Fund Balance Carried Forward 6,028 6,028 8,045 2,326 Interfund Transfers - - Investment income - -
Total Revenues 11,327 6,214 Proceeds of general long term liabilities - - Charges for Services 27,435 13,183
Expenditures: Rental Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Fund 280 Fund Balance Carried Forward 1,123 1,123 Miscellaneous 900 -
Police - 8 2017 2017 Total Revenues 12,026 1,840 Interfund Transfers - -
Sheriff - - Revenues: Budget Actual Expenditures: Fund Balance Carried Forward 37,790 37,790
District Attorney - - Other Taxes 551 288 Debt Service 11,779 10,906 Total Revenues 66,125 50,973
Transfers To Other Funds - - Investment income - Fund Expenditures - - Expenditures:
Fund Expenditures 4,066 1,590 Miscellaneous - - Unappropriated 247 - Vehicles 48,685 10,675
Unappropriated 7,261 - Fund Balance Carried Forward 625 625 12,026 10,906 Interfund transfers 100 100
Total Expenditures 11,327 1,598 Total Revenues 1,176 913 Unappropriated 17,340
Expenditures: GO Bonds STD Debt Service Fund 411 66,125 10,775
Street Lights Fund 211 Development Authority 706 22 2017 2017
2017 2017 Unappropriated 470 - Revenues: Budget Actual Risk Management Fund 631
Revenues: Budget Actual 1,176 22 Taxes 7,196 126 2017 2017
Sales Taxes - - Investment income - - Revenues: Budget Actual
Investment income - - 1987 G O Bonds - Parks Fund 311 Proceeds of general long term liabilitie - - Charges for Services 10,080 4,846
Miscellaneous - 2017 2017 Fund Balance Carried Forward (120) (120) Miscellaneous - -
Charges for Services 4,615 169 Revenues: Budget Actual Total Revenues 7,076 6 Interfund Transfers - -
Fund Balance Carried Forward 1,977 1,977 Investment income (19) - Expenditures: Payroll deductions and matches 93,000 46,496
Total Revenues 6,592 2,146 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Debt Service 6,680 3,286 Fund Balance Carried Forward 13,502 13,502
Expenditures: Total Revenues (19) - Transfers out 396 - Total Revenues 116,582 64,844
Public Works-Transportation 6,139 2,020 Expenditures: Total Expenditures 7,076 3,286 Expenditures:
Unappropriated 453 - Capital Projects - - Risk Management 103,676 50,322
6,592 2,020 Unappropriated (19) - Building Authority Revenue Bonds Debt Service Fund 412 Interfund Transfers - -
Total Expenditures (19) - 2017 2017 Unappropriated 12,906
Speed Humps Maintenance Fund 212 Revenues: Budget Actual Total Expenditures 116,582 50,322
2017 2017 Investment income - -
Revenues: Budget Actual 1998 G O Bonds - Jail Fund 312 Miscellaneous 3,729 1,864 Workers Compensation Fund 632
Charges for Services 300 9 2017 2017 Interfund Transfers - - 2017 2017
Investment income - - Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 54 54 Revenues: Budget Actual
Fund Balance Carried Forward 1,127 1,127 Investment income - - Total Revenues 3,783 1,918 Charges for Services 6,000 3,000
Total Revenues 1,427 1,136 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Expenditures: Miscellaneous - 21
Expenditures: Total Revenues - - Debt Service 3,729 279 Interfund Transfers 1,664
Public Works-Roads & Drainage 329 44 Expenditures: Unappropriated 54 - Fund Balance Carried Forward (1,440) (1,440)
Unappropriated 1,098 - Capital Projects - - 3,783 279 Total Revenues 6,224 1,581
1,427 44 Interfund transfers - - Expenditures:
Unappropriated - - Public Safety Judicial Facilites Authority Debt Service Fund 413 Non-Departmental 6,224 2,745
Emergency Telephone System Fund 215 Total Expenditures - - 2017 2017 Unappropriated - -
2017 2017 Revenues: Budget Actual 6,224 2,745
Revenues: Budget Actual 1993 G O Bonds - Health Fund 313 Investment income - -
Charges for Services - 6 2017 2017 Miscellaneous 956 478 ALL TAX FUNDS
Investment income - - Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 657 657 2017
Miscellaneous 12,000 4,803 Investment income 3 - Total Revenues 1,613 1,135 Revenues: Budget
Fund Balance Carried Forward 5,678 5,678 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Expenditures: Taxes, Service Charges, Income & Transfers 604,670
Total Revenues 17,678 10,487 Total Revenues 3 - Debt Service 1,613 802 Fund Balance Carried Forward (1,018)
Expenditures: Expenditures: Transfers out - - Fund Balance Carried Forward (for encumbrances) 56,149
Emergency Telephone System 17,678 8,115 Capital Projects - - Total Expenditures 1,613 802 Total Revenues 659,801
Unappropriated - - Interfund transfers - - Expenditures:
Total Expenditures 17,678 8,115 Unappropriated 3 - Approved Budget 603,652
Total Expenditures 3 - Encumbrances rolled forward from 2016 56,149

Total Appropriations 659,801

According to DCSD spokesman Andre Riley, no venue exists in DeKalb County that can host more DeKalb County School District will hold an event titled DeKalb Schools Convocation 2017 on Aug. 4 at the
than 13,000 people. However, the district’s website indicates that James R. Hallford Stadium at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, costing the district $100,000. Photo submitted.

