MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Go fly a kite

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Looking for a carefree activity or a pastime reminiscent of childhood or something physical to get the younger folks moving and laughing? Consider flying a kite. Kite flying is believed to be more than 2000 years old and cultures around the globe (China, India, Japan) have early ties to kites. Throughout the years, kites have […]

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DeKalb firefighters raising money for one of their own

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The DeKalb County fire department is seeking donations to help with the medical bills of fellow firefighter Nate Leota. Leota, who has been a DeKalb firefighter for nine years and president of the DeKalb Professional Firefighters #1492 Union, developed the rare neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) after a quadruple heart bypass surgery in April. DeKalb firefighter […]

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Residents, advocates unhappy about proposed animal shelter site

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DeKalb County commissioners have proposed three possible locations for a new animal shelter but some residents think that one of the locations should be taken off the table. Commissioners and CEO Burrell Ellis’ administration have narrowed the list of sites to DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK) and two sites off Lawrenceville Highway. One of the sites, […]

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Former DeKalb school board member says she would like to be reinstated

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Former DeKalb County school board member Sarah Copelin-Wood told a judge June 18 that she should be reinstated to the DeKalb County Board of Education because she was “elected by the public.” “I didn’t just jump in there,” she said. “That was up to the public and they said we want you to serve us […]

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Couple perform together after cancer bouts

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                            In the early 90s, Joe and Charissa Gransden were studying music at Georgia State University (GSU) when they met in the wind ensemble. Now, nearly two decades later, the couple will take the stage together for the first time. Charissa, who […]

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15-count indictment against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis

A grand jury handed down a 15-count indictment against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis June 18.

DeKalb District Attorney Robert James announced the charges listed in the 15-count indictment. The charges are criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion, conspiracy in restraint of free and open competition, criminal attempt to commit false statements and writings, theft by taking, conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision and coercion of other employee to give anything of value for political purposes.

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DeKalb sheriff’s deputies, U.S. marshals arrest murder suspect in Decatur

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  The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad and the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Nathaniel Cummings June 17 at the Church’s Chicken Restaurant located at 1808 Candler Road in Decatur. Cummings is wanted for murder and burglary in Dodge County. He is also wanted for burglary and probation violation in Laurens […]

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Champion takes top press association award for fifth consecutive year

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For the fifth consecutive year The Champion in its division won first place in General Excellence, the highest award in Georgia Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The Champion also garnered eight first-place awards in this year’s press association competition. They are: News Editor Andrew Cauthen for Hard News Writing and for Serious Column, Chief Operating […]

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