Brannon Hills is falling down

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  County set to address blighted property issues     Brannon Hills is close to falling down. Not from the dilapidated conditions and burned out properties, however, but from county bulldozers.   The DeKalb County Community Development Department issued a public notice June 15 requesting the release of grant funds to demolish burned-out properties at […]

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Pay it forward

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DeKalb man helps students without mothers   DeKalb County’s Don Roman knows firsthand the pain of losing a loved one at an early age. That’s why Roman is dedicating his time and resources to help others in similar situations.  Roman, 69, of Stone Mountain, is the board chair for the nonprofit group Students Without Mothers. […]

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Hoping for $460,000 in 60 days

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Beloved Clarkston coffee shop challenges supporters for funds to buy space   “Every mission has a place. Ours is here in Clarkston, Georgia. We own our mission—will you help us own our place?”  This is the introduction of a video outlining Refuge Coffee Company’s latest fundraiser for $460,000—the amount needed to purchase property at 4170 […]

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Avondale police notify residents of summer crime spike

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Summer break has begun in DeKalb County, which means police departments are preparing for the annual summer crime spike. Avondale Estates Police Chief Lynn Thomas released an emailed message to residents May 23 to expect an increase in crime during the summer months. “As stated in previous summer letters, we must always remember that crime […]

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MARTA brings TOD to Chamblee

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  Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson said he’s excited that the city will have its first “Class A” office project after officials with MARTA and Pattillo Industrial Real Estate held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $25 million project named Trackside.  Trackside, located adjacent from the Chamblee MARTA station parking lot at the intersection of Peachtree Road […]

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‘Fairy godfather Steve’

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Chamblee cop goes on The Steve Harvey Show to find a worthy man   For Chamblee police officer Lacanmaren Shinholster, a night out on patrol—potentially filled with chasing and arresting criminals—is much easier to deal with than the world of modern dating. “My friends think I’m so hard on guys, that my expectations are too […]

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Jason Lary to Lithonia mayor: ‘I’m done’

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Stonecrest will not partner with Lithonia on anything while Deborah Jackson is mayor, newly-elected Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary told The Champion. Lary’s declaration came a day after he expressed the same sentiments to Jackson during the April 3 Lithonia city council meeting. Lary, whose management firm manages the events at the Lithonia Amphitheater, accused Jackson […]

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‘Word on the street’

Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood School for Girls experienced a 400 percent increase in enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year, crediting changes in the overall atmosphere and teacher retention as sources of improvement. Photo submitted.

Word-of-mouth leads to historic enrollment numbers at Ivy Prep    With a 400 percent increase in potential enrollment, a superintendent with an Atlanta education legislative background and a fresh principal—it’s easy to see why members of Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood School for Girls say the school is leading the way in innovation. “We’re doing some […]

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