The people who attended the 2014 Family & Back-toSchool Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest were treated to entertainment and information. Photos, p. 2
The De Kalb Board of Health offers vaccinations, screenings and other services required for school enrollment. 7
Oakhurst Medical Center’s annual Back 2 School Health Fair & Family Fun Day offers face painting and other fun activities. 9
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Volume 20, Number 14
One of five transferred teachers returning to SWD High By Ken Watts
Special education teacher Bernice Foreman, who was transferred from Southwest DeKalb High in alleged retaliation for complaining about the school’s management and learning conditions, will return to SWD just in time for the first day of school on Aug. 11. This week, PTSA leaders said they were optimistic that four other Southwest DeKalb teachers reassigned with Foreman will be brought back to the school after evidence surfaced of a critical communications breakdown that may have played a role in the transfers.
Foreman was one of five teachers reassigned in May to other schools for the upcoming school year after they and 20 other teachers complained in a Sept. 23, 2013, memorandum to Principal Carolyn Williams, Area Superintendent Ken Bradshaw and the PTSA’s general membership about poor management and working conditions that threaten the learning environment at the school. Ninth-grade math teacher Monica Hardesty, business administration teacher Lucy Wright, and ninth-grade English teachers Carla Jordan and Marsha Murray-Bunsei are still reassigned to other schools. Williams, who had been principal at
Southwest DeKalb High since July 2012, also was transferred. She will be principal at Stephenson Middle School for the 2014-2015 academic year. Foreman, who logged 17 years at the Decatur school teaching students with severe disabilities in ninth through 12th grades, said on July 28 that she is very glad to be back. “It takes time and effort to build a rapport with these students and their parents,” she said. “The kids need stability and consistency. If they feel comfortable, they will accomplish more for themselves.” The 30-year educator said she found out inadvertently on July 17 that she will be back with her students for the 2014-15 school
year when she called the district’s human resources office to get formal written notice of her transfer that was reported in CrossRoadsNews on June 12. PTSA Vice President Cooky Huff said on July 22 that Foreman’s return is good news for her students. “We’re really happy and excited for her,” Huff Cooky Huff said. “She’s definitely a treasure and having her return will be a service to those students Please see DISPUTE, page 5
New South DeKalb Senior Center stalled The new South DeKalb Senior Center on Candler Road is about 85 percent complete, and won’t be ready before October.
New timetable for completion: Three months By Jennifer Ffrench Parker
Residents anxiously awaiting the opening of the new South DeKalb Senior Center on Candler Road will have to wait awhile longer. When DeKalb County officials broke ground on the center at 1931 Candler Road on Nov. 15, 2012, it was projected to open in December 2013. The center was one of three senior centers totaling $15 million that the county began construction on that year. Each center is being built at a cost of $5 million. They are funded by federal block grants. The others are the Malone Drive Senior Center at 3393 Malone Drive in Chamblee, which the county broke ground on Nov. 14, 2012, and the Mason Mill Park Senior Center at 1340 McConnell Drive in Decatur, which got under way in June 2013. Melissa Horton, who lives less than a mile from the Candler Road center, said she has been anticipating its opening and doesn’t understand what happened. “It seems like it just got stuck,” she said. “I haven’t seen anything going on there for at least a month and a half. I thought it was supposed to be open already, or maybe I was mistaken.” Horton, who will be 65 on Aug. 18, said she likes to swim and she’s hoping there will be a swimming pool at the center. “I was looking forward to it opening,” she said Thursday. “I don’t live too far from there and I am thinking it could be part of my little exercise. I could walk up there and go for a swim.” Burke Brennan, the county’s press secretary, said on July 31 that the county’s initial timetables for the construction of all three centers were “over-optimistic.” He said that a series of unforeseen circumstances also
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complicated the timeline for completion of the centers. “A common denominator of all three centers is the departure of our first project manager, followed by the death of our second project manager,” he said in an email response to questions from CrossRoadsNews. The South DeKalb Senior Center is being built on the site of the former center, which was in a remodeled former funeral home. The new 15,000-square-foot facility will have a computer lab; a fully equipped fitness room; a dining hall seating up to 120 people; a commercial kitchen; activity rooms for ceramics, billiards and board games; a large social lounge; interior and exterior sitting areas; and access to walking trails and the new Scott Candler Library that opened next door in August 2012. The building’s design complements the library’s architecture. Work on the project stalled in recent months and Brennan says they don’t expect
it to be completed before October. He said the building is about 85 percent complete but that minor electrical, plumbing, paint and flooring, sidewalks, parking lot, and landscaping are incomplete. “We are working diligently with all parties to bring this project to completion,” he said. “Our new timetable is approximately three months.” Brennan said the Mason Mill Park Center is 99 percent complete and a grand opening date will be announced in the next two weeks. “We are finalizing the punch list with the contractor,” he said. “The overall building is outstanding quality and we are proud of what this center will offer our seniors.” The Malone Drive Senior Center is furthest behind because the county encountered the most unexpected issues there. Brennan said it is 40 percent complete and their revised estimate for completion is five months
or by January 2015. “Substantial structural work remains,” he said. “The environmental site study failed to discover large concrete pillars buried beneath the previous structure, which had to be removed.” D e Ka l b Co m m i s sioner Larry Johnson, whose District 3 includes Candler Road, said he is frustrated by how long it is taking to complete and open the center. “We were the first one out of the ground,” Larry Johnson he said. “It’s supposed to be open. I am not happy about it.” Brennan said the good news is that all three centers are progressing. “Once complete, each center will be an asset to the community and a state-of-the-art facility for our seniors to enjoy,” he said.
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More than 3,000 people attended the CrossRoadsNews Family & Back-to-School Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest on July 26.
Scenes from the 2014 Family & Back-to-School Expo
Antonio â€œthe Chozen 1â€? Hinton wowed the audience with his energetic, expressive and spirit-filled mime routine choreographed to popular gospel songs and recorded sermons at the 2014 expo.
Perennial crowd-pleasers the Beulah Boys got the audience up and moving with a tutorial on basic line-dancing steps.
The Main Stage hosted diverse entertainers such as (clockwise from top left) Zion Moore; the Conservatory of Dance and Fine Arts; harpist Gabriela Norwood, Miss Georgia Jr. Pre-teen; Georgia Stars Academy of Dance; and the Taylor Girlz. Winners of Backto-School grand prize baskets were Rose Sheppard (right) and Ramona Crowder (center, with Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson and CrossRoadsNews Editor/Publisher Jennifer Parker in far-right photo).
