February 10, 2022 On Common Ground News

Visit Brookhaven, GA: festivals, food, parks and boutiques

    BROOKHAVEN, GA— Located 19 miles northeast of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and just 10 miles from downtown Atlanta, Brookhaven offers a community-focused vibe that enchants visitors and locals alike. Comprised of distinct neighborhoods, Brookhaven is reminiscent of a laid-back smaller town with all the perks and benefits of a big city. From locally-owned […]
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January 10, 2022 On Common Ground News

The Elevate Talk Show Around the Town: Visiting Disney Springs, Orlando, FL

This week’s ‘Around the Town’ takes us to the Disney Springs shopping complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.    
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January 3, 2022 On Common Ground News

The Elevate Talk Show Around the Town: Visiting the Michelle Obama Trail

This week’s ‘Around the Town’ takes us to the Michelle Obama Trail, formerly known as the South River Path, in Decatur, GA.  The trail, named for the nation’s first African-American First Lady, is located at the Georgia State University Panthersville campus on Clifton Springs Road.        
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December 17, 2021 On Common Ground News

The Elevate Talk Show Around the Town: The Downton Abbey Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

      This week, The Elevate Talk Show takes you ‘Around the Town’ to “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” in Atlanta, Georgia. The exhibition, based on the beloved television show, transports you to post-Edwardian England, where the characters and the iconic house come to life.  
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November 7, 2021 On Common Ground News

The Elevate Talk Show Around the Town: Visiting Panola Mountain State Park

This week’s ‘Around the Town’ takes us to Panola Mountain State Park, a 100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller.  Just 15 minutes from Atlanta, it is a recreational haven for all ages and interests.   https://youtu.be/xfpfF1_6h3Q     
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  • Candlelight vigil set May 16 for Rockdale County Deputy Walter Jenkins, Jr.
    CONYERS, GA—A candlelight vigil will be held in memory of Rockdale County Sheriff’s (RCSO) Deputy Walter D. Jenkins, Jr. on Monday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., in the parking lot of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, 911 Chambers Drive, Conyers.

    DECATUR, GA– The DeKalb County Board of Health will hold its regularly scheduled meeting via teleconference on March 24, beginning at 3 p.m. Public access to the video conference can be established through the following methods: Zoom Video: https://zoom.us/join | Meeting ID: 823 9672 0808 / Passcode: 529615 Zoom Audio: 301-715-8592 | 823 9672 0808 / Passcode: 529615 Agenda items for the meeting include: […]


  DECATUR, GA—DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections (DeKalb VRE) made history in 2020 by becoming the first Georgia county to translate voter materials in Spanish and Korean voluntarily. Expanding access to information for Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities has allowed county officials to share important information about voting options while also providing a composite […]


August 16, 2021Local NewsObits

  The funeral service has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at NOON, Fairfield Baptist Church, 6133 Redan Road, Lithonia.  


The Georgia House of Representatives has approved SB 21, restricting powers of the mayor and providing more power and authority to the five members of the city council.  The legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Emanuel Jones, is now headed to the Governor for his signature. The new legislation will it becomes effective on July 1. […]


  STONECREST, GA–New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is reopening its doors for in-person worship on Good Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., with internationally-renowned faith Bishop T.D. Jakes and award-winning gospel artist John P. Kee. New Birth’s reopening activities, called “The Return,” will culminate on Resurrection Sunday, April 17, with Senior Pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant and […]


  Rockdale County Chairman Oz Nesbitt, Sr. was recently appointed to the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Board of Managers. Nesbitt will serve as one of four National Association of Counties (NACo) Board Representatives. The 2022-2023 Board of Managers was sworn in during a special luncheon at the ACCG Annual Conference in Chatham County. […]


Atlanta City Council to consider significant legislative Items May 16

    ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council will consider legislation during Monday’s meeting on May 16 outlining increased oversight, accountability, resident participation, and a commitment to improved project delivery for the “Moving Atlanta Forward” infrastructure initiative (Legislative Reference No. 22-O-1369). The full Council meeting will be held in person at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber […]
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Candlelight vigil set May 16 for Rockdale County Deputy Walter Jenkins, Jr.

  CONYERS, GA—A  candlelight vigil will be held in memory of Rockdale County Sheriff’s (RCSO) Deputy Walter D. Jenkins, Jr. on Monday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., in the parking lot of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, 911 Chambers Drive, Conyers. Deputy Jenkins was killed after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic in a […]
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Lullwater Road closure on May 16, construction to replace DeKalb County stormwater pipe

  DEKALB COUNTY, GA– On May 16, a portion of Lullwater Road Northeast, between The By Way Northeast and North Decatur Road, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., while crews work to replace 24-inch-diameter stormwater pipe. Traffic will be detoured to Oakdale Road. This section of Lullwater Road NE will reopen on […]
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Constance L. Abbott to be installed as new pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Conyers May 15

  CONYERS, GA—Installation services will be held on Sunday, May 15, for the Rev. Dr. Constance L. Abbott, who has been appointed the new pastor of the historic Macedonia Baptist Church Conyers. Macedonia, located at 2052 Barton St. in Conyers, was founded in 1873 and is one of the oldest African-American churches in Rockdale County. […]
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New Georgia sites added to National Register of Historic Places

  ATLANTA—Georgia recently added four new listings to the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Historic Preservation Division (HPD), housed in the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, administers the National Register of Historic Places program in Georgia. Nominations for listings are in line with HPD’s mission of promoting […]
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Rockdale County deputy dies after being struck while directing traffic

  ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA – The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office(RCSO) is flying the U.S. flag at half-staff today to remember Deputy Walter Jenkins, who died last night after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic in a construction zone. Deputy Jenkins was 54. The Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Jenkins was directing traffic on Highway […]
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        STONECREST, GA— Stonecrest Resorts, a commercial real estate development company, tonight (March 10) announced Phase 2 plans to turn the former Sears building located in The Mall at Stonecrest into a family entertainment and lifestyle destination. The $17 million adaptive reuse project will be called Priví and feature a food hall […]

February 10, 2022Travel

    BROOKHAVEN, GA— Located 19 miles northeast of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and just 10 miles from downtown Atlanta, Brookhaven offers a community-focused vibe that enchants visitors and locals alike. Comprised of distinct neighborhoods, Brookhaven is reminiscent of a laid-back smaller town with all the perks and benefits of a big city. From locally-owned […]

May 12, 2022Local NewsExplore

  ATLANTA—Georgia recently added four new listings to the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Historic Preservation Division (HPD), housed in the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, administers the National Register of Historic Places program in Georgia. Nominations for listings are in line with HPD’s mission of promoting […]


August 7, 2021Farmers MarketsDeKalb

The Lithonia Farmer’s Market will be held today Sat., Aug. 7 noon to 4 pm. The weekly fresh air market offers shoppers the opportunity to find sustainably locally grown organic produce along with other locally handcrafted artisan goods you won’t find in a store. EBT cardholders get half off produce.  



      ATLANTA—The Fulton County Library System has announced the reopening of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History along with 32 branch libraries Library on May 4. The phased reopening plan calls for limited in-branch services such as browsing shelves, printing and computer use, twice per week, allowing for […]



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