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The Ebony Stitchers’ “Fabrics of the World” quilting exhibit opens at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur. 8

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Nine-yearold Angela Cofer is proud of the 9-pound cabbage she grew in her grandmother’s garden. Her family has lots of plans for it. 13

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Citizens sue county over approval of biomass plant By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

Dr. Darren Harper and other opponents of Green Energy Partners’ proposed gasification plant held a news conference July 13 after filing a lawsuit to stop it.

be a manifest abuse of the zoning power and therefore illegal and void.” At a news conference Wednesday after filing the lawsuit, Dr. Darren Harper said they were forced to sue because the Board of Commissioners ignored the citizens’ concerns and approved the plant despite a litany of evidence and warnings from public and environmental health experts that the plant would spew tons of pollution into the air. “If this plant is allowed to be built, tons of fine particulate matter will enter the tiny air sacs in the lungs and cause rampant respiratory and heart disease throughout the region,” he said. “CHASE alleges that the

Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment wants the courts to overturn DeKalb County’s approval of a $60 million biomass gasification plant in Lithonia. The nonprofit group and two residents, Mildred Banks and Gerald Sanders, who live on Maddox Road near the 21-acre site of the proposed plant, filed the lawsuit on July 13 in DeKalb Superior Court. It comes a month after the DeKalb Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a special land use permit for the plant on June 14. In the lawsuit, the citizens asked the judge to declare the rezoning decision “to Please see BIOMASS, page 5

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Opposition puts RaceTrac gas station on hold Residents: Enough convenience stores on Wesley Chapel By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

Charles Peagler (from left), Joel Edwards and Helen Norris discuss the proposed RaceTrac gas station that they oppose.

A $2.5 million RaceTrac gas station and convenience store planned for a blighted corner of Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur has been put on hold. In the face of growing opposition from residents, Atlanta-based RaceTrac said Wednesday that it would not file a rezoning petition on July 14 to seek approval for the project from the Board of Commissioners in September. The company was preparing to apply to the county to remove restrictions from three of the four parcels at the corner of Snapfinger Road, opposite the KFC restaurant, to build the 5,928-square-foot store. Instead, Kathy Zickert, the company’s attorney, told residents at a July 13 community meeting that RaceTrac has put its plans on hold for now. Photos by Jennifer Ffrench Parker / CrossRoadsNews “We decided to pull RaceTrac has back a little and work sented to the community at an Aug. 1 meetcontracts to with the community,” ing at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Kathy Zickert purchase two she said. Center. abandoned Zickert said that the company will Bobbie Sanford, president of the Wesrestaurant sites become part of the community’s Livable ley Chapel Community Overlay Coalition, near two parcels Centers Initiative. which has been spearheading the LCI effort, it already owns “We are trying to be good neighbors,” she said a gas station at the corner of Wesley at the corner of said. “We own property on the street so we Chapel and Snapfinger roads does not fit in Wesley Chapel should be a part of it.” with the plans for the area. Road and Zickert said she did not know why the “Yes, those properties are blighted, but we Snapfinger Drive. company had not been involved in the LCI are working to change that,” Sanford said. before but that it now plans to participate. When Zickert contacted her last week Residents have been working on an about RaceTrac’s plans, Sanford told her LCI for the Wesley Chapel corridor and a that the community would not support it Community Improvement District for five Commission to study the corridor and cre- district for the corridor that sets architec- because it runs contrary to their vision for years. ate a mixed-use plan to guide its redevelop- tural standards for new developments and the corridor. In 2009, it got an $80,000 Livable Centers ment. renovations. Initiative grant from the Atlanta Regional The final draft of the plan will be pre- Please see RACETRAC, page 6 The county also has approved an overlay


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“We need to build a business structure so that when the grants end, there is a strong infrastructure to keep this work going.”

Tamara Jones gets White House “Champion of Change” Award rise to the challenges of the 21st century. The recognition comes to Jones for her work with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, which manages the $20 million three-year federal BetterBuildings grant that is creating energy-efficient homes and businesses and energy-related jobs under President Barack Obama’s Recovery Act. She will be honored during a 9 a.m. cerTamara Jones emony at the White House. While there, she will meet with White House officials to disHorizon oil spill. The White House “Champions of cuss her work and identify ways the federal Change” initiative profiles Americans from government might be able to help her expand all walks of life who are helping the country her ongoing community recovery efforts. Tamara Jones is going to the White House. Jones, who lives in Decatur, is being honored as a “Champion of Change” on July 19 for her work to strengthen the local economy, create jobs and help the Gulf Coast recover from the Deepwater

As director of Municipal Energy Efficiency Programs at SEEA, Jones works with 13 cities in eight Southern states. The city of Decatur, where she lives, and the city of Atlanta are grant recipients under the program. For their first-year grants, Decatur is making 40 homes more energyefficient and Atlanta’s goal is to outfit 485 homes. Jones said grant recipients seal and caulk walls, insulate attics, seal duct ceiling, and upgrade HVAC to reduce energy loss by 15 percent. During its first year, the 13 cities got $6.6

million in grant funds. They must successfully complete their programs to get more grant funds. “This grant money is seed capital,” Jones said. “We need to build a business structure so that when the grants end, there is a strong infrastructure to keep this work going.” But it is Jones’ work in New Orleans that attracted the attention of the White House. In the flood-ravaged city, Jones is using the grants as seed capital for performance-based loans. She said the city, which got $1 million from the program, leveraged another S1 million to create a $2 million loan fund.

DA and sheriff host crime tour for clergy

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Members of the clergy can learn more about the criminal justice system at the third annual Faith Leaders Day on July 21 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur. District Attorney Robert James and Sheriff Thomas Brown are hosts for the free event, which begins at 8 a.m. and includes a tour of the Thomas Brown county jail and the medical examiner’s facility. James said the observance is designed to actively engage and educate clergy members. “Faith leaders are often confronted with serious and, in some instances, life-threatening situations that involve members of their congregations,” James said. “From abuse to neglect, we want to empower our community leaders to take the proper actions for their members. Our goal is to give participants a comprehensive view of the criminal justice system and provide them with key points of contact in the event of an emergency or to answer questions.” Brown said the community outreach event is es-

Married and engaged couples as well as individuals who have a desire to be married can get a relationship checkup at the three-day “Loose the Love” conference this month at Saint Philip AME in Atlanta. Apostles Louis and Karen Greenup of Louis Greenup Ministries, also known as “The Marriage Love Doctors,” are headlining the July 22-24 conference presented by Saint Philip’s Marriage Ministry. They Louis and Karen Greenup promise a shouting, stomping, and laughing experience as they teach through Scripture how to handle God’s greatest gift of love. Louis Greenup is the  founder and overseer of the Christ the Deliverer Assembly Inc., based in Greenwell Springs, La. The ministry is dedicated to sharing the redemptive power of God to the lost, enhancing marriages and families, and strengthening ministries around the globe. The cost is $15 per person before July 17 and $19 thereafter. Saint Philip AME Church is at 240 Candler Road S.E. For more information or to register online, visit www.spcmarriageministry. com or call 404-371-0749.