A $100,000 DAY
Clarkston High School can hold 15,600 people. Photo submitted.

Focused on fellowship and celebration
BY R. SCOTT BELZER a fee that includes staging the graduation ceremonies. The district not be streamed on the district’s
event and busing employees. spent $200,000 for audio, video and television station (PDS-TV24) or DCSD director of strategic staging services at its most recent Facebook.
DeKalb County School District communications Andre Riley said graduation season. According to the email, the
(DCSD) will host a mandatory, start- the venue was chosen because Riley said DCSD will also convocation will be a time for
of-the-school-year convocation of its size as well as the district’s provide bus transportation to employees to “celebrate, educate,
event for employees for the first desire to house all staff. employees. No information was motivate and dedicate [themselves]
time in 15 years, according to an “It’s one of the few facilities given as to where employees will to a new school year.”
email made public earlier in July. near [the district] in greater Atlanta meet to receive such transportation. Similarly, Riley said the purpose
According to the email, the that could host more than 13,000 The convocation will be mandatory of the convocation is to “set the
DeKalb Schools Convocation people, or nearly all of our staff,” for staff members who have tone for the upcoming school year.”
2017 will be held on Aug. 4 at the Riley said. “There are no facilities reported back to duty by Aug. 4, as “The primary reason for the
Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth. in DeKalb County large enough to not all classifications of employees convocation is to fellowship and
The Gwinnett County arena, which host the majority of our staff.” start back at the same time. celebrate [district] achievements
can house 13,000 attendees, According to DCSD’s website, Riley did not provide details and to provide important information
is approximately 17 miles from James R. Hallford Stadium near about an event itinerary but said about the goals and outcomes of
DCSD’s central office. Clarkston High School has a there will be two speakers, student the district,” Riley said.
According to DCSD’s 2017 capacity of 15,600. and staff performances as well
budget, the convocation will cost DCSD has faced similar as fellowship activities. The event
the district approximately $100,000, problems involving event venues is not open to the public and will

City Schools of Decatur to increase lunch prices
District expects will decrease the nutrition
program’s dependence in
the price of a student paid
lunch until we reach the
amount of $2.86,” school
officials state. “Raising
lunch prices will bring us up
to the required paid price.”
to net $80,000 CSD’s general fund, which
officials expect to have $66 PUBLIC NOTICE
in revenue million in expenditures for
According to the budget, FOR CITY COUNCIL POSITIONS
the general fund will
Students at City dedicate $895,242 of that TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF CITY OF LITHONIA, WITHIN
Schools of Decatur (CSD) $66 million to the district DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA:
can expect to pay $0.25 nutrition program during the
more per lunch in August upcoming school year. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 7th day of November, 2017, a general election will
following board of education In accordance with the be held in the CITY OF LITHONIA to fill three positions for the office of City of Lithonia City Council.
approval July 18. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids
A $0.25 increase at Act of 2010, school districts Each candidate will file notice of his or her candidacy and the appropriate affidavit in the office of
CSD schools will mean must charge less than the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur, GA 30032.
elementary school lunches difference between federal
will cost $2.75. Middle reimbursements to those Qualifying for candidates will begin on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and will
and high school lunches eligible for free or reduced- continue until Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
will cost $3. According price lunches. That amount The qualifying fee is $122.40.
to CSD school nutrition for the 2016-2017 school
director Allison Goodman, year was $2.86. The last day to register to be eligible to vote in the general election is Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
the increase will result in “City Schools of Decatur
approximately $80,000 in had a weighted average The general election will be held in the regular polling place, Lithonia Municipal Complex, 6920 Main
general revenue increases. price of $2.59 in 2016-2017 Street, Lithonia, GA 30058. The polls will open at 7:00 AM and close at 7:00 PM.
Goodman said the so we are required to raise
increase in lunch prices This call is issued by the City of Lithonia this 19th day of July, 2017.

