35 years of MARTA History

Andre Brown: quarterback of offense and defense

Columbia quarterback Andre Brown, who also plays safety, leads the county in quarterback statistics. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Football teams that have good quarterbacks usually have them playing just the quarterback position. However, that is not the case for Columbia’s Andre Brown. Brown plays quarterback and safety for the Columbia Eagles. “He’s our quarterback on offense, quarterback on defense, and quarterback in the locker room,” said Columbia coach David Edwards. Brown has been […]

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‘Yes man’ testifies against suspended county CEO

Former county procurement director Kelvin Walton testified against his former boss, suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

“Like a murderer.” That’s how the self-described “yes man” of suspended CEO Burrell Ellis described his ex-boss. The comment occurred Sept. 24 as former procurement director Kelvin Walton was being questioned by Lawanda Hodges, deputy chief assistant district attorney at DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, about a secret recording played in court. In his testimony, […]

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Franchise owners open Georgia’s first Happy’s Pizza

3 Owner Charles Benson and Manager Phillips

A restaurant chain whose corporate office calls it “a household name in Michigan,” recently opened its first Georgia restaurant on Candler Road, making Georgia the ninth state in which Happy’s Pizza is sold. The story, as Sherrie Handrinos who does marketing for Happy’s Pizza explained, started 18 years ago on a busy corner in northeast […]

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OPINION: Minimum wage, maximum effort?


  “I struggled to get through high school. I didn’t get to go to college. But it made me realize you can do anything if you want to bad enough,” Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, from a 2008 interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He died a billionaire, several times over and Chick-fil-A, the company he […]

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Tour Tasty way to experience Charleston

Plates of fried green tomatoes, fried pickles and corn bread were presented at the Virginia’s tour stop.

There are plenty of ways to experience and learn about Charleston, S.C. A culinary tour happens to be one of the tastiest. On a recent visit to the low country, I participated in a tour that focused as much on some of Charleston’s most mouth-watering offerings as its rich history. The Upper King Street Culinary […]

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Why the need for ethics training and review boards


With all the recent ethics violations and complaints in not only DeKalb but nationally and internationally, it seems that there is almost an epidemic of unethical behavior. It seems as though it is expected; our society has accepted it and created review boards to address the most egregious offenses. The mere existence of ethics review […]

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OPINION: Bad resume? You need not apply


So The Champion is looking to hire a reporter as soon as possible. To that end, we placed the following ad online: “Looking for a fun and challenging writing career? Decatur-based newspaper seeks an experienced journalist to report on and photograph DeKalb County news events. This is a great opportunity to join a creative, multi-award-winning news […]

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Locals hope to revive Bruce Street community

From left, Michael Turner and Fred Reynolds created Eagle Rock, an education and community development cooperation. Eagle Rock plans to use the old Bruce Street School to offer training in trade jobs such as construction, carpentry, facility maintenance and more.

Growing up in the Bruce Street community in Lithonia in the 1960s was a fun time for Fred Reynolds. Despite the segregation of Blacks and Whites during this period, Reynolds, 59, remembers good times while living on the “other side of the tracks” in Lithonia. “Just a sleepy little town, just growing up on that […]

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