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M.D. Naser, Doraville’s first Joseph Geierman, an openly Stephe Koontz, a transgender
person of color and Muslim on gay man, was elected to woman, said her skill set and
city council, said he seeks to Doraville City Council on Nov. familiarity with residents made
represent Doraville’s diverse 7, demonstrating the city’s ten- the difference in her election
communities. Photo submitted. dency toward diversity. Photo victory on Nov. 7. Photo submit-
submitted ted

D is for ‘Diversity’ in Doraville
Residents elect first transgender woman
alongside openly gay man, Muslim

Holiday fare
by R. Scott Belzer lot of great things for the community and establish
city, but also had some views rapport. about gay people that may “People want to see
have precluded them from quality development,
On Nov. 7, residents in

aplenty at local
voting for someone like me. I especially at the former GM
Doraville elected their first never really had a clue I would site,” Koontz said. “People are
transgender woman, Stephe feel like I had a chance to run concerned about equality
Koontz, as well as an openly for office. A lot has changed in in code enforcement and
gay man, Joseph Geierman, 16 years.” the high percentage of
to the city council.

Naser said he moved to rental property in the city.
Geierman and Koontz Doraville from Chittagong, And of course, potholes and
join Muslim and Bangladesh- Bangladesh, nearly 20 years sidewalks.”
born councilman M.D. Naser ago to seek a better life. Geierman said he was
in making up Doraville’s Today, he works for the prompted to run to oust bad
majority-women and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office landlords and stir economic
inclusive city government— and has been on Doraville development in the city.
affirming to the public that City Council since 2015—the “I want to see a Doraville
Doraville stands behind its first person of color to do I can continue to grow into,” Late November and December are great times for lovers
slogan of “Diversity. Vitality. so since 1871. He is also the Geierman said. “I want to see of theaters. Musicals, comedies and maybe a drama or two
Community.” first Muslim to serve on the quality development. I want are staged during the holiday season telling fantasy tales,
“This is unique for a city council. to see a walkable Buford relationship stories and sometimes putting new twists on
in Georgia,” said Koontz, a “I came straight to Highway.” traditional holiday fare. Some are perfect for children and
Doraville resident since 1985. Doraville from Bangladesh. Naser said he works families, others are definitely adult themed.
“There’s only one White I’ve never lived anywhere to better transparency in
man on the council. It has else,” Naser said. “It’s a Doraville and make it a Several DeKalb County theaters are staging new and returning
changed a lot since I’ve lived beautiful city. The diversity more welcoming place for productions of holiday shows. Here are a few to consider for
here. When I moved here it has made it more beautiful. immigrant families. He said your holiday entertainment schedule:
was mostly White and blue When I moved here there immigrant communities in
collar; the makeup of the wasn’t much diversity but all cities need representation Onstage Atlanta
neighborhood has changed it has dramatically changed and help navigating United 2969E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
since then—it’s a lot more over the years, which is a States legal systems, which Decatur
diverse and [has] made the great thing. I love it.” inspired him to run in 2015. (404) 897-1802
city a better place to live in.” Koontz said she ran for “There were some
Geierman said Doraville office to help develop a issues I needed to [stand
has come a long way since he downtown core and follow up for],” Naser said. “Certain A Christmas Story—Nov. 24-Dec. 17
moved there in 2001. through on Doraville’s immigrant communities “For Ralphie Parker, there is no greater Christmas gift than a
“When I moved here, citizen-made comprehensive were being targeted. A lot of genuine Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle,” States
I didn’t feel like there plan. She said she knocked the community needs help. Onstage’s website. “Unfortunately, his mom, teacher and even
was anyone like me in on more than 1,000 doors People break laws because the Santa Claus toiling away at Higbee’s Department Store
government,” Geierman said. to develop a one-on- they don’t know the laws and share the same reaction to his Christmas wish: ‘You’ll shoot
“There were a lot of original one relationship with the the rules. I try to educate our your eye out!” All the elements from the classic motion picture
residents who had been here
since the 1950s. They did a See Diversity on page 11 See Holiday on page 11

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From long drives to penalty kicks
Chamblee closes on golf property, outlines soccer facility
by R. Scott Belzer its intent to purchase the former Jim parks master plan. soccer organizations at affordable
Hearn Golf Center—which accounts According to Moore, the 2016 rates. for approximately 16.5 acres—in June comprehensive plan found soccer “With its location inside the
Officials in Chamblee on Nov. 20 2017. Undeveloped greenspace along to be the second-most desired perimeter and close proximity to
announced the purchase of 16 acres North Shallowford Road amounting to sport for residents; the second-most I-285 and I-85, it is destined to draw
along Buford Highway bringing the 8.9 acres was also included. participated in behind baseball for soccer enthusiasts from all over for
city’s total park space to more than According to Chamblee public children; and the fifth most common tournament play and events,” states
100 acres. relations manager Tisa Moore, the sport adults participate in. the document.
The purchase of the former property will be transformed into Development costs have yet The RFP also requires companies
Jim Hearn Golf Center—located several soccer and multi-use fields. to be determined, as the city has to submit 30-year budgets for the
at 4445 Buford Highway—was The space also will include walking only recently issued a request for project that include scholarship
finalized through a low-interest trails that connect to nearby Dresden proposal (RFP). RFPs for developing, programs for Chamblee residents as
lease agreement worth $4.5 million Park. maintaining, operation and finance well as lease rent payments to the city.
in partnership with the Georgia “The investment by the city is of the property will be accepted Jim Hearn Golf Center closed
Municipal Association, according to designed to create premier field until Dec. 15 and interviews will be approximately three years ago,
city officials. space and expand the athletic conducted by city park management according to the RFP. The property—a
“The purchase of the property, offerings available to residents,” staff in January 2018. driving range and golf equipment
combined with the existing Dresden Moore said. “The secondary goal According to the RFP, the store—still has its original building,
Park, creates a 40-acre contiguous of the project is to spur additional objectives of the new soccer t-boxes and equipment and is located
park amenity in the area,” said private development along the Buford complex are to provide programs on a 100-year floodplain.
Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson. Highway corridor.” to all ages, cultures and abilities; For more information, visit
“This is an investment in the Buford New park and recreation space provide athletic opportunities to or contact
Highway corridor that could spark has been identified as a priority since area residents; enhance public and Chamblee City Hall at (770) 986-5010.
further private development.” the development of Chamblee’s 2015 private partnerships in the city; and
Chamblee originally announced comprehensive plan and the 2016 to provide fields that can be used by

