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Author turns ‘Whatifs’ into a story for everyone
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hildren’s author and Decatur transplant Michelle Nelson-Schmidt said her husband often refers to her as “a butterfly that flits around not worrying about anything.” “My husband is a computer software engineer and he’s always worrying about the worst case scenario, ‘What if this happens? What if that happens?’ So, I painted him a picture of this little green monster to bring to work with him,” Nelson-Schmidt said. She told her husband that anytime he worried, he should tell his little ‘Whatif’ monster to be quiet. That was several years ago and now Nelson-Schmidt is bringing the little monster to the pages of a children’s book. Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster will be released June 1, and Nelson-Schmidt said it is the book she was always meant to write. She said every person has a little voice inside his or her head that asks the question, “What if I fail?” The beginning of the book depicts a small child climbing a tree, with the little Whatif monster on his shoulder whispering into his ear, “What if you fall?” Rather than continue climbing, the boy gets down. Throughout the rest of the book, Nelson-Schmidt said he is plagued by the monster until realizing he has to make peace with it and asks, “What if the best scenario happens?” Nelson-Schmidt has been traveling around the country talking to children about her new book and encouraging them to follow their dreams. So far, she has given 56 presentations at different elementary schools. “I tell them about being 4 years old, which is when I figured out I wanted to be an artist,” Nelson-Schmidt said. “Then about how in high school I was really good at math and science and my parents encouraged me to study science in college.” Nelson-Schmidt said after several years in college she wanted to go to art school, which her parents didn’t support. She said she followed her dreams to become an artist and tells each group of children to follow their heart in everything they do, even if they’re afraid or the Whatif monster gets in the way. “In every presentation I ask the kids to do a pinky promise with me, and to promise me Children’s author and Decatur Michelle Nelson-Schmidt sits surrounded by little, green “Whatif” monsters. Her new book they will follow their dreams, and when they Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster will be released June 1. Photo provided do, to call me someday. I’ve probably got about 12,000 pinky promises out there,” Nelsonbooks, Dogs, Dogs! and Cats, Cats! Since pubAlthough Jonathan James and the Whatif Schmidt said. lication in September 2011, both books made Monster is geared toward children, NelsonAfter attending art school, Nelson-Schmidt children’s book publisher Kane Miller’s Top 25 Schmidt said it deals with topics everyone can spent 10 years working as a graphic designer for best-sellers list, selling more than 3,500 of each relate to: fear and anxiety. Georgia Perimeter College. During this time Because she gets her news updates online from the The Champion. ofBecause she gets her news updates online from the The Champion. she title in just three months. “A lot people say they want to start buybegan painting pet portraits as a creative outlet Because“I thought, ‘There is still a online from the The Champion. lesson to be ing it for graduates. At the very end of the book she gets her news updates And you can too! everything in 2002 and selling her work at local festivals. learned from the Whatif monster. Why don’t I the Whatif monster realizes thatFollow us. After seven years painting animal portraits, let him come to life and teach that lesson himdoesn’t always turn out bad,” Nelson-Schmidt www.facebook.com/championnewspaper Nelson-Schmidt began working on picture self,’” she said. said. www.twitter.com/championnews ews updates online from the The Champion.

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Commissioner Lee May and commissioner candidates Andre White and Ken Samuel face off during a political forum sponsored by the South DeKalb Business Association. The upcoming transportation tax referendum was a major topic of discussion during the forum. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Commissioner candidates present platforms
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com proud of. I’m not saying I made all of the right decisions…but I made decisions Economic development that I believed were right and the region’s upcoming for District 5 and DeKalb transportation referendum County.” kept popping up as DeKalb Samuel, who has pascandidates faced off during tored Victory for the World a recent political forum. Church for the past 25 The forum, sponsored by years, said he is running the South DeKalb Business for the commission seat Association, gave candibecause of the “continued dates from various races in grid lock and polarization” DeKalb County a chance to on the Board of Commispresent their platforms besioners. fore the July 31 primary and “When I look at what is referendum. happening in Washington, I Among the candidates see our federal government at the forum were some of stymied even from passing those vying for Board of a budget. When I see the Commissioners’ District 5 same kind of thing hapseat currently held by Com- pening on the local level, it missioner Lee May. makes me very disturbed. Kenneth Samuel, pas“We’ve got to build tor of Victory for the World coalitions,” Samuel said. Church, and Andre White, “We’ve got to get past polipublisher of The Sentinel ticking. I’m in the race to newspaper, are trying to un- build more collaborative seat May, who has held the help.” position for six years. White, publisher of The May said, “The issues Sentinel for 23 years, said that are the most pressing he wants to “restore faith in for me are economic degovernment to the fifth disvelopment and fighting for trict and for the people.” the [fastest-growing] and “It’s time to put an end largest district in DeKalb to the cronyism, the apathy County. It represents where and childishness that’s repthe new development for resented in many of the deDeKalb County is occurcisions that we’ve watched ring.” happen,” White said. May said he has been “As a father and as a “fighting for the I-20 rail businessperson, I underproject and making sure that stand many of the issues “we are not left behind.” that many of the people in “These are some of the the community are faced things I have been fighting with, and think it’s time we for,” May said. “I hope and restore faith of government pray that my leadership has with the people.” been one that you’ve been Responding to a question about the district’s top issues, Samuel said he understands the opinions of opponents of the referendum who want heavy rail to Stonecrest Mall, but the transportation Referendum is “very much a regional issue.” “We have to understand that traffic in DeKalb…is not just a DeKalb problem. It’s a regional problem. We have persons passing through our county clogging up our streets, decreasing our quality of life with the amount of time we spend in traffic. “We cannot renege on our responsibility to take leadership in this endeavor,” Samuel said. “It would be like paying into a life insurance policy 20 years and then deciding you’re not going to keep it because the premium goes up.” To White, economic development and crime are the top issues in District 5 and most communities. “They are kind of a hand-and-glove situation,” White said. “When we look at undesirable type businesses in the community that help to bring about a certain amount of crime, we look at how economics are impacted by that.” Community leaders need to “do what we can to work within the community to encourage a more watchfulness in the community,” White said. “We have to have a better rapport with the police department and public safety.” To stimulate jobs growth, White said better leadership is needed to determine the needs of the community and point residents to training and various opportunities. “We have to be more proactive,” White said. May said, “You would think that transportation is my No. 1 priority because, yes, I’ve been very critical about the I-20 rail. “But public safety actually is my No. 1 priority because I don’t care how much economic development and job creation you have, if we live in an unsafe community, it’s for naught,” May said. May said the county has 200 police positions that are not filled—“90 of which… [the county government] uses for salary savings, which means you can’t hire for those positions.” “We can fill all of those positions, make sure we get these officers on the streets as well as provide for more code enforcement officers,” May said. In the race for Board of Commissioners’ Super District 6, May’s chief of staff Edmond Richardson is challenging incumbent Kathie Gannon. On the transportation referendum, Gannon said she will vote “yes.” “It started as a ‘no,’” Gannon said. “I was annoyed like everyone else [because] we’ve been paying our penny for a very long time.” Gannon said one reason she changed her mind is because “it’s a phenomenal feat that 51 percent of the money…will be going to transit.” “Another reason is because the list that we do have is a well thought-out list,” Gannon said. “DeKalb County will put in a certain amount of money—about a billion—but will get more money back.” Gannon said this is not the time for the county to stop supporting MARTA. “Without this additional funding, MARTA will not survive,” Gannon said. Richardson said he could not support the regional transportation tax. “You are as strong as your weakest link,” Richardson said. “If we allow south, central and east DeKalb to be left behind, we risk becoming East St. Louis. “We have paid for 30 years a penny and now you’re asking us to pay another penny. Asking us to subsidize all of these other regions is asking too much.” Richardson said that 70 percent of the transportation tax funds would be spent north of the city of Decatur. “That is unfair,” Richardson said. “As a commissioner, you have to represent all your communities, not just core areas.”

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Superintendent proposes changes to combat deficit
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson and DeKalb County School District staff have proposed several measures to close a projected $73 million budget gap. In addition to declining property values, the deficit is due to an increase in health care costs and in expenditures for fuel and utilities, district finance officials said. Atkinson School officials have proposed increasing the student-to-teacher ratio by three students, which would save approximately $21 million. According to the district’s website, the current maximum class sizes are 22 students for kindergarten; 25 students for grades one three; 35 students for grades four - eight; and 37 students for grades nine - 12. The district has also proposed to increase the millage rate by two mils—a step it hasn’t taken since 2003— which would garner approximately $32 million in revenue for the district. Other factors contributing to the deficit have been in areas where fixed cost expenditures were not accounted for in the district’s budget, or were significantly under budgeted. The district completed a central office reorganization May 21, which will result in the elimination of 73 positions including administrators, secretaries and other staff, saving approximately $5 million. This is the first audit and reorganization of DeKalb Schools’ Central Office in more than 10 years. Officials also recommended the reduction of central office budgets and overtime expenditures to save an additional $15 million. With the district’s proposed recommendations, the tentative fiscal year budget will be $760 million and it does not change the number of work days for 10-, 11- and 12-month employees. Last year, the tentative budget restored furlough days for 10-, 11- and 12-month employees but later reinstated the days when district officials found out the decline in property tax values in DeKalb County was greater than it had been estimated. David Schutten, president of the Organization of DeKalb Educators, said if the student-to-teacher ratio is increased, class sizes need to be increased across the board, including at magnet schools. “There are programs that have been spared—class sizes have remained low in the magnet programs—if they’re going to increase sizes they have to stop subsidizing the other programs,” Schutten said. “Employees have shouldered most of the burden with the budget issues for the past couple years.” At a recent Budget, Finance and Facilities meeting Schutten said Atkinson made a list of possible cuts, which included suggestions from board members such as eliminating middle school sports programs and the Fernbank Science Center program. “There’s really no good option at this point,” Schutten said. “They’re projected to have a deficit in the reserve fund at the end of this school year.” The district will hold a public budget hearing May 30 at 6 p.m. at the district’s Administrative and Instructional Complex at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard in Stone Mountain.

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Tucker company award $7.7 million county watershed contract
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com A Tucker company has landed a $7.7 million contract for a part of DeKalb County’s watershed capital improvement project. Desmear Systems Inc. of Tucker, was awarded the contract to prepare the site at Snapfinger Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility on Flakes Mill Road in Ellenwood for later construction. The contract, awarded by the Board of Commissioners on May 22, runs from June 1 to January 2013. The company will be responsible for clearing, grubbing, rock and soil excavation, and construction of a retaining wall. The bid of Desmear Systems, the only DeKalb County company that submitted a bid, was nearly $4 million lower than the highest bid of $11.3 million. “This is a cap,” said Ted Rhinehart, the county’s deputy chief operating officer over infrastructure departments, when asked whether the company would be able to exceed the contracted amount. “They knew going into this what all the specs and requirements are. “Because it’s the type of work that a lot of people can do—clearing, grading, blasting, hauling—all I can assume is that they sharpened their pencils; they wanted the work bad enough that they were going to shave some profits to get there.” The $7.7 million price tag will be paid using 2011 capital improvement project bond funds. “Really, this is the smallest part of the contract for the expansion of the plant,” Commissioner Lee May said. “The next phase is what is going to be the big, big phase.” It will cost the county approximately $250 million to rebuild, upgrade and expand the Snapfinger facility in the “single largest project we will undertake,” said Joe Basista, director of the county’s watershed management department, in March. The actual construction phase is expected to be bid out in the second or third quarter of 2012. The Snapfinger rebuild is part of a $1.345 billion capital improvement project the county is undertaking over the next several years to upgrade its aging water and sewer system. This year, the county will begin approximately $400 million worth of capital improvement projects.

