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DeKalb CEO creates ‘ethics watchdog’


Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May signed an executive order June 25 creating the position of chief integrity officer to be the county’s “fulltime ethics watchdog.” “I’m beyond tired of reading about employees of DeKalb County doing things that the public would find…[a] major issue with,” May said during an afternoon news conference. The chief […]

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Sanitation workers complain they’re understaffed, underpaid


DeKalb County sanitation workers told commissioners June 24 that they are understaffed, underpaid and overworked. Tracy Brown, a sanitation worker and member of a newly formed union for DeKalb County sanitation workers, said he and his colleagues are “severely” understaffed. “We just don’t understand where the money is going,” Brown said. Additionally, sanitation employees said […]

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Brookhaven police searching for car used in drive-by shooting

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The Brookhaven Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a car used in a drive-by shooting that occurred June 23. The shooting happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Green Meadows Lane when shots were fired at a home by a passenger in a vehicle, according to Brookhaven spokesman Maj. Brandon Gurley. “Investigators […]

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OPINION: Back on the right PATH


“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use,” cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), the creator of Peanuts. During the 90’s my family spent many a Thanksgiving enjoying the warm hospitality of sister Tanya, and her family, then living in a Tampa suburb, Ozona. A highlight of those holiday weeks […]

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New Hyatt hotel flows seamlessly into Villa Christina

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis and other officials cut the ribbon to officially open the Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina.

Villa Christina is a powerful social brand that will expand into the adjacent Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina, according to Vincent Bucci, the hotel’s general manager. The Hyatt, which greeted dozens of public officials, business executives and other guests at its grand opening June 12, flows seamlessly from the hotel lobby into the extisting, […]

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New pizza place keeps pies fresh and cheap

Adam Kotter, founder of Ready to go Pizza, aims to offer customers the best possible ingredients for the lowest possible price. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

A new pizza place recently opened in Decatur with one goal: to offer a pizza pie with the freshest ingredients available, at the lowest possible price. Ready to go Pizza owner Adam Kotter said he was tired each week of facing a “dilemma” during his family’s pizza and movie night. “I could buy a cheap […]

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OPINION: Message to youth: ‘Violence is not the answer’


On May 3, 29-year-old Michael Phillips of Stone Mountain was killed at a party. On May 10, Alexis Malone, 17, a potential witness to Phillip’s killing, was also killed. In possible retaliation for Malone’s death, gunmen invaded a Stone Mountain home, firing several shots, hitting three women and killing 9-month-old KenDarious Edwards Jr. Kemontae Cullins, […]

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EDITORIAL: Volunteering proves beneficial to community, ourselves


  At The Champion, we put a lot of stock in volunteering. Each week, we run a feature devoted to a member of our community enthusiastically giving back. We find our Champions of the Week by simply asking local organizations if they have volunteers who deserve the spotlight, and we give them a bit of […]

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