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DeKalb schools to extend CEDAR GROVE 48,
STN. MOUNTAIN 6
school day extension
by R. Scott Belzer
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com

DeKalb County
School District (DCSD)
announced its intention
to continue adding 20
minutes to each school
day on Oct. 20 to make
up days lost to inclement
weather caused by DeKalb County School District announced its intention to
Hurricane Irma. continue adding 20 minutes to each school day through Nov. 30
on Oct. 20. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
According to a recent
release, the extension scheduled break relating to form a viable plan.
will last until Nov. 30. In to Thanksgiving, the “This month, we
addition, DCSD schools release states. Winter have diligently surveyed
will remain open on Nov. Cedar Grove’s Alvin Williams sacks Stone Mountain's QB.
Break will also continue a cross section of Photo by Travis Hudgons

T
7, Election Day, allowing as usual. parents, teachers,
the district to recover DCSD superintendent principals, teacher he Stone Mountain Pirates scored first, but
three of four days lost R. Stephen Green said organizations, parent- the Class 3A No. 1 ranked and undefeated
to the storm. DCSD has the chosen plan was the teacher organizations, Cedar Grove Saints struck back with 48
opted to waive the fourth least disruptive of those parent council groups unanswered points to win 48-6 at Godfrey
day as allowed by state considered. On Sept. 27, and school council Stadium on Oct. 21. Cedar Grove has won 18
law. Green announced the members. The result was consecutive games including the Class 3A state
Schools will be closed intention of surveying championship since their to Sept. 23 loss to
Nov. 20 to 24 for the community stakeholders Westminster.
See Schools on page 5 SEE PAGE 18 FOR FULL STORY

Racing to a cure
DeKalb hosts second annual breast cancer run
by Horace Holloman are expected to be diagnosed in women in the
horace@dekalbchamp.com U.S.

F
“All people in general should really be
or Angela Baskerville it was her friend; aware of breast cancer,” said Baskerville, who
for Rodney Simmons, it’s his sister participated for her friend who is a survivor of
and for Hot 107.9 radio personality breast cancer. “We lost a lot of people from it,
“Gary with da tea” it’s his family. but hopefully we’re making a lot of inroads.”
Several individuals participating in DeKalb DeKalb County partnered with Northlake
County’s second annual Breast Cancer Mall and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for
Awareness 5K run/walk Oct. 21 at Northlake the event.
Mall said they joined in support of someone “At one time, it was waiting until you’re 50
affected by cancer. to get a mammogram but now I tell people
According to U.S. breast cancer statistics, don’t wait. Get one every year,” Baskerville
approximately one in eight U.S. women will said. “When you’re 30, you just need to go
develop invasive breast cancer over the ahead and get that initial one. Better safe than
DeKalb County, along with Susan G. Komen and course of her lifetime. In 2017, an estimated
Northlake Mall, hosted its second annual DeKalb
Breast Cancer Awareness 5K run/walk. 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer See Race on page 5

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CHAMBLEE

DeKalb’s newest fundraiser helping local nonprofits
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN The event, much like the an annual event. This is special dance routine. to give back to causes such
horace@dekalbchamp.com popular television show groundbreaking and such a “The whole thing was so as this,” Gannon said. “Raising
“Dancing with the Stars,” fun thing. I was so impressed professional and done so well. money for this cause made it
featured 10 teams. Each team with the professional dancers.” The women’s resource center all worthwhile. As nervous as
When DeKalb County included a dance professional Thurmond did not is such an awesome group I was, this is [fundraiser] is a
Solicitor General Donna along with a member of compete in the fundraising and in every community you good thing.”
Coleman-Stribling thought DeKalb County’s legal, public event, but put together a need people who are going
of having a ‘Dancing with safety, business and civic
DeKalb Stars’ fundraising community.
event, she said she didn’t According to Coleman-
know what to expect. Stribling, approximately 35
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Ten months into her term percent of the cases seen in The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public
as solicitor general, Coleman- her office involve domestic hearing on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540
Stribling said the response abuse incidents. Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments
from the community was Former DeKalb County regarding the following matters:
amazing. Sheriff Thomas Brown
Dancing with DeKalb competed in the event. At •PZ2017-151: Applicant: 30AIP Chamblee, LLC, Travis Meyer; Owner: Lowe’s
Stars was held Oct. 14 and first, Brown said he was Home Centers, LLC, request approval of multiple variances, to develop a drive-thru
raised more than $10,000 apprehensive to join due to restaurant, from the City of Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified
for local nonprofits Women’s his “poor” dancing skills, but Development Ordinance, Sec. 230-30(b)(2) to allow drive-through facilities on a
resource Center to End storefront street; Sec. 250-2(a)(4) to allow an excess of 110% of the minimum required
volunteered to donate his parking spaces and not install grasscrete; Sec. 250-7(a)(1) to allow parking between
Domestic Violence and the time regardless.
International Women’s House a building and street; Sec. 250-8(c)(1) for a reduction in required stacking spaces;
“I was surprised that I was Sec. 250-8(c)(4) to not provide a drive-through bypass lane; Sec. 260-6(b)(2)(a) to
located in DeKalb County. The asked. I’ve been out of the allow building signs on facades not fronting on a street with a curb cut; Sec. 260-7(a)
event was held at the Porter limelight for a few years and (8) to increase menu board size from 8 square feet to 32 square feet. The property is
Sanford III Performing Arts I’m not a dancer,” Brown said located at 4950 Peachtree Boulevard, being DeKalb County tax parcel 18-300-02-003
and Community Center. during dress rehearsal. “But and zoned Corridor Commercial.
The fundraiser featured I was up for the challenge,
several DeKalb County [Coleman-Stribling] didn’t •PZ2017-167: Applicant: PRO Building Systems, Steven Ellis; Owner: Tuxedo
officials such as the CEO have to twist my arm.” Real Estate Partners request approval of a Planned Unit Development/ Development
Michael Thurmond, Brown said he initially of Community Impact and associated variances, to redevelop an existing automobile
commissioner Kathie dealership, from the City of Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified
spent two hours twice a week Development Ordinance, Sec. 230-28(a) to allow the appearance of a metal building;
Gannon, DeKalb County training for the competition.
Fire Capt. Eric Jackson and Sec. 240-13(d)(1)(d) for service and storage areas to be visible from the right-of-way;
“Domestic violence is Sec. 250-2(a)(4) to exceed 110% of the minimum amount of required parking spaces
DeKalb Elementary School a very pressing issue and and not install grasscrete; Sec. 250-7(b)(8) to not install wheel bumpers; Sec. 310-19
of the Arts principal Bianca it plagues our community to allow encroachment into the City’s 50 foot and 75 foot stream buffer. The property is
Hamilton. equally. There are no racial located at 5665 and 5689 Peachtree Boulevard, and 0, 3750, 3764, 3772, 3780, North
“This is the first one in boundaries or economic Peachtree Rd, being DeKalb County tax parcels 18-323-04-001, 002, 006, 008, 009,
DeKalb and there were so boundaries. It affects 010 and 18 309 02 065; and zoned Corridor Commercial.
many moving pieces. It got everyone,” Brown said.
to a point where we noticed “Anything that I can do to •PZ2017-185: Applicant: Nowshed Hossain; Owner: Zayen, LLC requests
people were coming to see bring proper awareness and approval of multiple variances, to allow for the development of a planned center
[DeKalb officials] outside including a café and office space, from the City of Chamblee Code of Ordinances,
support to help those victims Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance, Sec. 250-2(a)(3) to reduce the total
of their normal element,” is something we have to do.”
Coleman-Stribling said.  “This number of parking spaces required from 25 spaces to 15 spaces; Sec. 230-30(b)(1)
Parag Shah of the Shah to allow for a partial reduction in required minimum floor-to-ceiling height from 18’ to
is certainly for a good cause Law Firm, along with his 10’; Sec. 230-14(a)(1) to allow a wall in the front yard to exceed 42” in height; Sec.
and we just wanted people partner Cici Kelly of Dare 250-22(b) to reduce the setback distance from dumpster to property line from 5’ to
to have fun and listen to the Dream Dance took home the 3’; Sec. 260-6 (b)(2)(a) to allow building signs on a façade not facing a street with a
message.” first place bragging rights. curb cut; Sec. 340-37 (b)(1)(a) to remove the requirement that new development that
Coleman-Stribling said she First runner up was Jackson involves the creation of 5,000 square feet or more of impervious cover, or that involves
plans to make the event an and his partner Leslie Davis other land development activities of 10,000 square feet or more to install stormwater
annual fundraiser. After the of True Talent Studios. Second management. The property is located at 4004 and 4010 Buford Highway, being
event, Coleman-Stribling said runner up was Hamilton and DeKalb County tax parcels 18-236-06-010, 015, and zoned Corridor Commercial.
she’s had several individuals her partner Patrick Smith of
inquire about being in the •PZ2017-186: Applicant: Janelle and Michael Foy, Owner: William Sutphin
the Stephenson High School requests the approval of a variance, to allow a single family home renovation, from the
competition next year. Dance Program. City of Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance,
“That lets me know that Commissioner Gannon Sec. 230-2(a) to reduce the required side yard setback from 7’6” to 2’8”. The property
people really enjoyed it said she had fun despite her is located at 3586 Cold Spring Lane, being DeKalb County tax parcel 18-307-01-015
and that people are looking nerves. and zoned Neighborhood Residential-1.
forward to it. We know we’re “We tried,” Gannon
going to make a positive said, laughing. “I was really •PZ2017-189: Applicant: Michael Tchouaffe, Owner: Equidem Management,
impact and next year is just nervous, but it’s a great cause. LLC requests approval of multiple variances to allow for the development of an
going to be bigger,” she said. Hopefully this becomes office building, from the City of Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified
Development Ordinance, Sec. 230-12 to allow for a building that does not meet the
transitional height plane regulations; Sec. 230-5 (c) to reduce the width of the required
streetscape clear zones; Sec. 250-2 (a)(3) to allow a reduction in parking from 13
spaces to 10 spaces; Sec. 230-5 (b) to encroach the 15’ front yard setback. The
property is located at 2589 Chamblee Tucker Road, being DeKalb County tax parcel
18-281-06-021 and zoned Neighborhood Commercial-2.

