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Decatur Police Inv. Ashley Melvin helped collect a carload of boots, underwear, socks, bug spray Shara Sanders, president of Junior League of DeKalb County,
and personal care items. donated several clothing items to The Champion.

DeKalb rallies for relief effort
by Horace Holloman household cleaning products and laundry detergent; non-perishable snack foods, board

games, coloring books, playing cards and
ouisiana native and DeKalb County crayons.
resident Amber Pugh said she didn’t “We are partnering with the American Red
think twice when it was “my turn” to Cross for the convenience of DeKalb County
give back. and nearby residents who want to support
Pugh said she remembers when her this emergency response effort,” said DeKalb
family members and friends were trying to County Sheriff Jeff Mann.
escape the path of Hurricane Katrina, which Debra Deberry, clerk of Superior Court
hit Louisiana in 2005. The death toll reached in DeKalb County, said her offices will also
more than 1,500. collect items and donate them to the sheriff’s
“That was a really scary time,” Pugh office.
said. “You just didn’t know what was going to DeBerry said sometimes tragedy can help
happen or if everyone you loved was safe. bring people together.
But I’m glad my loved ones got the help they “When it comes to disaster and folks
needed.” needing help, it comes down to the raw basic
Nearly 12 years later to the day Hurricane human need,” DeBerry said. “I think we have
Katrina hit Louisiana, Pugh said, “it’s my turn done that because we’re all Americans and
to help now.” we’re all humans and we all suffer the same
Pugh, along with other DeKalb County DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office officials collect
when these catastrophes happen.”
residents and officials, are coming together goods for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. The court will collect items through Sept.
for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Some 14 at the DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court at
areas in Texas received 50 inches of rainfall 556 McDonough St. in Decatur.
and Derrick Freeman, the mayor of Port County collected items for relief efforts. As of Sept. 5., the death toll of Hurricane
Arthur, was quoted as saying, “our city is The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office opened Harvey reached 60.
under water.” a donation collection center for victims of “[Giving back] is personally gratifying,
Pugh donated multiple cases of bottled Hurricane Harvey. but we feel horrible for what has happened,”
water, along with blankets, sleeping bags and The sheriff’s office will collect and DeBerry said. “It’s like ‘what can I do to
diapers to a local drive collecting items.   transport items to donation centers in the help?’”
“I just want to make a difference. I can’t affected areas. Shara Sanders, president of Junior
imagine what it’s like to go through that. My Requested donations include blankets, League of DeKalb County, made several
family had to go through that and I’m sure it’s sleeping bags, air mattresses, pillows, towels; donations to the offices of The Champion.
tough,” Pugh said. personal toiletries such as new toothbrushes,
Multiple organizations across DeKalb toothpaste, lotion, shampoo and deodorant; See Relief on page 5

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A platform for parents
DeKalb resident helms parent education center, community
BY R. SCOTT BELZER to become involved. The groups such as a parent-
National Parent Education teacher organization, church
Center & Community’s main group or school council.
Most of Chamblee resident objectives are to educate Austin said lessons from
Phyllis Austin’s time is parents on the ins and outs The National Parent Education
spent serving, supporting, of education, teach parents Center & Community involve
educating and helping how to recognize a quality navigating bureaucracy.
parents create a quality education and create a “Some schools are open
education. quality education. about their information and
“Many parents don’t know “We quarrel over giving some schools are closed,”
what a quality education students homework, over not Austin said. “The important
looks like,” Austin said. giving students homework, thing is to recognize the
“Education is about the that there’s not enough people in leadership roles
school and the home working time in the day to deliver who are gatekeepers to
together.” lesson plans,” Austin said. “It parental knowledge.”
Austin, a Chicago native minimizes the role of parents Austin said she was
and former DeKalb County in developing essential inspired to found the
teacher, is the head of both knowledge skills.” organization after moving
In My Shoes and The National Services offered by The from Chicago and noticing
Parent Education Center & National Parent Education her son received higher
Center & Community DeKalb County resident Phyllis Austin, an educator for 18 years, said it’s up to
Community, two 501(c)3 grades for less work. Her son, parents to hold the education system accountable. Photo submitted.
organizations advocating for include consultation about a according to Austin, was
better education in DeKalb specific issue; writing letters; rewarded for adhering to a
advocating for a specific attended the school’s open very nice. We sat down and
County. “whole language approach”
cause; parent education house,” Austin said. “During the teacher began showing
The main way of achieving in the classroom, despite his
seminars; and hosting the event, my son’s teacher
better local education, Austin inability to spell. SEE PARENTS ON PAGE 13A
workshops for community approached us—she was
said, is to teach parents how “My son’s father and I

Scheduled to run Sept. 9 to Nov. 19 with
Saturday rehearsals from 10 a.m. until 12:30
p.m., the program will teach participants how
Specific dates for Lunchtime in the Studio
include Sept. 28, Nov. 15, Feb. 8 and April 19.
Registration is encouraged.

to create characters, improvise as well as what For more information, visit www.coredance.
it is like to partake in a production. org.
This year, participants will help produce
City to host education town hall meeting Nick Tickle, Your Favorite Fairy Tale Detective,
with productions scheduled for Nov. 11, 18
The Avondale Estates Ad Hoc Committee and 19.
for Education will host an education town Cost for the program—designed for youth
hall meeting Sept. 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at in grades 6 through 12—is $75. According to
First Baptist Church in Avondale Estates. event officials, auditions will be part of the
The meeting will be moderated by DeKalb first rehearsal. All registered youth will be part
County School District Board member Dr. of the show.
Michael Erwin. Scheduled speakers include Space is limited and registration is required.
principals from Avondale Elementary School, To register and obtain required forms, visit
Dekalb Elementary School of the Arts, The
Museum School of Avondale Estates, as program.html.
well as an official with the Dekalb School For more information, contact Abra
Choice Program. The church is located at 47 Thurmond, youth artistic director at Onion
Covington Road. For more information, visit Man, at (404) 405-3221 or youththeatre@

BROOKHAVEN Movies at Milam to feature Cars 2
The city of Clarkston is scheduled to host a
City to host parents’ night out free screening of the film Cars 2 on Sept. 15 at
Brookhaven will host Parents’ Night Out 6:30 p.m.
on Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Lynwood The event—hosted at Milam Park at 3867
Community Center. The event is a way for Norman Road—will also include free food Wylde Center schedules September events
parents to drop off their children on a Friday and drinks, a bouncy house, music and other
and have time to themselves. The event will family-friendly activities. The Wylde Center, one of Atlanta’s
include dinner, games, activities and options “Come on out, bring a chair, blanket and environmental nonprofit organizations,
to keep children entertained. Pre-registration all the kids,” reads an event description. “Drive has scheduled three September events to
is required by the preceding Wednesday and your family to the end of summer fun.” continue celebrating its 20th anniversary.
pickup is promptly at 9 p.m. Cost is $15 per Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the On Sept. 9, children ages 4 to 10 are invited
child; ages: 5-12. The community center is screening will begin at 8 p.m. The event is free to participate in Painting in the Garden with
located at 3360 Osborne Road. and open to the public. Ms. Sylvia, a painting event at Wylde Center’s
Mulberry Fields location at 1301 Iverson St. in

