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are also beautiful. The bubbles

BY HORACE HOLLOMAN are amazing because I never
horace@dekalbchamp.com know what they’re going

to do. They do something
unwoody Nature
different every single time.”
Center hosted a free
Bowman’s show consists
bubble show July 6,
of bubbles of different
much to the delight of more
shapes and sizes made from
than 300 children and adults in
household items such as
hangers, crates and hula-
The show was held at the
hoops. Bowman also teaches
nature center’s North Woods
audience members about the
Pavilion as bubble fans packed
different shapes of bubbles. 
inside the venue, and some
“I’ve done shows where I
watched from outside. 
don’t speak at all and let the
For more than two
bubbles do all the talking,
decades, Deborah Bowman,
but the show is based on
also known as “Bo the
the science of bubbles,”
Bubbleologist,” has performed
Bowman said. “I like to ask
live bubble shows for local
questions and expand people’s
groups and communities. 
knowledge a little bit. There
Bowman said she loves
are some fun surprises in the
seeing the smiling faces of the
children she performs for. 
Bowman said she got
“I love seeing the sense
started bubble making when
of joy and surprise on the
she answered an advertisement
children’s, and adults’ faces.
in a newspaper looking for
It brings me a lot of joy,”
entertainment. She said her
Bowman said. “The bubbles


The Dunwoody Nature Center hosted a bubble show July 6. More than 300 people were in attendance. Photos by Horace

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Jay Vinicki is Dunwoody’s new assistant

city manager. Photo provided by the city
of Dunwoody.

named new
city manager

Dunwoody announced
June 10 that Jay Vinicki
will be the city’s assistant
“Having worked in and
around the Dunwoody area
for more than a decade,
I appreciate the sense of
community that the city
offers,” Vinicki said. “I
can’t wait to get started.”
Vinicki began his
position June 24.
Dunwoody City
Manager Eric Linton
manages the day-to-
day activities of city
departments and maintains
relationships with federal,
state and other local
governments, according to
the city’s website. Vinicki
will assist Linton with those
“[Vinicki’s] dynamic
leadership and extensive
experience in local
government made him
stand out,” said Linton.
“He has a proven ability to
navigate complex issues
with a strong background
in strategic budgeting and
policy research. He’s a great
fit for Dunwoody.”
According to a
press release, Vinicki
has experience in local
government budgeting,


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Taylor@dekalbchamp.com The media group on May
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and Decatur was included. Alexandria, Va.; Decatur; with a reader survey about becoming more expensive,” should give them another
Apartment Therapy’s Real Somerville, Mass.; Arvada, which suburban area they Steelman said. “People are look.”
Estate Editor Liz Steelman Colo.; Kirkwood, Mo.; thought was the best. being driven out of the city According to Steelman, the
explained a suburb to be a Belmont, N.C.; Pasadena, With the data initially and into suburbs. Suburbs list was inspired from the
high homeownership, high Calif.; Alameda, Calif.; collected, Apartment sometimes have a lower cost migration from cities to
car travel, single-family Beaverton, Ore.; Winter Park, Therapy made its final list of living and they’re becoming suburbs.
housing community in any Fla.; Ellicott City, Md.; Royal with demographic diversity, more diverse…We wanted “In our list I really thought
town that surrounds a large Oak, Mich.; Bellevue, Wash.; restaurants, entertainment, to highlight some of the Decatur was a model example
city. According to Steelman, Media, Penn.; Evanston, Ill.; walkability and community in exemplary suburbs that we saw of what suburbs should be
Apartment realizes that Oak Park, Ill.; Naperville, Ill.; mind. that happening in and show and can be,” Steelman said.
different people have different Hoboken, N.J.; Carmel, Ind. “Geography of America is places that people normally “It seems like a really special
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Did you know?

While working for APS, Vinicki directed and managed
budget functions totaling $1.1 billion. He also helped
develop budget policies, procedures and programs.
Prior to that, he worked for DeKalb County government Researchers are now looking at the possibility that exposure
for 11 years, serving as the first director of the Office to marijuana as a teen may cause changes in the brain that
of Management and Budget from 2015 to 2018 and make a person more likely to become addicted to marijuana or
overseeing development of a $1.2 billion budget. other drugs, such as alcohol, opioids, or cocaine.
Vinicki’s experience also includes planning and
budgeting for Gwinnett County government, the city of
Roswell and the Georgia governor’s office. He earned a
master of public administration degree from the University
of Georgia and a bachelor of art degree in communications
from Mississippi State University.
During his free time, Vinicki works as a statistician for
Georgia Tech football and basketball. He also volunteers as
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Black parents can’t continue to ignore their children's mental health

