Author: On Common Ground News

Notice is given that the Rockdale Board of Elections will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 at 5 p.m. to certify the results from the Dec. 6, 2022 General Runoff Election.  WHEN:           Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 TIME:              5 p.m.  WHERE:        IN-PERSON:            Board of Elections Office (New location) 1115 West Ave., SW Conyers, GA 30012, 770- 278-7333         -OR- VIRTUAL:                  Online Via Zoom – Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7049887949  Meeting ID: 704 988 7949 One tap mobile +13126266799,,7049887949# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,7049887949# US (New York)  

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA– The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a one-time cost- of-living payment for County government employees. On Dec. 16, eligible full-time employees will receive a $1,500 payment and regular part-time employees will receive a $750 payment. Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson said the payments are needed as the County faces challenges with retaining first responders, utility workers and hard-to-fill positions across the organization. “Gwinnett residents deserve sustainable, high-quality county government services and those are made possible by a strong, reliable workforce,” Hendrickson said. “We intend to keep Gwinnett a preferred community where everyone can…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA– The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners is seeking about 35 residents to serve on the citizen oversight committee for the 2023 SPLOST for Transportation, Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, Parks and Recreation, and Courthouse. Meetings will begin in April 2023 with ongoing meetings at J.P. Carr Community Center, 981 Taylor St., Conyers. The SPLOST Oversight Committee is a group of volunteer citizens who work with County staff to prioritize and oversee the completion of the projects as funding from the 1 percent sales tax  is collected. The SPLOST Oversight Committee also provides input and oversight to ensure that…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA— Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an Aa3 credit rating to DeKalb County’s planned $552 million water and sewer bonds. In a recent announcement, Moody’s stated the outlook on the revenue bonds is “stable.” According to Moody’s announcement, the stable outlook on the county’s ratings reflects Moody’s expectations that a “strong economic base, prudent financial management and capital planning and future revenue growth will help mitigate the substantial borrowing.” “With the support of the Board of Commissioners, DeKalb County will be able to acquire financial resources needed to complete the work detailed in the federal consent decree modification,”…

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ATLANTA— Georgia gas price average continues to decline at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia drivers are now paying an average price of $2.96 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline (subject to change overnight). Monday’s state average is 8 cents less than a week ago, 17 cents less than a month ago, and 22 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $44.40 to fill a 15-gallon tank of regular gasoline. Drivers are now paying almost $3.00 less to fill-up at the pump compared to last month. “Pump prices have steadily decreased across Georgia over the past few weeks,” said Montrae Waiters, AAA-The Auto Club Group spokeswoman. “Declining crude oil prices continue…

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STONECREST, GA – The City of Stonecrest will hold its third annual Holiday Tree Lighting celebration at Browns Mill Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning at 4 p.m. The family-friendly event will kick off with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a music performance by J. Cordell, immediately followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. City officials plan to transform the area into a winter wonderland, complete with artificial snow, a Nutcracker performance, and a Gingerbread house. The Center will include festive holiday decorations and a special mailbox for guests to drop off their letters…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) and the Georgia Democratic Delegation sent a letter to Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Christopher Nunn seeking answers as to “what factors led to the decision to close the Georgia Rental Assistance (GRA) program to new applications, why the decision took days for DCA to announce publicly, and what DCA plans to do with the remaining federal funds supporting the program.” The state of Georgia received nearly $1 billion in federal funding to prevent people from being evicted. The lawmakers said the sudden cutoff last month was “unacceptable” and their lack of transparency…

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STONECREST, GA– Leaders of several of the nation’s most influential civil rights organizations gathered on Sunday(Nov. 4) to rally and get out the vote for Georgia’s hotly contested Senate race. The battle between Democratic incumbent, Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger, Herschel Walker, will be decided on Tuesday, Dec. 6. During the noon press conference and rally, organizers urged voters to make their voices known in the mid-term election at the ballot boxes on Election Day.  The rally was held at the New Black Wall Street, 8109 Mall Parkway, Stonecrest. An incubator of minority and women-owned business, The New Black…

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DECATUR, GA–DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson presented his 15th Annual Tree Lighting at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur on Nov. 29. Community residents witnessed the lighting of the tree, atop of the building and enjoyed music before going inside for the Stepp Stewart’s Soulful Christmas musical performance.  Afterward the performance, attendees enjoyed hot chocolate, apple cider and Christmas cookies. https://youtu.be/LmjqAqRkARE Video and photos by Glenn L. Morgan/OCG News

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