Atlanta. The cost is $15 for members and $25
Painting event at Blackburn Park for non-members. The event is 2 to 4 p.m.
On Sept. 16, families are invited to learn
Artists of all ages and skill levels are
about Georgia reptiles at Reptiles in the
invited to “Paint the Park” Sept. 16 from 1 to Core Dance to host lunchtime events Garden at the center’s Edgewood Learning
4 p.m. at Blackburn Park. Once the pieces are
Core Dance Studio—located at 133 Center, located at 1503 Hardee St. in Atlanta.
complete they will be displayed in the park
Sycamore Street—is scheduled to host a series Presented by Wildlife Wonders, the event is
visible from Ashford Dunwoody Road until
of lunch events in September, November, designed for family members of all ages. The
the event closes. The winning pieces will be
February and April from noon to 1 p.m. event is free for Wylde Center members, $5
on display at city hall. Art supplies and paper
Known as Lunchtime in the Studio, the for non-member adults and $2.50 for non-
will be provided, but artists can bring their
events will offer a “close-up and personal look member children ages 12 and younger. The
own easel and canvas. The park is located
at how contemporary dance is crafted and event is 2 to 3 p.m.
at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road. For more
performed,” according to event officials. The On Sept. 30, the Wylde Center will host
information, visit
event will also include a free lunch. STE(A)M Truck Rocket Making at the center’s
Sugar Creek location at 415 East Lake Drive in
While eating, guests can expect to observe
and engage with dancers as they share their Decatur. Here, children ages 5 and older will
work. The studio’s goal in the event is to be taught how to make a stomp rocket. Two
provide the public with an opportunity to sessions will be offered, with one at 11 a.m.
Onion Man begins fall youth program partake in the “innovation, collaboration, and one at noon. The event is free for Wylde
investigation and community-building that Center members and $5 for non-members.
Onion Man Productions, a nonprofit theater For more information on the events and to
forms the heart of Core Dance’s vision.”
company located at 5522 New Peachtree register, visit
The event is free and open to the public.
Road, is registering for its fall youth program.


Newly elected congresswoman introduces
staff, touts upcoming town hall
BY R. SCOTT BELZER judiciary and education Democratic candidate
committees in Washington, Jon Ossoff. The Georgia D.C. 6th congressional district
Newly elected Georgia Handel told attendees includes parts of Dunwoody,
6th Congressional District her duties when Congress Brookhaven, Chamblee,
Representative Karen Handel
spoke at the Dunwoody City
Council meeting Aug. 28 to
set the tone for her time in ‘I very much look forward Rep. Karen Handel of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District addressed Dunwoody
office. City Council and the public at an Aug. 28 meeting. Photo submitted.
“Thank you so very much
for the chance to address to working with you and During her victory speech, Specific issues involved
the council and the people
Handel thanked Dunwoody discrimination in the armed
of Dunwoody,” Handel said.
“I came by to say thank you working for you as we move city councilman Terry Nall
among other Republican
forces, immigrants, pardoning
Joe Arpaio, treatment of the
to the people of Dunwoody
leaders such as Tom Price, media, racism, Twitter, hateful
for the opportunity to
serve as the 6th district forward with issues....’ Johnny Isakson and Newt
rhetoric and more.
Dunwoody Mayor Denis
[congresswoman]. I am ever
“Again, thank you for Shortal said all elected
mindful that my role is to
this extraordinary honor,” representatives are welcome
represent all of the people in
Handel said. “I very much to address the public at
the 6th district. It’s important
returns to session on Sept. Doraville and Tucker among look forward to working with Dunwoody City Council
to me to represent the
5 will include budget and municipalities in Fulton and you and working for you as meetings.
diversity of people and the
appropriations, tax reform Cobb counties. we move forward with issues Handel held her first
diversity of thought across
and higher education reform. During the campaign, important to the 6th district.” town hall meeting on Aug.
the district.”
Handel was elected 51.9 Handel said she supports Certain residents used the 30 during an hour-long
Handel introduced staff
percent to 48.1 percent decreasing taxes, aggressive public comments portion of teleconference. The meeting
and intermediaries in Georgia.
to represent Georgia’s 6th foreign policies, growing the meeting to urge Handel gave an update on her first
She also informed the
congressional district via small businesses, balancing to transcend partisanship months in Washington, D.C.
council and attendees of her
special election in June, the federal budget and to address behavior by and answered questions from
upcoming roles in the federal
claiming victory against revamping federal healthcare. President Donald Trump. the audience.


Scoutmaster helps locate
missing elderly man on a hunch

On May 16, Dunwoody
resident and Boy Scout Troop
477 leader Barry Deutsch
joined other community
members in tracking down
an elderly man who had been
reported as missing.
Rumors spread that the
man may have dementia or
similar medical issues that
caused him to wander from
his familiar surroundings. The
man is 89 years old and he
disappeared around 7 p.m. in Dunwoody scoutmaster Barry Deutsch was honored by Dunwoody City Council
Aug. 28 for his efforts in locating a missing elderly man in May. Photo submitted.
the evening.
According to Dunwoody
Police Department Chief Billy media. We also put out Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch
Grogan, a hunch from the the info on [Georgia Crime were among the volunteers
local scoutmaster may have Information Center] to search who assisted in the search.
saved the missing man’s life. statewide. We activated an While completing the task of
“We did the usual things Alpha Unit K-9 Rescue Team providing water to volunteers,
that we do—we started to assist with the search,” the couple learned through
looking for him and put Grogan said.
something out on social Grogan said Deutsch and SEE HONORED ON PAGE 8A

Child advocacy group wants more public involvement
by Gale Horton Gay violence, forensic interviews, family
counseling and other services such as
Keeping children safe from sexual transportation. It also provides training
and physical abuse and helping them to Georgia Department of Family and
heal if they have been abused are part Children Services (DFACS).
of the mission of the Georgia Center for The bilingual staff of forensic
Child Advocacy (GCCA). interviewers, family advocates, client
However, officials of the organization service coordinators, intake coordinators
want the community at large to and therapists continues to keep its
recognize its responsibility of keeping knowledge up to date. In June five
watch over the younger population. therapists and a clinical director traveled
“We want to make sure we are doing to Charleston for training in how to
everything we can to protect children,” families struggling with anger,, conflict
said Sheila Ryan, executive director of and depression. Earlier this year, GCCA
GCCA. was asked to assist with teaching a
Darkness to Light Stewards of Chil- human trafficking courses in Hawaii.
dren is GCCA’s prevention training Two years ago, GCCA opened a Sheila Ryan, executive director of Georgia Center for Child
program that teaches individuals the center in DeKalb County to have a Advocacy, wants more people to undergo training to keep children
safe from sexual and physical abuse.
signs of child abuse, what to do about greater presence in the community. The
it and why it’s important to talk to chil- agency partners with the DFACS as well
dren about the subject. Ryan said that as works with local police.
110,000 adults statewide have been During the first half of 2017, 34
trained. percent more children have been served
Training sessions are held monthly— through GCCA’s Intervention Services
alternating between DeKalb and than the same period in 2016. The
Fulton counties—with the only cost to agency, which was launched in 1987,
participants being $15 for the training has helped more than 16,000 children,
materials. She said the two-and-a-half- according to an official.
hour sessions will “potentially make a The center’s largest fundraiser is
difference in the life of a child and keep being planned for October. Cheer for
children from being harmed.” Children Ball celebrates its 22nd year
The next training session in DeKalb at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Foundry at
County takes place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery
on Oct. 25 at DeKalb Family Protection Boulevard, Atlanta. Chef stations, live
Center,1950 W. Exchange Place in entertainment as well as silent and live
Tucker. auctions are part of the event. Tickets
GCCA also provide an array of other are $200. Visit for
services such as therapy for children tickets and more information.
who have been abused or witnessed

