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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Meet BOE candidates on Leadership DeKalb’s online voter video project

Leadership DeKalb has received a $25,000 grant from The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to fund It’s For Them, DeKalb,a voter education project for the county’s upcoming Board of Education (BOE) elections.
Leadership DeKalb used the grant to inform the public on the county’s Board of Education candidates through nonpartisan online videos, candidate questionnaires and live forums.

The online videos went live on April 22.
Additional voter information, such as how and where to vote, will be available on the project’s website, www.itsforthemdekalb.org.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to help inform DeKalb County citizens on one of the most important elections this year on May 20,” said Ron Alston, chair of Leadership DeKalb. “At the end of the day, youth matters most. By helping voters make well-informed choices on future leadership, we are working to ensure that the youth of DeKalb County have a quality education.”


Leadership DeKalb is partnering with the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Junior League of DeKalb County, Parents Council United and South DeKalb Improvement Alliance to sponsor a forum for Districts 5 through 7 School Board seats on Tuesday, April 29, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.

The forum will be moderated by Linda Torrence, principal/chief executive officer of Torrence Management/Communications, LLC.


Candidates from Districts 2 through 4 participated in a forum on April 22 at the Tull Auditorium at Emory University School of Law, 1301 Clifton Road.


Both forums are free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
For more information, contact Leadership DeKalb at info@leadershipdekalb.orgor 404-373-2491.
              

          

Rockdale Blue Academy helps Democrats prep for elections

The Rockdale Democratic Party will continue its  “Blue Rockdale Academy,” a series of workshops designed to get voters and volunteers ready for the May 20 election. 


County Tax Commissioner RJ Hadley, who is leading the free workshops, will cover Campaign Public Relations and Media Communications on April 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Political Fundraising Basics on April 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 


Classes are held at the Rockdale Democrats’ headquarters, 1264 Parker Road, Conyers.

Registration is required. Classes are free, but the Party requests you register by the Sunday before the scheduled class date. No phone or email registrations. You must register individually. No joint/group registrations.

To register, text message your name, email address and desired class dates to 770-648-4859.         

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