College student fighting for right to run for Stonecrest City Council

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Spelman College student Mary-Pat Hector said she’s no stranger to social activism, which is why she decided to run for Stonecrest’s city council. After submitting her qualifying application, Hector said she thought everything was in order until she received news that her age could be an issue. Hector, 19, is having her age qualifications challenged […]

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The Year of the Rooster

The Chinese New Year celebration featured four performances of the lion dance, which symbolizes a community approaching good fortune. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Hundreds made their way to Chinatown Mall in Chamblee on Jan. 28 and 29 to celebrate the year of the rooster. Jan. 28 marked the Lunar New Year—2917, also known as the year of the rooster—for China and much of Asia. Chinatown Mall joined others around the world to celebrate the event by hosting fire-spinners, […]

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Falcons frenzy helps boost local business

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  The Atlanta Falcons couldn’t take advantage of the team’s first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1998-1999 season, but that didn’t stop local business owners from cashing in. In DeKalb County, street vendors, businesses and organizations took advantage of the Falcons run to an NFC Championship by offering discounts and special deals. Curley […]

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OPINION: It’s time–a mandatory minimum salary for law enforcement

Bill Crane's Opinion Piece for Champion newspaper

“During 2016 there were 140 law enforcement officers who lost lives in the line of duty across the country.  Of those deaths,106 were men and women in local city/county police and deputy sheriffs, 19 were state officers, six were federal officers and the remaining nine were college, territory or transit system officers,” Putnam County Sheriff Howard […]

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Dunwoody denies resident in-home business

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Despite following instructions of holding a public meeting in his home, informing neighbors of his application, corresponding with city officials, presenting before the planning and zoning commission, presenting before Dunwoody City Council and going door to door in his neighborhood, business owner Rhett Roberson will not be allowed to legally open an in-home physical therapy […]

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DeKalb County officials host Falcons’ pep rally

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    The Falcons Super Bowl frenzy reached DeKalb County Feb. 3 ahead of the team’s championship matchup with the New England Patriots.   DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond declared Feb. 3 Atlanta Falcons Day in DeKalb in honor of the team’s NFC Championship win and Super Bowl appearance.   Thurmond hosted the pep rally […]

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New crop of veggie lovers sprouting thanks to school garden

Collards, kale, Swiss chard are among the winter vegetables growing in the garden at Stoneview Elementary School. Photo by Gale Horton Gay

  Eight-year-old Jackie Lozoya used to hate cabbage. Now she likes it. Dadrianna White, 10, wasn’t a fan of cauliflower, but put it on her plate today and she’ll gobble it up. Jamir Grady, 9, recently gave two thumbs up to a blueberry/collard smoothie that he tasted for the first time. Lozoya, White and Grady […]

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Bling! Bling!

The 2016 Southwest DeKalb girls’ basketball team received their state championship rings Jan. 24.

Southwest DeKalb girls’ basketball team receives state championship rings   The Southwest DeKalb High School Lady Panthers basketball team got some new hardware Jan. 24. The 2016 Southwest DeKalb girls’ basketball team received their rings during halftime of the boys’ game. The Lady Panthers won the Class AAAAA state champion last March after defeating Winder-Barrow […]

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