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OPINION: Reflecting on the Fourth of July celebration

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A Black celebrating “independence,” on a day most Black Americans would agree did not apply to their ancestors, is problematic. Yet, since President Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, I, along with most minority parents and those in families of mixed races and sexes, can look their children in the eyes and tell them the […]

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Students explore aviation at camp

From left, Vanessa Williams of Dunbar Elementary in Atlanta, Erica Birdsong of The Children’s School of Atlanta, and Victoria Williams of Paul Lawrence Elementary in Cobb County, work on their airplane. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Dunbar Elementary student Vanessa Williams said she “wanted to learn about airplanes and how the pilots control the airplanes.” That’s why she participated in the aviation camp held at Fernbank Science Center and sponsored by Lockheed Martin. For 10 years, Lockheed Martin has partnered with Fernbank in the program that is designed “to help develop […]

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Murder suspect in Lithonia shooting death arrested

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A murder suspect was arrested July 2 in connection with a June 27 fatal shooting near Lithonia. Johnie Oliver, 21, was taken into custody by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad and is at the DeKalb County Jail on one charge of murder and two counts of aggravated assault.  A 23-year-old man was killed […]

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Watson: ‘I don’t think I have any questionable charges’

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Editor’s note: The Champion will look at the purchasing card use of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and those of other select P-card holders.   DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson said June 30 he is in the process of paying DeKalb County back for approximately $4,800 in cell phone charges on his personal phone. […]

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Downtown Decatur parking meters to get electronic overhaul

New, centralized electronic parking meters are replacing the old, individual coin-only meters in downtown Decatur. See story on page 13A. Photos by John Hewitt and Lauren Ramsdell

With clouded displays and finicky coin slots, downtown Decatur’s old parking meters could be a pain. Much worse is the scramble to come up with a handful of quarters at the last minute. But starting June 24, downtown parking got a little less frustrating. All of the city’s 300 downtown parking meters were switched to […]

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Celebrations abound in DeKalb on the Fourth of July

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Few things are more American than parades, cookouts and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. That’s exactly how many of the cities and special events venues throughout DeKalb County will be celebrating the nation’s 238th birthday. Avondale EstatesIt’s an all-day affair in Avondale Estates in recognition of the country’s independence. Fourth of July starts with a […]

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Three teens shot, one dead after shooting near Lithonia

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A 16-year-old boy is dead after a June 30 shooting. Police identified the deceased teenager as Delray Crittenden. Captain Steven Fore, a spokesman for the DeKalb County Police Department, said police responded to a shooting around 2:20 a.m. in the 6700 block of Browns Mill Ferry Drive near Lithonia. “Officers arrived and located three males, […]

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Rickey Gross: ‘I’m all about commitment’

Rickey Gross has been a staple in DeKalb County School District athletics for more than 20 years. He has worked at three schools, mostly at Stone Mountain High School, as the equipment manager.

Rickey Gross has been a part of Stone Mountain High School athletics for more than 20 years. When his family moved to DeKalb County from San Antonio, Texas, in 1983, he enrolled at Stone Mountain High and got involved in athletics. Gross played baseball, basketball and football until it was discovered that he had developed […]

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