Stephenson, Champion win county middle school basketball titles

The Champion Lady Chargers won their second title in three years with a win over defending champion Stephenson.

The Champion girls’ and Stephenson boys’ basketball teams topped off an undefeated season Feb. 13 with DeKalb County middle school basketball titles. Stephenson’s team (17-0) is back-to-back champions after defeating Miller Grove 59-51. The Jaguars went into halftime down 29-22, but came out hot in the third quarter—going on a 19-8 run in the third […]

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Fifteen basketball teams punch tickets to state playoffs

Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers earned a No. 1 seed after beating Mays 64-48 in the Region 6-AAAAA title game.

DeKalb County will be highly represented again in the Georgia High School Association state basketball playoffs. Fifteen DeKalb teams, from public and private schools, will play in the first round of the playoffs, which began Feb. 16. Five of the teams enter the playoffs as a No. 1 seed after winning a region title on […]

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Stephenson High students wear their pride

Principal Michael Jones and members of Stephenson High School’s Sankofa Club give the “Black Power” salute during “Dashiki Day.”

More than 150 Dekalb County high school students, staff and faculty chose to celebrate Black History Month by donning colorful, patterned, loose-fitting clothing. On Feb. 11, Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain celebrated “Dashiki Day,” where members of the school, ranging from students to the principal, dressed in pullover garments known as dashikis. Though widely […]

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Bill could change county government

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 A state representative from DeKalb County has introduced legislation to get people talking about changing the county’s form of government and the size of the Board of Commissioners. On Feb. 8, Rep. Scott Holcomb (D–Atlanta) introduced legislation that would change the composition of the governing authority, abolish the office of chief executive officer, provide for […]

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OPINION| And then there were five

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“Let me be clear.  We won the first round, but this campaign is far from over,” Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, in an overnight communication to his donors and supporters after handily winning the Iowa GOP Caucus.  After what already may seem like years, especially on the GOP side of this race, the voting has […]

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OPINION| Racism is alive and well


Every so often we get clear reminders that racism still exists. A case in point are the comments to a reporter and recent bills filed by Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson), who proudly states on his website that he is a sixth generation resident of Jackson County, which is 88.8 percent White and 7.2 percent Black, […]

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Thurmond to join race for county CEO


Mike Thurmond is planning to run for the county’s top government position. “Hopefully we can get DeKalb back on track,” said Thurmond in a phone interview with The Champion before releasing a statement later in the day officially announcing his candidacy for the DeKalb CEO position. Thurmond is a former state labor commissioner who served […]

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Georgia’s Junior Leagues Participate in Inaugural Little Black Dress Initiative


  Georgia has one of the highest poverty rates for children in the United States at over 26 percent. Some statistics say that 40+ percent of single family homes are living below the poverty line. Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. Poverty and financial stress can impede […]

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