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Little Free Libraries catching on
by Robert Naddra



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The concept is simple. Take a book or leave a book and build community involvement in the process. magine building “It’s really about building coma dollhouse-like munity at the local level and supstructure, sitting porting literacy action,” Laufer said. it atop a post and “Since I put it up I’ve had people putting it in the ground in front stopping by and chatting. It’s a way of a home or a park. Then fill it to get to know your neighbors.” with books and watch what hapIt is free to put up an LFL, but pens. for $75 an LFL steward gets his or David Laufer did just that her library on the map and is providin April in front of his Druid ed a plaque to put on the structure. Hills home. Since that time “It’s so free of rules, it’s reLaufer has met people he would ally refreshing,” Laufer said. “The not have met and gets recogoriginators are more interested in the nized on the street. movement than the money.” Laufer put up the first Little Laufer has dedicated his LFL to Free Library (LFL) in Georgia his late father Anson. and the grassroots concept is “My dad read to me when I was catching on like wildfire. The a kid,” Laufer said. “He was a lover LFL movement began in Wisof adventure books so it seemed like consin two years ago and there the logical thing to do, to dedicate the LFL to him.” are an estimated 3,000 units in Decatur Book Festival executive the United States. The LFL has (www.littledirector Daren Wang heard about its own website ( Laufer’s library and came up with where visitors a way to get the festival involved. can learn more about the moveWang had local craftsman Michael ment and view a map to deterMontgomery build 13 libraries. mine the closest library. Wang has commissioned 12 to be There are at least seven in decorated by local illustrators and DeKalb County, most of which artists and auctioned at the festival are in the Decatur, Druid Hills later this summer. Montgomery also and east Atlanta area. will decorate one. “This seems like such a perfect fit for Decatur in general,” Wang said. “I thought we should be taking advantage of this one way or another. The whole [LFL] project has just gone through the roof. This will be an exciting part of the festival.” Those doing the decorating include local children’s book author/ illustrators James Dean and Elizabeth Dulemba, and artist Ruth Franklin. Dean’s latest book Pete the Cat recently topped the New York Times best sellers list, Wang said. “I suspect some of those will not be public. A James Dean [LFL] may go for a couple thousand dollars so Because may her news updates put them Because she gets her news updates online from the The Champion. people she gets not want toonline from the The Champion. up,” Wang Because she gets her news updates online from the The Champion. And you said.too!catchingus. in can The idea also is Follow on the East Lake area where four LFLs From left, Muffie Michaelson, Dr. Robin Dretler, Alexandra Dretler, Geraldine Adamich Laufer and Vincent Laufer gather around David Laufer’s Little Free



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Dunwoody attorney agrees to severance rather than being fired
by Daniel Beauregard The Dunwoody City Council voted May 29 to approve a settlement agreement rather than fire City Attorney Brian Anderson for allegedly leaking details from an executive session to the media. Anderson, who was on paid suspension pending the outcome of the city council decision, will receive a severance package of two months’ salary and benefits, which total approximately $29,000. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the agreement with Anderson. Councilman Denis “Denny” Shortal voted against the agreement because he thought Anderson’s severance package was too much. The agreement states Anderson cannot seek further damages from the city. The city council tabled a vote to fire Anderson in May because several members said they wanted to see the results of an investigation performed by law firm Wilson, Morton and Downs. Earlier in the year, the city hired the law firm to investigate the alleged leaks and the firm released a 40-page report May 21 detailing its findings. The investigative report found that Anderson and councilwoman Adrian Bonser leaked confidential information. However, both deny any wrongdoing and Bonser said, “The integrity of the investigation itself is highly questionable.” “[Bob] Wilson and his associate had a specific agenda and set of targets,” Bonser said. The city spent $25,000 on the investigation and Dunwoody spokesman Bob Mullen said it expects another invoice from Wilson’s firm in the future but couldn’t speculate on the amount of the bill. Bonser said the investigation was also a waste of taxpayer money and described it as “sloppy at best and politically motivated at worst.” Anderson could not be reached for comment on this story but claims he did nothing wrong, reports state. “The city is just doing what it needs to do now to move forward,” Mullen said. He said the next step for the city is to hire a new attorney.

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Stone Mountain business group says tax paying off
by Andrew Cauthen nice place with nice trees and flowers and no trash and no people harassing For a year, some Stone them for money for malt Mountain business owners liquor.” have been taxing themMorsberger said the selves to help curtail crime, main goal of the CID is to blight and empty commerspur economic developcial buildings along Moun- ment. tain Industrial Boulevard. “It does no good to have Businesses owners in the a bunch of very pretty, very year-old Stone Mountain secure empty buildings,” Community Improvement Morsberger said. “That’s District (CID) say their kind of defeating the purinvestment is beginning to pose. We are working to fill pay off. up these buildings. We are “Since the CID [was working to make this entire formed], we’ve seen an aw- area a mecca for new busiful lot of improvements,” ness development.” said Jim Boldt, vice presiTo help with that goal, dent of sales and marketing the CID has received an of the 67-year-old, family$80,000 grant from Atlanta run Deeks and Company. Regional Commission and $20,000 from the DeKalb “We couldn’t be more pleased,” said Boldt, whose Development Authority. “Our goal is to use that company is a supplier of to bring new kinds of busiraw materials and containnesses in here,” Morsberger ers to the paint, coatings, said. “Our goal is to create plastics and ink industries. 2,000 jobs by the end of Deeks and Company has 2013…by making the place been in the industrial park since 1961. “Our security is look and feel good, marcertainly better.” keting the area much more Once formed, the CID than it’s been marketed in hired security guards and the past and by rebranding off-duty DeKalb County the area and identifying Police officers. Their presspecific target industries ence has cut crime in the that we want to attract industrial park by 25 perhere.” cent, said Rusty McKellar, Morsberger said jobs director of land developwould be created if the ment at Pattillo Industrial two million square feet of Real Estate and CID board empty commercial space member. is filled. The largest empty The CID also hired a area in the CID, which has landscaping company that six million square feet of is out four times a week to commercial space, is a 63remove trash and maintain acre tract that once housed Mountain Industrial Boua Sears processing center. levard. Other areas of the U.S. Rep. Hank JohnCID are maintained at least son, who visited Deeks once a week. and Company May 24, Crews are also in the said CIDs “can pay close process of completing attention to the needs of traffic signal and signage that particular area and do upgrades throughout the things like security, lightCID. DeKalb County and ing, streetscaping and other the Georgia Department of things that benefit that parTransportation are changing ticular community.” traffic lights in the industri“It’s all to create an enal park from wired signals vironment where jobs can to new mast arms extending produce the income that the across roadways. surrounding residents can “The owners are exuse to become prosperous cited about having the area themselves,” Johnson said. upgraded,” said Emory “It’s all about creating more Morsberger, president of business opportunity for the CID. “It’s nicer for your the people that are in that folks to come to work in a particular district.” Johnson called the Stone Mountain CID a “hidden jewel.” “It’s composed of a number of good businesses that people don’t know are operating right there under their noses,” Johnson said. “It’s tucked back off the main roads so a lot of people don’t get back here to see what’s going on, but there are a lot of jobs back here. “There are a lot of independent, small businesses here,” Johnson said. “That’s the backbone of our economy in this nation.” David Westcott, president of Pierre Construction Group, said before the CID was formed businesses in the industrial park were ignored by the county government. “We’ve got some clout now,” said Westcott, whose company moved to the industrial park five years ago from Clarkston. “As a group of owners, we feel like we are better organized,” Westcott said. “As individuals we really didn’t have any clout. “What we’re able to do with this is to use the money we would pay for property taxes for projects that specifically fit our needs,” Westcott said. “We’re improving out property values here. “Our idea is to create jobs over here,” Westcott said. “We’re all in business. DeKalb County recognizes that we’re good for DeKalb.” By upgrading the area, Westcott said, more businesses will want to relocate to the industrial park. “That’s the hope and prayer,” he said. Larry Callahan, CID board chairman, said the business owners are working to make the industrial park “as vibrant as it can be.” “Raising the employment base and attracting new companies is the best that we can do for the area,” Callahan said. “It’s a very positive thing.”

Improved lighting and increased security are two main benefits of the year-old Stone Mountain Community Improvement District which has a goal of creating 2,000 jobs by the end of 2013. Currently, the district has two million square feet of empty commercial space in the district. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

CITY OF DORAVILLE PUBLIC NOTICE Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Notice is hereby given that the proposed budget for the City of Doraville shall be available for public inspection, in the City Clerk’s office from 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, GA. A special called meeting shall be held on the 25th day of June at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, before the Mayor and Council of the City of Doraville at which time the Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013) budget shall be approved and the budget ordinance adopted in accordance with O.C.G.A. 36-81-5. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend.

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In the midst of all the controversy swirling about DeKalb County schools, including budget shortfalls, recommended closing of Fernbank Science Center, staff cutbacks, grand jury investigations and the potential for increased taxes, there is some good news. Simola Nayak of Henderson Mill Middle School won the Georgia State Spelling Bee and competed in the national Scripps Spelling Bee in the nation’s capital. Unfortunately Simola didn’t take home the grand prize, tripping

up on the word “rapparee,” which is a word of Gaelic origin meaning a 17th century soldier. Simola is a winner nonetheless in so many more important ways and this community is proud of her. The rising ninth grader won the district spelling bee in February and the state spelling bee in March. To win the state competition Simola correctly spelled the word “tautologous” which means, according to Webster’s, using different words in the same sentence to say the same thing, such as “finished and done.” With the correct spelling of the word tautologous, Simola earned an expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., from the Georgia Association of Educators to compete in the nationals and $1,000 in prize money. Hold on. There’s more to the story. Guess what? This remark-

A lesson from the bee

Opinion The Newslady

The Champion Free Press, Friday, June 8, 2012

able 13-year-old donated her $1,000 prize money to a needy student at her school! How many 13-year olds would show such care and concern for a classmate? How many parents would encourage such an unselfish act? Not only is Simola smart, but she is obviously compassionate, a character trait that will hold her in good stead in this journey called life. School officials say Simola prepared for her competitions by studying words from previous spelling bees and reading books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Her family also helped out, quizzing her daily on different words. It’s clear that Simola’s family not only help her to excel academically, but there are other valuable life lessons being instilled in that home–caring for the less

fortunate and sharing one’s good fortune with others in need. So often we are elevated to a level our character can’t reach. What if the leadership of our DeKalb County schools took a cue from Simola and led by example? One school board member said the budget cuts would require sacrifices by everyone. Has anyone heard anything about the system administrators sharing in the 6 percent salary cuts proposed for teachers and other essential staff members? How is the top brass sacrificing, financially? Spell silence. S-I-LE-N-C-E. Congratulations again, Simola. You could teach us all a lesson or two. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Milies at