pecially important during tough times. “The economic times facing our community today create a huge hardship for families that test their way of life as well as their faith.” He said faith leaders will have an opportunity to see firsthand how the criminal justice system works and Robert James gain a better understanding of how a person’s life changes in the DeKalb County Jail. “Hopefully this understanding will empower our faith leaders to better serve their members.”  Participants will be provided a light breakfast and lunch, and transportation to the various facilities also will be provided. The event includes information on the Juvenile Court point system, a Criminal Justice 101 session, and a presentation by Chief of Police William O’Brien. The DeKalb County Courthouse is at 556 N. McDonough St. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Dana Lawrence at delawrence@dekalbcountyga.gov or Ebony Phillips at eaphillips@dekalbcountyga.gov.


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“People continue to lose their jobs and walk away from their homes. They can’t afford to give government another dime.”

County hikes taxes 26 percent Judge orders mistrial, cites lawyer Property taxes in DeKalb have been hiked by 26 percent to help plug the 20 percent loss in revenue sustained by the county over the past three years. A 2011 midyear budget adjustment approved Burrell Ellis 4-3 by the DeKalb Board of Commissioners on July 12 includes a tax hike that adds $93 a year to the tax bill on the average home, eliminates an additional 250 positions, and calls for three unpaid holidays for county employees. DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis applauded the budget vote, while District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer called the 4.35-millage increase an “awful day” and a “slap in the face” of struggling taxpayers. The hike will take effect in the August property tax bills. In a statement issued July 12, Ellis said, “The majority of the Board of Commissioners stepped up to the plate and made a courageous vote to preserve the county’s ability to provide essential government services – public safety, criminal justice and infrastructure – and to rebuild our reserve fund.” Rebuilding the reserve fund is essential in maintaining a strong credit rating and in reducing costs, Ellis said. DeKalb ended last year with no reserves, and credit agencies lowered its bond rating in March. The midyear adjustment calls for an additional $23 million in spending cuts. Since 2009, the total of all spending cuts is $130 million, with a total of 696 job cuts. Boyer, one of the three commissioners who opposed the millage hike, condemned the vote. The three votes against the budget came from members of the commission’s

Budget Committee – Boyer, Lee May and Sharon Barnes Sutton. “It’s a tough, tough economy out there,” Boyer said. “People continue to lose their jobs and walk away from their homes every day. They just can’t Elaine Boyer afford to give government another dime especially when we have done nothing to tighten the belt of bloated government.” The owner of a $300,000 home with no change in value this year will see more than a $400 tax increase, Boyer said in a statement released July 12. In contrast, those who have so-called “average” homes worth $100,000 and experienced a decline in value of 24 percent will pay no tax increase. Those in the middle with homes valued at $200,000 and experiencing a 10 percent decline will likely see a tax increase of about $150.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Mark Scott ordered a mistrial in the case involving alleged home-invasion robbery crew leader Michael Blaine. Opening statements in Blaine’s trial were to begin July 13, but his attorney, Herbert Adams Jr., was not prepared. The mistrial order came after the prosecution made a motion to Herbert Adams stop the trial, citing the defense attorney’s lack of preparation, which it said would deny Blaine his right to a fair trail. A visibly upset Scott said he would hold Adams in contempt. “I’m going to prepare a complaint with the State Bar of Georgia,” he told him. Adams’ contempt of court hearing will be scheduled at a later date. Blaine is accused of orchestrating the

criminal activity of a home invasion crew that targeted wealthy individuals and homes of drug dealers. In some instances, Blaine would have a woman pose as a prostitute to distract victims and gain entry into their homes. Most of the crimes took place in Lithonia and other parts of south DeKalb County in 2005 and 2006. Blaine was indicted on 38 counts including racketeering, malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and false imprisonment. All other members of the home invasion crew have pleaded guilty. Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said the prosecution was ready to move the case forward and seek justice for the victims and their families. “It may be another year before we have the opportunity to present this case to a jury and help the families find closure in this matter,” Geary said.

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It is not the responsibility of a citizen task force to come up with a better plan.

Increasing taxes should be last – not first – resort It is counterintuitive to have the assessed value of your home remain constant while your property tax bill goes up. It is counterintuitive in the extreme to have the assessed value of your home go down – in some cases significantly – while your property tax bill goes up. Yet, many of our fellow residents are faced with this prospect, and it’s causing a great deal of distress. I attended a public meeting on this very topic recently and the concerns that were expressed by a number of our friends and neighbors were eloquent, sincere and heartfelt. One gentleman even floated the idea of a portion of the county seceding. This struck me as a little nutty; after all, this is 2011, not 1861. However, such notions are indicative of frustration that should not be taken lightly. The proposal that is on the table purports to raise property taxes by 7.27 percent to 17.55 percent. Simply stated, higher property taxes will cause a lot of pain for a lot of people, and I am opposed to that. I would not presume to speak for my fellow citizens. But, my sense is that most folks are very reasonable and realistic about our current

“More of us would be inclined to give our elected officials the benefit of the doubt if we had a sense that every other means of cost cutting had been exhausted before looking to homeowners for more money.” situation. We are aware that times are tough. We know that we are living in times of falling revenues and budgetary constraints. As a result we know that our elected officials are faced with some very difficult decisions, and as reasonable people we are sympathetic to that. But, leadership is about making difficult decisions. Raising property taxes should be an absolute last resort. More of us would be inclined to give our elected officials the benefit of the doubt if we had a sense that every other means of cost cutting had been exhausted before looking to homeowners for more money. For example, have budgets for travel, staff and other expenses for county commissioners been cut? Have department budgets been looked at for potential reductions or other efficiency measures? Have non-performing employees – and every organization has them – been moved out? Are there

even means for doing so? Or have we turned work in county government into a parking place for the incompetent friends and relatives of elected officials? Are our procurement processes state-of-the-art? Or is doing business with the county simply a repository for sweetheart deals for friends and cronies? I’m not naive enough to think that we can ever completely do away with political patronage. I’m just wondering how pervasive it is in our county. Have we looked at cutting back on some county services? For example, can residents live with garbage pickup once a week as opposed to twice a week? Maybe our county government should focus on those things that are essential such as public safety and fiscal stability. And disengage from things that are nice to have but not essential. There are a number of sensible

ideas that should at least be considered if not tested before we default to socking it to homeowners. Can we at least look at some of them? In addition to considering the short-term impact of a potential property tax increase, we should also consider the broader implications. As we compete with other metro counties and around the country, we should be looking for ways to make our county more attractive for potential new residents and potential new businesses. Raising property taxes will certainly serve as a deterrent to that. We have to find the balance between austerity measures that are necessary with investments in those things that will help secure a prosperous future. I am confident that most citizens will support these efforts, provided our government demonstrates it supports us. For our leaders my message is simple: Show us that you are responsible stewards of our money before asking us to give more. None of this will be easy. But, whoever said it was supposed to be? Steve Bradshaw lives in Clarkston. He has lived in DeKalb County for more than 18 years.

