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2019 HIGH SCHOOL
FOOTBALL PREVIEW
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DCSD settles free speech lawsuit, to pay $45,500


BY TAYLOR ROBINS “No one has more at stake in a public school
than the students who are compelled to be there
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com and whose lives take on much of their shape

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behind the proverbial schoolhouse gate,” said
he family of a suspended Chamblee Russell. “We couldn’t be more pleased that
Charter High School (CCHS) student the court so clearly recognized that students
and DeKalb County School District respectfully speaking critically of and petitioning
(DCSD) reached an agreement in July after for change at a public school is protected
a lawsuit was filed by the family last year, expression.”
following a school suspension. The First Amendment protects freedom of
The settlement includes DCSD paying speech and the 14th Amendment states, “No
$45,500 toward the plaintiff’s legal fees. state shall make or enforce any law which shall
The lawsuit named DCSD, DCSD abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens
Superintendent R. Stephen Green and former of the United States.”
CCHS Principal Rebecca Braaten as defendants “The case and the settlement that followed
and was filed Nov. 13 in the U.S. Northern A sticker made by Chamblee Charter High School freshman are overwhelmingly favorable for students’
District Court of Georgia seeking to protect the Keegan Brooks. (Photo taken from complaint filed by the freedom of expression in the DeKalb County
First Amendment rights of students at the school. Brooks family) School District and set precedent for public
Keegan Brooks─a freshman student at school students across the U.S. speaking out to
CCHS at the time─received one day of in-school student’s education record. improve their schools,” said Russell.
suspension for making and distributing stickers In the filed complaint, the Brooks family According to the Brooks family, part of
critical of school administration, specifically cites the First and 14th amendments to the U.S. faculty and student frustration with Braaten
Braaten. Brooks was suspended for causing a Comstitution was revealed in an effort to get was revealed in a survey administered in May
school disturbance. Brooks’ suspension was the district to retract disciplinary actions taken 2018 by the CCHS Charter Governing Board of
served Oct. 9. against Keegan and to let students wear the CCHS teachers, which described the school’s
The sticker─which was initially displayed on stickers freely at school. environment as “toxic.” Respondents claimed
Brooks’ cell phone case─reads “Fire Braaten” The settlement includes DCSD amending there was a lack of communication between
with a picture of the principal and an American its Code of Student Conduct to be consistent administration and staff and accused Braaten
flag in the background. with the material and substantial disruption test of “bully” tactics. Some teachers responded
According to Brooks’ disciplinary student established in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent saying they would be seeking new jobs. Sixty-
statement, he printed the stickers as “a joke.” Community School District, training school four percent of respondents said they were either
As a result of the sticker controversy, Brooks principals and hearing officers on the material unsatisfied or very unsatisfied with leadership.
was to be disciplined along with two other and substantial disruption test for student speech, Since the survey results were released,
students, according to Russell Brooks, Keegan’s pay $45,500 toward the Brooks family’s legal a change.org petition to remove Braaten as
father. The other two students were given a fees and expunge Keegan’s discipline and principal gathered more than 2,616 signatures
warning. Keegan’s punishment originated as a suspension records relating to the stickers. prior to Braaten’s transfer to a position as a
possible expulsion, to a week of out-of-school In April, the court ruled in the Brooks special administrator at the DCSD county office
suspension and finally one day of in-school- family’s favor on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. in December.
suspension that will permanently be on the Green signed the settlement agreement July 25.

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Student's death
caused by
heart condition
BY TAYLOR ROBINS
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com

A DeKalb County
School District student died
June 10 after collapsing
on a school track during
dance team training. The
cause of death has recently
been attributed to a heart
condition, according
to the Atlanta Journal-
Constitution.
Elyse Purefoy, 17,
died from a heart defect
not previously diagnosed,
according to the findings
from her autopsy. Purefoy’s
death was caused by
cardiac dysrhythmia, due to
anomaly of the left coronary
artery, according to Patrick
Bailey, director of the
Medical Examiner’s Office
for DeKalb County. The
Purefoy family was not
aware of the student’s
condition.
Purefoy recently made
Arabia Mountain High
School’s dance team. As she
participated in a summer
workout with the team, she
collapsed on the school’s
track. The student was
rushed to the hospital where
she later died.

Student
injured in lab
experiment
BY TAYLOR ROBINS
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com

During DeKalb County


School District’s (DCSD)
second day of school, a
15-year-old male student
was injured Aug. 6.
The incident occurred at
Redan High School during
a lab experiment, where the
student was burned from
a flame during a school
experiment. Emergency
personnel were called
to the scene to provide
medical services to the
student, according to DCSD
officials.

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STONECREST

Stonecrest purchases eight parks from DeKalb


BY CARLA PARKER center will receive a new
carla@dekalbchamp.com heating and air conditioning
unit and upgrades to two
existing units, plumbing and
Stonecrest City Council sewer upgrades to correct
at its July 22 meeting a backflow problem, roof A GARDA truck spilled a large amount of
unanimously approved repairs and replacement of money that was collected by residents
an intergovernmental insulation, upgrades to the July 9. Photo provided by Dunwoody
agreement (IGA) with Police Department.
fire panel that controls the
DeKalb County to transfer fire suppressant system,
the operation of eight park
properties in Stonecrest
installation of fire safety
lights and repairs of two
More cash
from the county to the city.
According to the
agreement, the transfer of
Stonecrest took over the operation of eight parks in the city’s borders from DeKalb
County, including Fairington Park.
nonworking water fountains.
The city also plans to collected after
the eight parks cost the
city $100 per acre. The parks except for Browns to hold this (IGA) up any
remove unsafe playground
equipment from Salem
and Gregory Mosley
July cash spill
combined size of the parks Mill Aquatic Center, on further,” Lary said. “We’ve parks. According to city
is 349.5 acres ($34,950). Aug. 1. The city will take come to the realization officials, playground BY TAYLOR ROBINS
The eight parks are Gregory over maintenance of the that this is going to take equipment at all the city’s taylor@dekalbchamp.com
Moseley, Southeast Athletic aquatic center on Oct. 1. The more time to negotiate that parks was inspected by
Complex, Fairington Park, agreement does not include particular entity because both an in-house certified
Arabia Mountain National it may involve one, two or A month after an
Salem Park, Browns Mill inspector as well as an armored truck spilled
Park, Chestnut Lakes, Park. Stonecrest Mayor possibly three parties.” outside inspector with the
Jason Lary said the city The city announced money onto Interstate
Miners Creek, Everett same federal credentials. 285 July 9 in Dunwoody,
Property and Browns Mill will engage in negotiations Aug. 1 that it had begun Mosley and Salem parks
with the county for Arabia managing renovations at the Dunwoody Police
Aquatic Center. contain equipment that has Department have only
Stonecrest took over Mountain. Browns Mill Recreation outlasted its manufacturer’s
“We’re still pursuing Center and the center will retrieved approximately 3.6
management of all the recommended lifespan. percent of the spilled cash.
that. We just didn’t want be closed until Aug. 12. The
Several social media
videos show more than 15
vehicles stopped on the
STONE MOUNTAIN right shoulder in the area
of I-285 west and Ashford

