Author: On Common Ground News

DECATUR, GA– The DeKalb County Charter Review Commission will be meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in person at the Manuel J. Maloof Center,1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Ga. 30030. Free parking is available at the DeKalb County Courthouse parking lot for this evening event. The hearing will also be livestreamed and can be viewed at this link: https://video.ibm.com/channel/dctv-channel-23. The public can leave comments for the Charter Review Commission at: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/form/charter-review-contacts. AGENDA Call to Order Roll Call Minutes From Previous Meeting Introduction of Invited Guests: o   Lori Brill, Carl Vinson Institute Presentation Report from Chair Commission…

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DeKalb County will open the following warming centers for residents to use on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, 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 30341 Anyone staying in the warming centers must follow the county’s COVID-19 protocols that include wearing a mask, social distancing and undergoing a temperature check. DeKalb County also is partnering with the following nonprofit organization(s) to…

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Clarence Cuthpert, Jr., Chief Judge State Court of Rockdale County, has been appointed to chair the Budget Committee for the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution (GCDR).   Judge M. Cindy Morris, who chairs the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, appointed Cuthpert on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, the date marking his two-year anniversary as State Court Judge in Rockdale County.  Cuthpert was appointed as State Court Judge by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Feb. 1, 2021. The new GCDR leadership role follows Cuthpert’s appointment on April 3, 2020 by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton as the first Probate Judge to serve on…

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DEKALB COUNTY –Malachi Coleman, 21, of Stone Mountain was taken into custody without custody on Jan. 31, for the New Year’s Day murder of Jayce Pirtle, 19, by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit. Coleman was arrested at a residence in Decatur on a warrant charging him with Malice Murder and Aggravated Assault-Weapon in connection with the shooting death of Pirtle. The incident took place on Arbor Ridge Drive in Stone Mountain on Jan. 1, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office stated. No cause was given for the shooting. Coleman was transported to the DeKalb County Jail, where he is…

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DECATUR,GA— The U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence has selected DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections to join the group’s inaugural cohort of Centers for Election Excellence. DeKalb County is the only jurisdiction in the state of Georgia to receive this prestigious recognition. As a Center for Election Excellence, DeKalb County was awarded $2 million and will join a select bipartisan group of election officials to share best practices and strategies in their ongoing pursuit of excellence. “The County is pleased to be a recipient of this funding in support of the Elections Department’s ongoing efforts to serve as a model…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA–On Saturday, Feb. 4, DeKalb County Government is partnering with local faith leaders to celebrate Black History Month by distributing 5,000 boxes of food. “With grocery costs up nearly 15 percent, many DeKalb residents continue to struggle to feed their families,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. “DeKalb County Government and our faith leaders are grateful to provide some relief to hardworking families.” Along with a 10-pound bag of chicken hindquarters, residents will receive one 20-pound box of food that will contain fruits, vegetables and a dozen eggs. Additionally, residents will receive cookies, fruit juice boxes, and cereal.…

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ATLANTA – State Representatives Rhonda Burnough (D-Riverdale), Shelly Hutchinson (D-Snellville), Lydia Glaize (D-Fairburn), Phil Olaleye (D-Atlanta), Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta) and Sandra Scott (D-Rex issued the following statements regarding the fatal arrest of Tyre Nichols of Memphis: “It is really unfortunate that the life of an individual is not valued,” said Burnough. “More importantly, it is a shame that none of those police officers were willing to stand up and do the right thing.” “Once again, we have an example of how the sanctity of life is observed for some lives but certainly not Black lives,” said Hutchinson. “It is shameful…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman Hank Johnson, who represents Georgia’s Fourth District, announced he has secured positions as a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (T&I). He was also elected by his peers as the ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. He served as chairman of the Courts subcommittee during the 117th Congress. “It is an honor to serve on these committees. I am excited to get to work to continue using these positions to help deliver for the people of Georgia’s Fourth District,” said Rep. Johnson. “Alongside…

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