35 years of MARTA History

Three school board seats to be decided in runoff election


For the second time in two years, Marshall Orson has defeated Don McChesney for the DeKalb County School Board District 2 seat. Orson, the incumbent for District 2, received 60.95 percent of votes to McChesney’s 30.95 percent from 25 precincts. In 2012, Orson unseated McChesney with 61.65 percent of the votes to McChesney’s 38.19 percent. […]

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Teacher partners with Panola Mountain State Park for honey bee preservation

David Shipp, a local beekeeper for DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts’ Beekeeping Club, demonstrates a bee box at Panola Mountain State Park. Photo provided

A partnership between Panola Mountain State Park and a teacher at DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts will result in more than 100 acres of park land being used for the preservation and keeping of honeybees. Rozalyn Todd, a gifted/discovery teacher at DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (DESA), has been keeping bees for the […]

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Incumbents lead results in primary election


Super District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson was optimistic late on May 20 after 112 of 189 precincts had been counted in the May general primary and special election. Watson, a former state representative, had a significant lead over Gregory Adams, a pastor and former DeKalb County Police officer. Watson had 65.69 percent of the votes, […]

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Mann comes in ahead; sheriff’s race goes to runoff


  Residents will have to wait another two months for a new sheriff after a close race forced a runoff election between incumbent Sheriff Jeff Mann and former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones. By press time, with 112 out of 189 precincts reporting, Mann led with 39 percent of the overall vote with Jones trailing […]

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Commissioner says all county purchasing cards should be audited


Editor’s note: The Champion looks at the purchasing card use of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and those of other select P-card holders.   An April 2010 internal audit of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners determined that five of the seven commissioners “did not fully comply” with the county’s purchasing card (P-card) policies […]

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Local parent recognized for extraordinary motherhood

LaTasha Clark, a mother of 15 children, was awarded the Extraordinary Mom award at the Medtech Atlanta-DeKalb campus. Campus President Ben Simms, left, presented the award in front of her class. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

All mothers are extraordinary. But one local mom has made motherhood her mission. LaTasha Clark is the mother of 15 children–four biological, seven adopted and four fostered. While she is new to the area, having recently moved here from Alabama, she was recognized May 22 with the Extraordinary Mom Award at the Medtech College Atlanta-DeKalb […]

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Chamblee librarian seeks to form close-knit group

Mary Stricker likes projects with uncomplicated patterns that repeat the same stitch. Stricker started knitting after her sister gave her starter materials as a gift. The tote bag Stricker works on is made from yarn crafted from recycled denim. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

Librarian Mary Stricker chuckles at the idea of the group she hosts at the Chamblee Library being a “knitting and crocheting club.” “I guess sometimes the people who send out notices about library activities have a hard time describing some of our programs,” she said, explaining that the group has no official members, officers or […]

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OPINION: Behind the star


“It’s about time law enforcement became as organized as organized crime,” former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. During the May 20 General Primary Election, for the first time since 2001, DeKalb voters will select a new sheriff.  DeKalb’s sheriff manages a nearly $75 million budget, the nation’s third largest jail, and serves as the county’s chief […]

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