DeKalb Glass Recycling Program

Program works to unite refugees with family members

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Vestina Inanahazwe received a call Nov. 15 from her mother in Burundi who told her that her brother is missing. Inanahazwe, a refugee from Burundi, has been living with her two children in Clarkston for the past six years. Her mother, brother and sisters are living in Burundi and her father is in Tanzania. “Burundi […]

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Occupy Atlanta protests in support of Wal-Mart workers’ rights


While shoppers were searching for the best deals at the Wal-Mart on Memorial in Decatur on Black Friday, members from Occupy Atlanta were across the street boycotting the major chain store. Approximately 10 protesters gathered in the parking lot of Aaron’s across the street holding signs and passing out flyers about the nationwide protest in […]

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Next Level


Each week The Champion spotlights former high school players from the county who are succeeding in athletics on the college level.   Kayla Lewis, Florida (basketball): The sophomore guard from Southwest DeKalb scored 11 points and had eight rebounds in the 80-63win over Northern Iowa on Nov. 24. She is averaging 7.9 points and 6.6 […]

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Brookhaven residents elect mayor, council members in runoff

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          The residents of the new city of Brookhaven chose attorney J. Max Davis as its mayor in a runoff election Dec. 4. Preliminary results showed Davis leading by approximately 65 percent against opponent Ashford Alliance President Sandy Murray, who trailed with approximately 35 percent. Before his apparent win, Davis said […]

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Jaguars move into Class AAAAA state quarterfinals


The No. 9 ranked Stephenson Jaguars moved on to the next round of the playoffs with a victory in the Class AAAAA state high school football playoffs on Nov. 23. The Jaguars knocked off No. 3 ranked East Paulding 35-7 on the road in the Boneyard behind running back Evan Jones second consecutive 100-yard rushing […]

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GPC cancels fall graduation ceremony, doesn’t reimburse student fees

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  David Schick, editor of Georgia Perimeter College’s (GPC) student newspaper The Collegian, said the college’s fall graduation ceremonies have been canceled and students haven’t been offered a reimbursement of their graduation fees. Schick said students and officials received an email Sept. 21 from Interim President Rob Watts, who was appointed during a budget crisis […]

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Church member files lawsuit against pastor of Greenforest church


A filed lawsuit against Greenforest Community Baptist Church, Inc., its pastor, deacons and bylaws committee contains allegations of a power struggle and misuse of church funds. The lawsuit was filed in October by attorney Sylvia Goldman, a minister at the church. According to the lawsuit, the defendants have proposed changes to the church’s current bylaws […]

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Children taken by noncustodial mother will remain with her

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A woman accused taking her four children to Texas in violation of a child custody agreement will keep the children for now. Melisa Ivey, of Carrollton, TX, appeared in court Nov. 19 for a hearing on her emergency petition to change custodial custody of her children ages 14, 12, 11 and 10. The children were […]

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