ART Station undergoing Dunwoody Road. Drivers


and passengers were
collecting an estimated

renovations $175,000 that fell from a


GARDA armored truck.
Only $6,200 has been
In phase II, which returned.
BY CARLA PARKER
began Aug. 5, seating will According to the truck’s
carla@dekalbchamp.com crew, the side door came
be increased to bring the
theater’s capacity to 160. open on the moving vehicle
A three-phase renovation There also will be premium and the money flew onto
project has begun at ART seating added to the first the roadway. The crew
Station in Stone Mountain. two rows of the theater. estimated $175,000, but the
ART Station officials “New engineering of exact amount of money lost
said the $1.1 million project the theater will redistribute is unknown. The company
is being financed by a major the load of the second ART Station in Stone Mountain is undergoing a $1.1 million renovation. Photos by hasn’t explained why the
capital campaign to renovate floor, which will remove Carla Parker truck’s door came ajar.
the art center and expand the current poles in the The truck’s crew
the theater. In phase I of the theater which have created technical systems in the scheduled for Oct. 12. collected $200 after the
project, which cost $300,00 obstructive viewing,” said theater and expansion to the ART Station was founded incident occurred.
and has been completed, the David Thomas of ART dressing rooms. The stage in 1986 by Thomas, who Shortly after the
building got new windows Station. will be raised by 10 feet and gathered a group of artists, incident, two individuals
and doors, new electrical, Phase II of the project will have for a new lighting government, corporate and turned in money in the
plumbing and HVAC. It will cost $450,000. grid and better lighting community leaders from amounts of $2,100 and
also got new restrooms, Phase III, which will cost positions for the stage, Stone Mountain to form the $500. As of Aug 1, nine
according to ART Station $120,000, will include according to ART Station. ART Station Contemporary individuals have returned
officials. improvements to the A grand re-opening Arts Center and Theatre money, totaling $6,200.
for ART Station is Company. According to Dunwoody
police, charges could be
brought to those who
Visit us online at collected money.
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Dunwoody police statement.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 • Page 4

History learned from a Southern funeral


Perhaps Southern funerals were part of the Hewitt family. He family’s connection to the history of
and Northern funerals are similar began telling them details of a story my hometown.
in nature, but I have never been that involved my father–a story As I learned more of my
part of a Northern funeral, and most of our family know little of, as family’s history, I also began doing
can only comment on those I have it happened more than 75 years ago. additional research on Ancestry.
experienced. JOHN HEWITT As pieces of the puzzle began to com and have since found a wealth
A Southern funeral and johnh@dekalbchamp.com
fall into place, I became enthralled of additional information about
visitation, particularly in a small, with the story and the idea that ancestors on my father’s side and
close-knit town, will often bring out had things gone differently, that have become somewhat obsessed
a large portion of the community to retain the information even it is very likely that neither I, nor with gathering as much information
to greet and extend condolences though it was shared at a time when my siblings, would have existed. as I can to share with other family
to immediate family members of emotions are elevated. As I delved into researching this members.
the deceased. Family members are At a recent visitation for my story even further, more pieces As is the case for many families
expected to stand near the coffin of eldest brother, there were an of the puzzle have turned up that who have been in our country for
their dearly departed for hours on estimated 400-plus who gathered in have begun to provide answers to hundreds of years, there have been
end as members of the community the local mortuary. The crowd was questions that many in our family substantial financial gains and
pay their respects and share stories so large that the adjacent parlor was have pondered for years. losses through the centuries that
about the person whose body is used as overflow space for floral After conducting basic research have impacted future generations in
lying just feet away. arrangements and those visiting to determine the validity of the ways both good and bad.
In no way am I criticizing this my brother’s wife, children and claims the gentleman made, I Take the time to listen to the
decades-old tradition, but only grandchildren. became convinced that he knew stories of old; we never know what
commenting on the impacts these During the course of the three- details that our family did not. I we don’t know until those unknown
short-lived conversations can have hour public visitation, a gentleman arranged for a meeting with the facts are revealed.
on the ones left behind who hear approached one of my sisters and gentleman and spent almost three
the stories and somehow are able my other brother and asked if they hours with him as we discussed our

