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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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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