Riverdale police officer’s funeral held in DeKalb

A long line of law enforcement vehicles travels along Memorial Drive for the funeral of a Riverdale police major. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Traffic came to a stop for approximately 30 minutes on Memorial Drive as the funeral procession for a fallen Riverdale Police major made its way to Saint Philips AME Church in DeKalb County Feb. 20. Riverdale Police Major Gregory E. Barney was shot and killed Feb. 11 while assisting the Clayton County SWAT and Clayton County […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Lithonia police chief accused of creating ‘hostile work environment’

Lithonia Police Chief Roosevelt Smith is sworn in by Judge Curtis Miller.

In the 15 months Roosevelt Smith has been chief of police of Lithonia, he has created a hostile work environment and engaged in corrupt and unethical practices, according to former and current Lithonia police officers. The Champion was the first to report that Smith and Lithonia Police Captain Lloyd Owens are being investigated by city […]

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Cross Keys more confident after championship loss


The Cross Keys boys’ soccer team made program history last season with its first championship game appearance. The team suffered a 1-0 loss to St. Pius X in the game, but the loss did not keep them down for long, according to their coach Derrick Burgess, he said the hunger the players had last season […]

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Eleven teams advance to Elite Eight

Cedar Grove point guard Jaquan Acie runs by a Dodge County defender. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The Elite Eight of five of the seven classifications in the state basketball playoffs will feature 11 teams from DeKalb County. In Class AAA, the Cedar Grove Saints will play in their third consecutive Elite Eight on Feb. 26 against Westside of Augusta at Augusta University. Game time is set for 8:15 p.m.Cedar Grove defeated […]

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Wine connoisseur brings sip and shop to Avondale Estates

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Steffini Bethea has been interested in wine most of her adult life—so interested that her husband remarked she had put so much time and money into wine research she should make a living at it. The remark inspired Bethea to launch The Purple Corkscrew Wine Shop & Tasting Room. Bethea said her previous experiences as […]

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Perimeter regional leaders discuss growth, future

Dunwoody mayor Denis Shortal explains his plans in dealing with future expansion.

For an hour on Feb. 19, community leaders and government officials from Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs came together to discuss the future of a northern DeKalb region. The Perimeter Business Alliance (PBA), a volunteer organization based in north Atlanta, hosted a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Perimeter Center, where the mayors of Chamblee, […]

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Lithonia police chief under investigation

Lithonia police car

Lithonia Police Chief Roosevelt Smith and another officer are under investigation by the city for alleged excessive force on a suspect while in custody. On Feb. 10, Lithonia mayor and city council held a special called executive session to discuss a personnel matter. The city would not elaborate on the specifics of the personnel matter, […]

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Kittredge Magnet students enact environment change

From left, Sooriya Senthilkumar, Aaditya Saha, Alexander Jovanovic, Sanjeev Anand and Ashvij Hosdurk make up the KMS Recycling Cougars.

Since September 2015, five DeKalb middle school students have done more for local recycling than most do in an entire year. The Kittredge Magnet School (KMS) Recycling Cougars, made up of sixth grade students Sanjeev Anand, Sooriya Senthilkumar, Ashvij Hosdurg, Aaditya Saha, and Alexander Jovanovic, as part of this year’s Lexus Ecochallenge, have impacted the […]

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