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“Every day there’s a new


Climate chains environment was made during the all carbon emissions. Everything
headline and study detailing the
dire position our planet is in. The
‘One Man’s administration of Atlanta Mayor
Shirley Franklin, vastly increasing
from irrigation in modern farming
to flatulent cows were identified
time to act on sustainability was Opinion’ municipal sewer treatment capacity as carbon-creating culprits. The
yesterday. Elected officials at every and reducing raw sewerage spills U.N. is recommending that all U.S.
level will be judged in the future Bill Crane into the Chattahoochee River. Now citizens move to a more plant-based,
by what they do today,” said Amir bill.csicrane@gmail.com electricity consumption at the fruit and vegetable diet; reducing
Farokhi, Atlanta City Council airport and all city government meat consumption to one roughly
member, District 2.  properties could be greatly reduced 4 oz. serving (one quarter-pound
goal, I would first prefer seeing
  with LED lighting, motion sensors hamburger) per week. Thankfully,
our capital city simply pick up and
Following the leftward lead and day/night timers on street lights the U.N. is only empowered to
dispose of its existing trash. Almost
of the San Francisco International and all exterior lighting.  make recommendations, unlike
any trip to the airport, Atlanta
Airport Authority, and the college And before we ban plastic our Atlanta City Council, and they
parks or city government buildings
town of Berkely, Calif., Atlanta’s forks, spoons, straws and cups at can’t pass laws. Because only four
routinely includes overflowing trash
city council is considering a local the airport, consider the millions burgers a month might just be the
cans.   
ordinance to ban all single use of passengers annually passing last straw or at least the last plastic
At Hartsfield, and most of the
plastics in or on city of Atlanta through who will have no warning straw.
nation’s airports since 9/11, all
property, which would include the of these changes before their arrival,  
restaurants have moved to plastic,
world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield- as well as the many seniors citizens Bill Crane also serves as a
single-use cutlery. Banning plastic
Jackson Atlanta International and children with food consumption political analyst and commentator
bags, straws and plastic/Styrofoam
Airport. A study by the city found challenges requiring the use of for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-
cups typically moves retailers and
that since 2012 only about 5 percent straws, and just how meals not AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5
businesses to paper bags, straws
of waste generated at the airport intended to be held in one’s hands FM, as well as a columnist for The
and cups coated in paraffin which
was being recycled, though nearly can actually be consumed without Champion, DeKalb Free Press and
are also non-recyclable and most
85 percent of the waste stream utensils, or bringing back the metal Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb
typically end up in landfills. 
is recyclable or compostable if ones, including knives. native and business owner, living
I will note Starbuck’s massive
properly separated.   The United Nations issued an in Scottdale. You can reach him
environment saving gesture of
Through this long hot summer, environmental study this month or comment on a column at bill.
moving from plastic straws in paper
with heat waves in places such as that identifies our current global csicrane@gmail.com. 
wrappers to paper straws in plastic
Chicago, New York and London; food supply and production system
wrapping. Hartsfield has dozens of
floods dominating much of the as causing roughly 25 percent of
recycling bins and trash compacters
Midwest’s summer; great ice sheet (which usually don’t work)
melts in Alaska, Greenland and scattered along its concourses. Yet
points north; it is clear, at least trash is picked up so infrequently
to me, that our planet may be that these recycling bins are often
warming. Though I wasn’t here filled with other waste and refuse.   
during the last great floods and Kroger is phasing out single-use
warming period, which ended with plastic bags, returning to paper and
most of North America covered in placing greater emphasis on boxes
ice following what was once a grand and reuseable bags; while allowing
scale real-life edition of Jurassic its’s customer base several years
Park, I’m reasonably certain that to make this transition. Discount
those dinosaurs who subsequently grocer Aldi’s provides no bags
became the oil and carbon deposits and even incentives customers
we are burning now did not bring to return shopping carts to one
on that warming trend with dinosaur central bin, with a quarter, and
flatulence and egregious burning of lower prices being their customer
some kind of prior fossil fuels.  incentives. It does not take a lot
However, the city of Atlanta, to gain the attention of consumers
and Hartsfield Airport in particular, as well as bring on more positive
are not known for being cautious behavior. Remember bottle
or conservative in terms of energy deposits? 
use or consumption. While reducing A major step benefitting our
waste streams is an admirable

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Dunwoody officer victim Man who killed girlfriend,


of aggravated assault
BY TAYLOR ROBINS
shot officer, captured
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com BY HORACE HOLLOMAN
horace@dekalbchamp.com
A routine traffic stop for
violating the Georgia hands- A man accused of
free law recently resulted in killing his girlfriend and
injury for Dunwoody Police assaulting three DeKalb
Officer Nathan Daley. County police officers was
“I will bounce back 10 apprehended after nearly
times stronger,” said Daley. a week of evading law
“I love you guys. Thank you enforcement. 
so much for your support Otis Walker Jr., 27,
and I accept donations in is accused of shooting and
the form of sweets, cookies, killing his
chocolate chip cookies, girlfriend Aleka
cupcakes with sprinkles, Simmons on
vanilla or red velvet.” Aug. 1 in his
During the morning of Lithonia home. 
Aug 1, Daley and another Police said
Dunwoody police officer Dunwoody Police Officer Nathan Daley DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Commander Jefferey Leslie updates
Simmons’ death media during a press conference Aug. 9.
stopped 35-year-old Derric was injured after a routine traffic stop.
was the result
Alexander Simpson of Photo provided by the Dunwoody Police
Department. of a domestic
Decatur near Ashford violence dispute
Dunwoody Road and between her
Interstate 285 West for a Roswell Road. Simpson Otis Walker Jr.
and Walker.
hands-free law violation. then fled on foot but was According to
Video footage of the taken into custody moments police reports,
stop sent from Dunwoody later. Walker shot Simmons
Police Department, shows Daley was taken to a inside the home then fired
Simpson puting the car local hospital, treated and shots at police officers when
into gear. Daley reacted released. He is recovering at they arrived on the scene.
by reaching into the car home. Officer Derek Nunn was
to stop Simpson from Simpson has been shot during the incident.
fleeing. However, Simpson charged with aggravated According to officers,
accelerated with Daley assault on a police officer, Nunn was released from the
partially inside the car and aggravated battery, fleeing hospital and is home on bed DeKalb County police officials held a press conference Aug. 9 at the DeKalb County
sped onto the interstate. or attempting to elude a rest.  Police headquarters in Tucker to announce the manhunt for Otis Walker Jr.
Simpson then struck a white police officer, trafficking Walker has been
Ford van, knocking Daley ecstasy, possession of charged with felony murder arrested at a gas station speak up if they believe a
to the ground. marijuana with the intent in the death of Simmons following a tip from an loved one is in an abusive
While partially inside to distribute, hit and run, and three counts of anonymous source. relationship, Erwin said.
the car, Daley had told possession of a firearm by a aggravated assault against Walker is currently “In the past, for family
Simpson multiple times to convicted felon, interference an officer. Walker was being held in the DeKalb violence, everyone views it
stop the car, according to with government property, arrested in 2018 for battery County Jail without bond.  as a family issue and no one
Daley and the Dunwoody violation of the Georgia and family violence. He was Simmons’ shooting wants to tell. At that point,
Police Department. hands-free law and released on bond July 13, death is the eighth domestic you have to acknowledge
After being pursued by possession of a controlled according to court records. violence related homicide the reality and that it’s
another Dunwoody officer, substance with the intent to On Aug. 9, multiple in DeKalb County this year. serious and it is happening,”
Simpson was involved in distribute. DeKalb County police As of Aug. 9, DeKalb has Erwin said. 
a multi-vehicle crash near agencies held a press 67 homicides on record for She added that some
conference to announce the 2019.  victims feel stuck in some
Aug. 8 capture of Walker.  Sergeant G.L. relationships and won’t

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THE CHAMPION and will not be tolerated unit domestic violence are a mountain of issues as
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NEWSPAPER
DeKalb County Sheriff’s several resources available [an abusive relationship,”
Office Major Jefferey to victims of domestic Erwin said. “The Women’s
Leslie. “The shooting of violence. Erwin said the Resource Center to End

404.373.7779
a victim is wrong and the Women’s Resource Center Domestic Violence has
shooting of a police officer to End Domestic Violence everything from legal aid,
is wrong and will not be is one of the most visible family services, counseling,

EXT. 100
tolerated. We will waste no resource centers for women safe houses. There’s a host
resources bringing you in.” in DeKalb.  of things they can do to
Leslie said Walker was Family members should help.”
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • AUGUST 16, 2019 • Page 7