Investing in education is not an option
by Dr. Eugene Walker On June 11, the DeKalb County Board of Education will vote on $73 million in cuts to our children’s education. The proposed cuts include teachers, librarians, teachers’ aides and other essential school staff. Our board is also looking at cutting prekindergarten classes, special bus routes and other necessary programs. Essential programs like these will continue to be on the chopping block across the state if Georgia does not make a strong decision to contribute more money to educating our children. Residents in DeKalb – and across Georgia – need to realize that education is not free. Our state will never advance, unless we make a concerted decision to invest in our future and contribute more financially to improve our education system. In DeKalb, we may ask our residents to pay another 1 mill in taxes to help educate the district’s nearly 100,000 students. There also is an easy solution to help educate children throughout Georgia without taxing residents: expand the Georgia Lottery. This would be a way to raise more revenue to fund pre-kindergarten classes and the prestigious HOPE scholarship – something that has helped send thousands of my county’s and the state’s children to college. The Georgia Lottery Board has the authority to expand the lottery with Video Lottery Terminals in a secure facility. The proposal to build a mixed-use entertainment complex in Gwinnett County will generate more than $350 million a year for the HOPE Scholarship, pre-kindergarten classes and other important educational programs. This is money that is currently going to other states. Georgians already spend an estimated $200 million a year gambling at venues in Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina and other nearby states that allow gaming. This is money that should be staying in Georgia to help our students. In three years, the HOPE Scholarship will pay for less than 50 percent of eligible students’ tuition costs. That number will continue to decrease, only hurting our students. Decreased lottery revenue has also led to drastic cuts to pre-kindergarten. DeKalb and other districts rely on lottery dollars to fund most of the program. Last year, the state increased pre-kindergarten class sizes, cut 20 days and slashed teacher pay. This cut forced our district to have to use local tax dollars to supplement the program to minimize the impact on our students. Research has shown that students who attend pre-kindergarten are more likely to succeed in school. A study by the National Center for Public Education found that children who attended pre-kindergarten scored higher on reading and math tests than children who did not attend pre-kindergarten. The study found that third graders who attended pre-kindergarten had better reading skills. Just last month, for the first time ever, Georgia’s lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program received a 10 out of 10 ranking from the National Institute of Early Education Research, which assesses teaching quality in early childhood education. Georgia was one of only five states to meet this exceptional standard. This is something we should be proud of and continue. It is essential that we maximize the dollars to early childhood education by fully funding pre-kindergarten in DeKalb and throughout Georgia. One simple way to accomplish this is to bring more revenue to the Georgia Lottery with a gaming facility in Gwinnett County. Please help our children get the best education available by encouraging the state to expand the Georgia Lottery. Dr. Walker, a former educator, serves as Chairman of the DeKalb County Board of Education.

Guest Editorial

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“New York, New York - a helluva town; The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down, And people ride in a hole in the ground; New York, New York - it’s a helluva town.”—from the song, “New York, New York” by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (1945). I will never forget my first trip to New York City in the late ‘80s—Times Square, the skyscrapers, SoHo and no free refills. During lunch with friends at the original Hard Rock Cafe in midtown, I ordered a burger with fries and iced tea. First, the waitress felt obligated to explain to me that they did not serve “sweet tea.” As I had both shoes and a college degree at that point, I assured her that I could figure out how to operate a packet of Sweet’n Low without reading the directions. I also added a fresh helping of southern “ma’am” to the beginning and end of each request.

Our waitress left in a huff, but had the last laugh. My burger, fries and several glasses of iced tea came to somewhere near $25. When I explained to the waitress that there must have been some mistake, she smiled broadly and said, “Well, I don’t know about where you’re from, honey, but up here in the city we don’t give no free refills.” So, in truth, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not alone, or the first in trying to keep customers away from sweet things in the Big Apple. But the latest attempt not only takes the cake, it demands smaller servings. The fat police, or the nanny state, take your pick, are focusing their liposuction laser beams on large size sugary beverages served at any New York restaurant, bar or movie theater more than 16 ounces at a time. That’s right, freeze, and drop that venti Starbuck’s frappacino, grandpa! Atlanta’s Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest soft drink company, will join others in the industry in waging this whole new chapter of The Cola Wars. Coke points out that its second-highest selling product, Diet Coke (0 calories), now outsells regular Pepsi and that its other drink options–juice, sports and energy drinks and bottled water–now account for 41 percent of their sales. Pepsico, which also owns the pow-

The real soda jerk

One Man’s Opinion

erful Gatorade brand, says non-soda beverages are 49 percent of their portfolio. But this Big Soda Jerk likely won’t cause much more than a slight burp or bump for the soda giants. The primary impact will be felt by small businesses, food carts and the franchisees of the fast food and quick service restaurant sectors. For the sit down restaurant, a lot of their larger glassware just became obsolete. For the fast food franchisee, a few thousand cups already paid for and in inventory are now just wasting space. Bars make considerably more money on their drink sales than they do on food. Fast food restaurants similarly have a much higher profit margin on drinks than they do on their entrees, sides and appetizers. The cost difference in filling a 16 ounce cup and a 32 ounce cup for most beverages is probably between five and 10 cents, including the ice. But other than children consuming a kid’s meal, when was the last time you saw an adult order a small size beverage? The “up-sizing” of drinks, from coffee to tea and sodas adds millions to the industry’s bottom line. Mayor Bloomberg is aiming at New York’s collective waistline, but hitting the bottom line of many restaurants with lean operating profit margins. He is more likely

to make an impact (and not the one he wants) on unemployment lines in the city. When restaurants experience a surge in operating costs, they can usually make cuts in their largest cost center to quickly restore profit margins–and that means cutting employee head-count or work hours. Perhaps an indication of who has the more effective lobbyists, or perhaps what type of companies remain in Mayor Bloomberg’s “blind trust” other than the growing Bloomberg News empire is that the new drink ban will not apply to supermarkets, or grocery and convenience stores, which means more specifically that the Big Gulp is at least safe. Oh thank Heaven for 7-11. And even McDonald’s now sells sweet tea in Manhattan.

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@

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Life without funny is too great a price to pay for good health.
designed by evolution to eat meat. Your diet will lead to neurological decline and an early death.” The counter-anthropological: “Wrong, wrong, wrong. Not designed by evolution but by Madison Avenue, McDonald’s and the meat industry.” The people who were commentA few weeks ago, I wrote a column ing on my column at just started arguing with each other about about my attempt to become a vegan — that is to say, one who partakes nei- everything, pretty much without reference to anything I’d written. For exther of meat nor fish nor dairy. ample, the person who chimed in with It’s not an easy life, I said. It seemed like a fairly non-controversial “Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian” was immediately checkmated by someone thing to say, although I was sure that meat-eaters would respond with scorn who wrote: “Hitler was not a vegan and that’s and vitriol. what we’re talking about.” As it turned out, I was wrong. EvI felt as though I could steal out of erybody responded with scorn and the room at that point without anyone vitriol — meat-eaters, vegetarians, noticing, so I did. No one noticed. vegans and organic farmers, as well They may still be arguing for all I as people who think of Big Macs as know. health food. I found the experience dispiritWhere did I go wrong? Probably ing. There were nearly 300 comments my worst mistake was admitting I posted in response to the column. As cheated on my diet once in a while. far as I could tell, not one betrayed so Who doesn’t cheat on a diet, I asked much as a hint of a sense of humor. myself. Vegans, apparently. Well, if that’s what it takes to be a “It’s not OK to cheat from the vegan or a vegetarian, count me out. viewpoint of the dead abused animal Life without funny is too great a price you ate,” one woman wrote. “This to pay for good health. includes fish that were suffocated to I mean, what’s the sense of going death.” on a diet if you can’t cheat on it once You’re going to have to take my in a while? A life without guilty pleaword on this, lady, but I never suffocated a fish in my life. Anyway, if you sures is hardly worth living. Let me make myself clear, or at did it, wouldn’t the pillow get wet? least try to. I’m not a committed vegBut the shots kept coming from all an, even less one who seeks to change directions: the way you eat. I am an experimental The vegetarian: “Sorry but your vegan who admittedly falls off the article is filled with half-truths and wagon from time to time. I’m trying distortions, the biggest one being that to see if it works for me because I’ve a vegan diet is healthier than a vegseen the health improvements it can etarian diet.” produce in others and I have several The faith-based: “I know you are areas that need improvement. not only a weak, weak, weak person If you’re interested at all in the but you don’t know what it is you are topic, I suggest you get the film Forks really trying to do…You should start Over Knives, which is available on by reading your BIBLE to find out.” The secular: “It really doesn’t help Netflix, or read The China Study. If that the author put this in terms of ‘sin’ you don’t find these arguments persuasive, no harm done. and ‘cheating.’” As for me, I’m going back to writThe environmentalist: “Did you ing about something non-controverknow that 98 percent of pollution and destruction of habitat is caused by cor- sial, like politics. porations and the rich?” OtherWords columnist Donald The racial: “Strange how so many Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. militant vegans always seem to be White.” The anthropological: “Humans are

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Organizing donated items a labor of love for 80-year-old volunteer
Bobbie - you are an amazing senior and a true motivation for each of us to be involved with a purpose. Thank you for giving back to our local community in so many ways and improving the lives of children and adults including those you never meet. You are truly a hero in every respect! May God continue to bless you with each passing day. We’re all so glad that you are so reliable and patient. –Irene Hardin posted this on 6/2/12 at 11:51 a.m

Commissioner candidates present platforms
Kathy Gannon needs to read the law (HB277), page 13 subsection c, start at line 414. The Transportation Investment Act (T-SPLOST) restricts any money from being spent on MARTA’s operation and maintenance and MARTA is the only transit with this restriction. If law makers take this to court, I am afraid that money allocated for MARTA through the “back door” call State of Good Repair will be found to violate the rule of the law. Remember, DeKalb County does not win many cases in court win it comes to government funding. DeKalb and Fulton are unable to stop funding MARTA because our Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta came together and extended our obligation to this debt for an additional 30+ years sometime in 2007. Why did you refuse to allow the taxpayers and voters to vote on the extension? –Viola Davis posted this on 5/28/12 at 11:45 a.m. Lee May has eaten Free Meals on the Tax Payers dime for years while the Senior’s Programs of DeKalb County suffer for lack of funds. Lee May has expensive meals catered in at tax payer expense while the animals in DeKalb’s Shelters suffer and are put to death while he and the rest of The Board of Crooks feed their Fat Behinds. His District is ruined with gambling, gas stations and dollar stores at every corner along with corner stores selling all kinds of crap to our youth.

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Yeh ! Great job Lee May = May Must Go, for a better DeKalb.

– May Must Go posted this on 5/23/12 at 6:46 p.m.

