DeKalb’s got talent

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Chamblee, Dunwoody, Decatur and Lakeside high schools have a lot to be proud of in the realm of music and theater following a March 29 announcement from Cobb County’s ArtsBridge Foundation. Four DeKalb County high school students have been nominated for Georgia High School Music Awards, which honors high school music and theater performances across […]

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Abandoned no more

30Champion Newspaper

Tucker residents continue to care for Tucker Nature Preserve       For years, nine acres of green space in Tucker sat unattended before a group of Tucker residents came together to clean up the area known as the Tucker Nature Preserve.  Eight years ago, Pam McNall, Beth Ganga and other volunteers came together to […]

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Welcoming signs coming to Arabia Mountain

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“Signs, signs, everywhere signs; blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind.” –Lyrics to the song “Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band  Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA) will soon be getting new signs, but they’re unlikely to be thought of as blocking out the scenery or breaking anyone’s mind. They are specifically designed to blend […]

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Thurmond: ‘pimps and drug dealers’ recruiting our kids

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County CEO Michael Thurmond said he hopes one of his initiatives approved in the 2017 budget will help combat youth gang activity in DeKalb.  In a 5-2 vote, commissioners passed Thurmond’s budget, which included an amendment to address youth unemployment. The county partnered with WorkSource DeKalb to create the “DeKalb Works” summer internship program, which […]

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Cajun flavors come to Decatur

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Those who didn’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year have a chance year-round to sample Cajun food and a southern Louisiana party atmosphere. Fred Delawalla, owner of Louisiana Bistreaux in East Point, recently opened a second location in Decatur’s Suburban Plaza. With a décor that features Mardi Gras masks, beads and […]

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Jason Lary to Lithonia mayor: ‘I’m done’

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Stonecrest will not partner with Lithonia on anything while Deborah Jackson is mayor, newly-elected Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary told The Champion. Lary’s declaration came a day after he expressed the same sentiments to Jackson during the April 3 Lithonia city council meeting. Lary, whose management firm manages the events at the Lithonia Amphitheater, accused Jackson […]

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‘Word on the street’

Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood School for Girls experienced a 400 percent increase in enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year, crediting changes in the overall atmosphere and teacher retention as sources of improvement. Photo submitted.

Word-of-mouth leads to historic enrollment numbers at Ivy Prep    With a 400 percent increase in potential enrollment, a superintendent with an Atlanta education legislative background and a fresh principal—it’s easy to see why members of Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood School for Girls say the school is leading the way in innovation. “We’re doing some […]

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Overlay district allows alcohol sales adjacent to church

A DeKalb County business owner says Lemon Drop Bar and Grill is operating illegally but county 
officials say it is not.

Charles McCorkle describes himself as a “very persistent” man, which is why he said he’s not giving up until something is done about a business selling alcohol that he says is too close to a church. McCorkle, owner of GB Event Facility off Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur, said the Lemon Drop Bar and Grill […]

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