St. Pius X falls to Buford in state championship game

St. Pius X head coach Paul Standard consoles quarterback Jack Spear after he was sacked on a 4th down attempt in the final seconds of the Class AAA championship game. Photo by David DiCristina

The St. Pius X defense played stoutly throughout the playoffs and it carried over into the Class AAA state Championship game on Dec. 14. But in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 3, Buford had a fourth-and-1 at the St. Pius X 39-yard line with 9:10 remaining. Buford quarterback Taylor Mitchell pitched the […]

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Lakeside tops Decatur in swim meet, St. Pius edges out Dunwoody

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The swimming and diving season is under way in DeKalb County and Lakeside and St. Pius X are off to good starts. Lakeside outpointed Decatur 249-177 and St. Pius X got a six point win over Dunwoody with a score of 188-182 at the Dec. 4 swim meet. Lakeside placed first in 20 events and […]

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Nonprofit organization beautifies Fairington Park

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For 15 years, Fairington Park was a dead, neglected park with no playground or any activities for children, according to residents in the area. The large grassy area was littered with trash and was a place of crime. Bonita Lacy, executive director of Healing Hearts of Families USA Ministries in Decatur, wanted to change that. […]

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Sammy Johnson: A ‘natural-born athlete’ living up to his potential

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Sammy Johnson is not your average athlete. The junior from Stone Mountain High School played organized football for the very first time this past season and he has played basketball for only two years. But, with the numbers that he has been putting up for both football and basketball one would think he has been […]

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K-9 officer retires after seven years on force

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  Twan, a DeKalb County K-9 officer, has retired his collar after seven years on the DeKalb County Police force. The 10-year-old Belgian Malinois retired from the force on Dec. 4 due to age and health complications. He served two years longer than the average work life span for a K-9 officer. Twan will live […]

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County’s role questioned as new cities form

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What would be the role of DeKalb County going forward if more cities are created? That was the question asked by DeKalb legislators at a Nov. 29 meeting held by the Senate Study Committee on the Incorporation of the City of DeKalb. State Sen. Gloria Butler (D-55) chairs the committee that includes Democratic senators from […]

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Occupy Atlanta protests in support of Wal-Mart workers’ rights

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While shoppers were searching for the best deals at the Wal-Mart on Memorial in Decatur on Black Friday, members from Occupy Atlanta were across the street boycotting the major chain store. Approximately 10 protesters gathered in the parking lot of Aaron’s across the street holding signs and passing out flyers about the nationwide protest in […]

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Next Level

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Each week The Champion spotlights former high school players from the county who are succeeding in athletics on the college level.   Kayla Lewis, Florida (basketball): The sophomore guard from Southwest DeKalb scored 11 points and had eight rebounds in the 80-63win over Northern Iowa on Nov. 24. She is averaging 7.9 points and 6.6 […]

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