Centenarian looks back over history

Rita Howey, left, and Norma Washington flank their 101-year old father at Washington’s south DeKalb home.

In 1914, the year John Odell Howey was born, World War I started in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first national Mother’s Day and the first regularly scheduled commercial air travel was offered. At the south DeKalb home of his daughter Norma Washington, Howey reflected on the changes he has seen over the more […]

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Salem girls’ basketball team has visions of a county title

The Salem girls’ basketball team went undefeated in county play and is seeking its first county title in 30 years. Photo by Carla Parker

It has been 30 years since the Salem Middle School girls’ basketball team have won a DeKalb County title. With an undefeated county record, the girls and coach Casey Williams believe this is the year they will win that title. “We fell short last year [of winning the title], but this year we’re going the […]

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Signed, sealed, delivered|More than 70 players sign on National Signing Day

Cedar Grove had the largest signing class in DeKalb County with 13 signees. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Many of DeKalb County’s senior football players were the center of attention Feb. 3 for the annual National Signing Day. DeKalb, including signees from Marist and St. Pius, had a 79 players to sign. Cedar Grove led all signing classes with 13 signees, featuring Army All-American and 4-star recruit Antwuan Jackson, and 4-star recruit and […]

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Experience historic Southern elegance at Albany’s Merry Acres Inn


Minutes from the historic riverfront downtown of Albany, Ga., nestled among towering pine trees and sprawling live oaks sits Merry Acres Inn and Event Center. A stay at Merry Acres is like a step back in time to the 1950s. Walking the expansive property, I imagined families arriving in heavily chromed, tail-finned classic cars from […]

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Yukon XL Denali shines in almost every way

2015 GMC Yukon Denali (L) and Yukon XL SLT

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend was the perfect time for an extended test drive of GMC’s 2016 Yukon XL Denali. That weekend also was a special celebration time for my family so the vehicle was put to the test during trips to the airport to pick up and drop off family, haul luggage […]

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Blasting concerns again halt 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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SWD alums give back through mentorship

Alida Brown (second left) and Tyler Sylvester (center) were winners of an essay contest formed by Southwest DeKalb alums India Ali (second right) and Omari Crawford (far right).

Two Southwest DeKalb High School seniors are recipients of a $250 scholarship after winning an essay contest. Alida Brown and Tyler Sylvester wrote the best essays on what the first amendment means to them and how it applies to their lives. Both students were excited about winning the award. “I feel special,” Sylvester said. “I […]

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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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