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Brain injury patients have a place to be themselves
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com

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al budget, the organization receives 75 percent of its funding from program fees Cheryl Alphabet was from worker’s compensaworking as a manager of a tion insurance carriers. Krystal restaurant in Clay- The organization receives ton County on July 3, 2008, funding from a Medicaid when she was shot in the waiver program, is also head during a robbery. a vendor for the Depart“The doctors told my ment of Labor Vocational sisters I wasn’t going to rehabilitation program and live and that they should solicits grants and donaget together and get to tions. praying,” Alphabet said. Side by Side also has a Since the shooting, Al- sliding scale payment sysphabet has had more than a tem for some people. dozen surgeries on her face “People come here and can only see out of one for as little as $1 a day,” eye. She also has suffered Johnson said. The program from severe post-traumatic costs $135 per person per stress disorder. day. “I’m not in my right Side by Side was mind, they say, but I feel founded in 1999 with like I am,” Alphabet said. Shepherd Center and “God has a reason for Emory Healthcare each me still being here,” Alinvesting $100,000 in seed phabet said. “It’s been a money. Started with three For 12 years, the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, a non-profit organization in Stone Mountain, has helped victims of brain injuries rebuild their lives. Photos by Andrew Cauthen horrifying life, but I thank members and three staff God for it. members, the organization For almost three years, was housed in a basement years ago. Sheftell was Alphabet has been a mem- office in Decatur which it airlifted to a hospital and ber of the Side By Side outgrew in two and a half spent approximately two Brain Injury Clubhouse, a years. months in Shepherd Center. non-profit organization in “The folks at Shepherd “I can’t remember a Stone Mountain that helps were really interested in damn thing from the accibrain injury patients rebuild helping people live instead dent,” Sheftell said. their lives. of just surviving,” Johnson After the accident, “my “This place lets me be said. doctor retired me,” Sheftell me,” said Alphabet, who At Side by Side, mem- said. lives with a sister in Snell- bers living with the effects “It didn’t make me too ville and has two children of traumatic brain injury happy, but you get on with and two grandchildren. learn to cope with their things,” he said. “That’s “God wanted me here to injuries while volunteermy philosophy.” tell this story.” ing their skills to manage Sheftell said he likes Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse learn to live When people hear the all the operations of the the camaraderie at the club- Members of the of their injuries by assisting with the business with the effects news about a gunshot vicclubhouse including the operations and meal preparations at the non-profit organization. house. tim, they “don’t think about kitchen which prepares “Everybody works the rest of their lives,” said daily lunches for members together,” Sheftell said. “I Cindi Johnson, executive and the business unit which don’t think I’ve heard anydirector of the organization. writes thank-you letters, body refuse to lend a hand “The cool thing about birthday cards, and newsif asked.” this place is everybody is letter articles and collects Johnson, a therapist in grateful to be alive,” John- members’ lunch money. brain injury rehabilitation, son said. “It really simpliLee Sheftell, of started Side by Side, which fies life.” Dunwoody, became a Side now has 11 staff members, Side by Side, the only by Side member two years “for patients to continue one of its type in Georgia, ago after working in the their recovery after rehaserves 20-30 members construction industry for bilitation.” daily, has 50 active mem40 years. “It really online weighBecause she gets her news updates startedfrom the The Champion. Because she gets her news updates online from the The Champion. bers and has helped 330 “I neverBecause she gets her newsme that people from the The Champion. got a scratch,” ing on updates online patients since opening in Sheftell said. didn’t have a place to go to And you can too! Follow us. March 2000. That was until he fell be themselves,” Johnson With an $800,000 annu- 30-40 feet from a roof three said. www.facebook.com/championnewspaper ews updates online from the The Champion. www.twitter.com/championnews

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Chamblee uses streetscape project to make city more pedestrian friendly
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com The City of Chamblee is about to embark on a streetscape project that is estimated to cost approximately $250,000. City officials hope to construct a 6-foot-wide sidewalk, as well as a 2-footwide section of paved brick, along Peachtree Road. The new addition will begin at the intersection of Peachtree and Chamblee Tucker roads and end at Pierce Drive. Vicki Coleman, director of Chamblee’s development department, said the impetus behind the project was to make the city more pedestrian friendly and to beautify the heavily trafficked area. Coleman, who has been with the city since October 2011, said the project had been in the works prior to her hiring. She said Chamblee was one of the first cities in metro Atlanta to obtain a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for its Livable Communities Initiative (LCI) program. “This is one of those projects that will be part of the implementation to enhance the overall walkability of the city,” Coleman said. “The LCI program is basically a program looking to further tie land use and transportation together.” Bids for the Peachtree Road cityscape project close on April 6, and Coleman said she expects it will take at least another month to determine the lowest qualified bidder, and send the bid to the Chamblee City Council for approval. “Probably the earliest date construction might begin would be in June,” Coleman said. Coleman said the city is looking to make Chamblee a more pedestrian friendly by building streetscapes close to places such as the Chamblee MARTA station and city hall. “This one particular project we’re working on will be at a [place] where pedestrian activity is encouraged, and I think that the city has done a lot to promote alternative modes of transportation like walking,” Coleman said of the Peachtree Road project. Additionally, Coleman said the city will soon begin work on a similar project, which will be closer to city hall. “There’s also a pedestrian path and trail system, and right now there is an abandoned rail spur being made for more pedestrian paths,” Coleman said.

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New fire marshal fees could generate $1 million
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com marshal’s office. The proposed fees could generate at least $1 million in the first A set of new fees by the year. county’s fire marshal could According to the proposed generate more than $1 milfee schedule, county busilion annually. nesses would be required to The fire marshal’s office, pay fees ranging from $100a division of the county’s fire $150 for the initial review or rescue department, is maninspections provided by the dated by state government fire marshal’s office. to enforce fire and life safety “The total of the listed regulations for businesses proposed fees are only a by issuing construction and small portion of the firespecial activity permits, pro- related fees that the compaviding reviews and inspecrable municipalities charge,” tions for alarm and detection Wainwright stated. “By systems, automatic sprinkler adopting the fee ordinance, systems and hood suppresa revenue source would be sion system. created that would pay for Currently, DeKalb does replacing the vacant posinot charge a fee for the sertions, which would increase vices provided by the fire efficiency and increase abilmarshal’s office. These serity to provide better customer vices are subsidized by taxservice.” payers. Wainwright stated that In his proposal to the by adding more inspectors Board of Commissioners, to the fire marshal’s office, a Fire Marshal Jerry Waingroup of inspectors could be wright stated the county dedicated to inspecting the should “require individuals required annual maintenance and businesses to pay for the and certification of fire/life fire marshal services they safety components of existutilize.” ing businesses. “DeKalb is the only “In doing this, the inspeccounty in the region that does tors would also be able to not charge for fire marshal audit all businesses for a services, and the vast major- business license or certificate ity of the fees proposed are of occupancy,” Wainwright lower than the surrounding stated. This would identify region,” Wainwright stated. unlicensed businesses operat“Therefore, imposing these ing in the county and require fees will not make the county them to conform to county any less competitive in the requirements and therefore region, and it will more fairly increase the county’s busiallocate the costs of the serness database. vices being provided.” Wainwright said that a According to Wainwright, small survey of businesses it costs approximately $1.3 showed that 22 percent are million to operate the fire not operating legally. The additional revenue would enable the fire marshal’s office to fill its fire plan review lead position, allowing the office “to look at all business plans coming into the county,” Wainwright said. “Many businesses less than 3,000 square feet are not being reviewed for either life safety codes or handicapped accessibility, which exposes the county to a certain amount of liability,” Wainwright said. The revenue would also allow Wainwright to address issues that need to be handled in the field by a supervisor. “The inspections supervisor position is vacant and four of the six [inspectors] have only one year of experience,” Wainwright said. “These inspectors deal directly with the business owners, contractors and architects and need experienced supervision as they are still learning themselves.” The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the fees in its March 13 meeting during which Commissioner Kathie Gannon said the fees should be monitored to make the fire marshal’s office self-sufficient.

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Hire home grown
consider looking within the department at a minimum, and in the DeKalb community, before going outside the county to replace individuals in your personnel shuffle. With all due respect to our neighbors and friends to the west, qualified DeKalb County residents ought to be a priority in hiring, There is much to be said about especially on the executive and living in the community where one department head levels. To do so is not geographic discrimination works. More often than not there or exclusion, but geographic incluis a deeper level of care and commitment to that community. There sion. Qualified DeKalb residents must be emphasized. is an investment. By the time you No one suggests that DeKalb read this, the Ellis administraresidents ought to be hired for tion may have made some badly certain positions just because they needed personnel shifts in code live within county boundaries. But enforcement and some other dejust as the effort was made to enpartments. tice public safety personnel to live About code enforcement in particular, residents and employees in the county with certain housing allowances, the extra effort ought alike have complained long and to be made to find DeKalbites best loud about the lack of leadership suited for certain positions by their in that department. It is way past education and experience. time for a change, but not change Recently State Court candidate for change sake. Mr. CEO, thank Dionne McGee made a very conyou for your response, but please vincing pitch before a neighborhood association. It clearly resonated with the audience when she emphasized that she grew up in DeKalb, graduated from a DeKalb high school and now has children in the DeKalb public school system. Her educational background and experience in the judicial system were rather expected. But her investment in the community and being a native daughter seemed to give her a clear distinction. Home grown often makes the difference. An example of that difference can be seen with the leadership of our neighbor to the west. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed passionately and genuinely cares about the city in which he grew up. It shows. He surrounds himself with people who share his love and commitment to the city. It makes a huge difference in the manner the administration responds to citizens’ concerns. Our CEO, who it is believed cares deeply for this county, is a long-standing member of the DeKalb County community. Do the math. Count the numbers of DeKalb or other county residents in high level positions in the Reed administration then count the numbers of Atlantans or other county residents in high level DeKalb positions. The late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson was so committed to city workers living in the city he tried to get an ordinance requiring the same. The ordinance was deemed unconstitutional so he managed to find a way to ensure his top level people lived in the city. He just didn’t hire those who didn’t. This is not intended to spark a Hatfield versus McCoy rift or be unduly critical. It is intended for us to begin thinking about harvesting the home grown. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Milies at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.