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Atlanta Chamblee clarkston activity and story period on Dec. 8
from 5 to 6 p.m.
The kid-themed event will
Onion Man to feature A little Artist Shannon Willow to host feature activities and tales in the
Drew Charter School hosting gift Room At the Inn Discovery Center followed by
holiday open studio songs and blessings with Rabbi
drive Brian Glusman. The event will
Onion Man Productions—a Clarkston artist Shannon also feature an appearance from
Drew Charter School–located at nonprofit theater production Willow will host her 8th Annual
301 E. Lake Blvd. SE–is hosting its the Weinstein School Shabbat
located at 5522 New Peachtree Holiday Open Studio event Dec. 2 Dinosaur.
annual PTA Eagle Giving Tree gift Road—will host the premiere of and Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.
drive event. The event is free. Light
A Little Room At the Inn on Nov. 30 “This is my favorite show of refreshments such as challah and
The event features students, until Dec. 10. the year and I have created a new
parents and other community grape juice will be served.
The play, written by Atlanta body of work since the summer For more information, contact
stakeholders purchasing and
donating gifts for children at Drew playwright Hank Kimmel, tells show to share with you,” Willow Glusman at (678) 812-4161 or
Charter School to make sure each the story of a CEO and younger said. “The fire will be blazing,
child has a memorable holiday protégé as they are forced to snacks and beverages await, along
season. share a room at an inn during a with this spiritual art experience.
Interested participants can snowstorm. The pair must face Please don’t miss it!”
donate in person or online.
An online list can be found at
questions from a judgmental truck
driver as well as an overachieving
In addition to light
refreshments, Willow will speak on lithonia desk clerk. such topics as human connection,
go/10c0f44aea82ea46-2017. Kimmel said the play is about spirituality and living in the
Gifts can be donated in person fidelity on the surface and the moment. Original oil paintings, Tree lighting and park visioning
by visiting Drew Charter School’s dismantling of sexual, psychic trade bead jewelry, medicine bags,
Lower Campus Atrium and picking
and corporate norms beneath the fine art prints, T-shirts, art cards,
public meeting
a golden eagle from the tree with
an assigned gift request. surface. bells, sage, cedar, sweet grass and Lithonia will host its annual tree
Gifts can be returned Kimmel said he was inspired more will also be available for lighting and holiday celebration
unwrapped to the lower campus to write the play after “being purchase. with Santa Dee Dec. 3 from 5:30 to
lobby until Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. questioned by [an] unforgiving The event is open to the 6:30 p.m. There will be hot cocoa,
wife about why a black pair of public at 951 Mell Avenue. Those cookies and music by the Miller
women’s underpants (not hers) interested can call Willow at Grove High School jazz orchestra.
mysteriously came back with (770) 853-4356 or visit www.
Brookhaven clothes from the laundromat.”
“I learned that the appearance
The event will be held at Kelly Park,
located on the corner of Main Street
and Max Cleland Blvd. Before the
of impropriety can sometimes
City to host blood drive be worse than impropriety itself,”
tree lighting event, the city will host
a Lithonia Park visioning public
Kimmel said. meeting at city hall where residents
Brookhaven, along with the A Little Room At The Inn begins
American Red Cross, will host a can share their ideas for the park.
Nov. 30 until Dec. 10. Shows are
blood drive Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. Thursday to Saturday evenings at Community center invites public For more information, contact
to 3 p.m. at city hall. To schedule Lithonia City Hall at (770) 482-8136.
an appointment to donate blood,
7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. to a night of songs
Tickets are $12-$16. The play is
visit and enter directed by Julie Skrzypek and The Marcus Jewish Community
the sponsor code: brookhaven; or features Rachel Graf Evans, Center’s Zaban Park Campus and
call 1-800-RED-CROSS. City Hall is Jessie Kuipers, Geoff McKnight Sophie Hirsch Srochi Discovery
located at 4362 Peachtree Road. and Jillian Walzer. Center—located at 5342 Tilly Mill
Road—will host “Shabbat, Me
& Rabbi G,” a Hanukah themed
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Child shot en route
City proceeds with hotel tax increase to birthday party
Rate raised to 8 percent, funds to be used for by horace holloman birthday party traveling on
tourism facility fund, greenspace improvements Clifton Church Road when a
white Dodge Charger with
New Jersey plates struck their
by R. Scott Belzer An 8-year-old who vehicle. thought she would spend the According to Milton
day eating cake and ice cream Howard, after his vehicle was
Visitors and patrons to Dunwoody hotels ended up in the hospital after struck he heard gunshots.
and motels can expect to pay an additional 3 a dispute in DeKalb County. That’s when he realized his
percent tax following a city council meeting Raegan Howard is daughter was shot.
on Nov. 13. recovering after she was shot Milton Howard took his
Council discussed increasing the in the buttocks following a daughter to a nearby Georgia
Dunwoody hotel and motel tax to 8 percent road rage incident. Express Meals for help.
following conversations with stakeholders, According to DeKalb Two teens in the charger
sub committee discussions and a public open County police, Howard and fled the scene.
house, which have taken place since June. her father Milton Howard, One of the teens who fled
The Nov. 13 approval marked the first read 32, were on their way to a the scene was identified as
of the ordinance. Should Dunwoody City
Council approve the ordinance at its next See shot on page 10
meeting on Nov. 27, the tax will go into effect
January 2018.
According to Dunwoody Economic
Development Director Michael Starling, 15
percent of funds generated by the tax—an
estimated $125,000—will help finance parks,
trails and greenspace within the city as part of
a newly created tourism facility fund.
“It’s not often that a city or municipality
finds a new, untapped revenue source,”
Starling said. “But we have wants and needs
beyond what this limited revenue source can
handle. What we’ve tried to do is balance Dunwoody City Council held a first read on an ordinance
raising the city hotel and motel tax to 8 percent. Funds will
those—what we think the community needs, be used for green space improvements, city officials state.
the hotel needs and what tourism itself Photo submitted.
The tourism facility fund will spur such
projects as Perimeter Center East Park,
Ashford Dunwoody Trail, Flyover Bridge Park, six or eight months ago. We’ll increase our
Westside Connector Trail, Perimeter Park, revenue, we won’t take it from residents,
Georgetown to Perimeter Trail, Highstreet we’ll have new money and we can move way
Trail, Perimeter Mall Trail, Georgetown ahead on our parks program.”
Gateway Trail, Ravinia Trail, Northfork Nancy Grant said many hotels endorse such taxes
Creek Trail, Winters Chapel Road Trail, Cotillion because they are invested back into the areas
Trail and Windood Hollow Trail. they serve and make cities more attractive to
Starling said the improvements focus on visitors.
how to connect the city’s assets and how they “There’s really been no pushback,” Grant
can connect to hotels. said.
Starling said the number one want Jim Williams, Dunwoody resident
by visitors and residents in Dunwoody and president of nonprofit Dunwoody
is greenspace, parks and trails. He said Preservation Trust, referenced an email in
surrounding cities such as Alpharetta are which he requested the funds generated from
already working on a loop system linking city the tax and dedicated to the tourism fund be
amenities. increased to 25 percent.
“This is something a lot of communities “The hotel and motel tax is estimated
are focused on,” Starling said. “These are to generate an additional $850,000 in
investments that support office, retail and funds to the city for tourism-related capital
residential markets. These are things all improvements,” Williams said. “Staff is
commercial property owners are looking for.” recommending 15 percent of those funds go
According to Georgia law, no less to projects managed by nonprofit partners.
than 50 percent of revenue generated by Current capital funding available for all of
hotel and motel taxes go to “destination these facilities has been $250,000 annually,
marketing organizations” created by cities. which is allocated only after competitive
In Dunwoody’s case, the agency is the proposals from each of the nonprofits.”
Dunwoody Convention & Visitors Bureau, Williams said the $250,000 is not adequate
which must spend the funds on promoting for each nonprofit. He said pursuing funds
tourism, conventions and trade shows. from the city budget has not proven to be
Dunwoody was granted permission to effective.
raise its hotel and motel tax rate with the “These nonprofit operated properties,
passage of House Bill 564 this year. both collectively and individually, create
Resident Bill Grant said he supported the significant placemakers when attracting
tax because of how transparent Dunwoody tourism to the city,” Williams said.
city government has been with constituents. Williams’ request was backed by Alan
“[The tax] is a good thing, it really is,” Grant Mothner, who said he would be happy with
said. “[Starling] put this in front of us about any increase allocated to nonprofits.
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The tangled web of DNA
Having just received my DNA confronted with factual information native inhabitants. Global migratory
results, it occurred to me while which proves that their ancestors practices of our ancestors placed
reviewing the hodge-podge of my may not have been as pure anything men and women in situations where
ancestral lineage that most of us are as they want to believe. Would they would be likely to encounter
combinations of many ethnicities. this possibly dissuade them from others of differing ethnicities, be
It also occurred to me that there are John Hewitt being hostile to those they believe attracted to them and eventually
likely many people who are reluctant, to be different because of physical procreate.
for a multitude of reasons, to have characteristics? It is widely believed by many DNA
their DNA tested. Long before there were border experts that we all have a common
Even though there weren’t walls (other than in China) or DNA link to the ancient cultures of
many surprises in my results, it people refuse to acknowledge immigration procedures, people were northern Africa, which is believed
does indicate traces of lineage from that possibility and find it difficult free to move about at will with little to be the cradle of civilization
northern Africa and from European to imagine that they have lineage concern as to whether they would from whence we all evolved. It
Jews—which is puzzling—as I think linking them to groups that may not be welcome in unfamiliar places astounds me that so many prefer to
of Judaism as a religion. As a fair- be at the top of their favored lists. or if they would have the proper concentrate on differences rather
haired, blue-eyed Georgia native, I’d love to see a concerted effort documentation. The biggest concern than commonalities.
I always considered myself to be by our national government to offer was likely surviving the journey or We are all humans comprised of
primarily of Scots-Irish decent, as is free DNA testing to anyone who cares if there would be hostility by those 23 pairs of chromosomes; many of
the case; however, there are other to participate. Perhaps if more people they may encounter along the way. the chromosomes, if not most, are
components of my DNA that link me knew more about their combined As the developed nations of shared with all others throughout the
to native America, South America, DNA, we would begin to see how Europe began global explorations in world.
northern Africa, Germany, Poland, similar we really are and eventually search of spices and other items not I’m proud to be a mixture of many
Russia, Italy, Guam and Polynesia. become simply Americans. available in their homelands, they ethnicities and encourage all to
It is a safe assumption that most Imagine if those who espouse established colonies in the newly explore their own set of unique DNA
of us have a multitude of ethnicities racial bigotry and hatred against discovered lands and out of necessity profiles that make us who we are.
in our veins but so often many those who are different were established relationships with the