We need to elect people who can lead Administration The article titled “Residents irked “I don’t know many people who over inaction on code enforcement” [July 9, 2011] reminded me of an have the luxury of a job for four years axiom: Doing the same thing over to serve a community, find every and over and expecting a different reason not to meet the needs of the result is insanity. I believe the residents of south- community, and then get re-elected.” Jerry Wyatt east DeKalb are reasonably intelligent people and voters. However, when we choose our elected representatives in these big issues at the same time.” When I moved to DeKalb over 30 years my view we fall short in really understanding ago, there were two Negro commissioners and what we are doing. I have personally seen how selectively code the chief executive officer and chairman of the enforcement has been politically applied in Board of Commissioners were Caucasians. During those early years, DeKalb was where DeKalb, so I do understand the political implicamiddle-class Negroes wanted to live because the tions of code enforcement in the county. The concerns expressed by community lead- quality of life represented what we desired to ers regarding the inability of the BOC to give rear our families. Today that is not the case. Many middlequality-of-life issues top priority is confusing to me. Confusing because it is these influential class Negroes have chosen to leave DeKalb and community leaders and homeowner association the quality of life in DeKalb is not acceptable to leaders who are supporters of the people elected anyone but the DeKalb BOC. This writer believes that it is important that and re-elected to represent their communities. Mr. Joe Arrington of the Advisory Council the voters make sure during upcoming elections for Code Enforcement said, “We’ve been at this that we elect new BOC members who are able to for 10 years.” Mr. Joel Edwards said one burned- deal with many major issues in the county, with out house has existed for seven years, and Mr. quality of life near the top of the list. The new BOC members must not shrink Gil Turman commented “there is intentional from necessary candor and toughness in addelay and it’s political.” Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, who dressing the direction in which we must move chairs the county Operations and Public Safety in order to make DeKalb the destination for Committee, said she cannot predict when the quality of life, business, education, arts and citizens’ proposal will come up for a committee entertainment. I don’t know many people who have the vote; she will not be pressured into pushing it to meet others’ timetables; and she was angered luxury of a job for four years to serve a commuby the suggestion the ordinance is languishing nity, find every reason not to meet the needs of the community, and then get re-elected. There is in her committee. CEO Burrell Ellis suggested another task no alternative than to elect new BOC members force directed by former Commissioner Con- who will be able to manage the complex issues nie Stokes. Commissioner Larry Johnson stated of our county – individuals who are determined there will be cost for training members and to address the complex, technical and strateadministrative staff would have to be tied to the gic aspects of our county government and its group and the commission must take a holistic citizens with the legitimacy and effectiveness of restoring faith in our elected BOC representaapproach to fix whatever is not working. Mr. Johnson also commented, “We don’t tives and DeKalb County government. Jerry Wyatt lives in Lithonia. have the luxury to be able to deal with all of

should enforce county’s codes

“Residents irked over inaction on code enforcement” was an excellent article. It is indeed true and depicts well the frustration of many southside residents. Not only are many neighborhoods looking bad, but so are the medians and the grounds around public areas. It is not the responsibility of a citizen task force to come up with a better plan. If code enforcement needs to be improved, it is up to the administration to do so. It is up to the CEO to make sure that each department is productive and functioning well. Citizens can make suggestions. I don’t feel that the Board of Commissioners should be responsible for any new ordinances. After they are revised by the CEO and his staff, then they should be brought to the BOC. There are some very simple things that would improve code enforcement’s productivity, among them a shorter time for visit and compliance. While trying to change the entire process, change those things that can be justifiably changed with an executive decision. Let’s tell the CEO he is getting paid to oversee the daily operation of the county, just like Chief [William] O’Brien is responsible for the operation of the Police Department. The Board of Commissioners is charged with bringing DeKalb citizens’ concerns to the appropriate people. CEO [Burrell] Ellis should talk to Eldrin Bell in Clayton County and see how he did it. But, if the CEO in almost three years will not or cannot produce a Reorganization Plan and the Board of Commissioners is forced to vote on a budget with a tax increase, it is obvious we are the victims of an administration with poor planning and limited knowledge or concern to improve our county. A. Jean Richardson lives in Decatur.

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“They didn’t feel it was important to discuss. Their minds were already made up.”

Lawsuit: Commissioners violated ordinances to approve plant BIOMASS,

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public health and environmental impact were not adequately addressed in granting this permit.” Dr. Jewel Crawford, a CHASE coordinator, called biomass gasification “a racket.” “It’s a gimmick invented by those people to get public funds for dirty plants that will sicken us,” she said. Crawford, who is a medical doctor, said that high rates of cancer and asthma follow the operation of such plants. “We are calling this environmental racism even though these commissioners were African-Americans,” she said, “They were not acting in the interest of African-American people.” DeKalb CEO spokesman Burke Brennan could not confirm Thursday whether the county had yet received the lawsuit. “In either case, we would not be at liberty to discuss the merits of pending litigation,” he said. DeKalb Commissioner Lee May, who sponsored Green Energy Partners’ special land use permit application, said he had not seen the lawsuit. “It’s every individual’s right to sue,” he said. “If we had voted against it, Lee May I am sure the developers would be suing now, too.” The gasification plant will be located in Commission District 5, which May represents. He said he voted for what was in the best interest of the county. “If a citizen doesn’t agree with us, every citizen has the right to go to a court of law,” he said. “I don’t knock their right to sue – let

