Author: On Common Ground News

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA—The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is paying tribute to community stalwart Thomas Livsey, Sr., a descendant of the historic settlement in Gwinnett known as The Promised Land.  Livsey, the “unofficial mayor” of The Promised Land, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 5, officials said.  He was 93. Board of Commissioners Chair Gwinnett Nicole Love Hendrickson issued the following statement, saying that Mr. Livsey leaves a legacy that will endure for generations: “In the gentle embrace of memories, we pay tribute to a life well-lived — a legacy woven into the very fabric of Gwinnett. “Today, our hearts are…

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STONECREST, GA—DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, along with Emory Healthcare and Emory Hillandale Hospital leaders, on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2923 unveiled $11 million in improvements and renovations to Emory Hillandale Hospital, funded by DeKalb County. The funding has been used to expand the hospital ‘s emergency department and provide other critical improvements to ensure access to all who need it, officials said. Championed by CEO Thurmond and approved by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, a total of $12 million in funding was made available in October 2022, following the closure of Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center. Of the $12 million provided by…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA—A Lithonia man was sentenced to 25 years  for stabbing and stomping his then-girlfriend as motorists on busy Wesley Chapel Road tried to intervene,  DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston’s Office has announced. On Wednesday, Dec. 6, a jury found Lavon Bell, 43, guilty on charges of Aggravated Battery–Family Violence, Aggravated Assault–Family Violence and Possession of a Knife During the Commission of a Felony stemming from the assault on Jan. 22, 2021. According to the investigation, Bell and his girlfriend had gone out to eat at a restaurant in Lithonia. During the meal, Bell began to accuse her of cheating on…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA– The Rockdale County Board of Education (BOE) was recently recognized by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) for the fifth consecutive year with the Leading Edge Award, which highlights school districts that are leading the way in ensuring students are competitive in an ever-changing global market. The Rockdale County BOE was recognized for its innovative personnel solutions to the teacher shortage during the Georgia School Boards Association / Georgia School Superintendents Association Annual Conference, held Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2023. The innovative solutions include collaborating with Clayton State University to offer paid internships, the RCPS Early Career…

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STONECREST, GA— Transforming Faith Church (TFC) is inviting the community to its New Year’s Eve worship celebration featuring award-winning gospel artist Charles Jenkins. Pastor Lee May said that he and his congregation, whom he calls “transformers,” are preparing for a joyous experience and are looking forward to welcoming everyone. The NYE’s celebration is a milestone for the 6-year-old church. “In our short history as a church, this is a first for us,” Pastor May said.  “We believe 2024 has some amazing things in store for us all. What better way to prepare for this amazing journey than in worship.” Charles Jenkins…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA– Due to forecasted cold weather, DeKalb County will open five warming centers for residents on Thursday, Dec. 7, starting at 8 p.m.  The county had opened warming centers on Tuesday and Wednesday to make sure that residents had a place to keep warm. The following warming centers will be open: Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates Fire Station 4, 4540 Flakes Mill Road, Ellenwood Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee Frontline Response International, 2585 Gresham Road, Anyone staying in the warming centers must follow the…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA–DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced a conviction by jury trial in the case of a woman accused of abducting and murdering her former girlfriend in a case that went cold until 2018. On Friday, Dec. 1, a jury found Joyce Marie Pelzer, 47, guilty on charges of Malice Murder and Felony Murder stemming from the kidnapping and subsequent death of Shawndell McLeod, 35, on Sept. 25, 2011.   According to the investigation, McLeod’s mother called the DeKalb County Police Department to report McLeod missing after she did not show up to work that morning.  Family members went…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA– DeKalb County Cooperative Extension will host helpful Family and Consumer Sciences virtual classes for free in December and January. Radon webinars will be held on Dec. 14, 12:00 p.m., and Jan. 24, 2024 at 6 p.m. Radon occurs naturally when uranium breaks down to form radon. It can build up to dangerous levels inside homes, schools, and other buildings. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after tobacco smoke. Register for this class at https://bit.ly/DeKalbRadon  The “Jump Start Your Physical Activity for 2024” class will be held on Dec. 20 at…

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