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Sanders said she wanted her
daughter to understand what
it means to give to people less
Sanders donated several
articles of clothing as well as
blankets and other items.
“It’s just heartbreaking. I
can’t imagine having to leave
my home and not being able to
take anything or being trapped
in my home,” Sanders said.
“Right now we need some love
in the country. This is what it
means to be an American.”
As part of a mission trip
with United Methodist Church
in Decatur, Sanders said she
visited Baton Rouge in April to
help others affected by flooding
in the area.
“It shows that mission
trips aren’t just about going
overseas. It happens here and it
starts locally,” Sanders said. The city of Decatur Police Department collected boots, underwear, socks and personal items for first responders providing relief
for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Letter to the Editor
Schools are centers of learning
From the time bright-eyed toddlers and later with the school system, asked that of the French Resistance? Could students
enter preschool through elementary, high three steps be taken to promote a culture of who are focused on studying music, visual
school, and even into higher education, learning: arts, dance, and drama have benefited
opportunities abound for new discoveries from an exploration of all of these forms of
to be made each day. And in such a vibrant • All parents with students in this class expression in the 1920s and analysis of “\
learning environment, mistakes are viewed be informed of the circumstances so The Triplets of Belleville? Perhaps we will
as precious moments not to be quickly that they may with due speed begin never know. Or perhaps the school will take
erased from memory but to be leveraged. to process this situation with their own advantage of the many opportunities that
These are times when a student or a children exist to invite collaboration and facilitated
teacher, an entire class or a school, or a dialogue through organizations like the Anti-
even a school district may pause to ask, • Parents continue to collaborate with the Defamation League, Savannah College of
“What happened? What can we learn from teacher and administrators in a process Art and Design, The Martin Luther King Jr.
this? What should be done differently? of restoration and education for the Center for Non-Violent Social Change, The
How can this be made right?” To produce class National Center for Civil and Human Rights,
generations of innovators, leaders, and and the YWCA.
citizens of conscience, wide latitude must • DSA faculty and staff receive certified Of course, this list is not exhaustive.
be given to explore, and that means that professional development training in the There are also many local scholars and
students and teachers must have room to area of diversity and inclusion artists who would be happy to contribute to
make and clean up mistakes. this learning experience. DeKalb County
Over two weeks have passed since Eleven days after the incident, the district Schools still has the opportunity to stand
students in a French class at DeKalb School was able to collaborate with the principal to out as a national leader in incubating
of the Arts (DSA) were shown a clip from the send a letter to parents. Nothing more, and centers of learning and to demonstrate
2003 film The Triplets of Belleville. silence can be deafening. constructive responses to errors made,
No way around it, this was an error. The Because the teacher has been absent even those that touch the sensitive areas
video does not further the object of studying from the classroom, parents and students, of racism and sexism. Will the district seize
French language, and it is replete with racist, in online and in-person interactions, have this teachable moment at this critical time in
sexist, and violent images. No context or formed allegiances in an imaginary battle history to prepare its schools to navigate the
explanation was provided before or after that pits those who support the teacher messiness of true learning or will the silence
the teacher showed this video. As probably against those who do not support the become even louder?
occurs daily on some level in an outstanding teacher. This mirage would never have
school like DSA, a mistake was made. materialized had the school simply offered
But perhaps because this error touches to the class an opportunity to contextualize Nwandi Ngozi Lawson
on matters of race that the U.S. has been the experience of seeing the inappropriate Chief Cultivation Officer for
very slow and awkward in addressing, the material. What could have been achieved The Virtues Collective
students and teacher have been given no in a simple lesson about the Jazz Age in Resident of DeKalb County.
opportunity to advance their understanding. France, which the film excerpt parodies, and
Parents, who addressed this matter first information about the reality of Josephine
with the teacher and school administration Baker’s life as an entertainer and member

Trump gets it right...on a big one
“I give FEMA a grade of A-plus, require this president to make a cabinet agencies.
all the way from the president
down,” Texas Gov. Gregg
‘One Man’s concerted effort from a Congress
returning from recess and facing
The Chinese break the word
crisis into two symbols. One
Abbott assessing the federal Opinion’ multiple fiscal cliff and deadlines, means “danger” and the other
government’s response and to prioritize billions in emergency “opportunity.” This Harvey wall-
assistance, before, during and Bill Crane aid and reconstruction funding banger along the Texas coast
after the landfall of Hurricane for both states. It has been give our President the opportunity
Harvey along the Texas coast. noted that the president’s budget to reset priorities, external
template would reduce FEMA’s communications structure and
Though for some, this Trump and pre-staged water and other budget by nearly $1 billion to help to move forward on the success
administration has become the emergency supplies as Hurricane make the first down payment of demonstrated effectiveness
gang that can’t shoot straight, Harvey approached Texas from on the administration’s much when and where it matters most.
nothing is more important in the the Gulf of Mexico. discussed wall along the Mexican Though we hope it does not take
role of commander in chief than And before some critics border. another disaster in the making
keeping the American people point out that Texas is among It is too early to tell or give or striking to move this point
safe. Though we are still very the reddest of red states, filled credit to General John Kelly for forward, it would be a shame to
early in the recovery stages with Trump supporters and bringing order and structure to revert to the former increasingly
of Hurricane Harvey along the voters, President Trump is also the Trump White House, but we broken shoot, ready, aim model.
coast of Texas and across metro receiving high praise next door, can also hope that he carries God bless and keep the people of
Houston and surrounding cities, from the Democratic governor of forward another military tradition Louisiana and Texas.
this White House has been Louisiana, John Bel Edwards. of the mission de-brief. Our
providing steady assistance, “Well, first of all, let me tell commander-in-chief would do
guidance and support, since prior you the federal government has well to note the importance and Bill Crane also serves as a
to this once tropical storm coming been excellent. The president success of assembling a strong political analyst and commentator
ashore. has called twice. He signed the team, across a wide array of for Channel 2’s Action News,
Granted, Federal Emergency declaration (of emergency) we disciplines, working to secure WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now
Management Agency (FEMA) requested within a few hours their appointment confirmations, 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist
and our nation’s first responders of our making the request on standing back and via delegation, for The Champion, DeKalb Free
have learned lessons and had Sunday evening. Acting Secretary allowing those who know what Press and Georgia Trend. Crane
serious practice, thanks to the of Homeland Security [Eliane] they are doing to move forward is a DeKalb native and business
tragic earlier disasters caused by Duke has been wonderful and and take charge. That model owner, living in Scottdale. You
hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Sandy FEMA administrator Brock has is working well here, and could can reach him or comment on a
and others. been great as well,” he explained. easily be deployed across the column at bill.csicrane@gmail.
Prior to becoming White Though Harvey has been bulk of Trump administration com.
House chief of staff, General down-graded to a tropical storm,
John Kelly was the director of it continued to deliver torrential
Homeland Security, FEMA is rains in flooding on the Louisiana
a part of that cabinet agency, coast, on the 12th anniversary of
and President Trump has made Hurricane Katrina. The sodden
some significant and qualified cities, counties and millions of
appointments in these and flooded acres, thousands of
related agencies. It was not too homes and businesses across
long ago, that the FEMA was Texas and Louisiana as well as
viewed more as a dumping millions of impacted residents
ground for high level patronage have a long way to go to returning
appointment; Google Michael to normalcy. Federal and state
“Brownie” Brown, FEMA relief efforts continue to enhance
director during Hurricane Katrina the work of first responders,
in the first administration of along with the National Guard
President George W. Bush 12 and civilian volunteers. As the
years ago. flood waters begin to recede, it
FEMA Director Brock Long, is also expected that the body
who previously held an equivalent count will rise, including many still
position as director of emergency among the missing.
management for the state of This recovery work is in its
Alabama, deployed resources nascent stages and will again

