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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


Mark Your Calendars

Big Peach Drop celebration set for New Year's Eve


Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St., S.W., Atlanta, is ready and prepared for thousands of on-lookers to watch the 26th Annual Peach Drop at midnight on New Year's Eve. Activities, however, will be held throughout the day starting at 11 a.m.

There will be carnival-style rides, arcade games, face painting, balloon artists, performances from youth groups and a DJ just for kids during the day.    

There also will be a variety of live performances that night including Janelle Monae, who has six Grammy nominations. Monae will perform around midnight when the 800-pound Peach drops and a fireworks display are held. House DJ and Emcee “World Famous G-MAK,” Garrett Webster will get the crowd pumped up. For more information, call William Ciccaglione at 404-523-2311, ext. 7010.




City reminds businesses to renew licenses by Feb. 15

The City of Atlanta’s Office of Revenue is reminding businesses in the city that they have until Sunday, Feb. 15, to file their business license renewal application.

Once a renewal application is filed, businesses will have until April 1, 2015 to pay the invoiced amount. Businesses are encouraged to renew their license, using their PIN, online at

Some types of businesses are not eligible for online renewal. These businesses include: parking garages, attorneys, legal services, insurance accounts and any business with an account with a returned mailing address omitted from their online renewal file. These businesses are encouraged to download and complete the city’s business tax renewal application.

Businesses should note that they will be penalized for not filing. Business owners who do not submit a business license renewal application by the Feb. 15, 2015 deadline will receive a "failure to file notice" and a $500 fine. Failure to meet the April 1, 2015 payment deadline will result in a 10 percent failure to pay penalty. Unpaid balances accrue a monthly interest fee of 1.5 percent.

For more information, contact 404-330-6270 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




County hosts blanket drive for the needy

DeKalb County is hosting a blanket drive for the needy through Wednesday, Dec. 31.

The office of the CEO, Parks and Recreation and Cultural Affairs have set up several drop-off locations for new or gently-used blanket. Once all items are gathered, they will be distributed to people in need.

The following locations are accepting blanket donations during normal business hours:

Maloof Building, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur

Browns Mill Recreation Center, 5101 Browns Mill Road, Lithonia

Exchange Recreation Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur                  

Gresham Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta

Hamilton Recreation Center, 3263 Chapel Street, Scottdale

Lucious Sanders Recreation Center, 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia

Mason Mill Recreation Center, 1340-B McConnell Drive, Decatur

Midway Recreation Center, 3181 Midway Road, Decatur

N.H. Scott Recreation Center, 2230 Tilson Road, Decatur

Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur

Redan Recreation Center, 1839 Phillips Road, Lithonia

Tobie Grant Recreation Center, 644 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale

Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker

For more information, call LaShanda Davis, public education specialist: 404- 371-3643.


DeKalb Parks and Rec to hold winter break day camp

DeKalb County’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will hold a Winter Break Day Camp Dec. 22 – 31 and Jan. 2 and 5, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at all 11 county recreation centers.

Camp will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Winter Break Day Camp is open to ages 5 -12 and will be held Monday through Friday at a charge of $6 per day. Participants must provide their own lunch and snack.

Registration is now open and all payments should be made payable to DeKalb County Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs by cashier’s check or money order.

To access the online registration, visit and click the “Register Online” button on the Department’s homepage or you may register in person at a center near you. For more information, contact Bernita Reese, division manager, at 404-371-3643.




Energy assistance available for low-income families

Applications for Gwinnett’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be accepted Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Buford Human Services Center, 2755 Sawnee Ave., Buford; Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville; and Mondays only, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Norcross Human Services Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross. 

Applications will be taken until funds are exhausted for households meeting the 60 percent median income guidelines. Applicants are seen by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, visit or for more information, call Partnership for Community Action at 404-537-4300.


Septic tank workshop offered to residents

Gwinnett County is offering a free workshop to residents, “Septic Tank Maintenance,” on Thursday, Jan. 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m., at the Norcross Human Services Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross.

Residents are invited to attend this workshop and learn what to look for when a problem exists, what to look for in a good contractor, and what permitting requirements are for new systems. For more information and to register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 678-376-7193.




B.O.C. accepting applications for committees

Rockdale-Newton NCNW sets parenting empowerment discussion

The Rockdale-Newton Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. will host a community discussion designed to bring parents and guardians together with a host of experts who interact directly with the youth of Rockdale County to keep children out of the juvenile/prison pipeline system. The discussion will be held on Jan. 10, 11 a.m., Antioch AME Church, 1790 Ebenezer Road, Conyers.

“We recognize that the most recent cases of police killings have impacted our communities across the nation and in grave ways. And although there may be varying views on the outcomes of the most recent cases, our organization is primarily aiming to equip those raising youth in our local communities with information they need yet avoid another unnecessary end to a valuable life,” said Rhonda Taylor, president of the Rockdale-Newton Section of the National Council of Negro Women.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists who include Rockdale County School Superintendent Rich Autry; Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett; City of Conyers Police Department, Sgt. Peggy Franklin; Rockdale County Magistrate Court, Chief Magistrate Judge Phinia Aten; Rockdale County Juvenile Court, Judge William Schneider; Criminal Law Attorney Gary Washington; and Education Advocate (SNAP) Anthony Ivory, M.Ed.

For more information about the empowerment event, contact Rhonda Taylor at 678-824-2946 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


BOC seeks volunteers for several boards

The Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for volunteer appointments to several groups that serve the county including the Planning Commission, Economic Development Council, Development Authority, Ethics Commission. Two alternates will be selected from a drawing that will be held in public from eligible candidates.

If you are interested in serving, fill out an application and return it at your earliest convenience. The more experience that you have in the related field, the better chance you have of getting selected.

You can also follow up with a phone call to 770-278-7001 or an email to the commissioners stating why you would be a great choice. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply. You can also email CEO Richard Oden at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Oz Nesbitt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or Doreen Williams at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last community bike ride of the year set

Families are invited to join the City of Conyers’ final 2014 Bicycle Ride in and around Olde Town on Sunday, Dec. 28, 4 – 5 p.m.

Bring your bike and helmet and enjoy a four-mile, 45-minute leisurely group bike ride for families on the beautiful historic streets of Olde Town Conyers. The ride begins at the Conyers Welcome Center/Depot at 901 Railroad Street, Conyers. For more information, contact Eddie Shirey at 770-365-0480.

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