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the kitchen and taught him how
BY GALE HORTON GAY to cook, drank himself to death in despair.
At Just Bakery, Thapa said
The universality of baking and
she dreams of one day opening
breaking bread is at the heart of
a bakery of her own featuring
a local bakery whose bakers hail
Nepali and fusion flavors and her
from around the world.
time learning the trade at Just
Just Bakery of Atlanta is a
Bakery has put her on track to
combination enterprise with a
make it happen.
training program that teaches
Kalala came to the United
refugees skills to earn a living
States from the Congo almost
working in and operating a
three years ago. His first job in
food service business as well as
Georgia was working in a chicken
produces baked goods for sale to
processing plant in Gainesville.
the public.
He’s now one of seven trainees
On a recent Wednesday
working at the bakery. The
morning, the bakery crew was
21-year-old also attends Clarkston
made up of Sisto Kalala, who
High School and expects to
came to the United States from
graduate next year. He wants to
the Democratic Republic of
become a fashion designer.
Congo; Bhima Thapa, who was
Asked what he likes about
born in Bhutan and reared in
being a part of Just Bakery, he
Nepal; Carmel Bahati, originally
replied, “I like everything.”
from the Democratic Republic
Bahati, who has been training
of Congo, and Hayat Abrahim
at Just Bakery for five months,
from Syria. They spent hours
said she previously worked in a
transforming grains, flour, sugars,
warehouse and enjoys her new
butter, cheese and more into an
assortment of baked goods. The
“I am learning a lot,” she said.
bakers-in-training are under the
Abrahim, who has been in
guidance of Mike Carmody,
America for nearly three years
head baker and educator.
and working at the bakery for
“It’s really important to me
nine months, said she used to
with how the world is today. It’s
bake bread and sweets at her
just important for people to treat
home in Syria.
people like people these days,”
The trainees are taught in
said Carmody, who’s been part
various operations of running a
of several James Beard awarded
food-oriented business: sourcing
restaurants. He said the bakers-in-
ingredients and materials, recipe
training he’s working with now
creation, food and kitchen safety
are capable and quick learners.
as well as baking techniques.
“There are no egos in this
Three times a week the
kitchen,” he said.
trainees, including two Central
Carmody said growing up in
African Republic and Afghanistan
the 1970s he worked in a Persian
along with Carmody, sweat it out
restaurant where the owner had
in the non-air-conditioned kitchen
fled Iran after the revolution but
of Memorial Drive Presbyterian
the man couldn’t get his family
Church in Stone Mountain
out of the country. He said the
owner, who gave him his start in
Just Bakery of Atlanta trainee Sisto Kalal, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, scores loaves of SEE BAKERY ON PAGE 9
multi-grain dough. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

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DeKalb ‘soaring’ into new school year

BY TAYLOR ROBINS 1. with obtaining immunizations will include school supplies, website, a student’s individual
Now that summer is should contact the Department health screenings, resources school should be contacted coming to an end, families of Student Health Services in for parents, live entertainment, for bell times, bus routes and
whose children attend a DeKalb County at 678-676- food and refreshments. school supply list.
DeKalb County parents school in the DeKalb County 1871. DeKalb County schools However, for easy
should be sure that their school district should start Going with a “Soaring now offer School Café, a updates on back-to-school
children are ready for the new preparing school supplies, to New Heights- No Limits system that can be used for information, the DeKalb
school year that starts Aug. 6. immunizations, nutrition and 2 Learning” theme, DCSD applying for free or reduced County Schools mobile app is
Open houses for all DeKalb transportation plans. will host three back-to- lunch by visiting www. available for download at www.
County School District To get the ball rolling, school rallies on Aug. 4 at .
(DCSD) high schools will parents are now able to register 2771 Columbia Road, 3510 By using School Café, dekalb-county-schools-new-
hold open houses Aug. 2 from their students online at www. Shallowford Road and 1701 parents can receive instant mobile-app/ .
4:30-6:30 p.m. at each school. Mountain Industrial Blvd. notification about use while
Elementary and middle school registration/ . The rallies all begin at making meal prepayments.
open houses were held on Aug. Families in need of help noon and run until 4 p.m., and According to the district’s


