Author: On Common Ground News

STONECREST, GA—New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is helping thousands of area students start the school year on the right foot. The church, 5600 Woodrow Road, is hosting its annual back-to-school event on Aug. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. Senior Pastor Jamal H. Bryant and the New Birth congregation have expanded this year’s outreach to include the distribution of 5,000 brand-new pairs of shoes for school-aged students. Registration, which was required for all participants, is now closed. Families have been given a designated timeslot for arrival. “We have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our congregation and the community as…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA– Rockdale County is partnering with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center to host a small business training series. The sessions will be held on Aug. 24, Sept. 7, Oct.19 and Nov. 19. The Rockdale County Small Business Training program’s purpose is to support business formation, job growth and economic profitability as business owners and emerging entrepreneurs navigate changing economic landscapes. Training topics include funding, financial management, business planning, strategy, operations, marketing, and more. Business owners are encouraged to attend the in-person sessions and receive up to of $150 in gift cards to support their small…

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Join the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce for its upcoming Third Wednesday Luncheon on August 17, 11:30 – 1 p.m., with guest speaker Interim Superintendent of the DeKalb County School District Vasanne S. Tinsley. The luncheon will be held at Stone Manor Events Facility, 3113 Stone Mountain Street, Lithonia. Tinsley serves as interim superintendent of the DeKalb County School District, managing the day-to-day operations of a diverse educational system with more than 94,000 students, 14,500 employees and a budget of $2.6 billion. After a 25-year career in education and following her retirement in 2020, Tinsley was asked to return to…

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ATHENS, GA—This fall, the University of Georgia (UGA) is opening a new residence hall named for the first African-American students to enroll as freshman and graduate from the university. UGA has named the new building the Black-Diallo-Miller Hall in honor of Harold Alonza Black; Mary Blackwell Diallo; and Kerry Rushin Miller. The three African-American students courageously integrated the university in the1960s as freshmen and went on to earn their undergraduate degrees from UGA during one of the tumultuous times in the history of the nation. This fall marks the 60th anniversary of the year that the three enrolled as freshmen. UGA…

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DECATUR, GA– The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reports that two child abuse suspects have surrendered without incident to the custody of the DeKalb County Jail. Decatur resident Autumn Coney and Lithonia resident Bernetta Glover are charged with Cruelty to Children in the First Degree (Felony) for abusing a 3-year-old boy at Clarkston First Baptist Academy, 4007 Church St., Clarkston. The abuse came to light after the child’s mother, Krystin Collier, provided video surveillance to the Clarkson Police Department and warrants were issued for the women’s arrests after an investigation. According to the warrants, both suspects are accused of maliciously causing…

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LAWRENCEVILLE—Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gwinnett County has served more than 1 million pounds of food through its mobile food distribution program, reaching 33,575 homes and 136,922 residents across the county. Now, Gwinnett County’s mobile food distributions have earned the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government’s 2022 Innovative Program Award, which recognizes excellence in volunteer management in city and county governments. Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and worsening food insecurity, the County partnered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to deploy a weekly mobile food strategy in April 2020. Each week, families in need can pick…

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DECATUR, GA— The DeKalb Board of Registration and Elections meeting for the purpose of conducting its normal monthly business will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 4:30 p.m. This meeting will be conducted via teleconference (Zoom). Simultaneous public access to the meeting will be available via livestream on DCTV’s UStream channel at https://video.ibm.com/channel/dctv-channel-23. To make a public comment, join via Zoom: https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/97184078303 or dial in via phone toll free at 888-270-9936 and use conference code: 171493. Public comments of two minutes or less may be made live via the teleconference. For those joining the meeting by telephone, please be…

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Oak Bluffs, MA — Atlanta civil rights attorney, activist, and author Mawuli Mel Davis, will present readings from “We Need You: Encouraging My Sons’ Generation for Black Liberation,”  on Martha’s Vineyard on Aug. 11.  The inspiring dramatic reading, produced by Kemi Bennings of Evolve! Artists Live, will be held at the Strand Theatre at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  The dramatic reading will feature music and poetry from the Black Man Lab’s (BML’s) Young Creators’ “We Need You” Project.   “I am excited to share with the Oak Bluffs’ community more than my reflections and stories in the Black…

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By Mackenzie N. Morgan Special to ocgnews.com ROCKDALE COUNTY–Dozens of family members traveled to visit Mary Ingram for her 101st birthday on Saturday, Aug. 6. Just a few years ago for Ingram’s 99th birthday, family members were joined by the Rockdale County Fire Department and Conyers Police Department. In addition to gifts of cards, candy and money, Ingram received a special telegram from family members on her birthday over the weekend.  A person dressed in a giant red heart serenaded Ingram as she sat in the shade of an oak tree in her yard flanked by dozens of family…

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