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aides at the bottom. It consigns vast swaths of the population to inadequate care. There may be some other modern country that also allows this, but none springs to mind. What do our legions of truly selfless health professionals do to compensate? They volunteer at clinics. Some serve schools, others veterans, still others poor neighborhoods. And when that's not enough, uninsured folks flock to the steadily diminishing number of hospital emergency rooms. By law, these have to provide them with care, the world's most expensive. It's a health system only Wall Street could love. And Wall Street does love it. But for them it could be even better. If we could just get rid of Medicare, which is essentially what many Republicans are calling for, all seniors would be forced into the juicy private insurance market. And if we could just tweak the patent laws, folks would have to pay full price for Lipitor forever. Our system makes foreigners

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Our health care racket
your own general practitioner who deals with your broken toe and that persistent gout. The profiteers are the clever MDs and hospitals who set up testing clinics to X-ray and CT-scan us to death, and to perform marginal surgical procedures. That's where the money is. And since Medicare and HMOs seem willing Patients pay me well indeed; Getting tests that they don't to pay for just about anything, entrepreneurs will test and operneed. ate for just about anything. It's In most countries, health no skin off your doctor's nose. care is aimed at curing the sick. Here, not so much. In the United If you're lucky enough to be insured, he knows you won't have States, health care is a profit to pay for it yourself — insurers center, one of our nation's few growth industries. Young people will. The major downside of this are wisely counseled to pursue greed-based system is that health health-related careers. As a service, it's harder to ship overseas. insurance is now so costly that too many of us can't afford it. But unlike other countries, where the patient is the focus, The ranks of uninsured Americans have swollen to 50 million. here the corporate owners are. One might argue that any system If you don't believe me, please ask United Health CEO Stephen that leaves out 50 million of us isn't really a system at all. It's a Hemsley. He pocketed $102 racket. million in total compensation in This racket provides cozy in2010, so he should know. come to the few at the top while Even local health care can abusing the poorly paid health be a racket. No, probably not scratch their heads. How can a great nation like ours leave one in six Americans without coverage and millions more forgoing doctor's appointments, medical procedures, and prescribed medicine to avoid costly deductibles and co-pays? Why doesn't the government operate, or at least manage, health insurance itself? How can companies get permission to make their medications so expensive for so long? Why is poverty allowed to be so rampant, thereby making health conditions worse? Well brethren, you're now drifting into the realm of market capitalism, which has made this country so great. Every man for himself! Survival of the fittest! Devil take the hindmost! Unfortunately we’ve been keeping the devil quite busy lately collecting many souls whose untreated afflictions weren’t covered by insurance. OtherWords columnist William A. Collins is a former state representative and a former mayor of Norwalk, Conn.

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I don't like Ike's Memorial

If you're going to do something that big, don't put it on the National Mall
morials scattered around the area — statues of Ulysses S. Grant, James Garfield, George Mason, John Paul Jones, as well as a World War I monument that was no bigger than a backyard gazebo — but the big three were dominant. Then we remembered that we hadn’t paid much attention to Vietnam vets when they came home, so they built the gorgeous Vietnam memorial in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial: a long, black marble tombstone with the name of each American who died in the war. It remains the most moving memorial on the Mall or anywhere else. But many felt it short-changed the contribution of women to the war, so they added a Vietnam Women’s memorial nearby–again a very good piece of work, resembling Michelangelo’s Pietà. But that didn’t satisfy the men, who demanded and got a handsome statue of soldiers in combat, also nearby. Well, you can’t honor Vietnam veterans and forget about Korea, can you? No. The Korean War Memorial was next, featuring a black marble wall, statues of a patrol of wary troops, and a reflecting pool. Each well done, but the effect is a little busy. “What about us?” World War II veterans said. “World War II wasn’t chopped liver, you know.” So a huge Albert Speer-like plaza was plopped down at the end of the Lincoln reflecting pool, breaking the sight line between the Lincoln and Washington memorials. Soon gigantic memorials you can land an airplane in were built down the block from the Jefferson to honor President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. Stop already. Does the Mall really need yet another monument the size of Pittsburgh? Eisenhower was a great man, no question. But couldn’t we make do with a nice, tasteful statue in a nice, quiet glade? I shudder to think what they’ll come up with when they get around to honoring Ronald Reagan. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. otherwords.org

When they decided to honor Dwight Eisenhower with a memorial in Washington, they did it up right. They hired perhaps our most famous architect, Frank Gehry, to design it. They picked out a place in the middle of the National Mall to put it. They bankrolled it at a cool $112 million. Top shelf all the way. The project only has one flaw: Nobody likes it. The Eisenhower family in particular takes offense at the fact that its only statue of Ike portrays him as a young boy in Abilene, Kan. I can see their point. Eisenhower wasn’t merely a two-term president, he was the military commander who led the Allied forces to victory over Nazi Germany–and he was the president of Columbia University, for crying out loud. And the best you can come up with for his memorial is a statue of him as a kid? My main objection to the project, however, is its size. It’s big. It’s hard to tell from the drawings, but it looks as though it’s going to straddle the Mall down at the Capitol end, right around the Air and Space Museum. The design calls for transparent woven metal tapestries that portray the Kansas plains to be hung between 80-foot columns, sheltering young Ike as he dreams of future accomplishments. It sounds like schlock to me, but it might be better than it sounds. Gehry really is a great architect, famous for his designs for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, among other works. But if you’re going to do something that big, don’t put it on the Mall, which is in danger of falling victim to grandiosity. As a matter of fact, it’s already fallen. When I came to Washington in the 1970s, there were three major monuments on or near the Mall — the Washington, the Lincoln, and the Jefferson. They were all big, yes, but not that big. There were many smaller me-

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DeKalb School District appears to be $4.8 million over on charter school budget
why?” board member Don McChesney said. Board member Nancy DeKalb County School Jester said, to avoid any simSuperintendent Cheryl Atilar situations in the future, kinson told school board school finance officials could members at a recent meeting present the board with a that the district only “looked charter school budget broken like” it was $4.8 million over down school-by-school. its budget for charter schools. “We could catch any Atkinson anomalies explained that more readily it appeared the and as they district was over happen,” budget because Jester said. ...he asked officials if, at the it didn’t budget She also said end of the year, the $4.8 for the number of the district students allowed needed to million would balance out to be enrolled in pay special each school, but attention and was told “No.” budgeted for acto schools tual enrollment. exceeding “Let’s say enrollment -Don McChesney we should have caps, and in budgeted $2.5 some cases million for this the district school based may need to on the number of students and said it is trying to correct do a “cost/benefit” analysis to but we only budgeted $1.5 that. Additionally, Atkinson make sure it was getting the million. It looks like we’re said some schools were actu- most out of its money. over budget because we ally under their enrollment “I’m not saying what that under-budgeted that particucaps. cut off is but at some point, lar school in the first place. “It doesn’t look like we it is other people’s money We’ve got to align what the have $4 million worth of and we are spending it on budget should reflect based students over the caps in the their behalf to accomplish on the enrollment caps,” Atschools…There are some the social good of education. kinson said. schools that are over their Where do we draw the line?” For each charter agreecaps yes, but not to that deJester said. ment the board has with a gree,” Atkinson said. McChesney said he asked charter school, an enrollment “These folks have got to officials if, at the end of the cap is set and the school is get their house in order and year, the $4.8 million would not supposed to exceed that it does not appear to be in or- balance out and was told number. However, DeKalb der. If we’ve got $4.8 million “No.” Schools spokesman Walter over budget on our charter “We are continually overWoods said the district has schools then I’ve got to ask funding,” McChesney said. by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com done little to police that in past years. “Our funding goes to them based on enrollment and we have not up until this point held them under the cap,” Woods said. Atkinson agreed the district has an issue with charter schools exceeding their enrollment caps

Mary Chind
getting permits from the city of Decatur and making sure that police are available for areas on the route to ensure the safety of the runners. “We also have to order T-shirts and promote the race by having fliers and advertising,” Chind said. Additionally, Chind said she and other volunteers are responsible for organizing registration for the race on April 28. “The crisis center is non-profit so they rely a lot on volunteers. It’s just a good thing to do and they helped a lot of women in metro Atlanta. So, I think anything that I can do to raise money and help them stay open is helping all of the women in metro Atlanta,” Chind said. Chind said volunteering for the crisis center has made her realize life isn’t always as carefree and easy as it seems. She said although she doesn’t work directly with victims, her work with others at the center has made her more sympathetic to the difficulties other women might be experiencing in their everyday lives “The center definitely needs as much help as it can get from the community. It serves more victims than any other crisis center in the state. It plays an important role in the community because they’re filling a need and addressing issues that otherwise wouldn’t be addressed,” Chind said.

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Mary Chind, 27, said volunteering was kind of a new thing for her. For the past two years Chind has been on the planning committee for the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center’s Annual 5K race. Chind, who is the sports information director/game and event coordinator at Agnes Scott College, said she was asked to join the committee last year when her boss couldn’t. “Since I’m a runner I did it. This year, I was asked to be chair of the committee but since I had only been on the committee once, I asked to be co-chair instead,” Chind said. Chind said last year the Take Back the Night 5K Race had approximately 380 people registered and this year she hopes to get more involved in the race. “We’re hoping to get over 400 this year,” Chind said. “We helped plan the race and all the revenue we make from the race goes right back to the crisis center.” Part of planning for the race, Chind said, was

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DeKalb County and Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials raid Big Dawg Gambling in Doraville. Big Dawg owner James Kokott and two of his employees were indicted for operating illegal gambling businesses at seven locations around the state. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