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social media that the man
Resident campaigns for ‘common sense’
had been seen in an area of
Marc Alan Urbach eyes governor’s seat, reform
“So they went looking,”
Grogan said. BY R. SCOTT BELZER and disease. We can turn Providing Georgia students
According to Grogan, education around—education with a moral compass is one
Barry found the man off is the key to success in life.” of Urbach’s passions, as is
the roadway in a ravine. To turn education religious freedom. He said
From now until the
He had fallen, hit his head around, Urbach said it may he is in favor of offering The
second week of November
and remained unfound for be necessary to eliminate Bible as an elective as well as
2018, there’s a good chance
approximately seven hours. the Department of its influence in hallways and
Dunwoody resident Marc
“He was in a pretty serious Education, citing an initiative classrooms.
Alan Urbach will be driving
medical condition,” Grogan from Ronald Reagan’s According to Urbach,
at least four hours in any
said. administration. Urbach said the Bible serves as both the
direction each day to spread
Grogan said Deutsch he will push to keep tax foundation of America and
the virtues of “common sense”
used his training to stabilize dollars in Georgia and the the best way to educate
across the state. Dunwoody resident, former educator
the man while Lynn notified power of local school districts and author Marc Alan Urbach is Georgia students in non-
Urbach, a former educator
emergency personnel. in the hands of stakeholders. hoping to be the first Jewish governor academia. He cites opinions
and write-in candidate for the in Georgia history. Photo by R. Scott
Barry Deutsch was “I’ll pressure the Georgia from Founding Fathers
2016 presidential election, Belzer
awarded the Certificate of Assembly—they’re our John Jay, Benjamin Rush
is one of seven declared
Merit on Aug. 28. He will schools. We’re going to and Gouverneur Morris as
candidates for the 2018 the classroom. Let’s find out
again be recognized at put the right books in the historical support.
gubernatorial election. Should what’s really being taught to
Troop 477’s next meeting classroom. We’re going to Urbach’s inspiration behind
Urbach win the Republican students and what’s not being
by Dunwoody Lt. Fidel write new lesson plans,” such a platform is specific
nomination and governor’s taught to students. Let’s use
Espinoza. Urbach said. “I want the
seat, he will be the first Jewish common sense principles.”
“God forbid what would teacher to be the leader in
man to do so in Georgia. SEE CAMPAIGNS ON PAGE 12A
have happened if [the “I’m not running for
Deutsch’s] had not located governor for me, I’m running
him,” Grogan said. for you and your job,” Urbach METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
Deutsch called the event said. “For all 10 million
“an interesting evening.” He
credited the efforts of local
Georgians, for 25 million
veterans, our active military
Notice of Public Hearings
law enforcement as well as his and for all active citizens in Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will hold public
wife for coming together to the United States. It’s not hearings for the purpose of considering the
solve a community issue. about me. It’s about what’s
“I want to commend Proposed Bus Service Modifications for December 9, 2017 for the following routes:
doing right for Georgians.”
the police force—they On Aug. 29, Urbach—who Route 3: MLK Jr. Drive/Auburn Ave.; Route 4: Thomasville/Moreland Ave./MTC; Route 13: Atlanta Student
were doing an excellent considers himself a statesman Movement Blvd./Hunter Hills; Route 16: Ralph McGill Blvd./N. Highland/Lenox; Route 24: Hosea Williams
job,” Deutsch said. “There rather than a politician—sat
were even helicopters and Drive/McAfee Road; Route 40 (New): Peachtree Street/Downtown; Route 42: Pryor Road/McDaniel Street;
with The Champion to outline
multiple dog teams out. It his campaign platform and Route 49: McDonough Boulevard; Route 55: Jonesboro Road/Hutchens Road/Forest Parkway; Route 81: Ve-
was all a matter of being in subsequent promises to netian Hills; Route 86: Peachcrest Road/Snapfinger Road/Fairington Road; Route 95: Metropolitan Parkway/
the right place at the right the state. Many of Urbach’s Hapeville; Route 107: Glenwood Road; Route 110: Peachtree Street (The Peach); Route 111: Snapfinger Woods
time. Whenever you get one platforms are expanded upon
of those alerts, if you can do Drive/Stonecrest; Route 115: Covington Highway/South Hairston Road; Route 116: Redan Road/Stonecrest;
in his two books, Believe:
something, do it.” Do We Need a Third Great Route 126: North Lake/Chamblee; Route 142 (Demonstration Status): Hosea Williams Drive/McAfee Road;
Dunwoody Councilman Awakening? and Heal Our Route 155: Windsor Street/Lakewood Ave/Polar Rock; Route 162: Alison Court/Delowe; Route 172: Sylvan
John Heneghan called Nation, Save Our World. Road/Virginia Avenue; Route 192: Old Dixie/Tara Boulevard; Route 295 (New): Metropolitan Campus Express;
Deutsch an “everyday hero “I love people—I don’t care
who unselfishly gives his time Route 889 (Demonstration Status): Oakley Industrial.
what religion, ethnicity or
and talents to make this a slant they have, [Republican All route information, a video with Hearing information and comment forms are available at
better community.” or Democrat], I don’t care,”
“I cannot say with certainty Urbach said. “I care about Monday, Sept 11 Thursday, Sept 14 Thursday, Sept 14
that my friend, Mr. Barry people. I have a passion for Fulton County
Deutsch, actually saved Clayton County Maloof Auditorium Assembly Hall
people. I’m a mensch—a
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you that [he] goes beyond 112 Smith Street, Decatur, GA 30030
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Education is one of HEARING: 7 p.m.
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service to hundreds of young years in Gwinnett County
men in our community,” and considers the current Copies of the proposed Bus Service Modifications will also be available for public viewing at MARTA’s Headquarters Office of External
Heneghan said. “Thank you common core model corrupt.
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Barry for saving this man’s life Urbach instead favors what For formats (FREE of charge) in accordance with the ADA and Limited English Proficiency regulations contact, (404) 848-4037. For
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disease,” Urbach said, quoting Atlanta, GA 30324-3330; (3) complete an online Comment Card at; (4) or fax your comments no later than
former governor Ellis Gibbs Sept. 21, 2017 to (404) 848-4179.
Arnall. “That’s a fact, but All citizens of the City of Atlanta and the counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Gwinnett whose interests are affected by the
many of my friends who subjects to be considered at these hearings are hereby notified and invited to appear at said times and places and present such
are teachers, believe today evidence, comment or objection as their interests require.
that modern education is Keith T. Parker, AICP, General Manager/CEO
causing ignorance, poverty


Residents evacuated from apartment complex
by Horace Holloman the premises, buildings and general public, as well as staff
fire protection systems, of the DeKalb County Fire as well as thoroughly Rescue [Department],” Cox
evaluate conditions which wrote.
DeKalb residents demonstrated a clear and According to documents,
living at the Brannon Hill inimical threat to human life, the DeKalb County
Condominiums in Clarkston safety or health,” said DeKalb Building Department will
were evacuated after the County Fire Marshal Chief J.K. be responsible for repairs,
DeKalb County Fire Marshall Cox in a referral notification alterations, remodeling,
deemed portions of the to the county. removal or demolition of the In July, DeKalb County removed 1,199 tons of debris from demolished buildings
building “uninhabitable.” The county will be building. at Brannon Hill Condominiums.
According to documents responsible for safeguarding The Brannon Hill
obtained by The Champion the area as well as secure Condominium has
through an open records access points from inside been called “the worst
request, the fire marshal’s and outside the building. neighborhood in America”
office requested that action A fire code official can also and in July county workers
be taken by Sept. 15 at post signs and barriers on removed 1,200 tons of debris
6657 Old Singleton Lane in the location to secure public as part of a demolition and
Clarkston after firefighters safety. cleanup phase.
discovered unsafe conditions Representatives with the Built in 1973, more than
at the building. DeKalb ounty Community 100 units at the complex are
On Aug. 25, DeKalb County Development and Red Cross vacant and in various states of
Fire Rescue responded to a were notified and assisted disrepair. In November 2016,
structure fire at the building. the 10 displaced residents DeKalb County obtained a
After firefighters inspected from the third floor, which court order allowing nuisance
the premise, they noticed was declared unsafe for abatement in Brannon Hill
10 residents were unable occupancy. at four buildings totaling 68 Ten residents were displaced after a structure fire at the Brannon Hill
Condominiums in Clarkston.
to safely evacuate from the “After detailed analysis units.
third floor due to structural and collaboration with In a press conference “DeKalb will be judged the ability to remove these
damage to the staircase. other county agencies, I addressing Brannon Hill’s by the quality of life of all four blighted buildings in
“The DeKalb Fire have concluded that unsafe conditions in July, DeKalb of our residents, including Brannon Hill, but removing
Marshal’s Office conducted conditions are clearly present, County CEO Michael those most challenged,” said buildings isn’t the cure.”  
an emergency inspection constituting an extreme risk Thurmond said the county Thurmond. “The county has
for the purpose of assessing to the safety and health of the still has work to do.


