DeKalb County graduations return to Georgia World Congress Center

Last year, DeKalb County School District was criticized for holding graduations outside of DeKalb county. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

  All 23 high schools in DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will have three hours each to conduct their 2017-2018 commencement ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), according to a recent release. On Oct. 30, DCSD released its 2017-2018 commencement schedule, which will take place May 21 through May 26. Schools will have […]

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Henderson Middle chorus teacher gets Grammy nod

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When Henderson Middle School teacher Dale Duncan began teaching more than 20 years ago, he thought he had made a mistake. “When I first started teaching, I thought I was in the wrong place,” Duncan said. “I didn’t want to stay. I got to the point where I could quit, stay and be miserable or […]

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Four more years

Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry announced his intent to rerun for mayor in late June. In November, he will face former council member Beverly Burks. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Chamblee, Clarkston mayors win reelection Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson and Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry retained their elected offices in close DeKalb County mayoral races on Nov. 7. Clarkson won a fourth term against opponent Van Pappas 53.9 percent to 45.4 percent. Clarkson, who has been mayor since 2005, ran on a ticket celebrating Chamblee’s decade-long […]

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Bethune Middle principal removed following alleged groping

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Myron Broome placed on administrative leave during investigation Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School principal Myron Broome has been placed on paid administrative leave following reports of “serious employee misconduct,” according to DeKalb County School District (DCSD) officials. The Champion received an anonymous tip that Broome allegedly groped a fellow DCSD employee during the Statewide Instructional […]

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Spreading smiles to the community

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DeKalb Early College Academy senior to represent Boys & Girls Club family For DeKalb Early College Academy (DECA) senior Jequilla Boyce, each personal interaction is a chance to understand, support and inspire positivity. “When I can help someone smile, it’s great because I’ve made someone’s day better,” Boyce said. “A smile is contagious. You can’t […]

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Clarkston candidates debate issues, personalities

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Eight Clarkston City Council candidates made their voices, platforms and opinions on city government public on Oct. 17 as part of a municipal election forum at the Clarkston Community Center. Moderated by WABE reporter Elle Yu, the forum consisted of three panels that also included the candidates for mayor. City council candidates present on Oct. […]

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Miss USA 2016 speaks at McNair High School

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For Miss USA 2016, motivational speaker and United States Army Reserve Captain Deshauna Barber, the secret to success is consistent self-love, being “on the grind” early and addressing skeletons in the closet. Barber spoke to McNair High School female students on Oct. 19 as part of an empowerment discussion. Students were encouraged to discuss topics […]

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DeKalb schools to continue 20-minute extension

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Additional 20 minutes to last until Nov. 30, fourth makeup day waived   DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced its intention to continue adding 20 minutes to each school day on Oct. 20 to make up days lost to inclement weather caused by Hurricane Irma. According to a recent release, the extension will last until […]

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