Tree hit by lightning damages home in south DeKalb

Fire from the explosion spread to Ernest Walker’s home. Photos by Carla Parker

Ernest Walker and his wife were sitting in their garage having coffee when they heard a “big boom.” “It knocked us backwards out of the chair, and we saw the tree falling,” Walker said. Lightning hit a large tree in front of the Walkers’ home, located in the 3900 block of Knights Cross in south […]

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New fireworks laws spark extra caution

4th of July Fireworks

This Independence Day Georgians may legally celebrate with fireworks that had been outlawed before a legislative change that went into effect July 1. Medical professionals caution, however, that just because fireworks are legal doesn’t mean they are without risks. Physician Sofia Khan, systems medical director at DeKalb Medical, warned that like many everyday items, fireworks […]

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Former SWD lacrosse player finishes ranked in NCAA stats

Calyn Kelly ranked 7th in the nation in ground balls per game average.

Tusculum College women’s lacrosse sophomore midfielder Calyn Kelly was one of two Pioneers ranked in the Top 10 in the 2015 NCAA Division I ground ball category. Kelly, a former Southwest DeKalb lacrosse and basketball star, had a 3.80 ground balls per game average to rank seventh in the nation and second in the South […]

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DSA grad finishes track career at Florida State

DSA alum Jande Pierce finished her college career with an All-American honor and two NCAA Track and Field Championships appearances.

  Jande Pierce came out of the DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA) in 2011 with a track scholarship to Florida State University even though the school had no track team. The redshirt junior wrapped up her college career this past spring with an All-American honor and two NCAA Track and Field Championships appearances to […]

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Mike Glenn hosts basketball camp for deaf students

A basketball camp for deaf students concluded June 26 with a boys and girls all-star game at Decatur Recreation Center. Photo by Carla Parker

Young basketball players who are hearing impaired from across the country traveled to Decatur for the Mike Glenn’s All-Star Basketball Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In its 36th year the camp, was held June 22-26 at Clairemont Presbyterian Church and Decatur Recreation Center. Hosted by former NBA player Mike Glenn, it is […]

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Same-sex marriage: It’s the law

Jordan and Cat Carnes-Miller got married at the DeKalb County Courthouse soon after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all states. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County was ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses when the U.S. Supreme Court made them legal June 26. “We were prepared for this,” said Probate Court Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh. “The highest court in the land has ruled on the issue, and it is up to rest of the judiciary to follow the law […]

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Burrell Ellis found guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion

Burrell Ellis mug

A jury found suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion. Ellis was accused of strong-arming vendors to donate to his reelection campaign in 2012. The jury came to a verdict July 1 after six days of deliberation, finding Ellis guilty of three perjury charges for lying to a […]

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#DeKalbParksPics Photo Contest


July 2 – 31, 2015 | DeKalb County Parks Sponsored by DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs In Collaboration with The Champion Newspaper, Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Southern Airways Express #DeKalbParksPics Photographers Workshop with John Glenn July 9, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Callanwolde Fine Arts Center […]

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