Students study film production at summer camp

More than 40 students showcased their film production skills during “The Black Top Circus goes Hollywood” series.

With Georgia ranking third in the United States for feature film production, the BlackTop Circus wants to give children the opportunity to be exposed to the film industry. The BlackTop Circus and Empowering Youth through the Arts Organization presented “The BlackTop Circus goes Hollywood,” a series of short films produced and performed by camp students […]

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Hundreds protest Missouri police shooting

A Decatur rally organized via social media sites draws a large crowd protesting a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Hundreds showed up at a Decatur rally Aug. 14 protesting the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., by police. People held signs that read “Don’t shoot,” “Veterans 4 Justice,” and “Justice for Mike Brown,” referring to the man who was shot after an officer encountered him and another man on the […]

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Georgia Piedmont Technical College unveils multimedia program and labs

Commissioners Larry Johnson and Sharon Barnes Sutton along with GPTC president Jabari Simama cut the ribbon on the television production studio, new to GPTC. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

“We’ve gone through the industrial age, the technology and information age, to this content age now, this digital media age. And we have to have programs like this that are on the cutting edge if we are going to be successful over the long term.” Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of […]

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Fairington community celebrates new playground

Children prepare to enter the bounce house during the grand opening celebration.

Children in the Fairington community will have more activities to do than run around in a large grassy area at Fairington Park. Community residents and Healing Hearts of Families USA Ministries Inc. celebrated the grand opening of the park’s new playground July 25. Bonita Lacy, executive director of Healing Hearts of Families USA Ministries in […]

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Sutton: ‘I am good with everything I’ve done’

Sharon Barnes Sutton

  As the FBI and the county ethics board looks into how DeKalb County commissioners handle their budgets and county purchasing cards (P-cards), Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton said she has been fiscally responsible. “There has been no misuse, no overspending,” Sutton told The Champion on June 16 about the handling of her budget, which was […]

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Commissioners postpone YMCA vote yet again


DeKalb County commissioners and residents were clearly divided June 10 on whether to approve a $5 million public/private partnership with the South DeKalb YMCA to help the facility implement improvements. The Board of Commissioners did not have the required votes to pass the item, which will come before the board again June 24. “I encourage […]

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Teacher partners with Panola Mountain State Park for honey bee preservation

David Shipp, a local beekeeper for DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts’ Beekeeping Club, demonstrates a bee box at Panola Mountain State Park. Photo provided

A partnership between Panola Mountain State Park and a teacher at DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts will result in more than 100 acres of park land being used for the preservation and keeping of honeybees. Rozalyn Todd, a gifted/discovery teacher at DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (DESA), has been keeping bees for the […]

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Dunwoody City Council Meeting recap


As Dunwoody matures, it’s still living with the growing pains of establishing itself as a new city and all that it brings, including zoning ordinances, a 911 center and private-public partnerships. Here are some of the highlights from the May 12 meeting. • Dunwoody will select the firm to conduct the search for its new […]

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