City Council says no to proposed
development of Sears property
BY CARLA PARKER possibility of disrupting the industrial corridor, according
to the city’s communication
The vacant Sears director Matt Holmes.
warehouse at the intersection During the meeting,
Tucker City Council denied a developer’s application requests to move forward with the proposed mixed-use project for the
of Hugh Howell Road and councilmembers and the vacant Sears property.
Mountain Industrial Boulevard developer pointed out that,
will remain so for the time despite a denial, the property
being. can still be developed by residents of neighboring care about it like we do.” council members say things
The city council voted right or without the special Smoke Rise community voiced One resident questioned like, ‘You knew there was a
during an Aug. 30 special permissions being sought from their disappointment in the whether the current council warehouse there 20 years ago
called meeting to deny three the city, according to Holmes. council on the community’s wants any progress for the when you moved in,’ that’s the
petitions from developer “Under the current zoning, Facebook page. In April, property. sign of a leader who doesn’t
Stephen Macauley to that could mean construction several residents from the “We have heard a lot want progress. I feel such
construct an 88-acre mixed- of restaurants, a movie theater Smoke Rise community from the city council and the clarity today in the fact that
use development. The and several other aspects spoke in favor of the plan and collaborative about wanting The Rise never stood a chance
proposed development, included in ‘The Rise’ proposal,” begged the council to approve to ‘preserve what we have,’” due to these circumstances.”
named The Rise, was to include Holmes said. “It would not Macauley’s applications. the resident wrote. “When city
192,000 square feet of retail permit construction of the The Smoke Rise Community
space, 88,000 square feet of residential facilities or the Association endorsed the
office space, 705 housing units, supermarket included in the project after meeting with
a supermarket, as well as a proposal.” Macauley and his staff.
daycare and an elementary This is the second time “What a shame. Why did we
school. this year the city council has ever vote for the city? Clearly
Macauley petitioned to turned down Macauley’s it us an us-against-them fight,”
change to the comprehensive petitions. In January, the one resident wrote on the
plan, re-zone the property city council voted to accept Smoke Rise Facebook page.
from light industrial to a town Macauley’s withdrawal “Shame on those who did not
center designation and he request of the same three listen to their constituents.
applied for a special land petitions. Macauley’s decision Good luck finding any other
use permit (SLUP) to allow to withdraw came after city developer that would want
a personal care home to be council members made to try to use that property.
constructed on the site. motions to either defer their [Seventeen] months is not
The council voted 5-2 vote or deny the applications ‘too fast’ to make a mindful
against the comprehensive due to several concerns. One decision. Just so sad.”
plan amendment, and 6-1 of those concerns was the “Just sickening to see how
against the re-zoning and city not having a downtown short-sighted they were,”
SLUP petitions. The council development authority in another Smoke Rise resident
citied numerous concerns as place yet to evaluate the wrote. “Most of those who
it voted against Macauley’s project. voted against don’t live on our
petitions, including the After the vote, several side of Tucker and clearly don’t


Thanks to the efforts of readers, friends, associates and supporters, the reception area of The Champion
is overflowing with donated items to be sent to the community of Alief, Texas in the greater Houston

Fifth graders at Henderson Mill Elementary toil in the school’s out-
door garden and plant seeds before rain arrives on Aug. 31. Photo

Bottled water, linens, clothing, toiletries as well as dog and cat foods, are among the many items being
shipped to a shelter in Alief, Texas

Teachers at Edward L. Bouie Elementary School received their
Chromebooks on Aug. 29 as part of DeKalb County School District’s
Thirty-eight goats that escaped from the Drew Valley detention pond were returned thanks to the help Digital Dreamers technology initiative. Photo submitted.
of a few Brookhaven residents. Photo submitted

Have you created programming you’d like to air on TV?
Do you have an interest in Public Access TV in DeKalb County?
Submit your show to DeKalb County’s Public Access channel, DeKalb 25.
Drop off DVD or USB copies to the Manuel J. Maloof Center at
1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030, or upload your content via the internet.
(404) 371-2325

CHAMBLEE Three fatally shot in Stonecrest apartment

A midnight miracle
DeKalb County detectives investigation,” Campbell said.
are investigating what led Campbell said the two
to the shooting deaths of male victims lived at the
three people at a Stonecrest apartment and the female
apartment. victim was visiting. She said
Police said the bodies of police do not have a motive in
Henderson, 28, and
what led to the shooting but
detectives believe it could be
Starlynne Henderson, 29, drug related.
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN as well as Eric Robinson, 27, Check back with The a friend, were found in an Champion for more details as
apartment in the 5000 block they become available.
of Par Four Court around 2
Shortly after midnight a.m. on Aug. 30. STONE MOUNTAIN
on Aug. 31, Chamblee Police Officer and DeKalb VILLAGE
Department received a call County Police Department CITY-WIDE YARD
about a matter most officers spokeswoman Shiera SALE
dread: an abandoned baby. Campbell said police 922 Main St.
According to a press received a call about a (behind Gazebo)
release from Chamblee police, disturbance around 11 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23, 2017
the call came from the Family and that officers discovered 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Medical Clinic—located at the crime scene a few hours Setup begins 7:30 a.m. on
4861 Buford Highway— the day of sale
later. For info. call City Hall
following the discovery “We’re still interviewing
of a baby in the building’s witnesses; it’s still early in the 770-498-8984
Police state the baby was
found in a gym bag with the
umbilical cord still attached.
Video surveillance and on-
scene interviews revealed the
bag was originally left outside
in the early morning hours of
Aug. 30. The bag was brought
inside by staff during the day
but not inspected; the baby
remained in the gym bag all
day without nourishment.
Once discovered, the baby
was transported to Scottish
Rite Hospital in time to save Chamblee Police Officer Beth Frye holds a baby that was found abandoned at a
clinic along Buford Highway. Photo courtesy of Chamblee Police Department.
its life. While there, it was
identified as a 4.86 pound boy
who does not appear to be Children Services. Chamblee a prematurely born baby
full-term. Police said the case remains before an ambulance and her
“Based on the timeline of open and that they hope to emergency first-aid training
the incident, the medical staff identify who abandoned the saved the infant’s life.
considers the infant boy a child soon. Updates will be posted
miracle child,” states the press This is the second time in on the Chamblee Police
release. “It’s a miracle baby!” five years Chamblee Police Department’s Facebook page.
The child has since been officer Beth Frye has rescued Any tips can be reported to
transferred into the custody a newborn. In June 2013, Frye Chamblee Police directly by
of the Division of Family and arrived at a scene involving calling (770) 986-5005.