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School board proposes more than $75 million in budget cuts
by Daniel Beauregard they could go anywhere in the state and make more,” Morgan said. “Morale is at The DeKalb County a low point in DeKalb and School Board has agreed on it has sunk lower than I ever a list of tentative budget cuts thought it would.” to make up for a nearly $73 Employee health and million deficit expected next dental insurance cuts are year. slated to save approximately The deficit is due to $7 million and, Schutten declining property values said, with the two added furlough days, employees are still receiving what amounts to a 1 Other revised budget cut options Savings percent salary decrease. Eliminate bus monitors $4.7 million “The lowest paid employees Paraprofessional layoffs (200 positions) $7 million are getting hit the hardest with Media specialist layoffs (25) $1.75 million the lack of subsidy. There’s got Eliminate overtime (extra activity pay) $5 million to be some way to phase that in Eliminate additional magnet allotments $3.64 million over two years to give people the time to go out and find part-time jobs, and as they get resulting in lower taxes col- Science Center, which was part-time jobs that’s less enlected and increased health originally slated to close but ergy they have to commit to care, fuel and utility costs, later taken of the list of cuts. what their job is during the DeKalb County School “I wanted to underscore day, which is working with District (DCSD) finance of- the importance that this the children,” Schutten said. ficials said. The projected specific facility has in the Resident Sanford Scott shortfall has caused board education of all children in called for cuts across the members to consider meaDeKalb. It’s one of the few board rather than eliminatsures it hasn’t enacted since places that can boast having ing certain programs. Scott 2003, such as raising taxes produced a NASA astronaut, said everyone in the district by one mil to save approxisenior partners at law firms, needs to carry the burden. mately $15 million. teachers, scientists…you “If we spread this pain “This is really the first name it,” McKenna said. throughout every line item step in giving us a balanced The list of budget cuts in our budget…if you go budget,” school district also includes two furlough system wide and cut every spokesman Walter Woods days for all employees, budget, in every department said. which will be added on to inside the school system The district released a list the four already in the budthen nobody totally dies,” May 29 of approximately get, and increasing class size Scott said. $75 million in cuts that inby one student. Woods said there are no clude 70 central office laySpeaking on behalf of budget hearings scheduled offs totaling a savings of $5 the Organization of DeKalb until the final June 11 vote. million. Educators (ODE), both Lisa However, he said at that Last month SuperinMorgan and ODE President meeting, much like during tendent Cheryl Atkinson David Schutten said the interim Superintendent Rareleased a restructuring plan board has been balancing the mona Tyson’s redistricting that cut approximately 70 budget on the backs of its plan last year that closed central office jobs as well, employees for the past seveight schools, board membringing the total number eral years. bers could make any last of central office layoffs in “I know it was suggested minute changes before a recent weeks to 143 employ- to do an across-the-board final vote. ees. salary cut, but for some The proposed cuts total In addition to the cenof us, you legally cannot approximately $75 million, tral office cuts and tax indo that because there are which leaves $2.3 million in crease—which Woods said teachers in DeKalb County reserves for the district. is the equivalent of “an who are only making the extra $80 on a $200,000 minimum state salary… piece of property,”—media specialists, resource officers and employee health and dental insurance are also on the chopping block. At a recent public budget hearing, teachers and community members voiced their concerns to the board. Suzanne McKenna spoke in support of the Fernbank

Timothy and Reshea Little
a good many mistakes before he decided to give his life to God. “I had a lot of anger in me. I used to be abusive toward women. Now I am able to help men who abuse women and help them restore their marriages,” said Timothy Little, who acknowledged that he and his wife divorced years ago and remarried after he turned his life around. Both Littles work other jobs and accept no salary for their ministries. They often reach into their own pockets to buy food, clothing and toys for families in need. When Reshea Little is spotted shopping for clothes, its usually for a person she has encountered who doesn’t have adequate clothing. The Littles have at times taken strangers in need into their home. Timothy recalls a Sunday when he came to the church at about 6 a.m. to prepare for morning service and found a young man sleeping on the church doorstep. “He had been kicked out of the place where he was living, and it was winter. It was freezing cold outside.” The young man is one of many people the Littles have opened their home to. The church recently held a community day during which the Littles and other members gave away clothing, food and other items. “People don’t have money like they used to,” Timothy Little said, “But the needs are still there. People aren’t able to give the way they could when times were better, but God finds a way for us to keep doing what we do.”

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Pastors Timothy and Reshea Little dedicated their first church building, a modest one-room facility on Thomas Terrace in Decatur, in November 2010. Slightly more than a year later on New Year’s Day 2012 The Grace of God Prophetic Deliverance Ministries Inc. moved into a much larger facility on nearby Glenwood Road. Those who work with the Littles say, however, that their real work is not in the building. “He goes where the people are,” church member Lucy Moore said of Timothy Little. “He goes to the streets, to the hospitals, to the nursing homes, to under bridges where homeless people are—wherever he’s needed.” Timothy Little, who grew up on McAfee Road, said the south DeKalb neighborhood is populated with people who are especially in need of help. “We have lots of people here who are on drugs, who engage in prostitution, who are homeless. I grew up around people like this and even have people in my family who have been on drugs. I know how to approach them, how to talk with them.” He said that he made

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

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Huckaby offers critical look at higher education in Georgia
by Daniel Beauregard University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said the “goodold-days” of funding higher education are over and the system needs to undergo significant changes over the next decade. Huckaby, who spoke at a DeKalb Chamber of Commerce luncheon June 4, said post-secondary educators are facing the conflicting challenges of producing more graduates, while having to defend the merits of post-secondary education. “The business community is telling us that the graduates we’re producing are not necessarily prepared to take advantage of the job opportunities they have available,” Huckaby said. “If we’re going to be competitive then we must make a significant improvement in not only the quality of what we do at our various institutions, but the quantity of people we produce.” A recent Georgetown University study, Huckaby said, indicated that over the next 10 to 12 years 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require at least some postsecondary education. Currently, he said Georgia is at the 42 percent level and to meet the demand within the next 10 years the university system will have to produce 250,000 more graduates per year than it does now. “The question really becomes then, how do we do it?” Huckaby said. “It’s going to require us to do a number of things differently than we’ve done before and while we’re taking on this challenge, we have to take it on in an economic environment that’s very difficult.” Huckaby outlined some of the changes the university system will undergo over the next several years to improve post-secondary graduation rates, increase efficiency and better fund the University System of Georgia. Currently, the system’s funding mechanism is based solely on graduation rates, which Huckaby said needs to change. “We’ve got to do a better job of getting them across that stage and getting them to complete their degree programs,” Huckaby said. “Increasingly, states across the country—Georgia is one of them—will be revising their funding formula to include indicators of success and performance.” Additionally, Huckaby said the system will evaluate the facilities it has and referenced a space-utilization study currently under way. Last year, the system’s board voted to consolidate eight schools into four and Huckaby said both are measures to increase efficiency. “It’s not easy work and people can tell you that many states talk about consolidation and the failures far outnumber the successes,” Huckaby said. “But we’re very hopeful that this will prove successful and we’re confident that it will be.” Interim Georgia Perimeter College President Rob Watts, who introduced Huckaby, said consolidating institutions has been talked about since the 1980s but Huckaby was the first in Georgia to attempt it. “He did this not for cost saving reasons but for academic reasons, to spread access to bachelor degrees and other programs to more areas of the state,” Watts said. There are 35 colleges or universities currently in the University System of Georgia and Huckaby said increasing partnerships with the Technical College System of Georgia will be vital in the coming decade. Additionally, Huckaby said the system is working closely with K-12 schools through-

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby spoke at a DeKalb Chamber of Commerce luncheon June 4. He told those present the system will be taking measures to improve graduation rates, increase student enrollment and better fund Georgia’s colleges and universities over the next decade. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

out the state. “Quite frankly, so much of what we can do both in the technical college system or any post-secondary institution is going to depend in the future on the quality of the graduate we get out of the high schools,” Huckaby said. Huckaby said he believes higher education prepares students for a career, but more importantly, prepares them for life and teaches how to be good citizens.

He underlined the seriousness of the economic situation and the burden it creates on some new graduates. He said Georgia must find a way to offer more needs-based financial aid. “Many of our young people are coming out of college today owing too much money and we have got to rectify that in some way,” Huckaby said. “Georgia is one of the states that offers very little financial aid based on need.”

The City of Doraville does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville; on the 25 day of June, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. Section the tax digest and levy for the past five years. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend. CURRENT 2012 TAX DIGEST AND FIVE YEAR LEVY 2008 Real & Personal Motor Vehicle Mobile Homes Timber 100% Heavy Duty Equipment Gross Tax Digest Exemptions Net Tax Digest Net Millage Net Tax Levy 100% Net Increase/(Decrease) Net Levy % Increase/(Decrease) 475,100,955 15,429,990 474 0 10,313 490,541,732 37,365,433 453,176,299 12.55 5,687,363 508,913 9.83% 2009 420,025,185 16,436,920 200 0 6,506 436,468,811 18,635,503 417,833,308 12.67 5,293,948 -393,415 -6.92% 2010 384,994,288 15,899,150 200 0 0 400,893,638 70,854,876 330,038,762 8.00 2,640,310 -2,653,638 -50.13%

48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and levy, along with the history of

2011 379,732,939 15,898,760 200 0 2,494 395,634,393 69,611,752 326,022,641 9.00 2,934,204 293,894 3.28%

2012 361,679,814 15,848,630 0 0 4,530 377,532,974 35,478,708 342,054,266 9.00 3,078,488 144,285


The City of Doraville will hold a public hearing before the Mayor and Council of the City of Doraville on the 25 day of June, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville GA.

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Avondale sets zoning for annexed property
by Andrew Cauthen For more than a decade Joe Gargiulo has been fighting against having his business annexed into the city limits of Avondale Estates. “I’ve got nothing against the city of Avondale Estates,” said Gargiulo, president of Candler Investment Group. “I just choose not to be in it. That choice was made for Gargiulo and other property and business owners earlier this year when the Georgia General Assembly approved the annexation of approximately 14 acres of property in unincorporated DeKalb County. “I’ve lived in DeKalb County since 1962,” said Gargiulo, owner of eight acres in the annexed area. “If I wanted to be in Avondale Estates I would have bought in Avondale Estates.” “There’s no reason for me to be in Avondale Estates. I am not getting one iota for being in Avondale Estates. I’m just getting higher taxes.” Gargiulo said he is pleased with the water, sanitation, fire and police he receives from DeKalb County. He said the many vacant buildings prove that “people don’t want to be in Avondale Estates.” “It all boils down to one thing: money,” Gargiulo said. “We’re all in business to make money. Now I have less money to feed my family because I’m paying higher taxes.” On May 29, the Avondale City Council voted to set the zoning for its new 23 parcels as central business district. Avondale Estates Mayor Ed Rieker said the annexed property is “kind of a middle area between Decatur and Avondale Estates.” “We look at the corridor as a gateway to the city,” Rieker said. Now that zoning has been set, city officials will begin the second phase of the zoning process, which will be to develop ideas about the best uses for the area. That process takes about a year, Rieker said. “Citizens are grateful to the folks at the [state] Capitol for getting this process done,” Rieker said. “And we absolutely welcome the businesses into the city,” Rieker said. The city has two luncheons planned in June for business owners and property owners to introduce them to the city and the services it offers, Rieker said. Bonnie Kallenberg, owner of Finders Keepers Consignments and vice president of the Avondale Estates Business Association, said she “couldn’t be happier” about the new zoning and annexation, which is expected to be official July 1. “It’s been a long fight over many years,” Kallenberg said. “We need to clean up that corridor,” she said. “If we want Avondale Estates to move forward, we’ve got to clean up that area.” Now that the area is in Avondale Estates, there will be better police protection, streetscaping and traffic control, said Kallenberg, who has had two cars run through her two of her buildings.