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It’s prom time. Young people might do well to remember the case of Genarlo Wilson. In 2003, the then 17-year-old Douglas County senior was a football star and a homecoming king who was fielding interest letters from colleges around the country. But during an after-prom party, he was videotaped while a 15-year-old schoolmate performed oral sex on him. That was considered aggravated child molestation because the girl was younger than 16. Although the sex was consensual, Genarlo was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The harshness of the sentence was denounced by the likes of

civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Outrage echoed throughout the country. Even former President Jimmy Carter chimed in. The heavy criticism caused Georgia lawmakers to change the crime from a felony to a misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail instead of 10 years. Genarlo served two years of the 10-year sentence before the Supreme Court decided in a 4-3 vote that the punishment was cruel and unusual, beyond the pale. Despite the huge outcry, then Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker refused to drop the charges against Genarlo, a move that would come back to haunt Baker in his failed bid for governor. The African-American community did not forget. Young people should not forget Genarlo’s story either. There’s a lesson to be learned here about indiscriminate sex and videotape. What might be viewed as fun and games can quickly turn into a

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The Champion Free Press, Friday, May 25, 2012

nightmare that can potentially scar you for life. There is another life lesson to be learned from Genarlo Wilson’s harrowing ordeal. Never give up. “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” Genarlo never gave up. Once released from prison thanks to the local efforts of attorney B.J. Bernstein, state Sen. Emanuel Jones, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus and other advocates, Morehouse College granted Genarlo admission. Nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner footed the bill for Genarlo’s education. Now here’s the really good news saved for last, the storybook ending. Genarlo kept his nose clean and in the books at Morehouse. Today he is a 2012 honors graduate in sociology from “the house” joining such distinguished alums as Dr. Martin Luther King, movie director Spike Lee, actor Samuel Jackson and the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard

Jackson. Bernstein, also noted for the settlement she got for four men who accused Bishop Eddie Long of sexual misconduct, never lost sight of her client. She hosted a graduation brunch for Genarlo and invited all those who have made a profound difference in his life. Young people, remember the lessons of Genarlo Wilson. Had it not been for the concern and care of the collective community, instead of graduating from college this young man would have languished in prison for 10 years and graduated from the penal system in hardened criminology. Congratulations, Genarlo. The village is smiling and deserves a bow with you. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Milies at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.

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Seeing the forest for the trees
Fernbank Science Center and Fernbank Elementary next door (both run by DCSD) to their younger cousin, the Fernbank Museum of Natural Science and History in Druid Hills. Since 2009, DeKalb Schools had been seeking to negotiate a new long-term lease, and to continue tours and trips to the forest by nearly 6,000 school children per year. The school district expends roughly $250,000 per year on its management of the forest. But not unlike the young sapling that soon shoots past the tree that once gave it shade, the Fernbank Museum is turning 20 this year, and has grown to become a grand center of community events and goodwill as well as hands-on learning. When a longstanding business relationship changes, or is severed, there are bound to be some hurt feelings, bruised egos and several sides of the same story. But rather than focus on this ending, let’s try to envision a grand new beginning. The Fernbank Science Center in my day was somewhat focused on space exploration and the wonders of man traveling to the moon. I remember gazing for what seem like hours, and really wanting to hold the genuine moon rock on display in the palm of my hand. An Apollo space capsule suspended from the ceiling was another highlight of most every visit, though I was amazed at how small it was. Fernbank still has an incredible planetarium as well as an observatory, with both pointing toward the stars and sky. Though I always more enjoyed my trips into the Fernbank Forest, it long seemed to me to be a less exciting mission and focus of the institution. How about using this change in mission, and the $250,000 that will not be spent on maintaining the forest next year, to convert the Fernbank Science Center into the Fernbank Sustainability Center? Instead of a hands-on museum experience focusing on space and the stars, how about a hands-on experience focusing on organic and community gardening, recycling, composting, renewable energy development and environmentally sustainable design and construction? This change in mission and realignment of priority could allow our county schools to take another step toward the goal of making DeKalb one of the “greenest” counties in our country. I can still remember most all of the experiments we conducted in the Fernbank labs, as well as many of those walking tours through the Fernbank Forest. This forest and the grounds nearby are perfect for community gardening, composting and again teaching our children how to “live off the fat of the land.” A bit more Foxfire and a bit less Firefox. Our children

“Forest preceded man, desert follows him.”—anonymous French graffiti, during a student protest, 1968. I learned the difference between evergreens (Christmas trees), and Georgia’s numerous species of older hardwoods in the Fernbank Forest behind the Fernbank Science Center. How to tell ivy from poison ivy— Fernbank Forest. The differences between a frog and a toad— Fernbank. The Fernbank Science Center and the forest at its back door were almost as good as a trip to the Land of Oz while growing up in the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) during the 1960s and ‘70s. For the past 45 years, DeKalb County Schools has served as stewards of the forest, and maintained it for use by students, as well as the public. Their long-term land lease ends with the current school year, when the forest’s conservation falls back to its owners, Fernbank Inc. The Fernbank Forest also connects the

could witness smaller versions of the landfill gas (methane conversion) underway at DeKalb County’s Seminole Landfill ultimately creating natural gas to fuel our sanitation trucks. Children could also run experiments with various osmosis membranes to develop more cost effective methods of desalination for brackish and salt water. Let’s let this change of seasons in the Fernbank Forest help us turn over a new leaf for learning at the Fernbank Science Center, and build an even stronger long-term partnership, with the Fernbank Museum nearby. We are very fortunate to have these pockets of old growth right under our noses in the center of our city. Let’s follow the fine examples of those fine trees with their deep and heavy root balls still keeping them grounded, while those same treetops just keep trying and striving to reach higher every day. See you in the forest. Bill Crane also serves as a political analyst and commentator for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist for The Champion, Champion Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native and business owner, living in Scottdale. You can reach him or comment on a column at billcrane@earthlink.net.

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remembering Charles Colson
Tricky Dick's master of dirty tricks became a Christian prison reformer but was no saintly do-gooder.
I think my favorite dirty Colson trick involved his response to the shooting of George Wallace, the racist Alabama governor who was running for president in 1972. When Nixon asked Colson about the shooter’s politics, Colson said: “Well, he’s going to be a left-winger by the time I get through.” He proposed breaking into the would-be assassin’s apartment and planting leftist pamphlets, to which Nixon, leader of the free world, responded: “Good. Keep at that.” Colson had left the administration and found God (he said) by the time Watergate caught up to him. After consulting his conscience, he copped an obstruction-of-justice plea on the Ellsberg burglary and spent the next seven months in jail. Following his release, he went on to become in important figure in the evangelical community, of all things. He was heavily praised for establishing a ministry serving prisoners and ex-convicts, and earned 15 honorary degrees from colleges along with a presidential medal from George W. Bush. As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush restored to Colson the rights of citizenship he’d forfeited as a convicted felon. The Watergate veteran was even invited to the Harvard School of Business to lecture its students on ethics. I was never entirely convinced of Colson’s transformation from thuggish rogue to saintly do-gooder. In fact, his work with convicts aside, the case can be made that he did more harm after his release from prison than he did before he entered. He was a key figure in forming the toxic coalition of Catholic and evangelical leaders to fight for laws banning same-sex marriage and abortion. In 2002 he signed a letter urging President Bush to attack Iraq in the name of “a just war.” He didn’t mitigate his zealotry; he merely learned to practice it legally. Generally I don’t believe in speaking ill of the dead. In Colson’s case, however, I’ve made an exception. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. otherwords.org

One of the great villains of Richard Nixon’s villainous administration went to his final reward last month. Charles Colson, Tricky Dick’s master of dirty tricks, died of complications after suffering a brain hemorrhage at the age of 80. For those who weren’t around or paying attention 40 years ago when Colson was in full flower, it’s hard to fully comprehend what a truly nasty piece of work he was. He created or directed “political” operations that included burglary, arson, forgery and the obstruction of justice. He did all of this out of the White House, where he was Nixon’s special counsel. He and Nixon were a marriage made in Heaven (or Hell, whichever works better for you). He was a 38-year-old Washington lawyer when he joined Nixon’s team in 1969 and quickly became a presidential favorite. “When I complained to Colson, I felt confident that something would be done,” Nixon later wrote. “I was rarely disappointed.” What kind of something? Oh, like setting up a burglary unit made up of a bunch of losers who had helped plan and execute the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Those were the guys who broke into the office of the psychiatrist who treated Daniel Ellsberg, the man who had released the secret Pentagon Papers that revealed the hoax that was the Vietnam War. They also broke into the offices of the Democratic Party at the Watergate complex, and did it so ineptly that they brought the entire administration crashing down around their ears. Colson also had a plan to set fire to the Brookings Institution in Washington, then to send his gang, dressed as firefighters, into the building to loot confidential files. It never got off the ground, but Nixon was good to go with it. He was also the author of Nixon’s infamous “enemies list,” which the president wanted to use as a guide for IRS audits.

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Dunwoody interchange will offer challenge to drivers
“KA BAM” – TheSnoopyDog posted this on 5/20/12 at 5:42 p.m. It is not really a challenge to drivers. Just read the signs and markings and obey them. The experience of driving a DDI is usually one of driving through it first, and then asking yourself “What just happened?”. – MidiMagic posted this on 5/19/12 at 9:16 a.m.

DeKalb Schools lease of Fernbank Forest to end in June
Actually, since February of this year, access to Fernbank Forest was taken away from children in Al Tate’s long honored science night out programs. And if the Fernbank Museum has always intended to take over the care of Fernbank Inc.s forest, why were they, for the last several years, telling the school system they would be willing to renew the lease if certain conditions were met? Either the reporting here is inaccurate, or there is an issue with honesty with the folks at the museum of natural history. – David posted this on 5/15/12 at 11:43 a.m. Thanks for your comment @David. I’ve just received this response from Brandi Berry from Fernbank: “To clarify some things mentioned in a recent post, please note that Fernbank Museum of Natural History never offered to extend the lease to DeKalb County Schools ‘if certain conditions were met.’ However, the Museum did initiate discussions on ways to continue the larger partners-in-education relationship between Fernbank Museum of Natural History and DeKalb County Schools/Fernbank Science Center, which included opportunities to provide special privileges to DeKalb students and teachers within Fernbank Forest and through other programs. However, extending the lease was not part of that discussion.” I hope this can clarify things a bit. Thanks for reading. – Daniel Beauregard posted this on 5/15/12 at 3:27 p.m.

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Man accused of suffocating son enters guilty plea
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com A father accused of suffocating his 5-year-old son pleaded guilty May 15 in a DeKalb County courtroom and will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Gary DeToma As part of an agreement with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, Gary DeToma, 44, pleaded guilty to murdering his 4-yearold son Gary DeToma Jr. and attempting to murder his son Will DeToma by choking him, “He [pleaded] to life without parole in exchange for us removing the death penalty from the table. I can tell you, short of him agreeing to do that, we wouldn’t have taken it off the table,” DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said. James said his office spoke with DeToma’s exwife Melanie Roberts and her family members, who were comfortable with the plea agreement as long as DeToma confessed to his crimes and took responsibility for his actions. James said family members didn’t want to relive the events by testifying at a trial. On July 12, 2010, DeToma was arrested and charged with the murder of his son Gary and aggravated assault against his son Will. He was arrested in his home at the Oakhurst Place Apartments on East Lake Drive in Decatur after police found Gary Jr.’s body on a bed in an upstairs bedroom. According to reports, DeToma and Roberts had separated and were in the process of getting a divorce. Roberts had custody of the boys but DeToma had his sons on alternate weekends. He had the boys the weekend before the killing, police said. When DeToma did not return the boys on the morning of July 12, Decatur Police were dispatched to the residence—they said no one responded when an officer went to the door. “The residence was secure and the officers observed nothing suspicious,” police stated. According to a neighbor, who heard police banging on the door at approximately 8 a.m. July 12, one of DeToma’s co-workers came to the apartment after he didn’t show up for work that morning. The co-worker reportedly got an extension ladder and was able to look through a second-story window and see Gary Jr.’s body on a bed. He was then able to get the attention of Will DeToma, who went downstairs and opened the front door. A linden tree is planted at Harmony Park in Oakhurst in honor of Gary Jr., and the family of Melanie Roberts.

