Same-sex marriage: It’s the law

Jordan and Cat Carnes-Miller got married at the DeKalb County Courthouse soon after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all states. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County was ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses when the U.S. Supreme Court made them legal June 26. “We were prepared for this,” said Probate Court Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh. “The highest court in the land has ruled on the issue, and it is up to rest of the judiciary to follow the law […]

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Burrell Ellis found guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion

Burrell Ellis mug

A jury found suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion. Ellis was accused of strong-arming vendors to donate to his reelection campaign in 2012. The jury came to a verdict July 1 after six days of deliberation, finding Ellis guilty of three perjury charges for lying to a […]

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#DeKalbParksPics Photo Contest


July 2 – 31, 2015 | DeKalb County Parks Sponsored by DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs In Collaboration with The Champion Newspaper, Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Southern Airways Express #DeKalbParksPics Photographers Workshop with John Glenn July 9, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Callanwolde Fine Arts Center […]

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Sales popping at Tiffany’s Popcorn Café

Larenzo Reid stocks approximately 25 flavors of popcorn in addition to ice cream, Italian ices and other goodies.

  Larenzo Reid, owner of Tiffany’s Popcorn Café, in Lithonia envisions snack cafés such as his emerging into international icons similar to shops in popular coffee chains. “I want this to be a place people come to hang out with friends, read, work at their computers and enjoy something delicious while they’re doing it,” said […]

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County to spread word about human trafficking hotline

human trafficking hotline

“Are you or someone you know being sold for sex or made/forced to work for little or no pay and cannot leave?” That’s what patrons of adult entertainment establishments, bars and hospitals will see posted in the public restrooms. The signs will urge the reader to call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-(888) […]

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Emory students support local sidewalk mission

Towers Action Group Beverly Hall (third from left) poses with Emory fellows and residents.

Many in the Towers High School community are concerned about an increase in pedestrian deaths. Residents want sidewalks, and Emory University students are supporting their mission. On June 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, Towers Action Group (TAG) along with Emory students enrolled in a community building and social change fellows program, hosted an event […]

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EDITORIAL: Everyone’s responsible for keeping children safe this summer


Summer hadn’t even officially started and the news of youth tragedies had already begun to mount. A 10-year-old boy in Lithonia was shot in the head at home on June 15. A teen in Fayette County was gunned down leaving a pool party in Fayette County on June 13. A young girl nearly drowned at […]

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Infiniti QX70 marries elegance with functionality


Memorial weekend was a perfect time to test drive the 2015 Infiniti QX70. Between picking up groceries—and there were plenty of those—as well as picnic necessities such as folding chairs and transporting family, cookout supplies and more, it got a good workout. The Infiniti got rave reviews from driver and passengers in all areas, and […]

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