Candlelight vigil held for Southwest DeKalb High graduate
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Candlelight vigil held for Southwest DeKalb High graduate
Family, friends and teammates of Lauren Jones, the former captain of Southwest DeKalb High School's varsity gymnastics team, held a candlelight vigil on Feb. 21 to remember her. Jones, 18, died of meningococcemia while attending the University of Oregon on a partial scholarship for acrobatic...
Hearses fill the streets for “Stop the Violence” parade in Decatur
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Hearses fill the streets for “Stop the Violence” parade in Decatur
A severe message was sent loud and clear to youth in South DeKalb, “Stop the Violence.” A motorcade of hearses went up and down Flat Shoals Parkway on Feb. 22 to show youth where they could end up if they make the wrong decisions and participate in violent acts. Read More at www.ocgnews.com.
GPTC President: New campus coming to Wesley Chapel Road
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GPTC President: New campus coming to Wesley Chapel Road
At the Feb. 19 State of the College address, Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama announced plans for a new campus that will open this summer on Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur. Read more at www.ocgnews.com.
Lou Walker seniors celebrate black history through dance
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Lou Walker seniors celebrate black history through dance
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Rockdale State Court Judge Nancy Bills honored for decade of service
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Rockdale State Court Judge Nancy Bills honored for decade of service
Rockdale State Court Judge Nancy N. Bills was honored recently for 10 years of service on the bench by the Rockdale Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Oz Nesbitt thanked Bills for her service and presented a proclamation on behalf of the three- member board declaring Feb. 10 as “Nancy Bills...
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Congressman Hank Johnson irked over “slight” by Rockdale Democrats

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Congressman Hank Johnson scolded the Rockdale Democratic Party and walked out of a breakfast meeting after making it clear he didn’t appreciate courtesies shown to his political opponent, Thomas Brown.

Johnson and Brown, both Democrats, were seated at the same head table when Johnson became upset.
Johnson chastised the Party for allowing Brown to speak at the end of the meeting. Johnson said more respect should have been paid to him because he is the sitting Congressman and he was on the program to make remarks. He said Brown, who was not on the program as a speaker, should not have been allowed to make the final remarks.
 

“I think it’s bad taste that we would have the incumbent go first and then have the challenger go second, that’s just not the way we should do things. How does that make me feel in terms of supporting this Party?” said Johnson.

Party chair Doreen Williams said no one intentionally slighted Johnson.

“I didn’t know that was protocol. It was a holiday breakfast. We allowed him (Johnson) to speak first out of respect for his time. A lot of times, he needs to get to other places,” Williams said.

Johnson’s remarks caught many by the surprise. The packed meeting was held at the Party’s headquarters on 1264 Parker Road in Conyers.
Brown, who plans to step down as DeKalb County Sheriff, did not make a statement about his candidacy for Congress. He greeted the audience and encouraged the Party to work hard for the upcoming election.

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