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Friends, supporters and strangers chipped in to buy 9-year-old Victoria Williams a seizure dog to warn her family when a seizure is imminent. 6

Rosalyn Carter Institute and Georgia CARE-NETS seek nominations to recognize caregivers who serve the elderly and teh sick. 8

Chamblee High graduate Angelica Hairston will perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during a free concert at Ebenezer Baptist Church. 9

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Young harpist in concert

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Georgia Military College opening in Stone Mountain By Donna Williams Lewis

Workmen were preparing classrooms for the opening of the new Georgia Miliary College just off Main Street in the city of Stone Mountain.

Georgia Military College was ranked No. 12 on Washington Monthly’s 2010 list of “America’s 50 Best Community Colleges.” Founded in 1879 in Milledgeville, the school is a liberal arts, two-year junior college with about 5,500 students at eight campuses around the state and online. Stone Mountain makes the ninth location. A military component continues with a corps of cadets at the main campus in Milledgeville, which is a prep school for West Point. Veterans who apply can earn academic credit for military experience. City Councilwoman Susan Coletti believes the college will attract additional attention to Stone Mountain, which has

Of all things, a college is coming to downtown Stone Mountain. Georgia Military College is opening an “extension” campus in the heart of the little city. City Manager Barry Amos can barely contain his fever pitch. Not in a city that is constantly consumed with invigorating and reinvigorating its business district. “We’re going to become a college town!” Amos said Tuesday. “A lot of people don’t fully understand how big this really is.” Georgia Military College is the first college within Stone Mountain’s city limits since a short-lived girls’ seminary petered out there around the time of the Civil War. And this is not just any old college. Please see COLLEGE, page 2

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‘I am living in a county that is going into ghetto mode’

Residents irked over inaction on code enforcement By Donna Williams Lewis

Every day, when Joel Edwards leaves his home in the Kings Ridge subdivision in Decatur, he drives past not one, but three burned-out houses on South Hairston Road. One of the houses has been in that condition for seven years. “That house is a quarter of a mile from my house,” he said. “It is 300 feet from the entrance to my subdivision.” The sight makes him angry. “We’ve pleaded with the county to no avail,” Edwards said. “It’s a dumping ground. It’s an eyesore. You could hide a body in there and no one would know.” His fight to have his neighborhood cleaned up landed Edwards, a retired MARTA worker, on a citizens advisory committee that worked for months to fix code enforcement. Now Edwards and supporters of a proposed ordinance that would significantly revamp code enforcement in DeKalb County are demanding that commissioners take action on the proposal. “We’re frustrated, and we do feel like there’s some feet-dragging going on because we’ve been at this for 10 years,” said Joe Arrington, a member of the Advisory Council for Code Enforcement. The council began working in December to craft the ordinance in concert with county government staff. “It appears to us that if a majority of the Board of Commissioners wanted to do something about code enforcement, it would get done,” Arrington said. The ordinance was presented May 10 to the County Operations and Public Safety Committee, chaired by Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton. And there it has remained. Advisory board members picketed the

For the last seven years, Joel Edwards has had to drive by this burned-out house in his Decatur neighborhood despite constant complaining to the county. He is frustrated about the inaction of the county’s Code Enforcement Department.

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Barnes Sutton was angered by June 14 Board of Commissioners the suggestion that the ordinance is meeting and vow to renew their languishing in her committee. She protests if the ordinance does not said the ordinance is under research move forward. and legal review. “We are prepared to go public “The commission is absolutely to the extreme,” said Edwards, who not dragging its feet,” Barnes Sutis vice president of the Kings Ridge ton said Wednesday. “We have to Homeowners Association. “The do our due diligence before we southeastern part of this county is S. Barnes Sutton change any ordinance. It was a long littered with filth.” Edwards said that when he moved into process for them. It’s going to be a thorough his subdivision 28 years ago there were roll- process for us.” ing hills and the place was clean. “It was beautiful,” he said. “Now I am Citizens group launched The process began a year ago after a living in a county that is going into ghetto group of residents met with DeKalb CEO mode.”

Burrell Ellis to complain about conditions in South DeKalb. Ellis asked them to serve on a task force that would be directed by former County Commissioner Connie Stokes. After a series of town hall meetings across the county, the residents returned to Ellis saying the talk was great but action was needed and they wanted to get involved. Gil Turman, president of the South DeKalb Neighborhoods Coalition, was asked to chair a board that would come up with measures to address the issues. Out of the group’s efforts came an ordiPlease see CODES, page 4




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“I am absolutely amazed at the kindness of strangers. This is amazing and I am left speechless.”

Kindness of strangers adds up to seizure dog for sick girls By Brenda Camp Yarbrough

Nine-year-old Victoria Elizabeth Williams will finally get her seizure dog. The Williams family said this week that they have raised the $13,000 needed to help buy a specially trained seizure dog to be a companion to Victoria, who was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease in January 2002. The neuromuscular disease causes Victoria to have multiple seizures every day. She is unable to talk and care for herself. The seizure dog, which costs $24,000 to train, will become Victoria’s constant companion and will alert her parents when she is about to have a seizure. In March 2012, the family will go to Ohio and train with the dog before bringing it home to Canton. The family began raising their share of the funds for the dog in April. Students at Loganville Middle School raised $4,000 of the total. The city of Clarkston raised $1,000 and another $1,200 was raised on Victoria’s FaceBook page.

