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Youth
music
group
seeks
help
BY TAYLOR ROBINS
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com

S
tudents of DeKalb
County School District
(DCSD) have been
grooving around the country
as Dynamix─an Orff ensemble
that plays xylophones.
However, to continue
spreading joy through music,
the group needs community DeKalb County students form the youth music group Dynamix. Photo provided by Chelsea Cook.
support.
The group is an Orff called the White House and told there.” may not have academically.”
ensemble that uses the Orff officials about the group. After The group is considered a According to Cook, some
Approach─an approach the officials watched a YouTube nonprofit organization, but does of the students want to be
in musical education that video, they called back with not have a board of directors. musicians and some don’t.
combines music, movement, an invitation to perform in the Cook said she would like a However, Cook said music
drama and speech into lessons nation’s capital. corporate sponsor to help with teaches disciplines that can be
and performances. “After that happened, so uniforms and travel expenses. used in life and in any career
“Cute smiles won’t cut it,” many opportunities came for my Among other places, Cook field the students choose.
said Chelsea Cook, Dynamix kids.” said Cook. would like the students to take Learning the approach makes for
founder and music director. The group later changed its a trip to Carnegie Hall in New a hard beginning of the season,
“With anything it takes money name to Dynamix and features York City. according to Cook. However,
to make it happen. Most of my 25 third to eighth grade students “I think music is essential being part of the groups provides
kids come from low-income from multiple DCSD schools. and so important,” said Cook. a sense of community.
families. The students have Dynamix has performed on “I’m a testament as to how “They’re magicians but
talent, but the parents simply America’s Got Talent, as well music can change a life. I was a they’re still kids. So when
cannot afford the program.” as other competitions and major failing student at one point and you get to the end product and
The group started as the music conferences. my parents put me in private they’re playing music that’s way
Dynamic Dolphins at Dunaire “It’s still a struggle,” said piano lessons. I went from low beyond their level, being magical
Elementary─which only Cook. “The kids are amazing. grades to making straight A’s. on stage and they actually
included fourth and fifth grade People see them. I’m getting Seeing students that have this love doing it. That is the most
students─in 2011. In the first calls left and right for them natural raw talent, I just think fulfilling thing,” said Cook.
year, the group performed to perform but some of the it’s important to invest in them To donate to the group visit
on the local news and at the opportunities I’ve had to turn and give them an opportunity to www.dynamixxylophonists.org.
White House. Cook said she down because the funds are not express their abilities that they

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PINE LAKE

BY TAYLOR ROBINS
Pine Lake debuts new city hall
dedicated to Pine Lake. She sang and played
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com the acoustic guitar.
“I’ve been singing, I’ve been yelling and
Pine Lake picked a spooky day to unveil running around. I’m over the moon,” said
its new city hall to the public Oct. 31. Hammet. “I’ve lost all dignity. This morning I
“We are now in the middle where the city had a lot of dignity before I got here. I’ve lost
does business and that is really exciting,” said it all.”
Pine Lake Mayor Melanie Hammet. “This Pine Lake’s previous city hall–located at
identifies our city in a different way.” 462 Clubhouse Drive–is a 1940s cottage. The
The city purchased the building─located at property will still house the city’s court, police
425 Allgood Road in Pine Lake─for $130,000 department and council meetings.
in December 2018. The city renovated the According to Hammet, the building is
building for $10,000, adding thresholds, “starting to tilt toward the center of the earth. Pine Lake officials cut the ribbons to its new city hall Oct. 31. Photo provided by
interior windows and panic exit devices. The Squirrels are starting to take residence in the Danielle Ross of DanielleRossPhotos.
building was a psychiatrist’s office before chimney. So, [the choice was a good one] just
being purchased by the city. in terms of the cost of renovating that building
“All administrative functions will be versus getting a building that is significantly
housed under the same roof finally,” said newer and moving us into the center of our
Hammet. “That’s a big deal.” business district where the city does business.
The building holds the offices of the Bringing the city identity out here means
mayor, city clerk, court clerk and city everything.”
administrator. The building also has a kitchen, The now vacant area will serve as an artist
bookkeeping area and a waiting room. The market starting in December, where residents
mayor’s office has a space to hold small and visitors can purchase products from artists.
conferences. The city still has to determine repairs that Pine Lake’s new city hall is now located in the city’s business district 5. Photo by
Hammet, who is also a musician, need to be made to the building. Taylor Robins.
performed an original song “Itty Bitty City”
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 • Page 3

LITHONIA DUNWOODY

Jackson delivers final state of city address Attempted child


BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com
abductor sought
BY TAYLOR ROBINS
The state of Lithonia is
“very good,” according to mayor Taylor@dekalbchamp.com
Deborah Jackson.
Jackson gave her final state of The
the city address Nov. 24 at Lithonia Dunwoody
Middle School, the same place she Police
was sworn in as mayor eight years Department
ago. She highlighted the city’s announced Oct.
accomplishments during her tenure 30 that they
and the challenges the city had to are looking for
overcome to meet its goals. a woman who
“When I review the record attempted to lure Police are looking for
of what has been accomplished a child into a car a female suspect after
and what I outlined as my goals Oct. 24. a Dunwoody incident
starting in 2012 to now, overall, the At involving a child. Video
record shows significant progress,” approximately provided by Dunwoody
Jackson said. “While it has not Police Department.
5:45 p.m.,
always been a straight path, at the Dunwoody
end of the day, the goal to achieve police responded to an incident
was improve quality of life for the on Waterford Drive where a child
residents of Lithonia.” was riding his bicycle when he
Jackson said after taking the was approached by a red four-door
oath of office, her goal was to find Toyota sedan, driven by a female,
ways to get things done despite Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson gave her final state of the city address before she leaves office. Photo according to Dunwoody Police. The
having a small staff and budget. by Carla Parker suspect asked the child to get into the
She was able to do so by focusing car.
on the resources that were already DeKalb Board of Health, Georgia Communities from the Georgia When the child baked away from
available to the city rather than Municipal Association, DeKalb Chapter of the American Planning the suspect, the suspect followed him
worry about what the city didn’t Municipal Association, Arabia Association, according to Jackson. home, then left the neighborhood.
have. Mountain National Heritage Area The city also updated its zoning The suspect is described as a
“My experience and walk of Alliance, DeKalb County School code to facilitate development, White female with pink hair, blue
faith have taught me that we have District and others. created two master plans for eyes and a nose ring. The suspect’s
already been given what we need “These relationships [have] Lithonia Park and updated the age could be between mid-30s
to get the job done. I believed it allowed the city to obtain technical comprehensive plan and work plan. to early 40s, according to the
and acted on it,” she said. “One assistance to do things that would “With our partnership with Dunwoody Police Department.
of the things that we have are generally require hiring staff,” Wendover Housing Partners, Residents who have information
relationships.” Jackson said. we redeveloped the city-owned about the recent incidents should
During her tenure, Jackson These relationships led to the portion of the plaza into workforce contact Detective Robert Ehlbeck at
said the city strengthened its city completing its residential housing,” Jackson said. “Our (678) 382-6925.
relationships with such agencies as housing addition inventory, which goal has continued to be the Anonymous tips can be made on
the Atlanta Regional Commission, was awarded the Outstanding development of new housing, the Dunwoody Police website.
DeKalb County government, Planning Initiative for Small businesses and community
SEE LITHONIA ON PAGE 12

