A popular United Way project is under way to collect toiletries and other personal care items that will be donated to homeless women and children. 3
Up until just over a week ago, Columbia High’s girls basketball team had never won a game in the state playoffs. My, how things have changed. 8
DeKalb Police officers and members of a men’s ministry will meet in a flag football game to bring police and the community together to address crime and other issues. 9
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Volume 14, Number 45
Hillandale hospital losing maternity, neonatal services By Jennifer Ffrench Parker
South DeKalb women will no longer have the option of delivering their babies close to home at De Kalb Medical at Hillandale. Effective April 17, DeKalb Medical is eliminating Hillandale’s maternity and special care nursery services. Women will now have to go to its North Decatur Road hos pital for deliveries. Cheryl Iverson, DeKalb Medi cal’s vice president of business development and marketing, said Thursday that cutting maternity service from the 100-bed hospital is part of the hospital’s efforts to re focus services on the community’s
health disparity needs and pref erences. “We would love to offer all these things but we have got to manage re sources to the Cheryl Iverson community as a whole,” she said. “We intended to offer the services at Hillandale but the volume just wasn’t there.” Instead, Iverson said the system will focus on strokes, cancer and heart disease at Hillandale. News of the impending loss of the maternity and neonatal services saddened many South DeKalb resi
dents. Juanita Baranco, whose grand son Thomas was born at Hillandale three years ago, said her family has always had phenomenal service at the Lithonia hospital. “I really, really hate to see that go,” she said. “All hospitals have to have a certain number of paying patients. That’s one of the things that has hurt them.” The $65 million hospital, which opened on July 18, 2005, is just four months shy of its fourth an niversary. Since opening, it has struggled to attract paying patients who often leapfrogged over it to larger metro Atlanta hospitals, and to DeKalb
Medical’s own state-of-the-art Women’s Center that opened in January 2007. The net effect is that the Hil landale hospital – which opened after a 35-year fight to build it – was often left with a disproportionate number of uninsured and nonpaying patients. Maternity and neonatal inten sive services were linchpin services that helped DeKalb Medical win state approval for the Hillandale hospital over rival Tenet Health System in February 2002. Tenet had wanted to build a hospital on Mall Parkway overlooking the Mall at Stonecrest. Iverson said they spoke with the
state about their decision to elimi nate maternity service and there are no penalties to face. She said the decision could not be helped because Hillandale never got the volume of deliveries that it expected. “We didn’t hit the projections in terms of volume,” she said. “Women chose the Women’s Center two-toone over Hillandale. The volume of deliveries that we expected just never materalized.” DeKalb Medical’s feasibility study for Hillandale had projected 2,300 deliveries a year. Iverson said that in 2008, it had 1,225 deliveries. Please see HOSPITAL, page 2
DeKalb’s 8.5 percent jobless rate is highest in 36 years By McKenzie Jackson
When LeTichia Nelson of Stone Mountain lost her four-year ad ministrative position at Blue Links Corp. in Atlanta in January, she had no idea that she would help swell DeKalb’s unemployment rate to the all-time high of 8.5 percent. Nelson, who is in her 20s, is one of 32,942 DeKalb residents now out of work – the highest number since the Georgia Department of Labor began counting in 1973. On Tuesday, she was at the DeKalb Career Center on Cov ington Highway searching the job postings for anything that will use her skills in accounting, customer service and administrative work. Nelson had one word for the job market. “Terrible,” she said. Sheila Hightower, the career center’s manager, said January’s official statistics reflect what they have been seeing at the center since January 2008. “I haven’t seen it this bad in a very long time,” said Hightower, who has been with the Labor De partment for 29 years and at the DeKalb center since 1995. “It’s re ally disheartening to see.” Hightower said that the men and women filing for unemploy ment insurance and taking training classes began growing a year ago and has increased every month since. Statewide, January’s unemploy ment rate, the latest available rate, climbed to 8.6 percent with 412,770 out of work. Nationwide, more than 11.6 million or 7.6 percent of Americans are unemployed. The unprecedented increase in
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DeKalb Career Center instructor Crystal Rucker teaches a class on resume writing and job search to jobseekers at the Covington Highway center in Decatur Wednesday. The center offers three classes daily for up to 40 people each, and with DeKalb’s unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, they are always full.
