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Congressman Johnson announces 2014 winners of CBCF scholarships

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarships. The five winners hail from across the Fourth Congressional Dis


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Three Piece Suit football game supports veterans, military families

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The United Military Care group will host the seventh annual charity Three Piece Suit Football game on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m. at Boulevard Crossing Park, 500 Englewood Ave., S.E., Atlanta.

The game is hosted annually in Atlanta to benefit returning veterans and military families. Finely-tailored athletes will give it their all. Vendors will be on hand selling beer and food. All money from sales go to UMC. Raffle prizes will be given to attendees before and during the game.

Attendees can also enjoy bounce houses, family games, local entertainers, contests and Frisbee dogs at halftime. Admission is free.

For more information or to play, call Matthew Miller at 770-654-4799.




Infrastructure needs meetings continue

The City of Atlanta will continue its series of community meetings to seek input on proposed infrastructure projects. The next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 5, 6 – 8 p.m., at the Georgia Hill Facility, 250 Georgia Ave., S.E.

The city plans to pay for the projects with a diversified funding plan with a $250 million general obligation bond that will be presented by referendum to voters in March 2015.
City officials say Atlanta currently faces an infrastructure backlog totaling more than $900 million.
“In order to begin improving our city's roads, bridges, sidewalks and upgrade critical public buildings and facilities, the city is proposing an infrastructure bond referendum to pay for these repairs and improvements,” said Mayor Kasim Reed.

MARTA Police Department to host job fair

The MARTA Police Department will host a job fair on Saturday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. – noon, in the atrium at MARTA headquarters, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E., Atlanta.

MARTA is seeking team-oriented, customer-focused individuals to join its Police Department. MARTA will offer an on-site information session for the open police positions.

The successful candidate must have at least one of the following: Two or more years of college (60 semester hours/90 quarter hours); one completed term of honorable military service; POST Certified Peace Officer, Corrections Officer or Jailer; or completion of a pre-service academy.  

MARTA Police recruiters will pre-screen applicants. Professional/business attire is required. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and are required to pass all tests related to the position, including a background investigation to include criminal history record checks, polygraph examination and a credit check. 

Candidates must pass a physical examination, including drug and alcohol screening in addition to psychological testing. Potential employees must possess a valid driver’s license as well.                  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Pay starts at $35,609 and tops out at $54,787 for a senior officer. MARTA offers benefits and opportunities for advancement. MARTA also provides all uniforms and equipment.

Currently, a $3,000 signing bonus for Georgia certified officers and a $1,000 signing bonus for non-certified personnel are being offered.

For more information on how to apply, visit or call 404-848-5544.




Cooperative Extension sets plant sale, “Fruit Trees” workshop

Spring is several weeks away but you can start planning now to landscape your yard. The DeKalb County Cooperative Extension Office is taking orders for its third annual plant sale.

A variety of plants including azaleas, blueberries, hydrangeas and gardenias are available for order. Prices start at $8 and the plants will be available for pickup on Saturday, March 21, at the DeKalb Extension Office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 200, Decatur. 

“Although this is just our third year, we are excited to see this annual sale grow.  We are committed to helping citizens realize and understand the role they play in the beautification and sustainability of their own neighborhoods, said Jessica E. Hill, Director of the Cooperative Extension office in DeKalb.

The Extension Office is hosting a class, “Fruit Trees,” on Thursday, Jan. 29, 6:45 p.m. The class is $10. If you buy a fruit tree from the plant sale for $8, the class fee will be waived. Learn what it takes to grow trees that bear delicious fruits that can be used for eating, baking and juicing.

To register for the class, or information on ordering plants, call 404-298-4080.


Community Cabinet meeting set

DeKalb County Commissioners Stan Watson and Larry Johnson will host a discussion on the county’s proposal to go to once-a-week sanitation pickups. The discussion will be among several topics presented on Saturday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m., at the monthly Community Cabinet breakfast meeting. The meeting will be held at Chapel Hill Middle School, 3535 Dogwood Farms Road, Decatur.

Guest speakers from DeKalb Public Works, the DeKalb Community Service Board and Georgia Piedmont Technical College will lead the discussion and answer questions from the community.  

For more information, call 404-371-3681.




Learn proper pruning for your garden

Gwinnett County’s Cooperative Extension Office will host a free workshop, “Proper Pruning Techniques for Home Landscape,” on Wednesday, Feb. 11, noon to 1 p.m., 750 South Perry St., Lawrenceville.

To register for the workshop or for more information, call 678-377-4010.  

Centerville Community Center offers credit score help    

The Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, will host “Your Credit Report and Score Seminar,” on Thursday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. – noon.

At the seminar, attendees will learn why your credit score is important and what factors may impact your score.

The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information or to register in advance, call 770-985-4713.




Toddler story time in Conyers

The Nancy-Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green St., S.W., Conyers, will host “Toddler Story time” for children ages 21 – 36 months and their parents or caregivers on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Take part in interactive stories, music, finger play games and crafts. Advance registration is required. To register, call 770-388-5040, ext. 113.  


See high-flying dogs compete for barking rights

The Circle of Friends Dog Agility group will host three days of dog agility competition on Feb. 6 – 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers.

Organizers say spectators can enjoy three days of fun featuring dog agility, an exciting team sport where dogs and their handlers navigate a challenging course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other obstacles at speed.

The event will be held in the Horse Park’s Charles Walker Arena. Admission is free.For more information, contact Circle of Friends Dog Agility, LLC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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