Photos by Curtis Parker / CrossRoadsNews
DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston (above) encouraged students and parents to strive for perfect attendance for a better educational experience. At left, Kaiser Permanente was among exhibitors at the noon-to-5 p.m. expo.
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“The other problem is that copper tubing has no serial number or registration that can be traced.”
Ethics Board meeting Copper thefts a hot topic at public safety forum copper thieves but that they can’t be and can’t talk, we can triangulate cell to train new member towers and get a general idea of where everywhere. By Ken Watts
The DeKalb County Ethics Board will meet on Aug. 5, not to consider any of the seven alleged ethics violations before it against DeKalb commissioners and interim CEO Lee May but to train new member Robert Blackman. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the human resources conference room at the Manuel Maloof Building. The group agenda for the meeting says it will be called to order, train Blackman and adjourn. May and Commissioners Sharon Barnes Sutton, Elaine Boyer, Kathie Gannon, Larry Johnson, Jeff Rader and Stan Watson are facing ethics violation charges filed by citizens on a range of issues. The elected officials are charged with misusing their county purchasing cards, misspending their office budgets, and overstepping their authority. It is not clear when the seven-member appointed Ethics Board will start hearing the complaints. The Maloof Auditorium is at 1300 Commerce Drive in downtown Decatur. For more information, call county press secretary Burke Brennan at 404-371-6305.
Watson still rounding up school supplies Residents attending DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson’s Aug. 2 Community Cabinet are asked to donate school supplies for his “Book Um and Bag Um” school supply drive. Watson is seeking to exceed his goal of 100 book bags and other school supplies to make a successful school year for disadvantaged students. The monthly breakfast meeting starts at 9 a.m. at Chapel Hill Middle School, 3535 Dogwood Farms Road in Decatur. For more information, contact Kelly LaJoie at klajoie@ dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-371-3681.
Residents concerned about the recent spate of copper thefts at libraries, churches and businesses in South DeKalb and other crimes pressed police for answers at a public safety forum in Decatur on July 29. About 75 people turned out for the lively information session sponsored by the South DeKalb Improvement Association at the DeKalb Police South Precinct. The meeting covered a wide range of public safety issues, including burglaries, home invasions, registered sex offenders living in the community, emergency response, and crime mapping technology. A resident wanted to know whether police could schedule increased patrols around properties where copper thefts have occurred. Precinct commander Maj. Edward Edward Jones Jones said the copper thefts have proved to be a tough crime to crack because suspects have to be caught in the act and his force is stretched thin. “The reason why the number of burglaries has plummeted overall is because we were able to put undercover units in different areas and it worked very well,” Jones said. “The problem with these copper burglaries is that I no longer have a lot of day-side officers available for night duty to protect homes and businesses.” Jones said that he has officers watching the hot spots and going after the
“The other problem is that copper tubing has no serial number or registration that can be traced,” he said. “The crook goes to turn it in for money and there’s no way to say that he isn’t a legitimate builder who got it from a repair job at a house.” In addition to surveillance, Jones said police are attacking the copper thefts by encouraging property owners to protect their HVAC units by burying their pipes to make them less accessible or enclosing them in rebar with alarms. Since May 8, thieves have repeatedly stripped valuable copper from the HVAC units at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library in Decatur and at the Redan-Trotti Library in Lithonia, costing more than $230,000 in repairs. Both libraries, which were hit multiple times, have been closed for more than two months. Copper tubing also was stolen from air conditioning units at a number of area churches, including Hillcrest Church of Christ and Green Pastures Christian Church in Decatur and Antioch AME Church in Stone Mountain.
Using Smart911, ‘Crimetrac’ Lt. Dane Cunningham, commander of E911, urged residents to sign up at www.smart911.com for the free service that allows residents to register their smart phones and their home land lines to create a safety profile in the event of an emergency. “Generally if you make an emergency call to 911 from a cell phone
you’re located,” Cunningham said. “With Smart911, we can type in your phone number and get your profile that gives us vital information that you put in ahead of time such as your address, chronic medical conditions, where you’ve hidden a key if you can’t get to the door and open it for responders, any elderly or disabled people at the location and other helpful information.” Cunningham said users can register the phones of their children and elderly parents and create profiles for them as well. Police say residents can prevent burglary by getting to know their neighbors and maintaining a visible presence in their communities. Sheila O’Rear, the South Precinct’s education specialist, said that taking group walks at various times of the week in the neighborhood sends a message to potential intruders that residents are alert and watchful. DeKalb Officer Keith Bilal told residents about “Crimetrac,” an online mapping system that shows crimes by type and locations. Visit http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/ dk_police/pol-crimetrac.html and click on the “Crimetrac” link on the home page. Homeowners also got updates on abandoned and blighted homes in South DeKalb. Jerry Silver, supervisor of Code Compliance, said 12 new compliance officers are in training to bolster the county’s effort to locate absentee owners and make them clean up the properties.
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“The design totally disregards the existing trees or topography and is a lost opportunity at beautification.”
Readers praise publisher’s timely editorial on Jones Editor’s note: My “As I See It” column in the July 26 issue elicited a flood of comments. Below are a few. You can join the conversation at http://crossroadsnews.com/ news/2014/jul/25/dekalb-votersdid-good-rejecting-jones-bid. ‘Major voice of S. DeKalb’ This note is to let you know how impressive your recent editorial was in regards to the DeKalb election runoff for sheriff. You covered every reason why Vernon Jones could not and should not win that race. He has always been called a great campaigner, but when your charGil Turman acter and credibility go downhill, you lose. Vernon is a relatively young man and maybe if he can learn to manage his arrogance and haughtiness, he may get another opportunity even though he is a three-time loser. However, I seriously doubt that
he will have that opportunity. CrossRoadsNews is a true blessing for our county. Your paper is the major voice of South DeKalb and you have delivered news efficiently and diligently over the years. I want to thank you for all that you’ve given and continue to give. Gil Turman is president of the South DeKalb Neighborhoods Coalition. He lives in Decatur.
‘It just made my day’ I have been a citizen of DeKalb County since 1960 and I just admire what you wrote concerning Vernon Jones. Thanks so much for that article. It just made my day. You hit on the button. You called a spade a spade. Vernon’s administration was the beginning of the end for DeKalb County.
