MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Summer program reinforces reading skills

Students at Dunaire Elementary School were some of the 3,000 that attended a reading enhancement program in June. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Approximately 3,000 DeKalb County students attended school for 12 extra days in June.On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 3-26, the DeKalb County School District held a Title I K-5 Summer Reading Program at eight sites: Midway, Fairington, Smokerise, Cedar Grove, Dresden, Toney, Stoneview and Dunaire elementary schools. The program was designed to eliminate summer learning […]

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Learning the art of making ‘em laugh

Paula Gilchrist explains techniques to her comedy class in Lithonia. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Laughter may come easy for most people but learning how to make people laugh sometimes requires instruction, study and practice, practice, practice. That’s why a group of up-and-coming comedians gather in Lithonia at the House Comedy Club weekly to learn and hone their skills.Instructor Paula Gilchrist, who is also a comic, goes over a number […]

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Bingo used to deliver elder abuse message

Solicitor General Sherry Boston hosted a bingo event at several senior centers around DeKalb. She said getting the seniors together for bingo provides an opportunity to educate them about the risks and signs of elder abuse. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

Senior citizens in DeKalb should really only worry about B-I-N-G-O, not A-B-U-S-E. That’s the thinking behind the recent events hosted by DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston. Gathering seniors from the community for bingo, Boston discussed signs of elder abuse. “Unlike other types of crimes, elder abuse is a crime that doesn’t always get reported because, […]

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OPINION: Reflecting on the Fourth of July celebration


A Black celebrating “independence,” on a day most Black Americans would agree did not apply to their ancestors, is problematic. Yet, since President Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, I, along with most minority parents and those in families of mixed races and sexes, can look their children in the eyes and tell them the […]

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Students explore aviation at camp

From left, Vanessa Williams of Dunbar Elementary in Atlanta, Erica Birdsong of The Children’s School of Atlanta, and Victoria Williams of Paul Lawrence Elementary in Cobb County, work on their airplane. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Dunbar Elementary student Vanessa Williams said she “wanted to learn about airplanes and how the pilots control the airplanes.” That’s why she participated in the aviation camp held at Fernbank Science Center and sponsored by Lockheed Martin. For 10 years, Lockheed Martin has partnered with Fernbank in the program that is designed “to help develop […]

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Murder suspect in Lithonia shooting death arrested

Johnie Oliver mug

A murder suspect was arrested July 2 in connection with a June 27 fatal shooting near Lithonia. Johnie Oliver, 21, was taken into custody by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad and is at the DeKalb County Jail on one charge of murder and two counts of aggravated assault.  A 23-year-old man was killed […]

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Watson: ‘I don’t think I have any questionable charges’


Editor’s note: The Champion will look at the purchasing card use of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and those of other select P-card holders.   DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson said June 30 he is in the process of paying DeKalb County back for approximately $4,800 in cell phone charges on his personal phone. […]

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Downtown Decatur parking meters to get electronic overhaul

New, centralized electronic parking meters are replacing the old, individual coin-only meters in downtown Decatur. See story on page 13A. Photos by John Hewitt and Lauren Ramsdell

With clouded displays and finicky coin slots, downtown Decatur’s old parking meters could be a pain. Much worse is the scramble to come up with a handful of quarters at the last minute. But starting June 24, downtown parking got a little less frustrating. All of the city’s 300 downtown parking meters were switched to […]

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