DC
2019 HIGH SCHOOL
FOOTBALL PREVIEW

GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN


Female football player to play for Druid Hills Middle
BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com

A
nother young lady will be on
the gridiron this year in DeKalb
County.
Seventh grader Katie Retzlaff will
suit up for Druid Hills Middle School as
wide receiver. Retzlaff, 12, said this is
the first time she has ever played tackle
football. She played flag football when
she was 7 years old.
“I just like football,” Retzlaff said.
“It’s interesting and I just like to play.
Tackle football is more fun.”
Druid Hills Middle football coach
Tyrone Beverly said this isn’t the first Katie Retzlaff is tackled after catching a pass during practice. Photos by
Carla Parker
time he has coached a girl. He had a girl
play for him when he was the head coach
at Champion Middle School. She then Retzlaff said after she joined the team,
went on to play at Arabia Mountain High some of her teammates made fun of her,
School. but others treated her as if she’s one of
“When Katie first asked me to play, I the guys. Beverly said he does not treat
was apprehensive,” Beverly said. “It made Retzlaff any differently than the way he
me think back when I had a girl to play treats boys.
for me. She was very intense, and I said I “I’m harder on her because her
will give her a chance. Maybe [Retzlaff] mother said that she can take it,” he
will be like the same girl.” said. “I’m harder on her because I
Retzlaff said she wanted to try out for want her to be better. I don’t want
safety, but when coaches saw her pass her to take herself for granted.”
catching skills, they made her a wide Retzlaff said she hopes more
receiver. Beverly said she is impressive in girls will gain an interest in playing
her route running as well. football after seeing her play, but
“She runs her pass routes so right now, her goal is to win.
precisely,” he said. “The boys are “I want to score a lot of
struggling on their routes. She’s always in touchdowns [and] help win games,”
the right place at the right time. she said.
“When we played 7-on-7 football “I think she will be great this
during the summer, other teams were season,” Beverly said.
shocked,” Beverly said. “They were so DeKalb County middle
shocked that they had two [defensive school football kicks off
players] trying to cover her. She’s going Aug. 24. Druid Hills will face
to make a lot of noise this year.” Henderson Middle School at
Adams Stadium at 10 a.m.
Katie Retzlaff will play wide receiver for Druid
Hills Middle School this football season.
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • AUGUST 16, 2019 • Page 8