•TA2017-001, 002, 003, 004, 005 & 006: The City of Chamblee Georgia
proposes to amend the Official City Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified
Development Ordinance, Title I Administration, Title 2 Land U se and Zoning, Title
3 Development and Permitting & Appendix, MF Districts, Infill Development/Reuse
Design Guidelines, 1.0 through 3.5.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 3

AROUNDDEKALB
AVONDALE CLARKSTON
ESTATES Georgia Piedmont to host Fall Fest &
Fundraiser
Annual tree walk to take place
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
The fourth annual Avondale Estates tree walk (GPTC)—located at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive—
will be held Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. at the will host its free Fall Fest & Fundraiser event at
Avondale Community Club. The club is located Refuge Coffee Co. on Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.
at 59 Lakeshore Drive. For more information visit The GPTC Foundation and GPTC Alumni
www.avondaleestates.org.  Association will host the event in support for
all enrolled and future students. The event will

BROOKHAVEN include games, raffles, food and music.
Funds raised from the event will support
programs at the college’s Clarkston and Newton
Clean up planned at Murphey Candler Park County campuses.
Refuge Coffee Co. is located at 4170 E. Ponce
the race. The registration fee includes dri-fit
Trees Atlanta, National Wildlife Federation de Leon Ave. in downtown Clarkston. For more
T-shirt as well as race participation.
and Murphey Candler Park Conservancy (MCPC) information, visit www.gptc.edu.
Race bag pickup, including race numbers
join in sponsoring a cleanup day at Murphey and T-shirts, is on Oct. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Candler Park Nov. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers Early Learning Academy offering discount and Oct. 27 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at
should meet at the caretaker’s house. Some Peachtree Charter Middle School.
tools and gloves will be provided. Cold water Clarkston First Baptist Church—located at For more information, email questions,
will be provided by the MCPC. The park is 4007 and 3999 Church Street—is offering a comments, concerns to gina.torjak@gmail.
located at 1551 W Nancy Creek Drive NE. For discounted rate to its Early Learning Academy com or vletbett@bellsouth.net.
more information, email stevebp@bellsouth.net and After School Program until Nov. 13.
Until Nov. 13, students from Jolly,
Hambrick, Brockett, Indian Creek, Robert
Shaw, Idlewood, Stone Mountain, Stone Mill,
McLendon and Dade Academy elementary
STONE MOUNTAIN
schools as well as Stone Mountain and Tucker
Middle schools, can receive transportation to Tunes by the Track
Clarkston First Baptist’s afterschool program
Sam Burchfield Trio will perform Oct. 27 at
for $65 per week.
Stone Mountain’s Tunes By The Tracks event in
The church’s Early Learning Academy is
the Municipal Parking Lot, next to the Gazebo.
described by officials as “a quality Christian-
Attendees can bring their lawn chairs. The
based program offering excellence in
two-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. For more
childcare and pre-school education to
information, visit www.stonemountaincity.org.
children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.”
Enrollment in the academy guarantees
breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack, daily
Music department wrapping up citrus sale physical activity, a structured environment,
uniforms, creative play, music arts and crafts.
Lakeside High School’s music department— Until Nov. 13, enrollment for this program is
made up of the school’s band, orchestra and $100 per child.
chorus programs—is wrapping up its annual For more information, contact Tiffany
citrus sale fundraiser on Oct. 31. Ansong at academy@clarkstonfbc.org or (404)
The department is selling navel oranges, red 292-5636 or Angela Moore at (404) 292-5686
grapefruit, Hamlin orange juice, tangelos and a or clark1b@clarkstonfbc.org.
mixture of all from Florida Indian River Groves at
a price of $30. Each order is composed of at least

DUNWOODY
20 pounds, or 25-30 pieces of fruit.
Citrus is scheduled to be delivered on Dec. 2.
Funds raised from the citrus sale help
underwrite the cost of free public concerts
throughout the year as well as the purchase
Run a 5k at Peachtree Middle
of new instruments, instrument repair, travel
expenses, guest conductors, group lessons and
Peachtree Charter Middle School—located
at 4664 North Peachtree Road—will host the
a hairbrush.
competitions.
To place an order online, visit www.
eighth Annual CV Classic 5k Road Race on Oct. Recycle me.
28 at 7 a.m.
floridianindianrivergroves.com/ The race will begin and end at Peachtree
orderFundraising_ns11.asp?orgid=340129. Charter Middle School and tour a nearby
Questions are directed to lakesidecitrus@gmail. Dunwoody neighborhood.
com. Registration will be $30 on the morning of
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 4

DORAVILLE

DORAVILLE BACKTRACKS ON
CONTRACT TERMINATION
Clark Patterson Lee allowed building permitting duties in city
Williams-Gates said Clark comfortable seeing
BY R. SCOTT BELZER Patterson Lee is open to something in writing,”
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com renegotiating the contract, O’Connor said.
which states the company is According to Williams-
Doraville City Council paid based on city revenue Gates, Doraville recently
backtracked on terminating generated by permits, fees issued a request for proposal
a contract for services with and other development costs. for code enforcement
Clark Patterson Lee for She said Clark Patterson Lee is services, which is expected to
building inspection services open to receiving 58 percent be fulfilled within 90 days.
and code enforcement on rather than 60 percent, which The services of Clark
Oct. 16. is stipulated by the contract. Patterson Lee, which has
Council voted 4-3 to retain “That’s [worth] about offices in Suwanee and
building inspection and $25,000,” Williams-Gates said. Woodstock, were also
permitting services from the Resident Susan Fraysse retained by Chamblee in
Rochester, N.Y., architecture, said on Oct. 10 she heard January 2017.
engineering and municipal Clark Patterson Lee will continue to manage building inspection and permitting
from residents that they hope services for Doraville.
services firm. According to council “doesn’t throw the
Mayor Donna Pittman— baby out with the bathwater.”
who cast the tie-breaking Fraysse also spoke in favor of
vote—council approval
was necessary to continue
Clark Patterson Lee on Oct. 2 Request for Proposals
and urged council to retain its Request for Proposals: The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office requests qualified individuals and firms with
necessary city services. services.
“This is for the building experience and certified expertise in food service to submit proposals for Request for Proposal No. 17-03 to provide
Resident Lee Flier called food service for the DeKalb County Jail located at 4425 Memorial Drive; Decatur, Georgia 30032.
permitting portion only,” code enforcement a thankless
Pittman said. “This is very job and said residents will
important; we have a lot For a copy of the Request for Proposals: Hard copies of the proposal will be available at the DeKalb County
never be completely satisfied Sheriff’s Office, Administrative Lobby, 4415 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30032 from October 26, 2017 –
of things coming our way. with relating services
We have a timeline and the November 3, 2017 until 4:00 P.M. EST. An on-line version of the proposal will be available at
no matter which firm is www.dekalbsheriff.org from October 26, 2017 – November 16, 2017.
timeline is short… We want to responsible.
keep our city services moving “I’d really like to see the
in a timely manner.” Deadline to Submit Response: Responses should be forwarded to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office,
relationship for the building Sheriff’s Administration, Attention: Chief Xernia L. Fortson, 4415 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30032
Pittman said an alternative permitting continue,” Flier
to not renegotiating Clark until 4:00 P.M. EST, Monday, November 27, 2017. Responses received after this date and time will not be
said. accepted.
Patterson Lee’s contract Another resident said
would be issuing short-term the city’s problems with
contracts, which she called Pre-Proposal Conference and Site Visit: A pre-proposal conference and site visit will be held at the DeKalb
Clark Patterson Lee warrant County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Administration Lobby, 4415 Memorial Drive at 10:00 A.M. EST on Tuesday,
costly. concern but also deserve
On Oct. 2—less than November 7, 2017. It is strongly recommended that all interested responders attend and participate in the pre-
compromise. proposal conference and site visit. For information regarding the pre-proposal conference and site visit, please
one year after renewing its Resident Tom Hart said he
contract—Doraville City contact Chief Xernia L. Fortson at (404) 298-8148.
would prefer new people and
Council terminated Clark a new standard for services in
Patterson Lee’s contract Questions: All questions concerning the project shall be addressed to Chief Xernia Fortson, Esq. in writing no
the city. later than 4:00 P.M. EST on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 to the following email address or facsimile number:
because of repeated code Council members Pam
enforcement complaints cdbrown11@dekalbcountyga.gov or (404) 298-8101 only. Questions received after this date and time will not
Fleming, Robert Patrick
from residents. The contract receive a response.
and Shannon Hillard voted
was worth an estimated $4.3 in favor of proceeding with
million over the course of five Addenda: Request for Proposals and all addenda issued for this project may be found on the DeKalb County
contract renegotiations
years. Sheriff’s Office website: www.dekalbsheriff.org.
while Dawn O’Connor, M.D.
Interim city manager Naser and Sharon Spangler
Regina Williams-Gates said Interviews: Responders may be granted an interview.
opposed.
complete termination of Clark Flemign said she is in favor
Patterson Lee’s services would LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE ORDINANCE
of keeping Clark Patterson
be “problematic” due to the Lee’s services in Doraville
number of development It is the objective of the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Commissioners of DeKalb County and the DeKalb
because not doing so would
projects in Doraville. County Sheriff to provide maximum practicable opportunity for all businesses to participate in the performance
be detrimental to the city.
“This is not just Assembly of government contracts, including Local Small Business Enterprises (LSBE). The County’s Schedule of
“I was not in favor of
and larger projects, but Local Small Business Enterprise Participation Opportunity Tacking Form and Letter of Intent to perform
eliminating their complete
smaller ones as well,” Williams- as a Subcontractor or Provide Materials or Services are included in the Request for Proposal, along with
services at the last meeting,”
Gates said. “It’s important to sample report forms. The current DeKalb County List of Certified Vendors may be found on the DeKalb County
Fleming said.
the project sector to be able website. For details relative to DeKalb County’s Local Small Business Enterprise Ordinance, contact the Contract
O’Connor said she did
to apply for permits and move Compliance Division at (404) 371-4795.
not like voting in favor of a
forward with projects. There’s contract the council cannot
a concern about a delay if we The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive informalities, and to
examine.
go through a transition.” re-advertise.
“I’d be much more
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office
By: Xernia L. Fortson, Esq.
Chief of Administration
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 5