Road to SPLOST bumpy, now work begins

Michael Thurmond said If the bill was approved, a tax thank the leaders in the $151 million.
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN he was pleased that officials break for DeKalb homeowners general assembly who passed “We are focused, we’re and lawmakers of diverse “shall be tolled,” effectively the legislation necessary to going to get the work done,
backgrounds were able to work ending the tax break. get us to this point,” DeKalb we’re going to be good
together. Gov. Nathan Deal signed County Commissioner Steve stewards of taxpayer’s money
For the first time in county “The difficult part was to two pieces of legislation Bradshaw said. “We’d like to and I promise you we will not
history, DeKalb County voters decide that we would believe, pertaining to DeKalb County’s thank the municipal leaders fumble the ball on the one-
approved a Special Purpose and we would trust again SPLOST. Senate Bill 143 around the county for getting yard line,” Thurmond said.
Local Option Sales Tax and work together again,” amended the “tolled” language on board with this initiative DeKalb County will use the
(SPLOST) in November last Thurmond said. “To always that sidetracked the SPLOST and therefore paving the way services of a SPLOST Program
year. The tax is estimated to live in the negative prevents referendum in DeKalb County for getting their constituents Management Team, Moreland
generate approximately $388 you from having a positive while Senate Bill 156 made on board.” Altobelli, which was chosen
million in revenue over the outcome.” certain provisions on what the According to DeKalb through a request for proposal
next six years. Thurmond has called one-cent sales tax money could officials, SPLOST funding process.
On July 26, DeKalb County SPLOST a “game changer” for be spent on. will be used to improve roads, “We’re going to do a good
officials met with residents DeKalb, but the process was Prior to SB 143 and 156, public safety, parks, libraries, job for you. This is not our first
during a SPLOST open house delayed two years ago. some government officials senior centers and health rodeo,” said Vickie Moreland,
to introduce the county’s In 2016 before a SPLOST pushed to build a $40 million centers. Approximately 318 CFO at Moreland Altobelli.
SPLOST Oversight Committee option was put on a government center. miles of unincorporated “We’re going to bring our
and the SPLOST Program referendum, DeKalb officials “This has been a long DeKalb roads rated 30 or worse expertise to this program and
Management Team. noticed the word “tolled” in time coming and leadership will be repaved. The repaving get your projects delivered on
DeKalb County CEO the language of House Bill 596. matters. We would like to project will cost approximately time.”


CLARKSTON at the circulation desk. The

library is located at 3748
Groovin’ on the
Green coming soon TUCKER
Central Avenue. For more
National Night Out information, call (770) 936- Dunwoody will host Groovin’ Organization to host
scheduled 3852. on the Green, a back-to- car show
school ice cream social, Aug.
Clarkston will host National 11 at 6 p.m. at Pernoshal Park. Tucker Cruise-In, a nonprofit, old-
Night Out Aug. 7 from 6 to 8
DUNWOODY The park is located at 4575 fashioned town meet-and-greet
p.m. at Milam Park. The event N. Shallowford Road. For car show will be held Aug. 11
will include free food fun and more information, visit www. on Main Street in Tucker. There
entertainment. The park is Joint National Night will be a variety of cars, ranging
located at 3867 Norman Road. Out planned from antiques to street rods and
For more information, visit motorcycles to imports. The Brookhaven and Dunwoody cruise-ins are held on the second
police departments will host STONE MOUNTAIN Saturday of every month until

DORAVILLE National Night Out Aug. 7 September. The event begins

from 6 to 9 p.m. at Perimeter Village stroll at 5 p.m. and ends with the
Mall. The event will include announced presentation of awards around
Book club to meet food, drinks, entertainment, 8 p.m. There is a $5 registration
child-friendly fun and more. Stone Mountain will host a fee to enter a car into judging.
American Short Stories The mall is located at 4400 Village Stroll on Main Street The cut-off time to have a car
Discussion Group will meet Ashford Dunwoody Road. For Aug. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. For entered into judging is 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 11 at Doraville Library more information, visit www. more information, visit www. For more information, call (770)
from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The 527-1521.
selection for August is “Under
the Lion’s Paw” by Hamlin
Garland. Copies are available


YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT the City of Brookhaven, Georgia (the “City”) and
the Board of Elections of Dekalb County have called an election in all of the election
districts of the City, to be held on November 6, 2018, at which election there will be

submitted to the qualified voters of the City the question for their determination of
whether the City should issue general obligation bonds, in one or more series, in an
aggregate principal amount not to exceed $40,000,000 (the “Bonds”), for the purpose
of financing the cost of City Council approved Park and Recreational Master Plans
and other related park amenities, equipment, and real and personal property useful or
desirable in connection the parks therewith, and paying the cost of issuing the Bonds
and capitalized interest on the Bonds.
We’d love to hear from you. The several places for holding said election shall be in the regular and established
election districts of the City, and the polls will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on
the said date fixed for the election. Those qualified to vote at said election shall be

determined in all respects in accordance and in conformity with the laws of the State of
Georgia. The last day to register to vote in this election shall be October 9, 2018.

Local news editor: covers county government/ Those residents qualified to vote at said election shall be determined in all respects in
accordance with election laws of the State of Georgia.
crime/courts plus Decatur and Avondale Estates.
Any brochures, listings or other advertisements issued by the City or by any other
person, firm, corporation or association with the knowledge and consent of the City,
shall be deemed to be a statement of intention of the City concerning the use of the

proceeds of the Bonds; and such statement of intention shall be binding on the City
in the expenditure of any such Bond funds or interest received from such Bond funds
which have been invested. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 36 82 100, the City notifies all interested parties
Sports editor: covers sports plus Stonecrest, that no independent performance audit or performance review (the “Bond
Audit”) will be conducted with respect to the Bonds. However, the City
Clarkston, Lithonia, Stone Mountain and Tucker. will continue to ensure that Bond proceeds are expended efficiently and
economically, as intended by the Bond Audit.

“God, grant me the serenity to

I still have hope eventually be amended so that the the fact that most good leaders would
accept the things I cannot change, United States is treated as fairly as are not want to expose themselves or their
courage to change the things I can, and other nations that are commerce and families to the scrutiny and ugliness
wisdom to know the difference” ~~ military partners. that is involved in seeking a political
Reinhold Niebuhr If Trump is successful in office. It seems that our choices are the
In today’s political climate, it is John Hewitt denuclearizing North Korea and ones who are power hungry, greedy
easy to become that pesky person bringing peace to the Korean and lacking in morals and honesty.
who regularly posts messages on Peninsula, this will likely be his legacy. We also can’t change the fact that
social media that are either blindly However, if the United States becomes no matter how much media outlets
supportive or vehemently opposed bosom buddies with Russia, and if may deny it, headlines, choices of
to one’s preferred candidate or my adult life that I had not voted in a two of the most powerful nations in quotes and photos used clearly show
political party. However, even for presidential election. the world work for the betterment of biased news coverage.
those of us who have traditionally My preference was and still is all mankind, this could become his I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t
been independent voters, these posts, Bernie Sanders, but most of us know most important accomplishment. Do trust any elected official at state or
memes and links get old quickly. I what happened during the election I believe this will happen? Absolutely national levels. The compensation
often wonder what motivates some cycle within the Democratic National not, but it is possible. paid to senators and representatives
people to be so often focused on the Committee that derailed Sanders’ I’ve learned the best way for me to is far from being conducive to entice
negative. efforts. Political powerhouses often keep from becoming depressed over those who have the best interests of
I admit to voting for Donald have ways of wielding their power and the global political climate and the the electorate in mind. As a result,
Trump, my vote was totally in influence to get their desired results. lack of journalistic integrity in what we end up with officials who are
opposition to Hillary Clinton and This is precisely what I voted against. I believe to be biased news coverage constantly making deals that will
the Clinton political machine. It was But look what we have now. by both liberal and conservative either benefit the official, the official’s
the first time I had ever not supported Trump regularly is an news outlets—is to quietly repeat the foundation or charity, or the official’s
and voted for the Democratic embarrassment with his crass serenity prayer to myself. supporters.
presidential candidate. Am I happy comments and self-promoting jargon. We can’t change centuries-old The best I can hope for is to have
with the outcome? Absolutely not. He has alienated allies the world over, policies that allow politicians to be the ability to accept the things I
If I had the opportunity to vote has demonstrated an expert ability influenced by those with the most cannot change, change the things I am
again, would I change my vote? If the to flip-flop on issues and treat most cash. We can’t change the ugly, able to change the wisdom to know
choices were the same, I’d probably members of the press as if they are the childish behavior exhibited by many the difference and for better choices
not cast a vote for either candidate. enemy; but our economy is strong and so-called leaders on the national and in candidates and news outlets in the
It would have been the first time in trade and military agreements may global political stage. We can’t change future.

