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Doraville creates improvement district to fund Assembly project A month’s worth of discussion is what it has taken for Doraville to come up with an alternative to funding a controversial capital project. On May 9, Doraville’s city council unanimously approved the creation of a community improvement district (CID) with the sole purpose of funding the […]

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Trust carries E-SPLOST renewal

From left to right: Jeff DiSantis, Britt Else, Elena Parent, Nwandi Lawson and Philip Polk came together May 19 to speak publicly about renewing SPLOST for schools.

On May 19, SPLOST for Schools, a group of DeKalb County parents encouraging the renewal of the education specific specia purpose local option sales tax (E-SPLOST), held an exclusive question and answer with The Champion in downtown Decatur. For more than half an hour last week, the group met on the old DeKalb Courthouse’s steps […]

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Runoffs scheduled, SPLOST renewed


As of press time on election night with 94 percent of precincts reporting, Steve Bradshaw will compete in a runoff against incumbent Sharon Barnes Sutton. The winner will face Republican Willie Willis in the DeKalb County Commission District 4 race. The seat will be settled in the Nov. 8 general election. Bradshaw had 48.4 percent […]

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Sherry Boston wins DA race, Coleman-Stribling to take over Solicitor duties


DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James was unseated by challenger Sherry Boston May 24 in a highly contested race. The ballot count, as of press time on May 24 accounting for 94 percent of DeKalb precincts, had Boston at 33,646 votes and James at 20,639 votes. Boston’s victory comes after endorsements from former district attorneys […]

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Michael Thurmond is DeKalb CEO Democratic nominee

Michael Thurmond won the democratic ticket for the office of DeKalb County CEO. Photo by Carla Parker

The man who helped save the DeKalb County School District was chosen as the Democratic nominee in the DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer race. As of press time Michael Thurmond had received 71.83 percent of votes. Runner-up Connie Stokes received 25.69 percent and Joe Bembry received 2.48 percent. Thurmond, who held his victory celebration at […]

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Community leaders express support for Doraville TAD

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In a May 12 meeting hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce in the chamber’s Decatur headquarters, the city of Doraville and other interested parties presented to representatives of the news media information supporting a proposed tax allocation district (TAD) at the former GM Doraville plant. TADs, first authorized by the state in 1985, allow […]

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OPINION: This isn’t goodbye


OK, DeKalb County, I will get to the point quickly as I usually do: this is my final column for The Champion Newspaper and my final issue with the paper. Incidentally, this is the second “final column” I have written for a newspaper. The first time was in 1990, weeks before graduating from Clemson University. […]

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DeKalb super: Students make ‘economy of tomorrow’

Stephen Green, right, has been supported and opposed in his opinions regarding the Doraville TAD.

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Stephen Green weighed in on the controversial tax allocation district (TAD) conversation in an essay released May 5. A TAD being proposed in Doraville would help finance multi-purpose redevelopment of the 165-acre former GM assembly plant. The project requires participation from the school district and county commission, but DCSD […]

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