Author: On Common Ground News

ATLANTA– The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) and Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) are asking Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids® members to confirm their contact information as soon as possible before Medicaid redeterminations begin on April 1, 2023, following the passage of the federal omnibus spending bill in December.   Federal law requires all states, including Georgia, to check who is still eligible to receive Medicaid coverage within 14 months. This will be the first time many of Georgia’s 2.7 million Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids® members will be required to go through redetermination, which was a routine process prior to…

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 ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) has received multiple reports of scammers using phony text messages to obtain EBT card numbers and PINs to steal Georgians’ SNAP benefits. These are known as phishing scams and are a type of fraud. The Department shared a warning with on social media and encouraged recipients not to share their EBT card number or PIN with anyone by phone or text.  Anyone who receives a text asking them to call an 877 number to unlock their EBT card should not reply at all and just delete the message. If anyone thinks they have been…

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GWINNETT COUNTY – The Gwinnett Police Department has charged Bryan Alvarado, 21, and Yelson Alvarado, 23, both of Duluth, in connection with the beating death of Raul Diaz-Villalba, 52, Atlanta. The suspects were charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Robbery, and False Imprisonment after Villalba died from injuries on Jan. 14 from the December 2022 attack by the two men. On Dec. 20, 2022, officers from the Central Precinct responded to an “assault” call where a male was bleeding and unconscious. Upon arrival, officers found Diaz-Villalba with multiple lacerations, discoloration, a swollen face, and wounds all over his…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA– DeKalb County will open the following warming centers for residents to use on Friday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 23, beginning at 8 p.m.: 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 Parameters are no longer expected to be met to warrant opening the centers on Jan. 22, as previously announced. Anyone staying in the warming centers must follow the county’s COVID-19 protocols that include wearing a mask, social distancing and undergoing…

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Does this sound familiar? You drive in Georgia with a valid license but also spend the summer in Florida with credentials there as well. Florida now checks state-to state verification to prevent anyone from having records in two states. If you have two licenses or a license in one state and an ID Card in another, you will face cancellation. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) urges customers to check your license status at dds.georgia.gov if this affects you. The State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service is a means for a state to electronically check with all other participating states to determine if…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA—Telephone issues concerning Rockdale County Government offices have been resolved, county officials stated in an advisory at 2:42 p.m. today (Jan. 20). County government had been experiencing sporadic telephone service issues due to a fiber cut. The disruption impacted incoming and outgoing telephone calls. The county stated that a vendor is working to repair these issues as quickly as possible.

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STONECREST, GA – The City of Stonecrest will resurface 7.49 lane miles of streets through funds allocated from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenue and funds secured from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) program. The city received $548,187.97 in transportation funding through GDOT’s 2022 LMIG program in December 2022 and an additional $559,844.39 from the 2023 LMIG program this month.  The awarded amounts were based on Stonecrest’s population and road centerline mileage. The LMIG funds will be used to supplement the City’s 2023 Street Repair and Repaving Program, which is supported…

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​ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA– Registration to be entered in the lottery for Georgia Pre-K in Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) for the 2023-2024 school year is open online February 1-28, 2023. No paperwork is required to register for the RCPS Pre-K lottery. The link for Pre-K lottery registration and more information is available atwww.rockdaleschools.org/prek.  For Georgia Pre-K, children must be 4 years old by September 1st.  Pre-K lottery registration takes place online at www.rockdaleschools.org/prek. Parents will be notified by March 6, 2023, via email, if their child was selected and of the next steps after selection. Students will be selected for Pre-K programs via a…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA—The NAACP DeKalb County branch, in observance of Black History Month, will host a panel discussion about Georgia’s new laws restricting Black History in public schools. The panel discussion entitled, “Our History is Under Attack—Save Our History!”  will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., at Rainbow Park Baptist Church, 2941 Columbia Drive, Decatur.  The discussion, which will include legislators, educators, administrators, parents, and students, will focus on Georgia’s new House Bill 1084 and Senate Bill 377, new laws concerning “divisive concepts” in public schools including prohibiting the use of curricula that addresses the topics of slavery, racial oppression,  racial segregation, or…

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