Author: On Common Ground News

If you’re looking for Christmas tree lightings and other holiday events to enjoy in the local area, mark your calendar with these free things to do in DeKalb and Rockdale counties. E-mail us more free events at: editor@ocgnews.com.   DEKALB Avondale Estates Join Avondale Estates for its first Town Green Lighting of the Tree on Nov. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 64 N. Avondale Road. The celebration will include performances by the DeKalb School of the ballet and the Decatur Avondale Children’s Choir , who will lead the audience in a sig-along following the choir’s performance. Scouts will serve…

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DECATUR, GA–DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections (DeKalb VRE) announced advance voting and dropbox locations for the Dec. 6, 2022 General Election runoff. will take place Nov. 23 through Dec. 2. With the Thanksgiving holiday, voters are encouraged to carefully review the hours and locations prior to heading to vote. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Memorial Drive location ONLY No voting Thursday, Nov. 24 – Saturday, Nov. 26. Sunday, Nov. 27, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at all locations Monday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 2, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at all locations Saturday voting…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA – Rockdale voters may cast their ballots during the in-person advance voting period for the General Election Runoff Saturday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Dec. 2. Rockdale’s in-person early voting will be held at one location, 1115 West Ave. S.W., Conyers, during the following hours: Saturday, Nov 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday,   Nov. 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday,  Nov. 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2    8 a.m.…

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Beginning, Saturday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Dec. 2, registered voters may vote advance in-person at one of Gwinnett County’s 11 advance voting locations. Georgia voters who were registered to vote by Nov. 7 are eligible to vote in the Dec. 6 General Election Runoff even if they didn’t vote in the General Election. Unlike Election Day, registered voters may vote early at any advance voting location in the county, not at an assigned polling location. Please be sure to bring a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or voter identification card. To check the status of your voter…

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DECATUR, GA— Efforts to improve the watershed system throughout DeKalb County continues on Monday, Nov. 28, with the launch of the Chamblee Dunwoody Nerine Waterline Repair. Crews will lower an 8-inch-diameter water transmission main along Chamblee Dunwoody Road. This repair will take place on Monday, Nov. 28, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. During this time, residents and businesses in the area will experience low to no water pressure. Department of Watershed Management (DWM) engineers and construction crews will work diligently to minimize the length of impact to residents and business owners. Motorists should expect delays stemming from moving lane…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA – Rockdale County Board of Elections has announced its schedule for voting in the  Dec. 6 General Runoff Election Runoff.  All voters registered to vote by Monday, Nov. 7 are eligible to vote in this election.  Voters are encouraged to verify their Voter Registration by visiting: https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/. Mail Absentee Ballot Requests are being accepted now until Monday, Nov. 28. Voters can make the request online or obtain the request form by visiting: https://securemyabsenteeballot.sos.ga.gov/s/.  Submit the Mail Absentee Ballot request to: absentee@rockdalecountyga.gov. Early in-person voting will take place exclusively at 1115 West Avenue S.W., Conyers.  Election Day In-Person…

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DEKALB COUNTY—The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit and the Brookhaven Police Department have arrested a suspect in connection with a Decatur nightclub shooting. Sheriff’s investigators arrested Quincy Tyler Walker, 26, of McDonough, Georgia without incident on Sunday, Nov. 20, at a restaurant on Buford Highway. Walker is charged with Felony Murder in the shooting death of Erik McKenzie and two counts of Felony Aggravated Assault Weapon against McKenzie and Ronald Folkes, who also received gunshot injuries. The incident occurred on Oct. 25 at Cosmopolitan Premier Lounge in Decatur. According to warrants, both victims were security guards at the nightclub.…

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ATLANTA – Georgia Power is celebrating community service and holiday cheer again this year with its annual “Light Up the Holidays” contest. This year, the company wants to see how Georgia is lighting up the holidays, either through a holiday display or through acts of community service. Now through Dec. 26, Georgians 18 years of age or older are invited to enter Georgia Power’s Light Up the Holidays Contest on Facebook. It’s easy: Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gerogiapower) Post an original photograph that creatively captures how you are “lighting up the holidays,” either through a holiday display OR through acts…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA—DeKalb County Commissioner Robert Patrick and the Board of Commissioners have partnered with tthe DeKalb Library Foundation to continue funding the  DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) program that is assisting families who don’t have home internet service. The library system’s “Take Back the Internet Initiative,” a free mobile hotspot lending program, began in 2017 with 75 mobile devices at five library branches. . Since the pandemic, the demand for wireless hotspots has increased significantly. Thanks to funding from the DeKalb Library Foundation (DLF), the program was able to expand across all 23 library branches with 300 mobile units now in…

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