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Rep. Johnson announces $3.2 million to help homeless


Congressman Hank Johnson, District 4, today announced DeKalb County area organizations will receive more than $3.2 million from the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to fight homelessness.

Jerusalem House received $215,000, Project Open Arms $450,000 and Caring Works received more than $600,000 to provide housing and support services for the homeless and their families.

"While I'm pleased these grants have been made available to our local agencies fighting homelessness, sequestration has hampered our efforts to put the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness as well as to end homelessness among children, family, and youth," said Johnson. "We must do more to help citizens get back on their feet."

The grants are part of more than nearly $1.6 billion to renew support for 7,100 local homeless housing and service programs across the country. Georgia-based organizations received $32 million under the program.

"Whether it's helping to rapidly re-house families with young children or finding a permanent home for an individual with serious health conditions, HUD is working with our local partners to end homelessness as we know it," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Provided through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, the funding announced will ensure these local...


State officials warn consumers to beware of Timeshare resale scheme

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The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection is warning consumers about a timeshare resale scam in which scammers falsely claim that they are representatives of Georgia Escrow Services Inc.

Here is how the scam typically works:
Consumers who own vacation timeshares in Mexico receive a phone call from someone allegedly working for a travel company. The caller tells the consumer that there is a buyer interested in purchasing the consumer's
timeshare property. The caller then explains that Georgia Escrow Services Inc. will act as the escrow agent. While the timeshare sale is supposedly pending, the company posing as Georgia Escrow Services adds previously undisclosed fees and/or taxes, which consumers pay upfront via wire transfers. Consumers are told these fees include a mandatory tax imposed by the Mexican Government. However, research reveals the Mexican government does not require this tax.  In addition, the company collects other fees from the sellers until the sales eventually fall through. The consumers are then unable to recuperate their money. One consumer lost over $100,000 in this scam.

While there is a legitimate company called Georgia Escrow Services, it has nothing to do with timeshare sales or vacation travel packages, nor does it market its services to consumers.  Scammers,...


Conyers Police/CVS taking back unwanted prescription drugs

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On Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Conyers Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.


Consumers may take their pills for disposal to CVS Pharmacy, 1541 GA Highway 20, Conyers. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.


Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and is partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds ­ more than 1,700 tons of pills.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both...


DeKalb's Early College Academy ranks one of Georgia's top schools


The DeKalb Early College Academy, ­ a Title I school with 66 percent of its students from low-income families, ­ topped the list of Georgia's highest-performing high schools on the College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).


A second DeKalb school, the DeKalb School of the Arts, scored in the top five of Georgia¹s 447 high schools on the reformulated CCRPI.


"We are encouraged that DeKalb is the only district in the state to have two high schools in the top five," said Superintendent Michael Thurmond. "We have planted the seeds for far more academic growth and achievement throughout our school system ­ and we expect for them to bear fruit in coming years in this and other critical measurements."


Three of DeKalb's elementary schools ­ Wadsworth, Austin and Kittredge placed in the top 25 of the state's more than 2,000 elementary schools. Several other DeKalb schools showed remarkable improvements as the
reformulated CCRPI placed greater emphasis on academic progress. Cedar Grove, a Title I high school with seven of 10 students from low-income families, posted significant gains, as did Clarkston High School and Cross Keys, which have high percentages of English Language Learners.


"The DeKalb County...


DeKalb NAACP hosts sheriff candidate forum

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The NAACP DeKalb County Branch will host a sheriff candidates forum on Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. at the South DeKalb Office Park (conference room), 3015 South Rainbow Drive, Decatur.

“The NAACP non-partisan Candidate Forums are designed to empower communities by increasing awareness and participation in the full political process,” said Branch President John Evans. “We encourage the participation of everyone and seek to educate and inspire greater voter participation.”

Candidates seeking election for DeKalb County Sheriff:



Celebrating the Resurrection


“One might ask the question of this Good Friday, what is the importance of the Cross of Jesus Christ?  The Cross reminds us of the tremendous penalty for sin that Jesus bore on the “Cross” for humanity and also simultaneously reminds us of the tremendous love that He showed us by staying up on the “Cross” and not coming down.



Election officials predict light turnout for primary election


Early voting for the May 20 Primary Elections begins on Monday, April 28. Local voting officials say they don’t expect a big crowd, though, even though some of the races are crowded with candidates.


“It’s not a presidential election. People come out in droves to vote for a president. Numbers actually go up to about 80 percent,” said DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Director Maxine Daniels. “Historically, a primary election without a president on the ballot brings out 30 to 35 percent of voters.”

Daniels says DeKalb has about 450,000 registered voters.


Daniels is reminding voters that local elections impact the day-to-day operations, and people should not pass up their opportunity to vote.

“The local races are critical,” Daniels said. “The local offices decide on who will fix potholes, who will govern budget, who will be putting forth charges if you have to go to court. The local races are really important.”   

DeKalb’s local races include eight candidates running for sheriff, 21 contenders for six seats on the Board of Education and two candidates vying for the DeKalb Board of Commissioner, Super District 7 seat. Stan Jester is running unopposed for the District 1 Board of Education...



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