Author: On Common Ground News

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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DECATUR, GA– Eldorado Drive NE, between Chrysler Drive N.E. and Renault Lane N.E., will be closed to through-traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, through Monday, Dec. 26, to facilitate the point repair on a sanitary sewer line at 2340 Eldorado Drive NE. Road closure and detour signs will be placed in the area during the road closure period advising motorists of construction work in the area and of local traffic restrictions. Questions regarding this road closure should be addressed to Gabe Cummings, project manager, SAK Construction, LLC at 615-852-0988.

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA– DeKalb County’s Hamilton Recreation Center, 3262 Chapel St., Scottdale, will host a Parents Night Out and Kids’ Pajama and Pancake Party on Friday, Dec. 16, 6 to 11 p.m. The Parents Night Out program offers a safe, fun environment for children to spend an evening while parents enjoy a little time to themselves. Youths ages 5-13 are welcome to participate and encouraged to wear pajamas. Registration is $10 per child and will include food, karaoke, games, door prizes, music and more. Pre-registration is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis. To access online registration, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks and click the…

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DECATUR, GA— Dee Dixon, CEO of American Red Cross of Georgia, will be the guest speaker at the DeKalb Legislative Community Cabinet breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 to 11 a.m.  The breakfast will be held at Southwest DeKalb High School (auditorium atrium, 2863 Kelley Chapel Rd., Decatur. Dixon is the first African American to hold the position of CEO at the American Red Cross of Georgia. Other speakers expected at the breakfast include Tori Silas, Senior Directorof Government & Regulatory Affairs at Comcast Cable,  Angela Brown of MedCura Health, and Tim Hardy, DeKalb County Code Enforcement Director. The DeKalb…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA—The DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) system will offer a smorgasbord of activities to celebrate the Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival honoring DeKalb’s first African-American librarian.  The festival, which begins Dec. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2022, will feature more than 25 programs including music, dance, food, crafts, informational workshops and other activities for all ages at many of DeKalb’s library branches. The Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library, where the late Wells was a longtime manager, will kick of its event on Dec. 10.  The  event will include African folk tales with children’s author Ada Ari; family portraits…

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ATLANTA – MARTA will hold a veterans job fair on Thursday, Dec. 8, 1 until 5 p.m. at MARTA headquarters, located across from the Lindbergh Center rail station on Piedmont Road in Atlanta. MARTA is offering a $3,000 sign on bonus for Journeyman Bus Technicians and Track Maintainers. WHAT:           Veterans Career Fair WHEN:           Thursday, Dec. 8                        1 p.m. – 5 p.m.           WHERE:        MARTA Headquarters 2424 Piedmont Rd. NE Atlanta, Ga. 30324 OPEN TECHNICAL POSITIONS: Information Technology Cyber Security            Police Journeyman: o   Electronic Technicians o   Bus and Rail Mechanics o   Maintenance of Way (Electrical Power, Track, and Equipment Support) BENEFITS OFFERED: Medical, dental, and…

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By Dr. Eric W. Lee, Sr. There is a convincing argument to be made that Georgia has contributed more to racial reconciliation than any other state in America. Some might also argue that two Black men running for US Senate is an additional sign of that progress. On the contrary, I contend that the arrival of Herschel Walker has widened and damaged the racial divide. To be clear, I am not branding all Walker supporters as racist, but race continues to hover even without a white candidate on the ballot. Why did 81% of non-White (Black, Latino, Asian, etc.) Georgians…

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ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta will open an emergency warming center in anticipation of frigid temperatures. The center will open tonight, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m., and remain open through Thursday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m. The warming center is located at the Old Adamsville Recreation Center, 3404 Delmar Lane N.W., Atlanta. Transportation will be provided at 8 p.m. from the Gateway Center, 275 Pryor St. S.W., Atlanta, with return transportation upon deactivation.

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By Mark Brock DCSD Athletics Specialist DEKALB COUNTY, GA—The Redan Lady Raiders picked up the only win for DeKalb County School District (DCSD) flag football teams in the first round of the state playoffs before dropping a 20-6 second round decision to Harris County on Tuesday night (Nov. 29) at Hallford Stadium. Redan opened the Class 1A-4A state playoffs with a 6-0 overtime victory over Maynard Jackson (7-4) as the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation after both teams stopped the opponent on fourth down deep in each other’s territory in the second half.…

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DECATUR, GA– With temperatures expected to dip into the 30s, DeKalb County announced it will open warming centers for residents to use this week. Warming centers will be open in the following DeKalb County locations on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, beginning at 8 p.m.: Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Fire Station 4, 4540 Flakes Mill Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294 Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA 30316 North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee, GA 3034 Anyone staying in the warming centers must follow the county’s COVID-19 protocols that include…

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