CAMPAIGNS Continued From Page 8A
wording in the Northwest guide them properly and funds by what he calls “moral
Ordinance of 1789, which give them success in life in capitalists.”
states, “religion, morality, and everything they do.” Urbach’s stance on
knowledge, being necessary Urbach proposes no healthcare includes ending
to good government and income tax on salaries to the Affordable Care Act
the happiness of mankind, help stimulate the economy, (“ObamaCare”), stating it
schools and the means of stating people deserve to violates Amendment V of the
education shall forever be keep the fruits of their labor. United States Constitution as
encouraged.” To create better Georgia well as Georgia Statute 16-8-2.
According to Urbach, jobs and infrastructure, “As governor, I will work
current classroom history Urbach proposes that to ensure competitive, free-
books omit Christian businesses provide student market principles that will
principles from state text loans in exchange for tax provide better services and
books and deny children a write-offs and student bring down costs,” Urbach
sense of cultural history. workers rather than high- states.
“This country is a Christian interest loan rates. Urbach To find out more about
country, not by law, but by also proposes a high-speed Marc Alan Urbach and his
culture, tradition and history,” bullet train linking Columbus, platforms as a gubernatorial
Urbach said. “This is what I call Macon, Atlanta, Augusta, candidate, visit www.
delete-ism. I’m a proponent Savannah and Chattanooga.
of the truth—the students Urbach said he hopes
should learn truth that will to achieve this with private


From left, DeKalb County Magistrate Court judges Matthew
McCoyd, Hollie Manheimer and September Guy.

A new initiative targets blighted properties in DeKalb County.

Program created to address blight
County Code Enforcement without DeKalb County can then collect the Aug. 24. Three of the 10 cases resulted
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN corrective measures being taken by costs of demolition from the property in an order for demolition unless property owners. owner.   the property owner makes serious
Supervising Ordinance judge “We have long been plagued in improvements.
Hollie Manheimer, along with Judges DeKalb County with problems created Anderson said ordinance judges
DeKalb County officials may
September Guy and Matthew by these troublesome properties,” will be particularly sensitive to
have some extra ammo in the fight
McCoyd, will hear these cases. The Anderson said. “In the past, there was property rights of owners. According
to prevent blight in the county. The
three judges were appointed by not much that could be done unless to Anderson, the judges will follow a
DeKalb Magistrate Court recently
Anderson in May 2015 after the the properties’ owners could be found. strict procedural safeguard checklist
launched a new initiative to help
responsibility for ordinance violations This initiative allows the county to to ensure that property rights are
clean up blight and prosecute those
in DeKalb County was shifted by move forward with taking down these protected.  In each instance, notice is
responsible for it.
statute to the Magistrate Court, properties regardless of whether the sent to all interested parties, including
Chief DeKalb Magistrate Judge
according to county officials. owners respond to court orders. We property owners, homeowners,
Berryl Anderson announced the
According to county officials, the can protect the rights of homeowners mortgage holders and renters.
formation of a new court effort to
key difference with the treatment of while making sure the neglect of their These hearings will be held on the
remediate blight issues Aug. 30.
these cases is if the owner does not property does not undermine the third Thursday of each month at 2
Under the new initiative, judges
repair or demolish as required, the quality of life in DeKalb.” p.m. at 3630 Camp Circle, Decatur in
will meet once per month to hear
county will be allowed to tear down Under the new initiative, the group the Camp Circle Courthouse Complex,
cases in which properties have been
these properties at county expense. of judges heard their first cases on Courtroom E.  
cited for multiple citations by DeKalb

PARENTS Continued From Page 2A
us our son’s grades: A’s and B’s. She needed to become a community education, the better a parent you can to Power, God Has not Forogotten You,
was very delighted to inform us that stakeholder and demand more of the be.” and Permission to Be Great.
our son made the academic honor powers-that-be. She credits her son’s Austin said Georgia’s public Austin said her work combines
roll. I remember looking at his teacher success to holding schools to her school systems often suffer from low spirituality with practical knowledge
in a state of puzzlement and asking, own personal standards, providing standards, low expectations, grade about education.
‘How? Why? He can’t spell. You didn’t additional learning tools and inflation, inadequate curriculums, a “[From Parent to Power] is the
notice?’ I told my son that we were assignments and advocating. willingness to mislead parents about only book that places educational
going to stick with the standards from “The legal law is to provide a their child’s abilities and a willingness concepts in a book with spiritual
his former state [Illinois] and that our standard, core-based education,” to lie to students about their own concepts,” Austin said. “It addresses
expectations are higher than those of Austin said. “The more apt we are to ability. emotional issues and other issues, all
Georgia.” understand how to be involved, the Much of Austin’s advice can be in the mission of uniting, educating
Since 2001, Austin said she has more as parents we can contribute. found in her three books: Daily and elevating parents to greatness.”
helped parents focus on what’s The more you know about your child’s Affirmations for Students, From Parent


DeKalb student wins contest, earns publishing contract
“Something action-y. Or
BY R. SCOTT BELZER maybe an animated show. I
can’t draw well but it would be really cool.”
Until next year, Siddeeq
For as long as he can will correspond with editors in
remember, Stone Mountain perfecting Rouk: The Child in
resident and DeKalb Early the Capsule. When it’s ready to
College Academy sophomore publish, the book will receive
Khalil Siddeeq has had a layout, softcover design,
a passion for stories and official International Standard
storytelling. Book Number (ISBN), online
“It lets me explore my selling with quarterly royalty
imagination,” Siddeeq said. payments, 25 printed copies,
“It’s really fun just being able eBook conversion and eBook
to make up this really cool selling with quarterly royalty
story that I have total control payments.
over. I can make the world “I’m very proud of him; he’s
from scratch. Lots of people a hard worker, conscientious
have really cool ideas, and and an aware young man,”
as a writer, I can take those said Siddeeq’s father, Taqwa
ideas and turn them into Siddeeq. “He’s been keeping
something tangible.”
This month, Siddeeq’s
passion turned into profit as
he was named a winner in
the BookLogix Young Writers
Contest in the 14- to-18 age
category. As a winner, he will
receive a publishing contract DeKalb Early College Academy sophomore Khalil Siddeeq recently won
BookLogix’s Young Writers Contest in the 14 to 18 ages category, earning a
worth an estimated $5,000 for publishing contract worth $5,000. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
his novel Rouk: The Child in the
As an entrant, Siddeeq
being proves to be evil and time.
submitted a 200-page
powerful, but it awakens “Especially the narratives,”
manuscript for Rouk. Since
abilities inside the child. Siddeeq said. “I had a lot
Siddeeq has been working
“It’s up to the original of freedom to develop the
on the story since November
child, the main character, narratives as I see fit. I just
2014, it was a challenge to
to use his latent abilities to sit down and write. Having
edit his work and maintain
combat this menace and save a structure or a plan would
the overall essence of the
the world,” Siddeeq said. probably make it feel more
According to Siddeeq, like a job or stressful. I don’t
“I had to edit it down,”
judges from BookLogix feel like that—I just write.”
Siddeeq said. “I submitted it
commended the story’s wit Siddeeq wrote his first
last minute and didn’t know
and character development novel when he was 9 years
there was a page limit, so I
and recommended he not old. While he admits its not
was scrambling to edit stuff
take as long in moving the as good, he plans to rework it
out. The story did not change.
story forward. and give it the treatment he
This did not interfere with the
Siddeeq cited such feels it deserves.
soul of the book.”
Japanese stories as Naruto Siddeeq’s score on his fifth
Siddeeq describes Rouk:
and Avatar: The Last Airbender grade writing assessment
The Child in the Capsule as
as well as young adult novels for the Criterion-Referenced
an urban science-fiction
from Percy Jackson and Competency Test (CRCT)
and fantasy novel. The story
the Olympians as his main affirmed that he was good at
revolves around a boy who,
influences in developing it—he had the highest grade
experimented on as a baby,
Rouk. at his school.
has a being from another
Siddeeq said the Siddeeq is now
dimension put inside his us on our toes. He does good
upcoming novel began as considering a career in because I’m 15, I don’t really
body. After 10 years with work in the community. He
nothing more than a hobby. television screenwriting in have a lot of experience and
little to no results, a second volunteers for Neighborhood
He realized he had fun writing addition to his interest in I’m still just figuring stuff out,
scientist does something Works, and we’re very proud
while at school during routine becoming an aerospace but I do think it would be
similar by summoning of him.”
writing assignments and engineer. cool to write for a TV show
another being. The second
began doing it in his spare “I’m not certain about it or a movie,” Siddeeq said.