Georgia unemployment numbers prompted Georgia Labor Commis sioner Michael Thurmond to pro claim the state in “officially sailing in uncharted economic waters.” But while times are difficult, Thurmond said they are not hope less. “All Georgians must work together to meet and overcome
these unprecedented challenges,” he said. William Harris, a graphic artist, lost his eight-year job at Eller Media in Atlanta more than a year ago. “It’s been rough, “ he said Tues day while using the computers at the career center. “The jobs I do find I’m qualified for, but some things I don’t know. “
To combat his lack of knowl edge, Harris, who has been free lancing to make money, said he is working toward going back to school to refresh his skills. Hightower said it is difficult for job hunters like Harris and Nelson because the number of unem ployed workers greatly outnumbers the number of job openings.
She recommends that jobseek ers identify their skills that are transferable and explore their op tions, including getting trained to do new things. The DeKalb Career Center of fers daily training in job searches and resume writing, and posts Please see JOBLESS, page 2
March 7, 2009
“I just pray every day. I leave it up to God. If you don’t pray, if you don’t have faith you don’t have nothing.”
Hillandale to focus on strokes, heart disease HOSPITAL,
Another 2,000 women from the nine Lithonia, Stone Mountain and Decatur Zip codes served by the hospital, went to the North Decatur campus to deliver their babies. Baranco, who supported De Kalb Medical’s bid to build the Lithonia hospital, said she has used it for emergency services for herself as well. “I have never had a bad expe rience at Hillandale,” she said. “I know they do a good job. It was my daughter-in-law’s second child and she and my son said it was one of the best experiences for them. I do hope it will return. I hope we can stop it from leaving.” Delyphne Lomax, a longtime member of the Hillandale hospi tal’s Community Advisory Board, said she is disappointed to see the hospital’s services cut, but that it is a sound decision. “When we saw the numbers, it made sense,” said Lomax, who attended the hospital’s briefing for advisory members Thursday morning. “Many women are still using the North Decatur center. It’s a brand new state-of-the-art center. It’s sad, yes, but from a financial standpoint it had to happen. I would rather not have maternity than not have a hospital.” Julia Hunter Jones, who worked for more than 20 years to get the hospital built and was its first administrator, said she was not surprised at the news because of
“It’s sad, yes, but from a financial standpoint it had to happen. I would rather not have maternity than not have a hospital.” Delphyne Lomax, Hillandale advisory board member
the critical state of all of the state’s hospitals. “It’s not just Grady,” she said. “It’s scary right now. Given this economy, it makes sense. There is a state-of-the-art Women’s Center nine miles away and mothers are going to the newer center. In dif ferent economic times, both centers would flourish.” DeKalb Medical’s management met with Hillandale physicians late Thursday to update them on the changes. Iverson said they will be work ing with obstetricians to notify women who are scheduled to de liver babies after April 17. She said that the North Decatur campus will be offering special tours to those women ahead of their delivery dates. Iverson said the Women’s Cen ter features a warm, spa-like décor similar to the Hillandale campus and includes a mother-baby bou tique and lactation center, educa tional space and a bistro. To offset the loss of the mater nity service, Iverson said the Hillan dale hospital will gain a pediatric emergency center, and services for
strokes, cancer and heart disease, illnesses that disproportionately affect South DeKalb residents. She said the Hillandale hospital sees a lot more children than ex pected for after-hours and weekend urgent care, and the pediatrics emergency room will open adjacent to its ER by the fall. At press time, details were murky about cost of the new ser vices and when they would begin. Iverson said the cost and opening date will be determined later by the board. A $5.7 million Cancer Center being build by Dr. Dale McCord, will open at the Hillandale campus this summer. It will offer radia tion and chemotherapy treatment for prostate and other kinds of cancers. Radiation oncologists Sasha Hyatt and David Holladay, who have expertise in treating prostate cancer with intensity modulate radiation therapy (IMRT), will locate there. To support the new emphasis on heart disease, Dr. Timothy Milner, a vascular surgeon, will relocate from North Decatur to Hillandale. Iverson said she understands that they cannot address strokes, cancer and heart disease without dealing with diabetes, so they will also offer diabetes education. “We will look at what else we need to do,” she said. “We will beef up screenings and education programs to get people educated and treated.”