2019 HIGH SCHOOL DC

team PREVIEWS
challenge them before they win more than one game in
enter their region schedule. coach Terrence Hughey’s six-
Cedar Grove has playmakers year tenure. The Angoras have
returning from last season not had a winning season
who could help them repeat since going 5-5 in 2012. With
as state champions, including several four-year starters on
Arabia Mountain Rams leading tackler Isaiah Ratcliff, the team, Clarkston hopes Druid Hills Red Devils
Head coach: Stanley Pritchett quarterback Austin Smith and to be competitive this year Cross Keys Indians Head coach: Rosaria Rice (2nd
(7th season) athlete Rashad Dubinion. in a tough region. Returning Head coach: John Bowen (1st season)
Region: 5-AAAAA players include wide receiver season back*) Region: 4-AAAA
2018 record: 6-4 (Playoffs) and free safety Keith Woods Region: 5-AAAAA 2018 record: 2-8
Outlook: Last season, the and strong safety and running 2018 record: 0-10 Outlook: The Red Devils had a
young Rams’ team produced back Ekoue Kangni. Outlook: Cross Keys went tough season under first-year
another winning season winless in its first year back head coach Rosaria Rice. Rice
and playoff appearance for to a 10-game schedule last hired seven new assistant
Arabia Mountain. With an season. Coach John Bowen, coaches to help this year’s
experienced defense and Chamblee Bulldogs who is back with the program young Druid Hills team get
solid playmakers on the Head coach: Scott Schwarzer after coaching for one season on the winning track to the
offense returning this season, (1st season) in 2015, is hoping to position playoffs. Returning players
the Rams could challenge Region: 5-AAAAA the Indians for their first include wide receiver Graham
Southwest DeKalb for the 2018 record: 0-10 win since 2016 with a new Connell, and offensive
region title. Returning players Outlook: After a season full Columbia Eagles offense. Returning players lineman Nigus Ejigu and Miles
include wide receiver Jordan of adversity, including its first Head coach: Brian include quarterback Narvy Norris-Nobles.
Barrow, linebacker Chandler winless season since 1957, Montgomery (3rd season) Bibiano, wide receiver and
Martin, defensive backs Justin the Chamblee Bulldogs are Region: 5-AAAAA defensive back Victor Corona,
Jordan and Sean Ware. turning the page under new 2018 record: 2-8 offensive lineman Angel
head coach Scott Schwarzer. Outlook: After making Gutierrez and linebacker
Schwarzer said he is excited the playoffs in Brian Isideo Santillano.
to lead the program, but they Montgomery’s first season
have a long way to go to get as head coach in 2017, the
Chamblee back to its glory Eagles took a big step back
days of winning. The Bulldogs’ last season, only winning Dunwoody Wildcats
roster includes more than two games. Columbia will Head coach: Michael Nash
20 freshmen. The team will have a challenging first half (5th season)
lean on its veterans, including of the season with four of Region: 7-AAAAAA
Cedar Grove Saints quarterback Finn Allers, the first five games against 2018 record: 2-8
Head coach: Miguel Patrick defensive end Chris Rodgers, Stephenson, Rockledge (Fla.), Decatur Bulldogs Outlook: Dunwoody is
(1st season) wide receiver Jeremiah Brown defending state champions Head coach: Cody Cory (3rd still searching for its first
Region: 5-AAA and running back Brayson Chester County (S.C.) and season) winning season under fifth-
2018 record: 9-1 (Playoffs; Seaborn. Stockbridge. The Eagles will Region: 6-AAAAA year coach Michael Nash.
State Champions) have a couple of talented 2018 record: 4-6 The Wildcats were young
Outlook: The Saints are players to help them be Outlook: The Decatur Bulldogs offensively last season, which
entering a new season with competitive this season, had another 4-6 season under means the offense should
a new coach but with the including defensive tackle coach Cody Cory last season. perform better with more
same expectations. Former Naizer Stackhouse (Georgia Decatur graduated several experienced players in the
defensive coordinator Miguel commit), returning starting playmakers from last season upcoming season. Junior
Patrick is now leading the quarterback Octavious but has other players who quarterback Davis Ledoyen
team as it defends its Class Griffin, who led the county are expected to step up this will lead the offense again
AAA state title. The Saints’ Clarkston Angoras last season in passing season, including quarterback this season. Other returning
first four games of the Head coach: Terrence Hughey yards,linebacker Chris James Swank, running back starters include leading team
season—Hapeville Charter, (6th season) Christie, wide receiver and Marshall Toole, wide receiver rusher Robby Hardin, leading
Central Phenix of Alabama, Region: 5-AAAAA defensive back Anthony Isaac Dimmock and linebacker receiver Jack Hogan and
at Valor Christian in Colorado 2018 record: 0-10 Dennis and wide receiver Kristopher Williams. linebacker Isaac Anderson.
and at McEachern—will Outlook: Clarkston has yet to Kentavious Ivey.
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successful season. Returning 2018 record: 3-7 (Playoffs) young but experienced team.
players include starting Outlook: The Wolverines had New head coach James Lal
quarterback Connor Cigelske, their third consecutive playoff said experience will turn the
running back Brett Zoeller, appearance in program history program around this season.
defensive lineman Anthony last season, despite a losing Returning starters include
Branch and cornerbacks and record. Miller Grove is still quarterback Shaheim Bailey,
Lakeside Vikings wide receivers Mitch Owen searching for its first playoff Southwest DeKalb Panthers wide receivers Nah’shawn
Head coach: Morris Starr (1st and Matthew Houghton. victory. Returning starters Head coach: Damien Wimes Hezekiah and Trevis Cain and
season) include cornerback Keyshawn (3rd season) safety Tavion Mitchel.
Region: 7-AAAAAAA Streeter, offensive lineman Region: 5-AAAAA
2018 record: 1-9 John Marsh, wide receiver and 2018 record: 10-0 (Playoffs)
Outlook: It has been 15 years safety Joshua Sheppard and Outlook: Southwest DeKalb
since Lakeside has had a defensive end Jean Cherelus. had its first undefeated
winning season, and new head season since 1999 but had
coach Morris Starr hopes to a disappointing loss in the
break that record this season. first round of playoffs. Coach
Starr said he is excited to M.L. King Lions Damien Wimes put part of the
coach the players he has and Head coach: Deante Lamar blame on the lack of discipline
hopes to add more to fill out (3rd season) in the playoff game and said Towers Titans
the roster. Returning players Region: 4-AAAAAA his team focused on finishing Head coach: Vonnell Carter
include linebacker Thomas 2018 record: 1-9 the drill this offseason. “I (2nd season)
Steele, wide receiver and Outlook: The Lions had their Redan Raiders think we have a pretty good Region: 5-AAA
kicker Matthew Franklin, fifth consecutive losing season Head coach: Rahman Sparks team coming back.” Returning 2018 record: 0-10
offensive lineman Jake Moore last year in coach Deante (1st season) starters include quarterback Outlook: With his first full
and defensive back Micha Lamar’s second year. With Region: 5-AAA Rion White, wide receiver offseason with Towers under
Carrier. several three-year starters 2018 record: 1-9 and cornerback Tommy his belt, coach Vonnell
on this year’s team, Lamar Outlook: Redan is entering the Wright, defensive end John Carter said he could see
hopes this is the season things 2018 season with its second Grant and wide receiver Aquil a transformation in his
turn around for M.L. King. coach in two years. Rahman Muhammad. Titans program and hopes
Returning players include Sparks said he is excited to it translates to the field this
starting quarterback Jacobi take over the program and season. The Titans hope
Haynes, defensive back and hopes to lead the Raiders to earn a “W” this season
wide receiver Jeremy Cain and to its first winning season after going winless in 2018.
Lithonia Bulldogs defensive lineman Keion Cush. since 2010. Returning players Returning players include
Head coach: Marcus Jelks (1st include running back Jaquez offensive and defensive
season back*) Williams and wide receiver lineman David Roberts,
Region: 5-AAAAA and cornerback Jacques running back Khalil White and
2018 record: 6-4 (Playoffs) Williams. Stephenson Jaguars wide receiver and free safety
Outlook: Marcus Jelks is back Head coach: Ron Gartrell Jevon Freeman.
leading the Lithonia Bulldogs (24th season)
after a two-year absence. Jelks Region: 4-AAAAAA
was Lithonia’s head coach 2018 record: 9-1 (Playoffs)
from 2010 to 2016 with a 34- McNair Mustangs Outlook: With a young
38 record. He will be coaching Head coach: Johnny Burdette team, the Jaguars had a
a young team this season (1st season) surprisingly good season last
but expects them to play Region: 6-AA year—winning the region
well. The Bulldogs will have 2018 record: 3-7 St. Pius Golden Lions championship and their
key playmakers returning in Outlook: McNair hired Johnny Head coach: Paul Standard 23rd consecutive winning
linebacker Asmar Hassan, who Burdette mid-July. The new (19th season) season. Coach Ron Gartrell Tucker Tigers
led the team in tackles last coach got a late start with his Region: 8-AAAA said they’re going for another Head coach: Bryan Lamar (8th
season, and offensive linemen new team but has put in extra Outlook: Last season, St. region championship and season)
Broderick Jones (Georgia- time to get to know his players Pius won its region title and believes they can do so with Region: 4-AAAAAA
commit and No. player in the before the season kicks off. clinched another trip to the the players they have this 2018 record: 7-3 (Playoffs)
state) and Kelvin Usher. Burdette is an alum of McNair Class AAAA playoffs. Coach season. The players include Outlook: Tucker didn’t live up
and said the team will try Paul Standard said the running backs Deondre to expectations last season—
to bring the old “Mustang team’s expectations have not Jackson (Texas A&M commit), losing its first two games to
pride” back. Returning players changed this season. “We Ryan Ingram and Andre powerhouses Buford and
include defensive back and always want to try to win the Sanchez, defensive end Janirr Grayson with a combined
wide receiver William Harris, region championship and then Wade and linebacker Viczaril score of 88-21, losing the
offensive and defensive move on into the playoffs Aloewede. region title to Stephenson
lineman Zacon Boxley, and make a run for a state and a first-round playoff
offensive lineman Javin championship for St. Pius,” exit. The Tigers graduated a
Marist War Eagles Brown and wide receiver he said. The Golden Lions will large senior class last May
Head coach: Alan Chadwick and defensive back Kayvonta lean on their senior leaders— and will have a junior heavy
(35th season) Harris. including quarterback Nick team this season. They will
Region: 7-AAAA Joiner, offensive tackle Joseph have senior playmakers
2018 record: 8-2 (Playoffs) Miller, defensive end Lawson returning in wide receiver
Outlook: Marist had a good Schiltz and tackle Marc Isaiah Dunson (Florida State
run last season with a trip Weick—to achieve their goals. commit), defensive tackle
to the Class AAAA semifinals Stone Mountain Pirates Scottie Johnson, defensive
and could make another Head coach: James Lal (1st back Kahleje Tillman and
playoff run this season. What season) linebacker Aaron Key.
could hold them back is Region: 5-AAA
inexperience at offensive and 2018 record: 2-8
defensive lines. Coach Alan Miller Grove Wolverines Outlook: The Pirates are
Chadwick said if the young Head coach: Lee Hannah (2nd starting over with their fourth
linemen step up and play well season) head coach in six seasons.
together, Marist could have a Region: 5-AAAAA Stone Mountain will have a
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COACHES PREVIEW

