Champion Newspaper: Year in Review


  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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County, school system could lose revenue if cities annex


DeKalb County and the DeKalb County School District could lose revenue if cities in DeKalb are annexed, according to James Grubiak, general counsel of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. At the final meeting Senate Study Committee on the Incorporation of the City of DeKalb on Dec. 13, the issue was raised about the possibility […]

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OPINION: Present evil killing our future


“Into the world of fears and hatreds we need to pour a double portion of the spirit of confidence in the power of love. Not peace at any price, but love at all cost. All our problems today resolve themselves into the problem of learning to live together.”— Canon Peter Green   In a few […]

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Opinion: A time to laugh, a time to mourn


The classic television comedy show Saturday Night Live, or SNL, as its fans often call it, on Dec. 15 opened with the New York City Children’s Chorus singing “Silent Night.” There was no punch line—just the lovely Christmas hymn with the particularly appropriate refrain “sleep in heavenly peace.” SNL, during its 37 years on the […]

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Hit the gym at 2a.m.? Workout Anytime says, why not?

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  With the start of a new year, many people have self-improvement—especially becoming stronger, leaner and healthier—on their minds. Typically, gym memberships spike during January. But many who sign gym membership contracts later find scheduling and expense more difficult than they had expected. Bill Aicklen, who currently owns two DeKalb Workout Anytime locations, in Decatur […]

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Finances at heart of DCSD’s problems


  An accrediting agency recently placed the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) on “accreditation probation and warned if the district didn’t make significant progress on a host of issues it will lose its accreditation in 2013. AdvancED sent a special review team to investigate the district’s operations in October. During a Dec. 17 news conference, […]

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Lithonia residents unite against biomass plant


Lithonia residents had a unified message during a Dec. 18 public hearing: They do not want a biomass facility in their community. Nearly 100 Lithonia residents and their supporters attended a question-and-answer session followed by a public comment hearing about a draft permit for Green Energy Resource Center to operate a biomass fuel generating facility. […]

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OPINION: Here comes the judge


It is a wonderful thing to be able help share great news like the fact that DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams has been elevated to chief judge of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit and administrative judge of the 4th Judicial Administrative District. The new year will usher in Judge Adams’ two-year term. In […]

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