On June 28, I received a disturb- me positively deal with my mental against suicides in adolescents
ing press release from Ball State health. is having ready access to mental
University about a recent study on Parents, especially Black par- health care.
African-American teenagers and ents, should seriously consider put- “African-American adoles-
suicide. ting their child in therapy if they’re cents are at higher risk than the
Research done by Ball State CARLA PARKER struggling mentally or emotionally. general population to encounter
University health science professor carla@dekalbchamp.com Mental health is just as, if not more, serious forms of violence,” he said.
Jagdish Khubchandani found that important than physical health. Al- “Schools are the leading provider
suicide is the second leading cause though I’m nearly 32 years of age, of mental health services for youth.
of death for African-American They study also found that I can still remember how tough it Thus, there needs to be a greater
youth. According to Khubchandani, Georgia had the highest rate in the was mentally to get through one day emphasis on urban public schools
the rate of African-American male nation, at 5.8 per 100,000 people, during my teenage years. providing adequate screening,
suicides increased by 60 percent and of African-American adolescent Adults think what children and treatment and referral services for
for African-American females, the suicides from 2015-2017. teens go through daily is peanuts in adolescents with mental health
rate increased by 182 percent from For decades, addressing men- comparison to what they deal with, disorders.”
2001 to 2017. During that period, tal health has been a taboo topic in and one could argue the validity These days, therapy has become
there were 1,375 male suicides and the African-American community. of that point of view. But between a growing topic in the Black com-
377 female suicides. In the past, if a Black person was struggling to stay on top of school- munity. People aren’t ashamed to
The study, “The Changing struggling with their mental or work, trying to be socially accepted, see a therapist or share their mental
Characteristics of African-American emotional health, they were either dealing with bullies at school or struggles with society. Some celeb-
Adolescent Suicides, 2001–2017,” ignored and deemed “crazy,” or told home and cyberbullying on top of rities and athletes are advocating for
which was published in the Journal to “Talk to Jesus about that.” that, the pressure could be too much access to mental health treatment,
of Community Health, found that As a person with deep faith, I for a child. Add in racism, or even including Black celebrities and
68,528 African-American males and believe that God can handle any homophobia, poverty or any other athletes such as actress Taraji P.
94,760 females made suicide at- problem that I’m dealing with, marginalized category they may fall Henson, NBA star DeMar DeRo-
tempts serious enough that they had including struggles with mental in to, I can understand how a child zan and former NBA star Metta
to be treated by health professionals health. However, I also believe that or teen can question the value of World Peace.
in 2017. Males were most likely to God put people on earth—such as living. I hope in the next decade we
use firearms (52 percent) or to hang/ therapists, doctors, dentists, etc.— If a parent, or any adult in a will see suicide rates decline among
suffocate themselves (34 percent) to and blessed them with certain gifts child’s life, isn’t paying attention African-American youth. It starts at
commit suicide, while females used that could help people survive what- to the child’s mental or emotional home with the parent or legal guard-
hanging/suffocation (56 percent) ever ails them. So, I can “talk to well-being, it can have fatal conse- ian.
or firearms (21 percent) to commit Jesus” and talk to a therapist to help quences as the study showed. Khub-
suicides. chandani said a form of protection

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Like, love or loathe him, it

