Forest Park is St. Louis’s crown jewel

If you are ever in St. Louis, Mo., and become homesick for Stone Mountain Park, visit the city’s 1,371-acre Forest Park.  Located approximately seven miles from the iconic Gateway Arch, the public park with free admission is the sixth most visited urban park in the United States and was the site of the 1904 Summer […]

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OPINION: This isn’t goodbye

OK, DeKalb County, I will get to the point quickly as I usually do: this is my final column for The Champion Newspaper and my final issue with the paper. Incidentally, this is the second “final column” I have written for a newspaper. The first time was in 1990, weeks before graduating from Clemson University. […]

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Volunteers honored by Sheriff’s Office

Pastor Ron Brown, a minister at Spirit and Truth Sanctuary in Decatur, has been a chaplain at the DeKalb County Jail for approximately 20 years. His motivation for volunteering at the jail is personal. “Well, I was in jail myself once, and for that reason I know that—I’m not trying to brag on myself—some of […]

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Fallen officers remembered

When local law enforcement officials and families of 42 fallen officers gathered May 11 for the annual law enforcement memorial program, there was a new name on the memorial. “This year we have added one additional officer to this memorial wall: DeKalb County Master Police Officer Kevin Toatley,” said DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy. […]

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New vendor to provide lifeguards at Browns Mill pool

A new contractor has been chosen to provide lifeguard services at a DeKalb County-owned aquatic facility that came under scrutiny last year after a near drowning. On April 26 the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved the contract for Stand Guard Aquatics of Alpharetta to provide lifeguard and pool services at Browns Mill Family Aquatic […]

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Ex-judge tries to unseat incumbent State Court judge

compiled by Andrew Cauthen   A former traffic and State Court judge wants to unseat an incumbent State Court judge who has been on the bench for six years. Roderick Bridges, an attorney and former State Court judge, is running against State Court judge Dax Lopez. The two will face each other in the […]

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Group to study county government structure

  A  15-person commission soon will be established to study the county’s form of government and make recommendations about whether it should be changed. On April 25, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May signed an executive order creating a charter review commission to study the county’s form of government.  “I am very much in support […]

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Five law enforcement pros challenging current sheriff

compiled by Andrew Cauthen Six people with various types of law enforcement experience want to be DeKalb County’s next sheriff.The seat is currently held by Sheriff Jeffrey Mann, who has been in the position since March 2014 after former Sheriff Thomas Brown resigned to seek another office. Mann is seeking re-election.Voters will go to the […]

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