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DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson was among those honored at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Atlanta’s Tenth Annual Asian American Advocacy Day. The theme of this year’s event, which was held virtually, was #AAPIRising: The New South.   Asian American Advocacy Day highlighted the legislative advocacy of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and […]


LITHONIA, GA–Family and friends honored DeKalb County community activist John Evans on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 with a drive-through birthday celebration.  Evans turned 88 on Jan. 29. NAACP DeKalb President Teresa Hardy helped family members and others to coordinate the event, putting up banners and decorations under overcast skies and damp weather for the special […]


CONYERS, GA—Associate Probate Court Judge Gary Washington is now the official Judge of the Rockdale County Probate Court. Washington’s appointment on March 1 follows the appointment of Judge Clarence Cuthpert, Jr. to Rockdale County State Court. Washington assumes the duties effective immediately.   “I am excited to take this next step in serving my fellow […]

On Common Ground NewsFebruary 28, 2021

  LITHONIA-GA—The NAACP DeKalb County branch unveiled a historical marker at Kelly Park, located in the heart of the city, on Feb. 24.  Mayor Shameka Reynolds joined the NAACP  for the 1 p.m. ceremony to commemorate the victims of lynchings that took place in Lithonia and others throughout America after Reconstruction was abandoned in 1877. […]

On Common Ground NewsFebruary 20, 2021

The Rockdale County Democratic Party recently held its virtual swearing-In ceremony announcing its newly elected and appointed officers.   Rosalyn Ridgeway is the new chair of  the Rockdale Democratic Party. The swearing-In seremony was performed by the Honorable Phinia Aten, Chief Magistrate Judge of Rockdale County and the keynote speaker was State Sen. Tonya P. […]

On Common Ground NewsFebruary 20, 2021

The Rockdale County Department of Stormwater Management will now manage Land Disturbance Permitting (LDP) processes due to new state mandates. Effective March 29, 2021, all LDP applications, including fees, are to be submitted directly to Rockdale County Stormwater Management. This function was previously managed by the Rockdale County Planning and Development Department.   Any project […]

On Common Ground NewsFebruary 20, 2021

  Georgia Secretary of State restricts drop boxes, early processing of absentee ballots The DeKalb Board of Voter Registration and Elections approved changes to advance voting times for two upcoming elections. The board voted to adjust all available advance voting times to begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. to align the Georgia […]

On Common Ground NewsFebruary 11, 2021

DECATUR,GA— DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections (DeKalb VRE) today announced advance voting details for the runoff race expected between Stan Watson, who was leading, and Angela Moore, who was in second place to fill the Georgia House District 90 seat on Election Night, Feb. 9. DeKalb has completed preliminary tabulations for the special election […]

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