SCHOOLS Continued From Page 1
an arrangement that enables to implement the 20-minute while Lakeside High extended dekalbschoolsga.org, the DCSD
our schools to regain a major extension. DCSD board its lunch period. Chamblee mobile app and the district social
portion of the lost time needed member Stan Jester reported Charter High opted to extend media accounts for details about
for achievement,” Green said. in September that Dunwoody the transitional periods between each school’s transportation
Schools throughout DCSD High has extended its first and classes. schedules, afterschool programs
have gotten creative with how last period by 10 minutes each, Parents are directed to and athletics.

Several DeKalb County residents participated in the second annual DeKalb Breast Cancer Awareness 5K run/walk at Northlake Mall. All proceeds from the walk/run will help
fund Susan G. Komen programming initiatives in DeKalb County.

RACE Continued From Page 1
sorry.” nephew, said it’s the first time anyone in his and administration at Northlake Mall, said
The DeKalb Breast Cancer Awareness family has had breast cancer. the event helps provide a wide-range of
Run/Walk was an approximate three-mile “We wanted to come to [DeKalb County information for those affected by breast
course in the surrounding area of the mall. Breast Cancer Awareness 5K] to show cancer.  
Simmons said he was racing in support our support and keep her in prayer. I most “We want to continue to make this a
of his sister who was recently diagnosed definitely plan on coming back next year,” staple event for the Northlake and Tucker
with breast cancer. Simmons said support Don Simmons said. community,” Morse said. “We know
in his family is important, especially with 10 After the run, Northlake Mall and DeKalb somebody somewhere, somehow has been
sisters and three brothers. County offered a free informational session either directly or indirectly affected by breast
“The family came out and showed called the Pillars of Strength Breast Cancer cancer. Both of my grandmothers were
support just to help push her through the Awareness event. The event was hosted by impacted by breast cancer and we want
process,” Simmons said. “We’ve never Hot 107.9’s radio personality Gary Hayes, to make sure we inform people and their
experienced anything like this. Right now also known as Gary with da tea. families how this affects people and give
we’re just trying to get some awareness The event offered health screenings, them all the information they need.”
about what to do and what this illness is. educational opportunities and a children’s All proceeds from the 5K walk/run will
We’re just trying to pray her through it.” play area. go to fund Susan G. Komen programming
Don Simmons, Rodney Simmons’ Darius Morse, director of marketing initiatives in DeKalb County.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 6

CSD policy on the side of love, history and facts
For the past two months, to accommodate the needs of accomplishments of students.
City Schools of Decatur—and students. The policy isn’t perfect. As
by proxy, the surrounding On average, transgender certain parents mentioned, it
community—has faced students face problems and errs in transparency and a lack
needless criticism for being R. Scott Belzer social stigmas unseen by of public process. That’s a valid
openly welcome and non- sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com the average student. High criticism and one that originates
discriminatory of transgender rates of suicide, depression, from parents in the community.
students. alcohol abuse and tobacco use However, as many of these
Public input disparaging and in place for more than a run rampant. Many of these parents said on Oct. 10, they
CSD’s policy at its September decade—all without issue. The stigmas originate from those in no way wish to disparage or
meeting prompted an official few parents who have recently who pass judgment based undercut CSD’s efforts.
response from the district and, criticized the policy rightly on little factual information. Decatur has a long,
on Oct. 10, meeting attendance state they crave transparency Unfortunately, anecdotes of complicated history—like any
reached record highs. One by and public process more than such psychological challenges other city in America—but the
one, members of the Decatur complete repeal. were shared. school district has shown in
community vocalized their On Oct. 10, CSD’s board In other words, these recent years it is ready to face
defense of the school board of education heard nothing but students need all the help they those challenges head-on.
as well as CSD superintendent success stories relating to the can get. At the very least, I’m proud to call myself
David Dude. policy. school districts such as CSD a member of the Decatur
Few would know CSD’s Transgender students owe all students a resounding, community and, as these talks,
stance on transgender students shared stories of triumph, “We will not discriminate against including support and criticism
was seen as controversial by inclusiveness and welcoming you.” continue, I remain confident
some had it not been for outside while inside the City Schools of CSD’s policy has been so my local board of education
interests showing up to stir the Decatur system, and included successful that, two months will make needed, not coerced
pot, as attorneys from Norcross no references to instances of ago, this was not an issue in improvements. I look forward
and Atlanta began showing bullying or denigration. the district. Instead, efforts and to being pleased in seeing
up in September to opine with Parents and teachers public meeting agenda items revisions that, as fellow resident
residents. spoke of how CSD stands as were dedicated to reducing Robert Stubbs said on Oct.
The policy has been directed an example to be emulated racial disproportionality, 10, remain on the side of love,
by Dude for more than a year rather than feared for its ability dyslexia and celebrating the history and facts.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 7

A test students might want to take
“We aim to change the and making those hires. share of educator compensation
dialogue in the arenas of ‘One Man’s “My own daughter took the adjustments tied to test
workforce readiness and student
testing,” said tech entrepreneur
Opinion’ YouScience profile and realized
that she had an empathy
performance results, this test
requires no direct teacher
Philip Hardin, founder of and desire to help others, involvement and is designed
YouScience, an educational
Bill Crane combined with a highly analytic purely with the student in
bill.csicrane@gmail.com
technology firm. aptitude. This has translated into mind. Test results may be shared
her having a very successful pre- with school counselors, as well
Fall is in the air, and Georgia med undergraduate experience as parents. 
public schools are back in the called the YouScience profile. at the University of Georgia, and We all know that our children
grind of standardized testing. YouScience is led by a a career path and arena she had will be tested. Let’s hope that
The CRCT, Georgia Milestones, Georgia public-schools educated not even previously considered,” Georgia’s high school and
PSAT, SAT, ACT and numerous tech, entrepreneur, Philip shared Hardin, YouScience’s college students take advantage
other testing acronyms can Hardin, who got his chops at founder. of this new free tool to get to
cause educators and students WebMd and other tech start-ups. These positive results and better know themselves, as
alike to have their eyes glaze Nashville-based YouScience is a other test pilot data have resulted well as their job and career
over. website, a job skills/life skills test in the Georgia Department opportunities ahead.
Georgia employment is up and virtual employment coach of Education, as well as the At last, a test which students
while wages remain somewhat for high school and college Technical College System of may actually want to take.
stagnant. Demand for certain students still trying to decide Georgia, making the profile test
professions and job applicants, what they might want to be when available for free to all Georgia
particularly in the technical they grow up. public high school students. The Bill Crane also serves
trades, health care and IT still far The online test looks and test was already popular among as a political analyst and
exceed work force supply. feels more like computer private school students and their commentator for Channel 2’s
Our public schools of the gaming, engaging each student families, and that “pull” from the Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk
future may need to become at their convenience and which consumer side in part drove the 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as
more agile in customizing can be stopped and started at public sector to broaden access a columnist for The Champion,
education efforts to match the will—no stop watches or No. to the test. DeKalb Free Press and Georgia
needs of each learner, as well 2 pencils. The end-result of So, while knowing Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native
as area employers, versus our these tests gives each student standardized tests frequently and business owner, living in
current more manufacturing, a personal exploration and bring stress and duress to both Scottdale. You can reach him
one-size-fits-all model and assessment of the talents students and educators each or comment on a column at bill.
approach. and life skills which they have year, and with a disproportionate csicrane@gmail.com.
It helps when students know already acquired (sometimes
sooner which career paths and unknowingly), and offers detail
tracks interest them, or which on potential opportunities
their aptitudes, abilities and and career paths matching
passions are a better match for. those areas of performance
When the labor pool has skills strength and interests of each
that match the demands and student. The job data is updated
needs of area employers, that is quarterly.
called workforce readiness. The Georgia Department
Georgia is becoming an of Education engaged in a
exemplar in this arena, with the statewide pilot of the software
western portion of our state in over the past two years with
many regards leading the way.  more than 11,000 high school
Colleges and universities students in multiple counties
use standardized testing as an and 51 schools taking the profile
assessment tool to measure test. These results indicated
I.Q., aptitudes and performance a much higher aptitude for
under pressure of student many jobs in the technology
applicants. There are very few and construction industries
student performance tools that among female and minority
measure for the benefit of the students. This will hopefully
student. A new test that does, translate into employers in those
and that shows great promise is industries opening their minds

