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Lifelong brain patient studying to be neurologist


For Forest Ogúnyànkìn, a graduate of Chamblee Charter High School, his neurosurgeon was his hero and role model. Now, he is studying at Vanderbilt University to be a pediatric neurologist. The 19-year-old Brookhaven resident said he grew up in hospitals; he was born prematurely and was diagnosed early with hydrocephalus. “In my case it’s a […]

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Schools commemorate, encourage parental involvement


James Tompkins visited his twin 7-year-old granddaughters, Orianna and Rihanna, at Rowland Elementary School on Nov. 21. It was his first visit to the school, which had a Thanksgiving lunch for parents and grandparents. “I was interested in letting the children know that I care, that they’re doing good in school,” Tompkins said. “I think […]

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Seven community Trail Blazers honored

DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson stands with Trail Blazer award winners William “Buck” Godfrey, Gilbert “Doc” Turman, Gwen Torrence, Gregory B. Levett Sr., Carolyn Jernigan Glenn, Jennifer Ffrench-Parker and Valerie J. Morgan. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Three DeKalb County newspaper publishers, an Olympic gold medalist, a retired football coach, a funeral home owner and a former school administrator were honored Nov. 21 as leaders of distinction. The 2013 Trail Blazer Leadership of Excellence award recipients include The Champion Newspaper publisher Carolyn Jernigan Glenn, On Common Ground editor/publisher Valerie J. Morgan, CrossRoadsNews […]

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Miller Grove’s Keith Pinckney signs with Tulane

Miller Grove point guard Keith Pinckney (center) sits between his parents, Keith Pinckney Sr. and Gina Dalton, before his signing ceremony.

Miller Grove High School boys’ basketball program got its first signee of the 2014 season as Keith Pinckney signed his letter of intent to Tulane University. The 6-foot senior point guard tweeted his commitment to Tulane Nov. 3 and made it official Nov. 19 when he signed with the Louisiana school. He chose Tulane over […]

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Three schools move on to quarterfinals

Tucker quarterback Joseph Farrar tries to avoid East Paulding’s Connor Christian. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Marist, St. Pius and Tucker all lived to fight another day as the three football teams won in their second round playoff game and advance to the state quarterfinals. The Marist War Eagles are heading back to the Class AAAA state playoffs quarterfinals after a 38-0 home win over Gilmer County Nov. 22. It was […]

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Annual Adoption Day: ‘Everybody leaves happy’

Six-month-old Jonathan’s adoption by Rachel and Jamy Waller was finalized Nov. 25 during the county’s third annual Adoption Day. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Nine-year-old Kanye Jordan of Decatur said he is “happy to be adopted.” “I don’t have to keep going to different houses; I just stay in one house,” Kanye said Nov. 25 after he was officially adopted by Beverly Jordan. The Jordans are one of many families that participated in DeKalb’s third annual adoption day hosted […]

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Community organizations give back to Tobie Grant Community


Thanksgiving came a little early for more than 100 people in the Tobie Grant community in Scottdale. On Nov. 23, the families gathered at the Tobie Grant Recreation Center where they were fed a full thanksgiving meal complete with turkey and all the fixings. Blessings on Wheels, a nonprofit organization that helps the homeless and […]

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Refugees come together to celebrate Thanksgiving


                                              DeKalb County resident Prem Gurung said in Nepal, there isn’t any holiday that’s quite like Thanksgiving. A Bhutanese refugee, Gurung has been living here since he sought refuge from Nepal three years […]

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