Not so random acts of kindness

the CHOA Egleston Bush made a pre-telethon year. Thanks to the many
“Kindness is a language
which the deaf can hear and
‘One Man’s campus to meet with
the cancer patients,
visit to one of the cancer
centers, and later a pitch
of you who have given, or
who have shared this story
the blind can see,” Mark Opinion’ their families and during the first Care-a- with others. If or when you
Twain (Samuel Clemmons, the caring hospital thon. Bush had lost his own and yours have needs of
1835 - 1910), author, Bill Crane medical staff. Slade sister Robin to pediatric this nature, CHOA and the
humorist and observer of was sold.  cancer at the age of 4. The AFLAC Cancer Centers will
the human condition. Boortz and 2018 Care-a-thon held be ready. Praying that you
  Howard are no in late July, raised $1.63 never have the need, but
at all three main CHOA pushovers, and each had million, with more coming knowing that if such tragedy
Having a child with
campuses across metro his favorite. But Slade kept in online and north Georgia strikes, you could not be
special needs certainly
Atlanta. repeating, “Those are both Kroger locations offering in better hands nearby—
helped greatly to reshape
 Amos was seeking a great causes...but they don’t customers the option to surrounded by love,
my world view, but
way to broaden awareness beat kids with cancer.”  The round-up to the nearest knowledge and thousands of
even prior to that, I had
of CHOA’s good works, as decision was soon made, dollar during the final others who have been down
longadmired people who
well as impact the cure rates and WSB Radio would weekend, all benefiting the this same road ahead of you.
regularly and daily simply
for various deadly pediatric adopt the AFLAC Cancer Care-a-thon.  
went out of their way to be
cancers. In our family, first Centers as their number one  From Amos’ initial Bill Crane also serves
kind and helpful to others,
cousin Shaye Sauers had charity, and annually since millions, to those pennies as a political analyst and
with those many little things
been battling brain cancer donates 36 hours of airtime from Kroger, the Care- commentator for Channel 2’s
that make the difference
for years, and is now among to this cause. a-thon total will likely Action News, WSB-AM News/
between having a good day
the longest term survivors  Thankfully, WSB’s exceed $1.7 million this Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM,
and a bad one.
of those halls at CHOA. legion of loyal listeners— year, and well over $20 as well as a columnist for The
 Nearly two decades ago,
Shaye is now a young reaching as far north as million to date. A wing at Champion, DeKalb Free Press
I sat in a hotel room in New
married woman, living in Boston during overnight the Scottish Rite CHOA and Georgia Trend. Crane is
York City, watching radio
Decatur, and volunteering hours—as well hundreds of campus is dedicated to WSB
icon Don Imus interview a DeKalb native and business
multiple days a week at the local and regional business Radio listeners who helped owner, living in Scottdale. You
my then client, AFLAC
front desk of the Egleston enterprises and later to make its construction
Chairman and CEO Dan can reach him or comment
Hospital campus of CHOA.  celebrities from the sports, possible.
Amos, before we headed on a column at bill.csicrane@
My on-air commentary entertainment and political  From an idea seed to
out on a financial markets/
for WSB-Radio in Atlanta arenas all joined the effort. a village of giving, this
quarterly earning media
would not begin for another  President George W. event grows more each
tour. Amos was making a
six years, but I already had a
significant donation to an
strong friendship with Scott
annual radio telethon that
Slade, host of Atlanta’s
Imus anchored, to benefit
Morning News. Slade, along
his ranch summer camps for
with on-air personalities
medically fragile children.
Neal Boortz and consumer
Imus and his wife Deidre
guru Clark Howard had
hosted thousands of pre-
been tasked with selecting
teens and teens over nearly
a cause for the 750,000-
three decades, with a wild-
watt radio blow torch to get
west experience, including
on-site medical and all that
 Boortz a longtime
a kids’ summer camp might
volunteer pilot for Angel
offer. This gave me the seed
Flight was championing
of a great idea.
that worthy charity,
 Amos had recently made
Howard, an avid advocate
another $5 million gift
for foster children and
to Children’s Healthcare
Habitat for Humanity was
of Atlanta (CHOA) the
suggesting building a series
preceding year, to expand
of playgrounds in green
and enhance the research
spaces near economically
and treatment capabilities of
challenged communities.
what is now known as the
 To fertilize that idea
AFLAC Cancer and Blood
seed, I had taken Slade to
Disorder Services Center,