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Seven ways to say ‘Welcome’
BY R. SCOTT BELZER received live feedback from
stakeholders. “It was really intense to
create,” Dillard said. “This was
According to Atlanta artist
the first time I had to paint in
Ralph “rEN” Dillard, art has
multiple languages. Students
the ability to break down
and parents were there
structures—both real and
looking and asking questions,
imagined—that hold people
providing nuances and
back from their true potential.
corrections. From a technical
“My work’s grand theme
standpoint, it’s difficult to be
is unlearning,” Dillard said.
put on that stage. It’s already
“It deals with breaking down
difficult by myself, but with
the social constructs or social
that much critique, it made it
agreements that hold people
that much more difficult.”
in a reality or a life they aren’t
According to Dillard, near
aligned with. My work is all
the mural’s completion, just
about getting the viewer to
as with many pictures, cheers
understand who they truly
and commendations were
given to him by students,
Beginning this school year,
parents and teachers. Local artist Ralph “rEN” Dillard was chosen to paint International Student Center’s new mural, which features seven
students at DeKalb County different ways to say “Welcome.” Photos courtesy of rEN.
“The feedback has been
School District’s International
tremendous,” Dillard said.
Student Center (ISC)—located
“Teachers have commented
at 3318 Midway Road—
on the vibrant colors. It’s
will be greeted by Dillard’s
really brightened up the
latest work as they enter the
hallway in an area that’s
already well lit. Between
Dillard was commissioned
that, the parents, students,
by ISC principal Alexander
teachers and others cheering
Russell to paint a mural near
me on as I was painting, it was
the school’s entrance. The
a wonderful experience.”
mural states “Welcome” in
Dillard said the mural
seven languages and includes
helped him grow as an artist
a globe made of 50 different
by placing him in a situation
he had never been in before,
Dillard said the project was
adding “extra lumps of muscle
near to his heart because it
as an artist.”
helps students throughout
“For me, it’s not a job, it’s
the school day.
something I love to do. I don’t
“As an artist, I was
see things as difficult, but as
introverted at school. I know
things that help me grow,”
how it feels to be ostracized,”
Dillard said. “This forced me to painting.
Dillard said. “It makes me feel DID YOU KNOW…
do something I had not done Today, Dillard has three
good knowing my work is
before. It was something that standing exhibitions at South
helping students—students Parents & grandparents
forced me to look at my art Fulton mayor Bill Edwards’
from another part of the are often the first to
differently.” office, the South Fulton Art
world—feel better about
Growing as an artist, for notice a child has
being at school.” Center Gallery’s opening difficulties with learning
Dillard, began in childhood OnyxCon, and an opening and developing like other
According to Dillard, the
and has not ended. His titled Mythos at Gallery 992. children?
mural proved to be a physical
earliest memory is drawing Dillard is also working on
and mental challenge. He
a ram on his mother’s painting three “Pianos for Children with learning
had to stay in one position
phonebook. From there, Peace,” which will be placed in difficulties benefit most
for a long time and provide
he moved on to singing, locations throughout Atlanta
PROJECT CHILD FIND from early detection of
intricate details to make Do you know a child who resides problems?
songwriting and writing for public use.
sure flags were correctly
poetry. It was not until 2006 in DeKalb County who may have a
represented. For more information developmental delay or other disabilities More boys than girls are
in Philadelphia, Pa., that about Ralph “rEN” Dillard, visit such as problems with learning,
Dillard also had to paint diagnosed with learning
Dillard developed a love for communication, vision, hearing, or other
while students registered and disabilities?
physical or health impairments?
Many people who have
Do you suspect this child may need learning disabilities go
special education services? on to become extremely
successful, and in some
The DeKalb County School District cases, famous?
offers comprehensive special education
services to eligible students ages three
through 21 years enrolled in public SPECIAL EDUCATION
school, private school or home school. DEPARTMENT
5839 Memorial Drive
Contact 678-676-1809 for more Stone Mountain, GA
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Restaurateurs continue family
traditions, start new one
New York. After she returned double chocolate cookies,
BY KATHY MITCHELL to the Atlanta area to care for sweet potato pie as well as
FREELANCE REPORTER her ailing mother, Sanders- bibingka, a popular Filipino
Francisco closed The Brookie dessert made with rice cake
Artwork on the wall at Cookie’s bricks-and-mortar and coconut milk.
Janet’s Kitchen captures store and continues it as an Sanders said she got
the essence of the soon-to- online business now that she the idea for soul food with
open eatery on Clairmont and her husband have moved a Filipino twist as she, her
Road in Decatur. Featuring to Georgia. mother and her husband
an American flag that melts Sanders-Francisco said she cooked together for the
into a flag of the Philippines, urged her mother to teach holidays. “My mother would
the art is a visual reminder of her to make her popular taste something he was
dishes. “It wasn’t easy because cooking and say, ‘This is really Nycole Sanders-Francisco and husband Lester Francisco combine family food
the restaurant’s two featured traditions to create a soul food-Filipino fusion menu.
cuisines— soul food and usually my mother worked good; how do you make this?’
Filipino. from memory and instinct. They were sharing recipes
Although the eatery held She had a gift. I actually and I thought this would be a
an opening party on July 23, had to watch her and create great fusion.”
its full opening will be in mid- written recipes based on what Most of the dishes on
September. The date of the I saw her doing.” the Janet’s Kitchen menu
July celebration was chosen In addition to dishes are either soul food or
to honor the restaurant’s inspired by the soul food Filipino, but there are some
namesake, Janet Sanders, catering company, Janet’s fusion dishes. For example,
who had operated a Stone Kitchen will feature Filipino the chicken and waffles,
Mountain-based catering specialty dishes from Sanders- inspired by a traditional soul
company for 40 years and Francisco’s husband, Lester food restaurant offering,
died in September 2016. Francisco, who grew up in features Southern-style
“So many people knew a family that immigrated waffles and Filipino-style
my mother and loved her and to New York from Manila, fried chicken. The merging
loved her food. After we lost Philippines. of the two cuisines may
her, I wanted the wonderful Lester said he has no seem odd to some, but they
things she brought to the formal chef training but grew are surprisingly compatible,
Atlanta community—not just up cooking for the family according to Sanders-
great food but an amazing under the guidance of older Francisco. “Both feature lively,
spirit—to continue. I chose family members. “The dishes spicy flavors and rice is a
to have an opening party I cook are like the ones you staple for both cuisines,” she At a pre-opening party celebrating the restaurant’s namesake, Janet Sanders,
on my mother’s birthday find in Filipino homes,” he said. guests are offered samples of menu items.
to celebrate her life and explained, noting that he Sanders-Francisco said the
vision. She would have been had found no similar cuisine Decatur real estate company
65 years old on July 23,” offered in the area. “There are that found the location on
explained owner Nycole a good many Filipino people Clairmont near North Decatur
Sanders-Francisco, who living in this area and we Road was working to assure
said her mother’s specialty think they will enjoy finding the plaza had a varied mix
was soul food, adding, “She the kind of food they had of food offerings. There was
was famous for her desserts, back home.” already an Italian restaurant,
especially her lemon pound Attendees at to the July a pub and several Asian
cake.” event were offered a sampling eateries. [The real estate
Although Sanders- of foods they found on the agent] felt soul food would be
Francisco, who grew up in Janet’s Kitchen menu. They a good addition. When I told
the Decatur area, earned sampled pork adobo; chicken him we would be doing soul
degrees in fashion design and adobo, a braised chicken dish food with Filipino cuisine, he
marketing in New York City, that is one of the national was very excited and worked
the desire to continue her dishes in the Philippines; with us to make it happen.”
mother’s cooking traditions shrimp inasal, shrimp lumpia Although the restaurant
remained with her. Inspired along with collards, mac ‘n’ probably will open earlier,
by her mother’s desserts, in cheese, black-eyed peas, fried Janet’s Kitchen has scheduled
2010, she opened The Brookie okra and other Southern a grand opening celebration Artwork on the restaurant’s wall depicts a blend of the American flag and the
Cookie bakery in Brooklyn, specialties. Desserts included for Sept. 24. flag of the Philippines.

