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ATLANTA  Hammonds House to host panel discussion observing Black August In recognition of Black August, the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. S.W., Atlanta, is hosting a community discussion on Aug. 6, 6 p.m., “Black August: Contemporary Critical Resistance, PART 1: Building Effective Community Action against State Sanctioned Violence in the United States.” Thr community discussion will be moderated by Georgia State University’s Dr. Makungu M. Akinyela and feature a panel discussion with Davis Bozeman Law Firm Attorney Mawuli Davis, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) founding member Watani Tyehimba and MXGM National Coordinator Taliba Obuya. Dating back to the late…

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The DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs will hold a Back-to-School Bash at N.H. Scott Recreation Center, 2230 Tilson Road, Decatur on Saturday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hip-hop artist Ricky Lamar Hawk, better known as Silentó, will make a special guest appearance at the event. Patrons will receive school supplies, book bags, giveaways and food while supplies last. The goal for this event is to promote a healthy start to the school year. Patrons are encouraged to join in this celebration to mark the beginning of the new school season. School supplies are limited…

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DeKalb County Board of Health centers will host Farmers Markets for WIC recipients on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Tucker WIC facility, 4394 Hugh Howell Road (located in the Tucker Station shopping center). To make an appointment, call 404-508-7777. The clinic’s phone number is 678-791-0016. On Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, Farmers Markets for WIC recipients will be held at: North DeKalb Health Center, 3807 Clairmont Road, Chamblee 770-454-1144 East DeKalb Health Center at 2277 S. Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road in Lithonia 770-484-2600. Clifton Springs Health Center at 3110 Clifton Springs Road in Decatur…

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The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), DeKalb Chapter 380, will meet on Aug. 9, 1 p.m., at Piccadilly Restaurant, at the Gallery at South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur. All retired federal employees, their spouses and surviving spouses are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about the benefits of NARFE. NARFE meets monthly (except July and December). For more information, go to www.ganarfe.com, or contact Chapter 380 President Calvin Stevens at 404-288-3604.    

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Did you know that on any given day, there are more than 450 children in foster care in Gwinnett County, with less than 50 foster homes to care for them? The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services urges Gwinnett residents to make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a foster parent. Get involved by attending an upcoming orientation sponsored by the Gwinnett County DFCS held the second Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, call Kimberly Griffin at 404.852.3694 or send an email to Cathy Chapman at cathy.chapman1@dhs.ga.gov.

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The Concerned Citizens for Cityhood of South DeKalb (CCCSD) announces the results of its recent Board of Directors election. Isaac T. Finley, formerly vice chair, will replace Kathryn Rice as chair. Rice affirmed that while she plans to pursue other goals, she looks forward to a continued working relationship with CCCSD. The other elected CCCSD officers are as follows: Vice Chairperson              Ron Mangham Secretary                         Sandy Johnson Treasurer                         Ken Blakely CCCSD is committed to creating economic growth and enrich the quality of…

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State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking students enrolled in public middle and high schools throughout Georgia to serve on his 2016 Student Advisory Council. Students will attend several meetings with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impacts of state policies on schools. State Sen. JaNice VanNess (R – Conyers) is encouraging all eligible students to apply for the Council. “The Student Advisory Council is an outstanding opportunity for our students to be a part of something that will have a great impact on the future of our public education system in Georgia,” said Sen. VanNess. “I want to thank Superintendent…

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Aug. 1, 2016 will be a day I will never forget. I met the President of the United States. This Monday started like any other. It was 10:45 a.m. and I had an appointment to discuss my beloved program, Be Someone, Inc.  This time I was in the office of Dr. James Jones, principal of Stone Mountain High School, waiting on my 11 a.m. meeting.  Dr. Jones had a previous appointment that was running over so I pulled out my cell phone to check messages. I had to step outside to get a connection. There was Dr. Jones’ message explaining his running over meeting…

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ATLANTA—Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced that Southtowne Motors of Newnan, Inc. d/b/a Southtowne Chevrolet Buick GMC, Southtowne Motors, Inc. d/b/a Southtowne Hyundai Riverdale, and Southtowne Motors of Newnan II, Inc. d/b/a Southtowne Hyundai of Newnan (together “Southtowne”) have entered into Assurances of Voluntary Compliance with the State of Georgia to resolve allegations that the dealerships did not properly disclose to consumers that they were purchasing lemon buybacks  – cars that manufacturers bought back under a state lemon law, which they then resold to dealers. The State’s investigation revealed that for several years, Southtowne failed to give consumers the required…

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DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May and members of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners toured several locations throughout the county on Aug. 2 to promote crime prevention initiatives during National Night Out, observed in communities across the nation. “National Night Out is a great way to promote partnerships between communities and law enforcement to make DeKalb County a safe place to live, work and play,” said May. May kicked off National Night Out in the parking lot of the Gallery at South DeKalb in Decatur with nearly 30 communities represented at the event, which ran from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.…

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