“We are calling this environmental racism even though these commissioners were African-Americans. They were not acting in the interest of African-American people.” Dr. Jewel Crawford, a CHASE coordinator

the courts figure it out.” In the lawsuit, the citizens argue that the special land use permit should be overturned because the Board of Commissioners: n Engaged in contract zoning; n Violated its own zoning ordinances that govern the handling of a solid-waste facility and allocation of parking spaces; n Violated Georgia’s Development of Regional Impact procedures; and n Violated the state’s Open Meetings Law. The citizens said the Board of Commissioners engaged in contract zoning, which is illegal in Georgia, when it signed a contract with Green Energy Partners on July 13, 2010, then voted to give it a permit to open the plant 11 months later. Under the contract, the county will sell 40,000 tons of debris annually to Green Energy Partners for 20 years. Green Energy has the option of extending the contract up to 30 years. It will pay the county $200,000 a year. Under the terms, the Athens-based company can terminate the contract within 24 months if it does not secure all necessary permits and approvals to build the plant and generate electricity. The citizens said that the county had a financial incentive to approve the rezoning. “It was in a position to lose a financial deal worth at least $4 million over 20 years

to the county if it denied the rezoning,” the lawsuit said. “Pursuant to the contract, DeKalb County put itself in the position where it would have to vote against its financial interest in denying the special land use permit application. Unsurprisingly, it did not do so, and the special land use permit was approved.” The lawsuit also said that the Green Energy plant was both a solid-waste handling facility and a utility generation facility that burns wood to produce electricity. “Under state law, a local government cannot take any action regarding a Development of Regional Impact until the DRI review procedures are completed,” it said. “Green Energy Partners did not request nor was it granted a special land use permit for a solid-waste handling facility or a solidwaste thermal treatment technology facility,” the lawsuit said. “Failure to comply with the county’s own zoning ordinance renders the zoning decision void.” The lawsuit also said that the county approved only 10 off-street parking spaces for the plant when its zoning ordinance requires 40 parking spaces for a 79,710-square-foot plant. On the violation of the Open Meetings Law, the citizens said that because the Green Energy special land use permit application was not placed on the published agenda for

the June 14 meeting, citizens were uncertain as to whether the application would or would not be considered at the June 14 Board of Commissioners hearing. “The plaintiffs’ and other citizens’ due process rights to fair notice were violated by the deletion of the application items from the agenda and the addition of the items at the meeting,” it said. “The plaintiffs and citizens were not given fair notice that the decision was going to be made.” Crawford said that residents don’t want a biomass plant, which are being rejected by communities across the country. “We want the EPD to know that we don’t want it,” Crawford said. “We have all this sunshine – why don’t they go to a clean solar energy.” Green Energy must get an air emission permit from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division before it can begin construction. John Evans, president of the DeKalb NAACP, said that he is supporting the lawsuit because the Board of Commissioners totally ignored the thousands of names on a petition opposing the plant. John Evans “They paid no attention,” he said. “Hundreds of residents came to the meeting to say we don’t want it. You should stop and listen. We are concerned that they disregarded the community.” Evans said that the commissioners did not even discuss the application before voting on it on June 14. “They didn’t feel it was important to discuss,” he said. “Their minds were already made up. They followed the leadership of one commissioner and voted.”

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“I don’t care how pretty you make it. That service station is still a gas station, and we don’t need another gas station on Wesley Chapel Road.”

Classes explore HUD funds Job, education fair at New Life The fair is co-sponsored by the Georgia A job and education fair on July 21 at disability issues upgrades for the New Life Community Center in Decatur Department of Labor’s DeKalb Career Cenwill feature about 40 employers, educational ter. Employers and institutions expected to participate include colleges and universities, and resource agencies. DeKalb residents living with a disabilpublic housing institutions Job seekers who attend the fair, from 10 DeKalb County government, banks and techity can attend free courses on a wide range DeKalb Housing Authority has received more than $900,000 from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. Donovan awarded $71,835,353 to public housing authorities in Georgia on July 12. DeKalb received $952,585; the city Decatur housing authority was awarded $415,071;and the city of Lithonia housing authority received $96,929. Donovan awarded more than $1.9 billion to public housing authorities in all 50 states. HUD’s Capital Fund Program provides annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/ or modernize public housing in their communities. This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems. HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings Jr. said the funding will help housing authorities address longstanding capital improvements but it only scratches the surface of need. “Housing Authorities need nearly $26 billion to keep these homes safe and decent for families, but given our budget realities, we must find other, innovative ways to confront the decline of our public housing stock,” Jennings said. Earlier this month, HUD released a study that updated the estimate of capital needs in the nation’s public housing stock. The study found the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units are facing an estimated $25.6 billion in much-needed, large-scale repairs.  For more information, visit www. HUD.gov.

a.m. to 2 p.m., should bring multiple copies of their resumes and be prepared to fill out company applications and interview for available jobs. Some employers will be hiring, while others will be discussing possible future employment opportunities.

nology companies. It is open to the public and free to employers. The New Life Center is at 3592 Flat Shoals Road. For more information or to register as employers, contact Willie Glenn at willie. glenn@dol.state.ga.us or 404-298-3970.

Seminar offers OSHA updates Business owners can get updates on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration at a July 21 “Brown Bag Seminar” at the Maloof Auditorium. The free workshop, which is hosted by the DeKalb County Department of Purchasing and Contracting, Contract Compliance Division, takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Participants will learn about the OSHA standards, compliance, and the top 10 OSHA violations. The Maloof Auditorium is at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. To register for the seminar, e-mail contract@dekalbcountyga. gov, fax to 404-371-2511, or visit www.july 2011brownbag.eventbrite.com.

Atlanta-based company has not abandoned project RACETRAC,

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The new prototype emphasizes its convenience store, with outside seating and 3,000-squarefoot shopping space.

Cindy Erfurt, RaceTrac’s project manager, said they were planning to build their new prototype store that places heavy emphasis on its convenience store. The model includes outside seating and a 3,000-square-foot convenience store that sells sandwiches, fresh fruit and frozen yogurt. “We are very proud of our new prototype,” she said. “It’s a great-looking building with great archiCindy Erfurt tectural features.” Charles Peagler, chairman of the District  3 Community Council, said Wesley Chapel Road has too many gas stations and residents don’t want more. Residents

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don’t want a gas station becoming the anchor of the community’s overlay district, he said. “I don’t care how pretty you make it,” Peagler said. “That service station is still a gas station, and we don’t need another gas station on Wesley Chapel

Road.” RaceTrac’s two DeKalb County stores are located in South DeKalb, on Covington Highway and Glenwood Road in Decatur and at Union Grove Road and Turner Hill Road in Lithonia. Erfurt said one of the new prototype stores will be built at the corner of Covington Highway and Redan Road in Lithonia. Others are planned for Acworth, Gainesville, Douglasville and Dawsonville. The company, which promotes itself as a low-price leader on gasoline prices, has 300 company-owned RaceTrac and franchise-owned RaceWays stores across the Southeast. It competes aggressively with QuikTrip, which has a store about half a mile away at the corner of Wesley Chapel and Rainbow Drive. There are three other gas stations – a Shell, Exxon and Chevron – before getting to the QuikTrip.