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Job seekers pore through listings on the computers at the Department of Labor’s Career Center on Covington Highway.
Search for jobs continues JOBLESS,
upcoming job fairs. Kimberly Carver, who super vises the center’s re-employment services, said the classes, which are offered three times a day, are always full to capacity. During a class with 30 job seekers on Wednesday morn ing, instructor Crystal Rucker discussed writing resumes that grab the attention of employers, making business cards that list their job skills, and dressing ap propriately. She also reminded the men
and women to search for jobs outside DeKalb. Rucker said that employers will be hiring soon. “I believe they will,” she said. “They are just trying to stay afloat right now.” Ashley Leggett, who drove from Riverdale to use the services at the DeKalb Career Center on Tuesday, said she is hoping that the economy turns around soon. “I just pray every day,” said Leggett, who has been jobless since last August. “I leave it up to God. If you don’t pray, if you don’t have faith, you don’t have nothing.”
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Since its inception in 2005, the Shoebox Project has provided more than 25,000 shoeboxes for homeless women and children. United Way Women’s Legacy is collecting shoeboxes filled with toiletries to donate to homeless women and children.
Shoebox drive under way Indiv iduals, communit y groups and companies can pack, decorate and donate shoeboxes filled with toiletries for homeless women and children through Mother’s Day. The Shoebox Project spon sored by United Way Women’s Legacy will deliver the donated toiletries to 61 homeless shel ters across the 13-county region served by United Way. Last year the project, which is in its fourth year, collected more than 9,100 shoeboxes with new unopened items including sham poo, soap, lotions, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Since its inception in 2005, the Shoebox Project has provided more than 25,000 shoeboxes for homeless women and children, who make up a third of metro Atlanta’s homeless population. Women’s Legacy director Nat alie Evans says the project is just one way the community can help meet the basic needs of homeless women and children. Shoeboxes can be dropped off
Pack your shoebox with: n Travel size shampoo n Travel size soap n Travel size lotion n Deodorant n Toothbrush and paste n Hair comb/brush n Sun protector n Lip balm n Adhesive bandages n Antibiotic ointment n Hand towel n Warm socks n Tampons n Panty liners n Travel size hand sanitizer n Travel size tissue pack n Travel size baby wipes n Non-alcoholic mouthwash n Travel size water bottles n Rain poncho n Re-sealable zipper storage bags n Prepaid phone cards
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The Georgia Department of Transportation says the $54.8 million Memorial Drive/I-285 bridge replacement project is nearly 75 percent complete.
Bridge project should be finished this fall The revamped Memorial Drive/I-285 interchange will be finished by fall. GDOT spokesperson Mark McKinnon said work on the $54.8 million project is 71 percent com plete and should be finished by Oc tober – 10 months after its original completion work. The mile-long project, which began in summer 2006, was sched uled to be finished last December, but was pushed back because of problems relocating some of the utilities. The project will alleviate con
gestion on the busy business cor ridor. It includes construction of two overpass bridges, widening of Memorial Drive to three lanes in both directions, and widening and extending the entrance and exit ramps onto I-285. Sidewalks, pe destrian crosswalks and bike lanes are also being constructed. The project also includes re locating George Luther Drive and installing a closed circuit television traffic monitoring system. Last week, construction crews were working on the substructure underneath the the second new
overpass bridge. McKinnon said the substructure work will continue into late summer. “They also have to add concrete pavement at the tops of all the ramps,” he said. McKinnon said workers will begin adding concrete to the southbound on-ramp in a week and that will take three to four weeks to complete. Workers also have to install new curves, gutters and sidewalks on the south end of Memorial Drive. New traffic signals will be installed at the interchanges and other signage and road markings will be added.
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of rape, one Torius Nagel Johnson is going to count of aggra prison for 50 years on a multitude vated sodomy of charges. and one count DeKalb Superior Court Judge of robbery. Robert Castellani sentenced the On June 21-year-old Decatur resident on 18, 2008, John Feb. 13 after he plead guilty to two son broke into counts of burglary, two counts of a 33-year-old aggravated assault, one count of ag Torius Johnson woman’s Deca gravated battery, one count of false imprisonment, two counts of ag tur home and viciously attacked gravated sexual battery, one count her for two hours. He bit, choked,
repeatedly punched her in the face and sexually assaulted her. He also slammed the woman’s head through a window and stole her purse before leaving. Johnson, who lived a few doors from the victim, was arrested after a canvass of the neighborhood. The victim’s purse was found in his house and his DNA was found in the victim’s sexual assault kit.