Lithonia residents still raising stink about proposed Green Energy biomass facility
by Andrew Cauthen EPD to hold a public hearing on the proposed facility, saying that “it would Lithonia residents are appear that GEP has once continuing to fight against again submitted a seriously a proposed biomass facility flawed application.” in their backyard. “Given Green Energy “We vigorously oppose Partner’s absence of any the sitting of the biomass experience in working with plant at this location for biomass projects; the glara number of reasons, but ing deficiencies in the apmost importantly because plication; the cumulative this facility’s owner has effect of existing industrial failed to adequately docuplants in the area; and the ment the amounts and types known harmful effects of of emissions that will be particulate matter and toxgenerated by this plant,” ins from biomass gasificasaid Deborah Jackson, tion, I strongly urge that Lithonia’s mayor and a Georgia EPD deny Green member of Citizens for a Energy Partner’s request Healthy and Safe Environ- for [an] air permit,” Jackment (CHASE). son stated in a letter to the On June 1, GreenLaw, EPD. which provides free legal “The [company] facility and technical assistance to should be required to go environmental organizaback to the drawing board tions, submitted comments and submit another applicato the Georgia Environtion using the correct calcumental Protection Division lations,” said David Degaon behalf of CHASE. nian, attorney at GreenLaw GreenLaw and CHASE in Atlanta. believe facility planners In April, Green Energy have underestimated the Partners filed a permit apamount of pollution that plication with the EPD to will be emitted by the construct a 10-12 megawatt complex. The groups also “biomass fuel electric genmaintain that the facility erating facility” on 21 acres will emit a large amount of at 1770 Rogers Lake Road air pollutants and toxins, in unincorporated Lithonia. including fine particulate Construction would bematter, which can cause gin in August on the facilasthma and other health is- ity, which would be called sues. the Green Energy Resource Jackson has asked the Center. The plant will process approximately 165,000 tons per year of untreated wood and yard waste called biomass. Approximately 96 percent of the emissions from the process will be removed by a ceramic filter system, according to the permit application. This was the second time Green Energy Partners has filed a permit application with the EPD. The first one was pulled by the company in July 2011 after developers failed to complete the environmental permit application in time. The withdrawal was in response to an EPD request for additional information on the planned gasification process to be used in the plant. Opponents of the facility are concerned that the company is skirting regulations intended to protect area residents from air pollution. “We believe that this facility has not provided the information necessary to show that it should be permitted as a minor source of air pollution,” Deganian said. “If they can’t make that showing, EPD must permit it as a major source and regulate it as required by law.”

City of Decatur Georgia Ad Valorem Tax Digest History Decatur - Digest Assessment Ratio Real Property Personal Property Public Utilities Motor Vehicle Total Digest City Operations General Fund Exemptions Net City Operations Digest City Operations Millage City Operations Levy Percent Change Dollar Amount Change $157,384,000 $ $1,014,657,600 13.035 $13,226,062 5.93 $740,585 157,384,000 $ 118,900,000 $1,130,068,600 13.035 $14,730,444 7.54 $1,032,306 $122,579,000 $ $1,113,167,200 13.035 $14,510,134 -1.50 ($220,310) 125,075,000 $ 126,914,000 2007 50% $1,088,563,600 $17,577,800 $18,632,600 $47,267,600 $1,172,041,600 2008 50% 2009 50% 2010 50% 1,157,883,900 20,069,600 11,673,700 46,119,000 $1,235,746,200 2011 50% 2012 50%

$ 1,124,007,000 $ 1,162,026,500 $ $ 18,342,500 $ 20,387,500 $ $ 16,893,389 16,473,600 $ $ 49,014,800 $ 50,081,000 $ $1,208,257,689 $1,248,968,600

$ 1,149,844,600 $ 1,174,037,800 $ 21,146,700 $ 19,962,600 $ 18,933,750 $ 14,299,300 $ 46,119,000 $ 49,311,000 $1,236,044,050 $1,257,610,700

$1,050,873,689 13.035 $13,698,139 3.57 $472,077

$1,110,969,050 13.000 $14,442,598 -0.47 ($67,537)

$1,130,696,700 13.000 $14,699,057 1.78 $256,459

The Decatur City Commission announces that the 2012 tentative millage rate was adopted at their meeting on Monday, May 21, 2012. Hearings on the budget and millage rate will be held on: Monday, June 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm Monday, June 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm The hearings will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street, Decatur, GA. Final adoption of the 2012 millage rate and fiscal year 2012-2013 budget is scheduled for consideration at the Decatur City Commission meeting on Monday, June 18, 2012. The above table is presented pursuant to O.C.G.A. 48-5-32 showing the estimated current year's digest and proposed millage rates along with a fiveyear history of the tax digest and millage rates.

Team USA
Members of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team USA Road to London Tour joined the public and city officials on the Decatur square May 30, to promote the 2012 Olympic Games. Stations were set up that challenged attendees to use the same skills as Olympic athletes. Activities included a Paralympic basketball station and a virtual bicycle station, which allows users to experience part of the cycling route that will be used in London this summer. Representatives from Devry University were present to promote its partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee. The university has nearly 50 Olympic athletes who are also taking online courses with Devry as they train for the Olympic Games at various locations throughout the country. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL For the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Mental Health Services at the DeKalb County Jail RFP No. 12-01 Request for Proposals: The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office requests qualified individuals and firms with experience and certified expertise in mental health services to submit proposals for Request for Proposal No. 12-01 to provide mental health services for the DeKalb County Jail located at 4415 Memorial Drive; Decatur, GA 30032. For a copy of the Request for Proposals: Hard copies of the proposal will be available at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Administrative Lobby, 4415 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 from June 7-15, 2012 until 4:00 P.M. EST. An on-line version of the proposal will be available at from June 7-28, 2012. Deadline to Submit Response: Responses should be forwarded to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Administration, Attn: Xernia L. Fortson, 4415 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 until 4:00 P.M. EST, Friday, June 29, 2012. Responses received after this date and time will not be accepted. Pre-Proposal Conference and Site Visit: A pre-proposal conference and site visit will be held at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Administration Lobby, 4415 Memorial Drive at 10:00 A.M. EST on Monday, June 18, 2012. It is strongly recommended that all interested responders attend and participate in the pre-proposal conference and site visit. For information regarding the pre-proposal conference and site visit, please contact Ms. LaTyris Pugh at (404) 298-8531. Questions: All questions concerning the project shall be addressed to Xernia Fortson in writing no later than 4:00 P.M. EST on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 to the following email address or facsimile number: or (404) 298-8596 only. Questions received after this date and time will not receive a response. Addenda: Request for Proposals and all addenda issued for this project may be found on the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office website: Interviews: Responders may be granted an interview on Monday or Tuesday, July 9-10, 2012. LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE ORDINANCE It is the objective of the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Commissioners of DeKalb County to provide maximum practicable opportunity for all businesses to participate in the performance of government contracts, including Local Small Business Enterprises (LSBE), Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE). The County’s Schedule of Local Small Business Enterprise Participation, Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise Opportunity Tracking Form and Letter of Intent to Perform as a Subcontractor or Provide Materials or Services are included in the Request for Proposal, along with sample report forms. The current DeKalb County List of Certified Vendors is included in the Request for Proposal. For details relative to DeKalb County’s Local Small Business Enterprise Ordinance, contact the Contract Compliance Division at or (404) 371-4795. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive informalities, and to re-advertise. DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office By: Xernia L. Fortson, Director Administration & Legal Affairs

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County looking for new animal shelter leader
by Andrew Cauthen DeKalb County is looking for someone who has an affinity for animals and the people who love them. A new deputy director of animal control is needed because the current head of the division, Kathy Mooneyham, is retiring at the end of July. The position, which has a salary range of $52,000$85,000, is for “an energetic, self-motivated and experienced leader with proven success in providing protection and care for animals,” according to the job description on the county’s website. The new director “should have the general objective of converting the animal shelter to a no-kill shelter,” said Wardell Castles, a member of DeKalb Initiative, a group of concerned residents of DeKalb County who are advocating for improvements at the county’s animal shelter. “The person should care about animals and should be February. Candidates “must be firmly committed to saving the lives of animals that come under the care of DeKalb County,” the report stated. “Although prior sheltering experience is not required, candidates who do have such experience should have a demonstrated record of lifesaving success.” The new director will take over a shelter that has been the focus of years of complaints by animal advocates. In March, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis announced a plan to improve the animal services division by replacing the current facility with a 31,000-square-foot complex on at least four acres of land with an improved kennel area, space for educational opportunities, an outdoor exercise area and a pet mall. The county is also in the process of hiring 10 animal services officers, upgrading the facility’s air conditioning system and considering outsourcing some of the shelter’s operations.

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an advocate,” Castles said. “We need animal people in there.” The deputy director is responsible for directing all aspects of animal control services, which is a division of DeKalb County Public Safety. Duties include responding to resident complaints; ensuring proper impounding, feeding and euthanizing of animals, and ensuring field and kennel operations are

effectively, efficiently and appropriately enforced according to state and local animal control ordinances and regulations,” according to the job description. Minimum requirements for candidates include a bachelor’s degree in business administration, veterinary technology, criminal justice or a related field; six years of management experience in public safety, animal control,

or a related field, including two years supervisory experience. Mooneyham, who has more than 23 years of law enforcement experience in DeKalb County, has been the director of the division since August 2007. A task force that studied the county’s animal services division for several months addressed the shelter’s top position in its final report in

