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Actor, writer, producer and director Jamie


Dion is a graduate of Martine Luther King
Jr., High School. Photo by Bubba Carr

DeKalb native working to


build brand in film industry
BY CARLA PARKER wants to bring casting issues to dynamic relationships between
carla@dekalbchamp.com light through his content. male characters that go beyond
“The main message I am the one-dimensional angry son
For years, DeKalb County trying to [get across] is how who doesn’t get along with his
native Jamie Dion built a name different it is to succeed or to dad,” he said. “Because there
for himself locally in the film grow or book the higher grossing are so many other different
industry. roles, such as the series regular relationships that can be
Now, he is ready to be known or the guest star [as an] Atlanta explored, and that’s what I’ve
globally. The actor, writer, talent.,” he said. “What I want to been drawn to as far as my
producer and director has gone showcase is the work that goes writing.”
from assisting in choreographing into growing from Atlanta talent The first script Dion wrote
the stage play The Wiz as a and how the industry typically was the relationship between two
student at Martin Luther King Jr. sees Atlanta talent.” cousins, which was created right
High School, to writing, directing Part of that, Dion said, is the after his cousin died two years
and producing his first short film. lack of film education in Atlanta. ago, a week after Dion’s birthday.
Dion, a Howard University “The education and the “We were the same age,”
alum, recently created his first expertise of the education isn’t Dion said. “I wanted to dedicate
short film, West and Left, a here as it is in New York and something to his memory and
political drama. Dion said his Los Angeles where you have the our relationship and that’s where
goal with the film is to break the American Academy of Dramatic that started.”
stigma around certain roles and Arts, and all of those actor Dion said he is living his
people “no matter what their studios,” Dion said. “That’s a dream as an actor but hopes to
stance is in life.” large hurdle that [Atlanta actors] have his work known worldwide.
Dion said he has been in have to get over. So, I’m trying “For my work as an artist
the film industry since he was to create my own content and and as an actor, I simply want
15 years old. Although metro to showcase some of the work people to be moved by my work,
Atlanta has been dubbed the of Atlanta’s really strong actors, whatever their reaction may be.
“Hollywood of the South” including myself.” Obviously, I want them to love
due to the hundreds of films, Dion said the content he it, but I simply want to move
television and reality shows that creates centers around the people,” he said. “I’ve seen what
have been filmed in the state, relationship between two male I’ve done for audiences on stage
Dion said many actors who are characters, such as brothers, and for audiences who’ve seen my
natives of Georgia are sometimes cousins, father and son, or a work on film and on television. I
overlooked for big roles in movies mentor and mentee. want to do that on a global level.
or television shows. He said he “My goal is to showcase That’s my next goal.”
Jamie Dion as Mahatma Gandhi on TBS’s Playing with History. Photo by Gina
Barboza

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DECATUR BROOKHAVEN

Decatur Police Department hosted a fair and impartial policing training for
community members at the Decatur Police Department headquarters on Nov. 9.

Community benefits The aftermath at the Reserve at Brookhaven after floors caved
in Nov. 14. Photos courtesy of the city of Brookhaven
Structural damage to a floor at the Reserve at Brookhaven.

from policing program Families still displaced after


apartment floor caves in
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN have,” Ross said. “Even in a
horace@dekalbchamp.com community such as [Decatur]
that is very liberal and open
Community members in its views; we have to learn
representing Decatur’s police there’s a big difference in
force, civil rights advocacy being racist and bigoted and
groups, advisory boards displaying implicit bias.”
BY TAYLOR ROBINS the city of Brookhaven. Repairs have not begun
and others were asked to The class featured lessons
The structure was declared at the building because of
participate in fair and impartial such as an introduction to taylor@dekalbchamp.com unsafe for occupancy by a pending investigation,
policing community members’ fair and impartial policing
After a floor caved in at the building inspectors. However, according to apartment
training. perspective, the science of
Reserve at Brookhaven Nov. approximately 12 families management. The Red Cross
The training, held in human bias and skills for
14, 80 people and 23 families were able to return to units is assisting in placing families
November at Decatur Police addressing implicit biases.
have not been able to return to that were unaffected by the in temporary accommodations
headquarters, addressed hidden Ross said she was happy
their homes, according to Fox structural damage, according until repairs are made.
biases community members that community members and
5 Atlanta. to the Reserve at Brookhaven. Some residents have
and police officers may Decatur police officers were
Building inspectors were The owner of the complex, decided to relocate because of
have related to race, gender, able to have open dialogue
sent to the apartment complex Primestone Fifeco Realty the damage, according to the
sexual orientation and other discussing sensitive topics.
in response to a call from Fund LLC, was notified that Reserve at Brookhaven.
differences. “You have some
the fire marshal about severe no one is allowed to enter According to city officials,
Lorie Fridell, CEO of Fair communities where you would
structural damage on the affected areas until a structural the city does not have a
and Impartial Policing, said not have had the engagement
first floor of the three-story engineer has inspected the record of any issues inside the
the training incorporates the that we had if community
building. Inspectors found facility and approved reentry. structure prior to the recent
science of implicit bias. members knew there were
the first floor of the lower Utilities were disconnected incident. Tax records from
“Fair and Impartial Policing officers in the room, but we
apartment had fallen into the until permits are issued for the DeKalb County indicate the
applies decades of research felt like Decatur was not that
crawlspace due to failure of needed repairs for the affected building was built in 1971.
on human bias to the critical type of community,” Ross
structural support, according to units, according to the city of
decisions that you and law said. “I think having police
Brookhaven.
enforcement officers make officers attend the class makes
every day,” Fridell said. “It’s it more enriching for our
about how your mind works. police officers and for the
We discuss how implicit biases community.” PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
can impact well-intentioned Ross said the department CITY OF LITHONIA, GEORGIA
individuals outside their works hard to combat potential FISCAL YEAR 2019 (FY19) BUDGET REVIEW AND ADOPTION
conscious awareness.” bias in the department and (JANUARY 1, 2019 – DECEMBER 31, 2019)
Fridell said there can be community. In October,
negative consequences when Decatur Police officials PUBLIC HEARING ON FY19 BUDGET: A Public Hearing on the FY19 Budget is
unveiled their What is scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to
individuals allow their biases 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers located at 6920 Main Street, Lithonia, GA 30058.
to impact their decision suspicious? When do I call At this meeting, the Mayor and Council will receive both written and oral comments
making and behavior. the police? pamphlet. The about the Annual Operating and Capital Budget for the City of Lithonia, Georgia.
“We teach you skills that pamphlet gives a step-by-
you can implement to reduce step guide to help readers MAYOR’S RECOMMENDED BUDGET AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW: The FY19
determine what is suspicious Mayor’s Recommended Budget will be available for public inspection on the city’s
and manage your biases,” website at www.cityoflithoniaga.org and during normal office hours starting on
Fridell said. behavior, how to give detailed December 3, 2018 at the following locations:
Decatur Police officials descriptions of a potential Lithonia City Hall, 6920 Main Street, Lithonia GA 30058
said they hosted the four- suspect and why it’s important Lithonia-Davidson Library, 6821 Church Street, Lithonia GA 30058
hour training exercise to follow certain protocol
when contacting police or 911 BUDGET REVIEW: The Mayor and Council of the City of Lithonia are scheduled to
for community members review the FY19 Mayor’s Recommended Budget on the following dates:
and police to benefit the emergency services. Monday, December 10, 2018 (5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 6920 Main Street)
community. It was the first Ross said participants in Monday, December 17, 2018 (6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 6920 Main Street)
time such training has been the class were given a survey
and Decatur Police officials BUDGET ADOPTION: The Mayor and Council of the City of Lithonia are scheduled
offered said Decatur Police to adopt the FY19 Budget at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 17,
Spokesperson Jennifer Ross. will decide whether to offer 2018. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers located at 6920
“People are very unaware further bias training classes in Main Street.
of the biases that they the future.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 • Page 3