Victoria’s mother, Corey Lowe Williams, who is a Clarkston Police officer, said she is delighted to reach the goal. “I am absolutely amazed at the kindness of strangers,” Williams said. “This is amazing and I am left speechless.” Williams said that 4 Paws for Ability told her that it takes most families six to nine months to raise the funds. “This is a God thing,” she said. In addition to funds needed to purchase and train the dog, the family also needs help covering expenses for the trip to Ohio and the 10-day stay for the training. Williams said she will now focus attention on raising money to help cover the cost of the trip She is also raising two boys, Jayden, 8, and Joseph, 6, and she said they will need a bigger vehicle to transport the seizure dog. “My next adventure will be to find a larger vehicle without car payments – prayers needed on this one,” she said. For more information, visit www. CHRIS GOLDEN PHOTOGRAPHY Lowe Williams and her daughter Victoria still need to raise funds for the 10-day trip to Ohio cess/209884319028630 or call Corey Wilto train with Victoria new seizure dog. The family raised $13,000 in two months to buy the dog. liams at 678-760-8648.

Carter earns certificate in government

Streater retires after 55 years

Lithonia City Council mema cooperative effort of GMA and the ber Doreen Carter has earned a University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Certificate of Recognition from Institute of Government, provides a the Georgia Municipal Training nationally recognized training opporInstitute. tunities for elected city officials. Carter, who completed 42 GMA’s executive director Jim units of credit, was presented Higdon congratulated Carter on her with the certificate during the accomplishment. Georgia Municipal Association’s “We commend council member 78th annual convention in Savan- Doreen Carter Carter for the dedication she’s shown nah on June 27. in using this valuable resource to become a The Georgia Municipal Training Institute, more effective city official,” he said.

Board Meeting. For 55 years, Kenneth Streater Streater, who is the owner and was a fixture at polling stations chairman of wholesale plumbing across DeKalb County and when equipment supplier Streater Sales he retired last month, the accoInc. in Tucker, began his service lades poured in. as a poll official at the Girls High On June 14, District 2 ComPrecinct in Decatur. missioner Elaine Boyer presented Over his five-and-a-half dehim with a resolution from the cades with the county, he served in Board of Commissioners and on Kenneth Streater all capacities at multiple locations. June 23, a resultion drafted by State Sen. Steve Henson paws presented to For the last 10 years, he was the manager of him at the Voter Registration and Elections the Tucker Precinct.

Government, businesses rolling out welcome mat for students COLLEGE,

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been molding a downtown focus around the arts. “We’ve been working so hard to revitalize, and I think this is going to put a whole new perspective on that,” Coletti said. “We’re not just interested in ‘pretty.’” Coletti was instrumental in getting the college to Stone Mountain. Her husband, George, is a Georgia Military College grad. Chatting with the school’s president at a function two years ago, the councilwoman suggested that officials consider opening a campus at Stone Mountain. Already in the mode for expansion, the college accepted the invitation. It is starting out on a trial basis in Stone Mountain with a two-year lease on a 2,615-square-foot city building next to the Sue Kellogg Library, just off Main Street. “They think, as we do, that it’s really going to take off,” Amos said. The former Downtown Development Authority building has been renovated to accommodate four classrooms, including a computer lab and a biology lab. Georgia Military College runs classes in five eight-week sessions per year. The college hopes to enroll 25 students in the first eight-week session at Stone Mountain’s campus, which begins Aug. 8. Campus director Janis Anderson said it looks like that goal will be reached. The $35 application fee has been waived for the first session’s students, and 2011 high school Janis Anderson graduates can get free tuition for the first session. Students must first apply for federal and state aid for tuition, typically about $1,575

Georgia Military College, Stone Mountain campus n Address: 5325 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 n Upcoming events: Open house is July 15 at 11 a.m. Ribbon-cutting is July 18 at 11 a.m. First day of school is Aug. 8. For more information:

for 15 credits. Stone Mountain’s city employees (there are about 39) have a standing offer of free tuition with the same prerequisite. For now, the Stone Mountain campus is limited to offering core courses for all degree programs offered. Associate degrees can be completed at other campuses or online, or credits can be transferred to other colleges. As she prepares her little campus for its first students and faculty, Anderson has been walking the city streets, meeting her school’s new neighbors. “We have been embraced by the community,” she said. It’s not a matter of “if,” but “how” the city’s merchants will offer discounts to Georgia Military College students. Cary Hamilton, owner of the Artisan restaurant on Main Street, said village merchants are deciding whether to create a special card for the students or just have them show their IDs for discounts. Hamilton is altering the lay of the land in his restaurant to  make way for more laptop users and small group gatherings. He plans to offer free drinks and a 10 percent discount to students who order meals. “All of the merchants are really excited about it,” Hamilton said. “We’re really making some changes to accommodate them.”