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Me three…
It feels as if we are at a reckoning break a rib.” and your hands go into the bread
point, at least regarding the issue of
sexual harassment and inappropriate
‘One Man’s I told only one friend what
happened on the bus ride back to
oven until you aren’t able to carry a
serving tray.”
conduct. Women and men are Opinion’ school. I never told my parents, our I am not equating either of
now calling out bad behavior long choir director, or anyone at the senior these instances to the hundreds
overdue. As the pendulum is pushed Bill Crane center.  of situations that I’m sure that my
in motion, it is impossible to calculate
Nearly a decade later and during a mother, two sisters, grown and now
the severity or landing angle of the college summer break, I was waiting married daughter or any of many
swing, but this one does feel like a tables in a white linen/fine dining other women in my life have faced. I
bridge that we will not cross back establishment. I was initially a service already know their challenges were
over. And so, I thought I’d share two that era, and dirty blonde. The old waiter, backing up more experienced worse and more frequent.
instances in my own life, each leaving man whispered into my ear, “Merry staff. We handled beverage service, We are at a teachable moment. So,
a small scar.  Christmas...should I tell Santa that you fresh bread, clearing, busing and let’s share and have sober
I was 12. Our sixth-grade chorus have been a good little girl or a good re-setting each table. There were no discussions. Let’s share with our
traveled to a senior center to sing little boy?” waitresses at this establishment, and children as well as those we mentor
Christmas carols. The entire chorus As I began to answer him, his hand the vast majority of the seasoned wait what is OK, and what’s not, and how
wore identical wardrobe white reached into my crotch and he was staff were men in their 30s. I was 19. to better respect one another. Let’s
button-down shirts and black slacks. squeezing my private parts, making While bending down into the try and remember that every woman
The group was a pretty even mix of clear the answer to his question, as he kitchen’s bread warming oven, I is someone else’s daughter, sister,
boys and girls from our grade.  said, “What a pretty little boy.” suddenly felt my rear end being mother, lover or loved one. How
A much older gentleman, In a flash that I can’t quite entirely squeezed. I was startled, and fell do we want ours to be treated and
appearing somewhat frail, sat leaning describe and has not occurred since, forward bracing my hands against respected?
forward in a large chair to the side of I was angry, nearly puked and felt a the fall and into the bread oven. As As we enter this holiday season,
the front row. As we completed our dizziness and sense of being over- I pulled out my scorched palms and there is one gift of the old South
performance, he was commenting whelmed and powerless to escape the spun around to face my groper, I saw all men might consider giving the
loudly, “Bravo!  Encore” and asking for situation.  the restaurant’s most senior waiter. He women in their world and lives—a bit
holiday hugs from chorus members. As the old man started to move his winked at me, smoothed his more chivalry. I’m not suggesting a Sir
Many in our group complied. When hands elsewhere, I sharply jammed an mustache and said, “Nice hot buns.”   Walter Raleigh role-play; just treat all
it was my turn the old man scooped elbow into his rib-cage. He was badly I knew again there were limits to the women in your life as if they are
me up into his lap. I didn’t reach five winded, while his face was tearing up, what I could do in response without your family. Who knows, they might
feet tall until high school. Longer all he could muster was to say, “Wait”.  getting fired. So, I smiled, while just return the favor.
hair was then in style, mine was a bit Out of his lap and grasp, my wits surveying the burn damage to my
like Peter Tork’s of the Monkees of recovered, while I stared him in the palms and said, “Grab my buns again
eye and said, “Touch anyone else and I

