Firefighter turned sheriff starts fourth term

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When Thomas Brown first became DeKalb County’s sheriff in 2000, the position had a tarnished reputation. A sheriff in the 1970s “stayed into a lot of stuff,” Brown said. “[He] had some argument with some kid in his neighborhood and ended up shooting the kid. But he was acquitted, as I understand it. I don’t […]

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Lithonia junior varsity wrestling team wins county

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The Lithonia High School junior varsity wrestling team finally won the DeKalb County Junior Varsity wrestling title on Dec. 22 after placing third twice in the last three years. Lithonia won the tournament with a score of 190.5. They outscored McNair (171.5), Southwest DeKalb (167.5) and Stephenson (127) to win the county title. Wrestling coach […]

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Clemson football players visit Children’s Healthcare at Egleston patients

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  Patients at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston got a surprise visit Dec. 27 from the University of Clemson football players. The Chick-fil-A Bowl participants along with Miss Georgia, Brittany Sharp, went from room to room in the oncology and hematology ward of the hospital and distributed autographed team gear to patients. The […]

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Music, money flow into the community through church’s Music for Missions

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Among the things dear to Jack Sartain’s heart are music and his church—especially the church’s missions program. He found an opportunity to combine those two passions and the community is benefiting with quality concerts and money for area nonprofits. In 1999 Sartain and other members of Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church’s United Methodist Men started […]

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Blessing on Wheels blesses families in need

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In December 2009, Stephanie Rockmore had a vision to bless those who are less fortunate. She made a promise to God that she would do something once a month to help those who are in need. She went on to form ‘Blessings on Wheels,’ a nonprofit organization that gives back to some of Atlanta’s less […]

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School board not focused on schools

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  Anyone who cares about DeKalb County, and more importantly, anyone who cares about the children of the county and their education was probably disturbed to learn that the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has been placed on accreditation probation. AdvancED, the organization that accredits the school district, described DCSD’s situation as being one of […]

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Snow Mountain offers a winter without the drive

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Each year, Stone Mountain Park celebrates the holiday season by transforming into a holiday wonderland complete with snow, Santa and festive lights. “We wanted to make sure metro Atlanta residents had some place to celebrate the season and see the snow without having to drive to up north,” Jeanine Jones, public relations manager at Stone […]

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Champion Newspaper: Year in Review

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  A penny saved: Transportation tax fails [oqeygallery id=15] DeKalb residents and others in the metro Atlanta area voted to save their pennies instead of paying a one-cent sales tax for transportation. At stake in the vote were $6.14 billion of regional transportation projects selected by the Atlanta Regional Roundtable that represented Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, […]

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