Three indicted for allegedly running illegal gambling operation in Doraville
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com The indictments came as a result of a seven-month undercover investigation by A business owner and the GBI. Kokott was arrested two employees were indicted in Conyers and taken to the March 13 for allegedly runDeKalb County Jail, where ning a multi-milhe is being held lion-dollar, illegal without bond. gambling operation James and Mariat seven locations lyn Clemmons throughout the state, are still at large. including one in The other Doraville. locations where Big Dawg CallKokott was oping Cards was erating are in owned and operated Douglas, Rockby James Kokott, dale, Troup, Co63. Kokott, along lumbus-MuscoKokott with employees gee and DoughJames Clemmons, erty counties. 47, and Marilyn According to Clemmons, 49, were indicted the indictment, in DeKalb County for violat“The businesses would ing the Racketeer Influenced advertise the selling of teleand Corrupt Organizations phone calling cards for the (RICO) Act. chance to enter into a sweepGeorgia Bureau of Invesstakes. Once someone entered tigation (GBI) and DeKalb the sweepstakes they would County officials served search be allowed to play a number warrants at each of the seven of casino-type games on a locations on March 13, intouchscreen computer. A cuscluding the Doraville store tomer could win or lose their at 5979 Buford Highway. sweepstakes points based on Officials seized $20,500 in the outcome of the game. At cash, three handguns, bank the conclusion of the game records, a gaming machine the customer could opt to and controlling server, and 18 cash out and receive a cash computers. payment.” “Through a joint effort During the raid at the with the GBI and other agen- Doraville store, officials cies, we have indicted one of counted cash and placed the state’s major offenders of seized computers into waiting illegal gambling—an elabocars. DeKalb Chief Assisrate scheme that spans multant District Attorney Nicole tiple counties and involves Marchand said Kokott’s millions upon millions of business preyed on the least dollars,” DeKalb District Atfortunate residents in the torney Robert James said. county. “It’s the folks that have the least amount of money that are participating in these activities and losing their money to the tune of thousands while these defendants reap all of the benefits,” Marchand said. The indictment states that Kokott owns and controls three separate bank accounts, which he used to fund and “further the illegal gambling operations.” Records show between two of the accounts, Georgia Phone Card LLC and Florida Phone Card LLC, millions of dollars were deposited and withdrawn during 2011. “We’ve been sending undercover agents into each of these locations to gamble money. Not only have they been gambling, but they’ve been winning and [the suspects were] paying off in cash,” GBI spokesman John Bankhead said. Bankhead said the investigation is focusing primarily on Kokott and his two employees, not on any of the individual customers who frequented the establishments. He said the operation was “clearly illegal gambling” operating under the guise of a sweepstakes. “It’s an issue that preys upon the community. We saw an individual in there today that lost $7,000 and to look at him, you wouldn’t think he would be a man of means,” Bankhead said.

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Park’s problem pipe patched
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com Visitors to the Jennie Kirkpatrick Ashford Memorial Park can use the park’s restrooms after workers fixed a problem pipe on March 17. Jim Eyre, vice president of the Ashford Park Civic Association, told the Board of Commissioners about the problem during a meeting on March 13. “We have a problem,” Eyre said, “not because there’s a hidden problem that nobody can find, but because there is a problem that nobody can figure out how to fix.” Eyre said the water at the park, located in north DeKalb County, was shut off by the county’s parks and recreation department for several weeks after it could not determine the cause of a backup and leak in the pipe. “The park is getting very crowded now with the weather warming up,” Eyre said. On weekends, more than 100 children and their families can be in the park at a time, he said. The issue was referred to the county’s watershed department, and an internal disagreement began about which county department was responsible for diagnosing and fixing the problem, Eyre told commissioners. The county “shut the water [off] and walked away,” Eyre told commissioners. “There’s been no activity, no progress, no work.” Eyre said he was not concerned whose jurisdiction the issue fell under before the problem was fixed. “It is a DeKalb County problem and DeKalb County needs to fix it.” Eyre’s talk to the Board of Commissioners paid off. After Eyre’s comments to commissioners, the county “provided a couple of porta-potties to solve the problem of kids peeing the bushes,” Eyre said. Ted Rhinehart, county’s deputy chief operating officer for infrastructure, said a contractor fixed the problem on March 17 and on March 19 workers performed surface restoration, sidewalk repair and reseeding. Rhinehart said workers determined that a section of the 6-inch pipe had collapsed, causing the system’s backup. The emergency repair cost the county approximately $20,000, Rhinehart said. “It was bigger than just cleaning [the pipes] as a solution. “Parks should be able to turn the restrooms back on,” Rhinehart said on March 19.

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“It’s not about the number of students in the school. So, I’m trying to find out what does that $4.8 million include? We cannot just keep funding something—we already have shortages—we just need to know where that $4.8 million is,” McChesney said. Woods did not return several phone calls seeking comments by press deadline.

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DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330 Decatur, Georgia 30030 Telephone (404) 286-3308

The DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department gives notice that it will submit a request for release of grant funds and an environmental certification pertaining to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 15 days following this publication. The request and certification relate to the following projects.
Project: Location: HOME Program: Columbia Mills Apartments – Demolition and Redevelopment Project 2229 Flat Shoals Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:

Purpose: The DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department plans to provide HOME funds to supplement other funding and assist the developer (New Affordable Housing Partners, LLC) with the demolition and redevelopment of the Columbia Mill Apartments located on approximately 6.1 acres of land at 2229 Flat Shoals Road in DeKalb County Georgia. It has been determined that although well maintained, the existing buildings are functionally obsolete and in need of extensive renovations. An analysis has determined that it would be more cost effective to demolish the existing buildings and construct new housing. New construction will allow for an increase in the total number of safe and affordable units available to the community. The redeveloped Columbia Mill Apartments will be garden style apartments for low to moderate income families and workforce housing households. 80 of the 100 units are set-aside for low income rental at or below 60% AMI while 20% of the units are unrestricted (market) rental.

environment and, accordingly, DeKalb County has decided not to prepare Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190). The reasons for such decision not to prepare such Statements are as follows: An Environmental Assessment has been made for the project which concludes that all adverse effects will be minor, and any short-term impacts will be mitigated by either the requirements of the construction contract documents or by the requirements of applicable local, state or federal permits and environmental ordinances. The positive effects of providing activities that augment and substantially improve the County’s efforts towards supporting affordable senior housing in the targeted areas of the County outweigh any potential negative impacts. This project is consistent with the goals and objectives of the DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department, approved Consolidated Plan. The Environmental Review Records, respecting the proposed projects, have been made by DeKalb County which documents the environmental review of the projects and fully sets forth the reasons why such Environmental Impact Statements are not required. The Environmental Review Records are on file at the DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department, 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030 and is available for public examination and copying upon request between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. No further environmental reviews of the subject project are proposed to be conducted prior to the request for release of Federal funds.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI) It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human

Public Comments on FONSI

All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by DeKalb County to the Human and Community Development Director. Written comments will be received at 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia on or before March 30, 2012. All comments received will be considered and DeKalb County will not request the release of Federal funds or take any administrative action on the proposed projects prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence. At least one day after the termination of the public comment period for the FONSI, but not before comments on the FONSI have been considered and resolved, DeKalb County will submit a Request for Release of Funds (RROF) and certification to HUD. By so doing DeKalb County will ask HUD to allow it to commit funds to these projects, certifying that (1) it has performed the environmental reviews prescribed by HUD regulations (“Environmental Review Procedures for Title I Community Development Block Grant Program” - 24 CFR part 58), and (2) the Certifying Officer, Chris Morris, Director, DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department, consents to accept and enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental reviews or resulting decision-making and action. The legal effect of the certification is that by approving it, HUD will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act, thus allowing DeKalb County to commit HOME funds to these projects. HUD will accept objections to its approval of the release of funds and the certification only if it is on one of the following basis: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the Certifying Officer; or (b) that the applicant’s Environmental Review Record for the project indicated omission of a required decision, funding, or step applicable to the project in the environmental review process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance to HUD at the Regional Environmental Branch, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 40 Marietta Street N.W., 15th floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-9812. Objections to the release of funds on basis other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD. No objection received after April 18, 2012 will be considered by HUD. Chris H. Morris, Director DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030 Date of Publication and Dissemination of Notice March 15, 2012

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (NOI/RROF)

Objection to Release of Funds

The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 23, 2012

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After months of studying the conditions at the DeKalb Animal Services and Enforcement center, a special task force described the building as an “embarrassment” and an “abomination.” CEO Burrell Ellis unveiled a plan on March 20 to relocate the division to one of three sites. The task force also wants the number of animal euthanizations lowered. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Animal task force releases report, CEO takes action

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com Dirty. Malodorous. Wet. Dark. That’s how a recent report described the DeKalb Animal Services and Enforcement (DASE) center, located behind the county jail and adjacent to the county incinerator. In its report, the county’s animal control task force, formed to find ways to improve the quality of life for animals and reduce the number of euthanizations, stated that the DASE “languishes from the county’s lack of and articulated vision, allocation of resources and sustainable plan.” The task force stated that DeKalb County “must work to successfully prevent animal cruelty, reduce the number of homeless animals entering the shelter, increase pet adoptions and seek to eliminate euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals, protect the public health from animal-borne disease and keep the public safe from dangerous animals,” according to the report, officially presented to the Board of Commissioners on March 20. To address the concerns of the animal task force, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis unveiled a plan to immediately upgrade the facilities’ HVAC system, solicit proposals for outsourcing the division’s functions and institute standardized fees for adoptions. Ellis also presented three possible locations for a replacement facility for the animal shelter. Of the task force’s several recommendations for improving the county’s animal services division, the group said the most important recommendation is to change and codify the mission of the animal services division. According to the task force, headed by

Susan Neugent, the goal of DASE should be “to protect and preserve the lives of all animals in the care of DeKalb County while securing adoptive placement or rescue for all savable animals, to maintain a safe an d humane community for animals and people alike, to vigorously enforce the county’s animal laws, and to prevent animal neglect and cruelty.” The task force also wants the county to “make wholesale improvements to the existing facility…and begin plans for a new facility in a market-sensitive location.” Currently, DASE is housed in a 22,000-square-foot building constructed in 1989. Of that space, approximately 14,000 square feet is used to hold animals. The center also has 2,500 square feet of temporary facilities. “While the administrative areas can be described as an embarrassment at the very least, the kennel areas, especially the areas housing dogs, are an abomination,” the report states. The task force said the building “has reached obsolescence and cannot sustain its current mission.” The group has proposed that the county acquire a 31,000-square-foot facility on at least four acres of land with an improved kennel area, space for educational opportunities, an outdoor exercise area and a pet adoption mall. In addition to acquiring a new facility, the task force said the county should recruit a successful leader experienced in lifesaving and shelter management; consider outsourcing; change the county code to strengthen efforts to combat animal cruelty and support the new lifesaving mission of DASE; and establish on ongoing oversight committee.