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“We are inundated with service stations,” said Peagler, who lives in the Kings Ridge subdivision on South Hairston Road. “From my house, I can get to five gas stations within three minutes. If I am running out of gas, it’s because I am stupid.” RaceTrac is no stranger to the corner. It operated a gas station there for years, but it was condemned by Georgia Department of Transportation to make way for the widening of Wesley Chapel Road that began in 2004. Erfurt said the company purchased the property back from DOT to combine it with an adjoining parcel it owns. It also has contracts to purchase the two abandoned restaurant sites next to it. Together, the four parcels give it three acres to build the new gas station and convenience store. While the parcels are all zoned commercial, three of them have conditions that prohibit the operation of a gas station. To proceed with the project, RaceTrac needs to have the conditions removed and has to apply to the county. While the company is halting the project for now, it has not abandoned it. Zickert said the company owns two parcels and its only business is operating gas stations. “We are going to slow this down and try to work with you,” she said.

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More than 12,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in the Union victory.

Colorful quilt exhibition to weave history, artistry in fabric The Ebony Stitchers Quilt Guild will show their “Fabrics of the World” at a July 21-24 quilt exhibit at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur. The exhibit weaves history and artistry and will feature quilting classes, workshops and lectures. At the July 21 opening reception, which begins at 6:30 p.m., patrons also will get refreshments. Tickets are $12. Guest speakers are Lynn Linnemeier of “The Journey Quilt Project” and the National Black Arts Festival; Lynn Linnemeier Dr. Mary Arnold Twining Baird, a professional quilt historian and folklorist; and Dr. Deborah Grayson, a professional fiber artist and doll maker.

Linnemeier, a self-described “visual mythologist,” re-imagines historical incidents using photography, painting, oral histories, and primary source documents to tell the stories of people in communities. “The Quilt Journey Project” uses memory to create permanent site-specific installations for the community that include documents, oral histories, and photographs. Ebony Stitchers’ founder Belinda Pedroso said she is very proud that the exhibition is in DeKalb and 100 percent funded by the community. For the past five years, Pedroso has promoted the quilt exhibition in DeKalb. Spider Quilt, above, will be on display during Exhibition hours are noon to 8 p.m. July the July 21-24 “Fabrics of the World” exhibit. 22-23 and noon to 5 p.m. July 24; the exhibition is free to the public. The cost varies for Twining Baird, an anthropologist, owns the classes. a collection of historical quilts representLectures and workshops include Ining the culture of the Georgia Sea Islands.  troduction to World Fabrics with Lynette

Library highlights diverse populace Residents can celebrate the many cultures of DeKalb’s diverse community at “One County – Many Voices” programs this month at DeKalb Public Library branches. The programs are held in conjunction with the Organization of DeKalb Educators. Flamenco Dance and Stories, which takes place on July 18, includes a reading of “The Story of Ferdinand” written by Munro Leaf. The program also features a flamenco dance performance and a free dance lesson for the family. The 6:30-to-7:30 p.m. event takes place at the Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library, 952 Leon St. in Stone Mountain. For more information, call 770-413-2020. On July 23, America Through Music features singer/pianist Amy Wilson, who has mined the Great American Songbook, entertaining audiences with her eclectic blend of torch songs, boogie-woogie, swing and even a touch of Patsy Cline. Wilson celebrates patriotism through inspirational music and songs. The one-hour event begins at 2 p.m. at the Doraville Library, 3748 Central Ave.

Jackson at noon on July 22; Marketing Your Business with Orlando Scott at 6:30 p.m. on July 22; and Documenting Your Quilt and Quilt Appraisals with Nancy Franklin at 2 p.m. on July 24. Classes include Decor Fabric Boxes and Purses with Carolyn Newton at 10 a.m. on July 22; Crochet by Numbers with Todd Paschall at 10 a.m. on July 22; Fabric Collage with Linc Bennett at 10 a.m. on July 23; Quilting Circles to Squares; Squares to Circles with Ray Barreras at 2 p.m. on July 23; and Dyeing Fabric with Claudia Woods at 2 p.m. on July 23. Regina Carter will present long-arm quilting demonstrations July 22-24 (registration required but demonstrations are free). The Sanford Center is at 3181 Rainbow Drive. For more information and to register, visit www.ebonystitchersquiltguild.orga.

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A flamenco dance performance will take place at the Sue Kellogg Library on July 18.

in Doraville. For more information, call 770-936-3852. For a list of “Diversity in DeKalb” events, pick up a program schedule at your local branch or visit dekalblibrary.org.

historic Battle of Atlanta, Children, families and which was fought on July Civil War buffs can learn 22, 1864. more about the War BeConfederate troops tween the States this weekwere led by Gen. John end at the Atlanta CycloB. Hood, and Maj. Gen. rama & Civil War Museum William T. Sherman led at programs that mark the the Union troops. More war’s 150th anniversary. than 12,000 soldiers were On July 16, the mukilled, wounded or missseum, located in Grant ing in the Union victory. Park, is hosting “UnderThe Cyclorama offers a standing the Civil War,” Robert Scott Davis will lecture on his panorama of the battle. an entire day of children’s new book, “Civil War Atlanta.” Featured author Robprogramming. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be storytelling, Civil ert Scott Davis will lecture on his new book, War re-enactments, singers and dancers, face “Civil War Atlanta,” published in March. Davis tells the story of the devastation that befell painting, and a photo booth. Civil War educators will teach young Atlanta, the Union occupation, and how the people and their families the games and “Gate City” was reborn from the ashes. There is limited seating for the event, pastimes of the era. Most activities will be in the park and which is free and open to the public. The weekend‘s events are part of a fourare free. For indoor activities, regular fees apply: $10 for adults and $8 for children 4 year-long American Civil War Program Seto 12 and seniors 65 and up; children 3 and ries by the city of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the museum. under get in free. The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War On July 17, the Atlanta Cyclorama, in partnership with the BATL Organization, Museum is at 800 Cherokee Ave. S.E., next will host an author talk and book signing to Zoo Atlanta. For more information, visit beginning at 7 p.m. in the auditorium to www.atlantacyclorama.org or call 404-658commemorate the 147th anniversary of the 7625.


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July 16, 2011

The Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program is a workplace-organized fitness promotion.

