Convicted county CEO out of prison

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  DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is free. According to Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles website, Ellis was released from prison on parole on March 1. Ellis, accused of strong-arming county vendors to contribute to his re-election campaign, was sentenced to five years to serve 18 months for attempting to commit extortion, and […]

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Letter to the editor: Fran Millar on DeKalb CEO bill

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I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight on Senate Bill 378. Representative Holcomb finally dropped his eliminate the CEO and redraw commission lines bill several weeks into the session. Soon thereafter Senate Democratic Minority Leader Henson said verbally and in print that Representative Holcomb’s local bill was unlikely to advance. I was not […]

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OPINION| There’s a battle brewin’

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“Under Georgia’s wacky system a restaurant located beside a brewpub can sell that brewpub’s beer in a growler to go while the brewpub that made it cannot. What kind of sense does that make?” queries Terrapin Beer Company cofounder John Cochran.  Within hours after F.D.R. signed the ratification of the 21st Amendment to our U.S. Constitution […]

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Shantrice Whitehead, left, and Tamika Strong show a sign for the organization they helped to found. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

When Shantrice Whitehead was working at a DeKalb County Library she decided it would be the perfect place to involve others in one of her passions—crocheting. Inviting friends and whoever was interested, she founded Creative Expressions Crocheting Group, which now attracts as many as 30 needlework enthusiasts to the Covington Highway Library every second Saturday. […]

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Former Tucker football player dies

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The Tucker High School community is mourning the loss of a former student and standout football player. The Tucker football Twitter account announced that Solomon Jackson, 20, passed away Feb. 29. Jackson, a sophomore defensive end for the University of Buffalo football team, was hospitalized Feb. 21 after suffering a medical emergency during a conditioning session, […]

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Investigation on Lithonia police chief still ongoing

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The investigation of Lithonia Police Chief Roosevelt Smith and Capt. Lloyd Owens for an alleged assault on a teen while in custody is still ongoing. Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson and the city council held a special called meeting Feb. 29 to discuss City Administrator Eddie Moody’s investigation. Smith and Owens are under investigation by the […]

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One DeKalb CEO candidate drops out

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A former MARTA employee and past candidate for county commission and CEO, has decided to drop his candidacy for DeKalb County CEO. Calvin Sims, who currently serves on DeKalb County Parks and Cultural Affairs Citizen Advisory Board, stated in an email to The Champion, “I am writing to inform you that I have withdrawn my […]

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Two Bloods members convicted in DeKalb teen’s murder

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Two DeKalb County gang members were sentenced to life without parole Feb. 29 after a jury found them guilty of beating and killing a 19-year-old man as a form of gang discipline, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office. Ramon Nichols and Marques Nicholson, both high-ranking Bloods members, were found guilty of […]

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