Pastor uses holistic approach to help with weight loss

Dr  Joseph L  Willams Before  After

  Growing up, Dr. Joseph Williams, author and pastor of Salem Bible Church in Atlanta and Lithonia, considered himself as a husky, but active child. Williams was athletic, playing defensive tackle for his high school football team. He was set to play football at Morehouse College, but he suffered a herniated disc injury the summer […]

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Lithonia High School bookkeeper arrested for theft

Lithonia High School

A former Lithonia High School bookkeeper has been charged with stealing from the school. Stephine Barkley, 38, of McDonough, was arrested on Aug. 27 by DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with theft by taking. A $2,500 bond for her release was posted on Aug. 28. In a statement to The Champion, Donald Smith, the […]

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Carla’s Corner: Kicking is important in football, too


Stephenson lost to Central Miami 21-20 in the Georgia-Florida Battle of the Borders showdown Aug. 30. However, the game could have been tied at the end of regulation and gone into an overtime period, but that did not happen because Stephenson does not have an accurate kicker who can kick an extra point or a […]

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Brinson plays well after China trip

Marist defensive end Kenneth Brinson got seven total tackles and two quarterback hurries against Godby of Tallahassee, Fla., in the Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders on Aug. 30. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Seven total tackles and two quarterback hurries. That is the stat line of Marist defensive end Kenneth Brinson against Godby of Tallahassee, Fla., in the Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders on Aug. 30. The night before the game, Brinson had just arrived back in Atlanta from Nanjing, China. Brinson was in China Aug. 14-27 competing […]

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Suspended CEO seeks ‘full vindication’

Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, right, consults with his attorney and wife before jury selection for his trial began Sept. 8. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

“I have done nothing wrong.” Throughout his legal ordeal, suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis has repeated that statement.And that’s the message Ellis and his legal team will have for jurors during his corruption trial which began Sept. 8 in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Courtney L. Johnson. From the beginning of his legal […]

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Ex-commissioner faces prison time


Former DeKalb County commissioner Elaine Boyer pleaded guilty Sept. 3 and struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors. In the plea deal, Boyer faces a maximum prison term of 40 years, but prosecutors agreed to “recommend that [Boyer] be sentenced at the low end of the adjusted guideline range”—18-24 months. Boyer’s charges of mail and […]

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Dunwoody officials ‘thrilled’ with new water pump stations

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May (center) is flanked by Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis and DeKalb Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton as a group of county and Dunwoody officials participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a booster pump station. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County and Dunwoody officials gathered Sept. 4 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for two booster pump stations recently completed in the county’s $1.35 billion watershed capital improvement project (CIP). “Today is a good day here in DeKalb County because we are acknowledging some good work that is going on,” said interim DeKalb County CEO Lee […]

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OPINION: Facts are powerful tools

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It is easy to make assumptions about people, places and events, but more often than not our assumptions are not based on fact. Our assumptions become a hindrance to our ability to seek or see the truth in many situations; assumptions can cause us to make unreasonable assessments and to react in inappropriate ways. We’re […]

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