MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Philadelphia father encourages students to not drive distracted

Joel Feldman, center, lost his daughter, Casey, after she was killed by a distracted driver. Joel and his wife Dianne travels across the county to bring distracted driving programs to communities.

In July 2009, 21-year-old Casey Feldman was struck by a distracted motorist while walking in a crosswalk on her way to work in Ocean City, N.J. The Fordham University senior later died from her injuries at the hospital. Since her death, he parents, Joel and Dianne Feldman, have traveled across the country to bring distracted […]

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Decatur Police: A well-rounded department

Officer C.J. Gresham, who has been with the Decatur Police Department since 1997, types up a police report.

Editor’s note: On March 14-15, Champion reporter Carla Parker rode along with officers from the Decatur Police Department for a 12-hour shift. When the snowstorm hit metro Atlanta in late January, officers from the Decatur Police Department were out in the streets checking on senior citizens to make sure they had water, food and other […]

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Tucker designer gets a step closer to her dream

The key to Paige Lievano’s success, she said, is making everything with as much love as possible. This DeKalb artist sells her creations through her website and her Facebook page P Creates. Photos by Marta Garcia

Tucker resident Paige Lievano always has dreamed about establishing her own clothing line business. But Lievano knows that it takes more than a passion for fashion to start a successful company. She launched her business P Creates in 2008 after being laid off from her job while on maternity leave with her first daughter. “I […]

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A little something pretty and sweet: Bakery is culmination of lifelong passion


Had it not been for a corporate layoff three years ago, Denise Dayoub might not have realized her potential as an entrepreneur. Dayoub is the owner of Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop in Tucker and oversees both the creative side of concocting sweet treats and the business side of operations, sales and marketing. The mother of two […]

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Connecting neighbors through books

Kelly Stopp, a second-grade teacher at Winnona Park Elementary School in Decatur, was surprised by students and parents with this Little Free Library as an end-of-the-year class gift. She said it became a symbol for the school and a great way to catch up with reading and meet new neighbors. Photo by Marta Garcia

It may be called Little Free Library (LFL) but it is a big program that’s spreading all over the country and the world. No late fees. No restrictions. No library card necessary. It’s free and for everybody. The concept is very simple; you build your own weather-resistant box, put it in your front your yard, […]

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Stone Mill Elementary students read with a cat in a hat

Stone Mill Elementary Principal Marchell Boston talks to students about reading.

Stone Mill Elementary students can read in a hat. They can read with a cat. They can listen to a man. They can visit a van. And that’s just what they did March 13 when the National Education Association’s (NEA) Cat-a-Van Reading Tour stopped at the school. During a special assembly, students, wearing the signature […]

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Lawyers beat doctors in charity game for Side Brain Injury Clubhouse

The third annual Jawbones and Sawbones basketball benefit game was held March 15 at the Decatur High School gym. The game benefits the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse in of Stone Mountain. Photos by Carla Parker

Some of Atlanta’s lawyers now have bragging rights over some doctors after the lawyers won the third annual Jawbones vs. Sawbones basketball benefit game March 15. The game, which was held at the Decatur High School gym, is a fundraiser for the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse in of Stone Mountain. Side by Side […]

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Columbia baseball off to a hot start

Jamal Devine waits for the pitch against Mays.

In 2012, the Columbia High School baseball team was predominantly freshmen and sophomores with little experience. With a year under their belts in 2013, the same group of players finished the regular season with an 18-6-4 record and made their first trip to the playoffs. This season, those freshmen and sophomores from 2012 are juniors […]

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