The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 23, 2012

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Obama executive optimistic about GM plant
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com A meeting with an executive in President Barack Obama’s administration left leaders in DeKalb County optimistic about the development potential of the closed General Motors plant in Doraville. “There are very credible players here who have not only put together a vision but an approach that would be conducive to ultimately [attracting] an investor,” said Jay Williams, executive director of the federal Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. “I think this site is wellpositioned…because of its proximity to all the transportation amenities [and] because of its proximity to the city of Atlanta,” said Williams after meeting with DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman, representatives from three congressional offices, the Georgia General Assembly, the DeKalb Board of Commissioners, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority of DeKalb County. Williams said redeveloping the 165-acre GM plant, which has been closed since 2008, will be challenging, but DeKalb leaders have a head start. “My perspective in what we’ve seen across the country is it is clear that there is a consensus vision here,” Williams said. “You’d be surprised at how many of these sites fail to achieve a consensus vision from the stakeholders.” Williams said his office was created by Obama to help local stakeholders “navigate the federal bureaucracy.” “We will help identify appropriate resources, but from what I’ve seen here today and based on my experiences in other parts of the country, this site is wellpositioned,” Williams said. Pittman said her city wants a “live, work, play” development that will bring jobs and have an educational component. “We would like to see something that would be good for the community,” Pittman said. The revitalization of Doraville should be the goal of any development on the GM plant site, said Doraville councilwoman Maria Alexander. “General Motors was here since 1947, so it was a great loss,” Alexander said. “We would hope to see it revitalized and new life come into the city. “The important aspect of our meeting today is the collaboration with all levels of government and with General Motors to remarket the site,” Alexander said. “We want to see a sustainable redevelopment with a large employment center, preferably along the white collar line.” Ellis said GM seems “to be acting very responsibly

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in the selection of a developer.” GM leaders are concerned “about the legacy that they will leave behind when they dispose of the site to whomever they decide to sell it to,” Ellis said. “I think we all have a vested interest and we’re working to facilitate those common goals.” Ellis said county leaders are encouraged by market conditions. “We think this is a tremendous opportunity with …our job stimulus plan to upgrade our water and sewer system, the regional transportation referendum and other major regional capital improvement projects that are moving forward,” Ellis said.

The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 23, 2012

Retired teacher celebrates 102nd birthday
In 1910 William Howard Taft was president of the United States, women were marching for the right to vote (won nine years later) and a new Ford automobile could be purchased for $345. That was the year Lillian Harris was born. On March 14, she celebrated her 102nd birthday surrounded by family and friends at Medlock Gardens assisted living home in Decatur. A native of Wrens, Ga., Harris married Pete Harris in 1934. She lived in her own home until she was 90, according to her daughter Jane Rox. Harris retired after teaching school for 35 years. “She taught 35 years and has been retired for 40. She really beat the system,” Rox said.

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The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 23, 2012

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Advocates voice concerns about DSCD’s projected SPLOST shortfall
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com the district is facing the pro- interest expenses. and as independent as posto be finished as soon as jected shortfall is because in “Perhaps the more imsible,” Orson said. possible, such as HVAC in2009 the board voted to add portant issue now is that the David Schutten, presistallations and building new Marshall Orson, coprojects to the SPLOST III new superintendent—who dent of the Organization of running tracks. He wants the president of the Emory list. has come after the SPLOST DeKalb Educators, echoed board to take the time to be LaVista Parent Council, said “I think it was a funvotes—realized that overOrson and said he couldn’t as well-informed as possible he believes a combination damental mistake, but the sight was a big issue,” Orson understand how central ofbefore taking any action. of factors led to the DeKalb board approved this….That said. He said having strong fice staff overlooked interest “This is not a shortfall County School District’s created part of the problem oversight on projects such as payments for the SPLOST right now but a lot of those (DCSD) projected shortfall because they ran out of mon- SPLOST, which are directly II and III projects. He also projects need to be finished,” of nearly $40 million for ey,” Orson said. tied to taxpayers money, is agreed the board should not Schutten said. “I think [Atconstruction projects paid At a March 12 board one of the only ways the have added projects in 2009. kinson] has got the people for by the Special Local Op- meeting, Superintendent district could rebuild public “They added $40 million in place to make sure this tion Sales Tax (SPLOST). Cheryl Atkinson suggested confidence. of projects when they didn’t doesn’t happen again and DeKalb County School in the future, rather than bor“One of the ways to get really have the money,” there is a lot more accounto fficials recently told the rowing money, the board to that point is to have a very Schutten said. ability in the central office school board that due to ac- could pay for projects as strong oversight system that Schutten said there is a than there was before.” counting and over-budgeting they came along to reduce is free of board interference need for some of the projects from SPLOST II projects, as well as issues involving SPLOST III and the ChamDeKalb County Wants to Hear From You blee High School replaceRegarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal ment project, the school system faces a projected with Comcast Cable Communications shortfall of nearly $40 milSend your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcast’s current performance under lion if corrective action is the current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests of not taken. your community to www.dekalbcountyga.gov. Orson said he thinks the projected shortfall is the result of several factors includThe Champion Weather March 22, 2012 ing the lack of a strong staff Weather History Seven Day Forecast In-Depth Local Forecast Today's Regional Map to provide accurate informaToday we will see partly cloudy skies with a March 22, 1920 - A spectacular tion to the board of educaTHURSDAY slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, display of the Northern Lights tion for SPLOST II and III Partly Cloudy high temperature of 80º, humidity of 50%. The was visible as far south as Dunwoody projects. High: 80 Low: 56 record high temperature for today is 85º set in Bradenton, Fla., El Paso, Texas 78/55 Lilburn “There was a lack of 1995. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with Smyrna Doraville and Fresno, Calif. At Detroit, the 79/56 basic accounting rules and FRIDAY an overnight low of 56º. display was said to be “so 79/56 79/56 poor oversight from the Partly Cloudy Snellville brilliant as to blot out all stars Decatur *Last Week’s Almanac High: 79 Low: 56 board of education,” Orson 80/56 below first magnitude”. Atlanta 80/56 Hi Lo Normals Precip Date said. “I know that they’re 80/56 Monday 64 57 64/43 0.02" SATURDAY Lithonia reliant on the staff for a subMarch 23, 1913 - A vicious College Park Tuesday 75 57 64/43 0.03" Isolated T-storms 81/56 stantial amount of informatornado hit the city of Omaha, 81/56 Wednesday 81 52 64/43 0.00" High: 76 Low: 57 Morrow tion but they also have to ask Neb. The tornado struck during Thursday 83 52 65/44 0.03" 81/56 the right questions.” the late afternoon on Easter Union City Friday 82 55 65/44 0.00" SUNDAY Sunday, and in just 12 minutes it The board also deferred 81/56 Saturday 82 56 65/44 0.00" Isolated T-storms cut a path of total destruction five a vote on a corrective action Sunday 82 57 66/44 0.00" High: 72 Low: 54 Hampton miles long and two blocks wide, plan presented by school ofRainfall . . . . . . .0.08" Average temp . .66.8 82/57 killing 94 people and causing 3.5 ficials, which would close Normal rainfall . .1.26" Average normal 54.1 MONDAY million dollars in damage. out several SPLOST II projDeparture . . . . .-1.18" Departure . . . .+12.7 Mostly Sunny *Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport ects and halt 35 SPLOST High: 73 Low: 51 III projects, to investigate Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week Tonight's Planets TUESDAY whether any of those unDay Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset Rise Set Mostly Sunny New Full Thursday 7:37 a.m. 7:51 p.m. 7:19 a.m. 8:11 p.m. finished SPLOST III projMercury 7:23 a.m. 7:42 p.m. High: 72 Low: 48 3/22 4/6 Friday 7:36 a.m. 7:52 p.m. 7:49 a.m. 9:07 p.m. ects could be added to the Venus 9:36 a.m. 11:35 p.m. Saturday 7:35 a.m. 7:52 p.m. 8:21 a.m. 10:02 p.m. SPLOST IV project list. Mars 5:37 p.m. 6:53 a.m. WEDNESDAY Sunday 7:33 a.m. 7:53 p.m. 8:56 a.m. 10:57 p.m. “I would be concerned if Jupiter 9:30 a.m. 10:53 p.m. Partly Cloudy Monday 7:32 a.m. 7:54 p.m. 9:33 a.m. 11:51 p.m. Last First the shift of those expendiSaturn 9:40 p.m. 9:04 a.m. High: 68 Low: 46 Tuesday 7:30 a.m. 7:55 p.m. 10:15 a.m. Next Day 4/13 3/30 Uranus 7:47 a.m. 7:57 p.m. tures puts projects just voted Wednesday 7:29 a.m. 7:55 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:43 a.m. on in SPLOST IV at risk,” Local UV Index National Weather Summary This Week Weather Trivia Orson said. DeKalb Schools spokesThe Northeast will see partly cloudy skies with a few showers and thunderstorms today Can you be allergic to and Friday, scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday, with the highest temperature man Walter Woods said cold weather? 0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+ of 86º in Boston, Mass. The Southeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with the district’s finance and isolated thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 87º in Tampa, Fla. The Answer: Some people get a rash facilities teams are currently UV Index Northwest will see scattered showers today and Friday, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies Saturday, after experiencing a sudden drop 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, looking into whether the in temperature. with the highest temperature of 75º in Glendive, Mont. The Southwest will see mostly clear to partly 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High language on the SPLOST 11+: Extreme Exposure cloudy skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 86º in Yuma, Ariz. www.WhatsOurWeather.com IV referendum is broad enough to allow SPLOST III StarWatch By Gary Becker - Round Two for the Moon and Planets projects to be added to the I have derived a great deal of pleasure watching Venus and Jupiter during the past month. On the last weekend in February, Oscar weekend, in fact, the crescent moon played among the pair, first below as the thinnest of crescents in the evening haze, then among Venus and Jupiter for two nights, and finally, up—up and away from the pair. During SPLOST IV project list, and this time period, Venus was narrowing her distance from Jupiter. The Goddess of Beauty “snuck” up to within three degrees of the King of the Gods on the evening of March if so, when those projects 13. Since the 13th, Venus has taken the lead, moving ahead of Jupiter. If you missed the first act last month, there is a smashing sequel starting late this week, as the moon could be completed. If the emerges in the west to start its newest cycle of phases. Sunday, at dusk, finds Venus standing just over five degrees above and to the right of Jupiter. Still higher, by some 15 degrees, are district is legally unable to the bluish Pleiades, the brightest and best open cluster of the heavens. It was a place of stellar birth 115 million years ago. Check them out with binoculars, and you will see a tiny dippercombine the projeccts, then like grouping of stars among the many fainter cluster members. The unaided eye will see the Pleiades as a fuzzy glow. In just a fortnight, Venus will graze the southern boundary of the the board will vote on the Pleiades during the early evening hours of April 2-3. During the week, watch as Venus increases her distance from Jupiter. Then on Friday, March 23, a razor thin, two percent lit crescent moon reappears in the west. Catch it before it sets by 8:40 p.m. Two nights later, the moon has grown to a 10 percent lit crescent just to the right of Jupiter. The next evening, a slightly proposed corrective action brighter horned moon is the same distance from Venus, only this time to the left. By April 3 the bright, waxing gibbous moon passes Mars and reaches Saturn by April 6. It’s a repeat of plan. last month’s traveling moon story, and it will happen again in late April. Good observing! www.astronomy.org Orson said another reason

