DINOSAUR EXPLORE : Stone Mountain Park’s new attraction

Champion Newspaper

    DeKalb County’s Stone Mountain Park is a popular year-round family-friendly destination. To kick-off the summer fun, the park has announced Summer at the Rock featuring its new attraction—Dinosaur Explore. The attraction features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects that allow them to move and roar much like their ancient ancestors. Visitors will […]

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Chapel Hill Park gets makeover


Chapel Hill Park in Decatur received new features and cosmetic improvements April 2. In conjunction with Earth Day, Kaiser Permenante partnered with Earth Share Georgia, Park Pride and Friends of Chapel Hill Park to make improvements to the park as part of its annual environmental service project.  Approximately 40 volunteers came to the park to […]

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Honoring legacies: A Decatur family honors the past while looking to the future

Carrie Salone, right, with her daughters Alleah, left, and Ayana hold awards that were presented to the honorees. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Recently, on a quiet residential street off College Avenue, local matriarchs and longtime Decatur residents Thelma Faverand, 94, Carrie Cook, 86, and Gussie Mae Lowe (posthumously) were honored at the Hometown Country Cookout—an annual event hosted by Carrie Salone.  “This year [we] wanted to give tribute to three legendary women who have truly touched the […]

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Glazed goodness comes to Wesley Chapel Road


  The red glow of the famous “Hot Now” sign indicating fresh, hot doughnuts now resides at 2533 Wesley Chapel Road.  Many patrons welcomed the opening of Krispy Kreme doughnut store, which marks the 11th metro-area location for the North Carolina-based corporation.  Hundreds of customers braved early morning temperatures in anticipations of the store’s Dec. […]

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Beyond the field: William ‘Buck’ Godfrey inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Beyond the field - William ‘Buck’ Godfrey

For many, his name alone is synonymous with DeKalb County football: William ‘Buck’ Godfrey. He’s the winningest football coach in DeKalb County history. As head football coach at Southwest DeKalb High for 30 seasons, his record of 273-89 includes a state championship, a state runner-up title and 13 regional titles. And for these and many […]

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New Dunkin’ Donuts to continue Wesley Chapel Road renaissance


Signs of new life are popping up on Wesley Chapel Road. On April 9 DeKalb District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson and a group of residents welcomed the arrival of a Dunkin’ Donuts store with a groundbreaking ceremony along the Wesley Chapel corridor near I-20. “This will be an upscale coffee shop with WI-FI that we want in our […]

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Renovated Decatur public works now open

Facilities Maintenance Superintendent Felix Floyd leads a group on a tour of the Elosie T. Leveritt Building, the new home of the City of Decatur public works. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The city of Decatur held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its recently renovated Public Works Facility on March 24. Located at 2635 Talley St., the state-of-the art building is a one-stop shop for construction-related permitting and enforcement. It’s also a joint facility with the City Schools of Decatur’s maintenance department. “We’re really excited to reopen […]

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Tucker Chili Cook-off


The Old Town Tucker Merchants Association and The Local No. 7 hosted the third annual Tucker Chili Cook-Off, March 15. Held on Main Street, the event featured chili samples from individual and restaurant competitors. The chili cook-off also included a vendor area featuring local artists and unique goods. There were music performances from The Chris […]

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