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Ellis seeks end of DA’s ‘witch hunt’


  DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James is on “an unrestrained witch hunt” in the case against suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, according to a motion filed by Ellis’ attorneys Jan. 9. Ellis’ attorneys filed motions “to disqualify the District Attorney’s Office” and to dismiss the case they say is “based upon selective prosecution.” “It […]

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Local college has state’s largest ESL program

Pat Kuzela teaches students in an English as a second language (ESL) class at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Photo provided

When marriage brought Priscilla Rincon Jimenez, now 44, from Colombia to the United States, she knew very little English. “I studied English in my country, but only when I [was in] high school,” Jimenez said, her English conversational but still broken. She also studied English for a year in college in Latin America. In February […]

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Marist wrestling wins region


The Marist wrestling team advanced to the Team Dual Wrestling Championship as the No. 1 seed after defeating Lithonia 43-18 in the Region 6-AAAA Team Dual Area Championship tournament Jan. 4. Lithonia also advanced to the Team Dual Wrestling Championship and will be a No. 2 seed. The Team Dual Wrestling Championship will take place […]

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Boil water advisory in effect for the Clairmont Road area

Water meter

The DeKalb County Watershed Division is issuing a boil water advisory for 1777 North East Expressway, Mount Royal Drive and Oak Lane, according to a Jan. 8 news release. Watershed crews are making a repair on a 16-inch main and have isolated the line to complete the repair in the area, the release stated. Georgia […]

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Man in custody for grabbing women’s buttocks at Target

Dunwoody Police car

A man has been arrested for grabbing women’s buttocks at a Dunwoody Target store. According to police, on Jan. 2, between noon and 3 p.m., Target security workers were alerted to a man following women around the store, located at 100 Perimeter Center Place. Police said the suspect used his open palm to make contact […]

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Wedding planner leaves nothing to chance

Decatur-based wedding planner Gail Johnson said that people think that wedding planning is easy “but it’s not.”

Gail Johnson got an early start learning the fine art of wedding planning. When she was 18, she coordinated the wedding of a neighbor’s son. While it wasn’t an elaborate affair (the nuptials took place in a backyard) the mission was accomplished. Now Johnson, who lives in Tucker and runs her special events and wedding […]

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Rustic Italian cuisine in Toco Hills

Pan seared whitefish is accompanied by scampialla romana.

  A new casual neighborhood eatery has joined the dining options in west DeKalb County’s Toco Hills Shopping Center. “We recognize that diners have a lot of choices in Toco Hills, but we believe we have crafted a unique experience that will weave us into the fabric of the neighborhood,” commented Chris Hadermann, one of the […]

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Locals pay it forward in Jamaica

Locals pay it forward in Jamaica

A group of DeKalb residents recently returned from a four-day excursion to Montego Bay, Jamaica as part of an annual mission trip coordinated by DeKalb-based nonprofit Unconditional Love for Children (ULC). The fourth annual event was spearheaded by Champion Newspaper publisher Carolyn Glenn and Dr. Earl Glenn. ULC’s mission is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged […]

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