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Thurmond’s first year: ‘We are progressing’

DeKalb County School District Superintendent Mike Thurmond says the district has made “significant progress” with him at the helm. Photos by Caleb Wade

On Feb. 8, 2013, Mike Thurmond became the superintendent of the DeKalb County School District. In the past year, Thurmond, a former Georgia labor commissioner, has dealt with accreditation probation, a school shooting, a contentious lawsuit and even a snow storm. The following is the first of a two-part interview by Andrew Cauthen, news editor […]

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Elisha Shaw: ‘I haven’t lost hope’: The Tucker lineman is determined to play again after career-ending neck injury

Shaw has strained ligaments in his neck that may never heal.

National Signing Day is a special occasion for high school football seniors, but it was more special for Tucker High School defensive tackle Elisha Shaw. As Shaw walked up on the stage in his school auditorium, everyone could see him holding a hat with the University of Georgia symbol on it. But as he was […]

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DeKalb football players commit on National Signing Day

Proud parent Kimberly Alexander, center, poses with her son and Tuskegee University signee, Ken Hike Jr., far left, and his Columbia High football teammates Deshon Cooper (Mississippi State University), Antonio Holloway (Garden City Community), Christopher Jones (Delta State University) and Kennington Cadwell (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga) at the Taco Mac sponsored Nation Signing Day Frenzy event. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The recruiting process for high school football players can be rigorous and emotional. However, it is all worth it in the end when players sign on the dotted line of the schools of their choice on National Signing Day. Tucker’s Dominick Sanders was one of many players who had an eventful recruiting year. Sanders committed […]

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Romper room goes supersize: Largest indoor playground in Georgia


  When Cathy Lee was looking for a safe, fun indoor playground for her 2-year-old she was frustrated that so many such places had been taken over by teenagers and had few areas where preschoolers and elementary school age youngsters could romp freely without interference from older youth. Finally she decided that the solution was […]

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Labor commissioner talks about wages, unemployment

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler spoke to DeKalb County officials and residents at Commissioner Stan Watson’s Community Cabinet Breakfast Feb. 1. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler faced tough questions about the state of the workforce in DeKalb County and throughout Georgia at a Feb. 1 community meeting hosted by Commissioner Stan Watson. Butler, who said the economy in the state and DeKalb County is on an uptick, was questioned by residents as to whether he supports […]

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Giddy over 2013 Prius V’s gas mileage


  I’m always a little hyped when a new test car is coming my way. However in January, my colleague John Hewitt was more excited than I about the 2013 Prius V that I had for a week to review. Hewitt, who is The Champion Newspaper’s chief operating officer, was practically giddy to walk around, […]

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Daytrip to the Leon Sinks in Apalachicola National Forest

Located just outside Tallahassee, Fla., the Leon Sinks geological area boasts one of the country’s largest networks of underwater caves.

Just a short drive from Tallahassee sits the longest underwater cave in the United States, but from above ground it looks like nothing more than a series of large pools and puddles except that each is connected. Located in Leon County, Fla., the Leon Sinks Geological Area boasts a network of underground caves that connects […]

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Commissioner celebrates long-running community breakfast

Once a month, residents and public officials come together for Commissioner Stan Watson’s Community Cabinet Breakfast. Watson said it’s a way for residents to learn about the issues the county faces and interact with their elected officials. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

For nearly two decades, residents and county officials have been coming together once a month to talk about the community at DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson’s Community Cabinet Breakfast. Watson, who has hosted the event for 17 years, said Feb. 1 that the breakfasts have served as an important event over the years. “Stories have […]

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