Trumpster fire sponsors. Bipartisan with greased I know you are not one greatly
is clear that President Donald
J. Trump’s brand of politics is ‘One Man’s skids anyone? The president should
have challenged Congress to have
prone to taking advice and counsel
from others—more action, less
scorched earth. If you take a swing, Opinion’ this bill on his desk, ready for distraction. Communicate, complete
he will swing back and probably signature prior to Labor Day, while and deliver more of your agenda;
harder. His blows don’t always Bill Crane celebrating July 4th with veteran less million shots a day, more laser
connect of course and he often ends bill.csicrane@gmail.com
families at the same time.  beam, less shotgun style. Fewer
up damaging himself.    This would have been wedding Trumpster fires, more solutions that
A reasonably well respected the president’s stated priorities matter. You’ll be glad you did.
United Nations Ambassador, Nikki and his First Lady appear somewhat with his actions, and not just
Haley, announces her own pending wilted before they were able to symbolism, Tweets or commanding Bill Crane also serves as a
departure. Before this became an make a speedy exit.  attention. The cost of this change is political analyst and commentator
almost weekly event in the Trump And yet this platform also estimated to be about $5.6 billion for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-
White House, there was a significant provided the perfect stage for and will immediately impact AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5
amount of punditry around who another missed opportunity.  roughly 65,000 survivor families. FM, as well as a columnist for The
might replace her or become the For nearing a quarter century, And with that type of substantive Champion, DeKalb Free Press and
"face of America" on the floor of during Democratic and Republican real news in his remarks, several Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb
the U.N. Assembly Hall. Trumpster administrations alike, Congress attending members of the Joint native and business owner, living
fire distraction: “I might appoint my and the White House have been Chiefs of Staff, might have in Scottdale. You can reach him
daughter Ivanka.”  wrestling with a gaffe and glitch in appeared a bit happier to be there. or comment on a column at bill.
White House chief of staff, federal law which has diminished  So, Mr. President, though csicrane@gmail.com. 
defense secretary and director survivor death benefits for widows
of Homeland Security depart in of service personnel. This glitch is
successive order, leaving a series of known as “The Widow’s Tax.” A
acting secretaries in place without long-standing V.A. death benefit is
Senate confirmation. Trumpster fire: a roughly $15,000 annual payment,
“I might appoint my son-in-law paid in monthly installments, to
Jared.” I think I’m noting a pattern the survivors of uniformed service
here. personnel killed in the line of duty. 
 The U.S. economy continues  A second program, offered
to perform as if on steroids. The by the Department of Defense,
month of June and second quarter, the Survivor Benefits plan, is
when many economists were funded out of potential retirement
forecasting a slowdown and benefits of the enlisted, via payroll
cooling, produced nearly a quarter deduction and subsidized by the
million new jobs. President Trump DOD, providing survivors up to 55
and his trade representatives percent of the salary of the departed
have negotiated the U.S./Mexico/ soldier. As a cost-saving measure,
Canada, trade agreement to replace post-Vietnam and prior to the first
NAFTA, however the new treaty Persian Gulf conflict, the DOD
has yet to undergo the confirmation introduced a funding cut offset. For
process required in the U.S. Senate, every dollar paid out by the V.A.
and though brinksmanship and death benefit, up to $15,000 per
threatening massive tariffs may year, the pay-out from the DOD
destabilize the financial markets, survivor benefits plan is reduced
it has, so far, been a successful by matching dollar amount paid to
brokering tool for getting China widows. Many families figured this
back to the negotiating table.  out and changed the beneficiary on
 As with Trump’s recent desire the second policy to their children,
for a massive spectacle and salute versus the widowed parent. This
to the military on the Fourth of July, saved families suffering great loss
the devil is in the details. His speech more than $1,000 a month. Until
was reasonably high-minded and the 2018 tax law went into effect,
patriotic, without devolving into ending the practice of passing
jingoism or becoming a campaign this benefit through to surviving
platform. The president stuck children, and subjects that income
largely to script and teleprompter, to a tax of up to 35 percent.
and he stayed until the end despite  The latest Congressional
some pretty heavy rainfall (which bill to fix this mess has 324 U.S.
he despises) and which made him House and 72 U.S. Senate co-

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Celebrity mom hopes to bring change to food service industry

traditional shared kitchen. She be great exposure for chefs in the
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN wanted to create an incubator. area. HUNGRY also teamed with
horace@dekalbchamp.com Patton’s dream came to fruition Patton’s son Usher to launch in the
approximately three years ago when Atlanta-area market with more than
R&B sensation Usher has she opened her kitchen.  20 chefs, some of whom cook with
been a household name to many Patton said most aspiring chefs J’s Kitchen. 
throughout his career, and his know how to produce tasty food “My relationship with
manager, who happens to be his to grow their company but lack HUNGRY is something I truly
mother, Jonnetta Patton, hopes her business acumen.  believe in. This is a $25 billion-
DeKalb business will have similar Topics covered in Patton’s dollar business that I’m offering
success.  classes include understanding the to my chefs,” Patton said. “They
Patton owns J’s Kitchen business, understanding financials, have a great opportunity to make a
Culinary Incubator, a DeKalb-based returns on investment, becoming successful business and not have to
company that provides aspiring an entrepreneur and funding a hustle.”
chefs and caterers commercial business.  Patton said although she’s a
kitchen space, equipment, food “I wanted to add a business business-minded woman first,
packaging services and business service. I bring the business she has been working hard in the
workshops to help launch their professionals to them because kitchen as well. Patton said she
businesses. my mission is to help these plans to expand her business in the
Patton said she’s inspired by chefs establish ownership and a future and possibly create a food
helping other chefs develop their sustainable business,” Patton said.  truck company. 
business plans.  Jonnetta Patton created a DeKalb-based culinary Patton recently partnered with “Can’t you see a J’s Kitchen
“My purpose in life is helping incubator to partner local chefs with business HUNGRY, an online marketplace in the middle of Times Square?
others evolve,” Patton said. “That’s professionals. Photo provided
that connects independent chefs Watching all these chefs has made
what I did for 17 years and I did to businesses and catering me step my game up in the kitchen,”
nothing for Jonnetta. I didn’t shared kitchen and I looked into the events, to pair chefs from her J’s Patton said, laughing. “I love what
realize that until I retired [from whole process and I wanted to be Kitchen Culinary Incubator with I do and I’m living my best life
entertainment]. One day one of different.” HUNGRY’s customer pipeline.  because right now, I’m living it for
my chefs said I should open a Patton said she wanted Patton said the partnership could me.”
something different than a

A crowd gathers at the Dunwoody Nature Center North Woods Pavilion for a free bubble show. Photos by Horace Holloman.