AVONDALE ESTATES DECATUR

More than 20,000 gallons of sewage spilled from a manhole located at 161 Hood
Vintage toys, video games and comic books were on sale during a Nov. 17 market held at My Parents Basement in Avondale Circle in Decatur.
Estates.

Avondale Estates shop embraces Homeowner angered after


vintage, nostalgic items multiple sewer spills
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN wellness of her family.
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN “It’s frustrating to know
horace@dekalbchamp.com
horace@dekalbchamp.com you have thousands of gallons
of sewage spilling into your
At 3 a.m. on Nov. 15, backyard,’” Sorensen said.
Avondale Estates restaurant Decatur homeowner Mette
and comic book shop My “You don’t know what kind
Sorensen said she woke to find of diseases are out there. [My
Parents’ Basement is known sewage water in her basement.
for its nostalgic vibe. The full- son] is out there all the time.
For the second time in as many He plays basketball and soccer
service restaurant and bar also days, their sewer manhole was
features arcade games and outside in our yard and my
overflowing. daughter loves to do cartwheels
pinball machines. Sorensen, who moved to
In November, the in the basement, which is now
Hood Circle in Decatur 2017 covered with lord knows what.
restaurant hosted several in July, said she’s worried
events showcasing vintage toys, It’s a major concern.”
about possible germs and According to statistics
comics, video games and other contamination caused by
collectable items. On Nov. 17, released by the county, major
recurring sewer spills near her sewer spills reported have
a vintage toy, video game and home.
comic book market was held decreased from January to
Vintage wrestling toys displayed at the vintage toy market on Nov. 17. On Nov. 12, more than September compared to the
and on Nov. 25 the restaurant 10,000 gallons of sewage water
hosted a Bizarre Bazaar. same time frame last year.
spilled from a manhole into a In January to September of
Ray Hollifield, bar manager storm drain and ultimately into
at My Parents’ Basement, said 2017, DeKalb reported 38
Sugar Creek. County officials major sewer spills. In January
he’s a “huge comic book fan.” said the spill was caused by
The Nov. 17 event was hosted to September of 2018, major
heavy storms. On Nov. 15, an reported sewer spills decreased
days after the death of famed additional 10,000 gallons spilled
comic book writer Stan Lee to 22. A major sewer spill is a
from the manhole and spilled spill of 10,000 gallons or more.
and featured classic Marvel into Sugar Creek.
comic books in his honor. “The decline in major
“When we look at the sewer spills shows that DeKalb
“It’s usually an all-day thing forecast we think ‘oh no, is
and we have a lot of people County is moving in the
this going to happen again,’” right direction,” said DeKalb
come out and dress up as their Sorensen said. “They predicted
favorite character,” Hollifield CEO Michael Thurmond
an inch and a half [Nov. 14] in a statement. “DeKalb is
said. and the ground was already
“[Stan Lee] created most committed to protecting the
A collection of photos of comic book writer Stan Lee at My Parents’ Basement saturated. We already had environment and quality of
of the comics we love today,” standing water in our yard. We
Hollifield said. “It was a sad, restaurant in Avondale. life and supporting economic
knew if it started to rain heavily development.”
sad day for everybody.” again, most likely we would
Lin Bakhsh, also known as something for us,” Bakhsh something really awesome,” The amount from major
said. “I feel like events such as Bakhsh said. “This is awesome. have another spill.” sewer spills from January to
Vintage, is a toy collector and Sorensen said the previous
seller, said he wanted to bring Comic Con and Dragon Con, This is what I expected and September was 3.8 million
that’s what they are–a con. more. Everything worked owners of the home told her the gallons in 2018, compared with
something unique to the area property had issues with sewer
by gathering other toy vendors People spend a lot of money out and everybody is happy. 13.7 million gallons last year.
to walk around and not really I think everyone had a good spills and that county officials County officials said they
and bringing them to Avondale made modifications to the
Estates. Bakhsh said he wanted enjoy themselves.” time.” are also working on county-
At the Bizarre Bazaar, Management of My Parents residence to help prevent future wide fats, oils and grease (FOG)
to offer the area a free-to- spills.
attend event so shoppers would shoppers could purchase art Basement said they plan to public education campaigns.
collectables, craft souvenirs host more vintage-themed With heavy rains expected According to county officials 60
have more money to buy in December, according to
nostalgic items. and other vintage items. events throughout the year. percent of all sewer spills can be
“You can come out here Accuweather.com, Sorensen attributed to FOG.
“I got all my vendors said she’s concerned for the
together and wanted to do and spend five bucks and find
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 • Page 4

Taking time to count our blessings


It’s been a rough year It’s easy to focus on the negative as children are some of those small things
Dominated by natural disasters— there’s plenty of it around us, however, that are part of our lives but we often
wildfires, hurricanes, floods—mass we are rich in so many ways. Should overlook.
shootings, police-involved shootings, we take the time to carefully consider Life is not perfect for anyone. We
missing persons, political bickering and Gale Horton Gay the bounty we have in our lives. Much face challenges major and minor in
turmoil, environmental issues, protests gale@dekalbchamp.com of what we take for granted such as many areas of our lives. However, there
and so much more, 2019 has been a the state of our health, ability to earn a remains much for which we can and
year that’s left many of us weary and living, where and how we live, family, should give thanks.
sympathetic for those most affected. While the holiday of Thanksgiving friendships, freedoms we enjoy in our I suggest that each of us take a little
Thanksgiving has been celebrated is just one day, many of us are generally country, etc. are a starting point. Taking time this season for some personal
and I, for one, am especially imbued with the spirit of thankfulness time to appreciate and enjoy such reflection on the bounty of our lives
appreciative that we’re in the season of and appreciation throughout the rest simple things as feeling sunshine and and give thanks.
counting our blessings, giving thanks of the year as we celebrate Hanukkah, viewing a sunset, smelling the after-
and offering prayers and well wishes for Christmas and/or Kwanzaa and ring in effects of a rain shower and hearing
others. It couldn’t come soon enough. the new year. And we should be. nature sounds or the laughter of