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PRISM to discuss projects PRISM will take a look at upcoming projects for the non profit Keep DeKalb Beautiful and MARTA during its March 12 meeting. Speakers include Keep DeKalb Beautiful director Amber Greer Weaver and coordinator Laurene Hall, as well as MARTA com munity outreach planner Dean L. Neblett. Weaver and Hall will discuss water conservation, the Great
American Clean-Up initiative, bus stop adoption and recycling. Neblett will provide an over view of MARTA’s services in DeKalb County. The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. will be at St. Timothy United Methodist Church, 5365 Memo rial Drive in Stone Mountain. For more information, con tact state Rep. Michele Henson at email@example.com or 404-296-1442.
behind the counter holding a clear plastic evidence bag, which con tained an undetermined amount of money. While he was sealing the evidence bag with red tape, he reached in with his right hand and removed money and put it in the front pocket of his jeans. The tape also showed Robinson stealing lottery tickets and placing them into a folder he was carry ing. No other detectives were in volved in the crime or had prior knowledge of Robinson’s actions.
Man gets 18 years in boy’s death Herbert Gerald Warren of Lithonia is going to prison for up to 18 years in the death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son. Warren, 34, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and cruelty to children shortly before lawyers were to begin selecting jurors for his murder trial. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger also gave him five years for cruelty to children to run concurrently. Warren had claimed that Jaydin Martin fell off a home bar stool and hit his head at their Lithonia residence on Jan. 2, 2006. When the unconscious child was transported to the hospital, a doctor found multiple injuries to his head and his body covered with bruises. An autopsy also revealed numerous injuries that were inconsistent with Warren’s statements.
Clocks move forward Sunday People who want to be on time Sunday should remember to set their clocks forward before going to bed Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday and will end Nov. 1 this year. Established to reduce energy use by extending daylight hours, the modern concept for daylight saving time is thought to have originated with Benjamin Franklin. In 1784, in a whimsical letter to a French journal, he said that people could save thou
sands of francs by waking up earlier during the summer, thus using fewer candles at night. Early attempts to imple ment daylight saving time in the United States were not popular. It became an annual fixture in the United States only after an oil embargo by OPEC in 1973. Daylight-saving time now starts on the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November.
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Individuals, community groups companies can pack, decorate and donate shoeboxes filled with toiletries for homeless women and children through Mother’s Day.
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Masjid to offer breast cancer exams, information 5 Uninsured women can get free mammograms and breast exams on March 8 at the Masjid An Nur in Lithonia.
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Financial literacy workshop 6 Adults who are struggling with their finances can register to attend a March 26 financial literacy workshop hosted by the Partnership for Community Action.
Historic figures come to life in school’s ‘wax museum’ 7 When students dropped change into a bowl at DeKalb School for the Arts at Hooper Alexander last week, African-American history came to life.
Champions crowned in Stimulus funds to help with DeKalb 8 health care costs 5 Two South DeKalb teams and a wrestler Georgia is getting $339.6 million from President Barack Obama’s $15 billion Federal Medical Assistance Percentage funding.
grabbed championships in February, including Stone Mountain Middle’s girls basketball team and Champion’s boys team.
A little over a week ago the Columbia Lady Eagles (22-7) had an 0-7 all-time record in the state playoffs. Fast forward a week and they have two playoff wins and a chance to advance to the Class AAA Final Four. All they have to do is knock off the Carrollton Lady Trojans (29-2) on March 7 at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton.
Covington church giving away clothes 9 Families who need clothes can find plenty at a March 14 children’s clothing giveaway at the City of Refuge Christian Church in Covington.
Flag football game brings police, community together 9 DeKalb police officers and members of Stronghold Christian Church’s “Men of Standard” ministry will go head-to-head on the gridiron on March 14, in the inaugural “Community of One” flag football game.