BUBBLES Continued From Page 1

confidence in her shows has grown throughout surprised by the turnout.  17. Wedderburn said more than 3,000 people
the years.  “Wow,” Wedderburn said, laughing. “It was attended last year’s festival.
According to a nature center spokesperson, more than we expected but we’re happy to see so “We’re happy we can offer such programs to
Bo the Bubbleologist also performs her show at much interest from the community.”  the community. People are learning about us and
summer camps. The July 6 show was Bowman’s Wedderburn said the nature center will host we’re starting to get the word out about what we
first free Saturday show at the nature center.  a free program every first Saturday of the month do here,” Wedderburn said. 
Lisha Wedderburn, weekend coordinator featuring different themes. The nature center will
for Dunwoody Nature Center, said she was also host its 25th annual butterfly festival Aug.

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Community shows concern as crime continues to rise had more than 60 homicides
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN from January through June
horace@dekalbchamp.com —nearly 20 homicides more
than the same timeframe last
Yvonne Jobe, a resident year. Jobe said her nephew
of DeKalb County for more was killed due to gun
than 46 years, said she’s violence in 2005. 
ready for a change in her “The gunshots at night,
community.  I’m tired of them. You don’t
PICTURES NEW: Stop the violence rally “I’m sick of the litter know where they’re coming
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General Cutline: DeKalb County residents gather in Decatur for a stop the violence rally
sick of the violence. I’ve see if it’s coming through
June 29.
lived here since 1973 and your roof. It’s constant and
I’ve seen my neighborhood I’m sick of the violence and
go through all these the young people killing
changes,” Jobe said. “I’m each other. It’s Black on
praying before my life is Black killings for no reason.
over it can come back to Drugs play a major part in
what it once was.” it,” Jobe said. “I’m willing
According to police to do anything I can do
officials, DeKalb County to help and clean up our
DeKalb County residents gather in Decatur for a stop the violence rally June 29. Photos by Shawn Craig

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Lt. j.g. Jeanelle Seals of Decatur, who is assigned to the San Antonio dock ship, gives a ship tour for students from St.
Joseph’s College for Women during a scheduled port call in Visakhapatnam, India. Photo provided by U.S. Navy Mass Decatur Police Department Lt. Woodward stands beside his “partner” during an outing.

Officer Velez visited with young campers at the Samuel L. Jones Boys & Girls Club to discuss Tucker’s Parks and Recreation Department hosted its first Fourth of July Cookout at Kelley Cofer Park pool, which
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City adopts 2019

millage rate
BY CARLA PARKER same property tax revenue
Carla@dekalbchamp.com this year as the prior year,
would be 13.283,” he said.
Clarkston City Council “We’re recommending
has adopted a millage rate the 15.89 mils, which is
15.89 mils for the 2019 a 19.63 percent increase,
fiscal year. so that the tax rate would
The council remain the same due to the
unanimously voted July 2 to values increasing. Our real
adopt the 2019 millage rate property values increased by Clarkston City Council unanimously voted to adopt the 2019 millage rate of 15.89 mils. Photo by Carla Parker
of 15.89 mils, which is an 24.16 percent.”
increase of 2.607 mils over Gomez said at the July 2 current 2019 projected net increase in the net digest mils would be needed in
the rollback rate of 13.283. meeting that the valuation of tax digest for the city is valuation. fiscal year 2019 to balance
City manager Robin Gomez all properties is determined $209,105,296, which is a City officials said the the budget, according to city
said last month that the rate by the DeKalb County tax 25.3 percent increase from mathematical millage rate officials. City staff reviewed
would increase property assessor’s office. the 2018 net tax digest of required to balance the the budget and identified
taxes by 19.63 percent. “Those values are not $166,859,487. The rollback fiscal year 2019 budget is a net budget decrease of
“Based on the total determined by staff, myself, millage rate of 13.283 mils 17.296 mils. The budget $294,138 that will decrease
tax digest, the rollback mayor or city council of the for 2019 is lower than the was approved with the the millage rate needed to
millage rate for the city of city of Clarkston,” he said. 2018 adopted millage rate understanding that an balance the budget to 15.89
Clarkston to generate the City officials said the of 15.89 mils due to the approximate increase of 2 mils.


