Ocean explorer brings new technology to Fernbank


  Audiences at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX Theatre can dive into an underwater experience in the new giant screen film Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D, narrated by oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. On June 2, Fernbank Museum of Natural History held an advance screening of the IMAX film, followed by a live Skype chat […]

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Diligence can reduce pool injuries, deaths

Clarkston Pool 127

While pools can be fun places to beat the summer heat, they also can be deadly and dangerous. In the United States, there was an average of 382 pool or spa-related drownings reported per year from 2010 to 2012 involving children younger than 15 years of age. Additionally there were, on average, 5,400 pool- or […]

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OPINION: Justice can be long and painful


  It was my first big story for The Champion. On Nov. 22, 2010, just 12 days after I joined the county’s legal organ, I was assigned to cover a news conference at the Dunwoody Police Department. Four days before the news conference, Russell Sneiderman, 36, was gunned down at point-blank range after dropping his […]

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Standing up to the challenge of adventure

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Stepping away from my comfort zone and learning something new and adventuresome excites and scares me.Such mixed emotions washed over me as I walked onto the dock on Jekyll Island in early June preparing for my first stand-up paddleboard lesson. Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a sport that’s been growing in popularity for several years. Some […]

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New park feature makes big splash

Johnson, center, greets visitor Linda Seals, right, and her grandchildren.

At the grand opening of the Spray Ground at Exchange Park June 13, DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson joked that he played in a spray park as a child in Chicago “except they didn’t call it a spray park; it was more an open fire hydrant.” Johnson said the new configuration of fountains, dump buckets […]

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County’s ethics board meeting cancelled


The regular board meeting of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics, originally scheduled for June 22, at 6:30 p.m., was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. “Proper legal notice was not issued through DeKalb County Communications, even though the Ethics Board supplied the agenda in a timely manner.  I apologize for any […]

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OPINION: The latest tempest

Opinion crane

Summer’s onset often has me strolling down memory lane, and repeating visits (at least in my head) to our favored family vacation spot, Georgia’s Jekyll Island. The Georgia Press Association recently returned to its tradition of annually gathering there for conventions, which also helps guarantee my return to these family fun roots. Once the playground […]

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James L. Thornton Memorial Scholarships awarded

James L. Thornton’s parents and memorial scholarship founders, Ora and Lovell, with 2015 scholarship recipient Leonard Simmons.

In 2002 James Thornton, a Lithonia High School student, was a back seat passenger in a Honda Accord when it clipped several trees, smashed into an iron fence and killed the rising senior. In memory of their son, Lovell and Ora Thornton have awarded multiple memorial scholarships for 13 years to encourage students to think […]

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