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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DeKalb school board fires ProAct Search

DeKalb Board of Education met on May 4 to discuss the future of the superintendent search.

  The DeKalb County Board of Education voted to fire the search firm charged with finding a replacement for outgoing school superintendent Michael Thurmond, a day after another district ousted the firm over concerns of misconduct. The board announced in a press release on May 5, that it had ended the contract with ProAct Search […]

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Commissioners debate $6.5 million Tobie Grant recreation center

The Tobie Grant community may soon get a new multimillion dollar recreation center. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Scottdale residents say their recreation center has been neglected by DeKalb County. “It’s so bad in the wintertime, kids got to come outside to be warm. They can’t go inside the building because it’s not warm enough,” said Gail Lundy, who has lived in the community for 64 years. “We had to buy a [hand] […]

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Four dead in plane crash on I-285


A plane crashed that took off from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport crashed on I-285 May 8, killing four passengers. DeKalb County Fire Chief Darnell Fullum said the fire department received a call at 10:11 a.m. and responded to the PA-32 plane that crashed into the median wall near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. “We do have four confirmed victims—three […]

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Lee May gives up commission seat


After nearly two years of being the interim DeKalb County CEO and the elected District 5 commissioner, Lee May has resigned his commissioner’s seat. May stopped representing District 5 constituents as a commissioner in July 2013 when he was appointed interim DeKalb County CEO by Gov. Nathan Deal, following the indictment and suspension of DeKalb […]

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