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Gwinnett property tax bills to be mailed Aug. 1

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Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner Richard Steele says the 2014 property tax bills will be mailed to Gwinnett taxpayers by Aug. 1. All bills will have a single-installment due date of Oct. 1. Taxpayers may choose to make partial payments as long as the total due is paid by the due date.

For property owners with an escrow account, tax information is available to the mortgage company; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to ensure taxes are paid by the due date. If there are questions about who will pay the taxes, homeowners should contact their mortgage company directly, especially if their mortgage company has recently
changed.

There are several options for property tax payment:

·Pay online by check, credit or debit card at
GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com. (Paying by check is free; debit card: $3.95
flat fee; credit card: 2.29% service fee.)

·Mail payments to P.O. Box 372, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

·Pay by check using drop boxes 24 hours a day at all Tax Commissioner
offices.

·Pay in person during business hours at all Tax Commissioner offices.


View your property tax information at www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com   and
if you have questions, contact the office at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or
770-822-8800.

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May discusses progress, challenges for DeKalb County

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Channel 2 news anchor Jovita Moore probed DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May during a one-on-one interview today in which May discussed the county's progress and challenges since he has held the county's top office.

May was appointed last July by Gov. Nathan Deal amidst a corruption investigation of CEO Burrell Ellis.

A packed house of DeKalb officials attended the ticketed luncheon, which was hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce at the DeKalb History Center from noon until 1:30 p.m.

May discussed issues ranging from ethics charges to the county's response to this year's snowstorms to economic development.

"My administration is doing now what we have done in the past. We are going out and getting the experts to offer their help and insight in moving the county foward," Interim CEO May said. "We will continue to seek outside help to offer guidance on these issues and I, myslef, will lead a community talking tour in August to hear the concerns of the residents and to let them know what we are doing to reagin the trust and support of every DeKalb resident."


Check back tonight for a video on www.ocgnews.com.
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Ceasar Mitchell to host Back-to-School Twitter chat

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ATLANTA--Atlanta Public Schools students and faculty will return to campuses in just a few days with a new superintendent and a revamped school board.

On Thursday, July 31, from 6-7 p.m., Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell will host a live "Twitter" chat to hear from the public regarding the 2014-2015 school year.

Thursday's chat is an invitation from the Council President for anyone on Twitter to participate in an open exchange about education in Atlanta and to share ideas about student attendance, parent involvement, awareness of available resources and student opportunities.

Questions addressed during the Twitter chat will be selected both, in advance, and in real-time during the event.

To have your voice heard, tweet your questions and comments on education and be sure to include the hashtag #CeasarChatsEducation.You can track the conversation using the above-listed hashtag.

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Mann elected DeKalb’s Sheriff by landslide

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When DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann walked into his victory party in Tucker, the disc jockey perfectly queued Aloe Blacc’s hit, “I’m the Man.”

The song was fitting for the sheriff, who easily cruised to victory, defeating former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones with 40,537 votes (76.36 percent). Jones received 12,553 or 23.64 percent of the vote. Mannparty

“We worked hard and had a great campaign. This election was an awesome experience, but it was a success because of amazing volunteers and great endorsers who are well-respected in our community,” said Mann, who formerly served as chief deputy and was sworn in as sheriff on Feb. 28, when Thomas Brown stepped down to run for Congress. “My administration will work hard to support the inclusion of everybody from across the county because we all have a common goal: to make sure DeKalb County is strong again.”   

Mann says he plans to continue to bring strong leadership and make every effort to keep DeKalb safe. He says he will put safety before politics and will work hard to ensure the integrity and respect of the community has for the county sheriff office remains in tact.    

As sheriff, Mann will continue to oversee the day-to-day...

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Historic Atlanta Cyclorama to relocate to Buckhead

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The Atlanta Cyclorama, home to many of the city’s Civil War artifacts, will relocate from the Grant Park community to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, officials announced.

 

The Atlanta History Center, which will become the custodian of the artifacts under an agreement with the city, will pay for the move and restoration of the historic Atlanta Cyclorama painting known as the “Battle of Atlanta,” the move of the locomotive, “Texas,” and other Civil War artifacts to a new state-of-the-arts annex that will be built at the History Center. The move is expected to take two years to complete.

The existing Cyclorama building will be developed into a premier community and event space as part of upgrades by Zoo Atlanta.

 

“The relocation of the Atlanta Cyclorama to the History Center represents a unique opportunity to renew one of the city’s most important cultural and historic landmarks,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Under the stewardship of the History Center, the Cyclorama will continue to be a teaching tool, and will be enjoyed by a broader audience of residents, students and visitors alike.”

In announcing the move, Reed was joined by Atlanta History Center Presdent and CEO Sheffield Hale and...

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Turner slides to victory to replace Mayfield on DeKalb School Board

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Election Day marked a victory for DeKalb County’s brand new School Board member Vickie B. Turner, a neophyte who won her election with 59.74 percent of the votes. 

 

Turner is set to represent District 5, defeating her opponent Thad Mayfield, who was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Her bid for the School Board was the first time she had sought public office. 

District 5 consists of several schools such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Southwest DeKalb and Arabia Mountain high schools.

 

“The district is in need of reformation, and [there’s] some challenges that are in front of us,” Turner said. “But even with that awareness, there’s an excitement to become part of the change and to become part of the solution, so I do look forward with great anticipation and hope for positive things to impact our community and our children.”

 

Turner said that one of the major issues troubling the county is large class sizes. According to her, teachers can’t effectively reach their students in huge groups, so she would like to have more teachers hired in an effort to minimize the size of these classrooms.

 

Turner also wants to keep DeKalb from losing good...

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Five African American women hope to make history at the polls

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Five African women seeking state offices in November plan to launch a statewide bus tour in August to reach citizens and garner support for their campaigns. The women say they plan to start the tour in the metro Atlanta area and move out across the state from there.

The candidates have already marked their page in Georgia’s history books because this is the first time there are five African-American women on the ballot for state offices: Connie Stokes, who is running for lieutenant governor; Robin Shipp, who is running for labor commissioner; Valerie Wilson, who is running for school superintendent; Doreen Carter, who is running for secretary of state; and Liz Johnson, who is running for insurance commissioner.

The women held a press conference on July 23 to make the community aware of their initiative. At the press conference, the women seeking office were joined by State Representatives Dar’Shun Kendrick and Dee Dawkins-Haigler.

Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State Doreen Carter says this election could serve as a milestone not just because they are African American women who are seeking office, but who are well qualified for the jobs they are seeking.  

“We’ve all taken on this election with a...

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