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“We are so ecstatic and looking forward to what that center will do to harness the energies of the children and young people in the area.”

DeKalb to cut ribbon on Exchange Rec Center By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

Elected officials, community leaders and residents will cut the ribbons on the new $6.3 million Exchange Recreation Center on July 25. Wendell Muhammad, a father and community leader who lives in the Newberry Down subdivision that is within walking distance of the new center, said he is happy to have the center on Columbia Drive. “I have lived in this community since 1990 and it is one of the most neglected communities,” he said. “We are so ecstatic and looking forward to what that center will do to harness the energies of the children and young people and address some of the needs of the families in the area.” The construction of the center inside the county’s Exchange Park on Columbia Drive in Decatur, was funded by the 2006 Parks Bond Fund. The 31,000 square feet center, which had its ground-breaking on May 20 last year, has its soft opened on May 31. Nicholas Clark, the center’s director, said the center won’t officially opened for business until Aug. 1, but that it is housing 160 children for summer camp. The two-story building can house 946 people. Its includes a suspended indoor walking track, gymnasium, fitness room, computer lab, and aerobics, game, activity

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The $6.3 million Exchange Recreation Center on Columbia Drive in Decatur brings a range of new activities to the Columbia Drive community in Decatur. It opens for business on Aug. 1.

and multi-purpose rooms. Dawn Cribb, the Parks Department Program Promotions Specialist, said center’s offerings include intergenerational programs for children, teens, adults, families and seniors. Muhammad said that he has been over to the center and met Clark and that he has lots of great ideas for the kids. “We are very, very pleased,” he said. “The only thing that is missing is a swimming pool.” Clark said he has lots of programs planned for adults and children.

“There are a lot of seniors in the area and they want to come into the center,” he said. “We will have a weekly senior outing, and a “Meet the PC” class and a Worldwide Web class to teach them to text and e-mail.” For the kids, Clark said he will have karate, and hip hop, jazz, tap and ballet, and that there will be year-round cheerleading. He also plans a mens and womens basket ball league. The July 25 grand opening celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. The Exchange Recreation Center is at 2771 Columbia Drive. For more information, call 404-687-3430.

Teen charged with murdering 8-year-old cousin An 8-year-old Lithonia boy is dead and his 16-year-old cousin is charged with murder. Charlie Oliver, 16, is in the DeKalb County jail without bond after his first court appearance Thursday. DeKalb Police arrested and charged Oliver with murder for the death of Solomon Zellner, who was shot the evening of July 6 at his Salem Glen Road home in Lithonia. The third-grader was transported in critical condition to the hospital, where he died Thursday morning. D e K a l b Po l i c e spokeswoman Mekka Parish said Solomon’s mother was inside the Solomon Zellner home at the time of the shooting, but not in the same room. Parish said detectives have not determined what led to the shooting. Oliver spoke briefly to reporters as he was led into Magistrate Court on Thursday. “I love my family and that’s my family,” he said. “It was an accident. That’s all I have to say.”

Second candidate enters 2012 race for Office of DeKalb Superior Court After 20 years with the DeKalb District Attorney’s office, Oretha Brown-Johnson has thrown her hat into the ring for the office of DeKalb Superior Court Clerk. Brown-Johnson says she is running to offer her skills to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and reliability of the Superior O. Brown-Johnson Court Clerk’s Office. “My commitment is to offer to the Courts, to the attorneys, and to the taxpayers of DeKalb County the highest level of service, service that is so rightfully deserved,” she said in a July 7 statement. She will kick off her campaign at 5:30 p.m. on July 27 at the Marlay House in Decatur. The office of Clerk of Superior Court manages all court and land records for DeKalb County. Debra DeBerry, a nine-year court


The Marlay House is at 426 West Ponce She is second person to declare for the employee, was sworn in March 25, a day after De Leon Avenue. office. Frank Swindle, a former DeKalb SupeCarter, her former boss, resigned after servFor more information visit www.orethaing 10 years. Carter , who has dementia, has rior Court senior case manager, announced since filed a law suit claiming she was tricked in May. into resigning. DeBerry is serving the rest of Carter’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2012. Over her two decades in the office, Brown-Johnson, who is the DA’s administrative coordinator for Case Management, worked with the administration of Robert E. Wilson, J. Tom Morgan, Jeffrey H. Brickman, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming and Robert James. In her current position, she supervises a staff that manages more than 16,000 cases annually for all ten DeKalb Superior Court Divisions. She has lived in DeKalb County since 1989 and has two children who graduated from DeKalb County Public Schools. She is Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) a member of Pilgrim Cathedral of Atlanta and is the driving force behind various comof 1965 munity programs that address women’s and As Amended by No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 children’s issues.

