35 years of MARTA History

New state law will require young boaters to take classes

Couple driving speedboat

Young boaters planning to hit the lakes this summer must take a class beginning July 1, according to a new state law. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR)Law Enforcement Division announced June 6 that boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, that plan to operate any boat on Georgia waters must complete a […]

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Former DeKalb County police chief dies at 83

Officers and honor guards attended the burial. Burgess was preceded by his first wife, Betty Burgess. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

Retired DeKalb Police Chief Robert “Bobby” T. Burgess Sr., passed away June 6 of natural causes. He was 83. Burgess was a 45-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, including a 22-year stint as chief of police until his retirement in 2001. The municipal building at 3630 Camp Circle, next to the jail, was […]

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Sutton: ‘I am good with everything I’ve done’

Sharon Barnes Sutton

  As the FBI and the county ethics board looks into how DeKalb County commissioners handle their budgets and county purchasing cards (P-cards), Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton said she has been fiscally responsible. “There has been no misuse, no overspending,” Sutton told The Champion on June 16 about the handling of her budget, which was […]

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Stone Mountain couple to host learning station at Juneteenth celebration

Rob and Deb Williams frequently participate in events to educate the public on the role of Black Americans in military history.

As the nation commemorates the American Civil War’s 150th anniversary, many Americans are taking a special interest in the role their ancestors played in the pivotal conflict. Although Rob Williams lives in the shadow of Stone Mountain with its famous carving commemorating Confederate heroes, his interest is in educating people on the role Black people […]

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Briarcliff community sports hosting reunion

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  Players and coaches who participated in Briarcliff Community Sports will reminisce about the old days at the annual Briarcliff Community Sports Reunion June 21. The 3rd annual reunion will take place at Mason Mill Park in Decatur from noon to 5 p.m. The reunion is for former players and coaches who participated in baseball, […]

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Agnes Scott College celebrates 125 years

A timeline exhibit celebrating the college’s 125th anniversary shows students in the 1960s, above

Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss said the decision to open an institution of higher learning for women in 1889 was a bold move, especially in Georgia, a state still suffering economic devastation in the wake of the Civil War. This year the college celebrates its 125th anniversary. Decatur Female Seminary, as Agnes Scott College […]

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OPINION: Getting a Handel on this race


“An extraordinarily positive job performance rating,” said rival U.S. Senate candidate and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel during her recent endorsement of Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) for the July 22 runoff election, referring to his win of several counties within his congressional district by as much as 74 percent. In Georgia’s competitive GOP […]

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OPINION: Summer is no time to completely relax


The roads aren’t clogged with those yellow school buses anymore, and everyone from children to teachers and even some parents are sleeping later and breathing easier. It’s summer—maybe not yet by the calendar, but other factors—mainly the end of the school year—clearly indicate that summer has arrived. It’s the season for the kind of fun […]

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