Jessie Dixon is a retired principal ‘Tell it like it is’ and school administrator. He lives in Tell it like it is, Jennifer Ffrench Kirkwood. Parker! – MizAnn Joyland, Athens ‘The people have spoken’ I appreciate what you are doing. Alrighty then! Guess that’s the That was a very good article on end of that! Vernon. You and I are on the same – Angela Moore, Decatur wavelength. The people have spoken. This Hear, hear. is the third position that he ran for – George Chidi, Pine Lake and the votes keep getting lower and lower. Great piece. He is finished. What else is there – John Hewitt, Atlanta for him to run for? I hope he gets the message. Stick a fork in Jones; he is done Johnny Cole lives in Decatur. like leftovers from yesterday’s dinner. ‘Eloquent and well-written’ – J.F. Williams, Decatur Tell ’em, Jennifer. An eloquent and well-written editorial that Thank you, Ms. Jennifer Parker. makes me extremely proud to call Now on to the School Board. you a colleague! – Max Leighman – Gale Gay, Stone Mountain
Gateway landscaping lacks quality in design, installation By Susan G. Avent
I am so glad you published the article “Unkempt Stonecrest landscaping a ‘thorn’” in your July 12, 2014, issue. As a professional landscape architect, I am insulted with the lack of quality in the design and the installation of every single “gateway” project that has been installed. I live off of LaVista Road and have had to endure the sight of that planting every day. The design totally disregards the existing trees or topography and is a lost opportunity at beautification. In the construction bid package, one of the contractors bidding on the job asked if they could provide an alternative design that would complement the existing trees. The arrogance committee dismissed the remark and said “we did that.” Unfortunately for the public,
they had not. I’ve seen the Bouldercrest and I-285 plantings, one of the first to go in, completely overrun with crab grass before they even began the ones on LaVista Road, Turner Hill Road and, sadly now, Memorial Drive. It is ridiculous that DeKalb County, which can barely maintain the existing streets and rights of way, had the audacity to add 28 new “gardens” to maintain – seven intersections with four corners each and additional areas to boot. Typically, a bed area is prepared prior to planting. The area should be defined, the existing grasses and weeds sprayed to ensure removal of all existing vegetation and reduce the need to treat grass and weeds around the newly planted materials. This critical step apparently was not implemented, evidenced by the tremendous amount of regrowth of
crab grass and weeds. I could go on about the plant selection and the color of the mulch. The American Society of Landscape Architects recently published an article on expressway planting and the need for trees to help with removing CO2. Trees do remove CO2 – not high-maintenance shrubs and ground covers. Ground cover is one of the most expensive plants to install and maintain. With only four mowings a year, as per the contract, the grass will be taller than the shrubs. The planting beds they obviously tried to emulate on I-85 are surrounded by Bermuda grass that is on a turf care program. They are edged and weeded on a routine basis, probably weekly. Take a look at Ashford Dunwoody Road. They just removed all the high-maintenance shrubs and
replaced them with trees only. We have beautiful shade trees on the LaVista exchange. If they had simply just pruned them, created a mulch bed under them to enhance their health and protect their trunks from mowers, the impact would have been stunning. Then they could have added a few largescale shrubs. The entire process, from design to bed preparation and installation, has been poor. So in DeKalb County, the issue is not a lack of funding, it is a lack of insight and management. I wrote to the Department of Transportation before the Memorial Drive installation began and begged them to just stop it – to no avail. How much more of our money will they waste just because they can get the dollars? Enough is enough! Susan G. Avent lives in Tucker.
Cityhood would not benefit residents of South DeKalb By Ed Williams
I have noticed that CrossRoadsNews has run at least two, if not more articles on the topic of cityhood for South DeKalb in the last couple of months. I am not familiar with Dr. Kathryn Rice and I do not understand the theoretical framework in which she believes that the formation of a city would benefit the citizens of South DeKalb. It appears to be based on decentralized county government. I do not think cityhood would benefit South DeKalb since we already have a larger population representation at the county level.
The most recent articles rationalized the idea of cityhood based on what others in North DeKalb are doing. It suggests that we would be able to compete with others with no major industries home to South DeKalb. I was left wondering what was the real motive. The hidden agenda is more likely to have to do with property taxes, funding government, transportation, schools, police, and home values, and less about business and competition. I am very surprised that there has not been a more balanced and enlightened approach to covering the idea of cityhood. I have lived in South DeKalb for over 15 years
and I do not see how low-wage jobs and government jobs would compete with North DeKalb or the city of Atlanta. I think what would more likely happen is that South DeKalb will back itself into a corner in terms of property taxes and the public school system. Seventy percent of the property taxes go to the school system. I think Central and North DeKalb would like South DeKalb to separate itself from county government, particularly since a disproportionate number of nonwhite students attend the school system. Next there would be an effort to create separate school systems by
changing the state constitution. Create a city and the business will come. From what I have read, citizens are being sold a pipe dream. South DeKalb would not be able to compete with Atlanta or Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta. What will likely happen is that we will have politicians at both the county and city level using our tax money with no apparent benefit. Throughout most of history, cities were created from industries/ businesses, and the people came. This article seems to suggest that by creating a city, the business will come. Ed Williams lives in Decatur.
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“It is our fervent prayer that this revelation will in some way change the present equation, open a door for more options.”
Walmart sweetens sales tax holiday with lots of price rollbacks Back-to-school shoppers can get even more bang for their bucks this weekend during Georgia’s sales tax holiday on Aug. 1 and 2. The state is waiving its 7 percent sales tax for clothing, footwear and school supplies with a sales price up to $100 and on laptops, desktops, tablets and data storage devices like DVDs, CDs, flash drives, diskettes and memory cards and other computer accessories up to $1,000. To help shoppers stretch the savings, retail giant Walmart is rolling back prices
on 10 percent more back-to-school items compared with last year. Walmart’s back-to-school rollback includes more than 2,000 items for under $3, more than 800 items under $2, and more than 300 under $1. It will have more than 300 rollbacks this season. Its traditional top-selling items include notebooks, crayons, backpacks and T-shirts. This year, the retailer says it is seeing big trends with novelty items like pencil cases, lip glosses and hand sanitizers. Colors and patterns are a big hit, with
chevron, animal print, camo and pops of neon making a big return this year. Shoppers also can save with Walmart’s Savings Catcher tool that had been testmarketed in metro Atlanta since February. On Aug. 4, the popular program will be offered to customers nationwide. The Savings Catcher looks at other retailers’ ads and gives customers an eGift card for the difference if a competitor’s offering is lower than the price they paid at Walmart. Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 958 in April to extend the statewide back-to-
school tax-free holiday and ENERGY STAR and WaterSense appliance tax-free holiday weekends for an additional two years. He said the sales tax holidays will allow families to save money on necessary items for school and on appliances that will help conserve energy resources. Over the twoyear time period, the state estimates that the two-day back-to-school holiday will save Georgians up to $143 million. For the full list of covered and exempt items, visit https://etax.dor.ga.gov/salestax /holiday/2014_Sales_Tax_Holiday_B.