Eight teams to start John Bowen

season with new coach


BY CARLA PARKER
been supportive of him and what Sparks, who has been coaching
he’s trying to do with the program. since 2004, said he is happy to be Johnny Burdette
carla@dekalbchamp.com “It seems now that we have a the new head coach at Redan High
new principal [where] athletics are School. The former Redan Middle
A few fresh faces and some close to first,” Jelks said. “He cares School football coach is coaching
returning faces will coach their first about the school, the community some of the same players he
games with new football programs and he asked me to come back and coached on the middle school level.
when the season officially kicks off do some good things for us.” “It hasn’t been a huge transition
Aug. 23. David Edwards replaced because I’m familiar with a lot of
Eight DeKalb County high Jelks in 2017 and went 9-11 in the kids and their families at Redan
school football teams have new head two seasons, including a playoff High School,” he said. “It’s been a
coaches for the 2019 season. John appearance last season. Jelks said pretty smooth transition. I’m blessed Marcus Jelks
Bowen and Marcus Jelks returned losing his job and watching the team to be in this position.”
to Cross Keys and Lithonia, from the stands the last two seasons Redan hasn’t had a winning
respectively, after a few years away was hard to deal with. season since 2010. To change the
from those programs. Defending “It was tough, but I got a chance direction of the program, Sparks
Class AAA state champions Cedar to sit back and watch and learn more said he developed core values
Grove hired former defensive than I knew before,” he said. “It’s for the program—preparation,
coordinator Miguel Patrick to going to be fun this year.” resilience, effort and passion.
lead its program, Chamblee hired Schwarzer was hired by “I just think with core values it’s
Scott Schwarzer out of Gwinnett Chamblee after spending the last something that the kids can live by James Jal
County, Lakeside hired former four seasons as an assistant coach because the talent is already there,”
Henry County High School coach at Duluth High School in Gwinnett he said. “We just have to have those
Morris Starr, McNair hired alum County. He has coached for 22 years values to guide their behavior and
Johnny Burdette, Redan hired with stops in North Carolina and that’s my way of getting them back
former Redan Middle School South Georgia. to some stability, aim and focus.”
coach Rahman Sparks and Stone “Chamblee is a great school,” Starr is entering his ninth year
Mountain hired James Lal, former Schwarzer said. “Academically, as a head coach. He spent the last
head coach of Georgia Doom, a it’s phenomenal, and we have great six seasons as head coach at Henry
professional indoor football team. kids. It’s exciting to me because of County, now McDonough High
Miguel Patrick
Bowen is back at Cross Keys where they ended last year there is School, where he complied a 18-44
after coaching the last three no where to go but up. Obviously, record. He coached for two seasons
seasons at Montgomery County, we have a long way to go but it’s (2006-2007) at Tri-Cities High
where he compiled a 18-15 record. been fun so far with this group of School in Fulton County where he
Montgomery County was 0-10 guys that we got.” has a 5-15 record.
the season prior to Bowen taking Last season, Chamblee had its Patrick, who has spent
over. He coached Cross Keys for first winless season since 1957 and 12 seasons at Cedar Grove as
one season in 2015 when the team former coach Curtis Mattair was linebacker coach and defensive
went 0-5. Cross Keys went 0-10 placed on paid administrative leave coordinator, is now the head man
for four days early in the season in charge for the first time in his Scott Schwarzer
last season after going back to a
10-game schedule and hopes the following controversy surrounding a career. Burdette, a 1991 graduate
23-year coaching veteran can turn team T-shirt. of McNair High School, is also a
the program around as he has with To build trust with his new head coach for the first time, and at
similar programs. team, Schwarzer said he had to his alma mater. He was previously
Jelks, athletics director at convince players that he’s not going assistant head coach and offensive
Lithonia, is back leading the football anywhere. coordinator at Discovery High
program after a two-year absence. “I told them that I can’t promise School in Gwinnett County.
Jelks coached from 2010 to 2016 them that this is going to be a Lal is also a high school head
and compiled a 34-38 record. He lifelong commitment because things coach for the first time in his career. Rahman Sparks
said it’s awesome to be back. happen in life, but I promised them Prior to his one season as coach of
“Feels like I’ve never should’ve that while I’m here, I’m going to Georgia Doom, he was reportedly
been out the seat, but it feels great do everything I can to do things the an assistant at Morrow, Dutchtown
[to be back],” he said. right way,” Schwarzer said. “We and Ola high schools in Clayton
Jelks didn’t give much insight changed some of the ways that and Henry counties, and an assistant
on why he was removed as coach we do things and try to make it a coach in Florida.
after the 2016 season. He said the more positive experience. So far, so
school’s current administration has good.”
Morris Starr
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Players to watch this season