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At a July 6 bond hearLithonia tae kwon do ing at the DeKalb County instructor and Olympic Courthouse, relatives, athlete Adrian Spellen has friends and supporters been arrested and charged turned out to support with child molestation Spellen, who has operated and rape. Powerkicks since 2003. Spellen, 27, who owns Prosecutors and the Powerkicks Martial Arts defense agreed on a on Miller Road in Li$100,000 bond, which thonia, was taken into Adrian Spellen bans him from contact with his custody on June 25. The county has not listed the accuser and any minors other than details of the charges against him. family members. He was released

from jail on July 7. Powerkicks trains children 5 to 18 in tae kwon do. It has more than 50 regional and state champions and 20 national champions. In the 2010 AAU National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., its students brought home four gold, two silver and five bronze medals. Spellen, a competitor and trainer for nearly 20 years, is a five-time national champion and a silver medalist at the 2010 South

American Games in Medellin, Colombia. He is ranked 14 in the world and was in training for the 2012 Olympics where he had planned to compete as a representative of Guyana for the Taekwondo Confederation. In 2009, when bullying made news in DeKalb County, Spellen, who said he was bullied as a child, offered free bully-prevention demonstrations at several DeKalb elementary schools.

Commissioners deny stonewalling new codes to fix county CODES,

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This house on South Hairston Road in Decatur has become a dumping ground for trash and DeKalb County government has been unable to get the property owner to clean it up.


nance whose mission is to get more violations addressed. The group proposes a county Board of Code Compliance, a body of appointed volunteers who would hear cases and impose fines. This would reduce the number of cases that go before Recorders Court, which currently handles all of them. The ordinance also removes the current requirement that violators be personally served with notices they must sign before their cases can be processed. Under the proposed system, violation notices could be delivered in a variety of ways, including by certified mail. Ellis said he thinks the proposed board is an “excellent” idea. “Going through Recorders Court seems to slow the process down,” he said. But Barnes Sutton said the ordinance has turned out to be more complicated than it initially appeared. “As we started doing research, we immediately saw problems with it,” Barnes Sutton said. Commissioner Larry Johnson said the committee would not come without cost. Members would have to be trained; administrative staff would have to be tied to the group. And with a long list of issues the advisory board said it had with code enforcement, Johnson said the commission must take a holistic approach to fixing whatever’s not working. He added that commissioners have their hands full now dealing with budget crises, foreclosure concerns and infrastructure issues. “Nothing is being held up,” Johnson said. “We have to deal with the most pressing things on people’s minds. We don’t have the luxury to be able to deal with all of these big issues at the same time.”

Quick action needed But the Advisory Council for Code Enforcement says commissioners must move more quickly on code enforcement, particularly in light of this year’s dramatic drop in DeKalb’s property values in the wake of large scale foreclosures that have swamped the county. “This county is not like it was 10 to 15 years ago,” Edwards said.

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By the numbers: Code Compliance From January to March 2011: n 2,000 service requests. n 3,000 inspections by 25 inspectors. n More than 1,000 warning notices issued. n More than 400 court summons issued. n Approximately $19,000 in fees collected in Recorders Court. Source: DeKalb County Department of Planning and Sustainability

“Our main objective is to get this county clean. How is it that other counties can do it when DeKalb can’t?” Barnes Sutton said she cannot predict when the citizens’ proposal will come up for a committee vote and said she will not be pressured into pushing it to meet others’ timetables. “We expect to work on it and come to a resolution,” she said. The document’s crafters say they just don’t want to see it die. “What we want is movement forward,” Arrington said. Ellis said the public should expect that. “What happens too often is one way of dealing with things is to put them in committee and let them sit there,” Ellis said. “Any commissioner that is holding things up ought to at least be courteous enough to the people to say this is what we’ve got to do before we make a recommendation, and this is our time frame. We will bring it to a vote on date X and we will bring it to the [full commission] for a vote on date Y.” Turman thinks there is intentional delay and that it’s political.

“Several of these commissioners have politicized the process because they don’t want their constituents to get angry because they have to pay fines,” Turman said. “I’m not talking about cleaning up paper off the streets. I’m talking about people maintaining their property values by making sure that people don’t just destroy their communities.” Fulton County has had a volunteer code enforcement board for years. Fulton Commissioner Bill Edwards says the board is no panacea. He believes its members are more “understanding” of violators than judges “who don’t want to see a person three or four times for the same offenses.” The extra time spent on cases by the board means more gas and more time tied up for code enforcement officers who must appear at the hearings, Edwards said. Hearings have been canceled for lack of a quorum, he said. Andrew Baker, DeKalb Planning and Sustainability Department’s newly named interim director, co-presented the Advisory Board’s proposal to the BOC in May with April Atkins, formerly of the CEO’s staff.

During the presentation, committee members questioned the efficiency of a board of volunteers versus an “administrative hearing officer.” The matter was transferred to the legal staff, which is charged with evaluating proposed revisions to the overall code compliance laws. The community representatives also want answers to questions such as whether tenants can be cited for violations rather than absentee landlords. Code compliance was moved from the Department of Public Safety to the Planning and Sustainability Department within the last six months. “There is such a large volume of calls,” Baker said. “We’re instituting changes that you’ll hear more about as we move forward.” Already, there’s a move afoot to allocate code compliance officers differently, so that more are assigned to areas where there are more complaints, he said. Darryl Jennings Sr., president of the Gresham Park Community Association, said that, ultimately, people must take control of their own communities. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that 25 officers will not, cannot, cover 750,000 residents at their beck and call,” Jennings said. “Those that do not have a homeowners association or a neighborhood watch must organize street by street, community by community, subdivision by subdivision.” Jennifer Ffrench Parker contributed to this story.

