Author: On Common Ground News

DECATUR, GA– With temperatures expected to dip into the 30s, DeKalb County announced it will open warming centers for residents to use this week. Warming centers will be open in the following DeKalb County locations on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, beginning at 8 p.m.: Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Fire Station 4, 4540 Flakes Mill Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294 Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA 30316 North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee, GA 3034 Anyone staying in the warming centers must follow the county’s COVID-19 protocols that include…

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Rockdale County is ranked No. 2 in the State of Georgia for the most percentage of voter turnout as of Nov. 28,  Rockdale Elections Supervisor Cynthia Willingham stated. Voters are turning out in unprecedented numbers for the hotly-contested U.S. Senate race between Raphael Warnock(D) and Herschel Walker (Republican).    On Monday, Rockdale had a record high daily turnout of 2,811 voters cast an early in-person ballot (previous total was 2,805 in 2018 General Election).   “Thank you to each of you for helping us spread the word in getting our voters out to vote.  Hats off to each of the…

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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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