Lithonia has sent requests for proposals for construction of sidewalks along Bruce Street to repair cracks due to old concrete. Photos by Carla Parker

Upgrades coming to Bruce Street sidewalk

of sidewalks along Bruce Street will be responsible for removing to their original condition.
BY CARLA PARKER from the Bruce Street Park sign to the existing sidewalk, grading, City officials said the project
Carla@dekalbchamp.com Bruce Court, and from Bruce Court compacting, forming, pouring is partially funded by Georgia
to Pendley Street. According to and finishing of concrete. The Department of Transportation’s
the city, the project will consist of project also includes removal Local Maintenance & Improvement
The sidewalk along Bruce Street
construction of approximately 490 and replacement of any disturbed Grant funds.
in Lithonia will soon get a facelift.
feet of sidewalk. shrubbery as well as adding topsoil
The city sent request for
City officials said the contractor and grass to restore disturbed areas
proposals (RFP) for construction


The current public safety facility doubles as storage Artist rendering of the new Brookhaven public safety building to be completed summer 2021. Photos provided by the city of Brookhaven.
areas, according to Brookhaven officials.

City to build $15 million public safety building

BY TAYLOR ROBINS with SPLOST proceeds, court. acquired with funds from Healthcare of Atlanta,
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com approved by voters in “The addition of this the Community Investment announced in December
November 2017. An new building reflects the Agreement with Children’s 2017.
During a June 25 additional $3 million is city’s vision to invest in and
city council meeting, estimated for furnishings, grow our physical resources CITY OF CLARKSTON
Brookhaven approved the fixtures, equipment, project to meet the needs of the
management and other residents and employees,” NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
construction contract for its
new public safety building. expenses related to moving said Brookhaven Mayor QUALIFYING REQUIREMENTS AND REGISTRATION
Brookhaven choose into the new facility. John Ernst. “The old
Brookhaven also facility had long been Notice is hereby given that a General Election for the
Braselton-based firm City of Clarkston will be held on Tuesday, November 5,
BM&K Construction & approved a contract with inadequate in terms of
2019 to elect three (3) Council Members to the
Engineering to build the Lowe Engineers for project accommodating our police Clarkston City Council. The term of office is four (4)
facilty─1793 Briarwood management services for the and court system. Not only years and the elected officials will be sworn in at the
Road in Brookhaven. building for $400,000. will we now be able to meet January 2020 meeting of the City Council.
Construction for the According to a these needs, but this new
press release, city staff facility should prove to be Voting will take place at the Clarkston First Baptist
building that will hold Church, 4007 Church Street, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
the Brookhaven Police is currently crowded an important catalyst for Any person who is a resident of the City of Clarkston
Department and Municipal into a rented building at redevelopment in this area and who is registered at least thirty (30) days prior to this
Court is due to be completed 2665 Buford Highway. of the city.” election with the DeKalb County Board of Registrations
by summer 2021. The current building has Brookhaven already and Elections as an elector within the City of Clarkston
54 parking spaces for a owned the property where shall be eligible to vote in this election. Deadline for
The construction voter registration is October 7, 2019.
contract for the $15 police department with 85 the building will be
million facility is funded employees and a municipal located. The property was Persons wishing to qualify for this election may file
a Notice of Candidacy with the Municipal Election
Superintendent at Clarkston City Hall Annex, 1055
Rowland Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning
Public Notice City of Chamblee on Monday, August 19, 2019 to Friday, August 23,
2019 (Georgia Election Code 21-2-132 (d)(3). The

DeKalb County, Georgia
The Downtown Development Authority of the Qualifying fee for council is $105, represents 3% of
City of Chamblee will have a called meeting the total gross salary of the preceding year (Georgia
Election Code 21-2-131 (a) (1) (A). Each Candidate
on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. until must meet the qualifications of the Charter and Code of

approximately 7 p.m. The meeting will be held the City of Clarkston, as well as all applicable state and
at Chamblee City Hall located at 5468 Peachtree constitutional laws.
Road, Chamblee, GA 30341.
Application for absentee ballots may be made by mail or

in person to the Absentee Ballot Clerk, DeKalb County
Public Notice City of Chamblee Elections Division, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA
DeKalb County, Georgia 30032, 404-298-4020.
The Urban Redevelopment Agency of the City of
This notice is given pursuant to Chapter 21 of the Official

Chamblee will have a called meeting on Tuesday,
July 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. until approximately 7:30 Code of Georgia, as amended, pertaining to municipal
elections, this 26th June 2019.
p.m. The meeting will be held at the Chamblee Civic
Center located at 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA Tracy Ashby, City Clerk and
30341. Municipal Election Superintendent