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LITHONIA

SPREADING SMILES TO THE COMMUNITY
DeKalb Early College Academy senior to represent Boys & Girls Club family
BY R. SCOTT BELZER
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com

For DeKalb Early College
Academy (DECA) senior
Jequilla Boyce, each personal
interaction is a chance to
understand, support and
inspire positivity.
“When I can help someone
smile, it’s great because
I’ve made someone’s day
better,” Boyce said. “A smile
is contagious. You can’t
smile and not have anyone
else smile back—that’s just
awkward!”
Boyce was named East
DeKalb Boys & Girls Club’s
representative for Boys
& Girls Club of America’s
Youth of the Year program,
which celebrates teenagers
making a difference in
their communities through Jequilla Boyce, a lifelong East DeKalb Boys & Girls Club attendee, was chosen as the club’s 2017 Youth of the Year nominee. Photos by R. Scott Belzer
leadership, academic
excellence and dedication to a
healthy lifestyle. “I have friends who have no Boyce attributes the Boys girls and raising guys and support system. She makes
Boyce said she considers idea.” & Girls Club’s appeal to a being a father.” anyone feel comfortable, even
the East DeKalb Boys & Girls Boyce’s essay on her life at welcoming and supporting East DeKalb Boys & Girls when she doesn’t know them.”
Club, located at 1839 Phillips the East DeKalb Boys & Girls staff. She said each staff Club executive director Boyce has almost finished
Road in Lithonia, an extended Club is almost a biography, as member brings something Brandon Riley said Boyce completing enough college
family. She said being named she has no frame of reference new to the club, whether it is epitomizes the club’s core credit hours for a general
the club’s Youth of the Year for anything else. A product of activities for teenagers, field values. He said she will associate’s degree. She said
representative is a chance to the Redan community—she trip ideas or new club ideas. accurately convey what Boys she plans to attend Georgia
showcase what the club has attended Redan Elementary She said East DeKalb Boys & & Girls Clubs throughout the State University’s nursing
to offer local youth. and Redan Middle before Girls Club staff makes sure country can offer local youth. school and eventually go to
“This is my family,” Boyce moving on to DECA—Boyce every attending child remains “Jequilla is a shining star,” medical school.
said. “If I can let everyone started at the club at six years- upbeat, in line with his or her Riley said. “She just lights While she is considering
know what East DeKalb Boys old and now, 11 years later, studies and has something to up any conversation and being an anesthesiologist,
& Girls Club did for me, then plans to always be involved in celebrate. makes you feel comfortable. Boyce said she would not
I’ll feel that I’ve done my part. some way. “There’s always someone I don’t think she’s afraid of mind being a psychiatrist to
They deserve it.” “This is my home; I’ve to talk to,” Boyce said. “I was anything—she’s very well continue to engage, welcome,
As part of Youth of the Year, been in every club we’ve had,” just having a conversation polished. That comes from a support and inspire others.
Boyce submitted three essays Boyce said. “Kiwanis Kids, with [two instructors] about good grandmother, a good
detailing her personal brand, Culture Challenge, Health the difference between raising background and a good
vision for America’s youth and Club, Food Club, the track
life at the East DeKalb Boys & team, cheerleading, dance—
Girls Club. She will also deliver they offer everything so I’ve
a speech detailing what the been in everything. I can’t
club has provided for her really imagine not having the
personally. Boys & Girls Club around in
According to Boyce, her my life.”
personal brand revolves Boyce said her culminating
around being genuine. speech will involve the Todry (ID# 35282834) - Todry’s got his jammies and
“A lot of times in my importance of every life and his favorite toy, now all he needs is his forever home!
generation we tend to get writing one’s own story. This one-year-old pup has great manners, is eager to
lost in ‘the sauce,’” Boyce “A lot of time, people learn, and picks up new tricks quickly. He becomes best
said. “All of the publicity, don’t want to tell their own friends with everyone he meets and would love to go
who’s popular, who’s not, the story because they’re scared out on the town with you. Meet him at LifeLine's DeKalb
politics—it’s nice to just be that no one will want to Animal Services!
yourself because it will help listen,” Boyce said. “Everyone If you would like to expand your family by 4 furry
deserves to have their story little feet; ask to meet this sweet pup and have a loving
our society more than being a friend forever. During the month of October "Fall in
copy of something else.” heard. Every story is different.
Love With a New Best Friend" the adoption fee is only
Boyce’s vision for the youth You don’t have to include $40 for all dogs over 25 lbs. and all cats. It includes
of America involves self-care certain paragraphs to have spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchip! If you would
and independence. a story end a certain way. It’s like more information about Todry please call (404) 294-
“Right now, we’re straying about writing your own story 2165 or email adoption@dekalbanimalservices.com.
from a lot of basic skills like and choosing your own path. TODRY All potential adopters will be screened to ensure Todry
cooking, sewing clothes and That’s what growing up is goes to a good home. Hours: Mon-Fri; 11am-7pm / Sat-
changing a tire,” Boyce said. supposed to be about.” Sun; 11am-6pm.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 9

AVONDALE ESTATES COUNTYWIDE

Anziano Brown

DeKalb County commissioners, city mayors and CEO Michael Thurmond announce a SPLOST vote.

Officials urge voters to be
educated on SPLOST
Laratte Shortell

Avondale Estates
commission candidates Q&A BY HORACE HOLLOMAN
horace@dekalbchamp.com
is an additional one-cent sales
tax that would raise money
provisions on what the one-
cent sales tax money can be
to repave more than 318 used for.
miles of roads in the county “It took us some time to
BY CARLA PARKER working directly with major
Voters could soon approve
and fund other infrastructure get it right, but it’s better late
carla@dekalbchamp.com development companies repairs and deciding whether than never,” Thurmond said.
and metro area community a Special Purpose Local
to continuing freeze on According to county
development governments.” Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) in
Eight people, including property tax increases for officials, each city within
DeKalb County. With more
incumbent Terry Giager, existing homeowners for the DeKalb County will have
Jones: “Avondale is at an than $380 million in funding
are running to claim two six-year period of the SPLOST. a project list of capital
important juncture and I am over the next six years on
seats on the Board of Mayor According to county improvements if SPLOST is
committed to ensuring we the line if the referendum
and Commissioners. The officials, SPLOST will not pass approved by voters. Residents
other seven candidates plan and act responsibly. Our is approved in November, unless voters approve EHOST can go to the city’s official
strategic plans have set the county officials are urging
are Joe Anziano, Paul as well. website to view project lists.
vision, and now it is time to voters to be informed before
Brown, Ben Dostal, Wilmer Last year before a In DeKalb, $240 million of
act so that we successfully heading to the voting booth.
Engle, Candace Jones, SPLOST option was put on SPLOST funds will be spent
implement these plans.” On Oct. 18, DeKalb
Lionel Laratte and Lisa a November referendum, on transportation while $84
CEO Michael Thurmond,
Shortell. The Champion DeKalb officials noticed the million will be used for public
sent a questionnaire to each Laratte: “The primary reason I members of the DeKalb word “tolled” in the language safety.
candidate. Dostal, Giager and want to be a commissioner is County Board of of House Bill 596. If the bill “The collaboration and
that I believe that I can make Commissioners, and mayors
Engle did not respond to the was approved, a tax break for partnerships that made this
a positive contribution to life from the 12 cities within
questionnaire by deadline. DeKalb homeowners would possible happened because
in Avondale drawing on my DeKalb County announced
“be tolled” or otherwise we sat at the table, listened
consulting experience and a early voting had begun on
1. Why did you decide to run would lose their tax break. to each other and looked at
for commissioner? unique personal perspective. three referendums, including Gov. Nathan Deal signed the vision,” DeKalb County
I grew up in Haiti and have a referendum regarding
two pieces of legislation Commissioner Larry Johnson
traveled to and lived in SPLOST.
Anziano: “Avondale Estates is pertaining to DeKalb said. “This is about fixing
many places. I have seen a “We worked together
on the verge of an explosive County’s SPLOST. Senate Bill our sidewalks and buildings
lot of different communities since January to develop a
downtown happening 143 amended the “tolled” with leaky roofs. All of us are
and organizations tackle countywide list,” Thurmond
and I want to be a part of language that sidetracked committed to these projects
challenges using a variety of said. “We are convinced that
the leadership that helps a SPLOST referendum in and what we’re trying to do
techniques and strategies.” our voters will go to the polls
project us into a vibrant DeKalb County last year while to move this county forward.
and cast an informed vote.
future. We have long waited Senate Bill 156 makes certain SPLOST is just the beginning.”
Shortell: “I am excited about This is a great day and we will
for something dynamic to continue to work together
spring us forward and need the potential for Avondale’s
future and want to serve until Nov. 7.  A new day has
someone to help prod us dawned in DeKalb County.” NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
forward; I can do it.” during this period of growth
and change. Opportunities Early voting began Oct. 16
and will end Nov. 3. DeKalb Notice is hereby given that the Board of Mayor and
Brown: “I feel my being and challenges should be Commissioners for the City of Avondale Estates will
intentionally approached and County voters will decide on hold a Public Hearing for the 2018 Proposed Budget on
elected commissioner will three ballot items. The items November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 21 North
benefit the future direction strategically managed while Avondale Plaza. Final Adoption of the 2018 budget will
being mindful of the unique include, A new Equalized
of this city. I have more Homestead Option Sales Tax occur in conjunction with the Board’s regular monthly
than 30 years of experience character of the community.” meeting on December 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall,
(EHOST), which would replace 21 North Avondale Plaza.
an existing HOST by applying The proposed 2018 budget is available for public
100 percent of the revenue review on the City website and at City Hall during normal
to reduce property taxes for business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
SEE AVONDALE ON PAGE 16A homeowners, SPLOST which p.m.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 10