Dunwoody police searching for burglary suspect


get into the second floor shows the suspect Oct.
BY TAYLOR ROBINS windows of Dunwoody 29. The video, which
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com homes. The ladder was found can be viewed on www.
on one of the properties. TheChampionNewspaper.
Dunwoody Police
While the investigation is com, was captured on a Ring
Department is investigating
ongoing, residents are asked alarm system camera.
10 residential burglaries
to secure ladders left outside Residents who have
and asking residents to
homes; lock doors and information about the recent
take precautions while the
windows on all floors; report incidents should contact
investigation is ongoing.
suspicious activity to 9-1-1; Detective Robert Ehlbeck
The burglaries have
and to activate alarm systems at (678) 382-6925.
occurred over the last
and verify that non-typical Anonymous tips can
several weeks. According
entry points on all floors of a be made on the Dunwoody
to Dunwoody police, the
house are secured. Police website at https:// A burglary suspect was captured on a home surveillance system in Dunwoody. Video
burglaries have involved
Dunwoody police www.dunwoodyga.gov/. provided by Dunwoody Police Department.
a suspect using a ladder to
released a video that
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 • Page 4

Let the gaming begin


For years, some of Georgia’s gia’s Prekindergarten Program; and commercial gaming, we would have
more progressive lawmakers public schools have benefited from even more appeal as a destination
have floated the idea of allowing more than $1.8 billion in facility of choice for conventions, family
legalized gambling in our state upgrades. reunions and vacations.
in the forms of horse racing and Imagine casino-style gaming Georgia.org reports that tourism
casinos but have never moved John Hewitt at Stone Mountain Park, Lanier in Georgia is a $66.2 billion
forward with allowing it to be johnh@dekalbchamp.com Islands or Jekyll Island or a cen- industry. Couple the existing
included on a ballot to allow voters terpiece for tourism in downtown revenue with what could be
to express their opinions. Macon, Savannah and Atlanta. If expected if gambling were legalized
Our state has benefited Georgia’s growth in gaming would and our state would reap untold
tremendously from proceeds lottery proceeds fund specific be anything similar to what has hap- benefits from the mountains of
derived from our limited but education programs such as tuition pened in Ohio since gaming was North Georgia to the beaches of the
apparently wildly popular lottery grants and scholarships to under- legalized in that state, it would be a Golden Isles.
sales. It is now time to consider graduate college students attending windfall of jobs and revenue. Take the decision of whether to
approving casino-style gaming eligible Georgia colleges, universi- Clevescene.com reports that legalize casino-style gaming to the
in our state to further bolster our ties or technical schools in addition Ohio’s 11 commercial gambling people and allow them to voice their
economy. to funding the Georgia Prekinder- sites created 19,953 jobs, $804 opinions. It's time for officials to a
Georgia Lottery Commission garten Program for all 4-year-olds million in wages and $594 million stop stalling and put the issue to a
has operated for more than 25 years, in the state. in tax revenue each year. vote sooner their than later.
has cumulative sales in excess of More than 1.8 million students Georgia already has a healthy With all that our state has to
$80 billion and has transferred more have attended colleges through tourism industry with our offer, adding gaming to the mixture
than $21 billion to the state’s educa- Georgia’s HOPE scholarship combination of beaches, mountains, would surely be a win-win situation
tion account. program; more than 1.6 million lakes and streams and an admirable for all.
According to GaLottery.com. 4-year-olds have attended Geor- state parks network. By adding

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There are good forest fires


“Only you can prevent forest After last year’s record breaking arrive, break out the rakes and the
fires,” a longtime message from the
U.S. Ad Council and Smokey the
‘One Man’s fires causing massive property loss,
power loss and deaths, California
backhoes and let’s dig some fire
breaks and plan prescribed burns
Bear. Opinion’ was at the heart of a national debate well into springtime. If the current
to expand the use of controlled non-action pattern continues, it is
With apologies to Smokey Bill Crane and prescribed burns. Here we are only a matter of time before these
the Bear and my many friends in bill.csicrane@gmail.com a year later with a whole new set fires move further north into the
California—some reading this in of communities evacuating and at Pacific Northwest and endanger
darkened homes with no power— risk, and millions now temporarily those old growth hardwood forests,
the choice to build a community, it
there really are good forest fires, without electricity due to the aging including our national parks and
also only makes sense to take the
purposefully set, which could have, and vulnerable electrical grid in the Great Redwoods. This time
steps necessary to protect it.
and likely would have, saved them California, and its potential to spark next year may be too late to protect
 Working in middle Georgia
this current nightmare. or spread a fire due to the ongoing them.  Only you, California, can
as a television reporter in the mid-
 Controlled or prescribed drought conditions. If millions prevent your own forest fires. Just
'80s, I became quite familiar with
burnings are a key forestry and sitting in the dark or millions of ask Smokey.
the timber industry practice of
timberland management tool, acres and dozens of communities  
controlled burns and fires. Hundreds
largely begun and standardized literally running hoses on their Bill Crane also serves as a
of acres would be torched, in low
as an industry best practice in rooftops to save their homes isn’t political analyst and commentator
wind conditions, sometimes even
the state of Georgia since the cause for an emergency legislative for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-
using accelerants, along with fire
1950s. Droughts, long hot summers, session, I’m not sure what is. AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5
breaks (long ditches or natural
and fast-growing and vulnerable  People are losing their homes; FM, as well as a columnist for The
bodies of water which would
pine and other evergreen trees often entire towns are burning, dozens of Champion, DeKalb Free Press and
break or end the fire as it ran out
die, fall and litter the forest floor, thousands on both ends of the state Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb
of fuel). Yes, there was smoke and
along with pine straw, broken limbs have faced forced and mandatory native and business owner, living
sometimes blinding conditions, but
and bark as well as other small evacuations and still may not in Scottdale. You can reach him
rarely did any of those fires get out
shrubs and vegetation, each drying return home. When winter and or comment on a column at bill.
of control. 
into a fuel source akin to the tinder the potential rainy season finally csicrane@gmail.com. 
The Georgia Forestry
you would seek out to begin a Commission permits prescribed
campfire. burns as well as offering other
 Imagine thousands of acres of resources including onsite
that tinder, piled up from decades assistance for larger burns. The state
of non-forest management and has multiple statutes regulating the
a nearly 20-year prohibition on process including Georgia Burn
controlled burns or even the use of Permit Law O.C.G.A. 12-6-90 and
the big rakes referred to previously Georgia Prescribed Burning Act
by President Donald Trump to cull O.C.G.A. 12-6-145 to O.C.G.A. 12-
out dead plants, broken limbs and 6-149
dry underbrush, and you have the Controlled and prescribed burns
makings for massive fires, aided and fell out of favor in the western
abetted by the infamous Santa Anna states a few decades ago, as these
winds and other natural weather fires do release carbon into the
phenomenon, now annually visiting atmosphere and can add to smog
northern and southern California. and air pollution. But the difference
 I in no way mean to be is typically hundreds, or a few
flippant. We have friends who thousand acres, and a comparatively
have lost everything in these fires brief and defined fire rather than the
and last year’s fires—their homes, current situation with millions of
places of business and entire acres burning or at risk, turned from
communities. Yes, perhaps some of tinderbox to inferno by a lightning
the communities were developed in strike or an errant lit cigarette butt,
vulnerable areas and may not be re- aided and abetted by ill-timed but
built despite their beauty and natural annual high winds.
surroundings, but when we do make  