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Bar (now called the Gold Award), which is the highest award given to a Girl Scout. “You earn them through service, projects, leadership and you learn a lot about yourself,” Kottkamp said. “It’s very rewarding. By becoming Girl Scouts, girls will get a strong background in decision-making and leadership.” During her school-age years, Kottkamp said she volunteered as a Candy Striper at a hospital and was active in her school. As a volunteer troop leader, Kottkamp helps the girls earn badges and teaches them life skills. She witnessed the maturation process on a recent camping trip where the girls worked together to maneuver a canoe across a lake. “It was a great learning experience for them; where else can you get that?” Kottkamp asked. “In a boardroom? They can take the skills they learn through scouting and apply them throughout their life.” In addition to her troop leader duties, she also volunteers at Badge & Sash, the Girl Scouts supply store in Cobb County. Kottkamp also keeps herself busy outside her Girl Scouts duties. She is a deacon in her church, Oakhurst Presbyterian. She donates and wraps Christmas presents for foster children, and contributes food and other items to families in need.

Champion of the Week

Mary Kottkamp has a lifelong affiliation with the Girl Scouts, so it’s no surprise that helping others has long been on her to-do list. The DeKalb County resident retired in 2010 after working for 21 years with the Girl Scouts of America, including 15 years in Georgia. Kottkamp worked in the adult education department and other areas, and continues her affiliation with the organization in her retirement. For the past two years she has been a volunteer leader with a Brownie Troop (for second- and third-graders) in DeKalb. She also helps with an annual leadership program for adults involved in Girl Scouts called Mountain Magic. “Girl Scouts is a great program for girls and women,” Kottkamp said. “It builds very strong women; that’s for sure.” Kottkamp, who was born in Japan and spent her entire childhood there as part of a military family, joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie in second grade and stayed with the program through her high school graduation. She earned the Curved

If you would like to nominate someone to be considered as a future Champion of the Week, please contact Kathy Mitchell at kathy@DeKalbchamp.com or at 404-373-7779, ext. 104.

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Cases involving former superintendent, school News Briefs Child shot in woods behind elementary school board, moving forward
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com A date has been set for the criminal trial of former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis, who is charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, theft by taking by a government employee and bribery. In 2010 a grand jury returned an indictment alleging Lewis, former schools construction chief Pat Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope conspired to defraud the school district of approximately $2.4 million through illegal construction contracts. DeKalb District Attorney spokesman Erik Burton said Lewis’ trial is scheduled to begin the second week of September. The DA’s office declined to comment further due to the pending trial. Reid, formerly known as Pat Pope, allegedly used her role as the district’s construction chief to award contracts to then husband Tony Pope. According to officials and court documents, Lewis allegedly signed off on contracts and knowingly participated in the conspiracy. Reid also fired Heery/ Mitchell in 2006, which had overseen construction contracts for the district, citing overbilling and questionable work. Heery managed the school SPLOST account from 2002-06. Heery has since sued the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) for $400,000, which it said the district still owes for work it had done. The school district countersued for $100 million, alleging fraud and claiming that the company mismanaged projects. Heery denies those claims and contends the real reason the company was fired was because Reid wanted to award the contracts to people she knew and had connections with. Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger recently set a trial date of Feb. 4, 2013, for the civil case against the DeKalb County School Board. According to court documents, since the beginning of the case with Heery/Mitchell, the school board has paid approximately $18 million to law firm King and Spalding, who is representing the board, and accrued an additional $19 million in legal fees. timely manner. Officials have contended that for the civil case involving the school board and Heery/Mitchell to move forward, the pending criminal case involving Lewis and Reid must be resolved so both can be called as witnesses in the civil trial without incriminating themselves. Heery International filed a motion to stay the civil case pending the outcome of the criminal trial, which was denied by Seeliger earlier in May. The school board and construction firm have been ordered into mediation by Seeliger—once in 2009 and again in 2011—but the parties have been unable to reach a settlement agreement. Previously in court Seeliger has said the civil case “would most likely have to go to trial.” “We believe the facts in the civil case matter, and when presented to a jury, the jury will agree with us,” Heery International spokesman David Rubinger said.

The DCSD recently filed an emergency motion to seal documents made public by an updated criminal indictment of Lewis and Reid, which was denied by Judge Cynthia Becker. DCSD claimed that part of the indictment included “privileged communications between DCSD and its attorneys.” However, the court ruled that several of the exhibits DCSD requested to be sealed were not “privileged communications as a matter of law,” and the district had waived the privilege on another set of documents because it was not asserted in a

A 12-year-old boy, who was skipping school with two others, was shot in a wooded area behind Montclair Elementary School May 17, police said. The child initially told police that he was ambushed by a man and shot. He later admitted he fired the gun himself, according to Associated Press. DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Pam Kunz said the shooting victim was with two other boys ages 16 and 17, in a heavily wooded area approximately 50 yards from the elementary school. “The three juveniles decided to be truant today to commit burglaries,” Kunz said. “At one point one of the juveniles produced a handgun that was fired and struck the child in the buttocks.” Kunz said the child was transported to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said none of the children present during the shooting attended Montclair Elementary.

Drive-in shooter caught
Quentric Williams, 32, was arrested in Gwinnett May 16 and charged with murdering Mitt Lenix at the Starlight Drive-In May 15. Williams was arrested at the Sun Suites on Club Drive at approximately 5:40 p.m. Police said Lenix, 28, was allegedly shot by Williams when he asked Williams for help because he was having car trouble. Williams left the drive-in after the shooting and Lenix died later at a local hospital. Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said a witness called 911 and followed the suspect’s car until police were able to get behind the vehicle. Police then chased Williams on I-285 and into Gwinnett County. Williams wrecked his car on Lilburn Stone Mountain Road and managed to run away from police officers. Williams is charged with felony murder, obstruction of police officers and simple assault.

City Schools of Decatur Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013

General Fund ESTIMATED REVENUES Local Taxes Local Other State General State Other Federal General Fund Balance Obligated Capital Fund Balance Restricted Total Revenues ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES Instruction Pupil Personnel Improvement of Instruction Educational Media General Administration School Administration Business Services Maintenance and Operations Student Transportation Central Support Services Nutrition Community Services Facilities Total Expenditures 23,874,212 2,691,638 13,500,000

Special Funds

Nutrition Fund

Capital Funds 2,622,379

671,250 640,887 1,795,890 30,000 550,500

4,811,205 44,877,055 2,436,777 1,251,750 2,417,155 5,039,534

29,535,272 1,388,432 1,425,708 878,500 1,031,203 3,572,012 435,951 4,296,290 973,284 616,461 711,055 12,887 44,877,055

2,154,259 19,901 245,617 0 0 0 0 0 10,000 0 0 7,000 2,436,777

1,251,750 5,039,534 5,039,534

1,251,750

The Fiscal Year 2013 Tentative Budget will be considered for final adoption by the Board of Education at 6:30 PM at the regular board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Central Office at Westchester on 758 Scott Boulevard.

Lichtenstadter, a 5-foot-10,

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Georgia Gunter, right, director of the Weinstein Center for Adult Day Services in Dunwoody, visits with center participant Jason Cooper. Photo provided

Adult day service becoming increasingly popular
by Nigel Roberts Many families are discovering an alternative to the stress of leaving frail, elderly parents alone or institutionalizing them in a nursing home facility. Adult day service (ADS) centers are becoming increasingly popular. According to a 2010 MetLife study, the number of ADS facilities has soared more than 35 percent in the past 10 years to nearly 5,000 facilities nationwide—though experts say the actual number is much higher. The Weinstein Center for Adult Day Services in Dunwoody is the oldest (celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) ADS center in DeKalb, according to the facility’s director Georgia Gunter. Today there are about 10 “known” facilities in DeKalb, said Gunter, who is also president of the Georgia Adult Day Services Association. Gunter explained that the association pressed state lawmakers to pass legislation to regulate the ADS industry in 2003, but budgetary shortfalls have prevented enforcement. Consequently, a business license is the only requirement to open an ADS center, so there may be many small unrecorded facilities scattered throughout the county. Facilities such as the Weinstein Center, one of the largest in the state, provide both social and health care services. This means nursing services are available to address a range of health issues in addition to offering numerous activities designed not just to occupy the participants’ time but also manage the effects of dementia— which most of the them have at varying levels, she stated. Gunter, who has worked at Weinstein for two decades, noted that caregivers often state to her that their elderly family member improved their cognitive abilities on days that they attend the center. In fact, one of the goals of ADS is to improve the overall mental and physical health of participants and prevent (or at a minimum, delay) the necessity of institutionalization. “There are good nursing home facilities out there, but most people want to stay at home,” Gunter said. At the same time, the centers provide relief to caregivers, she pointed out. Bringing elderly family members to ADS centers allows caregivers to go to work, attend to personal matters or just relax while knowing their relative is well cared for and safe. According to a Penn State University study, family caregivers who used ADS experienced lower carerelated stress and depressive symptoms after three months, compared to a comparison group that did not use ADS. Another Penn State study showed that family caregivers experienced 66 percent less care-related stress on days that their relative uses ADS, compared to days they do not use ADS. The benefits of ADS to the elderly and their caregiver are clear and largely undisputed. But the cost of ADS prohibits some families from using those services. According to eldercare.gov, costs range from $25 a day to more than $100 per day, depending on the services offered and geographic region. In DeKalb, ADS centers that offer only social services charge from $30 to $50 per day, Gunter said. Those that offer both medical and social services charge $50 to $70 per day. While that may sound costly, she noted that typical nursing homes charge about $200 per day; assisted living facilities charge more than $100 a day, and home health care workers charge $18 to $20 per hour. Gunter said Medicare does not cover the cost of taking a loved one to an ADS center, but Medicaid and other government sources, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and some state sources, do provide financial assistance. When searching for an appropriate facility, Gunter said those that accept Medicaid must submit to rigorous guidelines and standards, regardless to the size of the facility. Because there may be a great deal of difference among centers, it is important to visit the centers, talk to directors and ask for recommendations to ensure that the participant’s specific needs are met. Red flags should go up if a facility demands that you sign a contract or pay for more than one month in advance. Visit the association’s Web site, www.gadsa.org, to learn more about locating and selecting an ADS center.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE 2012-2013 PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF DECATUR, GEORGIA There will be public hearings on the proposed 2012-2013 budget for the City of Decatur at 7:30 p.m. on June 4, 2012 and on June 18, 2012 in the City Commission Meeting Room at City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street, Decatur. The proposed budget is summarized below and is available in its entirety for public inspection at Decatur City Hall. All citizens are invited to attend the public hearings, to provide written and oral comments, and ask questions concerning the entire budget.
FY 2012-2013 PROPOSED GENERAL FUND REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES

The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the following zoning matters: 1. Appendix A, “Zoning”, Section 1004, “Space Dimensions”. The subject property is located at 1779 Huntington Chase. The applicant is requesting a variance to the 30’ minimum rear setback required for NR-2 zoned districts to reduce the setback requirement to 15’ to allow the conversion of a deck into an enclosed patio (2012V-005). 2. Appendix A, “Zoning”, Section 504, “Building additions”, Section 803.D, “Walls and Fences”; Sections 902.B1 and 902.C4 “Sidewalks”; Section 903, “Street type dimensions”; Section 907.A1 and 907.A4, “Storefront streets requirements and fenestration”; Section 908.D1, “Site Design”; Section 1205, “Parking and landscaping requirements”; Section 1206, “Minimum off-street loading requirements”; and Section 1207.C, “Handicapped parking requirements”. The subject property is located at 5130 Peachtree Blvd. The applicant is requesting variances to provide site improvements and a 13,200 square foot addition and 7,500 square foot renovation to the existing building (2012V-003).