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“We have certain culturally things that encroach upon or well-being, so we educate them on the religion and show them the difference between culture and religion.” Alisha Hasan, clinical director of Essential Living for Muslim Women Breast Health Initiative, teaches women how to selfexamine their breasts.
Masjid to offer breast cancer exams, information Uninsured women can get free mammo grams and breast exams on March 8 at the Masjid An Nur in Lithonia. The 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. event is hosted by the Essential Living for Muslim Women Breast Health Initiative to educate women on breast cancer. Safiya Adbul Khaaliq, the initiative’s executive director, said women will get infor mation on breast cancer and breast lumps. “We give them as much information as possible so they will be equipped to take care of their breasts and share the information with other family members,” she said. Khaaliq said the women will also be
taught the proper way to do a self-breast examination and check for breast abnor malities. “Muslim women have this taboo about even touching their bodies, let alone touch ing their breasts,” Khaaliq said. “So that becomes a challenge for us. We have certain culturally things that encroach upon our well-being, so we educate them on the reli gion and show them the difference between culture and religion.” Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States. Each year about 40,480 women die from breast cancer but as of 2008, more than 2.5 million had survived
the disease. Khaaliq said the event is open to women of all faith and race and that their com munity health advisors, who are trained in breast health education, can teach women from all cultures. “In the Muslim culture, there are Paki stani, Somali, Nigerians, Kenyans,”she said, “We try to get a Muslim woman from each of those communities to spread the education in their language and in English.” Masjid An Nur is at 1996 South Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road in Lithonia. For more information, visit www.elmw. com or call 404-441-7029 or 770-365-2277.
Stimulus funds to help with health care costs Georgia is getting $339.6 million from President Barack Obama’s $15 billion Fed eral Medical Assistance Percentage funding (FMAP). The funds, which provide the federal match for Medicaid, will help pay for health care for families hit hard by the country’s Barack Obama economic crisis. After a Feb. 23 meeting with Obama and other governors in Washington, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said the federal mon ey “enables us to use state dollars for other Sonny Perdue things.” More than 49 million Americans rely on Medicaid for health care coverage and the FMAP funds could help 20 million more Americans get coverage. Obama told governors that the plan will help en sure that they won’t have to cut essential services that Americans rely on now more than ever. “That means that by the time most of you get home, money will be waiting to help 20 million vulnerable Americans in your states get health coverage,” he said. “Children with asthma will be able to breathe easier, seniors won’t need to fear losing their doctors, and pregnant women with limited means won’t need to worry about the health of their babies.”
SafeLink Wireless service will provide eligible low-income households a free cell phone, mobile access to emergency services and 68 minutes of free air time.
Free cell phones for low income families Nearly 500,000 Georgia lowincome families can now get free wireless cell phones as part of a U.S. government-supported Life line program. On Feb 9, TracFone Wireless Inc. launched SafeLink Wireless to distribute the cell phone service in Georgia. It said SafeLink Wireless service will provide eligible low-income households a free cell phone, mo bile access to emergency services and 68 minutes of free air time monthly for one year. Jose Fuentes, TracFone’s gov ernment relations director, said qualified low-income individuals will have the same access to cell phones. “The SafeLink Wireless service offers low-income families acces sibility, freedom and the security in knowing that should an emergency occur, wherever they are, they will stay safe and stay connected,” he said.
Eligible households include those receiving Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LI HEAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Section 8 housing, or a Senior Citizen En ergy Low Income Discount Plan offered by the local gas or power company. The Federal Communications Commission created the Lifeline program in 1984 and worked to update the service after Hurricanes Katrina and Ike and the Sept.11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center. It is part of the Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund administered by the Univer sal Service Administrative Co. to ensure that quality telecommu nications services are available to low-income customers at afford able rates. More than 1,700 carriers are
eligible to provide the program but TracFone says it is the first pre-paid company to offer it on cell phones. The Lifeline program is funded from telecommunications carriers contributions to the USF, collected in part from the Universal Service Charge billed to cell phone users. Instead of discounting the user’s monthly bill, SafeLink applies the USF subsidy to free wireless minutes. The company, which has more than 10 million cell phone sub scribers, says all but 13 rural Geor gia counties are eligible for the free phone service. It said the 13 ineligible counties have not responded to requests for certification. All metro Atlanta counties, including DeKalb, which together have 449,983 eligible lowincome households, are eligible. For more information, visit www.tracfone.com or call Cecilia Santana at 646 326 7956.