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Dude until 2021
by R. Scott Belzer
school year, $209,000 in the
2019-20 school year and
representations; failure to
obtain, earn, receive, possess,
City Schools of Decatur
extends super's contract
Dude is also eligible for 45
days of paid vacation and 30 $219,000 in the 2020-21 acquire, and maintain days of paid sick leave each
school year. Each year, Dude educational requirements contract year.
Less than six months will be eligible for a bonus of required by [the contract]; According to reports from
after increasing his pay and $20,000. inability to be bonded; and Decaturish, Dude’s contract
awarding him a bonus, the The board will have the any other good and sufficient discussion was placed on
City Schools of Decatur option to extend Dude’s cause.” CSD’s board of education
(CSD) board of education contract at its discretion. Dude’s performance is consent agenda for Nov.
extended the contract of According to the contract, evaluated twice per school 14 but was removed. A
Superintendent David Dude Dude can be terminated year—once at midyear CSD official said the item
on Nov. 14. from his position for reasons and once at its conclusion. was originally there as a
The unanimous decision— that, “include but is not Evaluations, criticisms and placeholder.
made by board members limited to incompetence; notes from CSD’s board of Board chair Caiola later
Garrett Goebel, Julie City Schools of Decatur superintendent
insubordination; willful education remain confidential stated the board was likely David Dude was awarded a contract
Rhame, Bernadette Seals, neglect of duties; immorality; in Dude’s personnel file. to discuss his contract at the amendment retaining his services
Annie Caiola and Lewis inciting, encouraging or According to Dude’s meeting. at the district until 2021. Photo
Jones—was arrived upon submitted.
counseling students to violate contract, he is also eligible
in an executive session held any valid state law, municipal for a $1,500 allowance each
after the board’s monthly ordinance or board policy; month to, “cover or offset
Dude’s contract
failure to secure and maintain
necessary educational
routine and reasonable
expenses arising out of [his]
eXPerieNce decatur
guarantees his current salary training; failure to comply performance of duties,”
of $189,000, will increase fully with any warranty; including civic duties and
to $199,000 in the 2018-19 making false or incorrect travel expenses.


Inman makes history becoming
youngest elected councilmember
@ 20+ SHOPS
NOV. 30 | DEC. 7, 14, 21
heard from elderly residents
by Carla Parker include the issue of abandoned homes, trash around their
homes and code enforcement.
Election night was a historic She said she will work with
time for the city of Lithonia and churches and schools to help
Amelia Inman. create a program for young
Inman, 26, became the people where “they will have
youngest person elected to ’S AIMÉE JEW
volunteer hours to help our GR E E N E ELRY
the Lithonia City Council. She senior population.”
won one of the three at-large FINE FOODS AND GALLERY
“It’s possible to make our
council seats, receiving the homes in our communities
most votes (79). Incumbent look better,” she said.
Diane Howard received the Inman assured voters she DOGGY
second most votes with 73 would address the noise at
and incumbent William “Ric” the amphitheater and public DOGG SPLASH
Dodd finished third, receiving Amelia Inman is the youngest person safety. She also wants to E
64 votes. Incumbent Tracy- elected to the Lithonia City Council. improve communication and OF OLIV
Ann Williams lost her council Photo by Ayana Johnson branding of the city.
seat after receiving 62 votes. “Branding is another
The 2009 Druid Hills High the Georgia Institute of Real platform that I stand on,”
School graduate said it feels Estate. She is currently a real she said. “[My] first initiative
wonderful to be the new estate executive at Keller is to definitely work on our
councilwoman in Lithonia. Williams Chattahoochee North. communication because that artSy SurPriSeS • SPecial HOliday dealS
“I’m still kind of in shock While campaigning, Inman not goes with how Lithonia is seen #OctOPidecatur
because while you’re in the only tried to appeal to young and our reputation. I will look
process of working so hard— voters, but to older voters as for sponsorships from local

campaigning, door-knocking, well. business owners and even [big]
sending out mailers, talking to “We do have a very large business owners so we can
the people—you don’t really senior population, so when get digital signage. Whenever
think about it in the mist of it. I was talking to them I tried [people] drive by and they see
But, since I was actually elected my best to let them know this signage they will always
in the top vote getter, I’m just that I’m all about being a new know what’s happening in the
like, ‘Wow, all of the hard work voice for them,” she said. “I let city, whether it’s a town hall
did not go in vain.’ So, it’s a them know that I don’t know meeting, a council meeting or
wonderful feeling. I had a lot of everything, but I would like a workshop.” Visitors Center | 113 Clairemont Ave.
support along the way.” to get a lot of things in order Inman said she wants |
Inman is a graduate of when I do get elected.”
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The Decatur city commission unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with DeKalb County that will provide Decatur with $800,000 to improve green space projects at the United Methodist
Children’s Home property.

