Decatur resident reaches century mark

Decatur resident Sadie Sims turned 100 years old on June 21. Her family celebrated the century mark at Omega World Center in Decatur. Photo by Carla Parker

While most families gathered June 21 to celebrate Father’s Day, Sadie Sims’ family gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday. Sims, who lives in Decatur, was celebrated by her seven remaining children, 23 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and others whose lives she has influenced throughout her 100 years. “It feels good,” Sims said of […]

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Stone Mountain man missing

Thomas Walker

Stone Mountain police are looking for an elderly man who has been missing since June 20. Thomas Walker Jr., 83, was last seen at 601 Mountain Springs Drive in Stone Mountain. He suffers from dementia and has diabetes, according to police. Walker is a Black male with brown eyes and a bald head. He was […]

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Sharman White wins gold with USA U16 National Team


Miller Grove basketball coach Sharman White can now add “gold medal winner” to his resume. White was an assistant coach on the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team that won the FIBA Americas Championship June 14. USA (5-0) came back from a 20-point second quarter deficit to defeat Canada (4-1) 77-60 and win gold. […]

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Former NFL players work with high school players

Offensive linemen work on different techniques at a camp featuring former NFL players.

Towers High School alum and NFL veteran Julius Williams came back to his hometown to teach young athletes football and life skills. Williams, a seven-year NFL and CFL veteran, founded “Battle of the Trenches ATL,” a free 5-on-5 Pass Rush camp for offensive and defensive linemen and mentoring program designed to help at-risk youths develop […]

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Burrell Ellis trial in hands of jury


Burrell Ellis’ fate is in the hands of a jury, again. Closing arguments were heard June 24, a  day after testimony ended in the retrial of the DeKalb County CEO accused of strong-arming vendors to donate to his reelection campaign in 2012. “After weeks of testimony, after countless tape recordings…[and] diagrams…the simple truth has not changed,” […]

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Ocean explorer brings new technology to Fernbank


  Audiences at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX Theatre can dive into an underwater experience in the new giant screen film Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D, narrated by oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. On June 2, Fernbank Museum of Natural History held an advance screening of the IMAX film, followed by a live Skype chat […]

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Diligence can reduce pool injuries, deaths

Clarkston Pool 127

While pools can be fun places to beat the summer heat, they also can be deadly and dangerous. In the United States, there was an average of 382 pool or spa-related drownings reported per year from 2010 to 2012 involving children younger than 15 years of age. Additionally there were, on average, 5,400 pool- or […]

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OPINION: Justice can be long and painful


  It was my first big story for The Champion. On Nov. 22, 2010, just 12 days after I joined the county’s legal organ, I was assigned to cover a news conference at the Dunwoody Police Department. Four days before the news conference, Russell Sneiderman, 36, was gunned down at point-blank range after dropping his […]

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