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Financial literacy workshop Adults who are struggling with their finances can register to attend a March 26 financial literacy work shop hosted by the Partnership for Community Action. The workshop, titled “What You Don’t Know About Your Mortgage and Credit Cards Could Shock You,” will take place at 6 p.m. at PCA’s DeKalb office, 815 Park North Boulevard, Clarkston. The deadline to register is
March 23. Jeff Shirley, a licensed financial planner, will lead the workshop. He is president of Shirley Inter national, Inc. and has worked with individuals and families for more than nine years to build financial security. Participants will get a copy of “How Money Works.” For more information and to register, call program manager Vonda Echols, at 404-929-2453.
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“We get to share history with kids throughout the school and it gives the school the possibility to get to understand different black figures.”
Coins bring historic figures to life in magnet school’s ‘wax museum’ By McKenzie Jackson
When students dropped change into a bowl at DeKalb Elementary School for the Arts at Hooper Alexander last week, AfricanAmerican history came to life. Historical characters like former slave, abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth, politician and civil rights activist Shirley Chisholm, Motown singers, The Supremes, tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, and inventor and scientist Ben Carson began telling their stories. They were among 30 figures from U.S. history in the Decatur school’s one-day “Wax Museum.” Students from Dr. Melanie Beaver’s sixth- and seventh-grade Discovery Learning classes, dressed like the characters and sat still as wax figures until coins were put in the bowls at their tables. The money will benefit a community charity. The students’ depictions were part of the classes’ black history project. Students got to select influential AfricanAmericans for the project, but were not al lowed to portray well-known figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman or Barack and Michelle Obama. “A lot of kids know about those African Americans so I asked them to select someone that were not as well known,” said Beaver, who has taught at the elementary magnet school for the arts for four years. She said students also had to write two essays about their figure, create a timeline of the person’s life, and prepare a one-minute monologue for their museum presentation in the media center. Throughout the day on Feb. 26, students from all grade levels at the school visited the stations and learned about the characters. Thomas C. Powell, the school’s principal,
Discovery Learning class student Talecisa Cistrunk dressed as former slave, abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth during her class’ wax museum project.
said the wax museum was both fun and educational. “We get to share history with kids throughout the school and it gives the school the possibility to get to understand differ ent black figures,” he said. “It’s also a good
learning experience for those who are the wax figures.” Throughout the day, at the drop of a coin, sixth-graders Tiffani Hull, Aeshalon Carter and Yasmine Bailey became The Supremes, singing verses from the popular 1960s musi
cal group’s chart buster, “Stop in the Name of Love.” They also provided short biographies of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. Ditto for seventh-grader Kaiden Hill, who portrayed actor Bill Cosby, producer and actor of the 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.” He recited Cosby’s signature “J-E-LL-O” line, of course. At coin drops, 13-year-old Marcus Wil son lifted his dyed-blond head from a book to spout fiery lines about the black man. Beaver said that with your eyes closed, “you would think Malcolm X was speaking.” Marcus wore a dapper suit just like Malcolm X, the African-American Muslim minister, public speaker and human rights activist. “I tell kids about who his parents were, what he believed in, what he did in prison, and why he changed his last name,” he said. Eleven-year-old Autumne Sneed dressed as civil rights activist Daisy Bates because she felt she resembled the Little Rock, Ark., newspaper publisher and journalist from the 1940s and ’50s. “I didn’t know anything about her before I did the project,” Autumne said. “I just saw that she was a journalist and that is something I’m really interested in. I thought it would be nice to learn about someone new.” Janetta Hill, a seventh-grader, always recognizes former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on television, but did not know her personal story. She educated herself and other students on Rice’s friendships, ability to play the piano and history-making achievements. “When they come to see me a lot of my friends try to make me laugh,” she said, “but I just stay in character and tell them about her.”
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“It was a rough win, but we pulled through and played as a team. We knew this would be our last game if we lost, so we pulled it together.”
