Students work to protect community garden

Bees are attracted by sunflowers and help pollinate plants in the garden.

by Justin Beaudrot Some students and faculty at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) are concerned that there may be plans to move the Decatur campus’ community garden to what some consider an unsuitable location. Student Kayla Sims, service chairwoman of the Jaguar Activity Group, the student government’s programming organization, and president of the Earth Club, along […]

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DeKalb Symphony Orchestra brings music to the community

Libby Whittemore performs live with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.

by Justin Beaudrot The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra brought pops to music lovers July 17 at the Marvin Cole Auditorium on Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston campus. This was the orchestra’s 50th annual Pops Concert. Dressed in black bowtie and white coat, Conductor and Artistic Director Fyodor Cherniavsky began the concert with An American in Paris suite […]

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OPINION: How to kill a bear


“When killing a bear with only your hands you must follow some steps. First, you have to find a bear.” I recently ran across this gem on the Internet titled How to kill a bear, by Rutger Moore of Murfreesboro,Tenn. It reminded me of my real life bear-in-the-wild story. It was several years ago on […]

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Biking for the fitness inclined

Cyclists discussing bike gear before the ride.

by Justin Beaudrot Shortly after dawn on an overcast Wednesday morning, 13 cyclists from Virginia-Highland Velo gather at East Decatur Station for their weekly ride. While riders adjust their bikes and gear, their conversations touch on the week’s current events. They are all suited up in their kits, the bright skin-tight outfits made for cycling, […]

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Refugees grow at community garden

The hand-painted welcome sign greets people as they enter the Jolly Avenue Community Gardening.

by Justin Beaudrot Tucked away on a neighborhood street in Clarkston is Jolly Avenue Community Garden. There, a variety of corn, tomatoes, beans, squash, cucumber, lettuce, long bean, mustard greens and roselle grow. Organized and administered by Friends of Refugees, the Jolly Avenue Community Garden offers tenant farmers, most of whom are refugees and Clarkston […]

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Stone Mountain Park official: Rebel flags must fly under law

Various versions of the Confederate battle flag have a protected status by state law at Stone Mountain Park. Photo by Travis Hudgons

  ATLANTA (AP) Confederate flags will continue flying at Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta because Georgia law prevents their removal, according to what the head of a state authority that oversees the park said July 1. The law would have to be changed for the flags to be removed, said Bill Stephens, chief executive officer […]

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Pet Buddies expands into DeKalb

Donation station for Pet Buddies food pantry

Pet Buddies cofounder and executive director Heather Koehler and co-founder Dee McGowan were both volunteers for county shelters where they witnessed animals being turned in because their owners could no longer afford to take care of them. That’s when the two decided to open Pet Buddies Food Pantry. Since 2010, the organization has spayed and […]

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#DeKalbParksPics Photo Contest


July 2 – 31, 2015 | DeKalb County Parks Sponsored by DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs In Collaboration with The Champion Newspaper, Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Southern Airways Express #DeKalbParksPics Photographers Workshop with John Glenn July 9, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Callanwolde Fine Arts Center […]

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