CLARKSTON

Clarkston Community Center hosted a municipal election forum on Oct. 17, giving eight candidates a platform to explain their opinions before the Nov. 7 election. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Clarkston candidates debate issues, personalities
BY R. SCOTT BELZER will be elected—discussed since February 2017, called increase public safety. He is in favor of aging in place as
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com such topics as public safety, for an increase in available in favor of teaching young well as developing a senior
economic development, resources for police, the people early how to invest in community.
Eight Clarkston City affordable housing, creation of a citizen’s review the city for better economic Busing, a Clarkston
Council candidates made transportation and local board and more youth development; wants to resident since 2000, said
their voices, platforms and seniors. activities to increase public encourage participation he supports the idea of a
opinions on city government Hassan, the first immigrant safety. He said helping to have a united Clarkston community patrol similar to
public on Oct. 17 as part of elected to Clarkston City existing businesses and transportation vision; and those found in Dunwoody
a municipal election forum Council, credited the encouraging development foster community support for and Avondale Estates for
at the Clarkston Community seniors. public safety and suggested
Center. Bell, a mental health the city purchase “key” pieces
Moderated by WABE and nonprofit professional, of land and tweak zoning
reporter Elle Yu, the forum
consisted of three panels that
also included the candidates
Hopefully, we get a suggested providing
sensitivity training to
officers to help them
ordinances to foster economic
development. Busing also
supports allowing multi-

new mayor and we
for mayor. better understand family senior housing.
City council candidates mental health issues and The panel was asked how
present on Oct. 17 included the implementation of they intend to work in concert
Ahmed Hassan, Chris

can move on.
volunteer patrol for public with the mayor in making
Busing, Yterenickia “YT” safety. Bell would like Clarkston a better city.
Bell, Jamie Carroll, Dean to incentivize residents Salaam, Bell and Hassan
Moore, Andrea Cervone, through entrepreneurial said it’s important to work
Warren Hadlock and Grant programs and promote tax- together as a team and arrive
Hassan Salaam. Candidates credited enterprise zones for at compromises despite
Jennifer Schliestett and development; implement differences in opinions. Busing
Laura Hopkins did not Clarkston Police Department will help the city grow a bike share program to acknowledged a growing
attend because of scheduling with doing a satisfactory job economically and wants to better transportation; and number of personality
conflicts. but called for an increase continue seeking funds for develop more senior-focused conflicts in Clarkston
All but Cervone and in public participation for streetscape projects; and programs. government and called for
Hadlock participated in a better public safety. He allowing “in-law suites” at Moore, a current council more personal awareness to
six-person forum, as the pair also suggested Clarkston single-family residences to member, said public safety complete municipal tasks.
are vying for a seat vacated expand its borders for better increase housing options for “starts at home” and called for Carroll suggested elected
by Beverly Burks. The pair economic opportunities; senior citizens. more neighborhood watch officials do not indulge in
squared off in a separate seek grant funds similar to Salaam, a youth services attitudes. He suggested the “personal drama.”
discussion because the race is Clarkston’s Livable Centers specialist, suggested more city increase property values “That’s not what [citizens]
considered part of a separate Initiative and develop a young people see the to foster economic growth; hire us for, that’s not what
special election. Clarkston senior living center. negative results of being seek funds for infrastructure we’re elected for. We’re here
The group—of which three Carroll, a council member involved with crime to improvements; and said he is for the business of the city
SEE FORUM ON PAGE 12A
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 11

WEEKinPICTURES

Marbut Elementary Theme School celebrated its students by hanging artwork on Oct. 20. Photos submitted.
Officer C. Van Allen (left) and Sergeant M. Murray standing at attention.

The Brookhaven Honor Guard escorted and raised a new flag on the newly-
relocated flag pole at Brookhaven Police Headquarters. Officer C. Nino (left), Chamblee Charter High School’s football team named Princeton Byrd, Sam Huston and Brayson Seaborne as its “Dogs of
Officer K. Martinez and Corporal C. Rausch escorted the flag. the Week” on Oct. 19. Photo courtesy of Chamblee Football

Officer Ronnie and K-9 unit Argo talk with Oakcliff Elementary School students on Oct. 18. Photos by Denise Quintana.

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BROOKHAVEN FORUM Continued From Page 10A
and that’s what I’ll focus on— disagree with.
policy and working for the “I’ve worked at the state
people,” Carroll said. “I know capital across party lines,”
I can work with the mayor Cervone said. “I know how
because I’ve done it.” to work with people I don’t
Moore answered the always agree with. At the end
question by stating, in his of the day, I don’t care about
30 years as a construction personality differences. I care
professional and all the about getting things done.”
people he has worked with, Hadlock disparaged
he has never met anyone Cervone’s candidacy because
similar to current mayor Ted of her personal relationship
Terry. with the mayor as part of
“I’ve never met anyone like his opening statement. His
[him], so supremely focused comments continued when
Boone Gebbia Park on himself that he can’t work answering the question.
with city council,” Moore said. “[Terry] wants to put his

Incumbents, competitive eater on
“Hopefully, we get a new own candidate slate out there
mayor and we can move on.” and get them elected to go
Cervone and Hadlock had along with him and rule by

ballot for Brookhaven City Council
similar ideas for council, but a divided council. One of
conflict arose when discussing those people is his domestic
personalities. partner, my opponent, Ms.
Both candidates said Cervone,” Hadlock said. “I
they support developing don’t see how Ms. Cervone
BY CARLA PARKER “I will continue to provide “I’m running to continue to affordable housing, attracting could possibly be a neutral,
a business style approach to protect parks and greenspace, an anchor business to unbiased individual on this
carla@dekalbchamp.com running our city,” he said. “I’ve achieve balanced growth and the city, investing in local council. It’s almost laughable
worked hard to successfully provide efficient city services,” entrepreneurs, developing to me. I think the reason she’s
There isn’t much fanfare in
address the three P’s—police, Park said. a youth recreation program, running is because she wants
the Brookhaven elections as
parks and pot holes—and to He said he wants to acting as an advocate for to be one of his proxies.”
there is only one contested
lower property taxes while continue to listen to and residents and educating Cervone called Hadlock’s
race among the two city
creating and approving understand lifelong and citizens on law enforcement remarks ironic.
council races.
balanced and sound budgets. new residents and make as well as immigration. “I hope everyone sees
District 4 City Councilman
Boone, an Army veteran, sure they are heard, put Cervone credited her the irony of a man telling a
Joe Gebbia is being
has been a resident of the city on sound financial time spent as a marketing woman that the man she’s
challenged by Dale Boone, a
Brookhaven for 20 years. footing in preparation for professional and change- with is somehow going to
competitive eater and former
He was a member of major improvements to maker in qualifying her for dictate her opinions,” Cervone
member of Brookhaven's
the Brookhaven Police infrastructure and parks and office. Hadlock, a former said. “I think if we were living
Police Commission Board.
Commission Board and ensure that the new zoning councilman for eight years, in the 1950s or the Mad Men
District 2 City Councilman
former member of the East code reflects the will of the cited his passion for the city era that may be a concern.
John Park is running
Point Parks and Recreation people and fosters smart and vision for the future. It’s the 21st century and I
unopposed.
Commission and ADA Board growth. Differences arose when am nothing if not my own
Gebbia was first elected
Commission. the candidates were asked woman.”
to Brookhaven’s Inaugural
On his website, Boone how they would work with
city council in 2012 and was
lists several goals he wants fellow council members or PUBLIC
re-elected to a full four-year
to accomplish if elected, the mayor, whom they may
term in 2013. He earned a NOTICE
including addressing the
certificate of achievement
lack of parks in District 4, CITY OF STONE MOUNTAIN
from the Georgia Municipal THE CITY OF
lowering the crime rate on PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Association for completing STONE MOUNTAIN
Buford Highway and attaining
more than 100 hours in WILL HOLD
adequate funding for projects The City of Stone Mountain hereby gives notice that
continuing education courses THE REGULAR
in the district. a Public Hearing will be held to consider Variance and
for elected officials. COUNCIL MEETING
“District 4 is a large tax Conditional Use applications for the properties at 1024 Hill
Gebbia co-chairs the FOR NOVEMBER
base for the city, but yet fails Street and 5459 East Mountain Street, Stone Mountain,
Brookhaven Economic GA 30083. ON WEDNESDAY,
to receive its fair share of
Development Committee, The Mayor and City Council will hold a Public Hearing NOVEMBER 8, 2017
funds,” Boone said.
he led in the creation of on this matter on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at City AT 875 MAIN STREET,
Boone also said he will
Keep Brookhaven Beautiful Hall located at 875 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA at STONE MOUNTAIN,
advocate legislation with
and the development of the 6:30 P.M. GEORGIA
state representatives for city
2.8-mile Peachtree Creek Anyone wishing to attend the public hearing may do so AT 6:30PM
schools. and be heard relative thereto. A copy of the proposed text
Greenway Park. Gebbia also DUE TO ELECTION
“DeKalb County School amendments will be available at City Hall.
led the charge of Brookhaven DAY.
Board will spend $85 million
becoming the first city in
for a new Cross Keys High
Georgia to be certified by
School and $30 million on a Notice of availability of Proposed 2018 Budget, Budget Public
the Attorney General’s Office
new elementary school,” he Hearing and 2018 Budget Adoption
as part of its “Georgia’s
said. “This will cause a hike
Not Buying It” anti sex-
in property taxes. The main Clarkston City Council
trafficking campaign, and
concern is to redraw school
the annexation of Children’s The City of Clarkston Proposed 2018 Budget will be available to view on the
district lines.”
Healthcare of Atlanta and Clarkston City Website (www.cityofclarkston.com) and copies to view will be
Park was elected to the
Executive Park into. available at the Clarkston City Hall Annex (1055 Rowland St) and the Clarkston
city council in November
Gebbia said he has been Public Library on November 9, 2017. The Clarkston Council will hold a Public
2014. On his Facebook page,
an advocate for efficient, Hearing on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, starting at 6:30pm, Clarkston City
Park said that although a lot
sustainable development and Hall, 3921 Church Street for the purpose of taking public comment on the 2018
was accomplished during his
improved communications Proposed City of Clarkston Budget. The Council will vote to adopt the Clarkston
first term, there’s still work to
between city officials and 2018 Budget at their regular Council Meeting on December 5, 2017 at 7:30pm.
be done.
residents.
The public is invited to attend.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 13