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County Police
host media
Staff members of The Champion
Newspaper were invited to participate
in a media roundtable event with
DeKalb County Police Department,
Photos by Horace Holloman III Atlanta Police Department and
Gwinnett Police Department.
The event was held July 25 at the
DeKalb County Police Department
headquarters at West Exchange Place
in Tucker.
The purpose of the event, according
to DKPD, was to develop a better
working relationship with community,
media outlets and police departments.
DeKalb County unit commanders
spoke briefly about their specific roles
of their units.
“This gives us an opportunity to get
to know each other and helps us learn
how we can serve our communities
better,” DKPD Chief James Conroy
At the end of the roundtable, media
professionals were given a tour of
DeKalb Police headquarters.

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DeKalb County Public Library partnered with non-profit organization Our Seeds Tomorrow for a back to school event at Ebster Recreation Center in Decatur. Photos from DeKalb County Public Library’s Facebook page

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New brewing business a hit in Tucker

Tucker Brewing Company
has become the new hot spot in
Located on Bibb Drive in the
Tucker industrial area, Tucker
Brewing Company opened June
2. The family business brews
its own beer, which is German
in style and ingredients. They
brew three beers—TKR Pilsner,
Southern Heaven Hefeweizen Co-owner Ashley Hubbard, left, head brew master Ben Ludwig and co-owner Ryan Chapman has made Tucker Brewing Company the new hot spot in Tucker.
and Georgia Red Lager.
The company was located from the city has been amazing. trivia on Wednesdays, food said. “I think they’re making it a We want to be a part of the
in Norcross before moving to “Before we opened up, trucks and a cornhole league. placemaking business for Tucker community.”
Tucker. we had a Facebook page and Economic Development and that’s awesome.” The company hope to draw
“We were looking for a space Instagram page,” she said. “In Director John McHenry said Hubbard said their beer more people in the fall for its
to purchase, and we were in May, we had 1,400 followers on Tucker Brewing Company has and mission of community first “Tucktoberfest.” The event
Norcross and just wanted to Facebook and we hadn’t even had a positive effect on the city. involvement makes them is the company’s version of
stay in that area,” said co-owner opened, we didn’t have any “I think what’s unique about different from other breweries Oktoberfest in Germany.
Ashley Hubbard. “But, when products for anyone to try. The Tucker Brewing Company is that in DeKalb County and metro “It starts Sept. 22, which is in
there was nothing available community support has been they’re in that industrial section Atlanta. line with Oktoberfest,” Hubbard
we decided to start looking awesome. Since we’ve been on Bibb Drive,” McHenry said. “Our focus is more German- said. “It’s a large celebration that
in Tucker because it’s close opened, people have come back, “They really made a significant style beers and there aren’t that we wanted to have to celebrate
by and we ended up finding people have found us.” decision to come to a location many breweries in Atlanta that what our focus is, which is
the building that we’re in and Along with serving beer, where people will have to make have that focus, so that’s an German-style beer. We’ll have
really liked it. We liked the area Tucker Brewing Company an effort to come there. advantage for us,” she said. “I a verity of food, we’ll have an
and decided to purchase the also features an indoor tasting “I’ve heard from tons of think that we offer something Oktoberfest beer, the Tucker
building.” room and an 8,500-square-foot people who have gone over different that is appealing. We’re mayor will tap the first keg, we’ll
They moved in January 2017 beer garden with seating areas, there, and never been on Bibb also involved in the community have hot-air balloon rides and
and had the grand opening umbrellas, trees, a 40-foot stage, Drive before, and they’re really and do a lot of sponsorship. We live music. It’ll be a really fun
June 2, which Hubbard said was cornhole and a play area for blown out of the water to see sponsored the city of Tucker’s event.”
attended by more than 2,000 children. The company hosts how awesome it is as to have a fireworks show [July 3]. We’re
people. She said the support live music every Thursday night, brewery in Tucker,” McNenry doing things to entice people.


