MARTA - 35th Anniversary

County to rebuild fire station, mayor chides commissioners

DeKalb County commissioners recently voted in favor of demolishing and rebuilding an old fire station located in unincorporated DeKalb County. The fire station borders the city of Avondale Estates and approximately 20 percent of those serviced by the station live in Avondale Estates. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

Avondale Estates Mayor Ed Rieker said he thinks the reason it has taken so long to replace a fire station in disrepair which is located in unincorporated DeKalb County may have been political. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners recently voted to approve the use of approximately $1.9 million in federal funds it has received […]

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Suspect in murder case shot at New Birth Church

New Birth shooting

A man wanted in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s baby was shot by a DeKalb County deputy Feb. 5 in the parking lot of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia. Nicholas Clarence Wade, 27, of Lithonia is accused of killing an 18-month-old boy Feb. 3. According to the police report, Wade’s girlfriend, […]

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Atlantans cope during winter storm

A woman waits Jan. 29 at a MARTA stop for a bus that never came down the icy Peachcrest Road. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

  Jessica Hackl kissed her daughter and wished her a good day on Jan. 28 when she dropped her off at her Buckhead school at 8 a.m. “We can play in the snow this afternoon when I pick you up, honey. It’s going to be so much fun,” Hackl told her daughter. This 35-year-old lawyer, […]

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Somali-born councilman talks initiatives, annexation in Clarkston

Newly elected Clarkston City Councilman Ahmed Hassan is the city’s first Somali-born elected official. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Ahmed Hassan, the first Somali-born city council member in Clarkston, said he wants to make it a better place to live for everybody—immigrants and residents alike. “Basically, at this stage I’m not a politician; I’m just an accountant,” Hassan said. “I’m here for everybody, immigrants and alike, because we have to answer to everybody.” Hassan […]

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Old House Fair teaches how to breathe new life into old homes

Representatives from All Star Fence Co. of Norcross listen to a homeowner’s fencing questions at the 2013 Decatur Old House Fair.

  If you own an old house—or are thinking about purchasing one—don’t miss the annual Decatur Old House Fair on Feb. 8. The event, which offers a rare chance to discover new ideas and resources for rehabilitating and maintaining older homes, kicks off at 9 a.m., at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, located at 130 Clairemont […]

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Learning something new


The Champion Newspaper’s social media manager, Donna Turner, wanted to pick up a challenging new hobby. She considers herself a “pro” at crocheting, but likes the versatility that knitting offers. Since she didn’t know anyone who knits, and YouTube videos were too confusing for her, Turner sought the help of a professional. Enter Carrie Dodd, […]

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Lithonia chosen as EcoDistrict

Brook Run Trail

The south DeKalb County city of Lithonia has been chosen by Sustainable Atlanta as one of three metro Atlanta communities to participate in its EcoDistrict initiative. The Atlanta University Center and the Lakewood Heights area were also chosen. Melonie Tharpe, Sustainable Atlanta EcoDistricts coordinator, said the goal of the EcoDistrict initiative is to evaluate the […]

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Weaving new lives one strip of fabric at a time

One room at Weavers Warehouse is filled with donated bolts of fabric and clothing.

Fred Brown was in desperate need of a job, and when opportunity came his way he jumped at it. Then he learned the work involved weaving. “I didn’t know if I was going to last,” Brown said. Not only has Brown held the position for almost two years, now he loves it. “You get to […]

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