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The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 23, 2012

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National estimate shows not enough young women tested for STD
Just 38 percent of sexually active young women were screened for chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can threaten reproductive health, in the previous year, according to the most recent nationally representative estimate of chlamydia screening among this population conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC recommends annual screening for all sexually active women aged 25 and under. The analysis, along with additional research highlighting the need to expand chlamydia screening and retesting, was presented March 13 at the National STD Prevention Conference in Minneapolis. CDC researchers analyzed self-reported data on chlamydia testing among teenage girls and young women aged 15 to 25 in the United States from the 2006-2008 cycle of the National Survey of Family Growth, a nationally representative household survey. Overall testing rates remain low, although testing was most common among African-American women, those who had multiple sex partners, and those who received public insurance or were uninsured. Researchers find this encouraging because these are some of the groups at highest risk for chlamydia. “This new research makes it clear that we are missing too many opportunities to protect young women from health consequences that can last a lifetime,” said Kevin Fenton, M.D., director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/ AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. “Annual chlamydia screening can protect young women’s reproductive health now and safeguard it for the future.” Chlamydia is the most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States, and young people are most affected. Because people often do not have symptoms, many infections go undetected and untreated. Untreated chlamydia can have severe long-term health consequences, particularly for young women, including chronic pelvic pain, potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy and infertility. CDC recommends that anyone diagnosed with chlamydia be retested three months after initial treatment to ensure that those who may have become reinfected can be promptly treated with antibiotics. However, additional data presented at the conference show that retesting rates remain low and many reinfections likely are being missed. By examining available data on more than 60,000 men and women who tested positive for chlamydia between 2007 and 2009 at facilities participating in CDC’s Infertility Prevention Project in New York, New Jersey and the U.S. Virgin Islands, analysts with Cicatelli Associates Inc. found that just 11 percent of men and 21 percent of women were retested within 30-180 days. Of those who were retested, a significant proportion again tested positive (25 percent of men and 16 percent of women). “It is critical that health care providers are not only aware of the importance of testing sexually active young women every year for chlamydia infections, but also of retesting anyone who is diagnosed,” said Gail Bolan, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. “Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics, and retesting plays a vital role in preventing serious future health consequences.” Other conference studies highlight innovative, simple ways to improve retesting rates. The University at Buffalo (N.Y.) student health center found that a three-step process, including patient counseling and early reminders to return to the clinic, increased chlamydia retesting rates within four months from 16 percent to 89 percent. Additionally, several California family planning clinics increased retesting rates by inserting pop-up reminders into their electronic records systems. STD screening and treatment is one of the most effective tools available to protect one’s health and prevent the spread of STDs to others. Though far too few Americans are being screened and retested for chlamydia as CDC recommends, these data show that simple changes can help improve the medical community’s ability to diagnose and treat STDs.

The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 23, 2012

I Just Stopped By to See the Man takes the audience to a crossroads where music’s past and present collide
by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com

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he Delta blues music alone makes I Just Stopped By to See the Man well worth going to see. Since Mississippi Charles Bevel, who stars in the production now on the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz stage, grew up in the Mississippi Delta it should come as no surprise that he delivers the genuine article. As Georgia Music Magazine writer Bret Love states in the program notes “Mississippi Charles Bevel is as authentic a blues man as you’re likely to find in the acting community.” Dieterich Gray, who shares the stage, however, certainly holds his own. Even so, there’s much more to this richly told story of a once-famous blues man who decides not to correct the false reports of his death. Only the daughter who lives with him knows the truth—but she turns out to have secrets of her own. Their quiet little life in rural Mississippi is disturbed when a British rock musician and ardent admirer investigates rumors that Jesse “the Man” is still alive. When he learns that the rumors are true, he wants—after 12 years— to bring both Jesse and his music “back from the

dead.” The storyline has a number of parallels in the real world. The British rock star is strongly influenced by a genuine Delta blues man who becomes his idol, just as the British rock band The Rolling Stones built a repertoire on blues man Muddy Waters, even taking their name from one of Waters’ songs—Rolling Stone. The story of the man who met the devil at a crossroads and sold his soul for musical talent is a legend associated with blues man Robert Johnson and surfaces here too. Della is an Angela Davis character—an educated, intellectual Black woman who in seeking to prove her sincere commitment to civil rights gets involved with dangerous radicals. Even a central question within the play—can someone who never lived a life of the sort that gave birth to the blues understand and authentically perform the blues—is echoed in the fact that the playwright, Stephen Jeffreys, grew up far from the Mississippi Delta that he writes about. I have to say that this writer from London, England, gets it right. I did live in the South in the 1970s, and I don’t detect a false note in Jeffreys’ script. I Just Stopped By to

As Jesse “the Man” Davidson, Mississippi Charles Bevel reunites with his daughter Della (Bakesta King). Photos by Jeff Roffman

Della is unsure of Karl’s motives.

Rocker Karl (Dieterich Gray) shows “the Man” what he has done with his music.

See the Man is one of the best productions I’ve seen in a long time on the Hertz stage, the site of good deal of fine theater. It is wonderful from start to finish. Performances are

nightly except on Mondays; there are matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays in addition to the evening performances through April 8. For tickets or more information, call

the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at (404) 7335000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org. The Alliance Theatre is located at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

Theater lovers should make a date to see Same Time, Next Year
by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com In many ways, George and Doris are like millions of other couples—they make love, argue, celebrate one another’s triumphs and comfort each other during life’s rough patches. They’re married—but not to each other. In Same Time, Next Year, now being performed by the Stage Door Players, a couple stretches what started as a one-night stand based on raw physical attraction into a caring, richly emotional long-term relationship. They spend one night together each year in the northern California country guest cottage where they first got together on the anniversary of that first rendezvous. This play, which was nominated for a Tony Award soon after it debuted in New York City in 1975, covers a 24-year time span that starts in 1951 and has scenes in 1956, 1961, 1965, 1970 and 1975. After their first night together, they playfully choose as “our song” the 1950s novelty tune If I’d Known You Were Coming I’d Have Baked a Cake. In subsequent scenes, the audi-

Actors Bryan Brendle and Cara Mantella carry the twoperson romantic comedy beautifully.

ence is kept abreast of the time period with popular music and newscasts, announcing such events as the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Through the years the lovers grow and change with regard to their political perspectives, values, personal styles and outlook on life. They share intimate thoughts about their spouses and other family members. Because the two have no communication between the annual meetings,

there often are startling revelations when they get together. The Stage Door Players do their usual stellar job of bringing to the stage a production well worth seeing. Actors Bryan Brendle and Cara Mantella carry this two-person romantic comedy beautifully—no easy task since the script often moves in hairpin turns between riotous comedy and penetrating drama. As always, there is abundant evidence of the dedicated, professional work of the behind-thescenes crew—from the quality of the set design, sound and lighting to costumes and direction. Even those who don’t live in or around Dunwoody should make a date to see Same Time, Next Year. This magnificent little theater in Dunwoody needs one thing—bigger audiences. Performances continue through April 8. The Stage Door Players perform in a theater inside the same building that houses the Dunwoody Library and the Spruill Center for the Arts at 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. For more information, call (770) 396-1726 or visit www.stagedoorplayers.net.

The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 23, 2012

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Soon renovations will begin at the old Forrest Hills Elementary building, which students and staff of the Museum School will be moving into in July. The DeKalb County School District recently negotiated a lease agreement that allows the Museum School to use the old school facility rent-free. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

Museum School in Avondale gets ready to move
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com The darkened halls of Forrest Hills Elementary, which closed three years ago, will soon be filled again with the sounds of children rushing back and forth to class, or to the field for recess. Last year, The Museum School in Avondale Estates was granted a fiveyear charter by the DeKalb County School District (DCSD). The charter also included a lease agreement allowing the school to relocate to Forrest Hills and use the space rentfree. “We’re not building anything but it requires some pretty extensive renovations. It was built in the 1950s, and then they added on sections in the ‘70s and ‘90s. It just requires some HVAC work, and some additional work to get it up to code,” Museum School Principal Katherine Kelbaugh said. Kelbaugh said she was appreciative to DCSD for letting the school use its vacant facility at Forrest Hills because the Museum School is currently made up of only a few classroom trailers. “We just have classroom space here and the media center. We have to go to the cafeteria in the church next door for our students to eat lunch and have recess…but Forrest Hills has big beautiful fields, there’s a playground and a gym and a cafeteria,” Kelbaugh said. Kelbaugh said the school will be using a five-year phase-in plan with the Forrest Hills facility. Students will be moving into the newest addition of the facility this fall, while construction on the older parts of the building is finished. Each year, as construction is completed, the school will expand into the newly refurbished areas. “June 15 we’ll be officially out of these [trailers],” Kelbaugh said. “We’ll move our teachers into Forrest Hills toward the end of July and then our students will start school on Aug. 6.” The Museum School currently serves kindergarten through fourth grade, but Kelbaugh said it will be adding a grade level each year until it reaches eighth grade. “We had our lottery a couple of weeks ago and have over 200 students on our wait list. So, the school is definitely growing,” Kelbaugh said. Currently, the school has a student population of 200. The construction on Forrest Hills will cost approximately $4 million, but Kelbaugh said since it is a phase-in plan, and DCSD’s agreement with the school is rentfree, it will pay approximately $1 million a year for construction out of its operating budget. However, the school is still trying to raise money to cover some of the costs and has kicked off a fundraising campaign. The Museum School is the first school in Georgia using the museum school model. Kelbaugh said there are approximately 30 schools around the country using it. “The museum school model is a model that has the school partnering with local museums, organizations and centers, and offers the students a chance to get out of the classrooms to truly experience real life and hands-on learning,” Kelbaugh said. Every other week, students travel off campus on “learning expeditions,” which are focused on lessons and topics the students are studying in the classroom. Kelbaugh said the school year is structured into four nine-week units, each with an overarching theme. “The theme breaks down into each grade level based on state standards. At the end of each of those nine weeks the school becomes a museum. During exhibit night, students are trained as docents, and they display their projects and actually verbalize their learning,” Kelbaugh said. Although the school has only been open for a year, Kelbaugh said its students have shown success when compared to other students around the state. “Our third graders—due to the state testing schedule—were the only students in the school to take the CRCT but they did remarkably well. One hundred percent of our