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“My schedule includes running three businesses and traveling at least three days a week. Drowsy driving is very familiar to me.”

Warning device helps drowsy drivers stay alert Drowsy drivers now have Driver’s Alert to keep them awake behind the wheel. The new device, which beeps loudly, was created by Inga Harmon-Cunningham of Stone Mountain and Decatur native I. H-Cunningham William T. White IV. White said the battery-operated device, which is mounted in the vehicle or on the dashboard, emits random beeps every four to 16 seconds to keep drivers alert. “It’s designed ‘to annoy you alive,’ ” he said.

In a recent National Sleep Foundation survey, 28 percent of American drivers admitted they have fallen asleep behind the wheel within the past year and 54 percent said they have driven while drowsy. William White The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving causes 100,000 accidents a year, resulting in 1,550 deaths and more than 71,000 injuries. More than half the drowsy driving crashes involved the driver drifting into other lanes or even off the road.

Open house for restaurant, event space The owners of Creolaise Ballroom and Bistro are inviting the public to visit and tour the restaurant and event space during an Open House on July 16. Terry Harrison, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Raymond, said tours will be provided from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Harrisons, who are longtime residents of Decatur, opened the elegant New Orleans-style restaurant in April. It is an extension of their successful contract and inhouse catering business, Creolaise Catering, which they have operated since 2003. The 2,800-square-foot facility with silver and gray accents offers a perfect backdrop for wedding receptions, business meetings, private parties and other celebrations. During the week and on Sundays, patrons can socialize, relax and dine from an extensive menu that includes everything from shrimp and petite crab cakes remoulade to Gumbo Ya Ya, hickory burgers, grilled salmon, rack of lamb, brabrant potatoes and honey-buttered

Terry and Raymond Harrison (front row, second and third from right) opened the New Orleans-style Creolaise Ballroom and Bistro in April.

blanched asparagus, and bread pudding with bourbon sauce. On Thursdays, they can enjoy live jazz with dining. Creolaise Ballroom and Bistro is at 1161 Old Salem Road in Conyers. Space is limited and Open House reservations are encouraged. RSVP by July 13 by emailing or calling 770-483-0140.

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White said Driver’s Alert keeps motorists awake by forcing them to reset it. If the device is not reset in a timely manner, it releases a loud, sharp, prolonged alarm. Harmon-Cunningham said they have personal motivation to create the device. “My schedule includes running three businesses and traveling at least three days a week,” she said. “Drowsy driving is very familiar to me.” White said a friend died in a wreck caused by drowsy driving just miles from home. Driver’s Alert sells for $24.99. For more information, visit www.ActiveAlertAlive. com, e-mail, or call 1-888-844-4190.

Fun center in Stone Mountain Families and gaming enthusiasts can bowl, ride bumper cars and play arcade entertainment at Stars and Strikes’ newest location in Stone Mountain. The 50,000-square-foot virtual indoor playground opened June 25 at 1741 Mountain Industrial Blvd., and held its grand opening and ribboncutting on June 29. It boasts state-of-the-art bowling lanes; a two-story, 4,000-square-foot laser tag arena; a 7,000-square-foot gaming arcade with indoor bumper cars; a balladium, a new foam ball air cannon attraction; a 2,500-square-foot corporate events/meeting room facility; an in-house catering staff and fullservice restaurant; and private birthday party rooms. The Stone Mountain/Tucker site, which will hire 120 workers, is the fourth in metro Atlanta. The others are in Cumming, Dacula and Dallas. For opening hours and more information, visit or call 678-965-5707.

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Six complete DOL leadership class Six DeKalb County residents have graduated from the Georgia Department of Labor’s 2011 EXCEL program that develops future leaders for the department. Commissioner Mark Butler announced July 1 that Doris Yates, Sandra Weaver, Mildred Lewis, Milagros DiLeo, Ayanna Conley and Anita Campbell were presented with certificates during the Executive Commitment to Excellence in Leadership Program’s June 10 graduation ceremony in Athens. Yates, who is assistant chief of policy and procedures in DOL’s Unemployment Insurance Division, and Weaver, who is a wage investigation supervisor in the UI Division, both live in Lithonia. Lewis, who is a social services program consultant in the Employment Services Division, lives in Decatur. DiLeo, an employment and training consultant in the Employment Services Division, and Campbell, a Q&A configuration manager in the Information Technology unit, both live in Atlanta. Conley, who is a supervisor in the Disability Adjudication Services unit in Stone Mountain, also lives in Stone Mountain. The yearlong program is a partnership between DOL and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

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“If a bite or scratch by a wild animal occurs, begin wound treatment right away.”