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

REVENUES Taxes Licenses, Permits & Inspections Penalties, Fines & Forfeitures Interest Charges for Current Services Intergovernmental Revenues Miscellaneous Revenue Sale of Fixed Assets Operating Transfers Appropriation From (To) Fund Balance TOTAL REVENUES EXPENDITURES Governmental Control Department General Government Department Community & Economic Development Department Planning, Zoning & Inspections Division Administrative Services Department Police Department Fire & Rescue Department Public Works-Sanitation & Facilities Maintenance Public Works-Engineering Active Living Division TOTAL EXPENDITURES

14,829,600 771,800 1,575,000 2,000 1,359,900 382,320 189,000 10,000 71,360 886,980 $20,077,960 142,400 1,567,220 1,219,600 917,630 2,828,250 5,064,820 3,378,390 2,746,560 787,010 1,426,080 $20,077,960

 

County prepping derby land before vote
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com County workers are clearing land in south DeKalb for a proposed $1 million soap box derby park that has yet to be approved. Ted Rhinehart, the county’s deputy chief operating officer for infrastructure, said the county is “clearing and prepping the site so that if this bid goes forward, [contractors are] ready to go ahead and jump in.” “We’ll do whatever site prep work we can do ourselves,” Rhinehart said. “That’ll save us a few dollars and it gets the site prepared, so that it’s good to go.” The 890-foot, two-lane derby track has been deferred since Jan. 1 by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, which was concerned about how much use the track would get. “That’s part of the issue with the soap box derby,” said Commissioner Lee May during a finance committee meeting May 15. “It’s the fact that I don’t know if we’re going to get the best bang for our bucks in terms of activity level. “This thing won’t be used every day throughout the year,” May said. “When there are not events there, there’s not really an opportunity for a lot of usage of the facilities.” The county’s administration is now trying rework the proposal, which calls for the track to be constructed at 1253 Rock Chapel Road adjacent to the Bransby YMCA on 10.9 acres. The land was purchased last year with funds from a parks bond approved by taxpayers in 2001. The original plans for the derby park would have had a multi-use building for supplies and cars, a classroom, concession stand, a finish-line pavilion and a grandstand. May, who wants to use the site for multiple purposes, suggested that the county consider additional ideas such as skateboarding and BMX biking. “It just a different use that allows more activity,” May said. Rhinehart said the county is looking at the site feasibility for other uses. The proposed soap box derby facility, Bransby YMCA and “other potential amenities around there could help make [the area] a regular draw for a variety of events,” Rhinehart said. Roy Wilson, director of the county’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, said the county will have its architect look at how the site can be used for skateboarding and BMX bikes, Wilson said. Wilson said he is also trying to get in touch with soap box organizations in other states to see whether their tracks are used for events other than soap box derbies. Joe Mazur, president and CEO of All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, said his goal is to provide year-round programming at the Ohio track. “Since the last week in April we have had something on our hill every weekend and will have something every weekend through June,” Mazur said. “We want as much on this hill as possible.” Growing in Akron is an educational program in which schools teach a curriculum using the science of derby racing. In the program, students learn about friction, aerodynamics and construction as part of their schools’ science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. They then race during a special race day for schools only. The third annual International Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge event was held May 19. Two years ago, the program started with two teams and now has grown to 100 teams from schools in Ohio, North Carolina and Maryland. “It’s a huge potential program,” Mazur said. “Because of [Georgia’s] weather, we can program a lot more at that track than anywhere,” said Mazur, who helps with event planning for derby tracks around the country. Mazur said organizers have introduced luging and longboarding at the Akron facility, which includes a skate park and BMX course. Those additional uses are what commissioners want to be considered for the proposed DeKalb site. “Soap box seems limited to a certain class,” said Commissioner Elaine Boyer. “Soap boxing seems to be an elite discipline. “[The facility] just needs to be open to more people,” Boyer said. “It’s public money.”

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Dust is flying and trees are falling as county workers clear and grade an 11-acre plot in preparation for a proposed soap box derby park that has yet to receive approval by the DeKalb Board of Commissioners. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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Robbery crew leader convicted of murder
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com The leader of a home invasion robbery crew will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of murder and other charges by a DeKalb County jury May 16. Michael Blaine was convicted of orchestrating the criminal activity of a home invasion crew that targeted wealthy individuals and homes of drug dealers. He was sentenced to eight consecutive life terms, with no possibility of parole. All additional members of the home invasion crew have pleaded guilty. Blaine was indicted on 38 counts, including racketeering, malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, possession of a firearm by convicted felon and false imprisonment. He was found guilty on 31 of the 38 counts. According to the indictment, Blaine and five others were part of a “robbing crew that targeted individuals who had money and/or drugs” in south DeKalb. Blaine would collect information from the other conspirators on easy targets to rob and “then go to the target location to determine the best way to make contact with the victim and rob him,” according to the indictment. “In some instances, Blaine would have a conspirator pose as a buyer or prostitute to try to get the door open or distract the victim to give the robbers an opportunity to attack him,” the indictment stated. During an attempted robbery in Lithonia in November 2005, Blaine and another suspect shot victim Eric Banks, who was targeted because drugs were being sold out of his apartment, according to the indictment. Blaine was shot during another attempted robbery in September 2006. During the incident, he entered the apartment of Yucef Ellis, pretending to be purchasing drugs. When Ellis became suspicious and pulled a handgun, Blaine and Ellis shot each other. Ellis did not survive his gunshot wound. This is the second time the Blaine case has come to trial. In July 2011, Judge Mark Scott declared a mistrial in Blaine’s case after Scott found defense attorney Herbert Adams Jr. in contempt of court for failing to prepare for trial.

Commissioners still want their own auditors
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com hiring an internal auditor position without also making this move would be that Despite a March veto by we can bring in an internal DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, auditor but this is a billion some county commissioners dollar organization,” May are still trying to find a way said. “You can’t have one to move auditors from the person perform all the auadministration to the board. diting functions necessary Commissioner Lee May to do a good job.” originally proposed movThe move would take ing five auditors from El$74,000 from the finance lis’ control to the Board of department to fund the Commissioners. That plan auditors for the rest of the was vetoed by Ellis. “We year, but Joel Gottlieb, the didn’t have all of our comcounty’s finance director, missioners at the moment said that amount is too high. to override the veto when “The $74,000 is more it was necessary to do so,” than one quarter’s worth of May said. the three auditors,” Gottlieb May’s new plan is to said. transfer three positions The annual salaries for from the finance department three auditors total approxito the Board of Commission mately $167,000, Gottlieb in October. said. One fourth of that The transfer would give amount is $42,000, not the commission time to fill $74,000. its own internal auditor poGottlieb said that years sition, a job the board has ago the board used on-call had on the books for two contractors for its auditing years but has never filled. functions. The auditors per“My only concern with formed audits “on a specialized basis rather than have somebody with the skill set on board as an employee.” When vetoing the board’s first plan, Ellis said he supports an internal auditor position, but not “the establishment of an auditing division, department, or multiple auditors within the department of the Board of Commissioners.” Ellis said he also does not support transferring auditors from the finance department staff to the BOC. The measure is expected to come up for a vote in June. STONE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE CITY-WIDE YARD SALE 922 Main St. behind Gazebo Saturday, May 26 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Setup begins 7:30 a.m. on day of sale For info call City Hall 770-498-8984

DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION BUDGET HEARINGS FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2013
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TIME

6:00 p.m.

J. David Williamson Board Room Administrative & Instructional Complex 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083

LOCATION

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

TIME

6:00 p.m.

J. David Williamson Board Room Administrative & Instructional Complex 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083

LOCATION

Citizens interested in reviewing a detailed copy of the program based budget may do so beginning Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by visiting the DeKalb County School District website at www.dekalb.k12.ga.us.
FOR INFORMATION, CALL THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AT 678-676-0069.

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Solicitor General:
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com “Everyone is entitled to a certain type of care.” That’s what DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston told a group of seniors at the DeKalb/Atlanta Senior Center during an event designed to

Most elder abuse cases unreported

educate seniors about elder abuse. “Elder abuse can occur anywhere,” Boston said. “It can be in your home. It can be in your family member’s home. It can be in a nursing home. It can be here.” Boston said elder abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial. If a caregiver “is not giving you or your friends enough food or they don’t give you a warm place to stay or they’re not adequately bathing or taking [you] to the restroom, those are all signs of neglect, which is also abuse,” Boston told seniors. Frequent unexplained injuries, bruises, bed sores and fear of a caregiver or family member are all signs that a senior is being abused, Boston said. Elders can be abused financially when a caregiver takes money or checks without permission, Boston said. “If you start to lose touch with your friend…that you see all the time, [or if] all of a sudden their caregiver or family member won’t let them come to the senior center, won’t let them come to the church, and keeps them isolated, that may be [caregiver’s] way of trying to prevent that person from telling someone,” Boston said. Boston said seniors can protect themselves by making sure their legal and financial affairs are in order. Seniors should designate

someone trustworthy to be in charge of their finances when they are unable to manage their own money, Boston said. “And keep in touch with your family and friends,” Boston said. “Keep coming to the [senior] center so that people know if you need anything. You are here to look out for one another. “We’re here to hold [caretakers] accountable and also give you the tools to help one another out,” Boston said. Boston said 500,000 cases of elder abuse are reported annually in the nation. Of the 13,000 total cases her office handles annually, only 55 were elder abuse cases in 2011. “We’re pretty sure there’s a lot more cases than that,” Boston said. “We know that millions go unreported [nationwide].” In DeKalb, there are “hundreds and hundreds of cases that go unreported,” Boston said. “We see so many cases of elder and adult abuse across the nation,” said District Attorney Robert James. “There are individuals who actively prey on our most vulnerable citizens. It is our jobs as first responders and law enforcement agencies to come together to report and prosecute these criminal acts in our communities.” On May 22, several DeKalb and city of Decatur public safety officials joined the Vulnerable Adults Living At Risk Invisibly (VALARI) disciplinary team to sign a resolution to ensure the future safety of seniors in DeKalb County. VALARI, established April 2008, examines cases of physical and sexual abuse, financial exploitation and nonself neglect crimes committed against elders and adults. The organization acts as a catalyst for local law enforcement agencies, first responders, government agencies and medical entities to safeguard elder and adults. “Our goal is to create a safe environment for all to enjoy in DeKalb,” added James. “This resolution is one more step in the right direction for ensuring the well-being of our seniors and adults.”

DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston educates seniors at the DeKalb/Atlanta Senior Center about elder abuse during a bingo event she sponsored. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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Photos By Daniel Beauregard

East Atlanta
Beer FeST
Thousands of people attended the ninth annual East Atlanta Beer Festival at Brownwood Park on May 19. Attendees sampled the selection of more than 175 craft beers from around the world, live music, and food from local restaurants such as The Graveyard and The Glenwood. Part of the proceeds from the festival went to the East Atlanta Foundation, which supports a variety of local organizations and initiatives such as the Wesley Woods Senior Living Center, East Atlanta Community Association and the SOPO Bicycle Co Op. Last year, approximately 4,000 people attended the festival. Upon leaving the festival each attendee was given a commemorative East Atlanta Beer Festival pint glass.

DeKalb County Wants to Hear From You Regarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal with Comcast Cable Communications
Send your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcast’s current performance under the current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests of your community to www.dekalbcountyga.gov.

The Champion Weather
Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 87 Low: 67

May 24, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
May 24, 1894 - Six inches of snow blanketed Kentucky. Just four days earlier as much as 10 inches of snow had fallen across Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Six days earlier, a violent storm wrecked nine ships on Lake Michigan. May 25, 1955 - Two tornadoes struck the town of Blackwell, Okla. within a few minutes time during the late evening. The tornadoes killed 18 people and injured more than 500 others. Early the next morning, a tornado virtually obliterated the small community of Udall, Kan. Dunwoody 85/66 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 86/67 86/67 86/67 Snellville Decatur 87/67 Atlanta 87/67 87/67 Lithonia College Park 88/67 88/67 Morrow 88/67 Union City 88/67 Hampton 89/68

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 87º, humidity of 42%. South wind 5 mph. The record high temperature for today is 95º set in 1996. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with an overnight low of 67º.

FRIDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 90 Low: 70

*Last Week’s Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 79 60 80/59 0.00" Wednesday 83 61 80/60 0.00" Thursday 84 59 80/60 0.01" Friday 80 62 80/60 0.00" Saturday 83 58 81/60 0.00" Sunday 84 59 81/61 0.04" Monday 85 63 81/61 0.14" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.19" Average temp . .71.4 Normal rainfall . .0.91" Average normal 70.3 Departure . . . . .-0.72" Departure . . . . .+1.1
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

SATURDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 91 Low: 72

SUNDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 89 Low: 72

MONDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 88 Low: 69

TUESDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 85 Low: 64 First 5/28

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 6:30 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 6:29 a.m. 6:29 a.m. 6:29 a.m. 6:28 a.m. 6:28 a.m. Sunset 8:38 p.m. 8:39 p.m. 8:40 p.m. 8:40 p.m. 8:41 p.m. 8:42 p.m. 8:42 p.m. Moonrise 9:28 a.m. 10:25 a.m. 11:23 a.m. 12:23 p.m. 1:24 p.m. 2:26 p.m. 3:31 p.m. Moonset 11:41 p.m. Next Day 12:19 a.m. 12:55 a.m. 1:30 a.m. 2:03 a.m. 2:38 a.m. Last 6/11

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 6:19 a.m. 8:22 p.m. 7:34 a.m. 10:09 p.m. 1:57 p.m. 2:48 a.m. 6:08 a.m. 7:55 p.m. 5:12 p.m. 4:44 a.m. 3:48 a.m. 4:04 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Sunny High: 86 Low: 62 Full 6/4

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National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 91º in East St. Louis, Ill. The Southeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 93º in Crestview, Fla. The Northwest will see partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered showers today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 71º in Pasco, Wash. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 101º in Artesia, N.M.

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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Venus Takes the Plunge
Venus is making its plunge towards the sun as it heads for a near sundown transit across Sol’s disk on June 5. Transits happen when a smaller object like Venus passes in front of a much larger object like the sun. The story leading up to June 5 began when Venus became visible in the western sky late in November of last year. Since December 2011, the Goddess of Love has ranked supreme in the west, tangling with Jupiter in mid-March and reaching its greatest elongation east of the sun on March 27. Since that time, Venus has edged ever closer to the sun, picking up speed as it has approached the Earth. There is nothing strange about what has been happening. It is just a natural consequence of Venus and the Earth circuiting the sun. Venus takes only 225 days to Earth’s year for one orbit. So as we watch Venus from Earth, sometimes we see the planet to the sun’s right and at other times, like now, it is to the sun’s left, what astronomers call an eastern elongation. But soon Venus will move between the Earth and the sun. Almost always the angular tilt of Venus’ orbit to the Earth’s orbit causes it to pass either above or below the sun’s disk. This time around, however, Venus crosses Earth’s orbit while exactly in front of the sun, resulting in a transit. Observers with the proper filtration will get to see a black dot, Venus, moving across the sun’s face. See the May StarWatch articles online at www.astronomy.org. A similar event happened on June 8, 2004. Before that it was 1882, and in the future, this event will not take place again until December 11, 2117. For now, however, sit back and watch as the angular distance between Venus and the sun rapidly contracts. On May 20, Venus is 23 degrees from the sun. By the following week Venus’ distance narrows to 14 degrees. On June 1, Venus is lost in the sun’s glare, ready to transit just four days later.www.astronomy.org

The Champion Free Press, Friday, May 25, 2012

Health

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CDC: Young adults ignoring skin-cancer warnings
by Mike Stobbe ATLANTA (AP) The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don’t seem to be getting through. Half of U.S. adults younger than 30 say they have had a sunburn at least once in the previous year—about the same as a decade ago, according to a government survey released May 10. In fact, the modest progress reported five years ago has been wiped out. Not only that, but women in their 20s are going to tanning salons almost twice a month on average. “I don’t know that we’re making any headway,” said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, the American Cancer Society’s deputy chief medical officer. Experts say that even one blistering burn can double the risk of developing melanoma, an often lethal form of skin cancer. The study was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was based on a 2010 survey of about 5,000 U.S. adults ages 18 to 29. The share of those who said they had a sunburn in the preceding year dropped from about 51 percent in 2000 to 45 percent in 2005, then went back up to 50 percent in 2010. Researchers don’t know for sure why the sunburn rate picked up again, said Dr. Marcus Plescia, director of the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. The CDC found that more than one-third of those surveyed said they use sunscreen when they are out in the sun—a modest increase from 2005. But some experts said the increasing rate of sunburns suggests many people are not putting on enough sunscreen or are not re-applying it adequately. Also on May10, the CDC released a survey on the use of tanning beds, booths or sun lamps, and Lichtenfeld said of the findings: “I am astounded.” While about 6 percent of adults of all ages said they had done indoor tanning in the previous year, the rates were much, much higher among young White women: about 32 percent among those ages 18 to 21. Also, women in their 20s said they tanned indoors more than 20 times in the previous year, on average. A similar survey in 2005 found about 27 percent of young women said they had done indoor tanning. Several experts said there is no longer significant scientific debate that indoor tanning causes cancer. In 2009, tanning devices were classified as carcinogenic by the World Health Organization, which analyzed 20 studies and found the risk of melanoma rose 75 percent in people who started indoor tanning before age 30. “It’s not a question of whether tanning beds cause cancer anymore. We’ve been able to prove that,” said Dr. Jerry Brewer, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist and researcher. But Joseph Levy, executive director of International Smart Tan Network, representing the tanning salon industry, said the WHO finding was based on old and flawed studies. He also noted the risk of melanoma is very small. “Saying categorically that (ultraviolet light) exposure is harmful and should be avoided is like saying that water causes drowning, and therefore we should avoid water. It’s a totally misleading oversimplification,” Levy said in an email. Indoor tanning took off about 30 years ago. There are nearly 22,000 salons across the United States, serving an estimated 28 million customers, according to IBISWorld, an industry research firm. Melanoma has also been increasing for at least three decades. Among Whites, who have the highest incidence of the disease, the rate climbed from around 10 cases per 100,000 people in 1975 to more than 24 per 100,000 in 2009. About 76,000 melanoma cases will be diagnosed in U.S. adults this year, and about 9,200 people are expected to die of the disease, according to the cancer society. The rates for other skin cancers have been rising as well. The CDC’s Plescia said tanning beds are driving “an epidemic in the making.” Others shared that concern. “It’s the sunburn you got when you were 18 that leads to the cancer you get when you’re 40. That sunburn will come back to haunt you,” warned Dr. Zoe Draelos, vice president of the American Academy of Dermatology. Clearly, many people have recognized the risks of tanning. Witness the public revulsion last month over the case of a deeply bronzed New Jersey woman arrested for allegedly taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth. Police said the kindergartner suffered a burn. (The mother denied taking her into the booth and said the girl got sunburned outdoors.) To be safe, experts say to avoid direct sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or cover your body. And sunscreen needs to be applied often. But who listens? Danielle Itgen, 22, said skin cancer runs in her family but she still likes to sunbathe in the summer—while wearing sunscreen. “I feel like when I’m really pale, I look sick,” she said during a visit to Miami Beach, Fla. Elizabeth Garrido, 40, used to sunbathe every day when she was younger and still goes to the beach twice a week to soak up the rays. Does she worry about skin cancer? “Not at all,” the Miami Beach resident said. “What’s going to happen is going to happen. Besides, I like the beach. It’s therapeutical.” Associated Press writer Suzette Laboy in Miami contributed to this report.

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Caring for problem skin
According to the National Institutes of Health, skin is the largest organ of your body. Skin can be a very delicate thing, and as the outermost layer, it needs to be cared for to look and feel its best. Unfortunately, for those who suffer from highly prevalent skin conditions, such as eczema, caring for and maintaining skin can be a daily challenge. What is eczema? Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin and visible skin rash. More than 35 million Americans, both children and adults, suffer from eczema. The prevalence of eczema has increased nearly 400 percent during the past 30 years and is projected to continue to increase due to environmental and other factors such as stress, according to the National Eczema Association. In a healthy state, the external layer of skin acts as a protective barrier. For eczema sufferers, the skin has a deficiency in the external layer that allows the moisture to escape and causes chronic dryness. When skin is dry and unprotected, irritants can reach the sensitive layers below and cause uncomfortable itch flareups. Common triggers There are a number of things that can trigger an eczema flare-up: • Irritants such as synthetic fibers, detergents, perfumes, rough or poor fitting clothing, dust or sand. • Environmental factors such as hot or cold temperatures, humidity, or dry air. • Emotional factors such as anxiety or stress. Tips for managing eczema The National Eczema Association says that daily skin care is essential to help manage eczema. • When bathing, wash in warm water for five to 10 minutes. • Use a non-irritating and fragrancefree wash. Do not scrub skin harshly. • Moisturize within three minutes after every shower. It helps lock in skin’s natural moisture to help prevent eczema-related dryness. • In addition to your daily skincare routine, try applying a cold compress to soothe your skin. When choosing skincare products, look for gentle, fragrance-free washes and moisturizers, such as Neosporin Essentials products, a line of skincare products that includes a daily body wash, daily moisturizing cream and anti-itch cream specifically designed for people with eczema. Each product has a unique Relipid formula, which contains a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend to help retain the moisture essential for healthy-looking skin. Plus, the daily moisturizing cream contains colloidal oatmeal and was clinically shown to restore visibly healthier skin in three days. Use all products as directed. Eczema can be stressful and make daily living challenging and uncomfortable. With diligent skin care and good habits, you can help maintain healthy skin and effectively manage symptoms when they do flare up. To get more information on living with eczema, daily management tips and money-saving coupons, go to www.neosporinessentials.com. (Family Features)