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Democracy is messy
“Democracy is two wolves and a have examples to set, for our children, “Democracy is the worst form of
lamb voting on what to have for lunch. ‘One Man’s as well as our neighbors, coworkers government, except all those other
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting
the vote!” Benjamin Franklin, (1706-
Opinion’ and peers. We can disagree without
being disagreeable. 
forms that have been tried from time to
time.” Winston Churchill, from a speech
1790), American Founding Father, Bill Crane We voters may have tossed or lost by the former British Prime Minister,
author, inventor and philosopher. bill.csicrane@gmail.com
the elected moderates in both parties, November 11, 1947.
but just like the well-armed lamb in
Ben Franklin was not a fan of pure Franklin’s quote, we can still have Bill Crane also serves as a political
Democracy. U.S. citizens of that day just as the presidential election of 2000 the will to fight for common sense, analyst and commentator for Channel
had no vote or direct voice in the ended with 532 votes in Florida, with compromise and solutions which land 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk
Declaration of Independence, nor hanging chads and a U.S. Supreme in the middle. 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a
later the U.S. Constitution, which is Court intervention, our republic and Yes, democracy is messy, and columnist for The Champion, DeKalb
the basis on which our constitutional people are strong enough to weather making the right choices to lead Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane
republic is formed. Few amendments differences of preference, candidate us in a republic are also never is a DeKalb native and business owner,
to the Constitution were ratified by and opinion. And now is time for guaranteed. But our experiment in self living in Scottdale. You can reach him or
the states, versus adopted by Congress. healing. governance has now survived nearing comment on a column at bill.csicrane@
In close election contests, hard There will be voices who will 250 years, and though I won’t be here gmail.com.
feelings often emerge and sometimes continue to foment the division. Given when we hit 500, I do expect we will
linger. It is however quite important the First Amendment, those voices get there.
at these times to remember that one cannot be silenced, but they can and
of our greatest strengths as a nation is should be countered and responded
the time-proven, peaceful transition to.
of power. That of course also means Our nation can suffer fools,
coming to terms with and accepting divides and strong differences of
outcomes not of our preference or opinion, as long as the American
choosing, once the voters have spoken. people do not begin to heedlessly
It is also important to note that attack one another. We are not above
we are far from alone in this world or beyond mob rule, rioting or even
experiencing these divides. Across the occasional need for curfews and
the pond in Britain, a prime minister marshall law, but on the whole, we
is battling her own party to deliver a are a more mindful, tolerant and
Brexit deal that other EU countries respecting people than that.
will swallow, all while her own party This president has flaws, but he did
plans a divorce from their prime not create this divide, nor is he the
minister.  anti-Christ. We the voters just selected
In Germany, Angela Merkel’s ruling and voted in a split Congress. As
majority shrinks with each election, in typically happens during a mid-term
part fueled by another splinter party election, the “in” party lost more than
and fears that Muslim immigrants are they won, but it was not the Blue
fomenting unrest and economic injury Tsunami that many forecasted. The
to the Rhineland. GOP retained the U.S. Senate, a strong
And here, a president who shines majority of governors' offices and state
brightest (in his mind) during the legislatures and will likely further their
swings of battle, finds building the re-shaping of the federal judiciary.
divide among his primary comfort Democrats in the U.S. House
zones. But he is still our president. will first fight an early battle among
It has been four presidential themselves, over their own leadership
elections since someone I voted for team, then over the progressive
has occupied 1600 Pennsylvania bent of their agenda and then over
Avenue, but I also choose to still wish just how hard to attempt to make
every president success and that they life miserable for this president. It
find the will and their best ways to will not be pretty, and neither is
serve and improve the lives of the democracy. Making laws while also
American people. Some of course do building support and public opinion,
that job better than others. while finding consensus are each
But these times too shall pass. And messy, but necessary. As adults, we

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Close up of the facade of the Madison Theatre building.

The Madison Theatre, located in East Atlanta, was placed on the top 10 places in peril list by the Georgia Trust for Historic
Preservation.

Preservationists try to save Madison Theatre


BY HORACE HOLLOMAN their energy on places in the of running from it, we can turn
state that are most in need. it into a community asset. As
horace@dekalbchamp.com According to Georgia Trust of right now, the condition of
for Historic Preservation the building is pretty shameful.
Opened in 1927, the officials, smaller portions of When you drive by it, you don’t
Madison Theatre is a shell of the theater have been used for even know there’s something
what it used to be, according to commercial purposes since the there.”
officials with the Georgia Trust 1980s and the larger portions of Lovello said the historic
for Historic Preservation. the theater have been used for preservation group is currently Close up view of the architectural details of the Madison Theatre build-
In November, the Georgia storage space. working with the property ing.
Trust for Historic Preservation “You can quite easily drive owner to seek solutions and
selected the Madison Theatre, by this building and not know hopefully turn the property into
located in East Atlanta, as one what’s there,” McDonald said. an entertainment venue.
of 10 “places in peril.” “We want to bring awareness to “There’s nothing better than
Each year, 10 sites are the community and get people a comeback story,” Lovello said.
selected by the historic interested in this project.” “Everyone loves a comeback
preservation group and added Dennis Lovello, historic story and we don’t want people
to the places in peril list. properties coordinator with to forget about [the Madison
“We have this program every Georgia Trust for Historic Theatre]. If we can put this
year and we announce 10 of the Preservation, called the property on the map, it can be
most significant endangered property an “unpolished jewel.” another jewel in the east Atlanta
places in the state,” said Georgia At the time the theater crown. This is what good
Trust for Historic Preservation opened, it was considered preservation does, it gets the
CEO Mark McDonald. one of the most expensive community excited about the
“This year we received 27 neighborhood theaters in the property’s potential.”
nominations.” south. McDonald said individuals
McDonald said selecting “This theater can hopefully wanting to get involved with
be a cornerstone of East historic preservation can visit Workers clean the interior of the Madison Theatre.
only 10 sites allows the historic
preservation group to focus Atlanta,” Lovello said. “Instead www.georgiatrust.org.