Isaiah Dunson Deondre Jackson Broderick Jones Isaiah Ratcliff

BY CARLA PARKER had seven quarterback hits, three Griffin: Last season, Griffin led the Nae’Saan Dickerson: Dickerson,
sacks and two pass break-ups. county in passing yards with 1,722. He who transferred to Cedar Grove
carla@dekalbchamp.com was 101-of-187 on pass completions from Langston Hughes High School,
— Tucker senior ATH Isaiah Dunson and had 10 touchdowns. He also is expected to be one of the top
Class AAAAAA (Florida State commit): Dunson led rushed for 229 yards and scored two receivers in Class AAA. He had 23
the Tigers last season in receptions rushing touchdowns. receptions last season for 280 yards
— Stephenson senior RB Deondre with 19 catches for 332 yards and two and one touchdown.
Jackson (Texas A&M commit): Jackson touchdowns. On defense, he had 35 — Columbia senior DT Nazir
played in two games last season tackles and one interception at the Stackhouse (Georgia commit): — Cedar Grove senior defensive end
before he had a season-ending injury. cornerback position. Stackhouse had 27 tackles last season, Alvin Williams (Colorado commit):
However, in those two games he including 11 tackles for a loss. He also Williams finished last season with 67
rushed for 377 yards (188.5 average — Tucker senior LB Aaron Key: Last had three sacks. tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, five
yards per game) on 39 attempts and season, Key had six tackles for a loss, sacks, two forced fumbles and one
scored five touchdowns. If he remains tied for the most on Tucker’s defense. — Decatur junior punter Kriston recovery.
injury-free, he is expected to have a He also had 44 tackles, three forced Esnard: Esnard was named to the
big year. fumbles and two sacks. Class AAAAA Preseason All-State — Cedar Grove senior linebacker
team. Last season, his longest field Isaiah Ratcliff: Last season, Ratcliff led
— Stephenson senior DB Javier Class AAAAA goal was 44 yards and longest punt Cedar Grove’s defense in tackles with
Morton (Alabama commit): Last was 54 yards. 106. He also had six tackles for a loss,
season, Morton had 63 total tackles, — Arabia Mountain senior LB two sacks and one interception.
two interceptions, two forced fumbles Chandler Martin: Martin had the Class AAAA
and two pass break-ups. second most tackles on the team last — Cedar Grove senior cornerback Tee
season with 84. He also had six tackles — St. Pius X senior OL Joseph Miller: Denson (Pittsburgh commit): Denson
— Stephenson junior ATH Kamar for a loss, three forced fumbles and Miller played a major role in St. Pius’ had 44 tackles last season, along with
Wilcoxson (Florida commit): one fumble recovery. rushing attack last season, and he was 3.5 tackles for a loss, one interception
Wilcoxson contributed on both named to all-region 8-AAAA second and one forced fumble.
sides of the ball for the Jaguars last — Lithonia senior OT Broderick Jones team.
season. He rushed for 224 yards on 26 (Georgia commit): Jones is the No. — Cedar Grove running back Langston
attempts and scored two touchdowns. 2-ranked offensive tackle recruit in — Druid Hills junior OL Miles Norris- White: The transfer from Community
On defense, the defensive back had 24 the nation and top-3 overall recruit Nobles: Norris-Nobles received Christian High School is expected to
tackles and two interceptions. in the state. Last season, he helped all-county honors last season and be a contributor to the Saints’ rushing
lead Lithonia’s offense to become the preseason all-state honors this season. attack. Last season, he rushed for
— Stephenson senior DE Janirr Wade: fourth best in DeKalb County with 1,186 yards on 161 carries and scored
Wade had 58 tackles last season, 329.0 average yards per game. Class AAA 12 touchdowns.
including 10 tackles for a loss. He also
— Columbia senior QB Octavious — Cedar Grove senior wide receiver

Can’t-miss games of the season


with a 21-14 overtime win. The battle of the best football programs in and Rams could be an exciting one
BY CARLA PARKER
between the teams, and the bands, is the state, will face each other again because this game could decide the
carla@dekalbchamp.com expected be another good one. this year at McEachern. Not only Region 5-AAAAA champion. Last
will DeKalb football fans see a good season region champions Southwest
Every season, DeKalb County -Chamblee Bulldogs vs. Dunwoody matchup, but they will also see an DeKalb defeated Arabia Mountain in
football provides games that high Wildcats (Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m.; North old face. Former Tucker High School a close 20-19 victory. The Rams lead
school football fans shouldn’t miss. DeKalb Stadium): The Battle of the football coach Franklin Stephens, the series 3-2 and two of those wins
The majority of these games Golden Spike is one of the more who led the program to two state came in 2016 and 2017 when Arabia
are rivalry matchups, while one is intense battles in DeKalb. The rivalry championships, is now head coach at Mountain won the region. If both
between two of the top teams in the between the Bulldogs and Wildcats McEachern. teams are undefeated in region play
state. In my opinion, there are six began in 1974, but the two schools by Nov. 2, this game could be the
matchups this season that fans should have only faced each other 21 times -Marist War Eagles vs. St. Pius X region title game.
try to attend. in 44 years. Dunwoody leads the Golden Lions (Sept. 20; 7:30 p.m.; St.
series 12-9 and has won the last five Pius X): The historic rivalry between -Stephenson Jaguars vs. Tucker Tigers
-Southwest DeKalb Panthers vs. matchups. No matter how talented Marist and St. Pius X is one of the (Nov. 8; 8 p.m.; Hallford Stadium):
Stephenson Jaguars (Aug. 30; 8 the two teams are, this game will still oldest in the state. The two teams This matchup is another that has
p.m.; Hallford Stadium): The rivalry be intense and entertaining, and a have met 55 times, beginning in 1962; region title implications. The teams
between Southwest DeKalb and game that fans should witness. Marist leads the series 34-18. The have met five times since 2012 and
Stephenson is one of the biggest in War Eagles won four of the last five Tucker leads the series 3-2. The last
the county. The series began in 1998, -Cedar Grove Saints vs. McEachern matchups. Both teams have talent this two matchups decided the region
which Southwest DeKalb won 29-19. Indians (Sept. 13; 7:30 p.m.; Walter season, so either team has a chance champions, with Stephenson winning
The teams have played 14 more times Cantrell Stadium at McEachern): to win this game. the title last season with a 30-24
and Stephenson leads the series 9-6. These two teams played each other victory, and Tucker won the title in
The Jaguars had won seven straight for the first time last season and -Arabia Mountain Rams vs. 2017 with a 38-0 win. If football fans
games over Southwest before the McEachern got the best of Cedar Southwest DeKalb Panthers (Nov. want to see a good game a week prior
Panthers broke the streak last season Grove, beating them 24-17. The 2; 7:30 p.m. Hallford Stadium): The to the state playoffs, they should be at
teams, which are regarded as two matchup between the Panthers Hallford Stadium on Nov. 8.
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS • AUGUST 16, 2019 • Page 12

CLARKSTON Drew Charter placed on lockdown


BY TAYLOR ROBINS
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com
On the second day of the new school year, Aug. 6,
Charles R. Drew Charter School near East Lake was
placed on lockdown.
According to school officials, the school was placed on
a “hard lock down,” which means no one can enter or exit
the building.
Drew’s Head of School Peter McKnight said, “[We]
received a communication that prompted the school to
administer its safety protocols.”
“As a result, the school was on heightened alert and
entered a soft, and later a hard lockdown. During this
process, school resource officers and local police initiated
an investigation. Following the investigation, school
operations returned to normal. All precautions were taken
to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” McKnight
said in a statement.
According to McKnight, students were not considered
to be in “imminent danger.”
School operations resumed around 3 p.m. the same
day.
An Indian Creek Elementary student receives a box of pencils from a volunteer. Photo by Taylor Robins.

EDUCATION BRIEFS
by Taylor Robins
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com

Bosley awarded fellowship from Georgia State University

Georgia State University student Blaire Bosley of


Stone Mountain was awarded the Ethel Illges Woodruff
Fellowship in Southern History. Bosley is a history major in
the university’s college of arts & sciences.
The Ethel Illges Woodruff Fellowship in Southern
History is awarded to a graduate student who intends
to pursue the master’s program with a concentration in
Southern history.

