Four dead in plane crash


A private plane crashed May 8 on I-285 after departing from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Four passengers and a dog were killed. The victims were identified as Greg Byrd and his sons Christopher and Phillip. Jackie Kulzer, the fiancée of Christopher, was also killed in a crash, along with a pet. Kulzer, a 2006 graduate of St. […]

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Decatur boys soccer advances to final four

Decatur goal keeper Jackson Bailey blocks a goal attempt. Photos by Travis Hudgons

It has been 12 years since the Decatur Bulldogs soccer team has won a state title. The Bulldogs are one step closer to winning another state title after defeating Dawson County 2-1 in the Class AAA quarterfinals May 9. Decatur gained an early 2-0 lead in the first half behind goals by senior Kevin Beck […]

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Marist boys tennis, girls track repeat as state champions

Marist girls’ track team won its third state title.

The Marist boys tennis and girls track teams won state championships May 9. The boys tennis team defeated St. Pius X 3-0 to earn its second consecutive AAAA State Title. The girls track team won its third consecutive AAAA trophy as seniors Morgan Ilse and Caitie Faust dominated their events. Faust won the 400-meter and […]

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Harassment complaint filed against Brookhaven mayor

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis

A Brookhaven employee has accused Mayor J. Max Davis of sexual harassment. City spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said city attorney Tom Kurrie is conducting an investigation after the sexual harassment complaint was by a female employee Feb. 24. “There was a complaint received verbally by the city manager [Marie Garrett], but it was regarding the same […]

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Decatur bishop receives national honor again

From left, Bishop Quincy Lavelle Carswell, a two-time honoree of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers, is joined by Morehouse professor Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., wife Gwendolyn Jones Carswell, and son Quincy Lavelle Carswell II. Photo provided

A Decatur pastor believes the national honor he recently received is a license to do more good. “What do you do with such an honor, a distinguished honor, as this? I feel that recognitions like this are given not only because of a person’s service, but are also given for that person to take that […]

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OPINION: And another shoe drops

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“When I assumed the position as interim CEO for DeKalb County in July 2013, my number one priority was to restore the people’s trust in their government. My commitment to reform our government and root out any corruption is firm and unwavering,” interim DeKalb CEO Lee May, April 24, 2015. Strong words and sentiment. I’m […]

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OPINION: Recognition is sweet. Confirmation is better

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The Champion was again one of the top newspapers at the annual Georgia Press Association Advertising Conference and Awards Luncheon held April 30 in Macon. Our staff was recognized for excellence in design in the categories of newspaper promotion, online, full-color, food, institutional, non-traditional, miscellaneous, out of print promotion, classified advertising and advertising campaigns. Our […]

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Avondale Estates celebrates new business


Avondale Estates welcomed a new business, and the Market in Avondale is happy to be there. The Market in Avondale held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially celebrate its opening; the market originally opened Dec. 1, 2014. Nicol Turner, co-owner of the market, said she and the co-owners Dena Stockton and Chris Beagle decided to open […]

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