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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 • Page 6

Former officer sentenced to 20


years in death of unarmed man
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN
horace@dekalbchamp.com
DeKalb County
Superior Court Judge
LaTisha Dear Jackson
sentenced former DeKalb
County Police officer
Robert Olsen on Nov. 1
to 20 years after Olsen was
convicted in the shooting Short voting lines were seen at Avondale Estates city hall. Photos by Carla Parker

DeKalb sees low


death of an unarmed Air
Force veteran. According to
Jackson, Olsen will serve
12 years in custody and Carolyn Giummo, mother of Anthony
will serve the remaining Hill, speaks to the media after Robert

numbers in early voting


eight years on probation.  Olsen is sentenced.
Olsen did not testify
or offer a statement during
his sentencing hearing. community, both loved
Olsen was found guilty by their families and both
on charges of aggravated BY CARLA PARKER
were musicians.”
assault, two counts of carla@dekalbchamp.com
Jackson also ordered

D
violation of oath by a that Olsen is never to work
public officer and making a espite several
in law enforcement again contested races
false statement for actions or own firearms. During the
resulting in the death of for mayor and city
trial, prosecutors testified council seats in all DeKalb
26-year-old Anthony Hill.  that Olsen had a collection
Olsen was indicted by a County cities, the county
of approximately 12 guns.  saw a low turnout for ad-
DeKalb County grand jury Family and friends of
in 2016 for the shooting vance and absentee voting
Hill, along with DeKalb for the 2019 general munic-
death of Hill in March of County District Attorney
2015. Hill was unarmed at ipal and special election.
Sherry Boston held a press According to DeKalb
the time. Family members conference following the County Board of Registra- DeKalb County saw a low turnout for advance and absentee voting for the 2019 general
of Hill said he was sentencing. Boston said municipal and special election.
suffering from a mental tion and Elections, a total
the prosecuting team had of 7,886 registered voters to remove voters from the Georgia Project.
health episode. Olsen’s hoped for a longer sentence participated in early voting rolls. The letter alleges that
defense argued Olsen for Olsen.  (7,424) or sent in absentee “People being removed DeKalb election officials are
feared for his life during “While we were hoping ballots (462) between Oct. for simply not voting is un- continuing to purge eligible
the incident and shot Hill for a lengthier sentence, a 14 and Nov. 1. More than ethical and undemocratic,” voters in violation of federal
to protect himself.  measure of justice has been 3,000 people voted at the said Georgia NAACP Presi- law. According to the voting
Olsen made false served today for Anthony Dunwoody early voting dent Rev. James Woodall. rights advocates, an investi-
statements to cover up Hill and his family,” said location, while the DeKalb “We should be investing in gation revealed that DeKalb
his intent, including Boston. “A uniform, badge, Board of Registration and ways to make voting easier, illegally purged voters who
stating Hill was beating and gun are not a license Elections office saw 2,260 not harder. We pledge to lived in the city of Decatur
on his chest just before to shoot with impunity. voters. utilize our resources to not on the basis that the action
the shooting, prosecutors Robert Olsen had nonlethal More than 1,000 resi- only ensure that no voter had been recommended
stated. An internal review options that he could have dents voted in Brookhaven is unlawfully purged but by Decatur officials, even
board found that Olsen employed, but he made a and 936 voted at the Stone- also commit to challenging though municipalities can-
used excessive force different decision that day… crest location. Nov. 5 elec- the legal framework of the not challenge voters’ eligi-
against Hill. He resigned in one that cost a man his life. tion day turnout could see practice altogether.” bility under state law. The
2016 after being indicted We are thankful he will be low voter turnout as well. On Oct. 25, voting groups said emails confirm
by a DeKalb County Grand held accountable for his In the 2015 general mu- rights advocates sent a letter that Decatur officials did not
Jury.  actions.”  nicipal and special election, warning DeKalb election of- recommend the purge and
Prosecutors requested Hill’s family, including 13.50 percent of registered ficials to stop removing reg- appeared to have been initi-
that Olsen be sentenced his mother and father, said voters cast ballots. istered voters from the voter ated by a DeKalb employee
to a maximum of 30 years they were disappointed The low early voting registration rolls in violation who had a property inter-
with 25 years to serve in that Olsen did not speak turnout numbers come fol- of the National Voter Reg- est in the address at which
custody.  or acknowledge any lowing the announcement istration Act or risk facing some of the voters were
“In listening to the wrongdoing during trail.  that Georgia Secretary of legal action. The letter was registered.
evidence of this trial and “Fight for justice for State’s Office begun notify- issued by the Lawyers’ The Champion contact-
reading all 73 pages and all Anthony Hill. Even though ing approximately 330,000 Committee for Civil Rights ed a board member of the
25 character witness letters, I didn’t get the [sentence] “inactive voters” that they Under Law and the Geor- board of registrations and
people may not recognize that I wanted. Some time were being removed from gia ACLU on behalf of elections about voters being
it, but Robert Olsen and is better than no time,” voter registration rolls. the Georgia Coalition for purged from the rolls but
Anthony Hill have a lot said Hill’s mother Carolyn Voting rights advocates, the People’s Agenda, the did not receive a response
of similarities,” Jackson Giummo. “I have to accept including the NAACP, have Georgia State Conference by press time.
said. “They both love their what was given.” opposed the state’s decision of the NAACP and the New
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 • Page 7