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STONECREST

New Birth announces new senior pastor Empowerment Temple in 2000 Bryant also fathered a child
BY CARLA PARKER
and membership grew from with another woman in 2015.
carla@dekalbchamp.com 47 members to more than On New Birth’s Facebook
10,000. He has a bachelor’s post announcing the new
New Birth Missionary degree in political science pastor, some questioned why
Baptist Church in Stonecrest and international studies the church would bring in
has named Baltimore, Md., from Morehouse, a master of a controversial pastor after Boettcher will be Dunwoody’s
pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant as its divinity degree from Duke coming out of a controversial communication director. (Photo courtesy
new senior pastor. University and a doctorate period under Long. of the City of Dunwoody)
The church made the of ministry degree from Long was named in a
announcement Nov. 19 on
11Alive reporter
The Graduate Theological lawsuit in 2010 by four former
social media. Bryant will Foundation. male members who accused
replace Bishop Stephen A. Bryant, 47, is known in Long of sexual abuse. The
Davis, who resigned in June.
Davis, who also pastors a
the faith-based community
for his philanthropic work
young men alleged Long used
his influence, trips and gifts to
becomes
church in Birmingham, Ala.,
was appointed pastor of New Baltimore, Md., pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant
will deliver his first sermon as New
and outspokenness on
social injustice. According
coerce them into relationships.
The case was dismissed and communications
Birth after the death of Bishop
Eddie L. Long, who died from
an aggressive form of cancer in
Birth’s new senior pastor on Dec. 9.
Photo from Jamal Bryant’s Facebook
to reports, Bryant admitted
to an extramarital affair in
2009 when he was married to
settled out of court, however,
the church’s membership
declined.
director
page
2017. then-wife, Gizelle Bryant, a According to reports,
Bryant, a Morehouse reality star on Bravo TV’s Real Bryant will deliver his first BY TAYLOR ROBINS
Temple AME Church in
College graduate, is the Housewives of Potomac. They sermon as New Birth’s new
Baltimore. According to his taylor@dekalbchamp.com
pastor of Empowerment have three daughters together. senior pastor on Dec. 9.
website, Bryant founded
Dunwoody recently named
Jennifer Leslie Boettcher as

Charges will not be filed against DeKalb commissioners the city’s new communications
director, according to a press
release.
Reconsideration of salary increase suggested “I’m so excited about this
next chapter,” Boettcher said.
“Dunwoody is such a special
to reconsider their salary increase and to Georgia Christopher Carr sent a letter place. I love living here and
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN look forward to sharing and
obtain additional training as it relates to to county attorney Viviane Ernstes.
horace@dekalbchamp.com the Open Meetings Act.” According to Carr, Ernstes said putting shaping the story of this great
According to Payscale.com, the average the proposed salary increase on the Feb. city.”
It’s been approximately nine months The former 11Alive
since DeKalb County commissioners national salary of county commissioners 27 agenda would have “created confusion
is $56,269. According to DeKalb County amongst stakeholders and the public reporter was selected based
voted 6-1 to increase their annual salaries on her media experience and
by approximately $24,000 annually. officials, commissioners Kathie Gannon concerning which entity had the authority
and Larry Johnson are the highest-paid to increase salary.” community connections,
The decision left several residents according to the city. While
unhappy and some have filed complaints commissioners making more than $45,000 Carr said the likelihood of the
a year as of March. Commissioners agenda item creating public confusion with 11Alive, Boettcher earned
against the board of commissioners six Emmy from the National
claiming they violated the Open Meetings Nancy Jester—who voted against the seems “highly improbable and frankly
pay increase, Steve Bradshaw, Mereda irrelevant.” Academy of Television Arts
Act by not putting the proposed salary and Sciences.
increase on the board’s agenda. The Davis-Johnson and Gregory Adams are “The board’s failure to include their
the lowest-paid commissioners making salary increase on the meeting agenda in “We are very pleased to
agenda item was introduced as a walk-on have Jennifer as the city of
discussion during the Feb. 27 meeting. approximately $40,500 a year. DeKalb advance of the meeting not only frustrated
County CEO Michael Thurmond makes the purposes of the Open Meetings Act. Dunwoody communications
DeKalb County resident Ed Williams director,” states City Manager
said he sent a letter to the DeKalb County more than $162,000 a year. It violated the act’s requirement that all
Commissioners can receive a matters expected to come before [the] Eric Linton. “Jennifer’s
Solicitor General’s office in July requesting success as a news anchor
an investigation of the process that lead to maximum of three longevity increases at agency should be included in the agenda,”
2.5 percent each for every full four-year Carr wrote. makes her uniquely qualified to
a salary increase for commissioners. lead the city’s media relations
In a statement issued to The Champion, term served.
On June 20, Attorney General of and community engagement.
DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna She is well known around the
Coleman-Stribling said after a review community and strengthening
process there was “insufficient evidence

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this connection is that she is a
to support a finding of criminal intent by Dunwoody resident.”
the board of commissioners to violate the Boettcher’s duties will
Open Meetings Act.” include leading the city’s
Coleman-Stribling said the proposed media relations, community
salary increase was published in the

RECYCLE • REDUCE
engagement and customer
county’s legal organ, The Champion, for service efforts.
three consecutive weeks prior to the Boettcher and her husband
meeting, as required by law. Matt have been residents of
“While not criminal, omitting the Dunwoody for 12 years, where

REUSE • RECYCLE
item from the actual agenda prior to they raise their sons Blake and
the meeting did give the appearance of Bo.
impropriety on behalf of the board of
commissioners,” Coleman-Stribling said.
“To restore faith in government and in
keeping with the transparent spirit of
the Open Meetings Act, we strongly
encourage the board of commissioners
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 • Page 8

AVONDALE ESTATE DECATUR

Towne Cinema in Avondale Estates.

Avondale Estates Cinema Noodle, pictured above, along with Tres Jolie, Fresh to Order and Java Monkey were
closed after a fire started at Java Monkey on Nov. 11.

