Author: On Common Ground News

STONECREST, GA–The DeKalb County Board of Health, in partnership with its testing partner, Viral Solutions, will permanently close the Stonecrest COVID-19 testing site, located at 2994 Turner Hill Rd., at the conclusion of operations on Thursday, June 30. The remaining location, located on the Apple Valley Road side of the Brookhaven MARTA station (1238 Apple Valley Rd., NE), will remain open for COVID-19 testing, with the following hours: Brookhaven MARTA COVID-19 Testing (provided by Viral Solutions) 1238 Apple Valley Rd., NE, Brookhaven Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday CLOSED 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CLOSED 9:00 a.m. –…

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DECATUR, GA– On Thursday, June 30, work to repair a leaking water main will be completed at the intersection of DeKalb Industrial Way and North Decatur Road from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. DeKalb County contractors will repair leaks in the water transmission system of a 30-inch main and install new paving. Engineers and construction crews will work to minimize the length of impact to residents and business owners as weather permits, officials said. Motorists should expect delays stemming from the repair. Construction signs and traffic flaggers will assist motorists in moving safely around the repair area. Our construction crews…

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SPARTANBURG, SC – A federal investigation into child labor violations at a Spartanburg Bojangles has led the franchisee to partner with the U.S. Department of Labor to make sweeping changes to enhance working conditions for minor-aged workers and compliance with labor laws at the operator’s 93 locations in six states. The department’s Wage and Hour Division investigators determined that BOJ of WNC LLC – operating as Bojangles 0212 – permitted 16 minors to work outside of permitted hours while school is in session, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The division assessed an $11,744 civil money penalty to address the violation. The investigation’s findings…

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The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is ready to welcome retired educators who would like to return to teaching. Thanks to new legislation, retired educators can work full-time for DCSD and still receive full retirement benefits from the Teachers Retirement System (TRS). Beginning on July 1, 2022, Georgia House Bill 385 allows retired educators with a minimum of 30 years of creditable service to return to the classroom after a 12-month waiting period following retirement and earn a full-time salary and maintain their pension. “We are thrilled and extremely supportive of this legislation because it means that veteran, highly driven,…

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ATLANTA—A packed house of elected officials, community leaders, and other well-wishers celebrated Georgia’s  “Trifecta” leadership on June 28. The trio of metro Atlanta leaders honored for their work locally and nationally included DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, president of the National Association of Counties (NACo); State Rep. Billy Mitchell, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators; and Union City Mayor Vince Williams, president of the National League of Cites(NLC). The reception, hosted by The Collaborative Firm and several sponsors, was held in downtown Atlanta at The Commerce Club. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and…

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STONECREST, GA—New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a day of fun and activities during its inaugural Impact Festival on Saturday, July 2, beginning at noon. The free community festival will be held on the church’s campus at 6400 Woodrow Road in Stonecrest. Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson MedTech, the event will feature performing artists, dancers, choirs, and musicians. Award-winning gospel recording artist Jekalyn Carr will headline the event with Praise 102.5 radio personality Darlene McCoy serving as mistress of ceremonies. The Impact Festival concludes at 5 p.m.   In addition to the planned performances and entertainment, the festival features several…

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DECATUR, GA –The DeKalb County Police Athletic League (PAL) Unit  is hosting an “After Dark Basketball Summer League” Program to bridge the gap between the youths of DeKalb County and the DeKalb County Police Department through sports. All youths ages 15 – 20 years are invited to come out every Tuesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., at the YMCA,  2565 Snapfinger Road, Decatur. Tournaments will be played during the final week of July 25 Over the course of the summer, a diverse group of professionals will come to the “After Dark Basketball Summer League” to share words of wisdom about…

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Applications are now being accepted for the DeKalb County Police Department’s second Youth Academy, which will be held on Saturday, July 30 This is an opportunity for DeKalb County youths ages 14-17 to learn how their police department works. During the one-day, in-person program, students will be given an overview of the department’s various units, including K9, SWAT and Crime Scene. They will also learn what to do when they encounter police. “I think it is important for our youth to have dialogue with their local police,” said DeKalb Police Chief Mirtha V. Ramos. “We want…

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