Taylor: Impact of women in business large and growing

millions of people across this books. She said of her four everything,” she said, advising male-dominated industries,
BY KATHY MITCHELL country,” Taylor said. Over minutes younger sibling, “Her women in business to get a good we’re leaving a lot of money on
FREELANCE REPORTER the past 20 years, an average success in business doesn’t financial advisor, a good banker the table.”
of 849 net women-owned surprise me. Her brains, her and a good attorney. “Do you With a background in
Approximately 80 businesses have opened each drive and her creativity were all have someone helping you stay financial services, Taylor
professional women and day, she said, noting that even there when we were growing up. current on changing tax policies? underscored the importance
business owners, along with during the economic downturn We expected these things of her.” Do you have professional of women accessing the
others, packed the dining area of between 2007 and 2009, as During her keynote speech, photos? Do you need some help information they need to
the Mary Gay house in Decatur unemployment rates climbed Katerina Taylor recalled an telling your story? Could you use establish and grow a business.
for the DeKalb Chamber of within business in general, there incident from her childhood help with marketing and public She said she hoped the luncheon
Commerce’s State of Women in continued to be employment when she was hired by a relations? Get what you need to would be a networking
Business Luncheon on July 19. gains within women-owned classmate to help with a writing take you to the next level.” opportunity. She invited business
“There are 795,000 business that employ between 50 project. “I worked hard on it. I Taylor noted industries owners to ask themselves
businesses here in Georgia. and 99 people. did a good job and when I was that account for most woman- whether woman they met have
Over the past 20 years, the The rapid growth in done he offered me some bubble owned businesses, including services they would like to use,
number of women-owned woman-owned businesses gum for my work. I said, ‘no, I personal services such as hair whether they met women they
businesses increased by 114 includes significant numbers of want to be paid cash.’ As women and nail salons, health care would like to partner with and
percent, compared to a 44 businesses owned by women we have to learn that we’re worth and professional services. She whether they met women who
percent increase among all who belong to ethnic minorities. more than bubble gum. We’ve advised women to consider could use their services.
other businesses. We are critical By 2017, women of color been told that what we do is less industries such as mining and “In this room we have
to Georgia’s economic future. accounted for 46 percent of valuable. We should value what construction that traditionally women attorneys, bankers,
Clearly, it’s important that we women-owned firms, creating we do and not be ashamed to have had few women in marketing and public relations
talk about this,” said chamber workforce development charge accordingly. When you ownership or top management. experts and others who can
President Katerina Taylor, the opportunities of more than 2 see a woman in business, you “We have progressed into help you take your business
keynote speaker at the event. million jobs and $360.4 billion should help her, support her and areas that our grandmothers to the next level. Are you too
“Women-owned businesses in revenue. pay her what she’s worth. When and even our mothers would busy clean your house? I’m sure
are helping to increase executive Taylor was introduced by her we undercut each other, we’re have found unimaginable. there’s a woman in this room
leadership roles for women, twin sister, Kendria Taylor, the inviting others to undercut us. Unless we continue to look for who owns a service that can take
increase access and employ author of a series of children’s “You don’t have to do opportunities in traditionally care of that for you,” Taylor said.