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Tucker Chamblee

BY CARLA PARKER offseason. growing pains,” he said. “But we “We always learn from our “What we’ve done in the understand that we set a standard experiences, so hopefully we
offseason has been tremendous,” and we want to reach that standard learned our lesson from some
The 2016 high school football he said. “We still have the same and get back to the level we were of the things we experienced
season was a season of firsts for a tough schedule, but I’m really at last year.” last year,” he said. “Some of it is
few DeKalb County teams. proud of how our kids handled that The Tucker Tigers’ 2016 good growth. You try to build on
Cedar Grove won its first state and what they’ve done. I’m looking
championship in program history. forward to the season; we’re going
Arabia Mountain won its first to get back on the right track.”
region title, clinched its first playoff The Lakeside Vikings had their
appearance and won its first playoff first taste of winning last season
game. Miller Grove clinched its first (5-5) since the 2003 season (6-4).
playoff appearance and Lakeside Lakeside started the season 4-1
went 4-1 after the first five games under first-year head coach Cam
of the season, its best start in many Jones, but struggled when they
years. faced more region opponents in the
However, not all the “firsts” second half of the season.
were good. St. Pius X had its Despite the disappointing finish,
first losing season during Coach Jones said he feels good about
Paul Standard’s 16-year tenure. where his team is and how they’re
Standard discussed the difficult trending.
2016 season at the annual DeKalb “It’s not easy building something
County Football Media Day at great again, but we’re on our way,”
Tucker High School on July 20. he said. “The kids are working
“Obviously it was tough because really hard and we feel good about
that was our first time having the progress we’ve made so far.”
a losing season in 16 years,” The Arabia Mountain Rams
Standard said. “We had some hope to get to the next level this
things happen, some injuries, but season after advancing to the third
the greatest thing I was proud of round of the 2016 playoffs. But
was our kids, last year, that carried Coach Stanley Pritchett knows it
over to this year was the resiliency won’t be easy to get back to where
and the leadership that this they were last year with a young season ended with a loss in the where you left off and some of it
returning group has shown.” team. state championship game. It’s an is learning from the mistakes you
Standard said his players have “A lot of the guys are coming experience Coach Bryan Lamar made and figuring out how to get
used the disappointment of last back, but we’re young on defense hopes his players learn and grow better.”
season to fuel them during the so we’re looking forward to some from.
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Parkview on Peachtree lands first tenants
Seven retail, service providers set for Chamblee move
BY R. SCOTT BELZER salads, appetizers and Peachtree. Catering to sandwiches. This will be the children, many locations
first location in Georgia, with feature playground-style
Officials representing others already in Colorado environments and children’s’
Parkview on Peachtree, as well as North and South activities.
Chamblee’s new mixed-use Carolina. According to Connolly,
retail, restaurant, office and Noire the Nail Bar will more tenants will be
residential development be a 3,000-square-foot announced soon. No
located at 5070 Peachtree manicure, pedicure and information has been
Chamblee development Parkview on Peachtree named its first waxing salon. Another released about office or
Boulevard, announced round of business tenants this month, all of which plan to be open
its first seven tenants this for business by December 2017. Photos submitted. location also exists in retail applicants.
month. Dacula. In addition to 45,000
Children’s Healthcare Financial services will square feet of retail space,
commercial and residential square foot facility will have
of Atlanta, The Alden, Bad be offered by The Piedmont Parview on Peachtree
footprint of this high-income, 12 exam rooms and two
Daddy’s Burger Bar, Noire Bank, designed to “serve officials expect to house
high-density area,” said procedure rooms.
The Nail Bar, Atlanta Spine the needs of businesses 10,000 square feet of office
Connolly CEO Timothy The Alden will be a
and Wellness, The Piedmont and residents of [the] space and 503 multi-family
“J.R.” Connolly II. “In doing 2,275-square-foot “updscale-
Bank and Cookie Cutters community,” according to apartment units. Residents
so, we’re effectively creating casual” restaurant with an
Haircuts for Kids will join its website. With branches will begin moving in on Aug.
a hub where consumers, open kitchen design and
Parkview on Peachtree already in Norcross, 1, according to a project
businesses and residents full bar. The restaurant will
developers Connolly in Lawrenceville, Cumming spokesman.
gravitate and represent the showcase the talents of chef
becoming the 45,000 square and Dunwoody, the Ground was broken on
best of how Atlantans want Jeff Hucks of Dogwood
foot Chamblee project’s 3,600-square-foot location Parkview on Peachtree on
to live and work.” Table.
first tenants, according to a in Chamblee will be the May 19, 2016. Developers
According to the release, Bad Daddy’s Burger
release. business’s first inside the expect retail outlets to open
Children’s Healthcare of Bar is advertised as a
“We are being thoughtful Atlanta perimeter. by December 2017.
Atlanta will open its eighth 3,700-square-foot “full-
and purposeful in bringing Cookie Cutters For more
pediatric urgent care center service, upscale restaurant
together retailers, Haircuits for Kids will information, visit www.
at Parkview on Peachtree, concept” with a chef-driven
restaurants and services open a 1,084-square-foot
the first inside the Atlanta menu consisting of burgers,
that will help redefine the location at Parkview on
perimeter. The 10,000


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