third graders met or exceeded state standards in the areas of reading/language arts and science,” Kelbaugh said. “That was just after one year and we completely attribute that to the science and social studies curriculum map.” Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, Kelbaugh said the school’s attendance zone has changed slightly. “Focus area one is the districts of Avondale Elementary, Midway Elementary and Knollwood Elementary. Any students living in those three elementary school districts would be eligible to attend and receive preference in the lottery. Then, our focus area two is all of DeKalb County,” Kelbaugh said. “Currently, we have more students on the waiting list than we’re serving at the school, which is definitely a testament to the school.” Kelbaugh said the school also has a low staff turnover rate and she is expecting all of the 32 full- and parttime staff members to return in the fall. Additionally, the school will be hiring three new teachers to keep up with its growth. “We’ve hosted visits from teachers across the state who are interested in this curriculum and we’ve already started serving as a model for local universities and colleges to send student teachers,” Kelbaugh said.

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Lakeside student selected as finalist in national German scholarship award
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Tori Moore, a junior at Lakeside High School, said her favorite thing about German culture is the food, especially the potatoes. “They have these round potatoes that they cook with gravy and spargel, which is German white asparagus—it’s so good and soft and easy to eat,” Moore said. Recently, Moore was chosen to represent Georgia as a finalist in the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Pedagogical Exchange Study Trip. After she took a test, completed an essay and an interview with three German professors from across the state, her name was pooled with several hundred other students from across the nation. “All of my scores were sent to the national group and they’re just going to narrow it down and decide. So, it’s out of my hands now,” Moore said. Each year the AATG awards scholarships to 39 students in the United States, to study in Germany over the summer. “I just took the test to see what happened but I’m very hopeful. I’d love to go to Germany,” Moore said. Moore has only been studying German for two years. Last year she took German I, then studied German II during her summer break, and is now in German III. She plans to study AP German during her senior year. “It’s pretty similar to English and kind of easier to pick up than a Romance language like Spanish. I also really like German culture so I was interested in it from the beginning,” Moore said. Moore’s father was stationed in Germany in the United States Air Force, and when she was younger her family visited all of those places in Germany. She attributes her love of German culture to this. At first, Moore said she struggled with jumping to German III so quickly. She said she skipped some of the things she might learn in a normal school year because it went by so fast. “When I was new at German III and didn’t know a lot of German II, I said to myself, ‘this is a mistake, I shouldn’t be in this level; I’m not ready for it yet.’ But as the year progressed I realized I knew more than I thought. I just

Tori Moore, left, stands with her German teacher Jennifer Schultz. Recently, Moore was chosen to represent Georgia as a finalist in the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Pedagogical Exchange Study Trip. Photo provided

needed to get comfortable and believe in myself,” Moore said. Moore said her German teacher, Jennifer Schultz, helped her when she was struggling by giving her extra worksheets and encouraging her not to give up if she didn’t know something. “She really wants to know the grammar and she’s really organized. For a lot of kids, the reason why they struggle is because they couldn’t get the grammar, so they would get so hung up when they were speaking,” Schultz said.

When she graduates high school, Moore said she wants to become a broadcast journalist and go to school somewhere in the Northeast, possibly Boston College. She also said she has looked into programs where she could use her German skills by interning at a German language newspaper. “You just have to work hard but it’s a good experience, so if you want it, you have to devote yourself and be really determined,” Moore said of learning a second language.

Moore also is active in many of the extracurricular activities the German Club participates in year round. Each year the club performs a German play, and Schultz said for the past two years Moore has played the lead role. “It’s because of doing all of those extra things that she was chosen, because they want a student who is going to be able to go over there and interact with the family and the culture,” Schultz said.

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community action summit at Emory University on March 16. The all-day gathering included a town hall meeting, and in-depth discussions on jobs and the economy, housing, health care, and how to correct problems with the nation’s immigration system. More than a dozen administration officials representing a wide range of policy areas met with Atlanta area community leaders, educators, small business owners and state and local elected officials at the summit.

Bee on March 16. Nayak, who finished second in the 2011 GAE State Spelling Bee, won this year after correctly spelling the word “tautologous.” She will represent Georgia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 27 - June 1. This year, Nayak prepared for the state spelling bee by studying words and vocabulary from previous spelling bees and reading books such as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. IHM receives field trip grant from Target Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (IHM) received a $700 field trip grant from Target, which will allow its fifth graders to visit the Tellus Museum in Cartersville. Students will explore bio-fuels and solar energy and to learn about the planet’s resources. Additionally, IHM students will participate in the Farming for Fuel program at the museum and attend a planetarium show, a tour of a solar house and hands-on lab explorations. Each student will also receive a grass terrarium to take home to continue their exploration of green energy.
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The Friends School of Atlanta held its 16th Annual Science Fair and more than 80 students ranging in age from 4 to 14 participated.

The Friends School holds annual science fair The Friends School of Atlanta held its 16th annual science fair recently and more than 80 students ranging in age from 4 to 14 years old participated. Some of the science fair projects answered such questions as whether the kind of music one listens to affects one’s blood pressure and whether adding worms to soil will make a flower grow faster. White House summit for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders held at Emory The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAPPI) held a

Simola Nayak, an eighth-grade student at Henderson Middle School, recently won the 2012 Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee.

DeKalb schools student wins Georgia Spelling Bee Simola Nayak, an eighth-grade student at Henderson Middle School, won the 2012 Georgia Association of Educators’ (GAE) State Spelling

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Employer committees link employers and labor department
by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com More than 40 years ago, the newly created National Employer Council recommended that each state incorporate local employer committees to ensure employer input in the way state labor departments deliver their services. The main goal, according to the National Employer Council, is to “open up and maintain a dialogue between employers and the Department of Labor and other appropriate agencies, groups and individuals, coordinate employer efforts and exchange information, seek solutions to employment/training and related problems in need of national attention.” Georgia established its first employer committees in 1987. Today, its 51 employer committees are among the few still in existence. While most other states now have other ways to address the same issues, Georgia has found that employer committees work well within its boundaries. “We bridge an information gap between the state and employers,” explained Jerry Myers, recently elected chairman of the DeKalb/ Rockdale committee. “For example, there may be tax breaks available to employers who hire people in certain classifications—such as, people with disabilities. We help make employers aware of these opportunities and how to take advantage of them.” Georgia’s employer committees are supported and spearheaded by the Georgia Employer Committee Executive Board, which serves as a direct link to the commissioner of labor and his staff in addressing employmentrelated needs of Georgia employers. Georgia has the only Employer Committee Executive Board in the nation that makes annual trips to Washington, D.C., to meet with Georgia representatives to Congress on issues “of vital importance to all employers in Georgia and other workforce partners.” Georgia also has the only Employer Committee organization in the nation to host its own website, www.georgiaec.com. The Georgia Employer Committee’s Executive

Members of the DeKalb/Rockdale Employer Committee and representatives of the Department of Labor Career Center gather at one of their community events. Photo provided

Board has been awarded an International Association of Workforce Professionals Group Citation Award, a recognition of “business groups that have made an outstanding contribution to employment, unemployment issues, training and related programs involved in the workforce arena.” Each local committee in Georgia operates independently under its own by-laws, and that works well, according to Myers, who said that each employer committee is free to set priorities based on the needs of the communities it serves. Its activities, he said, aren’t always directly related to

linking business and government. “We serve the community in a wide variety of ways,” he said of the DeKalb / Rockdale Committee, whose membership includes business owners, human resources professionals, representatives of chambers of commerce and representatives from the Georgia Department of Labor. “This year, we decided to get involved in our local community by visiting and providing gifts to a veterans’ retirement center, providing scholarships to [high school] seniors and feeding the homeless at [a church community center],” Myers

said. He added that later this year, the organization will sponsor a job fair and a basketball tournament to raise money to support healthrelated issues. Although the goal of the Employer Committee program was established in the 1970s, the state organization states, “the goal is still relevant today: provide a mechanism to improve the quality and relevance of the Department of Labor services to employers. That goal continues to be met by maintaining a working relationship between our Georgia Employer Committees and our Georgia Department of Labor.”

Motel gets update to ‘mimic comforts of home’
The Red Roof Inn on North Druid Hills Road is among the latest in the national chain to undergo renovation as part of what the company is calling a “brandwide NextGen redesigned interior and exterior prototype.” DeKalb County officials, representatives of Red Roof’s corporate office and local business representatives gathered March 15 for a ribbon cutting and celebration, marking the completion of work at the facility. “When someone is traveling on the road, they want to feel at home,” said Ella Bowen, general manager, Red Roof Inn-Atlanta –Buckhead. “We’re providing that service to our guests at a value with the roll out of these new NextGen renovations.” The changes are being made to “satisfy travelers’ desires, mimicking many traditional comforts of home, including enhanced technology and electronics amenities,” according to a company news release. Company officials say they have sought to make the 115-room property “stylish, contemporary, residential and welcoming.” The new design features the use of neutral colors and “updated wood-like flooring, new area carpeting, window treatments and a signature red accent wall.” The artwork and seating have been changed out in addition to the installation of 32- to 37-inch flat screen televisions. Red Roof opened its first inn in 1973, with a philosophy of simplicity and economy.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 
The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding a variance of Chapter 94, “Zoning”, Section 902, “Sidewalks”. The applicant is requesting a variance to the requirement of sidewalks with a landscape zone at 5558 Peachtree Blvd. 

