Community rallies for Avondale fire victims

Community rallies for Avondale fire victims

 Avondale Estates residents were awakened by the smell of smoke and helicopter choppers above.  Around 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 3, a fire spread at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Piney Tree Circle. According to DeKalb County Fire and Rescue officials, approximately 50 people were displaced by the fire.  Of the 50 people displaced, at least […]

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Local shelter experiencing higher intake

A mix of all accounts

Lifeline Animal Project, which manages animal shelters and services in DeKalb County and Fulton County, said their shelters are filling up—quickly. Lifeline has taken in approximately 450 more animals from July to November in 2017 than during the same time frame last year, according to statistics provided by Lifeline. “The intake has slowly been coming […]

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Update: Nine players represent DeKalb in college national championship game


Several members of the University of Georgia (UGA) football team had family and fans from DeKalb County pulling for them in the College Football Playoff National Championship game against Alabama Jan. 8. Not just because the Bulldogs are the home state team, but because nine players from DeKalb are on the Georgia roster and a […]

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Warm H.O.M.E.

Nonprofit organization Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure held a coat drive Dec. 30 at the Redan Recreation Center in Lithonia. Photos provided

With weather dipping to single-digit wind chills to start 2018, DeKalb County children and adults received a gift thanks to a Lithonia-based nonprofit. Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure (H.O.M.E.), in partnership with Burlington Coat Factory, Delivering Good and Good Morning America, handed out approximately 850 coats and winter jackets Dec. 30 during the “Warm Coats and […]

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{VIDEO} DeKalb firefighters save dozens from apartment blaze

DeKalb County Fire and Rescue department put out flames on Pine Tree Circle Jan. 3 in Avondale Estates in the Avondale Forest Apartment Homes.

  As babies were dropped from balconies   On Jan. 3 at approximately 5 a.m., residents living in Avondale Forest Apartment Homes in Avondale Estates were awakened by police and firefighters banging on their door.  According to DeKalb County Fire and Rescue officials, a fire started at the apartment complex and was quickly spreading.  “You […]

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Teen Chef: Decatur High School student creates captivating cuisine


    Some create art with clay or a paint brush. Aidan Forgey prefers a more edible medium. The 17-year-old Decatur High School (DHS) junior is in his third year in the school’s culinary arts program, and he’s just now hitting his stride in the kitchen. “It really just happened this year that I realized […]

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OPINION: Consolidation or complication?

Bill Crane's Opinion Piece for Champion newspaper

Jacksonville/Duvall County, Fla. consolidated into one government, across the largest land mass of any county on the eastern seaboard in 1968. At that time, Brunswick and Glynn County also had a former Navy shipyard and port, as well as a manufacturing jobs base. By the census of 1970, the population of Jacksonville/Duvall was 528,865 and Brunswick/Glynn County […]

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Family health issues lead to fitness business


After Michelle Campbell found ways to help her mother become healthier, she used her knowledge as a foundation for her business, Body by Chelle Fitness. “My mother was suffering from the side effects of her medication so I helped her create a diet and exercise wellness plan. When she returned to the doctor six months […]

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