Share the Warmth


TheCHAMPION
Coat Drive
Please help the less fortunate stay warm!
The Champion and other community partners are
collecting new and gently used outerwear such as
coats, hats and gloves to be given on Thanksgiving
to those in our community who need it the most.
COLLECTION BOXES WILL BE PLACED AT:
The Champion Newspaper Clerk of Superior Court DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Sauers Group, Inc
114 New Street, Suite E of DeKalb County 4415 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 1585 Roadhaven Dr.
Decatur, GA 30030 DeKalb County Courthouse (Sheriff Admin side of the Jail) Stone Mountain, GA 30083
556 N. McDonough St. Drop Off Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Decatur, GA 30030 Monday - Friday

COLLECTION EFFORTS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL NOV. 22


LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 • Page 8

LITHONIA

Family members of the late Maggie “MC” Woods and Lithonia officials celebrate the new street sign topper.

Lithonia honors late councilwoman with street sign topper


BY CARLA PARKER who served on the city
carla@dekalbchamp.com council in the early 2000s.
Lithonia Mayor
Lithonia’s first African- Deborah Jackson said
American councilwoman it was Lester who came
was honored posthumously to numerous city council
Oct. 28 with a street sign meetings to propose having
topper. the street corner dedicated to
Lithonia elected officials her mother.
joined the family of the late “We’re so happy to be
Maggie “MC” Woods for able to do this unveiling,”
the unveiling of a street Jackson said. “We think it’s
sign topper that displays important that we continue
Woods’ name at the corner to recognize our history and
of Magnolia Street and those who have come before
Williams Reynolds Grant us because those of us who
Drive, in front of the home are currently here stand on
where she lived. the shoulders of those who
Woods became the laid the groundwork for us.”
first African-American City officials said the
councilwoman in Lithonia street dedication “will
in 1972. She was a resident serve as a reminder of civic
of Lithonia from 1935 until awareness and sacrifice to
her death in 2009. She raised the residents and visitors of
her eight children in the Lithonia for years to come,
city, including her daughter as well as a testament that
Marcia Glenn Hunter, who individuals and communities
would become Lithonia’s of all ethnic and religious Maggie “MC” Woods became the first African-
Maggie “MC” Woods became the first African-American councilwoman in
first African-American backgrounds are united Lithonia in 1972. American councilwoman in Lithonia in 1972.
female mayor in 1995, her in the cause of service to
son Jerome Woods, who humanity.” the street sign topper means cared about us,” she said. wonderful, and I am really
was appointed as police While holding back a lot to her. “I am just thrilled to tell happy that it’s happened.”
chief in 1981, and her tears, Lester, the oldest of “Mother really cared anybody that I’m from
daughter Barbara Lester, Woods’ eight children, said about this place and she Lithonia. This is just
DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 • Page 9

WEEK in PICTURES... As seen on DCTV

We would like to congratulate C. David Moody


and his dance partner Brentney J. on taking home
the winning trophy for the 2019 Dancing with the
DeKalb Stars, a fundraiser hosted by the DeKalb
County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling
benefitting two local domestic violence non-profit
organizations, all proceeds generated through DeKalb County District Attorney, Sherry Boston held her 9th Annual
ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit Women’s Domestic Violence Symposium & Community Resource Fair. She invited
Resource Center to End Domestic Violence and Partrounar Bryant-James, a domestic violence advocate to speak.
International Women’s House.

DeKalb County demolished a home on Melanie Court in order to begin construction


and repairs of sewer pipes at the area considered “Ground Zero,” meaning the site of
the most sanitary sewer spills in the county, with 22 reported since 2014.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Employee Health Fair. There were
flu shots, chiropractic services, massages, and more. DKSO values its employees and
continues to provide opportunities to teach them about health and wellness, mental Offering you a front row seat to all DeKalb County news & events, DCTV Director Diamond Lewis provides the timely News Update

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EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 • Page 10

Student earns perfect ACT score


BY TAYLOR ROBINS 1–36. A student’s composite score is to work. Practice tests are definitely
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com the average of the four test scores, the best way,” said Pankey. “After
according to ACT officials. you take so many practice tests,
Preparation was key for According to Pankey, the ACT taking the actual test doesn’t make
Madison Pankey, who recently organization did not release the you nervous anymore, just because
earned a composite score of 36 on test scores online on the original you’re used to it.”
the ACT standardized test. scheduled date which left the For other students taking
“I studied a lot of it,” said student “freaked out.” The next the practice test, Pankey said to
Pankey. “I took a lot of practice night, while studying late, Pankey review the practice test after taking
tests in preparation because I and her father Larry looked at the it to correct questions that were
wanted to get a 36. I definitely scores when they became available. answered. Local student earns perfect score on college
worked for it.” “I said ‘no way this isn’t real’ “[Pankey’s] achievement on admission standardized test. Photo provided by
Pankey is currently a senior at out loud,” said Pankey. “I got so the ACT is significant and rare,” Madison Pankey.
Dunwoody High School. She earned excited. We went and woke my ACT CEO Marten Roorda said.
the highest possible score on the mom [Laura Horlock] up and told “[Pankey’s] exceptional scores will
ACT. senior year, she said she wants to
her just because we were so excited. provide any college or university
“Only around two-tenths of one After having taken so many practice make more friends and have a good
with ample evidence of [her]
percent of students who take the time.
tests and getting a 34 on both tests, readiness for the academic rigors
ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. “It’s exciting,” said Pankey.
I wasn’t sure if I was actually that lie ahead.”
high school graduating class of “I’m definitely nervous because no
going to get a 36. Of course I was After high school, Pankey plans
2018, only 3,741 out of more than one knows what’s going to happen
still trying to get one, but I was to attend college but has not made a
1.9 million graduates who took the after high school. This year has
surprised.” final decision on a school. However,
ACT earned a top composite score been really fun but difficult because
After receiving the good news, she is looking at colleges in the
of 36,” said ACT officials. of college applications. It’s still a lot
Pankey said she didn’t tell her northeast of the country, as well
Pankey had taken the test twice of fun because everyone in my class
friends or teachers. Her high school as California and Georgia. Pankey
prior to receiving the top score, just knows we’re almost done and
spread the good news through an plans to major in astrophysics, as
receiving a score of 34 both times. it’s our last year together. Everyone
announcement and posted her on its she wants to work for NASA as an
She took the test for a third time in is just trying to make the most of
Twitter page. astronaut.
September. According to Pankey, it.”
Pankey credits her use of “We’ll see where I end up,” said
when she took the test the third Along with being a straight
practice tests and preparedness for Pankey.
time, she was trying to raise the A student who takes advanced
her score. She also participated in Prior to her astronaut
score of her science test portion classes with approximately a 4.3
an ACT bootcamp in January. aspirations, Pankey wanted to be
thus raising the composite score as GPA, Pankey is also on the varsity
“Once you learn how to take a doctor or “the next Savannah
well. The ACT consists of tests in lacrosse team, the varsity dive team
the test, it makes it a lot easier. I’ve Guthrie” working on the “Today
English, mathematics, reading and and the varsity cheerleading squad.
taken so many practice tests that I Show.”
science, each scored on a scale of She is captain of her cheerleading
know how the questions are going As Pankey is finishing her
squad.