Input sought on WIC program Awards to honor caregivers cans and the American Academy The Georgia Department of of Pediatrics’ Infant Feeding Public Health wants to hear from Practice Guidelines. residents about the successes and Food packages are tailored to shortcomings of WIC, the Special meet the needs of the participant Supplemental Nutrition Program and can include items such as for Women, Infants and Children, milk, cheese, eggs, fruits, vegand how to improve services. etables, juice, whole-grain foods, During its annual public comfish, peanut butter, ment period – July 11 to Brian Castrucci soy products, and Aug. 12 – residents beans. can offer comments Nationw ide, at WIC serves about 9.1 Brian C. Castrucci, million people, most of the state’s Maternal and whom are infants and Child Health Program children up to age 5. director, said remarks The Georgia WIC and suggestions will be is the nation’s fifthused to update the annual largest program, servprogram plan. ing more than 303,000 “We want Georgians Georgians annually. It to take part in this opporis 100 percent federally tunity to have an impact funded.  on the WIC program,” CaMore than 1,600 austrucci said.  “While this is thorized food retailers a federal mandate, we count participate in the Georon these suggestions to gia WIC food delivery make improvements to the system. Georgia WIC program.” To offer comments Georgia WIC promotes or suggestions, visit good health and positive food, click on choices by providing nutrition the Public Comment link, and education and food selections based on their nutrient content, availability throughout the complete the appropriate survey. For more information, call 1-800state, and cost. Georgia WIC food packages are aligned 228-9173. For the hearing impaired, call with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Ameri- 1-800-225-0056.

Caregivers often labor in obscurity, but the Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving and Georgia CARE-NETS want to change that. Now through Aug. 1, families, friends and supporters can nominate relatives, paraprofessionals and volunteers who provide exceptional care to the elderly and to patients living with chronic illness and disabilities for the 2011 Georgia Caregiver of the Year Awards. Winners at both the regional and state levels will be individuals who demonstrate uncommon levels of caring, compassion and reThe Caregiver of the Year Awards honor family members, sourcefulness in providing care for volunteers and paraprofessionals who provide exceptional those in need and their families. care to people who need assistance. Statewide, more than 850,000 family caregivers and an army of dedicated home health aide or direct support caregiver; volunteers and paraprofessionals provide and billions of dollars of care to family members. n Volunteer caregiver – people who volunteer The award honors their work and focuses their time to provide care to others through public attention on the contributions of community agencies and churches or as caregivers throughout the state. individuals. In a June 27 statement, the Atlanta To nominate an outstanding caregiver, CARE-NET said the awards will be presented download the nomination form and inin three categories: structions n Family caregiver – a relative or nonrelative File%20Library/About%20Us/GA_Caregiver_Nomination_Form_2011.pdf, or perceived as family. n Paraprofessional caregiver – a licensed contact Mary Lou Vergara at mvergara@ practical nurse, certified nursing assistant,

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Summer’s warm weather and its invitation to explore the outdoors, also come with greater risk of rabies exposure. The DeKalb Board of Health says that more time outside means that the risk of contact between humans and rabid wild animals increases. Rabies is a preventable disease caused by a virus that is spread through the bite of an infected ani- S. Elizabeth Ford mal and affects the central nervous system, causing disease in the brain and ultimately death. While a bite by a rabid animal is rare, rabid animals have been sighted in metro Atlanta this year. Gwinnett County issued a rabies alert in the spring after a raccoon found in Braselton tested positive for the disease. In February, a rabid cat was found in Suwanee. To minimize infection risks, the Board of Health recommends that families avoid exposure to wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and feral dogs and cats. Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford, DeKalb’s district health director, urges families to seek immediate medical care if injured by a wild animal. “If a bite or scratch by a wild animal occurs, begin wound treatment right away,” Ford advises. “If a person has been exposed to a rabid

“The Southwest 5K stands Walkers and runners can join to attract an even larger turnout the Atlanta BeltLine 5K walk/run of runners and Atlanta BeltLine along the Atlanta BeltLine Southsupporters who are interested west Trail on July 16. in enjoying a vigorous run or The 3.1-mile event will take walk while taking in this unique them through the historic West view of the historic West End End and Westview neighborhoods and Westview neighborhoods,” and expose participants to some of Wilson said. the local parks that connect with Valarie Wilson The race shirt design will Atlanta BeltLine communities. The Southwest 5K kicks off at 7:30 a.m. highlight the landmarks of the area, and and will include post-race activities, and students from Savannah College of Art medals, prizes and gift certificates for win- and Design have designed the age-categoners. The Atlanta Police and Fire depart- ry awards. Joe Rickerson, famed chef and ments will participate in a friendly competi- manager for Clarence Fosters, Abby, the Mansion and La Tour, will prepare posttion as well. The Atlanta BeltLine is a $2.8 billion race food stations at Space Atlanta. Strollers and dogs are welcomed. redevelopment project that will provide a Registration and post-race activities network of parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor will be at Rose Circle Park, 914 Rose Circle circling downtown and connecting many S.W. in Atlanta.  The race will start on Peeples Street, just north of Rose Circle Park, neighborhoods directly to each other. Valarie Wilson, the Atlanta BeltLine Part- and will end on the Atlanta BeltLine trail nership’s executive director, said about 375 where White Street passes under Lawton runners participated in the Northside 5K Street, northwest of Rose Circle Park. Registration costs $25; more informaon April 30. The Eastside 10K will be held tion is available at in December.