Proper precaution needed to combat soaring temperatures All Georgians – particularly children, the elderly and residents with asthma – are urged to use caution in extreme heat this week. The Georgia Department of Public Health issued an alert on July 12 when the heat index was expected to reach over 105 degrees. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for much of central and portions of North Georgia earlier in the week. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, state health officer and the commissioner of the Department of Public Health, said all residents should exercise caution. “Everyone should take proper precautions to stay safe in this extreme heat by staying hydrated and wearing protective clothing,” she said. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat causes about 400 deaths across the nation each year. Children and Brenda Fitzgerald the elderly are particularly at risk during such high temperatures and should be monitored closely.” The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for metro Atlanta, which means air pollution may be unhealthy for some people, particularly children, the elderly and those with asthma. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of medical conditions that can occur as a result of heat, state public health officials said. Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy

sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; a weak pulse; and possible fainting and vomiting. Heatstroke is a severe medical emergency that occurs when the body temperature reaches 106 degrees or higher. Symptoms include hot, dry skin; rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness. Summon immediate emergency medical assistance. The Department of Public Health urges Georgians to follow these tips to stay safe in extreme heat:  Stay hydrated. When working outside, drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty, and take rest breaks in the shade. Avoid alcoholic beverages or those containing caffeine as they cause dehydration. Stay cool indoors. The best way to beat the heat is to stay in an air-conditioned area. Finding a place to cool down, at least temporarily, can provide some relief and allow a person’s body to recover from higher temperatures. If you don’t have an air conditioner, go to a shopping mall or public building for a few hours. Avoid sun exposure. Reduce exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when ultraviolet – or UV – rays are strongest, and keep physical activities to a minimum during that time. Use a buddy system. Check on your friends, family and the elderly. Monitor elderly neighbors and relatives often to watch for signs of heat-related stress. The elderly population and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to suffer from extreme and prolonged exposure to heat. When working or playing outside, drink plenty of water even if For more information, visit www.health.state.ga.us. you are not thirsty, and take rest breaks in the shade.

Olympian Jeff Galloway and Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd will cheer on participants in the kickoff for the KP run/walk.

Decatur kicks off fitness program Get Active! Atlanta Kickoff is coming to the city of Decatur for the KP Corporate Run/Walk on July 28. The from 6 to 8 p.m. event is cohosted by and Team Decatur. Mayor Bill Floyd, race director and Olympian Jeff Galloway, and local singer/songwriter Morgan Rowe will be in attendance at the free, public event on the Old Courthouse Square in downtown Decatur. A Health and Fitness Expo will offer information on getting and keeping fit. THere will be prize drawings and information on registering for the run/walk.

Prizes include gift certificates for local fitness businesses, personal training, swim lessons and a free beach retreat weekend with Galloway on the Florida Panhandle. The Corporate Run/Walk will be held Sept. 8 in downtown Atlanta. The KP Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program encourages a physically fit lifestyle for everyone, from walkers to joggers to competitive runners. The program includes weekly fitness tips and training schedules for walkers and runners. For more information, visit www .decaturga.com/teamdecatur.

Change up workout for summer Walking or jogging on the beach in surf between the ankles and knees, creates resistance to make the activity more challenging.

Summertime offers a fresh opportunity to get fit, says TOPS, the nonprofit weightloss support group. TOPS physical fitness expert Amy Goldwater, a former bodybuilding champion, said changing up your fitness routine may help keep you motivated.  “No single exercise Amy Goldwater can universally meet the needs of all people,” Goldwater said. “We all have various levels of skill, motivation and fitness. It’s important to choose activities that fit your interest and capabilities.” Goldwater, a health and physical education instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College, said fitness practices don’t always have to be organized activities. A day at the beach offers a wide variety of exercise opportunities that participants might not have considered. For example, shoveling sand to make a sand castle can be great exercise. “Picking up rocks and shells will work the lower back, hamstrings and quadriceps,” Goldwater said. “A carefree game of keepaway or tag is ideal to increase the heart rate. “Simply walking or running on the sand can give the body a workout as the unstable nature of this surface means the body has to work hard to balance – resulting in more calories burned and a great workout for core muscles. Sand workouts are also easier on the joints, making them less prone to injury or strain.” Waterside activities that require little or no previous training include beach football – a great workout for the legs and buttocks; Frisbee – burns calories, works the upper back and arm muscles, and provides good

cardiovascular conditioning if running is involved; volleyball – ideal for arms, legs, and core muscles; and water walking or jogging – a great warm-up or workout. Walk or jog along the edge of the water with the water level between ankle and knee height. The water adds resistance and makes the activity more challenging. You can refresh your fitness plan with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities such as bench stepping and water exercise (in the pool), which provide cardio and resistance workouts without creating excessive wear and tear on joints and muscles. Bench stepping involves stepping on and off a low bench (4 to 8 inches high) and combines the cardio intensity of running with the gentleness of walking. Moving the arms will increase the intensity. The force of the impact from bench stepping is about the same as the impact from walking. Aquatic exercise, including swimming, water walking or running, can be suitable for all people regardless of their level of swimming skill. Water exercise can improve aerobic capacity, muscular strength and flexibility. Goldwater, co-author of TOPS’ lifestyle guide “The Choice Is Mine,” said it’s OK to be creative where exercise is concerned. Many physical activities not only lead to increased fitness but also allow for individual expression. “Even though there seem to be fewer ways to catch a pass or hit a tennis ball than there are ways to dance or move to music, the opportunity for creativity exists in all activities,” she said. “Exercise and staying in shape can develop more than just your muscles.” For more information, visit Take Off Pounds Sensibly at www.tops.org.


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Lead exposure can cause reduced IQ, developmental delays, and behavioral problems in young children.

Transitional plan offers coverage for pre-existing conditions Residents with pre-existing medical conditions have another option for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act – the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. This transitional government program is available now for children and adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia who have been locked out of the health insurance market because of a pre-existing condition. In 2014, Americans – regardless of their health status – will have access to affordable health insurance when the nation transitions to a new marketplace.

Typically, these are people under age 65 who have no employer group health insurance. They have too much income to qualify for Medicaid and are not yet eligible for Medicare. And, they have not been able to buy an individual health insurance policy. Under this new program, they will receive health coverage for a wide range of medical benefits including physician’s services, hospital care, and prescription drugs. All covered benefits are available to them – even to treat a pre-existing condition. They won’t be charged a higher premium because of

their medical conditions and eligibility is not based on income. As with standard health insurance plans, a monthly premium, a deductible, and some cost-sharing expenses are required. Premiums may vary depending on where you live, your age, and which health plan you choose. To qualify, you must be a citizen of the United States or residing here legally, have been uninsured for at least six months before applying, and have a pre-existing condition or have been denied insurance coverage be-

cause of your health condition. Each state may use different methods to determine whether you have a pre-existing condition and whether you have been denied health coverage. To find out more about the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, including eligibility, plan benefits and rates and how to apply, visit www.pcip.gov, click on Find Your State, and select your state from a map of the United States or from a dropdown menu for details. You also can contact the Call Center at 1-866-717-5826 (TTY 1-866-561-1604 for the hearing impaired).

