'Get Out the Vote' draws hundreds to South DeKalb
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'Get Out the Vote' draws hundreds to South DeKalb
Politicians, celebrities and campaign teams came together in South DeKalb on Oct. 27 to urge voters to go to the polls and make their voices heard. Hosted by the Democratic Party of Georgia, the “Get Out the Vote” Monday night block party, which was held at the Gallery at South DeKalb mall, drew...
Congressman Hank Johnson gives support for Nunn, talks early voting
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Congressman Hank Johnson gives support for Nunn, talks early voting
Congressman Hank Johnson joined 1,652 other DeKalb County residents to cast his vote early at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall on Monday, Oct. 27. Read More at www.ocgnews.com.
Rosalynn Carter rallies for grandson, Jason Carter
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Rosalynn Carter rallies for grandson, Jason Carter
Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter seemed at home as she stood in the pulpit at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta, where she was welcomed by Pastor William Flippin, Sr. his wife, Sylvia T. Flippin, and members of their congregation. Read More at www.ocgnews.com
St. Paul AME celebrates Pink and Blue Ribbon Sunday
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St. Paul AME celebrates Pink and Blue Ribbon Sunday
St. Paul AME Worship Center in Lithonia celebrated its Pink and Blue Ribbon Sunday on Oct. 19 with a balloon release in honor breast cancer survivors and in memory of those who have died from the disease. Read More:...
Ellis supporters protest in DeKalb
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Ellis supporters protest in DeKalb
Supporters of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis held a press conference in front of the DeKalb County courthouse to tell District Attorney Robert James to not go through with re-trying Ellis.
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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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