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South DeKalb YMCA, DeKalb unable to reach deal

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South DeKalb YMCA officials say they will not pursue a public-private partnership with DeKalb County, a proposal DeKalb District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson had touted as a health benefit to an underserved population in South DeKalb.


The plan called for the county to buy the Y for $5 million, using voter-approved green space bonds, and then lease the facility back to the YMCA through the DeKalb County Development Authority for $1 per year over the next 50 years. Under the deal, the facility would have been renovated and a walking trail and small splash park would have been built on the 18 acres where the Y is located at 2565 Snapfinger Woods Drive in Decatur.


YMCA officials announced this week, however, they were unable to come to an agreement with the Board of Commissioners.


“Unfortunately, the county’s most recent requests regarding our agreement make it impossible for the YMCA to continue negotiations for a framework that leads to our mutual success and would cause the YMCA to change the very essence of who we are,” Executive Director Curtis Winston and Board Chair Maurice Evans, Jr. stated in a letter dated Sept. 17 to Y members and the...


Rockdale commissioner hopes to expand ‘stabilization’ services


Rockdale County Commissioner JaNice Van Ness says the county is just sitting on money its Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Van Ness, who represents Post II, is proposing an amendment that would add demolition of blighted foreclosed homes to the county’s NSP program. Currently demolition is not a part of NSP, only renovations.


“The NSP has an estimated three or more millions in funds that are currently untapped. People don’t want to move into neighborhoods where there are eyesores when you pull in. Demolition could mean better looking homes in the NSP and could potentially raise the property value in your neighborhood,” Van Ness told residents during a Sept. 18 town hall she hosted. “I’m not saying we have to pick one or the other. I just think it would be best to at least consider adding a demolition component to NSP so that we can get the eyesores out of our communities and attract more potential homeowners.”


Van Ness says she plans to take the idea to the other members of the Board of Commissioners for approval at the board’s Sept. 30 meeting.

County CEO and Chairman Richard Oden was at the town hall and commended Van Ness...


City of Atlanta pays tribute to black baseball legends


Seated left to right: James “Red” Moore, Norman  F. “Geronimo” Lumpkin and Lawrence Williams. Standing left to right: Brian Jordan, Rubye Mims Lucas and Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond

Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond honored five black baseball legends at Atlanta City Hall on Sept. 15.


The city paid tribute to Norman F. “Geronimo” Lumpkin; James “Red” Moore and Lawrence “Larry” Williams, who were all members of the Negro Baseball Leagues, which were formed during segregation in 1867 and fell apart gradually between 1947 and 1959. In addition, Bond honored Rubye Mims Lucas, the wife of the late Bill Lucas, who was the first African-American general manager in Major League Baseball as a front-office boss; and two-sport great Brian Jordan, who played baseball and football, for their contributions to the Atlanta community.


Norman Fred “Geronimo” Lumpkin was born on Jan. 15, 1919 in Atlanta in a part of the Old Fourth Ward section of Atlanta known as Buttermilk Bottom. Lumpkin started playing baseball in empty lots at school. He joined the Negro Leagues from 1938 to 1949 on commercial and industrial teams and played semi-pro during World War II and was picked up by the Atlanta...


Gwinnett launches discount prescription savings program

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners has approved an agreement with Coast2Coast Rx to offer prescription drug discount cards to residents. The new card will allow all county residents, regardless of income, age or health status, to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications.


According to Coast2Coast Rx, the program saved cardholders throughout the nation an average of 60 percent on the cost of prescription drugs in 2013. The card is distributed free of charge and may be used at participating pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies in Gwinnett County and includes more than 60,000 prescription drugs in its formulary.

“With healthcare costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens individuals and families are facing at a time when they need it the most,” said Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. Approximately 40 other Georgia counties participate in the Coast2Coast Rx program, which is endorsed by ACCG, Georgia’s County Association.


There are no eligibility requirements to obtain the prescription drug discount card, which officials expect will benefit both uninsured and underinsured residents. If a particular drug isn’t covered under a person’s health plan, they can use the card...


Oct. 6 is deadline to register to vote


Monday, Oct. 6, is the deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 general Election.

To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote. You must also be 18 years of age by Election Day. You may not register to vote if you are currently serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony or judicially determined to be mentally in competent.

You can contact your local public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools or government offices for a mail-in registration form.

You may also register to vote online. Visit the Secretary of State’s website at

To use your smartphone or tablet to register to vote, download “GA Votes” from the Apple Store or the Droid Play Store on your device. You may also use the App for updates or to make changes to name and/or address information as well as to get information on polling locations, sample ballots and satellite voting locations.


Gwinnett hiring poll workers

Voter Registration

The Voter Registrations and Elections Division in Gwinnett County is seeking people to serve as paid poll workers for the Nov. 4 elections. Candidates should demonstrate patience, enjoy working with people, be able to follow directions and are detail oriented. The jobs are open to those who are a U.S. citizen, resident of Gwinnett, at least 16 years old and able to read, write and speak English. Those who are convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude or judicially determined to be mentally incompetent are not eligible to serve.


The pay ranges from $75 per day for poll workers to $300 per day for poll managers. Visit and scroll down to “Election Poll official” to click and follow the prompts for more information and to apply.


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