Counsel determines Dunwoody has no authority in DCSD construction


BY TAYLOR ROBINS Member Terry Nall at the stamp for construction
Aug. 12 Dunwoody City projects; having the
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com
Council meeting, after city attorney and staff
DCSD representatives gave prepare and negotiate
After Dunwoody
a school construction and an intergovernmental
City Council’s five-part
project update July 22. agreement (IGA) for use
action plan was given to
The plan was unanimously with DCSD for construction
DeKalb County School
approved by the council. and ongoing maintenance;
District (DCSD) in August,
DCSD’s July update engaging specialized
Dunwoody officials reported
proposed classroom trailers outside legal counsel for
Oct. 28 that outside counsel
for Dunwoody high and a second opinion for code
has given an opinion on the
elementary schools that enforceability limits for
plan’s enforceability.
are in place. According to the city against DCSD;
“It is my opinion that
Nall, DCSD did not apply seeking injunctive relief for
the city does not have the
for a land disturbance violations of city ordinances
authority to directly compel
permit─the first step and other codes applicable
a local school system
required in a memorandum in Georgia and Dunwoody;
to comply with its local A classroom trailer located at Dunwoody High School. Photo by Taylor Robins.
of understanding (MOU) and establishing a general
ordinances,” said William
between Dunwoody assembly legislative priority
A. White, a partner with
and DCSD, signed by The city issued a stop DCSD in August. to clarify the enforceability
Smith Welch Webb and
Dunwoody Mayor Denis work order in addition to Nall’s action plan powers of a city against
White Attorneys at Law.
Shortal and DCSD Nall’s action plan in August. includes revoking DCSD’s school district construction
The five-part action
Superintendent R. Stephen City council also agreed ability to use the city’s
plan was proposed by
Green. to dissolve the MOU with professional engineering SEE SCHOOL ON PAGE 11
Dunwoody City Council
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EDUCATION BRIEFS
by Taylor Robins • Taylor@dekalbchamp.com

Eastern enrolls local students for the first semester of the 2019-2020 academic music.
year. “They get to feel and experience some
Eastern Connecticut State University enrolled The chancellor’s list honors full-time different types of culture they might not be able
1,200 new students for the fall 2019 semester. undergraduate students who are registered for to experience where they’re from,” said Drew
The new enrollees include first-time and transfer 12 semester hours and who have a grade point Landolt, a fourth grade teacher at Christine
students who are enrolled in full-time and part- average of 4.0. Grant Elementary School. “Getting to come
time undergraduate and graduate programs. down and see the university students gives them
Local students are Denisse Diaz-Sanchez of Letourneau and orchestra nurture something to maybe look forward to later on in
life.”
Doraville─a full-time undergraduate freshman young musicians at performance
majoring in environmental earth science; and
Gabriela Mendoza Simon of Doraville─a Earlier this fall, the University of Iowa University of Kentucky’s freshman
full-time undergraduate sophomore majoring in Orchestra─an ensemble that includes Alexis class fall 2019
finance. Letourneau of Tucker─performed a concert
The new enrollees join a student body of exclusively for fourth grade students in the Iowa The University of Kentucky welcomed the
more than 5,000 students. City Community School District. largest incoming class in its history with 5,396
The annual event, staged in UI’s Voxman freshmen who began their college career in the
Bennett named to Troy University Music Building, attracted more than 1,400 fall 2019 semester.
chancellor’s list students. Teachers and staff of the Iowa City Chassidy Brown of Stone Mountain and
Community School District Foundation, the Olivia Stephenson of Decatur are incoming
Gwendolyn Bennett of Lithonia has been organizers of the “Symphony Goes to School” freshmen in UK’s college of arts and sciences.
named to the chancellor’s list at Troy University program said the lesson of the day is bigger than

SCHOOL Continued From Page 10


projects.
“The school district’s update to Dunwoody City
Council on July 22 made it clear to me the DCSD did not
PET WEEK
follow Dunwoody’s process with respect to the new trailer
classrooms,” said Nall. “In my book accountability matters
and the school district was not faithful to its obligations
Ledger (ID# 42490709)
to Dunwoody or to the students that they serve, so Ledger is a very happy boy who has the
softest fur and who loves to be petted. His
consequences are needed.” favorite part of the day is going outside to
As part of the action plan, White was hired by play in a doggy playgroup. Ledger is a very
Dunwoody to determine school board sovereignty. popular playmate because he is kind to all his
“Local boards of education have nearly limitless friends and very social. Volunteers also think
powers to manage the affairs of their school districts he is amazing because he also tries to be
housebroken while at the shelter and holds it
without interference from other branches of government,” until someone can take him outside. Ledger
said White. “This is the case even in the realm of the has lots of love to give and cannot wait to meet
construction, maintenance and repair of local school you today!
facilities.”
White’s analysis finds less authority for the city to If you would like to expand your family by
enforce ordinances than a prior analysis from the city 4 furry little feet; ask to meet Ledger and have
a loving friend forever. All adoptions include
attorney. your new pet's spay or neuter, vaccinations,
Trailers have been used as portable classrooms to microchip and more! For more information
remedy overcrowding in Dunwoody for more than a about Ledger please call (404) 294-2165 or
decade. email adoption@dekalbanimalservices.com.
During a March 2019 On the Scene with Dr. Green All potential adopters will be screened to
ensure Ledger goes to a good home. Hours:
event, attendees expressed concerns about overcrowding Mon-Fri; 11am-7pm / Sat-Sun; 11am-6pm
and the use of classroom trailers. According to one
attendee, Dunwoody High School was 536 students over
capacity at the time.
Dunwoody High School is scheduled to receive a
41-classroom addition and an expansion to core spaces

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such as the cafeteria, kitchen and parking lot, according to
DCSD officials.
DCSD is in the preliminary design stages of Dunwoody
High School additions with plans to complete the building
in November 2022. The proposed budget is $27 million, up
from an original budget of $18 million.
White’s full five-page analysis can be found on the
THIS PAPER
Dunwoody website at https://www.dunwoodyga.gov/.