All about the green Decatur’s green space nets city $800,000
According to Decatur funding to have the trails existing walking trails; officials completed the
by horace holloman officials, DeKalb County improved and make the space preparation of master sale of approximately 77 Commissioner Kathie more inviting,” said Mayor plan for green space areas; acres of property owned by
Gannon acquired funding Patti Garrett. removal of invasive species; the UMCH. The process of
from the county’s special Peggy Merriss, Decatur improvements for pond acquiring the property took
recreation tax district general city manager, said the city access, including construction nine months and Decatur
Decatur’s decision to obligations bonds. The must use the proceeds on six of observation deck and purchased the land for an
acquire the United Methodist bonds were part of a 2001 possible projects. According improvements to the existing estimated $40 million.
Children’s Home (UMCH) referendum approving $125 to the agreement, Decatur pond. Approximately 22
property in August is starting million to acquire land for has 10 years from the date “We can do it all at once acres of the property will
to pay off. additional parks and natural of receiving the funds to and do a major project, or we be dedicated for use as a
On Nov. 20, the areas as well as preserving undertake certain greenspace can [spend the money] over permanently protected
Decatur city commission green space and making projects. a few years because there conservation area. Decatur
unanimously approved greenspace improvements. The city can decide to are a number of different plans to have a community-
an intergovernmental “We express our thanks to use all of the $800,000 on projects,” Merriss said. “We based master planning effort
agreement with DeKalb Commissioner Gannon and one project, or distribute the haven’t allocated this money in January 2018 to determine
County that will provide the county government for money among other projects to any projects yet but we the future use of the UMCH
Decatur with $800,000 to making those funds available such as construction of new appreciate Commissioner property.
improve green space projects in our area. I think it would be walking, biking or pedestrian Gannon’s participation.”
on the UMCH property. nice to have that additional trails; improvements to In August 2017, Decatur


Battle between Cagle, Decatur continues
he questioned the actions based on the request of U.S. do.”
by horace holloman of one of the best police Immigration and Customs Cagle also filed a
departments in the state of Enforcement unless the complaint with the state Georgia—we could have agency presented Decatur immigration board in
discussed the policy matters police with a warrant first. November. The board plans
It doesn’t appear Lt. at hand,” said Garrett. “Instead, On Nov. 1, Cagle wrote to review the complaint in
Gov. Casey Cagle will back for reasons that seem both on his Facebook page that January 2018.
down from his claims that personally and politically Decatur needed to “abandon Cagle is running for
Decatur is a sanctuary city motivated, he chose to forgo their practice of harboring governor of Georgia hoping
and after Decatur Mayor Patti having a direct conversation. criminal illegal immigrants,” to replace Nathan Deal in
Garrett released a statement He now stands by his own or he would work to cut 2018.
regarding the matter, it interpretations with little the city’s funding. Cagle “Lt. Gov. Cagle owes Police
doesn’t seem Decatur is effort to verify their accuracy, also wrote a statement Chief Mike Booker and
backing down either. such as awaiting guidance saying, “Illegal immigrants the men and women of the
Garrett responded to from the state attorney shouldn’t be here in the first Decatur Police Department
Cagle’s claims, posting a general.” place, and if they commit an apology for implying his
statement on the city’s The issue began in violent crimes, responsible actions are rooted in their
website. Garrett said Cagle’s September when Decatur local leaders should work failure to uphold the law and
accusations are “not based “codified” a long-standing hand in hand with federal for accusing Decatur officials
in fact.” Garrett also claims practice by the Decatur authorities to turn them over of harboring dangerous
Lt. Governor taken the time police, stating they would for deportation. Our state has criminals,” Garrett said.
that Cagle is avoiding further
to talk with any of our city not arrest, hold, extend the a responsibility to prevent
conversation with city leaders.  
leaders prior to his interviews detention of, transfer custody crime and uphold the rule of
“The city of Decatur is
with local TV stations—where of, or transport anyone law. That’s what I intend to
not a sanctuary city. Had the
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Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence in Education recipient Toni Bailey in her 8th
grade art class on Nov. 15. Photo submitted.

St. Pius X running back Nkem Njoku brushes off a Woodward defender. St. Pius X running back Jason Jones run toward the end zone in St. Pius’ 35-31 win over Woodward Academy in the
playoffs quarterfinals. Photos by J. David DiCristina/Dry Branch Photography

Volunteers hand out turkeys to DeKalb residents during an NAACP turkey giveaway
event at North DeKalb Mall.

Decatur police officers pose for a picture while attending Decatur’s holiday kickoff DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson and “Santa” ride together during the Tree of Love event at North
event. DeKalb Mall.

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Countywide Countywide

Name drop
Lifeline to stop
breed labeling
for adoptable
by horace holloman
The latest College and Career Readiness Performance Index scores indicate
improvements throughout DeKalb County. Photo illustration courtesy of
WikiMedia Commons. A nonprofit organization
that runs the animal shelter
College and career readiness in DeKalb County has
decided to end the practice