Local business taps into electric bicycle trend

BY KATHY MITCHELL “Everything is in stock. Business has grown
FREELANCE REPORTER A customer can leave with rapidly since ElectroBike
the bike he wants without opened, according to
When Eric Hunger waiting for it to be ordered Hunger. “Brookhaven
decided he was tired of and shipped,” Hunger said. has been an ideal place to
spending his nights in hotel “I want people to think of open a business. The city,
rooms, he began looking ElectroBike as the place to the chamber of commerce
for an opportunity to leave go for an informed selection and the community have
his employer and start his in personal electronic all been helpful and
own business. “I knew that transportation. We don’t welcoming,” he said. “Also,
whatever was trending in want to be a local business; the main store is near Emory
Europe would probably be we want to be a regional and electric bikes are perfect
popular in the United States business with shoppers from for moving around a large
within four to five years. I across the state coming here urban campus.”
noticed that electric bicycles for electric bikes.” While electric bikes are
were very popular all over Hunger said popular among students,
Europe.” ElectroBike’s Beltline they aren’t just popular with
Hunger said his choice store in Atlanta’s Old 4th young people, Hunger said.
of a bicycle-related business Ward offers e-bike rentals. “We have customers from
was not just about potential “People who aren’t sure 15 to 85 years old. People
profitability; his interest in that e-bikes are for them who have enjoyed biking
bicycles dates to his youth. can try them out along the most of their lives but have
“My grandfather raced Atlanta Beltline and see hip or knee replacements
bicycles as far back as for themselves how easy find they can continue to
1928. As soon as I was old they are to operate and how bike as they recover and
enough, he not only taught much fun they are to ride,” keep up with a spouse on a
me to ride, he taught me to he said. traditional bicycle.”
Eric Hunger describes the inventory at ElectroBike Georgia as “the most versatile and
work on bicycles.” robust in the Southeast.” Photo provided
Electric bicycles, he
noted, are an inexpensive, fold the bike and put it in versatile and robust in the
environmentally friendly the trunk or carry it on the Southeast.”
way to move about, bus or train.” Hunger added “People who frequently
particularly in large cities
and such places as college
campuses. After some
that folding models also are
easily stored at home or at
the rider’s destination.
rent e-scooters to get around
the city are discovering
that by purchasing one they
research, Hunger three years
ago opened ElectroBike
Georgia, with a flagship
ElectroBike Georgia
offers more than 22 electric
bike models from three
get a better-quality scooter
and save money in the long
run,” he said.
store in Brighton Park manufacturers as well as In addition to being
Shopping Center near
North Druid Hills Road in
a selection of e-scooters
that can be seen at the
practical, Hunger said,
electronic bicycles and Call 404.373.7779 Ext 110
Hunger explained
Brookhaven showroom,
Hunger said, calling the
store’s inventory “the most
scooters are fun. “Many
people ride them for
recreation,” he noted.
for more information.
that electric bicycles are
powered by rechargeable
batteries; they can be
ridden like traditional The Mayor and City Council of the City of Lithonia do hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at the
bikes, but with the flip of a Lithonia City Hall, 6920 Main Street, Lithonia 30058 on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. § 48-5-32
switch they provide pedal do hereby publish the following presentation of the current year's tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest
and levy for the past five years.
assist or throttle power.
traditional bicycles until 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Real & Personal $ 34,914,658
they get to a hill or become Motor Vehicles
347,940.00 $ 301,750
tired. They are well suited Mobile Homes $ 93,990 $ 93,990 $ 93,990 $ 87,151 $ 79,712.00 $ 75,224
for commuting to work Timber - 100%
or school even at heavy Heavy Duty Equipment
Gross Digest $ 21,744,214 $ 23,248,502 $ 27,415,788 $ 30,147,012 $ 38,972,037.00 $ 35,291,632
traffic times. You can arrive Less Exemptions $ 526,915 $ 536,850 $ 550,783 $ 572,747 $ 5,357,734.00 $ 648,601
without being sweaty from NET DIGEST VALUE $ 21,217,299 $ 22,711,652 $ 26,865,005 $ 29,574,265 $ 33,614,303.00 $ 34,643,031
pedaling up inclines.” Gross Maintenance
He noted that folding & Operation Millage
models, which he calls Less Rollback
(Local Option Sales
“extremely portable,” are Tax) $ 21,217,299 $ 22,711,652 $ 26,865,005 $ 29,574,265 $ 33,614,303.00 $ 34,643,031
particularly popular. “If NET M&O MILLAGE 17.869 17.000 15.768 14.074 11.116 11.968
you ride the bike to work NET M&O TAXES
and discover the weather is 17.869 17.000 15.768 14.074 11.116 11.968
bad when you leave, you $ 379,131.92 $ 386,098.08 $ 423,607.40 $ 416,228.21 $ 373,656.59 $ 414,607.80
can call a car service and $ 379,131.92 $ 6,966.17 $ 37,509.31 $ (7,379.19) $ (42,571.61) $ 40,951.20
#DIV/0! 1.84% 9.71% -1.74% -10.23% 10.96%


by Taylor Robins • Taylor@dekalbchamp.com

Langford named to Dean’s List at Ithaca

Katherine Langford of Decatur was named
to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester.
Langford is majoring in writing.

