35 years of MARTA History

An Engagement Story


  Shaye is a two-time cancer survivor who said that so much of her life was focused on her health that she “never imagined true love existed.” The young woman had dated and been engaged, however, “nothing ever felt right before.”Thinking she would always be single, Shaye directed her time and energies to friends, family, […]

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Angel Flight Soars across the region

Angel Flight Soars Executive Director Jeanine Chambers and volunteer pilot John Alston stand with a Cirrus SR22, the type of plane Alston flies on missions. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

Terrible accidents and illnesses don’t always take place around major hospitals. Around the country, children and adults with serious medical conditions may not be able to reach top-notch hospitals to receive care. That’s where groups such as Angel Flight Soars come in. Angel Flight is a nonprofit medical flight service based out of DeKalb County’s […]

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Connie Stokes: ‘I’m going to have to do something’

Connie Stokes is a candidate for lieutenant governor. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Connie Stokes is no stranger to politics. Stokes represented the 43rd District as a member of the Georgia Senate from 1994–2004 and from 2004–2010 she was a DeKalb County commissioner. And she’s hoping that experience will help her land the lieutenant governor’s position in November because Stokes wants to “make sure that the people of […]

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Pastor uses holistic approach to help with weight loss

Dr  Joseph L  Willams Before  After

  Growing up, Dr. Joseph Williams, author and pastor of Salem Bible Church in Atlanta and Lithonia, considered himself as a husky, but active child. Williams was athletic, playing defensive tackle for his high school football team. He was set to play football at Morehouse College, but he suffered a herniated disc injury the summer […]

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Lithonia High School bookkeeper arrested for theft

Lithonia High School

A former Lithonia High School bookkeeper has been charged with stealing from the school. Stephine Barkley, 38, of McDonough, was arrested on Aug. 27 by DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with theft by taking. A $2,500 bond for her release was posted on Aug. 28. In a statement to The Champion, Donald Smith, the […]

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Carla’s Corner: Kicking is important in football, too


Stephenson lost to Central Miami 21-20 in the Georgia-Florida Battle of the Borders showdown Aug. 30. However, the game could have been tied at the end of regulation and gone into an overtime period, but that did not happen because Stephenson does not have an accurate kicker who can kick an extra point or a […]

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Brinson plays well after China trip

Marist defensive end Kenneth Brinson got seven total tackles and two quarterback hurries against Godby of Tallahassee, Fla., in the Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders on Aug. 30. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Seven total tackles and two quarterback hurries. That is the stat line of Marist defensive end Kenneth Brinson against Godby of Tallahassee, Fla., in the Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders on Aug. 30. The night before the game, Brinson had just arrived back in Atlanta from Nanjing, China. Brinson was in China Aug. 14-27 competing […]

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Suspended CEO seeks ‘full vindication’

Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, right, consults with his attorney and wife before jury selection for his trial began Sept. 8. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

“I have done nothing wrong.” Throughout his legal ordeal, suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis has repeated that statement.And that’s the message Ellis and his legal team will have for jurors during his corruption trial which began Sept. 8 in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Courtney L. Johnson. From the beginning of his legal […]

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