Sherry Boston wins DA race, Coleman-Stribling to take over Solicitor duties


DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James was unseated by challenger Sherry Boston May 24 in a highly contested race. The ballot count, as of press time on May 24 accounting for 94 percent of DeKalb precincts, had Boston at 33,646 votes and James at 20,639 votes. Boston’s victory comes after endorsements from former district attorneys […]

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Michael Thurmond is DeKalb CEO Democratic nominee

Michael Thurmond won the democratic ticket for the office of DeKalb County CEO. Photo by Carla Parker

The man who helped save the DeKalb County School District was chosen as the Democratic nominee in the DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer race. As of press time Michael Thurmond had received 71.83 percent of votes. Runner-up Connie Stokes received 25.69 percent and Joe Bembry received 2.48 percent. Thurmond, who held his victory celebration at […]

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Community leaders express support for Doraville TAD

Assembly Rendering[1]

In a May 12 meeting hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce in the chamber’s Decatur headquarters, the city of Doraville and other interested parties presented to representatives of the news media information supporting a proposed tax allocation district (TAD) at the former GM Doraville plant. TADs, first authorized by the state in 1985, allow […]

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OPINION: This isn’t goodbye


OK, DeKalb County, I will get to the point quickly as I usually do: this is my final column for The Champion Newspaper and my final issue with the paper. Incidentally, this is the second “final column” I have written for a newspaper. The first time was in 1990, weeks before graduating from Clemson University. […]

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DeKalb super: Students make ‘economy of tomorrow’

Stephen Green, right, has been supported and opposed in his opinions regarding the Doraville TAD.

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Stephen Green weighed in on the controversial tax allocation district (TAD) conversation in an essay released May 5. A TAD being proposed in Doraville would help finance multi-purpose redevelopment of the 165-acre former GM assembly plant. The project requires participation from the school district and county commission, but DCSD […]

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Volunteers honored by Sheriff’s Office

More than 80 volunteers who provide services for inmates and their families were honored by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Pastor Ron Brown, a minister at Spirit and Truth Sanctuary in Decatur, has been a chaplain at the DeKalb County Jail for approximately 20 years. His motivation for volunteering at the jail is personal. “Well, I was in jail myself once, and for that reason I know that—I’m not trying to brag on myself—some of […]

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Public, officials discuss E-SPLOST before May 24 vote


For six minutes on May 9, an audience in DeKalb County’s J. David Williamson Board Room sat attentive and silent while elementary students Isaiah Stevens and Elijah Stephens spoke. The words echoing through the auditorium-like room were precise as they outlined needs for DeKalb School of the Arts, including a proper auditorium and classroom expansion […]

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Bethune Middle lives up to namesake

Eighth-graders Jakeria Daniels, Tyrees Lindsey and Deshawn Williams help an educator select books at Bethune Middle School.

Mary McLeod Bethune may have passed away in 1955, but her spirit was alive and well in Decatur on May 13 and 14. For two days, the gymnasium at Bethune Middle School, which owes its name to Bethune, transformed into a hub for reading, education and literacy. Over the course of 14 hours, more than […]

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