Author: On Common Ground News

ATLANTA, GA– The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) announced that it has created the Thriving Child Care Business Academy of free online training to help providers enhance their business and financial management skills. Through the Thriving Child Care Business Academy, owners and administrators can receive training in best business management practices,   much like the training they receive in best early childhood education practices on other platforms. “Over the past two years, DECAL has distributed $1.6 billion in federal financial supports to help child care providers mitigate the negative business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DECAL Commissioner…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA– Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) Class of 2023 graduates, like the state and nation, saw a decrease in composite SAT scores over the previous year. The 2023 mean composite score for RCPS is 969, down from 980. The mean composite score for Georgia public schools is 1045, and the mean composite score for U.S. public schools is 1003, both decreasing from 2022. “Despite the fact that an increasing number of colleges and universities are waiving the SAT requirement for admission, RCPS remains committed to ensuring that our students who opt to sit for this test are prepared to…

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STONECREST, GA—Grammy award-winning artist Erica Campbell, of Mary Mary, is kicking off a week of women empowerment with a free, live concert this evening, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 6400 Woodrow Rd., Stonecrest. The Reinvigorate women’s series, Sept. 28-30, will culminate with a weekend of inspiring, enlightening and uplifting events featuring Nona Jones, international speaker, preacher and author;  Tasha Cobb Leonard, award-winning gospel artist and actress; and Dr. Heavenly Kimes,  of the Bravo reality series, Married to Medicine.  Register for the Reinvigorate events by visiting newbirth.org and clicking the Reinvigorate Women’s Weekend tab. “Reinvigorate recognizes the universal burden that so many women carry as…

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DECATUR, GA—Congressman Hank Johnson, District 4, is hosting a community roundtable to discuss the national housing crisis on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 to:30 p.m., at the Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road, Decatur. “We’re facing an undeniable affordability crisis in housing, effecting both renters and homeowners nationwide, and notably in Georgia’s Fourth District,” said Johnson, whose district includes parts of DeKalb and Newton counties and all of Rockdale County. “We’ll be discussing solutions for homelessness, escalating rents, home buying challenges, unwarranted foreclosures and more.”     Panelists for the roundtable include State Sen. Tonya Anderson, State Rep. Billy Mitchell,…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA—Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) will hold Open House nights during September, October and November 2023 for the 2024-2025 School Specialty and Choice programs. Students and Families interested in applying for one of the programs are strongly encouraged to attend the Open House night. The application window for School Specialty and Choice programs is Nov. 10 through Dec. 15, 2023. The application will be online at www.rockdaleschools.org/specialtyandchoice. Students may apply for specialty programs outside of their assigned neighborhood school zone. Please note: Non-traditional programs such as Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, Rockdale Career Academy, Rockdale Open Campus…

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24-yearold Lithonia man arrested in murder of Conyers man at gas station DEKALB COUNTY, GA– The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit, with assistance from the U.S .Marshals, has arrested murder suspect Antjuan Harrison. The 24-year-old Lithonia resident was taken into custody without incident on Hillandale Drive in Lithonia on a warrant charging him with Malice Murder in the shooting death of Conyers, Georgia resident Tori Dundas, 33. Dundas was killed on July 12 at a gas station on Browns Mill Road in Lithonia. No probable cause was given for the incident. Harrison was transported to the DeKalb County Jail,…

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA—Gwinnett detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting involving a 16-year-old suspect who fired multiple shots at police officer after a foot pursuit early today(Sept. 22). The call concerning the suspect came into the 911 Center around 6:30 a.m.  from a woman who said that her teen son was armed with a handgun and possibly under the influence of drugs. A responding officer arrived at 1400 Chase Lane in unincorporated Norcross. The woman pointed out her son to the officer in the parking lot, and the officer attempted to make contact. The officer was engaged in a brief foot…

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ATLANTA, GA–Congressman Hank Johnson’s Office is notifying Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients in Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District to be aware that they may be eligible for a Total  and Permanent Disability (TPD) student loan discharge. Johnson’s office has reached out via e-mail to constituents in the Fourth Congressional District, which includes parts of DeKalb and Newton counties and all of Rockdale County. To qualify, recipients must provide documents from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that shows one of the following to be true: 1. Your next continuing disability review has been scheduled within five to seven years…

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA—Ethan Dumas, 20, of Decatur, GA is facing several charges in connection with the shooting that took place on Aug. 5 at Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Gwinnett County. Dumas is charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree, Terroristic Threats and Acts, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, and Reckless Conduct. He turned himself in to the Gwinnett County Jail on Sept. 11, after Gwinnett County Police obtained warrants for his arrest. Detectives determined that the shooting started after an argument between two suspects and an employee…

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