DeKalb CEO to trade politics for pulpit


“After much prayer and consideration, my wife and I have decided not to run for CEO in this upcoming election,” interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May told reporter Feb. 5. The decision was made “after a lot of time and prayer and discussion about our future,” May continued. May said he and his wife Robin are […]

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Police, fire rescue personnel pushing for more pay


Sgt. Marnie Mercer, a 13-year DeKalb Police veteran, can no longer afford to work for DeKalb County. That’s what she told county officials Jan. 25 when she and dozens of county police and fire rescue personnel attended a Board of Commissioners meeting to again urge county officials to increase their pay. Mercer, who serves as […]

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Commissioner collecting water for Flint, Mich.’s crisis

lead rust water GS

A DeKalb County commissioner is collecting bottled water for the Flint, Mich., water crisis. On Oct. 1, 2015, the Genesee County Board of Commissioners issued a public health emergency declaration for residents using the Flint city water supply due to elevated levels of lead. “I’m making a spirited effort to collect bottled water for the […]

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Dunwoody wins first DeKalb County wrestling title

McNair Junior Qadir Romero (top) pinned Stephenson’s Lance Foucha to win the 113-pound division.

For the first time in program history, the Dunwoody Wildcats wrestling team has claimed the title of DeKalb County champions. Dunwoody scored 252 points to win the 2016 William S. Venable DCSD Wrestling Championship on Jan. 26 at Druid Hills High School. Dunwoody outscored runner-up McNair by 49.50 points, the largest margin win since 2011. […]

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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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