Workers must use lead-safe practices when renovating older homes Contractors, property managers, and other construction workers in Georgia must undergo training and use lead-safe work practices when painting, repairing and renovating homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978. Lead poisoning is the No. 1 preventable childhood disease in the United States, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a new federal rule seeks to minimize the risk of lead exposure. On July 5, the state of Georgia received authorization to administer and enforce the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program. State Attorney General Sam Olens has certified that Georgia’s program, which will

Gwen Keyes Fleming, adminbe administered by the state’s Enistrator for EPA Region 4, said vironmental Protection Division, the agency appreciates the state’s is at least as protective as EPA’s leadership in protecting kids from and provides adequate enforceexposure to lead-based paint. ment, the EPD said in a statement “Because lead exposure can issued July 7. cause permanent, serious, lifelong The RRP program mandates problems, renovators and rental that contractors, property managproperty owners play a big role ers and others working for compensation also must provide the Gwen Keyes Fleming part in shielding children from its lead pamphlet “Renovate Right: Important impact in their homes,” she said. Lead-contaminated dust is the most sigLead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools” to owners and nificant source of lead exposure for children. occupants before starting renovation work. Common renovation activities like sanding, The target of the rule is the dust created cutting and demolition can create hazardous during traditional renovations and repairs in lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based older homes. If that dust contains lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. paint, it is poisonous.

Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978. Lead exposure can cause reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and behavioral problems in young children. For more information on protecting your family from lead-based paint and on EPA’s lead program, visit www.epa.gov/lead or call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323). For more information about Georgia’s new program, including information on applying for certification or locating training, contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Lead-based Paint and Asbestos Program at 404-363-7026 or visit www.gaepd.org.

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This is the second time in two years that a Lady Jacket was selected to represent Atlanta in the softball tournament.

NBA teams draft four former DeKalb high school players Four former DeKalb basketball players, who were stars in high school and college, have been drafted by four National Basketball Association teams. NBA teams drafted former Columbia Eagles guard/forward Travis Leslie; former Dunwoody Wildcats small forward Chris Singleton; former Tucker Tigers shooting guard/small forward Marshon Brooks; and former Stone Mountain Pirates point guard Andrew Goudelock. Singleton was the first DeKalb alum to get drafted June 23. The former Florida State Seminoles player went 18th overall to the Washington Wizards. Singleton, a two-time All-ACC First Team player and two-time All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2010-11), led the Seminoles in scoring and rebounding during 2011 with 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He was a Class AAA All-State selection as a senior at Dunwoody as he led the Wildcats to a 27-4 record while averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4.7

Marshon Brooks

Andrew Goudelock

blocks per game. Brooks also was selected in the first round as the 25th overall pick to the Boston Celtics. The former Providence College star was later traded to the New Jersey Nets in a draft day deal. Brooks earned All-Big East and Third Team All-America honors in 2011 after ranking nationally in scoring at a 24.63-point clip. He scored a Big East record of 52 points in a win against Notre Dame in 2011 and was the only player in the nation to average 24 points and 7 rebounds. Brooks averaged 20.1

Travis Leslie

Chris Singleton

points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds during his All-State senior season at Tucker. The Tigers finished 31-2 and as the Class AAAA state champions in 2007. Goudelock heard his name called in the second round of the draft. The former College of Charleston player was selected 46th overall – 16th of the second round – by the Los Angeles Lakers. Goudelock became the all-time leading scorer for the College of Charleston as he completed his career with 2,571 points. He led the Southern Conference with a 23.7

Southwest DeKalb High’s girls track team, honored by the DeKalb School Board in June, also won the Class AAAA championship in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Browns Mill star headed to softball tournament Markea Shepphard, a member of the 18U Browns Mill Lady Jackets, will represent Atlanta in the July 21-24 Returning Baseball to Inner Cities softball tournament in Vero Beach, Fla. This is the second time in two years that a Lady Jacket was selected to represent Atlanta in the tournament. The winner of the regional tournament will be flown to the World Se- Markea Shepphard will represent ries in Minnesota with Atlanta in the July 21-24 tourney. all expenses paid to the Major League Baseball-sponsored event. Shepphard, a Newton County High School graduate, will be attending Claflin University on a full scholarship in the fall. The Browns Mill Lady Jackets are a competitive traveling Fast Pitch Softball team. The team is associated with the Browns Mill Civic and Athletic Association in Lithonia.

points per game average while adding 4.2 assists on his way to becoming the first College of Charleston male athlete to be named the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 2011. He also earned his third consecutive All-Southern Conference First Team honors in 2011. Leslie followed Goudelock as the 47th pick overall going to the Los Angeles Clippers. The former University of Georgia Bulldog finished his career with 1,099 points, 551 rebounds, 191 assists and 104 steals and was named to the Coaches All-SEC Second Team in 2011. He averaged 14.4 points, 7.18 rebounds and 2.84 assists in 2011 as he helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament. Leslie was named The Atlanta JournalConstitution’s Class AAAA Player of the Year in 2008 as he led the Columbia Eagles to the Class AAAA state title while averaging 21.3 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

Lady Panthers honored as state champs The Southwest DeKalb High School Girls Track & Field Team was honored at the June 13 DeKalb School Board meeting for winning the Class AAAA state championship. The Lady Panthers won their fourth state championship in the past five seasons on May 14 at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. The team nabbed the championship with a 68-32 victory over Henry County’s Dutchtown High School and Columbia County’s Lakeside-Evans High School. The Lady Panthers trailed Lakeside-Evans 32-28 after the field events and 3,200-meter run. Morgan Snow, a 2011 graduate, put Southwest in contention with a gold medal finish in the triple jump with a leap of 38’-10.00”. Kenya Wheeler got silver in the shot put with a toss of 42’-7.00” to

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help account for eight more points on the second day. On the final day of competition, the Lady Panthers 400-meter relay team ran a 47.140 to capture the gold medal and catapult the team into the lead over Lakeside-Evans at 38-32. Silver medal finishes by Snow in the 100-meter dash (11.98) and 100-meter intermediate hurdles (13.75) and Greciana Cooper in the 800-meter run (2:19.18) had pushed the lead out to 68-32 to seal the victory. Snow finished the meet as the third highest scorer in all classes with 28.5 points coming in the 100-meter dash (8), 100-meter hurdles (8), triple jump (10) and 400-meter relay (2.5). The Lady Panthers won the Class AAAA championship in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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Youth

“I want to give her a round of thanks because we’re in a situation and we appreciate what you’ve done.”

9-year-old grows nine-pound cabbage in backyard garden Angela Cofer holds the cabbage she grew from a seedling provided by her teacher at Rainbow Elementary. She wants to plant fruit and veggies next spring.