CLARKSTON

Clarkston Mayoral candidates Ted Terry and Beverly Burks were able to focus on issues such as affordable housing, immigration, economic development and priorities while in office.

Mayoral candidates face off in Clarkston
Forum allows getting a lot of progressive
reforms we’ve been seeking

Terry, Burks to for the past two years.”
Burks said the time

focus on issues between meetings is equally
important as speaking in
meetings and committees.
“From a council
BY R. SCOTT BELZER perspective, all of the
legislation that went through
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com
in terms of consensus and
actually passing were done
Clarkston Community with the council,” Burks said.
Center hosted a municipal “I’m able to take an idea, work
election candidate forum on with council members to
Oct. 17 giving city council and make sure it’s implemented
mayoral candidates a chance and passed.”
to share their vision with the For opening and closing
public. remarks, Burks touted her
Moderated by WABE Clarkston Community Center hosted a candidate forum on Oct. 17 in which mayoral and city council candidates explained
their platforms to constituents. Photos by R. Scott Belzer time spent on city council
reporter Elly Yu, the mayoral and proven ability to lead
forum was one of three Clarkston into the future.
panels on Oct. 17, which also remaining fiscally sound Terry said he plans to Clarkston’s stance on “Leadership is the ability
included council candidates. through an economic plan reactivate the Clarkston immigration and official to motivate others to do more
Yu asked participants in and repairing a deteriorated housing authority to leverage implementation of a non- for the community, and that’s
each race a set number of city infrastructure to foster state and federal grant detainer policy in terms of what I did,” Burks said. “As
questions before fielding growth. funds and work with the interacting with Immigration mayor, I will continue those
questions from the audience. In the area of affordable DeKalb County land bank to and Customs Enforcement. efforts to make sure we build
Mayoral candidates housing, Burks said she rehabilitate derelict property. Terry and Burks were a stronger Clarkston through
Beverly Burks and Ted Terry will continue to participate “The rent is too damn asked about working investment, engagement and
began the night by answering in Clarkston’s housing high,” Terry said. with counterparts in city empowerment.”
questions involving committee, work with To foster economic government such as council Terry said he will continue
priorities, affordable housing, available experts and development, Terry said he members and city staff. to represent Clarkston at the
economic development and develop an inventory of would like to mimic Duluth’s Terry credited the regional, state, national and
immigration. affordable housing. She purchase of the downtown Clarkston committee international level. He said
Terry said his priorities in said one solution lies in area and creation of a system—in which each city he wishes to keep positive
continuing to serve as mayor mixed-income housing and town core with bike paths, council member chairs a momentum going in the city
include developing more developing a comprehensive pedestrian trails and other committee focused on city and complete projects begun
programs for senior citizens plan to address an influx of instances of connectivity. improvements—as one that under his leadership.
and a comprehensive parks development. Burks said she would assures fresh ideas, discussion “One of the powers of
and recreation program “As you know, like to activate and support and public interaction. telling our story to people
aimed at local youth. unincorporated DeKalb the newly formed Clarkston “There are no bad ideas,” outside of Clarkston is that
Burks said she plans County, Scottdale and Decatur Downtown Development Terry said. “We have to people start to notice us,”
to focus on improving are moving up to us,” Burks Authority and offer tax empower the average person Terry said. “They start to want
public safety through said. “If we don’t have a plan incentives and draw more to be able to say, ‘I have an to invest, spend time here,
technological upgrades such in place in how to address to interested businesses to idea, we need to talk about move here and raise a family
as surveillance cameras and housing, you will see rent go Clarkston. it,’ and the committee system here.”
other monitoring devices, up.” Both candidates credited has been instrumental in
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Deshauna Barber is a former Miss USA, United States Army Reserve Captain and motivational speaker. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

SHARING AND INSPIRING SUCCESS
Miss USA 2016 speaks at McNair High School
about her struggles growing up—
BY R. SCOTT BELZER dating, having a false body image and
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com a dwindling self-esteem—and the
only opinion about the instance that
mattered was her own.
For Miss USA 2016, motivational
“While I’m sitting around thinking
speaker and United States Army
about this every single day, struggling
Reserve Captain Deshauna Barber,
with it, he was at home chilling and as
the secret to success is consistent self-
happy as can be,” Barber said. “I realized
love, being “on the grind” early and
that forgiveness is not about [the
addressing skeletons in the closet.
person you’re forgiving], forgiveness
Barber spoke to McNair High
is for you. If there are skeletons in your
School female students on Oct. 19 as
closet, whether it’s bullying, whether
part of an empowerment discussion.
it’s abuse, whether it’s mental, physical
Students were encouraged to discuss
or emotional abuse by parents—to
topics introduced by Barber with
be successful, you have to pull those
their mentors, parents, friends and
skeletons out and address them.”
colleagues.
Barber’s sister Brittney Caldwell is
Barber was crowned Miss USA in
a history teacher at McNair High. She
2016 at the age of 26. She said her
said she facilitated Barber’s speech
beauty pageant career began at age 19
with the purpose of inspiring students
while folding clothes at a department
to believe in themselves.
store in college and being noticed by a
“When I was in high school, which
manager.
was not that long ago, one of the
“I had never seen a pageant in my
biggest things I struggled with was my
life,” Barber said. “She convinced me Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber spoke to female students at McNair High School on Oct. 19 hoping to
inspire future successes. self-esteem and feeling good about
to enter into my very first pageant
myself,” Caldwell said. “I know a lot of
three months later. First pageant?
girls here deal with the same problems.
Lost. Second pageant? Lost. Third
want everyone else to suffer with “I worked my butt off for years so One of the people who helped me the
pageant? Lost. Fourth pageant? Lost.
them. It’s not OK. You have absolutely I can chill, come to your high school most with this is my big sister.”
Fifth pageant, guess what happened?
no idea what’s going on at someone’s and talk,” Barber said. “The reality is, as Barber, who has been a
I lost…In December 2015, [at 25] I win
motivational speaker for approximately
Miss District of Columbia, USA. In 2016, house… You have no idea what people a double minority like we all are, you
are going through.” need to understand you’re going to five months, said she was inspired to
I win Miss USA.”
Barber told students that those have to work twice as hard to get as far share her stories with others following
Barber said perseverance, tenacity
who were bullied for being “nerds,” or as everyone else—you have to realize the death of her mother. She counts
and resilience characterize her life
“dorks,” are today’s millionaires. that. But you also have to realize you speaking at high schools to inspire
and contributed to her success. At an
Barber instructed students to focus can be anything you want to be. If you young Black women as one of her
early age, Barber said she struggled
on themselves and their own successes want to build a rocket ship, be the next finest accomplishments.
with self-esteem because of a bully at
Miss USA, the next Michelle Obama, “My joy in life is to tell [students]
school and abuse by a family member. and to be careful of the company they
keep. She related a story about a friend the next Hillary Clinton—If you put the things I wish someone had told
Barber said during her senior
who was pulled over and subsequently your mind to it, you can do it. But you me when I was in high school,” Barber
year in high school, she witnessed a
sent to jail because a friend was in have to be ready to grind.” said. “The reality is, I was bullied, I was
classmate throw herself in front of a
possession of marijuana. Barber described unsubsidized abused as a child, I had a lot of self-
train after falling victim to bullying.
She instructed students to focus loans at colleges—designed for low- esteem issues and I really, really, wish I
She said current students are even
on education rather than being one income and bad credit families—as the had someone I could see as a peer but
more prone to bullying because of
of the “cool” kids. Barber, who holds value of investing in one’s self. She said also someone who had gone through
social media.
a master’s degree, told students she it’s worth the risk for an education. a hefty amount of struggle.”
“Let me be clear, there is not one
thing cool about being a bully,” Barber makes more than $100,000 each year Barber finished her speech by
said. “The problem with bullies is because she begrudgingly educated relating her tale of abuse. She told
they’re suffering on the inside, so they herself. students her abuser did not care
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Trading a crown for a lab coat
DeKalb 5th grader wins state STEM competition,
advocates for minorities in science