MeMorial Day weekenD
by Kathy Mitchell Kathy@dekalbchamp.com

The Champion Free Press, Friday, May 25 , 2012

Local News

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—A time for remembrance and merriment

or 144 years America has paused on a day in May to honor those who gave their lives in service to their country. In 1971, Congress fixed Memorial Day as the last Monday in May, creating a three-day weekend for most working Americans. Many use the time off as an unofficial start of summer with outdoor fun. In DeKalb County and nearby areas, there are opportunities to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 28, both as commemoration of lives lost in military service and as a time of fun and fellowship with family and friends. Here is a sampling:

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of performers for both adults and children. Family events are on Sunday. There will be events at the Decatur Library, on the Courthouse Square and in the MARTA Plaza. New Dance Festival – The Beacon Dance Company will perform at the Beacon Hill Arts Center, 410 W. Trinity Place on May 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. The program features the newest works by a roster of cutting-edge artists. Afterwards, patrons can share their thoughts and opinions with the artists during a special post-performance reception each night. For more information and a program guide, visit www.decaturartsfestival.com or call (404) 371-9583. Just a short drive from DeKalb

Decatur Arts Festival A popular way to spend the Memorial Day weekend in the metro Atlanta area is the Decatur Arts Festival, now in its 24th year. At this year’s festival, May 26-28, there will be more than 160 artists from around the nation selling paintings, jewelry and more. This interactive arts extravaganza, presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance, includes art and artists from all disciplines and features hands-on participatory art as well as demonstrating and performing arts at venues throughout Decatur. All events are free. Among the events at the Decatur Arts Festival are: ArtWalk – Held on Friday, May 25, 5-10 p.m., the Decatur ArtWalk gives attendees the opportunity to visit local businesses and galleries that have invited an artist to be present or a collection of art on display. Many offer complimentary food and beverages. Music will be playing from the community bandstand on the square. Artists Market – On Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., artists will have tents set up to display and sell their works on the square in downtown Decatur. This highly competitive, juried show offers talent from all over the county. Performing Arts Stage – ConunDrums, an allwomen drumming group; The Bitteroots, a Decaturbased rock band; the Bonaventure Quartet, which has grown to a double quartet; and Larry Griffith Band, a fixture in the local blues circuit, are among the groups festival goers can hear from mid-day through the afternoon on Saturday, May 26. Kids Arts Festival – The Decatur Kids Arts Festival returns Saturday, May 26, to the front lawn of the Decatur First Baptist Church, 308 Clairemont Ave. Children up to 13 years old can participate in activities that include arts and crafts, a rock wall, inflatables, balloon designs, music and more. In true Decatur tradition, the day starts with a Wacky Parade. Lineup begins at 9:40 a.m. at Commerce Drive and Church Street. Participants can decorate strollers, wagons, bikes and the family. Activities continue through 2 p.m. Fine Arts Exhibition – The annual juried Fine Arts Exhibition, which previewed recently, will be open through June 2. The exhibition features works from more than 60 artists and is held at Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery, 141 E. College Ave. in Decatur, within walking distance from the weekend festival. It will be open May 25, 2 – 10 p.m. and May 26 and 27, noon – 6 p.m. Theater and Literary Arts Festival – Through May 28 the Theater and Literary Arts Festival includes short plays, improvisational comedy, poetry, storytelling, author readings and more. Events are held throughout the week in conjunction with the Georgia Center for the Book. The Theater and Literary Arts tent on the Old Courthouse lawn will be open all day Saturday and Sunday with a full line-up

Atlanta History Center Veterans Remembrance Day The Atlanta History Center invites visitors to meet veterans and hear their stories of wartime through personal accounts and memorabilia on Sunday, May 27, noon – 5 p.m. Living history interpreters represent soldiers of previous wars, including World War I and the Civil War, by showing authentic dress, equipment and vehicles. This program is free to members and is included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers. The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW, Atlanta. For more information, call (404) 814-4000. Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park This annual threeday festival, held this year in Piedmont Park, is regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals. The event features world renowned jazz artists in a multi-cultural celebration. No outside food allowed, but there will be many vendors onsite. Among the jazz greats who will be performing are Roy Ayers, Cyrus Chestnut, Kathleen Bertrand, Ojeda Penn and Johnny O’Neal as well as saxophonist Grace Kelly and the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra. A dozen middle and high school jazz bands competed on April 28 to win a spot at this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival. “We had only planned to award three spots, but the students were so good, we decided to create another slot and this year we have four winners,” said Camille Russell Love, director of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We know you’ll be surprised at their skills when you hear them in historic Piedmont Park this Memorial Day weekend.” Here are the winners and the times and dates they’ll be performing in Piedmont Park: First place: Benjamin E. Mays Jazz Orchestra Monday, May 28, 1 p.m. Second place: Woodland High School Jazz Band - Sunday, May 27, 1 p.m. Third place: DeKalb’s Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Big Band - Monday, May 28, 12:30 p.m. Fourth place: J.C. Young Middle School Jazz Ensemble - Sunday, May 27, 12:30 p.m. Memorial Day Hike at Panola Mountain Staff at Panola Mountain State Park invite area residents to work up an appetite before their holiday cookout by joining a ranger for a three-mile hike to the top of Panola Mountain on Monday, May 28, at 10 a.m. Hikers will experience views of Atlanta and Stone Mountain. The cost is $7, plus $5 for parking. For more information, call (770) 389-7801.

Stone Mountain Park celebration In what it bills as “Atlanta’s largest Memorial Day weekend celebration,” Stone Mountain Park will honor America’s troops and their families in a three-day celebration of American spirit on the park’s Memorial Lawn. The park will salute America’s troops during a laser show with a special extended fireworks finale. “Marvel as the skies above light up in a specially choreographed musical tribute honoring the brave men and women who protect our country,” the announcement states. The special fireworks display can be seen Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend after the laser show. In addition to the park’s other attractions, there will be the all-new Geyser Towers. Park officials say it’s the “first and only adventure of its kind featuring multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connected to towering platforms that overlook a gushing geyser.” Free passes are available to active and retired military personnel with valid ID along with other special offers, including discounts on food and merchandise throughout the weekend. Elks Lodge annual Memorial Day Flag retirement ceremony The Atlanta-Northlake Elks Lodge 78 likes to remind the public each year of the proper way to dispose of a U.S. flag. The Federal Citizen Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration, states, “When a flag is so worn out that it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.” For the sixth year, the Legionnaires and Eagles will hold their annual flag retirement ceremony. The event will be held at the Elk Lodge headquarters, 1775 Montreal Road in Tucker, May 26, starting at 10 a.m. It is designed to demonstrate the proper method of disposing of worn American flags and provide area residents a way to dispose of their tattered or torn flags. The public is invited and encouraged to bring their worn American flags for disposal at the ceremony. Lunch will be provided free to those wearing a military uniform or who show military ID. The meal is available to others at a break-even price. The group also is sponsoring an eight-ball singles pool tournament on its newly refurbished tables at 1 p.m. Half the proceeds will go to Elks charities. For more information, call (770) 908-0835.

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Education
and show a lot of potential,” Stewart said. Born and raised in East Atlanta, Stewart also volunteers with JUSTGeorgia, a program that works with children in foster care or those who have been detained in juvenile detention facilities. “Don’t try and replicate what you’ve seen someone else do— everybody is different and that’s what they look for; that’s what is going to set you apart from everybody else,” Stewart said. Dunwoody High School graduate Bryce Rowan echoed Stewart and said he thinks what set him apart from the thousands of other scholarship applicants is the amount of time he spends giving back to the community. Rowan writes poetry in his spare time and tutors other students in the community. He will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall to study biology or public health, and then hopes to attend medical school. “Make sure you know who you are and make sure you get that out there. It’s important for you to be true to yourself and you know what your passions are,” Rowan said. Redan High School graduates Brian Motley and Tshim Tshimanga both like playing basketball and video games in their spare time. Motley thinks he was chosen to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship because he makes good grades, performs a lot

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Gates scholarship awarded to 14 DeKalb students
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Tran said, “That was my happiest day ever. I remember my mom worked every day and that was the Thuy Hang Tran, who only day she ever took off work. graduated from Cross Keys High Coming to America wasn’t what I School, is originally from a small expected—I thought the American Vietnamese village and moved to dream was going to be handed to metro Atlanta when she was in third me—but I learned as I grew up that grade. Tran said when she enrolled I had to work really hard.” in school she barely spoke English. This year, Tran had the highest “I came from the countryside and SAT score at Cross Keys. She will we would farm rice,” Tran said. “I be attending The University of the didn’t even know what a lead pencil South in the fall. She plans to study was and I had never even seen international relations because one notebook paper.” of her interests is improving poverty She is one of 14 Gate Scholars in Third World countries. this year from DeKalb County. “Any time in your life if there Each year the Bill and Melinda are obstacles, take that as an Gates Foundation gives 1,000 good- opportunity to succeed. See it as through-graduation scholarships to something to overcome and benefit students to use at the college of their you in the future,” Tran said. choice, and this year 14 DeKalb In the fall, McNair High County students received it. School graduate Stanley Stewart, The goal of the Gates another scholarship winner, will be Millennium Scholarship is to attending Brown University and promote academic excellence and double majoring in international an opportunity for outstanding relations and public policy. minority students with significant Stewart said he thinks he financial needs to reach their was selected for the scholarship potential. because the Gates Foundation is Tran said her difficulty with looking for more than just students English and being in a new place with good grades. Stewart is a only served as motivation and teen staff member at VOX Teen by the end of fifth grade she was Communications, a nonprofit moved out of the English as a organization that produces a Second Language (ESL) class. Later newspaper for teens, created by that year she was chosen as one teens, which is published five times of five students with outstanding a year and has a readership of academics in DeKalb County. approximately 90,000. Referring to the outstanding “I think the Gates Foundation academics recognition ceremony looks for students who are leaders of service work and is active in his school’s JROTC program. Motley will attend Michigan State University and wants to study psychology and criminal justice because of his interest in law enforcement and his time spent in JROTC. Tshimanga starts at Georgia Tech this summer and hopes to continue following his fascination of physics. “One thing that I like about physics is that Albert Einstein was a physicist and he came up with a lot of things that went over people’s heads,” Tshimanga said. “I’m not anybody special I; just do the best I can wherever I’m at. My parents were born in Congo but I was born here in the U.S. and I’m from DeKalb County.” The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship has funded more than 16,000 Gates Millennium Scholars since its inception. Other 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars from DeKalb County are Destiny Andrews, Sydney Caldwell and Nicole Hardy from DeKalb School of the Arts; Anastasia Carter and Joe Lindsey from Arabia Mountain High School; Jasmine Davis and Henderson Johnson from Chamblee High School; and Maya Williams from Southwest DeKalb High School.

