DINOSAUR EXPLORE : Stone Mountain Park’s new attraction

Champion Newspaper

    DeKalb County’s Stone Mountain Park is a popular year-round family-friendly destination. To kick-off the summer fun, the park has announced Summer at the Rock featuring its new attraction—Dinosaur Explore. The attraction features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects that allow them to move and roar much like their ancient ancestors. Visitors will […]

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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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History Center brings education to life


For more than an hour on March 2, hundreds of students from three elementary schools saw history brought to life. Second-, third- and fourth-graders from Glenwood, E.L. Miller and Cedar Grove elementary schools attended the two-person production Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hosted at the DeKalb History Center in […]

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Program draws teen girls into technology fields

Chapel Hill Middle School students participate in the YWCA’s Teen Girls in Technology. The program has more than 500 metro Atlanta students. Photos provided

  “Not all ‘IT guys’ have to be guys.” That’s what a technology program for metro Atlanta girls teaches its participants. Since 2006, the Teen Girls in Technology (TGIT) program has focused on helping girls become more interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Participants are recruited in middle school and can stay in […]

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Movie filmed in downtown Decatur

Lila and Eve set

Decatur residents may see parts of downtown Decatur in the upcoming film Lila and Eve. Movie production and film crews were filming at different locations in the city Jan. 22 and 23. Movie trucks were parked at Decatur First Methodist Church Jan. 22 and people from the production were seen setting up lights and other […]

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Tucker High robotics team wins excellence award

The robot moves through a course similar to one used in the competition.

One of Tucker High School’s four robotics teams won a recent competition’s prestigious award. The Tucker VEX Team 1320A won the Technology Student Association Fall Leadership Conference’s excellence award on Nov. 9. “It is the top award that kids can win at the tournament,” Booth said. “It [exceeds] even the tournament champions who win by […]

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Jolly Elementary’s WJES keeps students informed

From left, Adrian Knox-Price films the WJES program as Jaela Calvin looks on.

  Every morning at Jolly Elementary School in Clarkston, a student-run news broadcast WJES updates students on the weather, lunch menu, birthdays, special events, holidays and words of wisdom. “We get to be on TV and we have to tell Jolly Elementary School what’s going on,” said fifth-grader Sui Paw Lin, 11, a WJES broadcaster. […]

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DeKalb technology school principal receives state honor

Kyarra Williamson practices with a wig. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

When Dr. Vikki Williams, principal of DeKalb High School of Technology-South, met a young man in her school’s construction program, she knew he needed inspiration. “He had very low self-esteem and it was evident that his socioeconomic background and status was challenging,” Williams said about the Hurricane Katrina evacuee who was behind in school. “But […]

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