to close its doors for good


Suspect wanted after Java Monkey fire
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN
become a landmark for all,” Suzanne Kosmerl said, horace@dekalbchamp.com
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN
said Avondale Estates Mayor “This makes me so sad. Thank
horace@dekalbchamp.com More than two weeks after a officials said witnesses reported
Jonathan Elmore. “The current you for all the great music
operator has contributed you’ve brought to Avondale popular coffee shop in Decatur flames and smoke coming
An entertainment business
significantly to the Towne [Estates].” suffered severe smoke and from the rear of the business.
in Avondale Estates announced
Cinema and we look forward to Avondale Towne Cinema fire damage, Decatur Police
it will be permanently closed
the next chapter of this historic is scheduled to host a Jingle announced they believe an Decatur Fire and Rescue
after unsustainable profit.
space.” Mingle Mile on Dec. 1 from arsonist was the cause of the officials said fire and smoke
Avondale Towne Cinema
The cinema was scheduled 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a Mudcat fire. also damaged nearby
announced on its Facebook
to host a Chi-Town Transit album release party from 8 p.m. On Nov. 26, Decatur police businesses Tres Jolie, Noodle
page Nov. 24 that the business
Authority music event Nov. 23, to 11:30 p.m. said Rickey Hodges Thomas and Fresh to Order.
will close its doors after four
but announced on social media The Champion Newspaper is wanted for arson in the first Individuals with knowledge
years of operation.  
the day of the event that the attempted to contact building degree. Thomas, 28, is a Black of the whereabouts of Thomas
“We have enjoyed spending
event was cancelled. Cinema owner Fisher Paty of Oakhurst male, approximately 5-foot-10 are asked to contact arson
the past four years getting to
management said they issued Realty Partners via email and inches tall and 162 pounds, investigator K. Rice of the
know all of you and being a
refunds and contacted the band phone but did not receive a according to police. Decatur Fire Department at
part of your special moments,”
scheduled to play. response by press time. Reports of the fire at Java kevin.rice@decaturga.com or
Avondale Towne Cinema
Several patrons of The Champion Newspaper Monkey began on Nov. 11 (678) 553-6587. Individuals
management said in a statement
the cinema expressed also attempted to contact at approximately 11:30 p.m. can also contact Crime
on social media. “Unfortunately,
disappointment regarding the Avondale Towne Cinema owner Decatur Fire and Rescue Stoppers Greater Atlanta at
we will be closing our doors
closing. Tony Longval but did not officials responded to a fire (404) 577-Tips (8477) and
on [Dec. 15]. After years of
“Tony, I will miss your receive a response by press time. at the business. Fire rescue remain anonymous.
trying to make the business
profitable, we can no longer venue and seeing you there.
continue to operate. Our You are a wonderful friend
landlords were great in helping and always will be. Wishing
make this successful, but they you luck in whatever new
could not back us anymore and dreams you have and thank
are working on someone else you from my little part of the
coming into the space.” Atlanta music community,” said
Avondale Towne Cinema Spencer Kirkpatrick.
management hinted at a
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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 • Page 9

WEEK in PICTURES

Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal presents a proclamation at the Nov. 5 city council meeting for World Diabetes Day. (Dunwoody
Twitter)

Decatur Police Ofc. Kersey poses for a photo with Santa during the annual Santa on
the Square event in downtown Decatur Nov. 24.
Police pose for a picture during the “Light Up Dunwoody” holiday event and tree lighting Nov. 18. (Dunwoody Police Twitter)

Biomedical engineers from the Children’s Heart Research and Outcomes Center, a joint project from Georgia Tech and Emory Pack 577 from Oak Grove United Methodist Church visited Tucker Precinct and met
University, discuss heart health with first-second-and third-graders from Oak Grove Elementary Nov. 16. (DeKalb County School with SWAT members and a Crime Scene Investigator. Photo from DeKalb County Police
District Twitter) Department - Tucker Precinct’s Facebook page

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EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 • Page 10

ATLANTA

Lakeside High School will hold its annual holiday concert Dec. 13 and 14. Photos by Lynn Kessler

Lakeside High School’s music students ring in holiday season


BY TAYLOR ROBINS enjoy the opportunity to perform performances are free to the public; the school’s gym.
taylor@dekalbchamp.com with their friends in the other music school will also accept donations. The Gala, on Dec. 14, will be formal
disciplines, and the performances are “It’s one of the few occasions each with students dressed in tuxedos and
eagerly anticipated by the community.” year that all of the music students long dresses.
Lakeside High School is set to Along with Fairchild, the band perform together and both shows “The evenings are purposely
spread holiday cheer with two free also is under the direction of Assisant are really terrific,” said Julie Herron designed to present different styles of
concerts Dec. 13 and 14 from 7-9 p.m. Director Daniel MacNamara; The Carson, member of the Lakeside Band music, and many people attend both
“This is the 15th year Lakeside High orchestra is under the direction of Tara Association. events,” Fairchild said.
School has presented holiday music Buonamici. The chorus is under the Fairchild describes The Pops Lakeside High School is located at
concerts,” said Dr. David Fairchild, direction of Thomas FitzStephens. Concert, to be held Dec. 13, as “perfect 3801 Briarcliff Road.
director of bands. “Our students really The three ensembles will perform for families” that dress in festive holiday
separately and together. The attire. The concert will be held in the

High schools announce graduation dates


BY TAYLOR ROBINS • Clarkston High School - 7 a.m. School - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019: p.m. • Arabia Mountain High
taylor@dekalbchamp.com • Towers High School - 10 a.m. School - 1 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2019:
• Columbia High School - 1 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019: • Chamblee Charter High • Stone Mountain High School
Public high schools in • Cedar Grove High School - 4 • Lakeside High School -10 School  - 4 p.m. - 10 a.m.
DeKalb County gear up for p.m. a.m. • Tucker High School - 7 p.m. • Southwest DeKalb High
graduation as ceremony dates • DeKalb School of the Art - 7 • DeKalb Early College School -1 p.m.
are released. p.m. Academy -1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019: • Tapestry Charter School - 4
Decatur High School will • Stephenson High School  • Druid Hills High School p.m.
take place at Georgia State Wednesday, May 29, 2019:   - 4 p.m. -10 a.m.
University on May 31 at 7 p.m. • Lithonia High School -10 • Cross Keys High School • Martin Luther King, Jr. High Friday, May 17, 2019:
All DeKalb County School a.m. - 7 p.m. School - 1 p.m. • Margaret Harris
District graduations will take • Dunwoody High School -1  •Miller Grove High School Comprehensive School – 10
place at the Georgia World p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019: - 4 p.m. a.m. at the school.
Congress Center, 285 Andrew • Redan High School - 4 p.m. • McNair High School - 10 • Elizabeth Andrews High
Young International Blvd. NW
in Atlanta, beginning May City of Avondale Estates
28 through June 2. Margaret 2018 ‐ 2024 SPLOST
Harris Comprehensive FY 2018 Report on Projects Funded Through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
School’s graduation will take ( as required by O.C.G.A 48‐8‐122)
place on May 17 on its own
campus.
ORIGINAL  CURRENT  TOTAL  PROJECT 
The complete DCSD YEAR  ESTIMATED  ESTIMATED  PRIOR  CURRENT  AMOUNT  PROJECT  ESTIMATED/ACTUAL  BEHIND  PROJECT 
graduation schedule for the PROJECT APPROVED COST COST YEARS YEAR EXPENDED COMPLETE COMPLETION SCHEDULE UNDERFUNDED
2018-2019 school year is as Road Resurfacing/Paving 2018 $2,106,616 $2,106,616 0 0 0 N 12/31/2024 N N
follows: Transportation Improvements 2018 $2,200,000 $2,200,000 0 0 0 N 12/31/2024 N N
Public Safety 2018 $349,435 $349,435 0 0 0 N 12/31/2024 N N
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DUNWOOODY
Education Briefs
BY TAYLOR ROBINS • taylor@dekalbchamp.com

Thornton concedes to Woods

After receiving approximately 1.8 million votes in the


Nov. 6 election, Otha Thornton conceded the race
for Georgia State School Superintendent to incumbent
Richard Woods Nov. 17.
“I want to wish Superintendent Woods the best as he
continues to lead,” Thornton said in a Facebook post. “My
prayers and support will be with him and the Department
of Education as they serve our children and families.”