Special ed teacher back at SWD High after administrative oversight DISPUTE,
and a valuable asset to the school. We’re hoping and working for the rest of the teachers to be reinstated.” The whistle-blowers said Southwest DeKalb High, which used to have a reputation of being a well-run school, has been chaotic and disorganized for the past two years under Williams. “First year it declined, second year it just plummeted basically,” Foreman said. “They didn’t listen to any advice from us.” The teachers’ concerns ranged from ineffective leadership and planning to apathetic management, poor communication, disciplinary and campus safety issues, constant interruptions of instructional time, inconsistent policies and procedures, low morale, nepotism, hostile environment, and personal vendettas. DeKalb Schools spokesman Jeff Dickerson said the teacher transfers had nothing to do with their complaints. “Ms. Foreman’s reassignment was over a certification issue that was resolved,” he said on July 22. “I can’t go into detail about it because it’s a personnel matter. The others were reassigned because of dropping enrollment at Southwest DeKalb.” Dickerson said enrollment has been falling since 2008 when Southwest DeKalb High had 1,855 students. By 2011, the number had slipped to 1,526. This past school year, it was 1,292, a drop of 563 students in two years. Dickerson said that declining enrollment means the school gets fewer teachers. A school district policy exempts teachers at low enrollment schools from reassignment if they sign up for the district’s Gifted Certified program.
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Southwest DeKalb High School parents stood in protest at a July 7 School Board meeting after five teachers who complained about problems at the school were transferred.
Byron Merritt, Southwest DeKalb High’s PTSA president, said parents found out about the Gifted Certified program exemption at a July 22 meeting with Superintendent Michael Thurmond and Deputy Superintendent Byron Merritt for School Operations Alice Thompson, Bradshaw, Director of Allotments Kaveous Preston, and the school’s interim Principal Andrew Tatum. Merritt said Preston told them that Southwest DeKalb High teachers and those at 17 other high schools with declining enroll-
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ments were given the choice of signing up for the Gifted Certified program as a way to avoid reassignment. “He said teachers at Southwest and one other school were the only ones that didn’t reply to their principals,” Merritt said, adding that the PTSA was shocked to hear that. When the PTSA looked into the matter, Merritt said faculty members told them that several teachers had applied for the program and provided copies of emails to and from Williams about their interest in applying. Email records obtained by CrossRoadsNews show eight teachers messaging the principal about their interest in Gifted Certified between March 7 and March
14. At least three replied the next day. Williams couldn’t be reached for comment. In a July 24 email to Thurmond, Merritt asked if there is now a way to avoid punishing the school for an administrative oversight. “Contrary to the impression that our teachers had not taken advantage of the solution offered, we now know they responded admirably and affirmatively as is their custom,” he wrote. “It is our fervent prayer that this revelation will in some way change the present equation, open a door for more options.” Merritt asked for a response, but through press time on Thursday they had not received one. The school district also did not respond to questions from CrossRoadsNews before press time about what could be done. Merritt said the PTSA wants to meet again with Thurmond and his administrative team, not just to resolve the transferred teachers issue but to offer input on the selection of a new principal for the school. Tatum, who took over as interim principal on July 7, is a retired DeKalb educator who is a former principal of Redan High. Tatum was brought back by the district to help but is not seeking the Southwest DeKalb job. “I don’t know how long I’ll be here. It could be three weeks or six weeks but probably not longer than that,” Tatum said on July 31. Merritt said they are carefully watching how the district responds to the parents’ involvement in the process. “It’s a question of justice and the quality of our relationship with the district going forward,” he said.
Community Two jailed in deaths of two women Two suspects sought in the mid-May fatal shooting of two women whose bodies were found in Decatur are in custody. Frankland Henderson and Michael Hasker Jenkins, both 21, were wanted on two counts o f m u r d e r F. Henderson in the May 19 shooting deaths of Sonia Williams, 21, of Norcross and Shaniqua Camacho, 20, of Lawr e n c e v i l l e . Michael Jenkins The women’s bodies were found at a Walden Pond townhouse complex on Shellbark Road off Snapfinger Woods Drive. Henderson, who lives at 3141 Belgreen Way in Decatur, and Jenkins, whose address is listed as 1752 Holliford Court in Charlotte, N.C., were arrested on June 10 by the DeKalb Sheriff ’s Office Fugitive Squad and the DeKalb Police Department. Demetre Mason, 20, was arrested on the same charges earlier in June.
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Robert Foster Sr., a Creekwood Hills resident for more than 30 years, helped organize its first Night Out in 1991.
Creekwood Hills’ Night Out honors late activist The Night Out observance by Creekwood Hills on Aug. 5 will pay tribute to Robert Foster Sr., a community activist who died in February.
The late Robert Foster Sr., who organized Night Out events in the Creekwood Hills Community for more than 20 years, will be honored at the 2014 event on Aug. 5. Foster, a retired U.S. Army veteran, block captain, comRobert Foster Sr. munity activist and former co-president of the Creekwood Hills Community Association, died in February of stomach cancer. Johnny Cole, president of the Creekwood Hills Community Association, said proclamations will be presented to Foster’s widow, Claris, and their children, Robert Jr. and Danette, by U.S. Rep. Hank
Johnson, DeKalb District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson and state Rep. Rahn Mayo. The annual community picnic, hosted by William Lawrence Poole and his wife, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at 3332 Creekway Drive in Decatur. National Night Out, introduced in 1984 by the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch, is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday in August. Events promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity. During the 6-to-10 p.m. events, communities plan parades, cookouts, back-to-school jams and visits with law enforcement officers and elected officials and renew contacts with their neighbors.
More than 40 million people participate nationwide. Cole said Foster, a Creek wood Hills resident for more than 30 years, was a tireless worker for his subdivision and DeKalb County. He helped organize Creek wood Hills’ first National Night Out event in 1991. The community picnic will include games, jumping jacks, a clown, and the Southwest DeKalb High School Band. Other invited guests include DeKalb interim CEO Lee May, State Court Judge Johnny Panos, Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter, U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, state school superintendent candidate Valarie Wilson, and South Precinct Command staff officers.
CEO to tour Night Out sites DeKalb interim CEO Lee May and county commissioners will tour a multitude of locations countywide on Aug. 5 to promote crime prevention initiatives on National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” The annual grassroots effort promotes involvement in crime prevention activities, policecommunity partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. It also sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Programs include neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, and business and civic groups devoted to safer communities. Retailer Target is the national sponsor for National Night Out. Activities will take place at the Target Northlake store at 4241 LaVista Road from 5 to 8 p.m. The Fire Safety House will teach kids how to crawl low under smoke, and there will be giveaways and demonstrations from Target and various DeKalb departments. The DeKalb Police Department will showcase SWAT response units, new police vehicles and the latest crime prevention technology.