Trainee Hayat Abrahim, left, who came to the United States from Syria, discusses a recipe with Just Bakery of Atlanta head baker and educator Mike Carmody. The program is designed to teach refugees skills to earn a
living through baking and selling their goods.

BAKERY Continued From Page 1

measuring ingredients, individuals rebuild their
mixing batter, scoring dough lives.
and taking cookies, pretzels, “It was the first time
bread and breakfast treats I saw someone using the
out of the ovens. marketplace in a creative
Bakery goods, including way to make change,” she
focaccia and ciabatta said.
breads, oatmeal ginger She shared her idea with
cookies, cinnamon rolls and the International Rescue
breakfast tarts, are available Committee, a nonprofit
for sale online as well as at organization that’s involved
the Oakhurst, Decatur and in refugee resettlement
Stone Mountain farmers efforts in Atlanta, which
markets, Immaculate Heart helped identify individuals Sisto Kalala takes a tray to the ovens at Memorial Drive Presbytereian Church in Stone Mountain.
of Mary Catholic Church in who could benefit from the
Atlanta on the first Sunday training. She also partnered
of the month, pop-up with Memorial Drive
locations as well as online. Presbyterian Church for use
“Many refugees who of its commercial kitchen.
are resettled have had “It’s the most beautiful
interruptions in their kitchen family we created,”
education or no access to said Lonsbury. “They take
education or no way to care of each other, teach
recognize it. They are stuck each other.”
in low-paying jobs and Lonsbury has her
they have trouble building sights set on opening a
security for their families,” storefront in Tucker and is
said Leah Lonsbury, in negotiations to make that
executive director of the happen this summer. The
bakery. “The future of the program also had received a
family is at stake.” grant from United Methodist
Lonsbury, who conceived Committee on Relief that
the program, said she’s been will be used for training,
dreaming about it for 10 purchase of a delivery
years and was inspired by a vehicle and to help fund the
similar bakery in Wisconsin store, she said. Originally from the Congo, Carmel Bahati, one of seven Just Just Bakery head baker and educator Mike Carmody pours lye
that helped incarcerated Bakery trainees, measures flour. into water before dipping pretzel dough into the mixture.

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Decatur cuts home games after field damage after the football season begins.
BY CARLA PARKER Decatur had to change locations for two games—a scrimmage
game against Druid Hills and
Changes have been made to its home-opener against Miller
Decatur and DeKalb County Grove.
football teams’ schedules due to “Druid Hills could not
flood damage at Decatur High accommodate us for an away
School’s football field. game, so we rescheduled the
Decatur High School Athletic scrimmage game [to play] KIPP
Director Rodney Thomas said Atlanta Collegiate,” Thomas said.
thunderstorms that hit Decatur Decatur was scheduled to host
last month caused major damage Miller Grove Aug. 24, but the
and the entire field will be game will be played Aug. 23 at
replaced. Avondale Stadium. Decatur has a
“A lot of that storm water runs bye week Aug. 31 and is scheduled
through [the school],” Thomas to play its first home game Sept.
said. “So, [water] ran under 7 against St. Pius X, if the field is
ground in our parking lot, blew repaired on scheduled.
off some manhole covers and in The schedule changes leave
turn bloated the field. All of that Decatur with four home games
water got beneath the field and it instead of five, not including
lifted the field up, put wrinkles in playoff games. The football team
the field, shifted a lot of the gravel has been practicing on a field at
and pretty much ruined the field. the United Methodist Children’s
So, the field is not playable.” Home.
Thomas could not disclose the At DeKalb County’s football
total cost to replace the field but media day July 19, football
said getting new turf could cost coach Cody Cory thanked the
from $400,000 up to $700,000. district’s athletic department for
He said school officials hope to accommodating the team and
have the field replaced by the end working with Decatur on the
of August, which is three weeks schedule changes. Decatur High School’s football field will get new turf after the old field was damaged by storm water. Photo by Carla Parker


