Thurmond to join race for county CEO


Mike Thurmond is planning to run for the county’s top government position. “Hopefully we can get DeKalb back on track,” said Thurmond in a phone interview with The Champion before releasing a statement later in the day officially announcing his candidacy for the DeKalb CEO position. Thurmond is a former state labor commissioner who served […]

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Georgia’s Junior Leagues Participate in Inaugural Little Black Dress Initiative


  Georgia has one of the highest poverty rates for children in the United States at over 26 percent. Some statistics say that 40+ percent of single family homes are living below the poverty line. Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. Poverty and financial stress can impede […]

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Marist student wins state round of Google competition

Ian Otten, center, was recognized by Google’s Steven Singleton, left, and Misha Tucker, right.

A seventh-grade student at Marist School is the Georgia finalist in a nationwide completion sponsored by online search engine Google. Ian Otten submitted an entry for the Doodle4Google, an annual art contest for students in kindergarten to 12th grades in which they have the opportunity to create a Google doodle to be featured on the […]

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Funding plan now in place for animal shelter


Funding is now in place to build a new animal shelter for the county. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted Feb. 9 to use certificates of participation, or short-term loans, which will fund the construction of the new animal shelter. The funding mechanism was passed 4-3 with DeKalb County Commissioners Larry Johnson, Mereda Johnson, […]

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Centenarian looks back over history

Rita Howey, left, and Norma Washington flank their 101-year old father at Washington’s south DeKalb home.

In 1914, the year John Odell Howey was born, World War I started in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first national Mother’s Day and the first regularly scheduled commercial air travel was offered. At the south DeKalb home of his daughter Norma Washington, Howey reflected on the changes he has seen over the more […]

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Salem girls’ basketball team has visions of a county title

The Salem girls’ basketball team went undefeated in county play and is seeking its first county title in 30 years. Photo by Carla Parker

It has been 30 years since the Salem Middle School girls’ basketball team have won a DeKalb County title. With an undefeated county record, the girls and coach Casey Williams believe this is the year they will win that title. “We fell short last year [of winning the title], but this year we’re going the […]

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Signed, sealed, delivered|More than 70 players sign on National Signing Day

Cedar Grove had the largest signing class in DeKalb County with 13 signees. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Many of DeKalb County’s senior football players were the center of attention Feb. 3 for the annual National Signing Day. DeKalb, including signees from Marist and St. Pius, had a 79 players to sign. Cedar Grove led all signing classes with 13 signees, featuring Army All-American and 4-star recruit Antwuan Jackson, and 4-star recruit and […]

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Experience historic Southern elegance at Albany’s Merry Acres Inn


Minutes from the historic riverfront downtown of Albany, Ga., nestled among towering pine trees and sprawling live oaks sits Merry Acres Inn and Event Center. A stay at Merry Acres is like a step back in time to the 1950s. Walking the expansive property, I imagined families arriving in heavily chromed, tail-finned classic cars from […]

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