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Know Information Inc., who will teach The Fair Debt Collections Practice Act and LetDine & Dance returns to ter Writing, the third session Northlake Mall in his five-part strategies for The Atlanta-New York Con- financial success series. All classes meet the fourth Saturnection returns to Northlake day of the month. The March Mall on Tuesday, March 27, 6 – 8 p.m. for the mall’s monthly session will be Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The big band dine and dance event. This social affair, held in Covington Library is located at 3500 Covington Highway, the mall’s Food Garden area, is free and open to the public. Decatur. For more information, call (404) 508-7180. The mall urges participants to come early and have dinComputer lab to be available ner before dancing the night away. Northlake Mall is locat- to job seekers ed at 4800 Briarcliff Road, NE, Wesley Chapel-William C. Atlanta. For more information, Brown Library will have its call (770) 938-3564. computer lab set up Monday, March 26, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. so Writing group to meet job seekers can have exWriting With Intent will meet panded time to conduct job searches, fill out online job apat Charis Circle on Monday, plications, update resumes usMarch 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. ing Word 2007 or Optimal Re“This facilitated group is open sume and improve work skills to writers of fiction and crewith online tutorials. Library ative non-fiction who want a staff will be on hand to answer serious group to provide constructive criticism, motivational basic questions about the Library’s resources for job seekexercises and interpersonal ers. Open Labs are first-come, accountability to keep their first-served. Space is limited. writing on track. Writers are encouraged to bring copies of Wesley Chapel-William C. their work to share for critique. Brown Library is located at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, If it is your first time attending the group, just bring a pen Decatur. For more information, and paper and an open mind,” call (404) 286-6980. states the announcement from Neighborhood meeting Charis Circle. This event is scheduled to discuss South part of Charis Circle’s From Margin to Center Literary Pro- River gram and there is a suggested The DeKalb County donation of $5, but no one Department of Watershed will be turned away for lack of funds. Charis Circle is located Management (DWM) in the Little Five Points area at will hold a neighborhood 1189 Euclid Ave., NE, Atlanta. meeting March 26 to solicit public comments regarding For more information, contact Elizabeth at Elizabeth@Chari- preliminary aspects of a supplemental environmental scircle.org. project for the South River basin. The project is planned to provide one-time trash and debris removal from the banks Credit education series and streambeds of South continues River, South Fork Peachtree Creek and Snapfinger Creek The Covington Library, as in an effort to improve overall part of its Credit Education quality and sustainability of the Series, will present Duane streams. White, president of Need to The meeting will be from

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woody is approximately two hours; all groups should arrive at the Capitol around 11:40 a.m. Refreshments will be available to riders at the Capitol. There is no cost associated with the ride, but donations are encouraged. To register or find more information, visit www.georgiaridestothecapitol. org/register. Dunwoody welcomes Australian company CHEP, an international leader in pallet and container leasing, has announced that it is locating its U. S. headquarters in the perimeter area of Dunwoody. CHEP has leased more than 60,000 square feet of office space in the Hammond Exchange building bringing more than 170 executive level positions and $2 million in investments to Dunwoody. The Georgia Department of Economic Development, city of Dunwoody and the Metro Atlanta Chamber worked together to facilitate the relocation of CHEP USA headquarters to Dunwoody. “This partnership will continue to yield results as we market our strategic location, superior infrastructure and access to a highly educated workforce to companies throughout metro Atlanta, the U.S. and the international business community,” said Michael Starling, the city’s director of economic development. The Dunwoody location will serve as the primary office for many of the company’s executives, including those from the Americas region, and Brambles Limited’s regional corporate office. CHEP, which operates in 49 countries, intends to begin recruiting for positions in the fall and expects its new offices to be completed and operational by the end of 2012.

Ride to Capitol to support bike safety Dunwoody residents, with helmets in hand, are prepared to pedal to the State Capitol on March 27 as part of the seventh annual “Georgia Rides to the Capitol,” to raise awareness of biking and alternative modes of transportation. Dunwoody Council Members Doug Thompson, Denis Shortal, and Mayor Michael Davis plan to participate. The Dunwoody leg of the ride will begin near the Fresh Market in the Dunwoody Village shopping area. Shorter routes have been designated for novice and family riders; this includes the 5-mile route leaving from the Decatur East Lake MARTA Station. The ride from Dun-

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All-American fun
Rivals for four years, Parker and Goodwin now teammates on national stage
“When we played AAU together, we didn’t practice together,” Goodwin said. “Now we have a whole week of practice together and we’ll play against the best talent in the country. It’s an incredible honor and a great thing for our community.” Other Atlanta-area McDonald’s all-Americans include current NBA players Dwight Howard, Shareef Abdur-Raheem, Derrick Favors and Josh Smith. “It’s a great honor,” Parker said. “I’ve worked all my life to prepare for this game. For us to be in the same county and to be chosen for this game lets you know how strong basketball is here.” Parker won four state titles at Miller Grove and finished his senior season averaging 17.4 points and 11 rebounds per game. He has several scholarship offers, including Ohio State, Duke, UCLA, Connecticut, Memphis, Georgetown and Georgia. Goodwin led the Panthers to their first state championship appearance and led the county in several categories as a senior. He led the county in scoring (22 points per game) and field goal shooting (73 percent), while averaging a second-best 12.2 rebounds per game. The selection of allAmerican is another step in a journey Goodwin figured he would not be making several years ago. “Three years ago I never imagined I would get this award,” Goodwin said. “Five years ago I was strictly a football player.” Both Goodwin and Parker are known on and off the court as humble, and both thanked God for the opportunities before them. Both of their high school coaches said their character was a key component to their success. “They led their teams on and off the court and I’m proud to know both,” said Miller Grove coach Sharman White.

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by Robert Naddra Robert@dekalbchamp.com or more than 30 minutes, they posed for photos with each other, and with family members, teammates, coaches, school principals and Van Jakes, a former NFL player who is a McDonald’s owner/operator in DeKalb County. They had done several interviews for newspapers, television, radio and the internet. During a quick break, Southwest DeKalb senior William Goodwin surveyed the scene at the McDonald’s on Panola Road and sighed, “Man, that’s a lot of interviews.” And it’s only the beginning. Goodwin and Miller Grove senior Tony Parker, were the center of attention at an awards ceremony March 14 at Jakes’ restaurant, recognizing the pair as McDonald’s All-Americans. After four years as high school basketball rivals, the pair will be teammates March 28 in Chicago as participants in the 35th annual McDonald’s All-American game. They are the first two McDonald’s all-Americans to face each other in a Georgia state championship game. Miller Grove defeated Southwest DeKalb on March 9 for the Class AAAA title. It is also believed to be the first time two players from DeKalb have been chosen to play in the prestigious game in the same year. “I know it’s going to be fun,” said Goodwin, who has signed a scholarship to play at the University of Memphis. “All those years playing against each other, and now we’re going to be teammates.” The two have known each other since they were 10 or 11 years old, and played briefly on AAU teams together through the years.

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Tony Parker of Miller Grove, left, and William Goodwin of Southwest DeKalb will play in the national McDonald’s all-American game on March 28, to be televised on ESPN. Photos by Robert Naddra

Parker, left and Goodwin, join McDonald's owner/operator Van Jakes at the Panola Road restaurant for a photo session.

“As good as they are as basketball players, they’re much better people. It couldn’t happen to two better guys,” said Southwest coach Dwayne McKinney. Being selected an allAmerican has left both

players with gratitude and some wisdom for those who might follow in their footsteps. “I always say, hard work pays off but pain is temporary,” Goodwin said. “So many people give up

on their dreams because things get too hard. But it’s worth it in the end.” Said Parker: “Stay focused, work hard and put yourself around great people. And don’t change for anybody.”

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DeKalb High School Sports Highlights
BASEBALL
Southwest DeKalb: The Panthers won three games March 14-17 to even their record at 6-6. Kevin Wimbish had three hits and five RBIs, and was the winning pitcher in a 14-1 win over Mays. He struck out six and allowed three hits in five innings. Also, Kiante Welch drove in two runs in a 4-0 win over Columbia while Tim Jones and Wimbish each had three hits in a 14-3 win over Douglass. Malcolm Moore and Marcus Hodge each added two hits. Dunwoody: The Wildcats beat Miller Grove 10-0 and Douglass 15-0 as their winning streak reached five games. Adam Julien drove in two runs against previously unbeaten Miller Grove as nine players had hits. Pitcher Logan Elliot earned the win, going four innings and allowing three hits and striking out three. The Wildcats scored six runs in the first inning and five in the third against Douglass. Zach Tonner and Eric Yost each had two RBIs, while Chris Hale and Will Hudgins each had two hits. Josh Shailer and Yost combined to pitch a no-hitter. Redan: The Raiders beat Marist 1-0 on March 16 and Mundy’s Mill 12-2 on March 17. Wesley Jones pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out seven in seven innings against the defending state champion War Eagles. Redan got the winning run in the seventh inning. James Nelson singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice, then Patrick Dickerson got a hit to drive in Nelson with the winning run. Against Mundy’s Mill, Joseph Graves went 2 for 3 with four RBIs. Angelo Hornsby had three hits and Dickerson had two. Columbia: Trent Nash went 2 for 3 with four RBIs as the Eagles defeated Towers 10-0. Xavier Floyd was the winning pitcher, striking out nine and allowing one hit in five innings. The Eagles also lost to Southwest DeKalb 3-0 and St. Pius 12-2. Marist: The War Eagles were 2-1 in games March 12-16. Griffin Davis doubled to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 5-4 win over Hillgrove on March 12. A two-run single by Marchant Young capped a four-run rally in the fifth as Marist took a 4-3 lead. The War Eagles also beat Lithonia 10-0 as Jordan Baker pitched a complete game to earn his first win of the season. Marist also lost 1-0 to Redan, with Sean Guenther striking out six and allowing five hits. place winners for the boys’ were Matthew Rather (400) and Kyle Sexton (3,200). The boys’ also won the 4x400 relay. Stephenson Invitational The host Jaguars won the seven-team boys’ meet and the girls placed second among 10 teams. First-place finishers for the boys were Jared Tucker (100), Vincent Williams (triple jump) and Amos Harper (shot put, discus). Stephenson swept the top three spots in the triple jump. First-place finishers for Stephenson in the girls’ meet were Jessica McCall (100 hurdles) and Kaliyah Ladler (300 hurdles). Miller Grove’s girls placed third in the meet, with first-place finishers Tatiyana Caffey (800, 1,600) and Tiffany Flynn (long jump, triple jump). Gary Townsend Invitational, Jonesboro The M.L. King girls placed third among 11 teams in the girls’ meet and had three individual champions. The Lions’ first-place finishers were Tiffany Camper (200), Chelsea Caldwell (400) and Imani King (100 hurdles). GACS Invitational, Norcross Decatur placed second in the girls meet and fifth in the boys, while the Cross Keys boys finished third in the 14-team event. Firstplace finishers for the Decatur girls were Lexi Shields (300 hurdles) and Ashleigh Rasheed (long jump, triple jump). In the boys’ meet, Peter Le of Cross Keys won the long jump and Decatur’s Djiby Sy won the 800. Roswell Relays Chamblee won five events, including three relays, and tied for first with Roswell in the girls’ meet with 74 points. Alyssa Felton won the 100 and the long jump for the Bulldogs. The girls’ also won the 4x100, 4x400 and the 1,600 sprint medley relays. Earl Bryan of Towers won the 300 hurdles in the boys’ meet. Also, Stone Mountain won the 4x400 relay and Druid Hills won the 1,600 sprint medley relay.