Vess graduates from the University of

Jennifer Vess of Stone Mountain was one of
more than 4,800 UI undergraduate, graduate and
professional students to participate in graduation
ceremonies in May. Vess earned a master of art

Wottor earns degree from Albright

A graduate of Saint Timothy’s School, Elsa
Akou Wottor of Lithonia has earned a bachelor of
arts degree in communications.

Students named to president’s list at

Clemson University
Students have been named to the president’s list
at Clemson University for the spring 2019 semester.
Students include: Luke Hale, Haley McKee,

Uncertified teachers
Nicholas Muenchen and Josephine Wirtz, all of

URI students named to the spring 2019

dean’s list

let go by DCSD
The University of Rhode Island is announced
the spring 2019 dean’s list.
Lindsay Agvent of Brookhaven is included on
the list.
To be included on the dean’s list, full-time
students must have completed 12 or more credits
the vacant positions have been filled for the for letter grades during a semester and achieved at
BY TAYLOR ROBINS 2019-2020 school year. least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com “DCSD is continuing to vet, screen and qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits
interview certified candidates to fill all current for letter grades earning at least a 3.30 quality point
vacancies, regardless of the reason for the average.
More than 100 DeKalb County School vacancy,” stated DCSD officials.
District (DCSD) teachers were let go for DCSD said the district has provided the Valdosta State University announces
being uncertified in June. uncertified teachers with information on spring 2019 dean’s list
After a nationwide shortage of teachers how to become certified in Georgia. Once an
in 2016, DeKalb County hired uncertified uncertified teacher has obtained certification, Valdosta State University announced its spring
teachers to fill vacancies in “hard to fill” they may reapply. 2019 dean’s list. Students who achieve a semester
positions. The district waived certification to According to the Teacher Certification grade point average of 3.50 or higher on nine or
fill the positions. Degrees website, candidates can become more semester hours with an institutional grade
“DCSD believed that the approach certified several ways by the Georgia point average of 3.00 or higher are recognized by
to hiring individuals with a minimum of Professional Standards Commission. The being placed on the dean’s list.
a bachelor’s degree and some content or website provides guidelines for candidates Students include: Aliyyah Abdul-latif of
subject area background knowledge was who don’t have a degree, have a degree but Lithonia, Cyle Clark of Lithonia, Jamie Croff
the best approach at the time, versus having not an education degree and candidates who of Stone Mountain, Kwesi Fleming of Decatur,
a substitute in the class with no content or have a teaching degree but are interested in Kayla George of Clarkston, Quartney Groves
subject area background,” DCSD officials additional training. of Clarkston, Jasmine Harris of Lithonia, Kayla
said in a statement. DCSD will hold a teacher job fair July 18 Hopkins of Decatur, Nabiyla Howard of Lithonia,
The uncertified teachers were placed in to fill the remaining vacant positions. The fair Mamadou Mbaye of Lithonia, Danielle McKay
areas of early childhood education, middle will take place at Martin Luther King High of Lithonia, Sariah Millar of Decatur, Tatum
grades and secondary education. Specific School─3991 Snapfinger Road in Lithonia Newsome of Decatur, Walter Parker of Decatur,
subject areas, where the teachers taught, from 9 a.m. to noon. The district is also taking Imani Pyron of Stone Mountain, Cicely Reid
were a combination of English language arts, candidate referrals and partnering with local of Stone Mountain, Sonya Smith of Lithonia,
special education, math, science, health and colleges and universities for employment Maxwell Steele of Decatur and Victoria Walker of
physical education. opportunities. Lithonia.
According to DCSD officials, most of