Columbia girls make basketball history with first-round playoff win By McKenzie Jackson
A little over a week ago the Columbia Lady Eagles (22-7) had an 0-7 all-time record in the state playoffs. Fast forward a week and they have a 2 playoff wins and a chance to advance to the Class AAA Final Four. All they have to do is knock off the Carrollton Lady Trojans (29-2) on March 7 at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton. Coach Chantay Frost said that the winless playoff record is history in her team’s mind. “We are feeling pretty good,” she said. “These have been tough teams that don’t lay down so we feel pretty good. We have been taking it one game at a time.” The Lady Eagles, a No. 2 playoff seed, beat fourth-seeded Hart County (18-12) 62-59 on March 3 to advance to the playoffs’ third round. Destinee Smith, one of the Eagles’ starting forwards, scored 21 points to lead Columbia to their second straight home playoff victory. The Lady Eagles advanced to the second round of the playoffs on Feb. 27 by beating the third seeded Cartersville Canes (12-14) 37-28. Frost said that her girls have played better each round and expects the team to play well against the Lady Trojans, a No. 1 seed. “I expect them to play hard and leave it one the floor,” she said. “Whatever we do we got to play hard with no regrets. As long as we do that win, lose or draw we
Columbia’s Akila McDonald, who scored key baskets and had nine blocks, including three blocks on one possession, in the Lady Eagles’ first postseason win.
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are okay.” The Lady Eagles win over Cartersville wasn’t pretty, but it was historic. Columbia’s last playoff appearance was in 2004, when they were beat 53-46 by Rockdale County in the first round. Columbia’s
history of playoff failures didn’t matter after the victory over Cartersville. Destinee Smith, sophmore, said the win was great. “It is just beautiful,” she said. Frost didn’t tell her players that they had made school history until
after the final buzzer. The team then began celebrating and the crowd joined them shortly afterwards, when a school official announced the accomplishment over the public announcement system.
The game started with scrappy play by both teams, marked by turnovers, fouls and badly missed shots. The Canes took a 15-12 lead with over six minutes left in the second quarter, but the Lady Eagles jumped ahead 19-17 at halftime when Smith hit a three-pointer with seven seconds left. The Lady Eagles began to slowly pull away at the start of the third quarter, and held leads of three, five and seven points. Frost said her team settled down. “Once they did the things they know how to do, like defense, they were okay,” she said. With 2:30 left in the fourth quarter, 6-foot-4 center Akila McDonald hit one of many wide open shots under the basket to give the Lady Eagles a 33-26 lead. A few moments later, while on defense, the junior blocked three Cartersville shots on one possession. McDonald, who had nine blocks during the contest, said the game was one of the few she had played well in. “I just stepped for my team,” she said. “I knew that this was the last game if we didn’t win and we wanted to pull it out.” Mecca Frost, one of Chantay Frost’s two daughters on the team, said the win was big. “It was a rough wing, but we pulled through and played as a team,” said Mecca, who starts in the Columbia backcourt with her sister Zuri Frost. “We knew this would be our last game if we lost, so we just pulled it together.” Clarkston High senior Terrance Gaddy defended his Georgia AAA wrestling title and finished the season undefeated.
Champions crowned in DeKalb Two South DeKalb teams and a wrestler grabbed championships in February. On Feb. 14, the Stone Mountain Middle School girls basketball team and Champion Theme Middle School boys basketball team captured titles at Columbia High School. Then on Feb. 21, Clarkston High senior Terrance Gaddy won his second consecutive AAA state wrestling crown. Stone Mountain beat Miller Grove Middle 34-26 despite a scoreless third quarter and a three-point halftime deficit. Yactavia Hickson scored a game-high 12 points to lead the Lady Pirates, while Danielle Clark added 10 points. Taj Shamsid-Deen led the Champion Middle Chargers with 22 points en route to their 41-35 win over Freedom Middle School. Chargers Daniel Morrison and Daniel Ezechkwue each contributed seven points. Jonathan McCrary led Freedom Middle School with 17 points. Gaddy, who wrestles in the 171-pound weight class, pinned Lafayette High’s Will Gilbert at the 1:55 mark of the first period of his championship match at the Arena at Gwinnett Center to cap a 41-0 undefeated season. Gaddy scored two points early in the
Stone Mountain Middle School’s girls team won the county title.
match, and after a restart he forced Gilbert’s shoulders to the mat for the victory. Four other South DeKalb wrestlers, including three from Tucker High, reached the finals in their weight class. Tucker’s Melchisdeac LaVergne (135 pounds), Stephen Starks (140) and Carey Cloud (145) captured AAAA silver medals, and Southwest DeKalb’s Dequan Warner, a two-time state champion, finished second in the 125-pound division.