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Southwest DeKalb senior Anthony Parker won the Chamblee senior Beining Xiao won the second girls’
Tucker junior Abdilnur Tiroro won the second boys’ race first boys’ race of the DeKalb cross country meet. race of the DeKalb cross country meet.
of the DeKalb cross country meet.

Chamblee sweeps boys’, girls’ races at Arabia Mountain
by Mark Brock 20:54.40. a sixth-place finish while senior Sam Garrett was
Senior Kalil Khan (21:25.40) wrapped up the win 10th in 24:31.70.
The second week of cross country action shifted for Chamblee with his 12th place finish. Miller Grove senior Joel Mazelin was third in
to Arabia Mountain this week with Chamblee Tucker had sophomore Bereket Adugna 22:14.30 and was followed by Redan senior Allansa
sweeping the second race of the DeKalb County (20:38.80) in fifth, junior Ian Nuhfer (21:05.40) in Providence (22:50.90) and sophomore Kingsley
cross country meet on Aug. 29. 10th and junior Steven Tiung (21:22.40) in 11th. Harris (22:54.20) to lead Redan to a fourth-place
Chamblee won the girls’ race 15 to 50 over McNair senior Marrico Gooden was fourth finish.
Tucker with a Top 10-sweep led by senior Beining overall in 20:09.80 while Cross Keys senior Bladimir Cedar Grove freshman Omari Walker (24:15.8)
Xiao, who ran the fastest time (21:33.70) in a Morales (20:12.60) was fifth. Stone Mountain junior was seventh and Stephenson senior Jechorvion
DeKalb meet this season. Mohamed Dirie rounded out the Top 10 in eighth Foster was ninth in 24:25.20.
Senior Paris Williams was second in 25:52.70 with a time of 20:51.60. Stephenson had the only full team in the girls’
with Madeline Miller (26:21.20), senior Chloe Arabia Mountain won the tiebreaker in the boys’ race and had four runners in the Top 10, led by
Wyatt (26:38.80) and sophomore Jessica opening race of the day as the Rams’ sixth runner winner Jeniya Culbreath (27:54.80).
McDonald (27:05.10) rounding out the Top 5 finished ahead of Southwest DeKalb’s in a 59-59 tie. Sophomore Jordan Williams (29:17.30) was
runners Junior Elijah Bibbs ran a time of 25:16.10 fourth, sophomore Marisa Mayfield was eighth
Tucker’s top finisher was Nafekot Tadesse in to finish 17th overall to come across ahead of (30:14.20) and junior Deanna Rawling (32:36.20)
11th place with a time of 30:08.30. Southwest DeKalb’s Malik Gaye, who was 38th. was 10th.
Chamblee boys had five runners to finish in the Stephenson was third with 66 points followed by Southwest DeKalb junior Raven Thurman was
top 12, leading them to a 30-39 win over Tucker. Redan (81), Lithonia (114) and Cedar Grove (141). second with a time of 28:19.60 followed in third by
Tucker junior Abdilnur Tiroro crossed the finish The Panthers had a 1-2 finish to have the early Nya Bostic (28:43.40). Sophomore Chanice Harris
line first with a time of 19:18.80. advantage as senior Anthony Parker came across was fifth in 29:43.20.
Chamblee took second and third as junior in 20:43.60 and junior Nakai Jack in second at Columbia’ Frunol Hulufe was sixth in 30:00.90
Bennett Solomon (19:35.30) followed Tiroro across 21:42.20. Sophomore Calvin Mosley was eighth and Redan freshman Aniya Dallis was seventh in
the line and senior Charles Holt (19:47.30) took overall in 24:23.30. 30:07.00. Cedar Grove’s Ale’yah Roberts was ninth.
third. Chamblee senior Rasheed Cobb was seventh Arabia Mountain junior Torrance Allen was the
in 20:45.60 and George Williams was ninth in first Ram to cross the line with a time of 22:54.80 for

FOOTBALL Photos by Travis Hudgons

Dunwoody wins fourth
straight Golden Spike
over Chamblee
running back Robby Hardin,
BY CARLA PARKER who scored on an 11-yard run, giving Dunwoody a 7-0
Emotions were high Sept. Before halftime, Chamblee
1 for the Dunwoody Wildcats had an opportunity to score,
as they played their first but quarterback Stuart
game after the death of co- Steele’s pass was picked
defensive coordinator Kent off by Dunwoody’s Jordan
Davis. Battle. The third quarter was
While grieving for their another defensive battle with
late coach, the Wildcats were a few shoving matches and
able to pull out a 16-0 win personal foul penalties.
over rival Chamblee in the Dunwoody extended its
annual Battle of the Golden lead to 10 on a field goal
Spike at North DeKalb by Jamie Morrison. The
Stadium. It was Dunwoody’s Wildcats sealed their win on
fourth consecutive win over a three-yard touchdown pass
the Chamblee Bulldogs. from Zach Pankey to Chris
Dunwoody recognized Sturken bringing the final
Davis before the game and score to 16-0.
players tried to put their Dunwoody (2-0) now
emotions aside during the enters the region portion
game. But between their of the schedule beginning
grief and the intense rivalry with North Atlanta on Sept.
between the two north 8. Nash said his team has to
DeKalb schools, tensions regain its focus if they want to
rose often and led to several get to 3-0.
instances of after-the-whistle “We have to get past
pushing and shoving. what we’re dealing with right
Dunwoody coach Michael now emotionally,” he said.
Nash said his players have to “And after that we have to
keep their composure at all [stay] focused and control
times. the things we can control.
“We’ve had a tough couple That’s just not on Friday
of weeks with the passing of nights, but it’s on Monday
coach Davis, and I don’t feel through Wednesday. We have
like our kids were focused the to practice hard on Monday Dunwoody running back Robby Hardin scored on an 11-yard yard.
way they needed to be and through Wednesday and
we didn’t execute—it’s the be focused and understand
bottom line,” Nash said. “We that we can’t get complacent
didn’t execute. Hats off to in Georgia football. We’re
[Chamblee], but we just didn’t 2-0 right now and if we’re
execute.” satisfied with that then we’re
The first quarter was a never going to be 3-0. We
defensive battle as both have to continue to work.”
offensives struggled to Dunwoody will take
get in the end zone. The on North Atlanta at North
Wildcats’ offense got going DeKalb Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
in the second quarter, led by

Sept. 1
McNair (2-0) 55, Cross Keys (0-1) 0
Arabia Mountain (3-0) 46, Redan (1-2) 6
Stone Mountain (1-2) 37, Clarkston (0-3) 0
Lithonia (1-2) 21, Luella (0-3) 13
SW DeKalb (2-1) 28, Creekside (0-2) 0
M.L. King (1-2) 19, Miller Grove (2-1) 13
Marist (2-0) 31, Baylor (Tenn.) (1-2) 6
Cedar Shoals (2-0) 45, Decatur (1-2) 13
Benedictine (2-0) 41, St. Pius X (0-2) 13
North Springs (2-0) 21, Towers (1-2) 6
Colquitt County (3-0) 35, Tucker (2-1) 21

Sept. 2
Dutchtown (2-0) 43, Columbia (2-1) 0

Cedar Grove (2-0); Druid Hills (0-2); Lakeside (0-2); Stephenson (0-2)
Dunwoody cornerback Jordan Battle avoids a Chamblee player after intercepting a pass.

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