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Services include immunizations; vision, hearing and dental screenings; and certified birth certificates.
Board of Health offers one-stop shop for back-to-school service Children entering child care, Head Start, pre-k, middle school, college or a Georgia school for the first time can get a range of back-to-school services from the DeKalb Board of Health. The services include immunizations; vision, hearing and dental screenings; and certified birth certificates for children born in Georgia. It also offers nutritional screenings, and sports physicals are available at the East DeKalb Health Center. The Board of Health’s four health centers will have extended hours on Aug. 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13 from 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Children enrolling in child care or public or private school must have proof of up-todate immunizations on Georgia Form 3231. They also must have a completed Georgia Form 3300 for vision, hearing and dental screenings if they are entering a public school. Students transferring from another Georgia county or another state must show proof of immunizations and health screenings on these forms. There is a new requirement for middle school students this year. Children who were born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, who are entering seventh grade or who are new to Georgia schools and entering grades eight through 12 must now show proof that they have received one dose of Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis – vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. College students also can get immunization certificates for their college or university. Back-to-school services are available at: n Clifton Springs Health Center, 3110 Clifton Springs Road in Decatur; 404-244-2200. n Central DeKalb (T.O. Vinson) Health Center, 440 Winn Way in Decatur; 404-2943762. n East DeKalb Health Center, 2277 S. Stone
city of Atlanta or city of Decatur public school also must have a completed Georgia Form 3300 for vision, hearing and dental screenings. Other child care, pre-k and Head Start locations may not require Form 3300.
For middle school students Children born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, attending seventh grade or who are new entrants to a Georgia school in grades eight through 12 must show proof that they have receive one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231) and certified by a licensed Georgia doctor or health center official. Bring immunization record. Children enrolling in child care or public or private school must have proof of up-to-date immunizations.
of Health’s Office of Vital Records, Room 191, Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way in Decatur. A Georgia diver’s license or other state identification card is required. Only a legal parent, grandparent or guardian can obtain a birth certificate for a child under 18. Payment for certificates can be made in cash or by debit/credit card. Checks are not accepted. Vital Records’ hours Parents should: n Bring each child and his or her immuniza- are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. tion record. n If applicable, bring each child’s Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids, State Health Benefits For child care, pre-k or Head Start Georgia law requires that all children Plan (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia) or who attend child care, pre-k or Head Start be Aetna card. n Be prepared to pay by cash, debit/credit up-to-date on vaccinations. Proof of vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia card or a check from a Georgia bank. A certified birth certificate also is re- Immunization Certificate (Form 3231) and certified by a licensed Georgia doctor or quired for school registration. Birth certificates for children born in health center official. All children enrolled in a DeKalb County, Georgia are available for $25 from the Board
Mountain-Lithonia Road in Lithonia; 770484-2600. n North DeKalb Health Center, 3807 Clairmont Road in Chamblee; 770-454-1144. No appointment is necessary and services are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For college students Students may be required to have the following vaccinations: n MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) for students born in 1957 or later. n Varicella (chickenpox) for students 18 years of age or younger at college entrance for all U.S. students born in or after 1980 and for all foreign-born students regardless of their birth year. n Tdap. One dose is required if the student has not previously received Tdap, and a booster is required if it has been 10 years or more since the student received Tdap. n Hepatitis B for students who will be 18 or younger at college entrance. n Meningococcal conjugate for students living in campus housing. A certificate of immunization must be completed and signed by your health care provider and returned to the college or university. For more information, visit www.dekalb health.net or call 404-294-3700.
Free prostate cancer screenings SHAPE grants deadline looms Men, families and caretakers can attend A Community Conversation on Prostate Cancer on Aug. 9 at Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur. The early detection and education event will include free PSA tests and digital rectal exams – DRE – testing provided by Georgia Urology. Registration starts at 11 a.m. A prostate-specific antigen test measures the level of PSA in the blood. PSA is a substance made mostly by the prostate. It is found in increased amounts in the blood of men who have prostate cancer. Men also will be able to set their personal
baseline and talk with doctors, specialists and prostate cancer survivors. There will be a question-and-answer session and educational materials will be provided. Jamie Dukes, a former Atlanta Falcon and CBS Radio personality, is the event’s host. Education talks and lunch provided by Pittypat’s Porch take place until 2 p.m. Free prostate cancer screening gets under way from 2 to 5 p.m. The church is at 2340 Clifton Springs Road. For a screening appointment, contact Frank Catroneo at 770-619-0710.
Moonlight Mountain Hike at Panola Pull on some sturdy boots and take a Moonlight Mountain Hike on Aug. 9 at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Participants, who need to bring flashlights and water, will head out just before sunset and stroll to the mountaintop as the moon begins to rise.
Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register and pay in advance – $7 plus $5 parking. Panola Mountain State Park is at 2600 Ga. 155 S.W. For more information, visit http://gastateparks.org/PanolaMountain or call 770-389-7801.
Elementary, middle and high schools can apply for Georgia SHAPE funding to improve student fitness. The submission deadline is Aug. 29. The application and instructions are available at http://georgiashape.org. Click on SHAPE Grant Opportunities. The Georgia Department of Public Health announced the fourth round of funding on June 18 in coordination with Georgia SHAPE. Successful applicants will receive grant funding and technical
assistance to test new strategies that support implementation of federal laws, including the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act requirements, and to improve student fitness based on the results of the FitnessGram assessment. The implementation period is September 2014-June 2015. The Georgia SHAPE initiative is designed to combat childhood obesity. For more information, contact Reginald Tooley at reginald. email@example.com or Matt Yancey at matt. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“My plan is to empower the community, and in order to do so, you must serve it.”