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Residents want more in Kensington redevelopment plans
by Andrew Cauthen DeKalb residents commenting on a plan to revitalize the Kensington Road and Memorial Drive corridor said the plan does not go far enough. “Memorial Drive is limited in what it offers right now,” said Candice Campen. “What [would] entice a business, the good anchor stores, to come in and support this area?” The plan, called the Kensington Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan, is a portion of a larger Kensington Station LCI plan completed in 2002. Sponsored by DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability Department and the Atlanta Regional Commission, the new plan will provide a guideline for developing the area consisting of the Kensington MARTA station, a large DeKalb County governmental core, the I-285/Memorial Drive interchange and several apartment complexes. “One of the biggest assets that this site has is that DeKalb County controls a majority of this land,” said Adam Williamson, a project manager with Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates, a firm tasked with developing the plans for the area. “This is one of the few sites in the Atlanta area that one [group] holds. Concepts for the area, which is between the Kensington and Indian Creek MARTA stations, include mixed-use developments, townhouses, single-family homes, more apartments and office space. Planners also want to weave a bike and pedestrian trail throughout the community. “Right now there’s no reason to come here beside the MARTA stations,” WilliamCommunity leaders and residents are looking for ways to revitalize the area surrounding the Kensingson said. “There’s a lot of lit- ton MARTA station. Plans, which are still being developed, call for adding office space and residential areas. The plan also has buildings taller the DeKalb County Jail to keep it from being the dominant tle things we can do to make feature of the corridor. Photo by Andrew Cauthen this area more attractive. We have to come up with some things that will attract developers. This is a first step.” The community would have lots of parks and greenspace, and there would be increased density around the MARTA station. “One of the challenges … is the scale of the county jail,” said Williamson. “We want to try to solve that by adding some taller buildings around it.” Harold Buckley, a To reserve your advertsing space in the election guide, DeKalb resident who was involved with the 2002 Kenscontact Louise Dyrenforth Acker at ington Station LCI, said the Kensington area is “one of the best locations in DeKalb County to attract business.” “I see this as the gateway to economic development for south DeKalb,” Buckley said. “One of the major problems that DeKalb County has is being able to attract business,” Buckley said. “We need an economic center. I would like to see more office development or an employment center to bring more people into the county. The county needs an economic generator. “Single-family houses are nice but we need more economic generation at this time,” Buckley said. The 2002 Kensington Station LCI has resulted in several improvements to the corridor, including the construc• Election 2012-Guide to the Candidates questionnaires tion of a juvenile court, relowill be sent out to all qualifying candidates. cation of tax commissioner’s office to Memorial Drive, a • Candidates must complete and return questionnaires in parking deck for government order to be included in the election guide. facilities, increased surface parking for the jail, relocation of infrastructure-oriented serQuestionnaires will also be available online vices away from the corridor and a bus rapid transit stop. Planners will hold another meeting June 26 to present Election 2012 - Guide to the Candidates will be published the final plans for the study in the July 12th issue of The Champion Newsaper. area.

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Underage alcohol sting nets 47 arrests
A four-day underage alcohol sting by the DeKalb County Police Department called Operation School’s Out produced 47 arrests, according to police spokeswoman Mekka Parish. Those arrested were charged with furnishing alcohol to people younger than 21 years old. During the four-day operation that took place May 19-26, more than 150 liquor stores and convenience stories were checked for compliance, police said. DeKalb Police worked with the Georgia Department of Revenue on the sting. In addition, eight people were arrested during the sting for selling tobacco products to people younger than 18 years old. authorities at approximately 10:45 p.m.

Officials seek suspected killer
The DeKalb Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad and the U.S. Marshal’s Special Task Force are seeking information that will lead to the capture of Marcus D. Ventress. Ventress is being sought in connection with the May 26 death of Ryan Guider, whom he allegedly shot several times in the chest with a small caliber handgun. Ventress is described as a 28-year-old Black male who is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. The killing was said to be an

act of vengeance as sources say that Guider burglarized the home of Ventress stealing jewelry, cash and drugs and punching Ventress’ mother. Ventress is also wanted for aggravated assault in connection with an act in which he allegedly fired a .22 caliber handgun into an apartment at 5810 Treecrest Parkway. Sources state that he shot into the apartment because it was thought to be the residence of Guider. Ventress has had other legal encounters and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He served a six-year sentence in federal prison on a drug trafficking charge and has been imprisoned in Indi-

ana on a cocaine possession charge. He is currently on parole and probation for these charges. Anyone with information on Ventress should contact the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at (404) 298-8200 or Crime Stoppers at (404) 577TIPS (8477).

Woman killed in apartment fire
A woman was killed early June 4 as the result of an apartment fire at 2365 Peachwood Circle, between Clairmont and Shallowford roads, said DeKalb County Fire Rescue spokesman Norman Augustin.

Fire crews were called at approximately 5:40 a.m. and extinguished the blaze in the townhome where no one was home, Augustin said. Firefighters rescued the woman from an adjacent apartment in the same building. The woman was found unconscious and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she later died from smoke inhalation. The incident is still under investigation. Bystanders told investigators that the apartment where the fire started was vacant, but it was fully furnished, Augustin said. The cause of the fire has not been determined and the name of the woman killed has not yet been released, he said.

Driver faces charges after daughter dies in crash
A driver on Highway 78 has been charged with DUI, vehicular homicide in the first degree and failure to maintain a lane following an accident in which his 15-year-old daughter was killed. Anthony Johnson was driving a Chrysler Pacifica eastbound on Hwy. 78 west of the Stone Mountain Park entrance June 3 when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed, according to DeKalb County Police, who report that in addition to 15-year-old Corliss Johnson, who was found dead, an 11-year-old girl, an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy were inside the vehicle when police arrived. The 11-year-old was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The boys also were transported to the hospital, where one was held for observation and the other released. Police have determined that Anthony Johnson is the father of all four children. Police said that after the accident the driver had been unable to locate his cell phone. He took the two young boys and walked to a restaurant in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett authorities notified DeKalb County Police about the accident. Investigators have not determined what time the accident occurred, but DeKalb County Police were notified by Gwinnett

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The Champion Weather
Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 85 Low: 64

June 7, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
June 7, 1972 – Richmond, Va. experienced its worst flood of record as rains from Hurricane Agnes pushed the water level at the city locks to a height of 36.5 feet, easily topping the previous record of 30 feet set in 1771. June 8, 1966 - A tornado ripped right through the heart of the capital city of Topeka, Kan., killing 16 people and causing 100 million dollars in damage. The tornado, which struck during the evening, cut a path of near total destruction eight miles long and four blocks wide. Dunwoody 83/63 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 84/64 84/64 84/64 Snellville Decatur 85/64 Atlanta 85/64 85/64 Lithonia College Park 86/64 86/64 Morrow 86/64 Union City 86/64 Hampton 87/65

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 85º, humidity of 45%. North wind 5 mph. The record high temperature for today is 97º set in 1933. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with an overnight low of 64º. The record low for tonight is 50º set in 1998.

Mostly Sunny High: 85 Low: 66

*Last Week’s Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 82 70 83/63 0.16" Wednesday 91 65 83/64 0.01" Thursday 91 63 83/64 0.00" Friday 82 63 84/64 0.38" Saturday 77 54 84/64 0.00" Sunday 84 57 84/65 0.00" Monday 80 67 84/65 0.14" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.69" Average temp . .73.3 Normal rainfall . .0.84" Average normal 73.9 Departure . . . . .-0.15" Departure . . . . .-0.6
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

Mostly Sunny High: 87 Low: 67

Mostly Sunny High: 88 Low: 67

Mostly Sunny High: 89 Low: 68

Sunny High: 88 Low: 64 Last 6/11

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 6:26 a.m. 6:26 a.m. 6:26 a.m. 6:26 a.m. 6:26 a.m. 6:26 a.m. 6:26 a.m. Sunset 8:47 p.m. 8:47 p.m. 8:48 p.m. 8:48 p.m. 8:48 p.m. 8:49 p.m. 8:49 p.m. Moonrise 11:43 p.m. No Rise 12:21 a.m. 12:55 a.m. 1:26 a.m. 1:56 a.m. 2:27 a.m. Moonset 9:51 a.m. 10:56 a.m. 11:58 a.m. 12:57 p.m. 1:54 p.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:45 p.m. First 6/26

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise 7:15 a.m. 6:20 a.m. 1:29 p.m. 5:24 a.m. 4:14 p.m. 2:54 a.m. Set 9:52 p.m. 8:29 p.m. 2:06 a.m. 7:15 p.m. 3:47 a.m. 3:11 p.m.

Mostly Sunny High: 85 Low: 61 New 6/19

Full 7/3

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see scattered showers and thunderstorms today, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 82º in East St. Louis, Ill. The Southeast will see scattered thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 93º in Crestview, Fla. The Northwest will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 85º in Torrington, Wyo. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 103º in Chandler, Ariz.

Weather Trivia
Who may issue severe weather watches and warnings in the United States?

0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+


UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High 11+: Extreme Exposure

Answer: Only the National Weather Service.

StarWatch By Gary Becker - Clear Sky Eclipsed
“I never look at a weather forecast,” says my friend, Jesse Leayman. “What will be will be.” I, on the other hand, ponder through the data trying to get a perspective on the upcoming atmospheric events as if I have some magical power to will the movements of highs and lows into their most favorable positions. When Jesse and I arrived at Chaco Culture near Nageezi, NM for eight nights of camping and to view the May 20 solar eclipse, the long and short range forecasts look very favorable. No sooner had we set up our campsite, then the sky grayed and sheets of rain came cascading over North Mesa, a befitting welcome to a desert park that has had more than its fair share of cloudy nights when I am in residence. But after a sumptuous dinner of cheese dogs, the sky cleared over Gallo Campground revealing a bewildering plethora of stars in the dimming light, and that is the way it stayed for the next eight days and nights. We did have one cloudy afternoon with a raindrop here and there, two dust storms that put a fine layer of grit over everything, but each evening cleared. So you can imagine my trepidations as eclipse day approached with one sunny day after another. It would just have to be cloudy on May 20, but it wasn’t. In fact, e-day had the best weather of our entire stay. Stationed near Casa Rinconada, the largest Ancestral Puebloan kiva at Chaco, Jesse and I watched the slow inexorable movement of the moon courting the sun, the decreasing shadow intensities over a purpling landscape, the cooling of the air as centrality drew near, and the ring of fire surrounding Luna that was created by a smaller moon too far away to hide the sun completely. When Sol finally set behind West Mesa still partially eclipsed, and the landscape began to purple for the second time that day, I realized that this was the first solar eclipse I didn’t have to “chase down” for a clear sky. On that day, the eclipse came to me.

