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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EDITORIAL: Everyone’s responsible for keeping children safe this summer


Summer hadn’t even officially started and the news of youth tragedies had already begun to mount. A 10-year-old boy in Lithonia was shot in the head at home on June 15. A teen in Fayette County was gunned down leaving a pool party in Fayette County on June 13. A young girl nearly drowned at […]

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Nonprofit offers jobs and training to resettled refugees

From left, Jessica Darnell, Kitti Murray, Leon Shombana, Eleni Tsegu and Caleb Goodrum are part of Refuge Coffee in Clarkston.

by Justin Beaudrot Refuge Coffee Company is a newly established 501c3 nonprofit organization that offers jobs and job training for resettled refugees living in Clarkston. Founder Kitti Murray came up with the idea for a coffee shop after speaking with neighbors, and realized it could fill the need for a central place where the community […]

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