Library talk to explore tenets of Baha’i Faith Dr. Gregory Watson and Atieno Samandari will speak on the Baha’i Faith at a “One City, Many Faiths” program on Aug. 9 at the Clarkston Library. The presentation on the tenets of the Baha’i Faith begins at 11 a.m. It is the second in the library’s series exploring the many faiths found in the Clarkston community that will run through the rest of the year. The series, sponsored by the Clarkston Library and the Clarkston Interfaith Group, is open to all ages. No registration is required for the 90-minute program. The city of Clarkston is one of the most diverse in the United States. Nearly 32 percent of its population is foreign-born, and 60 different languages are spoken within its boundaries. Its residents also follow many different faiths, and Clarkston Library Branch Manager Sondra Shurling said that fact led to the series. The first program in July focused on Islam and was presented by Dr. Jamillah Karim, an author and scholar who specializes in issues of race, gender and Islam in the United States. Shurling says the program attracted lots of attention. “More than 50 people attended the program,” she said in a July 29 statement. “There was so much dialogue and so many questions after Dr. Karim’s presentation that the program went on another hour and a half after it was scheduled to end.” Upcoming programs include Judaism in September, Hinduism in October, Christianity in November, and Buddhism in December. For more information about the series, ask at the Clarkston branch or visit www. dekalblibrary.org, click “Events,” then “Browse by Event Type,” and “Faith Series.” Also visit facebook.com/clarkston interfaithgroup, email email@example.com or call 404-508-7175. The Clarkston Library is at 951 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.
The war drama “Lone Survivor” is based on a true story about Navy SEALs in Afghanistan.
‘Lone Survivor’ coming to the library The action drama “Lone Survivor” will be screened at three library branches this month. The 2014 film, based on a true story, stars Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana and Alexander Ludwig. Wahlberg plays Marcus Luttrell, who sets out with his team on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders, they have no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Team members fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. The biographical film, which runs 121
minutes, is rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language and is directed by Peter Berg. It is based on the New York Times best-seller by Marcus Luttrell, a retired Navy SEAL who was awarded the Navy Cross in 2004. Upcoming screenings: n Aug. 9 – 2 p.m. at Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library, 952 Leon St. in Stone Mountain; 770-413-2020. n Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 – 2 p.m. Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road in Lithonia; 770-482-3828. n Aug. 23 – 2 p.m. at Covington Library, 3500 Covington Highway in Decatur; 404508-7180.
El-Amin to facilitate Muslim talk An opening reception for Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys on Aug. 5 at the Scott Candler Library will offer an overview of the five-part series. At the 6-to-8 p.m. event, patrons can meet the facilitator of the book discussions, Imam Plemon El-Amin, imam emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam; register for the series; and Plemon El-Amin check out the first book for the first discussion on Aug. 26, “Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam” by F.E. Peters.
Muslim Journeys is a scholar-led reading and discussion program designed to foster opportunities for informed community conversations about the histories, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States. The series has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. Local support is provided by the Georgia Humanities Council and One Region Atlanta. Call or visit the branch to register. Scott Candler Library is at 1917 Candler Road in Decatur. For more information, call 404-286-6986.
Christiana Torere, a 2009 Stephenson High grad, is Miss Metro Atlanta.
Lithonia beauty queen gives back Miss Metro Atlanta Christiana Torere is hosting an Aug. 2 meet-and-greet and back-to-school drive at the W Hotel Midtown. Torere, 23, who lives in Lithonia, is a 2009 graduate of Stephenson High. She will compete for the title of Miss Georgia USA 2015 on Nov. 20-22 at the Henry County Performing Arts Theatre in McDonough. DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson and Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson will present proclamations to Torere, who is a senior majoring in marketing and international business at Georgia State University. Torere is the daughter of Nate and Valencia Littleton and Franklin Torere. The meet-and-greet starts at 5 p.m. Torere’s event planning company, Ctorere Events, coordinates charitable events and an annual Holiday Toy Drive. “My plan is to empower the community, and in order to do so, you must serve it,” she said. The W Hotel Midtown is at 188 14th St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information on the Back to School Drive, contact Val Littleton at 404-717-7675.
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Participants will learn to make cupcakes and icing. They also will discuss baking terms.
Ousley UMC Immunizations, screenings, fun at Oakhurst Med fair hosts BTS Fun Day for kids Kids can take a free girls basketball clinic, attend a baking workshop and participate in a back-to-school jam at the Aug. 2 Youth Fun Day at Ousley United Methodist Church in Lithonia. The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with a basketball clinic for girls ages 6 to 17. The three-hour clinic is presented by the Ousley Athletic Ministry. There will be skill, drills and instructional games hosted by former pro and college basketball players. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dee-Lights by Dee will present Little Bakers Workshop for ages 6 to 16. Participants will learn to make cupcakes and icing. They also will discuss baking terms. For more information, visit Deelightsbydee@gmail.com or call 678-948-7784. The Back-to-School Jam, hosted by Breaking the Chain and the Athletic Ministry, takes place from 6 to 8:45 p.m. for 6- to 12-year-olds. For 13- to 17-year-olds, it takes place 9:15 p.m. to midnight with DJ Webb and other entertainment. Ousley United Methodist is at 3261 Panola Road. For more information, call 770-981-0180.
Learning, memory seminar for all ages Just in time for back to school, kids and adults can attend a Learning and Memory Seminar on Aug. 5 at the Clarkston Library. The family-friendly seminar takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is appropriate for middle school, high school and college students as well as teachers and other adults who would like to learn and remember better. Dr. Mark Yates will give strategies for improving learning and memory skills. No registration is required. The library is at 951 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. For more information, call 404-5087175.
Back-to-school screenings include hearing and vision check. There will be free book bags and supplies for every child who gets immunized.
Children ages 4 to 17 can get immunizations at Oakhurst Medical Center’s annual Back 2 School Health Fair & Family Fun Day on Aug. 2 in Stone Mountain. Every child who is immunized will get a book bag and school supplies while supplies last. There will be school and health screenings, health information and products, breast cancer awareness, and free HIV testing with one-minute results. Parents must bring their children’s immunization records. The 10 a.m.-to-2 p.m. event will have plenty of fun activities for children, including carnival games and face painting, rock climbing and obstacle course, pony and trackless train rides, talent contests and youth and adult performances. Healthy foods, beverages and snacks will be available. Oakhurst Medical is at 5582 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain. For more information, call Brenda Jackson & Associates at 770-808-0114.
Boot camp, rally to ready parents Parents who attend the Aug. 9 Backto-School Boot Camp and Parent Rally at Georgia Piedmont Technical College may be eligible for free school supplies. The event, which takes place from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., is presented by the DeKalb NAACP, the DeKalb Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the college. Parents who register and attend workshops are eligible for free school supplies while supplies last. Advance registration is available at www.DeKalbAlphas.org/ bootcamp. Organizers say the boot camp and rally will help empower parents to take control of their children’s education and give students information that will help them have a successful school year. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. For more information, contact Lance Hammonds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-241-8006.
