Author: On Common Ground News

ATLANTA—Gov. Brian P. Kemp ordered the activation of the State Operations Center today, Sept. 26, to prepare for Tropical Storm Ian later in the week.   The state is making preparations in coordination with Director Chris Stallings of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), the National Weather Service, and other storm response partners, Kemp’s office said. According to the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tropical Storm Ian is expected to begin rapidly strengthening today and will continue to do so through Tuesday, at which point it will become a Category 4 hurricane.…

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DECATUR, GA – The Religious Affairs Committee of the NAACP DeKalb County Branch will host its inaugural Faith Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event will bring together churches and faith-based organizations across the county to share their resources and information with the community. The Faith Festival will be held at White Oak Hills Baptist Church, 5171 Redan Road in Stone Mountain, pastored by Dr. Jeffrey Easley.  The event is free to participate but registration is required.  This is an event for the entire family and for all faiths. To register as a participant, visit…

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STONECREST, GA—The Stonecrest Citizens Coalition is demanding an explanation for the departure of Janice Allen Jackson, who abruptly resigned as city manager on last Tuesday (Sept.20). Mayor Jazzmin Cobble confirmed Jackson’s departure during a brief interview with On Common Ground News on last Thursday, Sept. 22, two days following Jackson’s resignation. Cobble, however, declined to state what led to Jackson’s sudden departure. Jackson confirmed that she resigned but also declined to discuss the matter further. Cobble said in a statement that interim acting Deputy City Manager Gerald Sanders and City Finance Director Gia Scruggs would oversee city administration, operations and…

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STONECREST, GA—DeKalb County has closed the lines for those getting COVID-19 vaccinations today at The Mall at Stonecrest. Anyone currently in line will be served. DeKalb County is giving a $100 prepaid debit card to everyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccination or booster shot on Saturday, Sept. 24. In addition, see-through bookbags filled with school supplies are being distributed. DeKalb County Board of Health and DeKalb County Fire Rescue have been administering voluntary COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots to anyone 12 years of age and older. The DeKalb County School District and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce also partnered to…

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STONCREST, GA – With the fall school break just a few days away, now’s the time to start planning some quality activities for the family. The City of Stonecrest’s Leisures Services Department and Be Someone Inc. Founder Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson are kicking off the break by partnering to bring his life-sized chess board to the Browns Mill Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 7, 1 – 3 p.m.  Families are encouraged to attend the exciting and fun two-hour event, where participants will learn that there are consequences—or rewards—for every move they make. “Not only will participants get an introduction to chess,…

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ATLANTA—Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Spencer R. Moore has been named First Vice Chair of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) International Board of Directors. AAMVA is a nonprofit organization comprised of state and provincial officials in the United States and Canada who administer and enforce motor vehicle laws. The AAMVA International Board guides the Association and is committed to enhancing safety and security through motor vehicle administration and law enforcement. Moore was elected by his peers to the International Board and has served in several roles.  He is positioned to serve next as AAMVA International…

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STONECREST, GA—DeKalb County government will provide the latest COVID-19 booster doses known as the bivalent vaccine at the Mall At Stonecrest on Saturday, Sept. 24.  The new booster shots offer better protection against the currently circulating COVID-19 variants, according to health officials. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  DeKalb is giving a $100 prepaid debit card to everyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccination or booster shot at the event. See-through bookbags filled with school supplies also will be distributed. Circus performers and other live entertainment will be provided. DeKalb County continues its efforts to encourage…

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DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces a conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a man accused of shooting and killing a tire shop employee who was assisting him with his car. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Thursday against 44-year-old Lashon Grace on charges of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in connection with the shooting death of 53-year-old Antonio Holder. The fatal incident occurred on Feb. 27, 2021 in the parking lot of a tire shop located at…

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   ATLANTA–Following Gov. Brian Kemp’s announcement that more than $1 billion in ARPA funds would be directed to the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide cash assistance to qualifying Georgians, state officials say families are spending the money for basic needs and other purchases. The program launched on Sept. 20 with recipients receiving up to $350. Within the first three days, 272,873 Georgians on Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids®, SNAP, and/or TANF have received $95,505,550 and spent $30,090,461.42. Records indicate the top purchase categories are retail stores, utility bills, and grocery stores. The funds can be used for online purchases…

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