Local resident inducted into The Honor Society of Phi


Kappa Phi

Samantha Park of Stone Mountain was recently initiated


Dunwoody High School was one of four schools placed on lockdown Nov. 16 after reported shooting threats were made. (Dunwoody
into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s
High School website)
oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all

Threats to DCSD schools


academic disciplines, according to Phi Kappa Phi.
Park was initiated at University of North Georgia.
Park is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty,
professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi

cause lockdowns
Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only
and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only
the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are
eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10
percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees
Police determined that the “This is not something to may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and
BY TAYLOR ROBINS alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
threats were not unique to take lightly,” Parsons said Nov.
taylor@dekalbchamp.com Dunwoody schools, and that 16. “It’s not a joke.”
similar threats had also been According to Parsons, the
made to schools in California, investigation is ongoing. Coralwood Center to work with opera singer
Dunwoody police and
Florida and Canada, according Students from Dunwoody
DeKalb County School District DeKalb County School District’s The Coralwood
to Parsons. Elementary School gave police
police responded to threats Center will work with Alliance Theatre and opera singer
“Someone [was] actively officers cards and cookies Nov.
made to schools in Dunwoody Timothy Miller to create a short performance at the
putting these fake threats out 19, as a way to say thank you,
the week of Nov. 12-16. upcoming Georgia Preschool Conference in March 2019.
there trying to get a response according to the Dunwoody
DCSD reported that Pre-kindergarten students will join others in the metro
and trying to cause panic and Police Twitter page.
Vanderlyn Elementary, Atlanta area in writing lyrics for Miller to perform.
cause harm to the community “None of the threats has
Austin Elementary, Kingsley
and that’s exactly what’s been credible, as the threats
Elementary and Dunwoody
happened,” Parsons said in are originating from an I.P.
High School were placed Evansdale Elementary receives award for French
the live video. “We are doing address outside of the United
on lockdown Nov. 16 due to education
everything we can just to make States,” DCSD officials said.
threats made on social media.
sure that not only is the school “The district’s dedicated
In a Nov. 16 Facebook Evansdale Elementary has received the Label
safe, but we [also] want to do officers, in partnership with
live video, Dunwoody Police FrancEducation Seal of Excellence in French Bilingual
what we can to reduce fear and Dunwoody police, continue
Sergeant Robert Parsons said Education by the Agency of French Education Abroad.
reduce panic. That’s the last to investigate and take the
Dunwoody police received The award is granted to foreign schools proposing French
thing we want.” necessary safety precautions
numerous social media reports bilingual sections of extremely high quality. Just 158
The Dunwoody Police at each school. Each school
about threats to “shoot it up”─ schools in 35 countries around the world received the
Twitter page describes the has communicated information
referring to DeKalb County award, according to DeKalb County School District.
events as “swatting incidents,” with their respective school
schools. DCSD and DCSD
that are made to illicit police communities.”
police were then notified,
response.
according to Parsons. DCSD superintendent honored by local nonprofit

DeKalb County School District Superintendent Dr. R.


Stephen Green was recently named the recipient of the
CITY OF STONE MOUNTAIN 2018 Pinnacle Award for education by the Live Healthy
PUBLIC NOTICE & Thrive Youth Foundation. Green will be honored at an
upcoming gala recognizing his commitment to education,
Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Stone Mountain has achievement and bettering the lives of metro Atlanta
been rescheduled for the month of December 2018 and will now be held on youth.
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 875 main Street, Stone “I am honored and humbled to be recognized by one of
Mountain, Georgia. DeKalb County School District’s important community
partners, the Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation,”
The Mayor and City Council of the City of Stone Mountain are scheduled to Green said. “However, I cannot take full credit. My
adopt the 2019 Fiscal Budget at a Regular Council Meeting to be held on commitment to education is inspired by the stories of
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 875 Main Street, Stone perseverance from students, the palpable dedication from
Mountain, Georgia. our district teachers, and the support of my colleagues.
Together, we are taking education in DeKalb County to
Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Stone Mountain has the next level. This award is evidence that our efforts are
been rescheduled for the month of January 2019 and will now be held on not going unnoticed.”
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 875 Main Street, Stone
Mountain, Georgia.
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AROUNDDEKALB
STONE MOUNTAIN
and an opportunity to meet and take pictures
with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets are $30 for
adults and $20 for children ages 6 -11; children
PINE LAKE
5 and under are free when accompanied by City lights up the lake
an adult. All proceeds will benefit FODAC. The
resort is located at 4021 Lakeview Drive. For The first night of Holiday Lights will be
registration and info, visit www.fodac.org/ celebrated in Pine Lake’s Beach House, 4580
breakfast. Lakeshore Drive, with a holiday sing-a-long
featuring the Pine Lake Community Choir
Community to host Christmas home tour Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.
The city will also do a cookie exchange.
Residents can tour four homes in Smoke Pine Lake asks that each family bring two
Rise and Stone Mountain Village decorated dozen homemade cookies to share and to
for Christmas at the 2018 Holiday for Homes take home a sampler plate of Pine Lake’s finest
Christmas Home Tour Dec. 8. Homes are cookies.
open from 10 am to 4 p.m. The $25 ticket
Organization to host breakfast with Santa includes lunch at the Stone Mountain
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
First United Methodist Church. Vendors at
the church will offer gift and home decor
COUNTY WIDE
(FODAC) will host “Breakfast with Santa” Dec. items for sale. Tickets are available at the Recycling bins final exchange event
8 from 10 a.m. to noon at Evergreen Marriott Garden Enthusiast in Tucker or at the ART announced
Conference Resort in Stone Mountain Park. Station in Stone Mountain or at www.
The event will include a gourmet breakfast stonemountainwomansclub.org. All proceeds DeKalb Sanitation will host the final
buffet, free park admission with an all- from the annual home tour go back into the community recycle roll cart exchange event
attractions pass for each person ($34.95 community. on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
value), carol sing-along, a toy for each child North DeKalb Mall.