Tobie Grant Center hosts BTS Jamboree A Back to School Jamboree on Aug. 9 in Scottdale will provide health screenings and free book bags and school supplies to students from low-income families. The jamboree, which takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Tobie Grant Recreation Center, includes physicals, free haircuts, food, games and music. It is hosted by Da-Da of 94.5 Streetz. The fourth annual jamboree is presented by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Kappa Alpha Sigma Chapter; F&M
Educational Foundation Inc.; and the Tobie Grant staff. Vendor tables are available. Proceeds benefit the Sara Frazier book scholarships for graduating seniors. The Tobie Grant Recreation Center is at 644 Parkdale Drive. For more information or to donate services or supplies, contact Darius Wimby at email@example.com or Bobby Frazier at frazierbobby99@yahoo. com or visit b2sjamboree2014.eventbrite. com.
School supply drive for Stoneview DeKalb for Seniors’ monthlong school supply drive for Stoneview Elementary in Lithonia culminates in an Aug. 5 celebration at the Lou Walker Senior Center. The nonprofit has committed to provide school supplies to 200 families this year. Supporters include Peach State Federal Credit Union, JenCare, Humana and
DeKalb County. The celebration starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes food and entertainment. Lou Walker Senior Center is at 2538 Panola Road in Lithonia. For more information, contact Donna Dees at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-9829805 or Kandra Dallas at dekalbforseniors@ hotmail.com or 770-322-2932.
Digital library collection for children, teens Children and teens can now access library materials online after a digital expansion by the DeKalb Public Library. The digital collection of titles for young patrons is offered through OverDrive, the system on which patrons can check out e-books and downloadable audiobooks. It came online this summer. The library says that the new, separate collection offers a safe environment for children and teens to browse library materials and find the titles they want easily and faster. Joyce Baker, library acquisitions manager, said the online page has a very appealing layout and is very user-friendly. “Patrons can browse by subject, interest or even reading level,” she said in a July 30 statement. The service is free to patrons with a library card and available round-the-clock. The digital titles expire automatically, so there is no need to worry about late fees. To access the new collection, visit www. dekalblibrary.org, click on the “Kids” icon, then click the link “OverDrive eReading Room for Kids.” The collection also can be accessed from the link on the library’s “OverDrive” page.
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Year-round, DeKalb Workforce Development mentors teens and young adults to become self-sufficient.
Employers needed Career event for teens, young adults Minority economic for Watson job fair development class Teens and young adults can explore traditional and new career paths and trainEmployers with job openings are needed to participate in DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson’s fourth annual “Community Check-Up” Health, Wellness and Job Fair on Aug. 16. The 10 a.m.-to-2 p.m. event takes place at the House of Hope/Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Decatur. Watson, who represents Super District 7, said there is no fee to participate but employers are asked to contribute a door prize. For registration and more information, visit www.politicalstan.com or call 404-3713681. The House of Hope is at 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur.
ing at DeKalb Workforce Development’s Youth ROCK! on Aug. 8 in Decatur. The Youth Round-up Occupational Career Kickoff! takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 4 at DWD’s facility at 774 Jordan Lane. Program participants ages 14 to 21 will attend career-focused workshops that introduce traditional and nontraditional career paths such as media/TV, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, and health care and include speakers, role play, and information exchange. Youth ROCK! is a platform for youth to explore and experience various industries and career paths. As a component of the DWD summer work experience program, the event prepares young people for employment and academic endeavors. Year-round, DWD also mentors teens and young adults to become self-sufficient by offering life skills programs designed to build competency in financial management, leadership, and character building. For more information, contact Latanya Lowery at llowery@dekalbcountyga .gov or 404-371-3038 or call 404-687-3400.
is 160 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 450. Decatur, Georgia 30030, an Answer to the Petition within 60 days on July 25, 2014. Witness the Honorable Gregory A. Adams, Judge of Superior Court of DeKalb County. This 25th day of July, 2014.
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Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV6354-7++ Alicia Ann Mitchell Plaintiff Vs. Michael Sean Mitchell Defendant By Order of the Court for service by publication dated June 30, 2014 you are hereby notified that on June 24, 2014 the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Alicia Ann Mitchell, 626 Rockborough Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of June 30, 2014 Witness the Honorable Daniel M. Coursey, Jr., Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 30th day of June, 2014 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9
Notice of Petition to Change Name of Adult in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV6825-5++ Cynthia Lanier Clarke filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on June 17, 2014, to change the name from: Cynthia Lanier Clark to Cynthia Lanier Smith. Any interested party has the right to appear In this case and file objections within 30 days after the Petition was filed. Dated: July 7, 2014 Angela J. Riccetti Petitioner’s Attorney DeKalb Co. Office 2465 Sycamore St, Ste. 120 Decatur, Ga 30030 (770) 817-7509 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Notice of Petition to Change Name of Adult in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV6965-5++ Mudrine Davis filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on July 8, 2014, to change the name from: Mudrine Davis to Myrna Rene Martin. Any interested party has the right to appear In this case and file objections within 30 days after the Petition was filed. Dated: July 8, 2014 Myrna Rene Martin Petitioner, Pro se 3162 Bay St Scottdale, Ga (404) 292-8859 7/26. 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV5819-4++ Jennifer Volley Plaintiff Vs. Antavious Davis Defendant TO: Antavious Davis, Defendant Named Above You are hereby notified that the abovestyled action seeking a total divorce was filed against you in said court on June 2, 2014, and that by reason of an order for service of summons by publication entered by the court on July 9, 2014 you are hereby commanded and required to file with the clerk of said court and serve upon Jennifer Volley, plaintiff, whose address Is 1031 Holcomb Road, apartment H, Decatur, GA 30032, an answer to the complaint within sixty (60) days of the date of the order for service by publication. If you fail to do so, judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Witness the Honorable Gail C. Flake, Judge of said court. This the 10th day of July, 2014 7/26. 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV6792-7++ Martane J. Folds
Plaintiff Vs. Jody L. Folds Defendant By Order of the Court for service by publication dated July 7, 2014 you are hereby notified that on July 7, 2014 the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Martane T. Jackson-Folds, 2795 Evans Mill Rd #1504, Lithonia, GA 30058. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of July 10, 2014 Witness the Honorable Daniel M. Coursey, Jr., Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 10th day of July, 2014 7/26. 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Notice OF PUBLICATION Change Name of Adult in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV7105-5++ Wanda Jean Sutton filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on July 1, 2014, to change the name from: Wanda Jean Sutton to Wanda Jean Allen. Any interested party has the right to appear In this case and file objections within 30 days after the Petition was filed. Dated: July 1, 2014 Wanda J. Allen Petitioner, Pro se 4900 Central Dr. #81 Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (404) 604-7213
Business owners can attend a Minority Economic Development Seminar on Aug. 13 at the Morris Allen Great Hall in Lithonia. The program, hosted by the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce, takes place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Panelists will focus on developing, attracting and retaining talent; entrepreneurship and small business/franchise; and local government policy/ collaborative approaches to economic development. Register at http://greaterlithoniachamber .com. The hall is at 3235 Evans Mill Road. For more information, email contactus@greaterlithonia chamber.com or call 770-482-1808.