scores improve in DeKalb of labeling dogs by breed.
Lifeline Animal Shelter
announced they will no
Scores, growth percentages increase longer identify animals that
are waiting for adoption by
breed. The change in policy is
67, representing 0.4, 3.2 and meant to give all dogs a fair
by R. Scott Belzer chance at getting adopted,
5.8 increases from last year, respectively. Lifeline officials said.
The top scores in DCSD “We decided to remove
DeKalb County School [the labels] because we got
are DeKalb Early College
District (DCSD) and City together with a lot of other
Academy (107.1), DeKalb
Schools of Decatur (CSD) are animal organizations and
School of the Arts (95.5)
celebrating improvement in found out that breed labeling Lifeline Animal Shelter will no longer label dogs by breed.
and Arabia Mountain (92.3)
College & Career Readiness hinders the adoption process
at the high school level;
Peformance Index (CCRPI) and 70 percent of the time,
Kittredge Magnet (101.9) and
scores following their release tests have shown [the labels]
Chamblee Middle (82.6) at
from the Georgia Department are incorrect,” said Karen
the middle school level; and
of Education (GDOE) on Nov. Hirsch, spokesperson for
Kittredge Magnet (108.7)
2. Lifeline Animal Project.
and Vanderlyn (98.5) at the
CCRPI scores are used to Hirsch said often “pit
elementary level.
gauge school improvement, bulls” or “bully breeds”
CSD’s overall score
accountability and are mislabeled because
increased from 89.1 to 90.3.
communication. Scores are of their common physical
At the high school level,
looked at as benchmarks characteristics such as having
CSD increased its score from
for achievement, growth a blocky head.
93.9 to 95.8 and 84.8 to 87.8
and school effectiveness According to a study
at the elementary level.
statewide, typically from the The Veterinary
CSD’s middle school score
measuring content Journal, breed labels are
decreased from 87.5 to 84.3.
mastery, progress, closing frequently inaccurate and
CSD has one high school
achievement gaps, readiness have negative impacts such
and one middle school—
for the next grade and as breed discrimination and
Decatur High and Renfro
graduation rates. a higher rate of dogs being
Middle. CSD’s highest
In 2017, school districts returned to shelters. A reason
performing elementary
throughout Georgia breeds are mislabeled is only
school was Clairemont
increased their CCRPI scores, 1-percent of a dog’s DNA
Elementary at 87.8.
representing a 1.4 point determines how the dog will
Each year, school districts a couch potato and we help sponsored by
increase overall on average. look physically, Hirsch said.
have the opportunity to them pick out the dog,” Hirsch and North Shore Animal
In 2016, Georgia scored 73.6 A DNA test is one of the
earn a possible 40 points for said. League included vaccines,
and the most recent overall ways to determine a dog’s
student academic growth According to Lifeline spay/neuter services and a
score is 75. true breed.
and progress. officials, the new policy could microchip for animals.
In metro Atlanta, all but “A dog may have a big,
This year DCSD earned help increase adoptions. Last year the shelter
Gwinnett County Schools blocky head and be labeled
36.7 at the high school Nov. 24 to Nov. 27, Lifeline adopted 374 animals during
increased their overall as a pit bull and it’s not,”
level, 34.8 at the middle waived all adoptions fees in the event. Lifeline officials
performance. Atlanta Public Hirsch said. “The other reason
school level and 33.5 at the its “do something different” said their goal this year was
Schools increased to 68.3 is we didn’t want people to
elementary level. campaign. The adoptions, 380 animals.
from 65.2, Fulton County have preconceived ideas of
CSD received 40 progress
increased to 78 from 74.7 how the dog would behave.
points at the high school
and Cobb County increased People think that some
level, 35 at the middle
to 82.9 from 80.5. Gwinnett

Shot Continued From Page 4A
school level and 36.2 at the breeds are more aggressive
decreased to 82.4 from 83. than others or pit bulls are
elementary level.
DCSD increased its overall horrible dogs and that’s just
For a complete summary
score from 66.6 in 2016 to not true.”
of DCSD and CSD, including 17-year-old Curtis Trimble. He’s charged with two counts of
69.9 in 2017. High schools “We ask them what they
scores for specific schools, aggravated assault.
in DCSD scored 74.1, middle are looking for. Maybe they
visit Raegan Howard was transported to Egelston Children’s
schools scored 67.8 and need a dog that’s active or
elementary schools scored Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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Continued From Page 1
diverse communities and better the lives of
every community.”
Koontz said the hard work combined
with her own courage—not her
transgender identity—served as the
impetus behind her successful run for
council. She said her qualifications as
a previous business owner with an
applicable skill set as well as her talks with
residents led to her victory and she just-so-
happens to be transgender.
“I think it was me getting enough
courage and hoping my transgenderism
would not be an issue. I didn’t feel that it
was,” Koontz said. “There’s something I read
this year: ‘Everything great happens on the
other side of fear.’ My fears turned out to
be unfounded. It has been very emotional.
The most touching thing I’ve gotten out of
this is the dozens of letters from parents of
transgender kids who were able to finally
read a story that gives their children hope
for the future.”
Geierman, too, said his platform of
bettering the community is what led to his
“If this race had taken place 10 years
ago, the fact that I’m gay would have
been an issue. It was not something that
was even commented on,” Geierman said.
“People voted for me because of the things
I want to work on in government. It proves
that anyone looking at the place they live
and thinking, ‘Man I wish I could run for

holiday Continued From Page 1
office but feel like I can’t for X,Y or Z,’ should
maybe rethink those preconceived ideas. I
thought that too, but won very decisively
with a large number of votes.”
are here, as the adult Ralph Parker corporate ladder by being protective Christmas and Silent Night. Tickets
Naser said he hopes he is the first in a
recalls with fondness his family’s of his reputation as a solitary leader. are $32.49.
long line of diverse, welcoming residents
hilarious holiday memories- This regard is tested when Bill, who
to serve on Doraville City Council. He
exploding furnaces, a wet tongue is nearing retirement, and his much
said many who are in marginalized
on a cold lamppost, and that younger protégé Julie Shaffer get ART Station
communities, including immigrants,
unforgettable lamp shaped like a caught in an unexpected snowstorm 5384 Manor Drive
shy away from working in government
woman’s leg. Silly and sentimental, two days before Christmas. Stone Mountain
because they are already scrutinized and
it’s a heart-warming holiday treat Desperate for shelter, Bill and Julie (404) 469-1105
want to be left in peace.
for the entire family. Tickets $16-23. find refuge in the last room available
“We need more representation from
at the Wake Robin Inn, a roadside
diverse communities,” Naser said. “I don’t
Merry Little Holiday Shorts— motel that operates by its own set of Another Night Before
worry about faith, gender or color. All I’m
Nov. 30-Dec. 10 standards.” Tickets $12-$16. Christmas—Dec. 6-17
looking for is a good person I can work
“Like a bowl of Chex Mix at a “It’s Christmas Eve and for Karol—a
with. Sometimes that’s difficult, but we can
holiday party, this showcase Onion Heads Holiday Sketch harried social worker in her 30’s—
always fill gaps to work together.”
features a diverse assortment of Comedy Special—Dec. 14-16 the Holiday season can’t end soon
Naser, Geierman and Koontz all agreed
tasty theatrical treats written by The Onion Heads return with a enough,” is the description of the
that Doraville still has a lot of work to
local and national playwrights,” is holiday sketch comedy special full play from Art Station’s website.
act in the interests of its population.
how the production is described of laughs. Tickets $12. “Walking home after her office
Koontz specifically mentioned a lack of
Onstage. “This collection of nine party, she meets a homeless man
representation from the Latino community.
one-act plays includes everything with a scraggly beard and gives
“Doraville is part of a trend of
from the story of the first-ever Porter Sanford III Performing him her party leftovers. When
inclusiveness,” Geierman said. “We may be
Christmas to the tale of the Arts and Community Center the same man appears in her
leading that trend.”
tiresome search for the perfect 3181 Rainbow Drive apartment, questions arise—like,
“We should, as a city government, reach
Christmas tree.” Decatur could Santa really have come to
out to anybody and everybody,” Naser said. town?” The production runs Dec.
“Our council, collectively, is working on
Onion Man Productions 6-17 and tickets are $24-$28.
achieving that goal. We haven’t reached
5522 New Peachtree Road A Soulful Christmas—Dec. 1-3
that goal, but we’re making progress.”
Suite 111 “This African American Christmas
“The advice I would give to anyone—
Chamblee tale takes you back in time when
gay, straight, transgender, anything—is if
(404) 519-7591 Christmas Eve meant pure magic
you have the skills and you think you can Feel the excitement of being a little
make the world a better place by serving
kid again as our lead characters,
the public, go sign up and run,” Koontz
A Little Room at the Inn—Nov. Destiny and Julius, get the
said. “We can always come up with a
30-Dec. 10 Christmas surprise of their young
reason not to do things. And the difference
Described as a “lighthearted lives,” states the website of Stepp
is having the courage to go ahead and do
Christmas play for adults. Bill Stewart, the play’s creator. Features
it anyway.”
Grenawalt has reached the top of the songs such as Joy to the World, This
education DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, DECEMBER 1, 2017 • Page 12