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Derby day
The Soap Box Derby on June 2 at First Baptist Church in Dunwoody served as a national qualifier for the All-American Soap Box Derby to be held in July in Akron, Ohio. Ansley Christensen, 16, above left, will be making her second trip to Akron in the masters division. Seven-yearold stock winner Malena Shipley, 7, top right, with father John, will be making her first trip. The event drew more than 30 participants from around metro Atlanta. Photos by Robert Naddra

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Commissioners question work at unapproved derby park
by Andrew Cauthen Acres of land in unincorporated Lithonia are being cleared for a project that DeKalb County commissioners have yet to vote on. The Board of Commissioners wants to know what’s going on at the site of a proposed $1 million soap box derby facility. In a memo dated May 30, the commissioners’ chief of staff Morris Williams asked DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis’ executive assistant Richard Stogner to provide commissioners with the details of the county’s cost on the soap box derby site preparation. In addition to that performed by county employees, work at the site is being done by Atkins, an engineering and design company, and Cooper and Carter Tree Services. Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer said that “while the Board of Commissioners is continuing the review of the project bids, we have begun some construction utilizing existing and in-house resources in order to keep the ball rolling. “At such time the BOC awards the current bid or asks for a re-bid we will be able to deduct these expense from the remaining cost of the work to be completed,” Brennan said. Williams asked for the cost of county staff time, supplies, materials and third party vendors working on the property. Also requested were copies of “work orders, invoices, purchase orders and other proof of procurement of third party services in preparation of this property.” DeKalb County commissioners want to know the specifics of “all costs incurred in preparation of this land since the initial proposal of it becoming a soap box derby track,” according to the memo. The memo stated that this was an “informal request for information to clarify” a May 24 story in The Champion that “indicated that county workers have begun work on preparing the proposed soap box derby track in advance of approval by the board.” “This is not a witch hunt,” Williams told The Champion May 31. “This is a fact-finding mission.” In addition to the story in The Champion, Williams said, the memo was written after commissioners had questions about the project in two recent committee meetings. A letter to commissions from a DeKalb County employee also contributed to commissioners’ questions. In the letter, the employee complained of work conditions and relations with the contractors at the soap box derby site. The Board of Commissioners has been deferring vote on the proposed 890foot, two-lane derby track after voicing concerns about how much use the track would get. During a May 15 meeting, Ted Rhinehart, the county’s deputy chief operating officer for infrastructure, said county workers are “clearing and prepping the

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site so that if this bid goes forward, [contractors are] ready to go ahead and jump in.” The proposal calls for the soap box track to be constructed at 1253 Rock Chapel Road adjacent to the Bransby YMCA on 10.9 acres purchased last year with funds from a 2001 parks bond. The derby facility would have a multi-use building for supplies and cars, a classroom, concession stand, finish-line pavilion and grandstand.

The City of Avondale Estates Board of Mayor and Commissioners does hereby announce the 2012 Millage Rate of 12.165 will be set at Avondale Estates City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, on June 20, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. and June 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and pursuant to requirements of O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year's tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years.

Real & Personal Motor Vehicles Mobile Homes Timber - 100% Heavy Duty Equipment Gross Digest Less M& O Exemptions Net M & O Digest State Forest Land Assistance Grant Value Adjusted Net M&O Digest Gross M&O Millage Less Rollbacks Net M&O Millage Total City Taxes Levied Net Taxes $ Increase Net Taxes % Increase 10.500 $1,697,020 $0 0.00% 11.000 $1,820,775 $123,755 7.29% 11.000 $1,835,502 $14,727 0.81% 11.000 $1,816,036 -$19,466 -1.06% 10.957 $1,821,315 $5,279 0.29% 12.165 $1,846,420 $25,105 1.38% 161,802,831 181,873 161,620,958 0 161,620,958 10.500 165,729,484 167,032,705 165,213,345 166,326,326 204,451 168,873 119,131 102,456 165,525,033 166,863,832 165,094,214 166,223,870 0 0 0 0 151,997,418 216,067 151,781,351 0 151,781,351 12.165

152,603,991 9,198,840





143,982,438 8,014,980

156,800,494 157,621,535 157,295,925 158,471,976 8,928,990 9,411,170 7,917,420 7,854,350

165,525,033 166,863,832 165,094,214 166,223,870 11.000 11.000 11.000 10.957

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by Mike Stobbe

Half of overweight teens have heart risk
ATLANTA (AP) Half the nation’s overweight teens have unhealthy blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels that put them at risk for future heart attacks and other cardiac problems, new federal research says. And an even larger proportion of obese adolescents have such a risk, according to the new numbers. “What this is saying, unfortunately, is that we’re losing the battle early with many kids,” said Dr. Stephen Daniels, a University of Colorado School of Medicine expert who was not involved in the study. People can keep their risk of heart disease very low if they reach age 45 or 50 at normal weight and with normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol and no diabetes. So these results are not good, he said. The study was released May 21 in the journal Pediatrics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research focused on 3,383 adolescents ages 12 through 19. The youths were news, Mahle said, that the study found no increase in levels of obesity, high blood pressure or bad cholesterol during the years it covered—1999 through 2008. “All of us are looking for some sign or signal that we’re making headway,” said Mahle, who was not involved with the study. “So that was reassuring.” But one measure did get worse: The percentage of adolescents who were diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes rose dramatically, from 9 percent to 21 percent. Pre-diabetics have higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to count as diabetes. It’s not clear why the proportion of kids with high blood sugar would increase while the measures for the other heart disease risk factors held steady. It may have something to do with the kind of test used to measure blood sugar, Daniels said. Adolescents in the study were given a blood test that can give varying results depending on the day or time of day the test is given. Other tests, though more involved and more expensive, are considered more precise. Daniels said it’s possible another testing method might not have produced a swing so large. That is possible, said Ashleigh May, the CDC epidemiologist who was the study’s lead author. “This study is just a first step to identify problems in youth. More work needs to be done to identify why this is happening and the advantages of using various test methods in this population,” she said. Overall the study found that 50 percent of overweight youths and 60 percent of obese youths had at least one risk factor for future heart disease. But normal-weight kids aren’t off the hook—37 percent had at least one risk factor and could face increased chances for heart trouble as adults, the study suggests.

part of an intensive national study that involves interviewing, weighing, measuring and performing medical tests on people across the country. The ongoing CDC study

is considered a gold standard for looking at national health trends, said Dr. William Mahle, an Emory University pediatric cardiologist. There was some good

DeKalb Medical at Hillandale expands women’s health facility
DeKalb Medical recently announced the expansion of the Hillandale Breast Center. “During the past three years, the Hillandale Breast Center has experienced a 20 percent increase in patient visits, and this expansion will provide the capacity to meet the high demand for women’s health services in our community,” said Susan Harris, RN, MBA, vice president and administrator of DeKalb Medical at Hillandale. Funded by the support of the DeKalb Medical Foundation, the newly renovated Breast Center will offer additional amenities for the comfort and convenience of patients and families. Among the highlights are access to onsite nurse navigators five days a week as well as quicker scheduling for mammograms and biopsies. The new facility will be 4,170 square feet, compared with the original space of 1,600 square feet. A grand opening for the public is slated for this summer.

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LFL Continued From Page 1A
are in the ground. Jennifer Curtis, a biophysicist at Georgia Tech, put up a library in front of her home on East Lake Drive. Tris Sicignano heard about her friend’s LFL and promptly built and erected three— one for her home on Pharr Road, one for a neighbor and one in front of the community garden across from the East Lake Farmers Market. A website,, was created so residents in the community can learn more about the LFLs in East Lake. The site tells where to find the libraries and Curtis provides a list of the books in her library. She also keeps a log of which books were checked out and returned, and which were donated. Curtis also has a small white board in her library where people can write comments. “It’s a really organic process and it resonates with a lot of people,” Curtis said. “It’s a lot more than giving each other books. It’s an excuse to get to know people you wouldn’t normally meet.” The two came up with the idea to create a walking path with LFLs. Said Sicignano: “I’m in love with the idea of sharing. People love the idea of stopping and talking. You wouldn’t normally stop and talk to someone randomly. But this gives you an excuse to get to know your neighbors. I hope the movement spreads. It creates a sense of community that’s just contagious.” Curtis saw how the movement has spread in extraordinary ways. She received a book in the mail from a woman in Anchorage, Alaska and began a correspondence with her. The woman, Phyllis Searles, explained that she is originally from metro Atlanta (Canton) and that there are no LFLs near her home in Alaska. She wanted to get involved

Michael Montgomery built 13 Little Free Libraries to be auctioned at the upcoming Decatur Book Festival. Photo by David Laufer

and send a book to someone in Atlanta and chose Curtis after seeing her library on the LFL website. The concept of a free library on the honor system is so out of the ordinary that stewards such as Curtis and Laufer witnessed how people had to get used to the idea.

“People are afraid of it at first,” Curtis said. “Then they finally stop and take a look. I’m going to take a day and sit out and talk to people.” Laufer built his low enough that people who drive by in a car can easily access it through a car window. “Some people drive by and

get at it from the car window and others will walk up to it,” Laufer said. “It’s interesting, some people try it once and others come back and bring a half dozen books back. I see people and get recognized; they say, ‘oh, you’re the one with the little free library.’”

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DeKalb Schools to appoint Citizens SPLOST Oversight Committee
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is soliciting residents to volunteer for a 12-member Citizens SPLOST Oversight Committee. The advisory committee is expected to begin meeting in August. DeKalb County residents who want to be considered for the committee can provide their information at http://goo. gl/ZfoSV no later than June 17 at 11:59 p.m. Only online applications will be accepted. Qualified candidates must be residents who live within the boundaries of the school district, may not be members of the board of education or district employees and may not have any economic interest in any of DCSD’s projects. Experience in accounting, architecture, auditing, construction, engineering, finance, K-12 education, legal, planning, project management and/or real estate is desired, according to a press release. Members must be volunteers who can dedicate at least two hours each quarter to meeting, generally in the evenings, and pass a background check and sign a non-disclosure agreement.
The DeKalb Public Library has teamed up with the Center for Puppetry Arts to get children interested in reading and teach them how to avoid becoming a “TV zombie.” Photo provided

DeKalb kicks off summer reading program
by Daniel Beauregard their reading levels so that they don’t fall behind in reading skills when school resumes,” Deeds The DeKalb County Public said. Library and Center for Puppetry The PSA uses comedy to Arts have teamed up to get convey that message. The video children interested in reading depicts superhero Captain during summer vacation. Healthy and his sidekick Safety Recently, the center produced Dog, along with Silly Puppy, a public service announcement whose eyes are glued to the (PSA) encouraging children to television. sign up for the library’s vacation “It is fun to hang out with your reading program, which runs friends and play video games or through July 31. watch TV but it’s also real fun Library Youth Services to go to the library and join the Coordinator Sharon Deeds said Vacation Reading Program,” the PSA is a great way to get Captain Healthy says. “You can parents and children interested in check out books or magazines, the program. listen to audio books, use the “It’s funny and it’s fun to computer or attend programs.” watch,” Deeds said. “Thank you The three characters get ready to Jon Ludwig, artistic director to go to their local library to at the Center for Puppetry Arts, sign up for the Vacation Reading and his staff, for taking the time Program but find that, for some to do it for us.” reason, Silly Puppy is unable to Deeds said it’s important that escape the hypnotic rays of the parents motivate their children TV. to read throughout the summer “Oh no, he’s been turned into and pointed out that reading to a TV zombie,” Captain Healthy a baby can help with cognitive says. development. The only way Captain Healthy “Reading just a few books and his sidekick can break the over the summer months can help spell is by reading for fun, which your school age children maintain they do from the beginning of the Charles Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities. Once the spell is broken all three go to their local library to sign up for the program. This year’s theme is Dream Big READ, for ages 3 to 12. Each student can register online or at their local library and receive a reading log, bookmark and sticker. The more a child reads, the more raffle tickets he or she can get to win prizes from local sponsors such as the Center for Puppetry Arts or Zoo Atlanta. “Our biggest concern is not that kids can win prizes but that they can continue reading over the summer,” said Janet Florence, a spokeswoman for the DeKalb Public Library. In addition to the reading program for children, the library also has one for teens ages 13-17 called Own the Night, and one for adults called Between the Covers. Florence said the number of children who participate in the program each year has been growing steadily. Florence said the number of participants registering in 2011 was 10,118, up from 618 in 2010.