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DeKalb Peachtree Airport will host
a public open house where residents
answer any questions. STONE MOUNTAIN will host an old-fashioned town
meet and greet car show July 13 on
The workshop is $20 and will be
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6-8 p.m. in Dunwoody─6:45-8:30 p.m. Stone Mountain will host “Village antiques, street rods, motorcycles and
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Danielson to lead
Oglethorpe tennis programs
Oglethorpe University’s in 2017.
athletic department “I am pleased to
announced the hiring of announce Paul’s hiring as
Paul Danielson as its new our new head tennis coach,”
head tennis coach. said Oglethorpe Director
Danielson served as of Athletics Todd Brooks.
the program’s lead assistant “His extensive experience
coach for the past three as a player and a teaching
seasons and as a volunteer professional will serve him
assistant for a season well in building on our ever-
under retiring head coach improving tennis program.
Peter Howell, helping the We have been fortunate to Oglethorpe’s tennis program lead assistant coach Paul Danielson has been named head coach.
Stormy Petrel men’s team have him for the past few
to consecutive 12-7 records years as our assistant coach and director of tennis at University,” Danielson The new Petrel head
over the last two years and and I know his familiarity clubs in the Atlanta area and said. “I’m forever grateful coach inherits a men’s team
to a spot in the semifinals with our program, and Alabama. to Peter Howell and am that went 5-2 in league
of the SAA Tournament in Oglethorpe University as In addition to serving privileged to carry on play, in addition to its 12-7
April. The team finished a whole, will allow him to as an Oglethorpe assistant the legacy that Peter has overall record in 2019, the
third in the league this establish himself in this new coach, Danielson has also left behind. Oglethorpe, team finished as the 11th-
season. role quickly and efficiently.” worked as tennis instructor specifically the tennis ranked team in the Atlantic
On the women’s side, Danielson ascends to in Atlanta. program, holds a very South region. The women’s
the Petrels advanced to the the head coaching position “I am incredibly special place in my heart squad finished 17th in the
SAA semifinals in 2016 and after more than 30 years of humbled and honored to and to be able to officially Atlantic South, compiling
2017, earning a third-place coaching and instructional become the head coach for join the family is a true an 8-8 overall record and
conference finish in 2016 experience, having served as the men’s and women’s privilege. I can’t wait to get finished seventh in a tough
and a fourth-place standing the head tennis professional tennis teams at Oglethorpe started.” SAA in 2019.


Agnes Scott athletic director resigns 2017-18 academic year,

BY CARLA PARKER with a color scheme, logo
Carla@dekalbchamp.com and social media strategy,
according to the department.

“While I am personally
gnes Scott saddened to see her leave
College Agnes Scott, she has my
announced full support,” said Karen
July 2 that athletic director Goff, vice president for
Allison Kern has resigned. student affairs and dean of
Kern is stepping down students. “I know with the
from her position one year groundwork laid by her
after accepting the lead role. predecessors, as well as
She has been at Agnes Scott the work she has done to
for three years, including advance the ASC athletics
a one-season term as the program, I am confident
school’s head womens' Agnes Scott Athletics
basketball coach. Before will continue to grow and
making the transition into Agnes Scott College athletic director Allison Kern announced her resignation July 2. thrive.”
athletics administration, she Agnes Scott officials
was named the department’s athletics department, Kern ever golf tournament Atlanta. said a national search for a
first assistant athletic played a key role in the fundraiser—the Agnes Scott Kern was also a factor new director of athletics will
director for external affairs. creation and installation Athletics Golf Classic—at in the athletics department's begin in the fall.
According to the of the department’s first- East Lake Golf Club in rebranding ahead of the



RALLY Continued From Page 8

DeKalb County
Commissioner Lorraine
Cochran-Johnson said a part
of the problem is a lack of
Major Danny Jordan, a native
of DeKalb County, said the
department is addressing the
issue by increasing its presence
in high-crime areas. 
economic opportunity. “We’re The department hosted Hello, my name is Lobster
at 62 people in 2019. Last year community roll calls in June (ID# 39962306 ). I am a sweet,
we had a total of 66,” Cochran- as part of the department’s wiggly boy who love cuddles
and belly rubs. I am a great
Johnson said. “We’re on course Homicide and Aggravated tennis ball player and love to
to have a record year of murder Assault Location Targeting make new doggie friends. I'm
and be the murder capital in the Initiative. Roll calls are also a good listener and am
state of Georgia. When you think department meetings in which learning my basic commands.
But most of all, I love people
about crime, most everything we officers share information, give and cannot wait to have my
deal with is economics.” details on crime suspects and own special someone to love
Commissioner Larry discuss officer accomplishments. and be loyal to.
Johnson hosted a clean-up day Jordan said he hopes the
If you would like to expand
and stop the violence rally on increase of police presence will your family by 4 furry little
June 29 in Decatur. Johnson curb some of the violent crime feet; ask to meet Lobster and
said to improve the community, in the area. The precinct also have a loving friend forever.
everyone must get involved.  holds a community meeting the All adoptions include your
new pet's spay or neuter,
“This is about working last Tuesday of every month at vaccinations, microchip and
together. It has to be all of us 6:30 p.m. at the south DeKalb more! For more information
making a difference together. Precinct across from the South about Lobster please call (404)
The church, community, police, DeKalb Mall. 294-2165 or email adoption@
we all have to come together “We want to change the All potential adopters will be
to make a difference,” Johnson culture,” Jordan said. “I was screened to ensure Lincoln
said.  raised in south DeKalb. We’re goes to a good home. Hours:
DeKalb County Police invested in improving this Mon-Fri; 11am-7pm / Sat-Sun;
Department South Precinct community.”
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