announced July 30 that former
swimmer Andrew Wilson YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on November 6, 2018, an election will be held
has been named to the USA in all of the election districts of the City of Brookhaven, Georgia (the “City”), at which
Swimming national team election there will be submitted to the qualified voters of the City the question for their
roster for the Pan Pacific determination of whether the City should amend section 4-302 of the Code of the City
of Brookhaven to allow for the sale of beer, wine, and distilled spirits for on-premises
Championships. consumption at restaurants within the City of Brookhaven.
The Pan Pacific
Championships, which will Voters desiring to vote for the amendment to the Code shall do so by voting “YES” and
be held in Tokyo, Japan voters desiring to vote against the amendment to the Code shall do so by voting “NO”
August 9-14, is one of the as to the question propounded substantially as follows:
top international swimming
competitions in the world. “Shall the governing authority of the City of Brookhaven be authorized to permit and
Wilson is believed to be the regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes
first Division III swimmer ever
Andrew Wilson by the drink from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.”
to qualify for the Pan Pacific and 57 individuals overall to The several places for holding said election shall be in the regular and established
Championships. be named to the national team election districts of the City, and the polls will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on
Wilson secured his spot roster, which includes Olympic the said date fixed for the election. Those qualified to vote at said election shall be
for championships with his gold medalists Katie Ledecky determined in all respects in accordance and in conformity with the laws of the State of
performance at the Phillips and Caeleb Dressel. The Georgia.
66 U.S. Nationals where Pan Pacific Championships
he finished second in the is considered to be one of The last day to register to vote in this election shall be October 9, 2018.
200-meter breaststroke the toughest international
with a time of 2:08.71. He Those residents qualified to vote at said election shall be determined in all respects in
swimming competitions accordance with election laws of the State of Georgia.
also finished second in the outside the Olympic Games,
100-meter breaststroke (59.43). World Championships and This notice is given pursuant to joint action of the City Council and Board of Elections of
Wilson is one of 29 men European Championships. Dekalb County.



DeKalb officials take proactive approach to opioid addiction

BY HORACE HOLLOMAN it’s in Fulton, but it has not hit Charles Sperling, executive as hard as it can. I want to be director for Stand Inc., said
in front of the curve,” Johnson he was happy to partner with
said. DeKalb for the event.
From June 2016 to May Johnson said opioids “I wanted to give people an
2017, the total number of are becoming stronger and opportunity and an advantage
opioid doses prescribed to occasionally laced with to get their lives in order,”
Georgia patients surpassed fentanyl, a synthetic opioid Sperling said. “We are a
541 million, according to used as a pain medication. program that’s about second
statistics from the Attorney “Fentanyl is what you use chances.”
General’s office of Georgia. to tranquilize elephants. One Sperling said opioids
That’s approximately 54 doses hit of that and you’re gone,” have been a crisis in certain
for every individual in the Johnson said. “We have to get communities for years and are
state, including children. in front of it, so this year is now affecting individuals of
To possibly prevent about education.” different backgrounds.
overdose deaths and educate During the summit, “We want to thank the
individuals about opioid panelists discussed treatment DeKalb County, Atlanta
addiction, healthcare of opioid addiction, the metro-five for highlighting
providers, first responders psychological factors of this issue. We need more
and DeKalb County officials addiction and how to combat resources to the table,”
gathered at Porter Sanford DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson hosted the second annual Opioid addiction. Sperling said. “The [Opioid
Performing Arts and Summit at Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur. Addiction intervention Summit] is working to create
Community Center July institutions such as Stand more resources to impact the
26 for the second annual a proactive approach on counties have an overdose Inc.–a DeKalb County opioid epidemic.”
Opioid Summit, hosted fighting opioid addiction and rate higher than the national nonprofit organization Johnson said next year
by Commissioner Larry overdoses. average. which specializes in abuse the program will focus on
Johnson. Georgia is among the top “We want to continue the intervention and prevention— environmental effects of
Johnson said the purpose 11 states for opioid overdose awareness campaign. [Opioid also were available to opioid addiction.
of the summit was to take deaths, and 55 Georgia addiction] is in DeKalb and participants of the summit.