Free film screening and discussion of school choice options to be held
The Georgia Charter Schools Association will be hosting a free screening of the documentary film Making the Grade in Georgia: Educational Freedom & Justice June 11, 7 - 9 p.m. The screening, followed by a Q&A session, will be held at Deeper Life World Outreach Ministries, located at 5684 Redan Road in Stone Mountain. The film is about the importance of providing school choice options in Georgia and documents several schooling options such as public charter schools, homeschooling and virtual online education, according to a news release.

DeKalb student in Scripps National Spelling Bee
Simola Nayak, an eighth-grader from Henderson Middle School, made it to the sixth round of the Scipps National Spelling Bee. Nayak spelled words like “cassideous” and “cryophilic” until misspelling the word “rapparee,” which is an Irish guerilla solider from the 1600s. Earlier this year, Nayak beat Renfroe Middle School student Andalib Malit Samandari after spelling more than 200 words and going 21 rounds to win the Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee.

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Marchet Sparks, right photo foreground, said she was inspired by small markets throughout the French countryside, but her customers seem attracted to Le Petit Marche as a breakfast and lunch destination.

A petit bit of France comes to Kirkwood
by Kathy Mitchell When Marchet Sparks visited France in 2004, traveling extensively throughout the southern Provençal region then up to Paris and Normandy, she was charmed by little markets with freshly prepared foods and local goods that dotted throughout the countryside. A busy real estate executive working out of her native Los Angeles at the time, she decided that one day she would like to own a small neighborhood cafe such as those sprinkled throughout France. Four years later, the opportunity presented itself and Sparks opened Le Petit Marche on Hosea Williams Drive in the rapidly developing east Atlanta neighborhood of Kirkwood. She called choosing Kirkwood as a location for her business “a no-brainer.” “Its downtown had tons of potential, several long-standing businesses, a committed and active neighbors’ organization. The complexion of the community was and still is so incredibly diverse that the decision to invest my livelihood came easy. I knew Kirkwood would support the business so long as I listened to and addressed their needs,” she said. Even so, it wasn’t all smooth sledding from the start. “Like any other business, we had to earn our stripes,” she recalled. “It was downright treacherous at first as we had to figure out what exactly the neighborhood wanted and implement the necessary changes before going broke. “In the beginning, we were definitely considered a market, full of fresh breads, pestos, foreign and domestic cheeses—the whole nine. We only had three tables, a heavy focus on market fare and a small sandwich counter. Our hours were 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,” she said. Although the name Le Petit Marche means the little market, Sparks quickly learned that her customers wanted an eatery more than a food shop. “Ten months after we opened we were on the fast track toward going out of business because the model in place wasn’t what the neighborhood needed. As we learned more about the needs of our customers, the focus shifted more to prepared foods. Our small menu of lunch sandwiches and salads seemed to draw people in so we scaled back on the retail, promoted the prepared foods, rolled out breakfast, changed our hours to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., added 12 more tables and then held our breath. Now, more than four years later, the little market has gone viral and has become a breakfast and lunch destination.” Customers, she said, “are a mix of neighbors and newcomers from all over the city—young, old, gay, straight; all ethnicities are here. We love our four-legged friends too.” Sparks said Le Petit Marche does a brisk breakfast and lunch business during the week, but its busiest days are Saturdays and Sundays. “On the popular website Yelp, we are ranked in the top three breakfast destinations in the city of Atlanta so we get a good influx of new business along with our regulars each weekend. We’re also very active caterers and host events both on and offsite after hours,” she added. Like the French markets that inspired it, Le Petit Marche features many local food items. Sparks said, “I love the spring, summer and fall festivals around town and have picked up several vendors by attending. Sometimes, I’m approached by local purveyors who’ve heard about the shop and wish to have us carry their products. I’ve also visited other stores around town or while traveling and will pick up an item here and there. Of course, there’s always the internet to help fill in the blanks.” She said that Kirkwood honey is a favorite when it’s in season and Just Add Honey teas, organic peanut butter and cookie mixes are big sellers. Sparks recommends the imported French orange honey, saying it’s “divine when paired with a mandarin and cherry compote, a mild brie then spread over crostini—definitely a crowd pleaser. Mom’s soups are legendary in these parts and the blistering outdoor heat makes no difference. Seafood chowder, sweet ginger chicken and thai shrimp are some house faves.” Sparks said the atmosphere is another reason to drop by. “My dad, a retiree, affectionately known as ‘Pop,’ is always on deck to tell a funny story and greet customers with the sweetest smile on earth.” From a somewhat shaky start, Le Petit Marche has “grown exponentially,” said Sparks, adding that her plans call for expanding to a larger location across the street. “That’s scheduled to take place early next spring,” she said. “We’ll be adding more menu items and about 25 more seats. Soon, there will be more of us to love.”

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Republican women to meet The North DeKalb Republican Women (NDRW) will meet at the DeKalb Republican Party Headquarters, 3583-G Chamblee Tucker Road (Embry Hills Shopping Village), on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. The group will be hosting a candidate forum featuring the 4th Congressional District Republican primary contestants. The public is invited. The NDRW is a non-profit organization involved in public service working with the USO, Ronald McDonald House, the VA Hospital and local schools. The NDRW is collecting diapers for families of American military. Those who would like to contribute should bring the diapers to the DeKalb GOP headquarters on any meeting date. For more information, contact Natalie Olmi at (770) 396-4101. Small and beginning farmers to receive handson training The DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring hands-on sessions for small and beginning farmers on June 14. Participants will be taught about a variety of topics, including organic fruit and vegetable production, aquaponics, micro-irrigation, forestry management, fresh food cooking demonstrations, edible landscapes and the Georgia EBT Farmers Market Program. The event will be held 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Love Is Love and Berea Mennonite Farms located at 1820 Mary Dell Dr., Atlanta. To register or for information on upcoming workshops, visit www.tiny. cc/LBdf2b or contact Upper Ocmulgee River RC&D Council, Inc. at (678) 3769518.

Nonprofit offers ‘Creatures for Teachers’ The Avondale Estates nonprofit LifeLine Animal Project is offering teachers in kindergarten to post-graduate schools the opportunity to adopt pets for free with its “Creatures for Teachers” program. The agency is waiving its standard $80 to $120 pet adoption fee for the month of June for teachers. LifeLine has participated in after-school enrichment programming in Atlanta with the organization “Create Your Dreams” and has also visited classrooms in the metro area to teach students about pet care and wellness. All adoptable dogs and cats at LifeLine are up to date on their vaccinations, spayed or neutered and micro-chipped. Many dogs in LifeLine’s no-kill dog house have also had some obedience training. All potential pet parents must meet LifeLine’s standard criteria for adopting a pet and must fill out an application, either online through LifeLine’s “Virtual Shelter” at, or in person at their Avondale location at 129 Lake St. Rep. Drenner chosen for fellowship program State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) has been chosen as one of 40 members of the 2012 class of Henry Toll Fellows, which is the highest recognition of state leaders within The Council of State Governments (CSG). The Toll Fellowship Program features a six-day training session in which state officials have the opportunity to gain knowledge in building new relationships, networking, personal assessment, media training and more. She also was recently selected as one of 32 Georgians to participate in the 2012 class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental

Leadership (IGEL). While the Toll Fellowship Program focuses on developing leadership skills, the IGEL training program aims to increase Georgia’s state leaders’ understanding of the state’s environmental challenges. IGEL brings together leaders from a multitude of backgrounds interested in sustaining and improving the health of Georgia’s environmental resources.

Cherniavsky, will feature Atlanta harpist Nella Rigell performing Laura Zaerr’s Celtic Concert. Also included in the program will be Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Jean Sibelius’s Karelia Suite. The DSO was created in 1964 and consists of mainly volunteers in the community. Decatur hosts annual beach party The Decatur Business Association is hosting its annual beach party June 15 from 5-11 p.m. in downtown Decatur. The event will turn downtown Decatur into a beach with 60 tons of sand, a children’s boardwalk, live bands including the Yacht Rock Schooner and Douglas Break and the Sizzle, Hiss, Pop Band. There will also be food and beverages available. For more information and ticket prices visit John Lewis to meet new DeKalb constituents With the recent redistricting of county commission, state house, state senate and congressional districts, the borders for Congressional District 5 have shifted further into DeKalb, encompassing a majority of DeKalb District 3. Commissioner Larry Johnson will host a town hall meeting featuring Congressman John Lewis (D5), June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. The public is invited to meet Lewis and engage in a dialogue about issues on the federal level. For more information, contact Johnson’s office at (404) 371-2988.

Dragon will be shown at the Doraville Library on Saturday, June 9, 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Doraville Library, 3748 Central Ave., Doraville. For more information, (770) 9363852.

Stone Mountain storyteller gives voice to the South Stone Mountain’s storyteller David Hirt delves into the many facets of the South with his unique brand of humor, insights and characters in “Southern Voices.” The show will run from June 7-17 at ART Station, located at 5384 Manor Drive. “Southern Voices” is a journey through the eyes of “just plain folks” of the South and promises to be amusing, perceptive and entertaining. Visit the ART Station website at www.artstation. org or call (770) 469-1105 for reservations or more information. Library to offer belly dancing presentation The Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library will present Belly Dance by Samora on Monday, June 11, 6:30—7:30 p.m. “A beautiful and distinct ancient dance form, belly dancing or raks (raqs) sharki (also called danse orientale), has a long history dating back thousands of years in the Middle East. Belly dancing has a healing quality (physical and emotional), improves muscle tone and flexibility, promotes healthy weight loss, improves balance and coordination, and builds stamina and strength,” according to an announcement from the library. The Stone MountainSue Kellogg Library is located at 952 Leon St., Stone Mountain. For more information, call (770) 413-2020.