It’s a good thing that Angela Cofer loves to eat cabbage. Last week, the 9-year-old harvested the cabbage she planted as a seedling last spring in her grandparents’ garden. About the size of a large newborn baby, the first vegetable she had ever planted weighed in at 9 pounds, 14 ounces. “It’s extremely dense and heavy,” said Angela’s grandmother, Joan Walker of Decatur. “We know that when [her parents] cut into it they will have to have a very big knife.” Angela says her family will cook some of the cabbage and share the rest with their relatives. The Walkers plan to make coleslaw with their portion. Next spring, Angela hopes to plant other fruits and vegetables. “I really want to plant strawberries, blueberries, grapes, pineapples, oranges and green apples,” she said. Angela said her third-grade teacher at Rainbow Elementary School, Adrienne Ollerenshaw, gave her the cabbage seedling as part of a school project. She planted it last April with the help of her grandfather, Abraham Walker, who showed her how to spread its roots, add a little fertilizer, and water it daily until its roots had taken strong hold. Yes, you have to do those things, Angela said. But ask what she did to produce such a colossal cabbage and it’s none of the above. “What I really did,” she said, “was I loved on it.”

Parent Resource Tyson’s contract as interim superintendent extended place, Tyson will begin her role as the School Board on March 3. Superintendent Ramona Centers are open TysonInterim District 3 board member Sarah Copelindeputy superintendent. will stay on the job for anParents and students can visit the DeKalb Schools’ Parent Resource Centers during the summer. The centers will operate on summer hours through July 31. The centers are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Fridays. Regular operating hours resume Aug. 1. The centers are designed to empower parents to help their children reach their full potential. The centers’ resources are focused on instruction, economics, health, and cultural awareness for students in grades prekindergarten through 12. Computers are available for use by parents, and parents can borrow materials from the centers’ lending libraries. Parent Resource Centers are located at McLendon Elementary School, Cedar Grove Middle School, Chapel Hill Middle School, Columbia Middle School, McNair Middle School and Towers High School in Decatur; Jolly Elementary School in Clarkston; Fairington Elementary School in Lithonia; and E. L. Miller Elementary School in Stone Mountain. For more information, visit www .dekalb.k12.ga.us.

School Board Chairman Tom other three months. Bowen said the superintendent The DeKalb School Board search continues. voted unanimously on June 28 to “We’re still looking at candiapprove the extension of Tyson’s dates,” he said. contract as interim superintendent Bowen said the board wants to from July 1 to Sept. 30. have a permanent superintendent in No changes were made to her Ramona Tyson place before the Southern Associasalary of $240,000. The board also voted to extend Tyson’s tion of Colleges and Schools normal review contract as deputy superintendent from July of the district’s accreditation in October. Finding a superintendent was one of the 1, 2012, to Oct. 1, 2012. Once a permanent superintendent is in eight recommendations SACS presented to

Wood thanked Tyson for “bearing” with the board during the superintendent search. “She didn’t have to do it but she did,” Copelin-Wood said. “I want to give her a round of thanks because we’re in a situation and we appreciate what you’ve done.” Tyson was appointed to her current post on Feb. 25, in the wake of the sudden departure of former Superintendent Crawford Lewis amid a grand jury investigation into the district’s construction program.

Vaccinations, screenings for school now available Students entering day care or public or private school in DeKalb County or the city of Decatur must submit the Georgia immunization form 3231 and Georgia screening form 3300. Students entering college, public or private, should check the institution’s immunization requirements. Vaccinations and screenings are available at all four county Board of Health centers. Immunization records should be taken to the health center or to the doctor. The county health centers are open Mon-

day through Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. All centers will have extended hours until 7 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 8-10. Extended hours for dental services will be available on Aug. 2, 3, 8 and 9 only, at the Central and North centers. The fees are as follows: immunizations – cost varies by immunization; vision screening – $10; hearing screening – $10; and dental screening – $10. Payment for health services may be made by cash, a debit/credit card or a check drawn on a Georgia bank. Medicaid

Redan High graduate honored as Du Bois Scholar Hall with Atlanta City Council Redan High graduate Kevin members, and a “Conversation on Smith was one of six metro stuRace” with former NPR correspondents honored by the W.E.B. Du dent Charlayne Hunter-Gault at Bois Society Scholars program for Morehouse College. academic achievement. The Du Bois Society Scholars The program celebrated their program celebrates, rewards and success during the Du Bois Scholars recognizes the academic excellence Program Recognition Week, June of African-American students. 6-10. Kevin Smith Etienne R. LeGrand, the sociThe students were recognized in community forums and had an opportunity ety’s president and co-founder, said: “It is to engage with some of Georgia’s leaders, important to spotlight students who comincluding an “up close and personal” with pete aggressively in the classroom to the same Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, lunch at City extent that we spotlight those who compete

aggressively in other arenas, such as athletics and entertainment. “We’re hopeful that, through this fanfare, other African-American students will be inspired to work hard and compete aggressively in the classroom as well.”   The 2011 group of Du Bois Scholars is the first class. Invitations are extended to metro African-American high school seniors based on their grade point average and standardized test scores (SAT or ACT). The students are selected by the Commission on W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars. For more information, visit www.webduboissociety.com.

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and PeachCare for Kids are accepted. Here are the Board of Health centers where immunizations and other back-toschool services can be obtained: n Central DeKalb (Vinson) Health Center, 440 Winn Way, Decatur; 404-294-3762. n East DeKalb Health Center, 2277 S. Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road, Lithonia; 770484-2600. n North DeKalb Health Center, 3807 Clairmont Road, Chamblee; 770-454-1144. n South DeKalb Health Center, 3110 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur; 404-244-2200.

Bash celebrates return to school Kids can celebrate going back to school with stories, treats, prizes and more at the July 23 “Back to School Bash” at the Wesley Chapel–William C. Brown Library. The 10:30 a.m.-to-1:30 p.m. event is hosted by the Friends of the Wesley Chapel–William C. Brown Library. The library is at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur. For more information, call 404-2866980.

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Hair care / salons

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Full Sew-In $ 00

40

20

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770-787-5550 1149-A Washington St. (Now Accepting Visa • MasterCard • Debit)

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770-482-6999 2910 Evans Mill Rd.

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(Transitions Natural Hair & Weave Boutique)

COVINGTON • 770-787-5550 1149-A Washington St.

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COVINGTON

LITHONIA • 770-482-6999 2910 Evans Mill Rd.

ATLANTA

678-608-2570 2434 Gresham Rd., Suite D

(Transitions Natural Hair & Weave Boutique)

When You Bring in a 1-Subject Notebook and 1 Pack of Pencils.

LITHONIA • 770-482-6999 2910 Evans Mill Rd.

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(Transitions Natural Hair & Weave Boutique)

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Malcolm Cunningham Ford Brand new 2011 Ford

Automatic, STK#116511

RAnGeR

July 16, 2011

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Sales • Service • Parts • Collision Center

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499

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lease For

With Per Month

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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.

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MKZ

2008 lincoln

2008 lincoln

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MKX

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21 995

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

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Automatic, STK#116063

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