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House Rep. comments on recent shootings

United States House Representative Hank Johnson recently weighed in on the Dallas shootings and deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
“I emphatically condemn the despicable ambush and assassination of five police officers and the wounding of seven more in Dallas,” Johnson said. “My prayers go out to the victims and I stand in solidarity with the people of Dallas who must live through the trauma brought on by this occurrence.”
Johnson said everyone–police and public alike, “deserve to make it home safely to their families.”
“Alton Sterling and Philando Castile also deserved to live and my prayers are also with their families and friends,” Johnson said.
Johnson linked the tragedies in Dallas, Baton Rouge and St. Paul to “out-of-control gun violence.”
“The Congress of the United States holds the power to address this problem, but powerful special interests have succeeded in blocking congressional action on legislation that could help keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and the mentally ill,” he said.
Johnson called for universal background checks, a “No Fly No Buy” bill and reinstating a ban on assault weapons.
“Another moment of silence is not enough,” he said. “It’s time for Congress to pass common sense gun reform law NOW!”
Johnson represents Georgia’s 4th Congressional District covering parts of DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties.

Avondale Estates
Avondale Estates Men’s Club to meet

Dr. Dontae Andrews, principal of Avondale Elementary School, will give a presentation on the state of the school and ways to mentor children at the Avondale Estates Men’s Club meeting July 27 at noon. The meeting will be held at American Legion Post 66, located at 30 Covington Highway. For more information, call (404) 284-1142.

City to host ‘parents’ night out’

Brookhaven will host Parents’ Night Out on July 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Lynwood Community Center. The event allows parents to drop off their children on a Friday and have some time to themselves. The event will include dinner, games, activities and options to keep children entertained. Pre-registration is required and pick-up is promptly at 9 p.m. Cost is $15 per child; ages: 5-12. For more information call (404) 637-0512.

Free notary training offered

DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry and the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority are hosting two free notary training sessions on Friday, July 29. The first session is 9 – 10:30 a.m., and the second session is 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The sessions will be held at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in downtown Decatur.
These workshops are open to the public and are recommended to anyone who is a notary public in the State of Georgia or would like to become one, according to a release from the clerk’s office.
To reserve a seat, contact Twinette Jones at (404) 371-2250 or

Details of church bazaar announced

Greenforest Community Baptist Church will present the Second Annual Savvy Six Bazaar on Saturday, Aug. 13, from noon until 5 p.m. in the Genesis Room at the Greenforest Community Baptist Church, 3250 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. This bazaar is sponsored by The Savvy Six Authors and the Greenforest Entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs looking for an opportunity to promote their businesses are encouraged to participate. A release from the church states, “This event will provide an excellent opportunity for you to share your business, including selling your products, with friends and family, and others in the community.”  
Additional information about The Savvy Six Authors and the Savvy Six Bazaar can be found at

Court holds amnesty program until August

Dunwoody residents with past due traffic tickets or active bench warrants will have until the end of July to settle violations without further reprimand.
Dunwoody Municipal Court will be granting amnesty to traffic ticket violators and bench warrant holders until August.
“During that time, if individuals pay their fines in full, all contempt fees will be forgiven,” reads a statement from the city. “If the individual’s offense requires a mandatory court appearance, the individual will be granted a future court date to appear before a judge and all warrants will be cleared and fees forgiven.”
The purpose and incentive of the program, according to Dunwoody officials, is to promote lawful driving privileges, settle outstanding court violations and reduce arrests.
Dunwoody Municipal Court is located at 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103 in Dunwoody. Walk-ins are welcome to the Municipal Court on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, call the court at (678) 382-6973.

Back to school event scheduled

Lithonia will host a Back to School Jamboree July 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lithonia Amphitheater, located at 2501 Park Drive. The event will include games, food and school supplies. Donations of book bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, folders and other basic school supplies will be accepted. For more information, contact Leah Rodriguez at or (770) 482-8136.

Stone Mountain
City to host back to school event

Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority will host the city’s Back to School Bash event July 23 at 4 p.m. at the Baptist Pavilion. The event will feature free school supplies for children, a fish fry, vendors and a free movie. Funds raised from the fish fry will support Façade Grants sponsored by the DDA. Fish fry tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of. For tickets, visit

Church school receives accreditation

St. Timothy School, located within St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain, was recently accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
Accreditation with ACSI provides an “objective, independent and reliable validation” of St. Timothy School and signifies the school has steadily met or improved in standards.
The school, which “promotes student-centered teaching in a Christ-centered setting,” has been pursuing accreditation for approximately three years, according to a recent release.
“This process encourages the school to: assess and improve student learning, focus on both instructional and program effectiveness, and evaluate and stay true to their mission,” the release states.
St. Timothy School joins 25,000 others worldwide and 3,000 schools nationwide as a member of ACSI. The school is now one of approximately 900 schools accredited in the United States and 200 accredited internationally.
St. Timothy School is located at 5356 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain. For more information, call (404) 297-8913.


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