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Agnes Scott faculty and staff volunteering at the Decatur Cemetery for the college’s 10th annual Community Day. Photos provided

Agnes Scott staff gives back to community
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Karen Gilbert, director of human resources at Agnes Scott College, said the college used to have a staff day each year, where employees were rewarded with a trip to Six Flags or an Atlanta Braves game. As the economy began to slow down, Gilbert said, the college began to look for other inexpensive ways to celebrate teacher appreciation at school and decided to reward staff with a day off, and help the community at the same time. “During our first year we called it Volunteer Service Day and we organized a number of community volunteer projects,” Gilbert said. The first community day was 10 years ago and has since grown into a day where hundreds of volunteers—both Agnes Scott staff and community members—lend their services at locations throughout Decatur. “When we first started this we talked with officials from the city of Decatur and they helped hook us up with a bunch of places that are always looking for volunteers,” Gilbert said. This year the college sent volunteers to the Decatur Cemetery, Global Village School, Sunrise Assisted Living Center, Lifeline Animal Project, Medshare and Trees Atlanta for community day May 17. At the Sunrise Assisted Living Center, volunteers visited with residents and participated in singing, playing music and making arts and crafts. Other volunteers worked with Trees Atlanta watering and mulching the trees along Howard Street in downtown Decatur. “We have certain projects that we do every year like the Atlanta Community Food Bank, PAWS Atlanta and the Lifeline Animal Project. “There are two reasons why I like [community day]; I think it’s important for us as a college to give back to our community and I like to get to know other staff members and faculty,” Hughes said. Hughes has also been a part of community day since it started, and said that last year the college donated several hundred pounds of food for the Atlanta Food Bank and hoped to collect more this year. Once all the donations were in, Hughes sorted and delivered them to different organizations. Hughes’ most memorable community day moment was two years ago where she went to Our House, a school in Decatur for children whose parents are homeless. “My role was to go and read to the children and I was so surprised at how excited the children were—I just had a really fabulous day and in the end I think the kids influenced me more than I influenced them,” Hughes said. Gilbert said community day is important because Agnes Scott has such a strong culture of service. She said the events of the day also fit well with the college’s motto, which is educating women “to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.” “Certainly giving back to the community is a social challenge and people here have a really giving spirit and a kind heart,” Gilbert said.

Joeleen Akin, director of athletics at Agnes Scott, walks a dog while volunteering for the Lifeline Animal Project.


‘We have certain projects that we do every year like the Decatur Cemetery—over the winter things get overgrown and we trim away plants while someone does a little historical tour.’
- Karen Gilbert

Agnes Scott staff David Williams and Ginger Massey volunteer at Sugar Creek garden on community day.

DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TEACHERS’ LOCAL SALARY SUPPLEMENTS
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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6:00 p.m.

J. David Williamson Board Room Administrative & Instructional Complex 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083

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Decatur Cemetery—over the winter things get overgrown and we trim away plants while someone does a little historical tour,” Gilbert said, pointing out the founder of Agnes Scott, George Washington Scott, is buried at the cemetery. Jenny Hughes, a professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department, collected donations from staff and community members for the

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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6:00 p.m.

J. David Williamson Board Room Administrative & Instructional Complex 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083

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The proposed fiscal year 2012-2013 budget includes a reduction in work calendar days to the current teachers’ salary schedule. This will result in a reduction to the local portion of the salary schedule for all teachers. This hearing is being held as required by GA Code 20-2-212 to allow for public input regarding this matter.

The Champion Free Press, Friday, May 25, 2012

Business

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DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson reminds Local to Global participants that they’re at Georgia’s second largest airport, DeKalb Peachtree.

Local to Global session focuses on what DeKalb has to offer the world
by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com The choice of location highlighted one of the assets that county officials were seeking to spotlight at the first of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce’s Local to Global sessions for businesses around the world. The May 17 meeting was at DeKalb Peachtree Airport and focused on the county’s infrastructure, and technological, financial and educational assets. “We are a transportation hub,” noted DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson. “DeKalb Peachtree Airport is the second largest airport in Georgia and we are in easy reach of the largest— Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.” He added that four interstate highways and a large number of major state and federal highways run through the county. The purpose of the DeKalb County Local to Global initiative, according to the chamber, is to invite the international community to do business in DeKalb County and to showcase DeKalb County’s assets. “Businesses here in DeKalb are no longer comlion small businesses in the United States. “If each of those could hire just one more person, we wouldn’t have an unemployment problem in this country.” Leonardo McClarty, president of the chamber, said that economic development is not just about attracting existing businesses to DeKalb; it’s also about starting and developing business in the county. “We define business as anyone who employs people,” he explained “Whether you’re a for-profit, a non-profit or a government entity, we want you to do business in DeKalb.” James Tsismanakis, executive director and CEO of DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau, urged those present to take a “staycation” in DeKalb County and see the area as a visitor would see it. “Many people don’t know what’s in their own hometown,” he said, noting that among popular vacation spots in the Southeast, Stone Mountain Park is second only to Disney World in Florida. Another Local to Global session is planned for the fall.

Many small business owners come to the Local to Global sessions looking for opportunities to do business internationally. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

peting just with businesses in Gwinnett and Cobb counties; we’re competing for business across the globe,” said Johnson, who serves on the National Association of Counties International Committee. Mark Lethbridge, a vice president at engineering firm Arcadis U.S. Inc., noted that his firm, whose parent company is in The Netherlands, often uses local companies to help with specific projects. “We can’t do everything. We do what we do well and reach out to others to help us with things that aren’t our

specialty,” he told the group of approximately 25 local business owners who had come looking for opportunities in international markets. Steve Clermont, director of the Center for Transportation and Environment, took note of the number of “green” initiatives in DeKalb County and said reasons for pursuing alternative fuel sources include energy security. “Right now, America depends on countries that don’t particularly like us for much of its energy. We need to change that,” he said, adding that alternative fuels also

are a way of improving air quality and establishing new economic development opportunities. Jorge Valentin, exportimport specialist with the federal Small Business Administration, noted that local to global also means global to local. “Just as DeKalb companies should prepare to do business with companies all over the world, companies across the globe will be looking for small firms such as those in here in DeKalb County to do business with,” Valentin said. He said there are 27 mil-

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AROUND DEKALB
DECATUR
Library book sale returns The Friends of the Decatur Library’s annual Memorial Day weekend book sale will be Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070. Children’s story events announced The DeKalb History Center has announced storytelling events for children ages 6 – 12 this summer. These will be held 10 - 11 a.m. most Wednesdays at the historic Biffle Cabin, 720 W. Trinity Place, Decatur (behind the Swanton House). The cost is $4 per child for history center members or $6 per child for nonmembers. Reservations are suggested. Call Leslie at (404) 373-1088, ext. 20 or email borger@dekalbhistory. org for reservations or information. Upcoming events are: June 6 - B. J. Abraham’s Bear Stories: History of the First Teddy Bear will include interesting facts about teddy bears, how they are made and where; plus other bear stories, including Polar, The Titanic Bear and The Bear Who Heard Crying. June 13 - Fran Frantz’s Weave a Tale will lead children in weaving with a simple loom while regaling them with local history stories. Church group encourages youth entrepreneurship Young people, ages 1426, can learn about creating and managing a microenterprise during a summer program. IXOYE Global Entrepreneurship Network and Peace Lutheran Church in Decatur are sponsoring the Youth Empowerment Program, a six-week program, which will be conducted Saturdays, June 16-July 21. Participants will be exposed to basic business practices, community leadership skills and how to incorporate spiritual principles into their lives. The church is at 1679 Columbia Drive, Decatur. For more information, contact Emmenette Mason at (404) 248-7798. Book discussion scheduled There will be a discussion of the book One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Gárcia Márquez at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library on Tuesday, May 29, 6 - 8 p.m. Funding for the program is provided by the Friends of the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library. The library is located at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road. For more information, call (404) 286-6980. Jobs bus making three stops DeKalb County’s mobile career center, also known as the jobs bus, will make three stops in Decatur over a three-day span. The mobile unit supports the ONE DeKalb Works initiative by providing work readiness services and putting DeKalb County citizens back to work. The jobs bus provides residents with essential services, including job search assistance, adult workshops and training, resume writing and interviewing tips. Businesses are also able to use the mobile unit for recruiting, pre-employment screenings, interviewing and training. Here are the upcoming dates. May 29: Wesley Chapel Library, 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 30: Department of Family & Children Services, 178 Sams St., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 31: Covington Library, 3500 Covington Highway, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bought a Zoo. The movie starts at dusk and will be shown on a 30-foot screen. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available. The park is at 3037 Pleasant Valley Drive in Doraville. For more information, call Raymond Mosely at (770) 936-3850. planning, civic responsibilities and college planning. The beautillion will be “an evening of elegance, music, and recognition of all the hard work the beaux accomplished throughout the year,” according to an announcement from the fraternity. To purchase tickets or make donations, visit www.dekalbalphas.org.

DUNWOODY
MJCCA announces ‘Flip Flop Day at the J!’ The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) recently announced its second annual Flip Flop Day at the J, June 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event will be held at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. The event is free and open to the public. It will include music, outdoor pools, a splash park, an inflatable bounce house, prizes and giveaways. Lunch will be available for purchase at Goodfriend’s Grill. Gail Luxenberg, CEO of the MJCCA said, “Last year’s event was such a success that we decided to invite the entire community back for our second annual Flip Flop Day at the J. Come wearing your favorite flip flops, bounce, swim, and bring your friends and neighbors to enjoy the fun as well.” For more information, visit atlantajcc.org or call (678) 812-4060. Fraternity to host scholarship fundraiser The Decatur Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will hold its annual “beautillion”—the male counterpart of a cotillion—Saturday, June 2, at the Crown Plaza Atlanta Perimeter in Dunwoody. The event was inaugurated 15 years ago to help male DeKalb County high school seniors aspiring to go to college. In addition to its fundraising, the event offers the DeKalb Alphas, made up of approximately 80 professional men, the opportunity to mentor the young gentlemen in social etiquette, career

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Abrams visits non-profit Rep. Stacey Abrams, minority leader for the Georgia House of Representatives, visited the DeKalb County Community Service Board’s Crossroads Peer Support and Supported Employment program on May 14 in Kirkwood. The top concerns members of the Crossroads Program expressed were employment opportunities and the government’s role in supporting housing, education and health care for those with mental illness. Abrams encouraged the group to “speak up, show up and stand up” by continuing to advocate for their concerns, contact their legislators and vote. Crossroads is a mental health recovery program for DeKalb residents.

Stone Mountain will be held on Saturday, May 26, 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. on the First Baptist Church lawn. Set up begins at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the sale - tables will not be provided. A limited number of 10-foot-by-10foot spaces under the pavilion are available at $20 each on a first come, first served basis or 10-foot-by-10-foot lawn spaces can be rented for $10 each. For more information, contact Susan Coletti at (404) 444-5607 or City Hall at (770) 498-8984. No food vendors, no refunds and no rain date. St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store opens new location A new St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store has opened at Rockmor Plaza, 4871 Memorial Drive, in Stone Mountain. The store moved from the Rockbridge Village shopping plaza on Rockbridge Rd, Stone Mountain. Revenue from the store supports those in need in the local community. A formal grand opening weekend celebration is scheduled for June 15 and includes a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting.