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COUNTYWIDE

Officials working to resurrect land bank


BY HORACE HOLLOMAN one up,” Gannon said. of Community Development
Horace@dekalbchamp.com “There are various options Allen Mitchell said the
that have pros and cons for county plans to partner with
each one and various costs Clarkston and Lithonia to
County officials are with each option. That’s reestablish the land bank. 
still in the process of what we’ve been plowing “We have met with
reestablishing the DeKalb through for the last few a number of cities and
Regional Land Bank—a months.” Clarkston and Lithonia have
government entity that In 2018, DeKalb agreed to join us,” Mitchell
focuses on converting approved a resolution on said. “We plan to meet with
vacant, abandoned and tax- blight that recommends Brookhaven and we have
delinquent properties to reactivating the Land Bank sent inquires to each mayor
productive use. Authority for the purpose of in DeKalb to see if they are
 DeKalb County converting abandoned and interested in joining the land
established the DeKalb tax delinquent properties. bank.”
Regional Land Bank in Since 2017, approximately Cochran-Johnson said
August 2011 with Decatur 300 properties have been DeKalb was hit hard by
as an initial partner but the abated or demolished. the recession and still has
regional land bank has been Approximately 260 abandoned properties that
inactive since 2017 due to abandoned residential or are negatively affecting the
staffing issues and funding, commercial properties are county. DeKalb County
according to county officials.  currently in county.  was second in the state
DeKalb County The revamped land for foreclosures in 2008,
Commissioner Kathie bank will be funded during the peak of the
Gannon said county with $350,000 from the recession. From 2001 to
officials are currently county’s general fund and 2008, DeKalb and Fulton DeKalb County officials are in the process of reestablishing the DeKalb Regional
deciding the best way an additional $200,000 counties combined for more Land Bank which will convert vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties to
productive use.
to move forward with allocated from DeKalb than 55,950 foreclosures,
reestablishing the land bank. County Commissioner according to a report expeditiously as humanly Johnson said. “I’m a huge
“We have different Lorraine Cochran- from the Neighborhood possible trying to establish proponent of this land bank
options for land banks. It’s Johnson.  Stabilization Program.  [DeKalb County Regional and I look forward to seeing
not just going and setting DeKalb County Director “I think we moved as Land Bank],” Cochran- this complete.”

Two dead after plane crashes into apartment complex


BY TAYLOR ROBINS passengers were 59-year-old and fuel vapor. Access is
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com Leslie Csanyi Jr. and 60-year- prohibited until further notice,
old Scott Robert Lowrie; both according to DeKalb County
men were from North Carolina, officials.
A small plane crashed into according to the DeKalb The cause of the crash has
Clairmont Hills Townhouses on County Medical Examiner’s not been determined; however,
Peachwood Circle in Chamblee Office. Lowrie and Csanyi were Oct 30 weather was rainy.
Oct. 30. the only two people on the After the incident, DeKalb
A Piper PA-28–a two-or plane at the time of the crash. County Fire Rescue, DeKalb
four-seat aircraft–crashed No one was inside the County Police and DeKalb
into an apartment complex townhome when the incident Emergency Management
located in the area of I-85 occurred, according to DeKalb Agency responded to the scene,
and Clairmont Road shortly Fire Department Spokesman according to DeKalb County
after departure from DeKalb- Capt. Dion Bentley. officials.
Peachtree Airport around 10:30 DeKalb County Fire One lane of I-85 Frontage
a.m., according to the Federal Marshall Joe Cox and county Road was temporarily closed
Aviation Association. building inspectors declared after the incident.
The crash resulted in two six units of Clairmont Hills
A small plane crashed into Clairmont Hills Townhouses on Peachwood passenger deaths, according to Townhomes unsafe until further
Circle, causing two deaths Oct. 30. Photo by Taylor Robins. DeKalb County officials. The notice due to structural damage

LITHONIA Continued From Page 3


facilities so that the citizens of Lithonia can reap “The owners of Integrated Service Solutions Jackson said she believes in the T.E.A.M.
the benefits and not be pushed aside.” donated over $60,000 worth of lighting for approach—together everyone achieves more.
Jackson said her proudest moment when all classrooms,” Jackson said. “Even though “As I get ready to pass the torch to new
working with the community was facilitating the schools are not a direct part of the city’s leadership for the city, it my hope that the
partnerships to help Stoneview Elementary responsibility, as a community we have a ‘T.E.A.M.’ approach will continue and be
School, which is outside the city’s boundaries. responsibility to support our children.” strengthened and improved,” she said.
BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 • Page 13

