35 years of MARTA

Stone Mountain celebrating 175th anniversary through the arts

The Art Station in Stone Mountain Village is one of the most popular destinations in Stone Mountain. ART Station is home to its own professional Equity Theatre Company, five art galleries, a children’s gallery, a gift shop, classrooms, production and administrative space. Photos by Carla Parker

The arts have been a staple in the city of Stone Mountain for a number of years. In the heart of the city on Main Street are a several art galleries and shops that feature jewelry, painting, millwork and metalwork. As a city the loves the arts, it is no surprised that the fifth annual […]

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Man fatally shot in Lithonia


A 19-year-old man was shot and killed in a Lithonia neighborhood March 27. Relatives identified the victim as LeRobbian Lowe. DeKalb Police spokesperson Mekka Parish said detectives were called to the 5300 block of Strathmoor Manor Circle around 12:25 p.m. in reference to shots fired. “When officers arrived on scene they discovered the victim in […]

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The difference between a pack rat and a hoarder: Television’s Matt Paxton and his experiences on the hit show “Hoarders”

The difference between a pack rat and a hoarder

Matt Paxton, host of the hit television show Hoarders, said that in every hoarders life there is a trigger—a divorce, a death in the family or a substantial life event—that pushes them over the edge. Last year, the American Psychiatric Association classified hoarding as a mental illness. Paxton said the disorder can be shocking to […]

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Renovated Decatur public works now open

Facilities Maintenance Superintendent Felix Floyd leads a group on a tour of the Elosie T. Leveritt Building, the new home of the City of Decatur public works. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The city of Decatur held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its recently renovated Public Works Facility on March 24. Located at 2635 Talley St., the state-of-the art building is a one-stop shop for construction-related permitting and enforcement. It’s also a joint facility with the City Schools of Decatur’s maintenance department. “We’re really excited to reopen […]

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New Chamblee Chamber of Commerce is ready for business

Founder of the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce Art Freeman and deputy executive director Barbara Barber during the last Business Association meeting hosted on March 20 at the Chamblee Civic Center.

Chamblee business owners will have a stronger voice in the community, the county and the state trough the new Chamber of Commerce that will start operating in April 2. According to its CEO Art Freeman, the Chamblee Chamber expects to have more than 250 members and will represent the interests of many businesses and trade […]

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Miller Grove, Tucker win county middle school track titles

Middle Grove’s Tiara Williams (front) broke the county record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.31. She also tied the county record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.61.

  There are new champions in town as the Miller Grove Middle School girls and Tucker Middle School boys’ track and field teams ran away with 2014 DeKalb County Middle School Track titles March 24. Miller Grove outscored defending champions Henderson 78-69 to win the girls’ title. Champion Middle School finished third with a score […]

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Cross Keys hires new football coach


The Cross Keys High School football program has not had a winning season since 1994, but new head coach Kevin Saunders is hoping to change that. The school announced March 12 that it hired Saunders to take over the Indians football program. Saunders previously coached at Gretna High School in Gretna, Va. for five seasons. […]

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School police investigating alleged group sex act at Redan High

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DeKalb County School District police are investigating allegations of a group sex incident at Redan High School March 17. A 15-year-old girl was “allegedly involved in a sex act with several boys at Redan High School,” according to an incident report obtained by The Champion under the Georgia Open Records Act. The suspects are ages […]

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