LITHONIA
Library celebrates Chick Lit Month In recognition of International Chick Lit Month, the Stonecrest Library will celebrate the genre of women’s literature, the women who write it and those who read it. The library will host various activities throughout the day, including a women’s literature read-a-thon, viewings of movies adapted from women’s literature titles and prize pack giveaways. The event will be May 26, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Stonecrest Library, at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. For more information, call the library at (770) 482.3828

STONE MOUNTAIN
Library to host book discussion There will be a discussion of the book The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein on Tuesday, May 29, 7 - 8 p.m. Hairston Crossing Library, 4911 Redan Road, Stone Mountain. For more information, call (404) 5087170. City-wide yard sale scheduled A city-wide yard sale sponsored by the city of

DORAVILLE
Movies Under the Stars returns The city’s free outdoor film series returns May 26 at Honeysuckle Park with a showing of the family film We

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Lacrosse: Decatur’s best season ends in state semis
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com Several hundred fans nearly filled the home stands and a large group of students stood throughout the game. The public address announcer called out the names of several alumni in attendance. Decatur’s first appearance in the Class A-AAAA state lacrosse semifinals May 16 was a big deal for the city. And while the Bulldogs lost to Pope 11-6, the performance did not take the luster off this season’s accomplishment. The Bulldogs finished the year 14-6, the most wins in the six-year history of the program. “I feel bad for the seniors, but they can be proud that they were part of the best team we’ve ever had,” Bulldogs’ coach Wes Hatfield said. Decatur is one of six schools in the county that plays lacrosse. Marist and St. Pius have had programs for several years, while Arabia Mountain, Dunwoody and Druid Hills began programs this season. The Bulldogs played a difficult schedule and battled through seven one-goal games, going 3-4 in those contests. Decatur opened the state playoffs with a 9-6 win over Starr’s Mill, and then defeated Chattahoochee 6-5 in overtime in the quarterfinals. Before the championship game, all of Decatur’s losses were by one or two goals. “We’re a young team and we learned a lot,” Hatfield said. “Our run through the playoffs was tough and the whole season was tough. But that was good for us.” Six seniors were on the roster this season, including Kurt Robinson, who scored a goal against Pope. All of Decatur’s other goals in the semifinal were scored by freshmen or sophomores. Sophomore Deangelo Watkins scored two goals, while freshman Lang Rodgers and sophomores Nick Bentley and Jonah Florence

Decatur's Kurt Robinson, right, tries to maneuver past a Pope defender in the Bulldogs' 11-6 loss in the state lacrosse semifinals. A large crowd came out to see the Bulldogs, who finished their best season in program history at 14-6. Photos by Travis Hudgons

each added one. Pope scored seven seconds into the game and Decatur answered less than two minutes later to tie the game 1-1. Pope, however, reeled off seven straight goals to lead 8-1 at halftime. The Greyhounds built an

11-3 lead before the Bulldogs scored the final three goals of the game. Junior goalie Ben Rigger, one of the Bulldogs’ captains, battled the sun through the first half but made some strong stops in the fourth quarter to allow

Decatur to mount the small rally. “We didn’t play well in the first half, but some of it was [Pope’s] outstanding play,” Hatfield said. “But this is the best we’ve ever done so overall. We grew up a lot.”

Inside Perimeter teams sweep soccer all-star games
Inside the Perimeter (ITP) teams swept the annual DeKalb County Soccer Coaches Association allstar games May 19 at Silverbacks Park. The ITP girls beat the Outside the Perimeter (OTP) team 3-0. Summer Bader of Lakeside, game MVP Claudia Holbrook of Chamblee and Brea Butler of Columbia scored goals for ITP. Lakeside’s Callie Bader, and Chamblee’s Lydia Morrow and Nikki Ruffin each had an assist. Lakeside goalkeeper Ashlee Graham performed well and stopped eight shots. ITP won the boys game 2-0 with goals from Chamblee’s Christian Villalaba and Jose Perez. Luis De Jesus of Cross Keys had an assist. Lakeside’s Austin Smith was named the MVP of the boys’ game.

Oglethorpe wins national golf title
Oglethorpe University on May 18 won its second NCAA Division III men’s golf championship in the past four years. Oglethorpe is the sixth school to win multiple championships in the 37year history of the event. Stormy Petrel freshman Anthony Maccagilia was the tournament’s individual champion with a 6-under-par 282 over four rounds. Teammate Hayden Jones was second at even par. Oglethorpe won the team title by 20 strokes over runnerup Transylvania University (Ky.).

rosters set for county baseball all-star games
Rosters have been finalized for the annual DeKalb County all-star baseball games. The senior all-star game is May 30 and the junior game is May 31. Both games will be played at 5:30 p.m. at Sequoyah Middle School in Doraville. Tickets are $5 for each game. Dunwoody catcher Jared Martin leads the offense for the North seniors. He finished the season hitting .397 with county leading four home runs, 11 doubles and 26 RBIs. The top pitchers for the North include Stone Mountain’s Yannick Williams (4-6, 3.72 ERA) and Tucker’s Demarcus Taylor (4-5, 4.26 ERA), who was the North MVP in the Junior All-Star Classic last year. Miller Grove centerfielder Sean Charleston, who hit .531 with 23 RBIs, 11 doubles and six triples, leads the offense for the South seniors. The pitching staff is led by Lithonia’s Rasean Fulmore, who allowed 34 runs in 58 1/3 innings, and Cedar Grove’s Denzel Washington (4-5, 4.53 ERA).

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Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame awaits Columbia’s McCrary
by Mark Brock Five state championships and 546 coaching victories. On June 9, Columbia head boys’ basketball coach Phil McCrary will add one more accolade to his 25 years at the school as he is inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame. McCrary’s induction class includes girls’ basketball and Atlanta Tipoff Club pioneer Jackie Bradford, Olympic gold medal sprinter Mel Pender, Georgia Tech’s Randy Rhino, the football program’s first three-time first-team All-American, and Emmy winning sports broadcaster Bill Hartman. McCrary began his head coaching tenure at Columbia in 1988 and has had only two losing seasons (1995, 1998). He has won 20 games or more 13 times, including four seasons of 30 or more victories. His teams have won at least 23 games each season since 2004. “I feel very fortunate to have coached such a good group of guys who were not only good athletes, but good students and people as well,” McCrary said. “It’s all about the kids, not the accolades. Seeing that light bulb go on in a kid who recognizes that not only does he have to take care of his body, but also take care of his studies and the victories will take care of themselves is one of the best things that can happen to a coach.” The Hall of Fame nomination came as a complete surprise to McCrary who was told last fall at the DeKalb County Basketball Media Day that he would be in this year’s class. “[Hall of Fame president] Larry Winter came up and told me about it and I really thought it was a big joke,” laughed McCrary. “My wife (Constance) called later and told me what was going on. It is such a great honor to be recognized in this way. It is very humbling.” A Griffin native, McCrary grew up playing football and baseball in high school. In college at Clark Atlanta University, he and his football are the ones who got me to where I am today.” A couple of years putting up with the weather during football season convinced McCrary to move indoors and concentrate on basketball. It took McCrary 18 years to get his first state title—Class AAAA in 2006 with a 78-50 win over Douglas County. His Eagles have been on a roll ever since by winning five state titles in the past seven seasons. He won his 500th game in 2011 and his record stands at 546-185 after a 31-1 season and a third straight Class AAA title in 2012. McCrary saw things coming together with a group of players in 2005 as they went to the Class AAAA quarterfinals where they lost to DeKalb foe Tucker. “That group laid the foundation of this run we’ve been on since that time,” McCrary said. “Winning is an attitude you need to prepare to win by doing things the right way. That group showed those that have come since the way by taking care of their bodies and their books.” McCrary credits his players for most of his success and said he truly loves to see them become successful in whatever they do in life. “We had a talented player who was 6-9 and wanted to be a point guard,” Columbia boys' basketball coach Phil McCrary, who McCrary recalled. “He got into a bit of trouhas won 546 games and five state titles in 25 years, will be inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame ble with me and school, and when he returned on June 9. Photo by Mark Brock he had a new outlook on life. He went on to play college basketball and is now teaching and teammates teamed up on several occasions to coaching. We are in the business of helping kids. beat the varsity basketball team in scrimmages. Seeing him and others go on to success in their A short stint at Walton County as girls’ baslives beyond high school athletics is the satisfacketball coach and assistant football coach led to tion I get from working with them.” a football assistant’s job at his college alma maTwenty-five years at one school does not ter. He ended up at Columbia High School as an happen often these days and McCrary credits assistant football and basketball coach, thanks to those he has worked with over the years for althen-principal Bennie Lowe, where he worked lowing him to stay and be successful. with basketball coach Lynn Ross. “Without the great support of my wife, Con“I got a lot of help along the way from peostance, my family, the players, the teachers and ple like Bennie Lowe, Lynn Ross, Travis Grant administrators at Columbia and the great folks in and Mike Hall among others to help me develop our central athletics office, I could not have gotmy basketball philosophy,” McCrary said. “They ten to where I am today,” McCrary said.

County teams ousted in state playoffs
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com Two-time defending state baseball champion Marist won’t be adding this year to its state record of 12 titles. The War Eagles, with only one starter with varsity experience this year after 15 seniors from the Class of 2011 graduated, were eliminated in the Class AAAA state semifinals by Greenbrier, 7-2 and 5-3. Marist scored two runs in the top of the first inning in Game 1, but Greenbrier answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Marist managed only two hits the rest of the way. Greenbrier broke open the game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 6-2 lead. Greenbrier broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh inning in Game 2. Trailing 3-2, Anthony Sherlag doubled to score Griffin Davis to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Starting pitcher Sean Guenther pitched five innings, and was relieved by Chad Follis. Greenbrier’s Jordan Hunt, who has signed a scholarship with Georgia Tech, drove in the winning run off Follis in the seventh. Hunt also was the winning pitcher in the first game. All four DeKalb teams remaining in the state soccer playoffs were eliminated in the semifinals. In Class A, the Paideia boys were eliminated by Atlanta International 4-3 (5-4 on penalty kicks). The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation after Paideia scored on a late penalty kick. Paideia’s Alex Kirsch scored with 10 seconds remaining in the second overtime to tie the score 3-3 and force the penalty kick round. The defending state champion St. Pius boys were eliminated with a 2-1 loss to Gainesville in Class AAA and Marist lost to Lambert 2-0 in Class AAAA. The Marist girls were defeated by McIntosh.

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
Deangelo Watkins, Decatur (lacrosse): The sophomore scored two goals in the Bulldogs’ 11-6 loss to Pope in the semifinals of the Class A-AAAA state tournament. Watkins helped the Bulldogs complete their best lacrosse season in program history and finish 14-6.

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Claudia Holbrook, Chamblee (soccer): The senior scored a goal and was named Most Valuable Player in the annual DeKalb allstar girls’ soccer game. Holbrook helped the Inside the Perimeter (ITP) team defeat the Outside the Perimeter (OTP) team 3-0.

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New coaches lead spring football scrimmages
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com ive new football coaches made their debuts at spring practice, which culminated with spring games on May 18. Tucker’s Bryan Lamar is the most recent hire. Lamar, who was the defensive coordinator on the Tigers’ 2008 Class AAAA state championship team, replaced Franklin Stephens who took the head coaching job at Lamar County. Camden County assistant coach Bryan Love was Tucker’s first choice, but Love did not accept the offer. Lamar spent last season as head basketball coach and assistant football coach at Stockbridge High School in Henry County. Other new coaches in the county are Mike Rozier at Lakeside, Brad Waggoner at Decatur, Marcus Johnson at Chamblee and Terrance Amos at Redan. Rozier was 51-67 in 12 seasons at Henry County and Waggoner was 18-13 in three seasons at Chattooga. He also was a high school head coach in Alabama. Lamar, Johnson and Amos are entering their first season as a head coach. Lamar takes over a Tucker team that was 64-6 with two state titles (2008 and 2011) in six seasons under Stephens. Tucker fans at the spring game got a chance to see the return of seniors Yusuf Minor and Dallas Rivers, who combined to account for 32 rushing touchdowns last season. Rivers led the Tigers with 18 scores. Minor scored 14 touchdowns and rushed for a team-leading 945 yards in 2011. Quarterback Juwaan Williams, who showcased his passing ability at the spring scrimmage, threw for 557 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions last season. Williams also ran for 617 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2011. Columbia went through spring practice without a head coach. The Eagles have not hired a replacement for Mario Allen, who took the head football job at Rockdale County but was later released amid recruiting allegations.

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New Tucker football coach Bryan Lamar, top photo, instructs his players during the team’s annual spring scrimmage May 19 at Fitzgerald Field. Some of the players to watch for in the 2012 season are Kirk Tucker (12) and quarterback Juwaan Williams (1). Photos by Travis Hudgons

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