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Jann Murray Petitioner, Pro se 616 East Rockborough Court Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (404) 388-8851 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV4534-5++ Derek Albright, Jr. Petitioner Vs. Kathleen Bass Respondent TO: Kathleen Bass Stone Mountain Inn & Suites 189 Mountain Industrial Boulevard Tucker, GA 30084 You are hereby notified that the abovestyled action seeking legitimization and custody was filed against you in the Superior Court of DeKalb County on April 29, 2014, and that by reason of an Order for Service of Summons by Publication entered by the Court on July 25, 2014, you are hereby commanded and required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court of DeKalb County and serve upon Denise D. VanLanduyt, Petitioner’s attorney, whose address
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV7189-7++ April D. Davis Plaintiff Vs. Jamie D. Pritchett Defendant By Order of the Court for service by publication dated July 23, 2014 you are hereby notified that on July 18, 2014 the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is 4156 Indian Forest Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of July 23, 2014 Witness the Honorable Daniel M. Coursey, Jr., Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 23rd day of July, 2014 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV6961-10++ Tracy E. Matthews Plaintiff Vs. Cosmo D. Calzadilla
Defendant To: Cosmo D. Calzadilla By Order of the Court for service by publication dated July 25, 2014 you are hereby notified that on July 9, 2014 the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is 511 Ryan Place, Stone Mountain, GA 30087. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of July 25, 2014 Witness the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie, Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 25th day of July, 2014 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV7355-3++ Maria Victoria Caballero Plaintiff Vs. Adolfo Marquez Defendant To: Calle Reportero #26 El Cortijo Hermosillo Sonora Mexico By Order of the Court for service by publication dated July 28, 2014 you are hereby notified that on July 24, 2014 the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Maria V. Caballero, 1750 Briarwood Rd., KK27, Atlanta, GA 30329. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of July 28, 2014 Witness the Honorable Clarence F. Seeliger, Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 29th day of July, 2014
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Notice OF PUBLICATION Change Name of Adult in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia
Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV6950-1++ Jann Murray-Forbes filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on July 1, 2014, to change the name from: Jann Murray-Forbes to Jann Murray. Any interested party has the right to appear In this case and file objections within 30 days after the Petition was filed. Dated: July 1, 2014
Rahjon Francis 1203 Fairington Club Drive Lithonia, GA 30058 Charge of Sexual Battery. Convicted on 4/11/2005
John Gibson 4649 Memorial Drive #328 Decatur, GA 30035 Charge of Sexual Assault of a Child. Convicted on 12/8/1995
Erica Horne Homeless Decatur, GA 30032 Charge of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct. Victim Under 16 yrs old. Convicted on 11/16/2006
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“He has made an indelible mark on the Jamaican community in Atlanta … in the southern United States and, indeed, Jamaica.”
Vin Martin, retired Jamaican consul general, was selfless July 31, 1943 – July 23, 2014 By Jennifer Ffrench Parker
Family, friends and the Jamaican community will celebrate the life of Vin Martin, the retired Jamaican consul general to Atlanta, at a homegoing service on Aug. 1 at Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers. Martin, who lived in Stone Mountain, , died July 23 at Emory Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 70. A prominent Atlanta attorney, Martin was consul general to Atlanta for 16 years. He retired in April 2013.
Born in Jackson Town in Trelawny on Jamaica’s north coast, Martin was installed to his first consular post in 1997. For his years of service, the Jamaican government awarded him the Order of Distinction in 2013. He Vin Martin also received the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation and the Governor General’s Achievement Award. Stephen Vasciannie, Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, called Martin “a morally upright, kind and thoughtful attorney-at-law whose love for Jamaica remained with him throughout his life.”
Vasciannie said that Martin played a key role in the Jamaican community and was a source of guidance and inspiration for many Jamaicans, and especially those living in Atlanta. “Not only was he the driving force in the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Health Mission, he was also instrumental in arranging special events such as Jamaican Independence activities,” Vasciannie said. Franz Hall, Jamaica’s consul general in Miami, said Martin exhibited an unparalleled drive in advocating for the interests of his fellow Jamaicans and an unshakeable passion for the development of Jamaica. “He has made an indelible mark on the Jamaican community in Atlanta and further
afield in the southern United States, and, indeed, Jamaica,” Hall said. “He will be truly missed by the persons whose lives he has touched.” Emory University theology professor Dr. Noel Erskine, who was a close friend, said Martin was selfless. “His motto was ‘serving is what I do,’” Erskine said. Martin ais survived his wife, Hazel, and sons Cory and Kayon. The service starts at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, mourners are asked to donate to Martin’s favorite charity, the Montego Bay Sister Cities Foundation Inc. Springfield Baptist Church is at 1873 Iris Drive.
Congressional Gold Medal for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta King Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and wife Coretta Scott King were honored posthumously in Washington recently with a Congressional Gold Medal. The presentation, made to their children – Dr. Bernice A. King, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King – took place during a June 24 ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress’ highest expression of appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions to the nation. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 while visiting the city to support striking sanitation workers. Coretta King died in 2006 of complications from a stroke and heart attack. Joining the family at the ceremony were Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate
Posing with medal, from left Leah Weber King and husband Dexter Scott King, former Virginia Gov. Charles S. Robb; Linda Bird Johnson Robb; U.S. Rep. John Lewis; Lonnie G. Bunch III; Arndrea King, her husband Martin Luther King III; and their daughter Yolanda Renee King, and Dr. Bernice King.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Bernice King, CEO of the King Center in Carl Levin (D-Mich.), U.S. Rep. John Lewis Atlanta, called it an “amazing day.” (D-Ga.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair “This is the first honor of this magnitude Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), and other Senate where my parents are honored together, reand House leaders. flecting the powerful partnership they shared
in the struggle for freedom and justice,” she said, adding that her mother often said “that she did not just marry the man she loved, she married the mission and the movement.” King said that as founder of the King Center, her mother was the driving force that kept her father’s nonviolent leadership philosophy in the public consciousness of the nation and the world. “It was my father who recognized that she was a courageous partner and acknowledged on many occasions that without her strength and unflagging dedication to the cause, he could never have made it from day to day through the movement,” she said. The Kings join the likes of George Washington, Mother Teresa, Dorothy Height, Rosa Parks, Thomas Edison, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, President Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama who have received the Gold Medal since 1776.
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