Risk for rabies higher in summer animal, medications may be given to protect against the rabies virus.” Pets also can get rabies. To protect your pets, be sure your cats and dogs are up-todate on their rabies vaccinations. Keep pets too young to be vaccinated indoors. Vaccinated pets are a buffer between humans and rabid wildlife. Protecting your pet may reduce your risk of exposure to rabies, the board says. If pets have been in a fight with a wild animal, pet owners should wear gloves to handle the pet and call their veterinarian to get a booster dose of rabies vaccine within five days of the fight. Unvaccinated animals that are exposed to a confirmed or suspected rabid animal must be quarantined for six months or put to sleep. The first sign of rabies is often an animal’s unusual behavior. It may lose its fear of people and its natural enemies. It may become very aggressive and snap at anything in its path. Or it may seem very tame and friendly. Staggering, convulsions, spitting, choking, frothing at the mouth, and paralysis may be seen. The animal usually dies within a week after first showing signs of rabies. To report a wild animal bite or scratch or a suspected rabid animal, call DeKalb County Animal Control at 404-294-2996. For more information about rabies in humans, call the county’s Office of Epidemiology and Statistics at 404-508-7851.


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Wilson, who is an ardent supporter of U.S. troops, made his third trip to Kuwait in March.

Former Gap Band leader bringing solo act to Chastain Park Former Gap Band lead vocalist Charlie Wilson is bringing his brand of R&B and funk to Chastain Park on July 15. The table setup concert, which begins at 8 p.m., is part of Delta Classic Chastain Concerts at Chastain Park Amphitheater. Doors open at 7. Grammy-winning R&B and soul singer/ songwriter Chrisette Michele will open for Wilson. She released her third solo studio album, “Let Freedom Ring,” in 2010. Once dubbed “the de facto father of new jack swing,” artists like Aaron Hall and R. Kelly have long paid homage to Wilson’s characteristic vocal style. He released his second solo album, “Uncle Charlie,” on Jive Records in February 2009. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

From classic R&B Gap Band hits like “Yearning for Your Love” and “Outstanding” to collaborations with Justin Timberlake on “Signs” and Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams on the Grammy-nominated track “Beautiful,” Wilson continues to embrace contemporary music with his phenomenal vocal style and unique licks. His third Jive Records solo album is “Just Charlie, Wilson.” Wilson, who has battled homelessness, alcohol and drug addiction, and prostate cancer, is an ardent supporter of U.S. troops and made his third trip to Kuwait in March. The concert is presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ticket prices begin at $25. Coolers and carry-ins are allowed. For more information, visit and charlie.html.

Chrisette Michele (above) and Charlie Wilson will perform live at Chastain Park Amphitheater on July 15.

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Harpist Angelica Hairston will perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church on July 17 as part of the National Black Arts Festival. Hairston’s solo of William Grant Still’s “Ennanga” will be featured in a community concert that begins at 7 p.m. The concert will also feature young musicians from the ASO Talent Development Program and the Detroit-based Sphinx Competition, which both nurture classical music talent in black and Latino communities. Hairston, who lives in Chamblee, graduated from Chamblee High School in May. The winner of a 2011 Jack Kent Cooke $10,000 scholarship, she will attend the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto this fall. She began playing the violin when she was 4, and switched to the harp at age 12. Charles Floyd will conduct the free concert. Ebenezer Baptist Church is at 407 Auburn Ave. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, visit http:// Angelica Hairston has been playing the harp since she was 12.

Vacation Bible school is taking on an island theme at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain, July 18-22. “Island Odyssey” VBS 2011 will link biblical island stories with the culture of popular island vacation spots. This year’s program will provide opportunities to know Jesus for people of

all ages, pre-k through adult, nightly from 6 to 8:30. Volunteers and participants can register online at Timothy United Methodist Church is at 5365 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain. For more information, call 404-292-5969 or e-mail

Fun sing-along scheduled for July 22 Adults and children who love to sing can join the Monthly Sing-along on July 22 in East Lake. The group, which sings just for the fun of it, gets together once a month to sing folk music, old standards, gospel, political

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Decatur’s fireworks moved to Sept. 24 Fans of fireworks who missed the city of Decatur’s Fourth of July show can catch it in the fall. The city rescheduled its fireworks extravaganza to Sept. 24 after lightning and rain forced its cancellation. Families who abandoned blankets and chairs on the Square during the Indepen-

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peR mOnth Not a Lease, You OwN It!

Buy for 72 months at 4.9% APR with $3000 down, plus tax, tag and title with approved credit.


