MARTA - 35th Anniversary

DeKalb announces all-county baseball teams

Tekwaan Whyte

The 2014 baseball season ended without a DeKalb team celebrating a state championship, but a few players celebrated post-season county awards. The DeKalb County School District announced the awards for the 2014 1st All-County team, 2nd All-County team, All-County Defensive team, player of the year, pitcher of the year, coach of the year and field […]

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Local film company to release bail bond comedy


Finding humor in going to jail is the focus of a new film soon be released by a film production company in Lithonia. Bail Bonds 2 is a comedic take on “how African Americans go to jail, sometimes just for nothing,” according to Dennis Clark, one of the film’s producers. “We’re having fun with the […]

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Rader: ‘I don’t want to reflect poorly on the county’

Jeff Radar

Editor’s note: The Champion will look at the purchasing card use of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and those of other select P-card holders.   “A P-card can certainly be a useful tool, but there’s got to be accountability.” That’s what DeKalb County District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader told The Champion on May 22. […]

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One school’s birthday party edict


Students at Fernbank Elementary School will no longer be able to celebrate their birthdays with cupcakes or any other desert. That’s after Jason Marshall, the school’s principal, issued an edict banning parents and visitors from bringing food to the school except during the “two designated classroom parties that will be held at the end of […]

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MARTA CEO: ‘We’re continuing to get better’


When Keith Parker took over as MARTA general manager and chief executive officer in December 2012, he said the transit system had a $33 million deficit, an unfavorable public image and a tense relationship with state lawmakers. In the last 17 months, Parker and MARTA officials have made improvements to move MARTA in a positive […]

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Church to provide haven for child sex trafficking survivors


Three years ago, a 13-year-old softball player noticed that a strange man was constantly watching her during games. Whenever she played first base, the stranger would stand behind the first base fence and watch her. When she was at third base, the stranger would go to the third base fence. One day, when she came […]

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Decatur students awarded for their empathy

Colson Dennis prepares to take donated books to students at the Global Village Project in Decatur.

Three students from the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue were recognized May 21 for sharing the gift of reading to refugees. Fifth-graders Colson Dennis, Genesis Reddicks and Minnie Stanford each received a $1,000 scholarship for winning first place in the 2014 Belk Service Learning Challenge, a regional competition through which students learn about core subjects […]

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Gabrielle Robinson continues to dominate DeKalb tennis

Chamblee tennis player Gabrielle Robinson finished at the top of girls No. 1 singles with a 14-1 record in 2014. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Watching tennis star Serena Williams play was all it took for then 4-year-old Gabrielle Robinson to gain an interest in the sport. “I told my parents that I wanted to play tennis and they went out and bought a racket,” Robinson said. At 17, Robinson is one of the top female players in No. 1 […]

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