DeKalb County School District hired a law firm to study and recommend a new salary structure at its November board of education meeting. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Salaries to be surveyed at DeKalb schools
School board approves salary and compensation study
by R. Scott Belzer According to Michael Bell, best and look at what you’re Houston-Stewart following flexibility we have with that.” DCSD’s chief financial officer, paying.” their arrival from Kansas Board member Marshall
the study was forwarded to Morley criticized the City Public Schools with the Orson said, while the study
DeKalb County School then-Superintendent Cheryl human capital department’s superintendent in 2015. will compare the district’s
District (DCSD) will devote Atkinson and no action was use of an outside vendor for Other employees at salaries and compensation
approximately $185,000 taken. the study rather than using a DCSD have requested to the surrounding Atlanta
to the review, study and “Keep in mind where we team from within the district. salaries be raised and laid market, it would be ideal to
development of a detailed were in 2012—coming out She said data from within off workers be rehired in lieu take such a concept to the
salary structure following of the recession, going into the district can be used to of hiring outside vendors. next level.
approval from the board of the negative, having serious determine social workers, Since March, a group of “This can’t be done
education in November. financial issues, people on counselors, maintenance DCSD workers representing overnight,” Orson said. “At
The $185,000 will be paid furlough days,” Bell said. “In workers and school drivers, technicians, some point, we need to put
to Management Advisory terms of what the report may psychologists are not being carpenters, custodians and ourselves in the position to
Group International, a have recommended, we had paid correctly. landscapers—defined as take a step back and ask, ‘Is
Washington D.C.-based firm no discretionary revenue to “We study everything,” auxiliary by DCSD’s central this the best way to deliver
specializing in compensation execute it.” Morley said. “Don’t we have office staff—has pleaded the highest results for our
study, according to DCSD DCSD Superintendent evaluators or assessors who with the board to end students?’ The highest
documents. Representatives R. Stephen Green said this can look at this? By the time furloughs, salary reductions, performing education
from the firm will examine would be advantageous to [human capital] studies this, reclassifications and layoffs, organizations are [under
non-school based personnel the district, as they will be there will be a phase four and stating such employees are taking] or will undertake that
and school-based personnel familiar with the challenges five. People will be retired, paid 17 percent less than process at some point. We
as a two-phase process and goals of the district. I’ll be gone and people still workers in similiar positions in have to be willing to take that
expected to last five months. Green said recommendations won’t be paid.” surrounding counties. next step.”
The DCSD board of and plans that result from Morley also has Morley said these According to Green, it
education will have the the study will be brought questioned the salaries employees were referencing will take approximately $2.9
option of taking Management to the board for approval of central office staff. In wrongdoings from 2012 and million for counselors, social
Advisory Group International’s intermittently throughout the January 2017, she and that having a plan in place workers and psychologists to
recommendations to improve year. fellow board member Vicki for correction by September be brought up to comparable
or replace its current salary DCSD has been criticized Turner questioned the 2018 would benefit all parties salaries in surrounding
structure, which has faced by board members and salary of DCSD director of involved. districts. How much it
criticism in recent years. employees for its approach to strategic communication Board member Michael will take for employees
According to DCSD’s pay scales, tiered raises and and marketing, Andre Erwin said he is eager to see throughout the district to be
interim chief of human starting salaries. Riley, stating his degree and how much money the district brought up to scale remains
capital management Everett “The pay is an issue,” said experience did not justify his has to work with to improve uncertain.
Patrick, the scope of work board member Joyce Morley $120,000 annual pay. salaries at the school district. “A lot is converging on
will be divided into analyzing on the topic of hiring school The board has scrutinized “We’re looking at a general the limited resources we
position specifications, salary nurses. “You’re going to get the pay of Riley, as well as fund of $128 million,” Erwin have,” Green said. “This will fit
ranges and a tiered career what you pay for. We keep DCSD student advancement said. “I want to know how into an equation of a bigger
pathway. looking at these studies when director Malay Malathip, much of that we can focus demand that we’ll have to
Management Advisory some things are just as plain former human capital toward salary improvements. I wrestle with.”
Group International as the nose on your face. You management director Leo know there’s a lot wrapped up
performed a similar study for have to pay people. If you Brown and director of in that, but I know the board
DCSD in 2012 for $175,420. want the best, recruit the communications Eileen would like to know how much
business DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, DECEMBER 1, 2017 • Page 13