Novelist to return to local library Claire Cook, the author of Must Love Dogs, returns to the Decatur Library Monday, on June 11, with a new novel, Wallflower in Bloom, which a library statement describes as “delightfully engaging.” “It’s a witty, lively story of a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and a misbehaving boyfriend to find herself ‘dancing with the stars.’ Literally, she wrangles her way onto the television program and discovers her 15 minutes of fame changes her life completely! It’s great fun and an absolutely irresistible story,” according to the announcement from the library. The author has written nine books, including Must Love Dogs, which was made into a movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusak, Best Staged Plans, Summer Blowout and The Wildwater Walking Club. She divides her time between Atlanta and Boston. The event is at 7:15 p.m. The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070. DeKalb Symphony Orchestra presents free concert The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will hold a free concert at the First Baptist Church of Decatur on June 19 at 8 p.m. The concert, directed by DSO Music Director and Conductor Fyodor

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Athletes at top of class in academics
Valedictorians Arabia Mountain High School - Magnet Joe Lindsey – cross country Arabia Mountain High School – Resident Desmond Caulley – football, track Cross Keys High School Laura Ramirez – swimming, tennis Southwest DeKalb High School – Magnet Raquel May – competitive/football cheerleading Stephenson High School Joylyn Stroud – basketball Stone Mountain High School Edin Ibrisimovic – football, soccer Tucker High School Mati’n Malikyar – soccer
Stephenson High School Valedictorian Joylyn Stroud. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The DeKalb County School District has won 281 athletic state championships since 1938, but winning in the classroom is a priority for these same students as they look to further their educations in college. The 19 high schools in DeKalb which participate in athletics recently named 49 students as valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2012 school year and 15 of those named also compete in athletics. That number represents almost 31 percent (30.6) of those receiving the highest honors at their schools. The 15 athletes, including four who played multiple sports, participated in 10 different activities during the 2011-12 school year. Arabia Mountain resident valedictorian Desmond Caulley participated in football and track while Stone Mountain valedictorian Edin Ibrisimovic produced as a place kicker on the football team, finishing the year third in DeKalb in points by a kicker with 37 while contributing one goal and four assists in soccer. The other two multiple sport participants both come from Cross Keys –valedictorian Laura Ramirez and salutatorian Chandra Dickey. Ramirez was 5-1 in tennis singles play and swam in four events for the Lady Indians swim team. Dickey competed in the long jump and high jump in track while also participating in cheerleading. Arabia Mountain’s magnet valedictorian (Joe Lindsey, cross country) and the resident valedictorian, Caulley, participated in athletics. Cross Keys and Southwest DeKalb Magnet also had student-athletes as both the valedictorian and salutatorian. Ramirez and Dickey topped the list at Cross Keys while valedictorian Raquel May (competitive cheerleading) and salutatorian Ashley McCray (gymnastics) swept the honors at Southwest. May’s competitive cheer squad finished as the Region 6-AAAA champs and went on to an eighth place finish in state competition. Redan had the most athletes recognized for their career academic status with three selected

as salutatorians—Guy Dorris (tennis), Tombari Ereba (soccer) and Jared James (football). The other five student-athletes recognized are Stephenson valedictorian Joylyn Stroud (basketball), Tucker valedictorian Mati’n Malikyar (soccer), Columbia resident salutatorian Lateria Slocumb (softball), Lithonia salutatorian Joshua Grosh (soccer) and Towers salutatorian Brett Oakman (basketball). Seven athletes were awarded academic scholarships through the Gladys Cook Scholarship Program (DeKalb Council of PTA) and the Gates Millennium Scholars program. Three cross country students were awarded scholarships from the Gates Millennium scholarships—Lindsey, Cross Keys’ Thuy Tran and Dunwoody’s Bryce Rowan. Gates Millennium Scholars receive funds plus continuing academic help during their time at the college or university of their choice. The DeKalb Council of PTAs awarded 13 DeKalb County School District scholars the Gladys Cook Scholarship for 2012 of which four were student athletes. The athletes earning these scholarships in the 50th anniversary ceremony of the award were Lithonia’s Kaelyn Pachal (golf), Redan’s Kaylin Riggs (gymnastics), Southwest DeKalb’s Demetria Dickins, a bronze medalist in the Class AAAA shot put, and Tucker’s two-sport participant Claire Lippy (swimming, soccer).

Salutatorians Columbia High School – Resident Lateria Slocumb – softball Cross Keys High School Chandra Dickey – cheerleading, track Lithonia High School Joshua Grosh – soccer Redan High School Guy Doris – tennis Tombari Ereba – soccer Jared James – football Southwest DeKalb – Magnet Ashley McCray – gymnastics Towers High School Brett Oakman – basketball Gladys Cook Scholars Lithonia High School Kaelyn Pachal – golf Redan High School Kaylin Riggs – gymnastics Southwest DeKalb High School Demetria Dickins – track Tucker High School Claire Lippy – swimming, soccer Gates Millennium Scholars Arabia Mountain High School Joe Lindsey – cross country Cross Keys High School Thuy Tran – cross country Dunwoody High School Bryce Rowan – cross country

Emory players win national singles titles
Emory University tennis players won both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division III singles tournament championships recently. Gabrielle Clark, the No. 3 seed, upset top-seeded Lok-Sze Leung of Middlebury (Vt.) College 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) in the championship match May 26. Clark is the third women’s player from Emory to win a naClark Pottish tional singles title. Dillon Pottish is the third Emory men’s player to win a national singles title. Pottish defeated Nicholas Ballou of Cal Lutheran 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 in the championship match. Pottish finished his college career with 97 singles wins, which ranks third at Emory.

was placed on injured reserve at the end of the 2011 season with postconcussion symptoms, according to reports. Allen was part of an outstanding group of prospects in DeKalb County from the graduating class of 2006. Others who graduated the same year include Stephenson’s Jermaine Cunningham, Perry Riley and Kelvin Sheppard. Cunningham played at Florida and is a linebacker with the New England Patriots. Linebackers Riley and Sheppard attended LSU. Sheppard plays for the Buffalo Bills and Riley plays for the Washington Redskins.

Stephenson wins middle school all-sports award
Stephenson has won its second DeKalb County Middle School AllSports award. Stephenson defeated Chapel Hill 75-73 in the closest finish in the five-year history of the award. The award is based on a point system for each of the five sports that middle schools compete in—football, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, girls’ track and boys’ track. Stephenson won its second middle school football championship in the past three seasons and a DeKalb County-leading fourth overall this past fall. The Jaguars also finished second in the boys’ track championships. Chapel Hill won the inaugural Middle School All-Sports Award in 2008 and has finished second twice (2009, 2012) and third twice (2010, 2011). The second-place finish this year was fueled by a runner-up finish in girls’ basketball and a third-place finish in boys’ track. Peachtree, Miller Grove and Chamblee round out the top five.

Tucker’s Allen retires from NFL
Tucker High School graduate Asher Allen has announced his retirement from the Minnesota Vikings, according to reports released May 30. Allen, who played three seasons at the University of Georgia, spent three seasons with the Vikings. He was a third-round draft pick in 2009 and started 21 games for the Vikings, including nine in 2011. He


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All-star MVP award as North tops South baseball Taylor earns second straight
by Robert Naddra


ne player had been in the spotlight before and the other had not, but both played important roles in the North’s 5-4 win over the South in the 10th annual DeKalb County Senior All-Star Baseball Classic on May 30 at Sequoyah Middle School. Clarkston’s Andre Alexander drove in the winning run in the seventh inning while Tucker’s Demarcus Taylor pitched two perfect innings to finish the nine-inning game and earn the save. Alexander played only parttime this season while participating in a preseason conditioning program with the Atlanta-Fulton County Rams semi-pro football team. Alexander, who had only one RBI for Clarkston this baseball season, also played defensive and offensive line for the Angoras football team. The North trailed 4-2 before posting three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Decatur’s Todd Foster drew a bases loaded walk for the first run of the inning, and then Lakeside’s Daniel Comer scored the tying run on a wild pitch by South pitcher Tevin Whaley of McNair. With runners on second and third, Alexander reached first on an infield hit to the third base side of the pitcher’s mound that scored Chamblee’s Kyle Kimbrell with the go-ahead run. “It’s a new experience,” Alexander said of his appearance in the all-star game. “I didn’t expect it because I didn’t play a full season. But it was fun.” Taylor came on in the bottom of the eighth and retired six straight batters, with two strikeouts, and was named North MVP. He played in the field before com-

Demarcus Taylor of Tucker, left, and Miller Grove’s Jabari Gayle were named MVP of the North and South, respectively, in the annual Senior All-Star Baseball Classic. Photo by Robert Naddra

ing in to pitch the final two innings. “I was a little tired but I wasn’t going to give up a chance to pitch,” said Taylor, who was a starting pitcher for Tucker this season and had 55 strikeouts in 46 innings while compiling a 4-5 record. In last year’s Junior All-Star Classic, Taylor was the winning pitcher and was named his team’s MVP. He also had a hit and two RBIs in that game. “I really like playing in these kinds of games,” Taylor said. It was the sixth win in a row for the North, who leads the series 10-6 (there were two senior all-star games played in each of the first six years of the event).

The North’s pitching shut down the South over the final five innings. Chamblee’s Linden Weng pitched the sixth and seventh innings to earn the win. He struck out two and allowed only one hit. Weng was 2-2 with a 2.13 earned run average and had 36 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings pitched during the season for the Bulldogs. Jabari Gayle of Miller Grove was the MVP for the South. Gayle was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and was hit by pitches twice. On the mound, he allowed only one hit and struck out four batters in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Gayle batted .407 with 17 RBIs during the season for Miller Grove. The North got a run in the first

and another in the fourth to lead 2-0 before the South posted four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Dunwoody’s Jared Martin had an RBI single in the first and the Wildcats’ Chris Hale drove in a run on a groundout in the fourth inning. Southwest DeKalb’s Timothy Jones and Lithonia’s Rasean Fullmore scored on a two-out error by the North, tying the game at 2-2. Two batters later, Gayle got his second hit of the game and drove in Miller Grove’s Sean Charleston and M.L. King’s Myles Sims for a 4-2 lead. Jones was the only other player for the South to have two hits in the game.

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South gets first win in Junior All-Star game
by Robert Naddra B.J. Barnes of Stephenson and a pair of Redan players helped the South earn its first win May 31 in the four-year history of the DeKalb County Junior AllStar Baseball Classic. Barnes, who hit .342 with 23 RBIs during the season, had two hits and three RBIs for the South. His two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave his team the lead for good. Two-out hits by Marcus Hodge of Southwest DeKalb, Joseph Graves of Redan and Joseph Holmes of Stephenson loaded the bases for Barnes, who earned MVP honors for the South. Redan also was wellrepresented, despite the absence of its most notable player. Wesley Jones, who led the county with a .534 batting average, is playing summer ball with East Cobb. But Jones’ teammates made their presence known. Brandon Baker pitched the first four innings of the game and earned the win. He struck out five and allowed two hits and one earned run. Graves had two hits and scored the fourth run of the game for the South. Barnes, Hodge and Jordan Scott of Arabia Mountain combined to allow no runs, one hit and four baserunners over the final five innings to preserve the victory. Meanwhile the South offense kept rolling. Barnes had an RBI in the seventh inning as the South scored two runs for a 6-2 lead. The South added two more runs in the eighth with the help on an RBI double from M.L. King’s Dar’Kwan Brown. Sean Wilson of Lakeside had three hits, a stolen base and an RBI to earn the MVP award for the North. Brett Riley of Decatur also drove in a run for the North.

B.J. Barnes of Stephenson, right, drove in three runs to help the South defeat the North in the annual Junior All-Star Baseball Classic. Barnes and Lakeside’s Sean Wilson were named MVP of their respective teams. Photo by Mark Brock

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