Former monastery rich in art and history


Artistic treasures are often found in unusual places. About 100 miles south of Naples, Italy, is Padula—a small town with apopulation hovering around 5,200—in the Salerno province. This is where one can find a former monastery—once home to 60 monks who lived among a grand array of artwork including paintings, frescoes, woodwork, sculpture, architecture and […]

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Welding student to represent GPTC adult education program


A Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) welding student is competing to be a statewide adult education ambassador. Justin Bates, 21, will represent Georgia Piedmont in March during the upcoming EAGLE Leadership Institute. The EAGLE Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, recognizes students who have demonstrated superior achievement […]

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Five arrests made in 2015 Lithonia murder

Mohamed Kamara

The Lithonia Police have identified six suspects and arrested five in the May 3, 2015, murder of 26-year-old Leevon Daniels. Police arrested 18-year-old Mohamed Kamara, 17-year-old Christay Eady, 17-year-old Dawson Phillip Brown, and two 16-year-olds. Police are still looking for another 16-year-old suspect. Lithonia Police Chief Roosevelt Smith said he believes the suspect is hiding somewhere […]

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Blasting concerns again halts work at Snapfinger sewage plant


Construction work at the Snapfinger Wastewater Treatment Plant has been halted by DeKalb County officials. The halt for the second phase of the project comes after concerns about blasting in the area. In a Jan. 29 statement to The Champion, the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) officials stated, “The blasting at Snapfinger Wastewater […]

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Jail anger management workshops enhance life skills


Part 2 of a two-part series on mental health care at the DeKalb County Jail   The DeKalb County Jail retains the services MHM Services Inc., a mental health services vendor directed by Dr. William Brickhouse. Brickhouse manages a staff of 30 licensed providers who are trained to conduct mental health assessments and counseling along […]

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Lakeside principal under investigation for alleged racial comments

jason clyne lakeside principal

Lakeside High School principal Jason Clyne has been removed from the school and is under investigation for possible violation of policy, according to the DeKalb County School District. In a letter sent to Lakeside parents, students and staff Jan. 27 from Superintendent Stephen Green, the superintendent stated the district was made aware of flyers posted […]

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State title on the minds of Greenforest boys’, girls’ basketball teams

From left, Arielle Holloway and Theodora Odia hold the holiday tournament trophies Greenforest won in December.

  The Greenforest girls’ basketball program has had pretty good teams in recent years. The program went 17-10 in 2013, 15-10 in 2014 and 11-9 last season. However, no one, not even the players expected to be undefeated (17-0) and ranked No. 3 in Class A-Private through the month of January. “In the beginning of […]

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Alterique Gilbert named McDonald’s All-American

Miller Grove guard Alterique Gilbert was selected for McDonald’s All American Boys team. He received his game jersey during a Jan. 25 ceremony. Photos by Travis Hudgons

When Alterique Gilbert set foot on the Miller Grove High School campus, no one outside the boys’ basketball program thought he would become a McDonald’s All American player, according his coach Sharman White. “But me and him had this in our mind,” White said. “This was planned; this was predestined because I felt like he […]

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