1997 LinCOLn TOWn CAR extremely nice, 1-Owner, STK#L11238A.$5486 2007 FORd F-150 STX Stk#118073A ...................... $9986 2007 FORd eSCApe XLT Stk#p9672A .......... $12,986 2008 FORd FuSiOn Se Stk#p9627Z ............. $12,986 2009 FORd FOCuS SeS Stk#p9638 ............... $12,986 2006 niSSAn ALTiMA 2.5 S Stk#p9704 ...... $13,986 2009 FORd FOCuS Se Stk#111053A .............. $13,999 2010 FORd FOCuS Se Stk#p9687 .................. $14,986 2006 FORd MuSTAnG GT Stk#p9693........ $15,350 2010 FORd FOCuS Se Stk#p9692 .................. $15,391 2010 TOyOTA CAMRy Se Stk#p9661 ........... $16,982 2011 HyundAi SOnATA Stk#p9662 ............ $16,982 2009 HOndA CiviC eX Stk#117039B........... $16,986 2007 FORd edGe Se Stk#111527A.................. $16,986 2010 FORd FOCuS Se Stk#p9689 .................. $16,986 prices plus, Tax, Tag And Title.

5675 Peachtree Industrial Blvd




Due at Signing

lease for 36 months, with $0 due at signing, including $0 security dePosit, 10,500 miles Per year, 20¢ Per mile thereafter with aPProved credit. includes tax, tag, and title.



MSRP $41,550 • VIN#2LMDJ6JK7BBJ27413

2008 Toyota Corolla CE Stk#A1580 ....................................................$12,995 2005 Ford Freestyle Limited Stk#A1583 ........................................$12,995 2004 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Stk#4A471966 ...............................$13,995



2010 Ford Focus Gas Saver, Nice Ride, Sporty, Stk#A1563 ......................$14,995

Dealer Discount ... -$2701 or

Per Month

2006 Ford Freestyle 7 Passenger, Gas Saver, Family Fun, Stk#A1576A ..$12,785

2008 Nissan Altima Auto, Power Windows, Power Locks, Tilt, CD, Nice! Stk#A1538 ..


lease For


2008 Ford Ranger Reg Cab Automatic, Alloys, STK#A1622...............$11,988

2008 Mercury Sable Power Windows, Power Locks, Alloys, STK#A1621 $14,388

mSRp.................. $27,089



2006 Dodge Durango Auto, Power Windows, Power Locks, CD, 3rd Row, Family Fun! Stk#A1599 $15,888



lease For

With Per Month



Due at Signing

lease for 36 months, with $0 due at signing, including $0 security dePosit, 10,500 miles Per year, 20¢ Per mile thereafter with aPProved credit. includes tax, tag, and title.

NEw 2011 LINCoLN MKs


MSRP $42,325 • VIN#1LNHL9DR5BG611641

2009 Mazda 6 New Look, Gas Saver, Stk#A1596 ......................................$15,995 2010 Mazda 6 New Body Style, Ride in Style, Stk#A1601...........................$16,750 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer Nicely Equipped, STK#A1435B ...............$16,891 2006 Mercedes C-230 Sport Sunroof, Leather, Auto, Sporty, Stk#A1577 $16,995 2009 Honda Accord Auto, Power Windows, Power Locks, Gas Saver, Stk#A1597 $16,995 2008 Mazda CX-7 Gas Saver, Drive the Whole Family in Style. Stk#A1589 $16,995 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan Store and Go! Stk#A1609 ....................$16,995 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT1 Stk#A1503 .......................$16,995



lease For

With Per Month



Due at Signing

lease for 36 months, with $0 due at signing, including $0 security dePosit, 10,500 miles Per year, 20¢ Per mile thereafter with aPProved credit. includes tax, tag, and title.

2006 Dodge Duragno SLT Stk#A1599................................................$17,987 2010 Ford Fusion Auto, Power Windows, Power Locks, Sporty, Stk#A1598 $18,888 2009 Cadillac CTS Luxury at its Best, Sunroof, Fine Leather, and More! Stk#A1549



2010 Ford Mustang Drop the Top and Enjoy the Sun! Stk#A1610...........$22,995 2007 Mercedes-Benz E350 Extra Clean, Sunroof, Navigation, and More, STK#A1575 $23,569 2007 Infiniti FX-35 A Spaceship on Wheels, A Must See! Stk#A1605 ......$23,888

2008 lincoln


2008 lincoln

2008 lincoln



Leather, Sunroof, Leather, Sunroof, 100,000 Mile Warranty, Navigation, STK#P9705 STK#P9709 $ $ , ,

21 995

21 995

Leather, Navigation, Vista Roof, 33K Miles, STK#111534A $ ,

26 995

Prices Plus, Tax, Tag And Title.

prices plus, Tax, Tag And Title.

I-20, Exit Wesley Chapel To Snapfinger Woods Drive Service Hours: Monday-Saturday 7AM-7PM


5675 Peachtree IndustrIal Blvd

(770) 621-0200


4C (10.5”) X 16” 26866-MCFO (7-9) Crossroads FC (nb)

Factory Rebate...... -


2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Power Windows, Power Locks, Leather, Sunroof, CD, STK#A1613... $11,395



CrossRoadsNews, July 9, 2011  

CrossRoadsNews, July 9, 2011