MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Rustic Italian cuisine in Toco Hills

Pan seared whitefish is accompanied by scampialla romana.

  A new casual neighborhood eatery has joined the dining options in west DeKalb County’s Toco Hills Shopping Center. “We recognize that diners have a lot of choices in Toco Hills, but we believe we have crafted a unique experience that will weave us into the fabric of the neighborhood,” commented Chris Hadermann, one of the […]

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Locals pay it forward in Jamaica

Locals pay it forward in Jamaica

A group of DeKalb residents recently returned from a four-day excursion to Montego Bay, Jamaica as part of an annual mission trip coordinated by DeKalb-based nonprofit Unconditional Love for Children (ULC). The fourth annual event was spearheaded by Champion Newspaper publisher Carolyn Glenn and Dr. Earl Glenn. ULC’s mission is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged […]

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Councilwoman’s embezzlement affects local youth

A former Clarkston councilwoman was recently found guilty of embezzling thousands from a local community center. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Former Clarkston City Councilwoman Joan Swaney pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to stealing thousands from the city’s community center, a crime which community center director McKenzie Wren said has taken its toll. Swaney, 67, who worked for the center as its office manager for six years, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $60,000 from the Clarkston […]

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DeKalb County schools to be closed Jan. 7


Schools in the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7. DeKalb School Superintendent Michael Thurmond announced that school district will be closed due to high winds and extremely cold temperatures. “The district will close to protect the health and wellbeing of students and staff because of the potential risks associated with […]

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Judge dismisses Pink Pony lawsuit

A lawyer for Pink Pony said he will appeal a judge’s decision that dismissed the company lawsuit against Brookhaven. File photo

A DeKalb County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by an adult entertainment club against Brookhaven. Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson issued an order Dec. 23 granting Brookhaven’s motion to dismiss the suit, ruling it has no legal merit. The Pink Pony adult entertainment club off Buford Highway filed a lawsuit in May after the […]

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Local author promotes poetry, female authors

Bruce Covey, owner of Coconut Poetry, and poet Gina Myers discuss and read their work at a recent presentation at the Grady High School writing center. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

As curator of the Emory University reading series “What’s New in Poetry?” founder and editor of Coconut Poetry and Emory Bookstore and Campus Life Director Bruce Covey stays busy. Born in Waterbury, Conn., Covey was educated at Yale University, where he later taught. For decades, through his work with Emory’s reading series and his publishing […]

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Student-driven show becoming a cable hit

Despite limited resources, Lee helps students get television experience as they work on the program.

  Keysha Lee said her current job combines her two passions, television broadcasts and helping young people realize their dreams. In addition to teaching at DeKalb Alternative High School, Lee produces and hosts Lessons With Mrs. Lee, a program aired on the DeKalb County education television station. The show format is interviews with exceptional people […]

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Elder exploitation takes physical, mental and financial toll on victims

Edsel Head, who suffers from a traumatic brain injury, was held in squalid conditions and preyed upon by a former DeKalb County Schools District administrator. Photo provided

Edsel Head couldn’t speak for himself when former DeKalb County school administrator Bobbie Ward began taking advantage of him and forcing him to live in her home. After suffering a traumatic brain injury during a car accident or “kissing a tree” as Head calls it, he was left unable to speak. He can only communicate […]

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