BOYS SOCCER
St. Pius: Calvin Jackson and Drew Morgan each scored one goal in 2-0 wins over West Forsyth and Greenbrier. Also, Alex Kowalski scored a goal in a 2-1 loss to Tulsa (Okla.) Union.

GIRLS SOCCER
St. Pius: The Golden Lions defeated North Springs 7-0 and McEachern 10-0, then went 1-0-1 in two games in the Tournament of Champions on Jekyll Island. Amanda Vocelka scored the game-tying goal with less than five minutes to play in a 2-2 draw against Auburn (Ala.). She also scored the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining in a 1-0 win over Spain Park (Ala.).

TRACK & FIELD
Amvets Post 12 Flowery Branch Invitational Dunwoody won the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the 10-team event. First-place individual winners for the girls were Erika Banks (100, 200 meters), Sadia Yansaneh (400), Monika Nwajei (800), Alex Cameron (3,200) and Kimara Phillips (shot put). The Wildcats also won the 4x100 and 4x400 relay events. First-

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GPC women in national basketball tournament again
Courtesy of GPC sports communications The next time the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars “create havoc,” in the words of coach James Waldon, it will be in Kansas. The defense swarmed Spartanburg Methodist College at the Pioneers’ home arena March 10 as the Jaguars won their sixth trip to the NJCAA tournament in Salina, Kan., in eight seasons with a 75-46 victory. The NJCAA tournament is March 20-24. “We try to create havoc on the floor and let our athleticism work in our favor,” said Waldon. “We try to make the games a little ugly if we can.” Since a one-point loss at Middle Georgia on Feb. 9, GPC has won seven straight by an average margin of 32 points and has raised its record to 22-9. The outcome of the District J championship game was never in question after the Jaguars took a 36-17 halftime lead. When they weren’t scoring in transition, they pounded the ball inside against the shorter Pioneers. “We have some length, and that works to our advantage,” said Waldon, noting the work of 6-foot-4 Brittany Logan and 6-0 Fanny Cavallo. Cavallo finished with 19 points on 9-for15 shooting. She also had eight rebounds and four steals. Logan’s 18 points came on 8-for17 shooting. She also had 10 rebounds. Kamiya Burwell had 10 points, six assists and five steals. Ronita Garrett had 10 points to go with 14 rebounds as the Jaguars won the battle of the boards 48-38. GPC held the Pioneers to 33 percent shooting and forced 32 turnovers. The Jaguars lost their national tournament opener last season to eventual champion North Idaho but came back to win three times in the consolation bracket and finish seventh. “No matter who we play against, I think we have a good chance,” he said. Each week The Champion spotlights former high school players from the county who are succeeding in athletics on the college level. Jasmin Riley, Alabama A&M (softball): The junior catcher from Southwest DeKalb went 3 for 4 with an RBI in an 8-7 win over Albany State. She has started all 15 games for the Bulldogs and is batting .286 with four RBIs. Fraderica Miller, Notre Dame (basketball): The senior from Marist scored nine points in 19 minutes of playing time for the No. 5-ranked Fighting Irish in a 74-43 win over Liberty in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Miller made 4 of 6 field goal attempts in the game. Gary Mele, Jackson State (baseball): The sophomore right-hander from Redan is the Tigers’ top pitcher with a 2-0 record and a 1.08 earned run average in seven appearances. He also has three saves and has struck out 17 batters in 16.2 innings of work.

Pirates’ lineman signs with Central Florida
Stone Mountain senior offensive and defensive lineman Micah “Snacks” Anderson (6-4, 375) recently signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Central Florida. Anderson bench presses 350 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 5.3 seconds. He helped the Pirates finish 8-2 last season and average 252 yards rushing. He will play defensive line at UCF and may have the opportunity to start as a freshman this fall. Anderson is the 139th DeKalb County Schools football player to sign a scholarship this year. Anderson will join DeKalb alums Jonathan Davis and A.J. Bouye of Tucker, and Tarik Cook of Stephenson on the Knights’ roster.

Parker, Mason named region players of year
Miller Grove senior Tony Parker and Chamblee senior Lucy Mason were named the Region 6-AAAA boys’ and girls’ basketball players of the year. Parker led the Wolverines to their fourth straight Class AAAA state championship and averaged 17.4 points and 11 rebounds per game. Mason led DeKalb County in scoring at 20.4 points per game. Here are the boys and girls allcounty lists. Boys MVP: Tony Parker – Miller Grove First team: David Bellamy, Chamblee; Quinton Stephens, Marist; Brandon Morris, Miller Grove; William Goodwin – Southwest DeKalb; Jordan Price, Southwest DeKalb. Second team: Sedarious Henry, Douglass; Justin Colvin, Miller Grove; Christian Houston, Miller Grove; Joey Corseault, Tucker; Devante Fitzgerald, Tucker Third team: Jade McClendon, Chamblee; Ayinde Russell, Mays; Kadarius Turner, Southwest DeKalb; Daniel Woodard, Tucker GIRLS MVP: Lucy Mason - Chamblee First team: Breana McDonald, Chamblee; Mariah Dean, Mays; Tabitha Fudge, Miller Grove; Tashi Thompson, Miller Grove; Erica Davenport, Tucker Second team: T. Evans, Carver Atlanta; Erica Fontaine, Marist; Klarissa Weaver, Miller Grove; Brea Elmore, Redan; Nicole Martin, Southwest DeKalb Third team: Raghe Brown, Lithonia; Destini McClary, Redan; Jasmine Coleman, Southwest DeKalb; Nicole Razor, Southwest DeKalb

The Champion chooses a male and female high school Athlete of the Week each week throughout the school year. The choices are based on performance and nominations by coaches. Please e-mail nominations to robert@dekalbchamp.com by Monday at noon. MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Kevin Wimbish, Southwest DeKalb (baseball): The sophomore had a total of six hits in a 14-1 win over Mays and a 14-3 win over Douglass last week. He also drove in five runs and was the winning pitcher against Mays, and helped the Panthers win three in a row. FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Alyssa Felton, Chamblee (track): Felton finished first in the 100 meters and the long jump, and was a member of the Bulldogs’ winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams March 17 at the Roswell Relays. Her efforts helped the Bulldogs tie Roswell for first place with 74 points.

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The Champion Free Press, Friday, March 23, 2012

Waggoner hired to rebuild football tradition at Decatur
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com

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ecatur High School athletic director Carter Wilson, who recently was looking for a new head football coach, found someone with a similar vision for the program. Brad Waggoner replaces Price Jones, who stepped down at the end of last season. Jones was 18-22 in four seasons at the school. “[Wilson] is what sold me on coming here,” Waggoner said. “There’s no better person to learn from than him. The vision that he has for the football program parallels the vision that I have. This is not going to be a quick fix overnight. We have to develop our youth programs for the future.” Waggoner, a native of Fayetteville and former player at Georgia Tech, spent the past three seasons as head coach at Chattooga in northwest Georgia where he was 18-13. He led Chattooga to a 9-2 record in 2009, which was the team’s best record in 10 seasons. Waggoner also was a high school head coach for three seasons in Alabama and was a graduate assistant for two seasons at the University of Alabama. “He’s done a lot of research on the program and has been successful in a lot of places,” Wilson said. “We felt like he will be a good fit for the program and the community.” Both Wilson and Waggoner spoke of the importance to establish a feeder program for the high school. Waggoner said he will reinstitute the

Brad Waggoner. Photo by Robert Naddra

football program at Renfroe Middle School next year and both are hopeful that a youth football program will be started through Decatur Active Living in the fall. Waggoner said he hopes the youth program would be available for children in third grade and above. “It’s very difficult to have a successful high school program when the first time many players are strapping on shoulder pads is in middle

school,” Wilson said. “We been in communication with the city for a while and we know that in order to be successful we’ve got to be in collaboration with Decatur Active Living.” Waggoner said he is familiar with the history of the Decatur program. He attended Landmark Christian School in Fairburn and played against Decatur during high school. Waggoner’s first coaching job in Georgia came as an assistant under Rodney Walker at state power Sandy Creek. “The program has been very, very good in the past,” Waggoner said. “I see a program with a lot of potential. There are first-class facilities and they’ve got everything needed for a successful program. It’s a great school system and a place I knew I’d be able to raise my family in.” Decatur’s last winning season was 2005 when the team went 8-2. The last time the Bulldogs made the playoffs was 2003 when Steve Davenport led the team to a 13-1 finish and a trip to the state semifinals in the Georgia Dome. Decatur also enjoyed success in the early 1990s under Freddie Jones, and was one of the most dominant teams in the state during the 1940s and ‘50s. Decatur’s two state championships came back-to-back in 1949 and 1950. “This is going to be a daily process and it’s going to take time,” Waggoner said. “The biggest thing is we’ve got to get the community involved and we can do it in different ways. We’ve got to make sure from the elementary school on up that everyone knows about the football program. And we’ve got to do it every day.”

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