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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Yukon XL Denali shines in almost every way

2015 GMC Yukon Denali (L) and Yukon XL SLT

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend was the perfect time for an extended test drive of GMC’s 2016 Yukon XL Denali. That weekend also was a special celebration time for my family so the vehicle was put to the test during trips to the airport to pick up and drop off family, haul luggage […]

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Blasting concerns again halt work at Snapfinger sewage plant


Construction work at the Snapfinger Wastewater Treatment Plant has been halted by DeKalb County officials. The halt for the second phase of the project comes after concerns about blasting in the area. In a Jan. 29 statement to The Champion, the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) officials stated, “The blasting at Snapfinger Wastewater […]

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SWD alums give back through mentorship

Alida Brown (second left) and Tyler Sylvester (center) were winners of an essay contest formed by Southwest DeKalb alums India Ali (second right) and Omari Crawford (far right).

Two Southwest DeKalb High School seniors are recipients of a $250 scholarship after winning an essay contest. Alida Brown and Tyler Sylvester wrote the best essays on what the first amendment means to them and how it applies to their lives. Both students were excited about winning the award. “I feel special,” Sylvester said. “I […]

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DeKalb CEO to trade politics for pulpit


“After much prayer and consideration, my wife and I have decided not to run for CEO in this upcoming election,” interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May told reporter Feb. 5. The decision was made “after a lot of time and prayer and discussion about our future,” May continued. May said he and his wife Robin are […]

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Police, fire rescue personnel pushing for more pay


Sgt. Marnie Mercer, a 13-year DeKalb Police veteran, can no longer afford to work for DeKalb County. That’s what she told county officials Jan. 25 when she and dozens of county police and fire rescue personnel attended a Board of Commissioners meeting to again urge county officials to increase their pay. Mercer, who serves as […]

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Commissioner collecting water for Flint, Mich.’s crisis

lead rust water GS

A DeKalb County commissioner is collecting bottled water for the Flint, Mich., water crisis. On Oct. 1, 2015, the Genesee County Board of Commissioners issued a public health emergency declaration for residents using the Flint city water supply due to elevated levels of lead. “I’m making a spirited effort to collect bottled water for the […]

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