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“If we want to solve issues with crime in our community, we all need to work hand-in-hand with those that are here to protect us.” DeKalb Police are practicing for their “Community of One” matchup against members of Stronghold Christian Church’s “Men of Standard” Ministry.
Covington church giving away clothes Families who need clothes can find plenty at a March 14 children’s clothing giveaway at the City of Refuge Christian Church in Covington. During the noon to 3 p.m. event, families will be able to select from new and lightly worn clothes collected by the church’s Martha Ministry, a free clothing giveaway ministry started by City of Refuge pastor Ronnie C. White Sr. City of Refuge is at 2185 Washington St. in Covington. White said the ministry is a Ronnie White no-brainer. “With so many people in in dire straits now and not able to afford even thrift store prices, why not collect clothing and set them out free to anybody who can use them,” he said. “We want to make sure you and your family are clothed.” The giveaway includes popular brands like Carter, American Girl, Aeropostale, Wrangler and Arizona for boys and girls. Boys’ sizes range from 2T to 20 husky, as well as small men’s shirts, and, for girls, misses size 4 to 8, and large junior shirts. The church also has a lot of clothing in women’s and plus sizes. “The community blessed the ministry with these clothes, so we want to bless the people of the community,” White said. For more information, call the church at 404-933-9970.
Flag football game brings police, community together By McKenzie Jackson
DeKalb police officers and members of Stronghold Christian Church’s “Men of Standard” ministry will go head-to-head on the gridiron on March 14, in the inaugural “Community of One” flag football game. The Lithonia-based church and the DeKalb County Police Alliance are hosting the 1 p.m. charity football game at Hallford Stadium to bring the community and public together to solve issues of crime. Church founder and senior pastor Ben Gaither has been in
law enforcement for more than 20 years, first with the Sheriff ’s Office and with the Police Department. He is also a DeKalb Police chaplain. The goal of the “Community of One” initiative is to promote
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LEGAL NOTICE IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF RICHMOND, STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: PETITION OF WILLIE H. EDWARDS, JR. AND ALICE EDWARDS, FOR THE ADOPTION OF A MINOR CHILD, RAQUEL SASHA EDWARDS, DOB: May 19, 1993.
) ) ) ADOPTION NO ) ) ) 2008-RCA-0075 ) ) ) )
TO: RONALD WHITE, the alleged Biological Father of the minor child, RAQUEL SASHA EDWARDS. You are hereby notified that a Motion To Terminate Parental Rights has been filed in the Richmond County Superior Court on the above-captioned child. Pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 19-8-10, 19-8-11, 19-8-12, and other pertinent laws, you are advised that you will lose custody rights to this child, and you will neither receive notice of, nor be entitled to object to the custody and adoption of the child, unless, within thirty (30) days of your receipt of this notice, you file an Answer to this Petition pursuant to O.C.G.A. 19-7-22, and give notice in writing of the filing of such Petition to this Court and to the attorney listed below. You must prosecute the action to Final Judgment. You are further advised that if you intend to object to this Petition, you must file an Answer to the within thirty (30) days in the Superior Court of Richmond County, Georgia. You are urged to immediately retain legal counsel to assist you in this matter. You should contact the attorney for Petitioner, Helen W. Yu, 3540 Wheeler Road, Suite 509, Augusta, Georgia 30909, telephone: (706) 736-3020, for further information. All notices to or correspondence with the Petitioner and copies of all pleadings or proceedings you may file in any Court in regard to the above-referenced Child should be served upon him. Dated this 5th day of February, 2009. 3540 Wheeler Road, Suite 509 Augusta, Georgia 30909 GSBN: 783555 (706) 736-3020
Elaine C. Johnson Clerk Of Superior Court Richmond County, Georgia Helen W. Yu
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March 7, 2009
CrossRoadsNews, March 7, 2009