Author: On Common Ground News

DECATUR,GA.– Voters in DeKalb County turned out in record numbers with nearly 33,000 total ballots cast on the initial days of early voting, including Wednesday, Nov. 23, Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27.   More than 21,000 voters cast ballots on Sunday, making that day the largest early voting turnout in 202, DeKalb elections officials said.   “The team at DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections (DeKalb VRE) has worked tirelessly to ensure all voters have ample opportunity and access to vote and the turnout is an incredible reflection of their efforts,” said Dele Lowman Smith, board chair for DeKalb…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA—The DeKalb County Charter Review Commission will meet on Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom at: https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/81329771170 (or Telephone: Dial: US 602 333 0032 USA 8882709936 (US Toll Free) Conference code: 217687 AGENDA Call to Order Roll Call Minutes From Previous Meeting Introduction of Invited Guests: DeKalb County Attorney continues Org Act Review Report from Chair Unfinished Business New Business Limited Discussion: end of Zoom meetings, Commission Districts’ makeup, and request for input on upcoming issues Discussion of January meeting location Remarks of Interested Citizens/Public Comment Next Meeting Discussion & Adjournment

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The DeKalb County Police Department has released the video surveillance photo of a suspect who attempted an armed robbery at the Exxon gas station, 3384 E. Ponce DeLeon Ave., Atlanta. The suspect also assaulted and attempted to rob an elderly male customer at the location. The incident took place on Nov. 25 at approximately 6 a.m., police said. The suspect is a Black male with a slim build. He was  was wearing a red hoodie, plaid shirt, black winter vest, and red and black sweat pants. Anyone with information about the suspect or the crime is asked to contact Detective…

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ATLANTA – The Georgia House Democratic Caucus recently re-elected State Rep. Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) as the House Minority Caucus Chairman for the 2023-2024 legislative term during caucus elections on Nov. 22. “In my leadership role, I have served consistently and fairly and will continue to balance the interests of the caucus,” said Mitchell. “Having served in the House for 20 years, I hope to continue to do great things for our caucus because the caucus is at its best when we work together towards our shared goals.” As chairman, Mitchell will lead the House Minority Caucus’ operations. He will…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA– Rockdale County announced the creation of the Chairman’s Infrastructure Planning Task Force. In partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the Task Force will strive to facilitate a timely critical overview and analysis of Rockdale County’s potential future infrastructure needs to help plan for the future of Rockdale County. The Rockdale County Infrastructure Planning Task Force is comprised of approximately 30 community members, and 14 County Department experts and leaders. The Task Force will share insights, thoughts, and recommendations that proactively support Metro-Atlanta/Rockdale County economic development designs, population growth data analysis, transportation constraints and opportunities for real-time and future…

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Rockdale County, GA— Over 3,000 Rockdale County voters have cast their ballots, as early voting takes off this weekend in Rockdale for the runoff for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat. Rockdale Elections Supervisor Cynthia Willingham reported that 3,609 ballots were cast on Saturday, Nov. 26, the first day of Rockdale’s early voting period for the runoff between Incumbent Raphael Warnock(Democrat) and Herschel Walker (Republican). Willingham stated that a total of 1,662 Rockdale residents had voted in person, while 1,942 had voted by absentee mail. Saturday’s turnout, she  stated, represents 6.1 percent of Rockdale’s 58,509 active voters. Although Rockdale is only offering…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA—The DeKalb County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding 73-year-old Reuben Hurley, who has dementia. Hurley is 5-feet, 3 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown eyes and is bald.   Hurley was last seen leaving his residence on Beresford Circle in Stone Mountain in the early morning hours on Nov. 24. He was last seen wearing a dark sweater, light shorts, and flip-flops/slides, the Police Department stated.    Hurley is new to Georgia and does not know the area.    Anyone who sees him is encouraged to call the Special Victims Unit at 770-724-7710. …

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Talk show host Amos King is re-launching “The Amen Corner” at a new home—WIGO (1570) radio in Atlanta—on Dec. 2 at 9 a.m., EST. King, a community activist in metro Atlanta, said the show will be broadcast at https://wigo1570.com/WIGO (1570) every Friday morning. Those who miss the morning show can catch King’s podcast livestreamed at Amos King FB on Fridays at 7 p.m. EST. King said “The Amen Corner” will continue covering a wide variety of relevant issues—from the pulpit to politics and everything in between. “I’ll be telling the truth in your city, providing information, inspiration and great conversation,”…

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If you’re looking for Christmas tree lightings and other holiday events to enjoy in the local area, mark your calendar with these free things to do in DeKalb and Rockdale counties. E-mail us more free events at: editor@ocgnews.com.   DEKALB Avondale Estates Join Avondale Estates for its first Town Green Lighting of the Tree on Nov. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 64 N. Avondale Road. The celebration will include performances by the DeKalb School of the ballet and the Decatur Avondale Children’s Choir , who will lead the audience in a sig-along following the choir’s performance. Scouts will serve…

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DECATUR, GA–DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections (DeKalb VRE) announced advance voting and dropbox locations for the Dec. 6, 2022 General Election runoff. will take place Nov. 23 through Dec. 2. With the Thanksgiving holiday, voters are encouraged to carefully review the hours and locations prior to heading to vote. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Memorial Drive location ONLY No voting Thursday, Nov. 24 – Saturday, Nov. 26. Sunday, Nov. 27, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at all locations Monday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 2, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at all locations Saturday voting…

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