Bracing for Ebola in DeKalb
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Bracing for Ebola in DeKalb

Bracing for Ebola in DeKalb

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In DeKalb County, health officials have reached out to the community to answer questions about the disease and DeKalb schools officials have put in place protocol that principals and administrators should follow concerning Ebola. Read more at www.ocgnews.com.
Voter registration drives under way across the Metro
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Voter registration drives under way across the Metro
Tuesday, Sept. 23, marked National Voter Registration Day and in DeKalb County, Pastor LaSalle Smith was joined by gospel radio personality K.D. Bowe to get the word out about the importance of voter registration. They led a registration drive at the Wal-Mart parking lot on Fairington Road in...
Stan Watson presents Deacons in Devotion
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Stan Watson presents Deacons in Devotion
A packed house turned out for DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson’s “Fourth Annual Deacons in Devotion” gospel music program on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur. Watson provided a dessert reception and good old-fashioned gospel music from deacons representing...
Lego Day brings fun and “master builders” to Decatur
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Lego Day brings fun and “master builders” to Decatur
Jonah Kolesky spent his 10th birthday doing what he loves: building Lego creations at the DeKalb County Public Library’s central location in Decatur. The Sept. 17 Lego Day event was a first for the library. Read More at www.ocgnews.com
Lithonia seniors ready to showdown with Motown
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Lithonia seniors ready to showdown with Motown
There will be plenty of platform shoes, bell-bottoms and singing seniors on Sept. 19 in Lithonia. The young at heart will be competing for bragging rights, prizes and the title of best retro costume at the Lou Walker Senior Center’s first “Showdown with Motown!” Read more at www.ocgnews.com.
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Rockdale Chief of Staff resigns

Rockdale Chairman Richard Oden’s Chief of Staff, Gregory Pridgeon, has resigned. Pridgeon submitted his resignation last Friday, Jan. 4, stating that he was pursuing other career opportunities. His resignation is effective Feb. 1, county officials said.

Before he was hired to work for Rockdale three years ago, Pridgeon worked as a regional land use planner in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Prior to his work in Virginia, Pridgeon spent nearly 30 years working with the city of Atlanta, where he served as manager of legislative affairs for Mayor Maynard Jackson, and as chief of staff for mayors Bill Campbell and Shirley Franklin.

Rockdale Commissioners discussed the position Pridgeon is leaving during a planning retreat it held today to set goals for 2013. The Board of Commissioners said it plans to look at whether to create a position that would serve the three-member board or one that would continue to serve the Chairman, or even to perhaps create two positions with the $90,000-a-year salary earned by Pridgeon.

Commissioner Oz Nesbitt said he believes a plus for Rockdale would be to have a “legislative liaison” or “constituent services representative” who would assist Commissioners in the Post 1 and Post 2 seats, now held respectively by himself and Janice Van Ness. The new liaison or constituent representatives would handle constituents’ calls and concerns on behalf of the two commissioners, Nesbitt said.

“As part-time commissioners, we are not in the office every day.  We need the ability to address our constituents’ concerns and issues when they call. A position like that would enable us to respond more quickly,” Nesbitt said.  “And as we continue to grow, we’re going to have to make some decision about which direction we want to go in.”

The board plans to have a follow-up retreat before Jan. 31, when the State of the County Address will be delivered.

 

 

 

 

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