Thurmond: ‘pimps and drug dealers’ recruiting our kids

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County CEO Michael Thurmond said he hopes one of his initiatives approved in the 2017 budget will help combat youth gang activity in DeKalb.  In a 5-2 vote, commissioners passed Thurmond’s budget, which included an amendment to address youth unemployment. The county partnered with WorkSource DeKalb to create the “DeKalb Works” summer internship program, which […]

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Overlay district allows alcohol sales adjacent to church

A DeKalb County business owner says Lemon Drop Bar and Grill is operating illegally but county 
officials say it is not.

Charles McCorkle describes himself as a “very persistent” man, which is why he said he’s not giving up until something is done about a business selling alcohol that he says is too close to a church. McCorkle, owner of GB Event Facility off Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur, said the Lemon Drop Bar and Grill […]

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A day for women

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Commissioner holds first event Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures, a film chronicling the life stories of a team of Black women mathematicians who served an important role in the early years of the U.S. space program, Commissioner Greg Adams hosted the first Hidden Figures of DeKalb award program. The program highlighted the contributions of […]

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‘Lord don’t let this thing explode’

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DeKalb County resident recalls I-85 bridge collapse incident Decatur resident Christopher Brown, 47, said he’s thanking his lucky stars after driving through Interstate 85 in Atlanta while it was on fire. Brown, leaving a photo shoot, said he arrived just as the fire began. According to reports, the bridge caught fire around 6:30 p.m. At […]

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‘DeKalb County’s soul is at stake’

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  Former board of ethics member speaks out   Longtime DeKalb County resident and former DeKalb Board of Ethics member Scott Bonder said he needed to resign to notify residents that DeKalb’s ethics board is in danger.  Bonder, in an exclusive interview with The Champion, said he resigned from the board of ethics due to […]

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Water woes for DeKalb residents

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DeKalb County resident and founder of the Facebook group Unbelievable DeKalb Water Bills Star McKenzie said she understands DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond inherited a mess. However, the mother of two said it’s time for DeKalb residents to get answers.  According to county officials, Thurmond plans to hold a public meeting April 5 to address what […]

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Fifty tons of debris collected

DeKalb County officials kicked off the Operation Clean Sweep initiative March 11.

Streets in DeKalb County may be a little cleaner after a recent cleanup effort by county officials. In the first Saturday of the county’s Operation Clean Sweep, 50 tons of debris were removed from a 12-mile stretch of south Stone Mountain and Lithonia on Panola and Redan roads by county crews. On March 11, crews […]

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Hill: ‘Someone benefited from this mailer and it wasn’t me’

Former Stonecrest mayoral candidate Charles Hill said he plans to seek legal action after a mailer was sent out to residents days prior to the election.

DeKalb County resident and Yale graduate student Charles Hill, who recently lost the mayor’s race to Jason Lary for the newly formed city of Stonecrest March 21, said he plans to seek legal action after a mailer regarding Hill’s mental state was sent out days prior to the election.  The mailer states that Hill was […]

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