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Boutique owner brings elegance


to southeast metro area
Christmas and New Year’s Eve to care about serving us. I
BY KATHY MITCHELL parties, masquerade balls and make sure everyone who
FREELANCE REPORTER weddings. comes through my doors
“Everything I did before feels special. There is no body
prepared me for this. In shaming in my shop. Every
When Decatur resident my previous jobs, I learned woman and girl should feel
Jacinda Holley took her financial management and beautiful when she’s dressed
teenage daughters shopping customer service,” said Holley, up.”
for prom dresses a few who has worked as a legal There is a runway in the
years ago she was met with advertising manager and shop where customers can
a great deal of frustration, real estate agent. “I enjoy try walking in a dress they’re
she recalled. “There were no beautiful things. And I feel I considering, she said. “We
formal shops in the southern have a knack for helping other sometimes give the young
part of the metro Atlanta area. women find what looks good ladies tips on how to walk in
There was a bridal gown shop on them. The one advantage of a formal dress and even teach
in the Stonecrest area, but having to look so many places some of them how to walk in
the selections there weren’t as I was shopping for formal high-heel shoes. It’s astounding
necessarily suitable for the dresses for my daughters to see the transformation
prom. Now it has closed.” was I really got to know the in young ladies—even ones
Holley has taken steps market—what’s available and who thought of themselves as
to assure that other women what’s popular with young tomboys before—when they
and girls shopping for formal women and older ones.” put on an evening gown,”
wear don’t have to drive Holley said she stocks Holley continued.
long distances to do so. clothing across a wide range Holley said she currently
In September, she opened of styles, sizes, price points has more than 300 dresses
Dernier Cri Gowns on Parker and age appropriateness. “I in stock with an additional
Road in Conyers. Dernier cri is remember a young woman 200 on order. In addition to
a French term meaning trendy who came in with a friend, the demand created by the
or fashionable. but said she wasn’t going to upcoming holiday season, she
Despite a possible the formal event her friend noted, many young women
perception that people today was preparing for because she start early looking for prom
are more casual than in couldn’t afford a dress. She dresses. “They may not be
previous generations, there was astonished when I found a ready to buy, but they come At Gresham Park Christian Church in Decatur, Jacinda Holley shows young women
is a strong market demand dress she loved that was within in to see what’s available. The attending an etiquette and personal development workshop a “crystal ice” formal
for formal ware, according to her budget,” the store owner MLK holiday in January is a gown from her boutique
Holley. “I looked over a list of recalled. big day for shopping for prom
upcoming events in the Atlanta “I set out to create a dresses,” she said.
area between now and the end boutique with a contemporary Because her business is development workshop for happiness,” said Holley, adding
of the year and quickly spotted feel where customers would new, Holley explained, she young women at a church in that she plans to add more
at least 15 for which formal enjoy the formal attire spends a good deal of time Decatur. bridal gowns soon. “Right now,
attire would be appropriate.” shopping experience. I strive introducing it at events “It’s really thrilling to we have many gowns suitable
She noted among the occasions to make superior customer throughout the community, see women of all ages get for bridesmaids and mothers
calling for semi-formal and service a hallmark of the noting that she recently so excited about the gowns. of brides, but in the near future
formal attire proms, sweet business. Some places I went brought her gowns to a No matter how many I work we’ll have many selections for
16 parties, debutante balls, with my daughters, no one fashion show in Decatur and with, I still get a great deal of brides as well.”
ROTC balls, the Mayor’s Ball, bothered to greet us or seemed to an etiquette and personal enjoyment from seeing their

Tucker parks manager wins state award


Tucker’s Parks and Recreation this department off the ground in offer. Last month, he was one of three
Department has pulled in yet another a very quick period of time,” said staff members to be honored at the
accolade, this time earning the most Parks and Recreation Director Rip GRPA District 6 Awards.
prestigious honor in the department’s Robertson. “When we hired Jason “I was very happy to accept this
short history. after his successful stint in the city of award because it shows many of the
Operations Manager Jason Collins Brookhaven, we knew we were getting great things we have accomplished
was honored earlier this month as someone who could really make a with the Tucker parks in such a
the Maintenance and Operations difference in this community. I’m just short amount of time,” Collins said.
Outstanding Professional of the Year glad to see his efforts recognized on “We hope to continue these great
by the Georgia Recreation and Parks such a big stage.” improvements and more for the parks
Association (GRPA). The award, Collins is the city’s parks and community of Tucker going
presented each year at GRPA’s annual operations manager, meaning forward.”
meeting in Jekyll Island, recognizes he oversees park maintenance, Tucker assumed operation of
the work of one person as the best in coordinates with volunteer Friends its recreation center from DeKalb
the state of Georgia. of the Parks groups. Since his hiring County in January. It took over Tucker Parks and Recreation Operations Manager Jason
“Tucker Parks and Rec has a in March, Collins has been a part of operation of its parks just a few Collins, right, received the Maintenance and Operations
team of truly talented professionals expanding and improving Tucker’s months later in April. Outstanding Professional of the Year. Photo from www.
who have worked tirelessly to get parks and many of the amenities they tuckerga.gov
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 • Page 14

FOOTBALL

The 7u Georgia Thoroughbreds out of Fairington Park will compete in the Youth National Championship tournament Dec. 12-16 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Youth football team raising


money for championship trip
BY CARLA PARKER The team, which is ranked and it just kept going and we just like we did last year,” he into a family and that’s why we
carla@dekalbchamp.com No. 1 in the 7u national youth were the only ones that stayed.” said. didn’t leave when everything
rankings, experienced an The 7u team and two 6u The same team won the 6u dissolved,” Bent said. “These
A Stonecrest youth football early challenge before going teams are the only remaining championship in their previous boys know each other from the
team will play for a national title undefeated this season. Before teams in the Georgia league last year. ground up. We’re trying to keep
in Florida and they need help the season started, the Georgia Thoroughbreds program, a “[We were] coming into that together and have a family-
getting there. Thoroughbreds’ program program that has been around a new league, who already based atmosphere.”
The 7u Georgia lost the majority of its teams for nearly 20 years. don’t like [us] and then they’re Bent said financial support
Thoroughbreds, based out after the league that they “What’s happening is we’re telling us [our] boys won’t be of the program can help bring
of Fairington Park, will were previously in, Georgia trying to save this particular able to do what they did last back the cheerleading program
compete in the Youth National Xtreme Youth Football League, program instead of moving year because our league was and improve the park so that
Championship tournament dissolved. because we’re trying to revive weak,” Bent said. “We gave up the Thoroughbreds can host
Dec. 12-16 in Fort Lauderdale, Rayvon Bent, one of the 7u it,” Bent said. “We literally lost 12 points all season. So, it was games.
Fla. The team was invited to coaches, said the league change all age [groups]. We went from definitely good to see them “We don’t have lights for
compete in the tournament was due in part to several 5u through 14u to just 6u and go undefeated and win the the kids,” he said. “We have to
after going undefeated players leaving Fairington Park 7u.” championship.” buy our own lights. We’re in
and winning their league to play at another park in a The program is currently Bent said he hopes the the rebuilding stage and I think
championship. different league. The former playing in the Youth Football community gets behind the this is the best time to get more
The team started a owner of the Thoroughbreds Association league. Other teams program and supports the team people involved, more of the
GoFundMe account with a was also part owner of Georgia in the league include Tucker because they want to keep the community involved and let’s
goal of $7,500 to help pay for Xtreme. and Central DeKalb youth program alive for the children do this together.”
the trip to Florida. The money “So, when that happened football programs. Bent said in the community. To donate, visit www.
will cover hotel, airfare, meals [the Thoroughbreds program] some coaches and fans didn’t “We are bunch of dads and gofundme.com and search GA-
and ground transportation for just all dissolved,” Bent said. think the Thoroughbreds could moms who came together for Thoro Youth Football Travel
players who cannot afford the “Some people took their 8 years compete in the league, but the a common goal. We’re going Fund, or send money through
trip. The team hopes to raise the olds to this place; this coach players proved them wrong. to be together for the next Cash App to $gathoroughbreds.
money by Dec. 8. took his 9 year olds this place “We went undefeated again seven years, so we turned this
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FOOTBALL