Hollywood where the
stars are dogs and cats
by Kathy Mitchell offering products that stood members as well as they do
out in the market. Hollywood for the rest of the family,” she
FREELANCE REPORTER Feed wanted to build on its added.
reputation for high-quality “People today are more
Despite a name suggesting animal related products.” careful about what they eat.
glitz and glamor, Hollywood “We’ve kept the name They are starting to realize
Feed started in the 1950s as Hollywood Feed despite some that the chemicals and
a feed and seed store serving confusion, because we want preservatives that go into
family farms in western to draw attention to our past many foods aren’t good for
Tennessee. and the pet lovers who started their health. The trend toward
“As was often the practice the company, the pet lovers more health-conscious eating
in the mid-20th century, who worked tirelessly over has extended into concern
the store was named after the years and the pet lovers about what people are feeding
the street it was on. The first who shopped with us loyally their pets. After forming the
Hollywood Feed and Seed to make the company what it habit of reading labels before
was on Hollywood Street and is today,” the Hollywood Feed buying foods for themselves,
Chelsea Avenue in Memphis,” website states. they started reading labels on
explained Brittany Gilliam, A drawback to the name, their pet food. Sometimes it
the company’s chief operating Gilliam said is that it may made them say, ‘Wow, is this
officer. “The name leads give the impression that its what I want to be feeding
some people to think we’re products are all expensive. him?’”
California-based, but our stores “While we focus on high Hollywood Feed is not a pet
are in the South.” quality, we have products in food producer. The company Hollywood Feed team members Saivite Wilson, left, and Juan
Now a supplier of foods McNeely show products available at the new Tucker location.
a wide variety of price points. selects products made by
and products for domestic Customers on a budget who manufacturers that meet their
pets with 63 locations in eight want to be sure their pets are standards. “We’re particular,” these dogs and cats are as old grooming products, crates,
Southern states, Hollywood well fed, can find what they Gilliam said. “Most of the as they are,” she commented. vitamins and other items for
Feed on Nov. 11 opened its need at Hollywood Feed.” brands we carry you won’t find In addition to food, pets.
newest store in Tucker. The Hollywood Feed describes in grocery stores, big box stores Hollywood Feed also sells,
3,000-square-foot location on its products as “natural and or even most pet specialty
Lavista Road is the ninth in holistic.” Gilliam elaborated on stores. We focus on USA brands
Georgia and joins other DeKalb the description. “There actually PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
from people who care as much
County locations, including is no official definition for about pet health as we do.”
either of those terms, but what Gillian said that while PUBLIC HEARING AT 875 MAIN STREET, STONE
“There aren’t many family it means to us is that foods are evidence of the benefits of a
farms in this part of the MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 18,
made without artificial dyes healthy diet for pets is largely 2017 AT 6:30 P.M. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS
country anymore,” Gilliam said. and preservatives and our anecdotal, she and other TO CONSIDER AN AIRBNB HOME FACILITY.
“Cattle are now mostly raised in products are created for the observers have seen pets that
states farther west. That’s why physical and mental wellbeing might normally have a life
the company decided several of the pet,” she said. CITY OF CHAMBLEE PUBLIC NOTICE
expectancy of six or seven
years ago to switch its business Gilliam said Hollywood years, live 10, 12, even 14 years.
model to providing products Feed customers usually are A copy of the proposed 2018 Operating Budget for the
“Also, we see them having a City of Chamblee will be available for review at City Hall
for dogs and cats. From the those who think of themselves higher quality of life. To see
beginning, they wanted to do on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
as pet parents. “They want them running and playing, A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held
it right, making sure they were to care for their furry family you’d never guess some of on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Civic
Center, 3540 Broad Street. Any persons wishing to be
heard on the budget may appear and be heard.

inman Continued From Page 7A
The City Council will adopt the budget on Tuesday,
December 19, 2017. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
and will be held in the Civic Center.

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Rivals Marist,
St. Pius X to
face off in
Cedar Grove, Tucker advance
to consecutive semifinals
first state title since 1968. This
by Carla Parker is the Golden Lions’ third trip to the semifinals in six seasons.
In Class AAAAAA, No.
For the 53rd time, rivals 1-ranked Tucker (12-1) is back
Marist War Eagles and St. Pius in the semifinals for the seventh
X Golden Lions will face each time in 11 seasons after the
other on the gridiron. Tigers’ 20-12 win over Allatoona
This time, the stakes are a bit Nov. 24 at Adams Stadium. The
higher. Tigers trailed 6-0 at halftime,
No. 1-ranked Marist will host but Tucker took a 7-6 lead
St. Pius Dec. 1 in the Class AAAA right out the locker room after
semifinals. The winner of the Tyler Hughley returned the
game will advance to the Class second-half kickoff 95 yards for
AAAA championship to be held a touchdown.
at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Tucker continued to
Atlanta. dominate on special teams. A
The two teams played each blocked punt and recovery by
other early in the regular season Trevon Flowers set up a field
Sept. 8 at St. Pius. Marist won goal for the Tigers, extending
the matchup 17-14. The War their lead to 10-6. A 30-yard
Eagles lead the series 32-17-3. punt return by Taurean Taylor’s
Marist (13-0) advanced to 30-yard punt return set up a
the semifinals after a 28-6 win 14-yard touchdown pass from
over No. 3-ranked Burke County Travon Ford to Isaiah Dunson
(12-1) Nov. 24. The War Eagles to give Tucker a 17-6 lead.
were down 6-0 midway through Tucker’s defense also had a
the second quarter, but scored big game, holding Allatoona
28-unanswered points to win its to 19 yards rushing and 130
13th consecutive game. Marist total yards. Tucker will host
rushed for 253 yards, led by No. 4-ranked Coffee (9-3) in
Ellis Pearson, who rushed for the semifinals Dec. 1 at Adams
67 on 13 carries and scored a Stadium. The Tigers, which
touchdown. finished runner up in the state
Marist is seeking its first state finals last year, are hoping to
title since 2003. The War Eagles’ return to the finals to win their
last semifinals appearance came first championship since 2011.
in 2013. Defending Class AAA state
St. Pius (8-5) has been on a champions Cedar Grove Saints
roll since starting the season punched their tickets to another
0-5. The Golden Lions have gone semifinal after beating Pike
on to win eight straight games, County 28-0 Nov. 24, their fifth
including the 35-31 victory shutout of this season.
over No. 7-ranked Woodward Quarterback Xavier Dennis
Academy on the road Nov. 24. had a rushing and passing
St. Pius finished the game touchdown in the game and
with 420 total yards, all of which running back Darrell Neal
were rushing yards. Sophomore rushed for 124 yards and
running back and defensive scored two touchdowns. Jadon
back Jacob Pajer led the team Haselwood intercepted two
with 168 yards on four carries passes and linebacker Isaiah
and two touchdowns. He also Ratcliff had 17 tackles, 2.5 for
had eight tackles and three pass losses.
breakups. Junior running back The No. 1-ranked Saints (13-
Jason Jones had 177 yards on 0), winner of 23 consecutive
eight carries and scored two games, will host No. 4-ranked
touchdowns. Calhoun (12-1) in Dec. 1 at Marist will host St. Pius Dec. 1 in the Class AAAA semifinals. Marist won the previous matchup 17-14 on Sept. 8.
St. Pius is trying to win its Godfrey Stadium. Photos by David DiCristina/Dry Branch Photography
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