35 years of MARTA History

OPINION: Message to youth: ‘Violence is not the answer’


On May 3, 29-year-old Michael Phillips of Stone Mountain was killed at a party. On May 10, Alexis Malone, 17, a potential witness to Phillip’s killing, was also killed. In possible retaliation for Malone’s death, gunmen invaded a Stone Mountain home, firing several shots, hitting three women and killing 9-month-old KenDarious Edwards Jr. Kemontae Cullins, […]

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EDITORIAL: Volunteering proves beneficial to community, ourselves


  At The Champion, we put a lot of stock in volunteering. Each week, we run a feature devoted to a member of our community enthusiastically giving back. We find our Champions of the Week by simply asking local organizations if they have volunteers who deserve the spotlight, and we give them a bit of […]

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San Diego waters teem with maritime delights

Exploring the aircraft on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum is one of many things to do aboard the decommissioned vessel. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Vacationers in San Diego don’t have to search for a variety of things to do. Exploring neighborhoods and landmarks such as Balboa Park or the San Diego Zoo, visiting Legoland Resort, biking about town and checking out the city’s historic district are just a few of the ready ways to enjoy the city. Those fascinated […]

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Sanitation pilot program tests streamlined trash pickup

DeKalb County is exploring new ways to collect residential waste through a pilot program collecting trash on only one day per week. Photo by Travis Hudgons

A countywide pilot program has been launched to ease traffic and streamline waste collection in DeKalb. The county sanitation department is experimenting with single-stream collection of recyclables and reducing pickup service–for all waste–to once per week. This is in contrast to the current system where garbage is collected twice per week and recycling and yard […]

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Brook Run Dog Park location again up for debate

Supporters of the Brook Run Dog Park wore red to the June 9 council meeting to “make a visual impact” according to the Brook Run Dog Park Association’s Facebook page. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

Brook Run Dog Park in Dunwoody is under fire again from park neighbors and city councilmembers who want it moved. Citing environmental damage and noise concerns, those opposed to the current dog park location wish to have it moved to another part of the park. Supporters expressed their love of the community and the dog […]

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Alzheimer’s patients make new memories delivering Meals on Wheels

Residents of Peregrine’s Landing gather after delivering Meals on Wheels.

Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in Decatur have something new to think about as they volunteer with Senior Connections’ Meals on Wheels program. Every other Thursday, up to 10 residents of Peregrine’s Landing at Emory Heights, a memory care community, deliver meals “house to house to other seniors that are also in need of assistance and […]

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New PATH links Lithonia to Conyers

Jackie Macomber of Clarkston checks out a bike before hitting the trail at Davidson Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve.

Sun shined on the official opening of the newest section of the PATH trail that runs from Conyers to Lithonia. On June 14, a ribbon cutting was held at the portion of the PATH at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers and which extends 30-plus miles to and through Davidson Arabia Mountain Nature […]

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DFCS, faith helps teen turn life around

Givonti Youngblood overcame many odds to graduate from Towers High School in May.

Plagued with behavioral, legal and family problems, life has not been easy for 18-year-old Givonti Youngblood of Decatur. For the past two years, he was in the care of the state Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), living in Rowley Residence Group Home in Decatur. “My life has changed now,” said Youngblood, who graduated […]

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