Cedar Grove, Marist


advance to semifinals
Cedar Grove quarterback Kendall Boney stretches the ball over the goal line while BY CARLA PARKER The defense had 12 tackles Wilson.
being tackled. Photo by Mark Brock for a loss and four sacks. The Marist tied the score in the
carla@dekalbchamp.com shutout was the Saints’ seventh fourth quarter after a 10-play,
shutout win this season. 45-yard drive that ended in a
The Cedar Grove Saints Cedar Grove (12-1) will one-yard touchdown run by
and Marist War Eagles are one host No. 9-ranked Pierce quarterback Connor Cigelske.
step closer to playing for a state County (13-0) Nov. 30 at The War Eagles got the lead
football title. Godfrey Stadium in the and the win with 2:16 left in
No. 2-ranked Cedar semifinals. Kickoff is set for the game on a 25-yard field
Grove advanced to the Class 7:30 p.m. goal by Brendan Farrell.
AAA state playoffs after a A fourth quarter field goal Cigelske led the team with
55-0 win over No. 7-ranked helped No. 7-ranked Marist 121 all-purpose yards (83
Benedictine in Savannah Nov. advance to the Class AAAA rushing, 38 passing). Marist’s
23. The Saints were led by semifinals. The War Eagles defense held Mary Parsons to
senior quarterback Kendall defeated No. 2-ranked Mary 182 yards of offense.
Boney, who had three passing Persons 10-7 on the road Nov. Marist (11-2) will travel to
touchdowns and one rushing 23. After a scoreless first half, face No. 5-ranked Cartersville
touchdown. Mary Persons took a 7-0 lead (13-0) Nov. 30 in the
Cedar Grove’s offense in the third quarter on an 11- semifinals. Kickoff is set for
accumulated 438 total yards yard touchdown run by Quen 7:30 p.m.
(280 rushing, 158 passing).
Marist kicker Brendan Farrell kicked a 25-yard field goal to give Marist the lead and
the win against Mary Persons. Photo by J. David DiCristina

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Boys Lanier 62, Columbia 41
Dunwoody 61, Osborne 52 Upson-Lee 61, Lithonia 49
Lakeside 62, Northview 48
Lithonia 70, Milton 63 Nov. 21
St. Pius X 82, Huntsville (Ala.) 50
Stephenson 74, Parkview 69 Boys
Each week The Champion spotlights former high school players from Alpharetta 63, Redan 58 Columbia 61, Eight Mile Rock (Bahamas) 56
DeKalb County who are succeeding in athletics at the college level. Douglass 70, Decatur 59
Woodland 60, Tucker 59 Nov. 23
Woodstock 52, Arabia Mountain 41
Boys
Girls Chamblee 49, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee 47
Arabia Mountain 48, Marietta 39 Columbia 64, Sunland Baptist Academy (Bahamas) 51
Columbia 53, Alpharetta 50 Druid Hills 66, Drew Charter 60
Lakeside 70, Wheeler 37 Southwest DeKalb 79, Norcross 69
Southwest DeKalb 73, Rockdale County 44 Greenforest 62, Langston Hughes 60
North Cobb 58, Marist 39 Westlake 74, Lithonia 69
Sequoyah 64, Chamblee 27
Wesleyan 60, Stephenson 49 Girls
Woodland 54, Tucker 26 Southwest DeKalb 69, Woodland 57
Holy Spirit Prep 52, Druid Hills 28
Nov. 20 Maplewood (Tenn.) 63, Stone Mountain 34
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from Arabia Mountain had Tucker led the defense with 18 points and had six assists Lithonia 57, Cedar Shoals 40 Boys
seven catches for 111 yards nine total tackles in the 45- and five rebounds in the Paideia 61, King’s Ridge Christian 59 Chamblee 69, Spalding 60
in the 34-28 win over North 21 win over Georgia Tech 70-59 win over Ole Miss Tucker 88, Decatur 52 Columbia 48, St. George’s (Bahamas) 18
Carolina Nov. 24. Nov. 24. Nov. 23. Druid Hills 79, Valdosta 66
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STONECREST

Mayor shares his cancer journey


BY CARLA PARKER his pretreatment requirements
carla@dekalbchamp.com and will be in radiation therapy
for the next two months. The
Stonecrest Mayor Jason 17-minute video opens with
Lary has been receiving Stonecrest Communications
treatment for prostate cancer Director Adrion Bell giving
for the past two months and a brief summery of Lary’s
has documented his journey to announcement at the council
share with Stonecrest residents. meeting.
City officials shared a The video then shows Lary
video of Lary in the beginning waiting for his appointment at
stages of his treatment. Lary Virtual Imaging for a heart and
announced Sept. 17 during lung scan. Lary explains why
a city council meeting that he is having this documented.
he would be on temporary “I’m anxious and nervous
medical leave to focus on his at the same time, but I would
health. He was diagnosed with rather do it this way to make
prostate cancer earlier this sure that we can share this with
summer. other men and make sure that
Lary told The Champion in they take care of themselves
October that before the cancer and I take care of me for my Dr. John H. Giesler, right, radiation oncologist, shares with Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary, top right, and his wife Debra the type of
diagnoses he was dealing with family and for Stonecrest,” Lary radiation treatment Lary will receive to treat his prostate cancer. Screen shot from Lary’s cancer journey video
kidney stones. said.
“I couldn’t shake these Lary is filmed during the prostate cancer hadn’t moved scan before starting treatment. doctors will test to see if he
kidney stones,” he said. “Then heart and lung scan. to a different area.” Lary’s last radiation will need surgery. Along with
they started doing a series “It was a unique experience. The video also shows treatment is scheduled in the receiving treatment for cancer,
of tests and that’s how [the I’m hoping that my results will Lary preparing for radiation first week of December, Bell Lary said he also will focus on
cancer] came up.” be positive,” Lary said. “I just treatments. He had to get a said in the video. After he getting back in shape.
Lary said he has completed want to make sure that my computed tomography (CT) completes radiation, Lary said,

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