CONYERS--Local businesses in Olde Town offered families a safe way to get an early start on trick-or-treating on Halloween morning.
There were cowboys, Cat in the Hat, Batman and other characters out walking to businesses in the downtown district getting Halloween treats.
Deborah Cook, who lives about three miles from the shopping district, said she appreciated the businesses reaching out to the community.
"What a cool way to kick off Halloween right around the corner from our neighborhood," said Cook. "I like that some of the business owners put on costumes, too."
DeKalb County will hold its sixth annual neighborhood summit on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. 12:30 p.m., at Tucker High School, 5036 LaVista Road, Tucker.
This year's summit brings together residents from across DeKalb County to "Get Connected" to each other, to their county government and to community solutions and innovation. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops, visit exhibits, meet with community leaders, exchange ideas and learn how to partner with county departments to sustain and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
One of the most popular programs at the Neighborhood Summit is Curbside Consulting. These 25-minute sessions are a chance for 1-3 representatives from neighborhood groups to meet with a consultant and get information about one of six topic areas: Community Organizing/Building, Marketing/Social Media, Fundraising/Grant Writing, Meeting Facilitation, Volunteer/Board Management, Program Planning and Development, and Neighborhood Nexus/Community Needs Assessment. Sign up for Curbside Consulting begins at 8 a.m.
Attendees can learn about resources for water and sewer bills, as well as new initiatives by the DeKalb Watershed Management Department. This includes new satellite payment locations department throughout DeKalb County.
Dr. Troy Bush from Rehoboth Baptist church will kick the summit off with opening...
More fundraisers are under way to help Kylee Davis, a 6th grade Conyers student who is battling Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease, a rare condition that causes painful lesions.
Davis now has a teacher who visits him at home during the week, his mother, Felicia Davis, said. Kylee has been unable to attend Conyers Middle School, where he is enrolled, for weeks, but is catching up now that he has help, Ms. Davis said.
"It's really hard for him. He misses his classmates," Ms. Davis said.
Ms. Davis said a fund for Kylee has been set up at Wells Fargo bank and donations may be made at any location. She said donations are being accepted for research for the disease and to assist her in caring for her son. Ms. Davis is unemployed and is home with Kylee, who often is in pain as a result of the lesions on his body and inside his mouth and ears.
"My goal is for a doctor to find the right treatment to help my son. No one seems to know very much about this disease, other than it is not contagious. I have to keep trying for my son. He's a...
Jacob Jordan, 17, says he's often the butt of a lot of black jokes at Chamblee High School, where he's a senior.
He says at Chamblee, where there is a melting pot of students from various cultures, he's picked on for not being what his peers considers a typical black.
“Because of my race, they (students) ask me why don’t I play basketball?" said Jordan, who said he would rather put his energies into maintaining his GPA, which is over 4.0.
Jordan spoke about the constant chiding from peers during a community forum, "Don't Bully…Be A Friend," hosted by the Stone Mountain chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Jordan, who serves as the regional treasurer for Jack and Jill South East, joined State Rep. Billy Mitchell and Quentin Fretwell, who works as a student relations coordinator for DeKalb County Public Schools.
Jack and Jill put on the forum to bring parents, students and other community stakeholders to the table to discuss ways to address bullying in schools and cyber bullying on the internet.
Said Fretwell: "This is a different day in time than when we were kids. The sexting and cyber bullying has taken...
A group of community leaders are standing behind former DeKalb Schools' Superintendent Crawford Lewis, protesting a judge's handling of the case.
Led by former DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown, the group of leaders gathered at the DeKalb County Courthouse gazebo in Decatur on Oct. 28 to hold a news conference and oppose DeKalb Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker's actions. During sentencing last year, Becker rejected a plea agreement with prosecutors to allow Lewis to serve probation in exchange for his testimony as the star witness in the school district's racketeering and theft case. Becker instead sentenced Lewis to one year in jail.
On Oct. 24, the Georgia Court of Appeals overturned Becker's decision, ruling in Lewis' favor. The appeals court said "the record shows that the state had made a negotiated plea recommendation and that the trial judge went along with this recommendation at the time she accepted the deal."
“Crawford Lewis did nothing wrong from a felony standpoint. We believe Crawford Lewis is a good man,” said Brown. “We believe Crawford Lewis, who is now a broken man financially, a broken man spiritually, has suffered enough.”
Said Brown: "A judge who is an impartial, objective...
Rosalynn Carter rallies for grandson, Jason Carter
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter seemed at home as she stood in the pulpit at The 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.
Mrs. Carter, 87, smiled warmly as the congregation applauded her. Before she made her remarks, Mrs. Carter told the crowd how much she enjoyed hearing Pastor Flippin's message and the choir. Her Oct. 26 visit to the church marked a highlight for Georgia's "Souls to the Polls," a Sunday Voting initiative that drew 3,889 to the polls in a single day in DeKalb.
Referencing the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech, Mrs. Carter urged Democrats to work together for the good of Georgia and to support her grandson, gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter.
“History calls us to keep striving to achieve that dream. He had a dream. We all remember that dream. Every election, we get the chance to fulfill that dream of justice for all. We can do it, if we all work together. We can help make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream become...
The “Souls to the Polls” voting drive drew nearly 8,000 to the polls in DeKalb and Fulton counties on Sunday, Oct. 26.
In DeKalb County, 3,889 of the county’s 450,000 registered voters went to the polls, while in Fulton, 4,122 of the county’s more than 600,000 registered voters made their voices heard during the Sunday Voting day.
“We’re excited about any opportunity to allow people to cast their ballot. It’s not a Presidential election. People come out in droves to vote for a president. But it wasn’t so much about numbers as it was opportunity. We want to do everything we can to make voting more accessible to the residents of DeKalb County,” said DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Director Maxine Daniels. “We really didn’t know what to expect. We are thankful to the churches and senior facilities who led campaigns and bussed people out.”
Daniels says the overall turnout in general was high, adding: “We ended up voting more in five hours than we had voted in any other five-hour day.”
The “Souls to the Polls” initiative among African American churches brought out dozens of caravans to the polls to vote after Sunday worship...