STONE MOUNTAIN
Jamaican family says everything’s authentic at their island restaurant chain
BY KATHY MITCHELL of the business; however,
FREELANCE REPORTER she noted, the eatery is also
known for its patties—
savory turnover pies stuffed
After 13 years in
with fillings that include
business, the Golden Krust
vegetables, meats and
Caribbean Bakery & Grill in
seafood. “We have 10
Stone Mountain closed for
different ones,” she said.
remodeling. When the work
In addition to patties
took longer than anticipated,
and baked goods, Golden
President and Owner
Krust offers such Jamaican
Jacqueline Robinson
standards as jerk chicken,
became concerned that
braised oxtails, curried goat
customers would forget
and brown stew chicken.
the South Hairston Road
“Macaroni and cheese is a
restaurant. She apparently
specialty of ours, but it’s
had no reason to worry.
not like the macaroni and
When the eatery reopened
cheese most Americans
on Nov. 1 its dining The refurbished restaurant has
Jacqueline Robinson, president and owner of the Golden Krust restaurant on South are used to. It has onions,
room was packed with landscaping the includes tropical plants
Hairston Road, says she is delighted that regular customers are returning since the special seasonings and
customers—many of whom business reopened after being closed for nine months. to remind customers of Jamaica.
lots of cheese—two kinds
were its long-time regulars.
open new Golden Krust estimates that 60 percent of of cheese,” Robinson
“They’re all back and lived.”
restaurants.” Golden Krust’s customers said. Golden Krust also
happy that we’re open,” Robinson said she’s not
The South Hairston have an island heritage. offers a variety of natural
Robinson said. “People have surprised by Golden Krust’s
Road location is among She added that many juices such as fruit punch,
been telling me all day that popularity. “It’s the best
the first to open in Georgia Jamaicans in the area pineapple ginger and sorrel.
they have been driving by Jamaican food you will find
and is one of the few still come for the bread, Robinson, who like
every day, hoping to find anywhere outside Jamaica.
owned by the family. Most which is sold retail at the her father is a minister in
us open. Our customers The recipes are authentic;
Golden Krust locations are restaurant. Her brother, addition to being a business
are like family. We love we cook the way we
now franchises. “We opened Raymond Hawthorne, owner, said, “God has
them and they love us. learned at home—nothing
our first franchise in 1996 who is in charge of the blessed us. I never want to
The friendliness here is is rushed—and we use real
and less than 10 years later bakery said he is proud to leave him out when I talk
an extension of the island Jamaican spices.”
we had 100 stores. We now produce authentic Jamaican about the success of our
friendliness we grew up Customers can walk business.”
with, except we step it up to have 125 locations in North bread like his father and through a line and choose
another level.” America,” Robinson said. grandfather made. “I make
food cafeteria style, but also
The reopened restaurant “This is an especially sure it’s the best. Whatever Masonry work
can place special orders.
features its own version of good location,” she said. I do, I give it 100 percent,” Stone
Robinson said she
the bright orange and yellow “It’s on a main road and he said. Brick
and her family members
décor familiar to Golden it’s near lots of other stores Robinson’s daughter, Block
created the concept for the
Krust customers across the where our customers often Shanika, who is a manager Concrete repairs
restaurant, but only chose
country. “We want people shop. Also, there are several at the Stonecrest location,
the name after lengthy Martinez
to feel like they’re in the Caribbean communities said being part of a family
discussions. Part of the Masonry
islands with everything nearby. People who are business has allowed her
reason for the choice was 404.408.4170
from the food to the from Jamaica and other to learn entrepreneurship
the large bakery component MartinezMasonry281@yahoo.com
atmosphere. At this location island nations like to eat from the ground up. “Also,
we even included tropical here. These are people who I love that the business
plants in the landscaping know what Jamaican food grew out of my culture, so
is supposed to taste like, it gives me the opportunity
so people would really feel
so the fact that they choose to learn more about how City of Chamblee
like they’re in Jamaica,”
Robinson said. us means we’re doing it my grandparents and their State of Georgia
Golden Krust was right,” said Robinson, who parents cooked, ate and
founded 30 years ago by The Mayor and Council will have a Called Meeting
siblings whose father had on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 9 am to
owned a bakery in Jamaica. NOTICE OF MEETING OF DEKALB COUNTY approximately noon, in the conference room, at City
Using family recipes, HOSPITAL AUTHORITY Hall, 5468 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA 30341. The
they opened the first U.S. agenda will include a review of budget priorities and other
restaurant in New York in To the public: Please take notice that the DeKalb
County Hospital Authority’s October 2019 meeting miscellaneous city manager items (time permitting).
1989. Robinson, one of the
siblings in the founding has been rescheduled for the date, time, and
Hawthorne family, said location listed below. This meeting is open to the CITY OF STONE MOUNTAIN
public. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
the original restaurant in • A rescheduled meeting of the DeKalb County
the Bronx was so popular Hospital Authority will take place on November 19, The City of Stone Mountain hereby gives notice
they soon opened a second 2019 at 12:00 pm. This meeting will be held in the that a Public Hearing will be held to receive public
location. “It was the same Thrasher Conference Room in the administration comment on the City of Stone Mountain Proposed
thing there,” Robinson suite at Emory Decatur Hospital, 2701 North 2020 Fiscal Year Budget.
The Mayor and City Council will hold a Public
recalled. “We were Decatur Road, Decatur, Georgia 30033. Hearing on this matter on Tuesday, November 19th,
swamped with customers. 2019 at City Hall located at 875 Main Street, Stone
People kept suggesting Please note that the Thrasher Conference Room Mountain, GA at 6:30 P.M. Anyone wishing to attend
will be open to the public attendees for purposes of the public hearing may do so and be heard relative
places where we should this meeting. thereto.
AROUND DeKalb
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CHAMBLEE Tucker is seeking volunteers to help support

LITHONIA
its Gift of a Day program, which brings to life
a hospice patient’s personal vision of what a
Chamblee hosts ribbon cutting for park perfect day might be.
Library to host painting class In addition to helping with a Gift of a Day,
Chamblee officials invite the community volunteers are welcome to share their favorite
to the International Village Park Ribbon Lithonia-Davidson Library will host activities such as reading, music, or arts and
Cutting Ceremony at 5 p.m. at 3375 Chamblee “Paint and Chill” Nov. 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. crafts.
Dunwoody Road in Chamblee Nov. 8. Participants can learn paint with instructor For additional information or to
The park features a multi-use field, Jonessa Sheffield. No experience is necessary. sign up as a volunteer, contact Candyce
community garden, large playground with seat The library is located at 6821Church Street. For Patterson at (770) 270-9898 or Candyce.
wall, entertainment plaza, pavilion, renovated more information, call (770) 482-3820. Patterson@crossroadshospice.com, or
parking lot, lighting, fencing, park amenities and volunteerATL@crossroadshospice.com or visit
STONECREST
reforestation around the entire property. CrossroadsHospice.com/Volunteering.
Volunteer participants must complete an
application, TB skin test, and training session led
COUNTYWIDE
Kickball leagues hosting 5K race by members of the Crossroads team. Potential
volunteers must wait a minimum of one year
Four women kickball leagues are hosting after the death of an immediate family member
GIS welcomes residents to explore the “Kickin’ Out Cancer” 5K race Nov. 16. or loved one before applying.
organization Participants can run, walk, or ride to fight against
all types of cancer. Registration fee is $35, and Library to host book sale
DeKalb County GIS will be hosting GIS Day participants can register at www.runsignup.
that is open to the public. Residents who want com/race/kickinoutcancerrunwalkride/page/ Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library will hold its
to learn more about GIS and the role it plays in sweetladykickers. The race starting line is at bi-annual book sale Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to
the community are invited to attend. The event Dairy Queen parking lot, located at 2885 Evans 2 p.m. Books, CDs, DVDs and all genres will
will be held Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Manuel J. Mill Road. For more information, call (678) 732- be on sale for $.50 to $2. All proceeds benefit
Maloof Auditorium─1300 Commerce Drive in 5688. the library for programs and events that will be
Decatur. made free to the public. The library is located
The DeKalb County GIS Department’s at 5234 Lavista Road. For more information,
website describes itself as a service agency
created to direct the development of the county’s TUCKER email Friends of Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library at
friends.of.library.tucker@gmail.com.
Enterprise GIS system bringing efficiency and
effectiveness to county mapping functions and Hospice seeks volunteers
databases.
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FOOTBALL

