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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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“Son of Rockdale” Willie Gibson honored for work in the community


The Rockdale Board of Commissioners thanked Willie Gibson for tirelessly serving the community, including 10 years as president of the Rockdale NAACP.

Described as a “Son of Rockdale County” by Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden, Gibson stood in the spotlight as the board proclaimed Jan. 27 “Willie Gibson Recognition Day” in the county.

The Rockdale NAACP isn’t the only place where Gibson has served for years. Gibson has attended the same church, Summer Hill Baptist Church, for 50 years, serving as a deacon. He also has been a member of the male chorus and served as an usher.

“I am very thankful to the citizens of Rockdale for being so kind and considerate. Rockdale is a wonderful place to live. I was just thinking this morning. Every year when I’m on vacation, we get so excited about taking a week or so off and going somewhere but after a few days, I’m excited to get back to Rockdale,” said Gibson, who was joined at the presentation by his wife, Minister Ethel Gibson. “We have a love here in this county you can’t find nowhere else and I love all the people of Rockdale.”

Oden said some of Gibson’s works would...


DeKalb Watershed Management receives FOG Award

The Georgia FOG Alliance recently recognized the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) program as the “2014 Outstanding Program of the Year” for the second consecutive year in the “large” category.

“This award underscores our commitment to community involvement and outreach,” said DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May. “Educated customers help us prolong the life of our sewer system, and we’re proud of the work DeKalb’s FOG program does to keep residents informed.”

The FOG Alliance is a nonprofit organization that educates and promotes a cleaner environment by controlling fats, oils and grease. It includes all the municipalities and cities of Georgia. Each year, the FOG Alliance analyzes and evaluates various aspects of local FOG initiatives to determine the winner of the “Outstanding Program of the Year” award.

DeKalb County was evaluated based on a comprehensive questionnaire that included 130 questions on several FOG program components, such as administration, engineering for food service establishments, inspections for food service establishments, waste management, pollution prevention, tracking, enforcement, laboratory and sampling; Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance (CMOM); education and safety.


Applications for youth leadership program underway

DeKalb County’s Office of Youth Services is accepting applications for the Young Women’s and Men’s Leadership Development Program.

Both leadership development programs are free for youths ages 15 to 18 and will begin Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Lou Walker Center, 2538 Panola Road, Lithonia. Participants will meet the second Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to
2 p.m., until Dec. 2015 and will be provided free lunch.

Youths who participate in the Young Women’s and Men’s Leadership Development Program will have the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional development training skills. Participants will experience a variety of activities, including workshops, leadership development, college readiness and more. The applications deadline is Feb. 20.

For more information, contact Kacey Venning at 404-687-7192 or Jashawn Williams at 404-687-7108.


Commissioner Larry Johnson lauded by Korean American community

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The Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta came together recently to thank DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson for his tireless efforts in supporting DeKalb’s Korean American community. Uncha Yi Shreve, president of the Korean American Foundation of Atlanta, presented Johnson with an award commending his commitment to service.

“This is an honor that I do not take lightly,” said Johnson. “I have found the Korean American community to be a great ally. I look forward to this lasting partnership.”

Members of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta have worked diligently with Johnson to provide unique cultural programming, and present academic scholarships to deserving DeKalb high school students. Johnson and members of the Korean-American community also have partnered to facilitate several community service projects, in an effort to give back to DeKalb County residents in need.


RCSO, community must interact to build trust


With the start of 2015, I would like to thank all of the citizens for their continued support of all the hard work done by men and women of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. The deputies of the RCSO continue to work hard in keeping the citizens of Rockdale County safe, and are credited for a second year in crime reduction at 20 % as compared to 2013. The year 2014 was a busy year for the Sheriff’s Office in which we accomplished many goals which I set and I look forward to continuing to build the RCSO into a 21st century law enforcement agency.

In the year 2015, a main focus for the RCSO will be to continue to build, foster, and strengthen community relations. As Sheriff of Rockdale County, I am committed to a transparent, ethically operated law enforcement agency. Throughout 2015, the RCSO has planned numerous community events throughout the county to foster trust, transparency, and build a community-oriented policing relationship within our county. I will continue to hold town hall meetings, not only in person, but also through virtual town hall meetings to hear the needs and concerns of the citizens.

In order for law enforcement...


Creation of City of Stonecrest benefits all


We have a unique opportunity to mold our own future for years to come. We live in the southeast corridor of DeKalb County and can boast of good schools, affordable homes, several shopping districts, an abundance of worship choices, and commercial and industrial growth potential.

People want to live, work, play, and worship in their own communities. We have most of those keys to success, absent the work. Unfortunately, there are not enough new significant job opportunities - technical, commercial or industrial - seeking to move or develop in southeast DeKalb County.

Simply put, our road to salvation is economic development.

Good – We have one of the most beautiful areas in all of metropolitan Atlanta for sprawling homes, and luxury apartment and rental living. Our green space is unmatched with Arabia Mountain National Heritage area. This includes fantastic walking and bike trails and beautiful scenery.

Better – Our commercial areas of Panola Road and Stonecrest Mall (including Evans Mill Road) districts boast of good restaurants, available grocery stores, banks, and convenient shopping. Our access to I-20 is quick and accessible.

Best – The Lithonia Industrial Boulevard corridor (Evans Mill and Turner Hill Road access) and the Panola business and industrial areas...


Celebrating Black History Month in Metro Atlanta


DeKalb History Center to honor African American trailblazers in medicine

The DeKalb History Center, 101 East Court Square, Decatur, will host its Eighth Annual Black History Month celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

OtisBrawleyHeadshotRecroppedThis year’s celebration recognizes African Americans who have made great contributions in the field of medicine. This year’s honorees include Otis W. Brawley, M.D., who serves as Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society. Brawley is responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education. He champions efforts in decreasing smoking, improving diet, detecting cancer at the earliest stage, and providing the critical support cancer patients need.

Two honorees will be recognized posthumously: Dr. Roderick Badger and Dr. Charles Drew. Badger, known as the first African-American dentist in Atlanta, will be recognized for his accomplishments in Atlanta’s history and in black history. Born to white slave owner, Dr. Joshua Badger, and slave, Martha Badger, Roderick Badger was taught dentistry by his father at the age of 16.

Drew was an American physicain, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched in the field o blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his...



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