BY R. SCOTT BELZER research findings including such social
barriers as streotypes, gender bias and
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com the climate of science departments in
higher education.
On any typical weekday or weekend,
According to Lester, her passion for
Wadsworth Magnet School for High
science has led to a passion for making
Achievers fifth-grader Temple Lester
videos. At the end of her STEM Talk
can be found making videos about
submission, she details her website,
science, culinary skills and the fine
www.JustTemple.com–which serves as a
arts—all with the purpose of helping
platform for videos of Lester performing
other people.
experiments, cooking, arts and crafts—
“It makes me feel like a good person,”
and states it is specifically aimed at girls.
Lester said. “It makes me feel like I’m
“I wanted to show kids, especially
helping them to do better than before. If
girls, that they’re allowed in STEM
people do better, they can achieve more
[fields],” Lester said. “They can have
than they originally thought… I hope
thoughts, learn different things and
kids know they can choose whatever
learn science. It helps me help other
they want to be.”
people.”
Lester’s skills in science, public
Lester said the website—launched
speaking and videography have been
when she was in third grade—helped
recently rewarded, as she was declared
her develop her skills in public speaking,
one of three winners in the Georgia
learn to hone her message and
Science Teachers Association’s STEM Talk
appreciate her own opinions. She said
competition.
she eventually wants to be on a high
The Science, Technology, Engineering
school or college debate team.
and Mathematics (STEM) Talk
Lester’s parents, Tommy and
competition was created to provide
Jennifer Lester, said they decided to let
kindergarten through 12th grade
Temple explore her own interests rather
students a platform to share how STEM
than direct her.
is impacting their lives. Students are
“We followed her interests,” Jennifer
instructed to develop five-minute videos
Lester said. “We didn’t focus them as
discussing how STEM is shaping the
to what we think they should be. At an
future.
early age, my husband shared his ‘man
“When I found out I won, I was
cave’ and turned it into a science lab
shocked,” Lester said. “It was K-12 and
for [Temple]. Being able to expose her
the other winners are 12th graders. It
to things that explore her interests and
was from all around the state of Georgia
allow her to decide what she’s interested
and I’m just one person out of about 900
in is very important.”
to 1,000 people! It feels really good. It
According to Wadsworth Magnet
feels like I can do anything.”
principal Cornelia Crumb, Temple is “a
Lester’s video, titled “The Time I
cut above the rest.”
Traded My Crown for a Lab Jacket,”
“It was very obvious to us the first day
details her curiosity about how things
she entered the building that she was, in
work, math proficiency and her
addition to being a high achiever, super
discovery of the shortage of women in
intelligent, smart and full of enthusiasm,”
STEM fields. She relates an experience of
Crumb said. “Temple is going to go
attending science camp where she was
on to become the head of the Centers
the only girl in the session and referred
for Disease Control and Prevention, I
to as “a little princess.”
guarantee you that. She doesn’t look at
“I thought to myself, ‘Am I in a castle?
the world in the small setting that we
And if I am, I’m in the wrong place,’”
are in, she’s looking globally. She wants
Lester states in the video. “I told her, ‘I’m
to solve problems.”
not a princess, I’m a scientist.’”
Lester said she plans to eventually
In the video, Lester states this
work at NASA as an astronomer. She said
experience prompted her to do
she loves stars, constellations, zodiac,
research. She explains that male and
planets and the universe.
female students do equally well in math
“There aren’t a lot of women in STEM
and science on standardized tests and
and I want to work in STEM when I grow
that men and women make up equal
up,” Lester said. “It offended me to find
parts of a college-educated workforce,
out there aren’t a lot of women in STEM,
but only 29 percent of women work in
even though they do equally well as
STEM-related fields.
men. We can do equally well—we can
“Why is there such a big gap?” Lester
do better than men.”
asks. “Just 35.2 percent of chemists
As a contest winner, Lester spoke
are women. Only 11.1 percent of all
in front of more than 1,500 teachers in
astronomers are women and 7.9 percent
Athens as part of the 2017 Georgia STEM
of all mechanical engineers are women.”
Forum.
Lester concludes by stating key
Wadsmorth Magnet School for High Achievers fifth-grader Temple Lester was recently
announced as a winner for the Georgia Science Teachers Association’s 2017 STEM Talk awards.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 • Page 16

AVONDALE Continued From Page 9A
Laratte: “1. Developing Avondale: we Brown: “Working in partnership Anziano: “Our biggest challenge is
2. What are your top three priorities need to fill our acreage with vibrant with the other communities to staying on course and pushing to the
you will focus on if you’re elected productive activities contributing to make practical policies to create objectives outlined in our Downtown
to the Board of Mayor and our city. 2. Sustaining and adapting: I a wider, more open public realm; Business Plan (Master Plan), and
Commissioners? want to be sure that as the city grows, to expand high-quality affordable working on a financial plan to get us
we remain relevant to the area. We housing options and make long-term there. I believe I can help and need
Anziano: “1. Help propel the want people to come to our city and investments in children and families, your votes to get us there.”
development of our downtown so stay. 3. Affirming community: I want specifically in education, health and
that it becomes an attraction to new everyone to be able enjoy our city and economic well-being.” Brown: “To understand Avondale
businesses and building expansion bring it closer to being the role model Estates is a growing diverse
for the citizens of Avondale. 2. Fully city for Georgia.” Jones: “My interest in city issues is community. We all live here together.
connect our residential areas and not new. I have attended numerous Building a community is more than
downtown by a completed network Shortell: “1. Promoting well- city meetings, hearings and planning buildings and planting trees, it is
of sidewalks wide enough to stroll designed, walkable, and sustainable sessions, so am very knowledgeable friendships and relationships that
and talk with family, neighbors and downtown development that follows of the issues, processes and the give it nourishment for growth
friends. 3. Set aside one or more part- the Downtown Master Plan vision. significant time commitment required and prosperity. Neighbors helping
days annually to direct our citizen 2. Maintaining Avondale’s identity, to be an effective commissioner.” neighbors makes our city stronger.”
energies toward helping the needs character, and quality of life as we
of individuals/families in our own grow. 3. Reaching and informing Laratte: “I know that my strengths are Jones: “The biggest challenge we face
hometown. We’ll call it Avondale Cares residents more fully through sincerity and a genuine belief in the is balancing the needs of our current
Day—it will generate palpable energy, strengthened communication.” success of the city and everyone in it. residents and businesses with future
pride and good will for our city.” In addition, I have a way of working plans. I will prioritize action plans
3. What qualities do you have with other leaders in an inclusive, that maintain our residential areas
Brown: “Increase support to that will help you be a good process-oriented way toward tangible while also invigorating our current
Avondale Elementary School to help commissioner for Avondale results.” businesses and appropriately expand
it to become a community school of Estates? our downtown area.”
choice; protect our city’s heritage, our Shortell: “A long-time resident with
tree canopy, and lake; and improve Anziano: “With a strong background a history of Avondale involvement Laratte: “The challenge is how we
storm water collection system in marketing and merchandising, plus and participation including attending keep those things we value about
throughout the city.” leadership skills developed over four majority of city meetings, serving on Avondale while growing this city to
decades in real estate sales, ownership focus groups and committees, and be sustainable in the future. How
Jones: “1. Listen to the needs and and management, and having been starting a citizen group advocating for we keep our community secure and
concerns of residents and local state president and leader of Georgia’s a revitalized, walkable downtown and inclusive, adaptable and stable.”
businesses. 2. Work to retain the 20,000+ Realtor organization I’m sponsoring community forums.”
historic character and 'small town' in an excellent position to help our Shortell: “Revitalizing downtown,
feel of our city. 3. Make decisions city stretch its wings and take off to 4. What do you believe are some of maintaining identity and quality of
based on collected data and citizen the future for which we have been the challenges facing Avondale life and quality, public schooling for
input, ensuring fiscal integrity/ aspiring.” Estates and how will you address all Avondale children and continue
accountability.” them? support for Avondale Elementary.