Cedar Grove High School defensive end Alvin Williams celebrates with his team after receiving the “State Player of the Week” award from Georgia High School Football Daily. Photos by Carla Parker

Cedar Grove’s Alvin


Williams receives award teachers at Cedar Grove. Langford said seven of
BY CARLA PARKER
Williams said it was an the nine “State Player of the
Carla@dekalbchamp.com
honor to receive the award. Week” awards have gone to
Cedar Grove High “I want to thank my offensive players. He said
School defensive end teammates and my coaches Williams’ performance was
Alvin Williams had the for helping me do it,” he too hard to ignore this week.
best performance in week said. “It really takes a team “We’ve been watching
nine of the football season, effort to do it. No [one] Alvin all season long and
according to Georgia High man can run a show. To get he’s had a heck of a season,”
School Football Daily five sacks is amazing, but Langford said. “He’s a
(GHSFD). I also want to recognize monster on defense.”
GHSFD honored my defensive line and Williams had 67 total
Williams Oct. 30 with its my [defensive backs] for tackles, 19 tackles for a
“State Player of the Week” giving me time to get to the loss, 10 sacks, two forced
award for his performance quarterback.” fumbles and two fumble
in the 40-10 win over Pace Langford said each week recoveries. Going into the
Academy Oct. 25. Williams this football season, GHSFD Pace game, Williams said he
had a career-high five sacks, editors looked at all the knew Pace’s offense would
along with eight tackles performances of high school avoid running plays toward
players and determined who Cedar Grove High School defensive end Alvin Williams was awarded the “State Player
against Pace. him. of the Week” award from Georgia High School Football Daily.
GHSFD Marketing had the best performance “So, I put my
Director Ted Langford that week in the state. [teammate] Christen Miller adjustments and I went to “I feel like as we take
and a representative from “We look at game film, on the strong side [of the the weak side and went one- steps as a team, we’re going
AstroTurf and Sports we talk to opposing coaches defensive line] and let them on-one with [Pace’s] tackle to be great,” Williams said.
Turf, which sponsors the and we talk to head coaches take on him,” Williams said. and tight end.” Cedar Grove had a bye
award, presented Williams about the players,” Langford “But [Pace’s offensive line] Although Williams week Nov. 1 and will close
with a plaque in front of said. “This past week was started double-teaming me, is having an outstanding out the regular season Nov.
teammates, coaches and really tough.” so coach [Miguel Patrick] season statistically, he said 9 against Stone Mountain at
and I started making he believes he can do better. Godfrey Stadium.

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CROSS COUNTRY

Three cross country


teams win state titles
BY CARLA PARKER girls won their fourth state
Carla@dekalbchamp.com title in program history,
defeating runner-up Blessed
Decatur boys’ cross Trinity (1:39:16.01) and
country team made history defending champions Marist
Nov. 1 after winning its first (1:38:29.62). St. Pius had
state title in program history. three runners to finish in
Decatur took home the the top 10—senior Morgan
Class AAAAA state title with Vaden (19:06.59) finished
a total time of 1:27:04.79, fourth, junior Catherine
beating defending champion Breault (19:15.16) finished
Starr’s Mill (1:28:43.55). fifth and junior Mary Brady
St. Pius X girls won its fourth cross country state title in program history. Photos from GHSA.com St. Pius X boys and girls (19:15.90) finished seventh
swept the Class AAAA state overall.
meet with the boys winning Druid Hills boys and
the title with a total time girls finished in the top 10
of 1:25:42.00, and the girls of the Class AAAA team
won with a total time of standings. The boys finished
1:38:07.24. seventh overall with a time
Sophomore Christian of 1:29:56.06 and the girls
Gonzalez led the way for the finished in eighth place with
Decatur Bulldogs, finishing a time of 1:53:15.58. Marist
third overall with a time of boys finished in eighth place
16:24.37, giving Decatur with a time of 1:29:37.09.
its only top 10 finisher. Chamblee boys finished
Freshman Jake Westing ninth overall in the Class
(17:28.02), junior Eoin AAAAA team standings
McNally (17:31.75) and with a time a total time
junior Ethan Yankovich of 1:31:30.59. Clarkston
(17:37.92) finished 12th, 13th (1:34:49.28) finished 18th
and 14th, respectively, to and Southwest DeKalb
round out the top 20 finishers (1:45:51) finished 31st
for Decatur. overall in the Class AAAAA
St. Pius X boys won its second consecutive Class AAAA state championship. St. Pius boys won its boys’ team standings.
second consecutive state Decatur girls (1:50:35.78)
championship, eighth since finished seventh overall,
2010 and 11th overall with Chamblee girls (1:55:27.17)
a total time of 1:25:42.00, finished 14th overall and
beating runner-up Denmark Clarkton girls (2:07:55.08)
(1:27:13.59). Senior Chad finished 24th overall.
DeWitt led the Golden Lions In Class AAAAAA,
with a third-place finish at M.L. King girls finished
16:49.23, and junior Patrick 24th overall with a time of
McDonald (17:10.61) 2:02:04.62 and the boys
finished ninth overall. finished 28th overall with a
Sophomore Ryan Boyle time of 1:40:21.60.
(17:11.96) finished 11th In Class AAAAAAA,
overall, senior Andrew Ryan Lakeside girls (1:46:10.43)
(17:12.14) place 12th, junior finished 11th overall and
Logan Wiley (17:18.06) Lakeside boys (1:32:20.13)
finished 14th overall and finished 20th overall. Paideia
sophomore Eamonn Kenah boys (1:29:46.48) finished
(17:23.99) placed 17th third overall in the Class
overall to round out the top A-Private boys standings and
Decatur boys’ cross country team won its first state title, winning the Class AAAAA state championship. 20 finishers for St. Pius. the girls (1:49:44.92) finished
St. Pius X (1:3807.24) sixth.

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