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Dekalb County opens Georgia's 1st "Accessible-Only" polling location

Dekalb County opens Georgia's 1st "Accessible-Only" polling location

Dekalb -  – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis recently announced the creation of Georgia’s first Accessible-only Absentee Poll to be opened at DeKalb County Board of Registration & Elections main location, 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur.  The Accessible-only Absentee Poll will open for business when early voting begins on Monday, Feb. 13.  This early voting poll for the March 6 Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election is designed to accommodate the special needs of voters with disabilities and senior citizens. The creation of an accessible-only absentee poll allows the county to offer enhanced services, such as assistance and appointments, to more efficiently serve citizens.


Enhanced services that will be offered at the poll include:

o   Ambassadors who will help with the check-in process to minimize time voters will have to stand

Methodist Home competes for Home Depot dollars

Decatur, GA -- The United Methodist Children's Home of the North Georgia Conference in Decatur is one of four nonprofits competing for a big donation from The Home Depot Foundation.

The Home is a finalist for February's Aprons in Action, The Home Depot Foundation's Facebook voting program. The  nonprofit with the most votes will win a $25,000 gift card from The Home Depot and be in the running for the grand prize of $250,000 in March.

"Being selected for the Aprons in Action program is an honor, and we are so thankful for the recognition," said Bev Cochran, administrator of the United Methodist Children's Home. "If we actually win the $25,000 The Home Depot gift card, we will be able to build a safe, fun and age-appropriate playground for our youngest children." 

The runner-up organizations from each month will receive $5,000 in The Home Depot gift cards.

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.

Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..

School bus driver caught on cell phone now under investigation

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- A Cedar Grove High School student thought something was wrong when he saw his bus driver chatting away on her cell phone while taking him and other students home last Friday afternoon.

He was right.

He sent 11Alive News a video of the chatty driver and he sent a copy to DeKalb County Schools as well.

On Tuesday we showed it to some DeKalb County school parents who couldn't believe it.

"I think it's unprofessional," said one.

"It shouldn't be allowed," said another.

"What is her explanation to us as parents and to her kids if she has any; what example is she setting for them?" asked a third parent.

Turns out DeKalb County's school system is already investigating the driver.

"Any use of cell phones is illegal when the bus is moving; it's against state law; it's also against our policy," said Walter Woods, Communications Director for the school system.

DECATUR | Man gets 5 years in crash that killed 3

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a 2009 wreck that killed three Georgia Power employees.

DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston says James Miles pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide, reckless driving, following too closely, failure to maintain lane and improper lane change.

The Dodge Stratus he was driving crashed into a commuter van carrying nine Georgia Power employees. Three of them died, and the other six were injured.

A judge sentenced Miles to five years in jail. He was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service, attend three victim impact panels and attend a defensive driving course. The court ordered that his license be suspended for five years.

Wild Heaven debuts 'Let There Be Light' beer

ATLANTA -- Wild Heaven Craft Beers will soon compete in the local light beer arena with its fourth beer hitting certain Taco Macs this week.

The Decatur, Ga.-based craft brewer's take on light beer is called "Let There Be Light," and has 4.7 percent alcohol by volume. Wild Heaven said its new beer has a complexity most light beers don't have thanks to two rare hops -- Nelson Sauvin and Sorachi Ace -- plus orange peel.

Let There Be Light debuts as the featured February "Beer of The Month" at several Georgia Taco Mac locations: Atlanta Metropolis (Peachtree Street), Virginia-Highland, Suwanee, Alpharetta, Cumming, Perimeter, Buford, Kennesaw, Newnan, Roswell (Crabapple) and Marietta (Dallas Highway).