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Businessman introduces compact fire extinguisher to U.S. market
BY KATHY MITCHELL and began marketing it in Europe, “Elderly people are most Fire Fighter is only for small fires.
where it’s now very popular,” he said. vulnerable because even when “Of course, you need to call the fire
FREELANCE REPORTER “October is Fire Prevention Month they have a fire extinguisher it may department when there’s a major
and a perfect time to spread the word have stored it where it’s not readily fire,” he said. “The idea of the Mini Fire
When a fire breaks out, time is about this truly innovative product. available or they may have difficulty Fighter is to keep a small fire from
of the essence. Whether the fire Also, we’re approaching the holiday operating it. The Mini Fire Fighter is as becoming a disaster.”
is a minor incident or becomes a season and there is always a spike in compact and easy to use as a can of According to Sizer, Mini Fire Fighter
major catastrophe may depend on a home fires around the holidays.” hairspray; it’s easy to hold and easy to is the only compact extinguisher that
nearby person being able to respond Sizer said the number of people use,” Sizer said. “There are no complex works on four major fire types: class
quickly and effectively. A Decatur with working fire extinguishers in directions; you just shake and spray.” A or solid fires, which involve wood,
businessman has introduced a their homes is “surprisingly low. Spraying releases nontoxic, fabric, cardboard or plastic; class B or
product to the American market that Considering that there are more than biodegradable foam that expands hydrocarbons—gasoline, diesel or
he said improves the odds that a small 400,000 fires a year—most of them in to up to 40 times its size and can be solvents; class C or electrical fires for
fire doesn’t become a major one. the home—this is a serious issue.” used from up to four feet away. “The which it has been tested to 35,000
David Sizer explained that the Sizer said 80 percent of home fires foam suffocates the fire and cools the volts; and class K, oil and grease fires.
Mini Fire Fighter was invented in start in the kitchen. “The Mini Fire surface so the fire doesn’t start up Sizer said the Mini Fire Fighter has
Spain by a man who had no interest Fighter is so small it’s easy to keep it in again,” Sizer said. “Clean-up is easy. the endorsement of fire department
in marketing it. “The inventor a drawer or right on the countertop so You just wipe with a damp rag; there’s professionals around the world, but is
had a background in creating fire no time is lost in an emergency. It will no residue.” not well known in the United States.
prevention systems. He looked at all fit in the glove compartment of the Each Mini Fire Fighter is 8.5 inches “Right now, some major U.S. hardware
the problems with fire extinguishers car. They’re inexpensive enough to high, two inches in diameter and stores are carrying it and I’m working
that were available to the time—size, have one for the office, boat, garage weighs less than a pound. Units have on getting it in the big box stores. I
weight, difficulty in using, expense— and for camping or barbecues. If a four-year shelf life and each is date am totally confident that once people
and worked at finding an extinguisher there’s a tangled web of electronics stamped. The canister is reusable until try this product it will sell itself,” he
that would be compact, easy to use cords somewhere in your house, you it’s empty, according to information said.
and affordable. need to keep one near it, too,” he on the Mini Fire Fighter website.
“My dad discovered the invention noted. Sizer emphasized that the Mini
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VOLLEYBALL FOOTBALL

Marist, St.
Pius face off
in volleyball
state
semifinals
BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com
Rivals faced each other
for the right to play in the
Class AAAA state volleyball
championship game.
Marist and St. Pius X
battled each other in the
Class AAAA semifinals Oct. 25.
The score was not available
by press time.
No. 2-ranked Marist’s
last final appearance was in
2014, when it won the Class
AAAA state title. Marist has
won 10 state championships
in the program’s history and
finished runner up 11 times.
The last time the Lady War
Eagles finished runner up was
in 2013, when they lost to
St. Pius in the Class AAA title
game.
The 2013 state
championship is the only
state title for the No. 3-ranked
St. Pius Lady Golden Lions.
St. Pius has finished second
in the title games four times.
The Golden Lions last final
appearance was in 2015.

CEDAR GROVE PUMMELS STONE MOUNTAIN
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BY CARLA PARKER Xavier Dennis connected with
Kortney Cox on the touchdown pass
OTHER SCORES
REDUCE carla@dekalbchamp.com to give the Saints a 7-6 lead in the first
quarter. The Saints went up 14-6 later in Oct. 19

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the quarter on a fumble returned for a Stephenson (6-2) 35, Mt. Zion-Jonesboro (1-7) 2
The No. 1-ranked Cedar Grove Saints touchdown by Alvin Williams.
continued to dominate Region 5-AAA Tucker (7-1) 62, Charles Drew (2-6) 12
Cedar Grove took a 21-6 lead in the

RECYCLE
with a 48-6 win over Stone Mountain second quarter on a touchdown run by
Oct. 21 at Godfrey Stadium. Oct. 20
Darrell Neal. Rashad Cheney scored a Decatur (4-4) 23, Lithia Springs (1-7) 7
The Saints remain at the top of the rushing touchdown two minutes later in
REDUCE region with a 5-0 region record and Marist (8-0) 25, Blessed Trinity (7-2) 24
the quarter, giving the Saints a 28-6 lead. Miller Grove (4-4, 1-2) 25, Columbia (4-4, 1-2) 20
an 8-0 overall record. This is the fifth The defense had two consecutive
time in program history the Saints have St. Pius X (3-5) 43, Jefferson (6-2) 29

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pick-6s by Montre Montfort and Cox SW DeKalb (6-2) 14, Lithonia (2-6) 7
remained undefeated through eight respectively to give the Saints a 42-6
games. If this team wins its last two Towers (4-4) 41, Redan (2-6) 26
lead at halftime. The Saints scored the

RECYCLE games, it will join the Cedar Grove teams Centennial (6-3) 45, Dunwoody (2-6) 7
final touchdown of the game in the third Henry Co. (1-7) 38, Druid Hills (1-7) 21
of 1976, 1978, 1990 and 1991 as the only quarter on a touchdown pass to Devon
teams in program history to finish the Lovejoy (5-4) 41, M.L. King Jr. (3-5) 21
Barnes, bringing the final score to 48-6.
REDUCE regular season undefeated.
Stone Mountain is currently last in
Cedar Grove has won 18 consecutive
games, including the Class AAA
Pace Academy (3-4) 33, McNair (3-5) 9

Oct. 21

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the region with an 0-5 region record, state championship, since a loss to
and a 1-7 overall record. Stone Mountain Arabia Mountain* (6-2) 42, Chamblee (1-7) 0
Westminster last season. Cedar Grove
scored the first touchdown of the will take on McNair Oct. 27 at Avondale

RECYCLE game in the first quarter, going up 6-0. Open: Clarkston (1-7), Lakeside (1-7)
Stadium. Stone Mountain will face Redan
However, Cedar Grove then scored 42 Oct. 28 at Hallford Stadium.
unanswered points before halftime.
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FOOTBALL

Tucker’s Joshua Vann receives Army All-American game jersey
kept working and working and I now I’m one of the
BY CARLA PARKER best.”
carla@dekalbchamp.com The four-star recruit is ranked the 35th best
receiver in the county on ESPN’s top 300 list.
Another Tucker High School football player will On Sept. 22 against M.L. King, Vann had three
display his skills on national television in January. receptions for 65 yards, which made him the DeKalb
Two weeks after offensive tackle Dylan County all-time leader in career receiving yards
Wonnum received his Under Armour All-American with 2,367, surpassing Kelvin Knight (1997-99) of
game jersey, the Tucker football team, coaches Lithonia. Knight held the previous record of 2,303
and family of senior wide receiver Joshua Vann yards for 18 years.
gathered Oct. 19 in the school auditorium to watch According to the DeKalb County School District
the South Carolina commit receive his game jersey Athletics Department, from his freshman year until
for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game. Oct. 12, Vann has played in 46 games, accumulating
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl, one of the 119 receptions (2.6/game) for 2,367 yards (19.9/
premier high school All-American games, features reception) for 37 touchdowns. In the 2016 season,
the best 100 players in an East vs. West match-up he led the county in receiving with 63 receptions for
every January in San Antonio’s Alamodome and is 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns, all career highs.
broadcast live on NBC. The game will take place Jan. The play-maker also has two punt returns for
6, 2018. touchdowns in his career— a 75-yard return this
Vann said it’s a great feeling to be recognized season and a 55-yard return last season. Coach
as one of the best high school players in the nation Bryan Lamar said Vann has gotten better every
and to play alongside other top players in the year.
country. “He’s a tremendous athlete,” Lamar said. “He was
“Growing up, I never thought that I was going one of those kids that stood out. Even as an eighth
to be an Army All-American, or an All-American in grader—as the quarterback of the eighth-grade
general,” he said. “Where I came from, it’s not the team that won the program’s first middle school
best and still not the best to this day, but to be an championship—he was a tremendous talent then.
All-American and to play with the best is a great Tucker High School senior offensive linemen Dylan
Wonnum was named an Under Armour All-American and And then he came in and was just a real talent.
feeling and a great honor.” received his game jersey. Photo by Carla Parker Sometimes, kids kind of grow into being good
Vann grew up on Gresham Road and played for players, but he was a kid—that from the day he
the Gresham Park youth football program as a child stepped foot at Tucker High School—we knew he
for two years. When he got to Tucker Middle School, Since then, Vann has worked his way to being was going to be special.”
his family did not have enough money to buy cleats one of the best wide receivers in the nation. Vann said he is looking forward to having a good
for him. His coaches gave him a pair of old cleats “It’s really crazy,” he said. “I came from nothing. time in San Antonio.
that were worn by a former player who left them Nobody knew me. I came from [Gresham Park] to “I’m looking forward to meeting new people and
behind. Tucker and I was the new kid on the block, but I having fun with everybody,” he said.
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Marist advances to softball Elite Eight
BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com
The Marist Lady War Eagles
are the lone wolf from DeKalb
County remaining in the state
softball playoffs.
Marist advanced to the
Class AAAA Elite Eight after
sweeping Central-Carroll in
two games in the best-of-three
series Oct. 18. The Lady War
Eagles won the first game 8-7
and closed out the series with
an 8-6 victory in game 2.
Marist (17-11) will face Perry
(16-18) in the next round Oct.
26 at South Commons Softball
Complex in Columbus.
In Class AAAAA, Arabia
Mountain’s, Chamblee’s,
Decatur’s and Miller Grove’s
seasons all came to an end in
the Sweet 16. Arabia Mountain
was swept by Loganville (6-5,
4-0), Chamblee was swept by
Carrollton (13-2, 10-2), Decatur
was swept by Walnut Grove (8-
0, 10-3) and Miller Grove was Marist advanced to the Class AAAA Elite Eight after sweeping Central-Carroll. Photo by Melissa White
swept by Buford (13-0, 19-1).