Williams participates in sales competition

Jonathan Williams of Decatur was one of more than


15 students from colleges and universities in the southeast
who participated in the inaugural Parker Regional Sales
Competition (PRSC) on Georgia Southern University’s
Statesboro Campus.
The PRSC is a collegiate sales competition hosted by
the Center for Sales Excellence in the University’s Parker
A young student struggles to carry her new school supplies Aug. 7. College of Business.

Davidson inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Wofford

Indian Creek receives


College

Helen Grace Davidson, a member of the class of


2019, was accorded Wofford College’s highest academic
honor May 7, when she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

supplies for every student


Davidson graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of
arts degree majoring in French and intercultural studies.
Davidson is from Decatur.

don’t have the supplies tissue, pencil boxes, paper Gritzmacher inducted into The Honor Society of Phi
BY TAYLOR ROBINS to meet their needs,” said and crayons. Students of
Kappa Phi
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com Katherine Miller, founder the Clarkston school lined Catherine Gritzmacher of Decatur was initiated
of The Love of Giving Inc. up and picked items they into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, a national all-
Indian Creek “So we try make sure that wanted for their classroom. discipline collegiate honor society. Gritzmacher was initiated
every kid, not just a few, The donation totaled 11,000 at Kennesaw State University.
Elementary students Gritzmacher is among approximately 30,000 students,
received much of what gets their school supply list items. faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi
they may need to start the filled… We don’t want kids Miller collected the Kappa Phi each year.
school year when The Love embarrassed because they items through donations
of Giving Inc. delivered don’t have school supplies” from individuals and Standifer-Reynolds inducted as a member of Alpha
school supplies for every The organization set businesses. Sigma Lambda
student Aug 7. up a spread of school The Love of Giving
Shanna Standifer-Reynolds became a member of
“The kids want supplies on library tables Inc. specializes in feeding Alpha Sigma Lambda, the oldest and largest national honor
education but may not be that included backpacks, and clothing the homeless; society for nontraditional students.
able to get it because they pencils, glue, scissors, however, when Miller Standifer-Reynolds is a health science and pre-nursing
major from Stone Mountain.
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Cuisine and community focus of neighborhood restaurant


BY KATHY MITCHELL best sandwich in Atlanta.”
FREELANCE REPORTER Saba is the first
restaurant ownership for
Mixon, who said he went
Trendy diets that avoid into the food service industry
gluten and carbohydrates soon after college. “I was
haven’t discouraged an art major, so I had to
the pasta lovers of the figure out something I could
world, observed Shane make a living at. I worked
Mixon, owner and manager in a number of restaurants
of Saba, an Italian restaurant and helped friends get their
in Emory Village. “I love restaurants started. This is
pasta and it’s pretty clear that something I really enjoy so
a lot of other people do, too,” I’ve stayed with it.”
Mixon said. Although lunch
Although Saba’s pasta customers have long been a
dishes and sandwiches are mainstay for the restaurant,
its featured offerings, the Mixon said he recently has
restaurant has other entrees, noticed an increase in dinner
salads—and gluten-free customers. Also, he said,
menu items. much of the restaurant’s
Mixon opened the business is catering. “We
restaurant 14 years ago cater for events with up
with an associate who to 500 guests, but more
was formerly a chef at an typically, our catering Restaurant owner Shane Mixon is flanked by volunteers from CURE, a nonprofit that cares for families of children being treated for
upscale Italian restaurant. events are for 30 to 100 cancer.
“We wanted to bring that people. They include
same high quality and corporate events, house area are the work of the Open Arms family support members. 
fresh flavors to diners at parties, weddings and other alliance. program in 2015 by Rhetta Mixon said he was
popular prices,” he said, celebrations. Of course, A project that allows Ascari, CURE’s patient and impressed with the program
adding that Saba’s sauces we’re near Emory, so we do Mixon to combine his family services manager, from the beginning.
and dressing are prepared a lot of catering for them.” passion for food and his Mixon donates meals three “CURE makes sure that
fresh at the restaurant. “We A Decatur resident, devotion to community to four times a week to families who have children
also serve fresh-made pasta, Mixon said involvement service is Open Arms, patients and their families with cancer know they are
but because we are a small in the community is a key a component of CURE at both the Egleston and not alone and never forgotten
restaurant, we don’t make it component of his business. Childhood Cancer that Scottish Rite Children’s at every stage. I honestly
here. We have a local vendor “The people who come supports families and Healthcare of Atlanta can’t think of a more
who makes our pasta,” into Saba aren’t just our children undergoing cancer campuses. Every meal noble endeavor.”
Mixon explained. customers; they are our treatment. Saba provides feeds at
“We’re near Emory and friends and neighbors. It’s  Introduced to CURE’s least 40 patients and family
many of our customers are a joy to work with them
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CHAMBLEE/DUNWOODY STONECREST B Rivers Drive.
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dunwoodyga.gov/wasterecycling. Chamblee Organization to host community pet day will be accepted until Sept. 6. Space is limited
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limited to residential quantities. at its facility in Stone Mountain Village. The Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4–from 6-8 p.m. For
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“The health and safety learned of Indian Creek─a


of students and staff is Title I school─she adopted
among DeKalb County the school. Indian Creek
School District’s top is the only school the
priorities,” said DCSD in organization donates to. The
a statement. “The district Love of Giving has been
considers this an isolated in existence for nine years
incident, but all safety and has been giving to the
measures will be reviewed school for four years.
and reiterated moving “These school supplies
forward. The DeKalb allow [the students] to
County School District will be more functional in
rally around this student on class,” said Stephanie
his road to recovery.” Brown-Bryant, Indian
Parents were notified Creek Elementary School
of the incident to “maintain principal. “They’re ready
transparency,” according to to learn without having the
the school district. conflict of [being without] Indian Creek Elementary students gather to receive school supplies from The Love of Giving nonprofit group. Photo by Taylor Robins.
basic necessities.”
According to Miller, Bryant. “I know that when their parents for anything. can’t give these items to

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donates back-to-school
items to the school, but also
[The Love of Giving] leaves
[the students’] parents don’t
have to worry about [school
So it’s a great opportunity.
It’s a blessing.”
Miller also brings water
their kids.”
“It takes a village [to
raise children] and our
REUSE donates Christmas gifts to
every student annually.
supplies]… my teachers
don’t have to worry about
it… when the students get
and snacks for the children.
Brown-Bryant said the
parents are “very grateful
village is strong,” Brown-
Bryant said.

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me peace,” said Brown- home they don’t have to ask because some of them just
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