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Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) will host the first of two Open House events designed to introduce prospective students to exciting, new courses and industry-leading programs currently being offered by the college.  The first Open House is scheduled Saturday, June 11,  10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on the Newton County campus, 1600 Alcovy Road, Covington. Attendees will have many opportunities to meet directly with admissions personnel to gain information regarding the application process.  They will also receive information regarding the college’s industry-leading programs that are available on the Newton campus.  As a bonus, the Georgia Piedmont Technical…

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Rockdale Chairman Richard Oden was among the community leaders who honored veterans from Rockdale County at the Walk of Heroes. More than 300 people attended the Memorial Day program. The Megacamp youth performed the national anthem, led by Bryan Lezama, founder of the Conyers Arts Conservatory – Youth Encouragement of the Arts. ‬

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For many, Memorial Day marks the kickoff of summer—a time for backyard barbecues and the NBA playoffs. But there is a more serious side to the national holiday: Memorial Day is the time when we pay homage to America’s soldiers for their sacrifice and protection to this country. The first observance to the nation’s soldiers, May 30, was established as Decoration Day after the end of the Civil War, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. The website says that in 1971, Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday and set the last Monday of May. Here’s…

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In another key race, former DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond won the Democratic primary for CEO, earning 72 percent of the vote. Former DeKalb Commissioner Connie Stokes, who also served as a state legislator, came in second with 26 percent of the vote. Joe Bembry, a car towing business owner, placed third. Thurmond will now face Republican Jack Lovelace in the November general election. Lovelace, the lone Republican running for the CEO seat, received 7,558 votes in the primary. The winner of the CEO race will oversee a $1.3 billion annual budget and more than 6,000 county employees.

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Antioch-Lithonia Missionary Baptist Church recently welcomed maestro Heather Sorenson for a concert that featured her music, Antioch’s James C. Ward Chorale and the Covington/Conyers Choral Guild, Inc. The internationally-known Christian music producer who has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Constitution Center brought together the two choral groups after leading a music clinic in Covington. Under Sorenson’s direction, the groups performed as if they had been singing together every Sunday, drawing standing ovations from Antioch’s congregation. “It was an honor to get her. She’s among the top 3 or 4 pianists in the world. It was like having a…

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Sherry Boston will become DeKalb County’s next District Attorney when she leaves her current job as Solicitor General and she takes the oath of office in January 2017. Boston, a Democrat, earned a whopping 62 percent of the vote, defeating her sole challenger, Democratic incumbent Robert James, during the May 24 primary elections. There were no Republicans in the race. In her bid for the county’s top prosecutor position, Boston leveraged several key endorsements, which included former DeKalb District Attorneys Bob Wilson and J. Tom Morgan, Congressman Hank Johnson and former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young. Boston championed restoring trust in…

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Candidates in four Rockdale County races are headed for run-offs on July 26. Voters will be going back to the polls to cast ballots for Board of Commissioners Chair; Commissioner, Post, 1; Probate Judge; and Board of Education, Post 4. The runoffs are being held because none of the candidates in those races received over 50 percent of the vote. In the most hotly-contested race, BOC Chairman Richard Oden and Commissioner Oz Nesbitt will face one another for the county’s top position. The Chairman’s race was a nail biter with three Democratic candidates running neck and neck. Oden, however,…

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Coleman-Stribling wins Solicitor-General’s race Donna Coleman-Stribling received 54 percent of the vote to become DeKalb’s next Solicitor-General. She defeated Nicole Golden, who received 46 percent of the vote in the hotly-contested race. Both have worked in  the DA’s office. Golden has served as DeKalb’s chief assistant district attorney, while Coleman-Stribling has served as deputy chief district attorney. District 4  Commissioner Barnes- Sutton in runoff  Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton will face Steve Bradshaw in a runoff. Bradshaw received 5,253 votes(48.4 percent), while Barnes-Sutton received 4,712 votes (43.4 percent). Gannon re-elected Commissioner , District 6 Incumbent Kathie Gannon won re-election with 81…

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Gwinnett County officials recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Lawrenceville Senior Center. The renovated center, located at 225 Benson Street in Lawrenceville, can accommodate up to 160 seniors per day. After being closed since last August, the upgraded facility now accommodates individuals with low vision, hearing impairments and mobility challenges. Improvements include ADA-accessible restrooms, an enlarged dining area, an upgraded billiards room, a new card room area, a new hearing loop system for the hearing impaired and a new multi-use room. Deputy County Administrator Phil Hoskins presided over the ceremony. Additional remarks…

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Gwinnett County commissioners have approved a contract with highest-scoring firm Gilbane Building Company to build an addition to the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center and a new parking deck. The voter-approved 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax(SPLOST) program is funding the bulk of the $75 million project with the remainder coming from the capital project fund. “As our population approaches 1 million people, demand on the Gwinnett County court system continues to grow. Additional courtrooms and associated facilities are needed to serve jurors, victims, judges, prosecutors, attorneys, witnesses and others who visit the courts. I am thankful to…

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